It’s early October, so New Yorkers are donning their best cosplay makeup and outfits and gearing up for the largest annual event on the East Coast devoted to comics, media, and publishing: Comic Con is returning to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Thursday, October 5, through Sunday, October 8, and SVA will be there to showcase work from its talented students and alumni.
Thousands of artists, fans and collectors attend New York Comic Con each fall, making the convention a great chance to network, meet renowned and up-and-coming artists and writers and gain exposure for one’s own practice. Read on for highlights of this year’s event, and be sure to check out SVA’s video from last year’s Comic Con below.
This year, an SVA Admissions team will be on hand to meet with prospective students and discuss SVA programs and application process—visit them at Booth 1261. At Booth 343, Cartoon Allies, SVA’s longstanding student club devoted to cartooning and illustration, will be promoting the publications of its members. In the convention’s Artist Alley section, MFA Visual Narrative Chair Nathan Fox (MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay) will be at Table G12 with a selection of work by his program’s current students and recent alumni work (and nearby, at Table K12, will be MFA Visual Narrative faculty member Mark Sable and 2015 program alumnus Feifei Ruan).
Looking beyond the convention floor, SVA will be well represented at Comic Con events. Thursday night from 8:00 to 9:00pm, a lineup of notable alumni will take part in Creating a Career in Animation, a panel discussion moderated by SVA Career Development Director Angie Wojak (BFA 1990 Illustration). Rebecca Sugar (BFA 2009 Animation), creator of Cartoon Network’s Emmy-nominated series Steven Universe, Mike Roth (BFA 1999 Animation), co-executive producer of Cartoon Network’s Artists Program, and Phil Rynda (BFA 2003 Animation), Nickelodeon’s VP of artist development, will discuss their professional trajectories, moving from New York City to Los Angeles and advice they are keen to share with budding animators about how to successfully navigate the industry. And on Saturday from 3:00 to 4:00pm, alumnus Ian Jones-Quartey (BFA Animation 2006) will talk about his new animated action series, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes!, at Cartoon Network Presents: Let’s Be Heroes!
For more information and a full list of New York Comic Con 2017 participants and events, visit newyorkcomiccon.com.