iCons Experiences are modeled after the popular TED & Social Media Week conferences. They are a mixture of comic book convention, literacy conference, business /networking event, and educational summit that invites sequential arts creators, publishers, librarians, retailers, booksellers, digital content creators, traditional and self-published authors, business professionals and various media creators to teach and learn about trends shaping the comic book industry. A place where people of like minds can network with those who have a passion for the sequential arts.
All iCons Experience events are filmed and an edit version will be hosted on the CBEF website &YouTube channel for continued education for non-members.
The mission of an iCons Experience is to support initiatives aimed at fostering the literacy, growth, evolution and educational benefits of the sequential art form while celebrating and preserving the medium’s rich and powerful history.
By providing pathways to opportunity, iCons Experiences seeks to foster the continued growth and mentor the next generations of comic book readers, educators, creators and business leaders. iCons promote literacy, reading, creation and imagination through the exploration of the sequential arts.
By engaging individuals and communities and cultivating their talent and desire to build a career in the sequential arts or its related media, through workshops, panels, seminars, lectures, reading and exhibitions. To promote literacy around the globe and to address the interests of those involved in the business, research, criticism, teaching and creation of the sequential arts.
iCons hoping to create a unique gathering of comic book creators, comic book scholars, and publishing industry professionals and fans from around the globe, exploring all aspects of the sequential arts; from creative, educational and business perspectives. To form a coalition that promotes the mutual appreciation of the comic book medium, its history and culture.
Visitors will utilize text, image, and the visual vocabulary of comics to create engaging narratives and/or non-narrative representations of emotions and abstract ideas through “image to image” and “text to image” relationships.
Visitors will demonstrate the ability to analyze, interpret, and explain their own comics work and effectively apply discoveries gained through personal reflection, faculty mentoring and peer critique to their thesis projects and artistic process.
Students will articulate a deep understanding of the comics medium, its history, and conventions, and various multi-disciplinary written and visual art techniques that inform the discipline while also discussing the relationship of these topics to their own comics and art practice.
Through the mentoring process and exposure to career models and issues in professional ethics and conduct, students will articulate their own career goals and develop a plan for both short term and long term success.
Visitors will have the opportunity to develop story outlines, plots, and scripts for a long form comics project and apply a critical eye to the writing process in order to create production ready manuscript drafts as well as produce artist statements exploring the evolution of their comics work.
Visitors will demonstrate the ability to draw from multiple fields of study or to define new fields, expanding and bridging disciplines, and transgressing boundaries as they incorporate a multitude of artistic influences and techniques into their own comics work.
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