Past Specialty Panels & Workshops/Demos/ Lectures


PANEL TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE UNTIL JUNE 8th or while tickets last. Limited amount available at the door each day, $10 Cash

This year we are offering some amazing workshops/demos and lectures by talented professionals. Group panel tickets are for discussions about specific topics in detail & held in small classroom setting. Tickets are limited!


Purchase a wristband for Saturday, Sunday or both to create your own itinerary. Panels are on a first line up, first sit basis. Tickets are $10 ea day and not guaranteed you’ll get into all the panels you desire. We try to accommodate 20-30 attendees in each panel.

GROUP PANELS – Days & Times (requires a ticket each day)

There will be 3 rooms dedicated to panels & workshops/demos. More info will be emailed to panel ticket holders to create your own itinerary.


10:30-11:30am – Social Media and how to use it to promote your work

11am-12pm – Storyboard

12:00-1:00pm – Illustration/Publishing 101

1:20-2:20pm – All about freelancing

2:00-3:00pm – What studios are looking for, applying & networking

2:30-3:30pm – Background Painting & Vis. Dev.

4:00-5:00pm – Gaming design & more


10:45-11:45pm – Background painting

11:00-12:00pm – Partnering & Pitching

11:00-12:00pm – Voice Acting in Animation

12:15-1:15pm – Storyboard

1:00-2:00pm – Internships – How to & what to expect

1:30-2:30pm – Character Design

3:00-4:00pm – Working in the World of Stop Motion, w/ an Emphasis on Character Fabrication

3:15-4:00pm – Being a parent in animation/the industry


Intro to Character Design with Amanda Jolly

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Amanda Jolly is known for her work on the hit movie “Storks” and the new “Tangled: The Series” at Disney TVA. More info on this class will be posted by March 31, 2018. Please check back soon, but grab your limited ticket now!


“Stylized Environment Painting” with Pablo Leon


Workshop tickets closed

Takeaway would be showing a workflow using color and strengthening your composition through stylized shape design.



COCO Loco: The Making of “Miguel and the Amazing Alebrijes”” with Ricardo De Los Angeles

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Join Illustrator Ricky De Los Angeles as he visually presents an in-depth look at the making of his first Disney/Pixar book. Some topics that will be covered are: thumb-nailing the story, layout design, research and reference, character design, color and painting final art. Ricky will also have copies of his book on hand for purchase and signing.




“Designing for 2D Animation” with Andrea Gerstmann

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This talk will explore the unique challenges and problem solving that goes into designing for 2D animation. In Television, design is the middleman between the storyboard and the final animation and can be quite different from other illustration. We will be looking at what makes designing characters, props, and backgrounds work in the world of 2D television animation.




“Storyboard Workshop” with Peter Paul

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Storyboarding is a complex way to tell a story. Attendees will learn how to simplify their ideas and be more efficient in getting their story drawn.

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“Understanding Color, Photoshop Demo” with Nick Kennedy

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Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how to select colors in photoshop, focusing on understanding the importance of Value, Saturation and Temperature.


“Networking Tips and Tricks” with Morghan Gill

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Discussing how to properly network online, at conventions, and how to create your own networking opportunities.