Four Success Stories... in One Panel! (Audio Included)


 Panelists  (from left to right): April wahlin, michael dismuke, douglas neff, corey rothermel, martin ayala, matthew fischer, joseph henson, joshua cassara.  Photo: Matthew Fischer

Panelists  (from left to right): April wahlin, michael dismuke, douglas neff, corey rothermel, martin ayala, matthew fischer, joseph henson, joshua cassara.

Photo: Matthew Fischer

Wondering what it takes to bring a collaborative project to life? These new creators might have a few words of advice.

Corey and I started hosting the Comic Creator Connection a few years ago. We had wanted to do something to help new creators find a creative working partner, and it turned out that the nice folks at Comic-Con wanted the same thing. So we started hosting the CCC at WonderCon, Comic-Con, and APE. (Click here if you want to know more about how it works.)

At Comic-Con last year, we were invited to bring together some of the awesome partnerships we've seen come out of the CCC and put them on a panel. We jumped at the chance. We both love seeing new projects come to life, and we especially love it when we've had a hand in bringing the creators together. The panel was called the Comic Creator Connection All-Stars. Corey and I had a great time hosting, and we appreciated all the lessons and stories our All-Stars brought to the discussion.

We featured four projects and eight new creators:

Tony Pitch Comics by Martin Ayala and Matthew Fischer
The Heroes of Echo Company by Joseph Henson and Joshua Cassara
Gamemasters by Michael Dismuke and Susan Cheng Tsui (Susan couldn't join us for the panel)
The Centennial, Stories of Ithiria by April Wahlin, cover art by Mark Whittaker (Mark couldn't join us for the panel)

In addition to introducing their creations to the audience, our panelists shared advice about how to pick a creative partner, how to sort out "the money issue," and how to plan for the future of your project together. It's an inspiring and informative panel, especially if you plan on attending a CCC event in the future.

Enjoy!