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ݮƵ faculty participate in inaugural comic convention

Illustration from comic made for SiestaCon.
Detail from SiestaCon Exclusive Ejikure Variant — Fall of the House of X #3, which will be available at the convention.

ݮƵ faculty participate in inaugural comic convention

Illustration from comic made for SiestaCon.
Detail from SiestaCon Exclusive Ejikure Variant — Fall of the House of X #3, which will be available at the convention.

On Saturday, May 11, Creative Writing faculty Rick Dakan, Illustration faculty Gary Barker, and Liberal Arts faculty Glenn Schudel, will host a table at , a brand-new comic book convention in Sarasota. The event will take place at Robarts Arena, where the Class of 2024 Commencement ceremony took place last week. The group will be giving away copies of the Illustration department’s annual graphic novel, Meanwhile.

SiestaCon will take place on May 11, from 10 am-7 pm at Robarts Arena, 3000 ݮƵ Blvd. Sarasota.

Dakan will host a panel discussion Creating as a Human in the Age of AI, where he will speculate about creativity in the new AI era. Shannon Live, co-founder and president of Bat City Comic Professionals, will give a TEDx Talk: Your Voice as a Superpower. Tampa Bay Area Cosplayers and Costumers will give a workshop on costume and prop construction.

The convention will host Illustration faculty George Pratt, comic artist Sam de la Rosa, who has finished art, inked, and drawn for Marvel, DC, Disney, and Dark Horse Comics, and comic author Dan Conner, whose graphic book, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Battle for Pumpkin King, was ranked #14 on The New York Times Best Sellers List for Graphic Books and Manga. 

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