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ston-Clear Lake u o H f o y it s r e iv n 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. | U | 6 2 . T P E S , Y A D R U SAT

A symposium dedicated to discourse about comics, graphic novels and popular culture


MAP BAYOU BUILDING, ATRIUM I, LEVEL 1 Booth: 1. Isaiah Broussard Art 2. Leroy Brown 3. Scott Bruno Illustrations 4. Charmy’s Army – the comic strip 5. Communication and Digital Media Association Gaming Tables

6. Houston MediaSource 7. Mental Diversions Studios




8. Student Parent Association




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9. Maurice Terry, Jr. 10. Tradeship Odessa 11. Twisted Lines


12. Vintage Finds


13. Winston Williams / Jozu Comics



Garden Room

To Atrium II (Skateboard Art)

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BAYOU BUILDING, ATRIUM I, LEVEL 2 Featured in the UHCL Illustration Exhibition: Garrett Gainey Elizabeth Guerrero Rhoda Lowe

Portfolio Review UHCL Illustration Exhibition Alfred R. Neumann Library

(Graphic Novel Display)



CONTENTS 2-3 | Map Plenary Sessions 5 | “The Power of Comics” presented by Randy Duncan

6 | “The World of Animation: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes” presented by cinzia angelini 7 | “Zombies, Run!” presented by Matt Mogk PANEL DISCUSSIONS 8 | “Changing Landscapes of the Comics Industry” with Val Mayerik and Winston Williams, Moderated by Terry Wagner

9 | “Art versus Comics” with Christopher Sperandio and Robert Boyd WORKSHOPS 10 | Skateboard Art with Daniel Amora Mora and Beto Janz 11 | Portfolio Reviews 11 | Games with UHCL Gamers’ Guild 12-15 | SPECIAL Guest BioS Back | Event Schedule Sponsors:

This program is generously supported by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Lunar Rendezvous Festival, and UHCL Alumni Association. In-kind support is provided by Kingpinz. Special thanks go to Bedrock City Comic Company.

Designed by Don Suttajit

Free illustrations from:

“The Power of Comics” presented by Randy Duncan

Randy Duncan is professor of communication at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. Duncan is no stranger to comics scholarship. He has been published widely in the field and is co-founder of the Comics Arts Conference, an academic conference presented as an official part of the annual San Diego Comic-Con. His talk will examine how the comics form communicates. The presentation will be interactive, as attendees will be invited to offer their interpretations of images or panel sequences.



10:00 - 11:15 A.M. GARDEN ROOM


1:00 - 2:15 P.M. GARDEN ROOM

“The World of Animation: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes” presented by Cinzia Angelini With a career spanning over 20 years working as an animator and story artist on feature productions, Cinzia Angelini is a well-respected artist in Hollywood. She has collaborated with every major studio, most recently with Illumination Entertainment on the beloved “Minions” movie. Attendees of Angelini’s presentation will be treated to an in-depth look at the process of bringing films to life. She will discuss her recent projects and present story boards and animation reels for films she has worked on, which include “Spirit,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Open Season,” “Bolt” and many more.

Cinzia Angelini, Samples of Storyboard Test for “Kung Fu Panda.” Courtesy the artist.



3:45 - 5:00 P.M. GARDEN ROOM

“Zombies, Run!” presented by Matt Mogk

Matt Mogk has been described as the leading global authority on all things zombies. During the final comiCulture plenary session, he will give a presentation about the undead in film and pop culture, as well as offer survival tips should a zombie apocalypse ever actually occur. A walking catalog of important modern developments in zombie research, Matt will offer an interactive multi-media talk to include essential information for survival in the face of the coming undead threat. His meticulously researched presentation is what zombie fans are desperate for, and what general audiences quickly realize they literally can’t live without.

Courtesy Matt Mogk.



11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. GARDEN ROOM

“Changing Landscapes of the Comics Industry” with Val Mayerik and Winston Williams Moderated by Terry Wagner With the rise of technology, the dynamics of getting into the comics industry has drastically changed over the last decade. The advent of resources such as print-on-demand, crowd-funding and social media marketing has made it possible for an individual with an idea to fundraise and produce independent publications. Local artist Winston Williams has done just that with his series, “The Soul,” created under the umbrella of his publishing company, Jozu Comics. The industry landscape has vastly changed from when fellow panelist Val Mayerik entered his career. Mayerik is most well-known for co-creating Howard the Duck in the late 1970s. During the session, the two will compare differences in how they began their careers, discuss the challenges they each faced, and hypothesize where they think the direction of the industry is going. The panel is moderated by Terry Wagner, the founder of Mental Diversions Studio.

Leonardo M. Giron, Donny Frank Morris and Winston Williams, Cover page and page 13 for “The Soul,” Issue 2. Courtesy Jozu Comics.

Val Mayerik, “Mr. Howard” (left) and “The Fourth Doctor” (right). Courtesy the artist.



2:30 - 3:30 P.M. GARDEN ROOM

“Art versus Comics” with Christopher Sperandio and Robert Boyd

In this panel, artist Christopher Sperandio and art writer Robert Boyd will have a joint discussion on the influence of comics on fine art. They will explore artists who have bridged the gap between traditional and commercial art – for example, Andy Warhol – and examine future possibilities for artists who navigate the boundaries between the two art forms. Sperandio, an artist and associate professor of painting and drawing at Rice University, is the founder of the Comic Art Teaching and Study Workshop at Rice. Boyd is the founder and editor of the popular Houston arts blog, “The Great God Pan is Dead.” He worked for 15 years in comics publishing, and he is currently working on a tabloid newsprint project titled “Exu.”

Christopher Sperandio, “The Cargo Space.” Courtesy David A. Brown

Christopher Sperandio, Excerpt in “Exu.” Courtesy the artist.


“Exu” cover page. Courtesy Robert Boyd.


1:00 - 4:00 P.M. ATRIUM II, LEVEL 1

Skateboard Art with Daniel Amora Mora and Beto Janz

In this program, attendees can create a work of art, led under the direction of international artists Daniel Amora Mora and Beto Janz. Scores of broken skateboards have been collected, and prior to the workshop, the artists will rework them with designs. Participants of the workshop will then have the opportunity to paint onto the prepared boards, and at the end of the activity, they will be able to take the works home. Space for this workshop is limited to the number of broken skateboards on hand. Bringing a broken deck of your own will guarantee your spot. This workshop is co-organized by UHCL professor of a fine arts Sandria Hu.

Beto Janz, from the “Broken Decks / SKULLS” series, 2010. Courtesy the artist.

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Courtesy Daniel Amora Mora.

Portfolio Reviews WITH Christopher Sperandio (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) AND Cinzia Angelini (2:30 - 3:30 p.m.) Are you an artist who wants feedback on your work? Hoping to bounce some ideas around? Simply looking for some face time with the reviewer? Here’s your chance to have a one-on-one conversation with a working artist. Appointments are not needed—simply show up to the table near the UHCL Illustration Exhibition next to the entrance of the Alfred R. Neumann Library in Atrium I, Level 2. Artists: bring your portfolio. First-come, first-served. Limited to five minutes per person.

1:00 - 4:00 P.M. ATRIUM I, LEVEL 1

GAMES WITH UHCL GAMERS’ GUILD The UHCL Gamers’ Guild meets weekly at UHCL to socialize and play board, card and/or role playing games in a friendly and casual environment. At comiCulture, the group will host tables featuring the Settlers of Catan, Munchkin and other fun and exciting games. Anyone is welcome to join, and members are more than happy to teach others how to play a new game.

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11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. & 2:30 - 3:30 P.M. ATRIUM I, LEVEL 2

Daniel Amora Mora Skateboard Artist Daniel Amora Mora is a practicing printmaker and painter from southern Baja California, Mexico. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Art at the University of Veracruz in Xalapa, Mexico. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he has taught printmaking both in Mexico and abroad. At comiCulture, Amora will participate in Skateboard Art with Beto Janz. Part of his artistic process involves envisioning the skateboards as matrices for woodcuts. Using traditional printmaking tools, he will carve patterns into the wood, which participants of the workshop will get to paint and eventually take home.

Cinzia Angelini STORY Artist & Animator Cinzia Angelini has worked as an animator and story artist in feature productions for more than twenty years. She began the American chapter of her career at Dreamworks, followed a path that would lead to collaborations with all of the major studios in Hollywood, and is now a story artist at Illumination Entertainment. Her work includes “Prince of Egypt,” “The Road to El Dorado,” “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Open Season,” “Meet the Robinsons” and “Bolt,” the “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Kung Fu Panda” DVD specials, as well the Universal Theme Park ride for Despicable Me, “Minions Mayhem.” Her most recent work includes “Minions” and several other feature productions coming soon. Cinzia is also directing her own independent short film, “Mila,” a collaboration of 250 artists from 25 countries around the world, due out in 2016. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and their dog, Pepper.

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Robert Boyd Art Writer (The Great God Pan is Dead) Robert Boyd can usually be found attending just about every art event in the Houston area. For the past six years, he has published “The Great God Pan is Dead,” a blog about art. His widely read and oft-cited musings focus primarily on visual art in Houston, but the writer will touch upon on other subjects, including comics. Boyd’s background in the world of comics is extensive. He worked as an editor for Fantagraphics Books, Dark Horse Comics, Roger Corman’s Cosmic Comics and Kitchen Sink Press. His current project, in its final stages, is the publication of the first issue of a printed art magazine, “Exu.” Boyd is an alumnus of Rice University.

Randy Duncan Comics Scholar & Professor Randy Duncan is professor of communication at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. He is co-author, with Matthew J. Smith, of “The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture” (Continuum 2009) and co-editor, with Smith, of the Eisner-nominated “Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods” (Routledge 2011) and “Icons of the American Comic Book” (Greenwood Press 2013). He is co-author, with Michael Ray Taylor and David Stoddard, of “Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction” (Routledge 2015). Duncan is co-founder, with Peter Coogan, of the Comics Arts Conference, an academic conference presented as an official part of the annual San Diego Comic-Con. In 2009, Duncan received the Inge Award for Outstanding Comics Scholarship. In 2012, he received the Inkpot Award for Achievement in Comics Arts.

Beto Janz Skateboard ARtist Beto Janz is a Brazilian artist working in Toronto, Canada. He earned a degree in graphic design from Positivo University in Curitiba, Brazil. At comiCulture, Janz will participate in the Skateboard Art event along with Daniel Amora Mora. During the workshop, he will create pieces based on his 2010 series “Broken Decks / SKULLS.” For this project, he fashioned split skateboard halves into skull-like forms, which he placed around Curitiba in a guerrilla marketing-style effort to promote a local skateboard shop.

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Val Mayerik IllustratOR & Co-creator of Howard the Duck Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Val Mayerik got his first assignment at Marvel Comics with a series featuring the barbarian Thongor. From there, he went on to illustrate the classic monster series of the Frankenstein Monster and the Living Mummy and was the co-creator of Howard the Duck. He has worked for almost every major comic book publisher. Since the 1990s, Mayerik has done most of his work in the advertising industry, but he has recently been inspired to come back to the world of comics. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, he is currently working on “Of Dust and Blood,” an original graphic novel about Little Big Horn. He is also illustrating an upcoming story in the comic series Angel Punk. Mayerik also paints western art and is an avid horseman.

Matt Mogk Renowned Zombie Expert of AMC’s “Talking Dead” Matt Mogk is the leading global authority on all things zombie. As such he has been featured on National Geographic Channel, Spike’s “Deadliest Warrior,” and G4TV. Most recently he has been a cast member of AMC’s “Talking Dead,” the live after-show of “The Walking Dead.” In print and radio he regularly does interviews in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. His book projects include a zombie children’s book designed to teach kids to recognize an undead outbreak in its earliest stage called “That’s Not Your Mommy Anymore” (Ulysses), and a nonfiction work covering all aspects of zombie science, survival and culture called “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies” (Simon & Schuster). As the Founder and Head of the Zombie Research Society, Mogk directs an organization of over 60,000 zombie academics and enthusiasts on six continents, with dozens of local chapters worldwide.

Christopher Sperandio Artist & Professor Christopher Sperandio’s collaborative artwork explores the numerous margins between mass and museum cultures. Sperandio’s work takes a variety of forms including comics and books, games, temporary sculptures, painted installations and digital media. These artworks

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almost exclusively involve public participation in the form of open calls, lectures, canvassing and workshops. He has produced new collaborative and communitybased projects in conjunction with museums and art centers across the US and Europe. Sperandio is an associate professor at Rice University, and founder of the Comic Art Teaching and Study Workshop, a hybrid classroom and research space dedicated to comic art on the Rice campus.

Terry Wagner Founder of mental diversions Terry Wagner is the founder of Mental Diversions Studio, an independent publishing group that he launched in 2010. In that role, he leads a team of about seven artists and writers who are at the early stages of their careers. As such, the studio’s mission is to bring lesser known creatives forward to help them increase their exposure. In comparison to the sometimes cutthroat business practices of major publishers, Wagner is a champion of the emerging artist and writer. His personal goal is to ensure that his staff gets paid in a timely manner and that creators retain rights to original works. Wagner’s own talents can be seen in the Mental Diversions titles, and he is currently working on storylines for “Fusion” and “Shifters.” Wagner is comiCulture’s only returning special guest from the inaugural event two years ago.

Winston Williams Independent comic book publisher & artist With the creation of Jozu Comics, Houston native and long-time comic book enthusiast Winston Williams realized his dream of starting an independent publishing company. The title derives from the Japanese word for “skillful,” and Williams chose this name as a personal mantra of striving to be the best one can be. He hopes that his company’s first flagship title, “The Soul,” will become a household name in the Houston area among comics fans. The idea started with a simple set of characters and concepts for a book that resonated with the artist in his early years of high school. A U.S. Navy vet, Williams embarked on getting “The Soul” printed through traditional means after he got out of the military in 2012. However, faced with rejections from the major publishers, he embarked on a successful crowdfunding campaign to produce the book himself in 2014. A follow-up issue was printed in spring 2015.

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7:00 P.M. SSCB Lecture Hall

Screening of Minions *Open seating is first-come, first-served


All events are held in the Bayou Building

9:30 A.M. Atrium I, Level 1

Check-in Opens, Vendor Booths Open

Atrium I, Level 2

UHCL Illustration Exhibition Opens

10:00 - 11:15 A.m. Garden Room

Opening Plenary Session: “The Power of Comics” presented by Randy Duncan

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The “horseshoe” driveway in front of Bayou Building

Food Truck Concessions available from The Golden Grill

11:30 A.M. - 12:30 p.m. Garden Room

Panel Discussion: “Changing Landscapes of the Comics Industry” with Val Mayerik and Winston Williams, Moderated by Terry Wagner

Atrium I, Level 2

Workshop: Portfolio Review with Christopher Sperandio

1:00 P.M. - 2:15 p.m. Garden Room

Afternoon Plenary Session: “The World of Animation: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes” presented by Cinzia Angelini

1:00 P.M. - 4:00 p.m. Atrium II, Level 1

Workshop: Skateboard Art with Daniel Amora Mora and Beto Janz

Atrium I, Level 1

Workshop: Games hosted by Gamers’ Guild

2:30 P.M. - 3:30 p.m. Garden Room

Panel Discussion: “Art versus Comics” with Christopher Sperandio and Robert Boyd

Atrium I, Level 1

Workshop: Portfolio Review with Cinzia Angelini

3:45 P.M. - 5:00 p.m. Garden Room

Closing Plenary Session: “Zombies, Run!” presented by Matt Mogk UHCLcomiCulture

comiCulture 2015 Event Program  

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