Tr!ckster’s Ticket and Symposia Information Has Been Released

Tr!ckster will have once again have their 2-hour symposia (workshops) available. Several topics will be addressed and are currently: PLOT CONSTRUCTION and the perils of pay-offs, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and the shaping of emotion, and WORLD BUILDING and the immaculate reality.

Tickets for SYMPOSIA will be on sale on Friday, June 15, 2012. They will be offered on Brown Paper Tickets at a cost of $40 per ticket. Seating will be limited to 25 persons per workshop. Don’t delay as tickets go extremely fast! Tickets for the ART DEMOS will be offered on site. Participants so far are: James Robinson, Matt Wagner, Mike Allred, Jimmy Palmiotti, Steve Niles, Scott Morse and Ted Mahot. Their press release follows below.

The TR!CKSTER SYMPOSIA are a series of critically-acclaimed workshop gatherings that focus on process, theory, and technique in storytelling across a variety of media. An engaging story is something that truly draws in an audience, hooking them into relatable aspects of the human condition in a way that they can’t deny, whether it be in a book, a film, a poem, or a song. In discussing this age-old process of storytelling, we at TR!CKSTER believe in truly melding the audience with the storytellers in an environment rich in learning and analysis. Everyone is considered a student at TR!CKSTER, from working professional to aspiring artist, and the Symposia have become an ideal exploration of how we as creators can continue to hone our craft. These aim to be much more than a classic speaking panel or signing, seeking to offer a one-of-a-kind experience of learning and collaboration. The Greeks defined a symposium as a “drinking party”. Be prepared.

Each 2-hour SYMPOSIA at TR!CKSTER 2012 will focus on a different aspect of storytelling. Last year, the Symposia included art demonstrations and workshops as well. This year, similar art demos will occur in the afternoons as a series of one-hour drop-in workshops featuring a rotating roster of today’s top artists.

Tickets for the ART DEMOS will be offered on site at the event.

Tickets for the SYMPOSIA will be offered in advance on Brown Paper Tickets at a cost of $40 per ticket, with limited seating of 25 per workshop.

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012. Act quickly as seating is extremely limited.

PARTICIPANTS to be announced shortly, but will include luminaries such as JAMES ROBINSON (Leave It To Chance), MATT WAGNER (Grendel), MIKE ALLRED (Madman), JIMMY PALMIOTTI (Creator Owned Heroes), STEVE NILES (Creator Owned Heroes), SCOTT MORSE (Strange Science Fantasy), TED MATHOT (Rose and Isabel), and other storytellers from comics, film, and web series creation!

PLOT CONSTRUCTION and the perils of pay-offs
Thursday, July 12, 2012 — 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Seeking impact in a given story requires laying a deft and cunning groundwork that remains invisible to the audience during the telling of the tale. By front-loading and foreshadowing, through set-up and pay-off, we lead our audiences through a rollercoaster ride of emotion while satisfying that need for human connection through shared experience, be it fictional or true.

This 2-hour discussion is designed to stoke the imagination and supply participants with ideas on how to better consider plot elements in the crafting of stories. Participants TBA.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and the shaping of emotion
FRIDAY, July 13, 2012 — 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

“Character” is often considered the core of storytelling. In the telling of finite tales we experience characters growing and learning before our eyes, changing world views and making life-altering decisions that resonate with us on a basic human level, while in episodic stories, it’s the characters that lay the consistent groundwork to help us explore new situations with a steady anchor. What makes “character” tick is a layering of designed, deliberate choices by a storyteller. Broad acting and charming dialogue are the product of what lies beneath the surface of any character: inner turmoil, unspoken hopes and dreams, and conflict.

Join a cadre of today’s top storytellers in this unique 2-hour discussion workshop designed to bolster the craft of creating unique characters from the ground up. Participants TBA.

WORLD BUILDING and the immaculate reality
Saturday, July 14, 2012 — 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

The worlds through which our stories weave aren’t cut from whole cloth: we craft them with careful consideration, always aware of what lies behind the curtain and beyond the horizon, aware that these elements inform the focused view of our central story. If we do our jobs right, a simple glance will convince our audiences that the worlds we create seem fully realized and rich with culture and ideas unique to the intentions of our tales. Religion, politics, social structure, science, and history all play into the coloring of the worlds we create; entering into a storytelling relationship with our audience requires a crafted experience that’s considered from all sides, at all times.

Join today’s leading storytellers as we discuss, in this 2-hour workshop environment, just how worlds are born and are set to collide with confidence. Participants TBA.

via Tr!ckster

Hero Initiative At Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) and Bowling to Raise Money with Special Guests!

Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need is heading to Emerald City Comic Con March 30 through April 1 in Seattle, Wash. at the Washington State Convention Center. We have many special guests, and we are going BOWLING!

That’s right! We’re bowling to raise money for our cause on Friday March 30 at 8pm! There are 24 spots to bowl with a special guest including Jim Valentino, Francis Manapul, Barry Kitson, Tony Parker and more at Garage Billiards at 1130 Broadway in downtown Seattle! ( For $40 you get 2 games with a special guest, shoe rental, a drink ticket and five raffle tickets to win a bowling pin designed by artists such as Joe Linsner or Matt Wagner!

You never know who will show up! Go to to secure your spot!

And if you don’t want to bowl, come and have some fun! The custom bowling pins can be won by ANYONE who shows up! Raffle tickets are $5 each, and tickets will be sold all day Friday at booth number #807 and all evening at the event. Winners MUST BE present.

And of course our special guests at the booth will be signing and sketching for us. Check it out!

Friday, March 30 (hours 2-8)

  • 2:00-3:00 – Keu Cha
  • 3:00-4:00 – Scott Morse
  • 4:00-5:00 – Mike Oeming
  • 5:00-7:00 – Bill Willingham

Saturday, March 31 (hours 10-7)

  • 12:30-:130 – Jim Valentino
  • 1:30-2:30 – Adi Granov
  • 4:30-6:30 – Chrissie Zullo

Sunday, April 1 (hours 10-5)

  • 10:30-11:30 – Steve Lieber
  • 11:30-12:30 – Matt Fraction
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.
via Hero Initiative Press Release