In September, we'll have two great live, online sessions at the Creators Workshop: a Book Club discussion of Petrograd with writer Phil Gelatt, artist Tyler Crook, and editor Jill Beaton...
AND a Workshop session with writer/artist Bill Willingham on his writing and art career, creator-owned comics (like his mega-hit Fables from DC Vertigo), his upcoming Fabletown & Beyond Convention (aka FablesCon) and more!
Petrograd tells the tale of a reluctant British spy stationed in the heart of the Russian empire during first World War who is handed the assignment of orchestrating the death of the mad monk -- the Tsarina's most trusted adviser and the surrogate ruler of the nation.
In selecting Petrograd as its Book of the Year for 2011, iFanboy said: "Petrograd is impressive in every way, from the research and characterizations, to its excitement and action, to the wonderful cartooning, to the package itself. In these ways, Petrograd stands above every other book we read this year, and most from years prior."
Tyler Crook, in addition to being the artist on Petrograd, is the regular artist on B.P.R.D. for Dark Horse Comics. He was also awarded the 2012 Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award at the 24th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards earlier this year.
Jill Beaton began at Oni Press as an intern, moving to assistant editor in early 2008, and promoted to full editor in 2011. She has edited numerous titles at Oni including The Sixth Gun, Wasteland, The Secret History of D.B. Cooper, and many more.
Bill Willingham has been writing, and occasionally drawing, comic books for close to 30 years, and he also writes prose fiction as well.
He has written for both DC Comics and DC Vertigo on titles such as Proposition Player, Day of Vengeance, Shadowpact, Jack of Fables, Fairest and the Eisner Award-winning Vertigo series, Fables.
His work has been nominated for a number of other awards in addition to the Eisners including the Harvey and Ignatz comic industry awards as well as the Hugo and International Horror Guild awards.
On March 22-24, 2013, he will be hosting the inaugural Fabletown and Beyond Convention (aka FablesCon) in Rochester, Minnesota.
FablesCon is designed to discuss, promote and celebrate comic books that fall within the Mythic Fiction realm and will include guests such as Fables artist Mark Buckingham, MouseGuard's David Petersen, writers Kurt Busiek, Chris Roberson, Mike Carey and many more.
We're looking forward to a wide-ranging discussion with Bill, and a lively discussion earlier this month with the creators of Petrograd!
There's still time to join us at the Creators Workshop before these two great discussions! We hope to see you there.
If you want to make comics, write or draw comics, or improve as a comics creator, you'll find like-minded friends and colleagues in our online workshops and courses. We hope to see you there!