Tr!ckster Symposia Tickets On Sale Monday

San Diego Comic Con

Ticket sale information via Tr!ckster:

Finally! Come Monday, June 13th at 9:00 AM, tickets for the SYMPOSIA will go live. You will need a PayPal account to purchase. There will be a special SYMPOSIA TICKETS tab created on the main site where links to each event will be available.

Tickets are being made available in one of two formats: single-seat/single event tickets and ALL-ACCESS tickets. ALL ACCESS will garner you entrance and participation in all 8 Symposia, free books including the limited edition A GLIMPSE OF CRIME AND TERROR, and an original framed painting by TR!CKSTER co-founder SCOTT MORSE. Wine will be served during each event for those with an inclination to drink and be merry.

At this juncture, we’re anticipating a seating capacity that’s very limited. With the surprising influx of support and enthusiasm for TR!CKSTER, we recommend that you attempt to acquire tickets as early as possible.

Tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

We are working to make the Symposia as unique and fulfilling as possible, with a wide array of top-notch participants including Mike Mignola, Skottie Young, Jill Thompson, Doug TenNapel, Scott Morse, and more being added up to the dates of each workshop. This is an incredibly unique opportunity to discuss process, technique, method, and theory with an incredible collection of working storytellers and image makers in comics, film, animation, and beyond. Again, while the Symposia will most likely be entertaining and rewarding for everyone from the casual enthusiast to the time-worn professional, these unique events are being geared towards those with a desire to learn and better themselves as artists and storytellers. The Symposia are intense crash-course discussion workshops focused with a specific agenda: to help us all generate the best work we can. As such, we’re aiming to keep capacity manageable to help generate the most lively and productive dialogue. We’re hoping that audience members consider the Symposia for what they’re worth: easily the value of a beloved hardcover coffee table book, packed with real-time dialogue and first-hand stories by working artists and storytellers. Like live theater, the Symposia are honest, immediate immersions into the working minds of the people behind the work we love.

TR!CKSTER is incredibly pleased to offer this series of Symposia. These workshop events encompass the heart of what TR!CKSTER is about: education, sharing, respect, progress, and individual voice.

We hope to see you there!

and more details about the Symposium’s from Comic Book Resources:

Thursday, 7/21/11, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Featuring storytellers SKOTTIE YOUNG and SCOTT MORSE
Character design and development is paramount to keeping readers involved in a visual story. Join Eisner Award winners SKOTTIE YOUNG and SCOTT MORSE, creators of the run-away hit daily blog as they tackle, dissect, analyze, and own a new way of thinking about shape, line, texture, and gesture. Every picture SHOULD tell a story, and many drawings and paintings will be created on the spot in a dynamic, intimate, involved environment with active audience participation.

PERFECT FOR: artists and aspiring artists in all fields; anyone looking to explore new media and technique/method; writers curious as to how character design can help generate story


Thursday, 7/21/11, 3:30PM to 5:30 PM
Comics and film are separate mediums and we at TR!CKSTER openly accept and celebrate them as such. We create our comics with the intent to tell incredible, unique stories in a visual medium we enjoy. Often times, of course, these properties can grow into a new kind of life on screen, but is the integrity of the creator or the intent of the original story sacrificed for the cinematic experience? Join a unique, honest, no-holds-barred discussion of the realities of selling your work to the film community, how “development” works for creators of comics, and how to protect and promote your work, and yourself, as your intellectual property crosses media.

PERFECT FOR: writers and storytellers considering the migration of their work to other media


Friday, 7/22/11, 1:00PM to 3:00 PM
Learn the secrets of Dickens, Steinbeck and Billy Wilder in this popular class taught by award-winning writer/director/producer Brian McDonald. This workshop is to the storyteller what an anatomy class is to the illustrator. You will learn how to construct a story from the ground up by examining classic films and stories. Like a mechanic listening for the knocks in an engine, you will learn how to look for clues that tell you where your own stories are misfiring. In addition, you will learn how to listen to and interpret the critique you get regarding your stories. Most people critique subjectively, not objectively, and you will learn to know the difference. You will begin to see stories in a way that most people are unfamiliar with and you will become a better storyteller because of it.

Topics covered include: The concept of ‘invisible ink’; What is story structure?; The seven steps to a better story; What is three-act structure?; The importance of the ‘set-up’; How to spot the armature or central idea of a story.

PERFECT FOR: writers and storytellers of all types, in film, prose, comics, and beyond, looking to hone their writing skills through intense discussion and analysis with a top working storyteller.

“Writing stories is hard. They are stubborn by nature. No matter how many times you master one, the next story is obligated to conceal its faults with an entirely new disguise. Your only recourse is to keep writing, while concurrently increasing your understanding of this deceivingly simple, yet highly complex, organism we call story. Brian McDonald’s insightful book does just that. Somehow, Brian has found yet another fresh and objective way to analyze how great stories function, and emboldens you to face the challenge of scaling whatever story mountain looms before you. If I manage to reach the summit of my next story it will be in no small part due to having read ‘Invisible Ink’.”
– Andrew Stanton (co-writerToy Story 1 & 2, A Bug’s Life, Monster’s Inc.,and Finding Nemo)

“Invisible Ink is a powerful tool for anyone who wants to become a better screenwriter. With elegance and precision, Brian McDonald uses his deep understanding of story and character to pass on essential truths about dramatic writing. Ignore him at your peril.”
-Jim Taylor (Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Sideways and Election)


Friday, 7/22/11, 3:30PM to 5:30 PM
Featuring artists JILL THOMPSON, JIM MAHFOOD, and more TBA
Whether you work in single panel illustration, poster design, web design, or sequential storytelling, you more than likely juggle the concept of developing a “style” versus creating immortal visual art that communicates readily with an audience. Technique, theory, method, and madness will all be on display in an intimate workshop environment. Explore paint application and aesthetic, discuss ink and inking implements, and watch as original art is produced on the spot in a variety of styles and media.

PERFECT FOR: artists and aspiring artists in all fields; anyone looking to explore new media and technique/method


Saturday, 7/23/11, 1:00PM to 3:00 PM
Featuring storytellers MIKE ALLRED, LARRY MARDER, GREG RUCKA, JAMIE S. RICH, and more TBA
Writing a story is hard enough, but finding the visual pairing to help express the story to its fullest can be pivotal in crafting your work. The right combination of exposition and dialogue with the perfect set of sequential images make for excellent, memorable storytelling in comics and children’s books. Join in with acclaimed writers and the artists they’ve worked with as they explore how the creative team, and the creative process, come to fruition.

PERFECT FOR: writers and artists hoping to make comics as a team.


Saturday, 7/23/11, 3:30PM to 5:30 PM
Featuring film and comics storytellers TED MATHOT, DEREK THOMPSON, JAMES BAKER, and more TBA
The comics and film mediums share much in common but are drastically different animals. Are comics ready-made storyboards? Do the dynamic visual languages of each share the same vocabulary? Join an intimate, creator-driven discussion workshop where both visual mediums are explored and dissected by an array of today’s top visual storytellers in the art of comics and story boarding.

PERFECT FOR: writers and storytellers working in comics hoping to also work in film, and vice-versa.


Sunday, 7/24/11, 1:00PM to 3:00 PM
Featuring film and comics storytellers TED MATHOT, DEREK THOMPSON, and more TBA
Fiction is a limitless landscape, ripe for painting with the varied colors of the imagination. Fiction is the realm of the impossible made possible. To do this effectively, writers, artists and storytellers present themselves with questions requiring unique answers. Not only must they know the lives and environments and politics of their central players, they must know what lurks behind the curtain, what lies beyond the horizon, and what awaits just off-screen. Even the most fantastical and surreal worlds must still be grounded in a reality that the audience can start from, can find footing on, and can then move from the familiar safety of…into the new worlds of story. This workshop will also dive into creating the worlds of character interaction: how player dynamics must be constructed effectively. In this, we’ll analyze the roles of archetypes including the “trickster” and how they effect the stories of their worlds.

PERFECT FOR: writers and storytellers of all types, in film, prose, comics, and beyond, looking to hone their writing skills through intense discussion and analysis with top working storytellers.


Sunday, 7/24/11, 3:30PM to 5:30 PM
The daunting task of creating a short story can boggle the mind of any creator. Finding a productive, inspired rhythm in a creative team is paramount to the economy and productivity of a comics project. Creators are inherently self-starters, but where and how you begin your creative process has plagued even the greatest minds. Where do you begin with an idea? At what point do you put it to paper? How do you begin to design the visual aesthetics of a story? What inspires not only the idea, but the urge to create? Join award-winning storytellers STEVE NILES and SCOTT MORSE as they create, from scratch and before an intimate, live audience, an original short story from start to finish, ready to deliver to a printer. Key shortcuts and secrets of page design, plot development, character, staging, dialogue, lettering, and more will be featured in real time as a 6 to 8 page story is executed for their new hardcover series CRIME AND TERROR.

PERFECT FOR: writers and storytellers producing comics, and those hoping to.

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