Academy of Art University Takes Part in Comic-Con 2013
Comic-Con isn't as much a convention as it is a comic cultural festival. This year, more than 125,000 people flocked to the staggeringly large San Diego Convention Center to snatch up collectibles, cosplay and play Fluxx for hours while waiting in line to hear the Game of Thrones panel. No longer just for comics, Comic-Con has become the ultimate destination for legions of artists, writers and fans obsessed with any form of the medium.
Comic-Con shines its massive spotlight on the comics industry and, naturally, Academy of Art University’s faculty and staff were amongst the buzz this year, representing the Schools of Illustration, Visual Development and Animation & Visual Effects.
The 44th annual Comic-Con featured the now-customary celebrity appearances, such as Hugh Jackman, Shaun of the Dead and director Edgar Wright, film previews and announcements of upcoming comics and graphic novels. And as in past years, the Academy’s presence was noted, says Tiffany Gragg, Academy of Art University’s Special Projects Manager. “It is a great opportunity to meet prospective students as well as show off the amazing work of our current students and alumni.”
School of Illustration instructor Daniel Cooney was signing a new Valentine poster, exclusive to this year’s Comic-Con, based on his high-profile crime fiction comic series. Cooney also signed copies from a new series he has illustrated titled Touched, a dark urban fantasy created by Christopher Allen and Shannon Appelcline.
Being a successful comic book illustrator and an Academy of Art University instructor, Cooney has a keen eye for what the entertainment industry is looking for in the next generation of illustrators. He was on hand to conduct one-on-one portfolio reviews, provide critiques and offer tips for aspiring artists.