Comics Mastermind Masterclass—Sydney—4 June 2016

“Transforming Old Classics into New Success Stories: Adapting from Other Mediums Into Comics”

Masterclass (SYDNEY)

There’s storytelling gold to be unearthed by the canny authorial prospector—it’s hidden in “Classic” literature, legend, or historical narrative, and also in that out of copyright old TV show, comic book or movie. Great stories and memorable characters can enjoy powerful revivals or re-imaginings if you know how to adapt the source material. These types of projects come with a powerful in-built marketing element – A PRE-EXISTING RECOGNITION FACTOR – that can catapult your writing reputation years ahead, but only if you adapt well and wisely so that your effort doesn’t alienate and anger pre-existing fan-bases.

Comics Mastermind™ is delighted to roll out its second 2016 masterclass “Transforming Old Classics into New Success Stories”. This masterclass is ideal if you are a comics creator, children’s book writer, illustrator or independent publisher who wants adapt a work from another medium into comics or books, as well as to leverage the brand recognition factor in order to build your list and attract a new readership.

The session will be presented by writer / editor Christopher Sequeira who has written scripts for flagship superhero comic-book brands such as Justice League Adventures for DC Entertainment, as well as Iron Man and X-Men stories for Marvel Entertainment. For Dynamite Entertainment, with his friend, super-star writer, Mark Waid, he wrote a two-part tale of Justice, Inc. – The Avenger. Furthermore, Chris has an extensive track record of adapting characters from non-comics formats into sequential narrative formats. These include his work on Dark Detective: Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Nikola, and his forthcoming licensed venture of one of the greatest literary characters in adventure fiction – The Exoneration of Doctor Fu Manchu.

This two-hour masterclass will be held in SYDNEY on Saturday 4 June 2016. It will focus on understanding the adaptation process and the corresponding legal issues.

SCBWI is a partner organisation, and members qualify for a special discount of $77, which is a saving of $20 off the full fee. 

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Comics Mastermind Masterclass—Melbourne—28 May 2016

“Publicity Sizzle: How to Plan and Implement a Compelling Comic Book and Graphic Novel Publicity Campaign that Excites the Media and Connects to Your Audience

Masterclass (MELBOURNE)

Understanding the publicity process in advance is essential so that you can contribute to the welfare and longevity of your books. Comics Mastermind™ has organised a masterclass to provide Australian comics creators, authors, illustrators and self publishers with the know-how and practical tools to finesse the planning and implementation of powerful publicity campaigns that create opportunities to be picked up by the media.

The session will be presented by Alan Davidson, former Marketing Director of Random House Australia, who has organised national tours and launches for former Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating; literary giants such as Colleen McCullough and Jeffrey Deaver; musicians Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham; journalists / social commentators such as Derryn Hinch; superstars such as Joan Collins and Michael Caine; and multiple sporting legends such as Olympian Murray Rose and Australian Test cricketers Greg Chappell, Shane Warne and Allan Border.

The half-day masterclass will be held in MELBOURNE on Saturday 28 May 2016. It will focus on how to package your media kit so it stands out in a competitive media marketplace, as well as how to develop a media contacts list in TV, radio, print and digital media, and other tips on creating bespoke publicity campaigns.

SCBWI is a partner organisation of Comics Mastermind™, and members qualify for a special discount of $97 for the masterclass, which is a saving of $20 off the full fee. 

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