Panelists Will Discuss the Future of Comics

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By: E&P Staff

An April 19 panel discussion called “Comic Strips for the 21st Century” will be one of many sessions at the April 18-20 New York Comic Con in Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Center.

Speakers on the noon panel — moderated by “Your Career In the Comics” author Lee Nordling — include cartoonists Mark Tatulli (who does “Lio” and “Heart of the City” for Universal Press Syndicate) and Brad Guigar (whose credits include the “Evil Inc.” Webcomic and co-authoring the book “How To Make Webcomics”).

Also on the panel are King Features Syndicate Comics Editor Brendan Burford, Universal Assistant Acquisitions Editor Lucas Wetzel, and E&P Senior Editor Dave Astor.

Nordling described the topic of discussion with this statement: “Throughout the 20th century, the comic strip rode the crest of newspaper readership that reached over 86 million readers every Sunday in the late ’80s. But its wave of popularity is waning with the drastic and continuing decline in newspaper markets and circulation.

“But all is not lost! The Internet Age is upon us, and newspaper comic strips have a new avenue for distribution. But how will the medium need to aesthetically and commercially adjust to achieve this transformation to the 21st century?”

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