Undoubtedly, many people who go to conventions are interested in creating their own comics and media. However, it is often a daunting task, and Charles D. Moisant, creative director of Silver Phoenix Entertainment, hosted a panel to help creatives get started.

Now, the first step on the road to publishing a comic is having a comic. And before you have a comic, you need characters and a story. So, Moisant chose to focus on that absolutely necessary foundation rather than the later steps of submitting to a publishing house, and so on.

He invited three artists up to the board to draw characters, come up with a basic conflict, and create a setting with the help of the rest of the audience. They came up with a sentient crystal creature and a robot that wanted to fight, who were both stationed on a planet made of flesh (primarily a butt).

Please welcome Charles D Moisant. Charles is a comic book artist, writer, and the creative director of Silver Phoenix Entertainment (a 100% female owned company). Charles has been publishing comic books since 1991, starting with Kremin. Silver Phoenix Entertainment works with many artists, printing comic titles like Myth Told Tales by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye, Mystery Manor Haunted Theatre, and Whispers from the Void. Charles is also known for his Roller Derby Drama, which is loosely based on the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby Team. Charles can usually be found on his roller skates at Silver Phoenix Entertainment promoting some of the newer titles such as 'Whispers from The Void' where all monsters are reflections of the Seven Deadly Sins. Philo Barnhart is drawing the second issue. #art #artistsoninstagram #comics #comiccon #ct #ctpost

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He then invited two writers (myself and fellow n3rdabl3 writer Alex) up to flesh (sorry) the story out. The two beings were fighting over a source of luck and magic: the literal pound of flesh that made up the “planet” ended up being a cloned lump of leprechaun flesh. Rather than being a real planet, the two fighters were simply so small that it seemed like a planet in and of itself.

It sounds strange, right? But it was a fun, pressure-free exercise that showed off the importance of group collaboration and talking out ideas.

He also discussed how we discussed ideas as they came out. For example, I explained an idea I had by talking about the xenomorph-Ripley mutants in Alien: Resurrection. Moisant took this as an opportunity to explain that it’s okay if your idea can be explained by something similar–as long as you do the basic scenario better.

He even connected the dots and explain how even a goofy story like the one the group came up with could become something more. We decided that it stood to reason that the robot and crystals could destroy their fleshy environment in their combat, or in trying to take advantage of the magical properties of leprechaun flesh, overuse the resources completely, drain it dry.

You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead your next stop, Lock City. That's right and in that other dimension known as lock City you get amazing collaborations like this. The work of Charles moisant and Disney animator Legend Philo Barnhart. This exclusive mash-up between anime and Disney is a masterpiece. Only 50 of these will be available at the show they can be purchased at the Silver Phoenix booth. Don't miss your chance to own this amazing original piece. Don't forget all the other cool things we have going on like our cosplay contest, the maid Cafe, the gaming tournaments, all the artists ,dealers and Crafters as well. Last but not least don't forget all of our amazing guest. Get your tickets on our website. www.lockcitycomiccon.com #anime #disney #art #comics #cosplay #ct #littlemermaid #lego #gaming #fortnite #mariokart #smashbros

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So, then it has the potential to become an ecological story about the preservation of natural resources, comparable to, say, an episode of Captain Planet. Okay, a tad bit sillier and much more disgusting than an episode of Captain Planet, but that “green” potential is still there. Sort of like Captain Planet as seen through the lens of Jhonen Vasquez. But it just goes to show that you can send a message, no matter how out of bounds your story starts as, or ends up being.

He even started with what a rough sketch of the comic might look like, letting the audience weigh in on what we thought it might look like and what we thought was most important to see before explaining his take on it. As his panel time wound down, he showed us a simple way to fold chart paper–or any size of paper–to get eight pages. Or, a third of a 24-page comic book! In a cool move, he gave his model comic book to a younger member of the audience who was accompanied by her mother, who seemed somewhat shell-shocked by the panel experience.

Moisant is a comic book artist and writer along with acting as creative director for Silver Phoenix Entertainment. He seems to be best known for his horror comics and appears to often make the circuit of conventions with Silver Phoenix Entertainment contributor Philo Barnhart. If you see him at a con, say hi: he’s a friendly guy, and he’s got a great sense of humor.

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