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CCCT | 27 APRIL - 1 MAY |CTICC 2 | CAPE TOWN

CCA | 26-29 SEPT | JHB EXPO CENTRE | JOHANNESBURG

Dan DiDio

Dan DiDio

International comic book writer & publisher

Dan DiDio has been a creative force in the superhero genre for many years and continues to be an innovator in this field, ushering in several projects that he has co-created for film & TV while overseeing all phases of the development process. Having served as Executive Editor, Editor-in-Chief, and Publisher of DC Comics from 2002 to 2020, Dan brings with him years of experience to every project he works on. Beginning in 2006, he wrote a weekly column entitled “DC Nation,” which appeared at the end of the majority of titles, such as Robin and the yearlong weekly maxi-series “52”, a project that he oversaw. Prior to his work at DC, Dan was also a Writer & Producer at Mainframe Entertainment, and currently, he is teamed with comic book and media legend Frank Miller as the publisher of the new comic imprint Frank Miller Presents. Where he also created and wrote the new comic mini-series, ANCIENT ENEMIES.

All Sessions by Dan DiDio

DAY FIVE ARTIST ALLEY 01 May 2024
11:00 - 11:45

FROM PAGE TO PRINT : COMIC PRO’S ON THE EVOLUTION OF A COMIC BOOK

ARTIST ALLEY

Comic book professionals takes us through the evolution of a comic book, its development and the creative processes involved from story concept to finished product. A round table discussion with seasoned professionals in the industry, each with over two decades experience in their particular field of expertise : publisher, editor and writer, Dan Didio; writer, John Layman; artist, Todd Nauck; and colourist, David Baron.

15:00 - 15:45

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS WITH DAN DIDIO

ARTIST ALLEY

Have your comic art reviewed by comic book icon, publisher, editor and writer, Dan Didio ! Invaluable tips and advice from a comics legend ! Dan is also partnered with Frank Miller Presents, Miller’s independently owned publishing company, and is actively scouting for fresh talent !

DAY TWO ARTIST ALLEY 28 Apr 2024
11:00 - 23:45

ARCHITECT OF THE DC UNIVERSE : DAN DIDIO

ARTIST ALLEY

Dan Didio, editor and co-publisher alongside Jim Lee of DC Comics for nearly two decades, spearheaded all phases of the development process of the entire DC Universe from 2002-2020, including such memorable relaunches as the New52 reboot. A frank discussion with the iconic comics creator on his long tenure at DC Comics, overseeing iconic superheroes, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Justice League, and…well, everything else !

13:00 - 13:45

WRITING COMICS 101 : TIPS AND TRICKS FROM THE EXPERTS

ARTIST ALLEY

The art of writing comics and the role of the script in producing comics is often overshadowed by the more obvious artwork that shouts out to the reader and comic fan, from the eye-catching covers to striking interior pages. Veteran editor and writer, Dan Didio, and top writer, John Layman, along with David Baron, a seasoned colour artist who has recently transitioned to writer, chat about the vital role of the script in producing a successful comic book, and offer their advice to newbies – and experienced writers – on what it takes to write comics.

DAY ONE MAINSTAGE 27 Apr 2024
14:30 - 15:00

INTERNATIONAL COMIC BOOK ARTIST SPOTLIGHT SESSION WITH DAN DIDIO

MAINSTAGE

Comic book fans, assemble! We're thrilled to welcome the renowned artist and storyteller, Dan DiDio, to the spotlight for an exclusive session.

DiDio is a true legend in the world of sequential art, having left an indelible mark on some of the most beloved and iconic comic book franchises. From his work on DC Comics' expansive universe to his groundbreaking creator-owned projects, his unique visual style and narrative prowess have captivated audiences worldwide.

In this intimate session, attendees will have the rare opportunity to delve into DiDio's creative process, gain insights into his artistic journey, and learn about the inspirations and techniques that have defined his acclaimed career. Prepare to be enthralled as he shares behind-the-scenes stories, offers advice for aspiring artists, and potentially even showcases some exclusive artwork.

Whether you're a lifelong comic book enthusiast or simply appreciate the art of sequential storytelling, this spotlight session with Dan DiDio promises to be a must-see event. Get ready to be inspired, enlightened, and left with a renewed appreciation for the power and artistry of the comic book medium.