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

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

John Layman

John Layman

International Comic book artist

JOHN LAYMAN is an award-winning comic book writer, having worked for every major publisher over the last two decades. He is the creator, writer and letterer of CHEW, the best-selling  cannibal cop comedy series from Image Comics, and a multi-Eisner Award winning series that has received both popular and critical acclaim. He was also an editor for Wildstorm Productions, and has written a vast range of series, including Detective Comics, Batman Eternal, Xena : Warrior Princess, Godzilla, Judge Dredd vs Aliens vs Predator, ThunderCats, Gambit, Red Sonja, Mars Attacks… and a whole lotta other stuff !   John has also worked with local comic book artist, KARL MOSTERT, on The Man Who F###ed Up Time, a time-twisting sci-fi comedy series from Aftershock Comics. He once again collaborated with Karl on the upcoming ( releasing April ) DC one-shot, APE-RIL SPECIAL #1. Layman’s current projects include SUICIDE SQUAD : KILL ARKHAM ASYLUM for DC Comics, and SPAWN : SCORCHED and SPAWN KILLS EVERY SPAWN for Image Comics.

All Sessions by John Layman

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.

DAY FIVE MAINSTAGE 01 May 2024
12:20 - 12:45

INTERNATIONAL COMIC BOOK SPOTLIGHT SESSION WITH JOHN LAYMAN

MAINSTAGE

Comic book enthusiasts, prepare to be captivated by the remarkable talents of acclaimed writer John Layman as he takes the spotlight at Comic Con Cape Town.

Layman's extensive body of work has left an indelible mark on the industry, with his acclaimed runs on titles such as "Chew," "Detective Comics," "Gambit," and "Batman Eternal" solidifying his reputation as a master storyteller. Known for his clever writing, dark humor, and ability to craft complex, character-driven narratives, Layman has consistently pushed the boundaries of the medium.

In this exclusive session, attendees will have the rare opportunity to delve into Layman's creative process, gain insights into his artistic journey, and learn about the inspirations and techniques that have defined his celebrated career. From his unique approach to developing captivating plots and memorable characters to the challenges and joys of working in the ever-evolving world of comics, Layman's insights are sure to inspire and enlighten.

Whether you're a lifelong fan of Layman's work or simply intrigued by the art of comic book storytelling, this spotlight session promises to be a must-see event. Get ready to be enthralled, entertained, and left with a renewed appreciation for the power of sequential art.

DAY TWO ARTIST ALLEY 28 Apr 2024
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 ARTIST ALLEY 27 Apr 2024
14:00 - 14:45

COLLABORATING ON CREATING COMICS – FROM ACROSS THE POND

ARTIST ALLEY

Top American comics writer John Layman has collaborated with South African artist Karl Mostert on more than one occasion, having worked on the time-twisting sci-fi comedy series from Image Comics, The Man Who Effed Up Time, and now just recently, on the DC one-shot, Ape-Ril Special. The creative duo discuss the creative process and the challenges of collaborating while separated by a continent – until now ! John and Karl finally meet up at comic con !