4 Comic Con Interviews Chock-Full of Advice for Students

Every year, artists, designers, writers, and comic book fans converge in New York City for an epic event—Comic Con. Many come in full costume, but everyone comes ready to talk about why they love the world of comics, media, and entertainment. This year we got to attend Comic Con and were absolutely stunned by the passion and work ethic of the creative professionals we met, from an illustrator who doubles as a musician to a biotechnologist-turned-Wonder Woman artist!

We managed to snag a few artists and writers away from their fans to ask them how they got started. Not only did they have inspirational career stories, but they also had tons of practical and thoughtful advice for students and aspiring creators. Check out our interviews below!

Freddie E. Williams II

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Who: Artist for Batman/TMNT and He-Man/Thundercats

How he got started: Freddie remembers staying in from recess to draw Superman and He-Man. Once he’d discovered his passion, he studied How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way and found a mentor.

Advice for students:

  • Learn through all different kinds of media.
  • You’re going to fail and hear “no” a lot, but you just have to stick with it.


Afua Richardson

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Who: Artist for Black Panther, Musician, Jane of All Trades

How she got started: Afua started out by drawing trees, and before long she was also drawing people and just about everything else.

Advice for students:

  • Promote yourself! Get a website and business cards.
  • Draw from life. Find resources through your local ASIFA Chapter.
  • If you’re looking for a community of creators, check out Docta Foo’s Lab.


Emanuela Lupacchino

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Who: Artist for DC Comics—Supergirl and Wonderwoman

How she got started: Emanuela started her career as a biotechnologist, and when she was 24 decided to become a comic book artist. Her first comic book was for a small publisher in Italy.

Advice for students:

  • No matter what you’re doing, you have to practice a lot.
  • Always look around you for inspiration.


Man of Action Entertainment Team

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Who: Creators of Ben 10 and the characters for Big Hero 6

How they got started: Duncan loved to draw Godzilla as a kid, and Steve’s first book was called Escape from Spain. They were friends who went to conventions together, and then they decided to make comics together.

Advice for students:

  • Learn about the business and marketing sides of art.
  • Work on what you love every day.
  • Don’t be afraid to take yourself seriously.


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Zulama Is Going to New York Comic Con!

What does our trip to New York Comic Con mean for your classroom?

Ashley, our Media Specialist, is going to New York Comic Con because we want to give students an inside look at lots of exciting, creative career paths they might pursue and capture their imaginations about their futures. Also, it’s just really fun and magical!

What exactly is New York Comic Con?

At New York Comic Con, some of the best professional artists, game designers, and screenwriters come together to discuss what’s biggest and brightest in the world of comics, media, and entertainment. Ashley will be talking with these successful professionals about their career stories, and she’ll share those conversations with students and teachers through Facebook Live interviews and video blogs. We’ve already secured interviews with artists who’ve worked on Batman, Supergirl, and Black Panther comics!

“It’s about meeting these content creators and understanding their backgrounds . . . what it takes to get where they have gotten.” —Ashley

How can you get involved?

Follow us closely on Twitter and Facebook from October 5th to 8th! Ask us any questions you might have about the New York Comic Con experience, watch Ashley’s live videos, and share them with teachers and students you think might be interested.

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