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Discover the Art of STAR WARS at Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix Comicon will be celebrating STAR WARS in 2016 with official Star Wars artists and a special panel devoted to all things Star Wars.

ART OF STAR WARS panel at Phoenix Comicon

With so many comic book artists who have contributed to the Star Wars Universe, we discuss Star Wars with the people who helped create the comic books based on the series of films that we love so much.

  • Friday 1:30-2:30PM
  • Room: North 121B
  • Guest Panelists: Star Wars illustrator Brian Miller and others TBA.

Katie Cook: Writer & Artist — Find her in Artist Alley: AA1522 — STAR WARS CELEBRATION ARTIST!

Katie Cook is the illustrator of Star Wars: ABC-3PO, a clever new book by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy with illustrations by Katie Cook, takes readers young and old on an A-to-Z exploration of the characters, creatures, and Unkar Plutts of a galaxy far, far away. Katie is also the illustrator for several Star Wars Celebration exclusive lithographs and the artist behind the official STAR WARS “stickers” on Facebook. Meet Katie and see all of her Star Wars art in Artist Alley at Phoenix Comicon.

Joe Corroney: Artist — Find him in Artist Alley: AA1610 — STAR WARS CELEBRATION ARTIST!

Joe Corroney has been providing Lucasfilm with official Star Wars artwork for books, games, trading cards, comic books, posters and magazines since 1997. Joe’s Star Wars art can be seen at Disney’s Wonderground Gallery as well as in official traveling Star Wars exhibits around the globe. You will also see Joe’s art featured in Star Wars Insider magazine and on official Star Wars book covers as well as other collectable Star Wars items. Discover all of Joe’s Star Wars and sci-fi artwork in Artist Alley at Phoenix Comicon.

Brian Miller: Artist — Find him in Artist Alley: AA1608 — STAR WARS CELEBRATION ARTIST!

Brian Miller creates limited edition screen prints for the Star Wars collectables & fine art markets working with Lucasfilm, ACME Archives, Dark Ink Art, and others to take memorable Star Wars characters from the screen and bring them to your home. Best known for his pop-culture propaganda series of Star Wars screen prints Brian is also creating original illustrations for Star Wars books. Visit Brian in Artist Alley to experience his unique take on the Star Wars universe at Phoenix Comicon.

Mike Mayhew: Artist — Find him in Artist Alley: AA1501

Mike Mayhew adapted George Lucas’ original 1974 draft “The Star Wars” for an eight issue comic series from Dark Horse Comics. “The Star Wars” became a #1 New York Times best selling graphic novel and won a Diamond Gem award for “2013 Licensed Book of the Year.” Currently, Mike is illustrating covers for Marvel Comics. Find Mike in Artist Alley at Phoenix Comicon.

Mark Brooks: Artist — Find him in Artist Alley: AA1601

Mark Brooks currently the interior illustrator for the new Star Wars Han Solo series and just completed a successful run as the cover artist for the Star Wars/Darth Vader crossover, Vader Down. He was also the cover artist for Star Wars Kanan, the Last Padawan. “Stay on Target” and don’t miss Mark in Artist Alley at Phoenix Comicon.

Spencer Brinkerhoff: Artist — Find him in Artist Alley: AA1106

Spencer started his work in the Star Wars universe when he was invited participate in the Star Wars celebration art show in Japan. He has since created officially licensed art for the Star Wars shop, the on demand print company Zazzle, LEGO, Star Wars Insider, and continued work at the Celebration events.  In addition to these projects Spencer has also invented an in-camera special effect that adds laser beams to your photos called LightSticks. Use the Force to connect with Spencer in Artist Alley at Phoenix Comicon.

Ron Marz: Writer — Find him in Artist Alley: AA1605

Ron Marz has been writing comics for more than two decades including Star Wars comics like: Star Wars: Empire, Star Wars: Darth Maul, Star Wars Tales, Jango Fett, & Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy. Find Ron in Artist Alley at Phoenix Comicon.

Art Adams: Artist — Find him in Artist Alley: AA1531

Arthur Adams is an award-winning artist who became an immediate fan favorite with his cover art for the Classic Star Wars: A New Hope series published by Dark Horse Comics as well as contributing to the Rogue Squadron handbook. Discover the amazing work of Art Adams in Artist Alley at Phoenix Comicon.


Bios courtesy of Phoenix Comicon, Wookiepedia, & Wikipedia.

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Learn how to Color Comic Books at Phoenix Comicon

Learn how comic books are colored live with Hi-Fi’s Brian & Kristy Miller at Phoenix Comicon.

In print or digital comic books need color but do you know how comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (Batman vs Superman) and Kristy Miller (SpongeBob Squarepants) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn the basics of flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips. Q&A session.  PLUS! A special sneak peek at Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2016.

Phoenix Comicon
Saturday, June 4 from Noon – 1 PM
Panel Room: North 121B

NOTE: This panel is FREE to all con attendees.

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Learn how the iPad is used to create comic books at Phoenix Comicon

Learn how the iPad is used to create comic books at Phoenix Comicon and see comic book art pencils, inks, & colors come to life on the  iPad!

The iPad has transformed the way you read comics but did you know you can create comic art on the iPad too? See a comic book character come to life as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (Star Wars: Defend the Death Star) and Kristy Miller (Doctor Who) demonstrate step-by-step how to pencil, ink, and paint comics on the iPad. Learn the basic tools and techniques including which apps work best and how you too can transform your iPad into a portable art studio. Q&A session.
NOTE: This panel is FREE to all con attendees.

Phoenix Comicon 
Friday, June 3 from 3 PM – 4 PM
Panel Room: North 121A

Fans are welcome to bring their own iPads too! Draw and paint with us live. We’ll be using the following apps: Sketchbook, Adobe Draw, Procreate and demoing a few others!

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20+ Amazing Comic Book Creators all in One Place!

Phoenix Comicon is June 2-5 this year and if you love comic books you are in for a treat. Artist Alley is always packed with talent and this year you will be able to find over 20 of your favorite artist all in one place, Artist Alley aisle 1600. It’s like a Who’s Who of comic book creators! Don’t believe us, just check out the list below and then make Artist Alley aisle 1600 your destination at Phoenix Comicon 2016!

Mark Brooks 1601

He’s currently the interior illustrator for the new Star Wars Han Solo series and just completed a successful run as the cover artist for the Star Wars/Darth Vader crossover, Vader Down. He was also the cover artist for Ant-Man and Star Wars Kanan, the Last Padawan. Prior to this, he completed an acclaimed run as cover artist for Deadpool and Fearless Defenders as well as a successful arc on the popular series X-Men Legacy.

Ron Marz 1605

Ron Marz has been writing comics for more than two decades, starting his career with a lengthy run on Silver Surfer for Marvel. Since then, he has worked for virtually every major publisher and compiled a long list of credits, including stints on Thor for Marvel, Green Lantern and Superboy for DC, Star Wars and Conan for Dark Horse, and as a staff writer for CrossGen Comics.

Jamal Igle 1606

A recipient of the 2011 Inkpot Award for outstanding achievement in Comic Art, Jamal Igle is the writer/artist/Creator of Molly Danger for Action Lab Entertainment. Jamal’s detailed pencils have graced books as varied as The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas, the all ages action miniseries “Race Against Time” as well as mainstream hits such as G.I.Joe, Iron Man, Spider- Man and Green Lantern. Jamal has served as the series artist for Firestorm the Nuclear Man, Nightwing and Tangent: Superman’s Reign, Superman, Supergirl and Zatanna for DC Comics, Noble Causes for Image Comics and a four issue run on New Warriors for Marvel Comics.

Stan Sakai 1607

Usagi Yojimbo, first published in 1984, continues to this day. It progresses with Stan Sakai as the lone author and nearly sole artist Tom Luth serves as the main colorist on the series, and Sergio Aragonés has made two small contributions to the series: the story “Broken Ritual” is based on an idea by Aragonés, and he served as a guest inker for the black-and-white version of the story “Return to Adachi Plain” that is featured in the Volume 11 trade paperback edition of Usagi Yojimbo). He also created a futuristic spin off series Space Usagi. His favorite movie is Satomi Hakkenden (1959). The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo presented an exhibit entitled “Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo” from July 9 through October 30, 2011.

Hi-Fi/Oktopolis — Brian & Kristy Miller 1608

Brian & Kristy Miller are the founders of digital color studio Hi-Fi Colour Design. The team at Hi-Fi colors comics like Doctor Who, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Batman VS. Superman, SpongeBob, and more. As the authors of several art-instruction books including; Hi-Fi Color for Comics, the creative duo is also focused on art education. They created Hi-Fi Academy as an outreach program where they visit schools and art galleries to share comic art education with the public. Hi-Fi Academy also offers three-day workshops for aspiring creators who want learn professional skills fast. In addition to his work coloring comics, Brian is also a respected illustrator known for his Oktopolis artwork for Star Wars, The X-Files, and Doctor Who as well as his pop culture and gallery artwork.

Norm Rapmund 1609

Norm has continued to make his mark on a variety of DC titles including, 3-year run doing Finishes over Dan Jurgens on “Booster Gold,” “Time Masters: Vanishing Point,” “DC Comics: The New 52,” “Teen Titans,” “The Ravagers,” “Nightwing,” and “Batman/Superman.” Currently Norm is doing the inking on DC’s “New 52: The Flash.”

Joe Corroney 1610

Joe Corroney has been providing Lucasfilm with official Star Wars artwork for books, games, trading cards, comic books, posters and magazines since 1997. Other comic books he’s illustrated include Star Trek, GI Joe, Fallen Angel, 24: Nightfall, Doctor WHO, Angel and Spike Vs. Dracula for IDW Publishing, Buckaroo Banzai, Kolchak The Night Stalkerand The Phantom for Moonstone Books and Crimson Dynamo for Marvel Comics. Currently, he’s providing cover art for IDW’s new True Blood series and BOOM! Studios’ Farscape comic books, developing his creator owned comic book series, Death Avenger and continuing to create new Star Wars artwork for Lucasfilm.

Todd Nauck 1611

Todd Nauck is a well known artist of the comic book industry and works regularly for Marvel, DC, and ImageComics with credits including Amazing Spider-ManFriendly Neighborhood Spider-ManTeen Titans Go, and Young Justice, as well as countless others. Nauck is the artist of the best selling comic book, Amazing Spider-Man #583: the Spider-Man/Barack Obama Team-Up.

Phil Hester 1612

Phillip Hester has been writing and drawing comics for nearly three decades, beginning while still a student at the University of Iowa. After a period of toiling in the world of black and white indie comics, he broke into the mainstream with a long run as artist of DC’s Swamp Thing with writer Mark Millar. At nearly the same time he wrote and drew the Eisner Award nominated series The Wretch. In 2001 Phil drew Kevin Smith’s revival of Green Arrow with long time inker Ande Parks, also for DC. He wrote the original graphic novel The Coffin with artist Mike Huddleston, which was optioned for a feature film by James Cameron. At Image Comics he created Firebreather with artist Andy Kuhn, which became an Emmy-winning animated television feature for Cartoon Network.

Dan Jurgens 1613

Jurgens began his career with DC Comics as artist on THE WARLORD. Shortly after, he created, wrote and drew BOOSTER GOLD for DC. He continued with stints on FLASH GORDON, GREEN ARROW, and THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Most notably, he logged a ten-year run as writer/artist on SUPERMAN, including the best-selling Death of Superman for which he won the National Cartoonists Society Award for Best in Comic Book Division. Jurgens followed up with the mega-hit crossover ZERO HOUR, which redefined the DC Universe.

John Layman 1616

John Layman is the creator, writer and letterer of CHEW, the New York Times best-selling, Harvey Award and multi-Eisner Award winning cannibal cop comedy series from Image Comics. Layman was an editor for WildStorm Production and has written or lettered for every major publisher in comics for the last decade and a half. His current projects include Mars Attacks and Judge Dredd Vs. Aliens Vs. Predator. He’s written Detective Comics, Batman Eternal, Cyclops, Godzilla, Thundercats, Gambit, Scarface, Red Sonja, Marvel Zombies Vs. Army of Darkness, House of M: Fantastic Four, the Marvel Identity Wars Annuals, Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen… and a whole lotta other stuff.

Tom Raney 1617

Tom’s drawn X-Men, revamped Stormwatch, and the Outsiders, co-created Threshold, and Mutant X.  He’s also drawn Thor, Avengers Academy, the Hulk, Warlock & the Infinity Watch, Infinite Crisis, Batman-Superman, Future’s End, and many more.  Recently, along with Greg Pak he’s contributed Phantom Limb Ghost Puncher to the Broken Frontier anthology!

David Baron 1718

A 20 year vet of comics, with first published work being done at the age of 15 for Image Comics while working at InColor. He has been a top colour artist for DC Comics for the last 15 years with highlights including 52, Planetary, The Authority, JLA, Detective Comics, Batman Beyond, and Green Lantern just to name a few.

Tone Rodriguez 1619

After high school He worked many jobs, and enjoying many of them, But didn’t find himself enjoying them as much as working as a comic book artist. VIOLENT MESSIAHS for IMAGE COMICS was released in 2000. And was soon  followed up with the book’s second volume VM-LAMENTING PAIN and then John Carpenters & Kurt Russell’s SNAKE PLISSKIN CHRONICLES, at this point it was clear that he had found his calling.

Stephane Roux 1621

Stéphane Roux’ has worked on such titles as Witchblade: Blood Oath, scripted by Jean-Marc Lofficier, as well as Sibilla (scripted by Jean-Marc Lainé) and Strangers in the Semic pocket and comics publications.

His longest cover assignment was on Birds of Prey (issues #104 to 127), with notable covers on various titles including Countdown to Final Crisis, Savage She-Hulk, X-Men: Worlds Apart, and The Amazing Spider-Man Extra#2. He has been working on the DC comics series Zatanna, written by Paul Dini, and Star Wars: Agent of the Empire, written by John Ostrander.[1] He is doing covers, fill-ins and short stories for all the majors comic-book companies. He did the poster for New York Comic Con 2013. He recently worked on a Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight story (issue # 41) written by Ray Fawkes. He also drew a Batman: Black and White story, written by Paul Dini called “Role Models”, in the Batman Black and White issue # 3, Jan 2014.

Ben Templesmith 1623

As a creator, his most notable works have been 30 Days of Night (which spawned a major motion picture) and Fell. His other projects include the critically acclaimed serial Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, as well as Welcome to Hoxford, The Squidder and Singularity 7, all of which he also wrote.

Shannon Denton 1624

Shannon is currently working with Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion and PJ Haarsma on their sci-fi epic SPECTRUM and overseeing production of the comic. In comics he’s drawn everything from Spawn to Star Wars to Deadpool to Superman. In animation, he has worked on shows ranging from X-Men, Spider-Man, Captain America, The Avengers, and Silver Surfer (which received an Annie nomination), as well as Dan Dare, Danny Phantom, Teen Titans, He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ben 10, Transformers, Justice League and more.

Basil Gogos 1625

Basil Gogos’ Famous Monsters cover art featured most of the classic horror characters such as The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, King Kong, Godzilla and The Creature from the Black Lagoon and popular horror actors like Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Gogos often captured his subjects in an array of vivid colors using a technique in which the artist imagined the character bathed in colors from multiple light sources. He enjoyed painting monsters more than most of his more conventional assignments because of the freedom he was given and because of the challenge of painting such unusual characters which he endeavoured to portray as both frightening and sympathetic.

Tony Parker 1627

Tony Parker is an Eisner nominated artist, illustrator and college professor. He has worked for nearly every major US comic company (Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, BOOM!, IDW, and Aspen), as well as Nike, Games Workshop, and private corporate clients. He has done comic work for Mass Effect, Godzilla, Conan, and Warhammer (Fantasy and 40K). He dislikes talking about himself in the third person, but if he put it in the first person, it would make it look like the book or website did all these things.

Marv Wolfman 1628

In 1985, Wolfman and Pérez launched Crisis on Infinite Earths, a 12-issue limited series celebrating DC’s 50th anniversary. Featuring a cast of thousands and a timeline that ranged from the beginning of the universe to the end of time, it killed scores of characters, integrated a number of heroes from other companies to DC continuity, and re-wrote 50 years of DC universe history in order to streamline it.

George Perez 1629

George Perez started drawing at the age of five and is known for his work on various titles, including AvengersTeen Titans and Wonder Woman. Pérez came to prominence when he started illustrating Marvel’s The Avengers he started with vol. 1 #141. In the 1970s, Pérez illustrated several other Marvel books, including Creatures on the Loose featuring the Man-Wolf, Inhumans, and Fantastic Four.



Bio excerpts courtesy Phoenix Comicon and/or Wikipedia.


Level Up at Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2015

Looking to level up your comic coloring skills?
Or maybe you’re seeking a career change that gives you more free time and flexibility?

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp is the most comprehensive and career-enhancing digital coloring workshop you will find. It’s a one-stop-shop for everything you need to start creating professional comic pages that engage viewers and ultimately land you more paying projects!


Beginner to Advanced Photoshop coloring over 3 intensive days:

  • Setting up Adobe Photoshop for coloring success
  • Flat color
  • Intro to the Creative Coloring Process
  • Light & Shadow
  • Color theory for visual storytelling
  • Basic color rendering
  • Exploring color styles
  • Advanced color renderng
  • Pro tips, tricks, and techniques
  • Color Holds
  • Special Effects
  • Color separations
  • Plus portfolio review and feedback on the final day
  • Certificate of completion

Included in your registration fee:

  • Entrance to all workshops Nov. 13-15
  • Friday Night Meet & Greet
  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
  • Lunch Saturday & Sunday
  • Networking and educational activities

Hotel NOT included.  We have an amazing host hotel, The Graduate, but you are welcome to stay anywhere you like.

Host Hotel Info | Workshop Schedule & Info | Questions? Contact Kristy Miller

Are you ready to level up? Register below today!

Registration Form – Payment options via PayPal will appear after you fill out and submit the registration form.


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Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp Hotel Info

Are you ready to take your comic coloring skills to the next level?

Hi-Fi Academy’s Boot Camp is coming to the The Graduate, in Tempe, Arizona, November 13th – 15th, 2015.

Escape the Fall chill for three days of comic coloring workshops in sunny Arizona. Tempe features parks, galleries, shops, restaurants, and night life all within walking distance of The Graduate. There is also light rail to transport you from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to Tempe avoiding the need for a taxi or uber ride. The hotel features a swimming pool and two on site dining options.


The Graduate is the host hotel for Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp. While we hope you choose to stay with us at The Graduate your hotel stay is NOT included in your registration fee and you are welcome to stay anywhere you like. Just be sure to be at The Graduate each day for the workshops.

A stay at The Graduate features:

  • HD TV

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Docking Stations

  • Refrigerator & Coffee Maker

  • Safe, Iron/Ironing Board

  • 24 hour fitness center and outdoor pool

  • Complimentary shuttle service (contact hotel for details)

  • Self parking $6 per night

  • Pet friendly

Transportation Options:

  • Light Rail ($4 for a day pass) —

  • Taxi/Uber

  • Shuttle Services

You will also want to bring the following to get the most out of this workshop

  • Portable computer (laptop, mod-book, tablet computer, etc.) running Adobe Photoshop CS2 or newer (class demos will be taught using Photoshop CC 2015)

  • A Wacom graphics tablet or Cintiq

Are you ready? REGISTER NOW below | Boot Camp Overview | More Workshop Info | Questions? Contact Kristy Miller

Registration Form – Payment options via PayPal will appear after you fill out and submit the registration form.

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Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp Workshop Info

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp is still a few months away but we wanted to provide you with an idea of the schedule we are planning for November 13th – 15th, 2015.

Workshop location:

The Graduate Hotel & Resort, 225 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

Friday, Nov 13th

4:30-6:30 PM: Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp check-in

  • Receive your registration pack and Boot Camp Badge

  • Getting to know your hardware & software

  • Introduction to Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp

  • Comic Coloring as a creative process

7:00-9:00 PM: Meet & Greet – light snacks and appetizers provided, cash bar. Your chance to get to know Hi-Fi’s Brian & Kristy Miler, meet other students, and some surprise comic creators may make an appearance too.

Learn how to make and use texture brushes, color holds, and special effects!

Saturday, Nov 14th

7:30-8:30 AM: Breakfast

8:30-11:59 AM: Morning Sessions including

  • Light & shadow

  • Color selection

  • Rendering basic shapes & forms

  • Coloring a hero

Noon-1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00-5:00 PM: Afternoon Sessions including

  • Creating custom brushes

  • Hi-Fi Helpers: working with textures & patterns

  • Coloring & painting faces

  • Panels, pages, pin-ups, and covers

6:30   Saturday evening dinner (not included) for those who want to attend

Learn the tips, tricks, and techniques used to color amazing artwork like this!

Sunday, Nov 15th

7:30-8:30 AM: Breakfast

8:30-11:59 AM: Morning Sessions including

  • Mastering color holds

  • Hi-Fi Helpers: creating and using special effects in comics

  • Sharing and exporting your colored comic art

Noon-1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00-3:00 PM: Afternoon Sessions including

  • Student portfolio review

  • Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp certificates of completion awarded

NOTE: You are welcome to depart earlier on Sunday to catch your flight if needed.

You will want to bring the following to get the most out of this workshop

  • Portable computer (laptop, mod-book, tablet computer, etc.) running Adobe Photoshop CS2 or newer

  • A Wacom graphics tablet or Cintiq

Programming schedule for example only and subject to change without notice.

Are you ready? REGISTER NOW below | Host Hotel Info | Boot Camp Overview | Questions? Contact Kristy Miller

Registration Form – Payment options via PayPal will appear after you fill out and submit the registration form.


Official SDCC 2015 Schedule

Did you know Hi-Fi will be at SDCC? Stop by booth 5560 and chat with us about Doctor Who, GI Joe, Anime, Superheroes, and all things pop culture. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle… the other half is nachos, lots of cheesy nachos.  See below for our SDCC schedule, panel info, convention maps and more!


 As you can see above World Famous Comics, booth 5560, will be home to Hi-Fi and other talented creators for SDCC 2015. Don’t miss legendary sci-fi illustrator Joe Corroney who will have prints available from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, X-Files, True Blood, and more all featuring color by Hi-Fi. Oktopolis will be out in full force with the best pop culture propaganda posters and prints you’ve ever seen including brand new Rocky Horror and GI Joe prints.  Hi-Fi Color for Comics & How to Paint Comic Books with the iPad authors Brian & Kristy Miller will be at SDCC booth 5560 all weekend and don’t miss their art instruction panels on Thursday and Friday!


Thursday, July 9 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Digital Color for Comics

Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (DC’s Starfire) and Kristy Miller(SpongeBob Comics) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn the basics of flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips. The panel will include a Q&A session.
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 30CDE

Register for this panel FREE at:



Friday, July 10 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Creating Comics with the iPad

The iPad has transformed the way you read comics, but did you know you can create comic art on the iPad too? See a comic book character come to life as Brian Miller (Star Wars: Crush the Rebellion) and Kristy Miller (Doctor Who) demonstrate step by step how to pencil, ink, and paint comics on the iPad. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including which apps work best and how you can transform your iPad into a portable art studio. The panel will include a Q&A session.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

Register for this panel FREE at:


Need help finding booth 5560 at comic-con? Use this map to find World Famous Comics amongst the sea of fans and don’t miss one moment of the action at SDCC! Booth 5560 is on the corner near entrance G to the main convention hall.




Hi-Fi’s art instruction panels on Thursday and Friday will be held UPSTAIRS in room 30CDE. Panels are FREE with your comic-con badge.


ProgramRoom Map


Get hands on with Hi-Fi Color for Comics! Visit booth #5560 for a sneak peek at Hi-Fi Color for Comics: Revised and Updated Edition.



New for SDCC 2015 Oktopolis illustrator Brian Miller will be signing his latest Star Wars fine-art print, Defend the Death Star at ACME Archives Sunday from 2:00-4:00PM. Do not miss your chance to own one of these officially licensed limited edition Star Wars prints.


See you at SDCC 2015!


Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Exclusive Artwork

Are you attending Star Wars Celebration Anaheim? If so you can pre-order this exclusive Star Wars art for a limited time.

Legendary sci-fi illustrator Joe Corroney and Hi-Fi’s own Brian Miller were chosen to create two new illustrations for the Star Wars Celebration art show. Lucasfilm is making a limited number of prints available exclusively to Celebration attendees. To ensure you get these two prints you will need to pre-order in advance. The way it works is simple.

  • Pre-Order March 30 – April 10 at the links below.

  • Pick-up your prints at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim April 16 – 19 at booth #1111


The Inquisitor’s Gift
illustration by Joe Corroney with painted color by Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller

18″ x 24″ lithograph print

Order here:


Remember the Death Star
by Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller for Oktopolis

24″ x 36″ movie poster size lithograph, printed on heavy card stock

Order here:

Hurry pre-orders end April 10th and these illustrations return to a galaxy far, far away…



Hi-Fi Academy visits WI Schools & Museums

Kristy and I started Hi-Fi Academy to establish an art-education resource for comic book creators. Recently Kristy and I were invited by legendary iPad artist, Susan Murtaugh, to visit Wisconsin for a week and share our knowledge for creating comic books with the iPad to students and aspiring artists. I wanted to share with you some of the highlights from our visit to Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Center Stage

The first event was held in a large school auditorium where students from several Manitowoc area high schools and colleges arrived, some even being bussed in from further away. The energy was high as so many young people arrived to fill the available seats. We were introduced by Barb Bundy-Jost, then I started off demonstrating Autodesk SketchBook’s pencil and guides features. I used these tools to create a rough sketch of C3P0 which drew applause from the audience (whew, drawing live is always nerve wracking). Kristy and I spent the next 90 minutes demonstrating pencilling, inking, and coloring comic book artwork with the iPad. The students had great questions and the room was buzzing with creative energy as we spoke about how they could get hands on and start creating their own comic artwork.


Local Newspaper and Television coverage ensured all events were well supported and attended

Gallery Gala

The second event took place the following day at the Rahr-West Art Museum, which is located within a beautiful old mansion. Before presenting Kristy and I received a private behind the scenes tour from Kathy Halla, being equally amazed at the mansion, the stunning collection of original artwork, and the display on Sputnik (a piece of the Russian satellite fell to Earth just outside the museum decades ago).

When it was time for the presentation Kristy and I were thrilled to see every seat filled and the museum staff busily bringing in more chairs to accommodate people. There were children, teens, and many adults in attendance. We were introduced by museum director Greg Vadney, then Kristy and I shared a few stories from a life working in comics. As I drew a rough sketch of Boba Fett with Autodesk SketchBook on the iPad the image was projected onto the large screen for all to see. We also spent some time showing attendees how to ink and color comics with the iPad and even had time to demonstrate some eye catching special effects. It was all over too quickly and the museum staff whisked Kristy and I down a back staircase to a special room that had been set-up for a meet-and-greet with fans.

The museum staff and volunteers did an amazing job with the food and decorations for the meet-and-greet. Kristy and I chatted with fans, signed comics, and reviewed portfolios until well past closing time. Every person we spoke with was friendly and enthusiastic about comic books and the arts in general. Plus, I met some talented artists and had a chance to see their work and talk with them about their future goals.


Images courtesy Herald Times Reporter


The third event was a chance for Kristy and I to work one-on-one with 15 students who were hand picked by their art instructors to attend. Each student was wearing a t-shirt featuring comic book or pop culture characters. Great to see so many Doctor Who and comic book fans! It’s been a while since I’ve been in a high school and after sitting through the announcements, including the day’s lunch menu, and standing for the Pledge of Allegiance (I still remember all the words), we got busy. The first project was for students to create a color scheme for a superhero. We spoke about color theory including primary colors, secondary colors, and more. Then we used a color wheel to see how complimentary colors, triad colors, and other color schemes might work. After each student designed their color scheme we worked on rendering the hero’s face in color and learning how to add highlights and shadows to the major facial features.

The second project was creating an animation style color look for cartoon artwork. Using the iPad I demonstrated the texture brushes in Autodesk SketchBook while the students followed along. We created a snowy daytime scene with painted clouds in the sky and then spoke about other ways we could approach the art so each student could make it their own. As the students worked on their versions of the scene Kristy and I were able to spend several minutes with each student answering questions and helping them along. I also had the opportunity to review the portfolios and sketchbooks of several students and I think we will be seeing some incredible talent coming out of Wisconsin in the years to come. Thanks to art instructors Barb Bundy-Jost & Vicky Molitor for inviting us into the classroom.


We visited several art museums including Rahr-West Art Museums as well as the Flying Pig Art Gallery

Playing Tourist

Thanks to our hosts Phil, Susan, and Alex Murtaugh Kristy and I had the opportunity to visit several other museums and galleries between events. The Murtaugh’s took the time to ensure we enjoyed the flavors of Wisconsin and were able to meet with local artists and craftspeople. Our visit would not have been possible without their hard work and generosity. It was an amazing experience I will never forget and I’m already making plans for our next trip to visit schools and museums in other states. Maybe we’ll come to your town next!

Read the Herald Times Reporter story on Hi-Fi Academy’s trip to Wisconsin here:

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