AAU Fall Comics Symposium highlights digital tools for creators. The AAU (Academy of Art University) continues to make efforts to bring the comic arts to the forefront of the popular consciousness by offering a unique opportunity for comic creators and fans alike to attend a symposium on October 11th. The Fall Comics Symposium, presented by the Academy’s Illustration department, will feature some of the industries’ most talented and forward thinking creators and innovators as they discuss the future of interactive graphic storytelling, the evolution of comics, what it means for the industry as a whole and the technology that will make all of it possible. Comic have traditionally been consumed in print, but with the rise of tablet based technology, digitally formatted comics have experienced a surge in popularity. It is a format that both large publishing companies (such as Marvel and DC) and independent creators have begun to vigorously explore. Harry McCracken (editor for Time magazine’s Techland and founder of Technologizer) is slated to moderate the Academy event and hosted by Daniel Cooney (cretor of the Valentine series, and Atomic Yeti). Panel members will include Christopher Allen (publisher of Infinite Canvas and upcoming Touched), Matthew Chung and Dan Weeks (Madefire), Sam Garland (Figments, Comic Anthology), Lora Innes (Harvey Award Nominated book- The Dreamer published by IDW and website Paper Wings), Katie Longua (Award Winning Comic Rok), Fahim Niaz (Smith Micro, Manga Studio Pro), Jeremy Saliba (Cover artis for Dynamite Comics, Instructor for Digital Comics Collaborative), and Ryan Woodward (animated graphic novel Bottom of the Ninth). Couple this with the presence of such vendors as Flesk Publications, The Cartoon Art Museum, The Academy of Art University Comics Club, Figments, and Ultrasylvania this promises to be a must attend event for those seeking to create their own work, work in the industry, have plans to attend this weekends APE convention, or those who are curious about the process of graphic/ sequential storytelling. The Fall Comics Symposium will be held in San Francisco, CA on October 11th at 540 Powell St., Bradley Hall from the hours of 4-6pm and is open to AAU alumni, students, faculty and the public. Be sure to mark your calendars for what promises to be an illuminating event.