Industry Editor and Illustrator to Share Experiences at Next Comic Book Roundtable | Newspaper
MARTINSBURG – Self-proclaimed comic book nerds from across the Eastern Panhandle are invited to use their Sunday afternoon to discuss the comic book industry and its direction with a publishing giant and a illustrator from West Virginia.
According to Engage! owner Kim Leaton, the community is invited, both virtually and in person, to hear tips, industry stories and more at a comic book panel discussion in the hopes of sharing a love of the world. secular art with the community.
Leaton said panelists would include Joe Rybandt, editor-in-chief of Dynamite Comics, one of the nation’s largest comic book publishers, as well as Daniel Boyd, an illustrator who has worked on children’s books, comics and graphic novels.
“It’s really exciting for us to have this event here. These guys are huge names in the industry, and being able to share this great influence with the local community is so exciting, ”said Leaton. “Being able to share their art and experience with adults and children right here in Martinsburg is so exciting. Our goal is to get kids off their screens and get them to read, even if it’s just about reading comics, and I hope our roundtable will inspire adult fans to share in the fun of the game. cartoon with the children of their life. “
According to Leaton, the Facebook Live event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the option of in-person viewing “first come, first served”.
Leaton said they would allow around 20 people to attend in person, in light of social distancing requirements, and added that there would be an entry fee of $ 10.
Leaton said the admission price allowed attendees to choose a comic book to take home for free and added that they would also receive an additional 10% off any other item in the store.
The Comic Book Roundtable is one of the ways Leaton, along with his wife, Angie, has worked to support non-digital games and tech-based hobbies.
Leaton opened Engage! mid-2020, with the express purpose of building community enthusiasm for hobbies and special interests of a number of varieties, specializing in the sale of various books, toys, comics, board games, animals in plush, collectibles and crafts.
Leaton said the store’s goal is to focus on activities families can do together without needing a screen.
Aimed specifically at families, the store has a kids’ area where kids are encouraged to play with blocks, chalk boards, and doodle on various blocks and boards while parents walk around the rest of the store.