1. Thursday
    1. Opening Keynote

      Thursday, July 3, 5:20pm
      Stanley Hainsworth
      Get in your seats early to be front and center for Stanley's inspirational keynote presentation. His experience as Global Creative Director for Nike, Lego and Starbucks make him a singular voice in design today. He developed five emotional words to capture Starbuck's identity and soul: Handcrafted, Artistic, Sophisticated, Human and Enduring, and these create the centerpiece of his talk addressing The Big Picture. These five filters for creativity infuse his new creative company Tether in Seattle which includes the Tether creative gallery and the full service Tether agency which creates branding, advertising, retail, digital, products, entertainment, and packaging. This session is sponsored by MICA & Theispot.com.
    2. Away From Home

      Thursday, July 3, 6:30pm
      Antonia Lui editor
      Gregory Nemec videographer
      James Yang producer
      A video featuring Monica Aichele, Michael Bartalos, Fernanda Cohen, Ingo Fast, Hanoch Piven, Laurie Rosenwald, and Nate Williams. The world is a big place. A very, very big place. The more you travel, the bigger is seems. The 21st century could very well be the “Global Century.” What better experience for an illustrator or designer than to have the opportunity to work abroad and discover a different culture? It is a chance to broaden your horizons and your vocabulary, both visually and culturally. In his video, James Yang brings home the stories of six illustrators who have packed their bags and headed overseas to experience creative life far afield.
  2. Friday
    1. Dirty Girls and Cat Butts

      Friday, July 4, 9:15am - 10:00am
      Martha Rich with Mitch Nash
      Haven’t heard of Blue Q? You probably have seen their humor infused products like Cat Butt Magnet, Mullet Shampoo or the ever popular Dirty Girl and Miso Pretty bath products. A prolific manufacturer of sassy products flooded with fabulous illustration and saucy descriptions, not only do they work with some of the industry’s top creative talent, but they’ve also steered their product lines into boutiques across the nation and work with the Berkshire County Arc giving jobs to employees with disabilities. Blue Q understands the art of the “creative partnership.” Mitch Nash, Blue Q’s creative director, will demonstrate how the partnership between a great creative director and great illustrator can produce truly amazing results How can an illustrator offer their best talent? And how can a creative director help an illustrator reach his or her full potential? Nash will focus on his best collaborations, why they worked, and how Blue Q measures collaborative success.
    2. Industry Update
      What's Happening Now

      Friday, July 4, 10:00am - 10:30am
      Various Artists
      Video interviews of leading professionals who are experts in their respective fields bring you the multi-faceted perspectives of issues that have a real bearing on your practice. Get an update on the Orphan Works Bill and other relevant issues.
    3. Moving Imagination
      Concept Design in the Film and
      Gaming Industries

      Friday, July 4, 11:00am - 12 noon
      Barry Jackson, Stephan Martiniere, and Greg Spalenka
      Learn the differences and similarities between the illustration world and the film and gaming industries from seasoned professionals, and hear how technology plays a crucial part in the film/ gaming worlds and what tools are crucial to this environment. Compare the dynamic of working by yourself freelancing as opposed to working in a studio with a team of talent. What creative freedoms do you gain and lose in the studio system? How lucrative are the film and gaming industries? This session will also touch on the advantages of the internet and the concept of a virtual studio where talent works together on projects online.
    4. Adobe Presents:
      Tools for Digital Illustration

      Friday, July 4, 12:15pm - 1:45pm
      Colin Fleming
      Join Senior Solutions Engineer Colin Fleming and other members of the Adobe team for a dive into the latest digital tools for illustrators. See what’s new in Illustrator® and Photoshop®, and discover tips and techniques for these powerful programs. Flash®, InDesign® and other Adobe Creative Suite® 3 components will also be covered. Learn how you can make the most of these constantly evolving technologies.


  3. Friday Breakout Session 1
    1. Endless Possibilities

      Friday, July 4, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
      Fernanda Cohen with Ina Saltz and Tristan Eaton
      Fernanda Cohen talks with famed New York art director Ina Saltz and media and toy designer ex-Kidrobot Tristan Eaton to explore the ever changing, ever growing markets available in illustration. The possibilities are endless: interactive media, computer games, film and TV, apparel, wallpaper, toys, and kitchenware are just a few of the venues where illustrators are finding new opportunities. Saltz and Eaton will talk about the pros and cons of developing independent and corporate projects and reveal how to succeed by using illustration to influence and inspire new clients and new audiences.
    2. Revisioning/Rebranding Illustrators

      Friday, July 4, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
      Mark T. Smith with Mark Gallagher
      lllustration can be a thriving industry living at the intersection of talent and technology, but have illustrators lost their way as authors and originators? Are illustrators service providers or creative partners? What is needed to become an essential partner in the creative process? This session presents a pragmatic view of the world of branding as it applies to the field of illustration, cutting past the buzz-words and jargon that make branding confusing and misunderstood. Using examples of illustrators who have made an essential shift in their thought and execution, the session covers how to study current market, target potential clients and fine-tune your approach to become more effective at capturing projects that fit your unique talents and point of view.
    3. Tall Tales & Simple Stories
      Great Storytelling

      Friday, July 4, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
      Don Kilpatrick with
      Enrico Casarosa and Ronnie Del Carmen
      What makes a good story and a good storyteller? Animators Enrico Casarosa and Ronnie Del Carmen discuss the process of visual story making at Pixar Animation Studios, and the importance of image makers developing their stories through art and drawing. Enrico, founder of SketchCrawl, a world wide drawing marathon event, will share how the idea was born and continues to grow. In this session, you will learn how to develop your own stories, find and create new outlets for your stories and see drawing and journaling as a way of living a reflective and appreciative life.
  4. Friday Breakout Session 2
    1. Come Together
      Networking Pioneers

      Friday, July 4, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
      Julia Breckenreid with
      Robert Zimmerman and Keri Smith
      Making connections can remove personal and artistic fears, creating positive change. Illustrator Julia Breckenreid will present two interviews with Robert Zimmerman and Keri Smith to reveal how selfless acts and collaboration bring unexpected rewards. Once a prolific illustrator, now an advocate, Zimmerman created drawger.com, a curated online community where illustrators collaborate and inspire each other daily. Illustrator and author Smith has innumerable fans who follow her blog the Wish Jar. Her books and talks have inspired many to trust their visions, defy convention and follow their dreams. Hear these pioneering creatives map their individual roads to illustration civilization.
    2. Social Response

      Friday, July 4, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
      Luba Lukova interviewed by Jerelle Kraus
      Luba Lukova’s art has addressed many of the social issues of our day. Her opinions on art, social context and the power of art are compelling and they resonate with the clarity that comes from learning to be an artist while under dire political circumstances. Lukova is interviewed by former New York Times Op-Ed art director Jerelle Kraus. Kraus has worked with many major editorial illustrators over the last 30 years while art directing for The Times. She is currently working on a book of her experience there, including stories on illustration gems that were never published.
    3. The View from Here
      The Industry from a Rep´s Viewpoint

      Friday, July 4, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
      Allan Comport, Chrystal Falcioni, and Tim Mendola
      Artist’s representatives must be in touch with the big picture. They are assuming responsibility not just for themselves, but for large numbers of artists and clients simultaneously. In many cases, they often represent some of the premiere talent available to the highest profile clients, so it’s imperative they be aware of all aspects of the evolving illustration industry. Allan Comport talks with two marketing and promotion experts, Chrystal Falcioni and Tim Mendola, about new marketing ideas and strategies, finding new markets, and exploring new marketing and communication outlets. They will re-energize both reps and artists with the entrepreneurial spirit as they discuss the latest creative issues and professional strategies concerning the business side of Illustration.
  5. Friday Breakout Session 3
    1. Across the Pond
      The British Perspective

      Friday, July 4, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
      Louisa Saint Pierre with
      Stephen Bliss and Andrew Coningsby
      The 21st century markets for illustration are on a global scale. You are being seen not just by national clients, but by international clients as well. And so are illustrators on the other side of the Atlantic. What are they doing differently in their work, their markets, their business practices? What are they doing that is the same?  Drop in to this session to hear how the Brits are looking at the big picture, capitalizing on creative opportunities in Europe, Australasia and all over the world.
    2. It’s A Hard Knock Life
      Advocacy for the 21st Century

      Friday, July 4, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
      Speaker TBA
      Who’s fighting for you and what you need to know to get a clear understanding of the ever changing issues that have important and long-range impact on your work, your studio practice and on the industry of illustration. The complex topics of reprographic rights, orphan works, royalties free images issues and more will be broken down and made easily understandable. Be there to be informed.
    3. Self-promotion in a
      Saturated Market

      Friday, July 4, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
      Jack Tom with Daniel Pelavin
      Illustrators need to promote endlessly and there are many different ways to promote. Some are effective and some are not. Good self-promotion is best accomplished when it is integrated seamlessly into the way you live your life, create your work and interact with clients. Stated simply: it is who you are, not what you do. Danny Pelavin, an illustrator and type designer for over 30 years, has successfully promoted his business consistently and creatively. He will share his no-nonsense insight and humor while giving you inspiring tools to promote intelligently. This session includes examples of various promotional efforts, examines their effectiveness in cultivating a positive and memorable personality and shows you how to make the most of your resources.
  6. Saturday
    1. The Real Art Directors of
      The New Yorker

      Saturday, July 5, 9:10am - 9:30am
      A short film by Kirsten Johnson
      Hear how the magazine is mixing irreverence with tradition, how art directors find illustrators, and how they work together. Art Directors Caroline Mailhot and Chris Curry have commissioned thousands of brilliant illustrations. Why do some fly and others fall? Changes, changes, and more changes. Hear how they take chances with untried artists and nurture collaborations with illustration's creative giants. Art Editor Francoise Mouly has overseen more than 750 issues. She'll reveal how certain covers have achieved iconic status and others have caused shocked readers to cancel their subscriptions! All three are interviewed by actual New Yorker, Laurie Rosenwald.
    2. Let´s Get Personal

      Saturday, July 5, 9:30am - 10:30am
      Gary Panter
      A New Yorker for 21 years, Gary Panter humorously investigates the nature of professionalism while giving common-sense advice based on his varied and unusual 35-year long career. Peppered with salty anecdotes, his talk will reveal the state of mind it takes to do personal and commissioned work. He’ll share more about his creative lifestyle and likely digress into the pitfalls of Hollywood and fundamentalist religion.
    3. Rights and Copyrights

      Saturday, July 5, 10:30am - 10:45am
      Gail Levin director
      Steve Brodner illustrator, narrator
      Asterisk animation
      Ben Shapiro camera
      A series of short videos featuring the illustrator Steve Brodner as he draws the Presidential candidates and discusses the race for the White House. The videos are directed by Gail Levin, with animation by Asterisk and camera by Ben Shapiro.
    4. Rights and Copyrights

      Saturday, July 5, 11:00am - 12 noon
      Tad Crawford
      Yes, copyright law gives illustrators rights to our art, but we still have to be vigilant in protecting those rights. This session, with Tad Crawford, will cover the basic knowledge and skills that illustrators need to fight copyright infringement and outright rights grabs. Find out how to obtain the most effective protection, how long copyrights last, the nature of copyright infringement, how copyright damages are computed, what is fair use, and how to deal with such rights grabs as work-for-hire contracts and electronic rights catch-all provisions. Crawford will not only discuss how a carefully drawn contract can be the beginning move in a strategy to protect your copyrights, but will also cover the finer points of the art of negotiation. All participants will receive a copy of his book Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators.
  7. Saturday Breakout Session 1
    1. Ask the Lawyer

      Saturday, July 5, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
      Open mic with Tad Crawford
      What happens to your artwork after you’re gone? Who is the best person to manage your intellectual property? What are the laws regarding partners vs spouses in your estate? How do you best protect your business value? What is the best way to gain copyright protection of works already created? These and many more questions will be addressed during this lively open mike session with Tad Crawford, President and Publisher of Allworth Press and author of such books as The Legal Guide for the Visual Artist and The Artist–Gallery Partnership : A Practical Guide to Consigning Art.
    2. Gallery 101

      Saturday, July 5, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
      Martha Rich with
      Tara McPherson, Jordin Isip and Jonathan Levine
      The increasing popularity and success of the small gallery has created a need for new, affordable and original art. Exhibiting in a gallery is a great way for illustrators to expand beyond traditional forms of illustration and generate additional income. How do you take that next step into the exhibiting world and get your work out of the studio and on the gallery wall? Illustrator Martha Rich questions gallery curator Jonathan Levine and illustrators Jordin Isip and Tara McPherson about the challenges and successes connected to their gallery experiences. Curious about showing your work in galleries, curating your own shows or developing a new line of revenue and expanding your creativity? This session is for you.
    3. Making Fire
      Inspirational Teaching

      Saturday, July 5, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
      Marshall Arisman with Rudy Gutierrez
      Taking risks, pursuing originality and finding a personal voice are all hallmarks of these master illustrator/educators. Get an intimate scoop from Marshall Arisman and Rudy Gutierrez as they take you on a fascinating journey filled with art, illustration and stories of how they inspire students to their best. See how they breathe life into their ideas and expand their personal concepts. If learning how you can inspire is what you’re craving, grab a front row seat for this session.
  8. Saturday Breakout Session 2
    1. The Art and Science of
      Icon Illustration

      Saturday, July 5, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
      Von Glitschka with
      Gedeon Maheux and David Lanham
      If you are interested in learning about new and growing avenues in illustration, this is a session not too miss. Icon illustration is one of the fastest growing sub-cultures in our creative industry. We regularly interact with this clever art-form and endless art-styles are being used for icons today. Iconography has become part of a global public visual vernacular and holds great potential for illustrators now and in the future. To activate a powerful visual image, art and science must be combined. Learn more about this tidal wave of opportunity and see the work of some of the most prolific icon illustrators in the business. Gedeon Maheux, David Lanham and Von Glitschka demonstrate what it takes, creatively and technically, to illustrate icons for interfaces and print, and showcase the value and influence icon illustration has in our current culture and industry.
    2. What Do Children´s Book
      Editors Want?

      Saturday, July 5, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
      Leonard S. Marcus
      Leonard S. Marcus combines a deep knowledge of the history of children’s literature and experience as a published book reviewer as he takes you on a journey from the past to present to the future world of children’s book publishing. As one of the world’s leading authorities on children’s books and book illustration, Marcus delves into the genre to reveal its influence on our current culture. This informative talk covers the growing importance of computer-generated art for picture books, contemporary trends in publishing, and highlights the work of a small number of younger rising stars of illustration. This session will answer many questions about the current state of publishing for children.
    3. White Belt Contract Self-Defense

      Saturday, July 5, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
      Ross MacDonald
      Tired of being pushed around? Do you avoid reading contracts at all costs because when you attempt to, you feel the life force draining right out of you so you give up and sign anyway? Have you thought that maybe you should learn more about contracts, but you’d rather chew off your drawing hand than sit in some long contracts seminar? Well, this is the contract talk for people who hate contract talks. Ross MacDonald, noted for his work in magazines, books and film, has gathered advice on contracts and negotiation from today’s black-belt illustrators and agents. He’s boiled it all down to the 5 most important things you need to know to keep from signing away your soul – all rights and title, throughout the known universe, for eternity. Learn how to defend against the licensing choke, the foreign rights throw, and how to wrestle the biggest, baddest playground bully – the work-for-hire contract – to the mat. Learn just enough to be dangerous.
  9. Keynote
    1. Closing Keynote

      Saturday, July 5, 5:30pm - 6:00pm
      Kevin O'Callaghan
      You loved his Yugo Project at ICON4 - Kevin O'Callaghan, 3D designer/illustrator, principal of O'Callaghan & Company - Art for the Film Industry, and curator and Chair of the 3-D design program in the Advertising and Graphic Design department at New York's School of Visual Arts, is back to give you more. O'Callaghan closes ICON5 with a rousing talk that fuses his super-charged personality and experience working with clients like Warner Brothers Records, MTV Networks, and ABC Pictures.