The forum, run this year by SCAD professors John Lowe and Robert Atkins organizers change yearly , included a panel on Thursday night, two-hour workshops on Friday morning, and portfolio reviews for students. The panel included examinations of the practical side of the business and focused on aspects of the comics world that, while less glamorous, are as necessary for budding writers and artists as doing actual writing and illustrating. Topics discussed included time management for meeting deadlines, how much to charge for your time, which comics conventions to attend Emerald City Comic Con, New York Comic Con, and San Diego Comic-Con being the big ones , understanding distribution and marketing, taking advantage of social media and self-publishing, how to break into ancillary industries like tabletop gaming and clothing design, and what kind of side gigs help pay the bills. That is the reality of this industry, and it sucks. The good news is that you can change it—you can make stories about characters that will change the views of the readers to where there can be a profit. Those changes, Atkins said, are marked.