Artists assemble: California has a brand-new convention for you. This weekend sees the launch of Lightbox Expo (LBX), a celebration of creators working across animation, live action, video games, and illustration. The event runs September 6–8 in Pasadena.
LBX has hit the ground running: the first edition is hosting around 250 illustrators, storyboard artists, animators, concept artists, and other talent besides. The program is packed with talks, panels, and demos, and artists will be on hand to give portfolio reviews on a first come, first served basis. Here are just some of the big names that will be in attendance:
- Patrick O’Keefe (art director, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
- Alvin Lee (senior artist, League of Legends)
- Kei Acedera (concept artist, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland)
- Mike Mignola (creator, Hellboy)
- Daniel Arriaga (character art director, Coco)
- Iain McCaig (concept artist, Star Wars)
- Crash McCreery (concept artist, Jurassic Park)
- Pernille Orum (head character designer, DC Super Hero Girls)
- Chris Sanders (writer/director, How to Train Your Dragon)
- Jana Schirmer (visual development artist, Marvel Studios)
- Karla Ortiz (concept artist, Doctor Strange)
Each day will see dozens of talks from independent artists and major companies alike, covering a range of industry trends as well as broader career issues like imposter syndrome, networking, and crowdfunding. Highlights include a presentation on concept design for live-action films from vfx titans Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings); a series of talks by Netflix artists, hosted by the company’s director of character animation James Baxter; and a look at the making of Matthew A. Cherry’s Hair Love.