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This year GAMMA.CON is sending comics into overdrive with the Comic Arena! All weekend you can sit and try your hand at art including free drawing, colouring and comic page drawing.

Check out our guest bios on the special guests page!

Comic Workshops

Throughout the weekend we will have our amazing comic guests Matt Lin, Marcelo Baez and Jon Sommariva holding workshops and panels on topics related to art and the comic industry including how to draw manga or super heroes and how to lay out comic  pages.

Iron Artist – Main Stage – Saturday 11:30 – 12:30

It’s time for battle, art themed battle! We take our three special comic book guests; Marcelo Baez, Matthew Lin and Jon Sommariva and get them on stage with nothing but pencils, papers and their wits. We will crowd source a scene that you want to see drawn; it will be up to you the audience to pick characters, location, props and other details and our artists will have 40 minutes to draw it. We will follow their progress broadcast on the big screen and give live interviews on what the artists are thinking, how they go about their work and special techniques they may employ. Come to watch professional artists duke it out on stage and learn all about how their art is done!


How to Draw Anime with Matthew Lin – Comic Arena – Saturday 3:30 – 4:30 Want to brush up on your basics, or take your Manga characters to the next level?

Come along to Matt’s anime / manga drawing panel, where he’ll share with you his processes, step-by-step tips and tricks and his love for Manga style drawing!

Suitable for beginners, intermediate and anyone wanting to have a scribble!

Typography in Comics with Matthew Lin – Comic Arena – Sunday 11:00 – 12:00
It may be the one of the last stages in a comic, but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked!

Don’t let lazy fonts bring your great art and story down! Come join Matt as he looks at how great lettering can really enhance your comic. Matt will also share his processes and tips on panel layouts. Suitable for beginners and intermediate.

Character Design with Marcelo Baez – Comic Arena – Saturday 1:30 – 2:30
Learn about using references to make your own comic book characters better.

Cartooning Techniques with Marcelo Baez – Comic Arena – Sunday 12:00 – 1:00
Marcelo will demonstrate some illustration design concepts using basic shapes and photo reference. He will explain the process of drawing and designing guiding you along to create your own awesome comic characters.

The Making of a Comic Book with Jon Sommariva – Comic Arena – Saturday 2:30 – 3:30 –  Takes you through the steps of creating a comic book from the script all the way to the finished page ready for print and how to draw a comic book cover. Learn about layouts, penciling, inking, colouring and lettering, as well as different approaches and techniques in the art of making comic books from one of Australia’s most experienced comic book artists.


How to Draw Super Heroes with Jon Sommariva – Comic Arena – Sunday 1:00 – 2:00 – Join Jon in creating a character from scratch! Learn the basics of anatomy and then how to use that to create dynamic super hero poses. Jon will also be exploring different styles all the way from regular comics and animation to his chibi style.