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Art Directors Guild Returns to Comic-Con with Three Panels and a Booth

ADG to Launch Showcase Website Featuring Original Artwork from Top Movies and TV Series

Los Angeles, July 20, 2022 —: The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) will once again be at Comic-Con later this month with three panels at the San Diego Convention Center, a booth on the floor and special awards to be handed out at the Masquerade.
The ADG will kick-off the weekend with two panels on Friday. The first of the panels will feature Women of the Art Department in Room 9 on Friday, July 22 from 11:00AM to 12:00 PM. These panelists are responsible for dreaming, designing and drawing some of the most memorable and immersive environments for film and TV. They include Samantha Avila (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol III, Spider-Man: No Way Home), Tina Charad (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol III, The Batman), Jasmine Alexia Jackson (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Station 11), Lauren Polizzi (Top Gun: Maverick, Captain Marvel) and Shamim Seifzadeh (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Book of Boba Fett). Kate Weddle (Yellowstone, WandaVision, The Suicide Squad) will moderate. Panelists will be available for autograph signing at Table# AA06 in the Sails Pavilion from 12:30 PM.
The ADG’s Illustrators will get their turn in the same room, same day, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM with a panel titled Hollywood’s Illustrators: Craft, Pop Culture & Careers. They will discuss how, before a set-up is built or cameras roll there is something called pre-visualization — concept art, storyboards and much more, created by the motion pictures illustrators. Panelists include Jasmine Alexia Jackson (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Station 11), Tim Longo (Superman & Lois, The Flash), Dean Sherriff (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power), Sienne Josselin (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story), with moderator Tim Burgard (Justice League, Men in Black: International). Panelists will review portfolios at Table# PR08 in the Sails Pavilion from 3:30 to  4:30.
A Production Designers panel, Saturday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Room 29CD, will focus on The Jurassic Park Saga: A Design 65 million Years in the Making. From the world it takes place in, to the creatures, vehicles, props and so much more, production design is what makes the words on the page come to life on screen. The process begins with the vision of the Production Designer and continues with hours of research, months of collaboration with the Director, Cinematographer and an army of art department and visual effects artists. The Art Directors Guild brings you some of the foremost designers who have worked on the six-film Jurassic Park saga to share their process, techniques, and experiences. They are Stefan Dechant (Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park), Ed Verreaux(Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World), John Bell (Jurassic Park), and Lauren Polizzi (Jurassic ParkThe Lost World: Jurassic Park). Michael Allen Glover (Station 11, The Alienist: Angel of Darkness) is set to moderate. The panelists will be available to sign autographs at Table #AA02 in the Sails Pavilion from 6p.m.
The ADG will be judging and presenting two awards at the Saturday evening Masquerade. They are The Art Directors Guild Cosplay Award for Original Concept Design, presented to the entry most exemplifying a wholly original concept, and The Art Directors Guild Cosplay Award for Best Visual Media Design, presented to the entry whose design best interprets a character or concept from a television show or motion picture. Each award comes with a $500 prize.
For the first time at Comic-Con the ADG will have its own booth, #1500, in the main exhibition hall. The booth will feature a display paying tribute to the late Patrick Rodriguez, a frequent panelist and member of the ADG’s Illustrators and Matte Artists Council. Patrick will also be included in the Comic-Con annual Souvenir Book. The ADG Showcase website launched for Comic-Con will be available to the public showcasing the original artwork used to create the worlds of the most popular movies and TV series. www.adgshowcase.com

 ABOUT THE ART DIRECTORS GUILD:Established in 1937, the Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 3,000 members who work throughout the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers and Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Set Designers and Model Makers; and Illustrators and Matte Artists. The ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society screening series, Annual “Excellence in Production Design Awards” gala, bimonthly craft magazine (PERSPECTIVE), figure drawing and other creative workshops, extensive technology and craft training programs and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions. For the Guild’s online directory and website resources, go to www.adg.org. Connect with the Art Directors Guild on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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