Exhibitor Hall acceptance letters and new link banners!

As of this morning, all Exhibitor Hall applications have been replied to. Congratulations and welcome to the Intervention family — and welcome back to our returning exhibitors! You should be receiving a follow-up email soon concerning promoting Intervention on your site and social media leading up to the con.

For anyone else who’d like to help promote us — now you can! We’ve got fresh new link banners and icons available now. Whether you’re an exhibitor, an attendee, a guest, or just love what we do and want to support us, we’d really appreciate your help spreading the word. Link us on your website using the banners provided, or swap out your Facebook and Twitter icons. If you’re feeling extra supportive, we’ve even got flyers you can print out and take to your local comic book store, club meeting, campus, or wherever you think people might be interested. Word of mouth is one of the biggest ways we get ourselves out there, so show the world you’re here to help us inspire and support up-and-coming creators!


Interview with Joe Wos: MazeToons, ToonSeum, and more!



Cartoonist Joe Wos has a varied career, bringing art and cartooning into unexpected venues. He’ll be joining us at Intervention this August, where you can learn more about his current project, MazeToons, as well as how he integrates his art into different parts of his life.

Now, though, you can check out our interview with him to learn more about his career and his inspiration!

Intervention: You’ve had an extremely varied career that brings cartooning into a lot of unexpected areas! What inspired you to combine storytelling and live cartooning?
Wos: I’ve always considered cartoonist to be storytellers first and foremost. But I have to admit the idea of writing a comic strip and then 4 months later getting hate mail never appealed to me! So I wanted something that would give a real connection to the audience, something immediate. So I started coming up with these book ideas, only instead of turning them into books I turned them into stage performances where I would draw the stories as I told them. It was like watching a picture book be created before your eyes. But it had that immediate reaction that few artists get to experience.

Intervention: You also founded Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum. What sort of things could a visitor to the museum expect to see there?
Wos: I founded the ToonSeum and ran it for 7 years. It was a great run and experience. The idea was always to make it more than a museum, more like a community center for geeks. So as amazing as all the art was on the walls, part of the appeal were the events: drink and draw nights, screenings, opening events, and just people who wanted to come in and chat about comics and movies. That’s not to dismiss the art on the walls! We had everything from Mickey Mouse to Jack Kirby and everything in between. The goal was to use Mickey etc. to get them in the doors and then we would educate them on what cartoons and comics really were and what they were about. I called it the broccoli with cheese method.
The exhibits changed frequently so there was always something new to experience. But at the core, the art was about sharing the process, letting people know there were real artist behind every aspect of this art, pencillers, inkers, writers, painters, etc…

Intervention: Tell us a bit about your current project, MazeToons!
Wos: MazeToons is a hybrid game and cartoon. Cartoon illustrated mazes that feature characters or objects integrated into the maze as fully solvable components. I had been drawing them for over 35 years and then one day decided — I want to do this for real. I want this to be my path to syndication. It was a pretty wild dream. Syndication is damn near impossible to break into. Then a miracle happened: I got picked within days of submitting! So now it appears in newspapers but I am hoping to license it to products and more. You can see it at mazetoons.com

Intervention: You’ve combined cartooning with mazes, museums, storytelling, and even music! What would you like to combine your art with next?
Wos: I perform regularly with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and other symphonies, too. It is so much fun to illustrate along with the music. My path in cartooning seems to take as many twists and turns as one of my mazes! So I don’t know what is next for me. I think I’d love to do something on a grand scale, another giant maze mural, or cartoon projections… who knows? Whatever it is, I hope it will be amazing.

Intervention: How can our readers start following MazeToons if they’re just now discovering it?
Wos: PLEASE ask your local newspaper to carry it. Ask you editor to carry MazeToons from Creators Syndicate. It really does help, and it will give you a chance to see and solve my creation. Otherwise you can also visit mazetoons.com… but please ask your newspaper. Otherwise I’ll starve, and no one wants to live up to the stereotype of a starving artist! So feed the artist. Please.

Look forward to meeting Joe Wos and many other artists and creators at Intervention 2015!


Intervention 6 Panel: Learn how to get into the anime industry!


If you’re an aspiring voice actor, Intervention’s got you covered with voice acting workshops run by special guest Terry Molloy. But the anime industry in America isn’t just about voices: writers, editors, programmers, artists, and designers all come together to help bring Japanese entertainment to a Western audience. This year at Intervention, we’re offering information and education on careers in this portion of the industry as well.

Kara Dennison has worked as an editor and localization expert on anime for many years — first as a fan, and now for companies such as Crunchyroll, Discotek, and Sekai Project. Her credits include classic anime like Mazinger Z and Devilman, live-action dramas such as Liar Game, and visual novels and games such as Higurashi When They Cry and the upcoming official release of CLANNAD.

This year at Intervention, Kara will be running a panel sharing her experiences in the industry: what it’s like as a beginner, what skills and software you need to learn, and what it takes to get a show subtitled in time for an online simulcast. She’ll also discuss the pros and cons of working in an industry of which you’re a fan.

More panels and workshops will be announced soon, so keep an eye out!



Upcoming Marketing Seminars at Intervention 6 (by Oni)

August 14-16! Rockville, MD! I’ll be doing some updated for 2015 Marketing for Small Business seminars at Intervention. Shatner Cat says you need to register now!


My seminars are included for free with general admission. Following that I will be available to answer your questions and help you get to the next level. All Real Talk. No BS. No false hope. You’ll leave with actionable items that you can actually use to get your work seen no matter if it’s art, music, a blog, or a hamburger shop.

Tentative seminar titles are:

Oni Hartstein’s Real Talk Marketing 1: Setting up Your Business Online – This will cover the basic points that you need to hit and how you need to hit them in order to have an in-person and digital presence that works and grows.

Oni Hartstein’s Real Talk Marketing 2: Generating and Dealing with the Press (Magazines//TV/Radio) – The Press won’t come to you. Here is how to start getting coverage and how to work with the Press so you don’t tick them off. I will also cover how to speak on camera and how to handle / diffuse PR disasters and negative Press.

Oni Hartstein’s Real Talk Marketing 3: Working your ecosystem – Once you are set up online you’ll have to put some work into it each week in order to grow. If you don’t know how to market your work or have plateaued, this is going to be a game-changer for you.

Register: https://interventioncon.com/registration/register-for-intervention/


GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: Terry Molloy (Doctor Who’s Davros) will speak about film/tv work, conduct voice acting workshops at Intervention 6

Intervention is happy to welcome Terry Molloy, Doctor Who’s Davros to our Intervention 6 guest lineup!


Terry Molloy is a busy actor and, as well as directing and producing, he has been involved in all areas of the entertainment business over the past ‘forty-something’ years.

Along with a wide spectrum of television appearances, he is perhaps best well known on the small screen to Doctor Who fans as ‘DAVROS’, creator of the Daleks, playing the Doctor’s nemesis in the classic series from 1983 to 1989, and continues to today, starring both on stage and in many of the award winning Big Finish Audio adventures, including the four part mini-series “I,Davros”

Terry’s recent film work has included “In Love with Alma Cogan”, with Roger Lloyd Pack, Sinead Cusack and John Hurt, “ChickLit” with Dakota Blue Richards, Eileen Atkins, John Hurt & Eileen Atkins and a new production from Capriol Films, “Draw on Sweet Night”, with Nicky Henson & Christian McKay – a tale of intrigue & romance featuring the 16th Century Madrigal composer ‘Master John Wilbye’.

He is currently acting in the online webseries Kosmos, and will be speaking about it, his regular film/tv work, and also conducting some voice acting workshops at Intervention.

Click here for more information and to see all of the guests we have so far for this year’s event!

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