Intervention is an awesome 3 day conference for people who enjoy learning amazing things and collaborating with other motivated people on a wide variety of projects targeted at the Internet generation.

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An Interview with Christian Beranek of The Webcomic Factory

Intervention 5 is artist and writer Christian Beranek’s first year attending our event. Her resume is nothing short of amazing, ranging from co-founding the expansive Webcomic Factory to helping create background content for movies such as Max Payne and Se7en.

What is your contribution to The Webcomic Factory?

I do a comic called Validation, a story about a trans girl trying to lead a fulfilling day-to-day life and who is also into geeky stuff like comics and conventions. Also, Tony and I collaborated on Post-Apocalyptic Nick, which is about a slacker who wakes up and has the world’s last working iPhone.

How did you get involved with your movie projects like Se7en and Max Payne?

I lived in L.A. for 6 years and worked with a bunch of comic companies. Zenescope got the rights for Se7en from New Line Cinema and I was able to pitch them a few story ideas that they were able to use.

For Max Payne, I was working with a company called Splastik, which is a company that does motion comics. They also help to do DVD bonus features, so I helped create a motion comic prequel to the movie that you can watch on the Max Payne Blu-ray.

What attracted you to Intervention Con?

As a webcomic creator, I just had to do the show at least once. Tony DiGerolamo, who has been here before, told me that I needed to check it out. Plus, this is my birthday weekend and I wanted something fun to do. And I love being around like-minded folks and talking comics and everything.


You Can Test a Brand New Card Game & Get Credited for It!

Every card game from Magic: The Gathering to Munchkin couldn’t have entered the gaming world without abundant testing. Now, you personally have the opportunity to test out a brand new card game before it even comes out–and get credited for it!

Nestled inside the board game room, you will find Dan Palmer and Martin Brandt’s upcoming card game “Dead Future,” based on their webcomic of the same name. Palmer explained that they will be welcoming testers for the game throughout the weekend and, if they provide their name on an accompanying survey, will be given credit once the game is released.

“It’s an apocalyptic battle royale for 2 players,” Palmer said, when asked to describe it.

Palmer went on to say that there are already plans for future expansions, including a possible board game. Not only will expansions be able to fold into the original game (thus reducing the cost to gamers), but they also will have the ability to change the entire direction or plot of Dead Future entirely.

Dead Future plans to hold a Kickstarter in January and is hoping for a Spring 2015 rollout. Check out Raven Warren Studios’ website for more information.


Intervention 5 Is Now Underway

Welcome to another amazing year of Intervention, everyone! It’s hard to believe that this is our fifth year doing this!

As always, we will be live-blogging the entire convention, providing you with updates, interviews, and all that fun stuff throughout the weekend. With the con doors now open, here is just a sampling of the many, many offerings that you should check out.

Sluggy Freelance: The Panel (6PM Friday, Large Panels Room)

Longtime Intervention friend Pete Abrams will be talking about his long-running webcomic, Sluggy Freelance, which was one of the first regularly-updated webcomics available to read. Almost 20 years later, it is still going strong.

David Pescovitz: Ask Me Anything (3PM Saturday, Large Panels Room)

We are very honored to have David Pescovitz from BoingBoing here this year. As the c-marketing manager of one of the longest-running blogs and information sources on the Web, he comes to us with a wealth of information on anything and everything from blogging.

(Re)Generation Who Presents: Doctor Who Premiere Party (8PM Saturday, Large Panels Room)

Whovians all over the world have been waiting for this weekend for months now. Join us for what is sure to be a crowded premiere of the new season of Doctor Who. Let’s see how Peter Scapaldi does in his turn as the 12th Doctor.

Intervention Talent Show (Ages 18+) (9PM Saturday, Panels Room 2)

There are no rules or regulations in this 18+, late-night staple of our gathering. If you can sing, perform stand-up comedy, or can showcase any other sort of talent, bring it to us and be judged! We’ll be hosting it as a Gong Style program this year.

As always, the entire weekend will be filled with engaging, informative, and of course interactive panels, our fabulous video game room, an opportunity to share your artwork on our wall (or even have it critiqued), and several LARPing games going on.

We look forward to seeing you here!


Workshop Spotlight: Learn How to Make a Web Series at Intervention 5

Every year we expand into more areas of creative awesome, thanks to your registrations and donations funding our event! This year we have some instruction for those of you who are interested in making your own a web series:

5PM Sat. Aug. 23 in the Workshop Room: Shotgun Mythos teaches you The ABC’s of Creating a Web Series

The creator of Shotgun Mythos presents a workshop on the ins and outs of creating a Web Series. We’ll open with the first couple of episodes of Shotgun Mythos so you can see a finished product, then move right into the workshop presentation. After the workshop, you’re invited to stay for a special screening of the movie of the second season of Shotgun Mythos (Movie rating: R).

Check out this and more in our Programming Descriptions and the Schedule.


A closer look at the Intervention 5 VIP / Enabler T Shirts

We depend on registrations, donations, and the sales of our merch to fund this here family-friendly art festival and conference. We don’t feel right taking donations without giving you something in return.

For a $50 donation (Lvl 3 Enabler) you get this limited-run T Shirt! Owly stompy! :D

You can upgrade your registration to be a Lvl 3 Enabler by following the instructions here, or you can do it at the con when you arrive!

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