And because this is likely to be the only conference you'll attend this year which has its very own Comics Laureate as a keynote.
Dylan Horrocks, Comics Laureate to the conference
Dylan Horrocks is a New Zealand comic artist and writer, born in 1966. His published work includes the graphic novel Hicksville (1998), which has been translated into French, Italian and Spanish; the comic book series Pickle (1992-1997) and Atlas (2001-); and "Milo's Week," a weekly political comic strip published in the New Zealand Listener (1995-1997).
He has also written comics for DC Comics and Vertigo, including a 25-issue run on Hunter: the Age of Magic, 19 issues of Batgirl and 3 issues of Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.
He has won an Eisner Comics Industry Award and his work has been nominated for other awards in America and Europe. He was awarded the University of Auckland-Creative NZ Literary Fellowship in 2006.
Dylan has lectured widely on comics, art and writing. His essays have been published in magazines and books in New Zealand and overseas. As an illustrator, he has contributed to a number of children’s books and magazines, including the School Journal and Nickelodeon magazine.
Currently Dylan is working on the serialisation of Atlas and on a short graphic novel called The American Dream. He lives in Maraetai with his wife and two sons.