Kids Comics Day at MICE 2015


Press Release:

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) is a whole weekend of books, fun, and events for every age, with free admission to all, located at University Hall in Porter Square. Sunday, October 18th is Kids Comics Day, featuring our best kid-oriented activities and comics! Meet the authors of some of the best kids comic books, including Ryan North (Adventure Time), Gene Luen Yang (Avatar: The Last Airbender, American Born Chinese), George O’Connor (The Olympians) and Bob Flynn (Spongebob Comics). Discover your new favorite comics and cartoonists in our exhibit hall. Just keep an eye out for balloons attached to tables: that’s how find kid-friendly comics!

Kids can learn how to make their own cartoons and comics in three workshops and activity sessions…

Fable Comics Workshop
Oct 18th, 11:30 AM – 12:30PM

Looking for your next great comic idea? You can start with one of the oldest stories you know – fables! Chris Duffy, editor of Fable Comics Anthology, and artists George O’Connor (The Olympians) and Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time) will give you some pointers in drawing your own comic from well-known fables.

Unexpected Cartoons
Oct 18th, 1:00 PM – 2:00PM

Cartoonist Cara Bean leads a playful workshop for kids and all ages. Participants are led into various drawing exercises that would encourage improvisation and strengthen creative ability. We will approach drawing from new angles and discover unexpected results. All you need is a sheet of paper, pencil, eraser, and an open mind.

Mini-Comic Workshop
Oct 18th, 2:30 PM – 3:30PM

Sometimes the best ideas come out of play, improvisation, and collaboration. In this workshop, you’ll participate in a few fun, collaborative, drawing games and create some wildly unexpected characters and stories with your fellow attendees.

Join us at MICE on Sunday, October 18th to explore the best in kids comics, and check out our full schedule for even more events offered all weekend.

Kids Comics Day at MICE is sponsored by The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA which offers comics classes year-round to all ages. Sign up for the Fall session today at

MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday, October 18th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is FREE. Special Guests include: Gene Luen Yang, Lucy Knisley, Dustin Harbin, Ryan North, and Jennifer Hayden! Click their website for more information:

MA – Ruins/Macanudo Signing


Peter Kuper and Liniers appear at Harvard Book Store on Thursday October 22, 2015 at 8:00 PM!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes graphic novelist and Harvard University visiting professor PETER KUPER and renowned Argentinian comics artist LINIERS for a presentation of their books Ruins and Macanudo #3.

On Ruins:

Samantha and George are a couple heading towards a sabbatical year in the quaint Mexican town of Oaxaca. For Samantha, it is the opportunity to revisit her past. For George, it is an unsettling step into the unknown. For both of them, it will be a collision course with political and personal events that will alter their paths and the town of Oaxaca forever.

In tandem, the remarkable and arduous journey that a Monarch butterfly endures on its annual migration from Canada to Mexico is woven into Ruins. This creates a parallel picture of the challenges of survival in our ever-changing world.

Ruins explores the shadows and light of Mexico through its past and present as encountered by an array of characters. The real and surreal intermingle to paint an unforgettable portrait of life south of the Rio Grande.
On Macanudo #3:

Macanudo #3 is the newest volume of Liniers’s daily comic strip, and the drawing and vision are more gorgeous than ever. Like volumes #1 and #2, this new collection is marked by existential wit, a playful sensibility, and a probing mind. Dive in for more Henrietta and her cat Fellini; more Mandlebaum, the teddy bear; more sensitive robot, and much else besides!

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515

MA – Inaction Comics Panel


Press Release:

The Boston Comics Roundtable invites you to a conversational discussion on the genesis, process, and philosophy of the Inaction Comics anthology on Sunday October 11th at 7 PM with editor Kimball Anderson and fellow contributors Cathy G. Johnson, MJ Robinson, and Laurel Lynn Leake. Held at the Boston Comics Workspace at 561 Windsor St., Studio 306, the event is free and open to the public, though a suggested donation of $5 is welcome. The event is sponsored by Ninth Art Press.

The talk will cover the concept and ideas behind what became Inaction Comics, rooted in the aim of wanting to diverge from action-based storytelling and the desire to allow for a wider range of representation to occur. It will also include a discussion of how artistic choices can impact the ability to represent varied experiences and identities and delve into the contributors’ shared “Art Comics” aesthetic and how this reflects in the book. The panel will go over their own individual work and how it relates to the central theme of the anthology.

The event will allow audiences to examine the process of putting together a new kind of anthology and promises to be an engaging evening of art and comics. For more information on the anthology, or to purchase, please go to the link…

About the Panel
Kimball Anderson is an artist and writer who draws from personal experiences of chronic fatigue syndrome and agoraphobia, which manifest in an interest in delineating the subtlest of sensation with accuracy. Kimball’s art gently but analytically probes at our automatic and seemingly uninteresting self, honoring it as something meaningful and filled with beautiful ambiguities.

Cathy G. Johnson is an artist in Providence, RI. She grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. She was awarded the Small Press Expo 2014 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. Her inspiration is drawn from community and critical theory.

Laurel Lynn Leake works in all sorts of mediums to explore how we construct and communicate our identities in an intersectional world. She uses science fiction and magical realism as a stage to examine the role queerness and deviant compassion play in human culture. Leake earned her BFA in Interdisciplinary Art and her BA in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2010, and after graduating from the Center for Cartoon Studies with her Masters in Fine Arts in 2013, now works as a freelancer in Providence, RI.

MJ Robinson draws stories and writes pictures in Providence, RI. Their recent art explores internal and relational power dynamics by calling out for and echoing back through the emotional resonances of things unsaid. MJ grew up in Pennsylvania (mostly) and graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio with a BA in Studio Art and Creative Writing. They currently work as an arts and museum educator, freelance illustrator, and cartoonist.

About Boston Comics Roundtable
The Boston Comics Roundtable is a community of independent comics artists and writers based in the Greater Boston area, acting as a resource for local creators. We encourage development and collaboration and welcome anyone interested in creating or publishing comics, at all ages and levels of experience. Our weekly meetings revolve around discussions of news in comics, showing of members’ work, and the professional development of everyone involved.

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Boston Comics Workspace – Studio 306
561 Windsor Street Somerville, MA 02143

MA – Molly Ringwald Revisits the Club

00mollyMolly Ringwald Revisits the Club: 30th Anniversary Screening of The Breakfast Club, Discussion, and Q&A at the Lynn Auditorium on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8:00 PM!

Delight in a 30th anniversary screening of everyone’s favorite coming-of-age dramedy, The Breakfast Club, followed by an interactive discussion and Q&A with Molly Ringwald herself. Whether you’re a Brain, Athlete, Basket Case, Criminal, or Princess, longtime fans and new audiences alike can celebrate the return of this iconic film to the big screen. Detention has never been more fun, especially when one is getting the inside scoop from Molly Ringwald! A limited number of VIP tickets will be available that include a meet and greet with Molly. Pixy Stix-Cap’n Crunch sandwiches and sushi are not included. Tickets available at the link…

Molly Ringwald’s diverse career has included movies (Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles), Broadway (Enchanted April, Cabaret), music (jazz recording Except Sometimes), and writing (When It Happens To You, Getting The Pretty Back). The Breakfast Club is known as the “quintessential 1980s film” and is considered as one of the best films of the decade. The film was ranked #1 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 Best High School Movies (2010). Molly Ringwald was ranked #1 on VH-1’s 100 Greatest Teen Stars (2011).

Molly’s Bio:
Molly Ringwald is an actress, author, and singer. Her work in film is characterized by what the renowned New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael called her “charismatic normality.” Ringwald was cast in Paul Mazursky’s film Tempest at the age of thirteen—a performance that earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

She went on to star in numerous films, including the now-iconic John Hughes’ movies Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. Additional films include The Pick-Up Artist, For Keeps, Fresh Horses, Betsy’s Wedding, Cindy Sherman’s Office Killer, Billy Bob Thornton’s Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade, & Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear. Her latest films include the forthcoming Bad Night and Jem and the Holograms.

The author of the national bestsellers, Getting the Pretty Back and When It Happens to You, she has written for the New York Times, Vogue, Salon, Esquire, Allure, Tin House, the New York Times Book Review, and the Guardian. In 2013, Concord Records released her debut jazz album Except Sometimes. She lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles.

Lynn Memorial Auditorium
3 City Hall Sq, Lynn, MA 01901
(781) 581-2971

MICE Presents Caffeinated Cartoonists


Press Release:

In celebration of the upcoming MICE show and cartoonists near-insatiable need for Caffeine, MICE is happy to announce our first One Day Residency “Caffeinated Cartoonists.” We’re inviting you to come check out what our amazing local talent has on the drafting board.

Join MICE at Diesel Cafe for the new annual event celebrating the symbiotic relationship between cartoonists and their caffeine! From 10AM-6PM on Friday October 2nd, MICE will host local cartoonists in a one-day residency hosted in Somerville’s own Diesel Cafe where local cartoonists will be working on their comics live, powered by the might of coffee!

For any questions, feel free to contact event organizer Zachary Clemente.

“Caffeinated Cartoonists” takes place Friday October 2nd from 10AM-6PM at Diesel Cafe, located at 257 Elm Street in Somerville’s own Davis Square, accessible by bus and the T’s Red Line.

MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday, October 18th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is FREE. Special Guests include: Gene Luen Yang, Lucy Knisley, Dustin Harbin, Ryan North, and Jennifer Hayden! Click their website for more information:

MA – The Chair Signing


Peter Simeti, publisher/founder of Alterna Comics, appears at Comicazi on Friday October 9th from 3:00 – 8:00 PM to sign THE CHAIR!

407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

MA – Chris Hardwick Performs



Due to Chris Hardwick’s TV and production commitments, as well as the uncertainty of regional weather, we’ve had to postpone FallFEST with Chris Hardwick to a later date this semester. Ticket holders will be receiving emails regarding how the tickets will be handled in more detail.

Comedian Chris Hardwick appears at MIT on Friday October 2nd at 8:00 PM!

Press Release:

Come get your laugh on with the UA Events Committee and the Student Activities Office, as we present Fall Festival featuring Chris Hardwick. Hardwick, the comedian behind Nerdist Industries and the host of hit Comedy Central show @Midnight, will bring his keen and hilarious insight on pop culture, science, and everything nerdy for a great night of comedy at MIT.

Doors Open at 7:30PM. Show starts at 8:00PM.

Refund Policy: There are no refunds on ticket purchases unless a performance is cancelled. If an event is cancelled, arrangements will be made to refund all ticket holders and the process for the refunds will be promoted on this Web site and via email.

Tickets available at the link…

MIT Kresge Auditorium
48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

MA – Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Signing


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Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Wordy Shipmates SARAH VOWELL on Friday October 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM for a reading from her latest book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette.

Chronicling General Lafayette’s years in Washington’s army, Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War.  Riding shotgun with Lafayette, Vowell swerves from the high-minded debates of Independence Hall to the frozen wasteland of Valley Forge, from bloody battlefields to the Palace of Versailles, bumping into John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lord Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette and various kings, Quakers and redcoats along the way.

Drawn to the patriots’ war out of a lust for glory, Enlightenment ideas and the traditional French hatred for the British, young Lafayette crossed the Atlantic expecting to join forces with an undivided people, encountering instead fault lines between the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, rebel and loyalist inhabitants, and a conspiracy to fire George Washington, the one man holding together the rickety, seemingly doomed patriot cause.

While Vowell’s yarn is full of the bickering and infighting that marks the American past—and present—her telling of the Revolution is just as much a story of friendship: between Washington and Lafayette, between the Americans and their French allies and, most of all between Lafayette and the American people. Coinciding with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Vowell lingers over the elderly Lafayette’s sentimental return tour of America in 1824, when three-fourths of the population of New York City turned out to welcome him ashore. As a Frenchman and the last surviving general of the Continental Army, Lafayette belonged to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction. He was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what the founders hoped this country could be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing, singular past.

Vowell’s narrative look at our somewhat united states is humorous, irreverent and wholly original.

Tickets are available now at the link…

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First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-7772

MA – Human Body Theater Launch Party


NYT bestselling graphic novelist Maris Wicks (artist of Primates, colorist on Batgirl) appears at Hub Comics on Tuesday October 13, 2015 from 6:30 till 8:30 PM to debut her new science comic HUMAN BODY THEATER!

Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143

MA – Jason Segel Signing


Press Release:

Harvard Book Store and 826 Boston are thrilled to welcome back multitalented actor, writer, and children’s book author JASON SEGEL (How I Met Your Mother, The Muppets, The End of the Tour) on Wednesday October 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM for a presentation of his book Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic, the sequel to his and Kirsten Miller’s middle grade book Nightmares! Jason will be joined in conversation by 826 Boston program coordinator KAREN SAMA.

Tickets go on sale online only at on September 10 at 9am. A general admission ticket is $20 and includes a copy of the new book Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic. A $5 kids ticket is also available for ages 12 and under and does not include a book.

Signing Guidelines / Books for Sale

-Jason will personalize one (1) book and will sign a total of three (3) books per person. This includes both Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic and Nightmares!
-Jason will not sign memorabilia. This is a book signing only.
-No flash photography; no posed photographs.
-The featured event book for the evening is Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic, which will be available for sale at the event. The original Nightmares! (in paperback) will also be available.

Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic

You thought the nightmares were over? You better keep the lights on!

Charlie Laird has a dream life.

1) He has a weirdo stepmom who runs an herbarium.
2) He lives in a purple mansion with a portal to the Netherworld.
3) Since they escaped from the Netherworld, he and his best friends have been sleeping like babies.

But Charlie can’t shake the feeling that something strange is afoot. Charlotte’s herbarium used to be one of the busiest stores in Cypress Creek. Now her loyal following is heading to Orville Falls for their herbal potions.
Weirder, though, Orville Falls is suddenly filled with . . . zombies? At least, they sure look like the walking dead. Rumor has it that no one’s sleeping in Orville Falls. And Charlie knows what that means.

Things are getting freaky again.


Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!

Charlie Laird has several problems.

1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark.
3. He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.

What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed.

And when your worst nightmares start to come true . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.

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Old South Church
645 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

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