SF – Hook 25th Anniversary Screening

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Join SF Sketchfest on Saturday January 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Hook” with special “Lost Boy” guests Dante Basco (Rufio) and James Madio (Don’t Ask) for a Q&A hosted by Alamo Drafthouse’s Henri Mazza, and participate in our interactive viewing party with props we’ll provide you when you arrive. Costumes encouraged! Bring the kids! $20 All Ages

Hard to believe, but it’s been 25 years since we were first introduced to Steven Spielberg’s grown-up Peter Pan (the wonderful Robin Williams), his trusty sidekick Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts), and a look at the world of Never Never Land in a way we’d never seen it before, complete with the nefarious Captain Hook (the dazzlingly- tressed Dustin Hoffman) and a very unique group of Lost Boys.

Click the link for tickets ($20)

Presented by SF Sketchfest

Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

NV – Sifu Kisu Workshop

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Sifu Kisu, martial arts consultant for Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, appears at the Naturally Organic Healing Center on Saturday, December 26, 2015 from 10:00 AM till noon for a kung fu workshop.

RSVP on Facebook!

Naturally Organic Healing Center
Charleston Buffalo Plaza
1171 South Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 433-3874

SF – Adventure Time Panel

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Join voice actors John DiMaggio (Jake The Dog, Muscle Princess), Maria Bamford (Hot Dog Princess, Slime Princess, Witch, Space Angel Princess), Tom Kenny (The Ice King, Lumpy Space King, Magic Man, Brad) and Kent Osborne (Joshua The Dog, Woobeewoo, Tonya) for an afternoon of conversation, Q&A and voices with some of the great talent behind Cartoon Network’s beloved animated series “Adventure Time” on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 3:00 PM! $25 All Ages

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest!

Get tickets at the link!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

MD/DC – No Mercy Signings

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Big Planet Comics is proud to welcome Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil, for two signings for their new Image Comics series, No Mercy! They will sign at the Bethesda store from noon – 2:00 PM and at the DC store from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.

RSVP on Facebook!

Big Planet Comics
4849 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 654-6856

RSVP on Facebook!

Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW Washington, DC 20009
202-342-1961

SF – Secret Coders Signing

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Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the San Francisco Public Library on Saturday November 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM!

Press Release: 

Award-winning, best-selling author Gene Luen Yang presents his newest graphic novel: Secret Coders! Exploring the world of computer programming from his experience as a computer science teacher, Yang brings this knowledge to his latest graphic novel.

Gene Luen Yang has written and drawn many comics, including the hit Avatar: The Last Airbender series and DC Comics’ Superman. American Born Chinese was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won the LA Times Book Prize for Boxers & Saints. His latest graphic novel is Secret Coders.

A booksale and signing follows this event.

Co-sponsored by the Fisher Children’s Center and the Mix at the San Francisco Public Library.

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4400

NYC – An Evening with Gene Yang

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Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday November 19, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

As one of the most preeminent Asian-American writers in the US, Gene Luen Yang has revitalized the conversation about diversity in the comics medium through his innovative, challenging comics writing and art. Focusing on themes of identity, coming of age, perspective shifts, and race, Yang has created stories that expand the traditional scope of comics storytelling, bring graphic novels to new audiences all over the United States. In this talk at the Society of Illustrators, Yang will discuss his comics career, followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Tickets available at the link… $15 Non-members | $10 Members | $7 seniors/students (Undergrad with valid ID)

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

NYC – Giggles & Gasps Signing

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Dave Roman, Alan KatzTommy Greenwald, Max Brallier, and Neil Swaab appear at Books of Wonder at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 31st!

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An afternoon of tales filled with laughs and adventure begins at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 31st, as five hilarious authors stop by Books of Wonder for panel sure to have you in stitches. MAX BRALLIER debuts The Last Kids on Earth, a graphic novel told in a mixture of text and black-and-white illustrations about what happens with a monster apocalypse comes to town; TOMMY GREENWALD presents Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Planet Girl, the story of how Charlie Joe Jackson finds a guidebook to Planet Girl and suddenly becomes his Middle School’s love doctor and Crimebiters #1: My Dog is Better Than Your Dog in which a young boy discovers that his new dog just might be a crime-fighting vampire!; ALAN KATZ shares The Day the Mustache Took Over, the tale of twin brothers who manage to scare off every babysitter, until they meet the mustached Martin Healey Discount, who proves that babysitters can make trouble, too; DAVE ROMAN brings book two in the Teen Boat! series, Teen Boat!: The Race for Boatlantis, an illustrated novel about the city Boatlantis, where being half boy/half boat is seen as a gift, not the curse Teen Boat always thought it was and the latest in his graphic novel adaptations of R.L. Stine’s classic Goosebumps, Slappy’s Tales of Horror; and NEIL SWAAB shines a light on his latest book, The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying), a story about and guide to surviving the first week of Middle School (i.e. The Worst Place in the Entire World).

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-3270

OR – Secret Coders Signing

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Gene Luen Yang appears at Barnes & Noble for the 1:00PM session of Meet the Maker on Saturday, November 7th. Come hear all about his new book Secret Coders! This is a free event; please join us.

About this author:
Gene Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. ABC’s instant critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Prize, catapulted Yang into stardom as a brilliant writer for teens and young adults. Boxers & Saints is his most recent graphic novel.

Barnes & Noble – Clackamas Town Ctr Mall
12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97086
503-786-3464

CA – Secret Coders Signing

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Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at Diesel Bookstore on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm!

Press Release:

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur, in conjunction with MVGATE, a local educational non-profit group, welcomes Gene Luen Yang to the store to discuss and sign his new children’s series book, Secret Coders, on Thursday, October 15th at 5:00pm.

Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

From graphic novel superstar (and high school computer programming teacher) Gene Luen Yang comes a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!

Gene Luen Yang has written and drawn many comics, including the hit Avatar: The Last Airbender series and Superman. American Born Chinese was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won the LA Times Book Prize for Boxers & Saints. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

DIESEL – Marin Country Mart
2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA 94939

MICE 2015 Announces Panel Schedule

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MICE will feature two full days of comics programming with workshops and demonstrations by professional artists, along with panel discussions on topics central to comics. All of our panels and workshops are appropriate for all-ages, but look for the Kid-Friendly tag for activities geared toward families and young readers. MICE Panels are located in the Lecture Hall and Workshops take place in the Lower Level of University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Comics For Life! Cartooning Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Get ready to draw your life in comics! MICE 2015 special guest Lucy Knisley, author of Relish: My Life In the Kitchen and many other graphic memoirs, will give you pointers on caricature, and how to illustrate your experiences and tell the story that only you can tell.

Black Independent Comics and Cartoonists Panel
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Five accomplished black independent cartoonists discuss their work and careers, as well as issues of racial identity in comics, and specifically in the alternative and independent comics world.
Moderator: Tony Davis Panelists: John Jennings, Micheline Hess, Ben Passmore, Whit Taylor, Joel Gill

Storyboarding Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Discover where comics and animation collide: the storyboard! We’ll work from existing scripts to develop your skills in sketching, pacing, and movement. Bob Flynn, art director at Fablevision Studios and storyboard artist for Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water, will show you how easy and fun the process can be!
Instructor: Bob Flynn

Iron Cartoonist (Kid-friendly Panel)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
MICE pits top cartoonists against each other in a live drawing event. Utilizing themed “ingredients,” three artists will compete for the title of ultimate cartoonist and earn prizes for the audience.
Host: Zack Giallongo Contestants: Mike Holmes, Cara Bean, Dan Moynihan Judges: Carey Pietsch, John Green, Braden Lamb

Comics Lettering and Layout Workshop
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Join cartoonist (Diary Comics, Behold! The Dinosaurs!) and occasional letterer (Casanova, Seconds) Dustin Harbin for a hands-on workshop exploring the role of lettering in comics page layout. Lettering is a lot more than just legible handwriting: it’s often the clearest sign to a reader of what’s happening on a page, who’s speaking and when, and in what order everything should be read. Participants will work through laying out lettering for a page of comics from start to finish, with plenty of room for Q’s and A’s along the way.

Writing About Comics 
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
In the midst of our review culture, how is comics criticism evolving alongside this exciting, growing art form? A panel of comics journalists, educators, and scholars examine how to write about a medium that includes both visual and literary storytelling. Moderator Brigid Alverson writes about comics at Robot 6 and School Library Journal. Our panelists write for a variety of online comics blogs including: Janelle Asselin (Comics Alliance), James Kaplan (Panel Patter), Zach Clemente (The Comics Beat), and Juliet Kahn (Comics Alliance).

First Aid for Drawing Injuries Workshop
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drawing can be fun, but it can also be a pain! Explore safe and effective techniques for caring for minor musculoskeletal injuries that can occur while drawing. Kriota Willberg, creator of the minicomic First Aid for Drawing Injuries (Or, Pain is Your Frenemy!) helps you to discover strategies for reducing pain while you draw and the differences between treating pain and treating injuries.

Kriota Willberg makes comics and art about body-oriented sciences. As a cartoonist she is best known for (NO) PAIN! A Guide to Injury Prevention for Cartoonists. An educator and massage therapist specializing in the treatment of orthopedic injury, she has also studied fitness and exercise. Kriota has taught injury prevention and anatomy for drawers at the Center for Cartoon Studies, the Society of Illustrators, and MoCCA.

What’s My Style? Panel
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Stylistic chameleon Robert Sikoryak sits down with four outstanding independent comics creators to explore the development of personal style. How has experimentation with graphic and storytelling techniques, media, format or other aspects of drawing comics challenged and shaped their visual styles? What breakthroughs, revelations, influences or inspirations have led to artistic growth? Moderator: R. Sikoryak Panelists: Luke Howard, Sophie Goldstein, Sophie Yanow, Jason Little

Comic Life Drawing (Kid-friendly Workshop)
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
This introduction to figure drawing gives cartoonists of all skill levels an opportunity to draw from a live model! Explore the basics of dynamic movement, weight, and human anatomy. Easels, paper, and charcoal will be supplied. Zack Giallongo is the illustrator of Broxo, Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, and The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents series.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fable Comics Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
11:30AM – 12:30 PM
Presented by The Eliot School

Looking for your next great comic idea? You can start with one of the oldest stories you know – fables! Chris Duffy, editor of the Fable Comics Anthology, along with 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.

Art of the Mini-Comic (Kid-friendly Panel)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
The humble mini-comic is one of the basic forms of expression for independent cartoonists, and it ranges from simple fold and staple photocopies, to exquisite handmade artists’ books. Jon Chad (Leo Geo, Bikeman) explores the form, and talks to some of the most creative mini-comic makers at MICE.

Jon Chad has been producing handmade mini-comics and zines since 2006. Jon has illustrated books for clients including the Atlanta Braves, the FBI, and has been commissioned to make minicomics for Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and Adventure Time. Jon Chad’s books Leo Geo and his Miraculous Journey through the Center of the Earth and the sequel, Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis are published by Roaring Brook Press. Jon lives in Northampton, MA and teaches book-making and screen-printing at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

Unexpected Cartoons (Kid-friendly Workshop)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Presented by The Eliot School

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.

Cara Bean is an artist and Educator in Lexington, MA. Cara excels in both poetic self introspection, and silly storytelling. Her Gorilla Year series has received critical praise for tackling autobiographical issues in an innovative form.

Comic Life Drawing (Kid-friendly Workshop)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
This introduction to figure drawing gives cartoonists of all skill levels an opportunity to draw from a live model! Explore the basics of dynamic movement, weight, and human anatomy. Easels, paper, and charcoal will be supplied. Instructor: Zack Giallongo

Spotlight on Ryan North and Gene Luen Yang Panel
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints) and Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Adventure Time) have each made major contributions to defining contemporary forms like webcomics and young adult graphic novels, as well as crossing over into the “mainstream” world: North has brought his absurdist wit to Marvel’s Squirrel Girl, while Yang is currently writing Superman for DC. MICE is proud to present these two original, category-defying creators in conversation with writer and educator Alexander Danner.

Mini-Comic Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
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.

Dan Moynihan lives in Brookline, Massachusetts where he draws and writes comics. His work has appeared in Nickelodeon Magazine and various anthologies. His first picture book, Hiding Dinosaurs, is out this year.

Parenthood and Comics Panel
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cartoonists who have taken the daring leap into parenthood — or parents who have taken the daring leap into cartooning — discuss how having children affects their work. How have they dealt with the challenges of maintaining a creative work schedule with the demands of parenthood? How has being a parent influenced the content of their work?

Moderator: Dan Mazur Panelists: Jennifer Hayden, Jason Little, Glynnis Fawkes, Charles Snow, Sage Stossel

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: www.micexpo.org

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