MA – Will Eisner Week Workshop

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The Cambridge Public Library will host a comic book workshop for kids with comics creators on Saturday, March 8th from 12:30-2:30pm! Guests include Jef Czekaj (author of HIP AND HOP, DON’T STOP!; CAT SECRETS; THE CIRCULATORY STORY; and YES, YES, YAUL!), Shelli Paroline (ADVENTURE TIME; MIDAS FLESH), Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME; MIDAS FLESH), Dan Mazur (independent cartoonist, journalist, teacher, screenwriter and editor; co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable and MICE: the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo), Bob Flynn (SPONGEBOB COMICS; GULP! a Monster Comics Anthology for Kids), Josh Dahl (RAPID CITY), and Dan Moynihan (whose work can be found in NICKELODEON Magazine and HEEBY JEEBY Comix).

All seven creators will be signing at the Million Year Picnic in Harvard Square from 3-5pm. At 4pm, they will be joined by Gregory Benton (HUMMINGBIRD, B+F), who will be signing from 4pm-6pm.

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Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

MICE 2013 Returns With 2-Day Show

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Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo hosts its first two-day show on September 28-29, 2013 at in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA! The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable, an independent arts collective, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics and connects local creators with local audience. They will also run a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. MICE is for anyone of any age who wants to discover new comics, learn more about the medium of comics, or is interested in making their own. Sunday is Kids Day, featuring workshops for the young cartoonist.

MICE 2013 is pleased to welcome eight comic creators to our show as our special guests: Chris Duffy, George O’Connor, Josh Neufeld, Lucy Knisley, Maris Wicks, Mike Cavallaro, Nick Abadzis, and R. Sikoryak. They will appear at their tables in the exhibition area, as well as at various panels and workshops over the weekend.

Plus MICE features 150 exhibitors including Alison Wilgus, Bob Flynn, Braden Lamb, Cathy Leamy, Colleen AF Venable, David Marshall, E. J. Barnes, Ellen Crenshaw, Emmy Cicierega, Jennie Wood, Ming Doyle, Nate Bellegarde, Renee Kurilla, Sean Wang, Shelli Paroline, Stephanie Yue, Tim Finn, Zack Giallongo, and many more!

View the exhibitor list and full schedule (TBA) at the website: www.micexpo.org

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MA – Adventure Time Signing

Artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb sign at Comicazi on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from noon until 3:00pm.

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Comicazi
407 Highland Avenue,  Somerville, MA 02144

MA – Hellbound Party

Press Release:

Boston Comics Roundtable (BCR) and the Andromeda Gallery in Allston are proud to announce the 2012 Gallery Show and Halloween Costume Party in support of Hellbound III: Darkness on Saturday, October 27th at 6:00pm! The Boston Comics Roundtable’s horror anthology celebrates its third year and will be showcasing all-new original art from the 11 gruesome narratives, pinup art, and cover that comprise Hellbound III: Darkness.

To help launch this collection of illustrated darkness, Hellbound III’s creative team of Roho, Jerel Dye, and Kyle Anderson of the Boston Comics Roundtable is inviting the public to an evening of enjoyably horrific revelry. Events will include sketch fighting, zombie/monster caricatures, and a costume contest in which party guests will compete to win a FREE, creators-signed Art Edition of Hellbound III: Darkness! All proceeds will go toward funding Boston Comics Roundtable publishing endeavors. Following the Art Edition printing, a normal-sized offset edition of Hellbound III: Darkness will be available at local comic stores, online, and shows.

Admission is FREE. RSVP on Facebook!

ABOUT BOSTON COMICS ROUNDTABLE
The Boston Comics Roundtable is an independent organization of local cartoonists and writers since 2006. The group meets weekly to workshop, network, and socialize. Meetings are open to the public. Information regarding publications, artist galleries, and meetings can be found at www.bostoncomicsroundtable.com.

ABOUT ANDROMEDA GALLERY
Andromeda Gallery is an alternative space in which the public can learn and indulge in the new wave of art inspired by animation, comics and video game culture. It seeks to represent and promote artists who are deeply influenced and inspired by this new wave of visual culture; therefore, offering fresh exciting art works for new and seasoned art collectors. The gallery welcomes suggestions about shows, collaborations and ideas for furthering art experiences for both artists and the general public.

Andromeda Gallery
119 Braintree Street Suite 320, Allston, MA, 02134
617-835-9129

Boston Comics Roundtable Unleashes Hellbound III at MICE 2012

September 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Massachusetts

Press Release:

The Boston Comics Roundtable, in partnership with River Bird Comics, is pleased to announce the publication of Hellbound III: Darkness, an anthology of all-new horror comics by artists and writers from greater Boston.

The Art Edition of Hellbound III: Darkness will debut on Saturday September 29 at the third annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), and be available at selected comics shops in the region and online. The Art Edition, at 8.5 x 11 inches, features black and white art with a  wraparound full color cover nearly a yard long, designed by Roho and featuring art by Jerel Dye. Following this initial printing, a regular edition will be available at local comic stores, shows, and online.

The Boston Comics Roundtable’s annual Hellbound collections have won the praise of many comics critics. Roz Young at Sequential Tart called last year’s edition “a wonderful set of frighteningly fiendish stories.” Brigid Alverson at Robot 6 wrote, “The craftsmanship in this volume is impressive.” Jen Vaughn of the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont called the collection “perfect for the horror fan.” That edition, Hellbound II, was nominated for a New England Art Award in the category of best book.

Hellbound III: Darkness continues in the same horrifying tradition with eleven chilling tales that examine the darkness that lies within all of us. These gruesome narratives feature some of New England’s best artists and writers. Tak Toyoshima, creative director at Dig Publishing, offers a quick taste of zombies. Poet and “horror burlesque” impresario Janaka Stucky teams with tattoo artist Josh Wallis for a story set in a mortuary. Lindsay Moore, Donna Martinez, and Joey Peters explore the dark side of high-school overachievers. Even baseball gets the horror treatment in “America’s Pastime” by Stephen Cartisano and Ellen T. Crenshaw.

The creators work in a variety of styles. Kimball Anderson’s “No, He Can Come” uses totally black backgrounds while James the Vampire’s art may look light and airy but hides terror underneath. Jacob Oley and Gregery Miller collaborate on a nightmarish character sketch named “Vimshaw.” Alison Burke and Tara Harris of Arrocomic.com explore the woods at night. Joshua D. Hoaglund’s “Vengeance” and Adrian Rodriguez’s “Pedestrian” are both nearly wordless, with one story taking place on a whaling ship and the other in a modern city. Jon Clark’s “Void” closes out the volume with the chilling words of a love too far.

The editorial team for Hellbound III included Jerel Dye as story editor and Kyle Anderson as art editor with supplied additional illustrations by Gregery Miller and Roho. This volume was designed and produced by Uruguay born Roho, owner/publisher of River Bird Comics and creator of Hellbound.

The Art Edition of Hellbound III: Darkness costs $25.00 and it’s available for preorder here.

Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo Returns

Press Release:

Boston Comics Roundtable (BCR) and the Art Institute of Boston (AIB) are proud to announce the third annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE). MICE is Boston’s only show dedicated to alternative comics, ‘zines, and web comics. The 2012 expo features talented regional cartoonists, including Ignatz Award-winning Box Brown (Everything Dies), veteran comics parodist Robert Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), and 100 more indie artists on the rise.

With free admission, MICE 2012 is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the local independent comics scene to get a first-hand look at thousands of unusual, entertaining and interesting comics, as well as meet the creators. Over 100 comics artists and small publishers will be exhibiting.  The show will include demonstrations with professional artists and panel discussions on topics central to comics and an exhibit of original art.

“There’s so much exciting work being done in independent comics these days, but it’s a rare opportunity to be able to see such a great sampling of it one place,” said Dan Mazur, a MICE organizer. “The great thing about a show like MICE is that so many local creators get to gather together and connect with their fans, and with potential readers.”

The popularity of last year’s show was reflected in the fact that exhibitor tables for MICE 2012 sold out within three hours of going on sale online.

MICE will present a day-long slate of panel discussions and creative workshops, on topics including Comics and Medicine, Comics and the Art World, Comics and Religion, Injury-avoiding Exercises for Artists, and others.

Another new wrinkle for MICE this year is the addition of the NECAC (New England Comic Arts in the Classroom) Symposium, as an associated event.  NECAC is an organization that promotes the use of comics as an educational tool in K-16 classrooms. The symposium will be a three-hour event, offering workshops and discussions specifically aimed toward educators. It will be held on the same morning as MICE, and in the same building, creating a unique synergy between a creator-focused and educator-focused approaches to the art of comics.

MICE occurs on September 29 at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit www.masscomics.com.

ABOUT BOSTON COMICS ROUNDTABLE
Boston Comics Roundtable draws local cartoonists and writers to collaborate, workshop and socialize since 2006. BCR publishes Inbound, an anthology of Boston-area independent comics, Outbound, a science-fiction comics anthology, and the horror anthology, Hellbound. Visit bostoncomicsroundtable.com for more information.

ABOUT THE ART INSTITUTE BOSTON / LESLEY UNIVERSITY
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University is a college of visual arts offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the two-year Advanced Professional Certificate, and the low residency Master of Fine Arts degree. In addition, continuing and professional education, intensive workshops, and pre-college courses are all available.

ABOUT R. SIKORYAK
MICE 2012 Guest of Honor R. Sikoryak’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, Drawn & Quarterly, Raw, Fortune, Esquire, GQ, among many other publications, and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is the author of the graphic novel Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly), and the co-author, with Michael Smith, of The Seduction of Mike (Fantagraphics), a comic book funded by the NEA. He was awarded an Artist’s Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts for his comics adaptations of classic literature. He is in the Speakers Program of the New York Council of the Humanities. In his spare time, he creates performances, slide shows, and animation for downtown theater and independent films.

R. Sikoryak Announced as Special Guest for MICE 2012

MICE, the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, returns for a third year on Saturday September 29th, 2012 from 10 AM–7 PM with special guest R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics)! The Second Floor Atrium of University Hall, at Lesley University’s Porter Square campus in Cambridge, will once again be the site of the Boston area’s only show dedicated to independent and alternative comics, small publishers, webcomics, and ’zines.

The event also includes an exhibit of original comic art and a day-long series of panel discussions which will focus on the growing interaction of comics and graphic novels with other spheres of modern culture. Admission to the show and all related events will be free.

About the Boston Comics Roundtable
Formed in 2006, the Boston Comics Roundtable brings local cartoonists and writers together to collaborate, workshop and socialize. Among BCR’s publications are Inbound, an anthology of Boston-area independent comics, Outbound, a science-fiction comics anthology, and the upcoming 2nd issue of the horror anthology, Hellbound. If you’re in the Boston metro area, join us for our next meeting. Visit bostoncomicsroundtable.com for more information.

About the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University is a college of visual arts, located in the student- friendly Kenmore/Fenway area of Boston. AIB offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the two-year Advanced Professional Certificate, the low residency Master of Fine Arts degree, as well as continuing and professional education, intensive workshops, and pre-college courses.

MA – Hellbound Signing

Hub Comics hosts a signing with the Boston Comics Roundtable this Saturday May 19th!

Limited Screenprinted pages from Hellbound #1!
Hellbound II premier with creators signing during the whole day.

11:00 AM – Clayton McCormack creator of “The Breath of Life” for Hellbound II.

12:00 PM – Nathan Kitler writer of “Necrocomicon” for Hellbound II and “The Bloody Curse of Sarah Goode” for Hellbound.

01:00 PM – EJ Barnes artist of “The Plague” (Hellbound II) and creator of “A House with a Past” (Hellbound) and Patrick Flaherty writer of “The Plague.”

02:00 PM – Gabriel Robinson author of “The Red Calf” for Hellbound II.

03:00 PM – Jesse Lonergan story editor and cover artist for Hellbound II. Author of “Sweet Dreams” (Hellbound).

04:00 PM – Ansis Purins author of “Slappy” for Hellbound II.

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

MA – Hellbound II Launch Party

Halloween Launch Party for Locally Published Horror Comic Anthology “Hellbound 2” at Tommy Doyle’s, October 28th.

Press Release:

The Boston Comics Roundtable will be horrifying readers again this Halloween with the second installment of its “Hellbound” anthology of independent horror comics written and drawn by local creators. All comics creators, fans, and friends are invited to celebrate the premiere of the new book at a comics-themed Halloween Party on Friday, October 28, at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square.

“Hellbound 2’s” initial release will be in a limited Art Edition, printed on hand-crafted paper and packaged in a screen-printed presentation box. This limited edition will go on sale at the party.

Edited by Jesse Lonergan, Hellbound 2 features terrifying stories by an assortment of independent comics artists and writers, most working out of New England: Nathan Kitler and Jerel Dye, Clayton McCormack, John Hilliard, Joshua Hoaglund, JL Bell and Andy Wong, Caitlin Plovnick, Ansis Purins, Gabriel Robinson, Patrick Flaherty and EJ Barnes, Logan Faerber, Gregery Miller, and Lindsay Moore and Alex Cormack. The book also features illustrations by the artists Bob Flynn, Erik Heumiller, Carl Tsui, Nate Furman, Cherry Ogata, Laurel Leake, and Roho.

The hand crafted paper used for the Box and Covers of Hellbound 2 was made at the Boston Paper Collective in Charlestown by the contributors with the help of BPC’s Melissa Cross and Zoe Culbertson. The Boxes were screen-printed at the New Hampshire Institute of Art under the guidance of NHIA’s Foundation Chairman, Joel Gill, also a Boston Comics Roundtable member.

The Hellbound Party will include a costume contest, “sketch fights” (competitive speed-cartooning done for an audience), zombie caricatures, and stand-up comedy by
Tim Varguilish  and Maria Ciampa.

What: “Hellbound 2” book release and Halloween Party.
When: Friday, October 28th, 7:00 pm to close.
Where: Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square, 96 Winthrop St., Cambridge, MA.
Admission: FREE.

About the Boston Comics Roundtable
Formed in 2006, the Boston Comics Roundtable brings together local cartoonists and writers to collaborate, workshop, and socialize. Among BCR’s publications are “Inbound,” an anthology of Boston-area independent comics; “Outbound,” a science-fiction comics anthology; and “Hellbound,” an annual collection of horror comics. All comics creators, critics, and curious fans in metro Boston are welcome at the BCR’s weekly meetings. Visit www.bostoncomicsroundtable.com for more information.

MICE 2011 Announces Schedule

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo has released the schedule for this weekend’s show!

Workshops & Artist Demos

  • 12pm – Foldy Comics! – Jerel Dye presents an innovative way of making a your own comic book from a single sheet of paper.  This is a kid-friendly workshop or for anyone just getting started in the comic craft.
  • 1pm – Watercolor Demonstration with Ellen Crenshaw
  • 2pm – Comic Lettering and Inking with David Marshall
  • 3:15pm – Creating Digital Comics – Walkthrough the software and techniques with webcomic artist Andy Wong.
  • 4:30pm – Coloring Comics with Braden Lamb

Panels

Comics & …! is a day-long program of panel discussions exploring diverse topics in independent comics.  Each panel will take place in University Hall’s Amphitheater, 2nd Floor.

COMICS & TEACHING: Beyond Maus and Persepolis

11:00 AM - Comics such as Spiegelman’s Maus and Satrapi’s Persepolis have found a solid foothold as legitimate classroom texts. However, there are many other noteworthy graphic novels that could also find their way into the K-16 curriculum. This panel will explore specific strategies for teaching comics and teaching with comics, looking past the “canonical” texts noted above.

MODERATOR: David Marshall PANELISTS: Michael Gianfrancesco, Director, New England Comic Arts in the Classroom; Educator, North Providence High School; Maureen Bakis, author The Graphic Novel Classroom; Alexander Danner, instructor, Emerson College Graphic Novel Program; Robert Shreefter, Professor, Lesley University.

COMICS & CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: Smart Comics For Kids

12:15 PM – This panel of writers, artists, and reviewers will discuss today’s comics storytelling for kids, the challenges of appealing to different age groups, and the changing roles of such “gatekeepers” as librarians, comic shops, publishers, parents, and digital portals.

MODERATOR: J. L. Bell, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators PANELISTS: Robin Brenner, creator of noflyingnotights.com, Jef Czekaj, author-illustrator. Gareth Hinds, author-illustrator, Shelli Paroline, artist, Colleen AF Venable, scripter and designer

COMICS & SOCIAL JUSTICE: Cartoons with a Cause

1:30 PM – Our panelists discuss ways in which the comics medium can be valuable in political discourse, and how independent comics can be an important focus of community activism as well as provide voices for — and representations of — minorities and other marginalized groups.

MODERATOR: Che Salazar PANELISTS: Rebecca Migdal, World War Three Illustrated; Colin Tedford, Trees & Hills Comics Group; Tak Toyoshima, creator Secret Asian Man; Anna Mudd, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies

COMICS & FASHION : Project: Rooftop

2:45 PM – Since 2006 the Project : Rooftop website has examined the trend of independent illustrators redesigning superhero costumes, and now the discussion goes live at MICE! This panel will focus on a few comic book characters, looking at how they’ve been visually interpreted over the years by professionals and fans alike.

MODERATOR: Braden Lamb PANELISTS: Joe Quinones (Wednesday Comics, Amazing Spider-Man), Ming Doyle (Tantalize, The Loneliest Astronauts), and Jennifer Ngan (Instructor, Art Institute of Boston).

COMICS & COLLABORATION: Teamwork 101

4:00 PM – Many of the best comics and graphic novels are created through collaboration between a writer and artist. This panel will present several experienced teams of artists and writers, to share their insights on the pleasures and pitfalls of creative teamwork. How are comics partnerships formed and successfully maintained to produce the optimum results? What surprises have writers and artists encountered in the process of collaboration? What should less experienced creators seeking collaborators look for or be wary of?

MODERATOR: Alexander Danner PANELISTS: TBA

COMICS & TECHNOLOGY: Digital Comics

5:15 PM – Digital creation and distribution of comics are here to stay and will only get more important to the future of the medium. What are the best platforms – currently, or on the horizon — for the production and delivery of digital comics? How can artists and writers adapt themselves to new devices and software, and what improvements can be anticipated? What are the implications of these new technologies for the artist’s work and income?

MODERATOR: Dirk Tiede (Paradigm Shift) PANELISTS: Kevin Church (Writer, The Line), Christopher Baldwin (Little Dee) Box Brown (Everything Dies)

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