South Shore Comic Con Debuts This Weekend

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South Shore Art Center presents the first South Shore Comic Con on Saturday December 3rd from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM with over twenty comic artists who will be at tables, signing and selling their zines, original art, and talking about the craft of comic book storytelling. Panels and workshops will be in the art Studios throughout the day. The event was initiated by the Art Center’s cartoon instructor Tak Toyoshima, who discovered many of his students had never set foot in a comic book store. Tak is the artist behind the syndicated daily cartoon Secret Asian Man, and is a Hanover resident and his day job is the Creative Director for Rustic Marlin.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. The first 20 kids get a free South Shore Comic Con tee shirt thanks to Goodwin Graphics, the perfect item to get autographed by artists at the show.

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  • Barrington Edwards and Cagan Luse
  • Jesse Lonergan
  • Dan Mazur, The Boston Comics Roundtable
  • John Carvajal and Brittney Sargent
  • Tony Sedani
  • Jimmy Curtis and Joe Daxberger
  • Brian Connolly
  • Mike Doherty
  • Kat Klockow
  • Brendan Tobin
  • Patt Kelley
  • Joey Peters
  • Jerel Dye and Jesse Lonergan
  • Jon Dorn
  • E. J. Barnes
  • Kyri Lorenz and Daniel Welch
  • Frankie B Washington
  • Jessica L Metcalf and Joshua Falkenburg, Books By Bella

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Workshops & Panels In the Studios

11am to noon (Workshop)

Drawing from Reality for Fantasy

Barrington Edwards

Studio tips and techniques as well as hands on workshop drawing models, sculptures, and objects and how to use them to shape a more fantastical comics world.

 

noon to 12:30pm (Panel)

The Boston Comics Roundtable

Dan Mazur, E.J. Barnes, John Carvajal, Jesse Lonergan, Jerel Dye

Discussion on the importance of community and collaboration.

 

2pm to 3pm (Workshop)

Intro to Manga Drawing!

Kat Klockaw

Fun hands on drawing lesson on the basics of one of the most popular comic styles in the world: Japanese manga.

 

3pm to 3:30pm (Demo)

How to Make Comics … Not Just Draw Them

Kyri Lorenz and Mike Doherty. Demo on how to expand your comics beyond the traditional stapled together booklet.

 

South Shore Art Center
119 Ripley Rd, Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025
(781) 383-2787

MA – North Shore Comics Mayhem

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Porter Mill Gallery is proud to present “North Shore Comics Mayhem!”, on display in our gallery from May 6th-May 28th!

North Shore Comics Mayhem features original comics and cartoon artwork from local independent comic artists ERIC BOEKER, BRADEN LAMB, SHELLI PAROLINE and DIRK I. TIEDE. Be prepared for zombies, werewolves, giant monsters & robots, sci-fi action, and sweeping fantasy adventures!

This show will highlight a comic book artist’s process, displaying inked works, pencilled layouts, color prints, and more!

Come visit the opening reception, held on Saturday May 7th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM!!

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Studios at Porter Mill
95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915

Inaugural Cambridge Community Comic Arts Fair

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Boston Comics Roundtable and the Cambridge Public Library present THE CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY COMIC ARTS FAIR (CCCAF) on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM at the Cambridge Public Library (Main Branch: Teen Room).

Admission is FREE!

Come learn about the wide range of independent comics being produced in Cambridge and the Boston area. From action, adventure, and humor, to graphic novels dealing with personal and political themes, comics today are going places they’ve never gone before. Since 2006, the Boston Comics Roundtable has been at the center of the local comics scene, providing a venue for creators to meet, collaborate, publish, and grow as artists.

At CCCAF, members of the BCR will exhibit and sell their books and offer demonstrations and hands-on workshops for aspiring cartoonists of all ages and skill levels. High school art students from the area will also be on hand to share their comics creations with the public. Come join us!

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Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-4040

MA – Will Eisner Week Comics Workshops for Kids/Teens

000000_cpl-wewThe Boston Comics Roundtable hosts comic creating workshops for Teens and Children at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 1:00 PM till 3:00 PM in honor of Will Eisner Week!

Below is a listing of the amazing creators involved on this workshop:

Cara Bean is a cartoonist and art teacher from the Boston area. She pursues poetic introspection, and quirky storytelling through comics. Cara is currently creating a comic for children about a late-blooming caterpillar named Munch. Learn more about Cara Bean at www.carabeancomics.com.

LJ-Baptiste is an artist from Dorchester, MA. His current work is a webcomic series entitled COMIXSCAPE, which originated on DigBoston’s Sunday Comics Project back in 2013. It’s about the absurd adventures of a young boy and his pet raccoon in his new town. The comic is currently in it’s 4th chapter and can be read in full on www.comixscape.net

Ben Rutberg is a college freshman and aspiring cartoonist interested in finding the truth in small things. He has made two comic books, “Bildungsrobot!” and “The Big Fish,” and is currently working on two more, which he is not at liberty to talk about. He’s sure you’ll understand. You can find his work, including both of his comic books, at dorkdrawscomics.tumblr.com.

E. J. Barnes is a comics artist and writer who has worked on historical comics, editorial cartooning, and animation. She has taught cartooning at the Amigos Cambridgeport Community School and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She opens her home studio to the public during Cambridge Open Studios. Her online catalog of self-published comics and stories is at www.drownedtownpress.com.

Jonathan Hayes is an illustrator based out of Somerville. His interest in art began with drawing on his bedroom wall to making comic books as an adult. Jon also held strong interests in performing arts and writing. He is a member of the Boston Comics Roundtable, a comic book collective of creators. Jon is working on self publishing several titles ranging from children’s comics to dark fantasy.

John Carvajal is an artist currently living in Norwood, MA. He received his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design and his MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies. His work has been published in multiple anthologies including Maple Key Vol. 2, Strangelet Vol 1.1, and a collaboration with Aaron Humphreys in Compositional Studies Vol. 43.1. Carvajal has also exhibited his work in the UK, Canada, and the US at various comic festivals. He has been teaching drawing, painting, cartooning, and printmaking at various community art centers for the last 4 years. You can view some of his work at: www.jacarvajal.com

Maria Photinakis is an illustrator, cartoonist, painter and giant Star Trek nerd who hopes someday she’ll figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the meantime, she lives in Waltham with her husband and 2 fluffy cats.

Catalina Rufin is a 23 year old Boston-area cartoonist and illustrator. Her comics are about punk fairies, astronaut kids, and her interest in Scottish culture. She has made two comics for the BCR anthologies In A Single Bound #3 and Spellbound, and collaborated with author Tony McMillen on the graphic novel Oblivion Suite, about a 70s rock band. ”

Roho is an artist, writer and designer with a passion for print. He joined Boston Comics Roundtable shortly after moving to Cambridge in 2008. There contributed to the last three issues of Inbound as well as publishing the Outbound and Hellbound anthologies. He is hard at work in a wide range or new comics projects if you see him out there in the world he would love to tell you all about them. Check out his latest project here: roho.tumblr.com

Dan Mazur is an independent cartoonist, editor, publisher and author who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His comics have appeared in numerous anthologies, and his Cold Wind (with Jesse Lonergan), was named a notable in The Best American Comics of 2013. He is the co-writer with Alexander Danner of Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present. He is co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable, and MICE: the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, and founder of Ninth Art Press, as small press devoted to comics and comics anthologies, which has recently published SubCultures: a Comics Anthology.

Nina Tobin is currently in her 15th year of teaching. She received a B.A. in Art History, Theology and Education from Regis College, and a Master’s degree in Special Education through Lesley University. Nina has been a member of the Museum of Fine Arts Educator Advisory Board since 2008, serving as a speaker for the Autism Museum Accessibility Panel in 2014. She is author and presenter of a TED talk titled, “Thinking Socially,” a former educator for the Boston Public Schools, and former Chairperson of the Westwood Chapter of SEPAC. She has worked with MGH’s YouthCare/Aspire Program since 2007, most recently serving as a contributor developing Brain-Based Social Pragmatics curriculum, and as a Site Director for their Summer Camp program. She has also delivered numerous presentations to parents and educators on using the fine arts, universal design, and multiple intelligences in all academic content areas. Outside of school, Mrs. Tobin spends her time with her husband and sons, visiting museums, painting, illustrating, and singing professionally with the Lost Cosmonauts. She enjoys teaching Art, Music, Theater, as well as Social Pragmatics and Applied Sociology at the Tremont School.

Brendan Tobin is an illustrator/animator who worked in the New York animation industry and currently is employed as a marketing designer, as well as hosting a comics class for middle school students. He enjoys making comics and cartoons and regularly posts them on his blog: brendantobin.blogspot.com. Brendan lives in Norwood, Ma with his beautiful wife and amazing stepsons.

Heide Solbrig, scholar, filmmaker, illustrator, and media artist is the sole proprietor of ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat Productions. WFYB focuses upon transmedia documentary production, currently working on sexuality education in collaboration with Partners’ in Sex Education. Other projects include producing an interview archive of residents’ experience at ‘The Water Tower Place’ a low-income housing project in St. Louis, Missouri, and producing a vlog series on economic education. Solbrig’s films, ‘Float’(2003) and ‘Man and the Middle Class’(2013) each tell intimate political economies of an era. Her current media-art project, The Dandelion King is a graphic novel and film series documenting Solbrig’s childhood in the 1970’s. Solbrig’s productions use personal storytelling in multiple mediums and include experimental montage combining historical footage, interview, illustration/animation and personal-essay narration.

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Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-4040

MA – Taxes for Working Cartoonists Workshop

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Join cartoonist E.J. Barnes on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 PM for a discussion of Taxes for Working Cartoonists. Barnes will explain how to include income from freelance comics, illustration work, and writing when filing taxes. Whether it’s most of your income or just a tiny fraction, if you’ve made any money as a freelance cartoonist, comic artist, illustrator, or writer of any kind, you may need to report your income as the proprietor of a business!

With years of experience as a cartoonist, illustrator, and publisher of Drowned Town Press, E. J. Barnes is just the person to illuminate this often-harrowing process, which applies not only to cartoonists but freelancers of all sorts. Topics will include: What forms will I need to worry about? What records do I need to keep? Do I need a special ID number or DBA? What is the “Hobby Test”? Do I need to pay my own Social Security taxes? And much more!

About E.J. Barnes:
Barnes became a cartoonist after sixteen years in software engineering, and has since been published in Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750, Subcultures, The Greatest of All Time Comics Anthology, several Boston Comics Roundtable anthologies, and various other publications. She has been filing her own 1040 with Schedule C since 2006. She is not a tax attorney or an accountant.

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.

Admission will be $5 if you sign up before March 1st and $10 if you sign up starting March 1st.

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

MA – Inaction Comics Panel

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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 – Jumbo Loop Comics Lecture

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The Boston Comics Roundtable’s Creator Talk series will continue on Sunday September 20th with artist Levon Gyulkhasyan discussing the use of giant comic strips in public spaces. Held at the new 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 talk will begin at 2:00 pm and is sponsored by Ninth Art Press.

Comics need not only be on the page. There is a new dimension of comics in which giant comic strips are installed in public spaces. One such initiative, Jumbo Loop Comics, was spearheaded in part by Gyulkhasan and resulted in installations in many locations in Armenia and France. The large panels feature life size characters and act to engage those who behold them, giving a sense of involvement in the plot. The project also made paint and brushes accessible, encouraging passersby to color the strip and thereby become a participant, spreading awareness and enjoyment of comics. The giant strip can be wrapped around trees or poles, forming a ring, where the end of the story logically continues to the beginning, making it a never ending story.

Gyulkhasyan’s talk will cover the creation of these jumbo comics and how it affects communities, focusing on the process and challenges one may face.

About Levon Gyulkhasyan
One of the activists of comics development in Armenia, Gyulkhasyan was involved in works of the French Association pour la promotion de la bande dessinée en Arménie and a participant of exhibitions, workshops, and anthologies. In a team, he took part in 24-hour comics in Angouleme, France, which he then introduced in Armenia. He also was an initiator of Jumbo Loop Comics, seven of which were installed in public spaces in Armenia and France. With friends, Gyulkhasyan launched weekly comics making workshops using constraint as a means of advancing comic creation. After moving to the United States, he continues this activity in Boston.

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

MA – Art Framing Workshop

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Are you a comics artist with pages you want to display in the upcoming MICE Art Show, in a gallery, or at home? Then you’ll need to frame that art! You could go to a framing store, but you’ll get better and more inexpensive results by learning to frame your art yourself. Good framing can preserve your art, enhance its sale value, and make your studio walls look great.

The Boston Comics Roundtable will host a hands-on art-framing workshop led by artist EJ Barnes on Sunday, September 13th at 2:00 PM. She will cover such topics as how to prepare art for framing, where to buy frame pieces online for maximum flexibility and value, and what sort of hangers galleries prefer. Barnes will also show her special technique of displaying word balloons on comics art even if you added your lettering digitally.

This workshop is FREE to all, though a suggested donation of $5 is welcome. Barnes will begin her demonstration at 2:00 PM. This event at the Boston Comics Workspace is sponsored by Ninth Art Press.

About EJ Barnes
Barnes is a professional artist and art teacher in Cambridge. She has published many of her own comics as well as contributing to such anthologies as Hellbound, Inbound, and Colonial Comics. She has also exhibited and sold her work across the country. You can find more about EJ Barnes’s work at www.ejbarnes.com.

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

MA – Mental Health Comics Talk

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The Boston Comics Roundtable’s Creator Talk series will continue on Sunday September 6th with mental health cartoonist LB Lee. Held at the new 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. Lee’s talk will begin on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm and is sponsored by Ninth Art Press.

Lee lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a topic explored in their comic MPD For You and Me. Their work, populated with “mentally unusual people,” incorporates rigorous research with a playful approach. They have appeared at various academic conferences and comics conventions, shining a light on the realities of trauma, homelessness, eating disorders, and other less-than-traditional but important topics.

Lee’s Creator Talk will focus on process, from research to the final product. They will discuss the challenges that come with mental health cartooning—telling difficult stories and translating psychological phenomena into readable art—as well as personal challenges that come with working around a disordered memory.

About LB Lee
LB is a multivarious entity who make mental health comics, draw pretty pictures, and write stories about a mythical medieval Europe where the Roman Empire never existed. You can find more about LB Lee and their work online at the link.

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 – Comixscape Creator Talk

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Please join the Boston Comics Roundtable (BCR) for our next Creator Talk with cartoonist L.J.-Baptiste on his webcomic series COMIXSCAPE, a story about the absurd adventures of a young boy and his pet raccoon in his new town. The event will take place at the Boston Comics Workspace at 561 Windsor Street in Somerville, Studio 306, and begin at 2:00 pm on Sunday August 23. Admission is free and open to the public, though a suggested donation of $5 is welcome.

L.J. will discuss the development of the web series and go over the process of creating each chapter as well as streamlining the upcoming fourth chapter. Additionally, he will go into his technique for creating motion comics, detailing each step from holding auditions, to directing, producing, animating, and all manner of logistics. L.J. will also talk about his forthcoming ventures such as a character song mixtape and how these kinds of outside the panel projects affect his writing.

It promises to be an engaging afternoon of comics, animation, and fun.

About L.J.-Baptiste
L.J.-Baptiste is a 22-year-old artist from Dorchester, MA. His current work is COMIXSCAPE, which he began for DigBoston‘s Sunday Comics Project back in 2013. L.J. continues to work on the series in the hopes of reaching the climactic schoolgirl-zombie apocalypse that will be its final scene.

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Studio 306
561 Windsor Street Somerville, MA 02143

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