MICE Returns for 2014

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Press Release:

MICE is back! On October 4th and 5th independent graphic novelists and cartoonists will converge on University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge’s Porter Square. The event is free, family friendly, and offers a weekend of activities as the Boston area’s only show dedicated to independent and alternative comics.

MICE attendees are invited to discover their new favorite comic books from over 150 local comic creators. The exhibition area at MICE will present a wide range of art and books: hand-made mini-comics and zines, anthologies, graphic novels, art prints, and sketches. Panel discussions will provide insightful conversations about the world of contemporary comics and graphic novels. Artists will share techniques, tips, and tricks for creating your own comics in a variety of workshops for all ages and skill levels. Sunday’s “Kids Comics Day” workshops are especially geared toward younger readers and budding cartoonists.

This year’s show will also welcome a number of special guests — professionals from the world of independent comics and graphic novels — including James Kochalka, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Emily Carroll, Paul Hornschemeier, and Box Brown.

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 4th, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, October 5th, 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. More details at the website: www.micexpo.org

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MD – SPX Kick-Off Party

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Press Release:

Big Planet Comics is proud to welcome 4 amazing artists to kickoff their brand new comics: MariNaomi, Yumi Sakugawa, James Kochalka, and Box Brown on Friday, September 12th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm!

Come for readings from their new works debuting at the Small Press Expo

MariNaomi’s new graphic novel: Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories

Yumi Sakugawa’s new graphic novel: Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With the Universe

James Kochalka’s new graphic novel: FUNGUS: The Unbearable Rot of Being

Box Brown’s new anthology volume: Number 2

They will also be signing and perhaps creating some art for the audience? Snacks and drinks will be served.

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Big Planet Comics
7315 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
301-699-0498

PA – Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Signing

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Meet Box Brown, author of Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, appears at Barnes & Noble on Friday August 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Box Brown brings his talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel.

Barnes & Noble – The Court @ Oxford Valley
210 Commerce Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215-269-0442

MA – Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Signing

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Cartoonist Box Brown appears at Brookline Booksmith on Tuesday, July 1st at 7:00 pm!

In this stunning biography of André René Roussimoff, better known as André the Giant, cartoonist Box Brown brings the larger-than-life man to human form. He tells of the highs: from his illustrious career in the WWF to his beloved role as Fezzik in The Princess Bride, to his lows: from the daughter he essentially ignored, to his alcohol-fueled rages.

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

GA – Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Signing

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Cartoonist Box Brown appears at Criminal Records on Wednesay June 18, 2014 to sign his new book from First Second: Andre the Giant: Life and Legend!  

Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

IL – Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Signing

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Cartoonist Box Brown, creator of ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE AND LEGEND, will be at Challengers from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, June 12th.

And that’s not all! The after-party follows at 8:00pm at THE SQUARED CIRCLE restaurant, 2418 N Ashland (Ashland and Fullerton). Come hungry.

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Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

DC – Double Signing Event

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Big Planet Comics is proud to welcome a titanic double header, Box Brown and Pat Aulisio, for one afternoon only Saturday, May 31st from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm! 

Box will be presenting his astounding new graphic novel, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, a biography of the famous wrestler and movie star. We have read a preview copy and it was amazing! Full of great anecdotes, drama, pathos, The Princess Bride, and lots of wrestling!

Pat does a ton of comics, including the ongoing saga of David Bowman after he enters the monolith in 2001! Trippy space adventures. He is also publisher of the amazing Yeah Dude Comics line, so hopefully he’ll bring some of the quality risograph comics he is publishing too!

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

PA – Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Signing

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Cartoonist Box Brown appears at Brave New Worlds’ Old City store on Saturday May 17th from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm signing copies and talking all things Andre.  Don’t miss out!

Brave New Worlds
55 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-6525

TX – Wrestling Day

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Box Brown signs at Austin Books & Comics on Wednesday, May 7th from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm!

Press Release:

We’re so thrilled about the upcoming First Second biography graphic novel Andre the Giant: Life and Legend that we invited creator Box Brown here for a release day signing! With a few more events, we decided to go ahead and call it Wrestling Day!

Meet Box Brown and get a copy of his graphic novel signed! Ask him about working in comics and his love of professional wrestling!

Special prints will be available at Guzu Gallery, and original artwork from the graphic novel will be on display, too!

Watch classic wrestling matches in our Back Issue Room!

Costume Contest – dress up as your favorite wrestler for a chance to win!

Celebrate the life of Andre in a way that one of the world’s most infamous drinkers would approve of – with a free beer!

This event isn’t going to be a blast for wrestling fans and the uninitiated alike, so don’t miss it!

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

MICE 2012 Panel & Workshop Schedule

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo has released their Panel and Workshop Schedule for 2012

WORKSHOPS

12:00PM – 12:50PM
Character Drawing with Bob Flynn: Bob will demonstrate the importance of bringing life and movement into your drawings and characters. Drawing fast, posing characters, using a line of action, loose construction—merging energy with draftsmanship.

1:00PM – 1:50PM
Fold-Out Comics with Jon Chad: If you thought that a book is just made up of a cover, back cover, and all the business in-between, think again! There is a wide variety of folding and book construction techniques that can help create a truly unique reading experience. Jon Chad from the Center for Cartoon Studies will walk through the basics of comic-making and how to make your own unfolding minicomic!
2:30PM – 3:20PM
Digital Tools for the Comic Book Artist with David Marshall: Do you draw comics but are afraid of digital art programs? Comics veteran David Marshall shares his techniques. Digital tips include cleaning up scans, prepping for print or web, color, production and lettering. Learn comics-specific tricks for Photoshop and Illustrator.
3:30PM – 4:20PM
Drawing with NO PAIN! Injury Prevention for Cartoonists with Kriota Willberg: Many cartoonists and artists suffer from pain and injury caused by hours and hours of drawing. Are you one of them? Are you afraid that you will become one of them? This workshop describes common injuries and their causes, presents guidelines that can help prevent drawing injuries, and teaches simple exercises that can help reduce the risk of getting injured.
PANELS

11:00AM – 11:50AM

Comics and Medicine
Health, illness, and the physical body are major themes in many graphic novels (such as Cancer Vixen, Epileptic, and Stitches). Doctors, patients, and health educators are getting involved with comics as teaching tools and as a method of self-expression and exploring physical and mental conditions.
Moderator: Cathy Leamy Panelists: Kriota Willberg, LB Lee, Paige Warren.
12:00PM – 12:50PM
Comics and Creative Careers
You have your first paid drawing gig … now what? A panel of working cartoonists discuss the challenges and rewards of drawing for a living in the fields of comics, illustration and animation. Topics will include how to balance creativity and professionalism, what to expect in various fields of employment, and some helpful anecdotes from the artists’ careers.
Moderator: Zack Giallongo Panelists: Shelli Paroline (artist, Kaboom! Studios), Keith Zulawnik (artist, Fablevision), Renee Kurilla (artist, Fablevision, Simon & Schuster), Ming Doyle (artist, Marvel, IDW)
1:00PM – 2:15PM
R. Sikoryak: Classics and Career
For twenty years, stylistic chameleon R. Sikoryak has been producing literary adaptations in comics form that parody the tics and tropes of classic cartoons; these are collected in Masterpiece Comics (Drawn and Quarterly). He will discuss his work and process, as well as his varied freelance career for Nickelodeon, The New Yorker, The Daily Show, and much more, in a special slideshow presentation.
2:30PM – 3:20PM
Iron Cartoonist
MICE pits top cartoonists against each other in a live drawing event. Utilizing theme “ingredients” KC GreenEllen Crenshaw, and Braden Lamb will each compete to win prizes for the audience and the ultimate cartooning title.
3:30PM – 4:20PM
Comics and Religion
Religion intersects comics and comics intersect religion in a multitude of ways. Enter into a discussion with regional comics creators and scholars on the promise and the peril of these engagements. Moderator A. David Lewis asks the panel whether comics is just another medium and religion just another topic — or whether the two are innately bound to each other.
Moderator: A. David Lewis Panelists: Charles Schneeflock SnowBox BrownDavid Wolkin
4:30PM – 5:20PM
Mixing Media
Artists who use “fine arts” techniques to make comics… artists who use comics techniques to make “fine art” …an art gallery director who hangs comic art on her gallery’s walls… What are the boundaries between fine arts and comics? Are there any? Should there be any? Whatever the answers may be, we’ll look at and discuss some fine comics art and some comical fine art.
Moderator: Tim Finn Panelists: Doug De Rocher, EJ BarnesAdrienne NunezAnsis PurinsRaul Gonzalez, Cathi Chang

 

 

 

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