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

 

 

 

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.

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