MA – Pigs Might Fly/Making Scents Signing

Braden Lamb & Shelli Paroline (Making Scents) and Jerel Dye (Pigs Might Fly) sign at Brookline Booksmith on Tuesday July 25th at 7:00 pm

If pigs were meant to fly, they’d have been born with wings—but there’s no convincing Pigs Might Fly’s Lily Leanchops. To save Pigdom Plains, Lily must take to the skies in her own experimental aircraft—and there’s no time for a test run.

In Making Scents, Mickey’s parents are crazy about canines. Naturally, they’re raising their son as if he was a dog… and Mickey wants nothing more than to make his parents proud.

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

MA – Making Scents/Pigs Might Fly Signing

Jerel Dye (PIGS MIGHT FLY) and Braden Lamb & Shelli Paroline (MAKING SCENTS) will sign and sketch at Hub Comics on Sunday July 16th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM!

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Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
617-718-0987

MA – Making Scents Signing

Artist Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb appear at Paper Asylum on Saturday, July 1st from 1:00 – 3:00 PM for a signing to celebrate their new graphic novel Making Scents.

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Paper Asylum
166 Cabot St, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
(978) 998-4692

MeCAF 2017 Programming Schedule Announced

The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF) will be held in Portland on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at the Main Branch of the Portland Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Featuring over 100 comics writers, artists and publishers, this will be a celebration of the comics art form. RSVP on Facebook!

Cartooning workshop with Jay Piscopo: 10:30-11:30
Meeting Room 4
Using simple geometric shapes , we will create cartoon personalities as well as answer the question, “Where do ideas come from?” For kids 8 and up and parents can join in too. Paper and pencils provided And free Capt’n Eli coloring books!

Mask making with Emily Drouin 11:30-12:30
Children’s Area
Create a fun comic book character mask using stencils or create your own unique character using your imagination! Makes a fun addition to your cosplay costume!

Risograph Comics Panel 11:30-12:30
Meeting Room 5
An open discussion about producing comics for print on Risograph. Covering format basics advantages and shortcomings. And exploring advanced projects and notable comics book work.
With local comic creator and printers including Andrew Scripter (Wing Club Press, Preachers Fire), Shawn Brewer, Zach Cunningham, Zoe Maebe (One Page Stinkers) and Roho (Hellbound, River Bird Comics).
Includes Q&A.

“Let’s Draw Spider-Man with Joe St. Pierre” 12:30-1:30
Meeting Room 4
Who has a better costume design than Spidey? Nobody, that’s who! Let’s all sit down and learn how to draw him, from Joe St. Pierre, the artist who has drawn more Spidey #1 issues than any other artist.

Liz Prince 1:30-2:30
Teen Library Area
Most great comic artists have gotten their start self-publishing, and Liz Prince is here to give you some helpful tips & tricks on how to publish your very own comics. This workshop will be perfect for people who have never made a zine or mini comic before, and informative for those who want to learn new ways to think about the medium. Structured in a show and tell format, you will get to see many of Liz’s long out of print books, as well as items from her personal collection for inspiration. No drawing skills required!

Anthology Comics 2:30-3:30
Meeting Room 5
Editors of various anthology comic collections discuss how to participate in an anthology, contribute and get work published.

Creature Workshop 3:30-4:00
Meeting Room 4
Join cartoonists Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline in inventing your own weird and unique monster design – then bring it to life in a comic!

MA – FCBD: Adventure Time Signing

Artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb appear at Million Year Picnic from 9:30 AM till 4:00 PM on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-6763

Beverly Comic Con Hosts Fourth Annual Show on April 8th

Press Release:

Join us on Saturday, April 8th for the fourth annual Beverly Comic Con hosted at Porter Mill Studios!

Free to the public, family friendly and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

Free admission with plenty of parking across the street at the garage.
Doors open to the public at 10am.

Special Guests-
Robert Gill – DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics
Braden Lamb – Boom Studios, First Second Books
Shelli Paroline – Boom Studios, First Second Books

Live music –
DJ Noel Snow
DJ Radio Scotvoid
Qwill

Live art –
Michael Crockett

Magic Show –
The Impossible Ivan Demarjian

Artists and vendors –
Adam Miller
Andrew Houle
Anthony Sedani
Bareknuckle Burly
Chris Denmead
Crystal Naylor
Dana Robinson
Daniel Kern
Dave Ferreira
David J. Leblanc
Desmond Reed
Dirk Tiede
Don Mathias
Eric Boeker
Finar Comics
Flying Saucer Pizza Company
Greg Moutafis
House of Roulx
Jason Casey
Joe Haley & TJ Dort
Josh Morrissette
Mary Curtin
Montserrat College of Art
Paper Asylum Comics and Collectibles
Renee Mallett
Robbie Short
Ryan Santos
Ryan Valentine
Ryn Grant
Scarlett Shiloh
Standup Comix
Tom Torrey
Whalom Painting & Woodcraft

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

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

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

Hartford Comic Con Returns on Sept. 19-20, 2015

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Hartford Comic Con returns this September 19-20, 2015 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT! In the very first year, over 11,000 fans attended and this year they are looking for even more fans to join in the fun!

The staff has been hard at work putting together a great guest line up for this year’s convention and will continue to do so up to the opening of the show! Currently the following comic creators are scheduled to appear: Ray Fawkes, Chad Hardin, John Tyler Christopher, Ed McGuinness, Ben Templesmith, Dave Dorman, Jeremy Bastian, Craig Rousseau, Mark McKenna (special host for this year’s Kids Conn!), Jack Purcell, Bob Almond, Khary Randolph, Paul Ryan, Sara Richard, Darby Pop!, Jeff Schultz, Ransom Getty, Nate Bellegarde, Mike Lilly, Matt Fletcher, Braden Lamb, Alex Sanchez, Eric Talbot, Alex Sanchez and Ale Garza!

Additionally several media guests from movies and television will also appear: Kelly Hu, Eric Roberts, Michael Jai WhiteJoey Lauren Adams, Christy Romano, BJ Britt, Ernie Hudson, Samantha Newark, Nicki Clyne, Robert Axelrod, Jeff Kline, Taimak, Tito Santana, and Trina Nishimura!

For those interested in either Artist Alley tables or Vendor space, please visit our website www.hartfordcomiccon.com and follow the link under the registration tab.

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For those interested in attending our event, tickets are available directly from the XL Center’s homepage www.xlcenter.com, by phone 877-522-8499, or by visiting the XL Center itself.

MA – Free Comic Book Day 2015

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Shelli ParolineBraden Lamb (Artist team on Adventure Time the comic book), Rob Stull (Comic book inker known for his work with Marvel, DC, Image, Aspen, Top Cow, etc.), Zack Giallongo (Known for his work in the Adventure Time comic book, Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor, Broxo, and others), and Eric Merced (Has worked for major comic and gaming companies, such as Marvel, DC, IDW, Archie, Fantome, and more) appear at That’s Entertainment on Saturday May 2nd for Free Comic Book Day!

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That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-4207

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