NYC – Two Brothers Launch Party


Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá appear at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM to sign their new comic TWO BROTHERS! Presented as part of New York Super Week.

Press Release:

Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá are twin brothers born in 1976 in São Paulo, Brazil, where they live to this day. They have been telling stories in comic book form for over fifteen years, and their work has been published in twelve languages.In 2008, they won their first Eisner Awards for 5 (a self-published anthology created with Becky Cloonan, Vasilis Lolos, and Rafael Grampá), The Umbrella Academy (with Gerard Way), and Sugarshock! (with Joss Whedon). They reunited with Cloonan and Lolos in 2009 to create the horror graphic novel Pixu. Their most recent book, Daytripper, has achieved great international acclaim and won all sorts of awards. Since then, the Brazilian wonder twins have been traveling around the world to share their love for comics—a love as strong as a hot cup of black coffee.

Milton Hatoum, who is recognized as one of Brazil’s most important contemporary writers, was born in 1952 in Manaus, Brazil. A novelist, short story writer, translator, and professor, he is the author of four award-winning novels, translated into twelve languages and published in fourteen countries: Tale of a Certain Orient (Bloomsbury/UK), Ashes of the Amazon (Bloomsbury/UK), Orphans of Eldorado (Canongate/UK), and The Brothers (Bloomsbury/UK; Farrar, Straus and Giroux/USA). The Brothers was selected in a survey by two of Brazil’s leading newspapers as the best Brazilian novel published between 1990 and 2005. Three of his novels are being adapted into films.

TWO BROTHERS is a stunning adaptation of the novel The Brothers by Milton Hatoum, one of Brazil’s most renowned contemporary writers. The books tell the tragic story of a fractured family divided by two identical brothers, Omar and Yaqub, who have nothing in common except for their bloodline and the fierce, possessive love of their mother. After a violent exchange between the young boys, Yaqub, “the good son,” is sent from his home in Brazil to live with relatives in Lebanon. When he returns to his hometown five years later, he’s a virtual stranger to his family. Despite their mother’s desperate pleas, a reconciliation between the brothers appears elusive.

In the tradition of David Mazzucchelli’s adaptation of Paul Auster’s novel CITY OF GLASS and Darwyn Cooke’s adaptation of the PARKER novels, Bá and Moon honor their literary source material by creating a profound and moving graphic novel that soars with its bold cartooning and accomplished storytelling.

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Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-5389

Dark Horse Comics Announces Panel Schedule for NYCC 2015


Press Release:

Come and check out the Dark Horse booth, #1636, at NYCC 2015! Here’s the full list of amazing Dark Horse Panels!

Be sure to check out the full NYCC panel schedule here for a complete list of panels including other incredible Dark Horse Comics creators!


Title: Dark Horse Creators: Crafting The Original Story    

Description: Dark Horse’s creator-driven original series are full steam ahead with the industry’s top talent! Moderated by Dark Horse Comics publicist Steve Sunu, Greg Pak (Kingsway West), Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks), Christopher Golden (Joe Golem), and Ethan Young (Nanjing: The Burning City) discuss developing their original stories, and what’s coming next from Dark Horse’s prolific creators.  

Date:  October 8, 2015  

Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM            

Location: Room 1A18     


Title: Dark Horse: CLASSIFIED!   

Description: The can’t-miss Dark Horse Panel of NYCC 2015! Join Dark Horse creators Brian Wood, Matt Kindt and surprise guests along with Dark Horse Comics publicist Steve Sunu for the first word on new series and announcements, including creator-driven original series and all-new TOP SECRET projects!              

Date:  October 9, 2015  

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM         

Location: Room 1A21     


Title: Spotlight on Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá: Different is Cool 

Description: Eisner Award winners, Brazilian Wonder Twins Gabriel Bá (Daytripper, Umbrella Academy) and Fábio Moon (Daytripper, Casanova) have returned for a new collaborative original graphic novel with Two Brothers from Dark Horse Comics. Join them as they share their experiences, both inside and outside the US comics market, and invite young creators and readers to a discussion about career choices, foreign languages, exotic places and how the best way to make it big might not be by doing what everyone wants, but by doing what only you can do.   

Date:  October 10, 2015

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM         

Location: Room 1A18     


Title: Dark Horse All-Ages: Comics Are For Everyone!

Description:  Celebrate all-ages comics with Dark Horse creators Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy, Aw Yeah! Comics), Kevin Panetta, (Zodiac Starforce), and Matt Kindt (Poppy and the Lost Lagoon) as they discuss the glory of all-ages comics, and what readers of any age will be talking about going into 2016.

Date: 10/10/2015

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: 1C02

CA – Casanova: Acedia Signing


MATT FRACTION and MICHAEL CHABON appear on Saturday, January 31st from 1:30 – 4:00 PM to celebrate and sign the release of the comic book CASANOVA ACEDIA #1 at the Escapist Comic Bookstore. This issue begins the newest story arc of Fraction’s CASANOVA series, a story of a hedonistic thief turned kind-of spy as he navigates the incredibly complex and stunningly psychedelic parallel world of interdimensional global espionage. Back-up story by Pulitzer Prize winning fan of the series, Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay).

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Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

OR – ODY-C Launch Party


Superstar writer Matt Fraction (Hawkeye, Satellite Sam, Sex Criminals) appears at Cosmic Monkey Comics Wednesday November 26th from 4:00-6:00 PM to sign copies of the first issue of his brand new creator owned Image Comics series ODY-C!

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Cosmic Monkey Comics
5335 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
(503) 517-9050

CA – Marvel Power Couple Signing


Superstar writers Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction appear at Beach Ball Comics on Wednesday, November 12th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM! Then they will both appear for Beach Ball’s book club on Thursday November 13th at 7:00 PM. Tickets for the book club are limited, contact the store for further details.

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Beach Ball Comics
3024 W Ball Rd Ste G, Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 826-6127

OH – Sex Criminals Signing


Writer Matt Fraction and artist Chip Zdarsky, the Eisner award-winning team behind Time Magazine’s Graphic Novel of the Year, Image Comics’ SEX CRIMINALS, appear at Laughing Ogre Comics for a signing on Saturday October 25, 2014 from 3:30 – 6:30 PM! And be sure to check out Matt and Chip giving a speech at Columbus College of Art & Design on Thursday October 23rd from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. See link for details.

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Laughing Ogre Comics
4258 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 267-6473

OR – Wolf in White Van Signing


John Darnielle will be joined in conversation by Eisner Award–winning comic book writer Matt Fraction at Powell’s Books on Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

As the creator of a text-based role-playing game, Sean Phillips, isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of 17, guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain. An audacious and gripping debut novel from John Darnielle — front man for The Mountain Goats — Wolf in White Van (Farrar Straus Giroux) is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy.

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
503 228 4651

BR – Hellboy Day Signing


Fábio Moon (BPRD: Vampire, Daytripper) appears at Quanta Academia de Artes in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday March 22nd at 6:30 pm in celebration of Hellboy’s 20th anniversary! Fábio has created an all-new Hellboy story in collaboration with Mike Mignola to mark the occasion!

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Quanta Academia de Artes
Rua Dr. José de Queirós Aranha, 246
Vila Mariana
São Paulo, SP, 04106-061, Brasil
0(XX)11 3214-0553

UK – BPRD: Vampire Signing

October 31, 2013 by  
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Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba sign at Gosh! Comics on Wednesday November 27, 2013 from 5:00 till 7:00pm! Presented in conjunction with Thought Bubble Festival.

Gosh Comics
1 Berwick Street, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

ICAF 2013 Guests & Schedule Announced

May 20, 2013 by  
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The International Comic Arts Forum is an annual academic conference dedicated to promoting the scholarly study and appreciation of comic art, including comic strips, comic books, comics albums and graphic novels, magazine and newspaper cartooning, caricature, and comics in electronic media. This year’s speakers included Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon, Mike Allred, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Greg Rucka, Megan Kelso, Brian Michael Bendis, Diana Schutz, Dmitry Yakovlev, and many more! RSVP on Facebook!


9:00 AM: Opening Remarks: José Alaniz, ICAF ExCom Chair

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Plenary Speaker: Douglas Wolk

10:30 AM: Coffee Break 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Panel Session One

      Moderator: Toph Marshall

  • Robert W. Lovejoy “Amusing Victorians: Nineteenth-Century Print Culture and the Rise of Respectable Comic Journalism.”
  • Martha Kennedy, “Cover Art by Women Cartoonists and Illustrators for American Magazines: A Window into Women’s Professional Advancement and Gender Representation.”
  • Walter Lai, “The Comic Book as a Work of Art – A Case of David Mack’s Kabuki: The Alchemy.”

Moderator: Carl Horn, Dark Horse Comics

  • Jeremy Stoll, “Arguing the Auteur in New Delhi.”
  • Azisa Noor Koesoema, “Alternative institutions in emerging national comic book industries: The case of Indonesia.”
  • Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste, “On Historical Revisionism and The Chilean Experience: The Case of Historia de Chile en comic.”

12:30 PM: Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:30 PM: Panel Discussion: Contemporary Russian Comics. With Dmitry Yakovlev.
Moderated by Jose Alaniz.

3:30 PM: Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Roundtable: On the Theory and Practice of Comics Pedagogy. With Brian Michael BendisDiana Schutz, and affiliated teaching faculty within the UO Minor in Comics and Cartoon Studies. Moderated by Ben Saunders.

5:30 PM: Dinner Break

7:30 – 9:00 PM: A Celebration of Finnish Comics at Floating World Comics. With Ville Hänninen and Tommi Musturi at Floating World Comics (400 NW Couch Street). Pre-talk reception at 6:30pm. *Off-site venue*

FRIDAY, MAY 249:00 – 10:30AM: Panel Session Two

Moderator: Toph Marshall

  • Colin Beineke, “Disciplining Comics: A Case for the Institutionalization of Comics Studies.”
  • Corey Creekmur, “Freud and the Funnies: The Psychoanalysis of Comics.”
  • Franny Howes, “Drawing Comics in the Writing Classroom: A Decolonial-Disability Studies Approach.”

Moderator: Mark Heimermann

  • Susan Kirtley, “Drawing Conclusions: Focalization in the Works of Lynda Barry.”
  • Brittany Tullis, “The Angel in the House: A Critical Examination of the Feminine Ideal in Quino’s Mafalda (1964-1973).”
  • Devon Kerslake, “Adolescence and Erasure in Mariko + Jillian Tamaki’s Skim and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home.”

10:30AM: Coffee Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Panel Session Three

Moderator: Mark Heimermann

  • Bruce Mutard, “Out Of The Gutter And Into The Panel: Comics closure as qualia of art imitating life.”
  • Jayms Clifford Nichols, “Scrolls, Codexs and Flippy-throughiness in (digital) Comics.”
  • David Brame, “Personal Poetics: A comic book and spoken word community development.”

Moderator: Qiana Whitted

  • Alisia Chase, “Matrixial Graphics:  Motherhood and Politics in Megan Kelso’s Watergate Sue.”
  • Marni Stanley, “Where Do You Draw the (Front) Line: Women in War and Revolution.”
  • Annabelle Cone, “Something to Laugh About(?): A Gendered Reading of Sexual Satire in the French Post-war Bande Dessinée.”

12:30 PM: Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:15PM: Roundtable: Beyond Auteurism – Creativity and Collaboration in Comics. With Gabriel BaKelly Sue DeConnickMatt Fraction, Charles Hatfield, Ben Saunders, Qiana Whitted.

3:15 PM: Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:30 PM: The John Lent Award Lecture: “How to Think About Comics as Social Objects,” 
Benjamin Woo, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities.

Abstract: Comics can be defined in many ways. They are art works that create aesthetic experiences for their readers, cultural objects reflecting the time and place where they are produced, and commodities with a value on the market. But they are also social objects. They are made, read, and talked about by people who exist in a relatively stable set of institutions and relationships. This lecture addresses some of the possibilities and problems of a social-scientific approach to comics, placing them in the context not only of the “comics world” but also of a wider social world of geeks, nerds, and fans.

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Documentary Film Screening: “Comic Book City: Portland, OR”5:30 PM: Dinner Break

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: An Evening With Gabriel Ba and Fabio MoonModerated by Matt Fraction.

SATURDAY, MAY 259:00-10:30 AM: Panel Session Four

      Moderator: Qiana Whitted

  • Robert Loss, “Profluent Lingering, Trauma and the Individual in Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece’s Incognegro.”
  • Jennifer Glaser, “Seeing Race in Comics: Photography, Drawing, and the Gaze in King and Incognegro.”
  • Margaret Bostrom, “Graphic Narrative, Catastrophic Homelessness, and Stories from a Storm: Reading A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.”

Moderator: Stanford Carpenter

  • Tiffany Pascal, “Girl Power Gone Sour:  Issues in Discussing Romantic Love Between Girls in Japanese Comics.”
  • Nicholas Theisen, “Where the boys are[n’t]: the suspect gendering of shōnen manga (boys’ manga).”
  • Amanda Murphyao, “From “I am gay!” in 1992 to “I’m gay!” in 2010: The Comics Code and Coming Out in Alpha Flight #106 and Veronica #202.”

10:30 AM: Coffee break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Panel Session Five

Moderator: Jose Alaniz

  • Joshua Plencner, “Scopophilia and Sixties Marvel: Lensing the Self as Losing the Self.”
  • Brannon Costello, “Superbodies and Fascist Aesthetics in the Comics of Howard Chaykin.”
  • Andrea Gilroy, “Queer Sexuality and the Superhero in Batwoman: Elegy.”
  • Hend Alawadhi, “Reclaiming the narrative: Muslims in comic books and The 99.”

      Moderator: Stanford Carpenter

  • Jennifer Anderson Bliss, “Real Memories, Surreal Experiences: Autobiographical Tensions in David B.’s L’ascension du haut mal.”
  • Christophe Dony, “The Rewriting Ethos of Vertigo Comics, or, Critical Perspectives on Memory-Making, Canonization, and the Logic of Fields.”
  • Josina Robb, “The Spatiality of Voice: How Joe Sacco’s Palestine Takes Up the Ethos of New Journalism.”

12:30 PM: Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:30 PM: Roundtable: Comics and the Pacific Northwest. With comics creators Megan KelsoGreg Rucka, and T. Edward BakModerated by Ben Saunders.

3:30 PM: Coffee Break with Documentary Film, “The Comic King of Guatemala” 

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Plenary Speaker: Scott Bukatman, “Sculpture, Stasis, the Comics and (oh yeah) Hellboy.”

5:30 PM: Closing Remarks: Ben Saunders, University of Oregon

Small scheduling adjustments are sometimes necessary. Please check in before the event to catch any last minute updates.

The ICAF conference welcomes interested members of the public – but please note that any beverages and snack foods supplied on the premises are for speakers and panel participants only. Panel participants and speakers should further note that lunch and dinner will not be supplied. However, the UO in Portland building is conveniently located with access to several restaurants and diners within short walking distance.

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