Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo hosts its first two-day show on September 28-29, 2013 at in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA! The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable, an independent arts collective, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics and connects local creators with local audience. They will also run a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. MICE is for anyone of any age who wants to discover new comics, learn more about the medium of comics, or is interested in making their own. Sunday is Kids Day, featuring workshops for the young cartoonist.
MICE 2013 is pleased to welcome eight comic creators to our show as our special guests: Chris Duffy, George O’Connor, Josh Neufeld, Lucy Knisley, Maris Wicks, Mike Cavallaro, Nick Abadzis, and R. Sikoryak. They will appear at their tables in the exhibition area, as well as at various panels and workshops over the weekend.
Plus MICE features 150 exhibitors including Alison Wilgus, Bob Flynn, Braden Lamb, Cathy Leamy, Colleen AF Venable, David Marshall, E. J. Barnes, Ellen Crenshaw, Emmy Cicierega, Jennie Wood, Ming Doyle, Nate Bellegarde, Renee Kurilla, Sean Wang, Shelli Paroline, Stephanie Yue, Tim Finn, Zack Giallongo, and many more!
View the exhibitor list and full schedule (TBA) at the website: www.micexpo.org
The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo has released their Panel and Workshop Schedule for 2012
12:00PM – 12:50PM
2:30PM – 3:20PM
3:30PM – 4:20PM
11:00AM – 11:50AM
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
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
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
3:30PM – 4:20PM
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 Snow, Box Brown, David Wolkin
4:30PM – 5:20PM
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 Barnes, Adrienne Nunez, Ansis Purins, Raul Gonzalez, Cathi Chang
Project founder Renae de Liz and local contributors Ellen Crenshaw, Ming Doyle, Cathy Leamy, and Stacie Ponder sign at Hub Comics on Saturday March 31, 2012 from noon-4pm!
And just in case you miss them this time around be sure to catch these fantastic artists at Boston Comic Con on April 21-22, 2012!
Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
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From September 10th – October 16th, 8am – 10pm every day, the Atrium Gallery will present an ongoing display of original comic pages by exhibitors at MICE and other area comic artists. The exhibit will include work in traditional illustration media such as pen, brush and ink, as well as examples of watercolor and collage comics, and prints from digitally created work such as webcomics.
Opening: Saturday, September 17th 6 – 9pm
Sponsored by the Art Institute of Boston @ Lesley University and the Boston Weekly Dig
2nd Floor, University Hall, Porter Square, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
E. J. Barnes
DeAnna Marie Johnson
Hallie Jay Pope
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Ming Doyle and Kevin Church (creators of The Loneliest Astronauts) return to sign at Comicopia on Saturday May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day! Joining them is Cathy Leamy of Greenblooded and Geraniums and Bacon.
464 Commonwealth Ave #13, Boston, MA 02215-2734
First-ever Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo will be held at Art Institute of Boston on September 25, 2010
The Boston area’s independent and alternative comics scene has grown by leaps and bounds during the past few years, and it takes another step with MICE, the first-ever Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo. Presented by the Boston Comics Roundtable and the Art Institute of Boston (who also teamed up for the 2008 Boston â€˜Zine Fair), MICE will be held at AIB’s 700 Beacon Street campus on Saturday, September 25th, from 10 am – 6 pm.
With over 50 comics artists and writers offering their work, as well as comics-themed panels and workshops, MICE will be a treat for local comics readers or anyone interested in the unusual, the creative, the entertaining and the outrageous. While most of the exhibitors will be from the Boston area, comics creators from all over New England and New York will be represented, including a contingent from the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont.
Visitors to MICE will find comics of all subjects and for all ages: serious graphic novels, exquisite hand-made artists’ books and photo-copied mini-comics and â€˜zines, as well as traditionally-formatted comic books of all genres from outside the mainstream publishing world.
“The subject matter and art styles of these comics are as varied as the packaging,” says Dan Mazur, a member of the Boston Comics Roundtable and one of the show’s organizers. “The only limit to what indy cartoonists can create is their own imagination.”
Susan LeVan, Illustration Department Chair at the Art Institute of Boston, says that hosting an indy comics show complements the school’s comics-friendly curriculum. “MICE is the perfect event for AIB ,” says LeVan. “Many of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff are involved in the production or study of independent comics, graphic novels, webcomics, â€˜zines, artists’ books, and related genres – all of which are part of the AIB curriculum. A number will participate as exhibitors, and the whole AIB community is eager to see what’s new on the Boston scene.”
MICE will also feature the debut of the latest anthology from the Boston Comics Roundtable: “Inbound 5: Comics About Food.” Featuring over 40 stories by Boston and New England cartoonists centered around the wide-ranging theme of “food,” this is the follow-up to 2009’s successful “Inbound #4: A Comic Book History of Boston,” which will also be available at the show.
MICE will also interactive workshops to learn techniques from comics artists, and panel discussions on the world of independent comics.
Besides the new “Inbound 5: Comics About Food,” several notable local comics creators will be presenting new books at MICE:
KARL STEVENS, (whose weekly strip “Whatever” ran for three years in the Boston Phoenix), will debut his autobiographical graphic novel, “The Lodger.”
Dorchester cartoonist PATT KELLEY (whose work graced the Weekly Dig’s cover earlier this year) will unveil the 2nd issue of his comic, “Parasitic Twins,” about the lives of circus freaks and the many hilarious tragedies that befall them, as well as a short-story collection, “All of Them Witches.”
LIZ PRINCE (whose “Will You Still Love Me if I Wet the Bed?” went from locally printed mini-comics to being published by indy heavyweight Top Shelf Productions), will be presenting the 2nd issue of her ongoing series, “I Swallowed the Key to My Heart.”
Brooklyn-based artist/writer PAT BARRETT will unveil issue #3 of his anthology comic, “Oak & Linden,” featuring the on-going story, “Petrified Girlfriend.”
Other Boston-area comics artist exhibiting at MICE will include:
Maris Wicks (“Romantic,” “Project Superior”)
Joe Quinones (“Wednesday Comics,” “Teen Titans Go!”)
Jesse Lonergan (“Joe and Azat,” “Flower & Fade”)
Cathy Leamy (“Geraniums and Bacon,” “Greenblooded”)
Dirk Tiede (“Paradigm Shift”)
Tim Fish (“Cavalcade of Boys,” “Trust/Truth”)
Zack Giallongo (“The Tenth Life of Pishio the Cat”)
Shelli Paroline (“Muppet Snow White,” “Harvest is When I Need You Most”)
Craig Bostick (“Go-Go Girl,” “Boy Trouble”)
Adam Miller (“ZombieBomb!”)
About the Boston Comics Roundtable
Formed in 2006, the Boston Comics Roundtable brings local cartoonists and writers together to collaborate, workshop and socialize. Among BCR’s publications are “Inbound,” an anthology of Boston-area independent comics, “Outbound,” a science-fiction comics anthology, and the up-coming collection of New England-based horror comics, “Hellbound.” If you’re in the Boston metro area, join us for our next meeting. Visit www.bostoncomicsroundtable.com for more information.
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University is a college of visual arts, located in the student-friendly Kenmore/Fenway area of Boston. We offer the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the two-year Advanced Professional Certificate, the low residency Master of Fine Arts degree, as well as continuing and professional education, intensive workshops, and pre-college courses.
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WBUR Interviews and Produces Live Radio Drama with the Boston Comics Roundtable
COMICS ON THE RADIO!
BOSTON, MA (OCTOBER 22, 2009) – The Boston Comics Roundtable is proud to announce that an in-depth interview with several of its members will air on WBUR’s Radio Boston program starting on Friday, October 23rd. The segment will also include a radio dramatization of Cathy Leamy’s comic “The Old Howard” produced by WBUR. The interview and radio drama center on the upcoming release of Inbound #4, a Boston comics anthology.
Both the interview and radio drama will air on Friday, October 23rd at 1 p.m., and again on Saturday, October 24th at 1 p.m. (E.S.T.) on 90.9 WBUR in the greater Boston area. Listeners worldwide can hear the story online at http://www.radioboston.org/ on Friday afternoon. Radio Boston has already published a video version of the radio drama, complete with Leamy’s original art, which can be seen at http://www.radioboston.org/stories/2009/10/21/boston-the-comic-book/.
“The interview process was a lot of fun,” says Boston Comics Roundtable founder Dave Kender. “They jammed five of us into the recording studio and fired away questions about the creative process involved with putting the new Inbound anthology together.” The interview was conducted by Radio Boston host Jane Clayson, and is part of a special show with a “Literary Boston” theme.
The dramatization of “The Old Howard,” which appears in Inbound #4, was produced by the staff at Radio Boston and voiced by creator Cathy Leamy and other members of the Boston Comics Roundtable. Complete with music and sound effects, the story comes alive in a totally new and unique way.
Inbound #4 will premiere in December 2009 in New England book stores and online. The issue’s special theme of Boston history includes nearly 40 stories written and illustrated by dozens of creators. More about the book, including samples, pre-ordering information, and a mailing list, are available at http://www.bostoncomicsroundtable.com/inbound-4/.
WBUR is one of the country’s pre-eminent public radio stations, providing news coverage to listeners in New England and around the world with shows such as On Point, Here and Now, and more. Radio Boston is a one-hour program that explores a single topic each week.
The Boston Comics Roundtable is a collective of comics artists and writers with a mission to foster new talent, create a nurturing environment for creators, and build professional networks. Since 2008, the Roundtable has published the Inbound comics anthology, along with other publications, to showcase the works of local comics creators. Learn more at www.bostoncomicsroundtable.com.
(and check them out this weekend at Boston Comic Con!!)