The Comix Galaxy Returns to Miami Book Fair International This November
A FULL SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMS CELEBRATING COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS -
AUTHORS, EVENTS, EDUCATION WORKSHOPS, INTERACTIVE PRESENTATIONS & MORE!
MIAMI, September 14, 2010 –The 27th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College (MDC), will take place November 14-21, 2010, at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami and will again feature the popular Comix Galaxy.
The New York Times hailed the Miami Book Fair as the model for all book festivals. The Fair again broke new ground two years ago when it launched The Comix Galaxy, a program that celebrates the place of comics and graphic novels in American literature with panels, sessions for educators, workshops for kids and teens, and more.
The Comix Galaxy invites teachers, librarians, parents, and comics and graphic novel creators to participate in the School of Comics, to be held on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19.
The first day of the School of Comics will be a Day of Education for teachers, librarians and parents on how to expand the academic curricula with graphic novels, and will be held on Thursday, November 18. Programming will be keynoted by Dr. William Ayers, education theorist, professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of To Teach: The Journey, in Comics. Also on this program will be James “Bucky” Carter, professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso and author of Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels, Chris Schweizer, professor of Sequential Art and Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta and author of Crogan’s March, and Adam Johnson, professor of Creative Writing at Stanford University and co-editor of the Stanford University Graphic Novel Project. Practical examples of how comics and graphic novels have been integrated into curriculum will be part of this event as well as lists of titles that work in the classroom environment. The Day of Education will be moderated by Carol Fitzgerald, publisher of the popular website site GraphicNovelReporter.com.
On Friday, November 19, a second day of School of Comics programming will address aspiring comics creators with an emphasis on established creators teaching their craft and talking about how to get published. Participating creators include Amy Ignatow (The Popularity Papers), Tracy White (How I Made It to Eighteen) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile).
For the past two years, the weekend portion of The Comix Galaxy has presented panels by diverse and exciting creators from all facets of the comics and graphic novel industry. This year promises to be just as inspiring with David Axe (War Is Boring), Barry Deutsch (Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword), Sid Jacobson (Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography), Mat Johnson (Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story), Chip Kidd (Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal), Denis Kitchen (The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen), Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel (Cuba: My Revolution), Lars Martinson (Tonoharu), Mark McKenna (Banana Tail), Vanessa Davis (Make Me a Woman), Jaime Hernandez (The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death), Joan Hilty (Senior Editor, DC Comics/ Vertigo), Joe Sacco (Footnotes in Gaza), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Tumor), Alex Simmons (Archie) and many others.
Original drawings and final page blowups from the graphic novel Cuba: My Revolution (DC Comics/ Vertigo) by DeanHaspiel and Inverna Lockpez will be on display throughout the week of the Fair and beyond, part of an exhibition at Miami Dade College’s Center Gallery. Another exhibition will tie in with the Fair’s celebration of Mexican culture. It will consist of pages from a 12-issue comic book series about the Mexican Revolution by artist Jose Luis Pescador, written by some of the greats of contemporary Mexican literature.
Another favorite, Kids’ Comic Con, returns from New York City with hands-on workshops and portfolio reviews! Last year’s crowd-pleasing activities got kids and teens drawing and writing alongside professional artists/teachers. Free and open to all over the three-day weekend Street Fair, November 19-21, Kids’ Comic Con is the place for every kid who dreams of creating the next Superman or Wimpy Kid.
The return of School of Comics and Kids’ Comic Con to Comix Galaxy 2010 is part of the Miami Book Fair’s continued celebration of comics and graphic novels. We look forward to sharing more names of participating graphic novelists and comic book artists in the weeks to come.
For updates on the Miami Book Fair, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528, or email email@example.com.
MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL AND FLORIDA CENTER FOR THE LITERARY ARTS
Miami Book Fair International is the largest and is regarded as the finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. Literacy projects target children of all ages—from kindergarten to high school—as well as college students and adults. Established and emerging writers from South Florida and all over the U.S. read, lecture, and teach workshops. They work with K-12, MDC students, and diverse members of the community, helping to deepen their understanding of literature, and encouraging their work of writers at all stages of development. The Center envisions South Florida as a nexus of literary activity in the Americas and beyond, and will continue to champion its mission of promoting the advancement and appreciation of the literary arts in all forms.
Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.
ABOUT MIAMI DADE COLLEGE
Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performance arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. In 2006, MDC admitted its 1.5 millionth student.
Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of ABRAMS, returns to New York Comic Con to showcase the 2010 line up of high-quality comics related titles.
Some highlights from this year’s list that will be featured at New York Comic Con include Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics by N. C. Christopher Couch; Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal by Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear; Archie Marries. . . by Michael Uslan, illustrated by Stan Goldberg and Bob Smith; The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger; The Art of Jaime Hernandez by Todd Hignite; The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis by Matt Groening; Art in Time by Dan Nadel; Wacky Packages New New New; and The Horror! The Horror! by Jim Trombetta.
Authors and artists who will be present at New York Comic Con this year include: Jerry Robinson (participating in a panel and signing at the Abrams ComicArts booth), Michael Uslan, Stan Goldberg, Jack Morelli, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, John Goldwater and Victor Gorelick (participating in panels and signings), Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear (signing at the ABRAMS booth), Rick Meyerowitz (author of Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great, signing at the Abrams ComicArts booth. Authors and artists can be made available for interviews in advance or at designated times at the show.
“We are thrilled to return to the New York Comic Con for the fifth year in a row,” says Charles Kochman, editorial director of Abrams ComicArts. “Our eagerly anticipated fall titles will make their debut alongside our award-winning list of backlist titles, and many of our authors will be joining us to celebrate. I can’t imagine a better publication party than to share our new art books and graphic novels with over 75,000 potential fans.”
Friday, October 8
3:00 – 4:00 Signing – Jerry Robinson signing Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics
at Abrams ComicArts booth #2327
3:15 – 4:15 Panel – Archie Means Business (room 1A14)
Michael Uslan, Stan Goldberg, Jack Morelli, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Victor Gorelick, and John Goldwater
4:30 – 5:30 Signing – Archie Group signing Archie Marries. . . at Autograph Alley
Michael Uslan, Stan Goldberg, Jack Morelli, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Victor Gorelick, and John Goldwater
8:15 – 9:15 Panel – A Conversation with Chip Kidd and Dash Shaw (room 1A14)
Saturday, October 9
11:00 – 12:00 Signing – Rick Meyerowitz – signing Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great
at Abrams ComicArts booth #2327
1:00 – 2:00 Signing – Chip Kidd w/Geoff Spear signing Shazam! at
Abrams ComicArts booth #2327
1:15 – 2:15 Panel – Jerry Robinson and Al Jaffee Gold & Silver Age of Comics Living Legends (room 1A14)
2:30 – 3:30 Signing – Jerry Robinson signing Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics
at Abrams ComicArts booth #2327
Sunday, October 10
10:30 – 11:30 Signing – Michael Uslan and Stan Goldberg signing Archie Marries. . .
at Abrams ComicArts booth #2327
12:00 – 1:00 Panel – Archie Creators Tell All (room 1A14)
Stan Goldberg and others
1:00 – 2:00 Signing – Laura Lee Gulledge signing galleys of her upcoming young-adult book Page by Paige at Abrams ComicArts booth #2327
USA Today’s Whitney Matheson posted details about her SDCC 2010 party on her blog:
Please join me for Pop Candy’s Comic-Con meetup July 24 at 5:30 p.m. The whole shebang will take place at Wine Steals, an awesome (and convenient) wine/cocktail bar located at 793 and 795 J St. in San Diego. We’ll be partying on the rooftop patio.
A note about the poster: Yes, it’s really in 3-D! You can see it on the blog, but it looks especially awesome when blown up full size. Here’s a PDF of the full-size version, in case you’d like to print it. All meetup attendees will receive a pair of Pop Candy 3-D glasses as a special souvenir.
Another bonus: The first 75 people who show up to the party will receive an exclusive Hasbro Comic-Con 2010 collectible. Hasbro’s brands include (but are not limited to): Marvel, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake. Exciting!
The event is free and open to all ages. An RSVP is encouraged but not required at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait to see you there.
See also outlined her panel appearances:
On Saturday afternoon I’ll be on the “Comics Across All Media” panel alongside several friends/heroes of mine: Brad Meltzer, Paul Feig, Chip Kidd and Michael Uslan.
Here’s the official description:
12:30-1:30 Comics Across all Media
Paul Feig (creator of Freaks and Geeks), Chip Kidd (Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal), Whitney Matheson (USA TODAY’s Pop Candy blog), Brad Meltzer (The Inner Circle), and Michael E. Uslan (The Dark Knight) are five superstars who make headlines in television, the graphic arts, journalism, novels and film. But they all have comics in common. As they reunite for another visit, join them for a discussion of all things nerd. It’ll be like a 21st century Breakfast Club — but with even better references. Moderated by audiobook star Scott Brick (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant). Room 24ABC
Tip: We’ve done this panel before, and it was really popular, so you might want to line up early.
I’ll also be moderating a panel Thursday afternoon with the awesome team at Radical Axis Studios! Here’s that description:
2:30-3:30 A Decade of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies and More: The Animated Insanity of Radical Axis Studios
The team from Radical Axis — animators, artists, and amateur magicians — celebrate the studio’s 10th Anniversary with a look back at its body of work that includes Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, and other cartoon insanity. Scott Fry (CEO), Craig Hartin (VP of production) and Todd Redner (animation director) are joined by friend/collaborator Matt Maiellaro (co-creator, Aqua Teen Hunger Force) for a no-holds-barred Q&A with USA TODAY’s Whitney Matheson. Room 6A
Dash Shaw and Chip Kidd discuss Bodyworld on April 13 from 7:00 – 8:00PM.
From the astonishing imagination of Dash Shaw, visionary author of Bottomless Belly Button, comes a darkly fantastical graphic novel about a small town, a lowlife botanist and a mysterious plant with strange powers. Joining Dash on the Strand Stage will be author, editor and graphic designer, Chip Kidd.
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-4805
C2E2 ANNOUNCES SIX NEW GUESTS FROM SIX NEW AREAS OF COMICS CULTURE
Art Baltazar, Dash Shaw, And More Come To Chicago
Norwalk, CT, February 18, 2010: Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have added six more creators to their growing list of special guests who will be appearing at the new pop culture convention which is being launched April 16-18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center — Art Baltazar, Michael Capps, Chip Kidd, J.J. Sedelmaier, Dash Shaw, and Mark Waid. C2E2′s guest list currently includes such comics greats as Alex Ross, Geoff Johns, Gail Simone, and Adam Hughes, and today’s additions not only mark more industry talent participating in the event, but very different industry talent.
C2E2 aims to shine a spotlight on the far-reaching realms of the graphic arts beyond tights-and-capes comics, and today’s announcement is illustrative of this scope. Dash Shaw, with works including Bottomless Belly Button, is a rock star in the indie comics world; J.J. Sedelmaier is responsible for many of the most talked about animated projects in recent history including Beavis and Butt-Head and SNL’s Saturday TV Funhouse; designer, author, and editor Chip Kidd’s fingerprints are on Eisner-winning works with subjects ranging from Peanuts to Batman: The Animated Series; native Chicagoian Art Baltazar is the force behind the kid-and-family-friendly Tiny Titans; Mark Waid serves as Editor in Chief of rising powerhouse publisher Boom! Studios; and Michael Capps isn’t from the comics world entirely, instead the President of Epic Games, creators of the widely-heralded Gears of War video game series and Unreal technology.
“None of today’s guests are necessarily the typical creator you’d expect at a comic book convention, and that fact only makes them all the more important,” C2E2 Show Manager Lance Fensterman said. “We’re honored by the pantheon of greats who’ll be joining us from the main stream comics industry, and we’re humbled by these new names, each bringing new perspectives and representing new landscapes in the larger comics and entertainment world.”
Art Baltazar, Michael Capps, Chip Kidd, J.J. Sedelmaier, Dash Shaw, and Mark Waid will be appearing at C2E2 in a variety of panels, signings, and special events. They join previously-announced alternative, independent guests including Colleen Doran, Jeff Smith, and Chris Ware.
Daily, Weekend, and VIP Tickets to C2E2 are available now at www.C2E2.com. C2E2′s sister show — The New York Comic Con — regularly sells out, and fans interested in attending are urged to order their tickets in advance. For more information on tickets, guests, or C2E2 in general, beyond the official show site, fans are encouraged to visit C2E2′s official blog, www.mediumatlarge.net, and follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/c2e2.
ABOUT ART BALTAZAR:
Art is a super-cartoonist machine from the heart of Chicago! He’s all about the peace, love, and joy. He defines cartoons and comics not only as an art style, but as a way of life. Art started his funky secret art studio in 1994 with the his self-published comic book, The Cray-Baby Adventures. Since then, he created other comics such as Gyro-Man, Captain Camel and The Space Chicken, Jimmy Dydo, Lunar Lizard, Meteor Mite, and the famous Patrick the Wolf Boy. Artie has also had a few gigs with Warner Bros. and had a monthly comic strip in Disney Adventures Magazine called GORILLA GORILLA! Art has some cool character design skills and has recently completed the Big Amoeba graphic novel for Platinum Studios. Currently, Art is the creative force behind The New York Times Best Selling Eisner Award Winning DC Comics’ Tiny Titans. From small press to mainstream in a heartbeat! Art is living the dream! He stays home and draws comics and never has to leave the house! He lives with his lovely wife, Rose, big boy Sonny, little boy Gordon, and baby girl Audrey! Right On!
ABOUT MICHAEL CAPPS:
Dr. Michael Capps is the president of Epic Games, Inc. based in Cary, NC. Epic has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its Unreal series, as well as the 2006 Game of the Year, Gears of War, which has sold over 4.7 million copies. Epic is also responsible for the Unreal Engine, which is the underlying technology for a wide range of games including 2K Games’ 2007 Game of the Year, BioShock, and BioWare’s 2007 RPG of the Year, Mass Effect. Michael serves on the board of directors of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), the world’s largest nonprofit membership organization for game developers. He also serves on the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS), which is charged with recognition of outstanding achievement in the entertainment software community. Prior to entering the game industry, Michael served as a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He specialized in defense and entertainment collaboration, virtual reality and computer graphics. For his work in these areas, he was one of 50 graphics pioneers interviewed for the ACM SIGGRAPH documentary, The Story of Computer Graphics. He holds master’s degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from the UNC-Chapel Hill and MIT, and a doctorate in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School.
ABOUT CHIP KIDD:
Chip Kidd is the four-time Eisner Award–winning designer and author of Batman: Animated, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. As an editor of graphic novels for Pantheon Books, he has worked with some of the very best talents in the medium, including Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Art Spiegelman, Charles Burns, and David Mazzucchelli. Kidd is also the recipient of the 2007 National Design Award for Communications, the design industry’s highest honor.
ABOUT J.J. SEDELMAIER:
J.J. Sedelmaier, president of J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. (www.jjsedelmaier.com), is responsible for many of the most talked about animated projects of the past 17 years — the launch season of MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head, SNL’s Saturday TV Funhouse, The Ambiguously Gay Duo, The X-Presidents, the pilot for Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, the Tek Jansen/Alpha Squad Seven series for The Colbert Report, and over 400 TV commercials, print and design projects. His studio, which he runs with his wife Patrice, also lends its services to architectural preservation/restoration (like the Dempster Street Skokie Swift terminal in north suburban Skokie), corporate branding for companies like The Chicago Tribune, and contributing archival reference material to publications on everything from animation history to urban mass transportation. If you Google him, prepare to be very confused.
ABOUT DASH SHAW:
Dash Shaw made numerous comics and zines while a BFA student at the School of Visual Arts, Manhattan. Since graduating, he’s done the surreal family comedy Bottomless Belly Button, published by Fantagraphics Books in 2008, and the telepathy comedy webcomic BodyWorld, published in book form from Pantheon Books. He is also a regular contributor to the quarterly comics anthology Mome and the animator/director of IFC’s The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he’s working on another comic book and an animated feature.
ABOUT MARK WAID:
Mark Waid has been a comics professional for over twenty-five years, having written and edited a wider range of popular characters than most anyone, including Flash, X-Men, Superman, Spider-Man, Archie, Fantastic Four, JLA and Captain America. In 1996, he and artist Alex Ross created Kingdom Come for DC Comics. Currently, Waid is the Editor-In-Chief of Boom! Studios. In addition to overseeing Boom!’s successful line of comics, Waid writes their breakaway hits Irredeemable, Incorruptible, and The Incredibles.
ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:
The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF). New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events. In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC. C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launched Star Wars Celebration in partnership with the Lucasfilm Ltd. and UFC Fan Expo. Additionally, it holds a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.
Jim Hanley’s Universe has an End of the Year Signing that will truly put a cap on the year! Joining us on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30th (Indy Comic Week, I might add) will be DAVID HEATLEY, DASH SHAW, JOSH NEUFELD and CHIP KIDD! This event is being done in conjunction with Dixon Place (http://dixonplace.org), where Chip Kidd’s band, artbreak, will be appearing on Tuesday, December 29th! We’re hammering out the details as we speak, so please check www.jhuniverse.blogspot.com for the up-to-the-minute details!!
Jim Hanley’s Universe, 4 West 33rd St., New York, NY
(opposite The Empire State Building)
Comics: From Every Angle
As part of the Bryant Park Word for Word author series, key figures from the world of comics and graphic novels will speak at “COMICS: FROM EVERY ANGLE,” a freewheeling discussion of the past, present, and future of sequential art.
Join moderator DANNY FINGEROTH as he and the all-star panel of JOE QUESADA, CHIP KIDD, DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI, and HEIDI MacDONALD discuss how comics have become an important part of high and low culture the world over.
“Word for Word” Author Series at The Bryant Park Reading Room
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
12:30pm – 1:45pm
JOE QUESADA, Editor-in-Chief, Marvel Comics
CHIP KIDD, Author and designer: BAT-MANGA!: THE SECRET HISTORY OF BATMAN IN JAPAN
DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI, Comics writer and artist: BATMAN: YEAR ONE; CITY OF GLASS; ASTERIOS POLYP
HEIDI MacDONALD, Co-editor, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY COMICS WEEK; Blogger: THE BEAT, the News Blog of Comics Culture; editor: THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY
DANNY FINGEROTH Longtime Marvel Comics writer and Editor. Author of DISGUISED AS CLARK KENT: JEWS COMICS, AND THE CREATION OF THE SUPERHERO (Continuum) and THE ROUGH GUIDE TO GRAPHIC NOVELS (Penguin).
The Bryant Park Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park-under the trees-between the back of the New York Public Library and 6th Avenue. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)