The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo has released the schedule for this weekend’s show!
Workshops & Artist Demos
- 12pm – Foldy Comics! – Jerel Dye presents an innovative way of making a your own comic book from a single sheet of paper. This is a kid-friendly workshop or for anyone just getting started in the comic craft.
- 1pm – Watercolor Demonstration with Ellen Crenshaw
- 2pm – Comic Lettering and Inking with David Marshall
- 3:15pm – Creating Digital Comics – Walkthrough the software and techniques with webcomic artist Andy Wong.
- 4:30pm – Coloring Comics with Braden Lamb
Comics & …! is a day-long program of panel discussions exploring diverse topics in independent comics. Each panel will take place in University Hall’s Amphitheater, 2nd Floor.
COMICS & TEACHING: Beyond Maus and Persepolis
11:00 AM - Comics such as Spiegelman’s Maus and Satrapi’s Persepolis have found a solid foothold as legitimate classroom texts. However, there are many other noteworthy graphic novels that could also find their way into the K-16 curriculum. This panel will explore specific strategies for teaching comics and teaching with comics, looking past the “canonical” texts noted above.
MODERATOR: David Marshall PANELISTS: Michael Gianfrancesco, Director, New England Comic Arts in the Classroom; Educator, North Providence High School; Maureen Bakis, author The Graphic Novel Classroom; Alexander Danner, instructor, Emerson College Graphic Novel Program; Robert Shreefter, Professor, Lesley University.
COMICS & CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: Smart Comics For Kids
12:15 PM – This panel of writers, artists, and reviewers will discuss today’s comics storytelling for kids, the challenges of appealing to different age groups, and the changing roles of such “gatekeepers” as librarians, comic shops, publishers, parents, and digital portals.
MODERATOR: J. L. Bell, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators PANELISTS: Robin Brenner, creator of noflyingnotights.com, Jef Czekaj, author-illustrator. Gareth Hinds, author-illustrator, Shelli Paroline, artist, Colleen AF Venable, scripter and designer
COMICS & SOCIAL JUSTICE: Cartoons with a Cause
1:30 PM – Our panelists discuss ways in which the comics medium can be valuable in political discourse, and how independent comics can be an important focus of community activism as well as provide voices for — and representations of — minorities and other marginalized groups.
MODERATOR: Che Salazar PANELISTS: Rebecca Migdal, World War Three Illustrated; Colin Tedford, Trees & Hills Comics Group; Tak Toyoshima, creator Secret Asian Man; Anna Mudd, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies
COMICS & FASHION : Project: Rooftop
2:45 PM – Since 2006 the Project : Rooftop website has examined the trend of independent illustrators redesigning superhero costumes, and now the discussion goes live at MICE! This panel will focus on a few comic book characters, looking at how they’ve been visually interpreted over the years by professionals and fans alike.
MODERATOR: Braden Lamb PANELISTS: Joe Quinones (Wednesday Comics, Amazing Spider-Man), Ming Doyle (Tantalize, The Loneliest Astronauts), and Jennifer Ngan (Instructor, Art Institute of Boston).
COMICS & COLLABORATION: Teamwork 101
4:00 PM – Many of the best comics and graphic novels are created through collaboration between a writer and artist. This panel will present several experienced teams of artists and writers, to share their insights on the pleasures and pitfalls of creative teamwork. How are comics partnerships formed and successfully maintained to produce the optimum results? What surprises have writers and artists encountered in the process of collaboration? What should less experienced creators seeking collaborators look for or be wary of?
MODERATOR: Alexander Danner PANELISTS: TBA
COMICS & TECHNOLOGY: Digital Comics
5:15 PM – Digital creation and distribution of comics are here to stay and will only get more important to the future of the medium. What are the best platforms – currently, or on the horizon — for the production and delivery of digital comics? How can artists and writers adapt themselves to new devices and software, and what improvements can be anticipated? What are the implications of these new technologies for the artist’s work and income?
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY FESTIVAL TAKES OVER ROCHESTER – Bigger and better this years Free Comic Book Day Event is going to take place all over Rochester.
The event will take place at a number of local businesses, each one giving away a unique comic book per family that visits them, as well as filling several larger venues in Rochester. Of course Jetpack Comics will have dozens of Free Comic Books to choose from!
Special consideration and give-aways will be given to EVERYONE that shows up wearing a Jetpack Comics T-Shirt . Wear a Jetpack or Ralph pin and you’ll be rewarded with even more swag! Wear a Ralph mask and be ridiculed and rewarded.
The Knights of Columbus will feature all the special guests, creators, comic book & toy vendors as well as food and novelty vendors. Last year Free Comic Book Day in Rochester attracted nearly 2400 people. This year, will be bigger and better.
Special Guests include Marvel Comics top guns, Ed McGuinness and Craig Rousseau! Ed is considered to be one of the best in his field and is currently the penciller of Marvel Comics HULK comic book.
Ed also provided the cover to Marvel Comics IRON MAN: Supernova which features Craig Rousseau as the penciller. Two Marvel comics artists at one huge event.
Also appearing: artist/writer/editor Rich Woodall – Zombie Bomb, Johnny Raygun; writer Ron Fortier – Green Hornet/Pulp writer/Daughter of Dracula; artist Jason Casey; writer/producer John Herman; artist Stephen Bobbett; artist/writer Rich Brunelle – The Fatsquad; artist/writer Josh Belanger – The Fatsquad; artist Dan Drew – The Gay Bride of Frankenstein/Severed Head Comics; artist/writer J.T. Falkenberg – Severed Head Comics; artist/writer Colin Tedford – Square Dance/Spinning World; artist Shaun O’Neil; artist Joseph Dellagatta; artist Mark Slater – Severed Head Comics; The Trees and Hills Comic Group; & The Barrington Middle School Comic Club.
The Star Wars 501st will be having photo ops on the stage of the Knights of Columbus Hall. Come as your favorite Jedi or don your Super-Hero garb. Please show your support by attending the event in costume! EVERYONE coming to the event is encouraged to dress up. While visiting with the Star Wars characters be sure to make a donation to them (all proceeds go to the NH Make A Wish Foundation). This year we add several new interactive groups to the Free Comic Book Day event.
The Dover Children’s Museum will be on hand at the KoC hall, with discount coupons and interactive displays. Rye Airfield will have a demo park behind Jetpack Comics where they will do BMX and skatebaord demos. Behind the Cafe at Governor’s Inn you will find a local Larping Group as well as a mini Ren Faire.
Of course, what makes Free Comic Book Day in Rochester a memorable event is the number of local and small press creators that come to the event. STHe KoC will feature dozens of comic book artists and creators. Special Local Guests include The Fatsquad, our lovely and talented Rich Woodall, The Barrington Middle School Comic Book Club, Severed Head Comics Group and more. WANT TO BE A PART OF THE FUN? Creator Spaces are $10, while we have them. Email Ralph now if you want to be a part of it. Space is limited!
Want to set up at our Free Comic Book Day event and sell your wares? Tables are just $50 each and are tax deductible (since the Rochester Main Street Association is a Non-Profit and they are the ones in charge of the multi-venues event portion of the day).
Got nothing to do on Free Comic Book Day? Why not come up to Rochester and give us a hand. This multi-venue event is going to take all kinds of coordination and assistance. Volunteers get first shot at the swag as well as tons of lovin from us! Seriously. If you’ve got the time we’d love to have you by our side!