LadiesCon Panel Schedule Announced for this Saturday

The 2nd annual LadiesCon will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16th at the Armory in Somerville, MA from noon till 5:00 PM! The show will present writers, artists, creators and artisans specializing in comics, fantasy, and science fiction, with a particular emphasis on creators who identify as women, LGBTQ, non-binary, and people of color, as well as local artists. Meet creators, buy books and crafts, and see panels on a variety of topics, including cosplay and fanfiction! Admission is FREE!

LadiesCon’s panel discussions are hosted by experts and fans alike. They are scheduled throughout the day in our two panel rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.

The Bechdel Test and Fandom
12:00 – 12:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Janet Gershen-Siege, freelance science fiction author and blogger for Adventures in Career Changing
  • D.R. Perry, writer of Paranormal Humor, Alternate History, and LARP.

There just aren’t a lot of female heroes out there, still. And the ones who are out there often have no one to talk to other than men. What does it mean when films, books, and television programs fail the Bechdel Test in 2017? Is there a more systemic problem? How can it be fixed? What can indies do? How about consumers?

Women in Comics Retail
12:30 – 1:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

Reflections on changes in the industry, predictions for the future, insights into the day-to-day life of a comic shop worker (it’s not exactly sitting around reading books & passing judgement) & DEEP DISH on the books & creators we love & hate!

Accessibility and Creativity in Cosplay: How to Make Cosplay for Everyone
1:00 – 1:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Rhea McCullough – Moderator
  • Carolyn Frantz
  • Jennifer Rzasa
  • Stephanie Mann
  • Melanie Anne Coombs

As cosplay becomes a more and more popular way of expressing fandom, people are making it work for them in various creative ways. Our panel of cosplayers will discuss how to cosplay on a budget, cosplay for people of varying abilities, and other burning questions from newbies and experts alike.

Wonder Woman Conquers the World!
1:30 – 2:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

This summer, Diana of Themyscira conquered the world is an unstoppable blockbuster movie that out shined all her DC predecessors! Join our panelists as the delve into the comics history that inspired the film. We’ll talk favorite stories, characters, creative teams and show our love for all things Wonder Woman.

One True Pairings, Shipping, and the Romance Genre
2:00 – 2:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

Shipping is part of the fabric of fandom communities. We all have an OTP, like Lois and Clark or Diana and Steve. But there’s also an entire fictional genre devoted to shipping, romance, that contains heroes and relationships similar to the pairings that fandom loves. Join us for a walk through romance in comics and how that relates to the feminist genre of romance.

Working in Audiodrama
2:30 – 3:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Lisa McQuilkin: Actor. “A.S.H.le” from Hadron Gospel Hour
  • Tanja Milojevic: Producer/Creator/Actor, The Penumbra Podcast
  • Simone De Boudoir: Actor, Edict Zero, What’s The Frequency, Electric Vicuna productions, Campfire Radio Theater

Audio drama podcasts are on the rise.  No longer relegated to a small number of dedicated listeners, Audio dramas are finding their way to car radios, living rooms, and live stages. We invited several local voice actors and creators to discuss the process, rewards, and unique challenges of audio-only entertainment.

Women in Games: From Designing to Playing and Nurturing the Next Generation
3:00 – 3:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Tracey Michienzi, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day
  • Savannah Camacho, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day
  • Emily Care Boss, Independent Game Designer/ Publisher, Black and Green Games
  • Adri Kliger, Co-Organizer of Women in Games, Boston
  • Meg Stivison, game designer for Small Monsters Games
  • Sarah Zaidan, comics artist and game designer

Have you ever looked around just to notice that you are the only woman in your game group? Ever feel like you don’t belong in the hobby? Trust us, you aren’t alone. The number of women who admit to gaming as a hobby are rising, and we are going to talk about it. Our esteemed panelists will discuss women’s roles in the gaming industry, equality in gaming, and how to create a positive gaming environment to set a good example to women gamers of the future.

The Expanded Universe: The Art of Fan Fiction
3:30 – 4:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Taylor Hendel – Moderator
  • Charlotte White
  • Linda Endinger
  • Caitlin Walsh

Even our favorite books and movies can leave us wanting more, whether we’re wondering how else things might have played out, wish more time had been spent on certain plot points, crave more queer or minority characters, or just want to see what happens next. Fanfiction is the way some folks explore their favorite fictional universes, putting the characters and/or setting in new contexts. Come learn more about this ever-growing art form from a variety of perspectives.

The Comic Book Spectrum: Modes of Creation
4:00 – 4:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

The Women in Comics Collective International is an organization that highlights the merit and craft work of women working in the comic book industry. Their on going panel series ‘The Comic Book Spectrum’ discusses the various aspects of the industry that help keep the medium current and expansive. This installment will focus on the different ways comic books are produced, distributed and how they continue to thrive in an ever changing, multimedia industry.

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Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
(617) 718-2191

The Return of LadiesCon 2017

Press Release:

The Ladies of Comicazi, who represent an inclusive community devoted to consuming, critiquing, and creating comics and pop culture, are teaming up with their homebase, Comicazi, to bring the second annual LadiesCon to the Armory on September 16, 2017 from noon till 5:00 PM. Admission is FREE!

The one-day show will present writers, artists, creators and artisans specializing in comics, fantasy, and science fiction, with a particular emphasis on creators who identify as women, LGBTQ, and people of color, as well as local artists. Attendees will have the chance to meet creators, buy books and crafts, and see panels on a variety of topics, including gaming, fanfiction, and cosplay.

Last year’s show attracted 500 attendees to Davis Square, and this year promises to be even bigger and better, with an estimated 2,000 visitors.

Meet creators, buy books and crafts, and see panels on a variety of topics, including cosplay and fanfiction! The first show was a huge hit – don’t miss this one.

GUESTS INCLUDE:

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Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
(617) 718-2191

MA – Amy Chu Signing

Writer Amy Chu (Red Sonja, KISS, Poison Ivy, Sensation Comics, X-O Manowar) appears at Comicazi on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 5:00 till 6:00 PM to sign comics!

Comicazi
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
617-666-2664

 

MA – FCBD: Comicazi Signing

Local artists Matt Bessette, Steven Coughlin, John Jumani, Lindsay Moore, Roel Torres appear at Comicazi on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Comicazi
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
617-666-2664

MA – Comicazi Signing

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Bob Salley (Salvagers), Johnny C (Surrounded by Death, Sartana), and Josh Dahl (Rapid City) sign at Comicazi on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM.

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Comicazi
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
617-666-2664

Chris Evans Surprises Comic Fans at Local Shop

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Some lucky fans got a big surprise when actor Chris Evans unexpectedly showed up at Comicazi, a comic shop in Somerville, MA, for a series of pranks which were captured on video (see below). The event was organized to advertise a contest Evans is currently running with Omaze in which participants contribute to charity for a chance to meet and participate in an escape room with him. Proceeds from the contest benefit Christopher’s Haven, a local nonprofit that provides support to kids fighting cancer.

Comicazi co-owner Mike Burke said they were contacted out of the blue by Omaze, whose team had previously scouted the store and found it ideal for their purposes. “Once everything was finalized, they had a crew set the cameras up the day before,” said Burke. “The next day Chris Evans came in to participate and get the whole thing going. He was a very nice guy.”

A Boston native, Evans has appeared in several comic book based movies most notably as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has previously benefited Christopher’s Haven at their fundraiser and two years ago famously visited their patients alongside actor Chris Pratt after winning a bet with the star of Guardians of the Galaxy that the New England Patriots would defeat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

Click here to enter the Omaze contest…

photo courtesy of Comicazi 

MA – Baltimore: The Red Kingdom #1 Signing

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Writer Christopher Golden appears at Comicazi on Saturday February 11th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM!

Golden is currently writing Baltimore for Dark Horse Comics with Mike Mignola, and his past comics credits include Joe Golem: Occult Detective, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sons of Anarchy, The Punisher, and many more. Golden is a New York Times best selling author, and his most recent novels include Dead Ringers, Tin Men, Snowblind, and his next novel, Ararat.

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Comicazi
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
617-666-2664

MA – The Fifth Beatle Signing

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Writer Vivek J. Tiwary signs The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story at Comicazi on Friday October 28, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

The Fifth Beatle is an award-winning, #1 New York Times best selling graphic novel and forthcoming feature film recounting the untold true story of Brian Epstein– the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool, nurtured, protected, and guided them to international stardom, but died painfully lonely at the age of 32.

Comicazi
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
617-666-2664

MA – Silk Signing

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Tana Ford, artist of Marvel’s Silk, will be signing at Comicazi on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 from 4pm-6pm.

Comicazi 
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
617-666-2664

Ladies of Comicazi Debut LadiesCon 2016

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The Ladies of Comicazi are pleased to invite you to our very first convention: LadiesCon 2016!

LadiesCon is a one-day celebration of women of all kinds and their work in comic books, science fiction, fantasy, cosplay, and many other realms of pop culture. Special guests include Linda Medley (Castle Waiting), Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead), and Ming Doyle (Girl Over Paris, Constantine: The Hellblazer). More guests and vendors will be announced as the event approaches.

Admission is FREE! All are welcome!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have added tickets for LadiesCon – due to the huge response to the event, we think this will help us keep the day a safe and fun one for all. The event is still free, but we will be able to better track attendance; get tickets at the link…

LadiesCon 2016 will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 on the third floor of 212 Elm Street in Somerville, MA. It’s an easy walk from the Davis Square Red Line stop and mere steps away from Comicazi.

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