MICE 2015 Announces Panel Schedule


MICE will feature two full days of comics programming with workshops and demonstrations by professional artists, along with panel discussions on topics central to comics. All of our panels and workshops are appropriate for all-ages, but look for the Kid-Friendly tag for activities geared toward families and young readers. MICE Panels are located in the Lecture Hall and Workshops take place in the Lower Level of University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Comics For Life! Cartooning Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Get ready to draw your life in comics! MICE 2015 special guest Lucy Knisley, author of Relish: My Life In the Kitchen and many other graphic memoirs, will give you pointers on caricature, and how to illustrate your experiences and tell the story that only you can tell.

Black Independent Comics and Cartoonists Panel
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Five accomplished black independent cartoonists discuss their work and careers, as well as issues of racial identity in comics, and specifically in the alternative and independent comics world.
Moderator: Tony Davis Panelists: John Jennings, Micheline Hess, Ben Passmore, Whit Taylor, Joel Gill

Storyboarding Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Discover where comics and animation collide: the storyboard! We’ll work from existing scripts to develop your skills in sketching, pacing, and movement. Bob Flynn, art director at Fablevision Studios and storyboard artist for Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water, will show you how easy and fun the process can be!
Instructor: Bob Flynn

Iron Cartoonist (Kid-friendly Panel)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
MICE pits top cartoonists against each other in a live drawing event. Utilizing themed “ingredients,” three artists will compete for the title of ultimate cartoonist and earn prizes for the audience.
Host: Zack Giallongo Contestants: Mike Holmes, Cara Bean, Dan Moynihan Judges: Carey Pietsch, John Green, Braden Lamb

Comics Lettering and Layout Workshop
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Join cartoonist (Diary Comics, Behold! The Dinosaurs!) and occasional letterer (Casanova, Seconds) Dustin Harbin for a hands-on workshop exploring the role of lettering in comics page layout. Lettering is a lot more than just legible handwriting: it’s often the clearest sign to a reader of what’s happening on a page, who’s speaking and when, and in what order everything should be read. Participants will work through laying out lettering for a page of comics from start to finish, with plenty of room for Q’s and A’s along the way.

Writing About Comics 
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
In the midst of our review culture, how is comics criticism evolving alongside this exciting, growing art form? A panel of comics journalists, educators, and scholars examine how to write about a medium that includes both visual and literary storytelling. Moderator Brigid Alverson writes about comics at Robot 6 and School Library Journal. Our panelists write for a variety of online comics blogs including: Janelle Asselin (Comics Alliance), James Kaplan (Panel Patter), Zach Clemente (The Comics Beat), and Juliet Kahn (Comics Alliance).

First Aid for Drawing Injuries Workshop
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drawing can be fun, but it can also be a pain! Explore safe and effective techniques for caring for minor musculoskeletal injuries that can occur while drawing. Kriota Willberg, creator of the minicomic First Aid for Drawing Injuries (Or, Pain is Your Frenemy!) helps you to discover strategies for reducing pain while you draw and the differences between treating pain and treating injuries.

Kriota Willberg makes comics and art about body-oriented sciences. As a cartoonist she is best known for (NO) PAIN! A Guide to Injury Prevention for Cartoonists. An educator and massage therapist specializing in the treatment of orthopedic injury, she has also studied fitness and exercise. Kriota has taught injury prevention and anatomy for drawers at the Center for Cartoon Studies, the Society of Illustrators, and MoCCA.

What’s My Style? Panel
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Stylistic chameleon Robert Sikoryak sits down with four outstanding independent comics creators to explore the development of personal style. How has experimentation with graphic and storytelling techniques, media, format or other aspects of drawing comics challenged and shaped their visual styles? What breakthroughs, revelations, influences or inspirations have led to artistic growth? Moderator: R. Sikoryak Panelists: Luke Howard, Sophie Goldstein, Sophie Yanow, Jason Little

Comic Life Drawing (Kid-friendly Workshop)
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
This introduction to figure drawing gives cartoonists of all skill levels an opportunity to draw from a live model! Explore the basics of dynamic movement, weight, and human anatomy. Easels, paper, and charcoal will be supplied. Zack Giallongo is the illustrator of Broxo, Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, and The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents series.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fable Comics Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
11:30AM – 12:30 PM
Presented by The Eliot School

Looking for your next great comic idea? You can start with one of the oldest stories you know – fables! Chris Duffy, editor of the Fable Comics Anthology, along with artists George O’Connor (The Olympians) and Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time) will give you some pointers in drawing your own comic from well-known fables.

Art of the Mini-Comic (Kid-friendly Panel)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
The humble mini-comic is one of the basic forms of expression for independent cartoonists, and it ranges from simple fold and staple photocopies, to exquisite handmade artists’ books. Jon Chad (Leo Geo, Bikeman) explores the form, and talks to some of the most creative mini-comic makers at MICE.

Jon Chad has been producing handmade mini-comics and zines since 2006. Jon has illustrated books for clients including the Atlanta Braves, the FBI, and has been commissioned to make minicomics for Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and Adventure Time. Jon Chad’s books Leo Geo and his Miraculous Journey through the Center of the Earth and the sequel, Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis are published by Roaring Brook Press. Jon lives in Northampton, MA and teaches book-making and screen-printing at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

Unexpected Cartoons (Kid-friendly Workshop)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Presented by The Eliot School

A playful workshop for kids and all ages. Participants are led into various drawing exercises that would encourage improvisation and strengthen creative ability. We will approach drawing from new angles and discover unexpected results. All you need is a sheet of paper, pencil, eraser, and an open mind.

Cara Bean is an artist and Educator in Lexington, MA. Cara excels in both poetic self introspection, and silly storytelling. Her Gorilla Year series has received critical praise for tackling autobiographical issues in an innovative form.

Comic Life Drawing (Kid-friendly Workshop)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
This introduction to figure drawing gives cartoonists of all skill levels an opportunity to draw from a live model! Explore the basics of dynamic movement, weight, and human anatomy. Easels, paper, and charcoal will be supplied. Instructor: Zack Giallongo

Spotlight on Ryan North and Gene Luen Yang Panel
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints) and Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Adventure Time) have each made major contributions to defining contemporary forms like webcomics and young adult graphic novels, as well as crossing over into the “mainstream” world: North has brought his absurdist wit to Marvel’s Squirrel Girl, while Yang is currently writing Superman for DC. MICE is proud to present these two original, category-defying creators in conversation with writer and educator Alexander Danner.

Mini-Comic Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Sometimes the best ideas come out of play, improvisation, and collaboration. In this workshop, you’ll participate in a few fun, collaborative, drawing games and create some wildly unexpected characters and stories with your fellow attendees.

Dan Moynihan lives in Brookline, Massachusetts where he draws and writes comics. His work has appeared in Nickelodeon Magazine and various anthologies. His first picture book, Hiding Dinosaurs, is out this year.

Parenthood and Comics Panel
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cartoonists who have taken the daring leap into parenthood — or parents who have taken the daring leap into cartooning — discuss how having children affects their work. How have they dealt with the challenges of maintaining a creative work schedule with the demands of parenthood? How has being a parent influenced the content of their work?

Moderator: Dan Mazur Panelists: Jennifer Hayden, Jason Little, Glynnis Fawkes, Charles Snow, Sage Stossel

MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday, October 18th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is FREE. Special Guests include: Gene Luen Yang, Lucy Knisley, Dustin Harbin, Ryan North, and Jennifer Hayden! Click their website for more information: www.micexpo.org

Final Hellbound Volume Debuts at MICE 2014

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The Boston Comics Roundtable, in conjunction with River Bird Comics, is pleased to announce the publication of Hellbound V: End of Comics. Aptly themed, this will be the final installment in a series of original horror comics anthologies from some of Boston’s most celebrated creators. No fear or phobia will be left unprovoked. 

Debuting on October 4th at the fifth annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), Hellbound V will also be available at select local comics shops and conventions. This limited edition, 9 by 5 inch, two-tone Risograph printed run, geared toward “Mature Readers”, will feature seven stories and two fold-out pages, boasting a roster of familiar names and new contributors, alike. 

Hellbound series creator Roho will resume his role as designer and publisher. Stephen Cartisano, who has had a hand in every Hellbound release since the New England Art Award nominated Volume II: Box of Evil, returns as Editor. Returning contributors include Dan Mazur (Comics: A Global History), Ellen T. Crenshaw (Nobodies Volume II, Womanthology), Alison Burke and Tara Harris (A.R.R.O.), Patrick FlahertyE.J. Barnes (Tales of the Ling, An Invitation to the World of Luisa Felix), and Clayton McCormack (Dead Meat, Heavy Metal Magazine). Joining them for the first time on this volume are Gary Bonesteel (Killer Ink Comics), Ben Doane (Subcultures), and Brenton Barnes (Bartkira, Mister Reusch’s Black and White Illustration Book).

The Hellbound series has received much critical acclaim, having grown “increasingly stylish in presentation,” according to Rob Clough of High-Low. Katy England, of The Maine Edge, deemed Volume IV: GULP! to be “well worth adding to any collection,” while Brigid Alverson of Robot 6 marveled at the “impressive craftsmanship” contained within its pages. 

Featuring illustrations by Dan Moynihan (Nickelodeon Magazine, Heeby Jeeby Comix), and up and comer Jerel Dye (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, Pigs Might Fly), Hellbound V: End of Comics promises to end the series with a bang… and perhaps some whimpering, too.

MA – Will Eisner Week Workshop


The Cambridge Public Library will host a comic book workshop for kids with comics creators on Saturday, March 8th from 12:30-2:30pm! Guests include Jef Czekaj (author of HIP AND HOP, DON’T STOP!; CAT SECRETS; THE CIRCULATORY STORY; and YES, YES, YAUL!), Shelli Paroline (ADVENTURE TIME; MIDAS FLESH), Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME; MIDAS FLESH), Dan Mazur (independent cartoonist, journalist, teacher, screenwriter and editor; co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable and MICE: the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo), Bob Flynn (SPONGEBOB COMICS; GULP! a Monster Comics Anthology for Kids), Josh Dahl (RAPID CITY), and Dan Moynihan (whose work can be found in NICKELODEON Magazine and HEEBY JEEBY Comix).

All seven creators will be signing at the Million Year Picnic in Harvard Square from 3-5pm. At 4pm, they will be joined by Gregory Benton (HUMMINGBIRD, B+F), who will be signing from 4pm-6pm.

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Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Comic Art New England Show

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Press Release:

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

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Sponsored by the Art Institute of Boston @ Lesley University and the Boston Weekly Dig

Atrium Gallery
2nd Floor, University Hall, Porter Square, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

Kimball Anderson
 E. J. Barnes
 Cara Bean
 Eric Boeker
 Jim Bredt
 Heather Bryant
 Ellen Crenshaw
 Doug DeRocher
 Jerel Dye
 Bob Flynn
 Daniel Gessel
 Joel Gill
 Lawrence Gillette
 Tyler James
 DeAnna Marie Johnson
 Patt Kelley
 Renee Kurilla
 Laurel Leake
 Leann Leake
 Cathy Leamy
 Ron LeBrasseur
 John Lechner
 Kyle Lindholm
 Joel Lolar
 Jesse Lonergan
 Clayton McCormack
 Dan Moynihan
 Adrienne Nunez
 Line O
 Cherry Ogata
 Shelli Paroline
 Hallie Jay Pope
 Ansis Purins
 Gabe Robinson
 Aya Rothwell
 Carl Tsui
 Jason Viola
 Matt Young
 Keith Zulawnik

MA – Heeby Jeeby Signing

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Bob Flynn and Dan Moynihan, both formerly of Nickelodeon Magazine, and now of Fablevision, have teamed up to form the wacky, kid-friendly Heeby Jeeby Comix.

Heeby Jeeby was a big, sell-out hit at the Maine Comic Arts Festival this year, and is a lot of fun for all ages.

Date: Sunday, July 18, 2010
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
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Hub Comics
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA, 02143 

MA – A Visual Homage To Our Inner Geek

SPACE 242, Boston’s Low Brow Destination, proudly announces its January exhibition, I…YOU…WE…ROBOT!, A Visual Homage To Our Inner Geek, features artwork inspired by robots in various mediums, by over 70 artists. The exhibition, on view January 29 through February 19 includes paintings, illustrations, photographs, mixed media, sculpture, and comics. The opening reception, Friday, January 29 runs from 6-8pm, is free and open to the public with RSVP at www.space242. An artist talk will be held Friday, February 19 from 7-8pm. Gallery hours are Friday evenings 6:30-8pm and Saturdays 11:30am-1pm.

Artists include: Marietta Apollonio, Scott Bakal,Allison, Bamcat, E.J. Barnes, Jeff Bartell, Alli Bondi, Craig Bostick, Dan Browne, Kevin Burney, Scott Burns, Alex Carlson, Keenan Cassidy, John Cole, Derrek Coss, Megan Mary Creamer, Eliot Daughtry, Jon Defreest, Jyll Ethier-Mullen, Jamie Fales, Andy Fish, Michael Georgason, Julian Guzman, Stephen Hamilton, Brian Hart, Veronica Hebard, Ann Hirsch, Andrew Jacob, J-ME Johnston, Joe Keinberger, Patt Kelley, Kim Kent, Lindsey Kuhn, Ron LeBrasseur, Jacob Lefton, Doughty Leigh, Ben Lewis, Jennifer Lewis,Vanessa Ly, Dave MacMahon, Robert Maloney, Joey Mars, Carly Mazur, Fish McGill, Matt McKee, Sarah Morrison, George Motta, Dan Moynihan, Scott Mullowney, Peter Murphy, Markus Nechay, Dave Ortega, Peter Payack, Pen Cap Chew, Ansis Purins, Rhonda Ratray, Mister Reusch, Derek Ring, Ryan Robidoux, Skunk, Andrew Sloan, Lindsay Small, Michael Paul Smith, Stones, Rob Story, Wayne Strattman, Adam Szymczak, Paul Timmons, Tom Torrey, Stefan Volatile-Wood, and John Wiltshire.

I…YOU…WE…ROBOT! is sponsored in part by The Weekly Dig and Harpoon.