MA – Will Eisner Week Comics Workshops for Kids/Teens

000000_cpl-wewThe Boston Comics Roundtable hosts comic creating workshops for Teens and Children at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 1:00 PM till 3:00 PM in honor of Will Eisner Week!

Below is a listing of the amazing creators involved on this workshop:

Cara Bean is a cartoonist and art teacher from the Boston area. She pursues poetic introspection, and quirky storytelling through comics. Cara is currently creating a comic for children about a late-blooming caterpillar named Munch. Learn more about Cara Bean at www.carabeancomics.com.

LJ-Baptiste is an artist from Dorchester, MA. His current work is a webcomic series entitled COMIXSCAPE, which originated on DigBoston’s Sunday Comics Project back in 2013. It’s about the absurd adventures of a young boy and his pet raccoon in his new town. The comic is currently in it’s 4th chapter and can be read in full on www.comixscape.net

Ben Rutberg is a college freshman and aspiring cartoonist interested in finding the truth in small things. He has made two comic books, “Bildungsrobot!” and “The Big Fish,” and is currently working on two more, which he is not at liberty to talk about. He’s sure you’ll understand. You can find his work, including both of his comic books, at dorkdrawscomics.tumblr.com.

E. J. Barnes is a comics artist and writer who has worked on historical comics, editorial cartooning, and animation. She has taught cartooning at the Amigos Cambridgeport Community School and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She opens her home studio to the public during Cambridge Open Studios. Her online catalog of self-published comics and stories is at www.drownedtownpress.com.

Jonathan Hayes is an illustrator based out of Somerville. His interest in art began with drawing on his bedroom wall to making comic books as an adult. Jon also held strong interests in performing arts and writing. He is a member of the Boston Comics Roundtable, a comic book collective of creators. Jon is working on self publishing several titles ranging from children’s comics to dark fantasy.

John Carvajal is an artist currently living in Norwood, MA. He received his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design and his MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies. His work has been published in multiple anthologies including Maple Key Vol. 2, Strangelet Vol 1.1, and a collaboration with Aaron Humphreys in Compositional Studies Vol. 43.1. Carvajal has also exhibited his work in the UK, Canada, and the US at various comic festivals. He has been teaching drawing, painting, cartooning, and printmaking at various community art centers for the last 4 years. You can view some of his work at: www.jacarvajal.com

Maria Photinakis is an illustrator, cartoonist, painter and giant Star Trek nerd who hopes someday she’ll figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the meantime, she lives in Waltham with her husband and 2 fluffy cats.

Catalina Rufin is a 23 year old Boston-area cartoonist and illustrator. Her comics are about punk fairies, astronaut kids, and her interest in Scottish culture. She has made two comics for the BCR anthologies In A Single Bound #3 and Spellbound, and collaborated with author Tony McMillen on the graphic novel Oblivion Suite, about a 70s rock band. ”

Roho is an artist, writer and designer with a passion for print. He joined Boston Comics Roundtable shortly after moving to Cambridge in 2008. There contributed to the last three issues of Inbound as well as publishing the Outbound and Hellbound anthologies. He is hard at work in a wide range or new comics projects if you see him out there in the world he would love to tell you all about them. Check out his latest project here: roho.tumblr.com

Dan Mazur is an independent cartoonist, editor, publisher and author who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His comics have appeared in numerous anthologies, and his Cold Wind (with Jesse Lonergan), was named a notable in The Best American Comics of 2013. He is the co-writer with Alexander Danner of Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present. He is co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable, and MICE: the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, and founder of Ninth Art Press, as small press devoted to comics and comics anthologies, which has recently published SubCultures: a Comics Anthology.

Nina Tobin is currently in her 15th year of teaching. She received a B.A. in Art History, Theology and Education from Regis College, and a Master’s degree in Special Education through Lesley University. Nina has been a member of the Museum of Fine Arts Educator Advisory Board since 2008, serving as a speaker for the Autism Museum Accessibility Panel in 2014. She is author and presenter of a TED talk titled, “Thinking Socially,” a former educator for the Boston Public Schools, and former Chairperson of the Westwood Chapter of SEPAC. She has worked with MGH’s YouthCare/Aspire Program since 2007, most recently serving as a contributor developing Brain-Based Social Pragmatics curriculum, and as a Site Director for their Summer Camp program. She has also delivered numerous presentations to parents and educators on using the fine arts, universal design, and multiple intelligences in all academic content areas. Outside of school, Mrs. Tobin spends her time with her husband and sons, visiting museums, painting, illustrating, and singing professionally with the Lost Cosmonauts. She enjoys teaching Art, Music, Theater, as well as Social Pragmatics and Applied Sociology at the Tremont School.

Brendan Tobin is an illustrator/animator who worked in the New York animation industry and currently is employed as a marketing designer, as well as hosting a comics class for middle school students. He enjoys making comics and cartoons and regularly posts them on his blog: brendantobin.blogspot.com. Brendan lives in Norwood, Ma with his beautiful wife and amazing stepsons.

Heide Solbrig, scholar, filmmaker, illustrator, and media artist is the sole proprietor of ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat Productions. WFYB focuses upon transmedia documentary production, currently working on sexuality education in collaboration with Partners’ in Sex Education. Other projects include producing an interview archive of residents’ experience at ‘The Water Tower Place’ a low-income housing project in St. Louis, Missouri, and producing a vlog series on economic education. Solbrig’s films, ‘Float’(2003) and ‘Man and the Middle Class’(2013) each tell intimate political economies of an era. Her current media-art project, The Dandelion King is a graphic novel and film series documenting Solbrig’s childhood in the 1970’s. Solbrig’s productions use personal storytelling in multiple mediums and include experimental montage combining historical footage, interview, illustration/animation and personal-essay narration.

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Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-4040

MA – Art Framing Workshop

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Press Release:

Are you a comics artist with pages you want to display in the upcoming MICE Art Show, in a gallery, or at home? Then you’ll need to frame that art! You could go to a framing store, but you’ll get better and more inexpensive results by learning to frame your art yourself. Good framing can preserve your art, enhance its sale value, and make your studio walls look great.

The Boston Comics Roundtable will host a hands-on art-framing workshop led by artist EJ Barnes on Sunday, September 13th at 2:00 PM. She will cover such topics as how to prepare art for framing, where to buy frame pieces online for maximum flexibility and value, and what sort of hangers galleries prefer. Barnes will also show her special technique of displaying word balloons on comics art even if you added your lettering digitally.

This workshop is FREE to all, though a suggested donation of $5 is welcome. Barnes will begin her demonstration at 2:00 PM. This event at the Boston Comics Workspace is sponsored by Ninth Art Press.

About EJ Barnes
Barnes is a professional artist and art teacher in Cambridge. She has published many of her own comics as well as contributing to such anthologies as Hellbound, Inbound, and Colonial Comics. She has also exhibited and sold her work across the country. You can find more about EJ Barnes’s work at www.ejbarnes.com.

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Boston Comics Workspace – Studio 306
561 Windsor Street Somerville, MA 02143

MA – Comicazi ArtBeat

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comicaziMing Doyle, Erica Henderson, EJ Barnes, Max Wolman, and more appear at Comicazi on Saturday July 20th!

Press Release:

Next Saturday is July 20 and it’s a BIG day at Comicazi! Not only is it ArtBeat – the annual fair that celebrates local artisans and businesses – but we here at the shop are having our local artist/creator friends in-store to hawk their wares and press your flesh!!
In person at the shop are all great folks who have been mentioned here before and are good good friends. Let me present:

Ming Doyle

Erica Henderson

EJ Barnes

Max Wolman of the upcoming Red Menace comic

Ben of Sette Tredici

Tonya of Make Me A Dragon

These ladies and gentlemen will be at the store from 12 to 4 on Saturday 7/20 so be sure to get here early. And remember that ArtBeat actually closes off all driving traffic in Davis Square. You’ll have to take the into Davis or walk in.

These appearances will be followed up later in the evening by the Comicazi Couples Game at 8pm. You’ve heard me talk about it in last week’s issue, well now is your chance to get tickets to the event before they sell out!

Couples Game Tickets

You can also check it out on the Facebook page

And if all of that isn’t enough for you, well then let me just tell you about the salegoing on that day!! And surrounding days!!
Starting on Wednesday July 17 and going until Sunday July 21 Comicazi is having a 50% off sale. Bam!!
On those days you get 50% off your purchase of new comics excluding that week’s new delivery of books and what’s in subscription boxes. But the new books from the past several months that are up on the wall, yes.
All back issues, $2 and premium both
All used gaming:
Heroclix
Magic
board games
PokemonGet your shekels ready my friends! It’s going to be a bigger blast than Krypton!

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

MICE 2012 Panel & Workshop Schedule

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo has released their Panel and Workshop Schedule for 2012

WORKSHOPS

12:00PM – 12:50PM
Character Drawing with Bob Flynn: Bob will demonstrate the importance of bringing life and movement into your drawings and characters. Drawing fast, posing characters, using a line of action, loose construction—merging energy with draftsmanship.

1:00PM – 1:50PM
Fold-Out Comics with Jon Chad: If you thought that a book is just made up of a cover, back cover, and all the business in-between, think again! There is a wide variety of folding and book construction techniques that can help create a truly unique reading experience. Jon Chad from the Center for Cartoon Studies will walk through the basics of comic-making and how to make your own unfolding minicomic!
2:30PM – 3:20PM
Digital Tools for the Comic Book Artist with David Marshall: Do you draw comics but are afraid of digital art programs? Comics veteran David Marshall shares his techniques. Digital tips include cleaning up scans, prepping for print or web, color, production and lettering. Learn comics-specific tricks for Photoshop and Illustrator.
3:30PM – 4:20PM
Drawing with NO PAIN! Injury Prevention for Cartoonists with Kriota Willberg: Many cartoonists and artists suffer from pain and injury caused by hours and hours of drawing. Are you one of them? Are you afraid that you will become one of them? This workshop describes common injuries and their causes, presents guidelines that can help prevent drawing injuries, and teaches simple exercises that can help reduce the risk of getting injured.
PANELS

11:00AM – 11:50AM

Comics and Medicine
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
Comics and Creative Careers
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
R. Sikoryak: Classics and Career
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
Iron Cartoonist
MICE pits top cartoonists against each other in a live drawing event. Utilizing theme “ingredients” KC GreenEllen Crenshaw, and Braden Lamb will each compete to win prizes for the audience and the ultimate cartooning title.
3:30PM – 4:20PM
Comics and Religion
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 SnowBox BrownDavid Wolkin
4:30PM – 5:20PM
Mixing Media
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 BarnesAdrienne NunezAnsis PurinsRaul Gonzalez, Cathi Chang

 

 

 

MA – Comicazi Mini-Con

EJ Barnes, Kevin Church, Tim Finn, Erica Henderson, John Hilliard, Greg Moutafis, Liz Prince, Joe Quinones, and Maris Wicks appear at Comicazi to showcase Somerville’s talented artists and writers creating comics! Come meet them, buy books, and learn about amazing the comics scene happening right here in our town. It’s happening Saturday July 21 from 1-5 pm and it is absolutely free, so come support your local creators!

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Comicazi 
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

MA – Hellbound Signing

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Hub Comics hosts a signing with the Boston Comics Roundtable this Saturday May 19th!

Limited Screenprinted pages from Hellbound #1!
Hellbound II premier with creators signing during the whole day.

11:00 AM – Clayton McCormack creator of “The Breath of Life” for Hellbound II.

12:00 PM – Nathan Kitler writer of “Necrocomicon” for Hellbound II and “The Bloody Curse of Sarah Goode” for Hellbound.

01:00 PM – EJ Barnes artist of “The Plague” (Hellbound II) and creator of “A House with a Past” (Hellbound) and Patrick Flaherty writer of “The Plague.”

02:00 PM – Gabriel Robinson author of “The Red Calf” for Hellbound II.

03:00 PM – Jesse Lonergan story editor and cover artist for Hellbound II. Author of “Sweet Dreams” (Hellbound).

04:00 PM – Ansis Purins author of “Slappy” for Hellbound II.

Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143

MA – Free Comic Book Day 2011

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Tomorrow, Saturday, 7 May 2011 is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

FCBD has become a fun annual event and we’ll have comics for both kids and adults available.

Kids may enjoy coming by earlier in the day, when we’ll have some games going on.

Our schedule:

10am-12pm, Clemence Maret will be doing watercolors & sketches
12-2pm (approximate), Aya Rothwell signs and sketches
3:15-5:15pm, EJ Barnes signs and sketches
5:30-7:30pm, Jay Kennedy signs and sketches

Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Good vs Evil Show

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SPACE 242, Boston’s Low Brow Destination, proudly announces its January, 2011 exhibition: GOOD VS EEEEEVIL! Superheroes vs. Villains Smackdown. The group exhibition, on view January 28 through February 4, 2011 includes paintings, illustrations, mixed media, sculpture, and photography by over 4-dozen artists. The opening reception, Friday, January 28 runs from 6-8pm, is free and open to the public with RSVP at www.space242.com. An artist conversation will be held Friday, February 4 from 7-8pm. Gallery hours are Friday evenings 6:30-8pm (no rsvp necessary).

GOOD VS EEEEEVIL! features artwork by Alyssa Adams, Gillian Alexiel, Allison Bamcat, EJ Barnes, Sheila Berry, Allie Biondi, Sean Bixby, Allison Blackwell, Craig Bostick, Joe Botsch, Kristin Boucher, Scott Bruns, Brian Butler, Derrek Coss, Joe Dellagatta, Michael Destefano, Jim Downes, Eamon, Andy Fish, Ashley Freeland, Brian Gubicza, Erica Henderson, Jeff Horwat, Patt Kelley, Sarah Kim, Chelsea Lane, Ron LeBrasseur, Jesse Lonegran, Nathalie Magri, Joanna Matuck, Fish McGill, Matt McKee, Massimo Mongiardo, Greg Moutafis, Christian Noise, Greg Orfanos, Peter Paul Payack, Caroline Ramsey, Rhonda Ratray, Mister Reusch, Derek Ring, Roho, Caitlin Ryan, Josh Santa-Cruz, Lisa Scollan, Andrew Sloan, Lindsay Small, Stones, Jared Tharp, Tom Torrey, Jack Turnbull, Robb Waters, David Wentworth, and Steven Young (a few surprise artists will be announced after the New Year).

SPACE 242’s January exhibition is sponsored in part by The Weekly Dig, Artscope Magazine, Mad Mimi, Drinkmasters, and Harpoon Brewery.

The above artwork: Top to bottom, l-r: Derrek Coss, Jared Tharp, Christian NoiseCraig Bostick, Fish McGill, Kristin Boucher

SPACE 242
242 E. Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02118

MA – Get Your Freak On

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Space 242 exhibits work from Alyssa Adams, Brian Patrick Adams, Stephen Andersen, Marietta Apoloino, Amanda Atkins, Jessica Baer, Allison Bamcat, Josh Baptista, EJ Barnes, Jeff Bartell, Sean Bixby, Jade Bojkovik, Lindsey Boss, Craig Bostick, Kristin Boucher, Matt Brecke, Rocco Bittelari, Scott Bruns, Kwesi Budu-Arthur, Kevin Burney, Alex Carlson, Keenan Cassidy, David Christopher, Amanda Clarke, Derek Coss, Allison Cowell, Michael Crockett, Ed Curran, Mary Curtin, Lauren Curtis, Mick Cusimano, Kelly Davidson, R Davis, Joseph Dellgatta, Sarah Dolan, Ryan Dubois, Christopher Elsasser, Empire SNAFU, Enid Esmond, Jyll Ethier-Mullen, Logan Faerber, Jamie Fales, Lori  Faridi , Andy Fish , Ashley Freeland, Michael Georgeson, Matt Gilpin, Darren Goldman, Tom Grady, Brian Gubicza, Julian Guzman, Veronica Hebard, Ariele Hertzoff, Jeff Horwatt, Olivia Ives-Flores, Andrew Jacob, Jason Kan, Patt Kelley, Nicole Kelly, Sarah Kim, Derek Kouyoumjian, Scott Lefton, Jennifer Lewis, Vanessa Ly, Nathalie Magri, Bob Maloney, John Maneval, Geoff Marian, Joey Mars, Joanna Matuck, Greg Mautafis, MCA/Evil Design, Matt McKee, William McKee, Jacob Miller, Gregery Miller, Edward Monovich, Tyler Moran, George Motta, Judi Muscara Orfanos, Jane O’Hara, Greg Orfanos, Dana Pearson, Rhonda Ratray, Doug Richardson, Derek Ring, Britany Rode, Heather Rose, Caitlin Ryan, Felisia Sainz, Toni Lee Sangastiano, Jacob Santa-Cruz, Evan Scannell, Jermey Schultz, Lisa Scollan, Jessica Scott, Walter Sickert, KrisSmith, Robert Stearns, Lydia Stein, KenStewart, Stones, Cole Swaveley, Adam Swinbourne, Jared Tharpe, Paul Timmons, Tom Torrey, Katherine Waddell, Paul Weiner, Aaron White, Bob Wilson, John Wiltshire, Christopher Wright, and Sojung Yu.

Join them for an opening on Friday May 7th from 6-8pm.

Click here to RSVP

SPACE 242, 242 E. Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02118