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  • MICE 2013 Returns With 2-Day Show

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    Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo hosts its first two-day show on September 28-29, 2013 at in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA! The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable, an independent arts collective, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics and connects local creators with local audience. They will also run a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. MICE is for anyone of any age who wants to discover new comics, learn more about the medium of comics, or is interested in making their own. Sunday is Kids Day, featuring workshops for the young cartoonist.

    MICE 2013 is pleased to welcome eight comic creators to our show as our special guests: Chris Duffy, George O’Connor, Josh Neufeld, Lucy Knisley, Maris Wicks, Mike Cavallaro, Nick Abadzis, and R. Sikoryak. They will appear at their tables in the exhibition area, as well as at various panels and workshops over the weekend.

    Plus MICE features 150 exhibitors including Alison Wilgus, Bob Flynn, Braden Lamb, Cathy Leamy, Colleen AF Venable, David Marshall, E. J. Barnes, Ellen Crenshaw, Emmy Cicierega, Jennie Wood, Ming Doyle, Nate Bellegarde, Renee Kurilla, Sean Wang, Shelli Paroline, Stephanie Yue, Tim Finn, Zack Giallongo, and many more!

    View the exhibitor list and full schedule (TBA) at the website: www.micexpo.org

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    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

     

     

     

    Boston Comic Con 2012 Panel Schedule


    Press Release:

    The Boston Comic Con announces its panel schedule for the 2012 convention! Fans will have the opportunity to see some of the brightest stars in comic book history between the rare reunion of MAD artists to the youngest new talents from the pages of Womanthology. This year’s line up of talent is certainly one that is not to be missed! In addition Boston Comic Con hosts several Geek Week Events including stand up comedians, a film festival, a costume contest, and much, much more! See below for the schedule and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates!

    Tickets are currently available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with paid adult admission!

    Saturday April 21, 2012
    Panel Room 102

    Drawing for Kids: 11am-12pm
    Katie Cook (Gronk) leads a “Drawing For Kids” workshop. Kids and their parents are invited to learn to fine art of cartooning!

    All Ages Comics Panel: 12pm-1pm
    Skottie Young (Marvel’s Oz books), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), and Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts) talk about how to appeal to both the incoming crowd of young readers and longtime, stalwart fans of comic books.

    Womanthology: 1pm-2pm
    Founder Renae de Liz and contributors Cat Staggs, Ming Doyle, Ellen Crenshaw, Stacie Ponder, Megan Brennan, and Ceili Conway discuss their work on one of Kickstarter’s most successful projects and the state of female creators in the industry.

    Spotlight on Jill Thompson: 2pm-3pm
    The creator of Scary Godmother and Beasts of Burden speaks about her art and career. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with one of the best in the biz!

    Legends: 3pm-4pm
    Legendary talents Joe Sinnott (inker Fantastic Four), Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein), Herb Trimpe (co-creator of Wolverine), Bob Layton (Iron Man), and Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin) talk about their long careers and how they’ve changed the industry.

    Michael Golden, Storytelling: 4pm-5pm
    Artist Michael Golden discusses his method of telling a story visually as one of the most influential artists in the business with credits on titles like Dr. Strange, Star Wars, X-Men and more.

    Creator Owned Comics: 5pm-6pm
    Joe Benitez (Lady Mechanika), Becky Cloonan (Wolves), Ben Templesmith (Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse), and Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy) speak about indie comics and their growing influence in the comic market.

    Geek Week Events
    Panel Room 108
    11am-12pm: Convention Survival
    12pm-1:30pm: Nerds of Prey
    1:30pm-2:00pm: P. Sawyer & Hurley’s “The Complete Works of Batman Abridged”
    2pm-2:30pm: Magic the Gathering: The Show
    2:30pm-3pm: Quest
    3pm-4pm: Star Wars “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”
    4pm-5pm: Comics on Comics
    5pm-6pm: Superhero Wedding
    6pm-6:30pm: Anime Trivia

    Sunday April 22, 2012
    Panel Room 102

    Legends of Mad Magazine: 11am-12pm
    The “Usual Gang of Idiots” reunite to reminisce about the creation of MAD, the most influential humor magazine of the 20th century. Join Al Feldstein, Paul Coker Jr, and Al Jaffee for a rare event with the artists of Mad Magazine.

    Eastman & Bisley: 12pm-1pm
    Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Simon Bisley (Hellblazer) speak about their comic projects both independently and collaboratively in the pages of Heavy Metal.

    DC Comics Panel: 1pm-2pm
    The New 52 revitalized the DC Universe for a new generation of readers. Meet the creators who have revolutionized the comic industry includng Francis Manapul (The Flash), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Jamal Igle (The Ray), Ivan Reis & Joe Prado (Aquaman).

    Marvel Comics Panel: 2pm-3pm
    Face front, True Believers! Artists Tim Sale (Captain America: White), Steve Epting (Captain America), Alex Maleev (Daredevil), and Mark Brooks (X-Men) speak about their projects at the House of Ideas. Make Mine, Marvel!

    Costume Contest: 3pm-4pm

    Geek Week Events
    Panel Room 108
    11am-12pm: The Pop Culture Professor: Dr. Rebecca Housel
    12pm-12:30pm: Run Button Podcast
    12:30pm-1:00pm: The Arsenal
    1pm-1:30pm: Magic the Gathering: The Show
    1:30pm-2pm: Achievement Unlocked
    2pm-3pm: Bump
    3pm-4pm: Geek Week Comedy Collider
    4pm-4:30pm: Quest

    About Boston Comic Con:
    The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd opening at 10:00 am each day at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website atwww.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

    ME – Womanthology Signing

    Project founder Renae De Liz and other creators from the groundbreaking book sign on Saturday, March 24th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm at Casablanca Comics. Ellen Crenshaw said on her twitter (@etcillustration) that she’d be there!

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    Casablanca Comics
    151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

    MA – Womanthology Signing

    Project founder Renae de Liz and local contributors Ellen Crenshaw, Ming Doyle, Cathy Leamy, and Stacie Ponder sign at Hub Comics on Saturday March 31, 2012 from noon-4pm!

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    And just in case you miss them this time around be sure to catch these fantastic artists at Boston Comic Con on April 21-22, 2012!

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

    MICE 2011 Announces Schedule

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    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

    Panels

    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?

    MODERATOR: Dirk Tiede (Paradigm Shift) PANELISTS: Kevin Church (Writer, The Line), Christopher Baldwin (Little Dee) Box Brown (Everything Dies)

    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

    Artists
    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
     Roho
     Aya Rothwell
     Carl Tsui
     Jason Viola
     Matt Young
     Keith Zulawnik

    MA – Free Comic Book Day 2011

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    Jason M. Burns, Ellen Crenshaw, and Sean Kasper sign on Saturday May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day!

    ELLEN CRENSHAW– Will be appearing & doing free sketches from 12 till 3pm
    Ellen is a member of the Los Angeles-based illustrators’ group, Girls Drawin’ Girls; she has been published in comics anthologies Inbound and ZombieBomb!
     
    SEAN KASPER-will be appearing and doing free sketches from 11am till 4pm
    A local artist who spends most his time drawing monsters, superheroes, and mystery men. His newest comic ‘Honest Jon’ is coming out later this year.
     
    Local comic and TV writer JASON M. BURNS
    Will be appearing & signing from 12-3pm.
    Jason is the writer of one of the actual Free Comic Book Day comics, the Kung Fu Panda/Richie Rich Flip book. He wrote two of the three stories in the book!
     
    Jason has written and created: A Dummy’s Guide to Danger, Curse of the Were-Woman, and The Expendable One, which is being developed into a major motion picture by Intrepid Pictures as well as written Shrek, Megamind, Jericho, Pocket God, Kung Fu Panda, Richie Rich, Fraggle Rock, and Child’s Play comics.
     
    New England Comics
    Downtown in Guild Square
    732 Washington St, Norwood, MA 02062

    MA – Outside the Box Art Show

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    Press Release:

    The creative folks behind FableVision are presenting our second annual art show, one night only. It will be Friday April 29th, 6-10 PM at our Boston studio. Featuring works by over 24 artists working in every medium imaginable, the title of the show is “Outside the Box – A Visionary Art Show.”

    You can find more information, including the list of artists, at the official exhibit website. You can also download your own Creative Juices art show sculpture and put it together, to help get your own creative juices going!

    FableVision is a media company on a 200-year mission to move the world to a better place. We have artists, programmers and producers who are all creative spirits in their own right.

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    FableVision Studios
    308 Congress Street, 6th floor, Boston, MA

    MA – AIB Senior Illustration Show

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    Glovebox and the Fort Point Artist Community are sponsoring this year’s AIB illustration exhibition, featuring alumni and student work!

    Artists include:

    AIB Graduating Seniors:
    Valerie Arruda, John Blanchette, Mary Curtin, Shane Depina, Ashley Henry, Marco Jimenez, Larissa Kimball, Robert Knowles, Roseanna Lane, Laura Mauriello, Rima Rahal, Alec Strickland, Andrea York, James Zink.

    AIB Alumni:
    Amanda Atkins, Kate Castelli, Ellen Crenshaw, Russ Gossett, Kevin Hebb, Keith MacLelland

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 ~ 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA

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