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Mort Walker, Ray Billingsley, Jerry Craft, and many more appear at UConn on Saturday September 10th from 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Don’t miss the “Artists’ Alley” on Saturday, September 10th from 10:00am – 4:00pm at the UConn Stamford Art Gallery. The “Artist’s Alley” gives cartoon, comic strip and comic book fans the chance to meet and greet these exhibitors in person, some of whom will sell original art, books, and sketches, and will be available to sign autographs.
Come meet in person…Scott Barnett, Ray Billingsley, Orlando Busino, Jerry Craft, Carl Herring , Jr., Tyler James, Kevin Liell, Frank McLaughlin, Barbara Slate, Everett Soares, Mort Walker, Adam Wallenta, and billboard artist Russell Rainbolt.
Admission is FREE to the Exhibit and the Artists’ Alley. Visitors to the Artists’ Alley on September 10th will receive a free Marvel Comics Calendar while supplies last. UConn Stamford is located at the corner of Washington Blvd. and Broad Street in downtown Stamford. FREE Visitor Parking is available at the UConn garage, 2nd level, on Washington Blvd. For more information contact Gary Faulkner at UConn Stamford 203.251.8400
University of Connecticut – Stamford
One University Place, Stamford, CT 06901
Everett Soares, Michael W. Kellar, and Keith Murphey sign their book across New England (and one in North Carolina).
Welcome to the World of Valendor, a bold new world where steam-powered ships sail across the sky and where you’ll find that the standard heroes come in any shape or form—even Pirate!
Life as one of the most notorious pirates in Valendor comes with its own set of ups and downs, and sometimes all Tobin Manheim wants is an easy job. His wish was granted when Governor Langford offered him one on a silver platter. Tobin saw an opportunity to make an easy coin and he pounced on it without question. However the costs became greater than the rewards. First cost – Tobin’s dignity. He has to work with his ex-wife. From there, things seem to go straight into the privy. Past accounts become due, parts of his ship explode and when things seem to brighten up, they only got worse. What happens though when Tobin reaches his limit and just wants the job to be over? Revenge!
For the next month, members of the Sky Pirates of Valendor crew will be traveling across the country promoting our solicitation in August Previews.
Great comics! Sketches! Original Artwork!
Everett Soares, creator of Sky Pirates of Valendor, appears at:
July 28, 2010 – 6:00-9:00pm
Friendly Neighborhood Comics
191 Mechanic Street, Bellingham, MA 02019
July 31, 2010 – 12:00-4:00pm
252 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
August 7, 2010 – 12:00-4:00pm
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101
August 8, 2010 – 1:00-5:00pm
Double Midnight Comics
245 Maple Street, Manchester, NH 03103
August 21, 2010 – 12:00-4:00pm
New England Comics
East Crossing Plaza 744 Crescent St, Brockton, MA 02302
August 28, 2010 – 12:00-4:00pm
37 North Main Street, Rochester, NH 03867
Michael W. Kellar, inker for Sky Pirates of Valendor, appears at:
August 14, 2010 – 12:00-4:00pm
813 S. Jake Alexander Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28147
Keith Murphey, inker and Art Director for Sky Pirates of Valendor, appears at:
August 28, 2010 – 1:00-4:00pm
34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060
The Maine Comics Arts Festival has announced its pre-convention panel schedule for Saturday, May 22nd hosted by the Portland Public Library (Main Branch, 5 Monument Square, Portland, ME)
All Saturday events will be held in the Rines Auditorium unless otherwise noted.
Kids Cartooning Workshop – 10:00 AM
Children ages 7-12 are invited to try their hand at cartoon art. Using simple shapes, comic book artist Jay Piscopo will demonstrate how to build figures and perspective to create art that tells a story. Stand by for adventure in this hour-long, interactive workshop! Click here to watch a video clip
Portland, Maine artist Jay Piscopo is the author and illustrator of The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli all-ages graphic novel series. Piscopo also co-created The Scrap City Pack Rats, art directed the award-winning Fizz and Martina Math Adventures, and was an animator for ABC TV’s Squigglevision.
The World of Graphic Novels – 11:00 AM
Presenter: John Shableski, Diamond Book Distributors
“The graphic novel is to publishing today very much as rock and roll was when it first entered the music industry mainstream: a strange format already familiar to the popular culture but not yet understood by the established distribution channels.” ~ John Shableski, Diamond Book Distributors
This free presentation is for librarians and educators who are interested in the world of graphic novels and are looking for definitions, explanations, and advice on where to begin or expand your collection or how to effectively use graphic novels in the classroom. John conducts this workshop nationally with librarians and educators and is known for his interactive, conversational style. This is his first time presenting in Maine. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity!
THE PRESENTER: John Shableski is sales manager at Diamond Book Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, and one of the biggest distributors of graphic novels in the U.S. through its Diamond Book Distributors division. John has been a panelist at BookExpo America, a moderator for graphic novel panels at the New York Comic Con, a guest speaker at library events, regional book shows and a symposium coordinator. He’s currently collaborating on several graphic novel symposiums across the country. His focus is on the independent bookstore market, public and school libraries.
Cartooning Styles – 12:30pm
A humorous presentation about art styles, featuring images of popular cartoon characters like Sponge Bob Squarepants and Mickey Mouse, and how different artists interpret them. We’ll talk about designing characters, and then give an interactive drawing demo, in which the audience will instruct Raina in creating characters and images.
Age range: 5 – 12
Center for Cartoon Studies Presents: Page Building Workshop – 1:30pm
This hands-on workshop will take a closer look at the basic building blocks of the comics page. Cartoonist and teacher Robyn Chapman will explain how to use page composition to control pacing and create effective stories. No matter how little experience you have, you will leave this workshop having composed a comics page! All supplies will be provided.
Live Comics Reading: Smile & Astronaut Elementary – 2:30
Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman will read (and perform) chapters from their all-ages graphic novels, as the illustrated panels are projected onto a large screen for all to see. They’ll also ask for some volunteers from the audience to play some of the characters.
Age range: 5 and up.
Featured Guest Discussion – 3:00pm
Jeff Lemire, Brian Wood and Skottie Young
This panel discussion will cover the works of the festival’s featured guests and will include a question and answer session.
The Pros and Cons of Small Press Publishing – 4:00pm
When a writer or artist decides to pursue the comic book industry, the 21st century has provided them with several different options, one of them being small press publishing. But how does one decide the best route to take. Join the creator of Sky Pirates of Valendor, Everett Soares along with Promotions Consultant, Susan Soares as they discuss the Pros and Cons of small press publishing as they share their journey through the industry.
Sunday, May 23 – 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Maine Comics Arts Festival
Ocean Gateway, Portland
Meet over 100 comic writers, artists and publishers, see exhibits and shop for cool comics and graphic novels. Click here to see the full guest list