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.
Boston Comics Workspace – Studio 306
561 Windsor Street Somerville, MA 02143
Million Year Picnic celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 2nd with several local creators from the Boston Comics Roundtable.
- 10am to 12pm
Dan Mazur (Ninth Art Press, Boston Comics Roundtable).
- 11am to 1pm
Roho (River Bird Comics, Outlaw Pizza, Hellbound for the Boston Comics Roundtable).
- 1pm to 3pm
Jerel Dye (The Disappearance, One Android Stories, From the Clouds).
- 3pm to 5pm
Olivia Li and Jamie Koh (Spellbound Editors for the Boston Comics Roundtable and Good Morning Gorgon).
- 5pm to 6pm
Michael Saver (Mr Teacher and Panda)
Jay Kennedy (The Sleeplessness, 2:03am and Distracula).
Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
River Bird Comics and the Boston Comics Roundtable, in celebration of their new Hellbound V: End of Comics anthology, will be hosting a launch party. Free and open to the public, the party will be Thursday October 30th at the Cambridge Historical Society’s Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, at 159 Brattle Street. Festivities will run from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
With additional sponsorship from Million Year Picnic and the Cambridge Art Society, the party will feature a costume contest with prizes, Sketch Fights, complimentary refreshments, and a chance to meet local comics creators. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
Created in 2006, the Boston Comics Roundtable is a collective of comics creators in the Greater Boston area. Its mission: to network, teach, workshop, encourage, and publish the best and brightest artists and writers in the creation of comics.
Cambridge Historical Society
159 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
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 Flaherty, E.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.
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Boston Comics Roundtable (BCR) and the Andromeda Gallery in Allston are proud to announce the 2012 Gallery Show and Halloween Costume Party in support of Hellbound III: Darkness on Saturday, October 27th at 6:00pm! The Boston Comics Roundtable’s horror anthology celebrates its third year and will be showcasing all-new original art from the 11 gruesome narratives, pinup art, and cover that comprise Hellbound III: Darkness.
To help launch this collection of illustrated darkness, Hellbound III’s creative team of Roho, Jerel Dye, and Kyle Anderson of the Boston Comics Roundtable is inviting the public to an evening of enjoyably horrific revelry. Events will include sketch fighting, zombie/monster caricatures, and a costume contest in which party guests will compete to win a FREE, creators-signed Art Edition of Hellbound III: Darkness! All proceeds will go toward funding Boston Comics Roundtable publishing endeavors. Following the Art Edition printing, a normal-sized offset edition of Hellbound III: Darkness will be available at local comic stores, online, and shows.
Admission is FREE. RSVP on Facebook!
ABOUT BOSTON COMICS ROUNDTABLE
The Boston Comics Roundtable is an independent organization of local cartoonists and writers since 2006. The group meets weekly to workshop, network, and socialize. Meetings are open to the public. Information regarding publications, artist galleries, and meetings can be found at www.
ABOUT ANDROMEDA GALLERY
Andromeda Gallery is an alternative space in which the public can learn and indulge in the new wave of art inspired by animation, comics and video game culture. It seeks to represent and promote artists who are deeply influenced and inspired by this new wave of visual culture; therefore, offering fresh exciting art works for new and seasoned art collectors. The gallery welcomes suggestions about shows, collaborations and ideas for furthering art experiences for both artists and the general public.
119 Braintree Street Suite 320, Allston, MA, 02134
The Boston Comics Roundtable, in partnership with River Bird Comics, is pleased to announce the publication of Hellbound III: Darkness, an anthology of all-new horror comics by artists and writers from greater Boston.
The Art Edition of Hellbound III: Darkness will debut on Saturday September 29 at the third annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), and be available at selected comics shops in the region and online. The Art Edition, at 8.5 x 11 inches, features black and white art with a wraparound full color cover nearly a yard long, designed by Roho and featuring art by Jerel Dye. Following this initial printing, a regular edition will be available at local comic stores, shows, and online.
The Boston Comics Roundtable’s annual Hellbound collections have won the praise of many comics critics. Roz Young at Sequential Tart called last year’s edition “a wonderful set of frighteningly fiendish stories.” Brigid Alverson at Robot 6 wrote, “The craftsmanship in this volume is impressive.” Jen Vaughn of the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont called the collection “perfect for the horror fan.” That edition, Hellbound II, was nominated for a New England Art Award in the category of best book.
Hellbound III: Darkness continues in the same horrifying tradition with eleven chilling tales that examine the darkness that lies within all of us. These gruesome narratives feature some of New England’s best artists and writers. Tak Toyoshima, creative director at Dig Publishing, offers a quick taste of zombies. Poet and “horror burlesque” impresario Janaka Stucky teams with tattoo artist Josh Wallis for a story set in a mortuary. Lindsay Moore, Donna Martinez, and Joey Peters explore the dark side of high-school overachievers. Even baseball gets the horror treatment in “America’s Pastime” by Stephen Cartisano and Ellen T. Crenshaw.
The creators work in a variety of styles. Kimball Anderson’s “No, He Can Come” uses totally black backgrounds while James the Vampire’s art may look light and airy but hides terror underneath. Jacob Oley and Gregery Miller collaborate on a nightmarish character sketch named “Vimshaw.” Alison Burke and Tara Harris of Arrocomic.com explore the woods at night. Joshua D. Hoaglund’s “Vengeance” and Adrian Rodriguez’s “Pedestrian” are both nearly wordless, with one story taking place on a whaling ship and the other in a modern city. Jon Clark’s “Void” closes out the volume with the chilling words of a love too far.
The editorial team for Hellbound III included Jerel Dye as story editor and Kyle Anderson as art editor with supplied additional illustrations by Gregery Miller and Roho. This volume was designed and produced by Uruguay born Roho, owner/publisher of River Bird Comics and creator of Hellbound.
The Art Edition of Hellbound III: Darkness costs $25.00 and it’s available for preorder here.
Boston Comics Roundtable (BCR) and the Art Institute of Boston (AIB) are proud to announce the third annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE). MICE is Boston’s only show dedicated to alternative comics, ‘zines, and web comics. The 2012 expo features talented regional cartoonists, including Ignatz Award-winning Box Brown (Everything Dies), veteran comics parodist Robert Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), and 100 more indie artists on the rise.
With free admission, MICE 2012 is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the local independent comics scene to get a first-hand look at thousands of unusual, entertaining and interesting comics, as well as meet the creators. Over 100 comics artists and small publishers will be exhibiting. The show will include demonstrations with professional artists and panel discussions on topics central to comics and an exhibit of original art.
“There’s so much exciting work being done in independent comics these days, but it’s a rare opportunity to be able to see such a great sampling of it one place,” said Dan Mazur, a MICE organizer. “The great thing about a show like MICE is that so many local creators get to gather together and connect with their fans, and with potential readers.”
The popularity of last year’s show was reflected in the fact that exhibitor tables for MICE 2012 sold out within three hours of going on sale online.
MICE will present a day-long slate of panel discussions and creative workshops, on topics including Comics and Medicine, Comics and the Art World, Comics and Religion, Injury-avoiding Exercises for Artists, and others.
Another new wrinkle for MICE this year is the addition of the NECAC (New England Comic Arts in the Classroom) Symposium, as an associated event. NECAC is an organization that promotes the use of comics as an educational tool in K-16 classrooms. The symposium will be a three-hour event, offering workshops and discussions specifically aimed toward educators. It will be held on the same morning as MICE, and in the same building, creating a unique synergy between a creator-focused and educator-focused approaches to the art of comics.
MICE occurs on September 29 at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit www.masscomics.com.
ABOUT BOSTON COMICS ROUNDTABLE
Boston Comics Roundtable draws local cartoonists and writers to collaborate, workshop and socialize since 2006. BCR publishes Inbound, an anthology of Boston-area independent comics, Outbound, a science-fiction comics anthology, and the horror anthology, Hellbound. Visit bostoncomicsroundtable.com for more information.
ABOUT THE ART INSTITUTE BOSTON / LESLEY UNIVERSITY
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University is a college of visual arts offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the two-year Advanced Professional Certificate, and the low residency Master of Fine Arts degree. In addition, continuing and professional education, intensive workshops, and pre-college courses are all available.
ABOUT R. SIKORYAK
MICE 2012 Guest of Honor R. Sikoryak’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, Drawn & Quarterly, Raw, Fortune, Esquire, GQ, among many other publications, and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is the author of the graphic novel Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly), and the co-author, with Michael Smith, of The Seduction of Mike (Fantagraphics), a comic book funded by the NEA. He was awarded an Artist’s Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts for his comics adaptations of classic literature. He is in the Speakers Program of the New York Council of the Humanities. In his spare time, he creates performances, slide shows, and animation for downtown theater and independent films.
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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
Halloween Launch Party for Locally Published Horror Comic Anthology “Hellbound 2” at Tommy Doyle’s, October 28th.
The Boston Comics Roundtable will be horrifying readers again this Halloween with the second installment of its “Hellbound” anthology of independent horror comics written and drawn by local creators. All comics creators, fans, and friends are invited to celebrate the premiere of the new book at a comics-themed Halloween Party on Friday, October 28, at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square.
“Hellbound 2’s” initial release will be in a limited Art Edition, printed on hand-crafted paper and packaged in a screen-printed presentation box. This limited edition will go on sale at the party.
Edited by Jesse Lonergan, Hellbound 2 features terrifying stories by an assortment of independent comics artists and writers, most working out of New England: Nathan Kitler and Jerel Dye, Clayton McCormack, John Hilliard, Joshua Hoaglund, JL Bell and Andy Wong, Caitlin Plovnick, Ansis Purins, Gabriel Robinson, Patrick Flaherty and EJ Barnes, Logan Faerber, Gregery Miller, and Lindsay Moore and Alex Cormack. The book also features illustrations by the artists Bob Flynn, Erik Heumiller, Carl Tsui, Nate Furman, Cherry Ogata, Laurel Leake, and Roho.
The hand crafted paper used for the Box and Covers of Hellbound 2 was made at the Boston Paper Collective in Charlestown by the contributors with the help of BPC’s Melissa Cross and Zoe Culbertson. The Boxes were screen-printed at the New Hampshire Institute of Art under the guidance of NHIA’s Foundation Chairman, Joel Gill, also a Boston Comics Roundtable member.
The Hellbound Party will include a costume contest, “sketch fights” (competitive speed-cartooning done for an audience), zombie caricatures, and stand-up comedy by
Tim Varguilish and Maria Ciampa.
What: “Hellbound 2” book release and Halloween Party.
When: Friday, October 28th, 7:00 pm to close.
Where: Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square, 96 Winthrop St., Cambridge, MA.
About the Boston Comics Roundtable
Formed in 2006, the Boston Comics Roundtable brings together local cartoonists and writers to collaborate, workshop, and socialize. Among BCR’s publications are “Inbound,” an anthology of Boston-area independent comics; “Outbound,” a science-fiction comics anthology; and “Hellbound,” an annual collection of horror comics. All comics creators, critics, and curious fans in metro Boston are welcome at the BCR’s weekly meetings. Visit www.bostoncomicsroundtable.com for more information.
Boston Comics Roundtable (AKA the BCR) is throwing a RELEASE PARTY for INBOUND 5, the newly released collection about FOOD! Original artwork by contributors will be on display on the cafe walls. Friday, November 5, 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Atomic Bean Café, 904 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge, MA.