Pop Culture Expo 2014 Highlights Include Voice Actors, Underground Comix, and More

Press Release:

On Memorial Day Weekend( May 24th- May 25th),in Wilmington, Massachusetts, the dreams of every geek and gamer out there will come true in the form of the first annual Pop Culture Expo.

Pop Culture Expo is a celebration in all forms of popular culture including: a Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza, Cosplay, Costume and Videogame Competitions for Cash Prizes, Celebrity Guests, Panels, Autographs, Screenings, Animation and Anime, plus 50 vendors of Vintage and Modern Toys, Comic Books and Pop Cultural Artifacts.

Voice Actors

On Saturday, May 24th, Pop Culture Expo’s founder, Gary Sohmers will be hosting what is sure to be a delightful panel, called Voice Actors Script Read, from 1:30pm-2:30pm.

Guests for this panel will include: Billy West from Futurama, Leah Cevoli from Robot Chicken, Tom Wayland from Pokemon, Rachel Robinson from Final Fantasy, and Christopher Bevins from Street Fighter, so it is guaranteed to be a panel filled with fun, entertainment, and tons of non-boring moments.

Comix

Pop Culture Expo is hosting an Underground Comix panel featuring the talents of Bill Halgren, who has created designs for Topp Cards, Mad Magazine, and Marvel, Howard Cruse, know for his work on Barefootz, and Skip Williamson, who is known for being the most political and satirical cartoonist of the underground comix movement. The panel is sure to be anything but boring.

 Rogue Armada

Making their appearance at Pop Culture Expo this year is a group called Rogues’ Armada, a group of pirate performers from the all over the Massachusetts coast. The highlights of their performance includes in character interactions, sea shanties, combat demonstrations, and other games of skill. There are even photo opportunities with the crew from behind the bars of Tortuga Prison. For more information on the fun you can have with the Rogues’ Armada crew, check out http://www.popcultureexpo.com/collections/fun-stuff.

Alongside of these events, cash and prizes will be awarded in Cosplay Contests including their unique “Create-A-New-Superhero” categories, Video Game Tournaments and have levels of entry for all ages! VIP packages can also be purchased, as well as meal packages with some of the attending celebrities guests of your choice. Admission to the Expo can be purchased here: www.popcultureexpo.com, and advanced pricing is only $25.00 for 2-day weekend admission and will be an additional $5.00 at the door. We hope to see you there!

2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Schedule Announced

staples-moccaPress Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 5-6 at the 69th Regiment Armory and featuring more than 50 artists, designers, critics and scholars. Highlights of the program will include individual Q+A sessions with honored guests Robert Williams and Fiona Staples, honored guests Howard Cruse and Alison Bechdel in conversation, Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte in conversation, a presentation by Drew Friedman, and a discussion about comics and design with Chip Kidd and Françoise Mouly.

In a special site-appropriate presentation, scholar Tad Suiter will trace the participation of cartoonists in the 1913 Armory Show that established Modernism in America at the very site of the MoCCA Arts Festival just over a century ago.

Performative reading of comics for children and a panel on comics and education will address the growing significance of children’s comics. International participants in this year’s programming include Marion Fayolle (France), Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), Frederic Coché (Belgium), Nimrod Reshef (Israel), Ville Ranta (Finland) and more. North American artists including Sam Alden, Mike Dawson, Michael DeForge, Edie Fake, Drew Friedman, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Sophie Yanow, and many more will all discuss their work.

Admission to all programming events is included with MoCCA Arts Festival admission. To manage anticipated demand, first priority seating for the Bechdel/Cruse and Spiegelman/Swarte events will be given to registrants who have reserved free tickets for these events via the Society of Illustrators’ website, with any remaining seating to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for these two events can be reserved at the Society of Illustrators website.

This year’s programming schedule was curated and organized by MoCCA Arts Festival Programming Director Bill Kartalopoulos. The full programming schedule can be accessed online here.

The 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival will be held on the weekend of April 5 - 6, 2014 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan, running from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. Tickets for the Festival will be available to purchase at the door for a flat fee of $5 per day.

About the Society of Illustrators

The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan.  In 2012 the Society acquired the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. It’s mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art along with the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form. The MoCCA Arts Festival, begun in 2002 and continued by the Society, features a selection of independent comic and cartoon artists and includes programming, gallery space, and an Exhibition Hall.  The Society is open to the public Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4pm.  To learn more about visiting the Museum, Admission and the Society go to www.societyillustrators.org. 

MA – A Festival of Comics

Press Release:

Celebrate the art of comics during this exciting afternoon of artist talks and demonstrations, workshops, signings, comic book appraisals, and tours of “Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross” on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Artists scheduled to appear include Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby) and Jack Purcell (DC, Marvel, “Heavy Metal”). Come dressed as you favorite superhero and receive half-off admission. Free with Museum admission, members free.

Newly Announced Guests

Sean Wang
Greg Ruth
Jerry Craft
Colin Panetta
Gary Smith
Brett Swanson 
George Amaru
David White
Bryant Johnson
Sarah O’Donnell

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – FCBD: The Censored Howard Cruse Signing

Howard Cruse, creator of the Censored Howard Cruse FCBD book, signs at Modern Myths from 2PM to 5PM on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day!

About the comic:
In conjunction with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, BOOM! Town presents “The Censored Howard Cruse”! Get a special sneak-peek at this summer’s upcoming “The Other Sides of Howard Cruse” graphic novel. He’s known for his gay comix, but that’s not all that’s been on his mind! From his Underground days up through present day, Howard wrote on a slew of topics, including freedom of speech, civil rights, drugs, and interesting uses for toothpaste. Get a taste of his impressive catalog of works, just with a few tastefully-placed black boxes. You’ll have to get the OGN for the uncensored version!

RSVP on Facebook!

Modern Myths
34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060

MA – Wendel Book Club

Howard Cruse joins the Modern Myths book club on Thursday August 25th to discuss his book Wendel.

Modern Myths
34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060

Paint & Pixel Festival 2011

Press Release:

A new arts festival for illustrators debuts in Northampton, MA, on April 16! Celebrating illustration online and in print, Paint & Pixel Festival is a new show featuring talented, regional book illustrators, comic artists, and cartoonists and their work ranging from indie comics to award-winning picture books to nationally syndicated comic strips.

With over 45+ exhibiting artists, attendees will have the rare opportunity to talk with creators, learn about the creative process, and purchase signed books, prints, commissioned sketches, and other artwork.

Featured Guests

Howard Cruse, renowned comic creator whose graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby has been awarded some of the highest accolades in the industry, including Eisner and Harvey Awards, and was recently re-released for its 15th anniversary from DC Vertigo

Diane deGroat, a New York Times-bestseller and celebrated picture book illustrator with over 120 books to her credit, including Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink and Dogs Don’t Brush Their Teeth

Chris Giarrusso, whose popular kid-friendly titles G-Man and Mini Marvels have been published by Marvel and Image Comics

Jeph Jacques, creator of one of the most popular webcomics, Questionable Content

Hilary Price, author and illustrator of nationally syndicated comic strip, Rhymes with Orange

Ruth Sanderson
, an award-winning picture book illustrator, including The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Papa Gatto, whose works have also been exhibited in museums such as The Norman Rockwell Museum

Rich Woodall is best know for his short lived indy hit Johnny Raygun. He is also the co-creator of the ZombieBomb! comic anthology.

Programming

The Center for Cartoon Studies will present a workshop that will introduce the finer points of the self-publishing process. A number of DIY production and design methods will be discussed, an inking and lettering demo will be done, and participants will get to create a minicomic on the spot!

Ruth Sanderson will give picture book and fantasy art portfolio reviews on a limited, sign-up basis (details here)

Instructor Jon Chad from The Center for Cartoon Studies will give reviews to aspiring cartoonists and prospective students (details here)

Additionally, The Eric Carle Museum, Modern Myths, and The Center for Cartoon Studies will be at the show to offer an even greater selection of comics, picture books, and graphic novels.

Sponsors
Paint & Pixel would like to extend a hearty thanks to our sponsors: GoBerry, Hitpoint Studios, Modern Myths, and The Center for Cartoon Studies!

Official Website
Visit www.PaintandPixelFestival.com for more information on exhibiting artists, featured guests, and programming updates.

NJ – Stuck Rubber Baby Signing

HOWARD CRUSE signs on Wednesday, March 2nd, 7:30 – 9:30pm.

Dewey’s Comic City is pleased to welcome pioneering creator Howard Cruse to their store for a signing on Wednesday, March 2nd, from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Cruse’s comic strips and humorous illustrations have appeared in Playboy, The Village Voice, Artforum International, Heavy Metal, The Advocate, Starlog, and numerous other mainstream American magazines, as well as in assorted underground comic books. He was the founding editor in 1980 of the Gay Comix series.

His best-known work, his graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby, was the winner of both Eisner and Harvey Awards in the U.S. and went on to garner awards in Germany, Spain, and at Angouleme Festival. The Complete Wendel, a new compilation of the entire Wendel series from the 1980s, will be published by Universe Publishing in April 2011. Cruse’s material contains mature themes.

Dewey’s Comic City
13 Park Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940

Drawn & Quarterly Schedule for SDCC 2010

DRAWN AND QUARTERLY ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO PLANS; SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: GABRIELLE BELL, VANESSA DAVIS, JAMES STURM AND JILLIAN TAMAKI!

CON DEBUTS: MAKE ME A WOMAN, INDOOR VOICE, JSL TUBBY, JSL NANCY 2, EDEN, WILD KINGDOM AND PALOOKAVILLE 20–NOW A HARDCOVER BOOK!

Oh yes, it is San Diego time again, and this year the fine, fine people of Comic-Con International have invited four D+Q cartoonists to be special guests of the convention, complete with spotlight panels: Gabrielle Bell, Vanessa Davis, James Sturm, and Jillian Tamaki. I don’t believe we have ever had a year at San Diego with so many official special guests and so many conventions debuts. The heavenly moons of comics are aligned, people.
Vanessa and Jillian will even be debuting their new books:

Vanessa’s MAKE ME A WOMAN and Jillian’s INDOOR VOICE

Jillian will also be signing her award-winning SKIM, which we will have on hand in paperback for you.

Other debuts include:
 THE JSL: TUBBY
 Kevin Huizenga’s WILD KINGDOM
 The JSL: NANCY VOLUME 2
 EDEN by Argentinian newcomer Pablo Holmberg
 and all new PALOOKAVILLE 20 which is now a hardcover compendium of all things Seth and will knock the socks off of anyone who buys it.

So D+Q will be at ye olde booth #1529, our usual spot for twenty years, so it shouldn’t be hard to find us. Attending from D+Q will be Peggy Burns, production manager Rebecca Rosen (who is going on to greener, frenchier pastures in France this Fall so come over to say au revoir), and Publicity Coordinator Jessica Campbell. And of course the fine fellas from the Beguiling will be at our booth, too.

Here is our complete schedule, all signings take place at the D+Q Booth:
THURSDAY

2:00-4:00 Gabrielle Bell signing

3:00-5:00 Jillian Tamaki signing

3:30–4:30 Spotlight on James Sturm: Comic-Con special guest James Sturm has created award-winning graphic novels for early readers (Adventures in Cartooning), young adults (Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules), and grownups (The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Market Day) and co-founded the country’s finest cartooning school (The Center for Cartoon Studies). Sturm will be speaking about his process and art with Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter (comicsreporter.com). Room 26AB

5:00-7:00 PM James Sturm & Vanessa Davis Signing
FRIDAY

11:00–12:00 Spotlight on Vanessa Davis—One of the brightest new cartoonists of her generation, who has been featured in Tablet, Vice, Bust, and Bitch Magazines, Comic-Con special guest Vanessa Davis will be debuting her new book Make Me a Woman and discussing the book and its process with a charming and funny slide show about being young, Jewish and single. Room 4

12:00-2:00 Vanessa Davis signing

2:00–3:00 Graphic Novels: The Personal Touch—You know when you read it: that certain something that sticks out in a graphic novel. It’s the personal touch, a work that draws on the life of the creator or the people around him or her. Call the work autobiographical, call it reality—many times it results in truly personal and inspiring comics. Comics creator and journalist Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic, Skin Horse) talks to Comic-Con special guests Gabrielle Bell (Cecil & Jordan in New York), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Vanessa Davis (Make Me a Woman), Larry Marder (Beanworld), Jillian Tamaki (Skim), and Carol Tyler (You’ll Never Know Book 1: A Good and Decent Man) about their very personal work. Room 4

3:00-5:00 Gabrielle Bell & Jillian Tamaki signing

4:00–5:00 The Center for Cartoon Studies—Comic-Con special guest James Sturm, known for his graphic novels such as The Golem’s Mighty Swing, is also the director of The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), a school located in the historic downtown village of White River Junction, Vermont. The school offers a two-year course of study that centers on the creation and dissemination of comics, graphic novels, and other manifestations of the visual narrative. The faculty includes renowned comics artists such as Stephen Bissette and Jason Lutes. James will talk about the school and the books the students have produced. Room 7AB

5:00-7:00 PM James Sturm signing
SATURDAY

11:00–12:00 Spotlight on Jillian Tamaki: Comic-Con special guest Jillian Tamaki has taken both the illustration and comics worlds by storm. Her graphic novel Skim, was a New York Times Best Book of the Year, and also was nominated for a Governor General Award. Her drawings can be found in the NYT, Oprah, New Yorker, and Esquire. Tamaki will discuss the process of Skim, collaborating with a writer and the difference between comics and illustration. Room 3

12:00-3:00 Jillian Tamaki & James Sturm Signing

1:00–2:00 Spotlight on Gabrielle Bell: Join Comic-Con special guest Gabrielle Bell (Cecil and Jordan in New York, Lucky) as she discusses her current work, past accomplishments and future projects with Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter). Room 3

3:00-6:00 Gabrielle Bell & Vanessa Davis signing

3:00–4:00 Comics Reprint Revolution: For comics fans, the reprint revolution keeps getting bigger and better! The Cartoon Art Museum’s Andrew Farago talks with Craig Yoe (Krazy Kat, Popeye, Jetta), Dean Mullaney (editor of Library of American Comics for IDW: Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Secret Agent Corrigan), Daniel Herman (Hermes Press: Buck Rogers, The Phantom), Gary Groth (Fantagraphics: Peanuts, Prince Valiant, Captain Easy), Peggy Burns (Drawn and Quarterly: John Stanley Library, Walt & Skeezix), Steve Saffel (Titan Books, Beetle Bailey, Simon & Kirby Library) and Charles Pelto (Classic Comics Press: Mary Perkins, On Stage, The Heart of Juliet Jones, Big Ben Bolt) about their publications reprinting some of the very best of comic books and comic strips. Room 8

SUNDAY

12:00–1:00 Kids Draw with James Sturm: Create your own cartooning adventure in this fun, interactive drawing session with Eisner Award-winning cartoon adventurer James Sturm (Adventures in Cartooning)! Using simple building blocks, you’ll learn how to put together an adventure of your own—and have fun along the way! Room 30CDE

11:00-2:00 Vanessa Davis and Gabrielle Bell signing

And best of luck to our Eisner nominees, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, John Porcellino and Adrian Tomine!

NYC – LGBT Pride Month Signing Tour

 
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 8 PM

Group Slideshow at BAAD!
(Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance)
with Jennifer Camper, Howard Cruse, and Ivan Velez Jr.
841 Barretto Street (second floor) in the Bronx

Thursday, June 17, 2010 from 6-8 PMBooksigning and Panel Discussion at Jim Hanley’s Universe
(Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance)
with Jennifer Camper, Howard Cruse, and Ivan Velez Jr.
Moderated by Joan Hilty, creator of Bitter Girl
4 West 33rd Street (opposite the Empire State Building)

Friday, June 18, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Group Slideshow at Bluestockings Bookstore
with Jennifer Camper, Howard Cruse, and Ivan Velez Jr.
172 Allen Street (between Stanton and Rivington in Manhattan)

Celebrating Gay Pride Month
and the new 15th anniversary edition
of Howard’s graphic novel
Stuck Rubber Baby

“Adams Family” Tops List of 18 New Special Guests for Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International:

We’re announcing another 18 AMAZING Special Guests scheduled to appear at Comic-Con 2010, and we hope you’re just as excited as we are about them: Peter Bagge, Howard Cruse, Vanessa Davis, Dave Dorman, Charlaine Harris, Tanya Huff, Milo Manara, Dennis O’Neill, Tom Palmer, Sean Phillips, Jerry Robinson, Steve Rude, Drew Struzan, and Jillian Tamaki! AND, we have a special GROUP of guests — “The Adams Family!” Legendary comics creator Neal Adams is a special guest at Comic-Con 2010 and he’s bringing his talented trio of sons — Jason, Joel, and Josh — with him! The entire “Adams Family” will be a part of this year’s big event.