MICE is back! On October 4th and 5th independent graphic novelists and cartoonists will converge on University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge’s Porter Square. The event is free, family friendly, and offers a weekend of activities as the Boston area’s only show dedicated to independent and alternative comics.
MICE attendees are invited to discover their new favorite comic books from over 150 local comic creators. The exhibition area at MICE will present a wide range of art and books: hand-made mini-comics and zines, anthologies, graphic novels, art prints, and sketches. Panel discussions will provide insightful conversations about the world of contemporary comics and graphic novels. Artists will share techniques, tips, and tricks for creating your own comics in a variety of workshops for all ages and skill levels. Sunday’s “Kids Comics Day” workshops are especially geared toward younger readers and budding cartoonists.
This year’s show will also welcome a number of special guests — professionals from the world of independent comics and graphic novels — including James Kochalka, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Emily Carroll, Paul Hornschemeier, and Box Brown.
MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 4th, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, October 5th, 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. More details at the website: www.micexpo.org
Come for readings from their new works debuting at the Small Press Expo
MariNaomi’s new graphic novel: Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories
Yumi Sakugawa’s new graphic novel: Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With the Universe
James Kochalka’s new graphic novel: FUNGUS: The Unbearable Rot of Being
Box Brown’s new anthology volume: Number 2
They will also be signing and perhaps creating some art for the audience? Snacks and drinks will be served.
Big Planet Comics
7315 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Cartoonist James Kochalka (American Elf) appears at the Cambridge Public Library to present his new book The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm! Free pizza while it lasts!
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
November 14, 2009 – December 2, 2009
Reception: Saturday, November 14, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Giant Robot SF, 618 Shrader Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Giant Robot is proud to present Little Paintings 4, an art show featuring new works by James Kochalka.
Indie cartoonist James Kochalka is well known for having a raw, humorous, and powerful style and prolific pace; he draws one diary strip a day for his Web site, and still manages to create an ever-growing catalog of graphic novels. His range extends from the autobiographical (American Elf) to kid-friendly (Johnny Boo) to serious (The Cute Manifesto) to raunchy (SuperF*ckers) to iconic (Monkey vs. Robot). His comix work has won four Ignatz awards and one Harvey award. He is widely regarded as the inventor of the daily-diary comic strip, and has inspired countless younger artists.
The Burlington, VT-based artist has also released several CDs with his band, James Kochalka Superstar. His song “Britney’s Silver Can” was named one of the 100 best songs of 2006 by Rolling Stone, and his song “Hockey Monkey” was used as the theme song for the Fox television sitcom The Loop.
For Little Paintings 4, Kochalka is continuing his series of acrylic 2″ x 2″ paintings on 3″ x 3″ paper, and possibly making a few that are comparatively large, 4″ x 4″ or 6″ x 6″. “The emphasis of this show is squarely on portraits of battle cats, royal cats, and royal aliens,” he says. “Of course, there’s a mix of random nonsense thrown in as well. When you paint well over a hundred paintings in a single month, you’re bound to go a little bonkers, I guess.” The paintings are small, simple, and cute, but featuring a cuteness with tenderness and soul–never the cloying kind–and the simplicity has depth.
“As the world economy melts down, I think the philosophy of making cheap art that real people can afford is more important than ever,” Kochalka adds. “People need real art in their homes, things made by real human handsÃ¢â‚¬¦ And because my paintings are small and inexpensive, my buyers are often young people just beginning their art collections. Many people have confessed that my paintings are the first art they’ve ever bought. I’m immensely proud of this.”
At the reception, Kochalka will also be performing songs from his latest CD, Digital Elf, featuring 8-bit style music created on the GameBoy Advance.
The reception for the artist will be held from 6:30 – 10:00 on Saturday, November 14. For more information about Kochalka, GRSF, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher