Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival 2017 Announces Schedule

The Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) has announced the programming schedule for this year’s show on June 17-18th at the Ann Arbor District Library. Guests include: Raina Telgemeier, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Ben Hatke, Kean Soo, Tory Woollcott, and more! RSVP on Facebook!

Friday, June 16

9:30-11:45 am A2Inkubate Roundtables
The kickoff event for the annual A2CAF preconference!
Getting Comics into the Hands of Readers (from the point of view of teachers, librarians, cartoonists, and retailers). We all want the same thing — more people reading comics. These sessions will explore the specific approaches and concerns each party faces and allow everyone to join in on the conversation.

  • 9:30-10:00 am – Welcome, bagel breakfast, and roundtable topic suggestions.
  • 10:00-10:45 am – Roundtable Session 1
  • 11:00-11:45 am – Roundtable Session 2

The Shapiro Design Lab
Registration Required – Register Here

2:00-4:00 pm Secret Lab Hands-On Sessions
Experience and learn how to use screen printing, letterpress, and 3D printing tools.
AADL’s Secret Lab will be open for you to explore. You’ll get a chance to create your own design to print at our screen printing stations, or set some type and print your own business card or small print. There will also be a few surprise stations.
The Ann Arbor District Library
Registration Required – Register Here

4:00-5:00 pm Super Random Element Comics Challenge
Apply and level up your comics-making skills with a fun, interactive workshop. Take your comic-making skills to another level in this storytelling challenge! Participants will be given design constraints and a limited amount of time to create a mini-comic.
The Ann Arbor District Library
Registration Required – Register Here

Reception for Ben Hatke’s Exhibit “Art and Adventure”
Join us for food, a chance to mingle, and an overview of this great exhibit. We’ll also have our annual Draw Wall outside the Downtown Library on the corner of Fifth Avenue and William Street. Here’s your chance to draw along side some of the fabulous guests of A2CAF and help create a giant comics mural!

Saturday, June 17

11:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Kickoff Event – Iron Cartoonist!
Watch Ben Hatke, Raina Telgemeier, and even more of your favorite cartoonists battle it out in a series of themed drawing rounds with random elements thrown in by you! Will you help them draw toward victory, or make them squirm? Watch guest cartoonists fight for the title under the watchful eye of your host, Zack Giallongo! Your choices will help determine this year’s Iron Cartoonist!
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Noon – 12:15 pm

The Dwayne McDuffie Award
The third annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics will be announced at this year’s A2CAF. Named for the highly respected comic book and animation writer and co-founder of Milestone Media, the award honors Dwayne McDuffie’s values and his legacy as a champion for meaningful, top-quality and broadly inclusive comics for young people.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Noon – 6:00 pm

Artists Alley
Artist Alley features over 50 working artists and writers from the worlds of print and web comics, animation, book publishing, and videogames who’ll be displaying their work–with material for sale, the occasional free giveaway, and codes for AADL’s Summer Game. They’ll also be happy to talk comics with fans of all ages!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12 Noon – 3:00 pm

Super Awesome Kids’ Spot! – Build a Buddy
Stop by the Youth Story Corner to participate in some fun comics and storytelling activities for kids. In need of a sidekick for your next adventure? Look no further! Make a sock buddy that will stay by your side!
Downtown Library 1st Floor Youth Story Corner – Kids

The Super Secrets of the Secret Lab

Lumberjanes Merit Badges
Make a totally rad merit badge to celebrate your top-notch triumphs!

Mighty Jack Seed Starters
Grow your own glorious garden with these DIY seed starters! (Biting pumpkins and mysterious dragons not included.)
Downtown Library Secret Lab – Kids

Screen Printing with Modati Studios
Bring in an item to print an A2CAF logo on! Or you can print on a tote we’ll provide. Learn the basics of screen printing from Modati Studios.
Downtown Library Secret Lab – All Ages

12:30 pm- 1:30 pm

Signing – Ben Hatke
The creator of Zita the Spacegirl and the Mighty Jack series makes a special signing appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing – Raina Telgemeier
Stop by the A2CAF table to meet the author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts and get your copies signed!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Quick Draw!
Imagine an episode of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” starring a group of quick-thinking cartoonists, and you’ll begin to get the picture of Quick Draw. It’s improvisational cartooning with plenty of audience participation, brought to you with courage and cheer by our guest artists.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Animate in Photoshop! with Hannah O’Neal
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at animation but didn’t have access to the tools necessary to do that? Did you know that you can actually make pretty amazing animation in Adobe Photoshop? Animator Hannah O’Neal will show you some easy steps to getting started making your own cartoons. You’ll get some hands-on experience using the hardware and software in the Ann Arbor Art Center’s ArtLab. Seating is limited!
Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – Teens

Story Structure Is a Joke! with Bruce Worden
Do you know the secrets to how a good story is built? Have you heard of something called 3-act story structure? No? Well, that’s okay, because it’s just a joke! (And you’ve heard of jokes, right?) In this workshop you’ll make a four-panel comic of your very own, using unforgettable tips to tell a great story at ANY length!
Robot Supply & Repair (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

The Shake Ups Dance Party!
Your favorite Steven Universe/My Little Pony themed band is rocking the Library! Come down to the Multi-Purpose room for some awesome music and dancing.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Quick Draw!
More improvisational drawing fun with our guest artists!

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Signing: Raina Telgemeier
Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts, makes a special appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Making Mini Comics! with John Novak
Try your hand at making mini comics with John Novak (colorist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and the Tricky Journey series). Learn how to come up with fun characters and story ideas. Discover new ways to tell your story!
Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – All Ages

Robot & Creature Creation Station, with John Martin
Doodle your way to an unstoppable robot and monster army! John Martin (Vordak the Incomprehensible, Sci-Fi Junior High) will show you how to draw everything from their appearance, function, and how to give them a role in their own comic stories.
Robot Supply & Repair (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Jarrett J. Krosoczka Presentation
The author of the Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad, and the latest Star Wars: Jedi Academy is at the Library! Jarrett will demonstrate the process of making stories that people will care about, and you’ll be able to ask him some questions of your own.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lunch Lady Snackdown & Book Signing
Get your Lunch Lady books signed by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and create not just a snack, but a JUSTICE SNACK! Smack down your ingredients, roll up the power of goodness, and triumph over your hunger!
Downtown Library Secret Lab– All Ages

Art & Adventure with Ben Hatke
Get an up-close look at the original art behind Nobody Likes a Goblin, Zita the Spacegirl, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, and a few surprises. The cartoonist behind the artwork will talk about his process of making comics and children’s books. Bring your curiosity and questions!
Downtown Library 3rd Floor Gallery Space– All Ages

Sunday, June 18

12:30 pm- 5:30 pm

Artists Alley
Artist Alley features over 50 working artists and writers from the worlds of print and web comics, animation, book publishing, and video games who’ll be displaying their work–with material for sale, the occasional free giveaway, and codes for AADL’s Summer Game. They’ll also be happy to talk comics with fans of all ages!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12:30 pm -1:30pm

Signing – Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad, and the new Star Wars: Jedi Academy, makes a special appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing: Raina Telgemeier
Stop by the A2CAF table to meet the author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts and get your copies signed!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

Making Mini Comics! with John Novak
Try your hand at making mini comics with John Novak (colorist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and the Tricky Journey series). Learn how to come up with fun characters and story ideas. Discover new ways to tell your story!
Downtown Library Secret Lab– All Ages

12:30 pm -2:30pm

COLOR! CUT! CREATE! Superhero Paper Toys! with Merrill Rainey
Have you ever wanted to build your own Superhero toys and then be able to play with them? Join Master Doodler Merrill Rainey as he helps you cut, color, and create your very own 3D paper toy Superhero and paper play set.
Downtown Library Youth Area– Kids

1:00-1:30 pm

Quick Draw!
Imagine an episode of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” starring a group of quick-thinking cartoonists, and you’ll begin to get the picture of Quick Draw. It’s improvisational cartooning with plenty of audience participation, brought to you with courage and cheer by our guest artists.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Kids’ Comics Awards Ceremony!

Which comic in 2016 had the most rolicking adventure? Which character did kids love the most? Kids voted in these and other categories, including their favorite characters and graphic novels! Help us celebrate the third annual Kids’ Comics Revolution Awards as we reveal the winners! No black tie required, but you can wear your favorite comics-inspired costume! With live music and lots of laughs!

Hosted by Ben Hatke, Zack Giallongo, and Jerzy Drozd, with a bevy of special guests!
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Quick Draw!
More improvisational drawing fun with our guest cartoonists!

Ellie Moody & Rachel Polk – Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

James Anderson & Courtney Hahn – Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Signing: Raina Telgemeier
Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts, makes a special appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing – Signing – Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Stop by the A2CAF table to meet, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad, and the new Star Wars: Jedi Academy, and get your copies signed!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

SF – Lucy & Andy Neanderthal Signing

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Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown (creator of CLUMSY, UNLIKELY, and DARTH VADER & SON) appears at Comix Experience on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM to sign his latest book LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL!

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Comix Experience
305 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-9258

IL – Kids Comics Signing

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Cartoonists Jeffrey Brown and Judd Winick appear at Anderson’s Bookshop on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign their latest books!

If you like funny and you like graphic novels, then you won’t want to miss this event! Hilo returns and still isn’t ordinary, and two Neanderthal siblings take on a group of humans in these great new books. This in-store event is free and open to the public. To join the signing line, please purchase the author’s latest book, Hilo 2 (Winick) or Lucy & Andy Neanderthal (Brown) from Anderson’s.

Anderson’s Bookshop
26 S La Grange Road, La Grange IL 60525
(708) 582-6353

MD – Kids Comics Signing

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Cartoonists Jeffrey Brown and Judd Winick appear at the Takoma Park Library on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM!

Press Release:

Join us Monday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. when two kids’ comics creators present their latest books. Jeffrey Brown, known for books like Jedi Academy and Vader’s Little Princess, now turns his attention to the cave age with his new book, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal. Judd Winick, meanwhile, continues the adventures of his popular robot named HiLo in “HiLo 2: Saving the Whole Wide World.” Politics & Prose will sell books by Brown and Winick at our event, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.

Andy and Lucy may live 40,000 years in the past, but these Neanderthal siblings have problems—crushes, squabbles, and baby brothers— that persist today. Brown tells their story alongside nonfiction sections that serve to dispel misinformation about these human relatives.

In Winick’s sequel to Hilo, the titular heroic alien robot unexpectedly returns to Earth and human friends DJ and Gina. Then, mysterious portals pop up all over town and disgorge one terrifying creature after another. An enormous mutant chicken and a million killer vegetables are only some of the foes that Hilo, DJ, and Gina must confront in order to save their community.

Takoma Park Library
101 Philadelphia Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 891-7259

PA – Darth Vader & Friends Signing

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Press Release:

The ToonSeum is proud to present VADER AND FRIENDS: A Presentation and Book signing with best-selling author and award-winning cartoonist Jeffrey Brown on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:30 PM.

This beloved series of books asks the question “What if Darth Vader actively raised his son and daughter?” What if “I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown’s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars™ moments a fresh twist, showing that the trials and joys of parenting are universal, even in a galaxy far, far away.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the pitching and creation of one of the best-selling STAR WARS book series.

TICKET INFORMATION
The cost for this event is $25 per person. This fee includes your admission to Jeffrey’s presentation and a copy of Darth Vader and Friends (a $14.95 value) which can be signed by the author. Tickets available at the link…

Each Single Ticket purchase = 1 admission and 1 copy of Darth Vader and Friends
Each Family Four Pack purchase = 4 admissions and 2 copies of Darth Vader and Friends
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to time constraints the author will only sign books or prints purchased as part of this event.

Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-232-0199

SF – Darth Vader & Friends Art Exhibit

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Join celebrated author and artist Jeffrey Brown on Thursday, June 25, 2015 for a personal tour of his current exhibition “Darth Vader and Friends” in the Cartoon Art Museum! Tour 6-7pm ($10), free reception follows 7-9pm. Tickets available soon.

The Cartoon Art Museum presents original artwork from award-winning cartoonist Jeffrey Brown’s latest Star Wars book, Darth Vader and Friends, and his 2014 bestseller Goodnight, Darth Vader. This beloved series of books asks the question “What if Darth Vader actively raised his son and daughter?” In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith.

About the Author: Jeffrey Brown is the author of numerous autobiographical comics, humorous graphic novels, and bestselling Star Wars books. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.

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Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

IL – FCBD: Aw Yeah Comics Signing

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Art Baltazar, Michael Moreci, Scoot McMahon, Ben Hunzeker, Jeffrey Brown, and Justin Castaneda appear at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday May 2nd for Free Comic Book Day!

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Aw Yeah Comics
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
847-423-2916

IL – Goodnight Darth Vader Signing

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Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown appears at Anderson’s Bookshop on Saturday October 11th at 11:00 AM to sign his Star Wars books Darth Vader and Son, Vader’s Little Princess, Jedi Academy, and Goodnight Darth Vader in celebration of Star Wars Reads Day!

Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-2665

IL – Star Wars Day 2014 Signing

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Press Release:

May the Fourth Be With You. As if Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 3rd. Join us as we celebrate one of our favorite facets of pop culture. As a very special treat, we are happy to welcome artist/writer/Kung Fu master Jeffrey Brown (Vader & Son, Vader’s Little Princess, and more!) from noon to 4:00 pm. We will have plenty of his work available. Stay tuned for more details. Jeffrey may not actually know Kung Fu.

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Aw Yeah Comics 
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916

UK – Jedi Academy Workshop & Signing

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Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown appears at Orbital Comics on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 10:30am! Jeffrey will conduct a very special workshop and signing his recent Star Wars books Jedi Academy, Darth Vader & Son, and Vader’s Little Princess, as well as his earlier work.

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Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

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