LadiesCon Panel Schedule Announced for this Saturday

The 2nd annual LadiesCon will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16th at the Armory in Somerville, MA from noon till 5:00 PM! The show will present writers, artists, creators and artisans specializing in comics, fantasy, and science fiction, with a particular emphasis on creators who identify as women, LGBTQ, non-binary, and people of color, as well as local artists. Meet creators, buy books and crafts, and see panels on a variety of topics, including cosplay and fanfiction! Admission is FREE!

LadiesCon’s panel discussions are hosted by experts and fans alike. They are scheduled throughout the day in our two panel rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.

The Bechdel Test and Fandom
12:00 – 12:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Janet Gershen-Siege, freelance science fiction author and blogger for Adventures in Career Changing
  • D.R. Perry, writer of Paranormal Humor, Alternate History, and LARP.

There just aren’t a lot of female heroes out there, still. And the ones who are out there often have no one to talk to other than men. What does it mean when films, books, and television programs fail the Bechdel Test in 2017? Is there a more systemic problem? How can it be fixed? What can indies do? How about consumers?

Women in Comics Retail
12:30 – 1:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

Reflections on changes in the industry, predictions for the future, insights into the day-to-day life of a comic shop worker (it’s not exactly sitting around reading books & passing judgement) & DEEP DISH on the books & creators we love & hate!

Accessibility and Creativity in Cosplay: How to Make Cosplay for Everyone
1:00 – 1:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Rhea McCullough – Moderator
  • Carolyn Frantz
  • Jennifer Rzasa
  • Stephanie Mann
  • Melanie Anne Coombs

As cosplay becomes a more and more popular way of expressing fandom, people are making it work for them in various creative ways. Our panel of cosplayers will discuss how to cosplay on a budget, cosplay for people of varying abilities, and other burning questions from newbies and experts alike.

Wonder Woman Conquers the World!
1:30 – 2:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

This summer, Diana of Themyscira conquered the world is an unstoppable blockbuster movie that out shined all her DC predecessors! Join our panelists as the delve into the comics history that inspired the film. We’ll talk favorite stories, characters, creative teams and show our love for all things Wonder Woman.

One True Pairings, Shipping, and the Romance Genre
2:00 – 2:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

Shipping is part of the fabric of fandom communities. We all have an OTP, like Lois and Clark or Diana and Steve. But there’s also an entire fictional genre devoted to shipping, romance, that contains heroes and relationships similar to the pairings that fandom loves. Join us for a walk through romance in comics and how that relates to the feminist genre of romance.

Working in Audiodrama
2:30 – 3:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Lisa McQuilkin: Actor. “A.S.H.le” from Hadron Gospel Hour
  • Tanja Milojevic: Producer/Creator/Actor, The Penumbra Podcast
  • Simone De Boudoir: Actor, Edict Zero, What’s The Frequency, Electric Vicuna productions, Campfire Radio Theater

Audio drama podcasts are on the rise.  No longer relegated to a small number of dedicated listeners, Audio dramas are finding their way to car radios, living rooms, and live stages. We invited several local voice actors and creators to discuss the process, rewards, and unique challenges of audio-only entertainment.

Women in Games: From Designing to Playing and Nurturing the Next Generation
3:00 – 3:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Tracey Michienzi, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day
  • Savannah Camacho, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day
  • Emily Care Boss, Independent Game Designer/ Publisher, Black and Green Games
  • Adri Kliger, Co-Organizer of Women in Games, Boston
  • Meg Stivison, game designer for Small Monsters Games
  • Sarah Zaidan, comics artist and game designer

Have you ever looked around just to notice that you are the only woman in your game group? Ever feel like you don’t belong in the hobby? Trust us, you aren’t alone. The number of women who admit to gaming as a hobby are rising, and we are going to talk about it. Our esteemed panelists will discuss women’s roles in the gaming industry, equality in gaming, and how to create a positive gaming environment to set a good example to women gamers of the future.

The Expanded Universe: The Art of Fan Fiction
3:30 – 4:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Taylor Hendel – Moderator
  • Charlotte White
  • Linda Endinger
  • Caitlin Walsh

Even our favorite books and movies can leave us wanting more, whether we’re wondering how else things might have played out, wish more time had been spent on certain plot points, crave more queer or minority characters, or just want to see what happens next. Fanfiction is the way some folks explore their favorite fictional universes, putting the characters and/or setting in new contexts. Come learn more about this ever-growing art form from a variety of perspectives.

The Comic Book Spectrum: Modes of Creation
4:00 – 4:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

The Women in Comics Collective International is an organization that highlights the merit and craft work of women working in the comic book industry. Their on going panel series ‘The Comic Book Spectrum’ discusses the various aspects of the industry that help keep the medium current and expansive. This installment will focus on the different ways comic books are produced, distributed and how they continue to thrive in an ever changing, multimedia industry.

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Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
(617) 718-2191

Haverhill Library Comic Con Returns on May 20th

Press Release:

The Haverhill Public Library’s annual comic con will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM! It’s FREE and for all ages! We have an amazing line up of guests artists, authors, and artisans coming! See list below!

There will be presentations on different aspects of the comic world from Christopher Golden, Tom Sniegoski, James A Moore, and Steve Bissette; a presentation on women in anime by Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe; and a D&D Game Master workshop presented by David Welsh! Children’s activities will include face painting, various crafts, a superhero scavenger hunt, and the ducky derby in our pool! We will also have a costume contest with a winner in three age groups: kid, teen, adult. Please remember that this is a family friendly event so all costumes should be tasteful and appropriate, and please no realistic looking weapons.

Announced guests so far:

Steve Bissette
Christopher Golden
Tom Sniegoski
James A Moore
Craig Rousseau
Jason Ciaramella
Ian Chase Nichols
Ed Dukeshire
Kristi McDowell
Jesse Lundberg
Greg Moutafis
Fiona’s Fright Shoppe
Lindsay Moore
Jennie Wood
David Welsh
Aaron Bolduc
Jimmy Curtis
Jay Kennedy
Andy Arnott
Colleen’s Crafting Corner
Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

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Haverhill Public Library
99 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830
(978) 373-1586

MA – FCBD: New England Comics Signings

New England Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 6, 2017 at every NEC location! Free Comics! Guests! Fun!

NEC QUINCY:
Alex Harris – Sketches – Tick LCSD (til 3:00)
Jennie Wood and Jeff McClelland (2nd half)

NEC BROCKTON:
Ransom Getty artist on Suicide Squad
Rob Latora – Sketches
Tony Sedani – Sketches, Return to Randar

NEC NORWOOD:
Sean Kasper
Bob Polio
Jennie Wood and Jeff McClelland (1st half)

NEC MALDEN:
Ian Nichols (11:00-2:00)
Jimmy Curtis, creator and writer of the comic book SOULBINDER will be appearing in store.
James Biggie, writer of the original graphic novel ROBOT GOD AKAMATSU and variant cover artist for the IDW titles GI JOE, TRANSFORMERS, ARCHANGEL will be here as well.
Local magician MAGIC NICK ALTIERI will also be appearing in store.

NEC NEW BEDFORD:
Artist Mike Lilly (Annihilation, Nightwing, Detective Comics)

NEC COOLIDGE CORNER:
Stacey Lee artist on Marvel’s SILK (12:00-3:00)
Ian Nichols Fat Cat Funnies, The Tick (3:30-6:00)

NEC HARVARD SQUARE:
Will Murray co-creator of Squirrel Girl  (12:00-3:00)

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MA – Women in Comics Panel

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Join the Worcester Public Library on Saturday July 25, 2015 from 2:30-4pm in the Saxe Room for Women in Comics: A Panel Discussion, featuring Robin Brenner, a librarian and editor-in-chief of website No Flying, No Tights; artist and writer Dani Jones; Jennie Wood, creator of Flutter; and Sorana Gatej of That’s Entertainment!

Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square, Worcester MA 01608
(508) 799-1655

MA – Banned Books Week Event

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BBWRainaLargeJoin the Brookline Public Library on Thursday September 25th from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM for a panel discussion with comics creators, critics, librarians and journalists Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources, Good Comics for Kids), Katherine Dacey (The Manga Critic), Zack Giallongo (Broxo), and Jennie Wood (Flutter).  We’ll talk about how creators consider intended audience, the state of challenges to comics today, and how libraries build and maintain comics collections that support everyone’s freedom to read. Bring your questions and we’ll answer everything we can!

Brigid Alverson has been reading comics for as long as she can remember, and she has been writing about them since 2005. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of a small city by the day and pursues comics journalism in her off hours. She writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, Publishers Weekly, Comic Book Resources, and Good E-Reader.com and is a daily blogger at Robot 6. She also edits the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

Katherine Dacey has been writing about comics since 2006, first as the Senior Manga Editor at PopCultureShock, then at Good Comics for Kids and her own site, The Manga Critic. Ms. Dacey lives and works in Boston, MA.

Zack Giallongo is a professional cartoonist, cheese enthusiast, and amateur banjo-ist. Raised in the Northeast, he has a deep and instinctual love of apples, Fall, ancient gravestones, and old, crooked buildings. Although he loves all creatures great and small, his stint as an Illustration major at the University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth sent him down the path of comic craftsmanship rather than being a ranger or a zookeeper. His first solo graphic novel, Broxo is about teenage barbarians and was published in 2012. It hit #4 on the NYT Bestsellers list.

Jennie Wood is the creator and writer of Flutter, a comic series. Flutter, Volume One: Hell Can Wait, the first graphic novel in the series, is available on 215 Ink. The Advocate calls Flutter one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013. She is also a contributor to the award-winning, New York Times best-selling comic anthology, FUBAR, Singularity, and Vic Boone: Bourbon and Buckshot anthologies. She is a graphic novel instructor for Grub Street and writes non-fiction features for the educational website, infoplease.com. On September 4, 2014, 215 Ink published her YA novel, A Boy Like Me, a story of a boy trapped in the body of a girl who falls in love and learns what it means to be a man. She recently recorded original songs to go with it. An excerpt of the novel has been published in the December 2013 issue of Provocateur Literary Magazine. Jennie worked on A Boy Like Me while participating in Grub Street’s year-long Novel Incubator program and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Jennie is one of Go Magazine’s Women We Love for 2013.

Robin Brenner (our very own Teen Librarian) is our moderator for this panel. When not presenting programs and reading guidance, she writes features for publications including VOYA, The Horn Book, Library Journal, and Knowledge Quest. She is an active member of YALSA and has served on awards committees including the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award and the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards in 2007. She is the editor-in-chief of the graphic novel review website No Flying No Tights.

Check out Banned Books Week for more information about the whole week nationwide, and check out the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for more information on comics, censorship, and how to join the fight!

The Public Library of Brookline
361 Washington Street Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 730-2370

MICE 2013 Returns With 2-Day Show

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Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo hosts its first two-day show on September 28-29, 2013 at in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA! The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable, an independent arts collective, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics and connects local creators with local audience. They will also run a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. MICE is for anyone of any age who wants to discover new comics, learn more about the medium of comics, or is interested in making their own. Sunday is Kids Day, featuring workshops for the young cartoonist.

MICE 2013 is pleased to welcome eight comic creators to our show as our special guests: Chris Duffy, George O’Connor, Josh Neufeld, Lucy Knisley, Maris Wicks, Mike Cavallaro, Nick Abadzis, and R. Sikoryak. They will appear at their tables in the exhibition area, as well as at various panels and workshops over the weekend.

Plus MICE features 150 exhibitors including Alison Wilgus, Bob Flynn, Braden Lamb, Cathy Leamy, Colleen AF Venable, David Marshall, E. J. Barnes, Ellen Crenshaw, Emmy Cicierega, Jennie Wood, Ming Doyle, Nate Bellegarde, Renee Kurilla, Sean Wang, Shelli Paroline, Stephanie Yue, Tim Finn, Zack Giallongo, and many more!

View the exhibitor list and full schedule (TBA) at the website: www.micexpo.org

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MA – Free Comic Book Day 2013

Dennis Hopeless, Casey Coller, Jeff McClelland, Tofu Squirrel, Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb, and more sign at New England Comics locations on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

New England Comics Brockton

Dennis Hopeless: Writer for Marvel Comics Cable & X-Force and Avengers Area

Casey Coller – Transformers Artist

 

New England Comics Allston

Scott K. Monteiro – Rex Nocturnes Artist

 

New England Comics Norwood

Tofu Squirrel

Ben Bishop

New England Comics Malden

George O’Conner (Writer), Griffen (Artist) for Healed .

Brian Mulcahy Writer – Kiss Miss Carol

 

New England Comics Coolidge

Adventure Time art team Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb

 

New England Comics Harvard

Kevin Johnson artist on Fubar gn

Jennie Wood writer on Fubar and has own indy comic Flutter

 

MA – Boston Comic Con 2013 Launch Party

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Please join John Boveri, John Yuskaitis, Tony Sedani, and Jennie Wood to celebrate the debut of their graphic novels / comics at Boston Comic Con! It’s a launch party for Jennie Wood and Jeff McComsey’s Flutter as well as John Boveri’s graphic novel, The Devil & Jack O’Brien, Tony Sedani’s Return to Rander Issue # 1, and John Yuskaitis’ Boots & Pup #1: Digital (iPad version) and Boots & Pup #2!

We have lots to celebrate so please join us at LIR on Boylston, right across from the Hynes Convention Center. We’ll have a private room from 7:30 until 9:30pm. We’ll have some food for you. A full menu and drinks will be available for you to order from as well. We will also be giving away free raffle prizes. Whether you’re going to Boston Comic Con on Saturday or not, we hope you’ll celebrate with us that evening!

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Lir
903 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115