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
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
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The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo has released the schedule for this weekend’s show!
Workshops & Artist Demos
- 12pm – Foldy Comics! – Jerel Dye presents an innovative way of making a your own comic book from a single sheet of paper. This is a kid-friendly workshop or for anyone just getting started in the comic craft.
- 1pm – Watercolor Demonstration with Ellen Crenshaw
- 2pm – Comic Lettering and Inking with David Marshall
- 3:15pm – Creating Digital Comics – Walkthrough the software and techniques with webcomic artist Andy Wong.
- 4:30pm – Coloring Comics with Braden Lamb
Comics & …! is a day-long program of panel discussions exploring diverse topics in independent comics. Each panel will take place in University Hall’s Amphitheater, 2nd Floor.
COMICS & TEACHING: Beyond Maus and Persepolis
11:00 AM – Comics such as Spiegelman’s Maus and Satrapi’s Persepolis have found a solid foothold as legitimate classroom texts. However, there are many other noteworthy graphic novels that could also find their way into the K-16 curriculum. This panel will explore specific strategies for teaching comics and teaching with comics, looking past the “canonical” texts noted above.
MODERATOR: David Marshall PANELISTS: Michael Gianfrancesco, Director, New England Comic Arts in the Classroom; Educator, North Providence High School; Maureen Bakis, author The Graphic Novel Classroom; Alexander Danner, instructor, Emerson College Graphic Novel Program; Robert Shreefter, Professor, Lesley University.
COMICS & CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: Smart Comics For Kids
12:15 PM – This panel of writers, artists, and reviewers will discuss today’s comics storytelling for kids, the challenges of appealing to different age groups, and the changing roles of such “gatekeepers” as librarians, comic shops, publishers, parents, and digital portals.
MODERATOR: J. L. Bell, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators PANELISTS: Robin Brenner, creator of noflyingnotights.com, Jef Czekaj, author-illustrator. Gareth Hinds, author-illustrator, Shelli Paroline, artist, Colleen AF Venable, scripter and designer
COMICS & SOCIAL JUSTICE: Cartoons with a Cause
1:30 PM – Our panelists discuss ways in which the comics medium can be valuable in political discourse, and how independent comics can be an important focus of community activism as well as provide voices for — and representations of — minorities and other marginalized groups.
MODERATOR: Che Salazar PANELISTS: Rebecca Migdal, World War Three Illustrated; Colin Tedford, Trees & Hills Comics Group; Tak Toyoshima, creator Secret Asian Man; Anna Mudd, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies
COMICS & FASHION : Project: Rooftop
2:45 PM – Since 2006 the Project : Rooftop website has examined the trend of independent illustrators redesigning superhero costumes, and now the discussion goes live at MICE! This panel will focus on a few comic book characters, looking at how they’ve been visually interpreted over the years by professionals and fans alike.
MODERATOR: Braden Lamb PANELISTS: Joe Quinones (Wednesday Comics, Amazing Spider-Man), Ming Doyle (Tantalize, The Loneliest Astronauts), and Jennifer Ngan (Instructor, Art Institute of Boston).
COMICS & COLLABORATION: Teamwork 101
4:00 PM – Many of the best comics and graphic novels are created through collaboration between a writer and artist. This panel will present several experienced teams of artists and writers, to share their insights on the pleasures and pitfalls of creative teamwork. How are comics partnerships formed and successfully maintained to produce the optimum results? What surprises have writers and artists encountered in the process of collaboration? What should less experienced creators seeking collaborators look for or be wary of?
MODERATOR: Alexander Danner PANELISTS: TBA
COMICS & TECHNOLOGY: Digital Comics
5:15 PM – Digital creation and distribution of comics are here to stay and will only get more important to the future of the medium. What are the best platforms – currently, or on the horizon — for the production and delivery of digital comics? How can artists and writers adapt themselves to new devices and software, and what improvements can be anticipated? What are the implications of these new technologies for the artist’s work and income?
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From September 10th – October 16th, 8am – 10pm every day, the Atrium Gallery will present an ongoing display of original comic pages by exhibitors at MICE and other area comic artists. The exhibit will include work in traditional illustration media such as pen, brush and ink, as well as examples of watercolor and collage comics, and prints from digitally created work such as webcomics.
Opening: Saturday, September 17th 6 – 9pm
Sponsored by the Art Institute of Boston @ Lesley University and the Boston Weekly Dig
2nd Floor, University Hall, Porter Square, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
E. J. Barnes
DeAnna Marie Johnson
Hallie Jay Pope