The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo has released their Panel and Workshop Schedule for 2012
12:00PM – 12:50PM
2:30PM – 3:20PM
3:30PM – 4:20PM
11:00AM – 11:50AM
Health, illness, and the physical body are major themes in many graphic novels (such as Cancer Vixen, Epileptic, and Stitches). Doctors, patients, and health educators are getting involved with comics as teaching tools and as a method of self-expression and exploring physical and mental conditions.
Moderator: Cathy Leamy Panelists: Kriota Willberg, LB Lee, Paige Warren.
12:00PM – 12:50PM
You have your first paid drawing gig … now what? A panel of working cartoonists discuss the challenges and rewards of drawing for a living in the fields of comics, illustration and animation. Topics will include how to balance creativity and professionalism, what to expect in various fields of employment, and some helpful anecdotes from the artists’ careers.
Moderator: Zack Giallongo Panelists: Shelli Paroline (artist, Kaboom! Studios), Keith Zulawnik (artist, Fablevision), Renee Kurilla (artist, Fablevision, Simon & Schuster), Ming Doyle (artist, Marvel, IDW)
1:00PM – 2:15PM
For twenty years, stylistic chameleon R. Sikoryak has been producing literary adaptations in comics form that parody the tics and tropes of classic cartoons; these are collected in Masterpiece Comics (Drawn and Quarterly). He will discuss his work and process, as well as his varied freelance career for Nickelodeon, The New Yorker, The Daily Show, and much more, in a special slideshow presentation.
2:30PM – 3:20PM
3:30PM – 4:20PM
Religion intersects comics and comics intersect religion in a multitude of ways. Enter into a discussion with regional comics creators and scholars on the promise and the peril of these engagements. Moderator A. David Lewis asks the panel whether comics is just another medium and religion just another topic — or whether the two are innately bound to each other.
Moderator: A. David Lewis Panelists: Charles Schneeflock Snow, Box Brown, David Wolkin
4:30PM – 5:20PM
Artists who use “fine arts” techniques to make comics… artists who use comics techniques to make “fine art” …an art gallery director who hangs comic art on her gallery’s walls… What are the boundaries between fine arts and comics? Are there any? Should there be any? Whatever the answers may be, we’ll look at and discuss some fine comics art and some comical fine art.
Moderator: Tim Finn Panelists: Doug De Rocher, EJ Barnes, Adrienne Nunez, Ansis Purins, Raul Gonzalez, Cathi Chang
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.
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.
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.
Paint & Pixel would like to extend a hearty thanks to our sponsors: GoBerry, Hitpoint Studios, Modern Myths, and The Center for Cartoon Studies!
Visit www.PaintandPixelFestival.com for more information on exhibiting artists, featured guests, and programming updates.