Kick off 2014 with the fourth annual Graphic Novel Panel, held by our friends at the Seattle Graphics Arts Guild! Every year, it just gets better and better, and here’s what you can expect on Saturday, January 25th:
From 10:00 AM to Noon, the amazing Megan Kelso will lead a workshop on “Comics for Writers” — This workshop is for writers who are interested in comics and want to dip their toe in but who may be self-conscious about their drawing skills. Perfect! Megan will lead the class in both drawing and writing exercises — all drawing abilities are welcome!
The great David Lasky will also teach a workshop on “How to Make Your Own Mini-Comic”! He will guide you in booklet-making, the grammar of comics, and simple character design. Supplies and basic drawing tips will be provided. Drawing skills are helpful, but not necessary; the only prerequisite is a desire to communicate through the medium of comics.
Later that afternoon at 1:00 PM, our own Kristy Valenti will be on the Graphic Novel Panel, alongside Matthew Southworth, Crystal M. Rollins, Quenton Shaw, Travis Bundy, and moderator Mark Monlux. How do you get started? What are the essential tools? How do you build a career in today’s publishing climate? These are just some of the questions they’ll explore in this panel! (And check out a great chat with Kristy here!)
And then join us for the after-party at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery from 4:30-6:00 PM. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the artists!
This event is open to the public, and you can get your tickets here for either the class, the panel, or the whole shebang! Tickets are not needed to attend the after-party.
The Graphic Novel Panel 2013 takes place at the Seattle Design Center [ 5701 6th Avenue South, Plaza Building, Suite 370 ]. The Plaza Building entrance is on Orcas between 5th & 6th. Suite P370 is on three floors up from street level. Take the elevator to first floor, then glass elevator to third floor. From the Atrium Building cross the sky bridge to Plaza Building, take glass elevator to third floor. Free parking!
And, of course, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle’s Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.
- See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/events/904.html#sthash.efWVOEP9.dpuf
The International Comic Arts Forum is an annual academic conference dedicated to promoting the scholarly study and appreciation of comic art, including comic strips, comic books, comics albums and graphic novels, magazine and newspaper cartooning, caricature, and comics in electronic media. This year’s speakers included Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon, Mike Allred, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Greg Rucka, Megan Kelso, Brian Michael Bendis, Diana Schutz, Dmitry Yakovlev, and many more! RSVP on Facebook!
THURSDAY, MAY 23
9:00 AM: Opening Remarks: José Alaniz, ICAF ExCom Chair
9:30 – 10:30 AM: Plenary Speaker: Douglas Wolk
10:30 AM: Coffee Break
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Panel Session One
1A. THE DEVELOPMENT OF FORM
Moderator: Toph Marshall
- Robert W. Lovejoy “Amusing Victorians: Nineteenth-Century Print Culture and the Rise of Respectable Comic Journalism.”
- Martha Kennedy, “Cover Art by Women Cartoonists and Illustrators for American Magazines: A Window into Women’s Professional Advancement and Gender Representation.”
- Walter Lai, “The Comic Book as a Work of Art – A Case of David Mack’s Kabuki: The Alchemy.”
1B. GLOBAL COMICS
Moderator: Carl Horn, Dark Horse Comics
- Jeremy Stoll, “Arguing the Auteur in New Delhi.”
- Azisa Noor Koesoema, “Alternative institutions in emerging national comic book industries: The case of Indonesia.”
- Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste, “On Historical Revisionism and The Chilean Experience: The Case of Historia de Chile en comic.”
12:30 PM: Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:30 PM: Panel Discussion: Contemporary Russian Comics. With Dmitry Yakovlev.
Moderated by Jose Alaniz.
3:30 PM: Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:30 PM: Roundtable: On the Theory and Practice of Comics Pedagogy. With Brian Michael Bendis, Diana Schutz, and affiliated teaching faculty within the UO Minor in Comics and Cartoon Studies. Moderated by Ben Saunders.
5:30 PM: Dinner Break
7:30 – 9:00 PM: A Celebration of Finnish Comics at Floating World Comics. With Ville Hänninen and Tommi Musturi at Floating World Comics (400 NW Couch Street). Pre-talk reception at 6:30pm. *Off-site venue*
2A. THE DISCIPLINE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
Moderator: Toph Marshall
- Colin Beineke, “Disciplining Comics: A Case for the Institutionalization of Comics Studies.”
- Corey Creekmur, “Freud and the Funnies: The Psychoanalysis of Comics.”
- Franny Howes, “Drawing Comics in the Writing Classroom: A Decolonial-Disability Studies Approach.”
2B. PRESENTING GIRLHOOD
Moderator: Mark Heimermann
- Susan Kirtley, “Drawing Conclusions: Focalization in the Works of Lynda Barry.”
- Brittany Tullis, “The Angel in the House: A Critical Examination of the Feminine Ideal in Quino’s Mafalda (1964-1973).”
- Devon Kerslake, “Adolescence and Erasure in Mariko + Jillian Tamaki’s Skim and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home.”
10:30AM: Coffee Break
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Panel Session Three
3A. CHALLENGING FORM
Moderator: Mark Heimermann
- Bruce Mutard, “Out Of The Gutter And Into The Panel: Comics closure as qualia of art imitating life.”
- Jayms Clifford Nichols, “Scrolls, Codexs and Flippy-throughiness in (digital) Comics.”
- David Brame, “Personal Poetics: A comic book and spoken word community development.”
3B. WOMEN AND POLITICS
Moderator: Qiana Whitted
- Alisia Chase, “Matrixial Graphics: Motherhood and Politics in Megan Kelso’s Watergate Sue.”
- Marni Stanley, “Where Do You Draw the (Front) Line: Women in War and Revolution.”
- Annabelle Cone, “Something to Laugh About(?): A Gendered Reading of Sexual Satire in the French Post-war Bande Dessinée.”
12:30 PM: Lunch Break
3:15 PM: Coffee Break
Abstract: Comics can be defined in many ways. They are art works that create aesthetic experiences for their readers, cultural objects reflecting the time and place where they are produced, and commodities with a value on the market. But they are also social objects. They are made, read, and talked about by people who exist in a relatively stable set of institutions and relationships. This lecture addresses some of the possibilities and problems of a social-scientific approach to comics, placing them in the context not only of the “comics world” but also of a wider social world of geeks, nerds, and fans.
4A. COMICS AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH
Moderator: Qiana Whitted
- Robert Loss, “Profluent Lingering, Trauma and the Individual in Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece’s Incognegro.”
- Jennifer Glaser, “Seeing Race in Comics: Photography, Drawing, and the Gaze in King and Incognegro.”
- Margaret Bostrom, “Graphic Narrative, Catastrophic Homelessness, and Stories from a Storm: Reading A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.”
4B. GENDER AND SEXUALITY: EAST AND WEST
Moderator: Stanford Carpenter
- Tiffany Pascal, “Girl Power Gone Sour: Issues in Discussing Romantic Love Between Girls in Japanese Comics.”
- Nicholas Theisen, “Where the boys are[n’t]: the suspect gendering of shōnen manga (boys’ manga).”
- Amanda Murphyao, “From “I am gay!” in 1992 to “I’m gay!” in 2010: The Comics Code and Coming Out in Alpha Flight #106 and Veronica #202.”
10:30 AM: Coffee break
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Panel Session Five
5A. SUPERHEROES AND EXTREMES
Moderator: Jose Alaniz
- Joshua Plencner, “Scopophilia and Sixties Marvel: Lensing the Self as Losing the Self.”
- Brannon Costello, “Superbodies and Fascist Aesthetics in the Comics of Howard Chaykin.”
- Andrea Gilroy, “Queer Sexuality and the Superhero in Batwoman: Elegy.”
- Hend Alawadhi, “Reclaiming the narrative: Muslims in comic books and The 99.”
5B. SELF, MEMORY, PERCEPTION
Moderator: Stanford Carpenter
- Jennifer Anderson Bliss, “Real Memories, Surreal Experiences: Autobiographical Tensions in David B.’s L’ascension du haut mal.”
- Christophe Dony, “The Rewriting Ethos of Vertigo Comics, or, Critical Perspectives on Memory-Making, Canonization, and the Logic of Fields.”
- Josina Robb, “The Spatiality of Voice: How Joe Sacco’s Palestine Takes Up the Ethos of New Journalism.”
12:30 PM: Lunch Break
3:30 PM: Coffee Break with Documentary Film, “The Comic King of Guatemala”
4:00 – 5:30 PM: Plenary Speaker: Scott Bukatman, “Sculpture, Stasis, the Comics and (oh yeah) Hellboy.”
5:30 PM: Closing Remarks: Ben Saunders, University of Oregon
Small scheduling adjustments are sometimes necessary. Please check in before the event to catch any last minute updates.
The ICAF conference welcomes interested members of the public – but please note that any beverages and snack foods supplied on the premises are for speakers and panel participants only. Panel participants and speakers should further note that lunch and dinner will not be supplied. However, the UO in Portland building is conveniently located with access to several restaurants and diners within short walking distance.
Megan Kelso and Nikki McClure appear on Saturday, July 9th, 2011 from 6:00-9:00PM.
On Saturday, July 9th, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents three women who found their voices during that Riot grrrl scene: Nikki McClure, Stella Marrs, and Megan Kelso. Fantagraphics Books Inc. recently reissued Kelso’s long-out-of-print book Queen of the Black Black, an early collection of work from her influential self-published comix zine, Girlhero. Original artwork from those stories, as well as original pieces from McClure and Marrs, will be on display alongside a collection of self-published comix and zines from the Riot grrrl movement. Kelso and McClure will discuss the lasting legacy of the Riot grrrls, followed by a book signing and informal reception.
Riot grrrl is mainly remembered for the loud rock bands that grew out of it, but as much as it was a musical movement, it was a visual arts and literary movement, too. Drawings, photographs, collages, comics, essays, stories and manifestos poured out from girls all over the country in the early ’90s in the form of self-published zines, mini-comics, handmade books, album art, and show posters. Girls who saw a show, found a flyer, or read the infamous article in Newsweek about “Riot grrrl” heard that name calling out to them specifically. Riot grrrl was a call to arms for young women trying to find their voices.
The work of Stella Marrs predates Riot grrrl, but as one of the design angels orbiting K Records, and as a publisher of multi-media postcards since the mid ’80s, her aesthetic defined the Olympia look as much as K Records defined its sound. Her sly, often humorous, images critique gender roles and consumer culture.
Nikki McClure and Megan Kelso were in the same year at The Evergreen State College, and both embarked on artistic careers after graduating. McClure’s images are made from black construction paper, cut with X-Acto blades into single, intricate pieces, mounted on white backgrounds. Her subject matter is people working in concert with the natural world.
Kelso’s comics echo both the themes and aesthetics of Marrs and McClure’s work – high contrast black-and-white images telling stories that grapple with issues of work, gender and human relationships.
The opening of “The Quiet Rrriot” on Saturday, July 9th coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.
The Quiet Rrriot: Visual Artists from the Riot Grrrl movement by Megan Kelso, Nikki McClure, Stella Marrs
Opening Saturday, July 9th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Artists talk with Megan Kelso and Nikki McClure at 7:00 PM followed by a book signing.
Exhibition continues through August 31, 2011
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108
Comic-Con International reminds us that the Alternative Press Expo (APE) will be taking place this weekend in San Francisco.
WHAT: Alternative Press Expo (APE) 2010, the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, presented by the organization behind San Diego Comic-Con.
WHEN: Saturday, October 16 (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and Sunday, October 17 (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).
WHERE: The Concourse Exhibition Center (635 8th Street, San Francisco).
WHO: APE 2010′s noted special guests include: Lynda Barry (writer/artist, What It Is, Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book), Daniel Clowes (writer/artist, Ghost World, Wilson), Renée French (writer/artist, The Soap Lady, H Day), Megan Kelso (writer/artist, Artichoke Tales, The Squirrel Mother), Rich Koslowski (writer/artist, The 3 Geeks, BB Wolf and the Three LPs), Tommy Kovac (writer/artist, Stitch; writer, The Royal Historian of Oz), and Tony Millionaire (writer/artist, Maakies, Sock Monkey). Also included is programming on the history of the Bay Area comics scene and workshops for aspiring creators.
About Alternative Press Expo:
Alternative Press Expo (APE), the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to APE each fall, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the largest comics convention of its kind in the world) and the San Francisco–based WonderCon each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org/APE, Facebook.com/APExpo, Twitter.com/APExpo.
Brian Ralph, Megan Kelso, Ron Rege, Jordan Crane, Greg Cook, Jef Czekaj, Marc Bell, and Kurt Wolfgang exhibit on Oct. 1st, some of the work wil be new some will be originals pages from their published work. Though not all of these artists were published by Highwater, they all worked with/for the company in one way or another and since a large of part of Highwater was it’s status as a kind of comics “gang” it is important that the people that appear in the show were integral in that. Along with the original work there will be an installation that exhibits the ephemera/history of the company to give the art and artists context as well as a catalog that will give an oral history of the company.
Fourth Wall Project
132 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA
Megan Kelso signs on Friday June 25th from 7 – 9 PM for an Artichoke Tales book signing and release party!
Desert Island Comics
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
“COMICS SAVANTS” HIGHLIGHTS SEATTLE ALTERNATIVE CARTOONISTS
Fantagraphics Books celebrates 20 years in Seattle with “Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists” this Saturday, August 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Since relocating from Southern California, Fantagraphics has nurtured the comics community and promoted local artists, resulting in Seattle’s international reputation as the dynamic center of alternative comics.
On view will be work from Seattle stalwarts Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard, Charles Burns, Ellen Forney, Roberta Gregory, Ted Jouflas, Megan Kelso, David Lasky, Jason T. Miles, Patrick Moriarity, Eric Reynolds, Jim Woodring, and introducing 2009 Xeric award winner Eroyn Franklin.
In addition to the display of original artworks, an eclectic array of comics and graphic novels by exhibiting artists will be available. Many featured artists will attend the opening reception on Saturday. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown. This event coincides with the Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 South Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) Seattle, WA 98108