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 – Comicazi ArtBeat

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comicaziMing Doyle, Erica Henderson, EJ Barnes, Max Wolman, and more appear at Comicazi on Saturday July 20th!

Press Release:

Next Saturday is July 20 and it’s a BIG day at Comicazi! Not only is it ArtBeat – the annual fair that celebrates local artisans and businesses – but we here at the shop are having our local artist/creator friends in-store to hawk their wares and press your flesh!!
In person at the shop are all great folks who have been mentioned here before and are good good friends. Let me present:

Ming Doyle

Erica Henderson

EJ Barnes

Max Wolman of the upcoming Red Menace comic

Ben of Sette Tredici

Tonya of Make Me A Dragon

These ladies and gentlemen will be at the store from 12 to 4 on Saturday 7/20 so be sure to get here early. And remember that ArtBeat actually closes off all driving traffic in Davis Square. You’ll have to take the into Davis or walk in.

These appearances will be followed up later in the evening by the Comicazi Couples Game at 8pm. You’ve heard me talk about it in last week’s issue, well now is your chance to get tickets to the event before they sell out!

Couples Game Tickets

You can also check it out on the Facebook page

And if all of that isn’t enough for you, well then let me just tell you about the salegoing on that day!! And surrounding days!!
Starting on Wednesday July 17 and going until Sunday July 21 Comicazi is having a 50% off sale. Bam!!
On those days you get 50% off your purchase of new comics excluding that week’s new delivery of books and what’s in subscription boxes. But the new books from the past several months that are up on the wall, yes.
All back issues, $2 and premium both
All used gaming:
Heroclix
Magic
board games
PokemonGet your shekels ready my friends! It’s going to be a bigger blast than Krypton!

Comicazi 
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
617-666-2664

True Blood Star Bites Into Boston Comic Con 2013

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Press Release:

Boston Comic Con is excited to welcome Kristin Bauer of the hit HBO TV series True Blood to the rescheduled show on August 3-4, 2013 at the Seaport World Trade Center! Kristin, a main cast member of the show, plays the part of the vampire Pam. Kristin is also known for her role as Maleficent in the hit ABC TV series Once Upon a Time. She will be on hand both days of the convention to sign autographs and meet her fans! Details on signing schedule, prices, etc to be announced.

Other Boston Comic Con 2013 Guests include: Neal Adams, Brian Azzarello, Mark Bagley, Mark Chiarello, Tony Daniel, Colleen Doran, Ming Doyle, Joe Hill, Laurie Holden, Phil Jimenez, Ed McGuinness, Mike Mignola, Terry Moore, Steve Niles, Shelli Paroline, George Perez, Amy Reeder, Gabriel Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Craig Rousseau, Tim Sale, Scott Snyder, William Stout, Bill Willingham, and many, many more!

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Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for the weekend and available through Eventbrite at the link!

About Boston Comic Con:

The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s rescheduled convention will be held Saturday August 3rd and Sunday August 4th opening at 10:00 am each day at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

MeCAF 2013 Announces Schedule

May 12, 2013 by  
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The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF) has announced the schedule for their 2013 show! Guests include Jeff Smith, Raina Telgemeier, Sean Murphy, Brian Wood, Ming Doyle, Dave Roman, Rick Parker, Colleen AF Venable, John Green, Zack Giallongo, Jeff Pert, Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, and many more!

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Press Release:

MeCAF will have panels and workshops on Saturday May 18th at the Portland Public Library and Sunday at the festival site at Ocean Gateway.

Saturday, May 18th
Portland Public Library – Rines Auditorium

1:00- A conversation with Jeff Smith, creator of Bone and RASL- We will be discussing Jeff’s past work and upcoming projects. (Please note that there will not be any book signings at the library. Jeff will be signing books on Sunday at the festival).

2:00- Rick Parker cartooning workshop: Join Cartoonist Rick Parker (artist of Beavis and Butthead, Harry Potty, Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid and many others) as he shares tips and techniques for drawing comics. This will be a demonstration where members of the audience will be encouraged to draw.

3:00- Raina Telgemeier! Raina Telgemeier, creator of Smile and Drama, and artist of the Babysitter’s Club series, discusses her current projects and gives a peek at her work process.

Sunday, May 19th
Ocean Gateway Terminal Maine Comics Arts Festival programming (please check back for updates as we finalize the schedule)

10:30- Jeff Pert Kid’s Cartooning Class

11:30- Colleen Venable, John Green, and Zack Giallongo

1:00- Lake Region High School Comic Class Project

2:00-TBA

3:00- TBA

 

MA – FCBD: Mara Signing

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Ming Doyle (artist on Mara) signs and sketches from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm at Newbury Comics in the Independence Mall on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

Newbury Comics
Independence Mall
101 Independence Mall Way, Kingston, MA 02364
781-422-0119

 

Boston Comic Con 2013 Schedule

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Boston Comic Con has announced their schedule for the 2013 convention! This year’s show includes gaming, trivia contests, cosplay tutorials, concerts, and of course Q&A panels with some of the most talented comic creators in the industry plus media guests Jason David Frank (Power Rangers) and The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan! Panels are free with paid admission. Get tickets either at the door or online at the link!

SATURDAY APRIL 20TH

Main Lobby Panel Room

All Age Comics
12:00pm-12:45pm
Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Andy Price

Power Ranger Q&A
1:00pm–1:45pm
Jason David Frank

How To Draw Like A Bad Ass
2:00pm–2:45pm
Frank Cho

DC Artists
3:00pm-3:45pm
Tony Daniel, Tom Raney, Aaron Lopresti

Marvel Artists
4:00pm-4:45pm
Carlos Pacheco, Mark Bagley, Mike Choi, Nick Bradshaw, Lauren Sankovitch

Writing Comics
5:00pm-5:45pm
Bill Willingham, Steve Niles, Tim Seeley

Female Creators
6:00pm-6:45pm
Amy Reeder, Colleen Doran, Ming Doyle, Lauren Sankovitch

 

Panel Room 109

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
12:00pm-12:45pm
Trivia game about comics, sci-fi, TV, movies, etc.

Comics and Comics
2:00pm–2:45pm
Popular stand up comedy team showcases their Geek based humor

Nashville Superman
3:00pm–3:45pm
Country music singer, Allen Shervelle, sings songs about Superman

Panel Room 109

Meet The Legions
4:00pm-4:45pm
Star Wars 501st cosplay organization

Anime Trivia
5:00pm-5:45pm
Hosted by Isis Kain, The Anime Trivia Mistress

 

Panel Room 110

How to Create Suspense in Comics
12:00pm-12:45pm
Hosted by Neil Gibson, creator of the best selling UK based comic series Twisted Dark

So You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist
1:00pm–1:45pm
Former Dark Horse Comics editor, Phil Amara, as well as creators Jack Purcell, Erik Carlson, and more

Stop Waiting and Make Your Comic!
2:00pm–2:45pm
How to turn your ideas into reality with George Homeless

How to Pitch Your Comic to Publishers
3:00pm–3:45pm
Hosted by Anthony Del Col, co-creator of Kill Shakespeare

Star Wars Origami
4:00pm-4:45pm
Learn how to make Star Wars origami

Sell Your Comic To UnCreate Comics
5:00pm-5:45pm
Sell your comic to on-line publisher UnCreate Comics

Yaya Han: Costumes & Cosplay
6:00pm-6:45pm
Yaya shows you how to take cosplay to a whole new level

 

SUNDAY APRIL 21ST 

Main Lobby Panel Room

Kicking Monkeys
11:00am-11:45am
Bill Willingham and Frank Cho unveil their new project

Spotlight: Mike Mignola
12:00pm–12:45pm
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola

Spotlight: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
1:00pm–1:45pm
DC artists and writer Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Costume Contest
2:00pm-3:45pm
Hosted by cosplay favorite Yaya Han

Walking Dead Q&A
4:00pm-5:00pm
Lauren Cohan

**UPDATE: Jon Bernthal has cancelled his appearance at Boston Comic Con**

Panel Room 109

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
12:00pm-12:45pm
Trivia game about comics, sci-fi, TV, movies, etc.

Comics and Comics
2:00pm–2:45pm
Popular stand up comedy team showcases their Geek based humor

Nashville Superman
3:00pm–3:45pm
Country music singer, Allen Shervelle, sings songs about Superman

Meet The Legions
4:00pm-4:45pm
Star Wars 501st cosplay organization

Panel Room 110

Comic Art Auction
1:00pm-3:00pm

 

2013 GAMING SCHEDULE

Magic: the Gathering
Star City Games Invitational Qualifier

  • Date: Saturday April 20, 11am
  • Registration: April 20, 10am-11am
  • Entry: $25
  • Prize: Based on attendance

Magic: the Gathering
Gatecrash Sealed Deck Tournament

  • Date: Sunday April 21, 11am
  • Registration: April 21, 10am-11am
  • Entry: $25
  • Prize: Based on attendance

Magic: the Gathering
8-Player Side Events: Booster Draft

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21, as filled
  • Entry: $15
  • Format: 8-player, single elimination
  • Prizes: 8-4 pack prizes

Magic: the Gathering
8-Player Side Events: Win-a-box

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21, as filled
  • Entry: $15
  • Format: 8-player, single elimination
  • Prize: Booster box for winner

Magic: the Gathering
8-Player Side Events: Standard and Modern

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21, as filled
  • Entry: $15
  • Format: 8-player, single elimination
  • Prize: TBD

Magic: the Gathering
4-Player Commander

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 21 & 22, as filled
  • Entry: $5
  • Prize: 2 booster packs each time you eliminate another player

Yu-Gi-Oh
16 Man Booster Box

  • Hours, Saturday April 21: 11am, 2pm, 5pm
  • Hours, Sunday April 22: 11am, 2pm
  • Entry: $5

Boston Comic Con Unveils 2013 T-Shirt

March 24, 2013 by  
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Boston Comic Con is happy to reveal this year’s exclusive t-shirt featuring Captain America and Bucky! Designed by 2013 guest Tim Sale with colors by Rico Renzi, this item is sure to sell out quickly! They will only be available at the BCC table for $20 each. Get them while they last!

Boston Comic Con 2013 Guests include: Mark Bagley, Nick Bradshaw, Lauren Cohan, Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Colleen Doran, Ming Doyle, Jason David Frank, Ed McGuinness, Mike Mignola, Steve Niles, Carlos Pacheco, Jimmy Palmiotti, Shelli Paroline, George Perez, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Craig Rousseau, William Stout, Bill Willingham, and many, many more! Tell your friends!!

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Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for the weekend and available through Eventbrite at the link!

About Boston Comic Con:

The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. Next year’s convention will be held Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st opening at 10:00 am each day at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

MA – Mara Launch Party

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Ming Doyle, comics artist extraordinaire, signs at Comicazi on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Her most recent work is on the hot new title Mara, but she’s also done work for Womanthology, Fantastic Four, and more! Come meet and support a local artist – the event is absolutely free, though we encourage you mightily to purchase some of Ming’s work!

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Comicazi 
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

MA – Mara Signing

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Artist Ming Doyle signs at Comicopia in Kenmore Square on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm!

About MARA:

Acclaimed creator BRIAN WOOD (The Massive, DMZ, Demo, Northlanders) and brilliant newcomer MING DOYLE (The Loneliest Astronauts, Fantastic Four, Girl Comics) bring you MARA, the story of an especially gifted woman in a sports-and war-obsessed future. Young Mara Prince is at the top of the world, a global celebrity in a culture that prizes physical achievement above all else. After she manifests supernatural abilities on live TV, she becomes famous all over again but for the worst reasons. Integrating themes of superpowers, celebrity worship, corporate power, feminism, and political brinksmanship, MARA takes a classic genre to new places.

Comicopia
464 Commonwealth Ave #13, Boston, MA 02215-2734

MICE 2012 Panel & Workshop Schedule

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo has released their Panel and Workshop Schedule for 2012

WORKSHOPS

12:00PM – 12:50PM
Character Drawing with Bob Flynn: Bob will demonstrate the importance of bringing life and movement into your drawings and characters. Drawing fast, posing characters, using a line of action, loose construction—merging energy with draftsmanship.

1:00PM – 1:50PM
Fold-Out Comics with Jon Chad: If you thought that a book is just made up of a cover, back cover, and all the business in-between, think again! There is a wide variety of folding and book construction techniques that can help create a truly unique reading experience. Jon Chad from the Center for Cartoon Studies will walk through the basics of comic-making and how to make your own unfolding minicomic!
2:30PM – 3:20PM
Digital Tools for the Comic Book Artist with David Marshall: Do you draw comics but are afraid of digital art programs? Comics veteran David Marshall shares his techniques. Digital tips include cleaning up scans, prepping for print or web, color, production and lettering. Learn comics-specific tricks for Photoshop and Illustrator.
3:30PM – 4:20PM
Drawing with NO PAIN! Injury Prevention for Cartoonists with Kriota Willberg: Many cartoonists and artists suffer from pain and injury caused by hours and hours of drawing. Are you one of them? Are you afraid that you will become one of them? This workshop describes common injuries and their causes, presents guidelines that can help prevent drawing injuries, and teaches simple exercises that can help reduce the risk of getting injured.
PANELS

11:00AM – 11:50AM

Comics and Medicine
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
Comics and Creative Careers
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
R. Sikoryak: Classics and Career
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
Iron Cartoonist
MICE pits top cartoonists against each other in a live drawing event. Utilizing theme “ingredients” KC GreenEllen Crenshaw, and Braden Lamb will each compete to win prizes for the audience and the ultimate cartooning title.
3:30PM – 4:20PM
Comics and Religion
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 SnowBox BrownDavid Wolkin
4:30PM – 5:20PM
Mixing Media
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 BarnesAdrienne NunezAnsis PurinsRaul Gonzalez, Cathi Chang

 

 

 

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