The Boston Comic Con announces its panel schedule for the 2012 convention! Fans will have the opportunity to see some of the brightest stars in comic book history between the rare reunion of MAD artists to the youngest new talents from the pages of Womanthology. This year’s line up of talent is certainly one that is not to be missed! In addition Boston Comic Con hosts several Geek Week Events including stand up comedians, a film festival, a costume contest, and much, much more! See below for the schedule and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates!
Tickets are currently available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with paid adult admission!
Saturday April 21, 2012
Panel Room 102
Drawing for Kids: 11am-12pm
Katie Cook (Gronk) leads a “Drawing For Kids” workshop. Kids and their parents are invited to learn to fine art of cartooning!
All Ages Comics Panel: 12pm-1pm
Skottie Young (Marvel’s Oz books), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), and Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts) talk about how to appeal to both the incoming crowd of young readers and longtime, stalwart fans of comic books.
Founder Renae de Liz and contributors Cat Staggs, Ming Doyle, Ellen Crenshaw, Stacie Ponder, Megan Brennan, and Ceili Conway discuss their work on one of Kickstarter’s most successful projects and the state of female creators in the industry.
Spotlight on Jill Thompson: 2pm-3pm
The creator of Scary Godmother and Beasts of Burden speaks about her art and career. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with one of the best in the biz!
Legendary talents Joe Sinnott (inker Fantastic Four), Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein), Herb Trimpe (co-creator of Wolverine), Bob Layton (Iron Man), and Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin) talk about their long careers and how they’ve changed the industry.
Michael Golden, Storytelling: 4pm-5pm
Artist Michael Golden discusses his method of telling a story visually as one of the most influential artists in the business with credits on titles like Dr. Strange, Star Wars, X-Men and more.
Creator Owned Comics: 5pm-6pm
Joe Benitez (Lady Mechanika), Becky Cloonan (Wolves), Ben Templesmith (Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse), and Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy) speak about indie comics and their growing influence in the comic market.
Geek Week Events
Panel Room 108
11am-12pm: Convention Survival
12pm-1:30pm: Nerds of Prey
1:30pm-2:00pm: P. Sawyer & Hurley’s “The Complete Works of Batman Abridged”
2pm-2:30pm: Magic the Gathering: The Show
3pm-4pm: Star Wars “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”
4pm-5pm: Comics on Comics
5pm-6pm: Superhero Wedding
6pm-6:30pm: Anime Trivia
Sunday April 22, 2012
Panel Room 102
Legends of Mad Magazine: 11am-12pm
The “Usual Gang of Idiots” reunite to reminisce about the creation of MAD, the most influential humor magazine of the 20th century. Join Al Feldstein, Paul Coker Jr, and Al Jaffee for a rare event with the artists of Mad Magazine.
Eastman & Bisley: 12pm-1pm
Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Simon Bisley (Hellblazer) speak about their comic projects both independently and collaboratively in the pages of Heavy Metal.
DC Comics Panel: 1pm-2pm
The New 52 revitalized the DC Universe for a new generation of readers. Meet the creators who have revolutionized the comic industry includng Francis Manapul (The Flash), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Jamal Igle (The Ray), Ivan Reis & Joe Prado (Aquaman).
Marvel Comics Panel: 2pm-3pm
Face front, True Believers! Artists Tim Sale (Captain America: White), Steve Epting (Captain America), Alex Maleev (Daredevil), and Mark Brooks (X-Men) speak about their projects at the House of Ideas. Make Mine, Marvel!
Costume Contest: 3pm-4pm
Geek Week Events
Panel Room 108
11am-12pm: The Pop Culture Professor: Dr. Rebecca Housel
12pm-12:30pm: Run Button Podcast
12:30pm-1:00pm: The Arsenal
1pm-1:30pm: Magic the Gathering: The Show
1:30pm-2pm: Achievement Unlocked
3pm-4pm: Geek Week Comedy Collider
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. This year’s convention will be held Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd 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 atwww.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
At WonderCon, IDW Publishing announced the launch of an all-new, ongoing Womanthology comic book series, inspired from Womanthology: Heroic, the hit anthology graphic novel created from an idea by artist Renae De Liz (The Last Unicorn) that went on to be one of Kickstarters most funded comics projects. The new ongoing series, Womanthology: Space! will debut with its first issue in September 2012.
“Womanthology: Heroic was such a big, wonderful experience, and not in my wildest dreams could I have hoped that it would go on to further adventures! I hope that Womanthology: Space! is just the start of a long line of amazing books that further open doors for women in comics everywhere. I hope this will be a continued outlet to have their work showcased and appreciated, and help many take that next big step towards a career in comics,” said project manager, De Liz. “Again there will be all ages and experience levels accepted. This has always been so important to me, as I know first hand how even one show of support can offer so much confidence and motivation in your work. This not only helps aspiring creators gain valuable experiences and a platform to help further careers, but it also allows established professionals to reach out and lend their comics knowledge and know how. I am so glad that the positivity and fun of Womanthology is going further, this time into Space!”
Produced entirely by women, and showcasing the works of over 140 creators of all ages and experience levels, Womanthology: Heroic became a unique experience for unknown creators to work with established professionals and to show the wide variety of work by women in comics. Womanthology: Space! will continue that path and feature work by well-known creators and newcomers, such as Blair Butler, Fiona Staples, Jessica Hickman, Bonnie Burton, Ming Doyle, Stacie Ponder, and many more. Each issue will present three stories, focusing on the theme of the series, “Space”, where creators will use the concept and a sub-theme to inform and inspire their individual story. In addition, the series will also include pinups and ongoing mini-comics by different artists, as well as tips from professionals.
“We’re extremely excited about the ongoing and continuing to showcase the talented and inspiring work by women in the industry at all levels. Whether they’re just starting out or seasoned veterans, these creators all have something to say with their stories and being able to offer them this opportunity just shows that a little idea can make a huge difference,” said editor Mariah Huehner. “Heroic was such an incredible experience and Renae is, without exaggerating, an incredible person and artist who deserves a huge round of applause for making a real difference. We knew Heroic wasn’t the end, so join us in Space!.”
WOMANTHOLOGY: HEROIC ($50.00, 300 pages; 9” x 13”; hardcover) is now available for sale. ISBN 978-1-61377-147-1.
WOMANTHOLOGY: SPACE! #1 will be available in September 2012.
Visit IDWPublishing.com to sign up for updates and learn more about the company and its top-selling books.
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.
IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.
Project founder Renae de Liz and local contributors Ellen Crenshaw, Ming Doyle, Cathy Leamy, and Stacie Ponder sign at Hub Comics on Saturday March 31, 2012 from noon-4pm!
And just in case you miss them this time around be sure to catch these fantastic artists at Boston Comic Con on April 21-22, 2012!
Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Ming Doyle, Janet Lee, and Chrissie Zullo sign at Acme Comics on Saturday February 18, 2012 from 11am – 5pm!
To get behind the release of the grassroots Womanthology original graphic novel from IDW Publishing, we’ve invited out a few of our favorite creators from the over 150 female editors, artists, writers, inkers, colorists and letterers whose commitment made this project possible! So be sure to come by and meet Ming Doyle (Fantastic Four #600), Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men), and Chrissie Zullo (Fables: Cinderella)!
The signing will start at 11 AM. Then we’ll break for lunch and head over to Bennett College near downtown Greensboro for a very special event (more details to come soon). Then it will be back to Acme for more signing, sketching and joy until 5 PM!
Find more about the Womanthology graphic novel and our talented visitors below!
From Womanthology’s BlogSpot:
Womanthology is an anthology graphic novel created entirely by women for Charity. The purpose of the book is to showcase the works of female creators of every age and experience levels.
The Graphic Novel will majorly consist of many short stories interpreting our theme for this volume; “Heroic”. We’ll also have interviews and how-to’s with some of the industry’s top female pros, as well as talks with young girls who someday want a career in comics.
Our charity is the Global Giving Foundation. They are a website dedicated to helping small charities from all over the world find funding. Once the book is finished, our profits will go to as many of these charities as we can help, focusing on one at a time until their funding goal is met.
Ming Doyle was born in Boston to an Irish American sailor and a Chinese Canadian librarian. In 2007 she earned her BFA from Cornell University with a dual concentration in painting and drawing and has been working as a freelance illustrator and comic book artist ever since. In the past few years she’s depicted the sequential exploits of vengeful cowboys and ghostly schoolgirls for Image, zombie superheroes and demonic cheerleaders for BOOM!, and Inhuman royalty and dapper blue-furred mutants for Marvel. Her first full-length graphic novel, TANTALIZE: KIEREN’S STORY, written by Cynthia Leitich Smith and published by Candlewick Press, is out now.
Nashville-based illustrator Janet Lee has been working as a commercial artist for the past six years. Self-taught, Janet made her first foray into illustration with the Twitter serial, “Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome” by New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis. She followed that by co-creating Return of the Dapper Men with writer Jim McCann which won the 2011 Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album, received glowing reviews in USA Today, MTVGeek Guide, and was featured in the 2010 Holiday Gift Guides for Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, and the New York Times. Janet and Jim are working on the sequel, Time of the Dapper Men which will be published Fall, 2012. Most recently Janet has worked for Marvel Entertainment, illustrating serialized adaptations of Jane Austen’s classic novels. Emma and Northanger Abbey.
Janet lives in East Nashville with her husband, novelist Mike Lee, her son Ethan, one very sweet pitt bull named Odie, and one very bad cat named Pye.
Chrissie Zullo was born in Montreal, Canada. In 2008 she graduated with a BFA in Illustration from UNC Charlotte, and got her first job working for Vertigo/DC not long after. She has done the covers for the comics “Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love”, and “Cinderella: Fables are Forever”, as well as interior work for “Madame Xanadu”, and “Fables”. She has also worked outside of comics, illustrating a piece for a “John Carter of Mars” book as well as Star Wars sketch cards. She has been featured in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art for the past two years. She currently resides in New York City.
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
Keith Champagne! No stranger to Granitecon (his last show was in 2008!), Keith has written and drawn several books over the past 15 years including WWE Heroes, Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Supergirl, Brightest Day, Ghostbusters and co-created The Mighty (to name a few of his projects)! We’re happy to welcome Keith back up to the Granite State for our June 10th show!
Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb! Both appearing at their first Granitecon, they have recently collaborated together on the Muppets and will be working together on the upcoming ADVENTURE TIME comic! And be sure you stop by your local comic shop on Free Comic Day in 2012 to pick up a copy of Adventure Time to have it be signed at the show!
Jason Ciamarella! Local author Jason is the co-writer with Joe Hill on Kodiak and the Eisner-nominated The Cape!
Mark McKenna! Appearing at his first Granitecon, Mark has worked on hundreds of books including Invincible Ironman, The Punisher, Aquaman, Exiles and most recently his creator owned series Banana Tail!
Mike Raicht! Appearing at his second Granitecon (his first was last year!), Mike has worked on a slew of projects for Marvel when he was an editor (including Wolverine, Exiles, and Black Panther, to name a few) and currently writes the limted series The Pack, while working on the series Stuff of Legend!
Ming Doyle! Attending her first ever Granitecon, Ming recently had drawn up the art for a short story in Fantastic Four #600! In the past, she has worked on Jennifer’s Body, Hunter’s Fortune, Popgun Anthology and Marvel’s Girl Comics!
Hub Comics hosts their third annual Batman-themed art show to celebrate the winter solstice on Saturday December 17, 2011 from 4-9pm!
Artists include: Joe Quinones, Sara Franks Allen, Liz Prince, Maris Wicks, Tim Finn, Jack Turnbull, Jesse Farrell, Sam Kusek, Kieth Zoo, Dave Mahan, and Ming Doyle.
Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Somerville’s own Ming Doyle signs at Hub Comics on Saturday December 3, 2011 from 4-8pm in honor of her story in Fantastic Four #600! Ming is also offering headshot sketches for $10.
Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
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?
Illustrator Ming Doyle signs at Brookline Booksmith on Sunday, October 2 at 2pm!
In this graphic novel of the NYT best-selling book by Cynthia Leitich Smith, acclaimed Boston-based artist Ming Doyle brings to life the story of a half-werewolf trying to protect his human best friend and rein in his animal side. Doyle will discuss the process of turning a novel into a graphic novel and perform a live demonstration of her art.
Come dressed as a vampire or werewolf and be entered for a chance to win awesome prizes!
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, a show dedicated to independent, alternative, small-press and self-published comics, webcomics and ‘zines, returns for its second year September 24th, 2011 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm! This year’s expo has been relocated to University Hall at Lesley University (Porter Campus: 1815 Massachusetts Avenue,Cambridge, MA) conveniently next to the Porter Square station. MICE welcomes independent comics artists, writers, publishers, distributors and dealers who serve the independent community; avid fans, casual readers, and those curious about the New England independent comics scene. Presented by The Boston Comics Roundtable and The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
2011 Exhibitors include:
- Donna Almendrala – http://donnaalmendrala.name/
- Art Institute of Boston – http://www.lesley.edu/aib/
- Awakening Comics – http://awakeningcomics.webs.com/
- E. J. Barnes – http://ejbarnes.com/
- Cara Bean – http://badgigi.com/
- Eric Boeker – http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eboeker/
- Garry-Paul Bonesteel – http://killerinkcomics.com/
- Boston Comics Roundtable – http://www.bostoncomicsroundtable.com/
- Boy Blue & Co. – http://www.underthehaystack.net/
- Box Brown – http://www.boxbrown.com
- Heather Bryant – www.heatherbryant.com
- Robyn Chapman – http://www.un-pop.com/
- Kevin Church – http://www.beaucoupkevin.com/blog/
- Barry Corbett & Brian Codagnone – http://www.corbettfeatures.com/
- Joshua Dahl – http://joshdahl.livejournal.com/
- Dandelion Studios – http://www.dandelionstudios.com/
- Alexander Danner – http://www.picturestorytheater.com/
- Ben Doane – http://thejamjarastronaut.blogspot.com/
- Allan Dorison – http://www.webcomicsnation.com/gascomic
- Ming Doyle – http://www.mingdoyle.com/
- Jerel Dye – http://jereldye.com/
- Marissa Falco – http://miss-sequential.blogspot.com/
- FatCat Funnies – http://fatcatfunnies.com/
- Bob Flynn – http://jinxthemonkey.com/
- Claire Folkman – http://clairefolkman.blogspot.com/
- Joel Christian Gill – http://www.joelchristiangill.com/
- Lawrence Gillette – http://mofragcomics.tumblr.com/
- Melanie Gillman – http://contriveathon.livejournal.com/
- Graphic Artists Guild – http://www.graphicartistsguild.org/
- Erica Henderson – http://failatlife.blogspot.com/
- Erik Heumiller – http://www.helmsmanpress.com/
- Gareth Hinds – http://www.thecomic.com/
- Patt Kelley – http://www.pattkelley.com/
- Nathan Kitler – http://nathankitler.blogspot.com/
- Braden Lamb – http://www.bradenlamb.com/
- Leann Leake – http://laughing-anima.livejournal.com/
- Cathy Leamy – http://www.metrokitty.com/
- Ron LeBrasseur – http://home.earthlink.net/~ronlebrasseur/
- Jesse Lonergan – http://jesselonergan.blogspot.com/
- Dave Mahan – http://davemahanart.blogspot.com/
- Maineland Studios – http://www.mainelandstudios.com/
- Clay McCormack – http://www.eatdeadmeat.com/
- Rebecca Migdal – http://www.rlmigdal.com/
- Lindsay Moore – http://boxybrown.etsy.com/
- Dan Moynihan – http://www.danmoynihan.com/
- New England Comics Arts in the Classroom – http://www.necac.net/
- Adrienne Nunez – http://www.adriennenunez.net/
- Line O – http://outoflinecomics.blogspot.com/
- George O’Connor – http://www.homelesscomics.com/
- Tom Pappalardo – http://blog.tompappalardo.com/
- Shelli Paroline – http://http://shelliparoline.com/
- Joey Peters – http://tacolicious.net/
- Kelly Phillips – http://www.kellyphillips.net/
- Morgan Pielli – http://www.morganpielli.com/
- Chris Pittas – http://www.tipscomix.com/
- Ansis Purins – http://www.ansis.tv
- Joe Quinones – http://joequinones.blogspot.com/
- Michael Rapa – http://michaelrapa.com
- ROHO – http://riverbirdstudios.blogspot.com/
- Aya Rothwell – http://www.ayarothwell.com/
- Bill Roundy – http://billroundy.com/
- Che Salazar – http://production3c.com/
- Steve Seck – http://www.secktacular.com/
- Matt Smith – http://www.matt-illustrations.com/
- Charles Schneeflock Snow – http://www.sordidcityblues.com/
- Susan and Everett Soares – www.skypiratesofvalendor.com/
- Karl Stevens – http://www.karlstevensart.com/
- Kristilyn Stevenson – http://zombie-romance.com/
- Rio Aubry Taylor – http://lightriot.com/
- Three J Productions, LLC – http://www.threejproductions.com/
- Dirk Tiede Cartoons & Illustration – http://www.dirktiede.com/
- Elenore Toczynski – http://ghostlytoast.blogspot.com/
- The Topato Corporation – http://topatoco.com/
- Trees and Hills – http://www.treesandhills.org/
- Jen Vaughn – http://www.mermaidhostel.com/
- Jason Viola – http://www.manateepower.com/
- Bill Volk – http://billvolk.com/
- Weekly Dig – http://digboston.com/
- Maris Wicks – http://dotsforeyes.blogspot.com/
- Andy Wong – http://www.alacritystudios.com/
- Ken Wong – http://mysite.verizon.net/vzey5cnm/
- Jennie Wood – http://www.nayslayer.com/
- Yeah Dude Comics – http://www.patmakesdrawings.com/