MA – Taxes for Working Cartoonists Workshop


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Join cartoonist E.J. Barnes on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 PM for a discussion of Taxes for Working Cartoonists. Barnes will explain how to include income from freelance comics, illustration work, and writing when filing taxes. Whether it’s most of your income or just a tiny fraction, if you’ve made any money as a freelance cartoonist, comic artist, illustrator, or writer of any kind, you may need to report your income as the proprietor of a business!

With years of experience as a cartoonist, illustrator, and publisher of Drowned Town Press, E. J. Barnes is just the person to illuminate this often-harrowing process, which applies not only to cartoonists but freelancers of all sorts. Topics will include: What forms will I need to worry about? What records do I need to keep? Do I need a special ID number or DBA? What is the “Hobby Test”? Do I need to pay my own Social Security taxes? And much more!

About E.J. Barnes:
Barnes became a cartoonist after sixteen years in software engineering, and has since been published in Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750, Subcultures, The Greatest of All Time Comics Anthology, several Boston Comics Roundtable anthologies, and various other publications. She has been filing her own 1040 with Schedule C since 2006. She is not a tax attorney or an accountant.

About Boston Comics Roundtable:
The Boston Comics Roundtable is a community of independent comics artists and writers based in the Greater Boston area, acting as a resource for local creators. We encourage development and collaboration and welcome anyone interested in creating or publishing comics, at all ages and levels of experience. Our weekly meetings revolve around discussions of news in comics, showing of members’ work, and the professional development of everyone involved.

Admission will be $5 if you sign up before March 1st and $10 if you sign up starting March 1st.

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Boston Comics Workspace – Studio 306
561 Windsor Street Somerville, MA 02143

Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo Returns

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Boston Comics Roundtable (BCR) and the Art Institute of Boston (AIB) are proud to announce the third annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE). MICE is Boston’s only show dedicated to alternative comics, ‘zines, and web comics. The 2012 expo features talented regional cartoonists, including Ignatz Award-winning Box Brown (Everything Dies), veteran comics parodist Robert Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), and 100 more indie artists on the rise.

With free admission, MICE 2012 is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the local independent comics scene to get a first-hand look at thousands of unusual, entertaining and interesting comics, as well as meet the creators. Over 100 comics artists and small publishers will be exhibiting.  The show will include demonstrations with professional artists and panel discussions on topics central to comics and an exhibit of original art.

“There’s so much exciting work being done in independent comics these days, but it’s a rare opportunity to be able to see such a great sampling of it one place,” said Dan Mazur, a MICE organizer. “The great thing about a show like MICE is that so many local creators get to gather together and connect with their fans, and with potential readers.”

The popularity of last year’s show was reflected in the fact that exhibitor tables for MICE 2012 sold out within three hours of going on sale online.

MICE will present a day-long slate of panel discussions and creative workshops, on topics including Comics and Medicine, Comics and the Art World, Comics and Religion, Injury-avoiding Exercises for Artists, and others.

Another new wrinkle for MICE this year is the addition of the NECAC (New England Comic Arts in the Classroom) Symposium, as an associated event.  NECAC is an organization that promotes the use of comics as an educational tool in K-16 classrooms. The symposium will be a three-hour event, offering workshops and discussions specifically aimed toward educators. It will be held on the same morning as MICE, and in the same building, creating a unique synergy between a creator-focused and educator-focused approaches to the art of comics.

MICE occurs on September 29 at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit

Boston Comics Roundtable draws local cartoonists and writers to collaborate, workshop and socialize since 2006. BCR publishes Inbound, an anthology of Boston-area independent comics, Outbound, a science-fiction comics anthology, and the horror anthology, Hellbound. Visit for more information.

The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University is a college of visual arts offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the two-year Advanced Professional Certificate, and the low residency Master of Fine Arts degree. In addition, continuing and professional education, intensive workshops, and pre-college courses are all available.

MICE 2012 Guest of Honor R. Sikoryak’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, Drawn & Quarterly, Raw, Fortune, Esquire, GQ, among many other publications, and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is the author of the graphic novel Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly), and the co-author, with Michael Smith, of The Seduction of Mike (Fantagraphics), a comic book funded by the NEA. He was awarded an Artist’s Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts for his comics adaptations of classic literature. He is in the Speakers Program of the New York Council of the Humanities. In his spare time, he creates performances, slide shows, and animation for downtown theater and independent films.