South Shore Art Center presents the first South Shore Comic Con on Saturday December 3rd from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM with over twenty comic artists who will be at tables, signing and selling their zines, original art, and talking about the craft of comic book storytelling. Panels and workshops will be in the art Studios throughout the day. The event was initiated by the Art Center’s cartoon instructor Tak Toyoshima, who discovered many of his students had never set foot in a comic book store. Tak is the artist behind the syndicated daily cartoon Secret Asian Man, and is a Hanover resident and his day job is the Creative Director for Rustic Marlin.
Admission is FREE and open to the public. The first 20 kids get a free South Shore Comic Con tee shirt thanks to Goodwin Graphics, the perfect item to get autographed by artists at the show.
Confirmed artists are:
- Barrington Edwards and Cagan Luse
- Jesse Lonergan
- Dan Mazur, The Boston Comics Roundtable
- John Carvajal and Brittney Sargent
- Tony Sedani
- Jimmy Curtis and Joe Daxberger
- Brian Connolly
- Mike Doherty
- Kat Klockow
- Brendan Tobin
- Patt Kelley
- Joey Peters
- Jerel Dye and Jesse Lonergan
- Jon Dorn
- E. J. Barnes
- Kyri Lorenz and Daniel Welch
- Frankie B Washington
- Jessica L Metcalf and Joshua Falkenburg, Books By Bella
Workshops & Panels In the Studios
11am to noon (Workshop)
Drawing from Reality for Fantasy
Studio tips and techniques as well as hands on workshop drawing models, sculptures, and objects and how to use them to shape a more fantastical comics world.
noon to 12:30pm (Panel)
The Boston Comics Roundtable
Dan Mazur, E.J. Barnes, John Carvajal, Jesse Lonergan, Jerel Dye
Discussion on the importance of community and collaboration.
2pm to 3pm (Workshop)
Intro to Manga Drawing!
Fun hands on drawing lesson on the basics of one of the most popular comic styles in the world: Japanese manga.
3pm to 3:30pm (Demo)
How to Make Comics … Not Just Draw Them
Kyri Lorenz and Mike Doherty. Demo on how to expand your comics beyond the traditional stapled together booklet.
South Shore Art Center
119 Ripley Rd, Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025
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Comic creators Amy Chu, Jeff Yang, Georgia Lee, and Tak Toyoshima appear at Million Year Picnic to sign the anthologies Secret Identities and Shattered on Saturday October 25th at 6:00 PM! RSVP on Facebook! Million Year Picnic 99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 492-6763
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Tak Toyoshima opens an art exhibition with contributions from Sam Alden, Cherry Ali, Allison Bamcat, Logan Faerber, Darren Goldman, Raul Gonzalez, Erica Henderson, Lincoln, Scott Murry, and Mike Pecci at the Extension Gallery of Orchard Skateshop on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 8:00 – 11:00 pm!
156 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Tak Toyoshima and Joe Quinones (just added!) appear on the Comic Book Club podcast at a special recording at ImprovBoston with hosts Pete LePage, Justin Tyler, and Alex Zalben on Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 7:00 PM
40 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Holly Thompson, Tak Toyoshima, and more appear at the Boston Children’s Museum on Friday, March 23rd from 6:30-8pm.
RSVP online (Please note that there is a $1 admission charge to this event that will be collected at the Children’s Museum the evening of the event.)
An evening of storytelling, creativity and outreach for Boston teens to support young people in Japan affected by and recovering from the March 2011 earthquake & tsunami disasters.
Tomo, meaning “friend” in Japanese, is a collection of short stories and graphic art for readers age 12 and up, contributed by authors and artists from around the world, all of whom share a connection to Japan. Editor Holly Thompson (a Massachusetts native), Boston’s own Tak Toyoshima (“Secret Asian Man”) and other contributors will share their stories and help museum guests write or draw their own letters of support to teens in the hardest hit areas of Japan.
Books will be available for purchase, & proceeds from sales go to the Japanese NPO Hope for Tomorrow.
Boston Children’s Museum – 2nd Floor The Common
308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Tak Toyoshima opens an art show at Zuzu on Monday March 5, 2012 with the reception running from 8-10pm followed by a music performance by Viva Viva’s Chris Warren at 10pm. The show features new works of comic strip character Secret Asian Man standing in for iconic American figures including Michael Jackson, Clint Eastwood, Captain America, and more.
474 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
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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?
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What the heck is THE COUCH? For more information, check the blog!
You may recognize the name Tak Toyoshima. He is the creator/illustrator of SECRET ASIAN MAN, which runs in THE WEEKLY DIG and has been collected into a trade paperback. You can friend him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.
Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Tak Toyoshima signs from 5pm to 7pm on June 1st. He’s the mad genius behind the long-running Secret Asian Man strip in the Weekly Dig. He also has a new book out called The Couch. Joining him is artist Logan Faerber!
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
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Tak Toyoshima – Creator and Illustrator of Secret Asian Man – speaks and signs at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas on April 28, 2011 from 5-7pm. Food and refreshments will be served. Location: Student Union 208B