NYC – Art Out Loud 2014

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Julie Bell, Dave Palumbo, Dan dos Santos, and Charles Vess appear at Society of Illustrators on Saturday September 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Top fantastic illustrators will demonstrate their skills and techniques in an open forum.

TICKETS
$40 Members, $50 Non-Members, $20 Students
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Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

NYC – Irwin: A New York Story Screening

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Press Release:

Join the Society of Illustrators on Wednesday September 3, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for a screening of the documentary “Irwin: A New York Story,” directed by Dan Makara. The film follows the life of Irwin Hasen, a 96 year old comic book creator and strip artist, as he shares his memories of childhood and the Golden Age of Comics.

The film will be followed with a panel discussion led by Ed Steckley and includes Al Jaffee, Karen Green, and Arnold Roth.
A small reception will follow.

Tickets
$15 Non-Members | $10 Members | $7 Seniors/Students
purchase tickets here

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

NYC – Dare2Draw with Chip Kidd

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Artist Chip Kidd appears at Society of Illustrators on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm for Dare2Draw!

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Cover $15 Online ($20 at the door)
Tickets

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

NYC – Icons of Animation Exhibit

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Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators celebrates the work of four iconic illustrators- Peter de Sève, William Joyce, Carlos Nine, and Bill Plympton – with an exhibit featuring the original illustrations from numerous movies and shorts.

film screening and panel will take place on Thursday, June 5th at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse Guild, and an Opening Reception will take place on Friday, June 6th at. 6:30 pm

 

About the Artists

Peter de Sève:
Peter de Sève’s illustration and character designs are known throughout the world. His work spans three decades and various media, including magazines, books, print and televised advertising, animated feature films and magazines. Best recognized for his many New Yorker covers and his character designs for the three blockbuster Ice Age movies (“Scrat” is now an international icon), de Sève has also contributed to such films as Mulan, A Bug’s Life, Tarzan, and Finding Nemo.

His many distinctions include the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award for a Nike television commercial, a Spectrum Annual of Fantastic Art gold medal, a Soleil d’Or award from the Festival BD Sollies-Ville in France, and a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for outstanding animated character design for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Peter was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Design for his work on Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby’s Flying Fairy School. He has received three Annie Award nominations for Character Design in a Feature Production, the most recent for his work on Arthur Christmas.

Peter lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Randall (with whom he recently collaborated on his first children’s book, The Duchess of Whimsy) and their two daughters, Paulina and Fia.

William Joyce:
William Joyce has achieved world-wide recognition as an author, illustrator and pioneer in the digital and animation industry.

In February 2012, he won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an animated short film about the curative powers of story. In the past two years, he has also written seven hard copy Simon & Schuster children’s books including The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, The Guardians of Childhood book series: The Man in the Moon, The Sandman: Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core! And Toothania: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies.

Named by Newsweek magazine as “One of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium”, William has been heavily involved in the world of digital animation from its full-scale inception at Pixar Animation. His projects have been produced by nearly every major film studio including Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation. His feature films include Rise of the Guardians, Robots and Meet the Robinsons and his television series George Shrinks and Rolie Polie Olie for which he won three Emmy Awards.

Additionally, he is the writer, producer, and production designer on the Blue Sky Studios feature film, Epic, inspired by his book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.

Carlos Nine:
Carlos Nine is a renowned illustrator, comics author, painter, sculptor, animation film writer, and author of several books. His works have been published in Argentina, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, U.S.A., Brazil, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

He was awarded awarded on several occasions the Silver Clio in Illustration (Clio Awards, New York, 1993), the Caran D’Ache award for best illustrator (Rome, Italy, 1995), the Prix de l’Ecole Supérieure de l’image (France, 2001) and the First Prize at the Angoulême Festival (France, 2001). He has published books and held exhibitions in numerous countries. He has been invited to give seminars, workshops, and courses in his country and in France.

He has also worked for several magazines and journals, including Le Monde (Paris), The New Yorker (USA), Noticas, Humor, and the newspapers La Nación and Clarín.

Bill Plympton
Mr. Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Bill moved to New York City in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.

In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d’Or; and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films in Cannes Critics’ Week.

After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991, he’s made 10 feature films. 7 of them, The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, and Cheatin’, are all animated features.

Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects. In 2006, he received the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award from The Annie Awards.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

NYC – Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling

dcgCarl Potts and Phil Jimenez appear at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday May 1, 2014 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm!

“These days, the potential comic audience has a nearly limitless array of diversions that vie for its attention and dollars, including movies, TV, video games, and the Internet. To grab the attention of a large audience today, whether in print or digital formats, comics creators need to have the skills to tell great stories in interesting, clear, and compelling ways.”
- Carl Potts, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics- Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling.

Join Carl Potts and Phil Jimenez for a special presentation and signing of his book The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling. Carl will begin the evening with a presentation on the basic principles and techniques of sequential visual storytelling. This will be followed by a conversation with Phil Jimenez on his approach on the three page Batman sequence in the book along with additional thoughts on the night’s topic.

Followed by a Q & A.

Tickets
$15 Non-members | $10 Members | $7 Students/Seniors
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About the Author
Carl Potts is a creative director, an editor, an artist, and a writer with years of experience in the comics industry. During his time at Marvel Comics, he discovered and mentored many top comics talents, including Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, and Mike Mignola. Currently, Potts consults for a variety of publishing, interactive, and entertainment companies, including HarperCollins, Ogilvy & Mather, and the Learning Company. In addition, he’s given seminars on visual storytelling techniques at the School of Visual Arts, Parsons, New York University, LucasArts, Academy of Art University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

About the Artist
Phil Jimenez is an American comic book artist and writer, known for his work as writer/artist on Wonder Woman from 2000 to 2003. From 2005 to 2006 he worked as a penciler on the miniseries Infinite Crisis, and he is also known for his collaborations with writer Grant Morrison on New X-Men and The Invisibles. In 2007, Jimenez signed an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics, creating work for the Savage Wolverine series, Captain America Corps, The Amazing Spider-Man, and more. Recently it was announced that he will be the regular artist for Adventure Comics.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

MoCCA Arts Festival Presents the Wacom Lounge

April 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, New York

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Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce Wacom as a sponsor at this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival. Wacom specializes in pen tablets, interactive pen displays and other types of input devices, and will be exhibiting the Cintiq 22HD, Cintiq Companion, Cintiq Companion Hybrid, Intuos Pro, Intuos and Intuos Creative Stylus in the Wacom Lounge, a dedicated space next to the Exhibitor Hall. The general public is invited to play and experiment with Wacom products along side artists. Tim Hamilton, James Yang, and Guest of Honor Fiona Staples will be giving demos throughout the day on Saturday. Kris Mukai, Nick Illuzada, and CollegeHumor.com and Dorkly.com illustrators Julia Lepetit, Caldwell Tanner, and Nathan Yaffe will be at the Lounge on Sunday.

Schedule:
Tim Hamilton: Sat, April 5 12-1pm
James Yang: Sat, April 5 2-3pm
Fiona Staples: Sat, April 5 4-5pm
Kris Mukai and Nick Illuzada: Sun, April 6 12-1pm
College Humor: Sun, April 6 3-4pm

About Wacom
The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world. Millions of hobbyist and professional customers are using Wacom’s pen technology to explore digital content creation and express their creativity.

Tim Hamilton
Tim Hamilton lives in Brooklyn, NY, and has produced work for The New York Times, Cicada Magazine, King Features, Marvel, IDW, BOOM, DC Comics, Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, Dow Jones, Lifetime, ABC Television, Holiday House, Fast Company Magazine and PublicAffairs. He adapted “Treasure Island” into a graphic novel for Puffin Graphics. In 2010 he adapted Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 into a graphic novel for Hill & Wang with Mr. Bradbury’s blessing. The resulting book was nominated for an Eisner award in the “Best Adaptation of Another Work” category. His first children’s book The Big Fib was just published by Holiday House, and he’s currently working his third picture book for them. Tim was once a clue on the quiz show Jeopardy.

James Yang
Born and raised in Oklahoma, James Yang graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. Within a few years of entering the illustration marketplace, prestigious trade publications began to show or feature his work: Communication Arts Design & Illustration Annuals, 3×3 Magazine, Graphis, HOW, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Step x Step, and The Art Directors Club of New York Annual. Since 1983, James has won over 200 awards for design and illustration, including best of show in 2010 from 3×3. Mr. Yang most recently taught at Parsons School of Design in New York City. He continues to be in constant demand as a guest lecturer around the world. Yang moved to NYC in 1994 and now lives in Brooklyn where he lives happily married to acclaimed choreographer and dancer Abby Chan.

Fiona Staples
Fiona Staples is a comic book artist living in Calgary, Canada. She has illustrated numerous comics including Mystery Society, Done to Death, Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor, Jonah Hex, and Northlanders. She has contributed cover art to DV8, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Criminal Macabre, Superman/Batman, Archie, and more. In March of 2012, Image Comics published the first issue of Saga, an ongoing series by Brian K. Vaughan, which received critical acclaim and for which she received two Eisner Awards, a Hugo Award, and several Harvey Awards.

Kris Mukai
Kris Mukai is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Brooklyn, NY. Kris writes comics about traveling and feeling uncomfortable. Find Kris at krismukai.com and krismukai.tumblr.com

Nick Illuzada
Nick is an illustrator and designer from Brooklyn. He makes zines, pets puppies and watches far too much soccer. His clients include AT&T, EA Games, ESPN, Google, GQ, Microsoft, Nobrow, The NY Times, and Wired. www.nickiluzada.com

About CollegeHumor.com
Founded in 1999, CollegeHumor.com offers daily comedic content through videos, pictures, articles and jokes, both created and curated by the CollegeHumor staff. CollegeHumor’s popular sketches and series have generated more than 3 billion views, and earned CollegeHumor 11 Webby Awards and an ECNY Award, among others. In addition to online content, hllustrated Dorkly’s most-viewed piece of all time, “Pick Your Starter!: A Choose-Your-Own-Pokemon-Adventure,” which has been viewed more than 5 million times. Julia has voiced characters in many successful Dorkly Originals, Dorkly Bits, and CollegeHumor Originals. A freelance artist and illustrator in her spare time, Julia’s work has been published in magazines and comics. She graduated magna cum laude from FIT with a degree in Illustration.

About Dorkly.com
Founded in 2010, Dorkly.com is the fastest-growing website dedicated to fandom culture. Generating more than 40 million views each month, the site offers daily original content covering all things geek in comics, movies, television, boardgames, videogames, and more, for the fanboy or fangirl in everyone.

Julia Lepetit
Julia Lepetit is a New york-based artist and the Head Illustrator for Dorkly.com, where she has worked since 2010. In this role she illustrates and oversees all illustrated content for the site. She illustrated Dorkly’s most-viewed piece of all time, “Pick Your Starter!: A Choose-Your-Own-Pokemon-Adventure,” which has been viewed more than 5 million times. Julia has voiced characters in many successful Dorkly Originals, Dorkly Bits, and CollegeHumor Originals. A freelance artist and illustrator in her spare time, Julia’s work has been published in magazines and comics. She graduated magna cum laude from FIT with a degree in Illustration.

Caldwell Tanner
Caldwell Tanner is a New York-based writer and artist, currently working working as the Head Illustrator for CollegeHumor.com. In addition to overseeing all illustration on CollegeHumor, he has produced several of the site’s most popular articles and helped write, storyboard and voice a number of successful video series including CollegeHumor’s Dinosaur Office and Bear Shark, and Dorkly’s Pokemon Rusty. Caldwell’s work has also been featured in Nintendo Video, The New Yorker, CollegeHumor: The Website: The Book, and The Dumb Book (an upcoming Reader’s Digest publication). His personal website and comic portfolio can be found at Loldwell.com.

Nathan Yaffe
Nathan Yaffe is a New York-based Illustrator in the editorial department of CollegeHumor.com, where he has worked since 2012. When he isn’t drawing or photoshopping, Nathan performs improvisational comedy and makes funny videos with his friends. Together with CollegeHumor’s Caldwell Tanner, Nathan hosts the daily drawing show Morning Drawfee, which can be seen on CollegeHumor’s Facebook page and on the new YouTube channel Drawcast.

About the Society of Illustrators
The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan. In 2012 the Society acquired the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. It’s mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art along with the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form. The MoCCA Arts Festival, begun in 2002 and continued by the Society, features a selection of independent comic and cartoon artists and includes programming, gallery space, and an Exhibition Hall. The Society is open to the public Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4pm. To learn more about visiting the Museum, Admission and the Society go to www.societyillustrators.org.

2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Schedule Announced

staples-moccaPress Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 5-6 at the 69th Regiment Armory and featuring more than 50 artists, designers, critics and scholars. Highlights of the program will include individual Q+A sessions with honored guests Robert Williams and Fiona Staples, honored guests Howard Cruse and Alison Bechdel in conversation, Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte in conversation, a presentation by Drew Friedman, and a discussion about comics and design with Chip Kidd and Françoise Mouly.

In a special site-appropriate presentation, scholar Tad Suiter will trace the participation of cartoonists in the 1913 Armory Show that established Modernism in America at the very site of the MoCCA Arts Festival just over a century ago.

Performative reading of comics for children and a panel on comics and education will address the growing significance of children’s comics. International participants in this year’s programming include Marion Fayolle (France), Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), Frederic Coché (Belgium), Nimrod Reshef (Israel), Ville Ranta (Finland) and more. North American artists including Sam Alden, Mike Dawson, Michael DeForge, Edie Fake, Drew Friedman, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Sophie Yanow, and many more will all discuss their work.

Admission to all programming events is included with MoCCA Arts Festival admission. To manage anticipated demand, first priority seating for the Bechdel/Cruse and Spiegelman/Swarte events will be given to registrants who have reserved free tickets for these events via the Society of Illustrators’ website, with any remaining seating to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for these two events can be reserved at the Society of Illustrators website.

This year’s programming schedule was curated and organized by MoCCA Arts Festival Programming Director Bill Kartalopoulos. The full programming schedule can be accessed online here.

The 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival will be held on the weekend of April 5 - 6, 2014 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan, running from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. Tickets for the Festival will be available to purchase at the door for a flat fee of $5 per day.

About the Society of Illustrators

The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan.  In 2012 the Society acquired the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. It’s mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art along with the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form. The MoCCA Arts Festival, begun in 2002 and continued by the Society, features a selection of independent comic and cartoon artists and includes programming, gallery space, and an Exhibition Hall.  The Society is open to the public Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4pm.  To learn more about visiting the Museum, Admission and the Society go to www.societyillustrators.org. 

NYC – Dare2Draw w/ Cliff Chiang

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Artist Cliff Chiang appears at Society of Illustrators on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm for Dare2Draw!

About Cliff Chiang:

Cliff Chiang’s artwork has been hailed for its “fluid and confident storytelling” and “sweeping linework and nuanced style.” Graduating from Harvard University with a joint degree in English Literature and Visual Arts, he worked in editorial at Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC Comics before making the leap into freelance illustration.

Clients include DC Comics, GQ Magazine, Lucasfilm, Warner Animation, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamic Forces Entertainment, and the ACLU, on books such as Batman, Dr. Thirteen: Architecture & Mortality, Beware the Creeper, Human Target, Detective Comics: Josie Mac, Green Arrow & Black Canary, Grendel: Red, White, and Black, Red Sonja: Monster Isle, Swamp Thing, and Wonder Woman.

He is currently working on DC Comics’ Wonder Woman with writer Brian Azzarello. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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Cover $15 Online ($20 at the door)
Tickets: http://dare2draw-soi.eventbrite.com/

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

NYC – Dare2Draw w/ Klaus Janson

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Special Guest Klaus Janson appears at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm for Dare2Draw! Featuring 90 minutes of dynamic figure drawing, with live-action models & props and our signature Dare2Draw “Quick Draw” Contests, with all art done on Blue Line Pro boards. The pro art is auctioned for artists-in-need.

Hosted By Simon Fraser

Cover $15 Online ($20 at the door)

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Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

NYC – Tuki Launch Party

tukiCartoonist Jeff Smith launches his new title TUKI at the Society of Illustrators on Sunday November 10th with special guests Patrick McDonnell, Paul Pope, Liza Donnelly, Michael Maslin, and Larry Marder! Get tickets at the link!

Press Release:

On November 10, legendary cartoonists Patrick McDonnell, Paul Pope, Liza Donnelly, Michael Maslin, and Larry Marder will attend a brunch hosted by Bone creator Jeff Smith at the Society of Illustrators in New York City to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Kids’ Right to Read program! This benefit brunch will boast a live performance by Smith, who will unveil his new series Tuki Save The Humans, as well as a silent auction and a private viewing of the Society’s current exhibits. Tickets to this event are partially tax-deductible, and available at www.cbldf.org

CBLDF is a non-profit organization that protects the freedom to read, create, and distribute comics by performing legal aid, education, and advocacy activities. Smith recently joined the Fund’s Board of Directors and will host this lively afternoon event, where attendees will also enjoy brunch with the most outstanding authors in contemporary graphic fiction and an auction of original art by today’s finest cartoonists.

Doors will open at 11:00 a.m., followed by viewing of the exhibits and silent auction. Smith’s performance will begin at 12:00 p.m., to be followed by brunch and viewing time in the Society’s galleries.

There are two levels of admission to this special event:

General Admission Tickets are available for a $100 donation to CBLDF and includes admission to the exhibits, brunch and a souvenir print signed by Jeff Smith. $40 of this contribution is tax-deductible.

Dine With Jeff Smith VIP Admission Tickets are available for a $250 donation to CBLDF. This includes dining with Jeff Smith and also includes admission to the exhibits, brunch, and a souvenir print signed by Smith. $190 of this contribution is tax-deductible.

Donors will enjoy three of the Society’s exhibits: The Original Art, a juried exhibit showcasing the original art from the year’s best children’s books; Battling Boy, a selection of original pages from Paul Pope’s extraordinary new graphic novel, and The Collection of Michael Maslin and Liza Donnelly, New Yorker cartoonists whose collection includes works by cartoon luminaries from the magazine’s past, such as James Thurber, Gluyas Williams, and Helen Hokinson, and its present, including Jack Ziegler, Roz Chast, Bob Mankoff, Mick Stevens, Drew Dernavich, Zachary Kanin, Barbara Smaller. Donnelly, Maslin, and Pope will all be on hand at the brunch to discuss their exhibits with attendees.

Your admission to brunch supports CBLDF’s important work protecting Kids’ Right to Read. CBLDF is a leader in opposing censorship and in support of a parent’s right to choose what content is suitable for his or her children. The Fund helps to keep books on shelves and empowers students to speak up for their rights. In the past year, CBLDF has helped protect dozens of books, from Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis to Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. CBLDF’s publications Raising A Reader and Using Graphic Novels in Education are vital tools in helping the next generation of teachers, librarians, and parents use comics to promote literacy. The Fund’s efforts to fight censorship in courtrooms and classrooms are essential to protecting the future of comics. This brunch will advance that important work by raising money to support 2014 Kids’ Right to Read efforts.

About Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith (born February 27, 1960) is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the self-published comic book series BONE. Smith solidified the ’90s’ Self-Publishing Movement when he joined other self-publishers and launched a new era of independent comics publishing, a movement that captured nearly 20% of the growing comics book market. In 1993, Smith breathed new life into the Graphic Novel format with The Complete BONE Adventures Volume One: Out From Boneville, which sold an unprecedented 50,000 copies in its first year. BONE won numerous American awards including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harveys, as well as European awards from Italy, Germany, and the French Alph Art.

In 2005, BONE was chosen to launch the first graphic novel series for children from a major publishing house, Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Books. There have been exhibitions of his work, and in 2009 Smith was the subject of an Emmy Award winning documentary called The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and the Changing Face of Comics. Later works include critically acclaimed SHAZAM: The Monster Society of Evil, and Little Mouse Gets Ready, a comic for emerging readers that received a Geisel Honor in 2009. In 2013, Smith guest edited The Best American Comics anthology, and released his second major work, RASL, a dark, hard-boiled sci-fi story that focuses on an art thief who hops through dimensional barriers, hiding out on various parallel worlds.

About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals. http://www.cbldf.org

About the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan. The Museum is open to the public Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4 pm. General Admission is $10/$5 students/seniors, and Admission is free of charge on Tuesday from 5-8pm. To learn more about visiting the Museum and the Society click here.

About the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
The museum’s purpose has been the collection, preservation, study, education, and display of comic and cartoon art. Every genre of the art is represented: animation, anime, cartoons, comic books, comic strips, gag cartoons, humorous illustration, illustration, political illustration, editorial cartoons, caricature, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and computer-generated art. It is the mission of the museum to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art as well as to detail and discuss the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

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