The Mark Twain House & Museum goes into hyper drive with MARK MY WORDS V…IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY! In anticipation of the release of STAR WARS VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS, we have assembled a lineup of authors that write in the Star Wars Expanded Universe: novels, comics, reference books, children’s books, and graphic novels.
With over 100 Star Wars titles between them, JASON FRY, JOHN OSTRANDER, MICHAEL STACKPOLE, RYDER WINDHAM and TIMOTHY ZAHN have staked out the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim with adventures and characters from the films and of their own.
Join us for the MARK MY WORDS author panel at Immanuel Congregational Church at 7:00 PM or “Jabba-size” your experience with our DEATH STAR DISCO & DESSERTS AFTER-PARTY at The Mark Twain House’s Webster Bank Museum Center. It’s going to be more fun than an Ewok celebration!
Event takes place on Friday November 6, 2015 at the Immanuel Congregational Church located at 10 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105.
Walter Simonson appears at JHU Comic Books on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to sign IDW’s collected edition of RAGNAROK: LAST GOD STANDING!
Ragnarök…the Twilight of the Gods in Norse mythology…the destruction of the Nine Worlds. And now, three hundred years later, the birth of vengeance. Walter Simonson returns to comics in this stunning all-new series.
**Purchase of Ragnarok: Last God Standing required for participation in signing event.
JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
PETER MAYHEW (the actor who portrays Chewbacca), GERRY DUGGAN (writer of Deadpool and the all new Chewbacca comic!), MIKE HAWTHORNE (artist of the all new Deadpool #1!), and PHIL NOTO (artist of the all new Chewbacca #1!) appear at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 11:00am – 3:00pm!
Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Stuart and Kathryn Immonen will be signing their graphic novel Russian Olive To Red King at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Monday 19th October at 5:30 PM.
When your lover may be dead, how long can you hold on to what remains? To whatever is left of you?
A plane crash, a package, her dog, her voice. A notebook, his writer’s block, and heat-distorted summer memories of a search for Jumbo the Elephant and an absent father.
Stuart Immonen’s credits include artwork for such titles as All-New X-Men, Superman: Secret Identity, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Nextwave: Agents Of H.A.T.E. He is currently working on Star Wars for Marvel.
Kathryn Immonen produced the graphic novel Moving Pictures with Stuart. She has written a number of titles including Runaways, Heralds, Wolverine and Jubilee and Journey Into Mystery, in which she made the transition from Loki to Sif as the main character. Her most recent title is Operation S.I.N: Agent Carter.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666
Eisner Award-winning artist Steve Leialoha appears at the Millbrae Library on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm for an intimate gathering to share his techniques, skills, and stories from a forty-year career in comics. Leialoha is best known for his inking and penciling on Fables from the first issue to the last. Some drawing credits include Iron Man, X-Men, New Mutants, Spider-Man, Star Trek, and he inked Howard the Duck, Daredevil, Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel, Captain America, Secret Wars II, the original Star Wars movie adaptation, and much more.
1 Library Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030
MICE will feature two full days of comics programming with workshops and demonstrations by professional artists, along with panel discussions on topics central to comics. All of our panels and workshops are appropriate for all-ages, but look for the Kid-Friendly tag for activities geared toward families and young readers. MICE Panels are located in the Lecture Hall and Workshops take place in the Lower Level of University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Comics For Life! Cartooning Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Get ready to draw your life in comics! MICE 2015 special guest Lucy Knisley, author of Relish: My Life In the Kitchen and many other graphic memoirs, will give you pointers on caricature, and how to illustrate your experiences and tell the story that only you can tell.
Black Independent Comics and Cartoonists Panel
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Five accomplished black independent cartoonists discuss their work and careers, as well as issues of racial identity in comics, and specifically in the alternative and independent comics world.
Moderator: Tony Davis Panelists: John Jennings, Micheline Hess, Ben Passmore, Whit Taylor, Joel Gill
Storyboarding Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Discover where comics and animation collide: the storyboard! We’ll work from existing scripts to develop your skills in sketching, pacing, and movement. Bob Flynn, art director at Fablevision Studios and storyboard artist for Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water, will show you how easy and fun the process can be!
Instructor: Bob Flynn
Iron Cartoonist (Kid-friendly Panel)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
MICE pits top cartoonists against each other in a live drawing event. Utilizing themed “ingredients,” three artists will compete for the title of ultimate cartoonist and earn prizes for the audience.
Host: Zack Giallongo Contestants: Mike Holmes, Cara Bean, Dan Moynihan Judges: Carey Pietsch, John Green, Braden Lamb
Comics Lettering and Layout Workshop
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Join cartoonist (Diary Comics, Behold! The Dinosaurs!) and occasional letterer (Casanova, Seconds) Dustin Harbin for a hands-on workshop exploring the role of lettering in comics page layout. Lettering is a lot more than just legible handwriting: it’s often the clearest sign to a reader of what’s happening on a page, who’s speaking and when, and in what order everything should be read. Participants will work through laying out lettering for a page of comics from start to finish, with plenty of room for Q’s and A’s along the way.
Writing About Comics
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
In the midst of our review culture, how is comics criticism evolving alongside this exciting, growing art form? A panel of comics journalists, educators, and scholars examine how to write about a medium that includes both visual and literary storytelling. Moderator Brigid Alverson writes about comics at Robot 6 and School Library Journal. Our panelists write for a variety of online comics blogs including: Janelle Asselin (Comics Alliance), James Kaplan (Panel Patter), Zach Clemente (The Comics Beat), and Juliet Kahn (Comics Alliance).
First Aid for Drawing Injuries Workshop
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drawing can be fun, but it can also be a pain! Explore safe and effective techniques for caring for minor musculoskeletal injuries that can occur while drawing. Kriota Willberg, creator of the minicomic First Aid for Drawing Injuries (Or, Pain is Your Frenemy!) helps you to discover strategies for reducing pain while you draw and the differences between treating pain and treating injuries.
Kriota Willberg makes comics and art about body-oriented sciences. As a cartoonist she is best known for (NO) PAIN! A Guide to Injury Prevention for Cartoonists. An educator and massage therapist specializing in the treatment of orthopedic injury, she has also studied fitness and exercise. Kriota has taught injury prevention and anatomy for drawers at the Center for Cartoon Studies, the Society of Illustrators, and MoCCA.
What’s My Style? Panel
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Stylistic chameleon Robert Sikoryak sits down with four outstanding independent comics creators to explore the development of personal style. How has experimentation with graphic and storytelling techniques, media, format or other aspects of drawing comics challenged and shaped their visual styles? What breakthroughs, revelations, influences or inspirations have led to artistic growth? Moderator: R. Sikoryak Panelists: Luke Howard, Sophie Goldstein, Sophie Yanow, Jason Little
Comic Life Drawing (Kid-friendly Workshop)
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
This introduction to figure drawing gives cartoonists of all skill levels an opportunity to draw from a live model! Explore the basics of dynamic movement, weight, and human anatomy. Easels, paper, and charcoal will be supplied. Zack Giallongo is the illustrator of Broxo, Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, and The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents series.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Fable Comics Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
11:30AM – 12:30 PM
Presented by The Eliot School
Looking for your next great comic idea? You can start with one of the oldest stories you know – fables! Chris Duffy, editor of the Fable Comics Anthology, along with artists George O’Connor (The Olympians) and Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time) will give you some pointers in drawing your own comic from well-known fables.
Art of the Mini-Comic (Kid-friendly Panel)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
The humble mini-comic is one of the basic forms of expression for independent cartoonists, and it ranges from simple fold and staple photocopies, to exquisite handmade artists’ books. Jon Chad (Leo Geo, Bikeman) explores the form, and talks to some of the most creative mini-comic makers at MICE.
Jon Chad has been producing handmade mini-comics and zines since 2006. Jon has illustrated books for clients including the Atlanta Braves, the FBI, and has been commissioned to make minicomics for Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and Adventure Time. Jon Chad’s books Leo Geo and his Miraculous Journey through the Center of the Earth and the sequel, Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis are published by Roaring Brook Press. Jon lives in Northampton, MA and teaches book-making and screen-printing at the Center for Cartoon Studies.
Unexpected Cartoons (Kid-friendly Workshop)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Presented by The Eliot School
A playful workshop for kids and all ages. Participants are led into various drawing exercises that would encourage improvisation and strengthen creative ability. We will approach drawing from new angles and discover unexpected results. All you need is a sheet of paper, pencil, eraser, and an open mind.
Cara Bean is an artist and Educator in Lexington, MA. Cara excels in both poetic self introspection, and silly storytelling. Her Gorilla Year series has received critical praise for tackling autobiographical issues in an innovative form.
Comic Life Drawing (Kid-friendly Workshop)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
This introduction to figure drawing gives cartoonists of all skill levels an opportunity to draw from a live model! Explore the basics of dynamic movement, weight, and human anatomy. Easels, paper, and charcoal will be supplied. Instructor: Zack Giallongo
Spotlight on Ryan North and Gene Luen Yang Panel
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints) and Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Adventure Time) have each made major contributions to defining contemporary forms like webcomics and young adult graphic novels, as well as crossing over into the “mainstream” world: North has brought his absurdist wit to Marvel’s Squirrel Girl, while Yang is currently writing Superman for DC. MICE is proud to present these two original, category-defying creators in conversation with writer and educator Alexander Danner.
Mini-Comic Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Sometimes the best ideas come out of play, improvisation, and collaboration. In this workshop, you’ll participate in a few fun, collaborative, drawing games and create some wildly unexpected characters and stories with your fellow attendees.
Dan Moynihan lives in Brookline, Massachusetts where he draws and writes comics. His work has appeared in Nickelodeon Magazine and various anthologies. His first picture book, Hiding Dinosaurs, is out this year.
Parenthood and Comics Panel
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cartoonists who have taken the daring leap into parenthood — or parents who have taken the daring leap into cartooning — discuss how having children affects their work. How have they dealt with the challenges of maintaining a creative work schedule with the demands of parenthood? How has being a parent influenced the content of their work?
Moderator: Dan Mazur Panelists: Jennifer Hayden, Jason Little, Glynnis Fawkes, Charles Snow, Sage Stossel
MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday, October 18th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is FREE. Special Guests include: Gene Luen Yang, Lucy Knisley, Dustin Harbin, Ryan North, and Jennifer Hayden! Click their website for more information: www.micexpo.org
Christopher Alexander appears at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Saturday October 10th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM for Star Wars Reads Day!
Jedi might get their knowledge from the Force, but books are sure to be a close second! Whether you’re a Jedi, a Sith, or a scruffy-looking nerfherder, come and celebrate the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, an international event centered around books, reading, and education. Revel in the fun of reading about our favorite galactic heroes and villains with Star Wars Origami author Christopher Alexander, and prepare for “The Force Awakens!” With planned activities, fans, and fun, this is a Star Wars celebration not to be missed.
Mysterious Galaxy Books
5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111
Packrat Comics hosts a Halloween Comicfest on October 31 with our annual comics for canned goods food drive (free comics for non-perishable food items), comic creators, Mikey’s Late Night Slice pizza truck, a costume contest along with a special guest appearance by Deep Roy.
Mr. Roy played the physical Yoda in Return of the Jedi along with a Cantina band member and THE Oompa Lumpa in the 2005 remake of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. He is in the current Star Trek movies as Keenser and was Teeny Weeny in the Neverending Story. His list of credits is impressive including a recurring role on Doctor Who and you will get a chance to meet him during our annual ComicFest!
WIN A BATMAN ADVENTURES #12, FIRST HARLEY QUINN – Bring the most non-perishable food items and it’s yours!
Artists & Writers
Writer: TALES OF MR. RHEE; NIGHTMARE WORLD; WRITE OR WRONG, etc. (Devil’s Due/Image Comics)
Writer: CRITTER; THE LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST; etc. (Big Dog Ink)
SCOTT “SCOOT!” McMAHON
Writer/Artist AW YEAH COMICS; SAMI THE SAMURAI SQUIRREL, etc (Aw Yeah Comics)
Artist EL MARIACHI, etc. (El Arto Studios)
Writer/Artist: OLD MAN, DOG, AND THE OCEAN; RAINBOW SPRINKLE-SLIME; etc
Pin-Up and Sketch Cover Artist; Graphic Designer
Writer: ORPHANS, RED ANGEL DRAGNET, etc.
Free Comics and food drive
Writer: CRIME CATS
Costume Contest & More!
3872 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, OH 43026
Local author R.A. Salvatore appears at the Fitchburg Public Library on Thursday October 22, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to discuss and sign his new book, Archmage.
About this author
R.A. Salvatore is the New York Times best-selling author of more than forty novels, including the popular Forgotten Realms series The Legend of Drizzt. He’s an avid gamer, father of three, and loyal citizen of Red Sox Nation.
Fitchburg Public Library
610 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Celebrate STAR WARS Reads Day on Saturday, October 10 and help us call attention to the joy of reading — and the excitement of new Star Wars book and movie releases! Author Cole Horton joins us at Bank Street Bookstore on Saturday October 10, 2015 for a fun trivia game based on his book “Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.” Cole has an endless amount of knowledge to share with Star Wars fans of all ages so match wits with our expert and learn all kinds of interesting factoids from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Bank Street Bookstore
2780 Broadway, New York, New York 10025