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
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
April 19, 2011 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Massachusetts, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
Boston Comic Con is happy to announce the Panel Schedule for our 2011 convention! With some of the greatest creators in the industry attending these are sure to be standing room only! Tell your friends!
Saturday April 30, 2011
10:30am–11:15am – Comics In The Classroom
11:30am–12:15pm – Female Creators (Ming Doyle, Sara Richard, Stephanie Buscema, Allison Sohn)
12:30pm–1:15pm - Spotlight on Howard Chaykin
1:30pm-2:15pm – Spotlight on Matt Wagner
2:30pm-3:15pm - How to Draw Comics Like a Bad Ass With Frank Cho
3:30pm-4:15pm – Spotlight on Stan Sakai
4:30pm-6:00pm – Spotlight on Darwyn Cooke
6:00pm-6:45pm - Spotlight on Terry Moore
(Please note the time changes on Darwyn Cooke and Terry Moore’s panels -ed.)
Sunday May 1, 2011
11am-11:45am – Spotlight on Joe Kubert
12pm-12:45pm – Spotlight on Frank Quitely
1pm-1:45pm – Spotlight on Tim Sale
2pm-2:45pm – Cover Artists (J. Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes, JG Jones, Dave Johnson)
3:00pm-3:45pm – Spotlight on Neal Adams
4pm-5pm – Costume Contest
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!
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. The convention will be held from 10am to 7pm on Saturday April 30th and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Tak Toyoshima posts on his blog:
I’m excited to come down to NYC for the New York City Asian American Student Conference held Saturday, April 16 at NYU. I’ll be on a panel with Greg Pak (Planet Hulk, Robot Stories, Incredible Hercules) that will be moderated by Jeff Yang (Asian Pop, Secret Identities). I’m psyched to work with Greg and Jeff again. The event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! So register online now and join us as we talk about superheroes and geek out
Ming Doyle, Tak Toyoshima, Chi-Yun Lau, and Keith Chow sign on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 6:00pm.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
38 Ash Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA
(Follow this link to RSVP at BCNC’s Facebook account.)
Come and meet: Keith Chow (editor) and Tak Toyoshima, Ming Doyle, and Chi-Yun Lau (artists)
As an undergraduate at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Keith Chow founded the still-thriving Asian Pacific American Student Union (APASU) and was named Multicultural Student Services’ Innovator of the Year in 2000. College was also the first time Keith’s knowledge of comics paid off when his poem A Lonely Night in Gotham City earned the school’s Sigma Tau Delta prize for poetry in 1996. His poetry has also appeared in the Asian Pacific American Journal and the Powhatan Review.
Tak Toyoshima is the creative director at the post-alternative newsweekly Boston’s Weekly Dig. He is the creator of the nationally-syndicated comic strip “Secret Asian Man.” Learn more at SecretAsianMan.com.
Ming Doyle is a local professional artist who earned a BFA from Cornell University in 2007 with a dual concentration in painting and drawing. Visit her at MingDoyle.com.
Chi-Yun Lau has been featured in national and local publications and has received awards for his illustrations from both Communication Arts and Applied Arts magazines. Currently, he works for Cambridge Interactive Development Corp. producing graphics and animation and designing online games. Find out more at Chi-Yun.com.
SPACE 242, Boston’s Low Brow Destination, proudly announces its May/June exhibition, SMUDGE! SMEAR! SPLATTER!, Celebrating Comic Art, features work by Jamie Buckmaster, Craig Bostick, Alison Cowell, Andy Fish, Veronica Hebard, Bret Herholz, Mike Leslie, Derek Ring, Paul Ryan, and Tak Toyoshima.
The exhibition, on view May 28 through June 18 includes vaired works by the above artists including comic pages, original pieces, and prints. The opening reception is Friday, May 28, from 6-8pm. The event is free and open to the public with RSVP at the website. An artist talk will be held Friday, June 18 from 7-8pm. Gallery hours are Friday evenings 6:30-8pm, no RSVP necessary.
SPACE 242′s May/June exhibition is sponsored in part by The Weekly Dig, ArtScope Magazine, Jakprints, DrinkMasters, and Harpoon.
The above images, from left to right:
Batman by Paul Ryan c DC Comics
ANHV by Derek Ring
Dracula by Andy Fish
SPACE 242, 242 E. Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02118
Tak Toyoshima announced a signing on April 23: Headed down to NYC and doing a book signing for Daily Days at Giant Robot from 6-8pm on Friday! I’m very psyched about this. If you’re in NYC head over to GRNY after work. I may have some surprises in store.
Giant Robot Store, 437 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009
Tak Toyoshima, creator of Secret Asian Man, announced on his website that he is selling his originals for the first time ever at Boston Comic Con:
After a loooong time not doing comic shows (besides the Asian American Comic Con a couple months back) I’ll be at the Boston Comic Con on October 24-25. The folks that throw this show have really stepped up the talent that they bring. The guest list includes: Geof Darrow, Tim Sale, Walt Simonson, Herb Trimpe, Khoi Pham, Cliff Chiang, and David Mack just to name a few. I may end up spending more time on line meeting some of these artists than at my table!
I’m also going to finally start selling off original Secret Asian Man strip artwork, dailies and Sundays, at the show. If you are in the New England area, swing by and meet a bunch of high caliber talent. If you live in Boston, you have no excuse. If you’ve never been to a comic show, this a a great one to start with.
October 2, 2009 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Horror, Manga, Massachusetts, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, Video Games
Today the Boston Comic Con is happy to announce that WALT & LOUISE SIMONSON are joining us at the Back Bay Events Center on October 24-25, 2009! Walt is no stranger to New England having studied geology at Amherst College and then transferred to the Rhode Island School of Design where he created the comic Star Slammers as his senior thesis. Walt is best known for his groundbreaking work on The Mighty Thor where he created the alien warrior Beta Ray Bill. His artwork has also graced the pages of Star Wars, Fantastic Four, Detective Comics, and X-Factor which he co-created with Louise. Walt is well-renowned for his writing and participated in this summer’s Wednesday Comics project in which he penned the Catwoman strip.
Louise “Weezie” Simonson began her career in comics on the editorial side at Warren Publishing and later Marvel where she made the switch to writing full-time. She has scripted many titles including New Mutants, Superman: Man of Steel, and Magnus Robot Fighter, and co-created popular characters like Steel, Cable, and Apocalypse. Louise also has to her credit the creation of the superhero teams Power Pack with artist June Brigman and X-Factor with her husband Walt.
Boston Comic Con is very proud to bring these icons of the comic book world to meet their New England fans. Tell your friends!!
Also appearing are Tim Sale, Cliff Chiang, Herb Trimpe, Geof Darrow, Stephane Roux, Eric Canete, David Mack, Mike McKone, Khoi Pham, Craig Rousseau, Scott Wegener, Jim Calafiore, Sean Wang, Tak Toyoshima, Rob Stull, Bob Almond, and many more!!
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control Bill Sienkiewicz has had to postpone his appearance until the next Boston Comic Con.
The Boston Comic Con is in its third year of producing comic book shows and is committed to bringing the biggest and best comic book show to New England. The Boston Comic Con hosts over 13,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th at the Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $10 each day. Children 10 and under are free. For more information please go to www.bostoncomiccon.com.
The organizers of the First Annual Asian American ComiCon (AACC) have announced the complete Featured Guest list and final Schedule of Events for this celebration of the unique contemporary role and historical legacy of Asians and Asian Americans in the world of graphic fiction, which will take place Saturday, July 11, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street in New York).
Confirmed Special Guests Include:
â€¢ Larry Hama (writer, G.I. Joe)
â€¢ Bernard Chang (artist, Wonder Woman)
â€¢ Cliff Chiang (artist, Green Arrow)
â€¢ Derek Kirk Kim (artist, The Eternal Smile)
â€¢ Greg Pak (writer, Incredible Hulk)
â€¢ Khoi Pham (artist, Mighty Avengers)
â€¢ Sean Chen (artist, Iron Man)
â€¢ Christina Strain (colorist, Runaways)
â€¢ Fred Chao (writer/artist, Johnny Hiro)
â€¢ Christine Norrie (artist, Breaking Up)
â€¢ Tak Toyoshima (writer/artist, Secret Asian Man)
â€¢ Misako Rocks! (writer/artist, Biker Girl)
â€¢ Kuo-Yu Liang (VP Sales & Marketing, Diamond Book Distributors)
â€¢ Sharad Devarajan (CEO, Liquid Comics)
â€¢ William F. Wu (writer, Hong on the Range)
â€¢ The Editors of Secret Identities (www.secretidentities.org)
Other special guests of the con will include: Ben Nugent, author, American Nerd; Hua Hsu, professor, Vassar College; Ed Lin, author of Waylaid and This Is a Bust; Monica Ferrell, author, The Answer Is Always Yes; Monica Youn, author, Ignatz (forthcoming); Vyshali Manivannan, author, Invictus; Paolo Javier, author, 60 lv Bo(e)mbs; Jennifer Lee, former editor, Marvel Comics and DC Comics; Kai-Ming Cha, comics and manga reporter, Publishers Weekly; Aimee Bahng, assistant professor, English, Dartmouth College; Ken Okabayashi, founder of Piggy Back Studios; Tyler Chin-Tanner, artist/writer, American Terrorist; Daniel Ketchum, editor, Marvel Comics; Karl Taro Greenfield, author, Speed Tribes; and Arune Singh, sales coordinator, Marvel Comics.
In addition, the following creators will be participating in the AACC’s Artists Alley, and will conduct signing and sketch sessions throughout the day. Each artist will also donate an original sketch for AACC’s silent auction, proceeds to benefit the nonprofit Museum of Chinese in America.
â€¢ Jimmy J. Aquino (writer, “Sampler,” SECRET IDENTITIES)
â€¢ Jeremy Arambulo (writer/artist, ROGUE SOUP & BUG)
â€¢ Bernard Chang (artist, WONDER WOMAN)
â€¢ Sean Chen (artist, IRON MAN)
â€¢ Tyler Chin-Tanner (writer/artist, AMERICAN TERRORIST)
â€¢ Robin Ha (writer/artist, THE MAGIC 8-BALL)
â€¢ Dongyun Lee (writer/artist, ZOOM)
â€¢ Yali Lin (writer/artist, SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO & JULIET)
â€¢ Jerry Ma (art director, SECRET IDENTITIES)
â€¢ Allan Norico (writer/artist, THINGS I’VE SEEN AT SHOWS)
â€¢ Khoi Pham (artist, MIGHTY AVENGERS)
â€¢ Misako Rocks! (writer/artist, BIKER GIRL)
â€¢ Sarah Sapang (artist, “16 Miles,” SECRET IDENTITIES)
â€¢ Christina Strain (colorist, RUNAWAYS)
â€¢ Alex Tarampi (artist, “Gaman,” SECRET IDENTITIES)
â€¢ Tak Toyoshima (writer/artist, SECRET ASIAN MAN)
â€¢ Paul Wei (writer/artist, THE ADVENTURES OF MAXWELL & GRANDMA)
â€¢ Ken Wong (writer/artist, SCHRODINGER’S CAT)
COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The event will be divided into three tracks: Reading Comics, Making Comics, and Creator Spotlight. Each track includes a diverse range of interactive and immersive panels and workshops, featuring leading Asian and Asian American figures from comics, literature and academia.
How do we read comic books today? This track answers this question by putting comic book artists at the same table with novelists, professors and industry professionals. A mash-up of fan convention, Asian American studies conference and literary festival, this one-of-a-kind series of panels and readings confronts pressing issues, such as the globalization of pop culture, the representation of Asian Americans in comics, and, of course, the nature of nerdiness.
· Nerdpop: The Rise of the Nerds!: Asian Americans have long been stereotyped as “nerds,” but nerdiness has become something to celebrate. With the rise of digital culture and the mainstreaming of comic books and other once nerdy genres, nerds have gone from persecuted minority to masters of the universe. This panel examines the historical development of nerd identity, particularly among Asian Americans, and the aesthetics of nerd pride. Moderated by Hua Hsu, professor, English, Vassar College, featuring panelists Ben Nugent, author, American Nerd; Derek Kirk Kim, artist/writer, Same Difference & Other Stories; and Keith Chow, senior editor, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology
· Every Comic Is Asian American: The most prominent Asian American comic characters have typically been slanty-eyed sidekicks and supervillains, speaking in broken English and colored the shade of school buses. This panel starts with an all-star line-up of novelists and poets re-imagining their favorite comic book characters as Asian American and continues with a panel of professors, artists, and journalists discussing how Asian Americans have been represented in graphic novels. Moderated by Ken Chen, executive director of The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, featuring panelists like Ed Lin, author, Waylaid and This Is a Bust; Monica Ferrell, author, The Answer Is Always Yes; Monica Youn, author, Ignatz (forthcoming); Vyshali Manivannan, author, Invictus; Paolo Javier, author, 60 lv Bo(e)mbs; and Karl Taro Greenfeld, author, Speed Tribes
· The Asianization of Pop Culture: The rise of the graphic novel could really be described as the Asianization of American pop culture. In fact, the graphic novel renaissance has in many ways been powered by the popularity of manga, Japanese comics that still account for half of the new comics released in the America today. Panelists discuss the influence of manga, manhwa, and anime on American comics and American pop culture more generally. Moderated by Kai-Ming Cha, comics and manga reporter, Publishers Weekly, featuring panelists Aimee Bahng, assistant professor, English, Dartmouth College; Kuo-Yu Liang, VP, Sales & Marketing, Diamond Book Distributors; Ken Okabayashi, founder of Piggy Back Studios; and Misako Rocks!, artist/writer, Biker Girl
· The New Villains: Muslim insurgents. Chinese spies. North Korean dictators. Is it just us, or are Asians increasingly being cast in the role of the global evildoer? What’s the history of the portrayal of villainous Asians in comics and cartoon art, how does that history shape what we’re seeing in those fields today, and what does this mean for Asians and Asian Americans in the real world? Moderated by Jeff Yang, editor-in-chief, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, featuring panelists Larry Hama, creator, G.I. Joe mythology; William F. Wu, author, Hong on the Range and The Yellow Peril; Tyler Chin-Tanner, artist/writer, American Terrorist; and Sharad Devarajan, CEO, Liquid Comics
Track Two: Making Comics
This track focuses on the art and business of making comics- from alt-comics and literary graphic fiction to mainstream superhero books and syndicated strips. Featured workshops will include a hands-on demonstration by leading creators; explorations of the business side of comics; and other sessions highlighting comics as a profession, a discipline, an art form and a commercial landscape.
· Writers’ Bloc: Writers of indie and superhero comics and a syndicated comic strip discuss the craft of scripting sequential art and their strategies for tackling everyday creative challenges. Moderated by Greg Pak, writer, The Incredible Hulk and War Machine, featuring panelists Fred Chao, artist/writer, Johnny Hiro; Larry Hama, creator, G.I. Joe mythology; Christine Norrie, artist/writer, Cheat; and Tak Toyoshima, artist/writer, Secret Asian Man
· Visual Storytelling-The Art of Collaboration: Top graphical storytellers share their experiences and tips for making the most of the challenges and opportunities of collaboration between pencillers, inkers, colorists, and writers. Moderated by Greg Pak, writer, The Incredible Hulk and War Machine, featuring panelists Sean Chen, artist, Iron Man; Daniel Ketchum, editor, Marvel Comics; Derek Kirk Kim, artist/writer, Same Difference & Other Stories; Khoi Pham, artist, Mighty Avengers; and Christina Strain, colorist, Runaways
· Visual Storytelling-Hands On: A diverse group of acclaimed artists sketch in real time as they discuss their different approaches in making creative choices. Moderated by Greg Pak, writer, The Incredible Hulk and War Machine, featuring panelists Bernard Chang, artist, Wonder Woman; Fred Chao, artist/writer, Johnny Hiro; Cliff Chiang, artist, Green Arrow/Black Canary; and Misako Rocks!, artist/writer, Biker Girl
· The Business of Comics: For anyone who’s ever dreamed of joining the comics world, here’s your chance to get an insider’s look at the commercial side of graphical storytelling. Comic book pros from every corner of the biz introduce their fields and discuss breaking in, maintaining a career, and keeping up with what the future has in store. Moderated by Jennifer Lee, former editor, Marvel and DC Comics, featuring panelists Bernard Chang, artist, Wonder Woman; Fletcher Chu-Fong, manager, Events & Retail, DC Comics; Kuo-Yu Liang, VP, Sales & Marketing, Diamond Book Distributors; Arune Singh, sales coordinator, Marvel Comics; Tak Toyoshima, artist/writer, Secret Asian Man; and Sharad Devarajan, CEO, Liquid Comics
Track Three: CREATOR SPOTLIGHT Sessions
In this track top comics creators paired with interesting counterparts (outside of comics) for one-on-one discussions covering craft, inspirations and influences, shared themes and future collaborations.
· Similar Differences-SPOTLIGHT on Derek Kirk Kim: A candid discussion with the brilliant author and artist of Same Difference and Other Stories and co-creator, with Gene Yang, of the new graphic novel The Eternal Smile. Moderated by Jeff Yang, editor-in-chief, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology
· From Chop-Chop to Silver Samurai-SPOTLIGHT ON: William F. Wu: A guided tour with science fiction legend William F. Wu, as he shares samples from his collection of thousands of comics depicting Asian images…good, bad, and definitely ugly. Moderated by Jeff Yang, editor-in-chief, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology
· Hama Time!-SPOTLIGHT on Larry Hama: Catching up with comics pioneer Larry Hama, creator of the G.I. Joe universe and winner of this year’s KIYAMA AWARD! Moderated by Keith Chow, senior editor, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology
All tracks are open to all AACC registrants; however, to manage traffic flow and seating, we will ask registrants to tentatively identify which sessions they intend to join upon receiving confirmation of their attendance. Space for some sessions is limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, with VIP Pass holders receiving priority.
Tickets for the nonprofit Asian American ComiCon are $15 for students, $25 for adults (18 and older), and $75 for a special VIP Pass, entitling the bearer to priority reserved seating at all panels and workshops, a complimentary Asian American graphic novel, signed by its creators, and an original sketch from one of the artists participating in the event’s Artists Alley. Registration will be limited to 250 attendees, and is available in advance through the following link: https://www.nycharities.org/event/event.asp?CE_ID=4187
In addition, DISCOUNTED ADMISSIONS are available through the following sponsoring organizations. TO REGISTER AT DISCOUNTED RATES, CALL BEATRICE CHEN at the Museum of Chinese in America, 212.619.4785 x104 and provide an authorized discount code. Note: All passes may sell out before the day of the event.