NYC – Beyond The Funny Pages Panel

September 17, 2011 by  
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Larry Hama, Christine Norrie, Greg Pak, Tak Toyoshima, and GB Tran appear at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 6-9pm!

Press Release:

Beyond The Funny Pages: Comics, Culture and Communication Panel

The panel focuses on applications of comic art in venues beyond entertainment —  from politics to preservation of history to a new language for instruction. The  panel features those who are subverting or pushing the boundaries of the form  such as Larry Hama, Christine Norrie, Greg Pak, Tak Toyoshima and GB Tran. Moderated by Jeff Yang.

RSVP: online at www. apa.nyu.edu | apa.rsvp@nyu.edu | 212.992.9653
Free and open to the public.

BIOS
Larry Hama is a cartoonist, illustrator, writer, actor, and musician who has worked in the fields of entertainment and publishing since the 1960s. While Hama has worked on numerous projects, he is best known to American comic book readers as a writer and editor for Marvel Comics, where he wrote the licensed comic book series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, and created the “file cards” on the backs of the Hasbro G.I. Joe toy packages. The comic ran 155 issues (February 1982-October 1994). He has also written for the series Wolverine, Avengers, Batman, Conan, The Punisher, Blaze, Nth Man, and Elektra. He created the character Bucky O’Hare, which was developed into a comic book, a toy line and television cartoon. Most recently, Hama is the writer of the Barack the Barbarian series, a Conan the Barbarian parody starring United States President Barack Obama. For more information about Larry Hama, please visit the A/P/A Institute homepage: www.apa.nyu.edu

Christine Norrie is an artist and writer of graphic novels and comic books. Her first major work, Hopeless Savages, was an indie hit with the first series nominated for an Eisner Award. Noted books are her original graphic novel Cheat and the teen drama Breaking Up. She has been published by major and independent companies including DC Comics, Oni Press, and Scholastic Books. She is also an illustrator and designer in advertising, fashion, and print. She has created book jackets for Abrams, concepts and storyboards for Andrew Zuckerman, and art for Glamour and Courvoisier. She lives in New York City’s Greenwich Village with her daughter.

Greg Pak is an award-winning comic book writer and filmmaker best known for the feature film “Robot Stories” and comics storylines such as “Planet Hulk,” “Incredible Hercules” (co-written with Fred Van Lente and co-starring Pak’s creation, Amadeus Cho), and “Magneto Testament.” Pak was named one of 25 Filmmakers to Watch by Filmmaker Magazine, described as “a talent with a future” by the New York Times, and named “Breakout Talent” of the year by Wizard Magazine. He is currently writing “Alpha Flight” (with Van Lente) and “Astonishing X-Men” for Marvel and “Dead Man’s Run” for Aspen and Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla. For more about Pak’s work, please visit www.gregpak.com twitter.com/gregpak and gplus.to/gregpak.

Tak Toyoshima is the creator/illustrator of Secret Asian Man comics. Since 1999, Tak has been creating strips that examine race, politics, religion, Star Wars nerds and anything else that gets people’s undies in a bunch. In 2007, Secret Asian Man became the first nationally syndicated comic strip featuring an Asian American lead character when it was signed by United Features.

GB Tran is a Brooklyn cartoonist/illustrator whose new graphic memoir Vietnamerica details his family’s journey of survival through the Vietnam War and their refugee migration to the US. Vietnamerica has been featured on ABC’s World News Now, Kirkus’ “12 Can’t-Miss Graphic Novels of 2011”, and Amazon’s Top 25 Adult Summer Reads. The book, which Library Journal describes as “Engaging, challenging, and disturbing, Tran’s family memoir belongs in all public and academic libraries”, has also recently earned GB a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in nonfiction literature. For a preview of Vietnamerica, additional comics, and his illustration work, visit gbtran.com.

Jeff Yang began reading and collecting comics at the age of eight, and hasn’t allowed distractions like adulthood, marriage and fatherhood to deter him since. He wrote the column “Asian Pop” for the San Francisco Chronicle for six years, and penned a series of acclaimed and bestselling books — Eastern Standard Time; I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action (the action icon’s official autobiography); Once Upon a Time in China; and, most recently, the seminal graphic novel collection Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology. He began his career as founding editor and publisher of the pioneering Asian American periodical A. Magazine and as a cultural critic for New York’s alternative weekly the Village Voice. He can frequently be heard as a contributor on NPR’s Tell Me More, PRI’s The Takeaway, and other public radio programs. His column can be found at: www.sfgate.com/columns/asianpop/archive/

A/P/A Institute at NYU
7th Floor Gallery, 41-51 E. 11th Street, New York, NY

MICE 2011 Announces Schedule

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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

Panels

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?

MODERATOR: Dirk Tiede (Paradigm Shift) PANELISTS: Kevin Church (Writer, The Line), Christopher Baldwin (Little Dee) Box Brown (Everything Dies)

MA – The Couch Signing

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Tak Toyoshima and Logan Faerber sign from 1-3pm on SATURDAY, June 4th!

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

MA – The Couch Signing

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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!

Comicazi
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

NV – Secret Asian Man Signing

April 25, 2011 by  
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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

Boston Comic Con 2011 Panel Schedule

Press Release:

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!

RSVP here on Facebook!

NYC – The Superhero Alter-Ego

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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

MA – Secret Identities Signing

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Ming DoyleTak ToyoshimaChi-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.

MA – Celebrating Comic Art Exhibition

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

NYC – Secret Asian Man Signing

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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

www.grny.net

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