The Comix Galaxy Returns to Miami Book Fair International This November
A FULL SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMS CELEBRATING COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS -
AUTHORS, EVENTS, EDUCATION WORKSHOPS, INTERACTIVE PRESENTATIONS & MORE!
MIAMI, September 14, 2010 –The 27th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College (MDC), will take place November 14-21, 2010, at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami and will again feature the popular Comix Galaxy.
The New York Times hailed the Miami Book Fair as the model for all book festivals. The Fair again broke new ground two years ago when it launched The Comix Galaxy, a program that celebrates the place of comics and graphic novels in American literature with panels, sessions for educators, workshops for kids and teens, and more.
The Comix Galaxy invites teachers, librarians, parents, and comics and graphic novel creators to participate in the School of Comics, to be held on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19.
The first day of the School of Comics will be a Day of Education for teachers, librarians and parents on how to expand the academic curricula with graphic novels, and will be held on Thursday, November 18. Programming will be keynoted by Dr. William Ayers, education theorist, professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of To Teach: The Journey, in Comics. Also on this program will be James “Bucky” Carter, professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso and author of Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels, Chris Schweizer, professor of Sequential Art and Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta and author of Crogan’s March, and Adam Johnson, professor of Creative Writing at Stanford University and co-editor of the Stanford University Graphic Novel Project. Practical examples of how comics and graphic novels have been integrated into curriculum will be part of this event as well as lists of titles that work in the classroom environment. The Day of Education will be moderated by Carol Fitzgerald, publisher of the popular website site GraphicNovelReporter.com.
On Friday, November 19, a second day of School of Comics programming will address aspiring comics creators with an emphasis on established creators teaching their craft and talking about how to get published. Participating creators include Amy Ignatow (The Popularity Papers), Tracy White (How I Made It to Eighteen) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile).
For the past two years, the weekend portion of The Comix Galaxy has presented panels by diverse and exciting creators from all facets of the comics and graphic novel industry. This year promises to be just as inspiring with David Axe (War Is Boring), Barry Deutsch (Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword), Sid Jacobson (Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography), Mat Johnson (Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story), Chip Kidd (Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal), Denis Kitchen (The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen), Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel (Cuba: My Revolution), Lars Martinson (Tonoharu), Mark McKenna (Banana Tail), Vanessa Davis (Make Me a Woman), Jaime Hernandez (The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death), Joan Hilty (Senior Editor, DC Comics/ Vertigo), Joe Sacco (Footnotes in Gaza), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Tumor), Alex Simmons (Archie) and many others.
Original drawings and final page blowups from the graphic novel Cuba: My Revolution (DC Comics/ Vertigo) by DeanHaspiel and Inverna Lockpez will be on display throughout the week of the Fair and beyond, part of an exhibition at Miami Dade College’s Center Gallery. Another exhibition will tie in with the Fair’s celebration of Mexican culture. It will consist of pages from a 12-issue comic book series about the Mexican Revolution by artist Jose Luis Pescador, written by some of the greats of contemporary Mexican literature.
Another favorite, Kids’ Comic Con, returns from New York City with hands-on workshops and portfolio reviews! Last year’s crowd-pleasing activities got kids and teens drawing and writing alongside professional artists/teachers. Free and open to all over the three-day weekend Street Fair, November 19-21, Kids’ Comic Con is the place for every kid who dreams of creating the next Superman or Wimpy Kid.
The return of School of Comics and Kids’ Comic Con to Comix Galaxy 2010 is part of the Miami Book Fair’s continued celebration of comics and graphic novels. We look forward to sharing more names of participating graphic novelists and comic book artists in the weeks to come.
For updates on the Miami Book Fair, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL AND FLORIDA CENTER FOR THE LITERARY ARTS
Miami Book Fair International is the largest and is regarded as the finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. Literacy projects target children of all ages—from kindergarten to high school—as well as college students and adults. Established and emerging writers from South Florida and all over the U.S. read, lecture, and teach workshops. They work with K-12, MDC students, and diverse members of the community, helping to deepen their understanding of literature, and encouraging their work of writers at all stages of development. The Center envisions South Florida as a nexus of literary activity in the Americas and beyond, and will continue to champion its mission of promoting the advancement and appreciation of the literary arts in all forms.
Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.
ABOUT MIAMI DADE COLLEGE
Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performance arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. In 2006, MDC admitted its 1.5 millionth student.
Vanessa Davis signs on October 6th from 7:00 – 8:00PM.
Vanessa Davis’ new book, Make Me A Woman will confirm her spot as one of the leading cartoonists and humorists of her generation. No story is too painful to tell-like how much she enjoyed fat camp-nor too personal-like her stories of growing up Jewish in Florida. Using her sweet but biting wit, Davis effortlessly carves out a wholly original and refreshing niche in two well-worn territories: autobio comics and the Jewish identity. Using beautiful watercolors, refreshing honesty and humor, her comics are sure to make an immediate impression.
This event is co-hosted by Tablet Magazine, a daily online magazine of Jewish ideas, news and culture. Marjorie Ingall, who writes about parenting for Tablet, will speak with Vanessa about her new book.
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DRAWN AND QUARTERLY ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO PLANS; SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: GABRIELLE BELL, VANESSA DAVIS, JAMES STURM AND JILLIAN TAMAKI!
CON DEBUTS: MAKE ME A WOMAN, INDOOR VOICE, JSL TUBBY, JSL NANCY 2, EDEN, WILD KINGDOM AND PALOOKAVILLE 20–NOW A HARDCOVER BOOK!
Oh yes, it is San Diego time again, and this year the fine, fine people of Comic-Con International have invited four D+Q cartoonists to be special guests of the convention, complete with spotlight panels: Gabrielle Bell, Vanessa Davis, James Sturm, and Jillian Tamaki. I don’t believe we have ever had a year at San Diego with so many official special guests and so many conventions debuts. The heavenly moons of comics are aligned, people.
Vanessa and Jillian will even be debuting their new books:
Vanessa’s MAKE ME A WOMAN and Jillian’s INDOOR VOICE
Jillian will also be signing her award-winning SKIM, which we will have on hand in paperback for you.
Other debuts include:
THE JSL: TUBBY
Kevin Huizenga’s WILD KINGDOM
The JSL: NANCY VOLUME 2
EDEN by Argentinian newcomer Pablo Holmberg
and all new PALOOKAVILLE 20 which is now a hardcover compendium of all things Seth and will knock the socks off of anyone who buys it.
So D+Q will be at ye olde booth #1529, our usual spot for twenty years, so it shouldn’t be hard to find us. Attending from D+Q will be Peggy Burns, production manager Rebecca Rosen (who is going on to greener, frenchier pastures in France this Fall so come over to say au revoir), and Publicity Coordinator Jessica Campbell. And of course the fine fellas from the Beguiling will be at our booth, too.
Here is our complete schedule, all signings take place at the D+Q Booth:
2:00-4:00 Gabrielle Bell signing
3:00-5:00 Jillian Tamaki signing
3:30–4:30 Spotlight on James Sturm: Comic-Con special guest James Sturm has created award-winning graphic novels for early readers (Adventures in Cartooning), young adults (Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules), and grownups (The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Market Day) and co-founded the country’s finest cartooning school (The Center for Cartoon Studies). Sturm will be speaking about his process and art with Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter (comicsreporter.com). Room 26AB
5:00-7:00 PM James Sturm & Vanessa Davis Signing
11:00–12:00 Spotlight on Vanessa Davis—One of the brightest new cartoonists of her generation, who has been featured in Tablet, Vice, Bust, and Bitch Magazines, Comic-Con special guest Vanessa Davis will be debuting her new book Make Me a Woman and discussing the book and its process with a charming and funny slide show about being young, Jewish and single. Room 4
12:00-2:00 Vanessa Davis signing
2:00–3:00 Graphic Novels: The Personal Touch—You know when you read it: that certain something that sticks out in a graphic novel. It’s the personal touch, a work that draws on the life of the creator or the people around him or her. Call the work autobiographical, call it reality—many times it results in truly personal and inspiring comics. Comics creator and journalist Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic, Skin Horse) talks to Comic-Con special guests Gabrielle Bell (Cecil & Jordan in New York), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Vanessa Davis (Make Me a Woman), Larry Marder (Beanworld), Jillian Tamaki (Skim), and Carol Tyler (You’ll Never Know Book 1: A Good and Decent Man) about their very personal work. Room 4
3:00-5:00 Gabrielle Bell & Jillian Tamaki signing
4:00–5:00 The Center for Cartoon Studies—Comic-Con special guest James Sturm, known for his graphic novels such as The Golem’s Mighty Swing, is also the director of The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), a school located in the historic downtown village of White River Junction, Vermont. The school offers a two-year course of study that centers on the creation and dissemination of comics, graphic novels, and other manifestations of the visual narrative. The faculty includes renowned comics artists such as Stephen Bissette and Jason Lutes. James will talk about the school and the books the students have produced. Room 7AB
5:00-7:00 PM James Sturm signing
11:00–12:00 Spotlight on Jillian Tamaki: Comic-Con special guest Jillian Tamaki has taken both the illustration and comics worlds by storm. Her graphic novel Skim, was a New York Times Best Book of the Year, and also was nominated for a Governor General Award. Her drawings can be found in the NYT, Oprah, New Yorker, and Esquire. Tamaki will discuss the process of Skim, collaborating with a writer and the difference between comics and illustration. Room 3
12:00-3:00 Jillian Tamaki & James Sturm Signing
1:00–2:00 Spotlight on Gabrielle Bell: Join Comic-Con special guest Gabrielle Bell (Cecil and Jordan in New York, Lucky) as she discusses her current work, past accomplishments and future projects with Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter). Room 3
3:00-6:00 Gabrielle Bell & Vanessa Davis signing
3:00–4:00 Comics Reprint Revolution: For comics fans, the reprint revolution keeps getting bigger and better! The Cartoon Art Museum’s Andrew Farago talks with Craig Yoe (Krazy Kat, Popeye, Jetta), Dean Mullaney (editor of Library of American Comics for IDW: Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Secret Agent Corrigan), Daniel Herman (Hermes Press: Buck Rogers, The Phantom), Gary Groth (Fantagraphics: Peanuts, Prince Valiant, Captain Easy), Peggy Burns (Drawn and Quarterly: John Stanley Library, Walt & Skeezix), Steve Saffel (Titan Books, Beetle Bailey, Simon & Kirby Library) and Charles Pelto (Classic Comics Press: Mary Perkins, On Stage, The Heart of Juliet Jones, Big Ben Bolt) about their publications reprinting some of the very best of comic books and comic strips. Room 8
12:00–1:00 Kids Draw with James Sturm: Create your own cartooning adventure in this fun, interactive drawing session with Eisner Award-winning cartoon adventurer James Sturm (Adventures in Cartooning)! Using simple building blocks, you’ll learn how to put together an adventure of your own—and have fun along the way! Room 30CDE
11:00-2:00 Vanessa Davis and Gabrielle Bell signing
And best of luck to our Eisner nominees, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, John Porcellino and Adrian Tomine!
We’re announcing another 18 AMAZING Special Guests scheduled to appear at Comic-Con 2010, and we hope you’re just as excited as we are about them: Peter Bagge, Howard Cruse, Vanessa Davis, Dave Dorman, Charlaine Harris, Tanya Huff, Milo Manara, Dennis O’Neill, Tom Palmer, Sean Phillips, Jerry Robinson, Steve Rude, Drew Struzan, and Jillian Tamaki! AND, we have a special GROUP of guests — “The Adams Family!” Legendary comics creator Neal Adams is a special guest at Comic-Con 2010 and he’s bringing his talented trio of sons — Jason, Joel, and Josh — with him! The entire “Adams Family” will be a part of this year’s big event.