A2CAF 2018 Announces Guests

The 2018 Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival has announced three of this year’s headline guests, each making their very first appearance at the show on Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th.

Maris Wicks, author of Science Comics: Coral Reefs and Human Body Theater, and artist of Primates and SpongeBob Comics!

Judd Winick, author of the Hilo series, Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned, and writer of DC Comics superheroes!

Mark Siegel, author of Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson, artist of various children’s books including Long Night Moon and Oskar and the Eight Blessings, and creative and editorial director of First Second Books.

Maris, Mark, and Judd will be joined by over 50 additional guests–some of them old friends, some new to A2CAF; longtime comics creators and kids just starting to get their nibs wet; and all of them eager to greet you in our bustling, bubbly and bursting Artists Alley on the first floor of the Ann Arbor District Library!

So whatever kinds of comics you’re in the mood for: heroic adventure or slice of life, fantasy or funny animals, scary stories or science fiction, history or humor–and yes, once again, four different varieties of Shakespeare comics!–you’ll find them in Artists Alley at this year’s Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival!

Check out our amazing guest list right here!

Zac Gorman, author of Thisby Thestoop and the Black MountainRick and Morty (comic series), Over the Garden Wall (Emmy award winning animated series, Magical Game Time(webcomic), Costume Quest (writer and artist Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, as well as writer for new Costume Quest animated series on Amazon Prime in 2018).

Rafael Rosado, Artist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and Monsters Beware!

Zack Giallongo, Author of BroxoEwoks: Shadows of Endor, artist of the Stratford Zooseries, and author of Star Wars Doodles. Co-host of the Galaxy of Super Adventure show.

Hannah O’Neal, Animator at FableVision Studios in Boston, MA.

Joamette Gil, creator and editor of the award-winning POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology Series.

Lucy Bellwood, creator of Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea100 Demon Dialogues.

Meggie Ramm, creator of Stick WorldI Have No Idea What I’m Doing, and Olympic Adventures.

Steve Hamaker (SATURDAY ONLY), Eisner-winning colorist of BoneRASL, and Table Titans. Author of PLOX.

Kean Soo, Creator of the Jellaby and March Grand Prix series of graphic novels.

Pranas T. Naujokaitis, writer of the Adventure Time: Ice King miniseries, writer/illustrator of Uncle Grandpa in Uncle Grandpaland, and creator of many mini-comics including the Monster Town series and the Ignatz Award nominated Laffy Meal.

Gregg Schigiel, author/illustrator of the Pix graphic novels, regular contributor to SpongeBob Comics, and host of the “Stuff Said” podcast.

Kiel Phegley, Author of Gumball’s Guide to ScienceSonic The Hedgehog, and Halo: Spartan-IV Field Manual.

Scoot McMahon, cartoonist of Sami the Samurai SquirrelWrapped UpSpot on AdventureThe Mighty Super KingzTales from the Con, and Aw Yeah Comics!

John Martin, illustrator and co-creator of Sci-Fi Junior High and Vordak book series.

Himashi Hewagama, author of the webcomic Celestial Princess Sierra.

Jonathan Griffith, author and illustrator of 19643031: An Ongoing Exploration of the Familiarly Unknown webcomic, and August & Patterson.

Sarah Bollinger, Co-creator of featured WEBTOON Girls Have A Blogand the Knight & Beard webcomic.

Tara Kurtzhals, Co-creator of featured WEBTOON Girls Have A Blogand the Knight & Beardwebcomic.

Chad Sell, creator of The Cardboard Kingdom from Knopf and Random House.

Dani Jones,  creator of children’s book Monsters vs Kittens and webcomic My Sister the Freak, and illustrator of the graphic novel PopularMMOs Presents a Hole New World.

Rob Stenzinger, co-host of the Lean Into Art Podcast, Creator of the video game This Panda Needs You, and a new comic called Two Pizza Team.

SRSLY Coalition, creators of the CPTN SRSLY Comic Anthology Volumes 1-4.

Emily Zelasko, writer and Illustrator of SnowOld Man, Dog, and the OceanPhantom in the SnowSomething Something Adam, and the Piece of Cake webcomic. Illustrator for Rainbow Sprinkle Slime, Vostokapolis. Colorist for Corpse Corp.

Mya Gosling, artist and author of Good Tickle Brain, the world’s foremost (and possibly only) Shakespeare stick figure webcomic..

Conor McCreery, author of Kill ShakespeareAssassin’s CreedRegular Show/Adventure Time, and Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini.

Matt Feazell, author of ZOT! in Dimension 10-½Understanding MinicomicsDizzy AdventuresStick Figure Presidents and The Amazing Cynicalman comic strip.

Andrea Bell, creator of Fair VoyageStill Waiting, and Tracks.

Dave Scheidt, writer of rad comics like Adventure TimeAw Yeah ComicsDreamworks’ TrollsMunchkin, Nickelodeon’s Harvey BeaksWrapped Up and more!

Shaun Manning, Writer and co-creator of Macbeth: The Red KingInteresting Drug, and Hell, Nebraska, as well as short stories for Dark Horse Presents, Thought Bubble, and more.

Brian E. Lau, creator of Staunch Ambition.

Joe Foo, creator of Camp Pencilpoint.

Joshua Buchanan, illustrator of The RocketScratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds, and Factor Five.

Chris & Gin (Chris Ludden and Ginger Dee), creators of Dexter’s DigsPresidents of the United Space, and The Brothers Grant.

Merrill Rainey, illustrator for Highlights Magazine, artist in Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty Magazine, illustrator of Frog. Frog? Frog! for Capstone Publishing, illustrator in Cricket and Spider Magazine, and artist for educational publishers including McGraw Hill, Scholastic Education, and RAZ Kids (Learning A-Z).

Sean Dove, co-creator of BroBots at Oni Press, Colorist on Wrapped Up, and Madballs.

Zachary Lehner, artist of Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, contributing author and artist to the anthology I Want to Pet Your Werewolf.

Madeline Zuluaga, one of the Illustrators on When the Rules Aren’t Right: 7 Time Travel Tales of Activism Graphic Novel; contributor to Mine!: A Comics Collection to Benefit Planned Parenthood anthology and New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei anthology; creator of a capybara-focused illustration book called Capybara Parade.

Bruce Worden, author/illustrator of Goodnight Keith MoonWoodstalk: 3 Days of Peace, Music, and Zombies; and the weekly pictoblog Shoppers Unknown where he finds discarded shopping lists and draw the people he imagines wrote them.

Peter Sickman-Garner, creator of the Harvey- and Eisner-nominated comic series Hey, Mister, published by Top Shelf Productions.

Jessi Zabarsky, creator of Witchlight, an all-ages shojo adventure comic.

Terry Eisele, author of the three-volume graphic novel With Only Five Plums and the forthcoming Far Tune.

Courtney M Hahn, artist of Podunk, Space for Everyone, and Uni-Puppy.

James Anderson, creator of Ellie on Planet X.

Ellie Moody, creator of The MeltingHow to Make ToastBad Guys, and more.

Bruno Hohn, creator of the comics series The Misadventures of Spenser the Ghost & Larry the Muffin.

Rocket Neiburger, creator of Happy Monster, original mini comic series!

Dana Atnip, Creator, artist, and writer for the webcomic Galactic Dragons.

Giselle Sarmiento, creator of short form comics Limon, delay and creator of fanart illustrations..

Theresa Dunn, author/illustrator of The Tale of Sir Stinky and Not All Pirates Have Hook Hands.

Jay Fosgitt, artist for IDW (My Little PonyAw Yeah Revolution), Marvel (Rocket Raccoon and GrootDeadpoolGwenpoolJessica JonesAvengersWeb Warriors), and Source Point Press (Dead Duck and Zombie Chick).

Matthew New, writer/artist for Billy Johnson and his Duck are Explorers.

Ali Cantarella, creator of The Hasty Pastry graphic novel, illustrator on Monkey and Dragon in the Golden Hour children’s book.

Charles Brubaker, creator of Ask a Cat and The Fuzzy Princess.

Brett R. Pinson, creator of Boomtown ScabsThe Adventures of Carl, The Expendables.

 

 

MICE 2017 Programming Schedule Announced

Press Release:

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 is free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 21st

Panel to Panel 
11:00 AM – 12:00PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Lesley Room
A picture can say a thousand words, but two pictures can say even more! Cartoonist Braden Lamb (Adventure Time Comics) leads experiments in putting different random pictures together to come up with all new stories and ideas. Then create your own comic that’s more than the sum of its pieces!

Instructor: Braden Lamb

Character Evolution
11:30 AM – 12:30PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Eliot Room
Discover the secrets of character design through a fun exercise led by cartoonist and animator Bob Flynn. Create your own creature that starts simple, then levels up into an awesome monster!

Instructor: Bob Flynn

Comic Storytelling and Pacing
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Lesley Room
The art of comics is not just about writing or drawing, it’s how the pictures go together to tell your story. Explore different visual storytelling methods with comic creator Dirk I. Tiede. Exercises in outlining and thumbnailing will help you establish a sense of time, mood, and pacing between panels, across a page, and throughout an entire book.

Instructor: Dirk I. Tiede

Iron Cartoonist
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Amphitheater
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 audience members!

Host: Zack Giallongo; Contestants: Luke J. Howard, Luke B. Howard, Abby Howard Judges: Christina Kelly, Mark Siegel, Zach Clemente

Fuzzy, Funny, Fierce! Drawing Animals
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Eliot Room
Do you love comics starring animals? Do you want to draw your own? We’ll talk about our favorite animals, how to draw them, and how to tell their stories in our comics. Art supplies will be provided, so be ready to DRAW!

Instructor: Zoe Piel

Writing for Comics Workshop
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Lesley Room
Explore the dual languages of comics and discuss the parameters of the form with cartoonist Josh Neufeld of the Solstice MFA Program’s Graphic Narratives Concentration. Then jump into the comics-writing process: visual thinking, encapsulation, and scripting. We’ll end on a short exercise that will leave you excited about writing your next comic! Sponsored by PINE MANOR COLLEGE, Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program

Instructor: Josh Neufeld 

Comics and Islam
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017
Muslim identity and practices are featured more comics than ever, from mainstream titles like Ms. Marvel to independent graphic memoirs. This panel takes stock of this important growing field — including the brand-new book Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation — and presents the perspectives of both academics and creators.

Moderator: Hilary Chute; Panelists: Hussein Rashid, A. David Lewis, Sara Alfageeh 

Cartooning Adventure
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Lunder Arts Center
Join Amulet series creator and celebrated graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi in this interactive workshop. Be ready to draw and learn how to start your own quest in comics! Admission to this workshop is free but there is limited seating available. It will be held at the Lunder Arts Center (1801 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA) next door to the main MICE venue.

Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of Amulet, an exciting fantasy adventure series of graphic novels from Scholastic. Kazu’s earlier work includes his webcomic Copper and his debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, which won the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award. As the editor and a contributor to the Flight and Explorer anthologies he fostered a showcase for innovative creators working in all-ages fantasy, adventure, and sci-fi comics. Kazu lives in Washington state with his wife and two children.

Comic Life Drawing
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Lesley Room
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 conte crayons will be supplied.

Instructor: Cara Bean

Inspiration and Influence
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Amphitheater
All artists are affected by the work of others, whether it be giants of the past or contemporaries. Four exciting comics creators reveal the artists who have informed their storytelling and graphic styles. Stylistic chameleon R. Sikoryak leads the discussion on the nature of artistic influence.

Moderator: R. Sikoryak; Panelists: Ethan Rilly, Michael DeForge, Katie Skelly, KL Ricks

Worldbuilding in Comics
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017
Inhabiting an imaginary universe is one of the great pleasures of comics, for creators and readers alike. In this panel, four adept world-builders discuss the development and design of their fictional universes, and how they use the medium to reveal and explore them in a narrative context.

Moderator: Evan Dahm; Panelists: Isabel Greenberg, Mark Siegel, Anne Szabla

Sunday October 22nd

Making Mini-comics: The One Sheet Wonder
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Lesley Room
Grab a single sheet of paper and be ready to draw your next comic! Cartoonist Laura Terry (Graveyard Shakes) shows you how to make make the simplest of mini-comics from start to finish.

Instructor: Laura Terry

Queer Fantastic
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Amphitheater
How do LGBTQ themes, character and creators blend with worlds of fantasy, science fiction and the supernatural? What happens when queer stories take place in imaginary or science fiction realms? A panel of creators discuss their work at this juncture of genre and identity.

Moderator: Melanie Gillman; Panelists: Mildred Louis, Blue Delliquanti, Ashanti Fortson, Olivia Li

Interactive Comics
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Eliot Room
Go behind the scenes with Jason Shiga (Demon, Meanwhile) and his 20 year career making choose-your-own-adventure style comics. Jason shares his one of a kind experiments and methods so you can learn the secrets of creating your own interactive comics!

Jason Shiga is an innovative cartoonist from Oakland, CA whose graphic novel Meanwhile (Amulet Books, 2010) broke new ground in comic storytelling with a “pick any path” format. His most ambitious project is his webcomic Demon, a dark comedy about an immortal man’s misadventures in finding a way to die. The four-volume series – an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, an NPR Best Book of the Year, and Eisner Award winner – is now published by First Second Books.

Drawing from Imagination
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Lesley Room
Images can be more powerful and blend better with words in comics when they come from your mind’s eye. Kurt Ankeny will guide you through techniques to exercise your visual memory and hone your ability to distill the essential image of an object from observations or photographs.

Instructor: Kurt Ankeny

Making Comics (When Everything Sucks)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Amphitheater
Combining the personal and political in a timely manner, this panel will discuss the challenges and rewards of creating comic art during difficult times. Like everyone, cartoonists grapple with issues of emotional, mental, and physical well-being, which many of us are finding exacerbating by the political environment. How do comics artists remain creative, finding and making meaning through their work while struggling to pay the rent, get through the next petition or Facebook rant while still take caring of ourselves?

Moderator: Heide Solbrig; Panelists: R. Sikoryak, Liz Prince, Luke J. Howard, Whit Taylor

Non-fiction Visual Storytelling Techniques
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Eliot Room
Discover what make memoir and nonfiction comics tick with cartoonist Sophie Yanow. Explore long-form and short-form autobiographical comics, and then try out exercises and techniques to help you kick-start a daily diary comics practice.

Instructor: Sophie Yanow

Inking Techniques Workshop
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Lesley Room
Markers, brushes, crow quill pens… There are many different inking tools you can use in comics, and each can inform the mood and feel of your drawings. Now you can test them out for yourself! Comic artists Clay McCormack and Jesse Lonergan lead demonstrations and exercises to familiarize you with some of the tools used by professionals.

Instructors: Clay McCormack, Jesse Lonergan

Comics & Migration: Moving Visual Language Into America
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017
Comics represent a unique format for capturing a cartoonist’s life, history, family, and memory in a way that visually recalls cultures, customs, and traditions that are new to a wide swath of readers. In this panel, we will explore the benefits of using the universal language of comics to demonstrate cultural identity to readers in order to open them up to the world and experiences of the cartoonist.

Moderator: Jason Rodriguez; Panelists: Julia Alekseyeva, Dave Ortega, Iasmin Omar Ata, Leila Abdelrazaq

Fold Up Comics
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Eliot Room
There is a wide variety of folding and book construction techniques that can help create a truly unique reading experience. Cartoonist Jerel Dye (Pigs Might Fly) will introduce you to accordion book design to make your next comic something that everyone will want to open up!

Instructor: Jerel Dye

Comics and Poetry
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017
There is an ongoing relationship and cross-pollination between comics and poetry. Comics creators, poets and critics will explore the formal elements and energies that link the two art forms, as well as discuss recent experiments in poetry comics.

Moderator: Hilary Chute; Panelists: Steph Burt, Madeleine Witt, Franklin Einspruch, Christopher Spaide

MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Sunday, October 22nd, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Admission is free. Further information available on the website: www.micexpo.org

RSVP on Facebook!

Swan Con Brings Comics to the South Shore on August 26th

The Swansea Public Library hosts a Mini Comic-Con on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from noon till 4:00 PM. Admittance is free, but bring some cash for the various tables. You might find something cool!

What is a Comic-Con? Comic book conventions are events that put people from all aspects of comic book and superhero culture under one roof. Fans can come in costume, get to talk with comic book writers and artists, and check out vendors selling comic book related merchandise. It’s a one stop!

Comic-Cons are also great places to meet other comic fans. Hang out and debate over who’s the better Batman villain, or take pictures with people in costumes. It’s a fun atmosphere to meet fans and comic book folk alike!

Artists/Creators:

Cosplay Guests & Vendors:

RSVP on Facebook!

Swansea Public Library
260 Ocean Grove Ave., Swansea, MA 02777
(508) 674-9609

Portland Comic Expo Returns on October 29th

Press Release:

The Portland Comic Expo, presented by Casablanca Comics, returns on Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. PCE is a one day comic convention with comic writers and artists, dealers, cosplayers, programming and more!

Currently announced guests include:

  • Erica Henderson (Eisner-winning artist: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead)
  • Andrew MacLean (Head Lopper, Apocalyptigirl)
  • Paul Pelletier (Aquaman, Fantastic Four, She-Hulk)
  • Zack Giallongo (Broxo, Star Wars: Ewoks)
  • Alterna Comics (Publisher)
  • Skelton Crew Studios
  • 25th Anniversary Alpha Productions Reunion
  • Bill Brock (Host, Rogue Mysteries)

Lots of dealers! Lots of artists in Artist Alley! Cosplayers!

Admission is only $5.00, tickets available at the link…

RSVP on Facebook!

Portland Exposition Building
239 Park Avenue Portland, ME 04102

Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival 2017 Announces Schedule

The Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) has announced the programming schedule for this year’s show on June 17-18th at the Ann Arbor District Library. Guests include: Raina Telgemeier, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Ben Hatke, Kean Soo, Tory Woollcott, and more! RSVP on Facebook!

Friday, June 16

9:30-11:45 am A2Inkubate Roundtables
The kickoff event for the annual A2CAF preconference!
Getting Comics into the Hands of Readers (from the point of view of teachers, librarians, cartoonists, and retailers). We all want the same thing — more people reading comics. These sessions will explore the specific approaches and concerns each party faces and allow everyone to join in on the conversation.

  • 9:30-10:00 am – Welcome, bagel breakfast, and roundtable topic suggestions.
  • 10:00-10:45 am – Roundtable Session 1
  • 11:00-11:45 am – Roundtable Session 2

The Shapiro Design Lab
Registration Required – Register Here

2:00-4:00 pm Secret Lab Hands-On Sessions
Experience and learn how to use screen printing, letterpress, and 3D printing tools.
AADL’s Secret Lab will be open for you to explore. You’ll get a chance to create your own design to print at our screen printing stations, or set some type and print your own business card or small print. There will also be a few surprise stations.
The Ann Arbor District Library
Registration Required – Register Here

4:00-5:00 pm Super Random Element Comics Challenge
Apply and level up your comics-making skills with a fun, interactive workshop. Take your comic-making skills to another level in this storytelling challenge! Participants will be given design constraints and a limited amount of time to create a mini-comic.
The Ann Arbor District Library
Registration Required – Register Here

Reception for Ben Hatke’s Exhibit “Art and Adventure”
Join us for food, a chance to mingle, and an overview of this great exhibit. We’ll also have our annual Draw Wall outside the Downtown Library on the corner of Fifth Avenue and William Street. Here’s your chance to draw along side some of the fabulous guests of A2CAF and help create a giant comics mural!

Saturday, June 17

11:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Kickoff Event – Iron Cartoonist!
Watch Ben Hatke, Raina Telgemeier, and even more of your favorite cartoonists battle it out in a series of themed drawing rounds with random elements thrown in by you! Will you help them draw toward victory, or make them squirm? Watch guest cartoonists fight for the title under the watchful eye of your host, Zack Giallongo! Your choices will help determine this year’s Iron Cartoonist!
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Noon – 12:15 pm

The Dwayne McDuffie Award
The third annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics will be announced at this year’s A2CAF. Named for the highly respected comic book and animation writer and co-founder of Milestone Media, the award honors Dwayne McDuffie’s values and his legacy as a champion for meaningful, top-quality and broadly inclusive comics for young people.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Noon – 6:00 pm

Artists Alley
Artist Alley features over 50 working artists and writers from the worlds of print and web comics, animation, book publishing, and videogames who’ll be displaying their work–with material for sale, the occasional free giveaway, and codes for AADL’s Summer Game. They’ll also be happy to talk comics with fans of all ages!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12 Noon – 3:00 pm

Super Awesome Kids’ Spot! – Build a Buddy
Stop by the Youth Story Corner to participate in some fun comics and storytelling activities for kids. In need of a sidekick for your next adventure? Look no further! Make a sock buddy that will stay by your side!
Downtown Library 1st Floor Youth Story Corner – Kids

The Super Secrets of the Secret Lab

Lumberjanes Merit Badges
Make a totally rad merit badge to celebrate your top-notch triumphs!

Mighty Jack Seed Starters
Grow your own glorious garden with these DIY seed starters! (Biting pumpkins and mysterious dragons not included.)
Downtown Library Secret Lab – Kids

Screen Printing with Modati Studios
Bring in an item to print an A2CAF logo on! Or you can print on a tote we’ll provide. Learn the basics of screen printing from Modati Studios.
Downtown Library Secret Lab – All Ages

12:30 pm- 1:30 pm

Signing – Ben Hatke
The creator of Zita the Spacegirl and the Mighty Jack series makes a special signing appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing – Raina Telgemeier
Stop by the A2CAF table to meet the author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts and get your copies signed!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Quick Draw!
Imagine an episode of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” starring a group of quick-thinking cartoonists, and you’ll begin to get the picture of Quick Draw. It’s improvisational cartooning with plenty of audience participation, brought to you with courage and cheer by our guest artists.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Animate in Photoshop! with Hannah O’Neal
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at animation but didn’t have access to the tools necessary to do that? Did you know that you can actually make pretty amazing animation in Adobe Photoshop? Animator Hannah O’Neal will show you some easy steps to getting started making your own cartoons. You’ll get some hands-on experience using the hardware and software in the Ann Arbor Art Center’s ArtLab. Seating is limited!
Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – Teens

Story Structure Is a Joke! with Bruce Worden
Do you know the secrets to how a good story is built? Have you heard of something called 3-act story structure? No? Well, that’s okay, because it’s just a joke! (And you’ve heard of jokes, right?) In this workshop you’ll make a four-panel comic of your very own, using unforgettable tips to tell a great story at ANY length!
Robot Supply & Repair (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

The Shake Ups Dance Party!
Your favorite Steven Universe/My Little Pony themed band is rocking the Library! Come down to the Multi-Purpose room for some awesome music and dancing.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Quick Draw!
More improvisational drawing fun with our guest artists!

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Signing: Raina Telgemeier
Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts, makes a special appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Making Mini Comics! with John Novak
Try your hand at making mini comics with John Novak (colorist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and the Tricky Journey series). Learn how to come up with fun characters and story ideas. Discover new ways to tell your story!
Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – All Ages

Robot & Creature Creation Station, with John Martin
Doodle your way to an unstoppable robot and monster army! John Martin (Vordak the Incomprehensible, Sci-Fi Junior High) will show you how to draw everything from their appearance, function, and how to give them a role in their own comic stories.
Robot Supply & Repair (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Jarrett J. Krosoczka Presentation
The author of the Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad, and the latest Star Wars: Jedi Academy is at the Library! Jarrett will demonstrate the process of making stories that people will care about, and you’ll be able to ask him some questions of your own.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lunch Lady Snackdown & Book Signing
Get your Lunch Lady books signed by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and create not just a snack, but a JUSTICE SNACK! Smack down your ingredients, roll up the power of goodness, and triumph over your hunger!
Downtown Library Secret Lab– All Ages

Art & Adventure with Ben Hatke
Get an up-close look at the original art behind Nobody Likes a Goblin, Zita the Spacegirl, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, and a few surprises. The cartoonist behind the artwork will talk about his process of making comics and children’s books. Bring your curiosity and questions!
Downtown Library 3rd Floor Gallery Space– All Ages

Sunday, June 18

12:30 pm- 5:30 pm

Artists Alley
Artist Alley features over 50 working artists and writers from the worlds of print and web comics, animation, book publishing, and video games who’ll be displaying their work–with material for sale, the occasional free giveaway, and codes for AADL’s Summer Game. They’ll also be happy to talk comics with fans of all ages!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12:30 pm -1:30pm

Signing – Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad, and the new Star Wars: Jedi Academy, makes a special appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing: Raina Telgemeier
Stop by the A2CAF table to meet the author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts and get your copies signed!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

Making Mini Comics! with John Novak
Try your hand at making mini comics with John Novak (colorist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and the Tricky Journey series). Learn how to come up with fun characters and story ideas. Discover new ways to tell your story!
Downtown Library Secret Lab– All Ages

12:30 pm -2:30pm

COLOR! CUT! CREATE! Superhero Paper Toys! with Merrill Rainey
Have you ever wanted to build your own Superhero toys and then be able to play with them? Join Master Doodler Merrill Rainey as he helps you cut, color, and create your very own 3D paper toy Superhero and paper play set.
Downtown Library Youth Area– Kids

1:00-1:30 pm

Quick Draw!
Imagine an episode of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” starring a group of quick-thinking cartoonists, and you’ll begin to get the picture of Quick Draw. It’s improvisational cartooning with plenty of audience participation, brought to you with courage and cheer by our guest artists.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Kids’ Comics Awards Ceremony!

Which comic in 2016 had the most rolicking adventure? Which character did kids love the most? Kids voted in these and other categories, including their favorite characters and graphic novels! Help us celebrate the third annual Kids’ Comics Revolution Awards as we reveal the winners! No black tie required, but you can wear your favorite comics-inspired costume! With live music and lots of laughs!

Hosted by Ben Hatke, Zack Giallongo, and Jerzy Drozd, with a bevy of special guests!
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Quick Draw!
More improvisational drawing fun with our guest cartoonists!

Ellie Moody & Rachel Polk – Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

James Anderson & Courtney Hahn – Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Signing: Raina Telgemeier
Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts, makes a special appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing – Signing – Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Stop by the A2CAF table to meet, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad, and the new Star Wars: Jedi Academy, and get your copies signed!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

Maine Comics Arts Festival Returns June 4th

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival will be held in Portland on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at the Main Branch of the Portland Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Featuring over 100 comics writers, artists and publishers, this will be a celebration of the comics art form.

The exhibitors will be in various locations throughout the library. There will be maps and guides to help anyone attending. Here is the exhibitor and guest list and their locations.

000000000_mecaf2016Atrium:
Amanda Kahl
Barry Corbett
Brenna Killeen
Brian Codagnone
Charles Brubaker
Chris Watkins
Fulton Beal
Jack Turnbull
John Lechner
Michael Mitchell

Fiction/ Music area:
Alabaster
Allison Bannister
Declan McCarthy
Ellen Crenshaw
Lindsay Moore
Matt Smith
Michael Rapa
Neil Johnson
Olivia Li
Patt Kelley
Reilly Hadden
Stephanie Zuppo
Tom O’Brien
Tom Pappalardo

Children’s Area:
Andrew Hunter
AndrÈs Vera MartÌnez
Bob Flynn
Dan Moynihan
George O’Connor
Jay Piscopo
Kelly Fernandez
Maris Wicks

Lewis Gallery:
Amanda Boucher
Andjelko Napijalo
Anne Thalheimer
Bridget Comeau
Jackie Musto
James Quigley
Jeff Kline
Joe St. Pierre
Joey Han
John Rioux
Lenwood Brown III
Maarta Laiho
Tyson Pease

Rines Auditorium:
Andrew MacLean
Becca Case
Ben Wright-Heuman
Bruce Worden
Carol Burrell
Christian DiBari
Christina Savino
Christopher Peary
Clayton McCormack
Cody Pickrodt
Colleen AF Venable
Corin Howell
Crispin Wood
Dan Mazur
Eric Boeker
George O’Connor
Greg Marathas
Hugh Tims
Jennifer McKeon
John Jennison
John Loren
Kori Handwerker
Kristilyn Stevenson
Lauren Pettapiece
Lucy Bellwood
Mitra Farmand
Nicholas Kole
Rebecca Mock
Scarecrowoven
Sequoia Bostick
Stephen Bissette
Steve Mardo
Steve Peters
Zack Giallongo

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Portland Public Library
5 Monument Sq, Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 871-1700

Guests Announced for A2CAF 2016

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Beginning in 2016, Kids Read Comics’ annual two-day comics celebration, hosted by the wonderful Ann Arbor District Library, will have a new name: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF for short).

The Festival will still feature dozens of comics artists along with workshops, demonstrations and interactive drawing games. It will still be as kid- and family-friendly as ever. And attending the event will be free as always.

What we hope the new name makes clear is that young children aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a fun-packed Ann Arbor weekend filled with comics and creativity. We welcome teens and adults (always have) and offer a slate of guests and activities to meet a wide range of comics-related interests (ditto).

So join us as Kids Read Comics celebrates eight years of bringing comics excitement to Michigan libraries, when we inaugurate the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival on June 18 & 19, 2016 at the Ann Arbor District Library.

Keynote speakers at A2CAF 2016 will be Cece Bell, whose comics memoir El Deafo was named a Newbery Honor Book, and the children’s author Tom Angleberger, writer and illustrator of the bestselling Origami Yoda series.

Other guests include Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Rafael Rosado (Dragons Beware), Ruth McNally Barshaw (The Ellie McDoodle Diaries), Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales), Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Zack Giallongo (Broxo), J. Torres (Alison Dare), Katie Shanahan (Silly Kingdom), Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes), Kean Soo (March Grand Prix), Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles), and many more!

Please go to the website for full details: a2caf.com

 

MICE 2015 Announces Panel Schedule

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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

MA – Swansea Library Mini-Con

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Craig Rousseau, Zack Giallongo, and Alex Harris appear at Swansea Public Library on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 1:00 till 6:00 PM for a mini comic-con!

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Swansea Public Library
260 Ocean Grove Ave., Swansea, MA 02777
(508) 674-9609

MI – Kids Read Comics 2015 Signings

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The Vault of Midnight is proud to host some amazing artists as part of the Kids Read Comics festival!

SATURDAY JUNE 20th

12-1pm: Signing with Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Superhero Girl, Friends with Boys), and Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Drama)

1-2pm: Signing with Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware! Dragons Beware!)

2-3pm: Signing with Ruth McNally Barshaw (Ellie McDoodle Diaries)

3-4pm: Signing with Zack Giallongo (Star Wars Doodles, Broxo, Stratford Zoo series)

4-5pm: Signing with Zac Gorman (Costume Quest, Rick and Morty)

5-6pm: Signing with Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Chris Duffy (Nursery Rhyme Comics, Spongebob Comics)

SUNDAY JUNE 21st

12-1pm: Signing with Zac Gorman (Costume Quest, Rick and Morty)

1-2pm: Signing with Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Superhero Girl, Friends with Boys), and Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Drama)

3:30-4:30pm: Signing with Kean Soo (Jellaby, March Grand Prix) and Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind)

4:30-5:30pm: Signing with Chris Giarruso (G-Man, G-Man Super Journal)

For more information, please visit the link…

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The Kids Read Comics Celebration is a totally free event that unites kids, teens, parents, teachers and librarians with professional artists and writers from the comics and animation fields. Our goal is to introduce kids to worlds of imagination while unlocking their creative impulses, and to serve that goal, the convention features:

– hands-on workshops
– panels and presentations for kids, families, and educators
– a chance for kids to meet and chat with comics and animation professionals
– the opportunity for kids to have their own art portfolios reviewed

Our celebration will be held at the Ann Arbor District Library in downtown Ann Arbor, which will host an artist alley and tons of hands-on workshops!
We hope to see you there!

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Vault of Midnight
219 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734-998-1413

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