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New York Comic Con 2011 at a Glance

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The sixth annual New York Comic Con is upon us! With it comes a fourth day of panels, screenings, back-issue browsing and celebrity sightseeing. I will once again be set up in Podcast Arena with all of my recording gear for my podcast, Comic Timing. Be sure to stop on by booth D14 in the Artist Alley to say hello, talk comics and maybe even buy some of the comics I’m getting rid of.

Before Thursday hits and we all get lost and overwhelmed, here are a few choice panels that should not be overlooked if you are looking to learn more about the nonfiction side of this here industry. I’m also including a few panels that might not be strictly nonfiction but could very well have some elements of nonfiction to them.


RWP 2.0 – The Future of Comics in the Classroom
Date: Thursday, October 13
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Location: 1A02

Speakers: Charlie LaGreca, Dr. Michael Bitz, Jessica Abel, Josh Elder, Matt Madden

Find out how YOU can help get comics into schools and get schools into comics in this informational seminar hosted by some of the biggest names in the world of comics and education. Join Josh Elder of Reading With Pictures, Dr. Michael Bitz of the Comic Book Project, Charlie LaGreca of Comic Book Classroom and Jessica Abel and Matt Madden of Drawing Words and Writing Pictures as they unveil their plans for 2012 and beyond.

I’m including this one for any comic book professionals or teachers out there that might be interested. This is only available to those with Professional badges; Thursday general hours begin at 4pm.


Out and About: MoCCA Festival 2011

Friday, April 8th, 2011

This Saturday and Sunday is the 10th annual Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival—MoCCA Fest for short—and in addition to a full stable of exhibitors showcasing new work, they also have two tracks of programming running each day. Panels of note:

Sequential Non-fiction
Saturday, 12:30, Room A

Moderator: Heidi McDonald (The Beat)
Panelists: Dean Haspiel (Cuba: My Revolution), Nick Bertozzi (Lewis & Clark), Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel), Nick Abadzis (Laika)

Painting real world stories, from autobiographical to historical, through the lens of the graphic novel.

The State of Editorial Cartooning
Saturday, 4:30, Room A

Moderator: Brian Heater (The Daily Cross Hatch)
Panelists: Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug), Tim Kreider (The Pain — When Will it End), Ted Rall (Year of Loving Dangerously)

The trials and tribulations of creating political cartoons in 2011.

Almost True
Sunday, 12:30, Room A

Moderator: Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly)
Panelists: Gabrielle Bell (Lucky), Joe Ollmann (Mid-Life), Leslie Stein (Eye of the Majestic Creature), Pascal Girard (Nicolas)

Where autobiography and fiction collide.

Pizza Island: The Panel
Sunday, 2:30, Room A

Moderator: Brian Heater
Panelists: Julia Wertz (Drinking at the Movies), Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel), Kate Beaton (Hark, a Vagrant), Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), Lisa Hanawalt (I Want You)

Some of today’s brightest young cartoonists share a workspace in Brooklyn. Here is their story.

YA and Comics: Ever the Two Shall Meet
Sunday, 2:30, Room B

Moderator: Whitney Matheson (Pop Candy)
Panelists: Tracy White (Traced), Lucy Knisley (Stop Paying Attention), M.K. Reed (Cross Country)

Some of comics’ most fascinating titles and groundbreaking artists can be found in the young adult section of your local bookstore.

On Saturday night MoCCA (the actual museum) is hosting a fundraiser wine tasting, sponsored by Corked and The tasting is not included in admission to the Art Festival, so tickets will cost $15 for members and $20 for non-members. The wine tasting will be held at the museum, located at 594 Broadway, from 8–10pm.

It’s also worth noting that there’s also a pre-party for MoCCA Fest Friday night at the Sutra Lounge; this one is hosted by Top Shelf and Zip Comics and includes musical and art performances, as well as food. Cover charge is a $5 donation to MoCCA.

Out and About: April 5-8

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

MoCCA Fest takes place this Saturday and Sunday in New York, but the festivities aren’t waiting for 11am on Saturday to begin—there’s a number of comics events taking place around town all this week, even if they aren’t entirely related to MoCCA.

Tonight, April 5check out Frank Quietly in one of his “rare” stateside appearances, discussing his career with professor and artist Jose Villarrubia. Tickets to this event held at Cinema Village cost $15 (available online or in-person at Forbidden Planet) and proceeds go toward the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

On Friday, April 8, Strand Bookstore is doing their own “Strandicon,” featuring appearances/signings all day and a panel discussion with the staff of The Comics Journal. Artists in attendance include Ben Katchor, Jillian Tamaki, R. Sikoryak, and Dash Shaw. The appearances begin at 2:30pm, the panel starts at 7:30pm, and all events are free to the public.

Also this week are several release events for books being sold at the con. Bergen Street Comics will have the original art for Rabid Rabbit #13 / C’est Bon Kultur #14 (a flipbook) on display, with an opening reception on Friday starting at 8pm.

Desert Island is holding a release party from 7–9pm on Thursday, April 7, for the new issue of its own Smoke Signal newspaper, produced in collaboration with KUTI, a Finnish magazine. Contributors to the issue Gabrielle Bell, Lilli Carré, Keith Jones, and David Mazzucchelli.

Stop by Desert Island on Friday from 7–10pm for another book release party and signing, this time featuring Peter Bagge and Leslie Stein. Bagge has a few things to promote: a new issue of Hate Annual, a new collection of Yeah!, and a collection of the weekly Bat Boy comic strips Bagge created for Weekly World News. Leslie Stein will be promoting her first book, Eye of the Majestic Creature.

Tickets to MoCCA itself are still available—buy them while they’re still cheap. One-day passes are $10, weekend passes are $15. Those prices go up to $12 and $20 at the door, so take a look at the schedule to decide whether you want to stick around for both days.

Food and Comics at C2E2

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

We’re still in recovery mode from C2E2, which just wrapped up in Chicago this past Sunday. Despite switching to a smaller hall at McCormick Place, attendance in the show’s sophomore year rose 24%, from 27,500 to 34,000 attendees. So things were looking up, and many artists we spoke to in the Artist Alley reported record sales and sell-outs. One title that sold out was the just-released Comic Book Comics #5, the all-lawsuit issue, so we weren’t able to procure a copy (yet).

One panel we neglected to mention in our highlight post was “Food and Comics.” Let’s take a peek at that description:

Food and Comics
Friday, March 18
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Join CB Cebulski, Rick Bayless and Chicago Tribune‘s James Beard award-winning food writer Kevin Pang as they discuss the art of food and comics, moderated by Ron Richards of iFanboy and “A Taste of Comics”.

Sound interesting? Well, it was, if you liked food and/or comics. They spoke about how the art of making a great dish was very similar to the art of making a great comic. The air was abound with similes such as how you can over-season the art on a comics page just as you can over-season a plate of food. Or how both young chefs and young pencilers are eager to use every technique in their toolbox when they first get started (leading to the mentioned over-seasoning).

With all the talent on the stage (Rick Bayless is a PBS and Top Chef alum and Cebulski writes the Eataku blog), there was plenty of discussion of food or comics, but not really of the two together. Bayless and Beard didn’t talk about comics at all, responding more to questions asked of them by the other panelists or members of the audience. No plans were announced for say, a collaboration between the food guys and the comics guys, similar to Anthony Bourdain’s upcoming graphic novel Get Jiro!. In fact, no food comics were mentioned at all until an audience member asked why John Layman of Chew wasn’t on the panel. The basic answer was that he wasn’t at the con, but with all the great personalities that were at the con, they couldn’t find someone else to tie it all together?

Overall, it wasn’t a bad panel, but it wasn’t very filling either.

Out and About: C2E2

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Just a heads up that Ian and I will be in Chicago for C2E2 this weekend. You’ll find us wandering around the convention center Friday–Sunday, and perhaps Ian will stop by Podcast Alley for a bit, so just ask around if you need us.

Nonfiction comic panels of interest:

Departing the Text: Teaching Inference with Graphic Novels
Friday, March 18
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

This presentation will demonstrate why graphic novels should be included in middle and high school curriculum to build and support teaching inference, metaphor, and abstract thinking. It will also provide suggested lesson plans and classroom discussion forums using selected/recommended graphic novels.

CSC: Representing Science and Medicine in Comics
Saturday, March 19
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

MK Czerwiec (Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine) provides a detailed summary of the growing field of “Graphic Medicine,” the inclusion of graphic narratives as text and method in medical school humanities programs. David E. Beard (University of Minnesota Duluth) explores the undertheorization of the use of the graphic literary form for the evocation and inculcation of values—specifically, values about science.

CSC: The Difficulty of Definition: Autobiographical Comics, Black Sci-Fi, Comics in the Classroom
Saturday, March 19
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Ji-Hyae Park (Roosevelt University) examines how Julie Doucet’s 365 and Lynda Barry’s What It Is challenge the critique of autobiographical comics as navel gazing and elitist by reframing the creation of art as an everyday experience. Jiba Molei Anderson (Illinois Institute of Art–Schaumburg) explains what “Black Sci-Fi” is. Christina Blanch (Ball State University) looks at anthropology students’ attitudes regarding comics and their use in the classroom with Y: The Last Man as the sample.

Drawing Fire: Editorial Cartooning in a Partisan Age
Sunday, March 20
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

There was a time when the loudest and strongest voice heard above the din on any political issue was the editorial cartoon, jumping off the page in dramatic black and white. In today’s climate of vitriolic banter and self-righteous talking heads, where does the editorial cartoon fit in? A panel of internationally known editorial cartoonists discuss their genre of cartooning in today’s changing media and political landscape. They will discuss how new media is reshaping how they reach an audience. They will share some of their recent more controversial cartoons, talk about reader reaction and impact, and share some cartoons that were killed by the editor because they were too controversial to print. Listen closely. Despite the decline of newspapers, editorial cartoonists can still be heard above the din.

Out and About: Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Tomorrow is the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival; a one-day event, but hey, it’s free. And the exhibitors include Drawn & Quarterly, where Adrian Tomine will have advances available of his upcoming book, Scenes from an Impending Marriage.

Of interest on the schedule:

Lynda Barry drew the syndicated weekly comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek for more than two decades, and has authored books including CruddyOne Hundred DemonsWhat It Is, and this year’s Picture ThisCharles Burns is the author of acclaimed graphic novel Black Hole and the recent full color book X’ed Out. Join us for this conversation between two extraordinary artists who also share a personal history as former classmates.

Take a peek at the entire schedule here. The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival takes place Saturday, December 4, from 12pm to 9pm, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Williamsburg.

275 North 8th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Don’t Try To Cross King Con

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

This past weekend was the second annual King Con, a comic convention held at the Brooklyn Lyceum. While I was unable to attend due to social obligations (and admittedly I forgot the convention was even happening), King Con wasn’t the only event going on that Sunday. As luck would have it, Sunday was also the New York City Marathon, which runs through all five boroughs for as long as it takes to cross the finish line. The Lyceum happened to be right in the path of the marathon, making it a bit difficult for con-goers to get from the subway to their final destination. Bree Rubin and her webcomic Sex, Drugs and June Cleaver did a strip displaying the Frogger-esque crossing that was necessary that day.

The convention was a four-day affair, so at least there were three unobstructed days to cross the street like a normal human being. Still, I hope that most of the attendees managed to enjoy their unexpected exercise.

(via Jimmy’s Juke Joint)

The Longest Weekend

Monday, October 18th, 2010

With all this talk about New York Comic Con (now a week over and done) let’s not forget that Gabrielle Bell’s Comic-Con “Comicumentary” was still in progress, detailing her various experiences during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

She’s finally posted the conclusion, wherein Tom and her are witness to some MTV shenanigans and have a nice drink at the Hilton Suites.

Catch up on all ten parts using the links below:

(via The Beat)

Out and About: Alternative Press Expo 2010

Friday, October 15th, 2010

This weekend is Alternative Press Expo, and while we won’t be attending due to being on the opposite coast, there are two panels of interest to nonfiction fans:

Saturday, October 16

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Lynda Barry—One of the most influential cartoonists of the past 30 years, APE special guest Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher and has found they are all very much alike. With her publisher, Drawn & Quarterly, she launches her brand new book, the how-to/memoir/graphic novel Picture This, at APE. This uncategorizable book is the “how-to-draw” companion to the bestselling and Eisner Award–winning “how-to-write” book What It Is. At this panel, Barry will explore Picture This in an engaging slide show that is sure to be standing room only, thanks to Barry’s wildly enigmatic, popular, and hilarious stage presence, which not only commands the attention of every attendee but leaves them crying, laughing, and floored with inspiration. Seeing Barry in person is life changing!

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Renée French—A conversation between APE special guest Renée French and publisher/comics historian Dan Nadel about Renée’s new book, H Day. How does a cartoonist translate something as abstract as a migraine into the concrete form of a book? And why? Renée will talk about this challenge, her drawing process, and will briefly look back at her extraordinary career.

Other special guests at this year’s APE include Daniel Clowes, Megan Kelso, Rich Koslowski, Tommy Kovac, and Tony Millionaire. Alternative Press Expo 2010 will be held on October 16–17 at  the Concourse Exhibition Center (635 8th Street) in San Francisco, California.

The Con So Nice They Named It Twice

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

New York Comic Con  just wrapped up this past Sunday, the fifth edition of this quickly growing East Coast convention. Has it been five years already? It seems like only yesterday that crowds were swarming outside the Jacob Javits Center on a Saturday afternoon and I was stuck at home due to a sprained foot (lucky me?). Well, it’s technically only been four years, but the crowds are still swarming and there were two words on everyone’s lips:

San Diego

As in, how much this con was trying to be San Diego Comic Con, how much more this con focused on comics than San Diego (or how it didn’t focus on the right comics), and most of all, how much the crowds were like San Diego Comic Con, that is, crazy-crowded and hard-to-navigate. Getting from one end of the Javits Center to the other was a real pain; many found it easier to just exit the exhibit hall and re-enter close to their destinations…just like at San Diego.

It didn’t help that the Javits Center is currently undergoing major reconstruction, which when completed, will probably alleviate a lot of the major crowd control problems that this year’s show had. The exhibit hall was split in two, with the small press area, the artists’ alley, podcast arena, autographs, and Intel on the south side of the blockage, and everything else on the north side. The two areas were connected by passageways at the front and back of the hall. There were complaints that the south was too isolated, but in practice all this meant was that it didn’t become as insanely packed as the other side. The aisles were mostly wide and walkable, though it was a bit of a pain to make it through the small press area to the artists’ alley; they need bigger aisles.

My biggest problem with the floor layout was how the big stuff is always placed directly in the middle…just like at San Diego. The problem with this is that you have a heavy-traffic area sandwiched between two low-traffic areas, and if someone wanted to stay away from the big crowded booths and just walk the low key booths…they can’t. At some point they will have to either walk through or walk around the crowded area. I think it would be healthier for traffic flow if these points of blockage were placed at the far end of the hall, and a person will only have to go there if they want to be there. I doubt that these larger booths will suffer in any way; people still want to see their movie and television and video game releases.

Speaking of non-comic media, one of the biggest praises of New York Comic Con was how little non-comic media was there. Oh, there were a good number of video game booths like Nintendo and Ubisoft, and a large booth promoting the Alien Anthology, but they were not overwhelming, and this breakdown was also reflected in the programming selection. The programming was still very heavily comics, and the programming that wasn’t was mostly animation (comics’ younger and more popular sibling) or genre-related, like the Unbreakable panel on Sunday.

New York Comic Con 2010 also had a strange flip side in that New York Anime Festival was also taking place in the building, under the same general admission (as indicated on the badges) but for the most part, isolated downstairs with their own programming area and artist alley. Apparently ReedPop offered them a separate dealers’ room as well but they turned it down, probably a wise decision given the amount of traffic the main hall was getting. People were complaining that NYAF was shunted off to the side, but it’s also possible that had it been more integrated into the main NYCC show, people would be complaining that the Japanese stuff was “getting lost,” or that “American and Japanese stuff shouldn’t be mixed.” Whatever. Anime and manga are just animation and comics to me anyway, but I do think they struck a good balance for the two shows.

I had to head down to Philadelphia on Sunday for a wedding so I missed the last day of the show, and that kind of truncated the whole experience for me. I didn’t get to see as many panels as I would have wanted; I couldn’t spend as much time on the floor as I wanted. I usually explore the floor on the last day, when the crowds have lessened and there’s more bargains to be had. Despite that, I managed to accrue a decent swag list, and I did go into total sensory overload… in my first five minutes on the floor. It was pretty amazing.

I’m actually proud that this is my “hometown con.” Now, if only they could finish that extension, then we’ll start seeing some real San Diego-like action…