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1. Hugo Pratt: Artist as Adventurer now at the Society of Illustrators

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I’ve been raving about all the great comics art that was up at the Society of Illustrators during April for the MoCCA fest, but they’re not stopping with Alt.Comix, Little Nemo and Craig Yoe. The new exhibit is a show of Hugo Pratt art. The creator of Corto Maltese is one of the all time great comics illustrators and this sounds like a must see. The show runs until June 13th, so get on down!

There have been many adventure-comics creators, but not many whose personal lives could serve as inspiration for their comics’ hero. Hugo Pratt was born in Italy and raised in Ethiopia where, at age 15, he was interned, with his mother, in a British prison camp. After World War II he returned to Italy, then set out for Argentina, spending the next decade drawing comics and traveling around South America. A brief sojourn in London preceded a return to Argentina, a return to Italy, then a move to France, before his final move, to Switzerland in 1984, where he lived until his death in 1995.

During his peripatetic lifetime, he was threatened with execution as a spy, organized entertainment for Allied troops, and drew adventure or war comics in Italy, Argentina, England, and France. Clearly influenced by Milton Caniff, Pratt nevertheless developed a distinctive style that used the cinematic “camera” to great effect, as well as a simplicity of line that conveyed a great deal with extraordinary economy.

Pratt’s most famous creation, the wandering Maltese sailor Corto Maltese, was born in Italy in the pages of the Sergeant Kirk comics magazine, but achieved international fame in France, serialized in the children’s weekly Pif Gadget. Pratt was able to use his own broad literary and historical knowledge to add depth and sophistication to these stories, bringing an adult audience to the comics, which were eventually translated into twelve languages. In addition to the Corto Maltese tales, issued first in black-and-white, then reissued in color, Pratt worked on travel sketches, autobiographical memories, and the occasional commission, as seen in this exhibition.

“Hugo Pratt: Artist as Adventurer” is curated by Patrizia Zanotti and Karen Green, and is supported in part by IDW Publishing.

 

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2. Christopher Myers & Epic Reads Get Booked

epic reads logoHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

The Epic Reads summer tour will kick off with a panel at Books of Wonder. Join in on Tuesday, April 21st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (New York, NY)

Award-winning children’s books creator Christopher Myers will discuss his new book, My Pen, at Barnes & Noble (86th & Lexington Ave.). Meet him on Thursday, April 23rd starting at 1 p.m. (New York, NY)

The next session of the Book’d in Burbank event will take place at Theatre Banshee. Check it out on Thursday, April 23rd from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Burbank, CA)

 

 

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3. David OReilly’s Films Will Screen at MoMA Next Month

The innovative 29-year-old filmmaker will be the subject of a MoMA film event.

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4. Gayle Forman & Jay Asher Team Up For a Mental Health Benefit

Gayle & JayAuthors Gayle Forman and Jay Asher, will appear at “We Are Here: A Benefit to Raise Hope and Awareness for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion.” The two young adult novelists have both written books that deal with the subject of suicide.

A Great Good Place for Books, a California-based independent bookstore, and the Montclair Presbyterian Church will team up to host this event. Attendees will enjoy music, discussions, and a signing session. For those who can’t make it in-person, the event will be livestreamed.

The organizers hope to raise $5,000 which will be given to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Should that goal be met, Forman pledges to personally match every dollar. Follow this link to learn more details about this event.

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5. Europe’s FMX Conference Celebrates Joe Letteri, Pixar, and ILM

The 20th anniversary edition of the conference will present some major industry players.

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6. Your Favorite Cartoon Characters Just Got Fat (Gallery)

The obesity epidemic takes its toll on cartoon characters in a new book and exhibition.

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7. Indiegogo Campaign Launched For Shakespeare Sonnet Slam

Producer Melinda Hall has launched a crowdfunding venture on Indiegogo. She hopes to raise $6,000 for the 5th Annual Shakespeare Sonnet Slam.

This free event, celebrating William Shakespeare’s birthday, is scheduled to take place in New York City on April 24, 2015. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more about the project: “The event is free to the public and free for the Readers but we have certain costs in producing this growing event and any contribution you make allows this event to continue and bring Shakespeare to all. This year, we are setting our goal at the highest we have ever done so we can begin a perpetual fund to assure future Sonnet Slams.”

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8. Marissa Moss & R.L. Stine Get Booked

RL StineHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Writer Marissa Moss will celebrate the release of Amelia’s Middle School Graduation Yearbook at Folio Books. Join in on Friday, April 17th starting 6 p.m. (San Francisco, CA)

Horror master R.L. Stine will appear at BookCourt to discuss the latest installment of the Fear Street series, Don’t Stay Up Late. Meet him on Saturday, April 18th starting 7 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

Four children’s books creators will participate in the April Storybook Showcase panel at Books of Wonder. Check it out on Sunday, April 19th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (New York, NY)

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9. 2015 Little Rebels Children’s Book Award – Shortlist Announced

The UK’s 2015 Little Rebels Award shortlist has been announced – and it’s an exciting, diverse selection of eight books, featuring both new and well-established book creators.

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10. Mini Con War: MoCCA Festival vs East Coast Comicon

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Actually not a con war, but a curiosity of scheduling with both the MoCCA Festival and Crucial Entertainment East Coast Comicon in the Meadowlands both scheduled for this weekend.

When I originally heard about the scheduling I was told that it had all been worked out and there was no beef, but it’s still unfortunate since there are great guests at both shows and I’m sure a lot of people would go to both. Although they aren’t that far apart AS THE CROW FLIES, the crow must fly over a wide river, and hopping back and forth between Jersey and the meatpacking distract isn’t totally easy unless you have a car and don’t mind paying a lot of tolls.

Someone also pointed us to the East Coast Comicon website, which has an updated attitude towards the press:

Everybody wants one, everybody has a blog. We’ve found that coverage of the con, during the con does little to promote our efforts. We have a finite amount of tickets and we can’t give them out to everyone who wishes to shoot some video or chat to a comic creator — yes, we’re mean terrible people because we don’t want to let you in for free. For the most part, your blog posts do not help us spread the word about our con. How do we know this? We’ve polled our customers. Why do other cons let bloggers and podcasters into their cons for free? Perhaps they haven’t done their homework to find out what helps for promotion. So please don’t feel ill of us, we’re glad you love comics enough to write or blog about the art form, but we just can’t justify granting all the requests we get; and we get a lot.


Which makes sense when you consider the number of comics media outlets these days. Most shows, especially larger ones, have had to put in a lot more guidelines for who is press and who isn’t.

All that said, Torsten will be on the scene for ECC covering all the breaking news. As for The Beat, we’ll be at MoCCA both days, and we have no idea if we’re on the press list or not—admission is $5 a day and that’s cheap enough that we can swing it no matter what.

Wherever you may be going, have a fun time!

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11. Tonight to do: European (Comics) Invasion with Darryl Cunningham, Penelope Bagieu, Sergio Garcia Sanchez & Nadja Spiegelman at Word in BK

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Last event, but the one that I am moderating!
BK: European (Comics) Invasion with Darryl Cunningham, Penelope Bagieu, Sergio Garcia Sanchez & Nadja Spiegelman | WORD:


This event takes place at our Brooklyn location.

The artists are coming! WORD is proud to present a panel discussion with UK and European artists Darryl Cunningham (The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis), Penelope Bagieu(Exquisite Corpse), and Sergio Garcia Sanchez and Nadja Spiegelman (Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure), moderated by Heidi MacDonald.

I’ll be asking them about their own work, evolving comics traditions, storytelling, panel breakdowns, the economic crisis of 2008, the US-Euro comics cross fertilization and whatever else I can think of.Last event, but the one that I am moderating!
BK: European (Comics) Invasion with Darryl Cunningham, Penelope Bagieu, Sergio Garcia Sanchez & Nadja Spiegelman | WORD:

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12. To do tonight: Annie Goetzinger at Kinukuniya and on tour

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When I was a younger sprout in comics I often wondered if there had been any more women cartoonists than Marie Severin and Ramonda Fradon? What about in France where they loved cartoonistss? The ver very great Claire Bretecher was often mentioned but was that it?

Well, it turns out that all along there were other great French woman cartoonists, including Annie Goetzinger, whose amazing Girl in Dior is out now. Tonight she signs at the Kinokuniya Bookstore before apeparing MoCCA all weekend and going on tour on the below dates:

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One of France’s grand dames of comic art, Annie Goetzinger, will be on hand for the premiere of Girl in Dior at MoCCA Arts Festival, one of her many appearances while visiting the United States.  Other appearances  include a panel at the French Embassy co-sponsored by Christian Dior Couture US and moderated by Dior House illustrator, Bil Donovan and a signing/art display at New York’s Kinokuniya Bookstore.

Below please find Annie Goetzinger’s appearance schedule.

April 10, 2015  6:00 PM
Kinokuniya Bookstore, 6th Ave. Between 40th and 41st Street.  New York
Signing and Exhibit of Original Art from the Book (The art will be up early April through the middle of the month)

April 11 and 12, 2015
MoCCA Fest, Center 548, W. 22nd Street.   New York
Premiere of Girl in Dior and signing at NBM Booth (401, 402) throughout the weekend.  Original art will also be on display.

Annie will appear on the panel, Biography: The Lives of Artists on Sunday at 12:30 alongside James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook and Barbara Stok.

April 13, 2015  7:00PM
French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue (at the corner of 79th), New York
Dior House artist Bil Donovan will moderate a discussion with Annie, followed by a signing at the new “Albertine” bookstore.  Event co-sponsored by Dior.

April 14, 6:30PM
Cambridge Public Library
Talk and signing. Organized by Million Year Picnic, Boston

April 15, 4:00PM
Conference at Smith College
“Girl in Dior: A Conversation With Annie Goetzinger About Fashion, Art, and Her Latest Graphic Novel”.

April 16, 4:00 PM 

Dartmouth College
Annie Goetzinger Discusses Girl in Dior.

April 19, 2:00PM

University of Florida
Annie Goetzinger Discusses Girl in Dior.

April 21, 8:00PM
Books & Books, 65 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
Inauguration of the French Corner, signing.

April 22, 6:30PM
Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour
Presentation and Signing.  Cocktail hour



 

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13. To Do tonight: Drink and Draw like a Lady

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Ladies unite!:

It’s time again for the pre-MoCCA Fest Drink and Draw Like a Lady!

If you are a woman who reads, writes, draws, colors, edits, markets, reviews, or enjoys comics, this party is for you. All ages are welcome, you must be 21 to drink. Ladies only, please.

The party will be held on Friday April 10th from 7 pm to 11:30 pm at The Productive (40 W. 38th Street between 5th and 6th Ave. 5th floor)

This years’ super cute flyer was drawn by Savannah Zambrano. You can see more of her work on her Facebook Artist Page.

Work Made for Hire is generously helping sponsor the event again. If you’re a creative person who wants to protect your rights and get paid fairly for the work you do, check out their services!

Drink and Draw Like a Lady is organized by volunteers. Your donations help us to make the party as awesome as possible! We have a PayPal donation button on the top of our Tumblr page. We also welcome food, drink and cash donations at the party.

Spread the word! Thanks and see you soon!

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14. To do tonight: Spiegelman, Mouly, and Charlie Hebdo: IT’S TOUGH BEING LOVED BY JERKS screening

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And another event, this one a screening of a documentary about one of Charlie Hebdo’s earlier controversies followed by a talk with Art Spigelman and Francoise Mouly:

With TOUGH BEING LOVED BY JERKS, director Daniel Leconte (Fidel Castro: L’enfance d’un chef) offers a real-time account of one of the most important trials in the 21st century and dives deep into the political, ideological and media-related stakes of the trial with all key participants. The film features lawyers, witnesses, the media, editorial conferences, demonstrations of support, as well as the reactions of the prosecutors and of Muslim countries. Given new relevance after the January 7, 2015, attacks at the Charlie Hebdo offices, which left 12 dead and 11 wounded, TOUGH BEING LOVED BY JERKS also features candid interviews (and rarely seen behind-the-scenes moments) with acclaimed Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, such as Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski, who died on January 7. (C) Kino Lorber

 Followed by a conversation with Françoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman, moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.

Location:
SVA Theater 
333 West 23rd Street between 8th and 9th Ave. 
Click here for directions



Ticket info in the link.

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15. To do tonight: Barbara Stok at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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There are a lot of comics events going on around town tonight but here’s a pretty cool one, especially if you’d also like to check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Dutch cartoonist Barbara Stok will speak on her work and her recent portrait of of Vincent van Gogh’s brief and intense period of creativity during his time in the south of France.

The event is free with a museum admission, but you need to RSVP in the link. The museum is also open until 9 pm.
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Stok is known for her candid autobiographical comic strips. In 2009 she won the Stripschapprijs, one of the most prestigious comic awards in the Netherlands, for her entire oeuvre. In addition to her work for newspapers and magazines, she has created nine books. Her book Vincent, a joint initiative by the Van Gogh Museum, the Mondriaan Fund, and Nijgh & Van Ditmar publishers, is the first in SelfMadeHero’s Art Masters series and has been published around the world.


Vincent will be available for purchase in the Uris Center Met Store. Stok will be signing books after the presentation.

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16. MoCCA Debuts from BIrdcage Bottom Books to Youth in Decline

It’s time for our annual look at some of the comics coming out for this weekend’s MoCCA Festival, being held this year at Center 548, is located at 548 W. 22nd Street, just off the Westside Highway, with programming at the High Line Hotel on West 20th Street and 10th Avenue.

And here’s the books we got information on. This is just a teeny tiny smattering of the new stuff available — but scroll down for signings from Fantagraphics, NBM and more. And scroll around Tumblr for more more more, especially the MoCCA Festival tumblr.


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Jeremy Nguyen:

I’m debuting a 20 page collection of my webcomic “Stranger Than Bushwick”, which is currently being serialized on Bushwick Daily. This collection explores a lot of New York by way of Brooklyn, millennial lifestyles, and hot-button issues like catcalling and gentrification.

What may also be of note is that I’ll be giving away limited “Gentrify White” crayons with purchase of the book. The crayons have been featured on Bedford and Bowery here.

 One comic, titled “You Didn’t Actually See A Celebrity in Bushwick“, has also been selected into the Society of Illustrator’s Comic and Cartoon Annual, and will be exhibiting at the SOI gallery from July 21-Aug 15.

Koyama Press
 

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BEACON, Five
The epic conclusion to the serialized graphic novel by Drew Brockington.

In the fall of 1903, when the new lighthouse keeper arrives on the shores of the small New England fishing village with the promise of a better future the town grows uneasy.
Fishermen are superstitious lot, and don’t take kindly to change. The local police soon find their hands full playing mediator between the locals and the government as well as solving the mystery of an unidentified corpse found on their shores.

Drew will debut the book at Mocca 2015 at table 224B, along with plenty of back issues for those who want to start at the beginning.
The first chapter of the series can be read at www.beaconcomic.com


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Jamie TannerTHE CONSUMPTIVE #1, the first issue in a new ongoing mini-comics series. A sort of throwback one-man anthology grab-bag thing. Like a smaller, cheaper, lesser Eightball or something.

Cover attached, and more info available on Kickstarter, where I’m currently raising funds to print an initial batch of copies.

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Borb tells the story an urban Candide who’s misfortunes pile high at an alarming rate. It stings with bits of black humor, yet challenges the reader with the day-to-day details facing the urban homeless. Calling upon the depression-era imagery of Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie) and Frank King (Gasoline Alley), Borb follows the tradition of the comic strip slapstick vagabond, weaving a well-crafted narrative through elegant four-panel gag strips.

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Incidents in the Night follows a fictional version of the author who’s obsessed with a mysterious literary journal and its occult editor. This second book entangles David B.’s previous, autobiographical work Epileptic with that of this series’ fantastical, adventurous tone. The questions posed by the first volume grow more complicated as the lines between dream and reality further blur. This edition is translated by novelist Brian Evenson (Immobility, The Wavering Knife, Fugue State) and Sarah Evenson.


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Travelogue collects the first strips from http://traveloguecomic.com. The comic follows a group of nomadic friends as they travel a fantasy world, and focuses heavily on quiet, introspective moments and world-building.


NBMOn April 11th & 12th, NBM Publishing (Tables 401, 402) once again heads to the MoCCA Arts Festival and we are happy to have attending both cartoonist Annie Goetzinger, who will be appearing to promote the debut of her luscious new book, GIRL IN DIOR and writer Julian Voloj who will be signing copies of his book, the powerful GHETTO BROTHER: WARRIOR TO PEACEMAKER along with the colorful subject of the book, Benjy Melendez.

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The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…

A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.

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Ghetto Brother

An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.

Signing Schedule, Tables 401, 402

Annie will be appearing on the panel, Biography: The Lives of Artists on Sunday April 12 at 12:30pm  alongside cartoonists James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook and Barbara Stok.

Annie, Julian and Benjy will be appearing at the NBM Table throughout the weekend.

SATURDAY

11:30 – 12:30 Annie Goetzinger
1:30 – 3:00 Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez
3:30 – 5:00 Annie Goetzinger
5:00 – 6:00 Julian Voloj


SUNDAY

12:00-1:00 Julian Voloj
1:30-3:00  Annie Goetzinger (immediately following her panel)
3:30-5:00 Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez

Annie, Julian and Benjy are available for select media interviews.  So come on by, meet some cool folks and celebrate comics!


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Dean Haspiel

My new Billy Dogma comic, HEART-SHAPED HOLE, published by Hang Dai Editions, debuting at MoCCA. Described as “Billy Dogma and Jane Legit punch the apocalypse right in the kisser as their eternal war of woo breaks a Trip City-wide hymen.”

28-pages. Full color. Magazine size. Only available for sale directly from me, Dean Haspiel, or from Hang Dai Editions:


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Ken Wong

Origami Comics, table 222 will be debuting “Bonetti’s Defense: I Know Something You Don’t Know About Swordplay in The Princess Bride.” Wong, a former fencer, has definitely studied his Agrippa and his analysis provides history and context of the many fencing terms and actual fencing masters referenced in The Princess Bride movie and book. Who were they? What does it all mean? And does Thibault really cancel Capo Ferro?

This is a standard, 20-page, saddle-stitched comic; this is NOT one of my folded-shape origami comics (but those will also be available for purchase at my table).


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2D Cloud

Independent comics publisher 2d Cloud is debuting their Spring Collection books en force at MoCCA this weekend. All of the collection authors will be attending the festival and participating in a special signing event at Bergen Street Comics, Saturday night at 8 PM, with fellow publishers Koyama Press and Fantagraphics Books.

2dc author Blaise Larmee will also be participating in a MoCCA panel discussion, “Plagiarism as Practice,” also Saturday, at 3:30 PM in the Rusack Room at the Highline Hotel.

The Spring Collection books – 3 Books by Blaise Larmee, Qviet by Andy Burkholder, and Salz and Pfeffer by Émilie Gleason – are now available for pre-orders at 2dcloud.com/shop.

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Blaise Larmee’s 3 Books, the much anticipated follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Young Lions, and his first graphic novel in four years, intertwines three separate narratives on sex and love, revealing Larmee at his most vulnerable and his most arrogant.

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Andy Burkholder’s Qviet is the sum total of a multiyear series that focuses on the abstractions sex and of seeing, and the fluid relations between the two, available for the first time as a collected edition.

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French author Émilie Gleason’s first English language graphic novel, Salz and Pfeffer, is an absurdist tale of magical kingdoms, alien abduction, and fart jail, evoking amusement and disturbed thoughts in equal measure. See more on the spring collection books at 2dcloud.com/shop. For more information


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Youth in Decline

This weekend, Youth in Decline will be exhibiting  on Floor 3 at Table 319B.

At the show, we’ll be debuting the new issue of our ongoing monograph series, FRONTIER #7: JILLIAN TAMAKI.  This issue features Jillian’s new comic “SexCoven” – a 32 pg color story about IRL and online relationships, the seductive and secret world of early internet file-sharing, and life inside a commune (cult?).

Jillian will signing books on Saturday from 12-1pm, and on Sunday from 1-2pm.

In addition to the new Frontier issue, we’ll also have copies of previous Frontier issues, RAV 1ST COLLECTION by Mickey Zacchilli, Snackies by Nick Sumida, Wacky Wacko Magazine #1 by Seth Bogart, Love Songs for Monsters by Anthony Ha, and our stickers and patches!


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Seth Kushner

Seth Kushner’s SECRET SAUCE Comix #! published by Hang Dai Editions, debuting at MoCCA Fest on April 11:
36-pages. Full color. Standard comic book size. For now, only available for sale directly from me, Seth Kushner, or from Hang Dai Editions: http://hangdaieditions.com/


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Josh Neufeld

VAGABONDS #4, published by Hang Dai Editions (HDE), which will be debuting at this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival.

“Josh Neufeld’s The Vagabonds #4 serves up a spicy blend of journalism, social commentary, memoir, and literary fiction. This issue features Neufeld’s story of racial profiling at the U.S./Canadian border and three collaborations with Neufeld’s wife, writer Sari Wilson. Throw in a couple of light-hearted travel tips, and The Vagabonds #4 is chock-full of the thought-provoking and witty comics Neufeld is known for.”

24 pages. Full color. Only available for sale directly from me, Josh Neufeld, or from Hang Dai Editions.

It’s been wonderful to be able to revive The Vagabonds (previously published by Alternative Comics) after an eight-year “hiatus.” It’s really nice to have a place to collect assorted pieces of mine from the last few years, as well as have a venue for new work. I’ve spent the last half-decade or so in the trade books graphic novel arena (publishing A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge with Pantheon and The Influencing Machine with W.W. Norton) and pursuing comics journalism (including winning a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship). As wonderful as it was to work with those major publishers, I really missed the world of alternative comic books and indy shows. What draws me to Hang Dai is the emphasis on creator-owned publications and personal interactions with readers. There was a great quote from an interview with the HDE guys that went like this: “You’ll get the books made by hand from the hands of their creators, which puts the ‘artist’ back in ‘comic arts,’ and puts you, the reader, in a position to engage directly with creators.” I cut my teeth in this business through self-publishing, and it’s refreshing to go back to my DIY days.

I’ll be with the rest of the HDE gang at table 314, Third Floor (Yellow Zone), at the new location, Center 548, 548 W. 22nd St., NYC.


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Nobrow/Flying Eye

Nobrow is thrilled to be exhibiting again, and this year’s MoCCA is extra exciting because not only will it be held at a brand new venue, but we will also be debuting three amazing titles from Flying Eye Books!

The latest from our Dahlov Ipcar collection of reprints, Black and White, will make its debut at MoCCA alongside Rilla Alexander’s inspiring Her Idea, and David Lucas’ hilarious This Is My Rock.  We’ll also be carrying some of your old favorites like Luke Pearson’s Hilda series, Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner Bianca Bagnarelli’s Fish, our handsome line of Leporellos, and plenty, plenty more.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars, this is going to be a big weekend!  The Nobrow team will be in attendance at tables 208 – 211 on both days of MoCCA, April 11th & 12th, at its new location Center548, 548 West 22nd St. in New York City.  We can’t wait to see you there!


Birdcage Bottom Books

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These will be debuting at MoCCA Fest 2015 in NYC on April 11 & 12, but are available for pre-order now.

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Also in the works is the first issue of Jamie Vayda & Alan King’s “Left Empty” in which Alan relates the aftermath of losing his wife to cancer.


Fantagraphics

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 The Kurdles by Robert Goodin In the spirit of Hergé’s Tintin or Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge, The Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange. Sally is a teddy bear who gets separated from her owner. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home to a most peculiar group of characters in the midst of their own crisis; their forest house is trying to run away! Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin’s stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children. Out in Stores: late April 2015 $24.99

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 Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan’s career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. All the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, in one toilet-ready brick shithouse, taking full advantage of the medium’s absurdist potential for maximum laughs. Out in Stores: April 2015 $49.99

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• Violent Girls by Richard Sala (FU Press) A limited edition portfolio featuring 44 action portraits lovingly inspired by the kind of dangerous females who have populated pulp fiction and B-movies throughout the history of pop culture-blazing their way through every kind of genre, potboiler, cliffhanger, and fever dream imaginable. Available exclusively at comic conventions and at the Fantagraphics online store, $35.00

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 The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Tower of Babel in the “Art” World by Jonah Kinigstein (FU Press) is an 80 page oversized landscape-format softcover collecting Kinigstein’s political cartoons inveighing against the trends of abstract and modern art through the 20th century. Meticulously rendered in pen and ink in the tradition of George Townshend and James Gilray, the elaborate compositions skewer artists, curators, and critics. Out exclusively in comic stores, conventions and on our website now, $30.00

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• Willard Mullin’s Casey at the Bat by Willard Mullin and Ernest Thayer In 1953, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the World Series, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin created images illustrating one of America’s best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat.” With a preface by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both “Casey” and Mullin’s images by noted baseball historian Tim Wiles, this edition of “Casey” is the most authentic ever produced. A keepsake for the ages. Available now, $9.99.
SIGNING SCHEDULE Tabling at 204-207 Second Floor (Red Zone)
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First Second Books

First Second will be exhibiting at this year’s MoCCA Art Festival!  You can find us at table 404.
We’ll be there with amazing authors Box Brown (Andre the Giant), Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer), and MoCCA Art Festival Guest of Honor Scott McCloud (The Sculptor)!

Here’s our signing schedule:
Saturday
12:30pm — Scott McCloud In Conversation (at the High Line Hotel)
2:00pm — Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer) signing
2:30pm — Scott McCloud (The Sculptor) signing with the CBLDF



Sunday
12:00pm — Scott McCloud (The Sculptor) signing
2:00pm — Box Brown (Andre the Giant) signing


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Rebus Books

Rebus will be exhibiting along with Domino Books andSpider’s Pee-Paw. They’ll have a bunch of VERY LIMITED QUANTITY of imported international books, including Yuichi Yokoyama Baby Boom (above) the first edition of Olivier Schrauwen’s My Boy and much more. Go to the above link for details, but if the names Yokoyama and Schrauwen for you excited, I’d make a beeline if I were you.

Rebus Books will also host Ilan Manouach and Gea Philes. Manouach will have with him a sample board from Shapereader, his 57-plate graphic novel for the blind and visually impaired.

Copies of books by Manouach will also be available, including his book Écologie Forcée, the détourned comic Riki Fermier, and MetaKatz, chronicling the publication of Katz. A privately owned copy of Katz will also be available for on-site viewing.

Gea Philes is a Chilean-born, multidisciplinary artist based in New York. Her work encompasses drawing, painting, illustration, comics, photography, and film, including music videos for Momus and Jeffrey Bützer. Philes’s new zines, including I Sold My Soul to the Devil, will preview her forthcoming art book from Toulouse-based publisher Timeless Editions.

Finally, submissions for The Best American Comics 2016 will be accepted at the Rebus Books table. Any new, North American work published between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015 is eligible for The Best American Comics 2016. If Series Editor Bill Kartalopoulos is not present at the table, material can be given to anyone working Table 226 and it will be included with BAC 2016 submissions. 





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17. Tonight and Tomorrow in NYC: European Animation Festival

A chance for New Yorkers to see the latest, cream of the crop European animation.

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18. Bethany Chase & Joyce Wan Get Booked

bowHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Author Jeffrey Bennett will headline a signing session at the Dyer Observatory (Vanderbilt University). See him on Wednesday, April 8th starting 7 p.m. (Brentwood, TN)

Writer Bethany Chase will discuss her novel The One That Got Away at BookCourt. Hear her on Thursday, April 9th starting 7 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

Father Norm Supancheck will appear at Barnes & Noble (Valencia branch) to talk about his memoir, When Love Calls. Meet him on Friday, April 10th starting 7 p.m. (Valencia, CA)

Children’s books creator Joyce Wan will celebrate the launch of her picture book, The Whale in My Swimming Pool, at Books of Wonder. Join in on Saturday, April 11th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (New York, NY)

The next session of the Franklin Park Reading Series will feature appearances from five writers. Check it out on Monday, April 13th at the Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden starting 8 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

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19. Kids Comics Con set for April 25th in the Bronx

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Long before comics for younger readers were fashionable, there was Kids Comic Con, the brainchild of writer Alex Simmons. The ninth edition of the event will be held this year on April 25th at the Bronx Community College from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be comics guests, workshops, face painting and everything else needed for a fun family day.

All the info on the fest is presented below the fold.

The annual event continues KCC’s mission to encourage positivity through imagination and creativity, with special kid-targeted programming including drawing workshops, special presentations, cosplayers, panels and autograph signings by a variety of comics industry and children’s entertainment professionals.

“KCC’s primary goal is to promote reading, creativity, and exploration in kids’ lives,” KCC organizer Alex Simmons said. “We believe it’s so important that young people embrace a continuous flow of positive ideas, skills, and outlets for their thinking as well as self-esteem.”

 Guests already confirmed for the April 25th event include:

 

  • Alex Simmons (comics writer-playwright-educator, Archie, Scooby Doo, Tarzan)
  • Alitha Martinez (artist, Marvel, DC, Archie, etc.)
  • Louis Henry Mitchell (Sesame Street Workshop artist & art director)
  • Diana Leto (artist on Tarzan, My Little Pony, artist/co-creator of Halloween Legion)
  • Emilio Velez Jr. (artist/creator of The Dodgeball Teens)
  • Ray Felix (comics artist-creator/Bronx Heroes)
  • Gregory Garay (Visual Verbosity)
  • Joey Endres and Jesus Marquez (artists and co-creators, Space Scamps)
  • Jim Salicrup (Papercutz)
  • John-Marc Grob/JMG Studio (multimedia studio – FriendFish children’s books, comics, animation)
  • Matt Herring (comics author, and host of Secret Identity podcast )
  • Mark Mariano (Happyloo, Flabbergast creator-artist)
  • Paul Castiglia (comic writer and editor, Archie, DC, Dark Horse)
  • Pronto Comics (comics publishers)
  • Scary Monsters Nice Sprites
  • Tim Fielder (creator/animator of Matty’s Rocket)
  • Mike Lopez (educator, kids’ comics advocate)

 

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An exciting new addition to this year’s programming will be role-playing card game tournaments featuring Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic, the Gathering. The Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments will be open to both Junior ($7 entry fee) and Expert ($12 entry fee) levels. Yu-Gi-Oh! contestants will receive one free booster pack with entry. The Magic tournament will be a Star City Games open trial. Both tournaments are sponsored by The Lair, the Bronx’s premiere comics and gaming store, “Where Collectors Dwell!” The tournaments are open to all ages and prizes will be given for both. Visit www.facebook.com/thelair1808 for more information.

More guests, panels, workshops and special presentations in the works for KCC 9 will be announced soon, including some one-of-a-kind, interactive experiences not to be missed!

Preceding the flagship event, on April 11 and 12 the KCC Road Show crew will travel to the Meadowlands, New Jersey to take part in the “Kids Love Comics Pavilion” at the first-ever East Coast Comic Con.

“The ‘Kids Love Comics Pavilion’ offers a wonderful opportunity for KCC to bring its ‘comics and kids: perfect together!’ message to the masses. The organizers of East Coast Comic Con are very supportive of kids’ comics and we appreciate the opportunity to exhibit there,” said Simmons.

KCC-affiliated guests for the East Coast Comic Con’s “Kids Love Comics Pavilion” include the afore-mentioned Simmons, Fielder, Castiglia, Leto, Mariano, Endres and Grob, along with:

  • Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (puppeteer and voice of Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby)
  • Noel MacNeal (Writer, Director, Puppeteer, voice of Bear in the Big Blue House)

In addition to having artists at the table doing sketches and demonstrating drawing tricks, KCC will be offering special programming during the East Coast Comic Con including:

“Sci-Tech Heroes”: In this amazing hands-on workshop Alex Simmons demonstrates how to explore and create superheroes and villains using the boundless regions of science and the imaginative realm of comics. Kids will discuss the powers and abilities of popular comic book characters, and then create their own.

“Try Your ‘Hand’ at Puppets”: Emmy nominated puppeteer Noel MacNeal will conduct a “puppeteering workshop” based on his best-selling book, 10-Minute Puppets. Learn the pro puppeteers’ “secrets of lip-sync and manipulation, make a simple puppet, and operate professionally made puppets!

 

“Jump Start Your Imagination!”: Leslie Carrara-Rudolph and her wonderful puppet friend Lolly Lardpop are committed to spreading joy and the power of creativity though this wonderful and wacky interactive workshop. Join them as Leslie shows kids how to have fun through puppetry, imagination, and the creative arts!

 

“Pixel Portraits”: A Digital Storytelling Workshop by the creator of Matty’s Rocket, Tim Fielder, showcasing his storyboarding process of panel-to-panel techniques for comics, animation and film.

 

Autograph signing schedules for both the East Coast Comic Con and KCC 9 will be announced at a future date, as will post-KCC 9 events in the works for the Road Show team.

 

“Since 2007 our annual Kids Comic Con event has introduced thousands of kids and families to the power of imagination and creativity,” added Simmons. “Our Road Shows have traveled from everywhere from Chicago to Miami, from Jamaica to Africa, and we continue to bring interactive programming to Ronald McDonald House NYC and partner with them, and others, in its fight for children against cancer.”

 

This year’s KCC events follow a very successful 2014 that found the KCC team not only organizing KCC 8 but also revving up the “KCC Roadshow” for special events including The South Carolina Book Festival, Chicago’s C2E2 and Awesome Con in Washington, DC. The team also participated in two special happenings for Ronald McDonald House (RMH), including a Sesame Street-themed NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) reunion party of children born prematurely, and the first ever “Superhero For a Day” event for the patients and families staying at RMH.

 

Simmons added, “This year, we’re launching a program called ‘KCC International Comic Club.’ Our inaugural effort will unites student and teachers in the United States, Senegal, and Ireland in a collaborative, comics-creating project. A formal announcement detailing this project as well as other upcoming KCC events will be made soon.”

 

The 2015 KIDS COMIC CON is set for April 25 at Bronx Community College, 181st Street and University Avenue, Bronx, NY from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information and up-to-the-minute programming updates, please visit www.facebook.com/KidsComiCon.

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20. ECCC’15: The SECRET WARS Marvel’s Telling Everyone About

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Marvel held a fan panel for their upcoming Secret Wars event. Their big ECCC panel wasn’t an announcement dropper, but it did reveal some key information readers have been curious about. On the deus was C.B Cebulski, Rick Remender, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Charles Soule. Moderator, Mike Marts jokingly asked Cebulski how he wanted to start things.

“Fight!” Remender chimed in.

Remender then jumped in to talking about Hail Hydra, his contribution to Battleworld. As we knew, the book will be about Ian Rogers being caught in a Hydra ruled world. Remender gushed about once again re-teaming with Winter Soldier collaborator Roland Boschi.

Soule was up next talking about Attilan Rising He compared it to Casablanca of all things. The writer talked about the book having a civil war in it and also taking part on the Civil War piece of battleworld where Captain America never surrendered to Iron Man.

“Aviation Porn” were the words used to describe DeConnick’s Carol Corps book. The intriguing part of the story is that there are no stars in Battleworld’s sky. This made for the interesting conflict of Carol wanting to go up to explore the sky while others wanted to keep her down.

The panel then opened up to Q&A:

It opened with a point many readers have been wondering about. With the current Marvel U ending what memories and continuity will be erased?

Cebulski made it crystal clear, everything that came before will still count. They stood behind their statement of this not being a reboot.

A fan asked about the Fantastic Four’s place in the Marvel Universe and if they’d been downplayed because of the movies?

Cebulsk defended the publishing position of the films not influencing the comics. He even revealed that there would definitely be a Fantastic Four book post Secret Wars.

The question of Secret Wars being used to undo the status quo of Wolverine, Captain America, and Thor was brought up.

Remender interjected, “What comes out of Secret Wars is secret but it will not undo the work we’ve done.” The example of female Thor’s success was given. Jason Aaron will be telling that story for as long as he wants because it stuck with readers.

Another fan asked about Miles Morales being the Marvel U’s main Spidey.

Peter Parker is still going to be around, he’s not going anywhere.” Said Cebulski.

The last question was about a possible return for Richard Rider (Nova).

Mart’s answered by letting everyone know Duggan has more story to tell with the current Nova Sam Alexander.

The panel wrapped and no matter what Secret Wars is coming. Marvel did try to make it clear that if you want to skip the orbiting books and stick to the spine story; readers can do that. We won’t have to wait long to find out if that’s true as the event is rapidly approaching its launch date.

Are you relieved to find out Peter Parker will still be in the Marvel U? Do you buy that this isn’t Marvel’s reboot? Who do you want for your Captain America going forward?

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21. BookRiot & The Harry Potter Alliance Team Up to Host a BYOB Book Drive

World Book Night UK 2015Earlier this year, the organizers behind the United States version of World Book Night announced its shut down. To retain some presence of this beloved event in this country, BookRiot and Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) will host a BYOB Book Drive.

In this case, BYOB stands for “bring your own, outrageous, outstanding, overflowing books.” Four meet-ups will take place on April 23rd (the same night as this year’s United Kingdom edition of World Book Night) in Chicago, Richmond, Washington, and New York City.

Here’s more from the announcement: “While we can’t provide multiple copies of favorite books to givers, we figure that if you’re anything like us you’ve got mountains of beloved books at home that you’re more than willing to share with others. So set aside some to donate, swap favorites and stories with fellow participants, and help the HPA’s Accio Books campaign reach this year’s goal of 60,000 books collected. With our powers combined!”

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22. Poetry Festivals & YA Lit Discussions Get Booked

92YHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Four young adult writers are set to participate on a panel called “New Twists On Old Fairytales.” Hear them on Tuesday, March 31st at the 92Y (on Lexington Ave.) starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

The Miami Poetry Festival will take place throughout the entirety of April. Join in from April 1st to April 30th for events throughout the entire city. (Miami, FL)

The next session of the “Selected Series” event will focus on April Foolery. Check it out on Wednesday, April 1st at Symphony Space starting 7:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

Author Jeffrey Bennett will sign copies of his book What is Relativity? at the UTA Maverick Activity Center. Meet him on Wednesday, April 1st starting 7:30 p.m. (Arlington, TX)

Three young adult authors will take part in the “Great Teen Reads” panel at Books of Wonder. See them on Sunday, April 5th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (New York, NY)

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23. Kickstarter unveils a month of comics events

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Since launching, Kickstarter has funded 2,652 comics projects, raising $37 million. Comics have a 49.72% success rate—the fourth highest after dance, music and theater, so it’s a well established category for the crowdfunding giant.

In the month of April, Kickstarter’s Brooklyn office will host several comics related seminars and events. You can RSVP for all of these on the Kickstarter page, but here’s a rundown, with a pair of events this Thursday.

Kickstarter 101: Starting Your Comics Project
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6:00 pm
at 58 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY 11122
Host: Jamie Tanner (Kickstarter, “The Black Well”)
Special Guests: Molly Ostertag (“Strong Female Protagonist”), Ray Sumser (“The Entire Cartoon Universe”), Hazel Newlevant (“Chainmail Bikini”)
Whether you’re a writer or artist, working in print or online, there are great ways for you to use Kickstarter. This primer will show you how to bring your Comics project to life. A panel of experts will discuss how to structure your campaign to tell your story, come up with great rewards, and spread the word about your project.

Kickstarter 201: Comics Rewards & Fulfillment
APR 2
7:45 pm
at 58 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY 11122
Host: Craig Engler (Kickstarter, “Lovecraft: The Blasphemously Large First Issue”)
Special Guests: Heather Antos (“Unlawful Good”), Amy Chu (“Girls Night Out”), George Rohac (CEO, Breadpig)
Join us for a candid and in-depth talk on creating and fulfilling rewards for your Comics project. This panel discussion will explore the virtues of digital vs. print rewards, unique experiences you can offer your backers, and the always-popular subject of shipping costs.

Talking Shop: An Evening with Bill Plympton
APR 7
7:00 pm
at 58 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY 11122
Moderator: Signe Baumane (“Rocks in My Pockets“)
Join two-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bill Plympton as he screens his award-winning, animated feature film, “Cheatin’” — a tale of love, jealousy, revenge, and murder. Following the screening, Bill will discuss the making of the film — and its 40,000 hand-drawn frames — with moderator Signe Baumane, and take questions from audience.

Talking Shop: Comics in the Past, Present, and Future
APR 22
7:00 pm
at 58 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY 11122
Moderator: Charles Brownstein (Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund)
Special Guests: Karen Green (producer of “She Makes Comics,” Graphic Novel Librarian at Columbia University), Locust Moon Press (publishers of “Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream”), John Roberts (Comixology)
Across genres and styles, comics have gone through significant transformations in their century-plus of popularity. This lively evening of talks with industry all-stars will explore how comics have evolved, and dig into their fascinating history, development, culture — and what the future might hold.

Introduction to Comic Book Drawing with Josh Bayer
APR 25
12:00 pm
at 58 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY 11122
Special Guest: Josh Bayer
Writer, teacher, and editor Josh Bayer will discuss comics tips and best practices in this two-hour workshop aimed at adults. Attendees will also get to put what they’ve learned into action with an actual comics-making exercise. Josh is the editor of the comics anthology “Suspect Device,” author of the comics “Raw Power,” “Rom Prison Riot,” and “Theth,” and a contributor to “Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever,” among many other small press anthologies. He has been drawing underground comics since 1988.

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24. Save the Date

Save the Date for an "All My Stripes"  book signing!  See you there!


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25. Writing for Youth and Children's Television in a Multimedia Age: A Presentation by Ochre Media lead by Nomvuyo Mzamane

Venue: Rosebank (Address will be sent to respondents) Date: Thursday 16 April 2015 Time: 10:00 - 13:00 Cost: Lunch at own cost in nearby restaurant RSVP: By 10 April to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za Ever wondered how children’s television programmes are produced. This is a great opportunity to find out about multimedia spaces. Both writers and illustrators are welcome. Ochre Media is an

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