Monday, September 25, 2006

Festival - Oct 12-14: ICAF Press Release

Date: 26 September 2006
Contact: Marc Singer
202-238-2379 (office)
615-428-2861 (cell)

Jules Feiffer, DC Comics Artists Headline Conference

EVENT: Eleventh Annual International Comic Arts Festival (ICAF)WHEN: Thursday, October 12 – Saturday, October 14, 2006
WHERE: Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress
COST: Free and open to the publicBACKGROUND: The International Comic Arts Festival, an annual conference devoted to the study of comics, returns to the Library of Congress this October for a three-day forum of panels, keynote speeches, artist talks, and exhibitions showcasing work by comic artists and scholars alike.

SPECIAL GUESTS: ICAF is proud to present legendary cartoonist and author Jules Feiffer (Tantrum, The Great Comic Book Heroes), who will speak from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 12. Original drawings and manuscript materials by Feiffer will be on display in the Prints & Photographs Reading room from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

On Saturday afternoon, ICAF presents a behind-the-scenes look at superhero comics. Acclaimed artist Phil Jiminez (Infinite Crisis, The Invisibles) and writer and editor Denny O’Neil (Batman, Green Lantern) will discuss the challenges of addressing political issues in comics. Writer Stuart Moore and artist Jamal Igle (Firestorm) will appear in a panel revealing the step-by-step process of producing and publishing a comic book. Both panels will occur on the afternoon of Saturday, October 14.

ICAF will also feature eighteen academic presentations by comic art scholars from around the world.

SPECIAL EVENT: Rwandan comics artist Rupert Bazambanza (Sourire malgré tout) and American lawyer and conflict mediation expert Ellen Yamshon will speak about comics and the Rwandan genocide at the George Washington University’s Gelman Library at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 13.

SPONSORS: ICAF is pleased to work in collaboration with the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division and the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, and with the support of Foreign Affairs Canada / avec l’appui d’Affaires Étrangèrs Canada. Other sponsors include the Gelman Library, the Washington Post, Andrews McMeel Universal, Jean Schulz, Cartoon Books, and Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.

INFORMATION: For more information, including schedules and sponsors, please visit our official website,, or contact Marc Singer.

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