Monday, September 18, 2017
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - September 18, 2017 - Returning to the Baltimore Convention Center in the beautiful Inner Harbor, the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con takes place this weekend, September 22-24, 2017. Online ticket sales are available through Thursday, September 21.
Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the Amulet graphic novel series and the cover artist for the anniversary edition of Harry Potter, comes to Baltimore Comic-Con as part of Kids Love Comics.
New York Times bestseller Kazu Kibuishi's magical graphic novels have taken the book world by storm, and now that magic is coming to the Baltimore Comic-Con September 22-24! Mr. Kibuishi will be on hand all weekend (Booth #3013 in the Kids Love Comics Area) to meet his fans, sign his books, and share his process in creating graphic novels. Copies of Mr. Kibuishi's books will be available for purchase if anyone forgets to bring a copy to have signed!
Ask any class of kids across America about the graphic novel series Amulet, and you will probably hear an excited description of adventure, kid heroes, and amazing creatures, all said with a big smile. Featuring magic, elves, robots, demons, and anthropomorphic animals, Amulet has become a bright light for reluctant readers and excited book lovers alike.
Kibuishi will be giving FREE talks on his process of creating comics on Saturday at the Baltimore Comic-Con, as part of the perennial convention's Kids Love Comics educational and entertainment initiative.
"Baltimore Comic-Con is not only a wonderful comic convention," said John Gallagher, Kids Love Comic Executive Director, "it's an incredible, family-friendly event. Kazu's inclusion at the show is a natural progression of BCC's dedication to inspiring young people to read and enjoy the magic of comics."
Mr. Kibuishi's programming (just a part of the weekend-long kids programming and classes) at the show is as follows:
Kids Love Comics Area
1:00-2:00 - Panel Party with Mark Mariano and Kazu Kibuishi
You are cordially invited you to the Panel Party, where your imagination, storytelling ability, and art skills will be welcomed and celebrated. Simply put, we are going to have a blast making comics together! Warning: attending this party may result in you throwing your own Panel Party at home!
2:45-3:45 - Amulet Graphic Novel: Behind-the-Scenes
Presentation and Q&A with author Kazu Kibuishi on the creation of the Amulet graphic novel series for Scholastic Graphix. Explore the process of creating adventures for all ages!
11:00-12:00 - Writing for Young Readers
How is writing for young readers unique? What are the rewards and challenges? Are any themes off limits? Join Kazu Kibuishi, Barry Lyga, Andy Runton, Hope Larson, Louise Simonson, and moderator Charlie Kochman as they explore writing for young readers.
Limited copies of Kazu Kibuishi's books will be on hand for purchase, courtesy of Captain Bluehen Comics, Newark, DE and Kids Love Comics (www.kidslovecomics.net).
Date and Time
Alliance Française de Washington DC
2142 Wyoming Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20008
French author Pénélope Bagieu will discusses her work at the Alliance Française de Washington!
About the author:
Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982, to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Her books with First Second include Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin'.
About the moderator:
Michael Cavna is an American columnist and cartoonist for The Washington Post. His favorite interviews have included Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi, Sylvain Chomet, Tim Burton, Bill Watterson and Garry Trudeau.
This event will be in English
The book will be available for purchase the evening of the event.
AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $10 + Processing Fees
General Admission: $15 + Processing Fees
What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?
I'm a writer and illustrator of comics, webcomics, and graphic novels - or any combination of those three. I've illustrated comics for Oni Press, Archie, Image, NBM and others.
How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?
For all of my recent books I've drawn and colored digitally using a Wacom tablet.
When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born?
I was born in 1981 in Albany, NY.
What is your training and/or education in cartooning?
I completed a year of art school at Savannah College Of Art And Design, and then finished my training at The Kubert School, graduating in 2005.
Who are your influences?
My big ones are Dan Clowes, Chester Brown, and Gilbert Hernandez.
If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?
I wish I would've had more confidence to start writing my own projects earlier. But along the way I've worked with many very talented writers and learned so much from each of them.
What work are you best-known for?
I co-created and illustrated a webcomic-turned-graphic novel called She Died In Terrebonne, written by Kevin Church. It's been highly acclaimed by critics and often cited as one of the best Noir comics ever published.
What work are you most proud of?
The comics I'm most proud of are all the minicomics that were eventually collected in Teej Comix, and the new book, Pride Of The Decent Man. I made them all in a similar process, using loose outlines and giving myself some room to change things on the page as I went along. Some things work better as comics if you stay flexible with the final product rather than sticking with a set script.
Terry Nantier, the founder and publisher of NBM Graphic Novels, saw something he liked in my initial proposal submission, and made me an offer quite early in the process. I thought it was a good fit for their catalog, and seeing it finished and in book form, I feel that even more. There's a sensibility to all their books of trying to elevate the art form of comics, while also bringing in a general crossover audience. I like graphic novels I can hand to any random book or art lover on the street, and have them get something out of it - and maybe seek out other comics after that. I think many of the NBM graphic novels have that quality.
What would you like to do or work on in the future?
I'd like to do more original graphic novels as well as shorter comics. Right now I'm in the very early stages of a nonfiction graphic novel project.
As an artist, my recent solution to getting out of a rut is to redraw very old work of mine. It's great for self confidence, in that you see your improvement since the earlier version of the piece.
Hopefully it will be more innovative comics being made, and respect for the work by the general public, but who knows?
How was your SPX experience?
SPX was great, as always. It's a very inspiring atmosphere. I've been coming since 2008 and it's been my favorite show ever since - no contest. I've met several of my cartooning heroes, and made some great friends I see every time I come back.
When you've been at SPX previously, have you been selling self-published books?
My first time exhibiting I was with Oni Press, debuting a comic called Uncle Slam Fights Back. Most other times I shared space with Jonathan Baylis, who writes an autobiographical comic series called So Buttons. It's in the same vein as Harvey Pekar's work - only a bit more upbeat. I've been contributing art to that series since the first issue ten years ago. But yes, sometimes I'll be showcasing self published minis, or other work I'd done for Oni Press and others.
Is the experience different when at a table of a mid-level publisher?
It gets wayyyyy too hot in the summer! Maybe I just need to visit closer to the colder months.
I like them all, but the Lincoln Memorial is one I always need to see. The Holocaust Museum is something everyone needs to see.
How about a favorite local restaurant?
There's a small place in Bethesda called the Lilit Cafe that has the most amazing gluten free crabcakes. I didn't have enough time this year to go since I was only around for a day, but that always a necessary stop. There's also Ella's Wood-Fired Pizza across from the National Portrait Gallery that has great gluten free pizza. I've got Celiac disease so these stand out for me.
You can find out more about me and my work at www.tjkirsch.com - and you'll find links to all my various social media, info about my books and more.
Memories Through Lunch and Art: Dad decorates daughter's lunch bags
Fox5's Good Day DC Sep 18, 2017http://www.fox5dc.com/good-
Arlington cartoonist Mike Jenkins has made lasting memories with his daughter -- one lunch bag at a time.
Emil Ferris's graphic novel 'Monsters' tops diverse slate of 2017 Ignatz Award winners
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 18 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
For Immediate Release Contact: Warren Bernard
Where: Library of Congress Madison Building
West Dining Room, 6th floor
Metro Stop: Capitol South
When: Friday, September 15, 2017, 12:00 noon-1:00 PM
A trend that began in the 1940s continues today—challenges to comic books! Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the non-profit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, will share the history of comic book censorship from the medium's origins to the present day.
Participants will learn about the history of comic book censorship, and how that history still informs challenges to graphic novels happening right now. Learn what CBLDF does to protect this valuable medium, discover some of the most frequently challenged comics and graphic novels, and what you can do to make a difference.
Emerge from this session with a new or renewed passion for comics, graphic novels, and manga and as a strong advocate for protecting this form of free speech!
A selection of comic books from the Serial and Government Publications Division will be on display.
This is the sixth annual SPX festival program sponsored by the Serial & Government Publications Division.
This Student Brings Lunch to School in Works of Art
NBC Nightly News Sep 14 2017
Every day, Maggie Jenkins' turkey sandwiches come wrapped in a hand made, one of a kind work of art courtesy of her dad Mike, a political cartoonist turned caricature artist.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Bethesda, Maryland / September 16-17
Appearing Saturday Only:
Special Guest: Anais Depommier (Sartre)
Guests: T.J. Kirsch (Pride of The Decent Man), Kata Kane (Ana & The Cosmic Race, Papercutz)
Panel: Filling In The Pieces: Comics Biography
White Flint Auditorium 9/16 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
When doing a comics biography, how do cartoonists approach the material they have at hand? For Box Brown, who did a biography of Andre the Giant, he struggled to find material that might reveal the wrestler's inner life. Anais Depommier had to sift through a mountain of material for her biography of Jean-Paul Sartre, a task made all the more difficult considering how much the philosopher wrote about himself. Luke Howard had to deal with a historically and racially sensitive topic in ragtime creator Ernest Hogan. Moderator Chris Mautner will lead the discussion. Anais Depommier appears courtesy of a grant by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Saturday (Booth G-1-2)