Friday, September 13, 2019

Local cartoonists on panels or workshops at SPX

Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Glen Echo Room

Clay Sculpture Characters With Liz Reed (Workshop)

Learn how to make miniature clay cakes with Sweet Success & Sweet Competition author/sculptor Liz Reed. Attendees will create their very own unique clay character as Liz guides the class through different sculpting techniques using everyday household items.

Saturday 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

Pigheaded Screening

Join filmmaker John Kinhart as he screens, Pigheaded, his documentary on the life of legendary underground cartoonist Skip Williamson. Kinhart says his film "faithfully portrays Williamson's life as rebellious artist, irreverent pighead and loving family man. Told through candid interviews, animation, and archival photographs, Pigheaded takes you back in time to see the behind the scenes of one of America's most curious art movement." Cartoonist Lance Ward (Blood And Drugs) will lead a Q&A session with Kinhart and Williamson's ex-wife Harriett Hiland after the film

Saturday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm White Oak Room

Science Fiction And Social Justice

Science fiction has long been used as a way to speak out against inequality, colonialism, and other injustices. Moderator and critic Kayleigh Hearn (Women Write About Comics) will lead a discussion with Ezra Claytan Daniels (Bttm Fdrs, Upgrade Soul), Kevin Czap (Fütchi Perf) and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder) on how they address systematic oppression in their comics.

Sunday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Oakley

Exploring Your Immigrant Story & Personal History With Mini Zines (Workshop)

In this workshop, you will work with NPR's Malaka Gharib, the author of I WAS THEIR AMERICAN DREAM: A Graphic Memoir, on using the mini-zine format to explore your personal histories. In a brief presentation, she will discuss the power of mini zines in inspiring artists to make short and completable creative projects that are perfectly sharable in the Instagram age. Using deliberate questions aimed to have participants reflect on their own personal immigration stories, participants will create their own zine. This workshop is intended for anyone with an immigrant story to share, and all are welcome! At the workshop, we hope you will be able to complete one mini zine using a template or your own design.

Sunday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm White Oak Room

Round 3…Fight! Tournaments As Narrative Structure

J.A. Micheline will moderate a discussion on the varied use of tournaments as part of narrative structure in comics. From reimagining the shape and structure of narratives, to representations of violence and reimagining history and historical texts, to the way tournaments appear in children's comics, there's a rich variety of material to explore with Ronald Wimberley (Prince Of Cats), Richie Pope (That Box We Sit On), and Shannon Wright (Twins).

I saw Josh Kramer yesterday, and while he's not tabling at SPX, he is on a panel on comics journalism on Sunday, along with local comics writer Andrew Aydin:

Sunday 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

Graphic Journalism: On The Road

Graphic Journalism doesn't have the immediacy of typical news, but it allows the artist a chance to go in-depth and in-person for long periods of time to get at deeper truths. Award-winning author and policy advisor Andrew Aydin (March) will moderate the panel with road veterans Ted Rall (To Afghanistan And Back: A Graphic Travelogue), Aimee DeJongh (Taxi!), Josh Kramer (The Cartoon Picayune), and Jérôme Tubiana (Guantánamo Kid).

Sunday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm White Oak Room

Depicting Motion In Sports Comics

Sports comics have a long and distinguished tradition, both in America and abroad. They present a unique challenge for cartoonists: trying to find a way to depict dynamic movements in a static medium. Join José Quintinar (Gran Slam), AJ Dungo (In Waves), Rob Ullman (Old-Timey Hockey Tales), and Ellen Lindner (The Cranklet's Chronicle) as they discuss how they bring tennis, surfing, hockey, and baseball (respectively) to life. SPX Executive Director Warren Bernard will moderate and provide his own perspective on sports cartooning with examples of work by Willard Mullin, the pre-eminent sports cartoonist of the 20th Century.

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