Intro to Comix Creation ONLINE class for kids!

A young person helps Jason design Traffic Man, a superhero!

Hey friends with kids! We have a SPECIAL OFFER for you!

Since many of us are stuck at home, a friend of the Million Year Picnic — Harvard Instructor Jason Wiser — has offered to teach a class online, Intro to Comix Creation, to kids 8 and older. This would be a one-week class, running from Monday, 23 March 2020 through Friday, 27 March 2020, live at 11am and going for an hour each day. Each lesson will be recorded so that if you are not available for the live version, you or your child can watch it later that day. But note that Jason has already lined up a teaching assistant to help him respond to questions in real time. He’s also hoping to organize the students into small chat groups with kids of the same age (Note this is why we are asking for the names and ages of the children enrolled.)

– Intro to Comix Creation
– $50 per household (five 1-hour classes)
– Monday, 3/23 through Friday, 3/27 at 11am
– Please provide your email address (for the URL to connect you and your child to the class; no special software is needed; you’ll receive the link about a half-hour before class starts at 11am) as well as the first name(s) and the age(s) of your child (or children)

Payment can be made in person at the Million Year Picnic (99 Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge), on the phone with a credit card (617-492-6763), or via PayPal to blanton7772000@yahoo.com (but please don’t email that address; put your email and the names/ages of your child/children in the “Add a note” section).

We will cap this class at 50 students, so act fast! Registration ENDS on SATURDAY, 21 March 2020!

ABOUT THE TEACHER:
Jason Wiser is a Harvard Instructor of Comics, Animation, and Game Development. His comics work has been published in the Boston Globe, his animation has appeared on the Disney TV show “Greek” and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and his published games include the award-winning cooperative card game for kids “Monsters in the Elevator” (www.YayaPlay.com/MITE).

PLEASE SHARE THIS AROUND! Even if you don’t have kids, your friends might be interested! Jason is kindly letting us keep the proceeds of this venture to raise money for the shop while we’re all practicing social distancing.

Thank you,
The MYP Crew
99 MT Auburn ST (downstairs)
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-492-6763
millionyearpicnic@yahoo.com
https://www.themillionyearpicnic.com/

Spring Comics Workshop

SPRING COMICS WORKSHOP

Free! For kids & teens!

Saturday, 13 May 2017, from 1-3pm at the Cambridge Public Library (449 Broadway)

Sponsored by US! (The MYP), The Boston Comics Roundtable, and the Cambridge Public Library

Free Comic Book Day 2017, Saturday 5/6 only!

The Sale:

20% off ALL new comics AND trades from Marvel and DC
10% off ALL kids’ graphic novels
30% off ALL Adventure Time issues and trade paperbacks

The Schedule:

9:30am-11am – Robot Camp (Jordan Stillman, LJ-Baptiste, & Neil Johnson)

11am-1pm – Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb

1-2:30pm – Jerel Dye and Barry Corbett

2:30-4pm – Jay Kennedy

The Schedule Plus Biographies:

9:30am-11am – Robot Camp (Jordan Stillman, LJ-Baptiste, & Neil Johnson)

Robot Camp is a collective and network of artists. We support and publish many creative endeavors, including, but not limited to, anthologies, single issue comics, graphic novels, prose, and more. We are interested in creating physical objects. Find out more at www.robotcampcomics.com.

Jordan Stillman is a writer and editor from Boston, MA. She is the Co-Director of Robot Camp and enjoys hot cups of tea, cats, and singing loudly.

LJ-Baptiste is an artist from Dorchester, MA. He writes and draws comics both for print and web. His current project is his ongoing webcomic series COMIXSCAPE, which can be read at www.comixscape.net.

Neil Johnson is a writer and cartoonist who works and lives in Boston, MA. You can find his most recent work at www.neiltheghost.com.

11am-1pm – Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb

Braden Lamb grew up in Seattle, studied film in upstate New York, and learned about epic sagas in Iceland and Norway. He now lives and works in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife and art partner Shelli Paroline. Together they have illustrated the Eisner Award-winning Adventure Time comics and The Midas Flesh. Braden is also the colorist for several New York Times best-selling graphic novels, including Sisters, The Baby-Sitters Club, and Broxo. bradenlamb.com

Shelli Paroline escaped early on into the world of cartoons and science fiction, and from there launched into a career creating comics. She and her husband Braden Lamb form an Eisner Award-winning art team, collaborating on such series as Adventure Time and The Midas Flesh. Shelli is Co-Director of the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo an annual event highlighting the best in new and local sequential art. She lives and works in Salem, Massachusetts. shelliparoline.com

1-2:30pm – Jerel Dye and Barry Corbett

Jerel Dye is a cartoonist, illustrator, and artist living and working in the Boston area. He has been creating art and comics since 2005 and has produced several self-published mini comics and has created comics stories for anthologies like Inbound, Minimum Paige, Hellbound, and the award winning Little Nemo/Winsor McCay tribute Dream Another Dream. In 2012, he received the MICE comics grant for his mini-comic From the Clouds.

His first graphic novel Pigs Might Fly is due to be released in 2017, by First Second books. Much of his art stems from a deep interest in science and technology though frequently contains a healthy dose of wonder. Jerel Dye received his BFA from Umass Dartmouth in Painting, and his MFA at MassArt in the Studio for Interrelated media. Jerel is also a freelance designer and teaches courses in drawing, cartooning and comics in Massachusetts.

Barry Corbett is a freelance Magazine Cartoonist and Publisher of Comic Books and Webcomics. His Panel Cartoons have appeared in Reader’s Digest, Barron’s, American Legion, Lacrosse Magazine, True West, Prospect, Medical Economics, First Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, & Christianity Today.

Barry released Embrace the Pun in 2006, following by Revenge of the Pun, and The Pun Rides Again. Kitty Nirvana (2008) won a medal at the IPPY Awards. It’s a Cat Thing was released in 2012. Barry publishes Comic Books under the imprint Griffin Comics; Gormon, Star Crossed, and Terminal Velocity.

Terminal Velocity is an autobiographical comic told in a series of short vignettes covering the death of his brother in childhood, his forays into scuba diving and hang gliding, the violence in ice hockey, and his comical attempts to become a skydiver. Find his work at www.corbettfeatures.com.

2:30-4pm – Jay Kennedy

Will Eisner Week Comics Workshop for Kids & Teens

On Saturday, March 11th the Million Year Picnic and the Boston Comics Roundtable are sponsoring a Will Eisner Week Comics Workshop for Kids and Teens!

What: Workshop on Making Comics for Kids & Teens
Where: Cambridge Public Library (main branch, 449 Broadway)
When: 3/11/2017, 1-3pm
How: FREE

Please pass the word to any of your friends with kids! This is a great event with lots of support from local comics creators with real world experience!

Will Eisner Week Million Year Picnic Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Per www.willeisner.com, “Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration honoring the legacy of Will Eisner and promoting sequential art, graphic novel literacy, and free speech.”

Schedule:

  • On Thursday, 3/6, 6:30-8:30pm – Q&A between Denis Kitchen & Paul Hornschemeier
  • On Thursday, 3/6, 10am – Million Year Picnic sale on all WILL EISNER TITLES, 20% off
  • On Saturday, 3/8, 12:30-2:30pm – Comic book workshop for kids at the Cambridge Public Library
  • On Saturday, 3/8, 3-5pm – Workshop creators sign at the Million Year Picnic
  • On Saturday, 3/8, 4-6pm – Gregory Benton signing at the Million Year Picnic
  • On Saturday, 3/8, 10pm – Sale on WILL EISNER TITLES ends

At the invitation of Stephen Weiner, director of the Maynard Public Library in Maynard, MA, Harvard Square comic shop The Million Year Picnic will participate in Will Eisner Week 2014 as its Boston metro-area representative, hosting or co-hosting a series of events, notably two at the Cambridge Public Library. First, to honor the 97th anniversary of Will Eisner’s birth, there will be a Q&A session between cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier (author of MOTHER, COME HOME; THE THREE PARADOXES; the NEW YORK TIMES best seller LIFE WITH MR DANGEROUS; LET US BE PERFECTLY CLEAR; and ALL AND SUNDRY) and underground comics legend Denis Kitchen (cartoonist; author; founder and publisher of Kitchen Sink Press (1969-1999); founder of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; and Mr. Eisner’s friend, publisher, and agent for decades) at 6:30pm on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at the Cambridge Public Library. Books by both authors will be available for purchase, and there will be a book signing after their presentation.

In addition, on Saturday, March 8th from 12:30-2:30pm, the Cambridge Public Library will host a comic book workshop for kids with comics creators Jef Czekaj (author of HIP AND HOP, DON’T STOP!; CAT SECRETS; THE CIRCULATORY STORY; and YES, YES, YAUL!), Shelli Paroline (ADVENTURE TIME; MIDAS FLESH), Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME; MIDAS FLESH), Dan Mazur (independent cartoonist, journalist, teacher, screenwriter and editor; co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable and MICE: the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo), Bob Flynn (SPONGEBOB COMICS; GULP! a Monster Comics Anthology for Kids), Josh Dahl (RAPID CITY), and Dan Moynihan (whose work can be found in NICKELODEON Magazine and HEEBY JEEBY Comix). All seven creators will be signing at the Million Year Picnic from 3-5pm. At 4pm, they will be joined by Gregory Benton (HUMMINGBIRD, B+F), who will be signing from 4pm-6pm.

Will Eisner Week features a series of events to be held early March 2014 in more than a dozen cities around the country to honor the work and career of the great comics innovator Will Eisner (1917-2005), the comics medium, and the graphic novel format.

Finally, The Million Year Picnic comic shop at 99 MT Auburn ST, downstairs, Cambridge, Harvard Square, MA is running a sale of 20% off all Will Eisner books and graphic novels starting 10am Thursday, 3/6 and running through the close of business on Saturday, 3/8.

For more information, please call The Million Year Picnic at 617-492-6763 and ask for Tony Davis (the owner) or Kelly J. Cooper (clerk & communications).

Web sites for more information:
Denis Kitchen: http://www.deniskitchen.com/
Paul Hornschemeier: http://www.forlornfunnies.com/
Shelli Paroline: http://www.shelliparoline.com
Braden Lamb: http://www.bradenlamb.com/
Jef Czekaj: http://www.czekaj.com
Dan Moynihan: http://www.danmoynihan.com/
Bob Flynn: http://www.jinxthemonkey.com/
Dan Mazur: http://www.danmazurcomics.com/
Josh Dahl: http://monolithllc.com/
Gregory Benton: http://www.gregorybenton.com/
The Boston Comics Roundtable: http://www.bostoncomicsroundtable.com/
The Million Year Picnic: https://themillionyearpicnic.com