FINAL Comix Creation Classes for Kids in 2020!!!

The Million Year Picnic comic shop is still closed to browsing, but that doesn’t mean we’re not working! We’re doing curbside pick-ups, free local deliveries for orders over $15, and shipping all over the country! AND, our friend Jason Wiser is offering THE FINAL COMIX CREATION CLASS FOR KIDS IN 2020! After this class, there will be NO MORE CLASSES in 2020!

The final Level 2 class will run Monday-Friday, August 17-21, 2020, time TBD. Classes will be recorded if you miss a day! We suggest taking Level 1 as a prerequisite, but it’s not required.

These classes run 5 days a week, 1 hour a day through a Zoom link provided by the teacher for kids age 8 and older. Students can participate through an Internet-connected laptop or tablet, and materials are typically paper, pencil, and pen. All work is optional, but kindness is mandatory!

We are offering this class as a Pay-What-You-Can deal (which includes free). To register, either send the suggested $50 fee (that’s per household, so 1 kid or 5 kids, it’s the same price) to the Million Year Picnic comic book store via PayPal to blanton7772000@yahoo.com (but do not email this address as it’s not monitored; you can also use the PayPal button below) OR, simply email millionyearpicnic@yahoo.com to let us know you’d like to register but can’t afford to pay at this time.

IN THE PAYPAL “NOTE” FIELD (or in your email), PLEASE PROVIDE:
(1). Your child’s name
(2). Your child’s age
(3). An email address (to send you the daily Zoom link).

If PayPal doesn’t show you a NOTE field, please email this information to millionyearpicnic@yahoo.com!

(Pay what you can, suggested fee is $50.)

If you have problems with PayPal or need to use a different payment method, please contact us at millionyearpicnic@yahoo.com or call 617-492-6763. Either Tony or Kelly is in the shop every day between 2pm and 6pm (sometimes earlier, sometimes later).

Note that this is a fundraiser for the shop as Jason let’s us keep the bulk of the fees! You’re helping a Black-owned business stay afloat!

If you do not see an email from us by 30 minutes before the start of the first day of class, it might be in your spam folder. Please check, and please email Jason@YayaPlay.com with questions! Jason’s website is http://www.yayaplay.com/classes.html

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).

SHARING IS CARING! THANK YOU!!!

Lillian Melcher Signing Sunday 14 April 2019

Lillian Melcher Signing
Sunday, 4/14, 12-2pm
At the Million Year Picnic, 99 MT Auburn ST, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Lillian Melcher is an illustrator living and working in Boston, MA. Her first book The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, written by Andrea Wulf, is a graphic work of non-fiction exploring the early life of naturalist Alexander Von Humboldt and his contributions to environmentalism. Lillian graduated in 2016 from Parsons School of Design with a degree in illustration. She has been honored with the SCBWI Student Illustrator Scholarship for her picture book portfolio. Her website is http://www.lillianmelcher.com/

Cover image for The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt written by Andrea Wulf and illustrated by Lillian Melcher

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, but his most revolutionary idea was a radical vision of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. His theories and ideas were profoundly influenced by a five-year exploration of South America. Now Andrea Wulf partners with artist Lillian Melcher to bring this daring expedition to life, complete with excerpts from Humboldt’s own diaries, atlases, and publications. She gives us an intimate portrait of the man who predicted human-induced climate change, fashioned poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and influenced iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, and John Muir. This gorgeous account of the expedition not only shows how Humboldt honed his groundbreaking understanding of the natural world but also illuminates the man and his passions.

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Colin Cantwell Signing Saturday 13 April 2019

Colin Cantwell, creator and model builder of the original Star Wars Ships is appearing at Million Year Picnic on Saturday April 13th 12-2pm (12:30pm presentation).

Colin Cantwell is the original concept artist and model builder for all things that flew in the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope. His designs include the X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Death Star, Star Destroyer, and others.

Saturday April 13th, Colin will meet fans at Million Year Picnic. The free event includes exclusive videos describing Colin’s interaction with George Lucas and his work on Star Wars. Also featured will be an audience choice of videos showing his other iconic projects including his work on 2001, A Space Odyssey and War Games, as well as his being the Hal 9000 Computer that fed Walter Cronkite the progress of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. This will be followed by an opportunity for fans to meet Colin, ask questions and share stories.

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Autographs will be on sale for $25 and include a free print of either his original 1974 Star Wars concept art or his 1975 photos of the first Star Wars models. His website is https://colincantwell.com/

Comics Events Around Boston

NOTE: We are not affiliated with any of these events (except MICE… we help out with MICE)

Comix, Jews ’n Art? Dun’t Esk!!
WHEN: Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017, 5 p.m.
WHERE: Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION: Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR: Center for Jewish Studies
SPEAKER: Art Spiegelman
COST: Tickets are free if you pick up from the Box Office/You may also *purchase tickets by phone, 617-496-2222 or online www.boxoffice.harvard.edu for a small fee.
TICKET WEB LINK: www.boxoffice.harvard.edu
TICKET INFO: *Limit 4 per person/FREE PICK-UP at the Harvard Box Office, Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke St. starting on Tuesday, August 29 until September 12. Tickets will be also be available at the door at 3:00PM pending availability
CONTACT INFO: Center for Jewish Studies
cjs@fas.harvard.edu
617-495-4326

https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=spiegelman

The Mad Cartoonists of Cairo: The Dangerous World of Middle East Censorship and the Emergence of Arab Comix
Wednesday, September 13
4:00 pm
Radcliffe, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Part of the 2017–2018 Fellows’ Presentation Series
Lecture by Jonathan Guyer RI ’18
Free and open to the public.
At the Radcliffe Institute, Jonathan Guyer is writing a book on the new wave of comic art that has electrified the Middle East and North Africa over the past decade. Through close examination of graphic narratives and conversations with artists, his project aims to address long-standing questions around the limits of free speech, the role of satire as a form of dissent, and the politics of art in authoritarian states.

Book Discussion, Q & A, Book Signing @The MIT COOP Author (and MIT Lecturer) Marjorie Liu presents MONSTRESS Volume 2
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
MIT COOP, Lower Level Conference Room 325 Main Street Cambridge MA 02142

Author (and MIT Lecturer) Marjorie Liu presents MONSTRESS Volume 2: THE BLOOD, the second installment in her Eisner-nominated comic series set in an alternate matriarchal 1900s Asia.

LadiesCon 2017
September 16, 2017
https://ladiesofcomicazi.com/ladiescon-2017/

MICE: Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo
October 21 & 22 2017
Saturday, 10/21, 10am-6pm
Sunday, 10/22, 11am-5pm
FREE Admission
Featuring special guests: Michael DeForge, Liz Prince, Kazu Kibuishi, Jason Shiga, & Isabel Greenberg
http://www.micexpo.org

A Conversation with Joel Christian Gill & John Jennings

A Conversation with Joel Christian Gill & John Jennings

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Monday, March 27, 2017

Location:
Main Library
449 Broadway
Lecture Hall
Cambridge

Join Joel Christian Gill & John Jennings for a conversation about identity politics, popular media and comics. Gill is the author and illustrator of Strange Fruit: Vol. 1: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History and the Chair of Foundations at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Jennings is the co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning collection Blacker Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art.

Cambridge Public Library Event Calendar entry