Announcements & Local Events for June 2018

We are NOT AFFILIATED with any of the following, but they all seem like cool local stuff for us to support.

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Boston Magazine is doing their annual Best of Boston Readers Poll & they FINALLY have an entry for Comic Shops! And we’re not on it. BUT, you could write us in! Or vote for your favorite! Thank you.

https://www.bostonmagazine.com/best-of-boston-readers-poll/

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Scout Magazine‘s Honored Nominations for their Cambridge edition is a Google form. They don’t have an entry for comic shops, but you could put us in under Bookstores!

https://goo.gl/forms/YFGducJ2W0117PGl2

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Being True LGBTQ Comics Anthology Kickstarter is LIVE!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/586200780/being-true-lgbtq-comics-anthology

Being True is a comics anthology celebrating LGBTQ life and identity! Our stories combine fiction and nonfiction and span all genres.

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Personal Comics Workshop
Thursday, June 7
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
The Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/personal-comics-workshop-tickets-46225475642

Receive an introduction to comics-making from concept to inking from author/illustrator Jonathan Todd. Jonathan will share with you:
• Exposure to zine-style autobiographical and personal comics i.e. drawing comics about personal experiences and thoughts, such as the work of Ms. Gabrielle Bell (https://www.patreon.com/posts/13518637)
• How to break down a scene from their story into panels using thumbnail sketches
• How to clearly letter a comics page
• How to pencil a page
• How to ink a page, including exposure to brush and ink and pen and ink
*For ages 10 – 18 *
*Generously provided through the Sperber Fund*

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Learn Something New: Understanding Comics
Monday, June 18
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
The Public Library of Brookline – Brookline Village, 361 Washington Street, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-something-new-understanding-comics-registration-45005946999

Comics are their own storytelling format and can tell all kinds of stories. Whether you pour over the Sunday comic strips, read stacks of Japanese manga, or settle in with the latest graphic novel memoir, there is a title for you. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Scott McCloud’s landmark text Understanding Comics, a guide to how comics work written in the format. Everyone from new comics readers to long-time enthusiasts are invited to join the library’s resident comics expert Robin Brenner to learn how to decode visual cues, read in between the panels, and understand how this hybrid medium engages our brains.
This event is part of the Learn Something New series. Generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

SOMERVILLE PUBLIC LIBARARY COMIX CON

SOMERVILLE PUBLIC LIBARARY COMIX CON
Saturday, 5 May 2018
11am – 4pm
Central Library Conference Room
FREE

http://www.somervillepubliclibrary.org/ – Check the Program & Events Calendar!

The Somerville Public Library Comix Con is an all-ages celebration of fandom, combining the worlds of film and television, science fiction, fantasy, comic books, graphic novels, anime, books, cartoons, gaming, and collectibles!

Cosplay Presentation • Costume Contest • Visit from Imperial Troopers from the 501st Legion • Artists’ Alley with over 30 Local Artists • Board Games with Knight Moves • Superhero Scavenger Hunt • K-pop Trivia & Karaoke • Fandom Photo Ops • Prizes • Free Comic Books • Make-Your-own Magic Wands • Free Food While It Lasts • and more!

A detailed schedule will be provided in the near future.

This program is free, wheelchair accessible, and funded in part by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library.

[The MYP is not affiliated with this event. We are providing these details for our friends & neighbors.]

Boston Kids Comics Fest (BKCF)


Boston Kids Comics Fest
Read Comics. Create Stories. Make Friends.
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
Bethel Youth Center, 40 Walk Hill St
(parking @ 84 Wachusett St)
Jamaica Plain, MA

The Boston Kids Comics Fest is a daylong festival that invites children, parents/guardians, educators and librarians to discover and explore “kid friendly-comics”, graphic novels and hybrid books.

The 2018 festival will have a book fair, hands-on workshops for kids, & live talks about relevant topics in the comic world.

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE COMICS FEST

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