New Yorkers who are are still in withdrawal from the amazing SPX just concluded, rejoice—this weekend’s Brooklyn Book Festival features a full line-up of comics programming, and some comics-focused programs during the week that will keep you in comics nirvana. The festival takes place all day Sunday, September 23rd, but there are satellite events listed below.
Cartoonists participating include
Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez, Adrian Tomine, Carla Speed McNeil, Gabrielle Bell, Derek Kirk Kim, Peter Kuper, Becky Cloonan, Mark Siegel, Leela Corman, Molly Crabapple, Bob Fingerman, James Romberger, Colleen Doran, Spike, Jamie Tanner, Mr. Fish, Fly, Ron Wimberly, Michael Kupperman, Julia Wertz, Bob Sikoryak, Lauren Weinstein, Charise Mericle Harper, Tracy White, Jerry Craft, Sean Howe, Lisa Hanawalt, Aaron Diaz, Jerey Lewis, and the Graphic Canon anthology editor/contributors
It’s by far the biggest slate of comics related programming that the BBF has ever had, and yet another sign of how mainstream comics are becoming. In addition, one of the best parts of the Festival is that comics authors are not segregated, but appear with prose authors to discuss literary themes and genres. In short…it’s all good. See you there!
Comics and Graphic Novel Programming has more than doubled in 2012, with major headliners like the
Hernandez Bros and recent LA Times Book Prize awardwinner Carla Speed McNeil. The Festival’s unique programming approach integrates comics artists on panels with authors and journalists, recognizing and advocating for comics as literature that crosses genres. These pairings offer fresh takes from the usual con fareand give readers of traditional prose insight into the appeal and power of graphic narratives. In addition, fans will also have a fullday of panels just focused on comics to choose from. There’s something for everyonefrom Comics Quick Draw on the Youth Stoop to the allstar cartoonist lineup in Worlds Built Over Time in the St. Francis auditorium. See full listings attached.
All Festival events on Sunday, September 23, are free and—for the first time this year—there will be “Clix
not Tix,” meaning no more tickets or ticket lines. Additionally, for the first time ever, the expanded “Bookend” literarythemed events comprise a full week of more than 50 happenings at venues that includeclubs, bookstores, theaters and libraries across the borough from September 17 – 23. Most Bookend Events are free (a few charge a modest admission). Comics Book End events include a celebration of the landmark Graphic Canon publication; Adrian Tomine’s gallery opening for New York Stories; a live comics reading with favorites like Michael Kupperman and Julia Wertz, and a Comics Rock event with the Hernandez Bros at The Rock Shop. See full listings attached.
BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
Comics and Related Programming at the 2012 Brooklyn Book Festival
ST. FRANCIS AUDITORIUM (180 Remsen Street)
2:00 P.M. Worlds Built over Time.
This allstar panel brings together the narrative geniuses of Jaime
Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Adrian Tomine (New York Stories) and
Gabrielle Bell (The Voyeurs) to discuss how they’ve developed characters, stories, and imagined
worlds over serial publications. Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos, coorganizer, Brooklyn Comics and
Graphics Festival. Featuring screen projection.
3:00 P.M. The Sex Panel: Taboo in Pictures.
Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Leela Corman
(Unterzakhn), Molly Crabapple (Devil in the Details) and Bob Fingerman (From the Ashes) talk about
sex and taboo in comics. What inspires and informs their work and drives their characters (and readers)?
From obscenity to art, and the delicious inbetween….Featuring screen projection, with viewer discretion
advised! Moderated by Heidi MacDonald, the Beat and Publishers Weekly Comics World.
ST. FRANCIS SCREENING ROOM (180 Remsen Street)
10:00 A.M. Home Is Not A Place.
Four authors read and discuss their books whose protagonists are
challenged to create and negotiate their identity in a new homelanda journey fraught with confusion,
rebellion and uncertain outcomes. Graphic novelist Leela Corman (Unterzakhn), and authors Patricia
Engel (Vida), Luis Alberto Urrea (Into the Beautiful North) and Jose Prieto Manuel (Nocturnal Butterflies of
the Russian Empire). Moderated by Tiphanie Yanique (How to Escape from a Leper Colony). Featuring
11:00 A.M. Comics by the People: Crowdfunding, Kickstarter, and the Future of Fansupported
comics publisher in the US. What is the future of comics publishing? What are the benefits and
challenges of directly fanfunded models? Molly Crabapple (Week in Hell), Spike (Poorcraft) and Jamie
Tanner (The Black Well) discuss what works, what hasn’t and what’s to come. Moderated by Meaghan
O’Connell, Kickstarter. Featuring screen projection.
12:00 P.M. RabbleRousers: Activist Comics.
An unabashedly lefty panel of activist artists discuss the
relevance and impact of political cartoons as we enter election season: Peter Kuper, editor and
cofounder of World War III Illustrated (Diario de Oaxaca); Mr. Fish (Go Fish) and Fly (Peops).
Moderated by scholar Jonathan Gray. Featuring screen projection.
1:00 P.M. Make Believe: Genre Comics for the Next Generation.
Derek Kirk Kim (Tune: Vanishing
Point), Becky Cloonan (Dracula) and Mark Siegel (Sailor Twain)three very different and equally
fabulous cartoonists showcase their new work and talk about what makes genre comics so fun to write,
draw, and read. Moderated by fantasy author Ellen Kushner. Featuring screen projection.
3:00 P.M. NYC Inked.
Peter Kuper (Drawn to New York) shares a diary portrait of 34 years in NYC;
James Romberger (Seven Miles a Second) captures the gritty beauty from the LES to uptown, adapting
the late David Wojnarowicz haunting memoir; Colleen Doran (Gone to Amerikay) tells the Irish
immigrant’s story across three centuries; and newcomer Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats) rewrites Romeo
& Juliet in a BladeRunneresque landscape. Moderated by Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly Comics
World. Featuring screen projection.
4:00 P.M. Reality Denied.
Science Fiction authors Carla Speed McNeil (Finder: Voice), Lev Grossman
(The Magician King) and Terry Bisson (Fire on the Mountain) read and discuss their books which are
partmedieval, partmagical, parthistorical, and all reality bending! Moderated by literary agent Seth
Fishman. Featuring screen projection.
5:00 P.M. Enduring Unlikable Women.
Elissa Schappell (Blue Print), Gilbert Hernandez (Love and
Rockets) and Dana Spiotta (Stone Arabia) write difficult, complex female characters. Join these authors
in a reading and discussion that looks at the bad boy and the unlikable woman in literature and how theyare reviled or celebrated by their audience and creators. Moderated by Meredith Walters, Brooklyn
Public Library. Featuring screen projection.
ST. FRANCIS MCARDLE (180 Remsen St)
11:00 A.M. Ink and Pressure: The Delicate Art, History, and Future of Publishing.
look atthe nuts and bolts construction of a comic book empire, the intricacies of what it takes to make
magazines, and what journalism means today. Victor Navasky (coed., The Art of Making Magazines),
and Sean Howe (Marvel Comics: The Untold Story). Moderated by Catherine Chung (Forgotten
YOUTH STOOP (Outdoors)
11:00 A.M. Comics Quick Draw!
Three cartoonists face off in this fastpaced contest. Drawing (literally)
from the audience suggestions, reader favorites Derek Kirk Kim, Mark Siegel, and Charise Mericle
Harper will battle with pen and pad. And, everybody wins; finished art will be gifted to some of the lucky
young people in attendance. Moderated by Calvin Reid, editor of Publishers Weekly Comics World.
TARGET CHILDREN’S AREA (Outdoors)
11:00 A.M. DrawOff
A fastpaced drawing competition by illustrators Dan Yaccarino, Frank Viva and
cartoonist Jerry Craft.
BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL CONFERENCE ROOM
3:00 P.M. Creating Comics from Life.
A comics workshop led by Tracy White. Using a short writing
exercise, teens will compose a four panel comic based on an incident from their past. Ages 12 and up.
BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENTS
SEPTEMBER 1723, 2012
The Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events are literary themed events taking place in
clubs, parks, bookstores, theatres and libraries culminating with the festival. The Bookends
kickoff a long literary weekend with film screenings, parties, literary games and author
Comics and Related Programming
Thursday, September 20New York Drawings by Adrian Tomine
Visit the powerHouse Arena for an exciting gallery exhibition, reception and book signing,
featuring Adrian Tomine, the popular comic book artist and author of New York Drawings,
in conversation with The New Yorker’s art director, Jordan Awan. The exhibition is in
conjunction with the publication of New York Drawings along with rare NYinspired images
Location: powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street (at Water Street)
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, September 21
Comics Rock Double Bill: The Hernandez Brothers (Love and Rockets Northeast
Tour) and Jeffrey Lewis (solo acoustic)
Come enjoy drinks, drawing, and conversation with comics stars The Hernandez
Brothers at 8:00 pm and musician and comic artist Jeffrey Lewis at 9:00 pm.
Location: The Rock Shop, 249 4th Avenue (between President and Carroll Streets)
Time: 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 22
The Comics Crowd
Comics fans will delight in this graphicsheavy event. Creators read from their work,
accompanied by projections. Participants include Gabrielle Bell(When I’m Old), Julia
Wertz (Drinking at the Movies), Bob Sikoryak(Masterpiece Comics), Lauren Weinstein
(Girl Stories), Lisa Hanawalt (I Want You), Aaron Diaz (The Tomorrow Girl) and
Michael Kupperman(Tales Designed to Thrizzle). Laughter guaranteed!
Location: Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen Street (between Flatbush and 5th Avenues)
Time: 8:00 pm
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.