Holy Crap, CAB is in two weeks! Just enough time to save up some dosh for the last bite at the apple of indie comics amazement.
As can not be stressed enough, this ear’s show will consist of TWO days with SEPARATE ACTIVITIES, ON Saturday, November 7th there will be a ONE DAY expo of exhibitors at the traditional church venue (Our Lady of Carmel). On SUNDAY there will be a day of programming and talks at the Wythe Hotel. NO EXHIBITS.
There’s also this spin-off event:
That said here is the programming, assembled by Gabe Fowler and Karen Green, and one word; PATIENCE BY CLOWES. The last event sounds like the traditional “Carousel” slideshow put together by Sikoryak and pals and it should b a fine way to round off the weekend. See you there!
Sammy Harkham, Brian Chippendale, and Mickey Zacchilli are all known for experimentation with the comics form, as well as rich practices beyond the creation of comics. They are joined by Jacob Khepler of Mother’s News to discuss an interesting spectrum of drawing/writing, control /out of control approaches to comics and beyond. Brian wanted to call the panel “Chaos Control” but since we are using single-word titles Jacob suggested “Gardening.” Which is surely a form of controlling chaos.
Over the past three decades, Dan Clowes has emerged as the defining cartoonist of his generation, publishing such groundbreaking works as the comics series Eightball and the graphic novels Ghost World and Wilson, and receiving an Academy Award nomination along the way. He joins the critic Naomi Fry for a conversation about comics, movies, and how one keeps creating work that matters in the face of life’s inherent futility.
Cartoonist and editor Glenn Head (Snake Eyes, Chicago) and artist and musician Leslie Stein (Eye of the Majestic Creature, Bright-eyed at Midnight) both do some of their best work in the wee small hours of the morning. Their often-autobiographical comics tend to reflect that late-night dream state. The two will discuss their work and process.
From Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland to French cartoonists Fred’s Philemon, comics for the young can inform a lifelong love. Join Francoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman as they explore the classic comics of their own youth and of others.
The comics of Jennifer Hayden (Underwire, The Story of My Tits), Michael DeForge (Very Casual, Ant Colony, Lose), and Andrea Tsurumi (Zootrope, Yakitori, The Sexy) all display a closely-examined physicality. The three will discuss the influence of this physicality on their work. The discussion will be moderated by cartoonist and anatomy instructor Kriota Wilberg.
Derf Backderf (The City, My Friend Dahmer, Trashed), now the toast of France, has turned his personal history to good use, whether via his love of punk rock, his teenage acquaintance with a notorious future serial killer, or his job history as a garbageman. His utterly unique artistic style and journalistic rigor have won him an extensive following. Derf will be interviewed by Columbia University comics librarian Karen Green.
Comics are not always constrained to the printed page or even the computer monitor. Cartoonists, who serve as producers and directors of their visual narratives, may sometimes take that role further into functioning as actors. Matthew Thurber, R. Sikoryak, and Jon Mejias will offer three examples of how sequential art can transform into performance art.
NOTE: an earlier version of this post erroneously attributed to programming to Paul Karasik, who did it last year.
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.