The news of a move for Comic Arts Brooklyn – the art comix-palooza that warps up the year in indie comics for the NYCC crowd – has been circulating for a while. And now it’s official: CAB is moving to The Pratt Institute, a highly respected arts school located in Brooklyn.
CAB had been held at Our Lady of Carmel Church in Williamsburg for years but the lack of a proper venue for panels and, to be frank, issues with ventilation and lack of space, made it increasingly problematic for a show that’s among the most profitable of the year for indie publishers.
The event will now inhabit a 42,000 sq. ft. facility on the Pratt ca,pus. And best of all it remains free and open to the public.
I’m a little sad to leave the City Reliquary space for the after party, which seemed like the ideal venue for such a fête, but I”m sure the Pratt area will supply an equally hospitable spot. PR below. This year’s guests include:
DDOOGG JULES FEIFFER EMIL FERRIS BILL GRIFFITHFLOYD HUGHES MATTHEW JAMES-WILSON PAUL KARASIK JOHN KELLYPETER KUPER MISS LASKO-GROSS JANE MAI V. KENNETH MARIONMARK NEWGARDEN MARITSA PATRINOS RICHIE POPE NICOLE RIFKINNICOLE RUDICK TOM SPURGEON MICHAEL TISSERAND CHRIS WAREERIC KOSTIUK WILLIAMS RON WIMBERLY KELSEY WROTEN
COMIC ARTS BROOKLYN returns on November 11th with its most ambitious festival of comics and cartoon art yet! Featuring hundreds of comic artists, illustrators and publishers, CAB will relocate to a massive 42,000 sq ft building on Pratt Institute’s beautiful campus. As always, the event is free and open to the public, including live talks and interviews with Chris Ware, Emil Ferris, and others in Pratt’s historic Memorial Hall, and a sales floor with hundreds of independent publishers and artists on November 11th. The show runs from 11am to 7pm with exhibitors and attractions designed to entertain comic fans from all ages. This year, CAB will be not just a chance to buy a book, but a chance to experience everything the world of comics has to offer.
For nearly a decade the Williamsburg comic and zine shop Desert Island has organized the large scale comic fair in Brooklyn, hosting more than 100 small presses, zine makers, and cartoonists at the Mt. Carmel Gymnasium. This year festival founder Gabe Fowler has teamed up with Pratt Institute to expand the scale of the show and invite twice as many participants than in the past. They have also planned a range of cartoon-related spectacles, inviting indie video game art gallery Babycastles to create a playable video arcade installation, and fine artist Steve Keene to create affordable paintings live during the show.
This year CAB will take advantage of Pratt’s lecture facilities to host seven panel discussions with esteemed guests and established exhibitors. In addition to interviews with honored guests Chris Ware, Jules Feiffer, and Emil Ferris, CAB will feature panels spotlighting Pratt alumni including Bill Griffith (“Zippy the Pinhead”) and Peter Kuper (“Spy vs Spy”), Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik’s “How to Read Nancy,” “Identity in Comics,” and a historical presentation of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat by biographer Michael Tisserand.
For 2017 Fowler welcomes co-curator Matthew James-Wilson, young editor in chief of FORGE. Art Magazine, bringing in new faces and voices to the event. While CAB remains a festival honoring the rich history of comics from around the world, this year will also serve as a look into the future of comics to come.
In addition to the main event at Pratt Institute on November 11, Comic Arts Brooklyn also features many fun extracurricular activities, including CURRENTS exhibition at Secret Project Robot, Chris Ware: Monograph exhibition at Adam Baumgold Gallery, Altcomics 10 live comics reading event, and Color Giants animation screening at Brooklyn Fireproof. Please view our website at www.comicartsbrooklyn.com for the full slate of programming activities!
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.