Those New Yorker ‘tooner types not setting off to the Baltimore Comicon, this weekend shoulod check out the Howl festival taking place September 5-9. The Carl Solomon Book Expo featuring comics, GNs, lit and poetry including such familiar comics consortiums as House of 12, Word War 3, Act-i-vate and many more takes place this weekand at Tompkins Sqaure Park. You can see the complete schedule here, a poster by James Romberger and Marguierite Von Cook here. Romberger writes:
The Arteries Group presents the Carl Solomon Book Expo in the center of the Park that weekend with literature, poetry, comics, graphic novels, and prints: St. Mark’s Books, Punk Magazine, Rand Hoppe’s Jack Kirby Museum, Alex and Allyson Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, World War 3 Illustrated, Rizzoli, MOCCA, House of Twelve, Ephemera Press, and more coming in as I write this.
The Carl Solomon Book Expo is named for the Beat legend who inspired Allen Ginsberg’s seminal poem Howl, and who was responsible for getting the first novels of William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac in print. This is a cheap way to reach a large audience. More than 100,000 people visit Tompkins Square Park on HOWL! weekend! 8’ X 2.5’ tables are $175 both days included, these can be shared by three individuals at $60.00 apiece. Tables are still available: http://www.howlfestival.com/vend.php
In addition, this Thursday there’s a “Comics Thinktank” panel with postmodern stylist R. Sikorak, artist/critic Calvin Reid, DC/Vertigo head Karen Berger, Harvard fellow Dr. Hillary Chute; special tentative guests: comics master Gene Colan and EC critic/historian John Benson, moderated by Romberger. It takes place 6:30-8:00pm on September 6th at Rapture Cafe, 200 Avenue A (between 12th and 13th Streets).
The purpose of the panel is to hash out some of the potentials of comics as art and literature. Comics’ status in the Art World has been improving but there are still nostalgic and “High-Low” attitudes that seem to preclude objective curation and criticism. The current positive critical attention paid comics and graphic novels is often misguided, in that literary reviewers tend to analyze the text, but without understanding the relative value of the art in storytelling.