It’s a busy week for comics event in NYC, with Comic Arts Brooklyn this weekend. Here’s the official list of CAB events and some other events taking place from tonight onwards:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 11 AM to 7 PM: Book Sales and Signings
Mt. Carmel Gymnasium
13 Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Free
– Saturday’s event features two floors of more than one hundred comic and illustration artists, original art dealers, and publishers signing and selling their work.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 11 AM to 7 PM: Artist Talks and Panels
The Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Free
– Sunday’s programming will include seven free talks, including Daniel Clowes interviewed by NY Times critic Naomi Fry, Art Spiegelman discussing children’s comics, “My Friend Dahmer” creator Derf Backderf interviewed by Karen Green, and several others. The day will close with a trio of performances that bring the comics medium off the printed page.
ADDITIONAL SATELLITE EVENTS:
Thursday, November 5th, 6-9 PM, WOO-WOO-WOMANIVAL, reception with Caroline Paquita
at Wayfarers Gallery, 1109 Dekalb Ave, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn – Free
Friday November 6th, 6-9 PM The Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, reception with the artist
at Scott Eder Gallery, 18 Bridge St. #2i, Dumbo, Brooklyn – Free
Saturday November 7th, 11 AM – 7 PM, Zine Friends, featuring additional exhibitors,
at the Cotton Candy Machine gallery, 235 S. 1st St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Free
Saturday November 7th, 7 PM, official CAB after party with 7 bands
at Secret Project Robot, 389 Melrose St., Bushwick, Brooklyn – $10
Tonight, Thursday, November 5
A special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.
Comics on the Northern Edge of Europe
Ben Katchor in conversation with Tom Oldham, Patrick Crotty, Tommi Musturi and David Schilter discussing the alternative small press comics in the UK, Sweden, Finland and Latvia.
Caroline Paquita’s WOO-WOO-WOMANIVAL
1109 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11221
Caroline Paquita’s WOO-WOO-WOMANIVAL explores the yin-yang of life/death/happy/sad through a carnival-meets-healing-center installation. Building upon a larger body of work, Paquita uses her WOMANIMALS as a vehicle to explore these topics, as well as gender, sexuality, spirituality, and the nuanced energies that surround the “unknown.” An amalgamation of works inspired by Coney Island, nudist retreats and crystal shops, the exhibition features drawings, paintings, papier-mâché, sewn soft sculpture, automaton/kinetic wood sculpture, Risograph prints and zines. Viewers will be able to interact with several vending machines, “toys,” and other objects of absurdity while surrounded by crystals, new age music, and essential oils. In celebration of Comic Arts Brooklyn, a collection of works published via Paquita’s publishing house, Pegacorn Press, will be also be shown.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6
• The Festival Albertine is on this week, and tomorrow night finds Phoebe Gleockner and Riad Sattouf in conversation at Albertine Books, 972 Fifth Avenue.
Friday, November 6 | 6PM
Explosive Coming-of-Age Graphic Novel
Riad Sattouf and Phoebe Gloeckner will discuss how their artistic and socio-political developments took place in the midst of eccentric and dysfunctional family dynamics. A conversation moderated by Françoise Mouly. Read more | Livestream
• Unnameable Books presents: Altcomics 1
Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238
Live readings and performances from 12 international comics artists!
Andy Burk Holder
Poster art by Scott Longo
Altcomics is the name of a film-in-progress, a magazine, and a series of readings, talks, and performances
Unnameable Books is a bookstore run by two authors, located at 600 Vanerbilt Ave, Brooklyn, a few blocks from Barclays Center
There will be a limited number of posters given away free with purchase of works by one of the artists at the event
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
November 07, 2015 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The renowned underground cartoonist and creator of the Zippy newspaper strip has written and drawn his first long-form graphic story — a 200-page memoir that poignantly recounts his mother’s secret life in the 1950s and ’60s.
Fifteen minutes after Bill Griffith’s father died from a bicycle accident in 1972, his mother turned to him and said, “If I don’t tell you this now, I’ll never be able to tell you. I had a long and happy relationship with a man you knew slightly.” Thus began Griffith’s journey to reconstruct this hidden relationship between his mother and a deeply cultured jack-of-all-trades cartoonist and crime novelist.
Invisible Ink unfolds like a detective story, alternating between past and present, as Griffith recreates the quotidian habits of suburban Levittown and the professional and cultural life of Manhattan in the 1950s and ’60s as seen through his mother’s and his own teenage eyes. Griffith finally discovers the holy grail of his mother’s past: her diary, an ecstatic evocation of her sexual liaison, and an eloquent testament to her deepest feelings; and an unfinished novel that parallels the trajectory of her own life. Griffith puts the pieces together and reveals a mother he never knew.
Join Bill Griffith as he discusses his memoir. A book signing will follow.
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.