People who have recovered from New York Comic Con are gearing up for King Con, Brooklyn’s home show. Tonight King Con kicks off at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Guests include Chris Claremont, Kyle Baker, Sarah Glidden, and more. The four-day schedule this year allows for two panels tonight, a party tomorrow, and two days of exhibits and panels Saturday and Sunday. We’ll be moderating the Kids panel Sunday at 12:30.
Although some sources have said that events will be taking place at outside venues, we’re told by co-director Brian Heater that all events take place at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Here’s the entire schedule:
***THURSDAY, November 4***
7pm DEATH OF PRINT MEDIA: How does the implosion of print media impact artists and NY artists in particular? Is there a viable game plan? How is the plight of artists different from that of journalists or photographers? Panelists: Sarah Jaffe, Brian Heater, Stuart Moore, Chip East and Norman Oder. Moderated by Chris Irving (NOTE: additional tix necessary for this panel– http://bit.ly/bXqgWr
9pm ATLANTIC YARDS, COMICS, & THE CHANGING FACE OF BROOKLYN: What would Batman be if his Gotham was all Gristedes and Forever 21…(Bed Bath and Batman??) How is the Seepage of Suburban Sprawl affecting the artists who create here? Panelists Stuart Moore, Norman Oder, Simon Fraser and more (NOTE: additional tix necessary for this panel– http://bit.ly/diUBBE)
***FRIDAY, November 5***
8pm to Midnite = KING CON KICKOFF PARTY / Live Comix Reading with Dean Haspiel, Paul Pope, Jeff Newelt aka JahFurry, Jen Ferguson, Seth Kushner, Joan Hilty & Joe Infurnari. DJ Pulphope (Paul Pope), DJ CrossHatch (Brian Heater) + live performances by Americans UK (www.americans-uk.com) & Charles Soules Band
INVITE: http://on.fb.me/KingConParty $3 at the door.
***SATURDAY, November 6 – KING CON IS ON!***
12:30pm: Collaboration Counselling: “You put your writing on my art!” “You put your art on my writing!” Comics creators discuss the Reeses-like process of collaboration, the joys and the difficulties of melding words & pictures into a readable whole. Featuring Vito Delsante, Dean Haspiel, Rachel Freire, David Gallaher, Simon Fraser, and Reilly Brown.
1:00pm: Understanding Israel, a spotlight on SARAH GLIDDEN: Brian Heater of The Daily Cross Hatch talks to the creator of the autobiographical graphic novel How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
2:30pm: Graphic NYC presents KYLE BAKER: the consummate cartoonist discusses his career and his works including his current Deadpool MAX, Plastic Man, The Bakers, Nat Turner and more with Chris Irving.
3:30pm: BORED TO DEATH: Jonathan Ames, creator of the hit HBO series, and artist Dean Haspiel will discuss the show with moderator Jeff Newelt (Pekar Project, Heeb, Royal Flush) The character “Ray” played by Zach Galifianakis is loosely-based on Dean who also draws all the comic art for the show, including the Emmy-winning title-sequence. **Special sneak preview screening of clips from the Comic-Con themed episode that were shot at the Brooklyn Lyceum in May.**
4:30pm: The Daily Cross Hatch Presents: The Cross Hatch Podcast Live featuring a streamed conversation with host Brian Heater, Julia Wertz, Robert Sikoryak and Lisa Hanawalt
5:30pm: THE FUNNY PAGES: COMEDY IN COMICS, moderated by Comic Book Club’s Alex Zalben, featuring Lisa Hanawalt, Bob Fingerman, Michael Kuperman, Neil Swaab and Emily White
6:30pm: CAROUSEL: The Original Live Comix Reading featuring R. Sikoryak, Emily Flake, Michael Kuperman, and more
***SUNDAY, November 7***
11:30am: HOW TO DRAW COMIC CHARACTERS FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES! cartoonist RICK PARKER (Harry Potty, Pekar Project) will lead a live drawing workshop + Papercutz Publishing do a live SMURFS reading with Matt Murray of their latest Smurfs comics, complete with face painting and Smurfy giveaways!!
12:30pm: Kids’ Stuff: Making Comics for All Ages featuring Nick Abadzis, Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman and Colleen AF Venable, Moderated by Heidi MacDonald
1:30pm: COMICS PUBLISHING: Where we are now, and where we are headed. Moderated by Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly ComicsWeek). Panelists: Bob Kahan (former collected editions editor DC Comics), Jim Salicrup (Papercutz)
2:30pm: Spotlight on CHRIS CLAREMONT: the legendary X-Men writer, interviewed live by Fred Van Lente (writer: Action Philosophers, Incredible Hercules)
3:30pm: DR. SKETCHY’S ANTI-ART SCHOOL KING CON EDITION (bring your own drawing supplies): Dr. Sketchy’s is what happens when Cabaret meets Art School. Artists draw glamorous underground performers and compete for prizes. In our KingCon special edition, pinup artist Paige Pumphrey poses as a MiniComics Showgirl, with Syd Bernstein hosting.
4:30pm: ZUDA: What Happened? a retrospective look at the three-year life of DC Comics’ webcomics initiative with Zuda Comics creators Kevin Colden, Bobby Timony, and moderator Alex Zalben.
5:30pm: PULP FUTUREPAST: the past, present and future of pulp comics with Adam L Garcia, Ed Catto, Mark Halegua, Derrick Fergusen, Chris Kalb.
6:30pm: HIPS, LIPS, & PENCIL TIPS: The Sexual Female as Feminist Focal Point a conversation with female artists Paige Pumphrey, Laura Lee Gullidge, Jennifer Hayden; moderated by writer Rachel Kramer Bussel.
***SKETCHBOOK COMPETITION: You could win the Drawbridge Sketchbook, filled with drawings by Dean Haspiel, Tim Hamilton, Simon Fraser, Reilly Brown, Nick Abadzis, Robin Ha, GB Tran, Joan Reilly, and Nathan Schreiber. The winning sketchbook must:1. Have at least FIVE different artists work2. Have one sketch made at King Con 2010!The winner will be selected from a jury and announced on Sunday November 7th!details:http://natsch.blogspot.com/2010/10/king-con-drawbridge-sketchbook.html
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.