The West Hollywood Book Fair takes place Sunday, September 26th, and as in past years will have an extensive Comics and Graphic Novels Pavilion and a full slate of programming, on topics including webcomics, YA and a spotlight on MOUSE GUARD’s David Petersen, all of which you can see below:
THE FUTURE OF WEB COMICS
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Joshua Dysart (Moderator) Lorelei Bunjes (Head of Digital Comics, IDW) Jorge Cham (Piled Higher & Deeper) David Malki (Wondermark) Signings @ The Comic Bug booth
What place does a medium with no motion and no sound have in the streaming, blinking inter-cloud? Can traditionalism and innovation stand side-by-side? Vertigo author Joshua Dysart talks process, intent and the future with cartoonist and Caltech roboticist Jorge Cham, satirist David Malki and the woman guiding a major comic book publisher into the stormy seas of the web, without a map, Lorelei Bunjes.
DOWN & DIRTY COMICS: COMICS OUTSIDE OF THE “BIG THREE”
12:15 PM-1:15 PM
Tim Beedle (Moderator) Joshua Fialkov (Alibi) Renae Geerlings (Editor, Top Cow/Radical) Rafael Navarro (Sonambulo) Richard Starkings (Elephantmen) Signings @ The Comic Bug booth
Comics and graphic novels have charted on bestseller lists and been awarded some of the most prestigious prizes in literature, and yet for many readers, the medium continues to be synonymous with superheroes. But over the past decade, independent publishing has transcended its quiet roots to become a dominant and richly diverse part of the comic book scene. In this panel, five comic book creators who have built their careers outside the “Big Three” discuss the ins and outs of working for smaller publishers and what place non-superhero comics hold in today’s rapidly evolving comic book industry.
FEMME FANTASTIC: CUTTING EDGE WOMEN WRITING THE YA GRAPHIC NOVEL
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Lillian Diaz-Przbyl (Moderator) Hope Larson (Mercury) Ariel Schrag (Awkward) Jen Wang (Koko Be Good) Esther Pearl Watson (Unlovable) Signings @ The Comic Bug booth
Why, yes! Women do read comics, and they even make them, too! Come see some of the brightest and most innovative talent in the industry discuss their influences, their audience, and where they see the YA graphic novel going in the future. (We may even talk about the profound influence of…*gasp*…Twilight!)
“MOUSE GUARD” CREATOR DAVID PETERSEN
2:45 PM-3:30 PM
…IN CONVERSATION WITH JOSHUA DYSART David Petersen Signing @ Archaia Comics booth Joshua Dysart Signing @ The Comic Bug booth
Writer and Artist David Petersen is the the creator of the Eisner Award-winning series, “Mouse Guard.” “Mouse Guard” focuses on a colony of intelligent mice, who live in a medieval era, paralleling the same age in human history. Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier) will interview David on stage!
H.P. LOVECRAFT & THE HORROR OF COMICS
3:45 PM-4:45 PM
Gary Deocampo (Moderator) Mike Mignola (Hellboy) Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) Signings @ The Comic Bug booth
An examination of Lovecraft’s influence on some of the most INFLUENTIAL maestros of horror comics; STEVE NILES & MIKE MIGNOLA! The creators of “Hellboy” and “30 Days of Night” join forces to discuss the indelible impression the writings of H.P. Lovecraft have left both on their career and their own creations. Moderated by Gary Deocampo.
COMICS ON COMICS
5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Guests TBA Pre-panel Signings @ The Comic Bug
Definitely a smart lineup, and we welcome all on-the-scene reports.
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.