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Just as soon as you recover from SPX, you’ll be drinking in the comcis events at the Brooklyn Book Festival, the annual literary love-in which will be held Sunday, September 21st this year. Not only is there a full slate of comics panels, with Brandon Graham, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Mike Dawson and MANY MORE, but there will be a signings, a screening and parties galore. You can check out the totally excellent (I will steal their theme) Tumblr jsut for BBF comics and graphic novels, but here is the whole schedule for posterity:

Panels and Events


Locations surrounding Borough Hall Plaza, see more atwww.brooklynbookfestival.org


10:00 A.M. Single Facing City: Coming of Age Comics. New graphic narratives by popular comics creators Mike Dawson (Angie Bongiolatti),Michael Cho (Shoplifter), and MariNaomi (Dragon’s Breath) follow the lives of very different young women, all striving for their place, identity, and their own way to change the world—some fictional, some confessional, all unforgettable. Moderated by Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review. Featuring screen projection.

12:00 P.M. What Does the Future Have Against Us? Dystopian Adventure Comics: Alternative reality stories from genre-bending, cult comics superstarsBrandon Graham (Multiple Warheads), Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies) andAmy Reeder (Rocket Girl). Discover the amazing worlds of these ongoing series and epic graphic novels. Moderated by Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly Comics World.  Featuring screen projection.

1:00 P.M. Sex, Drugs, Dysfunctional Families—Plus Witches! Hilarious stories from the alt-comics universe, from leading-edge indie artists you love to read online (or to find as beloved mini comics passed creator-to-fan): Julia Wertz (Museum of Mistakes), Simon Hanselmann (MegaHex), coming from Australia, and Jennifer Cruté (Jennifer’s Journal). Moderated by Jonathan W. Gray. Featuring screen projection.

2:00 P.M. Losing and Finding Yourself: Comics of Heartbreak and Healing.Three award-winning artists offer their stories of traveling the world, through illness, anxiety, love, family, loss, and survival. Gabrielle Bell (Truth is Fragmentary), Mana Neyestani (An Iranian Metamorphosis) John Porcellino (Hospital Suite), and Anya Ulinich (Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel). Moderated byBill Kartalopoulos, ed., Best American Comics.Featuring screen projection.

3:00 P.M. Great Debates: Comic Books on Historical Controversy. Who shot JFK? Who was the 5th Beatle? How can a wife forgive her husband, her husband forgive God? From global politics to pop music to personal immigrant stories of the early Lower East Side, these new graphic nonfiction books offer fascinating, carefully researched, beautifully drawn histories of never-settled debates. With Vivek Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle), Dan Mishkin (The Warren Commission Report), from the bestselling team that created the 9/11 report graphic novel and Liana Finck (A Bintel Brief). Moderated by Heidi MacDonald, Publishers Weekly, The Beat.Featuring screen projection.


11:00 A.M. The Hilarity of Death and Deadlines: New Yorker luminaries Roz Chast, whose heart-wrenching memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? has garnered critical success, talks with Robert Mankoff (How About Never?) who shares his life as an editor and artist. How do comics take on taboo subjects to leave you laughing and crying (often at the same time)? Moderated by Hillary Chute (Out of the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists). Featuring screen projection.

3:00 P.M. Virtuosos: Comics Creators that Defy Classification. Award-winning artists Charles Burns (Sugar Skull), Eleanor Davis (How to be Happy) and Paul Pope (Battling Boy) are some of the most exciting creators on the scene today, helping to define indie, literary comics while also defying genre classification. Join them as they talk about how they orchestrate their art. Moderated by Lisa Lucas, Guernica Magazine. Featuring screen projection.

4:00 P.M. Jonathan Lethem and Jules Feiffer in Conversation. Jules Feiffer(Kill My Mother), one of the most influential editorial cartoonists of our time, and novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem (Dissident Gardens) discuss the power of satire, dissent in their work, and the influence of cultural and political collisions. Moderated by Ken Chen, Asian American Writers Workshop.



10:00 A.M. Comics Quick Draw: Critically acclaimed syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft (The Zero Degree Zombie Zone), Eisner Award winner Ursula Vernon (Dragonbreath), and Ben Hatke, author of the American Library Association Notable Children’s Book Zita the Spacegirl square off against each other in a lively drawing contest inspired by suggestions from the audience. Moderated by PW Comics Editor, Calvin Reid.

4:00 P.M. I’ll Make My Own Identity: Liz Prince, author of graphic novel memoir, Tomboy and Susan Kuklin, acclaimed photographer and author of Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out discuss what happens when teens break both boundaries and stereotypes, sharing true stories of perseverance and accepting oneself.  




World War 3 Illustrated: Cartoonists presentations and performances.WW3 has been on the cutting edge of comics and graphic novels since 1979 and has illustrated our collective history for 35 years in the pages of the magazine. Through journalism, autobiography and fiction the cartoonists of WW3 have been chronicling the events that have shaped the world. WW3 editors and artists will give a visual history and perform works from the magazine live! Including Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, Paula Hewitt Amram,James Romberger and Nicole Schulman.

Location: Brooklyn Public Library Dweck Center (10 Grand Army Plaza)

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Price: Free

Website: www.worldwar3illustrated.org


Fantagraphic’s Family Tour. Bergen Street Comics is once again the place to be for the best of alternative and indie comics. This stalwart bastion is hosting a party with signings by cartoonists Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy), Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Jesse Reklaw (Couch Tag), and special guestsMichael DeForge (Lose #6) and Patrick Kyle (Distance Mover), courtesy of Koyama Press. Party the night away with the best in comics!

Location: Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen St.

Time: 8:00 PM

Price: Free

Website: www.bergenstreetcomics.com


ROOT HOG OR DIE, Documentary Film Screening. The film Root Hog or Diefollows the life of John Porcellino, who has self-published King-Cat Comics and Stories for 25 years. Equal parts Thoreau and Hüsker Dü, his work showcases the moments-between-moments that make up the majority of our lives, but which many fail to notice. Q&A with the artist follows the screening, with a book signing for his new graphic novel, The Hospital Suite.

Location: Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd St.

Time: 8:00 PM

Price: $5

Website: www.spectacletheater.com


Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off!Celebrate the Freedom to Read with the city’s greatest graphic novelists at CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off! Join us to wind down another successful Brooklyn Book Festival, and to celebrate the opening of Banned Books Week, which this year celebrates comics and graphic novels!  Mingle with comics creators and learn what you can do in your community to protect the freedom to read! This event is free to CBLDF Members and Brooklyn Book Fest partners.

Location: BRIC, 647 Fulton Street

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM    
Price: Suggested donation $5 – $10



  1. So, on Sunday, September 21, you could go to the Brooklyn Book Festival and your non-comics friend could go to the People’s Climate March at 11:30 a.m. at Columbus Circle, and you both could meet up later. The former’s not exactly a con and the latter’s not exactly a retcon. http://peoplesclimate.org

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