Durham Comics Fest 2015
Saturday, July 25-26, and more!
Nick Bertozzi, writer and artist of Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey and Lewis & Clarke, and artist of Houdini: Handcuff King with Durham Comics Fest alum Jason Lutes – read more about Nick and check out his books at the library.
Malcolm Goff, local artist and cartoonist, and contributor to Running for Hope: A Novel by the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars – read more about Malcolm here.
Durham Comics Fest 2015
Kids’ Comics Workshop Series
Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, 14, 21
6 – 7 p.m.
Details coming soon! Registration is required: register online (link coming soon) or by calling 919-560-8592.
Fullsteam Trivia Night
Thursday, July 23
Details coming soon!
Durham Comics Project Drink & Draw
Friday, July 24
Details coming soon!
Durham Comics Fest: The Main Event!
Saturday, July 25
Jimmy Gownley: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
Nick Bertozzi: Storytelling in Four Panels (workshop)
Jim Ottaviani and Nick Bertozzi: Historical Heroes
Jimmy Gownley: Workshop (topic TBD)
Plus the local artists alley, prizes, drawings and more! Details coming soon!
Durham Comics Fest Film Screening: She Makes Comics
Sunday, July 26
This documentary film traces the fascinating history of women in the comics industry from the medium’s beginnings in the late 19th century to the present day, featuring dozens of interviews with such vital figures as Ramona Fradon, Trina Robbins, Joyce Farmer, Karen Berger, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Becky Cloonan. Contains some adult language and artwork. Trailer and more information here. Screening made possible by the Durham Library Foundation.
Jared Axelrod (2014) is an author, illustrator, costume designer and more. He is the writer of The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City, illustrated by Steve Walker. Read more about Jared at jaredaxelrod.com.
Andrew Aydin is Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman John Lewis in Washington, D.C., and he is the co-author with Lewis and Nate Powell of March: Book One, this year’s Durham Reads Together title. Read more about Aydin at andrewaydin.com. Andrew Aydin’s appearance was made possible by Durham Reads Together.
Dr. Jonathan Gayles is Associate Professor of African-American Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the writer, director and producer of the documentary film White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in American Comic Books. Read more about Dr. Gayles and the film at blacksuperherodoc.com. Dr. Jonathan Gayles’ appearance was made possibly by Durham Reads Together.
Eric Knisley is a cartoonist, illustrator and animator, and was a co-organizer of the Durham Indie Comics Expo as well as being a frequent contributor to the Durham Comics Fest.
George O’Connor is the writer and artist of the acclaimed Olympians series, retellings of classical Greek myths, the illustrator of the Captain Awesome children’s book series, and the artist behind Journey into Mohawk Country, an adaptation of a 17th-Century travel journal. Learn more about George at olympiansrule.com and geooco.blogspot.com.
Brian Shearer is the creator of the ongoing webcomic William the Last, and has contributed art to IDW’s Doctor Who, G.I. Joe and Transformers comics. Read more about Brian at gravyboy.com/brianshearer.
Jeremy Whitley is the writer of the Eisner-nominated Princeless, with artist M. Goodwin, and IDW’s My Little Pony: Friends Forever comics. Read more about Jeremy and Princeless at womenwriteaboutcomics.com/2013/01/11/interview-with-jeremy-whitley-of-princeless/.
Gail Williams is a career counselor specializing in media and the arts, a working artist, and has been an art teacher and administrator from preschool through college levels. She has published numerous articles and has exhibited her art widely throughout the state. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Art at NC Central University and a Road Scholar with the NC Humanities Council. Gail Williams’ appearance was made possibly by Durham Reads Together.
Scott Hampton is a veteran comic book artist whose work includes Batman: Gotham County Line, as well as chapters of The Books of Magic (written by Neil Gaiman), Hellboy (written by Mike Mignola), and the Immortals graphic novel
Mark Crilley is the author and illustrator of the Akiko and Billy Clikk books series for children, the Miki Falls graphic novel series for teens, and the new Brody’s Ghost graphic novel series for adults, as well as the Mastering Manga cartooning guides.
Willow Dawson is the writer and artist of Lila & Ecco’s Do-It-Yourself Comics Club, an excellent introduction to making your own comics for kids and parents. Visit Willow’s online portfolio at willowdawson.4ormat.com.
Sara Appel is a Visiting Research Scholar in the Program in Literature at Duke University. Along with many other subjects, Sara has studied gender representation in comics as well as the class-related implications of the medium.
Ben Bolling is a Doctoral Candidate at UNC’s English & Comparative Literature department, where he studies comics in a number of capacities, including serial narratives and the sociology of comic book conventions.
Will Hansen is Assistant Curator of Collections at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, which includes the Edwin and Terry Murray Comic Book Collection.
Jason Lutes is the writer and artist of the acclaimed Berlin series and Jar of Fools, and the writer, with artist Nick Bertozzi, of Houdini: The Handcuff King. Jason teaches at The Center for Cartoon Studies.
Nate Powell is the writer and artist of Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire and The Silence of Our Friends (written by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos). His latest work is March, is Georgia Congressman John Lewis’ graphic autobiography, written with Lewis staff aid Andrew Aydin. Read more about Nate at seemybrotherdance.blogspot.com.
Kirill Tolpygo is Slavic & East European Studies Librarian at UNC Chapel Hill and maintains a collection of East European and Slavic-language comics at UNC’s Davis Library
Photos from Past Fests
Attendees line up to have comics signed by Comics Fest guests, 2013.
Raina Telgemeier runs a cartooning workshop for kids, 2013.
Raina Telgemeier demonstrates comics storytelling, 2013.
Raina Telgemeier presents her work to fans of all ages before a book signing, 2013.
Scott Hampton discusses cartooning with workshop participants, 2013.
A cartoonist’s panel about taking comics from sketches and scripts to a finished project, featuring (left to right) Ben Towle, Scott Hampton and Jan Burger, 2013.
Comics Fest organizer Matt Wood cosplays Scott Pilgrim villain Gideon Graves, 2013.
Mark Crilley (far left) and Willow Dawson (second from right) with Comics Fest organizers Amy Godfrey and Patrick Holt, 2012.
Willow Dawson looks at work by a member of the Kids Comics Club, 2012.
Ben Bolling, Will Hansen, Kirill Tolypgo and Sara Appel discuss the place of comics in the university setting, 2012.
Mark Crilley demonstrates page design and panel layout, 2012.
Fans share their homemade Lunch Lady board game with Jarrett Krosoczka, 2011.
Jan Burger (left) and Jason Lutes sign books for Comics Fest attendees, 2011.
Jason Lutes with the winner of a sponsored prize drawing, provided by the Friends of the Durham Library, 2011.
Jarrett Krosoczka demonstrates character proportions with Lunch Lady, 2011.
Thanks to our Sponsors!
The Durham Comics Fest is made possible by funds from the Friends of the Durham Library with additional support from the Durham Library Foundation. Thank you!
Thanks also to our community and media partners:
- Atomic Empire
- Chapel Hill Comics
- Durham Reads Together
- IDW Publishing
- Ultimate Comics
- Archaia Entertainment
- First Second Books
- Top Shelf Productions
- Carmike Wynnsong 15
- Cocoa Cinnamon
- Shannon Summit
- Splat Space
- Fullsteam Brewery
- Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Read Local Book Festival
Durham Comics Fest is an annual, all-ages celebration of comics and graphic novels. More info coming soon!
As a program of Durham County Library, Durham Comics Fest is free and open to the public.
About the organizers:
Amy Godfrey is the Children’s Manager at Southwest Regional Library.
Contact Amy at 919-560-8595 or email@example.com.
Patrick Holt is an Adult Services Librarian at Southwest Regional Library.
Contact Patrick at 919-560-8648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Wood is a Systems Support Technician for Library Technology.
Contact Matthew at 919-560-0191 or email@example.com.