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Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 24-26, 2014

Friday, October 24

Durham Comics Project launch party

Come celebrate the unveiling of the Durham Comics Project book, a collection of comics about big and small moments of life in our community. Learn more at durhamcomicsproject.org.

Time and location coming soon.

 

Saturday, October 25

Workshops, activities, prizes and author visits for comics fans of all ages!

Southwest Regional Library – 3605 Shannon Road. Full schedule and guest list coming soon.

 

Sunday, October 26

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the The Comic Book that Changed the World – a collaboration with Durham Reads Together

MLK-montgomery-cover-smallJoin March co-writer and U.S. House staffer Andrew Aydin for a discussion of Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, the 1957 comic book that promoted the mission of Civil Rights activists.

Meeting Room, Southwest Regional Library – 3605 Shannon Road. Time coming soon.

Coming soon!

Past Comics Fest Guests

appel-photoSara Appel (2011) 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.

bolling-photoBen Bolling (2011) 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.

burger-photo Jan Burger (2013) is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies, and the creator of such comics as Uitke and the Lucky Penny.

 

clough-photoRob Clough (2011) is a Durham-based comics critic who writes for the print and online editions of The Comics Journal and at highlowcomics.blogspot.com.

crilley-photoMark Crilley (2012) 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.

dawson-photoWillow Dawson (2012) 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.

hampton-photoScott Hampton (2013) 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.

hansen-photoWill Hansen (2011) 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.

jarrett-photoJarrett Krosoczka (2012) is the author of the popular Lunch Lady graphic novel series, as well as many more books for children. Read more about Jarrett at studiojjk.com.

lutes-photoJason Lutes (2011) 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.

powell-photoNate Powell (2011) 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.

telgemeier-photoRaina Telgemeier (2013) is the award-winning cartoonist behind Smile, Drama and the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. Her latest book, due out August 2014, is Sisters. Read more about Raina at goraina.com.

tolpygo-photoKirill Tolpygo (2011) 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.

towle-photoBen Towle (2013) is the artist behind the folktale collection Farewell, Georgia and the biography Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean. See more of Ben’s work at benzilla.com.

vernon-photoUrsula Vernon (2013) is the writer and artist of the Hugo Award-winning Digger series for adults and the Dragonbreath series for children.

 

Photos from Past Fests

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Fans share their homemade Lunch Lady board game with Jarrett Krosoczka, 2011.

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Willow Dawson looks at work by a member of the Kids Comics Club, 2012.

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Ben Bolling, Will Hansen, Kirill Tolypgo and Sara Appel discuss the place of comics in the university setting, 2012.

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Mark Crilley demonstrates page design and panel layout, 2012.