Friday, October 10
Art and the Civil Rights Movement
12:00 pm, Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center • 3200 Dearborn Dr.
Join Gail Williams in a presentation and discussion of the impact of visual images from March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Williams is an artist, educator and career counselor. This program is co-sponsored by Durham Reads Together.
Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center is located at 3200 Dearborn Dr. in Durham, NC:
Saturday, October 11
Film Screening: White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities
in Comic Books
3:00 pm, Stanford L. Warren Branch Library • 1201 Fayetteville St.
In this thought provoking, interactive documentary film screening of White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in American Comic Books and community dialogue, Georgia State University professor of African-American Studies Jonathan Gayles critically discusses the contemporary societal relationships and 40-year evolution of black superheroes in American comic books. He examines how their portrayal is predicated on the longstanding backdrop of American racial history which often portrayed African-American men in overtly negative and stereotypical ways. This program is co-sponsored by Durham Reads Together.
Thursday, October 23
Teen Auto-Bio Comics
6:00 pm, East Regional Library • 211 Lick Creek Ln.
Join illustrator Eric Knisley for this creative event! Knisley will demonstrate and teach tweens and teens basic comic drawing techniques. In honor of the Durham Reads Together book, March: Book One, participants will draw a comic illustrating one important moment or event in their lives. Bring your doodling ideas, and join the fun! Refreshments provided. This program is co-sponsored by Durham Reads Together.
Friday, October 24
Durham Comics Project Book Release Party
Time and location coming soon.
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.
Saturday, October 25
Comics Fest 2014 – The Main Event!
12:00 – 5:30 pm, Southwest Regional Library • 3605 Shannon Road
Workshops, activities, prizes and author visits for comics fans of all ages!
Full schedule and guest list coming soon.
Sunday, October 26
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Comic Book that Changed the World
3:00 pm, Southwest Regional Library • 3605 Shannon Road
Join Andrew Aydin, co-author of March: Book One, for a talk on the comic book that inspired John Lewis to write March. Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story was published in December 1957 by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. This comic inspired Lewis and many other young activists to join the movement and use the principles of nonviolence to battle racial discrimination. The comic has a long history of inspiring activists and has been used in South Africa, Uruguay, Vietnam, Egypt and Latin America. This program is co-sponsored by Durham Reads Together and the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
More info coming soon!
Past Comics Fest Guests
Sara 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.
Ben 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.
Mark 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.
Willow 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.
Scott 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
Will 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.
Jason 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.
Nate 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.
Raina 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.
Kirill 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
Photos from Past Fests
Raina Telgemeier runs a cartooning workshop for kids, 2013.
Raina Telgemeier demonstrates comics storytelling, 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.
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: