Upcoming Comics Calendar

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Some of the online comics events in the coming weeks. As usual, please check the time zones noted below and adjust to your location as appropriate.
  • April 9, 11:00am (GMT?)
    Manga

    Japanese comics are drawn in many different styles, so we’ll be trying a few of the most popular, creating our own character, and then featuring them in a page of manga artwork. Workshop will be held via zoom and led by a professional cartoon tutor from The Cartoon Museum. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Registration: £12 UK.
  • April 9, 1:30pm (GMT?)
    Let's Draw The Beano!

    The longest-running weekly comic in the world has given us loads of classic comic characters. Learn how to draw some favourites and then design your own Beano front cover. Workshop will be held via zoom and led by a professional cartoon tutor from The Cartoon Museum. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Registration: £12 UK.
  • April 9, 4:00pm (CET?)
    Henry Kreklow | Comic drawing basics

    The course is primarily about showing you how to start and teaching you the manual skills. First geometric shapes are drawn, then the shapes are combined to create characters and find the right proportions for your own comic book hero. In German.
  • April 9, 6:30pm (CET?)
    Henry Kreklow | Basics of Comic Book Design

    "At one point, I understood what is important when it comes to drawing: Comics don't have to be pretty — you can practice drawing comics. Drawing comics is easy to learn — there are no rules. I started to draw every day! It was clear to me that I could never learn comic book characters just by reading you have to practice and not be ashamed to start from scratch." In French.
  • April 9, 2:20pm (EST?)
    Global Comics Lecture Series: The Making of Tales of the Orishas with Hugo Canuto

    University Libraries’ International and Area Studies Global Comics Lecture Series, in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies’ Afro-Brazilian Arts and Activism Lecture Series, presents an invited talk by Brazilian comics artist Hugo Canuto titled “The Making of Tales of the Orishas.” Hugo Canuto is an illustrator, comics author and architect. His works seeks to explore the relationship between art, culture and the mythology of Brazil and Latin America. He is the author of the Contos dos Orixás, a comic series adaptation of the epic stories of the Yorubá and their descendants. Contos dos Orixásis the winner of the Angelo Agostini award and nominated as a finalist for the Jabuti award in the Comic Book category. He is currently working on writing and illustrating A Canção de Mayrube and the second volume of the Contos dos Orixás series. This event will offer English/Portuguese simultaneous translation, provided by Raquel Luciana de Souza and made possible by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.
  • April 10, 3:00pm EST
    Hands On: ADVICE

    Critically acclaimed cartoonists, Cara Bean, Sheika Lugtu, and Jarod Roselló will give you advice on making comics! Use their linked form to receive a zoom link, and to submit a question for our panelists. (Submitting a question does not guarantee the question will be asked, but we'll try our best to include as many submitted questions as possible.)
  • April 10, 8:00pm ET
    Matt Wagner: Q-and-A and Original Art

    Your purchase of this Talk gets you access to a limited, private 45-minute Q&A session with Matt! Matt is happy to answer questions about the process, his experiences in comics, or art in general! Your purchase includes an original bust sketch by Matt of a character of your choice on a special, high-quality, 6.5-by-10 inch 3-ply illustration board provided by TalentTalk! Registration: $275 US.
  • April 12, 2:00 pm EST
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: Megascope

    Join John Jennings, the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, as he introduces the world to MEGASCOPE: a new line of graphic novels from Abrams ComicArts dedicated to showcasing speculative and non-fiction works by and about people of color, with a focus on science fiction, fantasy, horror, history, and stories of magical realism. John is joined by creators and editors from Megascope’s debut list, including illustrator David Brame (After the Rain), writer Eric Anthony Glover (Black Star), illustrator Arielle Jovellanos (Black Star), and Jazmine Joyner (assistant editor) as they discuss the creative process and vision behind the line. Moderated by Dr. Stanford Carpenter, cultural anthropologist and member of Megascope’s advisory board.
  • April 12, 6:00pm CDT
    Jackie Davis + Huda Fahmy: Vulnerability Is My Superpower

    Join Jackie Davis as she presents her newest book Vulnerability Is My Superpower: An Underpants and Overbites Collection. Joining Jackie in conversation is fellow published comic artist Huda Fahmy. Vulnerability Is My Superpower features Davis's relatable diary comics about self-discovery, mental health, relationships, and childhood. Registration: $5 – $39.99 US.
  • April 12, 6:00 pm EST
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: Controlled Chaos: Simon Hanselmann with Nathan Cowdry

    Join alternative cartoonists Simon Hanselmann (Crisis Zone) and Nathan Cowdry (Crash Site) for a friendly chat about their respective bodies of work. Their comics share many common themes: anthropomorphised animals, violence done to and by undergarments, drug-fueled escapades, and the value of loyalty, friendship and lust… er, love! We meant love!
  • April 13, 2:00 pm EST
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: Making Autobiographical Comics with Meghan Parker

    Join artist and educator Meghan Parker for an introduction to her new comic Teaching Artfully and a hands-on workshop. Teaching Artfully is an autobiographical comic that chronicles Meghan Parker's explorations as a new art teacher in a public high school. Created as a thesis for a Master of Arts at Simon Fraser University, Teaching Artfully uses the comic form to investigate art, education and what matters. Workshop participants will be guided along in creating their very own own autobiographical comic. Have a paper and pencil ready! Meghan Parker is an artist and educator based in North Vancouver, Canada. Her recently published book, Teaching Artfully, is an autobiographical comic exploring her questions and experiences as a high school visual arts teacher. Created as a groundbreaking thesis in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Teaching Artfully argues for comics in scholarship and celebrates and advocates for the arts in education.
  • April 13, 2:00 pm EST
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: The Dairy Restaurant with Ben Katchor

    Online discussion of The Dairy Restaurant with Ben Katchor. Hosted on Zoom. Meeting ID: 817 5564 9622 Passcode: 766926
  • April 13, 6:00 pm EST
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio with Derf Backderf

    Join acclaimed comics creator Derf Backderf as he discusses his newest, award-winning graphic novel Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio. Described by The New Yorker as "deeply researched and gut-wrenching,” Kent State explores the events that lead up to May 4, 1970, when the Ohio National Guard gunned down unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University. Using the journalism skills he employed on My Friend Dahmer and Trashed, Backderf has conducted extensive interviews and research to explore the lives of these four young people and the events of those four days in May, when the country seemed on the brink of tearing apart. Kent State is a moving and troubling story about the bitter price of dissent—as relevant today as it was in 1970.
  • April 13, 7:00 pm EST
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: THE BACKUPS Launch Event

    Join Alex de Campi—New York-based writer of critically-acclaimed graphic novels including Eisner-nominated heist noir Bad Girls and Twisted Romance —as she launches The Backups, a young adult graphic novel about crushes, confidence, and catchy choruses!
  • April 13, 7:00 pm EST
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: Ryan Holmberg: Manga 4.5: Building Comics with Mats and Stones

    Historian Ryan Homberg focuses on tropes of bohemian poverty in Haoan 50s and 60s. Hosted by NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium.
  • April 13, 8:00pm EST
    Spiny Orb Weaver No. 2 Release Event

    Celebrate the release of Spiny Orb Weaver No. 2, a publication about comics in South Florida! Comics critic Rob Clough will interview cartoonists Drew Lerman and Chris López.
  • April 14, 8:00am EDT
    AE Global Comic Webinar: Hocus Pocus Focus on Literacy and Creativity with Dwight MacPherson

    In January of 2017 his idea of an independent publishing company became a reality with the launch of Hocus Pocus Comics. Dwight and Rebecca MacPherson are passionate about the value of comic books in the classroom and with Hocus Pocus Comics, they can equip educators to discover this rich and unique resource to add to their classroom curriculum and libraries.
  • April 14, 2:00 pm EST
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: Live Drawing- Uncensored! John Cuneo and Joe Ciardiello

    In celebration of his upcoming book of collected drawings, Coping Skills, cartoonist John Cuneo (known for his New Yorker covers, illustrations, and a prodigious output of NSFW drawings) gives us a glimpse into his unique creative process with a virtual live drawing session. He’s joined in conversation by the equally talented and acclaimed illustrator Joe Ciardiello.
  • April 14, 6:00 pm EST
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: Shawn Martinbrough: Telling A Story

    A discussion on how to create a story starting from words to art. Shawn Martinbrough is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, published by PenguinRandom House. He is a creator/artist whose DC Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics projects include Batman: Detective Comics, DMZ, Luke Cage Noir, The Black Panther and Hellboy.
  • April 14, 8:30pm CST
    'The Art of Comic Books: Fine Art at Our Fingertips' Webinar

    Join the New York Adventure Club as they embark on a fascinating art journey that examines the great artists within the fine art and comic book art worlds, and how similar — or different — their artworks really are. Led by Arlen Schumer. Registration: $10 US.
  • April 15, 11:00am (GMT?)
    Create A Comic

    Learn how to design your own cartoon characters and then draw them in a one-page comic strip story. Great for beginners, and fun for those with a little more experience. Workshop will be held via zoom and led by a professional cartoon tutor from The Cartoon Museum. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Registration: £12 UK.
  • April 15, 1:30pm (GMT?)
    Let's Draw Superheroes!

    Superheroes have never been more popular, so here’s where you can learn how to draw a few favourites and invent a brand new one of your own. Workshop will be held via zoom and led by a professional cartoon tutor from The Cartoon Museum. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Registration: £12 UK.
  • April 15, 11:10am (EST?)
    Spotlight on Jacques Ferrandez

    You are invited to join us for a discussion with the French author, illustrator, and graphic novelist, JACQUES FERRANDEZ, on 15 April 2021. He will be visiting Professor Danielle Marx-Scouras’s two French classes: French 5403: “Albert Camus: A Writer for Our Time” (11:10-12:30) and French Honors 2101 (Introduction to French and Francophone Studies (2:20-3:40). Ferrandez will be discussing his work on Camus and his personal and artistic position “between two shores”. All discussions will be in French.
  • April 15, 2:00 pm EST
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: Let’s Make Comics with Mika Song!

    Do you love cute animals? Delicious foods? Drawing? Then join author and artist Mika Song for a fun-filled hour of reading and drawing, featuring her awesome kids graphic novel, Donut Feed the Squirrels! This workshop is great for families and young artists ages 5+.
  • April 15, 6:00pm ET
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: Storytelling++

    Join award winning artist/educators Maëlle Doliveux, Tim Hamilton, Aaron Meshon and Anna Raff as they discuss, debate and analyze how to further develop the sequential instincts of comic book artists and illustrators on their quest to tell better stories. Moderated by Viktor Koen, founder of the Summer Illustration Residency program at SVA, the presentation will share advise, methods and teaching experiences with a Q&A session to follow.
  • April 16, 11:00am (GMT?)
    Manga

    Japanese comics are drawn in many different styles, so we’ll be trying a few of the most popular, creating our own character, and then featuring them in a page of manga artwork. Workshop will be held via zoom and led by a professional cartoon tutor from The Cartoon Museum. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Registration: £12 UK.
  • April 16, 1:30pm (GMT?)
    Let's Draw The Beano!

    The longest-running weekly comic in the world has given us loads of classic comic characters. Learn how to draw some favourites and then design your own Beano front cover. Workshop will be held via zoom and led by a professional cartoon tutor from The Cartoon Museum. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Registration: £12 UK.
  • April 16, noon ET
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez in Conversation with Adrian Tomine

    Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez and Adrian Tomine sit down for an informal discussion of their methods, influences, some alternative comics history and more. This meeting of three of the most accomplished and influential alternative cartoonists working today is not to be missed!
  • April 16, 6:00pm ET
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: Drink & Draw Comics

    Join us to celebrate the comic and cartoon art week with our virtual Cosplay themed Drink and Draw! This event will be Hosted by Ted Michalowski and Cosplay Model Ariel Krupnik. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite comic characters and participate as Models as well as share the artwork.
  • Scholastic Korea Instagram Live
  • April 17, 11:00am (KST?)
    Scholastic Author Invitation Event

    Heather Ayris Burnell and Norm Feuti will be doing an Instagram Live event with Scholastic Korea. They will talk about Unicorn and Yeti and Hello Hedgehog and do a live drawing for the kids! It will be in English, but with live text translation into Korean.
  • April 17, 10:30am ET
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: Saturday Stories

    Join, acclaimed illustrator Libby VanderPloeg for an exciting workshop and reading of Brooklyn Bailey, The Missing Dog. Libby will share her approach to creating fun, colorful maps and then show participants how to make a map of their own that highlights one of their favorite places. For this workshop, participants will need: markers, colorful paper scraps (or construction paper), scissors, one 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper (any color or white), and a glue stick. Good for all ages 5 and up!
  • April 17, 7:00pm ET
    MoCCA Arts Fest Comic and Cartoon Art Week: The Adventure Zone Virtual Fan Meetup

    You won't want to miss :01's The Adventure Zone graphic novel virtual fan meetup on Saturday, April 17th at 7pm ET. Come dressed in your best TAZ-inspired cosplay for a chance to be featured in a cosplay fashion show, submit a trivia question to stump Travis and Clint, and get excited for an art reveal from The Adventure Zone: The Crystal Kingdom PLUS our preorder item announcement (trust us, you don’t want to miss this)! Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis. The event will also be live streamed! The first 15 people who register will have the opportunity to participate in our TAZ scavenger hunt AND win a $25 gift card to the McElroy merch store.
  • April 17, 9:00am CDT
    Authors Unlimited Online

    Authors Unlimited 2021 is a free program that celebrates reading by connecting teens and authors. Attendees will get the chance to meet Kristen Gudsnuk, Jen Calonita, and Arvin Ahmadi first at an author panel and then in smaller breakout sessions afterward.
  • April 18, 5:00pm EST
    Cartoonist Coffee

    Using Zoom's break-out rooms, we'll randomly split participants up into small groups to have 15-minute conversations. Get to know new cartoonists, spend time with friends you haven't seen in a minute! When the 15 minutes is up, we'll reshuffle participants for another small group conversation! No jerks! Bring your own coffee/tea/water/etc.
  • April 19, 2:00pm (EST?)
    Global Comics Lecture Series: Comics and the Humanization of the Middle Eastern Experience

    In the world of Middle Eastern cartoons and graphic novels, the artists often focus their discussions on politics, government, war, protesters, etc., which are all important topics. Very few artists, however, address the actual people who are living these experiences. Join International and Area Studies at The Ohio State University Libraries for our next installment of the Global Comics Lecture Series featuring Iasmin, a Middle Eastern, Muslim, queer and trans comics artist, who will address:
    • Humanizing Middle Eastern people and our stories in a world that politicizes us, and how we can convey these things through comics
    • The intersection of queer, trans and Middle Eastern identities past, present and future, and the importance of representation in art
    • Healing trauma through comics (and art in general)
  • April 20, 8:00pm ET
    Howard Chaykin + Mark Waid

    Comics is ultimately a collaborative medium (Chaykin will tell you about the SIX participants). Now, Chaykin and Waid will take you inside that collaborative process with BOTH some informal shop talk and philosophy AND some very hands-on examples of how a writer writes, and how an artist transforms written direction into a visual narrative. Waid and Chaykin will pull from their shared experience and show you what matches up, what gets BETTER, and WHY. Registration: $150 US.
  • April 21, 3:30pm (EST?)
    Global Comics Lecture Series: The Real and Serial in Zhang Leping’s The Wandering Life of Sanmao

    Sanmao, or “Three Hairs,” has entertained and educated readers in China and beyond from 1935 to the present, ranking him among the world’s longest-lived comics characters. Sanmao’s creator, Zhang Leping (1910-1992) adapted the wordless escapades of this gangly, pumpkin-headed orphan boy across more than fifty years of a changing historical landscape, from the mass entertainment of 1930s Shanghai and brutal wars of invasion and civil strife in the 1940s to Mao’s mass campaigns of the 1950s and on into the post-Mao era of economic reform. Sanmao lives on today in comics reprints in multiple languages, as well as a huge range of transmedia productions from live-action and animated films to stage plays, propaganda exhibits and even museums. Sanmao became a household name between the years 1947 and 1948, when Zhang Leping published The Wandering Life of Sanmao (Sanmao liulangji) across 250 installments in the Shanghai newspaper Dagong bao (L’Impartial). Wandering Life resonated with the realities of historical crisis during those years, a time of disastrous economic collapse and civil war on the eve of the 1949 Chinese communist revolution. Just as, if not more, important to the strip’s impact and lasting fame, however, was its form: an open-ended, serial comic strip embedded within the pages of another open-ended serial, the daily paper. How these two globalized serial forms, one fictional and the other factual, worked in symbiosis to engage the imagination of readers on the eve of a revolution is the topic of this lecture.
  • April 22, 8:00pm ET
    Mark Waid: Comic Writing

    This is a highly intensive, learning-focused session in which Mark will layout the ins-and-outs of plot structure, and creating riveting stories and memorable characters! Owing to the highly personal and instructive nature of this course, only 10 seats are available for this exclusive session! Proceeds from this talk benefit Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical or financial need! Registration: $125 US.
  • April 23, 8:00pm ET
    Dan DiDio

    Now YOU can talk to Dan and find out about the ins-and-outs of the comic business, how cartoons get on the air, and more! Dan is happy to answer questions about the business, or just talk comics or animation in general! Your purchase of this Talk gets you access to a private 55-minute Q-and-A session with longtime comic writer/editor/historian and animation executive Dan DiDio! Proceeds from this talk benefit Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical or financial need! Registration: $50 US.
  • April 24, 3:00pm EST
    Hands On: More Than Breaking Even with Sage Coffey

    Join Sage Coffey as they walk through the psychology behind sales, their approach to convention etiquette, and pricing self-published mini-comics to maintain accessibility without going broke in the process.
  • April 24-25, May 1-2
    DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE ON A DEADLINE: Comics and Graphic Novels Editing Workshop

    Enroll in this workshop to learn comics editing, an important aspect of making comics that is often considered a mystery. Whether you’re working for a publishing company or creating your own comics, editing is a major part of the creative and business process. Learn from legendary editor Danny Fingeroth’s decades of experience and success—and his stumbles, too—how to be the best possible editor you can be in a wide variety of situations. Experience editing decisions and conflicts through in-class and at-home editing challenges. You’ll look at classic published stories, raw scripts, problematic art, where you’ll have the chance to see what you would have done with it—and what ended up in the printed comics! Registration: $699.99 US.
  • April 27, 6:00pm ET
    Howard Chaykin – Paradigm: BEYOND

    Whether you’re a beginner trying to find your artistic voice or seasoned artist looking to hone your visual language skills, comic book artist/writer Howard Chaykin’s Paradigm art classes exclusively on TalentTalk teaches aspiring artists what shapes, distance, and movement tell us about time and journey. In this visual exploration, Chaykin takes you inside storytelling to walk you through page layout and show you WHAT works and WHY. Registration: $30 US.
  • April 27, 8:00pm EST
    The Future of Comics: Building The Community We Want to See

    Join Leila Abdelrazaq, Zach Clemente, Lawrence Lindell, and Carta Monir as they discuss their visions for the future of small press comics. Moderated by Neil Brideau.
  • May 2, 5:00pm EST
    Cartoonist Coffee

    Using Zoom's break-out rooms, we'll randomly split participants up into small groups to have 15-minute conversations. Get to know new cartoonists, spend time with friends you haven't seen in a minute! When the 15 minutes is up, we'll reshuffle participants for another small group conversation! No jerks! Bring your own coffee/tea/water/etc.
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