Upcoming Comics Calendar

By | Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Leave a Comment
Some of the online comics events in the coming month and change. As usual, please check the time zones noted below and adjust to your location as appropriate.
  • May 11, 6:00pm EST
    Comic Artists Zachary Wilcox & Kenny Porter discuss FEARLESS

    Join The Doylestown Bookshop as they welcome comic artists Zachary Wilcox and Kenny Porter as they present their new graphic novel FEARLESS. While a book purchase is not required, they invite you to support the authors by purchasing their book HERE. Zach will personalize any copies of FEARLESS purchased leading up to and during this event! (Please note who you would like the book inscribed to in the order comments section at checkout.)
  • May 11, 6:00pm ET
    Howard Chaykin – Part III: PARADIGM IN PRACTICE

    The Paradigm in Practice deals with writer tools for story breakdown, and also the hidden nuances of comic storytelling. How should you format a script, regardless if you’re working with an artist or drawing it yourself? Why do panel borders MATTER? How can a conversation become the greatest action? How do you best bring the reader into the time-and-place setting of your story? All this and more is addressed by one of comics’ greatest storytellers! CRUCIAL information for pros, and deeper appreciation for enthusiasts! Chaykin’s Paradigm classes are not prerecorded YouTube videos or seminars you just silently watch. These are live, interactive classes in an intimate and friendly Zoom video setting where you get to ask Chaykin questions and he gets to see YOUR work in real-time. Registration: $30 US.
  • May 11, 6:30pm (EST?)
    Interpreting the Past Through Comics

    Visual History: Interpreting the Past Through Comics explores how creators have used comics and graphic novels to tell the stories of the Civil Rights Movement, Japanese internment, and our current rash of police violence against African-Americans in new and accessible ways that reach wide audiences that may not frequent library stacks or academic lectures. Featuring Justin Eisinger, Brian Hawkins, and David Walker.
  • May 12, 6:00pm IST
    Fête de l’Illustration & de la Bande Dessinée: Live Readings + Q&A

    Illustrators Ireland & The Comics Lab have selected the most promising indie comic makers from Ireland and France to bring their comics to life. The experience is a fully immersive storytelling event that combines illustration, sound, and live performance in what feels like a cross between theatre and animation. This year’s performers include Sarah Bowie, Philip Elliott, Clare Foley, Debbie Jenkinson, Julien Laloy, Elida Maiques, Melody Ung, Eoin Whelehan. Live talks moderated by Illustrator Philip Elliott. Event in English.
  • May 12, 6:30pm EDT
    Spark Comic Jam 2021

    Guess who’s back?! The Spark Comic Jam returns for a second round! Join Jordan Sparks and his friends Mystayre, Jiayi, and OkappiVX once again as they collaboratively create wacky comics together live on stream! Don’t know what a Comic Jam is? Well we’ll introduce you to this sparktacular comics concept!
  • May 12, 8:00pm ET
    Women in Comics: Early Innovators and Creators

    Celebrate ground-breaking comic book creator Lily Renée's 100th birthday! Event moderated by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson with special guests: Colleen Doran, Trina Robbins, Kim A Munson, MariNaomi, and David Armstrong.
  • May 12, 8:30pm CDT
    'NYC in Comics: A History of Comic Art's Ultimate Backdrop' Webinar

    Join the New York Adventure Club as they celebrate and analyze three of the greatest versions of Batman, aka the Caped Crusader: the Batman TV series (1966-8), Hall of Fame comic book artist Neal Adams’ legendary Batman run (1968-74), and Warner Bros.’ groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series (1992-5). explore how New York City has been depicted in comics, graphic novels, and the superhero genre throughout comic art history, from realistic carbon-copy environments to thinly-disguised versions seemingly different by name only. Led by Arlen Schumer. Registration: $10 US.
  • May 13, 12:00pm EDT
    Nuances of Racial Bias in America: Making Art in Response to Anti-Asian Hate

    Join Academic Director Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Ph.D., and Columbia's M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program for a webinar exploring current issues and how tactics such as conflict analyses, restorative justice, and role-playing simulations can help to resolve them. Fisher-Yoshida will lead a webinar conversation with four NYC-based Asian-American artists about creating work in response to the latest surge in violence toward Asians in this country and why visibility and speaking out are more important than ever. Panelists include: Cindy Trinh, Yao Xiao, John Lee, and Connie Sun.
  • May 13, 6:00pm IST
    Fête de l’Illustration & de la Bande Dessinée: Pénélope Bagieu's 'Les Culottées" Screening & Talk

    Seven episodes of the animated series Les Culottées (Brazen). Initially published in Le Monde Blog, Pénélope Bagieu's Les Culottées shines a new light on 30 women, each revolutionary in their own way. The portraits were collected into 2 award-winning, best-selling graphic novels that won the prestigious Eisner Awards. The screening will be followed with presentations by French directors / animators Charlotte Cambon and Phuong Mai Nguyen who adapted the comic book. Screening & talk in English.
  • May 13, 6:00pm (ET?)
    Shary Flenniken with Sarah Glidden

    Something of a landmark publication is celebrated here today as once-up-a-time Seattle cartoonist Shary Flenniken (now based in Brooklyn), will be joined in conversation by cartoonist author Sarah Glidden, on the occasion of the release of Trots and Bonnie (New York Review of Books Comics). This book brings together, so far as we know, the first appearance in book form of Trots and Bonnie, who appeared back in the day in the pages of National Lampoon, where Shary Flenniken was an editor forty years ago. Shary Flenniken’s work also appeared in such magazines as Mad, Premiere, and Details. She was a pioneer in her time - and the work, as response to Trots and Bonnie’s publication, is no less fresh than it was years ago.
  • May 13, 7:30pm EST
    Get to the Point! A Source Point Press Interview

    Don't miss Bob Salley and Dr. Christina Blanch, writers of the new series BROKEN GARGOYLES: SIN AND VIRTUE, on Get to the Point!!!
  • May 14, 4:00pm IST
    Fête de l’Illustration & de la Bande Dessinée: Create a Comic Strip with BDnF Children Workshop

    Children from 6 to 9 years old are invited to create their own comic strip using the free app BDnF! BDnF allows users to make comics, graphic novels or any other narrative combining both images and text, drawing from hundreds of graphic elements (characters, objects, decorations and bubbles) specially designed or taken from the digital collection of the BnF (France National Library). Everyone will get to create and export their own comic with the assistance of Guillaume Clerton from The French Library. Event in English.
  • May 14, 9:00am EST
    TCAF LED: Keynote: Jeff Smith, in conversation with Mark Askwith

    TCAF Libraries & Education Day is a day of programming aimed at teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians, library workers and collection managers who want to know more about incorporating comics and graphic novels into their collections and classrooms. Their 2021 keynote speaker Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL, Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil) will be in conversation with Mark Askwith.
  • May 14, 10:15am EST
    TCAF LED: Challenging Indigenous Stereotypes in Comics

    Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author David A. Robertson will discuss the far-reaching impact and real-life implications of presenting stereotypes as the truth. The talk will dive into the representations and sexualisation of Indigenous women and its societal impact, the culpability of this media, and what impact positive representations can have on healing.
  • May 14, 11:30am EST
    TCAF LED: Memoir Comics Workshop With Robin Ha

    Making comics is fun and all it takes are blank papers, a pencil, and a story to start it. Join cartoonist Robin Ha to learn how to turn your daily life into comics. In this workshop, you’ll get a basic overview of the comics-making process from developing your story, making layouts, to drawing the final pages of your comics. You’ll also learn about the drawing materials and the elements in comics that you can use to make unique and creative comics. All ages and experience levels are welcome!
  • May 14, 12:30pm EST
    TCAF LED: Social Mingling Session

    Wondering about all the great books that are coming out this Spring? Come in and chat with publishing representatives and creators from Scholastic Canada, Penguin Random House (1:00pm – chat with Cale Atkinson, creator of the new Simon & Chester graphic novel series, geared toward kids 6 to 9), Harper Collins, Fantagraphics, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group + First Second! See sneak previews of some of the books available this year. Want some recommendations for your class, program, or library? Go right to the source and see what’s available. Float between their online rooms, explore their catalogues and connections, come and go as you please.
  • May 14, 1:30pm EST
    TCAF LED: Good for Health, Better for Education: Science Fiction Comics

    Inspired by the tagline “Good For Health, Bad For Education” from sci-fi cyberpunk graphic novel series AKIRA, Good for Health, Better for Education is a panel discussion between creators J. Torres, Ronald Wimberly, S.M. Beiko, librarian Kim Hull and moderator Angélique Roché. The program will explore the future of sci-fi graphic novels and the value of incorporating them in classrooms and libraries, from AKIRA and beyond.
  • May 14, 2:45pm EST
    TCAF LED: The Graphic Medicine Confab: Am I Teaching Graphic Medicine?

    Join the Graphic Medicine Confab collective of cartoonist/educators Georgia Webber, Joel Christian Gill, Benjamin Schwartz, Kriota Willberg, and their guest librarian Matthew Noe for a panel moderated by Katherine Stebbins. This dynamic group shares their interests in graphic medicine topics including illness narratives, history, racism, surviving trauma, and more. They describe multiple approaches to teaching graphic medicine to medical, artistic, academic, and self-care populations. When you combine various resources, teaching objectives, course topics, and classroom exercises, it becomes evident that there are many different ways you could be teaching graphic medicine.
  • May 14, 4:00pm EST
    TCAF LED: Comics Publisher Speed-Dating

    Join NBM/Papercutz, Renegade Arts Entertainment, Highwater/Portage & Main, and Arsenal Pulp Press for a series of short sessions to learn about new and forthcoming graphic novels from each press and meet creators. Over the course of this session publishers will rotate between your break-out rooms in 10-15 mini-sessions that offer a mix of presentations and Q&A session!
  • May 14, 5:00pm EDT
    CCOL TCAF Mini Comics Read Aloud

    Join artists Robert Liu-Trujillo, Duachaka Her, and Nina Slykhuis-Landry for a live event of mini comics readings with the Canada Comics Open Library! Each artist will perform a selection from their comics and then there will be a Q&A with the audience.
  • May 14, 7:00pm EST
    TCAF: R. Sikoryak’s Comics Carousel

    R. Sikoryak’s Comics Carousel is the place where comics and performance meet picture shows. A talented array of creators join Robert to offer an illuminating intersection of comics of the moment. Showcasing Abby Denson (Kitty Sweet Tooth), Decur (When You Look Up), and John Jennings (After the Rain) this Carousel offers comics readings, performances, and introspective looks at a range of comics from the fantastical to the introspective, juvenile and adult. Take a spin and stay to ask some questions about the varied and wonderful world of comics!
  • May 14, 7:00pm EST
    Making Poetry Comics

    Join The Believer this Friday for a workshop on making poetry comics, led by Bianca Stone. Poem provided; no need to write one in advance.
  • May 14, 8:00pm EST
    TCAF: Life Into Comedy

    Life into Comedy addresses incorporating life experience and presenting it in the comedy genre with a particular focus on the process of holding life events and producing comedy through sequential art. Meichi Ng (Barely Functional Adult), Shary Flenniken (Trots and Bonnie), Thom (Casa Rodeo), Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota (Johnny Wander) are in conversation with moderator Boum.
  • May 15, 11:00am IST
    Fête de l’Illustration & de la Bande Dessinée: Comic Design with Sarah Cunningham Children Workshop

    Irish illustrator Sarah Cunningham will help children from 8 to 12 years old to create their own comic strip. The workshop will focus on character design and comic creation. Sarah Cunningham uses light and colourful images to discuss serious topics such environment, animal rights, equality, mental health and body positivity. Event in English.
  • May 15, 1:00pm EST
    TCAF: Kids Like Me

    David A. Robertson (Breakdown), Jennifer Haines (founder of The Dragon comics and game store), Yehudi Mercado (Chunky), and J. Torres (Planet Hockey) discuss the genuine representation of BIPOC storytellers and characters. What happens when BIPOC characters and their stories are centred in comics? How does the existence of these narratives impact young BIPOC readers?
  • May 15, 3:00pm EST
    TCAF: Harm Reduction & Comics

    An incredibly important panel discussion featuring Michael Linnell (Linnell Publications), P.J. Patten (Tower25), and moderated by Ruthie Titus from Pieces to Pathways. We will talk about comic arts and its relationship to facilitating language around harm reduction through nuance and genuine narratives. In other words, keeping it 100.
  • May 15, 5:00pm EST
    TCAF: No Holds Barred

    “No Holds Barred,” featuring Jaime Hernandez (Love & Rockets, Queen of the Ring: Wrestling Drawings), Katie Skelly (Queen of the Ring: Wrestling Drawings), Jarrett Williams (Super Pro K.O.!), Aubrey Sitterson (The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling), Chris Moreno (The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling), and moderator S-Quire Johnson, is a discussion about the impact of pro-wrestling in our lives as artists who are inspired by history and culture. They’ll talk about:
    • The history of women in pro-wrestling.
    • What makes us fans of pro-wrestling.
    • How pro-wrestling informed our artistic practices, and much more!
  • May 16, 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.
  • May 17, 7:00pm BST
    LDC Monthly Online

    A live LDComics online event with guests sharing illustrated presentations about their comics work, career-life tips, latest graphic novels and more! Guests this month are MK Czerwiec (aka Comic Nurse), Lee Lia, and Anne Mette Kærulf Lorentzen.
  • May 18, 12:00pm ET
    Comics Creators Getting Coffee

    Join Blue, Barry & Pancakes creators Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson for an Instagram Live event! Brought to you by :01 First Second and Comics Relief.
  • May 19, 6:00pm (PDT?)
    Grownups Unite! Sandman Vol. 1

    Join the Grownups Unite! crew as they discuss, Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes on Wednesday May 19th, at 6 p.m. Come join your fellow adults who love comics and graphic novels! Sacramento Public Library staff will also highlight new Graphic Novel titles for adults.
  • May 20, 8:30pm CDT
    'The Silver Age of Comics: Rise of the Flawed Superhero' Webinar

    Join the New York Adventure Club as they explore the Silver Age of comic books, a period between 1956-1970 that introduced hyper-realistic superheroes into real-world settings, blurring the lines between fact and fiction. Led by Arlen Schumer. Registration: $10 US.
  • May 22-23
    COMIC ART LIVE - Matt Wagner

    As part of Comic Art Live, Matt Wagner is offering the following exclusive experiences through TalentTalk:
    • Private meet-and-greet + ORIGINAL (2.5 x 3.5) inch sketch card of a character of your choice + shipping/handling
    • Private meet-and-greet + ORIGINAL (4 x 4) inch sketch coaster of a character of your choice + shipping/handling
    Meet-and-greets will take place on May 22 & 23. You will be assigned a time. They are scheduled for five minutes, where you’ll be able to say “hi” ask a couple of questions, and SEE Matt with your drawing! Registration: $125-$175 US.
  • May 22-23
    COMIC ART LIVE - Dan Jurgens

    As part of Comic Art Live, Dan Jurgens is offering the following exclusive experiences through TalentTalk:
    • Private meet-and-greet + ORIGINAL (2.5 x 3.5) inch sketch card of a character of your choice + shipping/handling
    • Private meet-and-greet + ORIGINAL (4 x 4) inch sketch coaster of a character of your choice + shipping/handling
    Meet-and-greets will take place on May 22 & 23. You will be assigned a time. They are scheduled for five minutes, where you’ll be able to say “hi” ask a couple of questions, and SEE Dan with your drawing! Registration: $175-$225 US.
  • May 22-23
    COMIC ART LIVE - Andy Lanning

    As part of Comic Art Live, Andy Lanning is offering the following exclusive experiences through TalentTalk:
    • Private meet-and-greet + ORIGINAL (2.5 x 3.5) inch sketch card of a character of your choice + shipping/handling
    • Private meet-and-greet + ORIGINAL (4 x 4) inch sketch coaster of a character of your choice + shipping/handling
    Meet-and-greets will take place on May 22 & 23. You will be assigned a time. They are scheduled for five minutes, where you’ll be able to say “hi” ask a couple of questions, and SEE Andy with your drawing! Registration: $100-$125 US.
  • May 22-23
    COMIC ART LIVE - Howard Chaykin

    As part of Comic Art Live, Howard Chaykin is offering the following exclusive experiences through TalentTalk:
    • Private meet-and-greet + ORIGINAL (2.5 x 3.5) inch sketch card of a character of your choice + shipping/handling
    • Private meet-and-greet + ORIGINAL (4 x 4) inch sketch coaster of a character of your choice + shipping/handling
    Meet-and-greets will take place on May 22 & 23. You will be assigned a time. They are scheduled for five minutes, where you’ll be able to say “hi” ask a couple of questions, and SEE Howard with your drawing! Registration: $125-$175 US.
  • May 22-23
    COMIC ART LIVE - Kevin Nowlan

    As part of Comic Art Live, Kevin Nowlan is offering the following exclusive experiences through TalentTalk:
    • Private meet-and-greet + ORIGINAL (2.5 x 3.5) inch sketch card of a character of your choice + shipping/handling
    • Private meet-and-greet + ORIGINAL (4 x 4) inch sketch coaster of a character of your choice + shipping/handling
    Meet-and-greets will take place on May 22 & 23. You will be assigned a time. They are scheduled for five minutes, where you’ll be able to say “hi” ask a couple of questions, and SEE Kevin with your drawing! Registration: $150-$200 US.
  • May 25, 8:30pm CDT
    'Superman: Analyzing the Fleischer Studios Superman Cartoons' Webinar

    Join the New York Adventure Club as they analyze the Fleischer Studios' smooth-flowing and higher-quality Superman cartoons, and their incalculable influence on today’s animators, film directors, and comic book artists. Led by Arlen Schumer. Registration: $10 US.
  • May 27, 8:00pm CDT
    Howard Chaykin + Mark Waid

    Howard Chaykin rarely works with other writers, preferring to draw his own scripts. One writer he will always work with is Mark Waid. Why? “Mark Waid is one of the two writers with whom I’ve worked with a genuine understanding of the real estate of the comic book page.” 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.
  • May 29, 9:00am WAT
    PHCity Comic Con

    An avenue for showcasing storytelling creativity in its multimedia forms of Comics, Films, Novels, Animation and Games. PHCity Comic Con is an event for fans of comic books, games, novels, film, anime/animation and cosplay to mingle, network and have fun.
  • June 4, 6:00pm ET
    Howard Chaykin – Part I: PARADIGM

    Comic books rule our cultural landscape today—look no further than all the top-grossing movies. But HOW is the language of comics constructed? What do shapes, distance, and movement tell us about time and journey? And how is this all connected (no lie!) to live theater? In this visual demonstration, Chaykin walks participants through the PARADIGM, the perfect and archetypal visual to illustrate the hidden language, syntax, and vocabulary of comics and the comics page. BONUS: Participants will also get an ACTUAL three-page excerpt from a comic book script to follow and use what they’ve learned to create a layout based on the principles of the paradigm. Participants ALSO have the option of sending their layouts to Chaykin after the fact of a real professional critique! Registration: $30 US.
  • June 5-6, 12-13
    IMAGINATION 101 with J.M. DeMatteis

    Join master storyteller J.M. DeMatteis for two weekends exploring the realms of imagination, from the metaphysical to the practical. They’ll ponder the big questions...
    • Where do ideas come from?
    • What part does will play in the creative process?
    • Is the best writing actually an act of channeling?
    • Do we create the story or does the story create us?
    ...and tackle the day-to-day realities of a career writing superhero sagas, fantasy epics and animation. Registration: $699.99 US.
  • June 11, 6:00pm ET
    Howard Chaykin - Part II: 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.
  • June 18, 6:00pm ET
    Howard Chaykin – Part III: PARADIGM IN PRACTICE

    The Paradigm in Practice deals with writer tools for story breakdown, and also the hidden nuances of comic storytelling. How should you format a script, regardless if you’re working with an artist or drawing it yourself? Why do panel borders MATTER? How can a conversation become the greatest action? How do you best bring the reader into the time-and-place setting of your story? All this and more is addressed by one of comics’ greatest storytellers! CRUCIAL information for pros, and deeper appreciation for enthusiasts! Registration: $30 US.
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