October 21-22, 2017 · Cambridge, MA

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo is a free weekend event showcasing the best in new and local comics!

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Our weekend schedule is live!
Friday, October 6, 2017

Start planning out your MICE weekend now with our show schedule! MICE 2017 offers a full weekend of comics-related programming from insightful panel discussions to interactive workshops for all ages and skill levels. Highlights this year include: Worldbuilding in Comics (Saturday, 5 – 6pm) with four creators delving into the development and design of their fictional universes. Also up for discussion is Comics and Migration: Moving Visual Language Into America (Sunday 2:30 – 3:30pm) an exploration of the benefits of using the universal language of comics to demonstrate cultural identity to readers. If you’re looking to try your hand at cartooning, workshops from MICE Special Guests Kazu Kibuishi (Saturday, 2:30 – 3:30pm) and Jason Shiga (Sunday, 12 – 1pm) should not be missed. See you there!

MICE 2017 Preview Night at Alley
Monday, September 25, 2017

This year’s MICE is right around the corner, but before the big weekend, we invite you to join us for our first-ever MICE Preview Night at Alley (10 Ware St., Cambridge, MA 02138) on Sunday October 1, 2017 from 3 to 5 pm! This event affords an excellent opportunity for attendees of our show to meet the artists and for our exhibitors to get to know their audience (and each other!), as well as getting an in-depth look at the new comics being developed for MICE. Several artists will give presentations on works-in-progress that will be debuting at MICE and show their original art. You can get an up close look at how cartoonists create and ask any of the burning questions you’ve always been meaning to ask! There will be refreshments provided, ensuring a fun and engaging evening of art. This event is free and open to the public.

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Guest Announcement: Mark Siegel!
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Photo credit: George Baier IV

MICE is pleased to announce 2017 guest Mark Siegel! Mark is the founder of First Second, Macmillan’s graphic novel imprint, which offers an ambitious collection in every age category, in a wide range of themes and styles. First Second has published beloved and award-winning titles such as This One Summer, American Born Chinese, and Anya’s Ghost. In addition to editing, Mark is the author and illustrator of several picture books and graphic novels, including Moving House (Roaring Brook, 2011), Oskar and the Eight Blessings (Roaring Brook, 2015), and Eisner nominee Sailor Twain (First Second, 2012), which author John Irving called “a gripping novel with compelling characters, enhanced by haunting, erotically charged artwork.” Mark’s latest project is the graphic novel 5 WORLDS (Random House, 2017), the first volume in an epic science-fiction series for young readers. The series is also an epic collaboration, written with his brother Alexis Siegel, and illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun.

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Guest Announcement: Jason Shiga!
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Join us in welcoming Jason Shiga to our MICE 2017 guest lineup! Jason is an innovative cartoonist from Oakland, CA whose graphic novel Meanwhile (Amulet Books, 2010) broke new ground in comic storytelling with a “pick any path” format. His most ambitious project is his webcomic Demon, a dark comedy about an immortal man’s misadventures in finding a way to die. The series – an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, an NPR Best Book of the Year, and Eisner Award winner – is now published by First Second Books, with the final and 4th volume debuting at MICE! Jason has just returned from a year in residency in Angoulème, France, where he has been working on his new comic, The Box, which expands on the themes and narrative mechanics that Shiga developed in Meanwhile.

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Guest Announcement: Liz Prince!
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Please say hello to MICE 2017 guest Liz Prince! Liz is a local cartoonist known for her charming diary comics that share her experience in and out of relationships and the awkwardness of her adolescence, all with humor and honesty. Her autobio comic collections include Alone Forever (Top Shelf, 2014), Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir (Zest Books, 2014) named one of Kirkus Review’s best books of 2014, and Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? (Top Shelf, 2005) which received the Ignatz for Outstanding Debut in 2005. Liz has written and drawn comics for all of your favorite Cartoon Network shows, and is the creator and writer of the new BOOM!Box series about paranormal punk rock, Coady and the Creepies, a collection of which will be debuting at MICE!

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Guest Announcement: Kazu Kibuishi!
Friday, September 1, 2017

MICE is happy to announce special guest Kazu Kibuishi! His Amulet series of graphic novels from Scholastic, a perennial favorite in the world of YA comics, is a dazzling and exciting fantasy adventure. Kazu’s early work includes his webcomic Copper and his debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, which won the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award. As the editor and a contributor to the Flight and Explorer anthologies, he has curated and fostered a showcase for innovative creators working in all-ages fantasy, adventure, and sci-fi comics.

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Guest Announcement: Isabel Greenberg!
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Photo credit: Lydia Garnett

MICE is excited to introduce you to our 2017 guest from across the pond, Isabel Greenberg! Isabel is a London-based illustrator and writer. Her first graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth (Little Brown, 2013), is a layered narrative of original creation myths rendered in a charming folk art style. It was nominated for two Eisner awards, won the Best Book category at the British comic awards, and was one of NPR’s 100 books of the year. Isabel’s second graphic novel, The One Hundred Nights of Hero (Little Brown, 2016), continues her own mythology, and explores a secret legacy of female storytellers in an imagined medieval world. Isabel’s most recent work can be seen in the collection A Castle in England (Nobrow, 2017).

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Guest Announcement: Michael DeForge!
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

MICE is pleased to welcome its first guest, Michael DeForge! The Toronto-based illustrator draws the webcomic, Leaving Richard’s Valley, where he regularly explores a bizarre and beautifully mutated world with a meditative tone. He is best known for Lose – a series collecting his short-form comics, published through Koyama Press – which has earned recognition from the Eisners and the Doug Wright Awards. He recently wrapped up his tenure as a designer for Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, contributing his signature style to the show’s effects, characters, and storytelling. Michael’s most recent graphic novel, Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero, is out this year from Drawn + Quarterly.

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