October 20-21, 2018 · Cambridge, MA

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

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Save the Date for MICE 2018!
Monday, February 19, 2018

MICE 2018 will be held the weekend of October 20−21, 2018, at Lesley’s University Hall in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA. For our 9th annual event, MICE will continue to bring you special guests and comic creators from New England and beyond along with a full schedule of hands-on workshops and engaging panel discussions. We here at MICE HQ are busy planning another great year and can’t wait for you to join us!

Applications to exhibit at MICE will open April 2nd. Keep an eye out for our registration guidelines in the weeks to come.

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Mass Cultural Council Festivals Grant
Thursday, October 19, 2017

We are pleased to announce that MICE is a 2017 recipient of a Mass Cultural Council grant through its Festivals Program.

Since the beginning, MICE has put a focus on the art of making comics in the community by offering learning opportunities such as creative workshops for both children and adults, as well as hosting panel discussions examining the craft and culture of comics. We love to connect local comics creators with a local audience. To that end, we are excited about our support from the Mass Cultural Council.

Mass Cultural Council funds reach every community in the Commonwealth. Its mission is to promote excellence, education, access and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences, to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the vitality of our communities and economy.

Visit the Cartoonarium on the Lower Level of University Hall to see live drawing demonstrations by exhibitors and local cartoonists. Ask them about their process, tools, and techniques!

MICE is a Safe Space
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

As MICE weekend approaches, we here at MICE Headquarters just want to reiterate the terms of our Safe Space Policy. MICE is proud to be a safe space, free from harassment of any nature for all participants. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to race, gender, sexual orientation, body size, disability, appearance, and religion, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention. We hope the show is a positive experience for everyone, but in the event of an incident or emergency, our staff is prepared to help you. MICE staff has gone through formal BARCC Active Bystander Training. We also have a working relationship with the security personnel affiliated with Lesley University should the need arise. You can read our full policy here.

We want everyone who comes to MICE, Attendees, Exhibitors, and Staff, to have the best show possible! We have your back.

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.

Let us know that you can make it!

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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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