Schedule

MICE will feature two full days of comics programming with workshops and demonstrations by professional artists, along with panel discussions on topics central to comics.  All of our panels and workshops are appropriate for all-ages, but look for the Kid-Friendly tag for activities geared toward families and young readers. MICE is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct 21 / Sunday, Oct 22

11:00 AM - 12:00PM

  • Kid-friendly
  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Panel to Panel

A picture can say a thousand words, but two pictures can say even more! Cartoonist Braden Lamb (Adventure Time Comics) leads experiments in putting different random pictures together to come up with all new stories and ideas. Then create your own comic that’s more than the sum of its pieces!

Instructor: Braden Lamb

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Panel

ASL Interpreting Available

Comics and Medicine

Medicine and public health are increasingly turning to comics as tools for teaching, storytelling, and more. This panel will talk about aspects of “graphic medicine”, including projects rooted in health education, medical history, and library science. The panel will be recorded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region, and will be shared publicly online.

Moderator: J.L. Bell  Panelists: Matthew Noe, Iasmin Omar Ata, Cathy Leamy, Kriota Willberg

11:30 AM - 12:30PM

  • Kid-friendly
  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Character Evolution

Discover the secrets of character design through a fun exercise led by cartoonist and animator Bob Flynn. Create your own creature that starts simple, then levels up into an awesome monster!

Instructor: Bob Flynn

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Comic Storytelling and Pacing

The art of comics is not just about writing or drawing, it’s how the pictures go together to tell your story. Explore different visual storytelling methods with comic creator Dirk I. Tiede. Exercises in outlining and thumbnailing will help you establish a sense of time, mood, and pacing between panels, across a page, and throughout an entire book.

Instructor: Dirk I. Tiede

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Kid-friendly
  • Panel

ASL Interpreting Available

Iron Cartoonist

Sponsored by Blick Art Materials

MICE pits top cartoonists against each other in a live drawing event. Utilizing themed “ingredients,” three artists will compete for the title of ultimate cartoonist and earn prizes for audience members!

Host: Zack Giallongo  Contestants: Luke J. Howard, Luke B. Howard, Abby Howard  Judges: Christina Kelly, Mark Siegel, Zach Clemente

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Kid-friendly
  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Fuzzy, Funny, Fierce! Drawing Animals

Do you love comics starring animals? Do you want to draw your own? We’ll talk about our favorite animals, how to draw them, and how to tell their stories in our comics. Art supplies will be provided, so be ready to DRAW!

Instructor: Zoe Piel

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Writing for Comics

Sponsored by PINE MANOR COLLEGE, Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program

Explore the dual languages of comics and discuss the parameters of the form with cartoonist Josh Neufeld of the Solstice MFA Program’s Graphic Narratives Concentration. Then jump into the comics-writing process: visual thinking, encapsulation, and scripting. We’ll end on a short exercise that will leave you excited about writing your next comic!

Instructor: Josh Neufeld

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Panel

ASL Interpreting Available

Comics and Islam

Muslim identity and practices are featured more comics than ever, from mainstream titles like Ms. Marvel to independent graphic memoirs. This panel takes stock of this important growing field — including the brand-new book Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation — and presents the perspectives of both academics and creators.

Moderator: Hillary Chute  Panelists: Hussein Rashid, A. David Lewis, Sara Alfageeh

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Kid-friendly
  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Cartooning Adventure

Join Amulet series creator and celebrated graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi in this interactive workshop. Be ready to draw and learn how to start your own quest in comics!

Instructor: Kazu Kibuishi

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Kid-friendly
  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Comic Life Drawing

This introduction to figure drawing gives cartoonists of all skill levels an opportunity to draw from a live model! Explore the basics of dynamic movement, weight, and human anatomy. Easels, paper, and conte crayons will be supplied.

Instructor: Cara Bean

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Panel

ASL Interpreting Available

Inspiration and Influence

All artists are affected by the work of others, whether it be giants of the past or contemporaries. Four exciting comics creators reveal the artists who have informed their storytelling and graphic styles. Stylistic chameleon R. Sikoryak leads the discussion on the nature of artistic influence.

Moderator: R. Sikoryak  Panelists: Ethan Rilly, Michael DeForge, Katie Skelly, KL Ricks

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Kid-friendly
  • Panel

ASL Interpreting Available

Worldbuilding in Comics

Inhabiting an imaginary universe is one of the great pleasures of comics, for creators and readers alike. In this panel, four adept world-builders discuss the development and design of their fictional universes, and how they use the medium to reveal and explore them in a narrative context.

Moderator: Evan Dahm  Panelists: Isabel Greenberg, Mark Siegel, Anne Szabla

Saturday, Oct 21 / Sunday, Oct 22

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Kid-friendly
  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Making Mini-comics: The One Sheet Wonder

Grab a single sheet of paper and be ready to draw your next comic! Cartoonists Laura Terry (Graveyard Shakes) and Amelia Onorato show you how to make make the simplest of mini-comics from start to finish just by drawing, folding and using your imagination.

Instructors: Laura Terry and Amelia Onorato

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Panel

ASL Interpreting Available

Queer Fantastic

How do LGBTQ themes, character and creators blend with worlds of fantasy, science fiction and the supernatural? What happens when queer stories take place in imaginary or science fiction realms? A panel of creators discuss their work at this juncture of genre and identity.

Moderator: Melanie Gillman  Panelists: Mildred Louis, Blue Delliquanti, Ashanti Fortson, Olivia Li

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Kid-friendly
  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Interactive Comics

Go behind the scenes with Jason Shiga (Demon, Meanwhile) and his 20 year career making choose-your-own-adventure style comics. Jason shares his one of a kind experiments and methods so you can learn the secrets of creating your own interactive comics!

Instructor: Jason Shiga

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Kid-friendly
  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Drawing from Imagination

Images can be more powerful and blend better with words in comics when they come from your mind’s eye. Kurt Ankeny will guide you through techniques to exercise your visual memory and hone your ability to distill the essential image of an object from observations or photographs.

Instructor: Kurt Ankeny

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Panel

ASL Interpreting Available

Making Comics (When Everything Sucks)

Combining the personal and political in a timely manner, this panel will discuss the challenges and rewards of creating comic art during difficult times. Like everyone, cartoonists grapple with issues of emotional, mental, and physical well-being, which many of us are finding exacerbated by the political environment. How do comics artists remain creative and find meaning in their work while struggling to pay the rent, get through the next petition or Facebook rant, and take care of themselves?

Moderator: Heide Solbrig  Panelists: R. Sikoryak, Liz Prince, Luke J. Howard, Whit Taylor

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Techniques in Autobiographical Comics

Discover what make memoir and nonfiction comics tick with cartoonist Sophie Yanow. Explore long-form and short-form autobiographical comics, and then try out exercises and techniques to help you kick-start a daily diary comics practice.

Instructor: Sophie Yanow

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Inking Techniques

Markers, brushes, crow quill pens… There are many different inking tools you can use in comics, and each can inform the mood and feel of your drawings. Now you can test them out for yourself! Comic artists Clay McCormack and Jesse Lonergan lead demonstrations and exercises to familiarize you with some of the tools used by professionals.

Instructors: Clay McCormack, Jesse Lonergan

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Panel

ASL Interpreting Available

Comics & Migration: Moving Visual Language Into America

Comics represent a unique format for capturing a cartoonist’s life, history, family, and memory in a way that visually recalls cultures, customs, and traditions that are new to a wide swath of readers. In this panel, we will explore the benefits of using the universal language of comics to demonstrate cultural identity to readers in order to open them up to the world and experiences of the cartoonist.

Moderator: Jason Rodriguez  Panelists: Julia Alekseyeva, Dave Ortega, Iasmin Omar Ata, Leila Abdelrazaq

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Kid-friendly
  • Workshop

ASL Interpreting Available

Fold Up Comics

There is a wide variety of folding and book construction techniques that can help create a truly unique reading experience. Cartoonist Jerel Dye (Pigs Might Fly) will introduce you to accordion book design to make your next comic something that everyone will want to open up!

Instructor: Jerel Dye

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

  • Panel

ASL Interpreting Available

Comics and Poetry

There is an ongoing relationship and cross-pollination between comics and poetry. Comics creators, poets and critics will explore the formal elements and energies that link the two art forms, as well as discuss recent experiments in poetry comics.

Moderator: Hillary Chute  Panelists: Steph Burt, Madeleine Witt, Franklin Einspruch, Christopher Spaide

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