This Sunday sees the grand return of the always lovely Brooklyn Book Festival. Seriously, the whole day is a gracious experience wandering among publisher tents, meandering to panels with cultured and interesting authors, surrounding Borough Hall in Brooklyn. In essence, it's the beginning of autumn for book lovers in New York, and for some time now, comics have found a home and quite a deal of respect at the Brooklyn Book Festival.
To that end, here are the major panels and talks held on Sunday the 21st that pertain to comics. We might have missed out a couple, since the panels often combine comics and literature on certain thematic topics, but these are the ones flying their comics flag in obvious fashion. We've thrown in a panel here on legal advice regarding intellectual property for authors since that continues to be a big need for self-education among comics creators.
Look out for many signings happening at publisher booths and after panels as well–it's a great place to pick up a new graphic novel and have it inscribed or doodled in. With local bookstores, and publishers like Abrams Books, DC Entertainment, Drawn and Quarterly, Fantagraphics Books, Koyama Press, McSweeney's, NBM, Papercutz, TOON Books, and more running booths, you'll have plenty to choose from.
The Festival runs from 10AM to 6PM and is FREE and open to the public. Also, keep the CBLDF Satellite Event on Monday on your radar if you're in the city (see below).
Comics Quick Draw
Critically acclaimed syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft (The Zero Degree Zombie Zone), Eisner Award winner Ursula Vernon (Dragonbreath), and Ben Hatke, author of the American Library Association Notable Children's Book Zita the Spacegirl square off against each other in a lively drawing contest inspired by suggestions from the audience. Moderated by PW Comics Editor, Calvin Reid.
Single Facing City: Coming of Age Comics
New graphic narratives by popular comics creators Mike Dawson (Angie Bongiolatti), Michael Cho (Shoplifter), and MariNaomi (Dragon's Breath ) follow the lives of very different young women, all striving for their place, identity, and their own way to change the world—some fictional, some confessional, all unforgettable. Moderated by Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review. Featuring screen projection.
Dystopian Adventure Comics
Alternative reality stories from genre-bending, cult comics superstars Brandon Graham (Multiple Warheads), Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies) and Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl). Discover the amazing worlds of these ongoing series and epic graphic novels. Moderated by Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly Comics World. Featuring screen projection.
Sex, Drugs, Dysfunctional Families—Plus Witches!
Hilarious stories from the altcomics universe, from leading-edge indie artists you love to read online (or to find as beloved mini comics passed creator-to-fan): Julia Wertz (Museum of Mistakes), Simon Hanselmann (MegaHex), coming from Australia, and Jennifer Cruté (Jennifer's Journal). Moderated by Jonathan W. Gray. Featuring screen projection.
Draw Your Own Cartoons! (workshop)
Award-winning syndicated cartoonist and illustrator of The Zero Degree Zombie Zone, Jerry Craft shares his experiences as a cartoonist and illustrator. Craft will give you instructions on how to use simple shapes to create your own cool comic book characters.
Losing and Finding Yourself: Comics of Heartbreak and Healing
Three award-winning artists offer their stories of traveling the world, through illness, anxiety, love, family, loss, and survival. Gabrielle Bell (Truth is Fragmentary), Mana Neyestani (An Iranian Metamorphosis), John Porcellino (Hospital Suite), and Anya Ulinich (Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel). Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos, ed., Best American Comics. Featuring screen projection.
Great Debates: Comic Books on Historical Controversy
Who shot JFK? Who was the 5th Beatle? How can a wife forgive her husband, her husband forgive God? From global politics to pop music to personal immigrant stories of the early Lower East Side, these new graphic nonfiction books offer fascinating, carefully researched, beautifully drawn histories of never-settled debates. With Vivek Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle), Dan Mishkin (The Warren Commission Report), and Liana Finck (A Bintel Brief). Moderated by Heidi MacDonald, Publishers Weekly, The Beat. Featuring screen projection.
Virtuosos: Comics Creators that Defy Classification
Award-winning artists Charles Burns (Sugar Skull), Eleanor Davis (How to be Happy) and Paul Pope (Battling Boy) are some of the most exciting creators on the scene today, helping to define indie, literary comics while also defying genre classification. Join them as they talk about how they orchestrate their art. Moderated by Lisa Lucas, Guernica Magazine. Featuring screen projection.
Jonathan Lethem and Jules Feiffer in Conversation
Jules Feiffer (Kill My Mother), one of the most influential editorial cartoonists of our time, and novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem (Dissident Gardens) discuss the power of satire, dissent in their work, and the influence of cultural and political collisions. Moderated by Ken Chen, Asian American Writers Workshop.
Calling All Creators: Intellectual Property Legal Advice
You may have come to earth with the ideas and the talent, but you need to learn how to navigate the legal pitfalls of protecting intellectual properties – from development to distribution and delivery.Michael C. Donaldson (The American Bar Association's Legal Guide To Independent Filmmaking) is passionate about helping creators navigate the legal side of the business and has worked with everyone from Oliver Stone to Lawrence Bender. The first tip is "Don't miss this program." Moderated by Christina Mulligan,Brooklyn Law School.
*And don't miss Monday's Satellite Event:
647 Fulton St.
September 22, 2014
Free for CBLDF Members & BKBF partners. Suggested donation $5 – $10 for all others.
Celebrate the Freedom to Read with the city's greatest graphic novelists at CBLDF's Banned Books Week Kick-Off! Join us to wind down another successful Brooklyn Book Festival, and to celebrate the opening of Banned Books Week, which this year celebrates comics and graphic novels! Mingle with comics creators and learn what you can do in your community to protect the freedom to read! This event is free to CBLDF Members and Brooklyn Book Fest partners.