What do hip-hop culture and comic books have in common? Join Ed Piskor, New York Times best-selling, award-winning cartoonist on hursday, August 4th at 6:30 pm as he discusses his 40-year career illuminating that connection.
Join leading comics publisher Francoise Mouly for a conversation about the wondrous possibilities for artistic and emotional expression that comics and visual narratives allow. Art editor of The New Yorker since 1993, Mouly is editorial director and publisher of TOON Books, as well as co-founder, co-editor, and publisher of the comics and graphic magazine Raw with her husband, cartoonist Art Spiegelman. In recent years, TOON Books has spurred a revival of interest in children’s comics, both vintage and contemporary.
June 28, 2016
“Funny Ladies: A Conversation with Four New Yorker Cartoonists” Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30 pm at the Museum of the City of New York
Father’s Day is a great time to talk about the new DC comic Superman --- Chapter One: “The Son of Superman” featuring the original super family especially when you get to talk to its inker, Mick Gray. Gray also worked on another epic father-son team, Batman and Robin. Mick Gray (Superman, Batman and Robin, Promethea) is a staple at San Francisco Bay Area conventions --- and so is his daughter, 15-year-old Genevieve, a talented musician and artist.
February 23, 2016
Dore’ Ripley, a lecturer at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), had a better afternoon than most on January 20th. Why? Gene Luen Yang --- the recently named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author of BOXERS & SAINTS, THE SHADOW HERO, AMERICAN BORN CHINESE and more came to visit! The CSUEB alum had a lot to say about Asian representation in comics, both today and throughout history. Dore’ recounts some of the most interesting parts of his talk, below, so read on --- your comics knowledge is about to get a lot more nuanced!
December 27, 2015
Terrific overview from Publishers Weekly with industry insiders talking about what's been going on with graphic novels in the last decade.
October 16, 2015
Any nerd worth his or her comic book collection knows that Comic Con is one of the biggest pop culture events on planet Earth (and probably others, too). On October 6-9, East Coasters had their turn to dress up and head out for a weekend of fascinating panels, screenings and surprise trailer drops at New York Comic Con. Our very own Carol Fitzgerald braved the trip to the Javits Center --- unfortunately not dressed in costume, unless you count her signature turquoise digs --- and here, with the help of four TBRN friends, reports on all the crazy things she heard and saw. No spoilers, although multiple reports claim Jon Snow is alive and well and ate a BBQ brisket sandwich at the food court. Keep scrolling for some amazing photos, courtesy of Maya Gittelman.
October 12, 2015
Like Dorothy says, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” but when she touched down in Oz I bet she didn’t think it would take over a decade to get back to her roots. Dan Vado knows what it’s like. The owner of Slave Labor Graphics (SLG) and creator of the Alternative Press Expo (APE) returned to San Jose, California, October 3rd and 4th for an outstanding expo showcasing independent artists, creators and publishers.