I have the good fortunate of participating in two really cool events this weekend.
I’ll be speaking on a panel at the Drawing Power event in Pittsburgh this Saturday, April 20th.
Drawing Power: Comics Zines and Books in Pittsburgh and Beyond
A one day event celebrating and exploring the small press and self-publishing comics and zine community of Pittsburgh and its connection to the larger world.
Saturday, April 20th
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater (lower level)
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Moderators will be Bill Boichel from Copacetic Comics and Caitlin McGurk from the Billy Ireland Collection at OSU.
Panel 1: The Pittsburgh Scene, Bill Boichel moderator
Panel 2: Self-Publishing, Caitlin McGurk moderator
Panel 3: A Career in Comics, Caitlin McGurk moderator
There will be tables packed with locally produced zines and books for both perusal and sale, as well as new releases from our out-of-town artist guests and a selection from around the world.
Secondly, in Chicago, I’m part of a group art show about self-care and self-publishing!
Long Arm Stapler First-Aid:
Self-Care In Zines and Mini Comics
Curated by Liz Mason and Neil Brideau
Exhibition 4/20/13 – 5/31/13
April 20, 2013 6:00 – 9:00pm
The Annex @ Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 303
Chicago, IL 60622
The exhibit “Long-Arm Stapler First Aid” features pieces by a variety of zinesters and comics artists. The pieces discuss and/or illustrate self-care topics that both help themselves and inspire the reader to be their own advocate in self-improvement. In honor of self-publishing as a means to foster well-being, Spudnik Press is proud to host this exhibition featuring dozens of zine makers from across the country, including Edie Fake, Rinko Endo, Kathleen McIntyre, Ramsey Beyer, Liz Prince, Dina Kelberman, Sara McHenry, Maris Wicks, Beth Barnett, Nate Beaty, Raleigh Briggs, Danielle Chenette, Emilja Frances, Turtel Onli, Trubble Club, Caroline Paquita, Sarah McNeil, Milo Miller, Corinne Mucha, Kitari Sporrong, Missy Kulik, Cathy Leamy, Erick Lyle and more.
Long Arm Stapler First Aid will also include a limited edition exhibition zine, compiled by Liz Mason, encompassing relevant self-care themes in zines and mini-comics such as: healing, grief, fitness, and medical issues. The exhibit will also feature a limited edition screenprint by Ramsey Beyer, published by Spudnik Press.
About the curators:
Liz Mason is the manager of Quimby’s Bookstore, known for selling a variety of self-published works, as well as the editor and publisher for the zine Caboose.
Neil Brideau is comics artist and comics sommelier at Quimby’s Bookstore, as well as an organizer of CAKE, Chicago’s Alternative Comics Expo.
*Image Credit to Dina Kelbermann
If you’re in either of those cities, check out these events! They should be really fun. I’ll be in Pittsburgh in person, and in Chicago in spirit.