This year, we’re going all out. And for a respectable comic arts festival, that means we need programming. So we’ve put together the coolest panels we could with the help of a bunch of our stand-out guests. You’re going to want to take at least one break from buying and buying (and selling) to sit in on some of these discussions.
Each panel will be 40 minutes to an hour long, and will be held in the gallery space at the Locust Moon Comics store at 34 S. 40th Street, two and a half short blocks from our main event at The Rotunda. There will be ample volunteers on hand to point the way if you’re not sure where to go.
And hey, why not grab some delicious food on your way out of the Rotunda and make a lunch (or supper) date out of it? Just a tip.
A Conversation with John Workman & Todd Klein
These two award-winning creators discuss their five decades in the industry, from the early days at DC Comics to working with Moebius at Heavy Metal, from Walt Simonson’s beloved Thor run to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.
Ultimate Warriors: How Image Comics, Wrestling & the Cold War Changed a Generation
Join Box Brown, Ian Harker, Cyn Why, Jasen Lex, and Katie Skelly as they talk about how the culture of their childhoods influenced themselves and a whole generation of cartoonists.
The Jack Kirby Museum
We are proud to have the Jack Kirby Museum in attendance at this year’s festival, and museum treasurer Rand Hoppe will be on hand to discuss the life and work of the King of Comics, and the mission to see Kirby properly recognized by the industry he helped build.
Out from the Underground
Richard Greene hosts a talk with underground comix legends Kim Deitch and Jay Lynch, where these seminal alternative comics creators discuss the early work that made them famous and their transition in later years to the fine arts.
Meathaus: An Introspective
In the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, a group of artists came together at SVA in NYC and gave birth to the art collective Meathaus. In the time since, they have gone on to become the leading cartoonists and illustrators of their time. The Meathaus gang, made up of artists such as James Jean, Farel Dalrymple, Tomer Hanuka, Brandon Graham, Becky Cloonan, Nate Powell, Tom Herpich, Esao Andrews and a host of other top creators, has influenced a generation. Join co-founders Farel Dalrymple and Chris McDonnell, along with Jeffro Kilpatrick and Ron Wimberly, as we take a look at the past and present of this incredible collective.