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Warren Commission Report Signings and Events!

August 29, 2014 by  
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The Warren Commission ReportWe’re only a few weeks away from the release of The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination, and writer Dan Mishkin and I will be making a bunch of appearances to celebrate our book’s birthday!

Here’s where and when you’ll be able to find us:

Wednesday, September 17, 7 pm – Vault of Midnight, Ann Arbor, MI

Sunday, September 21, 3 pm – Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY (Dan only)

Tuesday, September 23, 7 pm – Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI

Saturday, September 27, 1 pm – Green Brain Comics, Dearborn, MI

Tuesday, September 30, 7 pm – Schuler Books, Lansing, MI

Thursday, October 9, 6 pm – Bergen Street Comics, Brooklyn, NY

Dan and I will also be participating in a handful of panels at New York Comic Con this October! While we are not tabling at the show, you’ll be able to meet us and get your copy of The Warren Commission Report signed after the Abrams ComicArts Preview Panel.

Hope to see you this fall!

Mini-Comics Day in Ann Arbor!

April 4, 2011 by  
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This Saturday, April 9 from 11 am to 6 pm, the University of Michigan Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library, in conjunction with the Cartoonist Conspiracy, will be hosting a Mini-Comics Day!

If you’ve ever heard of the 24-Hour Comics day, this event is very similar. You’ll be invited to complete a mini-comic in the time allotted, working along side other local cartoonists. Whether you’re 8 or 80, you can make comics, and this event will be a great opportunity to finish a story while enjoying the support of other cartoonists.

I plan to be there for at least a couple hours, and I hope to see you there, too!


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Authors in Chelsea!

April 1, 2011 by  
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Mark your calendars, comics and writing enthusiasts! On April 13 from 6:30-8:00 pm I’ll be teaching and presenting at the Authors in Chelsea event!

I’ll be in good company, as the other two featured authors are none other than Gail Carson Levine and Johanna Hurwitz. We’ll all be leading presentations on how to be a storyteller, whether it’s books or comics, followed by a signing at the Chelsea District Library.

No registration required for this event. But you can download this event to your calendar as a reminder, and be sure to tell a friend!


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Make A Mini-Comic Workshop March 20 & 22!

February 15, 2011 by  
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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be leading two sessions of my Make a Mini-Comic Workshop at a new location: Blue House Ann Arbor!

In this two-hour workshop you’ll explore some general storytelling principles of comics such as moment choice, paneling, character design, and how sound is portrayed. After that you’ll brainstorm a story with the class, then turn that story into your very own 8-page mini-comic! If you’ve ever wanted to participate in a fun way to get started in comics, this is definitely a class for you.

The two sessions will run on Sunday, March 20 from 1-3 pm and Tuesday, March 22 from 4-6 pm. Registration is required, and spaces are limited, so sign up soon!


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Kids Read Comics Extravaganza!

February 4, 2011 by  
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Mark your calendars, comics enthusiasts in the Southeast Michigan area! On Saturday, March 12 from 10 am to 8 pm we will be holding a free event at the Ann Arbor Art Center!

The Kids Read Comics Extravaganza will be a one-day celebration of all ages comics and the cartoonists who make them. The event will be open to the public and offer free activities where you’ll be able to interact with cartoonists as they work, or even participate in hands-on workshops where you can make comics of your very own!

Some of the highlights of this event:

Quick Draw!
Imagine an episode of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” starring a quartet of quick-thinking cartoonists, and you’ll begin to get the picture of Quick Draw. It’s improvisational cartooning with plenty of audience participation.

Storytelling Workshops
Learn how a cartoonist uses drawings, panel size, and crazy sound effects to immerse their readers in the story! You will be led in an interactive discussion on some of the fundamental comics storytelling principles, after which you’ll be invited to create a short comics story of your own!

Free Sketches for Kids!
Get a sketch of your favorite character or your own creation, drawn by local participating cartoonists.

Free Comics for Kids!
Throughout the day we will be giving away free comic books for kids and teens.

Be sure to check back here and on the Kids Read Comics site for updates on this event as we draw closer to the big day! You can also RSVP via our Facebook event page.

You can help spread the word about the event via this handy PDF Flier, or use some of the web banners below!


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You can get updates on all of my future classes and workshops via my calendar in the sidebar or by signing up for email updates!

Kids Read Comics Call for Donations!

February 4, 2011 by  
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If you’re a cartoonist who makes comics for all ages, this message is for you: Let’s get more kids reading your comics!

Saturday, March 12, from 10 am to 8 pm we will be holding a one-day event at the Ann Arbor Art Center called the Kids Read Comics Extravaganza! You can think of this as a “mini-KRC”, featuring live art events, workshops, and opportunities for young people to interact with and learn from cartoonists.

We’re going to be giving away comics to kids during the day, but I’ve always got an eye on raising awareness of the incredible variety of comics to be found outside of the Direct Market industry. So if you’re an independent or self-publishing creator, I’m asking you to donate some mini-comics to be given away at our event.

These minis can be “ashcan” style, just simple b&w photo copied versions of your mini-comic printed on the cheap. I only ask that they are stories for all ages, nothing over PG-13. A few to a handful will be gratefully accepted. Kids will be delighted to get their hands on new comics, and you’ll be spreading the word about your work to an eager audience!

If you wish to donate some comics, you can send them to Green Brain Comics, 13210 Michigan Ave Dearborn, MI 48126. Please mark the package clearly that it’s for the Kids Read Comics Extravaganza. We will be accepting donations until March 10, 2011.

You can also help by printing and distributing this PDF flier to let others know about our event! Also feel free to use the image in this post on your website or blog!

If you’re a cartoonist in the SE Michigan area and you’d like to participate on March 12, contact me and we’ll discuss how you can get involved. I’d love to pack the house with terrific cartoonists!

Thanks in advance for supporting our mission to get more kids reading comics!

Coloring Comics Workshop Feb 6!

January 21, 2011 by  
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Wow, the first weekend in February is going to be great if you live in Southeast Michigan and want to know more about comics and cartooning! On Feb 5 there’s the cartooning workshop with Ruth Barshaw, and the next day I’ll be leading a series of short demonstrations on how to color your comics digitally in Adobe Photoshop Elements!

In this workshop you’l learn how to digitize your artwork, clean it up and correct mistakes, and how to apply color in a neat and easy-to-edit fashion. You can bring your own finished illustration to the event at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, where it will be scanned and put on a Macintosh computer for you to practice on. If you already have it digitized, you can bring the image on a USB stick to load onto the Mac.

I’ll be leading this workshop as the guest speaker for the Ann Arbor Comic Artists Forum, a free monthly gathering of cartoonists in the area surrounding Ann Arbor. No need to pre-register, but seating is limited for the hands-on workshop, so you might want to arrive early!

1-3 pm February 6, Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch


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I’ll be speaking at Ignite 5 in Ann Arbor!

January 20, 2011 by  
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Opened up my email this morning to a pleasant surprise–I’ve been selected to be a speaker at this year’s Ignite Ann Arbor!

From the website:

If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers.

I’ll be doing a presentation entitled (yup, you guessed it) Comics Are Great! Where I’ll highlight some reasons why I know this to be true, as well as some ways I’ve used comics in my classrooms to deepen students’ reading comprehension. And you can bet your boots I’ll be mentioning my work with Kids Read Comics there!

It’s going to be a challenge to sum up all of my feelings on the subject in 20 slides and five minutes, but I’m really looking forward to giving it the ol’ Maximal try.

You can see some past Ignite talks here. This year’s event will be on February 9 at 7 pm. Hope to see you there! Can’t make it? You can also watch the event live on Ignite Ann Arbor’s Ustream site.

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Update: I’ve also been selected to speak at Ignite Chelsea on February 11 as well! Now I have two presentations to put together!

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Make a Hybrid Book with Ruth Barshaw Feb 5!

January 19, 2011 by  
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If you have an interest in storytelling and cartooning, and especially if you’re a fan of books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I hope you will mark 1 pm Saturday, February 5 on your calendar, because Ruth Barshaw, the author of the popular Ellie McDoodle books will be leading a 90-minute workshop at the Chelsea District Library!

You will learn how to use a journal to document your life experiences in what some call a “hybrid style” of storytelling, that is neither pure prose nor comics, but uses the affordances of both. By the end you will have brainstormed, observed, and documented a few things in your own hybrid journal! You can bring your Ellie McDoodle books to be signed after the event, or purchase new copies during the signing.

I met Ruth at a Teachers Appreciation event in Lansing last year, and saw first-hand what her workshops look like. It’s a lot of fun to watch her open up her thinking process on how she keeps cartoonist journals. Some things are captured in images, others are taken down in words. I did a little presentation on comics at the same event, and Ruth, ever documenting her experiences in her journals, made an entry on my performance!

Registration is required, and seats are filling up, so sign up now!

This workshop is funded by the grant supporting my role as Artist in Residence for the Chelsea District Library and the Chelsea Center for the Arts.


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Fold Your Own Book Workshop January 12!

January 7, 2011 by  
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From 6:30 to 8:30 pm this coming Wednesday, January 12, I’ll be leading a really neat comics workshop with my wife Anne at the Chelsea District Library!

Our Fold Your Own Book workshop is a variation on the Comic-in-a-Box class we led last month at the Ann Arbor District Library. Participants will be instructed in making a comic story on a strip of paper and fold it like an accordion bellows. These folds become the “pages” of your narrative. Afterwards, the class will construct a box from a template and a collection of papers culled from magazines, art books, maps, and more. The box serves as the “cover” of your story, with the accordion comic housed within.

It’s a really fun way to explore visual storytelling with a bit of a 3D element. In the end all participants will have a super great art object that also tells a story!

Registration is required, and seats are filling fast, so sign up now!

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