Man, you take a weekend off, travel out of town, and then realize all the things you have coming up. Tonight I have a presentation at my library called What Are Graphic Novels? followed by our first Anne Arundel County Public Library Comic Con on Saturday.
As far as movie news…
I haven’t posted much comics-related news or reviews lately, but I did want to talk briefly about two upcoming events in Anne Arundel County, Maryland:
First, I will be presenting a program called “What Are Graphic Novels?” on Monday, May 9 at 7pm at the Severna Park Library. This program is aimed at adults (teens are also welcome) who either don’t know what graphic novels are or think of them only in narrow terms, i.e. “They’re just for kids” or “It’s just a bunch of capes and tights.” We want to show that there’s literally something for everyone.
We’re going to be (briefly) discussing the history of comics and graphic novels, how they have emerged into the culture (particularly in movies), and how they’re much more than just superhero stories. More importantly, we’ll take a look at how comics and graphic novels have helped struggling readers as well as people seeking to speak English as a second language. Plus we’ll have lots of great books you can check out at the event.
Second, the Anne Arundel County Public Library is having its first Comic Con on Saturday, May 14 at 10am at the Odenton Regional Library. “Spend the afternoon exploring comic books and literacy through panel discussions, interactive workshops, crafts for the kids and a costume contest.”
You can find out more information here. I’ll be at the con talking to several young readers, asking them about the types of books they’re reading, what they like, what they want more of, etc. I plan to put those mini-interviews together for an upcoming episode of The Comics Alternative for Young Readers, a monthly feature that I host with my good friend Gwen Tarbox. Although we’ve been discussing comics for young readers for several months now, this will be the first time we’ve actually heard from young readers themselves. Very exciting! I hope you can join us at both events as well as Free Comic Book Day at various AACPL libraries.
The Small Press Expo (SPX) last weekend was a real blast, but I still haven’t completely recovered from it. Derek and I had a great time there, but we also interviewed and spoke with a lot of people and discussed the Ignatz Awards at length. Derek did the majority of the interviews including a great interview with Bill Griffith about his new book Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Secret Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist and more.
If you’re into comics and have never attended the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland, you’re really missing out. I attended last year for the first time and have been thinking about SPX 2016 ever since. If you have even the slightest interest in independent comics, you should come for at least a day. (Hey, it’s only $15 for Saturday, Sept. 19, $10 for Sunday Sept. 20, and $20 for both days.)
Some of the guests who’ll be there include:
After a full day’s recovery from HeroesCon 2015, I’m ready to share my report with you. This was my first HeroesCon and I certainly hope this marks the first of many I’ll attend. If you haven’t been before – and, of course, if you love comics – I urge you to consider making HeroesCon a regular stop on your comics convention schedule.
The Two Guys with PhDs – actually, make that Three Guys with PhDs – will be appearing live at HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC this weekend, June 19-21. If you’re at the con, we hope you’ll stop by and chat with us.
If you’re a regular reader of Journeys in Darkness and Light, you know that I write reviews for The Comics Alternative and fill in from time to time on the podcast. I’m honored to be appearing with the Two Guys with PhDs, Derek Royal and Andy Kunka. I actually do have a doctorate, but it’s a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree in conducting. (You can read about my absolutely spellbinding dissertation if you ever have trouble sleeping.)
So please stop by and visit! You might even appear on a future podcast; you just never know…