An annual festival of comics and cartoon art
All events free to the public
Julie Doucet Collage Exhibition
Acclaimed visual artist and cartoonist Julie Doucet presents her recent collage work. Please join for a reception with the artist!
7 - 9PM
The MAD Fold-In Art of Al Jaffee
Organized by Gabe Fowler for Comic Arts Brooklyn
Created in 1964, the Fold-In has appeared in every Mad issue to this day, usually on the inside back cover of the magazine. This exhibition includes twelve original paintings and preliminary drawings.
6 - 9PM
Book Sales & Signings
Come see over 100 exhibitors, many with new books and artists signing at their table! Full list above. We highly recommend showing up early to beat the crowds.
11AM - 7PM
by Wizard Skull
The artist known as Wizard Skull alters old animations cels by inserting new characters and bringing the old cels to life with new meaning.
7 - 11PM
Talks & Interviews
Join us for a full slate of programming with some of the greatest artists on Earth. Please note that each panel will be first come, first served, and the room must be cleared at the conclusion of each talk. Please plan accordingly!
11AM - 6PM
Business Talk Partner Zone
Kutikuti is an artist collective formed in Finland in 2005. Since then, the core of 6 people has grown into a non-profit contemporary comics group which now includes over 30 members. Don't miss their new installation at Wayfarers!
6 - 9PM
Al Jaffee: Unfolded
Al Jaffee began his long and illustrious career in comics in 1941 with the “inferior man” feature for Quality Comics. He later joined his high-school pal Harvey Kurtzman at Mad Magazine in 1955, and went on to create hundreds of features for MAD, including the iconic “Mad Fold-In” and “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” Now, at age 93, he has contributed to 480 issues of the magazine, more than any other mad artist.
Charles Burns: Down the Black Hole
We’ll enjoy a retrospective of Burns’ work as an illustrator (Sub Pop, The Believer, The New Yorker) and as a cartoonist (Black Hole, Big Baby, RAW), with a focus on the recently released third book of his graphic novel trilogy, X’ed Out.
Tim Lane, Jim Rugg, and Ben Marra: Neo Noir
These three cartoonists love tough yeggs, mean streets, and femmes fatales. All three have recent work evoking smoky, double-crossing noir. Each creator will present and discuss his own gods of Noir through slides depicting specific works by artists whose work they admire.
Roz Chast and Art Spiegelman: Talk about something more pleasant
Roz Chast’s hilarious cartoons are practically synonymous with the New Yorker magazine. Her recent work, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant,” surprised her readers as a frank memoir about her parents’ final years.
Aisha Franz, Lisa Hanawalt, and Jillian Tamaki: Cutting Edges
Aisha Franz (Earthling), Lisa Hanawalt (My Dirty Dumb Eyes) and Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer) have all produced comics that touch upon issues of sexuality, humor, and the surreal.
Richard McGuire: Here and Now
Fans of artist Richard McGuire may know him as a musician, designer, cartoonist, children’s book author, illustrator, or all of the above. Many have been waiting years for the book-length version of his influential piece “HERE,” which originally ran in RAW magazine in 1989. The wait is nearly over! A recent exhibit featuring “HERE” at the Morgan Library unpacked the work through original art and specific reference material which McGuire will share at this talk. “HERE” is specifically interested in the conflux of time and memory through a graphic conceit that is at once obvious and brilliantly original. Chris Ware has credited the work with capturing “something closer to real memory and experience than anything that had come before.”
Raymond Pettibon: High and Low
Pettibon came to prominence in the early 1980s in the southern California punk rock scene, creating posters and album art for Black Flag, The Minutemen and other groups in the So Cal Punk movement. Initially his work was mainly circulated via band flyers and limited-edition photocopy books, making him a figurehead of the handmade zine movement. He has since gone on to international acclaim, occupying a role in the art industry that affects every level of culture from film to fashion to interior design. His process and identity remain deeply rooted in the often uncelebrated story of both newspaper comics and the comic book and their unsung craftsmen and women. This talk will focus on the role comics and comics history continue to play in his development.