Guess what’s coming up in a month and a half? That’s right, this year’s annual MSU Comics Forum, coming to you live from the Snyder Phillips Lookout Gallery in beautiful East Lansing, Michigan, March 1st and 2nd! I have to say, I’m really geeked to be working with Ryan Claytor (elephanteatercomics.com) and Jay Jacot (J2 Comics) again this year as the Forum’s Panel Coordinator. I can’t wait to see all of the undoubtedly incredible submissions you guys are going to send my way!
Wait, rewind, you don’t know what the MSU Comics Forum is? Michigan State’s own little comic convention that brings creators, scholars, and the public together for a couple of days of comicy goodness? We have hours of panel discussions and round tables presented by the best and brightest minds in comics scholarship. The Forum also features Artist Alley, showcasing uber-talented Michigan creators and artists hailing from other exotic locales. You can grab free swag, buy some of their amazing work, and learn what it’s like to be a legit comics creator.
Oh man, and did I forget to mention that our keynote speaker is Nick Bertozzi? Unfamiliar? USE THE INTERNET SON! I’ve ripped a little info from our main page, but you should definitely check out this gentleman’s great work.
“Bertozzi received a Xeric Grant and multiple Harvey Awards and Ignatz Awards for his cartooning. He is the writer and artist of the graphic novel Lewis & Clark (First/Second). He collaborated with Jason Lutes on the graphic novelHoudini: The Handcuff King (Hyperion/CCS) and drew Glenn (The Colbert Report/Daria) Eichler’s STUFFED! (First/Second). Bertozzi is author of The Salon (St. Martin’s Griffin) a graphic novel about Picasso, the discovery of Cubism, and magical absinthe. He is hard at work on a cartoon biography of Lenny Bruce for Houghton-Mifflin, written by Harvey Pekar and you can read his ongoing sci-fi/fantasy cartoon, Persimmon Cup, for free every week at ACT-I-VATE (http://activatecomix.com).”
Want to submit a presentation for consideration at the Forum? The deadline is fast approaching, Jan 31st, so head on over to the official MSU Comics Forum Panel Submission page to download the full call and to brush up on all of our rules and regulations.
I’m looking forward to see you all there!