Comic Artists Forum features Star Wars artist Katie Cook

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The Forum moves Downtown in December. Join us in the Multipurpose Room for a presentation by Katie Cook who does licensed work for Star Wars products, webcomics for The Clone Wars, The Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Heroes and Fraggle Rock. She’s also the creator of the webcomic Gronk: A Monster’s Story.

Afterwards take time to chat and share your work with fellow cartoonists or draw while listening to other cartoonists as they discuss techniques. Basic drawing supplies will be available.

Comic Artists Forum | Sunday, December 5 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Downtown | Grade 6 – Adult

Norwegian cartoonist Kim Holm Discusses Comics Publishing in the New Media Century

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Join us Monday, November 22 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the Malletts Creek Branch for a fresh view on the debate over the future of copyright during this interactive discussion with Norwegian cartoonist Kim Holm. Does copyright law ensure innovation and personal creativity, or does it steal from the public domain? While digital piracy is claimed to be an inevitability by some and a threat to capitalism by others, Kim has embraced the distribution methods used by pirates to broaden his audience. He has explored publishing models that altogether eschew the use of copyright, releasing his work into the public domain as a digital edition while simultaneously selling print editions on his website. During this presentation Kim will raise some provocative counter-arguments to commonly-held beliefs about current copyright law, exploring some of the ways it may be improved, if not discarded altogether.

Comic in a Box: Make an Accordion Mini-Comic

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Make an accordion mini-comic and a box that fits it perfectly. Cartoonists Anne and Jerzy Drozd will guide you through the process of making a "done in one" improvisational short comics story. Learn how to make an Accordion Mini-Comic with a strip of paper folded upon itself; draw your story, and fold it into a comic. Then with provided materials you will create a box for your comic. Voila! You have the perfect gift for friends or family.

Comic in a Box | Saturday, December 4 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Malletts Creek | Grades 6 - Adult

Meet Children's author & illustrator, Mark Crilley!

For many children meeting the author of a favorite book can be a life-changing experience! Mark Crilley, the author of the recent comic book release, Brody's Ghost Vol. 1, will be doing a special visit at the Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday November, 21 from 2:00-3:30 PM at the Downtown Library.

Mark Crilley was raised in Detroit and attended Kalamazoo College where he met children's book writer/illustrator (and 2001 Caldecott award winner) David Small. David’s example inspired Mark to pursue writing and illustrating professionally. Mark’s first series of books featured, “Akiko” The first in the series, "Akiko on the Planet Smoo", was published in 2000; the tenth, "Akiko and the Missing Misp", hit stores in 2008. Mark also wrote the Billy Clikk books and the four-volume manga series "Miki Falls.” Miki Falls has been optioned for film development by Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt's Plan B production company. Volume two of his newest series, Brody’s Ghost, will be released in January of 2011.

Join us for a high-energy, educational, hilarious and interactive afternoon. From telling stories and drawing characters attendees will be inspired by Mark’s creativity, talent and enthusiasm! The Vault of Midnight will be selling Mark’s books and Mark will sign these (and any personal copies that fans bring with) after his talk.

Happy Birthday Masashi Kishimoto!

Today, November 8, is the 36th birthday of Japanese Manga artist Masashi Kishimoto, creator of the hugely popular Naruto series. Naruto, for those not familiar with this collection, is the ongoing story of teen ninja Naruto Uzumaki and his adventures. For those not acquainted with the cultural phenomenon of manga, check out materials like Manga! Manga! : The World of Japanese Comics or go straight to a prime source like the magazine Shonen Jump: The World's Most Popular Manga.
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November Comic Artists Forum

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Looking for fresh ideas for your next comic or graphic novel creation? Do you enjoy drawing while listening to other cartoonists discuss their favorite drawing techniques or the latest trend in comics? Join this monthly forum. Bring your favorite drawing tools and enjoy a few hours of drawing, learning and sharing.

Guest artist this month will be Jim Ottaviani who is the author of many graphic novels about scientists ranging from physicists to paleontologists to behaviorists. His most recent is T-Minus, a book about the science and engineering of the space race. Other cool science graphic novels by Jim in the AADL collection include:

Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards
Dignifying Science: Stories About Women Scientists
Fallout: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and the Political Science of the Atomic Bomb
Suspended in Language: Niels Bohr’s Life, Discoveries, and the Century He Shaped
Two-Fisted Science: Stories About Scientists.

Comic Artists Forum | Sunday, November 7 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Malletts Creek | Grade 6-Adult

What's a Zine? Find out October 10!

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Zines are small, self-published booklets which are usually printed with a photocopier or home printer. They include comics, poetry, travel essays, how to’s – anything you want to express – and can even be used in the classroom to jazz up writing assignments. Though zines are generally low tech you can use the web to learn more about them at sites like We Make Zines: a place for zinesters, writers, and readers.

Zine enthusiast and creator Brian Steinberg will talk about making a diary comic zine, give a hands-on demo. And then create a zine of your own. All materials provided.

What Do You Mean, What’s a Zine? | Sunday, October 10 | 1-2:30 PM | Malletts Creek | Grade 6-Adult

60 Year Anniversary of the First Peanuts Comic Strip!

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On October 2nd 1950, after many rejections, the first Peanuts comic strip was published in 7 newspapers. Just 2 years later the first Peanuts book was published. Over the years, the Peanuts have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List with Happiness is a Warm Puppy. I personally always loved that book in particular. It takes you through a number of simple things that make people happy and reminds me of reading it at my grandmas house when I was little. The Peanuts were on the cover of Time Magazine in 1965. That same year, Charles Schulz even won an Emmy for outstanding children's programming for A Charlie Brown Christmas. In later years, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, You're a Good Sport Charlie Brown and Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown. By 1999, before his retirement, more than 2,600 newspapers worldwide were publishing the Peanuts. On February 12, 2000, the day before the final Sunday Peanuts comic strip ran, Charles Schulz died at the age of 77. New Peanuts strips are not being made however, many of these loved classics can be found here at the library. The library also offers a number of Peanuts DVD's such as: It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Valentine, This is America, Charlie Brown and many more. Be sure to place holds early for the holiday books and DVDs because they lists grow quickly! I'm happy to see that even after 60 years people still love the Good Ol' Charlie Brown and the Gang!

October Comic Artists Forum

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Looking for fresh ideas for your next comic or graphic novel creation? Do you enjoy drawing while listening to other cartoonists discuss their favorite drawing techniques or the latest trend in comics? Join this monthly forum. Bring your favorite drawing tools and enjoy a few hours of drawing, learning and sharing.

Our guest artist this month will be Jono Balliett, comics professional. He’s the creator of Smedley and other comics like Shipwrecked.

Comic Artists Forum | Sunday, October 3 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Malletts Creek | Grade 6-Adult

International Read Comics in Public Day!!

This Saturday, (August 28--the birthday of Jack “King” Kirby), join fellow comic book enthusiasts in dispelling a stigma. Read a comic book in a public setting—a park bench, a beach, a bus, your local library. Let strangers see you reading a piece of sequential art. Let the world know once and for all that Comics is not a genre, it's a format—there's something for everyone.

You can find comics to read in public at AADL.

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