Panels & Presentations

SATURDAY

 

11 - 11:45 AM

PUBLISHER SPOTLIGHT: A WAVE BLUE WORLD 
5th Floor, Loft
Founded in 2005 by Tyler and Wendy Chin-Tanner, A Wave Blue World is an independent publisher of high-quality graphic novels, anthologies and art books. AWBW connects people through storytelling and provides a platform for a multitude of creative voices. Join AWBW’s media director, comic writer, and filmmaker Justin Zimmerman (The 27 RunThe Killing Jar), for a discussion about the publisher’s philosophy, goals, recent expansion, and future projects.

12 - 12:45 PM

CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: CRAIG THOMPSON
5th Floor, Loft
Craig Thompson is the cartoonist of the award-winning books Blankets, Habibi, Space Dumplins, Carnet de Voyage, and Good-bye, Chunky Rice. His new project, Ginseng Roots, is being serialized as a bi-monthly comic book, the first of his career, through Uncivilized Books.

12:15 - 1:15 PM

RATAGORIES
5th Floor, Make Studio
Local illustrators collective, The Sketch Rats, are bringing Ratagories to BCAF! This all-ages, drawing "competition" sees audience members squaring off against each other in an entertaining interactive game that perfectly blends speed-doodles and shouting. Endorsed by the son of the cousin of the man who invented antibacterial soap, and our neighbor Gene. Expect plenty of laughs. Fun for the whole family. 

1 - 1:45 PM

HORRIBLE HORRORS
5th Floor, Loft
Scary stories aren’t just for adults. Creators Cat Farris (My Boyfriend is a Bear, The Ghoul Next Door) and Madeline McGrane (Vampire Horse, Attic Secrets) also enjoy giving children a fright. Learn about their work crafting horror comics for kids, their love of vampires, werewolves & ghouls, and how embracing the spooky things in life can be a whole lotta fun.

2 - 2:45 PM

YOUNG ADULT COMICS
5th Floor, Loft
Young Adult comics are booming like never before…but you don’t have to tell these creators. Sara Ryan (Bad Houses), Terry Blas (Hotel Dare, Dead Weight), Matthew Seely (Dead Weight), and Maria Frantz (The Chancellor and the Citadel), will talk about their experiences creating comics for young adults, how to use a wide array of genres to explore the lives of adolescents, and what the future may hold for this growing segment of the comics industry.

3 - 3:45 PM

CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: CHRISTOPHER SEBELA
5th Floor, Loft
Christopher Sebela is a two-time Eisner-nominated writer, designer and publisher living and dying in Portland, Oregon. He’s the co-creator of original works like Trust Fall, Test, Crowded, Shanghai Red, High Crimes, House Amok, Cold War, Heartthrob, and The Death Defying. He also writes things in other peoples’ sandboxes sometimes. He is catnip for weirdos and father to a blockheaded dog named Zola.

4 - 4:45 PM








4 - 4:45 PM

COMICS JOURNALISM
5th Floor, Loft
Sarah Mirk is a comics creator, reporter, editor, and reviewer, whose work has appeared in The Nib, Publishers Weekly, Bitch, The Portland Mercury, and The Stranger. Most recently she’s been working on a new book called Guantanamo Voices, an illustrated oral history of the Guantanamo Bay prison, coming out in 2020 from Abrams. Join Mirk and moderator Dane Johns for a discussion about her time as editor for The Nib, its importance as an outlet for comics reporting, her upcoming project, and why comics are an ideal journalistic medium.

CREATIVE STEPS
5th Floor, Make Studio

Guest creators Morgan Beem (The Family Trade, Swamp Thing) and Jorge Corona (Middlewest, Feathers) will lead you through a beat by beat breakdown of crafting a comic page.

SUNDAY


 
12 - 12:45 PM CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: DANA SIMPSON
5th Floor, Loft
Dana Simpson first caught the eyes of comics readers with the webcomic Ozy and Millie. After winning the 2009 Comic Strip Superstar contest, she developed the syndicated strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn. There are now nine books in the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series, soon to be ten with the October 8 publication of the latest, The Unicorn Whisperer. Ozy and Millie have a book, too. To date, she’s sold more than a million books, made the New York Times bestseller list, and won the Washington State Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award.

12 - 12:45 PM CREATING HUMOR COMICS
5th Floor, Make Studio
Jessica Campbell (XTC69Hot or Not: 20th Century Male Artists) and Benjamin Dewey (The Tragedy SeriesMeowskertown) know a thing or two about funny things, especially when it comes to comics. If you need a giggle, a chuckle, or an outright guffaw, stop by this panel to learn about the lighter side of cartooning.

1 - 1:45 PM COMICS MEMOIRS
5th Floor, Loft
For thousands of years people have been collecting and sharing the stories of their lives as memoirs. For the past several decades, visual memoirists have been pushing boundaries and exploring different ways to share their stories. Comics memoirs can be found everywhere these days: as webcomics, zines, and books. Laura Knetzger (Bug Boys), Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me), and Anders Nilsen (Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow), have all shared their own life experiences in comics form, and will examine the process, rewards, and challenges of translating one’s life into comics.  

2 - 2:45 PM HOW TO FINISH YOUR PROJECTS! A GUIDE TO ORGANIZING PRODUCTIONS
5th Floor, Loft

Sandra Lanz is a Cuban-American artist, art director, and producer based out of Portland, Oregon. She works in comics, video games, and illustration. In this presentation she’ll talk extensively about organizing an art production, working with a creative team, and how best to communicate about art direction and the shared vision for a creative project.

2:15 - 3 PM CHARACTER DESIGN
5th Floor, Make Studio
Where do the comic characters we love…and love to hate, come from? And how do they end up looking the way they do? To answer these questions, and many more, we’ve assembled a crack team of comic artists to talk about the in’s and out’s of character creation, where they take inspiration from, and what it’s like collaborating with a creative team. Farel Dalrymple (Proxima Centauri), Steve Lieber (Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen), Theo Ellsworth (The Understanding Monster), and Alex Puvilland (The Spill Zone), have all been making unique and recognizable characters for years, and are here to fill you in on how it’s done.

3 - 3:45 PM PUBLISHER SPOTLIGHT: UNCIVILIZED BOOKS
5th Floor, Loft
Uncivilized Books is a boutique comics publishing house based in Minneapolis, MN. Join publisher and cartoonist Tom K. (Beta Testing the Apocalypse), and graphic novelist Craig Thompson (BlanketsHabibi), for a look at Uncivilized’s history, upcoming projects, and Thompson’s newest release, Ginseng Roots, his first serialized comic.
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