Boise Comic Arts Festival 2021 Virtual Schedule

SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Panels & Workshops 

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Super-Secret Happy Cry Fun Time with Bob Shea! Wait, did you say Bob Shea? And mention crying? YES! But only one of those is true. Bob Shea will share a recent favorite and the soon to be published classic, CHEZ BOB. Then, get this, Bob will show us how to draw some of his beloved characters and animals from simple shapes! Really!  

Tickets to this event are usually like $15,000 each but through a special arrangement with the Boise Public Library, IT’S FREE! So sign up now! 

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Bob Shea is an award-winning author and illustrator of your favorite children’s books. His titles include the popular Ballet Cat series, The Dinosaur VS. … series and runaway smash hit, Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great. The rest escape me at the moment. Oh, he wrote Who Wet My Pants illustrated by his friend Zach Ohora.  

Bob has worked with Comedy Central, was the designer of the PBS Kids logo, developed an on-air character for Playhouse Disney, worked with Nick Jr., has appeared on Noggin and The Sunny Side Up Show and has also worked on a super-secret project with some really smart people at Google. Dreamworks is developing one of his books into a television show. One time he did some kids shampoo packaging for Johnson and Johnson. He did not meet Johnson or Johnson, but it was a fun project and the shampoo smells nice. Bob Shea is largely, if not entirely, responsible for the success of all the organizations mentioned. Bob is a 2020 Eisner Award Nominee and enjoys speaking in the third person. Find Bob on Instagram @storysafaristorysafari and on the web at  

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. COVID Chronicles: Drawing on Community in Tough Times. Contributors to the recently published comics anthology COVID Chronicles will talk about how creating comics during the pandemic got them thinking about the idea of community—of belonging and not belonging—and how art can buttress feelings of resilience in tough times. 

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Kendra Boileau is the editor of COVID Chronicles and the Publisher of Graphic Mundi, a graphic novel imprint of Penn State University Press. She acquired and published the Eisner-Award-winning anthology Menopause: A Comic Treatment.  On Twitter @klboileau and on the web at 

Quincy Scott Jones is the author of The T-Bone Series (Whirlwind Press, 2009) and the forthcoming How to Kill Yourself Instead of Your Children (C&R Press, 2021). His work has appeared in a number of literary reviews and anthologies, and he is currently working on a graphic narrative called “Black Nerd.”  On Twitter @qscottjones and on the web at 

Ajuan Mance is a professor of English and ethnic studies at Mills College.  Her comics include the Gender Studies series and the web-based comics series Check All That Apply, as well as short comics appearing anthologies and digital and print media outlets. On Twitter @8_Rock and on the web at http:/// 

Award-winning artist and writer Lee Marrs is the first woman to work for DC Comics and Marvel simultaneously, and she is one of the pioneers of Wimmen’s Comix.  Marrs is best known for her Pudge, Girl Blimp series.  Some of her other work includes Batman, Wonder Woman, and Indiana Jones.  On the web at 

Tim E. Ogline is the author/illustrator of Ben Franklin for Beginners, and he is currently working on a graphic novel, Benjamin Franklin’s The Way to Wealth and Other Words of Wisdom. His illustrations have appeared in majors magazines and newspapers. On Twitter @timogline and on the web at 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Comics Journalism. Three artists share how they tell real-life stories in comics. Hazel Newlevant, Gerardo Alba, and Sarah Mirk, who all worked together on the collection Guantanamo Voices:  True Stories from the World's Most Infamous Prison, discuss the craft of creating nonfiction comics and the challenges of capturing reality on the page.  

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Sarah Mirk is a comics journalist and zine-maker. She is a digital producer at Reveal, a contributing editor at The Nib, and the author of several books, including Guantanamo Voices, which was named one of the New York Times' 10 best graphic novels of 2020. Her comics have been published in The Nib, Autostraddle, and The New Yorker. On Twitter @sarahmirk and on the web at   

Hazel Newlevant is a Portland-raised, Queens-residing cartoonist. Their comics include If This Be SinTender-HeartedSugar Town, and No Ivy League. They edited and published the anthologies Chainmail Bikini and Comics for Choice. They co-edited the anthology Puerto Rico Strong, published by Lion Forge Comics, which received an Eisner Award. Their comics have been honored with the Ignatz Award, Xeric Grant and the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. They have worked as an Associate Editor at Lion Forge Comics and are currently the social media manager of A Wave Blue World. They like to dance around, alone or with others. On Twitter @HNewlevant and on the web at  

Gerardo Alba is a cartoonist from Mexico City whose work ranges from journalism to slice-of-life and science fiction. Alba received his M.A. in sequential art from the Savannah College of Art and Design and was a professor of art at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Querétaro, Mexico. His comics have been published by The Nib, Abrams, and Tiny View. In 2015 he co-founded Little Red Bird Press and took on the role of Art Director. In that role, he participated in the creation of works like “Sex Bomb Strikes Again,” “Blocked: Stories from the World of Online Dating,” and “Back Piece.” In 2017 he won the Jóvenes Creadores (“Young Creators”) grant from The National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA) in Mexico, and in 2018 he won a grant for an artist residency in Angoulême, France from the French Embassy and the Mexican government. He is currently an editor at the Latin American division of WEBTOON. On Instagram @grrdcomics and on the web at  

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cosplay 101. What is Cosplay? How do I get started? Join The Geeked Out Ninjas for a panel on beginning cosplay. Learn the first steps to cosplay, awesome tips and tricks from experienced cosplayers, and ideas for making the cosplay of your dreams come to life. 

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MJ and Shawn Dillow, (The Geeked Out Ninjas) known for their bigger builds, are competitive cosplayers hailing from Boise, Idaho. Every year MJ and Shawn have been together, (since 2007), they have made their own Halloween costumes for their Taekwondo school’s annual Halloween party for kids to enjoy. It wasn’t until 2014 at a comic convention in Boise, ID that they first competed in a cosplay competition. MJ and Shawn were walking around the convention floor in their Wolverminion and Agnes Cosplay (Despicable Me) and were asked to participate in the cosplay competition. They placed 2nd in the novice division. That led to the realization that they had the potential to create stand-out cosplay that could compete in cosplay competitions. Since then they have competed and placed in numerous competitions, including Best in Show at Wizard World Boise in 2018. On Instagram and Facebook @thegeededoutninjas and Twitter @geekedoutninjas

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