Durham Comics Fest 2019

Featuring

Jen Wang
Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik
Documentary film screening: Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics and special video chat appearance by filmmaker Frederick Aldama

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2019 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 26 · Teen Comics Workshop

3:00 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library
3605 Shannon Rd. in Durham
Join us at the library for a teen comics workshop with Amy Godfrey, artist and founder of the Durham Comics Fest and the Durham Comics Project! For teens and tweens, grade 4-12, but parents are welcome too! Registration required: register online or by calling 919-560-8590.


Wednesday, July 10 · Triangle Comics Creator Hangout
and Tabling 101 with Megan Raley

6:00 p.m. at Atomic Empire
3400 Westgate Dr. in Durham
Are you a professional, amateur or aspiring comics artist or writer living in the Triangle? Then come to our Triangle Comics Creator Hangout! Meet fellow creators, show off and trade your work if you have printed copies (no sales please), and make our local comics scene even better. All ages, skill levels and genres are welcome, and friends and family too!

This evening will feature a special “Tabling 101” presentation by guest Megan Raley, Volunteer Coordinator and member of the Steering Committee for the Small Press Expo (SPX). Join Megan for an intro to the technical side of tabling and selling at cons and fest, and be sure to bring your questions too! This event is co-sponsored by the Chapel Hill Public Library and Atomic Emprire; learn more about the Triangle Comics Creator Network at durhamcomicsfest.org/tccn.


Thursday, July 11 · Comics Trivia Night

9:00 p.m. at Fullsteam Brewery
726 Rigsbee Ave. in Durham
Come test your mental mettle against in a special night of comics trivia. Win yourself some prizes, and maybe even the grudging respect of your peers!
This event is for ages 21 and up only.


Friday, July 12 · Drink & Draw with the Durham Comics Project

7:00 p.m. at Cocoa Cinnamon
420 W. Geer St. in Durham

Join the Durham Comics Project for a special Drink & Draw! Enjoy low-key, cooperative drawing exercises or do your own thing in a no-pressure, all-fun environment with other artists, and stay tuned for updates on a food truck visit! All ages and skill levels welcome. This event is co-sponsored by Cocoa Cinnamon and the Durham Comics Project. Find more Drink & Draw events in Durham at meetup.com/Durham-Comics-Project-Drink-and-Draw.


Saturday, July 13 · The Big Day!

Southwest Regional Library
3605 Shannon Rd. in Durham

Local Artist Alley
11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Meet members of the local comics scene to chat about their process and purchase their work. For all ages, though some artists’ work may contain adult themes and images.
Pop-Up Friends of the Durham Library Book Sale
11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
A specially curated book sale for the Durham Comics Fest! For all ages, though some sale items may contain adult themes and images.
Comic Swap
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hang out with fellow comics lovers and trade your way to a new collection! Single issues and collected editions / graphic novels are welcome. Please note that no money may be exchanged during this event. For all ages – no registration required.
Jen Wang: Comics Role Model!
12:30 p.m.
Join the author of The Prince and the Dressmaker and Koko Be Good for a guided tour of her life in comics, from aspiring young artist to award-winning cartoonist. Book sale and signing afterwards! For kids and teens, but parents are welcome too. Registration is not required.
Understanding Nancy with Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden
2:00 p.m.
Everyone knows that classic Nancy was an just another old-fashioned comic strip, so why is it beloved by master cartoonists around the world? Join cartoonists, scholars, and educators Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden, authors of the Eisner-winning How to Read Nancy, for a deep dive into what this deceptively simple comic strip can reveal about the comics medium itself. Book sale and signing afterwards! This program is for adults and teens, but kids are welcome too. Registration is not required.
Workshop: Be Your Own Small Press!
2:15-3:15 p.m.
Learn how to make a comics-infused zine with expert cartoonist Jen Wang. This program is for teens age 12-18. Registration required: register online or by calling 919-560-8590
Workshop: Next-Level Nancy
3:30-5:00 p.m. 
What can modern cartoonists learn from a classic comic strip like Nancy? Find out for yourself in this interactive, hands-on workshop with Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden. This program is for adults and teens, age 15 and up. Beginners and experienced cartoonists are both welcome. Registration is required: register online or by calling 919-560-8590.

Sunday, July 14 · Documentary Film Screening:
Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics and Filmmaker Video Chat

3:00 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library
3605 Shannon Rd. in Durham
Eisner winner and expert on Latinx comics, Frederick Luis Aldama guides us through the heroes and villains of Latin decent in mainstream comics since the 1940’s. With some of the industry’s top creators he explores where these characters came from, the challenges and stereotypes that are still being overcome and what the bright future holds for both Latinx superheroes and the people who love them. PLUS, stick around after the screening for a video chat with the filmmaker!