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Miami Book Fair International is Miami’s Comics Destination

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Miami, October 21, 2013 -

This year, the 30th edition of theMiami Book Fair International (MBFI), presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), will debut its hottest new section at the Street Fair – Destination: Comics. Organized in partnership with Diamond Comics Distributors, Fair attendees can join publishers and creators who will (re)introduce humanity’s oldest form of story-telling – sequential art. Including Tate’s Comics, Kill Shakespeare, BCW Supplies, Dark Horse Books, the Comic Shop Locator Service, Zenescope, NBM/Papercutz and others!

In addition, the Book Fair will bring back a host of programming for comic book and graphic novel lovers alike. Here is a list of this year’s comics program:

Friday, November 22

Chapman (Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor)

6 p.m.| $15

An Evening With Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell on March: Book 1

Saturday, November 23

11 a.m.

Making Music with Comics

Musical history and expression have long been a creative force in comics, and currently these art forms are overlapping more than ever, as evidenced by new biographical works (Ed Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree; Vivek J. Tiwary The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story) debut fiction by musicians and the influence of music in the work of top creators (Peter Bagge and Paul Pope). A diverse panel discusses the role of music in their published works and in their creative lives. Moderator: Joan Hilty, editor, specializing in graphic novels

Centre Gallery, Room 1365 (Building 1, 3rd Floor)


Crime and Consequence

Matt Kindt on Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes and Nate Powell, Any Empire

Centre Gallery, Room 1365 (Building 1, 3rd Floor)

1 p.m.

Chip Kidd on Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design

Centre Gallery, Room 1365 (Building 1, 3rd Floor)

2 p.m.

Visionaries Real and Imagined

Peter Bagge on Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, Gene Yang on Boxers & Saints and Ben Katchor, Hand-Drying in America

Centre Gallery, Room 1365 (Building 1, 3rd Floor)

2 p.m.

Lucy Knisley brings comics into the kitchen with her illustrated graphic memoir Relish.

Room 8301 (Bldg. 8, 3rd Floor)

3:30  p.m.

Cartoonist and YouTube Sensation Simon Tofield on Simon's Cat vs the World, in conversation with Miami-based cartoonist Hugh MacLeod

4:30 p.m.

From Banned to Blowing Up: The Graphic Novel Explosion in Libraries

As recently as 2000, it was an uphill battle to get graphic novels into libraries. Now it's one of the highest-circulated categories, leading universities have established major academic collections and publishers are targeting libraries as major purchasers of GNs. How did we get here and where are we going next? With Robin Brenner, Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts and contributor to CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices; Karen Green, Ancient & Medieval History, Religion, and Graphic Novels Librarian at Butler Library; Rich Johnson, founder of Brick Road Media, LLC; and George O'Connor, author of the hit graphic novel series, Olympians. Moderated by Heidi MacDonald, editor-in-chief of the comics blog, The Beat.

Sunday, November 24

Unless otherwise noted:

11 a.m.

A Story of Autism in Comics and Film: Miguel Gallardo, whose daughter is on the autism spectrum, created a graphic novel about their vacation, Maria y yo (Maria and I), that in 2008 went on to win numerous prizes. A critically acclaimed documentary was released in 2009. Join Gallardo for a screening of the film and a discussion of his book, and stay for a conversation about autism, and about his delightful and tender relationship with Maria.

Centre Gallery, Room 1365 (Building 1, 3rd Floor)

12:30 p.m.

Graphic Details:  Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

Jewish DNA in comics has been well documented.  And women have been celebrated as cartoonists.  But the pivotal role of Jewish women in comics has never been acknowledged – until now.  Graphic Details:  Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, at the Jewish Museum of Florida through February 14, is the first exhibition to spotlight their fearless voices and boundary-smashing work.  Meet four superstars of the medium, all of whom have published award-winning books:  Diane Noomin, Glitz-2-Go; Ariel Schrag, Likewise; Vanessa Davis, Make Me a Woman; Miriam Katin, Letting It Go; and Michael Kaminer, co-curator of Graphic Details.  Moderated by Laurie Shrage, Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies, Florida International University. Centre Gallery, Room 1365 (Building 1, 3rd Floor)

2:30 p.m.

(A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius

Jennifer George in conversation with Charles Kochman, Editorial Director, Abrams ComicArts on The Art of Rube Goldberg Centre Gallery, Room 1365 (Building 1, 3rd Floor)


4 p.m.

Comics in Latin America and Spain: A Reading and Conversation (Bilingual)

Miguel Gallardo on Maria y yo, Power Paola on Virus tropical, and MAX on Bardín el superrealista

Room 3314 – Building 3, 3rd Floor)

4:30 p.m.

Blowing Up the Page

Andrew Kaufman on I'm in Miami, Bitch!: Street Art of Wynwood

Centre Gallery, Room 1365 (Building 1, 3rd Floor)


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Miami Book Fair International is the largest and finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Literacy projects target children and teens, as well as college students and adults. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. It is also home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrates its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts.

Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.


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