Free Comic Book Day Tomorrow – May 6

It’s “Free Comic Book Day” tomorrow! Held the first Saturday every May, “the [comic book] industry comes together to give away free comics and encourage fans, both old and new, to flock to the best place in the comic book community: local comic shops. Major publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and Image Comics put out free comics for fans to enjoy at the more than 2,300 local comic shops participating in Free Comic Book Day.” (www.freecomicbookday.com)

You can find local comic book stores near Palos Hills that are participating in the event by using Free Comic Book Day’s locator web page. Nearby participants are:

Also, check out MVCC Library’s graphic novel section. We have books about comics and we also have graphic novels that are bound collections of comic books such as Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel’s She-Hulk, DC Comics’ Bombshells, and more!

Break Video: Creating Comics

Happy winter break! Kick back and watch a video from our fall public events.
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Eisener Award winning creator Gene Ha discusses the process behind his art and writing. Ha has worked on the biggest characters in comics including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and others. His new, independent title Mae was released by Dark Horse Comics in June of 2016. We are very excited to welcome Gene Ha to our Graphic Novel Symposiu

Gene Ha, Comic Writer & Artist, Shares His Creative Process | Graphic Novel Symposium

Comics Journalism: Depicting Unseen Connections Between Sex and Garment Trades Worldwide

Artist and activist Anne Elizabeth Moore talks about her graphic novel Threadbare which explores the ways the garment industry exploits workers. Moore is an award-winning journalist who uses comics to document the world by “showing” us what she sees. This talk is part of MVCC’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

Comics Journalism: Depicting Unseen Connections Between Sex and Garment Trades Worldwide

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Artist & Writer Gene Ha Shares His Creative Process

Eisener Award winning creator Gene Ha discusses the process behind his art and writing. Ha has worked on the biggest characters in comics including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and others. His new, independent title Mae was released by Dark Horse Comics in June of 2016. We were very excited to welcome Gene Ha to our Graphic Novel Symposium. This talk is part of MVCC’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

Artist & Writer Gene Ha Shares His Creative Process

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Crowd Funding and Publishing Comics featuring Carmelo Chimera

Writer and comics creator Carmelo Chimera discusses the funding of Magnificent, his new comics title with artist Steven Brown. How do creators successfully crowd fund a project? What works and what doesn’t? How does crowd funding open up opportunities for creators that didn’t exist in the past? This talk is part of MVCC’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

Crowd Funding and Publishing Comics featuring Carmelo Chimera

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Graphic Novels in the Classroom with Ronell Whitaker and Eric Kallenborn

Educators and comics experts Ronell Whitaker and Eric Kallenborn talk about the comics they use in the classroom with high school students. They will discuss the ways that comics support literacy, enhance learning, and engage students in all parts of the curriculum. This event is part of our Graphic Novel Symposium.

Graphic Novels in the Classroom with Ronel Whitaker and Eric Kallenborn

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Moraine Valley Graphic Novel Symposium features artists and writers

For the third year, the Moraine Valley Community College Library is hosting the Graphic Novel Symposium. This year, individuals in the comics business will discuss their work and creative process on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Library on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, in Palos Hills.

Eisner Award winning creator, artist and writer Gene Ha will speak from 9:30 to 10GNSymposiumPostesrs:45 a.m. about the process behind his art and writing. The Chicago native has worked on books such as “Top 10,” “Top 10: The Forty-Niners,” the Batman graphic novel “Fortunate Son,” “The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix,” and on some well-known characters in the comics world including Superman, Wonder Woman and Captain America. His new, independent title “Mae” was released by Dark Horse Comics in June.

Award-winning journalist and artist Anne Elizabeth Moore will talk from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. about her graphic novel “Threadbare: Clothes, Sex and Trafficking,” which explores how the garment industry exploits workers. She uses comics to help her document the world. The Chicago native is the founding editor of the Best American Comics series and works with the Ladydrawers Comics Collective, a group that creates comics and texts about how gender, race, sexuality, and economics impact the comics industry, media and culture.

“These two are known to different audiences and demonstrate the diverse ways that the medium (comics) can be used to share ideas and tell stories,” said Dr. Troy Swanson, Moraine Valley teaching and learning librarian and professor and department chair of Library Services. “I am excited about the programming because each session shows off different aspects of comics and pop culture. They make a variety of connections to our curriculum and students.”

For more information on the Graphic Novel Symposium, visit http://ext.morainevalley.edu/comicsculture/schedule/.

 

Cosplay Event Thursday, September 29th 3pm

In conjunction with the Library’s Graphic Novel Symposium, the Moraine Valley Anime Club will organize a special Cosplay event on September 29th at 3p.m. in the U Building.

This event is intended to be a fun, community-building program that highlights the creativity and interests of Moraine Valley students. All students are welcome to participate. The rules for the event are listed here. 

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Politicians in Comic Books?

TrudeauCanada’s “cool” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau keeps making headlines. Now, he’s showing up in a comic from Marvel as part of their new Civil War II event. Comics creators are using their story to offer commentary on our world. It may be worth checking it out. The NPR story posted below has more info.

If you are into comics (or want to try them out), stop by our library’s Graphic Novel Symposium September 28th and 29th when we’ll have comic shops and comics creators in the library talking about the medium.