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Brooklyn’s Biggest Comics Festival Just Got Much Bigger

This weekend’s Comic Arts Brooklyn festival has relocated to the Pratt Institute campus and roughly doubled in size.

(artwork by Killer Acid, courtesy Comic Arts Brooklyn, via Facebook)
(artwork by Killer Acid, courtesy Comic Arts Brooklyn, via Facebook)

The annual Comic Arts Brooklyn festival has left its longtime digs in Williamsburg and taken up residence at Pratt Institute, where more than 100 artists, cartoonists, zine-makers, and small presses will set up shop on Saturday. In addition to many, many tables — where artists including Chloë Perkis, Adrian Tomine, Michelle Kwon, Hazel Newlevant, and Hyperallergic contributor Jessica Campbell will be selling their wares — the main floor of Pratt’s Activities Resource Center (ARC) building will host a studio where Steve Keene will be painting live all day, a T-shirt printing area, and a playable video game arcade curated by indie gaming gallery Babycastles. The lineup of artists and events has been curated by the festival’s founder, Gabe Fowler of Desert Island, and Matthew James-Wilson of FORGE Art Magazine.

When you reach ocular saturation from perusing aisles and aisles of comics (or need to cut yourself off because you’ve spent all your money and then some), don’t miss the festival’s robust lineup of panels and talks. Among the marquee names participating are Chris Ware — who will discuss his new collection Monograph — and Emil Farris — who will talk about her hugely popular debut book My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. A panel including artists Richie Pope, Jane Mai, Kelsey Wroten, and others will examine the different ways that comics can explore issues of personal history, identity, and autobiography. The day’s final talk will find biographer Michael Tisserand discussing the legacy of comics artist George Herriman and his legendary strip Krazy Kat.

(If, after all those comics, you still find your optic nerve in need of stimulation, Pratt’s Fine Arts Department is also holding its MFA Open Studios on Saturday at the nearby Pfizer Building.)

Map of Comic Arts Brooklyn 2017 (artwork by JR Zuckerberg, courtesy Comic Arts Brooklyn) (click to enlarge)
Map of Comic Arts Brooklyn 2017 (artwork by JR Zuckerberg, courtesy Comic Arts Brooklyn) (click to enlarge)

When: Saturday, November 11, 11am–7pm
Where: Pratt Institute (200 Willoughby Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn)

More info here.

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