Help Kickstart Crossover Miniatures’ Superhero Figures Line

Vermont comic book and miniatures enthusiast Rusti launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a line of superhero — and villain — figures for some super-powered gaming. As Rusti explains, he saw a gap in the superhero figures market:

Ever spent time looking for the perfect Super Villain but couldn’t find exactly what you were looking for?  How about coming up with the perfect Super Hero but all you could find were different version of the big names in comic books?  Now is your chance to make this happen.

We are envisioning a range of modifiable Super Heroes, Villains and Henchmen to fill the voids found all over the comic universe.  When possible, our miniatures will have interchangeable heads so you can personalize them to your own tastes.  Think that hero would look better with a full face mask?  How about some wings on the side of his head?  What would he look like with an old school eye mask?

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website. People pledge money to a project; if a specified goal is met, the money is collected automatically and given to the project leader to fulfill the project as described. Additionally, people can pledge various amounts, getting various extra goodies. In the case of Crossover Miniatures, there are some pretty slick additional rewards, including the opportunity for a one of a kind custom sculpted figure.

Click through the link above to the official Kickstarter page for Rusti’s project. You can find out more about how it’ll work, rewards for backers and, of course, the opportunity to make your own pledge.

Book Club: “Panel to Panel”

In the run up to the upcoming ‘The Intergalactic Nemesis‘, the Flynn Theater and Fletcher Free Library will be focusing on graphic novels for their book club program. The focus of this installment is Panel to Panel: Exploring Words and Pictures, edited by John Rovnak, which features essays and comics from Alan Moore, Mark Bode, Glenn Danzig, James Kochalka, Jimmy Gownley, Charles Glaubitz, Steve Murphy, Rick Veitch, Jim Woodring, Craig Yoe, and many more, according to the book’s website.

The book club is free to the public. To register, please call the Fletcher Free Library at 802-865-7211. The library recommends picking up your complimentary book 6 weeks prior to the meeting. The book club meeting will be Wednesday, January 11th at 7:30pm and will be at the Flynn Theater.

The International Comic Arts Forum, 2011 Conference!

ICAF 2011 at The Center for Cartoon Studies

Vermont will be home to the 2011 conference for the International Comic Arts Forum, which will be held between September 29th through October 1st, hosted by the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction.

From their website:

Since 1995, ICAF has been dedicated to promoting the scholarly study and appreciation of comic art, including comic strips, comic books, comics albums and graphic novels, magazine and newspaper cartooning, caricature, and comics in electronic media.

This new partnership with the Center for Cartoon Studies – one of the nation’s most highly-respected institutions dedicated to the training of cartoonists, writers, and designers – promises to further the mission of both units in providing a supportive, collegial environment to showcase innovative comics scholarship and comic art for critics, historians, teachers, and comics professionals from around the world. Previous forums have been held at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Georgetown University, the Small Press Expo in Maryland, and the Library of Congress.

It looks like a good partnership, and it should be pretty exciting to have an international group of artists decending upon White River Junction. Here’s the schedule:

ICAF 2011 Conference Schedule
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2011

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome to ICAF

9:15 – 10:15: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Guy Spielmann (Georgetown University), Cross-dressing in Early Modern Europe: Competing (?) Visions through Bande Dessinée and “Official History”

10:15 – 10:30: BREAK

10:30 – 12:00: PANEL 1 – AMERICAN COMIC STRIPS
Sylvia Marques (Michigan State University) – Looking Outside the Panel: Rethinking Early American Comic Strip History, 1880-1920
Lara Saguisag (Rutgers University – Camden) – Fantasies of Childhood: Constructing the Child in Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland
Roy T. Cook (University of Minnesota) – Charles Schulz and Metacomics

12:00 – 1:30: LUNCH BREAK

1:30 – 3:00: COMICS AND PEDAGOGY ROUNDTABLE
Moderated by Qiana Whitted (University of South Carolina)
Frank Bramlett (University of Nebraska)
Jason Lutes (Center for Cartoon Studies)
Mark McKinney (Miami University, Ohio)
James Sturm (Center for Cartoon Studies)
Jen Vaughn (Center for Cartoon Studies)

3:00 – 3:15: BREAK

3:15 – 4:45: PANEL 2 – BUILDING POSTMODERN GEOGRAPHIES
David Allan Duncan (Savannah College of Art and Design) – A New Comics’ Pupil; A Smaller World, A Larger Potential
Brannon Costello (Louisiana State University) – “The Real Thing”: Mass Culture and the (Post)Human in Howard Chaykin’s Time²
Charles Hatfield (California State University at Northridge) and Craig Fischer (Appalachian State University) – From Hell: Local Narrative, Transnational Collaboration

4:45 – 5:30: GUEST SPEAKER: David Beronä (Plymouth State University) – The Art of the Woodcut Novel

5:30 – 6:00: John Lent Scholarship Award

6:00 – 7:30: DINNER BREAK

7:30 – 9:00: PUBLISHERS ROUNDTABLE
Moderated by Casey Brienza (University of Cambridge)
Gina Gagliano (First Second Books)
Ed Chavez (Vertical, Inc.)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30

9:00 – 10:30: PANEL 3 – EAST ASIA, COMICS, AND CULTURAL CONFLICT
Karl Ian Cheng Chua (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines) – Adventures to the “Dark Continent” or Encountering the “Yellow Peril”
Peter Sandmark (University of Victoria) – Tibetan Mysticism in the Development of Golden Age Comic Book Superheroes
Kristine Michelle L. Santos (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines) – The Warping of Japanese Youth Culture through English Fan Scanlations

10:30 – 10:45: BREAK

10:45 – 12:15: PANEL 4 – COMICS AND NATION
Pedro Perez del Solar (University of Texas, El Paso) – Stories of an Invisible War: Comics and the Peruvian “Internal conflict” (1980-2000)
Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste (Georgia State University) – Transnationalism and Hegemony Amid a Very Uneven Modernity: On Arandú, El Principe de la Selva and The Dynamics of The Mexican Comics Industry
Michelle Bumatay (UCLA) – Unpacking the Punch Line and Bridging the Postcolonial Gap: Humor as a Way to Re-Image and Re-Imagine Gabon and France in La Vie de Pahé and Dipoula

12:15 – 1:30: LUNCH BREAK

1:30 – 3:00: PANEL 5 – THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMICS FORM
Jennifer Miyuki Babcock (NYU) – Ancient Egyptian Figured Ostraca
Peter Sattler (Lakeland College) – The Ends of Comics: An Argument about Final Panels
Kate Moody (Center for Cartoon Studies) – The Rise of the Zinester Amid the Death of Print: Modern Comics, New Media, DIY Culture, and the Fetish Object

3:00 – 3:15: BREAK

3:15 – 4:45: Presentation by Czech Comic Historians, Pavel Kořínek and Tomáš Prokůpek

4:45 – 5:00: BREAK

5:00 – 6:00: Artist Presentation – Robert Sikoryak

6:00 – 7:30: DINNER BREAK

7:30 – 9:00: AN EVENING WITH STEVE BISSETTE
Special presentation and discussion with Steve Bissette on “Uncanny Geometries: Junji Ito’s UZUMAKI and Dread Geometries in Comics & Manga”

SATURDAY, OCT. 1

9:00 – 12:00: Artist Presentation – TBA

12:00 – 1:30: LUNCH BREAK

1:30 – 3:00: PANEL 6: REPRESENTING RACE AND CLASS
Corey K. Creekmur (University of Iowa) – Continuity, Color, and Comics: “What If” Superheroes Were Black?
Matthew Domiteaux (University of Texas at Austin) – Class Identity and the Working Self in Manu Larcenet’s Le Combat Ordinaire
Michael Johnson (University of Texas at Austin) – How not to Orientalize the Afghan: Iconicity and Singularity in The Photographer

3:00 – 3:15: BREAK

3:30 – 4:45: PANEL 7: FRENCH-LANGUAGE COMICS: AN EVOLVING FORM
Presented by The American Bande Dessinée Society
Catherine Labio (University of Colorado at Boulder) – Portrait of the Bande Dessinée as Livre d’Artiste
Fabrice Leroy (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) – Painting the Painter: Meta-representation and Magic Realism in Joann Sfar’s Chagall en Russie
Mark McKinney (Miami University) – Pastiche and Satire in Early Bande Dessinée

5:00: The International Comic Arts Forum concludes

There you have it. Looks cool, and it sounds like an excellent way to spend a weekend.

The Raptor FPS Kickstarter Campaign

Local comic book artist Blair Shedd, is working on a kickstarter campaign to get his comic The Raptor: FPS, up and running. Here’s the scoop:

THE RAPTOR: FPS is a 49-page, full-color, one-shot comic, written, drawn, colored, and lettered by comic book artist Blair D. Shedd.

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A missing video camera, the Russian Mob, and the masked vigilante known as The Raptor come into play in THE RAPTOR: FPS.

Journalism student Kathy Walsh and her boyfriend Paul Clemens have been found dead, their video camera missing. Realizing their own personal connection to the victims, detectives Jason Hawking and Willow Barnes of the NYPD Special Crimes Squad take the case.

As the detectives get deeper into their investigation, they discover that not only might their suspects be part of the Russian Mob, but that The Raptor may have a private stake in the case as well.

Blair is looking to raise $5000 for the entire project, and as of writing this, he’s up to 31% of his goal, with 17 days to go. This looks like a very cool project – I’d certainly like to see more of it.

Want to support this comic? Visit his kickstarter campaign page to learn how!

Geek Things for August 1st

  • Build a Fairy House, 10AM–1PM, Lareau Farm Inn, Waitsfield. $5 suggested donation. (Kids)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series, Henry IV, Part I. 6:30PM, Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington. $15. (Theater)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Color Mixing, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Vermont Astronomical Association, Bit and Pieces, 7:30-9:00pm, Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Jct. (Astronomy)
  • Create Comics, Cartooning Studio August 1-5, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. (Comics)
  • Planetarium presentation, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 18th

  • Book Sale, 9:30AM–5:30PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Hoopster Gilder, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00 p.m. Honeybees, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Astronomy)
  • Create Comics, July 18-22, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. (Comics)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for July 14th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Sunsets at Shelburne Museum – “Magic at the Museum: A Harry Potter Evening.” 5–7:30PM, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Regular admission, $5-20; preregister. (Harry Potter)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Harry Potter)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Bats in the Barn, 7–9PM, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. $10-12 per parent-child pair; $5-7 per additional child. (Kids)
  • Teen Club, 4:30–5:30PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Teens)
  • ‘The Hobbit’, 7PM, Vermont Children’s Theater, Lyndonville. $5-10. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; flashlight required. (Outdoors)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 7PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $10-30. (Theater)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Fleming Museum Panel Discussion – “What Makes a Cartoon Work?”, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fleming Museum 101, UVM, Burlington. (Comics)
  • Batteries, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Mirror Mirror, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Readercon 22, Jul 14 – 17, 2011, Burlington, MA. (Conventions)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Hub Comics Auction

One of the best comic stores that I’ve ever been to is Hub Comics, down in Cambridge, MA. It’s not in our ‘juristiction’ as it were, but it’s in the neighborhood, and if anyone’s headed down to the MA area this weekend, here’s something that you should look in on. One of the co-founders of Hub Comics passed away very unexpectedly, and an auction is being held in his name to help out the store that he founded and his family:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fundraiser for James Welborn – 7/10/11

Long Beach, NY – July 5, 2011
Team ZombieBomb!, Hub Comics and Bloc 11 Gallery are hosting an art fundraiser event for the family of former Hub Comics owner James Welborn this Sunday in Somerville, MA. James passed away very recently, and we as a community want to give back to his store, his child, and his family. James was very supportive of all our efforts, as well as to the rest of the local comic scene.
Come see us at the Bloc 11 Gallery Sunday, July 10th from 2-6pm to participate in a silent auction featuring work from comic book artists of every stripe who will be coming together to honor James’ memory. With A-list work both on display and available for sale, this is a unique opportunity for art fans to get their hands on some amazing original artwork, and to help a great cause while doing it.
Additionally, Hub Comics will be having a storewide sale all day with savings from 10% to 50% off almost everything in the store. Hub is located right next door to Bloc 11, making Bow Street a prime destination for any comic book and zombie fan within driving distance.
Fundraiser for James Welborn
Somerville, MA
Sunday, July 10th
Hub Comics – all day sale, 10am-6pm @ 19 Bow Street
Bloc 11 – art auction, 2pm-6pm @ 11 Bow Street

James Welborn, founder of Hub Comics, died on May 23rd, 2011. Originally from Nevada, James came to Massachusetts to work in the computer industry. He always loved comic books, and wanted to raise awareness that comics could tell any story and be read by anyone of any age. He built Hub Comics to be not only a comic shop, but a friendly neighborhood destination for fans, artists, children and families. His smile and gentle greeting of “how’s it going?” will be missed by Union Square.
The [Name Redacted] Trust has been set up to provide for James’ young son. Donations to the [Name Redacted] Trust can be sent to:
National Financial Services, Attn.: Deliveries,
FBO: [Name Redacted] Trust,
100 Crosby Parkway, KC1J Invest, Covington,
KY 41015-4325,
Acct. No. WB1-023841.

Their website can be found here.

Jack Hammer: Political Science #3 Out

Jack Hammer: Political Science #3

VT Comic author Brandon Barrows has a new comic out via Reasonably Priced Comics, Jack Hammer: Political Science #3. Drawn up by Brant W. Fowler, the comic is priced out at $2.99, and avaliable via IndyPlanet.

Finally, the puppetmaster is revealed! Jack goes on the offensive to confront the mastermind pulling the strings of Boston’s underworld and rescue Kara Newman. He knows the who and the how, but the question remains: why? Find out in the penultimate issue of “Political Science!”

A former superhero turned private investigator, Jack McGriskin keeps finding that he can leave behind the spandex but not the heroics!

Geek Things for June 27th

  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Comics)
  • ‘The Future of Indie Films’ – Christine Vachon leads the discussion. 4–6PM, Goddard College, Plainfield. Free. (Films)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Build a Hoopster Gilders, 11:00 a.m. Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)