Mark your calendars for an incredible occasion that includes over 40 tables of comedian books and paintings because the Western Massachusetts Comedian E book Present returns for its second-ever present on Sunday, Oct. 17.
The Western Massachusetts Comedian E book Present returns on Sunday, Oct. 17 on the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Middle in Greenfield from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission prices $5, and children 12-years-old and below are admitted without cost. Tickets could be bought on the door, or on-line by way of Eventbrite forward of time. Masks are required per Greenfield board of well being mandate.
The occasion is organized by 34-year-old Kristopher “Equipment” Henry. He and his spouse, Kristen Henry, who dwell in Turners Falls, co-own and function Superb Comics. Below the title, the pair attend regional comedian e-book exhibits the place they promote and commerce from their private assortment which incorporates points courting again to the Fifties, “however points points from the ’50s and ’60s are getting tougher and tougher to search out,” Henry mentioned.
The unique Western Massachusetts Comedian E book present in 2019 was met with quick success.
“We welcomed over 500 attendees by way of the door that first 12 months,” mentioned organizer Kristopher “Equipment” Henry.
Whereas the present couldn’t be held in 2020 resulting from planning problems from ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Henry mentioned they’re able to return with a mess of featured native artists. With continued enthusiastic assist, the Western Massachusetts Comedian E book even plans to broaden to a biannual occasion subsequent 12 months. Henry mentioned they’ve already booked distributors and visitors for exhibits for Might 29 and Oct. 16, 2022.
Comedian e-book followers rising up within the ’80s and ’90s are positive to recollect the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, however they could not know the creators are native to the Pioneer Valley. As soon as struggling artists residing in Northampton, Kevin B. Eastman and Peter Laird created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1983. The characters have stayed on the forefront of pop-culture, having been dealt with by totally different creatives throughout comics, toys, tv and films for the final 38 years.
Returning this 12 months is Jim Lawson who labored with Laird and Eastman for over 20 years after being launched by “a pal of a pal” — kick-starting a 35-year-career in comics. He linked with the creators after graduating artwork college and labored for them on the Mirage Studios workplace which opened in Northampton in 1983. Lawson would spend 25 years with Mirage Studios as a author and artist on the unique black and white Turtles comedian.
“Within the early days we have been type of like rock stars after we would go to comedian e-book exhibits,” Lawson joked. “The largest ones within the nation, in San Diego, I bear in mind strolling in there simply considering — right here I’m, concerned with the most important factor within the comics world on the time…”
Born and raised in a tiny city in northwestern Connecticut, Lawson says he at all times knew that he needed to change into an artist and that he had the hopeful, but considerably unrealistic objective for himself to make a residing drawing photos.
“I used to be the child in elementary college sitting within the again row together with his head down drawing on a bit of paper,” Lawson mentioned. “It was by no means uncertain for me, I’ve at all times recognized what I needed to do.”
Even after getting a job with Mirage Studios, he stored a part-time job in Turners Falls for a 12 months or so till his comedian e-book work grew and he was making sufficient to commit full-time to writing and illustrating. He recalled when the Rat King, an unique character he created for the Turtles comics, was changed into an motion determine — a badge of honor amongst comedian creators.
“It’s simply type of unreal, this factor I had an intimate involvement with type of change into a cultural icon,” Lawson mentioned of the Turtles.
When requested what drew individuals to the Turtles to make it such a craze, Lawson mentioned this was the subject of a panel at one other comedian present final month and he had a few theories. He mentioned the sequence attracted plenty of feminine followers, transcending some assumed gender strains of that point to succeed in a wider viewers. Moreover, he mentioned the Turtles characters have been considered as “outsiders” hiding within the sewers, and the tales had a household side that appealed to readers.
Lawson’s time engaged on the title led to 2009 when the Turtles franchise was offered and the studio went dormant. Presently Lawson started to pursue a solo freelance profession publishing his personal comics and funding tasks by way of kickstarter campaigns.
Right this moment, Lawson’s many self-published works embrace, amongst others, Paleo: “Tales of the Late Cretaceous,” “A Stroll By means of Dinosaurland,” “Dragonfly,” “Dinosaur Head Cat” and “Jim Lawson’s Dinosaurs Coloring E book,” and his upcoming e-book “The Sordid Land.”
The Western Massachusetts Comedian E book present will likely be one among a number of that Lawson will attend within the New England area this 12 months. He mentioned he enjoys attending, assembly followers and seeing members of the comedian e-book group 12 months after 12 months.
One other featured artists at this Sunday’s present is Steve Murphy, a comic book e-book author who has been nominated for each the Harvey and Eisner Awards. He has additionally written Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and animation.
Rolling Stone journal contains his The Puma Blues amongst its record of “the 50 best graphic novels of all time.” Murphy is at the moment writing his first non-fiction graphic novel in partnership with Holyoke native Andrew Del Valle.
Del Valle has been drawing for so long as he might bear in mind. In keeping with a biography on the occasion web page, he acquired his Bachelors in Nice Arts with a spotlight in portray and drawing at UMass Amherst, and makes use of each disciplines throughout the digital format. Utilizing packages like Adobe Photoshop and Manga Studio exe (Clip Studio Paint), the digital medium offers a limitless array of selections and inventive instructions.
Different native, unbiased comedian e-book artists embrace Tanner T Ogle, a Northampton resident who has been “energetic” within the artist group since 2018 and has self-published two full-length graphic novels. These embrace “The Cross, The Mom” with author Alexander Leger-Smalls, and “Do Not Enter” which he wrote and illustrated. The primary problem of his new sequence “Murph” was launched in July 2021.
Casey Kruk, of Kruked Artwork, is an unbiased, self-taught artist. Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Kruk’s influences embrace Bruce Timm, J. Scott Campbell, and Michael Turner. Her passions are her kids, illustrating and comics.
Hailing from South Deerfield, Gary Smith will return to this 12 months’s present. Smith is a 1991 graduate of the Joe Kubert Faculty who’s resume contains work for Valiant/Acclaim comics and Canson Paper Firm’s “The way to Draw Manga” line of comedian e-book papers. Smith at the moment produces two comedian books: The Doe-Nild and Tales of J’lleen.
Marvel Comics Colorist Bob Sharen will be part of this 12 months’s present. From 1978-2001, Sharen was a colorist for Marvel Comics. Throughout this time he labored on nearly each Marvel title, totally on lengthy runs of GI Joe, Alien Legion, and the assorted Spider-Man titles.
His credit embrace practically 1,800 points: Over 160 problems with The Superb Spider-Man, 99 problems with Alpha Flight, Iron Man from 1979-1989, Captain America from 1982-1989 and over 60 problems with GI Joe from 1982-1994. A few of his favourite work contains coloring the illustrations of Paul Smith’s run on Dr. Unusual within the Eighties.
Since departing from Marvel, Sharen has labored full-time on shade commissions and stained glass work.
The total day schedule additionally features a cosplay contest at 2 p.m., hosted by The Offended Geeks Present — a multimedia community that gives popular culture leisure, promotions, advertising, interviews, and conference programming. The competition will likely be held within the Wheelhouse, the basement degree of Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Middle. The Offended Geeks Present seems courtesy of Altered Reality Entertainment.
Comedian e-book sellers and distributors collaborating on this 12 months’s Western Massachusetts Comedian E book Present can have every thing from funding grade keys to greenback books, and comedian books from the golden age to current. Collaborating distributors embrace: Fantasy Limitless Comics; Superb Comics; Oignucs Comics; Enterprize Comics, And so on; Holeymoleys; Fanboy’s Comics; Buzz Comics; TGW Comics; Too Sketchy Dudes Comics; and others.
There may be on-street parking on Foremost Avenue in Greenfield, and public lot parking is free on Sundays. The Olive Avenue Parking Storage is conveniently situated throughout the road from Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Middle, and parking charges are 25 cents per hour on Sundays.
Extra info on the occasion, together with temporary biographies of collaborating artists, could be discovered on-line at facebook.com/westernmasscomicshow/. distributors could also be positioned on a ready record by emailing [email protected]
Native sponsors for the 2021 Western Massachusetts Comedian E book Present embrace His And Hers Comics and Vintage Revival and Collectibles.
Zack DeLuca could be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4579.