2020 Peninsula Libraries Comic Arts Fest

 

The Peninsula Libraries Comic Arts Fest is coming soon in March 2020! All month long, we’re celebrating the importance of comics, both as an art form and as valid literature, and enabling aspiring artists and readers of all ages through author visits, workshops, and comics-related programs.

We’ll be having events at all libraries throughout San Mateo County: Burlingame Libraryopens a new window, Daly City Libraryopens a new window, Menlo Park Libraryopens a new window, Redwood City Libraryopens a new window, San Bruno Libraryopens a new window, San Mateo County Libraries, San Mateo Public Libraryopens a new window, and South San Francisco Libraryopens a new window.

Author Visits | Workshops With Illustrators | More Fun Events

 

Author Visits

Our list of confirmed guests is listed below. Check back for more updates on events, authors, and artists to come.

Dana Simpson

Wed., March 4, 6-7:30 PM • Daly City Library, John Daly Branchopens a new window

Award-winning cartoonist and writer and illustrator of the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series, Dana Simpsonopens a new window, will be at the John Daly Library to talk about her books and teach aspiring young artists some of the basics of comics creation. Simpson first caught the eyes of devoted comics readers with the internet strip Ozy and Millie. She has since published eight Phoebe and Her Unicorn book collections and her work has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. If you'd like to pre-order books, you can do that hereopens a new window. All pre-ordered books will be available for pick-up the evening of the event so you can meet and get them signed by Dana!


James Burks

Fri., March 6, 5:30-7 PM • Half Moon Bay Libraryopens a new window

Join author James Burksopens a new window (Bird & Squirrel) as he takes you on an artistic journey from drawing as a kid, to working in animation, and finally to writing and illustrating books. You will get to see him draw some of his iconic characters as well as help him create new ones. Everyone will leave inspired wanting to create their own stories and characters.

If you'd like to purchase a book, please pre-order them hereopens a new window. All pre-ordered books will be available for pick-up the evening of the event so you can meet and get them signed by James!


PLCAF Small Press Comics Expo

Saturday, March 7, 10 AM-4 PM • Redwood City Downtown Libraryopens a new window

The Peninsula Libraries Comic Arts Fest presents the Small Press Comics Expo, a chance to support small press comics by buying work directly from the creators. Over thirty comic creators will be in attendance selling comics, books, and prints. Special guests Ryan North and Nidhi Chanani will give an author talk and sign books. Please reserve your free ticketopens a new window for this event.

A big thank you to all the wonderful artists who submitted their art for the Small Press Comics Expo poster, pictured to the right: Shaenon Garrityopens a new window, Julie Fiveashopens a new window, Artist Gunjaopens a new window, Haetaeopens a new window, Javier Hernandezopens a new window, Avy Jetteropens a new window, Leah Yael Levyopens a new window, Sean Seamus McWhinnyopens a new window, Gabriel Moore-Topazioopens a new window, Wei-Ching Shyuopens a new window, and Jason Thompsonopens a new window.

Schedule:
10 AM-4 PM: Exhibitor rooms open
10 AM-4 PM: Cartooner gaming tournament and comic crafts
12 PM: Nidhi Chanani author talk in the Family Place
1 PM: Ryan North author talk in the Fireplace Room

Ryan North

Ryan Northopens a new window, the Eisner-award winning and New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist behind Dinosaur Comics, Adventure Time comics, and Marvel's Squirrel Girl, as well as non-fiction books like How To Invent Everything, takes you through his process of creating, writing, and working with others in the world of comics, fiction, nonfiction, and more!

Nidhi Chanani

Nidhi Chananiopens a new window is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. Her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, received starred reviews in the School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and was reviewed in the New York Times. In March of 2019, the film adaptation of Pashmina with Netflix was announced. She is currently working on her second original graphic novel, Jukebox, which is slated for 2021 release.


Comic Artist Panel: The Road to Publication

Mon., March 9, 6:30-8 PM • Menlo Park Main Libraryopens a new window, Fireside

A panel of artists, led by Nidhi Chanani (author of Pashima), talk about their paths to finding homes for their art, whether in print or online. Scheduled panelists include Ajuan Manceopens a new window, Mai Nguyenopens a new window, Meggie Ramm, and Josh Elderopens a new window.


An Evening With Brian Fies

Wed., March 11, 7-8 PM • Burlingame Library, Main Branchopens a new window

Meet Eisner-winning author and artist Brian Fiesopens a new window. He will talk about comics as an excellent medium for memoir and nonfiction storytelling. “When I learned my home had been destroyed in the Tubbs Fire of 2017, I knew that I would have to bear witness to this historic event, and that comics was the best way for me to do it.” He is also the author of Mom’s Cancer, The Last Mechanical Monster, and Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?

Meet Andy Runton

Fri., March 13, 4-6 PM • Millbrae Libraryopens a new window

Meet Andy Runtonopens a new window, the author and artist of the award-winning Owly graphic novel series. Owly is full of animated and heartwarming stories that are perfect for the entire family and have become a favorite of fans all over the world. Andy will tell you all about Owly, how he creates his books, teach everyone how to draw Owly, and show the secret to drawing anything else you can possibly imagine! Books will be available to purchase at the event.

Q&A With Irene Koh

Sat., March 21, 2-3 PM • San Mateo Public Library, Main Branchopens a new window

Come check out our can't-miss Q&A session with artist Irene Kohopens a new window at the San Mateo Public Library as part of PLCAF! She'll be answering questions regarding her work in comics, video games, her love of manga, and much more.

 

Workshops With Illustrators

Make Your Comics Shorter...and Better! With Wahab Algarmi

Sun., March 1, 1:30-2:30 PM • Half Moon Bay Libraryopens a new window

Artist and writer Wahab Algarmiopens a new window comes back to PLCAF to help storytellers of all ages find that sweet spot in their stories and art. He’ll have two fun exercises to teach you how to edit your art and story to get just the right message across in your work. This workshop is recommended for storytellers of all ages, as it builds off each person’s own abilities! So join Wahab for a fun day as he challenges you to think a little differently and get out of your drawing and writing comfort zones.

Make Your Own Minicomic With Debbie Huey

Mon., March 2, 4-5 PM • Portola Valley Libraryopens a new window

Join author Debbie Huey (Bumperboy) as she shows you her process in drawing comics. Then we’ll create an original comic book character that no one has ever seen before and start writing a story for them in your own minicomic! For ages 7+.


Manga Mania With Karen Luk

Monday, March 2, 4-5:30 PM • San Mateo Main Libraryopens a new window

Draw and compare a realistic face to a manga-style face with different expressions with artist Karen Lukopens a new window. Chibis, cute and small character types, are taught along with standard proportions for manga-style characters.

Make a Hero With Karen Luk

Monday, March 9, 4-5:30 PM • San Mateo Main Libraryopens a new window

Together, participants describe what a hero is and then create a superhero from the suggestions. Original heroes are emphasized, based on power, weakness, environment, species, and age. Character design is a key focus.


Design Your Own Superhero With Brian Kolm

Tues., March 10, 3:30-5 PM • Atherton Libraryopens a new window

Superheroes are everywhere! Powerful and colorful women and men who use their talents to save the day. In this workshop, you'll learn to construct and draw unique superhero (and villain) characters, including heroic poses, props and dramatic costumes.


Comic Character Design With Meggie Ramm

Wed., March 11, 3:30-4:30 PM • Foster City Libraryopens a new window

Get ready to leave this class with a fully formed comic character! We’ll go over visual design and character development using some of the characters you know and love as examples! In this class, students will learn about different aspects of character design, such as choosing a recognizable silhouette and what clothing says about their character. We will work on different elements of visual design, go over the outline of the hero's journey, and mind map our characters' various characteristics. Students will leave with a fully fleshed-out character ready for any story.

Comics-Making Workshop With Khalid Birdsong

Sat., March 14, 1-2 PM • Menlo Park Main Libraryopens a new window

Cartoonist and art instructor Khalid Birdsongopens a new window, creator of the syndicated online comic strip “Little Fried Chicken and Sushi,” will help polish students’ comics-drawing skills in this fun class. Non-registered attendees will be admitted at 1:05, space permitting.


Make Your Own Minicomic With Debbie Huey

Sat., March 14, 2-3 PM • Pacifica Sharp Park Libraryopens a new window

Join author Debbie Huey Bumperboy as she shows you her process in drawing comics. Then we’ll create an original comic book character that no one has ever seen before and start writing a story for them in your own minicomic! For ages 7+.


Emanata: The Secret Code of Comics With Meggie Ramm

Mon., March 16, 5:30-7 PM • San Mateo Main Libraryopens a new window

Bring your comics to life with emanata! Emanata are the stars that appear when Wile E. Coyote collides with a wall, the smell lines that make a freshly baked pie look oh so delicious, the squiggles that show your character busting a sick dance move. In this class, we’ll decode the various emanata that you can use to bring your characters and stories to life! We’ll also explore verbal emanata (aka POW, WHIZZ, BANG and WHOOSH). Join cartoonist Meggie Rammopens a new window in a fun and noisy comic class for all ages!

Manga Mania With Karen Luk

Thurs., March 19, 3:30-5 PM • Woodside Libraryopens a new window

Draw and compare a realistic face to a manga-style face with different expressions. Chibis, cute and small character types, are taught along with standard proportions for manga-style characters.


Design Your Own Superhero With Brian Kolm

Fri., March 20, 4-5:30 PM • Belmont Libraryopens a new window

Superheroes are everywhere! Powerful and colorful women and men who use their talents to save the day. In this workshop, you'll learn to construct and draw unique superhero (and villain) characters, including heroic poses, props and dramatic costumes.


Cartoon Drawing for Beginners

Sat., March 21, 2-3 PM • San Bruno Public Libraryopens a new window

Learn to draw cartoon characters with San Bruno Public Library’s in-house artist! Kids of all ages welcome.


Let's Have Fun With Comics

Sun., March 22, 2-3 PM • Foster City Libraryopens a new window

Do you like reading and drawing comics? Come and hang out with other comics lovers for a laid back comics drawing session. We will also provide drawing challenges to help you think of ideas. This program is for anyone nine years old and over. There is no sign-up sheet, so feel free to just drop in!


Telling a Story in Four Panels with Mai K Nguyen

Mon., March 23, 2-3 PM • Brisbane Libraryopens a new window

Learn how to use the Japanese yon-koma (four-panel) comic structure to make your very own comic strip. We'll go over the simple four-beat story structure as well as some comic fundamentals like panel composition, speech bubbles, and drawing facial expressions!


Comic Character Design With Meggie Ramm

Wed., March 25, 3-4 PM • San Carlos Libraryopens a new window

Get ready to leave this class with a fully formed comic character! We’ll go over visual design and character development using some of the characters you know and love as examples! In this class, students will learn about different aspects of character design, such as choosing a recognizable silhouette and what clothing says about their character. We will work on different elements of visual design, go over the outline of the hero's journey, and mind map our characters' various characteristics. Students will leave with a fully fleshed-out character ready for any story.

Telling a Story in Four Panels With Mai K Nguyen

Wed., March 25, 3-4:30 PM • Millbrae Libraryopens a new window

Learn how to use the Japanese yon-koma (four-panel) comic structure to make your very own comic strip. We'll go over the simple four-beat story structure as well as some comic fundamentals like panel composition, speech bubbles, and drawing facial expressions!


Drawing Cartoons With an iPad

Thurs., March 26, 4-5 PM • East Palo Alto Libraryopens a new window

Come use our iPads to learn how to draw using the Procreate app. We’ll practice linework and coloring, and hopefully, we can create an original character that no one has ever seen before! Space is limited so please call the East Palo Alto Library at (650) 321-7712 to sign up.


Make Comics Your Way With Khalid Birdsong

Sat., March 28, 10:30-12 PM • Burlingame Library, Main Branchopens a new window

Tweens can learn to make comics with artist Khalid Birdsong, creator of the syndicated online comic strip “Little Fried Chicken and Sushiopens a new window." Open to students 4th to 6th grade. Registration required.


Telling a Story in Four Panels With Mai K Nguyen

Mon., March 30, 3:30-4:30 PM • San Carlos Libraryopens a new window

Learn how to use the Japanese yon-koma (four-panel) comic structure to make your very own comic strip. We'll go over the simple four-beat story structure as well as some comic fundamentals like panel composition, speech bubbles, and drawing facial expressions!

 

More Fun Events

D.I.Y. Screen-printing for Teens

Tues., March 3, 4-5 PM • Redwood City Downtown Libraryopens a new window

Transfer comic characters onto something wearable. Tote bags will be provided or bring your own item to customize. Teen programs are for grades 6-12.


Button Making For Kids

Tues., March 10, 4-5 PM • Redwood City Downtown Libraryopens a new window

Turn old comic books into amazing new flare!


Superhero Storytime

Thurs., March 19, 11:15-12:15 PM • San Bruno Public Libraryopens a new window

Join usopens a new window for a superhero-themed storytime, celebrating the superheroes of San Bruno – Police, Fire, and Public Works Department. There will be an opportunity to check out a police car, fire truck, and public works streets maintenance vehicles!


Comic Book Magnets for Kids

Tues., March 24, 4-5 PM • Redwood City Downtown Libraryopens a new window

Use your favorite comic book heroes to protect notes on your refrigerator!


Full Pages, Empty Glasses

Thurs., March 26, 7-8 PM • 47 Hills Brewing Companyopens a new window

47 Hills Brewing Company is joining in on the fun of Comic Arts Fest! For this special meeting, we'll be reading Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud.

"Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art: its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural significance. Explore the secret world between the panels, through the lines, and within the hidden symbols of a powerful but misunderstood art form."


Film Screening: She Makes Comics

Mon., March 30, 6:30-8 PM • Menlo Park Main Libraryopens a new window, downstairs program room

Women have been writing, drawing, and reading comics since the medium’s beginnings in the late 19th century. And today, there are scores of women involved in comics and its vibrant fan culture. This documentary presents interviews with some of the most influential women in comics. Rated PG-13.


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