Events

Pre-Con Comic-Con!

2019 NAEA National Convention, Boston, MA

Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
Cost: $99/Active | $75/Preservice | $149/Non-Member

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The day opens with an inspiring panel of two renowned comic artists, moderated by a Boston-based expert in the field. Our guest artists will discuss their personal and professional journeys within the world of comics, while providing insight into their practice and reflecting on the role art educators have played in their own stories. We will dig deep into comics’ potential to create new worlds, reflecting our own experiences, and imagining the unknown. We will examine the communicative and expressive power of Comics, combining narrative with character, form, and structure.

Enjoy lunch on your own from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Download the full schedule here.

Presenters

Beth Barnett

Beth Barnett
Beth Barnett is a cartoonist based in Cambridge, MA. She makes comics about heroes, health, and history. Her publications include Hallo Spaceboy, No Rest for the Anxious, and a comic in Being True: An LGBTQ Anthology. Beth is also a founding member of Creator Resource, a website dedicated to transparency in the comics industry. When she’s not making comics, Beth enjoys weightlifting, listening to David Bowie, and cooking. Her favorite dinosaur is the compsognathus.

Anna Christine

Anna Christine
Anna Christine is a cartoonist, educator, and doctoral candidate at Tufts University. She’s taught after-school comics classes to grades 3-8 and college courses on comics that combine comics theory fundamentals with a wild enthusiasm for encouraging students of all ages to write and draw their own stories. Her comics have appeared in RESIST! volumes 1 and 2. Currently, she’s working on a comic that explores #metoo moments across generations of women and writing her dissertation.

Sanford Greene

Sanford Greene
Sanford Greene has worked professionally in the comic illustration and related industries for over 16 years. Working for mainline publishers such as, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image Comics. You can see his most recent work on the hit Marvel series “Powerman and Iron Fist” as well as illustration work for “Black Panther” and “Luke Cage.” He is currently working on his creator owned online comic series for the popular Webtoons platform called “1000” and the critically acclaimed new title called “Bitter Root”, an action fantasy set during the Harlem Renaissance, published by Image comics. Sanford also is an instructor in the art department for Benedict College.

Erica Henderson

Erica Henderson
Erica Henderson is a New York Times bestselling comic book artist residing in Somerville, MA. She is best known for her work relaunching and redesigning Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Archie’s Jughead. Her work on these titles won her Eisner awards in the categories of Best Publication for Teens and Best Humor Publication, respectively. Erica has also been recognized with Eisner nominations for Best New Series and Best Penciller/Inker, a Harvey nomination for Best Continuing or Limited Series, and a Silver Reuben nomination in the Comic Book category. Erica is currently working on a young adult graphic novel series with Penguin Random House scheduled for publication in 2020.

Marika McCoola

Marika McCoola
Marika McCoola is an illustrator, educator, and the Eisner-nominated and New York Times bestselling author of Baba Yaga’s Assistant. She holds a BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College. As an educator, Marika has taught undergraduates at Skidmore College, Bard College: Holyoke, and SUNY Empire State College in addition to workshops for children and adults. Additionally, Marika has spent a decade in independent bookselling and currently runs Porter Square Book Fairs in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When not in danger of being squashed by books, Marika may be found skiing, cycling, or hiking.

Maura McGonagle

Maura McGonagle
Maura McGonagle is a writer, illustrator, and editor for the digital comic “WITCH.” They specialize in narrative works and have created pieces for all ages, aiming to create dynamic, inclusive literature. They illustrated Elephant Ears, Lizard Legs and Eagle Eyes written by Meghan Hill, were featured in Being True: An LGBT Comics Anthology, is an illustrator in the Pub Crawl Anthology, and taught a youth class about comics at their home town library.

Meg Nicoll

Meg Nicoll
Meg Nicoll, Art Educator at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art since 2016, has worked in museums and galleries in the US, UK, and New Zealand. She has a BA in Art History from Smith College and an EdM with a focus in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As Art Educator at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, she collaboratively designs, develops, and delivers programs for the Art Studio. Available to The Carle’s thousands of annual visitors and open during all regular Museum hours, the Studio is a space where visitors engage in open-ended projects that emphasize experimentation with materials and personal expression. She is interested in working with artists, educators, and people of all ages to create opportunities for art-making.

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