Juan here with a Comics Workbook October overview; Drawing as Language at Lucerne; Ben Katchor reading NYC; Michael DeForge drawings up for auction; and a unique collaboration between Frank Santoro and Airi Maeno.



the October Happenings: CXC + LICAF

October is here and that means that Comics Workbook is forming up like Voltron and coming at you full force, in person.

All of you in the UK, may we have your attention!! Comics Workbook is coming to The Lakes International Comic Art Festival! October 14-16th 2016! Join Frank Santoro, Aidan Koch, and Connor Willumsen for some cool workshops and visit table 67 in the Comics Clocktower to meet Oliver East and Jack Brougham among others! We will be hosting 3 special workshops, “Visual Poetry” with Aidan Koch, “The Hammer Party” with Connor Willumsen and “Composition Competition” with Frank Santoro. Tickets for the main events at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival are on sale now. Check out the show or Visit our event page for more information!


If you’re stateside, you should know that Comics Workbook is coming to Cartoon Crossroads Columbus! October 13-16th 2016. We will be hosting workshops and tabling.

Join Comics Workbook, along with cartoonists, Alyssa Berg and Kurt Ankeny, for an immersive weekend of comics creation. We will examine art and the grid, bringing the strong artistic practices of Berg and Ankeny together with the discipline and rhythm of the grid, as laid out by Comics Workbook founder Frank Santoro. Four hours across two days will be filled with the exploration of a variety of techniques and methods which will inspire the beginner, and challenge the established cartoonist. Comics as jazz; comics as architecture; how a simple index card can transform your sequencing and storytelling process – come join us for an hour or four and take your comics making to a new level.

More information on our CXC exploits to come soon – the full festival schedule is here!


Drawing as Language

In conjunction with the Fumetto comics festival, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and arts has a glorious video series in which recent guest to the Fumetto festival were all interviewed. Drawing as language. Higher education comics pedagogy. It’s all there. Personal highlights for me we’re hearing Ulli Lust, Gabrielle Bell and Ben Katchor. It’s a nice format for interviewing such a wide cross section of comics makers from all over.

Watch them all here!


Ben Katchor in conversation with Luc Sante

Mr. Katchor will be at 192 Books on Thursday, October 6th, 7:00PM. Katchor is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay so there’s sure to be plenty of talk about regarding his life in cartooning and comics making. Do stop by!


We have a new action to share with you! The great Michael DeForge generously donated three drawings to benefit the school – each drawing is on A4 size construction paper in crayon. They are from 2014. Each drawing will be available separately. More details about the auction are HERE.



Check out the Pompeii Medallion! “I commissioned thee great Airi Maeno to make silver medallions based off of my drawings. This drawing was from the book Pompeii. It’s something I could imagine someone would wear two thousand years ago. A simple medallion of a loved one. A portrait. Something permanent to challenge disappearance.”

You can purchase one HERE.



More info on how to get a copy of Connor’s books Portraits and Swinespritzen HERE – all proceeds go toward Connor’s trip to the UK to attend The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in a few weeks!

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