ALL DAY LONG 11am-4pm

Peruse comics & art by our talented exhibitors! Bring your used comics to participate in our communal comic swap! Enjoy your newly obtained comics in our cafe lounge with food & coffee available for purchase in Blas Cafe. And in the afternoon, Sarah & Debbie will be hosting:

THE COMICS LAB @ DCAF

11:30am
GRAPHIC SHORT PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT

Sarah, Debbie and Dan Berry will announce the winners of The Comics Lab & The Irish Times Graphic Short Story Prize!

12:00pm - 2:00pm
LIVE FIGURE DRAWING

Sharpen your pencils! Figure drawing model Valkyrie Von Storm joins DCAF for 2 hours of costumed poses! This figure drawing session will be model-led and self-guided so bring your medium of choice and find a front row seat!

2:00pm - 3:00pm
DAN BERRY STORYTELLING WORKSHOP

Dan Berry is an illustrator, designer, cartoonist, educator and pen manufacturer based in the town of Shrewsbury, UK where he lives with his wife, two kids and cat. He has been teaching comics at degree level since 2008. Since 2012 he has produced the podcast Make It Then Tell Everybody in which he has spoken to over a hundred and fifty other artists about what they do and how they do it. He has produced illustration work for The NME, Michael Rosen, The National Union of Teachers and more. He has produced the following books (in a roughly chronological order)

The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head with David Gaffney (Top Shelf 2018) Sent/Not Sent (2016) 24 by 7 (2015, with Kristyna Baczynski, Joe Decie, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Sarah McIntyre, Fumio Obata & Jack Teagle, published by Fanfare Presents, nominated for Best Anthology, Eisner Awards 2016) Bear Canyon (2015) Hourly Comics 2015, Nicholas & Edith (2014) The End (2014) Carry Me (2013) Throw Your Keys Away (2013) The Suitcase (2013, by Blank Slate Books) Hey You! (2013) After We Shot The Grizzly (2012, with The Handsome Family) Cat Island (2012) Lasagne (2011) Silky Wilson (2010) Onion Soup (2010) Oxford Clay (2009-10) and a bunch of mini comics and stuff too profoundly embarrassing to share before that.

3:00pm - 3:30pm
THOUGHT BUBBLES: COMICS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
w/CARA BEAN

Cartoonist Cara Bean is currently making a book for kids that explores anxiety, depression, coping mechanisms and crisis prevention. Come and listen to her talk about how cartooning is an excellent format to communicate and demonstrate the inner workings of the human mind.

Cara Bean is the author of Draw 500 Funny Faces and Features and has been teaching art in the United States for thirteen years. Her work has been featured in Pen America Illustrated, The Women’s Review of Books, and Teaching Arts Magazine. She provides public drawing and creativity workshops which explore how the beginning of complex ideas emerge from the simple act of doodling on paper. Cara has taken a leave from her teaching position to focus on creating comics which speak directly to kids about mental health. You can check out her website at www.carabeancomics.com and support her work at patreon.com/CaraBean.

DRAWING STUFF

There will be drawing activities all day long at The Comics Lab table!

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