2022 SCHEDULE

2022 PANEL & WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MARCH 25

12:00 p.m.: “Comics Production and Publishing” Wondering what it takes to create and produce a comic as an individual or independent publisher? Discover how these creators and publishers navigate the world(s) of independent comics.  
 
Featuring Barbra Dillon, Javier Solórzano, and Crystal Gonzalez
Moderated by: J. Gonzo 
 

1:00 p.m.: “Teaching Comics and Comics Creation” There has never been a better time to study comics! As we witness a new Golden Age of comics and graphic storytelling, classrooms around the world are opening up to the possibilities of what we can learn by studying visual culture. Join us for this discussion of studying comics and the creation of new narratives in the classroom. 

Featuring Javier Hernandez, Jandro Gamboa, and Luke Martinez
Moderated by: Amber Padilla 


2:00 p.m.: “Artivism: Comic Art as Activism” From the earliest superheroes fighting the “forces of evil” to historical accounts and graphic memoir, comics have virtually always been used to express discontent and call for change. Join us as panelists discuss how comics can work as a medium for social justice.

Featuring J.M. Hunter, Henry Barajas, and Robert Liu Trujillo

Moderated by: Comadres y Comics 

 

3:00 p.m.: “Beyond Superheroes: Autobiography and the Possibilities of Comics Storytelling”
Join us as panelists discuss the role of autobiography in their work and in the development of some of the most dynamic and diverse storytelling in comics. 

Featuring Jaime Crespo, Luke Martinez, and Javier Cruz Winnik
Moderated by: Comadres y Comics

 

4:00 p.m.: “SOMOS: Stories of Illness, Trauma, and Healing”

Graphic Medicine is the intersection of comics and stories rooted in medicine and health- related issues. Comics offer a vehicle for conveying difficult stories surrounding taboo topics such as physical and mental illness, loss, and recovery. Join us for a discussion of how the comics form works as a uniquely healing medium. 

Featuring Amber Padilla, Alex Schumacher, and Barbra Dillon
Recommended for mature audiences only.
Moderated by: Dr. Theresa Rojas

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 26

12:00 p.m.: “Kid Lit: Comics and Literature for Children and Young Adults” Join some of our children’s and young adult literature authors and artists for this panel focused on (but not limited to!) work for the younger generations
 
Featuring Carlos Saldaña, Paul Meyer, and Amber Padilla.
Moderated by: Barbara Dillon 
 

1:00 p.m.: “Zine Making Workshop I: Make Your Own Zines & Mini-comic—the Lowriders in Space Way!” A Festival favorite! Join Cathy Camper for this super fun, hands- on introduction to zine making! Draw, write, and collage your way into the self-publishing world with a mini-creation lesson and leave with an actual finished product! Supplies provided. All ages and skill levels welcome!  

Overflow attendees, please come to the 2 p.m. workshop. 

 

2:00 p.m.: “Zine Making Workshop II: Make Your Own Zines & Mini-comic—the Lowriders in Space Way!” A Festival favorite! Join Cathy Camper for this super fun, hands- on introduction to zine making! Draw, write, and collage your way into the self-publishing world with a mini-zine lesson and leave with an actual finished product! Supplies provided. All ages and skill levels welcome! 

 

3:00 p.m.: “Critical Skills: World Building What does it take to build a compelling story world? How do we generate and organize viable ideas? How might we navigate collaborating with other creators? These panelists discuss story origins and productive/unproductive ways to build compelling narratives. 
 
Featuring: J. Gonzo, Amber Padilla, and Luke Martinez
Moderated by: Don Nguyen 
 
 
4:00 p.m.: “Comics Chisme Hour with Comadres y Comics & DocTeeRoh” For this final panel of the Festival, our Founding Festival Director, Dr. Theresa Rojas (aka DocTeeRoh) gets into the “good stuff” with Kristen Parraz, Sara Bazan, and Jennifer Lopez, the creators and hosts of the Comadres y Comics podcast! Created over a pitcher of beer, Comadres y Comics is dedicated to highlighting Latinx creators and content, with a focus on the presence of women in the industry as creators, characters, and fans.  
Not to be missed! Parental guidance is advised.

 

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