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Let’s Get Squeaky

It’s time again for MICE — the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, held at University Hall of Lesley University in Cambridge, MA — and that means there’s gonna be indie/webcomickers in attendance. Let’s see what’s up.

First of all, there some really cool programming to see. On Saturday, you’ve got:

  • Braden Lamb teaching a workshop on comic making, from 11:00am to noon (Lesley Room)
  • Cathy Leamy talking about comics and medicine, also from 11:00am to noon (amphitheater)
  • Dirk Tiede talking character and pacing, from 12:30pm to 1:30 pm (Lesley Room)
  • The Iron Cartoonist competition will feature contestants like Abby Howard and judges like Mark Siegel, also from 12:30pm to 1:30pm (amphitheater)
  • Kazu Kibuishi running a workshop on comic creation, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm (Lunder Arts Center)
  • Evan Dahm moderates a discussion on worldbuilding, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm (amphitheater)

And then on Sunday, you’ve got:

  • Melanie Gillman, Blue Dellaquanti, and others discussing, from 11:30amm to noon:30pm (amphitheater)
  • Jason Shiga talking about interactive comics, from noon to 1:00pm (Eliot Room)
  • Whit Taylor will be among those discussing the intersection of the personal and political in comics, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm (amphitheater)
  • Sophie Yanow will be talking about autobio comics, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm (Eliot Room)

Bonus: every session will have ASL interpretation available!

In addition to the folks already mentioned, creators present¹ will include Alexander Danner, Alison Wilgus, Kori Michele, Luke Howard (B), Luke Howard (J), Maki Naro, Matt Lubchansky, Penina Gal, Rosemary Vallero-O’Connell, and Zack Giallongo. And, since it’s in her neighborhood and all, I imagine my good friend Brigid Alverson will be wandering the floor and committing acts of journalism. Tell her I said hi!

Best of all, MICE falls squarely into the expo/festival model of show, and all events are free and open to the public; doors are open 10:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday, and 11:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday. Cambridge is well-served by public transit, with the Porter Square MTA stop maybe 100 meters up Massachusetts Avenue.

They’ve also got one of the most well thought-out anti-harassment codes I’ve ever seen, with staff members trained in Bystander Intervention. I hope that it’s not needed, but it’s great to see a staff that knows not just what they’re supposed to do, but how to do so in a manner that doesn’t make the initial offense worse. Bravo.

Spam of the day:

I am Asma al-Assad, the wife of Bashar Hafez al-Assad of Syria

Yeah, no.

¹ And, speaking purely from a selfish POV, many thanks to the MICE organizers for placing the exhibitors in a simple alphabetical list, with pictures, names, affiliations, and clickable links to their websites on a simple HTML page. No pop-ups, no pages you have to click through to in order to verify who you’re talking about, just plain info in plain sight. Thank you.

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