Guided Meditation: Connecting With Your Creative Intuition
Join artist Yumi Sakugawa (The Little Book of Life Hacks) for a guided meditation session where participants will learn how to meditate, engage in powerful visualization exercises for connecting with their creative intuition, and learn practical rituals for inviting more inspiration and cosmic magic into their daily life and regular artistic practice. Some writing and coloring activities may also be involved. No prior experience necessary, all levels welcome!
LGBTQ in Comics
As LGBT identities and issues become talking points in culture and politics, comic artists are stepping up to share the stories they've always wanted to tell. A panel of creators discuss their work, their early influences, and their predictions for the future of queer comics. With Blue Delliquanti (O Human Star), Taneka Stotts (Love Circuits), Sunmi (Dandelion Wine Collective), Iasmin Omar Ata (Mis(h)adra), and Melanie Gillman (As The Crow Flies).
Spotlight on Michael DeForge
Join our special guest award-winning Canadian cartoonist Michael DeForge (Sticks Angelina, Folk Hero) as we explore his process and latest projects. Hosted by Ryan Sands (Youth in Decline).
The Next Generation (Public Forum)
Make your voices heard at our special public forum, sharing ideas and discussing how to foster a better comics community for future cartoonists. Open forum format, all attendees welcome! Hosted by Jen Wang.
Guided Meditation: Releasing Blocks To Your Creative Inspiration
Join artist Yumi Sakugawa (The Little Book of Life Hacks) for a guided meditation session where participants will learn how to meditate, participate in powerful visualization exercises for releasing creative blocks, and invite their artistic demons for a cup of healing tea. Participants will also learn daily creative rituals for releasing creative blocks and rituals for infusing more magic into their day-to-day living and regular artistic practice. Some writing and coloring activities may also be involved. No prior experience necessary, all levels welcome!
Drawing a Dialogue: History of Low Culture + the Benefits of Cartooning in Education
Historically, mass-produced media is monickered as “low culture,” while fine art is “high.” Where does this dichotomy come from, how are comics treated in this binary, and how can educators take advantage of it? Join cartoonists, educators + scholars Cathy G. Johnson + e jackson while they dissect the history of accessible media and how comics in the classroom can benefit!
Strength in Numbers
Paige Mehrer (Glass Frog) and Haejin Park (Mirror Boy) are part of a Brooklyn based collective called PLUM. Join them and Michelle Kwon and Edlyn Capulong of The Scissorhood as they talk about the benefits of artists teaming up as a collective to seek inspiration, support each other’s work, and combine their talents to create new projects.
Representation and Organizing
Tijuana Zine Fest organizers Luisa Martinez and David Peña are artists who work to build community and create spaces that promote emerging artists between the San Diego and Tijuana border regions. They talk to Daisy Noemi of LA Zine Fest, award-winning Chicano cartoonist and activist Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha), and comic artist and illustrator Kat Fajardo, editor of The La Raza Anthology, about the role of community organizers and artists in fostering representation.