A Festival of Comics

Saturday, November 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate the art of comics during this exciting afternoon of artist talks and demonstrations, workshops, signings, and comic book appraisals inspired by our current exhibition, Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross. Come dressed as you favorite superhero and get $2 off admission.

Free with Museum admission, members free.


Join us for one or all of these stimulating presentations by talented artists working in comics today.


Marek Bennett: Connecting Through Comics

A look at how drawing comics connects artists and readers with people, history, and a sense of place. Cartoonist, musician and educator Marek Bennett will also discuss the power of the mini-comic as an effective and achievable way to self-publish and circulate your art.



The Complete Howard Cruse

Massachusettscomics artist and graphic novelist Howard Cruse will offer a lively look at his art and process.


Jerry Craft: Mama’s Boyz

Syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft will discuss his award-winning comic strip, Mama’s Boyz, which has been distributed by King Features Syndicate since 1995.


Panel Discussion: Comics Today with Mike Gendreau

Mike Gendreau of Modern Myths Comic Books and Games in Northampton, MA, will discuss trends in comics art and publishing today with artists Sean Wang and Greg Ruth.

5pm to 6pm

Comics Reception and Viewing

Join us for end-of-day refreshments and conversation, and view the comics and drawings that have been created throughout the day.

Drop In and Draw Workshops

Materials are provided, just bring your creative spirit!

1pm to 5pm

Drawing in the Galleries with Lynn Pauley

Let illustration masters Norman Rockwell and Alex Ross inspire you to create artworks of your own.

2:30pm to 4:30pm

“Add a Panel” Drawing Collaborative with Marek Bennett

Add a link to our visual conversation by drawing and posting your own comics panel― part of a sequential series that tells a story devised by our artist/participants.

Artists’ Alley

Artists are invited to share and discuss their work with Museum visitors and fellow creators at our Artists’ Alley. Featured guests will include artists Colin Panetta, Gary Smith, Brett Swanson, George Amaru, David White, Bryant Johnson, Sarah O’Donnell, Marek Bennett, and others.

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