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The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival Returns

(Poster art by Chris Ware)

The fourth annual Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival returns with an extensive programming schedule of exciting events this weekend. This year's fest includes screenings, lectures and discussions with some of the most celebrated authors working in the indie comic community.

The exhibitors’ space is open Saturday November 10th from 12 - 7pm at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 275 N. 8th Street in Williamsburg. This free event features nearly 100 publishers and artists displaying and selling their books, comics, zines, prints and other wares. Artists include Roz Chast (The New Yorker), Geneviève Castrée (Susceptible), Nine Antico (Coney Island Baby), Lilli Carré (The Lagoon), Tim Hensley (Wally Gropius), Anouk Ricard (Anna & Froga), Olivier Schrauwen (The Man Who Grew His Beard) and Brooklyn favorite Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve).

Meanwhile, the festival continues around the corner at the Knitting Factory with a full day of discussions and presentations by some of the most important artists in the medium, including Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth) Art Spiegelman (Maus), Richard McGuire (The New Yorker), Charles Burns (The Hive), Blexbolex (Seasons, People, No Man’s Land), and Jonny Negron (Negron).

There also are a variety of satellite events happening in conjunction with the festival. "I'm very excited that we have so many exhibits running this year," says festival co-organizer Bill Kartalopoulos. "I am particularly proud of the fact that we have a lot of European guests and publishers this year, and we've been collaborating with the French Embassy, who are hosting a French Comic Book Party on November 8th and who have sponsored a screening of a documentary film about French cartoonist Joann Sfar at Union Docs."

Among the festival's gallery exhibitions are Uncanny Valleys: Blexbolex, Richard McGuire and Olivier Schrauwen, a collection of screen-prints, cartoons and works on paper at the Soloway Gallery. The opening of Ruppert and Mulot 101 at the Wayfarers Gallery marks the US debut of French comics creators Florent Ruppert and Jérôme Mulot. Kartalopoulos adds, "We have an eye-opening exhibit of work by Michael McMillan planned at Tomato House. McMillan worked in underground comix as a contemporary of Robert Crumb, producing a small but important body of work in that field. He's recently produced some beautiful, fully painted comics, which will be the focus of the show."

The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival Film Series runs November 8th – 11th at the Spectacle Theater. The series will present psychedelic cult-classics like Fantastic Planet as well as new selections from the Chicago Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Brick Theater presents Feiffer's People, a play based on the groundbreaking comic strips of Jules Feiffer. "Feiffer's one of the geniuses of the comic strip and he's had a parallel career in theater," explains Kartalopoulos. "The play is based on his comics and this fascinating revival balances the contemporary relevance of the material with its roots in 50’s and 60’s political and social culture."

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