With great comic artists comes the responsibility of throwing great comic art festivals—that's what we imagine the folks at Comic Arts Brooklyn are saying, at least. This Friday through Sunday, the festival is bringing some incredible cartoon art events to Brooklyn, all for free. The annual festival boasts over 100 artists at several locations, and will feature talks, book signings, and retrospectives on the best comics. Pow!
Here are five events you shouldn't miss:
- The MAD Fold-In Art of Al Jaffee (Scott Eder Gallery, Fri Nov 7, 6–9pm). Stare down the face (and oversized head) of the man who gave the world the infamous MAD Magazine fold-in. The exhibition includes twelve original works by the 93-year-old cartoonist, who still contributes regularly to MAD. He will also speak at 11am on Sunday at the Wythe Hotel.
- Book Sales and Signings (Mt. Carmel Church, Sat Nov 8, 11am–7pm). Marvel (see what we did there?) over the artists whose work you love at this book event. New Yorker cartoonist Adrian Tomine will be there, David Sandlin, the 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship winner will be there, you should be there.
- Re-Animator by Wizard Skull (Cotton Candy Machine, opening reception Sat Nov 8, 7–11pm). The artist known as Wizard Skull (just go with it) will display a series of works that bastardize classic animations like The Smurfs and My Little Pony by changing old, painted animation cells and adding new computer animation. Don't worry about the science, just worry about how you're going to react to a cartoon called Orko Meets Asswizard.
- Roz Chast and Art Spiegelman: Talk About Something More Pleasant (Wythe Hotel Sat Nov 9, 2pm). Chast is the genius behind some of the most hilarious and well-known cartoons in the New Yorker, and Spiegelman has won a Pulitzer Prize for his graphic novel Maus. Pretty much anything they talk about is going to be fascinating.
- Aisha Franz, Lisa Hanawalt, and Jillian Tamaki: Cutting Edges (Wythe Hotel Sun Nov 9, 3pm). New York Times art director Alexandra Zsigmond interviews three artists whose work deals with sexuality, perversity, humor and, in the case of Hanawalt, the bizarre but enticing Netflix series Bojack Horseman.