Listeners of Art & Story have heard me go on at length about the problems independent creators face when attending American comic book conventions, and how art fairs and book fairs offer somewhat more promising opportunities. Rather than endlessly complain, I decided to put my money where my mouth was. Over the last several months my pals Mark Rudolph, Sara Turner, Kevin Cross, and I have been developing our own fair to be held at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning this November 19-20.
The event is called the UP! Fair, and it will be part convention, part fair, and part conference:
- Like a convention, it will have an exhibition floor for artists/creators to display and sell their work.
- Like a fair, there will be hands-on learning activities for the general public. They will be invited to get their hands dirty making comics and stories of their own. I will also be leading my Comics: A Pathway to Learning workshop for educators and librarians.
- Like a conference, there will be professional development workshops for working cartoonists and writers.
I am really excited about this event, and I hope that you will be able to attend. More information is on the way in the coming weeks/months, so check the UP! Fair site in the future for details (or subscribe to the RSS feed!)
The co-organizers and I also got together to describe our vision of the fair in Art & Story 116.