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Weekend Comics Returns to the Miami Book Fair International


Miami, November 9, 2012 - The 29th edition of the Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), will take place November 11-18, 2012, at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami, and will again feature a full schedule for comics fans.


There was once a time when comics were reserved only for the Sunday newspaper. Today, graphic novels and comics have found their way into classrooms and social forums as a credible medium for discussion. The combination of images and words compliment each other, drawing out ideas and themes in more vivid ways than they do alone.


This year Book Fair brings back a host of programming for comic book and graphic novel lovers alike. From the history of economics to the school years of Jeffrey Dahmer, as well as a conversation of how comics are addressing the most important social issues of our time, and four legendary artists – Charles Burns, Aline Crumb, Chip Kidd and Chris Ware – the Fair has it all.


Here is a list of this year’s comics program:


Saturday, November 17

Centre Gallery, Room 1365 (Building 1, 3rd Floor)


11 a.m. - Show Me the Money: Michael Goodwin on Economix: How the Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures in conversation with John Hogan, editor,


12 p.m. - Into the Unknown: New Graphic Novels: Ilan Stavans on El Iluminado and Mark Siegel on Sailor Twain or The Mermaid in the Hudson and Derek Kirk Kim on Tune


1 p.m. - My Friend Dahmer: A Graphic Novel Memoir: Derf Backderf in conversation with Charlie Kochman, executive editor, Abrams ComicArts


Batten, Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)


2:30 p.m. - Graphic Lives: Aline Crumb, Drawn Together: The Collected Works of Aline & R. Crumb, in conversation with Hillary Chute, Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics


3:30 p.m. - On Comics: Charles Burns, The Hive, Chip Kidd, Batman: Death By Design, and Chris

Ware, Building Stories, in conversation


5 p.m. - Promised Lands: Leela Corman on Unterzakhn, Lila Quintero Weaver on Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White and JT Waldman on Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me




Sunday, November 18

Centre Gallery, Room 1365 (Building 1, 3rd Floor)


12 p.m. - Craft Talk for Writers and Artists with Conor McCreery, creator, Kill Shakespeare

From creating epic tales and fantastical worlds, to building an idea into a transmedia brand (a story that is told in across different media), and excelling as a creative entrepreneur, McCreery guides writers and artists — whether their focus is comics or prose.


1 p.m. - Panel Discussion: Comics and Social Change: From revolution to racism and GLBT issues, from super heroes to memoir, a look at this genre’s growth in tackling real-world issues. With Marvel Comics writer Marjorie Liu, Archie Comics writer Dan Parent, graphic memoirist Ellen Forney, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me; editorial cartoonist Stephanie McMillan, The Beginning of the American Fall; and Macmillan editor Riva Hocherman. Moderated by DC Comics/ Vertigo editor Joan Hilty.


2:30 p.m. - Classics: Noah Van Sciver, The Hypo: A Graphic Portrait of the Melancholic Young Lincoln, and Russ Kick, The Graphic Canon—The world’s great literature interpreted by the world’s great artists, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Infinite Jest, and everything in between.



Miami Book Fair International is the largest and finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College. The Centerpromotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Its Generation Genius programs for children and teens promote literacy and learning. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. It is also home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrates its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts.


Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.



Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Performing Arts Series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s seven campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.


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