Non-Fiction Comics Mini-Fest!

Join us from 10am-4pm on Sunday, April 23 at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury for our first Non-Fiction Comics Mini-Fest!

From science to politics, history to health care, cartooning has exploded as a legitimate medium for exploring non-fiction topics and the textures of lived experience. 

The Vermont Folklilfe Center's Non-Fiction Comics Mini-Fest is a day-long event presenting a diverse assortment of Vermont and regional cartoonists engaged in non-fiction work - including discussion panels at 11am (Cartoonists' Perspectives on El viaje mas caro/The Most Costly Journey Project), 1pm (Cartooning and Place: On Being a Vermont Cartoonist) and 3pm (Diary Comics: A Conversation with James Kochalka and Isaac Cates).

Swing by the Vermont Book Shop booth for book signings throughout the day with panelists Steve Bissette, Glynnis Fawkes and James Kochalka.

So stop in and meet some local cartoonists, check out their work, and learn about how comics can describe the world around us and tell stories of everyday life.

Best of all it's ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Non-Fiction Comics Mini-Fest is presented in conjunction with our exhibit, FAMILY TRAITS: Art Humor, and Everyday Life, featuring a selection of family cartoons by the late Stanley Lyndes. FAMILY TRAITS will be on display through May 15, 2017.


Panels:


Cartoonists' Perspectives on El viaje mas caro/The Most Costly Journey Project (11am-12pm)

El viaje mas caro/The Most Costly Journey Project is an effort by the Open Door Clinic, Marek Bennett's Comics Workshop, UVM Extension Bridges to Health, UVM Anthropology and the Vermont Folklife Center that connects regional cartoonists with Latin American migrant workers on Vermont Dairy Farms with the goal of creating comics of workers' stories as tools for health care outreach. El viaje mas caro is fundamentally an ethnographic cartooning project grounded in collaboration between the cartoonists and the workers whose stories they tell.

In this panel four cartoonists, Angela Boyle, Glynnis Fawkes, Iona Fox and Kevin Kite will discuss their experiences as cartoonists on the project - granting us insight into what it means to tell the stories of others, how each approached collaborative storytelling, and their thoughts and perspectives on the project and their roles in it.
 


On Being a Vermont Cartoonist: Cartooning and Place (1pm-2pm)

How does the experience of place influence the work of cartoonists? In this panel two native Vermont cartoonists, Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch are paired with two cartoonists who have recently settled here and who create work about the state - Rachel Lindsay (Rachel Lives Here Now) and Stephanie Zuppo (Belchville, Vermont) - for a broad discussion exploring what it means (if anything) to be a "Vermont Cartoonist."

 

Diary Comics: A Conversation with James Kochalka and Isaac Cates (3pm-4pm)

Diary comics - daily, autobiographical cartoons - have become a staple of comics non-fiction, and James Kochalka's American Elf was a home-grown exemplar of the form.  Join Kochalka and comics scholar Isaac Cates for an informal discussion of American Elf, diary comics, and any other topics that might arise.

 

Signing Events:

 

The Vermont Book Shop will be onsite all day selling a selection of graphic novels and hosting book signings with panelists Steve Bissette, Glynnis Fawkes (12pm-12:30pm), Rachel Lindsay (2pm-2:30pm) and James Kochalka (2:30pm-3pm)!

 

Featured Cartoonists:

 

This amazing crew of Vermont cartoonists will be on hand displaying and selling their work! Stop in and make the rounds!

 

Non-Fiction Comics Mini-Fest is presented in conjunction with our exhibit, FAMILY TRAITS: Art Humor, and Everyday Life, featuring a selection of family cartoons by the late Stanley Lyndes. FAMILY TRAITS will be on display through May 15, 2017.

The exhibit is generously underwritten by the Rotary Club of Middlebury, VT, Cabot Creamery, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, and our membership at large. The Gallery is ADA accessible on the first floor of the Vermont Folklife Center headquarters building at 88 Main Street in Middlebury.