Smudge Expo 2015 will take place March 14, 2015

The Smudge! Expo will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from noon to 6 p.m. at Artisphere in Arlington, Va. Talks will take place in the Black Box Theater at Artisphere and hands-on workshops will take place in the Education Lab. We’ve expanded to show programs in the Dome Theatre.


Black Box Theater
1-1:50 – Comics as teaching tools
2-2:50 – Exploring science through comics
3-3:50 – Race in comics
4-4:50 – Dreamworld
5-5:50 – 10 years of the D.C. Conspiracy

1-1:50 – Jade Feng Lee – Character Design
2-2:50 – Tom Atkinson (Copic) — Using Color
3-3:50 – Santiago Casares – Make Your Own Comic Workshop
4-4:50 – Liz Reed – Create a clay character
5-5:50 – Pauli Kohberger (Art Way Alliance) – Anime, Manga, and the Basics of Character Design

Dome Theatre – seating in the Dome is free and first come/first served.
Animated Shorts (all ages) – 12-1pm

Root Hog or Die (104 minutes) – 2-3:45pm
The Art of Richard Thompson – 4-4:30pm

Black Box – 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Comics as teaching tools: Local teachers provide tips, strategies and templates to integrate comics into the classroom.

  • Mary Zehr, Wilson High School, bilingual education teacher
  • Nancy Byrne, Madison High School, special education/language arts teacher
  • Becca Grace, Robert Goddard Montessori School, teacher librarian
  • Carol Dembicki, Madison High School, grade 12 English teacher

Black Box – 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Exploring science through comics: The American Association for the Advancement of Science is preparing to launch several comics-related projects designed to make science more appealing and tangling to students.

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Black Box – 3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Race in comics: Hear from local creators and publishers who are integrating diversity into the comics.

  • Bill Campbell, Rosarium Publishing, publisher
  • Bizhan Khodabandeh, cartoonist (The Little Red Fish)
  • Jamie Noguchi, cartoonist (Yellow Peril)

Black Box – 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

Dreamworld: Comics historian Katherine Roeder provides an overview of the life of early 20th century cartoonist Windsor McCay and on the fantasy/dreams element of other comics strips during that period.

  • Katherine Roeder, George Mason University, art history adjunct faculty

Black Box – 5:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.
10 years of the D.C. Conspiracy: Member of the D.C. comic collective chat about what the group has accomplished over the past decade and where it’s headed.

  • Andrew Cohen (Magic Bullet, editor)
  • Evan Keeling (D.C. Conspiracy co-founder)
  • Rafer Roberts (founding editor, Magic Bullet)

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