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 took place in the Black Box Theater at Artisphere and hands-on workshops took place in the classroom space.


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

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

Dome Theatre
1-3 PM – Animated Shorts (all ages)
3:30-4:00 PM – The Art of Richard Thompson (21 minutes)
4:00 – 5:30 PM – Root Hog or Die (104 minutes)

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

Black Box – 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 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 – 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.
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 – 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)

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