Pick up self-published minicomics, listen to the tricks of the trade from established cartoonists, and then draw some comics of your own!
The Smudge! Expo on March 8 (noon to 6 p.m.) will feature these fun activities and more at Artisphere in Arlington, Va. Smudge is a new comics arts expo that will showcase independent comics and inspire attendees to become storytellers themselves. Browse and buy comics and comics-related art from more than 40 exhibitors in the Artisphere Ballroom. Then step into the Black Box Theater for a presentation or two (or three) from a handful of the best local comics creators, among them award-winning editorial cartoonist Steven Artley, Reuben-Award nominated artist Teresa Logan and artist/teacher Steve Loya, creator of the popular “Splotch Monsters.” After that, try your hand at making comics at one of our hour-long workshops or at our MAKE SOMETHING! area, which will feature button-making and comics-drawing all day. Smudge will have programming for both kids and adults. Admission is free.
Ben Hatke will join Smudge as featured guest. Ben is the creator of Zita the Spacegirl, Legends of Zita the Spacegirl and the upcoming The Return of Zita the Spacegirl. Not only will Ben be signing his books all day, but at 3 p.m., he will do a presentation for kids and adults. Check out all of the Smudge programming at http://www.smudgexpo.com/programming/
After Smudge, stay for a screening of “Dear Mr. Watterson,” a Calvin & Hobbes documentary (with live music) at Artisphere at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Nevin Martell, author of Looking for Calvin & Hobbes.