While plenty of folks will be hitting the Miami Book Fair for an abundance of novels and memoirs, there's an audience for art that's both literary and visual. Destination: Comics is MBF's spot for all kinds of events involving comic books and graphic novels. Much like the rest of the stuff at MBF, there are a bunch of panels and events to look forward to that would satisfy even the most nimble comic book lover, so here are the most exciting of the bunch:
Grown Ups LOVE Comics, Too!
Sunday, November 22, at 11 a.m., MAGIC Screening Room
When a lot of people hear the word "comics", they are immediately turned off by the concept, assuming that anything having to do with animation or drawings is just for kids. But there are layers to the stuff and the group of writers at this panel, who all have stories in the children's section, are here to discuss how their work surpasses that age bracket. The event features Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi), George O'Connor (Kapow!, Olympians), Martin Olson (Adventure Time, Phineas and Ferb), and Matthew Holm (Sunny Side Up, Babymouse), in a moderated panel by Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare).
Scott McCloud & Cory Doctorow: A Conversation
Sunday, November 22, at 12:30 p.m., MAGIC Screening Room
Moving up from the kids books to the young adults and further section, we have a conversation between two authors of rather fascinating and different works. Scott McCloud, whose new work The Sculptor is a sad and funny meditation on art and love, sits down to talk with Cory Doctorow, whose graphic novel In Real Life gives a look at gamer girls and social economics in an interesting way.
The Body Politic in Comics
Saturday, November 21, at 1:30
Toss aside all notions of children's stories with this graphic novel discussion, as the authors here have placed personal and important topics in their graphic novels. Jennifer Hayden's work, The Story of My Tits, is an autobiographical graphic novel about her experience with breast cancer. On a different note, Leah Hayes explores two young women from different backgrounds as they go through the process of having an abortion in Not Funny Ha-Ha.
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On American Civil Rights: March: Book Two
Saturday, November 21, at 11:30 a.m., Chapman Conference Center
Just two years ago, Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin released the first portion of their graphic novel trilogy, March, with artist Nate Powell. In both the first and second volume — the latter of which released this year — Lewis divulges information about his youth, his experiences in joining the fight for Civil Rights, and how he was thrust into the national spotlight at 23 when he was elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Both of the writers will be in attendance to discuss their work, and free tickets are required for the event.
Crossing Over: Comics and Prose
Sunday, November 22, at 4 p.m., MAGIC Screening Room
The authors of graphic novels don't always stick to one form of media, and the line-up presented here will be discussing exactly how and why they shift between mediums. The group includes Alex Segura (Silent City, Archie), Cory Doctorow (Homeland, In Real Life) and Jeff Burandt (Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad), and will be moderated by editor Joan Hilty.