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TOMORROW: Spike Trotman and Ariell Johnson! Seats still available!

Have your tickets for tomorrow’s closing talk for Our Comics, Ourselves with Spike Trotman and Ariell Johnson? They’re free, and they’re here! Register now to save your spot:


In the meantime, why not learn more about our speakers?

About Spike Trotman

Headshot photo for C. Spike Trotman.C. Spike Trotman was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Maryland, and lives in Illinois. An artist, cartoonist, and bestselling writer, she founded Iron Circus Comics in 2007, which has since grown to become the Chicago region’s largest comics publisher. Her notable work includes the webcomic Templar, Arizona, the Smut Peddler series of erotic comic anthologies, the #1 Amazon bestseller Yes, Roya, about a femdom threesome in 1960s California, and Poorcraft, a graphic novel guide to frugal living. A Kickstarter early adopter, she singularly pioneered the widely-adopted bonus model that’s since completely reshaped the pay system of the small press, jump-starting the current renaissance of alt-comics anthologies. Iron Circus is also the first comics publisher of note to fully incorporate crowdfunding into its business model, inventing one of the single most effective uses of new media in comics publishing today.

Spike enjoys Korean food, feminist hip-hop, god games and hairless animals. She has a husband and a dog. Both are very good.

Check out Spike’s interview with NPR’s Code Switch, and featured press on the A.V. Club, Paste Magazine, and Women Write Comics.

About Ariell Johnson

Ariell Johnson was born in Baltimore, MD, before relocating to Philadelphia to attend Temple University.  In December 2015, she opened Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, which was recently awarded a $50,000 Knight Foundation Cities Challenge grant to support a community comic education programs. “I got the idea for the shop when a coffee shop across the street from my local comic book shop closed. In the beginning, my goal was to create a similar kind of coffee shop. She had a dope, warm environment in there that I wanted to recreate. As I’ve gotten older and become more aware, I’ve used this platform to promote inclusivity in comics and other forms of geek culture.”

Learn more about Ariell and Amalgam Comics on ABC NewsBleeding Cool, and Philadelphia Magazine.

Our Comics, Ourselves

Local Authors Comics Reading at Fantom Comics

Moving slightly east of campus, we’ll be co-hosting a comics reading at Fantom Comics  this Saturday, September 30 from 7-9pm. Join us to hear selections from authors and artists Kendra & Kat, Athena Naylor, and Anna Sellheim!

Fantom Comics is located near Dupont Circle at 2010 P St. NW, Washington D.C.

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Edie Fake: Art World/Comics World

Edie Fake: Art World/Comics World
Thursday, September 21, 2:00pm
Fenwick Library Main Reading Room

“There’s nobody who draws comics like Edie Fake draws comics.” Noah Berlatsky, The Atlantic

Poster for Edie Fake's talk at George Mason UniversityBefore you attend tomorrow’s talk with Edie Fake, learn a little more about the artist!

Edie Fake’s colorful architectural drawings depict manifestations of queer spaces, and use architectural elements as visual metaphors for the ways in which definition and validation elude trans identities. The imagery depicted, such as stages, parade floats and art deco buildings, combines parts of Fake’s family history with aspects of queer history and a sort of psychic geography of trans people in society.

Fake’s drawings, comics books and publications have been written about it in artforumArtNewsThe Comics Journal, Art 21, The Guardian, Hyperallergic and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He was one of the first recipients of Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists and his collection of comics, Gaylord Phoenix, won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including a solo show at Marlborough Chelsea and group shows at Andrew Edlin in New York, Kavi Gupta in Chicago, John Connelly Presents in NYC, the Nikolaj Museum in Copenhagen, LACE in Los Angeles, and threewalls in Chicago. Edie Fake was born in Chicagoland in 1980 and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. Fake is represented by Western Exhibitions in Chicago and he currently lives and works in Joshua Tree, California.