Friday, December 30, 2016

PIX 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Lane Milburn

PIX is pleased to announce Lane Milburn as a special guest at PIX 2017.  Lane was a founding member of the Closed Captions Comics cooperative that came together in the mid-00s at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and was later centered in Baltimore, MD.  Closed Caption Comics was a loose knit group of comics makers that also included Noel Freibert, Erin Womak, Ryan Cecil Smith, Mollly O’Connell, Molly Goldstrom, and PIX 2016 special guest Conor Stechschulte that produced nine anthologies under the CCC banner as well as innumerable individual works by the respective artists working alone or in tandem.  These latter works were for the most part hand printed small batch pieces that were notable for grafting a hand-crafted feel into the comics making process.  Milburn’s The Mage’s Tower (2008) was a standout in this regard.  Milburn went on to collaborate with Pittsburgh’s Frank Santoro on a pair of Cold Heat Specials, and self-publish Death Trap, a collection of short pieces, along with several other small batch self-published comics, before creating the science fiction epic graphic novel, Twelve Gems, that was published in 2014 by Fantagraphics .  He has continued to make innovative use of genre comics tropes and conventions in comics such as Spectral Worlds and more.  Take a moment to check some of it out on his Tumblr!