Monday, April 3, 2017

PIX 2017 Programs Announced

This year, all PIX programs will be held at The ToonSeum, located across the street from the August Wilson Center, at 945 Liberty Avenue. All programs are FREE and open to the public (seating is limited, however).
Noon - 1:00 pm: Guided Tours of the Toonseum
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn about the history and mission of The Toonseum – one of only three museums dedicated to comics and cartooning in the United States – while receiving a guided tour. There will be two tours, one beginning at noon, the other at 12:30.
1:00 - 2.00 pm: Handmade Comics
Participants include Lale Westvind, Dan Zettwoch, Lane Milburn & Anya Davidson • moderated by Bill Boichel – We will discuss the evolution of individual comics practices; the pros and cons of small batch handmade comics in particular; the creation of specific works; the various processes employed – and more! Includes 10 minutes of audience Q&A.
2:00 - 3:00 pm: Parallel Mutation - Shop Talk with the Pittsburgh Comics Salon
Discussion on local, independent comics making moderated by Juan Fernandez, featuring participants of the Pittsburgh Comics Salon (TBA). Learn about the thriving Pittsburgh comics scene and how easy it is to become involved.
3:00 - 4:00 pm: Jim Rugg & Connor Willumsen – Dual Careers: Illustration & Comics
• moderated by Bill Boichel • This talk will discuss the challenges and rewards of simultaneously managing/juggling the respective careers of comics and illustration. Discussion topics may include: respective career arcs; educational experiences; the realities  of earning a living / career path choices; varieties of work available to illustrators vs drawing comics; work-for-hire vs. creator owned and/or self-publishing; pure drawing, works for exhibition and sale. Includes 10 minutes of audience Q & A.
4:00 -5:00 pm: Carol Tyler & Ed Piskor in Conversation • moderated by John Kelly
Two creative titans discuss their work, influences, career paths and more, as well as survey the comics landscape from their respective heights and exchange views. Includes 10 minutes of audience Q & A.