Locust Moon Comics Festival

An annual celebration of comics and graphic arts, 2012-2015. Philadelphia, PA.


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Activities for Kids, Families and Everyone at LMCF2015!

In addition to plentiful candy for trick-or-treaters of all ages (not to mention ice cream and kittens), and comics creator panels for the older crowd, the following activities will be open to all attendees of the Locust Moon Comics Festival on Saturday, in the Theatre room of the Rotunda!

ALL DAY
COMIX JAM
Come lay down a panel in this collaborative comics Frankenstein monster, led by Brett J. Hopkins.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
SECRET SUPERHERO SOCIETY!
Create your own secret identity with artist & librarian Sheli Hay.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Drawing Workshop:
HOW TO DRAW AN ALIEN
On Halloween, help turn the Rotunda into an extraterrestrial launch pad with alien expert Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred).

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST
A festive competition where everyone wins.
And a few will win big.
Dress your best!
Judged by Brett J. Hopkins.

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Enjoy all this and more at the
LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Website – FacebookEvent PageTwitter


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Kittens, Food, Ice Cream, and Candy

Those of us in the Locust Moon family know there are only two things as important as comics:

1. food
2. cats.

Each year at the festival, we make sure to share the best of EVERYTHING we love deeply, not just comics. So this year, joining us at the entrance of the Rotunda as part of the festivities, you’ll find…

Candy. I mean, it is Halloween, after all. Mark us down as the (generous) first stop on your trick-or-treating odyssey.

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Project MEOW is an all-volunteer, animal welfare group that helps West Philadelphia residents to humanely reduce their feral and stray cat populations through Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) of un-owned stray and feral (wild) cats.

They’ll be at the fest with kittens to play with, get to know, and maybe even considering adopting.

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Tacos Don Memo makes the best burritos you’re likely to eat on the East Coast. Maybe on any coast, honestly.

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Philly Greens is here to put smiles on vegans’ faces, but carnivores would enjoy chef Greg Alden Steele’s take on chili, nachos, and, well, salad, naturally.

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Little Baby’s Ice Cream (1 pm – 4 pm) creates always delicious, and often adventurous flavors make this some of our favorite ice cream of all time. Have you seen their ads?

Find all these and, of course, comics, at the
LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Website – FacebookEvent PageTwitter


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Creator Panels at LMCF2015

On the Saturday of the festival, four panels (and an after-party) will be hosted two blocks away from the Rotunda at the LOCUST MOON COMICS store, 34 South 40th Street. (Additional activities, especially those for kids, will take place in the Rotunda Theatre. See here.)

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12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
DRAWING ON LIFE
Comics based on real life are everywhere. From autobiographical memoirs to stories about historical events and people, we’ll discuss what makes these types of comics so appealing to readers and why so many cartoonists are drawn to real life subject matter. Moderator Kelly Phillips (Dirty Diamonds, Weird Me) hosts Craig Thompson (Blankets, Space Dumplins), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, Beef with Tomato), and Andrea Tsurumi (Andrew Jackson Throws a Punch, Prometheus Eternal).

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
COMICS UNDERGROUND
An exploration of what it means to be a part of the underground comics tradition commences when Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press, the CBLDF), Mark Beyer (Agony, Amy + Jordan), Pat Aulisio (Bowman) and Noah Van Sciver (Fante Bukowski, Blammo) are interviewed about their contributions to the comics culture. Moderated by Josh Bayer (Suspect Device).

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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A CONVERSATION WITH CHRIS CLAREMONT
Join us for an intimate hour where we explore the inspirations and motivations behind the man who reinvented superhero comics as we know them today, Chris Claremont (all the best X-Men comics, among others). Moderated by Locust Moon’s Josh O’Neill.

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3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
THE FINE ART OF COMICS
Locust Moon’s Chris Stevens sits down with three of the most singular artists working today, Bill Sienkiewicz (New Mutants, Daredevil: End of Days), David Mack (Kabuki, Dream Logic), and Ronald Wimberly (Prince of Cats, Sunset Park), to discuss the particular approaches they bring to their comics work as it connects to the broader art world.

8:00 pm –
HALLOWEEN PARTY
Costumes heartily encouraged!

See them at the
LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
Exhibitors @ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Panels @ Locust Moon Comics
34 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
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2015 Festival Debuts!

Here are some of the new comics making their first appearances at this year’s Locust Moon Comics Festival:

The Little Red Fish #3
Writen by James Moffitt
Illustrated by Bizhan Khodabandeh
Published by Sink/Swim Press
Digitally Published by Rosarium Publishing
The Little Red Fish is a political allegory in serial comic form and in the style of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The story is inspired by the Iranian revolution of 1979—starting with the coupe of Prime Minister Mossaddegh up to the rise of Khomeini.
Exhibitor: Bizhan Khodabandeh, Table 65-A

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Dispersion of Light/Absorption of Light
A new zine by James Mcpherson
Exhibitor: Clown-Kisses Press, Table 41

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The Magic Cave: A Low-Fantasy Role-Playing Game for Pen-and-Paper 
By Harrison Stewart
Exhibitor: Clown-Kisses Press, Table 41

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Millie
The newest installment in Rellie Brewer‘s comix series
Exhibitor: Clown-Kisses Press, Table 41

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In A Rut Comics #1
Written by Eros Livieratos
Illustrated by Maria Sweeney
Their comics debut, with a series featuring a cast of characters all dealing with the hardships of life in their own way.
Exhibitor: Eros Livieratos & Maria Sweeney, Table 44-A

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The Remnants #5
By Aremo Massa
The final printed issue! The Remnants is about an ancient land visited by three evil sister witches and the mysteries that surround them. The story follows a young vagrant and a cast of other characters whose destiny it becomes to defend the village from the witches. Also there are werewolves and zombies.
Exhibitor: Aremo Massa, Table 71-A

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Garden Girls
By Jo-Jo Sherrow
A book about the fairies that live amidst the green world. Featuring Cleo from the Captcha series.
Exhibitor: Jo-Jo Sherrow, Table 26-A

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Neil-ism #1
By Jo-Jo Sherrow
A collection of the autobio webcomic Neil-ism, numbers 1-21.
Exhibitor: Jo-Jo Sherrow, Table 26-A

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By E Jackson
A 14 page comic zine about graduating high school, crushes, and how it feels when no one notices you’re a werewolf.
Exhibitor: E Jackson, Table 62-A

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Casket Girls
Written by Dave Ebersole
Illustrated by Sam Fryer
A one-shot horror comic. Perfect for the season.
Exhibitors: Dave Ebersole & Sam Fryer, Table 60

Lunchboxes #1
By Lou Allen
The first in a series about a kid named Alexis who has magical lunchboxes, and struggles with the havoc a demon wreaks after it’s accidentally released. A surreal, horror-tinged, all-ages comic.
Exhibitor: Lou Allen, Table 32-A

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Sword of Fray
By A.D. Puchalski
A fantasy battle starring a unicorn and a giant cat. B&W ashcan comic.
Exhibitor: A.D. Puchalski, Table 72-B

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Restless
By A.D. Puchalski
A Halloween-tastic semi-debut: Monster mayhem in the ‘burbs thanks to the misadventures of a surly eleven year old. B&W with color cover.
Exhibitor: A.D. Puchalski, Table 72-B

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Sherbet Volume 1 
Written by Michael Vincent Bramley
Illustrated by Joshua Mathus
Cover by Alice Meichi Li
Featuring pin-ups by Alice Meichi Li, Amy Reeder, Glenn Fabry, Leila Del Duca, Fred Hembeck, Rodney Ramos, Shaky Kane, Hyeondo Park, Yao Xiao, Ally Cat, Nate Bear & more.
A horrific book about a lesbian Private Detective in a hellish retro-futuristic city where paramedics in bird-masks steal the organs of the poor to keep the rich alive and the police force is a Lovecraft themed cult. Most of that doesn’t concern her however, as she’s too busy doing lots of drugs and solving paranormal mysteries.
Exhibitor: Michael Vincent Bramley, Table 59

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Level Up
By Soumya Dhulekar & Nicole Rodrigues
A Philadelphia-set comic highlighting Soumya & Nicole’s friendship and the experiences they’ve had living as females in the city.
Exhibitors: Soumya Dhulekar & Nicole Rodrigues, Table 69-B

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APB: Artists against Police Brutality: A Comic Book Anthology
Edited by Jason Rodriguez, Bill Campbell, John Jennings
An incredibly unique comic book benefit project featuring comic shorts, pin-ups, short essays, and flash fiction, the proceeds of which will be going to the Innocence Project.
Exhibitor: Jason Rodriguez, Table 65-B

Find them at the
LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Website – FacebookEvent PageTwitter


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Mark Beyer’s First Convention Appearance!

We’ve been following the work of this guest for many years — from his Amy + Jordan strips in Raw magazine and their subsequent Pantheon collections, through his collaboration with Alan Moore and his Liquid Television series for MTV.

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He’s been quiet in recent years, working on paintings in the deserts of New Mexico. But he’s recently moved to Philadelphia, and he’s hungry to tell stories again, with a serialized strip appearing in ArtBlog, a forthcoming reprint of his definitive graphic novel Agony, and, we think and hope, a new collaboration with Locust Moon.

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So, for the very first time at any comic convention anywhere, joining us as an exhibitor with brand new zines and screenprints, and as a guest on our underground comics panel, please welcome cartoonist, illustrator, and outsider artist Mark Beyer.
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LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Website – FacebookEvent PageTwitter


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Dean Haspiel Comes Down to Philly

Dean Haspiel‘s three-decade career in comics has been marked by certain unmistakable qualities: soulful, muscular cartooning, a burning desire to tell stories, and an openhearted nature that lifts those up around him.

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An Emmy Award winner for his work on HBO’s Bored to Death, Haspiel’s latest graphic novel, Beef with Tomato, is, in his own words, “a book meant to honor a NYC that no longer exists while helping spark a conversational flame between you and me.”

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It is our great pleasure to welcome back Dean Haspiel and Hang Dai Editions, and to invite you to strike up that conversation.

Follow Dino! on LiveJournal, Facebook, and Twitter.

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LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Website – FacebookEvent PageTwitter


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Ronald Wimberly Returns

Joining us for the third year in a row, Ronald Wimberly is one of the most vital voices in comics today. A visual stylist and fearless communicator, Wimberly’s Prince of Cats, an urban, ’80s take on Romeo & Juliet, established him as a creator with a unique point of view and an artist with rare graphic energy.

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Subsequent work ranging from mainstream jaunts on She-Hulk to candid, questioning editorial cartoons

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…has only stoked the flames of anticipation for his two upcoming series from Image Comics, Sunset Park and Slave Punk.

Ronald Wimberly will be on a panel Saturday afternoon with Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack.

Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

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LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Website – FacebookEvent PageTwitter