San Rafael Public Library

Marin Comics Fest 2017

We’re happy to announce the inaugural Marin Comics Fest, taking place at libraries and local venues throughout Marin County from September 9 to 16.

Discover new comics, books, and graphic novels and meet the illustrators and authors behind them! This festival is intended for all ages so bring the entire family.

Big thanks to our partners including Copperfield’s, Blue Moon Comics, and the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library.

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Schedule (subject to change)


Saturday, September 9

Andrew Farago

1-2:30pm – Blue Moon Comics (San Rafael)

Andrew Farago is the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, author, and chairman of the North California chapter of the National Cartoonists Society.


Wednesday, September 13

Art Roche

4-5pm – Corte Madera Library

Art Roche is a cartoonist, content director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and author of two books on cartooning for kids. Before his work at the Schulz studio, Roche worked in game development as the founding creative director for National Geographic’s virtual world Animal Jam. He was also part of Cartoon Network’s new media team, where he created the popular animated shorts series Nacho Bear.

Thi Bui

6-7:30pm – San Rafael Downtown Library

Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and came to the U.S. as one of the refugee “boat people” of the 1970s. She studied art and legal studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and received an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College and a Masters in Art Education from New York University. She is a founding teacher of Oakland International High School, where she edited and published teenagers’ immigrant stories told as comics, and taught them to make their own movies. Her work has been published in The Asian American Literary Review and Hyphen Magazine. Her graphic novel The Best We Could Do debuted in March of this year.


Thursday, September 14

Ben Costa and Jamie Parks

4-5:30 – Copperfield’s Books (San Rafael)

Friends since second grade, Ben Costa and Jamie Parks are the creators of the fantasy adventure comic Rickety Stitch. Costa is a writer and artist living in the Bay Area, who self-published two volumes of the award winning, martial arts historical fiction comic Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk. Parks is a speculative fiction writer, graphic novelist, and author of the southern gothic, horror collection The Gospel of Bucky Dennis.


Friday, September 15

John Bultena

3:30-4:30pm – San Rafael Downtown Library

John Bultena is a writing professor at the University of California Merced and will be speaking about the use of comics in higher education (AKA why more college students should be reading comic books).


Saturday, September 16

Brian Fies

11am-noon – San Anselmo Library

Writer and cartoonist Brian Fies won an Eisner Award for his webcomic Mom’s Cancer and later earned a Harvey Award for Best New Talent. His other works include the graphic novel Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? and the ongoing webcomic The Last Mechanical Monster.

Alexis Fajardo

11am-noon – San Rafael Downtown Library

Alexis E. Fajardo is a student of the classics—whether Daffy Duck or Damocles—and has created a unique blend of the two in Kid Beowulf graphic novel series. When he’s not drawing comics, Lex is working for them as senior editor at Charles M. Schulz Studio in Santa Rosa.

Serena Valentino and Landry Walker

1-2:30pm – Copperfield’s Books (San Rafael)

Serena Valentino is a Bay Area author whose credits include the comic books GloomCookie and Nightmares & Fairy Tales as well as the young adult novels How to be a Zombie and How to be a Werewolf. Currently, she’s writing a series of novels, including Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen, and The Beast Within: A Tale of Belle’s Prince, and Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of The Sea Witch, that focus on classic Disney villains.

Comic book writer Landry Walker is known for his all-ages work on titles such as Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and The Incredibles. He recently wrote DC Comics: Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior and is currently working on an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings.

Latino Comics Expo (Ricardo Padilla, Jaime Crespo, Liz Mayorga)

1-2:30pm – Novato Library

Founded in 2011 by Bay Area patron of the arts Ricardo Padilla and comic book creator Javier Hernandez, the Latino Comics Expo highlights the creativity of artists and illustrators whose work reflects the influence and celebration of the Latino culture.

Jaime Crespo is best known for the underground comic strips Tales From the Edge of Helland Slice O’ Life/Slices, as well as the comic books Narcolepsy Dreamsand Numb Skull. He is currently the creator of the comic book Tortilla and is working on his first graphic novel Turk Street Serenade.

Liz Mayorga is an artist and writer whose work focuses on graphic design, storytelling and illustration. In addition, she is the Director of San Francisco Zine Fest, which annually honors local, small press publishing.

Steven Russell Black (cancelled)

2-3pm – San Rafael Downtown Library

Steven Russell Black is a San Rafael artist with an obsessive compulsion to champion the odd fringe or otherwise unappreciated. See how he creates his art.

Judd Winick

2-3pm – San Rafael Pickleweed Library

Judd Winick is a comic book artist and writer who first gained fame for his 1994 stint on MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco, before earning success for his work on comics such as Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and Pedro and Me, his autobiographical graphic novel about his friendship with Real World castmate and AIDS educator Pedro Zamora. He created the animated TV series The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, which ran for three seasons on Cartoon Network, and is currently working on the fourth volume of his all-ages graphic novel series Hilo.

Amy Martin, Lily Williams, and Karen Schneemann

2:30-4pm – Belvedere Tiburon Library

Amy Martin is a cartoonist, illustrator, and children’s librarian living in Oakland, California.

Lily Williams is an author, illustrator, and storyteller who seeks to inspire change through education and believes in making information fun, educational, and accessible for all audiences. Her picture book If Sharks Disappeared was published in May of this year. She and Karen Schneeman produce the webcomic The Mean Magenta, about the ups and downs of menstruation, and are working on their upcoming graphic novel Go With The Flow.

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