October 17, 2013
Festivals Extra: Paul Karasik Announces Last CAB Panel: A Jeff Smith Spotlight Process Presentation
Paul Karasik wrote me an e-mail I noticed after I posted this week's festivals news that his panel slate at Comic Arts Brooklyn is completed now. He's added a panel called Jeff Smith: Pulled Apart, where he promises the award-winning cartoonist and I believe first-time Brooklyn comics show of any kind attendee will deconstruct "his comics to explain and illustrate his working process -- from script to sketch, to breakdowns to pencils to finished ink work." I'm not all the way sure what that means, but 1) Smith is really good in front of an audience, 2) Smith is very good at teaching as he goes, 3) we'll get to see a page from the webcomic that Smith's been mostly hiding from us before its premiere: Tuki Save The Humans
, and 4) a resulting inking-demonstration sketch will be auctioned off for the CBLDF, of which Smith is a new board member.
So Karasik has now fooled me into running all of his panel announcements as stand-alone posts, which bodes well on how they'll be executed on the floor of that show in November. It's kind of interesting to see how one of these shows is put together panel-by-panel; Smith's inclusion is certainly something that you wouldn't predict from past Brooklyn-based shows, which haven't always favored the kind of narrative-heavy comics for which the Columbus-based Smith is known. That's also a vary small programming slate, which I think should confirm that as a strong alternative model for a lot of shows.
posted 5:10 am PST
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