The Locust Moon Comic Festival, Philadelphia’s rapidly growing independent comics expo, has announced a star-studded guest list and an expanded slate of programs for its fourth annual event, to be held on Halloween of this year.
The historic Rotunda on Walnut Street will play host to a cross-section of the greatest artists, writers, publishers, designers, and makers in sequential and graphic arts. This year’s guest list includes Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin), Craig Thompson (Habibi), Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men), Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press), David Mack (Kabuki), Mark Beyer (Amy and Jordan), and Noah Van Sciver (Fante Bukowski).
“For the first time, the festivities will extend for three days across the weekend,” says organizer Chris Stevens. The festival kicks off with an all-star Drink & Draw at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, open to the public and led by all of the aforementioned special guests, on Friday night (October 30th). Following Saturday’s (Halloween) main event, the fun extends through Sunday afternoon (November 1st) with a long pancake brunch for exhibitors. This will be a weekend to remember for artists, authors, and readers alike.
“The intimacy of our festival is what sets it apart from other shows,” says co-runner Josh O’Neill. “What other convention would invite its attendees to have drinks at an art museum with Bill Sienkiewicz and Craig Thompson? It’s not about fans meeting creators and getting books signed. At Locust Moon Comics Festival we all come together as lovers of comics and have a great party.”
The donation-based event on Halloween is free to children under 12, and will feature complimentary programming for kids including comic-making workshops, face-painting, and a costume contest.
Programming throughout Saturday at the Locust Moon store will include a conversation with Chris Claremont; a panel on underground comics featuring Denis Kitchen, Mark Beyer, Pat Aulisio, and Noah Van Sciver; an exploration of what it takes to “Draw on Life” with Craig Thompson, Dean Haspiel, and Andrea Tsurumi; and a discussion on comics in fine art contexts with Ronald Wimberly, Bill Sienkiewicz, and David Mack.
More than just a convention, this community-focused event will honor comic creators and their creations, and for one day, break down the barriers between professional creators, passionate fans, aspiring artists, and curious new readers.
Says organizer Stevens, “Locust Moon Fest brings the world of comics to Philadelphia, and the comics of Philadelphia to the world.”
Locust Moon Comics is a retail store, art gallery, and Eisner and Harvey Award-winning publishing company based in West Philadelphia. This event is the most recent of their many efforts to unify, accelerate, and publicize the burgeoning Philadelphia comic book scene.
Find further information about the event and more guests as they’re announced on the Locust Moon Comics Festival website (locustmoonfest.com), Facebook (facebook.com/locustmoonfest), and Twitter (twitter.com/locustmoonfest).
FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 6pm-9pm: Drink & Draw @ Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy)
SATURDAY OCTOBER 31, 11am-6pm: Comics Festival & Kids’ Activities @ The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St)
12pm-6pm: Panels @ Locust Moon Comics store (34 S 40th St)
7pm-???: Halloween/After-Party @ Locust Moon Comics store (34 S 40th St)
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1, 12pm-3pm: Artists’ Brunch @ Locust Moon Comics store (34 S 40th St)