A2Inkubate 2018 - A2CAF Preconference for Cartoonists, Librarians and Educators

A2 Inkubate logo

Event Information

Date & Time
June 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Hatcher Library Gallery (room 100)
Event Type

Join us for a special Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) pre-conference for Librarians, Educators, and Cartoonists! Warm yourself up for the fun events at A2CAF by leveling up your comics knowledge and skills with the people who care about the medium as much as you do! 

The morning session will be held in the Hatcher Graduate Library on the campus of the University of Michigan, where we'll have two dynamic speakers discussing the role of comics in libraries and in the classroom.

The afternoon session will be held at the owntown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library, and will feature hands-on activities and demonstrations to help you level-up your comics skills, for all skill levels from novice to professional.

It’s free to attend, but we request that you register at http://bit.ly/A2Ink-2018



Morning: At Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

9:30am - 10:00 am: Welcome, bagel breakfast, & mingling

10:00am -11:00 am: Keynote - Jenny Robb - "From Bristol Board to Bytes: Collecting Cartoon Art and Archives in the 21st Century"

Jenny Robb will discuss how libraries and archives are tackling the challenge of collecting and preserving cartoonists’ art and papers, from paper to born-digital.  She’ll also offer practical tips on how artists can protect their materials and their legacies for future generations to access, study and enjoy.

11:00am - Noon: Mark Siegel - "A New Visual Literacy: Transform Your Classroom and Library with Graphic Novels"

Author, illustrator, and editor Mark Siegel, founder of First Second Books will be here to give an inspiring and informative talk—especially for educators and librarians. Where are we in the current Graphic Novel renaissance? What can turn a well-curated Graphic Novel section into a powerful tool for literacy and education? Where are the successes to draw from? Join us for this discussion and to find out what resources are available to educators and librarians.

Noon - 1:30pm: Lunch on your own


Afternoon: At the Ann Arbor District Library (downtown branch)

1:30pm - 2:30pm: Steve Hamaker - Coloring Comics Workshop

Steve Hamaker will demonstrate some of the coloring techniques he uses on graphic novels like Jeff Smith’s Bone and Judd Winick’s Hilo.

2:30pm - 4:30pm: drop-in hands-on Secret Lab comics activities & letterpress printing

AADL's Secret Lab will be open for you to explore. You'll get a chance to create your own design to print at our screen printing stations, or set some type and print your own business card or small print. Plus a few surprise stations.

Evening: At the Ann Arbor District Library (downtown branch)

7:00 - 8:30 pm  - Exhibition Reception & Artist Talk: Gorillas, Guts, and Gastropods: The Art of Maris Wicks

Maris Wicks will be at AADL to talk about her art exhibit Gorillas, Guts, and Gastropods and to kick off the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF). We’ll journey to the jungles of Africa, to the inside of human intestines, and to the sanctuary of slugs and snails…all with cartoons! Fascinated by life on this big blue marble we call Earth, Maris Wicks shares the wonders of the world through her science-y comic strips and graphic novels. After the talk, stick around for some hands-on comics-themed activities and mingling. Light refreshments will be served.


About the Presenters

Jenny Robb is the Cartoon Curator at The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Mark Siegel is the author of Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson; artist of various children’s books including Long Night Moon and Oskar and the Eight Blessings; writer of the 5 Worlds series; and Creative and Editorial Director of First Second Books.

Steve Hamaker is the Eisner-winning colorist of BoneRASL, and Table Titans, and the Author of PLOX.

Maris Wicks is the author of Science Comics: Coral Reefs and Human Body Theater, and artist of Primates and SpongeBob Comics.


Additional Infomation

Library Contact
David S Carter superman@umich.edu
Event Email
Give feedback about this page
Last modified: 06/01/2018