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A2Inkubate 2018 - A2CAF Preconference for Cartoonists, Librarians and Educators


Friday June 15, 2018: 9:30am to 4:30pm


University of Michigan Hatcher Graduate Library and AADL's Secret Lab

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This Event Is Intended For Librarians, Educators, And Cartoonists.


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Join us for a special Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) pre-conference for librarians, educators, cartoonists, and anyone who loves comics! 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 Downtown 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



Morning: At Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

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

10:00 am -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.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: 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.

12:00 pm 1:30 pm: Lunch on your own


Afternoon: In the Secret Lab at the AADL Downtown Library

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Coloring Demonstration with Steve Hamaker

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

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm: 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.

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.