COMICS COME TO THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
EDITORIAL CARTOONISTS, EISNER TRIBUTE HEADLINE CONFERENCE
Tenth Annual International Comic Arts Festival (ICAF)
West Dining Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress
Thursday, October 13 – Saturday, October 15, 2005
The International Comic Arts Festival, an annual conference devoted to the study of comics, comes to the Library of Congress this October for a three-day forum of panels, keynote speeches, artist talks, and exhibitions showcasing the cutting edge in work by comic artists and scholars alike.
This year ICAF celebrates its tenth anniversary with a symposium on editorial cartooning to be held on Thursday, October 13. Special events include a roundtable featuring cartoonists Tom Toles (the Washington Post), Ann Telnaes (the New York Times Syndicate), and Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher (the Baltimore Sun); a display of original cartoon art from the Library of Congress collection; a special presentation by Herblock Archives curator Harry Katz; and a keynote address by legendary cartoonist and historian Jerry Robinson. The Editorial Cartoonists' Roundtable begins at 1:30 p.m. and the symposium concludes with the Jerry Robinson talk from 7:00 to 9:00 Thursday evening.
ICAF is also proud to present a tribute to the late comics pioneer Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit and one of the inventors of the graphic novel, on Saturday, October 15. Special events include a talk by Eisner biographer Bob Andelman; a screening of the documentary Will Eisner: The Spirit of an Artistic Pioneer; a critical roundtable on Eisner's work; and a lecture by Benjamin Herzberg, who collaborated with Eisner on his final graphic novels, Fagin the Jew and The Plot. The Eisner tribute will take place from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.
In addition, ICAF will host international comics artists Paul Grist (England) and Fang Cheng (China) and eighteen academic presentations by comic art scholars from around the world. Paul Grist and Benjamin Herzberg will also speak at the George Washington University's Gelman Library at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 14.
ICAF is pleased to work in collaboration with the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division and the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon. Other sponsors include the Herblock Foundation, Andrews McMeel Universal, Jean Schulz, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Cartoon Books, and Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash.
ICAF is free and open to the public. For more information, including schedules, sponsors, and guest biographies, please visit our official website or contact Marc Singer.