Get An Insider View On Making Comics At Fanfaire This Weekend In NYC

by Hannah Means Shannon

This coming weekend on February 16th and 17th, the High School of Art and Design in New York City hosts their festival Fanfaire, aimed at celebrating “creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology in the arts from cartooning and animation to architecture and fashion”.

Quite a line-up of guests will be in attendance, including Art Spiegelman, Neal Adams, Adam Kubert, and the Kubert School.

This event will also host over 125 exhibiting artists and vendors and guest speakers who will be giving talks about their careers and artistic processes, as well as conduct workshops and portfolio reviews.

Art and Design Alumni D&D Master Stefan Pokorny, writer and artist Larry Hama, Archie Comics Editor/Writer Jamie Rotante, and FX Artist Michael Maddi will also be taking part in the event that includes a cosplay contest, raffles, and artist commissions.

Sponsors of the event include Blick Art Materials, Appel Farm Arts Camp, Neal Adams Gallery, Duggal, Midtown Comics, the Kubert School, Microsoft, and Apple, and who will be providing workshops and interactive exhibits for attendees, as well as support and resources.

The school’s principal, Manuel Urena, says:

Last year’s inaugural Fanfaire was outstanding and this year’s event will provide incredible opportunities to meet industry leaders in cartooning, animation, film, photography, fashion, illustration, architecture, and graphic design.

PTA President Miguel Chavez adds:

Art and Design High School has been at the forefront of developing illustrious artists and it’s fitting that we’ve created additional opportunities to expose our students and the public to the power of their work. People of all ages will enjoy the energy, creativity and affordability of this dynamic event.

More info on the High School of Art and Design:

The mission of the High School of Art and Design is to inspire, educate, and fully prepare our gifted students to become exceptional artists. Through a unified curriculum that incorporates a broad spectrum of disciplines integrating art, technology and academics, students are prepared to go on to college and careers with industry-standard mastery in the major of their choice. Some notable Alumni of High School of Art & Design include: Neal Adams, Eric Carr, Amy Heckerling, Eva Hesse, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Tony Bennett and Art Spiegelman.

For more information about Fanfaire, you can visit their website right here. 

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