Event Calendar

The Studio Museum Presents

Skin and Bones Comic Con

Jun 18, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015 6:00 PM
The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock

    Cave Scape #2, 2010

    Ink on paper

    6 1/4 × 10 in.

    Courtesy the artist, James Cohan Gallery, New York and Hales Gallery, London

Inspired by Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing and building upon the Comic-Con platform for creating awareness of comic culture, Skin and Bones Comic Con is a weekend-long festival of happenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the dynamic contribution of comics to contemporary black art and culture.

Spanning four days, visitors are invited to participate in a range of programs that celebrate Hancock’s vast array of influences, including cartoons, comics, gaming, graphic novels and film. Facilitated by a diverse roster of teaching artists, scholars, writers and educators working within the field of comics, Skin and Bones Comic Con seeks to expose audiences to diverse approaches to visual storytelling, and contextualize comics as a powerful tool of social commentary and cultural critique.

The Museum’s theater will be transformed into a listening station and screening room where we will broadcast a curated selection of media inspired by nerd culture, ranging from podcast episodes to feature-length documentaries. There will also be daily exhibition tours throughout the weekend to help contextualize the festival within Hancock’s evolution as an artist, beginning with his early childhood drawings and the comic strip he developed for his college newspaper, and followed by a more in-depth investigation of his evolving use of line, color and humor.

Event Line-up: 

Thursday, June 18, 6–9pm
Bring Your Own Beamer Projection Party & Courtyard Chalk-Up!

Friday, June 19, 1pm and 6pm
Tours of Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing

Saturday, June 20 – Sunday, June 21, 12–6pm
Skin and Bones Indie Book Fair

Saturday, June 20, 1–3pm
Studio Squared: Beta Gaming Workshop

Saturday, June 20, 3–9pm
Cosplay Day
Studio Squared: Cosplay 101 Workshop, 3–5pm
Cosplay Contest, 5–7pm
Group Cosplay Performances & Party, 7–9pm

Sunday, June 21, 12–2pm
Studio Squared: The Art of the Graphic Novel

Sunday, June 21, 2–4pm
Studio Squared: Animation Basics

Sunday, June 21, 4–6pm
In Conversation: Barbara Brandon-Croft, Tara Nakashima Donahue, Regine Sawyer and Juliana “Jewels” Smith

Festival and Museum Admission Info:

Skin and Bones Comic Con is free with Museum admission from Thursday, June 18 to Saturday, June 20, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Thanks to the generous support of Target, Museum admission and public programs are free and open to the public on Sunday, June 21. For inquiries, please send us an email.

We are pleased to offer a Skin and Bones Comic Con weekend-long pass* in the form of an exclusive button featuring a design by Trenton Doyle Hancock! Purchase a $10 pass for unlimited festival and museum entry all weekend long, and all pass holders will be entered to win a Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing exhibition catalogue! Buttons can be purchased at the reception desk beginning June 17th.

*Please note that the weekend pass does not secure admission to individual programs. RSVP to [email protected] to pre-register and be sure to arrive early to all workshops and talks to secure your place as seating is first-come, first served.

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