2022 Autoptic Festival Panels

All of our panels will be held on Sunday, August 14th, 2022. They will be presented in a hybrid in-person/remote format. If you’d like to attend in-person, the panels will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Auditorium 150. The panels will also be streamed live on this page, on the front page of autoptic.org and on the Autoptic YouTube page.

For the Love of Short Form – 1:00 p.m. Central

With graphic novels discussed on NPR and newsstands no longer distributing monthly comic books it can be easy to overlook the short story in today’s comics landscape. But in the world of independent publishing, mini comics still play a vital role and newspaper strips continue to hold a place in national newspapers. For the love of short form gathers artists working in a variety of formats and genres to discuss why we still love the short form comic story.

Featuring: Jim Keefe, Pat Rooks, Caroline Cash, Kam White, and Angela Fanche. Moderated by Pete Faecke

The Quality of Print – 2:00 p.m. Central

Whether a comic is printed on the flimsiest of copy paper at the dingiest of copy shops, or with the finest printmaking and book binding equipment in the world, someone has to make decisions on how a book will look, and how it will be made. How do we make those decisions? What are ways that artists and publishers can use different printmaking and bookmaking techniques to broaden the creative potential of comics? This panel is all about the comic book as an object.

Featuring: Zak Sally, Floating Head, Eerospace, and RUMTUM Press. Moderated by Lane Lincecum

Comics on the Fringe – 3:00 p.m.

What does it mean to produce work that could be considered “alternative” in a community of artists already separated from mainstream comics culture. Comics on the Fringe shines a spotlight on some of Autoptic 2022s most unique, strange, and experimental artists, and gives them a chance to discuss their process, approach, and inspiration.

Featuring: Hyena Hell, Ari Mulch, A.T. Pratt, and Max Huffman. Moderated by Pete Faecke

Telling the Truth – 4:00 p.m.

What does it mean to make something that is, true? What’s the difference between something that is true and something that feels true? Telling the Truth examines how cartoonists approach telling stories based in reality, be they autobiographies, histories, educational comics, or naturalistic fiction.

Featuring: Anders Nilsen, Camillo Aguirre, and Julia Wald. Moderated by Mark Ehling

Curation for Publication – 5:00 p.m.

Curation is an essential part of publishing, but what goes into deciding what work to publish and what work to pass on? This panel focuses on the behind the scenes work that leads to the comics you love from a variety of curatorial perspectives.

Featuring: Sean Knickerbocker, Entropy Editions, Silver Sprocket, and Thick Lines Podcast. Moderated by Brian Baynes of Bubbles Fanzine