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Jessica Abel // Rain Taxi Artist Talk


Presented by Rain Taxi as part of their MEME CULTURE AND COMICS Symposium

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
6:00 pm Doors // 7:00 pm Conversation
FREE to attend, but
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Having broken ground as one of the most acclaimed “alternative” cartoonists of the ’90s, Jessica Abel has remained a comics creator (her latest graphic novel is Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars) but has also championed comics and creativity in broader ways: she’s written books about the storytelling secrets of radio, edited The Best American Comics, coauthored two comprehensive manuals on creating comics, and has done a lot of writing as well as individual and group coaching to help creative people take full control of their lives. Join us for an artist talk and moderated conversation as we explore her work as it has evolved from the era of comics as a specialized hobby to our full blown meme culture.

More info about this and other Rain Taxi events here.

Rain Taxi’s one-day symposium includes a workshop that invites creators of all types to sharpen their stories; a panel discussion with comics practitioners, publishers, and critics, and a keynote talk featuring an acclaimed cartoonist who has been exploring creative relevance and practices in our hyper-accelerated age. Our goal is to probe the creative interstitial spaces that might open in conversation with comics and memes, and to speculate about the communicative and creative possibilities the two might share despite their distinct histories and current circulations.

Rain Taxi champions aesthetically adventurous literature.

Their core values are:

  • Community Driven: Rain Taxi serves as a catalyst in the literary community, creating meaningful dialogue among readers, writers, and publishers.

  • Thoughtfully Curated: In a world increasingly saturated with unfiltered content, Rain Taxi discovers and (promotes) high-quality literature.

  • Rigorously Reviewed: Rain Taxi elevates the review as an art form and publishes criticism that is intellectually challenging and illuminating.

  • Artistically Inclusive: Rain Taxi explores challenging work from diverse voices in multiple genres and formats.

  • Print Focused: While embracing online audience engagement, Rain Taxi celebrates and promotes the power of print.