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Comic Arts Festival coming to the Pratt Institute

October 31, 2019 Kelly Mena
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A comic book event is coming to Brooklyn this weekend — and it’s free.

Comic Arts Brooklyn, in its third year, is scheduled for this Saturday at the Pratt Institute. The festival will give Brooklynites a chance to delve into over 250 exhibits, including books, prints, art and (of course) comics.

This year, the theme of the event is modern cartooning. Featured artists will include Chris Ware, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Art Spiegelman and more.

Between perusals, attendees can check out free talks with topics like “Drawing as a Way of Thinking,” “The Sublime Detail” and “Decolonizing Comics.”

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The event is sponsored by Desert Island Comics and will be held at Pratt Institute’s 42,000-square-foot ARC Building, the second-largest room in Brooklyn, according to the festival’s sponsors.

The day after the festival, Market Hotel will host a free variety show, featuring comedy performances, “weird performances” and vintage cartoons. Performers include Andrew Jeffrey Wright, an experimental comedian, and cartoonist Julia Gfrörer.

Saturday’s festival kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m. at 200 Willoughby Ave. The variety show is on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at 1140 Myrtle Ave. Both events are free and open to the public. More info here.


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