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By : Massachusetts Independent

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Since 2010, MICE has been an annual community celebration of creativity and expression – the biggest and longest-running independent comics festival in New England. Now, after a 2-year pandemic hiatus, the show will return on October 22 - 23 to a new venue: Boston University’s Fuller Building, at 808 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA. As ever, MICE will host a dazzling and diverse crowd of independent comics creators from Boston and beyond. Over 180 exhibitors will gather to share and sell an enormous range of comics, from hand-crafted zines to published graphic novels. Best of all, MICE is free and open to all ages!

Not to be missed is MICE’s free-to-all extensive programming which includes hands-on workshops, where beginners can get an introduction to the medium of comics, and even experienced creators can explore the craft from inking to Risograph printing. Panel discussions explore themes and issues in independent comics today such as challenged LGBTQIA+ graphic novels and a spotlight on the Puerto Rican comics scene.

Special Guest creators include Sara Alfageeh (Squire), Gale Galligan (The Babysitter’s Club), Joel Christian Gill (Fights), Malaka Gharib (I Was Their American Dream), Alex Graudins (Improve), Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer), Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Hey Kiddo), Marika McCoola (Slip), Dave Ortega (Días de Consuelo), Aatmaja Pandya (Slip), Steenz (Heart of the City), and Molly Mendoza (Skip).

Don’t miss this fun and inclusive community arts festival with free admission! MICE will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 11am - 6pm, and Sunday, October 23 from 11am - 5pm, at the Fuller Building of Boston University, 808 Commonwealth Avenue in Brookline. Masks are required!

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #151 October 2022


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