Stripping at church: Comic fest comes to Williamsburg house of worship

The cats meow: Artist Ines Estrada displays her artwork at Comics Art Brooklyn, a comics festival at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Big names in indie comics and the fans who love them swarmed Williamsburg this weekend for Comic Arts Brooklyn.

Icons including Julie Doucet, Adrian Tomine, and Charles Burns all appeared at venues throughout the neighborhood, but the real action, according to one attendee, was at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on N. Eighth Street, where dozens of more and less established comic artists hawked their wares.

“It is always cool to see comics right off the press, and sometimes hand-stapled right in front of you,” said artist Dean Haspiel. “These are things you will not see in a regular comic book shop.”

Life imitates Marx: Artist Roman Muradov is cultivating a beard to rival a certain revolutionary economist.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Haspiel splits his time between making his own comics and working for mainstream comics juggernauts, including Marvel Comics and DC Comics. He applauded Comic Arts Brooklyn for providing a venue for niche artists to promote themselves.

“These comics do not compete with Spider-Man and Batman and they should not have to,” he said.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurf‌aro@c‌ngloc‌al.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at twitt‌er.com/‌Danie‌lleFu‌rfaro.
The art of fear: Brooklyn-based artist Dean Haspiel presents his book “Fear, My Dear.”
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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