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Book Expo America & BookCon in NYC

This year's Book Expo America (BEA) trade show promises to give attendees access to what's new, what's next, and everything exciting in the world of books. Whether or not it does is another question. The American Booksellers’ Association, (ABA) has been holding this event for decades. Back in the day, it was possible to actually make money by getting as many giveaways as possible and selling them to local used bookstores. You can’t really do that anymore as everything is now digital.
There is still plenty to do however, as there are dozens of panel discussions and the like (they don’t do official receptions anymore, or at least won’t tell me about it.), and even though the amount of giveaways have declined, the exhibit floor is still full of interesting stuff. A new focus is on digital self-publishing, which means that print is now passé and just about anybody with a computer can produce an e-book and sell it on Amazon, and they have a number of workshops on how to do this. With bookstores rapidly becoming extinct, alternatives need to be found and pronto.
Over the weekend, the trade show will, for the second year running, be accompanied by BookCon, which is sort of like a comic book convention only without the pictures.
The general public is permitted to attend BookCon.
Book Expo America
May 27 – 29, 2015
Book Con
May 30-31
Jacob Javits Center
655 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001

Games for Change Festival Examines Gaming's True Potential

In a relatively short span of decades, the medium of videogames has undergone many changes in the role they play in the cultural zeitgeist. From barroom novelty, to home entertainment, to just for kids, to grim and gritty, to massive to pocket, from complex to deceptively simple, the medium has taken many faces. The Games for Change Festival (April 21 -23, 2015), in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival and happening at the NYU Skirball Center (566 LaGuardia Pl., New York)  looks not just how we play and what kind of games we play, but it also examines the massive cultural reverberations the medium has made, and how it is also a tool for growth, learning, and social change.Yes, even the Angry Birds.

The emergence of the controversial Gamergate movement, gaming’s first culture war, is addressed in a series of talks with Alexandria Neonakis (The Last of Us), Matt Boch (Fantasia: Music Evolved), and Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2) about how the industry can better address issues of inclusion and representation in games. Rovio, makers of Angry Birds, discuss how games play an instrumental role in learning, while the company Filament shows how to create games aimed at educating and tailor made for schools.

Along with the extensive panels, there will also be playable games including the nominees for this year’s Games for Change awards, boardgames from art-game collective Babycastles, and, which looks at innovative independent games from all over the world.

The Games for Change Festival looks to the future of what video games truly have the potential to become.

To learn more, go to:

Games for Change Festival
April 21 - 23, 2015

New York University
Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY 10012

Fast-track to the 3rd Industrial Revolution Through The Inside 3D Printing Expo

3d-Printed-CarInside 3D Printing returns to the Javits Convention Center in New York City on April 15–17, 2015. The largest professional 3D printing event, this conference and expo offers insights into the relatively new, ever-changing 3D printing industry.

The conference covers cutting edge technology alongside established trends in 3D. Inside 3D Printing offer attendees, as the buzz-phrase expresses, “Strategies for the third industrial revolution.”

Keynote speakers for this year’s conference include company VIPs from MakerBot, Accenture Technology Labs, and Hewlett-Packard. Sessions cover the most recent developments in the 3D printing industry and how they apply to industries ranging from fashion to aerospace. Before the show floor opens this Thursday, a full day is devoted to tutorials to help participants catch up with the basic aspects of the technology, software, and law.

Among the session speakers are industry experts from: 

  • academia
  • venture capital
  • art
  • architecture
  • fashion
  • toy
  • robotics
  • law
  • government
  • military
  • accounting

Session topics include hos this technology is applied to the medical field and space exploration; new material processes such as metal 3D printing or advanced composites; and workflows involving scanning, CAD, and cloud printing.

The show floor opens on: 

Thursday, April 16 (10:00am–6:00pm) 

Friday, April 17 (10:00am-3:45pm)

Exhibitors will be demonstrating 3D printers and related equipment. The exhibitors include:

  • 3D Systems
  • EnvisionTEC
  • Stratasys
  • Autodesk

For more info go to:

Inside 3D Printing
April 15–172015

Javits Convention Center
New York City

MoCCA Fest 2015 Brings International & Underground Comics Greats to NYC

Raina Telgemeier's Smile

The MoCCA Arts Festival (April 11 - 12, 2015) is one of the best comic events in in NYC. Bringing together young talent, seasoned veterans, and creative minds from all over the world, for years MoCCA has embodied the ever-changing landscape of independent comics. Taking place at Center 548 (548 W 22nd St., New York, NY) near the scenic High Line, this year’s MoCCA Fest features a wide range guests.

moccaGuests include Raina Telgemeier (Eisner Award winner and author of New York Times bestsellers Smile and Drama), alt-comix luminary Aline Kominsky-Crumb (Need More Love, contributor to Wimmen’s Comix), and Scott McCloud (the newly released The Sculptor, along with Understanding Comics, and Zot!). International guests include Pénélope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse), Annie Goetzinger (Girl in Dior), and Ilan Manouach (MetaKatz, a journey through copyright infringement and reinterpreting Art Spiegelman’s Maus).

MoCCA Fest also includes a series of panel discussions and Q&As with it’s guests on subjects including the history of alt-weekly comics, the artistic technique behind making memorable images, and the precarious line between plagiarism and inspiration. Named after the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, MoCCA is organized by the Society of Illustrators, who acquired the museum in 2012, and have organized the festival since.

Whether your interest is in stapled together mini-comics, international biographies, or strange adventures, MoCCA Fest is sure to have a story just for you.

To learn more, go to:

MoCCA Arts Festival
April 11 - 12, 2015

Center 548
548 W 22nd St.
New York, NY 10011

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