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November 22, 2017 · 2:56 pm

CCAF: Two Weeks Down, Two to Go!



We’re half way through our Cookeville Comic Arts Festival, and it has been going great! We had an excellent turnout at our PCL Comics Expo kick-off event, with well over two hundred community participants. There were many enthusiastic young book maker’s at the Sequential Art Storytime, who learned about the Dewey Decimal system while making their own sequential art. Special thanks is owed to all of the artists who displayed in our Creators Exhibition: Lucas Antoniak (www.riseofthemolecule.com), Michael Littrell (michael.littrell@gmail.com), Kevin Steward (www.kevinsteward.blogspot.com), Mary Mae Smith (marymaeart.blogspot.com), Bryan Boles (www.strongestmailman.com), Matt Knieling (inanimateshorts@gmail.com), and Jeff Lamm (bladesmith818@gmail.com). We had some great items in our Silent Auction that went to good homes, thanks to everyone who bid! (if you have been notified of winning an item and not yet picked it up at the Circulation Desk, you should do so soon) The event rounded out with our Schlock & Sketch session, where we had a blast viewing “Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet” and drawing along.

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Browsers and Artists at the Creators Exhibition

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Just a few of the wonderful items donated for our Silent Auction

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Enjoying a campy movie and drawing along during the Schlock & Sketch.

There has been a steadily growing turnout at our Wednesday Kids Draw events. Parents, this is a great chance to set aside a little time to sit, chat, and doodle with your children. We’ve been seeing some great drawings, and look forward to more! Kids Draw is every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Downstairs Meeting Room.

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An array of art from our first Kids Draw session

We also have a handful of dedicated youth who have been attending our Saturday morning Mini Comics Workshops. They’re about half-way through finishing their comics, and we are excited to see the results! Any that are finished in time will be displayed as part of our CCAF Closing Reception on August 31st.

Thanks to our community partners Mountain Top Comics, Sweet Sallie’s Café, and WCTE Public Television for all of their help with the Family Gaming Day, Saturday Sketch-In, and Community Cinema Film Screening. Also, we are very grateful to Nestle for their generous donation of bottled water, keeping all of our comics lovers well hydrated.


Hard at work making capes as part of Superhero Storytime and Crafts

But this is not a wrap-up! We’ve still got plenty more great programming available to the public. Throughout this week, our regular Storytime sessions (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 10:00) have become Superhero Storytime, and will be followed with Superhero Crafts. This Thursday evening, our film screening is “The Incredibles” at 6:00 pm in the Upstairs Meeting Room. And next Thursday we will have “Scott Pilgrim vs the World.” This Saturday is the first of our Discussions of Comics Academia, a series of talks where local literary scholars will present papers concerning graphic novels and follow up with Q&A sessions. Next Tuesday, 6:00 pm, will be our Graphic Novel Discussion of “Blankets” by Craig Thompson (if you have not read it, there are several copies available for special checkout from the Circulation desk). And next Saturday, the 31st, we will have the second installment of Comics Academia, as well as our CCAF Closing Reception. The reception will be a great chance to see all of the projects worked on throughout the month, as well as to meet the sequential artists who have been displaying in our gallery.

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If you would like more information about the events, you can find a full calendar and itemized descriptions here. And there are still some CCAF Prints and Buttons on sale at the Circulation Desks. All proceeds will go toward future PCL programming. Thanks to everyone who has participated so far, and please keep spreading the word about CCAF!

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CCAF on the Horizon!


The Cookeville Comic Arts Festival is nearly upon us! We have a wide array of comics programming planned for the month of August, celebrating comics and sequential art. This monthlong festival will begin with our PCL Comics Expo on Saturday, August 3rd, all day at the Putnam County Library. Below is the calendar of events for the festival, as well as a quick summary of what each will entail. Every event is FREE to attend. You can find more info at the CCAF Facebook page, and if you have any questions, please contact Matt at cookevillecaf@gmail.com.


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PCL Comics Expo

An exhibition of local comics, featuring our Creators’ Showcase, where you can meet and support a variety of comic artists and authors from the Upper Cumberland area. In addition, there will be a hands-on Sequential Art Storytime for the young ones, a silent auction to benefit future PCL programming, our monthly Twice Told Tales used book sale, and a Schlock-n-Sketch community draw session (complete with campy B-movies:) This will also be your first chance to register for the Graphic Novel Book Clubs and Mini-Comic Workshops we are hosting throughout August, which are free but space is limited.

Kids’ Draw

A new program at the PCL where children of all ages are encouraged to kick back and express themselves artistically. All necessary materials will be provided, as well as staff to assist with supervising the room. As per library policy, children under the age of 10 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Teen Sketch Club

A monthly occurring program for the PCL, the Teen Sketch Club is an opportunity for youths ages 12-17 to get together and meet other artistic minded folks, show off their sketchbooks, and have fun with drawing. In conjunction with CCAF, the August meeting will be comics focused, with activities in collaborative jam comics and a chance to talk with local comic artists. Sketch Club is free to attend and welcomes attendees at every skill and interest level.

Movie Night

CCAF will be hosting film screenings in the Upstairs Meeting Room of the PCL. Screenings will last past library hours, requiring attendees to exit through the Broad St entrance, so please park accordingly. The schedule is: August 8: The Avengers (2012) PG-13; August 15: Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012) presented in conjunction with WCTE and Community Cinema; August 22: The Incredibles (2004) PG; August 29: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) PG-13.

Mini-Comics Workshops

A three session series which will guide attendees through the entire process of creating a mini-comic. The class will be taught using classic “underground” comics techniques, without usage of a scanner or computer for layout and reproduction. The workshop is free, but has limited space; registration will begin at the PCL Comics Expo on August 3rd, and continue until filled. This is a series of seminars where each one builds upon the previous, with take-home components to be completed during the week, so please only register if you expect to attend all three sessions.

Saturday Sketch-in at Sweet Sallie’s

Please join us for an afternoon of doodling and drawing. Paper, pencils, and pens will be on hand, but also feel free to bring your personal sketchbook and some of your favorite drawing utensils. This is a great chance to hang out, meet other artists of the area, and spend a bit of time getting some graphite and ink on your fingers. This event will be hosted by community partner Sweet Sallie’s Cafe at 11 N Oak Ave, in Cookeville.

Graphic Novel Book Club

CCAF will be hosting group discussions covering two graphic novels: “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang and “Blankets” by Craig Thompson. The PCL will have 12 copies of each available for special check out, beginning at the PCL Comics Expo on August 3rd, but all are welcome to attend. The “American Born Chinese” discussion will be held on August 15th and the “Blankets” discussion will be held on August 27th.

Game Day at Mountain Top Comics

Come on out for some tabletop gaming fun. Experts will be on hand to teach the ropes of Heroclix, the superhero strategy game. There will also be a variety of board games available to try out, or feel free to bring your own favorite and introduce your friends to it. This event will be hosted by community partner Mountain Top Comics at 1683 S. Jefferson Suite E, in Cookeville.

Superhero Storytime and Crafts

The PCL features Storytime with Marcia Donovan every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10am, but for CCAF there will be a special Superhero themed Storytime on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd. Afterward, stick around for Superhero Crafts with Amanda Yother. Children from lapsitting age up to 1st grade are welcome, and must be accompanied by a parent.

Discussions of Comics Academia

A two-part series, Visual Rhetoric: Presentations Why Comics Deserve Study, consisting of academic paper presentations pertaining to comics and sequential art, moderated by local graphic novel scholars Chuck Acheson and Dr. Tony Baker. Each session will include several presenting speakers, and be followed by Q&A discussions with the audience.

CCAF Closing Reception

Like all good things, even CCAF has to come to an end. Join us for our close of festival reception. There will be a chance to meet and chat with the sequential artists we featured in the PCL gallery throughout August. We will also display the results of our Mini-Comics Workshop, Children’s Superhero Crafts, and Teen Sketch Club.


As you can see, we’ve got the month chock full of quality programming for everyone. We hope you can make it out to help us celebrate the fun that is Comics!

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Don’t Miss “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” at the Putnam County Library

There are still two chances to catch the Pacesetters Players’ performance of “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears”, an adaptation of a West African folktale. Performances will be held on April 17th and 18th at 10am in the Putnam County Library’s downstairs meeting room. Help us celebrate National Library Week by attending a performance. This event is free and the public is welcome (and ENCOURAGED) to attend!

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