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Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival 2018

Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF for short).

The Festival will still feature dozens of comics artists along with workshops, demonstrations and interactive drawing games. It will still be as kid- and family-friendly as ever. And attending the event will be free as always.

What we hope the new name makes clear is that young children aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a fun-packed Ann Arbor weekend filled with comics and creativity. We welcome teens and adults (always have) and offer a slate of guests and activities to meet a wide range of comics-related interests (ditto).

Support your local geek events.
For more info, check out:
http://a2caf.com/

Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival 2017

Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF for short).

The Festival will still feature dozens of comics artists along with workshops, demonstrations and interactive drawing games. It will still be as kid- and family-friendly as ever. And attending the event will be free as always.

What we hope the new name makes clear is that young children aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a fun-packed Ann Arbor weekend filled with comics and creativity. We welcome teens and adults (always have) and offer a slate of guests and activities to meet a wide range of comics-related interests (ditto).

We’re happy as can be to announce that this year’s A2CAF keynote speaker and special guest will be Jarrett J. Krosoczka, creator of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, as well as the author and illustrator of the Platypus Police Squad books, the latest Star Wars: Jedi Academy, and more!

Jarrett is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards and has been a finalist for the comic book industry’s prestigious Will Eisner Award.

And if the more than two million views of his TED talks are any indication, his Saturday (June 17) keynote at A2CAF ought to be a big hit! Not that we’re putting on the pressure.

Support your local geek events.
For more info, check out:
http://a2caf.com/
https://www.facebook.com/kidsreadcomics/

Events for the Week June 12th-18th

This is certainly the week to find something awesome to do. Eight events coming at ya.

Don’t know what to do for the week? Well, check out what’s going on for this weekend.

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Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival

Beginning in 2016, Kids Read Comics’ annual two-day comics celebration, hosted by the wonderful Ann Arbor District Library, will have a new name: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF for short).

The Festival will still feature dozens of comics artists along with workshops, demonstrations and interactive drawing games. It will still be as kid- and family-friendly as ever. And attending the event will be free as always.

What we hope the new name makes clear is that young children aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a fun-packed Ann Arbor weekend filled with comics and creativity. We welcome teens and adults (always have) and offer a slate of guests and activities to meet a wide range of comics-related interests (ditto).

Keynote speakers at A2CAF 2016 will be Cece Bell, whose comics memoir El Deafo was named a Newbery Honor Book, and the children’s author Tom Angleberger, writer and illustrator of the bestselling Origami Yoda series.

 

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor March 2016

Sugar & the Brain, Internet Trolls and Discovering the Earth’s Core.

 

Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths. Fun, right? As nerds and non-nerds like to say, “Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel™…with Beer!”

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For more info, check out:
http://annarbor.nerdnite.com/
https://www.facebook.com/NerdNiteAnnArbor

Sound, Symbiosis, & Active Art Nerd Nite Ann Arbor September

This month our topics go from down in the dirt (plant and fungi symbiosis!) to long-distance sounds to local examples of art in action. What our three featured nerds have in common, however, is that they each have a passion for their topic and want you to understand it too! So, whether you consider yourself an art aficionado, a sound geek, a plant-lover or beyond, we’ve got plenty of new stuff for you to pick up while you’re tipping back a beer. Grab a drink, grab a friend, and we’ll see you at LIVE on September 17th!

Brian Worthmann — The Sound Heard ‘Round the World’

In our daily lives, we’re used to sound traveling as short as a fraction of an inch (like music from headphones) to as far as several hundred yards (like a football game heard several blocks away). But, over even larger distances, like tens, hundreds, or even thousands of miles, sound can do some very weird and unexpected things. We’ll talk about what sound does, why it does it, and how those surprising behaviors may have influenced the course of history.

About Brian:  Worthmann is a PhD student at U of M in Applied Physics studying underwater acoustics and signal processing and was a participant in the RELATE2015 workshop. When not doing underwater acoustics research, he can be found learning, teaching, or binge-watching Netflix.

Alex Taylor — Underground Alliances

 Nearly all plants form intimate symbiotic partnerships with fungi called Mychorrhizae. These fungi grow in elaborate webs through the soil, and then into the plan roots, growing even inside the plant cells, where the plant and fungus have struck a fabulously successful deal. The terms of this deal are straightforward: a trade of sugar for mineral nutrients that plays to the strengths and weaknesses of each partner. Mycorrhizae helped early plants get a toehold on land, and to this day, the vast majority of plants across the globe thrive thanks to their fungal partners. The world would be a barren place without this ancient and strange symbiosis.

About Alex: Alex is a Ph.D student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, studying how plants evolved the ability to recognize and partner with bacteria and fungi in the soil. Most days, this involves sitting at a computer and running algorithms on the genome sequences of different plants. He also loves talking and writing about the spine-tingling majesty of science, and co-founded the blog “Thought and Awe” to do just that. In his spare time, Alex is into camping, gardening, and talking about the big stuff over a beer. Find him on Twitter at @ATayters.


Brenda Oelbaum – Stitch and Bitch: Hopefully a Comedy

Oelbaum, current President of the National Women’s Caucus for Art, will share some of the ins and outs of her work in organizing a national arts non-profit and what that has to do with embroidering little black velveteen bags with gold numbers while she juggles those challenges and troubles. She invites members of the audience to fill the bags she provides with a problem to add to the mound of problems in her upcoming social practice performance and installation at POP-X Ann Arbor.
Pens and paper will be provided for attendees to write down their most troubling problem to contribute to her already heavy load. Contributors can then come by the installation running October 15-25, read some problems of others, and decide if they want to take their own bag back, or buy someone else’s problem as a souvenir.

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For more info, check out:
https://www.facebook.com/events/435862026620555/
http://annarbor.nerdnite.com/

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor Fe and LSD

What’s all the “Fe”ss about? We’re not the only organisms that need Iron, which can mean we have some competition in getting the nutrients we need. Ada Hagan breaks down the ins and outs of Iron and bacteria. Even the most well-nourished body and brain can still learn a LOT about consciousness and psychoactive substances. Research on psychedelics is only just now recovering fromits implosion in the 70s, following the heydey of LSD research in the 60s. What does our current understanding of the brain tell us about the psychadelic experience? Dr. George A. Mashour walks us through a little research history and leads us through his present exploration of ketamine.

Mark your calendar, grab a friend, and say hey to a fellow nerd! We’ll see you at LIVE with a frosty beverage in hand for August’s edition of Nerd Nite!
The Battle for Iron: What’s all the “Fe”ss about? – Ada Hagan

Iron is an important nutrient that we all make sure to get enough of in our diets. Did you know bacteria need it too though? Come learn about the battle invading bacteria wage against your body over iron atoms. Those bacteria have some pretty cool tricks up their sleeves, but so do we! That is, if we learn enough about it…
About Ada: Ada is a PhD student in Microbiology and Immunology and spends her days doing recon on the strategies bacteria use to invade our bodies. She is passionate about communicating science because she feels the more we all know about science and how things work, the better choices we can make about our lives. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors with her dogs, and fishing with her husband. Ada is also involved with MiSciWriters, a student-run science writing blog.

The Psychedelic Brain – Dr. George A. Mashour

Psychoactive substances have been known since antiquity and modern psychedelic subculture underwent an explosion in the 1960s followed by an implosion in the 1970s. More recently, the neuroscience of psychedelic drugs has emerged from the shadows of a dark past. What are the neural correlates of the psychedelic experience? What does this phenomenology and neurobiology tell us about the functioning of the brain? I will discuss these questions as well as my own research on ketamine.
About George: Dr. Mashour is a neuroscientist, anesthesiologist and the founding director of the Center for Consciousness Science at the University of Michigan.

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For more info, check out:
http://annarbor.nerdnite.com/
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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor July 2015

“Lasers, Supercomputers, and Urban Planning in Detroit”
We have an awesome trio of talks on tap this month! Laser artist Mike Gould gives us the skinny on building amazing light displays (with demos!), tech wizard Dave Strenski takes us on a historical tour of uber-powered computers, and urban planner Margi Dewar talks about the future of Detroit. You don’t want to miss it! So grab a friend, grab a beer, and cool your heels at Nerd Nite Ann Arbor!

Mike Gould “Runs with Lasers”
Local laser artist Mike Gould discusses his recent experiences with the Illuminatus Lasers Troupe.
Including:
The Quest for Mystic Fire – Lasers at Saline Celtic Festival (because, of course).
Talks with Lasers lecture/demo to educate kids and families to the wonders of coherency.
Tetraptych: 4 Panels, 12 Lasers, One Wall art piece for DLECTRICITY 2014
L is for Laser, his science museum piece.
Doing lasers at the UM Stadium half-time show during a night game. (Notre Dame, we won).
Upcoming entry into the Ann Arbor Art Center’s tech+art exhibit
Appearances at various Maker Faires, Art Prize, Ignite, FoolMoon, etc.
http://mikegouldlaserartist.com/
http://illuminatuslightshow.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Clickamouse
Tech+Art https://www.facebook.com/events/1682562868639987/

Dave Strenski “Calculating 10^18 Results per Second”
The world of high performance computing is changing. This presentation will run through a short history of computing highlighting the different types of computations used in computing’s past, including vectorization, parallelization, accelerators, and reconfigurable computing. From this historical perspective, the discussion will lead to what’s needed for the future to reach exa-scale (10^18 floating point operation per second) computing. It will also cover the types of applications that need exa-scale computing and the merging of high performance computing and data analytics.

www.Cray.com
www.SolarYpsi.org

Margi Dewar “Detroit: Planning a City After Abandonment”
Urban planning as a field focuses on managing development to shape the effects of growth on cities. But what can planners do in cities like Detroit where developing, redeveloping, rebuilding, and revitalizing are not possibilities? I will lay out directions with a few examples for a different kind of urban planning.

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1105167676163255/

Kids Read Comics 2015

Kids Read Comics is a FREE event that puts comics in the lives of kids and teens through workshops, presentations, interactive drawing games and an artists alley featuring over 40 cartoonists, from award-winning bestsellers to local beginners. We share a passion for comics that expand horizons and invite lifelong reading, and we give young people the tools to use comics for creative self-expression. KRC welcomes kids, teens, parents, teachers and others to discover what comics have to offer!Support your local geek events.

For more info, check out:
http://mlatcomics.com/krc/
https://www.facebook.com/kidsreadcomics