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Friends of Lulu relaunches New York lecture series

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April 20, Manhattan--Friends of Lulu/New York is pleased to announce the return of "Women and Comics," a lecture series featuring prominent women in comic book history and women currently working in the industry. Starting with the May 5 relaunch, the entertaining and informative discussions will take place throughout 2004 at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in Manhattan. "Women and Comics" is designed to showcase the wide variety of women working in all aspects of comic books and comic strips to interested readers and hopeful professionals, both female and male.

Teresa Focarile, an Associate Editor at Marvel Comics and former editor of the company's Epic project last year, is overseeing Marvel's effort to recruit new talent. She will describe how to submit writing samples and speak about Marvel's interest in comics written by women for new audiences. People of all interests in the comic world are invited to this free event, taking place at MoCCA on Wednesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. Attendees will take part in a question-and-answer session with Ms. Focarile, and will also be among the first to look at the museum's new, expanded site in Lower Manhattan's famed SoHo arts district.

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The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is located at 594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets), in Suite 401. To reach the museum by subway, take the 6 to Bleecker Street or Spring Street; the N or R to Prince Street; or the F or V to Broadway-Lafayette Street.

Friends of Lulu is a national not-for-profit organization geared toward bringing more women and girls into the increasingly exciting, popular and successful comic book industry, as professionals and readers. It is one of the few comic book organizations open to both professionals and enthusiasts. The New York chapter has recently published Broad Appeal, a critically acclaimed anthology of diverse works by dozens of female creators. Friends of Lulu/New York's regularly updated Web site is www.friends-lulu.org/ny; the national site, which features an active blog, is www.friends-lulu.org.

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and presentation of one of the world's most popular art forms. MoCCA's mission is to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art. To that end, the museum hosts exhibits and events, conducts educational programs, and serves as a resource for those conducting scholarly or professional research on comic and cartoon art. The museum's site is www.moccany.org.

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