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Mission Creek Festival full 2016 lineup announced; Kevin Smith, Deer Tick, PHOX and more added

Kevin Smith at Mission Creek
Kevin Smith at Mission Creek

Kevin Smith is among the just-announced presenters in Mission Creek‘s full 2016 lineup

It’s no secret any longer: the complete lineup for this spring’s Mission Creek Festival is here, and it’s full to the brim with fantastic additions to an already-exciting schedule.

Filmmaker, comics writer and podcaster Kevin Smith tops the list. The newly added headliner will be bringing his well-known “An Evening with Kevin Smith” program to the festival. Following the cult success of his 1994 breakout film Clerks, Smith has become a star in everything he touches. The film spawned two direct sequels (Clerks III is due out this year) along with an animated television series, numerous films featuring many of the same regular characters (all part of the View Askewniverse of Smith’s View Askew production company) and several comics based on the characters. Those early Oni Press comics led to Smith’s turn in mainstream comic writing, starting with a 1999 Joe Queseda-illustrated turn on the Daredevil series. His dive into the world of podcasting has produced several more celebrated initiatives, through the sixteen shows under his SModcast moniker, six of which are his own weekly podcasts.

Deer Tick at Mission Creek

Providence alt-rockers Deer Tick join the Mission Creek roster

Also added to the event headliners are celebrated Rhode Island-based rockers Deer Tick. Formed in 2004, the indie scene darlings will be coming to Mission Creek as part of their 2016 spring acoustic tour. Their fifth and most recent album is 2013’s Negativity.

Other new additions include Wisconsin indie-folksters PHOX, The Moth‘s StorySLAM host and GrandSLAM champion storyteller Peter Aguero and acclaimed essayist and UI Nonfiction Writing Program Director John D’Agata. See the complete Mission Creek Festival lineup below; new additions are in bold.

The Mission Creek Festival runs April 5–10, 2016 at a wide variety of locations across Iowa City. Festival passes at the Silver ($135) and Deluxe ($350) levels are now available. Tickets to individual shows will go on sale this Friday, Jan. 29 at noon.

Mission Creek Festival Full Lineup

New additions marked in bold

Kurt Vile & The Violators
Alison Bechdel
Kevin Smith
Marc Maron
Deer Tick
Faust
The Joy Formidable
Saul Williams
Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde featuring Fatlip and Slimkid3
Son Lux
PHOX
Terry Zwigoff
Waxahatchee (solo)
Slum Village

Flatbush Zombies
Black Milk
San Fermin
Dawn of Midi
Tyondai Braxton
Glenn Jones
Caroline Smith
Gary Wilson
Paul Metzger

Gary Groth
Richard Siken
John D’Agata
Garth Greenwell
Richard Preston
Paul Lisicky
Peter Aguero
Black Ocean 10th Anniversary Party

Mark Levine
Robyn Schiff

Zachary Schomburg
Johannes Göransson
Matt Hart
Jenny Zhang
Janaka Stucky

Michael Seidlinger
Nate Pritts
Alexandra Kleeman
Mark de Silva
Erika Sanchez

Carola Dibbell
Abraham Smith
Hai-Dang Phan
Monica Martin
Zoe Zolbrod
Toni Nealie
Akwi Nji
Lovar Davis Kidd
Sean Lewis
Ben Mackey
Everything Everything
Pure Bathing Culture
Yonatan Gat

Psalm One
Mammifer
Esme Patterson
Quilt
Noveller
Adia Victoria
Pillar Point
Guilty Simpson
Phat Kat
Bob Bucko, Jr.

Karen Meat
Field Division
Nadalands

Crystal City
AWTHNTKTS
The Wandering Bears
Subatlantic
Extravision
MAIDS
Miracles of God
American Cream
ConeTrauma
Brooks Strause & The Gory Details
McSweeney’s
The Believer
POETRY Magazine
Black Ocean
Sarabande Books
The Iowa Review
Civil Coping Mechanisms
Spork Press
Two Dollar Radio
Canarium Books
Forklift, Ohio
Ugly Duckling Presse
American Short Fiction
Curbside Splendor
Action Books
Tyrant Books
Gulf Coast
featherproof press
Rescue Press
draft: The Journal of Process
Entropy Magazine
H_NGM_N
Prompt Press
Digraph Press

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Genevieve Trainor, Little Village's arts editor, feels that personal bios are a bitter distillation of her deep and abiding struggles between sincerity and sarcasm.

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