New York, NY – Macab Films is proud to announce that director Maria Cabardo will be hosting a panel at this year’s New York Comic Con showcasing her upcoming documentary feature Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones.

This highly anticipated film takes as its subject the life and work of legendary artist Jeffrey Jones, who was one of the key figures in comics and fantasy illustration during the 1970s and early 1980s as well as one of the driving forces behind the same period’s revival of romantic realism in contemporary painting. His work influenced an entire generation of artists coming into these fields and was instrumental in helping to shift their reputations from disposable commercial product and kitsch to legitimate artistic categories.

In addition to examining Jones’s body of work and its place in the culture, Better Things also explores the artist’s struggles with depression and alcoholism and his journey through gender transition over the course of his life. It features a wealth of interviews with Jones’s family and a wide range of his peers from the world of comics and illustration, including Neil Gaiman, Moebius, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike Mignola, Paul Pope, and all three of Jones’s compatriots from the famous Studio of the 1970s — Bernie Wrightson, Michael Kaluta and Barry Windsor-Smith.

The Better Things panel is scheduled for 10:15 am on Saturday, October 15th in room 1B01 at the Javits Center. Joining Cabardo on stage will be several of the film’s featured interview subjects, including Louise Simonson, Juliana Jones Arms, Bill Sienkiewicz, Robert Weiner, Roger Reed, John Butler, and Dr. Jacques Moritz. After screening an extended excerpt from the film, Cabardo will lead a discussion with the panelists and take questions from the audience.

New York Comic Con will be held at the Javits Center at 655 West 34th Street, cross street 11th Avenue. For more information, go to www.newyorkcomiccon.com.

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