DASH SHAW explores BodyWorld in conversation with PAUL KARASIK
Harvard Book Store is excited to welcome Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist and animator DASH SHAW to talk about his new book, BodyWorld, with fellow cartoonist PAUL KARASIK.
Originally published serially on Dash Shaw\’s website from 2007 to 2009, BodyWorld is an unusual blend of science fiction and the classic high school drama.
It’s 2060, and a devastating civil war has left the country in shambles. Professor Paulie Panther–botanist, writer, and hopeless romantic–arrives in the experimental forest town of Boney Borough to research a strange plant growing behind the high school. As he conducts his research, he befriends some of the local residents: Miss Jem, the alluring science teacher; Billy Borg, Boney Borough’s star athlete; and Pearl Peach, the rebellious schoolgirl. Paulie soon discovers that the plant, when smoked, imparts telepathic powers. But when he shares this remarkable drug with his new friends, he finds that they’re not interested in mind-expansion. In fact, it appears that Paulie’s brash individualism might not be at all welcome in a town that prefers conformity to eccentricity.
Dash Shaw grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and studied at the School of Visual Arts. A prolific cartoonist and animator, he is the author of the 2008 graphic novel Bottomless Belly Button. He lives in Brooklyn.
Paul Karasik is the co-author (along with David Mazzucchelli) of the perennial graphic novel classic City of Glass, adapted from Paul Auster’s novel, as well as How to Read Nancy (with Mark Newgarden). He is also the editor of You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation! and I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!, two acclaimed books about the Golden Age comic book artist Fletcher Hanks.
DATE: Wednesday, April 21st
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
TICKETS: This event is free; no tickets are required