CA – Making History Graphic

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Joe Sacco and Gene Luen Yang speak in conversation with Charles Hatfield, author and professor of English, CSUN, on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM at the Los Angeles Public Library!

Hailed as the creator of war reportage comics, Joe Sacco uses darkly funny short form comics to recount conflicts, including his latest book The Great War, an illustrated panorama of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Gene Luen Yang, author of the acclaimed graphic novel American Born Chinese, brings clear-eyed storytelling and magical realism to tell parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of China’s violent Boxer Rebellion in his new work, Boxers and Saints. Join these two daring writers for a conversation on how the graphic novel and graphic non fiction —rising from the frontlines of popular culture—can serve our understanding of history.

Joe Sacco’s acclaimed books include Palestine, which was serialized as a comic book from 1993 to 1995, the first collection of which won an American Book Award in 1996; Safe Area Gorazde, and Footnotes in Gaza, as well as a best-selling collaboration with Chris Hedges, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with graphic novel publisher First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. Yang won the Printz Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His latest book is the graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints.

Charles Hatfield, Professor of English at California State University, Northridge, teaches on comics, children’s literature, media, and cultural studies. He is the author of Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby and Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature and co-editor of the newly released The Superhero Reader.
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Book signings
ALOUD is one of the many free programs the Library Foundation makes possible at the Los Angeles Public Library. Most ALOUD author programs are followed by book signings. To help sustain this valuable cultural exchange, at least one copy of the author’s book must be purchased from the Library Store if you wish to participate in the post-program book signing. Proceeds support the Los Angeles Public Library. Library Foundation members receive a 15% discount on all Library Store purchases.

UK – The Great War Signing

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Joe Sacco signs at Gosh! Comics on Saturday October 26th from 2pm to 3pm!

Gosh Comics 
1 Berwick Street, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

OR – Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt Signing

Joe Sacco and Chris Hedges sign at Powell’s on Monday, June 25th at 7:30PM.

In Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (Nation Books), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and American Book Award-winning cartoonist Joe Sacco present a searing portrait of an American underclass in crisis. Reporting from the coal fields of West Virginia, from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, from undocumented farm worker colonies in California, and from Camden, New Jersey, the poorest city in the nation, Hedges and Sacco warn of a bleak near future — where cities and states fall easily into bankruptcy, neofeudalism reigns, and the nation’s working and middle classes are decimated. A shocking report from the frontlines of poverty in America, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is a clarion call for reform.

Powell’s Books
1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR

WA – Journalism Launch Party

Joe Sacco appears at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, June 9, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, to celebrate his new book Journalism. Visitors to this signing will be among the first in the nation to see the book, which will be officially released 10 days later. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet this extraordinary artist and pick up an advance copy of the book.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108

OR – An Evening with Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco, award-winning graphic journalist, speaks in conversation with Mercy Corps’ Chief Communications Officer, Jeremy Barnicle on May 24th from 7:00pm to 8:30 pm.

Tickets: $10, available at Brown Paper Tickets, by phone (503-896-5747) or in person at the Mercy Corps Action Center.
Joe Sacco is widely believed to be the creator of war-reportage comics, and is author of American Book Award winner Palestine (1996), and Safe Area Goražde,The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-95, which won the Eisner Award and was a New York Times Notable Book, and Time magazine’s best comic book of 2000.

Born in Malta and raised in Australia, Los Angeles, and Portland, Sacco’s books are available in 14 languages and his work has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, and Harper’s. His book, Footnotes in Gaza (2009) has been nominated for an Oregon Book Award.

Mercy Corps Action Center
28 SW First Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
503-896-5002, option 4

OR – Footnotes in Gaza Lecture

Joe Sacco, Portland cartoon journalist, author of Palestine, and 2012 Oregon Book Award finalist for Footnotes in Gaza, speaks about his work at this rare engagement. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Floating World Comics.

Saturday, February 18, 2-4 p.m.
Multnomah Central Library, U.S. Bank Room
801 S.W. 10th Ave, Portland, OR
Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Joe Sacco’s most recent book is Footnotes in Gaza. He is internationally known for his journalistic comics, including Palestine, which won the American Book Award and Safe Area Gorazde, which won the Eisner Award and Time Magazine’s best comic book of 2000. His work has been translated into 14 languages and has appeared in magazines, like Harper’s, Time and Details. He is a current resident of Portland.

TO – Footnotes in Gaza Lecture

Joe Sacco speaks on Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 8PM as a part of the UofT Arts Council 2011 Speakers Series
Innis Town Hall, St. George Street at Sussex Ave (MAP)
Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for students & seniors
Click for tickets OR Buy tickets @ The Beguiling!

Joe Sacco is one of the world’s premier comic book artists and is widely recognized as a central figure in bringing graphic novels and sequential art into the cultural mainstream. His works including Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and The Fixer and Other Stories are frequently featured on university syllabi, in programs ranging from English to Political Science to Peace and Conflict Studies.

A Guggenheim fellow, Sacco’s work has been profiled by the BBC, Time Magazine, Details, Harper’s and the New York Times. He will be speaking on a variety of subjects including his newest work, Footnotes in Gaza, his return to the Gaza strip and his attempt to get to the heart of a brutal incident from the region’s past.

NH – Cartoon Journalism Lecture

Joe Sacco speaks on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 5pm

Where: Kemeny 008, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Sacco traveled to the Middle East for the first time in 1992 and came away from Israel and the occupied territories with the material that would make up his groundbreaking two-part comic book series Palestine. An accessible, thoughtful, and moving book of Middle East political journalism achieved through the innovative use of comics, Palestine won an American Book Award. Sacco’s first major follow-up to the book was titled Safe Area Gorazde and based upon Sacco’s recent travels to the war-torn region. It received major attention from the mainstream press, such as TIME magazine, The New York Times, and NPR.

Presented in collaboration with The Center for Cartoon Studies and the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College.  Sponsored by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation.

The Comix Galaxy Returns to Miami Book Fair International This November

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The Comix Galaxy Returns to Miami Book Fair International This November

A FULL SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMS CELEBRATING COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS -
AUTHORS, EVENTS, EDUCATION WORKSHOPS, INTERACTIVE PRESENTATIONS & MORE!

MIAMI, September 14, 2010 –The 27th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College (MDC), will take place November 14-21, 2010, at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami and will again feature the popular Comix Galaxy.

Art from the Vertigo title "Cuba My Revolution" will be on display

The New York Times hailed the Miami Book Fair as the model for all book festivals. The Fair again broke new ground two years ago when it launched The Comix Galaxy, a program that celebrates the place of comics and graphic novels in American literature with panels, sessions for educators, workshops for kids and teens, and more.

The Comix Galaxy invites teachers, librarians, parents, and comics and graphic novel creators to participate in the School of Comics, to be held on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19.

The first day of the School of Comics will be a Day of Education for teachers, librarians and parents on how to expand the academic curricula with graphic novels, and will be held on Thursday, November 18. Programming will be keynoted by Dr. William Ayers, education theorist, professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of To Teach: The Journey, in Comics. Also on this program will be James “Bucky” Carter, professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso and author of Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels, Chris Schweizer, professor of Sequential Art and Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta and author of Crogan’s March, and Adam Johnson, professor of Creative Writing at Stanford University and co-editor of the Stanford University Graphic Novel Project. Practical examples of how comics and graphic novels have been integrated into curriculum will be part of this event as well as lists of titles that work in the classroom environment. The Day of Education will be moderated by Carol Fitzgerald, publisher of the popular website site GraphicNovelReporter.com.

On Friday, November 19, a second day of School of Comics programming will address aspiring comics creators with an emphasis on established creators teaching their craft and talking about how to get published. Participating creators include Amy Ignatow (The Popularity Papers), Tracy White (How I Made It to Eighteen) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile).

For the past two years, the weekend portion of The Comix Galaxy has presented panels by diverse and exciting creators from all facets of the comics and graphic novel industry. This year promises to be just as inspiring with David Axe (War Is Boring), Barry Deutsch (Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword), Sid Jacobson (Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography), Mat Johnson (Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story), Chip Kidd (Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal), Denis Kitchen (The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen), Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel (Cuba: My Revolution), Lars Martinson (Tonoharu), Mark McKenna (Banana Tail), Vanessa Davis (Make Me a Woman), Jaime Hernandez (The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death), Joan Hilty (Senior Editor, DC Comics/ Vertigo), Joe Sacco (Footnotes in Gaza), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Tumor), Alex Simmons (Archie) and many others.

Original drawings and final page blowups from the graphic novel Cuba: My Revolution (DC Comics/ Vertigo) by DeanHaspiel and Inverna Lockpez will be on display throughout the week of the Fair and beyond, part of an exhibition at Miami Dade College’s Center Gallery. Another exhibition will tie in with the Fair’s celebration of Mexican culture. It will consist of pages from a 12-issue comic book series about the Mexican Revolution by artist Jose Luis Pescador, written by some of the greats of contemporary Mexican literature.

Another favorite, Kids’ Comic Con, returns from New York City with hands-on workshops and portfolio reviews! Last year’s crowd-pleasing activities got kids and teens drawing and writing alongside professional artists/teachers. Free and open to all over the three-day weekend Street Fair, November 19-21, Kids’ Comic Con is the place for every kid who dreams of creating the next Superman or Wimpy Kid.

The return of School of Comics and Kids’ Comic Con to Comix Galaxy 2010 is part of the Miami Book Fair’s continued celebration of comics and graphic novels. We look forward to sharing more names of participating graphic novelists and comic book artists in the weeks to come.

For updates on the Miami Book Fair, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528, or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.

MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL AND FLORIDA CENTER FOR THE LITERARY ARTS

Miami Book Fair International is the largest and is regarded as the finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. Literacy projects target children of all ages—from kindergarten to high school—as well as college students and adults. Established and emerging writers from South Florida and all over the U.S. read, lecture, and teach workshops. They work with K-12, MDC students, and diverse members of the community, helping to deepen their understanding of literature, and encouraging their work of writers at all stages of development. The Center envisions South Florida as a nexus of literary activity in the Americas and beyond, and will continue to champion its mission of promoting the advancement and appreciation of the literary arts in all forms.

Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.

ABOUT MIAMI DADE COLLEGE

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performance arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. In 2006, MDC admitted its 1.5 millionth student.