WA – First Second Panel

Comic creators Gene Luen Yang, Scott Westerfeld, Matthew Loux, Penelope Bagieu, and Box Brown appear on a panel moderated by Jen Vaughan at the Seattle Public Library on Friday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM.

Press Release:

First Second Books publishes great graphic novels for every type of reader. We’ll be celebrating their work with a panel of their most talented creators: Gene Yang, Scott Westerfeld, Matthew Loux, Penelope Bagieu, and Box Brown, moderated by Jen Vaughn. Learn about their books and their backgrounds, and join in a rousing game of Pictionary, where the audience and artists compete for bragging rights!

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman.

Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. His second graphic novel with publisher First Second is Tetris: The Games People Play. Brown launched the independent comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011.

Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982, to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Exquisite Corpse was her first graphic novel to be published in the United States. California Dreamin’, a graphic novel biography of Mama Cass of “The Mamas and the Papas” will publish on March 7th for International Women’s Day.

Matthew Loux is the author and artist of Sidescrollers and the five-volume Salt Water Taffy series published by Oni Press. Sidescrollers was placed on the 2008 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, and in 2009 Salt Water Taffy was placed on the Texas Library Association’s prestigious Maverick list. Matthew also illustrated the graphic novel F-Stop and the board book Good Night, Gabbaland based on the Nick Jr. television show Yo Gabba Gabba. He resides in Brooklyn.

Scott Westerfeld is the author of the worldwide bestselling Uglies series and the Locus Award–winning Leviathan series, and is co-author of the Zeroes trilogy. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy.

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Seattle Public Library
Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 386-4636

WA – Sisters/Amulet Signing

September 17, 2014 by  
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Comic book authors Raina Telgemeier and Kazu Kibuishi appear at the Seattle Public Library’s Northeast Branch on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. to talk about their new publications and sign books for their fans.

Press Release:

Award-winning authors, artists, and comic creators, Kazu Kibuishi and Raina Telgemeier will be together to talk about their recently released New York Times bestselling graphic novels. Accompanied by a visual presentation, the artists will talk about their books, demonstrate how they create graphic novels, and stage interactive readings with attendees.

“Sisters” by Raina Telgemeier: Raina can’t wait to be a big sister, but once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years. But when a baby brother enters the picture, and later, when something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

“Amulet Book Six, Escape From Lucien” by Kazu Kibuishi: Navin and his classmates journey to Lucien, a city ravaged by war and plagued by mysterious creatures, where they search for a beacon essential to their fight against the Elf King. Meanwhile, Emily heads back into the Void with Max, one of the Elf King’s loyal followers, where she learns his darkest secrets. The stakes, for both Emily and Navin, are higher than ever.

Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as the graphic novel Copper. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling, and the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comic series.

“Sisters” is the companion to Raina Telgemeier’s critically acclaimed graphic memoir based on her childhood, “Smile.” Her memoir is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Will Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and the book received a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Books will be available for purchase and signing provided by Secret Garden Books.

Seattle Public Library – Northeast Branch
6801 35th Ave. N.E. Seattle, WA 98115
206-684-7539

WA – Marbles Signing

October 10, 2012 by  
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Cartoonist Ellen Forney discusses and shows illustrations from Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me at the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library on Saturday November 10, 2012 from 7:00 till 8:30 pm.

Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity and her livelihood, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passion and creativity.

Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the crazy artist, Forney finds inspiration from the lives and work of other artists and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including: Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron and Sylvia Plath. She analyzes the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder as she struggles with the strengths and limitations of a parade of medications and treatments.

Forney’s graphic memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on the artist’s work. Her story seeks the answer to this question: If there’s a correlation between creativity and mood disorders, is an artist’s bipolar disorder a curse… or a gift?

“Ellen’s work has always been hilarious and sharp, but Marbles has an emotional resonance that shows new depth as an artist and a writer. This is an extremely personal, brave, and rewarding book.” Dan Savage, syndicated columnist and author.

Forney grew up in Philadelphia and has lived in Seattle since 1989. She created the Eisner-nominated comic books “I Love Led Zeppelin” and “Monkey Food” and collaborated with Sherman Alexie on the National Book Award-winning novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” She has been teaching comics at Cornish College of the Arts since 2002.

Event Notes Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required.

Note: The Library will close at its regular Saturday time of 6 p.m. and will reopen at the Fourth Avenue entrance at 6:30 p.m. for this event. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $5 after 5 p.m.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Fantagraphics. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Seattle Public Library – Central Branch
1000 Fourth Ave,  Seattle, WA 98104