Ben Hatke, author of the Zita the Spacegirl series, appears at 57th Street Books on Thursday, May 15th from 5:00 till 6:00 pm to read from and sign copies of the third and final installment in the Zita series, The Return of Zita the Spacegirl! This event is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement as part of the UChicago Engages series.
About The Return of Zita the Spacegirl:
Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times‑Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for middle grade readers. Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy’s greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Hillary L. Chute appears at Quimby’s Bookstore on Saturday, April 19th at 7:00 pm!
We are living in a golden age of cartoon art. Never before has graphic storytelling been so prominent or garnered such respect: critics and readers alike agree that contemporary cartoonists are creating some of the most innovative and exciting work in all the arts.
For nearly a decade Hillary L. Chute has been sitting down for extensive interviews with the leading figures in comics, and with Outside the Box: Interviews With Contemporary Cartoonists (University of Chicago | 272 pages | 39 color plates, 31 halftones | 7 x 10) she offers readers a chance to share her ringside seat. Chute’s in-depth discussions with twelve of the most accomplished artists and writers in comics today reveal a creative community that is richly interconnected yet fiercely independent, its members sharing many interests while working with wildly different styles and themes. Chute’s subjects run the gamut of contemporary comics practice, from those of underground pioneers like Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry, to the analytic work of Scott McCloud, the journalism of Joe Sacco, and the extended narratives of Alison Bechdel and Charles Burns. They reflect on their experience and innovations, the influence of peers and mentors, the reception of their art and the growth of critical attention, and the crucial place of print amid the encroachment of the digital age.
“This is a book of great interviews with great cartoonists. The interviews are great because Hillary Chute is great. She knows how cartooning works and she intimately knows the work of the artists she’s interviewing. The interviews are smart, insightful, and very readable. This isn’t dry stuff nor is it fluffy. It’s the real stuff. Anyone interested in the minds of today’s cartooning masters will want to read it.” –Seth, author of Palookaville
Hillary L. Chute is the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago and the author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics.
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Neil Gaiman appears on Wednesday April 13th, 2011 from 7:00-8:00pm.
Join us to hear from @neilhimself (as his over 1.5 million Twitter followers know him) about writing, life, art and what became of Richard Mayhew of Neverwhere.
Free and open to the public; presented in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Also note: Doors to Rockefeller Chapel will open at 6 p.m., regardless of the weather, so plan accordingly!
Books signed by Mr. Gaiman will be for sale, but a post-event book signing will not take place.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago
5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL