Saturday, September 21, 2013

Today and tomorrow: Cartoonists at the National Book Festival

Saturday Sept 21: 4:00-4:30 Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm are brother-and-sister collaborators on the children's graphic novel series "Babymouse" and "Squish"; their most recent volumes are "Extreme Babymouse" and "Squish: Game On!" Jennifer has also written the novels "Turtle in Paradise" and "Penny from Heaven," as well as the "May Amelia" and "Boston Jane" series. Signing at 2.

11:50-12:35 Brad Meltzer offers this advice to budding writers: "Don't let anyone tell you no. I got 24 rejection letters on my first novel." A week after the 24th rejection, he began the book that became the best-selling "The Tenth Justice." His new thriller is "The Fifth Assassin." Signing at 1.


Noon-12:45 Lynda Barry is the author of 19 books, and her work has appeared in such publications as Vanity Fair, Esquire, the New York Times and Salon. She is assistant professor in interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a fellow at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Her new graphic novel is "The Freddie Stories." Signing at 1.

12:55-1:40 Gilbert Hernandez collaborated with his brothers Jaime and Mario to create the "Love and Rockets" comic book series, to which he regularly contributes stories. His latest works are "Marble Season," "Julio's Day" and "The Children of Palomar." Signing at 3.

1:50-2:35 Jaime Hernandez's primary contributions to "Love and Rockets" (see preceding entry) are the "Locas" stories, which focus on a group of Latinas in California, where he grew up. His latest work is in "Love and Rockets: The Covers." Signing at 3.

3:40-4:25 Fred Chao wrote and illustrated the graphic novel "Johnny Hiro," which was included in "The Best American Comics 2010." His new graphic novel is "Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero." Signing at 4:45.

The Holms did a piece for Team Cul de Sac and are in that book. I'll be doing the interview with Jaime Hernandez.

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