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2013 Brooklyn Book Festival: Comics and Graphic Novels

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Start Time: 10:00AM    End Time: 06:00PM

On Sunday, September 22, 2013, from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM, hundreds of top authors and participants will join bibliophiles, booksellers and literary organizations at the Brooklyn Book Festival on 14 stages featuring more 90 panels, workshops and readings. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts over 40,000 book lovers of all ages to the largest free literary event in New York City. A full week of “Bookend” literary-themed events also returns this year, with venues in clubs, parks, bookstores, theaters and libraries across the borough from September 16th until the 22nd, serving readers of all ages.

From Art Spiegelman and Jules Feiffer in conversation to the return of the popular Youth Stoop “Comic/Quick-Draw,” this year’s Comics and Graphic Novels Programming has something for everyone. Transformation stories to international journeys, crossing borders in conversation and art, delving into the world of comics sci-fi stories, panelists and presenters will question how art and text create a story, what comics have to say about the New American Dream and the borderline between “Mundane/Profane/Profound,” how educators can beautifully utilize comics in the classroom, and workshops for kids and teens. The Festival is unique in integrating cartoonists across stages, pairing graphic novels with traditional titles and honoring comics as a medium that crosses genre. Festive “Bookend” events will feature Fantagraphics authors at Bergen Street Comics, an extravaganza presenting Argentina artist Ricardo Liniers hosted by Françoise Mouly, and “The Sketchbook Project,” in which visitors to the Brooklyn Art Library are invited to contribute to the official Brooklyn Book Festival sketchbook.

For the first time, one of this year’s five collectible bookmarks presents a comics artist: The New Yorker’s Adrian Tomine. “Bookmarks” are a yearly distinction given to literary figures whose heritage and work connect back to Brooklyn; along with Tomine, 2013 authors include Nick Flynn, Sapphire, Harvey Shapiro, and Lois Lowry. Tomine began his career at age 16, self-publishing the mini-comic Optic Nerve, which he still serializes. His graphic novels Shortcomings, Summer Blonde, Scenes From An Impending Marriage and Sleepwalk and Other Stories have received critical and popular acclaim. He most recently celebrated his life in the city with New York Drawings, a compilation of his city-related drawings, sketches and magazine covers. “The Brooklyn Book Festival is an annual restoration of my faith in humanity,” said Tomine.

Fans will find a significantly expanded comics presence in the vendor area, with new publishers this year including DC, NBM, Secret Acres, Toon Books, Uncivilized, Cartoon Books, SelfMadeHero and others joining regulars like D&Q, Picturbox, and CBLDF.

“The eighth annual Brooklyn Book Festival is shaping up to be another best seller,” said Borough President Marty Markowitz. “With over 60 “Bookend” events, hundreds of authors and dozens of panels, this year’s festival is literally leaping off the page. Make your plans now and ‘book’ September 22nd on your calendars because the 2013 Brooklyn Book Festival is going to be a real page turner.”

Location:

Brooklyn Borough Hall

209 Joralemon Stret,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

More Info: http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/

This event was submitted by CBR.

 

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