Sunday, June 1, 2008


The annual Art Fest is (as usual) held at the Puck Building, 293 Lafayette Street & Houston (a whole two blocks from my office). Take the NRW (or whatever yellow train is running that weekend) to Prince Street, and whatever else that stops at Houston.

Hours are 11 AM to 6 PM each day. A weekend pass is $15, or $10 for each day. The program guide is here. Panels of interest include:


12:15 - 1:15 pm
David Hajdu on The Great Comic Book Scare

David Hajdu is the music critic for The New Republic and the author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn and Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña. He will be talking about his latest book, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America.

2:30 - 3:30 pm
Rebecca Donner and Brian Wood in conversation

Rebecca Donner’s essays have appeared in Bookforum, The Believer, and People; she is the author of the forthcoming graphic novel Burnout (Minx/DC). Brian Wood is the creator of DMZ, as well as Demo, The Tourist, Supermarket, Northlanders, and The New York Four.


3:40 - 4:55 pm
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: A Workshop
Matt Madden and Jessica Abel

Matt Madden and Jessica Abel are the coauthors of Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics from Manga to Graphic Novels (FirstSecond), an important new how-to book on creating comics. Matt Madden’s books include Odds Off, Black Candy, and 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style. Jessica Abel’s books include Soundtrack, Mirror/Window, and La Perdida.

The book will be available for sale at the First Second table. My friend Gina will most likely be working the :01 table all weekend long. They tend to have a Buy Two, get One Free deal at conventions, and I can guarantee every dollar you spend there will be worth while.

If you have attended Salon meetings and do not show up for this, I will light many fires under your ass.

Carlos has special dispensation; it's his wedding anniversary.

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