Do you like comics? Any chance you’ll be in the vicinity of Bethesda, MD this weekend? Â If so, then come to the Small Press Expo! Â On Saturday the 15th, you can hear Daniel Clowes, Mark Newgarden, Chris Ware, Eric Reynolds, & me talk about Crockett Johnson‘sÂ Barnaby. Â Here’s the panel description:
12:00 pm |Â White Flint Auditorium
In a canny mix of fantasy and satire, amplified by the clean minimalism of Crockett Johnson’s line,Â BarnabyÂ (1942-1952) expanded our sense of what comics can do. Though it never had a mass following, this tale of a five-year-old boy and his endearing con-artist of a fairy godfather influenced many. To mark the launch ofÂ The Complete Barnaby,Dan Clowes,Â Mark Newgarden,Â Chris Ware, and the book’s two co-editors – Fantagraphics’Â Eric ReynoldsÂ and Crockett Johnson biographerÂ Philip NelÂ – discuss the wit, the art, and the genius of Barnaby.
Comics as Children’s Literature
5:00 pm |Â White Flint Auditorium
Comics’ fraught historical legacy as children’s literature and children’s comics’ status as an expanding category of contemporary publishing will be discussed by cartoonist and picture book authorÂ RenÃ©e French;Â FranÃ§oise Mouly, founder of the TOON Books imprint and co-editor ofÂ The TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics;Â Mark Newgarden, co-author of the “Bow-Wow” children’s comics and picture book series; andÂ Brian Ralph, author of the all-ages graphic novelÂ Cave-In. Children’s literature scholarÂ Philip NelÂ will lead the conversation.
I’m honored to be in such august company.
But there’s more! Â Perhaps you would like to buy a 20″ x 39″ print of Chris Ware’s beautiful cover for my biography of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss?
I will be selling prints specially designed by Mr. Ware. Â (He’s removed all of the textÂ except the title and my name.) Â Find me at the Fantagraphics booth (tables W40-44), where we’ll also be selling (and I’ll be signing) copies of the biography itself:
- Saturday, September 15, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Â Â Daniel Clowes // Philip Nel
- Sunday, September 16,Â 2:00 – 3:00 PM Â Â Philip Nel // Rich Tommaso
Both items will be available while supplies last. Â You can see a full signing schedule on Fantagraphics’ website.
There’s much more. Â Artists Gilbert & Jamie Hernandez, Paul Karasik, Adrian Tomine,… plus a full panel each devoted to Ware & to Clowes, footage of cartoonists screened by Mark Newgarden,… comics scholars David Ball, Sara Duke, Ken Parille,… and, oh, go read the conference schedule.
Hope to see you there!
(And… here ends my commercial announcement.)