Past Event

Rise of the Graphic Novel

Rise of the Graphic Novel

Gene Yang, Creator, American Born Chinese
Andy Hartzell, Creator, Fox Bunny Funny
Lark Pien, Creator, Long Tail Kitty; Colorist, American Born Chinese
Dash Shaw, Creator, Body World and Bottomless Belly Button
Summerlea Kashar, Acting Director, Cartoon Art Museum
The popularity of graphic novels is exploding. For many years, these comics were not taken seriously by readers or critics; however, with the recognition and success of works like Ghost World, Persepolis and American Born Chinese, graphic novels have surged to a widely respected status in the literary and art landscape. How did this happen? Are we as a society simply tired of reading huge, verbose novels? Or does this shift illustrate a new appreciation of the synthesis between visual art and literature? Leaders of the form talk about these issues and more.

Graphic Novel Art Contest
Want to show off your graphic novel art prowess? Think your art could beat out others from all over the Bay Area? Just interested in checking out up-and-coming graphic novel artists? Lucky for you, we’re having a graphic novel art contest during the reception after our panel. Folks will let their creativity run wild in an attempt to blow away the audience and take home the win (and signed copies of novels by Andy Hartzell, Lark Pien, Gene Yang and Dash Shaw).
Contest Details:
• Work must be between 5-10 frames, no bigger than 2.5x4 ft.
• 1 Grand Prize winner will have their submission featured on the Cartoon Art Museum’s web site
• 3 runner-ups will win graphic novels signed by Andy Hartzell, Lark Pien, Gene Yang & Dash Shaw
• Email ASAP if you would like to participate
• Work must reach INFORUM by April 22nd - either in digital or physical form

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. book signing/reception
Cost: MEMBERS FREE, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: Underwriter: The Bernard Osher Foundation. Illustration by Andrew Warner.


April 26, 2010