Draw Me a Story

Be part of the audience that helps #1 New York Times bestselling author Dan Poblocki (More Tales to Keep You Up at Night) weave a story that beloved author and illustrator Alyssa Bermudez (Big Apple Diaries) and acclaimed illustrator Chris Danger (The Inflatables in Splash of the Titans) will draw right in front of your […]

The Found Family

In three vibrant, heartfelt new graphic novels ranging from witty autobiography to ensemble comedy to indie rock band tour diary comics, Julia Wertz (Impossible People), Leslie Stein (Brooklyn’s Last Secret), and Archie Bongiovanni (Mimosa) explore the many definitions of chosen family, how those families put us to the test, and how we in turn test […]

Fear and Fantasy (Masks Required)

Three wishes sold at a Cairo kiosk force their buyers to face their personal struggles; disaffected video game inventors watch their invention warp fantasy into reality; and a young, queer artist tries to reconcile his childhood memories with his deepest desires and fears while navigating Beirut’s vibrant underground scene. Deena Mohamed (Shubeik Lubeik), Joseph Kai […]

Barbara Brandon-Croft and Darrin Bell In Conversation

In the hugely popular field of syndicated comics, Barbara Brandon-Croft and Darrin Bell are trailblazers. Barbara Brandon-Croft is the first Black female cartoonist to be distributed nationally by a major syndicate; Darrin Bell, the first African-American cartoonist to have two strips syndicated nationally, is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist. Join them for an epic […]

Well Behaved People Rarely Make History

A mother of three who plots to escape a Muslim Uighur detention facility; a racketeer who rises in the male-dominated Harlem mafia to fund her community and take on the Italian mob as Prohibition ends; five teenagers hailing from throughout the global south who risk their lives on seeking asylum and a better future. These […]

Looking Within

Across fiction and real life, self-actualization can start early. Whether it’s the story of a humanoid robot whose consciousness is awakened when he falls in love, the memoir of a biracial American trying to connect with their Mexican family, or a young adoptee whose passion for cosplay, comics, and animation helps them accept the monster […]

– CHANGED TO ZOOM – The New Voices of Arab American Literature (Virtual)

In the contentious battleground of political America, Arab American writers have strived to drown out the divisive rhetoric through compelling, evocative portraits of life in the Arab world, diasporic ache, and subversion of embedded stereotypes. We meet with five Arab American writers to learn the narratives that guide their work, how they write and recollect […]

– CHANGED TO ZOOM – Let’s Get Mad: Celebrate a Mutha of a Decade (Virtual)

It’s a rager: mother-writers and artists get real, down and dirty, furious and funny about the lives of mothers (and others). Readings at Books are Magic Montague by Minna Dubin (Mom Rage), Amanda Montei (Touched Out), cartoonist Lisa Lim (A Darker Shade of Noir), and Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies). Celebrating 10 […]

Carousel: Comics Performances (In Person)

Join Carousel for readings of graphic novels, gag cartoons, and comics as performed by the writers and artists, with slide projections. Followed by a book signing. Featuring Grayson Bear (Pokey), Alex Krokus (Loudest and Smartest), Amy Kurzweil (Artificial: A Love Story), Mattie Lubchansky (Boys Weekend), Kimberly Wang (Of Thunder & Lightning), and Julia Wertz (Impossible […]

And the Winners of the Literary Awards are . . . LATINXS! (Virtual)

Latinxs may be underrepresented in publishing, but their numbers are slowly and surely growing, and winning major literary awards like the Pulitzer, John Newbery Medal, National Book, PEN/ Jean Stein Award, Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize, Anthony awards, etc. Join us and meet our Latinx award-winning panelists, including Andrea Beatriz Arango, Juana Martinez-Neal, Alex Segura, […]

Radical Publishing in Political Headwinds (In Person)

Publishers from independent presses discuss the imperative of publishing books that uplift marginalized and insurgent voices, create and complicate representation, and spark and amplify movements. This is even more critical during challenging political times when marginalized communities are disempowered, scapegoated, and stripped of their rights. Margot Atwell (Feminist Press), Malav Kanuga (Common Notions Press), Ramsey […]