You’re Invited to the Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature Book Launch Party

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November 7 @ 6:30PM-8:30PM

128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY

Come out and celebrate the official book launch of The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature by master anthologist Russ Kick. The launch party will be held in conjunction with the second annual “Push and Kick Awards” at the Society of IllustratorsSeven Stories Press would like to recognize the enthusiasm and support of three important figures in the comics art community, R. Sikoryak, Hillary Chute, and Lynda Barry. The reception is being co-sponsored by The Society of Illustrators and Publishers Weekly. The awards ceremony also coincides with the opening of an accompanying exhibition at the Society of Illustrators, of original artwork by contributors to The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature.The exhibition will run November 4–December 20.

The original three-volume anthology The Graphic Canon presented the world’s classic literature—from ancient times to the late twentieth century—as eye-popping comics and visuals. In this follow-up volume, children’s literature through the ages is given new life by today’s best comics artists and illustrators. From Aesop’s Fables to Watership Down, from The Hardy Boys to Harry Potter, the most cherished works of children’s literature are interpreted as stunning works of graphic art. Uncensored and based on their original storylines, these tales are sometimes raw and challenging, and always electric, brilliant, and original.

R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). He’s drawn for the New York Times, the Onion, the New Yorker, MAD, and SpongeBob Comics, among many other publications, as well as the TV series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Saturday Night Live, and Ugly Americans. His comics have appeared in the anthologies RAW, Drawn & Quarterly, The Graphic Canon, and An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories. He hosts the live cartoon slideshow series Car­ousel and has taught at the Center for Cartoon Studies and in the illustration department of Parsons The New School for Design. For more info, see rsikoryak.com and carouselslideshow.com.

Hillary Chute is author of Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists (University of Chicago Press, 2014) and Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia University Press, 2010). She is also the associate editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus (Pantheon, 2011). She recently coedited both the Critical Inquiry special issue Comics & Media (University of Chicago Press, 2014) and Daniel Aaron’s Scrap Book (Pressed Wafer, 2014). She has written for publications including Artforum, Bookforum, The Believer, and Poetry. Hillary Chute’s friend and colleague Tahneer Oksman will be in attendance accepting the award on her behalf.

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher and found that they are very much alike. She lives in Wisconsin, where she is assistant professor of art and Discovery Fellow at University of Wisconsin–Madison. Barry is the creator behind the seminal comic strip that was syndicated across North America in alternative weeklies for two decades, Ernie Pook’s Comeek, featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy. She is the author of The Freddie Stories, One! Hundred! Demons!, The! Greatest! of! Marlys!, Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel, Naked Ladies! Naked Naked Ladies!, and The Good Times are Killing Me, which was adapted as an off-Broadway play and won the Washington State Governor’s Award. She has written two bestselling and acclaimed creative how-to graphic novels for Drawn & Quarterly, What It Is, which won the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Graphic Novel, and the R. R. Donnelly Award for highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author; and Picture This. Barry was born in Wisconsin in 1956. Lynda Barry will be in absentia for this event.

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