Join Jennifer Hayden, James Kochalka, and Glynnis Fawkes for a Graphic Memoir Panel! Our three visiting authors will each read a selection from their work, then open the floor to questions about the graphic memoir medium from the audience.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Glynnis Fawkes (left) draws comics, makes paintings, and does archaeological illustration. Her background is in art and art history: a BA from University of Oregon, a BFA from the Pacific NW College of Art, and MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University. During a Fulbright fellowship to Cyprus, she published a book of paintings, Archaeology Lives in Cyprus, and a book of cartoons, Cartoons of Cyprus (2001). She spent a almost 10 years working as an illustrator on archaeological projects and excavations in Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Israel, and Lebanon, and she continues to work in Greece. She teaches a course in Comics at the University of Vermont and runs the open life drawing at Burlington City Arts. Glynnis a member of the NY-based web comic collective Activatecomix.com and publishes on Muthamagazine.com.
Jennifer Hayden (center), author of The Story of My Tits, came to comics from fiction-writing and children’s book illustration. Her first Top Shelf book, the autobiographical collection Underwire, was excerpted in Best American Comics 2013 and named one of “the best comics by women” by DoubleX. She is a member of ACT-I-VATE (the premier webcomics collective in New York City), her webcomic S’crapbook earned a Notable listing in Best American Comics 2012, and she continues to update the diary strip Rushes at thegoddessrushes.blogspot.com. Her comics have appeared in print anthologies such as The ACT-I-VATE Primer, Cousin Corinne’s Reminder, and The Strumpet. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, pets, and sometimes two college-age children.
James Kochalka (right) is the first official Cartoonist Laureate of the state of Vermont, appointed in 2011. His comics have been published internationally by almost every alternative comics publisher; he's recorded several music albums under the name James Kochalka Superstar (making him a favorite at college radio stations across the country); and he's developed animated cartoons for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Hangover. Among his best known works are the Monkey vs Robot series, the superpowered frathouse comedy SuperF*ckers, the beloved Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher series for children, and his magnum opus, the decade-plus span of daily diary comics known as American Elf. James lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife Amy, their two sons, and their cats, all of whom appear frequently in his comics.
DATE: Thursday, March 24th at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank Street, Burlington
ADMISSION: Tickets are $3 per person, and include a coupon for $5 off a book by a featured author. Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event. Seating is limited.
A landmark work of graphic memoir and a cancer narrative that pulls no punches.
When Jennifer Hayden was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43, she realized that her tits told a story. Across a lifetime, they’d held so many meanings: hope and fear, pride and embarrassment, life and death. And then they were gone. Now, their story has become a way of understanding her story. Growing up flat-chested and highly aware of her inadequacies… heading off to college, where she “bloomed” in more ways than one… navigating adulthood between her mother’s mastectomy, her father’s mistress, and her musician boyfriend’s problems of his own—not to mention his sprawling family. Then the kids come along……As cancer strikes three different lives, some relationships crumble while others emerge even stronger, and this sarcastic child of the ’70s finally finds a goddess she can believe in.
For everyone who’s faced cancer personally, or watched a loved one fight that battle, Hayden’s story is a much-needed breath of fresh air, an irresistible blend of sweetness and skepticism. Rich with both symbolism & humor, The Story of My Tits will leave you laughing, weeping, and feeling grateful for every day.
Eisner Award winner James Kochalka has been called one of the brightest lights of independent comics and "Quit Your Job" is a shining example of his genius. On his way to work at the Chinese restaurant, Magic Boy discovers an enchanted ring and determines to make an expedition to the North Pole. He only gets as far as the coffee shop on the next block, but his world is forever changed in the short journey. The predecessor to the author's popular "American Elf" diary comics. Includes the entirety of Kochalka's 1997 book "Paradise Sucks" and two additional stories featuring characters from that world.
It's the long-awaited return of James Kochalka's massively influential and deceptively ambitious autobiography, "American Elf." Every day of his life is captured in a single comic strip, sometimes profound and sometimes silly, but always full of the earnest Kochalka passion that led "Hi-Fructose" to call him "an unrelenting force, sure to solve the oncoming energy crisis," and earned him the title of Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. And it's only gotten better over time In this collection, spanning the years 2008-2011, James becomes Cartoonist Laureate, celebrates "American Elf's" 10th year, pitches a TV show to Hollywood, releases a GameBoy album, travels to France, creates his own video game, considers quitting the strip, plays everything from "Lego Star Wars" to" Skyrim," digs deeper into his psyche, and kind of causes himself to have a nervous breakdown. Meanwhile, Eli starts elementary school -- and a band, Oliver learns to walk and talk (and sing), James & Amy celebrate 15 years of marriage, and the family adopts a new cat, Nooko.