National Book Festival: Graphic novels


"Seconds" by Bryan Lee O'Malley (Ballantine/Ballantine)

6-6:35 Raina Telgemeier is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. “Smile,” a graphic novel based on her childhood dental drama, was an Eisner Award winner for Best Publication for Teens. Its companion book, “Sisters,” focuses on Telgemeier’s relationship with her sister. Telgemeier has also adapted and illustrated graphic-novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s “Baby-Sitters Club” series.Signing at 7.

6:45-7:20 Cartoonist, writer and artist Bryan Lee O’Malley is best known for his Scott Pilgrim series, which was made into the major motion picture “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”In his latest graphic novel, “Seconds,” O’Malley tells the story of Katie, an ambitious chef struggling to open her second restaurant. He will be interviewed by Michael Cavna, author of The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs blog. Signing at 8.

7:30-8:05 Vivek Tiwary is an author, Broadway theater producer and founder of Tiwary Entertainment Group. Her first graphic novel, “The Fifth Beatle,”is based on the story of Beatles manager Brian Epstein. The book, written by Tiwary, with illustrations by Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker and lettering by Steve Dutro, will be adapted into a feature film. Baker is a cartoonist, comic book writer-artist and animator known for his graphic novels, including “Why I Hate Saturn,” which won him his first Eisner Award in 1991. Signing at 8:30.

8:15-8:50 Author and cartoonist Liza Donnelly is best known for her work for the New Yorker, where her cartoons have appeared for more than 30 years. She is the author of more than a dozen books, the most recent of which is the 2014 Thurber Prize finalist “Women on Men,” a collection of writing and cartoons about the secret thoughts women have about men and relationships. Signing at 9.

9-9:45 Cartoonist Jeff Smith is best known for the comic book and graphic novel series “Bone.” Two of his most recent series are “RASL” and “Tüki Save the Humans.”For his work on “Bone,” Smith has received numerous awards, including 10 Eisner awards and 11 Harveys. He will be interviewed by Michael Cavna, author of The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs blog. (See Smith’s illustration on page 12.) Signing at 7:30.

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