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6th March 2009

10:29am: Tonight: GRAPHIC NOVELS AND NON-NOVELS at KGB Bar
GRAPHIC NOVELS AND NON-NOVELS

A reading/discussion/signing featuring Jessica Abel (LA PERDIDA, DRAWING
WORDS & WRITING PICTURES), Dean Haspiel (THE ALCOHOLIC, THE QUITTER), and
Gabrielle Bell (CECIL AND JORDAN IN NEW YORK). Moderated by comics historian
Peter Sanderson.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2009
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street, New York, NY

In the first event presented jointly by NYU's School of Continuing and
Professional Studies and literary venue KGB Bar, a panel of comics writers
and artists will discuss graphic novels and what AMERICAN SPLENDOR writer
Harvey Pekar has called "graphic non-novels" -- memoirs in the form of
book-length comics. (Other examples include Art Spiegelman's MAUS I and II
and Marjane Satrapi's PERSEPOLIS.)

What, precisely, is involved in writing and drawing autobiography, or
autobiographically-influenced fiction, and how does that compare with
writing/drawing stories that are entirely fictional? What are the special
challenges of collaborating on work that straddles fiction and non-? How
does one teach -- and how can one learn -- the art of the graphic non-novel?

Cartoonist and writer JESSICA ABEL is the author of a textbook, Drawing
Words & Writing Pictures, about making comics, written in collaboration with
her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden; and the graphic novel La Perdida
(Pantheon Books). She's also the co-writer of the graphic novel Life Sucks.
Previously, she published Soundtrack and Mirror, Window (Fantagraphics
Books), two collections that gather stories and drawings from her comic book
Artbabe, which she published between 1992 and 1999. She collaborated with
Ira Glass on Radio: An Illustrated Guide, a non-fiction comic about how the
radio show This American Life is made. Abel won both the Harvey and Lulu
awards for "Best New Talent" in 1997; La Perdida won the 2002 "Best New
Series" Harvey Award. She teaches at New York's School of Visual Arts, and
Madden and Abel are also series editors for The Best American Comics. They
live in Brooklyn with their daughter.

Native New Yorker DEAN HASPIEL, is the creator of Billy Dogma and the
webcomix collective ACT-I-VATE.com. Dean has drawn for Marvel and DC Comics,
including Pulitzer Prize winning Michael Chabon's The Escapist, and is best
known for his collaborations with Harvey Pekar on The Quitter and American
Splendor. Recently, Dean drew The Alcoholic, an original graphic novel
collaboration with author Jonathan Ames. Dean currently edits Next-Door
Neighbor for SMITHmag.net, and produces Street Code, a semi-autobiographical
webcomic for Zudacomics.com.

GABRIELLE BELL is known for the auto-biographical series Lucky and for her
semi-autobiographical and fictional contributions to anthologies such as
Mome and Kramers Ergot. Her newest book, Cecil and Jordan in New York, will
be in stores some time this month. The title story was adapted for the
triptych Tokyo! with Michel Gondry, which opens March 6 at the Sunshine
Theater.
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