About the Event:
A fun event for kids and parents alike, featuring a number of awesome comics-related activities, and celebrating Liniers’ American debut!
Liniers is an immensely popular Latin American cartoonist, whose strip Macanudo has been published since 2002. On September 10th, TOON is releasing Liniers’ first book in the English language, The Big Wet Balloon. To kick off our festivites, Liniers will be giving a presentation of his work that combines projections, live painting onstage, and live musical accompaniment.
￼In addition, a variety of comics stars from the TOON books roster will be celebrating with us. These include: Art Spiegelman (the Pulitzer-winning author of MAUS), whose new collection, Co-Mix, is being released by Drawn & Quarterly, Jeff Smith (Eisner-winning author of BONE and creator of Little Mouse Gets Ready), as well as Gary Panter, Rutu Modan, Dean Haspiel, Frank Viva, Trade Loeffler, Frank Cammuso, and many more! New Yorker cover artist Barry Blitt and his band The Half-Tones will provide musical entertainment.
This is a multicultural event that will bring together book lovers and comics fans of all ages.
Ricardo Liniers Siri lives in Buenos Aires with his wife and two daughters, Matilda and Clementina, who inspired The Big Wet Balloon (TOON Books, 2013). For more than ten years, he has published a hugely popular daily strip, Macanudo, in the Argentine newspaper La Nación. He also tours the world drawing on stage with musician Kevin Johansen. His work has been published in nine countries from Brazil to the Czech Republic, but The Big Wet Balloon is his first book in the United States.
Rutu Modan is an Israeli illustrator and comic book artist. She is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and former editor of the Hebrew edition of MAD magazine. She, and former MAD colleague Yirmi Pinkus, founded Actus Tragicus, a publishing collective of Israeli comic book artists in 1995. She is also the recipient of multiple artistic awards, including the Israel Museum’s “Young Artist of the Year” (1997) and “Best Illustrated Children’s Book” (1998, 2000, 2002) prizes, the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation’s designated “Outstanding Artist” (2005), and the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for her book Exit Wounds in 2008. In 2012, she released Maya Makes a Mess with TOON Books, the first children’s book she both wrote and illustrated. Her most recent comic, "The Property," was released by Drawn and Quarterly in May 2013.
Dean Haspiel is the creator of the Eisner award nominated BILLY DOGMA, the semi-autobiographical STREET CODE, and the webcomix collective ACT-I-VATE. He has drawn comics for The New York Times, Marvel, DC/Vertigo, Scholastic, Image, Top Shelf, IDW, Dark Horse [where he drew Michael Chabon's THE ESCAPIST], TOON Books [where he drew MO & JO: Fighting Together Forever; 2010], and “Back On Nervous Street,” with author Jonathan Lethem for the literary arts journal, Cousin Corinne’s REMINDER, where he curates COMIX BLOCK. He is best known for his collaborations with Harvey Pekar on THE QUITTER and AMERICAN SPLENDOR, and with Jonathan Ames on THE ALCOHOLIC, THE DOUBLE LIFE IS TWICE AS GOOD, and HBO’s “Bored to Death” [for which he won an Emmy], and the Harvey Award nominated CUBA: MY REVOLUTION with Cuban writer/painter Inverna Lockpez and colorist Jose Villarrubia. He is a founding membe of HANG DAI Studios in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Trade Loeffler is the author of TOON’s Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework (2010) and Zig and Wikki in The Cow (2012). He is also the creator of the all-ages web comic Zip and Li'l Bit. He has worked as a web designer and illustrator for New York's PBS affiliate, Thirteen/WNET, and Scholastic Books. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and their dog, Boo.
Gary Panter is an illustrator, painter, designer and part-time musician. He is known for his comic novel “Dal Tokyo,” as well as his post-nuclear punk-rock cartoon character Jimbo, whose adventures were first chronicled as a comic strip in the ’70s LA hardcore-punk paper Slash and later in RAW magazine. In addition to RAW, he has been published in Time, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and McSweeney’s. He is the winner of the 2000 Chrysler Design Award and three Emmy awards (two of which were for his set design for TV show Pee Wee’s Playhouse). Texas-born, Panter now lives in Brooklyn.
Art Spiegelman is best known for his masterful two-volume Holocaust narrative, Maus, which in 1992 won a Pulitzer Prize. Born in Stockholm in 1948, Spiegelman rejected his parents' aspirations for him to become a dentist and he began to study cartooning in high school and drawing professionally at age 16. In 2005, he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. He was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2005 and—the American equivalent—played himself on an episode of “The Simpsons” in 2008. He has published Meta Maus, a companion to The Complete Maus, which was awarded the National Jewish Book Award. In 2011, Art Spiegelman won the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. His next book, CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, will be published by Drawn & Quarterly in September 2013. He lives in New York City, with his wife and collaborator, Françoise Mouly, TOON Books' Editorial Director.
Nadja Spiegelman is the author of TOON’s Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework (2010) and Zig and Wikki in The Cow (2012). She contributed to the creation of Blown Covers, Françoise Mouly's book about the creative process behind New Yorker covers, published by Abrams. In advance of the book's publication, in May 2012, Spiegelman and Mouly launched a Blown Covers tumblr which hosted weekly contests with open submissions on themes similar to those of The New Yorker covers, for nearly a year. Spiegelman grew up in New York City, and currently lives in Paris, where she’s working on her next book.
Jeff Smith was born and raised in a small town in Ohio. In 1991, he launched a company called Cartoon Books (which he runs with his partner and wife, Vijaya) to publish his comic book BONE, a comedy/adventure about three lost cousins from Boneville. BONE won multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, and TIME called it one of the ten greatest graphic novels of all time. In 2008, Jeff’s work was the subject of a major museum exhibit at the Wexner Center Galleries in Columbus, Ohio. His other books include Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil. His most recent comic, RASL, will be released this September. Smith is also the guest editor for Best American Comics 2013 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Joe Ciardiello is an illustrator who has created work for most major magazines and newspapers as well as for book publishers and corporate/advertising clients. They include: American Express, Barnes & Noble, Capitol Records, ESPN, The New Yorker, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone and Time. His portraits of authors have appeared frequently in the New York Times Book Review. In 1999 Joe had a one man exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in NY. Among his awards are 4 silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. Also a musician, Joe is part of The Half-Tones jazz group along with fellow illustrators Barry Blitt and Michael Sloan.
Barry Blitt is a cartoonist and illustrator. Since 1992, he has contributed illustrations and more than seventy-five covers to The New Yorker, including “Deluged,” voted Cover of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2006 and "The Politics of Fear," a finalist for the same award in 2009. Blitt’s work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Time, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic, and he illustrated Frank Rich’s weekly column in the New York Times. He has been honored with exhibitions and awards from the Society of Illustrators, Print, and American Illustration, among other institutions. His work for children includes “The 39 Apartments of Ludwig van Beethoven” and “Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds).”
Francoise Mouly has been the art editor of The New Yorker since 1993 and is the publisher and editorial director of TOON Books, an imprint of comics early readers she founded in 2008. Since 1980, she founded and co-edited (with collaborator and husband Art Spiegelman) the groundbreaking comics anthology RAW, the New York Times bestselling Little Lit series, and the TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics. In 2012, she released Blown Covers, about the creative process behind New Yorker covers with Abrams, Postcards from the New Yorker, A Hundred Postcards from Ten Decades with Penguin, and was the editor of Houghton Mifflin’s 2012 Best American Comics. Mouly has curated exhibits internationally and lectured extensively on the art of New Yorker covers. In 2001, she was named chevalier in the order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. In 2011, she received the Richard Gangel Art Director Award from the Society of Illustrators, and was also awarded France’s highest honor, the Legion of Honneur.
Michael Sloan is an award-winning illustrator who spent the past year living in Hong Kong. His paintings of Hong Kong street markets are currently on exhibit at The Yale-China Association in New Haven, Connecticut. Along with Barry Blitt and Joe Ciardiello, he founded the illustrators jazz group The Half-Tones."
Quickly becoming a veteran guitarist, Chris Mariner (b. 1976) has spent much of his career as an educator, instilling in his students the importance of maintaining a "beginners mind". After earning a B.A. in music from the University of California Santa Cruz, Chris moved back to the East Coast where he currently lives and teaches in the New York area. Chris can be heard in a wide variety of ensembles, ranging from straight-ahead and afro-caribbean jazz, to experimental electronic outfits. However varied his musical pursuits may be, one constant is the element of improvisation; exploring the endless possibilities of the moment at hand.