U.S. History Gets Graphic

Friday, October 16th, 4:00 pm

In this landmark year in U.S. history,  join us for a visit with three cartoonists who are making factual and fantastic works of graphic nonfiction: Derf Backderf (Kent State: Four Dead In Ohio), R. Sikoryak (Constitution Illustrated), and James Otis Smith (Black Heroes of the Wild West).  Moderated by Kim Todd.

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Purchase books by these authors from Magers & Quinn Booksellers; enter code TCBF20 so that part of your purchase price will support the Twin Cities Book Festival, and to be entered in a daily prize raffle for a $25 gift card!
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photo by Belkis Lora

Derf Backderf is the bestselling graphic novelist who created Punk Rock & Trailer ParksMy Friend Dahmer (recipient of an Angoulême Prize and the basis of a feature film), and Trashed, (recipient of an Eisner Award). He was also the recipient of the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his political cartoons in 2006, and his work has been displayed in museums and galleries worldwide. Publishers’ Weekly calls his newest graphic novel, Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio (Harry N. Abrams), “an expertly crafted chronicle” of the 1970 Kent State University shootings. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Learn more about Derf at http://www.derfcity.com

R. Sikoryak is the cartoonist behind Masterpiece ComicsTerms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump; his latest release is Constitution Illustrated (Drawn & Quarterly).  He has adapted the classics for various comics anthologies, including RAW, Drawn & Quarterly, The Graphic Canon, and more. His comics and illustrations have appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times Book ReviewThe NationThe Onion, and MAD, as well as on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Since 1997, he’s presented his live cartoon slide show series, Carousel, around the United States and Canada. Sikoryak teaches in the illustration department at Parsons School of Design and lives in New York City, but you can visit him online at www.rsikoryak.com.

James Otis Smith is a multi-talented artist whose work spans illustration, comics, motion graphics, and video. Formerly a member of the Act-i-vate Comics collective, he designed and illustrated the children’s book Madunia: Stories of the Ancient Lands with writer James McCammon, and is the illustrator of Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theatre. His September 2020 release, the graphic novel Black Heroes of the Wild West (Toon Graphics), was co-authored with Kadir Nelson and is Smith’s first book as both author and illustrator. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Kim Todd is on the creative writing MFA faculty at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of three books about science and history; her fourth, Sensational, the Hidden History of America’s “Girl Stunt Reporters,” will be out in April 2021.