Boston Book Festival 2020 Boston Book Festival 2020

What's New in Graphic Memoir

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Joel Christian Gill
Fights: One Boy's Triumph Over Violence

Joel Christian Gill is a cartoonist and historian who speak nationally on the importance of sharing stories. He wrote the words and drew the pictures in Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride (published by Lion Forge, 2019) and the award-winning graphic novel series Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, as well as, Tales of The Talented Tenth from Fulcrum Publishing. He has worked for diverse clients including the People's United Party of Belize, NBC, The Boston Globe and his has written for The Huffington Post. His latest work is a memoir chronicling how children deal with abuse and trauma: Fights: One Boy's Triumph Over Violence (Oni Press January 2020) and is currently adapting Dr. Ibram X Kendi's Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America into a graphic novel from Ten Speed Press. He is an Associate Professor of Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Gill has dedicated his life to creating stories to build connections with readers through empathy, compassion, and ultimately humanity. He received his MFA from Boston University and his BA from Roanoke College.

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Georgia Webber
Dancing After TEN

Georgia Webber is a comics artist, writer, and editor living in southern Ontario. She is best known for her graphic memoir, Dumb: Living without a Voice (Fantagraphics 2018), and most recently she co-authored Dancing After TEN (Fantagraphics 2020), the graphic memoir of co-author Vivian Chong. Georgia is entirely occupied by the intersection of health and art, making music, comics, and facilitating health workshops from this point of fascination.

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Sophie Yanow
The Contradictions

Sophie Yanow is a cartoonist and the author of the newly released Eisner-winning graphic novel The Contradictions (Drawn & Quarterly). Her work has been published by the New Yorker, The Guardian, The Nib, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and she is a Macdowell Fellow. She currently lives in Northern California.

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A. David Lewis
Kismet: Man of Fate

A. David Lewis is the Eisner Award–nominated author of American Comics, Religion, and Literary Theory: The Superhero Afterlife as well as co-editor of both Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels and Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation. Lewis is currently program coordinator for the MHS degree at the MCPHS University School of Healthcare Business where his teaching and research focus on Graphic Medicine, specifically the depiction of cancer in comic books and graphic novels. Finally, he is the acclaimed author of such comics as The Lone and Level Sands or the current, semi-autobiogtaphical Kismet, Man of Fate, telling the modern-day adventures of the WWII Muslim superhero.

Call it autobio, memoir, or autofiction, personal narratives have become one of the most important genres in comics and graphic novels. The creators on this panel have published three of the most powerful, probing and honest entries in this genre during the past year, demonstrating the range of the form in these examples alone.  How do creators shape lived experience—including trauma, illness and other important passages—into involving graphic narratives? What personal and creative issues have they dealt with in the process?  

This BBF Warmup Weekend session is part of the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, held virtually from October 3–25!