Official Press Release
This year, New York Is Book Country will unveil its second annual Graphic Novel Pavilion located on Schwartz Plaza with ten graphic novel exhibitors participating, including DC Comics, publisher of SUPERMAN, BATMAN, and the New York Times best-selling THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS.
On Sunday, October 3 at 4:00 PM at NYU’s MEC Commons, the Festival will play host to a panel discussion on The Future of the Graphic Novel with acclaimed author/illustrator Frank Miller (THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS; Sin City), Kyle Baker (PLASTIC MAN; Birth of a Nation), and DC Comics President & Publisher Paul Levitz. The discussion, which will be moderated by R.C. Baker of the Village Voice, will address issues including: the emergence of the writer/artist; the evolution of the graphic novel; and the emergence of graphic novels into mainstream culture.
Two artists at the festival will also present demonstrations on How to Draw Comic Books. Kyle Baker, the Award winning creator of WHY I HATE SATURN, THE COWBOY WALLY SHOW and the current writer/artist for DC’s PLASTIC MAN, will be on hand at the Pless Hall (82 Washington Square East) on Saturday, October 2 at 3:00 PM to talk about drawing graphic novels. (Baker will sign copies of Plastic Man from 4-5:00pm at the DC booth). Baker’s cartoons have appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, The New Yorker, Vibe and The Village Voice. His run on Plastic Man has been hailed by the Boston Herald as “a comic book for all ages, one that can be enjoyed by even children who don’t know how to read, as much as by adults who groove on sophisticated slapstick.”
On Sunday, October 3, Joe Kubert (SGT. ROCK: BETWEEN HELL AND A HARD PLACE; Yossell), will be on hand at the Pless Hall from 1:00-2:00pm to discuss his experiences and how to draw comics. Kubert has worked in the comic industry for more than sixty years and founded the first and only accredited school devoted solely to the art of cartoon graphics, the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc., in Dover, New Jersey. He provided the illustrations for the critically acclaimed original graphic novel SGT. ROCK: BETWEEN HELL AND A HARD PLACE, which Publishers Weekly has called, “An impressive and often moving graphic novel… A terrific war yarn.” Kubert will sign a limited number of Sgt. Rock promotional posters at the DC Comics booth from 2:00-3:00pm.
Meanwhile, several of the Usual Gang of Idiots from MAD Magazine (artist Peter Kuper¸ writer Dick DeBartolo and editor John Ficarra) will be signing at the MAD Magazine booth. Ficarra will be on hand on Saturday from 11:00am-12:00pm, followed by DeBartolo from 12:00-1:00pm; Kuper will sign on Sunday from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
For the second consecutive year, DC Comics will create a limited edition of the New York is Book Country poster. The 2004 poster features a drawing of The Sandman from Neil Gaiman’s New York Times best-selling SANDMAN series. The drawing, featuring Sandman on the steps of the New York Public Library, is painted by Tara McPherson (THE WITCHING, LUCIFER), who has created gig posters for contemporary rock bands such as Air, The Strokes, Modest Mouse, The Shins and others. Visitors to the Festival are encouraged to visit the various booths, signings, and panels and discover why the graphic novel sections at bookstores are rapidly expanding.