TOON authors Ricardo Liniers and Rutu Modan both scheduled to appear on September 16th at the wonderfully fantastic Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, DC
Liniers Spanish Presentation and Q&A: The Big Wet Balloon / El globo grande y mojado
Join Liniers for a special Spanish-speaking presentation for children ages 4-8 about his US book debut that’s garnering widespread rave reviews. The Big Wet Balloon from TOON Books is available in both English and Spanish editions. 200 (and that's not a typo!) Bilingual school children from Washington DC area schools are expected to attend this event to hear from Liniers, watch him draw, and participate in a bilingual Q&A.
Ricardo Liniers Siri lives in Buenos Aires with his wife and two daughters, Matilda and Clementina, who inspired The Big Wet Balloon. 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.
“Sure to be a favorite."
--Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
"Tender” and “Expressive”
--Horn Book STARRED REVIEW
“Great for parents to share with their kids.”
"Extraordinarily special to read"
"Sophisticated cartoon quality"
--School Library Journal
The Art and Style of Graphic Novels: Panel Discussion
Join moderator Glen Weldon, author and a contributor to NPR’s pop culture blog and podcast, for a graphic novel panel discussion with some of today’s most innovative artists. Discussing and demonstrating their work with Weldon are graphic novelists Rutu Modan, Laura Lee Gulledge, Matt Phelan, and Gene Yang. Ages 12 and up.
TOON Books author 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.
"A fun read with an engaging hero”
"A wonderful children's book"
"Beautifully expressive clear-line cartoons"
"Will have kids howling with laughter"
"Enjoyable, funny, and deeply satisfying"
--Graphic Novel Reader