More Miami Book Fair International News – Graphic Novels

by Rachel Baker on September 11, 2008

crowd_pr1763.gifThis year’s Book Fair will bring a new feature for fair goers as graphic novel creators and comics artists take up residence on fair grounds.  The graphic novel format, which has seen a recent explosion in sales in North America, has its roots firmly planted in comics history. As part of 25th anniversary celebrations, the organizers of Miami Book Fair International have partnered with Diamond Book Distributors to bring graphic novel artists and publishers to the event. Comix Galaxy will encompass a street dedicated to graphic novel authors and publishers, children’s and teen events, and educational programming for librarians, teachers and publishing industry professionals.  There will also be presentations and discussions with some of the most popular creators and authors in the industry.

Diamond Sales Manager John Shableski says, “This is an amazing moment in the history of American publishing. As the popularity of graphic novels continues to climb, there are more people out there who are rediscovering their love for reading comics.  Our partnership with the Miami Book Fair also highlights a key moment, as the traditional publishing industry, graphic novel publishing, the educational market, and the consumer market all converge for a major event in a book show that draws more than 300,000 people.  It’s truly amazing!”

“For 25 years, the Miami Book Fair has promoted reading and a love for literature of all kinds,” says Alina Interián, executive director of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College. “We have always strived to bring cutting edge programming to all in South Florida. We want to give our fairgoers the chance to choose from diverse authors and presentations. That is the spirit in which we embrace this partnership and present these graphic novel and comics programs–Comix Galaxy–at the Fair.”

Invited authors include: * Mohamed Aoumri & Regis Loisel- Le Quete de L’oiseau Du Temps; * Alex Baladi: Frankenstein; Frank Beddor: Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars Volume 1; * David Hajdu: The Ten Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America; * Mim Harrison, editor, The Happy Warrior: The Life Story of Winston Churchill As Told Through Great Britain’s Eagle Comic of the 1950s  * David Heatley: My Brain is Hanging Upside Down; * Chip Kidd: BAT-MANGA! * Youme Landowne: Pitch Black * Jordan Mechner: Prince of Persia * Brad Meltzer: The Book of Lies * Jim Morin: Ambushed! A Cartoon History of the Bush Administration * William Rosemann, Marvel, editor of Guardians of the Galaxy; House of M: Civil War; Nova; Secret Invasion: Inhumans; She-Hulk; Thunderbolts; War Machine; War of Kings * Ariel Shrag, Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise * Art Spiegelman: Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist As A Young %@&*! & Breakdowns

On Thursday November 13, educational programs for librarians and teachers will address the use of the graphic novels and comics in the classroom and library.

Beginning on Friday, November14, special activities and events for children, tweens and teens will feature workshops, author presentations, manga character costume demonstration cosplay and more.

On Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, graphic novel and comics creators and authors will present their works and engage in discussions about the format.

“Miami Book Fair International has always distinguished itself by bringing the freshest and most relevant programming to South Florida, and now, with our partnership with Diamond, we’re hoping to expose our fairgoers to the best in the world of graphic novels,” says Mitchell Kaplan, Chair, Miami Book Fair Board of Directors.

For regular updates on these and all other events please go to www.miamibookfair.com

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