The Best American Comics 2019 Panel with Bill Kartalopoulos

Tuesday October 1: 7:00PM 8:00PM

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Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

The Best American Comics 2019 showcases the work of established and up-and-coming artists, collecting work found in the pages of graphic novels, comic books, periodicals, zines, online, in galleries, and more, highlighting the kaleidoscopic diversity of the comics form today. This year, Jillian Tamaki, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller This One Summer, selects the best graphic pieces of the year as guest editor along with the series mainstay editor Bill Kartalopoulos!

Join us in the Rare Book Room as Bill Kartalopoulos moderates a panel for this year's Best American Comics! The full list of panel members includes E.A Bethea, Xia Gordon, Laura Lannes, Leslie Stein and Laura Weinstein.

Bill Kartalopoulos is a comics critic, educator, curator and editor. He is the Series Editor for the #1 New York Times best-selling Best American Comics series, and he teaches courses about comics at Parsons and at SVA: The School of Visual Arts. He has curated exhibits about comics internationally and is the Programming Director for the MoCCA Arts Festival. He is currently writing a book about the history of North American comics, forthcoming from Princeton University Press. For more information please visit:

E. A. Bethea is a New Orleans native who lives by the beach in Far Rockaway, New York City. She makes comics and zines and writes poetry.  Among her publications are Faded Frankenstein (self-published, 2016), Book of Daze (Domino Books, 2017), and Forlorn Toreador (TBD, 2019). Her work is concerned with obscured histories, love, lust, memory, and the junction of the deeply personal and universal.

Xia Gordon is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist and illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY. She grew up in Orlando, FL and graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Cartooning & Illustration in 2016.

Laura Lannes is an illustrator and cartoonist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, living in New York City.

Leslie Stein is the creator of the three-volume series Eye of the Majestic Creature and the diary comic Bright-Eyed at Midnight. Her autobiographical comics have appeared in The New Yorker, Vice, and PEN America. Her most recent book, Present, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year in 2018. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Lauren Weinstein’s highly acclaimed comic strip, Normel Person, ran weekly in the Village Voice and now runs on Her graphic novella Mother's Walk was published by Youth In Decline for their Frontier series.  Being and Artist and A Mother was recently on The New Yorker. She has published three books: Girl Stories, Inside Vineyland and Goddess of War.  Currently she is working on a teenage memoir, tentatively entitled Calamity, to be published by Henry Holt and also compiling a collection of comics about motherhood.

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