Canadian Artist, Cartoonist, Writer and Musician Presented Her Book “Susceptible”
Genevieve Castree 1981-2016
Her tragic early death at age 35 in 2016 was shocking to her fans. She waged a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. It seems so unfair that such a talented young woman would be taken away. The Comics Journal ran a nice article about her life and work, click here to read it. The video from Skylight shows a shy, young lady, who had a fascinating story of her growing up in Canada, which she managed to illustrate in a charming cartoon book format. Click on the box below to watch this wonderful talk by Genevieve.
Jordan Mechner at Skylight Books for Reading and Discussion
A hot topic for the last decade or so has been the times and events surrounding the legendary group of knights from the days of the Crusades, called the Knights Templar. This religious and military order first started as guardians to those going to the Holy Land during the Crusades. Over the years it evolved into a much larger and more powerful organization. The Templars spread over Europe, and became the first “bankers”, transferring money, safeguarding gold and silver, and loaning money, something that only Jews and Lombards could do at the time. Since the Templars were authorized by the Church and the Pope, they operated in many lands and crossed the borders of all European states. Its members were from the noble families of Europe, men who took a vow of poverty to serve Christ and Christians as Knights of the Temple.
Many fascinating books have come from exploring this era, including “Holy Blood, Holy Grail”, and many others from authors including best-selling author Dan Brown. Spinning a story based on the real Templars, Jordan Mechner has brought the era to the graphic novel with his two artist co-authors LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland in a 480 page color book. Here’s the story synopsis:
Martin is one of a handful of Templar Knights to escape when the King of France and the Pope conspire to destroy the noble order. The King aims to frame the Templars for heresy, execute all of them, and make off with their legendary treasure. That’s the plan, anyway, but Martin and several other surviving knights mount a counter-campaign to regain the lost treasure of the Knights Templar.
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Gilbert Hernandez Discusses the Comics and Artists Who Influenced Him
Love and Rockets Brothers At Skylight Book Shop in Hollywood!
Beloved cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez (LOVE & ROCKETS) launched his new D+Q graphic novel MARBLE SEASON, at Skylight Bookshop in Hollywood to a packed room of his fans and comic readers.Hernandez presented a fascinating slide show “From Funnybooks to Graphic Novels” featuring the comics of his childhood. In addition, there was a question and answer session with fans and a book signing. (Some signed copies may still be available at Skylight). The silver age comics he read as a child not only influenced MARBLE SEASON, but also set the course for Gilbert, as well as his brothers Jaime and Mario, to become the legendary comics creators they are today.
Marble Season is his first graphic novel for Drawn & Quarterly
MARBLE SEASON is the first ever semi-autobiographical novel by acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez of Love & Rockets, and is also his first graphic novel for Drawn & Quarterly. Meet Huey. He’s the middle child of a big family, growing up in a California suburb in the 1960s. He stages Captain America plays in the backyard and treasures his older brother’s comic-book collection almost as much as his approval. Set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics, MARBLE SEASON is a subtle and deft rumination on the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and world-building in childhood.
“Perhaps no other current creators of comics recognize (or vividly remember) the ways actual kids think, talk, or even stand and walk as accurately as the Hernandez brothers, and no other comics artists so delicately intertwine moments of childhood trauma with the goofy logic that otherwise sustains kids when they begin to sense that they live in an irrational world.”—from the afterword by Corey Creekmur
“Gilbert Hernandez is one of the great craftsmen of modern comics.”—New York Times
Praise for Palomar: “These deeply influential tales, a sort of Archie-comics-meets-Marquez melange of complicated pan-American inter-relationships, are a comix epic.”—Time
Praise for Gilbert Hernandez: “He…[should]…be considered one of the greatest American storytellers. It’s so hard to do funny, tragic, local and epic, and he does all simultaneously, and with great aplomb.”—Junot Diaz, Los Angeles TIMES