Comixtravaganza Kick-Off with David Lasky at the Ballard Branch

The library is ringing in the new year with Comixtravaganza, our second annual free, all ages, city-wide comics festival.    Kids, teens, and adults can make their own comics, enter a drawing contest, watch classic cartoons, and lots more. We’ll provide the art supplies, the professional artists, and the free food–you bring the creativity. It all starts this week in Ballard.

Now, we know that in the past,  comic books have sometimes gotten a bad rap. Their fans have been written off as either hopelessly immature (and therefore unable to read books without pictures) or else pathetically nerdy.

But not anymore.  These days, comics and graphic novels cater to sophisticated readers and art lovers  Continue reading “Comixtravaganza Kick-Off with David Lasky at the Ballard Branch”

Flash Contest: Win Tickets to Marjane Satrapi!

image from Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis courtesy of Midnight in a perfect worldShelf Talk has two tickets to An Evening with Marjane Satrapi at The Moore Theatre, this coming Monday, April 14, @ 7:30 PM. Marjane Satrapi is a critically acclaimed writer and comic artist who is best known for her film Persepolis, nominated for a 2007 Academy Award for Best Animated Film.

Satrapi does an autobiographical talk about her life. She talks about growing up in Iran and why she became a comics artist. She’s serious about her work but explains it to audiences in her amusing, funny and unique way. Her sense of humor shows through as she improvises and lets the evening dictate the program direction. It is in part political (about her life and childhood in Iran), and part of her art and where the two meet. Satrapi was a big hit when she visited Continue reading “Flash Contest: Win Tickets to Marjane Satrapi!”