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Comics and Graphic Novels

September 11, 2014

Eleanor Davis, Monday Sept 15, 7:30

Monday Sept 15 at 7:30, Eleanor Davis (and maybe husband Drew Weing) visits with her slideshow presentation of life, work, art, etc and also to share her new work: How to be Happy. Come talk comics, process, the struggle between freelancing and working on personal projects, etc.

Eleanor Davis, excerpt from How to be Happy, Fantagraphics (c) 2014

Eleanor Davis is one of those artists you know, even if you don't know you know her.

Libraries love her for her stellar all-ages book The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook. But magazine art directors seem to love her for everything else she does; and you will see her illustrations in every brainy and literate newspaper or magazine on the rack.

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September 01, 2014

MOUSEGUARD! David Petersen visits this Thursday, Sept 4, 7:30

Mouseguard author/artist David Petersen comes to chat with us and talk about his process, works in progress, plans, whatever -- in another in our series of visiting artists coming to the Takoma Park Maryland Library (101 Philadelphia Ave Takoma Park MD 20912) at 7:30 PM on Thursday 9/4/14

Stunning artwork, beautifully painted, appealing characters, small heroes proving stoic and determined against outsized odds -- if you have not yet met the valiant warriors of Mouseguard then you are in for a treat. If you have read them you know the story: the woods and wild spaces are patrolled by an intrepid band of determined guardmice. They protect the towns of civilized mousedom against constant threat in the form of predators and politics.

Where Mouseguard soars above most other comics is in the meticulously detailed and lush art. Divinity is in the details, the architecture of the buildings is both credible and to scale. If you happened to know any mouse-sized carpenters you could actually assemble these forts stone by stone, plank by plank. Realism promotes this book out of our 'all-ages' section where little kids might be frightened by plausible snakes and weasels taking swords through the eye and such like. But that realism lends verisimilitude to a world peopled by sword-carrying varmints.

The next book in the series is not due until later in the Fall, but that lets us get sneak peeks and previews into whatever Mr Petersen is working on next. But just to get a sense of how cool his work is, here are a few more stunning stellar examples.

Come check him out, have fun! Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Takoma Park MD Library and Fantom Comics of Dupont Circle, Washington DC.