November 9, 2011

Graphic Novels @ Miami Book Fair International 2011

The School of Comics and Full Comics Program Return to the Miami Book Fair International

The 28th edition of the Miami Book Fair International(MBFI), presented by Miami Dade College’s (MDC) The Center @ MDC, will take place November 13-20, 2011, at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami and will again feature the School of Comics for educators and a full program for comics fans.

Graphic novels have found a place in high school and middle school classrooms. Teachers, librarians and other educators are invited to participate in the School of Comics – a day of thought-provoking educational sessions on how to expand the academic curricula with graphic novels. The School of Comics will take place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in Room 7128 (Building 7, 1st Floor). Sessions will be led by top-notch experts, including author and college professor, Jim Ottaviani, teacher and writer, Chris Wilson, literacy specialist Dr. Michael Bitz, teacher Nadja Sailesman and author and teacher, Gene Luen Yang.

This event is Free. Registration is required. Please visit and click on School of Comics and Graphic Novels or e-mail Nicole Swift at

Here’s a list of this year’s comics program:
Saturday, November 19
Prometeo, Room 1101, Bldg. 1, 1st Floor
10 a.m. - True Crime: Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case on The Green River Killer; Denis Kitchen on Crime Does Not Pay: The True Story of Bob Wood, the Killer Cartoonist.

11 p.m. - Eric Skillman on Liar’s Kiss; Robert Venditti on The Homeland Directive; Philip Gelatt and Tyler Crook on Petrograd.

12:30 p.m. - Drawn & Quarterly Presents: Seth on The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists; Adrian Tomine on Scenes From an Impending Marriage; Dan Clowes on The Death Ray.

2 p.m. - Belle Yang on Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale; Amir on Zahra’s Paradise; Sarah Glidden on How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less 

3:30 p.m. - Lives Real and Imagined: Michael Kupperman on Mark Twain’s Autobiography: 1910-2010; Kate Beaton on Hark! A Vagrant; Jim Ottaviani on Feynman; Ray Fawkes on One Soul.

5 p.m. Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People – The political cartoons of Dwayne Booth a.k.a. Mr. Fish.

Sunday, November 20
Prometeo, Room 1101, Bldg. 1, 1st Floor
11 a.m. - 2011 Favorites and New Classics: This year has been great for graphic novels. From Craig Thompson’s Habibi  to Shigeru Mizuki’sOnward Towards Our Noble Deaths, Jim Ottaviani’s Feynman, and Chester Brown’s Paying For It. Creators and editors will talk about 2011 (and 5771) favorites. With creators Vera Brosgol, Jennifer Hayden, Shannon Wheeler, Matt Phelan, and editors John Hogan and Jeff Newelt.

12:30 p.m. - Cultural Histories: Paul Buhle on Yiddishkeit; Richard Graham on Government Issue: Comics for the People, 1940’s-2000.

1:30 p.m. - Spotlight: Ben Katchor on The Cardboard Valise in conversation with literary critic Ariel Gonzalez.

2:30 p.m. - Remembering Harvey Pekar with Joyce Brabner, Jeff Newelt, Dean Haspiel and Joseph Remnant: “Comics are just words and pictures. You can do anything with words and pictures,” said Harvey Pekar, pioneer of autobiographical comics, who died July 12, 2010.  HisAmerican Splendor comics won the American Book Award in 1987. In 1994, Our Cancer Year (co-written with his wife, Joyce Brabner) won the Harvey Award. An American Splendor film (2003) featuring Paul Giamatti as Pekar, won awards at Sundance and Cannes. His widow joins two of his artist collaborators on a tribute panel moderated by Jeff Newelt, editor, The Pekar Project.

4 p.m. - True Stories? Comics and Autobiography: Jason Shiga on Empire State: A Love Story (or Not); Jennifer Hayden on Underwire; Mark Kalesniko on Freeway; Moderated by John Hogan, editor, Graphic Novel Reporter.
Miami Book Fair International is the largest and finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. Literacy projects target children of all ages — from kindergarten to high school — as well as college students and adults. Additionally, established and emerging writers from all over the U.S. read, lecture, and teach workshops. The Center is also the home of the Prometeo Theater, a Spanish-language conservatory style program that presents full productions and dramatic readings; in addition to offering a professional training program in theatre arts, continuing education acting classes for adults as well as Prometeitos, dancing and acting program for children. The Center envisions South Florida as a nexus of literary activity in the Americas and beyond, and will continue to champion its mission of promoting the advancement and appreciation of literature in all forms.
Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Recovery Act; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The Children’s Trust, Peacock Foundation, Inc., Publix Super Markets Charities, Miami Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development Authority, the Green Family Foundation, the Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Family Foundation, Inc., the Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, and the Friends of the Fair. 
The Book Fair’s corporate sponsors as of this date include: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, American Airlines, Bank of America, Miami Parking Authority, Miami Dade Transit, Mystery Writers of America, Southeastern Recycling, Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, City Hall the Restaurant, Graspa Group, Hyatt Regency Miami, Barefoot Wine, Florida Power & Light, First and First Southern Baking Company, Scholastic Books, South Motors, Jackson Health System, Kork Wine & Cheese, Tri-Rail, Costco Wholesale, and the Doral Chamber of Commerce. The 2011 media sponsors include:  The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, Comcast, CBS4 and TV33, Univision23 and Telefutura69, BookTV on C-SPAN2, Univision Radio, WLRN Public Radio & Television, WPBT Channel 2, WDNA 88.9 FM Public Radio, Classical South Florida 89.7, WIOD Newsradio 610 AM, WEDR 99JAMZ, Diario Las Americas, Caribbean Today, Miami New Times, South Florida Times, The Miami Times,, FUEL Outdoors, and the Welcome Channel.
Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

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