National Book Festival – Today is “SciFi Fantasy & Graphic Novels”

The National Book Festival is this weekend in Washington, DC. The show is put on by the Library of Congress and really does have something for everyone. With 200,000 people expected for the two day event (dwarfing the major comic conventions, take notice publishers!). Today is “SciFi Fantasy & Graphic Novels” day with numerous writers and creators.

When it comes to comic books two are on tap to attend.

Raina Telgemeier
Presents – 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Signing – 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Critically acclaimed comics artist Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, then moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. She is the creator of “Smile,” a graphic memoir based on her childhood, which was a New York Times best-seller and winner of the Will Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens. Telgemeier also adapted and illustrated the graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s “The Baby-Sitters Club” books, which were selected for Booklist’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list. Telgemeier co-wrote “X-Men: Misfits,” which was a New York Times best-seller, and her latest graphic novel is “Drama” (Scholastic).

Craig Thompson
Presents – 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Signing – 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Craig Thompson’s first graphic novel, 1999’s “Good-bye, Chunky Rice,” debuted when he was just 23. His sophomore effort, “Blankets,” won numerous industry awards and has been published in nearly 20 languages. His latest graphic novel, “Habibi,” was praised in a starred review in Library Journal, which said, “The exquisite beauty and deep magic of this Arabian Nights-style love story cannot be overstated.” Thompson has received four Harvey Awards, two Eisner Awards and two Ignatz Awards – all given in recognition of outstanding work in the graphic arts.