BEA Day 2: Willingham and Chast

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Day 2 of BEA produced more sore feet and shoulders as books were schlepped everywhere. but also books, authors, talks, and even a few comics.

The Beat’s day started with an Author’s Stage interview with Bill Willingham on the subject of his new YA prose novel, Down the Mysterly River. Author’s Stage interviews are kind of like Inside the Actors Studio — they take place on a stage …in front of people…sitting in a chair. No place to hide! They are not meant to engage a sense of comfort in the interviewer! Luckily Bill is such a great raconteur and talker, I had no worries. Publisher Tor has written up the talk:

As opposed to his successful comic epic, though, the author readily admitted that prose takes more ongoing commitment. Willingham discussed going through an extensive rewrite of his original draft of Mysterly River, tightening up the text, patching up plotholes or lacking character motivations, adding chapters, and even adding an entirely new character viewpoint*. (One audience member in the panel likened this to hell, which Willingham was happy to say he avoided this time around, simply because of how the new character interacts with the existing plot.)


Before we went on, Willingham told me that one of the characters — McTavish, a fierce tomcat who is capable of killing a dog — is based on a real life cat he owned. That was some feline! The book has really nice illos by FABLES mainstay Mark Buckingham, so it’s practically all in the family.

Later in the day New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler interviewed New Yorker legend Roz Chast on stage, an event we could not attend. However, Shannon sent us a picture. Our intern, DaYoung Jung did go and said it was very informative as Chast talked about what she likes and doesn’t like.

Elsewhere, we popped our head into BlogWorld, a concurrent expo of blogging … stuff and all-day talks and panels. As the BEA show floor is different this year, there is room for an entire BlogWorld conference downstairs, and one badge gets you into all the fun. The room was sparesely attended and very cold, broken up only by the occasional krunking (for reals) and a woman suggesting you get your picture taken with a Cloris Leachman cutout. WordPress was exhibiting, and gave us a few ideas for upgrades. We should note that every table in the “Sitting down area” included lots of power outlets, meaning you could go in and recharge things to your heart’s content.

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Later in the day, Dark Horse threw a small reception spotlighting THE LAST DRAGON by Rebecca Guay, a gorgeous painted collaboration with Jane Yolen (Guay was on hand.) They also had ARCs of CHIMACHANGA, a self-published B&W book by Eric Powell which Dave Stewart has colored — also drop dead gorgeous — and the long awaited GREEN RIVER KILLER by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case.

The morning saw the “Hot Fall Graphic Novels for Libraries” panel which suggested a range of books. The complete list:

JUVENILE
 
Nina in That Makes Me Mad by Hilary Knight, Steven Kroll Publisher: Candlewick Press
Product Details Pub. Date: September 2011 Format: Hardcover , 32pp Age Range: 4 to 6 Lexile: GN160L  Series: Toon Series ISBN-13: 9781935179108 ISBN: 1935179101

Bake Sale by Sara Varon Publisher: First Second
Product Details Pub. Date: August 2011 Format: Hardcover , 160pp Age Range: 12 and up ISBN-13: 9781596437401 ISBN: 1596437405 Paper back ISBN-13: 9781596434196 ISBN: 1596434198

Sidekicks by Dan Santat Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Product Details Pub. Date: July 2011 Format: Paperback , 224pp Sales Rank: 788,099 Age Range: 8 to 11 ISBN-13: 9780439298193 ISBN: 0439298199

TEEN

Americus by MK Reed, Jonathan David Hill (Illustrator) Publisher: First Second
Product Details Pub. Date: August 2011 Format: Paperback , 208pp Age Range: 12 and up ISBN-13: 9781596436015 ISBN: 1596436018

Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim Publisher: First Second
Product Details Pub. Date: December 2011 Format: Hardcover , 96pp Age Range: Young Adult ISBN-13: 9781596436572 ISBN: 1596436573

The Last Dragon by Rebecca Guay, Jane Yolen Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Product Details Pub. Date: October 2011 Format: Hardcover , 144pp
ISBN-13: 9781595827982 ISBN: 1595827986

Lucid by Anna Wieszczyk (Artist), Michael McMillian Publisher: Archaia Black Label
Product Details Pub. Date: June 2011 Format: Hardcover , 112pp Age Range: Young Adult ISBN-13: 9781936393046 ISBN: 1936393042

Mangaman by Barry Lyga, Colleen Doran (Illustrator) Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Product Details Pub. Date: November 2011 Format: Hardcover , 144pp Age Range: 12 ISBN-13: 9780547423159 ISBN: 0547423152

 
TEEN +

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone, Josh Neufeld (Illustrator) Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Product Details Pub. Date: May 2011 Format: Hardcover , 170pp Sales Rank: 953
ISBN-13: 9780393077797 ISBN: 0393077799

Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey by GB Tran Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Product Details Pub. Date: January 2011 Format: Hardcover , 288pp Sales Rank: 249,002 ISBN-13: 9780345508720 ISBN: 0345508726

Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths by Shigeru Mizuki Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Product Details Pub. Date: April 2011 Format: Paperback , 368pp Sales Rank: 700,103 ISBN-13: 9781770460416 ISBN: 1770460411

Feynman by Jim Ottaviani, Leland Myrick (Illustrator) Publisher: First Second
Product Details Pub. Date: August 2011 Format: Hardcover , 272pp
ISBN-13: 9781596432598 ISBN: 1596432594

Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Authorized Adaptation by Ray Bradbury, Ron Wimberly (Illustrator) Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Product Details Pub. Date: July 2011 Format: Paperback , 144pp ISBN-13: 9780809080441 ISBN: 0809080443

ADULT

Aaron & Ahmed by James Romberger (Illustrator), Jay Cantor Publisher: DC Comics
Product Details Pub. Date: April 2011 Format: Hardcover , 144pp
Sales Rank: 436,924 ISBN-13: 9781401211868 ISBN: 1401211860

RASL: Romance at the Speed of Light by Jeff Smith (Illustrator) Publisher: Cartoon Books
Product Details Pub. Date: December 2011 Format: Paperback , 120pp Series: Rasl Series ISBN-13: 9781888963335 ISBN: 1888963336

A Treasury of Xxth Century Murder: The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti by Rick Geary Publisher: N B M Publishing Company Product Details Pub. Date: August 2011 Format: Hardcover , 80pp Sales Rank: 401,302 ISBN-13: 9781561636051 ISBN: 1561636053

The Armed Garden and Other Stories by David B. Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Product Details Pub. Date: August 2011 Format: Hardcover , 112pp ISBN-13: 9781606994627 ISBN: 160699462X

Paying for It by Chester Brown Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Product Details Pub. Date: May 2011 Format: Hardcover , 292pp Sales Rank: 66,280 ISBN-13: 9781770460485 ISBN: 1770460489

The Sky Over the Louvre by Jean-Claude Carriere, Bernard Yslaire (Illustrator) Publisher: N B M Publishing Company

Product Details Pub. Date: April 2011 Format: Hardcover , 66pp Sales Rank: 325,706 ISBN-13: 9781561636020 ISBN: 1561636029

 
HONORABLE MENTION
Juvenile

Bad Island by Doug TenNapel Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Product Details Pub. Date: August 2011 Format: Hardcover , 224pp
ISBN-13: 9780545314794 ISBN: 0545314798

Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: “Race to Death Valley” by Floyd Gottfredson Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Product Details Pub. Date: June 2011 Format: Hardcover , 260pp Sales Rank: 150,702 Series: Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Series ISBN-13: 9781606994412 ISBN: 1606994417
 
Teen

Wandering Son: Book One by Shimura Takako Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Product Details Pub. Date: July 2011 Format: Hardcover , 192pp Sales Rank: 295,960 ISBN-13: 9781606994160 ISBN: 1606994166

FAME: Lady Gaga: The Graphic Novel by Dan Glasl (Artist), C.W. Cooke, Adam Ellis (Artist) Publisher: Bluewater Productions, Incorporated
Product Details Pub. Date: July 2011 Format: Paperback , 40pp Sales Rank: 419,881
Age Range: Young Adult ISBN-13: 9781450749206 ISBN: 1450749208

Nuts by Gahan Wilson Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Product Details Pub. Date: August 2011 Format: Hardcover , 144pp ISBNISBN: 1606994549

FARM 54 by Galit Seliktar Publisher: Ponent Mon S.L.
Product Details Pub. Date: May 2011 Format: Hardcover , 136pp ISBN-13: 9781908007001 ISBN: 1908007001

Congress of the Animals by Jim Woodring Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Product Details Pub. Date: June 2011 Format: Hardcover , 104pp Sales Rank: 429,860 ISBN-13: 9781606994375 ISBN: 1606994379

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jonathan Case, Jeff Jensen Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Product Details Pub. Date: October 2011 Format: Hardcover , 240pp ISBN-13: 9781595825605 ISBN: 1595825606

Defiance: Resistance Book 2 by Carla Jablonski, Leland Purvis (Illustrator)Publisher: First Second
Product Details Pub. Date: July 2011 Format: Paperback , 128pp Sales Rank: 526,091 Age Range: Young Adult Series: Resistance Series ISBN-13: 9781596432925 ISBN: 1596432926

An Elegy for Amelia Johnson by Dave Valeza (Artist), Andrew Rostan Publisher: Archaia Studios Press
Product Details
Pub. Date: March 2011 Format: Hardcover , 128pp Sales Rank: 287,829 Age Range: Young Adult ISBN-13: 9781932386837 ISBN: 193238683

Empire State: A Love Story (or Not) by Jason Shiga Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
Product Details Pub. Date: May 2011 Format: Hardcover , 144pp Sales Rank: 506,839 ISBN-13: 9780810997479 ISBN: 0810997479

Something for everyone, there…

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  1. Jackie Estrada says:

    Shannon Wheeler shaved his beard!

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