Phil Yeh and the dinosaurs on tour

Phil Yeh has been on tour for 25 years or so, and this time he’s touring behind DINOSAURS ACROSS AMERICA, which, the press release tell us, has sold some 200,000 copies in B&W. Phil’s busy busy tour schedule is in the jump.

Cartoonist Phil Yeh, creator of NBM Publishing’s geography-teaching graphic novel Dinosaurs Across America, has released the fall 2007 schedule of his 25-year world tour that uses humor and cartoons to promote literacy and the arts.

In August, NBM released Dinosaurs Across America in a full-color, hardbound format. A black-and-white comic-book version of the book has been reprinted eight times and sold nearly 200,000 copies.

Both Yeh and NBM have long histories in graphic novels. NBM, the first American house to publish graphic novels consistently, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Yeh has been in graphic novels for nearly as long. Well before graphic novels became a bookstore staple, Yeh – the godfather of the modern American graphic novel — was encouraging his fellow artists to dive into the format.

Yeh and a band of artists, known collectively as Cartoonists Across America, have painted more than 1600 murals since Yeh’s tour began in 1985. After its end in 2010, Yeh plans to finish the feature-length documentary Planet Literacy: The Cartoonists Across America. He is featured in the new book Hometown Heroes (HarperCollins), about 50 Americans who are changing the world. And he makes for a lively, funny, and opinionated interview.



Here is Yeh’s schedule (so far) for the autumn.

Saturday, September 8, 12:00 noon – 2 p.m.
Book signing
Metropolis Comics
16509 Bellflower Boulevard
Bellflower, CA 90706
562-263-0277
metrohero@gmail.com

http://www.metrohero.com/

Tuesday, September 25, 4:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Govans Branch Library
5714 Bellona Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21212
410-396-6098

http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/govans/

Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Patterson Park Branch Library
158 North Linwood Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
410-396-0983

http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/pattersonpark/

Thursday, September 27, 4:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Washington Village Branch Library
856 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-396-1099

http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/washvillage/

Thursday, September 27, 6:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Light Street Branch Library
1251 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-396-1096

http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/lightstreet/

Saturday, September 29, 2:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Central Library
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-396-5430

http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/central/

Friday through Sunday, September 28 through 30
Mural painting, book signing, and panel discussion
Baltimore Book Festival Children’s Bookstore Tent
Mount Vernon Place
600 block of North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-752-8632

http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/index.cfm?page=schedules&id=12

Friday through Sunday, October 5 through 7
Mural painting and book signing
Silicon 2007 science fiction, comics, and anime convention
DoubleTree Hotel
2050 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110

http://www.siliconventions.com/silicon/

silicontact@gmail.com

Wednesday and Thursday, October 9 and 10
School assembly, mural painting, and family night
Park Elementary School
301 North Marengo Avenue
Alhambra, CA 91801
626-308-2435

http://www.alhambra.k12.ca.us/schools/park.html

Thursday, October 11
School assembly and comics workshop
The Prentice School
18341 Lassen Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92705
714-538-4511

http://www.prentice.com/

Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Mural painting
San Bernardino Public Library
555 West 6th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
909-381-8201

http://www.sbpl.org/index.htm

Sunday, October 14
Mural Painting
Latino Book & Family Festival
ArcLight Theater
6369 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
760-434-4484
jim@lbff.us

http://www.latinofestivals.com/home/schedule/LA-2007/index.htm

Thursday, October 25, 6:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Glenwood Lynwood Public Library
320 Glenwood-Lansing Road
Glenwood, IL 60425
708-758-0090
parkerk@sslic.net

http://www.glpld.org/

Monday, October 29, 3:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Homewood Flossmoor High School
999 Kedzie Avenue
Flossmoor, IL 60422
708-799-3000
disom@hfhighschool.org

http://www.hfhighschool.org/

Thursday, November 1
Two comics workshops
Thornton-Fractional South High School
18500 Burnham Ave.
Lansing, IL 60438
708-585-2000
jhallberg@tfd215.org

http://www.tfd215.org/

Saturday, November 3, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Mural painting
Blue Back Square
West Hartford, CT 06107
678-553-3906
ccraig@ronusproperties.com

http://www.bluebacksquare.com/

Comments

  1. Phil is really remarkable. I had the opportunity to paint with him once for Cartoonists Across America. Great guy! I’m looking forward to his book and his tour.

  2. Kat Kan says:

    His book is fun! I participated with Phil in a panel discussion on graphic novels in libraries back in 1999, and I saw the Cartoonists Across America mural in New Orleans very soon after they had completed it. With Dinosaurs Across America now in color, I think he’ll be directly invading libraries, which is a good thing. This book will never replace those geography books on all the states, but it makes US geography fun. Who says learning stuff HAS to be boring?

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