Graphic novelist Jessica Abel to speak at Libraries

Graphic novelist Jessica Abel will speak at Penn State University Libraries at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, in Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library. The presentation is part of the Libraries' ongoing Graphic Novel Speaker Series.

A cartoonist and writer, Abel is the author of a textbook on making comics, "Drawing Words & Writing Pictures," and the graphic novel, "La Perdida." She’s also the co-writer of the graphic novel "Life Sucks." Previously, she published "Soundtrack" and "Mirror, Window," two collections that gather stories and drawings from her comic book "Artbabe," which she published between 1992 and 1999. She collaborated with Ira Glass on “Radio: An Illustrated Guide,” a non-fiction comic about how the radio show "This American Life" is made. Abel won both the Harvey and Lulu awards for “Best New Talent” in 1997; "La Perdida" won the 2002 “Best New Series” Harvey Award. She teaches at New York’s School of Visual Arts and she and her husband Matt Madden are series editors for "The Best American Comics."

The program is sponsored by the Center for American Literary Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of English, First-Year Studies, the Grucci Fund, Latina/o Studies, Library Learning Services, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Schreyer Honors College, the Tschan Fund, the University Libraries' Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts and Women's Studies.

For more information, contact Eileen Akin, 814-863-2911.

Last Updated November 18, 2010