Graphic novelist and comic book creator Drew Weing to speak May 23

May 05, 2011

Drew Weing, American comic book creator and Honor Book winner of the first Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year will speak at 7 p.m., Monday, May 23, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on Penn State's University Park campus, with satellite video broadcasts throughout the state. For more information, or to watch a webcast, visit online.

"Set to Sea: The Haphazard Voyage of Graphic Novelist Drew Weing" will feature Weing talking about how he created "Set to Sea," the story of a dreamer who never gives up his dream to write. Universal in its appeal to readers and writers of all ages, Weing's book was also named one of the 10 great graphic novels for teens by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association.

"Set to Sea," published by Fantagraphics, was described by the prize jurors as "a small wonder of visual narrative, the book's superbly executed single-panel pages combine iconic cartooning and realistic detail to deliver a quietly moving story that unfolds primarily through image. It epitomizes the whole notion of the graphic novel set forth by Lynd Ward -- the illustrations are brilliant and the balance between word and image is spot on. The book encapsulates the power of comics to combine an aesthetic experience with a lovely story with strength and beauty that lies with its simplicity and subtlety.”

The Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize honors Ward’s seminal influence in the development of the graphic novel and celebrates the gift of an extensive collection of Ward’s wood engravings, original book illustrations and other graphic art donated to Penn State Libraries by his daughters Robin Ward Savage and Nanda Weedon Ward.

Weing is well known for his popular webcomic, "Pup,” which the New York Times has called "well-drawn and funny." Samples of his work can be viewed at online. The presentation will be followed by a reception and autographing. “Set to Sea” will be sold at the event.

Drew Weing’s presentation and the satellite broadcast is part of Teen Reading Lounge (TRL), a new interactive book discussion series created by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for public libraries to encourage teens, ages 12-18, to read and talk about literature that matters to them. Through discussions of books popular with young adults and artistic workshops with a qualified facilitator, teens create special projects and sharpen critical thinking skills.

The six Teen Reading Lounge pilot sites participating in the May 23rd broadcast are:

  • -- Ephrata Public Library (Lancaster County)
  • -- Grove City Community Library (Mercer County)
  • -- Haverford Township Free Library (Delaware County)
  • -- Hazleton Area Public Library (Luzerne County)
  • -- Plum Borough Community Library (Allegheny County)
  • -- Sewickley Public Library (Allegheny County)

Sponsorship of the program is provided by the following entities: The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC), a nonprofit organization, inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning. PHC’s statewide speakers bureau and packaged book discussion program for public libraries serve as resources for residents of Pennsylvania. PHC also offers grants which support humanities programs centered in the arts, history, literature and other humanities fields. For more information, visit The PHC is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book (PACFTB) is one of 50 affiliates of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and is supported by the Penn State University Libraries and sponsored by Barbara I. Dewey, Dean of Libraries and Scholarly Communications. The PACFTB's mission is to study, honor, celebrate, and promote books, reading, libraries, literacy to the citizens and residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additional Penn State Sponsors include Library Learning Services and Rare Books and Manuscripts of the Special Collections Libraries.

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  • The cover of Drew Weng's 'Set to Sea.'

    IMAGE: Penn State
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