Graphic Novels for All Ages

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Sponsored by: CFA Institute

Hosted by: UVA LGBT Committee for Faculty and Staff

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Laura Lee Gulledge (The Dark Matter of Mona Starr), Debbie Levy (Becoming RBG), and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes) discuss their multi-genre graphic novels for young readers and adults, and how they approach telling personal and fantastical stories. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“In the hands of graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge, depression takes on a vivid, concrete form. But through therapy, art, writing, and the persistence of a few good friends, Mona starts to understand how she—and readers—can turn their fears into strengths. Heartfelt, emotionally vulnerable, and visually stunning, The Dark Matter of Mona Starr is a story that takes the inner life of a teenager seriously, while giving readers a new way to look at the universal quest for meaning and connection.”—Abrams

“Dual themes of struggle and support are threaded throughout the creators’ depiction of Ginsburg’s love for the law and its vital documents. Gardner’s tidy, bluescale illustrations feature pops of red for emphasis, paralleling the bursts of passion and humor in Ginsburg’s deliberate life. The result is an excellent introduction to a woman who has no doubt already inspired a generation of lawyers and scholars; Levy and Gardner’s well-crafted biography may recruit a few more.”—Publishers Weekly

“Walker and Xu offer a wonderfully cozy, magical romance that also happens to be a cornucopia of beautiful representation. Nova and Tam are Chinese American; Tam is non-binary, using they pronouns; Nova is hard-of-hearing, relying on hearing aids; and everyone in Nova’s life models an ideal support system that will bring hope to many readers. Throw in refreshingly natural dialogue and relatable family drama, and [Mooncakes is] a must-have for all graphic novel collections.”—Booklist