Characters Come Alive: The Power of Illustration

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

McGuffey Art Center

201 2nd Street Northwest, Charlottesville, Va. 22902


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Robert Gipe (Weedeater), Robert Meganck (Superlative Birds), and Kate Samworth (Liza Jane & the Dragon) discuss their detailed and, at times, whimsical book illustrations, and the power of artwork to ignite a narrative. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why Should You Attend?

‘When [Gipe’s] prose is coupled with his cartoon-like drawings in which the characters tend to stare directly at the reader, the effect is similar to watching a documentary film… This strategy imbues his work with a kind of realism that is not quite traditional fiction and not quite a graphic novel but engrossing nonetheless. His characters come cross as absolutely real, simultaneously funny and heartbreaking.”—Knoxville News-Sentinel

“Meganck’s digital illustrations reflect the humorous tone… Excellent resources for further bird study complete this delightful offering. Entertaining and educational, a superlative package.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This appealing debut picture book is enriched by the strategic use of color in Samworth’s dreamy illustrations, and kids will roar at the dragon’s outrageous antics. This delightfully quirky read deserves a place in most collections.”—School Library Journal