Postponed — Inappropriate and Inexcusable: Gabrielle Bell and Liana Finck Talk Comics with Tahneer Oksman
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Tuesday, 7:00 pm April 28, 2020
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To celebrate the releases of Gabrielle Bell’s Inappropriate (Uncivilized Books) and Liana Finck’s Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self (Penguin Random House), the cartoonists will engage in a conversation moderated by Tahneer Oksman on their artistic styles and use of illustration to tell stories about themselves.
Gabrielle Bell’s work has been selected several times for Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured in McSweeney’s, The Believer, Bookforum and Vice magazines. Her story, “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” was turned into a film by Michel Gondry. The Voyeurs was named one of the best Graphic Novels of the year by Publishers Weekly. Gabrielle Bell currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Liana Finck is the author of Passing for Human and a regular contributor to the New Yorker. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. She has had artist residencies with MacDowell, Yaddo, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Willapa Bay.
Tahneer Oksman (she/her) is a writer, teacher, and scholar. Her interests revolve around comics and visual rhetoric, contemporary women’s literature, memoir studies, journalism and writing, and Jewish American literature and culture. She is an Associate Professor of Academic Writing at Marymount Manhattan College, where she teaches classes in writing, literature, and journalism (cultural criticism). Currently, she is co-editing a multi-disciplinary Special Issue of Shofar: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, titled, “What’s Jewish About Death?”, and also working on a new book exploring memoirs about grief and why we read them. She lives in Brooklyn, with her partner and two kids, and loves talking about podcasts.
By Gabrielle Bell
Published by Uncivilized Books
Gabrielle Bell returns with Inappropriate, a brilliant new collection of hilarious short stories. Meet Theodor, the human pet. Did you know there’s a third prince the House of Windsor doesn’t want you to know about? Join her on an expedition to find a 46-year-old spider. Oh and there’s a new version of Red Riding Hood… and scores of essential facts about polar bears. Gabrielle Bell revels in skewering modern mores with razor-sharp humor and wry observations. Inappropriate collects Bell’s best short comics form the last several years.
By Liana Finck
Published by Penguin Random House
Excuse Me assembles more than 500 of her most loved cartoons from Instagram and the New Yorker over the past few years, in such distinctive chapters as: Love & Dating; Gender & Other Politics; Animals; Art & Myth-Making; Humanity; Time, Space, and How to Navigate Them; Strangeness, Shyness, Sadness; and Notes to Self. Melancholy and hilarious, relatable and surreal, intensely personal yet surprisingly universal, Excuse Me brings together the best work so far by one of the most talented young comics artists working today.2 .
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