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WLT Off the Beaten Craft: “Writing and Drawing Memoir: Telling Your Story with More than Words”

March 17, 2022 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT

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WLT hosts Off the Beaten Craft talks a few times a year, featuring presentations from authors and experts who know their stuff, focused on a genre, form, or topic that we don’t often get to talk about.
About the event:

In recent years, many of the most widely read and critically acclaimed comic books have been memoirs, from Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home to Art Spielgman’s Maus. Comics are a powerful storytelling medium which can often achieve things with words and images together which would be hard to achieve with either alone. During this presentation Maia Kobabe, author of Gender Queer: A Memoir, will talk about eir process when translating memories into comics, centering a memoir around a theme, and the steps e follows when writing and drawing a short form comic based on real experiences.

Join us for this presentation if:
  • You’re curious about the graphic memoir form and how you can tell your stories through comics.
  • You’re writing and drawing your memoir and want to better understand another writer’s process to help with your own.
  • You love reading graphic memoirs and comics and want to learn how authors and illustrators do it.

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Maia Kobabe is a nonbinary, queer author and illustrator from the Bay Area, California. Eir first full length book, GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR, was published in May 2019. Maia's short comics have been published by The New Yorker, The Nib, The Washington Post and in many print anthologies including THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS, FASTER THAN LIGHT Y'ALL, GOTHIC TALES OF HAUNTED LOVE, ADVANCED DEATH SAVES, BE GAY, DO COMICS and THE MOST IMPORTANT COMIC BOOK ON EARTH. Before setting out to work freelance full-time, e worked for over ten years in libraries. Eir work is heavily influenced by fairy tales, homesickness, and the search for identity.


March 17, 2022
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT
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