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Virtual Pop Culture Panel Series: Japanese American Voices in Graphic Novels (Escondido Public Library's One Book, One San Diego Program)

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 3:00pm

Join acclaimed panelists: Frank Abe, Kiku Hughes, Sarah Kuhn, MariNaomi, Tamiko Nimura, Yuko Ota, and moderator Jessica Buck, as they discuss cultural identity and finding their voices through art and storytelling.

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Books by the authors are for available for purchase below!

On the date of the event, any books purchased from  Mysterious Galaxy  by Yuko Ota come with SIGNED bookplates.


Join the event on Tuesday, Oct. 27th at 3:00 pm PT/ 6:00pm ET 

About this Event

This panel will be moderated by Jessica Buck, Adult Services Librarian.

This event is part of the One Book, One San Diego programming.

Have questions for the authors? Email library@escondidolibrary.org


Books by the author are available for checkout on the library catalog, Hoopla, and CloudLibrary.

This Author Chat Series is brought to you by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Mysterious Galaxy.

Panelists:

Frank Abe won an American Book Award for JOHN OKADA: The Life & Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy(University of Washington Press). He made the award-winning PBS documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, on the largest organized resistance to the incarceration of Japanese Americans, and is collaborating on a new graphic novel on camp resistance, We Hereby Refuse, coming in 2021. He is also co-editing an anthology for Penguin Classics on The Literature of Japanese American Incarceration (winter 2021).

Kiku Hughes is a cartoonist and illustrator based in the Seattle area. Her work has been featured in Beyond Anthology volumes 1 and 2, Short Box #6 and the Alloy Anthology. She creates stories about identity, queer romance and compassionate sci-fi. Displacement is her first graphic novel, and it is a story she's wanted to share for as long as she can remember.

Sarah Kuhn is the author of the popular Heroine Complex novels—a series starring Asian American superheroines. The first book is a Locus bestseller, an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee, and one of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog’s Best Books of 2016. Her YA debut, the Japan-set romantic comedy I Love You So Mochi, is a Junior Library Guild selection and a nominee for YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. She has also penned a variety of short fiction and comics, including the critically acclaimed graphic novel Shadow of the Batgirl for DC Comics and the Star Wars audiobook original Doctor Aphra. Additionally, she was a finalist for both the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer. A third generation Japanese American, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and an overflowing closet of vintage treasures.

MariNaomi (she/they) is the award-winning author and illustrator of Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), Turning Japanese (2dcloud, 2016), I Thought YOU Hated ME (Retrofit Comics, 2016), and the Life on Earth trilogy (Graphic Universe, 2018-2020). Her work has appeared in over eighty print publications and has been featured on websites such as The New Yorker's Daily Shouts, The Rumpus, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast and BuzzFeed. MariNaomi's comics and paintings have been featured by such institutions as the Smithsonian, the De Young Museum, the Cartoon Art Museum, the Asian Art Museum, and the Japanese American Museum.

Tamiko Nimura is a Sansei/Pinay freelance writer, editor, and public historian, contributing regularly to Discover Nikkei and the International Examiner. She is collaborating on a new graphic novel on camp resistance, We Hereby Refuse, coming in 2021.

Yuko Ota is an award-winning cartoonist from Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with Abrams Books, Oni Press, BOOM!, Dark Horse, Lerner Publishing, and more. Her current focus is the Reuben award winning BARBAROUS a comedy drama involving magic and monster men.

This program will be broadcast live on October 27 at 3pm on the following platform(s): Facebook @escondidolibrary. The recording will be available for viewing after the event on Facebook (@escondidolibrary), YouTube (@EscondidoLibrary), and Instagram IGTV (@escondidolibrary).

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in California or Escondido in order to participate? No, this is a virtual event that is open to the public, regardless of residency.

Is there a cap on attendance? There is no maximum capacity for the Facebook stream.

John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy Cover Image
By Frank Abe (Editor), Greg Robinson (Editor), Floyd Cheung (Editor)
$32.95
ISBN: 9780295743516
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Washington Press - July 3rd, 2018

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We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Acts of Resistance During World War II Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781634059763
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Chin Music - February 9th, 2021

Shadow of the Batgirl Cover Image
By Sarah Kuhn, Nicole Goux (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401289782
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: DC Comics - February 4th, 2020

I Love You So Mochi (Point Paperbacks) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338608366
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Point - May 5th, 2020

Haunted Heroine (Heroine Complex #4) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780756416492
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: DAW - July 7th, 2020

Heroine Complex Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780756413279
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: DAW - July 4th, 2017

Clueless: One Last Summer Cover Image
$16.49
ISBN: 9781684152599
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: BOOM! Box - December 4th, 2018

The Riverdale Diaries, vol. 1: Hello, Betty! (Archie) Cover Image
By Sarah Kuhn, J. Bone (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781499810547
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: BuzzPop - August 25th, 2020

Losing the Girl: Book 1 (Life on Earth #1) Cover Image
By Marinaomi, Marinaomi (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781541510449
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graphic Universe (Tm) - May 1st, 2018

Gravity's Pull: Book 2 (Life on Earth) Cover Image
By Marinaomi, Marinaomi (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781541545267
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graphic Universe (Tm) - March 5th, 2019

Distant Stars: Book 3 (Life on Earth) Cover Image
By Marinaomi, Marinaomi (Illustrator)
Unavailable to Order
ISBN: 9781541587007
Availability: Special Order
Published: Graphic Universe (Tm) - March 3rd, 2020

Lucky Penny Cover Image
By Ananth Hirsh, Yuko Ota (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781620102879
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Oni Press - March 15th, 2016

Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us: A Johnny Wander Collection Cover Image
By Ananth Hirsh, Yuko Ota (Illustrator)
$39.99
ISBN: 9781620103838
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Oni Press - April 11th, 2017

Adventure Time: Candy Capers Cover Image
By Yuko Ota, Ananth Panagariya, Ian McGinty (Illustrator), Pendleton Ward (Created by)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781608863655
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: KaBOOM! - May 13th, 2014

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Pixels of You Cover Image
By Ananth Hirsh, Yuko Ota, J.R. Doyle (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419749575
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - June 29th, 2021