Talk about the art of conversation!
A pack of acclaimed comics creators, illustrators, and graphic novelists will descend on Prospect Lefferts Gardens next week to read, discuss, and show off their work at the neighborhood’s branch of Greenlight Bookstore. The quarterly “Escape Panel” comic reading series launching on Oct. 24 was organized by a Crown Heights cartoonist as a way to build a local community of sequential artists.
“I wanted an event that I could go to in Brooklyn and see other cartoonists,” said Michael Kupperman, creator of the award-winning “Tales Designed to Thrizzle” series. “When I first came to New York, there were artists everywhere. And now they’re much rarer.”
Kupperman has invited four other cartoonists and graphic novelists to display their work on a screen at the local bookstore. Speakers will include editorial cartoonist Eli Valley, Lauren Weinstein, creator of the “Goddess of War” graphic novel; Matt Lubchansky, who draws colorful political comics, and gothic artist Julia Gfrörer.
The invited cartoonists represent a wide variety of genres and art styles, said Kupperman, in order to show the versatility of comics as a medium.
“I wanted to choose people who were pulling in different directions,” he said. “I want to have that tension between different kinds of artists, and really demonstrate the directions the art form can go in.”
Kupperman, whose comedic work has been adapted for “Saturday Night Live” and “Adult Swim,” plans to read a chapter from his latest, more serious graphic novel “All the Answers,” about his father’s experience as a famous televised “Quiz Kid” in the 1940s, and the strain it put on his family. Kupperman also plans to read a recently discovered letter, which did not make it into the book.
Comic fans should be sure not to miss the show, said Kupperman.
“It’ll be fun,” he said. “And if they don’t go, they will regret it for the rest of their lives. It will haunt them on their deathbed!”
Escape Panel at Greenlight Bookstore [632 Flatbush Ave. at Fenimore Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, (718) 246–0200, www.green