I’m giving a talk at the Library of Congress on Friday…

….so come on down!

Seriously…no pressure.

WHY am I giving a talk? Because I donated a bunch of my mini-comics from the 90s on to the Library of Congress, and as part of the SPX festivities, I get to give a little talk.

I’ve been pondering my subject—notable books in the evolution of the graphic novel that aren’t as much remembered as they could be—for a long time. But I’m still putting it together.

What’s on the list?

You’ll have to come to find out. (Because I haven’t finished the list yet.)

The talk is free and open to the public. More info here.



  1. Go Heidi!
    Sadly, I am clear across the country. I can’t make it.

  2. Ralf Haring says:

    _After Watchmen and Maus_ … I can’t believe they’re cashing in with such a crossover.

  3. That’s really cool — Library of Congress! Can’t wait to see that list. I hope somebody covers it…

    break a leg

  4. Brian Spence says:

    Argh, why is this kind of thing always going on while I’m at work??

  5. Torsten Adair says:

    BTW, if you are local, the dining room at Madison is one of the nicest eateries on Capitol Hill. Nice view of Jefferson and the Capitol, if I recall.

    Be sure to take a tour of the Jefferson Building! Built by the craftsmen who made the Columbia Exposition (the White City) such a success! The most beautiful building in DC!

  6. Heidi, Their collection also has ALL of the art material I produced for my Book of Ballads (original scripts with notes, thumbnail layouts and all 150 pages of original art) which I donated to them about two years ago. I still get a thrill each time I realize that my work is under their roof. Say hello to Martha Kennedy from me, okay? Best, Charles

  7. Heidi,

    I would check out your lecture for sure if I was there. As it happens, I’ll be there a month later. I am taking note of all the tips for visitors in the comments section.

    – Lee

  8. George says:

    Will your lecture be taped, so we can listen to it later?

  9. Torsten Adair says:

    And if you’ve got an hour, walk a few blocks west and check out the Marston papers at the Smithsonian!


  10. Torsten Adair says:

    Here’s the citation for Mr. Vess’ artwork:

    While there, you can also peruse his other works, including a movie adaptation which just might have influenced his work on “Stardust”! (Who makes a better pirate? De Niro, or Hoffman?)

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