Fall approaches, and once again, the Brooklyn Book Festival will take place this weekend at Brooklyn Borough Hall and surrounding locales!

Held since 2006, this literary festival has always had a strong graphic novel presence, and this year offers another strong mix of creators! You can easily spend the entire day just at the graphic novel events!

There’s also a full slate of  programming ongoing all week, including a 10th Anniversary party for First Second tomorrow night, Thursday.

New this year: The Brooklyn Book Festival has split their kids events to a separate day, on Saturday!

Children’s Day

All Events Free
MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn
Saturday, September 17, 2016 (10am-4pm, rain or shine)
10:00a.m. — 4:00p.m.

Enjoy beloved and cool writers and illustrators all day at beautiful MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn, on two tented stages and in the auditorium of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Books by participating authors and other new and beloved children’s books will be on sale with author book-signings after each program. The schedule of events is below.

On Sunday is the regular Book Festival, located at Brooklyn Borough Hall and surrounding locations.

It’s easy to get to: the subway goes directly there via the 2/3/4/5/R trains, and the A/C trains are nearby. There will be food trucks, as well as the many affordable eateries nearby.


Abrams Books  Booth# 228

Drawn and Quarterly  Booth# 220

Joseph Koch Comic Book Warehouse  Booth#226, Children’s Day Booth 13

NBM Graphic Novels  Booth# 135

Papercutz  Booth# 513, Children’s Day Booth 34

TOON Books  Booth# 215, Children’s Day Booth 21



BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL: Sunday, September 18th, 2016.

St. Francis College Auditorium, 180 Remsen Street

12:00pm A Conversation with Margaret Atwood (Angel Catbird). Margaret Atwood, the multiple award-winning, bestselling, genre-bending, boundary-smashing author will be in conversation with Calvin Reid (PW Comics) about her work and foray into graphic novels! Introduced by Meg LemkeMUTHA Magazine and chair, BKBF comics and graphic novel committee.

Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium, 128 Pierrepont Street

11:00am Revolutionary Art: History comes to life in graphic biographies of revolutionary figures, who forever changed the course of America’s politics, culture, and art–and whose messages resonate in our current troubled time. Kyle Baker (Nat Turner – reissued to coincide with the major motion picture release), Sabrina Jones (Our Lady of Birth Control) and Nick Bertozzi (Becoming Andy Warhol). Moderated by Vivek Tiwary(The Fifth Beatle).

1:00pm Otherworldly: By drawing the out-of-this-world, these comics share essential truths about humanity.Marjorie Liu (Monstress) writes comics about gore, sex, and horror–which reflect deep socio-cultural/historical inspiration. Tyler Cohen (Primahood) blends surrealism and memoir to explore what it means to be a queer person in a straight world (particularly as a parent). Gregory Benton (Smoke) illuminates the struggles of immigrant farm-workers in a graphic novella with ghostly elements. Moderated by award-winning author Ellen Kushner.

2:00pm Short But Sweet: How do you capture everything that’s funny yet memorable about giving birth, modern urban society, and captioned old Westerns in just a panel or a page? Join some of the most surreally hilarious cartoonists working in short form today: Ben Katchor (Cheap Novelties), Emily Flake (Mama Tried) and all the way from the UK, Glen Baxter (Almost Completely Baxter). Moderated by popular Connie to the Wonnie webcartoonist, Connie Sun.

3:00pm Can You Draw the Meaning of Life? Three comics creators take on big questions–philosophical, scientific, spiritual. Lauren Redniss (Thunder & Lightning) explores the past, present, and controversial future of our world through weather phenomenons. Best-selling French creator Cyril Pedrosa (Equinoxes) reflects on the connections made between people over time and space. And Tom Hart (Rosalie Lightning) asks in a tragic yet beautiful memoir about his young daughter’s death: can you capture the meaning of a life, as you mourn its loss? Moderated by cartoonist and choreographer Kriota Willberg ((No) Pain!).

4:00pm Sex is Power. Creators of truly “graphic” graphic books get serious talking about sex. Who is in power in transactional–or taboo–relationships, and how do such stories get ultimately told? Bestselling, cult-favoritePhoebe Gloeckner (Diary of a Teenage Girl, now a major motion picture) and rising star MariNaomi (Turning Japanese) claim their own tales of identity and awakening, while Chester Brown’s (Mary Wept at the Feet of Jesus) provocatively reinterprets biblical sex-workers. Moderated by comedian and radio host Ophira Eisenberg (Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy)

5:00pm The Art of War. Compelling comics can be drawn from conflict zones. Journalist Sarah Glidden(Rolling Blackouts), ex-Marine Maximilian Uriarte (The White Donkey), and historical graphic novelist Ethan Young (Nanjing) discuss war stories.

Youth Stoop at St. Ann’s School Rotunda, 33 Clinton Street .

10:00am Let Me Show You My World: Join three creators who craft narratives in words AND pictures. Faith Erin Hicks’ exciting new graphic novel The Nameless City is the first in a trilogy, as two unlikely friends start their fantastical adventures through a city with no name. Laurent Linn combines comics and prose in a powerful illustrated novel about love, hate, and identity. And Ethan Young‘s Bridget Lee is a comic spacefaring joyride you won’t want to miss. Moderated by George O’Connor (creator of the popular Olympians series).

Congregation Mount Sinai, 250 Cadman Plaza West

2:30pm Wanderlust and the Search for Meaning. Novelist and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Russell Banks(Voyager), cartoonist Sarah Glidden (Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq) and essayistPico Iyer (The Art of Stillness) discuss their genre-bending travel books, the effects of landscape on the human psyche, and what we’re really searching for when we travel.

Borough Hall Court Room, 209 Joralemon Street

10:00am The Legacy of Octavia Butler presented by Greenlight Bookstore. Octavia Butler’s classic novelKindred is nearing its 40th anniversary, and its narrative exploring slavery through time culture. Contemporary writers and artists John Jennings (Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), Daniel José Older(Shadowshaper), Ben Winters(Underground Airlines) and Ytasha L. Womack (Afrofuturism) discuss Butler’s influence on their own work, and the significance of writers of color and social justice movements in genre fiction. Moderated by Ytasha L. Womack

Brooklyn Historical Society Library, 128 Pierrepont Street

4:00pm. Hearts of Darkness. A traumatized boy develops a sinister obsession with dolls; a man and his young lover take their fantasies in a chilling direction on the Amazon River; a teenage girl’s psychic link with a powerful monster puts them both in the crosshairs of otherworldly powers. Joyce Carol Oates (The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror), Peter Straub (Interior Darkness), and Marjorie Liu (Monstress Volume 1: Awakening) discuss their latest genre-bending books that offer masterful glimpses of true horror, including short readings and a Q&A.

St. Francis College Workshops, Room 4202 180 Remsen St

3:00pm Flash Fiction Workshop: Comics > Prose. Novelist Sari Wilson and cartoonist Josh Neufeld— co-editors of FLASHed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose — lead a multimedia flash fiction workshop. Flex your storytelling muscles as you write your own piece of flash fiction inspired by an original comic. One story created in the workshop will be published on the official FLASHed website.

BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKENDS: September 12th through September 18th, 2016

The Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events are literary themed events taking place in clubs, parks, bookstores, theatres and libraries culminating with the festival. The Bookends kick-off a long literary weekend with film screenings, parties, literary games and author appearances.

Monday, September 12th
Carousel: Comics Performances. Presentations of graphic novels and comics as read by the artists Emily Flake (The New Yorker, Mama Tried), Amy Kurzweil (Flying Couch), Andrea Tsurumi (Why Would You Do That?), Jeremy Nguyen (Stranger Than Bushwick), and more. Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions) More info: http://www.unionhallny.com
Location: Union Hall / Time8:00 PM / Price: $8

Wednesday, September 14th
Writing About TerrorMolly Crabapple (Drawing Blood) and Ali Eteraz (Native Believer) talk about transgressing taboos, banning Muslims, guerrilla calligraphy, Richard Wright, torture, and the intersection of art, creativity, underground culture, and activism in the age of Guantánamo Bay. Moderated by Ibrahim Ahmad, Senior Editor, Akashic Books. Presented by the PEN American Center, Akashic Books, and the Muslim Writers Collective.
Location: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. / Time6:30 PM / Price: Free

Thursday, September 15th
First Second 10th Anniversary Party. Come join us to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of First Second Books at Mama Says Comics Rock! This bookend event for the Brooklyn Book Festival will feature Faith Erin Hicks(Demonology 101, Zombies Calling, The Nameless City), along with others so you’re not going to want to miss this. Grab a bite, grab a book, or just swing by to say hello!
Location: Mama Says Comics Rock, 306 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 / Time7:00 PM / Price: Free

CHILDREN’S DAY: Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Don’t miss the second annual Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day: Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn and the adjacent NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Children’s Day, for young readers ages 2 to 11, will include favorite children and middle-grade authors Nick Bruel, Sam Bosma, Joel Christian Gill, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Peter Brown, Bob Shea, andAyun Halliday, who will present their popular board books, picture books, chapter books and middle-grade books through readings, performance and music. The Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day celebrates the power of storytelling and the importance of literature in children’s lives.

Comics creators on panels and illustration-focused events included below.
See www.brooklynbookfestival.com for full schedule!

Young Readers Stage (MetroTech Commons)

11:00 am Do You Believe in Magic? These authors certainly do! New York Times bestselling author Kate Milford (The Left-Handed Fate) moderates a discussion about all things magical with authors Soman Chainani(The School for Good and Evil), Cassie Beasley (Circus Mirandus), and Sam Bosma (Fantasy Sports). Be prepared for fairy-tale-hero dress codes, invisible tigers, and beach volleyball with amphibious creatures!

1:00 pm To Catch a ThiefNew York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman (Slacker) talks renegades, robbers, thieves, and the lawman who outsmart them with authors Jude Watson (Loot), Lauren Magaziner(Pilfer Academy), and Joel Christian Gill (Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth).


Join the fun at the new Art Spot and get creative our authors and illustrators! Sessions include the guest artist referencing their new book to inspire kids to make their own artistic statements and pieces!

11:00 am Origami with Meredith Hamilton, Illustrator of a Child’s Introduction series including Introduction to the Night Sky, Ballet etc. Introduces kids to making origami!

12:00 pm Illustrator Steven WeinbergBeard Boy. Create a beard or moustache for yourself or for mom or dad… or?

1:00pm Create your own cartoon with James SturmApe & Armadillo Take Over The World.

2:30pm Mural making! with Elizabeth Zunon, illustrator, The Legendary Miss Lena Horne!

NYU Tandon School of Engineering Auditorium (5 MetroTech Commons)

3:00 pm Illustrator Smackdown. Come watch, laugh and cheer as the inimitable Ayun Halliday (Peanut) presides over the year’s most dynamic live action drawing competition featuring illustrators Ruth Chan(Where’s The Party), Lucy Ruth Cummins (A Hungry Lion), Tim Miller (Snappsy the Alligator), Il-Sung Na(The Opposite Zoo), Isabel Roxas (Let Me Finish!), Bob Shea (Ballet Cat: Dance, Dance Underpants),Christian Robinson(Last Stop on Market StreetSergio Ruzzier (This is Not a Picture Book).

Cartooning with James Sturm

Art Spot, MetroTech Commons
Saturday, 17 Sept. , 2016

Powerful By Design: Chip Kidd and Kyle Baker

Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

The Legacy of Octavia Butler presented by Greenlight Bookstore

Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

Brooklyn Book Festival Reception for Librarians

Brooklyn Historical Society Library, 128 Pierrepont St
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

Revolutionary Art

Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

A Conversation with Margaret Atwood

St. Francis College Auditorium, 180 Remsen St
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016


Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

Let Me Show You My World

Saint Ann’s School Rotunda
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

Sex is Power

Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

The Art of War

Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016



  1. C’mon out to the BK! I’ll be at Papercutz booth #531 on Sunday from 10-10:45 AM and again from 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM, signing copies of THE ZODIAC LEGACY graphic novel.

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