In a year jammed with graphic novel publishing events, the appearance of ASTERIOS POLYP still counts as something special. Over a decade in the making, and executed with attention to every creative detail, it’s a powerful story that touches on identity, art, architecture, the nature of love and much more.

Despite its densely packed narrative — which takes flawless advantage of the graphic novel format — one thing you won’t hear creator David Mazzucchelli talking about is his new book; he’s declined any and all interview requests or publicity opportunities,  preferring to let it speak for itself. Calvin Reid’s piece on the book for PWCW interviews editor Chip Kidd and publisher Dan Frank …as close as we’ve gotten to a behind the scenes.

So, the 7/16 event at MoCCA with Mazzucchelli in conversation with Dan Nadel will be a rare event. Although Mazzucchelli will be talking about his work, he won’t be talking about POLYP…but listening to the man talk is always educational and will be as close as we are likely to come to getting a glimpse into the origins of this amazing book.

Please join the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA for
David Mazzucchelli and Dan Nadel in Conversation
Thursday, July 16, 7 P.M.
at MoCCA, 594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince), suite 401, New York, NY 10012

Mazzucchelli and Nadel will discuss Mazzucchelli’s work, and the exhibition, Sounds and Pauses. Mazzucchelli will sign copies of Asterios Polyp and other books after the conversation.

About David Mazzucchelli:
David Mazzucchelli has been making comics his whole life. Known chiefly for his collaborations—with Frank Miller on seminal Batman and Daredevil stories, and with Paul Karasik on an adaptation of Paul Auster’s novel, City of Glass—he began publishing his own stories in 1991 in his anthology magazine, Rubber Blanket. Since then his short comics have been published in books and magazines around the world. Asterios Polyp is his first graphic novel.

About Dan Nadel
Dan Nadel is the owner of PictureBox, Inc., a Grammy Award-winning New York-based packaging and publishing company. Dan has authored two award-winning books: Art Out of Time: Unknown Comic Visionaries 1900-1969 and Gary Panter. As a curator, he has mounted exhibitions for numerous venues in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Athens, and Tokyo.