Confirmed Guest Speakers

Currently, confirmed guests include:

  • Bill Willingham, author of Fables
  • Molly Bang has received many book awards and honors, including the prestigious Caldecott Honor Book Award for three books: When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry; Ten, Nine, Eight; and The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher. She uses a variety of techniques, including watercolor, collage, and three-dimensional dioramas such as her illustrations for One Fall Day. To emphasize the theme of recycling in Chattanooga Sludge, Bang created all the collaged illustrations from recycled magazines. She has just finished a graphic novel Nobody Particular.
  • Nate Powell, author of Tiny Giants, and It Disappears.
  • Matt Thorn is a cultural anthropologist who studies, teaches and writes about comics and other forms of popular culture. He lives and works in Japan, where he is an Associate Professor in the School of Cartoon & Comic Art at Kyoto Seika University. He also professionally translated Japanese comics, known as manga, from 1990 to 1999.
  • Philip Nel is the author of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide, Dr. Seuss: American Icon, The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity: Small Incisive Shocks, and his next book, The Annotated Cat in the Hat, will be published by Random House in 2007 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of The Cat in the Hat.
  • Charles Hatfield is the author of Alternative Comics (July 2005), and is co-editing a collection on the underground comix movement. His teaching and research specialities include children's literature and culture, text/image relationships, and animation. He is one of the organizers of the annual International Comic Arts Festival.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

All events are FREE and open to the public.