Ande Parks, Baldwin City, is a professional American comic book artist, known for his work as an inker and writer in the industry. His greatest notoriety has come from his stint with fellow artist Phil Hester on DC Comics' Green Arrow series from 2001 to 2004 and writing the graphic novels Union Station and Capote in Kansas by Oni Press. Ande will provide a behind the scenes look at graphic novel development using his book CAPOTE IN KANSAS, which was named a Kansas Notable Book in 2006.
John Eberly, Hutchinson, was an extraordinarily active artist in the mid-1980’s and gained an international reputation as an underground cartoonist, also producing scads of zines and Xerox publications under the umbrella of Mumbles Publications. John’s presentation will be a history of publishing “commix”, and will include a discussion of underground comics of the 60’s, ‘70’s, and early ‘80’s, the advent of self-publishing in the 1980’s and the “NET” as precursor to the Internet. He will include a demonstration of how to make your own “comix”. *Includes adult themes, parental guidance suggested.
Bryan Dietrich, Wichita, is the author of a book-length study on comics, Wonder Woman Unbound, and six books of poems, Krypton Nights, Universal Monsters, The Assumption, Prime Directive, The Monstrance, and Love Craft.He is also co-editor of Drawn to Marvel, an anthology of superhero poetry. Bryan will present “Drawn to Marvel: Pop-Classicism and Poetry of Comics”.
There will be comic art in the library in September as well, including work by “Hutchinson as Smallville” advocate Christopher Wietrick.