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Visiting Artist: Jessica Abel

Nov. 4 and 5, 2009 
Artist Presentations
Direct Encounter with the Arts Classes
Knauss Hall, room 2452 
2 p.m.

Nov. 4, 2009
Author's Visit
Kalamazoo Public Library
7 p.m.

Nov. 5, 2009
Vising Artist Workshop
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25

Nov. 5, 2009
Artist Lecture
Richmond Center for Visual Arts, room 1004
5:30 p.m.

Cartoonist and writer Jessica Abel is the author of a textbook, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, about making comics, written in collaboration with her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden; and the graphic novel La Perdida(Pantheon Books). She's also the co-writer of the graphic novel Life Sucks. Previously, she published Soundtrack and Mirror, Window (Fantagraphics Books), two collections that gather stories and drawings from her comic bookArtbabe, which she published between 1992 and 1999. She collaborated with Ira Glass on "Radio: An Illustrated Guide", a non-fiction comic about how the radio show This American Life is made. Abel won both the Harvey and Lulu awards for "Best New Talent" in 1997; La Perdida won the 2002 "Best New Series" Harvey Award. She teaches at New York's School of Visual Arts, and Madden and Abel are also series editors for The Best American Comics. They live in Brooklyn with their daughter.