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Today is Langston Hughes’ 114th birthday, and it’s also the first day of Black History Month. 

A couple years ago, we celebrated Black History Month by asking three of our favorite comic artists to illustrate something — a person, a poem, a play, a book, a song — that inspires them. Award-winning illustrator Afua Richardson chose Langston Hughes’ poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”

Blood And Water: Illustrating Langston Hughes’ ‘Rivers’

Magritte’s Apple Children’s Book | Modern / Contemporary Kids’ Books | MoMA Design Store

Discover a surrealist world with our new book for kids, Magritte’s Apple by Klaas Verplancke. (“Absurdity at its best."–Kirkus Reviews). Inspired by the artwork of René Magritte, this whimsical book by award-winning author and illustrator Klaas Verplancke is guaranteed to make kids laugh and think. Shop at the MoMA Store and your purchase supports the museum. 

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How We Met: Brian Selznick & Harry Lloyd

The American author and the British actor met in 2009 when Lloyd was starring in A View from the Bridge, at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London.

Brian Selznick, 49

Selznick (left in picture) is the award-winning American author and illustrator of bestselling books including ‘Wonderstruck’ and 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret’, which was adapted into Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning film 'Hugo’. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California, with his husband

Harry and I met in 2009 when he was in A View from the Bridge, at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London. I was able to go backstage because I’m friends with his mother, Marion Lloyd, who was an editor at my publisher, Scholastic UK. I remember drinking champagne and laughing and feeling very glamorous. Harry and I hit it off right away.

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The Portland  State University Comics Studies program joins the Will & Ann Eisner  Family Foundation to recognize Will Eisner Week 2016, the annual series  of events held across the country that celebrate graphic novels, sequential  art, free speech, and the legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative  figures in the history of comics and graphic novels.

The PSU  Comics Studies program will host a special screening of the documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential  Artist followed by a panel discussion of “Eisner the Dreamer.”

Panel discussion  participants include Steve Lieber, Eisner-Award winning cartoonist, illustrator  and storyboard artist; Matt Wagner, comics artist and creator of Grendel and current writer of The Spirit; David Walker, an award-winning comic book writer; and  Heidi Kaufman, Associate Professor of English and comics scholar at  University of Oregon.

The event will be moderated  by Brian Michael Bendis, an award-winning writer whose work  includes Powers, Jessica Jones, Avengers, Ultimate Spider-man, and Daredevil, among many others.

Will Eisner (1917-2005) was a  pioneer in the creation of comics during the “Golden Age” of the 1930s and  ’40s, achieving fame with his noir crime-fighting superhero, The Spirit. He  later re-invented himself by publishing several graphic novels, including A Contract with God and To the Heart of the Storm. Each year,  the prestigious Will Eisner Awards, the “Oscars of the Comics Industry,” are  presented at San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s largest comics convention.

Friday, March 4, 2016
 Documentary screening: 12pm
 Panel discussion: 2pm

School of Business  Administration, rm. 190

631 SW Harrison St.  

“In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me, over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’

That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.

You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.

And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union: Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you to the Television Academy. Thank you.”

- Viola Davis

Credits: Artwork by 4nine2

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Tomb Raider’s future in comics is looking bright, with a second series well underway, written by Eisner-award winning Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by the talented Phillip Sevy. Covers feature the work of Agustin Alessio. Collecting issues 1-6, the first trade is out this October via Dark Horse.  #TombRaider20

An Annooouuuncement

So this news was in Publisher’s Marketplace today and I want to share it with you.

McDuffie Diversity Award-winning author/illustrator Nilah Magruder’s FOX HUNT, in which a little girl sets out to snap a photo of the elusive red fox, to Anna Roberto at Feiwel and Friends, in a pre-empt, by Michelle Witte at Mansion Street Literary Management.

What’s this mean? I’m making a picture book. And it’s gonna be published by Macmillan, which publishes tons of great children’s books.

:D It’s been a pretty thrilling few months. The rest of the year is guaranteed to be super busy!

Okay, you can go back to your regularly scheduled tumbling now.