Date(s) - Monday, July 13, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free Virtual Event Will Discuss Exploring Powerful Social Issues Through Superheroes, Putting Fresh Twists on Iconic Characters and Learning The Graphic Storytelling Craft
Book Purchases to Include Free Signed Bookplates
DC Comics is celebrating the launch of its latest young adult (YA) graphic novels, You Brought Me the Ocean and Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed, with a free, virtual conversation with acclaimed authors Alex Sanchez (Rainbow Boys) and Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak, Shout). On July 13, the duo will join Books & Books and fans on a Crowdcast call where they’ll discuss reimagining superheroes and writing graphic novels.
You Brought Me the Ocean is a new coming-out romance set against the backdrop of the DC universe written by Lambda Award-winning author Alex Sanchez and illustrated by Julie Maroh – two voices that shaped LGBTQ+ young adult literature. This poignant story, aimed at readers ages 13-17, re-imagines the origin story of Aqualad and deftly interweaves in social issues like homophobia and bullying, while exploring the importance of honesty and trust, and overcoming fear and prejudice.
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is written by Anderson and is beautifully illustrated by Leila del Duca. The story explores Wonder Woman’s teen years and is a timely story about the refugee experience, activism, and finding the love and strength to create change. Anderson and del Duca examine powerful social issues like trafficking, gentrification, poverty, and American Idealism, while showing how important it is to be brave and fight back in the face of adversity. The themes of the graphic novel have earned it praise from Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Today.com, in addition to Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and School Library Journal. The books marks both Sanchez and Anderson’s first work with DC.
Registration and additional information available HERE.