Our 20 Years Later series is on brief hiatus until the end of the world is over—or at least until things start looking up again. Please accept instead this brief collection of book and comics-related online happenings, with good wishes and love from your friends at Lion’s Tooth.
One of the few silver linings of the devastating coronavirus pandemic is the proliferation of online events promoted by artists, writers, and cartoonists all over the internet. Here’s a list of fun live feeds that may help lift your spirits and break the monotony of social distancing:
• Author and visual artist Oliver Jeffers (How To Catch A Star, and illustrator of the Crayon books) has been live-streaming one storytime a day since Monday, March 16. The streams happen at 1 p.m. CST on Jeffers’ Instagram. Past storytimes are being collected HERE.
• A number of other authors and artists will also hold “Stay-In Storytimes” live on Instagram on Thursday, March 19:
10:20 a.m. CST: Matt De La Peña (Last Stop On Market Street)
10:40 a.m. CST: Carson Ellis (Du Iz Tak?)
11 a.m. CST: Bethany Barton (I’m Trying To Love Math)
11:20AM CST – Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr (The Real McCoys)
12 p.m. CST: Ryan North (How To Invent Everything)
12:20 p.m. CST: Scott Campbell (Hug Machine)
12:40 p.m. CST : Dashka Slater (The Book Of Fatal Errors)
1:20 p.m. CST: Jessiva Hische (Daily Drop Cap project)
• Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, whose debut American Born Chinese was a National Book Award finalist, will offer a “tour” of his newly release graphic novel, Dragon Hoops. It’s set for Friday, March 20, at 1 p.m. CST HERE.
• The National Cartoonists Society is holding a bunch of live drawing sections on their Instagram.
Johnny Sampson (Mad Magazine) – Thursday, March 19, 8 p.m. CST
Ed Steckley (Mad Magazine) – Friday, March 20, 3 p.m. CST
Jason Chatfield (Mad Magazine, The New Yorker) – Saturday March 21, 2 p.m. CST
Charles Brubaker (Ask A Cat books) – Sunday, March 22, 6 p.m. CST
• Ben Clanton (of the Narwhal And Jelly books) live-streamed an author visit this Wednesday and is doing it again Friday at 4 p.m. CST. This is a special one for Lion’s Tooth because we featured Clanton’s latest book in our March subscription. Watch for the link on his Facebook page. Here is the event invitation for the next session, which he calls “FB LIVE with Ben Clanton aka Let’s Draw and Eat Waffles?”
• And, finally, for the grown-ups: Cartoonist Michael DeForge will be live-streaming a reading of his latest book, Familiar Face, followed by a Q&A. This was Lion’s Tooth adult graphic novel in our March care packages, and it’s a dystopic tale that is hitting almost too close to home during this crisis. Don’t miss this one! It’s set for Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. CST HERE and HERE.