Public Speaking and Presentations
Sample video of slideshow presentation from the A.D. book tour.
A.D. presentation for @ameri-Con, produced by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia
"Filtering Catastrophe Through Comics" — a presentation for the Villa Gillet/N+1 panel "Catastrophe Practice"
I have given lectures and presentations at universities, schools, cultural centers, libraries, museums, and professional conventions, and have been featured on C-SPAN2's Book TV. As part of the U.S. Department of State's Speaker and Specialist program, I have traveled abroad as a “cultural ambassador,” giving workshops and presentations in such countries as Burma, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, and Israel/Palestine.
I most often speak about my own work — particularly Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and comics journalism — but am also prepared to speak about my collaborations with Harvey Pekar and Brooke Gladstone, autobiography and memoir, comics and catastrophe, and the ever-changing media landscape.
I accompany my always evolving lectures with a cascade of images — as many as 75 in a single talk. I always leave time for Q&A, which usually results in engaging conversations.
I have also participated in panels and roundtables with other creators, a very interesting and fruitful format.
Though the majority of my presentations are suited for college-age and older audiences, all can be adapted or redesigned to suit individual circumstances.
For more information on bringing me to your college or community, contact me.
Workshops and classes
I have taught comics-making workshops and classes at the University of Michigan, the Fine Arts Work Center, Albion College, and in international locations like Burma, Algeria, Bahrain, and Palestine. I have also mentored students via phone and Skype. For more information, contact me.
"Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with our students
and present your work to our campus community. It was a huge success and we
were all so thrilled with all of the events. Your mentoring for the students
was an extra special contribution."
— Academic Director, Washington State University–Vancouver
"Thank you so much for your participation. We are so thankful for your presentation. We will be using this approach in our outreach to other parts of Indonesia."
— Assistant Cultural Attaché, US Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia
"We continue to glow in the memory of our exchanges with you. The students deeply value these memories. "
— Faculty Director, Chadbourne Residential College, University of Wisconsin–Madison
"I hope you enjoyed your visit as much as our students did. A.D. was already our most popular common read, and your visit just increased the energy."
— Academic Advisor, Chadbourne Residential College, University of Wisconsin–Madison
"[T]he students really enjoyed what you had to say. Thanks again
for sharing your time and passion with our students."
— Fisher Institute, Nichols College
University of Wisconsin —Madison students holding their copies of A.D.