A Yam Grows in Brooklyn


Sandy? Nor’easter? Oh my! Yam Books will be making its way to the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival (BCGF)! The show marks the East Coast debut of our first two books, Lollygag and Ticket Stub! We’re so stoked! What’s even more exciting is that West Coastie cartoonists Tim Hensley, Lark Pien and myself will be there to celebrate and to sign books and show off original artwork, prints and comics comics comics! Also, Brooklyn cartoonist, publisher and teacher, Robyn Chapman will be hanging out with us presenting her new book “Drawing Comics Lab: 52 Exercises on Characters, Panels, Storytelling, Publishing & Professional Practices.” We hope you can come visit us at Table U35!

Tim is a featured guest at this year’s show and will be on a panel later in the day, and Lark is in a group show in Manhattan at the Museum of Chinese in America. See details below.

The Narrative Collage: Burns, Hensley & Ricard
The mainstream publishing industry has often imposed the standards of conventional literary fiction on the comics form, suppressing comics’ essential status as an assemblage of potentially—and productively—discordant fragments. Charles Burns (Black Hole, The Hive), Anouk Ricard (Anna and Froga) and Tim Hensley (Wally Gropius, Ticket Stub) will discuss the possibilities and pleasures of crafting narratives that capitalize on the collage-like qualities of the comics form—in matters of structure, style and format—in a conversation moderated by Tom Spurgeon.

Knitting Factory
Saturday, November 10, 2012 – 4:30PM

361 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Marvels and Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 and Alt.Comics: Asian American Artists Reinvent the Comic
Alt.Comics extends the conversation of Marvels & Monsters into the present, when sequential art has become a dominant cultural force and communications medium, driven in no small part by Asian American creators. The exhibition will explore how Asian Americans have used the comic book medium to both critique old representations and relate their stories to a wide audience, featuring new and early original artwork from artists Gene Luen Yang, Derek Kirk Kim, Thien Pham, Lark Pien, Jason Shiga, GB Tran, Jerry Ma, Larry Hama, Alex Joon Kim, and Christine Norrie.

Museum of Chinese in America
September 27, 2012- February 24, 2013
215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

We are excited to be visiting one of our favorite cities in the world and to see all the great cartoonists and their work in this show! We also appreciate the hard work that the show organizers have made especially in the past week to make this year’s show happen. We cannot wait to see you, NYC!

The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival
Saturday, November 10th, 12-7 pm
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
275 North 8th Street, Brooklyn, NYC
Free and open to the public.