TOON Books are the first high-quality comics designed for children ages three and up. Each book in the collection is just right for reading to the youngest child. Perhaps more remarkably, this is the first collection ever designed to offer early readers comics they can read themselves. Each TOON book has been vetted by educators to ensure that the language and the narratives will nurture young minds. Their books feature original stories and characters created by veteran children’s book authors, renowned cartoonists and new talents, all applying their extraordinary skills to fascinate young children with tales that will welcome them to the magic of reading.
Françoise Mouly is the publisher, Editorial Director and Senior Designer of TOON Books, which she launched in 2008. She joined The New Yorker as art editor in 1993. Ms. Mouly has been responsible for over 1,000 covers over her tenure at The New Yorker. The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) has chosen many of Ms. Mouly’s images as “best cover of the year.” In 2012, for the publication of Les Dessous du New Yorker by Éditions de La Martinière, Galerie Martel in Paris presented “New Yorker Covers,” an exhibit of artwork by Mouly and seventeen other artists.
Starting in 1980, Ms. Mouly was the founder, publisher, designer and co-editor with her collaborator and husband, cartoonist Art Spiegelman, of the pioneering comics anthology Raw, where Spiegelman’s Maus was first published. In 1998, after looking for material to help her two children become readers, Ms. Mouly established a RAW Junior division, to publish first the Little Lit collection of comics with HarperCollins, then the TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics with Abrams, and launched the TOON Books imprint.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art joined forces with Locust Moon Press this fall to produce Prometheus Eternal, a full-color comic book anthology inspired by Peter Paul Rubens’s masterpiece Prometheus Bound. Just as Rubens synthesized art from the past to forge his unique vision, the artists in this book (who include Bill Sienkiewicz, Grant Morrison, Farel Dalrymple, Dave McKean, David Mack, and Yuko Shimizu) have taken the myth of Prometheus and Rubens’s painting as starting points from which to produce wholly new interpretations all their own. Together their imaginative works explore the gift of creation and the price of defiance.
Locust Moon Press
Locust Moon is a retail store, art gallery, and small press based in West Philadelphia. Their 2014 anthology Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream was the recipient of multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards. The most recent book from Locust Moon, Prometheus Eternal, is currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of this fall’s “Wrath of the Gods” exhibition. Earlier this year, Locust Moon principles Josh O’Neill, Chris Stevens, and Andrew Carl were invited to speak at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC as part of the 2015 Small Press Expo.
See them at the
LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween!
11 am – 6 pm
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
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