Banner of the Cool Work x Interesting People flier featuring to animated people reading books

Curated by Carta Monir, award-winning cartoonist and head publisher at Diskette Press, and Leigh Hurwitz, Outreach Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, the focus of this series is on indie cartoonists who are engaging with the comics community in ways beyond simply making work. These creators are actively critiquing their own community, as well as forming networks of support for fellow cartoonists, in an effort to center people of color and queer or otherwise marginalized experiences and voices. Through DIY presses, podcasts, reviews, scholarship, and even databases, these cartoonists are both building a movement within the comics community and producing innovative work. Cool Work x Interesting People features six unique programs, each hosted by an independent cartoonist at the forefront of this exciting and progressive movement.

The series strives to introduce counter-narratives to our patrons who are underrepresented in dominant comics culture, whether they are new or established comics readers. The Brooklyn Public Library can likewise play a role in ensuring that these cartoonists can continue to make work, by subsidizing them through honoraria and working to build their readership. The library’s collections and programming continue to be enriched when we use our resources to support both cartoonists and readers.

In tandem with the programming, Brooklyn Public Library and Diskette Press co-published a zine which will feature commissioned pieces from each of the artists in the series. Copies of the zine will be distributed for free to event attendees. The zines are being lovingly printed by Diskette Press on a Risograph GR3770.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

All the Details?? Making Zines About Sex

Sat, Dec 14   1:00 pm to 3:00 pm   Central Library, Balcony Conference Room

Cool Work x Interesting People presents Archie Bongiovanni

Thu, Aug 15   7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Trustees Room

How to Destroy Your Family

Sat, Jun 15   1:00 pm to 3:00 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

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