Several events are taking place this week in New York City to mark the launch of the TOON Books line. Event information is as follows:

Friday, April 11
Borders Books & Music, Columbus Circle
6 – 8 pm
Join us for a celebration of Toon Books, with the authors and illustrators of Otto’s Orange Day, Benny & Penny and Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons, presented by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly.

Saturday, April 12
TOON Books at Jim Hanley’s Universe Kids’ Day
10 am – 6 pm
An extravaganza of comics, cookies, and creativity.
Creator Schedule:
10 am – 12 pm: Sara Varon, Geoffrey Hayes, and Aaron Renier (Spiral Bound)
12 – 2 pm: Misako Rocks!, Kevin Pyle, and Fred Van Lente
2 – 4 pm: Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Frank Cammuso and Jay Lynch
4 – 6 pm: George O’Connor, Nick Bertozzi, and Matt Manning

Geoffrey Hayes at the Museum of the City of New York
1 – 3 pm

Join veteran children’s book author and illustrator Geoffrey Hayes as he reads from his newest children’s comic book, Benny and Penny in Just Pretend (Toon Books, 2008). Following the program, kids can make their own comic book panels and bring their own stories to the page.

Tuesday, April 15
Barnes & Noble, Tribeca
4 pm
Storytime with Geoffrey Hayes

Saturday, April 19

Special Saturday Storytime: Comics for Kids with TOON Books
12 – 2 pm
Geoffrey Hayes, author of Benny and Penny in Just Pretend
Frank Cammuso and Jay Lynch, creators of Otto’s Orange Day
Introduction by TOON Books editors Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly

Sunday, April 20
Kids’ Day at New York Comic-Con
2 – 3 pm
The Creation of TOON BOOKS: Beginning Reader Comics
Françoise Mouly, New Yorker art editor and wife of acclaimed cartoonist Art Spiegelman, is at it again. After transforming American comics with the seminal 1980s comics anthology RAW, Mouly is now out to teach kids to read by using comics. We invite kids of all ages to come learn why TOON BOOKS is bringing new readers to the pleasure of comics!



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