Today marks the opening of The Strand’s Tote Bag Design Contest! TOON Books has partnered with the Strand (and so has the School of Visual Arts, Drawn & Quarterly and Fantagraphics) to host this opportunity for emerging artists around the world. The contest ends March 31st and will be judged by:

-Francoise Mouly, Editorial Director of TOON Books and Art Editor of The New Yorker

-Art Spiegelman, TOON Books author and first contributor to the Strand’s Artist Tote Series

-Steven Heller, co-chair MFA Designer as Author Program, School of Visual Arts

-R. Sikoryak, creator of Masterpiece Comics

-Adrian Tomine, author of the bestselling book, Shortcomings.

Besides being a great resource for children’s literature, the Strand has been wonderfully supportive of TOON Books. Next month, they are hosting two TOON events: On April 8th, a Family Hour reading of Zig and Wikki in “Something Ate My Homework” with Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler AND on April 22nd, a presentation by Geoffrey Hayes, author of the Geisel Award-winning Benny and Penny in the Big No-No.



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