Join us in Brooklyn as we celebrate the release of cartoonist M. Dean's gorgeous, lusciously illustrated new book I Am Young. This series of character-driven, musically minded stories is as graphically sophisticated as it is emotionally acute. Tied together by one central narrative about two teenagers who meet and fall in love after a Beatles concert in 1964, I Am Young explores how relationships evolve — both interpersonally as well as our individual and collective relationships with the culture around us. A romance that begins as emphatically as Beatlemania is, like the band that brought them together, on the rocks by the end of the decade, and although the ensuing years may put distance between the two, their shared experience that one night in 1964 endures. M. Dean will be joined in conversation by fellow author and illustrator Leslie Stein.
ABOUT M. DEAN
M. Dean is a cartoonist and illustrator originally from the west coast of Florida, where she attended Ringling College of Art and Design. She is the inaugural recipient of the Creators for Creators grant, creator and co-creator respectively of the webcomics The Girl Who Flew Away and Coming Soon: Regents Walk. I Am Young is her first full-length graphic novel. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her partner, a dog, and a big black cat.
ABOUT LESLIE STEIN
Leslie Stein is a cartoonist and musician living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the comic book series Eye of the Majestic Creature, as well as the author of Bright-Eyed at Midnight, a collection of diary comics, both published by Fantagraphics Books. She regularly contributes comics to VICE. She received the LA Times Book Prize in 2018 for her book, Present. She plays music with the band Prince Rupert’s Drops.
Please note that there is a $5 entrance voucher for this event which can be purchased online or at the door. The voucher is good toward anything in store at WORD, including I Am Young. Please note that if you purchase the book directly from WORD at the event or via pre-order there is no need to purchase a voucher for admission.
This story is told in dual perspective by Miriam (a second-generation Iranian immigrant living in Edinburgh with her family) and George (a visitor from Wales). Their relationship throughout the decades mirrors the Beatles's.
$5 admission to this event at our Brooklyn store. Your $5 voucher can be used toward anything in store, including I Am Young. Please note that if you purchase a copy of the book from WORD there is no need to purchase a voucher.
A lyrical exploration of the city and memory, as drawn by a Vice cartoonist