Columbus: Sasha Matthews & George O'Connor
Join us Thursday, June 18th at 3:30pm for a discussion on comic books and creativity with George O'Connor, author and illustrator of The Olympians Series, and Sasha Matthews, ten-year-old author of Sitting Bull: A Life Story and Pompeii: Lost and Found. Maxine Krenzel will moderate the event.
In The Olympians, George O’Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren’t sedate, scholarly works. They’re action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures, with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O’Connor’s vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.
In Sitting Bull: A Life Story, Matthews tells the story of the Hunkpapa Lakota chief who led the Lakota tribes to fight against the injustices of the US Government. With vivid and evocative drawings, Matthews not only explores the different perspectives and tensions at the heart of early American history, she also tells an important story of courage and leadership. Mark Fraunfelder, the editor of Boing Boing has praised her work, saying "Incredible! I've seen sample childhood comic book art from great artists (like R. Crumb) and she is better at age 10 than they were."
George O’Connor’s first graphic novel, Journey Into Mohawk Country, used as its sole text the actual historical journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and told the true story of how New York almost wasn’t. Now he has brought his attention to Olympians, an ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics form. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Read more about his work on his website here.
Sasha Matthews is ten years old, attends fifth grade at a public school on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, and loves reading and writing comic books. Read our interview with her here.
Maxine Krenzel is a manager at Book Culture. She received her Master's in English Literature at Columbia University and will be attending CUNY's Graduate Center in the fall.