Graphic Novels for Young Readers

Graphic novel creators Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (One Day a Dot) and Robert Christie and Deborah Lang (Quirk's Quest: The Lost and the Found) share their books and discuss art and creating graphic novels for young readers.

One Day a Dot explores the age-old question: Where did we come from? Where did everything come from?

Starting with one tiny dot and continuing through the Big Bang to the rise of human societies, the story of our universe is told in simple and vivid terms. But the biggest question of all cannot be answered: Where did that one dot come from?

One Day a Dot is a beautiful and vibrant picture book that uses the visual motif of circles as to guide young readers through the stages of life on Earth.

Braden Lamb grew up in Seattle, studied film in upstate New York, learned about Vikings in Iceland and Norway, and began an art career in Massachusetts. Now he draws and colors comics, and wouldn't have it any other way.

Shelli Paroline escaped early on into the world of comics, cartoons, and science fiction. She has returned to the Boston area, where she is an illustrator and co-director of the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo.


Marooned in unknown and exceedingly hostile territory, Captain Quenterindy Quirk and his furry entourage continue their royal quest to explore the uncharted lands of Crutonia. And now they've made a most remarkable discovery: Amysterious and highly advanced civilization lies beneath the surface of the island. But the rulers of this new world have little patience for inept explorers or their royal quests.

Vividly illustrated and starring a cunningly designed cast of characters, Quirk's Quest is a tale of adventure in a fully imagined world ripe for exploration. Included in this volume is an illustrated roster of the important characters and a map of the world of Crutonia.

Robert Christie grew up on Long Island and spent most of his waking hours obsessively drawing. While taking cover from a lunchroom food fight, he met Deborah Lang and shortly thereafter they conspired to create Crutonia. He makes his living as an illustrator, painter, and prop maker for major motion pictures, Broadway, and fashion photo shoots.

Deborah Lang is a cartoonist, scientific illustrator, and molecular biologist. She was born in New York City, but eventually moved to Long Island purely to meet up with Robert Christie and create Crutonia with him.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140
One Day a Dot: The Story of You, the Universe, and Everything Cover Image
By Ian Lendler, Shelli Paroline (Illustrator), Braden Lamb (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722446
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - April 17th, 2018

Quirk's Quest: The Lost and the Found Cover Image
By Robert Christie, Deborah Lang (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626722347
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: First Second - June 26th, 2018

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