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Event with Christopher Cardinale
Event with Christopher Cardinale March 29, 2011
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
6:30 to 8 PM
Busboys and Poets - 14th St.
Washington DC 20009

Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore welcomes Christopher Cardinale, illustrator of Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush (written by Luis Alberto Urrea) and Matt Dembicki, editor of and a contributing illustrator to Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection to discuss and sign their books, Mr. Medoza's Paintbrush and Trickster.

Dembicki and Cardinale will be joined by other contributors to Trickster. Co-sponsored by DC Conspiracy, Cinco Puntos Press, Fulcrum Pubishing and Teaching for Change.

Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush graphically depicts the small town of Rosario, where dead corpses rise up out of the cathedral when it floods; where vast silver mines beneath the town occasionally collapse, causing a whole section of the village to drop out of sight; and where the town’s walls are decorated with cryptic messages painted by Mr. Mendoza, self-proclaimed graffiti king of all Mexico. He paints the town's ugly truths…and there's nothing his paintbrush hasn't touched, from a dead monk to a peeping Tom! According to Publisher’s Weekly, Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush, written by acclaimed Latino writer Luis Alberto Urrea and illustrated by Christopher Cardinale, is “the ideal way to present magical realism graphically,” while The Bloomsbury Review says “Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush is a rich gift…Urrea and Cardinale are a match made in heaven.”

Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection is the first graphic anthology of Native American trickster tales. Over twenty Native storytellers and carefully selected illustrators cleverly tell the tales of the trickster—a crafty creature who uses cunning to get food, steals precious possessions, or simply causes mischief—in the hijinks of “How Wildcat Caught a Turkey,” an ego-driven social misstep in “Coyote and the Pebbles,” the hilarity of “Rabbit’s Choctaw Tail Tale,” and many more. Each tale has a unique and powerful voice and look, from serious and dramatic to funny and sometimes downright fiendish and is wonderfully entertaining for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Library Journal said, “[Trickster is] done in such a way that kids will find themselves enthralled. When was the last time a book of folktales enthralled one of your kids anyway? It’s remarkable.” Editor Matt Dembicki is the founder of DC Conspiracy, a comic creators’ collaborative in DC, and Mr. Big fame, his nature graphic novel. Visit his author blog at

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