Navigating Life in the Big City

Decatur Library presented by WABE

Sunday, 3:45-4:30

Two masterful graphic novelists take storytelling to a new novel as each navigates the personalities and adventures in a big city. Mimi Pond'sThe Customer is Always Wrong is the saga of a young naïve artist named Madge working in a restaurant of charming drunks, junkies, thieves, and creeps in 70s Oakland, while Leslie Stein takes us on a sinuous urban stroll divorced from destination, glimpsing New York City through her open eyes in Present.


Mimi Pond

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator and writer. She has created comics for the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen magazine, National Lampoon and many other publications. She is the author of the acclaimed graphic memoir Over Easy, and has also written for television; her credits include the first full-length episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," and episodes for the television shows Designing Women and Pee Wee’s Playhouse. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the painter Wayne White.

Leslie Stein

Leslie Stein is the creator of the Eye of the Majestic Creature series, as well as the diary comic Bright-Eyed at Midnight. Her diary comics appear regularly on Vice. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Sergio Figueiredo

Sergio Figueiredo is an assistant professor of media and rhetoric in the Department of English at Kennesaw State University. Originally from southern New Jersey, Figueiredo received his BA in English from Rowan University, MA in English from Marshall University, and doctorate in Rhetoric, Communication, and Information Design from Clemson University. He is the editor and translator of Inventing Comics, a collection of essays on the invention of comics and graphic storytelling by Rodolphe Töpffer. Figueiredo is currently in the process of translating Töpffer’s posthumously published monograph on rhetorical invention, poetics, and storytelling practices across media.