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How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels

On the left: a headshot of Paul Karasik, a middle-aged white man wearing glasses with a beard and mustache. In the middle, A picture of Nancy reading a newspaper. On the right, a headshot of Mark Newgarden, a middle aged white man with thick black glasses.



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden present their book, How to Read Nancy. The book reveals the syntax of a mass medium through the molecular deconstruction of a single comic strip. It also explores the benefits of deep reading where focused contemplation reveals a subterranean world of hidden structures and ingenious choices.

The event is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, or to register offline, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.

About the Authors

Paul Karasik is the co-author (with David Mazzucchelli) of the graphic novel City of Glass, adapted from the book by Paul Auster and chosen by The Comics Journal as one of the “100 Best Comics of the 20th Century.” His cartoons appear in The New Yorker. Paul teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Mark Newgarden is a cartoonist and author of the monograph We All Die Alone, the co-creator of “Garbage Pail Kids” and the co-author (with Megan Montague Cash) of the award-winning Bow-Wow series of children’s books. Mark teaches at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design at the New School and the School of Visual Arts in NYC.


The event is sponsored by VCU Libraries and The VCU Department of Communication Arts.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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(804) 828-0636

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