ArtsErie and Erie County Continue Celebrating ‘The Big Read’
Author/Illustrator Tim Hamilton to speak about authorized Fahrenheit 451 graphic novel
ERIE, PA — ArtsErie continues to host events coinciding with its Big Read program in celebration of Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451. A presentation by author/illustrator Tim Hamilton has been added to the event schedule. Hamilton's authorized graphic novel adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 was published in 2009. His public presentation will take place from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at East Senior High School, 1001 Atkins St. Hamilton then will sign books in the East Senior High School lobby until 6:30 p.m.
During the presentation, Hamilton will give some history about how he came to illustrate Fahrenheit 451 and how one adapts a work of serious fiction to the graphic medium. He will show thumbnail (early story-board style drafts) and concept sketches from Fahrenheit 451 and samples of some of the art history that he used to inspire the look for the adaptation. He will discuss how art history directs much of his work and how in this kind of graphic adaptation, the artist has to be casting agent, art director, storyboard artist and costume designer. He will also talk about the book’s color scheme, why he used it and the process of creating a graphic novel.
Tim Hamilton has produced art for The New York Times Book Review, Cicada magazine, King Features, BOOM! Studios, Mad magazine, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, ToyBiz and Nickelodeon magazine. He most recently adapted Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island into a graphic novel for Puffin Graphics. He lives in Brooklyn.
Activities in Erie County continue throughout October, including:
- Sat, Oct. 24: Readers’ Theater Performance, Erie Playhouse
- Mon, Oct. 26: Student-led Event, Frontier Park
- Tue, Oct. 27: Movie Viewing & Discussion, Blasco Library
- Wed, Oct. 28: Tim Hamilton Lecture, East High School
- Thu, Oct. 29: Movie Viewing & Discussion, ECHA
- Thu, Oct. 29: Culminating Celebration, Blasco Library
For more information and a full calendar of events for The Big Read–Erie, visit www.onebookerie.org or www.artserie.org . The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read–Erie is presented in partnership with the Erie County Public Library’s “One Book, One Erie” program and the School District of the City of Erie.
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information, please visit www.neabigread.org.
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts—both new and established—bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. For more information, please visit www.arts.gov.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: www.imls.gov.
Arts Midwest connects people throughout the Midwest and the world to meaningful arts opportunities, sharing creativity, knowledge and understanding across boundaries. For more information, please visit www.artsmidwest.org .
ArtsErie strives to nurture the arts and enrich the lives of the people of northwestern Pennsylvania through leadership, financial support, education and advocacy. For more information, please visit www.ArtsErie.org .
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