EVENT: The Virtues of Creative Impatience
|October 26, 2012|
|3:30 pm||to||5:00 pm|
The Virtues of Creative Impatience:
This rambling, slide-laden manifesto by writer Matthew Swanson and illustrator Robbi
Behr (of the small presses Idiots’Books and Bobbledy Books) explores the definition of
art, the benefits of risk, the power of self-promotion, the advantages of collaboration,
the pleasures of artistic freedom, the realities of the commercial publishing world, the
value of experience, the importance of saying yes, and the unquestionable merits of
doggedness. Q&A to follow.
Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr Bio
Author/illustrator, husband/wife, taskmaster/loafer duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi
Behr run two small presses, Idiots’Books and Bobbledy Books. Over the past five years,
they have self-published more than 40 satirical illustrated volumes they describe as “odd,
commercially nonviable picture books for adults”—as well as a handful of picture books
Their commercial debut, The Super Hero Squad Flips Out, was published by LB Kids in
the fall of 2011. Their book Ten Thousand Stories will be published by Chronicle Books
in the fall of 2013.
Their work has been praised by the New York Times, USA Today, New York magazine,
Slate.com, and BoingBoing.net. It has been described as “witty, winsome, and original,”
by book critic Michael Dirda of the Washington Post and as “weird, stupid, and a waste
of time,” by tenth grade honors student Emily Parsons of Hamilton, Ohio.