Tucson Festival of Books

Molly Mendoza (they/them)



Dani Townsend

Molly Mendoza is an American illustrator and comics artist who is captivated by the relationships she's built over the course of her life. Mendoza sets out to emulate those relationships, from the closeness of love to the turbulence of frayed friendship, through their chaotic yet rhythmic mark making and color. Alongside personal/observational narrative, Mendoza devotes her time to her own personal painting practice that has expanded into public arts; now having created a number of murals around the city of Portland. Mendoza is a B.F.A. graduate from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She have gone on to develop a rich illustration practice, self-publishing numerous comics, as well as working with clients such as The New York Times and The Atlantic. She wrote and illustrated the Ignatz and Eisner nominated graphic novel "Skip" and illustrated "Freedom We Sing" by Amyra León. Mendoza currently lives in Portland. Her new book is "Jovita Wore Pants."

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Scheduled events:
YA Workshop: Drawing Graphic Novels
An artist's workshop on comics and creating graphic novels. Come and sketch with Molly Mendoza, an artist, illustrator and creator of graphic novels.

UA Main Library Indoor Amphitheater (Seats 75, Wheelchair accessible)
Sat, Mar 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Molly Mendoza
Moderator: Ann Parker
Trailblazers: Women Forging the Way
Strong women who forge pathways to challenge societal injustices are trailblazers who provide children with inspiration and strategies for considering their own commitment to action. From labor movements to women's basketball to authors breaking boundaries, these books use a range of writing styles and book designs to captivate readers.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Andrew Maraniss, Molly Mendoza, Aida Salazar, Ibi Zoboi
Moderator: Ruth McKoy Lowery
Creating Comics and Graphic Novels
Three creators of comics and graphic novels for middle grade and young adult readers share their processes of creating these books and their perspectives on what makes a successful graphic novel.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Franco Aureliani, Scott Magoon, Molly Mendoza
Moderator: Elizabeth O'Donnell
Art as Activism
Art has a long history of being a tool for activism and social change. Several illustrators of picturebooks, a graphic novelist and an illustrator of nonfiction talk about how the art in their books serves as a tool for encouraging social change around climate change, immigration, labor issues and unjust incarceration.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jonathan Case, Molly Mendoza, Magdalena Mora
Moderator: Loren Reyes

Books:
Freedom, We Sing
Children / Teens
National Geographic Books
July 2020
ISBN 9781912497324
40 pages

Jovita Wore Pants
The Story of a Revolutionary Fighter
Children / Teens
Scholastic, Incorporated
March 2023
ISBN 9781338283419
48 pages