Cartoonist Phil Yeh, creator of NBM Publishing’s geography-teaching graphic novel Dinosaurs Across America, has released the fall 2007 schedule of his 25-year world tour that uses humor and cartoons to promote literacy and the arts.

In August, NBM released Dinosaurs Across America in a full-color, hardbound format. A black-and-white comic-book version of the book has been reprinted eight times and sold nearly 200,000 copies.

Both Yeh and NBM have long histories in graphic novels. NBM, the first American house to publish graphic novels consistently, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Yeh has been in graphic novels for nearly as long. Well before graphic novels became a bookstore staple, Yeh – the godfather of the modern American graphic novel -- was encouraging his fellow artists to dive into the format.

Image from Amazon
Dinosaurs Across America
by Phil Yeh

Yeh and a band of artists, known collectively as Cartoonists Across America, have painted more than 1600 murals since Yeh’s tour began in 1985. After its end in 2010, Yeh plans to finish the feature-length documentary Planet Literacy: The Cartoonists Across America. He is featured in the new book Hometown Heroes (HarperCollins), about 50 Americans who are changing the world. And he makes for a lively, funny, and opinionated interview.

Here is Yeh’s schedule (so far) for the autumn.

Saturday, September 8, 12:00 noon – 2 p.m.
Book signing
Metropolis Comics
16509 Bellflower Boulevard
Bellflower, CA 90706

Tuesday, September 25, 4:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Govans Branch Library
5714 Bellona Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21212

Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Patterson Park Branch Library
158 North Linwood Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224

Thursday, September 27, 4:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Washington Village Branch Library
856 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230

Thursday, September 27, 6:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Light Street Branch Library
1251 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Saturday, September 29, 2:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Central Library
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Friday through Sunday, September 28 through 30
Mural painting, book signing, and panel discussion
Baltimore Book Festival Children’s Bookstore Tent
Mount Vernon Place
600 block of North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Friday through Sunday, October 5 through 7
Mural painting and book signing
Silicon 2007 science fiction, comics, and anime convention
DoubleTree Hotel
2050 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110

Wednesday and Thursday, October 9 and 10
School assembly, mural painting, and family night
Park Elementary School
301 North Marengo Avenue
Alhambra, CA 91801

Thursday, October 11
School assembly and comics workshop
The Prentice School
18341 Lassen Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Mural painting
San Bernardino Public Library
555 West 6th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Sunday, October 14
Mural Painting
Latino Book & Family Festival
ArcLight Theater
6369 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Thursday, October 25, 6:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Glenwood Lynwood Public Library
320 Glenwood-Lansing Road
Glenwood, IL 60425

Monday, October 29, 3:00 p.m.
Comics workshop
Homewood Flossmoor High School
999 Kedzie Avenue
Flossmoor, IL 60422

Thursday, November 1
Two comics workshops
Thornton-Fractional South High School
18500 Burnham Ave.
Lansing, IL 60438

Saturday, November 3, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mural painting
Blue Back Square
West Hartford, CT 06107

For more information:

David Seidman
Online Publicist
NBM Publishing

Linda Adams