Sunday, March 3, 2019


Cartoon Art Museum, 781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA

Q&A conversation with museum admission
Book signing free in the Bil Keane Family Lobby

The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes Svetlana Chmakova, creator of the popular youth graphic novels Awkward, Brave, and the recently released Crush, on Sunday, March 3, 2019, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. as part of its visiting artist program Cartoonist IRL (In Real Life). Join us in our galleries for a short Q&A with Svetlana followed by a book signing in the Bil Keane Family Lobby.

Regular museum admission required for this special event. Book signing attendance is free.

About Crush
Svetlana Chmakova’s award-winning Berrybrook Middle School graphic novel series continues with its latest installment: Crush.

Jorge seems to have it all together. He’s big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he’s also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl. But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him versus what he actually wants?

About Svetlana Chmakova
Born in Russia and raised in Canada, Svetlana Chmakova earned an Eisner Award nomination in 2007 for her original English-language manga Dramacon. A recipient of the Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics, her résumé also includes the four-volume Nightschool (2009–10) and adaptations of James Patterson’s Witch & Wizard novels. Her more recent work—Awkward (which netted her a second Eisner nomination), Brave, and the newly released Crush—delves into the clumsy and unpredictable world known as middle school. Learn more about her at

About the Cartoonist IRL program

The Cartoon Art Museum regularly hosted professional cartoonists on a monthly basis as part of its Cartoonists IRL program or In Real Life (formerly known as Cartoonist-in-Residence), visitors can observe cartoonists at work and engage with them directly while cartoonists are able to share their passion and process and vend their latest and most well-known projects.

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