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Family Misadventure: Pedro Martín & Zachary Sterling

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November 4, 2023 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

The Judy Cinema

Pedro Martín‘s Mexikid is unforgettable graphic memoir about a Mexican-American boy’s family and their adventure-filled road trip to bring their abuelito back from Mexico to live with them. Zachary Sterling‘s graphic novel Mabuhay! is about first-generation Filipino siblings who have to fine out if they can save the world and still work their family food truck. Moderated by Aron Nels Steinke (Mr. Wolf’s Class).

In Mexikid, Pedro Martín has grown up hearing stories about his abuelito—his legendary crime-fighting, grandfather who was once a part of the Mexican Revolution! But that doesn’t mean Pedro is excited at the news that Abuelito is coming to live with their family. After all, Pedro has 8 brothers and sisters and the house is crowded enough! Still, Pedro piles into the Winnebago with his family for a road trip to Mexico to bring Abuelito home, and what follows is the trip of a lifetime, one filled with laughs and heartache. Along the way, Pedro finally connects with his abuelito and learns what it means to grow up and find his grito.

Can two kids save the world and work their family food truck? In Zachary Sterling’s Mabuhay!, first-generation Filipino siblings JJ and Althea struggle to belong at school. JJ wants to fit in with the crowd, while Althea wants to be accepted as she is. But that hope seems like a long shot, for both of them. To make matters worse, they have to help their parents run the family food truck by dressing up as a dancing pig and passing out samples. Ugh! And their mom is always pointing out lessons from Filipino folklore — annoying tales they’ve heard again and again. But when witches, ogres, and other creatures from those same stories threaten their family, JJ and Althea realize that the folklore may be more real that they’d suspected. Can they embrace who they really are and save their family?

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Pedro Martín

Pedro Martín was a Hallmark artist for 27 years and is the creator of the “Asteroid Andy” cartoon shorts. His debut book is a graphic novel memoir about his childhood in the 1970s, in which he travels with his large family to Mexico to pick up his legendary grandfather (who may or may not have been a part of the Mexican Revolution). Martín’s debut, Mexikid, will be featured at the 2023 Portland Book Festival.
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Zachary Sterling

Zachary Sterling is a 33 year-old Filipino-American, New York Times Best-Selling illustrator, sequential artist and designer based in Portland, OR. He studied at The Pacific Northwest College of Art, Art Insitute of Portland and interned at Helioscope Studio (formerly Periscope Studio). He was formerly the artist on BOOM! Studio's Adventure Time graphic novels and prop designer on the Bee & Puppycat cartoon. His original graphic novel Mabuhay! was published on Scholastic's graphic novel imprint Graphix in 2023.
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Aron Nels Steinke

Aron Nels Steinke is the Eisner Award-winning creator of the bestselling Mr. Wolf’s Class graphic novel series for kids (Graphix) and a former elementary school teacher. Aron lives in Portland, Oregon and regularly visits schools to speak about the awesome power of comics. Find him online at mrwolfsclass.com.
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November 4, 2023
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Judy Cinema
1000 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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