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Book Talk: Experiencing Comics by Rachelle Cruz

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When: Thursday November 8th, 2-4pm

Where: Room OCC Library, Room 112

Come to the Library to hear Professor Rachelle Cruz discuss her latest book, Experiencing Comics: An Introduction to Reading, Discussing, and Creating Comics.

  • This event is made possible by the Friends of the Library.
  • Extra credit slips will be available if allowed by the instructor

This accessible, introductory guide to comics shows students how to critically examine the craft and storytelling elements found inside a graphic novel or comic, and is divided into four chapters. Chapter one discusses how a comic is made and introduces students to the unique form and structure of comics, demonstrating how panels, splash pages, and word balloons are used to tell a story. Chapter two encourages students to apply literary theory and social politics to the world of comics to encourage discussions of comics within a larger cultural context. Chapter three explores the history of comics and introduces students to significant movements and moments in comics history in the United States. The final chapter provides students with comic-making activities so they can practice the craft and storytelling elements discussed throughout the book. Students will gain first-hand insight from comics professionals and practitioners through interviews with creators, artists, writers, anthology editors, scholars, and comics enthusiasts such as: John Jennings, Gene Luen Yang, Ramzi Fawaz, Lucy Knisley, Ronald Wimberly, Sonny Liew, Nilah Magruder, Belle Yang, Andi Santagata, Keith Chow, Yumi Sakugawa, Ryan North, Taneka Stotts, Fred Van Lente, Jeff Yang, MariNaomi, Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, Keith Sicat, Alexander Rothman, Glynnes Pruett, Danica Novgorodoff, Jenny Lin, Betsy Gomez, Sophie Goldstein, Ashanti Fortson, Leela Corman, Jeffrey A. Brown, Rina Ayuyang, and more.

About the author:

An Emerging Voices Fellow, Kundiman Fellow, and VONA writer, Rachelle Cruz earned her M.F.A. in creative writing and the performing arts from University of California, Riverside, and her B.A. in liberal arts/liberal studies from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a lecturer at University of California, Riverside, and an adjunct faculty member at Orange Coast College, where she teaches courses in comics, poetry, English, and creative writing. Her latest book, God’s Will for Monsters, won the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize and in 2018, an American Book Award.

Fall 2018 Friends of the Library Book Sale



Tuesday, October 16  - Hours: 10am - 3pm; (9 - 10am Friends of the Library members only)

Wednesday, October 17- Hours: 9am - 3pm; $2-a-bag sale starts at 1pm

Great used books at incredible prices! The Friends of the Library will host their Fall Book Sale for two days. A variety of books will be available from bestsellers, romance, and mysteries to science, art, history and computers. Most books sell for $1.00. The sale will culminate with a "2-dollar-a-bag" sale from 1 - 3pm on the second day. Anyone may join the Friends of the Library prior to the book sale to take advantage of the first day one hour "pre-sale" exclusive for Friends members. The sale will be held inside of the library, with entry from the outside door. Metered parking is available in Lot E (take Merrimac Way to the southwest corner of campus). Please call (714) 432-0202 x21058 for further details.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

When: Wednesday, September 26 (7:00 PM)
Where: Robert B. Moore Theatre

The BMFF World Tour features an international selection of films that present a vast range of outdoor adventures and portraits, including climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures and the world’s last great wild places!

Watch the preview for the 2018 BMFF World Tour:

See the list of all films showing this fall!


$12 for advance tickets; $15 at the door; $5 for OCC students with current ID. Save $3 on admission at the door by donating three or more books, DVDs or CDs per person! This discount does not apply to $5 student admission. Click here to purchase tickets online! -

Tickets are also available at local REI stores in Huntington Beach and Tustin. For general information, call (714) 432-0202 x21058. Free parking will be offered at OCC lot C and at the OC Fairgrounds across the street. All proceeds benefit OCC Friends of the Library.