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A2CAF | Maris Wicks: Gorillas, Guts, and Gastropods

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:32pm

Maris Wicks will be at AADL to talk about her art exhibit Gorillas, Guts, and Gastropods and to kick off the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF). We'll journey to the jungles of Africa, to the inside of human intestines, and to the sanctuary of slugs and snails…all with cartoons!  Fascinated by life on this big blue marble we call Earth, Maris Wicks shares the wonders of the world through her science-y comic strips and graphic novels. After the talk, stick around for some hands-on comics-themed activities and mingling.

Her books include Primates (2013) (written by Jim Ottaviani), Human Body Theater (2015) — a 240-page rollicking romp through the major systems of the human body (told in comics format, of course), as well as Spongebob Comics, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics. Her newest book is Coral Reefs (2016). Recently, she was in Antarctica as a part of the USAP Artists & Writers grant, working on a graphic novel about life and science in Antarctica.

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Author Event | The Poisoned City: Anna Clark on the Flint Water Crisis

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:28pm

Anna Clark's new book is an account of the disastrous decisions that switched Flint, Michigan's water supply to a source that corroded the city's aging lead pipes—and the eighteen months of activism that finally forced the state government to admit that Flint's water had been poisoned with lead. In the first full account of this American tragedy, The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. The Poisoned City is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision making.

Anna Clark is a journalist living in Detroit. Her writing has appeared in ELLE Magazine, The New York Times, POLITICO Magazine, Next City, and other publications. She received the 2017 Excellence in Environmental Journalism award from the Great Lakes Environmental Law Council. Her writing was a “notable” pick in Best American Sports Writing 2012; a “best commentary” finalist from the 2015 Mirror Awards; and a 2016 first-place winner from SPJ-Detroit in online investigative reporting.

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Nerd Nite #52: Is It Cold In Here or Is It Just Me?

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 8:17pm

Maris Wicks — Is It Cold In Here or Is It Just Me?
Everything you ever wanted to know about Antarctica, and probably some stuff you didn’t (like that time I pooped in a bucket).

About Maris:
Comic book artist and writer with an insatiable appetite for science. Especially science in strange places

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Studebaker, Packard, Nash, and Hudson

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 1:27pm

Automotive writer Russell Doré discusses the origins of four major automobile companies of the 20th Century.

Learn how the Studebaker Brothers, the Packard Brothers, Charlie Nash, and Joseph L. Hudson grew their companies and what lead to their ultimate disappearance from the industry. Find out the interesting interactions between these leaders and other major automotive entrepreneurs.

Russell Doré has presented programs on Henry Ford, Walter Chrysler, and Billy Durant, founder of General Motors. He is a member of the MotorCities National Heritage Area, the Henry Ford Heritage Association, and the Northville Historical Society.

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A2CAF Presentation - Judd Winick

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:39pm

Judd Winick, the author of the Hilo seriesPedro and Me, and myriad comics for DC (and Real World: San Francisco alum) joined us at A2CAF 2018! In this talk, Judd demonstrates the process of making stories that people will care about and takes questions from the audience.

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Visions 2018: AT Guys

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 5:17pm

Learn about the latest technology that can improve your quality of life. J.J. Meddaugh discusses accessible mobile phones and tablets including iPhone and Android devices, the latest in computer software, braille displays, portable devices, smart assistants, and what's on the horizon. 

J.J. Meddaugh is an accessibility consultant, trainer, entrepreneur, programmer, and overall tech geek, writer, and enthusiast. Specializing in bettering the lives of the blind and visually impaired through technology, training, and support, J.J. is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. He can be heard each week on the Blind Bargains Qast, a podcast focusing on access technology trends and reviews.

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Visions 2018: Inclusive Design in Public Spaces with Sina Bahram

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 5:16pm

Sina Bahram, President of Prime Access Consulting, talks about his personal journey of being a blind computer scientist, working with museums on inclusive design, and thoughts about the future of technologies such as 3D-printing, augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence, especially how they can be used to make the world more accessible.

Sina Bahram is a technologist, researcher, and entrepreneur. His company, Prime Access Consulting, helps museums and other organizations around the world become more inclusive to all audiences, especially those with disabilities.

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Visions 2018: William Robinson

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 5:14pm

Meet Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Director, William Robinson, III, and hear him talk about his personal journey of hope and technology. As Director of BSBP, Robinson is responsible for the state agency that provides vocational rehabilitation, independent living and employment training services available to Michigan’s 200,000 blind and visually impaired citizens. He oversees operations of BSBP’s Training Center in Kalamazoo, the Braille and Talking Book Library in Lansing, and seven offices located throughout the state that administer a wide range of services including BSBP’s Business Enterprise Program, services for youth and seniors, and deaf blind services. 

Before his appointment with the BSBP, Robinson, a certified public accountant (CPA), served as President and CEO of the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services. Prior to becoming visually impaired as a result of a hunting accident in 2001, Robinson was the chief financial officer of National Linen Service, a division of National Service Industries. Robinson received vision rehabilitation services from the Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta, GA. 

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Mystery Authors: Owen Laukkanen & Nick Petrie

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 5:13pm

Bestselling thriller/adventure novelists Owen Laukkanen and Nick Petrie visited the Ann Arbor District Library to discuss their writing and artistic process.

Owen Laukkanen is the author of six Stevens and Windermere novels, of which The Professionals was nominated for the Barry and International Thriller Writers Awards for Best First Novel. A former professional poker journalist and commercial fisherman, Laukkanen and his rescue pitbull Lucy divides their time between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island. His most recent novel is Gale Force.

Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington and won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. His first novel, The Drifter, won the 2016 Thriller Award and the 2016 Barry Award. His books in the Peter Ash series are The Drifter, Burning Bright and Light It Up. A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor, and building inspector. He lives in Milwaukee. Light It Up is his most recent novel.

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Skateboarder Daniel Mancina

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 5:13pm

Daniel Mancina is a positive advocate for the blind and uses his passion for skateboarding to change perceptions of the blind community. Having lost 95% of his vision, Mancina now focuses on spreading his passion for living a fulfilled life. Mancina believes that we all have things in our lives that act as handicaps--unsatisfying jobs, difficult family situations, depression or anxiety, or physical disabilities--and that it is possible to use these handicaps in a positive way. Mancina helps others recognize that their own struggles are tools that can be used to improve their lives if they shift their perspectives.