News and Events
Press Releases

HVCC Reads Brings Graphic Novelist Jessica Abel to Hudson Valley Community College on April 1

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, March 6, 2009

Author and illustrator Jessica Abel will visit the Hudson Valley Community College campus on Wednesday, April 1, to talk about her graphic novel entitled "La Perdida " (The Lost One). Her 1 p.m. talk in the college\'s Maureen Stapleton Theatre is open to the public.

Abel\'s campus visit is part of HVCC READS, an annual community reading program that encourages everyone on campus - students, faculty, and employees – to read the same book and discuss it prior to the author\'s visit.

Abel is the first female author and also the first graphic novelist invited to participate in HVCC READS. "La Perdida" tells the story of Carla, a young Mexican-American woman who is estranged from her father. As a result, she moves to Mexico to find herself. "Entertainment Weekly" described "La Perdida" as "a sharp cautionary tale about the perils of shady friends and slippery cultural footing."

Originally from Chicago and now a resident of Brooklyn , Abel has a long and accomplished history in the field of cartooning. Her earliest works appeared in a student collection at the University of Chicago . After college, she began producing a comic book called "Artbabe," but she insists that the work is fictional rather than autobiographical. Later, she began work on "La Perdida," which appeared originally as a serial comic and won the Harvey Award for the "Best New Series" in 2002. Abel has also co-written another graphic novel – with Gabe Soria and Warren Pleece – called "Life Sucks" and a textbook on comics with her husband, Matt Madden, called "Drawing Words, Writing Pictures."

During the day of her visit, Abel will visit two Hudson Valley classes in the morning, share lunch with a small group of individuals, speak about "La Perdida" in the Maureen Stapleton Theater in the Campus Center , and participate in a social hour afterwards.

In previous years, HVCC READS has invited Bill McKibben to talk about his non-fiction book "Enough" (in 2006), William Kennedy to discuss his Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Ironweed" (in 2007), and Troy native Richard Selzer to comment on his collection of short stories, "Confession of a Knife" (in 2008).  

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.