YA Event with Ngozi Ukazu & Madeline Rupert

Event date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2024 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
471 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906

Author Event with Ngozi Ukazu & Madeline Rupert

Join us on Saturday, February 17th at 4:00 p.m. for a reading and discussion with Ngozi Ukazu and Madeline Rupert, author of Bunt!, a YA graphic novel.

Bunt!: Striking Out on Financial Aid by Ngozi Ukazu and Madeline Rupert

“A hilarious, kinetic, and blisteringly accurate portrait of art school from three masters of the craft. Ngozi, Mad, and K are at the top of their game.” –Gale Galligan, NYT–bestselling adapter of The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels

Check, Please! creator Ngozi Ukazu teams up with debut artist Mad Rupert for an endearing story on the difficulties of navigating college life while dealing with financial troubles, threatened dreams, and quirky classmates. Molly Bauer's first year of college is not the picture-perfect piece of art she'd always envisioned. On day one at PICA, Molly discovers that—through some horrible twist of fate—her full-ride scholarship has vanished! But the ancient texts (PICA's dusty financial aid documents) reveal a loophole. If Molly and 9 other art students win a single game of softball, they'll receive a massive athletic scholarship. Can Molly's crew of ragtag artists succeed in softball without dropping the ball?

The author of the New York Times best-selling Check, Please series, Ngozi Ukazu, returns with debut artist Madeline Rupert to bring an energetic young adult story about authenticity, old vs. new, and college failure. It also poses the question: “Is art school worth it?”

Ngozi Ukazu is a New York Times-bestselling author and the creator of Check, Please!, an online graphic novel whose printing campaign remains the most funded webcomics Kickstarter ever. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Computing and The Arts, and later received a masters in sequential arts and comics. She enjoys trekking through nature, giving talks at colleges, and all things fandom. Since 2020, her cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker.

Mad Rupert is less than 5 feet tall and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. She got her start in online comics over ten years ago, and authors two ongoing webcomics: Sakana, a slice-of-life workplace comedy, and Robber-Robert, a sci-fi romance for mature readers. She has also worked extensively on comic adaptations of Cartoon Network properties like Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Steven Universe. When not making comics, Mad enjoys spending time with her partner and their very old dog, going to the gym, and playing Minecraft. ‘Mad’ is short for Madeline, she’s not actually angry.