On Saturday, February 8, 2020, DC Super Heroes took over the L.A. Zoo with the help of the acclaimed authors and artists behind DC’s new middle grade graphic novels. The fun-filled day – DC Presents: Reading with Zoo-per Heroes at the L.A. Zoo – featured an honorary naming ceremony for one of the L.A. Zoo’s green and black poison dart frogs, interactive author/artist talks & signings, drawing demonstrations, live animal presentations and superhero-themed arts & crafts. Through these activities, kids and families were inspired to discover their own super powers while also learning about the super powers of several animals.
Author/artists appearances included Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls), Shannon Hale(Diana: Princess of the Amazons), Dean Hale (Diana: Princess of the Amazons), Michael Northrop (Dear Justice League),Ridley Pearson (Super Sons), Kirk Scroggs (The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid), and Victoria Ying (Diana: Princess of the Amazons).
Zoo-goers heard firsthand from bestselling authors Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Michael Northrop, Ridley Pearson and Kirk Scroggs about their new middle grade graphic novels starring Wonder Woman, the Justice League, the super sons of Batman and Superman, and Swamp Kid, and enjoyed learning about animals and the environment through a superhero lens with zookeepers and docents. Scroggs and fellow DC artists Agnes Garbowska and Victoria Ying also taught several drawing lessons throughout the day.
The kick-off ceremony, hosted by the DC Kids YouTube show’s Nandi Hildebrand and Jett Bednar, featured an honorary naming ceremony for one of the L.A. Zoo’s green and black poison dart frogs. The frog was named “Russell” after the main character in Kirk Scroggs’s The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid graphic novel. To commemorate the occasion, Scroggs, with the help of Michele Wells (DC’s Vice President and Executive Editor of DC Books for Young Readers), presented the L.A. Zoo with a custom piece of artwork (illustrated by Scroggs) featuring his main character – Russell Weinwright – holding “Russell.”
Minh Lê Talks Fatherhood, Green Lantern’s Legacy & More
For more DC Comics news, check out my interview with Minh Lê about his Green Lantern book and fatherhood.
Minh Lê sits down with me to chat about his latest book, Green Lantern: Legacy. Minh shares with me how he was able to use his family’s history and grandmother as key parts for Green Lantern: Legacy. Lê talks about how excited his two sons are for him to write a DC Comics graphic novel and his plan to keep on writing books for his sons.
Minh and I talk about fatherhood and the values he looks to instill into his sons. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five