Episode 22: Cosmic Cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto


How have I been missing out on graphic novels for so long?! This week’s guest is the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist and the acclaimed author of Cancer Vixen, Marisa Acocella Marchetto. She talks about her stunning new graphic novel Ann Tenna which chronicles an influential gossip columnist brought face-to-face with her own mortality and the greater cosmic realm. Marisa shares intimate details about struggling as artist in New York, how breast cancer changed the trajectory of her life, and how dressing and believing you’re a vixen helps just about any situation.

Ann Tenna was my introduction to graphic novels and now I am hooked!

If you are in New York tonight (September 8th) come join Marisa and I in conversation at the Ace Hotel for the PEN DIY series. Marisa will talk about her life in fashion and offer guidelines for what to do and wear, when death comes knocking. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Program begins at 8 PM. Tickets are $10.

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Marisa Acocella Marchetto is a cartoonist for The New Yorker whose work has appeared in The New York Times; Glamour; and O, The Oprah Magazine, among other publications. She is the author of the forthcoming graphic novel Ann Tenna (Knopf, September 1, 2015), Cancer Vixen (Knopf), and Just Who the Hell Is She Anyway? (Crown). Her graphic memoir Cancer Vixen was named one of Time’s top ten graphic memoirs, and a finalist for the National Cartoonists Society Graphic Novel of the Year. A founder and chair of the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai, she lives in New York City.

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Buy Ann Tenna on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookstore.