The Moore American

September 25, 2013

Author/illustrator ready for Norman

By Hannah Cruz
The Moore American

MOORE — Award-winning author/illustrator of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series Jeff Kinney is coming to Norman to hold a fundraiser benefiting Moore school libraries damaged from the May tornadoes.

“Drawn Together: Cartoonists Benefit Moore, Oklahoma School Libraries” is scheduled 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S. Jenkins Ave., in Norman. Doors open at noon. All proceeds generated from the event will be donated to the Moore Public Schools Foundation for their school library collections.

Kinney said the event is a chance for young and old alike to relax, have fun and learn.

“I hope that kids will get inspired. I live in a small town myself, a small town called Plainville, and from here I’m able to write books and make movies and all the things that I never thought I could do,” he said. “I’m hoping we reach some kids or maybe some grown-ups who might be inspired to chase after their dreams.”

Kinney will be joined by fellow authors Dav Pilkey, of the “Captain Underpants” series, Lincoln Peirce, of the “Big Nate” series, and Stephan Pastis, of the “Timmy Failure” series.

During the event, each author will discuss his inspiration and creative process for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, followed by a question and answer session.

With each author having a slightly different approach to writing, Kinney said the four authors will provide an interesting contrast into the same business.

“Our plan is to present a talk about how we became cartoonists and how we go about our writing and our illustrations,” he said. “It’s not going to be themed on the tornadoes, we’re just going to talk about our craft and hope we can inspire people to become creators. And hopefully there’s some writers in the audience who can learn about how to go about getting published.”

Tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased at

The publishing company for each author has donated 200 autographed books to be sold at the event. One-of-a-kind posters from each author also will be for sale. Autographed artwork from each author will be raffled off in addition to other cartoonist memorabilia.

Sponsors include the Metropolitan Library, the Pioneer Library, Universal Uclick, GoComics, Scholastic Books, Abrams Books, HarperCollins Publishers and Candlewick Press.

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