April 13, 2024


  • 10:00 am - 10:45 am
  •    |   Location of Session: Copper Kitchen
  • Middle Grade Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 11:00 am
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

It seems like there’s a mystery to be solved! In Sara Goetter & Natalie Riess new graphic novel The Bawk-ness Monster, Penny wants to find the mythical creature who saved her life…and then she and her friends discover an even bigger adventure!

Introduced by Liberty Arcinega

About the Author

Sara Goetter - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sara Goetter

Sara Goetter

Sara Goetter is a Pennsylvania-born, currently Austin-based cartoonist, where she draws comics with her girlfriend. She specializes in drawing goofy faces and dumb jokes, and cries whenever she thinks about frogs too much. Her latest project is The Bawk-ness Monster.

Natalie Riess - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Courtesy of Natalie Riess

Natalie Riess

Natalie Riess is a cartoonist from Pennsylvania. She now lives in Austin, Texas, where she makes comics with her girlfriend and gets yelled at by their beautiful cat. She loves to draw food, nature, and horrible plant monsters. Her previous titles include Space Battle Lunchtime and Snarlbear. Her latest book is The Bawk-ness Monster.


Natalie Riess - The San Antonio Book Festival

Autumn Carter

Autumn Carter is a Secondary ELAR Specialist at NEISD and a Teacher Consultant for the San Antonio Writing Project. She has hosted SABF’s Authors in Schools and sees reading as a source of love and empowerment. This former Teacher of the Year, believes in the transformative impact of literacy on school culture, in classrooms and the community. Autumn attributes her passion for books to her mother and grandmother, whose introduction to the public library ignited her lifelong journey with literature.

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