VIRTUAL - Yehudi Mercado - CHUNKY

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 7:00pm

Writer, artist, animator, and former Disney interactive art director, Yehudi Mercado joins us to discuss his hilarious and heartfelt graphic memoir novel for middle graders, CHUNKY, inspired by his childhood in Houston and his struggle with his weight while finding friendship with his imaginary mascot, Chunky, as he navigates growing up in a working class Mexican-Jewish family.

Yehudi will be in conversation with graphic novelist and cartoonist, Terri Libenson (TRULY TYLER). This event will include a drawing demonstration, so be ready to draw along with these two artists! 

Event sponsored in partnership with the Houston Jewish Community Center.

This event will be hosted on Zoom Webinar. Click here to register.

Yehudi Mercado is a former pizza delivery driver and art director for Disney Interactive. He is currently a writer-artist-animator living in Los Angeles. His books include Sci-Fu, Hero Hotel, Rocket Salvage, and Fun Fun Fun World. He is currently show running the Hero Hotel podcast and writing and directing an original animated short for Nickelodeon. You can find him at

Terri Libenson’s middle school experience involved trying on friendships like clothes in a dressing room (often the dorkier ones fit). Eventually, she found close friends for life—who love her exactly for her own dorky self. Terri is the Reuben Award–winning cartoonist of the recently retired syndicated comic strip The Pajama Diaries. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the Emmie & Friends series. Terri lives with her husband, two daughters, and a spirited puppy in Cleveland, Ohio. You can find her online at

Chunky Cover Image
By Yehudi Mercado, Yehudi Mercado (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062972781
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 22nd, 2021

Truly Tyler (Emmie & Friends) Cover Image
By Terri Libenson, Terri Libenson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062894564
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 4th, 2021