Praise for Bolivar





"Debut author-illustrator Rubin spins a delightful tale that captures the childhood frustration of not being taken seriously by adults, as well as an amusing exploration of curiosity and friendship. The intricate details of the carefully crosshatched artwork and gorgeous panoramic scenes of street life give readers a great many things to discover in each panel. It’s an irreverent but loving tribute to a city whose residents have seen it all but sometimes miss what’s right in front of them, too." - Publishers Weekly

Straddling the line between picture books and graphic novels with evident ease, Sean Rubin brings to life the tale of a reclusive Upper West Side dino and the girl that who loves him. ...Manhattan is rendered in intricate, crosshatched illustrations so accurate you'll be craving a hot pastrami on rye by the time the book is done. - NPR Best Books of 2017


"An instant classic."- Graphic Policy


There’s a lot to pore over in the colorful and detailed crosshatched artwork in this over-200-page story, which seems very much a love letter to New York City. There’s humor and heart, and Sybil is an endearing, lovable protagonist. I look forward to what Rubin brings readers next. - Kirkus


Bolivar is a very special book, a wonderful new mix of comics and prose, like a new Maurice Sendak treasure. It is beautifully drawn as a love letter to charming New York City neighborhoods... and the dinosaurs that may live in them." - David Petersen, creator of Mouse Guard


"The thing is, you don't have to be a New Yorker, or even like NYC, to thoroughly enjoy this book. Bolivar the dinosaur speaks to the introvert in all of us... Dinosaurs may not be around anymore but Bolivars abound. Even little Bolivars who will pick up this book and instantly connect with someone just like them. So for the Bolivars and the Manhattan-lovers, the graphic novel enthusiasts and the parents just looking for a good bedtime story, Bolivar the book is the place to go. Dino-mite stuff." - Fuse8 Blog for School Library Journal


Bolivar is an Archaia release that’s a textural pleasure; wonderfully dense but gently smooth... It’s a children’s book, but more importantly it’s a book children would be lucky to own, I think. [...] Sean Rubin ‘s drawings care a lit about architecture and space and atmospheric detail... and the grasp on how to light a scene with colour to create a time of day is fantastic. [...} Sybil’s fixation on the fact that Bolivar is a dinosaur is presented as a quest for truth and comprehension rather than for domination. Once the dinosaur is noticed, and adults begin to respond poorly, Sybil only wants to help Bolivar escape (which he does, into diverse New York streets and trains and restaurants). It’s a paean to how observing difference doesn’t have to be about separation, but recognition. - Women Write About Comics


Aimed at a grade-school audience, [Bolivar is] a clever hybrid of the traditional picture-book format and an outright comic book, alternating seamlessly between blocks of black text on white background and panels of word-ballooned action... The illustrations of this secretly magical New York are warm and textured, like a crosshatched Annie Hall, and Rubin has a gift for soothing language and gently rolling structure. This one deserves to be a bedtime staple. - York Magazine


"...[An] "in-between" book that's perfect for teaching kids the visual literacy of comics. They can explore the "silent" illustrations as well as watching the speech dynamics between characters and the relationship between panels as the story unfolds... [great] for those who might not have read comics before." -

Signed Copies

Need a signed copy for the holidays but can't make an event? Contact Telegraph Comics in Charlottesville, VA at or 434-244-3210 before December 15 and they'll set it up. 

Upcoming Appearances

Baltimore Comic Con
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2017
Baltimore Convention Center

New York Public Library
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

New York Comic Con
Thursday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct
Javitts Center, New York, NY

Earth-2 Comics
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA

Telegraph Art & Comics
Wednesday, Nov. 15 - Details TBA
211 W Main Street, Charlottesville, VA

Books of Wonder (Uptown)
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
217 W 84 Street, New York, NY

Barnes and Noble
Saturday, December 2, 2017
1035 Emmet St N,Charlottesville, VA

New York Public Library
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Old Fox Books and Coffee
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
35 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD