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Videos of Interviews and Mural Events

This interview is part of

"The Comic-Con Kids: Finding and Defining Fandom"

project at San Diego State University Library.

Interview Date: Friday, October 19, 2012

Location: San Diego Comic Fest, Town and Country Resort and Convention Center

Interviewer: Jonathan Valdez

Producers: Pamela Jackson and Michael Lapins

Editor: Tracy Stegeman

This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit

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Phil did a cartooning workshop at the San Bernardino Public Library on June 16, 2021. It was in-person and on ZOOM. 

You  can watch the edited version by clicking on the Winged Tiger World Tour image.

Cartooning with Phil Yeh

The Planet Literacy documentary continues as founder Phil Yeh and video guru/CAA VP Rich Dinges do a series of interviews with actress Janet Carroll, French comic book master Moebius, and Comic Relief's vice-president Dennis Albaugh, who connects literacy with homelessness. George GladirARCHIE comics veteran writer and the creator of Sabrina the Teenage Witch also appears with Phil Yeh and RC Williams, and there is a really nice piece with Natalie Merchant on how literacy is connected with her music.

From original footage shot by film maker Don Campbell, these clips are being edited -among others- by Richard Dinges, one of the founding members of Cartoonists Across America, plus a talented film maker, writer, actor and musician living in Maryland.

10000 Maniacs wearing Phil Yeh's "Read. Avoid Extinction" t-shirt.

Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs

wearing Phil's "Read. Avoid Extinction" t-shirt.



Image painted by Phill Singer

In 1988 Cartoonists Across America went to Nashville to paint a city bus promoting literacy and the by Was Not Was. Phil Yeh, RC Williams, and Phill Singer led the troops!

Was Not Was wearing Phil Yeh's "Read. Avoid Extinction" t-shirt.

Was Not Was wearing Phil's Reading Dinosaurs t-shirt

Painting a bus promoting literacy in Nashville, TN

The bus in Nashville

Cartoonists Across America visits the World Trade Center in 1988, where Phil did a rap with Grandmaster Flash. Then in 1990, CAA becomes:Cartoonists Across America & The World when international cartoonists collaborated on a mural for literacy in Budapest and where Phil Yeh's dinosaurs were chosen to be on a Hungarian postage stamp!

Cartoonists from around the world came to Budapest

The cartoonists who helped with the mural in Budapest.

Back row: Rolf Heimann (Australia), Martyn Turner (Ireland), Jerry Robinson (USA), Phil Yeh (USA), Norman Isaac (Philippines), Mik Jago (Israel), unidentified, Milton Knight (USA)
2nd Row: Suresh Sawand (India), Vijay N. Seth (India), Marco De Angelis (Italy), Harunoor Rasheed Harun (Bangladesh), Kevin Kallaugher (USA)
Front Row: Vicha Promchan (Thailand), Andreas Floris (Germany), Sema Undeger (Turkey), and Ronald Libin (Belgium).
All in all, more than 120 cartoonists from around the world were in Budapest!

Phil Yeh joined Grandmaster Flash when he did a rap for reading at the World Trade Center.

Phil joined in with Grandmaster Flash doing a rap for literacy in the World Trade Center

Phil Yeh's reading dinosaurs were given a stamp in Hungary.

The first day issue envelope and stamp for Hungary

Creative Mural Project at Pulszonen

in Kildebjerg Ry, Denmark. August 18-20, 2015

American muralist and cartoonist Phil Yeh created two murals together with three 5th grade classes from Moelleskolen in Ry, Denmark. The purpose of the mural project is to promote the love of reading, learning and languages, as well as encourage idea development, creativity and physical activity among children.

Finished mural in Ry, Denmark. Side one

Artist Phil Yeh shares his views on comics and Literacy. He also tells about an event at the Norman Feldheym Public Library in San Bernardino that helped raise money and awareness for Literacy through art.

library staff painting truck for website

Library staff painting the mural on the library delivery truck

Mural on the delivery van painted for San Bernardino Public Library

The mural on the library delivery van

One of Phil's interviews at the museum at the Original McDonald's site in San Bernardino.  Phil and friends have painted murals on all 4 walls of the museum.

The mural on the South wall at the McDonald's museum in San Bernardino, CA

The mural on the South side of the museum


Phil Yeh and Kevin Eastman

The mural on the West wall at the McDonald's Museum in San Bernardino, CA

Mural on the West side of the museum

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman stopped by the historic McDonald's Museum on E St. in San Bernardino to create new art including Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello & Raphael. Inspired by Route 66 and literacy art work, the mural was originally created by Phil Yeh and includes art from Phil Ortiz of the Simpsons and others. The building is owned by Albert Okura, owner of Juan Pollo.  Filmed by J. Rodriguez in May 2018.

An interview with Phil at Wizard World in 2011

R.O.O.T. (Revive Our Old Town) and artist Phil Yeh create a new mural adding color to Old Town Victorville with help from the community.  Filmed by the Victorville Daily Press.

The mural was painted in two parts. Half of the wall is a daytime scene painted in October 2018  and the second half is a night scene painted in April 2019.

Community mural sponsored by ROOT (Restore Our Old Town) in Victorville, CA
Community mural sponsored by ROOT (Restore Our Old Town) in Victorville, CA

Cartoonist Presentation

San Diego Comic Con 2011

Part 2                        Part 3

Robert Gluckson hosted a workshop in teaching cartooning and literacy at San Diego Comic Con featuring Phil Yeh and Josh Elder.  This took place 2 months after Phil’s stroke, so artist Jon J. Murakami helped him by doing the drawing.

The whole presentation was filmed in 5 parts by by Rob Gustaveson of  Phil's presentation was in part 2 and part 3.

Phil Yeh and Jon Murakami at San Diego Comic Con in 2011

 Phil Yeh on Graphic Novels, Reading and Cataloging

2014 American Library Association Annual Conference

Phil Yeh at the American Library Association Annual Conference in 2014

Phil was one of the cartoonists in Artists' Alley at the American Library Convention in Las Vegas

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