Videos of Interviews and Mural Events
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 Gladir, ARCHIE 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.
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 arts...music by Was Not Was. Phil Yeh, RC Williams, and Phill Singer led the troops!
Was Not Was wearing Phil's Reading Dinosaurs t-shirt
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!
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 joined in with Grandmaster Flash doing a rap for literacy in the World Trade Center
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.
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 the mural on the library delivery truck
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 side of the museum
Phil Yeh and Kevin Eastman
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.
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 graphic-illusion.com. Phil's presentation was in part 2 and part 3.
2014 American Library Association Annual Conference
Phil was one of the cartoonists in Artists' Alley at the American Library Convention in Las Vegas