MA – Finnegan Children’s Literature Lecture w/ Renee Kurilla

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Artist and Lesley alumna Renée Kurilla has illustrated many books for kids including “Orangutanka: A Story In Poems” by Margarita Engle, “The Pickwicks’ Picnic” by Carol Brendler, and the Ada Lace series by Emily Calandrelli. Before transitioning to a full-time freelance career, she was a lead artist at FableVision Studios for nearly 10 years. Kurilla earned several awards for her work, including the graphic novel “Zebrafish,” a Junior Library Guild selection.

Kurilla will present a lecture about her experiences as an illustrator and her upcoming projects on Wednesday, April 25th at 4:00 PM. The lecture is free and open to the public.

These events are made possible by the generous support of Evelyn M. Finnegan ’48, a children’s books author, and her family. Lesley University’s outstanding children’s literature collection is named in her honor in recognition of her family’s philanthropic support. This lecture series is funded by the collection’s permanent endowment in conjunction with Sherrill Library and the Graduate School of Education’s Language and Literacy Division.

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Lesley University Library
89 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling Returns This Sunday

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This Sunday, April 29th, the Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling returns for its 2nd annual event! Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling is a good old-fashioned comic book show with rows and rows of comic book dealers from around the country selling comics and collectibles from the ancient to the very modern, and some amazing comic guests as well — and admission is free!

We are very happy to announce the addition of Pixar and Disney artist, Marty Baumann to our line-up of guests for Spring Fling 2018!

Marty Baumann is an illustrator, graphic artist, and production designer. He has contributed to some of the most popular, Oscar-winning animated films of all time. Marty has worked as an artist at Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios as an illustrator, graphic artist, and production designer on such films as Toy Story 3, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Cars 2, Planes, Wreck-It Ralph 2, and many others. He also helped develop theme park installations, toy packaging, and Pixar corporate branding. Marty has rendered illustrations and developed characters for toy manufacturers, magazines, and newspapers, and illustrated children’s books, created logos, infographics, broadcast promotions, and presentation art for Hasbro, Universal Studios, National Geographic, Scholastic Books, Nickelodeon, and many others. Recent projects include his role as concept artist for the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the visual development of Sir Paul McCartney’s feature film, High in the Clouds.

Ringo Award winner and Harvey and Eisner award nominee Frank Cho launched his career as a comic strip artist at the University of Maryland-College Park student newspaper, penning University2, which was the predecessor of his creator-owned syndicated strip and comic series, Liberty Meadows. His body of work also includes Marvel Comics’ New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism, as well as Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. His recent work can be seen in BOOM! Studios’ Skybourne, and on covers from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.

Long-time friend of the show, Ringo, Harvey, and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and on-line. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.

John Gallagher is the award-winning artist and writer of graphic novels Buzzboy and Roboy Red (with Rich Faber). John teamed with sons Jack and Will to create a kids book, E.P.I.C. Bros., about two kids whose superhero dad is always out saving the world, and they pass the time using his gizmos for lovable mayhem. Jack and Will follow in the footsteps of big sister Katie, who teamed with her dad to create Zoey and Ketchup. John’s Buzzboy is back from American Mythology Productions in Buzzboy Go Digital Monster Mayhem, where he has also contributed to the recently relaunched Casper the Friendly Ghost and The Inspector. When not creating comics, John is executive director of Kids Love Comics (kidslovecomics.net) and works as art director for Ranger Rick magazine.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

And, as a special Hero Initiative guest, Tom King. The Ringo and Eisner Award winner is currently the writer of Batman at DC Comics, where he has also written Mister Miracle, Grayson, The Omega Men, DC Nation, Swamp Thing Winter Special, and has a story in Action Comics #1000, not to mention his award-winning work at Marvel on The Vision. King’s first book, A Once Crowded Sky, a postmodern super hero novel, was recognized by USA Today as one of the best Graphic Novels of the year. He was named by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the five comic creators to watch in 2015.

Tom will be signing from 1pm-3pm at the Hero Initiative booth, accepting donations for signatures. Tom requests that no graded books be brought for autographs and appreciates his fans’ understanding.

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

PA – Walks in Wakanda: The Black Panther in Comics and Culture

 

Writer Evan Narcisse, co-author of the Rise of the Black Panther graphic novel miniseries for Marvel Comics, appears at City of Asylum on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 8:00 PM to give an insider’s history of the Black Panther, and discuss how and why the Black Panther became a blockbuster film. Evan will also talk about his personal journey from critic to artistic creator working in comics.

This program will include an audience Q&A and a “fireside chat” with celebrated poet Yona Harvey, herself a contributor to Marvel’s World of Wakanda graphic novel.

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City of Asylum
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 435-1110

CA – Despicable Deadpool #300 Signing

Artist Scott Koblish appears at 4 Color Fantasies on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 11:00 AM from 2:00 PM to sign his cover of Despicable Deadpool #300 and his new book The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish!

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4 Color Fantasies
8045 Archibald Ave Suite 120, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 563-8751

NYC – PEN Out Loud: Writing War

Author/illustrator Molly Crabapple shares her new book Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War with Alexis Okeowo, winner of the PEN Open Book Award and author of A Moonless Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men  Fighting Extremism in Africa, at the Strand Book Store on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 PM. Get tickets here…

PEN Out Loud is a partnership between Strand Book Store & PEN America. Ticketed guests may receive emails and updates from both organizations.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

TX – FCBD 2018: Zeus Comics

Zeus Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 5, 2018 with special guests:

Michael Lark – Lazarus, Daredevil, Gotham Central
Joe Eisma – Riverdale, Flash, Archies, Faith
Kat Leyh – Lumberjanes, SuperCakes, Adventure Time
Lilah Sturges – House of Mystery, Thor: Worthy Origins
Chad Thomas – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars Adventures
Ken Lowery – The Night Driver, When the Devil Drives, Like A Virus
Andy Hirsch – Science Comics, Varmints, Garfield
Gavin Guidry – The Night Driver, The Death Defying
Shonuff Studio – Aerobicide, Zombie Kitty
Emily Rose – Emily Rose Art & Illustration
Dan Peeler/Charlie Rose – Young Dragons of Romania

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Zeus Comics
1334 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75247
(214) 219-8697

SC – DC Nation #0 Signings

Artist Gregbo Watson appears at BOTH Planet Comics locations signing copies of the Planet Comics Exclusive DC Nation #0 on Wednesday, May 2, 2018!

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Planet Comics
2704 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621
(864) 261-3578

1633 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 509-6850

OH – Monsters Beware Reading + Art Demo

Cartoonist and animator Rafael Rosado appears at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM for a comics reading and art demonstration!

Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-3535

UT – Black Cat Comics Signing

Black Cat Comics hosts these amazing comic creators on this very special signing on Wednesday April 25th @ 11am-2pm Come meet :

Morgan Beem – Family Trade
Jorge Corona – No.1 with a Bullet, Goners, Feathers, We Are Robin, Old Man Jack, Adventure Time, Flash, Nightwing
Ryan Cady – Warhammer, Magdalena, Adventure Time, Big Moose
Phillip Sevy– The House, Tomb Raider, Paradox
David Stoll – Danger This Way, Spread

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Black Cat Comics
2261 S Highland Dr, Ste A, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(801) 461-4228

ON – FCBD 2018: Stadium Comics

Leonard Kirk, Alex Milne, and Jamal Campbell appear at Stadium Comics to celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5, 2018!

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Stadium Comics
499 Main Street South, Brampton, ON L6Y 1N7
905-451-3751

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