LA – Gene Yang: Comics & Me

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Press Release:

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is proud to present author Gene Luen Yang as the featured speaker for the 39th Annual Author-Illustrator Program. As a very highly anticipated fall event, this year the Program is scheduled to be held Thursday and Friday, October 13 and 14, at the new Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

Adults, teens and children are invited to meet Yang at the FREE Thursday evening program on October 13th.

Then on Friday, October 14, Yang will present a workshop for comic book and anime fans, teachers, librarians, writers and parents. The registration fee for this event is $25 for adults and $10 for students, details at the link. BOTH OF THESE EVENTS will include a book sale / autograph session.

This informative Author-Illustrator Program allows teachers, librarians, parents and others a unique opportunity to hear “the story behind the story”directly from writers and illustrators of literature for children and young adults. It is a fascinating look at how an idea becomes a book.

Some notable names in the field of literature who have been featured during these annual programs have included: Katherine Paterson, Linda Sue Park, Avi, E.L. Konigsburg, Stephen Kellogg, Lois Lowry, Paula Danziger, Richard Peck and Patricia and Fred McKissack.

Sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library & the Patrons of the Public Library

A selection of Gene Yang’s books will be available for purchase during the program. Mr. Yang has agreed to sign these books. We regret books from libraries or personal collections cannot be autographed.

Gene Luen Yang is this year’s current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He began drawing comic books in the fifth grade, and in 1997 he received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby and Animal Crackers. Yang’s first graphic novel from First Second, American Born Chinese, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. Yang also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. He is the author of the Secret Coders series (with artist Mike Holmes) and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and also Superman. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

East Baton Rouge Parish Library
7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
(225) 231-3750

Spooky Empire Program Cover Released!

Spooky Empire Program Cover 2016Spooky Empire program cover is now unveiled for the 2016 show!

With only 8 days left until the show, we figured we would do a an unveiling for our fans! The program cover was designed by Morgan Wilson from Lux Nova Studio! She will be at the show all weekend if you’d like to get your copy signed. Let us know what you think of the cover!

Get your advance tickets for Spooky Empire. http://www.spookyempire.com/purchase-tickets

NM – Gene Luen Yang Signing

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Bookworks and Albuquerque Academy co-host Gene Luen Yang on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 3:00 PM!

Gene Luen Yang is the Children’s Book Council’s & Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Genius Fellowship. Yang began making comics and graphic novels over fifteen years ago. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese was published by First Second Books. It became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New. In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion. Boxers & Saints was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize.

His other works include the comics continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. Currently, he writes New Super-Man for DC Comics.

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Simms Auditorium
6400 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111

NYC – Tek: The Modern Cave Boy Signing

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Cartoonist Patrick McDonnell (creator of Mutts) appears at Lincoln Center on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM to sign his new book Tek: The Modern Cave Boy!

ABOUT ‘TEK’:
From a beloved, bestselling Caldecott Honor recipient comes a hilarious reminder of how technology can take us backward … all the way to the times of prehistoric man!

Tek is a cave boy in love with tech. His tablet, video games, phone, and TV keep him deep in his cave, glued to his devices, day in and day out. He never sees his friends or family, and his ability to communicate has devolved to just one word: “UGH”! Can anyone convince Tek to unplug and come outside into the big, beautiful world?

In addition to an imaginative and totally relatable story, ‘Tek’ also offers a distinctive design — including a tablet-shaped cover and a password “screen” — that’s sure to pique the interest of even the wariest young readers.

RSVP on Facebook!

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
61 W 62nd St, New York, New York 10023
(212) 875-5350

Event & Photo Op Schedules and Pricing up for Spooky Empire’s Show

se_photoopWe are getting closer to the show!

October 7-9, 2016

Orange County Convention Center

Full event and Photo Op schedules are confirmed and posted!
Download them now and prepare yourself for a full weekend of entertainment and fun!

http://www.spookyempire.com/event-schedule/
http://www.spookyempire.com/photo-ops/

TX – Secret Coders: Paths & Portals Signing

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Press Release:

Meet award-winning graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant Winner Gene Luen Yang (Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese) at the flagship Half Price Books store in Dallas on Saturday, October 1st at 2:00 p.m. Gene will discuss and sign copies of the new second volume of Secret Coders, Paths & Portals. Books available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last.

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Half Price Books
5803 E Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 379-8000

NYC – Why Not Me? Signing

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Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project, Inside Out, The Office) appears at Barnes & Noble on Sunday October 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM for a signing of the Why Not Me? paperback release! This will be a signing only. You must purchase Why Not Me? At B&N Tribeca the day of the event. You will receive a wristband upon receipt which will give you admittance to the signing. There will be no photo opportunity with the author or book personalization. Please call with any questions or concerns.

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Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-5389

Star Wars Comes to Paradise City Comic Con 2016

Press Release:

STAR WARS COMES TO PARADISE CITY COMIC CON

December 9-10-11, 2016 at THE GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION CENTER!

 Meet David Prowse “DARTH VADER”, Billy Dee Williams “LANDO CALRISSIAN”, Paul Blake “GREEDO”, and Brian Herring “BB-8”.

Paradise City Comic Con is 3 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!

The guest list is growing weekly, and some of the highlights include:

* Star Wars Cast Members: David Prowse “DARTH VADER”, Billy Dee Williams “LANDO CALRISSIAN”, Paul Blake “GREEDO”, and Brian Herring “BB-8”.

* TV and Movie Stars: Terry Jones (Monty Python), James Marsters (Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Brainiac in Smallville, Captain John Hart in Torchwood), Aaron Stanford (James Cole in 12 Monkeys, Pyro in X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand), Tara Reid (Sharknado, American Pie), Manu Bennett (Crixus in Spartacus, Slade Wilson / Deathstroke in Arrow, Azog, king of the Orcs in The Hobbit trilogy, Allanon in The Shannara Chronicles), Sam Jones (Flash Gordon).

*RWBY Stars: Arryn Zech (Blake Belladonna), Kara Eberle (Weiss Schnee), and Elizabeth Maxwell (Winter Schnee).

Comic Book Creators: Bob Layton, Mark Bagley, Allen Bellman, Jeff Dekal, Jose Delbo, Mike Grell, Pia Guerra, Amy Mebberson, Moritat, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley, James Silvani, Ryan Stegman, Roy Thomas, and more!

* Animation Stars: Tad Stones (Creator of Darkwing Duck), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Lego Star Wars, Squidbillies), Lori Alan (Family Guy), Rikki Simons (Invader Zim), Rodger Bumpass (SpongeBob Squarepants, Invader Zim), and Melissa Fahn (Invader Zim).

* Anime Stars: Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, Ouran High School Host Club, Attack on Titan, Free! Eternal Summer), Beau Billingslea (Cowboy Bebop, Naruto), Leah Clark (Negima, Suzuka, Toriko, Sgt Frog, Soul Eater), Melissa Fahn (Cowboy Bebop, Digimon Tamers, FLCL), Brittney Karbowski (Soul Eater, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, High School of the Dead), and Elizabeth Maxwell (Attack on Titan, Noragami, Fairy Tail).

* Power Ranger Cast Members: Cerina Vincent, Nakia Burrise, and Catherine Sutherland.

* Star Trek Continues Cast Members: Vic Mignogna (Captain Kirk), Chris Doohan (Scotty), and Michele Spect (Dr. Elise McKennah).

* Lloyd Kaufman: Troma Films founder and creator of The Toxic Avenger.

* Pete & Pete Stars: Mike Maronna and Danny Tamberelli.

For more info visit the website HERE!

MO – Tek: The Modern Cave Boy Signing

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Patrick McDonnell (creator of Mutts) appears at the St. Louis County Library on Sunday, October 6, 2016 at 4:00 PM to sign his new book Tek: The Modern Cave Boy!

ABOUT ‘TEK’:
From a beloved, bestselling Caldecott Honor recipient comes a hilarious reminder of how technology can take us backward … all the way to the times of prehistoric man!

Tek is a cave boy in love with tech. His tablet, video games, phone, and TV keep him deep in his cave, glued to his devices, day in and day out. He never sees his friends or family, and his ability to communicate has devolved to just one word: “UGH”! Can anyone convince Tek to unplug and come outside into the big, beautiful world?

In addition to an imaginative and totally relatable story, ‘Tek’ also offers a distinctive design — including a tablet-shaped cover and a password “screen” — that’s sure to pique the interest of even the wariest young readers.

RSVP on Facebook!

St. Louis County Library
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis MO 63131
(314) 994-3300

NYC – Best American Comics 2016 Signing

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The Best American Comics series launches its latest collection with this year’s guest editor: Roz Chast, beloved New Yorker cartoonist and award-winning author of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, at Strand Book Store on Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00 PM. She’ll be joined by the series editor, comics sage and evangelist Bill Kartalopoulos, along with a panel of the artists behind her picks for the year’s best comics:

Liana Finck, author of “All the Paintings Here Agree”
Char Esme, author of “Blinky-Jinks Playhouse” and “Big Rudy’s Cowgirls Club” (with Lauren Poor)
Anne Emond, author of “The Swim” and “Today”

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

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