“The Grail is a story, a myth! It didn’t exist on your world! It can’t exist here!”
The city-state of Varuz is failing. Duke Aurelian is the last of his line, his capital is crumbling, and the armies of his enemy, Duke Conrad, are poised beyond the mountains to invade. Aurelian is preparing to gamble everything on one last battle. So when a holy man, the Doctor, comes to Varuz from beyond the mountains, Aurelian asks for his blessing in the war.
However, all is not what it seems in Varuz. The city- guards have lasers for swords, and the halls are lit by electric candlelight. Aurelian’s beloved wife, Guena, and his most trusted knight, Bernhardt, seem to be plotting to overthrow their Duke, and Clara finds herself drawn into their intrigue…
Will the Doctor stop Aurelian from going to war? Will Clara’s involvement in the plot against the Duke be discovered? Why is Conrad’s ambassador so nervous? And who are the ancient and weary knights who arrive in Varuz claiming to be on a quest for the Holy Grail.
Una McCormack is a New York Times bestselling author. She has written two Doctor Who novels featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory: The King’s Dragon and The Way through the Woods, as well as several audio dramas for Big Finish. She lives in Cambridge with her partner, Matthew, and their daughter, Verity.
28 – 30 Burleigh Street, Cambridge, CB1 1DG
R. A. Salvatore appears at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on Tuesday, September 15th from 7:00 PM!
Multiple award-winning fantasy author R. A. Salvatore may still be best known as the creator of the dark elf Drizzt, one of fantasy’s most beloved characters. Salvatore will read from and sign Archmage, in which Drizzt returns to the Underdark. With everything Drizzt’s fans crave — action, adventure, characters that resonate with equal measures of warrior spirit and deep compassion, and no shortage of wicked dark elves — Archmage is another exciting addition to Salvatore’s bestselling series.
2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
Cartoonist Kate Beaton appears at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM!
You’re invited to the launch of Kate Beaton‘s Step Aside, Pops, a new Hark! A Vagrant collection. Kate will be joined in conversation by Alexandra Zsigmond, art director for the New York Times Opinion section. A Q&A and book signing will follow.
Kate Beaton’s first collection, Hark! A Vagrant, was an unequivocal hit, spending five months on the New York Times bestseller list; topping best-of-the-year lists from E!, Amazon, Time, and more; and winning the hearts of hundreds of thousands of fans. Kate Beaton returns with a refined pen in Step Aside, Pops, ready to make jokes at the expense of hunks, army generals, scientists, and Canadians in equal measure. Irreverently funny and carefully researched, no target is safe from Beaton’s incisive wit in these satirical strips. With a few carefully placed lines, she captures the over-the-top evil of the straw feminists in the closet, the disgruntled dismay of Heathcliff, and Wonder Woman’s all-conquering ennui. Step Aside, Pops is sharp, insightful, and very funny. Come prepared to laugh!
Alexandra Zsigmond has been an art director and designer for the New York Times Opinion section since 2011, and currently art directs the Sunday Review. She commissions original illustration by a wide range of international artists and cartoonists to accompany articles in NYT Opinion, both in print and online.She received her BA from Stanford University in Philosophy and the Visual Arts and has a background in classical and modern dance. Alexandra has worked as an arts coordinator, curator, or designer for a variety of notable art organizations, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cabinet Magazine, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012
Come hang out with New York Comic Con and Brooklyn Brewery to launch the Defender, the Official beer of New York Comic Con on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7: 30 PM! Kick back and relax on this hump day with a pint of the Defender and mingle with other pop culture Fans for a pre-NYCC celebration. We’ll be joined by Defender artist Khary Randolph with the opportunity for some awesome photo ops! Come dressed to conquer all evil and take part in the Defender Costume Contest for a chance to win tickets to NYCC. Rock Candy Cakes will be unveiling a Defender cake based on Khary’s artwork and there may even be some exciting giveaways. You don’t want to miss this. We’ll see you there! (21+ only)
Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room
79 North 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Writer Paul Dini appears at Vroman’s Bookstore on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at noon to give a small talk followed by a book signing for BATMAN DAY!
Batman Day is DC Entertainment’s annual celebration of the world’s most popular super hero and global pop icon. Join us for an afternoon FULL of free giveaways, a free comic (BATMAN: ENDGAME SPECIAL EDITION #1), Batman themed snacks, activities and more!
About Paul Dini:
Paul Dini is a writer and producer who works in the television and comic book industries. He is best known as a producer and writer for several Warner Bros./DC Comics animated series including Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Superman: The Animated Series Star Wars: Ewoks and Tiny Toon Adventures. Other works have included the ABC series Lost as well as a number of comic books for DC Comics (Harley Quinn and Superman: Peace on Earth). Paul is currently serving as a writer and producer for Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
NBA legend and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appears at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm to sign his new novel which explores the world of Mycroft Holmes. (NOTE: This is a wristbanded signing.)
MYCROFT HOLMES reveals the untold story of Sherlock’s older brother and the harrowing adventure that changed his life, and set the stage for the man Mycroft would become.
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Author R.A. Salvatore appears to sign his new novel ARCHMAGE on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 6:00pm at the DePaul University Bookstore!
About this author
R.A. Salvatore is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the popular Forgotten Realms series The Legend of Drizzt. He’s an avid gamer, father of three, and loyal citizen of Red Sox Nation.
DePaul University Bookstore
1 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60614
Superstar creator Jim Lee appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday September 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM to sign Batman Noir: Hush for BATMAN DAY!
Presented in its original pencils and ink artwork by industry legend Jim Lee, BATMAN NOIR: HUSH highlights the grim, gritty atmosphere of Batman and Gotham City, and pits the Dark Knight against a city overrun with its legendary villains. Celebrate Batman Day on Saturday, September 26 at 2pm at Barnes & Noble Events, The Grove, when Jim Lee discusses and signs this gorgeous new Batman book. (NOTE: This is a wristbanded signing.)
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Artist Emanuele Taglietti appears at Gosh Comics for a signing from 6:00-7:00 PM followed by a talk and screening of ‘Juliet of the Spirits’ from 7.30pm on Thursday 10th September. Seats for the talk and screening are limited and tickets can be bought at the link.
Emanuele Taglietti is an Italian comic book cover artist known for his outrageously raunchy and eerie artwork. Throughout his acclaimed career in the 1970s and 1980s, the golden age of fumetti, he painted more than 500 covers for such books as Zora the Vampire, Sukia, Mafia, and 44 Magnum. Due to the pace of productions schedules, Taglietti was called on to produce dozens of paintings per month. “Sex and Horror: The Art of Emanuele Taglietti” published by Korero Press collects these paintings into one incredible book!
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
This weekend the Boise Public Library hosts their third annual comic convention with guests writers and artists including Nate Powell, Steve Lieber, Victoria Jamieson, Joëlle Jones, Farel Dalrymple, Theo Ellsworth, Emi Lenox, Leila del Duca, Natalie Nourigat, Sara Ryan, Terry Blas, Joe Keatinge, Ben Dewey, and Lukas Ketner! The event will also include a Costume Contest, Special Programs, Creator Panels, and Meetups. For more details click the link!
Boise Public Library
MAIN LIBRARY – 715 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, Idaho 83702