NYC – Evangeline Lilly Signs

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Actress Evangeline Lilly, star of Lost, The Hobbit, and the upcoming Ant-Man, appears at Barnes & Noble on Monday November 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM to discuss her new book Squickerwonkers vol 1. Priority seating with book purchase. Ask any bookseller for details and event guidelines.

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

CA – LeVar Burton Signing

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LeVar Burton, star of Reading Rainbow, Roots, and Star Trek: The Next Generation, appears at Costco on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from noon till 2:00 pm to sign his new children’s book THE RHINO WHO SWALLOWED A STORM!

Costco
11000 Garden Grove Blvd Garden Grove, CA 92843-1206
(714) 638-6308

MN – The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft Signing

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Leslie S. Klinger presents The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft with special guest Neil Gaiman on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Magers & Quinn Booksellers!

Tickets for seating will be available beginning Sunday, October 19 at 4:00 pm. Standing room is open to the public and does not require a ticket.

Tickets must be picked up in person in the store. Two tickets maximum per person.

Please note that Neil Gaiman will NOT be signing books at this event.

Magers and Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
tel: 612.822.4611

Baltimore Comic-Con Report!

Who watches the Watchmen? A few hundred people at least, all of whom were in line ahead of me at last month’s Baltimore Comic-Con (Sept. 5-7) for Dave Gibbons’s autograph.

Gibbons is, of course, the artist behind Watchmen, the 12-issue miniseries published by DC in the mid-80s. The accolades heaped on Watchmen are as legendary as the series itself. It was the only graphic novel to appear on Time‘s 2005 “100 Greatest Novels” list, and it appeared again in 2009 on the magazine’s “Top 10 Graphic Novels” list. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked Watchmen thirteenth on its list of the best 50 novels printed in the last 25 years, calling it “the greatest superhero story ever told and proof that comics are capable of smart, emotionally resonant narratives.”

I have loved Watchmen since it came out, and when I saw that Gibbons, who lives in the UK, would be in Baltimore, I booked my flight immediately. By “flight,” I mean I got up at 5:00am and drove the six hours from Raleigh, NC, passing through Washington just miles from the White House and getting stuck in horrendous construction-related traffic that even President Obama is, apparently, powerless to prevent. Other great artists and writers were there, including Steve Leialoha, Walter and Louise Simonson, Greg Capullo, David Finch, and Al Milgrom, who does few conventions these days. Denny O’Neil left early due to a family emergency, and the wait for George Perez was four hours (!), according to one woman who endured it.

But Gibbons was, for me, the star of the show. I waited about an hour in his line, and when I got to the table, I found him to be gracious, funny, and down-to-earth. He was impressed by my Graphitti edition Watchmen hardcover (the first graphic novel version of the series) and my Marvel Comics Doctor Who #1 (for the wife, a consecrated Whovian). But he oohed and ahhed—actually, we all did—over something another guy had: the 1994 computer game Beneath a Steel Sky, still in the box. Gibbons did the background art for this game, and he said he had never signed a copy before. Get it on eBay, young man!

The Baltimore Comic-Con has long been a two-day affair. This was its first year spanning a third day, and everyone I talked to thought it a success. Vendors especially were pumped-up because their rate stayed roughly the same despite the extra day. They also praised the convention staff for being responsive and professional. Sales were good, too: one dealer sold an Action Comics #252 (first appearance of Supergirl) for $900.

Dr. Chilton, the captor/tormentor of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, says that Baltimore “can be quite a fun town, if you have the right guide.” The only guide I needed was the folks at this year’s Comic-Con. As you are planning your convention schedule for next year, mark down September 25-27 in Baltimore. It won’t be a baaa-d decision.

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They don’t look like minions, but I’ll take their word for it.

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Deadpool doing what Deadpool does.

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Hello, Walter Simonson!

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Hello, Louise Simonson!

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Don’t blink. Or wink. Or think about blinking or winking. Especially when drinking.

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The line to see Dave Gibbons.

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And, finally, Dave Gibbons, holding my newly-signed Watchmen hardcover (which, if it were shirt, I would never wash again).

CA – One Book for Teens Panel

1bookGene Luen Yang, Eric Shanower, and Alonso Nuñez appear at Villainous Lair Comics on October 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Press Release:

Join KPBS at Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming for a special panel discussion about comics and graphic novels moderated by KPBS Education Reporter, Matt Bowler. Panelists will include:

Gene Luen Yang, author of “American Born Chinese,” the 2014 One Book for Teens selection
• Alonso Nuñez, Executive Director of Little Fish Comic Book Studio
Eric Shanower, Freelance Creator

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Join us after the event for refreshments. Copies of the book will be available for sale, and the author will be available for signings. Find more information about the One Book, One San Diego program at KPBS.org/onebook.

One Book is sponsored by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation and Jerome’s Furniture. Additional support comes from Lloyd Pest Control and SDG&E.

Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming
3220 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
619-281-1600

MA – An Evening with John Cleese

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Comedy legend John Cleese (Monty Python, A Fish Called Wanda) appears at the JFK Library on Friday November 7th in conversation with NPR’s Robin Young. Tickets are $60 and include one copy of his memoir So, Anyway… available through Brookline Booksmith.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
(617) 514-1600
Toll free (866) JFK-1960

NYC – Prince Lestat Signing

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Strand keeps the Halloween spirit going with a visit from world-renowned Vampire Chronicles author Anne Rice on Friday, November 7th at 7:00 pm! Anne will present the latest installment in the series Prince Lestat, with a spooky chat and signing that’s sure to be a seasonal favorite for fans of horror. Anne will be joined by her son, New York Times-bestselling writer Christopher Rice, for an exclusive chat on their latest work.

Buy a copy of Prince Lestat or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(at 12th St.)

IL – Scary Godmother Signing

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Jill Thompson (creator of SCARY GODMOTHER, MAGIC TRIXIE, BEASTS OF BURDEN, SANDMAN, and more!) signs at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday, October 18th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm!

RSVP on Facebook!

Aw Yeah Comics 
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916

MA – Luke Skywalker: Jedi Knight Reading

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Author Tony DiTerlizzi reads from Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight at the First Church Auditorium on Saturday October 25th at 12:30 PM as part of Boston Book Fest!

About the author:
Tony DiTerlizzi is a fantasy artist and acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator. DiTerlizzi received a Caldecott Honor for his picture book adaptation of The Spider and the Fly. With Holly Black, he created the New York Times-bestselling series The Spiderwick Chronicles, which was adapted into a film of the same name. DiTerlizzi has also authored the picture books Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure and Ted and the chapter books Kenny and The Dragon and the WondLa trilogy. Most recently, DiTerlizzi is collaborating with Lucasfilm to retell the original Star Wars trilogy in a picture book, The Adventures of Luke Skywalker: Jedi Knight, which introduces the beloved classic film to a new generation of readers.

First Church Boston
66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA 02116

 

 

NYC – Revival Signing

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Stephen King appears at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday November 11, 2014 at noon to sign his latest novel, Revival!

Author Event
Store opens at 9:00 am for event attendees. Event is on 4th floor – one book per person. A limited amount of wristbands will be distributed.

Special Instructions
Store will open at 9:00 am for event attendees, one book per customer. Priority seating with book purchase. A limited amount of wristbands will be distributed.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

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