MA – Kazu Kibuishi Signing

Writer/Artist Kazu Kibuishi appears at the Brookline Library on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM for a presentation on the creation of the New York Times-bestselling Amulet graphic novel series. Explore the process of creating adventures for all ages!

Books will be sold by Comicopia and he will be signing copies for attendees.

Kazu Kibuishi is the writer/illustrator of the Amulet graphic novel series for Scholastic Graphix, the editor of the Flight and Explorer comics anthologies for Abrams ComicArts, and the creator of the Copper webcomic at his website, boltcity.com. He also illustrated the covers for the Scholastic 15th Anniversary Edition paperbacks of Harry Potter.

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Brookline Library
361 Washington Street Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 730-2370

NY – A Spy’s Guide to Tortall Signing

Tamora Pierce and the rest of the team behind A Spy’s Guide to Tortall sign at Escape Pod Comics on Sunday, October 29, 2017 beginning at noon.

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Escape Pod Comics
302 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 923-1044

CA – The Grouchy Historian Signing

Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger appear at Vroman’s Bookstore on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM to discuss their new book, The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs.

Ed Asner, a self-proclaimed dauntless Democrat from the old days, figured that if the right-wing wackos are wrong about voter fraud, Obama’s death panels, and climate change, they are probably just as wrong about what the Constitution says. There’s no way that two hundred-plus years later, the right-wing ideologues know how to interpret the Constitution. On their way home from Philadelphia the people who wrote it couldn’t agree on what it meant. What was the president’s job? Who knew? All they knew was that the president was going to be George Washington and as long as he was in charge, that was good enough. When Hamilton wanted to start a national bank, Madison told him that it was unconstitutional. Both men had been in the room when the Constitution was written. And now today there are politicians and judges who claim that they know the original meaning of the Constitution. Are you kidding? In The Grouchy Historian, Ed Asner leads the charge for liberals to reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who use it as their justification for doing whatever terrible thing they want to do, which is usually to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted. It’s about time someone gave them hell and explained that progressives can read, too. 

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Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

IL – Shaolin Cowboy: Who Will Stop the Reign Signing

Writer/Artist Geof Darrow signs at Chicago Comics on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

There will be a 4 item limit on books you can bring for him to sign! Every purchase of his new book at the shop, Shaolin Cowboy: Who Will Stop the Reign will qualify you to enter a raffle to win a piece of ORIGINAL ART!

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Chicago Comics
3244 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 528-1983

CA – Star Wars Adventures #3 Signing

Writer/Artist Shannon Eric Denton is signing copies of STAR WARS ADVENTURES #3 from IDW Publishing at Brave New World on Thursday, October 19th from 6pm-8pm! His new canon story takes place prior to Rogue One, featuring Cassian, K-2SO, and Wookie kiddos!

Shannon is doing complimentary sketches for anyone who purchases STAR WARS ADVENTURES #3!* We will have the main “A” and “B” covers available for sale, plus limited copies of the 1:10 variant cover.

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Brave New World Comics
22722 Lyons Avenue #6, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
(661) 259-4745

MA – MICE 2017 Kick-Off Party

Kazu Kibuishi, Isabel Greenberg, Jason Shiga, Liz Prince, Michael DeForge, and Mark Siegel appear at Hub Comics on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM for the MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) 2017 Kick-off party!

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Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
617-718-0987

MICE 2017 Programming Schedule Announced

Press Release:

MICE will feature two full days of comics programming with workshops and demonstrations by professional artists, along with panel discussions on topics central to comics. All of our panels and workshops are appropriate for all-ages, but look for the Kid-Friendly tag for activities geared toward families and young readers. MICE is free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 21st

Panel to Panel 
11:00 AM – 12:00PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Lesley Room
A picture can say a thousand words, but two pictures can say even more! Cartoonist Braden Lamb (Adventure Time Comics) leads experiments in putting different random pictures together to come up with all new stories and ideas. Then create your own comic that’s more than the sum of its pieces!

Instructor: Braden Lamb

Character Evolution
11:30 AM – 12:30PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Eliot Room
Discover the secrets of character design through a fun exercise led by cartoonist and animator Bob Flynn. Create your own creature that starts simple, then levels up into an awesome monster!

Instructor: Bob Flynn

Comic Storytelling and Pacing
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Lesley Room
The art of comics is not just about writing or drawing, it’s how the pictures go together to tell your story. Explore different visual storytelling methods with comic creator Dirk I. Tiede. Exercises in outlining and thumbnailing will help you establish a sense of time, mood, and pacing between panels, across a page, and throughout an entire book.

Instructor: Dirk I. Tiede

Iron Cartoonist
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Amphitheater
MICE pits top cartoonists against each other in a live drawing event. Utilizing themed “ingredients,” three artists will compete for the title of ultimate cartoonist and earn prizes for audience members!

Host: Zack Giallongo; Contestants: Luke J. Howard, Luke B. Howard, Abby Howard Judges: Christina Kelly, Mark Siegel, Zach Clemente

Fuzzy, Funny, Fierce! Drawing Animals
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Eliot Room
Do you love comics starring animals? Do you want to draw your own? We’ll talk about our favorite animals, how to draw them, and how to tell their stories in our comics. Art supplies will be provided, so be ready to DRAW!

Instructor: Zoe Piel

Writing for Comics Workshop
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Lesley Room
Explore the dual languages of comics and discuss the parameters of the form with cartoonist Josh Neufeld of the Solstice MFA Program’s Graphic Narratives Concentration. Then jump into the comics-writing process: visual thinking, encapsulation, and scripting. We’ll end on a short exercise that will leave you excited about writing your next comic! Sponsored by PINE MANOR COLLEGE, Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program

Instructor: Josh Neufeld 

Comics and Islam
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017
Muslim identity and practices are featured more comics than ever, from mainstream titles like Ms. Marvel to independent graphic memoirs. This panel takes stock of this important growing field — including the brand-new book Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation — and presents the perspectives of both academics and creators.

Moderator: Hilary Chute; Panelists: Hussein Rashid, A. David Lewis, Sara Alfageeh 

Cartooning Adventure
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Lunder Arts Center
Join Amulet series creator and celebrated graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi in this interactive workshop. Be ready to draw and learn how to start your own quest in comics! Admission to this workshop is free but there is limited seating available. It will be held at the Lunder Arts Center (1801 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA) next door to the main MICE venue.

Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of Amulet, an exciting fantasy adventure series of graphic novels from Scholastic. Kazu’s earlier work includes his webcomic Copper and his debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, which won the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award. As the editor and a contributor to the Flight and Explorer anthologies he fostered a showcase for innovative creators working in all-ages fantasy, adventure, and sci-fi comics. Kazu lives in Washington state with his wife and two children.

Comic Life Drawing
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Lesley Room
This introduction to figure drawing gives cartoonists of all skill levels an opportunity to draw from a live model! Explore the basics of dynamic movement, weight, and human anatomy. Easels, paper, and conte crayons will be supplied.

Instructor: Cara Bean

Inspiration and Influence
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Amphitheater
All artists are affected by the work of others, whether it be giants of the past or contemporaries. Four exciting comics creators reveal the artists who have informed their storytelling and graphic styles. Stylistic chameleon R. Sikoryak leads the discussion on the nature of artistic influence.

Moderator: R. Sikoryak; Panelists: Ethan Rilly, Michael DeForge, Katie Skelly, KL Ricks

Worldbuilding in Comics
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Saturday, October 21, 2017
Inhabiting an imaginary universe is one of the great pleasures of comics, for creators and readers alike. In this panel, four adept world-builders discuss the development and design of their fictional universes, and how they use the medium to reveal and explore them in a narrative context.

Moderator: Evan Dahm; Panelists: Isabel Greenberg, Mark Siegel, Anne Szabla

Sunday October 22nd

Making Mini-comics: The One Sheet Wonder
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Lesley Room
Grab a single sheet of paper and be ready to draw your next comic! Cartoonist Laura Terry (Graveyard Shakes) shows you how to make make the simplest of mini-comics from start to finish.

Instructor: Laura Terry

Queer Fantastic
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Amphitheater
How do LGBTQ themes, character and creators blend with worlds of fantasy, science fiction and the supernatural? What happens when queer stories take place in imaginary or science fiction realms? A panel of creators discuss their work at this juncture of genre and identity.

Moderator: Melanie Gillman; Panelists: Mildred Louis, Blue Delliquanti, Ashanti Fortson, Olivia Li

Interactive Comics
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Eliot Room
Go behind the scenes with Jason Shiga (Demon, Meanwhile) and his 20 year career making choose-your-own-adventure style comics. Jason shares his one of a kind experiments and methods so you can learn the secrets of creating your own interactive comics!

Jason Shiga is an innovative cartoonist from Oakland, CA whose graphic novel Meanwhile (Amulet Books, 2010) broke new ground in comic storytelling with a “pick any path” format. His most ambitious project is his webcomic Demon, a dark comedy about an immortal man’s misadventures in finding a way to die. The four-volume series – an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, an NPR Best Book of the Year, and Eisner Award winner – is now published by First Second Books.

Drawing from Imagination
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Lesley Room
Images can be more powerful and blend better with words in comics when they come from your mind’s eye. Kurt Ankeny will guide you through techniques to exercise your visual memory and hone your ability to distill the essential image of an object from observations or photographs.

Instructor: Kurt Ankeny

Making Comics (When Everything Sucks)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Amphitheater
Combining the personal and political in a timely manner, this panel will discuss the challenges and rewards of creating comic art during difficult times. Like everyone, cartoonists grapple with issues of emotional, mental, and physical well-being, which many of us are finding exacerbating by the political environment. How do comics artists remain creative, finding and making meaning through their work while struggling to pay the rent, get through the next petition or Facebook rant while still take caring of ourselves?

Moderator: Heide Solbrig; Panelists: R. Sikoryak, Liz Prince, Luke J. Howard, Whit Taylor

Non-fiction Visual Storytelling Techniques
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Eliot Room
Discover what make memoir and nonfiction comics tick with cartoonist Sophie Yanow. Explore long-form and short-form autobiographical comics, and then try out exercises and techniques to help you kick-start a daily diary comics practice.

Instructor: Sophie Yanow

Inking Techniques Workshop
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Lesley Room
Markers, brushes, crow quill pens… There are many different inking tools you can use in comics, and each can inform the mood and feel of your drawings. Now you can test them out for yourself! Comic artists Clay McCormack and Jesse Lonergan lead demonstrations and exercises to familiarize you with some of the tools used by professionals.

Instructors: Clay McCormack, Jesse Lonergan

Comics & Migration: Moving Visual Language Into America
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017
Comics represent a unique format for capturing a cartoonist’s life, history, family, and memory in a way that visually recalls cultures, customs, and traditions that are new to a wide swath of readers. In this panel, we will explore the benefits of using the universal language of comics to demonstrate cultural identity to readers in order to open them up to the world and experiences of the cartoonist.

Moderator: Jason Rodriguez; Panelists: Julia Alekseyeva, Dave Ortega, Iasmin Omar Ata, Leila Abdelrazaq

Fold Up Comics
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Eliot Room
There is a wide variety of folding and book construction techniques that can help create a truly unique reading experience. Cartoonist Jerel Dye (Pigs Might Fly) will introduce you to accordion book design to make your next comic something that everyone will want to open up!

Instructor: Jerel Dye

Comics and Poetry
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM | Sunday, October 22, 2017
There is an ongoing relationship and cross-pollination between comics and poetry. Comics creators, poets and critics will explore the formal elements and energies that link the two art forms, as well as discuss recent experiments in poetry comics.

Moderator: Hilary Chute; Panelists: Steph Burt, Madeleine Witt, Franklin Einspruch, Christopher Spaide

MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Sunday, October 22nd, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Admission is free. Further information available on the website: www.micexpo.org

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NYC – Professor Marston & The Wonder Women Signing

Actors Luke EvansRebecca HallBella Heathcote, and director Angela Robinson appear at Forbidden Planet on Monday October 9th at 12:30pm for a special meet and greet with fans! They are promoting the upcoming film Professor Marston and The Wonder Women (opening on October 13th) which chronicles the true story of the creator of Wonder Woman.

Forbidden Planet will be distributing FREE posters and comic cover mock-ups for fans to get signed, along with a few other surprises.

This is a first come, first admitted event, the line expected to reach full capacity early. When we reach the number of attendees we know we’ll be able to handle we’ll start a standby line. Attendees on standby will not be guaranteed a chance to meet our guests but will be given free posters while supplies last.

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Forbidden Planet
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
212-473-1576

Spooky Empire Brings “IT” To October Convention

Spooky Empire Brings “IT” To October Convention

Orlando is now being dubbed “the ultimate Halloween Vacation Capital” and was recently named AAA’s top destination for fall travel and known for immersive experiences!

Apropos since Orlando has been home to Spooky Empire, the ‘dark side of comic con’ convention, for over ten years. Spooky Empire is THE place to celebrate Halloween! It’s the ultimate Halloween experience as described by recent buzz.

If you need more proof, the convention just announced it is bringing the cast from the recent horror hit film, IT, to the 3-day weekend long festivities happening October 27 – 29, 2017. Attendees will catch Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Wyatt Oleff.

For more information on Spooky Empire, you can find the official press release and other guest announcements below my signature and follow them on Facebook for their latest updates.

Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter added to Spooky Empire

Spooky Empire has yet another amazing addition to our growing list of new, iconic stars!

JENNIFER CARPENTER joins us this October!

No one can forget JENNIFER’s role as “Debra Morgan”, the sister of “Dexter Morgan” and detective in the hit series “DEXTER” or in her breakout role as “Emily Rose” in “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”. JENNIFER CARPENTER has also starred in “Gone”, “Quarantine”, “Limitless”, “The Devils’ Hand”,
“White Chicks” and more!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet JENNIFER CARPENTER at Spooky Empire, October 27-29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando!

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel reservations are going quick, but still available at www.spookyempire.com

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