OR – An Evening w/ Gene Luen Yang

geneYang350Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Alberta Rose Theatre on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Gene Luen Yang, recently appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, began making comics and graphic novels over 15 years ago. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese 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. Boxers & Saints, his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, was published in 2013. It was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Yang has done a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman. And his newest book, Secret Coders, has been described in Wired Magazine as “like Harry Potter, but with computers instead of wands.”

Gene Luen Yang’s visit is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to our library’s leadership, innovation and reach through private support.

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Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
(503) 719-6055

TX – Gene Luen Yang Signing

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Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Bedrock City Comic Co. on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 9:00 PM! Gene has written acclaimed graphic novels such as American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, The Shadow Hero, Secret Coders, Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender comics series, DC’s Superman, and more. Gene is also the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature as appointed by the Library of Congress.

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Bedrock City Comic Co.
4602 Washington Ave, Houston, Texas 77007
(713) 862-0100

CA – FCBD: Hellcat Signing

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Writer Kate Leth (Patsy Walker aka Hellcat, Vampirella, Power Up, Edward Scissorhands, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors) appears at Fantastic Comics on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for Free Comic Book Day!

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Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
510-848-2988

DragonCon & MomoCon Announce Partnership

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Dragon Con, Inc., parent company of the internationally known Dragon Con pop culture convention, and MomoCon LLC, parent of the fastest growing all ages fan convention in the country, have formed an unprecedented strategic partnership to share resources, knowledge and experience to ensure that Atlanta continues to have the strongest fan conventions in the country.

Importantly, Dragon Con, Inc. will provide MomoCon with back office and administrative support while the current MomoCon leadership, including founders Chris Stuckey and Jessica Merriman, will continue to organize the convention and serve as its co-chairs. Stuckey and Merriman will also take expanded roles with Dragon Con, Inc. and the Dragon Con convention.

Founded in 2005, MomoCon began as an outgrowth of Georgia Tech’s anime club. Its first convention attracted about 700 people to a free event on the school’s campus. Ten years later, MomoCon attracted some 22,000 total attendees (more than 60,000 at the turnstile) to a four-day convention held in the Georgia World Congress Center.

“In today’s competitive convention landscape, having Dragon Con and its founder Pat Henry on our side is an incredible advantage,” Stuckey said. “This partnership gives Jess and I the ability to pursue our vision for MomoCon while continuing to provide our fans with the high quality event they expect from us year after year.”

“We believe deeply in home-grown, well-run fan conventions that bring real value to the community,” said Henry, who was one of several Dragon Con founders in 1986 and serves as the company’s president today. “I am excited to be working with these two enormously creative entrepreneurs. I believe that their leadership will also help keep Dragon Con on the cutting edge of the convention scene.”

MomoCon 2016, which brings together fans of Japanese anime, American animation, comics and gaming, will be held May 26 through May 29 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Dragon Con will celebrate its 30th year as the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy and gaming convention on Labor Day, September 2 through September 5 at five host hotels and the AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta. More than 70,000 people from every state in the union plus a few foreign countries attended Dragon Con in 2015.

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans by fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About MomoCon

Founded in 2004 by Jessica Merriman and Chris Stuckey, then students at Georgia Tech, MomoCon has grown from a 700 person on campus event to one of the largest conventions in the southeast United States for fans of video games, animation, cosplay, comics and tabletop games. More information about MomoCon is available at www.momocon.com.

AB – The Nameless City Signing

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Cartoonist FAITH ERIN HICKS appears at Happy Harbor Comics in-store signing on Wednesday April 20, 2016 from 11:30 AM till 2:00 PM!

Faith Erin Hicks is an acclaimed Canadian comics creator best known for her young adult webcomics and graphic novels, Demonology 101, Friends with Boys, and The Adventures of Superhero Girl, for which she won the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Kids Publication.

Faith will be at Happy Harbor Wednesday, April 20 to show off her latest graphic novel, The Nameless City: Book 1. Don’t miss your chance to meet the creator and get a signed copy!

About The Nameless City vol. 1:

An unlikely friendship forms between Nameless City native Rat, and Kai, whose country has recently conquered her city. The two of them must find common ground between their cultures and foil a sinister conspiracy. The Nameless City captures an intricate world inspired by Central Asia and the Silk Road in which the besieged inhabitants of an ancient city are desperate to learn the secrets of the perished civilization which carved the city out of living rock.

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Happy Harbor Comics
10729 – 104 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 3K1
780-452-8211

IL – Space Mullet/Battlepug Signing

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Daniel Warren Johnson (SPACE MULLET) and Mike Norton (BATTLEPUG) appear at Challengers Comics on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

VA – The Only Living Boy Signing

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David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, author and artist of The Only Living Boy, appear at Victory Comics on Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM! Steve will conduct a learn-to-draw workshop for all ages and both will be signing copies of their book.

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Victory Comics
586 S Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 241-9393

DC – The Nameless City Signing

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Cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks appears at Politics & Prose on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:30 AM!

In Hicks’s latest graphic novel, a sprawling metropolis is known only as The Nameless City to its denizens; its advantageous position in the only passage between the mountains and the ocean has subjected it to countless invasions over the years, and its name has changed with each one. Rat, an orphaned street child who has only known life within The Nameless City’s limits, is predisposed to hate Kaidu, a member of the Dao, the most recent people to rule the City. It turns out, however, that Kaidu is nothing like the other Dao who have come to the City for military training; preferring books to guns, he is almost as out of place among his own people as Rat herself is. As an unlikely friendship forms between them, they begin to envision a future in which their two worlds come together in a single, peaceful civilization.

Faith Erin Hicks is a writer and artist in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her graphic novels include Zombies Calling, The War at Ellsmere, Brain Camp (with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan), Friends with Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen), the Bigfoot Boy series (with J. Torres), The Last of Us: American Dreams (with Neil Druckmann), the Eisner Award-winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl, and the Nameless City series.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
202-364-1919

MD – The Only Living Boy Signing

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Writer David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis appear at Brainstorm Comics on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from noon till 3:00 PM to sign The Only Living Boy!

Brainstorm Comics
54 E Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 663-3039

IL – Felicia Day Signing

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Felicia Day (The Guild, Geek & Sundry) appears at Women & Children First on Sunday, April 24, 2016  at 4:00 PM to discuss and sign the paperback edition of her memoir YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST)! For this event, Felicia will be in conversation with Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda, the co-hosts of the WBEZ podcast Nerdette!

ABOUT THE BOOK:
From online entertainment pioneer, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a “relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational”; (Forbes.com), memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world.

When Felicia Day was a girl, all she wanted was to connect with other kids (desperately). Growing up in the Deep South, where she was “home-schooled for hippie reasons,” she looked online to find her tribe. The internet was in its infancy and she became an early adopter at every stage of its growth—finding joy and unlikely friendships in the emerging digital world. Her relative isolation meant that she could pursue passions like gaming, calculus, and 1930’s detective novels without shame. Because she had no idea how “uncool” she really was.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Felicia Day is a professional actress who has appeared in numerous television shows including, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Supernatural and Eureka. However, Felicia is best known for her work in the web video world. She costarred in Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award–winning Internet musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She also created and starred in the hit web series The Guild.

Felicia is the co-founder of the YouTube channel Geek & Sundry. Day continues to act as CCO and develop web content and television projects as a producer, writer, and performer. She is also extremely active on social media, has more than 2.4 million Twitter followers, and is the eighth most followed person on Goodreads, where she is also the founder of Vaginal Fantasy, a romance and fantasy book club with more than 13,000 members.

HOW TO GET TICKETS:
In order to attend this event, you must pre-order or purchase a copy of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) from Women & Children First by calling 773-769-9299, visiting us in-store (5233 N. Clark St.) or buying it through our online store (see link). With the purchase of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), you’ll receive one ticket to this event and the option to bring one guest by purchasing a companion ticket for $10. Limit one companion ticket per person. If you would like to purchase the companion ticket online, please write COMPANION TICKET in the comments box when you place your order.

TIME, LOCATION, LOGISTICS:
This ticketed event will be held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 West Foster Avenue) at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:15 p.m. This reading and Q&A will last one hour and be followed by a signing. The paperback edition of Felicia’s memoir does not publish until 4/19/16. You can pick up books and tickets at Women & Children First after 4/19/16 or at the door of the event.**

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