OR – Oh Joy Sex Toy Release Party

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Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan appear at GladRags on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate the grand debut of OH JOY, SEX TOY vol. 2 AND help raise money for reproductive health at the same time. A third of all book sales at this party will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

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GladRags
215 SE Morrison St, #2000E, Portland, OR 97214
(800) 799-4523

MA – The Graveyard Gang Signing

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Rich Clabaugh, creator of The Graveyard Gang, appears at Rubber Chicken Comics on Saturday October 31, 2015 from 11am – 2pm for Halloween ComicsFest 2015! Plus there will be a costume contest, free comics, and a storewide sale!

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Rubber Chicken Comics
15 N. Main Street (Rt 126), Bellingham, MA 02019
(508) 966-2210

CA – Time Fiddler Signing

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Ellis Kim appears at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM. He creates the webcomic Time Fiddler, which he has been self-publishing since 2013. Kim also teaches comics and illustration workshops at the Alameda Main Library and San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum.

Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

SF – There is No Right Way to Meditate Signing

00-Yumi-SakugawaYumi Sakugawa appears at The Booksmith on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 7:30pm!

Award-winning artist Yumi Sakugawa’s book There is No Right Way to Meditate is an illustrated guide on how to lead a more peaceful and balanced life. it’s also a tour through the ups and downs of life, and offers awesome and relatable advice on how we can all love ourselves a little more as we weather our collective emotional storms. Brilliant, beautiful, badass, and with captivating ink illustrations and encouraging ideas, this new work is as enchanting as Yumi’s previous titles, I Think I’m in Friend-Love with You and Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe.

Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist, illustrator, and the author of I Think I Am in Friend-Love with You and Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe. A graduate from the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, she is a regular comic contributor to WonderHowTo and The Rumpus. Her short comic stories have been selected as Notable Comics of 2012 and 2013 by the Best American Comics Anthology editors (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and her comic works have also been published in Bitch, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014, Folio, Fjords Review, Slake, and other publications. She lives in Los Angeles.

The Booksmith
1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

CA – TMNT Amazing Adventures #3 Signing

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Ben Costa, Xeric Award-winning creator of “Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk,” signs at Hijinx Comics the very day his back-up story in “TMNT Amazing Adventures #3” hits the shelves! The signing will be from 4:00pm – 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 21st.

Hijinx Comics
2050 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 266-1103

OR – Secret Coders Signing

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Gene Luen Yang appears at Barnes & Noble for the 1:00PM session of Meet the Maker on Saturday, November 7th. Come hear all about his new book Secret Coders! This is a free event; please join us.

About this author:
Gene Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. ABC’s instant critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Prize, catapulted Yang into stardom as a brilliant writer for teens and young adults. Boxers & Saints is his most recent graphic novel.

Barnes & Noble – Clackamas Town Ctr Mall
12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97086
503-786-3464

CA – Stan Lee Signing

00stan-lee-memoirComics legend STAN LEE appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir on Saturday November 7, 2015 at noon!

This is a wristbanded event. A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase *Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir” at Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning November 7th at 9am.

Stan Lee will not be signing any Memorabilia

About the book:

In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, Stan Lee—comic book legend and co-creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, and a legion of other Marvel superheroes—shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be.

Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he has been the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and has brought to life—and into the mainstream—some of the world’s best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career. His stories—filled with superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity—added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good vs. evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and in doing so, created a new mythology for the twentieth century.

In this beautifully illustrated graphic memoir—illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran—Lee tells the story of his life with the same inimitable wit, energy, and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics. Moving from his impoverished childhood in Manhattan to his early days writing comics, through his military training films during World War II and the rise of the Marvel empire in the 1960s to the current resurgence in movies, Amazing Fantastic Incredible documents the life of a man and the legacy of an industry and career.

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30 Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270

UK – Russian Olive To Red King Signing

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Stuart and Kathryn Immonen will be signing their graphic novel Russian Olive To Red King at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Monday 19th October at 5:30 PM.

When your lover may be dead, how long can you hold on to what remains? To whatever is left of you?

A plane crash, a package, her dog, her voice. A notebook, his writer’s block, and heat-distorted summer memories of a search for Jumbo the Elephant and an absent father.

Stuart Immonen’s credits include artwork for such titles as All-New X-Men, Superman: Secret Identity, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Nextwave: Agents Of H.A.T.E. He is currently working on Star Wars for Marvel.

Kathryn Immonen produced the graphic novel Moving Pictures with Stuart. She has written a number of titles including Runaways, Heralds, Wolverine and Jubilee and Journey Into Mystery, in which she made the transition from Loki to Sif as the main character. Her most recent title is Operation S.I.N: Agent Carter.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

CA – Secret Coders Signing

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Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at Diesel Bookstore on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm!

Press Release:

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur, in conjunction with MVGATE, a local educational non-profit group, welcomes Gene Luen Yang to the store to discuss and sign his new children’s series book, Secret Coders, on Thursday, October 15th at 5:00pm.

Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

From graphic novel superstar (and high school computer programming teacher) Gene Luen Yang comes a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!

Gene Luen Yang has written and drawn many comics, including the hit Avatar: The Last Airbender series and Superman. American Born Chinese was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won the LA Times Book Prize for Boxers & Saints. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

DIESEL – Marin Country Mart
2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA 94939

MICE 2015 Announces Panel Schedule

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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 Panels are located in the Lecture Hall and Workshops take place in the Lower Level of University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Comics For Life! Cartooning Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Get ready to draw your life in comics! MICE 2015 special guest Lucy Knisley, author of Relish: My Life In the Kitchen and many other graphic memoirs, will give you pointers on caricature, and how to illustrate your experiences and tell the story that only you can tell.

Black Independent Comics and Cartoonists Panel
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Five accomplished black independent cartoonists discuss their work and careers, as well as issues of racial identity in comics, and specifically in the alternative and independent comics world.
Moderator: Tony Davis Panelists: John Jennings, Micheline Hess, Ben Passmore, Whit Taylor, Joel Gill

Storyboarding Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Discover where comics and animation collide: the storyboard! We’ll work from existing scripts to develop your skills in sketching, pacing, and movement. Bob Flynn, art director at Fablevision Studios and storyboard artist for Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water, will show you how easy and fun the process can be!
Instructor: Bob Flynn

Iron Cartoonist (Kid-friendly Panel)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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 the audience.
Host: Zack Giallongo Contestants: Mike Holmes, Cara Bean, Dan Moynihan Judges: Carey Pietsch, John Green, Braden Lamb

Comics Lettering and Layout Workshop
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Join cartoonist (Diary Comics, Behold! The Dinosaurs!) and occasional letterer (Casanova, Seconds) Dustin Harbin for a hands-on workshop exploring the role of lettering in comics page layout. Lettering is a lot more than just legible handwriting: it’s often the clearest sign to a reader of what’s happening on a page, who’s speaking and when, and in what order everything should be read. Participants will work through laying out lettering for a page of comics from start to finish, with plenty of room for Q’s and A’s along the way.

Writing About Comics 
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
In the midst of our review culture, how is comics criticism evolving alongside this exciting, growing art form? A panel of comics journalists, educators, and scholars examine how to write about a medium that includes both visual and literary storytelling. Moderator Brigid Alverson writes about comics at Robot 6 and School Library Journal. Our panelists write for a variety of online comics blogs including: Janelle Asselin (Comics Alliance), James Kaplan (Panel Patter), Zach Clemente (The Comics Beat), and Juliet Kahn (Comics Alliance).

First Aid for Drawing Injuries Workshop
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Drawing can be fun, but it can also be a pain! Explore safe and effective techniques for caring for minor musculoskeletal injuries that can occur while drawing. Kriota Willberg, creator of the minicomic First Aid for Drawing Injuries (Or, Pain is Your Frenemy!) helps you to discover strategies for reducing pain while you draw and the differences between treating pain and treating injuries.

Kriota Willberg makes comics and art about body-oriented sciences. As a cartoonist she is best known for (NO) PAIN! A Guide to Injury Prevention for Cartoonists. An educator and massage therapist specializing in the treatment of orthopedic injury, she has also studied fitness and exercise. Kriota has taught injury prevention and anatomy for drawers at the Center for Cartoon Studies, the Society of Illustrators, and MoCCA.

What’s My Style? Panel
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Stylistic chameleon Robert Sikoryak sits down with four outstanding independent comics creators to explore the development of personal style. How has experimentation with graphic and storytelling techniques, media, format or other aspects of drawing comics challenged and shaped their visual styles? What breakthroughs, revelations, influences or inspirations have led to artistic growth? Moderator: R. Sikoryak Panelists: Luke Howard, Sophie Goldstein, Sophie Yanow, Jason Little

Comic Life Drawing (Kid-friendly Workshop)
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
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 charcoal will be supplied. Zack Giallongo is the illustrator of Broxo, Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, and The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents series.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fable Comics Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
11:30AM – 12:30 PM
Presented by The Eliot School

Looking for your next great comic idea? You can start with one of the oldest stories you know – fables! Chris Duffy, editor of the Fable Comics Anthology, along with artists George O’Connor (The Olympians) and Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time) will give you some pointers in drawing your own comic from well-known fables.

Art of the Mini-Comic (Kid-friendly Panel)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
The humble mini-comic is one of the basic forms of expression for independent cartoonists, and it ranges from simple fold and staple photocopies, to exquisite handmade artists’ books. Jon Chad (Leo Geo, Bikeman) explores the form, and talks to some of the most creative mini-comic makers at MICE.

Jon Chad has been producing handmade mini-comics and zines since 2006. Jon has illustrated books for clients including the Atlanta Braves, the FBI, and has been commissioned to make minicomics for Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and Adventure Time. Jon Chad’s books Leo Geo and his Miraculous Journey through the Center of the Earth and the sequel, Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis are published by Roaring Brook Press. Jon lives in Northampton, MA and teaches book-making and screen-printing at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

Unexpected Cartoons (Kid-friendly Workshop)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Presented by The Eliot School

A playful workshop for kids and all ages. Participants are led into various drawing exercises that would encourage improvisation and strengthen creative ability. We will approach drawing from new angles and discover unexpected results. All you need is a sheet of paper, pencil, eraser, and an open mind.

Cara Bean is an artist and Educator in Lexington, MA. Cara excels in both poetic self introspection, and silly storytelling. Her Gorilla Year series has received critical praise for tackling autobiographical issues in an innovative form.

Comic Life Drawing (Kid-friendly Workshop)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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 charcoal will be supplied. Instructor: Zack Giallongo

Spotlight on Ryan North and Gene Luen Yang Panel
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints) and Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Adventure Time) have each made major contributions to defining contemporary forms like webcomics and young adult graphic novels, as well as crossing over into the “mainstream” world: North has brought his absurdist wit to Marvel’s Squirrel Girl, while Yang is currently writing Superman for DC. MICE is proud to present these two original, category-defying creators in conversation with writer and educator Alexander Danner.

Mini-Comic Workshop (Kid-friendly Workshop)
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Sometimes the best ideas come out of play, improvisation, and collaboration. In this workshop, you’ll participate in a few fun, collaborative, drawing games and create some wildly unexpected characters and stories with your fellow attendees.

Dan Moynihan lives in Brookline, Massachusetts where he draws and writes comics. His work has appeared in Nickelodeon Magazine and various anthologies. His first picture book, Hiding Dinosaurs, is out this year.

Parenthood and Comics Panel
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cartoonists who have taken the daring leap into parenthood — or parents who have taken the daring leap into cartooning — discuss how having children affects their work. How have they dealt with the challenges of maintaining a creative work schedule with the demands of parenthood? How has being a parent influenced the content of their work?

Moderator: Dan Mazur Panelists: Jennifer Hayden, Jason Little, Glynnis Fawkes, Charles Snow, Sage Stossel

MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday, October 18th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is FREE. Special Guests include: Gene Luen Yang, Lucy Knisley, Dustin Harbin, Ryan North, and Jennifer Hayden! Click their website for more information: www.micexpo.org

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