SC – Starring Sonja Devereaux #1 Signing

Todd Livingston will be on hand signing his new issue of Starring Sonja Devereaux #1 : Vampire Academy 4 on Saturday February 18th at 2pm.

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Richard’s Comics and Collectables
1214A Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607
864-271-1104

NYC – Big Mushy Happy Lump Signing

Cartoonist Sarah Andersen appears at Strand Book Store on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM to sign her latest collection Big Mushy Happy Lump!

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

MI – The Neighborhood Watch Signing

Press Release:

Vault of Midnight Grand Rapids is excited to announce that Cody Flowers & Sean Cope will be visiting us for a signing and to promote their new indie series, The Neighborhood Watch.

Currently on its second issue, The Neighborhood Watch is a thrilling murder mystery and the first series by the creative duo, both Grand Rapids natives. We couldn’t be happier to give these comics a home on our shelves, currently available at all 3 of our locations!

Nadia, the anonymous curator of the blog The Neighborhood Watch, has made a national name for her blog by exposing con artists posing as superheroes. Fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, though, especially when nobody knows that it’s you behind the blog. Nadia is broke and living with her successful older sister, Esther. When Nadia learns the criminals she has been putting away are being killed in their cells, she is determined to save the lives of her blog victims before their clock runs out…

Sean & Cody will be signing in the Grand Rapids shop on February 18th from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. Learn more about the series and stay up to date on the latest info by following The Neighborhood Watch on Facebook at facebook.com/TNWcomic

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Vault of Midnight
95 Monroe Center Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-776-9013

OH – Superheroes en Vogue Exhibition

Visual artist Amana Harris and Comic Artists Michael Watson and Victor Dandridge come together at the intersection of independent artistry, media industry, education and activism for an engaging presentation and discussion on issues of social justice and diversity in the graphics industry and in our society.  Curated by Christopher Jeansonne, Artists will discuss some of there many powerful works and will have items for sale at the event on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Food provided. Attendance is free and open to the public.  RSVP here

Meet the Artists
Amana Harris
Associate Director, Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.
Adjunct Professor, Diversity Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies, California College of the Arts

Amana is a leading figure in the world of community arts, respected arts education advocate and author. Amana serves at the Associate Director of the Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. in West Oakland and is founder of ArtEsteem, an award winning program serving “as a vital force to creatively galvanize the resources to provide arts integrated curriculum with a focus on social justice and self-development…” (California College of the Arts). Her major projects include Self as Super Hero: Handbook on the Creation of the Life-Size Self Portrait, The Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project, and the ArtEsteem Annual Art Exhibition.

Michael Watson is a veteran independent comics creator and entrepreneur who is trying to fill the void of strong black heroes in the medium. His latest superhero narrative HotShot, currently being released through Legacy Rising Publishing, is set in various neighborhoods around Columbus, Ohio.

Victor Dandridge is the creator/owner of the Vantage: Inhouse Productions comics imprint, as well as an educator. He is best known for his comic narratives The Samaritan and Origins Unknown, and his U Cre-8 line of educational comics and products seeks to establish a bridge between creativity and literacy fundamentals.

Co-Sponsored By: The Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, The Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and Library, and Popular Culture Studies Program

This event is a part of the national 2017 Will Eisner Week Celebration

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
1813 N High Street, Columbus OH 43210-1393
614-292-0538

UK – Totally Awesome Hulk Signing

Writer Greg Pak (Kingsway West, Superman/Batman) signs at Gosh! Comics on Tuesday, February 21st from 6:00 – 7:00 PM!

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

NYC – WE: A Manifesto for Women

Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel appear at New York Society for Ethical Culture on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available from Strand Bookstore…

Press Release:

Imagine a sisterhood—across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best…

So begins WE: A Manifesto for Women—an inspiring, empowering, and provocative manifesto for change written by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel. Change that we can all affect, one woman at a time. Change that provides a crucial and timely antidote to the “have-it-all” superwoman culture and instead focuses on what will make each and every one of us happier and more free. Change that provides an answer to the nagging sense of “is that it?” that almost all of us can succumb to when we wake in the dead of night.

Gillian Anderson is an award-winning film, television, and theater actor and producer, writer, and activist. She currently lives in London with her children.

Jennifer Nadel is an award-winning broadcast journalist, qualified attorney, writer, and activist. American-born, she also lives in London with her three sons.

Admission Options:
Buy a $28 ticket which includes a signed copy of WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will take place at The New York Society for Ethical Culture (2 W 64th St. New York, NY 10023)

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New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W 64th Street, New York, New York 10023
(212) 874-5210

CA – FCBD: Seven to Eternity Signing

Writer Rick Remender (Black Science, Deadly Class, Low, Tokyo Ghost) appears at The Comic Bug on Saturday May 6, 2017 at noon to sign the store exclusive variant of SEVEN TO ETERNITY #1 at the Manhattan Beach location and celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704

MA – 2nd Annual Children’s Illustrators Auction

Press Release:

The Bacon Free Library Board of Trustees is proud to announce the 2017 BFL Spring fundraiser – our 2nd Children’s Illustrators Auction! Fifty (50) of today’s most beloved children’s book illustrators have donated over 60 pieces of art for this special event. Donations came from all over the US as well as England, China and Mexico. We also have a signed book from beloved children’s book author Robert Munsch! We have picture book illustrators, graphic novelists, chapter book illustrators – a recognition of the diversity in the artform.

We had so much art from so many children’s book illustrators for our 2nd Children’s Illustrators Auction that we just had to show it off. Join us in celebrating literacy, diversity and artistry! We’ve invited the illustrators and, so far, we have Bob Flynn, Rob Dunlavey, and Alan Witschonke attending on Sunday, February 26th 3:00 – 5:00 PM! Stay tuned to see if we have some last minute additions and surprises!

Click HERE for Auction and Shipping FAQ’s

Bacon Free Library
58 Eliot Street Natick, MA 01760
508-653-6730

OH – Windows on Death Row Exhibition

Press Release:

Join us for a special program and reception on Saturday, February 25, 2017 featuring Windows on Death Row exhibition founders Anne-Frédérique Widmann and Patrick Chappatte, as well as painter Ndume Olatushani, a former death row inmate who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 28 years in prison. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

4:00 pm: Curators’ Tour of Windows On Death Row, museum galleries
5:00-6:30 pm: Catered reception, Will Eisner Seminar Room
6:30-8:00 pm: Multimedia presentation, Jean & Charles Schulz Lecture Hall

In a TED-style talk featuring sound, video, art, and journalism, Widmann and Chappatte will share stories from a world beyond our imaginations as they retrace their journey into the American justice system. Over the course of a year, Widmann and Chappatte established contacts with thirty detainees, visited high security prisons across the country, and led a cartoon workshop for death row inmates. The result of this unique art and documentation project is an exhibit of editorial cartoons and inmate artwork, currently on display at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

The founders will introduce special guest Ndume Olatushani. Along with his wife Anne-Marie and a team of lawyers, Olatushani was finally released from prison in 2012 after a 20-year battle. His story is remarkable; even in the darkest circumstances, Olatushani continued to fight and keep hope alive. Since his release, he has been working with the Children’s Defense Fund, a national organization that provides a voice for children in need.

An audience Q & A will follow his presentation.
All events and gallery entry are FREE and open to the public.

Traveling exhibition organized with curatorial assistance from Anne Hromadka. Artwork gathered with the help of Compassion, R.E.A.C.H., Minutes Before Six, Who Decides Inc., Witness to Innocence, and Art for Justice. Also sponsored by Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights and the Swiss Federal Dept. of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

Warning: Windows on Death Row contains content that may be inappropriate for children

Patrick Chappatte is an editorial cartoonist for The International New York Times and a pioneer of comics journalism in print, web and animation, Chappatte was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2006. In 2011, he received the Thomas Nast Award from the New York Overseas Press Club of America. Chappatte was a research fellow at USC Annenberg School of Journalism from 2014 – 2015 and sits on the school’s Innovation Lab Advisory Board. He has given talks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the TED conference. The International New York Times has published six collections of his cartoons.

Promoting editorial cartooning as a tool for dialogue, and art as a way to facilitate conversations on human rights, Chappatte has mounted projects with editorial cartoonists in conflict-ridden countries over the last 10 years. Such initiatives, featuring workshops, exhibitions and debates, were organized in Serbia, IvoryCoast, Lebanon, Kenya and Guatemala with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He also co-founded the Geneva-based foundation “Cartooning for Peace” with Kofi Annan as honorary president, establishing an international prize to recognize cartoonists for their courage.

Anne-Frédérique Widmann is an investigative reporter, producer and documentary filmmaker for Swiss TV Broadcasting. In New York, she was the foreign correspondent for the Swiss daily Le Nouveau Quotidien and the newsmagazine L’Hebdo (1995-1998). She joined Swiss TV in 2003, where she became the co-producer, editor in chief and anchor of the current affairs documentary program Temps Present (a national equivalent of 60 Minutes). In 2010, she set up the investigative team for the Swiss TV and Radio Broadcasting Corp (RTS), which she led until 2014. Her last documentary, An Eye for an Eye: the Vengeance of the Gaddafi Clan (2014), was nominated for the Europa Prize and was a finalist of the Italia Prize. In 2010, she was awarded the Nicolas Bouvier Prize for best documentary for her work in Colombia.

Anne Hromadka, Curator & Project Manager (U.S.) is an independent curator and arts management consultant. Recently, she founded AMH Art Advisory. Anne is working with a select group of artists, arts non-profits and commercial galleries to increase exposure and strategically develop their goals. Examples of her curatorial approach can be seen in several of her recent projects: Last summer, she co-curated an exhibition with Hirokazu Kosaka, Artistic Director at the Japanese American Culture & Community Center, as part of Voices of LA, a citywide festival bringing together diverse artists to celebrate LA’s rich, multicultural fabric. The exhibit entitled Veranda brought together nine Japanese and Jewish artists to explore shared cultural values and identity.

As the curator of Windows on Death Row, Hromadka worked closely with Chappatte and Widmann to develop the exhibition design, educational framework, and several interactive spaces to encourage dialogue and elicit responses from participants about this complicated and challenging topic.

About the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: The BICLM is one of The Ohio State University Libraries’ special collections. Its primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection of materials documenting American printed cartoon art (editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons) and to provide access to these collections. The BICLM recently moved into its newly renovated 30,000 sq. ft. facility that includes a museum with three exhibition galleries, a reading room for researchers and a state-of-the-art collections storage space. The library reading room is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
1813 N High Street, Columbus OH 43210-1393
614-292-0538

MA – Lake of Fire/Perhapanauts Signing

Matt Smith (Lake of Fire) and Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts) appear at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM!

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Friendly Neighborhood Comics
191 Mechanic Street (Route 140), Bellingham, MA 02019
508-966-2275

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