Ben Hatke appears at the Homewood Public Library on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM! From Zita the Spacegirl to Little Robot to the new release of Mighty Jack, Ben Hatke has created a unique universe with his amazing illustrations. Join us to meet Ben Hatke, try our Magic Bean snack mix and see if you can pin the Z on Zita herself!
Homewood Public Library
1721 Oxmoor Road Homewood, AL 35209
JILL THOMPSON is returning to Challengers on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM and she’s bringing her all new graphic novel, WONDER WOMAN THE TRUE AMAZON with her! This is a fully painted graphic novel that Jill has written and painted and we’re so excited for it to be released. SO excited in fact, that we’re throwing this party!
Not only is it a signing, but we’ll have Wonder Woman themed activities, a WW Costume Contest and a WW Coloring Contest!*
Come celebrate Jill’s return to the character that helped make her the comics superstar she is today!
This event is for the whole family, but “Wonder Woman The True Amazon” may be too intense for very young readers.
*Contests are for 12-and-under only; entries will be posted on social media and winners will be notified 1 week after the event.
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Mark McKenna makes his triumphant return to East Side Mags for the re-release of Combat Jacks #1 but this time – it’s the Director’s Cut! He’ll be signing copies of Combat Jacks #1, sketching on blank covers and hanging out from 1pm-5pm on Saturday, October 15!
About Combat Jacks #1:
In the 23rd-century, a space marine squad is sent to investigate the disappearance of prison terraformers on newfound planet Maia. What they find is much worse then they imagined. The oxygen-rich atmosphere created by the planet’s pumpkin-like vegetation makes Maia a perfect place for settlement – and the perfect flytrap!
Mark McKenna is a 30 year veteran of the comic book industry. In that time he has worked on Batman, Wolverine, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and more recently on Star Wars, counting over 550 comics in all.
Mark’s more recent work can be seen in Legendary Picture Books PACIFIC RIM movie prequel, Dark Horse Comics Star Wars-The Old Republic: The Lost Suns. In 2012 his work on the online web comic titled “Star Wars: Blood of the Empire“ was collected into an 84 page trade paperback and was the lynchpin for the 2012 released Bio-ware online video game, The Old Republic.
His children’s book series Banana Tail and Friends is a labor of love that he created when his daughter was four and had a newborn son. His most recent Banana Tail project, The BOOnana Tail Halloween Special was released for Halloween 2014 and was treated as an “all ages” comic project that continues to grow with children that had the original storybooks read to them as younger children. The other Banana Tail titles include; Banana Tail’s Tales and Activities, Banana Tail’s Colorful Adventure and the soon-to-be-released Banana Tail and the Checkerboard Jungle
Mark has also created, written, inked and published the Sci Fi/Horror COMBAT JACKS comic book mini series. COMBAT JACKS #3… “The Saga Continues” was recently published and is now available under Mark’s Banana Tale Press imprint.
East Side Mags
7 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
Graphic Novelist Sean O’Neill signs Rocket Robinson on Saturday October 1st at 2:00 pm at Third Coast Comics!
Third Coast Comics
6443 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, Illinois 60626
MARGUERITE BENNETT (Insexts, DC Comics Bombshells, Fresh Romance, Josie & the Pussycats), SAM MAGGS (Wonder Women, Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy), RYAN NORTH (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Adventure Time) JASON REYNOLDS (Spider-Man: Miles Morales YA Novel), and MARGARET STOHL (Forever Red & Red Vengeance: Black Widow YA Novels) will all be signing at Fantom Comics on October 11th, 2016 at 6:00 PM!
2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Patrick McDonnell (creator of Mutts) appears at Anderson’s Bookshop on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign his new book Tek: The Modern Cave Boy!
From a beloved, bestselling Caldecott Honor recipient comes a hilarious reminder of how technology can take us backward … all the way to the times of prehistoric man!
Tek is a cave boy in love with tech. His tablet, video games, phone, and TV keep him deep in his cave, glued to his devices, day in and day out. He never sees his friends or family, and his ability to communicate has devolved to just one word: “UGH”! Can anyone convince Tek to unplug and come outside into the big, beautiful world?
In addition to an imaginative and totally relatable story, ‘Tek’ also offers a distinctive design — including a tablet-shaped cover and a password “screen” — that’s sure to pique the interest of even the wariest young readers.
123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
Author Colleen AF Venable (Guinea Pig: Pet Shop Private Eye) appears at Main Street Comics on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM to sign her new children’s book Mervin the Sloth is About to Do the Best Thing in the World!
Main Street Comics
400 Route 211 E, Middletown, Orange County, New York 10940
Artist Marley Zarcone (Effigy, Forgetless) appears at Third Eye Comics on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to sign SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL #1!
Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Watermark Books & Cafe will host author Ben Hatke for a reading and signing of his book Mighty Jack on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Jack might be the only kid in the world who’s dreading summer. But he’s got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s boring, too, because Maddy doesn’t talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk to tell Jack to trade their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. It’s the best mistake Jack has ever made.
What starts as a normal little garden out back behind the house quickly grows up into a wild, magical jungle with tiny onion babies running amok, huge, pink pumpkins that bite, and, on one moonlit night that changes everything a dragon.
BEN HATKE’S first graphic novel was Zita the Spacegirl. He has published comics stories in the Flight series as well as Flight Explorer. In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows. Hatke lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.
4701 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67218