MD – Science Comics Signing

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Cartoonist Maris Wicks (Primates) appears at the Takoma Park Library on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 6:30 PM!

Wicks, author of Human Body Theater, returns with another nonfiction graphic novel. This latest volume of the Science Comics series explores the world of coral reefs and their numerous inhabitants, discussing both their biology and their ecological importance. Learn about everything from biodiversity to sea cucumbers with a friendly fish acting as tour guide throughout the pages. Books will be available for sale from Politics & Prose

Takoma Park Library
101 Philadelphia Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 891-7259

NYC – IDW Creators Signing

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Press Release:

JHU Comic Books is proud to host a delicious duo of daring delight on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM! IDW’s X-Files and Street Fighter X GI Joe comics are making fans happy all over and what better way to celebrate these hot new titles than with a signing!

Both writers, Joe Harris (X-Files Season 11, Great Pacific, Snowfall) and Aubrey Sitterson (Worth, Strange Sports Stories, Tech Jacket) will be signing their awesome work with us!

Come in, get your fanboy/fangirl on and relive your 80s and 90s nostalgia through these two great titles, with both of these awesome talents!

**Purchase of X-Files #1 or Street Fighter X GI Joe #3 required to participate in signing event!

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JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

SF – Heliosphere Signing

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Artist Ben Jelter signs at Mission: Comics & Art on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM to celebrate the release of HELIOSPHERE!

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Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1545

NYC – Megg & Mogg Signing

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Cartoonists Simon Hanselmann and Katie Skelly appear at the Strand Book Store on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 7 PM – 10 PM!

Press Release:

Simon Hanselmann’s comics don’t spare the bawdy, broke, bad-tempered extremes of its Saturday-morning cartoon characters. Megg and Mogg in Amsterdam takes the titular weed-addled witch and her feline partner out of the suburban home they’ve made in his previous work in Megahex, at VICE, and in mini-comics aplenty, all the way to the stoner capital of Europe. Taking the gang out of their familiar down-under backwater doesn’t lift them from their singular miasma of bleak moods, dire hijinx, and unclear boundaries–join Simon at Strand for a wild night of the same.

Joining Simon in conversation will be fellow cartoonist Katie Skelly, Brooklynite creator of Nurse Nurse, Operation Margarine, the ongoing My Pretty Vampire, as well as comics for the sex-positive website Slutist. She’s also written and lectured about comics for outlets such as The Comics Journal, Fantagraphics, Japan Society, The Center for Cartoon Studies, Fordham University and The New School, and co-hosts the Trash Twins podcast with fellow cartoonist Sarah Horrocks.

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

CA – James Franco Signing

00000000_Straight-James-Gay-JamesJames Franco appears at Skylight Books on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at noon to sign his book of poetry Straight James/Gay James.

Please note, this is a signing only.

Press Release:

Straight James/Gay James explores the facets of James Franco’s public and private personas.Straight James/Gay James is a poetic bildungsroman—raw, candid, and uninhibited. James Franco writes about life as an actor and provokes questions about identity, sexuality, and gender. Other poems deal with family, Gucci, Lana Del Rey, James Dean, and Hollywood. His poetic style varies from the imagistic to the prosaic. The chapbook also contains an interview of “Gay James” conducted by “Straight James.” Yes, Straight James asks the question: “Let’s get substantial: are you gay or what?”

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books in-store events, this signing is free and open to the public (first come, first served).  But because we’re expecting a large crowd at this event, we’ll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized:

  • To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of any James Franco title here at Skylight Books. You may bring other titles to have signed from home as long as you purchase a book from the store.
  • James Franco will sign and personalize BOOKS ONLY–no memorabilia, posters, DVDs, fan art, etc. Also, we are not allowing any photographs.
  • For all website orders for this event, be sure to leave a note in the Order Comments field if you’d like a signing line ticket.
  • Can’t attend? If you would like a signed book but will not be able to attend, click Signed Copy after adding the book to your cart and we’ll do our best to get it signed for you. You  may pick up this book in the store after the event, or have it shipped to you.
  • Skylight’s Friends with Benefits members get priority signing line tickets (and 20% off this and all other event books each month), so be sure to mention your membership (or join) when you order the book.

James Franco is an actor, director, writer, and visual artist. He is the author of two works of fiction, Palo Alto and Actors Anonymous, and two books that collage memoir, snapshots, poems, and artwork, A California Childhood and Hollywood Dreaming. His poetry has appeared in a chapbook, Strongest of the Litter, and the book, Directing Herbert White. His writing has also been published in Esquire, the Huffington Post, McSweeney’s, N+1, Vanity Fair, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has received MFAs in fiction from Brooklyn College and Columbia, an MFA in film from New York University, an MFA in art from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College.

Franco’s film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, This is the End, Spring Breakers, Oz, and 127 Hours, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. He portrayed poets Allen Ginsberg in the film Howl, C.K. Williams in The Color of Time, and Hart Crane in The Broken Tower, a film Franco adapted and directed. He has also adapted many poems into films that he has directed, including short films based on “Herbert White” by Frank Bidart, the collectionBlack Dog, Red Dog by Stephen Dobyns, “The Clerk’s Tale” by Spencer Reece, and “The Feast of Stephen” by Anthony Hecht.

Franco has also adapted to film the novels As I Lay Dying, and Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, Child of God by Cormac McCarthy, In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck, The Long Home by William Gay, and Zeroville by Steve Erickson.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

IN – Downtown Comics Signing

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Writer Gail Simone (Secret Six, Clean Room, Leaving Megalopolis) and artist John Tyler Christopher (Marvel’s action figure variant covers) sign at Downtown Comics on Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM!

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Downtown Comics North
5767 E 86th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250
(317) 845-9991

AB – Time Served Signing

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Kyle Charles and David Croteau appear at Happy Harbor Comics on Wednesday April 27, 2016 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Join us at Happy Harbor Comics as we celebrate local creators making their debut in Heavy Metal Magazine! Issue #280 arrives on shelves April 27th, and we’re bringing the boys in for a little meet-n-greet. Kyle Charles is an accomplished Canadian comics creator and a past Artist-in-Residence at Happy Harbor, and we’re always happy to host him and his friends! David Croteau is the colorist for their new story, Time Served, which debuts in Heavy Metal #280!
Copies of the brand-new issue will be available for sale on April 27th, so you can get your copy signed by Kyle and/or David while you’re chatting with them about their experiences working for the long-running staple of underground comics!

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

MA – The Fireman Signing

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Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes JOE HILL, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box, on Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 6:00 PM for a reading from his latest novel, The Fireman. Tickets available at the link…

About The Fireman

From bestselling author Joe Hill comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-6837

MB – An Evening w/ Chester Brown

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Cartoonist Chester Brown appears at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Speaking & Signing Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus: Prostitution and religious obedience in the Bible (Drawn & Quarterly). Co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series.

Chester Brown (author of the bestselling Paying for It: A comic-strip memoir of being a john) continues his thoughts on sex work by retelling nine stories from Hebrew scriptures and the Christian New Testament. Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus forms a fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution.

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McNally Robinson Booksellers
1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 2A6
+1 204-475-0483

DC – Science Comics Signing

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Cartoonist Maris Wicks (Primates) appears at Politics & Prose on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:30 AM!

Wicks, author of Human Body Theater, returns with another nonfiction graphic novel. This latest volume of the Science Comics series explores the world of coral reefs and their numerous inhabitants, discussing both their biology and their ecological importance. Learn about everything from biodiversity to sea cucumbers with a friendly fish acting as tour guide throughout the pages.

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

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