Odyssey Bookshop hosts signings on Saturday November 29th with guests including Jarrett & Gina Krosoczka, Chrysler Szarlan, Mo Willems, Heidi Stemple, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Holly Black, Kelly Link, Gavin Grant, and Bill Newman!
9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
Dan Brereton appears at Treasure Island Comics on Saturday, December 6th from 4:30 – 7:00 pm to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nocturnals with a new volume entitled LEGEND!
Treasure Island Comics
5018 Mowry Avenue, Fremont, CA 94538
Ed Piskor appears at City Lights Bookstore on Thursday November 20th at 7 to sign Hip Hop Family Tree!
To celebrate the resounding critical and commercial success of the first two volumes of Ed Piskor’s unprecedented history of Hip Hop, the fabulous folks at Fantagraphics are offering the two books in a mind-blowingly colorful slipcase, drawn and designed by the artist, featuring exclusive all-new cover art on each volume. As if that’s not enough, in addition to the two books and the slipcase itself, Piskor has drawn a 24-page comic book — Hip Hop Family Tree #300 — specifically for this boxed set that elegantly reflects the confluence of hip hop and comics, which was never more apparent in the early 1990s than with the famous Spike Lee-directed Levi Jeans commercial starring Rob Liefeld, who went on to create Youngblood and co-found Image Comics, not to mention ending up on the radar of gangster rapper Eazy E. Piskor tells this story as a perfect parody/pastiche/homage to ’90s Image comics.
about the Hip Hop Family Tree:
The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium — the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture.
Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, Hip Hop Family Tree is now collected in a single volume cleverly presented and packaged in a style mimicking the Marvel comics of the same era. Piskor’s exuberant yet controlled cartooning takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom, capturing the flavor of late-1970s New York City in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail. With a painstaking, vigorous and engaging Ken Burns-meets-Stan Lee approach, the battles and rivalries, the technical innovations, the triumphs and failures are all thoroughly researched and lovingly depicted.
Piskor captures the vivid personalities and magnetic performances of old-school pioneers and early stars like DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the Funky 4 + 1, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, The Sugarhill Gang, and three kids who would later become RUN-DMC, plus the charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons, Sylvia Robinson and then-punker Rick Rubin. Piskor also traces graffiti master Fab 5 Freddy’s rise in the art world, and Debbie Harry, Keith Haring, The Clash, and other luminaries make cameos as the music and culture begin to penetrate downtown Manhattan and the mainstream at large.
Like the acclaimed hip hop documentaries Style Wars and Scratch, Hip Hop Family Tree is an exciting and essential cultural chronicle and a must for hip hop fans, pop-culture addicts, and anyone who wants to know how it went down back in the day.
Ed Piskor is an alternative cartoonist living and drawing out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a former student of The Kubert School and is best known for his artistic collaboration with underground comics pioneers Harvey Pekar, his graphic novel Wizzywig, and his blockbuster series Hip Hop Family Tree. Piskor is revered for his combination of golden age drawing style and smart storytelling. The Washington Post once said that “Piskor is able to render a world that resonates as truth.” Currently, he is knee deep in drawing the next book in the Hip Hop Family Tree five-volume series.
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue (at Broadway) San Francisco, CA 94133
The Comic Book Shop
1855 Marsh Road, Wilmington, DE 19810
Writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films,
including Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, and Tusk; Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, My Boring-Ass Life and most recently Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He can be heard daily at Smodcast.com, a vast network of podcasts.
An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the man who brought the world
31 Fortune Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
Christopher Sebela appears at Excalibur Books & Comics on Wednesday December 3rd from 5:00-7:00 PM to sign his brand new comic Escape From New York! Christopher has also worked on: Ghost, High Crimes, Dead Letters, and Captain Marvel.
Excalibur Books & Comics
2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-3969
D.J. Kirkbride appears at The Comic Bug in Culver City, CA on Wednesday, November 19th at 5:00 PM to celebrate the release of THE BIGGER BANG!
The Comic Bug
4267 Overland Ave. Culver City, CA 90230
Fred Van Lente appears at The Beguiling on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 PM!
The Beguiling and Gameloft are happy to welcome Fred Van Lente, Marvel Comics, and Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited Game Writer, to the shop for a special event! Van Lente will be on hand to sign copies of his books from 4pm-6pm! As a special bonus, the folks from game studio Gameloft will have demo units of the Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited game available to try, which, not-at-all-coincidentally, Fred Van Lente wrote the script for! It’s gonna be a unique event for us, and we’re looking forward to it!
About the author:
Fred Van Lente is the author the Marvel Comics titles Marvel Zombies 3 (and on), Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Power Man and Iron Fist, and much more. His current series include Archer & Armstrong for Valiant, and Howtoons for Image. He has also created the historical comics series’ Action Philosophers and Comic Book Comics, both self-published.
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
Writer Len Wein, co-creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing, appears at Galaxy of Comics on Wednesday November 19th from 3:00 – 6:00 PM to sign Batman ’66: The Lost Episode! This is based on an original storyline Ellison pitched during the run of the Adam West series that would have introduced the character of Two Face. Len handles the script for this one, fellow legend Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez handles the art. This is a book full of legends, and a signing you won’t want to miss!
Galaxy of Comics
17306 Saticoy Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Writer Joe Keatinge and illustrator Leila del Duca appear at Barnes & Noble on Friday November 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM to talk about the creative process in the creation of comics! There will be a signing following the discussion.
Barnes & Noble – Clackamas Town Ctr Mall
12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97086