UT – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, author of Boxers & Saints, appears at the Main Library to speak and sign books on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

ABOUT GENE LUEN YANG Yang began publishing comic books under the name Humble Comics in 1996. In 1997, he published the comic Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks and won the Xeric Grant, a self-publishing grant for comic book creators. Since then, Yang has created and collaborated on a number of works, including American Born Chinese, The Eternal Smile, and the two-volume Boxers & Saints.

Salt Lake City Public Library
210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801-524-8200

NJ – Martin Short Signs

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Martin Short appears at Bookends on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 PM to sign his new book: I Must Say! Each person attending must have a book.

Bookends
211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-445-0726

SF – The Sixth Gun Signing

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Creator/Artist Brian Hurtt signs at Comix Experience on Wednesday October 22nd at 4:00 PM!

Comix Experience
305 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-9258

MN – The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft Signing

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Leslie S. Klinger presents The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft with special guest Neil Gaiman on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Magers & Quinn Booksellers!

Tickets for seating will be available beginning Sunday, October 19 at 4:00 pm. Standing room is open to the public and does not require a ticket.

Tickets must be picked up in person in the store. Two tickets maximum per person.

Please note that Neil Gaiman will NOT be signing books at this event.

Magers and Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
tel: 612.822.4611

CA – Drawing Beautiful Women Signing

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Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, Savage Wolverine) appears at Lee’s Comics on Tuesday, October 28th 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm to sign his new book Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method.

Lee’s Comics
1020 North Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043-1760
(650) 965-1800

IL – Scary Godmother Workshop

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Jill Thompson appears at the International School of Comics for a comics workshop and gallery opening on  Sunday, October 26th from noon till 6:00 pm!

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International School of Comics Chicago
1651 W Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60622

Baltimore Comic-Con Report!

Who watches the Watchmen? A few hundred people at least, all of whom were in line ahead of me at last month’s Baltimore Comic-Con (Sept. 5-7) for Dave Gibbons’s autograph.

Gibbons is, of course, the artist behind Watchmen, the 12-issue miniseries published by DC in the mid-80s. The accolades heaped on Watchmen are as legendary as the series itself. It was the only graphic novel to appear on Time‘s 2005 “100 Greatest Novels” list, and it appeared again in 2009 on the magazine’s “Top 10 Graphic Novels” list. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked Watchmen thirteenth on its list of the best 50 novels printed in the last 25 years, calling it “the greatest superhero story ever told and proof that comics are capable of smart, emotionally resonant narratives.”

I have loved Watchmen since it came out, and when I saw that Gibbons, who lives in the UK, would be in Baltimore, I booked my flight immediately. By “flight,” I mean I got up at 5:00am and drove the six hours from Raleigh, NC, passing through Washington just miles from the White House and getting stuck in horrendous construction-related traffic that even President Obama is, apparently, powerless to prevent. Other great artists and writers were there, including Steve Leialoha, Walter and Louise Simonson, Greg Capullo, David Finch, and Al Milgrom, who does few conventions these days. Denny O’Neil left early due to a family emergency, and the wait for George Perez was four hours (!), according to one woman who endured it.

But Gibbons was, for me, the star of the show. I waited about an hour in his line, and when I got to the table, I found him to be gracious, funny, and down-to-earth. He was impressed by my Graphitti edition Watchmen hardcover (the first graphic novel version of the series) and my Marvel Comics Doctor Who #1 (for the wife, a consecrated Whovian). But he oohed and ahhed—actually, we all did—over something another guy had: the 1994 computer game Beneath a Steel Sky, still in the box. Gibbons did the background art for this game, and he said he had never signed a copy before. Get it on eBay, young man!

The Baltimore Comic-Con has long been a two-day affair. This was its first year spanning a third day, and everyone I talked to thought it a success. Vendors especially were pumped-up because their rate stayed roughly the same despite the extra day. They also praised the convention staff for being responsive and professional. Sales were good, too: one dealer sold an Action Comics #252 (first appearance of Supergirl) for $900.

Dr. Chilton, the captor/tormentor of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, says that Baltimore “can be quite a fun town, if you have the right guide.” The only guide I needed was the folks at this year’s Comic-Con. As you are planning your convention schedule for next year, mark down September 25-27 in Baltimore. It won’t be a baaa-d decision.

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They don’t look like minions, but I’ll take their word for it.

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Deadpool doing what Deadpool does.

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Hello, Walter Simonson!

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Hello, Louise Simonson!

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Don’t blink. Or wink. Or think about blinking or winking. Especially when drinking.

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The line to see Dave Gibbons.

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And, finally, Dave Gibbons, holding my newly-signed Watchmen hardcover (which, if it were shirt, I would never wash again).

MD – Halloween ComicFest 2014

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Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham, Howie Noel, and Ryan Browne appear at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, October 25th for Halloween ComicFest 2014!

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Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

NYC – A Love Story for Witches Signing

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Jaysen Headley appears at Forbidden Planet to sign copies of his new book “A Love Story for Witches” on Wednesday October 29th at 6:00 p.m.

Forbidden Planet
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
212-473-1576

CA – One Book for Teens Panel

1bookGene Luen Yang, Eric Shanower, and Alonso Nuñez appear at Villainous Lair Comics on October 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Press Release:

Join KPBS at Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming for a special panel discussion about comics and graphic novels moderated by KPBS Education Reporter, Matt Bowler. Panelists will include:

Gene Luen Yang, author of “American Born Chinese,” the 2014 One Book for Teens selection
• Alonso Nuñez, Executive Director of Little Fish Comic Book Studio
Eric Shanower, Freelance Creator

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Join us after the event for refreshments. Copies of the book will be available for sale, and the author will be available for signings. Find more information about the One Book, One San Diego program at KPBS.org/onebook.

One Book is sponsored by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation and Jerome’s Furniture. Additional support comes from Lloyd Pest Control and SDG&E.

Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming
3220 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
619-281-1600

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