CA – Words & Music

Author Jonathan Lethem reading “Vivian Relf” from Cartoons and Men, along with Ben Arthur and Cindy Lee Berryhill performing their responses at Vroman’s Bookstore on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM.

About Jonathan Lethem:
Jonathan Lethem is an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science fiction and detective fiction, was published in 1994. It was followed by three more science fiction novels. In 1999, Lethem published Motherless Brooklyn, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel that achieved mainstream success. In 2003, he published The Fortress of Solitude, which became a New York Times Best Seller. In 2005, he received a MacArthur Fellowship.

About Ben Arthur:
Ben Arthur’s eighth album is American Castles, which continues Ben’s exploration of “answer songs” and art-inspired inspiration and collaboration. “Young Dead” was co-written with author George Saunders, while other songs on the album were written in response to stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Patricia Lockwood, and Susan Orlean. Ben is also a producer and the host of the Emmy-nominated television series SongCraft Presents, in which Ben writes and records a song with a featured artist over the course of a day. Ben has released seven previous albums and two novels.

About Cindy Lee Berryhill:
Cindy Lee Berryhill marks an affecting, intimate, and dazzling return to record-making with The Adventurist,
an ambitious song cycle released by Omnivore Recordings on March 10. Encinitas, Calif.-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Berryhill describes her elegantly crafted set of new original compositions – her first release since 2007’s Beloved Stranger — as a collection of “tone poems about the experiential feeling of enlovement.” Written and recorded over the course of the last five years, co-produced by Berryhill with David Schwartz, Sheldon Gomberg, Ben Moore, and Lee Ray.

The album was inspired by Berryhill’s life with her late husband Paul Williams. Founder of the first modern American rock magazine Crawdaddy in 1966 and a prolific writer and critic, Williams married Berryhill in 1997. Two years earlier, Williams suffered a traumatic brain injury in a bicycling accident. Following the early onset of dementia in 2004 and deepening medical challenges, he was placed in full-time care in 2009; he died in March 2013.

Berryhill says, “I vowed to write Paul a song cycle. Not songs of sadness or the despair I’d felt, but songs that reflected the love I had for him, and a remembering back to the enormous flood of feelings we’d had on meeting and courting. I wanted to write songs that felt like they’d come from that muse-driven place we feel when we fall in love.”

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Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

CA – The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson Signing

Meet Emmy and Eisner-Winning creators: Eddie Gorodetsky (CBS’ Mom), Marc Andreyko (Love Is Love) along with Shannon Denton (Star Wars Adventures), Troy Peteri, and Dave Lanphear (Witchblade, Future Quest) sign the first issue of The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson from Image Comics at Brave New World Comics on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 12:30 PM.

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Brave New World Comics
22722 Lyons Avenue #6, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
(661) 259-4745

CA – An Afternoon with Junot Díaz

Author Junot Díaz appears at San Diego State University on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 for a reading and signing at 4:00 PM.

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. He is the co-founder of the Voices of Our National Arts Foundation

A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at MIT.

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San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182
(619) 594-5200

SF – MARCH: A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum, Top Shelf Productions, and IDW Publishing proudly present MARCH, an exhibition of original artwork from the acclaimed graphic novel trilogy written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Cartoon Art Museum patrons will discover the inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, Congressman John Lewis, as artist Nate Powell chronicles Lewis’s journey from Troy, Alabama to Washington, D.C. The MARCH graphic novel trilogy, co-written by Andrew Aydin, received the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, was the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Award, has won multiple Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, and has been a staple of the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller lists.

Artist Nate Powell will discuss MARCH at the Cartoon Art Museum on Friday, February 9, 2018. Ticketing information and schedule to be announced.

About Congressman John Lewis and MARCH:

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

To share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis produced March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell.

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

About Nate Powell, forthcoming guest speaker at the Cartoon Art Museum:

Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000.

His work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.

His work has also received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN. His books have been placed on school curriculum in over 40 states, and his animated illustrations in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot documentary will reach roughly one million students in 50,000 schools across the nation.

From 1999 to 2009, Powell worked full-time providing support for adults with developmental disabilities alongside his cartooning efforts. He managed underground record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and performed in punk bands Soophie Nun Sqaud and Universe. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Powell’s next book, Come Again, will be released in summer 2018 by Top Shelf/IDW.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

CA – Nick Nolte Signing

Actor Nick Nolte appears at the Skirball Cultural Center to present his new memoir REBEL on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 8:00 PM. Get tickets here…

Legendary actor Nick Nolte delivers his most revealing performance yet. This intimate memoir is a tale of art, passion, commitment, addiction, and the quest for personal enlightenment as intense and hypnotic as the man himself. In a career spanning five decades and hundreds of roles, Nick Nolte has become a true Hollywood icon. Rising from a difficult childhood in the rural Midwest to leading roles and a trio of Oscar nominations in the golden West, he has been both celebrated and vilified; survived marriages, divorces, and a string of romances; was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine; and suffered public humiliation over his addiction issues, including a drug-fueled trip down the Pacific Coast Highway that resulted in his infamous arrest.

Despite these ups and downs, Nolte has remained true to the craft he loves, portraying a diverse range of characters with his trademark physicality and indelible gravelly voice. Already thirty-five when his performance in the 1976 mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man launched him to stardom, Nolte never learned to play by Hollywood’s rules. A rebel who defies expectations, a committed actor willing to go to extremes for a role, Nolte is motivated by personal, edgy projects, not box office success. Today, he has found peace on his own terms, yet is still driven, juggling projects while raising his young daughter.

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA 90049

CA – Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Signing

Artist Irene Koh returns to Illusive Comics and Games on Wednesday, January 31st from 5:00 – 8:30 PM to sign the second volume of the LEGEND OF KORRA comic from Dark Horse! She will have prints available for purchase, as well. Cosplay is welcome.

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Illusive Comics and Games
1270 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara, CA 95050
408-985-7481

CA – An Evening with Danny Trejo

Actor Danny Trejo (Machete, Spy Kids, From Dusk Till Dawn) appears in conversation with Allison Anders at the Vista Theatre following a midnight screening of Mi Vida Loca and a handprint ceremony on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

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Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

CA – The Artist Within Signing

Pop Secret Gallery welcomes Greg Preston and a huge cast of creatives showcased in both volumes of The Artist Within books on Friday, January 26th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM! Meet & greet and get your books signed by everyone in attendance!

Confirmed Guests include: Dave Willardson, Jeff Keane, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bill Morrison, Bobby London, Sharon Sampsel, Michael Dooley, Scott Gandell, Stan Sakai, Scott Shaw, Stephen Silver, Craig Elliott, Claire Keane, Dean Yeagle, Chris Bailey, Chad Frye, Jake Rowell, Chris Sanders, Kyle Lambert.

Also, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles’ Illustration West 56 Show is up for Preview Night – check out all the best of the best work in 10 categories from around the globe – without the opening night crowds!

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Pop Secret Gallery
5119 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
(626) 262-3909

CA – Ventura Strong Signing

Bernard Chang, Howard Chaykin, Marc Andreyko, Dylan Campbell, Darrell May, and more appear at Hypno Comics & Games on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from noon till 5:00 PM for the shop’s benefit event! Free comics and swag from DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Boom Studios, and Dark Horse Comics. Live auction and more!

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Hypno Comics & Games
1803 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 651-9767

SF – Mech Cadet Yu Signing

Writer Greg Pak (PLANET HULK, WEAPON X) will be at Comix Experience on Sunday, February 11th, at 11:00 AM to sign his new all-ages comic MECH CADET YU! Perfect for fans of Pacific Rim and The Iron Giant, Mech Cadet Yu is filled with action, adventure, and heart, and we can’t wait to talk to Greg all about it at our Graphic Novel of the Month Kids’ Club meeting!

About MECH CADET YU: Once a year, giant robots from outer space come to Earth and bond with young cadets from the elite Sky Corps Academy to defend the world from the terrifying aliens known as the Sharg. It’s a great honor to be chosen, but this year…well, the wrong kid was picked.

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

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