Raina Telgemeier, New York Times bestselling cartoonist of SMILE, DRAMA, SISTERS, and THE BABYSITTERS CLUB, appears at the First Congregational Church on Monday, October 17, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM to sign her latest book GHOSTS!
Raina Telgemeier has masterfully created a moving and insightful story about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible.
Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea.
As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake — and her own.
Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Sisters, and Drama, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club series. Raina’s accolades include multiple Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best Of and Notable lists. Her next graphic novel, Ghosts, will be released in the fall of 2016. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Visit her online at www.goRaina.com.
First Congregational Church of Madison, CT
26 Meeting House Ln, Madison, CT 06443
Award-winning Graphic Novelist GENE LUEN YANG appears on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 4-6PM at the University of Connecticut’s Student Union Theater.
Open to the Public / Talk and Book Signing
Sponsored by Asian/Asian American Studies Institute and Asian American Cultural Center
GENE LUEN YANG began making comics and graphic novels in the fifth grade. In 2006 First Second Books published American Born Chinese, which became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album.
In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, Yang’s two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion. Nominated for a National Book Award, this book also won the L.A. Times Book Prize.
Gene Yang has created a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman! In addition to cartooning, he teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, teaching alongside amazing authors like Anne Ursu, Gary Schmidt, Laura Ruby, Matt De La Pena, to name a few.
In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
UConn Student Union Theater
2110 Hillside Rd, Storrs, CT 06268
T.J. MILLER is one of the most sought after comedians in the comedy world, but not in the drama world, or the finance world. He was named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” and EW’s “Next Big Things in Comedy”. Miller’s voice stars in Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated feature, BIG HERO 6. You may recognize his non-animated face and body from his roles in FOX’s big screen comic book adaptation of DEADPOOL, the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, 2014’s surprise indie hit TRANSFORMERS 4, and Mike Judge’s HBO comedy series SILICON VALLEY, now in its third season, for which he received the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy. His podcast “Cashing in with T.J. Miller” on nerdist.com is listened to by 12 and ½ people, and he is a nationally touring standup artist, crisscrossing the country listening to Kris Kross (he’s also done shows in the U.K. and Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico did not go well)). He has been performing his absurdist observational stand-up act for over 10 years, and has never gone to the bathroom in his pants on stage.
His hour-long Comedy Central stand-up special T.J. MILLER: NO REAL REASON and hip-hop/pop/folk music album “The Extended Play E.P.”, an E.P. with 41 tracks, and the ILLEGAL ART REMIXTAPE are all available now. He hosted Comedy Central’s MASH-UP, a mashup of standup, sketches and visualizations, and has appeared on CHELSEA LATELY more than most women his height. He got his start touring with Second City in Chicago and improvising with Annoyance Theater, iO, and managers at electronics stores asking why he was late and smelled like gin.
Miller has been in a number of major studio films including CLOVERFIELD, SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, ROCK OF AGES, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, YOGI BEAR 3D (Ranger Jones, his greatest role to date), UNSTOPPABLE, and GET HIM TO THE GREEK.
Miller also talks like an old drag queen after a hard night of chain smoking, and thus voiced the character Tuffnut in the Oscar-nominated animated film HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. He voices Robbie from GRAVITY FALLS on Disney, Tuffnut in the Netflix HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON TV series, and GORBURGER, a very strange show you just have to google to understand.
Upcoming films include OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, opposite Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, and READY PLAYER ONE, directed by Steven Spielberg. He resides in Hollywood, California, where he struggles to find meaning in an uncertain world. He is a comedian.
College Street Music Hall
238 College St, New Haven, CT 06510
Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood signs at Bank Square Books on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 1:00 till 3:00 PM!
Welcome to the world of Baggywrinkles—a rollicking, educational survey of maritime lore, built around cartoonist Lucy Bellwood’s time aboard tall ships. From the scourge of scurvy to the exhilaration of climbing the rigging for the first time, Lucy’s comics bring the reader into a world of high seas history and informative adventure with “a sheer and unremitting sense of joy” [Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier]. Bellwood sailed aboard square-rigged vessels for months to collect the experiences found in these pages. Readers will learn about the secret language of sailors’ tattoos, why it’s a terrible idea to make someone walk the plank, and how scurvy went from a misunderstood scourge to a curable disease.
Bank Square Books
53 W Main St, Mystic, Connecticut 06355
Calling all fans of superheroes, sci-fi, horror, and anime! TerrifiCon: CT’s Terrific Comic Con™ invades the massive Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Uncasville, Connecticut, on August 19-21, 2016, for three days of action, excitement, and family fun.
Big Fedora Marketing, the producer of the three-day comic con at Mohegan Sun, is expanding the event’s programming to provide fans with more space for exhibits and a greater number of dealers in rare comic books and pop-culture merchandise. TerrifiCon offers fans more opportunities to meet their favorite comic-book artists and writers, as well as performers from TV and movies. There will also be a great lineup of after-con activities, including parties, poker, music, and comedy all at Mohegan Sun, recently voted Connecticut’s “Best Hotel” by Travel and Leisure magazine.
More than 40 comic-creator guests will be part of the largest gathering of comic-book professionals in Connecticut for the three-day spectacular. The list includes Marvel’s award-winning and best-selling Spider-Man writer Dan Slott, legendary Batman artist Neal Adams, the first-ever New England appearance of comic writer Roger Stern, and a rare con appearance by artist Rick Hoberg, who worked on Marvel’s original adaptation of “Star Wars” and animated shows like “Spider- Man and his Amazing Friends,” “Jem,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “The X-Men,”. New York Times best selling author Peter David (Star Trek, Hulk) and many more. Artists appearing include Mark Bagley (Spider-Man), Dan Parent (Archie), Ron Garney (Daredevil), Graham Nolan (Batman), Scott Koblish (Deadpool), Franco (Tiny Titans) and dozens more.
From the world of television and movies, writer/director/actor and lifelong fanboy, Kevin Smith, will be doing a special comedy show on Saturday night at the Cabaret theater at Mohegan Sun. Other members of Smith’s View Askewniverse will be meeting fans over the course of the weekend, including actor Jason Mewes, from Smith’s films “Clerks,” and the Jay and Silent Bob film series, Jeremy London from “Mallrats” (and “Party of Five”), and the cast of “Comic Book Men”.
Other celebrity guests include representatives of current and recent hits, such as Michael Cudlitz (“The Walking Dead”), Katrina Law (“Arrow”), and Sean Gunn (“Gilmore Girls,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), as well as veteran performers, like Rene Auberjonois (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Boston Legal,” “Benson”), Sam J. Jones (“Flash Gordon”), and wrestling legend Road Warrior Animal. Many more guests will be announced in the coming months.
The three-day event will also have many other events and attractions, including a costume contest for adults, a costume parade for children, more than a dozen question-and-answer panels with the invited guests, live music and comedy, photo backdrops, and a special day of children’s programming on Sunday which includes magic shows, music, and more.
“For fans of comic books, sci-fi/fantasy films and TV shows, and cosplay, the three-day convention at Mohegan Sun will be the ‘must-attend’ event of the summer”, said TerrifiCon’s owner Mitch Hallock. “We are also incorporating the terrific elements and activities of Mohegan Sun which you cannot find at any other comic con and that will give fans so much more to do after the show ends for the day.” Hallock, who is a lifelong comic-book fan and frequent contributor to WPLR’s “Chaz and AJ” radio program as “King of the Nerds” went on to say this comic con will “deliver the experience fans expect from the massive big-city comic cons while still maintaining an intimate setting.”
Visit the con’s official website for show hours and details at www.terrificon.com
Children 8 and under are admitted at no charge to the comic con when accompanied by a paying adult attendee. Comic con tickets are on sale at Mohegan Sun Box Office, which is open seven days a week, from 10 am – 8 pm, or may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com
Join Bank Square Books for an author talk with actress and poet Amber Tamblyn, author of the book Dark Sparkler, on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM.
A lifelong performer from a Hollywood family, actress Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Two and a Half Men, The Ring) is also an established poet who has studied with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, and others.
As a working actress, she is also deeply fascinated—and intimately familiar—with the costs of fame and the demands placed on young women in movies and on television. An initially casual interest in the lives and disappointments of actresses before her time—tragic stories of suicide, murder, obscurity, and other forms of death—inspired this insightful and emotionally charged collection of poetic portraits of the lives and troubling ends of more than thirty actresses famous and obscure. Featuring subjects like Brittany Murphy, Marilyn Monroe, and Jane Mansfield—and paired with original artwork, commissioned for this book, by luminaries including David Lynch, Adrian Tomine, Marilyn Manson, and Marcel Dzama—DARK SPARKLER is a surprising and thought-provoking collection from a searching and multi-talented young artist.
Bank Square Books
53 W Main St, Mystic, Connecticut 06355
In SHATNER’S WORLD…a one man force of nature delivers a larger than life performance complete with his laugh-out-loud humor, signature storytelling and musical selections in his inimitable style.
Through anecdotes, songs, jokes and even some poignant moments, you will experience William Shatner’s phenomenal path from classically trained Shakespearean actor to cultural icon, brilliantly creating the larger-than-life and most important character he has ever played, William Shatner.
Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT 06338
Actress Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Rock the Kasbah) appears at the First Congregational Church of Madison, CT on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign her new book PRETTY HAPPY: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. Tickets are available from RJ Julia Booksellers plus full details.
First Congregational Church of Madison, CT
26 Meeting House Ln, Madison, CT 06443
Star of The Walking Dead, Michael Cudlitz, makes a special appearance in The Shops concourse as part of Mohegan Sun’s Reality Check. The acclaimed actor who plays Sergeant Abraham Ford in the hit horror series The Walking Dead greets fans on Saturday January 16th with a live Q&A at 7:00pm followed by a signing at 7:30pm.
Participation is one a first-come first-served basis. Due to time restrictions, Michael Cudlitz will only be signing one piece of memorabilia or the headshot given out at the event per person. There will be no personal photos or photo personalization. This event is bracelet-only. Bracelets will be distributed at 5:00pm at the signing area in The Shops concourse. Participants must have a bracelet in order to gain entry into the signing line.
ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN:
Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States. Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, a 34-story, 1,200 room luxury hotel, a world-class spa and golf course, over 85 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and view us on YouTube.
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|ATTENTION comic book, pop culture, cosplay, and convention fans. Connecticut ComiCONN has joined forces with Altered Reality Entertainment & Hartford Comic Con to form the NEW and IMPROVED Hartford ComiCONN “A Show for the Fans by the Fans!” ™ Connecticut’s BIGGEST comic book and pop culture show! ComiCONN returns for it’s 7th show this September 24th & 25th at the XL Center in Hartford Connecticut with a big end of Summer event!|
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