IL – Fetch Signing

Nicole J. Georges appears at Quimby’s Bookstore on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 PM to sign her new memoir Fetch. Comics art superstars Jessica Campbell (Hot or Not, Koyama Press) and Gina Wynbrandt (Someone Please Have Sex With Me, 2dcloud) will provide added voices for this event!

From an award-winning artist, a memoir of life with a difficult, beloved dog that will resonate with anybody who has ever had a less than perfectly behaved pet.

When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix—a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her “Don’t Pet Me” bandana.

Georges’s gorgeous graphic novel Fetch chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing—a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation, adaption, and compassion that sustain them. Nicole never successfully taught Beija “sit,” but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay.

Nicole J. Georges is a professor, writer, and illustrator, who has been publishing her own zines and comics for twenty years. She is the author of the Lambda Award–winning graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura and the diary comic Invincible Summer. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
773-342-0910

Dupage Comic Con (November 2017)

September 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention Profiles, Illinois

Convention Name
Dupage Comic Con
Convention Website Address
https://mightyconshows.com/show/dupage
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/11/2017
About This Convention
Greetings Earthlings! Mighty Con is coming back to its home turf in Dupage, IL! November 11th, Mighty Con is setting up shop at the Dupage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, Illinois. The Dupage Mighty Con’s huge facilities will feature over 100 artist tables, vendor booths, and special guests. But we’re also bringing cash prize cosplay contests, video and table top gaming tournaments, and a whole weekend of fun!
Venue Name and Address
Dupage Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
150
Projected Attendance
1,500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books

Dupage Comic Con

IL – Gravetrancers Signing

Writer M.L. Miller appears at Challengers Comics on Wednesday, September 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM for a signing of the first issue of his new series from Black Mask Studios, GRAVETRANCERS!

GRAVETRANCERS is about Maribel and Anthony who are in search of the grave of their dead father, not knowing that they are stumbling into a graveyard owned by an eccentric clan of grave-robbers who’ve devised a highly-addictive drug made from human remains–and the fresher the corpse, the stronger the dose. What started out as an attempt to reconnect with the past becomes a descent into a psychedelic, neon-colored nightmare—will Maribel and Anthony find their way through the hallucinogens or will they become the next hit?

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – No Plan B: The Art of Michael Avon Oeming Signing

John Siuntres (of the Word Balloon podcast) appears at Challengers Comics for a celebration of the new book, NO PLAN B: The Art of Michael Avon Oeming.

Michael Avon Oeming never prepared for any way to make a living other than drawing. Now the co-creator of Powers, United States of Murder Inc., Takio, Mice Templar, and more offers an in-depth look into his artistic archives, the creative process, and a career that has touched every corner of the comics industry over the last thirty years, with an interview with John Siuntres of the Word Balloon podcast about long-term creative partnerships and explores the secrets of thriving through the ups and downs of the comics industry.

John will be on hand to sign copies of the book and to talk about Michael’s work, and, pretty much anything else, on Wednesday, August 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Jack Kirby’s Centennial Celebration Signing

Daniel Warren Johnson, Luke Smarto, Tom Kelly, BD Mead, Alex Rosado, Don Cardenas, and Rob Schamberger appear at Challengers Comics on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 to celebrate Jack “The King” Kirby’s 100th birthday.  All work will be for sale and 100% of the money raised goes to Kirby4Heroes.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – How to Draw Anything with Gene Ha

Comic creator Gene Ha (Mae, Justice League of America, Top Ten) appears at Harold Washington Library Center on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM. He will take questions from the audience and demonstrate how to draw anything. He’ll stick around the Children’s Library after his talk to make free drawings.  This program is best suited for children ages 5 to 13.  No registration is required, however space may be limited and spots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note pre-registration is required for groups of 6 or more.

Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street, Chicago IL 60605
(312) 747-4300

RETCon Hosts Inaugural Convention This Weekend

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

The inaugural RetCon will be held this weekend on August 12 and 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the Bailey Auditorium in Chicago.

RetCon is a new Chicago comic book convention devoted to fantastic comics. While other comic conventions have shifted to focus on pop culture, RetCon brings the comic book back to the forefront. The comic book community is filled with diverse, up-and- coming writers and artists who are not currently featured in the mainstream comic industry. RetCon is committed to representing diverse creators.

This convention is perfect for comic book lovers who are interested in having meaningful conversations about the classics and want to learn more about the diverse voices entering the comic book space. The event will feature insightful panels, live entertainment, and a plethora of talented creators showcasing their latest work.

Guests include: Ashley A Woods, Daniel Warren Johnson, Reginald Gale, Ali Cantarella, David Knight, Megan Hutchinson, Gene Ha, Kitty Curran, Larissa Zageris, Jessica Lynn, Victoria Perez-Segovia, Jonathan La Mantia, Menton3, Mark L Miller, Leo Perez, Geannina C. Gutierrez, Dale Lazarov, Dimitri Fisher, Rebecca Rothschild, Jim McClain, Serena Guerra, Marcus Muller, Alejandro Rosado, Kevin Sheller, Angel Medina, Keith Carmack, Rafael Nieves, Jessi Adrignola, Chris Prunckle, Max Bare, Don Cardenas, Metal Hand, Scott J Larson, Rachel Young, Seraph Manifesto, Tom Stillwell, Sun Bros Studios, Justin Castaneda, Tyrell Cannon, Tony Moy, Paul Axel, Joel Siegel, George Gant, Jamie Primack, Caleb Thusat, Markisan Naso, Gavin Smith, Eric Basir, Andrew Taam, Brian Wyrick, Ben Miller, Kimberly Moseberry, and many more.

SCHEDULE

Saturday August 12th

New To Comics?
12:00PM – 1:30PM: Join us for a panel discussion on which comics are great reads for those new to comics and finding the best ways to dive in.

The State of Things
1:30PM – 3:00PM: Join DOOMROCKET founder Jarrod Jones, Molly Jane Kremer along with guests Gene Ha, Megan Hutchinson, Ashley A. Woods, and Oliver Sava as they discuss the current state of comics.

Acrobatica Infiniti
4:00PM – 4:30PM: Imagine if you will, a world where circus meets fandom; Cosplay meets acrobatics; and world-class performing artists bring to life your wildest fantasies. At AI Circus, entertainment and fantasy collide in mid-air.

Comic Book Trivia
4:30PM – 5:30PM: Are you ready to test your knowledge of comic books? We’ll see about that.

Sunday August 13th

Telling History Through Sequential Art
12:00PM – 1:15PM: Telling history through sequential requires multiple skillsets—all of which can be easily expressed in a fun environment.

Telling History Through Sequential Art 
1:15PM – 2:30pm: An epic journey through the history of comic book movies with your hosts James Thompson and Ruben Rosario, as they discuss Superman II.

Comic Book Trivia
2:30PM – 3:30PM: Are you ready to test your knowledge of comic books? We’ll see about that.

Acrobatica Infiniti
4:00PM – 4:30PM: Imagine if you will, a world where circus meets fandom; Cosplay meets acrobatics; and world-class performing artists bring to life your wildest fantasies. At AI Circus, entertainment and fantasy collide in mid-air.

RETCon is a Chicago-based comic book convention dedicated to bringing comics back to comic con. RETCon aims to bring diverse voices within the comic book industry to the forefront and encourage thoughtful consideration of work within the comic book community. For more information and tickets please go to the website: www.chicagoretcon.com

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IL – Wonder Woman: Warbringer Signing

Author Leigh Bardugo (Grisha Trilogy, Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom) appears on Tuesday, September 5th at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign Wonder Woman: Warbringer! Books sold by Anderson’s Bookshop.

RECEIVE A PRE-ORDER EXCLUSIVE PRINT!
Submit your receipt for this event from Anderson’s to receive an exclusive Character Illustration Print (includes 5 characters from the novel). The offer is valid 7/11 – 8/28. If you have already purchased your event ticket and book from Anderson’s you may retroactively submit as well. Submit receipts here: bit.ly/warbringerpreorder.

EVENT DETAILS:
This offsite event requires a ticket to attend. Your ticket includes a copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Please purchase your ticket here or by stopping in or calling our Naperville store at (630) 355-2665.

Community Christian Church
1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, IL 60540

IL – Miles Morales: Spider-Man Signing

Author Jason Reynolds appears at Anderson’s Bookshop on Thursday, August 3rd at 7:00 PM to present his new Miles Morales: Spider-Man novel.

Miles is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He’s even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he’s Spider-Man.

EVENT DETAILS
This event is free and open to the public. To join the signing line, please purchase the author’s latest book Miles Morales: Spider-Man from Anderson’s Bookshop.

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Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-2665

IL – Let Some Word That Is Heard Be Yours Signing

Alex Nall appears at Challengers Comics on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM to sign copies of Let Some Word That Is Heard Be Yours.

Let Some Word That Is Heard Be Yours is a wonderful 50-page color graphic novel that focuses on the life of Fred Rogers, better known as Mister Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Written and illustrated by Alex Nall, “Let Some Word That Is Heard Be Yours” also chronicles Nall’s experiences as a teaching artist at a Chicago elementary school.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

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