IL – Krazy Signing

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Press Release:

Comix Revolution Evanston and Northwestern professor Bill Savage host New Orleans-based writer Michael Tisserand on Friday, February 3rd at 5:30 PM for a presentation of his new book, Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White — the first full-length biography of cartoonist George Herriman, the creator of Krazy Kat.

Michael’s work has appeared in the Oxford American, The Nation, The Progressive, and on WBEZ-FM Chicago.

The creator of the greatest comic strip in history finally gets his due—in an eye-opening biography that lays bare the truth about his art, his heritage, and his life on America’s color line. A native of nineteenth-century New Orleans, George Herriman came of age as an illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist in the boomtown of Los Angeles and the wild metropolis of New York. Appearing in the biggest newspapers of the early twentieth century—including those owned by William Randolph Hearst—Herriman’s Krazy Kat cartoons quickly propelled him to fame. Although fitfully popular with readers of the period, his work has been widely credited with elevating cartoons from daily amusements to anarchic art.

Herriman used his work to explore the human condition, creating a modernist fantasia that was inspired by the landscapes he discovered in his travels—from chaotic urban life to the Beckett-like desert vistas of the Southwest. Yet underlying his own life—and often emerging from the contours of his very public art—was a very private secret: known as “the Greek” for his swarthy complexion and curly hair, Herriman was actually African American, born to a prominent Creole family that hid its racial identity in the dangerous days of Reconstruction.

Drawing on exhaustive original research into Herriman’s family history, interviews with surviving friends and family, and deep analysis of the artist’s work and surviving written records, Michael Tisserand brings this little-understood figure to vivid life, paying homage to a visionary artist who helped shape modern culture.

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Comix Revolution
606 Davis Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201
(847) 866-8659

IL – Mae Signing

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Writer/artist Gene Ha (Top Ten, JLA, Forty-Niners) appears at Challengers Comics on Saturday, February 4th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM to sign his new Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Mae vol. 1!

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

IL – Nightwing Rebirth Signing

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Writer Tim Seeley (Suicide Squad, Grayson) appears at Chicago Comics on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM for a signing of the NIGHTWING REBIRTH trade.

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Chicago Comics
3244 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 528-1983

IL – Challengers Authors Signing

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Writers Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn sign at Challengers Comics on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

Sarah Kuhn is the author of HEROINE COMPLEX (“The Devil Wears Prada with superheroes”) –the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. HEROINE COMPLEX chronicles the adventures of Evie Tanaka, a put-upon personal assistant who is forced to pose as her diva superhero boss and must embrace her own hidden talents in order to protect our world from a demonic invasion. Sarah has also written The Ruby Equation (with artist Sally Jane Thompson) for the Eisner-nominated romance comics anthology Fresh Romance and Barbie comics (with artist Alitha Martinez).

Unofficial Challengers mascot Amber Benson co-wrote and directed the animated web-series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. Her solo novels include the 5-volume DEATH’S DAUGHTER series and 2 (so far) volumes of THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also written, produced, and directed three feature films.

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

IL – Ellie Ultra Signing

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Author Gina Bellisario appears at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM to sign copies of her children’s book series, ELLIE ULTRA.

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Aw Yeah Comics
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
847-423-2916

IL – Ladycastle #1 Launch Party

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Ashley A. Woods, artist of the brand new BOOM! Studios comic LADYCASTLE, appears at Challengers Comics on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. Ashley will be signing for 5 or 6 hours (starting at 2pm) and will be doing commissions!

“When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out-that’s a lot less armor polishing for them to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle…well, the women take umbrage with that. Now the blacksmith’s wife Merinor is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knight Sir Riddick is tasked with teaching the ladies of the castle how to fight, defend, build, and do all manner of noisy things the men had been doing while the women assumed they were just drunk. Novelist Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, As Wicked as She Wants, Wake of Vultures) brings her first original series to comics, and is joined by breakthrough illustrator Ashley A. Woods (Niobe: She Is Life) for a rollicking fantasy adventure featuring women reclaiming their lives on their terms.”

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

IL – Curse Words #1 Release Signing

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Artist Ryan Browne (Bedlam, Smoke & Mirrors) appears at Challengers Comics all day on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 for the release of Curse Words #1 from Image Comics.

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

IL – Voracious: Feeding Time Signing

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Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr appear for a signing of the first issues of Voracious: Feeding Time and Doctor Strange/Punisher at AlleyCat Comics on Wednesday, December 14th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM!

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Alleycat Comics
5304 N. Clark Street Rear, Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 907-3404

IL – Voracious: Feeding Time #1 Signing

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Local creators Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr of Action Lab: Danger Zone comics appear at Lazarus Pit Comics on Saturday, December 11, 2016 from 1:00 till 4:00 PM signing and sketching for the release of the latest Voracious trade collection!

Jason will do a free basic sketch with the purchase of the book. He is also taking preorders for a more detailed commission piece for $20 (He is really busy, and likely will not have commissions ready but I can arrange to have them picked up at the shop). Let your imagination run wild! Jason’s art will not disappoint! Feel free to email or message the shop and I will make sure to get your request to Jason and he will have the art available for pickup at the event.

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The Lazarus Pit Comics
47 Highwood Ave, Highwood, Illinois 60040
(847) 926-7215

IL – Lunch with Alan Cumming

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Actor Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, X-Men 2) appears at The Standard Club on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM!

A magical concoction of the mischievous, tender, whimsical, and debauched real-life adventures of Alan Cumming, told in his own words and pictures. Described by the New York Times as a bawdy countercultural sprite and named one of the most fun people in show business by Time magazine, Alan Cumming is a genuine quadruple threat an internationally acclaimed, award-winning star of stage, television, and film, as well as a New York Times best-selling author whose real-life vivacity, wit, and charm shine through every page of his third book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams.

EVENT DETAILS
Doors will open at 11:00 AM.
Tickets are $40 and are required for the event. This ticket DOES NOT INCLUDE a copy of the featured book. Copies of You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures will be available for purchase at the event and the author will be available for signing.

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The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Ct. Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 427-9100

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