IL – Young Animal Signing

Gerard Way, Nick Derington, Cecil Castellucci, Jody Houser, and Jon Rivera appear at Barnes & Noble on Saturday June 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Gerard Way is the Eisner Award-winning writer of The Umbrella Academy and former vocalist and co-founder of the rock band My Chemical Romance. He will be curating DC’s Young Animal, a new mature reader pop-up imprint of DC Comics that will consist of four series and feature his creative direction. Gerard Way will be joined by Cecil Castellucci (Shade the Changing Girl), Nick Derington (Doom Patrol), Jody Houser (Mother Panic), and Jon Rivera (Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye).

Special Instructions
This will be an amazing panel discussion and signing, early release comics and more, available only at Barnes & Noble Old Orchard on June 24th. Authors will only sign comics purchased at Barnes & Noble Old Orchard.

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Barnes & Noble – Old Orchard
55 Center Street, Skokie, Illinois 60077
(847) 676-2230

IL – Voracious: Feeding Time Signing

Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr return to Challengers Comics with the 2nd Voracious collection VORACIOUS: FEEDING TIME on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM.

Hunting dinosaurs and secretly cooking and serving them at his diner has helped Chef Nate Willner become a big success. But when he discovers his hunts take place on an alternate Earth where dinosaurs evolve to rule the far future, his world begins to burn around him faster than any beast he’s ever roasted. This second volume collects the critically acclaimed VORACIOUS: Feeding Time #1-5.

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

IL – September Mourning Signing

September Mourning‏ appears at Graham Crackers Comics for an acoustic performance and to sign their eponymous comic book on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM.

Graham Crackers Comics
16030 S. Lincoln Highway, Plainfield, IL 60586

BOOM! Studios Hits BookExpo America/BookCon

Press Release:

BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will exhibit at BookExpo America, a leading trade show for the book publishing industry attended by publishers, distributors, authors, bookstore owners, librarians, journalists, and more; and BookCon, a two-day fan event open to the book-loving public. The shows take place back-to-back at the Javits Center in New York City May 31st to June 4th, with BOOM! occupying booth #1530. The publisher shared its plans for the events, including:

—During BookExpo and BookCon, BOOM! will have limited quantities of free single issues available to give away to librarians, reviewers, buyers, and fans while supplies last, including recent releases Misfit City #1 (Vol. 1 collection out in December) and Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1 (collection out in January). Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City) and Victor LaValle will be appearing throughout the week to autograph copies.

The latest release from BOOM!’s BOOM! Box imprint, Misfit City is about a group of girls living in a small coastal town that most people have only heard of because it was the filming location for a beloved kids’ adventure movie from the 1980s. They’re sick of their town and the tourists that come to gawk at them, but they end up discovering a real treasure map, which leads them on an adventure even crazier than the one in the movie. Misfit City is illustrated by Naomi Franquiz.

In Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, when the last descendant of the Frankenstein family loses her only son to a police shooting, she turns to science for her own justice…putting her on a crash course with her family’s original monster and his quest to eliminate humanity. The series is illustrated by Dietrich Smith.

—BOOM! will also have limited advance copies of its KaBOOM! imprint’s upcoming original graphic novel, The Not-So Secret Society (August 1), available for free to qualified individuals. The creators of the book—Matt Daley, Arlene Daley, Ellen Crafts, and Trevor Crafts—will be on hand all week to autograph copies and share brochures, activity sheets, and mini-comics, and will raffle off a giant Gummy candy! (See booth for details.) The Not-So Secret Society is illustrated by Wook Jin Clark.

In addition, the creators of The Not-So Secret Society will appear at the BookCon Family HQ area (booth #1416) on Saturday, June 3, 5:30-6:00 PM for an interactive comics workshop.

The Not-So Secret Society is about a group of 12-year-olds who learn the value of teamwork and friendship when their invention brings a piece of candy to life that threatens to destroy the entire city!

—Free partial advance review galleys of the Archaia imprint’s upcoming all-ages original graphic novel Bolivar (November 21) will also be available for qualified individuals, with writer and artist Sean Rubin on hand to autograph copies.

Bolivar is the story of a dinosaur living unnoticed in New York City (“Everyone in the city was too busy to notice Bolivar was a dinosaur”), except for his young neighbor, Sybil, who desperately tries to convince everyone of his existence.

—Appearing at the BOOM! Studios booth (#1530) throughout the weekend will be:

Wednesday, May 31
2:00-4:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)
4:00-6:00 PM // Victor LaValle (Victor LaValle’s Destroyer)

Thursday, June 1
11:00 AM-1:00 PM // Victor LaValle (Victor LaValle’s Destroyer)
1:00-3:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)
3:00-5:00 PM // Sean Rubin (Bolivar)
5:00-6:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)

Friday, June 
10:00 AM -12:00 PM // Sean Rubin (Bolivar)
1:00-3:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)

Saturday, June 3
12:00-2:00 PM // Jim Campbell (Over the Garden Wall)

For more information on Book Expo America, visit www.bookexpoamerica.com. For more information on BookCon, visit www.thebookcon.com.

IL – Pix Signing

Gregg Schigiel, the creator/writer/artist of PIX, appears at Challengers Comics on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 from 3:00 till 7:00 PM.

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

IL – Boundless Signing

Cartoonist Jillian Tamaki (SuperMutant Magic Academy, This One Summer) appears in conversation with Jessica Campbell on Friday, June 23rd at 7:00 PM to present her new book: the inventive and incisive Boundless.

Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Toronto. She is the co-creator along with her cousin Mariko Tamaki of the graphic novel Skim, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Their second graphic novel This One Summer earned a Governor General’s Award and a Caldecott Honor. Tamaki’s first collection of her own comics was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller and Eisner Award-winning, SuperMutant Magic Academy.

This event will feature Jillian Tamaki in conversation with Jessica Campbell, the artist of Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists!

Jessica Campbell is from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and is an enthusiast of jokes, painting and comics. She completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was the recipient of the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship, and also a comics instructor. She has exhibited work in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Greece, and was selected as one of NewCity’s 2015 breakout artists. She is a member of the Chicago-based comics collective Trubble Club and has published comics with micro press Oily Comics, and contributed to Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels.

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

IL – Tethered Signing

David Faroz Precht will be at Challengers Comics on Saturday, June 10th at 1:00 PM to sign copies of Tethered and talk philosophy (and zombie philosophy) and more.

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

IL – Rick & Morty Signing

Writer Kyle Starks signs at Challengers Comics on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM to celebrate the Rickmobile’s Chicago stop on the Don’t Even Trip Road Trip!

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

IL – Rayven Choi Signing

Writer/director Shequeta Smith appears at Graham Crackers Comics on Friday May 26th from 3-6pm to sign RAYVEN CHOI from Shero Comics.

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Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
312-629-1810

IL – Wonder Woman Day Signing

Jenny FrisonStephanie Mided, and Ali Cantarella appear at Challengers Comics on Saturday, June 3, 2017 to celebrate WONDER WOMAN DAY 2017!

Wonder Woman turns 75 this year so it’s more than time to give the Amazing Amazon her due! Wonder Woman Day will feature a host of fun stuff for Wonder Woman fans of all ages! We’ll have a costume contest! We’ll have Wonder Woman themed treats! We’ll have a coloring contest with artwork provided by Wonder Woman cover artist Jenny Frison!

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

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