Ben Bishop, local creator of Nathan the Caveman and Ray Dillon and his wife Renae De Liz, who both worked on IDW’s The Last Unicorn, sign on Saturday May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day!
Coast City Comics
634 Congress St, Portland, ME
Meet author Joe Hill, creator of Locke and Key, on Saturday, August 14th from 4-6 at Casablanca Comics’ Portland store!
Joe will be signing copies of his new comic, Locke and Key: Keys to the Kingdom, his new hardcover Locke and Key: Crown of Shadows and much more. We will have plenty of books available, including his novels Heart Shaped Box and Horns.
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101
Everett Soares, Michael W. Kellar, and Keith Murphey sign their book across New England (and one in North Carolina).
Welcome to the World of Valendor, a bold new world where steam-powered ships sail across the sky and where you’ll find that the standard heroes come in any shape or form—even Pirate!
Life as one of the most notorious pirates in Valendor comes with its own set of ups and downs, and sometimes all Tobin Manheim wants is an easy job. His wish was granted when Governor Langford offered him one on a silver platter. Tobin saw an opportunity to make an easy coin and he pounced on it without question. However the costs became greater than the rewards. First cost – Tobin’s dignity. He has to work with his ex-wife. From there, things seem to go straight into the privy. Past accounts become due, parts of his ship explode and when things seem to brighten up, they only got worse. What happens though when Tobin reaches his limit and just wants the job to be over? Revenge!
For the next month, members of the Sky Pirates of Valendor crew will be traveling across the country promoting our solicitation in August Previews.
Great comics! Sketches! Original Artwork!
Everett Soares, creator of Sky Pirates of Valendor, appears at:
July 28, 2010 – 6:00-9:00pm
Friendly Neighborhood Comics
191 Mechanic Street, Bellingham, MA 02019
July 31, 2010 – 12:00-4:00pm
252 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
August 7, 2010 – 12:00-4:00pm
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101
August 8, 2010 – 1:00-5:00pm
Double Midnight Comics
245 Maple Street, Manchester, NH 03103
August 21, 2010 – 12:00-4:00pm
New England Comics
East Crossing Plaza 744 Crescent St, Brockton, MA 02302
August 28, 2010 – 12:00-4:00pm
37 North Main Street, Rochester, NH 03867
Michael W. Kellar, inker for Sky Pirates of Valendor, appears at:
August 14, 2010 – 12:00-4:00pm
813 S. Jake Alexander Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28147
Keith Murphey, inker and Art Director for Sky Pirates of Valendor, appears at:
August 28, 2010 – 1:00-4:00pm
34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060
The Maine Comics Arts Festival has announced its pre-convention panel schedule for Saturday, May 22nd hosted by the Portland Public Library (Main Branch, 5 Monument Square, Portland, ME)
All Saturday events will be held in the Rines Auditorium unless otherwise noted.
Kids Cartooning Workshop – 10:00 AM
Children ages 7-12 are invited to try their hand at cartoon art. Using simple shapes, comic book artist Jay Piscopo will demonstrate how to build figures and perspective to create art that tells a story. Stand by for adventure in this hour-long, interactive workshop! Click here to watch a video clip
Portland, Maine artist Jay Piscopo is the author and illustrator of The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli all-ages graphic novel series. Piscopo also co-created The Scrap City Pack Rats, art directed the award-winning Fizz and Martina Math Adventures, and was an animator for ABC TV’s Squigglevision.
The World of Graphic Novels – 11:00 AM
Presenter: John Shableski, Diamond Book Distributors
“The graphic novel is to publishing today very much as rock and roll was when it first entered the music industry mainstream: a strange format already familiar to the popular culture but not yet understood by the established distribution channels.” ~ John Shableski, Diamond Book Distributors
This free presentation is for librarians and educators who are interested in the world of graphic novels and are looking for definitions, explanations, and advice on where to begin or expand your collection or how to effectively use graphic novels in the classroom. John conducts this workshop nationally with librarians and educators and is known for his interactive, conversational style. This is his first time presenting in Maine. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity!
THE PRESENTER: John Shableski is sales manager at Diamond Book Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, and one of the biggest distributors of graphic novels in the U.S. through its Diamond Book Distributors division. John has been a panelist at BookExpo America, a moderator for graphic novel panels at the New York Comic Con, a guest speaker at library events, regional book shows and a symposium coordinator. He’s currently collaborating on several graphic novel symposiums across the country. His focus is on the independent bookstore market, public and school libraries.
Cartooning Styles – 12:30pm
A humorous presentation about art styles, featuring images of popular cartoon characters like Sponge Bob Squarepants and Mickey Mouse, and how different artists interpret them. We’ll talk about designing characters, and then give an interactive drawing demo, in which the audience will instruct Raina in creating characters and images.
Age range: 5 – 12
Center for Cartoon Studies Presents: Page Building Workshop – 1:30pm
This hands-on workshop will take a closer look at the basic building blocks of the comics page. Cartoonist and teacher Robyn Chapman will explain how to use page composition to control pacing and create effective stories. No matter how little experience you have, you will leave this workshop having composed a comics page! All supplies will be provided.
Live Comics Reading: Smile & Astronaut Elementary – 2:30
Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman will read (and perform) chapters from their all-ages graphic novels, as the illustrated panels are projected onto a large screen for all to see. They’ll also ask for some volunteers from the audience to play some of the characters.
Age range: 5 and up.
Featured Guest Discussion - 3:00pm
Jeff Lemire, Brian Wood and Skottie Young
This panel discussion will cover the works of the festival’s featured guests and will include a question and answer session.
The Pros and Cons of Small Press Publishing – 4:00pm
When a writer or artist decides to pursue the comic book industry, the 21st century has provided them with several different options, one of them being small press publishing. But how does one decide the best route to take. Join the creator of Sky Pirates of Valendor, Everett Soares along with Promotions Consultant, Susan Soares as they discuss the Pros and Cons of small press publishing as they share their journey through the industry.
Sunday, May 23 – 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Maine Comics Arts Festival
Ocean Gateway, Portland
Meet over 100 comic writers, artists and publishers, see exhibits and shop for cool comics and graphic novels. Click here to see the full guest list
JOE THE BARBARIAN #1 (OF 8) (MR) DC COMICS Written by Grant Morrison Art by Sean Murphy Cover by Sean Murphy
Having an overactive imagination can get a kid through a lot, but it doesn’t change the facts: Joe’s still the kid in school that can’t fit in. He’s the victim of bullies. His dad died overseas in the Iraq war. And then there’s the Type 1 diabetes he has to live with.So is it insulin-deprived delirium or something much, much bigger that transports Joe to a land inhabited by all his toys – from ninja commandos to action robots to magical knights to star fleet captains? Is Joe really the savior of this wild fantasyland that’s been held under siege by dark magic and evil forces? With the help of a samurai rodent, is he ready to take back besieged castles and win the freedom of an oppressed people? Or is he just an over imaginative boy who could die if he doesn’t take his meds?White-hot writer Grant Morrison follows up his phenomenal BATMAN AND ROBIN with an epic adventure that’s Home Alone by way of Lord of the Rings accompanied with to-die-for art by future superstar Sean Murphy (YEAR ONE: BATMAN/SCARECROW, HELLBLAZER).
Casablanca Comics, 151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101-4392
Joe Hill, co-creator of Locke & Key, goes on tour for his new novel Horns and writes on his blog:
(Photo Credit: Shane Leonard 2009)
HORNS is out in just over a month, which means I’m on tour, which means your chance to see my adorable smiling face (pictured above) is right around the corner. My current tour schedule is below, but keep in mind that it is subject to change, and that dates may be added, removed, or shifted around. You can trust me to update this post as more information comes in. I don’t, for example, have any UK dates, but I know a brief UK tour is under discussion. So stay tuned.
On a related HORNS note, before the week is out, I’m going to put up another post, fielding some of the more common questions I’ve had about the book. If you’ve got a question for me about HORNS, ask it in the comments thread, and maybe I’ll get to it (I’m collecting questions on Twitter as well).
Now I won’t be saying too much about the plot – this will be a spoiler free Q&A – but I’m glad to address stuff about release dates, or how the book got written, or why it took so long, or whatever you might have for me. You can also ask about L&K, H-SB or 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS, as long as you can tie it into HORNS in some way. If you did have a good question, you’d actually be doing me a favor by asking it. I have to do a mini-web-video-thing about the book and I don’t have a lot of practice talking about it yet, and so this will help me get my thoughts in order.
2010 TOUR SCHEDULE:
February 16th (Tues) – PORTSMOUTH, NH â€¢ River Run Books. 7:00 PM.
February 17th (Wed) - MANCHESTER, NH â€¢ Barnes & Noble. 7:00 PM
February 18th (Thurs) – CONCORD, NH â€¢ Gibson’s Bookstore. 7:00 PM.
February 19th (Fri) – MILFORD, NH â€¢ Toadstool Bookshop. 6:30 PM.
February 21st (Sun) – SALEM, MA â€¢ Cornerstone Books. 3:00 PM.
February 22nd (Mon) – CAMBRIDGE, MA â€¢ Porter Square Books. 7:00 PM.
February 23rd (Tues) – SOUTH HADLEY, MA â€¢ Odyssey Bookshop. 7:00 PM.
February 24th (Wed) – NEW CANAAN, CT â€¢ New Canaan Library. 7:30 PM.
February 25th (Thurs) – NYC, NY â€¢ Barnes & Noble (82nd & Broadway). 7:00 PM.
February 26th (Fri) – HUNTINGTON, NY â€¢ Book Revue. 7:00 PM.
March 1st (Mon) – PITTSBURGH, PA â€¢ Joseph-Beth Booksellers. 7:00 PM. (with an inevitable unscheduled side trip to my personal mecca, the Monroeville Mall, where I’ll probably just wander around, you know, like all the other zombies)
March 2nd (Tues) – SEATTLE, WA â€¢ University Bookstore. 7:00 PM.
March 3rd (Wed) – PORTLAND, OR â€¢ Powell’s Books. 7:30 PM.
March 4th (Thurs) – SAN FRANCISCO, CA â€¢ Booksmith. 7:30 PM.
March 5th (Fri) – CORTE MADERA, CA â€¢ Book Passage. 7:00 PM.
March 8 (Mon) – EXETER, NH â€¢ Water Street Books. 7:00 PM.
March 9 (Tues) – SOUTH PORTLAND, ME â€¢ Borders. 7:00 PM.
March 10 (Wed) – BANGOR, ME â€¢ Borders. 6:00 PM.
October 1st (6-7pm)
Forbidden Planet, 840 Broadway, NYC, NY
(212) 473 1576
October 3rd (2-4pm)
Million Year Picnic, 99 Mount Auburn, Cambridge MA
(617) 492 6763
October 5th (4-6pm)
That’s Entertainment, 244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA
(508) 755 4207
October 6th (7-8pm)
Rabbit Hole, 805 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345 0040
October 7th (4-7pm)
Casablanca Comics, 151 Middle Street #2, Portland, ME
(207) 780 1676
October 10th (7pm)
Quimby’s, 1854 W North Ave, Chicago, IL
October 11th (2pm)
Vault of Midnight. 219 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MIâ€Ž
Convention Website: http://www.BangPopMaine.com
Date(s):: September 19 & 20, 2009
Location: Bangor Civic Center, Bangor, Maine
Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables:: 30
Projected Attendance:: 1000
Convention Website: http://www.portconmaine.com/
Location: Wyndham Portland Airport Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road Portland, ME 04106 USA
Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables:: 11
Projected Attendance:: 2000