MA – Luke Skywalker: Jedi Knight Launch Party

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Tony DiTerlizzi appears at Odyssey Bookshop on Wednesday, October 8th at 6:30 pm!

Press Release:

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (well, not that far away) comes an epic arrival! The Odyssey Bookshop celebrates in true rebel style, with the New Tork Time bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tony DiTerlizzi! Grab your lightsaber, don your jedi robe and head down to the Odyssey Bookshop to celebrate with us. Slurp down jello space drinks, chomp down on jedi cake and learn the power of the force with Master DiTerlizzi.

Deluxe picture book featuring vintage art from Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, paired with captivating text by a high-profile author.

The classic tale of good versus evil set in a galaxy far, far away, quickly became a cultural phenomenon during its time, inspiring a generation of story lovers and storytellers. Now, the original trilogy of Star Wars shines anew with the vibrant concept art of Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary conceptual designer behind the original trilogy.

Collected in a picture book for the first time, McQuarrie’s art is paired with captivating text by New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi-a winning combination that will delight Star Wars fans old and new and delight generations of readers to come.

Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight.

The Force is strong with Tony DiTerlizzi in this epic Star Wars compendium picture book. Star Wars fans new and old will revel in the stunning original illustrations from Ralph McQuarrie as they are guided through light saber battles, Jedi wisdom and a fight for freedom by master storyteller, Tony Diterlizzi. Children will delight in reading aloud the highlighted, sound-affect, text through out the story complimented by McQuarrie’s legendary illustrations artfully selected to be appropriate for children. This book will be loved by the life-long die hard fans as well as the young and newly discovered ones. Love this book, you will…

Please RSVP for this event by emailing kids@odysseybks(dot)com or call 413 534 7307.

Tony DiTerlizzi:
New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been creating books with Simon and Schuster for over a decade. From his fanciful picture books like, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela) and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in over thirty countries.

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Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
(413) 534-7307

Final Hellbound Volume Debuts at MICE 2014

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The Boston Comics Roundtable, in conjunction with River Bird Comics, is pleased to announce the publication of Hellbound V: End of Comics. Aptly themed, this will be the final installment in a series of original horror comics anthologies from some of Boston’s most celebrated creators. No fear or phobia will be left unprovoked. 

Debuting on October 4th at the fifth annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), Hellbound V will also be available at select local comics shops and conventions. This limited edition, 9 by 5 inch, two-tone Risograph printed run, geared toward “Mature Readers”, will feature seven stories and two fold-out pages, boasting a roster of familiar names and new contributors, alike. 

Hellbound series creator Roho will resume his role as designer and publisher. Stephen Cartisano, who has had a hand in every Hellbound release since the New England Art Award nominated Volume II: Box of Evil, returns as Editor. Returning contributors include Dan Mazur (Comics: A Global History), Ellen T. Crenshaw (Nobodies Volume II, Womanthology), Alison Burke and Tara Harris (A.R.R.O.), Patrick FlahertyE.J. Barnes (Tales of the Ling, An Invitation to the World of Luisa Felix), and Clayton McCormack (Dead Meat, Heavy Metal Magazine). Joining them for the first time on this volume are Gary Bonesteel (Killer Ink Comics), Ben Doane (Subcultures), and Brenton Barnes (Bartkira, Mister Reusch’s Black and White Illustration Book).

The Hellbound series has received much critical acclaim, having grown “increasingly stylish in presentation,” according to Rob Clough of High-Low. Katy England, of The Maine Edge, deemed Volume IV: GULP! to be “well worth adding to any collection,” while Brigid Alverson of Robot 6 marveled at the “impressive craftsmanship” contained within its pages. 

Featuring illustrations by Dan Moynihan (Nickelodeon Magazine, Heeby Jeeby Comix), and up and comer Jerel Dye (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, Pigs Might Fly), Hellbound V: End of Comics promises to end the series with a bang… and perhaps some whimpering, too.

MA – Joe Perry Signing

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Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry appears to present his new memoir on Thursday, October 9 at 6:00 pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

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In the tradition of the mega-bestseller Life by Keith Richards, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry opens up for the first time about the wild, inside story of his life in the legendary band he cofounded in 1970—which is still going strong today. In Rocks, Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock-gods on stage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll.

Tickets are $35 each and include one copy of Rocks on sale at the link. Joe Perry will only sign copies of Rocks purchased at Brookline Booksmith.

Coolidge Corner Theatre 
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
617-566-6660

MA – Broken Monsters Signing

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Lauren Beukes appears at Porter Square Books to sign her new book, Broken Monsters, in conversation with novelist Joe Hill on Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm!

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Press Release:

A criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses in Lauren Beukes’s new genre-bending novel of suspense.

Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?

If you’re Detective Versado’s geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you’re desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you’re Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you’ll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe–and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.

If Lauren Beukes’s internationally bestselling The Shining Girls was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her Broken Monsters is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.

Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics, and screenplays. She’s the author of the critically-acclaimed international best-seller, The Shining Girls, about a time traveling serial killer, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical Joburg noir which won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, the neo political thriller, Moxyland. She worked as a journalist and as show runner on one of the South Africa’s biggest animated TV shows, directed an award-winning documentary and wrote the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Joe Hill is the author of three novels, Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2, as well as a prize-winning collection of stories, 20th Century Ghosts. He also wrote a pair of comics: Locke & Key and Wraith (which ties into the world of NOS4A2). Some nice people gave him an Eisner Award for his work in funny books, which is a great honor, even if “funny” probably doesn’t do a good job of describing the kinds of things that happen in the comics.

Porter Square Books
25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 02140-1413
617-491-2220

MA – Outside the Box Signing

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Hillary L. Chute signs at Harvard Book Store on Tuesday October 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

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Harvard Book Store welcomes Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago HILLARY L. CHUTE for a discussion of her book Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists and the latest issue of Critical Inquiry, Comics & Media.

On Outside the Box:
We are living in a golden age of cartoon art. Never before has graphic storytelling been so prominent or garnered such respect: critics and readers alike agree that contemporary cartoonists are creating some of the most innovative and exciting work in all the arts.

For nearly a decade Hillary L. Chute has been sitting down for extensive interviews with the leading figures in comics, and with Outside the Box she offers fans a chance to share her ringside seat. Chute’s in-depth discussions with twelve of the most prominent and accomplished artists and writers in comics today reveal a creative community that is richly interconnected yet fiercely independent, its members sharing many interests and approaches while working with wildly different styles and themes. Chute’s subjects run the gamut of contemporary comics practice, from underground pioneers like Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry, to the analytic work of Scott McCloud, the journalism of Joe Sacco, and the extended narratives of Alison Bechdel, Charles Burns, and more. They reflect on their experience and innovations, the influence of peers and mentors, the reception of their art and the growth of critical attention, and the crucial place of print amid the encroachment of the digital age.

Beautifully illustrated in full-color, and featuring three never-before-published interviews—including the first published conversation between Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware—Outside the Box will be a landmark volume, a close-up account of the rise of graphic storytelling and a testament to its vibrant creativity.

On Comics & Media:
The past decade has seen the medium of comics reach unprecedented heights of critical acclaim and commercial success. Comics & Media reflects that, bringing together an amazing array of contributors–creators and critics alike–to discuss the state, future, and potential of the medium.
Loaded with full-color reproductions of work by such legends as R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, and Lynda Barry, the book addresses the place of comics in both a contemporary and historical context. Essays by such high-profile figures as Tom Gunning, N. Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and W. J. T. Mitchell address a stunning range of topics, including the place of comics in the history of aesthetics, changes to popular art forms, digital humanities, and ongoing tensions between new and old media. The result is a substantial step forward for our understanding of what comics are and can be, and the growing place they hold in our culture.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515

MICE Returns for 2014

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MICE is back! On October 4th and 5th independent graphic novelists and cartoonists will converge on University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge’s Porter Square. The event is free, family friendly, and offers a weekend of activities as the Boston area’s only show dedicated to independent and alternative comics.

MICE attendees are invited to discover their new favorite comic books from over 150 local comic creators. The exhibition area at MICE will present a wide range of art and books: hand-made mini-comics and zines, anthologies, graphic novels, art prints, and sketches. Panel discussions will provide insightful conversations about the world of contemporary comics and graphic novels. Artists will share techniques, tips, and tricks for creating your own comics in a variety of workshops for all ages and skill levels. Sunday’s “Kids Comics Day” workshops are especially geared toward younger readers and budding cartoonists.

This year’s show will also welcome a number of special guests — professionals from the world of independent comics and graphic novels — including James Kochalka, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Emily Carroll, Paul Hornschemeier, and Box Brown.

MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 4th, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, October 5th, 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. More details at the website: www.micexpo.org

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MA – Fozzy Signing

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WWE Superstar Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy sign autographs at Newbury Comics in Faneuil Hall on Tuesday, October 7th at 3:00 PM!

Check out Fozzy’s new album Do You Want To Start A War, out now on Century Media, and stop by to see them at an in-store event at our Faneuil Hall location on 10/7!

Wristbands for autograph signing event will be given out beginning the morning of 10/7 at the Faneuil Hall store.

Newbury Comics – Faneuil Hall Marketplace
North Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

MA – Sisters Signing

sisters_cvrRaina Telgemeier appears at the Brookline Public Library on Friday October 3rd from 3:00 - 4:30 PM!

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Join Brookline Public Library for a visit from one of today’s comics superstars: Raina Telgemeier is appearing in Brookline to talk about her latest #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Sisters!

Thanks to our friends at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), the Brookine Booksmith, and Scholastic Graphix, we are bringing Raina here to your local library for a reading and signings.

The event kicks off at 3:00 pm. Please be aware that we’ll be opening the doors at 2:30 pm and the event will be seated first come, first serve. The room capacity is 96, so be sure to get there on time to get a good seat.

Raina will also be appearing over the weekend, October 4-5, at the annual MICE show over in Cambridge at Lesley College, along with a whole roster of amazing creators, so be sure to go and check out the Expo too!

Following the critical success of her graphic memoir Smile, Eisner Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling comics creator Raina Telgemeier returns to her graphic memoir style with the companion Sisters. In full-color comic format, and with her signature humor and charm, Raina tells the story of her antagonistic relationship with her younger sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.

Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco and moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. SMILE, a critically acclaimed graphic memoir based on her childhood, was a New York Times bestseller, appearing for more than 95 weeks on the list, winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Her most recent book, the full–color graphic novel DRAMA was another #1 New York Times bestseller and Kirkus raved in a starred review, “this book will undoubtedly make readers stand up and cheer.” Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, which were selected for YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and Booklist’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list. Raina lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband and fellow comics artist, Dave Roman. To learn more, visit her online at goRaina.com and on Twitter at @GoRaina.

The Public Library of Brookline
361 Washington Street Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 730-2370

MA – The Book with No Pictures Signing

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B.J. Novak (The Office, Amazing Spider-Man 2) appears at the Brattle Theatre on Thursday October 2, 2014 at 6:00 PM!

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Harvard Book Store and 826 Boston welcome back actor, writer, and humorist B.J. NOVAK for a reading from his first book for kids, the innovative The Book with No Pictures. Tickets are on sale online only at bjnovak.eventbrite.com.

You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .

BLORK. Or BLUURF.

Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.

Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)

The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Banned Books Week Event

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BBWRainaLargeJoin the Brookline Public Library on Thursday September 25th from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM for a panel discussion with comics creators, critics, librarians and journalists Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources, Good Comics for Kids), Katherine Dacey (The Manga Critic), Zack Giallongo (Broxo), and Jennie Wood (Flutter).  We’ll talk about how creators consider intended audience, the state of challenges to comics today, and how libraries build and maintain comics collections that support everyone’s freedom to read. Bring your questions and we’ll answer everything we can!

Brigid Alverson has been reading comics for as long as she can remember, and she has been writing about them since 2005. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of a small city by the day and pursues comics journalism in her off hours. She writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, Publishers Weekly, Comic Book Resources, and Good E-Reader.com and is a daily blogger at Robot 6. She also edits the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

Katherine Dacey has been writing about comics since 2006, first as the Senior Manga Editor at PopCultureShock, then at Good Comics for Kids and her own site, The Manga Critic. Ms. Dacey lives and works in Boston, MA.

Zack Giallongo is a professional cartoonist, cheese enthusiast, and amateur banjo-ist. Raised in the Northeast, he has a deep and instinctual love of apples, Fall, ancient gravestones, and old, crooked buildings. Although he loves all creatures great and small, his stint as an Illustration major at the University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth sent him down the path of comic craftsmanship rather than being a ranger or a zookeeper. His first solo graphic novel, Broxo is about teenage barbarians and was published in 2012. It hit #4 on the NYT Bestsellers list.

Jennie Wood is the creator and writer of Flutter, a comic series. Flutter, Volume One: Hell Can Wait, the first graphic novel in the series, is available on 215 Ink. The Advocate calls Flutter one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013. She is also a contributor to the award-winning, New York Times best-selling comic anthology, FUBAR, Singularity, and Vic Boone: Bourbon and Buckshot anthologies. She is a graphic novel instructor for Grub Street and writes non-fiction features for the educational website, infoplease.com. On September 4, 2014, 215 Ink published her YA novel, A Boy Like Me, a story of a boy trapped in the body of a girl who falls in love and learns what it means to be a man. She recently recorded original songs to go with it. An excerpt of the novel has been published in the December 2013 issue of Provocateur Literary Magazine. Jennie worked on A Boy Like Me while participating in Grub Street’s year-long Novel Incubator program and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Jennie is one of Go Magazine’s Women We Love for 2013.

Robin Brenner (our very own Teen Librarian) is our moderator for this panel. When not presenting programs and reading guidance, she writes features for publications including VOYA, The Horn Book, Library Journal, and Knowledge Quest. She is an active member of YALSA and has served on awards committees including the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award and the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards in 2007. She is the editor-in-chief of the graphic novel review website No Flying No Tights.

Check out Banned Books Week for more information about the whole week nationwide, and check out the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for more information on comics, censorship, and how to join the fight!

The Public Library of Brookline
361 Washington Street Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 730-2370

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