Harvard Book Store and 826 Boston are thrilled to welcome back multitalented actor, writer, and children’s book author JASON SEGEL (How I Met Your Mother, The Muppets, The End of the Tour) on Wednesday October 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM for a presentation of his book Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic, the sequel to his and Kirsten Miller’s middle grade book Nightmares! Jason will be joined in conversation by 826 Boston program coordinator KAREN SAMA.
Tickets go on sale online only at segelnightmares.eventbrite.com on September 10 at 9am. A general admission ticket is $20 and includes a copy of the new book Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic. A $5 kids ticket is also available for ages 12 and under and does not include a book.
Signing Guidelines / Books for Sale
-Jason will personalize one (1) book and will sign a total of three (3) books per person. This includes both Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic and Nightmares!
-Jason will not sign memorabilia. This is a book signing only.
-No flash photography; no posed photographs.
-The featured event book for the evening is Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic, which will be available for sale at the event. The original Nightmares! (in paperback) will also be available.
Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic
You thought the nightmares were over? You better keep the lights on!
Charlie Laird has a dream life.
1) He has a weirdo stepmom who runs an herbarium.
2) He lives in a purple mansion with a portal to the Netherworld.
3) Since they escaped from the Netherworld, he and his best friends have been sleeping like babies.
But Charlie can’t shake the feeling that something strange is afoot. Charlotte’s herbarium used to be one of the busiest stores in Cypress Creek. Now her loyal following is heading to Orville Falls for their herbal potions.
Weirder, though, Orville Falls is suddenly filled with . . . zombies? At least, they sure look like the walking dead. Rumor has it that no one’s sleeping in Orville Falls. And Charlie knows what that means.
Things are getting freaky again.
Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!
Charlie Laird has several problems.
1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark.
3. He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.
What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed.
And when your worst nightmares start to come true . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.
Old South Church
645 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Artist ALEX CORMACK (Future Proof, Oxymoron, I Play the Bad Guy) appears at The Hall of Comics on Saturday, September 26th from noon till 4:00 PM and will do free sketches to celebrate Batman Day 2015. They will also raffle off an original Batman drawing by Alex for charity. Plus there will be several cosplayers to pose for photos.
The Hall of Comics
3 Turnpike Rd, Southborough, MA 01772
The Boston Comics Roundtable’s Creator Talk series will continue on Sunday September 20th with artist Levon Gyulkhasyan discussing the use of giant comic strips in public spaces. Held at the new Boston Comics Workspace at 561 Windsor St., Studio 306, the event is free and open to the public, though a suggested donation of $5 is welcome. The talk will begin at 2:00 pm and is sponsored by Ninth Art Press.
Comics need not only be on the page. There is a new dimension of comics in which giant comic strips are installed in public spaces. One such initiative, Jumbo Loop Comics, was spearheaded in part by Gyulkhasan and resulted in installations in many locations in Armenia and France. The large panels feature life size characters and act to engage those who behold them, giving a sense of involvement in the plot. The project also made paint and brushes accessible, encouraging passersby to color the strip and thereby become a participant, spreading awareness and enjoyment of comics. The giant strip can be wrapped around trees or poles, forming a ring, where the end of the story logically continues to the beginning, making it a never ending story.
Gyulkhasyan’s talk will cover the creation of these jumbo comics and how it affects communities, focusing on the process and challenges one may face.
About Levon Gyulkhasyan
One of the activists of comics development in Armenia, Gyulkhasyan was involved in works of the French Association pour la promotion de la bande dessinée en Arménie and a participant of exhibitions, workshops, and anthologies. In a team, he took part in 24-hour comics in Angouleme, France, which he then introduced in Armenia. He also was an initiator of Jumbo Loop Comics, seven of which were installed in public spaces in Armenia and France. With friends, Gyulkhasyan launched weekly comics making workshops using constraint as a means of advancing comic creation. After moving to the United States, he continues this activity in Boston.
Boston Comics Workspace – Studio 306
561 Windsor Street Somerville, MA 02143
Trident Booksellers is excited to welcome Raúl “the Third” Gonzales and Diane Fraser on Monday, September 14th at 7:00 PM for a night of readings and discussion about their books Lowriders in Space and Growing Up Superheroes: The Extraordinary Adventures of Deihlia Nye.
Raúl “the Third” Gonzales, Illustrator, Lowriders In Space, and Diane Fraser, author, Growing Up Superheroes, The Extraordinary Adventures of Deihlia Nye, will conduct a panel discussion titled “Out of the Margins, Into the Center”. In this panel discussion, Raúl and Diane will discuss their experience developing books based around cultures and characters typically only depicted marginally in books and media. The subject of Lowriders in Space, an award winning graphic novel for children, is lowrider culture, set in a fantasy world that is based on Latino culture. Growing Up Superheroes is the author’s memoir about her niece, Deihlia Nye, a kick-ass girl with a disability who travels to France, Ecuador, and Hawaii in her wheelchair, who lives and works independently in Boston, has adventures every time she can, inspires everyone around her to take risks, and was a founder of Boston Social Nerds.
Latino culture, lowrider culture, and people with disabilities are rarely the subject and center of any mainstream book, TV show, or film. These books center around cultures and characters that haven’t been explored in mainstream media, offering rich, fresh perspectives and experiences for readers of all ages. Neither book hits readers over the head in its delivery of the subject, rather they’re both wildly entertaining, carrying the reader along on grand adventures.
Trident Booksellers and Cafe
338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
Horror and Suspense authors from New England – and all around the Northeast U.S. – will be selling and signing books throughout the event, and participating in panel discussions in the theater about New England Horror Tradition, what makes something scary, new fears, and childhood terrors. The event will conclude with a quintet of authors doing a live reading of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Authors signing and speaking that day include:
Toni L.P. Kelner
Jack M. Haringa
John M. McIlveen
Holly Newstein Hautala
Errick Danger Nunnally
ACT Theater Company
1632 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA 01845
MICE is back! On October 17th and 18th 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 guests — professionals from the world of independent comics and graphic novels — and MICE is pleased to welcome Ryan North, Sam Bosma, Lucy Knisley, Jennifer Hayden, and Dustin Harbin to this year’s line-up.
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 17th, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, October 18th, 11 am – 5 pm. Admission is free.
The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo was established in 2010 to create a showcase space for artists and writers in the greater-Boston area working in the field of comics. The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable, an independent arts collective, and Lesley University College of Art and Design. Unlike traditional comics shows, which emphasize commerce and memorabilia, MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics. We connect local creators with local audience. We also run a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. We’ll be featuring several special guest creators, along with an expanded line-up of programming.
Visit www.micexpo.org for more information
Cartoonist Kate Beaton appears at the Brattle Theatre on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 6:00 PM!
Tickets (which include the book) available at the link… **THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT**
Harvard Book Store welcomes the creator of the popular webcomic Hark! A Vagrant KATE BEATON for a presentation of her latest comics collection, Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection.
Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince, and Benito Juárez burst off the pages of Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection, armed with modern-sounding quips and amusingly on-point repartee. Kate Beaton’s second D+Q book brings her hysterically funny gaze to bear on these and even more historical, literary, and contemporary figures. Irreverently funny and carefully researched, no target is safe from Beaton’s incisive wit in these satirical strips.
Beaton began her infectiously popular webcomic, Hark! A Vagrant, in 2007 and it quickly attracted the adoration of hundreds of thousands of fans. It was an unequivocal hit with critics and fans alike, topping best-of-the-year lists from E!, Amazon, Time, and more. Now Beaton returns with a refined pen, ready to make jokes at the expense of hunks, army generals, scientists, and Canadians in equal measure. With a few carefully placed lines, she captures the over-the-top evil of the straw feminists in the closet, the disgruntled dismay of Heathcliff, and Wonder Woman’s all-conquering ennui. Step Aside, Pops is sure to be the comedic hit of the year: sharp, insightful, and very funny.
The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Are you a comics artist with pages you want to display in the upcoming MICE Art Show, in a gallery, or at home? Then you’ll need to frame that art! You could go to a framing store, but you’ll get better and more inexpensive results by learning to frame your art yourself. Good framing can preserve your art, enhance its sale value, and make your studio walls look great.
The Boston Comics Roundtable will host a hands-on art-framing workshop led by artist EJ Barnes on Sunday, September 13th at 2:00 PM. She will cover such topics as how to prepare art for framing, where to buy frame pieces online for maximum flexibility and value, and what sort of hangers galleries prefer. Barnes will also show her special technique of displaying word balloons on comics art even if you added your lettering digitally.
This workshop is FREE to all, though a suggested donation of $5 is welcome. Barnes will begin her demonstration at 2:00 PM. This event at the Boston Comics Workspace is sponsored by Ninth Art Press.
About EJ Barnes
Barnes is a professional artist and art teacher in Cambridge. She has published many of her own comics as well as contributing to such anthologies as Hellbound, Inbound, and Colonial Comics. She has also exhibited and sold her work across the country. You can find more about EJ Barnes’s work at www.ejbarnes.com.
Boston Comics Workspace – Studio 306
561 Windsor Street Somerville, MA 02143
Illustrator Victo Ngai speaks at Montserrat on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 11:30 AM in room 201 of the Hardie Building!
Victo Ngai is a leading editorial illustrator working for clients such as the New York Times, IMAX and the New Yorker. She entices audiences by challenging realistic depictions in her work and telling vivid stories through drawing.
23 Essex Street Beverly, MA 01915
Come celebrate the emerging work of this dynamic and diverse group of New England artists, each representing unique perspectives in their selected artistic disciplines.
Artist reception Saturday September 12th from 6pm-9pm
Beats by DJ Noel Snow
Light fare and refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by Sam Adams
This program is supported by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901