MA – Steven Kellogg Speaks

Press Release:

Children’s book author/illustrator and Regina Medal recipient Steven Kellogg will deliver the 7th annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture on Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The BERL series features the country’s preeminent scholars, book collectors, researchers, editors, authors, and illustrators in the field of children’s literature. Kellogg’s lecture, a self-proclaimed “celebratory outburst of appreciation,” is free with Museum admission. A reception and book signing will follow.

In The Enduring Magic of Story, Kellogg will share his appreciation for the gift of storytelling and how it enriches our lives. “Storytelling, both visual and verbal, has been a pervasive and important activity in societies throughout the thousands of years that have elapsed since the dawn of mankind, when human beings first mastered the ability to communicate with one another,” said Kellogg. He will also speak about his admiration for the arts of writing and illustrating and how they are able to open gates to the world of stories and generate true magic, reminding us that “we all have a place in the storytelling circle.”

“We are delighted to welcome Steven who has been a friend of The Carle since its creation. Embellishing the folktale of Paul Bunyan, imaginatively creating a friendly snake in the classroom, or fantasizing on paper about the antics of a Great Dane puppy are just a few of the plots that he has successfully turned into books through the years,” said Barbara Elleman.

Steven Kellogg is the author and illustrator of over a hundred picture books. His love and dedication to stories and storytelling has been a lifelong pursuit: “It was early in my journey that I realized that stories and pictures were so compelling to me that my commitment would have to be a professional one.”

He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1963 and forty years later was presented with their annual award for significant professional achievement. Apart from that, his work has received numerous other recognitions including the Irma Simonton Black Award, the IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Award, the Parents’ Choice award, inclusion on the ALA Notable Books list, Booklist Editors’ Choice, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, The Horn Book Fanfare, and the list of Reading Rainbow featured selections.

To Kellogg, the importance of picture books, especially for children, is “for the emotional, intellectual, and imaginative nourishment that words and pictures provide when they are artfully composed to create the magic of story.” Indeed, Kellogg’s own work has touched the lives and creative imagination of countless children. As well as a creator, Kellogg is also a board member of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and has traveled to numerous schools, libraries, and colleges in all 50 states presenting programs that celebrate the joys of reading. More information about Kellogg and his work can be found at www.stevenkellogg.com.

About the BERL
Established in 2003, the Barbara Elleman Research Library is a non-circulating research collection of roughly 3,000 volumes of professional resources and children’s books devoted to the study of children’s literature and the visual arts. The Library is named for former Museum Trustee and Book Links magazine Founding Editor Barbara Elleman; together with her late husband Don Elleman, they generously contributed the books that form the core of the collection and the support for its home within the Museum.

The unique organization of the collection highlights areas of interest such as author and illustrator biographies, literary criticism, illustration studies, and more. It is ideally suited for students, teachers, librarians and other professionals interested in the study and use of children’s literature and the visual arts. The Carle recently added a collection of more than fifty books about the life and works of Beatrix Potter, courtesy of several collectors. Located nearby, the Picture Book Archive contains more than 2000 picture books from prominent illustrators in the 1970s to the early 2010s as well as titles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to being a resource for the public, the Carle’s staff often draw upon the collection for exhibitions and programs.

About Barbara Elleman
Barbara Elleman, who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh and her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Denver, worked as a school and public librarian before accepting a position in 1975 as reviewer and an editor for the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine; in 1990 she created and became editor-in-chief of Book Links. After leaving ALA in 1996, Elleman was named Distinguished Scholar of Children’s Literature at Marquette University in Milwaukee where she lectured and promoted the use of children’s books in the School of Education. Here at The Carle, she guest curated highly acclaimed exhibits of original work by Virginia Lee Burton and Tomie dePaola in 2009. During her career, Elleman was particularly attracted to the art of the picture book, and her collection reflects that interest–books about the art of illustration, as well as picture books themselves.

About The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

Eric Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 50,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including 7,300 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call (413) 559-6300 or visit the Museum’s website.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 559-6300

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Premiered at Anime Boston 2017

This past weekend saw Anime Boston, the northeast’s largest convention dedicated to anime, manga, and Japanese culture, held at the Hynes Convention Center. Several thousand otaku, the majority of which in cosplay, braved the cold and snow to mingle with their fellow fans. On Friday, a band named The Beach Episode, greeted con-goers with renditions of popular anime, video game, and cartoon theme songs such as The Legend of Zelda.

One of the highlights of this year’s show was the grand premiere of the English dub of the eagerly anticipated movie Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. Following the events of the popular television series, SAO: Ordinal Scale finds protagonists Kirito, Asuna, and their friends once again playing a video game, but this time instead of immersing themselves in a digital realm a new technology allows for enhanced reality where players engage in combat in the real world against virtual foes. Naturally, a sinister plot threatens them once again.

Special guest Cherami Leigh was on hand for a Q&A session in which she discussed her ten years of working in the voice acting industry. When asked about her experience making this movie and reprising the role of Asuna, Ms. Leigh said, “She goes through a lot of changes in the movie and her relationship with Kirito grows. You kind of see how much of a positive effect being in SAO series affected her.”

She went on to say that it spoke to real life issues in that many fans of games and animation are misunderstood by others in their lives who do understand their passion. “I think that something for people, specifically parents, who don’t think that games or anime can positively affect someone. There are things you learn about yourself, gain confidence levels, and things you didn’t know you had in when you’re playing once you step outside of yourself and realize, “I can do this.” A lot of the characters in the series realize this in the movie. So I hope that it opens people’s eyes that aren’t as accepting of anime or games.”

Cherami Leigh: voice of Asuna in Sword Art Online

In discussing the themes of technology taking over one’s life Ms. Leigh said, “But at the same time there’s that cautionary tale that’s been very prevalent with SAO of being careful with what technology is now able to do, like getting trapped in this virtual world or what it might do to our brains and the crazy things that happen. It’s definitely scary but it’s really cool and I was excited to work on it.”

She also mentioned that the recording sessions gave her a rare opportunity to collaborate with the Japanese creators, “I watched it subbed and met the creative team from Japan and they were able to guide me in some of my recording sessions which is very rare to have the director, Tomohiko Ito, present. He told me about the process of recording in Japan and there were a couple of moments he said he wanted to be sure were exactly right for this version. It was great to have our English writer/director, Alex von David, and the Japanese creative team working together.”

Fellow voice actor Patrick Seitz, who plays Agil in SAO, was also a guest of Anime Boston 2017. He said following the screening, “The SAO fans were really hyped for this movie. It’s great to see that reaction and that the fanbase is still so strong after all these years. I liked that the movie was an original story continued the series and not a rehash of previous episodes.”

Ms. Leigh was quick to point out that one does not have to any prior knowledge to enjoy the movie. “They did a really great job with the movie because you don’t have to have seen the entire series in order to watch (it). “You can pick up with the movie and they’ll do some exposition to catch you up on what you might have missed. My husband hadn’t seen much of the series when he watched the movie (in its original Japanese) and it didn’t affect his awareness or catching up with the story at all.”

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale hits theaters on April 22, 2017. For further information, please go to their website: sao-movie.net/us

 

 

MA – An Evening w/ Tony DiTerlizzi

Press Release:

This is an event you will definitely not want to miss! New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi will visit An Unlikely Story on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM to discuss with Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) being an imaginative kid and how that turned into his becoming an imaginative adult. Tony and Jeff will talk about their books and their creative process followed by a Q & A and book signing.

Any available tickets for this event will be available on Tuesday, April 11th at 6pm

ABOUT TONY:
Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, 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 more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

An Unlikely Story
111 South St, Plainville, MA 02762
(508) 699-0244

MA – IF Anthology Signing

Tito W. James and Peter Simeti sign at Barnes & Noble on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM.

Please join as we welcome local contributors to Alterna Comics’ latest graphic novel anthology. Celebrating a new theme with every annual release, 2016’s IF boasts over 40 creators coming together to answer the question, “What would the world really be like if people had super powers?”

Barnes & Noble
1 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701
508-628-5567

MA – Free Comic Book Day 2017 Signing

Matt Smith (Lake of Fire) and Cody Sousa (Croak) sign at Friendly Neighborhood Comics from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Friendly Neighborhood Comics
191 Mechanic Street (Route 140), Bellingham, MA 02019
508-966-2275

MA – An Afternoon with Rachel Dratch

Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live) joins Pam Victor (Happier Valley Comedy, Co-author of Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ and Dave Book) for an in-depth interview on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM as they discuss all aspects of comedy and gain insight into the creative process and Rachel’s work from Second City to Saturday Night Live and beyond. We’ll open up questions from the audience in the latter part of the interview, so get your questions ready! Tickets available at the link…

The interview will be taped as an episode of Pam Victor’s Conversations with Funny Feminists podcast, presented by WICF.

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The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-6837

MA – Yvain: The Knight of the Lion Signing

Writer MT Anderson (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing) appears with Gareth Hinds (Samurai Rising) at Porter Square Books on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign his first graphic novel, Yvain: The Knight of the Lion.

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

MA – Boston Pops Celebrates John Williams

Be a part of Boston Pops history as conductor Keith Lockhart and special guest Karen Allen celebrate the legacy of the Laureate Conductor, John Williams on April 7-8, 2017. This concert will include over 55 years of material from John’s six decades as a film composer and will be recorded for a CD release in the spring. This is your chance to hear not just the great classics, but the rarities like Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Towering InfernoTickets available online now!

Ticket price includes one complimentary John Williams Tribute CD for every two tickets purchased. CDs will be sent out in May.
Please note: seating for this concert will be theatre-style (not tables) on the floor.

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Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115
617-266-1492

Massive Comic Con 2017 Artist Alley is Stacked With Talent

The MASSive Comic Con returns to the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on Saturday June 24th & Sunday 25th for more comic book and pop culture fun!

Artist Alley is packed with the some of the best talent in the comics industry, including Writers, Artists and Publishers. Our guests will be available for sketches, commissions and autographs, as well as participating on panel discussions and workshops! Guests include:

  • Amanda Conner; artist/writer Harley Quinn, SuperZero
  • Jimmy Palmiotti: writer Harley Quinn, SuperZero
  • Stephane Roux; artist Zatanna
  • Megan Hutchison; artist Rockstars
  • Tim Townsend; artist/inker Doctor Strange
  • Dave Johnson; artist DC, Marvel
  • Paul Mounts; artist/colorist DC, Marvel, Image
  • Cully Hamner; artist Blue Beetle, Red
  • Billy Tucci; artist/writer Crusade Fine Arts, Shi
  • Nelson Faro DeCastro; artist DC, Marvel
  • Frank Tieri; writer DC, Marvel
  • Ming Doyle; artist DC, Marvel
  • Jonathan Glapion; artist/inker Reborn
  • John Gallagher; artist The Flash
  • Robert Pope; artist Peanuts
  • Robert Atkins; artist GI Joe
  • Alex Saviuk; artist Spider-Man
  • Agnes Garbowska; artist DC Super Hero Girls
  • Amanda Deibert; writer Wonder Woman ’77
  • Cat Staggs; artist Adventures of Supergirl, Crosswind
  • John Timms; artist Harley Quinn
  • Kenneth Rocafort; artist Superman
  • Mark McKenna; artist Combat Jacks
  • Christy Blanch; writer Aw Yeah Comics
  • Franco; artist Tiny Titans
  • Scoot; artist Aw Yeah Comics
  • Brian Atkins; artist Family Graves
  • Ed Smith; artist Tellos tribute book
  • Ben Bishop; artist The Aggregate
  • Sal Otero; artist TMNT, Until We Sleep
  • Ron Leary; artist Heavy Metal
  • Hyunsung “Creees” Lee; artist Freelance art & Design
  • Scott Hamilton; artist Custom Caricatures
  • Chris Campana; writer/artist First World
  • Bill Walko; artist The Hero Business
  • Bob Salley; writer/creator Salvagers
  • Jeff Kline; writer/producer/publisher Darby Pop Publishing

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Watch the Facebook Page and www.massivecomiccon.com for updates!

Anime Boston 2017 Schedule Announced

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, hits town this weekend and just in time has released the full event schedule for signings, screenings, cosplay events, fan panels, and more: www.animeboston.com/coninfo/schedule

Highlights include:

 

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