NYC – My Partner Knows Best Presentation

Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen, one of Hollywood’s most outrageous couples, appear at BUILD Studio on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 4:30 PM to talk about their new relationship comedy gameshow, My Partner Knows Best. How well married couples know one another will be put to the test as they compete in a series of hilarious challenges based on real-life relationship obstacles. Three couples compete each week, but only one will walk away with the money and be able to say “My Partner Knows Best!”. Free tickets at the link…

BUILD Studio
692 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

NYC – The Week Of Presentation

Join director and writer Robert Smigel and actors Roland Buck III and Allison Strong appear at BUILD Studio on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 10:30 AM to share stories about the Netflix film THE WEEK OF. Free tickets at the link…

“The Week Of” tells the story of a devoted, middle-class father (Adam Sandler) determined to pay for his daughter’s wedding despite the prodding of the wealthier father of the groom (Chris Rock). A series of calamities forces the dads (and their families) to come together and endure the longest week of their lives.

BUILD Studio
692 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

NYC – Love That Bunch Signing

Pioneering feminist cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb presents Love That Bunch (Drawn and Quarterly) autobiographical comics that chronicle the raw, dirty, and unfiltered thoughts of a woman coming of age in the 1960s. Kominsky-Crumb’s darkest secrets and deepest insecurities were all the more fodder for groundbreaking stories that crackle with the self-deprecating humor and honesty of a cartoonist confident in the story she wants to tell. Kominsky-Crumb appears in conversation with Naomi Fry, staff writer at The New Yorker, on Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 PM.

MORE ABOUT LOVE THAT BUNCH:
Love That Bunch traces Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s life as a Beatles loving fangirl, an East Village groupie, an adult grappling with her childhood, an 80s housewife and mother, all the way up to a new 30-page story, “Dream House”, that looks back on her childhood. It is shockingly prescient while still being an authentic story of its era. Kominsky-Crumb was ahead of her time in juxtaposing the contradictory nature of female sexuality with a proud, complicated feminism. These comics thrum with anxiety and questions about femininity, identity, and family.

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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-3324

NYC – Archer: Danger Island

Actor H. Jon Benjamin appears at BUILD Studio on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM! Free tickets at the link…

FXX’s Archer is an original animated, half-hour comedy that, in its ninth season, centers on the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin), a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939. Along with his trusty co-pilot Pam, Sterling must navigate quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, poison darts, pirates and quicksand. Welcome to the mysterious and deadly world of Archer: Danger Island. Benjamin takes the BUILD stage to talk about the new season of the hit animated series and his new book, Failure Is An Option: An Attempted Memoir.

BUILD Studio
692 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

NYC – Boying Up Signing

Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory and Blossom, appears at Union Square’s Barnes & Noble on Tuesday May 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of her new book Boying Up! A limited number of wristbands for event access will be distributed with purchase of the featured title from this B&N location beginning at 9am the day of the event.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

NYC – True Story: Non-Fiction Graphic Novels Presentation

Join moderator Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor of Publishers Weekly, and a dynamic panel featuring cartoonists that includes Julia Alekseyeva, Kyle Baker, and Josh Neufeld at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday, April 26th at 7:30 PM. The panelists will discuss their respective graphic works, and the ways in which each artist combine the formal elements of visual art, the investigative tools of journalism, oral history and scholarship in their efforts to create complex perspectives on the human experience.

The panel will take place in the SoI gallery, surrounded the current exhibition, March, a show of original artwork done by cartoonist Nate Powell for the MARCH Trilogy, the acclaimed graphic memoir of the life story of Congressman John Lewis and his experiences in the fight for civil rights.

About the Speakers:

Julia Alekseyeva is an author-illustrator and academic. Her debut graphic novel Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution was published by Microcosm in 2017, and has been featured on NPR, Tablet, Lilith, and The Rumpus. She has published shorter works of graphic journalism, on topics ranging from Soviet New Years Trees to Walter Benjamin, in Lilith and The Paper Brigade, and her art has been featured in exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Lesley University, and the Boston Arts Academy. Alongside her art, Julia holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Film and Visual Studies from Harvard, and currently teaches film studies courses at Brooklyn College. Next year, she will be a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard.

Kyle Baker is a cartoonist, comic book writer-artist, and animator known for his graphic novels. He has won 8 Eisner Awards and 7 Harvey Awards for his work in the comics field. The New York Times called his book SPECIAL FORCES “the harshest, most serrated satire of the Iraq war yet published.” Baker drew writer Robert Morales’ Marvel Comics miniseries Truth #1-7, a Captain America storyline with parallels to the Tuskegee experiment, and contributed to the Dark Horse Comics series The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, a spin-off of Michael Chabon’s novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. In 2006, his company, Kyle Baker Publishing, serialized a four-part comic book series about Nat Turner, and published the series The Bakers, based on his family life, in two anthologies. Nat Turner is currently published by Harry Abrams. In 2008, Watson-Guptill published How to Draw Stupid and Other Essentials of Cartooning, Baker’s art instruction book. That same year, Baker hosted the comics industry’s Harvey Awards. In 2010, he became regular artist on Marvel Comic’ mature-audience MAX-imprint series, Deadpool Max. His company Quality Jollity continues to publish graphic novels and produce animation. He is currently working on an installation for Josiah Henson Park, depicting the life of the instrumental figure of the underground railroad.

Josh Neufeld creates nonfiction, journalistic comics to offer a new perspective on political and social upheaval, and to give voice to stories that wouldn’t otherwise be heard. He is the writer/artist of the bestselling nonfiction graphic novel A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (Pantheon). In addition, he is the illustrator of the bestseller The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media (W.W. Norton). His journalistic pieces have been published by Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy magazine, The Boston Globe, Medium, Al Jazeera America, Fusion, and The Atavist, among others. He received his BA from Oberlin College, and was a Knight-Wallace fellow in journalism at the University of Michigan.

Calvin Reid is a senior news editor at Publishers Weekly and co-editor of PW Comics World, PW’s online coverage of the comics and graphic novel marketplace. Reid was instrumental in encouraging Publishers Weekly to regularly review book format comics in the late 1980s, in addition to launching regular news coverage of graphic novel publishing at Publishers Weekly in the early 1990s, making Publishers Weekly instrumental in the rapid growth of the graphic novel category in the general book trade during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2006 at the annual Will Eisner Comics industry Awards, Reid was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award by the San Diego Comic-Con International for his longtime efforts working to raise both the understanding and the business profile of graphic novel publishing in the general book trade. He has been a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival graphic novel committee since 2012.

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Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

NY – Isola Signing

Writer Brenden Fletcher (Isola, Motor Crush, Gotham Academy, Batgirl) signs at Escape Pod Comics on Sunday, May 6th from 5:00 till 8:00 PM!

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Escape Pod Comics
302 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 923-1044

NYC – Comic Book Club w/ Brian Cronin

Brian Cronin (100 Things X-Men Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die) appears on the Comic Book Club for a live podcast on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:00 PM!

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The PIT Loft
154 W 29th St, Fl 2nd, New York, New York 10001
(212) 244-1722

NY – DC Super Hero Girls Signing

Writer Shea Fontana (DC SuperHero Girls, Wonder Woman) signs at Escape Pod Comics on Sunday, May 6th from noon till 2:00 PM!

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Escape Pod Comics
302 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 923-1044

NYC – Brothers of the Gun Signing + Art Exhibition

Brooklyn Public Library presents an evening with Molly Crabapple, illustrator and co-author with Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham, of Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:30 PM. Attendees are invited to explore the accompanying exhibition Molly Crabapple & Marwan Hisham: Syria in Ink, followed by an talk with Crabapple and a reception. Books will be available for purchase.

Brothers of the Gun is a bracingly immediate memoir of the Syrian war from its inception to the present by a young man coming of age and finding his voice as a journalist, whose friends traveled divergent paths through the carnage. An intimate lens into the century’s bloodiest conflict, and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom. Illustrated with over 80 ink drawings by Molly Crabapple.

In 2011, Marwan Hisham and his two friends–fellow working-class college students–Nael and Tareq, joined the first protests of the Arab Spring in Syria, in response to a recent massacre. Arm-in-arm they marched, poured Coke into each other’s eyes to blunt the effects of tear gas, ran from the security forces, and cursed the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad. It was ecstasy. A long-bottled revolution was finally erupting, and freedom from a brutal dictator seemed, at last, imminent. Five years later, the three young friends were scattered: one now an Islamist revolutionary; another dead at the hands of government soldiers; and the last, Marwan, now a journalist in Turkish exile, trying to find a way back to a homeland reduced to rubble.

Molly Crabapple, an artist and writer based in New York, has drawn in Guantanamo Bay, in Abu Dhabi’s migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria, and received widespread praise for her illustrated memoir Drawing Blood. Crabapple is a contributing editor for Vice and has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

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Brooklyn Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
718.230.2100

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