NYC – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Signing

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Artist Rebekah Isaacs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 & 11, Angel & Faith, DV8: Gods & Monsters) appears at Carmine Street Comics on Wednesday January 11, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM!

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Carmine Street Comics
34 Carmine Street, New York, New York 10014
(646) 656-1022

NYC – Curse Words #1 Release Signing

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Writer Charles Soule (Inhumans, She-Hulk, Letter 44) appears at JHU Comic Books on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 for the release of Curse Words #1 from Image Comics. *Purchase of Curse Words #1 required to participate in signing event.

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JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

NYC – Deadpool The Duck #1 Launch Signing

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Writer Stuart Moore (Egos, Wolverine Noir, Star Trek) appears at JHU Comic Books on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 6:00 PM to sign DEADPOOL THE DUCK #1!

*Purchase of Deadpool The Duck #1 required to participate in signing event.

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JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

NYC – An Evening of Unfortunate Events

0000_asueNeil Patrick Harris, Alfre Woodard, Patrick Warburton, and creator Daniel Handler appear at the 92nd Street Y on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM for an advance screening of the new Netflix show A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Based on the internationally bestselling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus and Sunny — whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.

The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and premieres ‪January 13, 2017 only on Netflix.

There will be a special screening before the discussion.

Get tickets at the link!

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

NY – American Gods Presentation

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Professor in the Arts Neil Gaiman discusses moving from page to screen for the forthcoming TV adaptation of his bestselling novel American Gods at Bard College on Saturday, April 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Get tickets at the link… **SOLD OUT**

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Sosnoff Theater – Fisher Center
60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
845-758-7900

NYC – All-New Wolverine #16 Signing

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Artist Nik Virella will visit Midtown Comics Downtown on Friday January 13th at 7:00 PM to sign All-New Wolverine #16! This is an OPEN signing and we recommend showing up early, just to be safe. Getting a copy of All-New Wolverine #16 signed is mandatory and you may get up to two other items signed.

All-New Wolverine #16:

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Nicole Virella (CA) David Lopez
WOLVERINE IN CHAINS! • Captured by an old ally, WOLVERINE is going to have to fight against a villain from her past in order to gain her freedom. • LAURA has fought demons from her past before, but never quite as literally as the person she’s up against now. • The architect behind the Wolverine’s fall is revealed as Laura is pulled deeper and deeper into the criminal underworld of MADRIPOOR. Rated T+

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

NYC – Difficult Women Signing

000-roxane-gayPress Release:

The Astoria Bookshop is thrilled to announce a reading and signing with award-winning author Roxane Gay for her new collection of short stories, Difficult Women. This will be a ticketed event on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM, and only those who have purchased a copy of Difficult Women will be allowed to enter the event.

You may pre-order your copy online or in store. Once capacity has been reached we will start a waitlist. The store will notify those on the waitlist as space opens up and we hope to accommodate as many people as possible, space permitting. There will be limited seating, and a ticket does not guarantee you a seat so please plan for standing-room-only. Customers who require seating for health reasons will be accommodated.

Roxane Gay is the author of the novel An Untamed State, which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction; the essay collection Bad Feminist; and Ayiti, a multi-genre collection. She is at work on a memoir, Hunger, and a comic book in Marvel’s Black Panther series. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012the New York Timesthe Guardian, and many others. She is a recipient of the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, among other honors. She splits her time between Indiana and Los Angeles. She can be found online at www.roxanegay.com and on Twitter @rgay.

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The Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st Street (between Broadway and 31st Avenue)
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 278-2665

NYC – I am Jim Henson Signing

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Author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos appear at Union Square’s Barnes & Noble on Tuesday January 10th at 6:30 PM to celebrate I am Jim Henson, the latest release from their New York Times bestselling picture book biography series Ordinary People Change the World.

About this author:
Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and several other top selling political thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad has been on the bestseller list for his nonfiction, advice, children’s books, and graphic books. He is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. He earned his law degree from Columbia University, where he was on the Columbia Law Review.

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

NYC – Wayfarer Signing

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Books of Wonder welcomes author Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds, Star Wars: The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farmboy) on Wednesday, January 4th at 6:00 PM for the launch of her latest YA novel, Wayfarer. Wayfarer is the adventurous sequel to Passenger that you and your teen reader will not want to miss!

In Wayfarer, Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveler until the day she emerged both miles and years from her home. Now, robbed of the powerful object that was her only hope of saving her mother, Etta finds herself stranded once more, cut off from Nicholas-the eighteenth century privateer she loves-and her natural time.

When Etta inadvertently stumbles into the heart of the Thorns, the renegade travelers who stole the astrolabe from her, she vows to finish what she started and destroy the astrolabe once and for all. Instead, she’s blindsided by a bombshell revelation from their leader, Henry Hemlock: he is her father. Suddenly questioning everything she’s been fighting for, Etta must choose a path, one that could transform her future.

Still devastated by Etta’s disappearance, Nicholas has enlisted the unlikely help of Sophia Ironwood and a cheeky mercenary-for-hire to track both her and the missing astrolabe down. But as the tremors of change to the timeline grow stronger and the stakes for recovering the astrolabe mount, they discover an ancient power far more frightening than the rival travelers currently locked in a battle for control. . . a power that threatens to eradicate the timeline altogether.

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-3270

Guests of Honor Announced for MoCCA Arts Festival 2017

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The Society of Illustrators is proud to share this year’s stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 1-2 at Metropolitan West in New York City. This year’s featured Guests of Honor are:

  • Acclaimed French cartoonist Blutch, whose graphic novel Peplum marks his second English- language translation, makes his first ever appearance at a North American comics festival.
  • Cliff Chiang, known for his “fluid and confident storytelling” in work on comics including Human Target, Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, and Paper Girls.
  • Artist Becky Cloonan, whose best-selling comics include Demo, East Coast Rising, American Virgin, Gotham Academy, The Punisher, and many others.
  • Illustrator Drew Friedman, recognized for his body of comics work as well as his unforgettable caricatures of celebrities and legends, political figures and performers.
  • British comics artist David Lloyd, best known as the artist of V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore, and the designer of the iconic Guy Fawkes mask since adopted by Anonymous.
  • American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints author Gene Luen Yang, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellow, who will appear on Saturday only.

This diverse group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 1 – 2nd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor’s visits will be available in future announcements.

Applications to table at the Fest are now available online, and will close on December 31st.

ABOUT THE GUESTS OF HONOR

Blutch
Born Christian Hincker in Strasbourg, France, comic artist and writer Blutch is widely recognized for his incredible draftsmanship and his affectionate, outsider’s take on American culture including cinema and jazz. His comics debuted in the magazine Fluide Glacial in the 1980s. Since then he has published many books with publishers including L’Association, Cornelius, and Dargaud. His books So Long, Silver Screen (Picturebox) and Peplum (New York Review Comics) have been translated into English, and his illustrations have appeared in publications including Libération and The New Yorker. In 2009, he won the prestigious Grand Prix at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France. His visit to North America is supported by Europe Comics

Cliff Chiang
Comic artist Cliff Chiang began his career as an illustrator for Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC before moving on to freelance. His client list includes DC Comics, GQ Magazine, Lucasfilm, Warner Animation, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamics Forces Entertainment, and the ACLU. His artwork was used in the comics Human Target, Beware the Creeper and Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre, Green Arrow/Black Canary and Wonder Woman. He is currently working on the series Paper Girls with writer Brian K. Vaughan.

Becky Cloonan
At only 36, New York’s School of Visual Arts alum Becky Cloonan has already paved the way for women in comics. Her breakout hit, Demo (2004), a collaboration with Brian Wood, received numerous accolades and recognitions. Her first solo project,
East Coast Rising, released by Tokyopop in 2006, earned her a third Eisner nomination for Best New Series. In 2012 she became the first woman to draw a main Batman title. Following Batman, she did the art for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and later created cover art and stories for Gotham Academy for DC Comics.

Drew Friedman
Award winning artist Drew Friedman’s comics and illustrations have appeared in Raw, Weirdo, American Splendor, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, The New Yorker, BLAB!, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, among many others. His work has been collected in several volumes, and The New York Times called his three volumes of Old Jewish Comedians “A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces.” His books of portraits, Heroes of the Comic Books and More Heroes of The Comics, published by Fantagraphics, have received high praise and recognition from the comics community. He is the subject of the upcoming documentary Drew Friedman: Vermeer of the Borscht Belt.

David Lloyd
British comic art David Lloyd’s career began in the 1970s creating art for Marvel UK titles. In 1982, author and editor Dez Skinn started production on Warrior magazine, and invited Lloyd to create a new pulp character. With the help of writer Alan Moore, the two conceived V for Vendetta, a dark comic featuring an anarchist anti-hero who battles with a fascist government while donning a Guy-Fawkes mask. DC Comics would later pick up the comic and transform it into a full graphic novel. In 2006, V for Vendetta became a full-length feature film, while the Guy-Fawkes mask illustrated by Lloyd has been used widely in protests throughout the world. Since the widespread popularity of V, Lloyd has worked on numerous other titles including Wasteland, Espers, War Story, The Territory, Kickback, among others. In 2012, Lloyd launched an online comics anthology called Aces Weekly.

Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang found early recognition in 2006 through his young adult (YA) book American Born Chinese (First Second Books), which became the first graphic novel to be a finalist for the National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award, as well as an Eisner Award. His next title, the diptych Boxers & Saints (also published by First Second Books), continued his winning streak, receiving the L.A. Times Book Prize. In January of 2016, Yang was appointed as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council; then later that year, he was named a MacArthur Genius.

About the Society of Illustrators and the MoCCA Arts Festival
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 3,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

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