BOOM! Studios Hits BookExpo America/BookCon

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BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will exhibit at BookExpo America, a leading trade show for the book publishing industry attended by publishers, distributors, authors, bookstore owners, librarians, journalists, and more; and BookCon, a two-day fan event open to the book-loving public. The shows take place back-to-back at the Javits Center in New York City May 31st to June 4th, with BOOM! occupying booth #1530. The publisher shared its plans for the events, including:

—During BookExpo and BookCon, BOOM! will have limited quantities of free single issues available to give away to librarians, reviewers, buyers, and fans while supplies last, including recent releases Misfit City #1 (Vol. 1 collection out in December) and Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1 (collection out in January). Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City) and Victor LaValle will be appearing throughout the week to autograph copies.

The latest release from BOOM!’s BOOM! Box imprint, Misfit City is about a group of girls living in a small coastal town that most people have only heard of because it was the filming location for a beloved kids’ adventure movie from the 1980s. They’re sick of their town and the tourists that come to gawk at them, but they end up discovering a real treasure map, which leads them on an adventure even crazier than the one in the movie. Misfit City is illustrated by Naomi Franquiz.

In Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, when the last descendant of the Frankenstein family loses her only son to a police shooting, she turns to science for her own justice…putting her on a crash course with her family’s original monster and his quest to eliminate humanity. The series is illustrated by Dietrich Smith.

—BOOM! will also have limited advance copies of its KaBOOM! imprint’s upcoming original graphic novel, The Not-So Secret Society (August 1), available for free to qualified individuals. The creators of the book—Matt Daley, Arlene Daley, Ellen Crafts, and Trevor Crafts—will be on hand all week to autograph copies and share brochures, activity sheets, and mini-comics, and will raffle off a giant Gummy candy! (See booth for details.) The Not-So Secret Society is illustrated by Wook Jin Clark.

In addition, the creators of The Not-So Secret Society will appear at the BookCon Family HQ area (booth #1416) on Saturday, June 3, 5:30-6:00 PM for an interactive comics workshop.

The Not-So Secret Society is about a group of 12-year-olds who learn the value of teamwork and friendship when their invention brings a piece of candy to life that threatens to destroy the entire city!

—Free partial advance review galleys of the Archaia imprint’s upcoming all-ages original graphic novel Bolivar (November 21) will also be available for qualified individuals, with writer and artist Sean Rubin on hand to autograph copies.

Bolivar is the story of a dinosaur living unnoticed in New York City (“Everyone in the city was too busy to notice Bolivar was a dinosaur”), except for his young neighbor, Sybil, who desperately tries to convince everyone of his existence.

—Appearing at the BOOM! Studios booth (#1530) throughout the weekend will be:

Wednesday, May 31
2:00-4:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)
4:00-6:00 PM // Victor LaValle (Victor LaValle’s Destroyer)

Thursday, June 1
11:00 AM-1:00 PM // Victor LaValle (Victor LaValle’s Destroyer)
1:00-3:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)
3:00-5:00 PM // Sean Rubin (Bolivar)
5:00-6:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)

Friday, June 
10:00 AM -12:00 PM // Sean Rubin (Bolivar)
1:00-3:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)

Saturday, June 3
12:00-2:00 PM // Jim Campbell (Over the Garden Wall)

For more information on Book Expo America, visit www.bookexpoamerica.com. For more information on BookCon, visit www.thebookcon.com.

NYC – Flying Machines Signing

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Join graphic novelists Alison Wilgus and Molly Brooks at the Astoria Bookshop Saturday June 3rd at 3:00 PM as they chat about and illustrate the famous flying machines designed by the Wright Brothers. Perfect for curious minds ages 8-12, learn about the first airplane models then try your hand at designing your own!

Flying Machines follows the Wright Brothers from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the fields of North Carolina where they were to make their famous flights. In an era of dirigibles and hot air balloons, the Wright Brothers were among the first innovators of heavier than air flight. But in the hotly competitive international race toward flight, Orville and Wilbur were up against a lot more than bad weather. Mechanical failures, lack of information, and even other aviators complicated the Wright Brothers’ journey. Though they weren’t as wealthy as their European counterparts, their impressive achievements demanded attention on the international stage. Thanks to their carefully recorded experiments and a healthy dash of bravery, the Wright Brothers’ flying machines took off.

Called “inspirational reading for budding middle grade inventors and engineers” by the School Library Journal, Flying Machines is an original take on science for kids and makes for an event you do not want to miss!

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

NYC – The Lost Work of Will Eisner Revisited

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Join Locust Moon co-publisher Josh O’Neill at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday June 1st at 6:30 PM to close the exhibition where Eisner’s work began — with a journey back to his days as an ambitious, talented teenager, hungry to make a name for himself in the fledgling world of comic books.

The importance of Will Eisner in the history of comics and sequential art cannot be overestimated. The restless innovator, pioneer of the graphic novel, and creator of THE SPIRIT spent the bulk of the 20th Century pushing the comics medium relentlessly forward. Here in his centennial year, he is the subject of the largest-ever American exhibition of his work at the Society of Illustrators. But despite vast scholarship and writing on Eisner and his many achievements, little had been known about his earliest work. Until now.

Locust Moon Press has recently published an edition of remarkable and revelatory comics from the dawn of Eisner’s career. These never-before-seen weekly strips were re-discovered, hidden among an enormous lot of printing plates in the possession of a New Jersey antique collector named Joe Getsinger.

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

NYC – Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Signing

Author Roxane Gay signs her latest book at Barnes & Noble on Monday June 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

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.

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

Albany Comic Con Returns on June 4th

The Albany Comic Con is back on Sunday, June 4th with more guests, more comics, more toys and more fun. Save the date; SUNDAY, June 4th. The Radisson Hotel 205 Wolf Rd, in Albany, NY. VIP and General Admission Tickets and info are available now at: www.albanycomicbookshow.com

Guests include: Ron Marz, Steve Orlando, Paul Harding, Joe Sinnott, Tom Raney, Mike Raicht, Rich Clark, Joe Staton, Fred Hembeck, and many more.

NYC – Wallace Shawn Signing

Actor Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride, My Dinner with Andre, Toy Story) signs his new book at Strand Books on Thursday, June 15th at 7:00 PM.

The famous writer and actor has penned a new series of thoughts for this collection of essays, opinion pieces, and conversation starters.

Full of life’s most essential questions about our world, Wallace Shawn reveals that even after all these years he’s still left trying to figure out the answers. This book offers a way to express these thoughts and to open a conversation.

Wallace Shawn is an actor, voice actor, playwright, essayist, and comedian. His film work includes My Dinner with Andre, The Princess Bride, The Haunted Mansion, Toy Story, The Incredibles, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Clueless, and many more. He also starred in a variety of television series, including Mozart in the Jungle, Gossip Girl, and a recurring role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His plays include The Designated Mourner, Aunt Dan and Lemon and Grasses of a Thousand Colors. He also co-wrote the screenplay for My Dinner with Andre with Andre Gregory, and he scripted Vanya on 42nd Street, a film adaptation of Anton Chekov’s play Uncle Vanya.

Admission Options: Buy a copy of Night Thoughts or a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – Book Expo After-Hours Comics Round Table & Signing

Join Oni Press creators Katie O’Neill (Princess Princess Ever After, The Tea Dragon Society), Yuko Ota and Ananth Hirsh (Lucky Penny, Johnny Wander) at Kinokuniya Books on Friday, June 2nd at 6:00 PM for an exciting, one-of-a-kind discussion surrounding comics, graphic novels, their personal work and comics publishing. Moderated by Oni Press Editor-In-Chief, James Lucas Jones!

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Kinokuniya
1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018
212-869-1700

NYC – GWAR Orgasmageddon #1 Signing

Matt Miner, writer of the new GWAR ORGASMAGEDDON comic book, will join artist Dave Fox at Royal Collectibles on Wednesday, June 14 at 5:00 PM to sign copies of the shop’s EXCLUSIVE cover featuring art by Fox! Limited to 500 copies!

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Royal Collectibles
96-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375
718-793-0542

NYC – William Daniels Signing

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The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome celebrated actor of stage and screen, William Daniels (1776, Boy Meets World, St. Elsewhere) for a discussion to celebrate the publication of his new memoir, There I Go Again. Daniels will sit down with playwright and Drama Book Shop Events Manager Steven Carl McCasland for an intimate conversation about his life on stage and off. The Tuesday, June 6th, 5:00pm discussion is free and open to the public. Copies of Mr. Daniels’ book will be available for purchase and the event will be followed by a signing.

William Daniels is an actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He won two Emmy Awards for his role as Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere and reprises his role as Mr. Feeny in the Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World, the sequel series to Boy Meets World.

There I Go Again is a celebrity memoir like no other, revealing the life of a man whose acting career has been so rich that millions of Americans know his face even while they might not recognize his name. William Daniels is an enigma—a rare chameleon who has enjoyed massive success both in Hollywood and on Broadway and been embraced by fans of successive generations. Few of his peers inspire the fervor with which buffs celebrate his most iconic roles, among them George Feeny in Boy Meets World, KITT in Knight Rider, Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere, and John Adams in the play and film 1776. Daniels guides readers through some of Hollywood’s most cherished productions, offering recollections of entertainment legends including Lauren Bacall, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Mike Nichols, Jason Robards, Barbra Streisand, and many more. Looking back on his seventy‑five‑plus‑year career, Daniels realizes that although he never had the courage to say “no” to being an actor, he backed into stardom. With his wife, actress Bonnie Bartlett, by his side, he came to realize that he wound up exactly where he was supposed to be: on the screen and stage.

The Tony Award-winning Drama Book Shop, now celebrating its 100th Anniversary Year, is located at 250 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Events are free and open to the public.

The Drama Book Shop, Inc
250 West 40th Street, New York, NY 11102
212-944-0595

NYC – Wonder Woman Day Signing

Cliff Chiang, Phil Jimenez, and Brian Azzarello celebrate Wonder Woman Day at Midtown Comics Downtown on Saturday, June 3rd from 1:00 – 4:00 PM! Plus, there will be freebies and prizes – while supplies last.

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

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