OH – Turning Japanese/Disquiet Signing

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Cartoonists MariNaomi and Noah Van Sciver sign at Kafe Kerouac on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00 PM!

About the books:
Turning Japanese by MariNaomi, published by 2dcloud, is an illustrated memoir that chronicles MariNaomi’s experiences working in illegal hostess bars in San Jose and Tokyo while attempting to connect with a culture that had eluded her since childhood. The story begins in 1995 (where Mari’s first memoir, Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, left off), when 22-year-old Mari had just gotten out of a long-term relationship. She moved to San Jose, California, where she was exposed to a wider Asian population than she’d ever known in her hometown of Mill Valley. It didn’t take her much time to fall in love with a new person. Soon after, she found employment at a hostess bar for Japanese expats, where she was determined to learn the Japanese language and culture. This all in the hopes of finally connecting with her Japanese relatives without the use of her mother as a translator. Turning Japanese is a story about otherness, culture clashes, generation gaps and youthful impetuosity.

00000000_noah-van-sciver-disquietFeaturing over a dozen literary comic shorts by acclaimed cartoonist Noah Van Sciver. Whether in his fiction (Fante Bukowski) or nonfiction (The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln), Van Sciver has carved a niche as a keen observer of the human condition, exploring the decisions people make that make, break, and define them. Disquiet showcases the best of his short work, including: “The Death Of Elijah Lovejoy,” the story of the midwestern abolitionist in the 1830s who published a radical newspaper that denounced slavery and provoked local mobs to destroy his printing presses; “The Lizard Who Laughed,” a painfully dysfunctional reunion between an absent father and his adult son; and “Punks V. Lizards,” an anarchic and darkly comic piece of absurdity that blends Quadrophenia with Jurassic Park. As writer/musician Robin Edwards (Lisa Prank) notes in her introduction, “The stories in this book run all over the place… What comes through is wholeheartedly Noah: anxious and funny and depressed and weird and brilliant.”

About the authors:
MariNaomi has been making memoir comics since 1997. She’s the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), the upcoming Turning Japanese (2dcloud, 2016) and I Thought You Hated Me (Retrofit Comics, 2016), and her self-published Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009). Her work has appeared in over sixty print publications, and has been featured on numerous websites, such as The Rumpus, The Weeklings, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed, PEN America and more. Mari’s work on the Rumpus won a SPACE Prize and an honorable mention in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2013. MariNaomi’s comics and paintings have been featured in such institutions as the De Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco’s Asian American Museum, and the Japanese American Museums in Los Angeles and San Jose. In 2011, Mari toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. She is the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the Queer Cartoonists Database. Visit MariNaomi’s website at marinaomi.com

Noah Van Sciver first came to comic readers’ attention with his critically acclaimed comic book series Blammo, which has earned him 3 Ignatz award nominations. His work has appeared in Spongebob comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mad magazine, Best American Comics 2011, and The Stranger, as well as countless graphic anthologies. He currently is the fellow at the Center For Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. Van Sciver has four graphic novels: The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, Youth Is Wasted, Saint Cole and Fante Bukowski: Struggling Writer. Visit Noah’s website at: noahvansciver.tumblr.com

About Kafe Kerouac:
What is Kafe Kerouac? It’s many things to many people. For some it’s the place they study for finals, have drinks with friends, see a poetry slam, comedy show, view artwork, buy books and records, meet for a first date, play board games. In truth, Kafe Kerouac is an alternative space to hang out with friends and enjoy great coffee, baked goods, beer, wine, and more… A place that loves art in all its forms.

Kafe Kerouac
2250 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43201
(614) 299-2672

OH – Asian Americans and Comics

geneYang350Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Wexner Center for the Arts for a free lecture on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM!

Press Release:

Asian Americans represent one of the largest demographics working in today’s US comic book world. How did they come to be so involved in this medium, and what does their work as writers, artists, editors, and publishers mean for the industry? At this free lecture, award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang will explore these issues by discussing prominent Asian American cartoonists, the historical portrayals of Asians and Asian Americans in American comics, commonalities between modern comics and traditional Asian art, and how being an Asian American has shaped his own work in comics.

The creator of American Born Chinese (2006), Boxers and Saints (2013), Secret Coders (2015), Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, and DC’s Superman among many other acclaimed comics, Yang was recently appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress. Teens interested in comics are invited to register for a free workshop with Yang; space is limited, so register now at the link. A book signing will follow the event.

Copresented by Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in conjunction with its exhibition Good Grief!: Children and Comics (opening June 10) and the Children’s Literature Association’s national conference (at Ohio State June 9–11; visit childlitassn.org/2016 for details).

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Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-3535

OH – Felicia Day Signing

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Felicia Day (The Guild, Geek & Sundry) appears at Joseph-Beth Booksellers on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign the paperback edition of her memoir YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST)!

ABOUT THE BOOK:
From online entertainment pioneer, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a “relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational”; (Forbes.com), memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world.

When Felicia Day was a girl, all she wanted was to connect with other kids (desperately). Growing up in the Deep South, where she was “home-schooled for hippie reasons,” she looked online to find her tribe. The internet was in its infancy and she became an early adopter at every stage of its growth—finding joy and unlikely friendships in the emerging digital world. Her relative isolation meant that she could pursue passions like gaming, calculus, and 1930’s detective novels without shame. Because she had no idea how “uncool” she really was.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Felicia Day is a professional actress who has appeared in numerous television shows including, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Supernatural and Eureka. However, Felicia is best known for her work in the web video world. She costarred in Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award–winning Internet musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She also created and starred in the hit web series The Guild.

Felicia is the co-founder of the YouTube channel Geek & Sundry. Day continues to act as CCO and develop web content and television projects as a producer, writer, and performer. She is also extremely active on social media, has more than 2.4 million Twitter followers, and is the eighth most followed person on Goodreads, where she is also the founder of Vaginal Fantasy, a romance and fantasy book club with more than 13,000 members.

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Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208

Lake Effect Comic Book Convention (June 2016)

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Convention Name
Lake Effect Comic Book Convention
Convention Website Address
http://comicsandfriends.org/lakeeffectcomiccon/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/05/2016
About This Convention
The Con is on! The 7th annual Lake Effect Comic Book Convention will be held Sunday June 5th 2016 at the Holiday Inn CLEVELAND NORTHEAST – MENTOR.

Show will open at 10:00 AM and will close at 5:00 PM

Admission will be $5 for adults, children under 13 are admitted free. Free parking is provided.
•Costume Contest
•Hourly Door Prizes
•Movie Screenings
•Discussion Panels

Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn CLEVELAND NORTHEAST
MENTOR 7701 Reynolds Road SR 306,
Mentor, OH 44060
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
100
Projected Attendance
2,500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
AubreyKCosplay, Chris Lambert, Craig Boldman, Craig Tucker, David Russell, David Kemp, Frank James Bailey, Gary Dumm, Jason Christner, Jason Liccardi, Jeremy Freeman, LadyDevann, Mike Gustovich, Mike Neno, Nate Dray, Ted Sikora, Teddy Hanes

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OH – Walking Dead #150 Signing

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Tony Moore, artist and co-creator of The Walking Dead, appears at Laughing Ogre Comics on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM to sign the 150th issue of Walking Dead! Moore has also worked on creator-owned titles including Fear Agent, Battle Pope, Brit, and The Exterminators as well as drawing runs on Ghost Rider, Punisher, Deadpool, and Venom for Marvel Comics.

As part of his Midwest Tour, Tony will have a variety of merchandise and art prints, including a signed and numbered limited edition silkscreen tour poster (only 10 available per shop!), Walking Dead #150 cover prints, and a raffle to win a super-rare painted Sketch Variant Walking Dead #1 Artist Proof Edition (only 1 per shop!). Tony will also be sketching, signing books, kissing hands, and shaking babies.

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Laughing Ogre Comics
4258 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 267-6473

OH – The Walking Dead #150 Signing

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Tony Moore, artist and co-creator of The Walking Dead, appears at Up Up & Away Comics on Wednesday January 13, 2016 to sign the 150th issue of Walking Dead! Moore has also worked on creator-owned titles including Fear Agent, Battle Pope, Brit, and The Exterminators as well as drawing runs on Ghost Rider, Punisher, Deadpool, and Venom for Marvel Comics.

As part of his Midwest Tour, Tony will have a variety of merchandise and art prints, including a signed and numbered limited edition silkscreen tour poster (only 10 available per shop!), Walking Dead #150 cover prints, and a raffle to win a super-rare painted Sketch Variant Walking Dead #1 Artist Proof Edition (only 1 per shop!). Tony will also be sketching, signing books, kissing hands, and shaking babies.

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Up Up & Away Comics
5885 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242
513-936-6300

OH – Hero Hourly #1 Signing

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James Patrick, writer of Batman, Harley Quinn, Green Arrow, Star Trek, Angel, will be signing copies of Hero Hourly #1 at Asylum Comics on Wednesday November 18, 2015 from 3:30 till 6:00 PM!

Asylum Comics
266 Muskingum Drive, Marietta, OH 45750
(740) 373-9710

OH – Kabuki Creator Signs

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Comic creator David Mack (KABUKI, DAREDEVIL, ALIAS, FIGHT CLUB 2) appears at Laughing Ogre Comics on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for a signing!

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Laughing Ogre Comics
4258 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 267-6473

OH – Zen: Hard Bounty #1 Signing

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Sean Forney appears at World’s Greatest Comics in Westerville, Ohio for a signing of ZEN: HARD BOUNTY #1 on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 4:00 till 7:00 PM. Forney will be doing sketches and have comics, prints, and original art for sale.

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World’s Greatest Comics
5992 Westerville Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 891-3000

Buckeye Comic Con (November 2016)

Jeff Harper Productions

Convention Name
Buckeye Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.harpercomics.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/20/2016
About This Convention
Comic Book Show for True Collectors, Readers and Investors.
Local and Regional Comic Creators will be in attendance.
Dealers Selling, buying and trading comic books and related material.
Hourly Prizes.
Free Parking
Admission $4.00, age 6 & under FREE!
Affordable, Quality Comic Event.
Venue Name and Address
Courtyard Marriott Columbus West
2350 Westbelt Dr.
Columbus, OH 49228
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
47
Projected Attendance
350
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Anime
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
TBA

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