PA – Reading Without Walls Lecture

The Doylestown Bookshop and Holicong Middle School are excited to welcome Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, to Holicong Middle School on Sunday, April 2 2017 at 6:00 PM. You must register for the event at the link. Admission is free.

The author will be giving a presentation followed by a Q&A. The author’s books will be available for sale at the event. He will be signing books at the event.

About Reading without Walls:

Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Reading Without Walls, a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April.

Reading Without Walls is designed to “celebrate reading and diversity” and encourage children to read books outside of their personal experience, books they might not have considered before. Structured as an educational challenge, the program encourages children to “read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you,” or to read “a book about a topic you don’t know much about,” or “a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun, such as a chapter book, an audio book, a graphic novel, or a book in verse.” Once a challenge is completed children receive certificates and other rewards that mark their literary achievement.

In an interview with PW, Yang, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, who has had two graphic novels nominated for National Book Awards in Young People’s Literature, said that “[Reading Without Walls] started last January as an experimental pilot when I was appointed National Ambassador. Schools and libraries and bookstores put up displays and issued challenges. We want to make it easier for them.” Yang said the pilot program has led to the design of certificates of participation, posters, activity kits, puzzles, and other materials to promote the reading program.

“I announced Reading Without Walls program at the National Book Festival [last fall] with a speech on social media. People really ran with it and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback. Now we’re finalizing the program and supplying a lot of formal materials to teachers, retailers, and librarians that will help them get involved.”

Yang said that feedback from the pilot program has helped to expand the program to “reading in other languages. We’ll also have kits that encourage children to create their own poetry, novels and comics. We’re taking [the program] from reading without walls, to encouraging kids to make their own stories, outside of their walls.”

The program is a partnership with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, the Children’s Book Council, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Holicong Middle School
2900 Holicong Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902
(267) 893-2700

Firefly’s Jewel Staite at Great Philadelphia Comic Con

Jewel Staite (Firefly/Serenity’s Kaylee Frye) is coming to The Great Philadelphia Comic Con on Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9, 2017!

Jewel Staite starred as ‘Raquel’ in the CW series “The L.A. Complex”, which premiered in the Spring of 2012. Prior to that, she was seen starring in the Hallmark Channel telefilm “Call Me Mrs. Miracle” opposite Doris Roberts. This premiere was the highest rated Hallmark Channel telecast of the year. Prior to that, Jewel was seen as ‘Dr. Keller’ in the SyFy Channel hit series “Stargate: Atlantis”. Her stellar work has earned her rave reviews, as well as recognition from The Gemini Awards (Canada’s prestigious equivalent of our Emmy) with a nomination for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role’ in 2008. This was followed up with a nomination from the Leo Awards in 2009 for ‘Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series’.

At the age of six, Jewel began studying at the Vancouver Youth Theatre where she trained several days a week for several years. This hard work paid off when she booked the lead role in the Disney Channel series “Flash Forward” with Ben Foster. Her performance earned her a nomination from The Gemini Awards for ‘Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series’, as well as a nomination for the Canadian Television Film and Showcase Award.

Jewel made her 2005 feature film debut in Universal Pictures “Serenity”, Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the FOX science fiction television series “Firefly,” of which Jewel was a series regular. Jewel played the ship’s mechanic ‘Kaylee’, a sweet, happy and sensual farm girl who loves life and is a genius at fixing anything.

Additionally, Jewel has several TV series under her belt including Fox Family’s “Higher Ground” with Hayden Christensen, a recurring role on the highly praised FOX series “Wonderfalls,” NBC’s “Just Deal” and Nickelodeon’s “Space Cases.” Her MOW credits are just as impressive, with starring roles opposite James Brolin and Natasha Henstridge in Lifetime’s “Widow on the Hill”, Showtime’s “Damaged Care” opposite Laura Dern, as well as SyFy’s “Mothman” and “Doomsday Prophecy.” Some guest appearances include the CW’s “Supernatural”, her memorable role in the Showtime pilot “Huff “ with Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt, Syfy’s “Warehouse 13”, as well as Showtime’s “Dead Like Me” opposite Ellen Muth and Rebecca Gayheart, and FOX’s “The X-Files” opposite David Duchovny.

She joins fellow media stars Alan Tudyk (Rogue One), Angus Macinnes (Judge Dredd), David Ankrum (voice A New Hope), Alan Harris (Empire Strikes Back), Sean Schemmel and Mike McFarland (voice Dragonball Z), Veronica Taylor (Sailor Moon), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), and Karan Ashley and Walter Jones (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).

Comics guests include Neal Adams (Superman), Mike Zeck (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jim Shooter (Secret Wars), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Ty Templeton (Batman ’66), Chriscross (Unity), and Graham Nolan (Detective Comics).

Visit www.philadelphiacomiccon.com for further information and tickets! RSVP on Facebook!

Steel City Con Returns April 7-9th

Steel City Con returns to the Monroeville Convention Center on April 7 – April 9, 2017 with guests including Jason Isaacs, Adam West, Burt Ward, Katrina Law, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Mena Suvari, William B. Davis, Caroll Spinney, Brian O’Halloran, Walt Flanagan, Michael Zapcic, Bryan Johnson, Ming Chen,  and many more!

The Steel City Con is the exclusive comic con of the Monroeville Convention Center. It is one of the largest comic cons in the United States with over 100,000 square feet of convention space and filled with 750 vendor tables, artist alley, and celebrity guests. At the Steel City Con you can meet TV and film celebrities along with experience celebrity Q&As, panels, celebrity photo ops, and the Artist Charity Quick Sketch. You can also take part in the Steel City Con’s cosplay, trivia contest and costume contests!

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Single day tickets or 3 day pass available now: www.steelcitycon.com/buy-tickets

Show Info: www.steelcitycon.com

PA – Krazy Signing

Author Michael Tisserand presents and signs Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White at the Point Park University Library on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Presented by the Toonseum. Tisserand’s talk is co-sponsored by Point Park’s Department of Cinema Arts. It is free and open to the public.

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Point Park University Library
414 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 392-3171

Deadpool’s Brianna Hildebrand at Great Philadelphia Comic Con

Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead) is coming to The Great Philadelphia Comic Con on Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9, 2017!

Brianna Hildebrand made her acting career debut from the web series Annie Undocumented, where she was featured in the role of Jen in 2014. The web series was created by Brian Yang, Elaine Low, and Daniel Hsia and the series was named the best web series at 2014 New York TV Festival. Later in 2015, Brianna Hildebrand made her appearance in the movie Prism, where she played the character of Julia. Her one of the most famous role in the movie includes the character of Sasha in the American romantic drama film First Girl I Loved.

Brianna Hildebrand’s most successful movie came on 2016 the movie was entitled Deadpool, the movie based on a black comedy superhero. For her acting in the movie, she was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards 2016. Hildebrand is currently busy in the shooting of her upcoming projects, First Girl I Loved (2016) and Tragedy Girls (2017). She has also been announced for an upcoming sequel project, but we will let you guess what that is.

She joins fellow media stars Alan Tudyk (Rogue One), Angus Macinnes (Judge Dredd), David Ankrum (voice A New Hope), Alan Harris (Empire Strikes Back), Sean Schemmel and Mike McFarland (voice Dragonball Z), Veronica Taylor (Sailor Moon), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), and Karan Ashley and Walter Jones (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).

Comics guests include Neal Adams (Superman), Mike Zeck (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jim Shooter (Secret Wars), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Ty Templeton (Batman ’66), Chriscross (Unity), and Graham Nolan (Detective Comics).

Visit www.philadelphiacomiccon.com for further information and tickets! RSVP on Facebook!

PA – Bats: Learning to Fly Signing

Cartoonist Falynn Koch appears at Brave New Worlds on Saturday March 11, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to sign BATS: LEARNING TO FLY, the latest in First Second’s Science Comics series.

In this ultrasonic volume, Falynn Koch introduces us to a remarkable but misunderstood flying mammal: the bat! In Bats, we follow a little brown bat whose wing is injured by humans on a nature hike. He is taken to a bat rehabilitation center where he meets many different species of bats. They teach him how they fly, what they eat, and where they like to live.

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Brave New Worlds
55 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-6525

PA – Difficult Women Signing

Author Roxane Gay appears at the Philadelphia Library on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM to present her new collection of short stories, Difficult Women. Tickets available at the link.

Roxane Gay’s “commanding debut” (The New Yorker) novel An Untamed State, the tale of a willful Haitian kidnap victim, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of the acclaimed essay collection Bad Feminist and the forthcoming memoir Hunger, and her other writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Best American Short Stories, and McSweeney’s. Gay is also the founder of Tiny Hardcore Press and co-editor of PANK, a nonprofit literary arts collective. A story collection of the privileged and impoverished, the loved and forsaken, Difficult Women portrays a beautiful, haunting cross-section of modern America.

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Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5322

PA – Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero Signing

Michael DeForge and Sadie Dupuis appear at Brickbat Books on Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 PM for a live reading and book signing as he introduces the world to Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero. Sticks has escaped her heritage for the refuge of the woods and through her story, DeForge delivers another deeply humane work, one that subtly questions the integrity of the political state and contemporary journalism, all while investigating our relationship to the natural world.

Author Bio:
Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. His one-person anthology series Lose has been nominated for, or won, every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner awards. His previous graphic novels with Drawn & Quarterly are Ant Colony, Big Kids, and First Year Healthy. This March he releases Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero.

Sadie Dupuis is a musician, writer and artist who most frequently performs as the frontdemon of the rock group Speedy Ortiz, which has released two critically acclaimed albums for Carpark Records. She also writes politically-geared pop songs under the moniker Sad13. Based in Philadelphia, her writing on music has been published in Spin, New York Magazine, and Nylon, and she earned an MFA in poetry from UMass Amherst.

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 592-1207

Nittany Con (September 2017)

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Convention Name
Nittany Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.nittanycon.com/
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
09/23/2017
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
09/24/2017
About This Convention
State College’s Premier Comic Book Event enters it’s 5th Year with Chris Claremont heading the charge as the featured guest!
Venue Name and Address
Ramada State College Hotel & Conference Center
1450
State College, PA 16801
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
80
Projected Attendance
1,200
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Gaming
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Chris Claremont, Mark McKenna, Robert Hack, Livio Ramondelli

Nittany Con 2017

Williamsport Comic Con (April 2017)

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Convention Name
Williamsport Comic Con
Convention Website Address
https://www.williamsportcomiccon.com/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
04/23/2017
About This Convention
Williamsport’s New Comic Con!

Sponsored by the local comic store, Isle of Comics, WPCC is THE Comic Book event in Lycoming County!

Venue Name and Address
Genetti Hotel
200 W 4th St
Williamsport, PA 17701
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
60
Projected Attendance
500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Greg LaRocque, Alitha Martinez, Chris Ring, Jason Lenox, Dave Sharpe, Charles Paul Wilson

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