Cartoonist Colleen Frakes signs her new comic memoir, Prison Island, at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 6:00 PM for Small Business Saturday!
McNeil Island in Washington state was the home of the last prison island in the US, accessible only by air or sea. It was also home to about fifty families, including Colleen’s. Her parents—like nearly everyone else on the island—both worked in the prison, where her father was the prison’s captain and her mother worked in security. Xeric and Ignatz Award-winning comics artist, Colleen Frakes, tells the story of a typical girl growing up in atypical circumstances in this engaging graphic memoir.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108
Sina Grace (Lil Depressed Boy, Burn the Orphanage, Not My Bag) appears at Arcane Comics on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM to promote his new autobiographical work about comics, life and everything:-Self Obsessed!
5809 15th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107
I Like Comics celebrates their 5th anniversary on Friday November 27th and Saturday November 28th with special guests Clayton Crain, Jeff Parker, Aaron Lopresti, Ibrahim Moustafa, and more!
I Like Comics
1715 Broadway Street, Vancouver, WA 98663
Meet the authors of Sunglasses After Dark starring Sonja Blue, Nancy A. Collins (Vampirella, Swords of Sorrow) and Stan Shaw (Tacoma Playing Cards Red Deck) at Destiny City Comics on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM. A special pre-Jet City Comic Show appearance one night before the main festivities and Halloween ComicFest, a free comic book day event here at the shop.
If you’re 21+, be sure to check out the Drink ‘N Draw event two doors down at the Harmon Tap Room starting at 7:00 pm on Oct. 30. More details at the link…
Advance tickets to the Jet City Comic Show available at Destiny City Comics. $10 for one day $18 for both.
Destiny City Comics
218 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Author Sarah Vowell (also the voice of Violet Parr in The Incredibles) appears at The Neptune on Wednesday October 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM. Tickets (includes a copy of Sarah Vowell’s new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States; redeemable at show) available at the link. General admission, seated.
STG Presents Sarah Vowell at the Neptune in Seattle on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Ticket includes entry to show + book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States (out Oct. 20, 2015).
This engagement is in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.
Sarah Vowell is the New York Times’ bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture. By examining the connections between the American past and present, she offers personal, often humorous accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics, as well as thoughts on American Indians, utopian dreamers, pop music and the odd cranky cartographer. Her forthcoming book is entitled Lafayette in the Somewhat United States(Riverhead, October 2015).
Vowell’s previous book, Unfamiliar Fishes (2011) is the intriguing history of our 50th state, Hawaii, annexed in 1898. Replete with a cast of beguiling and often tragic characters, including an overthrown Hawaiian queen, whalers, missionaries, sugar barons, Teddy Roosevelt and assorted con men,Unfamiliar Fishes is another history lesson in Americana as only Vowell can tell it – with brainy wit and droll humor.
The Wordy Shipmates examines the New England Puritans and their journey to and impact on America. She studies John Winthrop’s 1630 sermon “A Model of Christian Charity” and the bloody story that resulted from American exceptionalism. And she also traces the relationship of Winthrop, Massachusetts’ first governor, and Roger Williams, the Calvinist minister who founded Rhode Island – an unlikely friendship that was emblematic of the polar extremes of the American foundation. Throughout she reveals how American history can show up in the most unexpected places in our modern culture, often in poignant ways.
Her book Assassination Vacation (2005) is a haunting and surprisingly hilarious road trip to tourist sites devoted to the murders of presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. Vowell examines what these acts of political violence reveal about our national character and our contemporary society.
She is also the author of two essay collections, The Partly Cloudy Patriot (2002) and Take the Cannoli (2000). Her first book Radio On (1997), is her year-long diary of listening to the radio in 1995.
Vowell was a contributing editor for the public radio show This American Life from 1996-2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program’s live shows. She was one of the original contributors to McSweeney’s, also participating in many of the quarterly’s readings and shows. She has been a columnist for Salon.com, Time and San Francisco Weekly and continues to write occasional essays for the opinion page of the New York Times.
Vowell has made numerous appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is the voice of teen superhero Violet Parr in Brad Bird’s Academy Award-winning The Incredibles, a Pixar Animation Studios film.
Vowell is the president of the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students aged 6-18 in Brooklyn.
1303 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105
Known for his award-winning graphic novels Blankets and Habibi, Craig Thompson is going where he never has before in his first full-color graphic novel for all ages. Blasting off into a galaxy filled with strange beings and fueled by the waste of whales, Thompson’s Space Dumplins tells the story of a plucky young girl who sets out to rescue her dad after he goes missing. Put together quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and poop jokes with witty social satire, environmental commentary, and universal themes of family, friendship, and loyalty, and its one-of-a-kind adventure already has both children and adults waiting with anticipation. As Thompson introduces the wonderfully weird graphic novel to fans of all ages, were excited to welcome him for this special reading and signing.
Craig Thompson is an Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist best known for his books Good-Bye, Chunky Rice, Blankets, Carnet de Voyage, and Habibi. Thompson has received three Eisner Awards, four Harvey Awards, and two Ignatz Awards. In 2007, his cover design for the Menomena album Friend and Foe Received a Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package. Craig lives in Portland, Oregon.
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Dav Pilkey appears at the University Book Store on Friday September 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM to sign Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot!
Captain Underpants and mischievous fourth graders George Beard and Harold Hutchins are back in the twelfth uproarious adventure by Dav Pilkey. But when a meteorite transforms their gym teacher Mr. Meaner into a mad genius who turns all children into blindly obedient homework machines, they venture into the future to call on the only people who can help them break the spell—their adult selves. With middle-aged George and Harold there to help, the hilarity only grows as fart jokes and brain melting puns are joined by funny references to middle age, laxatives, and the like. Stopping in Seattle for an evening of reading, drawing, and other shenanigans, Pilkey will share and sign his madcap new adventure.
-Pilkey will personalize one book per customer with an original drawing.
-Signing guidelines subject to change.
Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com.
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Join Danger Room Comics and the Olympia Timberland Library at this special afternoon event celebrating comics for kids! Kids, teens, and families will have the opportunity to meet cartoonists Ben Hatke (creator of Zita the Spacegirl, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, and the brand new comic Little Robot) and Victoria Jamieson (creator of Roller Girl), hear them talk about their creative process, and get books signed. Frank Hussey of Danger Room Comics will present comics in Reader’s Theater format with audience participation. Kids: feel free to come dressed up as Zita the Spacegirl, Roller Girl, or your favorite comic book character! Books will be on sale courtesy Danger Room Comics. This is a special Sunday event — the library will only be open for this program, and no other library services will be available.
Schedule of events:
1:00-1:45 PM — Comic Book Reader’s Theatre
1:45-3:15 PM — Ben Hatke and Victoria Jamieson present
3:15-4:00 PM — Book signing and meet-and-greet
Olympia Timberland Library
313 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Cartoonist Ben Hatke, creator of Zita the Spacegirl, appears at Secret Garden Books on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM to sign his latest book LITTLE ROBOT.
Secret Garden Books
2214 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Writer Greg Rucka (Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run, Lazarus, Queen & Country) signs at Gabi’s Olympic Cards & Comics on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM to sign STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE #1! The comic does not release until September 9th, so you can come in and meet Greg, get your book signed, but you have to wait until Wednesday to pick it up!
Gabi’s Olympic Cards & Comics
4230 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503