Fans of Star Wars and reading can celebrate Star Wars Reads at the Scandinavia Public Library on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. – noon. Star Wars Reads is an annual event sponsored by LucasFilm, Ltd., owner of the Star Wars franchise, and its publishing partners, including Del Rey, Scholastic, and DK Books.
Author John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: A New Dawn • Kenobi • Knight Errant • Knights of the Old Republic) will perform a reading from one of his Star Wars novels at 11:15 a.m. and be available to answer questions and sign autographs afterwards.
Activities will include:
- Build a lightsaber Make a BB-8 stuffed toy
- Make a watercolor resist Death Star
- Make a Chewbacca puppet
- Bomb the Death Star Stormtrooper Bowling
Star Wars Reads is a free program, and all ages are welcome to participate.
Scandinavia Public Library
349 N Main Street, Scandinavia, WI 54977
Cartoonist Ben Hatke appears at the Cudahy Family Library on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 6:30 PM!
Ben Hatke, returns to middle-grade fantasy-adventure with the first of two graphic novels retelling Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack might be the only kid in the world who’s dreading summer. But he’s got a good reason: Summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s boring too, because Maddy doesn’t talk. Ever.
But then, one day, she does talk. Maddy tells Jack in no uncertain terms to trade their mom’s car for a box of magic beans. It’s the best mistake Jack has ever made. The little garden behind his house is about to become home to tiny onion babies running amok, dangerous biting cabbages, and, in a fiery cliff-hanger at the end of this first volume, a dragon.
About the Author: Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of The New York Times-bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novel Little Robot.
Cudahy Family Library
3500 Library Drive, Cudahy, WI 53110
Co-writer Carole Barrowman appears at Neptune Comics on Saturday September 24th to sign her new Torchwood comic and Dark Archer graphic novel.
2120 E. Moreland Blvd, Waukesha, WI 53186
Writer/artist Phil Hester appears at Kowabunga Comics on Saturday, July 2nd at 1:00 PM to celebrate the release of Deathstroke Annual #2!
Phillip Hester has been writing and drawing comics for nearly three decades, beginning while still a student at the University of Iowa. After a toiling in the world of black and white indie comics, he broke into the mainstream with a long run as artist of DC’s Swamp Thing with writer Mark Millar. At nearly the same time he wrote and drew the Eisner Award nominated series The Wretch. In 2001 Phil drew Kevin Smith’s revival of Green Arrow with long time inker Ande Parks, also for DC. He wrote the original graphic novel The Coffin with artist Mike Huddleston, which was optioned for a feature film by James Cameron. At Image Comics he created Firebreather with artist Andy Kuhn, which became an Emmy-winning animated television feature for Cartoon Network.
His work, as both artist and writer, has been featured in hundreds of comics from nearly every major American publisher and includes runs on such titles as The Darkness, Wonder Woman, Ant-Man, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Nightwing, Invincible Universe, Batman Beyond, The Flash: Season Zero, The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Beyond Belief, Deathstroke, and his current Image project Mythic with artist John McCrea. Phil lives in rural Iowa with his family.
102 N Main St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Cartoonist MariNaomi appears at A Room of One’s Own Bookstore to sign Turning Japanese on
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM!
About Turning Japanese:
In 1995, 22-year-old Mari has just exited a long-term relationship, moving from Mill Valley to San Jose, California. Soon enough she falls in love, then finds employment at an illegal hostess bar for Japanese expats, where she is determined to learn the Japanese language and culture. She hopes to finally connect with her Japanese relatives without her mother as a translator and filter. Turning Japanese is a story about otherness, culture clashes, generation gaps and youthful impetuosity.
MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, and her self-published Estrus Comics. Her work has appeared in over sixty print anthologies, and has been featured on such websites as The Rumpus, The Weeklings, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed, Bitch Media, and more. She is also the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the LGBTQ Cartoonists Database.
A Room of One’s Own Bookstore
315 W Gorham Street, Madison, WI 53703
Felicia Day (The Guild, Geek & Sundry) appears at Boswell Book Co. on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign the paperback edition of her memoir YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST)!
Please join Boswell Book Co. for a ticketed signing with “queen of the geeks” and New York Times bestselling author, Felicia Day, signing copies of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), 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. Tickets are $17 each, include all taxes and fees, admission for one to the signing line, a paperback copy of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), and can be purchased from the Brown Paper Tickets website. Ms. Day will sign copies of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and—time permitting—is happy to personalize your copy of her memoir. If you’d like a photo of Ms. Day signing your copy, bring your phone or camera—booksellers will be on hand to accommodate requests!
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. But if it hadn’t been for her strange background—the awkwardness continued when she started college at sixteen, with Mom driving her to campus every day—she might never have had the naïve confidence to forge her own path. Like when she graduated as valedictorian with a math degree and then headed to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting despite having zero contacts. Or when she tired of being typecast as the crazy cat-lady secretary and decided to create her own web series before people in show business understood that online video could be more than just cats chasing laser pointers.
Felicia Day’s rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Ever candid, in You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), she opens up about the rough patches along the way, recounting battles with writer’s block, a full-blown gaming addiction, severe anxiety, and depression—and how she reinvented herself when overachieving became overwhelming. Showcasing her “engaging and often hilarious voice” (USA Today), You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should celebrate what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.
About the Author:
Felicia Day is a professional actress who has appeared in numerous mainstream television shows and films, currently recurring on the CW show “Supernatural,” and recently completing a two-season arc on the SyFy series “Eureka.” However, Felicia is best known for her work in the web video world, behind and in front of the camera. She co-starred in Joss Whedon’s Internet musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” She also created and stars in the hit web series “The Guild,” which is currently in its sixth season. Her production company Knights of Good produced the innovative web series “Dragon Age” in conjunction with EA/Bioware in 2011 and in 2012 she launched a funded YouTube channel called Geek & Sundry. Felicia continues to work as creative chief officer with her company, as well as develop television and web projects for her to write, produce and star in.
Boswell Book Company
2559 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Comic creator Erik Evensen, author and artist of the books Gods of Asgard and The Beast of Wolfe’s Bay, appears at Heroes Welcome on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 3:00 PM to sign BACK TO THE FUTURE #4!
424 Main Street E, Menomonie, WI 54751
Tony Moore, co-creator and original artist of THE WALKING DEAD and artist of DEADPOOL, VENOM, FEAR AGENT, GHOST RIDER, PUNISHER, and so many more, appears at House of Heroes Comics on Monday, February 8, 2016 from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Bring your own books, buy some at House of Heroes, and/or pick up some rad merch and art prints from the wide variety he’ll have available – including a signed and numbered limited edition screen-printed tour poster (only 10 available per shop!) Walking Dead #150 cover prints, and a chance to win a super-rare painted Sketch Variant Walking Dead #1 Artist Proof Edition (only 1 per shop!).
There will also be hosting a Walking Deadpool costume contest with Tony Moore being the judge! Interpret “Walking Deadpool” anyway you want to and come in for your chance to win super cool prizes!
House of Heroes Comics + Games
407 N Main St, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Jay Reiter, creator of the popular zombie comic Arise, appears at Heroes Welcome on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 2:00pm – 7:00 PM to sell and sign his Arise comic books and related merchandise!
424 Main Street E, Menomonie, WI 54751
Sarah Vowell appears at the Madison Central Library on Friday October 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM in Community Room 301 & 302.
From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes, a humorous and insightful account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette–the one Frenchman we could all agree on–and an insightful portrait of a nation’s idealism and its reality.
On August 16, 1824, an elderly French gentlemen sailed into New York Harbor and giddy Americans were there to welcome him. Or, rather, to welcome him back. It had been thirty years since the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette had last set foot in the United States, and he was so beloved that 80,000 people showed up to cheer for him.
The entire population of New York at the time was 120,000. Lafayette’s arrival in 1824 coincided with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Congress had just fought its first epic battle over slavery, and the threat of a Civil War loomed. But Lafayette, belonging to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction, was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted this country to be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans, it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing singular past.
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with some of the instrumental Americans of the time, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and many more.
Doors will open at 6:05 PM.
About Presenter Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell is the New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture, including Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, as well as the essay collections Take the Cannoli and Radio On. She was a contributing editor for This American Life as well as one of the original contributors to McSweeney’s. She has been a columnist for Salon, 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.
Madison Central Library
201 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703