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  • First Second Schedule for SDCC 2015

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    Press Release:

    First Second Books will be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con at booth #1323! We’ve got lots of books and authors and programs at the show – and please stop by the booth and say hi.

    (And for more details about these panels, check out the SDCC website.)

    THURSDAY, JULY 9th

    Panel: From Fan to Creator: Making the Dream a Reality
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am / Room 23ABC
    With :01 Author: Gene Luen Yang

    Signing
    Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
    Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

    Panel: Breaking Into Comics Right Now
    Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm / Room 28DE
    With :01 Staff: Gina Gagliano

    Signing
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Gene Luen Yang Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

    Panel: First Second Presents, ‘What’s In a Page?’
    Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm / Room 4
    With :01 Authors: Scott McCloud, Asaf Hanuka, Aron Steinke, Gene Luen Yang

    Panel: Eisner vs. Eisner: The Spirit at 75
    Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm / Comics Arts Conference Room #4
    With :01 Author: Scott McCloud

    Signing
    Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
    Aron Steinke in the :01 Booth #1323

    Panel: Banned Books
    Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm / San Diego Central Public Library / The Auditorium
    With :01 Author: Mariko Tamaki

    Panel: The Nerd in the Classroom: Sci-Fi as an Educational Tool
    Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm / Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Public Library
    :01 Author: Gene Luen Yang

    Signing
    Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
    Jen Wang in the :01 Booth #1323

    Panel: Capturing Teen Angst in Comics
    Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm / Room 8
    With :01 Author: Jillian Tamaki

    Event: B&N Pop Culture Month Spotlight
    Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm / Location: B&N Mira Mesa / 10775 Westview Parkway / San Diego, CA 92126
    With :01 Author: Mariko Tamaki

    FRIDAY, JULY 10th

    Panel: Spotlight on Scott McCloud
    Time: 10:00 – 11:00am / Room 9
    :01 Authors: Scott McCloud; moderated by Gene Luen Yang

    Panel: 21st Century Creators
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am / Room 28DE
    With :01 Author: Jillian Tamaki

    Panel: Publishers Weekly Presents: The French Comics Invasion
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm / Room 29AB
    With :01 Staff: Mark Siegel

    Panel: Spotlight on Dave Roman
    Time: 11am – 12:00pm/ Room 4

    Signing
    Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
    Scott McCloud at the First Second Booth #1323

    Panel: Hopey, Israel, Skim, Oafs, and Beyond
    Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm / Room 28DE
    With :01 Authors: Mariko Tamaki

    Panel: Comics and the Real World: Using Graphic Novels as Tools of Tolerance
    Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm / Room: 30 CDE
    With :01 Authors: Aron Steinke, Cecil Castellucci

    Signing
    Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
    Dave Roman signing at the :01 Booth #1323

    Panel: Creative Storytelling: Choose Your Own Adventure
    Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm / Room 8
    With :01 Author: Aron Steinke

    Panel: Spotlight on Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
    Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm / Room 29AB

    Panel: Spotlight on Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie
    Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm / Room 9

    Signing
    Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm / Location: AA09
    With :01 Author Aron Steinke

    Signing
    Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
    Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki in the :01 Booth #1323

    SATURDAY, JULY 11th

    Galley Give-Away
    Time: 11:00am / at the :01 Booth #1323
    We’ll be giving away copies of Faith Erin Hicks’ The Nameless City!

    Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day
    Kids Comics Summit
    Time: 11:00 – 12:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
    With :01 Staff: Calista Brill

    Panel: Working Together: Writers and Artists
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm / Room 28DE
    With :01 Authors: Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki, Asaf Hanuka, Boaz Lavie

    Panel: Comics in the Classroom – Real-World Ideas for Engaging Your Students with Comics!
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm / Room 30CDE
    With :01 Authors: Dave Roman, Cecil Castellucci

    Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Age Categories
    Time: 12:00 – 1:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
    With :01 Staff: Calista Brill

    Signing
    Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
    Scott McCloud Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

    Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Librarian/Educator Fall 2015 Graphic Novel Buzz
    Time: 1:00 – 2:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
    With :01 Staff: Gina Gagliano

    Panel: Diversity
    Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm / Room 28DE
    :01 Author: Mariko Tamaki

    Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Contemporary Issues in Graphic Novel Publishing for Educators and Librarians
    Time: 2:00 – 3:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
    With :01 Staff: Gina Gagliano

    Signing
    Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
    Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie Signing at the :01 Booth #1323

    Signing
    Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm / Location: Autographing Area 09
    With :01 Author Mariko Tamaki

    Panel: Kids Comics
    Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm / Room 23ABC
    With :01 Author: Dave Roman

    Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Events for Community Engagement
    Time: 3:00 – 4:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
    With :01 Staff: Gina Gagliano

    Signing
    Time: 4:30 – 5:30pm
    Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

    Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Librarian Talkbalk
    Time: 5:00 – 6:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
    With :01 Staff: Mark Siegel

    Panel: Storytelling
    Time: 5:30pm / Room 8
    With :01 Staff: Calista Brill

    SUNDAY, JULY 12th 

    Panel: The Girls Are Alright!
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am / Room 30CDE
    With :01 Authors: Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki, Cecil Castellucci

    Signing
    Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
    Cecil Castellucci Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

    Panel: Push Fun Forward: All-Ages Comics Have Arrived
    Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm / Room 24 ABC
    With :01 Authors: Dave Roman, Cecil Castellucci

    CA – Superman Signing

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    Writer/artist Gene Luen Yang (Avatar:The Last Airbender, The Shadow Hero, American Born Chinese) appears at Flying Color Comics on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm to sign his debut issue as the writer of SUPERMAN!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Flying Colors Comics
    2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
    (925) 825-5410

    CA – FCBD: Avatar: The Last Airbender Signing

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    Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, who is the writer for the Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman FCBD comics, and Long Vo (Street Fighter, ThunderCats, Robotech, X-Men Evolution) plus Mike Hampton and Olympia Maxenchs appear at Illusive Comics on Saturday May 2nd at 3:00 PM for Free Comic Book Day!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Illusive Comics and Games
    2725 El Camino Real, Suite 105, Santa Clara, CA 95051
    408-985-7481

    CA – How We Hero Panel

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    Bryan Konietzko Michael Dante DiMartino (creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra) and Gene Luen Yang (writer of the ATLA comics as well as Superman, American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and many more) speak on a panel moderated by novelist Leigh Bardugo where they will break down the components of mythic storytelling on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at noon. A book signing will follow at 1:00 PM. Present as part of the Yallwest book festival in Santa Monica, CA.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Santa Monica High School – Barnum Hall
    601 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405

     

    IL – Boxers & Saints Signing

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    Meet Gene Luen Yang, award–winning author and nominee for the National Book Award, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 7:00–8:30 p.m. He will discuss Boxers and Saints and describe the genesis of the two-volume graphic novel project about the Boxer Rebellion. He’ll talk about why historical events intrigue him and what he learned while researching. Lang’s talk will be followed by questions from the audience and a book signing. Open to all ages.

    Arlington Heights Memorial Library
    500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5910
    847-392-0100

    CA – Avatar: The Last Airbender Signing

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    Gene Luen Yang appears at Fantastic Comics to speak about writing comics and sign the latest Avatar: The Last Airbender comic, The Rift part 3, on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm!

    Gene Yang is the award winning creator of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, The Shadow Hero, Level Up, and writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender series.

    The event will begin with a talk from Gene about creating comics, followed by a signing. Join us this Saturday, November 8th, starting at 3PM. Hope to see you all there!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Fantastic Comics
    2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
    510-848-2988

    UT – Boxers & Saints Signing

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    Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, author of Boxers & Saints, appears at the Main Library to speak and sign books on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

    ABOUT GENE LUEN YANG Yang began publishing comic books under the name Humble Comics in 1996. In 1997, he published the comic Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks and won the Xeric Grant, a self-publishing grant for comic book creators. Since then, Yang has created and collaborated on a number of works, including American Born Chinese, The Eternal Smile, and the two-volume Boxers & Saints.

    Salt Lake City Public Library
    210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    801-524-8200

    CA – One Book for Teens Panel

    1bookGene Luen Yang, Eric Shanower, and Alonso Nuñez appear at Villainous Lair Comics on October 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Press Release:

    Join KPBS at Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming for a special panel discussion about comics and graphic novels moderated by KPBS Education Reporter, Matt Bowler. Panelists will include:

    Gene Luen Yang, author of “American Born Chinese,” the 2014 One Book for Teens selection
    • Alonso Nuñez, Executive Director of Little Fish Comic Book Studio
    Eric Shanower, Freelance Creator

    RSVP NOW

    Join us after the event for refreshments. Copies of the book will be available for sale, and the author will be available for signings. Find more information about the One Book, One San Diego program at KPBS.org/onebook.

    One Book is sponsored by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation and Jerome’s Furniture. Additional support comes from Lloyd Pest Control and SDG&E.

    Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming
    3220 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
    619-281-1600

    OH – How To Make Comics Workshop

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    Join author Gene Luen Yang at the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Tuesday October 14th at 6:30 PM for his program How To Make Comics where he will talk about the creative process step-by-step, from idea, to writing, to the art to publication. This program is for an audience 12 years and older.

    Columbus Metropolitan Library – Southeast Branch
    3980 S. Hamilton Road Groveport, OH 43125

    CA – The Shadow Hero Signing

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    Gene Luen Yang (Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese) appears at Eastwind Books on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm to present his latest graphic novel The Shadow Hero!

    In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret . . . The Green Turtle was the first Asian American superhero.

    The original Green Turtle comic only had a short run, but now Gene Luen Yang has revived the character, creating an origin story for a forgotten hero.

    Hank just wants to enjoy his quiet life running the family grocery store with his father, but his mother wants him to become a superhero, and to clean up their Chinatown neighborhood! Can he find a way to live the life he wants and not disappoint his mother?

    With artwork by Sonny Lieu, this dazzling, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.

    Eastwind Books
    2066 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
    (510) 548-2350

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