SATURDAY, MARCH 4
THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Irene Koh
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Irene Koh
Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and The Shadow Hero, appears on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Yang is the first writer who works primarily in graphic novels to be appointed by the Library of Congress as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The MacArthur Foundation named him a fellow in 2016 noting that his work “demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people.” A highly acclaimed presenter, Yang will discuss his books and the importance of reading without walls.
The Book Stall will be on hand selling copies of his books and a signing will follow the presentation. Space is limited so individual registration is required, available at the link.
Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore
5300 W. Touhy Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077
Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first North American guests of honor today. Lex Lang and Sandy Fox will be appearing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.
Lex Lang is a two-time Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards honored voice actor and director. He is one of the top 20 Anime, Animation and Video Game Voice Actors of All Time on IMDB. Over the last 20 years, he has been in over five hundred original animation episodes, anime series, and video games and has played a wide assortment of fan favorites throughout his career.
Lang’s credits include: Kuzuki in Fate/Stay Night, Maxie in Pokemon Generations, Hayate Gekko in Naruto, Marechiyo Omaeda in Bleach, Sanosuke Sagara in Rurouni Kenshin, Goemon in Lupin the Third, Captain Harlock in Captain Harlock, and Fire Lord Sozin in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Sandy Fox is an American actor, voice actor, singer and producer. She is listed as one of the Top 20 Female Anime Voice Actors of All Time on IMDB. She began her career in the entertainment industry working for the Walt Disney Company performing in hundreds of live stage shows as a singer, dancer and comedic talent.
As a voice actor, she began her career providing an array of voices for The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Futurama and she is known for being one of the cutest voices in the industry. Her credits include voicing Chibiusa and Black Lady in the new Viz Media Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal series, Courtney in Pokemon Generations, Sumomo in Chobits, and Harmony in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. She has also voiced Betty Boop internationally for Universal Studios and King Syndicate Features since 1991.
Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi.
About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.
About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.
The Society of Illustrators is proud to share this year’s stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 1-2 at Metropolitan West in New York City. This year’s featured Guests of Honor are:
- Acclaimed French cartoonist Blutch, whose graphic novel Peplum marks his second English- language translation, makes his first ever appearance at a North American comics festival.
- Cliff Chiang, known for his “fluid and confident storytelling” in work on comics including Human Target, Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, and Paper Girls.
- Artist Becky Cloonan, whose best-selling comics include Demo, East Coast Rising, American Virgin, Gotham Academy, The Punisher, and many others.
- Illustrator Drew Friedman, recognized for his body of comics work as well as his unforgettable caricatures of celebrities and legends, political figures and performers.
- British comics artist David Lloyd, best known as the artist of V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore, and the designer of the iconic Guy Fawkes mask since adopted by Anonymous.
- American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints author Gene Luen Yang, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellow, who will appear on Saturday only.
This diverse group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 1 – 2nd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).
Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor’s visits will be available in future announcements.
Applications to table at the Fest are now available online, and will close on December 31st.
ABOUT THE GUESTS OF HONOR
Born Christian Hincker in Strasbourg, France, comic artist and writer Blutch is widely recognized for his incredible draftsmanship and his affectionate, outsider’s take on American culture including cinema and jazz. His comics debuted in the magazine Fluide Glacial in the 1980s. Since then he has published many books with publishers including L’Association, Cornelius, and Dargaud. His books So Long, Silver Screen (Picturebox) and Peplum (New York Review Comics) have been translated into English, and his illustrations have appeared in publications including Libération and The New Yorker. In 2009, he won the prestigious Grand Prix at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France. His visit to North America is supported by Europe Comics
Comic artist Cliff Chiang began his career as an illustrator for Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC before moving on to freelance. His client list includes DC Comics, GQ Magazine, Lucasfilm, Warner Animation, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamics Forces Entertainment, and the ACLU. His artwork was used in the comics Human Target, Beware the Creeper and Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre, Green Arrow/Black Canary and Wonder Woman. He is currently working on the series Paper Girls with writer Brian K. Vaughan.
At only 36, New York’s School of Visual Arts alum Becky Cloonan has already paved the way for women in comics. Her breakout hit, Demo (2004), a collaboration with Brian Wood, received numerous accolades and recognitions. Her first solo project,
East Coast Rising, released by Tokyopop in 2006, earned her a third Eisner nomination for Best New Series. In 2012 she became the first woman to draw a main Batman title. Following Batman, she did the art for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and later created cover art and stories for Gotham Academy for DC Comics.
Award winning artist Drew Friedman’s comics and illustrations have appeared in Raw, Weirdo, American Splendor, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, The New Yorker, BLAB!, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, among many others. His work has been collected in several volumes, and The New York Times called his three volumes of Old Jewish Comedians “A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces.” His books of portraits, Heroes of the Comic Books and More Heroes of The Comics, published by Fantagraphics, have received high praise and recognition from the comics community. He is the subject of the upcoming documentary Drew Friedman: Vermeer of the Borscht Belt.
British comic art David Lloyd’s career began in the 1970s creating art for Marvel UK titles. In 1982, author and editor Dez Skinn started production on Warrior magazine, and invited Lloyd to create a new pulp character. With the help of writer Alan Moore, the two conceived V for Vendetta, a dark comic featuring an anarchist anti-hero who battles with a fascist government while donning a Guy-Fawkes mask. DC Comics would later pick up the comic and transform it into a full graphic novel. In 2006, V for Vendetta became a full-length feature film, while the Guy-Fawkes mask illustrated by Lloyd has been used widely in protests throughout the world. Since the widespread popularity of V, Lloyd has worked on numerous other titles including Wasteland, Espers, War Story, The Territory, Kickback, among others. In 2012, Lloyd launched an online comics anthology called Aces Weekly.
Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang found early recognition in 2006 through his young adult (YA) book American Born Chinese (First Second Books), which became the first graphic novel to be a finalist for the National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award, as well as an Eisner Award. His next title, the diptych Boxers & Saints (also published by First Second Books), continued his winning streak, receiving the L.A. Times Book Prize. In January of 2016, Yang was appointed as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council; then later that year, he was named a MacArthur Genius.
About the Society of Illustrators and the MoCCA Arts Festival
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 3,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.
The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.
Dante Basco (Rufio) and James Madio (Don’t Ask) appear at Alamo Drafthouse on Saturday, December 3, 2016 to host screenings of HOOK in honor of the movie’s 25th anniversary. Tickets available at the link…
Alamo Drafthouse (Dallas / Fort Worth)
100 S. Central Expressway Suite 14, Richardson, TX 75080
Canadian writer/artist Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Friends with Boys) signs at Gosh! Comics in association with the Thought Bubble festival on Monday the 7th November, from 6-7pm!
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
Janet Varney, John Michael Higgins, Mindy Sterling, Dante Basco, and Dan Parsons appear on a panel moderated by Andrew Farago at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on Saturday, November 19th at 7:00 PM! Tickets available at the link… *Premium tickets include a private post-event signing with the panelists.
Calling all benders! Go behind the scenes of The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender with special guests voice actors Janet Varney, John Michael Higgins, Mindy Sterling, Dante Basco and Avatar: Legacy illustrator Dan Parsons. Cosplay highly encouraged! All ages welcome.
Janet Varney (voice of Korra) is a comedian, actor, writer and producer known for her roles as Becca on FX’s You’re the Worst and as the host of TBS’s Dinner and a Movie. She is also known in San Francisco as the founder of the annual comedy festival San Francisco Sketchfest.
John Michael Higgins (voice of Varrick) is an actor and voice actor whose credits include Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries, Pitch Perfect, Yes Man, Bad Teacher, and many other films and television shows.
Mindy Sterling (voice of Lin Beifong) is known for her role as Frau Farbissina in the Austin Powers films as well as roles in Con Man, Legit, Chowder, iCarly and Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm.
Dante Basco (voice of Zuko and General Iroh) is known for his role as Rufio in the 1991 film Hook. He was also the voice of Jake Long in the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long.
Dan Parsons (illustrator of Avatar: Legacy) is an illustrator and comic book artist who is best known for his work on Star Wars comics and Game of Thrones.
Andrew Farago (moderator) is the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum and the author of many books on cartooning including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Award-winning Graphic Novelist GENE LUEN YANG appears on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 4-6PM at the University of Connecticut’s Student Union Theater.
Open to the Public / Talk and Book Signing
Sponsored by Asian/Asian American Studies Institute and Asian American Cultural Center
GENE LUEN YANG began making comics and graphic novels in the fifth grade. In 2006 First Second Books published American Born Chinese, which became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album.
In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, Yang’s two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion. Nominated for a National Book Award, this book also won the L.A. Times Book Prize.
Gene Yang has created a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman! In addition to cartooning, he teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, teaching alongside amazing authors like Anne Ursu, Gary Schmidt, Laura Ruby, Matt De La Pena, to name a few.
In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
UConn Student Union Theater
2110 Hillside Rd, Storrs, CT 06268
The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is proud to present author Gene Luen Yang as the featured speaker for the 39th Annual Author-Illustrator Program. As a very highly anticipated fall event, this year the Program is scheduled to be held Thursday and Friday, October 13 and 14, at the new Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Adults, teens and children are invited to meet Yang at the FREE Thursday evening program on October 13th.
Then on Friday, October 14, Yang will present a workshop for comic book and anime fans, teachers, librarians, writers and parents. The registration fee for this event is $25 for adults and $10 for students, details at the link. BOTH OF THESE EVENTS will include a book sale / autograph session.
This informative Author-Illustrator Program allows teachers, librarians, parents and others a unique opportunity to hear “the story behind the story”directly from writers and illustrators of literature for children and young adults. It is a fascinating look at how an idea becomes a book.
Some notable names in the field of literature who have been featured during these annual programs have included: Katherine Paterson, Linda Sue Park, Avi, E.L. Konigsburg, Stephen Kellogg, Lois Lowry, Paula Danziger, Richard Peck and Patricia and Fred McKissack.
Sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library & the Patrons of the Public Library
A selection of Gene Yang’s books will be available for purchase during the program. Mr. Yang has agreed to sign these books. We regret books from libraries or personal collections cannot be autographed.
Gene Luen Yang is this year’s current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He began drawing comic books in the fifth grade, and in 1997 he received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby and Animal Crackers. Yang’s first graphic novel from First Second, American Born Chinese, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. Yang also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. He is the author of the Secret Coders series (with artist Mike Holmes) and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and also Superman. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
East Baton Rouge Parish Library
7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints) appears at Tattered Cover Books on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 6:00 PM!
From graphic novel superstar and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang comes a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot. In Secret Coders 02: Paths & Portals, Stately Academy is a school that is just crawling with mysteries to be solved. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve at least one of these mysteries no matter what it takes.
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