DC – Reading Without Walls Signing

Press Release:

Big Planet Comics is excited to welcome National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and bestselling comic book creator Gene Luen Yang for a signing on Monday, April 10th at 6:00 PM!

Gene Yang is the creator of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and the writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, New Super-Man, Secret Coders, The Shadow Hero, and many more. Gene Yang was recently appointed the fifth National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Children’s Book Council, and Every Child A Reader.

As the National Ambassador, he has also started the Reading Without Walls challenge for all readers.

More information about Gene Yang’s books, his ambassadorship, and the Reading Without Walls challenge can be found on his website.

Readers are encouraged to bring their copies of Gene’s books to be signed, but copies will also be available for purchase at the event.

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Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW Washington, DC 20009
202-342-1961

UT – The Stone Heart Signing

Join Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Super-hero Girl, Friends with Boys) and Shannon Hale (Princess Academy, Books of Bayern) on Friday, April 7th at 7:00 PM for a discussion about Faith’s new graphic novel, The Stone Heart, book two in her Nameless City series.

Kaidu and Rat have only just recovered from the assassination attempt on the General of All Blades when more chaos breaks loose in the Nameless City: deep conflicts within the Dao nation are making it impossible to find a political solution for the disputed territory of the City itself.

To complicate things further, Kaidu is fairly certain he’s stumbled on a formula for the lost weapon of the mysterious founders of the City. . . . But sharing it with the Dao military would be a complete betrayal of his friendship with Rat. Can Kai find the right solution before the Dao find themselves at war?

Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of The Stone Heart from The King’s English.

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The King’s English
1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 484-9100

OR – The Stone Heart Signing

Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Friends with Boys) appears on Thursday, April 6th at 4:00 PM in conversation with Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl) to celebrate the publication of The Stone Heart, the second installment in the Nameless City trilogy from First Second Books.

A Children’s Place Bookstore
1423 NE Fremont Street, Portland, OR 97212
(503) 284-8294

CA – Dan Parsons Signing

Artist DAN PARSONS signs at Knowhere Games and Comics on Thursday, March 30th at 5:00 PM.

Dan Parsons is perhaps known best for his work on Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. He was the inker on countless classic Star Wars tales like Star Wars, Star Wars: Republic, Star Wars: Legacy, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Rebel Heist, and more!

If you own Game of Thrones on Blu-ray or DVD you’ve also likely seen his artwork as part of the Histories of Westeros, so don’t forget to bring your copy of Season1 to get it signed!

Dan also provided the artwork for Avatar Legacy, the amazing autobiography of Avatar Aang that continues the tale of his reign as Avatar after the Last Airbender cartoon series ended.

If you’re a fan of DC’s Hawkman, Dick Grayson, or Barbara Gordon then you’ll hopefully have picked up DC’s Convergence: Nightwing & Oracle which featured the marriage of two iconic DC characters as inked by Dan!

But that isn’t all Dan has done in the way of art, having pencilled, written, and worked on Harpy, Savage Planet, Sexy Angel, Cthulhu Tales, Strange Kisses, Razor, First Wave, and Empire of the Wolf!

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Knowhere Games and Comics
744 Grand Ave. suite 102, San Marcos, California 92078
(760) 891-8333

ME – Reading Without Walls Signing

Gene Luen Yang, co-author of the newly released SECRETS AND SEQUENCES: SECRET CODERS, comes to Print: A Bookstore as part of his “Reading Without Walls” tour on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM!

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. The program will promote diversity and open readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, “Reading Without Walls” is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things. In addition to speaking about this terrific new program, Mr. Yang will sign copies of his latest book in the “Secret Coders series,” SECRETS AND SEQUENCES!

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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Print: A Bookstore
273 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 536-4778

SF – The Stone Heart Signing

Faith Erin Hicks appears in conversation with Raina Telgemeier  (Smile, Sisters, Drama) at the Central Park Library on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 PM in celebration of the release of the highly anticipated second book in her Nameless City series, The Stone Heart! After their talk, they will be signing books. Priority in the signing line will be given to those with a Books Inc. receipt for Faith and Raina’s titles; Raina Telgemeier will sign a maximum of 2 books per person; Flash free photos will be permitted with both authors.

Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Santa Clara City Library – Central Park Branch
2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051

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

NE – The Stone Heart Signing

Writer/artist Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Super-hero Girl, Friends with Boys, The War at Ellsmere, The Last of Us, The Nameless City) appears in conversation with author Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl, Carry On, Eleanor & Park) at Legend Comics on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM with a signing to follow.

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Legend Comics & Coffee
5207 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68106
(402) 391-2377

CT – Secrets & Sequences Signing

Gene Luen Yang appears at R.J. Julia Booksellers on Monday April 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM!

Gene is this year’s National Ambassador to Young People’s Literature and will be discussing Reading Without Walls, an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things!

Stately Academy is no ordinary school: it was once home to an elite institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper, Eni, and Josh won’t rest until they’ve learned the whole story, but they aren’t the only ones interested in the school’s past.

Principal Dean is hot on their trail, demanding that the coders turn over their most powerful robot. Dean may be a creep, but he’s nothing compared to the guy who’s really in charge: a green-skinned coding genius named Professor One-Zero.

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award.

His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman.

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R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road Madison, CT 06443
203-245-3959

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

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