MA – Odyssey Kids Comic Con 2014

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Zack Giallongo and Ben Hatke appear at Odyssey Bookshop on Saturday October 11th at 2:00 pm!

Zack Giallongo is a professional cartoonist, cheese enthusiast, and amateur banjo-ist. His first solo graphic novel, Broxo, is about teenage barbarians and was published in 2012. He presents his new book: Stratford Zoo Presents Macbeth.

The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo… until the gates shut at night. That’s when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare’s greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they’ve got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth.

Ian Lendler’s hilarious tale of after-hours animal stagecraft is perfectly paired with the adorable, accessible artwork of Zack Giallongo (Broxo, Ewoks). And with Romeo and Juliet coming in book two, this is a promising new series of graphic novels for young readers.

Ben Hatke has published comic stories in the Flight series as well as Flight Explorer. In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and a boisterous pack of daughters. He is thr author of the Zita The Spacegirl Series.

Zita The Spacegirl
Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.
When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest.

Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at.

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Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
(413) 534-7307

First Second Panel & Signing Schedule for NYCC 2014

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Press Release:

First Second is proud to be featuring some wonderful authors at NYCC, including Andrew Arnold (Adventures in Cartooning),
 Box Brown (Andre the Giant), 
Cory Doctorow (In Real Life), Zack Giallongo (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth),
 Ben Hatke (Julia’s House for Lost Creatures),
 Danica Novgorodoff (The Undertaking of Lily Chen), George O’Connor (Olympians),
 Paul Pope and J.T. Petty (The Rise of Aurora West),
 MK Reed (The Cute Girl Network), and Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer).

Thursday, October 9th

Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):

  • 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
: Danica Novgorodoff
  • 5:30 pm–7:00 pm: Paul Pope

2:15 pm–3:00 pm The Mary Sue Presents Fight What You Know—with Danica Novgorodoff 

The geek world needs better representation in media, but aren’t you supposed to write what you know? Truth is, the whole “write what you know” thing is a load of bull honkey. A writer who can’t appreciate the perspectives of others is no kind of writer at all. Writers from all backgrounds and experiences join to talk about research, listening, soliciting criticism, and how to make sure you’re writing well when you’re outside the comfort zone of your own perspective. Room 1A14


3:00 pm–3:45 pm
 Coffee Talk with Monsters—with Paul Pope
What makes a monster something to be feared? A force to be reckoned with? Or just misunderstood? Join R.L. Stine (Party Games)Caitlin Kittredge (Black Dog), Lou Anders (Frostborn), Barry Lyga (Blood of My Blood), Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), Ethan Reid (The Undying), Ransom Riggs (Hollow CityMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), and moderator Ali T. Kokmen (Barnes & Noble/NOOK) as they discuss the “monsters” in their books and what makes them truly something monstrous… Room 1A18


4:00 pm–5:00 pm Post-Panel Signing with Paul Pope in the Autographing Area, Table 19

Friday, October 10th

Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):

  • 12:00 pm–1:00 pm: Andrew Arnold, George O’Connor
  • 5:00 pm
: Cory Doctorow

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Create Your Own Monster—with Andrew Arnold and George O’Connor
Two authors enter… and with your help, they’ll each create a monster who embodies everything that you think monsters should be! Which will be best? It’s up to you! 
Moderator: Jack Baur Family HQ – 1C03

3:00 pm
 Spotlight on Bryan Lee O’Malley—with Cory Doctorow
Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim series, discusses his newest project, the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel Seconds, with Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author and co-editor of Boing Boing. Room 1A21

Saturday, October 11th

Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):

  • 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
: Jillian Tamaki
  • 2:30 pm–5:00 pm
: Cory Doctorow
  • 5:30 pm–7:00 pm: Box Brown

1:00 pm–1:45 pm
 Spotlight on Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is awesome! Moderated by Eric Smith from Book Riot.Room 1A10


7:15 pm–8:00 pm
 Breaking Good
—with Cory Doctorow

This panel explores how comic books, video games, and novels are addressing world challenges. Perhaps the most inspiring content for our panel audience will be to hear about how you are using popular entertainment to address the issues that you care about. We’ll have about 10 minutes each to talk. It’s an exciting lineup of panelists which includes an FBI Victim Specialist, the dynamic Alexis Krieger, who was involved in creating the comic book Abolitionista! that is being used to empower young people to protect themselves from predators. Room 1A05

Sunday, October 12th

Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):

  • 11:30 pm–12:30 pm
: Zack Giallongo and Ben Hatke
  • 12:30 pm–1:30 pm
: Cory Doctorow
  • 1:30 pm–2:30 pm
: Box Brown
  • 2:30 pm–3:30 pm
: MK Reed

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
 Create Your Own Magical Creature—with Zack Giallongo and Ben Hatke
Two authors enter… and with your help, they’ll each create a magical creature who embodies everything that you think is awesome! Which will be best? It’s up to you! Family HQ – Room 1C03


2:00 pm–2:45 pm
 Comics and Graphic Novels for All Readers—with Cory Doctorow and Paul Pope

Join graphic novelists JP Ahonen (Sing No Evil), Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Cory Doctorow (In Real Life), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), and Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West) for a discussion of the graphic novel form, its place in the literary canon today and their exciting new books, moderated by Scott Rosenberg, AM NYRoom 1B03


3:15 pm–4:00 pm
 Post-Panel Signing with Cory Doctorow and Paul Pope
in the Autographing Area, Table 19

3:15 pm–4:00 pm Build Your Own Adventure—with Zack Giallongo, Ben Hatke, and George O’Connor
In this interactive panel perfect for kids and families, top-tier graphic novel and comic authors and illustrators will work with the audience to write and illustrate an original adventure story! It will be an exciting ride, great for aspiring writers and artists. Featuring George O’Connor (Olympians), Matt London (The 8th Continent), Zack Giallongo (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth), Frank Cammuso (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde), Scott Campbell (Hug Machine), Ben Hatke (Julia’s House for Lost Creatures). Room 1A01

4:15 pm–5:00 pm
 Post-Panel Signing with Zack Giallongo, Ben Hatke, and George O’Connor
 in the Autographing Area, Table 19

NYC – Comic Con Jr. Signing

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Ben Hatke, Cece Bell, and Tom Angleberger appear at McNally Jackson Books on Saturday October 11th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hosted by Yvonne Brooks. Ages 5 to 12. Free.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street (between Lafayette & Mulberry), New York City, NY 10012

NYC – Chapter Book Fun Signing

    

BEN HATKE (The Return of Zita the Space Girl), CHARISE MERICLE HARPER (Alien Encounter), TOMMY GREENWALD (Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation), and MARTHE JOCELYN (What We Hide) appear at Books of Wonder on Saturday, May 24th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM!

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-3270

MeCAF 2014 Announces Programming Schedule

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF) has released their programming schedule for the 2014 show to be held on Sunday May 18th:

10:00 – 1:00: Book signing with Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce (in the main hall)

10:30 – Unusual comics! Choose your own adventure! with Jon Chad
How does your comic become a book? If you thought that a book is just made up of a cover, back cover, and all the business in-between, think again! Explore a variety of folding and book construction techniques and make your own unfolding, choose-your-own-adventure minicomic!

11:30 – DRAW ON YOUR CREATIVITY:
Comic book artist Jay Piscopo invites students to try their hand at cartoon art and demonstrates how anyone can learn to draw and create comics. Using simple geometric shapes, Jay teaches kids how to build anatomy and perspective to create art that tells a story. Stand by for adventure with this interactive workshop! Watch a short video clip at the link…

12:30 – Ben Hatke: The Three Secrets of Comics:
Discussing images in a narrative, gesture, and drawing from life, Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) talks about three secrets behind making amazing comics.

1:30 – Iron Cartoonist:
This competition will determine the MeCAF Iron Cartoonist Champion! Watch as three talented cartoonists draw against the clock, with suggestions from the audience. Special guest judges will determine the winner.

2:30 – A conversation with Jimmy Gownley and Kazu Kibuishi:
Join us as we discuss comics with Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever, Amelia Rules) and Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet, Flight).

3:30 – Panel discussion about gender and race issues in current comics, with artists Melanie Gillman, Kori Handwerker and others.

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival will be held in Portland, ME on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Featuring over 100 comics writers, artists and publishers, this will be a celebration of the comics art form. This year’s show will be at the Portland Company Complex (58 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101)! There will be everyone from mini comics publishers to seasoned professionals. There will be comic book writers and artists, gag cartoonists, newspaper cartoonists, web comics creators and more. The guests will have their own work available for sale. Some people will be doing sketches and selling original artwork. Others will have t-shirts, buttons and posters. All of them have one thing in common… a love of comics. Featured guests include: Kazu Kibuishi, Sean Murphy, Jimmy Gownley, Ben Hatke, James Sturm, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Joe Quinones, Zack Giallongo, Maris Wicks, and many more!

NJ – Zita the Spacegirl Drawing Workshop

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Cartoonist and former circus performer Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) appears at the Word Bookstore on Sunday, May 25th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm presents a fun-filled workshop for kids, complete with tips and tricks for drawing! Recommended for kids aged 5 and up; open to all ages.

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WORD Jersey City
123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
(201) 763-6611

VA – Return of Zita the Spacegirl Signing

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Cartoonist Ben Hatke appears at bbgb books on Tuesday, May 20th at 4:00 pm to share his process in creating the fantastic graphic series Zita the Space Girl (ages 8-11). be sure to pre-order your books here.

bbgb books
3100 Kensington Ave Richmond VA 23221
804-353-5675

IL – Zita the Spacegirl Signing

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Ben Hatke, author of the Zita the Spacegirl series, appears at 57th Street Books on Thursday, May 15th from 5:00 till 6:00 pm to read from and sign copies of the third and final installment in the Zita series, The Return of Zita the Spacegirl! This event is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement as part of the UChicago Engages series.

About The Return of Zita the Spacegirl:
Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times‑Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for middle grade readers. Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy’s greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!

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57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1300

TX – FCBD: Zita the Spacegirl Signing

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Author/Artist Ben Hatke appears at Bedrock City Comic Co. for a signing on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

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Bedrock City Comic Co.
6516 Westheimer, Suite D, Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-0675

MD – The Return of Zita the Spacegirl Signing

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Ben Hatke appears to sign The Return of Zita the Spacegirl at Takoma Park Library on Wednesday May 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm! Books provided by Politics & Prose.

In the conclusion to this graphic science-fiction trilogy, Zita, who has already proven herself as a cosmic hero by battling monsters and saving worlds, is wrongfully imprisoned, and has to plan a daring escape from the high-security penitentiary planet. Ages 8 – 12.

Takoma Park Library
101 Philadelphia Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 891-7259

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