NYC – Zita the Spacegirl Workshop

Press Release:

Spend a fun afternoon with Ben Hatke, author of the popular graphic novel series Zita the Spacegirl. Join Ben on Wednesday April 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM as he shares the joy of making comics, his three secrets to visual storytelling, and his tips to creating a visually believable science fiction universe! He will read from the Eisner Award winning Little Robot.

This event is Free with NYSCI admission, but also includes a paid workshop. Tickets available at the link…

Schedule:
1:00 pm – Reading and Author’s Talk, Upper Level Demo Station
1:30 pm – Book Signing, Upper Level Demo Station
2:15 pm – Workshop: Sci-Fi Comics with Ben Hatke ($6/$4 for Members), Library
Workshop Description

Apply Ben’s three secrets of visual storytelling in this hands-on comics making workshop. We’ll create engaging characters and guide them through amazing adventures. Limited capacity. Advance registration recommended.

Workshop is recommended for children ages 8 and older. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Author Bio:
Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the Eisner award winning Little Robot, and the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin. Both Zita the Spacegirl and his graphic novel series Mighty Jack are being developed for film by 20th Century Fox. Ben lives and works out of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He enjoys archery and fire breathing.

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Corona, New York 11368
(718) 699-0005

WI – Mighty Jack Signing

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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
(414) 769-2244

IL – Mighty Jack Signing

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Ben Hatke appears at Anderson’s Bookshop on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

Middle grade readers will find a hero in Mighty Jack, a fairy tale in graphic novel form by our guest, Ben Hatke, the NY Times bestselling author/illustrator of Zita, the Spacegirl.

EVENT DETAILS
This in-store event is free and open to the public. To join the signing line, please purchase the author’s latest book, Mighty Jack, from Anderson’s. To purchase your book, please stop into or call the Anderson’s Naperville location at (630) 355-2665, or order below.

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Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-2665

MO – Mighty Jack Signing

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Left Bank Books presents bestselling Zita the Spacegirl author Ben Hatke on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM, who will sign and discuss his graphic novel retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, Mighty Jack.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase from Left Bank Books of any of Ben Hatke’s titles will be required to enter the signing line.

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 at the flea market, Maddy does talk to tell Jack to trade their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. It’s the best mistake Jack has ever made.

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Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108
314-367-6731

AL – Explore the Universe of Illustrator Ben Hatke

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Ben Hatke appears at the Homewood Public Library on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM! From Zita the Spacegirl to Little Robot to the new release of Mighty Jack, Ben Hatke has created a unique universe with his amazing illustrations.  Join us to meet Ben Hatke, try our Magic Bean snack mix and see if you can pin the Z on Zita herself!

Homewood Public Library
1721 Oxmoor Road Homewood, AL 35209
205-332-6600

 

KS – Mighty Jack Signing

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Press Release:

Watermark Books & Cafe will host author Ben Hatke for a reading and signing of his book Mighty Jack on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

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 at the flea market, Maddy does talk to tell Jack to trade their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. It’s the best mistake Jack has ever made.

What starts as a normal little garden out back behind the house quickly grows up into a wild, magical jungle with tiny onion babies running amok, huge, pink pumpkins that bite, and, on one moonlit night that changes everything a dragon.

BEN HATKE’S first graphic novel was Zita the Spacegirl. He has published comics 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. Hatke lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

Watermark Books
4701 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67218

GA – Mighty Jack Signing

000000000000000_bhatke_mighty-jackBen Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl, Little Robot) appears at Avid Bookshop on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM!

ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 at the flea market, Maddy does talk—to tell Jack to trade their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. It’s the best mistake Jack has ever made.

In MIGHTY JACK, what starts as a normal little garden out back behind the house quickly grows up into a wild, magical jungle with tiny onion babies running amok, huge, pink pumpkins that bite, and, on one moonlit night that changes everything…a dragon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ben Hatke’s first graphic novel was ZITA THE SPACEGIRL. He has published comics 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. Hatke lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

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Avid Bookshop
493 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601
(706) 352-2060

KY – Mighty Jack Signing

000000000000000_bhatke_mighty-jackBen Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl, Little Robot) appears at Louisville Free Public Library on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 6:30 PM to present MIGHTY JACK! RSVP here…

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.

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. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters. benhatke.com

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Highlands-Shelby Park Library
1250 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
502-574-1672

IN – Mighty Jack Signing

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Meet Ben Hatke, Eisner nominated author/artist of Zita the Spacegirl, Little Robot, Mighty Jack and more! Starting with a Q & A session at noon, this amazing day will continue with Ben signing his books from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Don’t miss this amazing talent at Aw Yeah Comics on Sunday, October 2!

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Aw Yeah Comics
107 N High St, Muncie, IN 47305
(765) 282-5297

First Second Books Releases SDCC 2016 Schedule

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First Second Books has released a schedule of all the :01 programming at booth #1323, so you don’t have to miss a thing. Come by and say hello!

Thursday, July 21st

  • 11:00 AM: In-Booth Signing, John Patrick Green, Hippopotamister
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: First Second 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring Mark Siegel and Ben Hatke, in Room 4
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Panel: We Need Diverse Comics featuring Ben Hatke in Room 9
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Panel: Make Your Own Story featuring John Patrick Green in Room 24ABC
  • 5:00 PM: John Patrick Green Signing at AA09

Friday, July 22nd

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Spotlight on Ben Hatke in Room 4
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00PM: Panel: Censorship and Kids Comics featuring First Second staff member Gina Gagliano in the Shiley Special Events Suite at the San Diego Library
  • 12:30 PM: In-Booth Signing, Ben Hatke, Mighty Jack
  • 12:45 PM: EW Con-X featuring Gene Luen Yang at the Embarcadero Marina Park North
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Panel: Kids Comics 2026 – What Publishers Project for the Future featuring First Second staff member Mark Siegel in the Shiley Special Events Suite at the San Diego Central Library
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Panel: How Comics are Created featuring Gene Luen Yang at the Shiley Special Events Suite in the San Diego Central Library
  • 3:30 PM: In-Booth Signing, Gene Luen Yang, Paths & Portals
  • 3:30 PM: EW Con-X featuring Ben Hatke, at the Embercadero Marina Park North
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Panel: Graphic Novel Publishing Diversity featuring First Second staff member Gina Gagliano in the Special Events Suite in the San Diego Central Library
  • 5:00 PM: In-Booth Signing, MK Reed, Americus, Dinosaurs
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Panel: Graphic Novel Publishing: State of the Industry featuring First Second staff member Mark Siegel in the Shiley Special Events Suite at the San Diego Central Library

Saturday, July 23rd

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Panel: Once Upon a Time: Teaching Fables, Fairy Tales, and Myths with Comics and Graphic Novels featuring Ben Hatke in the Shiley Special Events Suite at the San Diego Central Library
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Panel: Dig Deep featuring MK Reed and Gene Luen Yang in Room 28DE
  • 11:00 AM: In-Booth giveaway, Tetris, by Box Brown
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Panel: Reading Without Walls featuring Gene Luen Yang in conversation with Hank Green in Room 29AB
  • 12:00 PM: In-Booth signing, Ben Hatke, Mighty Jack
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Panel: The Kids Comics Revolution featuring Gene Luen Yang and John Patrick Green
  • 2:30 PM: In-Booth signing, Gene Luen Yang, Paths & Portals

Sunday, July 24th

  • 11:00 AM: In-Booth Signing, John Patrick Green, Hippopotamister
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Panel: How (and Why) Kids Started Reading Comics Again featuring First Second staff member Gina Gagliano in Room 25ABC
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Panel: Leigh Bardugo and Gene Luen Yang In-Conversation in Room 29AB
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Panel: Racebending featuring Gene Luen Yang in Room 29AB

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