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  • Comic-Con International Announces 4th Set of Guests for SDCC 2015

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    Press Release:

    FOURTH SET OF COMIC-CON GUESTS ANNOUNCED 

    SAN DIEGO- Comic-Con International, the nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and popular artforms continued this year’s practice of announcing a selection of new guests for their summer show. Comic-Con takes place in San Diego beginning on Thursday, July 9, and running through Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center.

    Guests announced today include:

    Writer/artist Michael Cho: Shoplifter

    Artist Tom Grummett: Fantastic Four, X-Men Forever, Teen Titans

    Designer/author Chip Kidd: Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, Batman: Death by Design

    Editorial cartoonist Jen Sorenson

    Artist Bernie Wrightson: Swamp Thing, Frankenstein

    Be sure to visit www.comic-con.org and check out the Toucan Blog, the only OFFICIAL blog of Comic-Con International, for additional information on guests and up to date information on all aspects of the eagerly awaited summer show!

    About Comic-Con International:
    Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.  In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon Anaheim each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

    NYC – Massive Signing

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    Anne Ishii and Chip Kidd appear at Kinokuniya Bookstore on Wednesday February 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM!

    Press Release:

    Spreading the message of big, burly, and cuddly gay erotic manga isn’t an easy job, but someone has to do it. Continuing their holy pilgrimage to bring Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It to the world is editor Anne Ishii, known for her previous work on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga, and designer extraordinaire, Chip Kidd. For this stretch of their gospel, they’re heading to one of the most wonderful bookstores in the world, Kinokuniya.

    If you’ve never been to one of their US or international locations, get ready to find everything from magazines, to art supplies, manga, stuffed animals, imported books, and dreams coming true. Such an iconic place is the perfect location for a night of massive fun on February 25th, at 6 PM. Bring your money to buy a fresh new copy, or haul in your already well worn and broken in one for a signing by the amazing team.

    This book has proven to be a critical and fan favorite, as you intimately get to know some of the most iconic creators of the transformative gay erotic manga genre. Candid interviews, photographs, and of course their comics, make this anthology a must have for any fans of art, art history, or if you’re just curious about what this world is all about.

    Kinokuniya
    1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018
    212-869-1700

    DC – Massive Signing

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    Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and Chip Kidd appear at Fantom Comics on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 7:00 till 9:00 PM to sign Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It!

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    Fantom Comics
    2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
    202-241-6498

    PA – Massive Launch Party

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    Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and Chip Kidd appear at Giovanni’s Room on Tuesday, January 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM to celebrate the release of Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It.

    Giovanni’s Room
    345 South 12th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
    215-923-2960

    SF – Shoplifter Signing

    cho-kiddMichael Cho appears in conversation with Chip Kidd at the JCCSF on Tuesday September 30th at 8:00 pM!

    Press Release:

    Illustrator and cartoonist Michael Cho, whose work has graced covers for Marvel and DC Comics, tackles the search for self-fulfillment in the big city in his brilliant debut graphic novel Shoplifter. His style evokes in equal measure the pop art of Roy Lichtenstein and aesthetics of Silver- and Bronze-Age superhero comics. Cho’s previously published work includes Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes, a collection of sketches depicting Toronto’s cityscape. He created the illustrations for Rabindranath Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy and is well known for his offbeat illustrations of superheroes. One of his stories was included in The Best American Comics 2010.

    He is joined in conversation by Chip Kidd, four-time Eisner Award-winning designer and author of Batman: Animated, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schultz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. As an editor of graphic novels for Pantheon Books, he has worked with some of the very best talents in the medium, including Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Art Spiegelman, Charles Burns, and David Mazzucchelli. Kidd is also the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, the Design industry’s highest honor.

    Tickets available at the link…

    Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
    3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

    NYC – Shoplifter/Sugar Skull Signing

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    Cartoonists Michael Cho and Charles Burns appear in conversation with Chip Kidd on Monday September 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Purchase copy of Shoplifter or Sugar Skull for entry. Join us!

    Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
    97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007
    212-587-5389

    CA – Shoplifter Signing

    shoplifterMichael Cho at the Oakland Diesel Bookstore to discuss and sign his debut graphic novel, Shoplifter, on Monday, September 29th at 7:00 pm. Joining him in conversation will be editor Chip Kidd.

    Corinna Parks always imagined writing a successful novel and leading the ideal life of an author. After graduation however, she moved to a big city and took a job at an advertising agency (to pay off her student loans). Somehow, now, she’s worked in the same office for five years, and the only thing she has written is copy. She longs for companionship other than her cat, she’s dissatisfied with her job, and she’s numbed by the monotony of a life experienced through a series of screens. Her only thrill, her way to feel more alive, comes whenever she shoplifts a magazine from the corner store near her apartment. She knows there must be something more to life, but the question is how to find it.

    Michael Cho is an artist, designer and illustrator, well known for his inimitable Toronto cityscapes and offbeat superhero illustrations. One of his stories was included in The Best American Comics 2010 and his artwork is showcased in Rabindranath Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy. Shoplifter is his first graphic novel. He lives in Toronto.

    Diesel Bookstore
    5433 College Ave Oakland, CA 94618
    (510) 653 9965

    NYC – Dare2Draw with Chip Kidd

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    Artist Chip Kidd appears at Society of Illustrators on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm for Dare2Draw!

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    Cover $15 Online ($20 at the door)
    Tickets

    Society of Illustrators
    128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

    NYC – Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design Signing

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    Designer and comic creator Chip Kidd (Batman: Death by Design) appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design on Wednesday August 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM!

    Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
    97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007
    212-587-5389

    2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Schedule Announced

    staples-moccaPress Release:

    The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 5-6 at the 69th Regiment Armory and featuring more than 50 artists, designers, critics and scholars. Highlights of the program will include individual Q+A sessions with honored guests Robert Williams and Fiona Staples, honored guests Howard Cruse and Alison Bechdel in conversation, Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte in conversation, a presentation by Drew Friedman, and a discussion about comics and design with Chip Kidd and Françoise Mouly.

    In a special site-appropriate presentation, scholar Tad Suiter will trace the participation of cartoonists in the 1913 Armory Show that established Modernism in America at the very site of the MoCCA Arts Festival just over a century ago.

    Performative reading of comics for children and a panel on comics and education will address the growing significance of children’s comics. International participants in this year’s programming include Marion Fayolle (France), Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), Frederic Coché (Belgium), Nimrod Reshef (Israel), Ville Ranta (Finland) and more. North American artists including Sam Alden, Mike Dawson, Michael DeForge, Edie Fake, Drew Friedman, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Sophie Yanow, and many more will all discuss their work.

    Admission to all programming events is included with MoCCA Arts Festival admission. To manage anticipated demand, first priority seating for the Bechdel/Cruse and Spiegelman/Swarte events will be given to registrants who have reserved free tickets for these events via the Society of Illustrators’ website, with any remaining seating to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for these two events can be reserved at the Society of Illustrators website.

    This year’s programming schedule was curated and organized by MoCCA Arts Festival Programming Director Bill Kartalopoulos. The full programming schedule can be accessed online here.

    The 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival will be held on the weekend of April 5 – 6, 2014 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan, running from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. Tickets for the Festival will be available to purchase at the door for a flat fee of $5 per day.

    About the Society of Illustrators

    The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan.  In 2012 the Society acquired the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. It’s mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art along with the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form. The MoCCA Arts Festival, begun in 2002 and continued by the Society, features a selection of independent comic and cartoon artists and includes programming, gallery space, and an Exhibition Hall.  The Society is open to the public Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4pm.  To learn more about visiting the Museum, Admission and the Society go to www.societyillustrators.org. 

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