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

BOOM! Studios Announces Signings, Panels & Exclusives for WonderCon 2017

Press Release:

BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will exhibit at WonderCon 2017, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., during the weekend of March 31 – April 2. BOOM! will occupy booth #1301, which is the first booth just beyond the main entrance. The publisher shared its plans for the event,  including:

—BOOM! will have limited quantities of the following WonderCon exclusive variant cover comics available for purchase at the booth:

Steven Universe (2017) #1 – Cover by Missy Peña (Adventure Time)
Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 – Cover by Elsa Charretier (The Unstoppable Wasp)
The Power of the Dark Crystal #1 – Cover by Mike Huddleston (The Strain)
WWE: WrestleMania 2017 Special #1 – Cover by Rahzzah (Totally Awesome Hulk)
Godshaper #1 – Cover by Jonas Goonface

Also available at the booth will be copies of the Over the Garden Wall Vol. 1 Limited Edition hardcover, featuring a cover by Kevin Jay Stanton (Adventure Time), and BOOM!’s recent publications, The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China and The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China, featuring bookplates autographed by director John Carpenter (limited to 100 copies).

BOOM! has produced more of the popular Lumberjanes merit badges, including new badges “Jail Break,” which debuted at Emerald City Comicon, and “If You Got It, Haunt It,” which makes its debut at WonderCon. An enamel pin bearing the Lumberjanes logo, which debuted at Emerald City Comicon, will also be available.

Appearing at the BOOM! Studios booth (#1301) throughout the weekend will be:

Friday, March 31
1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal)
3:00-3:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)
4:00-4:50 PM // Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)

Saturday, April 1
11:00-11:50 AM // Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna)
1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal)
2:00-2:50 PM // Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Joyride, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: The Official Graphic Novel Prelude)
5:00-5:50 PM // Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock)
6:00-6:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)

Sunday, April 2
11:00-11:50 AM // Ben Acker and Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)
12:00-12:50 PM // Matt Daley and Trevor Crafts (Lantern City)
1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal)
2:00-2:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)
4:00-4:50 PM // Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna)

—In addition, Chrystin Garland (Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems) will be available at the booth all weekend selling sketches on blank covers for Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and Over the Garden Wall comics.

BOOM! will present and participate in the following panels at WonderCon:

Friday, March 31
BOOM! STUDIOS: DISCOVER YOURS
2:00p.m.-3:00p.m., Room 211
Discover YOUR new favorite comic book series in the panel designed for everyone, from new fans to longtime readers to anyone who loves comics! Join BOOM!’s top editors and creators as they explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession.
Moderator: Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios(
Panelists: Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios); Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal); Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle); Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna); Kiwi Smith & Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City); Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, & Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)

DISCOVER WHY YA IS THE FUTURE OF COMICS
5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., Room 208
YA dominates film, TV, books and comics, with original stories aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Join some of the most popular new voices in comics as they discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment.
Moderator: Dafna Pleban (Editor, BOOM! Studios)
Panelists: James Dashner (Maze Runner), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance, Compass South), Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle, Hit, Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon), Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, The Changing Girl; The P.L.A.I.N. Janes; Boy Proof), Kiwi Smith (10 Things I Hate About You, Legally BlondeMisfit City), Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City), Shannon Watters (Editor, BOOM! Studios; Lumberjanes)

Saturday, April 1
DISCOVER THE SECRET TO REINVENTING POP CULTURE
10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m., Room 208
There’s never been a better time to discover new visions of your life-long favorite characters in comic books, but what’s the secret to modernizing and diversifying beloved mythology without losing fans? Find out just what it takes to turn your favorite TV show, movie, and more into a successful comic book that balances entertaining long-time fans and bringing in new readers with an eye to the future of entertainment.
Moderator: Bryce Carlson (Managing Editor, BOOM! Studios)
Panelists: Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), Simon Spurrier (The Power of the Dark Crystal), Christina Strain (Generation X), Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock), David Walker (Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes), Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11)

DISCOVER THE MUSIC OF COMICS
2:00p.m.-3:00p.m., Room 211
The hottest new bands are all in…COMIC BOOKS? Music and comics have always been intertwined but 2017 is bringing even more of a musical influence to your favorite graphic fiction. Join Patrick Reed from Comics Alliance and top creators to discuss the unique relationship between musicians, comic creators, and how to authentically combine two of the most powerful forms of entertainment.
Moderator: Patrick Reed (Comics Alliance)
Panelists: Simon Spurrier (Godshaper), Sam Humphries (Jonesy, CBGB), Jasmine Amiri (Editor, BOOM! Studios), Amy Chu (KISS)

Also on Saturday, WonderCon and BOOM! Studios join forces to honor writer Simon Spurrier with his own spotlight panel:

SPOTLIGHT ON SIMON SPURRIER
5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., Room 211

Everyone’s favorite tea-chugging Eisner loser Si Spurrier (X-Men Legacy, The Power of the Dark Crystal, Doctor Who) will be presenting his acclaimed lecture/essay/presentation thingamabob, confusingly titled “The Pluripotent Panel.” Gasp as he reveals the cosmic potential of the comic book form! Self-congratulate as you learn the sophisticated secrets of your chosen medium! Puke with laughter as he gets his slides muddled and has a breakdown on stage! Live-tweet your awkward questions about crumpets, Brexit, and fractal narratives in a bonus Q&A session! (N.B.-Probable sweariness. N.B.#2-Then, pub.)

Sunday, April 2
COMICS ARE FOR KIDS, TOO!
3:30-4:30pm, Room 210
Comic Books are for everyone and that includes the youngest readers just learning about the world of four-color fantasy! Join the Creators of the hotly anticipated2graphic novel (Matt Daley, Trevor Crafts, Arlene Daley, and Ellen Crafts) for an interactive workshop where you and your school-age children will get hands on and make your own comic and leave with some fun surprises, too!
Panelists: Arlene Daley, Matt Daley, Ellen Crafts, Trevor Crafts

—And lastly, for aspiring comic book artists, BOOM! will participate in a Portfolio Review taking place on April 1, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. in Room 206B. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.

For more information on WonderCon 2017, visit www.comic-con.org/wca.

About BOOM! Studios:
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including LumberjanesThe WoodsGiant DaysKlaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWEMighty Morphin Power RangersAdventure Time and Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox in film and with Fox Television. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.

WA – Pearls Hogs the Road Tour

 

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, appears at The Elliott Bay Book Company on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of the newest Pearls treasury. Pastis promises to disclose all his vices, overshare, and tell you all you want to know about Pearls Before Swine. Sit back in astonishment and horror and enjoy some of the most popular (and least popular) Pearls strips from the past few years. And as if that’s not enough of a draw (oh, look, a pun!), Pastis will also be signing copies of his newest treasury, Pearls Hogs the Road.

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The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 624-6600

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

Valiant Entertainment Heads to WonderCon 2017

Press Release:

From Friday, March 31st to Sunday, April 2nd, Valiant’s non-stop convention tour is charging into WonderCon 2017 – and we’re bringing in tons of convention-only exclusives, panels, programming, and signings that you won’t find anywhere else!

All weekend long, Valiant is making booth #1019 inside the Anaheim Convention Center the only place to find a complete selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers from the largest independent superhero universe in comics, with critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including BLOODSHOT REBORN, BRITANNIA, DIVINITY, FAITH, NINJAK, QUANTUM AND WOODY, X-O MANOWAR, and many more!

Then: War comes to WonderCon as Valiant teams up with Los Angeles’ own Golden Apple Comics for the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 GOLDEN APPLE EXCLUSIVE VARIANT, featuring the art of comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin)! The year’s biggest superhero sci-fi blockbuster begins here with the FIRST ISSUE of the EPIC NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Divinity, Mind MGMT) and Valiant-exclusive rising star Tomas Giorello (Bloodshot Reborn, Batman and Robin) that will push Aric of Dacia beyond the farthest limits of our galaxy…and into the brutal opening salvo of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale ever told! Exclusive available only at the Golden Apple booth #402!

Next: Race to the Valiant booth for signings from an all-star lineup of talent, including Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival), acclaimed writer Jody Houser (Faith), and astonishing artist Marguerite Sauvage (Faith), and receive a free copy of the SECRET WEAPONS #1 SUMMER PREVIEW – featuring your first look inside Valiant’s next extraordinary Prestige Format adventure with this exclusive comic, showcasing all-new artwork, character designs, and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks! Only available while supplies last.

Plus: Don’t miss the convention-first debut of two brand-new Valiant t-shirts from Jack of All Trades, featuring the unstoppable X-O Manowar ($25)!

The excitement lights up on Friday, March 31st at 1:30 p.m. PT in Room 208 for the VALIANT 101: THE STORY STARTS HERE panel presentation! New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes – from BLOODSHOT and DIVINITY to FAITH and HARBINGER RENEGADE to NINJAK and X-O MANOWAR! From The A.V. Club to Buzzfeed and Entertainment Weekly and dozens more, Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

Then, the Valiant Universe leaps out of the comics page on Saturday, April 1st at 12:00 p.m. PT in Room 211 for VALIANT DIGITAL: NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE AND BEYOND! Join Valiant’s own Dinesh Shamdasani, directors Aaron & Sean Schoenke, cast member Kevin Porter (Armstrong), Hyper RPG’s Zac Eubank, and special surprise guests as they collide MI-6’s deadly assassin against a gauntlet of Valiant’s most formidable heroes in never-before-seen footage from NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE – the bone-shattering, live-action series coming in 2017!

Next up, find out all that you need to know about the cataclysmic future that awaits on Saturday, April 1st at 6:00 pm PT in Room 209 for the VALIANT: THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 panel presentation! The road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time starts right here at WonderCon with a superstar cast of Valiant creators and staff! Jump on board here to find out what the future holds for HARBINGER RENEGADE, X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, FAITH, DIVINITY, NINJAK, and the rest of Valiant’s most powerful heroes…and how the coming of HARBINGER WARS 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe with never-before-seen artwork and announcements!

Finally, ring in the biggest silver anniversary celebration of the year on Sunday, April 2nd at 1:30 p.m. PT in Room 208 for the VALIANT: 25 YEARS OF X-O MANOWAR panel presentation! This March, Valiant celebrates 25 years of its most enduring comic book icon as best-selling writer Matt Kindt and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists launch a stunning new beginning in the all-new X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1! Now, right here at WonderCon, join a blockbuster roundtable of Valiant’s greatest talents for an in-depth discussion of X-O Manowar’s landmark place in comics history… and a special look forward at the must-read new series of 2017!

We’ll see you in Anaheim!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com

MA – WWE Superstar Signing

WWE Superstar Sasha Banks appears at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Friday April 14th at 3:30 PM and the first 300 fans are guaranteed to receive an autograph. Attendance requires purchase of our Sasha Banks limited edition WWE #1 comics!

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Friendly Neighborhood Comics
191 Mechanic Street (Route 140), Bellingham, MA 02019
508-966-2275

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

OR – Pearls Hogs the Road Tour

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, appears at Powell’s City of Books on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM to celebrate the release of the newest Pearls treasury. Pastis promises to disclose all his vices, overshare, and tell you all you want to know about Pearls Before Swine. Sit back in astonishment and horror and enjoy some of the most popular (and least popular) Pearls strips from the past few years. And as if that’s not enough of a draw (oh, look, a pun!), Pastis will also be signing copies of his newest treasury, Pearls Hogs the Road.

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Powell’s City of Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005
503-228-465

CA – Star Wars Artist Edition Signing

Howard Chaykin appears at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery on Friday, April 7th.

With a career that spans over 40 years, Chaykin has worked on some of the most beloved characters in comics, such as “Batman” and “The Avengers”, and has created some of the most well respected original material, like “American Flagg” and “Black Kiss”. However, nothing in pop culture will ever be as big as “Star Wars” and Chaykin was the first artist to work on the comics. We couldn’t be more excited to have him back here at the Gallery.

Howard will be signing from 6-8. We’ll have plenty of IDW Publishing’s “Star Wars” Artifact Editions on hand for sale as well as “Star Wars” Micro Fun-Packs for you to get signed. Outside items are allowed but please keep them limited to five.

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San Diego Comic Art Gallery – Barracks 3 First Floor
2765 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92106
(858) 270-1315

FL – Weapon X #1 Signing

Artist Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men) appears at Yancy Street Comics on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 2:00 till 4:00 PM to sign the first issue of the new WEAPON X series!

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Yancy Street Comics
9409 US 19 (inside Gulfview Square Mall), Port Richey, FL 34668
727-817-0888

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