MI – Reading Without Walls Presentation

Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Ann Arbor District Library on Saturday, April 21st  at 2:00 PM to discuss Reading Without Walls: exploring books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried. Drawing on his own experiences as a reader and author, Yang promotes diversity and opens readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences.

Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He began drawing comic books in the fifth grade, and in 1997 he received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers.

American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. He is the author of the Secret Coders series (with artist Mike Holmes) and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman.

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Ann Arbor District Library
343 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 327-4200

WA – FCBD 2018: Peter Bagge Signing

Cartoonist Peter Bagge appears at Destiny City Comics from 11:00 AM till noon on Saturday, May 5th to celebrate Free Comic Book Day

PETER BAGGE is the Harvey Award-winning author of the acclaimed 1990s alternative comic series Hate starring slacker hero Buddy Bradley, and a regular contributor to Reason magazine. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he got his start in comics in the R. Crumb-edited magazine Weirdo. “Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story” is Bagge’s second book with Drawn & Quarterly after 2013’s “Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story”, which was reviewed twice in the New York Times, and appeared on the YALSA Great Graphic Novel For Teens list and the Amelia Bloomer Project list of the Best Feminist Books for Young Readers. Bagge lives in Seattle with his wife Joanne, daughter, and three cats.

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Destiny City Comics
218 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 234-7112

CA – Pashmina Signing

Nidhi Chanani, illustrator, cartoonist, and writer appears at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Saturday, May 12th at 1:00 PM. Her debut graphic novel Pashmina was published in October 2017. She recently illustrated Misty: The Proud Cloud, a children’s book by Hugh Howey. Chanani was born in Calcutta and raised in suburban Southern California. In April of 2012, she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change. Chanani has worked with Disney, ABC, Sony, Microsoft, and a variety of other clients.

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Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 579-4452

Agent Phil Coulson Infiltrates Cincinnati Comic Expo 2018

Clark Gregg, who currently portrays S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phillip J “Phil” Coulson, is the newest addition to the lineup of guests for the 2018 Cincinnati Comic Expo!

Clark will be appearing SATURDAY ONLY at the Expo! In the Marvel franchise alone, Clark has appeared in Iron Man and Iron Man 2, as well as Thor, The Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Heroes, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, and more. He can be currently seen on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Coulson is expected to be shown in next year’s Captain Marvel. Clark is also recognized as FBI Special Agent Casper from The West Wing drama series and starring in the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. In film, Clark’s credits also include The Usual Suspects, 500 Days of Summer, The To Do List, and numerous other features and programs.

Get your admission tickets to the 2018 Cincinnati Comic Expo for an opportunity to get an autograph and photo with Clark Gregg: goo.gl/R4ZeWa. Watch for details coming about Cobie Smulders and Clark Gregg duo photo ops!

Previously announced guests include: Levar Burton, Nikolaj Coster-Walda, Cobie Smulders, Karl Urban, Summer Glau, Tom Grummett, Amy Chu, John Bolton, Rick Leonardi, Alex Saviuk, Michael Zeck, and more

Established in 2010, the Cincinnati Comic Expo is an annual event celebrating the best in comic books, fantasy, gaming, collectibles, cosplay, steampunk and pop culture in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Now in it’s 9th year, The Cincinnati Comic Expo, has grown to become the Queen City’s premier comic convention, bringing together great artists, publishers, actors, writers, cosplayers, and fans from across the world.

Follow us on social media so you can be one of the first to hear the fresh line up of close to 20 NEW comic artists to Cincinnati Comic Expo and other guest film and TV stars that will join us in 2018.

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For further information please go to the website: cincinnaticomicexpo.com

NYC – True Story: Non-Fiction Graphic Novels Presentation

Join moderator Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor of Publishers Weekly, and a dynamic panel featuring cartoonists that includes Julia Alekseyeva, Kyle Baker, and Josh Neufeld at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday, April 26th at 7:30 PM. The panelists will discuss their respective graphic works, and the ways in which each artist combine the formal elements of visual art, the investigative tools of journalism, oral history and scholarship in their efforts to create complex perspectives on the human experience.

The panel will take place in the SoI gallery, surrounded the current exhibition, March, a show of original artwork done by cartoonist Nate Powell for the MARCH Trilogy, the acclaimed graphic memoir of the life story of Congressman John Lewis and his experiences in the fight for civil rights.

About the Speakers:

Julia Alekseyeva is an author-illustrator and academic. Her debut graphic novel Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution was published by Microcosm in 2017, and has been featured on NPR, Tablet, Lilith, and The Rumpus. She has published shorter works of graphic journalism, on topics ranging from Soviet New Years Trees to Walter Benjamin, in Lilith and The Paper Brigade, and her art has been featured in exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Lesley University, and the Boston Arts Academy. Alongside her art, Julia holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Film and Visual Studies from Harvard, and currently teaches film studies courses at Brooklyn College. Next year, she will be a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard.

Kyle Baker is a cartoonist, comic book writer-artist, and animator known for his graphic novels. He has won 8 Eisner Awards and 7 Harvey Awards for his work in the comics field. The New York Times called his book SPECIAL FORCES “the harshest, most serrated satire of the Iraq war yet published.” Baker drew writer Robert Morales’ Marvel Comics miniseries Truth #1-7, a Captain America storyline with parallels to the Tuskegee experiment, and contributed to the Dark Horse Comics series The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, a spin-off of Michael Chabon’s novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. In 2006, his company, Kyle Baker Publishing, serialized a four-part comic book series about Nat Turner, and published the series The Bakers, based on his family life, in two anthologies. Nat Turner is currently published by Harry Abrams. In 2008, Watson-Guptill published How to Draw Stupid and Other Essentials of Cartooning, Baker’s art instruction book. That same year, Baker hosted the comics industry’s Harvey Awards. In 2010, he became regular artist on Marvel Comic’ mature-audience MAX-imprint series, Deadpool Max. His company Quality Jollity continues to publish graphic novels and produce animation. He is currently working on an installation for Josiah Henson Park, depicting the life of the instrumental figure of the underground railroad.

Josh Neufeld creates nonfiction, journalistic comics to offer a new perspective on political and social upheaval, and to give voice to stories that wouldn’t otherwise be heard. He is the writer/artist of the bestselling nonfiction graphic novel A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (Pantheon). In addition, he is the illustrator of the bestseller The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media (W.W. Norton). His journalistic pieces have been published by Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy magazine, The Boston Globe, Medium, Al Jazeera America, Fusion, and The Atavist, among others. He received his BA from Oberlin College, and was a Knight-Wallace fellow in journalism at the University of Michigan.

Calvin Reid is a senior news editor at Publishers Weekly and co-editor of PW Comics World, PW’s online coverage of the comics and graphic novel marketplace. Reid was instrumental in encouraging Publishers Weekly to regularly review book format comics in the late 1980s, in addition to launching regular news coverage of graphic novel publishing at Publishers Weekly in the early 1990s, making Publishers Weekly instrumental in the rapid growth of the graphic novel category in the general book trade during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2006 at the annual Will Eisner Comics industry Awards, Reid was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award by the San Diego Comic-Con International for his longtime efforts working to raise both the understanding and the business profile of graphic novel publishing in the general book trade. He has been a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival graphic novel committee since 2012.

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Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

ON – Love That Bunch Signing

Aline Kominsky-Crumb appears in conversation with writer and comedian Monica Heisey on Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00 PM.

This event is a FREE EVENT co-presentation between Drawn & Quarterly and the Church of St. Stephen-In-The-Fields. Book sales are provided by TYPE.

Pioneering feminist cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb presents Love That Bunch, autobiographical comics that chronicle the raw, dirty, and unfiltered thoughts of a woman coming of age in the 1960s. Kominsky-Crumb’s darkest secrets and deepest insecurities were all the more fodder for groundbreaking stories that crackle with the self-deprecating humor and honesty of a cartoonist confident in the story she wants to tell.

MORE ABOUT LOVE THAT BUNCH:
Love That Bunch traces Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s life as a Beatles loving fangirl, an East Village groupie, an adult grappling with her childhood, an 80s housewife and mother, all the way up to a new 30-page story, “Dream House”, that looks back on her childhood. It is shockingly prescient while still being an authentic story of its era. Kominsky-Crumb was ahead of her time in juxtaposing the contradictory nature of female sexuality with a proud, complicated feminism. These comics thrum with anxiety and questions about femininity, identity, and family.

ABOUT ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB:
Aline Kominsky-Crumb was born on Long Island and is one of the most influential cartoonists of the underground era as the cartoonist behind Dirty Laundry Comics and Arcade; a contributor to Wimmen’s Commix; cofounder of Twisted Sisters; editor of the anthology Weirdo and author of the graphic memoir Need More Love. Since the 1990s, she has lived in the south of France with her husband Robert Crumb. In 2017, the David Zwirner Gallery in New York held a joint exhibition of their artwork: Aline Kominsky-Crumb & R. Crumb: Drawn Together.

ABOUT MONICA HEISEY:
Monica Heisey is a writer and comedian from Toronto. She writes for television shows like Baroness von Sketch Show and Schitt’s Creek and publishes weird little humour pieces in The New Yorker, the Globe and Mail, the Guardian, and elsewhere. Her first book, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better, is in stores now.

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Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields
365 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 2N8
+1 416-921-6350

SF – Brothers of the Gun Signing

Press Release:

The Bindery hosts Molly Crabapple on Friday, May 18th at 7:30 PM for Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, which she illustrated and co-authored with Marwan Hisham.

A bracingly immediate memoir by a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, Brothers of the Gun is an intimate lens on the century’s bloodiest conflict and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom.

In 2011, Marwan Hisham and his two friends — fellow working-class college students Nael and Tareq — joined the first protests of the Arab Spring in Syria, in response to a recent massacre. Arm-in-arm they marched, poured Coca-Cola into one another’s eyes to blunt the effects of tear gas, ran from the security forces, and cursed the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad. It was ecstasy. A long-bottled revolution was finally erupting, and freedom from a brutal dictator seemed, at last, imminent. Five years later, the three young friends were scattered: one now an Islamist revolutionary, another dead at the hands of government soldiers, and the last, Marwan, now a journalist in Turkish exile, trying to find a way back to a homeland reduced to rubble.

Brothers of the Gun is the story of a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, from its inception to the present. Marwan watched from the rooftops as regime warplanes bombed soldiers; as revolutionary activist groups, for a few dreamy days, spray-painted hope on Raqqa; as his friends died or threw in their lot with Islamist fighters. He became a journalist by courageously tweeting out news from a city under siege by ISIS, the Russians, and the Americans all at once. He watched the country that ran through his veins — the country that held his hopes, dreams, and fears — be destroyed in front of him, and eventually joined the relentless stream of refugees risking their lives to escape.

Illustrated with more than eighty ink drawings by Molly Crabapple that bring to life the beauty and chaos, Brothers of the Gun offers a ground-level reflection on the Syrian revolution—and how it bled into international catastrophe and global war. This is a story of pragmatism and idealism, impossible violence and repression, and, even in the midst of war, profound acts of courage, creativity, and hope.

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. Brothers of the Gun, her illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, will be published by One World/Penguin Random House in May 2018. Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, VICE, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a Yale Poynter Fellowship, a Front Page Award, and a Gold Rush Award, and shortlisted for a Frontline Print Journalism Award. She is often asked to discuss her work chronicling the conflicts of the 21st Century, and has appeared on All In with Chris Hayes, Amanpour, NPR, BBC News, PRI, and more. The New Yorker described her 2017 mural “The Bore of Babylon” as “a terrifying amalgam of Hieronymus Bosch, Honoré Daumier, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Rubin Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society.

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The Bindery
1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

CA – FCBD 2018: Flying Colors Comics Signing

Flying Colors Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5th with special guests Mick Gray, Jeff Bonivert, and John Hageman Jr.

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Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
(925) 825-5410

NY – Isola Signing

Writer Brenden Fletcher (Isola, Motor Crush, Gotham Academy, Batgirl) signs at Escape Pod Comics on Sunday, May 6th from 5:00 till 8:00 PM!

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Escape Pod Comics
302 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 923-1044

NYC – Comic Book Club w/ Brian Cronin

Brian Cronin (100 Things X-Men Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die) appears on the Comic Book Club for a live podcast on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:00 PM!

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The PIT Loft
154 W 29th St, Fl 2nd, New York, New York 10001
(212) 244-1722

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