MN – Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen Signing

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Dylan Horrocks appears at Magers & Quinn on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM to present and sign his new graphic novel Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen!

Press Release:

Kicking off his first US book tour in over a decade, cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns triumphantly to the comics scene with the critical hit, Sam Zabel and His Magic Pen, out now with Fantagraphics Books. Horrocks’s talent for giving multifaceted depth and life to his characters is why Multiversity Comics has called him “one of the most important cartoonists working in comics.”

Acclaimed cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns with a long-awaited new graphic novel, the first since his perennial classic, 1998’s Hicksville.

Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn’t drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and — of course — cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy.

Dylan Horrocks lives in New Zealand with his wife and two sons. He is the author of the award-winning graphic novel Hicksville and the comic book series Pickle and Atlas, and has also written for DC Comics and Vertigo, including Hunter: the Age of Magic and Batgirl.

This event is free and open to the public

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Magers and Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
tel: 612.822.4611

SF – Hilo Launch Party

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Cartoonist Judd Winick appears at Books Inc. on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release: 

Screenwriter, award-winning cartoonist, and scriptwriter for issues of bestselling comic series, including Batman and Green Lantern, Judd Winick celebrates the launch of his funny, action-packed, full-color new middle-grade graphic novel series with HILO Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth. With Starred reviews from School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews, and critical praise from the likes of Jeff Smith and Armistead Maupin, HILO is a hilarious comic book that will keep both kids and adults giggling!

Books Inc.
601 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
415-776-1111

UK – Doctor Who: Deep Time Signing

0drwho-ukTREVOR BAXENDALE will be signing DOCTOR WHO: DEEP TIME, at Forbidden Planet Liverpool on Saturday 12th September from 1- 2pm!

‘I do hope you’re all ready to be terrified!’

The Phaeron disappeared from the universe over a million years ago. They travelled among the stars using roads made from time and space, but left only relics behind.

But what actually happened to the Phaeron? Some believe they were they eradicated by a superior force. Others claim they destroyed themselves. Or were they in fact the victims of an even more hideous fate?

In the far future, humans discover the location of the last Phaeron road – and the Doctor and Clara join the mission
to see where the road leads. Each member of the research team knows exactly what they are looking for – but only the Doctor knows exactly what they’ll find. Because only the Doctor knows the true secret of the Phaeron: a monstrous secret so terrible and powerful that it must be buried in thedeepest grave imaginable.

Trevor Baxendale has written both Doctor Who and Torchwood novels for BBC Books, including Eater of Wasps, The Undertaker’s Gift and the award-winning Prisoner of the Daleks. His novel Fear of the Dark was reprinted in 2013 as part of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. He has also written scripts for Big Finish’s Doctor Who, Robin Hood and Highlander audio plays, and most recently the full cast audio drama Blake’s 7: Scimitar. His Blake’s 7 novel, Criminal Intent, was published in November 2014.

Forbidden Planet: Liverpool
92 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY
0151 707 1491

WA – Toil & Trouble Signing

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Artists Kelly and Nichole Matthews appear at Arcane Comics on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 6:00 till 7:00 PM to sign TOIL AND TROUBLE!

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Arcane Comics
5809 15th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 781-4875

CA – Star Wars Authors Signing

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Cecil Castellucci, Michael Kogge, Cole Horton, and Adam Bray sign at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 9:30pm!

Press Release:

Rebels and Imperial loyalists are invited to our Galaxy for the midnight launch of Star Wars®: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, sure to offer the best insights into everything diehard fans have wondered about the Star Wars® universe, as they prepare for the advent of “Star Wars®: The Force Awakens,” premiering on December 18. Our festive evening will include photo opportunities, The Imperial Sands Garrison, a coloring station and activity sheets, two family-friendly trivia rounds, and a session with moderators Sarah and Richard, hosts of the popular “Skywalking Through Neverland” podcast, interviewing the authors, leading up to a climactic book signing when the books go on sale at midnight! Giveaways include Star Wars®: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know posters, assorted Star Wars® bookmarks, sticker sheets, DK Star Wars® “Be A Rebel. Read A Book.” t-shirts & tote bags, and other wonderful prizes.

Michael Kogge is an American screenwriter and author who has written for several Star Wars projects, and three books in the Star Wars Rebels series, Rise of the Rebels, The Rebellion Begins, and Droids in Distress, as well as an original epic comic, Empire of the Wolf.

Cole Horton is a 20th century historian and longtime member of the Star Wars community, and has served as historian for StarWars.com. Cole is active in the Star Wars fan community as an R2 Builder, member of the 501st Legion, and occasional collector.

Adam Bray, travel writer, journalist, explorer, and adventurer, is a contributor to 40 books on travel in Southeast Asia and called a ‘Modern Indiana Jones’ by CNN. Adam is the author of DK’s Star Wars: What Makes a Monster? and Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide.

Authoress and Artiste Cecil Castellucci is well known to Mysterious Galaxy readers. Very little is known about her new middle grade novel, Star Wars®: Journey to The Force Awakens: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure, except that the warrior princess is featured front and center!

The Imperial Sands Garrison’s Mission is to keep the story of Star Wars alive for current and future generations by creating high-quality costumes and props based on the Star Wars universe, and to contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.

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Mysterious Galaxy Books
5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

Hartford Comic Con Returns on Sept. 19-20, 2015

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Hartford Comic Con returns this September 19-20, 2015 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT! In the very first year, over 11,000 fans attended and this year they are looking for even more fans to join in the fun!

The staff has been hard at work putting together a great guest line up for this year’s convention and will continue to do so up to the opening of the show! Currently the following comic creators are scheduled to appear: Ray Fawkes, Chad Hardin, John Tyler Christopher, Ed McGuinness, Ben Templesmith, Dave Dorman, Jeremy Bastian, Craig Rousseau, Mark McKenna (special host for this year’s Kids Conn!), Jack Purcell, Bob Almond, Khary Randolph, Paul Ryan, Sara Richard, Darby Pop!, Jeff Schultz, Ransom Getty, Nate Bellegarde, Mike Lilly, Matt Fletcher, Braden Lamb, Alex Sanchez, Eric Talbot, Alex Sanchez and Ale Garza!

Additionally several media guests from movies and television will also appear: Kelly Hu, Michael Jai White, Joey Lauren Adams, Christy Romano, BJ Britt, Ernie Hudson, Samantha Newark, Nicki Clyne, Robert Axelrod, Jeff Kline, Taimak, Tito Santana and Trina Nishimura!

For those interested in either Artist Alley tables or Vendor space, please visit our website www.hartfordcomiccon.com and follow the link under the registration tab.

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For those interested in attending our event, tickets are available directly from the XL Center’s homepage www.xlcenter.com, by phone 877-522-8499, or by visiting the XL Center itself.

OR – Space Dumplins/Sunny Side Up Signing

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Press Release:

Craig Thompson and Matthew Holm appear at Bridge City Comics for a Space Dumplins and Sunny Side Up release party on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm! This event is free to the public.

Bridge City Comics will have copies of both Space Dumplins and Sunny Side Up (both hard cover and soft coverversions) available for purchase at this event! Thompson and Holm will be in attendance to sign your copies! Sketches will be at the discretion of the artists.

About Space Dumplins:
Highly acclaimed graphic novelist Craig Thompson’s debut book for young readers about a plucky heroine on a mission to save her dad. For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can’t just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is vast and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad is in big, big trouble. With her father’s life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together. Space Dumplins weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.

About Sunny Side Up:
From the groundbreaking and award-winning sister-brother team behind Babymouse comes a middle-grade, semi-autobiographical graphic novel. Jennifer L. Holm is the New York Times bestselling and three-time Newbery Honor-winning author of multiple novels for young readers. Matthew Holm was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has been drawing comics since he was in middle school. This sister-brother team created the graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish.

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Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
(503) 282-5484

MA – Head Lopper #1 Signing

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Comic creator Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl) appears at That’s Entertainment on Wednesday September 9, 2015 from 4:00 till 7:00 PM to sign the first issue of HEAD LOPPER!

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That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-4207

CA – Guns A’Blazin’ Signing

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Mike Wellman and Rafael Navarro appear with special guest Jennifer Wenger at Golden Apple Comics on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM to sign GUNS A’ BLAZIN’!

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Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-658-6047

MD – Batman Day 2015 Signing

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TOM KING (writer of GRAYSON, OMEGA MEN, and more) appears at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM to celebrate BATMAN DAY!

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Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

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