MA – Outside the Box Signing

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Hillary L. Chute signs at Harvard Book Store on Tuesday October 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago HILLARY L. CHUTE for a discussion of her book Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists and the latest issue of Critical Inquiry, Comics & Media.

On Outside the Box:
We are living in a golden age of cartoon art. Never before has graphic storytelling been so prominent or garnered such respect: critics and readers alike agree that contemporary cartoonists are creating some of the most innovative and exciting work in all the arts.

For nearly a decade Hillary L. Chute has been sitting down for extensive interviews with the leading figures in comics, and with Outside the Box she offers fans a chance to share her ringside seat. Chute’s in-depth discussions with twelve of the most prominent and accomplished artists and writers in comics today reveal a creative community that is richly interconnected yet fiercely independent, its members sharing many interests and approaches while working with wildly different styles and themes. Chute’s subjects run the gamut of contemporary comics practice, from underground pioneers like Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry, to the analytic work of Scott McCloud, the journalism of Joe Sacco, and the extended narratives of Alison Bechdel, Charles Burns, and more. They reflect on their experience and innovations, the influence of peers and mentors, the reception of their art and the growth of critical attention, and the crucial place of print amid the encroachment of the digital age.

Beautifully illustrated in full-color, and featuring three never-before-published interviews—including the first published conversation between Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware—Outside the Box will be a landmark volume, a close-up account of the rise of graphic storytelling and a testament to its vibrant creativity.

On Comics & Media:
The past decade has seen the medium of comics reach unprecedented heights of critical acclaim and commercial success. Comics & Media reflects that, bringing together an amazing array of contributors–creators and critics alike–to discuss the state, future, and potential of the medium.
Loaded with full-color reproductions of work by such legends as R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, and Lynda Barry, the book addresses the place of comics in both a contemporary and historical context. Essays by such high-profile figures as Tom Gunning, N. Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and W. J. T. Mitchell address a stunning range of topics, including the place of comics in the history of aesthetics, changes to popular art forms, digital humanities, and ongoing tensions between new and old media. The result is a substantial step forward for our understanding of what comics are and can be, and the growing place they hold in our culture.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515

MICE Returns for 2014

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Press Release:

MICE is back! On October 4th and 5th independent graphic novelists and cartoonists will converge on University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge’s Porter Square. The event is free, family friendly, and offers a weekend of activities as the Boston area’s only show dedicated to independent and alternative comics.

MICE attendees are invited to discover their new favorite comic books from over 150 local comic creators. The exhibition area at MICE will present a wide range of art and books: hand-made mini-comics and zines, anthologies, graphic novels, art prints, and sketches. Panel discussions will provide insightful conversations about the world of contemporary comics and graphic novels. Artists will share techniques, tips, and tricks for creating your own comics in a variety of workshops for all ages and skill levels. Sunday’s “Kids Comics Day” workshops are especially geared toward younger readers and budding cartoonists.

This year’s show will also welcome a number of special guests — professionals from the world of independent comics and graphic novels — including James Kochalka, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Emily Carroll, Paul Hornschemeier, and Box Brown.

MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 4th, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, October 5th, 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. More details at the website: www.micexpo.org

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MN – Star Wars Reads Day 2014

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Meet Troy Denning, author of Crucible and many other books in the Star Wars Universe, at Barnes & Noble on Saturday October 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM to celebrate Star Wars Reads Day! The author will be escorted by members of the 501st Central Garrison.

Barnes & Noble
HarMar Mall, 2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
651-639-9256

UK – The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets Signing

simps-ukDavid X. Cohen (Executive Producer of Futurama) and Simon Singh (author of The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets) will be answering questions and signing books at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore at 3:00pm on Saturday 27th September.

You may have watched hundreds of episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama without ever realising that they contain enough maths to form an entire university course. This is a unique opportunity to meet ex-computer scientist David X. Cohen and ex-physicist Simon Singh and to ask them about the mathematics hidden in two of the world’s favourite TV shows. Find out about Mersenne primes, Euler’s equation, Fermat’s Last Theorem and the unsolved riddle of P vs. NP, or just ask them about your favourite plots and characters from The Simpsons and Futurama.

Simon Singh received his PhD in particle physics from the University of Cambridge. A former BBC producer, he directed a BAFTA award-winning documentary on Fermat’s Last Theorem, and his book on the same subject became a No. 1 bestseller. Singh presented a Channel 4 series based on his second book, a bestseller entitled The Code Book. His latest book is The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.

David X. Cohen holds a Masters degree in Theoretical Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley, as well as a Bachelors degree in Physics from Harvard University. His main contribution to mathematics has been world-class research in the area of pancake sorting. He is Executive Producer of the critically-acclaimed animated series Futurama, and also spent five years as a writer for The Simpsons. He has won four Emmy Awards and four Annie Awards.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

MA – Fozzy Signing

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WWE Superstar Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy sign autographs at Newbury Comics in Faneuil Hall on Tuesday, October 7th at 3:00 PM!

Check out Fozzy’s new album Do You Want To Start A War, out now on Century Media, and stop by to see them at an in-store event at our Faneuil Hall location on 10/7!

Wristbands for autograph signing event will be given out beginning the morning of 10/7 at the Faneuil Hall store.

Newbury Comics – Faneuil Hall Marketplace
North Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

UK – America’s Got Powers Signing

agpJonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch will be signing America’s Got Powers at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore at 6:00 pm on 8th October.

It’s the biggest TV show on Earth, where the chance to win fame, fortune and get laid are dangled in front of a generation of super-powered teens. All they have to do is Win. Who is the fastest, the strongest or the greatest? Who survives? Young Tommy Watt’s dreams of being the greatest hero of them all might just be shattered when the greatest show on the planet begins to reveal it’s dark heart.

Jonathan Ross is a lifelong comics fan who made his writing debut with the fantastic Turf. His recent work includes Revenge with Ian Churchill.

Bryan Hitch may well be the most prolific and accomplished comics artist working today. His credits include Ultimates, Fantastic Four, Stormwatch, and The Authority. He has also worked as a concept artist for the 2005 relaunch of Doctor Who.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

CA – Transmetropolitan Artist Signs

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Darick Robertson, artist and co-creator of The Boys and Transmetropolitan, appears at Hypno Comics to sign autographs on Saturday October 4th at noon!

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Hypno Comics & Games
1803 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 651-9767

MA – Sisters Signing

sisters_cvrRaina Telgemeier appears at the Brookline Public Library on Friday October 3rd from 3:00 - 4:30 PM!

Press Release:

Join Brookline Public Library for a visit from one of today’s comics superstars: Raina Telgemeier is appearing in Brookline to talk about her latest #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Sisters!

Thanks to our friends at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), the Brookine Booksmith, and Scholastic Graphix, we are bringing Raina here to your local library for a reading and signings.

The event kicks off at 3:00 pm. Please be aware that we’ll be opening the doors at 2:30 pm and the event will be seated first come, first serve. The room capacity is 96, so be sure to get there on time to get a good seat.

Raina will also be appearing over the weekend, October 4-5, at the annual MICE show over in Cambridge at Lesley College, along with a whole roster of amazing creators, so be sure to go and check out the Expo too!

Following the critical success of her graphic memoir Smile, Eisner Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling comics creator Raina Telgemeier returns to her graphic memoir style with the companion Sisters. In full-color comic format, and with her signature humor and charm, Raina tells the story of her antagonistic relationship with her younger sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.

Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco and moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. SMILE, a critically acclaimed graphic memoir based on her childhood, was a New York Times bestseller, appearing for more than 95 weeks on the list, winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Her most recent book, the full–color graphic novel DRAMA was another #1 New York Times bestseller and Kirkus raved in a starred review, “this book will undoubtedly make readers stand up and cheer.” Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, which were selected for YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and Booklist’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list. Raina lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband and fellow comics artist, Dave Roman. To learn more, visit her online at goRaina.com and on Twitter at @GoRaina.

The Public Library of Brookline
361 Washington Street Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 730-2370

CA – In Real Life Signing

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Acclaimed writer and activist Cory Doctorow and illustrator Jen Wang appear at Skylight Books on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm to present their new graphic novel, In Real Life.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.660.1175

SF – Yumi Sakugawa Signs

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Yumi Sakugawa signs at Mission: Comics & Art on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm!

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Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1545

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