OH – An Evening with Neil Gaiman

Author Neil Gaiman, whose popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time, appears at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

Press Release:

International best-selling author Neil Gaiman has always been vocal about his love for and support of libraries. He often credits them with his distinguished career. And now, thanks to the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, his fans will have the chance to see him in person.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers will be selling Gaiman’s books at the event, including a limited number of pre-signed books. Gaiman is not signing books after the event.

An Evening with Neil Gaiman is made possible in part by the Friends of the Public Library and the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe fund.

About Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman was born in the United Kingdom and now lives in the United States near Minneapolis. As a child he discovered his love of books, reading, and stories, devouring the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, Ursula K. LeGuin, and G.K. Chesterton. A self-described “feral child who was raised in libraries,” Gaiman credits librarians with fostering a life-long love of reading. He is a passionate advocate for books and libraries, and a supporter and former board member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Gaiman teaches at Bard College and is married to artist/musician Amanda Palmer, with whom he sometimes performs.

Gaiman’s bestselling contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods, took the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Locus awards—as did his bestselling young adult story Coraline. Another children’s novel, The Graveyard Book, is the only work to win both the Newbery (U.S.) and Carnegie (U.K.) medals — awarded by librarians for the most prestigious contribution to children’s literature.

Gaiman’s groundbreaking ‘Sandman’ comics has garnered a large number of accolades, including nine Eisner Awards, and an issue of ‘Sandman’ was the first comic book to receive literary recognition by winning the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.

Two of Gaiman’s speeches have gone viral. One of them, ‘Make Good Art’, an inspiring commencement address from 2012, received 1.5 million views (Vimeo and YouTube), and proved so popular it was released as a book illustrated and designed by Chip Kidd. His work Neverwhere was broadcast as a BBC radio adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch and, locally, is being presented as a play by the Know Theatre. And he scripted two Doctor Who episodes; ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ and ‘Nightmare in Silver’.

Gaiman’s best-selling contemporary fantasy novel American Gods, which won Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Locus awards, was made into an American television series for STARZ. Good Omens, a book he co-authored with Terry Pratchett, will debut as a six part series on Amazon Prime in 2018. A four-part series, Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories, based on Gaiman’s short stories, debuted on Sky network in the U.K. and will debut on the Shudder network in the U.S. in August 2018.

Altogether, Gaiman has received four Hugos, two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, six Locus Awards, two British SF Awards, a British Fantasy Award, three Geffens, an International Horror Guild Award, two Mythopoeic Awards, and 15 Eisner Awards. In 2017 the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees appointed Neil Gaiman as a global Goodwill Ambassador.

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TICKETS:
Tickets go on sale Jan. 8, 2018.
$5 apiece (limit four per person)
There are 50 VIP tickets (limit two per person) available for $100 which grant a meet-and-greet with Gaiman.
To purchase tickets, go to CincinnatiArts.org; call 513-621-2787; or visit the CAA ticket office at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2517

NY – An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler

Press Release:

Join a public conversation between Neil Gaiman, Bard Professor in the Arts, and Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), bestselling author of the beloved A Series Of Unfortunate Events and noted literary critic, on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 8:00 PM. Handler and Gaiman will discuss adaptation, collaboration, and the role of the writer as giver of advice.

“My parents claim that when I was six years old I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, and my answer was that I wanted to be an old man who lived at the top of a mountain giving advice,” says Handler. Part of a regular series of conversations at the Fisher Center hosted by Professor Gaiman.

This event includes an audience Q&A. Signed copies of the authors’ work will be available for sale.

Tickets: $25; free for Bard students, faculty, and staff

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Fisher Center
60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
845-758-7900

UK – Avengers #675 Signing

Writer Al Ewing will be signing AVENGERS #675, #676 and #677, INHUMANS JUDGEMENT DAY #1 and ROCKET VOL. 01 BLUE RIVER SCORE at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 27th January from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.

In Avengers, we see the first three parts of a sixteen-issue saga that will write the end of an era. The teams you know and love from Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, US Avengers and Occupy Avengers come together to face a threat beyond any they’ve faced before!

In Inhumans, the Royal Family stole fire from the gods. And the gods are angry. The fate of planet Earth once again sits in Black Bolt and Medusa’s hands. The Progenitors are here to end their experiment once and for all – and our world with it. Who will be able to stand…on Judgment Day?

With Rocket – get ready for a life of spacecrime! He’s about to end up in court in the trial of the (light) century, and there’s only one thing keeping our hero out of the iron hotel: the galaxy’s greatest lawyer, Murd Blurdock! Is he worth his fee, or will Rocket be forced to break out of prison – again?!

Al Ewing began his career writing Judge Dredd and Future Shocks for 2000AD. He’s contributed to Solar Wind, FutureQuake and The End Is Nigh, and is the creator of the comedic blog The Diary of Ralph Dibney.

Breaking into American comic books, Ewing was picked by Garth Ennis to provide a six-issue arc on Jennifer Blood, and a spin-off series The Ninjettes. Ewing’s debut novel was published in 2007 by Abaddon Books.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

Free Comic Book Day 2018 Announces Gold Sponsor Comic Titles

Press Release:

The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee has selected the twelve Gold Sponsor comic book titles for the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event, Free Comic Book Day. FCBD happens each year on the first Saturday in May at participating comic book shops worldwide, with next year’s event taking place on May 5th, 2018.

The titles were curated by over twenty comic shop retailers who make up the FCBD Selection Committee and the comics feature something for everyone: from superheroes, to popular films and television shows, to beloved video game franchises, and all-ages favorites. The Gold Sponsor titles come from the industry’s top publishers, including:

  • DC Entertainment (TBA)
  • Marvel Comics (MARVEL AVENGERS/CAPTAIN AMERICA)
  • Dark Horse Comics (OVERWATCH/BLACK HAMMER)
  • IDW Publishing (TRANSFORMERS: UNICRON: THE DARKEST HOUR #0)
  • Image Comics (BARRIER #1)
  • Archie Comics (RIVERDALE)
  • BOOM! Studios (MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS SPECIAL)
  • First Second Books (COMICS FRIENDS FOREVER)
  • Joe Books (DISNEY PRINCESS: ARIEL SPOTLIGHT)
  • Oni Press (INVADER ZIM: FLOOPSY BLOOPS SHMOOPSY)
  • Titan Comics (DOCTOR WHO #0)
  • VIZ Media (POKÉMON: SUN AND MOON / POKÉMON: HORIZON).

“With 91 titles submitted from over 70 publishers, the FCBD Retailer Committee had to make some tough choices for this year’s Free Comic Book Day,” said FCBD spokesperson Dan Manser, “but we think retailers and fans alike will be thrilled with the sponsor titles chosen for 2018. Free Comic Book Day is the comics industry’s most important event—a day to celebrate comic books and comic shops, and to introduce family and friends to the comics medium we all know and love. It’s important that the titles reflect the varied interests of people coming into stores these days—and we believe there’s a comic book for everyone this Free Comic Book Day!”

The full line-up of this year’s comic books will be announced next week, when thirty-eight additional FCBD Silver titles will be announced on Tuesday, December 19th. A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles, as well as two education titles about the industry, will also be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops December 27th, 2017.

UK – Doctor Who Convention Special Signing

Richard Dinnick will be signing Titan Comics’ DOCTOR WHO 2017 CONVENTION SPECIAL at the Forbidden Planet Cambridge on Saturday 2nd September from 1:00 – 2:00 PM!

PART OF OUR DOCTOR WHO DAY CELEBRATIONS!

When the Doctor and Bill get entangled in the hunt for an impossibly rare action figure, their journey takes them all across time and space!

Richard Dinnick is writer of TV, books and comics for the BBC, ITV and Disney writing on Thunderbirds Are Go, Tree Fu Tom and Go Jetters amongst others. He also has several TV dramas in development. He has written books and short stories for Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes and Stargate. Richard is now writing on Titan’s Doctor Who comic range and Legendary Entertainment is developing his first graphic novel.

Forbidden Planet
28 – 30 Burleigh Street, Cambridge CB1 1DG
01223 301666

UK – Doctor Who Comics Day 2017 Signing

Paul Cornell and James Peaty appear at Gosh Comics on Saturday, September 2nd for a signing from 4:00 – 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 2nd: Doctor Who Comics Day!

An annual international celebration of The Doctor in comics, Doctor Who Comics Day will be marked this year by a special crossover through the four ongoing titles (Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors), entitled The Lost Dimension. It all kicks off with a special jump-on Alpha issue released the week of the event!

And to help celebrate we’ll have Doctor Who scribes Paul Cornell and James Peaty along to sign their work, including Paul’s 3rd Doctor TP, which he considers to be his final word on Doctor Who. Quite a landmark for a man who has helped shape the world of Doctor Who novels and comics since 1990!

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

UK – Doctor Who Day 2017 Signing

Cover artist Simon Myers will be signing DOCTOR WHO 12th YEAR THREE #3 and DOCTOR WHO 9th #13 at Forbidden Planet Coventry on Saturday 2nd September from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.

PART OF OUR DOCTOR WHO DAY CELEBRATIONS!

After years of being a garment graphic designer for the high-street fashion industry Simon decided to step away and follow his passion of illustration.

Growing up in a sleepy farming village in he Midlands, Simon immersed himself in Film, Animation and American Comic Books. These and his fondness for the aesthetic of the late sixties and early seventies prove constant inspiration and influence on his work.

As an individual away from his work, Simon still loves to draw, and has sketchbooks full of streams of consciousness. He enjoys being taken on an adventure, in any media, and runs a few miles most days, just him and his eclectic iPod keeping the pounds off as he adores good food.

Forbidden Planet
31 Cross Cheaping Coventry CV1 1HF
024 7622 9672

UK – Doctor Who Day 2017 Signing

Cavan Scott, Rachael Stott, and George Mann appear at Forbidden Planet to sign DOCTOR WHO LOST DIMENSION ALPHA #1 (Forbidden Planet Variant) on Saturday 2nd September from 1:00 – 2:00 PM!

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

UK – Now We Are 600 Signing

James Goss signs Now We Are 600 at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 2nd September from 3:00 – 4:00 PM.

PART OF OUR DOCTOR WHO DAY CELEBRATIONS!

NOW WE ARE SIX HUNDRED is a gentle collection of charming, funny and whimsical poems that celebrate the joys, sorrows and wonders of Time Lord life. Written by James Goss, it features illustrations by former Doctor Who Executive Producer Russell T Davies – his first role as an illustrator using the comic artist skills he developed in his youth.

James Goss has adapted three Doctor Who stories by Douglas Adams for BBC Books (City of Death, The Pirate Planet and The Kirikketmen). He’s also written several original Doctor Who and Torchwood books. His novel Hatez is in development as a motion picture, and he’s written for the stage and the radio. This is his first (and probably only) volume of poetry.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

UK – Doctor Who Paper Dolls Signing

Simon Guerrier and Christel Dee will be signing DOCTOR WHO PAPER DOLLS at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 19th August from 1:00 – 2:00 PM!

Take a romp through time and space with this fantastic collection of Doctor Who paper dolls. Hours of crafting fun to be had with 26 dolls – including all 12 doctors and range of companions and characters, from Rose to Donna and Missy and new companion Bill. And there are 50 different outfits to change them into!

Learn the secrets behind the costumes, with insights from actors and producers, and find out how to take your own dress-up to the next level with cosplay tips from Doctor Who: The Fan Show’s Christel Dee.

Simon Guerrier is co-author of Whographica and The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who and has written countless Doctor Who books, comics, audio plays and documentaries.

Christel Dee is the presenter of Doctor Who: The Fan Show. A cosplayer, convention enthusiast and long-time Whovian, her popular YouTube channel features interviews with fans and cosplayers.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

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