WA – Daydreamin’ Dave Signing

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Join Fantagraphics on Saturday, May 26 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of Daydreamin’ Dave by Ben Horak with a book signing, urban barbecue and complementary refreshments.

Dave is a mild-mannered, imaginative, anthropomorphic, joke-spewing day dreamer. Dave is constantly breaking the fourth wall to speak directly to the delighted audience, ending every quip with a friendly wink. This is Dave’s world, we just live in it. But what happens when Dave is suddenly gone? How can the story continue? Who will entertain the audience? As the comic itself begins to break down and revolt, a new Dave must be chosen…

Ben Horak is a Seattle-based cartoonist and graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. Ben has had art appear in Arts In America, The Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, Intruder Comix Newspaper and Thick As Thieves. Ben also self publishes the short story anthology Grump Toast.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 658-0110

PA – Rock Steady Signing

Cartoonist Ellen Forney appears at the Penn Book Center on Saturday, June 2nd at 2:00 PM for a reading of her new book Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life.

Rock Steady is a companion to Forney’s Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me and offers her own experience living with a mood disorder in the form of an illustrated self-help manual. It combines personal stories and solid advice on how to overcome the hassle of meds, recognize red flags, and other tools from her own experience of 14 years of stability — all in comics form. It is geared towards a broad audience encompassing those who struggle with mood disorders, their loved ones, and anyone interested in destigmatizing mental illness through education.

Ellen Forney is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Seattle, WA, with her partner. Forney illustrated Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007) and authored her 2012 graphic memoir, Marbles. She was the 2012 recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Literature as well as the winner of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 2013 Gradiva Award.

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Penn Book Center
130 S 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-7600

IL – Georgia Webber Reads From Dumb: Living Without a Voice

Georgia Webber appears at Quimby’s Bookstore presents DUMB: Living Without a Voice on Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 PM.

Toronto-based cartoonist Georgia Webber’s new book, Dumb: Living Without a Voice (Fantagraphics Books), Part memoir, part medical cautionary tale, Dumb tells the story of how the book’s author copes with the everyday challenges that come with voicelessness. Webber adroitly uses the comics medium to convey the practical hurdles she faced as well as the fear and dread that accompanied her increasingly lonely journey to regain her life. Her raw cartooning style, occasionally devolving into chaotic scribbles, splotches of ink, and overlapping montages, perfectly captures her frustration and anxiety. But her ordeal ultimately becomes a hopeful story. Throughout, she learns to lean on the support of her close friends, finds self-expression in creating comics, and comes to understand and appreciate how deeply her voice and identity are intertwined.

Georgia Webber is a cartoonist living in Toronto, where she is a freelance comics in addition to editing the comics section of carte blanche. She is best known for Dumb, her autobiographical comics series about living with a vocal disability.

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Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
773-342-0910

NYC – Rock Steady Signing

Cartoonist Ellen Forney appears in conversation with Kriota Willberg at the Strand Book Store on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:30 PM to discuss Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life, the anticipated companion volume to her bestselling graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me.

Ellen Forney was the 2012 recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Literature as well as the winner of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 2013 Gradiva Award.

Kriota Willberg uses comics, needlework, historical studies, bioethics, and her experiences from her career as a massage therapist and health science educator to explore body/science narratives. Combining this history with her background as an artist and educator, she has been creating comics and teaching artists about injury prevention through panels, workshops, and a series of mini comics, now combined with additional materials into Draw Stronger (Uncivilized Books, April 2018).

Admission Options: Buy a copy of Rock Steady or a $5 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

CA – Rock Steady Signing

Cartoonist Ellen Forney appears in conversation with comedian Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite, Legend of Korra) on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign Rock Steady.

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life is the eagerly awaited sequel/companion book to Forney’s 2012 best-selling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. Whereas Marbles was a memoir about her bipolar disorder, Rock Steady turns the focus outward, offering a self-help guide of tips, tricks and tools by someone who has been through it all and come through stronger for it. (Fantagraphics Books)

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

SF – Rock Steady Signing

The Bindery hosts cartoonist Ellen Forney to speak in conversation with Justin Hall (No Straight Lines) on Thursday, May 17th at 7:30 PM to discuss Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life, the anticipated companion volume to her bestselling graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. Please join us in welcoming her back to San Francisco!

Whereas Marbles was a memoir about her bipolar disorder, Rock Steady turns the focus outward, offering a self-help guide of tips, tricks, and tools by someone who has been through it all and come through stronger for it.

With Marbles, Forney helped de-stigmatize mood disorders with her candid presentation of her struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passion and creativity. This is the jumping off point for her new book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life. Personal stories and solid advice from Forney on how to overcome the hassle of meds, recognize red flags, and other tools from her own experience of 14 years of stability — all in comics form. Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life invites readers into Ellen’s home, head, and Peanuts pill box.

Ellen Forney lives in Seattle, WA, with her partner. She was the 2012 recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Literature as well as the winner of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 2013 Gradiva Award.

Justin Hall is the creator of the comics series Hard To Swallow, True Travel Tales, and Glamazonia, with his work also appearing in the Houghton Mifflin Best American Comics, Best Erotic Comics, and the S.F. Weekly. Hall is the editor of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which won a Lambda Literary Award, received an Eisner Award nomination, and is now being turned into a feature-length documentary film. He is an Associate Professor of Comics at the California College of the Arts and a Fulbright Scholar, and curated the world’s two largest museum shows of LGBTQ comics at the S.F. Cartoon Art Museum and the Schwules Museum in Berlin.

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

OR – Rock Steady Signing

Join Powell’s City of Books in welcoming cartoonist and mental health advocate Ellen Forney on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:30 PM as she launches her newest book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life, a graphic self-help guide for those living with mood disorders. Ellen will educate and entertain as she shares tips, tricks, and tools for achieving and maintaining stability from someone who has been through it all and come through all the stronger for it.

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Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
503-228-4651

WA – Rock Steady Signing

Cartoonist Ellen Forney appears at Sole Repair Shop on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM to present her new book Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life in an event hosted by NAMI Seattle. The afternoon will also include an installment of NAMI’s In Our Own Voice speaker series, in which local business owner Alison Conroy will sharing her personal story about living with mental illness. Q&A, book sale, and signing to follow.

$10 suggested donation

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Sole Repair Shop
1001 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 226-2010

WA – FCBD 2018: Rock Steady Signing

Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday,May 5th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM as we celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2018! We’ll have copies of our FCBD Special, which includes brand new work by Simon Hanselmann, Sophie Goldstein, Carol Tyler and our special guest for this event, Seattle cartoonist Ellen Forney. Ellen will discuss her new book, Rock Steady, and the evening will also launch an exhibition of work from the book.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 658-0110

OR – Flayed Corpse and Other Stories Launch Party

Josh Simmons appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday, April 5th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to launch Flayed Corpse and Other Stories, his newest collection of harrowing and genre-bending short horror stories. Flayed Corpse also collects several collaborations between Simmons and other cartoonists including Shanna Matuszak, Anders Nilsen, Patrick Keck, and Ross Jackson, all of whom will be in attendance. The evening will also open an exhibition of art from the book!

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

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