ON – The Wrenchies Signing

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Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies) appears on Monday, September 22, 2014 from 7-9PM at The Central! Presented by The Beguiling and First Second Books!

The Beguiling is excited to welcome Farel Dalrymple, author of Pop Gun War and artist of Omega The Unknown, to celebrate the release of his massive new graphic novel The Wrenchies from First Second. Farel will present from the book and sign for fans!

RSVP on Facebook!

The Central
603 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L7

MA – Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Signing

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Cartoonist Box Brown appears at Brookline Booksmith on Tuesday, July 1st at 7:00 pm!

In this stunning biography of André René Roussimoff, better known as André the Giant, cartoonist Box Brown brings the larger-than-life man to human form. He tells of the highs: from his illustrious career in the WWF to his beloved role as Fezzik in The Princess Bride, to his lows: from the daughter he essentially ignored, to his alcohol-fueled rages.

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

MA – The Glorkian Warrior Signing

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Cartoonist James Kochalka (American Elf) appears at Million Year Picnic to sign his new book The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 5:00 till 7:00 pm!

Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

First Second Books Will Have Lots of Panels and Signings at SDCC 2013

Via First Second Books.com:

First Second BooksWe’re going to San Diego Comic-Con next week!

First Second will be exhibiting at booth 1323. We’d love to have you come by and say hi! And you are of course all welcome to buy lots of books as well.
Here is our extremely lengthy schedule of panels and signings, which includes appearances by authors Vera Brosgol (a SDCC Guest of Honor!), Cecil Castellucci, Zack Giallongo, Faith Erin Hicks (another SDCC Guest of Honor!), Matt Kindt, Teddy Kristiansen, Jordan Mechner, Paul Pope, Dave Roman, Steven T. Seagle, Mark Siegel (up for an Eisner Award this year!) and Gene Luen Yang.

Thursday
9:30am / Zack Giallongo (Broxo) signing at the :01 booth
10:00 – 12:00pm Tr!ckst3r Women in Comics Symposium w/ Cecil Castelluci (Odd Duck), Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost), and Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong)
East Village Tavern Bowl / 930 Market Street / San Diego, CA 92101 (At 9th and Market)
11:00am / Matt Kindt (Red Handed) signing at the :01 booth
2:30pm / Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) signing at the :01 booth
3:30 – 4:30pm Integrating Comics into the Common Core, w/ Gina Gagliano (First Second Marketing & Publicity Manager) Room: 26AB

Friday
10:00 – 11:00am Graphic Novels: Words & Pictures — Come hear from the authors of some of the best new graphic novels that are out just in time for this show – including Beau L’Amour (The Law of the Desert Born), Jonathan Hennessey (The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation), Matt Kindt (Red Handed), Jordan Mechner (Templar), and Steven T. Seagle (Genius). These five great authors will discuss their process, their books, and why you should read them. Room 23ABC
11:30 / Jordan Mechner, Steven Seagle Autographing Area signing (AA09)
12:00 – 1:00pm Drawing Stories: What’s New in YA Graphic Novels — Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost), Gris Grimly (Frankenstein), Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Hope Larson (Who is AC?), and Paul Pope (Battling Boy), five of the hottest teen graphic novel creators in the industry, discuss their current books, what’s involved in creating graphic novels for young adults, and why words and pictures go so well together in books for teens. Moderated by Scott Robins. Room 25ABC
12:00 – 1:00pm CBLDF Presents: Raising a Reader — Join an all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators to discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encouraging creativity, and cultivating a love of literature using great graphic novels and comics for younger readers. Panelists include: Jennifer & Matthew Holm (Babymouse), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Alex Fajardo (Peanuts), Charles Brownstein (CBLDF), Meryl Jaffe (Johns Hopkins University). Room 30 CDE
1:00 – 2:00pm With Great Powers Come Great Stories — Authors incorporate superhuman, supernatural, mythological and magical elements into their novels to weave wonderful tales. w/ Mark Siegel Room 28DE
1:30 / Paul Pope (The Death of Haggard West) Autographing Area signing (AA08)
1:30 / Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost), Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel), Autographing Area signing (AA09)
2:30 / Jordan Mechner (Templar) signing at the :01 booth
2:30 / Mark Siegel (Sailor Twain) Autographing Area signing (AA09)
5:15 / Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong) signing at the :01 booth

Saturday
9:30 / Mark Siegel (Sailor Twain) signing at the :01 booth
10:00 – 12:00pm Tr!ckst3r Worldbuilding Panel w/ Paul Pope
East Village Tavern Bowl / 930 Market Street / San Diego, CA 92101 (At 9th and Market)
12:00 / Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost) signing at the :01 booth
1:30 / Paul Pope (The Death of Haggard West) Autographing Area signing (AA08)
2:30 / Steven Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen (Genius) signing at the :01 booth
4:00 – 5:00pm Spotlight on Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost); interviewed by Holly Black (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown). Room 4
4:30 – 5:30pm Comics and Prose – The Graphic Novel Hybrid — As comics become more and more mainstream, the hybrid comic book/ prose is on the rise. What makes this form so compelling for creators? Where is the form going? Where does it come from? A conversation about the possibilities and challenges of marrying these two forms. w/ Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck). Room 26AB
5:00 / Gene Luen Yang (Boxers & Saints) signing at the :01 booth
5:30 / Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost) Autographing Area signing (AA05)

Sunday
9:30 / Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck) signing at the :01 booth
10:00 – 11:00am Kids — Comics in Action! — Comics Battle! Before your very eyes, some of your favorite comics creators — Jeffrey Brown (Star Wars Jedi Academy); Matt Holm (Babymouse); Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet); Rhode Montijo (Gum Girl); Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Raina Telgemeier (Drama) — will compete in an action-packed, high-stakes, no holds-barred drawing championship for your approval! Who will win? It’s up to you to pick the best comics! Room 7AB
11:30 – 12:30pm Spotlight on Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong); interviewed by Jeff Smith (Bone). Room 8.
11:30 / Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) Autographing Area signing (AA09)
12:00 / Gene Luen Yang (Boxers & Saints) signing at the :01 booth
1:00 / Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) Autographing Area Signing (AA03)
3:30 – 4:30pm First Second Presents Gene Yang & Paul Pope / In Conversation — First Second authors Paul Pope (Battling Boy) and Gene Luen Yang (Boxers & Saints) discuss their creative process, their magical-realist storytelling techniques, and their exciting upcoming books – projects that each author has been working on for the past five years. Room 28 DE
2:30 / Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong) signing at the :01 booth
3:00–4:00 Publisher’s Weekly: What’s Next for Graphic Novels in Libraries—Graphic novels have become one of the hottest categories in libraries nationwide, with reader requests driving more and more libraries to acquire significant collections. Join Publishers Weekly Comics World‘s Heidi MacDonald as she explores the latest developments, including content challenges, digital lending, collection development, how authors can connect with libraries, the rise of comics for younger readers and what Common Core will mean for the whole field. With Eva Volin (Alameda Free Library), Karen Green (Columbia University), Josh Elder (Reading with Pictures), Scott Robins (Toronto Public LIbrary, A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics), and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) Room 32AB

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the show!

OR – Hereville Signing

November 11, 2012 by  
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Barry Deutsch signs at Powell’s Books on Thursday, November 15th at 7:30PM.

Powell’s Books
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd,  Portland, OR
(800) 878-7323

NY – Sailor Twain Signing

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Mark Siegel signs at Books & Books on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 4:00pm!

Press Release:

Mark Siegel’s web comic Sailor Twain: Or the Mermaid in the Hudson is being published in hardcover print this October and Siegel will be appearing in WHB for a discussion and signing of the anticipated graphic novel. The story takes place one hundred years ago when, on the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters, a notoriously reclusive author makes a public debut, and a French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. Their lives entwine and race to an unexpected collision, with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology. Siegel is also the editorial director of First Second and illustrator of To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel.

Books & Books Westhampton Beach
130 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY

SF – Leveling Up Lecture

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Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Sunset Branch of San Francisco Public Library on Monday October 1, 2012 at 7:00pm. Yang says on his website, “Specifically, I will address approaching comics as a writer. Drop by and say hi, especially if you’re interested in writing for comics!”

Press Release:

How do graphic novels get made? Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, author of the Printz Award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese and recently Level Up, will demystify the inner workings behind this increasingly popular narrative art form.

Renowned for his sensitive depictions of adolescence and mixing of magical realist elements with the everyday to demonstrate the difficulties of growing up as an Asian American, Yang will discuss his own work and the emerging graphic novel medium.

Gene Luen Yang’s works include The Eternal Smile (winner of the Eisner Award), Prime Baby (serialized in The New York Times), Level Up (now in stores), and Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise (from Dark Horse Comics). When he’s not making comics, he teaches at Bishop O’Dowd High School. Visit his site at geneyang.com.

A book sale and signing follows the program.

Sunset Branch of San Francisco Public Library
1305 18th Ave, San Francisco, CA

NYC – First Second in the Club

September 13, 2012 by  
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Calista Brill (Senior Editor, First Second Books) and comedian Scott Eckert appear on the Comic Book Club podcast with hosts Pete LePage, Justin Tyler, and Alex Zalben on Tuesday September 18, 2012 at 7:00pm! Admission is free! They will give away a bunch of free graphic novels from First Second in honor of their guests! Win ‘em at the show!

Fontana’s
105 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002

MoCCA Fest 2012 Programming Schedule

Press Release:

MoCCA Fest Programming!
We’re pleased to announce final times, guests, and agendas for our panels and programs at MoCCA Fest this year. We have two buzzing floors of activity, that include downstairs panel discussions as well as our main exhibitor floor upstairs. Whether you’re perusing the show floor for your favorite finds, catching up on the latest with Gary Panter, or learning to make your very own accordion book, there’s something for everyone.

-And Families!
Don’t forget about our Kids Programming on Sunday morning; four devoted programs in a row, designed to be entertaining and fun for the whole family.
-Sunday April 29th, Kids Programs start at 9:30am. Families arriving to the Fest at 9:30am get a special price; $5 for children 6-12 (under 6 free, over 12 normal) with a paying adult.

PRE-SALE TICKETS ARE ONLINE UNTIL APRIL 26!

Look below for a complete run of MoCCA Fest programming. Also, be sure to check out moccafest.org for news!

ROOM A
SATURDAY

11:15 Kids Comics Sarah Couri (NYPL), Jorge Aguirre, P. Craig Russell, Matt Forsythe,
Colleen AF Venable
You know that old cliche about comics not being just for kids anymore? Well, thankfully some of them still are. The New York Public Library’s Sarah Couri talks to cartoonists who have ventured into world of kids comics and books.

12:15 A History of Comics Censorship
Alex Cox (CBLDF)
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Alex Cox takes you on guided tour of censorship in comics, from Frederic Wertham to Friendly Franks.

1:15 The State of Small Publishing
Heidi MacDonald (The Comics Beat), Box Brown, Craig Yoe, Barry Matthews
What’s it like running a small publishing company in 2012? The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald talks to an array of publishers about the state of print.

2:15 Klein Award
Gary P anter, Bill Kartalopoulos
Gary Panter receives the 2012 Klein Award.

3:15 A Nordic Roundtable
Fredrik Strömberg (SE), Peter Madsen (DK), Kaisa Leka (FI), Bendik Kaltenborn (NO) and Mattias Elftorp (SE)
The comics culture of northern Europe is brimming with energy, talent and innovation, among other things visible in the new anthology Kolor Klimax from Fantagraphics. Come and meet some of the Nordic artists present at MoCCA.

4:15 Harvey Pekar’s Final Projects
Jeff Newelt, Joy ce Brabner, Joseph Remnant , Rick Parker , Sean Pryor, Dean Haspiel, JD Waldman
Celebrating the life and work of comics pioneer Harvey Pekar with his widow, and writer in her own right, Joyce Brabner, joins a group of his artist collaborators.

5:15 Carousel
R. Sikoryak with Michael Kupperman, Domitille Collardey, Shannon Wheeler, Leslie Stein, and Lauren Weinstein. With voices by Julie Klausner, Dave Hill, Scott Adsit.
Live comics brought to life by cartoonists and a team of talented voice actors.

ROOM A
SUNDAY

11:15 Graphic Novels for Young Adults
Betsy Bird (NYPL), Raina Telgemeier, Kevin Pyle, MK Reed, Derek Kirk Kim
The New York Public Library’s Betsy Bird talks to some of the brightest talents in one of comics’ fastest growing demographics.

12:15 To Run a Comic Stop
Alex Cox (Rocket Ship), Tucker Stone (Bergen Street Comics), Thor Parker (Midtown Comics), Gabe Fowler (Desert Island)
Representatives from some of the area’s top comic stores discuss the trials and tribulations of running your own shop.

1:15 Digital Distribution and the Future of Comics
David Steinberger (Comixology), Evan Dahm, Leigh Walton, Brian Heater
A frank discussion about sequential art’s move into the digital age.

2:15 Memoir
Calvin Reid, Derf, Peter Kuper, Jennifer Hayden, Mike Dawson
Maker s of autobio comics discuss filter their lives through sequential art.

3:15 Daniel Johnston in Conversation
Daniel Johnston, Brian Heater
Join the idiosyncratic singer-songwriter for a discussion about his art, including his debut graphic novel, Space Ducks.

4:15 An Interview with Gary Hallgren
Gary Hallgren, Danny Fingeroth
Gary Hallgen, interviewed by Danny Fingeroth, discusses his career from his days as one of the creators of the notorious Air Pirates, through his illustration work for a zillion publications, from the NY Times and MAD through You: The Owners Manual.

5:15 Animation from Augenblick Studios and Ugly Americans
Aaron Augenblick, Devin Clark, R. Sikoryak
Aaron Augenblick (founder of Augenblick St udios), Devin Clark (creator of “Ugly Americans”), and more show animated clips and shorts from their television, film, and independent projects.

ROOM B
SATURDAY

12:15 With Nicolas Mahler and Tom Gauld
Nicolas Mahler, Tom Gauld, Brian Heater
Brian Heater interviews two artists; Tom Gauld of Scotland, and Nicolas Mahler of Austria.

1:15 Checklist for a New Comic: A Guide to Getting Started
Jess Abel, Matt Madden
In this brief seminar, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden will walk you through the many considerations you should keep in mind when you embark on a new comic of any kind. Abel and Madden will help you strategize and come up with a working plan for your next project, and will cover: creative block and coming up with ideas; choosing a format and platform that makes sense; setting goals and scheduling your time so that you can reach them; finding an audience and looking for collaborators and/or publishers. So bring some paper and be ready to take notes on your next big (or small) project!

3:15 Hans Rickheit in Conversation
Hans Rickheit, Brian Heater
Brian Heater takes on Hans Rickheit–musician, performance artist, cartoonist.

4:15 Big City Dare2Draw
Hosted by TJ Glenn & Charles D Chenet
Featuring dynamic figure drawing, with action poses, using props and, then, the signature “Quick Draw” Contests, with all art done on Blue Line Pro boards, for charity. Prizes provided by our sponsors. Dare2Draw is a non-profit, platform organization for artists, providing mentoring, networking and resources for artistic development, while encouraging goo d health and business practices for cartoonists and providing the opportunity to connect with each other, face-to-face.

ROOM B
SUNDAY

9:30 Kids Program: Comics Are Awesome!
John Green (Teen Boat!)
Learn how an idea in your head becomes a comic on a page. John Green and Colleen AF Venable will take you on a collaborative journey through the process of creating characters and stories for comics.

10:15 Kids Workshop: From Concept to Comic
John Green (Teen Boat!, Phineas and Ferb), Colleen AF Venable (Guinea Pig Pet Shop Private Eye, First Second Books)
Kids Program continues!

11:15 Workshop: Drawing with Rick Parker
Rick Parker (Beavis & Butthead, and Papercutz)
Join cartoonist Rick Parker for an insightful, funny and hands-on workshop in cartooning! This workshop is great for cartoonists of all ages.

12:30 CCS Presents: The Expanding Comic Workshop
Robyn Chapman (Center for Cartoon Studies)
If you think that a comic book is just a bunch of pages between two covers, think again!  There is a wide variety of book making techniques that allow you to fold, flip, and turn your comics in unusual ways. Jon Chad, author of Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth, will team up with comics educator Robyn Chapman to introduce three unique book forms. Then the workshop participants will construct and illustrate their own expanding comic books!

2:00 A Discussion with Josh Neufeld and Shannon Wheeler
Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge), Shannon Wheeler (Oil and Water, Too Much Coffee Man)
These two creators interview one another about their work in comics, especially as it relates to their approaches documenting tragedy on the Gulf Coast.

4:00 Coming to America
Emma Hayley (Publishing Director, SelfMadeHero)
Reporting on the flourishing UK and European comics scenes and the launch of a new graphic novel imprint in the US.

4:45 Euro comics: Kiki de Montparnasse and the French Comics Scene
Doug Wallace, Jose-Louis Bocquet
Jose-Louis Bocquet (Senior Editor, Dupuis – France / Author, Kiki de Monparnasse) and Doug Wallace (Marketing Director, SelfMadeHero)
discuss the European comics scene and Catel & Jose-Louis Bocquet’s first US graphic novel Kiki de Montparnasse.

The Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway

June 13, 2011 by  
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Press Release:

New York, NY — Author and illustrator Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules) has teamed up with Brodart, Diamond Book Distributors, and GraphicNovelReporter.com to donate his talent and his time to create the promotional artwork for The $20,000+ Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans taking place June 24 to June 27.

The Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway awards one library a collection of over 700 hand-selected graphic novels for adults, teens, and children as well as fixtures and furniture. The entire prize will be displayed in Booth #1760 at ALA in a library setting with shelving, spinner racks, lounge seating, reading tables and chairs, accent tables and more. The contest is open to public, school and academic librarians in the continental United States. Eligible librarians can enter to win during ALA Exhibit Hours on Friday June 24 through Sunday June 26, with the Grand Prize Drawing on Monday, June 27.

“Libraries were among the first and biggest supporters of me and Amelia Rules! It was an honor for me to provide the artwork for this incredible giveaway,” said Jimmy Gownley.

“The sponsors appreciate Jimmy contributing these eye-catching graphics, which will give us the opportunity to draw attention to this prize that celebrates graphic novels and their popularity in libraries,” said Carol Fitzgerald from GraphicNovelReporter.com on behalf of all the sponsors.

Participating publisher sponsors, beyond the title sponsors include:
Abrams, Ape Entertainment, Candlewick Press, Capstone, Creative Arts Unlimited Inc., Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Fanfare/Ponent Mon, First Second Books, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Lerner Publishing Group, Marvel, Oni Press, Penguin Young Readers Group, Random House, Rosen Publishing, Round Table Comics, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Toon Books, Top Cow Productions, Top Shelf Productions, Unshelved, Viper Comics, VIZ Media, W.W. Norton, and Zenescope Entertainment.

The first $20,000 Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway (at Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference in April) was a huge success, with libraries from all over the state of Texas entering to win hundreds of graphic novels as well as library shelving and furniture. The winner was Weslaco Public Library, represented by Eduardo Zepeda.

For more information please visit: http://www.shopbrodart.com/ala#giveaway

About Brodart Co.
Since 1939 libraries have been able to turn to Brodart for everything from shelf-ready books to electronic ordering systems, high quality furniture, and supplies. Brodart serves libraries from the Northwest Territories to the Pacific Rim, with facilities in the United States and Canada.

About Diamond Book Distributors
Diamond Book Distributors is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and related merchandise. Diamond Book Distributors is dedicated to making a wide selection of graphic novels and other pop culture collectibles available to the book market.

About GraphicNovelReporter.com
GraphicNovelReporter.com is the newest website from TheBookReportNetwork.com (TBRN), which includes a group of six Internet sites featuring original content about books and authors. Since 1996, these sites — led by flagship site Bookreporter.com — have become the gathering places for a large and devoted audience of readers and book buyers. Monthly more than 1.6 million unique visitors come to the sites in the Network, making it the largest non-commercial group of book websites on the Internet. In addition, the company offers Internet design/development, marketing/publicity and resource services.