NJ – Hermes: Tales of the Trickster Signing

Author George O’Connor appears at WORD on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM for an afternoon of graphic novels and Greek history with HERMES: TALES OF THE TRICKSTER.

In volume ten of Olympians, George O’Connor delves into the myth of Hermes, the trickster god. From his infancy, when he bewitches animals and bends them to his will (stealing a herd of Apollo’s prize cattle in the bargain), to his adolescence and adulthood when he becomes father to the equally mischievous Pan, Hermes’s story is wildly entertaining as he brings a little bit of chaos to everything he touches or creates.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
George O’Connor is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Olympians series as well as such graphic novels as Journey into Mohawk Country and Ball Peen Hammer. In addition to his graphic novel career, Mr. O’Connor has published several children’s picture books.

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WORD Jersey City
123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
(201) 763-6611

NY – Is This Guy For Real Signing

Cartoonist Box Brown appears at Escape Pod Comics on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM to sign his latest graphic novel from First Second Books IS THIS GUY FOR REAL: THE UNBELIEVABLE ANDY KAUFMAN.

About the book:
Comedian and performer Andy Kaufman’s resume was impressive – a popular role on the beloved sitcom Taxi, a high-profile stand-up career, and a surprisingly successful stint in professional wrestling. Although he was by all accounts a sensitive and thoughtful person, he’s ironically best remembered for his various contemptible personas, which were so committed and so convincing that all but his closest family and friends were completely taken in. Why would someone so gentle-natured and sensitive build an entire career seeking the hatred of his audience? What drives a performer to solicit that reaction? Graphic novelist Box Brown takes on the complex and often hilarious life of Andy Kaufman.

Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. His second graphic novel with publisher First Second is Tetris: The Games People Play. Brown launched the independent comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011.

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Escape Pod Comics
302 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 923-1044

PA – Is This Guy For Real? Launch Party

Cartoonist Box Brown appears at the Lost Bar on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 8:00 PM to celebrate his latest graphic novel from First Second Books IS THIS GUY FOR REAL: THE UNBELIEVABLE ANDY KAUFMAN. Presented by Brave New Worlds.

About the book:
Comedian and performer Andy Kaufman’s resume was impressive – a popular role on the beloved sitcom Taxi, a high-profile stand-up career, and a surprisingly successful stint in professional wrestling. Although he was by all accounts a sensitive and thoughtful person, he’s ironically best remembered for his various contemptible personas, which were so committed and so convincing that all but his closest family and friends were completely taken in. Why would someone so gentle-natured and sensitive build an entire career seeking the hatred of his audience? What drives a performer to solicit that reaction? Graphic novelist Box Brown takes on the complex and often hilarious life of Andy Kaufman.

Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. His second graphic novel with publisher First Second is Tetris: The Games People Play. Brown launched the independent comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011.

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Lost Bar
2442 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 739-4929

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.

MD – 5 Worlds Signing

Mark Siegel appears at the Chevy Chase Library on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 4:30 PM to present and sign 5 WORLDS!

Chevy Chase Library
8005 Connecticut Avenue Chevy Chase MD 20815

SF – First Second Books Discussion

Mark Siegel, editorial and creative director of First Second Books, and Andrew Farago, director of the Cartoon Art Museum, appear at the San Francisco Main Public Library on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM to discuss the exhibit First Second Books: A Graphic Revolution, which is on view at the Main Library, Jewett Gallery, November 18, 2017 – March 4, 2018.

San Francisco Main Public Library – Koret Auditorium, Lower Level
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

MA – MICE 2017 Kick-Off Party

Kazu Kibuishi, Isabel Greenberg, Jason Shiga, Liz Prince, Michael DeForge, and Mark Siegel appear at Hub Comics on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM for the MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) 2017 Kick-off party!

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Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
617-718-0987

MICE 2017 Celebrates Independent Comics and Graphic Novels on October 21 – 22

Press Release:

MICE is back! On October 21 – 22, 2017 independent graphic novelists and cartoonists will converge on University Hall 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. This year’s show will also welcome a full line-up of special guests — professionals from the world of independent comics and graphic novels including: Michael DeForge, Kazu Kibuishi, Liz Prince, Jason Shiga, Mark Siegel, and Isabel Greenberg!

MICE attendees are invited to discover their new favorite comic books from over 200 comic creators from the Boston area and beyond. 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.

MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Sunday, October 22nd, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Admission is free. Further information available on the website: www.micexpo.org

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Sponsors for MICE 2017 include Lesley University and The Million Year Picnic.

NYC – Flying Machines Signing

Press Release:

Join graphic novelists Alison Wilgus and Molly Brooks at the Astoria Bookshop Saturday June 3rd at 3:00 PM as they chat about and illustrate the famous flying machines designed by the Wright Brothers. Perfect for curious minds ages 8-12, learn about the first airplane models then try your hand at designing your own!

Flying Machines follows the Wright Brothers from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the fields of North Carolina where they were to make their famous flights. In an era of dirigibles and hot air balloons, the Wright Brothers were among the first innovators of heavier than air flight. But in the hotly competitive international race toward flight, Orville and Wilbur were up against a lot more than bad weather. Mechanical failures, lack of information, and even other aviators complicated the Wright Brothers’ journey. Though they weren’t as wealthy as their European counterparts, their impressive achievements demanded attention on the international stage. Thanks to their carefully recorded experiments and a healthy dash of bravery, the Wright Brothers’ flying machines took off.

Called “inspirational reading for budding middle grade inventors and engineers” by the School Library Journal, Flying Machines is an original take on science for kids and makes for an event you do not want to miss!

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The Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st Street (between Broadway and 31st Avenue)
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 278-2665

First Second Books Schedule for C2E2 2017

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

First Second Books appears at C2E2 at booth #309

Friday April 21st

  • 10:30am: Scratch & Win: reveal your YA book prize
  • 11:30am: Giveaway: Game On! book + bookmark
  • 2:30pm: Giveaway: Thornhill advance book + print
  • 3:30pm: PublishINK Temporary Tattoo Parlor
  • 5:00pm: Giveaway: Shattered Warrior advance book

Saturday April 22nd

  • 10:30am: Scratch & Win: reveal your YA book prize
  • 11:30am: Signing: Last Seen Leaving  by Caleb Roehrig
  • 12:30pm: Giveaway: Rebel Genius book + poster
  • 2:15pm: Signing: Science Comics: Bats  by Falynn Koch
  • 3:15pm: Signing: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • 4:30pm: PublishINK Temporary Tattoo Parlor
  • 5:30pm: Giveaway: Heartless bookmark + tumbler
  • 6:00pm: Giveaway: Pigs Might Fly advance book

Sunday April 23rd

  • 10:30am: Scratch & Win: reveal your YA book prize
  • 12:00pm: Signing: Something New by Lucy Knisley
  • 1:00pm: PublishINK Temporary Tattoo Parlor
  • 2:00pm: Giveaway: Real Friends advance book + poster
  • 3:00pm: Giveaway: Sticker Girl book
  • 4:00pm: Signing: Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

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