CA – How to Write for Comic Books

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Gene Luen Yang speaks and signs at Fantastic Comics on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 3:00 until 4:30 pm!

Gene says on his blog:

Before the Avatar: The Last Airbender books, I’d written for other artists.  The Eternal Smile was written by me and drawn by Derek Kirk Kim.  Level Up was written by me and drawn by Thien Pham.  In each of those cases, though, I thumbnailed.  The artist didn’t always follow my thumbnails, but I still communicated visually with them.

The Airbender books are the first time I’ve turned in scripts that are pure words.  I’ve had to do a lot of thinking.  How do you lay the foundations of a visual story using just words?  I’ve also read a bunch of advice by words-only writers that I admire: Dwayne McDuffie, Peter David, Alan Moore, Mark Waid.

On Saturday, April 6 at 3pm, I’m going to present some of the stuff I’ve learned at Fantastic Comics in Berkeley.  I’m gonna talk about writing comics from a words-only perspective.  I’m also gonna talk about Aang and Co.  If you’re in town, come by!

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Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 848-2988

WA – Relish Signing

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Cartoonist Lucy Knisley signs at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Friday, April 19th at 7:00 pm.

Knisley weaves a lifelong love of food, a childhood raised by chefs, sparkling wit, delicious recipes and fresh, fun art in this graphic memoir depicting pivotal moments in her life in relation to the foods on her plate. A tasty treat for all the senses, foodies and artists alike will Relish Knisley’s story and style.

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

MA – Relish Signing

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Cartoonist Lucy Knisley signs at Brookline Booksmith on Sunday, April 28th at 6:30 pm.

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Knisley weaves a lifelong love of food, a childhood raised by chefs, sparkling wit, delicious recipes and fresh, fun art in this graphic memoir depicting pivotal moments in her life in relation to the foods on her plate. A tasty treat for all the senses, foodies and artists alike will Relish Knisley’s story and style.

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St Brookline, MA 02446

CA – Relish Signings

relish1Cartoonist Lucy Knisley tours the Bay Area with her new book Relish from April 12th till April 15th.

Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original inventions.

Friday April 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Copperfields Books
140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Saturday April 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Books Inc.
1760 4th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Sunday April 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Sunday April 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Berkeley Public Library
2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

Monday April 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Omnivore Books
3885a Cesar Chavez Street · San Francisco, CA 94131

NY – Relish Signing

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Cartoonist Lucy Knisley signs at Oblong Books on Thursday April 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm!

Lucy Knisley was born in New York City, raised in Rhinebeck, NY, and educated in Chicago. She has come home to roost in a tiny apartment in Manhattan, where she can be closer to her mom’s cooking.  Her comics about life, food, travel and her adventures have gained her a devoted audience on the Internet, and she is now doing food comics for the magazine Saveur, who just sent her to Africa. Lucy’s first book, French Milk, is a travelogue about a trip to Paris. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In this forthright, thoughtful, and funny graphic memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original inventions. Relish invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.

Oblong Books & Music
6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY
(845) 876-0500

IL – Relish Signing

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Cartoonist Lucy Knisley is coming to Challengers on Wednesday April 10th at 7:00 pm for a party! She’ll be signing copies of her terrific new book Relish: My Life In The Kitchen, hosting a slideshow, and hanging out with fans in a gallery decked out with her artwork. Beer and wine will be served, as well as Lucy’s recipes from Relish prepared by local fans. It’s going to be fun (potentially) on a bun!

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Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

CA – Sumo Signing

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Thien Pham, writer and artist of Sumo, as well as the artist of the much loved “Level Up” appears at Fantastic Comics on Saturday, January 26th at 2:00 pm. He will sign copies of his book and speak about his process of creating comic books. If you are a fan of his, or just interested in comics in general, this is a wonderful to get a glimpse of how a published creator goes about his process.

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Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 848-2988

CA – Sumo Signing

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Author/illustrator Thien Pham signs at Trickster on Saturday January 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm!

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2631 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

CA – Sumo Signing

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Thien Pham signs at Book Passage on Friday January 25th at 6:00 pm.

Scott is a washed-up football player who never made it, and whose girlfriend abandoned him along with his dreams of playing pro football. But things have a way of working out, in this sweet, poetic tale–and a new chapter in Scott’s life begins as the old one ends. Offered a position in a Japanese sumo training “stable,” Scott abandons his old life, his old name, and even his old hair color, and becomes an aspiring sumo wrestler. And in so doing, he begins to find some kind of center in himself…a center that had seemed lost for good.

Thien Pham, the acclaimed illustrator of Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, returns as the writer and artist of a unique new graphic novel. Highly poetic and structured to echo the slow build and sudden clash of a sumo match, Pham’s Sumo is an unusual and beautiful book. It’s nearly a contradiction in terms: a delicate, deft, tender tale about… sumo wrestling.

Thien Pham is a comic book and visual artist, based in the Bay Area. He is also a high school teacher. Pham illustrated Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, a YALSA Great Graphic Novel and New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Sumo is his first solo work.

Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925

SF – Sumo Signing

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes cartoonist Thien Pham on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 1:00-3:00pm for a discussion and booksigning of his latest release, SUMO, published by First Second Books.  This event is free and open to the public.   About the artist:

Thien Pham is a comic book and visual artist, based in the Bay Area. He is also a high school teacher. Pham illustrated Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, a YALSA Great Graphic Novel and New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Sumo is his first solo work.   About the book:   Scott  is a washed-up football player who never made it, and whose girlfriend abandoned him along with his dreams of playing pro football. But things have a way of working out, in this sweet, poetic tale–and a new chapter in Scott’s life begins as the old one ends. Offered a position in a Japanese sumo training “stable,” Scott abandons his old life, his old name, and even his old hair color, and becomes an aspiring sumo wrestler. And in so doing, he begins to find some kind of center in himself…a center that had seemed lost for good.

Thien Pham, the acclaimed illustrator of Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, returns as the writer and artist of a unique new graphic novel.  Highly poetic and structured to echo the slow build and sudden clash of a sumo match, Pham’s Sumo is an unusual and beautiful book. It’s nearly a contradiction in terms: a delicate, deft, tender tale about…sumo wrestling.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission  Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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