CA – Charles M. Schulz Museum 15th Anniversary Celebration

The Charles M. Schulz Museum celebrates its 15th anniversary on Saturday, August 12, 2017 with an all-star lineup of cartoonists!

Jeff Smith, creator of the award-winning comic book series Bone, will speak about his work and sign books as part of the Museum’s 15th anniversary celebration. Like Charles Schulz did for the comic strip, Smith redefined the graphic novel format when he released The Complete Bone Adventures Volume One: Out From Boneville, which sold an unprecedented 50,000 copies in its first year. Bone won numerous awards including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harveys. In 2005, Bone was chosen to launch the first graphic novel series for children from a major publishing house, Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Books. Smith’s other works include Rasl and Tuki. Smith will headline a celebration of cartooning that will include:

11:00 am: Jarrett Krosoczka, New York Times best-selling creator of Star Wars: Jedi Academy and the Lunch Lady series will speak about his work.

Noon – 2:00 pm: Meet, watch, and talk to a variety of current professional cartoonists including Nathan Hale, creator of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales; Svetlana Chmakova of Awkward; plus Donna Almendrala, Brent Anderson, Tom Beland, Andrew Farago, Brian Fies, Mike Gray, Jaimel Hemphill, Scott Jeralds, Maia Kobabe, Brian Kolm, Emily Martin, Haley Martin, Jeff Schinkel, Denis St. John, and Thomas Yeates.

2:00 pm: In conversation with Jeff Smith, led by Paige Braddock of Jane’s World and Lex Fajardo of Kid Beowulf. Jeff Smith, creator of the award-winning graphic novel series Bone, will discuss his work and the influence of Charles Schulz on his art and cartooning in general. Smith will sign books after this talk.

Free exclusive 15th Anniversary key chain to all Museum visitors on the day of the event!

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Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 579-4452

Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival 2017 Announces Schedule

The Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) has announced the programming schedule for this year’s show on June 17-18th at the Ann Arbor District Library. Guests include: Raina Telgemeier, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Ben Hatke, Kean Soo, Tory Woollcott, and more! RSVP on Facebook!

Friday, June 16

9:30-11:45 am A2Inkubate Roundtables
The kickoff event for the annual A2CAF preconference!
Getting Comics into the Hands of Readers (from the point of view of teachers, librarians, cartoonists, and retailers). We all want the same thing — more people reading comics. These sessions will explore the specific approaches and concerns each party faces and allow everyone to join in on the conversation.

  • 9:30-10:00 am – Welcome, bagel breakfast, and roundtable topic suggestions.
  • 10:00-10:45 am – Roundtable Session 1
  • 11:00-11:45 am – Roundtable Session 2

The Shapiro Design Lab
Registration Required – Register Here

2:00-4:00 pm Secret Lab Hands-On Sessions
Experience and learn how to use screen printing, letterpress, and 3D printing tools.
AADL’s Secret Lab will be open for you to explore. You’ll get a chance to create your own design to print at our screen printing stations, or set some type and print your own business card or small print. There will also be a few surprise stations.
The Ann Arbor District Library
Registration Required – Register Here

4:00-5:00 pm Super Random Element Comics Challenge
Apply and level up your comics-making skills with a fun, interactive workshop. Take your comic-making skills to another level in this storytelling challenge! Participants will be given design constraints and a limited amount of time to create a mini-comic.
The Ann Arbor District Library
Registration Required – Register Here

Reception for Ben Hatke’s Exhibit “Art and Adventure”
Join us for food, a chance to mingle, and an overview of this great exhibit. We’ll also have our annual Draw Wall outside the Downtown Library on the corner of Fifth Avenue and William Street. Here’s your chance to draw along side some of the fabulous guests of A2CAF and help create a giant comics mural!

Saturday, June 17

11:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Kickoff Event – Iron Cartoonist!
Watch Ben Hatke, Raina Telgemeier, and even more of your favorite cartoonists battle it out in a series of themed drawing rounds with random elements thrown in by you! Will you help them draw toward victory, or make them squirm? Watch guest cartoonists fight for the title under the watchful eye of your host, Zack Giallongo! Your choices will help determine this year’s Iron Cartoonist!
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Noon – 12:15 pm

The Dwayne McDuffie Award
The third annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics will be announced at this year’s A2CAF. Named for the highly respected comic book and animation writer and co-founder of Milestone Media, the award honors Dwayne McDuffie’s values and his legacy as a champion for meaningful, top-quality and broadly inclusive comics for young people.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

Noon – 6:00 pm

Artists Alley
Artist Alley features over 50 working artists and writers from the worlds of print and web comics, animation, book publishing, and videogames who’ll be displaying their work–with material for sale, the occasional free giveaway, and codes for AADL’s Summer Game. They’ll also be happy to talk comics with fans of all ages!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12 Noon – 3:00 pm

Super Awesome Kids’ Spot! – Build a Buddy
Stop by the Youth Story Corner to participate in some fun comics and storytelling activities for kids. In need of a sidekick for your next adventure? Look no further! Make a sock buddy that will stay by your side!
Downtown Library 1st Floor Youth Story Corner – Kids

The Super Secrets of the Secret Lab

Lumberjanes Merit Badges
Make a totally rad merit badge to celebrate your top-notch triumphs!

Mighty Jack Seed Starters
Grow your own glorious garden with these DIY seed starters! (Biting pumpkins and mysterious dragons not included.)
Downtown Library Secret Lab – Kids

Screen Printing with Modati Studios
Bring in an item to print an A2CAF logo on! Or you can print on a tote we’ll provide. Learn the basics of screen printing from Modati Studios.
Downtown Library Secret Lab – All Ages

12:30 pm- 1:30 pm

Signing – Ben Hatke
The creator of Zita the Spacegirl and the Mighty Jack series makes a special signing appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing – Raina Telgemeier
Stop by the A2CAF table to meet the author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts and get your copies signed!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Quick Draw!
Imagine an episode of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” starring a group of quick-thinking cartoonists, and you’ll begin to get the picture of Quick Draw. It’s improvisational cartooning with plenty of audience participation, brought to you with courage and cheer by our guest artists.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Animate in Photoshop! with Hannah O’Neal
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at animation but didn’t have access to the tools necessary to do that? Did you know that you can actually make pretty amazing animation in Adobe Photoshop? Animator Hannah O’Neal will show you some easy steps to getting started making your own cartoons. You’ll get some hands-on experience using the hardware and software in the Ann Arbor Art Center’s ArtLab. Seating is limited!
Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – Teens

Story Structure Is a Joke! with Bruce Worden
Do you know the secrets to how a good story is built? Have you heard of something called 3-act story structure? No? Well, that’s okay, because it’s just a joke! (And you’ve heard of jokes, right?) In this workshop you’ll make a four-panel comic of your very own, using unforgettable tips to tell a great story at ANY length!
Robot Supply & Repair (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

The Shake Ups Dance Party!
Your favorite Steven Universe/My Little Pony themed band is rocking the Library! Come down to the Multi-Purpose room for some awesome music and dancing.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Quick Draw!
More improvisational drawing fun with our guest artists!

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Signing: Raina Telgemeier
Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts, makes a special appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Making Mini Comics! with John Novak
Try your hand at making mini comics with John Novak (colorist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and the Tricky Journey series). Learn how to come up with fun characters and story ideas. Discover new ways to tell your story!
Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty Street) – All Ages

Robot & Creature Creation Station, with John Martin
Doodle your way to an unstoppable robot and monster army! John Martin (Vordak the Incomprehensible, Sci-Fi Junior High) will show you how to draw everything from their appearance, function, and how to give them a role in their own comic stories.
Robot Supply & Repair (115 East Liberty Street) – All Ages

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Jarrett J. Krosoczka Presentation
The author of the Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad, and the latest Star Wars: Jedi Academy is at the Library! Jarrett will demonstrate the process of making stories that people will care about, and you’ll be able to ask him some questions of your own.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lunch Lady Snackdown & Book Signing
Get your Lunch Lady books signed by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and create not just a snack, but a JUSTICE SNACK! Smack down your ingredients, roll up the power of goodness, and triumph over your hunger!
Downtown Library Secret Lab– All Ages

Art & Adventure with Ben Hatke
Get an up-close look at the original art behind Nobody Likes a Goblin, Zita the Spacegirl, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, and a few surprises. The cartoonist behind the artwork will talk about his process of making comics and children’s books. Bring your curiosity and questions!
Downtown Library 3rd Floor Gallery Space– All Ages

Sunday, June 18

12:30 pm- 5:30 pm

Artists Alley
Artist Alley features over 50 working artists and writers from the worlds of print and web comics, animation, book publishing, and video games who’ll be displaying their work–with material for sale, the occasional free giveaway, and codes for AADL’s Summer Game. They’ll also be happy to talk comics with fans of all ages!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

12:30 pm -1:30pm

Signing – Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad, and the new Star Wars: Jedi Academy, makes a special appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing: Raina Telgemeier
Stop by the A2CAF table to meet the author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts and get your copies signed!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

Making Mini Comics! with John Novak
Try your hand at making mini comics with John Novak (colorist of Giants Beware!, Dragons Beware! and the Tricky Journey series). Learn how to come up with fun characters and story ideas. Discover new ways to tell your story!
Downtown Library Secret Lab– All Ages

12:30 pm -2:30pm

COLOR! CUT! CREATE! Superhero Paper Toys! with Merrill Rainey
Have you ever wanted to build your own Superhero toys and then be able to play with them? Join Master Doodler Merrill Rainey as he helps you cut, color, and create your very own 3D paper toy Superhero and paper play set.
Downtown Library Youth Area– Kids

1:00-1:30 pm

Quick Draw!
Imagine an episode of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” starring a group of quick-thinking cartoonists, and you’ll begin to get the picture of Quick Draw. It’s improvisational cartooning with plenty of audience participation, brought to you with courage and cheer by our guest artists.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Kids’ Comics Awards Ceremony!

Which comic in 2016 had the most rolicking adventure? Which character did kids love the most? Kids voted in these and other categories, including their favorite characters and graphic novels! Help us celebrate the third annual Kids’ Comics Revolution Awards as we reveal the winners! No black tie required, but you can wear your favorite comics-inspired costume! With live music and lots of laughs!

Hosted by Ben Hatke, Zack Giallongo, and Jerzy Drozd, with a bevy of special guests!
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Quick Draw!
More improvisational drawing fun with our guest cartoonists!

Ellie Moody & Rachel Polk – Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

James Anderson & Courtney Hahn – Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Signing: Raina Telgemeier
Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts, makes a special appearance at Vault of Midnight!
Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St ) – All Ages

Signing – Signing – Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Stop by the A2CAF table to meet, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad, and the new Star Wars: Jedi Academy, and get your copies signed!
Downtown Library 1st Floor – All Ages

MI – Ben Hatke: Art & Adventure Exhibition

Artist/Author Ben Hatke appears at the Ann Arbor District Library at a special reception for an exhibition of original art on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Ben will also lead a gallery talk with Q&A Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM. Presented in conjunction with the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF), the art will be on display until August 31, 2017.

Artist Bio:
Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the Eisner award winning Little Robot, and the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin. Both Zita the Spacegirl and his graphic novel series Mighty Jack are being developed for film by 20th Century Fox. Ben lives and works out of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He enjoys archery and fire breathing.

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Ann Arbor District Library
343 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 327-4200

NYC – Brave Signing

Svetlana Chmakova (Awkward, Nightschool) appears at Barnes & Noble to sign BRAVE on Friday June 2nd at 4:00 PM!

ABOUT:
Svetlana Chmakova broke onto the scene with the release of the popular graphic novel series DramaCon, published by Tokyopop. Since then she has created another original series, Nightschool, and adapted James Patterson’s Witch & Wizard series into a manga format, both for Yen Press/Hachette.

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Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-5389

GA – Mermin: Making Waves Signing

Press Release:

Avid Bookshop is hosting a book launch for local author and illustrator Joey Weiser‘s final volume in his superb all-ages graphic novel series, MERMIN. The celebration for MAKING WAVES will be Friday, April 28, 2017, from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the Prince Avenue bookshop. There is no admission charge.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joey Weiser is the author of the Eisner Award-nominated MERMIN graphic novel series from Oni Press. His comics have appeared in several anthologies including SPONGEBOB COMICS, and the award-winning FLIGHT series. His first graphic novel, THE RIDE HOME, was published in 2007 by AdHouse Books. He is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design and currently lives in Athens, Georgia.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
The battle between Mer and Atlantis begins! And while Mermin is at his father’s side, the rest of his friends and family are scattered around the battlefield, trying to help in any way they can. Except for Pete, who’s about to stage a jailbreak out of Atlantis with a team of Mer-prisoners! Will they make it to Mer in time to stop the war?

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Avid Bookshop
493 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601
(706) 352-2060

NYC – Zita the Spacegirl Workshop

Press Release:

Spend a fun afternoon with Ben Hatke, author of the popular graphic novel series Zita the Spacegirl. Join Ben on Wednesday April 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM as he shares the joy of making comics, his three secrets to visual storytelling, and his tips to creating a visually believable science fiction universe! He will read from the Eisner Award winning Little Robot.

This event is Free with NYSCI admission, but also includes a paid workshop. Tickets available at the link…

Schedule:
1:00 pm – Reading and Author’s Talk, Upper Level Demo Station
1:30 pm – Book Signing, Upper Level Demo Station
2:15 pm – Workshop: Sci-Fi Comics with Ben Hatke ($6/$4 for Members), Library
Workshop Description

Apply Ben’s three secrets of visual storytelling in this hands-on comics making workshop. We’ll create engaging characters and guide them through amazing adventures. Limited capacity. Advance registration recommended.

Workshop is recommended for children ages 8 and older. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Author Bio:
Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the Eisner award winning Little Robot, and the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin. Both Zita the Spacegirl and his graphic novel series Mighty Jack are being developed for film by 20th Century Fox. Ben lives and works out of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He enjoys archery and fire breathing.

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Corona, New York 11368
(718) 699-0005

SF – The Stone Heart Signing

Faith Erin Hicks appears in conversation with Raina Telgemeier  (Smile, Sisters, Drama) at the Central Park Library on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 PM in celebration of the release of the highly anticipated second book in her Nameless City series, The Stone Heart! After their talk, they will be signing books. Priority in the signing line will be given to those with a Books Inc. receipt for Faith and Raina’s titles; Raina Telgemeier will sign a maximum of 2 books per person; Flash free photos will be permitted with both authors.

Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Santa Clara City Library – Central Park Branch
2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051

Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 Tickets Now On-Sale

2017baltimoreccPress Release:

Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to present our fans with an early holiday gift — tickets will be on sale from Black Friday to Christmas at a discount rate for next year’s show, taking place the weekend of September 22-24, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.

Tickets that are now on sale include:
  • Weekend
  • Friday only
  • Saturday only
  • Sunday only
  • VIP*

As always, children 10 and under are free for general admission with a paid adult general admission!

* VIP packages are a separate purchase from General Admission tickets (which will be required to participate in any VIP offerings). VIP ticket holders receive exclusive early admission to all three days of the show, as well as a gift package that includes a show t-shirt, the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con yearbook, and more!

“Every year, we get asked if we can provide tickets early enough for holiday gifts or Valentine’s Day gifts or birthday gifts, but we have been unable to make that happen… until now!” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We’re thrilled to announce that, through the holiday weekend, tickets are available for our 2017 event at a discounted rate and, if you’ve peeked at our website, you know our our guest list is already growing with some great new and returning guests, CGC is with us again to do on-site grading, and we began selling our 2017 show floor space to exhibitors and retailers before last year’s show even ended.”

First guests include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Reilly Brown (Slapstick), Mark Buckingham (Everafter: From the Pages of Fables), Dave Bullock (The Rocketeer at War), Jim Calafiore (Surviving Megalopolis), Howard Chaykin (Midnight of the Soul); Frank Cho (Skybourne), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), David Finch (Batman), Meredith Finch (Catwoman: Election Night), Ramona Fradon (Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Scott Hanna (Wonder Woman), Dean Haspiel (Dark Horse Presents), Klaus Janson (Dark Knight III: The Master Race), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter covers), Matt Kindt (Ninjak), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Avengers), Hope Larson (Batgirl), David Marquez (Civil War II), Mike McKone (Old Man Logan), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Mark Morales (Deathstroke), Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Paul Pelletier (Cyborg), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Revolution), Tom Raney (Invincible Iron Man), Don Rosa (Donald Duck), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Andy Runton (Owly), Julie Fujii Sakai (Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Stuart Sayger (Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas), Louise Simonson (Faith); Walter Simonson (Ragnarok); Rob Stull (Executive Assistant: Orchid), Peter Tomasi (Superman), Billy Tucci (Shi), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Ethan Van Sciver (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Mark Waid (Avengers), Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom), and Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl).

Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets!

CA – Little Bot & Sparrow/Precious Rascals Signing

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Jake Parker (Little Bot & Sparrow, Missile Mouse) and Anthony Holden (Precious Rascals, Doodle Quest) sign at Gallery Nucleus on Thursday November 17th from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

CA – Ghosts Signing

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Raina Telgemeier (creator of SMILE and SISTERS) appears at Willow Glen Middle School on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM to celebrate her latest book, GHOSTS! Books and tickets sold via Hicklebee’s Bookstore.

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Willow Glen Middle School
2105 Cottle Ave. San Jose, CA 95125

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