CA – Create Your Own Comic Workshop

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Gene Luen Yang and Dave Roman appear at Barnes & Noble for a Special Get Pop-Cultured Event on Thursday July 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

Author Event
Join us on Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 pm when creators, authors and illustrators Gene Luen Yang and Dave Roman will be in-store to host a Create Your Own Comic demo and workshop followed by a signing.

Barnes & Noble
Mira Mesa MarketCenter, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126
858-684-3166

NYC – Comics Squad: Recess Signing

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Cartoonists Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry) for a Drawing Party on Wednesday July 9th at 6:30 pm at The Astoria Bookshop! Celebrating their new graphic novel, Comics Squad: Recess! Drawing! Reading! Snacks! Prizes!

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

CA – Amulet: Escape From Lucien Signing

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Artist Kazu Kibuishi appears at Gallery Nucleus for a one night event on Tuesday July 29th from 7-9pm as he signs/sketches copies of the newest installment of his acclaimed graphic novel series Amulet 6, as well as prints from his Harry Potter book cover collection.

There will also be a Buy 1 get 1 FREE FLASH SALE of previous Amulet books, Flight Comics, and many other goodies. Don’t miss it.

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

CA – A Boy and A Jaguar Launch Party

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Press Release:

Join Gallery Nucleus to celebrate the release of Catia Chien’s new book, A Boy and A Jaguar with a book launch party, including a signing, reading, and exhibit of art from the book on Saturday June 28, 2014 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM!

More event details to be announced!

About the book:
Alan loves animals, but the great cat house at the Bronx Zoo makes him sad. Why are they all alone in empty cages? Are they being punished? More than anything, he wants to be their champion—their voice—but he stutters uncontrollably.

Except when he talks to animals…

Then he is fluent.

Follow the life of the man Time Magazine calls, “the Indiana Jones of wildlife conservation”as he searches for his voice and fulfills a promise to speak for animals, and people, who cannot speak for themselves. This real-life story with tender illustrations by Catia Chien explores truths not defined by the spoken word.

About the artist:
Catia Chien is an avid painter who works from her studio in Southern California. She is a collection of fun entomology facts and has been known to prefer soup over most other types of food. Besides filled with vivid imagination, her work is described as rich with whimsy, colors, and energy. She is currently producing work for the children’s book market, film and animation, comic book anthologies, and galleries.

Outside books will merit a $10 fee.

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

NYC – Chapter Book Fun Signing

    

BEN HATKE (The Return of Zita the Space Girl), CHARISE MERICLE HARPER (Alien Encounter), TOMMY GREENWALD (Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation), and MARTHE JOCELYN (What We Hide) appear at Books of Wonder on Saturday, May 24th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM!

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-3270

MeCAF 2014 Announces Programming Schedule

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF) has released their programming schedule for the 2014 show to be held on Sunday May 18th:

10:00 – 1:00: Book signing with Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce (in the main hall)

10:30 – Unusual comics! Choose your own adventure! with Jon Chad
How does your comic become a book? If you thought that a book is just made up of a cover, back cover, and all the business in-between, think again! Explore a variety of folding and book construction techniques and make your own unfolding, choose-your-own-adventure minicomic!

11:30 – DRAW ON YOUR CREATIVITY:
Comic book artist Jay Piscopo invites students to try their hand at cartoon art and demonstrates how anyone can learn to draw and create comics. Using simple geometric shapes, Jay teaches kids how to build anatomy and perspective to create art that tells a story. Stand by for adventure with this interactive workshop! Watch a short video clip at the link…

12:30 – Ben Hatke: The Three Secrets of Comics:
Discussing images in a narrative, gesture, and drawing from life, Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) talks about three secrets behind making amazing comics.

1:30 – Iron Cartoonist:
This competition will determine the MeCAF Iron Cartoonist Champion! Watch as three talented cartoonists draw against the clock, with suggestions from the audience. Special guest judges will determine the winner.

2:30 – A conversation with Jimmy Gownley and Kazu Kibuishi:
Join us as we discuss comics with Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever, Amelia Rules) and Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet, Flight).

3:30 – Panel discussion about gender and race issues in current comics, with artists Melanie Gillman, Kori Handwerker and others.

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival will be held in Portland, ME on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Featuring over 100 comics writers, artists and publishers, this will be a celebration of the comics art form. This year’s show will be at the Portland Company Complex (58 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101)! There will be everyone from mini comics publishers to seasoned professionals. There will be comic book writers and artists, gag cartoonists, newspaper cartoonists, web comics creators and more. The guests will have their own work available for sale. Some people will be doing sketches and selling original artwork. Others will have t-shirts, buttons and posters. All of them have one thing in common… a love of comics. Featured guests include: Kazu Kibuishi, Sean Murphy, Jimmy Gownley, Ben Hatke, James Sturm, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Joe Quinones, Zack Giallongo, Maris Wicks, and many more!

NJ – Zita the Spacegirl Drawing Workshop

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Cartoonist and former circus performer Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) appears at the Word Bookstore on Sunday, May 25th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm presents a fun-filled workshop for kids, complete with tips and tricks for drawing! Recommended for kids aged 5 and up; open to all ages.

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

VA – Return of Zita the Spacegirl Signing

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Cartoonist Ben Hatke appears at bbgb books on Tuesday, May 20th at 4:00 pm to share his process in creating the fantastic graphic series Zita the Space Girl (ages 8-11). be sure to pre-order your books here.

bbgb books
3100 Kensington Ave Richmond VA 23221
804-353-5675

IL – Zita the Spacegirl Signing

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Ben Hatke, author of the Zita the Spacegirl series, appears at 57th Street Books on Thursday, May 15th from 5:00 till 6:00 pm to read from and sign copies of the third and final installment in the Zita series, The Return of Zita the Spacegirl! This event is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement as part of the UChicago Engages series.

About The Return of Zita the Spacegirl:
Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times‑Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for middle grade readers. Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy’s greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!

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57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1300

TX – FCBD: Zita the Spacegirl Signing

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Author/Artist Ben Hatke appears at Bedrock City Comic Co. for a signing on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

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Bedrock City Comic Co.
6516 Westheimer, Suite D, Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-0675

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