Amulet Creator Kazu Kibuishi Comes to Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

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Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the Amulet graphic novel series and the cover artist for the anniversary edition of Harry Potter, comes to Baltimore Comic-Con as part of Kids Love Comics.

New York Times bestseller Kazu Kibuishi’s magical graphic novels have taken the book world by storm, and now that magic is coming to the Baltimore Comic-Con September 22-24! Mr. Kibuishi will be on hand all weekend (Booth #3013 in the Kids Love Comics Area) to meet his fans, sign his books, and share his process in creating graphic novels. Copies of Mr. Kibuishi’s books will be available for purchase if anyone forgets to bring a copy to have signed!

Ask any class of kids across America about the graphic novel series Amulet, and you will probably hear an excited description of adventure, kid heroes, and amazing creatures, all said with a big smile. Featuring magic, elves, robots, demons, and anthropomorphic animals, Amulet has become a bright light for reluctant readers and excited book lovers alike.

Kibuishi will be giving FREE talks on his process of creating comics on Saturday at the Baltimore Comic-Con, as part of the perennial convention’s Kids Love Comics educational and entertainment initiative.

“Baltimore Comic-Con is not only a wonderful comic convention,” said John Gallagher, Kids Love Comics Executive Director, “it’s an incredible, family-friendly event. Kazu’s inclusion at the show is a natural progression of BCC’s dedication to inspiring young people to read and enjoy the magic of comics.”

Mr. Kibuishi’s programming (just a part of the weekend-long kids programming and classes) at the show is as follows:

SATURDAY
Kids Love Comics Area
1:00 – 2:00 – Panel Party with Mark Mariano and Kazu Kibuishi

You are cordially invited you to the Panel Party, where your imagination, storytelling ability, and art skills will be welcomed and celebrated. Simply put, we are going to have a blast making comics together! Warning: attending this party may result in you throwing your own Panel Party at home!

Room 345-346
2:45 – 3:45 – Amulet Graphic Novel: Behind-the-Scenes
Presentation and Q&A with author Kazu Kibuishi on the creation of the Amulet graphic novel series for Scholastic Graphix. Explore the process of creating adventures for all ages!

SUNDAY
Room 347-348
11:00 – 12:00 – Writing for Young Readers
How is writing for young readers unique? What are the rewards and challenges? Are any themes off limits? Join Kazu Kibuishi, Barry Lyga, Andy Runton, Hope Larson, Louise Simonson, and moderator Charlie Kochman as they explore writing for young readers.

Limited copies of Kazu Kibuishi’s books will be on hand for purchase, courtesy of Captain Bluehen Comics, Newark, DE and Kids Love Comics

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The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

MA – The Fantasy in Everyday Life

Join authors/illustrators Tony DiTerlizzi (The Battle for WondLa) and Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) at the Carle Museum on Sunday, October 1st at 3:00 PM as they discuss the increasingly popular fantasy and sci-fi genre for middle grade readers. Book signing to follow program.

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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 559-6300

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

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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.

MN – Mighty Jack and the Goblin King Signing

Cartoonist Ben Hatke appears at the Red Balloon Bookshop on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 4:00 PM!

Grab your adventuring gear and prepare for an afternoon of excitement with Ben Hatke and his latest graphic novel, Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. Come meet the bestselling author and illustrator of Mighty Jack, Zita the Spacegirl, and Julia’s Home for Lost Creatures. We’ll hear all about Jack’s latest adventure, talk about making books and comics, have time for questions about epic adventures, and get our books signed!

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

Ticket Info: This event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required to enter the signing line.

To obtain a ticket, purchase any book by Ben Hatke from Red Balloon Bookshop. Books may be purchased in-store, online, or over the phone by calling 651-224-8320. If ordering online, please indicate that you would like a signing ticket in the “notes” field.

Signing Guidelines: After the presentation and Q&A, ticket holders will be called up by number to have their books signed. There is not a limit to the number of books you may have signed by Ben Hatke. Additional books may be brought from home or purchased from Red Balloon. In consideration of the people at the end of the line (and dinner time), you may be asked to select only 1 book to have personalized. Your support of Red Balloon is appreciated!

Photography Guidelines: Photos without flash are allowed and encouraged; however, due to time restrictions, photos in the signing line may be limited to “unposed” photos only. A Red Balloon bookseller will be on hand to help take your photo while you meet the author.

Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
651-224-8320

MB – Mighty Jack and the Goblin King Signing

Ben Hatke appears in conversation with Justin Currie at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM to present his newest middle grade book in the Mighty Jack graphic novel series, Mighty Jack and the Goblin King.

Like a bolt from the blue, Jack’s little sister Maddy is gone—carried into another realm by an ogre. When Jack follows Maddy’s captor through the portal, he is ready for anything . . . except what he finds waiting for him in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of his magic plants may not be enough to get him back to earth alive. But when Jack finds himself in a tough spot, help comes from the most unlikely person: the goblin king!

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

Justin Currie is an internationally-recognized artist who has worked with Blizzard, Warhammer, Nickelodeon, Disney, and is a regular guest of comic conventions across Canada and the United States. His first creator-owned project, Cassie and Tonk, won the Manitoba Book Award for graphic novels.

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McNally Robinson Booksellers
1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3M 2A6
(800) 561-1833

OR – Graphic Novel Superstars Signing

Ben Hatke and Vera Brosgol appear at Green Bean Books on Monday, September 25th at 5:00 PM for a reading featuring their new books Mighty Jack and the Goblin King and Leave Me Alone!

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

Vera Brosgol’s first graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost, was published in 2011 by First Second Books and won an Eisner Award. Her first picture book, Leave Me Alone, was published in 2016 by Roaring Brook Press and won a Caldecott Honor. She has storyboarded for Laika on the feature films CoralineParanormanThe Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings, as well as for Cartoon Network, Frederator and various commercial projects

Green Bean Books
1600 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
(503) 954-2354

UT – Mighty Jack and the Goblin King Signing

Ben Hatke appears in conversation with local author Matthew J. Kirby at the King’s English Bookshop on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 PM to present his newest middle grade book in the Mighty Jack graphic novel series, Mighty Jack and the Goblin King.

Like a bolt from the blue, Jack’s little sister Maddy is gone—carried into another realm by an ogre. When Jack follows Maddy’s captor through the portal, he is ready for anything . . . except what he finds waiting for him in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of his magic plants may not be enough to get him back to earth alive. But when Jack finds himself in a tough spot, help comes from the most unlikely person: the goblin king!

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

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The King’s English
1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 484-9100

WA – Mighty Jack and the Goblin King Signing

Graphic novelists Ben Hatke and Kazu Kibuishi appear at University Book Store on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM! Ben Hatke discusses the fantastic conclusion to his Mighty Jack graphic novels, Mighty Jack and the Goblin King with Kazu Kibuishi—the writer and artist of the thrilling Amulet graphic novel series—at this awesome author-illustrator event.

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

Kazu Kibuishi is the writer/illustrator of the Amulet graphic novel series for Scholastic Graphix, the editor of the Explorer comics anthology for Abrams ComicArts, and the creator of the Copper webcomic at his website, boltcity.com. He also illustrated the covers for the Scholastic 15th Anniversary Edition paperbacks of Harry Potter.

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105
(206) 634-3400

Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 Kids Love Comics Pavilion Announces Guests

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Family fun returns to the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con this September 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center in the beautiful Inner Harbor. The Baltimore Comic-Con presents the Kids Love Comics Pavilion, where kids and parents can venture towards comics fun with the biggest and best kids section at any comic convention – so big, you might need a road map! For 2017, the Kids Love Comics Pavilion welcomes #1 New York Times best-selling author Kazu Kibuishi, whose Amulet graphic novels have been read by millions across the US and beyond. Kibuishi was also chosen as cover illustrator for new editions of the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling.

There will be something for every member of your family at this year’s KLC area in Baltimore, as attendees walk through four kid-friendly “avenues,” featuring some of the best kids and young adult comic creators, as well as a fun-filled comics activity area to rev up the imagination. Families will also enjoy the Kids Love Comics Workshop, where hourly presentations will be given in character creation, drawing imaginary creatures, making comics, and young sidekicks can even attend and graduate from “Super Hero University!”

A diverse group of writers and artists will be on hand at Amulet AvenueAmelia Rules RoadAw Yeah Avenue, and Leon Lane – each of these streets centered around some of the beloved creators in the Kids Love Comics Pavilion and Baltimore Comic-Con veterans. Besides Kazu’s Amulet AvenueJimmy Gownley’s adored Amelia Rules! series gets it’s own designated row, as well as Tiny Titans and Aw Yeah Comics by writer/artist Franco. One special addition is Leon Lane, in which cult comics favorite Jamar Nicholas gets the spotlight, as he premieres the long-awaited Leon, Protector of the Playground graphic novel.

Parents, bring your kids to the Baltimore Comic-Con the weekend of September 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center! Tickets are now available, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult admission. (Please note: does not apply to early VIP admission or Special Event tickets.)

For more info on Kids Love Comics, please visit kidslovecomics.net.

Creators appearing at the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con Kids Love Comics Pavilion include:

  • Carolyn Belefski (Curls)
  • Harold Buchholz (Wild Lion, MST3K)
  • Joe Carabeo (French Fry Club)
  • J. Robert Deans & Elinda Deans (Shakes the Cow)
  • Charles C. Dowd (A to Z Guide to Jobs For Girls)
  • Emily Drouin (Eplis)
  • Tod Emko & Piggy (A Piggy’s Tale)
  • Tim Fielder (Matty’s Rocket)
  • Chris Flick (Capes & Babes)
  • Franco (Tiny Titans, Aw Yeah Comics)
  • John Gallagher w/ Katie, Jack & Will Gallagher (Buzzboy, EPIC Bros., Zoey & Ketchup)
  • Shannon Gallant (GI Joe, Pink Panther)
  • Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!, The Dumbest Idea Ever)
  • John Green (Hippopotamister)
  • Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred)
  • Kata Kane (Altar Girls)
  • Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet, Harry Potter cover artist)
  • David Landis (Papercuttables)
  • Mike Lopez (Life’s A Beach, Kids Comic Con)
  • Mike Maihack (Cleopatra In Space)
  • Mark Mariano (Claire Lost Her Bear at the World’s Fair, Flabbergast)
  • Jamar Nicholas (Leon, Protector of the Playground)
  • Chris O>Matic (KLC Workshop host)
  • Dan Parent (Archie)
  • Mark Poulton (A Cat Named Haiku and Pizza Tree)
  • Kyle Puttkamer (Hero Cats)
  • Andy Runton (Owly)
  • Gregg Schigiel (Pix)
  • Jeff Shultz (Archie)
  • Alex Simmons (Archie, Kids ComicCon)
  • Ted Tucker (Caricatures)
  • Emilio Velez Jr. (Dodgeball Teens)
  • Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics, NerdFest Game Artist)
  • Marcus Williams & Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs)

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

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

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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

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