PA – Reading Without Walls Lecture

The Doylestown Bookshop and Holicong Middle School are excited to welcome Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, to Holicong Middle School on Sunday, April 2 2017 at 6:00 PM. You must register for the event at the link. Admission is free.

The author will be giving a presentation followed by a Q&A. The author’s books will be available for sale at the event. He will be signing books at the event.

About Reading without Walls:

Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Reading Without Walls, a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April.

Reading Without Walls is designed to “celebrate reading and diversity” and encourage children to read books outside of their personal experience, books they might not have considered before. Structured as an educational challenge, the program encourages children to “read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you,” or to read “a book about a topic you don’t know much about,” or “a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun, such as a chapter book, an audio book, a graphic novel, or a book in verse.” Once a challenge is completed children receive certificates and other rewards that mark their literary achievement.

In an interview with PW, Yang, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, who has had two graphic novels nominated for National Book Awards in Young People’s Literature, said that “[Reading Without Walls] started last January as an experimental pilot when I was appointed National Ambassador. Schools and libraries and bookstores put up displays and issued challenges. We want to make it easier for them.” Yang said the pilot program has led to the design of certificates of participation, posters, activity kits, puzzles, and other materials to promote the reading program.

“I announced Reading Without Walls program at the National Book Festival [last fall] with a speech on social media. People really ran with it and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback. Now we’re finalizing the program and supplying a lot of formal materials to teachers, retailers, and librarians that will help them get involved.”

Yang said that feedback from the pilot program has helped to expand the program to “reading in other languages. We’ll also have kits that encourage children to create their own poetry, novels and comics. We’re taking [the program] from reading without walls, to encouraging kids to make their own stories, outside of their walls.”

The program is a partnership with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, the Children’s Book Council, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Holicong Middle School
2900 Holicong Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902
(267) 893-2700

CT – Secrets & Sequences Signing

Gene Luen Yang appears at R.J. Julia Booksellers on Monday April 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM!

Gene is this year’s National Ambassador to Young People’s Literature and will be discussing Reading Without Walls, an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things!

Stately Academy is no ordinary school: it was once home to an elite institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper, Eni, and Josh won’t rest until they’ve learned the whole story, but they aren’t the only ones interested in the school’s past.

Principal Dean is hot on their trail, demanding that the coders turn over their most powerful robot. Dean may be a creep, but he’s nothing compared to the guy who’s really in charge: a green-skinned coding genius named Professor One-Zero.

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award.

His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman.

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R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road Madison, CT 06443
203-245-3959

MA – Reading Without Walls Signing

Gene Luen Yang appears at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Thursday April 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM!

Celebrated graphic novelist and National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang discusses Reading Without Walls, a new reading initiative for kids that encourages kids to get out of their comfort zone and explore the world through books.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Event Guidelines:

  • Tickets are $5
  • Tickets may be purchased online, in-store, or over the phone
  • The line at the theatre will form promptly at 5:30pm
  • Gene’s presentation at the theatre will last an hour
  • He will follow with a signing, to take place at Brookline Booksmith
  • Several of Gene’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the Booksmith
  • You are not required to purchase a book in order to join the signing line

Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
617-566-6660

MA – Reading Without Walls Lecture

Gene Luen Yang appears at the Eric Carle Museum  on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM!

Graphic Novelist. Educator. Cartoonist. MacArthur Fellow. As the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang is traveling across the country to discuss Reading Without Walls, challenging readers to read diverse books outside of their comfort zones. In this divided world, Yang asks people to come together and learn to understand each other better through books. A bestselling, award-winning comics creator, Gene Luen Yang is pushing his own boundaries in storytelling — and asking you to do the same in your reading.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002

ON – Reading Without Walls

Press Release:

Award winning graphic novelist and literacy advocate Gene Luen Yang will appear at the Toronto Reference Library on Wednesday, April 5th at 6:30 PM. On January 4, 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and The Children’s Book Council, appointed Gene the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2016-2017).

Throughout his career, Gene has advocated for the role of comics and graphic novels in promoting literacy and learning. On April 5, Gene will speak about his Reading Without Walls platform in this Toronto Public Library and Toronto Comic Arts Festival co-presentation.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Toronto Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8
416-395-5577

WA – First Second Panel

Comic creators Gene Luen Yang, Scott Westerfeld, Matthew Loux, Penelope Bagieu, and Box Brown appear on a panel moderated by Jen Vaughan at the Seattle Public Library on Friday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM.

Press Release:

First Second Books publishes great graphic novels for every type of reader. We’ll be celebrating their work with a panel of their most talented creators: Gene Yang, Scott Westerfeld, Matthew Loux, Penelope Bagieu, and Box Brown, moderated by Jen Vaughn. Learn about their books and their backgrounds, and join in a rousing game of Pictionary, where the audience and artists compete for bragging rights!

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman.

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.

Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982, to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Exquisite Corpse was her first graphic novel to be published in the United States. California Dreamin’, a graphic novel biography of Mama Cass of “The Mamas and the Papas” will publish on March 7th for International Women’s Day.

Matthew Loux is the author and artist of Sidescrollers and the five-volume Salt Water Taffy series published by Oni Press. Sidescrollers was placed on the 2008 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, and in 2009 Salt Water Taffy was placed on the Texas Library Association’s prestigious Maverick list. Matthew also illustrated the graphic novel F-Stop and the board book Good Night, Gabbaland based on the Nick Jr. television show Yo Gabba Gabba. He resides in Brooklyn.

Scott Westerfeld is the author of the worldwide bestselling Uglies series and the Locus Award–winning Leviathan series, and is co-author of the Zeroes trilogy. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy.

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Seattle Public Library
Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 386-4636

Dark Horse Comics Schedule for Emerald City Comicon 2017

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Washington

Press Release:
Visit Dark Horse Comics at Emerald City Comicon for free swag, such as comics, buttons, posters, and more! Check out our signings and panels, too!
Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from our friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!
We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.
SIGNING SCHEDULE
 
All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.
Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.
All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald
BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS: Yishan Li
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC: Kristen Gudsnuk
THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS: Hope Nicholson, Tini Howard, Megan Lavey-Heaton, Kristen Gudsnuk, Fionna Adams, Meaghan Carter
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. EMPOWERED: Adam Warren
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. HARROW COUNTY: Tyler Crook
NEGATIVE SPACE: Ryan K. Lindsay, Owen Gieni
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN: Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. ANGEL SEASON 11,  LARA CROFT AND THE FROZEN OMEN, DEEP GRAVITY: Corinna Bechko
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE: Andrew Robinson
HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D: 1954, JOE GOLEM, ALIENS: Patric Reynolds
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH: Christos Gage
BOUNTY: Kurtis Wiebe
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. BATTLEPUG: Mike Norton
SPACE-MULLET!, THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson
3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Sharlene Kindt
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, WONDERFALL, CONAN RED SONJA: Gail Simone
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC, THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS: Kristen Gudsnuk
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, COLDER: Paul Tobin
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. ALEISTER AND ADOLF, THE VICTORIES: Michael Avon Oeming
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE SERPENT’S HEIR: Richard Hamilton
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, NUMBER 13: David Walker
FIGHT CLUB 2, SIN TITULO, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: Cameron Stewart
AMERICAN GODS, FIGHT CLUB 2, KABUKI: David Mack
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. ANGEL CATBIRD: Johnnie Christmas
FINDER, HARROW COUNTY: Carla Speed McNeil
3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: LIFE AND DEATH: Brian Albert Thies
EI8HT: Mike Johnson
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. THE VISITOR: HOW AND WHY HE STAYED, RISE OF THE BLACK FLAME,  HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1954, SERENITY: NO POWER IN THE ’VERSE: Chris Roberson
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. HELLBOY IN HELL, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D., BALTIMORE: Mike Mignola
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Gene Luen Yang

THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Irene Koh

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Jose Pimienta
MAE: Gene Ha
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. TREKKER: Ron Randall
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Ron Chan
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. TOMB RAIDER: Phillip Sevy

2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Irene Koh

PANEL SCHEDULE
 
Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/Events/Panels-And-Screenings/Panels/# for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. TCC 305 Spotlight on Matt Kindt
One of the most lauded creative minds in comics, Matt Kindt sits down for a no-holds-barred spotlight panel to discuss his upcoming projects, from Grass Kings (Boom! Studios) to X-O Manowar (Valiant Entertainment) to Dept. H (Dark Horse) and more, with special guests and some surprises for every panel attendee!
4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. WSCC 611 The Comic Elements of Avatar and Korra
Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are excited to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join Avatar: The Last Airbender writer Gene Luen Yang and The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars artist Irene Koh as they explore this treasured world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. TCC 303 Throughout the Whedonverse: 20 Years in the Making
Dark Horse is thrilled to celebrate twenty years of Buffy and fifteen years of Firefly! Dark Horse’s continuations of Joss Whedon’s cult favorites in the series Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel remain some of the most talked-about comics in the industry. Join Whedonverse writers Chris Roberson (Serenity: No Power in the ’Verse), Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seasons 10 and 11, Angel & Faith), Kel McDonald (Buffy: The High School Years), and Corinna Bechko (Angel Season 11) for an in-depth look at what it’s like to work on franchises with a cult-like following. WhedonCon’s Marisa Powers will impress fans with her knowledge of the Whedonverse as moderator of the panel!

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 3
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. WSCC 604 Dark Horse Manga

Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, and many more! Dark Horse continues to publish some of the industry’s best-selling titles, like Unofficial Hatsune Mix, I Am a Hero, Danganronpa, and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join translator Zack Davisson and Dark Horse editor Carl Horn for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!SATURDAY, MARCH 4

11:10 a.m.–12:00 p.m. TCC 302 From the Printed Page to the Silver Screen:  An Overview of Licensing Comic Book Properties  to the Film and Television Industries
From Arrow to X-Men; The Walking Dead to Deadpool; comic book properties dominate the film and television screens. It’s no secret that comic books are the new hot properties; the entertainment industry is scrambling to acquire the latest graphic novels. Are you ready to represent the creator of the next superhero smash hit? This CLE will help introduce lawyers and law students to the key issues involved in licensing comic book properties to the film and television industries.
12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. TCC 305 Seriously, What’s Up with Editors?
Haven’t you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to be one? Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, and IDW want to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join iZombie creator and Mignolaverse contributor Chris Roberson, Dark Horse’s VP of publishing Randy Stradley, Boom! Studios’ Eric Harburn, and IDW’s Sarah Gaydos for a rare behind-the-panels look at the secrets to building successful comic and graphic novel programs.
1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m. TCC 304 The Mignolaverse: Life after Hell
It’s been a tough few years for Hellboy fans following the death of our titular hero in 2011. But fear not: Hellboy’s spirit lives on in the other titles of the immaculately crafted Mignolaverse. Join Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Mignolaverse writer Chris Roberson (Witchfinder: City of the Dead, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954), as they delve into what the future holds for the Mignolaverse.
4:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ECCC Live Stage  Level 4 Skybridge Lobby How To Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir
Join Richard Hamilton, writer on How To Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir, at the Emerald City Comicon Live Stage for a conversation about writing the comics based on the beloved How To Train Your Dragon film and TV series. You can also catch it streaming live on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/twitch.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. WSCC 3A The Millennial’s Guide to Keeping Comics Alive
In recent years, Dark Horse has expanded its publishing line to reach more young and young adult comic readers. Join Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), and Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics and the role social media plays in engaging with fans!
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. TCC 303 Artists Who Write: The Craft and Creation of Comics
Whether it’s an underwater murder mystery or a scantily clad superhero, there’s a lot of thought put into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join some of the industry’s most talented artists—Matt Kindt (Dept. H, Ether), Adam Warren (Empowered), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), and Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer)—who can tell you a thing or two about comic creation.

IL – Reading Without Walls Presentation

Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and The Shadow Hero, appears on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Yang is the first writer who works primarily in graphic novels to be appointed by the Library of Congress as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The MacArthur Foundation named him a fellow in 2016 noting that his work “demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people.” A highly acclaimed presenter, Yang will discuss his books and the importance of reading without walls.

The Book Stall will be on hand selling copies of his books and a signing will follow the presentation. Space is limited so individual registration is required, available at the link.

Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore
5300 W. Touhy Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077

Guests of Honor Announced for MoCCA Arts Festival 2017

Mocca_logoPress Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to share this year’s stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 1-2 at Metropolitan West in New York City. This year’s featured Guests of Honor are:

  • Acclaimed French cartoonist Blutch, whose graphic novel Peplum marks his second English- language translation, makes his first ever appearance at a North American comics festival.
  • Cliff Chiang, known for his “fluid and confident storytelling” in work on comics including Human Target, Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, and Paper Girls.
  • Artist Becky Cloonan, whose best-selling comics include Demo, East Coast Rising, American Virgin, Gotham Academy, The Punisher, and many others.
  • Illustrator Drew Friedman, recognized for his body of comics work as well as his unforgettable caricatures of celebrities and legends, political figures and performers.
  • British comics artist David Lloyd, best known as the artist of V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore, and the designer of the iconic Guy Fawkes mask since adopted by Anonymous.
  • American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints author Gene Luen Yang, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellow, who will appear on Saturday only.

This diverse group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 1 – 2nd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor’s visits will be available in future announcements.

Applications to table at the Fest are now available online, and will close on December 31st.

ABOUT THE GUESTS OF HONOR

Blutch
Born Christian Hincker in Strasbourg, France, comic artist and writer Blutch is widely recognized for his incredible draftsmanship and his affectionate, outsider’s take on American culture including cinema and jazz. His comics debuted in the magazine Fluide Glacial in the 1980s. Since then he has published many books with publishers including L’Association, Cornelius, and Dargaud. His books So Long, Silver Screen (Picturebox) and Peplum (New York Review Comics) have been translated into English, and his illustrations have appeared in publications including Libération and The New Yorker. In 2009, he won the prestigious Grand Prix at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France. His visit to North America is supported by Europe Comics

Cliff Chiang
Comic artist Cliff Chiang began his career as an illustrator for Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC before moving on to freelance. His client list includes DC Comics, GQ Magazine, Lucasfilm, Warner Animation, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamics Forces Entertainment, and the ACLU. His artwork was used in the comics Human Target, Beware the Creeper and Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre, Green Arrow/Black Canary and Wonder Woman. He is currently working on the series Paper Girls with writer Brian K. Vaughan.

Becky Cloonan
At only 36, New York’s School of Visual Arts alum Becky Cloonan has already paved the way for women in comics. Her breakout hit, Demo (2004), a collaboration with Brian Wood, received numerous accolades and recognitions. Her first solo project,
East Coast Rising, released by Tokyopop in 2006, earned her a third Eisner nomination for Best New Series. In 2012 she became the first woman to draw a main Batman title. Following Batman, she did the art for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and later created cover art and stories for Gotham Academy for DC Comics.

Drew Friedman
Award winning artist Drew Friedman’s comics and illustrations have appeared in Raw, Weirdo, American Splendor, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, The New Yorker, BLAB!, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, among many others. His work has been collected in several volumes, and The New York Times called his three volumes of Old Jewish Comedians “A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces.” His books of portraits, Heroes of the Comic Books and More Heroes of The Comics, published by Fantagraphics, have received high praise and recognition from the comics community. He is the subject of the upcoming documentary Drew Friedman: Vermeer of the Borscht Belt.

David Lloyd
British comic art David Lloyd’s career began in the 1970s creating art for Marvel UK titles. In 1982, author and editor Dez Skinn started production on Warrior magazine, and invited Lloyd to create a new pulp character. With the help of writer Alan Moore, the two conceived V for Vendetta, a dark comic featuring an anarchist anti-hero who battles with a fascist government while donning a Guy-Fawkes mask. DC Comics would later pick up the comic and transform it into a full graphic novel. In 2006, V for Vendetta became a full-length feature film, while the Guy-Fawkes mask illustrated by Lloyd has been used widely in protests throughout the world. Since the widespread popularity of V, Lloyd has worked on numerous other titles including Wasteland, Espers, War Story, The Territory, Kickback, among others. In 2012, Lloyd launched an online comics anthology called Aces Weekly.

Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang found early recognition in 2006 through his young adult (YA) book American Born Chinese (First Second Books), which became the first graphic novel to be a finalist for the National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award, as well as an Eisner Award. His next title, the diptych Boxers & Saints (also published by First Second Books), continued his winning streak, receiving the L.A. Times Book Prize. In January of 2016, Yang was appointed as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council; then later that year, he was named a MacArthur Genius.

About the Society of Illustrators and the MoCCA Arts Festival
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 3,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

CT – Gene Luen Yang Signing

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Award-winning Graphic Novelist GENE LUEN YANG appears on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 4-6PM at the University of Connecticut’s Student Union Theater.

Open to the Public / Talk and Book Signing

Sponsored by Asian/Asian American Studies Institute and Asian American Cultural Center

GENE LUEN YANG began making comics and graphic novels in the fifth grade. In 2006 First Second Books published American Born Chinese, which became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album.

In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, Yang’s two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion. Nominated for a National Book Award, this book also won the L.A. Times Book Prize.

Gene Yang has created a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman! In addition to cartooning, he teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, teaching alongside amazing authors like Anne Ursu, Gary Schmidt, Laura Ruby, Matt De La Pena, to name a few.

In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

UConn Student Union Theater
2110 Hillside Rd, Storrs, CT 06268
(860) 486-3422

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