NYC – Comic Book History of Comics Signing

Writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ryan Dunlavey appear at Carmine Street Comics on Friday, March 23rd at 6:00 PM to sign The Comic Book History of Comics!

Fred Van Lente is the co-founder, along with artist Ryan Dunlavey, of Evil Twin Comics, which produces his and Dunlavey’s non-fiction comic books, the first and most famous of which is Action Philosophers. Fred has worked on such books as Incredible Hercules with Greg Pak, Marvel Zombies, Power Man and Iron Fist, and wrote the play King Kirby.

Ryan is the artist of Action Philosophers, Action Presidents, The Comic Book History of Comics, Dirt Candy, Polidiocy, MODOK, G.I.Joe and lots more.

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Carmine Street Comics
34 Carmine Street, New York, New York 10014
(646) 656-1022

OR – Full Bleed Launch Party

Mark Russell, Erin Nations, Shawna Gore, Dirk Wood, and many more appear at Floating World Comics on Saturday March 10, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM to sign the first issue of FULL BLEED!

FULL BLEED is a brand-new quarterly, hand-crafted PRINT-ONLY 200-page hardcover “magazine,” curated and edited by IDW Publishing’s Dirk Wood and Ted Adams. By merging the best in comics, fiction, non-fiction, deep dive interviews, opinion, history, think-pieces and more, FULL BLEED will be a reading experience like no other, and a beautiful artisan addition to any bookshelf. Looking through an international lens, but filtered through the unique perspective of the IDW:PDX satellite office in Portland Oregon, FULL BLEED will tackle all aspects of the creative culture, and beyond — comics, music, film, tv, fine art, photography, design, politics and more. FULL BLEED seeks total diversity: diversity in content, diversity in creator and contributor, diversity in genre. Every page turned will reveal a surprise.

FULL BLEED is the premiere publication from IDW’s new imprint, WOODWORKS. After launch, IDW & WOODWORKS will be creating a campaign to help Traveling Stories, a charity dedicated to children’s literacy and “outsmarting poverty one book at a time,” and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, to help with their continued work for literacy and libraries. WOODWORKS intends to make smart books, for smart people…and do what they can to help make more smart people.

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

PA – DuckTales: Treasure Trove Signing

Writer Joe Caramagna will be at Barnes & Noble in the Willow Grove Shopping Center on Saturday, February 3rd at 1:00 PM for a DuckTales: Treasure Trove signing!

Barnes & Noble
102 Park Avenue Willow Grove, PA 19090

SF – MARCH: A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum, Top Shelf Productions, and IDW Publishing proudly present MARCH, an exhibition of original artwork from the acclaimed graphic novel trilogy written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Cartoon Art Museum patrons will discover the inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, Congressman John Lewis, as artist Nate Powell chronicles Lewis’s journey from Troy, Alabama to Washington, D.C. The MARCH graphic novel trilogy, co-written by Andrew Aydin, received the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, was the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Award, has won multiple Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, and has been a staple of the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller lists.

Artist Nate Powell will discuss MARCH at the Cartoon Art Museum on Friday, February 9, 2018. RSVP on Facebook for further details…

About Congressman John Lewis and MARCH:

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

To share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis produced March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell.

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

About Nate Powell, forthcoming guest speaker at the Cartoon Art Museum:

Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000.

His work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.

His work has also received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN. His books have been placed on school curriculum in over 40 states, and his animated illustrations in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot documentary will reach roughly one million students in 50,000 schools across the nation.

From 1999 to 2009, Powell worked full-time providing support for adults with developmental disabilities alongside his cartooning efforts. He managed underground record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and performed in punk bands Soophie Nun Sqaud and Universe. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Powell’s next book, Come Again, will be released in summer 2018 by Top Shelf/IDW.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

MD – Goosebumps #1 Signing

Jeremy Lambert appears at Third Eye Comics on Saturday December 23rd from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM to sign Goosebumps #1 from IDW Publishing.

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Third Eye Comics
209 Chinquapin Round Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

CA – 30 Days of Night #1 Signing

30 Days of Night co-creator Steve Niles signs at Brave New World Comics this Wednesday, December 20th from 2:30pm-4:30pm!

A selection of Niles’ highlight reel is also available for purchase, including the graphic novels Winnebago Graveyard v1, Breath of Bones A Tale of the Golem, Freaks of the Heartland, Mystery Society (featuring Saga’s Fiona Staples), early volumes of 30 Days of Night and more!

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Brave New World Comics
22722 Lyons Avenue #6, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
(661) 259-4745

Free Comic Book Day 2018 Announces Gold Sponsor Comic Titles

Press Release:

The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee has selected the twelve Gold Sponsor comic book titles for the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event, Free Comic Book Day. FCBD happens each year on the first Saturday in May at participating comic book shops worldwide, with next year’s event taking place on May 5th, 2018.

The titles were curated by over twenty comic shop retailers who make up the FCBD Selection Committee and the comics feature something for everyone: from superheroes, to popular films and television shows, to beloved video game franchises, and all-ages favorites. The Gold Sponsor titles come from the industry’s top publishers, including:

  • DC Entertainment (TBA)
  • Dark Horse Comics (OVERWATCH/BLACK HAMMER)
  • Image Comics (BARRIER #1)
  • Archie Comics (RIVERDALE)
  • First Second Books (COMICS FRIENDS FOREVER)
  • Titan Comics (DOCTOR WHO #0)

“With 91 titles submitted from over 70 publishers, the FCBD Retailer Committee had to make some tough choices for this year’s Free Comic Book Day,” said FCBD spokesperson Dan Manser, “but we think retailers and fans alike will be thrilled with the sponsor titles chosen for 2018. Free Comic Book Day is the comics industry’s most important event—a day to celebrate comic books and comic shops, and to introduce family and friends to the comics medium we all know and love. It’s important that the titles reflect the varied interests of people coming into stores these days—and we believe there’s a comic book for everyone this Free Comic Book Day!”

The full line-up of this year’s comic books will be announced next week, when thirty-eight additional FCBD Silver titles will be announced on Tuesday, December 19th. A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles, as well as two education titles about the industry, will also be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops December 27th, 2017.

MA – ROM/Micronauts #1 Signing

Cover artist Rich Wentworth appears at Larry’s Comics on Saturday, December 23rd from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM to sign the first issue of ROM/Micronauts from IDW Publishing!

Rich will also be signing copies of ROM #13, and doing sketches and selling original art and prints. Come on down and grab that last minute Christmas present!

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Larry’s Comics
124 Tyngsboro Road, North Chelmsford, MA 01863
(978) 459-5323

CA – Kid Lobotomy #1 Signing

Artist Tess Fowler appears at Earth-2 Comics on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM to celebrate Local Comic Shop Day! Tess will be meeting fans and signing her comics, including the new IDW/Black Crown series, Kid Lobotomy! 

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Earth-2 Comics
8967 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 993-7804

NJ – José Muñoz Art Exhibition

Press Release:

Scott Eder Gallery is very excited to present <<historietas>> a constellation of meanings, the first-ever U.S. show of Argentine illustrator José Muñoz, featuring artwork from the many issues of Alack Sinner, his seminal long-time collaboration with writer Carlos Sampayo. The gallery will also be offering art from Billie Holiday, the Muñoz-Sampayo graphic novel biography, as well as other select illustrations.

The gallery show follows the 2017 release of Alack Sinner: The Age of Innocence [IDW], the first of two volumes that present, for the first time in English, the complete Alack Sinner comics by the Muñoz-Sampayo team, as well as the recent release of Billie Holiday [NBM], also in hardcover in English for the first time.

Featuring nearly 60 pages of original pen and ink illustrations and sketches from Alack Sinner as well as original pages of art from Billie Holiday, the show opens on Dec. 1st, 2017.

Known for his heavily stylized, shadow-filled black and white imagery, José Muñoz has influenced generations of comic book artists. Many fans and critics consider Muñoz and Sampayo’s work to be a direct inspiration for Frank Miller’s Sin City. Muñoz himself has said, “I like the nerves, the gesture, the energy of the manual blurring that we can make appear between light and shadow, on the border between them, where they are always collaborating and discussing the limits. Both the shadow and the light excite me, differently.” [1]

The Alack Sinner stories, international bestsellers and Muñoz’s most famous work, feature Sinner, a hard-boiled private detective in a noirish, cinematic New York City of the past decades. Muñoz and Sampayo also weave a passion for jazz throughout the stories. This love of quintessentially American music more fully expresses itself in Billie Holiday, a poignant portrait of the singer’s tragic life.

This year’s prestigious “Yellow Kid: Maestro of Comics Award” winner at the international Lucca Comics Festival (as well as a 1983 winner), Muñoz’s work has also won a Harvey Award and the Max & Moritz “Outstanding Life’s Work” Special Prize, as well as three prizes at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, including the top Grand Prix.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, and a student of Alberto Breccia, Pablo Pereyra and Hugo Pratt, Muñoz moved to London in the early 1970s and there began his collaboration with Carlos Sampayo. He currently resides in Milan and Paris, but has a deep and passionate love for New York City.

The show opens on Friday, Dec. 1st, with an artist reception from 5-9 PM.

Special limited-edition prints [silkscreen and letterpress] created for the show, along with books, will also be available.

Scott Eder Gallery
888 Newark Ave, Suite 525, Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 630-4931

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