MeCAF 2012 Announces Guests

The Maine Comics Arts Festival has announced Kate Beaton and Kazu Kibuishi as their first featured guests! MeCAF will be held on Sunday, May 20th in Portland, Maine. Follow their blog for the latest details.

Press Release:

Kate Beaton, creator of “Hark, A Vagrant” !

Hark! A Vagrant takes readers on a romp through history and literature—with dignity for few and cookies for all—with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures, all drawn in Kate Beaton’s pared-down, excitable style. This collection features favorite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content. Whether she’s writing about Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, or Nancy Drew, Beaton brings a refined sense of the absurd to every situation.

In just four years, Beaton has taken the comics world by storm with her non sequiturs, cheeky comebacks, and irreverent punch lines. With 1.2 million monthly hits on her site—500,000 of them unique—and comics appearing in Harper’s Magazine, the National Post, and The New Yorker, her caricatures of historical and fictional figures filtered through a contemporary lens display a sharp, quick wit that knows no bounds.

 

Kazu Kibuishi is the author and illustrator of the popular Amulet graphic novel series for young readers, including Amulet 1: The Stonekeeper, which was honored with the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award in 2010 and the Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award in 2011; Amulet 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse; Amulet 3: The Cloud Searchers; and Amulet 4: The Last Council.

Copper, his popular web comic, was published in January 2010. Kazu is also founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comics series, as well as the creator of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, a winner of the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award in 2006. Born in Tokyo, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated with a degree in Film Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He currently lives with his wife and son in Alhambra, and works full-time as a comic book artist.

NS – Hark, A Vagrant Signing

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Kate Beaton signs at Strange Adventures on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 from 7:00-9:00PM!

Strange Adventures
5262 Sackville St, Halifax, NS
Canada

QC – Hark A Vagrant Signing

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Kate Beaton signs at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm!

RSVP on Facebook!

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2K5
(514) 279-2221

CA – Hark! A Vagrant Signing

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Kate Beaton discusses and signs her comics collection Hark! A Vagrant at Skylight Books on October 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm 
 
New Yorker cartoonist Kate Beaton will discuss and sign her collection of comic strips, Hark! A Vagrant. This hilarious collection takes readers on a romp through history and literature, with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures. Whether she’s writing about Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, or Nancy Drew, Beaton brings a refined sense of the absurd to every situation.

Kate Beaton grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology at Mount Allison University. Her comics have appeared in the New Yorker, Harpers, The National Post, and The Best American Comics anthology. Her website, www.harkavagrant.com, attracts over 500,000 unique monthly visitors.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.660.1175

APE 2011 Swings in to San Francisco October 1-2

September 29, 2011 by  
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Press Release:

APE Swings in to San Francisco this Weekend

The comics centric event features a stellar guest list, programming, free shuttle bus service

San Francisco – The Alternative Press Expo (APE), the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, arrives in San Francisco this weekend, October 1–2, for what promises to be one of the most exciting events to date. Every year APE boasts an impressive guest list, and this year’s lineup is no exception. Special guests appearing include award-winning cartoonists Shannon Wheeler, Kate Beaton, Daniel Clowes, and Adrian Tomine. APE is held at the Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street in San Francisco.

Additional special guests include Matthew Thurber, whose book 1-800 MICE makes its West Coast premiere at the event. The new book is a collection of the critically acclaimed first five issues of Thurber’s comic book series, with 64 pages of new material. And special guest Craig Thompson also makes a long-anticipated return to the graphic novel medium with his new book Habibi debuting this week. Habibi marks seven years since Thompson’s Blankets, which won numerous industry honors in 2004, including two Eisner Awards.

“We are excited to have such inspiring and accomplished guests at APE this year,” said David Glanzer, APE spokesperson and director of marketing and public relations for parent company Comic-Con International.

In addition to the impressive guest list, APE features two full days of comics programs geared around the show’s special guests and various aspects of independent and alternative comics. These programs promise to be fun, informative, and enlightening conversations with some of the top creative talent working in comics today. And if that were not enough, APE also offers a fascinating, and informative group of hands-on workshops covering everything from comics writing to world building, self-publishing, and bookbinding.

This year APE introduces its first-ever free courtesy shuttle bus service. Attendees can travel from Caltrain, BART, and the San Francisco Centre shopping mall and food court to the Concourse Exhibition Center, with a shuttle leaving every half-hour. Click here for schedules and locations.

            Advance tickets for APE are $10.00 single day, $15.00 both days and can be purchased by clicking here.

 

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About Alternative Press Expo:

Alternative Press Expo (APE), the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to the San Francisco-based APE each fall, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and WonderCon in Anaheim, California, this spring. On the web: Comic-Con.orgFacebook.com/APExpoTwitter.com/APExpo.

NYC – Hark! A Vagrant Signing

August 31, 2011 by  
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Kate Beaton signs at the Housing Works on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00pm

Press Release:  

The official release of Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant, an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and web sensation Kate Beaton. Presented by Housing Works, Desert Island, and Drawn & Quarterly.

Hark! A Vagrant is an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and web sensation Kate Beaton (harkavagrant.com).

Housing Works
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012

Alternative Press Expo (APE) Announces Special Guests for 2011

May 9, 2011 by  
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Press Release:

Alternative Press Expo (APE) Announces Special Guests for 2011

Beaton, Clowes, Thompson, Tomine, and Wheeler Headline the Indie Comics Show

San Francisco – Coming off its biggest year yet in 2010 with attendance topping 5,500, the Alternative Press Expo (APE), returns to San Francisco this fall at The Concourse Exhibition Center. The Expo, taking place Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, will again feature the expanded Exhibit Hall and additional programming tracks that debuted in 2010.

Five special guests have already signed on for the show: Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant!), Daniel Clowes (Wilson, Mister Wonderful; courtesy Drawn & Quarterly), Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi), Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve, Scenes from an Impending Marriage), and Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man, I Thought You Would Be Funnier).

“Interest in APE has never been higher as evidenced by our growing attendance and roster of exhibitors,” said David Glanzer, APE’s director of marketing and public relations. “This year’s terrific mix of special guests really helps us continue that momentum as one of the ‘must-see’ independent comics shows in the nation.”

APE showcases the best in alternative and small press comics, with an Exhibit Hall packed with cutting-edge creators featuring their comics, books, zines, original art, hand-made items, and much more. Further details on APE 2011, including a complete list of exhibitors and the full programming schedule, will be announced closer to the event.

 

About Alternative Press Expo:

Alternative Press Expo (APE), the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to the San Francisco-based APE each fall, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s WonderCon each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.orgFacebook.com/APExpoTwitter.com/APExpo.

 

NYC – Strange Tales Party

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Marvel Comics’ Strange Tales I and II are finally complete and collected! To celebrate this amazing assortment of alternative and independent cartoonists, the CBLDF and THE BEAT are hosting a party for contributors and fans! DON’T MISS OUT on this rare opportunity to meet this wide variety of creators, all in one fun spot!

hosted by CBLDF and THE BEAT

Nick Bertozzi
Kate Beaton
Chris Chua
Jim Campbell
Jacob Chabot
Becky Cloonan
Toby Cypress
Nick Gurewitch
Tim Hamilton
Dean Haspiel
Jillian Tamaki
Paul Horneschemier
Benjamin Marra
Alex Robinson

7-9- pm. Saturday April 9th
The Mad Hatter
360 Third Ave (at 26th St.), New York, NY 10016

Just around the Corner from MoCCA

Copies of STRANGE TALES I and II will be available at the party,
donations benefiting the CBLDF.

Heroes Con Welcomes New Guests & Old Friends

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Press Release: Heroes Convention is preparing for one of the LARGEST Guest Lists in it’s 28 year history this June 4-6!  Pack your bags and gas up the car, because this will be one of our greatest shows of all time!  Making their First Appearance at Heroes Con this year are J. Scott Campbell, Brian Bolland, Humberto Ramos, Jimmy Cheung, and Rob Liefeld!  They’ll be joining the Heroes Con Family of regular All-Stars like Adam Hughes, Tony Harris, Frank Cho, Brandon Peterson, Mark Brooks, Tommy Lee Edwards, Phil Noto, Cully Hamner, and tons more!!

Long-time favorites like Ron Garney, Rick Leonardi, and Michael Golden are returning, as well as West Coast heavy-hitters like Mike Mignola, Tim Sale, Dustin Nguyen, Eric Canete, and Sean “Cheeks” Galloway.  It’s insane!!  Now we just have to figure out where to put everybody!  One thing is for sure, this all points to a stellar Art Auction on Saturday night!!

Also in 2010, Indie Island is stronger than ever with Jill Thompson, Evan Dorkin, Scott Morse, Jim Mahfood, and Kate Beaton onboard!  Like in previous years, there will be lots of exclusive artwork for Indie Island and always the coolest t-shirts!  In addition to the new wave of Indie folks, we’ll also host some of the all-time greats of the Independent Creators like James O’Barr, David Mack, Brian Pulido, and Joseph Michael Linsner!  It’s a powerhouse lineup this year!!
And, yes, even with EVERY artist in the comics industry in attendance (nearly!), we also get to have some of the most awesome writers in the world at Heroes Con, like Bill Willingham, Mark Waid, Christos Gage, Steve Niles, Jeff Parker, and the legendary Roy Thomas!
One thing we always try to do is to bring in the Artists and Writers that we get the most requests for, and this year we’re REALLY excited to have lined up several of the MOST requested of all time!  In addition to Campbell, Bolland, and Willingham, we can also confirm Kevin Maguire is finally making his first appearance at Heroes Con!  Joining Kevin in making their much-desired first appearance is Ben Templesmith, Todd Nauck, and Talent Caldwell!  It’s great to have these guys at Heroes Con!
As always, we could stage a major Battle Royal between all the Heavy Hitters from DC and Marvel at the show!  This year, from Marvel Comics we have Steve Epting, Mike McKone, Tom Raney, Mike Choi, and Skrappy Skottie Young!  From DC Comics, we have the Ever-Lovin’ Ethan Van Sciver, Mark Bagley, Billy Tucci, and Stephane Roux!  Lucky for us, if a Pier-Six Brawl should break out, we’ll have grappler Mick Foley in the house to keep things under control!  Mick (better known to some as Cactus Jack or Mankind) will be here on Saturday to make a big announcement at the 12 Gauge Comics booth!
For the full run down on the Guest List, just visit us here…
And, always keep up to date with the Heroes Convention news here…
There’ll be information and previews of exclusive art by J. Scott Campbell, Mike Mignola, and Skottie Young coming within the next few days!  There’s also 2-3 surprise guests in the works that we can’t announce just yet, so keep checking in!
See you at HEROES CONVENTION 2010, June 4-6!!!

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