DC – The Art and Style of Graphic Novels

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Laura Lee Gulledge, Rutu Modan, Matt Phelan, and Gene Luen Yang appear at Politics & Prose on Monday September 16, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

Press Release:

Join moderator Glen Weldon, author and a contributor to NPR’s pop culture blog and podcast, for the second P&P graphic novel panel with some of today’s most innovative artists. Discussing and demonstrating their work with Weldon are graphic novelists Laura Lee GulledgeRutu ModanMatt Phelan, and Gene YangAges 12 and up.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

DC – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Press Release:

Award winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang will talk about his new two-volume novel, Boxers and Saints at the Cleveland Park Library in Washington D.C. on Tuesday September 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Set during China’s Boxer Rebellion (1899-1900), the books tell the parallel stories of two young people caught on opposite sides of a violent rift.

Yang, author of American Born Chinese and the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels, brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion and faith.

Book sale and signing will follow the talk.

The program is in partnership with Politics & Prose Bookstore. For teens and adults.

Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
202.282.3080

Legend of Korra Con-Bends SDCC 2013

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Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, sequel to the popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, hits Comic Con International in San Diego once again this year to promote the forthcoming second season as well the newly-released soundtrack and comic books from Dark Horse! Fansite Avatar Spirit.net has consolidated all the official events into one handy list:

THE LEGEND OF KORRA PANEL
Friday, July 19th
11.15am – 12.15pm (PT)
Ballroom 20
Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) discuss what’s in store for the highly anticipated Book 2: Spirits. The mind-bending panel will be full of never-before-seen artwork and the ultimate of sneak peeks. You’ll also get to hear from your favorite characters, as talented voice actors Janet Varney (voice of Korra), David Faustino (voice of Mako), and P. J. Byrne (voice of Bolin) share their experiences working on the series. Moderated by Bryan Konietzko.

**BREAKING NEWS** The entire first episode of Legend of Korra Book 2: Spirits will screen during the panel!

THE LEGEND OF KORRA SIGNING SESSION
Friday, July 19th
12.45pm to 2.15pm (PT)
Nickelodeon booth (Booth #4113)
Panelists from The Legend of Korra panel will be present to sign autographs. You will also receive this this cool poster! (see above)

AVATAR LEGACY FAN PANEL
Saturday, July 20th
11am – 12pm (PT)
Room 29A
For over 6 years, the organizers of this fan panel have been bringing together both fans and professionals. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, this year’s panel will include Fan Artist Alisa Christopher, Martial Arts Coordinator Sifu Kisu, Illustration Team Gurihiru, Writer Gene Luen Yang, Voice Actor Dante Basco and maybe a few surprise guests. There will be a cosplay contest to showcase the fandom’s talented “fabric benders”. In addition to the cosplay contest, there is also a haiku contest and you can read the details over here.

DARK HORSE SIGNING SESSION *ticketed event*
Saturday, July 20th
1pm – 2pm (PT)
Dark Horse booth (Booth #2615)
Michael Dante DiMartinoBryan KonietzkoJoaquim Dos SantosKi-Hyun RyuGene Luen YangChifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano from Gurihiru Studio will be present for this signing. Please take note that this is an ticketed eventTickets are available the day before and on the day of the signing at the Dark Horse booth. Please take note that Dark Horse discourages lining up early for the signing. As long as you have the ticket, just show up on time for the scheduled signing and you will have those awesome coveted signatures.

JEREMY ZUCKERMAN SIGNING SESSION
Saturday, July 20th
3pm – 4pm (PT)
Nickelodeon booth (Booth #4113)
Jeremy Zuckerman will be hosting an exclusive signing at the Nickelodeon booth. Maybe you can bring the newly released Korra Book One soundtrack for this signing.

**UPDATE** NICK Booth Fans can pick up tickets for The Legend of Korra Signing and the TMNT Signing starting at 10am on Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19.There will be 125 tickets available each day per signing There will be a total of 250 tickets available for each signing Tickets are given on a first come, first serve basis Fans have to line up for tickets for each signing separately The Tickets are only for the KORRA Signing that is on the day of the panel, they are not doing a ticketing system for the Korra Soundtrack signing on Saturday.

CA – Free Comic Book Day 2013

fcbd_atlaGene Luen Yang, James Robinson, Matt Hawkins, Alexis Fajardo, Vicki Scott, and Justin Thompson appear on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

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11am-2pm
Vicki Scott, penciller (Boom Studios’ PEANUTS)
Alexis Fajardo, writer/editor (Boom Studios’ PEANUTS)
Justin Thompson, inker/storyteller (Boom Studios’ PEANUTS)

2pm-5pm 
Gene Luen Yang (Avatar: The Last Airbender, American Born Chinese)
James Robinson (DC Comics Earth-2, Starman)

4pm-7pm
Matt Hawkins (Top Cow Studios’ Aphrodite IX, Think Tank)

Character Appearances:
Darth Vader

Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518

CA – How to Write for Comic Books

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Gene Luen Yang speaks and signs at Fantastic Comics on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 3:00 until 4:30 pm!

Gene says on his blog:

Before the Avatar: The Last Airbender books, I’d written for other artists.  The Eternal Smile was written by me and drawn by Derek Kirk Kim.  Level Up was written by me and drawn by Thien Pham.  In each of those cases, though, I thumbnailed.  The artist didn’t always follow my thumbnails, but I still communicated visually with them.

The Airbender books are the first time I’ve turned in scripts that are pure words.  I’ve had to do a lot of thinking.  How do you lay the foundations of a visual story using just words?  I’ve also read a bunch of advice by words-only writers that I admire: Dwayne McDuffie, Peter David, Alan Moore, Mark Waid.

On Saturday, April 6 at 3pm, I’m going to present some of the stuff I’ve learned at Fantastic Comics in Berkeley.  I’m gonna talk about writing comics from a words-only perspective.  I’m also gonna talk about Aang and Co.  If you’re in town, come by!

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Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 848-2988

CA – Sumo Signing

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Thien Pham, writer and artist of Sumo, as well as the artist of the much loved “Level Up” appears at Fantastic Comics on Saturday, January 26th at 2:00 pm. He will sign copies of his book and speak about his process of creating comic books. If you are a fan of his, or just interested in comics in general, this is a wonderful to get a glimpse of how a published creator goes about his process.

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Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 848-2988

CA – Sumo Signing

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Author/illustrator Thien Pham signs at Trickster on Saturday January 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm!

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2631 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

CA – Sumo Signing

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Thien Pham signs at Book Passage on Friday January 25th at 6:00 pm.

Scott is a washed-up football player who never made it, and whose girlfriend abandoned him along with his dreams of playing pro football. But things have a way of working out, in this sweet, poetic tale–and a new chapter in Scott’s life begins as the old one ends. Offered a position in a Japanese sumo training “stable,” Scott abandons his old life, his old name, and even his old hair color, and becomes an aspiring sumo wrestler. And in so doing, he begins to find some kind of center in himself…a center that had seemed lost for good.

Thien Pham, the acclaimed illustrator of Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, returns as the writer and artist of a unique new graphic novel. Highly poetic and structured to echo the slow build and sudden clash of a sumo match, Pham’s Sumo is an unusual and beautiful book. It’s nearly a contradiction in terms: a delicate, deft, tender tale about… sumo wrestling.

Thien Pham is a comic book and visual artist, based in the Bay Area. He is also a high school teacher. Pham illustrated Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, a YALSA Great Graphic Novel and New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Sumo is his first solo work.

Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925

SF – Leveling Up Lecture

Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Sunset Branch of San Francisco Public Library on Monday October 1, 2012 at 7:00pm. Yang says on his website, “Specifically, I will address approaching comics as a writer. Drop by and say hi, especially if you’re interested in writing for comics!”

Press Release:

How do graphic novels get made? Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, author of the Printz Award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese and recently Level Up, will demystify the inner workings behind this increasingly popular narrative art form.

Renowned for his sensitive depictions of adolescence and mixing of magical realist elements with the everyday to demonstrate the difficulties of growing up as an Asian American, Yang will discuss his own work and the emerging graphic novel medium.

Gene Luen Yang’s works include The Eternal Smile (winner of the Eisner Award), Prime Baby (serialized in The New York Times), Level Up (now in stores), and Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise (from Dark Horse Comics). When he’s not making comics, he teaches at Bishop O’Dowd High School. Visit his site at geneyang.com.

A book sale and signing follows the program.

Sunset Branch of San Francisco Public Library
1305 18th Ave, San Francisco, CA

WI – Zolotow Lecture

Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese, delivers the 14th annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture on Wednesday evening, October 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Wisconsin Union Theater on the UW-Madison campus.

This is a free public lecture sponsored by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and Friends of the CCBC.

Author/artist Gene Luen Yang won the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature for his graphic novel American Born Chinese (First Second / Roaring Brook Press, 2006). His other books for children and teens include The Eternal Smile (with Derek Kirk Kim, First Second / Roaring Brook Press 2009) and Prime Baby (Roaring Brook Press, 2010). He has also written and spoken extensively on graphic novels as an art form and as a resource for educators in the classroom.

Wisconsin Union Theater
800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI

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