CA – Losing the Girl Signing

Cartoonist MariNaomi appears at Skylight Books on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM to sign Losing the Girl (Life on Earth #1).

Claudia Jones is missing. Her classmates are thinking the worst . . . or at least the weirdest. It couldn’t be an alien abduction, right? None of Claudia’s classmates at Blithedale High know why she vanished—and they’re dealing with their own issues. Emily’s trying to handle a life-changing surprise. Paula’s hoping to step out of Emily’s shadow. Nigel just wants to meet a girl who will laugh at his jokes. And Brett hardly lets himself get close to anybody.

In Losing the Girl, the first book in the Life on Earth trilogy, Eisner-nominated cartoonist MariNaomi looks at life through the eyes of four suburban teenagers: early romance, fraying friendships, and the traces of a mysterious—maybe otherworldly—disappearance. Different chapters focus on different characters, each with a unique visual approach.

MariNaomi is the award-winning author and illustrator of four comics memoirs. Losing the Girl is her first graphic novel and her first foray into fiction that (possibly) involves alien life forms. She’s also the creator of the Cartoonists of Color and Queer Cartoonists databases. She lives in California with her husband and many cats and dogs. Visit her website at marinaomi.com.

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

The Secret Loves of Geeks Global Signing Event

Press Release:

Dark Horse will release The Secret Loves of Geeks on Wednesday, February 14th, the follow up to last year’s hit anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, edited by Hope Nicholson. The upcoming anthology features comic and prose stories from writers, cartoonists, and professional geeks of all gender identities and sexual orientations about their most intimate, heartbreaking, humorous, and inspiring tales of love, sex, and dating.

Dark Horse is celebrating the release of this book by hosting a simultaneous signing by The Secret Loves of Geeks contributors around the world on Wednesday, February 21st. Writers and comic creators from Finland, Scotland, and across USA and Canada will be appearing in local comic shops to sign copies of the books and chat with fans in this unprecedented mega-event.

Toronto, Ontario – Page & Panel
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M4W 2G8
416-323-9212

Contributors: Diana McCallum, Saadia Muzaffar, JP Larocque

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Galaxy Comics
200-1109 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R2G 1L4
204-338-5216

Contributors: Hope Nicholson

Helsinki, Finland – Turun Sarjakuvakauppa
Porthaninkatu 9, 00530, Helsinki, Finland
358 44 2308251

Contributors: H-P Lehkonen

Glasgow, Scotland – Forbidden Planet Glasgow
168 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2LW, UK
44 141 331 1215

Contributors: Letty Wilson, Katie West

Austin, Texas – Austin Books & Comics
5002 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

Contributors: Dr. Nerdlove

Denver, Colorado – Mutiny Info Cafe
2 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
(303) 778-7579

Contributors: Dylan Edwards

Houston, Texas – 8th Dimension
15210 West Road, Houston, TX 77095
(281) 856-6506

Contributors: Jessi Jordan

Los Angeles, California – Meltdown Comics and Collectibles
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 851-7223

Contributors: Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs, Cecil Castellucci, Ivan Salazar, MariNaomi, Dana Simpson, Kristian Bruun

Portland, Oregon – Books With Pictures
1100 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 206-4369

Contributors: Terry Blas, Kelly Fitzpatrick

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

Contributors: Maia Kobabe, Trina Robbins, Jen Aprahamian, Mariko Tamaki

Seattle, Washington – Phoenix Comics & Games
113 Broadway E. Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 328-4554

Contributors: Levi Hastings, Jen Vaughn

CA – The Secret Loves of Geeks Signing

Hope Nicholson, Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs, Ivan Salazar, MariNaomi, Cecil Castellucci, Dana Simpson, Kristian Bruun, and more appear at Meltdown Comics on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM as part of the worldwide celebration of the release of THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS from Dark Horse Comics!

The follow-up to the smash-hit The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, this brand new anthology features comic and prose stories from cartoonists and professional geeks about their most intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring tales of love, sex, and dating. This volume includes creators of diverse genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds.

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Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.851.7223

CA – Tetris: The Games People Play Signing

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Box Brown appears in conversation with author/illustrator MariNaomi, at Earth-2 Comics on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from noon till 2:00 PM to celebrate the release of TETRIS: THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY from publisher First Second.

For the first time and in unparalleled detail, TETRIS tells the true story of the world’s most popular video game. In 1984, Alexey Pajitnov created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. Once Tetris emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it was an instant hit. Nintendo, Atari, Sega—game developers big and small all wanted Tetris. In his new graphic novel, Box Brown untangles this complex history and delves deep into the role games play in art, culture, and commerce.

Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His first graphic novel with First Second Books,Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 386-9590

WI – Turning Japanese Signing

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00000000_MariNaomi-TurningJapaneseCartoonist MariNaomi appears at A Room of One’s Own Bookstore to sign Turning Japanese on
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

About Turning Japanese:
In 1995, 22-year-old Mari has just exited a long-term relationship, moving from Mill Valley to San Jose, California. Soon enough she falls in love, then finds employment at an illegal hostess bar for Japanese expats, where she is determined to learn the Japanese language and culture. She hopes to finally connect with her Japanese relatives without her mother as a translator and filter. Turning Japanese is a story about otherness, culture clashes, generation gaps and youthful impetuosity.

MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, and her self-published Estrus Comics. Her work has appeared in over sixty print anthologies, and has been featured on such websites as The Rumpus, The Weeklings, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed, Bitch Media, and more. She is also the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the LGBTQ Cartoonists Database.

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A Room of One’s Own Bookstore
315 W Gorham Street, Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-7888

IN – Turning Japanese Signing

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Cartoonist MariNaomi appears at Indy Reads Books to sign Turning Japanese on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 5:30 PM!

About Turning Japanese:
In 1995, 22-year-old Mari has just exited a long-term relationship, moving from Mill Valley to San Jose, California. Soon enough she falls in love, then finds employment at an illegal hostess bar for Japanese expats, where she is determined to learn the Japanese language and culture. She hopes to finally connect with her Japanese relatives without her mother as a translator and filter. Turning Japanese is a story about otherness, culture clashes, generation gaps and youthful impetuosity.

MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, and her self-published Estrus Comics. Her work has appeared in over sixty print anthologies, and has been featured on such websites as The Rumpus, The Weeklings, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed, Bitch Media, and more. She is also the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the LGBTQ Cartoonists Database.

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Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 384-1496

OH – Turning Japanese/Disquiet Signing

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Cartoonists MariNaomi and Noah Van Sciver sign at Kafe Kerouac on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00 PM!

About the books:
Turning Japanese by MariNaomi, published by 2dcloud, is an illustrated memoir that chronicles MariNaomi’s experiences working in illegal hostess bars in San Jose and Tokyo while attempting to connect with a culture that had eluded her since childhood. The story begins in 1995 (where Mari’s first memoir, Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, left off), when 22-year-old Mari had just gotten out of a long-term relationship. She moved to San Jose, California, where she was exposed to a wider Asian population than she’d ever known in her hometown of Mill Valley. It didn’t take her much time to fall in love with a new person. Soon after, she found employment at a hostess bar for Japanese expats, where she was determined to learn the Japanese language and culture. This all in the hopes of finally connecting with her Japanese relatives without the use of her mother as a translator. Turning Japanese is a story about otherness, culture clashes, generation gaps and youthful impetuosity.

00000000_noah-van-sciver-disquietFeaturing over a dozen literary comic shorts by acclaimed cartoonist Noah Van Sciver. Whether in his fiction (Fante Bukowski) or nonfiction (The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln), Van Sciver has carved a niche as a keen observer of the human condition, exploring the decisions people make that make, break, and define them. Disquiet showcases the best of his short work, including: “The Death Of Elijah Lovejoy,” the story of the midwestern abolitionist in the 1830s who published a radical newspaper that denounced slavery and provoked local mobs to destroy his printing presses; “The Lizard Who Laughed,” a painfully dysfunctional reunion between an absent father and his adult son; and “Punks V. Lizards,” an anarchic and darkly comic piece of absurdity that blends Quadrophenia with Jurassic Park. As writer/musician Robin Edwards (Lisa Prank) notes in her introduction, “The stories in this book run all over the place… What comes through is wholeheartedly Noah: anxious and funny and depressed and weird and brilliant.”

About the authors:
MariNaomi has been making memoir comics since 1997. She’s the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), the upcoming Turning Japanese (2dcloud, 2016) and I Thought You Hated Me (Retrofit Comics, 2016), and her self-published Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009). Her work has appeared in over sixty print publications, and has been featured on numerous websites, such as The Rumpus, The Weeklings, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed, PEN America and more. Mari’s work on the Rumpus won a SPACE Prize and an honorable mention in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2013. MariNaomi’s comics and paintings have been featured in such institutions as the De Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco’s Asian American Museum, and the Japanese American Museums in Los Angeles and San Jose. In 2011, Mari toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. She is the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the Queer Cartoonists Database. Visit MariNaomi’s website at marinaomi.com

Noah Van Sciver first came to comic readers’ attention with his critically acclaimed comic book series Blammo, which has earned him 3 Ignatz award nominations. His work has appeared in Spongebob comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mad magazine, Best American Comics 2011, and The Stranger, as well as countless graphic anthologies. He currently is the fellow at the Center For Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. Van Sciver has four graphic novels: The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, Youth Is Wasted, Saint Cole and Fante Bukowski: Struggling Writer. Visit Noah’s website at: noahvansciver.tumblr.com

About Kafe Kerouac:
What is Kafe Kerouac? It’s many things to many people. For some it’s the place they study for finals, have drinks with friends, see a poetry slam, comedy show, view artwork, buy books and records, meet for a first date, play board games. In truth, Kafe Kerouac is an alternative space to hang out with friends and enjoy great coffee, baked goods, beer, wine, and more… A place that loves art in all its forms.

Kafe Kerouac
2250 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43201
(614) 299-2672

DC – Turning Japanese Signing

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00000000_MariNaomi-TurningJapaneseBig Planet Comics is proud to welcome artist MariNaomi on Saturday May 21st at 2:00 PM for a signing and reading from her new book, Turning Japanese!

Turning Japanese is an illustrated memoir about MariNaomi’s experiences working in illegal hostess bars in San Jose and Tokyo while attempting to connect with a culture that had eluded her since childhood.

About Turning Japanese:
In 1995, 22-year-old Mari has just exited a long-term relationship, moving from Mill Valley to San Jose, California. Soon enough she falls in love, then finds employment at an illegal hostess bar for Japanese expats, where she is determined to learn the Japanese language and culture. She hopes to finally connect with her Japanese relatives without her mother as a translator and filter. Turning Japanese is a story about otherness, culture clashes, generation gaps and youthful impetuosity.

MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, and her self-published Estrus Comics. Her work has appeared in over sixty print anthologies, and has been featured on such websites as The Rumpus, The Weeklings, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed, Bitch Media, and more. She is also the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the LGBTQ Cartoonists Database.

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Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW Washington, DC 20009
202-342-1961

PA – Turning Japanese Signing

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00000000_MariNaomi-TurningJapaneseCartoonist MariNaomi appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Turning Japanese on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

About Turning Japanese:
In 1995, 22-year-old Mari has just exited a long-term relationship, moving from Mill Valley to San Jose, California. Soon enough she falls in love, then finds employment at an illegal hostess bar for Japanese expats, where she is determined to learn the Japanese language and culture. She hopes to finally connect with her Japanese relatives without her mother as a translator and filter. Turning Japanese is a story about otherness, culture clashes, generation gaps and youthful impetuosity.

MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, and her self-published Estrus Comics. Her work has appeared in over sixty print anthologies, and has been featured on such websites as The Rumpus, The Weeklings, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed, Bitch Media, and more. She is also the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the LGBTQ Cartoonists Database.

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Barnes & Noble
1805 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
(215) 665-0716

CA – Turning Japanese Signing

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00000000_MariNaomi-TurningJapaneseCartoonist MariNaomi appears at Skylight Books to sign Turning Japanese on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM!

About Turning Japanese:
In 1995, 22-year-old Mari has just exited a long-term relationship, moving from Mill Valley to San Jose, California. Soon enough she falls in love, then finds employment at an illegal hostess bar for Japanese expats, where she is determined to learn the Japanese language and culture. She hopes to finally connect with her Japanese relatives without her mother as a translator and filter. Turning Japanese is a story about otherness, culture clashes, generation gaps and youthful impetuosity.

MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, and her self-published Estrus Comics. Her work has appeared in over sixty print anthologies, and has been featured on such websites as The Rumpus, The Weeklings, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed, Bitch Media, and more. She is also the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the LGBTQ Cartoonists Database.

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

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