MA – Graphic (Non)Fiction Panel

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bbf12Maris Wicks, Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple, and Don Brown speak on a panel moderated by Laura Koenig on Saturday October 19th at 4:30pm for Boston Book Festival!

Press Release:

Pictures aren’t just worth a thousand words—they make learning about everything from history to science a thousand times more fun! We’ll talk with authors and illustrators who use the techniques of graphic novels to bring real-life topics to life. Don Brown takes readers to a dark time in U.S. history in The Great American Dust BowlMaris Wicks introduces us to three noteworthy primatologists (and the apes they love) with her illustrations to Jim Ottaviani’s Primates. And co-authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple survey history’s great villainesses—from Jezebel to Lizzie Borden—in Bad GirlsLaura Koenig of the Boston Public Library hosts this visually captivating session.

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40 Trinity Place, Boston , MA

BOOM! Studios Schedule for NYCC 2013

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BOOM! Studios and its imprints, KaBOOM! Studios and Archaia Entertainment, are pleased to announce the schedule of signings that will take place at its booth (#1344) and the panels they will present at New York Comic-Con, the East Coast’s premiere comic book and pop culture celebration that will run Oct. 10-13 at the Javits Center in New York City.
Highlights include a signing with the complete POLARITY creative team of writer (and Say Anything lead singer) Max Bemis, artist Jorge Coelho, colorist Felipe Sobreiro, and cover artist Frazer Irving (this is a ticketed event); a THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR signing event, featuring the creators and writers of the popular stage show and graphic novel, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, along with several performers from the show, including Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi, Paul F. Tompkins, Hal Lublin, Annie Savage, and Craig Cackowski; the ADVENTURE TIME comics (and the upcoming THE MIDAS FLESH) creative team of writer Ryan North and artists Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline; actor and graphic novelist Dan Fogler (MOON LAKE); MOUSE GUARD creator David Petersen; HEROBEAR AND THE KID creator Mike Kunkel; RUST creator Royden Lepp; appearances by the creative team behind the popular crime series HIT, writer Bryce Carlson and artist Vanesa R. Del Rey; SONS OF ANARCHY artist Damian Couceiro; and all the way from France, critically acclaimed artist Romain Hugault (THE GRAND DUKE).

In addition, there will be a nice contingent of artists on hand available throughout the entire weekend selling sketches, including Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME); MAD Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS); Allison Strejlau (REGULAR SHOW); Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS); Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME); and Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID).

BOOM! Studios will present the following panels at New York Comic-Con:

Title: Editing Comics: The BOOM! Studios Way
Date: 10/10/2013
Time: 6:15PM – 7:15PM
Location: 1A01
Speakers: Dafna Pleban, Rebecca “Tay” Taylor, Eric Esquivel, Michael Alan Nelson, Mike Kunkel, Caleb Monroe
Description: Join BOOM! Studios creators Eric Esquivel (FREELANCERS), Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, HEXED), Caleb Monroe (STEED AND MRS. PEEL), and Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID), along with BOOM! Studios Editors Dafna Pleban and Rebecca “Tay” Taylor, as they look into the editing secrets of one of the comic book industry’s leading independent publishers and discuss editing do’s and don’ts.

Title: The Year of Mouse Guard
Date: 10/11/2013
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: 1A10
Speakers: David Petersen, Cory Godbey, and Mel Caylo
Description: Since its debut in 2005, MOUSE GUARD has become one of the most popular, beloved and honored stories in comics and in 2013, creator David Petersen is not slowing down! This year will see the release of the MOUSE GUARD VOL. 3: THE BLACK AXE hardcover and the debut of the four-issue miniseries, MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 2 (followed by the release of a hardcover that collects them) from Archaia Entertainment. In addition, from Skelton Crew comes collectible replica Black Axes, the first in a line of Mouse Guard replica weapons! Moderated by Mel Caylo (BOOM! Studios marketing manager), join Petersen and guest Cory Godbey as they give you a behind-the-scenes look at the making of all this Mouse Guard goodness, preview art from upcoming releases and answer your questions! Attendees will receive an exclusive print of an original David Petersen drawing.

Title: We Are BOOM!
Date: 10/12/2013
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: 1A01
Speakers: Bryce Carlson, Ross Richie, Stephen Christy, and Mike Kunkel
Description: You will not want to miss this jam-packed, inspiring hour as BOOM! Studios Founder & CEO Ross Richie, Vice President of Development Stephen Christy, and Managing Editor Bryce Carlson, along with creator Mike Kunkel, reintroduce BOOM! Studios to the world of comics. This won’t be your average publisher panel droning on and on through a series of press releases and stale cover images. Find out what makes BOOM! Studios different than every other comic publisher in the market and why 2013 has been a transformative year for us. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

Title: The Thrilling Adventure Hour World Domination Tour
Date: 10/12/2013
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: 1A14
Speakers: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Joe LeFavi, Craig Cackowski, Mark Gagliardi, Annie Savage, Hal Lublin, Paul F. Tompkins, Jonathan Coulton, Greg Rucka
Description: Created in 2005 by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR (TAH) is a popular staged production in the style of old-time radio. It has since also become a much-downloaded podcast on Nerdist Industries, and now, a stunning graphic novel anthology! Each show consists of a selection of genre-bending stories, advertisements, from fictional sponsors, musical numbers, and more, performed by a core group of actors known as the WorkJuice Players, and featuring cameos by stars from FIREFLY, DOCTOR WHO, COMMUNITY and many more! Last fall, Acker and Blacker launched a Kickstarter campaign to reach its goal. Now, almost a year later and with award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment on board to publish the book, the graphic novel is here! Join Acker, Blacker, Editor Joe LeFavi, and WorkJuice Players Craig Cackowski, Mark Gagliardi, Hal Lublin, Annie Savage, Paul F. Tompkins, and Jonathan Coulton as they share behind-the-scenes stories about THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR show, podcast and graphic novel! Whether you’re already a fan or just love great entertainment, this will be one of the funniest, most lively panels you’ll attend! Moderated by comics great, Greg Rucka!

Title: Breaking into Comics Right Now
Date: 10/12/2013
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: 1A01
Speakers: Bryce Carlson, James Lucas Jones, Jim Kuhoric, and Scott Allie
Description: If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Join some of comic book publishing’s top decision makers, including BOOM! Studios Managing Editor Bryce Carlson, Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie, Avatar Press Vice President of Publishing and Managing Editor Jim Kuhoric, and Oni Press Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones as they give you the most up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry right now.

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The signing schedule is as follows (subject to change; please check the booth for any updates):

Thursday, Oct. 10

KaBOOM!
Appearing all day:
Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID)
MAD Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS)
Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

3-4 p.m.
Dustin Nguyen (ADVENTURE TIME: SUGARY SHORTS)
Yehudi Mercado (PANTALONES, TX)

BOOM!
Appearing all day:
Eric Esquivel (FREELANCERS)
Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER, DAY MEN, HEXED)
Caleb Monroe (STEED AND MRS. PEEL, ICE AGE)

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Bryce Carlson, Vanesa R. Del Rey (HIT)

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Ramón Pérez (SIX-GUN GORILLA)

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks (ROBOCOP: LAST STAND)

7-8 p.m.
Damian Couceiro (SONS OF ANARCHY)

Archaia
3-4 p.m.
Ramón Pérez (JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND)
Saurav Mohapatra (MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL)
F.J. DeSanto (CYBORG 009)

3-4:30 p.m.
Alex Eckman-Lawn (AWAKENING)

4-5 p.m.
Michael Dialynas, Polly Guo (SPERA)
Chandra Free (THE GOD MACHINE)

4-5:30 p.m.
Dan Fogler (MOON LAKE)

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Janet Lee (RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN)

5-6 p.m.
Mario Stilla (RUBICON)
Joanna Estep (THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, FRAGGLE ROCK)

5:30-7 p.m.
Royden Lepp (RUST)
Saurav Mohapatra (MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL)

6-7 p.m.
Alex Eckman-Lawn (AWAKENING)

6-7:30 p.m.
Kevin Colden (MOON LAKE, IMMORTALS: GODS AND HEROES)

7-8 p.m. Mario Stilla (RUBICON)
Andrew E.C. Gaska (SPACE: 1999 – AFTERSHOCK AND AWE, CLASSIC SPACE: 1999 – TO EVERYTHING THAT WAS, CONSPIRACY OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, CRITICAL MILLENNIUM: THE DARK FRONTIER)

7-8:30 p.m.
Shane-Michael Vidaurri (IRON: OR, THE WAR AFTER)

Friday, Oct. 11

KaBOOM!
Appearing all day
Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID)
MAD Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS)
Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Yuko Ota, Ananth Panagariya (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Yehudi Mercado (PANTALONES, TX)

BOOM!
Appearing all day
Eric Esquivel (FREELANCERS)
Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER, DAY MEN, HEXED)
Caleb Monroe (STEED AND MRS. PEEL, ICE AGE)

12-1 p.m.
Jeff Stokely, Ramón Pérez (SIX-GUN GORILLA)

1-2 p.m.
Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks (ROBOCOP: LAST STAND)

2-3 p.m.
Bryce Carlson, Vanesa R. Del Rey (HIT)

3-4 p.m.
Damian Couceiro (SONS OF ANARCHY)

Archaia
10-11 a.m.
Andrew Rostan (AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON)
Mario Stilla (RUBICON)
Rebecca Mock, Polly Guo (SPERA)
Nichol Ashworth (FRAGGLE ROCK)

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ramón Pérez (JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND)
Neil Kleid (FRAGGLE ROCK)
Janet Lee (RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN)

11 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
F.J. DeSanto (CYBORG 009)

12-1:30 p.m.
Royden Lepp (RUST)
Tom Pinchuk, Kate Glasheen (HYBRID BASTARDS!)

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Charles Soule (STRANGE ATTRACTORS)

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Chandra Free (THE GOD MACHINE)

1:30-3 p.m.
F.J. DeSanto (CYBORG 009)
Dan Fogler (MOON LAKE)
Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn (AWAKENING)

2:30-4 p.m.
Neil Kleid (FRAGGLE ROCK)

3-4 p.m.
David Petersen (MOUSE GUARD)
Saurav Mohapatra (MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL)
Michael Dialynas, Polly Guo (SPERA)

4-5 p.m.
Royden Lepp (RUST)
Joanna Estep (THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, FRAGGLE ROCK)
Nichol Ashworth (FRAGGLE ROCK)
Jeremy Bastian (CURSED PIRATE GIRL)

5-6 p.m.
Mario Stilla (RUBICON)
Andrew Rostan (AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON)
Andrew E.C. Gaska (SPACE: 1999 – AFTERSHOCK AND AWE, CLASSIC SPACE: 1999 – TO EVERYTHING THAT WAS, CONSPIRACY OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, CRITICAL MILLENNIUM: THE DARK FRONTIER)

5-7 p.m.
Romain Hugault (THE GRAND DUKE)

6-7 p.m.
Shane-Michael Vidaurri (IRON: OR, THE WAR AFTER)
Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn (AWAKENING)
Dan Fogler, Kevin Colden (MOON LAKE)

Saturday, Oct. 12

KaBOOM!
Appearing all day:
Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID)
Shelli Paroline (ADVENTURE TIME, THE MIDAS FLESH)
Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME, THE MIDAS FLESH)
Allison Strejlau (REGULAR SHOW)
MAD Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS)
Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Ryan North (ADVENTURE TIME, THE MIDAS FLESH)

1-2 p.m.
Yehudi Mercado (PANTALONES, TX)

2-3 p.m.
Ryan North (ADVENTURE TIME, THE MIDAS FLESH)

BOOM!
Appearing all day:
Eric Esquivel (FREELANCERS)
Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER, DAY MEN, HEXED)
Caleb Monroe (STEED AND MRS. PEEL, ICE AGE)

10-11 a.m.
Damian Couceiro (SONS OF ANARCHY)

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jeff Stokely, Ramón Pérez (SIX-GUN GORILLA)

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Bryce Carlson, Vanesa R. Del Rey (HIT)

3-4:30 p.m.
Max Bemis, Jorge Coelho, Felipe Sobreiro, Frazer Irving (POLARITY) Ticketed signing; tickets available at the booth on Saturday morning on a first come, first served basis

5-6 p.m.
Bryce Carlson, Vanesa R. Del Rey (HIT)

Archaia
10-11 a.m.
Andrew Rostan (AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON)
A. David Lewis (SOME NEW KIND OF SLAUGHTER, LONE AND LEVEL SANDS)
Nichol Ashworth (FRAGGLE ROCK)

10-11:30 a.m.
Royden Lepp (RUST)

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
F.J. DeSanto (CYBORG 009)
Saurav Mohapatra (MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL)
Jeremy Bastian (CURSED PIRATE GIRL)

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Romain Hugault (THE GRAND DUKE)

12-1 p.m.
Michael Dialynas, Polly Guo (SPERA)
Chandra Free (THE GOD MACHINE)

1-2 p.m.
Charles Soule (STRANGE ATTRACTORS)
Tom Pinchuk, Kate Glasheen (HYBRID BASTARDS!)
Mario Stilla (RUBICON)

2-3 p.m.
Shane-Michael Vidaurri (IRON: OR, THE WAR AFTER)

2-4 p.m.
Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn (AWAKENING)

2:30-4 p.m.
Royden Lepp (RUST)

3-4 p.m.
Joanna Estep (THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, FRAGGLE ROCK)
Dan Fogler (MOON LAKE)

4:15-6 p.m.
Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi, Paul F. Tompkins, Hal Lublin, Annie Savage, Craig Cackowski (THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR)

6-7 p.m.
Dan Fogler, Kevin Colden (MOON LAKE)
Rebecca Mock, Polly Guo (SPERA)
Ramón Pérez (JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND)
Andrew E.C. Gaska (SPACE: 1999 – AFTERSHOCK AND AWE, CLASSIC SPACE: 1999 – TO EVERYTHING THAT WAS, CONSPIRACY OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, CRITICAL MILLENNIUM: THE DARK FRONTIER)

Sunday, Oct. 13

KaBOOM!
Appearing all day:
Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID)
Shelli Paroline (ADVENTURE TIME, THE MIDAS FLESH)
Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME, THE MIDAS FLESH)
MAD Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS)
Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

10-11 a.m.
Yehudi Mercado (PANTALONES, TX)

12-1 p.m.
Yuko Ota, Ananth Panagariya (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)

BOOM!
Appearing all day:
Eric Esquivel (FREELANCERS)
Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER, DAY MEN, HEXED)
Caleb Monroe (STEED AND MRS. PEEL, ICE AGE)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jeff Stokely, Ramón Pérez (SIX-GUN GORILLA)

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Bryce Carlson, Vanesa R. Del Rey (HIT)

2:30-3:30
Damian Couceiro (SONS OF ANARCHY)

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Max Bemis (POLARITY) Ticketed signing; tickets available at the booth on Sunday morning on a first come, first served basis

Archaia
10-11:30 a.m.
Neil Kleid (FRAGGLE ROCK)
A. David Lewis (SOME NEW KIND OF SLAUGHTER, LONE AND LEVEL SANDS)
Andrew Rostan (AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON)
Royden Lepp (RUST)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Nichol Ashworth (FRAGGLE ROCK)
Janet Lee (RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN)
Shane-Michael Vidaurri (IRON: OR, THE WAR AFTER)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
F.J. DeSanto (CYBORG 009)

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Joanna Estep (THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, FRAGGLE ROCK)
Neil Kleid (FRAGGLE ROCK)
Ramón Pérez (JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND)

1-2 p.m.
Chandra Free (THE GOD MACHINE)

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Shane-Michael Vidaurri (IRON: OR, THE WAR AFTER)
Tom Pinchuk, Kate Glasheen (HYBRID BASTARDS!)

1:30-3 p.m.
Royden Lepp (RUST)

2-3 p.m.
Romain Hugault (THE GRAND DUKE)

2:30-4 p.m.
Dan Fogler, Kevin Colden (MOON LAKE)
Alex Eckman-Lawn (AWAKENING)

3-4 p.m.
Mario Stilla (RUBICON)
Andrew E.C. Gaska (SPACE: 1999 – AFTERSHOCK AND AWE, CLASSIC SPACE: 1999 – TO EVERYTHING THAT WAS, CONSPIRACY OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, CRITICAL MILLENNIUM: THE DARK FRONTIER)

4-5 p.m.
Rebecca Mock, Polly Guo, Michael Dialynas (SPERA)

As a reminder, the following exclusives will be available for sale at New York Comic-Con:

Exclusive Variant Covers:
ROBOCOP: LAST STAND # 1 (Joe Quinones, colors by Maris Wicks)
DAY MEN #1 (Khary Randolph, colors by Blond)
SONS OF ANARCHY #1 (Gabriel Hardman, colors by Matthew Wilson)

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MICE 2013 Returns With 2-Day Show

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Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo hosts its first two-day show on September 28-29, 2013 at in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA! The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable, an independent arts collective, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics and connects local creators with local audience. They will also run a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. MICE is for anyone of any age who wants to discover new comics, learn more about the medium of comics, or is interested in making their own. Sunday is Kids Day, featuring workshops for the young cartoonist.

MICE 2013 is pleased to welcome eight comic creators to our show as our special guests: Chris Duffy, George O’Connor, Josh Neufeld, Lucy Knisley, Maris Wicks, Mike Cavallaro, Nick Abadzis, and R. Sikoryak. They will appear at their tables in the exhibition area, as well as at various panels and workshops over the weekend.

Plus MICE features 150 exhibitors including Alison Wilgus, Bob Flynn, Braden Lamb, Cathy Leamy, Colleen AF Venable, David Marshall, E. J. Barnes, Ellen Crenshaw, Emmy Cicierega, Jennie Wood, Ming Doyle, Nate Bellegarde, Renee Kurilla, Sean Wang, Shelli Paroline, Stephanie Yue, Tim Finn, Zack Giallongo, and many more!

View the exhibitor list and full schedule (TBA) at the website: www.micexpo.org

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OR – Primates Signing

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Artist Maris Wicks signs at Floating World Comics on Saturday June 29, 2013 from 4:30-6:00 pm!

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Maris Wicks has used her opposable thumbs to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and Spongebob Comics. When she’s not making comics, Maris works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She is an avid tool user and is particularly fond of bananas.

maris_primatesWith Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas, #1 New York Times Best-Selling author Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology—and to our own understanding of ourselves.

Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century. With charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel with broad appeal.

Join us on Saturday June 29th from 4:30-6pm with artist Maris Wicks, to celebrate the release of this wonderful new graphic novel.

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

MA – Primates Signing

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Local comics talent and science fan Maris Wicks signs her delightful new graphic novel at Hub Comics on Saturday, June 15th from 1100 am till 2:00 pm! Did you know Maris also draws a page about aquatic sea life for every other issue of Spongebob Squarepants?

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About Primates:
Primates tells the story of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas, three of the most renown scientists in the field of primate research and students of the great Louis Leakey. Jim Ottaviani’s words are charmingly illustrated by Maris Wicks, resulting in an engaging and utterly factual tale of the scientific life, including the personal and professional highs and lows that accompany it. Join illustrator Maris Wicks as she discusses the process of creating a graphic novel.

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Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143

MeCAF 2013 Announces Schedule

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF) has announced the schedule for their 2013 show! Guests include Jeff Smith, Raina Telgemeier, Sean Murphy, Brian Wood, Ming Doyle, Dave Roman, Rick Parker, Colleen AF Venable, John Green, Zack Giallongo, Jeff Pert, Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, and many more!

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Press Release:

MeCAF will have panels and workshops on Saturday May 18th at the Portland Public Library and Sunday at the festival site at Ocean Gateway.

Saturday, May 18th
Portland Public Library – Rines Auditorium

1:00- A conversation with Jeff Smith, creator of Bone and RASL- We will be discussing Jeff’s past work and upcoming projects. (Please note that there will not be any book signings at the library. Jeff will be signing books on Sunday at the festival).

2:00- Rick Parker cartooning workshop: Join Cartoonist Rick Parker (artist of Beavis and Butthead, Harry Potty, Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid and many others) as he shares tips and techniques for drawing comics. This will be a demonstration where members of the audience will be encouraged to draw.

3:00- Raina Telgemeier! Raina Telgemeier, creator of Smile and Drama, and artist of the Babysitter’s Club series, discusses her current projects and gives a peek at her work process.

Sunday, May 19th
Ocean Gateway Terminal Maine Comics Arts Festival programming (please check back for updates as we finalize the schedule)

10:30- Jeff Pert Kid’s Cartooning Class

11:30- Colleen Venable, John Green, and Zack Giallongo

1:00- Lake Region High School Comic Class Project

2:00-TBA

3:00- TBA

 

MA – Primates Signing

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Local artist Maris Wicks signs her new book at Brookline Booksmith on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 pm!

About Primates:
Primates tells the story of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas, three of the most renown scientists in the field of primate research and students of the great Louis Leakey. Jim Ottaviani’s words are charmingly illustrated by Maris Wicks, resulting in an engaging and utterly factual tale of the scientific life, including the personal and professional highs and lows that accompany it. Join illustrator Maris Wicks as she discusses the process of creating a graphic novel.

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St Brookline, MA 02446

NC – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, Jacob Chabot, Annie Wu, Chrissie Zullo, and many more sign at Acme Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

Press Release:

Come out an help us celebrate our 30th anniversary serving the Triad as the area’s original and largest comic specialty store! Now in its 11th year, FCBD 2013 at Acme will give you the opportunity to try out 52 different titles, meet with more than a dozen comic creators, take photos with your favorite costumed heroes, and try your hand at trivia contests with the biggest door prizes in town!

You might wonder how we can improve on our internationally recognized festivities, but we’ve got a few ideas and partners to strive and top ourselves!

2013 IMPROVEMENTS
*We’ve ordered in excess of 32,000 books this year, over 5,000 more than 2012, all to be given away for FREE!

*Learning from last year’s temporary rain-out, we’ve waterproofed and cooled off the Sketch Cave by housing it in the brand new Acme Comics Presents location next to the main store, so you can duck in and get a break from the elements while getting your books signed and commissioning a personalized sketch from your favorite artist for FREE!

*Swap stories and get your picture taken with Spider-man, Green Lantern, Cheetara, Lion-O, the Joker, members of the Star Wars 501st Stormtrooper Legion and MORE for FREE!

*Hang out all night and all day and all night again at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema as our pals down the sidewalk will be open straight through on Friday for the food, beverage, and facility conveniences of anyone camping out over night, all day Saturday to provide refreshments and entertainment to event-goers, and until 2 AM Saturday night for the after-party to beat all after-parties!

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*Get down with the band provided by Don’s Music City! It’s a superhero dance party!

Creators appearing at Acme Comics will include:

THOMAS BOATWRIGHT
Long-time Acme ally Thomas Boatwright will be returning to Free Comic Book Day in 2013! Acme subscribers will instantly recognize T.A.’s style as the look of Geeksboro’s Mixed Tape Film Series, and its that same unmistakable sense of left-of-center humor and unadulterated purity that you’ll find in his series Cemetery Blues from Image Comics and Zeke Deadwood: Zombie Lawman from SLG, , co-created by Acmecast guest Ryan Rubio as well as the original Image graphic novel The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo!

Thomas’s most recent book is Orc Girl, written by Paul Allor, he garnered a rave review from recent Acme guest Gail Simone! He can be found online at Boatwright Artwork.com!

JACOB CHABOT
Jacob will be making his third Free Comic Book Day appearance at Acme, and his fifth in Greensboro overall! Since his last visit in 2012, Jacob released the second collection of his Eisner-nominated comic the Mighty Skullboy Army from Dark Horse as well as knocking out volume six of the Voltron Force original graphic novels for Viz Media and contributing to Avengers vs. X-Men Versus #6 from Marvel.

Find out more about Jacob the Mad Scientist at Beetle Bug Comics.com!
JEREMY DALE
Jeremy Dale is a comic book artist best known for his work on G.I. Joe comics for Hasbro with creator Larry Hama as well as the Harvey Award-winning Popgun v.1 from Image Comics and Miserable Dastards (recently optioned as a feature film). He is currently working on several projects, including the creator-owned Skyward series. He is a featured guest at several shows, conventions, and signings every year.

Skyward will be officially debuting the NFL Rush Zone Season of the Guardians Free Comic Book Day offering from Action Lab Entertainment! Jeremy will be coming up from Atlanta for his fifth(!) Free Comic Book Day appearance, along with his lovely wife Kelly, the anchor of our FCBD book line!

CHRIS GIARRUSSO
A master of his style and craft, Chris first burst onto the comic industry’s radar with Bullpen Bits for the Marvel Comics letters pages, which evolved into the beloved Mini Marvels, running in the back of Marvel event books, specials and all-ages titles for most of this century’s first decade. Have you seen the Hawkeye cartoon intro?

In January 2003, Giarrusso debuted his signature creation, G-Man, in the back of Savage Dragon #104 for Image Comics during a feature called Comic Bits! Since finding their family’s magical heirloom cape in the linen closet, Mikey G and his brother Dave have completed two adventures, “Learning to Fly” and “Cape Crisis”!

Since his last visit to Acme for Free Comic Book Day 2012, Chris has been diligently working on the next installment in the saga of G-Man & Great Man, “Coming Home”, the first chapter of which has been made available via Comixology and to legions of new Chris G. fans for FREE through the Read 2 Succeed program, sponsored by Acme and WFMY News 2! Chris can also be found drawing weekly strips for Tales from the Con, written by Brad Guiger for Seattle’s premiere convention, Emerald City!

Chris makes his internet home at Chris G. Comics.com!

JOE QUINONES
Joe Quinones is a relative newcomer to the industry, having first been published by DC comics for their now defunct Teen Titans GO series in 2007. He is probably best known for his collaboration with writer Kurt Busiek on the Green Lantern serial for Mark Chiarello’s Eisner Award-winning Wednesday Comics. Since then, Joe has illustrated a number of covers and short stories for DC, Marvel and Dark Horse, with a current cover run on Captain Marvel. Joe also has some unannounced interior work on the horizon, as well as a Zatanna/ Black Canary graphic novel, written by Paul Dini, due out at the end of 2013.

AMANDA RACHELS
As the breakout star of the Free Comic Book Day 2012 festivities and a stalwart companion to Jermaine, Stephen and Riley during Comic Con International this past summer, it’s no wonder Amanda Rachels has quickly become a part of the Acme Comics family and Free Comic Book Day wouldn’t be the same without her!

Amanda’s star continues to rise in the comic industry with projects like the self-published Clown Town and her web comic the Blind Eye, written by her frequent collaborator Kevin LaPorte. She just celebrated the release of The Book original graphic novel from Arcana!

ANDY RUNTON
Hey there! My name is Andy. I’ve always loved to draw and always loved comics. After college and a career in corporate America, I finally followed my heart, started drawing comics, graphic novels, and books and I haven’t looked back since.

In 2001 I created the breakout all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, which features a kind-hearted little owl who’s always searching for new friends and adventure. The Owly series has earned praise from fans and critics alike, winning multiple awards including the Howard E. Day Memorial Prize, the Harvey Award, two Ignatz Awards, and the 2006 Eisner Award for “Best Publication for a Younger Audience.”

I rely on a mixture of symbols, icons, and expressions to tell my silent stories, and my work showcases my love of wildlife and the outdoors. I currently reside in the greater-Atlanta area where I work full-time on my Owly comics, books, and graphic novels.

Andy has made one previous trip to Acme back in 2011, and we’re psyched to have one of the most-travelled creators in comics with us for FCBD!

GREGG SCHIGIEL
Gregg Schigiel is a regular Acme partner in crime, as well as a frequent contributor to SpongeBob Comics from Bongo and United Plankton Press, having drawn the cover and Merman and Barnacle Boy story for this year’s FCBD SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies and. For over a year now, he’s produced Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel, his cartoonist conversation podcast and a member show in the Acme Wave Projector podcast network. He continues to work on his creator-owned series Pix, Teenage American Fairy from his home in NYC and he blogs at Hatter Entertainment.com.

BRIAN SMITH
Smitty’s been a part the comic industry since the late ’90s, spending several years as an associate editor at Marvel Comics. After going to work for himself, Brian began illustrating the Adventures of Daniel Boom, a.k.a. Loud Boy for Grosset & Dunlap and penning the adventures of the Voltron Force and Max Steel for Viz Media, as well as debuting his own creations, like the aforementioned Stuff of Legend from Th3rd World Studios, co-created by Mike Raicht and drawn by fan-favorite Charles Paul Wilson III!

Over the last year, Brian has edited various titles at DC Comics, including New 52 runs on Batgirl and Savage Hawkman, but he’s recently gone back to the life he was meant to lead, freelance creation of the adventures of Thomas Fleet and humor strips like the Basics!

MARIS WICKS
Maris Wicks lives with fellow primate Joe Quinones and their cat Biggs, in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has used her opposable thumbs to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and “Spongebob Comics”, and written stories for Image and DC Comics. When she’s not making comics, Maris works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She is also an avid tool user and is particularly fond of bananas. Maris will have a story in the FCBD SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies and her new graphic novel Primates is due out in June from First Second!

ANNIE WU
Grew up in central Florida, studied Illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, moved to New York City. Enjoys improv, Buster Keaton’s early films, and making things.

Work has been recognized by the likes of SPECTRUM 17 and 18, Society of Illustrators 2009 Student Competition, American Illustration TRIBUTE, and Adult Swim for a few weird seconds. Clients include Vertigo, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, WIRED Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine, ELLE Magazine, M-Edge, Coca-Cola Brazil, Titmouse Inc. and others.

Currently working on projects of the comic book variety and doing character/prop color design for the upcoming fifth season of The Venture Bros.

KELLY YATES
In addition to being a Wednesday Acme Comics customers just like many of you, Kelly has worked closely with fellow creators Craig Rousseau and Rich Woodall throughout 2012 to launch Artist Alley Comics as a viable, creator-focused alternative to digital distribution! Yates debuted his newest project, MonstHer, via Artist Alley in June, alongside new stories from guys like Richard Case, Chris Kemple and Tim Sale.

Even though he’s a life-long Star Wars fan, Kelly has gained worldwide notoriety as a favorite artist on IDW Publishing’s Doctor Who books, having tag-teamed with Y the Last Man artist Pia Guerra on the 10th Doctor Forgotten storyline and knocking out the entirety of the 11th Doctor’s A Fairytale Life himself. In 2008, he launched his creator-owned, sci-fi, female-lead adventure series from Image Comics, >Amber Atoms>, which was met with much critical acclaim and very warm fan reception!

CHRISSIE ZULLO
Since breaking into comics via San Diego Comic Con International 2009, Chrissie has been putting together some of the most well-designed and beautiful covers of the century for Fables spin-offs Cinderella From Fabletown with Love andFables are Forever! She’s shown off her sequential narrative chops on books like Madame Xanadu, written by Matt Wagner, and Heroic: A Womanthology. She also draws a mean Samus Aran from Metroid! This will be her second visit to Acme as a creator, the first being the Heroic: A Womanthology Summit!

Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
336-574-2263

HeroesCon 2013 Tickets & Tables Available Now

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HeroesCon 2013 tickets and artist alley tables are now available for the 2013 show which takes place on June 7-9th!

$30 Discount Passes available until January 1, 2013 / 3 Day Passes will be $40 after the 1st of the year. You can save $25 by ordering now! Click here for tickets!

Artist Alley tables are also available:

Heroes Convention is not only one of the most recognizable names on the comics convention circuit, but has a well-deserved reputation as a convention that puts comics first, meaning aisles packed with fans looking for new comics and comic-related merchandise to check out. Our 2013 HeroesCon will be one of our biggest yet, and booth space is fully expected to sell out well in advance of the show. No space is reserved without payment in full: act now to reserve your space!

TABLES:
ARTISTS ALLEY TABLE: $300 Includes 6′ table, 2 chairs, and 2 passes. Great for a solo venture or a two-man team. Or a two-woman team. Man/Woman teams are fine, too.
FOR ADDITIONAL SEATS above the allotment you receive with your purchased space(s), the cost is $50 per additional seat, up to a maximum of 1 additional person per Artists Alley Table, no exceptions–we want everyone to have the most pleasant and comfortable show they can, and overcrowded tables are the opposite of pleasant and comfortable show they can, and overcrowded tables are the opposite of pleasant and comfortable.

NOTE that paid spaces in Artists Alley are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless you have other specific preferences, we will place tables beginning in the center of the area, moving outward. There is a space on the Artists Alley registration page where you can put seating preferences if you have them. We try as hard as we can to honor these, but obviously we cannot honor all of them, so thanks for your understanding!

ABOUT HEROESCON:

HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

2013 Guests include:

JASON AARON
PETER BAGGE
ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
MITCH BREITWEISER
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
ROB GUILLORY
CULLY HAMNER
JAMES HARREN
TONY HARRIS
ADAM HUGHES

DAVE JOHNSON
JASON LATOUR
JOHN LAYMAN
BRANDON PETERSON
ERIC POWELL
JOE QUINONES
PAOLO RIVERA
GREG RUCKA
CHRIS SAMNEE
BRIAN STELFREEZE
BEN TEMPLESMITH
MARIS WICKS
& MANY MORE!

For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER FREE!  NUMBERED INCENTIVES, INCLUDING PRINTS, ETC., WILL BE AWARDED IN THE ORDER THE PASSES ARE PURCHASED, SO THE EARLIER YOU BUY, THE BETTER!

ENTRY WILL BE $20:FRI $20:SAT $15: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $25 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY!

MA – Comicazi Mini-Con

EJ Barnes, Kevin Church, Tim Finn, Erica Henderson, John Hilliard, Greg Moutafis, Liz Prince, Joe Quinones, and Maris Wicks appear at Comicazi to showcase Somerville’s talented artists and writers creating comics! Come meet them, buy books, and learn about amazing the comics scene happening right here in our town. It’s happening Saturday July 21 from 1-5 pm and it is absolutely free, so come support your local creators!

RSVP on Facebook!

Comicazi 
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

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