DC – The Silence of Our Friends Signing

This event has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell sign at Politics and Prose on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm.

In this remarkable confluence of talents, Powell’s graphic artistry joins Long’s true story and Demonakos’s narrative skills to depict an episode of the civil rights struggle. In 1967, five black college students in Texas were accused of killing a white policeman. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood not only spoke in their defense, but succeeded in getting the charges against them dropped.

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

WA – Black History Month Signing

Fantagraphics Bookstore  kicks off Black History Month on  Saturday, February 4 with the debut of two diverse books. Seattle-based  music scholar Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and  Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975, will be joined by Seattle authors Mark Long and Jim Demonakos, who together with cartoonist Nate Powell  created the graphic novel The Silence of Our Friends.

While researching this book project in Oakland, archivist Pat Thomas  discovered rare recordings of speeches, interviews, and music by noted  activists Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Elaine Brown, and others that form  the framework of this definitive retrospective. Listen, Whitey! also  chronicles the forgotten history of Motown Records’  Black Power  subsidiary label, Black Forum, which released politically charged albums  by Stokely Carmichael, Langston Hughes, Bill Cosby and Ossie Davis,  among others. Obscure records produced by African-American  sociopolitical organizations of the period are examined, along with the  Isley Brothers, Nina Simone, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Watts Prophets,  Roland Kirk, Horace Silver, Angela Davis, H. Rap Brown, Stanley Crouch,  and others that spoke out against oppression. Thomas will give a slide  and music presentation, and limited number of advance copies of the book  will be available to the public. Also making its debut is a companion  CD of the same title from Seattle-based Light in the Attic records. The  album features rare tracks from African-American activists like Dick  Gregory, Eldridge Cleaver, Last Poets, and others, with protest music by  Bob Dylan, John and Yoko Ono, Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Harper, and more.

The Silence of Our Friends is the semi-autobiographical tale of Mark  Long. Set in 1967 Texas against the backdrop of the civil rights  struggle, a white family from a notoriously racist suburb and a black  family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming fear  and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly  charged with the murder of a policeman. Co-authored by Jim Demonakos  (founder of Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon), and drawn by award-winning  cartoonist Nate Powell, The Silence of Our Friends is a new and  important entry in the body of civil rights literature.

Join these remarkable authors on Saturday, February 4 from 6:00 to 8:00  PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale  St. (at Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s colorful Georgetown neighborhood.  Phone 206.658.0110.

TX – The Silence of Our Friends Signing

Mark Long, Jim Demonakos (Kirby Krackle), and Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole) sign at Guzu Gallery on Sunday, February 19, 2012 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm.

All three of the creators will be here signing the new First Second graphic novel based on a little-known event from the civil rights movement in Houston, 1968.

We’re thrilled to have the guys in for a day of discussion, signing, and… why not?… free beer.  Don’t miss the first ever Guzu Gallery event!

About The Silence of Our Friends:
As the civil rights struggle heats up in Texas, two families-one white, one black-find common ground.

This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1967 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.

The Silence of Our Friends follows events through the point of view of young Mark Long, whose father is a reporter covering the story. Semi-fictionalized, this story has its roots solidly in very real events. With art from the brilliant Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole) bringing the tale to heart-wrenching life, The Silence of Our Friends is a new and important entry in the body of civil rights literature.

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Guzu Gallery
5000 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78751

Radical Publishing Announces SDCC Plans

In its grand return to San Diego Comic-Con International, Radical Publishing is holding nothing back with its largest booth space ever. The new 30×30 island space, with it’s large overhanging sign and the beautiful Radical Girls on hand at booth #3735, will feature many of the top names in the comic book and entertainment industry including Gene and Nick Simmons, Jim Steranko, Arthur Suydam, Darren Bousman, Steve Niles, David Hine and Rick Remender. Fans who visit the brand new Radical booth will have the chance to discover Radical’s diverse and varied library of titles, including the launch of Radical’s first title to implement the Bigger Books! Bigger Value! format, Incarnate #1, created, written and illustrated by Nick Simmons. Also debuting at this year’s Comic-Con is a first look at the special bronze Cholly & Flytrap figurine, sculpted by its creator Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies).

Available for FREE at the Radical booth #3735 will be Radical Publishing’s San Diego Comic-Con 2009 preview book, containing a look at upcoming projects by creators Joseph Kosinski (director of Disney’s upcoming TRON sequel, TRON 2.0), Rich Wilkes (XXX franchise) Darren Bousman (Saw franchise), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), John Heffernan (Snakes on a Plane), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies), Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), and many more. Also FREE at the Radical booth will be two special preview books for The Last Days of American Crime from Rick Remender and FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency from David Hine.

In addition Radical will present a special Creators Panel on Friday, July 24 in Room 4 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. Hosted by Ain’t It Cool News’ very own Harry Knowles with guests Jim Steranko, Arthur Suydam, Steve Niles, Jimmy Palmiotti, David Hine, Rick Remender, Nick Simmons, Mark Long, Nick Sagan, M. Zachary Sherman, Sam Sarkar and Steve Pugh. During the panel, fans will hear a number of exclusive announcements about upcoming Radical projects and new initiatives for the company.

“Radical Publishing really got its start at the San Diego Comic-Con, so it feels like we’re coming home,” said Radical President and Publisher Barry Levine. “In the past year, we’ve followed through on our promise to bring fans compelling stories with gorgeous artwork. This year, the bar we’ve set since our inception is being raised even higher with projects and announcements that you won’t want to miss. It’s been a great year for Radical so far and we can’t wait to celebrate our return to Comic-Con International.”

San Diego Comic-Con International 2009 is open to the fans from July 23rd to 26th at the San Diego Convention Center. The full line-up of Radical Publishing events can be found below.

SIGNINGS & EVENTS, RADICAL PUBLISHING BOOTH #3735

Visit the Radical Publishing booth throughout the convention for special announcements and creator signings.

THURSDAY, JULY 23

From 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

* ARTHUR SUYDAM will be signing copies of CHOLLY & FLYTRAP: CENTER CITY, HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS #5, CITY OF DUST: A PHILIP KHROME STORY #1, SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING #2, and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* RICK REMENDER will be signing copies of THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME PREVIEW BOOK and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* CLINT LANGLEY will be signing copies of CITY OF DUST, HERCULES: THE KNIVES OF KUSH, HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS, SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING #1 and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* SAM SARKAR will be signing copies of CALIBER: FIRST CANON OF JUSTICE and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.

From 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

* DAVID HINE will be signing copies of the FVZA: FEDERAL VAMPIRE AND ZOMBIE AGENCY PREVIEW BOOK and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* STEVE PUGH will be signing copies of HOTWIRE: REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD.
* SAM SARKAR will be signing copies of CALIBER: FIRST CANON OF JUSTICE and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.

From 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

* GENE and NICK SIMMONS will be signing copies of INCARNATE #1.
* NAM KIM will be signing copies of INCARNATE #1.

From 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
SHRAPNEL SIGNING

* MARK LONG (Shrapnel co-creator) will be signing copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* NICK SAGAN (Shrapnel co-creator) will be signing copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* M. ZACHARY SHERMAN (Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising writer) will be signing copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* TAE YOUNG CHOI (Shrapnel cover artist) will be signing copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.

FRIDAY, JULY 24

From 10:30 A.M to 11:30 P.M.

* RICK REMENDER will be signing copies of THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME PREVIEW BOOK and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* SAM SARKAR will be signing copies of CALIBER: FIRST CANON OF JUSTICE and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* M. ZACHARY SHERMAN will be signing copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.

From 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.

* The Radical Publishing Creators Panel in Room 4 hosted by AICN’s Harry Knowles

From 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

* GENE and NICK SIMMONS will be signing copies of INCARNATE #1.

From 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

* JIM STERANKO will be signing copies of HERCULES: THE KNIVES OF KUSH, HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* ARTHUR SUYDAM will be signing copies of CHOLLY & FLYTRAP: CENTER CITY, HERCULES: THE KNIVES OF KUSH #1 CONVENTION COVER, CITY OF DUST: A PHILIP KHROME STORY #1, SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING #2, and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* STEVE NILES will be signing copies of CITY OF DUST: A PHILIP KHROME STORY.

From 5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.

* DAVID HINE will be signing copies of the FVZA: FEDERAL VAMPIRE AND ZOMBIE AGENCY PREVIEW BOOK and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* CLINT LANGLEY will be signing copies of CITY OF DUST, HERCULES: THE KNIVES OF KUSH, HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS, SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING #1 and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* STEVE PUGH will be signing copies of HOTWIRE: REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD.

SATURDAY, JULY 25

From 11:00 P.M. to 12:00 P.M.

* JIM STERANKO will be signing copies of HERCULES: THE KNIVES OF KUSH, HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* ARTHUR SUYDAM will be signing copies of CHOLLY & FLYTRAP: CENTER CITY, HERCULES: THE KNIVES OF KUSH #1 CONVENTION COVER, CITY OF DUST: A PHILIP KHROME STORY #1, SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING #2, and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.

From 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

* GENE and NICK SIMMONS will be signing copies of INCARNATE #1.

From 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

* DARREN BOUSMAN will be signing the ABATTOIR POSTER copies of the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* STEVE NILES will be signing copies of CITY OF DUST: A PHILIP KHROME STORY.
* RICK REMENDER will be signing copies of THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME PREVIEW BOOK and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* TAE YOUNG CHOI will be signing copies of will be signing copies of the ABATTOIR POSTER, SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.

From 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

* JIMMY PALMIOTTI will be signing copies of the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* DAVID HINE will be signing copies of the FVZA: FEDERAL VAMPIRE AND ZOMBIE AGENCY PREVIEW BOOK and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* CLINT LANGLEY will be signing copies of CITY OF DUST, HERCULES: THE KNIVES OF KUSH, HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS, SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING #1 and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.

SUNDAY, JULY 26

From 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

* DAVID HINE will be signing copies of the FVZA: FEDERAL VAMPIRE AND ZOMBIE AGENCY PREVIEW BOOK and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* RICK REMENDER will be signing copies of THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME PREVIEW BOOK and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* DOUG SIROIS will be signing copies of HERCULES: THE KNIVES OF KUSH.

From 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.
SHRAPNEL SIGNING

* MARK LONG (Shrapnel co-creator) will be signing copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* NICK SAGAN (Shrapnel co-creator) will be signing copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* M. ZACHARY SHERMAN (Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising writer) will be signing copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.
* TAE YOUNG CHOI (Shrapnel cover artist) will be signing copies of SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING and the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009 PREVIEW BOOK.

About Radical Publishing

Radical Publishing is founded by Barry Levine (producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula and executive producer for the in-development Rex Mundi movie for Warner Bros., written by Jim Uhls and starring Johnny Depp) and his protégé Jesse Berger (executive producer for Hercules, Caliber and Freedom Formula).

For their quality and excellence in 2008, retailers voted Radical Publishing the Gem Award for “Best New Publisher of the Year” from Diamond Comic Distributors. Radical brings the best writing, storytelling and fully painted cover and interior art to the global comic book market, from prominent international talents such as Yoshitaka Amano, John Bolton, Luis Royo, Jim Steranko, Steve Pugh, Warren Ellis, Arthur Suydam, Steve Niles, Jimmy Palmiotti, Flint Dille, Marko Djurdjevic, Ian Edginton, David Hine, Rick Remender, Joseph Kosinski, Nick Percival, Steve Moore, Sam Sarkar, Stjepan Sejic, Dave Wilkins, Tomm Coker, Clayton Crain, Bill Sienkiewicz, Nick Sagan, Clint Langley, Nick Simmons, Patrick Reilly, Weta Workshop, Zombie Studios and many more.