OH – Secret Coders Signing

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with a special visit from Gene Luen Yang, author of the Secret Coders graphic novel series for children, at the Public Library of Cincinnati on Sunday, May 6th at 2:00 PM. The series introduces children to coding through logic puzzles and basic programming instruction. Yang is also the author and illustrator of American Born Chinese. The book was a National Book Award Finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. While serving as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature from 2016-2017, Yang created the Reading Without Walls Challenge, which promotes diversity and opens readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences.

Mr. Yang will discuss the Secret Coders series and the Reading Without Walls Challenge. Books will be available for sale and signing, courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

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Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
800 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 369-6900

FL – FCBD 2018: Famous Faces & Funnies Signing

Karl Moline (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fray, Avengers) and Matt Santorelli (Green Lanterns, New Super-Man, Superwoman) appear at Famous Faces and Funnies on Saturday, May 5th for Free Comic Book Day!!

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Famous Faces and Funnies
3020 New Haven Avenue W, West Melbourne, FL 32904
(321) 259-3575

HeroesCon 2018 Announces Initial Guest List

Press Release:

HeroesCon 2018 will be held on June 15-17, 2018! We are still confirming guests and updating our website! New guests are added to the list semi-weekly! Get your tickets for the America’s Favorite COMIC Convention today!

2018 Guest List includes:

DAVE AIKINS | SpongeBob, Dora and Friends, Zombies!!!
MATTHEW ALLISON | Cankor Comics
ALEAH BAKER Sonic Universe, Mega Man
ANDY BELANGER Southern Cross, Vampirella, WWE
ANDY BENNETT | Vampire: the Masquerade, The Phantom, Kolchak the Night Stalker 
TAMRA BONVILLAIN | Doom Patrol, Wayward, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
CHUCK BROWN Choosing Sides, BitterRoot, Femme Magnifique
ERIC CANETE | New Avengers: Luke Cage, Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man
BRYCE CARLSON | Editor at Boom Studios, Hit 1955,1957
RICHARD CASE | Spider-Man, Doom Patrol, Hunter: The Age of Magic, Annie Ammo
MICHAEL CHO | Batwoman, Shoplifter, DC/Marvel Cover Artist
RYAN CODY | Doc Unknown, Monstrous, The Phantom 
AARON CONLEY | Sabertooth Swordsman, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, GI JOE 
JAMIE COSLEY Cody the Cavalier, Star Wars Insider
CREATUREBOX | Ratchet & Clank, 9 lives (Spider Kitty), The MONSTER VOLUME
SHAWN CRYSTAL | Mother Panic, Arkham Manor, Scarlet Witch
MARC DEERING | Mother Panic, Arkham Manor, Scarlet Witch
VANESA DEL REY Redlands, Scarlet Witch, Hit 1955, 1957 
ERYK DONOVAN Memetic, Cognetic, Eugenic, Quantum Teens Are Go 
EVAN DORKIN Blackwood, The Eltingville Club, Beasts of Burden, Milk & Cheese, Dork!
SARAH DYER Calla Cthulhu, DC Nation, Beasts of Burden, Action Girl Comics, MAD
IAN FLYNN | Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cosmo
JOSÉ LUÍS GARCIA-LÓPEZ | Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Deadman, Twilight, Atari Force
SCOTT GODLEWSKI | Superman, Batwoman, Copperhead
GENE GONZALES | DC Comics Licensing Artist, Iron Man 2 Cards, Diary of Night
J GONZO La Mano Del Destino
SANFORD GREENE | Power Man & Iron Fist, Runaways, Rotten Apple, Deadpool
ADAM GUZOWSKI | Nailbiter, TMNT Color Classics, Great Divide
JOHN HAIRSTON JR. | 1962: The Age of Marvels
MARCUS HAMILTON | FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY Dennis the Menace
CULLY HAMNER | The Question, Red, Batman
BO HAMPTON | The Once And Future Tarzan, Batman, 3 Devils?
SCOTT HAMPTON | American Gods, Hellboy: Sleeping and the Dead, Batman, Sandman
DUSTIN HARBIN | BEHOLD! The Dinosaurs, DIARY COMICS, DHARBIN!
TONY HARRIS | Blood Blister, Starman, JSA, Ex Machina
ANDY HIRSCH | The Baker Street Peculiars, Varmints, Garfield
NEAL HOLMAN | Archer, Frisky Dingo, Science!, Redline, Sealab2021 
JASON HORN | Aw Yeah Comics, Ninjasaur, Gruff
TINI HOWARD | Assassinistas, Hack/Slash, Rick and Morty
BRIAN HURTT | The Damned, The Sixth Gun, Table Titans
KLAUS JANSON | Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil, Spider-Man
JUSTIN JORDAN Luther Strode, Spread, The Family Trade, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern
MATT KINDT | Dept. H, Mind MGMT, X-O Manowar
HOPE LARSON | Batgirl, Goldie Vance, Compass South & Knife’s Edge, A Wrinkle in Time
JASON LATOUR | Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen, Loose Ends, Black Cloud
MINDY LEE | Bounty 
MEGAN LEVENS Angel City, Spell on Wheels, Star Trek
BILL MCKAY Zombie Tramp, Dollface, Vampblade
BOB MCLEOD | New Mutants, Spider-Man, Kraven’s Last Hunt
KEVIN MELLON Archer, Suicide Sisters, Heart, Lovestruck
DAN MENDOZA Zombie Tramp, Dollface, Sad Girl Psycho Baby
JASON MOORE Spook House, Batman Haunted Gotham, The Crusades, Evil Ernie Destroyer
MARK MORALES Avengers, Spider-Man/Deadpool, Invincible
CARY NORD | Conan, X-O Manowar, Eternal Warrior, Mutant X, Daredevil
KEVIN NOWLAN | Dr Strange, Batman, Hellboy, Man-Thing
DAN PANOSIAN | Slots, John Tiffany, Batwing, All Star Western
BRITTANY PEER | TMNTU Karai’s Path, Misfit City, Jonesy
JOE PEKAR | Grimm Fairy Tales, Brandi Bare, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
RAMÓN PÉREZ | Hawkeye, Tale of Sand, Spider-Man
ED PISKOR | Hip Hop Family Tree, X-Men: Grand Designs, Wizzywig, American Splendor: Our Movie Year
JOE PRADO | Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Aquaman, Justice League, Superman
ROD REIS | Damnation, Secret Empire, C.O.W.L., Hadrian’s Wall
MATTHEW ROBERTS Manifest Destiny, Battle Pope: Mayhem
ANDREW ROBINSON | The Fifth Beatle, Dusty Star, Batman, Winter Soldier
ROBSON ROCHA | Green Lanterns, Justice League vs Suicide Squad, Supergirl
ROBBI RODRIGUEZ Spider-Gwen, Frankie Get Your Gun, FBP, Uncanny X-Force 
DON ROSA | The Life and Times of Uncle Scrooge, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories
MATT SANTORELLI | DC Rebirth, Superwoman, New Super-Man
MATTEO SCALERA | Black Science, Dead Body Road, Ghosted, Hulk, Avengers
DECLAN SHALVEY | Injection, Moon Knight, Deadpool vs Old Man Logan
EVAN “DOC” SHANER | Superman, Future Quest, Flash Gordon, Shazam
HOYT SILVA | Adventures in Crime, Operation: Nemesis, Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi 
KATIE SKELLY | My Pretty Vampire, Twisted Romance, Nurse Nurse, Operation Margarine
ANDY SMITH | Demi-God, Thanos, X-Men, Stormwatch, Wolverine, Superman, Batman
DOMO STANTON | Starbrand & Nightmask, Prez, Deadpool, Chozen
BRIAN STELFREEZE | Black Panther, Day Men, Wednesday Comics, Batman
SARAH STERN | Zodiac Starforce, Goldie Vance, Cindersong
MARCIO TAKARA | All-New Wolverine, Captain Marvel, Armor Wars, Batman
JOHN TIMMS | Harley Quinn
WILFREDO TORRES | Legion, Jupiter’s Circle, The Shadow: Year One, Lobster Johnson, Aliens
LEE WEEKS Batman, Superman, Daredevil, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man
JOEY WEISER | Mermin, Spongebob Squarepants
KELLY WILLIAMS | Metaphase, Creepy, This Nightmare Kills Fascists
ROBERT WILSON IV Heartthrob, Bitch Planet, Laser Joan, Knuckleheads
TRACY YARDLEY Sonic the Hedgehog, Cosmo, The Adventures of Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl

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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.

KS – New Super-Man #20 Signing

Artist Brent Peeples appears at Elite Comics on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM to sign NEW SUPER-MAN AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF CHINA #20 prior to his appearance at Planet Comicon.

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Elite Comics
11842 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 345-9910

TX – New Super-Man #18 Signing

Artist Brent Peeples appears at Zeus Comics on Wednesday December 13th from noon till 7pm to meet fans and sign copies of New Super-Man #18 from DC Comics. Brent will also have original art pages, prints available and he’ll be doing $20 head sketches.

Zeus Comics
1334 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75247
(214) 219-8697

CA – Avatar: The Last Airbender Signing

Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at Illusive Comics and Games on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM for a signing!

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Illusive Comics and Games
1270 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara, CA 95050
408-985-7481

MN – Asian America in Graphic Novels: An Evening with Gene Luen Yang

Award-winning Graphic Novelist GENE LUEN YANG appears at the Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium in Whitby Hall on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM.

GENE LUEN YANG began making comics and graphic novels in the fifth grade. In 2006 First Second Books published American Born Chinese, which became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album.

In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, Yang’s two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion. Nominated for a National Book Award, this book also won the L.A. Times Book Prize.

Gene Yang has created a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman! In addition to cartooning, he teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, teaching alongside amazing authors like Anne Ursu, Gary Schmidt, Laura Ruby, Matt De La Pena, to name a few.

In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Co-hosted by the St. Catherine University – MLIS Program, St. Kate’s Library, Friends of the Libraries, Education Department, St. Catherine University MIPS Office, St. Kate’s ALA Student Chapter, Progressive Librarians Guild, Student Governance Organization, Endowed Mission Chairs, and Addendum Books.

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St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

DC – Reading Without Walls Discussion

Gene Luen Yang appears at the Library of Congress on Monday April 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM!

Celebrated graphic novelist and National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang discusses Reading Without Walls, a new reading initiative for kids that encourages kids to get out of their comfort zone and explore the world through books.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20540
(202) 707-5000

RI – Reading Without Walls Signing

Press Release:

Books on the Square and Moses Brown School are pleased to present graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang at the Woodman Family Center on Tuesday April 4th at 4:00 PM. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang calls us all to READ WITHOUT WALLS, exploring books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried. READING WITHOUT WALLS promotes diversity and opens readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. READING WITHOUT WALLS is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things. Yang will also talk about his successful graphic novels and be available to sign books.

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available after 3:00 p.m. in the lots accessible from Hope Street or take the number 1 RIPTA bus heading North.

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Woodman Family Center
250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence, RI 02906

MoCCA Arts Festival 2017 Programming Announced

Press Release:

Programming for the MoCCA Arts Festival 2017 will take place at the beautiful Ink48 Hotel (653 11th Avenue at 48th street), steps away from our primary venue, Metropolitan West at 639 West 46th Street. Organized by Best American Comics Series Editor Bill Kartalopoulos, this year’s programming will feature spotlight sessions from distinguished creators and historians. A full schedule of events will be released in the coming months.

To view past MoCCA Arts Festival lectures please visit our youtube channel, which includes videos from past speakers Rebecca Sugar, Cece Bell, Fiona Staple, Robert Williams, Alison Bechdel, Bill Griffith, Jillian Tamaki, and many more!

For directions please visit our Directions and Ticketing page.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 PROGRAMMING

12:30PM / Garamond Room
Reading Without Walls: Diversity in Comics
Gene Luen Yang is the National Book Award-nominated author of graphic novels including American Born Chinese and Boxers and Saints. When he was named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, he chose as his theme “Reading Without Walls” to promote diversity in reading. Gene will be joined by a panel including Damian Duffy (Kindred, Black Comix), Hazel Newlevant (Chainmail Bikini), and Whit Taylor (The Nib) in a conversation about issues of diversity in comics. Moderated by Jonathan W. Gray (John Jay College- CUNY).

12:30PM / Helvetica Room
Drew Friedman: Heroes of the Comics
In Heroes of the Comics and his new follow-up volume More Heroes of the Comics, illustrator and cartoonist Drew Friedman has produced a series of affectionate, beautifully rendered portraits of important figures from the history of American comic books, accompanied by short informative biographies. Friedman will discuss selected figures from his two books with Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth, special guest Al Jaffee, who is featured in the first volumeand Karen Green, ‎Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, who provides the second volume’s introduction.

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2:00PM / Garamond Room
Blutch in Conversation with David Mazzucchelli
Internationally renowned artist Blutch joins us from France to celebrate the publication of his graphic novel Peplum in an English-language edition by New York Review Comics. His work marries the lush grace of an informed observational artist with a playful and sophisticated approach to form that marks him as a devoted maker of comics. In this special event, he will appear in conversation with his friend and colleague David Mazzucchelli (City of Glass, Asterios Polyp) for a conversation moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.

2:00PM / Helvetica Room
Covering Trump: Steve Brodner Edel Rodriguez in Conversation
Illustrators Steve Brodner and Edel Rodriguez have produced some of the most striking and memorable artwork of this past year’s U.S. Presidential election. Brodner’s work has appeared widely in multiple venues, including the covers of the Village Voice and The Nation. Rodriguez’s “Meltdown” and “Total Meltdown” covers for Time captured key moments in the Presidential campaign, and his stark covers for Germany’s Der Spiegel have been among the most widely seen political images since the election. Legendary art director Steven Heller will speak with these two artists about their careers, their election coverage, and the function of art in politically fraught times.

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3:30PM / Garamond Room
Fit to Print: French Artists in The New York Times
Art director Alexandra Zsigmond searches widely for artists to commission as illustrators for The New York Times. Over the past several years, she has worked with many artists who graduated from the Haute école des arts du Rhin (HEAR), an art school in Strasbourg, France. Zsigmond’s work with more than a dozen of these artists is currently the subject of the exhibit Fit to Print, hanging at the Society of Illustrators and The New York Times Building. At MoCCA, she will speak with artists including Lucie Larousse, Mayumi Otero, Eugène Riousse, Simon Roussin, and Raphael Urwiller to discuss their unique work, the influence of Strasbourg, and how they collaborate to produce work for the Times.

3:30PM / Helvetica Room
Cliff Chiang Q+A
Comics artist and illustrator Cliff Chiang made his mark working on numerous titles published by DC Comics, including Human Target and Beware the Creeper. He achieved greater prominence with the serial Doctor 13: Architecture and Morality and a long run on Wonder Woman, both written by Brian Azzarello. He currently draws Paper Girls, written by Brian K. Vaughan and published by Image Comics. He will discuss his work and his career with writer and former President and Publisher of DC Comics Paul Levitz.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 PROGRAMMING

12:30PM / Garamond Room
David Lloyd in the Spotlight
British comics artist David Lloyd began his career working for Marvel’s UK division and then gained international fame with his collaboration with Alan Moore, V for Vendetta. A perennial classic of ultimately hopeful dystopian fiction in the comics form, V for Vendetta has not only spawned a successful film adaptation but continues to provide resonant iconography for protest movements including the Anonymous collective. Beyond V, Lloyd’s body of work includes the graphic novel Kickback and the online comics project Aces High. Lloyd will discuss his work and his career with comics scholar Kent Worcester in this rare conversation.

12:30PM / Helvetica Room
Teaching Comics Internationally
For much of their history, comics have been a self-taught discipline. Now students are learning how to make comics in a variety of academic environments, from dedicated schools to majors to minors to electives. This panel will bring together a group of international comics educators to discuss the programs they teach in and the different ways in which they approach teaching comics. Bill Kartalopoulos will lead a conversation with Jessica Abel (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, US), Guillaume Dégé (Haute école des arts du Rhin, France), Ben Katchor (Parsons The New School for Design, US), and Merav Solomon (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel).

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2:00PM / Garamond Room
Rutu Modan and David Polonsky in Conversation
Israeli artists Rutu Modan and David Polonsky are both known for the excellence of their artwork and for their provocative approach to blending historical and current events into their imaginative works. Modan is best known in North America for her graphic novels Exit Wounds and The Property and for her short story collection Jamilti. Polonsky is best known in North America as the art director for the animated film Waltz With Bashir, directed by Ari Folman. He is also the illustrator of the graphic novel based upon the film. Modan and Polonsky will discuss their work with comics scholar and writer Tahneer Oksman (How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?).

2:00PM / Helvetica Room
RESIST!
In the weeks between the 2016 Presidential election and the 2017 inauguration, Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman edited RESIST!, a newsprint anthology of comics and cartoons, mostly by women. 58,000 copies of the newspaper were distributed for free by a grassroots network of volunteers during the Women’s Marches in Washington and across the country. RESIST! used online networks to solicit contributions and in the process became a new kind of hybrid platform: both an ongoing online forum for urgent expression by diverse voices and a print publication that has its roots in the Sixties underground press. In this special session, Mouly and Spiegelman will discuss the development — and the future — of RESIST! 

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3:30PM / Garamond Room
Anthologies as Art: Kramers Ergot and Lagon
The great anthologies of comics history — Zap, Weirdo, RAW, and others — have both made an assertion of comics’ aesthetic ambition at a certain time and place while functioning as a personal expression by each series’ editors. Sammy Harkham is the editor of Kramers Ergot, the anthology which, since 2003, has generated excitement with each volume as a strong statement about contemporary art comics in North America. Alexis Beauclair is the co-editor of Lagon, which debuted in 2014 as a risographed encapsulation of French avant-garde comics, and has metamorphosed with each volume leading to the latest, Gouffre. They will discuss their work as artists and editors with Bill Kartalopoulos.

3:30PM / Helvetica Room
Becky Cloonan Q+A
A graduate of SVA, artist and writer Becky Cloonan first made her mark with her collaborations with Brian Wood, Channel Zero: Jennie One and Demo. Her first graphic novel, East Coast Rising, was published in 2006. Her self-published works include Wolves, Demeter and The Mire, which earned her an Eisner Award for Best Single Issue. In 2012 she became the first woman to draw a main Batman title. Following Batman, she did the art for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and later created Gotham Academy for DC Comics. She is currently writing the sci-fi horror Southern Cross for Image Comics, and The Punisher for Marvel. She will discuss her career and her work with SVA MFA in Visual Narrative Chair and illustrator Nathan Fox.

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