MA – Mega-Awesome Adventures Showcase

Press Release:

Mark your calendars for Sunday April 6th as Wellesley Books presents best-selling young adult authors Eoin Colfer, Ridley Pearson, Jonathan Stroud, and Rick Riordan in this exclusive Mega-Awesome Adventures author showcase! This event will be held at the Dana Hall School in their Waldo Auditorium (45 Dana Road, Wellesley)

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are now on sale. Tickets are $20 and include ONE book, pre-signed by the author of your choice, which must be selected at the time of ticket purchase from the following options: W.A.R.P: Reluctant Assassin (Colfer); Kingdom Keepers I: Disney After Dark (Pearson); Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider (Pearson); Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase (Stroud); The Heroes of Olympus 1: The Lost Hero (Riordan); or The Heroes of Olympus 4: House of Hades (Riordan). The books will be available for pick-up at the event.

Please note: Copies of each book are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Additional pre-signed copies by all of the authors can also be purchased the day of the event (while supplies last). Authors will not be personalizing any books purchased nor items attendees bring from home. Tickets can be purchased online (below), over the phone at (781) 431.1160, or in the store. For any additional questions, please contact Wellesley Books at (781) 431-1160.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer’s Legend of… books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children. Visit eoincolfer.com for more information.

Ridley Pearson is the award-winning author of multiple adventure series for (young-ish) readers, including The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trapp, and with Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatchers. Ridley is also a best-selling crime novelist of more than 25 titles. Pearson was the first U.S. citizen to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. He lives in St. Louis, MO with his wife and two daughters. Visit ridleypearson.com for more information.

Jonathan Stroud is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his family. Visit jonathanstroud.com for more information.

Rick Riordan is the author of the # 1 New York Times best-selling The Heroes of Olympus series; the #1 New York Times best-selling Kane Chronicles series; and the five books in the #1 New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.Visit rickriordan.com for more information.

ABOUT THE BOOKS:
Eoin Colfer’s WARP: Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London, has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, an illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and now uses his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims’ dwellings. On one such escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along and urges him to commit his first killing. Riley is saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI’s Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (WARP) Riley is unwittingly transported via wormhole to modern day London, followed closely by Garrick. In modern London, Riley is helped by Chevron Savano, a nineteen-year-old FBI agent sent to London as punishment after a disastrous undercover, anti-terrorist operation in Los Angeles. Together Riley and Chevie must evade Garrick, who has been fundamentally altered by his trip through the wormhole. Garrick is now not only evil, but he also possesses all of the scientist’s knowledge. He is determined to track Riley down and use the timekey in Chevie’s possession to make his way back to Victorian London where he can literally change the world.

Ridley Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider: The Kingdom Keepers’ senior year in high school is almost over. For more than three years, things have been quiet. Their battles are long behind them, they agree, the threat to the Disney realm silenced—albeit at great cost. But inside the catacombs of the Aztec temple where Finn Whitman faced down his nemesis the monstrous Chernabog, a new threat brews.

Jonathan Stroud’s Screaming Staircase: A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business. In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall’s legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day? Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud’s internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

Rick Riordan’s House of Hades: At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape? The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

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Dana Hall School – Waldo Auditorium
45 Dana Road, Wellesley, MA 02482-5714

LA – Throne of Fire Signing

Rick Riordan signs on Friday June 24, 2011 at 6:00 PM. In the second installment of ‘The Kane Chronicles,’ Carter and Sadie embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and gods of chaos are determined to stop them.

Special Instructions
Maximum of two signed books per person. Signed books can include any Rick Riordan title. Photography will be allowed, however posed photography with Mr. Riordan is prohibited. A parent or guardian must accompany all minors at the event.

Barnes & Noble – Metairie
3721 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70002
504-455-4929

SDCC 2010 Thursday Program Schedule Now Online

How does this partial list of guests for the first day grab you?

Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, J. Michael Straczynski, Danny Elfman, Rick Riordan, Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner, Patton Oswalt, Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, The Miz, Brian Michael Bendis, Charlaine Harris, Bruce Campbell, Michelle Rodriguez, Aaron Eckhart, Todd McFarlane, Geoff Johns, Bruce Willis, Warren Ellis, Helen Mirren, Mike Mignola, J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Robert Kirkman, Michael C. Hall, David Duchovny, Sylvester Stallone, Steve “Stone Cold” Austin, Michael Cera, Michael Elizabeth Winstead, and Penn & Teller.

Oh, and the panel announcement everyone’s been waiting for:

3:30-4:30 Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries— A discussion with geek gods J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on the future of pop culture. EW presents an in-depth conversation with these two creative geniuses about how technology, gaming, and global culture are reshaping how we tell and consume stories on television, film and the web. Plus: Is the superhero movie waning, or is it on the cusp of reinvention? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff “Doc” Jensen. Hall H

Follow the link to see the whole schedule.

Comic-Con® International Expands 2010 Guest Lineup

Press Release:

Comic-Con® International Expands 2010 Guest Lineup
Moto Hagio, Jenette Kahn, and Rick Riordan Among Impressive List of Additional Guests

SAN DIEGO – Comic-Con, North America’s largest comic book and popular arts convention, today announced additional guests for its 2010 convention. Industry luminaries including manga artist Moto Hagio (The Poe Clan, Mesh), DC Comics former president Jenette Kahn), and popular author Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series), are among the 15 newly announced guests.

Ray Bradbury

Over 40 special guests for the 2010 convention were previously announced, including syndicated cartoonist Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County, Opus); artist and illustrator Drew Struzan (Back to the Future, Indiana Jones) and author and creator Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse, True Blood).

“This lineup demonstrates that Comic-Con continues to be the go-to destination for the biggest names from the worlds of comics and popular arts,” said Comic-Con Director of Marketing and Public Relations David Glanzer. “Comics and popular arts are the heart and soul of this convention and the presence of these icons is a testament to our dedication and commitment to those industries.”

The 41st Comic-Con 2010 will be held July 22-25 at the San Diego Convention Center, kicking off with Preview Night on July 21.

The full list of additional guests announced today include:

Ray Bradbury (Author, screenwriter, Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles)
The dean of American science fiction writers, Ray Bradbury has published more than 600 short stories over a period of sixty years. His best-known books are The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Fahrenheit 451. He was a guest at the very first San Diego Comic-Con in 1970.

Émile Bravo (Writer/artist, My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill)

Émile Bravo’s graphic novel collaboration with Jean Regnaud, My Mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill, is nominated for three Eisner Awards, including Best Painter for Bravo. Co-sponsored by Fanfare/Ponent Mon.

Hunter Freberg (Humorist, entertainer, media personality)
Hunter Freberg is a humorist, entertainer, well-known media personality and keynote speaker. Since marrying humorist/satirist Stan Freberg, audiences have declared it, “A comedy match made in heaven.”

Stan Freberg (Author, humorist, satirist, voice-over actor)
Stan Freberg is one of America’s best-loved humorists, satirists, and keynote speakers. He is known worldwide as an award-winning composer, lyricist, singer, actor, writer and director. Freberg has been inducted into The Radio Hall of Fame, The Animation Hall of Fame and has a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Moto Hagio (Manga artist, The Poe Clan, Mesh)

Moto Hagio’s major manga works include The Poe Clan, They Were Eleven, The Heart of Thomas, Hanshin, Iguana Girl, Marginal and Mesh. She is considered to be the mother of shōjo (young girl) manga. This will be her first-ever visit to the U.S. to appear as a special guest at Comic-Con.

Dusty Higgins (Artist, Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer)

Dusty Higgins is the creator and artist behind the 2009 graphic novel, Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, chosen as one of the Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Courtesy SLG Publishing.

Van Jensen (Writer, Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer)

Van Jensen is the author of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and its sequel. Previously, Van covered the comics industry for Publishers Weekly and other outlets. Courtesy SLG Publishing.

Phil Jimenez (Writer/artist, Wonder Woman; Artist, New X-Men)

Phil Jimenez has worked as a comic book creator since 1991. He is best known for his run on DC Comics’ Wonder Woman, and his work with Grant Morrison on New X-Men and Geoff Johns on Infinite Crisis. He is also the co-author of the recently published Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia.

Jenette Kahn (President/editor-in-chief, DC Comics, 1976-1993)

At the age of 28, Jenette Kahn became publisher of DC Comics, home to over 5,000 characters, including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Five years later, she became president and editor-in-chief of DC. Under her aegis, DC introduced the graphic novel to America and broke new ground by championing and implementing extensive rights for creators in an industry where there were none.

Ivan Reis (Artist, Green Lantern, Blackest Night, Brightest Day)

Ivan Reis is a Brazilian comic book artist who has worked on such high-profile series such as Infinite Crisis, Green Lantern and Blackest Night, the DC Comics mega-hit event book of 2009–2010.

Rick Riordan (Author, Percy Jackson & the Olympians series)

Rick Riordan is the author of the best-selling Percy Jackson & the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan’s Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre.

Jeannie Schulz (Founding Board President, Charles M. Schulz Museum)

Jeannie Schulz is an ambassador for Peanuts and the founding board president of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California, which opened in August 2002. The widow of Peanuts creator Charles “Sparky” Schulz, she has overseen all Peanuts activities, along with his children, since Sparky’s death in 2000.

Ann VanderMeer (Editor, Weird Tales)

Ann VanderMeer is the founder of the award-winning Buzzcity Press and currently serves as the editor-in-chief for Weird Tales, for which she has received a Hugo award. She is also known for teaching writing workshops and creativity seminars.

Jeff VanderMeer (Author, City of Saints & Madmen, Finch)

World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer is considered one of the foremost fantasists of his generation. His latest books are the noir fantasy Finch and the writer’s strategy manual Booklife.

Gerard Way (Writer, The Umbrella Academy)

While most people know Gerard Way as the frontman of the platinum-selling rock band My Chemical Romance, this dynamic rock star has scored equal success in the comic book world with the Eisner Award-winning The Umbrella Academy.