SPX 2015 Announces International Guests

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SPX is pleased to announce international creators, Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks, and Brecht Vandenbroucke as guests at SPX 2015. This is in addition to the previously announced guests Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson, Noelle Stevenson, Michael DeForge, Gemma Correll, Noah Van Sciver, Matt Bors, Lilli Carré, Theo Ellsworth, C. Spike Trotman, Jennifer Hayden, Stuart Immonen, Scott McCloud, Bill Griffith, Kathryn Immonen, Derf, Jessica Abel (Sat. Only) and Ted Rall.

Additional international guests appearing at SPX 2015 will be announced next week.

SPX 2015 is honored to have the very first United States appearance of critically acclaimed, Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters. This year saw the release of the final volume of his well reviewed planet hopping space epic, Aama Vol. 4: You Will Be Glorious, My Daughter, published by SelfMadeHero. Peeters has been nominated five times in the Best Book category at Angoulême and has done a number of posters and other illustration work in Europe. Peeters lives with his wife and daughter in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dylan Horrocks is returning to Small Press Expo for the first time in over a decade. Horrocks began his diverse career with the publication of Pickle, which ran from 1993-97 published by Black Eye Press. Pickle included the serialization of Hicksville, a groundbreaking story that was collected into a graphic novel that won plaudits from reviewers around the globe. Horrocks has had international success in alternative and mainstream comics with books like Atlas from Drawn & Quarterly, and as writer for DC Comics and Vertigo. In 2014, Fantagraphics published Sam Zabel and his Magic Pen to wide critical and fan acclaim. Horrocks is an Eisner Award winner and in 2006 he was appointed University of Auckland/Creative New Zealand Literary Fellow. Horrocks currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and sons.

Brecht Vandenbroucke is a Belgian cartoonist and illustrator. His debut graphic novel,White Cube, took the Angouleme International Comics Festival by storm in 2013. Vandenbroucke’s distinctive painted panels and brightly colored spreads intermingle pop culture influences and commentary on the fine art world, offering an absurdist view of the institutions of that world. White Cube has been published in Belgium, Finland, Norway, Spain, Germany, France, and in English by Drawn & Quarterly. Since graduating from art school a few years ago, he has worked for numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, and has participated in group shows all over the world. Vandenbroucke lives in Antwerp, Belgium.

SPX 2015 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, visit their website at www.cbldf.org. For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit www.spxpo.com.

First Second Schedule for SDCC 2015

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First Second Books will be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con at booth #1323! We’ve got lots of books and authors and programs at the show – and please stop by the booth and say hi.

(And for more details about these panels, check out the SDCC website.)

THURSDAY, JULY 9th

Panel: From Fan to Creator: Making the Dream a Reality
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am / Room 23ABC
With :01 Author: Gene Luen Yang

Signing
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

Panel: Breaking Into Comics Right Now
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm / Room 28DE
With :01 Staff: Gina Gagliano

Signing
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Gene Luen Yang Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

Panel: First Second Presents, ‘What’s In a Page?’
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm / Room 4
With :01 Authors: Scott McCloud, Asaf Hanuka, Aron Steinke, Gene Luen Yang

Panel: Eisner vs. Eisner: The Spirit at 75
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm / Comics Arts Conference Room #4
With :01 Author: Scott McCloud

Signing
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Aron Steinke in the :01 Booth #1323

Panel: Banned Books
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm / San Diego Central Public Library / The Auditorium
With :01 Author: Mariko Tamaki

Panel: The Nerd in the Classroom: Sci-Fi as an Educational Tool
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm / Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Public Library
:01 Author: Gene Luen Yang

Signing
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Jen Wang in the :01 Booth #1323

Panel: Capturing Teen Angst in Comics
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm / Room 8
With :01 Author: Jillian Tamaki

Event: B&N Pop Culture Month Spotlight
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm / Location: B&N Mira Mesa / 10775 Westview Parkway / San Diego, CA 92126
With :01 Author: Mariko Tamaki

FRIDAY, JULY 10th

Panel: Spotlight on Scott McCloud
Time: 10:00 – 11:00am / Room 9
:01 Authors: Scott McCloud; moderated by Gene Luen Yang

Panel: 21st Century Creators
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am / Room 28DE
With :01 Author: Jillian Tamaki

Panel: Publishers Weekly Presents: The French Comics Invasion
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm / Room 29AB
With :01 Staff: Mark Siegel

Panel: Spotlight on Dave Roman
Time: 11am – 12:00pm/ Room 4

Signing
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Scott McCloud at the First Second Booth #1323

Panel: Hopey, Israel, Skim, Oafs, and Beyond
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm / Room 28DE
With :01 Authors: Mariko Tamaki

Panel: Comics and the Real World: Using Graphic Novels as Tools of Tolerance
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm / Room: 30 CDE
With :01 Authors: Aron Steinke, Cecil Castellucci

Signing
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Dave Roman signing at the :01 Booth #1323

Panel: Creative Storytelling: Choose Your Own Adventure
Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm / Room 8
With :01 Author: Aron Steinke

Panel: Spotlight on Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm / Room 29AB

Panel: Spotlight on Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie
Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm / Room 9

Signing
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm / Location: AA09
With :01 Author Aron Steinke

Signing
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki in the :01 Booth #1323

SATURDAY, JULY 11th

Galley Give-Away
Time: 11:00am / at the :01 Booth #1323
We’ll be giving away copies of Faith Erin Hicks’ The Nameless City!

Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day
Kids Comics Summit
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
With :01 Staff: Calista Brill

Panel: Working Together: Writers and Artists
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm / Room 28DE
With :01 Authors: Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki, Asaf Hanuka, Boaz Lavie

Panel: Comics in the Classroom – Real-World Ideas for Engaging Your Students with Comics!
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm / Room 30CDE
With :01 Authors: Dave Roman, Cecil Castellucci

Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Age Categories
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
With :01 Staff: Calista Brill

Signing
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Scott McCloud Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Librarian/Educator Fall 2015 Graphic Novel Buzz
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
With :01 Staff: Gina Gagliano

Panel: Diversity
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm / Room 28DE
:01 Author: Mariko Tamaki

Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Contemporary Issues in Graphic Novel Publishing for Educators and Librarians
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
With :01 Staff: Gina Gagliano

Signing
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie Signing at the :01 Booth #1323

Signing
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm / Location: Autographing Area 09
With :01 Author Mariko Tamaki

Panel: Kids Comics
Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm / Room 23ABC
With :01 Author: Dave Roman

Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Events for Community Engagement
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
With :01 Staff: Gina Gagliano

Signing
Time: 4:30 – 5:30pm
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

Program: Kids Comics Publishers Library Day: Librarian Talkbalk
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 / Location: San Diego Central Library – Shiley Special Events Suite / 330 Park Blvd / San Diego, CA 92101
With :01 Staff: Mark Siegel

Panel: Storytelling
Time: 5:30pm / Room 8
With :01 Staff: Calista Brill

SUNDAY, JULY 12th 

Panel: The Girls Are Alright!
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am / Room 30CDE
With :01 Authors: Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki, Cecil Castellucci

Signing
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Cecil Castellucci Signing in the :01 Booth #1323

Panel: Push Fun Forward: All-Ages Comics Have Arrived
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm / Room 24 ABC
With :01 Authors: Dave Roman, Cecil Castellucci

VA – Scott McCloud Speaks

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Scott McCloud, the cartoonist of The Sculptor and comics theoretician behind the groundbreaking Understanding Comics, will present on the language of comic arts at the Grace Street Theater on Monday, April 6th at 7:00 pm. There will also be a live Q and A moderated by comics historian Christopher Irving (Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics) afterwards.

This event is sponsored by VCU School of the Arts, VCU Libraries, the Department of Kinetic Imaging, and the Department of Communication Arts.

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The Grace Street Theater
934 W Grace St, Richmond, VA 23284
(804) 828-2020

First Guests Announced for Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015

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Announcing the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015! Over 300 cartoonists from Canada and around the world are on their way to Toronto this May, to celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! A week-long Festival of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition centered at Toronto Reference Library, May 10 and 11, 2015!

For more than a decade, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has showcased the incredible comics art being made here in Canada, and invited the attention of the international cartooning community. The 2015 programme continues to build on those successes, with an increase in programming, and a renewed focus on Canadian cartoonists from coast to coast!

TCAF 2015 will welcome a remarkable array of authors! Highlights from the author guests include:

Charles Burns: Creator of Black Hole, considered to be one of the most important graphic novels in the Western canon, Burns will be at TCAF to celebrate his recently completed new graphic novel series X’ed Out (Pantheon Books). Burns will also illustrated one of the official posters of the 2015 Festival, to be revealed.

Eleanor Davis: An outstanding cartoonist and editorial illustrator (The New Yorker, New York Times), Davis’ recent graphic novel release How To Be Happy (Fantagraphics) was widely lauded as one of the best graphic novels of 2014, and TCAF is thrilled to welcome this her back to Toronto for the 2015 Festival.

Gurihiru: This dynamic cartooning duo (working under one pen name) hails from Tokyo, Japan, and is beloved in North America for their original graphic novels set in the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender (Dark Horse). They have also created work for Marvel Comics, Disney, and an array of independent illustration work.

Lucy Knisley: A long-time supporter of the Festival, Knisley’s memoirs and travelogues are well-loved across the continent. Knisley attends as a Featured Guest in 2015, in support of her new travelogue/graphic novel Displacement (Fantagraphics).

Scott McCloud: Creator of the essential comics text Understanding Comics, TCAF will welcome McCloud back to Toronto in support of his acclaimed new graphic novel The Sculptor (First Second Books).

Barbara Stok: Hailing from The Netherlands, Stok has an impressive collection of graphic novels to her credit. TCAF is happy to welcome her as a Featured Guest of the Festival in 2015, in conjunction with her debut English-language graphic novel release Vincent (SelfMadeHero), an important and critically-praised biography of Vincent Van Gogh.

Jillian Tamaki: With her cousin Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki’s 2014 TCAF Debut This One Summer (Groundwood/First Second) took home a Governor General’s Award, a Caldecott Honor, and a Printz Honor. In 2015, Jillian Tamaki will release SuperMutantMagicAcademy (Drawn & Quarterly), her hilarious new graphic novel.

Chip Zdarsky: Hometown favourite and emerging international superstar Zdarsky (a.k.a. Steve Murray) is welcomed as a Featured Guest for 2015! Best-known for his ground-breaking comic series Sex Criminals (with writer Matt Fraction), spring 2015 will see the launch of his new series Kaptara (Image Comics) with fellow Toronto illustrator Kagan McLeod, and a relaunch of Marvel Comics’ Howard The Duck.

And these are just the first nine featured guests among the more than 300 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2015 Festival.

Featured guests will continue to be announced through February and March, with special guests from France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and the U.S. and Canada still to be revealed!

TCAF 2015 will also feature several programming spotlights, including a special tribute to esteemed Canadian graphic novel published Drawn & Quarterly, on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary.

Additional Programs will be announced in February and March, including the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, Comics Vs. Games 4, Gallery Showings, Screenings, and much more. Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates:

Website: www.torontocomics.com
Twitter: @Torontocomics
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TorontoComics
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UK – The Sculptor Signing

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Scott McCloud (Making Comics, Zot!) appears at OK Comics to sign copies of THE SCULPTOR and others, on Monday 9th March, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

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OK Comics
19 Thorntons Arcade, LS1 6LQ Leeds

UK – The Sculptor Signing

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Scott McCloud appears at Nostalgia & Comics store in Birmingham on Tuesday 10th of March from 5:00 to 6:00 pm to sign The Sculptor!

Nostalgia & Comics
14-16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, B5 4EN United Kingdom
+44 121 643 0143

UK – The Sculptor Signing

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Scott McCloud appears at Orbital Comics on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm for a very special signing and drinks reception in celebration of his new magnum opus, The Sculptor. The genius behind Understanding Comics makes his long-awaited return to sequential comics with this weighty tome which explores the nature of creativity and art.

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Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

Comic-Con International Announces Second Wave of Guests for SDCC 2015

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Press Release:

COMIC-CON ANNOUNCES NEXT WAVE OF GUESTS FOR 2015 SHOW

Additional Guests To Be Announced In The Coming Weeks

SAN DIEGO- Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and popular art, today announced the second wave of special guests for its eagerly awaited summer show. The event which draws well over 130,000 unique attendees over a four-day period will again be held in San Diego beginning on Thursday, July 9, and running though Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center.

“Since our beginning in 1970 Comic-Con has a wonderful history of featuring exceptional guests,” commented David Glanzer, spokesperson for the nonprofit organization. “It is clear that trend continues in 2015.”

The second round of guests include:

Author Hugh Howey: WOOL Series.

Writer/artist Scott McCloud: Zot!, Understanding Comics, The Sculptor.

Fantasy Illustrator Luis Royo: The Ice Dragon, Malefic Time.

Writer/artist Jillian Tamaki: Skim, This One Summer.

Writer Mariko Tamaki: Skim, This One Summer.

For up-to-date information on guests and all aspects of the huge summer show be sure to visit www.comic-con.org and check out the Toucan Blog, the only OFFICIAL Blog of Comic-Con International.

About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.  In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon Anaheim each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

CA – The Sculptor Signing

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Award-winning author Scott McCloud will be in conversation with author/columnist Chris Epting for a discussion and signing of McCloud’s new graphic novel, The Sculptor, on Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM. McCloud is an internationally recognized authority on comics and visual communication, technology and the power of storytelling.

Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Ave. #110, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-897-8781

IL – The Sculptor Signing

scm-sculptorScott McCloud appears in conversation with Lynne Thomas at The Art Institute of Chicago on Friday, February 13th at 6:00 PM! Tickets available at the link.

Press Release:

In Understanding Comics Scott McCloud made it cool to take comics seriously. Now the man hailed by graphic icons from Neil Gaiman to Alan Moore is back with a brand new graphic novel, five years in the making! The Sculptor reworks the classic tale of an artist willing to do anything to succeed, including making a deal with Death. Lynne Thomas, author of Chicks Dig Comics, joins McCloud on the CHF stage to discuss life in and outside of comics.

This program will have an opening act by cartoonist, filmmaker, and performer Lyra Hill. A book signing will follow the program.

Current Charter Humanists receive Red Badge access.

The Art Institute of Chicago – Rubloff Auditorium
230 S. Columbus Dr. Chicago, IL 60603

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