SF – Supergirl: Being Super Signing

Join Mariko Tamaki and Gene Luen Yang at the Bindery on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:30 PM for a lively conversation about writing graphic novels for young readers, encouraging kids to engage in the world around them through reading, and the importance of reading outside of your comfort zone. Mariko Tamaki’s work for DC Comics includes Supergirl: Being Super and the forthcoming Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (June 2019). Gene Luen Yang’s work for DC Comics includes Superman and New Super-Man.

Mariko Tamaki, author of the Caldecott Honor and Eisner Award-winning This One Summer, and Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer) combine forces for Supergirl: Being Super​​​​​​! This is the Girl of Steel as you’ve never seen her before. A truly innovative origin story, a coming-of-age tale of “Being Super,” full of heart with added teenage irony.

Welcome to Midvale, home to Liberty High School and an unusual girl named Kara Danvers. While it may seem like your ordinary town, girls like Kara make it extraordinary. She’s super-strong, she can fly and she crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns.

Now Kara’s incredible powers are kicking into high gear–and people she trusted are revealing creepy ulterior motives. The time has come for her to choose between the world where she was born and the only world she’s ever known.

Mariko Tamaki is an award-winning Canadian writer living in Oakland, California. She is the author of Saving Montgomery Sole and the co-creator, with Jillian Tamaki, of This One Summer, which received the prestigious Eisner and Ignatz awards as well as Caldecott and Printz honors. Her growing slate of critically acclaimed comics and graphic novels includes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tomb Raider, Adventure Time, She-Hulk, Lumberjanes, Supergirl: Being Super and New Super-Man.

Gene Luen Yang began making comics and graphic novels more than fifteen years ago. In 2006, his Eisner Award-winning book, American Born Chinese (First Second Books), 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. His 2013 book, Boxers & Saints (First Second Books), a two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Gene Luen Yang made his mainstream comics debut on Superman, with artists John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson. In addition cartooning, Gene teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed Gene Luen Yang as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

This is a free, all-ages event. Bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm.

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The Bindery
1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

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

MI – Reading Without Walls Presentation

Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Ann Arbor District Library on Saturday, April 21st  at 2:00 PM to discuss Reading 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. Drawing on his own experiences as a reader and author, Yang promotes diversity and opens readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences.

Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He began drawing comic books in the fifth grade, and in 1997 he received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers.

American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. He is the author of the Secret Coders series (with artist Mike Holmes) and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman.

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Ann Arbor District Library
343 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 327-4200

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

TX – Octopus Pie/Secret Coders Signing

Cartoonist Meredith Gran and Mike Holmes appear at Dragon’s Lair from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 13th.

Meredith Gran has ended her long-running, award-winning and groundbreaking webcomic Octopus Pie! To celebrate the print debut of the final volume from Image Comics, she’s touring the country this July. She’ll be in Chicago – so come out to meet her, get some books signed, and help say goodbye to this beloved comic strip. You can also tell her how much you liked her Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens series, too.

Also appearing is Mike Holmes, artist on the popular Secret Coders graphic novel series, and whose work includes Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Animal Crackers: Circus Mayhem and many more!

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Dragon’s Lair Austin
2438 West Anderson Lane, Suite B-1, Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-2399

IL – Octopus Pie/Secret Coders Signing

Cartoonist Meredith Gran and Mike Holmes appear at Challengers Comics from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Friday, July 28th.

Meredith Gran has ended her long-running, award-winning and groundbreaking webcomic Octopus Pie! To celebrate the print debut of the final volume from Image Comics, she’s touring the country this July. She’ll be in Chicago – so come out to meet her, get some books signed, and help say goodbye to this beloved comic strip. You can also tell her how much you liked her Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens series, too.

Also appearing is Mike Holmes, artist on the popular Secret Coders graphic novel series, and whose work includes Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Animal Crackers: Circus Mayhem and many more!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

 

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

DC – Reading Without Walls Signing

Press Release:

Big Planet Comics is excited to welcome National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and bestselling comic book creator Gene Luen Yang for a signing on Monday, April 10th at 6:00 PM!

Gene Yang is the creator of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and the writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, New Super-Man, Secret Coders, The Shadow Hero, and many more. Gene Yang was recently appointed the fifth National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Children’s Book Council, and Every Child A Reader.

As the National Ambassador, he has also started the Reading Without Walls challenge for all readers.

More information about Gene Yang’s books, his ambassadorship, and the Reading Without Walls challenge can be found on his website.

Readers are encouraged to bring their copies of Gene’s books to be signed, but copies will also be available for purchase at the event.

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Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW Washington, DC 20009
202-342-1961

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