CA – Cottons: The Secret of the Wind Launch Party

Jim Pascoe and Heidi Arnhold appear in conversation with Cecil Castellucci at Skylight Books on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM to present and sign Cottons: The Secret of the Wind from First Second.

To her neighbors in the Vale of Industry, Bridgebelle is an ordinary rabbit. All day long, she toils at the carrot factory. After a hard day, she returns home to care for her ailing auntie. And whenever she’s out, she’s watchful of the murderous foxes who prey on her kind.

But Bridgebelle is not ordinary—she’s a rabbit with talents beyond her own understanding. Using cha, the mysterious fuel that powers her world, she can change everyday objects into thokchas—magical, transforming works of art. Bridgebelle makes thokchas because they’re beautiful. But there are those in her world who want to harness her powers and turn her art into a weapon.

Jim Pascoe is a writer, designer, and an award-winning creative director. His comics credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy Animated, and the original series Undertown. He lives in Los Angeles, where he drinks coffee, sleeps very little, and believes in magic.

Heidi Arnhold is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design whose published works have involved popular franchises like Star Trek, The Dark Crystal, and Fraggle Rock. The art in Cottons is powered by Heidi’s love for visual storytelling, all rabbits, and kale smoothies.

Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star, and the Eisner nominated Odd Duck. In 2015 she co-authored Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. She is currently writing Shade, The Changing Girl, an ongoing comic on Gerard Way’s Young Animal imprint at DC Comics. And her newest Graphic Novel Soupy Leaves Home came out in April 2017. Her short stories and short comics have been published in Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Womanthology, Star Trek: Waypoint and Vertigo SFX: Slam! She is the Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus, a two time Macdowell Fellow and the founding YA Editor at the LA Review of Books.

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CA – Snotgirl: California Screaming Signing

Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung appear at Skylight Books on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 7:30 PM to present and sign SNOTGIRL!

Fashion! Murder! Allergies?! Snotgirl, the acclaimed comic book and graphic novel series from co-creators Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) and acclaimed artist Leslie Hung returns with Snotgirl Volume 2: California Screaming. Snotgirl features the adventures of an LA-based fashion blogger whose glamorous life unravels due to severe allergies (and, to be fair, a possible murder for which she may be responsible).

O’Malley, who has relocated to Los Angeles from Canada, and Hung, who was born and raised in Southern, California and is making her comic book debut with the series, collaborate closely to tell a story that is underrepresented in pop culture – the story of a native Angeleno. “The classic LA story is someone moving to Hollywood to make it big,” said Hung. “We want to tell a different story, about what it’s like to start here, born and raised in the heart of image-obsessed California.”

In Snotgirl Volume 2: California Screaming, Lottie Person is living her best life in LA — or at least that’s what she wants you to think. Lottie’s new bestie Caroline makes everything an emotional roller coaster: first she died, and then she killed someone. Who will Caroline hurt next, and why is her brother Virgil in town? Is Normgirl really going to marry Ashley? What in god’s name did Sunny ever see in Charlene? And, of course, is Lottie ever going to stop sneezing?

O’Malley is best known for writing and drawing bestselling graphic novels, including Scott Pilgrim and Seconds, and Snotgirl represents several significant milestones for him — it is his first ever ongoing comic book series and also the first series he has co-created with another artist. “Leslie and I make up the storylines, but it’s really the characters that drive the story. We’re having a lot of fun throwing twists and turns at them, and we’re just getting started.”

Snotgirl is ripe with sex, love, fashion, social media angst and, yes, those pesky allergies. Gesundheit!

Bryan Lee O’Malley is a Canadian cartoonist best known for the bestselling, award-winning Oni Press series “Scott Pilgrim” (2004-2010). “Scott Pilgrim” was adapted into a critically-acclaimed major motion picture (from Universal) and video game (from Ubisoft) in 2010. O’Malley lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to make comics.

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CA – Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces Signing

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon appears at Skylight Books on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM to present and sign his new work of nonfiction, Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces.

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books in-store events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But because we’re expecting a large crowd at this event, we’ll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized, and will be accommodating our youngest guests first:

  • To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces here at Skylight Books. Online presales will begin May 15, 2018, and books with tickets will be available for pickup also on beginning May 15, 2018.
  • For all website orders for this event, be sure to leave a note in the Order Comments field that you would like a ticket and plan to attend the event.
  • Can’t attend? If you would like a signed book but will not be able to attend, click Signed Copy after adding the book to your cart and we’ll do our best to get it signed for you. You  may pick up this book in the store after the event, or have it shipped to you.
  • Skylight’s Friends with Benefits members get priority signing line tickets (and 20% off this and all other event books each month), so be sure to mention your membership (or join) when you order the book.

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of PittsburghA Model WorldWonder BoysWerewolves in their YouthThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & ClaySummerlandThe Final SolutionThe Yiddish Policemen’s UnionMaps & LegendsGentlemen of the RoadManhood for AmateursTelegraph AvenueMoonglow, and the picture book The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

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CA – Losing the Girl Signing

Cartoonist MariNaomi appears at Skylight Books on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM to sign Losing the Girl (Life on Earth #1).

Claudia Jones is missing. Her classmates are thinking the worst . . . or at least the weirdest. It couldn’t be an alien abduction, right? None of Claudia’s classmates at Blithedale High know why she vanished—and they’re dealing with their own issues. Emily’s trying to handle a life-changing surprise. Paula’s hoping to step out of Emily’s shadow. Nigel just wants to meet a girl who will laugh at his jokes. And Brett hardly lets himself get close to anybody.

In Losing the Girl, the first book in the Life on Earth trilogy, Eisner-nominated cartoonist MariNaomi looks at life through the eyes of four suburban teenagers: early romance, fraying friendships, and the traces of a mysterious—maybe otherworldly—disappearance. Different chapters focus on different characters, each with a unique visual approach.

MariNaomi is the award-winning author and illustrator of four comics memoirs. Losing the Girl is her first graphic novel and her first foray into fiction that (possibly) involves alien life forms. She’s also the creator of the Cartoonists of Color and Queer Cartoonists databases. She lives in California with her husband and many cats and dogs. Visit her website at marinaomi.com.

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CA – Herding Cats Signing

Cartoonist Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles) appears at Skylight Books on Saturday, April 7th at 5:00 PM to sign her latest collection HERDING CATS!

Sarah Andersen’s hilarious third collection, Herding Cats, features the two time Goodreads Choice Award favorite continuing to poke fun at herself and her insecurities, her cat obsession, and the inherent humor in the daily life of a young woman.

Sarah’s imaginative and right-on-target comics explore the complexities of being an introvert, a millennial, a young woman, and an artist with a distinctive, quirky, and honest style. Readers will relish her latest installment with a warm feeling of solidarity and familiar recognition, as she depicts the challenges in navigating real life and the Internet-infused world of today in a humorous, refreshingly candid, and poignant manner.

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1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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CA – Wallace Shawn Signing

Acclaimed actor and writer Wallace Shawn appears at Skylight Books to discuss and sign his new book Night Thoughts on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

Writer and actor Wallace Shawn’s probing, honest, and self-critical take on civilization and its discontents.

Although he is guided and inspired by the people he respects, and despite the insufficiency of his knowledge and experience—an insufficiency shared by most (or all) other humans, Wallace Shawn can’t see any real alternative to trying to figure out his own answers to the most essential questions about the world he lives in.

Having recently passed the age of seventy, before which he found it difficult to piece together more than a few fragments of understanding, Shawn would like to pass on anything he’s learned before death or dementia close down the brief window available to him, but he may not be ready yet.

Wallace Shawn is an Obie Award-winning playwright and a noted stage and screen actor (Star Trek DS9, Gossip Girl, The Princess Bride, Toy Story). His plays The Designated Mourner and Marie and Bruce have recently been produced as films. He is co-author of the movie My Dinner with Andre and author of the plays The Fever, The Designated Mourner, Aunt Dan and Lemon, and Grasses of a Thousand Colours.

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1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

CA – Islandborn Signing

Author Junot Díaz appears at Skylight Books on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM to present and sign his new children’s book ISLANDBORN!

From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. “Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.” So when Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.” Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books in-store events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But because we’re expecting a large crowd at this event, we’ll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized, and will be accommodating our youngest guests first:

  • To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Islandborn here at Skylight Books. Online presales will begin January 8, 2018, and books with tickets will be available for pickup beginning March 13, 2018.
  • Junot will personalize copies of Islandborn with first names.
  • For all website orders for this event, be sure to leave a note in the Order Comments field that you would like a ticket and plan to attend the event.
  • Can’t attend? If you would like a signed book but will not be able to attend, click Signed Copy after adding the book to your cart and we’ll do our best to get it signed for you. You  may pick up this book in the store after the event, or have it shipped to you.
  • Skylight’s Friends with Benefits members get priority signing line tickets (and 20% off this and all other event books each month), so be sure to mention your membership (or join) when you order the book.

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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323.660.1175

CA – And Then the World Blew Up Signing

Radical editorial artist and cartoonist Mr. Fish will discuss his new book, And Then the World Blew Up (Fantagraphics) with Truthdig editor and progressive journalist Robert Scheer at Skylight Books on Thursday, March 8th at 7:30 PM.

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CA – Bingo Love Signing

Tee Franklin, the creator and writer of Bingo Love, appears in conversation with Amanda Deibert at Skylight Books on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 5:30 PM.

About Bingo Love:
When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage. From Tee Franklin (Nailbiter’s The Outfit, Love is Love) and Jenn St-Onge (Jem & The Misfits), Bingo Love is a touching story of love, family, and resiliency that spans over 60 years.

Tee Franklin is a Queer disabled Black woman who writes comics: The Outfit (Nailbiter #27), A Blazin’ (in the Ignatz award winning Elements Anthology), Tears (in the Eisner-winning and New York Times Best Selling Love is Love), and Inclusive Press’ Queer romance graphic novella, Bingo Love. Franklin won the 2017 Queer Press Grant for Bingo Love and raised almost $60k for this graphic novella via Kickstarter. She fights for inclusion in comics, no matter the risks, as she hopes that the next generation of marginalized comic creators won’t have to put up with what’s been happening for the past 75+ years.

Amanda Deibert is an award winning television and comic book writer. Her comic book writing includes Batman and Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman ’77, and Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman for DC Comics. The Story “Brave” in the Eisner-winning and New York Times #1 Best Selling anthology Love is Love. As well as stories in the multi-award winning anthology John Carpenter’s Tales For a Halloween Night (Amanda wrote stories in volumes 2, 3 and 4) and the Womanthology anthology for IDW.

Television work includes writing for SyFy’s Live From Comic Con hosted by Zachary Levi, OWN Tonight for the Oprah Winfrey Network, Take Part Live on PIVOT, The Morning After on HULU, and many more. She is also the writer for former Vice President Al Gore’s annual, 24 Hours of Reality an international broadcast to promote awareness and combat climate change, watched on television in over 100 countries, reaching more than 225 million households.

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1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

CA – The Prince & The Dressmaker Book Release Party

Cartoonist Jen Wang appears in conversation with Angie Wang at Skylight Books on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM to present and sign her new graphic novel from First Second Books THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER.

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances—one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the Adventure Time comics and LA Magazine. She recently illustrated Tom Angleberger’s Fake Mustache.  Her graphic novels Koko Be Good and In Real Life (with author Cory Doctorow) were published by First Second.

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