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

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.

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

CA – Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase Signing

Join award-winning Walt Disney Studios Animation talent Paul Briggs and Benson Shum at Skylight Books on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM as they read from their picture books Catch My Breath and Holly’s Day at the Pool. Readers will also get treated to drawing activities by the two talents.

Paul Briggs has worked in the animation industry for twenty years and was fortunate to be the head of story on Disney’s Frozen and Big Hero 6, both of which received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. However, he’s most proud of his family: his wife, Christin, and their two sons, Luke and Leo. When he’s not working, Paul and his family can be found wandering the woods of California, looking for forest zombies to defeat, or engaging in epic dance battles– where they have to stop and catch their breaths. In the latest edition of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase series Catch My Breath, acclaimed animation talent Paul Briggs (Big Hero 6, Frozen, Zootopia) delivers a heartwarming and clever story about a boy who’s lost his breath: Losing it, trying to find it, even trying to buy it. But how he comes to get it back is sure to bring a smile to readers of all ages faces.

Benson Shum is an animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios and has worked on films such as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. He was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, where he studied the art of animation at Capilano University and Sheridan College. He now lives in Burbank, CA. Based on his niece’s experience, Benson created a story about how Holly the Hippo overcame her fear of swimming. Holly is full of questions when it comes to swimming! “What if..” she always wonders, every time she almost dips her toe in the water. Read on how she overcomes her fear of stepping into the pool.

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

CA – Misfit City vol. 1 Signing

Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz appear at Skylight Books on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 5:00 PM to sign MISFIT CITY.

Naomi Franquiz is a freelance illustrator and comic book artist working out of delightfully dank Florida. Her original work has been published in the POWER & MAGIC Press anthology, Dark Horse, Image, Kaboom! – as well as self-published online. You can find her online sleep-tweeting or aggressively enjoying video compilations of rude cats.

Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith is known for her work as a screenwriter of female-driven comedies “Legally Blonde” and “10 Things I Hate About You,” in addition to “The House Bunny,” “She’s the Man,” “Ella Enchanted” and “The Ugly Truth.” She is currently writing “Sweet Valley High” for Paramount. She has also written the YA novels “The Geography of Girlhood” and “Trinkets”.

Kurt Lustgarten is a screenwriter and award-winning commercial director. His credits include writing and co-producing the THE DELETED, a digital series created by Bret Easton Ellis.

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

CA – Baking With Kafka Signing

Cartoonist Tom Gauld appears in conversation with Mark Frauenfelder at Skylight Books on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM to present and sign BAKING WITH KAFKA.

Tom Gauld is a cartoonist and illustrator. He has weekly comic strips in The Guardian and New Scientist and his comics have been published in The New York Times and The Believer. In addition to his graphic novels Goliath, You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, and Mooncop, he has designed a number of book covers. Gauld lives and works in London.

Mark Frauenfelder is a research director at Institute for the Future, the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine, the co founder of Boing Boing, and the editor-in-chief of Cool-Tools.org. He was an editor at Wired from 1993-1998, the founding editor of Wired.com, and is the author of eight books

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

CA – The Creeps Signing

Cartoonist Fran Krause appears at Skylight Books on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM to sign THE CREEPS.

A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling Deep Dark Fears: a second volume of comics based on people’s quirky, spooky, hilarious, and terrifying fears.

Illustrator, animator, teacher, and comic artist Fran Krause has touched a collective nerve with his wildly popular webcomic series–and subsequent New York Times best-selling book–Deep Dark Fears. Here he brings readers more of the creepy, funny, and idiosyncratic fears they love illustrated in comic form–such as the fear that your pets will tell other animals all your embarrassing secrets, or that someone uses your house while you’re not home–as well as two longer comic short-stories about ghosts.

Fran Krause is an animator and cartoonist. He is currently a teacher in the character animation program at CalArts, creator of several cartoons, and the creator of the Deep Dark Fears webcomic series and book.

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

CA – Young Animal Panel

Skylight Books hosts a discussion about DC’s Young Animal imprint with Gerard Way, Cecil Castellucci, Jonathan Rivera, and Jody Houser on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Gerard Way is the Eisner Award-winning writer of The Umbrella Academy and the comics miniseries The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. He is the creative mind behind the new grassroots imprint, DC’s Young Animal, whose retro-inspired lineup bridges the gap between the DC Universe and Vertigo. Way is also widely known for his former role as the lead vocalist and co-founder of the alternative rock band My Chemical Romance.

Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth and the Eisner-nominated Odd Duck. She is currently writing Shade the Changing Girl, Vol. 1 Earth Girl Made Easy, an ongoing comic on Gerard Way’s DC Young Animal imprint. Her picture book, Grandma’s Gloves, won the California Book Award Gold Medal. She lives in Los Angeles.

Jon Rivera is a writer of comic books and graphic novels, best known for his work on DC’s Young Animal. CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE, co-written by imprint founder Gerard Way, is one of the line’s inaugural titles.

Jody Houser is the creator behind the webcomic Cupcake POW! Houser has written Faith for Valiant Comics, Max Ride: Ultimate Flight and Agent May for Marvel, and Orphan Black for IDW. She has been a contributing writer to numerous comics anthologies, including Avengers: No More Bullying, Vertigo CMYK: Magenta, and both Womanthology series. Houser contributed to Justice League of America: Road to Rebirth and is currently writing Mother Panic for DC.

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

CA – Fetch Signing

Nicole J. Georges appears at Skylight Books on Tuesday, July 18th at 7:30 PM to sign her new memoir Fetch.

From an award-winning artist, a memoir of life with a difficult, beloved dog that will resonate with anybody who has ever had a less than perfectly behaved pet.

When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix—a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her “Don’t Pet Me” bandana.

Georges’s gorgeous graphic novel Fetch chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing—a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation, adaption, and compassion that sustain them. Nicole never successfully taught Beija “sit,” but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay.

Nicole J. Georges is a professor, writer, and illustrator, who has been publishing her own zines and comics for twenty years. She is the author of the Lambda Award–winning graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura and the diary comic Invincible Summer. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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

CA – Hostage Signing

Join award-winning cartoonist Guy Delisle (Pyongyang, Jerusalem, Shenzhen, Burma Chronicles) at Skylight Books on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM for the launch of his highly anticipated, non-fiction page-turner: Hostage. Set in the Caucasus region in 1997, Hostage tells the true story of Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe Andre who was held captive for over three months. Recounting his day-to-day survival while conveying the psychological effects of solitary confinement, Delisle’s storytelling doesn’t just show André’s experiences, but brings you into the room alongside him. Hostage is a thoughtful, intense, and undeniably moving graphic novel that takes a profound look at what drives our will to survive in the darkest of moments.

Guy Delisle is a cartoonist and animator from Québec City, Canada. Delisle spent ten years working in animation, which allowed him to learn about movement and drawing. He is best known for his bestselling travelogues about life in faraway countries, Burma Chronicles, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, Pyongyang, and Shenzhen. In 2012, Guy Delisle was awarded the Prize for Best Album for the French edition of Jerusalem at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Delisle now lives in the south of France with his wife and two children.

David L. Ulin is the author, most recently, of the novel Ear to the Ground. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, his other books include Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay; The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time; and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. He is the former book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times.

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

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