Kids Comics Day at MICE 2015


Press Release:

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) is a whole weekend of books, fun, and events for every age, with free admission to all, located at University Hall in Porter Square. Sunday, October 18th is Kids Comics Day, featuring our best kid-oriented activities and comics! Meet the authors of some of the best kids comic books, including Ryan North (Adventure Time), Gene Luen Yang (Avatar: The Last Airbender, American Born Chinese), George O’Connor (The Olympians) and Bob Flynn (Spongebob Comics). Discover your new favorite comics and cartoonists in our exhibit hall. Just keep an eye out for balloons attached to tables: that’s how find kid-friendly comics!

Kids can learn how to make their own cartoons and comics in three workshops and activity sessions…

Fable Comics Workshop
Oct 18th, 11:30 AM – 12:30PM

Looking for your next great comic idea? You can start with one of the oldest stories you know – fables! Chris Duffy, editor of Fable Comics Anthology, and artists George O’Connor (The Olympians) and Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time) will give you some pointers in drawing your own comic from well-known fables.

Unexpected Cartoons
Oct 18th, 1:00 PM – 2:00PM

Cartoonist Cara Bean leads a playful workshop for kids and all ages. Participants are led into various drawing exercises that would encourage improvisation and strengthen creative ability. We will approach drawing from new angles and discover unexpected results. All you need is a sheet of paper, pencil, eraser, and an open mind.

Mini-Comic Workshop
Oct 18th, 2:30 PM – 3:30PM

Sometimes the best ideas come out of play, improvisation, and collaboration. In this workshop, you’ll participate in a few fun, collaborative, drawing games and create some wildly unexpected characters and stories with your fellow attendees.

Join us at MICE on Sunday, October 18th to explore the best in kids comics, and check out our full schedule for even more events offered all weekend.

Kids Comics Day at MICE is sponsored by The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA which offers comics classes year-round to all ages. Sign up for the Fall session today at

MICE will be held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The hours of the show are Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday, October 18th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is FREE. Special Guests include: Gene Luen Yang, Lucy Knisley, Dustin Harbin, Ryan North, and Jennifer Hayden! Click their website for more information:

OH – Superman Writer Signs


Meet award-winning comic book writer, Gene Luen Yang, at Alter Ego Comics on Wednesday, October 7th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.

Yang is the current writer of Superman for DC Comics (beginning with issue #41) as well as Avatar: The Last Airbender from Dark Horse Comics.

In 2006, Yang published American Born Chinese. It 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.

His latest creator owned comic is Secret Coders, a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!

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Alter Ego Comics
230 N. Main Street, Lima, OH 45801
(419) 224-6700

MI – Secret Coders Signing

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Gene Luen Yang (creator of American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, writer of Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and  DC Comics’ Superman) appears at McLean & Eakin on Monday, October 5th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in support of his new book, Secret Coders!

McLean & Eakin
307 E. Lake Street, Petoskey, MI 49770

TX – Secret Coders Signing

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Gene Luen Yang appears at Austin Books & Comics on Thursday, October 1st from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in support of his new book, Secret Coders!

Join us in greeting the two-time National Book Award nominee, and the current writer of the Dark Horse continuation of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman!

About Secret Coders:
The debut volume in the new graphic novel series by Gene Luen Yang! Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

SF – Coding for Kids Signing


Gene Luen Yang, author of SECRET CODERS, and Carlos Bueno, author of LAUREN IPSUM, appear at Mission: Comics & Art on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM to promote their books aimed at teaching young people coding concepts!

Gene’s AMERICAN BORN CHINESE was the first graphic novel to win American Library Association’s Printz Award. He is also now writing DC Comics’ Superman and Avatar: The Last Airbender for Dark Horse Comics.

Former Facebook engineer Carlos first self published Lauren Ipsum and was subsequently honored as a Champion of Change by the White House.

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Mission: Comics & Art
2250 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1545

MI – Secret Coders Signing


Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang will visit both Vault of Midnight locations for signings and to promote his new book Secret Coders on Sunday, October 4, 2015!

Yang is one of the most celebrated comic book creators of his generation, and was the first graphic novelist to be nominated for the National Book Award for his 2006 book American Born Chinese. That work would go on to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award (the first graphic novel to receive that honor) as well as an Eisner Award (the comic industry’s most prestigious commendation).

In addition to a slew of other original graphic novels including Boxers and Saints, Level Up, and The Shadow Hero, Yang is additionally and currently the writer for DC Comics’ Superman as well as the Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender, which sequels the television show.

Gene will be signing in the Ann Arbor Location on October 4th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, and in the Grand Rapids location from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Vault of Midnight has worked hard to make sure that Yang’s collected works will be available building up to and during his appearances.

This is sure to be an amazing opportunity to meet one of the world’s most renowned comic creators!

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Vault of Midnight
219 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

95 Monroe Center Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

CA – Smoke and Shadow Signing


Gene Luen Yang appears at Fantastic Comics to celebrate the release of the first volume of SMOKE AND SHADOW, the next installment in the AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER comic book series on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm!

Gene Yang is the award winning creator of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, The Shadow Hero, Level Up, and writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender series and Superman for DC Comics.

The event will begin with a talk from Gene about comics, followed by a signing.

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Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

CA – Little Robot Signing

little-robot-hatkeCartoonist Ben Hatke appears in conversation with Gene Luen Yang at Kepler’s Books on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM to present LITTLE ROBOT!

Press Release:

Love graphic novels? Come and meet #1 New York Times Bestselling author Ben Hatke, artist, writer and creator of the awesome Zita the Spacegirl graphic novels about which School Library Journal says, “…this charming, well-told story has a timeless “read to me” quality that makes it perfect for one-on-one sharing”.

Ben will be at Kepler’s to discuss his newest graphic novel, Little Robot. He will be in conversation with Gene Luen Yang, author of the National Book Award and Printz Award winning, “American Born Chinese”, “Boxers & Saints”, and “The Shadow Hero”. Gene currently writes Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender series and DC Comics’ Superman.

About Little Robot:

When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad robots are coming to collect the little guy for nefarious purposes, and it’s all up to a five-year-old armed only with a wrench and a fierce loyalty to her mechanical friend to save the day! Ben Hatke brings his signature sweetness to a simple, moving story about friendship and overcoming fears that will appeal to readers of all ages.

The event is free – please register at the link today.

Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 324-4321

CA – Hijinx Comics Signing

Hijinx Comics

Gene Luen Yang, Mick Gray, Frank Cirocco, and Lela Dowling sign at Hijinx Comics on Saturday August 8, 2015 as part of their summer sale!

Gene Luen Yang – the wonderful creator of many independent GN’s (notably AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, SHADOW HERO, BOXERS & SAINTS) plus the outstanding writer of AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER and now SUPERMAN.

Mick Gray – the King of the Rock-a-Billy cartoonists. Known most recently for his powerful inking on ROBIN, SON OF BATMAN, BATMAN & ROBIN and historically for PROMETHEA and JOKER.

Frank Cirocco – Creator/entrepreneur extraordinaire – POP DADDY collectibles, SKYLAND GALLERIES, ALIEN LEGION, SUBURBAN HI-LIFE.


Hijinx Comics
2050 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 266-1103

CA – Superman Signing


Writer/artist Gene Luen Yang (Avatar:The Last Airbender, The Shadow Hero, American Born Chinese) appears at Flying Color Comics on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm to sign his debut issue as the writer of SUPERMAN!

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Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
(925) 825-5410

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