NYC – Phil Jimenez Appearance

Writer/artist Phil Jimenez, whose work includes Superwoman, Wonder Woman, The Invisibles, Fairest, New X-Men, and many more, appears at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM to celebrate Pride Month as part of MetFridays: New York’s Night Out.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, New York 10028
(212) 535-7710

NYC – Wonder Woman Day Signing

Cliff Chiang, Phil Jimenez, and Brian Azzarello celebrate Wonder Woman Day at Midtown Comics Downtown on Saturday, June 3rd from 1:00 – 4:00 PM! Plus, there will be freebies and prizes – while supplies last.

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

NYC – LGBTQ Representation in Comics Panel

Phil Jimenez, Jennifer Camper, Ramzi Fawaz, and Margaret Galvan appear at Strand Book Store on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM.

Press Release:

Join a panel of brilliant artists, writers, and academics for a discussion of the changing landscape of comics, including the influence of LGBTQ creators in the medium and the increasing interest in queer comics scholarship. From the radical imaginations that posited new identities and alliances across difference in mainstream superhero comics like The X-Men and The New Mutants, to the underground comix gurus who printed zines that shaped a generation of punks and pioneers, we’ll trace the intersections of LGBTQ culture, queer theory and comics history. Along the way, we’ll consider the creative evolution and outlooks of LGBTQ comics creators themselves. Panelists Ramzi Fawaz (Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison), Phil Jimenez (pioneering artist and writer at DC Comics), Margaret Galvan (scholar of contemporary women’s visual print culture) and Jennifer Camper (cartoonist and founding director of the biennial Queers & Comics Conference) will dive into all this and more for a high-flying and energetic discussion of comics’ queer history and the future of the medium.

Ramzi Fawaz is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in queer theory, American cultural studies, and contemporary literature. He recieved his Ph.D. in American Studies at George Washington University. His first book The New Mutants: Superheros and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press, 2016) recieved the 2012 Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship Award for Best First Book Manuscript in LGBT Studies. His writing has been published in a number of academic journals including American Literature, Calalloo, and GLQ. Along with Damon Young (UC Berkeley), he is a co-organizer of the Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective (SPSP), a working group of early career queer studies scholars developing new directions in the field. He is also currently co-editing a special issue of American Literature with Darieck Scott titled “Queer About Comics,” which will be the first issue the journal has ever dedicated to the comics medium since its inception in 1929.

Margaret Galvan is a scholar of contemporary women’s visual print culture at work on In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics and Queer Platforms, a book and digital project under contract with the University of Minnesota Press‘s Manifold Scholarship Series. This project traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s American feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. Margaret’s research spans over a dozen archives where she analyzes comics, captioned photographs, drawings, transparencies, and other image-text media produced by women, including Gloria Anzaldúa, Alison Bechdel, Nan Goldin, Roberta Gregory, and Lee Marrs. She has received nine grants over five years to fund this work, most recently including grants from Duke University and Smith College. She has also recently received an award from NYCDH to develop a digital humanities project out of a portion of her archival research. For this project, she is creating digital networks and maps of Alison Bechdel’s participation in 1980s grassroots periodicals.

Jennifer Camper is a cartoonist and graphic artist. Her books include “Rude Girls and Dangerous Women” and “subGURLZ”, and she edited two “Juicy Mother” comics anthologies. Her work appears in numerous publications, comic books, and anthologies, and has been exhibited internationally. She is the founding director of the biennial Queers & Comics Conference.

Phil Jimenez is a comic book artist and writer, known for his work as writer/artist on Wonder Woman, as a penciler of the miniseries Infinite Crisis, and for his collaborations with writer Grant Morrison on New X-Men and The Invisibles.

*If you’re a student, bring your student ID to the event to enjoy a discounted entry which includes a $10 gift card. This discount will only apply to those who purchase a ticket at the door with proper student ID. All online ticket purchases are full price.

Admission Options:
Buy a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street. If you’re a student, bring your ID to the event and purchase a discounted $10 gift card to attend.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

CA – Heavy Metal Signing

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Grant Morrison, Rob Prior, Deric Hughes, and Justin Cherry appear at Meltdown Comics on Wednesday November 9th at 7:00 PM to sign Heavy Metal!

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.851.7223

Kent State’s Wonder Woman Symposium

September 12, 2016 by  
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Press Release:

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the comic book super heroine Wonder Woman in 2016, Kent State University and the Cleveland Public Library will partner to celebrate the intersections of public literacy, comics, and feminism in a jointly sponsored symposium. The 2016 Wonder Woman Symposium partners two powerful public institutions in Northeast Ohio, taking up the historical trends that have changed the world of comics, American popular culture, and feminism. Centering on the figure of Wonder Woman and her heirs, this symposium will feature plenary addresses by major creators in the industry and historians of the comics world, and workshops by comics creators on creating graphic narratives and comics. This forum seeks to highlight both regional and national talent. Our celebration of Wonder Woman’s anniversary pays respect to “herstory” while recognizing her perpetual relevance to our present day, and beyond.

This conference is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this conference do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

FULL SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016

Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114

6:00-7:30pm

  • Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (via skype), Creative team of Harley Quinn, Starfire, and Harley Quinn and Power Girl
  • Phil Jimenez, Writer/Artist of Wonder Woman and Superwoman, and artist of Astonishing X-Men, New X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man and The Invisibles

Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop, 17462 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111

8:00-10:00pm- Artist and Author Book Signing with Phil Jimenez, Cameron Stewart and other comics creators

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2016

Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114

3:00-4:45pm

  • Joan Ormrod, Co-editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and co-editor of Superheroes and Identities
  • Cameron Stewart, Writer/Artist of Batgirl, Motor Crush and artist of Batman and Robin and Fight Club 2

5:00-6:00pm- Trina Robbins,  Author of The Great Women Superheroes, Wonder Woman, and editor of Babes in Arms and The Complete Wimmen’s Comix

6:00-6:45pm- Roundtable Discussion with Presenters

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016

Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114

9:00-9:30am- Coffee provided by Rising Star

9:30-10:45am- Genevieve Valentine, Author of Catwoman, Xena: Warrior Princess and the novels The Girls at the Kingfisher Club and Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti

11:00am-12:15pm- Carol Tilley, Author of “Seducing the Innocent: Fredric Wertham and the Falsifications That Helped Condemn Comics” and a Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards Judge

12:15-2:00pm- Lunch and Wonder Woman Record Breaking Event (at the Eastman Garden)

2:00-3:15pm- Laura Siegel, Daughter of Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman. A former correspondent for CNN, she has won over 100 awards including 13 Emmys and 8 New York Festival Awards

3:30-4:45pm- Peter Coogan, Director of the Institute for Comics Studies and author of Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre and co-editor of What is a Superhero?

5:00-5:45pm- Roundtable Discussion with Presenters

6:00-6:45pm- Meet and Greet with Presenters

NYC – The New Mutants Signing

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Press Release:

Join Wisconsin English professor Ramzi Fawaz at the Strand Book Store on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM as he discusses his brand-new, paradigm-shifting study of the comic book form, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics. Dissecting the history of the medium through the lens of queer theory, Fawaz delves into the creation and composition of such seminal series as X-Men and Fantastic 4 and finds a history of selves deconstructed and rebuilt on the page.

Joining Fawaz in discussion is Phil Jimenez, acclaimed artist artist and writer known for his work on Infinite Crisis, The Invisibles, Wonder Woman, X-Men, and many other beloved series.

Buy a copy of The New Mutants or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

CA – Klaus Launch Party

October 26, 2015 by  
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Writer Grant Morrison appears at Meltdown Comics on Wednesday, November 4th, from 7:00 till 9:00 PM!

Press Release:

Come meet, greet and get stuff signed by THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND, THE ONE AND ONLY, GRANT MORRISON. Grant will be launching his creator owned series KLAUS, Wednesday, November 4th, 7:00 PM at Meltdown Comics.

Grant Morrison is one of the most prolific and best-selling writers in comics, earning a reputation for his ability to effectively revamp superheroes like Animal Man, Batman, and the X-Men. His creator-owned titles are also highly praised, including The Invisibles, Nameless, We3, and Joe the Barbarian, because no one tells mythical stories better than him. In Klaus, Grant reimagines one of the biggest cultural myths in history, and we could not be more excited to pair him with one of our homegrown talents, Dan Mora (Hexed)!

ABOUT KLAUS: Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be. Where did he begin? What was he like when he was young? Why does he do what he does? How does he do what he does? And what happens when he faces his greatest challenge? Drawing on Santa Claus’ wilder roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism – taking in the creepier side of Christmas, and characters like the sinister Krampus – Klaus is a “Santa Claus: Year One.”

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Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.851.7223

UK – Zenith Phase One Signing

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Steve Yeowell (Judge Dredd, The Invisibles, Red Seas) appears at Gosh Comics on Saturday June 27, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM to sign copies of the Zenith Phase One Apex Edition as well as Phases One to Four!

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

NYC – Dare2Draw End of Year Party

December 10, 2014 by  
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Dare2Draw closes their 2014 season with special Guest Mentor Artist Phil Jimenez (Amazing Spider-Man, Wonder Woman) the Brooklyn Brewery on Tuesday, December 30th from 7:30pm – 11:30pm!

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Brooklyn Brewery
79 N 11th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11249

CA – Arkham Asylum Signing

November 17, 2014 by  
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Comic writer extraordinaire Grant Morrison (JLA, Batman and Robin, New X-Men) appears at Meltdown Comics this Wednesday November 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

BIO:

Grant Morrison is highly regarded as one of the most original and inventive writers to work in the comic book industry. He is recognised as being one of the best-selling writers in the medium in the last 20 years.

His revisionist Batman book ARKHAM ASYLUM (with artist Dave McKean) has sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and won numerous awards, making it the most successful original graphic novel to be published in America. In 2009, Eidos released the best-selling video game BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM inspired by the book.

Morrison is renowned for his ability to revive and re-imagine established characters, and has been orchestral behind runs of popular stories for the major companies including DC Comics characters; BATMAN, SUPERMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, DOOM PATROL, ANIMAL MAN and for Marvel Comics the best-selling monthly, NEW X-MEN, MARVEL BOY and FANTASTIC FOUR.

In addition to his work with established brands he has created a number of revolutionary original series including We3, THE INVISIBLES, THE FILTH, FLEX MENTALLO, ZENITH, SEBASTIAN O, MARVEL BOY, and the cult classics KILL YOUR BOYFRIEND, THE MYSTERY PLAY, SEAGUY and JOE THE BARBARIAN.

His Graphic Novels and Comic Book collections have been translated into twenty languages and are sold worldwide to international acclaim.

In the last 5 years, his books have won multiple major industry awards, including The Eisner Award for best series three times for ALL STAR SUPERMAN and best limited series SEVEN SOLDIERS. Morrison has also won several Harvey Awards including Best Writer in 2009, a Scream Award, and attained Lifetime Achievement status at the British Eagle Awards. In 2011, he received five awards from Kapow! Stan Lee to Eagle’s including Best Writer at each, and Best Comic for Batman and Robin.

In 2008, Grant wrote the two top selling DC Comics titles FINAL CRISIS, and BATMAN. The controversial BATMAN R.I.P. storyline which has revolutionised the character was caught in a worldwide press storm with reports of Grant ‘killing Batman’ in every major newspaper and on TV. In 2013, he completed a seven year run on the BATMAN franchise having created the best-selling BATMAN & ROBIN. In 2009, he brought Bruce Wayne back into comic continuity in the series, BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE, and wrapped up the saga in BATMAN INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN.

In September 2011 as part of the new 52 re-launch at DC Comics, Grant began writing Superman again in the best-selling ACTION COMICS franchise, as the cornerstone book of the line.

In 2014, work at DC Comics includes a revisionist take on Wonder Woman for the Earth One Graphic Novel, WONDER WOMAN: THE TRIAL OF DIANA PRINCE. The epic, long-awaited maxi series, MULTIVERSITY, is due for release in June 2014.

There are also a number of new creator works in production, from the psychedelic Hollywood noir of ANNIHILATOR at Legendary, to the ultimate horror of NAMELESS at Image, via the last chapter of the Seaguy trilogy, SEAGUY: ETERNAL at DC/Vertigo.

As part of his remit at DC Comics, Morrison has also acted as a Consultant, developing updated approaches on minor characters and recreating them as springboards for other writers. He has also had award winning and critical success using this revival method for his own maxi-series, SEVEN SOLDIERS in 2006. His take on Superman for ALL-STAR SUPERMAN cements his ability to breathe life into old franchises and his four year story run on Batman has woven a complex and intriguing best-selling tale the likes of which has not been seen in decades.

Never shy of courting controversy, many of Morrison’s titles other than BATMAN, have made headlines. ST.SWITHIN’S DAY – a story about a young man from the North attempting to assassinate Margaret Thatcher – had questions raised in the House of Commons, as did THE INVISIBLES, Morrison’s highly-influential six-year long series about a group of occult terrorists (which has been said to have partly inspired the film THE MATRIX). Seen as cutting-edge and subversive, THE INVISIBLES and other series, such as THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HITLER, BIG DAVE and DOOM PATROL, have been the subjects of both academic discussion and popular media interest.

In 1997, Grant was the first comic book writer to be included as one of Entertainment Weekly’s top 100 creative people in America.

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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