RI – Reading Without Walls Signing

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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

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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

ME – Reading Without Walls Signing

Gene Luen Yang, co-author of the newly released SECRETS AND SEQUENCES: SECRET CODERS, comes to Print: A Bookstore as part of his “Reading Without Walls” tour on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM!

Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, “Reading Without Walls,” a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April. The program will promote diversity and open readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, “Reading Without Walls” is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things. In addition to speaking about this terrific new program, Mr. Yang will sign copies of his latest book in the “Secret Coders series,” SECRETS AND SEQUENCES!

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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Print: A Bookstore
273 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 536-4778

PA – Reading Without Walls Lecture

The Doylestown Bookshop and Holicong Middle School are excited to welcome Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, to Holicong Middle School on Sunday, April 2 2017 at 6:00 PM. You must register for the event at the link. Admission is free.

The author will be giving a presentation followed by a Q&A. The author’s books will be available for sale at the event. He will be signing books at the event.

About Reading without Walls:

Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Reading Without Walls, a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April.

Reading Without Walls is designed to “celebrate reading and diversity” and encourage children to read books outside of their personal experience, books they might not have considered before. Structured as an educational challenge, the program encourages children to “read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you,” or to read “a book about a topic you don’t know much about,” or “a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun, such as a chapter book, an audio book, a graphic novel, or a book in verse.” Once a challenge is completed children receive certificates and other rewards that mark their literary achievement.

In an interview with PW, Yang, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, who has had two graphic novels nominated for National Book Awards in Young People’s Literature, said that “[Reading Without Walls] started last January as an experimental pilot when I was appointed National Ambassador. Schools and libraries and bookstores put up displays and issued challenges. We want to make it easier for them.” Yang said the pilot program has led to the design of certificates of participation, posters, activity kits, puzzles, and other materials to promote the reading program.

“I announced Reading Without Walls program at the National Book Festival [last fall] with a speech on social media. People really ran with it and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback. Now we’re finalizing the program and supplying a lot of formal materials to teachers, retailers, and librarians that will help them get involved.”

Yang said that feedback from the pilot program has helped to expand the program to “reading in other languages. We’ll also have kits that encourage children to create their own poetry, novels and comics. We’re taking [the program] from reading without walls, to encouraging kids to make their own stories, outside of their walls.”

The program is a partnership with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, the Children’s Book Council, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

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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Holicong Middle School
2900 Holicong Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902
(267) 893-2700

CT – Secrets & Sequences Signing

Gene Luen Yang appears at R.J. Julia Booksellers on Monday April 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM!

Gene is this year’s National Ambassador to Young People’s Literature and will be discussing Reading Without Walls, an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things!

Stately Academy is no ordinary school: it was once home to an elite institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper, Eni, and Josh won’t rest until they’ve learned the whole story, but they aren’t the only ones interested in the school’s past.

Principal Dean is hot on their trail, demanding that the coders turn over their most powerful robot. Dean may be a creep, but he’s nothing compared to the guy who’s really in charge: a green-skinned coding genius named Professor One-Zero.

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.

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R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road Madison, CT 06443
203-245-3959

MA – Reading Without Walls Lecture

Gene Luen Yang appears at the Eric Carle Museum  on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM!

Graphic Novelist. Educator. Cartoonist. MacArthur Fellow. As the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang is traveling across the country to discuss Reading Without Walls, challenging readers to read diverse books outside of their comfort zones. In this divided world, Yang asks people to come together and learn to understand each other better through books. A bestselling, award-winning comics creator, Gene Luen Yang is pushing his own boundaries in storytelling — and asking you to do the same in your reading.

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.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002

ON – Reading Without Walls

Press Release:

Award winning graphic novelist and literacy advocate Gene Luen Yang will appear at the Toronto Reference Library on Wednesday, April 5th at 6:30 PM. On January 4, 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and The Children’s Book Council, appointed Gene the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2016-2017).

Throughout his career, Gene has advocated for the role of comics and graphic novels in promoting literacy and learning. On April 5, Gene will speak about his Reading Without Walls platform in this Toronto Public Library and Toronto Comic Arts Festival co-presentation.

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.

Toronto Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8
416-395-5577

WA – First Second Panel

Comic creators Gene Luen Yang, Scott Westerfeld, Matthew Loux, Penelope Bagieu, and Box Brown appear on a panel moderated by Jen Vaughan at the Seattle Public Library on Friday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM.

Press Release:

First Second Books publishes great graphic novels for every type of reader. We’ll be celebrating their work with a panel of their most talented creators: Gene Yang, Scott Westerfeld, Matthew Loux, Penelope Bagieu, and Box Brown, moderated by Jen Vaughn. Learn about their books and their backgrounds, and join in a rousing game of Pictionary, where the audience and artists compete for bragging rights!

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.

Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. His second graphic novel with publisher First Second is Tetris: The Games People Play. Brown launched the independent comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011.

Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982, to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Exquisite Corpse was her first graphic novel to be published in the United States. California Dreamin’, a graphic novel biography of Mama Cass of “The Mamas and the Papas” will publish on March 7th for International Women’s Day.

Matthew Loux is the author and artist of Sidescrollers and the five-volume Salt Water Taffy series published by Oni Press. Sidescrollers was placed on the 2008 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, and in 2009 Salt Water Taffy was placed on the Texas Library Association’s prestigious Maverick list. Matthew also illustrated the graphic novel F-Stop and the board book Good Night, Gabbaland based on the Nick Jr. television show Yo Gabba Gabba. He resides in Brooklyn.

Scott Westerfeld is the author of the worldwide bestselling Uglies series and the Locus Award–winning Leviathan series, and is co-author of the Zeroes trilogy. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy.

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Seattle Public Library
Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 386-4636

IL – Reading Without Walls Presentation

Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and The Shadow Hero, appears on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Yang is the first writer who works primarily in graphic novels to be appointed by the Library of Congress as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The MacArthur Foundation named him a fellow in 2016 noting that his work “demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people.” A highly acclaimed presenter, Yang will discuss his books and the importance of reading without walls.

The Book Stall will be on hand selling copies of his books and a signing will follow the presentation. Space is limited so individual registration is required, available at the link.

Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore
5300 W. Touhy Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077

Guests of Honor Announced for MoCCA Arts Festival 2017

Mocca_logoPress Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to share this year’s stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 1-2 at Metropolitan West in New York City. This year’s featured Guests of Honor are:

  • Acclaimed French cartoonist Blutch, whose graphic novel Peplum marks his second English- language translation, makes his first ever appearance at a North American comics festival.
  • Cliff Chiang, known for his “fluid and confident storytelling” in work on comics including Human Target, Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, and Paper Girls.
  • Artist Becky Cloonan, whose best-selling comics include Demo, East Coast Rising, American Virgin, Gotham Academy, The Punisher, and many others.
  • Illustrator Drew Friedman, recognized for his body of comics work as well as his unforgettable caricatures of celebrities and legends, political figures and performers.
  • British comics artist David Lloyd, best known as the artist of V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore, and the designer of the iconic Guy Fawkes mask since adopted by Anonymous.
  • American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints author Gene Luen Yang, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellow, who will appear on Saturday only.

This diverse group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 1 – 2nd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor’s visits will be available in future announcements.

Applications to table at the Fest are now available online, and will close on December 31st.

ABOUT THE GUESTS OF HONOR

Blutch
Born Christian Hincker in Strasbourg, France, comic artist and writer Blutch is widely recognized for his incredible draftsmanship and his affectionate, outsider’s take on American culture including cinema and jazz. His comics debuted in the magazine Fluide Glacial in the 1980s. Since then he has published many books with publishers including L’Association, Cornelius, and Dargaud. His books So Long, Silver Screen (Picturebox) and Peplum (New York Review Comics) have been translated into English, and his illustrations have appeared in publications including Libération and The New Yorker. In 2009, he won the prestigious Grand Prix at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France. His visit to North America is supported by Europe Comics

Cliff Chiang
Comic artist Cliff Chiang began his career as an illustrator for Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC before moving on to freelance. His client list includes DC Comics, GQ Magazine, Lucasfilm, Warner Animation, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamics Forces Entertainment, and the ACLU. His artwork was used in the comics Human Target, Beware the Creeper and Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre, Green Arrow/Black Canary and Wonder Woman. He is currently working on the series Paper Girls with writer Brian K. Vaughan.

Becky Cloonan
At only 36, New York’s School of Visual Arts alum Becky Cloonan has already paved the way for women in comics. Her breakout hit, Demo (2004), a collaboration with Brian Wood, received numerous accolades and recognitions. Her first solo project,
East Coast Rising, released by Tokyopop in 2006, earned her a third Eisner nomination for Best New Series. In 2012 she became the first woman to draw a main Batman title. Following Batman, she did the art for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and later created cover art and stories for Gotham Academy for DC Comics.

Drew Friedman
Award winning artist Drew Friedman’s comics and illustrations have appeared in Raw, Weirdo, American Splendor, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, The New Yorker, BLAB!, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, among many others. His work has been collected in several volumes, and The New York Times called his three volumes of Old Jewish Comedians “A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces.” His books of portraits, Heroes of the Comic Books and More Heroes of The Comics, published by Fantagraphics, have received high praise and recognition from the comics community. He is the subject of the upcoming documentary Drew Friedman: Vermeer of the Borscht Belt.

David Lloyd
British comic art David Lloyd’s career began in the 1970s creating art for Marvel UK titles. In 1982, author and editor Dez Skinn started production on Warrior magazine, and invited Lloyd to create a new pulp character. With the help of writer Alan Moore, the two conceived V for Vendetta, a dark comic featuring an anarchist anti-hero who battles with a fascist government while donning a Guy-Fawkes mask. DC Comics would later pick up the comic and transform it into a full graphic novel. In 2006, V for Vendetta became a full-length feature film, while the Guy-Fawkes mask illustrated by Lloyd has been used widely in protests throughout the world. Since the widespread popularity of V, Lloyd has worked on numerous other titles including Wasteland, Espers, War Story, The Territory, Kickback, among others. In 2012, Lloyd launched an online comics anthology called Aces Weekly.

Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang found early recognition in 2006 through his young adult (YA) book American Born Chinese (First Second Books), which became the first graphic novel to be a finalist for the National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award, as well as an Eisner Award. His next title, the diptych Boxers & Saints (also published by First Second Books), continued his winning streak, receiving the L.A. Times Book Prize. In January of 2016, Yang was appointed as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council; then later that year, he was named a MacArthur Genius.

About the Society of Illustrators and the MoCCA Arts Festival
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 3,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

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