CA – Cecil Castellucci & Sally J. Pla Signing

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Mysterious Galaxy is happy to host writers Cecil Castellucci and Sally Pla on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM for their new releases, Don’t Cosplay with My Heart and Stanley Will Probably Be Fine! We will be transforming the store into a mini comics & cosplay celebration for the evening. Cosplay, costumes, and general geekery strongly encouraged!

In Don’t Cosplay with My Heart, Edan Kupferman loves escaping into cosplay as her favorite character, Gargantua – especially when her real life is a mess. When a boy at school gets her into her element at ComicCon, she begins to learn how to be her own hero.

Cecil has written several young adult books and graphic novels, including The Plain Janes, Soupy Leaves Home, and Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. In addition to writing, she is the Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus and the founding YA Editor at the LA Review of Books. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

In Stanley Will Probably Be Fine, a young boy escapes into comics when he gets overwhelmed by the world around him. He invents his own superhero, John Lockdown, and with his help tackles a scavenger hunt through downtown San Diego to overcome his fears. School Library Journal praises it as “an excellent addition to promote social-emotional learning.”

Sally’s previous work includes The Someday Birds and Benji, The Bad Day, and Me. She is a prolific traveler and an advocate for neurodiversity. She currently lives in Southern California with her family and giant goldendoodle pup.

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Mysterious Galaxy Books
5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

Guests of Honor for MoCCA ArtFest 2018 Announced

The MoCCA Arts Festival has announced Roz Chast, Liniers, Mike Mignola, Nate Powell, and Andrew Aydin as the Guests of Honor for this year’s show on April 7th and 8th, 2018!

Roz Chast:
Roz Chast has created over 800 cartoons for The New Yorker. Her work focuses on urban and domestic life, in her inimitable line. Her cartoons have also been published in other notable publications like Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones.  Her award-winning titles include her memoirs Going Into Town and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant (Bloomsbury); Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978 – 2006 (Bloomsbury); The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter Z (Flying Dolphin Press), with Steve Martin; and many others.

Liniers:
Argentine comic artist Liniers is the creator of over 20 books. His daily comic strip, Macanudo, combines the charm of Calvin and Hobbes with surrealism and lively formal experimentation. Well-known in Latin America, Macanudo has recently been collected in several English-language editions by Enchanted Lion Books. He has recently gained further acclaim with his books for children, Written and Drawn by Henrietta and The Big Wet Balloon, both published by Toon Books in Spanish- and English-language editions.  In 2011 he founded the La Editorial Común, whose focus is to publish works by a diverse body of Argentine authors and artists, as well as foreign creators, with a focus on design. His artwork has also appeared on the cover of The New Yorker magazine.

Mike Mignola:
Mike Mignola is best known for his collection of titles created for Dark Horse Comics, including 13 graphic novels collecting his signature Hellboy series, and spin-off titles B.P.R.D., and Lobster Johnson, Abe Sapien, and Witchfinder. His comic book The Amazing Screw-On Head, also published by Dark Horse, received an Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication in 2003. Mignola has co-authored two projects with best selling author Christopher Golden: Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire (Bantam Spectra) and Joe Golem and the Drowning City (Dark Horse Comics). In addition, Mignola has worked on numerous film and television projects, and is currently co-writing the script for Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, due to be released by Lionsgate in January, 2019.

Nate Powell:
Nate Powell is a New York Times best selling-graphic novelist. He is an alumnus of the School of Visual Arts, having graduated in 2000. His work includes MARCH (Top Shelf), the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole (all published by Top Shelf), The Silence Of Our Friends (First Second), The Year Of The Beasts (Roaring Brook Press), and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero (Disney-Hyperion). Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. Powell’s next book, Come Again, will be released in summer 2018 by Top Shelf/IDW.

Andrew Aydin:
Andrew Aydin is the creator and co-author of the graphic memoir series, MARCH, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. An Atlanta native, Andrew was raised by a single mother, and grew up reading comic books. After college, he took a job with Congressman Lewis. Today, Aydin serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, D.C. Andrew’s other works include the 2016 X-Files Annual (IDW), the 2016 CBLDF Annual Liberty (Image), and an upcoming issue of Bitch Planet(Image), as well as articles for the Atlanta alt-weekly Creative Loafing and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Magazine.

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.

SF – MARCH: A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement

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The Cartoon Art Museum, Top Shelf Productions, and IDW Publishing proudly present MARCH, an exhibition of original artwork from the acclaimed graphic novel trilogy written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Cartoon Art Museum patrons will discover the inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, Congressman John Lewis, as artist Nate Powell chronicles Lewis’s journey from Troy, Alabama to Washington, D.C. The MARCH graphic novel trilogy, co-written by Andrew Aydin, received the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, was the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Award, has won multiple Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, and has been a staple of the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller lists.

Artist Nate Powell will discuss MARCH at the Cartoon Art Museum on Friday, February 9, 2018. RSVP on Facebook for further details…

About Congressman John Lewis and MARCH:

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

To share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis produced March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell.

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

About Nate Powell, forthcoming guest speaker at the Cartoon Art Museum:

Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000.

His work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.

His work has also received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN. His books have been placed on school curriculum in over 40 states, and his animated illustrations in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot documentary will reach roughly one million students in 50,000 schools across the nation.

From 1999 to 2009, Powell worked full-time providing support for adults with developmental disabilities alongside his cartooning efforts. He managed underground record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and performed in punk bands Soophie Nun Sqaud and Universe. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Powell’s next book, Come Again, will be released in summer 2018 by Top Shelf/IDW.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

CA – Don’t Cosplay with My Heart Signing

Author Cecil Castellucci appears at Vroman’s Bookstore on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM to her new novel DON’T COSPLAY WITH MY HEART.

When Edan Kupferman dresses up like her favorite character, Gargantua, she feels tall and powerful. That’s important right now, because her family is a mess, her best friend is gone for the summer, her crush is confusing, and Edan’s feeling small and not sure which end is up. When Edan’s cosplaying, she can be angry, loud, and not the good girl everyone thinks she is. And when she’s at conventions, she feels like she’s found her own Team Tomorrow. But when her personal life starts to spiral out of control, Edan has to figure out whether she needs a sidekick, or if she has the strength to be the hero of her own story.

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.

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Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

UK – Shade the Changing Girl Signing

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Gosh Comics is happy to have Cecil Castellucci with us again, and nicely timed with Shade the Changing Girl Vol. 1 just out! We will have her signing with us from 6:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, September 18th.

Cecil Castellucci, with us from LA, is a successful author of young adult and graphic novels. She penned the beloved Plain Janes series and the Eisner-award winning kids title Odd Duck. Her new graphic novel is Soupy Leaves Home, a depression-era story following a young girl on the run from an abusive home, and of course she’s writing the new Shade the Changing Girl series for the DC Young Animal imprint.

And hold onto your copies of Shade, as the artist Marley Zarcone will be in on the Friday to sign your copies!

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

QC – Soupy Leaves Home Signing

Writer Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl, The Plain Janes, Odd Duck) Librairie Drawn and Quarterly on Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 PM for the launch of SOUPY LEAVES HOME.

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Librairie Drawn and Quarterly
211 Bernard O., Montreal, QC H2T 2K5
(514) 279-2224

UK – Shade the Changing Girl Signing

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Cecil Castellucci appears at Gosh! Comics to sign Shade the Changing Girl from DC’s Young Animal line on Saturday the 12th November from 1:00 – 2:00 pm!

About Cecil Castellucci:
Worked on books that include Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star, and Star Wars: Moving Target. She collaborated with artist Sara Varon on Odd Duck, a graphic novel for young readers. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and a two-time Macdowell Fellow. She lives in Los Angeles.

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

CA – First Second Signing

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Calling all comic book fans! Gallery Nucleus celebrates FIRST SECOND BOOKS’ 10TH ANNIVERSARY! Come join us for a group signing with their talented authors of Tune: Still Life, In Real Life, and newest publication Odd Ducks. Get a one-on-one meet and greet with the artists, as they sign their books and chat with fans. Signing starts from 2:00 pm and ends at 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Featured artists:
Derek Kirk Kim
Award-winning author and filmmaker behind “Same Difference,” “Mythomania,” “Good As Lily”(with Jesse Hamm), and “The Eternal Smile”(with Gene Luen Yang.) He has also contributed stories and artwork to numerous anthologies including “Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall,” “Flight, Volume 1,” and “Bizarro World.”

Jen Wang
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 novel Koko Be Good was published by First Second. In Real Life is her second book.

Cecil Castellucci
Worked on books that include Boy Proof (Candlewick, 2005), The Plain Janes (Minx/DC Comics, 2007), The Year of the Beasts (Roaring Brook, 2012), and Tin Star (a 2015 Sunburst Award Winner). She collaborated with artist Sara Varon on Odd Duck, a graphic novel for young readers. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and a two-time Macdowell Fellow. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

CA – YA Authors Signing

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CECIL CASTELLUCCI reads from her young adult novel STONE IN THE SKY, and BEN LOORY reads from his new children’s book THE BASEBALL PLAYER AND THE WALRUS at Skylight Books on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30pm!

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

NYC – March Signing

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march_bk1Congressman John Lewis appears with co-author Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell at Midtown Comics Downtown on Thursday, November 7th from 6-7pm to sign MARCH Book One from Top Shelf Productions.

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Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. In the graphic novel March, Lewis offers a vivid, first-hand memoir of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. From his experience growing up on an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the medal of freedom from the first African-American president. Congressman Lewis tells his remarkable story in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times bestselling artist Nate Powell.

Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

John Lewis has been an icon of the civil rights movement since his days as a Nashville college student, organizing sit-ins and participating in the first Freedom Rides. As chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), he was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington and a leader of the 1965 Selma–Montgomery March (known as “Bloody Sunday”), where police brutality spurred national outrage and hastened passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He has represented Georgia in Congress for over 25 years and recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Following his previous award-winning books Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement and Across that Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, he has joined co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell for the new graphic novel March: Book One, a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

Andrew Aydin, an Atlanta native, currently serves in Rep. John Lewis’ congressional office handling telecommunications and technology policy as well as new media. Previously, he served as communications director and press secretary during Rep. Lewis’ 2008 and 2010 re-election campaigns, as District Aide to Rep. John Larson (D-CT), and as Special Assistant to Connecticut Lt. Governor Kevin Sullivan. Andrew is a graduate of the Lovett School in Atlanta, Trinity College in Hartford, and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where his graduate thesis “The Comic Book That Changed the World” examined the history of the 1957 comic book “Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story.”

Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling comic book artist/writer born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes the critically acclaimed Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole (winner of the Eisner Award and Ignatz Award, finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), The Year of the Beasts, The Silence of Our Friends, and Sounds of Your Name. In addition to March, Powell is also currently drawing the graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan’s #1 international bestseller Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero, while writing and drawing his own projects.

Midtown Comics
64 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038

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