Zack Giallongo is a professional cartoonist, cheese enthusiast, and amateur banjo-ist. His first solo graphic novel, Broxo, is about teenage barbarians and was published in 2012. He presents his new book: Stratford Zoo Presents Macbeth.
The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo… until the gates shut at night. That’s when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare’s greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they’ve got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth.
Ian Lendler’s hilarious tale of after-hours animal stagecraft is perfectly paired with the adorable, accessible artwork of Zack Giallongo (Broxo, Ewoks). And with Romeo and Juliet coming in book two, this is a promising new series of graphic novels for young readers.
Ben Hatke has published comic stories in the Flight series as well as Flight Explorer. In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and a boisterous pack of daughters. He is thr author of the Zita The Spacegirl Series.
Zita The Spacegirl
Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.
When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest.
Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at.
9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
Cartoonist and former circus performer Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) appears at the Word Bookstore on Sunday, May 25th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm presents a fun-filled workshop for kids, complete with tips and tricks for drawing! Recommended for kids aged 5 and up; open to all ages.
WORD Jersey City
123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
Cartoonist Ben Hatke appears at bbgb books on Tuesday, May 20th at 4:00 pm to share his process in creating the fantastic graphic series Zita the Space Girl (ages 8-11). be sure to pre-order your books here.
3100 Kensington Ave Richmond VA 23221
Ben Hatke, author of the Zita the Spacegirl series, appears at 57th Street Books on Thursday, May 15th from 5:00 till 6:00 pm to read from and sign copies of the third and final installment in the Zita series, The Return of Zita the Spacegirl! This event is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement as part of the UChicago Engages series.
About The Return of Zita the Spacegirl:
Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times‑Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for middle grade readers. Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy’s greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Bedrock City Comic Co.
6516 Westheimer, Suite D, Houston, TX 77057
In the conclusion to this graphic science-fiction trilogy, Zita, who has already proven herself as a cosmic hero by battling monsters and saving worlds, is wrongfully imprisoned, and has to plan a daring escape from the high-security penitentiary planet. Ages 8 – 12.
Takoma Park Library
101 Philadelphia Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Ben Hatke, creator of the all-ages bestseller science fiction adventure Zita the Spacegirl, appears on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Big Planet Comics’ stores in both Vienna (11:00AM-1:00PM) and College Park (3:00PM-5:00PM) for his new sequel Legends of Zita the Spacegirl!
Zita is determined to find her way home to earth, following the events of the first book. But things are never simple, and certainly never easy, in space. Zita’s exploits from her first adventure have made her an intergalactic megastar! But she’s about to find out that fame doesn’t come without a price. And who can you trust when your true self is being eclipsed by your public persona, and you’ve got a robot doppelganger wreaking havoc… while wearing your face? Still, if anyone can find their way through this intractible mess of mistaken identity and alien invaders, it’s the indomitable Zita, in Legends of Zita the Spacegirl.
Big Planet Comics
426 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, VA 22180
First Second Publishing creators Ben Hatke and Zack Giallongo appear at Casablanca Comics for a book signing event on Saturday October 20, 2012 from 11:00am until 2:00pm. Both creators have new books and will sketch and sign copies and chat with fans. Fun for all ages!
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101