SDCC already?! Here’s where to find me in all the madness…
Friday, July 19
Raising a Reader
An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encourage creativity, and cultivate a love of literature using great graphic novels and comics. Panelists include Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (Babymouse), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dave Roman (AstronautAcademy), Alex Fajardo (Peanuts), Charles Brownstein (CBLDF), and Meryl Jaffe (Johns Hopkins University). Q&A to follow.
Signing @ CBLDF booth #1920
Saturday, July 20
Signing at Cartoon Art Museum booth #1930
Sunday, July 21
Kids: Comics in Action!
Comics battle! Before your very eyes, some of your favorite comics creators — Jeffrey Brown (Star Wars Jedi Academy), Michael Fry (The Odd Squad), Matthew Holm (Babymouse), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Raina Telgemeier (Drama) will compete in an action-packed, high-stakes, no-holds-barred drawing championship for your approval! Who will win? It’s up to you to pick the best comics! Moderated by Jennifer L. Holm (Babymouse).
SIGNING in Autograph Area AA09
All-Ages Comics Have Arrived
Quality all-ages comics are back and better than ever! We’re not just talking about “kids” comics, we’re talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old, and everyone in between. KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters conducts a lively conversation with all-ages creators Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani (Aw Yeah! Comics, Tiny Titans), Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) and Nate Cosby (Cow Boy) about this phenomenal resurgence!
Today’s Kids’ Heroes…and Why They Don’t Wear Capes
An all-star panel of kids comics authors, game designers, illustrators, and educators discuss why today’s heroes are often nerdy, quirky, flawed figures battling everyday challenges of social pressure and belonging, and have dropped the capes. Implications for developing the next superhero for aspiring writers, students, and educators will also be discussed. Panelists include Jennifer Holm (Babymouse), Jonathan Hamel (Tomb Raider), Scott Peterson (Batman: Gotham Adventures), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Tim Travaglini (Open Road Media), Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), and Talia Hurwich (Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth). Moderated by Meryl Jaffe (Using Content-Area Graphic Novels for Learning, Johns Hopkins University).
Please note that I will NOT have a table or home base this year. From what I understand, the CBLDF booth (#1920) will have a few copies of my books available for purchase throughout the weekend, and they will be selling copies of my new Little Liberty poster, too! So pick up a book (or bring your own copy) for me to sign during one of my events listed above. See you at the con!
I recently got home from the trip of a lifetime: ten days visiting three cities in Australia!!
The kind and wonderful folks from the State Library of Victoria brought me down under as a guest of their bi-annual Reading Matters festival, a YA literature conference in Melbourne, with a satellite event in Brisbane! After that, Dave and I headed to Sydney for a few days, just as tourists.
Now. On to the photos.
We landed in Brisbane after 20 hours of travel, early in the morning on my 36th birthday. We intended to crash, but were too giddy to explore a new part of the world, and ended up having the most glorious, sunny, treat-filled day, complete with new friends and new experiences! For the next couple of days, Tim Sinclair and I were the authors on the roster at a mini-conference, a library workshop, and several schools. It was great.
Melbourne is kind of Australia’s Seattle. Everyone drinks coffee while walking around in the rain, there are bookstores and indoor/outdoor markets and alleyways with cute little cafes and museums and sweeping water views. The main Reading Matters conference happened in Melbourne, and I met SO MANY amazing people in our 4 days there. I also spent a lot of time on stage, introducing a whole new community to the joys of graphic novels. Graphic novels haven’t quite “hit” in Australia the way they have in the states, but I think that’s going to change soon, based on the reception me and my work received. I left Melbourne absolutely buzzing with enthusiasm and book love.
How could we go all the way to Australia and not see Sydney? Dave and I took ourselves there for a few days before heading back to the states. We saw a bit of rain and a lot of sun, the amazing VIVID installation happening all over town; went to the zoo and met a baby koala; took a cruise around the harbour, walked from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach (where Garth Nix and his wonderful family hosted us for dinner), and wished we’d had more time to explore such an amazing, beautiful city. We ate a LOT of good food and got lost a few times and enjoyed the winter sunshine reflecting on Sydney’s landmarks. Goodness. If you get a chance to go, GO!!!
My utmost thanks to the Centre for Youth Literature and State Library of Victoria’s amazing staff: Adele Walsh, Anna Burkey, Jordi Kerr, Nicole Armstrong, Heath Graham, and the rest of your terrific colleagues. The awesome employees from Readings bookstore, event sponsor, who sold out of my books almost immediately! The librarians, teachers, school admins, and students of Brisbane, for welcoming me into their classrooms with open arms. The librarians and students from Melbourne and beyond who attended the conference, coming from as far away as New Zealand, Indonesia, and every Australian state!
I also LOVED meeting all of the authors at the festival. A small group allows everyone the chance to bond, and these folks are all top notch. Thanks, and “hope to see you again soon,” to Garth Nix, Libba Bray, Gayle Forman, Tim Sinclair, Myke Bartlett, Paul Callaghan, John Flanagan, Morris Gleizman, Fiona Wood, Vikki Wakefield, Alison Croggan, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Keith Gray, Andrew McGahan, and Gabrielle Williams. You guys made the long trip feel like I was very close to home.
I’m going on a tour of the Midwest! Hopefully you can make it to some of my events. These include Kids Read Comics (including a pre-conference for librarians and educators); signings at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, MI and Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago, IL; and the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Here are the details:
COMICS, COLLECTIONS AND THE COMMON CORE
Hatcher Graduate Library
Ann Arbor, MI
A special KRC Pre-Conference for Librarians, Educators, and Cartoonists! Attendance is FREE, but you must register to attend.
KIDS READ COMICS CELEBRATION
Ann Arbor District Library
I’ll have a table with fun stuff for sale in the Artist Alley, and will be participating in programs throughout the weekend! The full schedule of events is here.
Monday, June 24
GREEN BRAIN COMICS
13210 Michigan Avenue
East Downtown Dearborn, MI, 48126
Event & signing with Dave Roman & John Green!
Thursday, June 27
Challengers Comics + Conversation
1845 N Western Ave #2R
Chicago, IL 60647
An all-ages comics party! Also featuring Dave Roman, John Green, & Jerzy Drozd! Live drawing games! Book signing!
June 28-July 1
ALA ANNUAL Conference
McCormick Place Convention Center
I’ll have a table in the Cartoonist Artist Alley, and will be on several panels and programs!
Friday, June 28
Location: Graphic Novel Stage
Saturday, June 29
Scholastic Booth Signing
Krosoczka! TenNapel! Telgemeier!
Graphic Novels Your Kids Love By Names You Can’t Pronounce
Sunday, June 30
Busting the Comics Code: Comics, Censorship, & Librarians
What a crazy month it has been! TCAF was amazing, MeCAF was amazing, and now I’m packing my bags for Australia!
I’m heading down under for the Reading Matters YA conference, and some of my events are still open to attend, although you must register.
Monday, May 27: State Library of Queensland, Brisbane: Register here!
May 30-June 1: State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: Register here for READING MATTERS student day, unconference, and conference events!
I’m not doing any public signings or events beyond this, so if you want to say hello or hear my speak, you’ve got to sign up.
That’s all for now! Gotta go catch my plane!
And then I blinked, and it was almost time for MECAF!
The Maine Comics Arts Festival
Sunday, May 19
10am – 5pm
$5 for adults; free for kids under 12
I’ll have a table at the show on Sunday–come say hi and get a signed copy of my books! I will be tabling with John Green and Dave Roman, who is debuting his newest volume of Astronaut Academy at MeCAF!
I will also be giving a program on Saturday, May 18 at 3pm at the Portland Public Library in the Rines Auditorium. Hope to see you at one or both events!