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1. Events: Singapore’s Sonny Liew Visits SF’s The Isotope and Many More

The Isotope - Sonny LiewI'm flying out to cover Image Expo and Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, but if I was sticking around San Francisco you'd be certain to see me at Sonny Liew's book release tour stop at The Isotope. Sonny Liew's The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye has already been declared "2016's first superalitve graphic novel" by our own Kyle Pinion, great review from NPR's Fresh Air, and it's already part of the discussion for what is 2016's first comics masterpiece. What's happening and where else can you see him?

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2. Palmiotti and Conner announce 5 book free signing limit

With the exponential rise in comics shows, and a corresponding rise in attendees, there's been a lot of talk recently about various pros imposing signing limits or charging for autographs at show, with the money often going to a charity. Popular con guests Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner have just made their policy clear.

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3. Free Comic Book Day Events From Coast to Coast

Please note this is not a comprehensive listing of Free Comic Book Events –it’s just info that people sent me. To find an event near you, go here. But it is indicative of some of the amazing things happening tomorrow, from an Eastman/Laird joint appearance to just about every other creator under the sun. It won’t be boring. And the comics are awesome.Tmnt laird eastmanRochester, NH
Eastman and Laird together at Jetpack Comics!
(Lots of rules on this one — check the link)

That’s right, the NH creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be the guests of honor for this years Rochester, NH Free Comic Book Day Festival! People are flying in from all over the country to meet these superstars, so we expect the lines to be long. With this in mind, we are going to have to place limits on how many things you can get signed. If you have more than the limit please feel free to jump back in line and do it all over again. We want to be fair to everyone that wants to visit Kevin and Peter.

PLEASE NOTE: Sketches will not be available that day. Please don’t embarrass yourself or the creators by asking for a sketch. If you do we just may have to eject you from the line! There’s simply not enough time (see the Eastman & Laird Guidelines below for more information). Of course there will be a vendor table of great Eastman and Laird works!

Montreal, Quebec
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is happy to be participating in Free Comic Book Day 2014 on Saturday, May 3!

As always, we’ll be giving out specially created comic books, free, all day!

Drawn & Quarterly’s special comic this year comes from Shigeru Mizuki – it features an excerpt from his second volume of Showa: A History of Japan, covering the period from 1939 to 1944. Pretty exciting!

This is a kid-friendly event! There will be snacks!

New York, NY

Free comics for everyone who attends, while they last! There is a specific assortment to choose from and we’ll also have our anniversary sale still going on, with Buy 2 get 1 Free on all graphic novels and back issues (bagged and boarded) for all JHU Members, which is free to join if you haven’t already!

On top of that, we will be having some guests there to sign for us!

10am – Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl, Halloween Eve)

11 am – Reilly Brown (Deadpool: The Gauntlet, Incredible Hercules, DHP: St. George)

12pm – Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man, Silver Surfer)

3pm – Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle)

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Brooklyn, New York
Bergen street Comics

A 7PM Book Release Party with LUKE PEARSON!
That’s right! Starting at 7PM, Luke Pearson, the cartoonist responsible for Hildafolk, Hilda and the Midnight Giant and Hilda and the Bird Parade will be stopping by to help us celebrate. And yes, he’ll be bringing a stack of early copies of Hilda and the Black Hound, her latest adventure! 
While we’re giving away the final free comics, Luke will be signing copies of Hilda and the Black Hound and regaling us with tales of life in Sherwood Forest (that’s where he lives! seriously!) while we all have drinks and begin the recovery process. 

Los Angeles CA

Free Comic Book Day with Top Cow

On Saturday, May 3rd, Southern California comic fans have not one, but two opportunities to meet the Head of the Herd himself – Marc Silvestri! Marc will be signing books and promoting his new miniseries, Rise of the Magi, the zero issue of which is Top Cow’s Free Comic Book this year!

First, catch him from 12 – 2 PM at Golden Apple Comics on Melrose in Los Angeles.

Then, at 3:30, Marc will be zooming up to Earth 2 Comics in Sherman Oaks.

Check out this interview that Marc did for Free Comic Book Day’s official website to learn more!

Also making an FCBD appearance is Top Cow’s President and C.O.O, Matt Hawkins! Matt will be at 4 Color Fantasies in Rancho Cucamonga, starting at 11:00 AM, signing issues of his many books, including Think Tank and Aphrodite IX, as well as giving out posters and discussing his new series, Tales of Honor!

Unnamed  2WATSON AND HOLMES #1 Simonson Etching Variant

Copies of this will be given away at various shops around the country as found here.


Archie Comics writers and artists will be visiting comic shops around the globe! They will be on hand to sign books discuss their work. Here’s a rundown of where they’ll be and how you can find out more:

New York, NY
Midtown Comics

Midtown Comics is excited to celebrate Free Comic Book Day with two days this year – in-store on Saturday, May 3rd, and online on Monday, May 5th. This is one of the largest events in the comic book industry, and Midtown is ready to celebrate!

Midtown will offer free new comics including every title from every publisher participating in this event. Some of the hottest titles from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse, and Image Comics will be available with no purchase required, while supplies last. Over two million comic books for readers of all ages will be given away by participating stores nationwide, introducing as many people as possible to the excitement of comic books!


Midtown Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day in-store on Saturday, May 3rd, Please note: some titles will be in very limited quantities and are not expected to last all day, and we recommend that you arrive early.

Store hours:

FCBD starts at 8:00AM at Midtown Times Square, and 11:00AM at Grand Central and Downtown.


All FCBD titles will be posted online at MidtownComics.com at approximately 11:00AM EST on Monday, May 05th and will be offered while supplies last. We recommend that you order early.

What’s special only at Midtown: This year, we are thrilled to present our very own Midtown Comics exclusives of the FCBD book Future’s End from DC Comics, and the Armor Hunters Special from Valiant Entertainment! Both releases feature the Midtown Comics logo and are ONLY available through Midtown Comics!

Future’s End is a great issue to jump on board DC Comics’ epic weekly series, featuring tomorrow’s Dark Knight, Batman Beyond (making his first appearance in The New 52). Watch as he battles an army of cyborgs to avert an Apocalypse in the future, which could destroy the present DC Universe!

Armor Hunters features a group of the universe’s fiercest warriors that are eager to destroy the X-O Manowar for the good of all. What horrible secrets does the armor hold? And how many armors have they destroyed before this one? These answers and more are revealed in the Valiant Universe events of 2014 – and it all starts right here with exclusive previews, character designs, and interviews from the biggest guns the Valiant Universe has to offer!

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Quimby’s and CAKE

Join the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] at Quimby’s Bookstore [1854 W North Ave] on Saturday May 3rd 7pm to celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Chicago’s Trubble Club!

This year, the Trubble Club has modified the Quimby’s photo booth to capture your true essence. Come hang out with some of Chicago’s best comics artists as they collaboratively reveal your inner self by interpreting psychic signals from their magical photobooth. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by CAKE, and free comic books will be available for pick up (while supplies last).

Trubble Club started as a group of Chicago-based cartoonist making jam comics. While we still do that, and love doing that, we’ve been branching out. The Infinite Corpse is a never-ending webcomic spearheaded by Trubble Club, that includes panels by both totally unknown artists, and institutions, like Art Speigelman and Kim Deitch. We have also recently done commissioned installations for the Museum of Contemporary Art, The DePaul Art Museum, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers. This year’s CAKE is May 31 & June 1st at the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted), and is free and open to the public.

Visit http://cakechicago.com or e-mail cakexpo@gmail.com for more information.

Madison, NJ
Dewey’s Comics

Our FCBD 2014 celebration will include appearances by Keith Giffen and Fernando Ruiz, whose work will be appearing among this year’s FCBD offerings, as well as an appearance by fan favorite artist Charles Paul Wilson III.
The full ARTIST ALLEY lineup includes veteran comic creator Keith Giffen (FCBD 2014 New 52 Future End), Archie Comics artist and writer Fernando Ruiz (FCBD 2014 Archie Digest), Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith, Stuff of Legend), artist and editor Anthony Marques (DC Assistant Editor), Andre Szymanowicz (Hell Yeah, Image Comics), artist Nick Justice (Jesus E Lee), Kubert School alums and freelance artists Fabio Redivo, Max Fuchs and Mike Morrocco, writer Adam McGoven (Magic Bullet, Dr. Id, the forthcoming Image series Nightworld), and artist Ellen Stedfeld (Magic Bullet).  And as we do every year, we’ll be hosting a number of graduating 3rd year students from The Kubert School.
We’ll also be offering bonus goodie bags for the first 100 or so folks in line, free face painting for kids, free sketches in artist alley, entry into a drawing to WIN two tickets to his year New York Comic Con for everyone who comes in costume, a visit from members of the 501st Legion of Star Wars costuming organization, the only place in New Jersey to get the Washington DC based independent comic newspaper MAGIC BULLET on FCBD, bonus giveaway for folks in line, and what we think may be the world’s LARGEST bowl of OREO cookies!  And lots of free comics of course!

Coliseum Comics – various events

Free Comic Book Day will run throughout the day on May 3rd at all Central Florida Coliseum of Comics locations, including the brand new Tampa location. Each location will have their own slate of special events scheduled. (Scheduled appearances subject to change. Please contact individual stores for more details.):

Coliseum of Comics Millenia
4672 Millenia Plaza Way
Orlando, FL 32839

Appearances by:
Costumed characters in support of the Hero Alliance
Balloon artist Denzil Jackson

Coliseum of Comics Kissimmee
3159 W. Vine St. (US Hwy. 192)
Kissimmee, FL 34741

Appearances by:
Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion and the Mandalorian Mercs
Costumed characters in support of the Hero Alliance
Balloon artist Denzil Jackson

Coliseum of Comics Fashion Square Mall
3201 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803

Appearances by:
Artists Travis Earls and Brian Wolffe
Characters from many costumer organizations

Coliseum of Comics Downtown Lakeland
121 S. Kentucky Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33815

Appearances by:
Sabertooth Swordsman artist Aaron Conley

Coliseum of Comics New Tampa
19402 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33647

Appearances by:
Superhero characters

Los Angeles, CA
Brave New World

Free Comic Book Day is a celebration of the culture of comics, so along with giving away thousands of freebies, Brave New World Comics will also offer free art classes throughout the day. Free demos of the popular tabletop games Heroclix and Magic: the Gathering. Comic book creators, artists and writers from Fanboy Comics and Cartoon Network will be signing, sketching and talking about their latest work. There will be exciting FREE photo opportunities with your favorite pop culture characters! Star Wars characters from the 501st Storm Trooper Squadron’s Los Angeles Garrison will be here, along with the Southland Ghostbusters, and a few other surprise guests from the world of cartoons and comics. Free games, prizes, and a costume contest, sponsored by DK Publishing and Lego will round out the day’s events. Attendees are encouraged to participate in Free Comic Book Day Bingo, collecting stamps from various stations around the shop. Prizes for completed FCBD Bingo cards are provided by Archaia Comics and DC Entertainment. In addition to all of the super fun, super-hero themed events at Free Comic Book Day, be sure to stop by the charity bake sale, benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“There’s so much to do at our Free Comic Book Day event! Don’t sleep in too late,” warned Portlyn, Brave New World’s perky proprietress, “if this event is anything like the first twelve, the free comics could run out before the crowd does… But the fun is here all day!”

Los Angeles, CA
Golden Apple Comics


*while supplies last

Creator Appearances

Saturday, May 03, 2014 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Saturday, May 03, 2014 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
meet cartoonist Scott Shaw! he will be handing out free Bongo Comics from 10am-4pm. Win a Full Sized Hand-Drawn Sketch from Scott instantly in our grab bags! Limited to the first 20 winners only!


Saturday, May 03, 2014 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Saturday, May 03, 2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Creator/Writer of the new Indy comic: The Heroes of Echo Company

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4. SDCC 2014: Random House signings with Pahlaniuk, Carroll, O’Malley, Gabaldon, GRRM and more


Some of the biggest stars at Comic-Con aren’t even on the CW. These stars write these book things, and you may want to see them or get them to sign your all time favorite book. At various times at the Random House/Ballantine/Del Rey booth you’ll find George R.R. Martin, Diane Gabaldon, Jim Butcher, Robin Hobb, John Jackson Miller, Anne Rice, Joe Abercrombie, Natalie Parker, Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Emily Carroll, Patrick Rothfuss, Morgan Rhodes, Lynn Flewelling, Daniel H. Wilson, Pierce Brown, James Dashner, and Christina Lauren.

Plus that Fight Club panel we mentioned before:

Chuck Palahniuk and director David Fincher, plus some unnamed “special guests” will be on a panel Saturday, July 26, titled “Fight Club: From Page to Screen and Beyond.” Even better? It isn’t going to be in the legendary and infamous Hall H. That means that you won’t need to set up camp on Tuesday to get a good place in line (like these super fans did in 2012 for theTwilight panel). I’d still get there plenty early, though. It’s in Room 25ABC.

More deets at Suvudu, but here’s the schedule in visual form:



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5. NYCC ’14: Image announces signings and Instagram contest

 NYCC 14: Image announces signings and Instagram contest

Image released their schedule for NYCC and goodies. Prepare to spend money and get some good comics. Theyve also announced an INstagam contest — photograph yourself in NYC holding an Image Comic and tag it with  #imagecomics #nycc on Instagram and Twitter . Every day Image will pick  most creative/interesting/coolest photo—winners can pick up their prizes at the Image booth #1544.

Image Comics is pleased to announce the schedule of exciting creator signings that will take place over the course of New York Comic Con, Thursday, October 9 through Sunday, October 12 at the Image Comics booth (#1544).

*TICKETED* denotes signings will be ticketed. Tickets will be given out at the booth as soon as the convention floor opens. Tickets will be available for attendee badges only.  There will be a maximum of 5 items per person allowed for ticketed signings. Grading services will not be permitted during any Image Comics signings. Only non-CGC graded books will be permitted during all Skybound signings. All CGC graded books must be taken to the CGC booth.

1-1:45 PM: Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
1-1:45 PM: Brian K. Vaughan *TICKETED*

2-2:45 PM: Justin Jordan & Kyle Strahm
2-2:45 PM: Josh Fialkov

3-3:45 PM: Kyle Higgins
3-3:45 PM: Steve Orlando

4-4:45 PM: Daniel Corey
4-4:45 PM: Joshua Williamson

5-5:45 PM: Nick Pitarra
5-5:45 PM: Scott Snyder *TICKETED*

5:30-6:30 PM: Robert Kirkman (SKYBOUND) *TICKETED*

FRIDAY, 10/10
10:30-11 AM: Abhishek Singh

11-11:45 AM: Kyle Higgins
11-11:45 AM: Matt Fraction *TICKETED*
11-12 PM: Robert Kirkman (SKYBOUND) *TICKETED*

12-12:45 PM: Michael Moreci
12-12:45 PM: Brian K. Vaughan *TICKETED*

12:30-1:30 PM: Thrilling Adventure Hour group signing, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Craig Cackowski, Hal Lublin & Autumn Reeser *TICKETED*

1-1:45 PM: Matt Hawkins
1-1:45 PM: Joe Harris

2-2:45 PM: Antony Johnston
2-3:30 PM: Todd McFarlane/New Spawn Creative Team *TICKETED*
2-3 PM: Joshua Williamson & Andrei Bressan (SKYBOUND)

3-3:45 PM: Tim Seeley

4-4:45 PM: Nick Pitarra
4-5 PM: Stefano Gaudiano (SKYBOUND)

5-5:45 PM: Nick Dragotta *TICKETED*
5-5:45 PM: Jason Latour

6-6:45 PM: Roc Upchurch
6-6:45 PM: Michael Moreci

10-10:45 AM: Megan Levens
10-10:45 AM: Sina Grace

11-11:45 AM: Matt Fraction & Howard Chaykin *TICKETED*
11-11:45 AM: Jason Latour
11-12 PM: Paul Azaceta (SKYBOUND) 

12-12:45 PM: Joshua Williamson
12-12:45 PM: Frank Quitely *TICKETED*

1-1:45 PM: Brian K. Vaughan
1-1:45 PM: Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder

2-2:45 PM: Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie *TICKETED*
2-2:45 PM: Jim Zub
2-3 PM: Khary Randolph (SKYBOUND)

3-3:45 PM: Bob Fingerman
3-3:45 PM: Otis Frampton

3:30-4:30 PM: Joshua Williamson & Andrei Bressan (SKYBOUND)

4-4:45 PM: Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro *TICKETED*
4-4:45 PM: Scott Snyder *TICKETED*

5-5:45 PM: Wes Craig
5-5:45 PM: Gus Storms & Stuart Moore

SUNDAY, 10/12
10-10:45 AM: Ken Kristensen
10-10:45 AM: Ales Kot

11-11:45 AM: Matt Fraction *TICKETED*
11-11:45 AM: Kelly Sue DeConnick *TICKETED*
11-12 PM: Shawn Martinbrough (SKYBOUND)

12-12:45 PM: Frank J. Barbiere & Chris Mooneyham
12-12:45 PM: Nick Dragotta *TICKETED*

1-1:45 PM: Scott Snyder *TICKETED*
1-1:45 PM: Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie *TICKETED*

2-2:45 PM: Josh Fialkov
2-2:45 PM: Tim Seeley

2:30-3:30 PM: Robert Kirkman & Paul Azaceta (SKYBOUND) *TICKETED*

3-3:45 PM: Adam McGovern
3-3:45 PM: Ed Brisson


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6. Event: SF’s The Isotope Brings Roberta Gregory, Donna Barr, & JH Williams III to the Fans

By Victor Van Scoit The San Francisco Bay Area has some fantastic comic book shops, with each having its own take for hosting creator events. One such store known for their intimate signings and creative shindigs is The Isotope. They’re hosting two upcoming events this November that, should you live anywhere in Northern California, are worth checking out. […]

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7. Get ready for BEA 2011!!

We are getting GEARED up for BEA. Make sure to come find us at Booth 3352 for author signings and amazing giveaways. Here's a rundown of what's happening in the booth:

HOT MacKids BEA Giveaways!

Tuesday, May 24th

9:00 to 9:30 AM - Priddy Tote Bag Giveaway
With this, you will be the envy of all your book-toting friends. Priddy on teal? LOVE!

10:00 to 10:30 AM - Lane Smith Signing
The man himself! The author of It's A Book and the upcoming Grandpa Green will be signing.

12:00 to 12:30 PM - Priddy Tote Bag Giveaway
Couldn't get up for the 9 AM giveaway? Here's a second chance!

3:00 to 3:30 PM - Ann M. Martin Signing
The woman behind The Babysitters' Club and the soon-to-be-released Ten Rules for Living with My Sister will be here and ready to sign!

3:30 to 4:00 PM - All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin Giveaway
The galley you all have been waiting for: It's got contraband, it's got gangsters . . . and it takes place in NYC in the future. I wonder if BEA would still be around then? Grab one to find out!

Wednesday, May 25th

9:30 to 10:00 AM - Priddy Tote Bag Giveaway
The perfect accessory to all those beach reads you'll be grabbing!

10:30 to 11:00 AM - Mary Pearson Signing
Authoress of The Adoration of Jenna Fox will be signing! Love Jenna Fox? Be sure to read the sequel, The Fox Inheritance.

1:30 to 2:00 PM - Priddy Tote Bag Giveaway
LAST CHANCE to grab!

2:00 to 2:30 PM - Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos Giveaway
LOL funny and the perfect summer read. What happens when Jack (the character) helps out an elderly neighbor? The answer will surprise you!

See you all there! We'll be tweeting @MacKidsBooks so follow us at #BEA2011!!

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8. Do you have a bookstore event coming up?

Do you have a bookstore event coming up? A bookstore worker explains what to do - and what not to do - to make it a success .

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9. Tips for bookstore events

Great tips from agent Jennifer Laughran about what to do at a bookstore event.

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10. MacKidsBooks at San Diego Comic Con


That's right folks! We're headed to Comic Con this week for the first time this year! If you happen to be there, come by Booth #1220 to say hello and to check out these great signings and panels!

Oh, and be sure to check out our graphic novel imprint, First Seconds Books, who will also be exhibiting at SDCC and see their amazing schedule as well.

THURSDAY, July 12:

12:00-1:00 PM                      In-Booth Signing: Michael Grant, EVE AND ADAM

3:00-4:00 PM                        Gennifer Albin (Crewel) on the “Hungry for Dystopia” Panel

                                                Room: 25ABC

Hungry for Dystopia— With the skyrocketing popularity of The Hunger Games, dystopian literature has been creating major waves in the media. What attracts these authors to explore the concept of a totalitarian future that possibly awaits us all? Anna North (America Pacifica) leads the discussion with panelists Neal Shusterman (Unwind trilogy), Lissa Price (Starters), Paolo Bacigalupi (The Drowned Cities), Michael Grant (BZRK), Daniel H. Wilson (Amped), Gennifer Albin (Crewel), and Marie Lu (Legend trilogy). Room 25ABC

4:30-5:30 PM                         Post-Panel Signing: Gennifer Albin, CREWEL

                     Location: Autographing Area, Table AA09 


FRIDAY, July 13:

10:00-11:00 AM                     In-Booth Signing: Jennifer Bosworth, STRUCK

11:30-12:30 PM                    Marissa Meyer (Cinder) on the “Remixed Fairy Tales and Superhero   Lore” Panel Room 5AB

Remixed Fairy Tales and Superhero Lore— Between this year's Mirror Mask and Snow White and the Huntsman and forthcoming retellings of Beauty and the B

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11. Summer 2012 Fierce Reads Tour Recap



Fierce Reads was launched in June with a spectacular tour! Four debut authors went on the road, with special author guests joining them along the way. The Fierce Reads tour took the authors across the country to meet new fans.

The four debut author and their books were:


And they were joined at various stops by Marissa Meyer, Jessica Brody, Lish McBride, Ann Aguirre, and Caragh O'Brien.

Couldn't make it to any of the events? Well you're in luck! Lots of bloggers went to the events and wrote up some recaps!

June 5: Mrs. Nelson's in La Verne, CA

June 6: Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, CA

June 7: Books, Inc. in San Francisco, CA    

June 8: Kepler's in Menlo Park, CA

June 9: Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, WA

June 12: Provo City Library in Provo, UT

June 13: Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, TX

June 14: Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, IL

June 15: Schuler's Books in Lansing, MI

June 16: Barnes and Noble in Pensacola, FL

June 17: Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY


There will be a new Fierce Read Tour in the Fall, so be sure to check out the Fierce Reads Facebook Fan Page to see which authors will be coming and where/when.

And stay fierce!


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12. The true terror of book signings

A funny piece in the London Observer looks at some of the perils of book signings (especially when no one actually wants a signature).

One example:

"How would you like it signed?" I ask, opening the page, and lifting my pen.

"Oh, just to me."

"Remind me how to spell your name, will you?"

"It's Tom!"

Read the rest of the essay here.

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13. On the Glorious Last US Booksigning Tour, with digressions onto Concorde and Australia

posted by Neil

I've been all over the place. I went back to the midwest and spent two days with my dogs, and I helped wrap the beehives for winter.

(I discovered my zombie arm had been yarnbombed when I got home.)

Now I'm back in Cambridge MA, missing the dogs, but starting to feel more at home in this rambling high house. The at-homeness has more to do with furniture than anything else, I think.  For example, a desk-chair was just delivered. There's nothing like a comfy chair for making you want to sit and write, if you are me.

I've handed in the latest draft of the HBO AMERICAN GODS pilot, and a short film I've written for another project, and I'm writing a bunch of different things right now.

I'm also proof-reading and copy-editing a bunch of books. Today I got to read through the UK edition of Fortunately, The Milk*, profusely illustrated by Chris Riddell. I laughed a lot at Chris's rough sketches. Can't wait to see it finished. (Skottie Young's illustrating the US edition. I've only seen two pages of his work. It's just as funny in a different, more manic, way.  I love them both and am so glad that each publisher went its own way on this.) Fortunately The Milk will be published in September in the US and October in the UK. I just wrote a description of it for the US edition. I explained:

This is quite possibly the most exciting adventure ever to be written about milk since Tolstoy's epic novel War and Milk. Also it has aliens, pirates, dinosaurs and wumpires in it (but not the handsome, misunderstood kind), not to mention a Volcano God.

It contains passages like this:

“You are charged with breaking into people’s planets and redecorating them,” said a noble and imposing-looking Tyrannosaurus Rex. “And then with running away and doing it again somewhere else, over and over. You have committed crimes against the inhabitants of eighteen planets, and crimes against good taste.”
 “What we did to Rigel Four was art!” argued a globby alien.
 “Art? There are people on Rigel Four,” said an Ankylosaurus, “who have to look up, every night, at a moon with three huge plaster ducks flying across it.”


I love that Fortunately the Milk is two different books -- one in the US, one in the UK: it allows them to be published a month apart, which is much easier on the author.

In the old days of publishing, books in the US were published up to a year before or after the same books in the UK, but that started changing about ten years ago, and the internet changed it, as it has changed so much. People who like authors will buy their books when the books come out, and if the book is published in the US, people in the UK will simply go to Amazon (or some such website) and buy it, and if the book is published later in the US then American readers will head off to Amazon.co.uk (or similar).

When my new adult novel, THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE** is published, this summer, it will be coming out on June the 18th in the UK and the US too. This presents interesting challenges, mostly involving bi-location, and makes me miss Concorde, just a little.

No, I do not miss the sonic booms or the environmental damage, and, having been on one of the Concordes once, I do not miss the plane itself, which was small and dilapidated and chilly and old. But I miss the way one could fly to New York from London and feel like one had made a local hop and land three hours before one took off, and I miss the moment of looking out of Concorde's window and seeing the curvature of the Earth and feeling like all human problems were very small and far away.

(It was about 15 years ago. I had to get to Amsterdam to do a signing in high summer, and the UK trip I was meant to be doing was suddenly cancelled, leaving me without a flight.  When the person on Northwest airlines' phone said, "Honestly, I can't believe how many miles it will take to get you there during the blackout week. You could take Concorde for that," and I said, "Hang on, I can use airmiles to fly Concorde?" and she said, "Well, yes.")

Which is a bit of a wander off the subject, which is that it now looks like I'll do a few days in the UK before publication, then fly back to the US on publication day, and then sign like a fiend across America, then go back to the UK and sign some more and then probably come back and do a handful of Canadian signings, and then collapse.

This will be my first actual signing (as opposed to reading) tour since Anansi Boys in 2005. I’ll go places and in each place I’ll do a reading, a short Q&A, then I’ll sign books.

I think the OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE tour will be the last actual signing tour I ever do. They’re exhausting, on a level that’s hard to believe. I love meeting people, but the sixth hour of signing, for people who have been standing in a line for seven hours, is no fun for anybody. (The last proper US signing I did, it lasted over 7 hours and I signed for over 1000 people. I'd suspect a lot of the signings on this tour will be like that, or bigger.)

So I’m going to try and make this tour the glorious last US book signing tour, and then stop doing book signing tours for good.

I’ll do a bunch of American signings on the tour, including, I hope, places that I don’t normally get to, like the US South. I’ll go to the UK, and do a smaller, more manageable tour. (You can get on and off trains in the UK, to get to places.) 

And then, over the next year or so, I’m going to do my best to go to places I don’t usually get to, or to which I haven’t gone in a long time, as THE OCEAN... is published — places like Brazil and Poland, and I'll do whatever kinds of signings or events are appropriate there.

I may do events, and there may well be pre-signed books for sale there, and I might even sign books if I feel like it (I did a ninja book signing at St Mark’s Bookshop in New York a week ago, announcing it a couple of hours before I did it on Twitter. It was really fun. They may well have a few signed books left in stock, if you need holiday gifts) but once the Ocean at the End of the Lane tour is over, I do not think I will do any more book signing tours.


I was asked if I could go to Australia around publication time for OCEAN too, and I had to say no -- only one me, too many places to be. But I am going to be in Australia in January, and I'll be doing three events there. 

At 6 pm on January the 20th, I'll be at the Theatre Royal in Hobart, Tasmania. I'll be doing a few things including  reading an unpublished story - appropriate for all ages, although it'll probably mean more to adults. Jherek Bischoff is going to be there, making music happen while I read. Ticket details are at http://www.liveguide.com.au/Tours/774225/MONA_FOMA_Festival_2013?event_id=795603. The event is close to sold out, I believe, so get tickets now. It'll be over in time for you to see David Byrne later that evening...

On the 24th of Jan I'll be in Melbourne, at the Atheneum Theatre, doing an event for the Wheeler Centre. It's going to be centred around Ocean at the End of the Lane, and for that and for the event in Sydney, Hachette, my Australian publisher, will be giving each attendee a special preview of the book, in the shape of the first three chapters. Tickets and details at http://wheelercentre.com/calendar/event/neil-gaiman1/ 

On the 25th, I'll be in Sydney. The event will be similar to, but probably completely different from, Melbourne's, although people who come will also get the special limited Hachette novel preview. It's under the aegis of the Sydney Writers Festival, which is one of my favourite Festivals in the world. Tickets and details at http://www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/id/1440

(Last year I did an evening in Sydney and one in Melbourne. They both sold out fast, so please, get tickets if you want to go. Do not wait and be sad and send me sad messages asking if I can squeeze you in somehow.)


Right. I am going to go and sit in my writing chair some more now and make stuff up and write it down.

*very silly. Funny. For readers of all ages. Contains milk.

** not very silly at all. Sometimes funny but mostly personal and even scary and disturbing. Not for children, even though it's about a child. Contains a small amount of milk; was manufactured in a facility that processes nuts.

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14. Reading under the Stars

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Yesterday I read PLEASE, LOUISE aloud with students of The Wilkes School at Grace & Saint Peters and Midtown Academy. It was an enchanting afternoon sitting under the stars of Enoch Pratt’s Night Room chanting aloud the text from PLEASE, LOUISE. After we read together, I shared a bit of my journey as a young reader and artist along with a conversation about where ideas come from and how long it takes to make a book. And of course, there were plenty of questions that followed. At the end, I did a live draw of Patrick, a second grader I believe. Unfortunately, though, most of the students didn’t think that I nailed his likeness. Tough crowd ;-). Afterward, I signed about 60 books and gave away posters and bookmarks to all of the students who attended. What a great celebration of PLEASE, LOUISE and the power of reading!

A SUPER THANK YOU goes to the amazing Deborah Taylor, Coordinator of School and Student Services, who graciously offered her support of this launch and a second super THANK YOU to Dr. Carla Hayden, who provided each child with their very own  copy of Please, Louise. Dr. Hayden believes that children should not only have books available at their neighborhood library, but that they should also have books in the home. I concur! Thanks also to Selma Levi, for all of her support and for sharing the space with us!

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Exchange of the day:
After passing out books to everyone at the beginning of the presentation, one young man just couldn’t believe his luck.
Him: “I can keep this?”
Me: “Yes, it’s yours.”
Me: “Yes, forever.”
Him: “Whoa.”

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Special shouts out to the two big kids against the wall, literary homies, Mathew Olshan, and Jonathan Bean who came to show their support!

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15. Peter Quinn at NYU's Glucksman Ireland House RECAP!!

As devotees of the Winged Elephant know, Peter Quinn read from THE MAN WHO NEVER RETURNED last Thursday night at NYU's Glucksman Ireland House. We were lucky enough to have some bloggers report back from the scene.

Here's some of the post from From the Balcony, A Publisher's Blog...

In a fulsome introduction, the representative of Ireland House noted that Peter Quinn's last opus, Looking for Jimmy, about Irish America, was a huge hit with students of NYU. "The one copy is always in demand and we are endlessly copying chapters for students," she said. Opening his reading, Peter Quinn spluttered in disgust: "Just one copy. And you're breaking the law by photocopying it. My attorney is present and I saw him take notes at that." He was only kidding, I think. Here he is signing copies. Fintan Dunne, the detective Peter created, rides again in the new novel. Read it.

...and here's some from Hell's Kitchen, the blog of TheWildGeese.com.

Quinn, never at a loss for words, talked colorfully and candidly about his work, his writing process, and the judge’s disappearance, more than he actually read. Quinn suggested, perhaps seriously, that readings such as his were archaic. They certainly do provide a vehicle for engaging with an auteur and his work, and the evening provided that in spades.

The Man Who Never Returned” took shape, Quinn said, during a conversation he had a few years back with Paul Browne, deputy commissioner of public information for the NYPD and a fellow Manhattan College alum. Quinn added later that his writing was driven by character, not plot, and his characters emerge from conversations he has and those he readily imagines. This process emerges for him, in part, because, he said, “you are always writing about yourself,” even in historical novels, which, he suggested, draw on the author’s experience and personal history. He is famously in love with the historical research his books require, but said to be averse to the writing part. Novel writing is not only autobiographical, he wryly noted, “but psychotic.”

What fun! We're glad you both enjoyed the event.

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16. The drive-by signing

If you're an author and are ever lucky enough to go on tour, then you might do something called the "drive-by signing." That's when you stop by a few (or all) of the other bookstores in the area where you have a scheduled signing, come in and meet the staff, sign the stock, and make a quick (and hopefully positive) impression before you are on to the next store.

And if you're again lucky, you'll have an escort who will have called ahead to check stock to make sure you don't end up in the awkward situation of standing at the info counter to learn that they have none of your books in stock.

(And if you're smart and have the energy, you'll have found out whether the escort planned to give the stores a heads-up about your visit. And if not, you have gotten the list of all the stores and tediously called them, one by one, a week beforehand, to see if they might bump up their stock so you'll have something to sign. Warning: making these calls will more than likely do a number on your ego.)

A Milwaukee bookstore owner looks at what makes for an excellent drive-by (or stop-by) signing, from his point of view. You can read his account of a "dreamy" drive-by signing here.

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17. Books By the Banks: October 2nd

I will be at Books By the Banks signing Little Red bat on Saturday, October 2nd. There will also be many other top notch authors and illustrators like Loren Long, Will Hillenbrand, Mary Kay Carson, C.F. Payne, John Maggard, Cinda Chima and many others. I do much of my holiday shopping there!

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon?

Books by the Banks 2009

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18. Do NOT click if you are squeamish

If you make school visits, sometimes you are asked to sign body parts. I've been asked to sign kid's hands, and other authors have gotten in trouble for signing kid's bellies. But you have to see this picture of what Danika Patrick signed to believe it.

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19. NYC Takeover

Awwwww snap! Guess who’s coming to New York next month. C’est moi! On November 4 from 5:30-7:30PM, Renée and I will be reading from our books, A PLACE WHERE HURRICANES HAPPEN, and WHAT MOMMA LEFT ME at Bank Street Book Store. I will also talk a bit about my illustration process and share sketches and inspiration from the book.

While in NY I will also get to check out the DRAWN IN BROOKLYN exhibition and be dazzled and inspired by many of my favorite illustrators and friends.

Somebody save me a seat at Enids for brunch! Fried cheese grits here I come!!!

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20. Center Valley Signing

I thought you would like to see some video of Josh and I performing our "Berk Berk Balog" Vanilla Ice impersonation.  Am I right?

Too bad.  If you wanted to see it, you should have come.

Instead, I give you this picture:

And this one.  The people at Barnes and Noble make awesome posters. I always have to take one home with me to frame because I am a dork. One of these days I may have enough to wallpaper my house:

It was a very fun signing, filled with lots of strange people, as usual.  Many of them said our Berk Berk Balog dance was the highlight of their day, and several said it was the highlight of their existence. And that is not because they were strange, it is because we were AWESOME.  And because Josh has a soft-mouth feel (more on that, later).

If you feel bad for having missed it, good. You have one more chance and then you're out of luck.  Josh and I will be performing ONE LAST TIME (well, for now), at Farley's Bookshop in New Hope on November 21 from 1-4.   Josh will also be on hand to explain the mystery of the soft-mouth feel, in case you are curious. It's guaranteed to be one of those life-changing events.

You'll be there this time, right?

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21. Ashley Bryan Honors and NBAF

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I’m a little slow….

After receiving an e-mail last month about speaking with Ashley Bryan at the Auburn Avenue Research Library it wasn’t until I spoke with my friend, Jan Burkins (Literacyhead.com) this morning that I realized I am being honored next year by Ashley Bryan in collaboration with the National Black Arts Festival!

Each year in collaboration with National Black Arts Festival and renowned illustrator Ashley Bryan AARL honors an illustrator for their commitment to the authentic and sensitive representations of people of African descent and Africana culture.

We would be honored to have you (Shadra Strickland) as the 2011 honoree. The event is schedule for Thursday, July 07 at 6:30 p.m. Honorees are asked to facilitate a discussion about their work and participate in a conversation with Ashley Bryan. This event would also include a book signing.

We would also like to exhibit your (Shadra Strickland’s) artwork in our small gallery during the month of July.

Yeah, don’t ask me how I missed that. They had me at “conversation with Ashely Bryan”. WOO HOO!!!!!!! What a tremendous honor!

Many thanks to Ashley Bryan, the National Black Arts Festival, the Auburn Avenue Research Library, (and Jan Burkins for making me go back and read my e-mail slowly). See you in July!

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22. Mark Your Calendars!

I've got a couple of things cooking as far as YA author signings in Southern California.

First of all, the superlative Lisa McMann will be signing her new novel, Cryer's Cross, at Borders Glendale: Friday, February 11, 2011 at 7 pm. I'm collecting RSVPs to better help plan the event. Just in case you haven't yet picked up her previous books in the Dream Catcher series, I want to make sure they have enough there! You can fill out the form below if you think you're going to attend.

From Goodreads.com:

The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. 

Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. 

Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? 

The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating...and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

I can't wait!

My good buddy Janelle is also using her super-fangirl powers on Cassandra Clare and Holly Black... which means Borders Glendale *might* also be hosting another super-exciting Midnight Release Party as well... so if you want to be contacted about that, check the appropriate box--you'll help us show the publishers and Borders how many people they can expect at the party. If we throw it, fans will come!

I'm also going to be starting a YA publicity networking group on Facebook in the next week or so; if you want to be emailed when that launches, please check that box, too.

If you can't see the form be

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23. Do you like my new reading glasses?

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They look yellow but they are actually green. I got them on tour at University Book Store in Mill Creek, WA.

Here's the rest of my CRYER'S CROSS TOUR:

Sunday, Feb 13, 2011, 3pm (with Caridad Ferrer -- When the Stars Go Blue)
19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway

Tuesday, Feb 15, 7pm
2825 West Main St.
Bozeman, MT

Wednesday, Feb 16, 6:30pm
2342 Bissonnet St.

Thursday, Feb 17, 7pm
14532 Memorial Dr.
NOTE from the bookstore's website: This event is free and open to the public. In order to meet Lisa McMann for book personalization, you must purchase Cryer’s Cross from Blue Willow Bookshop.
A limited number of autographed copies of Lisa’s books will be available for purchase after the event. If you cannot attend the event, but would like a personalized copy of her book, please call us at (281) 497-8675.

Friday, February 18, 2011, 7pm
A Real Bookstore
113 Prairie Road, Fairview, TX 75069

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 3pm
603 North Lamar Blvd
*note from the bookstore: You must purchase a copy of Cryer's Cross from BookPeople in order to get any of your books signed.

Saturday, Feb 26, 2011, 3pm
The Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd. Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Monday, March 7, 2011, 9pm Est / 8pm Central

Watch for me on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network)! I'll be on the show Searching For... and some West Michigan fans just might be too. Hint...My search has *something* to do with Cabel from the WAKE trilogy!

Saturday, March 12, 2011
Tucson Festival of Books
Tucson, AZ

Saturday/Sunday March 19 & 20, 2011
Teen Author Festival NYC
more info to come

Monday, March 21, 2011, 7pm

Little Shop of Stories
133A East Court Square

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 7pm

7660 Northpoint Parkway
Suite 200

March 23, 2011, 7pm
Indigo - Yorkdale Mall
3401 Dufferin St.
Toronto, ON
(416) 781-6660

Also appearing in 2011 at:

*LA Times Festival of Books Apr 30/May 1

*Phoenix Comicon May 27-29

*more info to come

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24. Zita, the Space Girl... Signing!

Whenever I get something from Ben Hatke, it is always adorable.  So I’ve received in the mail adorable bookplates, adorable family adventures, occasionally even adorable chickens.  I’ve come to conclude that Ben just naturally generates things that are adorable.  And his book that came out from First Second this month, Zita the Spacegirl, is no exception – it’s filled to the brim with adorable mice, robots, aliens, and an adorable protagonist to top it all off.

Ben’s just done his first book signing, at Politics & Prose.  Guess what?  It’s adorable too! 

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25. Habitat Spy Book Signing Saturday May 14th

My mom found these great binoculars online at a party supply. I added the cool stickers.
Great for junior naturalists! Get a pair of them when you purchase a copy of Habitat Spy (until they run out).

More Signing info:

1356 South Fort Thomas Avenue

Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Phone 859.781.0602 FAX 859.781.0728 e-mail bluemarble@fuse.net
website http://www.bluemarblebooks.com/

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