John Hurt was one of my favorite actors, and in my childhood view, the best storyteller ever.
“The Soldier and Death” directed by Jim Henson is probably still the coolest thing I’ve ever seen on television. But I love every episode. I could watch them every day. And a huge part of the appeal is John Hurts performance as The Storyteller. His narration is so engaging and comforting like a warm fire.
“If death needs a new friend, I cannot fight him.”
“But howsoever life smiles on us, the last laugh is reserved for death.”
First Second Books: Booth 2239 Signing copies of Astronaut Academy from 11:30am – 12:00pm
You’re Such a Geek: A Guide for Teachers, Students, and Parents to Help Cope with Bullying. [Thursday, 10/6, from 12:30-1:30.]
Despite nerd culture being at the forefront of popular culture today, many young comic con lovers feel isolated in their school community. With bullying of young people on the basis of their interests being one of the most challenging problems to overcome, how can teachers, parents, and students confront these issues together and apart? In a forum-style panel which will focus primarily on addressing audience questions, experts in the field will try to shed some light on the darkness of bullying.
I’ll be appearing at the first-ever Queens Book Festival! which will be held at Kaufman Astoria Studios (34-12 36th Street) from 11:00AM to 6:00PM.
4:00-4:45 PM New Age of Comics Panel
“Comic books have elevated from stories about superheroes to graphic novels about supernatural beings, multiverses, and the cosmic impact of our actions. Artists around the globe are using comics to influence society and change popular cultures. Are comics just changing the comic world or the world in general?”
Moderator: Regine Sawyer (Owner/Writer/Creator of Lockett Down Productions Publications)
Panelists: Colin Goh (Dim Sum Warriors), Dave Roman (Goosebumps Graphix), Sara Woolley (Los Pirineos), Jaeil Cho, Julia Voloj (Joe Shuster: Truth, Justice, and the American Way)
This week is the tenth anniversary of First Second Books! To celebrate, Travis Jonker and School Library Journal asked a bunch of First Second authors to redraw the cover of one of our favorite First Second books by another author. I drew a homage to Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff. And the amazing George O’Connor (Olympians) did a fun rendition of my Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity!
It’s been a unique privilege to have my books be in such great company. Love and hugs to everyone at First Second past and present and wishing them another 10 years of great graphic novels to their legacy.
MIDDLE GRADE GIGGLES & GASPS!
Saturday October 31st. 1-3pm.
Join Books of Wonder for an afternoon of giggles and gasps as MAX BRALLIER, GITTY DANESHVARI, TOMMY GREENWALD, ALAN KATZ, DAVE ROMAN, and NEIL SWAAB stop by for an afternoon of Middle Grade books you and your young reader won’t want to miss!
MAX BRALLIER for The Last Kids on Earth
GITTY DANESHVARI for The League of Unexceptional Children
TOMMY GREENWALD for Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Planet Girl and My Dog Is Better Than Your Dog (Crime Biters #1)
ALAN KATZ for The Day the Mustache Took Over
DAVE ROMAN for Teen Boat: Race for Boatlantis and Slappy’s Tales of Horror
NEIL SWAAB for The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying)
More info at the Books of Wonder website. The store is located at 18 West 18th street (between 5th and 6th Avenues).
Check out this neat ventriloquist dummy I found in the thrift shop!
That must mean that Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy’s Tales of Horror is in stores now! The book features four creepy stories including my comics adaptation of “Night of the Living Dummy,” the classic tale by R.L. Stine that introduces the world’s most villainous ventriloquist dummy! You’ll definitely want to know Slappy’s full origin before you see the new Goosebumps movie with Jack Black! Being prepared is you best defense in warding off evil puppets.