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Visit Lion Forge Booth #3846!

Meet the talent and receive free ARCs and chapbooks!

Mooncakes Signing Information

Saturday, June 22, 10:30AM – 11:15AM
Sunday, June 23, 2:30PM – 3:15PM
Monday, June 24, 11:30AM – 12:15PM

Wendy Xu will be signing ARC copies of Mooncakes at booth #3846!

*ARCs limited to first 50 participants with a ticket – visit the Lion Forge booth early in the show to get your ticket!

Wendy XuWendy Xu is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and comics artist. She is co-creator of Mooncakes, a graphic novel out in 2019 from Lion Forge Comics. Her work has been featured on Catapult, Barnes & Noble Sci-fi/Fantasy Blog, and Tor.com, among other places. She currently works as an assistant editor curating young adult and children’s books. You can find her on twitter @angrygirlcomics or on instagram as @artofwendyxu.

 

 

Mooncakes Cover

Mooncakes © 2019 Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

No Ivy League Signing Information

Saturday, June 22, 12:30PM – 1:15PM
Sunday, June 23, 11:45AM – 12:30PM
Monday, June 24, 9:45AM – 10:30AM

No Ivy League Cover

No Ivy League © 2019 Hazel Newlevant.

Hazel Newlevant will be signing ARC copies of No Ivy League at booth #3846!

*ARCs limited to first 50 participants with a ticket – visit the Lion Forge booth early in the show to get your ticket!

Hazel NewlevantHazel Newlevant is a Portland-raised, Queens-residing cartoonist. Their comics include Tender-Hearted, Sugar Town, No Ivy League, and If This Be Sin. They are the editor and publisher of the anthologies Chainmail Bikini and Comics For Choice. Their work has been honored with the Ignatz Award, Xeric Grant and the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant.

The Underfoot Vol. 1: The Mighty Deep Signing Information

Saturday, June 22, 2:30PM – 3:15PM
Sunday, June 23, 12:45PM – 1:30PM

Emily S. Whitten will be signing copies of The Underfoot Vol. 1: The Mighty Deep at booth #3846!

*Free copies limited to first 10 participants with a ticket and will be 50% off after that – visit the Lion Forge booth early in the show to get your ticket!

Emily WhittenEmily S. Whitten is an attorney, fiction writer, pop culture journalist and host, and media personality who also occasionally runs genre conventions. She has published columns and webcomics with the likes of ComicMix, MTV Splash Page, Reelz.com, and Movers & Shakers Unlimited, and has had recurring appearances on the Fantastic Forum radio and TV shows and the podcast Made of Fail. Emily co-founded The North American Discworld Convention and continues to assist in its management. She resides in the greater D.C. area, and in her copious spare time, enjoys crafting and looking after her tiny hamster.

The Underfoot Volume 1: The Mighty Deep

The Underfoot, Volume 1 © 2019 Benjamin Fisher and Emily S. Whitten.

Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride Signing Information

Saturday June 22, 4:40PM -5:00PM

Fast Enough

Fast Enough © 2019 Joel Christian Gill.

Joel Christian Gill will be signing copies of Fast Enough at booth #3846!

Joel Gill

Joel Christian Gill is the chairman, CEO, president, director of development, majority and minority stockholder, manager, co-manager, regional manager, assistant to the regional manager,  receptionist, senior black correspondent and janitor of his Strange Fruit Comics. He is the author of Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride from Lion Forge and the award winning graphic novels Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History and Tales of The Talented Tenth from Fulcrum Publishing. In his free time he is Chair of Comic Arts at the New Hampshire Institute of Art where inspire students to unleash the transformational potential of their stories. Founder of  #28daysarenotenough it is his belief that segregating  the history of minority peoples lessens the impact these people have made on American society, and culture. Gill has dedicated his life to using stories to rebuild, empathy, compassion and ultimately humanity. As his friends and family say, “He won’t shut up about equality, justice and the importance of telling stories, so listen to him so we can binge watch Stranger Things in peace.” He received his MFA from Boston University and BA from Roanoke College.

 

Rise of the Zelphire Signing Information

Saturday, June 22, 3:45PM – 4:30PM

Karim Friha will be signing copies of Rise of the Zelphire
at booth #3846!

Karim FrihaKarim Friha was born in Maisons-Laffitte, France, in 1980. As a child, he took a liking to comics with the Franco-Belgian classics, most notably Asterix and Gaston Lagaffe. After receiving his bachelors degree in science, he studied math but ended up drawing far more than anything else, enjoying the history of art more than trigonometry. While he became passionate about the artistic period of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly the works of Voltaire and Victor Hugo, that didn’t keep him from enjoying The Simpsons, Calvin and Hobbes, the works of Tim Burton, Batman, and a whole host of other superhero stories. Eventually, his art allowed him to work on kids’ magazines and several animated films. Rise of the Zelphire is his first graphic novel series, showcasing his great talent for both storytelling and sequential art. It was an official selection of the 2010 Angoulême International Comics Festival and has been translated into several languages since.

Rise of the Zelphire Cover

Rise of the Zelphire © Gallimard 2009.

A Sea of Love Signing Information

Sunday, June 23, 1:45PM – 2:15PM

A Sea of Love Cover

A Sea of Love © 2018 Editions Delcourt.

Wilfrid Lupano will be signing Eisner-nominated A Sea of Love at booth #3846!

Wilfrid Lupano was born in Nantes, in the west of France, and spent most of his childhood in the southwestern city of Pau, France. He spent his childhood reading through his parents’ comic book collection and enjoying role-playing games. He studied literature and philosophy, receiving a degree in English, before he began to script comics. He has written numerous graphic novels for French readers, including the series Les Vieux Fourneaux (in English, The Old Geezers), and A Sea of Love, nominated for a 2019 Eisner Award. With this series, Lupano and Paul Cauuet first developed the idea that would become The Wolf in Underpants, out now from Lerner books. Lupano once again lives in Pau after spending several years in the city of Toulouse.

Generations Signing Information

Sunday, June 23, 3:45PM – 4:30PM

Flavia Biondi will be signing Generations at booth #3846!

Flavia Biondi was born in Castelfiorentino, Italy (in the province of Florence). She received a bachelor’s degree in comics & illustration from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, and was one of the cofounders of the Bologna-based publishing collective Manticore Autoproduzioni. Her first published work came out in 2012 in the anthology Sindrome.

© The Lion Forge, LLC 2017 and © Flavia Biondi 2014. TM The Lion Forge, LLC.

Milo’s World Book One Signing Information

Saturday, June 22, 9:30AM – 10:15AM
Monday, June 24, 12:45PM – 1:30PM

Milo's World Book 1 Cover

Milo’s World Book One: The Land Under the Lake, originally published in French under the titles: Le Monde de Milo – tome 1 © DARGAUD 2013, by Marazano, Ferreira and Le Monde de Milo – tome 2 © DARGAUD 2013, by Marazano, Ferreira. www.dargaud.com All rights reserved.

Christophe Ferreira will be signing Milo’s World Book One
at booth #3846!

Christophe Ferreira began drawing comics as a child, borrowing bande dessinée from his local library in France and imitating the drawings of Spirou, Asterix, and Leonard. When he first saw the anime film Akira, his career path was decided: he would become an artist and animator. He began studying graphic design for advertising, but soon realized that there were schools that specialized in his passionate pursuit, such as the Gobelins School of animation and digital design in Paris. After graduation, he attended a master class by Yasuo Otsuka, a colleague of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki, who encouraged him to continue his studies in Japan. From that fateful day in 2001, he has split his time between France and Japan before settling in Japan in 2006, creating storyboards and designs for various studios and projects, including Hirune Hime, Green Lantern: First Flight, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Lupin the III: Blood Seal. During this time, he met author and animator Alex Alice, who encouraged him to try his hand at sequential storytelling and comic book illustration. An introduction to writer Richard Marazano led to various unrealized project ideas, but after years of creative collaboration, the two finally landed on what would become Milo’s World. First released in 2013, its success has grown internationally through six volumes. In addition to continuing Milo’s adventures, they also created the three-part Greek fantasy adventure Alcyon. Christophe continues to work in both France and Japan, with both animation and comics at the center of his attention.

Stop by and say hi to Gene Ha (Mae) at Artist Alley Booth #3956 anytime during ALA!

Gene HaMae is the dream project of comic book artist Gene Ha, bringing together his love of children’s and YA books, comics and scifi, and his home state of Indiana. Before starting Mae, Gene began his career in comics drawing superheroes for Marvel (X-Men, Captain America etc) and DC Comics (Superman, Justice League etc). During this time Gene won 4 Eisners, the highest award in American comics. Three of these were for his work with writer Alan Moore, Top 10 and its prequel The Forty-Niners. Gene Ha lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL with his lovely wife Lisa. Find out more at GeneHa.com.

Mae Cover

Mae © 2018 Gene Ha.

Experience more with your favorite Lion Forge authors at these panels!

GNCRT Friday Discussion Forum: It’s Personal! Social Justice
and the Personal Narrative

When: Friday, June 21, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Where: Washington Convention Center, 152B

Join us for a panel with a unique perspective: You! We’ll discuss with creators and publishers what it’s like to create an autobiographical story and examine the intersection of the personal and the political.

Panelists: Brian Selznick, Joana Karpowicz, Ryan Estrada, Hyun Sook Kim, and Hazel Newlevant
Moderator: Amy Chu

Graphic Novels & Comics Logo

Hazel Newlevant
No Ivy League Cover

No Ivy League © 2019 Hazel Newlevant.

Graphic Novel and Comics Roundtable Friday Forum:
So Many Comics, So Little Time!

When: Friday, June 21, 12:20PM – 1:45PM

Rise of the Zelphire Cover

Rise of the Zelphire © Gallimard 2009.

How can you possibly keep track of all the titles coming out and all the topics they cover? In this session, you’ll spend time in small groups with creators and colleagues discussing titles that work for different social justice topics. After the session, all the titles will be combined into a totally excellent resource just for you! With Karim Friha (Rise of the Zelphire).

Drink & Draw with International Comics Artists

When: Friday, June 21, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Where: East City Bookshop / 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE

Featuring artists Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets: Is This How You See Me?) and Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul) from America; Karim Friha (Rise of the Zelphire) and Christophe Ferreira (Milo’s World) from France; Typex (Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol) from Amsterdam; and Flavia Biondi (Generations) from Italy; with comics writer Wilfrid Lupano (Curtain Call, A Sea of Love) also on hand to sign! Select artists drawing onstage and all signing new release graphic novels. Stop by the store and pick up a pen (or just watch others and meet the creators), sip free wine, and meet other indie comics and bande dessinée (Franco-Belgian style comics) fans. Co-hosted with Fantagraphic Books and EuropeComics.

Generations Cover

© The Lion Forge, LLC 2017 and © Flavia Biondi 2014. TM The Lion Forge, LLC.

A Sea of Love Cover

A Sea of Love © 2018 Editions Delcourt.

Upgrade Soul Cover

Upgrade Soul © 2018 Ezra Claytan Daniels.

Milo's World Book 1 Cover

Milo’s World Book One: The Land Under the Lake, originally published in French under the titles: Le Monde de Milo – tome 1 © DARGAUD 2013, by Marazano, Ferreira and Le Monde de Milo – tome 2 © DARGAUD 2013, by Marazano, Ferreira. www.dargaud.com All rights reserved.

French Comics Association Showcase

When: Saturday, June 22, 2:30PM – 3:20PM
Where: Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage

A Sea of Love Cover

A Sea of Love © 2018 Editions Delcourt.

Rise of the Zelphire Cover

Rise of the Zelphire © Gallimard 2009.

There’s a wealth of translated bande dessinée (Franco-Belgian graphic novels/nonfiction) available in recent years for library collections, from diverse genres, voices, and publishers. The French Comics Association showcase brings together renowned and star creators on tour from Europe, with new releases in English: Karim Friha, Wilfrid Lupano, Typex, Julia Billet, moderated by Meg Lemke, French Comics Association.

Black Voices in Comics

When: Saturday, June 22, 3:30PM – 4:20PM
Where: Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage

A group of Black cartoonists discuss the importance of representation in comics. How they see their work fitting into the medium and the powerful experience readers have when they see reflections of themselves in the books they read. Ezra Claytan Daniels (BTTM FDRS, Fantagraphics), Joel Christian Gill (Fast Enough, Lion Forge), C. Spike Trotman (publisher of Iron Circus), and special guest!

Fast Enough

Fast Enough © 2019 Joel Christian Gill.

Joel Gill

Wordy to Wordless: How Comics Writers Adapt to Different Genres, Ages, and Artists

When: Sunday, June 23, 12:30PM – 1:20PM
Where: Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage

A Sea of Love Cover

A Sea of Love © 2018 Editions Delcourt.

Comics scriptwriters creatively adapt their styles across publishers and partnerships, from realistic, to genres including crime/sci-fi/fantasy, to picture books, and even wordless narratives. What guides language choice, dialogue decisions, and pacing for comics writers depending on the age level and audience for a book? How do writers “write” a wordless script? How do they work in conversation with artists? A shop talk! Featuring: Amy Chu, Jaime Hernandez, Julia Billet, and Wilfrid Lupano, moderated by Heidi MacDonald.

Middle Grade Graphic Novels: New Titles for Growing Readers!

When: Sunday, June 23, 2:00PM – 2:50PM
Where: Pop Top Stage

Middle Grade is a huge growth category for graphic novel publishing, and these books are popular and flexible for younger library patrons—from eager elementary readers, who are growing out of picturebooks and ready to jump to sophisticated topics, to older reluctant readers who find the appealing style and comfort level bringing them back to books.  From historical fiction to fantasy, these creators will showcase a breadth of genres in this popular category! Featuring: Karim Friha, Julia Billet, and Emily S. Whitten, moderated by Betsy Bird.

The Underfoot Volume 1: The Mighty Deep

The Underfoot, Volume 1 © 2019 Benjamin Fisher and Emily S. Whitten.

Rise of the Zelphire Cover

Rise of the Zelphire © Gallimard 2009.

The Many Paths to Comics

When: Sunday June 23, 3:30PM – 4:20PM
Where: Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Mooncakes Cover

Mooncakes © 2019 Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

Wendy Xu

From web comics to ongoing series to original graphic novels, there’s a path for every new comics reader to explore. On this panel, comic creators and publishing professionals will discuss the different genres and points of access that make up the exciting and fast growing comics community.

Panelists: Ivy Noelle Weir (Quirk Books), Michelle Gish (We Are Here Forever) Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)

Choosing Graphic Novels for Your Community

When: Sunday June 23, 9:30AM – 10:20AM
Where: Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Panel will include a lineup of creators and librarians discussing the best way to choose graphic novels based on community needs and pop-culture trends. Featuring Emily S. Whitten, Wendy Xu, and Hazel Newlevant!

Mooncakes Cover

Mooncakes © 2019 Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

No Ivy League Cover

No Ivy League © 2019 Hazel Newlevant

The Underfoot Volume 1: The Mighty Deep

The Underfoot, Volume 1 © 2019 Benjamin Fisher and Emily S. Whitten