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The Monstress Book Tour!

Gang, this is the big week!  Monstress Vol 2 is already out, and we kick off our book tour this Wednesday, July 12th!  If you’re in New York, Seattle, Portland, the Bay Area, or San Diego, come say hi!

July 12th – Barnes and Noble – Tribeca

I’ll be here on my own (I meet up with Sana in Seattle), discussing Monstress, answering your questions, and signing our B&N EXCLUSIVE, which we created just for them (and that includes a poster).

More information here. The event begins at 6 pm.

July 14th – Comics Dungeon – Seattle, WA

From 6-8 pm, Sana Takeda and I will be signing books at Comics Dungeon!  Don’t be shy!  We’re so excited to be back in Seattle again (I grew up there, so I always love returning to the Pacific Northwest).

July 15th – Powell’s City of Books – Portland, OR

Portland, Team Monstress is coming!  We’ll be discussing Monstress, answering questions, and signing.  I will also be eating my way through the city — I’m just warning you now.  The event starts at 2 pm!

July 16th – Dr. Comics Mr. Games – Oakland, CA

Ah, the Bay Area.  I love you.  I love you.  We were with you last summer, and now we’re coming back.  Join us from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday, where there will be an “exclusive” surprise.

July 17th – Barnes & Noble – Mira Mesa, CA

If you live in San Diego but aren’t going to San Diego Comic Con, then this event is for you!  Sana Takeda and I will be discussing Monstress and signing books, starting at 7 pm.  More information here!

AND THEN THERE’S SAN DIEGO COMIC CON.

More on that later.

Bay Area Tour: Monstress

New York Comic Con was terrific this year.  What made it so great was having Sana Takeda there — and meeting all of you wonderful readers, new and familiar, who stopped by our table to say hi.  Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and support.

My travels aren’t over, though!  To celebrate the return of Monstress this week, I’m flying out to the Bay Area for three events. Here are the details:

TR!CKSTER in conjunction with Fantastic Comics and the Berkeley Public Library are pleased to welcome Marjorie Liu back to the Bay Area to kick off the second arc of MONSTRESS! You’ll have THREE chances to catch her during this visit; Friday is fantastic with a signing at Fantastic Comics. Saturday you’ll find Marjorie taking questions at the Library and finishing with a reception at TR!CKSTER! You’ll also be able to snag a gorgeous MONSTRESS print from artist, Sana Takeda at our reception!

OCTOBER 14TH:  

5 – 8 pm — I’ll be doing a Q&A and signing at Fantastic Comics (2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California 94704), so stop by and say hi!  More info here.

OCTOBER 15TH:

3 – 4 pm — Berkeley Public Library (North Branch: 1170 The Alameda, BerkeleyCA 94707) for a conversation about Monstress, Han Solo, comics, writing — anything you want to talk about!

6 -9 pm — Come to TR!CKSTER (2631 Ashby Ave. Berkeley, CA. 94705) for a reception where I’ll be signing, hanging out — and you’ll be able to find some prints of Sana’s beautiful art from Monstress.

NYCC 2016!

Thanks to all of you — amazing readers and retailers — this summer was a wonderful one for the Monstress team.  Because of you, Vol. 1 of the trade hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, and now we’ve almost arrived at the launch for the second arc: Monstress #7 hits shelves on October 12th!

Before that, however, Sana Takeda and I will be at New York Comic Con!  This week, in fact! From this Thursday to Sunday, Team Monstress will be at table K2 in Artist Alley, signing posters, selling the trade — and we’ll have some other goodies there, as well.  We can’t wait to see you all — familiar faces, and new.

Friday (October 7th):

Signing: Image Booth (1444) (11 – 12 pm)
Sana Takeda and I will be signing the Monstress trade!

Image Comics: Character  (6:30 – 7:30 PM)
Location:  1A24
Description: A high concept for a comic is a great invitation, but great characters are what make you want to stay with the book. Characters that you empathize with or are cooler than cool are captivating. Sana Takeda (MONSTRESS), Steven Seagle (CAMP MIDNIGHT), Rod Reis (Hadrian’s Wall), and Jason Hurley & Jeremy Haun (The Beauty) are going to dig deep into characters, and how it’s not as easy as a cool outfit and a snappy name.

New York Comic Con Invades Greenwich Village!  (7 – 9 pm)
Jefferson Market Library.  425 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY, 10011.  FREE ticketed event—please register.  [The New York Public Library in partnership with First Second and New York Comic Con (NYCC) present two #NYCC2016 events October 7 and 8—a comics panel for adults and one for kids. Author Panel from 7-8 PM; signing to follow. Box Brown (Andre the GiantTetris@boxbrown | Greg Rucka (Wonder WomanStar WarsBatman@ruckawriter | Marjorie Liu (Monstress, X-23, Astonishing X-Men)  @marjoriemliu | Ryan North (Adventure TimeThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl@ryanqnorth

Saturday (October 8th):

Image Comics: Storytelling (12:15 – 1:15 pm)
Room 1A21
You can’t judge a comic solely based on what happens to the characters in it. You have to look at how things happen, what the story looks like, and a bunch of other little tiny things that make comics one of the most vibrant storytelling mediums around. Gabriel Hardman (Invisible Republic), Declan Shalvey (Injection), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Bryan Hill (Romulus) and a couple special guests are some of the best storytellers in the business.

Super Asian America (5:15 – 6:15)
Room 1A02
From Amadeus Cho to Kamala Khan, Asian superheroes are powering their way into our stories – from the page to the stage. But they can’t do it without help from the Asian American heroes behind the scenes. Join Racebending.com’s Mike Le in a no-holds-barred discussion of the state of Super Asian America, with real-life comic greats Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk), Larry Hama (G.I. Joe), Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), Keith Chow (Secret Identities), Wendy Xu (Angry Girl Comics), and Vishavjit Singh (Sikh Captain America).

Sunday (October 9th):

Signing: Comixology Booth (M3, M4) (11 – 12 pm)
I’ll be signing my exclusive trading card created by Comixology!

Signing: Kinokuniya Booth (1775) (1 – 2 pm)
Sana and I will be signing copies of the Monstress trade!

We Need Diverse Books: #Whitewashedout in Books and Media (2:45 – 3:45)
Room 1A02
Like #WeNeedDiverseBooks, the hashtag #WhiteWashedOut went viral showing many people’s connection to the erasure of Asian American and PoC/Natives in all forms of media, not just film. How is this hurtful for communities effected? And why does this keep happening even when audiences ask for more diversified representation? The creators of #WhitewashedOut and others discuss the need for change, uplift the representations getting it right and relay what else we can do to be heard.

NYCC Schedule

Well, NYCC is literally around the corner.  I’ll be on panels for almost all of Friday, so the best time to catch me if you want something signed is at the Image booth at 11 am that day.  I will, however, be at my table (K2) in Artists Alley for almost all of Saturday.  Sunday, I have to head back to Boston that morning.   It’s a short trip, but packed to the gills.  I’ll be signing posters at my table (and I might have a few other goodies), so stop by and say hi on Saturday!

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Friday: 11 am signing @ the Image Booth #1544

Title: Image Comics: Where Creators Own Worlds
Day:
Friday Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Location: Room 1A21
Speakers: Declan Shalvey   Jim Zub   John Arcudi   Marjorie Liu
Description: The beauty of comics is that they can transport you to another place, if you’ll let them. The comics of John Arcudi (Rumble), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Declan Shalvey (Injection) and Jim Zub (Wayward) show us worlds as fantastic as any summer blockbuster, but executed so well that they burn themselves into your memory.

Title: Asian American Comics and Creators
Day:
Friday Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Room 1A05
Speakers: Amy Chu   Ethan Young   Greg Pak   Janice Chiang   Larry Hama   Marjorie Liu   Wendy Xu
Description: A superstar Panel discusses the past, present and wildly exciting future of Asian American comics and creators! Featuring Greg Pak (co-creator of Amadeus Cho and writer of KINGSWAY WEST), Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS), Amy Chu (POISON IVY), Ethan Young (NANJING: THE BURNING CITY), the legendary Larry Hama (G.I. JOE), letterer Janice Chiang and Wendy Xu (SPELLS FOR SPIRITS, LLP). Also, exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming books and tons of free comics!

Title: Push Boundaries Forward: Gender, Diversity and Representation in Comic Books
Day:
Friday Time: 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Location: Room 1A24
Speakers: Amber Garza   Darryl Ayo   David Brothers   Jeremy Whitley   Joey Stern   Marjorie Liu   Shannon Watters
Description: The face of comics is changing. Join a diverse Panel examining what indie/web publishing have been doing right, how mainstream comics can catch up and what Creators and Fans can do to be heard. Join Moderator David Brothers and Panelists Marjorie Liu, Shannon Watters, Jeremy Whitley, Amber Garza, Joey Stern and Darryl Ayo in a sincere, thoughtful discussion on the topic of gender, diversity and representation in mainstream comics.

 

Appearances: Boskone & MIT

I’ve lived in Boston for four years, and have never attended Boskone.  The timing was always off — either I’d be out of town, or…well, out of town.

But this year it’s different!  I’ll be signing and reading from one of my novels, and participating in two panels — one on superheroes, and the other on women in comics.  Also, I have another event this week on February 12th — over at MIT I’ll be in conversation with Bobbie Chase, Editorial Director of DC Comics.  The public is welcome to attend.  Here are the details:

Join Bobbie Chase, Editorial Director of DC Comics, and comic book writer, Marjorie Liu (Monstress, Astonishing X-Men, Black Widow), as they discuss the current and future state of the comic book medium, including DC and Marvel’s place in the industry, and how creator owned projects are helping to evolve the face of publishing.

MIT Building 4, Room 231
February 12 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

And here’s my schedule for Boskone!

Are We Living in the Superhero Renaissance?
Saturday 10:00 – 10:50, Harbor III (Westin)
Marvel and DC heroes and heroines keep ka-powing at us from every screen and page, reviving the comics industry along the way. Why is the superhero biz suddenly so mega-ultra super? Why is this kind of storytelling so compelling? Is it just the special effects — or do we yearn for superheroes to save us from ourselves? Or from something else?
(Carrie Vaughn, Jack M. Haringa, Daniel M. Kimmel, Marjorie Liu, Marshall Ryan Maresca)

Autographing: Jeffrey Carver, John Langan, Marjorie Liu, Michael Swanwick
Saturday 13:00 – 13:50, Galleria-Autographing (Westin)

Reading: Marjorie Liu
Saturday 17:30 – 17:55, Independence (Westin)

Women in Comics
Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Marina 2 (Westin)
Do women get the same opportunities as men in comics? Do female superheroes receive fair representation? Are female superheroes ‘over-sexualized’? Let’s examine trends in the comic book industry over the last decade regarding the ‘fairer sex’ in comics. (Carrie Cuinn, D. Lynn Smith, Marjorie Liu, Jane Yolen, Brenda Noiseux)