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Luanne Rice is the author of thirty-one novels including twenty-two consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Over the weekend she attended the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Festival. Here, she shares how she was introduced to graphic novels and how the medium has given her insight into “new story-telling possibilities.”   
Thien Pham, author of Sumo and illustrator for the critically acclaimed Level Up, was one of the guest speakers at the fourth annual O’Keefe Prize for Graphic Literature held by Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, on Thursday, March 13.
Free Comic Book Day returns to a comic book store near you this May 3 (as always, the first Saturday in May). That's the day when anyone can visit a comic shop and pick up a free book from all the top publishers in the business. For more information on the event, which is celebrated with huge events and signings at many shops, visit the website.
March 18, 2014

Make Beliefs Comix Releases a Free App

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Our friend Bill Zimmerman at Make Beliefs Comix sent us this news, which we're happy to share with you here:    
March 18, 2014

Get Ready for MoCCA Fest

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If you're in the New York City area, make sure you're planning to attend MoCCA Art Fest on April 5 and 6 at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Ave. This is about the best value in all of NYC: Admission is just $5 each day!
The good folks at the Society of Illustrators have announced that they will be putting on the first annual Comic and Cartoon Art Week from April 1 - 6, all leading up to MoCCA Fest. They'll be marking this new event with lectures, screenings, book launches, and a festival, all in New York City. For more information, visit their website, and scroll below for a calendar of events.   
There’s nothing more exciting than a maternity ward waiting room on Father’s Day…unless, of course, it’s a brand-spanking-new comic convention. On Sunday, February 16, in Concord, California, when people should be out having breakfast at the local coffee shop, they instead lined up to make their way into the Concord Hilton. Just past the Bay Area Ghostbusters ambulance and into the glass-lined hallway that looked out onto an atrium filled with cosplayers, comic book fans, and memorabilia collectors, convention goers waited to get their hands stamped.
Congratulations to David B., Ben Katchor, Ulli Lust, Anders Nilsen, Joe Sacco, and Gene Luen Yang, all of whom have just been nominated for an L.A. Times Book Award! Yang's book (or books, technically) BOXERS & SAINTS was nominated in the Young Adult Literature category, while the rest's books (INCIDENTS IN THE NIGHT, VOL. 1; HAND-DRYING IN AMERICA AND OTHER STORIES; TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE; THE END; and THE GREAT WAR: JULY 1, 1916 --- THE FIRST DAY OF THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME, respectively) were nominated in the Graphic Novel/Comics category. Congratulations and good luck to them all!
MARCH, the first book in Congressman John Lewis's epic graphic memoir about his life and his civil rights work with Martin Luther King Jr., has just been named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.