South Coast Toy and Comic Show 2014

The South Coast Toy and Comic Show will be held in Fairhaven, MA on August 2nd. Many artists and vendors will attend; special guests include Mark Dodson and Orli Shoshan from Star Wars. Learn more at http://www.southcoasttoyandcomic.com/.

Author Appearance: Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe, creator of the popular XKCD comic, will present his book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA on September 4th at 6:00pm. This is a ticketed event run by the Harvard Book Store. Tickets go on sale August 12th. For details see http://www.harvard.com/event/randall_munroe/.

Author Appearance: Joe Hill

Author Joe Hill will present his latest graphic novel, The Wraith, at the Barnes and Noble in Framingham, MA on August 6th at 7:00pm. See http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/84852 for more information.

[Tip via Convention Scene]

Geeky Kink Event: New England 2014

The Geeky Kink Event, originally founded in New Jersey, has spun off a New England incarnation. This convention for adult geeks will be held in Warwick, RI the weekend of August 15th-17th. The Guest of Honor will be writer and publisher Cecilia Tan. See http://geekykinknewengland.com/ to learn more.

[Tip from James of The Rhode Island Science Fiction Club]

Bing-Con 2014

Bing-Con is “A comic book, artist, writer, sci-fi, cosplay celebration” being held at the Bing Arts Center in Springfield, MA on August 23rd. See https://www.facebook.com/bingcon2014 for details.

[Tip from James of The Rhode Island Science Fiction Club]

Author Appearance: Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth, author of the popular Divergent series, will appear at an event at Nevins Hall sponsored by the Barnes and Noble in Framingham, MA on July 8th at 7:00pm. This event requires a wristband in order to get a seat; contact Barnes and Noble via http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4709042 to find out how to get into this event.

Author Appearance: Max Gladstone

Author Max Gladstone will be presenting his new novel Full Fathom Five at the following upcoming events in New England:

Learn more at http://www.maxgladstone.com/events/

Author Appearance: Joshua Palmatier (Benjamin Tate)

Author Joshua Palmatier (who also writes as Benjamin Tate) will appear at Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge, MA on July 8th at 7:00pm.

Joshua Palmatier is a fantasy author with a PhD in mathematics. He is author of the “Throne of Amenkor” trilogy and the latest novel SHATTERING THE LEY, the start of a new series. Under the pseudonym Benjamin Tate, he has also published two additional fantasy novels. He has co-edited three SF&F-themed anthologies with Patricia Bray and published numerous short stories in additional anthologies, including the upcoming APOLLO’S DAUGHTERS. And recently he has founded the small press Zombies Need Brains LLC, which has published its first SF&F-themed anthology CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS and is working on a second.

Get details at http://pandemoniumbooks.com/event/author-signing-joshua-palmatier.

BangPop! Comic Con 2014

The BangPop! Comic & Pop Culture Convention will be held in Bangor, ME September 20th-21st.

BangPop! Comic Con brings a vibrant weekend of panel discussions, educator workshops, gaming, cosplay, and anime & movie screenings, and a great display of creative talent with professional authors and artists. Our Artist Alley showcases amazing work by creators from Maine, New England and the Canadian Maritimes. Vendors and Special Guests are on hand all weekend to sate your desire for comics, books, art and more. It’s a chance to meet your favorite artists, illustrators, and writers – see their work, hear them speak and catch up on the newest talk of the comicsphere.

Visit http://www.bangpopmaine.com/ for more information.

[Tip via Convention Scene]

Mythcon 2014

Mythcon 45 is the scholarly conference of the Mythopoeic Society at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, happening August 8th-11th. This year’s guests are author Ursula Vernon and Tolkien scholar Richard C. West.

Fantasy literature does not fit comfortably into any scheme. Both old and new, traditional and innovative, popular and elite, mainstream and esoteric, escapist and engaged, high-tech and anti-technology, fantasy defies definitions and transcends categories, dramatizing the incompleteness of our understanding of our own imaginations. At Mythcon 45 we will discuss the place of fantasy in our culture, our institutions, and our hearts.

Learn more at http://www.mythsoc.org/mythcon/mythcon-45/.

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