S. J. Chambers and Jeff VanderMeer have coauthored The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature. You can catch S. J. Chambers at the upcoming International Steampunk City event in Waltham, MA May 6-8. Learn more at http://internationalsteampunkcitywaltham.org/.
Chambers will also appear at Porter Square Books in Somerville, MA on May 23rd at 7:00pm; see http://www.portersquarebooks.com/event/s-j-chambers-steampunk-bible for details.
[Updated with more signings!]
May 7th is Free Comic Book Day at comic book stores everywhere, and many of them are hosting signings by writers and artists. Check with your local store to see what’s happening. Here are a number of signings I’ve found:
- Jetpack Comics, Rochester, NH: A huge long list of guests!
- Cave Comics, Newtown, CT: Franco Aureliani
- New England Comics, Brockton MA: Juli Mayers and Enrique Savory
- New England Comics, Allston MA: Tofusquirrel, Fish McGill, Dave Schlafman, Karl Stevens, and Scott Monteiro
- New England Comics, Quincy, MA: Ian Nichols and Dave Griffin
- New England Comics, Norwood, MA: Ellen Crenshaw, Jason M. Burns and Sean Kasper
- New England Comics, Malden, MA: Liz Robbins
- New England Comics, New Bedford, MA: Bob Polio
- Friendly Neighborhood Comics, Bellingham, MA: Craig Rousseau and Veronica & Andy Fish
- Comicopia, Boston, MA: Cathy Leamy, Ming Doyle and Kevin Church
- Coast City Comics, Portland, ME: Ben Bishop, Ray Dillon and Renae De Liz
Award-winning fantasy fiction writer China Miéville will read from his new novel, Embassytown, at two upcoming events:
The University of Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies in Amherst, MA will be hosting a free Renaissance Festival featuring theater, music, swordsmanship and falconry on May 1st from 11:00am–4:00pm. Find out more at http://www.umass.edu/renaissance/calendar.htm.
[Tip via Boston Events Insider]
Big Apple Comic Con brings its ‘Spring Edition’ event to New York city May 21-22. Guests include James Marsters, Morena Baccarin, Tom Felton, and many comics writers and artists. All the details are at http://www.wizardworld.com/home-newyork.html.
The Naked Girls are returning to the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA for “Naked Girls Reading: Fang Fiction” on May 21st at midnight. Join them for some fangtastically naughty fun!
It’s Midnight. The witching hour. Now the veil between life and death is thinnest. Now is when the children of the night rise and restless spirits roam the streets, thirsting for blood and preying on innocents.
Scary, huh? But kind of sexy too… Boston’s own Creatures of the Naked Night will walk (or sit) among the living on May 21st as Naked Girls Reading presents “Fang Fiction” – a naughty little celebration of vampires, ghoulies, ghosties, long-legged beasties, and things that go bump-n-grind in the night. Advanced tickets are strongly recommended.
Learn more about this adult event at http://www.coolidge.org/content/naked-girls-reading-fang-fiction.
DK Publishing is sending its “Star Wars” authors out on tour. Ryder Windham, author of several titles including Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection and Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, will be making two appearances in New England, both on May 7th:
Come celebrate Star Wars style with author Ryder Windham and the costumed characters of the 501st Legion! Giveaways, photo ops, and a chance to win a Star Wars Mimobot flash drive, Her Universe SW t-shirt and other great prizes will abound!
See a complete list of tour dates at http://us.dk.com/static/cs/us/11/starwars/events.html
[Tip via the 501st New England Garrison]
The Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA is a great place to visit at any time if you’re at all interested in the history of armor, weapons, and combat. But on May 21st it will be Star Wars Day, a special celebration of all things Star Wars with extra emphasis on armor and weapons. Costumed fans will be in attendance. Learn more at http://www.higgins.org/.
The upcoming “International Steampunk City” festival, being held in Waltham, MA May 6-8, has a new URL for the event website. Please visit http://www.internationalsteampunkcitywaltham.org/ for information on this event.