Archive for December, 2015

Jack’s Fall 2015 Roundup

Jack had a busy travel schedule this fall. In addition to The Original Art exhibit in New York City and a First Book event at PS82 in Queens, he participated in four other events throughout the state.

New York ComicCon

His adventures began in October when he traveled to the Javits Center in the Big Apple for New York ComicCom. His first stop was the Chronicle booth, where he signed copies of Star Wars Epic Yarns for fans of all ages, including the Joker and Harley Quinn!

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Next he participated on a panel entitled “Geek-constructing Fandoms” with Erik Didrikson, creator of Pop Sonnets; Ryan Britt, author of Luke Skywalker Can’t Read; Caseen Gains, expert on Back to the Future; Colleen Gleason, author of the Stoker & Holmes series, among others; and David J. Peterson, creator of languages for Game of Thrones. That’s David appearing to look grumpy—but he says he was just listening attentively!

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Here’s David and Jack happily signing books afterward—proof that they were fast friends!

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Medaille College

The following week, Jack traveled to Medaille College in Buffalo, NY at the invitation of Assistant Professor Alice Villaseñor, a Jane Austen scholar, and Associate Professor Mary Louise Hill, director of The Write Thing Reading Series. There he took listeners behind the scenes of Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns and signed books afterward.

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The National Museum of Play

In November, Jack ventured to Rochester, NY for In Another Galaxy Weekend at The National Museum of Play, where figures, spaceships, and sets from Star Wars Epic Yarns are currently on display (link to our other blog). Jack spent the weekend greeting fans, signing books, and watching the public delight in our lit images and felted figures.

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Our display was so enthralling that even the Dark Side couldn’t resist!

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We’re not exactly sure what these Jedis were thinking, but hopefully that the Force was strong with our Star Wars Epic Yarns display!

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That weekend, Jack also met Dave Pollot, creator of Star Wars/thrift store parodies!

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Many thanks to Corrie Kraai of the National Museum of Play for making it all happen!

JASNA – New York Metropolitan Region

Jack capped off his busy semester with a visit to the General Society Library in New York City, where he gave a presentation to The Jane Austen Society of North America – New York Metropolitan Region. The audience oohed and aahed as he gave an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the making of Cozy Classics.

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Janeites also got a special treat—a visit from Lizzy, Darcy, Frank, and Harriet!

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Thanks to Kerri Spennicchia and all the members of JASNA-NYC for a delightful afternoon!

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That’s a wrap! Here’s to more adventures in 2016!

The Force Awakens primer!

Need a refresher on the original trilogy before you see Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Here’s a Star Wars Epic Yarns one in 15 seconds and 36 words!

 

#GiveBooks with First Book

On Friday, December 11, Jack visited The Hammond School, PS82 in Queens, NY. There, he helped give away hundreds of copies of Star Wars Epic Yarns that our publisher, Chronicle Books, had generously donated to First Book, a non-profit organization that gives new books to children in need. The students were primed for the visit and eager to meet Jack!

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Jack then gave a presentation that took students through the original trilogy and behind the scenes of the making of Epic Yarns. There were so many students that he gave the presentation twice, to two packed auditoriums! Each time a new character appeared in the story, he would put a hand to his ear and the students would call out the character’s name.

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Then to the surprise and delight—and fear!—of students, Darth Vader arrived! Thankfully, this Darth came bearing hugs as well as books, which he and Jack helped to give out to all the kids. Thanks to Ted Moy of the Empire City Garrison of the 501st Legion for coming out when two other Darths couldn’t make it!

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For years to come, these kids will be talking about the day Darth Vader showed up at their school! It was a day to remember for Jack, too, who was thrilled to sign books, make new fans, and see so much joy and excitement. Thanks to Lara Starr of Chronicle Books, Julia Hornaday of First Book, AnnMarie O’Neill of PS82, and everyone else who helped to make it happen. And remember, #GiveBooks when you can!

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Photo credit: Tim Ryan Smith Photography