Soupy Leaves Home comes out 4/19 in comic book stores and 5/2 in bookstores. here are some events planned!
6-8PM with Jose Pimienta
April 22, 23 LA Times Festival of Books
12:00PM Young Adult Graphic Novels: Drawing You In – Young Adult Stage
3:00PM Teens Go Rogue: A Star Wars Panel – Young Adult Stage
5 PM signing at Mysterious Galaxy Booth
TBD signing at Mrs. Nelson’s Books
April 27 Skylight Books SOUPY LEAVES HOME book launch! with Jose Pimienta 7:30 PM
April 29 Y’all West Fest
April 30 RuPaul’s Drag Con reading Odd Duck
May 5 Blast Off Comics, North Hollywood, CA Free Comic Book Day
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
Here’s a little about the book: As her fingers move across the strings of her family’s heirloom harp, sixteen-year-old Clarion can forget. She doesn’t dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has just sold everything they owned, including that very same instrument that gives Clarion life. She doesn’t think about how her friends treat her like a feeble, brittle thing to be protected. She doesn’t worry about how to tell the elegant Elena, her best friend and first love, that she doesn’t want to be her sweetheart anymore. She becomes the melody and loses herself in the song.
When Mack, a lord’s dashing young son, rides into town so his father and Elena’s can arrange a marriage between the two youth, Clarion finds herself falling in love with a boy for the first time. Drawn to Clarion’s music, Mack puts Clarion and Elena’s relationship to the test, but he soon vanishes by climbing up a giant beanstalk that only Clarion has seen. When even the town witch won’t help, Clarion is determined to rescue Mack herself and prove once and for all that she doesn’t need protecting. But while she fancied herself a savior, she couldn’t have imagined the enormous world of danger that awaits her in the kingdom of the clouds.
A prequel to the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk that reveals the true story behind the magical singing harp.
I always love how an author gets inspired. Amy shares her PINTEREST INSPIRATION BOARD with us. Look how pretty!
Thanks, Amy! For sharing a sneak peek of your process with us!
Last night twelve YA authors gathered at Skylight Books to do a reading from books for young people that highlight resistance, protest and activism.
We compiled a list of books that we read from as well as other books with activism as a resource for those who are looking for good books for young people that have these themes. YA Resists Reading List
Happy Valentine’s Day! I have a new kissingle comic out today on Emet Comics as part of their Fresh Romance series. It is written by me and illustrated by Irene Koh and Sarah Searle. You can download it at Comixology or Emet Comics for $1.99
It’s a love story that spans decades! And it has outer space in it!
Shade, the Changing Girl is now out on DC’s YOUNG ANIMAL imprint
You can order it at your local comic book shop.
We’re three issues in and it’s exciting how people are connecting with it. I’m loving all the fan art! I’m collecting what I see over at pinterest.
Here’s some nice things. VOX named it one of the best new comics of the year.
Geek named it a comic you should buy.
And I love this review of issue three by Graphic Policy
I’ll be at the Salt Lake City Comic Con this weekend.
Here’s my schedule:
Thursday, September 1, 2016
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Writing for Teens :: 255F
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Signing :: Shadow Mountain – Booth 1807
Friday, September 2, 2016
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Writing Science Fiction: An Inside Look at the Art of Creating the Fantastic :: 251A
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Romance in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror :: 251A
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Star Wars Books: Writing the Force :: 255C
Saturday, September 3, 2016
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Teen Author Boot Camp: Girl Power: Writing Strong Female Characters :: 255B
11 am to 12 PM I’m with Her-o: Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Princess/General Leia & Aveda Jupiter: Girl Creators Talk Girl Heroes and Why They Matter
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Signing :: Shadow Mountain – Booth 1807
Come say hello!
Thursday July 21
Panel: 1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m., Room: Horton Grand Theatre. Nerd Trivia – with Victoria Schwab, Chuck Wendig, Patrick Rothfuss to name a nerdy few!
Signing: 3:30- 4:30 Autograph area signing AA9 signing MOVING TARGET: A PRINCESS LEIA ADVENTURE
Friday July 22
Signing: 11-12 PM Lucasfilm Signing Booth signing MOVING TARGET: A PRINCESS LEIA ADVENTURE
Panel: 2 PM – 3 PM Room 32 AB Modern Romance Comics with Sarah Kuhn, Janelle Asselin, Thom Zahler
Panel: 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m., Room: 26ABScience Fiction/Future Now, with Sherri L Smith, Madeline Ashby, Javi Grillo Marxuach, Greg Van Eekout, Emily Lakawdalla
Panel: 5:30 PM Room 5AB DC Young Animal Panel (talking about Shade, The Changing Girl!) With Gerard Way and Jon Rivera
Saturday July 23
Signing: 10:30 – 11:30 Young Animal signing DC Comics Booth – I think there will be a hand out thingy!
Signing: 2- 3PM Signing SOUPY LEAVES HOME Dark Horse Booth with Jose Pimienta. Come meet us and talk to us about Soupy Leaves Home!
Sunday July 24
Signing: 10:30 – 11 Mac Kids Booth signing ODD DUCK booth #1117
Panel: 1 – 2 PM Room 24ABC YA? Why not? The Importance of Teen and Young Adult Comics w/ Hope Larson, Raina Telgemeier, Brendan Fletcher, Sierra Hahn.
I’m delighted to finally be able to officially announce my newest graphic novel, SOUPY LEAVES HOME which will be coming out on Dark Horse Comics in April 2017. The story is of a girl in 1932 who runs away from a bad home situation and rides the rails with the hoboes. The art is by Jose Pimienta. More details in the exclusive over at Publisher’s Weekly.