Year of the Beasts! Plus one!

I feel so excited about the new Year of the Beasts paperback that if you email me a pic / proof that you pre-ordered it before October 24th, I will send you a copy of The Queen of Cool (I just found a bunch of hard copies while cleaning up!)  (for as long as they last)  That’s two books for one!  Email me your proof of beasts purchase at misscecil (at) gmail (dot) com

Preorder The Year of the Beasts here!

Signed copies:  Skylight Books



The other place that is evil 

The Queen of Cool is about a girl named Libby Brin who signs up for an internship at the Los Angeles Zoo where she works with some beasts and figures out what cool being really means.


Do you have a Book Club? Skype with me!

Book Club! Book Club! Book Club!

Do you have a book club? Are you planning on reading one of my novels? Here’s a little treat for you. If the answer to these questions is yes, I would be happy to do a Skype visit with your book club to discuss the book!

If you send me a picture of your book club and proof that you’ve purchased 6+ copies of the book of mine that you are going to discuss I will happily arrange (to the best of my ability and schedule permitting) to Skype in at your book club meeting for half an hour.*

Book Club! Book Club! Book Club!

THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS is coming out in paperback on October 24th, 2014. I am very excited about this book. It’s a hybrid novel / graphic novel that is illustrated by Nate Powell. Do you have a book club? Are you planning on reading THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS**? If the answer to these questions is yes, here is a little treat for you. I would be happy to skype in to your book club to discuss the book (actually this offer is good for any of my novels!!) That’s right! Me! Live! In your living room! (Or wherever you meet!) Answering your questions!

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How do you get this fantastic hang out? SO SIMPLE!

Just send me a picture of your book club and proof that you’ve purchased 6+ copies of THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS (or the book of mine that you are going to discuss) I will happily arrange (schedule permitting) to Skype in at your book club meeting for at least a half an hour .

There is no limit to this giveaway. There is no foreseeable deadline.  So you can see how easy it is to win! I will Skype in to any and all book clubs as long as the criteria to win have been met!

Gather your book club and get reading! And to win, remember:

1) send me a group picture of your book club.
2) Send me proof that you’ve purchased 6+ books.
3) We will coordinate as best we can to make a Skype visit happen.

Email entries to misscecil at gmail dot com

*Schedule permitting to the best of my ability to Skype in.  Sometimes things happen.  Like travel. And things.

**Or any of my novels! This deal works for any book club reading any of my books.

***Libraries or Schools!  This deal goes for you as well.

My 2012

My 2012 lit count

Novel. The Year of the Beasts illustrated by Nate Powell.

5 short stories.

“Always the Same. Till it’s Not.” Zombie Story Apex Magazine

“Wallflower” Vertigo Comics Ghosts #1 illustrated by Amy Reeder

“The Marker” in the anthology AFTER ed. by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

“Brother. Prince. Snake.” A Prince Lindworm retelling on

“To Grandmother’s House” A Red Riding Hood retelling YA Review Net

Proud editor of the YA/C Section at the LA Review of Books . We had a great 2012. Including first ePub . The one piece I wrote over LA Review of Books blog was about making art when going through trauma.

Also I loved being the Correspondence Coordinator for Letters for Kids at The Rumpus. So delighted by all the Letters for Kids for @The_Rumpus more letters coming at you in 2013. Hope you will subscribe.

Creative plan for 2013. Write More books. More comics. More everything. And restart The Literary Diaspora @litdiaspora

Happy 2013, all!

New York Comic Con Schedule

I’ll be at the NY Comic Con this weekend. Here are my panels. Please come and say hello!

Saturday, October 13 1:30-2:30pm
HOCUS POCUS: MAGIC & MONSTERS IN SCI FI AND FANTASY. , followed by a signing by all participating authors. With: Andrea Cremer, Cecil Castellucci, Jacqueline Carey, Jocelynn Drake, Kim Harrison, Max Gladstone, Richard Kadrey, Victoria Schwab.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 4:00 – 5:00PM
Getting Graphic with Girls: Empowering Girls and Addressing Issues through Paneled Pictures, with Cecil Castellucci, Colleen Venable, and Lucy Knisley (Room 1A01)

Come and say HI!!!

Comic Con 2012 Schedule

Oh my lovely people who are also going to the Nerd Prom that is Comic Con!  Won’t you come and say hello?

Thursday, July 12

1:00-2:00 Progressive Politics in Comics— Can comics still inspire real-world change? Susie Cagle (AlterNet), Cecil Castellucci (The Year of the Beasts), Shannon Watters (Adventure Time), Stan Mack (Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution), and a surprise guest or two discuss the history and future of politically progressive comics with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 32AB

Friday, July 13

11:30-12:30 Remixed Fairy Tales and Superhero Lore— Between this year’s Mirror Mask and Snow White and the Huntsman and forthcoming retellings of Beauty and the Beast and Hansel and Gretel — not to mention recent reexaminations such as Soon I Shall Be Invincible and The Magicians — the mythology of fairy tales and superheroes is embedded in our popular culture. But some of the characters aren’t quite what they used to be. Discuss the enduring power of these archetypes and how they can also be reinterpreted with panelists Sarah Maas (Throne of Glass), Marissa Meyer (Cinder), Rae Carson (The Girl of Fire and Thorns), Paul Tobin (Prepare to Die), Tom King (A Once Crowded Sky), Michael Scott (The Enchantress), Tracy Hickman (Wayne of Gotham), and Cecil Castellucci (The Year of the Beasts). Moderated by David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 5AB

Sunday, July 15

11am   Signing The Year of the Beasts w/ Nate Powell Macmillan Children’s booth 1220

12:00-1:00 Kids Draw!— How do comics get made? Find out in this interactive program where kids create their own characters that four graphic novelists will integrate into a story. With authors Zack Giallongo (Broxo), Dave Roman and John Green (Teen Boat!), and Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!). Moderated by Cecil Castellucci (LA Review of Books). Room 11AB

ALA Anaheim Schedule!

Hello All Librarians and Author friends!


I’m tabling in Artists Alley at Booth 480 all weekend! Come and say hi! I’ll have all of my books for sale, swag from my older books (Geektastic pocket protectors! Beige Bookmarks! Plain Jane/Minx posters!) and I’ll be raffling off two original limited edition prints by Nate Powell from The Year of the Beasts.

Behold the beauty of the print.

I’ll also be on the Graphic Novel stage Fri. at 5:30 PM

And Sun. I’m on a panel at 4PM (Re)telling Stories Hilton Hotel Room AvilaB with a ton of coolio people.

Also on Sunday from 1-3 pm I’ll have a special guest sitting with me at my table #480 Cylin Busby! She’ll be there signing and giving away the ARC of her new novel Blink Once.

Please come and say hello! And bring me a coffee or a juice! 😀

Can’t wait to see you!

Love, Cecil

The Year of the Beasts has arrived!

Hello my fine friends!  It’s finally here!  The Year of the Beasts written by me and illustrated by Nate Powell is finally here!

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“…a poignant and entertaining mixture of storytelling and nightmare.”–VOYA

Every summer the trucks roll in, bringing the carnival and its infinite possibilities to town. This year Tessa and her younger sister Lulu are un-chaperoned and want to be first in line to experience the rides, the food . . . and the boys. Except this summer, jealousy will invade their relationship for the first time, setting in motion a course of events that can only end in tragedy, putting everyone’s love and friendship to the test. Alternating chapters of prose and comics are interwoven in this extraordinary novel that will break your heart and crack it wide open at the same time.

Cory Doctorow reviewed it over at Boing Boing
Here is a nice interview I did with blogger Els de Clerq
I also did a playlist for it over at Large Hearted Boy

I prefer if you go to your local indiebound bookstore, but you can also get it online at Amazon and B&N where it is also available as an e-book. And remember, you can always order signed copies from Skylight Books. (of this book or any of my books!)

The Year of the Beasts Give Away!

I’m doing a GIVE AWAY of 2 copies of The Year of the Beasts (illustrated by Nate Powell) since I received my author copies!  Please draw me the picture of the mythical monster that crouches inside of you and post it in comments here.  (or over at facebook or twitter @misscecil )

the book is out May 22nd. But you can always pre-order it now!
Powells B&N Amazon Indiebound

And PS. the launch party will be May 22nd at Skylight Books in Los Angeles.

TCAF / Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Hello all!

I’m going to be at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) this weekend. It’s at the Toronto Public Library at 789 Yonge Street and it’s free! I’ll be at the Librarian and Educator day on Friday for the author luncheon. Then I’m tabling with Nate Powell, the illustrator of my new novel The Year of the Beasts! We’ll be on the second floor so come on by and say hello. I’ll have books for sale.

My panel is on Sunday, May 6, 2012 | The Pilot 22 Cumberland Ave.

2:00 – 3:15 – Making Comics: The Process
Creators discuss how they make comics: what’s the process of writing and drawing that they go through to create individual creative projects? When a comic varies from only writing to nonfiction journalism to fantasy, how does the process change? With Mike Dawson, Adam Warren, Cecil Castellucci, and Kagan McLeod. Moderator: Tina Coleman