Cecil’s Upcoming Events! (for Soupy/etc)

Soupy Leaves Home comes out 4/19 in comic book stores and 5/2 in bookstores.  here are some events planned!



April 19  Alakazam Comics, Irvine, CA  SOUPY LEAVES HOME comic book day release 

6-8PM with Jose Pimienta

April 22, 23  LA Times Festival of Books

Saturday 4/22

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

Sunday 4/23 

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

Debuting SOUPY LEAVES HOME and tabling with Jose Pimienta
May 27 Rancho Cucamongo Library for Star Wars Fan Day
September 23-24 Thought bubble UK
DC’s Young Animal spotlighted.

Y’allwest Schedule!

I will be at Yallwest this weekend. Talking about all the Ya’ll stuff. I’m on some pretty great panels, so I hope you come out and say hello!
Saturday, April 30
2 PM
Explore SFF imaginary future tech – and why fictional creations matter.
Moderated by Marie Lu, with Debra Driza, Amie Kaufman, Mary Pearson, Jay Kristoff, MT Anderson, Cecil Castellucci
4 PM Signing
5 PM Smackdown
Sunday, May 1
Humanities Building
What are we talking about when we say those three words, anyways, and why do we still have to talk about it? Is there such a thing as a Girl Book?
Moderated by Cecil Castellucci, with Susane Colasanti, Michelle Gagnon, Ellen Oh, Mary Pearson, Sara Raasch
1 PM Signing
2 PM
From Adventuretime to Nimona or Squirrel Girl, what’s the inside scoop?
Moderated by Marguerite Bennett, with Cecil Castellucci, Derek Kirk Kim, Greg Neri, Ryan North

San Diego Comic Con Schedule

I will be at San Diego Comic Con July 8 – 12!  Here are the panels that I’m on so far.  I hope you will come to one of them, or to one of my booth signings!  Please say hello if you do.

Friday, July 10th


Comics and the Real World: Using Graphic Novels as Tools of Tolerance

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm

Room: 30 CDE

Description: Comics are typically perceived as means of entertainment.  Panelists will demonstrate how they can be used to teach greater tolerance and understanding of the real world.  We’ll demonstrate how comics empower students to feel, access and comprehend historical and cultural events, more fully understand diverse figures in history and fiction, and even grasp concepts in science and math. Then we’ll suggest sample templates for having kids create their own comics as a means of teaching them how to diffuse personal issues and master alternate means of communication. There will be lesson and reading suggestion handouts and time for Q&A.


Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Cecil Castellucci Signing in the MacTeen Booth


Building the Modern (Super)Heroine

6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.

Room: 26AB

More and more, heroines are being positioned front and center on the page and screen. Katniss, Agent Carter, Tris, Furiosa, Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel – to name a few. What do creators and fans want out of a powerful female protagonist? How do we pay tribute to the heroines of the past while still looking toward the future? What’s the difference between writing established heroines and creating your own? And how can we best position and support these characters to usher in a whole new era of totally bad ass (super)heroines across all platforms? Join this dynamic group of creators and expert commentators as they discuss the challenges of building modern heroines in a variety of mediums. With Cecil Castellucci (Stone in the Sky), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Andrea Letamendi (psychologist Arkham Sessions ) Jose Molina (Agent Carter) and Babs Tarr (Batgirl), moderated by Amy Ratcliffe (StarWars.com) Room: 26AB

Saturday, July 11th


CBLDF: Comics in the Classroom:  Real-World Ideas for Engaging Your Students with Comics.

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Room 30CDE

Description: Comics are more than just great entertainment — they’re an incredible tool for learning! Join creators Cecil Castellucci (Odd DuckThe Plain Janes), Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales), Matthew Holm (BabymouseSquish), Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn, Bluffton),Dave Roman (Astronaut AcademyJax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden) and educators Rose Brock and Dr. Meryl Jaffe for a lively workshop discussing how comics can be used to engage students in the classroom. Get real-world suggestions for ways to integrate comics in the classroom, to expand on lessons with comic-based activities, and to encourage student participation. We’ll also have lesson and reading suggestion handouts and time for Q&A. Moderated by CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez.


Kill Your Idols: The Anxiety of Influence

1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.,

Room: 23ABC

Kill Your Idols: The Anxiety of Influence—How do you draw on the work that inspired you without simply imitating it? How do you transform your influences into something fresh? Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star) and Marc Bernardin (Genius) will discuss the alchemy of transmuting admiration into originality with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 32AB

Sunday, July 12th


The Girls Are Alright!

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Room 30CDE

Description: Female comic creators for kids and young adults are burning up the bestseller lists and winning awards. Listen in on this dynamic group of award-winning creators as they discuss the challenges and thrills of creating diverse heroines that appeal to a new generation of readers and hook them for a lifelong love of comics. Q&A and drawing to follow. Panelists including Jennifer Holm(Babymouse, Sunny Side Up), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters), Cece Bell (El Deafo), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Jillian Tamaki(This One Summer), Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck).  Moderated by Eva Volin (Good Comics for Kids at School Library Journal).



Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Cecil Castellucci Signing in the :01 Booth


Push Fun Forward: All-Ages Comics Have Arrived

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 24ABC

All-ages comics are important now more than ever in helping to bring in new and lapsed readers, from practically every demographic. BOOM! Studios associate editor Whitney Leopard leads a discussion on the significance of all-ages comics, from what they have achieved thus far to what lies ahead, with creators Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade), Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Aron Steinke (The Zoo Box), Ian McGinty (Munchkin), and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy).

Upcoming Events!

Mysterious Galaxy – San Diego
Reading with Rachel Searles
6 PM

Grand Park Avenue Downtown Book Fest
Main Stage Reading 3 PM
with Gretchen McNeil, Juliana Romano, Mary McCoy and Elissa Sussman

Wondercon – Anaheim

Friday April 3, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm Room 213
Spotlight on Becky Cloonan (I’ll be interviewing her)

Saturday, April 4, Noon, Signing in Booth #908

Sunday 1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 207
Building the Modern (Super)heroine With Cecil Castellucci,Becky Cloonan, Sarah Kuhn, Andrea Letamendi, Jose Molina, and Babs Tarr. Moderated by Amy Ratcliffe

AWP Minneapolis

1:30PM – 2:40PM Room M100 H&I, Mezzanine Level
F221. Tackling Tragedy in Young Adult with Different Mediums. (Lilliam Rivera, Cecil Castellucci, Meg Medina, Swati Avasthi, Matt de la Pena)

Literary Death Match – Austin, TX
Where: The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin (map)
When: Show at 8:35pm sharp; doors at 8pm; afterdrinks after
Cost: $10 (click to preorder now!)
READERS: Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Cecil Castellucci, Jason Neulander, K.A. Holt

TLA – Austin, TX

2:00-3:50pm​ Explore the Science in the Young Adult Science Fiction and Dystopian Genres
Moderator: Sherry Thompson with Cecil Castellucci, Kiera Cass, Lauren Oliver, Jessica Brody and Lydia Kang

4:00 – 5:00 Signing

Star Wars Celebration. Nothing official. I’ll just be walking around.

LA Times Festival of Books

10:30:00 AM in YA Stage
Young Adult Fiction: Writing the Unknown
Moderator/Interviewer Tommy Wallach Panelists Cecil Castellucci Rachel Hawkins
Allison Glock-Cooper T Cooper

1:30:00 PM in Seeley G. Mudd 123
Young Adult Fiction: Beyond This Realm
Moderator/Interviewer Cecil Castellucci Panelists Marie Lu Suzanne Young Paige McKenzie Stephanie Diaz

4 PM Signing at Mrs. Nelson’s Booth

How to Panel like a Lit Champ

How to Panel Like a Lit Champ!

I’ve been moderating and paneling for a long time and been doing a lot of panels these past few months and have a few thoughts about what makes a great panel.  I thought I would follow up Mette’s excellent A Good Moderator post from a month ago with a How to Panel like a Lit Champ! post.  These are just some things that I’ve learned along the years and try to strive for when I’m on a panel or when I’m moderating one and I thought I would pass these tips on to you.  Enjoy!

1.If you are moderating, read the books of all the authors on the panel. This means their newest book / the one they are promoting.

2. Come up with questions. Do not wing it. Do not make them general questions. i.e. avoid things like, What’s your process? What’s your research? What are you working on next? Although of course, when peppered in with your thoughtful questions those could be great.

3.When you are moderating, have a pen and piece of paper to jot down anything interesting that you can turn into a question. Meaning, be flexible to how the panel is flowing.

4. Come up with at least one thoughtful question for each panelist that pertains to their specific book.

5. Moderators, try to contact your authors before the panel to let the panelists know what you are going to be covering / how you are going to run the panel. Sometimes you only get the publicists email. Ask the publicist to forward your email to the author. If you cannot email, make sure to get to the room early to greet your authors and let them know how you are going to run the panel.

6. Moderators, have a bio of each of the authors on your panel to introduce them.

7.Authors, do your moderator a favor and have a short bio readily available on your website. One that actually talks about the highlights of your career (and not about your dog or how much you like pie.)

8.Avoid having every single author go down the line and answer every single question. It is long and tedious and oftentimes boring for the audience. This is especially bad on panels with more than five people.

9. People like a conversation! If you are moderating, encourage cross talk! If you are on a panel, ask the other panelists a question when you are talking!

10. If you are on a panel that is being moderated by someone else, be classy and at least have googled the other authors and be aware of exactly what their new book is about. Read the flap copy or the first chapter. I know it’s hard to read. Trust me, everyone on the panel is busy and on deadline! But it makes the conversation on the panel so much nicer when people at least know each others literary flavor!

11. Bonus points if you read or have read at least one book by each author on the panel even if it’s not the one they are currently promoting. It means you can at least talk to that authors style or themes.

12. Also authors, google your moderator! They could be an author as well and it shows respect to at least know who they are / why they were selected to moderate the panel. It often also makes for a better conversation.

13. If you are an author and you are moderating a panel you should of course mention that and on occasion weigh in with your own thoughts, but your job is to moderate the panel so keep the self tooting to a minimum.

14. If it is just you and another author in conversation with no moderator, read the other authors book. Seriously. This is non negotiable.

15. If you are asked to read a short passage on a panel, read no more than three to four pages. And probably keep it on the shorter side. Remember that people look forward to the conversation and that’s the fun part of a panel and if everyone reads for a full five to seven minutes than half your panel is gone and the audience Q&A is truncated.

16. If your moderator asks you to read just one page. Really read just one page.

17. Do not be a mic hog as a panelist. This is not the “look at only me show.” Even if you are the most famous author and everyone in the room is there for you, you are on a panel. Let everyone talk.

18. Keep your answers short. You personally do not need to answer every question. Other people have things to say, too. Some people are shy and will not jump on in. Be mindful of that.

19. If you are a moderator and someone is hogging up all the time, jump in and guide the conversation to another author.

20. If you are a moderator and notice that a panelist is shy and not speaking much, try to help them to come out of their shell. They usually have great things to say when coaxed.

21. If you are a moderator and an audience member rambles on or does not ask a question, at the Q&A quickly (and kindly) move it along.

22. If you are the moderator and open it up to the audience for questions and they are a shy audience and do not have questions, make sure that you have spare questions for your panel. This is a good time to use those questions / further points that you jotted down.

23. You don’t have to be everyone’s best friend, but you do have to be friendly, polite and inclusive. If you are on a panel with your good friends, great! But avoid inside jokes. It alienates the other authors and the audience.

24. When on the panel and in the social parts / green rooms of a festival/ conference, remember that you are all peers and that the career wheels are always turning. Some are just starting out. Some are grizzled vets. Some are on the up and up.  Some are having a hard time of it. It doesn’t matter if you are the most famous or the least famous in the room / on the panel, be nice. Stay classy.

25. Have fun!

LA Times Festival of Books Schedule!


Here is my schedule for the LA Times Festival of Books!

Please come and say hello! I’ll be signing books after each session. I will have Tin Star buttons to give away!

Saturday, April 12th

12:00 p.m.

Young Adult Fiction: Putting the Story in HiSTORY
YA Stage
Katie Alender
Andrea Cremer
Rachel Shukert
Moderator:Cecil Castellucci

4:30 p.m.

Young Adult Fiction: It’s the End of the World
As We Know It

Salvatori Computer Science Center (Sal 101)
(Conversation 1045)
T. Cooper
Tahereh Mafi
Lydia Millet
Moderator: Cecil Castellucci

Sunday, April 13th

11:45 — MacKids Signing
@ Mrs. Nelson’s Booth 720

1:30 p.m.

Young Adult Sci-Fi: Fantastical Tales
Leigh Bardugo
Cecil Castellucci
Sarah J. Maas
Marissa Meyer
Moderator: Andrew Smith

West Hollywood Book Fair! 9/29

I’ll be at the WEHO book fair on Sunday 9/29

Here are my panels!  I’ll be talking Odd Duck and then moderating some YA panels!  Also, I will have some TIN STAR arcs and buttons with me!  Find me and tell me your fave celestial object and you will probably get one!

11 am Young Readers Stage

Let’s Talk Picture Books!

Amy Goldman Koss (Moderator)
Cecil Castellucci
Peter Stein
Bayne Gibby

2 PM Young Peoples Stage

The End of the World as We Know it!  Dystopia!

Cecil Castellucci (Moderator)
Francesca Lia Block
Ransom Riggs
Tahereh Mafi

4PM Young Readers Stage

LOL Funny YA

Cecil Castellucci (Moderator)
Maurene Goo
Marni Bates
David Iserson