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Jen teams up with Stephanie Buscema for Spidey send-off

Jen and Stephanie Buscema team up for a story featuring the Black Cat in the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man, on sale today!

See a preview page at The Beat!

Jen heads north to Seattle’s Geek Girl Con

Jen will, along with Greg Rucka, be attending Geek Girl Con in Seattle this weekend! The con organizers describe themselves as, “Dedicated to recognizing and celebrating
the contribution of women in all aspects of geek culture,” and by all accounts, they put on a quality, well-rounded show.

Jen and Greg can be found at table 400 in Artist’s Alley, and Jen will be appearing at the following panels:

Saturday August 11th
Capes and Canes – Room 301/302 – 10:30am to 11:20am.
Chicks Dig Comics – Room 301/302 – 12:30pm to 1:20pm.
Signing – Media Table w/ Chicks Dig Comics Crew – 3:00pm to 3:45pm.

See Jen at Salón Internacional del Cómic de Barcelona

Just a reminder that Jen will be at the Salón Internacional del Cómic de Barcelona this weekend!

You can see her on the “My Way” panel with Greg Rucka and Craig Thompson on Thursday, May 3, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Jen goes Underground in Portland tonight!

Jen will join Mike Allred, Jonathan Case, and Joe Keatinge in the latest installment of Comics Underground tonight, 8:00 p.m. at the Jack London Bar (529 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204).

Comics Underground is a regular event where comic creators are invited to read from their work while images from the comic are displayed behind them. According to the folks who run the event, “Performers provide their own soundtracks, sound effects, live music—whatever they want, really. It’s in a bar, it’s informal, and past events have featured everything from live guitar accompaniment, to broken-window sound effects (courtesy of a bottle scrounged from behind the bar), to audiences cheering work made by both professionals and five-year-olds with crayons.”

It’s also a free event, so come out and have a good time! Jen will be reading new material from Hopeless Savages. No word on whether there will be any bottle breaking.

For more info, see the Comics Underground site, or their Facebook event page.

Jen signs for Chicks Dig Comics! at Bridgetown Comics tonight

Jen will be at Bridgetown Comics in Portland tonight, along with Erica McGillivray, Rachel Edidin and Sara Ryan, to celebrate the release of Chicks Dig Comics!, which you can read about here.

The signing starts at 6:00 p.m. and goes to 9:00. Come out and support this fantastic book!

Chicks Dig Comics!

CChicks Dig Comics! book cover

Chicks Dig Comics!

Recently released: Chicks Dig Comics!, a collection of essays celebrating women and comics, comprised of contributions from comic creators. Jen’s essay, “Vampirella, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Page Turn,” looks at her love of horror comics.

Here’s a full description from publisher Mad Norwegian:

In Chicks Dig Comics, editors Lynne M. Thomas (Hugo-Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords) and Sigrid Ellis bring together essays by award-winning writers and artists who celebrate the comics medium and its creators, and who examine the characters and series that they love.

Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder) describe how they entered the comics industry. Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil) reveals her superhero crush, while Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) confesses to being a comics junkie. Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages) sings the praises of 1970s horror comics, and Seanan McGuire (the October Daye series) takes sides in the Jean Grey vs. Emma Frost battle.

Other contributors include Marjorie Liu (Dark Wolverine), Rachel Edidin (Dark Horse Comics), Jill Pantozzi (Newsarama), Kelly Thompson (Comic Book Resources), and SF/F authors Sara Ryan, Delia Sherman, Sarah Monette, and Elizabeth Bear. Also featured: an introduction by Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) and exclusive interviews with Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Louise Simonson (Power Pack), Greg Rucka (Queen & Country), and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise).

The book is, of course, available at Amazon, but we’d like to encourage you to order a copy from your local comic shop.

See Jen in Seattle this weekend

Jen will be in attendance at Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon. Along with Greg Rucka, Neal Bailey, and possibly Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, she’ll be at Tables G-07 and G-08 in Artist’s Alley.

Jen will have books for sale, and if you Tweet at her in time, she may be able to bring something specific if you’re looking for it. There is no charge for signing books, nor any obligation to buy books to get a signature. Jen will be able to process credit cards as well as take cash.

Jen takes aim at Hawkeye in MTV interview

Art by John Tyler Christopher

Art by John Tyler Christopher

MTV Geek talked to Jen recently about her upcoming Avengers: Solo series with artist Roger Robinson.

Geek: Clearly, Hawkeye is the star here… What draws you to him, as a character?

JVM: I love his combination of rakish, brash bravado and straightforward honesty. His skill set is so much fun, and his sense of adventure makes him a delight to write. He’s also kind of a novelty for me because so many of the costumed characters I’ve written are marked by some real distinction between who they are in and out of costume, so to speak.

To me, Clint and Hawkeye are pretty much the same guy — it’s not as if the mask lets him say things he wouldn’t otherwise or he’s got a ‘day job’ that’s in conflict with his role as a hero– when Clint suits up, he’s putting on his work clothes. It’s kind of cool to work with someone for whom that part isn’t a huge source of tension.

The five-issue Avengers: Solo debuts in October!

Jen signs at Comic-Con this weekend

Jen will be at San Diego this weekend! Here’s her schedule:

Panels
Friday 11am, Room 32AB, “Page One” panel with Douglas Wolk, Carla Speed McNeil, Greg Rucka

Signing

At the Oni Press booth with new Hopeless Savages artist Meredith McLaren!
Friday: 4-5:45 p.m.
Saturday: 12-12:45 p.m. & 4-4:45 p.m.
Sunday: 11-11:45 a.m. & 3-3:45 p.m.

For more news on upcoming conventions that Jen will be attending, see our appearances page!

Geek Girls read Hopeless Savages in July

Geek Girl Con Book Club Poster

Art by Tammy, aka Shibuyababy

Jen will be appearing at Geek Girl Con this October. If you’re going to be there, or even if you’re not, you might want to participate in a fun reading group at the Geek Girl Con website, where, for the month of July, Erica McGillivray is hosting a discussion of Hopeless Savages!

Here’s the reading schedule:

July 1st-8th – Book 1
July 9th-15th – Book 2
July 16th-22nd – Book 3
July 23rd-31st – Book 4