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 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!
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.