BOOM! Studios announces plans for 2020 ALA Midwinter Conference

BOOM! Studios

Acclaimed Publisher Brings Sabaa Tahir, Kieron Gillen, & James Tynion IV Along With Exclusive Giveaways to Philadelphia

BOOM! Studios announced today their presence at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Conference and Exhibition from January 24-28, 2020 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. The publisher, home to award-winning imprints BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia, will host panels and signings throughout the weekend.

The award-winning publisher will return with a curated booth (#1633) environment and an exclusive limited edition Lumberjanes-themed tote bag, as well as special advance readers copies and chapbooks of hotly anticipated graphic novels including b.b free by Gabby Rivera and Royal Dunlap, An Ember in the Ashes: A Thief Among the Trees by Sabaa Tahir, Nicole Andelfinger, and Sonia Liao, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Ryan Parrott and Simone di Meo, Once & Future by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain, and Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera.

Throughout the weekend, attendees will also have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the writers behind some of the most anticipated graphic fiction of 2020 during signing events with:

Sabaa Tahir, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series An Ember in the Ashes.
Kieron Gillen, co-creator of Once & Future with BOOM! Studios, and co-creator of hit books such as The Wicked + The DivineDie, and Phonogram with Image Comics.
James Tynion IV, comic book writer best known for GLAAD Media Award-winning series The Woods with Michael Dialynas, The Backstagers with Rian Sygh, and Something is Killing the Children with Werther Dell’Edera at BOOM! Studios.

Visit the award-winning publisher’s booth for the exclusive chance to meet your favorite creators. Fans will have the opportunity to get exclusive merchandise signed by these BOOM! Studios special guests. Schedule below:

Friday, January 24
7:00-9:00PM    BOOM! Studios Signing with Kieron Gillen and James Tynion IV at Brave New Worlds comics bookstore (55 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106)

Saturday, January 25
8:00AM-10:00AM    GNCRT Coffee & Comics: Sabaa Tahir
11:00AM-12:00PM    Meet the Author: Kieron Gillen
1:00PM – 1:50PM    BOOM! Studios Panel: Creating Bold New Worlds (PopTop Stage) featuring Sabaa Tahir, Kieron Gillen & James Tynion IV
2:00PM-3:00PM    Meet the Author: Sabaa Tahir
3:30PM-4:30PM    Meet the Author: James Tynion IV

Sunday, January 26
11:00AM-12:00PM    Meet the Author: James Tynion IV
1:00PM-2:00PM    Meet the Author: Sabaa Tahir
3:00PM-4:00PM    Meet the Author: Kieron Gillen

In addition to visiting the booth for signings and giveaways, everyone is invited to attend an exciting new panel, CREATING BOLD NEW WORLDS, hosted by BOOM! Studios, and meet bestselling author Sabaa Tahir at Coffee & Comics, a ticketed event hosted by the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable . Full details below:

Saturday, January 25
GNCRT Coffee & Comics
(8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 103-A)Join BOOM! Studios and bestselling author Sabaa Tahir at the Midwinter Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table Comics Breakfast! Whether you are new to comics in libraries or a veteran of the “comic books are real books” fight, the GNCRT is here now to connect you to resources and other library folks with similar interests. Come socialize, eat some breakfast, drink some coffee, and connect with comics publishing representatives and creators. This is a ticketed event.

BOOM! Studios: Creating Bold New Worlds
(1:00 – 1:50 PM, PopTop Stage)Join acclaimed authors Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes), Kieron Gillen (Once & Future) and James Tynion(Something is Killing the Children) for an in-depth discussion about what it takes to create exciting new worlds in fantasy, science fiction, action and more than reflect the world outside your window. Moderated by Spencer Simpson (Sales Manager, BOOM! Studios).

All fans, including ALA Midwinter attendees, will also get the chance to meet Kieron Gillen and James Tynion IV at a special offsite BOOM! Studios signing event at Brave New Worlds, 55 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, on Friday, January 24, from 7-9PM.


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By Neil Vagg

Neil is the GYCO Editorial Chief. He has a BA in Film & TV and an MA in Scriptwriting; he currently works 9-5 as an office manager and 5-9 as a reviewer/web designer. He has been subscribing to comics for around nine years but has been reading them as long as he can remember. Favourite comics: Batman; Nightwing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and All New X-Men Favourite films: Batman (any apart from & Robin); Star Trek Generations, Underworld, Beetlejuice Favourite TV shows: Fringe; Buffy, Arrow, TBBT, Being Human UK and Star Trek TNG