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EVENT NEWS: Book Signing – 9-11: Emergency Relief benefit book signing in Massachusetts

Please consider including these 9-11: Emergency Relief local Massachusetts benefit book signing events in your local events, books, or arts coverage.

9-11: Emergency Relief benefit book signing tour: Massachusetts

Saturday February 2, 1pm – 3pmComicopia464 Commonwealth Avenue, Kenmore SquareBoston, Massachusetts 02215.Telephone: 617-266-4266.E-Mail: [email protected] (Matt Lehman)Web: http://www.comicopia.com/ With: Nick Bertozzi, K. Thor Jensen, Ellen Lindner, Tom Hart, Josh Neufeld, Dean Haspiel, James Kochalka, A. David Lewis, and others.

Saturday February 2, 4pm – 6pm The Million Year Picnic99 Mount Auburn StCambridge, Massachusetts 02138Telephone: 617-492-6763.E-Mail: [email protected] (Tony Davis)Web: http://www.millionyearpicnic.com/With: Nick Bertozzi, K. Thor Jensen, Ellen Lindner, Tom Hart, Josh Neufeld, Dean Haspiel, James Kochalka, A. David Lewis, and others.

Sunday February 3, 1pm – 3pmThat’s Entertainment244 Park AvenueWorcester, MA 01609. Telephone: 508-755-4207. E-Mail: [email protected] (Dave Hartwell)Web: http://www.thatse.com/With: Nick Bertozzi, K. Thor Jensen, Ellen Lindner, Tom Hart, Josh Neufeld, Dean Haspiel, James Kochalka, A. David Lewis, and others.

The terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001 touched people worldwide, and cartoonists have turned to art to express their grief and support. 9-11: Emergency Relief is a comic book project to benefit the American Red Cross featuring some of the comic world’s leading talents.From legendary creators such as Will Eisner and Harvey Pekar to new talents on the cutting edge of the comics medium such as cover artist Frank Cho, over 80 cartoonists from all areas of the cartooning world have joined together in this community effort. Scheduled for January 2002 release from Alternative Comics, 9-11: Emergency Relief is a collection of these cartoonists’ personal non-fiction accounts of their experiences related to the tragedy.

Biographies of creators attending Massachusetts book signings:

James KochalkaJames Kochalka has been keeping a daily diary in comic strip form since October of 1998. His contribution to this book consists of his diary entries from September 11 and the days immediately following the tragedy. They vary in tone from being heartfelt to being snotty and flippant, but they accurately reflect the range of emotions that he, and many others (one presumes), went through that week. Kochalka’s diary strips are being collected by Top Shelf Productions and published in a series titled The Sketchbook Diaries. The first volume is currently available from www.topshelfcomix.com. www.indyworld.com/kochalka; [email protected]. A. David LewisA. David Lewis hails from Boston, a graduate of Brandeis University. Now at Georgetown University, Dave has presented conference papers on comic books across the continent and is working with Committed Comics, The Third Eye Group, and other collaborators on upcoming projects. He thanks his loved ones for their support. [email protected].

Nick BertozziNick Bertozzi lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter. He is the author of Boswash (Luxurious Comics), a map-comic, and The Masochists (Alternative Comics), and he is working on a new series for Alternative Comics. www.indyworld.com/bertozzi; [email protected].

Tom HartMany of Tom Hart’s comics feature the confrontational pariah, Hutch Owen, squaring off within and against the forces of multi-nationalism and corporate hegemony. His stories, often examine issues with an uncommon objectivity and emotional depth. Tom Hart was born in upstate New York and lived in Seattle, Texas, Morocco, Florida and Boston before settling in New York City. www.newhatstories.com; [email protected]

Dean HaspielDean Haspiel is the author of semi-autobiographical comix and super-psychedelic romances. Haspiel’s aggro-moxie appears regularly in The Billy Dogma experience (Top Shelf); heart-charming tales about the last romantic anti-hero, and Opposable Thumbs (Alternative Comics); episodic tales about a native New Yorker. www.DeanHaspiel.com; [email protected].

Josh NeufeldJosh Neufeld has been drawing comics since he was four years old. With writer R. Walker, Josh has recently published Titans of Finance (Alternative Comics), a satire comic of the financial world featuring true tales of money & business. Josh also co-created Keyhole, where he does stories about his travel experiences in Southeast Asia and Central Europe. He has contributed artwork to Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, the SPX anthologies, and many other comics. Josh resides in Brooklyn and makes a living mixing freelance illustration with web design. www.josh.neufeld.com; [email protected].

Ellen LindnerEllen Lindner is an emerging wit in the New York City comix scene. In her zine/comix compilation little white bird/MEGACOM, comix Beatnik Love and The Egg Mysterious, Ellen explores the malaise of relationships, rubbernecking boys through the dual lens: patriarchy and pleasure. Her brazenly introspective humor, rock-fashion edge and graphic styling meld subversive context with romantic content while revealing the mystery of female orgasm. She’s a sista. [email protected]

K. Thor Jensen K. Thor Jensen, 25, is a New York resident currently traveling around America gathering material for his next book, Red Eye, Black Eye. www.shortandhappy.com; [email protected]; PO Box 250593, New York, NY 10025.

9-11: Emergency Relief: http://www.indyworld.com/relief

The cover to 9-11: Emergency Relief: http://www.indyworld.com/pics/911.cover.tif or http://www.indyworld.com/pics/911.cover.jpg

For more information about 9-11: Emergency Relief, please contact: Alternative Comics Publisher Jeff Mason at 503 NW 37th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609-2204. Phone: (352) 373-6336. E-Mail: [email protected]