Super Boys just won the Ohioana Book Award for Nonfiction. I feel like I’m on the same kickball team as Doris Kearns Goodwin (at least in Ohio). Thank you, Ohioana Llibrary.
Signing and Giveaway, Thursday, July 24 at 3pm (Booth #1019)
The St. Martin’s Press booth (#1019) will be giving away FORTY FREE COPIES OF SUPER BOYS on a first come, first serve basis at 3 pm on Thursday. I’ll be there to sign your book and the first 40 get a rare Con-only promo item.
If you can’t make it on Thursday, stop by the booth during the show, they will have some really cool giveaways for the book — just ask. You’ll know them when you see them.
Friday, July 25, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Room 26AB
Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Who Created Batman?
Who really created Batman? Was it the Caped Crusader’s officially credited creator, Bob Kane, or was it his secret collaborator, Bill Finger? What did editor Vince Sullivan, artist Jerry Robinson, writer Gardner Fox, and others contribute when first shaping the Batman mythos, from the Dark Knight’s debut in 1939 until he gained a young crime-fighting partner, a clownish arch-foe, and a feline femme fatale one year later? Pulling from interviews, biographies, personal communications, and external evidence, experts conduct a forensic investigation into this question of historical, cultural, and ethical importance. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) asks Tom Andrae (Batman & Me), Brad Ricca (Super Boys), Athena Finger (The Cape Creator: A Tribute to Bill Finger), Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman), Denny O’Neil (Batman), Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art), Jens Robinson (CartoonArts International), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight films), and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (granddaughter of DC Comics’s founder) the basic question: Who built the bat?
Super Boys has been named a Finalist for the Ohioana Book Award — which has been around since 1942 — in Nonfiction.
To see the other finalists and learn more about Ohioana, click here. I am very excited for the book to be recognized like this, especially in my home state, past and present.
Patrick Reed asked me to contribute something for Joe Shuster’s 100th birthday over at Comics Alliance. Some great art there, too. Happy Birthday, Joe.
Over at the Toronto Star (a very important paper in Superman lore), Sandro Contenta has a really bizarre story about Nic Cage’s stolen copy of Action Comics #1 — with a lot of new information. I provide scintillating background that confirms this particular issue is, in fact, quite valuable. What do collectors really pay for? The paper? What’s on it? Or all the stuff it symbolizes? I saw a copy of AC #1 a couple of months ago in Chicago. It’s cool to look at.
I’m going to have a signing at the famous Learned Owl bookstore in scenic Hudson, Ohio this Sunday, June 8 from 2-4. Come by and pick up the new paperback version for Father’s Day and support local indie bookstores.
Today is a big day — SUPER BOYS is now out in paperback! All the same unbelievable story . . . now at a fraction of the price!
Ok, enough hype. We’ve both had enough of that this year. There are a few changes here and there: fixed typos and so forth. Some wording has changed to reflect the most recent developments, but it is more or less the same book. Except smaller. Friendlier. Pliable. The paperback really turned out well, I think. Love the back cover, especially.
Thanks to everyone over the past year who read the book, wrote to me, walked up to me at a library or comics convention, or just shared a story at some point. You are all the best.