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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.

Follow @BradJRicca and @StMartinsPress for updates and a preview closer to the event of what you’ll get. Limited to 40!

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?

Reading and Signing, Friday, July 25 at 7:00 pm at Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble

Join us when author Brad Ricca will be in-store for a reading and signing of his book, Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster–the Creators of Superman.
Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa MarketCenter, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126, 858-684-3166. To learn about upcoming events, follow us on Twitter @BNMiraMesa
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This is cool: Super Boys will soon be available in a translated edition — in China! Thanks to ChangSha Charm Publishers. My sister just spent a week in China and sent me this photo of a fat bookstore cat who is obviously somewhat excited.

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Super Boys on Noblemania

Marc Tyler Nobleman did a nice spotlight on Super Boys over on his blog today. 

Marc has been a friend and colleague for a long time. He found the police report so integral to the story of Michel Siegel in Super Boys. I was positive that didn’t exist. Positive. But Marc found it, literally stuck to another file. Its very existence was by chance. The report led to some some first real facts about that case — and my own possible theory of who might have been responsible for the robbery that, some might argue, created Superman.

There are very few people who do the real kind of work we do. I’m really glad Marc is one of them. He has some cool stuff on the horizon, so keep watch. And if you haven’t, be sure to read Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, his book with Ty Templeton. It is the last word on Bill Finger. Case closed.

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