May 2nd marks the beginning of Children’s Book Week and publishers nationwide are planning events. Papercutz, the premier publisher of such popular graphic novel series as DISNEY FAIRIES, HARDY BOYS, NANCY DREW and THE SMURFS, is celebrating with a unique series of author and artist appearances in the San Francisco Bay area.
Geronimo Stilton, an editor at The Rodent’s Gazette in New Mouse City, travels through time to defend history from his arch nemeses, the Pirate Cats. Geronimo has appeared in 7 volumes published by Papercutz, selling over 400,000 copies, the most recent being this past January with GERONIMO STILTON #7 “Dinosaurs in Action.” Geronimo Stilton is a best-selling children’s book series, originating in Milan, Italy in 2000. Geronimo came to the United States in 2004 with Scholastic publishing to date over 40 chapter books which have sold 12 million copies. For the first time since the graphic novel series launched in the fall of 2009, members of the Italian creative team will travel to the US for a limited number of appearances and workshops in honor of the national celebration of books and reading for youth.
Writers Leonardo Favia and Michele Foschini and artist Ennio Bufi, direct from Italy, will offer a special class to learn to draw Geronimo and his friends. The masterminds behind Geronimo will also offer sketches and autographs to all fans in attendance. Fans of all ages can attend at these two Barnes & Noble locations:
May 5 – 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
119 Colma Boulevard
280 Metro Center
Colma, CA 94014
May 6 – 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
4972 Dublin Boulevard
Dublin, CA 94568
Then on May 7th, Free Comic Book Day, Geronimo Stilton graphic novel artist Ennio Bufi, as well as writers Foschini and Favia, will meet the readers, make sketches and sign the Papercutz Geronimo Stilton graphic novels at comics shops Lee’s Comics 1020 N. Rengstorff Avenue, Suite F in Mountain View, CA from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, and then from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Atlantis Fantasyworld 1020 Cedar Street in Santa Cruz, CA. These appearances are timed to coincide with the release of Geronimo Stilton’s special Free Comic Book, which also features a full-color short story from the SMURFS graphic novel series, also published by Papercutz.
Leonardo Favia, with a degree in publishing, journalism and cinema, after working for a daily paper, a library and a video game company, decided – of all things – to write comics. He scripts Geronimo’s graphic novel adventures, as told him by Geronimo himself! Michele Foschini is a translator and publisher who has written all sorts of comics. A longtime collaborator of Geronimo Stilton, he is currently chronicling some of the time-travelling adventures of Geronimo Stilton, aided by his frequent partner-in-crime, Leonardo Favia. Ennio Bufi started his career as a sculptor. He then became a character designer for the first season of the Geronimo Stilton animated series. He is currently drawing his second Geronimo Stilton graphic novel, and he lives in Turin, in northern Italy.