Launching the Amalgam Book Club with A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORLDS

A Hundred Thousand Worlds Bob Proehl US hardcoverJoin me at Amalgam Comics on October 5 to discuss Bob Proehl’s A Hundred Thousand Worlds!

Valerie Torrey took her son Alex and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way.

As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars, from a hapless twentysomething illustrator to a lesbian comics writer to a group of cosplay women who provide a chorus of knowing commentary. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined.

A Hundred Thousand Worlds will be the first title in Amalgam’s book club, which launches in October. We’d love to see you there!

One Year in Pennsylvania

It feels bizarre to think I’ve been living in Pennsylvania for a year today.  I spent twenty-one years living in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio, and some days I can hardly believe I’m not waking up there instead.

My pursuit of a graduate degree brought me to the western suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my year in the area has been an incredible and life-altering one.  While I generally spend my time working, writing, and doing schoolwork, I’m lucky enough to have had the chance to explore the area, and these are a few things I love about the area where I live and work.

Comics & More

Of all the stores in the gigantic King of Prussia Mall, I spend the most time in Comics & More, one of two locations the small chain has in the Philly suburbs.  (The other one is in the Plymouth Meeting Mall.)  My first concern when I visited, like with all comic shops I visited, was how the shop workers would treat me – I’ve been in comic shops before that weren’t really comfortable with the fact I happened to be female.   Lucky for me, the staff at Comics & More is incredibly friendly, and when I ask for recommendations (as a person relatively new to comics), they’re not elitist or rude but actually very helpful.

Main Point Books

This is actually quite a new thing I love about the western suburbs.  Main Point Books opened in Bryn Mawr around June 2013, and it’s becoming something of a regular haunt for me.  (Which is good for my mood, but horrific for my wallet.)  I love all bookstores, but indie bookstores are especially perfect, and Main Point has a nice curation of titles in a small space.

Reading Terminal Market

Unfortunately, I don’t get the opportunity to hit up this open-air market in Center City Philadelphia very often.  But I do love visiting the Terminal Market, where a person could find almost everything imaginable in terms of food or produce.  Old City Coffee has a location there; I’ve tasted crepes for the first time at one of the stands.  Delicious and a very fun place to explore, especially on a rainy day.

While I still miss Toledo every now and then, Pennsylvania’s not so bad – especially when I have great places to hang out, meet new people, and learn new things.

What do you love about the place you live?