Monday, October 24, 6:30 pm, at the Greenfield Performing Arts Center, 4800 S 60 St, just off Layton Ave in Greenfield.
Here's what you need to know!
1. You know Dav Pilkey from his Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta series. Dog Man is a new creation of George and Harold, the "creators" of Captain Underpants. The story is that they created Dog Man (the comic) long before, put it away and forgot about it, only to rediscover it later. And we are all the better for it! (Too much?) Just say so.
2. Dog Man (the dog-man) was created when Officer Knight and Greg the Dog were in a terrible accident and to save them, Greg's head was sewn onto Officer Knight's body. It turns out that Greg was quite a bit smarter and Office Knight tougher so this really was the perfect match.
3. Their nemesis is Petey the Cat, who operates out of a Secret Lab. This volume has four Dog Man adventures, including my favorite, "Weenie Wars." Will their be a second Dog Man collection? Yes, there will!
4. Dog Man is laugh out loud funny. I was an obsessive comic book kid, sneaking them home under my shirt, everything from Betty and Me and The World of Jughead to Spooky Spooktown and Little Dot's Uncles and Aunts. I got a little older and moved onto DC comics but they were generally not of the Dark Knight scary variety. My favorite stories were from the 60s, when thing were just a little bit sillier, even Batman. Have you ever read vintage Legion of Super Heroes? "I am Matter Eater Lad and my super power is eating garbage!"* That kind of thing. Not so different from Dog Man, right?
5. Just to make sure, I test-marketed the book on Eleanor, a ten-year-old I know, who also thought it was quite funny. Two thumbs up!
6. Dav Pilkey's appearance is going to be one of the hottest tickets in town. you'll even be able to pose with a Captain Underpants character.
7. Several kids will get Boswell gift cards at this event!
8. The Greenfield Performing Arts Center is also known as the auditorium for Greenfield High School. It's across the street from the Meijer that's under construction, not all the other Meijers.
9. Pilkey does not personalize but he will draw a picture in one book per attendee.
10. Our cosponsors for this event are the Greenfield Public Library and Greenfield School District. But please remember the event is not at the Greenfield Public Library but at Greenfield High School (Performing Arts Center). 4800 S 60 Street. Got it?
11. One last note - please be aware of the start time. We did have one error go out with a sign that said 7 pm. It's 6:30!!!!!! Come early for the best parking and the best seats. And while we have a large venue for this event, we will close the doors if we reach capacity.
*Matter Eater Lad has an environmental quality I don't think we appreciated at the time.
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