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Visit the booth of abc

The booksellers of the American Book Center in Amsterdam have been present for years and will be attending the upcoming event yet again. With the ABC pop-up bookstore, they will provide an amazing feature for fans of comics, manga, SF&F books and Dungeon & Dragons at Heroes Dutch Comic Con. 

In addition to books and comics, ABC also organizes the programme at the Cozy Corner – specifically the panels on writing and books – in cooperation with both HDCC and publishing house Zilverspoor. And as always at the ABC stand, guest authors will be signing their books throughout the weekend. Do you want to know who the authors are this time… then scroll down quickly!

Meet these authors


Adam Christopher

Author of the bestselling Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town Adam Christopher’s debut novel, Empire State, was SciFiNow’s Book of the Year and a Financial Times Book of the Year. His other novels include Seven Wonders, Hang Wire, The Burning Dark, and the Ray Electromatic Mysteries series. A contributor to the internationally bestselling Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View fortieth-anniversary anthology, Christopher has also written the official tie-in novels for the hit CBS television show Elementary and the award-winning Dishonored vieogame franchise and, with Chuck Wendig, wrote The Shield for Dark Circle/Archie Comics. Born in New Zealand, Christopher has lived in Great Britain since 2006. Adam will be signing his books the entire weekend at the ABC booth and participate in panels on the Saturday and Sunday at the Cozy Corner stage.


Marieke Nijkamp

Marieke Nijkamp was born and raised in the Netherlands. A lifelong student of stories, language, and ideas, she spends as much time in fictional worlds as she does the real world. She loves to travel, roll dice, and daydream. Her #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel, This Is Where It Ends, follows four teens during the fifty-four minutes of a school shooting. Her sophomore novel, Before I Let Go, is a haunting young adult murder mystery set during a cruel Alaskan winter. Marieke is the editor of the YA anthology Unbroken: 13 stories starring disabled teens (FSG) and the writer of the upcoming graphic novel The Oracle Code (DC Ink). Marieke is the founder of DiversifYA and was a founding sr. VP of We Need Diverse Books. Find her on Twitter. Marieke will be signing her books the entire weekend at the ABC booth and participate in panels on the Saturday and Sunday at the Cozy Corner stage.


Chad Bilyeu

Chad Bilyeu was born in Cleveland, moved to DC, and ended up living in Amsterdam. 'Chad in Amsterdam' is his first major comic book project. It details his life as an ill-placed American in Amsterdam. The story is as true as he remembers and as honest as he can possibly be. It also gives Chad an opportunity to highlight many of the under-appreciated facets of Amsterdam from the unique perspective of an informed outsider. Chad does all the writing whilst various international artists do the art. Chad will be signing his comics both days in the afternoon at the ABC stand and will be moderating a panel about Indie Comics at the Cozy Corner on the Sunday.


Joel Meadows

Joel Meadows is a journalist and writer with over three decades of experience on newspapers, magazines and books. His CV includes some of the most renowned publications in the world including Time Magazine, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Financial Times, The Guardian, Guinness World Records and The Observer. He has also written extensively about comics, film, TV and culture for publications like Playboy, Time Magazine, Esquire, Variety, Empire, Big Issue In The North, Comic Scene UK and Full Bleed. He is also editor-in-chief of Tripwire, a pre-eminent publication that covers comics, film, TV and related subjects, which existed as a print magazine from 1992 to 2013 and a website since 2015. His photography has appeared in places like Financial Times, Playboy Japan, Big Issue In The North, Comic Heroes, SFX, Full Bleed and Amateur Photographer. He is also the author of Studio Space, a book on comic artists and their workspaces which was published by Image Comics back in 2008. He is also the author of Masters of Comics, a best-selling book which also takes a look at the world's best comic artists and illustrators like Posy Simmonds, Walter Simonson, Mike Kaluta, Frank Quitely, Laurence Campbell, Sean Phillips, Frank Cho, Rafael Albuquerque, Tim Sale and many more and offers in-depth photos of their studios and talks to them about their way of working. Masters of Comics was published by Insight Editions in June 2019. Joel will be signing both days at the ABC stand and will be moderating several panels at the Cozy Corner stage. He is currently working on bringing Tripwire back into print from May of this year as a quarterly publication."


Barry W. Fitzgerald

Dr. Barry W. Fitzgerald is a superhero scientist, keynote speaker, author, and enthusiastic communicator. Barry has given hundreds of talks at schools, universities, and events such as La Futura Shanghai 2018, the Galway International Arts Festival, and as part of Science Week in Ireland. In June 2019, he spoke at TEDxBerlin where he presented on “Being a Responsible Superhero”. Barry also hosts the podcast  BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science and he is the editor-in-chief of the Open Access journal  Superhero Science and Technology. As a scientific researcher, his scientific interests include computational physics, responsible innovation, science education, and superhero science. Fitzgerald is the author of the popular science books Secrets of Superhero Science and Secret Science of Santa Claus, both of which were published in 2016. His latest popular science book – How to Build an Iron Man Suit – was published in October 2019. Barry has seen the 2012 film The Avengers nearly 80 times and his superpower will always remain a closely guarded secret. Barry will be signing at the ABC stand on both days and on the Sunday he will give a lecture about how to create your own Iron Man Suit at the Cozy Corner stage.

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