Status Report for Wednesday, 1 April 2020 (No foolin’)

I need a more interesting phrase than “status report” but that’s what it is. We’re skipping April Fool’s day. I hope you don’t mind.

There are SEVEN different items in this report! I numbered ’em for clarity.

1. Tony will be IN THE SHOP three days this week: TODAY, Wednesday, from noon-4pm, as well as Friday (4/3), and Saturday (4/4) from noon to 5:30pm to take phone orders and answer questions. And, we are responding to email and voicemail 7 days a week! 617-492-6763 or millionyearpicnic@yahoo.com. Press inquiries WELCOME!

2. Jason Wiser will be running his Intro to Comix Creation ONLINE class for kids AGAIN next week, Monday, 6 April 2020 through Friday, 10 April 2020 from 1-2pm. He’s also considering a next level class! (Let us know via email to millionyearpicnic@yahoo.com if you and your kids might be interested in the next level!) More details on signing up for the basic class here: https://www.themillionyearpicnic.com/intro-to-comix-creation-online-class-for-kids-again/

3. In addition to the classes, Tony is still delivering comics to Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Arlington, and Belmont with a minimum purchase of $15. He’s going farther afield for larger orders. We’re also packing comics to ship via USPS to remote locations! Unfortunately, we’ve had to discontinue curbside pickup for the time being.

4. If you want to support us, you can buy a gift certificate via our PayPal using blanton7772000@yahoo.com (again, DO NOT EMAIL that address; you will not get a response). Just put the details in the note section PayPal provides. You have THREE options: (1) we can mail out gift certificates via the United States Postal Service, (2) we can hold them at the shop until we’re open again, or (3) we can put them in with an order of comics/graphic novels and deliver them to your house… let us know your preference in the note.

5. If you’re looking for prose books, we may be able to order them as well since we have access to a couple of distributors that are still open who do both graphic novels and prose books.

6. GREAT NEWS! OUR VOICEMAIL IS FIXED! You can leave us voice messages! We’ll even listen to them!

7. For more up-to-the-minute news and status reports, follow us on the various social media platforms, especially our main Instagram account (mostly Tony) and Twitter (mostly Kelly):

Main Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/myp_comics/

Back issues only Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/mypcomicsonline/

Our Twitter account: https://twitter.com/myp_comics/

Our Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/mypcomics/

Our Etsy account (also for back issues): https://www.etsy.com/shop/MillionYearPicnicMA

Join the MYP email list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/millionyearpicnic

Thank you so much for all of your support! We really appreciate how much people are reaching out and helping us! Stay safe and healthy!

Sarah Winifred Searle Signing, 18 May 2019

The Million Year Picnic is excited to announce that Sarah Winifred Searle will be signing at the shop on Saturday, 5/18, from 12-2pm!

Sarah’s new book is the young adult graphic novel SINCERELY, HARRIET! The reviews are in & it’s great! The Publisher’s Weekly review; the Kirkus review; the AV Club review. SINCERELY, HARRIET (changed from working title Thimble) is a quiet middle grade graphic novel about the power of storytelling and was released by Lerner Publishing’s Graphic Universe imprint on May 7th, 2019.


Harriet Flores, a thirteen-year-old only child, finds herself alone, bored, and stuck at her family’s new apartment after a move from rural Indiana to Chicago. While learning how to manage the change of scenery, a one-sided pen-pal situation, and a health issue she’s trying not to think about, Harriet uses her imagination to deal—for better and for worse. She creates a more vivid world inside the apartment by deciding that the place is haunted, the mailman is up to something, and her elderly landlady has stored a dark secret on the unoccupied top floor. Only after Harriet forms a bond with the landlady, a retired librarian named Pearl, does she begin to truly understand the power of storytelling. But maybe she wasn’t wrong about something being trapped upstairs…

SINCERELY, HARRIET follows Harriet across a restless late summer in 1996, exploring her first crush (which just happens to be on a girl), chronic illness, and different ways to be a storyteller.

Originally hailing from spooky New England and currently based in sunny Oz, Sarah has been overenthusiastic about storytelling in a professional capacity since 2006. She works as a writer, cartoonist, illustrator, editor, graphic designer, and general creative conduit. While she lives in Perth, Western Australia, she is currently planning travel through parts of Europe and North America in May and June of 2019.

Sarah’s work has been published by Graphic Universe, Dark Horse, IDW, BOOM! Studios, Riverhead Books, Fulcrum Publishing, Iron Circus Comics, and Oni Press. Other clients include Harvard University, the Boston Public Library, the Onion/A.V. Club, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the Game Show Network.

Sarah’s website is http://www.swinsea.com/

MICE 2018

We will be tabling at MICE — The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo — again in 2018!!!

Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21

Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Cambridge, MA

University Hall at Lesley University
1815 Massachusetts Ave
(Steps from the Porter Square T stop & on the 77 & 96 bus lines)

Free Admission – KID FRIENDLY!

Panels, workshops, and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Please stop by and say HELLO!!!

For a schedule, list of attendees, exhibitors map, and all that great stuff, visit http://www.micexpo.org/!

Boston Kids Comics Fest (BKCF)


Boston Kids Comics Fest
Read Comics. Create Stories. Make Friends.
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
Bethel Youth Center, 40 Walk Hill St
(parking @ 84 Wachusett St)
Jamaica Plain, MA

The Boston Kids Comics Fest is a daylong festival that invites children, parents/guardians, educators and librarians to discover and explore “kid friendly-comics”, graphic novels and hybrid books.

The 2018 festival will have a book fair, hands-on workshops for kids, & live talks about relevant topics in the comic world.

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE COMICS FEST