When Denver-based comics artist Amy Reeder Hadley started her manga series Fools Gold in 2006, her hip, fresh take on romance, action and magic brought her to the attention of Vertigo the DC Comics imprint that launched Neil Gaimans career. Vertigo paired Hadley with veteran comics creator Matt Wagner, and the result is Madame Xanadu, a cornucopia of supernatural horror and Gothic romance that was recently collected in a trade paperback titled Disenchanted. A lot of that has to do with Hadleys lush yet crystal-clear art.
Hadley recently returned to Denver after a triumphant appearance at San Diegos Comic-Con in July, where she was nominated for two prestigious Eisner Awards (for Best Cover Artist and Best Penciller/Inker Team along with inker Richard Friendly). And shell appear at 3 p.m. at the Tattered Cover today as part of the Local Flavor Fest. The event is being thrown by the Lowenstein CulturePlex and the Mile High Business Alliance as a way of recognizing and celebrating locally owned businesses.
Besides Hadleys book signing and question-and-answer session, the fest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature a raffle, food, vendors, and music. Says Hadley, I'm a big proponent of local businesses. I think they provide better food, better merchandising and better service. They have to, or they wouldnt succeed. I live downtown, and I love where I live, and I love the unique experience I get by going to places I couldnt find anywhere else.
Tattered Cover is located at 2526 East Colfax Avenue; for more information, call 303-322-7727 or go to www.tatteredcover.com.
Sat., Aug. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2009