Intro to Alien Invasion: Book Signing (Newton, MA)


Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King & Mark Jude Poirier. Illustrated by Nancy Ahn.

September 21, 2015 Book Signing at Newtonville Books, Newton, MA.

Review and Photos by Rob Watts. Follow @RobWattsOnline

Stretching their wings as a collaborative team, novelist Owen King, novelist/screenwriter Mark Jude Poirier and illustrator Nancy Ahn bound together to create Intro to Alien Invasion, available now via Scribner. The graphic novel is a humorous tale of college campus life at the fictional Fenton College in which college student and overachiever Stacey experiences a communication collapse on her campus just as an alien invasion is happening. With her friends in tow, they must battle to survive the unannounced visit of the aliens. 

The story is entertaining and well-executed, while the graphic design is beautifully crafted, easily interpreted and well-paced. As far as graphic novels go, this one is perfect for gift giving, bathroom reading or just general escapism at various points of your day. 

I was fortunate enough to attend a local book signing in which all three collaborators were present. Authors Owen King and Mark Jude Poirier read humorous manifestos recalling their own fictitious (I assume) recollection of the initial pitch to produce this novel. Illustrator Nancy Ahn provided the actual storyboard stills used in the novel for viewing to anyone in attendance. The three were all very informative, entertaining and charming. The project appears to have been a great deal of fun for the collaborative. I wish them luck with it. 

More details and purchase info can be found at Owen King’s Website


Nancy Ahn, Mark Jude Poirier and Owen King.


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