MA – Aerosmith Drummer Gets Hit Hard


Joey Kramer signs his new memoir.

Joey Kramer signs his new memoir.


Aerosmith’s drummer Joey Kramer signs copies of his memoir, Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top, a chronicle of his spectacularly glamorous and boozy youth and the triumphant sobriety that followed.


Monday, July 06, 2009



279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446


Wednesday, July 08, 2009

1:00 PM


10-24 School Street, Boston, MA 02108



Joey Kramer

Joey Kramer is the legendary drummer with the most successful band in American history—Aerosmith. Since 1970 he and his partners have sold over 150 million albums, and today their multigenerational, global audience is bigger than ever. In addition to the Grammys and the twenty-one multiplatinum albums, Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and they are the subject of several documentaries, including a film dedicated to Joey and his lasting influence, called It’s About Time. Joey lives south of Boston, Massachusetts.



First Look at Spartacus at SDCC

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Lucy Lawless, Rob Tapert, Andy Whitfield,and Steven DeKnight Host Exclusive First Look of Action Series Premiering January 2010



Exclusive ‘First Look’ at the anticipated original drama “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” PLUS interview opportunities with cast and production team AND Unveiling of the Exclusive First Edition of series-inspired comic w/ special Comic Con cover.

The world of gladiators comes to life as the Roman Republic’s most brutal fighters clash in the ultimate arena. “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” is an entirely new vision of the ancient legend and will utilize virtual environments giving it a unique graphic novel look and style, along with a fresh narrative approach. Debuting exclusively on Starz, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” in January 2010 is produced by Starz Media with Executive Producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi and Joshua Donen. Starz’s new “Spartacus” series was inspired by the actual slave of the Roman Republic who in 73 BC led a slave revolt that grew to more than 120,000 fighters. Defying the Roman Republic’s legions of soldiers, they campaigned for two years through much of what is now Italy before succumbing to a much larger army. The new series will tell a new set of stories rich in character, action, sex and combat.

This series, including 13 one-hour episodes, is executive produced by heavy-hitters Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man” and “Evil Dead”), Rob Tapert (The Grudge, “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”) and Steven DeKnight (“Smallville,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). Production, based in New Zealand, runs through the end of October.

CA – The Dead Shall Rise

Geoffs Johns signs at Beach Ball Comics on July 15th.

Geoff Johns signs at Beach Ball Comics on July 15th.

We are very excited to announce that superstar writer Geoff Johns (JSA, Legion of Three Worlds, Flash Rebirth, Green Lantern) is coming to Beach Ball Comics on July 15th to meet fans and sign copies of his latest triumph, BLACKEST NIGHT! This is your chance to meet the architect of the modern Green Lantern universe as you know it, and if you don’t know it, Blackest Night #1 (releasing that same day) is your prime opportunity to get on board for what promises to be the wildest ride of the summer. Geoff is currently scheduled to appear from 4pm through closing at 7pm. We anticipate a strong turnout, so we’ll be updating plans to queue lines and and get Blackest Night #1 into the hands of his fans prior to the start time.

Beach Ball Comics
3024-G W Ball Road
Anaheim CA 92804
(714) 826-6127

Scene on Video: Artists at HeroesCon 2009

This is the first time we’ve doing anything with video on Convention Scene so let us know in the comments below if you would like to see more posts with videos.

These videos are courtesy of DoctorFantastic.

Steve Epting Draws Crossbones

Bill Sienkiewicz draws Brock Samson

Laura Martin colors a Jason Pearson Bulleteer

Chibi Pa Japanese Anime and Culture Festival (September 2009)

June 30, 2009 by  
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Convention Website:

Date(s): Sept. 4th -6th, 2009

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, West Palm Beach, FL

Description: Chibi Pa is a 3 day event where we do convention oriented things in a party oriented atmosphere. We have more mature panels and events than most conventions. We have alcoholic events. We even have a floor for parties where people can stay up all night having fun.

Guests: Tom Fischbach creator of
DJ Kaeno (Rave DJ)
S.S. Hanami (band)
Indigovox (Band)
QBasic (Nerdcore Rapper)

Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables: 60

Projected Attendance: 2,000


GA – Crackin’ the Whip

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Steve Scott, artist for Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods, Marvel Adventures: Hulk, Batman: Dark Knight, signs at Comic Books Etc on July 12th.

Comic Books Etc, 1105 Parkside Lane, Woodstock, GA 30189-5381

CA – Dark Night of the Soul

June 30, 2009 by  
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David, Lynch, Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse sign on July 7th.

David Lynch, Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse sign on July 7th.

Dark Night of the Soul  
with David Lynch, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse

July 7th – 8:00 PM

Dark Night of the Soul is a collaboration between musical visionary Danger Mouse, iconoclastic filmmaker David Lynch, and celebrated rock recluse Sparklehorse. This limited edition book of photography, complimenting an all-new album, represents original material from some of the most creative people in music and film. Limited editon of 5000 copies.

David Lynch, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse will sign ONE ITEM in addition to a purchased copy of Dark Night of the Soul.

David Lynch, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse will ONLY be signing books in-store. No phone, internet or pick-up-after-the-event orders will be signed for those unable to attend.

Books will NOT be personalized for ANYONE (even in-store).

This is NOT a ticketed event. Attendance is on a first-come-first-served (FCFS) basis. Please arrive early.
Book Soup, 8818 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

GA – Behind the Cels Exhibition

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Don Bluth Collection is exhibited on July 9th.

Don Bluth Collection is exhibited on July 9th.

Reception for “Behind the Cels: Selections from SCAD’s Don Bluth Collection.”
Thursday July 9th, 6-8 p.m., Gallery See, SCAD-Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St., Atlanta, Ga.

The exhibitions department and Jen Library special collections department present “Behind the Cels: Selections from SCAD’s Don Bluth Collection.” Donated to the university in 2005, this collection documents Don Bluth’s and Gary Goldman’s animated features and video game collaborations from 1979 to 2000. There is even a rumor that Gary Goldman might attend.

“Behind the Cels” consists of drawings, cels, storyboards, concept art, backgrounds and photographs from their iconic oeuvre. This exhibition was organized in conjunction with the Society for Animation Studies Conference at SCAD-Atlanta, July 10-12, 2009. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Works from Bluth’s unrealized project, “Little Blue Whale,” are concurrently on view in the artists books room of the ACA Library of SCAD.

Long Beach Comic Con Announces Full Guest Slate


Jeph Loeb & Geoff Johns Head All-Star Cast Of Comic Writers, Creators & Artists

Lou Ferrigno, Rob Van Damn, Christy Hemme, Brande Roderick, Sandra Taylor Herb Jefferson Jr., Among Others To Appear at Inaugural Event

Baltimore, MD June 29, 2009 – Long Beach Comic Con (LBCC), October 2-4, 2009, at the Long Beach Convention Center in downtown Long Beach, California has confirmed an all-star slate of comic writers, creators and artists as well as a wide array of mass media celebrities to its growing list of previously announced exhibitors. Special guests include television and comic icon Jeph Loeb along with DC Comics legend Geoff Johns. LBCC invites fans to come out and get a chance to meet the industry’s best and brightest.

Celebrity figures scheduled to appear include Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) Martin Klebba (The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy); Rob Van Dam, (Former WWE / ECW Superstar); Christy Hemme (TNA Wrestling Diva); Darcy DeMoss (Friday the 13th VI & VII); Meredith Salenger (Race to Witch Mountain); Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica); Herb Jefferson Jr. (Battlestar Galactica); Brande Roderick (Celebrity Apprentice, 2001 Playmate of the Year); Sandra Taylor (Under Siege 2, Batman & Robin, Playboy Model); Ami Dolenz (Witchboard 2: The Devils Doorway, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings); Mia St. John (Current WBC Int’l Boxing Champion); and from the “Who Wants To Be A Superhero?” TV Series, Feedback, Fat Momma, Ms. Limelight and Hygena.

“The talent line-up being put together for LBCC is coming together quite nicely. We are so appreciative of the support the industry is showing to our inaugural show,” said event planner Martha Donato, President of MAD Event Management. “We’ll be utilizing all of our talent as we finalize our programming schedule. There will definitely be something for everyone.”

Notable comic artists committed to appear thus far include Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex); Amanda Conner (Supergirl); Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern); Tim Bradstreet (Punisher, Blade); Dustin Nguyen (Detective Comics); Scott Lobdell (Uncanny X-Men); Peter Stiegerwald (Soulfire, Fathom: Kiani, Ultimate Wolverine); Alex Sinclair (All-Star Batman & Robin); Mike Choi (Witchblade); and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night).

For a complete list of events, guests, activities, ticket prices and times, visit

Tickets will also be available at select comic book and hobby shops in the Los Angeles area.


About MAD Event Management

MAD Event Management is an all-purpose event planning facilitator whose principal owner has over 12 years of experience producing annual large-scale consumer conventions around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas. MAD’s capabilities include: Site Selection, Exhibit Staffing, Marketing Plans, Vendor Selection, Floor Plan Development, On-Site Execution, Sponsor Exhibitor Sales, Travel Management, Contract Development, Setup & Disassembly and Contract Coordination. Visit for additional information.

Yui Makino Added to NYAF as a Guest of Honor

June 30, 2009 by  
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NYAF Guest Of Honor Is The Star Of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Norwalk, CT, June 29, 2009: The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced its second 2009 Guest of Honor — voice actress and singer Yui Makino. The 2009 New York Anime Festival, an anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention from the creators of New York Comic Con, will take place September 25-27, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan, and Ms. Makino joins Yoshiyuki Tomino — the Director of Mobile Suit Gundam — as a Guest of Honor. Ms. Makino will appear at the event in panels, autograph sessions, and a special concert.

Yui Makino

Yui Makino

Yui Makino is best known for the role of Princess Sakura in the Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle anime and manga franchise. Tsubasa, created by the lengendary manga studio CLAMP, is the story of Princess Sakura and archaeologist Syaoran and their search for magical feathers containing Sakura’s lost memories. The Tsubasa anime began broadcasting in 2005 and has since been followed by a feature film and two miniseries. The anime is available in the USA through FUNimation, and the manga is published by Del Rey Manga.

Text Box: Yui Makino B.G.B COMPANY Co., LtdBut while fans may know Ms. Makino mainly through the role of Sakura, Tsubasa is just the start of Ms. Makino’s voice acting career, and her voice can be heard in the roles of Aiko Tokosumi in Bokurano, Honoka Kawai in Sora Kake Girl, and Misaki Nakahara in Welcome To The NHK, among others.

Further, an accomplished singer, Ms. Makino has contributed opening and ending themes to series including ARIA (Undine, Euforia, and Spirale), Sousei No Aquarion (Omna Magni), Welcome To The NHK (Modokashi Sekai no Ue de), as well as Tsubasa (Amrita and Synchornicity).

“We’re honored to welcome Ms. Makino to the New York Anime Festival,” Show Manager Lance Fensterman said. “Ms. Makino gave voice to one of the most beloved characters in anime today, and we’re eager to share this voice with her fans across NYC and the USA.”

Anime News Network — the largest anime news website in the world — has published a new interview with Ms. Makino simultaneously with this announcement. When asked by Anime News Network if she had a message for her American fans, Ms. Makino said, “I’m so excited to meet all of you that it’s hard to contain my excitement. I will work hard to prepare for the show so I can give you all the best possible performance I can offer. Let’s enjoy our time together!”

The full interview is now online at

Yui Makino’s concert will take place on Saturday, September 26 at the Jacob Javits Center. Details about her panels and autograph sessions are forthcoming. The New York Anime Festival will announce additional guests, VIP packages, contests, and programming throughout the summer. For more information about the New York Anime Festival, please visit NYAF’s official website ( and blog ( For more information on Yui Makino, please visit her personal blog ( and view her personal thoughts on YouTube (


Yui Makino was born January 19, 1986 and took up the piano at the age of four. Her piano skill was discovered by movie director Shunji Iwai when she was only seven-years-old, and, later, between ages 8 to 17, she played piano solos in three of Iwai’s films. Ms. Makino made her debut as a singer in 2005 with “Omna Magni,” produced by Yoko Kanno, the ending theme song to the anime series Sousei No Aquarion. In April of the same year, Ms. Makino also made her debut as a voice actress, starring as Sakura in the Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle series on NHK Educational TV.

In 2005, Ms. Makino released “Amrita,” the theme song to the Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle movie, as well as “Undine,” the opening theme of the TV Tokyo anime ARIA the ANIMATION, coupled with its insert song, “Symphony.” This release reached #25 on the Oricon chart. In 2006, Ms. Makino released two songs from the TV Tokyo anime ARIA the NATURAL, the theme song “Euphoria” and insert song “Amefuribana.” They reached #18 on the Oricon chart. In 2008, Yui released “Spirale,” the opening theme to the TV Tokyo anime ARIA the ORIGINATION. Coupled with the anime’s insert song, “Yokogao,” the single reached #20 on the Oricon chart. This same year, Ms. Makino performed her first solo concert at the Fuchuno Mori Geijutsu Gekijo Wien Hall in Tokyo.

Ms. Makino released her second album — the self-titled Makino Yui — in March 2008. The album reached #22 on the Oricon chart, and she graduated from the Tokyo College Of Music this same month.

Yui Makino’s blog ( was launched in February 2009. The blog attracts 40,000-70,000 readers daily. It is the second-most-read voice actor blog in Japan and the third-most-read pop-rock blog in the country.


The New York Anime Festival takes place September 25-27, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan and is organized by Reed Exhibitions, the creators of New York Comic Con. The New York Anime Festival showcases the best of anime pop culture, including the latest anime, manga, Japanese cinema, music, and games, and anime-influenced comics, animation, and films from around the world. The festival features exclusive and extensive screenings, a gala cosplay masquerade, sessions with the some of the biggest names in anime from Japan, Asia, and America, and explores the Japanese cultural experience with displays of both traditional and cutting-edge Japanese life. Further information can be found at


The New York Anime Festival is operated by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events organizer. In 2007, Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and organized by 39 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2006, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of £1,052 million on turnover of £5,398 million.

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