CA – MAD About Sergio

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Sergio Aragones opens an exhibit at the Ojai Valley Museum.

Sergio Aragones opens an exhibit at the Ojai Valley Museum.

The Ojai Valley Museum hosts a  retrospective exhibit featuring the work of world famous MAD Magazine cartoonist and Ojai resident, Sergio Aragonés.

August 7 – October 4, 2009
Opening Reception – Saturday, August 22, 5-7 pm

Sunday Gatherings
August 30 – “Cartooning with Sergio”
October 4 – “Sergio on Comics & Humor”

Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Avenue Ojai, CA 93023

Jeff Smith Named a Guest of Honor for C2E2

July 31, 2009 by  
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Noted Cartoonist, Graphic Novelist and Creator of BONE Joins Alex Ross as Guest of Honor

Norwalk, CT, July 9, 2009: Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have today announced that Jeff Smith will appear as a Guest of Honor at the new pop culture convention which is being launched April 16 – 18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. This will be Mr. Smith’s first appearance in Chicago in ten years and C2E2 officials are pleased to confirm his participation just as the annual American Library Association (ALA) Conference, which is also taking place in Chicago, is set to begin on July 9th. Mr. Smith is highly regarded by the librarian community as graphic novels are an important and growing category for librarians as well as bookstores throughout the country. His BONE series, which has won 41 awards worldwide, including numerous Eisner Awards and Harvey Awards, was recognized by the ALA and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in 2002. The new color editions of BONE, which have recently been published by Scholastic, Inc., have sold more than 3 millions copies.

Mr. Smith is the second Guest of Honor to be announced by C2E2. Celebrated comic book painter and Chicago area resident Alex Ross will also appear at the show as its Keystone Guest of Honor. Show officials note that many more guests will be announced in the near future.

“We are incredibly happy that Jeff Smith has agreed to be a Guest of Honor at our show and this is a perfect moment to make this announcement,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President and Show Manager for C2E2. “One of our major objectives at ALA this year is to point out the significance of graphic novels in the world of books as well as the pop culture community. Jeff Smith is a standout in this regard. He is an American cartoonist who represents the quality and substance of the graphic novel medium. He has had an enormous influence in encouraging kids and teens to read books and we are very grateful that he’ll be joining us as a Guest of Honor in April.”

“I always have a great time whenever I visit Chicago,” said Smith. I’ve been away for a while, so I look forward to seeing old comics friends and readers, as well as the new generation that’s currently reading the color Scholastic edition of the stories.”

C2E2 is operated by the organizers of BookExpo America (BEA) and both events are sharing a booth (#2030) at ALA. Convention officials recently announced (July 2, 2009) that they are joining with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) to organize a high profile panel and a “meet and greet” brewery party at this year’s ALA Conference. The activities are designed to call attention to free speech and to celebrate graphic novels and their importance in developing young readers. The panel, Ban those @#$*%! Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Censorship, will take place on Monday, July 13, 1:30pm – 3:30pm (McCormick Convention Center, W-184). The brewery party, open to librarians and ALA attendees, will take place at the Piece Brewery (1927 W. North Ave.) on Monday, July 13, from 6pm – 8pm and will be directly followed by a fan meet up from 8pm – 9pm.


Reed Exhibitions is 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 Pacific, and organized by 39 fully staffed offices.

Reed organizes a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. Its portfolio of over 500 events serves 47 industry sectors, including:

Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, building & construction, electronics, energy, engineering, entertainment, environment, food & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, IT, jewellery, life sciences & pharmaceuticals, property, manufacturing, medical education, packaging & converting, printing & visual communication, security, sports & recreation, travel.

Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

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.

Florida Supercon (June 2010)

July 30, 2009 by  
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Convention Website:

Date(s):: June 4-6, 2010

Location: Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Convention Center, Miami, FL

Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables:: 150 vendor booths

Projected Attendance:: 6,000+


TX – Dusk Graphic Novel Signing

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Name: David Doub

Date(s): Noon Saturday August 1st

Description: Writer David Doub will be signing copies of Dusk, his supernatural vampire thriller graphic novel at Area 51 in Grapevine TX.

More about Dusk –
As a battered wife, Eve’s only concern was to keep her marriage together. But when she is kidnapped into the sordid supernatural world of vampires and foul magic, Eve finds she doesn’t want to leave. Her mysterious benefactor, the Vampire Lord Ash, wish her to have a normal life but Eve chooses to stay in the service of Ash. Dusk is the stories about Eve and her challenges living in the darkness. Dusk is a supernatural action/drama story done in a dynamic blending of the sequential art styles of American Comics and Japanese Manga. Several artists help tell these stark noir tales of Vampires and Unrequited Love. 100 Pages 10$ Retail B&W Interior Art

More of Dusk can be seen at –

Location: 130 N. Main Street, Ste. #130 Grapevine, TX 76051



WASFEn Con 3 (August 2009)

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Convention Website:

Date(s):: August 1, 2009

Location: The Plaza Hotel Conference Center, 201 N 17th Ave, Wausau WI 54401

Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables:: 30

Projected Attendance:: 300


Chicago Comic-Con Presents Celebrity Guests

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Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center to Host Annual Comic-Con, Video Game Expo and Pop Culture Event

Tickets on Sale Now

July 27, 2009 – Chicago Comic-Con returns from August 6-9 with a lineup guaranteed to impress pop culture fans everywhere.

“This year’s lineup of talent is by far our largest and we have brought out guests for people of all ages,” said Wizard CEO Gareb Shamus. “We listened to our fans who told us exactly what they wanted, and we feel this is what we are giving them. Over 600 guests in all, an incredible number.”

This year’s show includes a host of celebrity guests including “Twilight” stars Cameron Bright, Alex Meraz, & Christopher Heyerdahl, Academy Award Nominee Edward James Olmos, the “Stand & Deliver” and “Battlestar Galactica” star, the stunning Michelle Rodriguez from “The Fast and the Furious,” Ray Park, Snake Eyes, in the new G.I. Joe film (also Darth Maul from Star Wars), UFC former Heavyweight Champion Andrei “the Pitbull” Arlovski, “Hellboy II” and “Blade 2” star Luke Goss; “Baywatch” actress Donna D’Errico; “Star Wars” actor Billy Dee Williams; “The Incredible Hulk,” Lou Ferrigno, and “Ghostbusters” star Ernie Hudson.

Also scheduled to appear are actresses Margot Kidder, pop star Taylor Dayne and “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” star Emma Caulfield.

The convention features selections from every corner of the pop-culture world, including movies, TV, toys, comics, video games, anime, manga, sci-fi, horror, WWE, MMA and other forms of entertainment – along with video game tournaments and costume contests.

All fans attending the show are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character, with an opportunity to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Top entries also will reach millions of fans via Wizard Magazine, and as well as other fan web sites.

The convention opens with a special preview night beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, and continues through the weekend of August 7-9, beginning each day at 10 a.m. (9 a.m. for Advance Ticket Buyers.) Tickets are on sale now at or call 877-402-3748 for single day tickets, weekend passes and VIP packages. Tickets start at $25.

About Us:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Wizard Entertainment publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare and FunFare, and numerous books about today’s top talent, comic books and toys. Gareb produces Chicago Comic-Con at the Rosemont Convention center, August 6-9, Big Apple Comic-Con at Pier 94, October 16-18, Anaheim Comic-Con at the Anaheim Convention Center, April 16-18, 2010, Wizard World Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Convention Center June 11-13, 2010 and Toronto Comic-Con, dates TBD.

CO – Rocky Mountain Vertigo

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Amy Reeder Hadley signs in Colorado

Amy Reeder Hadley signs in Colorado on August 2nd and 8th.

From the blog of Amy Reeder Hadley:

Whelp, seeing as the Madame Xanadu trade is NOW OUT, I’ll be doing some signings! Here’s where I’ll be the next two Saturdays:

I Want More Comics!
August 2, 11am-3pm
10355 N. Federal BLVD, Unit C (to the right of King Soopers)
Westminster, CO 80260

I’ll be drawing free crapsketches, wee!

Tattered Cover Bookstore (Colfax Store)
August 8, starting at 3pm
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

This’ll be part of “Local Flavor Fest” – a festival celebrating local Colorado businesses. I’ll be speaking so come with questions!

Atomicon XVII Comics Expo (August 2009)

Date(s): Sunday, August 30, 2009

Location: Holiday Inn, Manahawkin, NJ (junction of Rt. 9 and Rt. 72, exit 63 on GSP)


10 AM to 4 PM

Admission is STILL Only $2 for Adults and Teens; Kids 12-and-under are ALWAYS FREE.

FREE Parking is available at the hotel.

Our Bat-Bux $howcash Drawing, Free Movie Tickets Drawing, Mystery Box ‘o’ Stuff and Classic 60s Monster Mag Drawing are ALL for PAYING attendees.

Our FIRST-EVER Auction will be hosted by reknowned guest-auctioneer J. Paul of Pug Productions! Watch for rare, pre-publication pencil roughs by STEVE DITKO, along with other UNPUBLISHED Original Art!

Dealers ONLY: Special End-of-Day Drawing for a FREE Dealers’ Table at our next show (either Huntingdon OR Manahawkin: Winner’s Choice)!

Prices for 6 ft. tables as follows: $40/1, $75/2, $100/3 if paid by Aug. 15. AFTER Aug. 15: $45/1, $80/2, $110/3 until day of show. NO tables will be sold on day of show; YOU MUST PREPAY. The Atomicon GUARANTEE: You WILL get a wall-space table until they are SOLD OUT! Island Tables (NO free-standing displays) assigned after ALL wall-spaces are GONE, or upon Special Request. Tables are assigned on a First-Come, First-Served basis. Lock-in your best rate NOW before prices go UP on Aug. 15!! Payment to: K. Feduniewicz, PO Box 237, Calvin, PA, 16622.

Atomicon IS The Jersey Shore’s Longest Running Comic Book Show: Always Affordable Family Entertainment…and a MegaTON of Comic Book FUN! Join us for the Last Big Nuclear Blast of the Summer!!

Our LAST SHOW of the Year: Nov. 29th ad the Comfort Inn in Huntingdon, PA, for another “Atomicon WEST”!!

Guests: Guest artists will be in attendance, to be confirmed in the week preceding the show (furnish your e-mail address for weekly updates; contact us at

Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables: NA

Projected Attendance: NA


NYC – Time Traveler’s Wife Signing

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Eric Bana & Rachel McAdams sign on July 31st

Eric Bana & Rachel McAdams sign on July 31st

Eric Bana (Hulk) and Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes) sign at Barnes & Noble on July 31, 2009 at 7:30 PM in promotion of The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Lincoln Triangle, 1972 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

CA – ‘Mayhem’ Unleashed

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TYRESE GIBSON’S MAYHEM, the most anticipated and talked about comic book of the summer is finally arriving to Meltdown on August 5, 2009.  Published by Image Comics, MAYHEM has gotten major media coverage from CNN to MTV to USA TODAY and the buzz alone has sent shock-waves throughout the industry.  Come join the party as star of TRANSFORMERS 2: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, Tyrese Gibson, and the rest of the MAYHEM team, Mike Le, Will Wilson, and Tone Rodriguez do an in-store signing at Meltdown from 6pm – 10pm.

Meltdown Comics | 7522 Sunset Blvd | 1.323.851.7223 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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