SF – Once Upon A Dream Exhibit

July 29, 2009 by  
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Cartoon Art Museum event: Saturday, August 15, 2009, 7:00-9:00pm

Free and open to the public

Please join the Cartoon Art Museum for a reception celebrating our latest exhibition, Once Upon A Dream:  The Art of Sleeping Beauty on Saturday, August 15, 2009, from 7:00 to 9:00pm.  Special guest Ron Dias will be present to discuss his career as an animation artist and illustrator, with a special focus on his role in the creation of the Walt Disney classic Sleeping Beauty.

This reception is free and open to the public.

About the exhibition:

Once Upon A Dream explores the creation of one of Walt Disney Studios’ most enduring films, from pencil art and model sheets to animation cels, color guides and behind-the-scenes photographs of the cast and crew.  Almost ten years in the making, Sleeping Beauty was designed to look like no other Disney film, drawing from both medieval illustrations and cutting-edge 1950s graphic design.  Artist Eyvind Earle, who supervised the film’s look and hand-painted most of the dozens of lavish backgrounds, gave the film its unique blend of lush detail and bold, stylized designs.  Disney production designer Ken Anderson developed these elements into a visually arresting feature, much of it animated by members of the Nine Old Men, Walt Disney’s most trusted cadre of animators.  Sleeping Beauty was the last Disney film to use fully hand-inked animation cels and one of only two ever filmed in 70mm widescreen.  A box-office hit when it premiered in 1959, it’s now renowned as one of the most beautiful and beloved animated films ever made.

About Ron Dias:

In 1956, Ron Dias, an 18-year-old kid fresh from Hawaii, came to Hollywood to work for the Walt Disney Animation Studios.  After finishing his assignment in the Animation Department on Sleeping Beauty, Ron worked throughout Hollywood as a scenic artist for 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures and MGM Studios.  He returned to the animation field to work with such studios as Hanna-Barbera (Jonny Quest), Warner Brothers (Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny), Don Bluth (The Secret of Nimh), and many others, ending with Disney’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Little Mermaid feature and television series.

In recent years, Dias has created artwork for Disney Imagineering’s “Disney Seas” murals in Tokyo, Japan, and has collaborated with noted marine life painter Wyland on a series of paintings featuring characters from The Little Mermaid.  Dias now lives in central California and has gone full circle with his career, creating fine art as he was trained to do at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.  He is still actively creating work for the Disney Studios, as well.

Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105


Mid-Ohio-Con Announces Media Guests for October Show

Mid-Ohio-Con Announces Media Guests for October 3-4, 2009 Show

James Kyson Lee (Heroes) and Ray Park (Star Wars, G.I. Joe) will Headline Mid-0hio-Con 2009 as Special Media Guests

Lee and Park Join an Outstanding Roster of Comic Creators as Guests at the 29th Annual Mid-Ohio-Con

Registration is Now Open for Exhibitor Booths, Indie Publisher Booths and Tables in Creators’ Common

July 29, 2009 – Columbus, Ohio

Mid-Ohio-Con today announced that Ray Park and James Kyson Lee will headline Mid-Ohio-Con 2009 as special media guests. Park is best known as Darth Maul from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and he will star in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra opening on August 7th. James Kyson Lee is best known for his starring role as Ando Masahashi in Heroes, which will return to NBC for its 4th season this fall.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have these two superstars on board for our 2009 show,” said James Henry, Managing Director of Mid-Ohio-Con. “Mid-Ohio-Con 2008 was acclaimed as one of the best events in Mid-Ohio-Con’s long history and we’re going to recreate last year’s magic with a who’s who of the leading names from the worlds of comic books, gaming, film, and television at this year’s show.”

The fast-growing guest list for 2009 also features guests of honor Bernie Wrightson and Michael Golden along with Art Baltazar, Jacob Chabot, Ron Frenz, Gary Friedrich, Bryan J.L. Glass, Fred Hembeck, Tony Isabella, Joe Jusko, Barry Kitson, Scott Kolins, David Mack, Sean McKeever, Todd Nauck, Josef Rubinstein, Steve Scott, Chris Sprouse, Mark Sumerak, Mark Texeira, Herb Trimpe, Renee Witterstaetter, Marv Wolfman and many more.

Registration is now open for Exhibitor Booths, Indie Publisher Booths, and Creators’ Common Tables. The show floor in Exhibition Hall E at the Greater Columbus Convention Center will accommodate nearly 200 Exhibitor Booths for retailers, publishers, manufacturers, and service providers, and 100 Creators’ Common tables for artists, writers, actors, and other guests.

Please visit the new Mid-Ohio-Con web site at midohiocon.com for further information and regular updates on Mid-Ohio-Con 2009. The new site is the primary source for all things related to this year’s Mid-Ohio-Con, including details on featured guests, registration forms, and information about show dates, venue, and other key areas of interest for attendees, exhibitors, and guests.

About Mid-Ohio-Con

Now entering its 29th year, Mid-Ohio-Con is one of America’s longest-running and most successful pop culture conventions. Each year, Mid-Ohio-Con brings fans of all ages together with leading comic book writers and artists, film and television creators and stars, as well as publishers and retailers from across the nation. Mid-Ohio-Con 2009 will be held on October 3-4 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Mid-Ohio-Con can be found online at midohiocon.com as well as on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

TO – GWS Goes North

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Danielle Corsetto signs at Paradise Comics on August 12th.

Danielle Corsetto signs at Paradise Comics on August 12th.

416 487-9807  
Danielle Corsetto is the brains/boobs behind Girls With Slingshots, a slice-of-life comedy webcomic about two girls, a bar, and a talking cactus. Danielle now does GWS five times a week and strives to keep the comic subscription- and micropayment-free, paying for the domain & workload with donations and merchandise sales. She’s been a self-employed freelance cartoonist and illustrator since March 2005, and doesn’t plan on wearing a nametag/khakis/uniform ever again. She also wrote & drew “The New Adventures of Bat Boy” for the Weekly World News after Peter Bagge, until the mag went tits-up. Besides drawing comics (which she’s been doing since she was eight), Danielle likes to travel, camp out, hike, drink tea, sip girly drinks at the local bar, sew and photograph. She has two cats, a fish, and a Girl Scout troop.

Animation Supercon (October 2009)

July 29, 2009 by  
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Convention Website: http://www.animationsupercon.com

Date(s):: October 2-4, 2009

Location: Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Convention Center

Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables:: 80 Vendor Booths

Projected Attendance:: 4,500


Animation Supercon to Feature Futurama/Pinky & The Brain Reunions

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ANIMATION SUPERCON 2009 announced for Oct. 2-4, 2009

Featuring cast reunions from Futurama and Pinky & The Brain

Miami, FL – Anime Supercon (ASC) is now Animation Supercon, as it returns for a 4th year to an all new, bigger & better location; the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center. Animation Supercon will replace Anime Supercon as the shows focus shifts to encompass the entire animation world, and not just Japanese anime. Set for October 2-4, Animation Supercon is a three day festival and convention dedicated to Animation, Cartoons, Anime, Comic Books and Video Games.

Animation Supercon will feature celebrity guests, artists, animators, writers, vendors, Q&A’s, parties, costume contests, anime programming, cosplay, panels, photo shoots, live music, video games and more as it takes over 100,000+ square feet of the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center. This years event will also host the inaugural Supercon International Animation Film Festival (SIAFF) which will feature animated films and shorts from across the globe. The event kicks off at 3:30PM, Friday, October 2 and the fun continues almost around the clock until 6:00PM, Sunday, October 4.

Over the weekend-long event, attendees will have a chance to meet and converse with celebrity guests and artists from all corners of the industry. Our initial guest list includes two very special cast reunions from Futurama and Pinky & The Brain. Our first round of guests includes:

Billy West: Star of Futurama (Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan, Dr. Zoidberg), Ren and Stimpy (Ren and Stimpy), Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd), Doug (Doug) and The Woody Woodpecker Show (Woody Woodpecker).

John DiMaggio: Star of Futurama (Bender, Flexo, Elzar), Gears of War (Marcus Fenix), Chowder (Shnitzel), Final Fantasy XII (Gilgamesh, Migelo), Samurai Jack (The Scotsman) and Princess Mononoke (Gonza).

Phil LaMarr: Star of Futurama (Hermes Conrad, Rev. Lionel Preacherbot), Samurai Jack (Samurai Jack), Family Guy (Ollie Williams, The Judge), Transformers: Animated (Jazz, Omega Supreme, Jetstorm), Mad TV, Justice League (Green Lantern), Static Shock (Static) and Final Fantasy XII (Reddas).

Maurice LaMarche: Star of Futurama (Kif, Morbo, Calculon, Lrr, Donbot, Hedonist Bot), Pinky and The Brain (The Brain), Tripping the Rift (Gus), Xiaolin Showdown (Master Fung), Inspector Gadget (Inspector Gadget), Tiny Toon Adventures (Dizzy Devil), Transformers (Six Gun) and The Critic (Jeremy Hawke).

Rob Paulsen: Star of Pinky and The Brain (Pinky), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Raphael), The Tick (Arthur), Animaniacs (Yakko), Transformers (Air Raid, Slingshot), GI Joe (Snowjob, Tripwire) and Fraggle Rock (Boober, Sprocket).

Allen Bellman: Golden Age Comic Book artist for Timely / Marvel and Lev Gleason. Mr. Bellman’s credits include Captain America, The Patriot, Let’s Play Detective, The Human Torch, The Sub-Mariner, All Select Comics, Marvel Mystery Comics and All Winners Comics.

Nakia Mann: Comic Book Artist of Zoom Suit and Codename: Power.

Other guests include: Manny Aguilera (artist), Wendy Lo (designer / writer), Kill Miss Pretty (musical guests), Deleon Walters (artist) and Joel Estrada (artist). More guests will be announced shortly.

For more information and updates visit: www.animationsupercon.com

The convention hours of operation are:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2: 3:30PM – 2:00AM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Tickets are currently available online and at select vendors.

General Admission (3) Day Weekend Pass:
$20 if reserved between now through July 25, 2009
$30 if reserved between July 26 and August 31, 2009

$35 if reserved between September 1 and September 30, 2009
General Admission at the door is $40 for a weekend pass. Single day passes will be $20 for Friday or Sunday and $25 for Saturday. Children under 10 receive free admission. Parents, Police officers, Fire Fighters and Military receive a $10 discount.

Special V.I.P. tickets are available as well.

The Double Tree Miami Airport Hotel & convention center is located at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126. The Double Tree has over 100,000 square feet of total convention space to accommodate the growing attendance of Animation Supercon. Discounted room rates for convention are available. See our website www.animationsupercon.com for details.

IL – Twice the Vendetta

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David Lloyd signs at Amazing Fantasy Books and Comics on August 1st.
David Lloyd signs at Amazing Fantasy Books and Comics on August 1st.

Amazing Fantasy Books and Comics

Is proud to present famed comic creator



For one day only!  

David Lloyd, artist and co-creator of

V for Vendetta,

The best selling graphic novel

AND  creator of the crime-noir thriller KICKBACK published by Dark Horse Comics.



Saturday, August 1st!

  11am-2pm at the Frankfort location

20523 S. La Grange Rd. 60423, (815) 469-5092


4pm-6pm at the Calumet City location

582 Torrence Ave 60409, (708) 891-2260



Buy any of his books that day and he will do a FREE sketch for you inside ONE book. 


Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet one of the

BIGGEST names in comics!


www.afbooks.com      www.myspace.com/afbookscomics


Marvel Celebrates 70 Years

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On August 11, 2009, comic fans all over will celebrate Marvel’s 70th Anniversary at their local comic shops and we’ve got the complete list of participating retailers.

Click here to download a full list of retailers participating in Marvel 70th Anniversary parties, offering exclusive limited edition variants, early on sale release of THE MARVELS PROJECT #1, special sales, and more!

All retailer parties begin at 9 p.m. local time. As a special thank you to retailers, Marvel is sending a limited edition CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #2 70TH ANNIVERSARY FRAME VARIANT to all participating stores!

Plus, at select Barnes & Noble STORES across the country, you can meet Marvel’s most popular creators, sit in on Q&A sessions and get your favorite comics autographed. All events begin at 7 p.m. local time. As a special added bonus, all participating Barnes and Noble locations will feature guest appearances by major Marvel Characters!

New York City

150 E 86TH Street
New York, NY

Joe Quesada
Chris Claremont
Greg Pak
Klaus Janson
Fred Van Lente


2900 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Daniel Way
Paul Jenkins
Mark Bagley

Los Angeles

The Grove at Farmer’s Market
189 Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Jeph Loeb
Craig Kyle
Chris Yost
Mark Waid


Clackamas Towne Center
12000 SE 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97266

Brian Michael Bendis
Jeff Parker
Rick Remender


2675 NE University Village Street
Seattle, WA 98105

Ed Brubaker
Clayton Crain

For more information on Marvel’s 70th Anniversary, head over to marvel.com/70. And remember-Make Mine ’39!

CA – Two Mark Waid Signings in LA

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UPDATE: The signing at Brave New World was changed to 5 to 7 PM.



LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 28th, 2009 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that Mark Waid, the writer behind Top Cow’s new and exciting crossover event, Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer, will be hosting two signings to mark the release of the first issue in this hotly anticipated series.

On Wednesday, July 29th, Waid will appear at two Los Angeles area retail stores to mark the premiere of Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #1. From 11am to 1pm, Mark Waid will be signing comics at Collector’s Paradise, in Winnetka, CA. And from 5pm to 7pm, he will be signing at Brave New World Comics, in Newhall, CA. Collector’s Paradise is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, CA and can be reached at 818-999-9455 and found on the web at www.comicsandcards.net. Brave New World Comics is located at 22722 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA and can be reached at 661-259-4745 and found on the web at www.bravenewworldcomics.com.

As an added bonus for fans attending the signings, a limited quantity of copies of issue #1 will be available pre-signed by artist Kenneth Rocafort.

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer is the deadly new mini-series with consequences brought to you by Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man, Irredeemable) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Madame Mirage, Astonishing Tales). This is a series with non-stop action, intrigue, lies, and betrayal. Make sure to pick up the first issue of Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer and bring it to the Mark Waid signings on July 29th.

About Top Cow Productions Inc.
Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

Scene on Video: Jimmy Fallon @ SDCC

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In this hilarious clip from his show, Jimmy Fallon visits Comic-Con International and tries to sell Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Dan Didio, Geoff Johns, the cast of Lost, and others on his own superhero pitch:

And here’s an extended clip of his meeting with Stan Lee:

NYC – Yo Joe Signing

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Thursday, JULY 30th, we have a surprise for you all.  As you may or may not know, there is a GI JOE movie coming next week and we here at JHU all love the Real American Hero, the Kung-Fu Grip, and the colorful characters that populate the Joe Universe.  And we have one person to thank for all that… LARRY HAMA.  So why don’t we thank him in person?  This Thursday, you can do just that…MEET LARRY HAMA, the man who reintroduced and revolutionized GI JOE in the 80’s…and we might even have a surprise guest too!  That’s THIS THURSDAY, JULY 30th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM!

Jim Hanley’s Universe, 4 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001


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