Willem Dafoe Headlines Big Apple Comic-Con in November

Willem Dafoe, who starred in the first Spider-Man films as the Green Goblin, is represented by Celebrity Authentics and will be making a rare convention appearance at Big Apple Comic-Con October 16-18 to sign autographs and greet fans.

Big Apple Comic-Con returns October 16-18, 2009 at Pier 94 in New York City.

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe

TX – Fate of the Jedi

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Aaron Allston signs on Aug 29th

Aaron Allston signs on Aug 29th

Dragon’s Lair is turning 23 this weekend, and we want to celebrate with our loyal customers and fans – and anyone else who wants to come in! We’ve got all kinds of games and events planned, including cake at noon on Saturday, a charity bake sale on Sunday and a Pokemon Party on Sunday!

Even though this is our birthday, we wanted the chance to give something to someone else – a long time Dragon’s Lair supporter and customer, who has done pro bono film and press work for us and who has been a staunch supporter of the comics, gaming and geek industry throughout his professional career.

Very recently, bestselling author and long-time Dragon’s Lair Customer, Aaron Allston (best known for his Star Wars novels) fell victim to a heart attack while on tour for his latest book, Star Wars: Outcast. After a lengthy hospital stay, Aaron is back hard at work on his next novel (with a quick stop at San Diego Comic Con).

Aaron is also a long-time game designer and has been contributing to the Dungeons & Dragons universe for a long time, introducing the kit system to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons with the Fighter’s Handbook. He’s written supplements for the Champions and Car Wars game worlds and has been contributing to the Star Wars Expanded Universe since X-Wing #5 Wraith Squadron. He has written several pivotal novels in the New Jedi Order and Legacy of the Force series and is one of the most recognizable names in Star Wars fandom.

Outside the Star Wars universe, Aaron has written many novels of his own, including the phenomenal urban fantasy series Doc Sidhe.

Aaron is a native Texan, quintessential geek and has lived in Austin for more than 20 years. He has four housemates and two cats (and no, none of them got any say in the matter).

Very recently, Aaron fell victim to a heart attack while on his latest book tour and is recovering from a lengthy hospital stay and is facing an even longer convalescence – and he needs our help!

A portion of the proceeds from our Anniversay weekend will go to the Aaron Allston Donation Fund! There will also be numerous opportunities to donate throughout the weekend.

Not only that, but Aaron will be signing copies of Star Wars: Outcast and some of his other novels between 1PM – 4PM on Saturday August 29, 2009! Don’t miss your chance to meet one of the most well-known Star Wars writers!

Anyone interested in donating can send checks or money orders made out to the Aaron Allston Donation Fund:

Aaron Allston
Attn: AADF
PO Box 564
Round Rock, TX 78680-0564
Please do not make checks out directly to Aaron. Checks should be made out to Aaron Allston Donation Fund.

If anyone is interested in making a donation via PayPal can do so. The account is: gifts@aaronallston.info.

You can also go to any Wells Fargo location and donate directly to the Aaron Allston Donation Fund.

Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy, 6111 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX

(512) 454-2399


CA – FF Summer BBQ

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Jonathan Hickman signs at Golden Apple Comics on August 30th from 1-3pm.

Golden Apple Comics, 7018 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 658-6047

NYC – Comic Book Club

August 26, 2009 by  
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Steve Saffel & Danica Novgorodoff @ Comic Book Club

A Live Weekly Talk Show about Comic Books

Hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben

Tuesday, September 1st @ 8:00 PM

September 1: Steve Saffel (The Best of Simon & Kirby), Danica Novgorodoff (Slow Storm), and a phone call from Chris Sims (Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog)

Tickets: $5
Online: ThePIT-NYC.com
Phone: 1-800-838-3006
Questions? 212-563-7488

People’s Improv Theater, 154 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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CA – Blackest Night: Titans Signing

August 26, 2009 by  
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Meet JT Krul the writer of Blackest Night: Titans when the book ships this Wednesday. He will be signing from 11a to 2pm. 

The Comic Bug, 1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Written by J.T. Krul; Art and cover by Ed Benes and Rob Hunter

Black Lantern Titans are descending together onto Titans Island! Will the Titans be prepared to fight off their deceased allies? And how can Beast Boy not lose his heart to Black Lantern Terra?

Explore the effect BLACKEST NIGHT has on the greater DC Universe in this 3-issue miniseries from writer J.T. Krul (JSA CLASSIFIED, Fathom) and superstar artist Ed Benes (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)! 

OH – Liberty Meadows Creator Signing

August 26, 2009 by  
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Meet Frank Cho!

Labor Day Grand Opening September 5, 2009
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Frank Cho, creator of the nationally syndicated newspaper comic strip Liberty Meadows, is coming to Lake County Sept. 5, 2009, for a rare and exclusive book signing to celebrate the grand opening of the new Comics and Friends comic book store at the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor.

Frank is winner of numerous awards including the prestigious National Cartoonist Society Award for Best Comic Book and Book Illustration. His work on the Marvel comic book Shanna the She-Devil is critically acclaimed, and Frank is the highly anticipated new artist for the New Avengers comic book. He will sign autographs for fans from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM. You can either bring your own items or purchase from a large selection of Cho comics and collected editions in stock at Comics and Friends. There is a limit of two signatures per person.

To register and assure your place in line contact Joe Lovece at joe@comicsandfriends.com

Comics and Friends is the latest addition to the Great Lakes Mall and offers just-released comics, graphic novels, trade paperbacks and manga (or Japanese comics) for all ages. The store also stocks back issues from the so-called “Golden Age” of comics (1940s) to the present.

Comics and Friends is located at 7850 Mentor Ave, Suite 1054, Mentor, Ohio, 44060, in the Great Lakes Mall next door to Macy’s.


The Durand Fantasy Expo (September 2009)

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Convention The Durand Fantasy Expo
Convention Website http://www.myspace.com/vfw2272
Start Date 09/26/2009
Venue Name VFW Post 2272
Venue Address 923 N Saginaw St
Durand, Mi 48429
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 27
What category best describes your convention? Science Fiction and Fantasy
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? – Collectibles
– Comic Books
– Gaming
– Horror

WA – Chuckfest

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Tony Millionaire, Shannon Wheeler & more on Sept 25th

Tony Millionaire, Shannon Wheeler & more on Sept 25th


Friday, September 25, 2009
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Chuckfest is an annual homage to Chuck’s favorite industry creators (Chuck being the owner of Comic Evolution) as well as an acknowledgement of the store’s anniversary! This year is a special treat!

Tony Millionaire: Creator of The Drinky the Crow TV show, writer of The Adventures of Sock Monkey and the genius behind Maakies. Tony will be here promoting The Art of Tony Millionaire.

Chris Onstad: The only web comic Chuck will read, Achewood! Chris will be at the store promoting the release of Achewood Volume 2, his second collection of his web comic.

Shannon Wheeler: Ranked in Chuck’s Top 5 comic creators of all time, Shannon is the creator of Too Much Coffee Man! We will have TMCM merchandise from hell!!!

Scott Allie: Senior Editor at Dark Horse, industry guru, and friend of Comic Evolution; Scott will be here promoting his upcoming book Exurbia, as well as signing his many writing accomplishments such as Solomon Kane and Devils Footprints.

…and finally Daniel Crosier: the wood burning madman behind Bartholomew of the Scissors will be here promoting upcoming projects like Distortions Unlimited.

All this followed by a beer with the boys! Come join us at an as yet undisclosed location for a couple before we send them off to bed…

$20 the day of the event will get you a special golden ticket with the location of the after hours event. Proceeds will go towards the Evolution Theater Project.

Comic Evolution, 206 South Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371

NYC – Fahrenheit 451 GN Launch

August 25, 2009 by  
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Tim Hamilton signs on Aug 29th

Tim Hamilton signs on Aug 29th

Fahrenheit 451 GN Launch Party
A launch party for the new graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic story Fahrenheit 451 will be held at Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn, NY on August 29. The party’s guest of honor will be Fahrenheit 451 artist Tim Hamilton, and festivities will run from 7 p.m. until closing. Bergen Street Comics is located at 470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY, and the night’s festivities will be open free to the general public.

Documentarian Kevin Sean Michaels Signing at Fan Expo Canada

August 25, 2009 by  
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Documentarian Kevin Sean Michaels comes to Toronto with John Waters-narrated film, “The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels”

TORONTO, ON – Grindhouse movie pioneer Ted V. Mikels is the subject of a new documentary film.

“The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels,” directed by Kevin Sean Michaels (“Vampira: The Movie”), is a rollicking look at the independent cinema of Ted V. Mikels, who has been producing films for over 60 years.

Mikels is considered a maverick of low-budget movie making after 60 years in the business.

Ted Mikels with Masuimi Max

Ted Mikels with Masuimi Max

Filmmaker Ted V. Mikels was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1960, the enterprising young Mikels relocated his wife and six children from Oregon to Hollywood with the film-cans of his first movie, “Strike Me Deadly.” From that point, Mikels began steadily producing. “The Black Klansman,” “The Corpse Grinders,” “The Astro-Zombies, ” “Girl in Gold Boots,” and “The Doll Squad” followed, and challenged the major movie studios by setting box-office records. As for big league gimmicks, audiences for a Ted V. Mikels production found nurses and ambulances on hand at the theaters to assist “scared-to-death” moviegoers.

Meanwhile, his private life became legendary. In the 1970’s, Mikels lived with a harem of women in a castle with secret passageways. In the 80’s, Mikels moved from California to Las Vegas, Nevada and opened his own studio, where he has been producing movies ever since.

Examples of Mikels’ influence can be seen everywhere from music to television. Punk band The Misfits wrote a tribute song called The Astro-Zombies while Mikels’ film “The Doll Squad” became the template for the television series Charlie’s Angels and inspired the look of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill.”

Cult icon John Waters (Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby) narrates the new documentary.

“Ted V. Mikels puts the ‘exploit’ in exploitation films,” said Waters.
“He’s pretty amazing.'”

Documentarian Kevin Sean Michaels will be signing the DVDs, “The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels,” and “Vampira: The Movie” in Toronto, ON at Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear, part of the Fan Expo, at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Aug 28 – 30, 2009.

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