Florida State Fair Plans “Super Fair”…Auditioning “Fair Heroes”

October 29, 2009 by  
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Logo & Theme Emphasizes “Super Fair – Super Fun – Super Value” Element for Visitors Seeking to Escape Pricey Entertainment

TAMPA, FL. – September 15, 2009. America faces an economic calamity as trouble brews in our own homeland. Sound familiar? So how does the Florida State Fair plan to address the current economic challenges facing people all over Florida?

The 106th Florida State Fair opens on February 4, 2010. And, while folks all over Florida can save the
day to visit the Fair, the Fair will be saving the day from villains such as high prices and recessionary gloom with the 2010 Florida State Fair theme of “Super Fair – Super Fun – Super Value”. “We can’t fix all the world’s ills,” says Charles Pesano, Executive Director of the Florida State Fair, “But we can save the day by offering people an escape from high prices with some fantastic Florida fun at a value that really is exceptional. Where else can folks find and enjoy over 200 amazing attractions and animals for less than the cost of a movie and popcorn?”

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair

More than 70 years ago, the very first superheroes debuted during the dire times of the Great Depression and the early years of World War II. Their names became legend –SupermanTM, BatmanTM, Wonder WomanTM, Captain AmericaTM — and they’re still with us today. In the 1930s, the American Dream had become a nightmare. Comic books and superheroes in particular provided an escapist form of entertainment that allowed the American public to go into a fantasy world where all ills were righted by these larger-than-life heroes. Today, the public is turning again to costumed heroes in record numbers. Movies based on comic books are often box office successes. Comic books remain a strong industry even in today’s society.

Bright Monkey Marketing, a Tampa communications group that creates conversations between customers and brands, developed the 2010 logo and theme for the Florida State Fair. “The comic book superhero came out of a context in which the political, social and economic realities were a little tough,” says Thom VanderKlipp, a founding partner of Bright Monkey says. “We can certainly relate to those realities now in our own day. I think the resurgence of popularity of superheroes can be attributed to that.”

With the aid of the Bright Monkey Marketing creative team and Rip Stalvey, Interim Director of Marketing for the Florida State Fair at the helm, the Fair has some first-time-ever ideas to engage new Fair visitors and make this year’s communications campaign as fun and interactive as the Fair itself. The Fair will kick start the campaign with an audition/casting call to discover Florida’s very own superheroes, “The League of Fair-ness”. The casting call will be a super fun combination of an American Idol-style audition and Florida’s most fun costume party with a fair twist. Auditions to be held on October 29-30 will be videotaped and integrated it into the Fair’s viral marketing strategy culminating into a contest whereby the public can vote for their favorite costumed character that may ultimately be chosen to be part of the Florida State Fair’s “League of Fair-ness”. And being part of this select group can make you famous too while getting paid to make appearances at community events to promote the 2010 Florida State Fair.

The 106th annual Florida State Fair will take place on February 4-15, 2010. The Florida State Fair – always in Tampa and always in February – is organized by the Florida State Fair Authority under the leadership of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson leads the Fair Authority, which oversees the Florida State Fairgrounds and the annual Florida State Fair. For more information about the Florida State Fair or the Fairgrounds, visit online www.floridastatefair.com, call toll-free (800) 345-FAIR or (813) 621-7821.

NOTE: Videotaped auditions can also be uploaded by November 1st. See details here.

NYC – A Whimsical Launch Party

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Peter & Randall de Seve sign on Nov. 1st

Peter & Randall de Seve sign on Nov. 1st

SUNDAY November 1st, 2:00 – 4:00PM 

Books of Wonder is thrilled to announce that we will be kicking off our November events on Sunday the 1st, from 2-4pm, when we will be hosting a publication party for RANDALL and PETER de SEVE’s newest work, The Duchess of Whimsy: An Absolutely Delicious Fairy Tale. From the New York Times best-selling author of Toy Boat, comes this all new lovable tale in which the enchanting Duchess of Whimsy falls in love with the ordinary Earl of Norm over a grill cheese sandwich. Beginning at 2pm, RANDALL and PETER de SEVE will introduce their newest title, take questions from the audience, and then sign copies of all their books. Ages 3-7. 2-4pm.
 Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011


Vegas Valley Comics Festival (November 2009)

October 29, 2009 by  
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Lille Comics Festival (October 2009)

October 29, 2009 by  
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Golden and Texeira Head to France for Lille Comics Festival

October 29, 2009 by  
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Golden and Texeira Join Forces in Lille
France–The Lille Comics Festival doesn’t start until Saturday, but Michael Golden, Mark Texeira and Renee Witterstaetter are in the city early to jump start the event with art classes and store signings each day before the show.

The Nam art by Michael Golden

The Nam art by Michael Golden

Guest of Honor, Michael Golden, known for his groundbreaking work on titles such as The ‘Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe Yearbook, The Avengers,Batman, and Dr. Strange has dazzled generations of fans and establisheing him as one of the most influential creators in comics, with a body of work that inspired countless artists over the years.

During his career, Golden has been an editor at DC Comics as well as senior art director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on numerous movie production projects, including some currently in development.

His art has been the focus of gallery shows in places as diverse as New York, Gijon and Barcelona, Antwerp and Brussels, and his class on storytelling has been conducted in Spain, Brussels, Canada, the United States and China. Golden’s recent work can be seen on the covers of Heroes for Hire, Exiles,Demon’s Regret, Uncanny X-Men, and Spiderman, among others. Vanguard Production’s recently released top-selling art retrospective “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” written by Renee Witterstaetter, which has gone into a second printing. This year will also see the release of Golden’s new sketchbook, “More Heroes and Villains,” from Eva Ink Publishing-a perfect match for last year’s “Heroes and Villains” sketchbook.

In addition, while in Lille, Golden is teaching a 2 hour course at the local art school as part of this important cultural exchange, adding this beautiful and historic city to the list of venues where he is previewing this truncated version of his longer 2 day art class to debut next year.

Conan art by Mark Texeira

Conan art by Mark Texeira

Mark Texeira is best known for his work on Marvel titles such as Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Black Panther, and more, showcasing a knack of bringing striking reality, powerful mood, and visceral feeling to any story he tackles.

His fine-art style has also graced numerous album covers, magazine covers, paperback books, movie tie-ins, and gaming merchandise. His clients include Def Jam Records, Marvel Entertainment, Dynamite, Harris, DC Comics, and pretty much every publisher we could name. His brush has brought to life characters such as Vampirella, Conan, and Batman, as well as Tex’s creator-owned character Pscythe.

Mark is currently working on a new Punisher mini-series for Marvel among much more.

Writer, editor, color artist, and publisher, Renee Witterstaetter began her career working for DC, Marvel, and Topps. After a storytelling immersion in comics, film work was a natural progression for her, and she worked on dozens of commercials and music videos for the likes of Madonna, Seal, and Usher, as well as the feature films Rush Hour Two, and Red Dragon, among others. She is the author of numerous books, including “Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan,” “The Fantastic Art of Arthur Suydam,” and “The Art of the Barbarian, vols. 1 and 2, the top-selling “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden” and “Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira,” and her upcoming mystery novel. She has just recently returned from presenting a new paper at an animation forum in China, as well.

Michael, Mark and Renee will be appearing at comic shops in Lille the two days leading up to the show, signing and taking commission requests. All three will also be on hand both days of the festival. Other guests joining the trio will be: Niko Henrichon, Barry Kitson, Phil Winslade, Mitch Breitweiser, Gary Erskine, Stepahnie Hans, Gerald Parel, Ramon Perez, Karl Kershl,Cameron Stewart, Dave Taylor and Michael Lark.

For more information contact: www.lillecomicsfestival.com

For more information on Golden and Texeira, their commissions, work and appearances, contact: evaink@aol.com

Texeira, Golden and Witterstaetter on recent appearance in  China

Texeira, Golden and Witterstaetter on recent appearance in China

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CA – Hero Initiative Membership Party

October 29, 2009 by  
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Tim Sale appears as the special guest at The Comic Bug’s Hero Initiative Membership Party

Press Release (October 29, 2009): Acclaimed artist Tim Sale (Superman For all Seasons, Spider-Man: Blue) will be at partying with comic fans and the Hero Initiative at Hero’s first-ever in-store membership party! The party takes place at The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, California, NOVEMBER 6th from 7pm to 10pm.

Partygoers who pay a mere $25 will get:
• 2010 Hero Initiative bronze membership, a $29 value
• A Tim Sale print made especially for the event
• 50% off EVERYTHING in the store!!
• Complimentary food and drink

All monies raised at the evening’s festivities will benefit Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical or financial need.

Sale’s visit to The Comic Bug will be his first. “I’m really looking forward to finally getting to visit Comic Bug, a comic book store that I have heard such great things about for years now,” he said. “And I am always happy to work for Hero Initiative’s great people and great cause, working hard to take care of comic creators who can’t take care of themselves. Now where are my pencils?!”

Tim Sale will be signing autographs for everyone and doing sketches for the first 10 people only who upgrade to become Hero Initiative Silver members at $99. Tim usually charges $150 for sketches at conventions, so this is a smoking deal!

“We’ve hosted several events in conjunction with The Hero Initiative before and November’s event is one of the more ambitious and certainly most exciting,” said The Comic Bug’s Mike Wellman. “It’s nice to know that the good times we’ll be having are going to have a direct, beneficial effect on comic creators that desperately need help.  We’re honored that Tim Sale is donating time from his hectic schedule to share his immense talent with us all!”

The Comic Bug is located at 1807 ½ Manhattan Beach Blvd., in Manhattan Beach, CA. They’re reachable by phone at 310-372-6704, or on the Web at TheComicBug.com

And if you just can’t make it, please check out Hero’s membership information at this link…

You get:
• Personalized membership card
• Quarterly newsletter
• A copy of the Hero Initiative Marvel Apes #1 variant
• Hero Initiative sketch card from a randomly selected artist! Artists include: Chris Bachalo, Dan Brereton, Mike Deodato, Scott Koblish, Mike Mayhew, Mike Perkins, Joe Quesada, Humberto Ramos, Tone Rodriguez, John Romita Sr., Leinil Yu and MORE!

You get ALL the above, PLUS:
• A NEW 2010 Hero Initiative T-shirt
• A copy of The Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project
• “First in Line” and special members-only signings at select 2010 conventions

You get ALL the above, PLUS:
• A $50 gift card for Sideshow Collectibles
• Your flat item signed and personalized by Stan Lee!

Returning 2009 members will get a members-only discount off the prices listed above IF YOU RENEW BEFORE JANUARY 1st 2010. So if you haven’t signed up yet, do so today to guarantee your savings for the future!

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

The Comic Bug, 1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-6221



NC – Powers 10th Anniversary

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Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers), Mike Avon Oeming (Mice Templar), David Mack (Kabuki) sign at Acme Comics on November 28th starting at noon.

Acme is very proud to play host for a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Powers, the relaunch of volume 3 of the Eisner-winning series, and the softcover release of Kabuki: the Alchemy!

Acme Comics, 2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408

CA – Heavy Metal Artist Signing

October 28, 2009 by  
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BILLY MARTINEZ Art Party at Earth-2 Comics on 11/6/09!!

On FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6th from 7-9pm, popular “HEAVY METAL” and “GIRLS” artist BILLY MARTINEZ will be appearing at our Northridge location, teaching and painting into the evening.

At 6pm, Billy will be doing a “How To Draw Dynamic Facial Expressions” demonstration.

From 7-9pm, he’ll be creating a LIVE ART painting on-site and signing copies of his new art book THE WORKS!

Come join us for a Friday night “ART PARTY”!

Food, drink and a celebration of art and art books. What’s better than that??

EARTH-2 COMICS, 8967 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

Mike Mignola Named a C2E2 Guest of Honor (UPDATED)

October 28, 2009 by  
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Via Twitter, Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola is the latest named Guest of Honor for next year’s C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.

Previously announced guests include Alex Ross, Ben Templesmith, Ethan Van Sciver, Jackson “Butch” Guice, Jeff Smith, and Steve McNiven.

UPDATE – The official press release:


Noted Creator of Hellboy is Latest Guest Announcement … Many More Guests to be Revealed in Coming Weeks
Norwalk, CT, October 29, 2009: Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have today announced that Mike Mignola will be 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. Mr. Mignola joins other previously announced high profile guests such as Alex Ross, who will be a Keystone Guest of Honor at the show, as well as Jackson Guice, Steve McNiven, Jeff Smith, and Ethan Van Sciver, all of whom will be Guests of Honor at C2E2. Show organizers are making it a priority to announce guests early and often to keep all fans fully informed of the dynamic talent from comics, graphic literature, and all corners of pop culture that will be on hand when the show debuts in April.

“Mike Mignola is a brilliant artist, creator, and writer, and I know that there are many fans in and around Chicago who are very eager to see him,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President and Show Manager for C2E2. “Mike’s been a big hit at New York Comic Con and the subject of a lot of fan requests for C2E2. We’re very happy to now reveal – as a Halloween treat – he’ll be joining us at McCormick Place!”

In commenting on his appearance at C2E2, Mike Mignola said: “I’m happy to return to the Midwest and I’m especially looking forward to being in the fantastic city of Chicago!”

Mike Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy, a comic series following an eponymous demon, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and their fight against various supernatural forces around the globe. The Hellboy saga, beginning publication in 1993, has crossed across comic books, animation, toys, video games, and – in 2004 – a live-action film starring Ron Perlman. Mignola served as a Visual Consultant for both the 2004 Hellboy motion picture as well as its 2008 sequel, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Outside of Hellboy, Mignola co-authored (with Christopher Golden) the novel BALTIMORE, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire. Mignola lives in southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.

As noted, Mignola is the latest of several major guests who have already been announced for C2E2. Convention organizers will be announcing many more guests in the coming weeks and months in order to keep fans fully informed of the top tier talent which will be participating in the new show. For more information about C2E2, visit the web site at www.C2E2.com. For the latest announcements and news about C2E2 as well as news about all of Reed’s Pop Culture activity, please visit the group’s official blog, www.mediumatlarge.net, or follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/C2E2.


The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF). New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events. In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC. C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launched UFC Fan Expo in partnership with the UFC – the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization – and it formed a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.

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Albuquerque Comic Con (November 2009)

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