CA – Art of Lisa Hanawalt Show

January 31, 2010 by  
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Friday February 5th Secret Headquarters presents


Lisa Hanawalt is some girl from Palo Alto, CA who has a fancy art degree from UCLA. When Lisa isn’t seen drawing at the Buenaventura booth, or freezing in New York, she can be found creating work for The Believer, McSweeney’s, Vice Magazine, etc. The Secret Headquarters team thinks Hanawalt’s work is top notch amazing.

Do not fool around here – get into it!

Join the talented Lisa Hanawalt for a drink or two as she discusses the merits of Indiana Jones and the craft of hand painted picture frames.

Friday February 5th from 8 – 10pm

SECRET HEADQUARTERS, 3817 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

IL – Double Day Signing

January 30, 2010 by  
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RYAN CLAYTOR & ANDREW PEPOY sign on Feb. 20th from 12:00 pm – 03:00 pm

Artist, writer and educator RYAN CLAYTOR stops by Challengers on February 20th to help us debut his new design for the Challengers BUSINESS CARD!  Man!  A BUSINESS CARD SIGNING!!

Don’t worry, it’s not just business cards you can get signed.  Ryan’ll also be signing copies of his other, non-business card work, like his terrific And Then One Day series.

And that’s not all… Artist/Writer/Inker ANDREW PEPOY will ALSO be in-store that very same day to show off not only the new DC/Vertigo collection FABLES vol. 13: THE GREAT FABLES CROSSOVER, but he’ll also be debuting his creator-owned graphic novel The Adventures of Simone & Ajax.

What better way is there to spend your Saturday?

 Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R, Chicago, IL 60647

NYC – A Conversation with Gene Colan

Gene Colan speaks on February 24th at 6:30pm

This special fundraiser will benefit Gene Colan directly and all proceeds will go towards his retirement fund. This is an exclusive event with admission only given to those that purchase a ticket.

$150 Ticket price includes:

Admission for two to Somos Arte presents A Conversation with Gene Colan moderated by curator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Marvelous Color, Santerians | The Art of Joe Quesada) .

One (1) Gene Colan sketch.

One (1) Autographed copy of The Invincible Gene Colan released by Marvel Entertainment (Hardcover, 128 pages). It is a stunning visual tribute and biography of one of the most brilliant, sublime and influential comic artists in the genre’s history. Including observations from Stan Lee, Neil Gaiman, Walter Simonson, Marv Wolfman, Tom Palmer and John Romita Sr., it also contains tons of Gene’s beautiful, eye-popping art.

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This special event is being produced with the support of Gene and Adrienne Colan.
Venue provided by POWERHOUSE ARENA. (
Gene Colan’s official career in comics began in 1944 at Fiction House drawing Wings Comics. Once Gene began to solicit work with the major comic companies, Stan Lee at Timely Comics was impressed enough to hire Gene for around sixty odd dollars a week. Since that time, Gene has been associated with both National (DC) and Timely (Marvel) Comics  from 1946 to the present day as well as numerous independent publishers over the years. Not only is he closely associated with popular characters like Daredevil, Batman, Captain America, Dracula, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Howard the Duck, Wonder Woman, Blade, Sub-Mariner and many others, he’s also worked just about every genre comics have ever touched on: Romance, War, Crime/Detective, Western, Sci-Fi, Horror, Humor, and of course Superheroes. His style is immediately recognizable for its dramatic & sweeping cinematic form, mastery of light and shadow, expression and characterization, and unusual eye-catching layouts. Gene is also responsible for the innovative use of “finished pencils” as artwork. He is the only artist today whose work is often published directly from his pencils.

Gene has taught at both the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Gene has enjoyed showings at the prestigious Bess Cutler Gallery in Soho, New York City and Manchester’s Elm Street Arts Gallery where he lectured on Comics, Cinema, and Continuity Art.

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CA – Neil Gaiman Lecture

Neil Gaiman speaks on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @ 8:00 PM, Campbell Hall
General public $22.00
UCSB Students $15.00
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Described by Forbes Magazine as “the best-selling author you’ve never heard of,” Neil Gaiman has been among the top comics authors for more than two decades. A master of myth and legend, he is the creator and writer of the cult DC Comics series Sandman, “the greatest epic in the history of comic books” (Los Angeles Times). He co-authored the scripts for the films Beowulf and Stardust, and an animated film version of Gaiman’s highly popular novel Coraline was released to rave reviews in 2009. He will discuss his work including recent bestseller The Graveyard Book, recipient of the 2008 Newbery Award, and creating the future with creativity.

Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the College of Creative Studies.

FL – Greg Horn Signing

January 29, 2010 by  
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Greg Horn signs from 1-3pm on February 3rd at Coliseum of Comics.

Coliseum of Comics, 4722 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32839


NYC – Choker Launch Party

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Ben Templesmith and Ben McCool sign on February 24th at Comic Book Jones

This is going to be one for the ages folks so make sure you don’t miss it! Choker is sure to be one of the hottest books of the year and we are extremely proud to announce that we will be hosting both writer Ben McCool and artist Ben Templesmith for a signing and release party on the date of the book’s release on Wednesday, February 24th! This is Ben McCool’s comic writing debut and, of course, you all know Ben Templesmith who is known for his works on 30 Days of Night, Wormwood, Fell, Welcome to Hoxford, and Dead Space just to name a few. They’ll be here signing all day and this will be followed by an after party with the serving of drinks and an in store performance by none other than Captain Ahab & the Sea Crackens!


NH – Joe the Barbarian Signing

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Meet Joe the Barbarian Artist!

Join us on Friday February 19th from 4pm til 7pm as we welcome Joe the Barbarian artist Sean Murphy to the store for a special signing event!  Sean’s appearance coincides with the release of the second issue of the series.

Sean will be coming by to promote the white hot new mini series written by Grant Morrison!  Sean’s artwork on the series is getting major buzz.  If you haven’t gotten your copy of issue #1 yet what are you waiting for???  IT’S ONLY A BUCK!!!

It’s been a few years since Sean’s been to the shop come on by and say hi!

Double Midnight Comics, 245 Maple St, Manchester, NH 03103

Michael Golden Makes 1st Texas Appearance in 20 Years at Dallas Comic Con

January 29, 2010 by  
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Dallas ComiCon Kicks Up Great Guest List–Michael Golden Added!
First Appearance in Texas in over 20 years!

Dallas, Tx— Everything IS bigger in Texas!…Or so they say, and considering the line-up at this month’s Dallas ComiCon, we sure can’t deny that old adage–especially since artist/creator Michael Golden is heading to the Lone Star state for his first appearance there in OVER 20 years.

Michael Golden

Scheduled for January 30-31 at the Richardson Civic Center, The Dallas ComiCon is fast becoming a true destination for fans of comics, movies, media and more!

“I am also very happy to be returning to my home state and bringing Michael with me,” says Renee Witterstaetter of Eva Ink Publishing. “We’re looking forward to showing some new items at the event and meeting some new fans and friends. I should even have a preview copy of Michael’s new sketchbook, ‘MORE Heroes and Villains.’ ”

With recent work on “Spiderman,” “Hulk,” and new pieces coming for “Planet of the Apes,” “Mouse Templar,” and much more, Michael has long been known for his storytelling work on “Spartan X,” “Bucky O’Hare,” “The ‘Nam,” “Micronauts,” “G.I. Joe,” “Doctor Strange,” “Star Wars,”….the list goes on and on! In fact, be looking for announcements about his upcoming storytelling class in the near future–in a city near you.

“I’m designing this course to be relevant for writers, artists or anyone interested in crafting an effective tale,” says Golden about the upcoming workshop.

Michael Golden's Heroes & Villains Sketchbook

To mark his return to Texas in the meantime, Golden will be available both days of the show to sign, and do limited sketching during convention hours. He’ll also be debuting three new art prints added to his portfolio just in time for DCC, as well as showcasing two art books “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” from Vanguard Productions and “Michael Goldens: Heroes and Villains” sketchbook from Eva Ink Publishing.

Joining Golden at the Dallas ComiCon are talented artists and media guests including: Tim Sale, Adam Hughes, Mark Brooks, Peter Mayhew, Sean Patrick Flanery, Daniel Cudmore, Adam West, Todd Nauck, Pat Broderick, Terry Moore, Jim Mahfood, Mike Huddleston, Tom Feister, Matt Sturges, Brian Denham, John Lucas, Bill Williams, Jaime Mendoza, Tone Rodriquez, Josh Howard, James O’Barr, Cat Staggs, Kerry Gammill, Kez Wilson, Joe Eisma, Brent Peeples, Renee Witterstaetter, Brad W. Foster, Allison Sohn, Dirk Strangely, and many more!

So, be sure to check out Artist Alley, then buy and sell your collectibles in the show’s huge exhibitor room loaded with more than 100 tables of comics, posters, cards, movies, t-shirts, and more!

The Richardson Civic Center is located at 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Show hours are Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 12-4.

For more information on the Dallas ComiCon, go to:

For more information on Michael Golden and his work, contact:

Dallas Comic Con Invites You to Attend

Press Release:

You are invited to the next Dallas Comic Con held January 30-31, 2010 at the Richardson Civic Center located at 411 West Arapaho in Richardson (Dallas). Check out the incredibly talented artists and creators in our ARTIST ALLEY, buy and sell collectibles in our big exhibitor room with more than 100 tables loaded with comics, posters, cards, movies,  t-shirts, and more! Don’t miss this convention!

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This year’s guests include:

  • Adam West of Batman fame
  • Charisma Carpenter of Buffy and Charmed
  • Herb Jefferson Jr. Of Classic Battlestar Galactica
  • And a Twilight New Moon guest!

VA – Jim Shooter Signing

January 29, 2010 by  
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Writer Jim Shooter, the former Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief and VALIANT founder, appears at Atlas Comics, 1750 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville, VA 22901 on Friday, February 12, 2010 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

After beginning his comic book career at age 13, Shooter has written acclaimed stints on Legion of Super-Heroes, The Avengers, Harbinger, and many other titles.

Presently he’s at work on Dark Horse Comics’ revival of Gold Key’s Magnus Robot Fighter, Doctor Solar, and other characters. The first of those stories debuts on Free Comic Book Day, May 1, 2010.

For more information on Atlas Comics or the signing, visit their website or call (434) 974-7512.

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