NYC – Backing into Forward Lecture

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Jules Feiffer speaks at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Wednesday, April 28, at 7 P.M about his autobiography Backing into Forward.

The award-winning New Yorker cartoonist, playwright, and author delivers a witty, illustrated rendition of his life, from his childhood as a wimpy kid in the Bronx to his legendary career in the arts.

$10, $7 students/seniors, $5 members

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Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280

TO – Keep Toronto Reading

March 29, 2010 by  
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Graphically Speaking: Jeffrey Brown’s UNDELETED SCENES
North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Monday, April 26, 2010 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
FREE TO ATTEND

Part of the Keep Toronto Reading Festival. Presented by The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and The Beguiling

Jeffrey Brown, one of the most celebrated autobiographical cartoonists of the past 10 years, returns to Toronto to celebrate the release of his newest graphic novel Undeleted Scenes. Brown is best known for his “Girlfriend Trilogy” of graphic novels including Clumsy, Unlikely, and AEIOU, from Top Shelf, and his recent works for Simon & Shuster’s Touchstone Books line including Funny Misshapen Body and Little Things. In addition, Brown’s popular Cat Getting Out of a Paper Bag is on its fourth printing for Chronicle Books, and last year Brown directed an animated music video for pop-rockers Death Cab for Cutie.

Undeleted Scenes collects all of Jeffrey Brown’s short stories and non-fiction pieces created since the release of Clumsy into one 352 page book, including little-seen and rare material. Brown will be on-hand to talk about the unique challenges of creating soul-bearing autobiography in comics, his development as a cartoonist and storyteller, and blurring the line between fact and fiction.

Graphically Speaking: Jeffrey Brown’s Undeleted Scenes is presented in partnership with The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a week long comics event culminating in a two-day exhibition at Toronto Reference Library, May 8th and 9th 2010. For the complete list of Keep Toronto Reading programming check out their wesbsite. Hope to see you there!

Win an Adam Hughes Sketch at WonderCon

March 29, 2010 by  
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Up for auction is the opportunity to get an original, one of a kind convention sketch from comic artist Adam Hughes.

Click here for the auction! (Ends Mar 31, 2010 18:25:07 PDT)

As many collectors  and fans know, Adam is renowned for his cover art on such books as Catwoman and Wonder Woman, as well as limited run covers for such titles as Powergirl, the Legion of Super Heroes, Joss Whedon’s Serenity and assorted Star Wars projects, to name but a few. His designs for Sideshow Collectibles Marvel Comiquette Statues as well as DC Direct’s Women of the DCU busts and Covergirls statue series are much sought after and enjoyed. This auction is YOUR chance to have one of Adam’s pieces added to your collection, and not just any piece. The artwork you win will be a fully rendered sketch of the character of your choice. The images attached to this auction are an example of the quality of work that the winner can expect to receive.

To participate in this auction, you must meet the following criteria: the artwork must be collected from Adam in person by the winner at the upcoming WonderCon  in San Fransisco, California. The dates of the convention are April 2nd to April 4th. You must be an attendee at the show, and be able to provide photo ID proving you are the same individual that won this auction. No one else will be allowed to pick up this artwork; so please if you do not plan on being at the WonderCon, do not bid. We cannot make exceptions. You must be able to pay in full via paypal at the close of this auction or make arrangements to pay in cash at the opening of the show. Failure to do so will result in a second chance offer being sent out to the next highest bidder.

The following restrictions will also apply to this auction: Your request may be of a single character of your choosing. Adam reserves the right to add any complimentary characters that he may feel completes the piece of artwork. The artwork will be completed in gray-scale marker as all of Adam’s convention sketches are, with painted highlights added as Adam deems it necessary. The examples included with this auction may look like color was used; Adam achieved this effect using a combination or warm and cool gray tones markers. The artwork will be 11 by 14 inches, and all materials used are archival in quality.  No lewd requests will be accepted, nor any content deemed to be offensive. If you ask for something that is either of these, we will politely ask you for a second choice for the subject of your sketch.

Your artwork will be completed at the Wonder Con, on the first day of the show (if possible), unless other arrangements are made. For example; if you only plan on attending on Saturday, and would like to watch your sketch being worked on, we can move your piece to the first sketch of Saturday.  Adam or myself will be in touch with you prior to the convention to talk about your sketch request. You can pick up your artwork from our table at any time during the weekend. However, if you neglect to collect your sketch, you will forfeit it. We cannot be responsible for shipping unclaimed artwork at the end of the show, and as stated earlier, the art MUST be picked up by the auction winner; no substitutions will be allowed.

Thank you for your participation in this auction. I know many people would like us to do this sort of thing for other shows, and even simply to provide Adam’s fans with a source for sketches outside of conventions. This is something we will consider in the coming months. But for now, we are looking forward to the trip to San Fransisco, and Wonder Con, and wish everyone the best of luck in the auction!

Top Cow at WonderCon

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Press Release:

JOIN THE HERD AT THREE DAY COMIC AND POP CULTURE EVENT IN SAN FRANCISCO

TOP COW AT WONDERCON

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 25, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that they will be joining Image Comics at WonderCon 2010.  The three-day event will open to the public on Friday afternoon, April 2nd and run through Sunday, April 4th, at the Moscone Center South.  Fans are encouraged to stop by the Image Comics booth (#407) to meet their favorite creators and shop for limited edition convention exclusives as well as their favorite Top Cow comics.

Among the creators appearing at the booth will be pencilers Michael Broussard (The Darkness, Artifacts), Nelson Blake II (Pilot Season: Murderer, Magdalena), Sheldon Mitchell (Pilot Season: Stealth, Witchblade Annual) and inker Rick Basaldua (Witchblade Annual).  Stop by the Image Comics (#407) booth for signing times.

WonderCon 2010 kicks off at noon on Friday, April 2nd and runs to 7PM.  The convention will be open Saturday, April 3rd from 10AM to 7PM and Sunday, April 4th from 10AM to 5PM.

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.

Carrie Fisher to Headline Star Wars Presence at C2E2

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Star Warsâ„¢ Fans will Feel the Force at C2E2

Carrie Fisher to Headline Star Wars Presence, Which Will Include Celebrity Appearances, Autographs, Exclusives and More

Norwalk, CT, March 26, 2010: Months before Star Wars Celebration V comes to Orlando, fans can feel the Force at Reed Exhibitions’ Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), at McCormick Place, April 16-18, 2010 in downtown Chicago. There’s a whole galaxy of fun on the exhibit hall floor, including celebrities, autographs and an exclusive collectible t-shirt that can only be found at the show – as well as a special appearance by Carrie Fisher, who portrayed Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy. In addition, Reed Exhibitions is producing Star Wars Celebration V – in cooperation with Lucasfilm – at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from August 12-15.

Special Star Wars C2E2 guests include:

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa) A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi

(Scheduled for Saturday & Sunday only)

Ray Park (Darth Maul) The Phantom Menace

Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett) Attack of the Clones

Amy Allen (Jedi Aayla Secura) Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith

Orli Shoshan (Jedi Shaak Ti) Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith

Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith

“We are enormously excited to be making this announcement,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President of the Reed Pop Culture Group and Show Manager for C2E2. “I know that this will be a huge attraction for the thousands of Star Wars fans who will be participating in our show. This is an exclusive showcase that can only be found at C2E2 where fans will get a chance to share and participate in official Star Wars activity.”

Organizers note that in addition to the opportunity to meet stars, collectors will have the chance to get their hands on an exclusive Celebration V/C2E2 t-shirt that will only be available to those who purchase their tickets for Celebration V at C2E2. The t-shirt gives a nod to both shows. In addition to the celebration on the show floor, there will be activity on stage as well. Lucasfilm’s official presentation begins at 1:15pm on Saturday, April 17th in the IGN Theater, with Steve Sansweet exploring the past, present and future of Star Wars – from the 30th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back to the exciting weekly animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the upcoming Star Wars Celebration V.

Sunday is Kids Day at C2E2.. Kids of all ages can learn to draw The Clone Wars characters at the Variant Stage at 1:00pm with Star Wars artists Katie Cook and Grant Gould. Drawing paper and pencils will be provided, or budding artists can bring their own sketchbooks.

Organizers for C2E2 note that tickets for the show continue to sell quickly, and so all fans are encouraged to buy tickets in advance! For more information on guests, tickets, or C2E2 in general, visit www.C2E2.com or check out the show’s official blog, MediumAtLarge at www.mediumatlarge.net, or follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/c2e2. For further information about Star Wars Celebration V and to buy tickets, go to www.starwarscelebration.com.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:

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 Star Wars Celebration in partnership with the Lucasfilm Ltd. and UFC Fan Expo. Additionally, it holds 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.

Lucasfilm, STAR WARSâ„¢ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

Phoenix Comicon Hosts Kirby Krackle

March 29, 2010 by  
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Press Release:

Rocking with Jim & Kyle

KIRBY KRACKLE TO ROCK PHOENIX COMICON

Seattle Nerd Band to attend in May

Phoenix, Ariz. March 20, 2010—Kirby Krackle, a rock band with
pop-culture and geek flavor is set to appear and perform at Phoenix
Comicon. Their song titles include “Naked Wii,” “The Villain Song,”
and “Zombie Apocalypse.”

“I love music and I love being a geek, and when I can combine the two
I’m never happier,” said Joe Boudrie, programming director. “Plus,
Kirby Krackle is hilarious. They’re going to rock Phoenix Comicon.”

Kirby Krackle consists of Jim Demonakos and Kyle Stevens, who write
their songs about topics ranging from comic books, video games,
zombies, girls and much more.

“We have some great bands lining up to play at the Hyatt Regency, our
host hotel for our evening and nighttime programming,” said Matt
Solberg, Convention Director. “A lot of people don’t know how great
the music scene is going to be at Phoenix Comicon.”

Jim Demonakos is no stranger to the Comicon scene. Organizer of the
largest comic book & pop culture show in the Pacific Northwest,
Emerald City Comic Con, he also co-owns the largest chain of comic
book stores in the state of Washington, the Comic Stop. Stevens, a
professional songwriter and producer, has been writing and recording
since he was 15. His current solo debut, “Songs from the Orange Room”
is now available on iTunes.

Additional bands performing at the Phoenix Comicon include Calabrese,
an international horror rock band; Bad Cactus Brass Band, a New
Orleans Second Live Street band; Kitsune Robot, an anime song cover
band; and Spawn Atomic, a horror band with zombie and werewolf infused
lyrics.

More info can be found at Phoenix Comicon’s website,
http://www.phoenixcomicon.com.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest,
presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top
segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, tv, and gaming
industries.  Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to
draw over 10,000 attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at
the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, downtown Phoenix.

CA – X-Factor Signing

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Peter David signs at Golden Apple Comics on April 9th from 6-8pm.

Golden Apple Comics, 7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

www.goldenapplecomics.com

IL – All-Ages Adventure

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RAINA TELGEMEIER (Smile, Babysitters Club) and DAVE ROMAN (Astronaut Elementary, Agnes Quill) giving an exciting sight-and-sound heavy presentation for young and old alike. HEAR Dave and Raina read from two of their all-ages graphic novels!  SEE accompanying slideshows of both books!  TASTE some cool snacks!  SOME ACTION that signifies getting copies of SMILE and ASTRONAUT ELEMENTARY signed by the authors!

It’s going to be a fun night, so bring the whole family!

Challengers Comics, 1845 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647-6646

TX – FCBD Supernova Signing

March 28, 2010 by  
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Paul Tobin, writer of this year’s FCBD: Iron Man: Supernova, signs at Rogues Gallery along with several other creators from 10am-5pm:

*Colleen Coover (Artist on numerous projects, including Marvel Adventures comics)
*Chris Roberson (Writer: Vertigo’s Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love and I, Zombie)
*Paul Benjamin (Writer: Monsters, Inc., Hit Point High and Marvel Adventures Hulk)
*Alan Porter (Writer: Boom! Studios’ Cars)
*Scott Kolins (Writer/Artist: Solomon Grundy, Blackest Night Flash)
*Paul Maybury (Artist: Comic Book Tattoo, Aqua Leung, Popgun)
*Nick Derington (Artist: Popgun, Madman, Catwoman)
*Matt Sturges (Writer: House of Mystery, Jack of Fables)

Rogues Gallery Comics & Games, 1601 S IH-35 #360, Round Rock, TX

512-279-8888

www.roguesgallerytx.com

AZ – Young Avengers Signing

March 28, 2010 by  
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Sean McKeever signs at Atomic Comics on April 7th.

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