NYC – Weird War Tales Signing

Ivan Brandon (Viking, Final Crisis Escape, NYC Mech), signing Weird War Tales #1 and Doc Savage #6 at Grand Central from 6:30-7:30pm.

Midtown Comics – Grand Central
459 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017

MA – Comic Genius Lecture

An Evening with Cartoonist Liza Donnelly

Thursday, August 12 at 5:30pm

Explore the art of The New Yorker through the eyes of one of its ingenious comic creators. A cartoonist for the magazine for more than twenty-five years, Liza Donnelley will share the best illustrated jokes, gag cartoons, and slice-of-life drawings, offering a rare first-hand glimpse of the creative process. Her latest book, When Do They Serve the Wine, will be available for signing at a reception following the program.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

Dragon*Con Art Show Asking for Pieces to Display

In honor of Stan Lee’s appearance at this year’s convention, Dragon*Con is hosting an art show dedicated to the Art of Marvel Comics. Noted comic art collector Benno Rothschild is organizing the event and looking for pieces to be put on display. “We LOVE to show off the great art that people are willing to bring to the show and are especially looking for ANY Golden age and good Silver and Bronze Age Marvel stuff by the usual suspects,”  said Rothschild, “but have room for plenty of newer stuff too.” Anyone going to the convention and interested in loaning art to the exhibition should contact him via email: benno.rothschild@hartmansimons.com.

 This is the blurb from the Dragon*Con website.

Marvel Comics Original Art Gallery! True believers can come by all day on Saturday in Artists’ Alley as your hosts will be displaying original Marvel comic book art both new and old for your favorite characters and artists. Face front and come see classic art by “Nefarious” Neal Adams, “Big” John Buscema, Gene “The Dean” Colan, “Shy” Steve Ditko, “Dazzling” Don Heck, Jack “King” Kirby, “Jazzy” Johnny Romita, “Wondrous” Werner Roth, “Darlin” Dick Ayers, and “Gorgeous” George Tuska to name a few. Do you like “The New Breed?” we’ll have them covered too! Frank Cho, Mark Brooks, Todd McFarlane, Ed McGuinnness, Dexter Vines, Charles Vess and many more. There will be Silver, Bronze, and Modern Age Marvel covers, classic origin pages, Spider-Man swinging and Thor throwing Mjolnir. If you look closely, maybe you will see a shrinking Ant-Man, too. Excelsior and Nuff Said! Hosted for the 11th year by Richard Garrison, Dave Newton, Troy Pierce & Benno Rothschild.

FL – Voltaire Performance

FACTORY Presents Live performance by Goth legend ‘VOLTAIRE’
Plus… HORROR ARTIST Jerrod Brown
(Original Paintings and Signed Prints available)

August 21, 2010 – 9pm-2am

All Ages
$10.00 Advance
$15.00 Day of Show

Club 331 Nightlife Cafe
331 West Forsyth St, Jacksonville, FL

Artifacts Bi-Coastal Signings

Top Cow Productions has announced that Artifacts #1 has sold out at Diamond Comic Distributors. A second printing is being shipped to the distributor as the publisher’s 13-issue event series continues. The new printing will be available in the coming weeks.

Written by Ron Marz (Green Lantern) and featuring the art team of Michael Broussard (The Darkness), Rick Basaldua (The Darkness), Sal Regla (Magdalena) and Sunny Gho of IFS (Velocity), the company has identified the Artifacts event as their most ambitious limited series to date, It will weave together story lines from many different Top Cow titles and have ramifications for their entire universe.

“We have been working on Artifacts for almost two years and nothing has been more gratifying than hearing and seeing the reaction from reviewers and fans alike,” commented Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik. “Ron, Michael, Rick, Sal, Sunny, and Marc have delivered a breath-taking, show-stopping first issue and let me assure you, we are just getting warmed up.”

On Saturday, July 31, Top Cow will co-host two bi-coastal launch parties to celebrate the release of the first issue. The Los Angeles release party will be held at Collector’s Paradise from 7-10pm PDT.  Broussard, Basaldua, and Publisher Filip Sablik will be at the event signing copies of the Collector’s Paradise exclusive variant cover of Artifacts #1, as well as an exclusive limited edition print featuring art from Broussard.  Collector’s Paradise is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave in Canoga Park. Additional information can be found at the store’s website at comicsandcards.net.

The New York release party will be held at Midtown Comics at Times Square from 3-5pm EDT.  Marz will be at the event signing copies of the Midtown Comics’ exclusive variant cover.  Midtown Comics is located at 200 W 40th Street (Corner of 7th Avenue) in New York. Additional information can be found at the store’s website at www.midtowncomics.com.

Scene on Video: Thor Trailer from SDCC 2010

UPDATE 3: Click on the image above to see the video at YouTube.

The clip shows that Thor will indeed have his helmet (although he seems to be missing it in his fight scene with Loki which you can get a glimpse of, too). All that plus the Warriors 3, Jane Foster, Odin, and more.

CA – Two Guys Named Joe Signing

John Canemaker signs on Tuesday August 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM to promote Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant and Joe Ranft.

Barnes & Noble – Glendale Americana
The Americana at Brand, 210 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

818-545-9146

Synopsis
One Joe was in his 97th year when he died in 2005; the other Joe died the same year at age 45. Both died before their time. This book explores the interplay between personal creativity and the craft of animation storytelling, as seen through the lives and art of two of its greatest practicioners: Joe Grant and Joe Ranft.

Grant and Ranft were unique influences on storytelling at two major studios during important periods in the history of animation. Joe Grant, in fact, straddled two eras. A gifted newspaper caricaturist, he contributed ideas for Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony shorts and classic masterworks, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo. As Walt Disney’s confidant, Grant played a leading role in defining Disney’s pioneering animation legacy. After a forty-year hiatus, he returned to the studio in his 81st year, his creative spirit and abilities undiminished, and made significant contributions to Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mulan, and The Lion King, among others.

Joe Ranft built on the traditions of the past forged by Grant and others to become the top animation storyboard artist of his generation for Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Brave Little Toaster, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, James and the Giant Peach, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, among other films. As one of Pixar’s creative founders and a close friend to John Lasseter, Ranft had a major influence on the studio’s signature originality, warmth and irreverent humor, through his contributions to Toy Story (1 & 2), A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., and Cars.

Inventive and imaginative, with keen insight into characters, they inspired colleagues and entertained audiences around the world. Although their combined careers span the Golden Age of traditional animation beginning in the 1930s at The Walt Disney Company and continuing into the present digital age at Pixar Animation Studios, their extraordinary contributions remain largely unknown to the public.

NC – Storm Warning

Eric Jerome Dickey (writer of Storm) reads from and signs his brand-new novel, Tempted by Trouble, on Wednesday August 18, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

Barnes & Noble – New Hope Commons
5400 New Hope Commons, Durham, NC 27707

919-489-3012

CA – Voices of Character Panel

Voice Actor Panel with Jim Cummings, June Foray, Russi Taylor in Hollywood

On August 19th the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents “Voices of Character,” a panel discussion hosted by Charles Solomon. Panelists include Jim Cummings, June Foray, Russi Taylor, Yuri Lowenthal, Animation Director Bob Peterson and Animator James Baxter, and Casting Executive Rick Dempsey. Learn more about the actors who bring Minnie Mouse, Natasha Fatale, Winnie the Pooh, and other animated characters to life. Tickets go on sale August 2. Click here for more info.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

CT – Elephant Eater Tour

Ryan Claytor, University Comics Professor and Artist of “And Then One Day” autobiographical comics, gives a lecture and signs his comics on August 12th from 1pm-4pm!

Sarge’s Comics
124 State Street, New London, CT 06320

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