MA – Inbound Release Party

Boston Comics Roundtable (AKA the BCR) is throwing a RELEASE PARTY for INBOUND 5, the newly released collection about FOOD! Original artwork by contributors will be on display on the cafe walls. Friday, November 5, 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Atomic Bean Café, 904 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge, MA.

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NJ – Archie Gets Married

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Michael Uslan signs on Thursday November 04, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

The cornerstone of Archie comics has forever been a love triangle. Montclair author Michael Uslan, also executive producer of the Batman films, has finally untangled the whole Archie/Betty/Veronica thing in a seven-part story, illustrated by Stan Goldberg.

Barnes & Noble – Clifton
Clifton Commons, 395 Route 3 East, Clifton, NJ 07014

MA – Scott Pilgrim vs Boston

Edgar Wright has uncovered the cheat codes and managed to find his way to The Brattle Theatre for the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World screening on November 6th.

Dress like your favorite “evil ex” and prepare to pay for your crimes against humanity. Mr. Wright is powering up his Q&A skillz and preparing to turn all of you into coins when he arrives.

The battle gets underway at 7:30 PM and tickets are on sale now at The Brattle Theatre site.

And stick around for a special second feature programmed at 11pm by Mr. Wright himself.

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

NC – Nereena the Fairy Queen of Halloween Signing

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Richard James Boyd and Vanessa Rumaz Boyd are the local writer and artist of Nereena the Fairy Queen of Halloween, and they’re also the publishers!

If you want to meet these folks and find about what it takes to write, draw, and publish a full-color kids’ book, come to Chapel Hill Comics on Saturday, November 6th at 1pm!

Chapel Hill Comics
316 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

CA – MAD Legend Signing

Come meet Sergio Aragones, a cartoonist and writer best known for his profuse contributions to MAD Magazine. Now you can enjoy his greatest work from his debut with MAD in 1963 to the present in his new book, MAD’s Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragones: Five Decades of His Finest Works, and have him personally autograph it.

Friday November 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble
Ventura Gateway, 4820 Telephone Road, Ventura, CA 93003

Shoff Promotions Comic Book & Nonsports Card Show (October 2010)

October 29, 2010 by  
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Shoff Promotions

From Shoff Promotions:

Just a last reminder of our upcoming Shoff Promotions Baseball Card & Sports Card Show PLUS our Comic Book & Nonsports Card Show Together again SATURDAY October 30 10am-3:30pm at the Tysons Corner Virginia Crowne Plaza. We will have a ballroom full of dealers selling their wide assortment of collectibles including sports cards- vintage to the present,autographs and sports collectibles and a new dealer with great hockey cards & memorabilia AND Gold, Silver and Modern Age comic books, a large assortment of non sports cards of all types and a variety of hobby supplies. Something for everyone.
I hope to see you Sat. Oct. 30 We won’t Trick you ,we’ll just Treat you right
Nick Shoff
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Top Cow at Long Beach Comic Con 2010

October 29, 2010 by  
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LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 28, 2010 – With Halloween weekend upon us, join Top Cow Productions, Inc. in their home city of Los Angeles at the second annual Long Beach Comic Con, OWitchblade Long Beach Comic Conctober 29-31, at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Meet the Top Cow team and creators at booth #212 for convention exclusives, preview books and free goodies, and celebrate the success of this year’s action-packed event series Artifacts, launch of Echoes and the kick-off of the Pilot Season 2010 voting period with them.

Fans who stop by the booth will be among the first to launch the Pilot Season 2010 voting period. At voting stations, attendees can decide who deserves a series of their own: a group of bank robbers, a femme fatale of the digital age, a former assassin for the CIA, a doctor working at a pharmaceutical company, or an ex-pat who made a del with a demon. Several creators for this year’s Pilot Season will be on-hand to sway your vote.

Among the creators appearing at the Top Cow booth #212 will be Joshua Fialkov (Tumor, Echoes), Rob Levin (Pilot Season: 7 Days From Hell, Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box), William Harms (Impaler), Filip Sablik (Pilot Season: Asset), Jeff Katz (Pilot Season: Crosshair), Rick Loverd (Berserker), Michael Broussard (Artifacts, The Darkness), Sheldon Mitchell (The Darkness), Rahsan Ekedal (Echoes, The Crazies), Rick Basaldua (Artifacts, The Darkness), Randy Queen (Darkness/Darkchylde: Kingdom of Pain), Sarah Queen (Darkness/Darkchylde: Kingdom of Pain) and Joe Weems (Artifacts, Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia).

Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik is hosting a panel on Saturday, October 30, Top Cow: We Create…Competition, at 3:00-3:45pm in Seaside Ballroom B. Join Sablik and a host of Top Cow creators as he walks attendees through what the Cow has in store for you in 2011, including the next arc in Artifacts and Magdalena, Top Cow mainstays Witchblade and The Darkness, what’s coming out first at Minotaur Press, and more. Panelists include Broussard, Mitchell, Levin, Fialkov, Ekedal and Loverd. All attendees will receive a free gift!

At the Top Cow booth #212, the publisher will have the following new products available for fans: Witchblade #139 Long Beach Comic Con exclusive cover by Randy Queen and Sarah Queen, two Halloween lithographs by the Queens and Stjepan Sejic. Additionally, Top Cow will have several exclusive trade paperback bellyband packages.

Wizard World Adds Miami Comic Con for February 2011

October 29, 2010 by  
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Just as LeBron James did, Wizard World is taking its talent to South Beach.

Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, today announced the addition of Wizard World Miami Comic Con to the world’s largest pop culture convention series. The event is scheduled for Feb. 26-27, 2011, at the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC) in Miami.

“The fans wanted a warm weather destination for the winter, so we are presenting Miami Comic Con,” said Shamus. “We have the greatest fans in the world, and they are supporting us in every city. We are looking forward to celebrating pop culture in Miami this coming February.”

The newly redesigned MACC will feature 172,000 square feet of luxurious, state-of-the-art meeting, social function and exhibition space. The adjacent 334-room Doubletree Hotel is also newly updated, with remodeled guest rooms, and new signature restaurant, lobby and lounge. The Doubletree is situated just three miles south of Miami International Airport (MIA), adjacent the Waterford Blue Lagoon Business District and seven miles from the Miami City Center, Bayside Marketplace and the Port of Miami, as well as just minutes away from Miami’s Internationally famous South Beach.

For more information check out Wizard Entertainment’s website!

One-Man Star Wars Trilogy Hits Boston

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Get your light sabers ready, Boston, because Charles Ross is bringing his wildly entertaining One-Man Star Wars Trilogy to the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline on Monday, November 15 at 8 pm.  The quirky show is part of OnStage @ the Coolidge, a program bringing dynamic live performances to one of New England’s premier independent cinemas and cultural arts organizations.  Members of the New England Garrison, the local chapter of the 501st Legion, a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization composed of and operated by Star Wars fans, will make a special appearance in their costumes. 

In his hilarious, kinetic solo piece, Canadian writer/performer Ross plays all the characters, recreates the effects, sings from John Williams’ score, flies the ships, and fights both sides of the battles from the original Star Wars trilogy, punctuating his virtuosic performance with captivating factoids and editorial asides. No costumes, no props, no sets – just Ross using his yoga-limber body, remarkable knack for voices, subtle changes in facial expression, and manic levels of energy to put his own distinct stamp on the Star Wars universe.  Did he spend too much of his childhood in a galaxy far, far away?  Well, let’s just say that by age 10, he had seen the first Star Wars film more than 400 times and committed virtually every line to memory. Ross has since parlayed this childhood obsession into a one-of-kind theatrical piece, which he has performed in more than 180 cities around the globe. Where does he get his strength? It flows from the Force, of course.

Boston Comic Con has free passes to give away so be sure to watch their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter (@BostonComicCon)!!

Admission: $20 regular/$17 Coolidge Corner Theatre members.  For more information and advance tickets, visit  Tickets are also available at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, Massachusetts.  Phone: 617/734-2500. 

ONE-MAN STAR WARS TRILOGY performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd.  All Star Wars elements property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

Entertainment Weekly’s First Look at Captain America

October 28, 2010 by  
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Chris Evans a.k.a. Steve Rogers Reports For Duty

New York, N.Y. – Chris Evans is squirming. It’s a brisk October morning on the London set of Captain America: The First Avenger, and the 29-year-old actor is decked head to toe in the red, white, and blue threads of the titular Marvel Comics super-soldier, hanging from wires as a massive fan hammers him with wind. On “action,” Evans drops onto a black train car. At “cut,” the star hops up with a wince and wiggles his caboose. It seems the wire harness hidden in his trousers isn’t being kind to him. “There was a lot of business getting choked down there,” Evans later says with a smile, during a break in filming. His wirework appeared flawless, but a stumble on the first take has left him feeling self-conscious. “I almost fell off the train! That would have been a disaster,” says Evans. “Did everything else look good?”

Entertainment Weekly 1127 COVER CAPTAIN AMERICAHe’s being a bit hard on himself, although Marvel Studios is surely grateful for Evans’ dedication to getting it right. Captain America—due July 22, about three months after the company’s other major 2011 release, Thor—isn’t just another new-model masked marvel from the superhero-movie factory that gave us Iron Man, X-Men, and Spider-Man. According to Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, Captain America is “the last jewel in the Marvel crown that hasn’t gotten its own movie franchise.” The estimated $140 million action-adventure must also creatively pave the way for the company’s most ambitious opus yet: The Avengers, a team-up of Marvel’s various movie icons slated for 2012. To paraphrase The Avengers’ fabled motto: Corporate Synergy Assemble!

Playing Captain America may seem like a glorious mission for most actors. But Chris Evans initially wanted no part of the movie—and Marvel initially wanted no part of Chris Evans. The studio tested a number of actors for the role, reportedly including Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe), John Krasinski (The Office), and Ryan Phillippe (Crash). Feige says Evans wasn’t on the original wish list, mostly because he had already served a tour of duty in Marvel’s cinematic army as Johnny Storm, a.k.a. the Human Torch, in Fox’s Fantastic Four movies. But as the studio began broadening its search, Evans emerged as a leading candidate. Feige credits the change of heart to the actor’s performances in several little seen dramas (including the 2007 sci-fi flick Sunshine) and a strong endorsement from Edgar Wright, who directed Evans in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He also met an essential requirement: “We wanted an American,” says Feige.

Yet Evans says he turned down the role at least three times. He worried that audiences wouldn’t accept him as another superhero. He worried that Marvel’s request for a nine-movie commitment—a Captain America trilogy, an Avengers trilogy, and appearances in three more Marvel movies to be named later—would leave little time for other things, He worried about what would happen to his career if the movie flopped. “I’ve made some spotty films in the past, and I didn’t want another one on this scale,” says Evans, who most recently appeared in two franchise nonstarters, The Losers and Push. At the same time, he worried about the cost of fame if the film succeeded. (“I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movie bombs, I’m f—ed. If the movie hits, I’m f—ed!’ ”) Even after he succumbed to Feige’s repeated pleas to take a meeting at Marvel HQ—and even after leaving that meeting intrigued and moved by Captain America’s character arc and dazzled by Johnston’s plans and designs— Evans was wary, but he really didn’t know why. And then it hit him. “I was just scared,” he says. “I realized my whole decision-making process was fear-based, and you never want to make a decision out of fear. And so one weekend, I just said, ‘F—it. Let’s do it.’ ” (It helped that Marvel agreed to settle on a six-picture deal.) Feige says he was actually impressed by Evans’ reluctance; he believed it reflected a maturity befitting Steve Rogers. Adds Johnston, “He has really brought a whole different level to the character that I didn’t know existed—more real, more complicated, more vulnerable.”

Evans began prepping for the role by doing what anyone would do in his situation: He went online and read what the fans thought of his casting. The takeaway: He needed bigger muscles. So he worked with a personal trainer to pump his biceps and tone his abs, all of which are on full display during the Project: Rebirth sequence. (In order to show Steve Rogers as a scrawny runt, Johnston plans to use a combination of clever camera angles, costume trickery, and special effects that will digitally reduce Evans’ body or even put his face on a skinny actor.)

The meatiest issue facing Captain America is the politics. Marvel began the project keenly aware that a movie about a star-spangled super soldier named Captain America could be a tough sell to a politically divided nation and international audiences with a dim view of America’s current role in world affairs. Indeed, Feige indicates that Captain America: The First Avenger may be released in some foreign territories as just The First Avenger. Still, says Johnston, “I never wanted to make this movie into something of a flag-waver. We were very careful about that when we were developing the screenplay.” Marvel initially wanted a movie that toggled between past and present, but ultimately opted to set the story exclusively during WWII because the back-and-forth approach didn’t work for an origin story— and because WWII has exactly zero moral ambiguity. Johnston says he also wanted a movie “about international cooperation.” To that end, the film makes Captain America the leader of a team of elite soldiers from various countries, known in the comic books as the Howling Commandos. “It’s not about running from [political interpretations] or being afraid of saying anything, but just staying true to what the story has always been,” says Broussard. “I welcome whatever kind of healthy debate comes from it.”

Even more welcome for Marvel would be a movie that leaves audiences wanting to sign up immediately for The Avengers, which should be well into production under writer-director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) by the time Captain America opens in July. Joining Evans in the cast will be Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye). Captain America: The First Avenger will set up the film’s premise—and bring Captain America into the present—with a prologue and epilogue that work the frozen-in-ice angle that Marvel used to revive the Captain America comic-book franchise in 1964. For all his early apprehensions, Evans now has no regrets about committing to a role that could dominate his Hollywood life until his 40th birthday. “When I first put on the suit, I was absolutely terrified. But once I started working, I could just see this was going to be a good experience. Then I started going, ‘Wow. This is really cool,’ ” he says. “I can’t believe I was almost too chicken to play Captain America.”

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