CA – The Walking Dead Panel

Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, and the cast of The Walking Dead speak on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills as part of PaleyFest 2011.

Appearing In Person

Frank Darabont, Writer / Director / Executive Producer
Gale Ann Hurd, Executive Producer
Robert Kirkman, Executive Producer / Creator of Comic Book
Andrew Lincoln, “Rick Grimes”
Sarah Wayne Callies, “Lori Grimes”
Jon Bernthal, “Shane Walsh”
Laurie Holden, “Andrea“
Jeffrey DeMunn, “Dale”
Steven Yeun, “Glenn”
Emma Bell, “Amy”

Puchase tickets here…

Shiga / Renier West Coast Tour

Aaron Renier and Jason Shiga do some book signings, some presentations, and some workshops for middle schoolers.

Portland:

February 19th:  Reading Frenzy, 7:00
Event: presentation and book signing
Reading Frenzy / 921 Southwest Oak Street, Portland, OR 97205
Seattle:

February 22nd:  Third Place Books, 7:00
Event: presentation and book signing
Third Place Books / 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

February 23rd:  Fantagraphics Bookstore, 6:30
Event: cartoonists in conversation event series, debut event
Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery / 1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108
Vancouver:

February 25th:  Strathcona Public Library, 1:15 – 3:00
Event: comics workshop
VPL, Strathcona Branch / 592 East Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1V5

February 25th:  Lucky’s Comics, 8:00 – 10:00
Event: reception and signing
Lucky’s Comics / 3972 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, CAN V5V 3P2

MA – Win Win Screening

February 18, 2011 by  
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Writer/Director Tom McCarthy and star Alex Shaffer appear at a screening on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30pm at the Coolidge. 

Screening is presented by IFF Boston.

TO DOWNLOAD A SCREENING PASS:
Go to http://www.gofobo.com/rsvp
Enter RSVP Code: IFFAE1G
Print pass and attend screening.

NOTE: Quantities are limited, so please only sign up for a pass if you can definitely go. Thanks.

Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446

ConCarolinas 2011 Adds Emilie Ullerup and Other Guests

Sanctuary Emilie Ullerup

Press Release:

CONCAROLINAS 2011 ANNOUNCES NEW MEDIA, MUSIC ARTIST AND GAMING HEADLINERS

CHARLOTTE, NC – February 9, 2011 – ConCarolinas officially announced the following:

Actor Emilie Ullerup will appear as one of the Media Special Guests for ConCarolinas 2011. Best known for her role as Ashley Magnus on SyFy’s Sanctuary, Emilie Ullerup has also appeared on Smallville and the new Battlestar Galacatica. Emilie Ullerup was born in Denmark, where her father holds the title of Lord Chamberlain for the Danish Royal Family.

Comical singer-songwriter and guitarist Carla Ulbrich will appear as the Music Guest of Honor for ConCarolinas 2011. Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist from Clemson, South Carolina and currently living in New Jersey. Carla’s love of wordplay and keen observational eye has lead her to be known for her humorous songs about such topics as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word. She also dabbles in fingerstyle guitar. Something of a mix between Phoebe and Jeff Foxworthy, she cites her biggest musical influences as Sesame Street, camp songs, and commercial jingles for beer and breakfast cereal.

Professional illustrator and sketch card artist Justin Chung will appear as the Artist Guest of Honor for ConCarolinas 2011. Justin has worked on such popular properties as Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Bench Warmers, Classic Sci-Fi & Horror Collector Series, Voltron and more.

Professional game designer and writer Jamie Chambers will appear as the Gaming Guest of Honor for ConCarolinas 2011. Jamie Chambers is a writer and tabletop game designer whose creations have taken him to outer space, other worlds, and beyond the reaches of space and time. He is best known for his work on the Serenity role playing game by Margaret Weis Productions, including principle work on the now popular Cortex System. He also has worked on role playing game properties such as Sovereign Stone, Dragonlance, and Exalted.

Award-winning author Harry Turtledove has previously been announced as the 2011 Writer Guest of Honor. Other media guests appearing at ConCarolinas 2011 include John Billingsley (Enterprise’s Dr. Phlox), Bonita Friedericy (Chuck’s General Diane Beckman), “Scream Queen” Brinke Stephens and Heroes’ David H. Lawrence.

2011 marks the tenth year of ConCarolinas, a family-friendly multi-genre, multi-media convention in Charlotte, NC. This annual event includes 3 full days of activities and plays host to over 100 authors, artists, media guests, musicians and entertainers. ConCarolinas 2011 is June 3-5, 2011 at the Charlotte Hilton University Place in Charlotte, NC. For more details and ticket information, visit http://www.concarolinas.org

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About ConCarolinas
ConCarolinas is a multi-genre multi-media convention covering all speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy and horror. The first convention was held in 2003 after an initial prequel launch in 2002. ConCarolinas hosts a variety of fandom related events including discussion panels, gaming, a film festival, costume and music events, live-action roleplaying, a zombie walk and an annual charity auction. ConCarolinas is sponsored by ConCarolinas, Inc., a nonprofit organization. For more information, visit http://www.concarolinas.org

IL – Yi Soon Shin Signing

February 18, 2011 by  
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Onrie Kompan signs on March 16th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Challengers Comics
1845 N Western Ave # 2R, Chicago, IL 60647-6646

UK – The Amulet of Samarkand Signing

Jonathan Stroud, Andrew Donkin, and Lee Sullivan sign on Thursday February 24th from 6:00 – 7:00pm.

Forbidden Planet – London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce a signing and Q&A by Jonathan Stroud and Andrew Donkin, plus live art by Lee Sullivan, all for the gorgeous graphic novel The Amulet of Samarkand at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 24th February 6 – 7pm.

Meet the authors and the artist who have brought this electrifying tale of to life as a full-colour graphic novel.

Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, an irresistible plot is woven through sharp dialogue and stunning new artwork. Nathaniel, a young magician’s apprentice, has revenge on his mind. Desperate to defy his master and take on more challenging spells, he secretly summons the 5000-year-old djinni, Bartimaeus. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, leading to a thrilling and hilarious adventure.

Jonathan Stroud is the author of the Bartimaeus trilogy, and the prequel, The Ring of Solomon, which have now sold over 6 million copies worldwide. Andrew Donkin has written more than sixty books for children and adults, and he has co-written the graphic novel adaptations of Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident. Comic book artist and book illustrator Lee Sullivan’s work includes comics Transformers, Judge Dredd and Doctor Who.

IL – Finals Signing

February 18, 2011 by  
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Will Pfeifer & Jill Thompson sign on March 12 from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Challengers Comics
1845 N Western Ave # 2R, Chicago, IL 60647-6646

Wizard World Miami Comic Con 2011 Programming Schedule Released

BuffyFest at Miami Comic Con 2011

Press Release:

‘Buffyfest,’ ‘Batman,’ Julie Benz, Billy Dee Williams, Scott Thompson Panels Plus Fan Groups Parade, ‘Are You Smarter Than A Ghostbuster?’ Highlight Miami Comic Con Programming

‘Secrets of Pro Wrestling,’ Wizard Spotlights, ‘Wizard School’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap February 26-27 at Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC)

MIAMI, February 10, 2011 – Wizard World Miami Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, movie screenings, game shows, artist schools and more for the event, set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27 at the Miami Airport Convention Center.

Some of the highlights include:

* Rare Q&A panels with Scott Thompson and Julie Benz , as well as popular Comic Con guests Billy Dee Williams, Adam West and Burt Ward
* “Are You Smarter than a Ghostbuster” featuring Wizard World’s favorite Ghostbuster, Ernie Hudson
* “Buffyfest” with Nicholas Brendon and “Vampire Diaries” with Clare Kramer and Mercedes McNab
* Troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and other groups take over the Convention floor with a parade of fan groups
* Saturday evening programming for adults only, 300 Brigade Villains Unite Show and the Bagged and Boarded “Smodcast”
* Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading artists like Bill Sinkiewicz, Mike Grell, Phil Jimenez, Alé Garza, Michael Golden, Greg Horn and others
* The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

Miami Comic Con programming will take place in Room A and Room B at the Miami Airport Convention Center, and is included with admission to the event. Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels. The full schedule is below:

Saturday

11:30AM-12:00PM
Exposed: Secrets Of Professional Wrestling
Wrestlers Kevin Nash, Candice Michelle and Angela Fong give fans the low down on what’s real and what’s not in the world of professional wrestling. (Room B)

12:00-12:30PM
Julie Benz Q&A
As a star of hit shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dexter” and “No Ordinary Family,” Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)

1:00-1:45PM
Billy Dee Williams Q&A
Lando lands Miami Comic Con, as the coolest man in Star Wars history sits down to take fan questions. (Room A)

Filipe Andrade Unleashed
Andrade dishes on his new X-Men project: X-Men Unleashed, and offers tips about sustaining a career in comics whether you live in Manhattan or Siberia. (Room B)

2:00-2:15PM
Groups Of The Con Parade
Join troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and more, as they parade around the convention floor.

2:00-2:45PM
Buffyfest With Nicholas Brendon
Buffy’s “Xander Harris” sits down to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)

The Cutting Edge W/ Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack And J. David Spurlock
Innovators Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack, and J. David Spurlock discuss the wilder side of comics art. (Room B)

3:00-3:30PM
Are You Smarter Than A Ghostbuster? With Ernie Hudson
Think you know GHOSTBUSTERS? Go head-to-head with Mr. “Winston Zeddemore” himself, as the Orlando Ghostbusters test your movie knowledge of the 1984 classic. (Room A)

Tex: The Art Of Mark Texeira
The legendary Ghost Rider, Sabertooth, Wolverine artist talks with award-winning author J. David Spurlock (Room B)

4:00-4:45PM
Batman And Robin W/ Adam West And Burt Ward
The original ’60s Dynamic Duo reteams for this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where Batman and Robin drop their masks and talk about their lady co-stars, the villains they faced and the wild nights after the show!
(Room A)

Wizard Spotlight: Jim Starlin
Join award-winning Warlock and Captain Marvel writer-artist Jim Starlin, as he hosts a crash-course in comic writing. (Room B)

4:45-5:00PM
Miami Ballroom Dancers
Come watch this Miami dance troupe heat up the dance floor with an amazing cha-cha routine. (Room A)

5:00-5:45PM
Behind The Scenes Of “danny Husk: The Hollow Planet
Scott Thompson (“The Kids in the Hall”) and Stephan Nilson (President of Frozen Beach Studios) will take you behind the scenes and into the pages of their newest graphic novel “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet.” At the Q&A panel, several lucky attendees will win an autographed copy of “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet,” the signed CGC preview of the OGN and a CGC certified autographed photo of Scott Thompson.

Between The Lines W/ Alé Garza
Fan-favorite artist Alé Garza takes fans on an artistic tour of his style and storytelling. (Room B)

6:00-6:30PM
Kid’s Costume Contest
Bring any kids 10 and under for this special event with great prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room B)

6:30-8:30PM
Costume Contest
Get your best costume together and come on down to Wizard’s Miami Comic Con costume contest for huge prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend. (Room B)

9:00-9:45PM
The 3000 Brigade Presents: The Almost Got Em’ – Villains Unite Show!
This show is a parody of all aspects of convention, video game, comic, and anime fandom life. This time the 3000 Brigade will battle formidable foes, have sexy girls dances that interrupt everything, and of course ROCK YOUR SOCKS OFF in their sixth Spectacular Show! So be prepared to have your eyes and ears assaulted by the finest bunch of Cosplay/Comic Entertainers this side of the Mississippi. WARNING: This show can be crude, rude, explicit, and just plain wrong, so if you are easily offended please find something else to do at this fantastically awesome convention! (Room A)

10:00-11:00PM
Bagged And Boarded Smodcast W/ Matt Cohen And Branden Creecy
Join Matt Cohen, his friend Brendan Creecy and a special celebrity guest host, as they ponder and pontificate the finer points of existence…and generally offend a whole bunch of people. WARNING: Leave the kiddies at home; this program contains explicit content and is for adult audiences only! (Room A)

Sunday

11:00-11:45AM
Wizard Spotlight: Denise Crosby
Starring as “Tasha Yar” on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Crosby dishes on her early exit from the series, her memories of the first episodes and how “Next Generation” continues to endure.

Who Wants To Be On A Reality Show?! Hosted By Jarrett “The Defuser” Crippen
Have you ever wanted to be on a reality show? Are you curious as to what the producers are looking for? Come get inside tips about reality shows and what it takes to win from the winner of Stan Lee’s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” Season II. The Defuser (Jarrett Crippen) will talk about and answer questions regarding the audition process, competition, living conditions and other topics related to his show and reality shows in general. (Room B)

12:00-12:45PM
Buffyfest With Clare Kramer And Mercedes Mcnab
McNab and Kramer talk about their days as “Harmony” and “Glory” in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” (Room A)

Phil Jimenez: Breaking Into Comics
The School of Visual Arts instructor and long-time comic pro covers the dos and don’ts on pitching yourself to comic companies and editors. (Room B)

1:00-1:45PM
Ray Park Q&A
The “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” star engages fans in this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where he discusses his extensive film biography and his evolution to genre icon. (Room A)

Storytelling With Michael Golden
No matter if you’re a writer, artist or a reader of comics, come for this sit-down with one of the most renowned storytellers in the business, Michael Golden, as he tells you a few tricks of the trade that will help you no matter what type of story you tell or enjoy, in whatever medium. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of X-Men Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as Bucky O’Hare, The ’Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe, and much more. (Room B)

2:00-2:45PM
Between The Lines With Mike Grell
The legendary comics icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes Tales and Warlord talks about his tips of the trade and shares his secrets from making it in comics. (Room A)

3:00-3:45PM
Wizard’s Digital Art School With Greg Horn
Superstar Marvel and DC artist Greg Horn (Blackest Night covers) leads a discussion on digital art and takes you through his creative process. (Room A)

Miami Comic Con is the second stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, February 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance online at www.wizardworld.com/miami.html at up to a 20% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($30 on site); two-day weekend tickets are $40 ($45 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

5FINITY Productions Auctions Lady Death Sketch Cards for Hero Initiative

February 17, 2011 by  
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Fred Hembeck Lady DeathJoseph Michael Linsner Lady Death Sketch Card
Jackie SantiagoAl Rio Lady Death Sketch Card

Press Release:

5FINITY PRODUCTIONS AUCTIONS LADY DEATH SKETCH CARDS FOR HERO INITIATIVE

80 New Originals featuring Brian Pulido’s Lady Death

Benefit Comic Book Charity

LOS ANGELES, CA (Feb. 16, 2011) 5FINITY Productions, in association with LadyDeathUniverse.com, is pleased to offer 80 all new officially licensed Lady Death sketch cards in a fundraising event to benefit Hero Initiative! The 80 cards will be available for auction on eBay.com starting Sunday, February 20 under eBay user: 5finity. All proceeds will benefit the Hero Initiative, which provides emergency medical and financial relief to veteran comic book creators.

The 80 new sketch cards produced for this fundraiser come hot on the heels of the January release of 5FINITY’s sold out Lady Death Sketch Card Series, a limited edition run of 1,200 premium packs, which sold out in under one hour. The series featured at least one original, hand-drawn sketch card from acclaimed artists such as Al Rio, Joseph Linsner, Benjamin Glendenning, Fred Hembeck, Budd Root, Axebone, Jim Valentino, and many others.

The 80 new sketch cards produced for this fundraiser include the following artists (with quantity of cards produced):

Daniel HDR: 33

Chris Moreno: 16

Brian Kong: 10

Jackie Santiago: 6

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RARE ARTISTS:

Al Rio: 4

Tony Parker: 2

Marat Mychaels: 2

ULTRA RARE ARTISTS:

Joseph Linsner: 1

Herb Trimpe: 1

Jim Valentino: 1

Fred Hembeck: 1

For more info and updates, contact Steven Frank at: stevefrank@5finity.com

About Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly 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.

CA – True Blood Signing

Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Sam Trammell, and Deborah Ann Woll sign on February 26th from 1-3pm.

Press Release:

On February 26th, HBO and IDW Publishing are hosting a special book signing event in Los Angeles at Barnes & Noble at The Grove.

True Blood cast members Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds) and Deborah Ann Woll (“Baby Vamp” Jessica Hamby) are expected* to attend the signing of True Blood Volume 1 “All Together Now” comic book compilation.

The True Blood comic series has become one of IDW Publishing’s best-selling title. Now, all six issues from the first series will be available together in a deluxe, hardcover compilation entitled “All Together Now.” Available in bookstores nationwide February 15, 2011, the compilation features the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for and treats readers to new insights and untold stories of their favorite characters. In this storyline, Sookie and the rest of the Bon Temps gang find themselves waiting in Merlotte’s bar for a strangely portentous raging storm to subside. Soon, they discover they’ve been trapped by an entity that feeds on raw emotions and begins killing off the patrons one by one until his hunger is sated. The compilation features a cover gallery and introduction by Ball.

*Events and talent participation are subject to change, please call the store directly with any additional questions.

*Wristbands will be distributed beginning at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 26th with a purchase of True Blood, Volume 1 All Together Now or with a receipt of the compilation from a previous purchase at B&N.

Barnes & Noble
189 Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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