NYC – American Gods Conversation

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Neil Gaiman in conversation with Lev Grossman on Tuesday June 21, 2011 at 8pm at the 92nd Street Y. Tickets are $29.00, click here to purchase.
To mark the re-release of his breakout novel American Gods, bestselling author Neil Gaiman discusses his career with Time magazine’s book reviewer and technology writer, Lev Grossman. Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett); the Sandman series of graphic novels and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Awards and the Newbery Medal.

Lev Grossman is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Magicians.

Casting Call for Comic Fans

Press Release:

Have you ever wanted to work in a comic book shop? Silent Bob himself, Kevin Smith, is casting a new television series set in his comic shop “The Secret Stash.” He’s not looking for actors, he’s looking for real people who live and breath the comic book lifestyle. Must be funny outgoing and have a knowledge and passion for comics, superheroes, movie memorabilia, and everything that goes with it. Looking for men and women ages 21 – 35 in the Tri-state area only.  Must be available in Red Bank, NJ on either June 2nd or June 3rd AND a 3-day shoot on June 14th – 16th. To apply, send a picture and a short bio including name, age, and phone number to If you are selected, we will contact you to schedule a follow up interview.  

We’re also looking for people in the Tri-state area with cool, unique, rare, or otherwise awesome comic book/movie memorabilia. It’s Pawn Stars for Fanboys, and if you have something to sell/trade/or value, we want you to bring it to us! Must be available in Red Bank, NJ on either June 2nd or June 3rd AND one additional day between  June 14th – 16th. To apply, send a picture of yourself, and a description and picture of the item with your name, age, and phone number to If you are selected, we will contact you to schedule a follow up interview.

MA – The Fonz Signs

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Henry Winkler signs on June 4th from 3-5pm at Porter Square Books! He will sign his new book I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Fishing, and Photography 

A veteran of showbiz and television legend, Winkler’s paramount pastime has always been fishing. A novel volume to live by, or at least learn something about dry flies and woolly buggers, I’ve Never Meet an Idiot on the River is Winkler’s collection of everyday wisdom learned from fatherhood, family, and fly-fishing.

Winkler is an actor, producer, director, and author. He is probably best known for his role as the Fonz in the 1970s U.S. television sitcom Happy Days. His fishing exploits have been featured on Fly Fishing the World and he regularly recounts them during his speaking engagements around the country. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Stacey, their three children, and two dogs.

Porter Square Books
25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 02140-1413

South Texas Collectors Expo (June 2011)

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Convention Name
South Texas Collectors Expo
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  • for one day only.



About This Convention
Located 10 blocks from the US/Mexico border, this show brings in some of the best Comic Book, Sports Memorbilia, Collectible Toys and Anime/Manga Vendors from through out Texas. The attendees for this show come from all over South Texas and Northern Mexico. We are in close proximity to McAllen, Harlingen, Brownsville, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Monterrey Mexico.
Venue Name and Address
Laredo Civic Center
2400 San Bernardo Ave
Laredo, Texas 78040
United States
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  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Sports



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Long Island Toy Show (July 2011)

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Convention Name
Long Island Toy Show
Convention Website Address
This convention will take place:

  • for one day only.


About This Convention
The Long Island Toy Show will feature local dealers who specialize in toys and collectibles from the 1960’s to now. All the toys you grew up with will be there for trade or purchase. Old favorites like Transformers, Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, LEGO, Video Games, Comic Books, Magic the Gathering and more. It is a fun all day event that will feature door prizes and raffles. Everyone is welcome to dress up for the event. Come out and enjoy the day with fellow collectors.
Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn Hotel
215 Sunnyside Boulevard
Plainview, New York 11803
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  • Comic Books
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy



WA – Buffy Signing

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Update: Scott Allie posted on Twitter that this signing has been cancelled.

Writer/editor Scott Allie appears for a signing and the release of Buffy Season 8 Vol 8: The Gleaming on Wednesday, June 1 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm!

In addition to editing renowned titles like Hellboy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Goon, and The Umbrella Academy, Allie has written several books, including the original graphic novel Devil’s Footprints and Exurbia, along with licensed properties such as The Fog, Star Wars: Empire, and Solomon Kane.

All other Buffy and Dark Horse trades will be 25% off for the night!

RSVP on Facebook!

Comics Dungeon
250 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA

Memorial for Hub Comics Proprietor

May 31, 2011 by  
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The Boston comic book community was shocked and saddened by the recent passing of Hub Comics owner, James Welborn. James was a huge comic fan who ran a friendly, welcoming store and was very supportive of local artists and the rest of the Union Square community. A memorial service will be held at the shop (19 Bow St, Union Square, Somerville, MA) on Saturday June 4th from 7-10pm (More details at the link).

Additionally, several local artists are working with Bloc 11 and Diesel Cafe to put together a gallery show in which all proceeds from the art sold will be given to James’s family. The art will be on display at Bloc 11 Cafe (11 Bow St, Union Square, Somerville, MA) from June 28th – July 10th (More details at the link). Please see below for more details especially if you are an artist interested in donating a piece.

Please send this out to your friends. Most of you know many artists in Somerville or from the Comic Con and I need your help passing along this info quickly so that we can have a full house! And now for the details: 

What are we asking for?

•We are looking for an art donation. If you have any of your own work you would like to donate for a silent auction, please get back to me as soon as possible!

•PLEASE forward to any artist friends who you think would be interested. We want to fill up the cafe with work! 

Where is it going?

•All the work will be hung up at Bloc 11 Cafe for two weeks. 

When is it?

•June 27 drop off, June 28th hangup (you don’t have to help but we will accept a few volunteers!)

•Ends July 10th with an event at Bloc 11 AND Hub Comics (they are thinking of what to do over there like a sale or something) 

What to submit?

•Since the event is based around the comic book shop, we’re hoping for paintings related to a comic theme…but if that isn’t your style, that’s okay! We are more than happy to accept your art donation, regardless! 

What if it doesn’t sell?

•You can take your work home if it doesn’t sell. We don’t expect everything to sell, regardless of how amazing the work may be. Our customers are pretty awesome and are probably very interested in getting some local artwork!

•The more people you tell about this show, the more likely there will be a ton of sales! That said, if you didn’t sell but really want to make it a permanent donation, I will chat with you and Jesse (of Hub Comics) to work out something. 

…But I’m worried that someone will only bid low and my painting is worth much more!

•We agree with you! This will be a silent auction, so people will fill in their own bids, but we’ll need a “starting bid price” from you. The starting bid price should still be a little lower than what you would charge normally. While we want James’ family to get the most from this, we need the prices to be approachable. We want people to compete a little for the piece, so the starting bid shouldn’t scare buyers away. 

Do I get any money from my sale?

•No. The only persons benefiting from the sale will be James’ family/son. Bloc is not taking any commission.

•Keep in mind, this can be a great opportunity to meet other artists who you might someday collaborate with for a show or group art… you can still get something very positive out of donating! 

What if my work isn’t good enough?

•We will accept any well-made piece. As long as the artist took some thought, time, and effort to make something/find older work for our fundraiser, we think that’s awesome! We will start by accepting one piece from each individual, plus one more if they’re in a group. If you want to donate a bunch of work, that’s great too! We will do what we can to hang everything. 

How should my work be prepared?


•We have brick walls. This means: Unless your work is stretched canvas or on plywood, YOU MUST FRAME IT! NO NAILS/SCREWS in the brick. NO GLUE. NO BLUETACK. NO ALL-GLASS FRAMES. NO frames without a wire going across the back.

•Why? We must hang all work from the ceiling by a wire which means we need a way to hang your beautiful work from this wire. We really really want to hang everyone’s donated work but won’t if it requires a weird fix.

•No exceptions, please! 

When do I bring in the work?

•Monday, June 27th at 7pm @ Bloc 11 Cafe (11 Bow Street, Somerville)

•If you absolutely can’t arrange for this time, please contact Meg: and arrange a time. The staff at Bloc have their hands full already and we want to make sure your work stays safe before we hang it up. 

Please write to Meg with any questions and PLEASE forward this to anyone local who would like to donate art! 

Many thanks,



Bloc 11 Cafe & Diesel Cafe

Somerville, MA

MA – The Couch Signing

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Tak Toyoshima and Logan Faerber sign from 1-3pm on SATURDAY, June 4th!

What the heck is THE COUCH? For more information, check the blog!

You may recognize the name Tak Toyoshima. He is the creator/illustrator of SECRET ASIAN MAN, which runs in THE WEEKLY DIG and has been collected into a trade paperback. You can friend him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

UK – Horns Signing

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Joe Hill appears at a London exclusive event hosted by Waterstone’s (203/206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD, UK) on Wednesday, 1 June 2011, at 7:00PM. The author will discuss his latest novel HORNS. Please be advised Mr. Hill will read a chapter from his book that is not appropriate for all audiences.

Tickets £5, or £3 with Waterstone’s Loyalty Card

Fan Expo Canada 2011 Adds Sci-Fi and Fantasy Icons

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Tom Felton Draco Deathly Hallows

Press Release:

Pop Culture’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Icons Added to Powerhouse Lineup at 2011 Fan Expo Canada™


Stars of True Blood and Harry Potter join C-P3O, The Six Million Dollar Man and Hercules on SFX Science Fiction Expo Stage

Toronto, ON (May 11, 2011) – Fan Expo Canada™, Canada’s largest gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event, today announced a star-studded lineup of science fiction celebrities that is sure to thrill fans of all ages. The Science Fiction Expo spotlights a plethora of television and film idols spanning generations including

Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man), Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) as well as today’s hottest fantasy stars such as True Blood’s Sam Trammell, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton and Sci-Fi “it” girls Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff.

Original Star Wars actor, Anthony Daniels, who played CP3O, joins the weekend-long “Celebrating Star Wars” programming featuring 501st Legion, The Droid Hunt, Masquerade, Lightsaber Duel demonstrations, video presentations, costume and prop making workshops, photo sessions and more!

Also announced, returning by popular demand is Fan Expo Canada’s Steampunk programming – a growing sub-genre of Sci-Fi, inspired by the industrial Victorian era. The introduction of STEAMPUNK to last year’s event drew massive crowds of enthusiasts from all corners of the world.

The SFX Science Fiction Expo Celebrity Guests Include:

· ANTHONY DANIELS (C-3PO in Star Wars feature films)

· ELIZA DUSHKU (Echo in Dollhouse)

· BARBARA EDEN (Jeannie in I Dream of Jeannie)

· TOM FELTON (Draco in Harry Potter feature films)

· LARRY HAGMAN (Major Anthony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie)

· LANCE HENRIKSEN (Bishop in the Aliens feature films)

· LEE MAJORS (Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man)

· NICHELLE NICHOLS (Uhura in the original Star Trek)

· KATEE SACKHOFF (Captain Kara of Battlestar Galactica)

· MICHAEL SHANKS (Dr. Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1)

· MARINA SIRTIS (Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation)

· KEVIN SORBO (Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda and star of Hercules)

· SAM TRAMMELL (Sam Merlotte in True Blood)

Key Features and Highlights of the SFX Science Fiction Expo:

· “Celebrating Star Wars” with an entire weekend-long programming including 501st Legion Conference, The Droid Hunt, Masquerade, Light saber Duel demonstrations, Video presentations, Costume & Prop making workshops, Photo Sessions and more!

· Intimate and Interactive – celebrity presentations allow fans the opportunity to meet their favourite celebrities and learn some of Sci-Fi’s best kept secrets in an open Q & A forum

· Autograph Sessions with Science Fiction celebrities – always a crowd pleaser

· Canada’s largest Masquerade on Saturday, Aug. 27 – dress up as a popular Science Fiction character

· 600 commercial exhibitors supporting a full complement of science fiction and entertainment themes including collectibles, videos and more

· Science Fiction industry professional workshops for the public

· Industry Preview Area – see the latest products and services and get a sneak peek at upcoming projects

For the 17th consecutive year, visitors from across Ontario and around the world will have the opportunity to experience the very best in pop culture first-hand at the upcoming 2011 Fan Expo Canada™. In addition to the Science Fiction Expo, the country’s largest combined event will include Anime, Comic Books, Festival of Fear Horror Expo and GX – Gaming Expo. Stay tuned for more announcements in the upcoming weeks.


WHEN: AUGUST 25- 28, 2011

Thursday, August 25 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Special Preview)

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, August 26 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 27 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday, August 28 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building

222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For more information visit,

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