CA – The Infinite Signing

Infinite Beach Ball Variant

Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld sign on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 from 4:00PM – 6:00PM.

“The Infinite” creators Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld will be signing copies of the new series, including a store-specific variant cover, at Beach Ball Comics on August 3. The line for this exclusive signing begins when the store opens at 11am. Rob and Robert are scheduled to begin signing sharply at 4pm. Supplies of this cover are limited, so fans are encouraged to get there early.

Beach Ball Comics
3024 West Ball Road, Anaheim, CA 92804

NYC – Power Play in the Club

REILLY BROWN and KURT CHRISTENSON talk about their new comic POWER PLAY over on COMIXOLOGY!

Hosted by Pete LePage, Justin Tyler, and Alex Zalben

…And you know all of the news about the show, RIGHT?!

1. We’re at a new location on the East side! Brand new!

2. There is a beautiful bar in the new location that is extremely suitable to hang out in. So plan on coming early and hanging out late!

3. We are giving away tons and tons of free comics!

Also, you could win a $25 Gift card to Midtown Comics!

And all the comic book news and opinions IN THE WORLD!

Tuesday, August 2nd @ 8:00pm
@ The Peoples Improv Theater
123 E. 24th Street, btwn. Park & Lexington, New York, NY

Tickets: $5
Online: ThePIT-NYC.com
Phone: 1-800-838-3006
Questions? 212-563-7488

AND AS ALWAYS…
The show is sponsored in part by Midtown Comics

Check out our podcast!

Want to watch the show live, but can’t make it in NYC? Check out our livestream of the show!

Awesome Artists Added to Baltimore Comic-Con 2011

Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of Adam Hughes, Tony Harris, Josh Middleton, and Francesco Francavilla to the line-up of creators appearing at this year’s show. The show will be taking place the weekend of August 20-21, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

As far as cover artists working in comics today, Adam Hughes is among the very best. A 12-year veteran of Gaijin Studios, Hughes is most widely recognized for his pin-up style renditions of female characters, especially over the course of his long runs as cover artist on Wonder Woman and Catwoman. His most recent work includes a 2-page spread featuring Supergirl and Batgirl for Superman/Batman #75 in 2010 and covers for Zatanna (#13-16) in 2011, and he will be providing covers for DC’s relaunch of Batgirl which begins in September. Hughes won the Harvey Award for Best Cover Artist in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

Breaking into comics in 1989, Tony Harris made a name for himself as the artist and co-creator of DC Comics’ Starman. Also a member of Gaijin Studios, Harris left the Atlanta-based collective to form Jolly Roger Studios. His recent work includes wrapping up a 50-issue run on Vertigo’s Ex Machina in 2010 and he is currently working on a project called The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull.

Josh Middleton broke into the comics industry in 2000 with his work on one of CrossGen’s original fours series, Meridian, where he penciled the first six-issue story arc. In 2003, after contributing to Marvel’s X-Men Unlimited series, Middleton signed an exclusive with the publisher and helped create the series NYX along with Joe Quesada. Moving on to DC Comics, he served as artist for the mini-series Superman/Shazam: First Thunder, and provided cover art for Vertigo’s American Virgin and DC’s Supergirl. Middleton’s most recent work includes art direction for Warner Brothers Animation’s Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

Francesco Francavilla, who is currently wrapping up his run on Detective Comics, will be working alongside Scott Snyder on the upcoming Swamp Thing title (one of DC Comics’ “New 52″) starting this September. In additon, Francavilla is also the artist on Marvel’s Black Panther: The Man Without Fear and is working on several short stories/anthologies at Archaia Entertainment.

“We are all very excited to add these four artist to the growing list of creators attending this year’s Con,” said Marc Nathan, show promotor of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “These guys helped to shape the look and feel of many modern comics and redefined those characters for a new audience.”

FL – DC Retroactive Signing

Artist Sergio Cariello signs copies of his new Superman: The 80s #1 issue on Saturday, August 13 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm!

Yancy Street Comics
9409 US 19 (inside Gulfview Square Mall), Port Richey, FL 34668
727-817-0888

NYC – Krazy Kat Discussion

Craig Yoe and Patrick McDonnell appear on August 4th from 7:00PM – 8:00PM!

Krazy Kat & The Art of George Herriman by Craig Yoe celebrates over one hundred years of one of the most beloved and innovative comic strips of all time and its creator. This unique collection of rare, unpublished art, essays, memorabilia and biogrpahy-the majority reprinted here for the first time-highlights the career of the first genius of comics, George Herriman, and his iconic creations.

Craig Yoe runs the New York design firm YOE! Studio with Clizia Gussoni. Eisner award-winner Yoe has been called the “Indiana Jones of comics” by Vice magazine and a “twisted archivist of the ridiculous and the sublime.” Publishers Weekly called his work “brilliant.” Yoe is the author of more than 30 books, including The Art of Mickey Mouse and Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-creator Joe Shuster.

Cartoonist and author Patrick McDonnell, creator of the award-winning MUTTS comic strip and Me… Jane, a nonfiction children’s book about a young Jane Goodall and how she followed her passion to become one of the world’s most inspiring women, will join Craig on the Strand Stage.

The Strand
828 Broadway (at 12th St.), New York, NY 10003-4805

CA – Girls and Corpses Release Party

Press Release:

TERA PATRICK, WILLIAM LUSTIG and JOSLYN JAMES sign for GIRLS and CORPSES Magazine at MELTDOWN COMICS on Friday August 12th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

It will be a night of thrills and chills, babes and bones and comedy and horror at Meltdown Comics. And what else would you expect from GIRLS and CORPSES a newsstand magazine that The Huffington Post voted’ The most ridiculous magazine’ of all time! TERA PATRICK graces the summer issue cover and JOSLYN JAMES graces our previous cover. They will both be signing their issues of Girls and Corpses Magazine. Also, signing will be iconic horror director WILLIAM LUSTIG (Maniac), famed sex therapist DR. SUSAN BLOCK, amazing artists LOU RUSCONI and PETER ADAMYAN and actress/producer PAULA LABAREDAS

So, don’t miss this Girls and Corpses signing!  It’s a matter of life… and death!

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

 

AZ – Citizen Cold Signing

Scott Kolins appears at Atomic Comics on August 14, 2011 from 1-4pm!

Atomic Comics
3155 West Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

UPDATED: Viz Media Brings the Star of Naruto to New York Anime Festival 2011

Viz Media announced last week at Comic-Con International that they are bringing voice actress Junko Takeuchi to the New York Comic Con and Anime Festival! Takeuchi is best-known for her work as the voice of Naruto Uzumaki — lead character in the Naruto franchise — as well as roles including Gon Freecss in Hunter x Hunter, Mamoru Endo in Inazuma Eleven, Metabee in Medabots, and Gomamon in Digimon. At the New York Anime Festival, Takeuchi will speak at a Q&A session and dedicate time to autographing, both public signings for general attendees and reserved autographing for NYAF VIPs. Her appearance will culminate in the introduction to the US premiere of the feature film Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Bonds.

For more information follow the Medium at Large blog.

UPDATED WITH PRESS RELEASE:

VOICE ACTRESS JUNKO TAKEUCHI - THE JAPANESE VOICE OF NARUTO - COMES TO NEW YORK ANIME FEST

Ms. Takeuchi To Premiere New Naruto Shippuden Film At Anime Event During New York Comic Con 

Norwalk, CT, August 1, 2011: The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) and VIZ Media are proud to announce the Japanese voice of titular character Naruto Uzumaki in the global anime phenomenonNaruto and Naruto Shippuden – Junko Takeuchi — is coming to this October’s New York Anime Festival.  The New York Anime Festival will take place October 13-16, 2011 at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan as part of the sixth annual New York Comic Con (NYCC).  NYCC, which attracted 96,000 attendees in 2010, celebrates comics, television, movies, toys, games, and the popular arts from around the planet.  NYCC’s Anime Festival shines a specific spotlight on anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture.  NYCC has already announced guests including Kevin Smith, Felicia Day, and Robert Kirkman.

VIZ Media officially announced Ms. Takeuchi’s attendance at the New York Anime Festival on Friday, July 22nd as part of VIZ Media’s 25th Anniversary Panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA.  Ms. Takeuchi will take part in a panel and signings at NYAF, and will introduce the U.S. premiere of the motion picture Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Bonds at a VIZ Media event (details forthcoming).  Ms. Takeuchi’s travel is provided by American Airlines.

Junko Takeuchi, a prolific voice actress (or seiyuu), originally hails from Saitama, Japan and has earned a large following internationally for her portrayal of Naruto Uzumaki — lead character in the Narutofranchise — and is also well-known for roles including Gon Freecss in Hunter x Hunter, Mamoru Endo in Inazuma Eleven, Metabee in Medabots, and Gomamon in Digimon.  Created by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto was first introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999 and quickly became that country’s most popular ninja manga targeting tweens and teens with more than 100 million copies in circulation to-date. The manga series (rated ‘T’ for Teens) and animated counterpart (Naruto rated ‘T’ for Teens, and Naruto Shippuden rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) are among VIZ Media’s most successful properties and have captivated millions of fans across North America, Europe, and South America.

At the New York Anime Festival, Takeuchi will speak on a panel and dedicate time to autographing, both public signings for general attendees and reserved autographing for NYAF VIPs.  Her appearance will culminate in the introduction of the U.S. premiere of Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Bonds.  In the feature film, a group of mysterious flying ninja have arrived from overseas to launch a sudden attack against the Hidden Leaf Village, leaving behind a wake of destruction. The group is revealed to be the “Sky Ninja” from the Land of Sky, a nation thought to have been destroyed by the Hidden Leaf Village long ago. To save their village, Naruto and his friends set out to stop this new threat. During the course of the mission, Naruto crosses paths with Sasuke, his friend who has parted ways from the Leaf Village.

“The New York Anime Festival is honored welcome Junko Takeuchi to New York City,” NYAF and NYCC Show Manager Lance Fensterman said.  “VIZ Media is responsible for the biggest manga and anime series in America, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden being among them, and we’re very excited to partner together to bring the voice of Naruto together with her fans in NYC. Of course, while we’reexcited, our attendees will be absolutely, entirely thrilled.”

For Ms. Takeuchi’s bio and headshot, please visit www.newyorkcomiccon.com.

For more information on Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, please visit Naruto.viz.com.

Details around all of NYAF’s Naruto events and its full schedule will be announced later this summer.  Tickets are available at www.newyorkcomiccon.com now.  For the latest information, please follow @ny_anime_fest and @ny_comic_con on Twitter as well as read NYAF and NYCC’s official blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.

ABOUT VIZ MEDIA, LLC:

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine and blockbuster properties like NarutoBleach and InuYasha, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

ABOUT THE NEW YORK ANIME FESTIVAL:

The New York Anime Festival is a celebration of Japanese popular culture from the creators of New York Comic Con. NYAF conducts, promotes and is involved in anime and Japanese cultural activities year-round in New York City, including events at Kinokuniya Bookstore, Japan Society, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri. Our flagship event is the New York Anime Festival at New York Comic Con. Taking place at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan on October 13-16, 2011, the New York Anime Festival at New York Comic Con showcases the best of anime pop culture, including the latest anime, manga, Japanese cinema, music and games as well as anime-influenced comics, animation, and films from around the world. The festival features exclusive and extensive screenings, a gala cosplay masquerade, sessions with the some of the biggest names in anime from Japan, Asia and America, and explores the Japanese cultural experience with displays of both traditional and cutting-edge Japanese life. (www.newyorkanimefestival.com)

ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON:

New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City.(www.newyorkcomiccon.com)

ABOUT REEDPOP:

ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans.  The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC), and UFC Fan Expo.  The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion.  ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

Collector Services Come to Baltimore Comic-Con 2011

Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to welcome the collector services of CGC, ComicLink, ComicsPriceGuide.com, The Restoration Lab, Collectibles Insurance Services, and Desert Wind Comics to the line-up of exhibitors at this year’s show. The 12th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center. 
 
Certified Guaranty Company, better known as CGC, is an independent, impartial, third-party comic book grading service. Providing their customers with expert grading and conservation through their slabbing process, CGC has graded more than 1 million comics over the last decade. In addition to the many levels of grading services provided, CGC also provides witness services for authenticating signed collectibles.
 
As one of the largest online comic auction houses, ComicLink has built its reputation on the quality of the services provided to their customers. Focusing on vintage comics and original art, ComicLink also serves as a brokerage house and direct sales platform for collectors to sell their items. In recent years, ComicLink has seen many record-breaking sales for Golden and Silver Age keys.
 
ComicsPriceGuide.com (CPG) is the premiere online price guide. CPG offers a host of information to their subscribers and visitors alike, including: accurate and up-to-date pricing information; coverage of the vintage comic auction market and other industry news; and forums for collectors to meet and share information. In addition, CPG allows subscribers to create an online database to store and track their collection as it continues to grow.
 
For 25 years, The Restoration Lab, under the direction of Susan Cicconi, has restored and helped preserve vintage comic books. Services provided by the Restoration Lab include cleaning, pressing, and restoration of books to improve their aesthetic appearance. All services provided adhere to the strict guideline of paper conservation and Cicconi is recognized throughout the industry as the foremost expert in restoration.
 
Collectibles Insurance Services provides insurance coverage for a wide variety of collectibles, including: artifacts; books; clocks; coins; comic books; dolls; guns & knives; military paraphernalia; quilts; model trains; and much more. 
 
Desert Wind Comics is an independent CGC Signature Series Service provider that secures witnessed autographs for collectors by working closely with such creators as Stan Lee, John Romita Sr., Joe Simon, and Carmine Infantino. Over the last decade, Desert Wind has organized signings all over the United States and Canada with some of the most sough-after creators in the comic industry.

“We’re delighted to have all of these companies exhibiting at this year’s show,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “The fans and collectors are the ones who make comic conventions possible and these vendors provide valuable services to help them preserve and protect their collectibles.”

American Airlines Offers Discount on Flights to NYCC/NYAF 2011

Press Release:

The New York Anime Festival and New York Comic Con are proud to Partner with American Airlines as our Official Airline. Many of our guests will be traveling this year on American, but this partnership isn’t just for creators. American, NYCC, and NYAF are proud to offer a special discount for any travel for fans, professionals, and exhibitors, too!

If you book on American through NYAF and NYCC, we’re proud to offer you a 7% discount.

This special discount is available on flights on American Airlines, American Eagle, and American Connection between October 10th and 19th, 2011. To book travel with this discount, simply visit www.aa.com/group and enter code 17H1BL. Don’t want to book online? Call 1-800-433-1790 from anywhere in the US with the code handy. And, if you’re traveling internationally, contact your local reservation number and mention our discount code.

A big thanks to our friends at American!

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