Big Questions Tour

Friday September 9th at 7 pm
Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD
(410) 662-4444

September 10th (11-7) and 11th (12-6)
Small Press Expo (SPX) @ Bethesda North Marriott Convention Center
5701 Marinelli Rd, Bethesda, MD

Tuesday September 13th
The Copacetic Comics Company
3138 Dobson St, 3rd floor. Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 251-5451

Wednesday September 14th 
Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth St, Philadelphia, PA
(215) 592-1207

Thursday September 15th 
192 Books
192 Tenth Ave, New York, NY
(212) 255-4022

Friday September 16th at 7 pm 
Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY
(718) 388-5087

Sunday September 18th
Brooklyn Book Festival at the Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY

Monday September 19th
Ada Books
717 Westminster Street, Providence, RI
(401) 432-6222

Wednesday September 21st 
The Center for Cartoon Studies
94 S. Main Street, White River Junction, VT
(802) 295-3319

Thursday September 22nd at 7 pm 
Librairie Drawn and Quarterly
211 Bernard O., Montreal, QC
(514) 279-2224

Saturday September 24th
The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
(416) 533-9168

Sunday September 25th 
Word on the Street Book Festival
Toronto, ON

Her Universe Brings Geek Chic to Dragon*Con 2011

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Press Release:

HER UNIVERSE FOUNDER ASHLEY ECKSTEIN BRINGS GEEK CHIC TO DRAGON*CON

Her Universe DragonCon JewelryATLANTA, GA, August 23, 2011 — Almost half of all sci fi fans (and Dragon*Con attendees) are women, and they’re just as eager as the guys to show their devotion to their favorites. Actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, who provides the voice of Ahsoka Tano in the hit animated series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” has met the challenge with her new “geek chic” clothing line, Her Universe (www.heruniverse.com). Ashley will be offering her new line of female-focused apparel and accessories (including “Star Wars” and “Battlestar Galactica” convention exclusives), and meet the fans, at this year’s Dragon*Con.

Married to former Major League Baseball player, two-time World Series Champion and World Series MVP, David Eckstein, Ashley grew frustrated with the lack of merchandise made for the growing number of female Sci-Fi fans. When she couldn’t find Star Wars clothing for herself, as a fan, she made the decision to create her own line called Her Universe. As someone who always expressed herself through her sense of style, she now shares her love of all things sci fi with other geek girls. Ashley has made it her mission in fighting for the underdog, of spearheading the call to create a place for female fans in a pop culture community typically dominated by men.

Her stylish line of “geek chic” apparel and accessories features fashionable, female–focused products from such powerhouses as the Star Wars brand, and Syfy properties Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13 and “Syfy’s Original Movies,” among others. It may be a “man’s world,” but Ashley is quickly proving that there’s more than enough room in Her Universe for everyone.

Dragon*Con is the largest fan-driven science fiction, fantasy and pop culture convention in North America. Celebrating its 25th year, Dragon*Con brings over 40,000 fans to downtown Atlanta each Labor Day weekend to enjoy appearances by celebrity guests, musical performances, panel discussions, costume contests, and more.

JMV Comic Book Show – Allen,Texas (September 2011)

August 30, 2011 by  
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Convention Name
JMV Comic Book Show – Allen,Texas
Convention Website Address
http://www.jmventertainment.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date
09/18/2011
About This Convention
Allen,Texas (NE Dallas area ) favorite one day show for collectors and dealers of vintage to modern comic books and related collectibles.
Venue Name and Address
Courtyard Marriott Dallas – Allen
205 E. Stacy Road
Allen, Texas 75002
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
25
Projected Attendance
250
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books

MA – It Figures Art Show

Press Release:

William Scott Gallery and Boston based figurative painters Damon Lehrer and Rick Berry announce the September exhibition of their work “IT FIGURES” with the opening reception to be held September 9, 2011, 6-9 pm at William Scott Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave,#65, Boston.

Berry’s refined brutalism and spontaneous generation of bodies under strain and release contrast hypnotically with Lehrer’s perverted baroque style. Together their work expresses a joyous explosion of thepossibilities of “traditional” media, and different approaches to knitting together new and old, street and museum culture, the synchronicity of pop and salon.

Berry and Lehrer met through mutual friend and sometime collaborator, Phil Hale (cult illustrator and also official portrait painter of British Prime Minster Tony Blair). Lehrer has since founded the collective known as the Boston Figurative Art Center; Berry joined in response to its mission to promote figure painting in its many incarnations as a primary focus for contemporary art in Boston and beyond.

Damon Lehrer received his Master of Fine Arts degree at Boston University in 1994.  His work is in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, The Acadia Foundation of Richard Estes, The New York and Boston Public Libraries, Dartmouth College, Tulane University, Bowdoin College, and Boston University, as well as many private collections in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Rick Berry left high school and started at 17 in underground comics, expanding into popular culture with art for Marvel and DC Comics, major book and gaming publishers, television and feature film, including acting as Keanu Reeves’ cyber stunt double in Johnny Mnemonic. A pioneer in new media,Berry created the world’s first digital cover for a novel in 1984 for William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Authors Frank M. Robinson, Stephen King, Peter Straub and Neil Gaiman have commissioned his illustrations and collected his work. His fine art paintings are also in private collections across Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as in two books of his work, Double Memory (with Phil Hale) and Sparrow 6: The Art of Rick Berry. He recently worked for three seasons in residency with OperaBoston, then with the American Repertory Theater for Amanda Palmer’s Cabaret.

Immediately following “IT FIGURES,” William Scott Gallery will host a group exhibition for the month of October in which Berry and Lehrer invite selected nationally and internationally known figure painters, many with Boston connections, into the image-driven conversation. Artists include Phil Hale, Anne Harris, Ken Beck, Bill Carman, Ed Stitt, Paul Goodnight, Jim Burke, George Pratt, Scott Bakal and others.

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William Scott Gallery
450 Harrison Ave, #65 Thayer Street, Boston, MA 02118

Apps Genius Joins with Wizard World for Celebrity Gaming Division

August 30, 2011 by  
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Apps Genius Corp Announces Joint Distribution Agreement With Wizard World, Inc. and Also Announces the Launch of Its Celebrity Entertainment Division

Expands Market for Future Distribution of Apps and Games

Apps Genius logoRED BANK, NJ, Aug 30, 2011 — Apps Genius Corp ( www.appsgenius.com ), developer and publisher of social games and mobile apps, today announces a distribution agreement with Wizard World, Inc. (pinksheets:WIZD), producer of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America and the launch of its celebrity gaming division that will build mobile and social applications around celebrity branded personas.

“We are excited to launch our Celebrity Entertainment division and our through our agreement with Comic Con we will be able to reach a large existing market of loyal consumers for our games and social applications. Our new celebrity gaming division will allow celebrities that have large followings on Facebook and twitter to have a new way to monetize and expand their personal brand,” stated Adam Kotkin, CEO of Apps Genius Corporation.

“Celebrity interaction has been an increasingly significant part of the Wizard World experience, both in our Comic Con events and on the Wizard World Digital platform,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO. “This partnership with Apps Genius is a great way to bring our fans closer to the talent.”

For more information, visit www.appsgenius.com

About Apps Genius:

Apps Genius Corp. ( www.appsgenius.com ) develops markets, publishes and distributes social games and software applications that consumers can use on a variety of platforms. The platforms include social networks, wireless devices such as cellular phones and smart phones including the Apple iPhone(TM) and standalone websites. To date, we have released several applications including ‘Bed Bug Alert,’ an informational tool for the Apple iPhone(TM), ‘My Mad Millions,’ a game application for Facebook(TM), ‘Slap a Friend,’ a game application for the Apple iPhone(TM), ‘Bruisers,’ a game application for Facebook(TM), ‘Angry Turds,’ a game application for Apple iPhone(TM), and ‘Crazy Dream’ Application for Facebook(TM). Apps Genius Corp’s goal is to develop and publish new titles on a recurring basis that are based on the same property and gaming platform. Examples of this franchise approach are ‘My Mad Millions’ and ‘Rock The House,’ currently under development, which both utilize the same underlying platform. A core focus of our Social Gaming and Mobile Application development is to allow users and players to reach across different networks into a virtual application or gaming environment such as Facebook, MySpace, iPhone and Android and be able to play games and use applications from all users no matter what environment they are using the application in.

About Wizard World, Inc.:

Wizard World, Inc. produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premiers, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World, Inc. also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

NYC – John Lithgow Signs

John Lithgow signs at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday September 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM!

In Drama: An Actor’s Education, the Golden Globe, Emmy and Oscar-winning actor talks about his extraordinary life and career.

Special Instructions
Event space opens at 5:00 pm. Please do not arrive for this event prior to 5:00 pm. Priority seating available with purchase of Drama. Standby customers who do not wish to purchase the book will be seated at management’s discretion as space allows

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-253-0810

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Labor Day Special: Get Free Banner Ads with Your Convention Scene Advertising Purchase

August 29, 2011 by  
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Hi, everyone. I’ve got an advertising special for you.

For every $100 you spend on advertising with us between now and September 5th, we’ll throw in 10,000 banner impressions in the top spot by our logo. So if you take out one of our year-round 125×125 ads or a skyscraper ad for a month, you will be entitled to 10,000 banner impressions (a $30 value). If you purchase our supersized 120×240 ad size, you will be entitled to 20,000 banner impressions (a $60 value).

Current advertisers are welcome to process an early renewal to take advantage of this offer as well.

Ads can be purchased from this page.

*This does not include ad creation. If you do not supply your own ad, there is a one-time $25 charge to create your ad. If you will need it updated throughout the year, there is an additional $25 maintenance fee.

If you create your own ad, please submit it to brian@con…

 

TX – Godzilla Screening

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Matt Frank appears at the Alamo Drafthouse on Sunday September 18th

Press Release:

Join ComicBreak.com on Sunday September 18th at the Alamo Drafthouse – Stone Oak for a special FREE Godzilla screening!

6pm-7pm:
Artist, Matt Frank, will be joining us to sign copies of IDW’s Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters trade paperback which features his spectacular variant covers from the comic book series!

7pm:
The lights go down and the monster mayhem begins! Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)!

Alamo Drafthouse – Stone Oak
22806 US Hwy 281 North, San Antonio, TX 78258

Admission is FREE, just stop by the box office to pick up your ticket to secure your spot.

We hope to screen a different geek movie or TV show every month but we need your help. Please tell all your friends, share it on Facebook, Twitter and everywhere else to help us make our first event a success!

NM – Game of Thrones Lecture

Author George R.R. Martin appears at a fundraiser for ABC Libraries with a lecture and book signing at the historic KiMo Theatre on September 3rd

Press Release:

On September 3rd, legendary sci-fi and fantasy author, George R. R. Martin will draw crowds for a book talk and signing at the historic KiMo Theatre

General admission to the book talk and signing at 7:30 p.m. is $20. VIP admission, beginning at 6:30 p.m., includes a reception, book signing, light refreshments and reserved seating at a cost of $120. Tickets can be purchased at www.KimoTickets.com.

Declared by Time Magazine as “One of the Most Influential People of 2011,” George R. R. Martin is an author and screenwriter of science fiction, fantasy and horror. His bestselling novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has been made into the Emmy® Award-nominated series,  Game of Thrones. Additionally, Martin has won over 30 awards for his works in print and on the screen.

“Mr. Martin has been very generous to the libraries, and most of the price of the ticket will be going to fund new library programs.   So, not only will the audience get to hear a great author, they’ll also be funding more events like this in Albuquerque” says Katherine Yuhas, Board Director of The Friends for the Public Library.

As a fundraiser for The Friends of the Public Library, proceeds from this special event benefit Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries, enabling the continuation of outstanding free library services and programs for the Albuquerque community.

ABC Libraries is part of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. ABC Libraries consists of 17 locations serving a diverse population with a variety of programs, events and services. In 2010, the library welcomed more than 2.8 million patrons and managed the circulation of more than 4.9 million materials.

For more information on all of the library events and services, call 311 or visit www.cabq.gov/library. TTY Users call 711.

Hero Initiative Schedule at Dragon*Con 2011

August 29, 2011 by  
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Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic creators in need, is proud to announce its attendance at Dragon*Con over labor day weekend, September 2nd through 5th in Atlanta, Georgia. Hero will be located at Booth #BT23.

Hero’s special guests include world-renown artists Steve Dillon and George Pérez. Dillon is the artist of the critically acclaimed Preacher and Wolverine: Origin. Pérez, the longtime artist of New Teen Titans and Avengers, is also writing the relaunched Superman for DC Comics, which starts in September. Both have generously committed their time to raise money for Hero Initiative at Dragon*Con, so stop by booth BT23 and be the lucky recipient of a sketch or signature while contributing to a wonderful cause.

Captain America writer/artist Karl Kesel will also be at the Hero booth on Sunday. While you are getting a coveted sketch ask our helpful volunteers about becoming a Hero Initiative member! Do It!

Schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY, SEP. 2 (con hours 1-8)

130-330: Steve Dillon
330-530: George Pérez
530-730: Steve Dillon

SATURDAY, SEP. 3 (con hours 10-8)

1030-1230: George Pérez and Roz Friday
1230-230: Steve Dillon
430-630: Steve Dillon

SUNDAY, SEP. 4 (con hours 10-8)

1030-1230: Steve Dillon
1230-230: Karl Kesel
230-430: George Pérez
430-630: Steve Dillon
630-800: George Pérez

MONDAY, SEP. 5 (con hours 10-4)

1030-1230: Steve Dillon
1230-230: George Pérez

About The 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.

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