NYC – Comics Out Loud

Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, Bob Wiacek, Chris Sotomayor, John Workman, and Danny Fingeroth appear at the Society of Illustrators on Saturday, January 28th, 2012.

Press Release:

Comic books (and their cousins, graphic novels) are something we’re all familiar with from childhood on. But if you’re not involved in making them, how they come to be can seem a little mysterious and intimidating. Now, the curtain is pulled back as comics editor and writer DANNY FINGEROTH, in collaboration with THE SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS presents:

COMICS OUT LOUD

In a manner similar to the Society’s acclaimed ART OUT LOUD events, COMICS OUT LOUD will feature top comic book creators—one from each discipline of the medium—demonstrating and discussing their work processes as attendees circulate around the room and watch the process of “sequential art” (as the great Will Eisner dubbed it) being made.

You’ll get to watch writer LOUISE SIMONSON, penciler WALT SIMONSON, inker BOB WIACEK, colorist CHRIS SOTOMAYOR, and letterer JOHN WORKMAN as they ply their crafts. Each creator will be working on a current assignment, so that attendees will get a sense of how team-created comics come to be. Event organizer, and longtime comics editor, DANNY FINGEROTH, will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate the role of the editor in the comic book making process.

COMICS OUT LOUD will be a rare opportunity to see top creators doing—and speaking about—their work. You will have the chance to find out everything you always wanted to know about making comics, but were afraid—or didn’t even know—to ask!

Tickets

$50 non-members, $40 members, $20 students

Food will be available for an additional $5.

Purchase tickets here!
ABOUT THE CREATORS:

LOUISE SIMONSON [writer] has written and edited comic books for many years, including those in the superhero, science fiction, horror, and fantasy genres. Her Marvel work includes the award-winning Power Pack; best selling X-Factor and New Mutants; Wolverine: Meltdown, co-written with her husband, Walter ; and Web of Spider-Man. Her DC Comics work includes Superman: Man of Steel, featuring the Death and Return of Superman storylines; Steel; and World of Warcraft. She has also written 23 books for kids and adults. She is currently writing a Young Adult dark urban fantasy novel and a Rocketeer story for IDW.

WALT SIMONSON [penciler] is a triple-threat talent, lauded for his work as writer, penciler, and inker. His first professional artwork appeared in 1973 in DC’s Weird War Tales. He gained prominence with his collaboration with Archie Goodwin on the Manhunter feature, and from there went on to many triumphs, including landmark runs on The Mighty Thor, The Fantastic Four (both of which he wrote, penciled and inked), and Michael Moorcock’s Elric.

BOB WIACEK [inker], one of the industry’s top embellishers, has inked over such pencilers as Carmine Infantino on Star Wars, John Romita Jr. on The Uncanny X-Men, June Brigman on Power Pack, John Byrne on Sensational She-Hulk, Walter Simonson on X-Factor, and George Pérez on The Brave and the Bold, volume 2.

CHRIS SOTOMAYOR [colorist] has the reputation of being one of the best—and fastest—color artists in the comics business, and has been a mainstay at Marvel Comics since 1996. He’s proven himself time and again, having worked on their top properties, including Spider-Man, X-Men, Daredevil, Captain America, Hulk, and many others, as well as working on titles for DC, Image and Humanoids.

JOHN WORKMAN [letterer] was born in the mid-twentieth century. He discovered comics at an early age and was struck by the uniqueness of the medium. His plans to be a lawyer flew out the window, and he began to experiment with all the elements that make up the creation of comics stories. His favorite time spent in comics over the last 44 years was the period (1977-1984) during which he was the Art Director for Heavy Metal magazine. He edited, wrote, penciled, inked, colored, lettered, and handled production on thousands of comics pages, all the time attempting to boost sales of the publication and to present comics material to a large worldwide audience. In the years since the HM days, he has become known primarily for his lettering, though he continues to do everything else that it takes to come up with a comics story.

DANNY FINGEROTH [curator] is Sr. VP of Education at SoHo’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA), where he co-curated exhibitions of the work of Al Jaffee and Will Eisner. He was Group Editor of Marvel’s Spider-Man line and has written many comics featuring Spider-Man and other icons. He is co-author of How to Create Comics from Script to Print; author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society; and co-editor of the recent The Stan Lee Universe, a compendium of rarities from and about the co-creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, and so many others, published by TwoMorrows.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

First Guests Announced for Anime Boston 2012

Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first round of guests today. Voice actors Christopher Ayres, Caitlin Glass, and Carli Mosier will be Guests of Honor at Anime Boston on April 6-8.

Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. Currently a voice actor for ADV Films and FUNimation Entertainment, Ayres is also an ADR Director for ADV Films and Amusement Park Media. His first project at studio was the hit anime musical comedy The Nerima Daikon Brothers. His other voice acting roles are Kei Kourono in Gantz, Suitengu in Speed Grapher, Von Kampher in Trinity Blood, Hayashimizu in Full Metal Panic? Fummofu, Johnny in One Piece, Sid in Devil May Cry, Yusuf Ali Mesa in Yugo the Negotiator and Koji in Godanner.

Best known for the role of Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist, Caitlin Glass has been working in the anime industry since 2004 as a voice actress and ADR director. Most recently, she has played Hanna Annafellows in Black Butler II, Eila in Strike Witches, Kyoko in Initial D: 4th Stage (FUNimation), Mawari in My Bride is a Mermaid and Maya Ibuki in Neon Genesis Evangelion 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone and 2.0 You May (Not) Advance. Other well-known roles include: Chachamaru & Chisame/Chiu in Negima, Deneve in Claymore, Dhianeila in Heroic Age, Kaori in Kanon, Hiyono in Spiral, LaLa in D.Gray Man, Miria in Baccano, Miss Anderson in Shin-chan, Nerine in Shuffle!, Saya in Black Cat, Sumomo in Sergeant Frog, Triela in Gunslinger Girl, Vivi in One Piece (FUNimation) and Yakumo in School Rumble.

Glass can also be heard in BECK, Darker Than Black, Dragonaut: The Resonance, Hell Girl, Kaze no Stigma, Kenichi, Mushi-shi, Nabari no ?, Ragnarok, Solty Rei, StrAIn, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Welcome to the NHK and Witchblade, among many others.

Voice actress Carli Mosier is excited to attend her second Anime Boston.  Mosier began developing her love of acting at age 6 and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. She attended the musical theatre program at the University of Houston and continued on in film and stage productions throughout the Houston area.

In 2004, after years in the theatre, she began working at ADV Films, appearing in such shows as Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok as Tsubasa Maijima and Godannar as Kei. However, she is best known for her performance as the sexy Detective Yukika in Nerima Daikon Brothers. She also appears as Student Council President Yuri Kurosu in Magikano and Daisy in Halo: Legends.

Mosier has also worked for Funimation, starting out there singing the closing credit song Before Dawn in One Piece and voicing smaller characters in Evangelion, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Sgt. Frog. She has also voiced Aunt Bitzi in Shin Chan, Akira Yoshii in Baka and Test and Astraea in Heaven’s Lost Property. She was mostly recently cast as the Narrator and Prophetess in Sentai FilmWorks’ Night Raid: 1931.

About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Massachusetts. Anime Boston 2012 will be held Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at http://www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is an organization dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at http://www.neanime.org.

IL – Nightwing Signing

Writer Kyle Higgins signs at Graham Crackers Comics on Wednesday January 4, 2012 from noon to 2pm!

Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison St, Chicago, IL

(312) 629-1810

WA – Stan Lee Universe Signing

Writer and editor Danny Fingeroth signs copies of his newest book ‘The Stan Lee Universe’ as well as other works at the Comics Dungeon on Thursday, January 5, 2012 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm!

Danny Fingeroth is well known for his extensive editorial runs at Marvel Comics, overseeing titles such as Spider-Man, Marvel Team-Up, and more. His writing credits include Darkhawk, Dazzler, The Deadly Foes of Spider-Man, and numerous issues of the Avengers, Iron Man, Daredevil, and more!

Fingeroth is also the creator of Write Now! Magazine for TwoMorrows Publishing and is also well known for his books ‘Superman On The Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Society’ as well as ‘Disguised As Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero’.

His newest book is an exploration into Stan Lee’s history and features rare interviews, memos, correspondences, and artwork!

RSVP on Facebook!

Comics Dungeon
250 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

NJ – Zombie in Love Signing

Illustrator Scott Campbell joins us for a special Pajama Storytime and art festival as he reads Zombies in Love and shows us how he illustrates picture books. Get set for Valentine’s Day in a very special way at this Storytime/signing!

Thursday February 02, 2012 6:00 PM
Barnes & Noble – Market Fair
Princeton Marketfair, 3535 US Route 1, Princeton, NJ 08540
609-897-9250

UK – Habibi Signing

Craig Thompson signs on Thursday 19 Friday 20th January 2012 from 6:00 – 7:00pm!

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

Press Release:

CRAIG THOMPSON will be signing his stunning graphic novel, HABIBI (Faber & Faber) at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Thursday 19th Friday 20th January from 6 – 7pm.

Habibi, based on a Middle Eastern fable, tells the story of Dodola, who escapes being sold into slavery and rescues an abandoned baby she names Zam.

They live in isolation in an old boat in the desert. As they age their relationship shifts from mother and son, to brother and sister and eventually lovers. In the meantime however Dodola is forced to prostitute herself to desert traders in order to provide for Zam. When he seeks an alternative means of income Dodola is captured by the Sultan and Zam is forced into a quest to try and rescue her.

Set in the place where Christianity and Islam began, it explores the fundamental connection between these religions, and also the relationship between the first and the third world and the increasingly important battle for the earth’s resources. Ambitious, but always deeply felt, Habibi is a beautifully drawn and moving graphic novel that has had a huge amount of attention.

ConScene Review: ATLA: The Promise

With the conclusion of Nickelodeon’s popular television series Avatar: The Last Airbender (ATLA) in 2008 legions of fans clamored to know what happened to its characters and whether or not the unresolved questions would ever be answered. In response Nickelodeon has teamed with Dark Horse Comics to produce a series of graphic novels featuring the further adventures of Avatar Aang and his friends picking up where the show left off and bridging the gap to the upcoming spinoff, The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra, which takes place 70 years after ATLA.

The first book in this new comic series, ATLA: The Promise, is set to release on January 25, 2012 and Dark Horse has graciously given Convention Scene an advance peek at the book. Written by critically acclaimed cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, the comic begins with an homage to the opening of each episode of ATLA, a brief explanation of the world built by series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino and a rundown of the main characters and events of the show. This is expedient because the main action of the comic picks up with the final shot of the show and dives into a heavily continuity-laden plot regarding the fallout of the war and Aang, Zuko, and the Earth King resolving the issue of Fire Nation colonies within the Earth Kingdom’s borders.

Yang presents a very complex problem with no easy solution but does so in a manner that is accessible to younger readers while not speaking down to older fans. There is a fine line for any writer looking to appeal to all-ages but Yang has walked it well for years garnering high praise and several awards for his own comics including Level Up, The Eternal Smile, and the indie darling American Born Chinese. While a vocal protestor of the film adaptation’s casting practices, Yang certainly proves himself a fan of the original series with spot-on characterizations of not only the main cast but secondary and tertiary characters as well. He also does an excellent job of laying the groundwork for themes and plots that have been revealed in the promotional material for Legend of Korra.

The ladies of Gurihiru Studios have been tapped for the artwork on this comic and their fun style blending Manga with conventional Western comics is very effective and reflects the feel of the original series. They capture the action scenes well and do a particularly good job of including Appa and Momo, Aang’s pet sky bison and bat-winged lemur respectively, as characters rather than set pieces, a difficult position for non-speaking roles. Veterans of ATLA already (they drew stories for Nickelodeon Magazine collected in Dark Horse’s ATLA: The Lost Adventures) the cast is presented as older while staying on model.

Overall this series will be a must-have for any fans of the show. It complements the original series perfectly and whets the appetite for the new spinoff. Be sure to ask your local comic shop to reserve a copy for you on January 25th!

CA – Curbing It Signing

Jeff Garlin discusses and signs his new memoir on Sunday January 8, 2012 at 4:00pm

About:
Jeff Garlin shares his hysterical and eye-opening journey to reduce his waistline and his carbon footprint during the production of the seventh season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm

Jeff Garlin has dedicated the filming of an entire season of Curb Your Enthusiasm to completely making over his lifestyle in two major ways—by lightening his physical and his ecological footprints. After many false starts, he believes that writing a book about the experiment is the only possible way to help him lose weight and go green.

The hardest part of the endeavor is overcoming his food addiction—especially when craft service has a constant buffet of everything delicious you could imagine on set. In addition to cutting calories, Jeff accidentally falls into a love affair with pilates, sweats with Richard Simmons, and twice visits the Pritikin Longevity Center, which he says is “rehab for people who eat too much pizza.” Larry David’s rooting for him. Jerry Seinfeld’s plotting against him. And his wife is just plain annoyed by everything.

As far as going green, Jeff has always been a big recycler, but he has a lot to learn. For example, actor Ed Begley Jr. is the guy to call if you want to reduce your environmental impact. Jeff does, and it changes everything.

He hopes that being healthy and green becomes a big part of who he is—if not now, when?

About the Author:
Comedian and actor Jeff Garlin is best known for his work on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Garlin also spent three seasons on NBC’s Mad About You in the role of Marvin, and has a variety of television and film appearances to his credit including Dr. Katz, Arrested Development, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Late Show with David Letterman, Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Daily Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Daddy Day Care, and WALL-E. He has also had his own HBO half-hour comedy special.

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069

FUBAR Signing Tour

The new issue of FUBAR premieres with a signing tour on January 7, 2012.

Rafer Roberts & Mike  Imboden sign from 10am – 3pm in Gaithersburg and 4-9pm in Frederick

Beyond Comics
536 North Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
5632 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD 21704

Mario Wytch signs (contact store for more details)

Speeding Bullet Comics
614 N Porter Ave, Norman, OK 73071

Jeff McClelland signs from 4-7pm

Pittsburgh Comics
113 East McMurray Rd, McMurray, PA 15317

(contact other stores for signing details)

OH – Sisterhood of Dune Signing

Kevin J. Anderson discusses and signs at Joseph-Beth Booksellers on Saturday, January 7 at 1:00 pm!

The latest chapter in the “New York Times”-bestselling series. It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Road # M, Cincinnati, OH 45208

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