NYC – Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland Signing

Joyce Brabner, Dean Haspiel, Jeff Newelt and Joseph Remnant sign at The Strand on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

“Comics are just words and pictures. You can do anything with words and pictures,” said American Splendor’s Harvey Pekar, pioneer of autobiographical comics who passed away on July 12, 2010. Celebrating the publication of the graphic novel Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland, his widow and collaborator, Joyce Brabner joins two of his artists Joseph Remnant (Harvey Pekar’s CLEVELAND) and Dean Haspiel (The Quitter) in a panel moderated by Jeff Newelt (editor, Harvey Pekar’s CLEVELAND).

Joyce Brabner is a writer of comics who frequently collaborated with her late husband, Harvey Pekar, on his American Splendor stories. Pekar and Brabner worked with artist Frank Stack on the Harvey Award-winning graphic novel, Our Cancer Year. Brabner was portrayed by actress Hope Davis in the film adaptation of American Splendor (2003), and also appeared as herself.

Dean Haspiel is the creator of the Eisner Award-nominated comic, Billy Dogma, and founder of online literary arts journal Trip City. He is best known for his graphic novel collaborations with Harvey Pekar on The Quitter, and with Jonathan Ames on The Alcoholic and the HBO series Bored to Death, for which he won an Emmy for Main Title Design.

Jeff Newelt, aka JahFurry, is the editor of the graphic novel Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland as well as the Pekar Project webcomics series. He is comics editor of SMITH, Heeb and Royal Flush magazines.

Joseph Remnant is a Los Angeles-based artist, who previously illustrated Harvey Pekar stories for SMITH magazine’s Pekar Project. He recently self-published the first issue of his own comic titled Blindspot.

Buy Cleveland or a $10 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one person. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

Additional copies of the book (and previous books by the author, when applicable) will be available for purchase at the event.

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

FL – Hacksaw Signs

 

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan signs at Books & Books on Monday April 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Offering professional wrestling fans a ringside seat into his adventurous life, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jim Duggan recounts for the first time key moments and legendary bouts both inside and outside the ring in Hacksaw: The Jim Duggan Story (Triumph, $19.95). Known to millions of enthusiasts as a charismatic patriot — with an American flag in his right hand and his signature two-by-four in his left — Duggan shares how an injury-plagued NFL rookie season curtailed his football ambitions and paved the way for a brighter career in professional wrestling. Rising to fame in the Cold War–era 1980s, Duggan engaged in legendary feuds with some of the biggest names in wrestling, including the Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, and Andre the Giant. Duggan also reflects on his fight against kidney cancer during the prime of his career. With each page peppered with Duggan’s charming wit, fans will find much to enjoy and discover about the man they once knew only as “Hacksaw.”

Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

OH – Princess Leia Signs

CARRIE FISHER discusses her two books, Wishful Drinking and Shockaholic, on FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM.

(Line numbers beginning at noon, starting with #21. Please show your books&co receipt for either Wishful Drinking or Shockaholic to get a line number. These are the only books she will be signing. No memorabilia, please.)

The first 20 line numbers have been reserved for promotional purposes. Books & Co. will have an entry box in the store beginning April 1. On April 9, we will draw 5 entries. The winners will receive 2 tickets each to the Carrie Fisher Wishful Drinking show at The Victoria Theatre and a reserved line number for the autographing at Books & Co on April 13.

Carrie Fisher’s books focus on her addiction and mental illness, all the while showing the reader that she has a gift for words and an irrepressible sense of humor as she relates her unusual upbringing and her celebrity experiences. She is the daughter of entertainers Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher and became an icon when she starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.

She will be performing her one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, at The Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton April 10-22. For information about that show, please contact Ticket Central at 937-228-3630.

Books & Co
The Greene Shopping Center
4453 Walnut Street, Dayton, OH 45440

NYC – The Dangerous Book Four Boys Signing

James Franco signs at The Strand on April 13, 2012 from 7:00PM – 8:00PM.

Press Release:

Begin your weekend with actor, author, and artist James Franco. Franco has appeared in a wide array of films such as Milk, Pineapple Express, Spider-Man, and Howl. His book of short stories, Palo Alto: Stories, was released in the fall of 2010. In June of this year, Franco had his first solo exhibit Dangerous Book Four Boys, a mixed media event at Clocktower Gallery. The show can now be seen its entirety in a new book sharing the same title with the show.

Buy a copy of The Dangerous Book Four Boys (plus Free Strand Tote Bag) or a $20 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one person. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

Additional copies of the book (and previous books by the author, when applicable) will be available for purchase at the event.

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

DC Taking Top Talent To C2E2 2012

March 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois, Top Stories

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Press Release:

DC ENTERTAINMENT TO BRING TOP TALENT TO CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2) 

Renowned Comic Book Publisher will Participate in Nine Panels at Convention; Executives and Creators to Meet with Fans

Norwalk, CT, March 23, 2012:  DC Entertainment has revealed that it will bring an extensive line up of top talent and creators to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  The renowned comic book publisher is slated to participate in nine panels providing thousands of fans the opportunity to hear from some of the most famous artists and creators in the DC universe.  Many of these creators, as well as executives from the company, will also be on hand to meet with fans in the DC Entertainment booth, which will occupy 2500 square feet in a central location on the convention floor. The talent that is (so far) scheduled to appear at C2E2 includes: Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, Chris Burnham, David Finch, Patrick Gleason, Kevin Maguire, Sean Murphy, Jimmy Palmiotti, Gail Simone and Scott Snyder.  This does not include a number of top creators that DC will be bringing to the convention for BEFORE WATCHMEN, which has been announced in a separate release.

This year’s C2E2, which is produced by the organizers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), is expected to attract thousands of loyal fans making this convention the largest pop culture extravaganza in the Midwest.  It will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

“DC Entertainment has been a tremendous supporter of C2E2 ever since we launched the show in 2010,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2.  “We are honored that they bring such high caliber talent to our convention and this year is no exception.  I think their participation is a strong statement about how much they believe in our event, and how much they believe in Chicago and the Midwest as a center for pop culture activity and commerce.  DC is a pre-eminent publisher and they elevate dialogue and entertainment simply by being present and being involved.  We are pleased that they have elected to be so present and involved in C2E2.”

FRANCO AURELIANI has been drawing comics since he could hold a crayon in his little fingers. His credits for DC Comics include the Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE and the upcoming SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES. In 1995, he founded Blindwolf Studios, an independent art studio where he and fellow creators like his superstar cartoonist buddy Art Baltazar create wonderful comics for all the kids. Franco is also the creator, artist and writer of WEIRDSVILLE, LIL CREEPS and EAGLE ALL STAR and the co-creator and writer of PATRICK THE WOLF BOY. Franco is also very tall.

ART BALTAZAR is a super-cartoonist from Chicago! His credits for DC Comics include the Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE and the upcoming SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES. Additional credits include GORILLA GORILLA comics for Disney Adventures and PATRICK THE WOLF BOY comics from BlindWolf Studios. Aw Yeah Man!

CHRIS BURNHAM derives from Chicago. His credits include BATMAN INCORPORATED and BATMAN AND ROBIN for DC Comics, X-MEN: DIVIDED WE STAND and X-MEN: MANIFEST DESTINY for Marvel Comics, FEAR AGENT for Dark Horse, THE ELEPHANTMENT, NIXON’S PALS and OFFICER DOWNE for Image Comics, and much more.

DAVID FINCH launched his comics career on Top Cow Productions’ Cyberforce, where he started out assisting creator Marc Silvestri before graduating to full-time penciller in 1996. After co-creating the title Ascension and pencilling the first four issues of Aphrodite IX for Image, Finch went on to illustrate acclaimed runs on Ultimate X-MenThe New AvengersMoon Knight and Ultimatum for Marvel before being lured to DC by its siren Bat-song. A contributor to BATMAN #700 and penciller for the one-shot BATMAN: THE RETURN, Finch is currently writing and drawing the ongoing series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT as well as crafting exquisite cover art for a host of DC titles. A proud Canadian, he makes his home on the snowy steppes of Ontario.

PATRICK GLEASON loves to create fantastic characters and the worlds they inhabit. His focus on character development and powerful storytelling can be found within the stories of many iconic characters including DC’s Batman and Robin, Green Lantern Corps, Aquaman, The Jusctie League, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, and The JSA. His ground-laying work, alongside Geoff Johns, and Dave Gibbons on Green Lantern Corps mini-series RECHARGE made way for the acclaimed ongoing series. The Sinestro Corps War followed, and then culminated in the explosive Blackest Night with Peter J Tomasi. Along with DC Comics’ wildly successful New 52, Patrick continues to lend his artistic vision and work to the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin.

KEVIN MAGUIRE resents being known as the guy who draws “funny faces.” He draws expressive faces (thank you very much) on titles such as the various Justice League books of the 1980s, The Adventures of Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, TEAM TITANS, Strike Back!, JLA: CREATED EQUAL, X-Men Forever, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE, and The Defenders. OK… he draws funny faces too.

After breaking into the industry at a young age, SEAN MURPHY made a name for himself in the world of indie comics before joining up with DC for such titles as BATMAN/SCARECROW: YEAR ONE, TEEN TITANS, HELLBLAZER and the miniseries AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. He also wrote and illustrated the original graphic novel Off Road.

JIMMY PALMIOTTI is a multi-award-winning creator and co-founder of Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights, and Paperfilms, where he currently partners with Amanda Conner and Justin Gray. Together they have created and co-created: The New West, MONOLITH, 21 DOWN, THE RESISTANCE, The ProGatecrasherBeautiful KillerAshCloudburstTrigger Girl 6SplattermanThrill SeekerTrailblazer,Ballerina, THE TWILIGHT EXPERIMENT and the TV series, Painkiller Jane.

He has worked on POWERGIRL and JONAH HEX for DC COMICS, The Last Resort for IDW, Back to Brooklyn for Image Comics, Spartacusfor Devils Due, and Time Bomb for Radical Comics. He is currently writing ALL-STAR WESTERN and THE RAY for DC COMICS the New 52.

GAIL SIMONE first caught the attention of the comics world on the world wide web, where her popular humor column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” was featured on Comic Book Resources.  It wasn’t long before she was tapped to write The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to working in the mainstream for Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool.

Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is most known for her much-beloved run on BIRDS OF PREY.  She has continued to write for DC and its many imprints on titles that include ROSE AND THORN, ACTION COMICS, TEEN TITANS, SECRET SIX, THE LEGION, VILLAINS UNITED, JLA CLASSIFIED, THE ALL-NEW ATOM, GEN13, and her creator-owned title WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY. Simone is currently writing BATGIRL in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.

SCOTT SNYDER has written comics for both DC and Marvel, including the bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS and SWAMP THING, and is the author of the story collection Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press). He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

For further information about guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.  For more information about DC Entertainment and their guests please contact ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­David Hyde at david.hyde@dccomics.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 and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration VI, Fantasy Football Fest, 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.

FL – Heroes For My Daughter Signing

Brad Meltzer signs at the Vero Beach Book Center on Sunday, April 15th at 2:00 p.m.

Published by HarperCollins Publishers

In this companion to his acclaimed and inspirational bestseller, Heroes for My Son, national bestselling novelist Brad Meltzer brings together the stories of fifty-five remarkable individuals, from intellectual explorers such as Marie Curie, Sally Ride, and Jane Goodall to cultural champions like Billie Jean King; from implacable public figures such as Rosa Parks and Winston Churchill to artistic icons such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Stevie Wonder; and beyond. Heroes for My Daughter is Meltzer’s collection of inspirational, real-life figures for his daughter, and yours, to learn how to lead a powerful, motivated, fulfilling life.

The Vero Beach Book Center
2145 Indian River Blvd, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Scene and Heard: Joshua Jackson from Fringe at WonderCon 2012

Joshua Jackson from Fringe spoke to the press at WonderCon in Anaheim, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.

IN – The Omega Effect Signing

 

Writer Mark Waid signs at Downtown Comics on April 25th from 4pm to 8pm signing copies of Avenging Spider-Man and Daredevil as part of The Omega Effect Crossover. Stop by meet the man and get some books signed!

Downtown Comics
5767 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46250

Boston Comic Con 2012 Announces Art Auction

Press Release:

The Boston Comic Con hosts their inaugural public auction of original comic book art at the 2012 show. The auction will be held on Saturday April 21, 2012 at 7pm at the Hynes Convention Center in Suite 102. This is your chance to own a piece of original art from some of the most notable comic book artists in the industry. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Mike Wieringo Scholarship for aspiring comic book artists. The guest auctioneer will be writer Todd Dezago, who frequently collaborated with Wieringo on titles including Sensational Spider-Man and Tellos.

In just a few short years, the Boston Comic Con (BCC) has burst onto the national scene as an old school convention for comic book purists, collectors, and art enthusiasts. In our efforts to further the BCC’s reputation as a comic book art driven show, the BCC is holding its first annual original art auction. Our goal is to generate additional proceeds for the show in order to finance and improve our ever-expanding artist alley, as well as to contribute to a worthy comic book art related charity. As such many of our notable guest artists have chosen to support the BCC and the Mike Wieringo Scholarship by voluntarily donating a piece of their original art to the auction.

About The Mike Wieringo Scholarship:
This scholarship was established in memory of comic book artist Mike Wieringo for aspiring comic book artists studying sequential art at the Savannah College of Art and Design who can demonstrate not only the talent but the financial need. The scholarship recipient is chosen by a panel of comic book art professionals and close friends of Mike Wieringo. Finalists are expected to submit a portfolio. This scholarship is renewable up to three times as long as the recipient continues to meet established criteria.
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd opening at 10:00 am each day at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Tickets are currently available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with paid adult admission!
please note artwork attached will not be available in the auction

NYC – Avengers Signing

Legendary artist Walt Simonson celebrates his new run on Avengers with a signing at Jim Hanley’s Universe on Wednesday April 18, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm!! Purchase of Avengers #25 required to participate in signing.

Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001

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