NC – Free Comic Book Day 2012

Press Release:
Free Comic Book Day will be here before you know it! Saturday, May 5th 2012 is FCBD at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find and it’s one of the biggest FCBD events in the country. Not only will we have tons of free comics for comic book fans of all ages, we also invite a bunch of great creators who will sign your comics and do quick sketches for you! This year we’ll be hosting :
  • CHRIS BRUNNERCo-creator and artist on Loose Ends, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Covers for Static Shock, Boondock Saints, & NOLA
  • SHAWN CRYSTALArtist on Deadpool, Deadpool Max, & Deadpool Team-Up
  • FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA – Creator of The Black Beetle, Artist on Captain America & Bucky, Detective Comics, Black Panther, & cover artist for pretty much every other comic book
  • SANFORD GREENECreator of Rotten Apple, Artist on Deadpool, Wonder Girl, Methodman GN
  • CULLY HAMNERCo-creator of Red, Artist on The Question, Detective Comics, Black Lightning, Blue Beetle
  • JASON LATOURCo-creator of Loose Ends, Artist on BPRD: Pickens County Horror, Noche Roja, Scalped, Daredevil: Black & White
  • JACKIE LEWISArtist on Play Ball
  • KEVIN MELLONArtist on Heart, Lovestruck, S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • JAY POTTSCreator of World of Hurt
  • BUDD ROOTCreator of Cavewoman
  • BRIDGIT SCHEIDECreator of Brother Nash
  • BRIAN STELFREEZE –  Artist on Wednesday Comics, The Ride, Gun Candy, & a ton of Batman: Shadow of the Bat covers
  • SKETCH CHARLOTTE – Several artists from this local sketch group will be on hand! Sketch Charlotte meets every Thursday at 6:30pm at Showmars on 7th and Pecan.

Wow! NOTE that free sketches are at the discretion of the artists, and are not guaranteed.

Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find
1957 E. 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204

TX – Free Comic Book Day 2012

Kristian Donaldson, Joe Eisma, Evan Bryce Cranston, Chad Thomas, and Robert Wilson sign at Zeus Comics on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day!

Zeus Comics
411 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

 

ON – Free Comic Book Day 2012

Phil Noto, the artist behind the Silver Snail’s 36th anniversary poster, signs on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day!

The Silver Snail
367 Queen St West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2A4

NJ – Free Comic Book Day 2012

Jim Calafiore signs and does head sketches at Amazing Heroes on Saturday May 5, 2012 on Free Comic Book Day!

Amazing Heroes
966 Stuyvesant Ave, Union Township, NJ 07083
908-687-4338

IL – FCBD: Wicked West Signing

Writer Tom Hutchinson at Graham Crackers Comics in Lakeview (3162 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60647 ) from 11am – 1pm and in Edgewater (5443 N. Broadway Chicago, IL. 60647 ) from 2pm – 4pm on Saturday May 5th for Free Comic Book Day!

OR – Free Comic Book Day 2012

Press Release:

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), the annual event in which participating comic shops give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores, returns Saturday, May 5, and Things From Another World is where you’ll find all of the action! Doors open at 9 am at TFAW’s Portland, Milwaukie, and Beaverton stores. Make sure to stop by for special free comics–while supplies last–as well as amazing signings, big savings, and more. The comics retailer will also offer free comics online at TFAW.com.

“Free Comic Book Day is an opportunity for us to reach out to the community and offer entertainment the entire family can enjoy–and afford,” said TFAW Senior Director of Retail Operations Andrew McIntire. “This is a great event that we look forward to every year.”

TFAW has an incredible slate of comic book creators signing at their Portland and Beaverton locations, including several artists from this year’s official FCBD comics, like Ben Bates (Sonic the Hedgehog), Jonathan Case (The Guild), and Steve Lieber (Alabaster). Plus, meet Terry and Rachel Dodson (Uncanny X-Men), Emi Lenox (EmiTown), Amy Mebberson (Strawberry Shortcake), Jeff Parker (Hulk), Chris Samnee (Captain America & Bucky), and the Witch Doctor team, Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner!

May 5 also kicks off TFAW’s astonishing Mega Sale, both in stores and online. Customers will save 50-70% on comics, graphic novels, toys, statues, and more. In stores, customers will also enjoy incredible savings on all back issues, including hundreds of issues new to each location.

As a special bonus, Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters from Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base Rebel Legion will “patrol” at the Beaverton TFAW, while the pirates from PDX YAR will invade the Portland and Milwaukie locations–and demonstrate their sword-fighting skills. Get the complete schedule below, and see you May 5!

About Things From Another World:
Founded in 1979, Things From Another World is the premier retailer of comics, toys, collectibles, and pop-culture geek goodness, both in Portland, Oregon and online at http://www.TFAW.com.

TFAW’S FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SCHEDULE

ONLINE AT TFAW.COM:

Starting at 12:01 am PST: Customers will have at least two FCBD comics placed in their in-stock purchases, while supplies last.

PORTLAND TFAW, 4133 NE SANDY BLVD. PORTLAND, OR 97214:

9:00 am: Doors open!
12:00-2:00 pm: Signings with the following creators:

Jonathan Case – Artist for Dark Horse Comics’ The Guild FCBD book
Terry and Rachel Dodson – Artists for Uncanny X-Men and Defenders
Emi Lenox – Creator of EmiTown
Steve Lieber – Artist for Alabaster, featured in Dark Horse’s FCBD books
Jeff Parker – Writer for Hulk and Thunderbolts
Plus: The pirates of PDX YAR.

BEAVERTON TFAW, 4390 SW LLOYD AVE. BEAVERTON, OR 97005:

9:00 am: Doors open!
2:00-4:00 pm: Signings with the following creators:
Ben Bates – Artist for Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog FCBD book
Amy Mebberson – Artist for Strawberry Shortcake and Muppets
Chris Samnee – Artist for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Serenity
Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner – Writer and artist for Witch Doctor
All day (while supplies last):
Free Starbucks coffee for customers starting at 9:30 am!
Demos and giveaways from Game Trader.
Free cookies from Subway.
Plus: Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters from Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base Rebel Legion.

MILWAUKIE TFAW, 10977 SE MAIN ST. MILWAUKIE, OR 97222:

9:00 am: Doors open–enjoy free coffee from Spring Creek Coffee House, while supplies last!
10:00 am: Trackers Earth will demonstrate how to shoot a bow and arrow like Hawkeye! (Note: foam arrows only.)
12:00-4:00 pm: Live-action Heroclix.
All day: Kids’ art table.
Plus: The pirates of PDX YAR.

MoCCA Fest 2012 Programming Schedule

Press Release:

MoCCA Fest Programming!
We’re pleased to announce final times, guests, and agendas for our panels and programs at MoCCA Fest this year. We have two buzzing floors of activity, that include downstairs panel discussions as well as our main exhibitor floor upstairs. Whether you’re perusing the show floor for your favorite finds, catching up on the latest with Gary Panter, or learning to make your very own accordion book, there’s something for everyone.

-And Families!
Don’t forget about our Kids Programming on Sunday morning; four devoted programs in a row, designed to be entertaining and fun for the whole family.
-Sunday April 29th, Kids Programs start at 9:30am. Families arriving to the Fest at 9:30am get a special price; $5 for children 6-12 (under 6 free, over 12 normal) with a paying adult.

PRE-SALE TICKETS ARE ONLINE UNTIL APRIL 26!

Look below for a complete run of MoCCA Fest programming. Also, be sure to check out moccafest.org for news!

ROOM A
SATURDAY

11:15 Kids Comics Sarah Couri (NYPL), Jorge Aguirre, P. Craig Russell, Matt Forsythe,
Colleen AF Venable
You know that old cliche about comics not being just for kids anymore? Well, thankfully some of them still are. The New York Public Library’s Sarah Couri talks to cartoonists who have ventured into world of kids comics and books.

12:15 A History of Comics Censorship
Alex Cox (CBLDF)
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Alex Cox takes you on guided tour of censorship in comics, from Frederic Wertham to Friendly Franks.

1:15 The State of Small Publishing
Heidi MacDonald (The Comics Beat), Box Brown, Craig Yoe, Barry Matthews
What’s it like running a small publishing company in 2012? The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald talks to an array of publishers about the state of print.

2:15 Klein Award
Gary P anter, Bill Kartalopoulos
Gary Panter receives the 2012 Klein Award.

3:15 A Nordic Roundtable
Fredrik Strömberg (SE), Peter Madsen (DK), Kaisa Leka (FI), Bendik Kaltenborn (NO) and Mattias Elftorp (SE)
The comics culture of northern Europe is brimming with energy, talent and innovation, among other things visible in the new anthology Kolor Klimax from Fantagraphics. Come and meet some of the Nordic artists present at MoCCA.

4:15 Harvey Pekar’s Final Projects
Jeff Newelt, Joy ce Brabner, Joseph Remnant , Rick Parker , Sean Pryor, Dean Haspiel, JD Waldman
Celebrating the life and work of comics pioneer Harvey Pekar with his widow, and writer in her own right, Joyce Brabner, joins a group of his artist collaborators.

5:15 Carousel
R. Sikoryak with Michael Kupperman, Domitille Collardey, Shannon Wheeler, Leslie Stein, and Lauren Weinstein. With voices by Julie Klausner, Dave Hill, Scott Adsit.
Live comics brought to life by cartoonists and a team of talented voice actors.

ROOM A
SUNDAY

11:15 Graphic Novels for Young Adults
Betsy Bird (NYPL), Raina Telgemeier, Kevin Pyle, MK Reed, Derek Kirk Kim
The New York Public Library’s Betsy Bird talks to some of the brightest talents in one of comics’ fastest growing demographics.

12:15 To Run a Comic Stop
Alex Cox (Rocket Ship), Tucker Stone (Bergen Street Comics), Thor Parker (Midtown Comics), Gabe Fowler (Desert Island)
Representatives from some of the area’s top comic stores discuss the trials and tribulations of running your own shop.

1:15 Digital Distribution and the Future of Comics
David Steinberger (Comixology), Evan Dahm, Leigh Walton, Brian Heater
A frank discussion about sequential art’s move into the digital age.

2:15 Memoir
Calvin Reid, Derf, Peter Kuper, Jennifer Hayden, Mike Dawson
Maker s of autobio comics discuss filter their lives through sequential art.

3:15 Daniel Johnston in Conversation
Daniel Johnston, Brian Heater
Join the idiosyncratic singer-songwriter for a discussion about his art, including his debut graphic novel, Space Ducks.

4:15 An Interview with Gary Hallgren
Gary Hallgren, Danny Fingeroth
Gary Hallgen, interviewed by Danny Fingeroth, discusses his career from his days as one of the creators of the notorious Air Pirates, through his illustration work for a zillion publications, from the NY Times and MAD through You: The Owners Manual.

5:15 Animation from Augenblick Studios and Ugly Americans
Aaron Augenblick, Devin Clark, R. Sikoryak
Aaron Augenblick (founder of Augenblick St udios), Devin Clark (creator of “Ugly Americans”), and more show animated clips and shorts from their television, film, and independent projects.

ROOM B
SATURDAY

12:15 With Nicolas Mahler and Tom Gauld
Nicolas Mahler, Tom Gauld, Brian Heater
Brian Heater interviews two artists; Tom Gauld of Scotland, and Nicolas Mahler of Austria.

1:15 Checklist for a New Comic: A Guide to Getting Started
Jess Abel, Matt Madden
In this brief seminar, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden will walk you through the many considerations you should keep in mind when you embark on a new comic of any kind. Abel and Madden will help you strategize and come up with a working plan for your next project, and will cover: creative block and coming up with ideas; choosing a format and platform that makes sense; setting goals and scheduling your time so that you can reach them; finding an audience and looking for collaborators and/or publishers. So bring some paper and be ready to take notes on your next big (or small) project!

3:15 Hans Rickheit in Conversation
Hans Rickheit, Brian Heater
Brian Heater takes on Hans Rickheit–musician, performance artist, cartoonist.

4:15 Big City Dare2Draw
Hosted by TJ Glenn & Charles D Chenet
Featuring dynamic figure drawing, with action poses, using props and, then, the signature “Quick Draw” Contests, with all art done on Blue Line Pro boards, for charity. Prizes provided by our sponsors. Dare2Draw is a non-profit, platform organization for artists, providing mentoring, networking and resources for artistic development, while encouraging goo d health and business practices for cartoonists and providing the opportunity to connect with each other, face-to-face.

ROOM B
SUNDAY

9:30 Kids Program: Comics Are Awesome!
John Green (Teen Boat!)
Learn how an idea in your head becomes a comic on a page. John Green and Colleen AF Venable will take you on a collaborative journey through the process of creating characters and stories for comics.

10:15 Kids Workshop: From Concept to Comic
John Green (Teen Boat!, Phineas and Ferb), Colleen AF Venable (Guinea Pig Pet Shop Private Eye, First Second Books)
Kids Program continues!

11:15 Workshop: Drawing with Rick Parker
Rick Parker (Beavis & Butthead, and Papercutz)
Join cartoonist Rick Parker for an insightful, funny and hands-on workshop in cartooning! This workshop is great for cartoonists of all ages.

12:30 CCS Presents: The Expanding Comic Workshop
Robyn Chapman (Center for Cartoon Studies)
If you think that a comic book is just a bunch of pages between two covers, think again!  There is a wide variety of book making techniques that allow you to fold, flip, and turn your comics in unusual ways. Jon Chad, author of Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth, will team up with comics educator Robyn Chapman to introduce three unique book forms. Then the workshop participants will construct and illustrate their own expanding comic books!

2:00 A Discussion with Josh Neufeld and Shannon Wheeler
Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge), Shannon Wheeler (Oil and Water, Too Much Coffee Man)
These two creators interview one another about their work in comics, especially as it relates to their approaches documenting tragedy on the Gulf Coast.

4:00 Coming to America
Emma Hayley (Publishing Director, SelfMadeHero)
Reporting on the flourishing UK and European comics scenes and the launch of a new graphic novel imprint in the US.

4:45 Euro comics: Kiki de Montparnasse and the French Comics Scene
Doug Wallace, Jose-Louis Bocquet
Jose-Louis Bocquet (Senior Editor, Dupuis – France / Author, Kiki de Monparnasse) and Doug Wallace (Marketing Director, SelfMadeHero)
discuss the European comics scene and Catel & Jose-Louis Bocquet’s first US graphic novel Kiki de Montparnasse.

MA – FCBD: The Hobbit Signing

David Wenzel and Bob Noberini appear at That’s Entertainment in Worcester, MA on Saturday, May 5, 2012, from Noon to 5 p.m. for Free Comic Book Day!

Press Release:

Acclaimed fantasy artist David T. Wenzel will appear at That’s Entertainment in Worcester on Free Comic Book Day 2012, Saturday May 5th Noon to 5 p.m. Wenzel is best known for his graphic novel adaptation of The Hobbit, which is one of the most successful artistic visualizations of classic literature ever done.

Wenzel will sign a free fantasy art print he has created especially for Free Comic Book Day attendees. This art event ties into mounting anticipation among fantasy fans for the premiere of the new The Hobbit movie, which will be released in December of this year.

“I know David plans to bring a variety of prints and paintings to display and sell,” says Company Manager Ken Carson, “so this will definitely be a colorful visual feast for fans of fantasy art. And it’s a great opportunity for aspiring artists to talk with a world-renowned professional.”

Scola has also lined up artist Bob Noberini for the event. Noberini is well-known for his dynamic superhero style, and he will be offering free sketches to attendees as time permits.

That’s Entertainment is a “pop culture emporium”, dealing mainly in comic books, toys, movies and video games. Located at 244 Park Avenue since 1992, they have operated in Worcester since 1980.

Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores. Free Comic Book Day started in 2002 and is coordinated by the industry’s single large distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors. On Free Comic Book Day, participating retailers give away specially printed copies of comic books. In its first six years, more than 2000 retailers in more than 30 countries have given away more than 12 million Free Comic Book Day special-edition comic books. That’s Entertainment has participated in FCBD every year since its inception, and has regularly featured professional artists as part of the event.

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That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609

IL – FCBD: Superman Family Adventures Signing

Art Baltazar & Franco from DC’s Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures (which launches that day) appear at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day! Free signing and sketching from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also, it’s the store’s Grand Opening! Free comics, hot dogs, beverages, and cake will be served while supplies last.

Aw Yeah Comics
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916; Fax: 847-423-2917

DC – Are You My Mother? Signing

Alison Bechdel signs at Politics & Prose on May 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm!

In her acclaimed graphic memoir, Fun Home, Bechdel focused on her father, his secret life, and his death. Now she turns to her talented, emotionally repressed mother, exploring the family psychology and the tentative mother-daughter truce the two achieved via D.W. Winnicott , Dr. Seuss, and Bechdel’s own vivid memories.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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