OR – CBLDF Fundraiser Event

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has fought for the First Amendment Rights of the comics community since 1986. Now here’s your chance to join the fight for free speech at our CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 signing and membership drive October 9 at the Portland TFAW.

Meet CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 contributors Jeremy Atkins (Charles de Ghoul), Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies), Emi Lenox (EmiTown), Michelle Madsen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Dave Stewart (Hellboy), and Paul Tobin (Bandette), and learn how you can join the CBLDF for as little as $25! Complimentary food and beer (for those 21+ with valid ID) provided.

Everyone has a story to tell, but what happens when a story gets taken away from its creator? The CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 looks at the creative costs of censorship, either through outside interference, or through more private forms. All proceeds from this book benefit the important First Amendment work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who’ve been fighting censorship in comics for over 25 years!

Special bonus: Courtesy of Dark Horse Comics, attendees at this event only who sign up for CBLDF membership at the $50-$249 level will receive a Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 1 Limited Edition hardcover, while supplies last. Attendees who sign up for CBLDF membership at the $250 or greater level will receive a Give Me Liberty hardcover, signed by Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons, also while supplies last. These bonuses are in addition to the CBLDF’s generous incentive rewards for membership.

“It is easy to take our First Amendment Rights for granted. Yet, historic and present day events alike underscore how important it is that everyone does their part to protect the First Amendment Rights of the comics community, and of Americans as a whole,” said TFAW Vice President and CBLDF Board Member Andrew McIntire. “This is why we have supported the CBLDF for years, furthered our commitment as a corporate member, and why we are asking our friends in Portland to come out and join us in supporting the important work of the CBLDF by becoming members.”

Published by Image Comics and edited by Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie, the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 contains 48 pages of all-new stories and also features the talents of Richard Corben (Creepy), Tim Seeley (Revival), Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy), and more. Pick up your copy at the Portland TFAW October 9 for just $4.99, get it signed by some of Portland’s hottest creators, and learn about the benefits of membership in the CBLDF.

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Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

The Problem with Doubting Wonder Woman

September 30, 2013 by  
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By Leigh Wendinger at HalloweenCostumes.com

Wonder WomanBatman and Superman have dominated the superhero films for years now, spending nearly $1 billion dollars for their production over the last eight years collectively [1].  The glaring question left in the shadow of their hulking success is why are superhero movies continuing to pop up like weeds while the Wonder Woman film idea shrivels in the darkness?

It goes without saying that Superman and Batman have gained raging popularity, but those films have not always had a solid history of success.  Consider Green Lantern, Hulk and Superman Returns – all flops!  Why did they get a second chance while Wonder Woman has yet to get her first? Good question.

Since movies like Catwoman and Elektra failed to bring the fan base creators were hoping for, an appalling misconception developed: female superhero movies would never succeed.  The myth clearly follows the wake of two of the most lackluster scripts in superhero film history.

This, in turn, has aided in the creation of the proverbial glass ceiling for female superheroes.  Now, those who would like a crack at making a dominating female picture are left to face a series of obstacles ahead.

Ludicrous?  Absolutely!

Here’s the scene.  Nearly every superhero movie made revolves around males while their female counterparts take a sheepish back seat.  Considering society’s need for a strong female character, this theory fails to make much sense, unless of course it is too hard for society to see a woman succeed without a man to guide her.  Ludicrous again!

So the question arises, why can’t women be the empowering main characters in movies instead of just a sexualized accessory to a male?

Well, there are a few reasons why Hollywood has been reluctant to create more movies where women take the lead and regrettably, that line of thinking has led to five myths:

  1. 1.       Female superheroes don’t bring in revenue

Toy companies claim they cannot sell as many toys for female superheroes, but Wonder Woman products have the ability to sell to a diverse audience – gender and age included.


  1. 2.       Female superhero movies always bomb at the box office

When the movie fails to break even with the production budget while it is in theatres, it is considered a box office bomb.  Of the two ‘legitimate’ female superhero movies made, only one tanked at the box office.  But how many male superhero movies bombed?  Far more than one and we’ll leave it at that.


The 1997 film Batman and Robin was not a fan favorite, but the prevailing Batman movies, The Dark Night and The Dark Night Rises, have been some of the highest grossing films to date.  So why can’t females have another shot?  What’s the harm?  We clearly know there is only room for improvement since the lukewarm reception of Catwoman!


  1. 3.       There are no actresses who will play them or who are good enough to portray them

Scarlett Johansson definitely holds her own playing Black Widow in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers – clearly it’s all about casting and script.


Bets are the male population would not mind watching Wonder Woman fight crime in her skin tight attire.  But again, that’s feeding into the very progression that’s made the glass ceiling bullet proof!


  1. 4.       Women don’t read comics and the men don’t like female superheroes

Both assumptions are ridiculous and false, no need to elaborate there!


  1. 5.       No female superhero is well known enough to attract a fan base

Wonder Woman, duh!

Even though a large fan base would disagree with some of these concepts, we still are left suspicious of Wonder Woman and her success in film.  Is it because of her confusing beginning in the comic book world, her character complexity, or one of the many myths that prompted the reluctance of success?  That is left for you to ponder.

In the meantime, consider that Wonder Woman has many components to her life and for those who have not followed her in comic book culture, she may appear extremely complex.  Followers of her comic introduction know her origins are comprised of an intricate weave intertwining the notions of female strength and obedience to a male – a web not easily untangled.

Although the life of Wonder Woman is complicated, it is not convoluted to the point where followers will fail to understand her character progression.  If anything, a great plot will keep viewers on the edge of their seats as the predictable nature of many scripts is circumvented.

Finding Cracks in the Ceiling

Perhaps the true question here is whether the uncertainty is placed in Wonder Woman as a character or the inability to create a script that portrays her in a deserving light?  Undoubtedly, it will be hard to find the aspect of her existence that is the most appealing to viewers, especially males.  But it has to be done!  Indeed, the presence of strong female characters in lead roles may very well depend upon the ability to get Wonder Woman “right”.

Variance from original story lines may also deter comic book fans from watching her in film; simply because that is not the Wonder Woman they know.  Ill logic aside; she has to be perfect otherwise the doubts in all the skeptic’s minds will be solidified.  In other words, Hollywood only gets one shot to do this right!

Many cynics have questioned the potential success of a Wonder Woman film for years and lack of faith in an original Joss Whedon script didn’t defend her case much either.  While Wonder Woman, and other female superheroes for that matter, has been pigeon-holed to lack the ability to create a good film, numerous flaws lie in doubting her capabilities and her popularity.

Wonder Woman is recognized by a large demographic whether it is because of her presence in comic books or because she is a popular cultural icon.  Superhero hero movies attract a large following that do not stem from comic books, so why wouldn’t Wonder Woman be able to do the same?

A male superhero story may have an intricate story line, but the characters generally encompass one main detail – they fight crime.  The problem with doubting Wonder Woman quite possibly lies in the misconception that a female heroine movie would do the same while lacking the same success.

Female characters are much more diversified and Wonder Woman would have the ability to play on the inherent value of female empowerment.  Although Wonder Woman doesn’t represent all women, her idiosyncrasies will help develop the strength of future female characters.

Shattering Boundaries

Wonder Woman’s bravery and strength are enviable traits for women as well as men.  Not only is Wonder Woman an inspiration to women, she truly is a woman with no fear.  She is a strong warrior who encompasses the loving aspect of life, but isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.  In the eyes of women, there is not much better than seeing a woman who can stand up for peace, love, justice, and sexual equality.

Obviously, the problem with a Wonder Woman movie is that writers have still failed to come up with a film representation that will do her justice.  Conceivably the problem with doubting the potential success of Wonder Woman is that no male superhero movie to date has embraced the entirety of their existence.  Many fans enjoy the movies that are highly favored to the action aspects, but Wonder Woman is fighting for more than just peace.

The true concern is whether disbelief in the success of Wonder Woman compromises our societal evolvement.

Times are changing and the world is ready for female heroines to shatter tired 20th century boundaries and make the long overdue gender shift in the superhero movie genre.  Despite uncertainties of her ability to succeed in film, Wonder Woman is the perfect character to bridge that gap and extinguish the erroneous hesitations.


[1] Gray, B. (2013) Box Office Mojo. IMDb.com, Inc. [permalink]

Neal Adams needs some help!

September 30, 2013 by  
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Neal Adams missing artLegendary artist of Batman Neal Adams needs the public’s help finding missing art work he left n a New York cab. See the story and details HERE!



The infamous Green Goblin at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend!

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Green Goblin HeadThe infamous Green Goblin head from the film “Maximum Overdrive” will be on display all weekend at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend! Come on by and get your photo taken and meet Tim Shockey, who restored this very cool prop and piece of movie history. For more info and tickets visit www.spookyempire.com

Urkel… comes to FX

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Picture196Appearing at FX for his first ever convention signing!… Jaleel White! 

Born Nov. 27, 1976 in Pasadena, CA, Jaleel Ahmad White began working in front of the camera in commercials at the age of three, and quickly became a veteran child actor, booking appearances on everything from “The Jeffersons” (CBS, 1975-1985) to “Charlie & Co.” (CBS, 1985-86) to “Mr. Belvedere” (ABC, 1985-1990). In fact, he almost landed the role of “Rudy” on “The Cosby Show” (NBC, 1984-1992) until Bill Cosby decided to make the character a girl. White’s star-making role, however, came from a more unlikely place: a one-time guest spot on the sitcom “Family Matters” (ABC/CBS, 1989-1998) as the cartoonishly nerdy Steve Urkel. Most recently Jaleel has starred on Total Blackout and Dancing with the Stars.

For more on the FX Show… click HERE!

CA – Infinite Hunger Signing

September 30, 2013 by  
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Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Jim Cheung appear at Phat Collectibles on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 2:00pm!

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Phat Collectibles
1201 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92804

WA – The Other Dead Signing

September 30, 2013 by  
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Joshua Ortega, author of Spider-Man, Star Wars, and Gears of War, appears at Arcane Comics on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 4:00pm  to promote his new book co-written by Kevin Eastman (TMNT). We will be serving delicious beverages from Hilliard’s Brewery, come down, have a beer and talk some comics with us.

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Arcane Comics
5809 15th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107

UK – The Great War Signing

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Joe Sacco signs at Gosh! Comics on Saturday October 26th from 2pm to 3pm!

Gosh Comics 
1 Berwick Street, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

OR – Bad Houses Signing

September 29, 2013 by  
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Sara Ryan signs at Bridge City Comics on October 25, 2013 from 6pm – 9pm.

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Press Release:

Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our Bad Houses Early Release Party with local author Sara Ryan on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 6pm – 9pm! This event is free to the public.

Bridge City Comics will have copies of Bad Houses available for purchase for Sara to sign. The book’s official release date is October 30th but through a special aarangement with Dark Horse Comics, we are able to sell this book early. And as an added bonus, we will have copies available with an exclusive bookplate included, signed by artist Carla Speed McNeil!

Refreshments will be served free of charge! Sketches will be at the discretion of the artists.

About Bad Houses TP:
Lives intersect in the most unexpected ways when teenagers Anne and Lewis cross paths at an estate sale in sleepy Failin, Oregon. Failin was once a thriving logging community. Now the town’s businesses are crumbling, its citizens bitter and disaffected. Anne and Lewis refuse to succumb to the fate of the older generation as they discover—together—the secrets of their hometown and their own families.

Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Ultracon Returns to South Florida in October

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Ultracon of South Florida

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Ultracon Of South Florida

The Original Is Back! Fort Lauderdale’s Own Hot Anime, Manga, Toys, Cosplay, Comic Books, Sports Cards, Star Wars, Transformer, Action Figures Convention 

October 12th & 13th 2013

Visit Our Ultracon of South Florida Webpage For Guest And Vendor Information at www.ultraconofsouthflorida.com

Cosplay registration please enroll in my webpage under cosplay registration

Email: irving@ultraconofsouthflorida.com

Will feature Magic The Gathering Tournament October 12th & 13th

Sheraton Suites Ft. Lauderdale at Cypress Creek
555 NW 62nd street Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33309
From I-95 South to North exit on 33-b west
From I-95 North to South Exit Cypress Creek Going West
Parking Is Free.

9am Until 5pm Saturday & Sunday 9am Until 5PM

Adults $10, Kids Under The Age Of 10 Free.

Cosplay Contest $300 First Place Prize, Second place $100, Third Place Prize 450

MikeSpecial Guest From The UFC Wrestling Mike The Wolverine Rio Will Be Signing Autograph And Taking Pictures With All His Fans…

Special Guest From UFC Wrestler Marcus Brimage Will Be At Ultra Con Signing Autograph & Taking Pictures With All His Fans.

Special Guest From The Walking Dead Larry Mainland Will be At Ultra Con

Special Guest Creature Entertainment Comics Will Have There Team Artist & Writers At Ultra Con.

Special Guest Walking Dead Super Aritist Steve Lydic Will Be At Ultra Con..

Special Guest Meanballz will make there debut at Ultracon of South Florida with there team….

Special Guest Philip McCall Writer & Author of such famous book as entitled”The Imaginist,Ing the Viking,Dr.Daelalus…Philip will also have a panel and seminar at Ultracon of South Florida

Special Guest Bronies Of South Florida Featuring There Work Of Art…

Special Guest -Movie Produces Tom Stedham “Producer of Deadly Premonition”

Special Guest -Dark Force Global Comics Independent Comic Book Company.

Special Guest-Raptor Of The Round Table With There Falcon..

Special Guest- Legend Entertainment.

Will Feature Comic Book Alley For Local Comic Book Artist Displaying & Selling There Art Work….

Docking Bay will host our Magic Gathering Tournament October 12th &13th…

Ultra Con Will Feature Collectors And Dealers From All Over The State Of Florida Selling There Collectible Anime Collectibles, Vintage & Modern Toys,This Convention Will Have Hot Wheels, Old Vintage Sports Cards, Avengers , Star Trek, Comic Books , Vintage GiJoe, 3 3/4 Gi Joes & Hundreds Of 3 3/4 Gi Joe Vehicles & Figures, Vintage Gi Joe’s From The 1960’s & 1970’s, United Kingdom Action Man From The 1960’s& 1970’s, Star Wars Old & New ,Monsters Old & New , Godzilla,Transformers, Dragonball Z, Power Rangers, Marvel Legends, Marvel Universe,Toy Biz, DC Action Figures Action Figures.

Ultra Con Of South Florida October 12th & 13th 2013 Two Day Convention.

Sheraton Suites Ft. Lauderdale at Cypress Creek
555 NW 62nd street Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33309
From I-95 South to North exit on 33-b west
From I-95 North to South Exit Cypress Creek Going West
Parking Is Free.Show Time Saturday & Sunday 9:00am Am Until 5:00 Pm For Vendor Info Please Call 786-285-3738 Irving Or 786-258-9508
Free Parking……

Location: Cypress Creek 555 Nw 62 St Ft,Lauderdale Fla, 33309



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