NYC – Dare2Draw with Black Creators

Creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 join us for Dare2Draw on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM to speak about their breakout hit book, Black. We’ll get their insights on what they were thinking when they created the book and hear what’s next for them.

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The Art Students League of New York
215 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019

IL – Albert The Alien Launch Party

Aw Yeah Comics welcomes Trevor Mueller and Gabriel Bautista on Saturday, September 30th from noon till 2:00 PM to celebrate the release of the newest volume for their series, Albert The Alien. Plus, join us for a kids workshop on how to make your own Alien! Also, the first 100 people that make a purchase will get a free Albert the Alien Comic!

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Aw Yeah Comics
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
847-423-2916

CA – Alexander Hamilton Signing

Artist Justin Greenwood (The Fuse, Stumptown) appears at Escapist Comics on Saturday, September 30th at 1:00 PM to sign ALEXANDER HAMILTON, the new graphic novel from Ten Speed Press.

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Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
510-652-6642

MS – Harley Quinn Day Signing

Artist Steven Butler (Silver Sable, Sonic the Hedgehog) appears at Bombshell Comics on Saturday, September 23, 2017 to sign and sketch for HARLEY QUINN DAY 2017!

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Bombshell Comics & Stuff
2103 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
(601) 543-0807

NJ – Saint Mick Signing

WWE Hall of Famer & New York Times Bestselling Author, MICK FOLEY, will sign his new book: Saint Mick at Bookends on Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00 PM.

*Books must be purchased from Bookends Bookstore*

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Bookends
211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-445-0726

NYC – Gabrielle Union’s Real Life Book Club Tour

Actress Gabrielle Union appears in conversation with WNYC’s incomparable 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams at the Gramercy Theatre on Tuesday, October 17th at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

Press Release:

For years Hollywood had been yearning for an insightful and strong female actor to stand up for the throngs of women harassed and abused in the world of showbiz; Gabrielle Union answered the call and has since become the voice of the victims of sexual violence. Now she’s here with a collection of powerful essays on gender, sexuality, race, beauty, film, and what it means to be a modern woman.

In this series Gabrielle has shared not only wonderful think-pieces, but also deeply personal tales from her life. She covers everything from the unfair beauty standards foisted upon women to how she coped with her parent’s divorce. Intimate and honest, she is a reminder to the world that community and ethics are the keys to a better world.

Gabrielle Union is an actress remembered for her breakthrough role in the film Bring It On. Union has starred in such films as The Brothers, The Birth of a Nation, Daddy’s Little Girls, Think Like a Man, and Sleepless. Union also stars in the BET drama series Being Mary Jane, for which she has received critical acclaim and an NAACP Image Award.

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress whom Vulture.com, Essence, and Esquire have named one of the top comedians to watch. Recently, she created and starred in Refinery29’s web series Woke Bae and, alongside Jessica Williams of The Daily Show, she is the creator and costar of the hit WNYC podcast 2 Dope Queens as well as the creator and host of the new WNYC podcast Sooo Many White Guys. You can read her weekly musings about race, gender, and pop culture on her blog, Blaria.com (aka Black Daria). Visit Phoebe’s website at www.phoeberobinson.com

Jessica Williams is a talented comedian, writer and performer who has garnered the attention of television audiences with her influential voice, perspective, and wit around pop culture conversations in media. Williams can currently be seen in The Incredible Jessica James, opposite Chris O’Dowd. In April 2016, Williams launched a podcast, 2 Dope Queens, with her best friend and fellow comedian Phoebe Robinson. In 2012 Williams joined the cast of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show as the first African American woman and youngest correspondent to date. Williams led numerous comedic yet thought-provoking segments on hot button topics such as police brutality, transgender rights, sexism in politics and race. Williams’ other television credits include HBO’s hit series Girls, where she starred as ‘Karen,’ Hannah Horvath’s work friend in season three.

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The Gramercy Theatre
127 E 23rd St, New York, New York 10010
(212) 614-6932

Scarlett Byrne Joins Harry Potter Stars at Cincinnati Comic Expo 2017

Press Release:

“Aparecium!” The 2017 Cincinnati Comic Expo will host four members from the Harry Potter film franchise on September 22-24, 2017! The newest guest to be added to the list is Scarlett Byrne. Scarlett is best known for her portrayal as Pansy Parkinson. She is joined by Julian Glover (Aragog), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), and Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout). This gathering is very unique for all Potter fans as the Expo is the first US convention appearance for Miriam. Catch them here before they all “Evanesco!”

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For further information please go to the website: cincinnaticomicexpo.com

The Librarians’ John Harlan Kim Appears at Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

Press Release:

Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased announce the addition of John Harlan Kim from TNT’s The Librarians as a guest of the show.

John Harlan Kim currently stars as a series regular on Dean Devlin’s TNT series The Librarians, a follow up to the network’s hit movie trilogy starring Noah Wyle. The series centers on four ordinary people with extraordinary talents who are recruited to work at an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library. Together they solve impossible mysteries, fight supernatural threats, and recover powerful artifacts from around the world. John plays “Ezekiel Jones”, the cocky but likeable youngest member of the Librarians who is a master of new technologies, aficionado of old classic crimes, and who fancies himself an international man of mystery.

Kim previously completed a series regular role on the iconic Australian series Neighbours as “Dale ‘Macca’ McGregor”, a popular but mischievous high school student who loves to stir up trouble. His additional credits include Steven Spielberg’s miniseries The Pacific for DreamWorks and HBO.

Dynamite Entertainment, which will be exhibiting at the show in Booth #2010, are launching a comic series of The Librarians, where John will be supporting the book. A Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive cover will be available for sale at the show, perfect for getting autographs!

“I am a HUGE fan of The Librarians,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “This late addition to the show is really exciting, and fans of the show are going to be as thrilled as I am to get to meet John.”

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The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

HasCon Is More Than Meets the Eye

This year Hasbro debuted the inaugural HasCon, a “FANmily” event in which the popular toy and gaming company invited fans to get an in-depth look at their latest products, purchase exclusive collectibles, rub elbows with celebrities, and indulge in their passion for the many brands represented.

The initial impression that HasCon was very different from most public conventions in that most of the main exhibition hall was not devoted to vendors and retailers, aside from the Hasbro booths selling convention exclusives. Instead, there were large pavilions dedicated to the variety of Hasbro brands such as Transformers, My Little Pony, GI Joe, Nerf, and Magic: The Gathering as well license partners like Star Wars and Marvel. Each area was filled with latest toys and games which staff members encouraged attendees to play with. Additionally, they showcased movie props, original design and packaging artwork, and interactive displays.

Located at the Rhode Island Convention Center, directly across the street from Hasbro’s global headquarters, many (if not all) of the staff on hand were employees of the company who were friendly, engaging, and enthusiastic to talk about their work with attendees and show off their latest projects. “We know that we have such a vested audience and so many brands so why don’t we open up our doors and let in everybody in who would love a peek behind the curtain,” said Tyla Bucher (Vice President of Global Brand Strategy & Marketing, My Little Pony), “It’s not so much driving the brand forward as much as it is about creating another point of connection with consumers and fans.”

John Warden (Design Manager, Transformers) echoed this sentiment, “Any chance to actually meet the not just the designers the marketing team like we normally would get at a San Diego Comic Con but also the engineering team, the packaging team, copywriters… We’re all part of the big Hasbro family and really fans have an opportunity to see everything that makes the brand work.”

Another marked difference is that HasCon was incredibly family-friendly with games and activities geared toward children as well as adult fans. There were stylists on hand to give attendees My Little Pony and Troll-themed makeovers, a Nerf shooting gallery to demo their entire collection, several cosplayers in costume to interact with fans and pose for photos, and, naturally, the latest toys. While it may seem obvious to the layperson, the fact of the matter is that most large conventions are geared toward adult fans with kid-oriented events and exhibits being an afterthought, if they are included at all.

“Obviously the big idea around HasCon,” said Ben Montano (Director of Brand Marketing, Transformers), “is to bring all families together, not just the super fan or a collector but also fans who want to bring their kids into a property or they’re already sharing a love of. For Hasbro to be able to do that, not just for fans of Transformers but My Little Pony, Magic the Gathering, that’s absolutely insane and mind blowing and we’ve seen in the last day and a half now fans and families coming in and their kids split off one way and they go another and everyone has something to appreciate and enjoy.”

Shane Wilhelmsen, a local fan and veteran of many comic conventions across the United States, attended HasCon on Friday accompanied by his two-year old daughter. “Honestly, when I bought our passes a few months ago I didn’t have a very clear idea what to expect or how well she would handle the whole experience,” said Wilhelmsen via email, “I had a general sense of what brands were going to be there based on the information on their website, but wasn’t sure what was going to have its own booth, or what sort of experiences were going to be there beyond panels (which I knew she wasn’t going to want to sit through).” However, his fears were soon alleviated as his daughter enjoyed playing with Mr. Potato Head toys, participating in a singalong with Sesame Street’s Elmo and Abby Cadabby, and meeting the Trolls cosplayers at their booth which Wilhelmsen cited as her favorite part of the convention. “She had an amazing time! She was well-behaved and totally engaged from the time we got there to pick up our badges in the morning until we had to leave at 5:00 PM.”

Overall, the first HasCon was a rousing success. There were certainly some organizational hiccups but those occur at any show, and certainly for an initial launch it’s to be expected. But the level of fan-engagement and excitement was clearly evident from top to bottom and fans are sure to want to come back next year to see what new excitement Hasbro has in store.

Game Sports Bar to Host the First Official Baltimore Comic-Con After Party

September 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland, Other

Press Release:

America’s Greatest Comic Book Convention and Baltimore’s Greatest Sports Bar are teaming up Saturday, September 23rd at 8:00 PM for an incredible night to remember. The convention after party will be held at GAME Sports Bar next to the Horseshoe Casino. The night will feature awesome music, live DJs, multiple genre rooms and themes, fantastic food, door prizes, and GAME’s version of a costume contest. Free transportation will be available leaving the convention center directly at the closing of the convention Saturday night, or Uber, walk, or drive and park free at the Casino or the venue. This party is OPEN to the public so if you LOVE this scene, you can just come on by.

The night will be chock full of fun, surprises, and, most of all, OTHER comic enthusiasts to party with, meet, and have a great time with. Advanced tickets may be purchased at baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets or through MISSIONTIX and are now available for $20. The prices will go up, so make sure you buy your tickets NOW! HURRY the event is only a week away.

The official Baltimore Comic-Con after party will be held at GAME Sports Bar, 1400 Warner Street. This year, you don’t have to be upset because it’s over… the night just gets better! Do not miss this one and only EPIC night.

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The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

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