OR – Sex From Scratch Art Show

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Natalie Nourigat, Molly Schaeffer, and Kevin Sampsell appear at The Waypost on Tuesday, August 5th from 7:30 – 9:00 pm!

Press Release:

What a dream team! Portraits by Natalie Nourigat, text illustrations by Molly Schaeffer, and beautiful collages from Kevin Sampsell are hanging at the Waypost all during August.

The portraits and illustrations are from upcoming book Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules.

Come by tonight for an art opening! Say hi to the artists, grab a drink, and snag a copy of the new book before its official release party. It will be great.

The Waypost
3120 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
(503) 367-3182

Cartoon Stars Shine at ConnectiCon 2014

This past weekend was ConnectiCon in Hartford, CT. Founded in 2002 primarily as a gaming convention, it has come to encompass multiple genres and attracts attendees from all over the country.  It roots in gaming are still clearly apparent as they host a gaming room equal the size of the main vendor/artist area which hosted hundreds if not thousands of gamers playing Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, WarHammer, and many other table top games. Naturally there is also a large contingent of cosplayers dressed as their favorite characters from TV, moves, comic books and video games. The projected attendenace fo this year was 17,000 people and while there were certainly a lot of people in the Hartford Convention Center, it was laid out and organized so it never felt crowded. The autograph lines for guests moved surprisingly fast and, provided you showed up a little early, panels were easy to get into.

A big draw for this year’s ConnectiCon was the wealth of guests from the voice acting industry. A growing trend at conventions across the country, these talented performers need only a microphone to display their gift for breathing life into characters. Guests included Invader Zim’s Richard Horvitz and Rikki Simons, Pinky and the Brain’s Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen, Batman: The Brave and the Bold’s Dietrich Bader, Mass Effect’s Jennifer Hale, and Legend of Korra’s Janet Varney. Speaking to the press, Horvitz and Simons said they love having meeting fans who grew up watching Zim and are now cosplaying as their characters. The also mentioned people sometime have full sleeve tattoos where they leave room to get autographed. Horvitz said, “We always ask them to please not get murdered because we’re afraid the police will think the killer signed their work.”

As an actor who had success in on-screen roles on The Drew Carey Show, Outsourced, and Office Space, Bader remarked that he is in awe at the talent of his cartoon co-stars and how unpretentious and friendly most are compared to the rest of Hollywood. When asked what his favorite character to play was, Bader immediately and unequivocally said “Batman.” Prior to being cast on Brave and the Bold Bader had not been terribly well-versed in Bat-lore but said that getting into character really moved him especially in the scene where Batman confronts his parents’ killer, during Bader said he had literal tears running down his face.

On panels with LaMarche and Paulsen it was readily evident that their their friendship and work relationship easily rolls into one another. Paulsen remarked several times that his co-stars are people with whom he would choose to be friends had they never met at work. They often finished one another’s jokes and would goad the other into saying a favorite line or catchphrase. They credited a mutual love of Monty Python and Beyond the Fringe as instantly cementing their bond when the first worked together.

LaMarche and Paulsen shared many stories from Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain, one being the famous “Yes, Always” sketch in which LaMarche faithfully recreates a famous outtake of Orson Welles recording a commercial for peas in which the famous director angrily tells off the staff. LaMarche had regaled his co-stars, directors, and engineers with his rendition so it was added to the script as a suprise for LaMarche. They also regaled the audience to a reading of “Green Eggs in Ham” with Paulsen reading Sam I Am (in the voice of Pinky) and LaMarche playing the main character as the Brain. The showstopper, however, was Paulsen singing “Yakko’s World” in which he rattles off every single country in the world to which the entire crowd clapped along.

Finally, Janet Varney who voices the title character of The Legend of Korra spoke about the series to a full panel room of Avatar-fans. She noted that they all had very pointed questions regarding many of Korra’s decisions on the show. Varney said while she often disagrees with Korra’s actions that is part of what makes her a well-rounded character. Twice during the Q&A Varney had to apologize for “rudely” taking a phone call. The first was from Firelord Zuko (actor Dante Basco) who called in to look for his honor and the second was Bolin (voice actor PJ Byrne), both whom were kind enough to say hello to the fans and field a question or two.

Fans were very excited to meet the people who helped bring their animated favorites to life. LaMarche said it best, “Hearing I made your childhood better makes my middle age better.” Here’s looking forward to seeing what voice talents are scheduled for next year’s show!

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NC – She-Hulk Signing

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Charles Soule, writer of Letter 44, Superman Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Red Lanterns , She Hulk , Inhuman, 27, as well as the upcoming Death of Wolverine mini series will be in the store signing at Ultimate Comics on Saturday August 16th! Mark your calendar now! Don’t miss your chance to meet one of the newest superstars in comics!

Ultimate Comics
6120 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 806-8282

CA – Satellite Sam Signing

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Howard Chaykin appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Satellite Sam on Saturday August 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM!

Barnes & Noble
Ventura Gateway, 4820 Telephone Road, Ventura, CA 93003
805-339-0990

OR – Excalibur Comics 40th Anniversary Signing

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Brian Michael Bendis, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt FractionMichael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma, and David Marquez sign at Excalibur Comics on Wednesday August 6th at 6:00 p.m. for the store 40th anniversary!

Excalibur Books & Comics
2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-3969
(503) 231-7351

CA – Nobody’s Smiling Signing

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Meet Common and get his new album signed at Amoeba Hollywood on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 pm! Two-time Grammy Award-winning Chicago rapper and actor Common releases his tenth studio album, “Nobody’s Smiling,” on July 22nd. The concept-driven project was executive-produced by No I.D.

** Signing is limited to one CD per person for the first 200 purchasers of the album.
** Fans may purchase “Nobody’s Smiling” beginning July 22nd.
** The album is available as regular and deluxe edition CD.
** Signing line will form on Ivar side of Amoeba starting at 6pm Wednesday.

RSVP on Facebook!

Amoeba Music 
6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

MI – Superior Spider-Man Signing

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Artist Ryan Stegman (Wolverine) appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Superior Spider-Man: Necessary Evil!

Author Event
Please join us for a Q&A and signing with Marvel artist Ryan Stegman on Saturday, August 2 at 2:00 pm. He will be hosting some fun contests and activities as well! Don’t miss out.

Barnes & Noble
2800 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307
248-853-9855

CA – Silent Bob Signs

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Writer/Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Hollywood Babble-On) appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Jay & Silent Bob’s Blueprints for Destroying Everything on Saturday August 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM!

Barnes & Noble – The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270

MO – Amazing X-Men: The Quest for Nightcrawler Signing

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Writer Jason Aaron appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Amazing X-Men: The Quest for Nightcrawler on Saturday August 2, 2014 6:00 PM!

Author Event
Come check out a new era for the X-Men! The critically acclaimed writer of The Other Side and Scalped and the master Marvel X-Men writer, Jason Aaron will be here discussing and signing his latest, Amazing X-Men Volume 1: The Quest for Nightcrawler.

Barnes & Noble – Zona Rosa
8625 Northwest Prairie View Rd Spac, Kansas City, MO 64153
816-505-3355

NYC – Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design Signing

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Designer and comic creator Chip Kidd (Batman: Death by Design) appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design on Wednesday August 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM!

Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007
212-587-5389

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