Wil Wheaton Beams Down to Planet Comicon 2017

Fan favorite Wil Wheaton from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Big Bang Theory, Stand By Me, and Tabletop appears at Planet Comicon on Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30, 2017! Tickets are available for sale now at the link…

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Wil Wheaton’s successful acting career began in 1986 with acclaimed roles in Stand By Me and Toy Soldiers. He continued to build his resume through his teen years as series regular Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Wheaton also plays a “delightfully evil version” of himself on the CBS hit comedy series The Big Bang Theory.

Wheaton is more than just an actor. He’s an author, blogger, voice actor, widely followed original Twitter user, and a champion of geek culture. Wheaton currently splits his time between acting and writing. He recurred on Syfy’s hit series Eureka as Dr. Isaac Parrish, and played a computer hacker named Chaos on TNT’s Leverage. He’s also a major voice in the gaming community, hosting his long running web series Tabletop.

Previously announced guests include Felicia Day, Summer Glau, Ron Perlman, Kevin Eastman, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Jason Aaron, Bill Amend, Don Rosa, Rick Burchett, Phil Hester, Dennis Hopeless, Matt Kindt, and many more.

Stan Lee Headlines Big Apple Con March 11-12

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MIKE CARBONARO’s BIG APPLE CON, New York City’s longest-running Comic Book Convention, returns to PENN PLAZA PAVILION (401 7th Ave @ 33rd Street -opposite Madison Square Garden) on SATURDAY, MARCH 11th, from 10am to 7pm and SUNDAY MARCH 12th 10am~5pm, 2017. This amazing explosion of Comic Books, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, & Cosplay will bring together top comic book creators, media celebrities, retailers, panel discussions, multiple costume contests & more in two incredible days! There will be hundreds of tables of comics, toys, posters, videos, original art, t-shirts & other collectibles, with everything from the world’s rarest comics as well as the newest and coolest books for sale!

BIG APPLE CON is thrilled to announce the triumphant return to NYC of Comic Book Legend STAN LEE! Stan is the most famous comic book creator in the known universe; a title well earned for his many contributions to pop culture. Along with his top artists including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Don Heck, Stan “The Man” co-created many modern myths as Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics such as: Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Hulk, the X-Men, Black Panther, the Inhumans, Thor, Iron Man, the Avengers, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Widow, Hawkeye, S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Silver Surfer!

Stan is joined in our star-studded ARTIST ALLEY by many top creators of comic books and related cool media including: JIM STERANKO (Captain America), ROY THOMAS (Star Wars; Saturday only), HOWARD CHAYKIN (Star Wars), RAMONA FRADON (Aquaman), BILLY TUCCI (Shi), AARON LOPRESTI (Ms. Marvel), NANCY SILBERKLEIT (Co-CEO of Archie Comics), REILLY BROWN (Deadpool), ARTHUR SUYDAM (Walking Dead), MICHAEL GOLDEN (Dr. Strange), RENEE WITTERSTAETTER (Guardians of the Galaxy), RICH BUCKLER (Deathlok), MIKE McKONE (Avengers), SOO LEE (Strange Attractors), JIM SIMON (ShieldMaster), J.C. VAUGHN (Gemstone Publishing), GUY DORIAN (New Warriors), J. DAVID SPURLOCK (Vanguard), KRISTEN GUDSNUK (Henchgirl), and BRIAN KONG (Cryptozoic Entertainment). BIG APPLE CON and HIPPY COMIX present UNDERGROUND ALLEY, featuring cutting edge creators of Indy/Alternative Comix: FRANK “Foolbert Sturgeon” STACK (Adventures of Jesus), MARK BODE (Cobalt 60), MIKE DIANA (Boiled Angel), FLY-O (Punk Magazine), JOHN ORLANDO (Humans), CHELLE MAYER (Peacefulshades), and DAN FOGEL (Underground Price & Grading Guide).

Our Media Guest list this year is our finest ever, bringing you a star-studded­ experience unique to BIG APPLE CON! Meet: the PUNISHER himself JON BERNTHAL (Sunday only) from The Walking Dead and the upcoming Defenders, alongside his Daredevil co-stars ELDEN HENSON, PETER SHINKODA, and GEOFFREY CANTOR. We have SPENCER WILDING, Darth Vader from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, BARBARA EDEN (I Dream of Jeannie), KRISTANNA LOKEN (T3), JACKSON BOSTWICK (Captain Marvel on Shazam!), KATHY GARVER (Family Affair, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends), THE AMAZING KRESKIN, NEIL KAPLAN (Transformers, Voltron), JOHNNY BRENNAN (Jerky Boys, Family Guy), ROBB DEMAREST (Ghost Hunters International), Special Effects and Prop Master ROY WOOLEY (Zombieland, Hunger Games), TAIMAK (The Last Dragon), and from The Warriors DAVID HARRIS and TERRY MICHOS.

Join us for a special screening on Sunday of Michael Valentine’s COMIX: BEYOND THE COMIC BOOK PAGES, an exciting new feature film documentary about the world of comic books told through the thoughts and images of the creators, artists, writers, collectors, store owners, independent publishers, and especially the passionate fans who have made it the phenomenon that it is today!

BIG APPLE CON will once again bring the most amazing Cosplayers and costumers together for a fast-paced, exciting weekend of creative excellence! This year will be our largest ever, with multiple contests across different genres, professional judges, and over $15,000 in incredible prizes awarded! Our Super Sponsors include: Mood Designer Fabrics, Squishable, Five and Diamond SF, Bernina, Cosplay by McCall’s, Rickey’s NYC, and Prop Store. Come as any character in Comic Books, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Cartoons, Anime/Manga, Video Games, or make up your own! You can also participate in special themed group Cosplay photoshoots! On Sunday there will be a 12 and under Kids Costume Showcase where everyone gets a prize, as well as other fun activities for your younglings!

DATE: Saturday, March 11th ~ 10am -7pm & Sunday, March 12th ~ 10am -5pm 2017

PLACE: Penn Plaza Pavilion ~ 401 7th Ave. @ 33rd St. NYC

TICKETS: Adults: $30 Saturday, $25 Sunday, both days $50. Children: $10 per day (ages 6-12, 5 and under free!). Please check our website frequently for the latest information on our special VIP and Early Admission Packages!

TICKET PURCHASE & INFORMATION: www.bigapplecc.com

SF – Hilo: The Great Big Boom Launch Party

Cartoonist Judd Winick (Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Exiles) appears at Books Inc. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM to celebrate the launch of HILO: THE GREAT BIG BOOM!

Hilo may look like an ordinary kid, but he’s DEFINITELY not! When we last saw Hilo, DJ, and Gina, Gina had been sucked into a mysterious portal to who knows where! But friends don’t let friends disappear into NOWHERE! It s up to D.J. and Hilo to follow her. Will there be danger? YES! Will there be amazing surprises? OF COURSE! Will Gina end up being the one to save them? DEFINITELY! With the help of Polly, the magical warrior cat, the friends will have to battle bad guys and face disgusting food, an angry mom, powerful magic, and more! Will they survive . . . and make it back to Earth before the portal closes again?! Find out in the third Hilo adventure!

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Books Inc.
601 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
415-776-1111

UK – Sherlock: A Study In Pink Signing

Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue sign copies of Sherlock: A Study In Pink at Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore on Tuesday 28th February at 6:00pm.

Holmes and Watson tackle brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London in this stunning Manga, presented in its original right-to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialized! Meet Holmes and Watson for the first time… all over again!

Steven Moffat is a Scottish television writer and producer, best known for his work as showrunner, writer and producer of the television series Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Sue Vertue is a television producer. Her credits include Mr. Bean, The Vicar of Dibley, Coupling, Gimme Gimme Gimme as well as Sherlock.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

ON – Pitiful Human-Lizard Vol. 2 Signing

Comic creator Jason Loo and colourist Meaghan Carter will be signing copies of Pitiful Human-Lizard Volume 2: Still Pretty Pathetic at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 6-8pm!

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Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
416-323-9212

CA – The Official Making of Big Trouble In Little China Signing

Horror legend John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York, The Thing) appears at the Grove’s Barnes & Noble with co-authors Tara Bennett and Paul Terry on Saturday February 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM to sign THE OFFICIAL MAKING OF BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.

This is a wristbanded event.
A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase
The Art Of Big Trouble in Little China or The Official Making Of Big Trouble In Little China from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning February 25th at 9am

• Limit 1 wristband per book
• No memorabilia please
• Check Back for more Details as they Become Available

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 525-0270

NYC – Cheech Marin Signing

Actor/comedian Cheech Marin appears at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM to sign his new memoir Cheech Is Not My Real Name: …But Don’t Call Me Chong.

In addition to the reams of Cheech and Chong comedy albums and films he and his partner wrote and starred in, Cheech Marin, half of the eponymous Grammy-winning stoner comedy duo, has dozens of other film and television roles under his belt, including a starring role on the show Nash Bridges and voice credits in a slew of Disney animated films. His long-awaited memoir delves not only into his legendary entertainment career, but also how he dodged the draft, acquired an expansive collection of Chicano art, and became a self-made icon.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

MICE 2017 Announces Dates

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The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) is super excited to announce that 2017 will be held the weekend of October 21−22, 2017, at Lesley’s University Hall in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA. Once again, MICE will feature special guests and comic creators from the New England area and beyond as well as engaging workshops and panel discussions. Everybody here at MICE HQ is counting down the days! We can’t wait!

Applications to exhibit at MICE will open March 1st. Keep an eye out for registration guidelines in the weeks to come. Details at the website: www.micexpo.org

Anime Boston 2017 Announces Further Guests

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced further guests today.  Japanese animation director Naokatsu Tsuda and voice actor Brina Palencia will appear at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Naokatsu Tsuda is a Japanese animation director at David Production Inc. After making his debut as a chief director for “Inu x Boku Secret Service” (2012), Tsuda is now best known as the director of the TV animation “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure” series (2012-2016).

Jojo series has been popular for over 30 years, ever since its original manga by Hirohiko Araki was first issued in Shueisha’s Shukan Shonen Jump comic magazine.  Tsuda succeeded creating the perfect visualization of the unique “Jojo World” that even the critical core fans admire.

“We’re honored to have Tsuda-san as a guest of Anime Boston.  JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of our favorites, and we very are excited about this rare chance to talk to the director!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Without limiting his specialized genre, Tsuda’s animation making covers various types of titles such as “B Gata H Kei” (2010), “LEVEL E” (2011), “Ben-to” (2011), “Chojigen Game Neptune” (2013) and the latest “Jojo” series made a record-breaking hit to be called as his new masterpiece.

Brina Palencia is an actress working in Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA. She’s voiced… a lot of stuff. Some of her anime highlights include: Shirayuki in Snow White With the Red Hair, Minoru Mineta in My Hero Academia, Touka in Tokyo Ghoul, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, Holo in Spice and Wolf, Chopper in One Piece, Varona in Durarara!! x2, Juvia in Fairy Tale, Yuno in Future Diary, Natsuki in Summer Wars, Chibitalia in Hetalia, Rei in Evangelion 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, Tamama in Sgt. Frog, Hideyoshi in Baka and Test; the list goes on for a very long time…

In the land of gaming, she can be heard as Mad Moxxi in Borderlands and Tales From the Borderlands, Paige in Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Michonne, Elle in Tales of Xillia, Mellka in Battleborn, Rayfa in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Cupid in SMITE, Gerda in Comic Jumper, Moogle in Final Fantasy Fables, and various characters in The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Duke Nukem Forever, Guitar Hero III and IV, Stunt Driver 2, and Street Fighter 4.

She also served as the Music Director for Space Dandy, Show By Rock, Negima!?, My Bride is a Mermaid, Rosario+Vampire, and Dragon Ball Kai.

Brina can also be seen in several indie films and writing music on Instagram @brinakins.

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, Sandy Fox, OKAMOTO’S, Michelle Ruff, Johnny Yong Bosch, and Naokatsu Tsuda.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

SF – Cartoon Art Museum Celebrates Eisner & Kirby

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The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates Will Eisner Week and Jack Kirby: A Centennial Celebration on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00pm at Mission: Comics and Art. Join us as we discuss the life and artwork of the legendary comic creators Will Eisner (born March 6, 1917) and Jack Kirby (born August 28, 1917). Bay Area comic creators Mark Badger (Batman, Julius Caesar), Al Gordon (Legion of Super-Heroes, Justice League), Justin Hall (No Straight Lines), Mario Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Steve Leialoha (X-Men, Fables), Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix) and Judd Winick (Hilo) will discuss Eisner’s career and the impact that his work had on their own artistic endeavors. A book signing will immediately follow the panel discussion.

About WILL EISNER WEEK:
WILL EISNER WEEK is an annual series of celebrations that takes place in multiple cities, timed around Will Eisner’s March 6th birthday. Started in 2009, Will Eisner Week is dedicated to promoting graphic novel literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner. This year Will Eisner Week is once again a truly international celebration including England, Scotland and Italy. More details about Will Eisner Week can be found at www.WillEisner.com

About WILL EISNER:

WILL EISNER was born William Erwin Eisner on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. By the time of his death on January 3, 2005, Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art, a term he coined.

In a career that spanned nearly eight decades—from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics—he truly was the “Orson Welles of comics” and the “Champion of the Graphic Novel.” He broke new ground in the development of visual narrative and the language of comics and was the creator of The Spirit, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk, Sheena and countless others. One of the comic industry’s most prestigious awards, The Eisner Award, is named after him. Recognized as the “Oscars” of the American comic book business, the Eisners are presented annually before a packed ballroom at Comic-Con International in San Diego, America’s largest comics convention.

About JACK KIRBY:

2017 marks the centenary of the birth of JACK KIRBY, one of Comics’ greatest creators and visionaries and a man whose work, perhaps even more than he was alive, continues to inspire and amaze a worldwide audience, who may not know his name, but who love and are excited by his creations.

Jack Kirby was born as Jacob Kurtzburg on August 28, 1917 in New York City’s Lower East Side, a first-generation son of immigrants, who came of age in the melting pot of tenement life. He began his professional cartooning career simultaneously with the birth of the use of original material in the newest of popular media; the comic book.

Over Kirby’s 50-plus year career, working at all the major and many of the minor comics publishers, he created many of the comic book icons that continue to compel in print and on the screen; Captain America, the Newsboy Legion, the Fantastic Four, the Mighty Thor, The X-Men , The Avengers, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Silver Surfer, Nick Fury and the Agents of SHIELD, The New Gods, Kamandi, Mister Miracle, Captain Victory and legions more.

Jack Kirby, even after his death on February 6, 1994, continues to thrill, entertain and inspire readers, audiences and his fellow professionals and is, if possible, beloved more as an individual, than as the creative force singular in comics history.

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Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1545

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