UK – The Marionette Unit Launch Party

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Gosh! Comics hosts the launch for the new graphic novel, The Marionette Unit with creators Azhur Saleem, James Boyle, and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell on Thursday September 15th from 7-9pm.

A new graphic novel from filmmakers Azhur Saleem and James Boyle, and illustrated by comic artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell.

Enter the world of The Marionette Unit; a time of control, obsession and monstrous machines.
Beatrice Shaw is searching for her missing sister, Melodie, last seen employed at a workhouse run by shadowy industrialist, Henri Dubré inventor of The Marionette Units. It is a thrilling and terrifying Victorian mystery.

Azhur Saleem is a writer and director, a graduate of London Film School. He recently worked as a director for video games. Some of his other projects have been for BBC Films, Wateraid, Ford Motors, and General Motors. James Boyle is also a London Film School graduate, his focus is on producing independent films. He has produced four short films and an online series through his company Park Road Pictures. Warwick Johnson-Cadwell is an editorial illustrator, concept designer, and works in storyboarding and narrative art. Recently he worked on Tank Girl with Alan Martin for Titan Comics.

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

MA – Pandemonium Authors Signing

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Join Daniel José Older and Zoraida Córdova at Pandemonium Books & Games on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM a discussion about their books while they are in town for the Boston Teen Author Festival.

Daniel José Older is the author of both adult and young adult books, including Shadowshaper (Locus Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Book in 2016, Kirkus Prize Finalist for Young Readers’ Literature in 2015) and the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, which starts with Half-Resurrection Blues.

Zoraida Córdova has a young adult fantasy series which is both called and starts with The Vicious Deep. Her new series, Brooklyn Brujas, starts with the release of Labyrinth Lost on September 6. Come celebrate the release of her new book!

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Pandemonium Books & Games
4 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 547-3721

NYC – Norm Macdonald Signing

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Comedian Norm Macdonald (SNL, Dirty Work) appears at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign his new book Based on a True Story.

About the book:
Wild, dangerous, and flat-out unbelievable, here is the incredible memoir of the actor, gambler, raconteur, SNL veteran, and one of the best stand-up comedians of all time.

As this book’s title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life—more or less—from his origins on a farm in the-back-of-beyond Canada and an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search to his account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live—until he was fired because a corporate executive didn’t think he was funny. But Based on a True Story is much more than a memoir; it’s the hilarious, inspired epic of Norm’s life.

In dispatches from a road trip to Las Vegas (part of a plan hatched to regain the fortune he’d lost to sports betting and other vices) with his sidekick and enabler, Adam Eget, Norm recounts the milestone moments, the regrets, the love affairs, the times fortune smiled on his life, and the times it refused to smile. As the clock ticks down, Norm’s debt reaches record heights, and he must find a way to evade the hefty price that’s been placed on his head by one of the most dangerous loan sharks in the country.

As a comedy legend should, Norm peppers these pages with classic jokes and fondly mythologized Hollywood stories. This wildly adventurous, totally original, and absurdly funny saga turns the conventional “comic’s memoir” on its head and gives the reader an exclusive pass into the mad, glorious mind of Norm Macdonald.

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

San Francisco Comics Fest Returns on November 2-5

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Press Release:

Announcing the second annual San Francisco Comics Fest organized by members of the Bay Area comics community in association with Comic-Con, International.

This year’s celebration will kick off Wednesday, November 2nd with satellite events held throughout the city culminating in the Comic-Con sponsored Storytelling Across Media (SAM) event on Saturday, November 5th. As plans are still being developed, more detailed information will be forthcoming.

The origin of San Francisco Comics Fest began in late 2014 at a Town Hall meeting of retailers, artists, writers and other industry professionals and has grown into a region-wide celebration of the comics medium. Last year’s festival included over twenty events held at Bay Area comics shops, the Cartoon Art Museum, and the San Francisco Public Library.

“This year, with the help of Comic-Con, we’re launching an exciting new culminating event,” Committee Organizer Matt Silady, Chair of MFA in Comics Program at California College of the Arts.  “Our hope is to bring together future storytellers from comics, video games, and animation, it’s going to be a very special day for Bay Area writers, artists, and anyone looking to stretch their imaginations.”

SAM, Comic-Con’s Storytelling Across Media one-day event will cap off the festival by offering a line-up of in-depth panels and workshops for everyone from aspiring cartoonists to professional storytellers. ”We’re very excited to return to the Bay Area,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for SAM. “And we are delighted to support San Francisco’s creative community.”

Along with its new relationship  with Comic-Con International, San Francisco Comics Fest continues with the support of Independent Arts and Media as they work together to further its mission to bring a long-lasting, fun, diverse comics festival to San Francisco.

SF COMICS FEST MISSION STATEMENT: San Francisco Comics Fest is a celebration of comics culture – past, present and future – with festival events highlighting four core aspects of the vibrant community:

  • Rich history of artistic rebellion and comics innovation
  • Unique intersection of cultural influences shared among creators
  • Commitment to comics education
  • Responsibility to shape the future of comics through technology in a positive, equitable way

Scheduled events include workshops, signings, and talks at sponsored by the Cartoon Art Museum, SF Public Library, and comics retailers on both sides of the Bay. San Francisco Comics Fest will be accepting applications for official SFCF events from its local community through the month of July. All event participants will be promoted through official SFCF channels and promotional materials.

To get involved, we’re currently accepting applications from volunteers and offers to host an event.

ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO COMICS FEST:  San Francisco Comics Fest is a celebration of comics culture past, present and future with a commitment to its community’s history, influence and education.

ABOUT INDEPENDENT ARTS & MEDIA: Independent Arts & Media offers fiscal sponsorship to projects that advance IAM’s charitable purpose: to raise the educational and social levels of the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding regional and national communities, through the development of non-commercial, educational and cultural media, news and arts projects for the benefit of the general public.

ABOUT COMIC-CON, INTERNATIONAL: Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

OR – Al Ewing Signing

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Writer Al Ewing (New Avengers, Ultimates, Contest of Champions, Loki: Agent of Asgard, Ulysses, and soon: US Avengers) signs at Books with Pictures on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM!

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Books with Pictures
1100 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon 97202
(503) 498-8499

CA – Live Cartooning + Podcasting

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Jason Novak and Adam Bessie appear at Escapist Comics on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 1 PM – 4 PM to do live cartooning with audience participation and hosting the Escapist Comics Podcast Live!

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

NJ – Comic Book Men Blood Drive

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Press Release:

Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash is teaming up with Central Jersey Blood Center to hold a Blood Drive on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 11am – 4pm! Join Ming Chen and the team from Comic Book Men at this lifesaving event. Text “comic” to 444999 to sign up. 20% off merchandise at Secret Stash for all donors at the blood drive! Also, get a chance to meet special guest Elvira – Mistress of the Dark!

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Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash
35 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 758-0508

OR – Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Signing

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Adam Bray signs Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know at Powell’s City of Books on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

Discover fantastic facts, bizarre-but-true tales, and uncanny trivia about the superheroes and villains of the Marvel Comics Universe with Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (DK). Join contributor Adam Bray for behind-the-scenes revelations to strange and interesting facts about everyone’s favorite Marvel comic characters, including The Avengers, Spider-Man, and Daredevil.

Powell’s City of Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005
503-228-465

MI – MECCAcon 2016 Signing

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Press Release: 

Vault of Midnight is proud to host a roster of creators featured at Detroit’s own MECCAcon. The phenomenal writers and artists will be posting up at Vault of Midnight Detroit for an evening of signings, chats, knowledge, comic-talk on Friday, September 16, 2016.

MECCAcon is the Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts, focused on celebrating culturally diverse creators, characters, and art of every distinction. Maia Crown Williams, CEO and Founder of MECCAcon has said that “it is my mission to make sure that children know that all “heroes” do not look the same, that many actually look just like them.” MECCAcon is the Midwest’s largest ethnic comic book convention, and we’re so excited to be a part of it this year.

Our schedule is as follows:
4pm-5pm Kim Eggleston, creator of Dead by Wednesday; Ronald Nelson, co-creator and artist of (H)afrocentric
5pm-6pm Eileen Kaur Alden, creator of Super Sikh; N Steven Harris, creator of Ajala, Brotherhood of the Fringe, and Watson and Holmes, and writer of Solarman
6pm-7pm Keithan Jones, creator of Power Knights; Regine Sawyer, founder of Women In Comics Collective International
7pm-8pm Brandon Thomas, creator of Horizon; Jason Reeves, creator of F-00 Fighters, One Nation, and Kid Carvers

MECCAcon will happen on September 17th from 10am-5pm at the Detroit Public Library. To keep up with news from MECCAcon, please follow their event here

To purchase tickets to MECCAcon, follow this link…

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Vault of Midnight
1226 Library Street, Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 481-2165

UK – Queer: A Graphic History Launch Party

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Dr. Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele appear at Gosh! Comics on Thursday, September 1st from 7-9pm to launch Queer: A Graphic History.

A groundbreaking new book tackling the challenging questions of gender, identity and our understanding of binaries such as gay/straight. The book brings together pop-culture and academic theory to look at the history of queer thought and activism. A tool for those wrestling the issues of sexual identity and those just trying to grasp at the constantly changing definitions of gender.

DR MEG-JOHN BARKER is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. Meg-John is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, and has over a decade of experience researching and publishing on these topics including the popular book Rewriting the Rules.

JULIA SCHEELE is an illustrator, graphic facilitator and comic book artist. She runs One Beat Zines, a feminist zine collective and distributor.

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

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