UPCOMING GARDEN STATE COMIC FEST DOUBLES IN SIZE TO FEATURE COMIC NOTABLES
Featuring many top flight comic creators, vendors and cosplayers like Greg Hildebrandt (Star Wars, Magic the Gathering), Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men), Amy Chu (Wonder Woman) Alex Saviuk (Spider-Man, Superman), Ethan Van Sciver (The Flash, New X-Men), and Joe Staton (Green Lantern, Justice Society of America) and writers like Larry Hama (GI Joe, Wolverine) and Erica Shultz (Revenge, M3). The Garden State Comic Fest will be holding what promises to be New Jersey’s best Summer comic book convention from Saturday, July 25th to Sunday, July 26th at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown, New Jersey.
“We also have some of the top comic book dealers in the world like Metropolis Collectibles, owners of the $3.2 Million first appearance of Superman comic book, and Dave’s American Comics, as well as Jersey stores like Zapp! Comics, Fat Moose and East Side Mags,” said promoter and founder Dave O’Hare.
“At its heart the GS Comic Fest is going to be a good old fashioned comic book convention that’s fun, fan friendly and affordable. We will have new and rare comics, art, toys and other collectibles,” O’Hare said.
“We decided to move locations to the Mennen Sports Arena, increasing our size to almost 25,000 square feet and over 200 tables and booths,” said Sal Zurzolo, O’Hare’s co-owner/promoter. “That along with the switch from one to two days allows us to bring in more A-plus exhibitors.”
“At The Garden State Comic Fest you can diversify your portfolio by investing in valuable collectibles,” O’Hare noted. “Wannabe artists can get advice from our published professionals. Individuals can sell their comics, get lucky and win a door prize or enter and win over a thousand dollars in prizes in the costume contest, art contest, and trivia contests.”
Also featured will be nationally renowned cosplayers (costume players), coming from around the country like BelleChere and Mikomi Chan, plus local favorites like Ruby Rinekso and Brea Biaa.
With free parking for attendees the two-day Garden State Comic Fest will take place from Saturday, July 25th to Sunday, July 26th at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown, New Jersey. Single admission tickets range from $13-$65. Tickets are available on-line and will be available at the door. For more information, log onto: www.gardenstatecomicfest.com or https://www.facebook.com/Gardenstatecomicfest.
Three more media guests have been added to Boston Comic Con 2015! Kat Graham (star of The Vampire Diaries), Bob Morley (star of The 100), and Tyler Posey (star of Teen Wolf) will join us in just a few short weeks. Please note Kat will only appear on Friday July 31st and Saturday August 1st, Tyler and Bob will appear all three days of the con!
Kat Graham is an accomplished music artist and actress who currently stars as Bonnie Bennett on the CW’s megahit series The Vampire Diaries. Her career began at an earlier age with guest appearances on several TV shows and commercials including Coca-Cola’s “Wanna Fanta?” spots. Kat has also starred in feature films including 17 Again, The Roommate, and the title role in Honey 2.
Bob Morley is an up-and-coming actor best recognized as one of the leads of the CW’s sci-fi hit The 100. In his native Australia Bob appeared on several TV series such as Neighbours, The Strip, and Home & Away. His film appearances include Lost in the White City, Blinder, and Road Kill.
Tyler Posey is an actor best known for his starring role as Scott McCall, the titular character in MTV’s supernatural drama Teen Wolf. Tyler previously appeared on TV series such as Lincoln Heights, Doc, and Brothers & Sisters as well as several roles in films including Maid in Manhattan, Legendary, Scary Movie 5, and the upcoming movies Taco Shop and Yoga Hosers.
Tickets for photo ops with our media guests are now available for sale online at the link! Boston Comic Con has no involvement in autograph and photo op pricing for our media guests. Prices are set by each guest’s management and are subject to change at their discretion.
Autographs for our media guests can be purchased at the show at their respective tables.
Previously announced guests include: Stan Lee, Gillian Anderson, Billie Piper, Hayley Atwell, Robin Lord Taylor, Brett Dalton, Manu Bennett, Thomas Jane, Elvira, Eduardo Risso, Humberto Ramos, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tony Moore, Jason Latour, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Annie Wu, Franco Aureliani, J. Bone, Frank Brunner, Michael Cho, Jeff Dekal, Evan Dorkin, Sara Dyer, Gerry Duggan, Mike Henderson, Mike Kunkel, John Layman, Stacey Lee, Laura Martin, Phil Noto, Dan Panosian, Yanick Paquette, Jeff Parker, Andrew C. Robinson, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Joshua Williamson, Brian Azzarello, Nick Bradshaw, Eric Canete, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Andy Belanger, Stephanie Buscema, Dave Johnson, Joe Prado, Tim Sale, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Stephane Roux, Frank Tieri, Todd Nauck, and more!
Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Author James Patterson appears at Barnes & Noble on Sunday July 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM to sign the graphic novel ZOO!
Special Instructions: Proof of purchase from this Barnes & Noble location or BN.com must be provided for event attendance and priority seating.
Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street New York, NY 10003
Chris Colfer, star of Glee, returns to Anderson’s Bookshop on Friday, July 10 at 7:00 pm, to sign his new book! Fairy tales and classic stories collide in the fourth adventure in Chris Colfer’s bestselling series, THE LAND OF STORIES, as the twins travel BEYOND THE KINGDOMS! This is an in-store event. To receive a number for the signing line purchase The Land of Stories #4: Beyond the Kingdoms from Anderson’s Bookshop.
123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
Rob Paulsen welcomes anime voice actors Steve Blum, Kari Wahlgren, Sean Schemmel, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Todd Haberkorn to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday July 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv! A signing will follow the show.
The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!
About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”
The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.
Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.
“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.
“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”
Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.
Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.
As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come) and artist Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans, Itty Bitty Comics) appear at Downtown Comics on Saturday July 18, 2015 from 11:30 AM till 2:00 PM and at Aw Yeah Comics from 4:30 till 6:00 PM to celebrate the debut of the brand new ARCHIE comic! They will also be selling an exclusive variant cover drawn by Art!
Downtown Comics North
5767 E 86th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250
Aw Yeah Comics
107 N High St, Muncie, IN 47305
Corey Taylor (Slipknot) and Randall “Randy” Blythe (Lamb of God) present and sign their latest books, You’re Making Me Hate You and Dark Days: A Memoir at Book Soup on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM!
Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Book Soup. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Book Soup events unless otherwise noted. Save your Book Soup receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before.
Proof of purchase from this Barnes & Noble location or BN.com must be provided for event attendance and priority seating.
About this author
ERNEST CLINE has worked as a short-order cook, fish gutter, plasma donor, elitist video store clerk, and tech support drone. His primary occupation, however, has always been geeking out, and he eventually threw aside those other promising career paths to express his love of pop culture fulltime as a spoken word artist and screenwriter.
Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street New York, NY 10003
Kick-off Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, July 9, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives. RSVP here.
Meet great creators: Every year the greatest creators in comics drop in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Confirmed attendees so far this year include Scott Snyder, Jock, Jeff Lemire, Kieron Gillen, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Tim Seeley, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Jonathan Hickman, Joshua Williamson, and more are expected to drop in over the course of the night.
Get the exclusive goods: The first 200 attendees will receive a free gift bag, with exclusive items from Image Comics, McFarlane Toys, comiXology, and CBLDF. RSVP here.
Smell awesome at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/Trading Post: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be debuting their Profanities series, with a selection of limited edition Expletives that will only be available at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Proceeds from every sale at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF.
Get first dibs on CBLDF exclusives: CBLDF has been working hard to put together an exclusive assortment for Comic-Con attendees. We have an all-new tote bag featuring art by the terrific Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit); an embroidered Comic-Con souvenir patch and new CBLDF t-shirt, both designed by Brian Wood (Starve); and the CBLDF-exclusive variant of Star Trek/Green Lantern from IDW Publishing and DC Comics.
Preview the incredible items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con auction: Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, including pieces by Jim Lee, Kelley Jones, Jeff Smith, Matt Kindt, Gilbert Hernandez, J. Scott Campbell, Herb Trimpe, Jeffrey Brown, Greg Ruth, Ray Fawkes, Tyler Crook, and many more.
Get new Neil Gaiman art from Neverwear: Neverwear has an ever-growing line of items based on the works of author Neil Gaiman and is an ardent supporter of CBLDF. Neverwear will support the Fund at the SDCC Welcome Party by premiering “Hope,” a new print by Chris Ridell, along with classic designs by David Mack, Jim Lee, Olivia, and Jouni Koponen. Proceeds from sales at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF.
Come support free speech and experience the best of Comic-Con at the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 9, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 PM! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please. You can RSVP here.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers—and independent creators as well—comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Los Angeles and Paris.
ABOUT BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LAB
We specialize in formulating body and household blends with a dark, romantic Gothic tone. Our scents run the aesthetic gamut of magickal, pagan and mythological blends, Renaissance, Medieval and Victorian formulas, and horror/Gothic-themed scents. By utilizing our knowledge of homeopathy and aromatherapy, the conceptual theories of hermetic alchemy, and the aesthetic artistry of perfumery, we have mastered the art of encapsulating allegorical ideas into singular olfactory experiences. We are the first of our kind, and have over fifteen years of practical experience in the field. Our expertise shows. We pride ourselves on the artistry of our products, and our skill in their creation. All of our products are hand-blended here in our laboratory. Integrity and dedication is vitally important to us, and we do our best to provide the best possible product and slavishly good service to all our clients.
ABOUT COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation and challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news and information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available at a moment’s notice to respond to First Amendment emergencies. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights that our community depends on. For more information, visit www.cbldf.org
The Westgate Hotel
1055 Second Avenue San Diego, CA 92101