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  • CA – Once Upon A Cloud Signing

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    Join Claire Keane (Frozen, Tangled) for a Mother’s day event in Venice Saturday, May 9th at 4:00 PM where she will be drawing, reading and signing Once Upon A Cloud at Ecole Claire Fontaine. There will be activities for the whole family and gifts to make for the moms in your life.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Ecole Claire Fontaine
    1047 Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA 90291

    Big WOW! Drink & Draw 2015

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    Press Release:

    Big WOW! Comic Fest hosts a Drink & Draw this Friday April 17th, 2015 from 9:00 pm till midnight(?) at the Hyatt Place Hotel (inside the Gallery,) 282 S. Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA 95113 right next door to the San Jose Convention Center. RSVP on Facebook!

    Bring your sketchbooks, drawing pads, & art supplies and mingle with professional and amateur artists while having drinks and socializing. It’s a casual event so just dive in and drink & draw. We may have a ringleader for the event to bring up drawing ideas and such so keep posted. If we cannot appropriate one in time, feel free to improvise with your fellow artists.

    The Gallery offers plenty of inviting spaces to gather as a group, draw, and have drinks & snacks. There is no entry fee to come to this event.

    Badge Pick-Up & Advanced Ticket Sales is open from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Friday at the San Jose Convention Center 150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113. So stick around after you pick up your badge and join us!

    Comic Fest Coral Springs moves Date to May 9th!

    Comic Fest Coral Springs 2015Comic Fest Coral Springs moves Date to May 9th!

    Slight change for the first ever Comic Fest Coral Springs in Coral Springs, FL

    Guests include Charles Paul Wilson III

    Barbara Kesel

    Fernando Ruiz

    Derrick fish

    Jose Delbo

    Manny Cartoon

    Silvana

    501st Legion

    For more info check out the website!

    CA – Free Comic Book Day 2015

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    Erik Larsen, Matt Hawkins, Liam Sharp, and Tom Beland appear at Flying Color Comics on Saturday May 2, 2015 for Free Comic Book Day!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Flying Colors Comics
    2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
    (925) 825-5410

    MA – Captain Kirk Speaks

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    William Shatner (Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk) speaks at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM!

    Tickets are available at the link! Proceeds from Celebrity Forum support the Middlesex Community College Foundation.

    Lowell Memorial Auditorium
    50 E Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01852
    (978) 454-2299

    IL – The Art of He-Man Signing

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    Authors Tim and Steve Seeley appear at Toy de Jour on Saturday April 18th from 2:00-5:00 pm for a signing to celebrate the release of Dark Horse’s The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Toy de Jour
    2064 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
    (773) 217-9089

    Anime Boston 2015 Con Report

    ab2015_gojiraAs geek culture continues to expand the market sees new conventions cropping up regularly. In New England one of the largest, and longest running, is Anime Boston which has been going since 2003 and growing each year. With a dedicated volunteer staff, they fill the Hynes Convention Center year after year with fans of anime, manga, cosplay, and virtually any other stripes of geek. While their guests and programming stick closely to the New England Anime Society’s mandate of concentrating on Japanese pop culture, attendees still represent their individual tastes. Guests such as voice over artists bridge this gap well. This year Anime Boston hosted Cherami Leigh, Mona Marshall, Richard Epcar, Michael Sinterniklaas, and more who have worked dubbing anime television shows and movies into English such as Sword Art Online, Naruto, Robotech, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Suit Gundam but are equally as well known for their American projects like South Park, Venture Brothers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    Several guest were direct from Japan including Godzilla actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima (see photo at left) who graciously signed for fans and posed for photos on the convention floor all weekend long. Mr. Takarada also offered hand written calligraphy of Godzilla’s name in kanji as a memento. Furthermore, J-Pop star LiSA played to a sold out audience on Friday night.

    The annual charity auction, the proceeds from which benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, saw some records broken when an original watercolor painting of Aang and Appa by Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko sold for $2,500. Ultimately, the auction raised $23,485.84, its highest amount ever.

    Next year’s Anime Boston has been scheduled for March 25-27, 2016!

     

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    OR – Linework NW Opening Party

    Daniel Clowes, Lisa Congdon, Lisa Hanawalt, and Jay Howell appear at Hellion Gallery on Friday, April 17th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm! RSVP on Facebook!

    Press Release:

    Linework NW is back for round 2! Come celebrate the triumphant return of Portland’s premier comics and illustration festival at our opening reception on Friday, April 17th at Hellion Gallery from 6:00-10:00pm. Enjoy beer by the local brew heroes at Gigantic while perusing prints and original work from our esteemed special guests:

    DANIEL CLOWES
    one of the great voices of contemporary American literature and a legendary artist and draftsman. Clowes is the creator of Eightball, an anthology of personal work that consistently raised the bar of comics art and literature over its impressive 17–year run. It was in these pages that many of Clowes’ graphic novels were first serialized, including Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, David Boring, and Ghost World, which was adapted to film by Terry Zwigoff in 2001 with an Academy Award nominated screenplay by Clowes. Linework NW is extraordinarily honored to be hosting the official world premiere of The Complete Eightball 1–18 (Fantagraphics Books) at our festival.

    LISA HANAWALT
    a prolific cartoonist and illustrator known for her colorful and hilarious work. A Co-Producer and Production Designer of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, Hanawalt is also a frequent contributor to publications such as The Believer, Lucky Peach magazine, and The New York Times, and the author of the collection My Dirty Dumb Eyes (Drawn and Quarterly). A prolific and wide-ranging creator, Hanawalt also serves as co-host of the bi-weekly podcast Baby Geniuses with comedian Emily Heller. Lisa Hanawalt will make you blush, through either the sheer beauty of her craft, or her deft ability to tell dirty jokes.

    JAY HOWELL
    an animator, illustrator, and character designer whose work can be seen everywhere from Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig (where Howell serves as Executive Producer, Co-Creator, and Art Director) and Fox’s Bob’s Burgers to fine art galleries such as Slow Culture and FFDG. Well known for his distinctive drawings of spindly-legged punks, dogs, skateboards, and cool times, Howell is also the creator and animator of the Classic Tales series of interviews from Vans. With a body of work that evokes both simple beauty and thrashing chaos, Jay Howell is a champion to professional artists and those who doodle in the margins of notebooks alike.

    LISA CONGDON
    a fine artist, author, and illustrator who well-known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, and hand lettering. A self-described “late bloomer,” Congdon began her artistic career after working for years as an educator and has achieved extraordinary success, working with an array of high-profile clients including MoMA, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, and the Obama campaign. Lisa is also the author of many books, including Art, Inc; Whatever You Are, Be a Good One; Twenty Ways to Draw a Tulip, and A Collection a Day. Her latest book, Fortune Favors the Brave (Chronicle) will be released later this year. Congdon’s background as an educator continues to influence her artistic practice. She has made a name for herself as a guide and inspiration to those following their passion and pursuing a career in art.

    Admission is free and open to the public.

    For more information about the festival, please visit www.lineworknw.com

    Hellion Gallery
    19 NW 5th Ave, Suite #208, Portland OR 97209

    MegaCon joins with Fan Expo

    MegaConBanner2MegaCon gets sold to Canada’s Fan Expo, becomes MegaCon Orlando!

    Article Via the Orlando Business Journal

    Read it all HERE!

    CA – How We Hero Panel

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    Bryan Konietzko Michael Dante DiMartino (creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra) and Gene Luen Yang (writer of the ATLA comics as well as Superman, American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and many more) speak on a panel moderated by novelist Leigh Bardugo where they will break down the components of mythic storytelling on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at noon. A book signing will follow at 1:00 PM. Present as part of the Yallwest book festival in Santa Monica, CA.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Santa Monica High School – Barnum Hall
    601 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405

     

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