CA – Art of The Iron Giant Signing

Press Release:

Gallery Nucleus is honored to present Insight Editions’ publication of the most beloved animation film, The Art of the Iron Giant on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Finally we have a rare collection of concepts and artwork behind the scenes in this very book.

Come join us in this most special occasion as our veteran artists & animators share stories from behind the scenes and see their development work on the movie. Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of the art book!

000000000000000-art-iron-giantFeatured Panelists:
Teddy Newton – Character Design/Visual Development Artist
Michel Gagne – Special Effects Animator/Supervisor
Dominique Louis – Character Design/Visual Development Artist
Alan Bodner – Art Direction
Dennis Venizelos – Background Supervisor
Chris Sauve – Supervising Animator

Event Schedule:
2:00 – 3:00 Artist Discussion Panel
3:00 – 3:30 Q & A (moderated by Ben)
3:40 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:00 Book Signing

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

CA – Batman: Dark Night Signing

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Writer Paul Dini (Co-Creator of Harley Quinn, Producer and writer of the Batman: The Animated Series) presents and signs Dark Night: A True Batman Story at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM to celebrate BATMAN DAY!

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

CA – Steven Universe: The Answer Signing

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Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe, appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 PM, for a very special Meet & Greet. (This is a wristbanded event. Barnes & Noble at The Grove will begin selling pre-signed copies of THE ANSWER at 9am on Sept. 10th)

THE ANSWER, a heartfelt illustrated picture book by Rebecca Sugar, tells the story of two Gems named Ruby and Sapphire as they discover love for the first time on a strange new planet called Earth. Dazzling illustrations from show artists Elle Michalka and Tiffany Ford capture Ruby and Sapphire’s wonder and surprise as their story takes a course that fate never planned for them.

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

NYC – Where Am I Now? Signing

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Press Release:

The Astoria Bookshop is pleased to announce a reading and signing with local author and actor, Mara Wilson for her new memoir Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 PM in conjunction with the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend programming. Where Am I Now? is a hilarious and authentic journey from “the coolest girl to ever dump Hollywood” (Refinery29). Mara opens up about her life as a child star, losing her mother at a young age, and her bumpy journey into womanhood. This is an open event, however Mara Wilson will only be signing copies of Where Am I Now? and attendees who purchase their copy from The Astoria Bookshop will be prioritized in the signing line. The Astoria Bookshop is now taking pre-orders for Where Am I Now?.

Mara Wilson is a writer, playwright, actor and storyteller perhaps best known as the little girl from Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, she regularly appears at live storytelling and comedy shows, including her own, What Are You Afraid Of? Her writing can be found on Jezebel, The Toast, McSweeney’s, the Daily Beast, and Cracked.com, and on her blog, MaraWilsonWritesStuff.com. She has appeared on Broad City and the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and will guest star on upcoming episodes of BoJack Horseman. She lives in New York City.

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The Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st Street (between Broadway and 31st Avenue)
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 278-2665

NYC – Cosplayers Signing

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Press Release:

Colorful grease paint, gravity-defying wigs, and elaborate sewing marvels: welcome to the wonderful world of cosplay. Comic book writer/artist, and animator Dash Shaw loving explores this costume-crazed fandom in his latest book Cosplayers.

Dash will be joined in conversation with writer and curator Dan Nadel on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7 PM. Additionally, Dash will be screening animations along with a small preview of a film based on his book Doctors, which will be premiering at the New York Film Festival in October.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

Planet Comicon Kansas City 2017 Dates Announced

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Planet Comicon Kansas City will return to Bartle Hall on April 28-30, 2017. The event is one of the nation’s largest comic book and pop culture expos. The 2016 show drew more than 70,000 attendees to downtown Kansas City, MO. Fans of superheroes, science fiction, and fantasy gathered to collect celebrity autographs, meet comic book creators, explore vendor tables, participate in cosplay events, attend hundreds of hours of programming, and connect with fellow fan

Guest announcements and ticketing details for 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks. “Planet Comicon Kansas City is all about the fans, and we’re planning the biggest, most exciting show ever for 2017,” said Planet Comicon CEO and Founder, Chris Jackson. “The challenge is always to top the previous year.”

Highlights from the 2016 show included a salute to Marvel pioneer Stan Lee during which Kansas City Mayor Sly James issued a proclamation designating “Stan Lee Day in Kansas City.” In addition, the world’s best pop culture writers and artists filled Bartle Hall with their diverse and impressive work; celebrities and special guests spent hours signing autographs and taking photos with their dedicated fans; and a couple celebrated their love for Planet Comicon Kansas City by getting married at the event to kickoff the convention weekend.

For more information about the 2017 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

AZ – Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Signing

000000000000000-aeyn2k_marvelAuthor, illustrator, and photographer Adam Bray visits Changing Hands Bookstore on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th at 4:00 PM with his newest DK guide – covering the ins, outs, and behind-the-scenes of the Marvel Comics Universe.

EVENT GUIDELINES

  • Seating is determined by letter group (indicated on tickets) and opens at 3:30pm.

→ $19.99 + tax: One (1) copy of Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know and admission for two (2) people

  • Signing line forms after the event by letter group printed on tickets.
  • Event guidelines may be subject to changes.

ABOUT THE BOOK
DK’s Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know is packed with fun facts, bizarre-but-true tales, and quirky insights into everyone’s favorite Marvel comic characters, including The Avengers, Spider-Man, and Daredevil.

Discover why the Hulk comes in three different varieties—green, gray, and red—and how a frog once gained Thor’s powers! This unique guide sheds light on the most fascinating corner of the Marvel Comics Universe, from secrets of the Super Heroes to the making of Marvel’s finest and strangest comic moments.

From behind-the-scenes revelations to strange and interesting facts, Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know will surprise and delight new and die-hard Marvel fans.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ADAM BRAY is a frequent contributor to DK Star Wars™ and LEGO® Star Wars books, including Ultimate Star Wars and the best-selling Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know. Visit him online at twitter.com/authoradambray.

Changing Hands Bookstore
300 W Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013
602.274.0067

CA – Scales & Tales Signing

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Marv Wolfman, Peggy Wu, John Palisano, Del Howison, Lisa Morton, Tim Powers, Dennis Etchison, Larry Niven, William F. Nolan, Jason V. Brock, Sunni K. Brock, Wes Pollock, and more appear at Dark Delicacies on Sunday, August 28th at 2:00 pm to sign Scales & Tales, a charity anthology for The Southwestern Herpetologists Society, Star Paws Rescue, and Kit Crusaders.

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 556-6660

Spooky Empire gets Strange!

MBB_spookyIf you haven’t heard of the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, you must be living in the Upside Down. 

We are excited to announce that MILLIE BOBBY BROWN will be appearing at Spooky Empire, October 8 & 9th, 2 days only!

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN currently stars as “Eleven” on “Stranger Things”. She’s also appeared as “Young Alice” in the ABC Once Upon A time spin off, “Once Upon A Time in Wonderland”, plus “Intruders”, “Modern Family” and “NCIS”.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet MILLIE BOBBY BROWN at Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL, October 8-9, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can. WE WILL HAVE A PRE SALE FOR AUTOGRAPHS AND PHOTO OPS in the next week or two.

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

NM – Sixteen Legs Screening

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The Jean Cocteau Cinema will host the premiere of Sixteen Legs, a film by Bookend Trust that features Neil Gaiman, author of Sandman and Neverwhere, on Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM. Neil and the film creators from Bookend Trust will be at the Cocteau to answer questions! There will also be a fantastic exhibition of spider replicas, sculptures of egg sacs, and much more. Tickets are $15.00 and will be available soon!

Giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates try to find love in the dark. As the world rapidly descends into the next period of global mass extinction, a message of hope comes from an unlikely hero: a creature, often reviled, that has survived previous mass extinctions and climatic change in a magical ecosystem hidden beneath one of the world’s last great wildernesses. With spectacular imagery and a dark-fantasy twist, this is a real-world “Charlotte’s Web,” capitalizing on master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s global popularity to take a story of stability and solitude into our world of rapid change.

ABOUT THE FILM:

This is a never-before-told story of a weird underground world dominated by the love-lives of giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates.

These are still-living prehistoric animals that outlasted the dinosaurs, survived the splitting of the continents, and have endured the entirety of human civilization within some of Australia’s largest and deepest caves. These animals were the first web-spinners on the planet and are at the apex of this extraordinary ecosystem, which in turns influences the wilderness above them.

The documentary has exclusive access to deep research with a global scientific pedigree. The 25th anniversary of research on these giant animals reveals that they break the rules compared to their surface cousins: they have a very unusual mating strategy that allows the males to survive in the dark, their young take 9 months to emerge from the egg-sacs (instead of 6-8 weeks), they have structurally and chemically unique egg structures to allow the eggs and young to develop for so long, and the adult spiders live for decades (instead of 2-3 years).

This story is told from one of the world’s last great wildernesses, a visually stunning and unbelievably beautiful landscape that meets the highest number of criteria for World Heritage Listing of anywhere on the planet.

Filming has been undertaken in some of Australia’s deepest and most spectacular caves. These are ‘Restricted Access’, which means they are not open to the public or media due to the high conservation value of the caves themselves, and the fact that only the most experienced cavers can safely access them (only 72 people are allowed access per year). We have been granted exclusive filming access on the basis of our long history of cave research, and our proven capacity to work in highly fragile and dangerous underground environments. No one else will be able to capture this footage.

The footage has been captured over 4 years in 4K and 5K resolution.

This is a real-life tale of deep science told with a dark fairytale twist by master storyteller and best-selling international author Neil Gaiman (Doctor Who, Coraline). The celebrity and pop-culture appeal of the project is increased with atmospheric vocals from chart-topping Australian singer Kate Miller-Heidke and contributions from Stephen Fry, Tara Moss, Mark Gatiss, Adam Hills, and Polly Adams (daughter of Douglas Adams – author of ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and ‘Last Chance to See’).

Alongside our work with UTAS, ground-breaking input has also been added from scientific teams in New Zealand, the USA, the UK, Europe and South America – including experts from Oxford University (UK), Cornell University (US) and the American Museum of Natural History discussing an upheaval (“a paradigm shift”) in the previously understood pattern of global spider evolution. This information has been given exclusively to us for the documentary. At a time when we are bombarded by messages of doom and gloom, this is an antidote to excite and inspire modern audiences with the joy of the natural world.

Tickets available at the link…

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

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