CA – Spectrum Signing

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Actor Alan Tudyk (Con Man, Frozen, Firefly, Star Wars: Rogue One) appears with co-creators Shannon Denton and PJ Haarsma to sign SPECTRUM at Illusive Comics and Games on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM! Free tickets are available at the link!

Press Release:

Come meet the creative team behind Spectrum, the comic within the Kickstarted show Con Man at Illusive Comics & Games!

The first issue of Spectrum releases on Free Comic Book Day, May 7th. We have 300 copies of the comic for this signing.

The tickets are free, but we hope you’ll donate to Parents Helping Parents. And, if you live too far to drive, we are offering a limited amount of tickets to have a signed comic mailed to you.

FAQ:
1. How many items can I get signed? One per person.

2. Will there be a fee? No, but we will be collecting donations for Parents Helping Parents.

3. What can I get signed? Just the comic Spectrum.

4. Can I get a photo? Only a very brief one, if your camera is ready, with Alan sitting at the table.

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Illusive Comics and Games
2725 El Camino Real, Suite 105, Santa Clara, CA 95051
408-985-7481

OR – Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood Release Party

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Cartoonist Kaz appears at Floating World Comics on Friday Feb. 12, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM for the Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood release party!

Press Release:

Floating World Comics is excited to host a release party for Kaz’s new Underworld omnibus collection – From Hoboken to Hollywood! Kaz will join us to sign books and celebrate the release of his new book.

In addition to his career as an Emmy-winning writer for animation (Cartoon Network’s Camp Lazlo, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants), Kaz has been unleashing his id and corrupting generations with his Harvey-nominated weekly Underworld comic strip since 1992. Underworld hilariously depicts sordid doings in a surreal city, stuffed with almost-parodies of famous comic strip characters, a healthy dose of cigarette-smoking cats, cute little saccharin-cuddly creatures, media- damaged kids, and much more — all destined for a sardonic smashing in typically acerbic Kaz fashion. Kaz’s strip runs in many American alternative weeklies such as the New York Press and the SF Bay Guardian. The Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood will be the first ever omnibus collection of the very best of the strip’s 23-year run, with annotations, photos, and other surprises from the author (along with a foreword by Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell).

Kaz was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1959. During the 1980s he studied comics under Art Spiegelman and contributed to the early issues of Raw magazine, eventually releasing his first anthology collection, the oversized (and now out of print and highly sought-after) Buzzbomb, with Fantagraphics Books. In 1991 he started the weekly self-syndicated comic strip: Underworld. Fantagraphics began collecting Underworld into book form in April of 1995, with five collections released to date. Sidetrack City and other Tales, a collection of longer comic strips, was published by Fantagraphics in 1996. The Underworld comic strip has been nominated for a Harvey Award four times.

Kaz is married to Linda Marotta, a horror literature critic and expert. They make their home in New York City while Kaz splits his time between there and working in the Los Angeles animation industry.

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

NE – Brian Posehn Performs

00000000-brian-posehn-neComedian Brian Posehn performs at the Bourbon Theatre on Friday, February 19th at 8:00 PM! Tickets available at the link.

Press Release:

Comedian/actor/writer Brian Posehn always has a full plate in front of him. He is constantly touring as a stand-up comedian in the best comedy clubs and rock venues in the country. 2013 marked the release of his first hour long special, The Fartist, through Netflix. Brian is currently co-writing Deadpool for Marvel Comics. He has a popular podcast, Nerd Poker, on the Earwolf Network.

Brian co-starred in Universal’s feature, The Five-Year Engagement, directed by Nick Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow and in the popular Canadian indie comedy, Lloyd the Conqueror. In the last year he has done guest spots on the sitcoms, The Big Bang Theory, Guys With Kids and Anger Management. He also starred for three seasons in Comedy Central’s popular show, The Sarah Silverman Program, and toured as one of the original members of the Comedians of Comedy.

Besides writing and performing on HBO’s acclaimed Mr. Show, he has appeared in sitcoms such as Just Shoot Me, Seinfeld, NewsRadio, Californication, Everybody Loves Raymond and Friends. He also has an extensive resume in voice-acting including Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Adventure Time, Metalocalypse, Bob’s Burgers, Mission Hill, and American Dad.
Brian has also appeared in several movies, including Judd Apatow’s Funny People, Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Sex Drive, and Surf’s Up.

He has written episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program and Metalocalypse (Adult Swim). He’s written for the popular sketch show, Human Giant and various specials and roasts including recent stints on the Oscars and The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr. In 2009 and 2010, Brian directed a video and a Comedy Central pilot for the hilarious hair metal band, Steel Panther.

In 2006 he released his first graphic novel, The Last Christmas, and his debut comedy album: Live in Nerd Rage. In 2009, Brian released his album, Fart and Weiner Jokes.

2013 also marked the release of a book co-written by Brian with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross called Hollywood Said No. He is also currently producing a Comedy Metal album with Scott Ian of Anthrax.

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The Bourbon
1415 O St, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

IL – Pretty Happy Signing

0000000-kate-hudsonActress Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Kung Fu Panda 3, Rock the Kasbah) appears at the Wentz Concert Hall on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign her new book PRETTY HAPPY! Tickets are available at the link and include one copy of the book.

Press Release:

Kate Hudson is an instantly recognizable face and personality who can now add author to her impressive list of accomplishments. Anderson’s Bookshops is thrilled to welcome her to Naperville to celebrate the release of her new book “Pretty Happy.”

Kate will speak briefly and take a few questions from the audience, then will move into the signing portion of the evening. She will only sign copies of “Pretty Happy” and will be able to take a quick picture with fans.

You will receive your book when you arrive at the event. They will NOT be available for pick up before that time. Books purchased at other vendors are not permitted in the signing line.

Actual seating is first come, first served, but your assigned seat number corresponds to your place in the signing line.

PLEASE NOTE that this event follows the author’s and publisher’s wishes and may mean limits on photos and the number of signed or personalized books. Anderson’s Bookshop is not responsible for changes made by the author to the guidelines prior to or during the event. Your understanding is appreciated.

In “Pretty Happy,” Kate shows how she honors her relationship with herself through exercise, making the right choices about what she eats, and constantly going back to the drawing board and starting fresh, instead of holding herself to unrealistic standards of perfection and giving up when she falls short.

Kate Hudson was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award for her breakthrough performance in “Almost Famous.” She is known around the world for her prolific acting career and recognized internationally as a fashion icon and global spokesperson and humanitarian.

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Wentz Concert Hall
171 E Chicago Ave, Naperville, Illinois 60540
(630) 637-7469

AZ – Hollywood Babble On LIVE

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Ralph Garman & Kevin Smith appear at the Stand Up Live Comedy Theater on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM for a live recording of their podcast HOLLYWOOD BABBLE ON!

Get tickets here…

Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature. It’s like that “scorpion and frog” story. But, deep down, they’re just two nice East Coast boys… who happen to have a heavy dependence on drugs and alcohol, respectively.

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Stand Up Live Comedy Theater
50 W Jefferson St, Ste 200, Phoenix, Arizona 85003
(480) 719-6100

NJ – An Evening w/ Kevin Smith

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Writer/director Kevin Smith appears at the Stress Factory Comedy Club on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, Tusk, and Yoga Hosers; Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, My Boring-Ass Life and Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He can be heard daily at Smodcast.com, a vast network of podcasts.

An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the man who brought the world these films.

Get tickets at the link!

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Stress Factory Comedy Club
90 Church St, New Brunswick, NJ 8901
732-545-4242

CA – Pretty Happy Signing

0000000-kate-hudsonActress Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Kung Fu Panda 3) appears at Barnes & Noble on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign her new book PRETTY HAPPY: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body.

In almost every interview she gives, Kate Hudson is asked the same questions: What do you eat? How do you stay so fit? What workout do you do? What’s your secret? Well, the secret is that the sound bites the media loves so much don’t tell the story, and the steps you need to take to have a healthy, vibrant and happy life can’t be captured in a short interview. The key to living well, and healthy, is to plug into what your body needs, understanding that one size does not fit all, all the time, and being truly honest with yourself about your goals and desires.

This is a wristbanded event. A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase “Pretty Happy” from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning February 22nd at 9am

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-0270

MoCCA Art Fest 2016 Announces Guests of Honor

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The Society of Illustrators is proud to share this year’s stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival in New York City. They are:

* Cece Bell, author of the phenomenal middle grade graphic memoir El Deafo (winner of the Newberry Honor and an Eisner Award)

* R.O. Blechman, Emmy Award-winning illustrator, animator, cartoonist and author.

* Phoebe Gloeckner, whose subversive classic The Diary of a Teenage Girl was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed film of the same name.

* Sonny Liew, whose graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was censured by the National Arts Council of Singapore and is forthcoming from Pantheon Books.

* Rebecca Sugar, creator of the quietly radical animated cartoon series Steven Universe.

This diverse group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place on April 2 – 3rd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at our brand new location at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave.).

Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor will be available in future announcements.

ABOUT THE GUESTS OF HONOR

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Cece Bell
Children’s book author and illustrator Cece Bell attended the College of William and Mary where she studied Art History, and later attended Kent State University, earning a graduate degree in illustration and design. Her colorful, fun and quirky drawings can be found in her best-selling books Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, Crankee Doodle, Bug Patrol, Itty Bitty, Bee-Wigged, and the Sock Monkey series. In 2015, Bell received the Newbery Medal Honor for her graphic novel El Deafo, a story based on her own experiences growing up deaf.

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R.O. Blechman
R.O. Blechman is a multiple award-winning and influential animator, illustrator, children’s book author, graphic novelist and editorial cartoonist. His many books include the groundbreaking 1953 graphic novel The Juggler of Our Lady and the forthcoming Amadeo & Maladeo: A Musical Duet. His work in animation includes The Soldier’s Tale and unforgettable advertisements for products like Alka Seltzer. He has received multiple recognitions including a Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cartoonists Society in 2011, was inducted into the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame in 2012. His work has been shown at The Norman Rockwell Museum, The School of Visual Arts, and MoMA.

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Phoebe Gloeckner
Phoebe Gloeckner began cartooning after moving to San Francisco in the 1970s, and was greatly influenced by the underground comix movement led by artists including Robert Crumb, Aline Kominksy, Bill Griffith, Diane Noomin, and Terry Zwigoff. Her early work appeared in anthologies including Wimmen’s Comix, Weirdo, and Twisted Sisters. Both her 1998 collection A Child’s Life and Other Stories and the 2002 novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures received notable recognition as well as controversy for its honest portrayal of teenage sexuality with themes of drug use and childhood traumas. The book has been adapted into a theatrical production and a critically acclaimed feature film of the same name. She is the recipient of the 2000 Inkpot Award, received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, and is currently the Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities.

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Sonny Liew
Sonny Liew is a comics artist, painter, and illustrator whose work includes the New York Times bestseller The Shadow Hero (with Gene Yang), Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz), Malinky Robot and titles for Marvel Comics, DC Vertigo, and Image Comics. He has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards for his collaborations on The Shadow Hero, Wonderland, and Liquid City, a multivolume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia. He lives and works in Singapore.

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Rebecca Sugar
Animator, composer and director Rebecca Sugar’s groundbreaking career started as a writer and storyboard artist on the animated television series Adventure Time. She later went on to create the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, and became the first woman to independently create a series for that network. She has received numerous Emmy and Annie Award nominations for her work on both series.

About the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 2,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

NYC – William Shatner Signing

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William Shatner appears at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Monday February 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign his new memoir Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man.

Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life.

Special Instructions
Must provide proof of purchase from this Barnes & Noble retail location or BN.com to receive a wristband. A limited amount of wristbands will be distributed beginning at 9:00AM on the day of the event. No memorabilia. More information coming soon.

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

MN – Pretty Happy Signing

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Actress Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Kung Fu Panda 3) appears at Mall of America on Sunday February 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM to sign her new book PRETTY HAPPY: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. Details at the link…

Mall of America
118 E. Broadway Suite 238, Bloomington, MN 55425
952-854-1455

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