Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Wordy Shipmates SARAH VOWELL on Friday October 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM for a reading from her latest book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette.
Chronicling General Lafayette’s years in Washington’s army, Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War. Riding shotgun with Lafayette, Vowell swerves from the high-minded debates of Independence Hall to the frozen wasteland of Valley Forge, from bloody battlefields to the Palace of Versailles, bumping into John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lord Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette and various kings, Quakers and redcoats along the way.
Drawn to the patriots’ war out of a lust for glory, Enlightenment ideas and the traditional French hatred for the British, young Lafayette crossed the Atlantic expecting to join forces with an undivided people, encountering instead fault lines between the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, rebel and loyalist inhabitants, and a conspiracy to fire George Washington, the one man holding together the rickety, seemingly doomed patriot cause.
While Vowell’s yarn is full of the bickering and infighting that marks the American past—and present—her telling of the Revolution is just as much a story of friendship: between Washington and Lafayette, between the Americans and their French allies and, most of all between Lafayette and the American people. Coinciding with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Vowell lingers over the elderly Lafayette’s sentimental return tour of America in 1824, when three-fourths of the population of New York City turned out to welcome him ashore. As a Frenchman and the last surviving general of the Continental Army, Lafayette belonged to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction. He was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what the founders hoped this country could be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing, singular past.
Vowell’s narrative look at our somewhat united states is humorous, irreverent and wholly original.
First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Join Gallery Nucleus on Saturday, October 3rd for a behind the scenes look into Sony Animation Studios’ Hotel Transylvania 2! The sequel to Hotel Transylvania follows the changes that have happened after the first film. Count Dracula is determined to see if his grandson Dennis has any vampire potential while his daughter Mavis and Jonathan consider making a change for their young family.
Michael Kurinsky – production designer
Chin Ko – visual development
Aurora Jimenez – visual development
Seonna Hong – visual development
Kristy Kay – visual development
Lizzie Nichols – visual development
Andre Medina – character design
Michael Spooner – visual development
Joey Chou – visual development
2:00 – 3:00 pm Panel Presentation
3:00 – 3:30 pm Q&A
4:00 – 5:00 pm Signing
$10 Admission at the door or FREE w/ purchase of the Art of Hotel Transylvania 2 book (100 seats only, standing room also available for late comers). Free admission for kids 12 and under.
General Admission and Signing Instructions:
1. Please purchase your general admission tickets / books at the register before being seated.
2. Seats for general admission are first come first serve. Signing queue will start from the front row and conclude with the last row.
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
Todd McFarlane and McFarlane Toys are planning their trip to the Big Apple for New York Comic Con 2015! Last year, McFarlane Toys debuted their AMC’s The Walking Dead construction sets and this year, for the first time, McFarlane Toys is showing off their HBO’s Game of Thrones Construction Sets slated to hit stores this November!
Visit the McFarlane Toys booth #1526 for a chance to meet Todd McFarlane and see the latest construction sets, action figures and statues from brands including: AMC’s The Walking Dead, HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead Comic, Halo, Assassin’s Creed and more.
Here’s an overview of McFarlane’s schedule at NYCC:
PANEL: Toddfather Talks Toys, Comics, Spawn and Insight to Being an Independent Creator
- Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Location: Room 1A06
This is a can’t-miss panel featuring the man, Todd McFarlane! The toy company giant gives a sneak peek at McFarlane Toys’ upcoming AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones construction sets. Todd also talks exciting Spawn and Savior news that will make any comic fan eager for new issues! A Todd McFarlane panel wouldn’t be complete without words of wisdom on persevering and obtaining your dream job.
SIGNING: Todd McFarlane VIP Signing
- Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: VIP Lounge in the 4th floor Galleria
If you’re a VIP ticket holder, this is for you… Bring your two favorite Todd McFarlane items for a free autograph!
PANEL: Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel
- Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time: 4 PM – 5 PM
Already a legend for his creation of The Spirit in 1940, Will Eisner – with the 1978 publication of his A Contract With God – would be instrumental in popularizing the graphic novel format, changing the world of comics forever. Join us and find out how and why Eisner did it, with moderator Paul Levitz (author of the upcoming Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel) and Panelists Todd McFarlane (Spawn Creator & Image Comics President), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dennis O’Neil (Batman) and Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book).
NYCC BUILD OFF: In-Booth Construction Set Challenge
McFarlane Toys is challenging New York Comic Con fans to a construction challenge featuring our McFarlane Construction Sets. Fans can test their construction skills as we pit them against one another in a no-holds barred construction throw-down! The contest is free and open to all NYCC attendee badge holders and will be held in McFarlane Toys booth (1526) Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10th.
Can’t make it to NYCC? Upload a photo of your McFarlane Construction Sets to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #McFarlaneBuilds for a chance to win a McFarlane Construction Set prize package!
CONTESTS, GIVEAWAYS and MORE!
Stop by the McFarlane Toys booth #1526 for several different chances to win some awesome prizes!
- Win McFarlane Toys for a Year: Sign up for the McFarlane Toys newsletter on an iPad in our booth to be entered in our ‘Win McFarlane Toys for a Year’ sweepstakes. Not going to NYCC? Don’t worry… You can enter the contest by clicking here.
- Daily Lanyard Pin Giveaways: Each day of NYCC, we’ll be giving away NYCC EXCLUSIVE lanyard pins. Limited quantities available.
- Daily Blind Bag Giveaways: Be one of the first to our booth (#1526) to grab a blind bag from AMC’s The Walking Dead. Check the front and back of your blind bag for a neon sticker, because you could be an INSTANT winner winning comics, action figures or construction sets. Limited quantities available.
FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS
More Todd McFarlane autograph sessions times to be announced! Check back here and on Todd’s Twitter for more details!
Stop by the McFarlane Toys booth for life-size photo opportunities from AMC’s The Walking Dead hit TV series. Upload a photo of you in our booth to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #McFarlaneBuilds for a chance to win a McFarlane Construction Set prize package!
September 22, 2015 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, United States, Video Games, Webcomics
Announcing MegaCon Fan Days!! Join us November 21-22 for a FANtastic fall show!
Mega Fan Days brings you more of the MegaCon fandom, fun, & geekery you love – just in time before we ramp up for our MEGA show in May!
1st Guest announced Samwise Gamgee brings the shire to Orlando! Meet fan fave Sean Astin!
For more information visit http://megaconfandays.com
September 22, 2015 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, United States, Video Games, Webcomics
Come out to the Palm Beach County Convention Center – September 26th & 27th for Palm Beach’s Original Comic-Con!
Meet Special Guest Matthew Wood – General Grievous in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Clone Wars!
Meet Special Guest Carlos Castellanos! Carlos is the illustrator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Baldo!
Meet Special Guest the one and only Captain Cartoon – Dick Kulpa! He is an accomplished artist, who worked on the Star Trek and Bruce Lee comic strips and headed up Cracked Magazine. He is also the creator of (the still on the loose) Bat-Boy for the Weekly World News!
PalmCon: The Palm Beach County Comic Book and Collectibles Show is Palm Beach County’s biggest comic and pop culture convention. Now celebrating their fifth year, PalmCon continues to hold true to it’s mission statement to bring Palm Beach County the best in comics, animation, and pop-culture while providing a fun and safe family friendly atmosphere.
More information and tickets can be found on our site! http://www.palmcon.net
Bruce Boxleitner, Trevor Crafts, Matthew Daley, and Mairghread Scott appear at The Comic Bug on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM to sign LANTERN CITY from Boom! Studios!
The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Horror legend John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China) appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday October 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM to sign Tales for a Halloween Night!
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Comic creators Jennifer Holm (Sunny Side Up), Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins) and Judd Winick (Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth) sign at Once Upon a Time Bookstore on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:00pm!
Once Upon a Time Bookstore
Montrose Shopping Park
2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020
Meet Masashi Kishimoto, creator of Naruto, at Barnes & Noble on Saturday October 10, 2015 at 3:30 PM! This event is a rare opportunity to see the legendary creator in his first public appearance outside of Japan at this New York Super Week event sponsored by VIZ Media and the Japan Foundation.
Author/artist Masashi Kishimoto was born in 1974 in rural Okayama Prefecture, Japan. After spending time in art college, he won the Hop Step Award for new manga artists with his manga Karakuri (Mechanism). Kishimoto decided to base his next story on traditional Japanese culture. His first version of Naruto, drawn in 1997, was a one-shot story about fox spirits; his final version, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, quickly became the most popular ninja manga in Japan.
Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007
Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman appear at The Trocadero on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM for Hollywood Babble-On LIVE!
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.
1003 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107