IL – Challengers Authors Signing

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Writers Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn sign at Challengers Comics on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

Sarah Kuhn is the author of HEROINE COMPLEX (“The Devil Wears Prada with superheroes”) –the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. HEROINE COMPLEX chronicles the adventures of Evie Tanaka, a put-upon personal assistant who is forced to pose as her diva superhero boss and must embrace her own hidden talents in order to protect our world from a demonic invasion. Sarah has also written The Ruby Equation (with artist Sally Jane Thompson) for the Eisner-nominated romance comics anthology Fresh Romance and Barbie comics (with artist Alitha Martinez).

Unofficial Challengers mascot Amber Benson co-wrote and directed the animated web-series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. Her solo novels include the 5-volume DEATH’S DAUGHTER series and 2 (so far) volumes of THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also written, produced, and directed three feature films.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

8th Annual DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show hits this weekend!

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Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at the Volusia Co.Fairgrounds

Over 75 Vendors & Artists plus Special Guests

 $5 Admission, 12 & under Free w/adult, Prizes, Food Truck, Free Parking!

New for 2017: Magic the Gathering & other gaming Tournaments

Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) joins us at the DeLand Show!

More Room, More Vendors, More Entertainment for 2017!

The DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show

Still in the same location, we are moving into the larger side of the building where the bathrooms are located. We’ve added an Artist Alley to compliment our Special Guests along with more vendor spaces. Also new this year is a

MAGIC THE GATHERING Tournament along with other Gaming (incl. Board Games) brought to you by DeLand’s own GALAXY GAMES.

 FEATURED GUESTS AND ENTERTAINERS

Come meet BUTCH PATRICK

Don’t miss your chance to meet Eddie Munster in person!

Actually, there’s a lot more to Butch Patrick than his role as Eddie Munster. Butch has over 58 credits in TV shows and Major Motion Pictures, spanning a career of 50 plus years as an entertainer. He has worked with many of Hollywood’s greats such as Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney to name a few. It’s really a pleasure to add him to our show and we hope you will come out and make him welcome here in DeLand. Full Bio – click here

Legendary artist – JOHN BEATTY

John Beatty ( Inker – Marvel Super Heroes “Secret Wars”, Captain America, The Punisher, Thanos Quest, Batman and more)  John is a veteran comic book artist, best know for his inking work for both Marvel and DC Comics. Developing into one of the industries top inkers over his career, Beatty has worked with top pencil artists, such as Mike Zeck, Kelley Jones and Michael Golden and has worked on almost every major comic character in the industry at one time or another.

GEORGE LOWE – Voice Actor

Space Ghost Coast To Coast & more

Come out and meet the incredibly talented George Lowe at his first ever DeLand appearance! Mr. Lowe’s credits include: Space Ghost Coast to Coast, spin-off program Cartoon PlanetAqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for TheatersThe Brak ShowRobot ChickenPerfect Hair Forever , and other Adult Swim series.

Artist / Actor – TIM PROCTOR

Tim Proctor is a freelance artist / illustrator who is most known for his sketch card work. He has  worked on a number of properties including Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Mars Attacks, The Lord of the Rings, X-Files , The Hobbit, My Little Pony, Marvel  and more. Tim has also produced prints through Acme Archives for both Lucasfilm and Disney.

In addition to creating art, he can also been seen portraying walkers on AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead.

CLAY MANN at 2017 DeLand Show

Clay Mann is a comic book artist who has worked with Marvel, DC and Valiant. Mr. Mann has over 30 covers to his name and has credits as both a penciller and inker. Some of Clay’s covers include X-Men, Thor, Batman, Daredevil, Star Wars and more. Due to a previously scheduled engagement Clay can only be with us from 10 am to Noon. Make sure you come early to meet Clay and get an autograph or sketch.

John Didonna & Phantasmagoria

Once again John has graciously offered the incredible talents of his troupe to entertain, and yes, even mesmerize you. John (Lord Byron) will be our M.C and Phantasmagoria will keep you enthralled. Steampunk meets theater with supernatural overtones, mystery and beauty. Fresh off their 7th unforgettable, original show at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando and recent performances in Baltimore and Atlanta, don’t miss them right here in DeLand.

“One of the most unique theater troupes in the country.” – Paul Milliken, Good Day Atlanta

Meet SCOTT FENSTERER

Sculptor – Make-up Artist

Scott’s studio has been putting out top-notch sculptures in all scales for almost two decades. Its specialty: hyper realistic sculpture and a serious dedication to capturing likenesses. Be it six inches or six feet, no detail is spared! Scott’s clients have included private collectors, Toy Fare/Wizard Publications, Plastic Earth/Robot Chicken, Majic Productions, museums, exposition companies and the television and motion picture industries. You may remember Seeing some of Scott’s amazing work on Season 9 of the hit SyFy show “FACE OFF” where he went deep into the season, just missing the finals.

TOMMY CASTILLO, Master of the Macabre!

Whether creating a slimy corpse reaching for you or the gentle glance of a mighty dragon, Tommy will capture you with the dynamics of his penciling and the intensity of his palette. Tommy is famed and sought after for his dark humor, brilliant attention to detail, and his love of the darker side of art. Tommy has put paint and pencil to such titles as Batman Detective; Legends of the Dark Knight; Toetags, with Horror legend George Romero; Evil Ernie; Tales From the Crypt; Alice in Wonderland; King Kong; Dragons, Myths, and Mayhem; various storyboards and designs for films; and many more of the macabre based literature. Tommy has been sought out by the fields largest companies: DC comics, Paramount Pictures, Warhammer, Wizards of the Coast, Image and even Rolling Stone magazine. His diverse styling and insane line work have defined him as one of today’s greatest in the field of comics and fine art.

Sketches by MANNY CARTOON!

Manny has illustrated for many high end clients including Disney, and Carnival Cruise Lines. His illustrations have been used on everything from vehicle wraps, t-shirts, and promo items as well as  advertising and packaging.

When he’s not drawing for clients, he’s lending his artistic talents to causes like St. Jude’s and the American Cancer Society for all different kinds of fundraising efforts.

Manny earned his BFA in Graphic Design from Miami Intl. Univ. of Art & Design in 2003.

THE RILEY & KIMMY SHOW

LIVE Pop-Culture Podcast from

 the DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show!

The Riley & Kimmy Show is a daily nerd/geek talk show originating from Orlando, Florida that includes commentaries, information and most of all…. fun. Discussions include Comic Books, Cosplay, Multi-Media (including Radio and TV),                                                                       Films/Movies, toy/pop culture collecting & more.

Jeff Dixon – Author

Disney based adventure stories

Jeff Dixon was raised in Florida and has always been fascinated with the man Walt Disney and the theme park he created. Dixon feels that any guest who would take the time to look would discover a story that will never be completed. It is against this canvas that Dixon paints this mystery, adventure, and thrillers…. The Key to the Kingdom, Unlocking the Kingdom, Storming the Kingdom and the upcoming Terror in the Kingdom. Each of these epic dramas carry the reader across the state of Florida to discover details that most people have missed. Each discovery and revelation will have the reader wondering if they are reading fact or fiction. In a quickening pace, the characters find themselves on a collision course with an unthinkable outcome! Fans of Walt Disney will love the history and tourists will find a travel guide that takes them on a trip most guests never get to take.

THUNDER CITY DERBY SIRENS

Founded in 2010, the Thunder City Derby Sirens (TCDS) are a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of women’s flat track roller derby and working with other local non-profit organizations with a focus on women’s health & issues, children, animals & the environment. We are based in Deland, Florida, just a short drive from Orlando & Daytona Beach. We started the team out of a love for derby and we’ve grown into a nonprofit because we want to give back to the community that supports us.

BRICKHOUSE GRILL – DeLand

The perfect place to relax & eat after the Show!

Brickhouse Grill in DeLand is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Deland. With a vast menu of offerings, whether you’re in the mood for Fresh Seafood, a delicious Char Boiled, Hand Cut Steak, or care to dine from our luscious Salad Bar, we provide casual dining at its best. Serving Deland for over a decade, Brickhouse is family owned and operated by Restaurateurs whom have been serving the community for over 23 years.

CT – An Evening with Neil Gaiman

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Author Neil Gaiman, whose popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time, appears at William H. Mortensen Hall on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM!

In this live event he will tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight.” It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman. Tickets available at the link…

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The Bushnell Theater
166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 987-5900

WA – An Evening with Alec Baldwin

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Press Release:

Join SAL for an unforgettable evening with actor and comedian Alec Baldwin on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM. He is known for his roles in many popular films including Beetlejuice, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Departed, and the upcoming animated feature The Boss Baby; his wildly popular character Jack Donaghy on Tina Fey’s irreverent series, 30 Rock; and, of course, for his most recent portrayal of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. This event will celebrate Baldwin’s new memoir, Nevertheless, to be released on April 4, 2017. All orders (except Student) include the book. Tickets available at the link…

In this candid, fearless memoir, Baldwin transcends his public persona, revealing facets of his life he has long kept private. He introduces readers to the Long Island child who felt burdened by his family’s financial strains and his parents’ unhappy marriage; the Washington, DC, college student preparing for a career in politics; the self-named “Love Taxi” who helped friends solve their romantic problems while neglecting his own; the young soap actor learning from giants of the theatre; the addict who struggles with sobriety; the husband and father who acknowledges his failings and battles to overcome them; and the consummate professional for whom the work is everything.

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Town Hall
1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 652-4255

NYC – An Evening of Unfortunate Events

0000_asueNeil Patrick Harris, Alfre Woodard, Patrick Warburton, and creator Daniel Handler appear at the 92nd Street Y on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM for an advance screening of the new Netflix show A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Based on the internationally bestselling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus and Sunny — whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.

The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and premieres ‪January 13, 2017 only on Netflix.

There will be a special screening before the discussion.

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92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

SF – An Evening with David Mandel

0000_davidmandelDavid Mandel appears at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

David Mandel takes us inside Veep, the hottest comedy on television, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for which he is the showrunner and executive producer. In accepting the Emmy for Best Comedy Series of 2016, Mandel quipped, “This is for chubby Jews from the Upper West Side. Whoever you are, thank you.” He also shares stories about Curb Your Enthusiasm, for which he is executive producer and a writer, and discusses his beloved collection of original comic book art and Star Wars memorabilia. Mandel has written for Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld (including “The Bizarro Jerry” episode, aka “Man-Hands”) and an episode of The Simpsons. He co-wrote such films as Eurotrip and The Dictator and, if you press him on it, The Cat in the Hat.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 292-1233

WA – An Evening with Neil Gaiman

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Author Neil Gaiman, whose popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time, appears at Benaroya Hall on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM!

In this live event he will tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight.” It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman. Tickets available at the link…

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Benaroya Hall
200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 215-4747

CA – New Year’s Babble Eve 2016

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Join Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman (the co-hosts of the wildly-popular podcast, HOLLYWOOD BABBLE-ON) on New Year’s Eve for Babble-On Comic Con Theatre at 8:00 PM and a live recording of the podcast at 10:00 PM!

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.

Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-2583

MA – An Evening with George Takei

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Press Release:

George Takei will take the Boch Center Wang Theatre stage on Friday, February 3, 2017 to share fascinating and humorous behind-the-scenes stories from portraying the original “Mr. Sulu” in the Star Trek television series and movies. The evening will also include a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and an audience-led Q&A. Tickets available at the link…

With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But George Takei’s story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII, to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality, George Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture. Currently, Takei hosts the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei’s Take, and is the subject of To Be Takei (2014), a documentary on his life and career. On his own YouTube channel, Takei and his husband Brad bring viewers into their personal life in the “heightened reality”-webseries, It Takeis Two.

Wang Theatre
270 Tremont St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 482-9393

CA – A Greyhound, A Groundhog Signing

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Artist Chris Appelhans signs his latest children’s book A Greyhound, A Groundhog at Copperfield’s Books on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM!

Copperfield’s Books
140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 762-0563

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