Star Wars Celebration 2019 is going to the Windy City!

As announced on The Star Wars Show, next year’s 2019 Star Wars Celebration will launch into hyperdrive from April 11-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago. And the Celebration will continue the tradition with a little boost from Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Last Jedi!

Tickets go on sale June 5th!

Watch the announcement below! For more info on Star Wars Celebration 2019 visit HERE!

MA – Never Abandon Imagination Closing Party

Tony DiTerlizzi appears at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM for the closing party of the Never Abandon Imagination exhibition.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a bestselling and award-winning illustrator and author who has been creating illustrated books for nearly two decades. The artist will discuss his popular card illustrations for Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, as well as his work on the famed Spiderwick Chronicles, and as such picture books and chapter books as The Spider & The Fly, Kenny and the Dragon, the WondLa Trilogy, and The Story of Diva & Flea.

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Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262
413-298-4100

WA – Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds Closing Party

Celebrate Gene Roddenberry’s enduring classic as “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” embarks on its next adventure. The Museum of Pop Culture bids farewell to the exhibition on Friday, May 11th at 7:00 PM. Get tickets here…

Hear special guest Chase Masterson, in conversation with MoPOP Curator Brooks Peck, as she discusses her time on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” as well as her nonprofit Pop Culture Hero Coalition.

Also Enjoy:
Star Trek Trivia with Geeks Who Drink
Shake & Groove with DJ Sir Juan
Food and Drink Specials
Star Trek Gaming Café
Awesome Photo Ops!
MAKE It So – Trekkie textile construction
Experience #Holodome

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Museum of Pop Culture
325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 770-2700

NYC – An Evening with Shawn Martinbrough

Press Release:

In celebration of the exhibit, Shawn Martinbrough: Storyteller, join Shawn Martinbrough, critically acclaimed creator/artist whose Skybound/ Image, DC, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics projects include Thief of ThievesBatman, Detective Comics, Luke Cage Noir, Captain America, Black Panther, and Hellboy: Secret Nature, for an evening conversation on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 6:30 PM. Martinbrough will discuss his career and work with The Blerdgurl founder, Karama Horne.

A reception will follow.

Tickets
$15 Non-members | $10 Members | $7 Students/Seniors (Undergrad with valid ID)

About the Speakers:

Karama Horne is a Contributing Editor, producer, writer and host for SYFY Wire’s Blast series. She’s also a regular on the SYFY Wire podcast Who Won the Week and a self-proclaimed “Black Nerd Gurl”. Whether it’s comics, anime, movies or tech, Karama is on a mission to shine a light on both characters and creators of color. She provides commentary, reviews and interviews on her popular website theblerdgurl.com.

She also has been featured on panels at New York Comic Con, Awesome Con, Emerald City Comic Con and The Schomburg Black Comic Book Festival. Karama also actively gives presentations on diversity and inclusion of people of color and women within the comics and pop culture genre.  

Shawn Martinbrough is the author of “How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling”, published by Random House and reprinted in several languages. He is a critically acclaimed creator/artist whose Skybound/ Image, DC, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics projects include Thief of ThievesBatman, Detective Comics, Luke Cage Noir, Captain America, Black Panther, and Hellboy: Secret Nature.

Shawn has co-created characters featured in the blockbuster 20th Century Fox feature film, “Deadpool”, the animated “Batman: Gotham Knights”, the FOX television series “GOTHAM”, “The GIFTED” and the “JUSTICE LEAGUE”feature film.

Shawn is the artist of “Thief of Thieves”, published by Skybound/Image Comics. The acclaimed graphic novel crime series is written by Robert Kirkman, creator of the AMC television series, “The Walking Dead” and award winning author Andy Diggle.

Shawn’s work has been covered by BBC World America, ABC, NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, BET, Essence, Ebony, The New York Daily News, USA Today, AOL, Publisher’s Weekly, SIRIUS/XM Radio and others.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

 

NYC – Brothers of the Gun Signing + Art Exhibition

Brooklyn Public Library presents an evening with Molly Crabapple, illustrator and co-author with Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham, of Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:30 PM. Attendees are invited to explore the accompanying exhibition Molly Crabapple & Marwan Hisham: Syria in Ink, followed by an talk with Crabapple and a reception. Books will be available for purchase.

Brothers of the Gun is a bracingly immediate memoir of the Syrian war from its inception to the present by a young man coming of age and finding his voice as a journalist, whose friends traveled divergent paths through the carnage. An intimate lens into the century’s bloodiest conflict, and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom. Illustrated with over 80 ink drawings by Molly Crabapple.

In 2011, Marwan Hisham and his two friends–fellow working-class college students–Nael and Tareq, joined the first protests of the Arab Spring in Syria, in response to a recent massacre. Arm-in-arm they marched, poured Coke into each other’s eyes to blunt the effects of tear gas, ran from the security forces, and cursed the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad. It was ecstasy. A long-bottled revolution was finally erupting, and freedom from a brutal dictator seemed, at last, imminent. Five years later, the three young friends were scattered: one now an Islamist revolutionary; another dead at the hands of government soldiers; and the last, Marwan, now a journalist in Turkish exile, trying to find a way back to a homeland reduced to rubble.

Molly Crabapple, an artist and writer based in New York, has drawn in Guantanamo Bay, in Abu Dhabi’s migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria, and received widespread praise for her illustrated memoir Drawing Blood. Crabapple is a contributing editor for Vice and has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

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Brooklyn Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
718.230.2100

ON – Entropy Book Launch

Artist Aaron Costain appears at The Beguiling on Thursday, April 26th at 7:00 PM to launch his debut graphic novel from Secret Acres, ENTROPY! Also Zach Worton will also be on-hand for the event as a very special guest with a  display of a selection of his work.

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The Beguiling
319 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2
416-533-9168

CA – One Small Step Screening + Panel

Press Release:

Gallery Nucleus is proud to present a special screening & panel of Taiko Studios’ first short film One Small Step. An original short film that follows the story of Luna, a Chinese-American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. Join us at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday May 12th, 2018 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM and bring your questions for the Taiko team as they present their work process and discuss their experiences working as an independent animation studio.

TAIKO Studios was founded in 2017 by CEO Shaofu Zhang in both Los Angeles and Wuhan, China. As a truly international company, the studio endeavors to bridge eastern and western cultures together to create memorable stories with universal appeal.

ADMISSION
FREE (first come first serve)
Limited to 100 seats. Standing room also available.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
– One Small Step art book exclusive release.
– Art works of the team’s designs will be on display.
– More TBA.

FEATURING
Shaofu Zhang – Producer
Andrew Chesworth – Director
Bobby Pontillas – Director
Joy Johnson – CG Supervisor
Andrew Jennings – Head of Pipeline
Steve Horner – Music Composer

EVENT SCHEDULE
7:00 – 7:15 Film Screening
7:15 – 8:00 Artist Discussion Panel
8:00 – 8:30 Q & A (moderated by TBD)
8:40 – 9:00 Intermission/Break
9:00 – 10:00 Book Signing

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

OR – Binoculars Signing + Art Show

Tetsunori Tawaraya appears at Floating World Comics for the BINOCULARS release party and art exhibit on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

Tetsunori Tawaraya’s Binoculars is a magnificent collection of creatures from another dimension, which display the jewel-like rendering of Tawaraya’s stipple technique.

The visions, and color mixture vary widely from his previous book Telescope, also published by Colour Code. Tawaraya has been lucky enough to watch an enigmatic outland through his mind’s binoculars. Let’s set off on an expedition and observe them all for vivid side effects.

Floating World is the last stop on Tetsunori’s west coast tour, with an art exhibit to celebrate the release of this awesome new book.

TETSUNORI TAWARAYA is originally from Miyagi, resides in Tokyo. In the late 90s he started drawing portraits of people and musicians in San Diego, CA. In 2002 he formed Tokyo based noise rock duo 2up (pronounced up up). Released on SAF Records, Ache Records, and Toad Records in later years. His works were subsequently publishing on Hollow Press (Italy), Le Dernier Cri (France), and Colour Code (Canada). Collaboration with Braindead (Los Angeles) and Volcom (Costa Mesa). His work continues to be highly influential.

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

NH – Dark Carousel Signing

Author Joe Hill (Locke & Key, Strange Weather, N0S4A2, Horns) appears at the Exeter Town Hall to present and sign Dark Carousel on Wednesday, April 25, 2018!

“Arts.Sustain.Ability” will be a pop-up art show sponsored by TEAM, running from Wednesday, April 25th to Sunday, April 29th at the 2nd Floor Gallery at Exeter Town Hall, featuring local artists in multiple genres who have amassed local, regional, and international followings through their work.

The opening event will be presented in conjunction with Water Street Bookstore, and feature a listening and signing party for seacoast-based best-selling author Joe Hill, and his new vinyl audiobook release “Dark Carousel”. The night will also showcase performances by Exeter’s own David Drouin of Cold Engines, an award-winning singer/songwriter who will present his own original material in addition to a cover of the Rolling Stone’s classic “Wild Horses”, which is featured on the audiobook. Celebrated local painter Bruce Jones of Jones Art Studio will be debuting a piece inspired by the “Dark Carousel” story, which is narrated on the vinyl release by television and film actor Nate Corddry.

6:00 PM: Gallery Opens / Full Spin of “Dark Carousel” on vinyl
7:00 PM: Reading by Joe Hill with Q & A
7:30 PM: “Wild Horses” & Original Set by David Drouin
7:30 PM: “Dark Carousel” limited edition signing with Joe Hill

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Exeter Town Hall
9 Front St, Exeter, NH 03833

OH – Artistically MAD: Seven Decades of Satire Exhibition

Join the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 4:00 PM for the opening reception and celebration of our new exhibit, Artistically MAD: Seven Decades of Satire! Featuring presentations by legendary MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragones, collectors Glenn Bray and Grant Geissman, exhibit curator Brian Walker, and MAD editor Bill Morrison.  FREE  and open to the public.

ARTISTICALLY MAD: SEVEN DECADES OF SATIRE
Harvey Kurtzman’s brainchild made its debut as a comic book in 1952 before switching to a magazine format in 1955. Over the ensuing years, MAD has featured artwork by many of the most talented cartoonists in the industry. This comprehensive exhibition will showcase original drawings and paintings by all of the top MAD contributors, including Bill Elder, Jack Davis, Wally Wood, Norman Mingo, Al Jaffee, Serio Aragonés, Don Martin, Mort Drucker and Tom Richmond. There will also be displays of vintage MAD magazines and memorabilia branded with the gap-toothed mug of its iconic mascot, Alfred E. Neuman. Curated by Brian Walker. On display May 5, 2018 – October 21, 2018

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Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
1813 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43210-1393
614-292-0538

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