DC – Cartoon County Signing

Cullen Murphy appears at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM to sign CARTOON COUNTY.

Cullen Murphy, editor at large at Vanity Fair and the author of books including God’s Jury, grew up in the middle of a thriving community of illustrators and cartoonists in southwestern Connecticut. His father, John Cullen Murphy (1919-2004), who had been a student of Norman Rockwell, drew the popular comic strips Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt. Their neighbors were the artists responsible for classic comics ranging from Beetle Bailey to Hi and Lois to Family Circus. Murphy’s memoir pays tribute to these many creative individuals and warmly evokes the spirit of a bygone era.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

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Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
202-364-1919

WA – Kids Love Comics 2017

Press Release:

Join the Olympia Timberland Library and Danger Room Comics on Saturday, December 2nd at this special event celebrating comics for kids! Kids, teens, and families will have the opportunity to meet cartoonists Faith Erin Hicks (creator of The Nameless City), and Kazu Kibuishi (creator of Amulet). Hear them talk about their creative process and get books signed. Frank Hussey of Danger Room Comics will present comics in Reader’s Theater format, and an activity for kids and families will be provided in the meeting room. Kids: feel free to come dressed up as your favorite comic book character! Books will be on sale courtesy Danger Room Comics. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.

Schedule of events:

1:00-1:20 p.m. — Comic Book Reader’s Theater
1:20-2:35 p.m. — Faith Erin Hicks and Kazu Kibuishi presentation
2:35-4:30 p.m. — Book signing and meet-and-greet

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Olympia Timberland Library
313 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 352-0595

CA – Brian Kesinger Signing

Cartoonist Brian Kesinger (Read to Your Octopus, Travelling with Your Octopus) appears at the San Clemente Library on Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 PM to discuss his art and career including his upcoming books Penned Dragons and Inked Tails.

San Clemente Library
242 Avenida del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 492-3493

MA – An Evening with Lynda Barry

Press Release:

Award-winning painter, cartoonist, writer, and illustrator Lynda Barry appears at Boston University on Thursday, November 8th at 5:00 PM to speak on creativity and the biological function of “the arts.”

Why do people wish they could write, sing, dance, and draw, long after they’ve given up on these things? Does creative activity have a biological function? There is something common to everything we call the arts. What is it? It’s something Lynda Barry calls ‘an image’, something that feels alive and is contained and transported by something that is not alive—a book, or a song or a painting—anything we call an ‘art form’. This ancient ‘it’ has been around at least as long as we have had hands, and the state of mind it brings about is not plain old ‘thinking’. This talk is about our innate creative ability to work with images and the biological function of this thing we call “the arts.” Please note: There will be swear words, party tricks, and jokes about balls.

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher and found they are very much alike. The New York Times has described Barry as “among this country’s greatest conjoiners of words and images, known for plumbing all kinds of touchy subjects in cartoons, comic strips and novels, both graphic and illustrated.” Widely credited with expanding the literary, thematic and emotional range of American comics, Barry’s seminal comic strip, Ernie Pook’s Comeek, ran in alternative newspapers across North America for thirty years.

Lynda Barry will be delivering the annual Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture. The Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture Series brings notable, inspiring speakers to Boston University College of General Studies, inviting the CGS and BU community to broaden their educational experience related one of the College’s academic division areas: humanities, social science, natural sciences, or rhetoric. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

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Boston University
871 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-2850

Michael J. Fox visits Boston in 2018

Hop in a Delorean, grab your hoverboard and check your Flux Capacitor, we’re going Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox in 2018!

Mr. Fox really doesn’t need any introduction, but the TV and silver screen icon has starred in the incredible Back to the Future Trilogy, Teen Wolf, The Secret of My Success, Bright Lights/Big City, Doc Hollywood, Family Ties and Spin City!

FAN EXPO Boston 2018 tickets go on sale on November 15 at 10AM EST. Bookmark this now: www.FANEXPOBoston.com/tickets

Clermont Comic Con Returns November 19th

Clermont’s only comic con grows even more!

Meet Wrestling Legends B. Brian Blair and Bugsy McGraw. The Munsters’s own Butch Patrick! Legendary Iron Man artist Bob Layton and much more!

Visit www.clermontcomiccon.com for more information.

THE ICONIC SPOOKY EMPIRE MADE A RECORD BREAKING COMEBACK

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

THE ICONIC SPOOKY EMPIRE MADE A RECORD BREAKING COMEBACK LAST WEEKEND CLOSING ITS 15th FALL CONVENTION WITH THOUSANDS OF ATTENDEES

The fall convention weekend included Hollywood icons, unique photo-ops, numerous awards, haunting vendors & exhibitors, never ending lines for celebrity autographs with meet & greets, a tattoo festival, an expanded Kids Zone, and packed Special FX Makeup classes

 ORLANDO, FL – On October 27 – 29, 2017, Spooky Empire, hosted its coveted and much anticipated thriller convention in Orlando. This year, Spooky Empire set the bar high with their hair-raising guest line-up at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. The annual weekend opened their doors earlier on Friday and invited guests to enter the ‘dark side of comic con’ with a tattoo festival featuring top tattoo artists, a film festival that included the showing of Foolish Mortals and the screening of Stranger Things 2 premiere episodes, costume and cosplay contest, huge exhibitor room, live music and performances, the debut of FSCW Wrestling at Spooky Empire, Q & A’s with artists, authors, filmmakers and the new addition of the Charity Casino Night, benefiting Conductive Education Center of Orlando.

Pete Mongelli, co-founder of Spooky Empire, shared, “Every time I passed the ticketing tables or autographs rooms, I was in awe of the never ending lines of fans filled with excitement and anticipation to be face-to-face with their heroes. Spooky Empire has created a solid family for the last 15 years and that’s what you feel at the convention. Everyone is coming together as family from the kids, to the attendees and special guests. Spooky Empire drew in an epic crowd in 2017 and we’re excited for what’s to come.” 

The event had classic icon guest appearances such as: Richard Dreyfuss fromJaws, Molly Ringwald, John Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall from Sixteen Candles, and from the American horror comedy The Lost Boys Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. Top panels included cast members from What We Do In The Shadows Petyr and Deacon in an unforgettable and levitating Q&A, and The Lost Boys and IT Loser’s Clubcast members Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris), Jaden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough), Sofia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom) drew in a full house. Guests also had a once in a lifetime photo opportunity with C.J. Graham in full “Jason” costume from Jason Lives and a special photo-op with Richard Dreyfuss that drew in fans with legendary memorabilia to be signed or pose in front of large shark jaws.  Pauliegon’s Pencilnecks hosted a spectacular Ghostbusters Experience with cars, props, photo-ops and look-a-likes with an identical Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters! For the Rock ‘n’ Roll fans,the weekend was unforgettable with a performance from G Tom Mac.

Guests, aside from roaming the convention, had fun dressing up in their favorite costumes and cosplay characters. The most popular character portrayed was Pennywise from this year’s IT but Quintin Hasen in his homemade Xenomorph costume from Alien took the coveted Best in Show top prize during their annual costume contest.

The weekend left guests anticipating Spooky Empire’s mid-season convention, which is scheduled to take place April 6 – 8, 2018 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

For more information about Spooky Empire and their mid-season convention, visit www.spookyempire.com.Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram(@SpookyEmpire). 

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About Spooky Empire

Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire’s Fall Convention has grown to become one of the largest thriller conventions and the dark side of comic con in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for thriller fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country. In May 2011, Spooky Empire introduced their Spring Convention mid-season to provide fans with even more fun in anticipation of their Fall Convention. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

 

Spooky Empire Media Contacts:

Juliana Gutierrez, JWI PR | +1 305-991-4259 | juliana@jwipr.com

Jessica Wade Pfeffer, JWI PR | +1 305-804-8424 | jessica@jwipr.com

HI – Usagi Yojimbo Fundraiser Signing

Cartoonist Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo, appears at the McCully-Mō’ili’ili Public Library on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:30 till 11:30 AM to give a presentation about creating comics. Afterwards he will sign and sketch as a fundraiser for the library. $5 for up to 5 autographs, $5 for a quick sketch.

Sakai has received five Eisner awards for Usagi Yojimbo, first published in 1984 and still continuing today. In addition, Sakai has received the 2014 Inkwell Award, 2007 Harvey Award, 2002 National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Division Awards, and the Cultural Ambassador Award from the Japanese American Museum, among many others. Sakai has also worked on projects including Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #7, Star Wars, and Marvel’s Strange Tales. He is also an award-winning letterer for his work on the Spider-Man comic strip and Sergio Aragones’ Groo the Wanderer.

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McCully-Mō’ili’ili Public Library
2211 S King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 973-1099

CT – Going into Town Signing

Cartoonist Roz Chast appears at the Ridgefield Library on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM to present and sign Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York.

Roz Chast has loved to draw cartoons since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn. She attended Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Painting because it seemed more artistic. However, soon after graduating, she began drawing cartoons once again. Her cartoons have also been published in many other magazines besides The New Yorker, including Scientific American Magazine, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. Her most recent book is a comprehensive compilation of her favorite cartoons called Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006. She also illustrated The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z, the best-selling children’s book by Steve Martin. Her forthcoming book is entitled Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York.

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Ridgefield Library
472 Main St, Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 438-2282

NYC – An Evening with George Booth

Join the Society of Illustrators on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM for an informal discussion/Q&A with George Booth, his daughter Sarah, and the exhibit’s curator J.J. Sedelmaier. From his years in the Marines and as staff artist at Leatherneck Magazine, to his work as an Art Director at Bill Communications, and finally, going out on his own and becoming one of the industry’s adored cartoonist/storytellers! Tickets available at the link…

Learn more about the life and works of George Booth through the current exhibit George Booth- A Cartoonist’s Life.

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

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