PA – Zippy the Pinhead Signing

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Cartoonist Bill Griffith appears at the Toonseum on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM!

Press Release:

Underground comics legend Bill Griffith is the creator of the counterculture icon Zippy the Pinhead, who has appeared in print for more than four decades. During this visit to the ToonSeum, Griffith discusses all things Zippy!

From the creation of the character to how Zippy has become a pop culture fixture “Are we having fun yet?” This non sequitur utterance by the clown-suited philosopher/media star Zippy the has become so oft-quoted that it is now in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Zippy has in fact become an international icon, even appearing on the (former) Berlin Wall.

Griffith began his comics career in New York City in 1969. His first strips were published in the East Village Other and Screw Magazine and featured an angry amphibian named Mr. The Toad.

He ventured to San Francisco in 1970 to join the burgeoning underground comics movement and made his home there until 1998. His first major comic book titles included Tales of Toad and Young Lust, a best-selling series parodying romance comics of the time. The first Zippy strip appeared in Real Pulp #1 (Print Mint) in 1970. The strip went weekly in 1976, first in the Berkeley Barb and then syndicated nationally through Rip Off Press. In 1980 weekly syndication was taken over by Zipsynd (later Pinhead Productions), owned and operated by the artist.

Zippy also appeared in the pages of the National Lampoon and High Times from 1977 to 1984. In 1985 the San Francisco Examiner asked Griffith to do Zippy six days a week, and in 1986 he was approached by King Features Syndicate to take the daily strip to a national audience.Sunday color strips began running in 1990.

Today Zippy appears in over 200 newspapers worldwide. There have been over a dozen paperback collections of Griffith’s work and numerous comic book and magazine appearances, both here and abroad. Griffith’s Zippy strip is the only Alt Weekly comic to have migrated to daily newspaper syndication and has been running in papers for more than 30 years.

Meet & Greet / Signing
Mr. Griffith will have books to sell and sign after his presentation. To allow everyone get some time with Bill, we need to limit the number of signed items to two (2) items per person. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-232-0199

CA – Usagi Yojimbo Signing

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Award-winning cartoonist Stan Sakai, creator of the Eisner-winning graphic novel series Usagi Yojimbo, appears at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM to speak about his work and sign books.

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.

Sakai will appear alongside Julie Fujii with whom he recently collaborated on a piece about Charlie Brown in Japan for the new Peanuts Tribute book.

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Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 579-4452

VT – The Glorkian Warrior and the Mustache of Destiny Signing

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Cartoonist James Kochalka appears at Phoenix Books on Saturday, March 19th at 3:00 PM to celebrate the launch of The Glorkian Warrior and the Mustache of Destiny!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James Kochalka is the author and illustrator of several beloved children’s book series, including Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher, the second installment of which won an Eisner Award in 2012. His comics for adults have won four Ignatz Awards and a Harvey Award. In 2011 he was named the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. In addition to drawing comics he designs video games (Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork).

ABOUT THE BOOK: The Glorkian Warrior is back, and we are sincerely sorry.
In volume 3 of James Kochalka’s off-kilter science fiction series for young readers, the eponymous hapless space adventurer is joined by three horribly annoying little kids. Everything is terrible, and nothing is okay.

Well, that’s not entirely true. There’s a really great mustache. And a valiant cup of coffee. And a truly dastardly villain. And the Glorkian SuperGrandma even makes an appearance!

With gorgeous, lively illustrations and super silly humor, this third volume in the Glorkian Warrior series is jam-packed with extra-gross gross-out humor and ludicrously bad decisions. Obviously, it’s the best yet.

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Phoenix Books
191 Bank St, Burlington, VT 05401
802.448.3350

MegaCon celebrates 50 years of Star Trek

Star Trek 50_MegaconJoin us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek with a Captain & his crew!

William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, & George Takei join the MegaCon lineup!

For more information on MegaCon site the website!

Spooky Empire Retro gets Weird!

Spooky empire Hall and SmithMichael Anthony Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith Reunite for Weird Science!

Iconic actor ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL may best be remembered for some of the our favorite John Hughes films including “Sixteen Candles”, “Breakfast Club” and “Weird Science”, but his career continued on with unending list of memorable roles and films including “National Lampoons Vacation”, Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands”, “The Dark Knight”, “Johnny Be Good” with Robert Downey Jr, who also joined him in the cast of “Saturday Night Live”. More recently he starred in the Stephen King reboot series “The Dead Zone”, “Warehouse 13” and “Z Nation”.
He has starred in the film “Foxcatcher” with Steve Carell and is currently working on the film “War Machine” with costar Brad Pitt.

ILAN MITCHELL-SMITH co-starred alongside Hall “Gary” in the hit 80’s John Hughes film “Weird Science” as “Wyatt”. He also appeared in the Cameron Crowe film “The Wild Life”, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, “The Chocolate War” and the TV series “Superboy”.

Don’t miss out on your chance to meet ILAN MITCHELL-SMITH and ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL together!! at Spooky Empire this April 1-3rd at the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can. Rooms are almost sold out, and our special rate ends March 8th, so book now, no deposit necessary!

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

 

VT – Graphic Memoir Panel

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Cartoonists Jennifer Hayden, James Kochalka, and Glynnis Fawkes appear at Phoenix Books on Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 PM for a Graphic Memoir Panel! Our three visiting authors will each read a selection from their work, then open the floor to questions about the graphic memoir medium from the audience.

ADMISSION: Tickets are $3 per person, and include a coupon for $5 off a book by a featured author. Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event. Seating is limited.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Glynnis Fawkes draws comics, makes paintings, and does archaeological illustration. Her background is in art and art history: a BA from University of Oregon, a BFA from the Pacific NW College of Art, and MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University. During a Fulbright fellowship to Cyprus, she published a book of paintings, Archaeology Lives in Cyprus, and a book of cartoons, Cartoons of Cyprus (2001). She spent a almost 10 years working as an illustrator on archaeological projects and excavations in Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Israel, and Lebanon, and she continues to work in Greece. She teaches a course in Comics at the University of Vermont and runs the open life drawing at Burlington City Arts. Glynnis a member of the NY-based web comic collective Activatecomix.com and publishes on Muthamagazine.com.

Jennifer Hayden, author of The Story of My Tits, came to comics from fiction-writing and children’s book illustration. Her first Top Shelf book, the autobiographical collection Underwire, was excerpted in Best American Comics 2013 and named one of “the best comics by women” by DoubleX. She is a member of ACT-I-VATE (the premier webcomics collective in New York City), her webcomic S’crapbook earned a Notable listing in Best American Comics 2012, and she continues to update the diary strip Rushes at thegoddessrushes.blogspot.com. Her comics have appeared in print anthologies such as The ACT-I-VATE Primer, Cousin Corinne’s Reminder, and The Strumpet. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, pets, and sometimes two college-age children.

James Kochalka is the first official Cartoonist Laureate of the state of Vermont, appointed in 2011. His comics have been published internationally by almost every alternative comics publisher; he’s recorded several music albums under the name James Kochalka Superstar (making him a favorite at college radio stations across the country); and he’s developed animated cartoons for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Hangover. Among his best known works are the Monkey vs Robot series, the superpowered frathouse comedy SuperF*ckers, the beloved Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher series for children, and his magnum opus, the decade-plus span of daily diary comics known as American Elf. James lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife Amy, their two sons, and their cats, all of whom appear frequently in his comics.

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Phoenix Books
191 Bank St, Burlington, VT 05401
802.448.3350

MA – Will Eisner Week Comics Workshops for Kids/Teens

000000_cpl-wewThe Boston Comics Roundtable hosts comic creating workshops for Teens and Children at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 1:00 PM till 3:00 PM in honor of Will Eisner Week!

Below is a listing of the amazing creators involved on this workshop:

Cara Bean is a cartoonist and art teacher from the Boston area. She pursues poetic introspection, and quirky storytelling through comics. Cara is currently creating a comic for children about a late-blooming caterpillar named Munch. Learn more about Cara Bean at www.carabeancomics.com.

LJ-Baptiste is an artist from Dorchester, MA. His current work is a webcomic series entitled COMIXSCAPE, which originated on DigBoston’s Sunday Comics Project back in 2013. It’s about the absurd adventures of a young boy and his pet raccoon in his new town. The comic is currently in it’s 4th chapter and can be read in full on www.comixscape.net

Ben Rutberg is a college freshman and aspiring cartoonist interested in finding the truth in small things. He has made two comic books, “Bildungsrobot!” and “The Big Fish,” and is currently working on two more, which he is not at liberty to talk about. He’s sure you’ll understand. You can find his work, including both of his comic books, at dorkdrawscomics.tumblr.com.

E. J. Barnes is a comics artist and writer who has worked on historical comics, editorial cartooning, and animation. She has taught cartooning at the Amigos Cambridgeport Community School and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She opens her home studio to the public during Cambridge Open Studios. Her online catalog of self-published comics and stories is at www.drownedtownpress.com.

Jonathan Hayes is an illustrator based out of Somerville. His interest in art began with drawing on his bedroom wall to making comic books as an adult. Jon also held strong interests in performing arts and writing. He is a member of the Boston Comics Roundtable, a comic book collective of creators. Jon is working on self publishing several titles ranging from children’s comics to dark fantasy.

John Carvajal is an artist currently living in Norwood, MA. He received his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design and his MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies. His work has been published in multiple anthologies including Maple Key Vol. 2, Strangelet Vol 1.1, and a collaboration with Aaron Humphreys in Compositional Studies Vol. 43.1. Carvajal has also exhibited his work in the UK, Canada, and the US at various comic festivals. He has been teaching drawing, painting, cartooning, and printmaking at various community art centers for the last 4 years. You can view some of his work at: www.jacarvajal.com

Maria Photinakis is an illustrator, cartoonist, painter and giant Star Trek nerd who hopes someday she’ll figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the meantime, she lives in Waltham with her husband and 2 fluffy cats.

Catalina Rufin is a 23 year old Boston-area cartoonist and illustrator. Her comics are about punk fairies, astronaut kids, and her interest in Scottish culture. She has made two comics for the BCR anthologies In A Single Bound #3 and Spellbound, and collaborated with author Tony McMillen on the graphic novel Oblivion Suite, about a 70s rock band. ”

Roho is an artist, writer and designer with a passion for print. He joined Boston Comics Roundtable shortly after moving to Cambridge in 2008. There contributed to the last three issues of Inbound as well as publishing the Outbound and Hellbound anthologies. He is hard at work in a wide range or new comics projects if you see him out there in the world he would love to tell you all about them. Check out his latest project here: roho.tumblr.com

Dan Mazur is an independent cartoonist, editor, publisher and author who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His comics have appeared in numerous anthologies, and his Cold Wind (with Jesse Lonergan), was named a notable in The Best American Comics of 2013. He is the co-writer with Alexander Danner of Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present. He is co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable, and MICE: the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, and founder of Ninth Art Press, as small press devoted to comics and comics anthologies, which has recently published SubCultures: a Comics Anthology.

Nina Tobin is currently in her 15th year of teaching. She received a B.A. in Art History, Theology and Education from Regis College, and a Master’s degree in Special Education through Lesley University. Nina has been a member of the Museum of Fine Arts Educator Advisory Board since 2008, serving as a speaker for the Autism Museum Accessibility Panel in 2014. She is author and presenter of a TED talk titled, “Thinking Socially,” a former educator for the Boston Public Schools, and former Chairperson of the Westwood Chapter of SEPAC. She has worked with MGH’s YouthCare/Aspire Program since 2007, most recently serving as a contributor developing Brain-Based Social Pragmatics curriculum, and as a Site Director for their Summer Camp program. She has also delivered numerous presentations to parents and educators on using the fine arts, universal design, and multiple intelligences in all academic content areas. Outside of school, Mrs. Tobin spends her time with her husband and sons, visiting museums, painting, illustrating, and singing professionally with the Lost Cosmonauts. She enjoys teaching Art, Music, Theater, as well as Social Pragmatics and Applied Sociology at the Tremont School.

Brendan Tobin is an illustrator/animator who worked in the New York animation industry and currently is employed as a marketing designer, as well as hosting a comics class for middle school students. He enjoys making comics and cartoons and regularly posts them on his blog: brendantobin.blogspot.com. Brendan lives in Norwood, Ma with his beautiful wife and amazing stepsons.

Heide Solbrig, scholar, filmmaker, illustrator, and media artist is the sole proprietor of ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat Productions. WFYB focuses upon transmedia documentary production, currently working on sexuality education in collaboration with Partners’ in Sex Education. Other projects include producing an interview archive of residents’ experience at ‘The Water Tower Place’ a low-income housing project in St. Louis, Missouri, and producing a vlog series on economic education. Solbrig’s films, ‘Float’(2003) and ‘Man and the Middle Class’(2013) each tell intimate political economies of an era. Her current media-art project, The Dandelion King is a graphic novel and film series documenting Solbrig’s childhood in the 1970’s. Solbrig’s productions use personal storytelling in multiple mediums and include experimental montage combining historical footage, interview, illustration/animation and personal-essay narration.

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Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-4040

CGC Returns to Baltimore Comic-Con in 2016 for On-Site Grading

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The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center on September 2-4, 2016. We are thrilled to announce that one of our most popular exhibitors, Certified Guaranty Company, LLC (CGC), will return again to the show to conduct on-site grading.

As they did last year, CGC will be accepting submission for all tiers of service (with the exception of magazines) on a first-come, first-serve basis for the entire weekend.
“We have had an extremely positive response to our exhibition in Baltimore over the past two years,” said Harshen Patel, Director of Operations for CGC. “We look forward to our return in 2016, and expect another banner year.”

“There is obviously great demand for CGC’s services at the show,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “The collectible community relies on their unique skill set, and our attendees leverage them throughout the weekend.”

About CGC

Founded in 2000, CGC is the first independent, impartial, third-party comic book grading service. A proven and respected commitment to integrity, accuracy, consistency and impartiality has made CGC the leader in its field. In fact, in 2007, CGC crossed the million-book mark and has now graded over 2 million comic books.

Because we value our relationship with collectors who share our passion for comics, the hobby’s vibrant history and its exciting future, we offer membership in the CGC Collectors Society. Paid membership starts at $39 per year, and includes direct submission privileges, access to expert tools and resources like the Comics Registry, and dynamic interaction with fellow collectors.To learn more about Certified Guaranty Company and its many offerings, including magazines, lobby cards, and photos, visit www.certifiedguaranty.com.For tickets and more information on Baltimore Comic-Con, visit their site at baltimorecomiccon.com.

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitter, and Facebook pages.

Contact Information

Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:

press@baltimorecomiccon.com – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution

promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications

registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com – for inquiries about submitted registrations

harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com– for the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet

general@baltimorecomiccon.com– for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

 

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 17th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 11 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Daytona Beach Comic Con comes March 20th

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Daytona Beach Comic Con,  March 20th 2016

Our next show is on Sunday March 20, 2016. The Daytona Beach Comic Convention will be held at the ICI Center Embry-Riddle, 601 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Show hours are 10 AM to 4 PM.
Set up is Sunday 7 AM to 9:45 PM. We also have early set up on Saturday March 19, 2016. It will be 7 PM till 10 PM.
We have a discount rate on rooms at the Best Western Plus. 2620 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. Call 386-258-6333 mention comic book show to get room discount. Cut off date is March 1, 2016
If you have comics you want to get graded, CBCS will be at the show taking submissions.
Please support the show on social media and check out our Face Book page and web page. We have all the vendors on vendor page that have paid and will be at the show on March 20, 2016. Also guest are updated and are listed on web site guest page.
More info at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Daytona-Beach-Comic-Book-Convention/109085789161874
Web site is http://daytonabeachcomicconvention.com

Florida SuperCon adds two wrestling legends

Florida SuperCon adds Mick Foley and Diamond Dallas Page!

Mick Foley

Mick Foley, legendary professional wrestler, multi-time best-selling author, and stand-up comic/spoken word performer, has just been announced as a special guest for FLORIDA SUPERCON July 1-4, 2016 at The Miami Beach Convention Center www.floridasupercon.com

Mick Foley has wrestled under his real name and various personas, including Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love, also known as the Three Faces of Foley. Foley is a four-time world champion (three WWF Championships and one TNA World Heavyweight Championship), an 11-time world tag team champion (eight WWF Tag Team Championships, two ECW World Tag Team Championships, and one WCW World Tag Team Championship), a one-time TNA Legends Champion, and the inaugural WWF Hardcore Champion. Foley has published a total of ten books; four memoirs, four children’s books and two novels.

Diamond Dallas Page

Diamond Dallas Page has just been announced as a special guest for FLORIDA SUPERCON July 1-4, 2016 at The Miami Beach Convention Center www.floridasupercon.com. DDP is a professional wrestler, fitness instructor, motivational speaker, creator of DDP YOGA, and actor. DDP wrestled for World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), in a career that spanned two decades.

Florida Supercon is the LARGEST Comic Con in South Florida, and is a four day celebration of Comic Books, Anime, Animation, Video Games, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture. Go to www.floridasupercon.com for tickets.

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