Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash proudly welcomes Comic Book Legend Neal Adams for an in-store signing on Saturday February 15 from 2:00 till 5:00 pm. Bring an item to sign or buy one from the store. Trades and copies of The New 52 Detective Comics #27 will be available for purchase.
Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash
35 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
SUPERSCHOLARS ASSEMBLE!! It’s that time of year once again for UNT’s Comics Studies Conference!
The University of North Texas Center for Interdisciplinarity invites paper submissions to the 2014 UNT Comics Studies Conference to be held March 1, 2014 in Denton, TX from 10am-6pm. Debuting in 2011, the UNT Comics Studies Conference focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to graphic narrative or sequential arts and welcomes competitive paper submissions to participate in panel discussions and roundtable sessions exploring the critical and educational applications of comics or graphic novels. Held in conjunction with the UNT GeeKon week (full schedule here), this year’s keynote speaker is KATE LETH, webcomic creator of fan-favorite KATE OR DIE! and writer for Adventure Time, whose 4pm talk is on “The Geek Grrrl’s Guide to Making Your Own Webcomics!”
There has been an explosion of interest in using graphic novels and sequential art for innovative educational programs as a proven resource for motivating reluctant readers, engaging multiple learning styles, and developing multi-media critical literacy. There are now hundreds of college and university courses worldwide, and a skyrocketing number of K-12 classrooms, which integrate Comics Studies in their curriculum. This conference is interested in broadly surveying the diverse disciplinary approaches to studying or using comics as a resource for education, criticism, or critical engagement with relevant social issues. Conference themes addressed in panels and conference roundtable sessions include Teaching Comics across the College Curriculum, Analyzing Comics and Culture, Exploring Comics in Communities, and Integrating Comics into the Classroom. Highlighting diverse interdisciplinary perspectives for using comics or graphic novels in teaching and research or entrepreneurship, panels explore the community connections and pedagogical value of bringing comics into student-centered learning environments! Also featured are local creators, comics resources, and opportunities to hobnob with featured speakers! UNT’s Willis Library is hosting a free special event screening of the award-winning documentary “WONDER WOMEN: The Untold Story of American Superheroines” from 5-6pm in The Forum.
Papers and panel submissions are due by February 6th with Top Paper awards for student submissions and competitive academic essays!
KATE LETH is the Canadian creator of KATE OR DIE!, an eclectic webcomic about the comic book industry, sexuality and queer superheroes, cute cats, comics fandom, and her adventures in self-publishing. Wowing fans since 2010, Kate has since gone on to become a renowned talent for comics podcasts, invited commentaries, and culture webcritic for COMICS BULLETIN and COMICS ALLIANCE as well as a convention fan-favorite. She is also founder of The Valkyries, an online networking group for women in comics retail. Leth’s work has been featured in numerous high-profile industry projects including Womanthology, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Locke & Key, Danni Danger, The Legend of Luthor Strode, and most recently as writer of the Adventure Time graphic novel Seeing Red. In her secret identity as a Nova Scotia comic shop salesclerk, Kate collects warrior princess-themed art, has seen every episode of Buffy at least 4x sipping spiced rum, and purportedly has a cool tattoo of Kate Beaton’s Wonder Woman (among others). Leth is best known as a fierce advocate for female creators, LGBTQ issues, indie comix, Spider-Man/Deadpool slashfic, Twitterbrawls, and fewer jerks in the world who insist ‘comics are for boys’ only. Kate is a true geek culture treasure!
Presentations will be held in the Business Leadership Building on the lovely UNT campus. There will be a 7pm reception and signing event at More Fun Comics and Games on the downtown Denton Square, with exclusive offers, swag, and merchandise.
Comic book legend Neal Adams signs at The Lair on Wednesday February 12th from 5pm-8pm!
1808 Colden Avenue Bronx, NY 10462
Meet comics legend Neal Adams at 99 Issues Comics on Wednesday, February 19th from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm! The first autograph is FREE! (Additional autographs are $10 each) Portfolios, Art Prints, Books and Sketches will be available for purchase! We are also taking on commissions so now is the time to get a piece of art drawn up by Neal Adams. Maybe get a Batman: Black & White variant blank with a Batman head sketch drawn on it.
Who is Neal Adams? Neal Adams is a towering figure in the world of comic book creation and art. Neal has had legendary runs on Batman, X-Men, Avengers, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and Deadman. Adams rescued Batman from the campy nostalgia of the television show, and re-fitted him in his present incarnation as an “Avenger of the Night.” When people say ‘modern Batman,’ they mean Neal Adams’ Batman. His run on Batman led directly to the new, more realistic incarnation in “Batman Returns” movie, which featured the character he created, Ra’s Al Ghul. Neal just did an eight page story in Batman: Black & White #1. Don’t miss out on picking one up at the store and having Neal sign it.
99 Issues Comics
5618 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36608
The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates the life and art of Ronald Searle with Aardman/Pixar story artist Matt Jones, a lifelong Searle fan and longtime publisher of the Ronald Searle Tribute blog, with a special presentation on Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 6:00-9:00pm. Jones will discuss Searle’s artwork and his legacy, and will discuss his forthcoming Searle-related projects during a slideshow presentation at 7:00pm. Searle fans will have the opportunity to view the exhibition prior to Jones’s lecture, and a catalog signing will immediately follow his presentation.
Tickets for this reception are $10, and Cartoon Art Museum members will receive free admission for themselves and a guest. The deluxe ticket package is $30, and includes the full-color 96-page catalog featuring all of the Ronald Searle artwork featured in the Searle in America exhibition as well as dozens of Searle tribute pieces rendered by today’s top animators and illustrators. Advance sale tickets can be purchased here…
Matt Jones’s Curatorial Statement:
“Ronald Searle is known primarily as the creator of the wicked schoolgirls of St. Trinians and later his series of humorous books on cats and their foibles. The general public in the U.K., Europe and the U.S. hold these books dear, but to the artist they were merely ‘what sold’ and paid the bills. He even ‘killed off’ the St. Trinians’ girls in their last book in 1957; the year of his first visit to America. A household name in Great Britain, Searle would crack the American magazine illustration market under the guidance of his New York art agent, John Locke.
“He spent over a decade between the late ‘50s and late ‘60s traveling extensively on reportage assignments for the premier magazines of the day: Life, Holiday, Look, Venture, Travel & Leisure. It was a golden era of illustration, where magazines had sizable budgets to send illustrators to exotic locations and commission
substantial spreads of artwork.
“Sadly, this work is largely forgotten. Holiday magazine was not published in Europe and is virtually unheard of in the U.S., slipping into decline in the late ‘70s. Searle republished some of this work in collected editions, but the books are long out of print. The original art has languished with art editors and agents for decades, and most remain unseen since their first publication.
“Well I’ve found it! I’ve unearthed the lot. I’ve maintained a website devoted to Searle’s work since 2006 and even became acquainted with the artist himself while working in the south of France in the years preceding his death. Initially starting out of a love of his work and a desire to see more of it online, the site has become an essential database of an incredible career spanning eight decades!
“I’ve traveled far and wide myself to track down the originals, and this show at CAM gathers some of the best. From collections in the Midwest, New York, Connecticut and California, I’ve assembled a show revealing my favorite era in Searle’s career. The golden period of 1955-1965 was a decade of intense work and travel, and the art has a vitality and urgency to it energised by the artist being constantly on the go. The work is a synthesis of his acute observational style and his ability to caricature figures, crowds and architecture. Most of the work is in full color, which will be a surprise to those only familiar with his monotone cats and schoolgirls.
“This catalogue is laid out in an unorthodox manner. I wanted to present the work uncropped where possible without it being split across two pages; hence the dual portrait/landscape format.
“The show would not have been possible without the contributions of a group of cartoonist friends around the world who contributed original art to an online auction to raise the funding necessary to stage the Exhibition and put this catalogue together. This is dedicated to them, to all Searle fans and to new fans who will discover this part of his oeuvre for the first time.”
-Matt Jones, San Francisco, September 2013
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Gregory Benton signs at Velocity Comics on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm!
904 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220-3809
January 21, 2014 by Joe Fauvel
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The link for pre-purchased photo ops for MegaCon 2014 through our friends at Celebrity Photo Ops is now available on the Photo Op Info page on our website:
Please note, the photo op schedule for individuals and scheduling/pricing for group photo ops are still being developed.
Creator Owned Expo is designed to encourage Literacy, Artistic Creativity, innovations in Technology, and Social Interest in the sciences through Art, Sequential Art, Science fiction, Fantasy, Novels, Creative Nonfiction, Folklore, Historical Fiction, Mythology and other related genres.
This event promotes Independence in the areas of creative media, comics, art, crafts, animation, and self-published literature. We are a close knit ecosystem, a community built to encourage communication between the creators and the audience.
Ultimately,“this event is about comic creators, publishers, writers, film makers and creators in general and the fans who love them.” We need dedicated fans like you to help us get the word out about this wonder event. The event will feature educational panels, raffles, gifts, prizes, an artist exhibit area, and contest.
6650 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33309
Saturday August 9th, 2014
11:00 am – 7:00Pm
Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the San Francisco Main Library on Saturday February 1, 2014 from 2:00 till 3:30 pm!
Two-time National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang discusses his New York Times best-selling graphic novel diptych about China’s Boxer Rebellion, Boxers & Saints, which the Times calls “remarkable.” This groundbreaking story explores the Boxer Rebellion from both sides simultaneously — which was right? He will discuss the conflict inherent in writing such a multifaceted story.
Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was already an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese. This book’s critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award, catapulted Yang into stardom as a major voice of our times.
A book sale and signing follows this event.
San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Comics legend Neal Adams signs at Media Underground Comics’ West Napoleon store on Wednesday, February 5, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm! The first autograph is FREE! (Additional autographs are $10 each) Portfolios, art prints, books and sketches will be available for purchase! Commissions are also available so now is the time to get a piece of art drawn by Neal Adams. Email Jason at adams @ nealadams.com to work out characters and prices.
Media Underground Comics
4953 West Napoleon, Metairie, LA 70001