GA – Why Art? Signing

Press Release:

Avid Bookshop presents local author and artist Eleanor Davis for her book WHY ART? This event will take place at our Prince Ave. location on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. It is free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
What is “Art”? It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? 

In WHY ART?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (HOW TO BE HAPPY) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. A work of art unto itself, Davis leavens her exploration with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worth of Magritte, instantly drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eleanor Davis is an American cartoonist and illustrator who creates comic works and other art for both adolescent and adult audiences.

In August 2014, Fantagraphics Books published Davis’ first collection of stories HOW TO BE HAPPY. SLATE described the collection as “a mix of evocative, geometric watercolors and fluid pen-and-ink cartoons, HOW TO BE HAPPY tells stories of sad people, lonely people, strong people, confident people, all trying to find a tiny bit of happiness in life.” Upon the publication of HOW TO BE HAPPY, comics critic Richard Bruton described Davis as “without question, a major young creator.”

Davis teaches comic book storytelling classes at the University of Georgia.

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Avid Bookshop
493 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601
(706) 352-2060

FL – Redlands Signing

Artist Vanesa Del Rey appears at Multiverse Corps Comics on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM to sign REDLANDS from Image Comics.

Vanesa Del Rey is best known for her artwork on All-New Wolverine, Armor Wars, Black Widow, Constantine: The Hellblazer, Creepy, Daredevil, Hit: 1957, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Scarlet Witch, Secret Wars Journal, Spider-Women, The Eighth Seal, The Empty Man, The Punisher, Wolverine and The X-Men, Zero and more!

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Multiverse Corps Comics
14234 SW 8TH St. Unit 16, Miami, FL 33184
(305) 987-5302

CA – Trollhunters: Secret History of Trollkind Signing

Richard Hamilton, writer of Dreamworks Trollhunters and How to Train Your Dragon graphic novels, appears at Legacy Comics and Cards on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from noon till 3:00 PM.

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Legacy Comics and Cards
123 W Wilson Ave, Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 247-8803

Return of the Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling

Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center this September 28-30, but so does our special “thank you” event to our fans: Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling returns for its 2nd annual event Sunday April 29, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the BWI Airport Marriott!

Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling is a good old-fashioned comic book show with rows and rows of comic book dealers from 6-8 states around the country, with comics and collectibles from the ancient to the very modern…and we’re bringing in a few guests as well!

Ringo Award winner and Harvey and Eisner award nominee Frank Cho launched his career as a comic strip artist at the University of Maryland-College Park student newspaper, penning University2, which was the predecessor of his creator-owned syndicated strip and comic series, Liberty Meadows. His body of work also includes Marvel Comics’ New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism, as well as Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. His recent work can be seen in BOOM! Studios’ Skybourne, and on covers from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.

Long-time friend of the show, Ringo, Harvey, and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and online. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.

John Gallagher is the award-winning artist and writer of graphic novels Buzzboy and Roboy Red (with Rich Faber). John teamed with sons Jack and Will to create a kids book, E.P.I.C. Bros., about two kids whose superhero dad is always out saving the world, and they pass the time using his gizmos for lovable mayhem. Jack and Will follow in the footsteps of big sister Katie, who teamed with her dad to create Zoey and Ketchup. John’s Buzzboy is back from American Mythology Productions in Buzzboy Go Digital Monster Mayhem, where he has also contributed to the recently relaunched Casper the Friendly Ghost and The Inspector. When not creating comics, John is executive director of Kids Love Comics (kidslovecomics.net) and works as art director for Ranger Rick magazine.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

Brandon Peterson has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years, working primarily as a penciller and inker, but often as a colorist, writer, editor, and art director. He has done a great deal of work at Marvel Comics, as the artist on books like AvX, Avengers, The Ultimates, Ultimate Vision, Ultimate Extinction, Ultimate X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. Brandon was also VP of Special Projects and Art Director of the now-defunct CrossGen Comics, where he created titles like Mystic and Chimera. He is also a veteran of Top Cow Productions, having worked on Codename: Strykeforce, Cyberforce, Ripclaw, Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, and his own book, Arcanum. His work is recently featured on IDW’s Revolution Heroes and DC Comics’ Trinity.

Additionally, the Hero Initiative will be in the room with us this year — stay tuned!

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

CA – Soulwind Signing

Scott Morse appears at A Great Good Place for Books to discuss the 20th Anniversary edition of his groundbreaking collection, Soulwind, on Thursday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Returning to print in a stunning new hardcover edition, SOULWIND collects Scott Morse’s epic graphic novel series in a single tome. Beginning with a boy transported across the universe to retrieve a legendary sword, and ending with an old woman unraveling the true account of creation.

SOULWIND is a tale of ancient myth, classic fairy tales, modern pulp, and futuristic adventure with incredible heart.

Scott Morse is the award-winning author of more than ten graphic novels for children and adults, including THE BAREFOOT SERPENT; and SOUTHPAW. He’s currently an animator at Pixar and has also worked for Cartoon Network, Disney, and Nickelodeon.

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A Great Good Place for Books
6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 339-8210

Latest Guests announced for London Film & Comic Con

LONDON FILM & COMIC CON returns for 2018 and we are very pleased to announce some amazing new guests to add to an already great line up!

PETER CAPALDI, the 12th Doctor will be joining us on Saturday & Sunday,
GRACE PARK who stars in Hawaii Five-0 but is also known for Battlestar Gallactica
and we can add
RAY FISHER, fresh from playing Cyborg in The Justice League

Also added to the LFCC line up is the wonderful JEWEL STAITE, who has appeared in Firefly as well as Stargate Atlantis.

Horror fans can meet SAW star COSTAS MANDYLOR, who has played Hoffman in multilple films in the franchise.

For more information visit the website HERE!

Spooky Empire Brings Hair-raising Guests to the Wyndham Orlando Resort for Mid-season Convention

Spooky Empire LogoSpooky Empire, founder of one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation, announces their highly-anticipated mid-season convention on April 6 – 8, 2018 at The Wyndham Orlando Resort. The 3-day annual convention will feature an array of activities including celebrity autographs with meet & greets, photo ops, Q&A’s led by special guests, live performances, and their popular tattoo festival with more than 25+ artists.

This year, celebrity guests include:

•   The return of The Chiodo Brothers, the group of sibling creative forces known for movies such as Killer Klowns from Outer Space. They have also created creatures and puppets for films and TV show including Critters, Team America: World Police, Elf, Ernest Scared Stupid, Monsters, The Thundermans, The Simpsons, and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

•   They will be joined by David Naughton, from American Werewolf in London and Twilight Zone.

•   Along with Butch Patrick best known for his role as “Eddie Munster” from The Munsters.

•   Director, actor, stuntman, writer, and the last living Universal Monster, Ricou Browning. Best known his role as the only actor to portray the “Gill-Man” in three films, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creatureand The Creature Walks Among Us. Browning also worked on Flipper, Sea Hunt, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and many other films.

Other expected guests include:

•   Meet the mother and son stars from Child’s Play, Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent and Chucky himself.

•   The one and only Slim Jim Phantom, legendary drummer for the ever-popular rockabilly band The Stray Cats.

And many more to be announced leading up to the convention.

Throughout the weekend guests will enjoy vendors and haunting exhibitors that will offer the ultimate in merchandise including art, movies, toys, props, action figures, comic books, special effects, clothing, and jewelry.

All advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. Prices increase at the door. In advance, three-day passes are $65, one day passes on Friday and Sunday are $30, and one day passes on Saturday $35. VIP Packages are $225 and include early entry to all three days, raffles, T-shirts, autograph line fast-pass, exclusive VIP party access on Saturday night with guest celebrities in attendance. Kids 10 and under are free.

Rooms are available at The Wyndham Orlando Resort for a discounted price of $121 per night through March 9. Rooms can be reserved by calling 1-407-351-2420. Mention ‘Spooky Empire’ for special rate.

For more information regarding the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.spookyempire.com/purchase-tickets.

For more information about Spooky Empire, 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

NYC – Black Creative Team Signing

Kwanza Osajyefo, Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph, and Sarah Litt (Black Mask Studios‘ BLACK) appear at Carmine Street Comics on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM!

Carmine Street Comics
34 Carmine Street, New York, New York 10014
(646) 656-1022

OK – The Escape Artist Signing

Author Brad Meltzer (Justice League of America, Identity Crisis, Green Arrow) appears at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM to present and sign his new thriller, The Escape Artist! TICKETS AVAILABLE through Magic City Books.

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and several other top selling political thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad has been on the bestseller list for his nonfiction, advice, children’s books, and graphic books. He is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. He earned his law degree from Columbia University, where he was on the Columbia Law Review.

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Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 E. 2nd St. Tulsa, OK 74103

UK – Logo-a-Gogo Signing

Rian Hughes appears at Gosh Comics on Thursday, March 15th at 7:30 PM for s short presentation and Q & A, followed by a signing of his new books Logo-a-Gogo (Korero Press) and I Am A Number (Top Shelf).

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

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