February 21, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Australia, California, Canada, Comic Books, Convention News, Florida, Horror, Indiana, Michigan, Movies, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Texas, Video Games
KEVIN EASTMAN, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and longtime publisher of Heavy Metal, kicks off a year of touring across the United States and abroad this weekend with an appearance at Jared’s Epic Party in Dallas, TX! Visit Kevin’s website for full details of all his original art available for sale and regular updates about his schedule. And stay in touch with Kevin on Facebook and Twitter!
|Upcoming 2014 appearances and signings …..
March 2 - Sac Con – Sacramento, CA
March 28 and 29 – DLUX Expo – Detroit, MI
April 5 and 6 – Gem City Comic Con – Dayton, OH
April 25 & 26 - Calgary Comic Con, Canada
May 9 & 10 - WAP! Comic Con, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 31 & June 1 - Indy Pop Con, Indianapolis, IN
June 6 & 7 - Niagara Falls CC, Niagara Falls, Canada
June 21 - Heroes Con, Charlotte, NC
July 12 & 13 - Capitol City Comic Con – Austin, TX
July 24-27 - San Diego Comicon – San Diego, CA
Sept 12 & 13 - Wizard World – Richmond, VA
Sept 26-27 - Alamo City – San Antonio, TX
October – Australia and New Zealand TBA
February 18, 2014 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Cosplay, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Maryland, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - February 17, 2014 - The new and expanded floor for our premiere 3-day show continues to fill in! The 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con will be held the weekend of September 5-7!
The Baltimore Comic-Con is elated to welcome back to our show the amazingly talented Kevin Maguire,Herb Trimpe, and Mark Waid.
Kevin Maguire acquired notoriety working on a number of DC titles including Justice League, Formerly Known As Justice League, JLA Classified, and Doom Patrol, as well as Marvel’s Defenders. He is one of the artists credited with the relaunch of DC’s Teen Titans and alternated art duties on the relaunched World’s Finest. Maguire has recently been seen on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Artist/writer Herb Trimpe has the privilege of having been the first to bring the X-Men’s Wolverine to life in the pages of The Incredible Hulk #181. Trimpe cut his teeth with Marvel beginning in comics’ Silver Age of the 1960s, where he began his long run onThe Incredible Hulk, as well as a year spent on The Defenders later in his career. His long tenure at Marvel also meant he would go on to work with most all of the major characters (and many minor ones). More recently, Trimpe’s lines can be found gracing the pages of IDW’s GI Joe: A Real American Hero and Dinosaurs Attack.
The multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Mark Waid has been the voice behind numerous issues, mini-series, and title runs that have resonated throughout comics fandom and the creative community alike. His acclaimed runs and series include DC Comics’ The Flash, Kingdom Come, The Kingdom, JLA: Year One, JLA, Legion of Super-Heroes, and Superman: Birthright, Marvel Comics’ Captain America, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, The Indestructible Hulk, and Daredevil, BOOM! Studios’ Incorruptible and Irredeemable,Archie Comics’ The Fox, and Empire, originally published by Gorilla Comics and later by DC Comics. He also went on to become Editor-in-Chief and then Chief Creative Officer at BOOM! Studios, while continuing to work on freelance assignments for other publishers. Waid is one of the principals behind Thrillbent Comics, a digital comics initiative, where he also publishes titles such as In the Pi of the Beholder, Luther, Cthulhu Calls, If You’re So Smart, and Insufferable.
“We are so blessed to have guests of this caliber attending our show,” commented Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Each of these gentlemen has made significant contributions to the industry in which we work, and they truly raise the bar for the Con.”
This year’s previously confirmed guests for the show include: Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Dave Bullock (Batman Black and White); Greg Capullo (Batman); Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps); Sean Chen (Amazing Spider-Man); Jimmy Cheung (Infinity); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (X-Men: Battle of the Atom); Richard Clark (House of Gold & Bones); Steve Conley (Bloop); Alan Davis (Wolverine); Tommy Lee Edwards (Suicide Risk); Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys); David Finch (Forever Evil); Dave Gibbons (Watchmen); Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar); Michael Golden (The Ravagers); Cully Hamner (Animal Man); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Fred Hembeck (Garfield); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); JG Jones (Green Lantern Corps, Batman Black and White); Justin Jordan (Luther Strode, Green Lantern: New Guardians); Barry Kitson (Empire); Aaron Kuder (Action Comics); David Mack (Shadowman); Alex Maleev (Moon Knight); Ron Marz (Witchblade); Bob McLeod (X-Men: Gold); Tradd Moore (Deadpool Annual); Mark Morales (New Avengers); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Eric Powell (The Goon); Joe Prado (Justice League); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Ivan Reis (Aquaman and The Others); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man); Andy Smith (Superman #23.1: Bizarro); John K. Snyder III (Zorro Rides Again); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Charles Soule (Thunderbolts); Ben Templesmith (The Memory Collectors); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Two-Face); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Billy Tucci (Shi); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Matt Wagner (Grendel); Bill Willingham (Fables); Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony).
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 website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
email@example.com - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
firstname.lastname@example.org - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
email@example.com - for inquiries about submitted registrations
firstname.lastname@example.org - for the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
email@example.com - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries
About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 14th 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 9 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.
February 18, 2014 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Comic Books, Connecticut, Convention News, Cosplay, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
- Comic artists likeEd McGuinness, Tim Sale, Jimmy Cheung, Joe Benitez, Jim Mahfood and many more
- Publishers like Big Dog Ink
- TV and Film actors like Chandler Riggs from the Walking Dead
- Voice Actors
- Cosplay Celebrities like Riddle1, Beelechere, and Echo Endless
- Charities like Inkwell Awards, local children’s groups, and comic affiliations
Christopher Golden and Kasey Lansdale appear at Pandemonium Books on Monday February 24th from 7:00 till 9:00 pm for a book signing and musical performance. Price is free to all!
Pandemonium Books & Games
4 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Planet Comicon 2014 has released the initial schedule for panel events. This schedule focuses on event featuring media guests, including performers from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Wars, Firefly, and more.
We will be updating the schedule with additional panels and events as soon as details are confirmed.
Highlights of the schedule include:
FRIDAY, MARCH 14th:
- Margot Kidder (3:00 PM)
- Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis (4:00 PM)
SATURDAY, MARCH 15th:
- Wil Wheaton (11:00 AM)
- Jewel Staite (Noon)
- Brent Spiner and LeVar Burton (1:00 PM)
- Sylvester McCoy (2:00 PM)
- John Ratzenberger (3:00 PM)
- Zoie Palmer (4:00 PM)
- Kids’ Costume Contest (2:00 PM)
- Adults’ Costume Contest (5:00 PM)
SUNDAY MARCH 16th:
- Femi Taylor (11:00 AM)
- David Yost (Noon)
- Eddie McClintock (Noon)
- Lee Majors (1:00)
- TREKtacular Star Trek Cast Reunion (4:30) – NOTE: this is a separately ticketed event. This event is close to being sold out. Find out more about tickets here.
Planet Comicon is Kansas City’s largest comic book and pop culture convention. Now in its thirteenth year! The convention will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center on March 14-16th. Please visit their website for the full guestlist, ticket information, and more!
February 13, 2014 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
ORLANDO MEGACON – A Look At What’s Happening
MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the southeastern U.S., begins announcing guests for the 2014 show. MegaCon will take place March 21 -23, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center Hall SB in the North/South Building in Orlando, FL.
Confirmed comic book guests include:
J. Scott Campbell, Frank Brunner, Neal Adams, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark Waid, Ron Marz, Greg Land, Michael Golden, Dennis Calero, George Pérez, Brandon Peterson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cully Hamner, Karl Story, Renee Witterstaetter, Billy Tucci (20th anniversary of Shi) and Brian Pulido (15th anniversary of Lady Death), Nick Bradshaw, Adam Kubert, Dan Jurgens, Mike Miller, Joshua Ortega, Digger, Bart Sears, Ethan Van Sciver, Mike McKone, Frank Tieri, Mike Mayhew, Chuck Dixon, Skottie Young
Confirmed media guests include:
Walking Dead – Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, David Morrissey, Emily Kinney, Sonequa Martin-Green
Torchwood – John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd
Torchwood animated series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse – Eliza Dushku
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Torchwood – James Marsters
Smallville – Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, John Glover, Laura Vandervoort, Aaron Ashmore
Napolean Dynamite – Jon Heder
Battlestar Galactica – Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson, Anne Lockhart
Star Wars – Peter Mayhew, Tom Kane
Comic Book Men – Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson
Star Trek, Big Bang Theory – Wil Wheaton
Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Phil LaMarr, Rich Horvitz, Vic Mignogna, Jennifer Hale
You won’t want to miss Comos
First time ever official MegaCon Friday evening Dance for 18+ only
Costume Contest – Drinks – Dancing
Spectacular Laser show & visuals by Empire Visuals
Nelson Flux – Evolv 3
Hosted by Nick Wolfe
$10 – Friday evening from 9pm – 11:30pm
Introducing: The Ghost of the Robot Band with James Marsters – Saturday evening performance $20 in advance $25 at the door.
Other events include: MegaCon video gaming and the Supercon 2K series provided by National Video Gaming Association and Vibras Five.One, RPG, LARP, card and miniature gaming events, children events provided by the Skiffytown Heroes, Speed Dating, anime events, belly dancing, Indy Film Festival, movie trailers screening room, Saturday evening dance, late night adult only dance, and professional panel room.
Thanks to our sponsors: 101.1 WJRR, The am 740 Game, 104.1 Real Radio, Certified Guaranty Company, Central Florida Mensa, Students of the Unusual
The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.
Orange County Convention Center
March 21st – 23rd
Eric Powell appears at The Cannery Ballroom on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 8:00 pm!
With musical performances by The Protomen and Urizen! As a thank you for 15 years of constant support by Goon fans, Eric will be showing a never before seen sneak peek of some scenes from the Goon Film Story Reel by Blur Studios! Acclaimed film maker David Fincher, Blur, Eric, and Dark Horse Entertainment have been working hard to bring a Goon animated feature film to life. In 2012 they ran a hugely successful kickstarted campaign to fund a full length story reel of the film to help sell the project. Here’s your chance to get an exclusive peek and party at Nashville’s greatest geek event of the year!
The Protomen are are more than just a rock band from Nashville… they are messengers, riding atop an Iron Stallion on their way to deliver the most vicious rock ‘n’ roll fable that the world has ever known. With several planned albums, and a live show that can crumble mountains, the future is in their hands. They were recently handpicked by Tenacious D to open a number of shows in Canada. Before that, they spent six years building a large and fiercely devoted fan base by kicking some major ass and headlining their own tours across the US and Canada. They have just returned to Nashville after a tour with big spiders, kangaroos, and amazing chocolate in Australia.
The Cannery Ballroom
One Cannery Row Nashville, TN 37203
BEVERLY HILLS, CA, FEBRUARY 12, 2014– The Paley Center for Media today announced the full lineup of special guest panelists scheduled to appear forthe 31st annual ultimate TV fan festival, PALEYFEST: The William S. Paley Television Festival, which will take place March 13-28, 2014 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.
The annual two week event will host more than 200 of the hottest stars and creative talents in media and will feature two reunion events: a 10th anniversary Lost reunion on March 16 and a Veronica Mars series reunion (the day prior to the March 14 nationwide release of the series-inspired movie), as well as honor standout series including Orange Is the New Black, How I Met Your Mother Farewell, Pretty Little Liars, Parks and Recreation, Sleepy Hollow, Mad Men, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Masters of Sex, The Mindy Project, Community, Veep, and American Horror Story: Coven.
The full PALEYFEST 2014 panelist lineup is as follows (panelists to appear schedule permitting), plus additional panelists to be announced:
Thursday, March 13, 2014: Opening Night Presentation:Veronica Mars (7:00 pm)
Moderator: Alan Sepinwall, Television Critic, HitFix.com
Rob Thomas, Creator & Executive Producer
Kristen Bell, “Veronica Mars”
Jason Dohring, “Logan Echolls”
Enrico Colantoni, “Keith Mars”
Chris Lowell, “Stosh ‘Piz’ Piznarski”
Ryan Hansen, “Dick Casablancas”
Percy Daggs III, “Wallace Fennel”
Additional panelists to be announced.
Friday, March 14, 2014,Orange Is the New Black (7:00 pm)
Taylor Schilling, “Piper Chapman”
Jason Biggs, “Larry Bloom”
Laura Prepon,”Alex Vause”
Natasha Lyonne, “Nicky Nichols”
Kate Mulgrew, “Galina ‘Red’ Reznikov”
Danielle Brooks, “Tasha ‘Taystee’ Jefferson”
Uzo Aduba, “Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren”
Taryn Manning, “Tiffany ‘Pennsatucky’ Doggett”
Yael Stone, “Lorna Morello”
Laverne Cox, “Sophia Burset”
Michael Harney, “Sam Healy”
Lorraine Toussaint, “Vee”
Jenji Kohan, Creator & Executive Producer
Saturday, March 15, 2014,How I Met Your Mother Series Farewell
Carter Bays, Creator & Executive Producer
Craig Thomas, Creator & Executive Producer
Pamela Fryman, Executive Producer
Josh Radnor, “Ted Mosby”
Alyson Hannigan, “Lily Aldrin”
Cobie Smulders, “Robin Scherbatsky”
Cristin Milioti, “The Mother”
Additional panelists to be announced.
Sunday, March 16, 2014:Pretty Little Liars (1:00 pm)
Moderator: Damian Holbrook, Senior Writer, TV Guide Magazine
Lucy Hale, “Aria Montgomery”
Troian Bellisario, “Spencer Hastings”
Shay Mitchell, “Emily Fields,
Sasha Pieterse, “Alison DiLaurentis”
Ian Harding, “Ezra Fitz”
Janel Parrish, “Mona Vanderwaal”
Keegan Allen, “Toby Cavanaugh”
I. Marlene King, Executive Producer
Oliver Goldstick, Executive Producer
Joseph Dougherty, Executive Producer
Sunday, March 16, 2014:Lost 10th Anniversary Reunion
Josh Holloway, “James ‘Sawyer’ Ford”
Daniel Dae Kim, “Jin Kwon”
Yunjin Kim, “Sun Kwon”
Jorge Garcia, “Hugo ‘Hurley’ Reyes”
Emilie de Ravin, “Claire Littleton”
Ian Somerhalder, “Boone Carlyle”
Nestor Carbonell, “Richard Alpert”
Henry Ian Cusick, “Desmond Hume”
Malcolm David Kelley, “Walt Lloyd”
Damon Lindelof, Executive Producer
Carlton Cuse, Executive Producer
Additional panelists to be announced.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014: Parks and Recreation (7:00 pm)
Moderator: Kristin Dos Santos, Reporter, E! News and E! Online
Amy Poehler, “Leslie Knope”
Adam Scott, “Ben Wyatt”
Aubrey Plaza, “April Ludgate”
Chris Pratt, “Andy Dwyer”
Retta, “Donna Meagle”
Jim O’Heir, “Larry Gengurch”
Greg Daniels, Creator & Executive Producer
Michael Schur, Creator & Executive Producer
Wednesday, March 19, 2014: Sleepy Hollow (7:00 pm)
Alex Kurtzman, Executive Producer
Roberto Orci, Executive Producer
Len Wiseman, Executive Producer
Mark Goffman, Executive Producer
Heather Kadin, Executive Producer
Ken Olin, Executive Producer
Tom Mison, “Ichabod Crane”
Nicole Beharie, “Lt. Abbie Mills”
Orlando Jones, “Capt. Frank Irving”
Katia Winter, “Katrina Crane”
Additional panelists to be announced.
Friday, March 21, 2014: Mad Men (7:00 pm)
Jon Hamm, “Don Draper”
January Jones, “Betty Francis”
Elisabeth Moss, “Peggy Olson”
Vincent Kartheiser, “Pete Campbell”
Christina Hendricks, “Joan Harris”
John Slattery, “Roger Sterling”
Kiernan Shipka, “Sally Draper”
Additional panelists to be announced.
Saturday, March 22, 2014: The Vampire Diaries & The Originals (7:00 pm)
The Vampire Diaries: Moderator, Kristin Dos Santos, Reporter, E! News & E! Online
Nina Dobrev, “Elena Gilbert / Katherine Pierce”
Paul Wesley, “Stefan Salvatore”
Ian Somerhalder, “Damon Salvatore”
Julie Plec, Executive Producer
Caroline Dries, Executive Producer
The Originals: Moderator: Jarett Wieselman, Senior Editor, BuzzFeed
Joseph Morgan, “Klaus Mikaelson”
Daniel Gillies, “Elijah Mikaelson”
Phoebe Tonkin, “Hayley”
Charles Michael Davis, “Marcel Gerard”
Leah Pipes, “Camille O’Connell”
Danielle Campbell, “Davina”
Julie Plec, Creator & Executive Producer
Michael Narducci, Coexecutive Producer
Sunday, March 23, 2014: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1:00 pm)
Clark Gregg, “Phil Coulson”
Ming-Na Wen, “Melinda May”
Brett Dalton, “Grant Ward”
Chloe Bennett, “Skye”
Elizabeth Henstridge, “Jemma Simmons”
Iain De Caestecker, “Leo Fitz”
Jed Whedon, Executive Producer
Maurissa Tancharoen, Executive Producer
Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer
Jeffrey Bell, Executive Producer
Monday, March 24, 2014: Masters of Sex (7:00 pm)
Michael Sheen, “Dr. William Masters”
Lizzy Caplan, “Virginia Johnson”
Caitlin FitzGerald, “Libby Masters”
Teddy Sears, “Dr. Austin Langham”
Michelle Ashford, Executive Producer
Sarah Timberman, Executive Producer
Additional panelists to be announced.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014: The Mindy Project (7:00 pm)
Moderator: Jarett Wieselman, Senior Editor, Entertainment, BuzzFeed.com
Mindy Kaling , “Mindy Lahiri“ & Executive Producer
Chris Messina, “Danny Castellano”
Ed Weeks, “Jeremy Reed”
Ike Barinholtz, “Morgan Tookers” & Co-producer
Zoe Jarman, “Betsy Putch”
Beth Grant, “Beverly Janoszewski”
Xosha Roquemore, “Tamra Webb”
Adam Pally, “Peter Prentice”
Matt Warburton, Executive Producer
Wednesday, March 26: Community (7:00 pm)
Joel McHale: “Jeff Winger”
Gillian Jacobs: “Britta Perry”
Yvette Nicole Brown: “Shirley Bennett”
Danny Pudi: “Abed Nadir”
Alison Brie: “Annie Edison”
Ken Jeong, “Ben Chang”
Jim Rash: “Dean Pelton”
Dan Harmon, Executive Producer
Chris McKenna, Executive Producer
Thursday, March 27, 2014: Veep (7:00 pm)
Armando Iannucci, Executive Producer, Director, Writer
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Selina Meyer” & Producer
Tony Hale, “Gary Walsh”
Anna Chlumsky, “Amy Brookheimer”
Reid Scott, “Dan Egan”
Matt Walsh, “Mike McLintock”
Timothy Simons, ”Jonah Ryan”
Sufe Bradshaw, “Sue Wilson”
Kevin Dunn, “Ben Cafferty”
Gary Cole, “Kent Davison”
Friday, March 28, 2014: Closing Night Presentation-American Horror Story: Coven
Ryan Murphy, Creator & Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk, Creator & Executive Producer
Dante Di Loreto, Executive Producer
Tim Minear, Executive Producer
Sarah Paulson, “Cordelia Goode”
Evan Peters, “Kyle Spencer”
Frances Conroy, “Myrtle Snow”
Lily Rabe, “Misty Day”
Emma Roberts, “Madison Montgomery”
Denis O’Hare, “Spalding”
Angela Bassett, “Marie Laveau”
Gabourey Sidibe, ‘Queenie”
Jamie Brewer, “Nan”
Additional panelists to be announced.
About The Paley Center for Media:
The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation’s foremost public archive of television, radio, and Internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment. In an era of unprecedented change, the Paley Center advances the understanding of media and its impact on our lives. The Paley Center for Media was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.
About the Citi Private Pass Program:
Through the Citi Private Pass program, Citi cardmembers enjoy access to more than 10,000 events each year across music, sports, dining, comedy and family entertainment. These experiences range from preferred tickets and early access to top concert tours and sporting events to curated special events such as youth clinics with sports heroes, and VIP concert experiences including pre-show performances and Q&A.
Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes Steve Blum (The Legend of Korra, Cowboy Bebop) and Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us) to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday February 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!
The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!
About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”
The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.
Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.
“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.
“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”
Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.
Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.
As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
February 10, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Gaming, Horror, Movies, New Jersey, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Signing and Appearance Profiles, Television, Video Games
Writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods, Doctor Who) speaks at Rowan University on Friday March 7th at 7:00 pm! This lecture is open to the public. Please note, there will be no book signings before or after this lecture.
201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028