CA – Talkin’ Toons w/ Korra

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Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes JANET VARNEY, star of The Legend of Korra, to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday November 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!

Get tickets at the link!

Press Release:

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.

Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Boom! Studios Closes Con Season at Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2014

boom-comicazePress Release:

Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will exhibit at Stan Lee’s Comikaze, which will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, during the weekend of October 31stNovember 2nd. BOOM! is thrilled to host a number of special guests during the show including actors Peter Facinelli, David Henrie, and James Hong. The show marks the publisher’s eighteenth and final convention appearance in 2014 spreading the message of “We Are BOOM!” to the fans.

BOOM! can be found at booth number 906 and will host the following creators for signing opportunities all weekend:

  • Caleb Monroe (Cloaks, Planet of the Apes, Peanuts)

  • Collin Kelly (Hacktivist)

  • Jackson Lanzing (Hacktivist)

  • Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid)

The following creators will be available for sketches all weekend. For $30, fans can order custom sketches drawn on blank covers of Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, and other comics.

  • Hannah Nance Partlow (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors)

  • Tyson Hesse (The Amazing World of Gumball, Bravest Warriors)

In addition, BOOM! will host the following signings on Saturday:

  • Actor James Hong, who played Lo Pan in the classic John Carpenter film Big Trouble in Little China, will be available from 10:30-11:00 am.

  • Actor and creator David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly Place, How I Met Your Mother) will be signing for Cloaks along with series writer Caleb Monroe from 12:00-1:00 pm. Note: This signing will be ticketed.

  • Actor and creator Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie, Twilight) will be signing for Protocol: Orphans along with series writer Michael Alan Nelson from 2:00-3:00 pm. Note: This signing will be ticketed.

  • Pete Browngardt, creator of the Cartoon Network show Uncle Grandpa, will be signing with Uncle Grandpa Stan Lee’s Comikaze exclusive variant cover artist Yehudi Mercado from 4:00-5:00 pm.

BOOM! will host the following signing on Sunday:

  • John Omohundro, voice actor for Danny from Bravest Warriors, will be signing from 1:00-2:00 pm.

Free tickets for Saturday’s ticketed signings will be available for distribution at the BOOM! booth that morning.

BOOM! will have a Stan Lee’s Comikaze exclusive variant for Uncle Grandpa #1 by Yehudi Mercado available for purchase through the convention for $10.00, while supplies last.

For tickets and more information on Stan Lee’s Comikaze, visit comikazeexpo.com.

AZ – Gene Simmons Signs

az-simmonsLegendary KISS co-founder Gene Simmons visits Changing Hands Bookstore on Monday October 27th at 7:00 PM to sign his manifesto for business success, based on both lucrative outside ventures and his experiences in one of the most successful rock groups of all time.

Long before he first took the stage, Gene Simmons had a clear-cut operating plan for the business of KISS. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold more than 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages 5,000 licensed merchandise items — from comic books and coffins to action figures and video games. Simmons’s lucrative ventures also include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record label. In Me, Inc., Simmons gives aspiring entrepreneurs the critical tools they need to succeed. He discusses how to build a solid business strategy, harness the countless tools available in the digital age, educate yourself, and be the architect for the business entity that is you. Inspired by The Art of War, Me, Inc. is organized around thirteen specific, easy-to-understand principles for success — “The Art of More” — drawn from Simmons’s own triumphs and failures. From finding the confidence necessary to get started, to surrounding yourself with the right people, to knowing when to pull the plug and when to double-down, these principles can help you attain the freedom and wealth of your dreams.

EVENT DETAILS
-TICKET is free when you purchase Me, Inc. from Changing Hands.
-ONLINE ORDERS – Click “add to cart” below to order your book and signing line ticket. We’ll send an email confirmation with more details.You can also order by phone during our regular business hours at 480.730.0205 or 602.274.0067.
-7PM ENTRY – Booksigning line forms by assigned letter group (printed on top of ticket) at 7pm.
-All pre-sold copies of Me, Inc. will be distributed to ticket holders at the event.
-Gene Simmons will not sign memorabilia of any kind and may not be able to pose for photographs.
-Line placement cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals. Event details may be subject to unannounced changes.
-CAN’T MAKE IT? If you’d like a signed book from any of our author events, please call us at 480.730.0205 or click “add to cart” below (and let us know you’re not attending the event) to pre-pay and we’ll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you. We also ship anywhere in the US and to most international locations (extra charges apply).

Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283

CA – Squickerwonkers Signing

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Actress Evangeline Lilly, star of Lost, The Hobbit, and the upcoming Ant-Man, appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday November 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM to discuss and sign her new book Squickerwonkers vol 1.

Barnes & Noble – The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270

CA – John Cleese Signing

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Comedy legend John Cleese (Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers, A Fish Called Wanda) appears at Barnes & Noble to sign his memoir So, Anyway… on Friday November 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

Barnes & Noble – The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270

FL – Jay & Silent Bob Get Old LIVE

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Jason Mewes & Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) appear at the Orlando Improv on Friday November 7th at 10:30 PM for a live recording of their podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old!

Tickets available at the link…

Orlando Improv
9101 International Dr Suite 2310, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 480-5233

CA – Archibald’s Next Big Thing Signing

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Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) appears at Vroman’s Bookstore to present and sign Archibald’s Next Big Thing on Sunday October 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM!

Press Release:

Archibald’s Next Big Thing is the extraordinary adventure of an extra-ordinary chicken named Archibald Struer. His three brothers and one sister have each found their “Big Thing” (including a brother chicken who impressively grows human hair) and the only Big Thing Archibald has planned is what he’s eating for lunch. This all changes when he receives a mysterious blue card that reads “YOUR BIG THING IS HERE!” So, accompanied by a friendly bee named BEE, Archibald takes the card and heads out on a fantastic journey in hopes of finding his NEXT BIG THING. It’s a story that reminds us that, while looking for the next big thing isn’t a bad thing, we should always remember that big and beautiful things are all around us…right NOW.

About Tony Hale:

Actor/author Tony Hale is best known for his role as Gary Walsh, the downtrodden personal aide to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Vice President Selina Meyers on HBO’s Emmy nominated political comedy, Veep. In 2013, Hale won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and was nominated again in 2014 for his performance.

Hale has appeared in a wide variety of critically acclaimed television programs and films throughout his career. Prior to Veep, he co-starred as the socially awkward Buster Bluth on the ground-breaking, Emmy Award-winning series Arrested Development, which aired on Fox from 2003 – 2006 and was later picked up for an additional season on Netflix in 2013.

Event Guidelines:

- Tony Hale will sign books only.

- No memorabilia.

- Photos from the line are ok.

- No posed photos.

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

CA – Heroes of the Comics Signing

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Drew Friedman discusses and signs Heroes of the Comics with special guest William Stout at Book Soup on Friday November 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm!

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.3110

WA – An Evening with John Cleese

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John Cleese appears at the University Temple on Sunday November 16th at 7:00 PM! Tickets are $28 and available from Brown Paper Tickets. Each ticket admits up to two people and includes a signed copy of So, Anyway…

Press Release:

John Cleese’s towering comedic influence has stretched across generations; his sharp satirical eye and the unique brand of physical comedy he perfected with Monty Python, on Fawlty Towers, and beyond now seem written into comedy’s DNA. In this rollicking memoir, So, Anyway, Cleese takes readers on a Grand Tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman), to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown.

After getting his start as a writer and actor on the landmark David Frost-hosted The Frost Report, where he worked alongside many who would also later become comedy icons, Cleese landed his most famous role as a star of the TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. To the legions of Python fans and comedy aficionados, Cleese’s work with the Pythons has become the stuff of legend. His signature characters including the Minister of Silly Walks and the owner (and would-be returner) of a dead parrot embodied his knack for madcap buffoonery played completely straight and catapulted him to the shortlist of funniest men alive.

Twisting and turning through amazing stories and hilarious digressions with some brief pauses along the way that comprise a fascinating primer on what’s funny and why this story of a young man’s journey to the pinnacle of comedy is a masterly performance by a master performer.

University Temple United Methodist Church The Sanctuary
1415 NE 43rd Street Seattle, WA 98105

NYC – A Conversation with Edward Norton & Samson Parashina

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Press Release:

Absolute Travel invites you to join award-winning actor and conservationist, Edward Norton; Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust’s President Samson Parashina; Katie Losey, Director of Marketing & Founder of Absolute Awareness and moderator Fred Guterl, Executive Editor of Scientific American, in a remarkable conversation on how eco-travel can transform and sustain conservation, the importance of holistic programs, and the transformation of philanthropy on Thursday October 30th from 6:30PM – 9:30PM. By attending, guests have the chance to win a trip to award-winning safari lodge Campi ya Kanzi in Kenya’s Chyulu Hills.

100% of profits will go directly toward supporting the MWCT Women Community Ranger Program. The funds will create salaries, scholarships, and purchase equipment for women rangers so that they may transform their community through the opportunity to gain equality and achieve economic independence while protecting the land and animals that need it most. The Strand Rare Book Room is an intimate atmosphere, with LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE. This special night is sponsored by Absolute Travel and catered by Poppy’s Catering.

Tickets ($100) are available at the link…

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(at 12th St.)

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