UK – O’Barr & Golden Signing

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Press Release:

Orbital Comics is very pleased to announce James O’Barr (creator of The Crow), legendary Marvel artist Michael Golden (Avengers, G.I. Joe, Micronauts) and writer/editor/colorist Renee Witterstaetter will be signing in-store on Wednesday May 14 from 5pm. This is a rare opportunity to meet these industry legends and pick up some signed books and prints, so don’t miss out on what is sure to be a great night!

Then, once the store closes at 7:30 pm, we’ll have Michael Golden hosting a very special Dynamic Figure Drawing Class for ticketed customers – so if you’d like to take part then secure your place NOW. You can purchase tickets online at the link or pay for them in-store. Places are extremely limited, so act now if you plan on attending this one-off event!

James O’Barr is the award-winning creator of The Crow, and the writer of two hit series from IDW Publishing, entitled Curare and Skinning The Wolves. He likes to lament that he was born in a trailer in Detroit just in time to see Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy die, but claims no responsibility for either. He spent his first seven years in an orphanage and foster care where he spent most of his time drawing. When he was adopted he brought along his crayons and has been using them ever since. While stationed in Berlin, in the late 70′s he created The Crow as an attempt to deal with the death of his fiance at the hands of a drunk driver. It took nearly ten years to finish and no publisher was interested in it (“too gloomy, too confusing”) until, on a whim, Caliber published the first issue in 1989. It is currently the best selling independent graphic novel of all time at over one million copies sold. In 1993 his book was adapted into the cult film of the same name starring Brandon Lee. He would like you to know that nearly all of the money made from the film was donated to children’s charities and he had nothing to do with the subsequent three sequels or TV show, but he will be a consultant on the new Crow movie that goes into production this year. He has worked for every major publisher. In Italy 1995, he won the Academy Award of comics, the Yellow Kid award for best storyteller.
Recently returned from a record breaking signing tour for the Italian Edition of The Crow, his most recent book is a new sketchbook from Eva Ink Publishing James O’Barr: Uncoffined.

Artist/writer/creator Michael Golden, is a legend in the comic book industry, but one that has never stopped adding to his legacy as a storytelling professional. Co-creator of The X-Men‘s Rogue, Spartan X, and Bucky O’Hare, Michael is known worldwide for his groundbreaking work on The ‘Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe Yearbook, and Dr. Strange, among MUCH more, and is counted as one of the best cover designers and illustrators in the business. Golden’s work can be seen on covers from Spawn, Nightwing, Iron Man, Heroes For Hire, Exiles, Demon’s Regret, Spider-man, Vampirella, Captain American, The Punisher to The Hulk, as well as numerous other titles, for about every company out there. It’s no wonder that Golden has been one of the most influential creators around for the last several decades: “… unless you can actually draw yourself, it is very difficult to understand the exact mind-blowing impossibility of what he does,” said writer/artist Larry Hama, of Golden’s work. Michael has served as an Editor at DC Comics as well as Senior Art Director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on scores of movie production projects, some currently in development. He has recently been awarded with Lifetime Achievement Awards from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Lille Arts Festival.

Renee Witterstaetter is the author of Excess: The Art of Michael Golden, Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira, the critically acclaimed Nick Cardy: The Artist at War, Dying for Action: The Life & Films of Jackie Chan, Kerry & the Scary Things, Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash, and much more. Renee began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as Superman at DC Comics and Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian and Conan Saga at Marvel, then spearheading the reintroduction of She-Hulk at Marvel. She then moved over to Topps Comics where she was the editor on The X-Files, Jurassic Park, Xena & Hercules and, co-creating with artist Michael Golden, the successful series, Spartan X. Her newest books include Santa Confidential, by Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne and the sketchbook James O’Barr: Uncoffined. In addition, Renee has also been the colorist on hundreds of comics from The Avengers to Spider-man to Captain America among many, many more. Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies Crime Story, Rush Hour 2, and Red Dragon, among others. She is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and is also currently working in artist management via Eva Ink Artist Group.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

Celebrate 75 Years of Batman at WonderCon 2014

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Press Release:

All-Star Batman 75th Anniversary Panel includes Jim Lee, Kevin Smith, Kevin Conroy,
Bruce Timm , Ralph Garman, and Peter Girardi

DC Entertainment (DCE) will mark the 75th anniversary of its iconic Batman character at WonderCon 2014 with an impressive line-up of can’t-miss reveals and exclusives sure to thrill fans of the world’s most popular Super Hero.

A special highlight of DCE’s WonderCon activities will be the Batman 75th Anniversary Panel scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at 4 pm. The exclusive event brings together a stunning collection of superstar talent heavily influenced by the legendary Dark Knight and his rich 75-year history. DCE co-publisher and renowned Batman artist Jim Lee will join the all-star celebrity duo and writers of the forthcoming BATMAN ’66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET mini-series Kevin Smith (ClerksMallrats) and Ralph Garman (Family Guy, KROQ radio personality), the legendary voice of Batman Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated SeriesBatman: Arkham Knight), Peter Girardi, SVP – Creative Affairs, Warner Bros Animation and groundbreaking Batman animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) in a fascinating discussion about the celebrated Super Hero. The must-see panel will also feature an exclusive premiere of an animated short from Darwyn Cooke, inspired by the Batman Beyond series.

In addition, DCE will join Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation for special events including:

  • The world premiere of Son of Batman, the landmark 20th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Taking place Friday at 6:00 pm, the screening precedes a star-studded panel including the voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Terra NovaLife on Mars).
  • A special screening of an all-new episode of Teen Titans Go! Scheduled for Friday at 2:00 pm, go behind the scenes of the fan-favorite series with a panel featuring the show’s producers and members of the voice cast.
  • Son of Batman and Teen Titans Go! select voice cast signings will be held at the DCE booth (wristbands required).  The Teen Titans Go! signing will take place on Friday at 1:30pm and signings for Son of Batman will take place on Friday at 3:30pm.

Fans attending WonderCon also have the chance to pick-up three exclusive variant comic books at the Graphitti Designs booth (#301) including:

  • The debut issue of the new blockbuster weekly BATMAN: ETERNAL #1
  • The latest “Riddler” themed cover of BATMAN #29 in a location-specific hue of blue from artist Greg Capullo
  • The must-own debut issue of THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 featuring an exclusive 3-D motion cover, never before seen and only available at the Con

Home to the most talented writers and artists in the business, DCE’s interactive 1200 square foot booth (#401) will serve as a hub for its stellar collection of appearances, announcements and events at WonderCon 2014.

Can’t make the Con? DC Entertainment’s website is the go-to place for behind the scenes coverage and in-depth interviews. Also, look out for a WonderCon 2014 special edition of DC All Access webseries premiering on Tuesday, April 22 at 10am PST.

CA – Drew: The Man Behind The Poster Screening

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Illustrator Drew Struzan appears on Saturday, May 10th from 1:00-5:00pm at the Forest Lawn Museum to screen the documentary Drew: The Man Behind The Poster. Refreshments and a book signing session to follow. Screening starts promptly at 1:00. Free parking and admission. Struzan’s art will be on display till May 26th as part of the Drew & Bob – The Masters of Movie Art exhibition.

Please RSVP for this event as seating is limited.  RSVP via email to:  museum@forestlawn.com or via phone at 323-340-4792

Forest Lawn Museum
1712 S Glendale Ave Glendale, CA 91205
(323) 254-3131

ON – FCBD: X-Men Legend Signs

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Legendary writer Chris Claremont appears at Dr. Comics for a signing on Free Comic Book Day – Saturday May 3, 2014 from noon till 6:00 pm!

This is great timing as the new X-Men movie Days of Future Past comes out in Theatres May 23. This movie is based on Chris Claremont stories. Also Nightcrawler #1 that comes out in April 2014 is written by Chris Claremont.

We will have special VIP Packages to meet/greet Chris Claremont, to get your VIP Tickets this link…

Also come meet the X-Men of Toronto at Dr.Comics on Free Comic Book Day May 3, 2014 at the store from 12-6pm. Bring the kids and get your picture taking with your favourite Mutant!

RSVP on Facebook!

Dr. Comics
44 Kensington Ave, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5T2J9

Mayim Bialik Appears as Keynote Speaker at Evolution Expo 2014

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Evolution Expo 2014 is proud to welcome Mayim Bialik as our Sunday Keynote Speaker. Other guests include stars of science (Dr. Pascal Lee, Dr. Chris McKay, Joe Edwards, Wendy Lawrence, John Jaquish) and screen (Jason Momoa, John Rhys-davies, Amanda Tapping, Katee Sackhoff, Tim Russ, Kevin Sorbo). Evolution Expo happens on June 27-29th, 2014, at the Oakland Marriott City Center! For full details go to the website: www.evolutionexpo.net

About MAYIM BIALIK:

Mayim Hoya Bialik is currently seen starring on the CBS Chuck Lorre hit comedy ‘The Big Bang Theory’, where she plays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler (a role for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2012 and 2013 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Category). The show has received multiple awards show nominations and critical acclaim over the past six seasons, including nominations for; Emmy’s, SAG Awards, and the Golden Globe’s. The show won the 2013 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Network TV Comedy. Bialik was born in San Diego, California, to first generation Jewish American parents, documentary film makers and teachers. She played the young Bette Midler in ‘Beaches’, played the quirky Blossom Russo for 5 years on the NBC television sitcom ‘Blossom’, and also had guest roles on some of television’s most beloved shows of the 1980s and 1990s, such as ‘MacGuyver’, ‘Webster’, ‘Facts of Life’, and ‘Murphy Brown’. She also appeared in Woody Allen’s ‘Don’t Drink the Water’ in 1994, HBO’s ‘Fat Actress’, and the HBO comedy series ‘Curb your Enthusiasm’. Recent appearances include recurring roles on ‘Secret Life of the American Teenager’ and Fox’s ‘’Til Death’. She has also been a guest on some of televisions biggest talk shows such as: ‘The View’, ‘The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson’, ‘Tonight Show’, ‘Conan’, ‘The Talk’, ‘The Queen Latifah Show’, among many others.

After ‘Blossom’, Bialik earned a BS from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and went on to the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience, also at UCLA. She completed her doctorate in the Fall of 2007, which examined Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. She is currently the spokesperson for Texas Instruments, inspiring young women to engage in careers that involve STEM. In March 2012 Mayim released her first book on attachment parenting through Simon & Schuster titled ‘Beyond the Sling’. The book guides parents through the world of attachment parenting and includes quotes of support from Ricki Lake and Dr. William Sears who himself coined the term ‘attachment parenting.’ She will release her second book titled ‘Mayim’s Vegan Table’, a Vegan family cookbook, February 2014 by Da Capo Press. Bialik is a board member of a variety of Jewish philanthropic organizations and contributes to a variety of charitable organizations such as the Gift of Life Foundation, PETA, and many others. She writes weekly for the Jewish parenting site Kveller.com about her life as an observant Jewish actress and mother, studies weekly independently and through Partners in Torah, and speaks for a variety of organizations around the United States.

 

Walker Stalker Con Brings Major Celebrities to Boston in June 2014

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Press Release:

WALKER STALKER CON BRINGS MAJOR CELEBRITIES FROM ZOMBIE, HORROR AND SCI‐FI FILMS AND TV SHOWS TO BOSTON THIS JUNE!

BOSTON, MA – Walker Stalker Con, a zombie and horror themed fan‐centric convention, will be held at The Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA on June 13, 14 & 15, 2014. Fan access to celebrity guests will be the primary focus of this event.

In Atlanta, GA on November 1‐3, 2013, Walker Stalker Con made its debut where it assembled more “The Walking Dead” cast members than any other convention ever before, along with other actors from zombie and horror films. The inaugural event had over 10,500 attendees. In Chicago, IL on March 14‐16, 2014, Walker Stalker Con made its second appearance as a convention and the first Walker Stalker Con of 2014. Now, Walker Stalker Con has set its sights on Boston!

With cast members from “The Walking Dead” returning to the upcoming Boston convention, along with stars from other zombie and horror films, Walker Stalker Con continues to position itself to be particularly unique.

Walker Stalker Con is the fruit of The Walker Stalkers Podcast with James & Eric (www.thewalkerstalkers.com). The podcast began with an amazing trip to Senoia, GA where James & Eric were able to view the set of The Walking Dead and meet the incredible actors from the show. As a result of this experience, a podcast began and then the idea of a convention focused around recreating that same experience with the cast and crew of the show, along with talented actors and artists from other zombie shows, movies and art.

In April 2013, James and Eric decided a podcast wasn’t enough, so they launched a Zombie, Horror and Sci‐Fi themed fan‐centric convention called Walker Stalker Con (www.WalkerStalkerCon.com). “We hope to continue this same kind of access and involvement as we did with our successful convention in Atlanta,” say James Frazier and Eric Nordhoff, hosts of the podcast. “We want fans of TV shows, films and comics in this genre to have a chance to have real interaction with their favorite celebrities – not just a 10 second hand shake and photo opp.”

Walker Stalker Con is not just a convention. It is a fan meet‐up and an opportunity for each guest to come away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers! Walker Stalker Con is three days of events, panels, and experiences that zombie fans won’t find anywhere else!

Confirmed guests for the convention include (with more to be announced):

Norman Reedus (Daryl, The Walking Dead, Murphy, The Boondock Saints)

Sean Patrick Flanery (Connor, The Boondock Saints)

David Della Rocco (Rocco, The Boondock Saints)

Steven Yeun (Glenn, The Walking Dead)

Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Bob, The Walking Dead)

Clifton Collins, Jr. (Romeo, The Boondock Saints II)

Alanna Masterson (Tara, The Walking Dead)

Nick Gomez (Tomas, The Walking Dead)

Emma Bell (Amy, The Walking Dead)

Madison Lintz (Sophia, The Walking Dead)

Vincent Ward (Oscar, The Walking Dead)

Travis Love (Shumpert, The Walking Dead)

Addy Miller (Zombie girl, The Walking Dead)

Meyrick Murphy (Meghan, The Walking Dead)

Judith O’Dea (Barbra, Night of the Living Dead)

Russ Streiner (Johnny, Night of the Living Dead)

The full list of guests can be found at http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/boston/guests/
and will be updated daily as guests are announced.

Walker Stalker Con kicks off on Friday, June 13th at noon. The exhibit floor will be open all three days featuring games, toys, comic and other memorabilia for true fans of zombie and horror.

This year, Walker Stalker Con will feature The Boondock Saints 15th Anniversary with a Q&A Panel from the cast and a viewing of the film.

The full event schedule can be found at http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/boston/schedule/.

Tickets for the event start as low as $35 for general admission and can be purchased at http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/boston/tickets/.
For more information, guest announcements and regular updates about Walker Stalker
Con please visit the website http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/boston/.

Follow on Twitter @WalkrStalkrCon, @WSCon_Boston, @Walker_Stalkers
On Facebook at Walker Stalker Convention

NH – FCBD: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reunion

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Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, co-creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, appear together for the first time in 20 years at the Knights of Columbus in Rochester, NH on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day! Joining them is Steve Lavigne and more artists from Mirage Studios! Special Local Guests include The Fatsquad, our lovely and talented Rich Woodall, The Barrington Middle School Comic Book Club, Severed Head Comics Group and more. Full details at the link…

Hosted by Jetpack Comics.

Knights of Columbus
40 Columbus Ave, Rochester, NH 03867
(603) 335-6636

CA – Talkin’ Toons LIVE

talkin_toons1Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes April Winchell (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Regretsy) and Pamela Adlon (King of the Hill, The Pirate Fairy) to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday April 22, 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

OH – FCBD: Abe Sapien Signs

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Doug Jones, Mike Pollock, and many more appear at Packrat Comics on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

Special Guests!

Doug Jones – Fans will long remember Doug for his work as THE SILVER SURFER in FANTASTIC FOUR RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. He’s also the life and soul of ABE SAPIEN in HELLBOY and HELLBOY II THE GOLDEN ARMY (based on the popular Dark Horse comic book, returning to his role of ABE SAPIEN as well a taking on 2 other roles, that of THE CHAMBERLAIN and THE ANGEL OF DEATH for director Guillermo del Toro.)! In the film he wants to be remembered for Doug portrays 2 characters in the Oscar winning film Pan’s Labyrinth (in the native tongue of Spanish “El Laberinto del Fauno”). He plays BOTH Pan (the faun creature) and The Pale Man. Little trivia fact: He learned ALL his lines for the film in Spanish while comparing it to a special script prepared for him in English! Aside from these very POPULAR films you can also find Doug’s work as the voice of Abe Sapien in the HELLBOY cartoon series, as Bette Midler’s boyfriend BILLY in HOCUS POCUS, he was side by side with Danny De Vito in BATMAN RETURNS, PLUS he was one of the “Gentlemen” in the fan favorite TV series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER! Plus if you just can’t get enough of Doug do check out his starring role on NBC’s “FEAR ITSELF” and look for him in a new film NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD called “MY NAME IS JERRY”!

Mike Pollock – Mike Pollock is a voice actor, famous for playing characters in anime dubs by 4Kids Entertainment. He has appeared as the narrator for 4Kids shows like Pokémon and some promos on the original Fox Box and 4Kids TV. He is also well-known as the current voice actor for Dr. Eggman and Professor Gerald Robotnik in Sonic X and in all Sonic games from Shadow the Hedgehog.

Artist Alley!
Matthew Swift 
Dirk Manning
Heather Breckel
JD Larabee
Matthew Swift
Jamie Snell
Scott Simmons
Bryan Borgman
Mark Lemieux
Sean Forney
Molly Durst
Josh Peters
Michael Anthony Carroll
Joel Jackson
Tom Williams
Travis Perkins
CCAD Explorer Post Program

Extras!

In addition to the free comics and dozens of guests, we’ve got plenty of other activities planned! Sketch cover silent auction, game demos, costume contest, games & prizes for kids, charity comic book poker game and more!

TEA TIME WITH DEADPOOL is back for their second Free Comic Book Day! This is not recommended for children under 18.

RSVP on Facebook!

Packrat Comics
3872 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, OH 43026
(614) 527-8450

NC – The Lords of Salem Signing

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Rob Zombie appears at Barnes & Noble to sign The Lords of Salem on Saturday May 3, 2014 at noon!

Author Event
We are very excited to host Rob Zombie who will be signing his book, The Lords of Salem. You must have a copy of The Lords of Salem from Barnes & Noble and a ticket to get in line. Tickets are first come, first served and will be handed out beginning at 9:00 am. Please call our store at 704.341.9365 for more information about this event.

Barnes & Noble – The Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
704-341-9365

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