NYC – An Evening of Unfortunate Events

0000_asueNeil Patrick Harris, Alfre Woodard, Patrick Warburton, and creator Daniel Handler appear at the 92nd Street Y on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM for an advance screening of the new Netflix show A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Based on the internationally bestselling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus and Sunny — whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.

The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and premieres ‪January 13, 2017 only on Netflix.

There will be a special screening before the discussion.

Get tickets at the link!

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

SF – An Evening with David Mandel

0000_davidmandelDavid Mandel appears at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

David Mandel takes us inside Veep, the hottest comedy on television, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for which he is the showrunner and executive producer. In accepting the Emmy for Best Comedy Series of 2016, Mandel quipped, “This is for chubby Jews from the Upper West Side. Whoever you are, thank you.” He also shares stories about Curb Your Enthusiasm, for which he is executive producer and a writer, and discusses his beloved collection of original comic book art and Star Wars memorabilia. Mandel has written for Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld (including “The Bizarro Jerry” episode, aka “Man-Hands”) and an episode of The Simpsons. He co-wrote such films as Eurotrip and The Dictator and, if you press him on it, The Cat in the Hat.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 292-1233

WA – An Evening with Neil Gaiman

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Author Neil Gaiman, whose popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time, appears at Benaroya Hall on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM!

In this live event he will tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight.” It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman. Tickets available at the link…

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Benaroya Hall
200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 215-4747

CA – New Year’s Babble Eve 2016

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Join Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman (the co-hosts of the wildly-popular podcast, HOLLYWOOD BABBLE-ON) on New Year’s Eve for Babble-On Comic Con Theatre at 8:00 PM and a live recording of the podcast at 10:00 PM!

Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature. It’s like that “scorpion and frog” story. But, deep down, they’re just two nice East Coast boys… who happen to have a heavy dependence on drugs and alcohol, respectively.

Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-2583

MA – An Evening with George Takei

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Press Release:

George Takei will take the Boch Center Wang Theatre stage on Friday, February 3, 2017 to share fascinating and humorous behind-the-scenes stories from portraying the original “Mr. Sulu” in the Star Trek television series and movies. The evening will also include a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and an audience-led Q&A. Tickets available at the link…

With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But George Takei’s story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII, to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality, George Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture. Currently, Takei hosts the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei’s Take, and is the subject of To Be Takei (2014), a documentary on his life and career. On his own YouTube channel, Takei and his husband Brad bring viewers into their personal life in the “heightened reality”-webseries, It Takeis Two.

Wang Theatre
270 Tremont St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 482-9393

CA – No Man’s Land Signing

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Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks, Shameless) signs her new children’s book No Man’s Land at Dark Delicacies on Saturday January 14th at 2:00 PM. She will sign one additional item free with purchase of the book.  Miss Fenn will be autographing additional photos from her personal collections for $35.

A YOUNG BOY’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE LAND OF “NOs” ——- “NO!” was the answer given to everything and everyone the little boy encountered. Not even his loving mother would be able to sway him into a cooperative “YES.” As time went on, the frustration of losing friends and becoming more isolated in his own “No Man’s Land” caused the little boy to grow lonelier and sadder each day. In a story that may not be too uncommon, Sherilyn Fenn sensitively helps explore a seemingly troubled boy’s life and how, in his great despair, he copes with being alone. She seeks to reveal how the smallest of adjustments in perception change and uplift one’s life. The lesson of No Man’s Land will ring true in the hearts of parents and children alike. So simple a lesson, yet so vast.

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 556-6660

CA – A Greyhound, A Groundhog Signing

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Artist Chris Appelhans signs his latest children’s book A Greyhound, A Groundhog at Copperfield’s Books on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM!

Copperfield’s Books
140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 762-0563

NY – American Gods Presentation

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Professor in the Arts Neil Gaiman discusses moving from page to screen for the forthcoming TV adaptation of his bestselling novel American Gods at Bard College on Saturday, April 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Get tickets at the link… **SOLD OUT**

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Sosnoff Theater – Fisher Center
60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
845-758-7900

Harley Quinn Co-Writers Announced as Guests for Planet Comicon 2017

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Harley Quinn co-writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (who is also the cover artist) are the first guests announced for Planet Comicon on April 28-30, 2017! Tickets are available for sale now at the link…

JIMMY PALMIOTTI:

Jimmy Palmiotti has a wide range of experience and background in advertising, production, editorial, film writing and production, media presentation and video game development. His clients include Nike, Disney, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Fox, and New Line, 2KGames and THQ games.

000_jimmy_palmiotti_planet-comiconJimmy Palmiotti is co-founder of such companies as Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights and the current Paperfilms, where he is partners with Amanda Conner, Justin Gray, Frank Tieri and Paul Mounts.

Has created and co-created numerous series and characters including: The New West, The Monolith, 21 Down, The Resistance, The Pro, Gatecrasher, Beautiful Killer, Ash, Cloudburst, Trigger Girl 6, Thrill Seeker, Queen Crab, Weapon of God, Sex and Violence, Denver, Creator Owned Heroes and Painkiller Jane, which was turned into a SyFy original TV series starring Kristanna Loken and recently optioned for the movie screen.

With PaperFilms co-founder Amanda Conner, they are currently working on the highly received Harley Quinn and Starfire series for DC Comics. Garnering national attention and sales results, the team continues to receive accolades for their work on these titles.

He has co-written, with Justin Gray, the DC comic book series Jonah Hex, All-Star Western, GI Combat, Star Spangled War Stories, Power Girl and the digital release Ame-Comi Girls, available digitally at Comixology.com. The pair have worked on the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us for NeatherRealm Studios and DCU vs. Mortal Kombat. At Marvel, Jimmy teamed with Joe Quesada to create the Marvel Knights imprint and usher in a radical change at Marvel Comics still felt to this day. He and Justin Gray were tapped to adapt the award winning novel Wool for an Amazon exclusive digital graphic novel series.

Currently in film development are a number of projects created by Jimmy, which include Just A Pilgrim, The New West, Random Acts of Violence, Monolith and Tempest; as well as well as Painkiller Jane being adapted for film.

AMANDA CONNER:

000_amanda_conner_planet-comiconAmanda Conner started out in comics working on small projects for Marvel and Archie. She had been working as an illustrator for New York ad agencies Kornhauser and Calene and Kidvertisers. She worked on a number of launches and campaigns such as Arm & Hammer, PlaySchool and Nickelodeon, to name a few.

However, loving comic books and cartooning the most, Amanda found herself working for Marvel on their Barbie line (many of Amanda’s covers were made into designs for the line of Barbie toys), Disney line which included the Gargoyles books. At the same time she was illustrating Soul Searchers & Co. for Claypool Comics and worked on other Marvel projects, such as Excalibur for the X-Men line and Suburban Jersey Ninja She-Devils.

During an assignment for Crusade (Tomoe) she and Jimmy Palmiotti became a real team as penciller/inker.

Amanda then moved on to do what is probably one of her best known works. She did several years as penciller on the hit series Vampirella for Harris Comics drafting 24 issues. While illustrating Vampirella, Amanda worked with the top writers in the field including Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Warren Ellis.

Continuing to expand her horizons, Amanda illustrated the best-selling crossover Painkiller Jane vs. the Darkness, and went on to work on Painkiller Jane #0 (the origin book). She also wrote and illustrated a story for Kid Death and Fluffy.

Since then, Amanda has moved on and has worked on many of the top titles in comics such as Lois Lane, Codename: Knockout, and Birds of Prey for D.C. Comics Vertigo line, X-Men Unlimited for Marvel, co-created Gatecrasher for Blackbull Comics, and The Pro, an Eisner nominated creator owned book for Image Comics with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis.

Amanda, together with artist/inker/writer Jimmy Palmiotti and writer Justin Gray work together via Paperfilms; a multimedia entertainment studio, engaged in screenwriting, art production and multimedia development.

She continuously produces cover work for Marvel Comics, DC Comics and an assortment of independent titles.

Amanda’s work can also be seen outside the comic book community in such places as ABC’S Nightline, the New York Times, Mad Magazine, the syfy series Stan Lee’s So You Want to be a Superhero. For the upcoming Disney Underdog movie doing character designs for film and television. Amanda did character designs for the Los Angeles Avengers stadium football team and is featured in a Biography magazine commercial on A&E. Amanda does spot illustrations in Revolver magazine each month and has had a huge success with the JSA Power Girl miniseries in previous years. Each issue went into 3rd printings.

For more information about the 2017 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

Ground Zero Animation Expo: Feb. 18-19th

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Ground Zero Animation Expo returns for two full days on February 18th & 19th in Anaheim, CA.  Tickets available at the link…

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Press Release:

Attend this one of a kind animation event. We have professionals to share tips & tricks on breaking into the industry, notes on portfolio composition, 2D animation discussions, and more! Our panelists range from artists in major studios, freelance, stop motion, gaming studios and more.

Looking to get your foot in the door, make your own animation, freelance with character design, dive into storyboarding, layout, production, etc? Interested in meeting professionals to ask your questions and purchase amazing art from them? Then this is the event for you!

The Animation Alley room will be filled with the panelists selling their own work, sharing about future projects and meeting with you one on one. Outdoors you will find the Up & Coming Animation Alley area to see new talent & those about to be discovered!

Panels are exclusive to those who purchase the specialty tickets. Limited space for panels, so make sure you get your tickets and in line for each panel early. Make sure you keep an eye on our website to get updates and find out what panels/workshops you want to attend.

Since we have extended our event to two days, we will be offering a few workshops as well. These tickets will go on sale a bit later in this year and will be an additional ticket you must purchase. We will be posting updates once we know our workshops. You can find updates on our social media and website: @fanalley on Instagram and Facebook.

Select the ticket to have your portfolio reviewed. Only 10 portfolio reviews on each day. Meet 1 on 1 with a professional who will look through your work to give you advice and answer questions you may have.

This event caters to ages 16 and up, but is open to all ages.

INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS & PANELISTS

STEPHEN SILVER
I was born in London, England on August 30, 1972. Aspiring to be a professional artist my whole life and knowing drawing would be my vocation, I got my professional start in 1992 drawing caricatures at SeaWorld in San Diego.

I have designed characters for Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, designing the style of the shows such as “Kim Possible”, “Danny Phantom” Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” the animated series, and many more.

I am the author and artist of 7 self-published books on the art of sketching, character design, caricature and life drawing. In addition to working freelance, and doing lectures, I am the owner of Silver Drawing Academy, an art school, located in Los Angeles, CA. I also teach two character design courses online @ schoolism.com.

CHRIS AYERS
Chris Ayers has been working in the entertainment field as a character designer and concept artist for the past sixteen years. In addition to his freelance work, he is also the author and illustrator of The Daily Zoo, a series of books containing his animal-of-the-day sketches that were done in response to his battle with cancer.

MIKE KUNKEL
Since he was a kid, Mike Kunkel dreamed of being a cartoonist. And he’s followed that dream for nearly 25 years as a Director, Story Artist, Character Designer, Animator, Writer and Illustrator for such studios as Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Sony Entertainment, Universal Pictures, DC Comics, Marvel Comics and Walt Disney Studios.

Mike’s published work has been nominated three times for the prestigious Eisner Awards and four Ignatz awards, and he is the creator of the two-time Eisner Award-winning comic book series “Herobear and the Kid.” His designs in television have also won the Annie Award for Best Character Design in an Animated Television Production.

PETER PAUL
I’ve worked primarily in animation for 20 years at Walt Disney, DreamWorks, Universal, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. I’ve worked in many feature films and television series. I am also teaching Storyboarding at the Society of Illustrators L.A.

KRIS WIMBERLY
Industry professional, Kris Wimberly, reaches out to his animation network to discuss the ins and outs, tips and tricks, broad strokes and nuances of network (TV) animation. For anyone feeling there is a missing ingredient to their art education, The Animation Network is where they come to find it. By obtaining real-world, industry experience, subscribers to The Animation Network get a sense of working knowledge of a multitude of careers in animation simply by listening to the free podcast and signing up for the free newsletter.

SEAN GANTKA
Sean Gantka has worked at Nickelodeon for the past 7 years. He began as an intern in Development and has since worked on “The Legend of Korra” as a Production Assistant, Production Coordinator, Script Coordinator, and finally as the Production Manager. Sean currently works as the Production Manager on “The Loud House.”

He’s also passionate about creating and having co-created a series with Kris Wimberly that they are currently developing at Nickelodeon. Sean is a nerd for medieval literature and all things King Arthur.

LAUREN PATTERSON
Lauren Patterson is currently a background painter at Nickelodeon Animation Studio on the show “The Loud House.” She also freelances as an illustrator for children’s books, and likes tabling at various animation and comic conventions with merchandise she designs such as pins, stickers, and cards. In her free time she likes to scroll through cute dog accounts on instagram for hours on end.

JORDAN KOCH
Jordan Koch is a storyboard artist on “The Loud House” at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. He has also worked extensively as a freelance artist for clients in and around the Los Angeles area, including Animation Magazine.

MORGHAN GILL
Character designer working in the Animation and video game industry.

CHELSEA KENNA
Chelsea Kenna graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2008 with a BFA in Illustration. She spent several years working in social and mobile gaming as a Lead Artist and concept artist, and currently works as a freelance illustrator doing illustration for picture books, greeting cards, apparel, comics, and a variety of other projects. Clients and licensed properties include Disney, Tiltworks, Topps, The Hamilton Collection, Precious Moments, and Stan Lee’s Kids Universe.

STEPH LABERIS
Though my background is in illustration and games, I have been doing character design for TV and feature animation over the course of the last 10 years. I have worked on Word Girl, Paw Patrol, Puppy Dog Tails, several TV pilots and the feature film Blazing Samurai. Currently I split my time between animation development and children’s book illustration; there is a surprising amount of overlap between the two! I have illustrated five Little Golden Books in the last year, (three of which are in the Grumpy Cat series) and am illustrating eight additional picture books over the course of the next year.

MEGAN PHONESAVANH
Megan Phonesavanh is a Character Designer at OddBot Inc. where she’s worked on a wide range of projects, including Disney’s Star Darlings and upcoming content for Disney Jr and Nick Jr. In addition to characters, she has designed props and fx, color scripted, and developed an animated series pitch. Prior to working at OddBot, Megan worked in mobile gaming, and got her first break in animation drawing bizarre special poses for FoxADHD shows Stone Quakers and Lucas Bros. Moving Co.
In her own time, Megan loves nothing more than to sketch and paint, take classes to improve her work, and dedicate time to crafting personal projects. She is developing an adventure webcomic called Isara, and advocates for more female voices in the animation industry.

CHUCK GRIEB
Chuck Grieb is a highly experienced, award winning animation artist and filmmaker having worked for Disney TV Animation, Nickelodeon, and various others and drawn noted characters such as Disney’s Genie, Timon and Pumbaa, Buzz Lightyear, Hercules, Winnie the Pooh, Stitch, Big Idea’s LarryBoy, Nickelodeon’s XJ9, and many more. Chuck has worked professionally as a storyboard artist and animator and is experienced working with traditional media, 2D Digital media, and 3D Digital media; he has also worked as a development artist, director, character designer, and has partnered in running a small studio. Chuck’s animated short films have screened in over 90 film festivals all around the world, including the Columbus Intern. Film + Video Festival, The Newport Intern. Film Festival, The San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, The Filmstock Intern. Film Festival, Temecula Valley Intern. Film Festival, Chicago Intern. Children’s Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Rhode Island Intern. Film Festival, and many others. Illustrations Chuck created have been featured in international publications such as, Spectrum, Infected by Art, Exposé and The Painter Book. Chuck’s ongoing projects continue his exploration of various digital and traditional toolsets in the creation of animated and illustrated art. Chuck is currently the Coordinator of the Animation Concentration and professor of Entertainment Art/Animation at Cal State Fullerton.

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