CA – Hellboy Artist Edition Signing

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Mike Mignola appears at The Comic Bug on Saturday, July 5th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm!

Press Release:

Come meet HELLBOY creator MIKE MIGNOLA and celebrate the release of IDW’S HELLBOY ARTIST’S EDITION! This is going to be a party to rival ragnarok!

Here’s a few things you can expect!

-check out a curated gallery of HELLBOY pages and artwork during the event.

-the first 25 people to PRE-ORDER the HELLBOY ARTIST’S EDITION will receive a special gift courtesy of the Mignola family and Skeleton Crew Studio-a BPRD collectible ARTIFACT! Check them out here…

-purchase the HELLBOY ARTIST’S EDITION and enter into a raffle so amazingly awesome, we can’t put it into words yet! Plus, you can get this gorgoeus tome signed!

Here’s a little more about the HELLBOY ARTIST’S EDITION from the fine folks at IDW!

“Mike Mignola is one of the preeminent comics creators of the past 25 years. His career was already firmly established for his outstanding work on characters like Batman, Wolverine, a myriad of beautiful covers and more… And then came Hellboy. Mike’s iconic creation struck a meteoric chord with fans from the very start and has not abated in the 20 years since his debut.

This Artist’s Edition features the first five issues of Hellboy in Hell as well as a wealth of historic supplementary material: the first three Hellboy stories-the two initial four-pagers, produced for promotional purposes, and the 10-page story from John Byrne’s Nextmen #21- plus The Corpse, and two other tales selected by Mignola for inclusion.

Each page of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Artist’s edition is shot from the original art and showcases Mignola’s gorgeous work as closely as possible to the physical page-this is a book for fans of great storytelling and students of the craft.”

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The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704

CA – Voyage Exhibit

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Artist Alina Chau brings her lyrical watercolours to TR!CKSTER for a solo show opening on Saturday, June 21st from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. All new pieces in a style that shows more realism and still maintains Alina’s signature whimsy.

RSVP on Facebook!

Tr!ckster
2631 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 665-8900

Boston Comic Con 2014 Celebrity Photo Op Tickets Now On Sale

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Press Release:

Boston Comic Con is happy to announce that Celebrity Photo Op Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 convention!

 Get your photo professionally taken with:

1. Jason Momoa of Game of Thrones

2. John Barrowman of Arrow and Torchwood

3. Sean Astin of The Lord of The Rings

4. James Marsters of Buffy The Vampire Slayer

5. Jewel Staite of Firefly

6. Sam Witwer of Being Human

7. Eve Myles of Torchwood

8. Katie Cassidy of Arrow

All professional photo ops cost $60.  It includes one 8 x 10 color photo of the fan and the celebrity. Advanced tickets for celebrity photo ops can be only purchased on line by clicking here. Celebrity photo ops are scheduled at specific times on specific days. The schedule is subject to change. Celebrity photo op tickets do not include admission to the Boston Comic Con or a celebrity autograph. Celebrity autographs are on a first come first serve basis and can only be purchased at the celebrity’s table on site at the show by waiting in line.  All celebrity autographs cost $40.  The number of professional celebrity photo op tickets is limited. A maximum of two (2) adults and four (4) children under 12 may appear in the same photo. Below is the celebrity photo op schedule.

Friday August 8th:
3PM –  Eve Myles/ James Marsters
4PM –  Sean Astin/ Jewel Staite
5PM –  John Barrowman/ Sam Witwer
6PM –   Katie Cassidy/ Jason Momoa
Saturday August 9th & Sunday August 10th:
12PM –  Eve Myles/ James Marsters
1PM –  Sean Astin/ Jewel Staite
2PM –  John Barrowman/ Sam Witwer
3PM –   Katie Cassidy/ Jason Momoa

To purchase admission tickets  to The Boston Comic Con and celebrity photo op tickets click on this link:  Boston Comic Con Tickets

About Boston Comic Con:
Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th, and Sunday August 10th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210.
For more information please go to our website: Boston Comic Con

Follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

TX – Red Power Ranger Signs

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Austin St. John,  “Jason” the ORIGINAL Red Power Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Dragon’s Lair on Friday June 20th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm! Autographs $30, Photo Ops $20! He appears courtesy of Alamo City Comic Con and Dallas Comic and Pop Expo!

Dragon’s Lair Austin
2438 West Anderson Lane, Suite B-1, Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-2399

TX – Deadpool Signing

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Writer Brian Posehn and artist Carlo Barberi appear at Heroes & Fantasies on Saturday June 21, 2014! Posehn will also perform at the LOL Comedy Club on June 19-21!

Heroes and Fantasies
4923 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 340-0074

NYC – Icons of Animation Exhibit

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Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators celebrates the work of four iconic illustrators- Peter de Sève, William Joyce, Carlos Nine, and Bill Plympton – with an exhibit featuring the original illustrations from numerous movies and shorts.

film screening and panel will take place on Thursday, June 5th at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse Guild, and an Opening Reception will take place on Friday, June 6th at. 6:30 pm

 

About the Artists

Peter de Sève:
Peter de Sève’s illustration and character designs are known throughout the world. His work spans three decades and various media, including magazines, books, print and televised advertising, animated feature films and magazines. Best recognized for his many New Yorker covers and his character designs for the three blockbuster Ice Age movies (“Scrat” is now an international icon), de Sève has also contributed to such films as Mulan, A Bug’s Life, Tarzan, and Finding Nemo.

His many distinctions include the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award for a Nike television commercial, a Spectrum Annual of Fantastic Art gold medal, a Soleil d’Or award from the Festival BD Sollies-Ville in France, and a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for outstanding animated character design for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Peter was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Design for his work on Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby’s Flying Fairy School. He has received three Annie Award nominations for Character Design in a Feature Production, the most recent for his work on Arthur Christmas.

Peter lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Randall (with whom he recently collaborated on his first children’s book, The Duchess of Whimsy) and their two daughters, Paulina and Fia.

William Joyce:
William Joyce has achieved world-wide recognition as an author, illustrator and pioneer in the digital and animation industry.

In February 2012, he won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an animated short film about the curative powers of story. In the past two years, he has also written seven hard copy Simon & Schuster children’s books including The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, The Guardians of Childhood book series: The Man in the Moon, The Sandman: Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core! And Toothania: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies.

Named by Newsweek magazine as “One of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium”, William has been heavily involved in the world of digital animation from its full-scale inception at Pixar Animation. His projects have been produced by nearly every major film studio including Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation. His feature films include Rise of the Guardians, Robots and Meet the Robinsons and his television series George Shrinks and Rolie Polie Olie for which he won three Emmy Awards.

Additionally, he is the writer, producer, and production designer on the Blue Sky Studios feature film, Epic, inspired by his book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.

Carlos Nine:
Carlos Nine is a renowned illustrator, comics author, painter, sculptor, animation film writer, and author of several books. His works have been published in Argentina, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, U.S.A., Brazil, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

He was awarded awarded on several occasions the Silver Clio in Illustration (Clio Awards, New York, 1993), the Caran D’Ache award for best illustrator (Rome, Italy, 1995), the Prix de l’Ecole Supérieure de l’image (France, 2001) and the First Prize at the Angoulême Festival (France, 2001). He has published books and held exhibitions in numerous countries. He has been invited to give seminars, workshops, and courses in his country and in France.

He has also worked for several magazines and journals, including Le Monde (Paris), The New Yorker (USA), Noticas, Humor, and the newspapers La Nación and Clarín.

Bill Plympton
Mr. Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Bill moved to New York City in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.

In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d’Or; and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films in Cannes Critics’ Week.

After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991, he’s made 10 feature films. 7 of them, The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, and Cheatin’, are all animated features.

Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects. In 2006, he received the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award from The Annie Awards.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

CA – I Like You Just The Way I Am Signing

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Writer/actress Jenny Mollen appears at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign I Like You Just the Way I Am, her outrageous, hysterical memoir of acting on impulse, plotting elaborate hoaxes and refusing to acknowledge boundaries in any form.

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

SF – Cartoonist-in-Residence June 2014

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Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum hosts artist Matt Haley on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm as part of its on going Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Visitors will be given the chance to talk to Matt, view and discuss his work. This event is free and open to the public.

Matt Haley has been illustrating hit graphic novels for Marvel and DC Comics for over two decades on characters ranging from The Incredible Hulk to Batgirl and has moved on to work with some of entertainment’s greatest luminaries such as Avengers director Joss Whedon on the feature documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fans Hope with Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), television series like Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee’s Who Wants to be a Superhero? for NBC/Universal as well as Human Target for Fox Television and Sanctuary for the SyFy Channel. He has directed animation for American Express, Spike TV and the USA Network and created artwork and designs for best-selling video game franchises like the Tom Clancy series of Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell games as well as the Spider-Man franchise for Nintendo. Most recently, Mr. Haley created and directed the television series Blackstar Warrior.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

SF – Heroes & Comics Night

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Stan Lee, Michael Rooker, Humberto Ramos, and Sergio Romo appear at AT&T Park on Saturday June 7th!

Press Release:

The Giants invite you and your family and friends to Heroes and Comics Night! AT&T Park will feel like you’re in your favorite comic book, as various in-game entertainment components taking place throughout the game will be centered around your favorite comic book heroes! Your Special event ticket package includes a ticket to the Saturday game versus the Mets, as well as a collector’s-edition “Courageous Catcherman” bobblehead, specially marked and “Hero Approved Certified” by the genius behind the Marvel empire, Stan Lee! Make sure to arrive early as Stan Lee, the genius behind the Marvel empire, will be on-hand and throwing the Ceremonial First Pitch, as well as participating in various other pre-game components! Whether you are an avid comic book collector or just have an appreciation for the creative arts, we hope that you join us for this sure-to-sell-out event! All fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite comic book characters, and please stay tuned to this website, as more details will be released closer to the date! A portion of proceeds from every Heroes and Comics Day Special Event ticket will benefit local non-profits in the community.

HEROES AND COMICS DAY ITEM REDEMPTION LOCATION: VIEW RESERVE 317 OR 334 UNTIL END OF 5TH INNING

Authentic Stan Lee Hero Approved sticker on every bobblehead!

Saturday, 6/7 vs. NYM 7:05 p.m.
Buy VIP Full Package (Includes 6/7 Game Ticket)

Special Q&A Panel includes:

Stan Lee
Sergio Romo
Michael Rooker of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Walking Dead”
Humberto Ramos, artist of Amazing Spider-Man

The Giants are proud to welcome back Stan Lee, the genius behind the Marvel empire, for a special pre-game VIP experience in the Triples Alley Premium Space at AT&T Park! Lee will be on-hand at this exclusive VIP pre-game party and sharing his knowledge and stories from his renowned career in the comic industry! Each VIP-ticket holder will receive admission to the Triples Alley Premium Location 4:35-6:35pm, complimentary food and beverage (including beer and wine), a collector’s-edition “Courageous Catcherman” bobblehead, specially marked and “Hero Approved Certified” by the genius behind the Marvel empire, Stan Lee, a limited-edition Stan Lee vinyl figurine, only available to ticketholders of this VIP offer, and a custom print from Amazing-Spiderman artist, Humberto Ramos! There will be a special Q&A panel, featuring (all scheduled to appear): Stan Lee, Giants pitcher Sergio Romo, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Walking Dead” star Michael Rooker, and Amazing Spider-Man artist, Humberto Ramos. Unlike any other ballpark setting, this on-field space is the perfect place to enjoy all of the pre-game excitement at the ballpark. Triples Alley, the Giants newest premium location, has it all, including on-field access from which to watch batting practice, early access to the ballpark, and at the conclusion of the pre-game event, a walk along the warning track on the field to get to your seats for the game.

AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107

Minneapolis Wizard World Con Report!

My feet were hurting. Throbbing, in fact. With blisters on each ball and heel, even short walks delivered a four square of pain. Ever had a pebble trapped in your shoe? How about a shuriken? Watching me walk, people must have thought, “The poor man. Must have forgotten his crutches. How can he get around on two broken legs?”

I was in this predicament thanks to walking twenty-seven miles in one weekend, mostly around the latest Wizard World Comic Con, which was held May 2-4 in Minneapolis. It was that city’s first-ever Wizard World con, and everything from guests to vendors to venue—the 87-room, 475,000-square-foot downtown convention center—was spectacular.

Headlining the event were Matt Smith and Karen Gillan from Doctor Who. Gillan, a former model, played traveling companion to Smith’s Doctor in series 5-7. I saw her on Saturday, smiling and chatting, her hair in a bun, amid a sea of fans. Smith showed up the next day, and the two had a joint photo op—the third time in North America that this had happened (the first two were the Louisville Comic Con and the St. Louis Comic Con). Other stars were William Shatner, Robert Englund, Ernie Hudson, Ralph Macchio, Neal Adams, Mike Grell, and Lou Ferrigno (my interview with Ferrigno will appear on ConventionScene in a few days). Other events included celebrity one-on-ones, panel discussions, a film festival, RPG tournaments, speed dating, at least 75 exhibitors, and a cosplay contest.

I caught most of Ralph Macchio’s one-on-one session on Saturday afternoon. Now 52 years old, Macchio delights in the Karate Kid franchise, though it used to bother him. In the early 90s, he said, he struggled to find acting work, and there were days he stayed hidden at home because he couldn’t face another “wax on, wax off” encounter. But film quotes were not all that fans said to him. Some told him how the movie had helped them deal with bullying, or it had changed their lives in other ways. When he thought about those people, he realized he would be “foolish” to reject his legacy. Ralph Macchio is a funny, humble guy who likes the Karate Kid re-make (though he doesn’t see it as “iconic”) and who is hoping his future includes more voice acting (he has done several episodes of Robot Chicken). And do his two kids understand their dad’s place in cinematic history? Macchio told the story of his son Daniel (hmm . . . coincidence?) coming across a trove of magazines and other memorabilia from the 80s. The boy raced into his sister’s bedroom and said, “Julia! Dad was huge and we missed it!”

Minneapolis was cold this May—unseasonably so, according to one native, which is just my luck—but the city was grand, the people welcoming, and the comic con a smash hit. If you weren’t there, browse the photos below to see what you missed. Next I am off to ConCarolinas (May 30-June 1) in the Queen City, Charlotte. Maybe I’ll see you!

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Day 1 of Minneapolis’s first-ever Wizard World

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Can’t wait to get in!

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I had trouble finding a parking spot, so . . .

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Robert Englund plans his next nightmare.

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Fabulous costumes!

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Deadpool! Get out of the picture!

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A couple of convention security officers.

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Minnesota isn’t quite the Caribbean, but this pirate didn’t mind.

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Look just under the poster of Karen Gillan to see the real Karen Gillan.

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My cell phone wasn’t working, so I asked this guy to call my wife. With his mind.

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Yes, it’s bigger on the inside, but how many licks does it take to get the Tootsie Roll center?

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I thought about asking this guy for directions but decided against it.

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Who scheduled a dance competition on the same weekend as Wizard World?!

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