SF – Legend of Korra Panel & Signing


Janet Varney, John Michael Higgins, Mindy Sterling, Dante Basco, and Dan Parsons appear on a panel moderated by Andrew Farago at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on Saturday, November 19th at 7:00 PM! Tickets available at the link… *Premium tickets include a private post-event signing with the panelists.

Press Release:

Calling all benders! Go behind the scenes of The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender with special guests voice actors Janet Varney, John Michael Higgins, Mindy Sterling, Dante Basco and Avatar: Legacy illustrator Dan Parsons. Cosplay highly encouraged! All ages welcome.

Janet Varney (voice of Korra) is a comedian, actor, writer and producer known for her roles as Becca on FX’s You’re the Worst and as the host of TBS’s Dinner and a Movie. She is also known in San Francisco as the founder of the annual comedy festival San Francisco Sketchfest.

John Michael Higgins (voice of Varrick) is an actor and voice actor whose credits include Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries, Pitch Perfect, Yes Man, Bad Teacher, and many other films and television shows.

Mindy Sterling (voice of Lin Beifong) is known for her role as Frau Farbissina in the Austin Powers films as well as roles in Con Man, LegitChowder, iCarly and Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm.

Dante Basco (voice of Zuko and General Iroh) is known for his role as Rufio in the 1991 film Hook. He was also the voice of Jake Long in the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long.

Dan Parsons (illustrator of Avatar: Legacy) is an illustrator and comic book artist who is best known for his work on Star Wars comics and Game of Thrones.

Andrew Farago (moderator) is the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum and the author of many books on cartooning including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History.

Presented by Friends for Benefits and the Cartoon Art Museum

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

CA – Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie Signing


Join authors Brandon Alinger, Wade Lageose, and David Mandel as they discuss and sign Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie at the Grove on Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 PM!

This event is open to all but priority seating and access to the signing line will be granted to customers who purchase Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning Wednesday, November 9th at 9am.

Ralph McQuarrie is the most iconic artist in the history of Star Wars. He worked hand-in-hand with George Lucas to help establish the saga’s visual aesthetic, its inimitable look and feel. Beyond designing Darth Vader, C-3PO, and R2-D2, McQuarrie produced hundreds of pieces of Star Wars artwork, including conceptual paintings, costume designs, storyboards, and matte paintings, as well as posters, book covers, and album covers—even Lucasfilm’s annual holiday cards—all rescanned and rephotographed for this book.

About the Authors:
Brandon Alinger is the chief operations officer of the Los Angeles branch of Prop Store and the author of Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy.

Wade Lageose is a graphic designer/artist who specializes in the entertainment field.

David Mandel is an Emmy– and Writers Guild Award–winning writer for Saturday Night Live (1992–95), Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He currently serves as executive producer and showrunner of HBO’s Veep.

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 525-0270

Hasbro Announces HasCon 2017


Press Release:

HASBRO announced it is creating the first-ever HASCON fan and family convention in September 2017. The massive event, which will be held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017, will treat attendees to three unforgettable days featuring a celebration of Hasbro’s powerful characters and stories, including live interactive experiences, exclusive products, talent appearances, panels and much more.

From bringing the first action figure to life with G.I. JOE, to creating a world where robots are truly ‘more than meets the eye’ with TRANSFORMERS, Hasbro’s brands have always overflowed with rich stories and dynamic, multi-faceted characters, providing an incredible platform to capture the imaginations of fans of all ages. The premiere HASCON event will bring the magic of decades of storytelling under one roof for the ultimate, immersive Hasbro fan and family experience. Hasbro’s top properties, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE and many others will be reimagined through dynamic stage performances and unique opportunities for fans to engage with their favorite characters. In addition to interactive experiences designed to offer attendees a glimpse into Hasbro’s imaginative storytelling in action, visitors will have the chance to see first-look previews of Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series, attend panels and meet-and-greets with celebrities and creative talent associated with Hasbro brands, take part in Hasbro Gaming competitions and purchase special limited-edition Hasbro products.

“Hasbro is home to many of the world’s most recognizable brands, each of them with their own group of passionate and engaged fans,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands. “HASCON will deliver an extraordinary peek behind the curtain of our brands, storytelling, and iconic characters while giving us the opportunity to invite fans and families to our hometown for the most memorable, unified Hasbro experience ever.”

For all of the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit hascon.hasbro.com

NYC – Moonglow Signing


Author Michael Chabon signs his new novel MOONGLOW at Barnes & Noble on Monday November 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

About this author:
Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay — an epic novel that charts 16 years in the lives of Sammy Clay and Joe Kavalier, two Jewish cousins who create a popular series of comic books in the early 1940s, the years leading up to the U.S. entry into World War II. In addition to novels, including the now-classic Wonder Boys, Chabon has also produced short stories, screenplays, children’s books, comics, and newspaper serials.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

MA – An Afternoon w/ Bryan Cranston


Bryan Cranston (All the Way, Breaking Bad) appears in discussion with WGBH’s Jared Bowen about his new book A Life in Parts on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM. The discussion will last approximately one hour and 30 minutes. The price of admission will include a copy of A Life in Parts. Tickets are available at the link…

A poignant, intimate, funny, inspiring memoir—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—from Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history’s most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father cast him in a United Way commercial. Acting was clearly the boy’s destiny, until one day his father disappeared. Destiny suddenly took a backseat to survival.

Now, in his riveting memoir, Cranston maps his zigzag journey from abandoned son to beloved star by recalling the many odd parts he’s played in real life—paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, lover, husband, father. Discussing his life as few men do, describing his art as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. But ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.

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Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-8300

NY – The Fifth Beatle Signing


Writer Vivek J. Tiwary signs The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story at Booksy Galore on Sunday November 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

The Fifth Beatle is an award-winning, #1 New York Times best selling graphic novel and forthcoming feature film recounting the untold true story of Brian Epstein– the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool, nurtured, protected, and guided them to international stardom, but died painfully lonely at the age of 32.

Booksy Galore
67 Westchester Ave Pound Ridge, New York 10576
(914) 764-3171

CA – Little Big Girl Signing


Artist Claire Keane, who worked at Disney Feature Animation for 10 years designing for Frozen, Tangled, Enchanted, and other films, appears at Children’s Book World on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM to present her new children’s book LITTLE BIG GIRL!

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Children’s Book World
10580 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 559-2665

MA – The Fifth Beatle Signing


Writer Vivek J. Tiwary signs The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story at Comicazi on Friday October 28, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

The Fifth Beatle is an award-winning, #1 New York Times best selling graphic novel and forthcoming feature film recounting the untold true story of Brian Epstein– the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool, nurtured, protected, and guided them to international stardom, but died painfully lonely at the age of 32.

407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

OR – Brian Posehn Signing


Comedian/Comic Writer Brian Posehn (Deadpool, The Last Christmas) appears at Excalibur Comics on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM for a signing!

Excalibur Books & Comics
2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-3969
(503) 231-7351

MA – Cold-Forged Flame Signing


Author Marie Brennan appears at Pandemonium Books & Games on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the store’s 27th anniversary!

A Natural History of Dragons, the first book in Brennan’s Lady Trent series, is one of our constant bestsellers at the store, and it continuously makes the rounds on many staff recommendation shelves, as well as a variety of displays within the store. The fourth book in the series, In the Labyrinth of Drakes, came out in April.

Marie Brennan also has a new series of novellas from Tor Publishing, which began with Cold-Forged Flame in September. Book two, Lightning in the Blood, is due in April of 2017.

There will be a reading, followed by a signing. The event is free and open to the public.

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Pandemonium Books & Games
4 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 547-3721

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