AZ – Hollywood Babble On LIVE

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Ralph Garman & Kevin Smith appear at the Stand Up Live Comedy Theater on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM for a live recording of their podcast HOLLYWOOD BABBLE ON!

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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.

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Stand Up Live Comedy Theater
50 W Jefferson St, Ste 200, Phoenix, Arizona 85003
(480) 719-6100

RI – Puke Force Signing

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Brian Chippendale appears at Ada Books on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign his debut graphic novel with Drawn & Quarterly, Puke Force.

Ada Books
717 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 432-6222

Comic Art Con Returns April 3rd

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Press Release:

The next Comic Art Con is just two months away and will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Clarion Empire Meadowlands Hotel in Secaucus, NJ. Admission is only $10 and bring your children for no additional charge!

Now in its eighth year, Comic Art Con will once again take place in the hotel’s massive 5,000 square foot main ballroom. The room will have 45 tables jammed packed with original comic book art… and only art. No comic books here! Whether you are a big time collector or just getting your feet wet, Comic Art Con is THE can’t miss event for original art.

Show hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM so be sure to arrive early and plan on spending the day. Over the upcoming weeks we will be announcing our vendor roster as well as our guest artists so stay tuned! For more information please go to www.comicartshowcase.com or email us directly at dgallo1291@aol.com

Click the link to view photos from a previous show!

OR – Late in the Day Signing

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Press Release:

Broadway Books is thrilled to welcome back Portland’s grand dame of the literary world, Ursula K. Le Guin, who will read from her newest collection of poetry, Late in the Day: Poems 2010-2014, published by PM Press. The reading will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 24th.

Le Guin is a remarkably prolific writer, even given the fact that she is in her 80s. She has published twenty-one novels (including her 1969 breakthrough novel, The Left Hand of Darkness), eleven volumes of short stories (including the 2014 Oregon Book Award winner The Unreal and the Real, Volumes 1 and 2), four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story, a guide to the essentials of the writer’s craft – of which she knows a thing or two.

Le Guin was born in Berkeley and grew up in a family of academics and writers. She moved to Portland in 1958 when her husband, the historian Charles A. Le Guin, took a position at Portland State University, and they raised their three children here.
She has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Awards, the PEN-Malamud, the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Oregon Book Award, and the Library of Congress Living Legends Award. In 2014 she was presented the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, where she took the world by storm with her bold truth-telling about the over-commercialization of literature: “I don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river.” The video of Le Guin’s speech became an internet sensation, making her for a time, as she likes to put it, “as popular as Maru the cat.” [Good news: that speech is reprinted at the end of her new collection of poems.]

Her new collection, , seeks meaning in an ever-connected world, attempting to give voice to objects that may not speak a human language but communicate with us nevertheless.

Broadway Books
1714 Broadway Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97232
(503) 284-1726

NJ – An Evening w/ Kevin Smith

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Writer/director Kevin Smith appears at the Stress Factory Comedy Club on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, Tusk, and Yoga Hosers; Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, My Boring-Ass Life and Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He can be heard daily at Smodcast.com, a vast network of podcasts.

An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the man who brought the world these films.

Get tickets at the link!

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Stress Factory Comedy Club
90 Church St, New Brunswick, NJ 8901
732-545-4242

CA – Pretty Happy Signing

0000000-kate-hudsonActress Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Kung Fu Panda 3) appears at Barnes & Noble on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign her new book PRETTY HAPPY: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body.

In almost every interview she gives, Kate Hudson is asked the same questions: What do you eat? How do you stay so fit? What workout do you do? What’s your secret? Well, the secret is that the sound bites the media loves so much don’t tell the story, and the steps you need to take to have a healthy, vibrant and happy life can’t be captured in a short interview. The key to living well, and healthy, is to plug into what your body needs, understanding that one size does not fit all, all the time, and being truly honest with yourself about your goals and desires.

This is a wristbanded event. A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase “Pretty Happy” from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning February 22nd at 9am

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-0270

IL – D + Q Creators Signing

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Press Release:

Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) and Nick Drnaso (Beverly) sign at Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left. Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens. Join Brian Chippendale and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings!

Brian Chippendale is a musician and artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. He was one of the founding members of the Fort Thunder collective. Chippendale is the author of Maggots, If n Oof, and Ninja, and the drummer/singer half of the noise rock band Lightning Bolt. His most recent publication Puke Force comes out this Fall.

Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 in Palos Hills, Illinois. He has contributed to several comics anthologies, self-published a handful of comics, been nominated for three Ignatz Awards, and co-edited the second and third issue of Linework, Columbia College’s annual comic anthology. Drnaso lives in Chicago, where he works as a cartoonist and illustrator. His debut publication Beverly comes out this Fall.

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Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
773-342-0910

MoCCA Art Fest 2016 Announces Guests of Honor

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The Society of Illustrators is proud to share this year’s stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival in New York City. They are:

* Cece Bell, author of the phenomenal middle grade graphic memoir El Deafo (winner of the Newberry Honor and an Eisner Award)

* R.O. Blechman, Emmy Award-winning illustrator, animator, cartoonist and author.

* Phoebe Gloeckner, whose subversive classic The Diary of a Teenage Girl was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed film of the same name.

* Sonny Liew, whose graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was censured by the National Arts Council of Singapore and is forthcoming from Pantheon Books.

* Rebecca Sugar, creator of the quietly radical animated cartoon series Steven Universe.

This diverse group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place on April 2 – 3rd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at our brand new location at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave.).

Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor will be available in future announcements.

ABOUT THE GUESTS OF HONOR

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Cece Bell
Children’s book author and illustrator Cece Bell attended the College of William and Mary where she studied Art History, and later attended Kent State University, earning a graduate degree in illustration and design. Her colorful, fun and quirky drawings can be found in her best-selling books Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, Crankee Doodle, Bug Patrol, Itty Bitty, Bee-Wigged, and the Sock Monkey series. In 2015, Bell received the Newbery Medal Honor for her graphic novel El Deafo, a story based on her own experiences growing up deaf.

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R.O. Blechman
R.O. Blechman is a multiple award-winning and influential animator, illustrator, children’s book author, graphic novelist and editorial cartoonist. His many books include the groundbreaking 1953 graphic novel The Juggler of Our Lady and the forthcoming Amadeo & Maladeo: A Musical Duet. His work in animation includes The Soldier’s Tale and unforgettable advertisements for products like Alka Seltzer. He has received multiple recognitions including a Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cartoonists Society in 2011, was inducted into the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame in 2012. His work has been shown at The Norman Rockwell Museum, The School of Visual Arts, and MoMA.

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Phoebe Gloeckner
Phoebe Gloeckner began cartooning after moving to San Francisco in the 1970s, and was greatly influenced by the underground comix movement led by artists including Robert Crumb, Aline Kominksy, Bill Griffith, Diane Noomin, and Terry Zwigoff. Her early work appeared in anthologies including Wimmen’s Comix, Weirdo, and Twisted Sisters. Both her 1998 collection A Child’s Life and Other Stories and the 2002 novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures received notable recognition as well as controversy for its honest portrayal of teenage sexuality with themes of drug use and childhood traumas. The book has been adapted into a theatrical production and a critically acclaimed feature film of the same name. She is the recipient of the 2000 Inkpot Award, received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, and is currently the Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities.

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Sonny Liew
Sonny Liew is a comics artist, painter, and illustrator whose work includes the New York Times bestseller The Shadow Hero (with Gene Yang), Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz), Malinky Robot and titles for Marvel Comics, DC Vertigo, and Image Comics. He has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards for his collaborations on The Shadow Hero, Wonderland, and Liquid City, a multivolume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia. He lives and works in Singapore.

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Rebecca Sugar
Animator, composer and director Rebecca Sugar’s groundbreaking career started as a writer and storyboard artist on the animated television series Adventure Time. She later went on to create the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, and became the first woman to independently create a series for that network. She has received numerous Emmy and Annie Award nominations for her work on both series.

About the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 2,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

NYC – William Shatner Signing

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William Shatner appears at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Monday February 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign his new memoir Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man.

Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life.

Special Instructions
Must provide proof of purchase from this Barnes & Noble retail location or BN.com to receive a wristband. A limited amount of wristbands will be distributed beginning at 9:00AM on the day of the event. No memorabilia. More information coming soon.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

NYC – Was She Pretty? Signing

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Press Release:

Illustrator, author, and publisher Leanne Shapton returns to 192 Books to launch the new Drawn & Quarterly edition of her modern classic Was She Pretty? A work of unsurpassed originality, Was She Pretty? brings the reader deep into a circle of phantom exes, complete with intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets, and sardonic anecdotes. Shapton is the author of six books, including the art books Native Trees of Canada and Sunday Night Movies and the auction catalog Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry. She won the 2012 National Book Critic’s Circle Award for her memoir Swimming Studies and most recently, she co-authored 2014’s Women in Clothes alongside Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits.

Leanne Shapton appears in conversation with actress, musician, and writer Zosia Mamet on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 at 7:00PM.

192 Books
192 10th Ave, New York, New York 10011

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