LadiesCon Panel Schedule Announced for this Saturday

The 2nd annual LadiesCon will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16th at the Armory in Somerville, MA from noon till 5:00 PM! The show will present writers, artists, creators and artisans specializing in comics, fantasy, and science fiction, with a particular emphasis on creators who identify as women, LGBTQ, non-binary, and people of color, as well as local artists. Meet creators, buy books and crafts, and see panels on a variety of topics, including cosplay and fanfiction! Admission is FREE!

LadiesCon’s panel discussions are hosted by experts and fans alike. They are scheduled throughout the day in our two panel rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.

The Bechdel Test and Fandom
12:00 – 12:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Janet Gershen-Siege, freelance science fiction author and blogger for Adventures in Career Changing
  • D.R. Perry, writer of Paranormal Humor, Alternate History, and LARP.

There just aren’t a lot of female heroes out there, still. And the ones who are out there often have no one to talk to other than men. What does it mean when films, books, and television programs fail the Bechdel Test in 2017? Is there a more systemic problem? How can it be fixed? What can indies do? How about consumers?

Women in Comics Retail
12:30 – 1:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

Reflections on changes in the industry, predictions for the future, insights into the day-to-day life of a comic shop worker (it’s not exactly sitting around reading books & passing judgement) & DEEP DISH on the books & creators we love & hate!

Accessibility and Creativity in Cosplay: How to Make Cosplay for Everyone
1:00 – 1:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Rhea McCullough – Moderator
  • Carolyn Frantz
  • Jennifer Rzasa
  • Stephanie Mann
  • Melanie Anne Coombs

As cosplay becomes a more and more popular way of expressing fandom, people are making it work for them in various creative ways. Our panel of cosplayers will discuss how to cosplay on a budget, cosplay for people of varying abilities, and other burning questions from newbies and experts alike.

Wonder Woman Conquers the World!
1:30 – 2:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

This summer, Diana of Themyscira conquered the world is an unstoppable blockbuster movie that out shined all her DC predecessors! Join our panelists as the delve into the comics history that inspired the film. We’ll talk favorite stories, characters, creative teams and show our love for all things Wonder Woman.

One True Pairings, Shipping, and the Romance Genre
2:00 – 2:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

Shipping is part of the fabric of fandom communities. We all have an OTP, like Lois and Clark or Diana and Steve. But there’s also an entire fictional genre devoted to shipping, romance, that contains heroes and relationships similar to the pairings that fandom loves. Join us for a walk through romance in comics and how that relates to the feminist genre of romance.

Working in Audiodrama
2:30 – 3:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Lisa McQuilkin: Actor. “A.S.H.le” from Hadron Gospel Hour
  • Tanja Milojevic: Producer/Creator/Actor, The Penumbra Podcast
  • Simone De Boudoir: Actor, Edict Zero, What’s The Frequency, Electric Vicuna productions, Campfire Radio Theater

Audio drama podcasts are on the rise.  No longer relegated to a small number of dedicated listeners, Audio dramas are finding their way to car radios, living rooms, and live stages. We invited several local voice actors and creators to discuss the process, rewards, and unique challenges of audio-only entertainment.

Women in Games: From Designing to Playing and Nurturing the Next Generation
3:00 – 3:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Tracey Michienzi, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day
  • Savannah Camacho, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day
  • Emily Care Boss, Independent Game Designer/ Publisher, Black and Green Games
  • Adri Kliger, Co-Organizer of Women in Games, Boston
  • Meg Stivison, game designer for Small Monsters Games
  • Sarah Zaidan, comics artist and game designer

Have you ever looked around just to notice that you are the only woman in your game group? Ever feel like you don’t belong in the hobby? Trust us, you aren’t alone. The number of women who admit to gaming as a hobby are rising, and we are going to talk about it. Our esteemed panelists will discuss women’s roles in the gaming industry, equality in gaming, and how to create a positive gaming environment to set a good example to women gamers of the future.

The Expanded Universe: The Art of Fan Fiction
3:30 – 4:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Taylor Hendel – Moderator
  • Charlotte White
  • Linda Endinger
  • Caitlin Walsh

Even our favorite books and movies can leave us wanting more, whether we’re wondering how else things might have played out, wish more time had been spent on certain plot points, crave more queer or minority characters, or just want to see what happens next. Fanfiction is the way some folks explore their favorite fictional universes, putting the characters and/or setting in new contexts. Come learn more about this ever-growing art form from a variety of perspectives.

The Comic Book Spectrum: Modes of Creation
4:00 – 4:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

The Women in Comics Collective International is an organization that highlights the merit and craft work of women working in the comic book industry. Their on going panel series ‘The Comic Book Spectrum’ discusses the various aspects of the industry that help keep the medium current and expansive. This installment will focus on the different ways comic books are produced, distributed and how they continue to thrive in an ever changing, multimedia industry.

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Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
(617) 718-2191

BOOM! Studios Returns to NYCC 2017 with All-New Panels

Press Release:

BOOM! Studios is excited to announce the programming it will be presenting and participating in at New York Comic Con (NYCC), to be held October 5-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City.

Listed chronologically, the full list includes:

BOOM! Studios – Presentation at The New York Public Library
Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 2:00-2:45pm
Location: The New York Public Library, 476 5th Ave, Celeste Auditorium

Presented specifically for librarians and educators, join us for an introduction to comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios as we talk about the diverse titles we produce under four distinct imprints, from quality licensed books to captivating originals. Featuring Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu—BOOM! Studios), Sean Rubin (Bolivar—Archaia), Pamela Ribon (SLAM!—BOOM! Box), and Ellen Scherer Crafts (The Not-So Secret Society—KaBOOM!). Moderated by Sierra Hahn (Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios).

Go Go Power Rangers Comics!
Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 4:15-5:15pm
Location: 1A24

BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers comics have changed everything you thought you knew about the original five teenagers with attitude! Join writer Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), alongside legendary Mighty Morphin Power Rangers actors David Yost (“Billy”), Walter Jones (“Zack”), BOOM! Studios Managing Editor Bryce Carlson, and Saban Brands’ Edgar Pasten (Manager, Product Development) for this celebration of Saban’s Power Rangers. Moderated by James Viscardi (ComicBook.com), with your first look at breaking news on the historic revelations in store for the Power Rangers you know and love… along with all-new Rangers you’ve never met before!

BOOM! Studios: Discover YOURS
Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 6:45-7:45pm
Location: 1A05

There’s something at BOOM! Studios for everyone—if you have a passion, we’ve got a comic book that speaks to it and this is the panel to Discover Your New Obsession! Join Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu), Pamela Ribon (SLAM!), Simon Spurrier (Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark CrystalGodshaper), Lisa DuBois (Rugrats), David F. Walker (War for the Planet of the Apes), Sean Rubin (Bolivar), and novelist Saladin Ahmed as they explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and more surprises! Moderated by Filip Sablik (President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Lumberjanes: The Hardcore Lady Type Panel
Date: Friday, October 6
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Location: 1A18

BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes is one of the biggest success stories in comics—and their biggest adventures yet are coming in 2018! Join co-creator Brooklyn Allen, Gabby Rivera (Lumberjanes: Faire & Square special), Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! novel), BOOM! Studios Editor Whitney Leopard, and Abrams Editor Erica Finkel to celebrate over four years of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types! Moderated by Candice Mack (System-wide Teen Services, Los Angeles Public Library).

The Future Is LGBTQ
Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 2:45-3:45pm
Location: 1A02

BOOM! Studios and GLAAD are proud to assemble a diverse group of talent from the world of entertainment, including Gabby Rivera (Marvel’s America), Steve Orlando (DC’s Justice League of America), Shadi Petosky (Amazon’s Danger & Eggs), Brooklyn Allen (BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes), Mariko Tamaki (Abrams Books’ Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!), James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios’ The Woods), and Megan Townsend (Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, GLAAD), for an honest discussion of LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter and more inclusive future. Moderated by Abraham Riesman (Editor, Vulture.com).

BOOM! Studios returns to NYCC with a new booth (#1828) and exclusive merchandise debuting at the show. To keep up with more NYCC news from BOOM! Studios, visit www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

 

FL – Ordinary People Change the World Signing

Author Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis, Green Arrow) appears at Barnes & Noble on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM to sign the latest books in the Ordinary People Change the World series, I AM GHANDI and I AM SACAGAWEA.

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and several other top selling political thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad has been on the bestseller list for his nonfiction, advice, children’s books, and graphic books. He is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. He earned his law degree from Columbia University, where he was on the Columbia Law Review.

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Barnes & Noble – University Commons
1400 Glades Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33431
561-750-2134

PA – An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates appears at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM to present his latest book We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. Tickets available at the link…

Ta-Nehisi Coates won the 2015 National Book Award for Between the World and Me, a “searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today” (New York Times). Covering culture, politics, and social issues as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, he won the George K. Polk Award for his cover story “The Case for Reparations.” A Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Coates is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, among a string of other honors. We Were Eight Years in Power is a collection of new and previously published essays on the Obama presidency. Coates currently writes the Black Panther series for Marvel Comics.

*A pre-signed book comes with each ticket to the auditorium and simulcast.
You will collect your book as you enter the auditorium or simulcast.
There will not be a book signing at this event.

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Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5322

TX – Animaniacs LIVE

Actor Rob Paulsen (Yakko Warner, Pinky) and composer Randy Rogel bring ANIMANIACS LIVE to the Arlington Music Hall on Friday, October 27th at 9:30 PM.  Get tickets at the link….

Animaniacs LIVE! is a musical revue starring original cast members Rob Paulsen (Yakko, and Pinky from “Pinky and the Brain”), accompanied by Emmy winning composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created many of those memorable songs you STILL can’t remove from your brain pan.

Featuring 20 songs from the run of the show, songs like ‘Yakko’s World’ and ‘I’m Mad’ and set along cued up clips, Animaniacs LIVE! promises to help you relive the show’s 90’s glory.

With over 2,000 half-hours of animation credits, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Donatello (Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Yakko Warner, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series Animaniacs.

Randy Rogel is a three time Emmy winner, who began as an original writer on Batman: The Animated Series, before joining the staff of Animaniacs writing most of the songs and many of the scripts. Animaniacs LIVE! is based on the beloved WB cartoon Animaniacs which delighted television audiences from 1992 to 1998. Cartoon clips will be shown alongside the talent. In addition to the concert, Rob and Randy share behind the scenes secrets about the making of the series. Whether you’re a lover of music, animation, or fun, experience Animaniacs like never before in Animaniacs LIVE!

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Arlington Music Hall
224 N Center St, Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 226-4400

DC – An Evening with Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith appears at the Lincoln Theatre on Sunday, November 5th at 6:30 PM! Tickets available at the link…

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 most recently 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.

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Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 888-0050

CA – Hail To The Chin Signing

Actor Bruce Campbell signs his new memoir at Dark Delicacies on Monday Oct 23rd (Time TBD). Reserve your spot at the link…

It’s been 15 years since his first memoir but Bruce is still living the dream as a “B” movie king in an “A” movie world. Hail to the Chin will be bursting with pictures and the signature humor that Bruce brought to If Chins Could Kill and will be devoured by his legions of fans across the country. Join us as Bruce does a reading from and signs his new memoir.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

In 1979 with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Campbell filmed the Evil Dead, in which he starred and co-executive produced. Stephen King dubbed it “the most ferociously original horror film of the year.” Bruce has written back-to-back New York Times bestsellers, appeared in all three Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, and in 2013, he completed a seven-year run on Burn Notice, USA’s #1 show on cable. In a return to his B-movie roots, he completed the second season of the Ash Vs. Evil Dead TV series on Starz in 2016.

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

RI – The Pickwicks’ Picnic Signing

Illustrator Renee Kurilla appears at the Savoy Bookshop on Saturday, October 7th at 11:00 AM to sign her newest book, The Pickwicks’ Picnic: A Counting Adventure.

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Savoy Bookshop and Cafe
10 Canal Street, Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 213-3901

NE – The Language of Thorns Signing

Leigh Bardugo (Grisha Trilogy, Wonder Woman: Warbringer) appears in conversation with Rainbow Rowell (Runaways) at the Omaha Public Library on Monday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM to discuss her newest book, The Language of Thorns. Please join us – dressing in costume as your favorite character is highly encouraged! A door prize will be given to the fan with the best costume.

Leigh will also be signing copies of her books. Signing line preference is given to attendees with a copy of The Language of Thorns, which will be available for purchase on-site while supplies last, or in advance at The Bookworm. Other titles will be signed only if time permits, at the discretion of the author and the tour director.

Admission is free, not ticketed, on a first-come/first-seated basis. Doors will open 30 minutes before the event.

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Omaha Public Library
13214 Westwood Lane, Omaha, NE 68144
(402) 444-4848

NYC – An Evening with Tom Hanks

Actor Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Toy Story, Philadelphia) appears in conversation with NYT writer Jennifer Senior on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

Press Release:

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to hear actor, screenwriter, director and writer Tom Hanks discuss his love of writing, the creative process, and his debut collection of short stories, “Uncommon Type: Some Stories.” Described as surprising, intelligent and heartwarming, his latest literary endeavor is must-read not only for the millions of Tom Hanks fans, but for anyone who loves good writing . According to Steve Martin ““It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it.” The conversation will be moderated by The New York Times daily book critic, Jennifer Senior.

Signed copy of “Uncommon Type: Some Stories” included with ticket purchase.

This program is brought to you by our live conversation series, The New York Times – TimesTalks.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St, New York, New York 10007
(212) 220-1460

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