UK – Zenith/Johnny Nemo Signings

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Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore hosts two signings on Saturday 6 December! Steve Yeowell appears from 1:00 – 2:00 PM to sign ZENITH: PHASE TWO. Then artist Brett Ewins and writer Peter Milligan appear at 4:00 PM to sign JOHNNY NEMO!

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

CA – Star Wars Costumes Signing

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Brandon Alinger appears at Dark Delicacies on Sunday December 14th at 2:00 p.m. to sign STAR WARS COSTUMES.

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

SF – Katsuya Terada Signing

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The Cartoon Art Museum hosts legendary manga artist Katsuya Terada on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This special event takes place in the Cartoon Art Museum’s galleries and is included with general museum admission. Terada will be demonstrating his drawing technique, sketching for fans, signing books, and discussing his art with museum patrons.

In addition to his manga and illustration artwork, Terada is a prolific character designer, and his art has appeared in American publications ranging from Iron Man and Hellboy to Nintendo Power and the animated film Blood: The Last Vampire.

About Katsuya Terada

Katsuya Terada is probably best known in the US as the character-designer for the animated film Blood: The Last Vampire. He has also done work related to American comics, such as Iron Man and Hellboy. He also made contributed to several issues of Nintendo Power, including a special edition Strategy Guide for Dragon Warrior. In Japan, he has done the promotional illustrations for Detective Saburo Jinguji mystery-adventure video game series.

Terada was in charge of the book cover and illustrations for the Kimaira series written by Baku Yumemakura, and was in charge of cover design and illustrations for Garouden, Shin Majugari, and Yamigarishi as well.

Terada has defined himself as a “rakugaki” artist, more of a philosophy than a style of drawing, in which one draws a little everywhere, all the time, without thinking too much, on notebooks etc. He is a very prolific artist; one of his collections of sketches numbers more than 1000 pages, appropriately called Rakuga King.

He has done very little group-drawn work (an exception being the manga Saiyukiden Daienou (Monkey King), his principal activities being illustration and character design. His use of CG tools is integrated very well in his illustrations, giving his work a vivid and rich appearance. He has admitted various influences on his work, particularly European ones, like Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius) and the magazine Métal Hurlant. The author lives in Tokyo, Japan.

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

NYC – Hollywood Dreaming Signing

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James Franco visits Strand Book Store on Monday, December 8th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM for an exclusive signing of his book, Hollywood Dreaming, a story-picture-poem mashup that blurs lines of reality and fiction in a compelling coming-of-age tale. Buy a copy of Hollywood Dreaming at Strand in order to join the signing line!

Event Rules:
· Guests must purchase Hollywood Dreaming at Strand in order to join the line, but may have additional books by James signed, including A California Childhood.
· No other types of memorabilia, please.
· In order for James to meet as many fans as possible, there will be no photography.
· James will personalize copies of his books.
· A signing line will form at 4:30pm outside Strand along Broadway.

Purchase a copy of Hollywood Dreaming at Strand in order to join the signing line outside the store, which will form at 4:30pm. Strand is located at 828 Broadway, New York.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(at 12th St.)

SF – An Evening with The Boxtrolls

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The Cartoon Art Museum goes behind the scenes of The Boxtrolls with co-directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 pm in a special event presented by Focus Features. Annable and Stacchi will share art and stories behind the making of The Boxtrolls, produced by LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and was released nationwide by Focus Features on September 26, 2014. The exhibition features concept art and puppets from the upcoming film, LAIKA’s third stop-motion animated film to be shot in 3D.

About The Boxtrolls:

The Boxtrolls is the all-new family event movie from LAIKA, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman, that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning of Maleficent). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family. Based upon the book Here Be Monsters, by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and is MPAA-rated PG.

About LAIKA:

Fueled by the vision of its owner, Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and its President & CEO Travis Knight, LAIKA is a feature film animation company located in Portland, Oregon. LAIKA’s first two films, Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012) were nominated for Academy Awards® and BAFTA® Awards.

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

CA – 75 Years of Marvel Comics Signing

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Stan Lee and Roy Thomas will sign copies of 75 Years of Marvel at Taschen Books in Beverly Hills on December 5, 2014 from 6:00 till 7:00 PM. Pre-order is encouraged to guarantee your signed copy. First-come, first served, with limited availability.

Then on Saturday December 6th at 2:00 PM, Stan and Roy will be at the Hammer Museum for a Q&A with writer/filmmaker Kevin Smith! Details at the link…

A Hulk-sized tome spanning eight decades of the heroic rise of Marvel as it magically mutated from 1939’s four-color upstart to a 1960s pop-culture dynamo to current Hollywood heavy hitter. With essays by comics historian Roy Thomas and a huge fold-out timeline that chronicles the entire Marvel history.

The XL-format book includes:

- More than 700 pages of near 2,000 images including vintage comic books, one-of-a-kind original art, behind-the-scenes photographs and film stills, as well as rare toys and collectibles

- A four-foot accordion-fold timeline

- Biographies of more than 300 artists, writers, editors, and famous fans who helped shape Marvel’s history

RSVP to (310) 274-4300 or store-beverly@taschen.com to reserve.

Taschen Books
354 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 274-4300

NJ – G.I. Joe Signing

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Comic book legend Larry Hama will appear at Zapp Comics in Wayne, NJ for a signing on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from noon till 3:00 pm! Larry was the original writer of the G.I. Joe franchise and has worked on multiple titles like Wolverine, Batman, Conan the Barbarian, Bucky O’Hare, and many more.

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Zapp Comics
574 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
973-628-4500

CA – LeVar Burton Signing

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Author, actor and literacy advocate LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation) appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM to read his new children’s book and sign copies.

Barnes & Noble – Media City Center
Burbank Town Center, 731 N San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502
818-558-1383

OR – Shaft #1 Signing

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Press Release:

Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our Shaft #1 Screening and Signing with David Walker and special guests Mike Oeming and Matt Haley on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Hollywood Theater! A screening of the 1972 film Shaft’s Big Score will begin at 7:30 pm, and will be followed by a Q&A session (moderated by Jason Lamb from The Karl Show, Starring Jason) and a comic book signing on the stage.

David Walker (writer), Mike Oeming (cover artist) and Matt Haley (cover artist) will be signing copies Shaft #1 after Q&A session after the movie. Copies of the comic book will be on sale ($4) at the theater during the showing, as well as a several limited edition variant cover comics for Shaft #1 (prices will vary).

Sketches will be at the discretion of the guests.

Tickets for the movie will be available at the Hollywood Theater and through their website exclusively, and cost $8 ($6 for students and seniors). Comic books sold separately.

About Shaft #1:
Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine with all the chicks? Shaft! Created by author Ernest Tidyman, and made famous in a series of novels and films, iconic hero Shaft makes his comic book debut in an all-new adventure. He’s gone toe-to-toe with organized crime bosses, stood up to the cops, squared off against kidnappers, and foiled assassination attempts. But who was John Shaft before he became the hardboiled investigator with a reputation as big as New York City itself?

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The Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97212

VA – Sunglasses After Dark Signing

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Nancy Collins appears at Atlantis Games & Comics on Saturday, December 6th JANUARY 10, 2015 from noon till 3:00 pm to sign comics, including her new graphic novel Sunglasses After Dark!

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Atlantis Games & Comics
9649 1st View Street, Norfolk, VA 23503

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