CA – Casanova: Acedia Signing

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MATT FRACTION and MICHAEL CHABON appear on Saturday, January 31st from 1:30 – 4:00 PM to celebrate and sign the release of the comic book CASANOVA ACEDIA #1 at the Escapist Comic Bookstore. This issue begins the newest story arc of Fraction’s CASANOVA series, a story of a hedonistic thief turned kind-of spy as he navigates the incredibly complex and stunningly psychedelic parallel world of interdimensional global espionage. Back-up story by Pulitzer Prize winning fan of the series, Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay).

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Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
510-652-6642

Planet Comicon 2015 Adds Guardians Cast Members

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Planet Comicon has announced their latest additions to the guest roster for 2015:

Karen Gillan – from Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy
Michael Rooker – from The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy
Scott Wilson – Herschel from The Walking Dead
J. August Richards – Deathlok from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Sean Gunn – from Guardians of the Galaxy and Gilmore Girls
Raphael Sbarge – Archie Hopper from Once Upon a Time
Steve Cardenas – from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Laura Vandervoort – from Smallville and Bitten
Grant Bowler – Joshua Nolan from Defiance
Kent McCord - from Adam-12, seaQuest DSV, Galactica 1980
And from the cast of Lost Girl: Kris Holden-Ried, Rachel Skarsten, and Emmanuelle Vaugier

Planet Comicon will be better and bigger than ever this year. We have expanded the exhibit hall for even more dealers, artists, celebrities, cosplay, and special attractions.

We’ve announced great guests with many more announcements to come. You’ll meet Hollywood stars including Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Stephen Amell (Arrow), John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville), Sam Witwer (Being Human), Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People, The Flash), and many others.

We also have a great array of top comics creators on the slate. We’ve recently announced Howard Chaykin and have nearly a dozen additional comics guests to announce in the next week. So far, we’ve confirmed Tim Bradstreet (Punisher), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Katie Cook (My Little Pony), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), and local favorites including Jason Aaron (Thor, Star Wars).

Check out our new website for more information our guests and attractions.

CA – Punk Rock Blitzkrieg Signing

Punk_Rock_BlitzkriegcoverMARKY RAMONE appears at Skylight Books on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm to discuss his memoir PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG: MY LIFE AS A RAMONE, together with special guest TOM KENNY!

The inside story behind one of the most revered bands in music history during the early days of punk rock in New York, from legendary drummer Marky Ramone!

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But because we’re expecting a large crowd at this event, we’ll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized. To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Punk Rock Blitzkrieg here at Skylight Books. Tickets will be available on the day of the book’s release, January 13th, 2015. They will be available in-store, or you can order on our website and leave a note in the “Order Comments” field. We will also hold a ticket for you if you order and pay for a book over the phone. Due to time constraints, Marky Ramone will be unable to pose for photos with individual attendees, though you are welcome to take photos during the event and from the line (please no flash photography), and will be unable to sign any memorabilia. Please also refrain from making an audio or video recording of the event. Thank you for your cooperation!

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

MA – Hometown Team Fundraiser

chris-evans-gucci-thumb   This 2010 photo shows Boston Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell.

Chris Evans, star of Captain America and Avengers, appears with Red Sox manager John Farrell on Saturday January 3, 2015 from 7:00- 10:00 p.m. at the EMC Club at Fenway Park for a charity fundraiser to support Christopher’s Haven, a community providing support for families of children being treated for cancer in nearby Boston hospitals. Other Boston celebrities scheduled to appear include Cam Neely, Joe Andruzzi, Mike Adams, Steve Burton, and Paul Burton.

Throughout the night guests will try to stump the Celebrity Guests with trivia questions about themselves. Also, guests will submit questions to the celebrity of their choice, then asked by one of the moderators, for candid answers. Great photo ops, the best Selfie event of the New Year! Moderated by Mix 104.1’s Fast Freddy and Comedian Tony V

For tickets and further details please click the link!

Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215
(877) 733-7699

CA – Stan Lee Launches The Zodiac Legacy

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Legendary comic creator Stan Lee appears at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm, to discuss CONVERGENCE. In his first prose novel, factions, each comprised of people who harness animal power from the Chinese zodiac, fight to control the fate of the world.

(This is a wristbanded event. Please note that B&N will have pre-signed copies of CONVERGENCE for sale on the day of the event. Stan Lee will not be signing book on-site.)

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

UK – DMC #1 Signing

dmc-ukHip-hop legend Darryl McDaniels signs DMC #1 at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Tuesday 20th January from 6:00 – 7:00 PM!

It’s 1985 in New York City. Wildstyle graffiti covers subway cars as B-boys break and spin in playgrounds and on street corners. Koch is mayor. Drugs and crime rule the streets. A terrifying plague is brewing in the shadows. And as the populace loses faith in the police, a man named Bernard Goetz is being hailed as a hero for shooting four teenagers in a subway car. In this 1985, however, the city’s brand new guardian angels wear spandex and capes, wielding their gadgets and their superpowers to clean up the City – even if their methods hurt more people than they help. There’s the deluded ‘graffiti king’ Mr. Marx patrolling the tunnels; the dark moral crusader The Puritan who stalks the shadows of the Lower East Side; and above it all, the godlike Helios, darling of the Upper East Side and the NYPD. It seems like only some of New York’s residents are benefitting from these vigilantes’ protection. The rest whisper the name of another hero: DMC.

You see, in this 1985, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) never rocks the mic to become one of hip-hop’s most enduring icons. Instead, he dons his tracksuit and Adidas sneakers to defend the city’s marginalized citizens against super villain and hero alike, leaving no traces besides the imprint of his knuckle rings on his opponents’ faces. (By day, though, he teaches junior high school English.) With the help of reporter Charlie Cooper and a band of graffiti artists led by the spunky Lak6, DMC must confront the new ‘heroes,’ and investigate whether there’s anything behind their sudden appearance.

DMC, the inaugural title from Darryl Makes Comics, imagines an alternate history that blends traditional comic book storytelling with the pressures and anxieties of 1980’s NYC, and explores how we got to where we are now. DMC is a superhero for those who need one most.

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

J-Pop Star LiSA Appears at Anime Boston 2015

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Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first guest of honor today. J-pop/rock performer LiSA will be performing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass. on April 3 through April 5, 2015.

A rising force in the J-pop/rock world, LiSA has sung numerous theme songs for hit anime, such as Angel Beats!, Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online I & II and The Irregular at Magic High School.

“We’re really excited to be able to bring LiSA’s music to her American fans at Anime Boston,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Initially a singer for an indie band, LiSA made her major debut in 2010 as one of the two vocalists for the anime Angel Beats!. She later appeared at Animelo Summer Live in August 2010. In April 2011, she made her solo debut with the release of Letters to U. Most recently, she released her seventh single Shirushi, which is used as the second ending theme to Sword Art Online II.

Throughout her career, she has sold out the Nippon Budokan three times and also performed overseas in Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand and the United States.

For more information about LiSA, please visit her Facebook page, YouTube channel, and website.

About Anime Boston:
With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

NYC – The Last American Vampire Signing

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Seth Grahame-Smith appears at Barnes & Noble to sign The Last American Vampire on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Author Event
Seth Grahame-Smith follows his beloved Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with the story of vampire Henry Sturges. Henry goes on the road in a Kerouac-influenced trip as he tries to find renewed purpose in the wake of his good friend Lincoln’s death.

Barnes & Noble – 86th & Lexington Ave
150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028
212-369-2180

CA – Line Weight III Exhibition

Press Release:

Pulling this time from among the most prolific individuals in the illustration, animation, and visual development industries, Gallery Nucleus is proud to present the third installment in a series of exhibitions strictly devoted to art of drawing with Line Weight III. This event will feature a roster of artists who excel in crafting engaging and expressive images with the most simple of visual elements. Join us January 24th 2015 at 7:00 PM, as we appreciate striking elegance of the drawn line.

elsachang1Exhibiting Artists
Claire Hummel
Cory Loftis
Elsa Chang
Helen Chen
Joy Ang
Marguerite Sauvage
Natalie Hall
Robert Valley

…and more to be announced!

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

NYC – Star Wars #1 Signing

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Writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday appear at Midtown Comics Downtown on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to sign Star Wars #1, one of the most anticipated books of 2015!

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Star Wars #1 – 01/14/14
Writer: Jason Aaron • Artist: John Cassaday
Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet-the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2, and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it!

-Purchase of Star Wars #1 required to attend event.

-Limit of two items signed per person.

Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038

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