IN – Lord of Gore #2 Signing

Writer D.B. Stanley and cover artist Micah Eads will be at Comic Carnival for the release of Lord of Gore #2 on Wednesday March 29th!

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Comic Carnival
7235 N Keystone Ave Suite G, Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 253-8882

CA – James Hong Signing

Actor James Hong (Kung Fu Panda, Big Trouble in Little China, Mulan) signs at Dark Delicacies on Saturday April 1st at 4pm. Mr. Hong will sign photos ($20) and items brought in to promote the screening of Director’s Cut of the original Blade Runner at the Colony Theater that evening.

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

Another Round of HeroesCon 2017 Guests Announced

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Neal Adams, Tom Bancroft, Mike Maihack, Jerry Ordway, Joe Rubinstein, Matthew Rosenberg, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

JOEL ADAMS | Lilz, Bucky O’Hare
NEAL ADAMS | Coming of the Supermen, Batman: Odyssey, Green Lantern, X-Men
DAVE AIKINS | SpongeBob, Dora and Friends, Zombies!!!
BOB ALMOND | Stan Lee’s Guardian Project, Black Panther, Heroes For Hire, Warlock
NATALIE ANDREWSON | Mamuna, Meanwhile
TOM BANCROFT | Opposite Forces, Mulan, Tomo
WES BROOKS | Undead Speed Equipment, Grim Riders
FRANK BRUNNER | Dr Strange, Conan, Howard the Duck
BUZZ | JSA, Vampirella, Atomika
BOB CAMP | Ren & Stimpy, Thundercats
PATY COCKRUM | SATURDAY ONLY  The Cat, Nightcrawler
JUAN DOE | American Monster, Solar, X-Men:198, Legion of Monsters, Fantastic Four
JASON FISCHER | Terra Flats, Seconds, Kaijumax
BEN FISHER | Grumpy Cat, Smuggling Spirits, Hexen Hammers
JARED K FLETCHER |Paper Girls, Southern Bastards, The Goddamned
NAOMI FRANQUIZMisfit City, Bitch Planet, Power & Magic
MICHAEL GARLAND | The Black Monday Murders, Curse Words, Wolverine, Captain Marvel
DUSTIN HARBIN | BEHOLD! The Dinosaurs, DIARY COMICS, Nutted!, DHARBIN!
ANDY HIRSCH | The Baker Street Peculiars, Varmints, Garfield
DANIEL LEISTER | Hack/Slash
MARISSA LOUISE | Spell on Wheels, Spook House, Robocop
MIKE MAIHACK | Cleopatra in Space, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman
JERRY ORDWAY | Superman , Captain Marvel, Infinity Inc., WildStar
RON RANDALL | TREKKER, Future Quest, Supergirl
MATTHEW ROSENBERG | Rocket Raccoon, Secret Warriors, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, Kingpin
JOE RUBINSTEIN | Wolverine, Avengers, Daredevil
BRIAN SCHIRMER | Black Jack Ketchum, Backpacers, Ultrasylvania
BRIAN SHEARER | GI Joe, Transformers, Doctor Who, William the Last
MARLIN SHOOP | LARP!, Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends
DOMO STANTON | Starbrand & Nightmask, Prez, Deadpool, Chozen
ERIC TALBOTTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Melting Pot
JOEY WEISER | Mermin, Spongebob Squarepants
MATT WIERINGO | Ringo Scholarship

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HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

PA – Reading Without Walls Lecture

The Doylestown Bookshop and Holicong Middle School are excited to welcome Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, to Holicong Middle School on Sunday, April 2 2017 at 6:00 PM. You must register for the event at the link. Admission is free.

The author will be giving a presentation followed by a Q&A. The author’s books will be available for sale at the event. He will be signing books at the event.

About Reading without Walls:

Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Reading Without Walls, a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April.

Reading Without Walls is designed to “celebrate reading and diversity” and encourage children to read books outside of their personal experience, books they might not have considered before. Structured as an educational challenge, the program encourages children to “read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you,” or to read “a book about a topic you don’t know much about,” or “a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun, such as a chapter book, an audio book, a graphic novel, or a book in verse.” Once a challenge is completed children receive certificates and other rewards that mark their literary achievement.

In an interview with PW, Yang, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, who has had two graphic novels nominated for National Book Awards in Young People’s Literature, said that “[Reading Without Walls] started last January as an experimental pilot when I was appointed National Ambassador. Schools and libraries and bookstores put up displays and issued challenges. We want to make it easier for them.” Yang said the pilot program has led to the design of certificates of participation, posters, activity kits, puzzles, and other materials to promote the reading program.

“I announced Reading Without Walls program at the National Book Festival [last fall] with a speech on social media. People really ran with it and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback. Now we’re finalizing the program and supplying a lot of formal materials to teachers, retailers, and librarians that will help them get involved.”

Yang said that feedback from the pilot program has helped to expand the program to “reading in other languages. We’ll also have kits that encourage children to create their own poetry, novels and comics. We’re taking [the program] from reading without walls, to encouraging kids to make their own stories, outside of their walls.”

The program is a partnership with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, the Children’s Book Council, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Holicong Middle School
2900 Holicong Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902
(267) 893-2700

BOOM! Studios Announces Signings, Panels & Exclusives for WonderCon 2017

Press Release:

BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will exhibit at WonderCon 2017, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., during the weekend of March 31 – April 2. BOOM! will occupy booth #1301, which is the first booth just beyond the main entrance. The publisher shared its plans for the event,  including:

—BOOM! will have limited quantities of the following WonderCon exclusive variant cover comics available for purchase at the booth:

Steven Universe (2017) #1 – Cover by Missy Peña (Adventure Time)
Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 – Cover by Elsa Charretier (The Unstoppable Wasp)
The Power of the Dark Crystal #1 – Cover by Mike Huddleston (The Strain)
WWE: WrestleMania 2017 Special #1 – Cover by Rahzzah (Totally Awesome Hulk)
Godshaper #1 – Cover by Jonas Goonface

Also available at the booth will be copies of the Over the Garden Wall Vol. 1 Limited Edition hardcover, featuring a cover by Kevin Jay Stanton (Adventure Time), and BOOM!’s recent publications, The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China and The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China, featuring bookplates autographed by director John Carpenter (limited to 100 copies).

BOOM! has produced more of the popular Lumberjanes merit badges, including new badges “Jail Break,” which debuted at Emerald City Comicon, and “If You Got It, Haunt It,” which makes its debut at WonderCon. An enamel pin bearing the Lumberjanes logo, which debuted at Emerald City Comicon, will also be available.

Appearing at the BOOM! Studios booth (#1301) throughout the weekend will be:

Friday, March 31
1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal)
3:00-3:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)
4:00-4:50 PM // Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)

Saturday, April 1
11:00-11:50 AM // Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna)
1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal)
2:00-2:50 PM // Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Joyride, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: The Official Graphic Novel Prelude)
5:00-5:50 PM // Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock)
6:00-6:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)

Sunday, April 2
11:00-11:50 AM // Ben Acker and Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)
12:00-12:50 PM // Matt Daley and Trevor Crafts (Lantern City)
1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal)
2:00-2:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)
4:00-4:50 PM // Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna)

—In addition, Chrystin Garland (Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems) will be available at the booth all weekend selling sketches on blank covers for Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and Over the Garden Wall comics.

BOOM! will present and participate in the following panels at WonderCon:

Friday, March 31
BOOM! STUDIOS: DISCOVER YOURS
2:00p.m.-3:00p.m., Room 211
Discover YOUR new favorite comic book series in the panel designed for everyone, from new fans to longtime readers to anyone who loves comics! Join BOOM!’s top editors and creators as they explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession.
Moderator: Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios(
Panelists: Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios); Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal); Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle); Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna); Kiwi Smith & Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City); Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, & Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)

DISCOVER WHY YA IS THE FUTURE OF COMICS
5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., Room 208
YA dominates film, TV, books and comics, with original stories aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Join some of the most popular new voices in comics as they discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment.
Moderator: Dafna Pleban (Editor, BOOM! Studios)
Panelists: James Dashner (Maze Runner), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance, Compass South), Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle, Hit, Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon), Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, The Changing Girl; The P.L.A.I.N. Janes; Boy Proof), Kiwi Smith (10 Things I Hate About You, Legally BlondeMisfit City), Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City), Shannon Watters (Editor, BOOM! Studios; Lumberjanes)

Saturday, April 1
DISCOVER THE SECRET TO REINVENTING POP CULTURE
10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m., Room 208
There’s never been a better time to discover new visions of your life-long favorite characters in comic books, but what’s the secret to modernizing and diversifying beloved mythology without losing fans? Find out just what it takes to turn your favorite TV show, movie, and more into a successful comic book that balances entertaining long-time fans and bringing in new readers with an eye to the future of entertainment.
Moderator: Bryce Carlson (Managing Editor, BOOM! Studios)
Panelists: Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), Simon Spurrier (The Power of the Dark Crystal), Christina Strain (Generation X), Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock), David Walker (Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes), Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11)

DISCOVER THE MUSIC OF COMICS
2:00p.m.-3:00p.m., Room 211
The hottest new bands are all in…COMIC BOOKS? Music and comics have always been intertwined but 2017 is bringing even more of a musical influence to your favorite graphic fiction. Join Patrick Reed from Comics Alliance and top creators to discuss the unique relationship between musicians, comic creators, and how to authentically combine two of the most powerful forms of entertainment.
Moderator: Patrick Reed (Comics Alliance)
Panelists: Simon Spurrier (Godshaper), Sam Humphries (Jonesy, CBGB), Jasmine Amiri (Editor, BOOM! Studios), Amy Chu (KISS)

Also on Saturday, WonderCon and BOOM! Studios join forces to honor writer Simon Spurrier with his own spotlight panel:

SPOTLIGHT ON SIMON SPURRIER
5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., Room 211

Everyone’s favorite tea-chugging Eisner loser Si Spurrier (X-Men Legacy, The Power of the Dark Crystal, Doctor Who) will be presenting his acclaimed lecture/essay/presentation thingamabob, confusingly titled “The Pluripotent Panel.” Gasp as he reveals the cosmic potential of the comic book form! Self-congratulate as you learn the sophisticated secrets of your chosen medium! Puke with laughter as he gets his slides muddled and has a breakdown on stage! Live-tweet your awkward questions about crumpets, Brexit, and fractal narratives in a bonus Q&A session! (N.B.-Probable sweariness. N.B.#2-Then, pub.)

Sunday, April 2
COMICS ARE FOR KIDS, TOO!
3:30-4:30pm, Room 210
Comic Books are for everyone and that includes the youngest readers just learning about the world of four-color fantasy! Join the Creators of the hotly anticipated2graphic novel (Matt Daley, Trevor Crafts, Arlene Daley, and Ellen Crafts) for an interactive workshop where you and your school-age children will get hands on and make your own comic and leave with some fun surprises, too!
Panelists: Arlene Daley, Matt Daley, Ellen Crafts, Trevor Crafts

—And lastly, for aspiring comic book artists, BOOM! will participate in a Portfolio Review taking place on April 1, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. in Room 206B. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.

For more information on WonderCon 2017, visit www.comic-con.org/wca.

About BOOM! Studios:
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including LumberjanesThe WoodsGiant DaysKlaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWEMighty Morphin Power RangersAdventure Time and Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox in film and with Fox Television. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.

TX – ‘Namwolf #1 Signing

Fabian Rangel Jr. signs at Austin Books & Comics on Wednesday, April 19th at 4:00 PM.

About the creator:
Fabian Rangel Jr is a coffee addicted comic book writer based out of Corpus Christi, Texas. He’s the writer/co-creator of Doc Unknown (Dark Horse Comics), Space Riders (Black Mask Studios), Helena Crash (IDW), ‘Namwolf (Albatross), and Blood Brothers: Hermanos de Sangre. He’s also worked on such properties as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, and Lucha Underground.

About ‘Namwolf:
When scrawny Marty Spencer is drafted into the Vietnam War, he finds himself smack dab in the middle of the heart of darkness. But Marty has a secret. A secret even from himself. And Vietnam is a hell of a place to find out you’re a werewolf.

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

WA – Pearls Hogs the Road Tour

 

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, appears at The Elliott Bay Book Company on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of the newest Pearls treasury. Pastis promises to disclose all his vices, overshare, and tell you all you want to know about Pearls Before Swine. Sit back in astonishment and horror and enjoy some of the most popular (and least popular) Pearls strips from the past few years. And as if that’s not enough of a draw (oh, look, a pun!), Pastis will also be signing copies of his newest treasury, Pearls Hogs the Road.

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The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 624-6600

NE – The Stone Heart Signing

Writer/artist Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Super-hero Girl, Friends with Boys, The War at Ellsmere, The Last of Us, The Nameless City) appears in conversation with author Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl, Carry On, Eleanor & Park) at Legend Comics on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM with a signing to follow.

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Legend Comics & Coffee
5207 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68106
(402) 391-2377

MA – The Collapsing Empire Signing

Author John Scalzi (Old Man’s War, Redshirts) appears at Brookline Booksmith to sign The Collapsing Empire on Wednesday April 5th at 7:00 PM.

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

AB – Jay & Silent Bob Get Old LIVE

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes appear at the Stampede Corral on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM.

The hilarious duo of Jay & Silent Bob are finally back together. Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and accumulated fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks 2. And now you can see them live in your hometown recording their comedy podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.

Ranked #1 on iTunes Comedy podcasts, this is a sometimes touching, and always hilarious look at what happens when two people grow up in Hollywood’s gaze. These limited engagements will be recorded as the stories evolve live in front of the audience, and released for free on www.smodcast.com.

This is what fans everywhere have been waiting for – an opportunity to see their heroes on stage doing what they love, telling stories. Get your tickets now before it’s too late! Jay & Silent Bob are dying, watch it as it happens!

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Stampede Corral
1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2W1
+1 403-261-0111

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