NYC – Star Wars Made Easy Signing

Join Christian Blauvelt, creator of the ultimate guide Star Wars Made Easy, at Strand Book Store on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00 PM as he hosts a quiz night and gives out prizes to the real Jedi masters (or Sith Lords)!

Light vs Dark, Desire vs Detachment, Fear vs Hope, Good vs Evil. No matter how you view the enduring saga of George Lucas’ golden egg, the Star Wars franchise has captured the hearts of fans worldwide for generations. With it’s distinct flavor of fantasy married with science fiction, it’s no wonder that its iconic ships, heroes and scoundrels have become the stuff of pop culture. But how well do you really know Star Wars?

From what planet do the Wookies hail? How many Dewbacks were in the original 1977 theatrical (i.e. best) cut of the first Star Wars movie? What vehicle does Luke use to bullseye Womp rats in his spare time? What is the “Rule of Two”? Which bounty hunter in ESB is wearing an old costume from a Doctor Who episode? How many total Wilhelm screams are in the main 7 Star Wars films? Who shot first?? With all these questions, there is only one way to determine who is the greatest trivia Jedi of them all: it’s time for a Star Wars trivia night!

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

SC – Last Fan Standing LIVE

Actor, author and producer Bruce Campbell (Ash vs Evil Dead) appears at Revel on Tuesday, October 31 at 6:30 PM! Tickets are available here…

Bruce is touring the country promoting his new book, Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor, the follow-up to his New York Times bestseller If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor. Bruce brings us through his life in the decade since his first memoir and his roles as varied as they are numerous- from his roles in the Spider-Man movies to his self-referential My Name is Bruce to his role on #1 show Burn Notice and his new STARZ hit series Ash vs Evil Dead.

BUT! This is no ordinary book tour. It’s a game show! Bruce will be presenting LAST FAN STANDING, a game show like no other! Last Fan Standing gives the entire audience the chance to play along and qualify to be on stage—and attempt to be The Last Fan Standing. Through provided “audience response devices” (clickers if you insist on getting technical), each audience member participates in a series of multiple choice questions where the players with the first correct answers advance to the Podium Rounds where the top four players from the audience fight a winner-take-all battle of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Superheroes, and Horror trivia. After each round the player with the lowest score is eliminated, until there is only one . . . Last Fan Standing!

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Revel
304 E Stone Ave, Greenville, SC 29609
(864) 412-7227

NYC – An Evening with Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith appears at Caroline’s at 7:00 PM on both Monday, November 6th and Tuesday, November 7th as part of the New York Comedy FestivalTickets 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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Carolines on Broadway
1626 Broadway, New York, New York 10019
(212) 757-4100

UK – Brian K. Vaughan Signing

Brian K. Vaughan, author of Saga, Paper Girls, Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and many more, signs at Travelling Man York on Friday September 22nd 2017 from 4.30pm till 6.30pm.

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Travelling Man
54 Goodramgate, YO1 7LF York, UK
+44 1904 628787

IL – Albert The Alien Launch Party

Aw Yeah Comics welcomes Trevor Mueller and Gabriel Bautista on Saturday, September 30th from noon till 2:00 PM to celebrate the release of the newest volume for their series, Albert The Alien. Plus, join us for a kids workshop on how to make your own Alien! Also, the first 100 people that make a purchase will get a free Albert the Alien Comic!

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Aw Yeah Comics
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
847-423-2916

Scarlett Byrne Joins Harry Potter Stars at Cincinnati Comic Expo 2017

Press Release:

“Aparecium!” The 2017 Cincinnati Comic Expo will host four members from the Harry Potter film franchise on September 22-24, 2017! The newest guest to be added to the list is Scarlett Byrne. Scarlett is best known for her portrayal as Pansy Parkinson. She is joined by Julian Glover (Aragog), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), and Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout). This gathering is very unique for all Potter fans as the Expo is the first US convention appearance for Miriam. Catch them here before they all “Evanesco!”

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For further information please go to the website: cincinnaticomicexpo.com

The Librarians’ John Harlan Kim Appears at Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

Press Release:

Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased announce the addition of John Harlan Kim from TNT’s The Librarians as a guest of the show.

John Harlan Kim currently stars as a series regular on Dean Devlin’s TNT series The Librarians, a follow up to the network’s hit movie trilogy starring Noah Wyle. The series centers on four ordinary people with extraordinary talents who are recruited to work at an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library. Together they solve impossible mysteries, fight supernatural threats, and recover powerful artifacts from around the world. John plays “Ezekiel Jones”, the cocky but likeable youngest member of the Librarians who is a master of new technologies, aficionado of old classic crimes, and who fancies himself an international man of mystery.

Kim previously completed a series regular role on the iconic Australian series Neighbours as “Dale ‘Macca’ McGregor”, a popular but mischievous high school student who loves to stir up trouble. His additional credits include Steven Spielberg’s miniseries The Pacific for DreamWorks and HBO.

Dynamite Entertainment, which will be exhibiting at the show in Booth #2010, are launching a comic series of The Librarians, where John will be supporting the book. A Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive cover will be available for sale at the show, perfect for getting autographs!

“I am a HUGE fan of The Librarians,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “This late addition to the show is really exciting, and fans of the show are going to be as thrilled as I am to get to meet John.”

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The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

FL – Thrawn Signing

Press Release:

Books at Park Place is honored to announce the return of one of our favorite authors to our store. Timothy Zahn will be joining us for the afternoon of Saturday, October 14th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM to sign copies of his new Star Wars novel Thrawn as well as many of his bestselling novels of old.

About the author:
Timothy Zahn has been writing science fiction for over thirty years. In that time he has published forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction. Best known for his nine Star Wars novels, he is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, and the young-adult Dragonback series. Recent books include Terminator Salvation: Trial by Fire, a sequel to the movie, and Cobra Guardian, the second of the Cobra War Trilogy. he also won the Hugo Award for the novella “Cascade Point” in 1984.

So join us and bring your camera as members of the fan group 501st Imperial Legion of Stormtroopers will be on hand as we turn to the dark side. Have some cookies and meet this amazing author that created some of the most iconic parts of the Star Wars universe.

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Books at Park Place
10468 Roosevelt Blvd N, St Petersburg, FL 33716
(727) 388-9093

CA – Last Fan Standing LIVE

Book Soup and Spaceland are proud to present actor, director, writer, and producer Bruce Campbell at the Regent Theater on Wednesday Oct 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM as he presents his new book Hail to the Chin and hosts Last Fan Standing, a live game show! Tickets available at the link…

Last Fan Standing is a no-holds-barred live game show, and YOU get to participate! Test your ultimate nerd knowledge as the legendary Bruce Campbell hosts. The top four contenders will face off on stage…will you be one of them? For more information on the show, see the Last Fan Standing website. Every ticket includes admission to Last Fan Standing and comes with a copy of Bruce Campbell’s book HAIL TO THE CHIN. VIP tickets also include an exclusive Meet & Greet with Bruce Campbell.

ABOUT THE BOOK :

Hail to the Chin is the new raucous and sardonic memoir from Bruce Campbell, a follow-up to the New York Times bestselling If Chins Could Kill. 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.

Bruce Campbell makes his triumphant return from where he left off in If Chins Could Kill with further hilarious, gut-wrenchingly honest confessions.

Bruce brings us through his life in the decade since his first memoir and his roles as varied as they are numerous- from his roles in the Spider-Man movies to his self-referential My Name is Bruce to his role on #1 show Burn Notice and his new STARZ hit series Ash vs Evil Dead.

Over the last 15 years, Bruce has become a regular on the Wizard World convention circuit, has created his @GroovyBruce twitter account with over 400,000 followers and a Facebook page with almost 250,000 likes. His profile and reach is lightyears beyond where it was for Chins.

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.

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.

The Regent Theater
448 S. Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

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