SF – JJ Abrams + Andy Cruz Speak

Director JJ Abrams and Andy Cruz appear in conversation with Adam Savage on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Tickets available at the link…

JJ Abrams is a celebrated writer, producer, composer, and director for movies, including Armageddon, Star Trek, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and television shows, including Felicity, Alias, Lost, and Westworld. Recently he became the second director ever to direct a film that grossed over two billion dollars at the box office. In 2009 he co-created and co-starred as the pianist in the music video for the song “Cool Guys Don’t Look at Explosions,” with Will Ferrell and Andy Samberg. He has won numerous awards and is currently working on an HBO series with Jordan Peele, the director of Get Out.

Andy Cruz is the co-founder and creative nerve center of House Industries, the design company known for their fonts and far-reaching collaborative work with Muji, Hermès, The Eames Office, Jimmy Kimmel, and The New Yorker. Cruz’s interests such as hot-rods, Japanese folk art, and skateboarding fuel projects ranging from fashion and fonts to ceramics and satellites. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. The Process is the Inspiration, co-authored with Rich Roat and Ken Barber, considers how to turn curiosity into successful work. JJ Abrams wrote the book’s foreword.

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Nourse Theater
275 Hayes St, San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 563-2463

WA – Wonder Woman: Warbringer Signing

Author Leigh Bardugo (Grisha Trilogy, Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom) appears on Thursday, August 31st at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign Wonder Woman: Warbringer!

One day she will be one of the world’s greatest heroes. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and risks exile to save a mere mortal. Even worse, 17-year-old New Yorker Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl. Unbeknownst to her, she is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. With a single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Priority Signing Ticket guarantees you a place in the first group called to stand in the signing line and is free with your purchase of Wonder Woman: Warbringer from University Book Store beginning July 5, 2017.

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105
(206) 634-3400

UK – The Ninth Doctor Chronicles Signing

Nicholas Briggs will be signing THE NINTH DOCTOR CHRONICLES at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Thursday 3rd August from 6 – 7pm.

Narrated by Nicholas Briggs, THE NINTH DOCTOR CHRONICLES features four new stories from the Ninth Doctor’s era:

The Bleeding Heart by Cavan Scott

Galen is a place where people come to heal. The renowned ‘planet of peace’ seems the ideal venue for talks between two warring races. But when death disrupts the diplomacy, Cosmic Nine news reporter Adriana Jarsdel uncovers a different story. Luckily, someone is there to help. A battle-weary veteran from another war. The Doctor has come to Galen – but is he looking for peace, or something else entirely?

The Window on the Moor by Una McCormack

Emily and her sisters once told each other fables of warring kingdoms: wicked princes, noble dukes, and their battling armies. Now she wanders the moors of her childhood alone, remembering those tales. The TARDIS arrives amid a strange civil war, with prisons made of glass and cities stalked by terrifying beasts. As windows open between worlds, stories and storyteller meet, and Rose comes face to face with Emily Brontë.

The Other Side by Scott Handcock

Rose has invited a new friend on board the TARDIS, against the Doctor’s better judgement. But when the Time Lord tries to take his unwelcome guest home, a temporal tsunami cuts the journey short. The travellers find the source of the disturbance inside an abandoned cinema. Will Adam Mitchell help or hinder when the Doctor and Rose discover what is lurking on the other side of the screen?

Retail Therapy by James Goss

Jackie Tyler is a success. Every home should have a Glubby Glub, and Jackie is star saleswoman on the Powell Estate. At last, she’s found her calling and it’s only a matter of time before she can give Rose the life she deserves. But the Doctor isn’t impressed. Jackie Tyler isn’t just filling peoples’ houses with useless clutter. He believes she’s launching an alien invasion…

NICHOLAS BRIGGS is an English actor, writer, director, sound designer and composer predominantly associated with the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who and its various spin-offs, particularly as the voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen. He’s also a co-creator of Big Finish Productions, for which he has produced, directed and written several audio plays.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

NJ – Kubert School Artists Signing

Artists Jan Duursema, Tom Mandrake and more appear at Dewey’s Comic City on Saturday, August 19th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

Jan Duursema: Star Wars: Legacy, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, numerous Star Wars series for Dark Horse; co-created Arion, Lord of Atlantis and drew the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons for for three years for DC Comics; a Kubert School graduate Jan currently is an instructor at the school.

Tom Mandrake: Batman, The Spectre, and Swamp Thing for DC Comics, The Punisher, The Hulk Unchained, and The New Mutants for Marvel Comics, as well as work for many other publishers; a Kubert School graduate where Tom currently is an instructor.

Sian Mandrake: freelance artist and teacher; currently a penciller on the “7 Deadly Sinners” project by Chuck Dixon as well as illustrating a soon to be announced children’s book

Jack Mandrake: A freelance artist and designer, Jack begins his first year at the Kubert School this fall semester.

Justin Prokowich: Kubert class of 2013; works as a freelance artist and designer.

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Dewey’s Comic City
13 Park Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
(973) 593-0042

OR – Lazarus X+66 #2 Signing

Writer Aaron Duran appears at Bridge City Comics on Saturday, August 26th at 6:00 PM.

Duran will be signing copies of Lazarus X+66 #2 (his debut comic with Image Comics) as well as copies of The Forgotten Tyrs Volume 2: Rise of the First City, the second volume in his Grizzlydale young adult novel series. Copies of both will be available for purchase (as well as copies of his first Forgotten Tyrs novel). This signing is all ages and refreshments will be provided for free!

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Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227
(503) 282-5484

SF – Wonder Woman: Warbringer Signing

Author Leigh Bardugo (Grisha Trilogy, Six of Crows) appears at Books Inc. on Wednesday, August 30th at 6:30 PM to discuss and sign Wonder Woman: Warbringer!

Press Release:

Not Your Mother’s Book Club very excitedly presents #1 New York Times-bestselling and USA Today bestselling author Leigh Bardugo for a special event in celebration of the first book in the DC Icons Series, Wonder Woman: Warbringer!

Please Note: This is a ticketed event. Ticket includes a copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer and refreshments.

About Wonder Woman: Warbringer: The highly anticipated, entirely new coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times-bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law–risking exile–to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer–a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies–mortal and divine–determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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Books Inc.
601 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
415-776-1111

CA – The Bat: Improv in the Dark

Join hosts Cole Stratton and Janet Varney plus four guest improvisers on Wednesday August 2nd at 9:00 PM for a live taping in which they will create a world before your very ears, as they perform the entire thing in the dark! Characters, conflicts, sound effects and more will be vocally winged based upon your suggestions. Tickets available at the link…
Guest improvisers:
Stephanie Courtney (Flo from “Progressive”)
Phil LaMarr (“MADtv”)
Tawny Newsome (“Bajillion Dollar Propertie$”)
Gary Anthony Williams (“Malcolm in the Middle”)
Hosted by:
Cole Stratton (Pop My Culture Podcast)
and Janet Varney (“The Legend of Korra,” “Stan Against Evil”)

Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850

VA – Miles Morales: Spider-Man Signing

Acclaimed local author Jason Reynolds appears at Hooray for Books on Friday August 4th at 6:30 PM to present and sign his new book Miles Morales: Spider-Man.

Since his comic debut in 2011, Miles Morales has been a breakout star as the new Spider-Man. Not only is Miles younger than his contemporary Peter Parker, but he also has brand new abilities like the ability to camouflage himself and the use of his venom strikes.

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Hooray For Books
1555 King St, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 548-4092

IDW Publishing Sets Course For Star Trek™ Las Vegas Convention

Press Release:

Creation Entertainment’s 16th Annual Las Vegas Star Trek Convention kicks off this week and IDW Publishing will be representing with special guests who work on the official line of Star Trek comic books – longtime Star Trek writer Mike Johnson, Group Editor Sarah Gaydos, and artist J.K. Woodward.

The convention will run from August 2-6, but con-goers can catch Mike, J.K., and Sarah on Wednesday and Thursday, featured on select panels to discover more about the current status, and future, of IDW’s publishing programs for all things Star Trek. That includes the recently announced “I.D.I.C.” 6-part story arc that begins in Star Trek: Boldly Go #13, the highly publicized Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken miniseries, which depicts a “Mirror Universe” spin on the TNG crew (with painted art by Woodward), as well as the launch of the Star Trek: Discovery ongoing comic book which ties-in directly to the eagerly anticipated TV series.

Debuting in October, both “I.D.I.C.” and Discovery were recently teased at Comic-Con International, with even more details to unveil in Vegas. “I.D.I.C.” (Infinite Diversity (in) Infinite Combinations) explores the Vulcan philosophy that celebrates diversity in all its forms and will be written by Mike Johnson. The Discovery comic will be co-written by Johnson and Discovery staff writer Kristen Beyer.

Panels include:

Discovery Publishing
8/2 Wed @ 5:30pm in the Leonard Nimoy Theatre

Expanding Star Trek Comic Universe (with Mike, J.K., and Sarah)
8/3 Thurs @ 10:45am in the DeForest Kelley Theatre

Mike Johnson Signing
8/3 Thurs @ 2:00pm at Away Mission Booth in the Exhibition Hall

Inside Trek: Mike Johnson
8/3 Thurs @ 3:30pm on the CBS All Access Stage

Inside Trek: Sarah Gaydos
8/3 Thurs @ 4:30pm on the CBS All Access Stage

Star Trek Las Vegas will be the largest gathering of Trek fans in the world this year and Sarah, Mike, and J.K. are excited by the opportunity to meet the incredible fans who have made the Star Trek comics so much fun to work on, and to just generally geek out about Trek with you!

CA – Wonder Woman: Warbringer Signing

Author Leigh Bardugo (Grisha Trilogy, Six of Crows) appears at the Grove’s Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, August 29th at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign Wonder Woman: Warbringer!

The highly anticipated, entirely new coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: Wonder Woman by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning…

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war. A wristband is required to attend this event.

A wristband will be issued on a first come, first serve basis to customers who purchase Wonder Woman: Warbringer from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning August 29th at 9am
• Limit 1 wristband per book

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 525-0270

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