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  • Baltimore Comic Con Welcomes Back Conner, Cooke, Palmiotti & Tieri in 2015

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    Press Release:

    Come to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for the 16th annual Baltimore Comic-Con on September 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center! We are excited to welcome to our show returning guests Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Frank Tieri.

    Working in the comics industry since the late 1980s, Amanda Conner got her start working for major publishers like Marvel Comics on Solo Avengers and Excalibur, and Archie Comics on Archie and The Adventures of Bayou Billy. As her career progressed, she worked for a number of noteworthy titles at smaller comics companies, including Soulsearchers and Company for Claypool and Vengeance of Vampirella at Harris. She has since had an extensive illustration career, both in and out of comics, and her latest industry work can be seen on DC Comics’ Convergence and Convergence: Action Comics covers, and on Harley Quinn, where she is providing both art and writing (with her husband, Jimmy Palmiotti).

    Last with us in 2008, Darwyn Cooke made his mark in the comics industry after working in animation such notable series as Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond. His initial success at DC Comics on the graphic novel Batman: Ego parlayed into further work on Marvel’s X-Force, Wolverine/Doop, and Spider-Man’s Tangled Web. He later went on to work on such noteworthy titles as DC’s Just Imagine…, Detective Comics, DC: The New Frontier, and Solo. More recently, Cooke has been the cartoonist behind IDW’s Richard Stark’s Parker series of graphic novels as well as work on a number of DC’s Before Watchmen series and variant covers for Action Comics, Convergence, and Harley Quinn.

    aconner-redsonjaJimmy Palmiotti is renowned in the comics industry as a writer, artist, and editor. Originally working as an inker, he has since gone on to contribute to major titles and runs at comic companies large and small. He co-founded Event Comics in the mid-1990s, where he worked on titles such as Ash and Painkiller Jane. He later moved to Marvel Comics, working on the launch of their Marvel Knights line with the “Guardian Devil” storyline in Daredevil. In addition to co-writing DC Comics’ Harley Quinn with his wife, Amanda Conner, he also writes their Batwing: Future’s End and Star Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie (both with writing partner Justin Gray), and BOOM! Studios’ Palmiotti & Brady’s The Big Con Job.

    Writer Frank Tieri has established a strong voice in the comics industry, working for many publishers and injecting his unique style along with amusing references to popular culture . He has contributed to a broad range of titles across many publishers, including Marvel’s Iron Man, Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man, and Punisher: Noir, DC’s Batman, Detective Comics, Hawkman, and Grifter, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja: The Black Tower, and Top Cow’s The Darkness. His latest work can be found in DC Comics’ Convergence: Suicide Squad, Convergence: Justice League, and Arkham Manor: Endgame, and Marvel’s AXIS: Revolutions.

    “It’s been too long since we’ve seen Darwyn, and we missed Amanda and Jimmy last year,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Along with Frank, this is another fantastic group of talented creators that our fans clamor for, and we’re so pleased they’re returning! ”

    balti15This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Mark Waid (Daredevil); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever).

    In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

    TN – Earthworm Jim Creator Signs

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    Doug TenNapel, creator of Earthworm Jim, appears at Rick’s Comic City for a signing from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM on Saturday April 4, 2015!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Rick’s Comic City
    2710 Old Lebanon Rd Suite 3, Nashville, TN 37214
    (615) 883-7890

    CA – Tremors 25th Anniversary Reunion

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    Director Ron Underwood, actor Michael Gross (Burt Gummer), actress Finn Carter (Rhonda LeBeck), producer Nancy Roberts, screenwriters Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson, production designer Ivo Cristante, make-up effects artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, visual effects designers Robert & Dennis Skotak, and more appear at the Arclight Cinema on Thursday, March 26, 2015 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of TREMORS! Presented by Creature Features and Famous Monsters of Filmland.

    Advance tickets are $19.50 for general seating and $65 for VIP tickets (includes exclusive limited edition screen print, one issue of Famous Monsters #279 with alternate TREMORS cover art, preferred seating, and entry into the pre-screening reception, food & beverages included.

    Tickets available at the link…

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Arclight Hollywood Cinema
    6360 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
    (323) 464-1478

    NYC – Captain Janeway Signs

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    Kate Mulgrew (Capt. Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, Red on Orange Is The New Black) signs her new memoir BORN WITH TEETH at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Wednesday April 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

    Barnes & Noble – Union Square
    33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
    212-253-0810

    Billy Dee Williams Appears at Star Wars Celebration 2015

    Billy-Dee-WilliamsPress Release:

    Well hello, what have we here? Actor Billy Dee Williams will be appearing at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim next month. The actor who portrayed Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi will be greeting fans and signing autographs in the Celebration Autograph Hall presented by Official Pix, and is also scheduled for the Celebration stage with host James Arnold Taylor.

    Hollywood icon Billy Dee Williams was an exceptional addition to the cast of heroes in the Star Wars universe, backed by his powerful performance opposite Diana Ross in the films Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues. Appearing in both Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Williams brought the iconic character Lando Calrissian to life on the big screen.

    Williams’ career includes roles in the films Undercover Brother, Nighthawks, Bingo Long, Batman, and Bryan’s Song. He’s been nominated for the Emmy and Independent Spirit Awards, and been presented the TV Land and Image Awards for his performances. In the world of television Williams has appeared on Dynasty, Lost, NCIS, Night Shift, and GLEE to name just a few. He has voiced Lando Calrissian in video games, television specials, and in Star Wars: Rebels.

    An accomplished artist and author, Williams has been nominated for a Guggenheim Award and won an Hallgarten Award, an honor in the art world.

    MegaCon Returns to Orlando in April 2015

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    Press Release:

    Orlando MegaCon Returns to the Orange County Convention Center April 10-12, 2015

     ORLANDO, Fla. (March 2, 2014) — Orlando MegaCon, the Southeast’s largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi-media event, is returning to the Orange County Convention Center April 10-12.  The popular event promises to be bigger and better than ever with more events, exhibits and the announcement of celebrity guests including comic book icon, Stan Lee (Saturday and Sunday only).

    The weekend starts off with the First Annual MegaWalk at MegaCon 2015, hosted by the Hero Initiative. This event will take place on Friday, April 10 at 11 a.m. with all proceeds going towards the Hero Initiative. The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. The walk’s grand marshal will be comic book legend George Perez.

    The festivities continue on Friday night at The Cosmos Party. With DJ performances, dancing, laser light show, VIP celebrities and costume contest, The Cosmos Party is the official launch of MegaCon. The Cosmo Party takes place in Ballroom D and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Attendees must be 18 or older with proper ID to attend this event.

    MegaCon’s avid attendees come first and foremost to see the all-star line-up of comic book guests including George Pérez, Ed McGuiness, Mike Perkins, Marv Wolfman, Allen Bellman, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Frank Cho, Ethan Van Sciver, Andy Smith, Darwyn Cooke, Drew Geraci, Rob Hunter, Katie Cook, Bob Layton, Chuck Dixon, Andy Price, Mike Lilly, Sean Chen, Greg Horn, Dan Parent, Sergio Cariello, Billy Tucci and Brian Pulido

    Also big draws at MegaCon are the “media guests” (stars of TV, film and professional sports).  Media guests include:

    • Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies – The Walking Dead
    • Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Mark Boone Junior – Sons of Anarchy (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Hulk Hogan – Professional wrestling icon (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Cary Elwes – The Princess Bride
    • Karen Gillan – Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Jenna Colman, Arthur Darvill – Doctor Who (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Summer Glau – Firefly, Arrow (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Adam Baldwin – Firefly, Chuck
    • Alan Tudyk — Firefly
    • David Ramsey – Arrow
    • Lou Ferrigno – The Incredible Hulk
    • Sean Patrick Flanery, David Della Rocca, Clifton Collins, Jr. – The Boondock Saints
    • Jeremy Shada, Olivia Olson – Adventure Time
    • Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Trey MacNeille – The Animaniacs and professional voice actors
    • Grey DeLisle and Troy Baker – professional voice actors

    Other weekend events include the MegaCon video gaming with the Supercon 2K series and an arcade room by Freeplay Florida.

    MegaCon 2015 Showroom Dates and Hours:

    Friday, April 10:        12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    Saturday, April 11:   10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Sunday, April 12:     10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

     

    MegaCon 2015 Ticket Prices:

    Online:  Friday – $30, Saturday – $35, Sunday $30, 3-day – $70
    Onsite:  Friday – $35, Saturday – $40, Sunday $35, 3-day –$75

     

    MegaCon 2015 Location:

    Orange County Convention Center

    West Building – Exhibit Halls A4 through B4

    9899 International Drive

    Orlando, FL  32819

     

    Saturday tickets are expected to sell out, so guests are encouraged to consider attending MegaCon on Friday or Sunday.
    About MegaCon

    MegaCon has grown to become one of the largest comic book and sci-fi conventions in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to appeal to all ages and interests, MegaCon allows attendees to meet and mingle with their favorite comic book artists and TV/film stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, enjoy gaming events, and participate in numerous activities throughout the weekend.

    The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.

    IN – Saga Signing

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    Superstar writer Brian K. Vaughan, co-creator of Saga, Ex Machina, Runaways, and Y: The Last Man, appears at Aw Yeah Comics for a signing on Saturday April 11, 2015 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM! In addition to his work in comics Vaughan has written for television programs including Lost and Under the Dome.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Aw Yeah Comics
    111 E. Adams Street, Muncie, IN 47305
    765-282-5297

    Avatar/Korra Exhibit Draws Record-Breaking Crowd

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    Last Saturday night Gallery Nucleus opened a tribute exhibition of art to the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spinoff The Legend of Korra. Hundreds of fans, many of whom cosplaying their favorite characters, waited for hours in eager anticipation with lines ultimately stretching around the building and down the block. Co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino were on hand to sign autographs for a limited number of attendees. The artwork on display included both early development art and original pieces created by Avatar/Korra production artists and fans selected for inclusion.

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    Co-creator Mike DiMartino with the sold out Korrasami print

    Nucleus owner Ben Zhu, a self-avowed fan of Korra, said he got in touch with Nickelodeon around the middle of the third season to start planning the art show. “Little did we know that we would be the main event post show and no other fans events were in the works,” said Zhu in an email, “So in that sense, we got lucky.” Avatar/Korra co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dimartino remarked that they already knew of Nucleus’s reputation when they were approached because of the animation exhibitions it had hosted in the past. “It worked out nicely,” said Konietzko, “Lots of the crew from both shows are here so it’s kind of a family reunion.”

    When asked about the future of 2D animation, Konietzko said the industry is currently in something of a Golden Age in television with more people going to art school specifically to study animation. Pointing to the artists represented in the exhibition, he and DiMartino agreed that they represent the future and will be the ones creating their own shows in the years to come.

    During the opening only the first people in the gallery were given wristbands to get signatures from Konietzko and DiMartino. But the many attending artists from each show, including Joaquim Dos Santos, Angela Song Mueller, Colin Heck, Johane Matte, Giancarlo Volpe, Emily Tetri, Kenji Ono, Elsa Garagarza, Will Ruzicka, and more, mingled with fans and very graciously signed art books and prints. Also voice actors PJ Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami),Dee Bradley Baker (Tarrlok and every single animal) and his daughter Cora (young Korra) also made appearances to meet fans and snap selfies. All told, a reported 1,500 people showed up to indulge in their fandom. Ben Zhu said, “This event broke attendance records for us and is the most attended show in our gallery’s history just above the Final Fantasy X/X2 game release event and the Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition. We knew the event was going to be big but anticipated maybe 2/3 the actual attendance.”

    When asked if the story of Korra will continue in comic form as Avatar: The Last Airbender has, DiMartino remained cryptic but said if anything were to continue it would be there. He spoke well of the creative team behind the Dark Horse title, writer Gene Luen Yang and artist team Gurihiru, saying they are so talented they need very little direction.

    The artwork for the exhibition will remain on display till March 22. The closing event on Saturday March 21st will feature a Q&A panel with Konietzko and DiMartino but is most likely to be restricted to 100-150 people. Fans are encouraged to follow Gallery Nucleus on their Facebook page and Twitter to get the latest news.

    Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

    Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

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    Avatar Aang & Katara cosplayers

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    The very first drawing of Aang and early versions of Naga and Momo by co-creator Bryan Konietzko

     

    "Past Lives": Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar's previous incarnations.

    “Past Lives”: Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar’s previous incarnations.

    Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

    Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

    CA – Sonic Boom #5 Signing

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    Bill Freiberger appears at Earth-2 Comics on Saturday March 14, 2015 from 1-3pm! Bill writes the Sonic Boom TV show and has written and produced numerous other shows such as Drawn Together, The Simpsons, and more.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Earth-2 Comics
    15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    (818) 386-9590

    NS – An Evening with Kevin Smith

    Press Release:

    After a sold out show in 2011, Kevin Smith returns to the Spatz Theatre (Citadel High School, 1855 Trollope Street) in Halifax, NS on Sunday, March 22.

    A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, Smith has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, and Tusk; 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.

    An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the man who brought the world these films. Prior to the Q&A we invite you to say #WalrusYes and join us for a screening of TUSK on the big screen!

    About TUSK
    Released in 2014, TUSK was written and directed by Smith and stars Justin Long as podcaster Wallace Bryton, who goes missing while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe (Michael Parks) in Manitoba. Bryton’s best friend Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) and girlfriend Allison (Genesis Rodriguez) team up with an ex-cop (Ralph Garman) to look for him in this comedy horror. Johnny Depp also makes an appearance in the film as Guy Lapointe alongside his daughter Lily-Rose Depp and Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith.

    Tickets at the link!

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