IL – Thor Annual #1 Signing

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Jason Aaron and CM Punk appear at Challengers Comics on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from noon till 3:00 PM!

Press Release: 

A signing more explosive than Ragnarok! A guest list more accomplished and acclaimed than Fandral the Dashing! A line sure to be longer than the Midgard Serpent! On February 28th, from noon ’til 3pm, get your copy of THOR ANNUAL #1 signed by two of the comic’s writers, JASON AARON (Thor, Southern Bastards) and CM PUNK (AvX introduction, Superior Foes of Spider-Man outro)!

This ticket is only for the CM Punk autograph line (tickets are currently sold out). The Jason Aaron autograph line will not require a ticket, and is first come first served.

This is a comic book signing. Both Jason Aaron and CM Punk are coming to Challengers to meet fans and sign comics. To allow them to meet the most fans and sign the most books in three hours, we will be enforcing the following guidelines:

To enter the CM Punk autograph line, you must purchase a ticket. Your ticket includes, for free, 1 (one) copy of the CM Punk co-written Thor Annual #1 (a $4.99 cover price comic book). With your ticket purchase, you may have up to FIVE items signed by CM Punk. You may choose not to have your Thor Annual signed if you’d like to get five other items signed.

At checkout through Eventbrite, you will have the option of purchasing up to 4 (four) additional copies of Thor Annual #1 for pick up at the event. Additional copies purchased will not increase the number of items you can get signed.

Other than the ticket purchase, no further payment is required for any autographs.

CM Punk will be signing wrestling items, if you have any you’d like to bring.

When you are meeting CM Punk, we ask that you leave your phone in your pocket. No photos, no selfies, no audio recordings, no podcast recordings. If you have your phone out before you get your items signed, we will ask you to put it away.

You may have items personalized (To Patrick), but no messages (To My Favoritest Widdle Fan In The Whole Wide World).

There is no public restroom on the premises.

Tickets to this event will be limited to one per person. Only the person named on the ticket will be eligible to stand in line for an autograph. Please bring a photo ID with you to the event, as we may need to verify that you are eligible to be in line for an autograph.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

CA – Fairly Odd Parents LIVE

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Tara Strong, Daran Norris, Butch Hartman, Ray DeLaurentis, and more appear at A-PAEC Theater on Saturday February 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM!

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Have you ever wondered how cartoons get their voices? Well your wish has been ranted! On February 21, 2015 you are invited to see a LIVE PERFORMANCE of Nickelodeon’s hit, classic cartoon “THE FAIRLY ODD PARENTS”. You’ll get to watch and meet the actors who have given life to COSMO, WANDA and TIMMY TURNER plus many others for the last 17 years! Series creator, Butch Hartman and Producer/Head Writer Ray DeLaurentis will be there to answer any questions and sign autographs. This SPECTACULAR show will take place on Agoura High School’s PAEC’s Main Stage. Ticket prices are $18.00 ages 6 to adult; $15.00 ages 5 and under.

This event will begin at 11am and end at 1pm with a one hour autograph session from 1 to 2pm with all the characters. This fun, exciting event is for the whole family! You will laugh so much your cheeks will hurt! Pizza and lots of other treats will be available for purchase. This is all to benefit the Theatre Arts Boosters club. We raise funds so we can do exceptional theater here at Agoura High School.

Tickets available at the link…

Performing Arts Education Centers – Agoura High School
28545 West Driver Avenue Agoura Hills CA 91301
(818) 591-1209 Ext 2

Bruce Campbell to Host “Last Fan Standing” Game Show for CONtv

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Press Release:

POP CULTURE ICON BRUCE CAMPBELL TO HOST NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “LAST FAN STANDING” FOR UPCOMING DIGITAL NETWORK CONTV

Cinedigm And Wizard World’s New Network To Launch This February With Fan-Favorite Film, TV And Original Entertainment Geared Towards the Comic Con Community

JANUARY 9, 2015, LOS ANGELES, CA – The forthcoming digital streaming service CONtv has announced it will be kicking off production for a new original series, LAST FAN STANDING, a game show hosted and produced by fan-favorite actor Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, Army Of Darkness). Created in partnership with Pop Quiz Entertainment, the series will be filmed live on the ground at Comic Con conventions nationwide with first show taping on Saturday, January 10 at New Orleans Comic Con. LAST FAN STANDING engages event attendees through a proprietary audience response system, where all patrons play along, competing for cash and prizes. The show culminates with the top four players vying for the coveted title as Campbell hunts for the LAST FAN STANDING.

Scheduled to launch next month, CONtv is a joint venture between Cinedigm, a leading independent content distributor, and Wizard World, a leading producer of live pop culture multimedia conventions. LAST FAN STANDINGwill be shot throughout various Wizard World events throughout 2015, and will premiere on CONtv later this year.

Wonder how much Thor’s hammer weighs? Or how much damage the Vorpal blade would inflict on a 5th-Level Cleric? Fans finally find vindication in their hours studying comics, films, movies and more with host and horror icon Campbell in this outrageous new quiz show. A collaboration between his own production entity and Pop Quiz Entertainment, this will be Campbells first digital series.

At a live preview during Wizard Worlds Chicago Comic Con last August, six hundred screaming fans could barely hold their seats! It was obvious to us that this would be a hit, said Chris McGurk, CEO of Cinedigm Entertainment. With a host as beloved in the fan community as Bruce, theres no better fit for CONtv than LAST FAN STANDING.We think of this series as a celebration of the pop culture obsession and fan engagement that makes the CONtv audience so special.

The audience went crazy for LAST FAN STANDING when we debuted the game at Chicago Comic Con this summer! CONtv is the perfect place to reach true fans, and we can’t wait to challenge our audiences to find out who is the ultimate pop culture guru,said Campbell.

We love that CONtv will be bringing the excitement and action of our conventions to fans across the country,says John Macaluso, CEO of Wizard World. By shooting LAST FAN STANDING on location, CONtv viewers will be able to join in on the fan experience even when they arent able to be at the convention in person.

Steve Sellery, CEO of Pop Quiz Entertainment commented, We created LAST FAN STANDING to celebrate the excitement and the fandom of each audience member, while providing them the chance to compete in a live game show. This truly is a unique and highly experiential platform that we trust will become a fan favoritewell into the future.

The new series joins the recently announced FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, a horror-competition series from Alpine Labs, BlackBoxTV and Revolver Picture Company. An unprecedented mash-up of the reality and scripted genres, FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD follows a collection of online celebrities including Joey Graceffa, Jesse and Jeana (PrankvsPrank), Justine Ezarik (iJustine), and more, as they face challenges in an attempt to survive the undeads relentlessly grisly, and frighteningly realistic onslaught.

Additionally, CONtv also recently announced an expansive portfolio of acquired film and television content available on the new digital network. Carefully selected for the passionate fans that make up the CONtv audience, the new partnerships enable the network to carry a deep catalogue of the best in pop culture obsession from pulse-pounding horror, to short-lived TV series, to cult classic films.

Upon its launch in February 2015, the digital service will be offered as a free ad-supported platform as well as a low-cost monthly subscription of $6.99/month with content exclusives, audience rewards, a dynamic second-screen experience, and ticketing bundle opportunities for Wizard World conventions. CONtv plans to launch across a wide spectrum of devices including Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, PlayStation, Android, Samsung Smart TV, Windows, Mac OS, mobile, and tablet devices.

About CONtv

CONtv is a new digital entertainment network exclusively dedicated to the fanspace. Launching in early 2015, CONtv will offer audiences access to thousands of hours of original programming, elusive cult films and television shows, celebrated genre movies, and exclusive live coverage of Comic Con events nationwide. From quirky original series to an eclectic catalog of 1200 must-watch titles, CONtvs seemingly endless stream of animé, fantasy, grindhouse, horror, martial arts, sci-fi, and superhero content will be available on demand through a free, ad-supported format or a low-cost, subscription-based model of $6.99 a month for premium content. CONtv is a partnership of Cinedigm Entertainment Group, the nations largest independent distributor of digital entertainment, and Wizard World, producers of the largest chain of Comic Con and pop culture conventions in the U.S. Together, they provide an unrivalled experiential hub of content, community, and conventions across the broad spectrum of platforms including Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Mac OS, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Windows, Xbox, mobile and tablet devices.

About Cinedigm

Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) is a leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with over 60,000 physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television. The companys library of over 52,000 films and TV episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, The Jim Henson Company and more.

About Wizard World

Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World also produces socialcon featuring social media stars and will be launching CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm.

About Pop Quiz Entertainment

Pop Quiz Entertainment develops and produces experiential events and branded entertainment platforms for network, cable, syndicated and online distribution, as well as live audiences across the nation. Pop Quiz Entertainment is the media and production division of Rising Tide Sports & Entertainment Group, with offices in Greenville, South Carolina and Delray Beach, Florida. Pop Quiz Entertainment is currently producing several shows, for live and broadcast audiences, including: Last Fan Standing,” “Quest ForThe Best: The Armed Forces Trivia Challenge, Hasbro Live,and Match Play.

The 2015 Wizard World schedule is available at: wizd.me/PRSchedule2015.

CA – BJ Novak Signing

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B.J. Novak (The Office, Amazing Spider-Man 2) appears at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm, for a fascinating discussion followed by a booksigning. (NOTE: This is a wristbanded event.)

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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

RI – RISD Animation Lecture

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Animation artists Bryan Konietzko and Phil Rynda speak at the Rhode Island School of Design on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:30pm!

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The Illustration Department is very pleased to announce a joint talk by award-winning artists Bryan Konietzko and Phil Rynda. The lecture is free and open to the general public, though seating is limited, so please arrive early!

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Bryan Konietzko will give a slide lecture at RISD’s Main Auditorium on Wednesday, February 4th, at 7:30pm. He will discuss the artwork and development that went into the five-year production of Legend of Korra, as well as provide advice for getting into and thriving within the animation industry.

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Phil Rynda will talk about his career in animation as well as his character design process. Specifically Phil will talk about how and why he puts “character” and personality before design. He will show examples from his own work as well as other examples. All to be followed by an open Q+A.

Rhode Island School of Design
17 Canal Walk Providence, RI 02903

 

 

WA – Deadpool Signing

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Actor/comedian Brian Posehn appears at I Like Comics for a signing on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm! Mr. Posehn is known in the comics world for writing both The Last Christmas from Image and Deadpool (3rd series) from Marvel. He has also appeared as a recurring character on New Girl, The Sarah Silverman Program, Just Shoot Me, and Mission Hill. In addition to countless other TV appearances, he is a highly sought after stand-up comedian and voice actor.

This event is FREE however, if you’d like a chance to catch one of his amazing stand-up acts from at Helium from Feb 5th – Feb 7th, click the link for tickets.

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I Like Comics
2101 E 4th Plain, Vancouver, Washington 98661
(360) 852-8890

MA – Compelling Conversations w/ Ice-T

icetRapper/actor Ice-T speaks at Bunker Hill Community College on Thursday, February 26, 2015!

A300 Auditorium
Program begins at 1:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public – Online registration is required.

Ice-T, who received a Grammy Award in 1991, launched his rap music career in the 1984 film Breakin’. He went on to become the genre’s original gangster, forming Rhyme Syndicate Records in 1989 and releasing a string of groundbreaking West Coast rap records. Ice-T subsequently formed the thrash metal band Body Count.

The film and television actor secured roles in New Jack City, Ricochet, Trespass and Johnny Mnemonic. He stars in NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Detective Finn. In his 1994 book, The Ice Opinion, the artist airs his views on free speech and education, among other topics. Ice-T will speak about race in America and overcoming obstacles to success.

RSVP at the link…

Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02129
(617) 228-2000

Bob’s Burgers LIVE on Tour

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Bob’s Burgers, the smash-hit animated fan favorite with a devoted cult following, will be bringing their brand of humor to the stage with an all new completely LIVE show. Bob’s Burgers LIVE features individual stand-up performances from the cast, exclusive clips from the TV show, audience Q&As, a table read from the show scripts with each cast member in character, as well as a very special video treat you can only see in person.

By purchasing a Bob’s Burgers Live VIP package you get to meet the cast members of Bob’s Burgers and receive exclusive VIP merchandise, such as a Bob’s Burgers t-shirt, water bottle, custom poster and more!

Join this hilarious cast for an experience you won’t forget.

VIP pre-sales begin on 1/20 at 10am local venue time. Get tickets at the link!

*VIP upgrades do not include a ticket to Bob’s Burgers live. If you do not purchase a ticket to Bob’s Burgers live, you will not be admitted into the VIP event.

The current cities on the tour are:
March 19: Minneapolis, MN
March 20: Chicago, IL
March 21: Milwaukee, WI
March 22: Detroit, MI
March 25: Washington, D.C.
March 26: Upper Darby, PA
March 27: New York, NY
March 28: Boston, MA

Dark Horse Announces Wizard World Portland 2015 Schedule

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DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES WIZARD WORLD PORTLAND 2015 SCHEDULE!

WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON 2015
DARK HORSE COMICS * BOOTH 109

Join Dark Horse Comics at Wizard World Comic Con! We’ll be at the booth handing out giveaways and offering free signings with comics creators! Come check out our comics, books, and products for sale!

Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from our friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Certain restrictions may apply. All events are subject to change.

SIGNINGS

Below are featured comics and the writers and artists who will be signing them. Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing while supplies last. Comics will also be available for sale (availability pending).

Buffy 11FRIDAY, JANUARY 23

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24

10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. MASS EFFECT Jeremy Barlow

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. LADY KILLER Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich

3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m. MISFITS OF AVALON Kel McDonald

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES Jeremy Vanhoozer (franchise creative director at PopCap Games), Paul Tobin, Ron Chan

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. BANDETTE, COLDER, PROMETHEUS, THE WITCHER Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover (Bandette)

PANELS

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23

Getting Respect: Comics Go to College with Dark Horse’s Diana Schutz, Too Much Coffee Man’s Shannon Wheeler, PSU’s Susan Kirtley, and PSU’s Jon Holt

Room: C120
Time: 6:30 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Comics and graphic novels have come into their own as subjects worthy of—indeed, demanding—attention from academia. Historians and cultural theorists teach courses, hold conferences, and publish books on various aspects of sequential art, and colleges and universities teach courses in comics as literature and social history as well as how to make them. Here to give an overview of various ideas about and approaches to comics studies are a cross section of comics scholars and teachers, including Diana Schutz (longtime Dark Horse executive editor and instructor at Portland Community College), Shannon Wheeler (creator of Too Much Coffee Man and instructor at Portland State College of the Arts), Susan Kirtley (director of rhetoric and composition at Portland State University; author of Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass), and Jon Holt (assistant professor of Japanese literature and manga at Portland State University). The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch, Disguised as Clark Kent).

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24

Buffy Birthday Party!

Room: C120
Time: 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
Dark Horse Comics is hosting a party celebrating Buffy Summers’s birthday (just a bit belatedly—her birthday is January 19)! At this special panel, there will be Buffy trivia, Buffy “Hush” Pictionary, and more—fun times with PRIZES! Plus, find out what it’s like to continue the Whedonverse in comics with Dark Horse editor Sierra Hahn, writer Christos Gage, and artist Rebekah Isaacs! Happy birthday, Buffy!

Dark Horse Manga: An Afternoon with Carl Horn
Room: C123
Time: 2:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Oh My Goddess!, Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, and many more! Today the publisher continues to print some of the industry’s best-selling titles, including Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oreimo: Kuroneko, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Satoshi Kon’s Opus, Unofficial Hatsune Mix (as seen on David Letterman), and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join Dark Horse’s resident manga guru and editor extraordinaire, Carl Horn, for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

Dark Horse Builds Characters
Room: C120
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
Dark Horse Comics kicks off 2015 at Wizard World, right here in Portland! Join Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson, editor in chief Scott Allie, publicist Aub Driver, and special guests for a sneak peek at some of the year’s most newsworthy comics and programs, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Archie vs. Predator, The Strain, and more!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25

Plants vs. Zombies!
Room: C120
Time: 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Ready your PEASHOOTERS! Dark Horse Comics brought you the official Plants vs. Zombies comic series as well as The Art of Plants vs. Zombies, released in a partnership with PopCap Games, creators of the smash-hit video game. Now meet some of the people behind these hilarious, all-ages, action-filled zombie romps—Jeremy Vanhoozer, creative director of Plants vs. Zombies at PopCap; Paul Tobin, PVZ writer; PVZ artist Ron Chan; and Dark Horse PVZ editor Philip Simon!

PA – One More Thing Signing

bjn1mtB.J. Novak (The Office, Amazing Spider-Man 2) appears at the Free Library of Philadelphia to present One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
Buy tickets online

Screenwriter, stand-up comedian, author, and director B.J. Novak is also known for his role as condescending “temp-turned-sleazeball” (Los Angeles Times) Ryan on The Office. He has appeared in several films, including Inglorious Basterds, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. His writing and performing have garnered several honors, including Emmy nominations and Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild Awards. Of Novak and his new story collection, Gary Shteyngart says, “He just keeps kicking short fiction in the rear, making it run ahead clutching its ass, and then he runs up and kicks it some more, and the result is one of the most aggressively, insanely awesome debuts in a while.”

Free Library of Philadelphia – Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5322

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