NYC – I am Jim Henson Signing

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Author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos appear at Union Square’s Barnes & Noble on Tuesday January 10th at 6:30 PM to celebrate I am Jim Henson, the latest release from their New York Times bestselling picture book biography series Ordinary People Change the World.

About this author:
Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and several other top selling political thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad has been on the bestseller list for his nonfiction, advice, children’s books, and graphic books. He is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. He earned his law degree from Columbia University, where he was on the Columbia Law Review.

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

Ground Zero Animation Expo: Feb. 18-19th

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Ground Zero Animation Expo returns for two full days on February 18th & 19th in Anaheim, CA.  Tickets available at the link…

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Press Release:

Attend this one of a kind animation event. We have professionals to share tips & tricks on breaking into the industry, notes on portfolio composition, 2D animation discussions, and more! Our panelists range from artists in major studios, freelance, stop motion, gaming studios and more.

Looking to get your foot in the door, make your own animation, freelance with character design, dive into storyboarding, layout, production, etc? Interested in meeting professionals to ask your questions and purchase amazing art from them? Then this is the event for you!

The Animation Alley room will be filled with the panelists selling their own work, sharing about future projects and meeting with you one on one. Outdoors you will find the Up & Coming Animation Alley area to see new talent & those about to be discovered!

Panels are exclusive to those who purchase the specialty tickets. Limited space for panels, so make sure you get your tickets and in line for each panel early. Make sure you keep an eye on our website to get updates and find out what panels/workshops you want to attend.

Since we have extended our event to two days, we will be offering a few workshops as well. These tickets will go on sale a bit later in this year and will be an additional ticket you must purchase. We will be posting updates once we know our workshops. You can find updates on our social media and website: @fanalley on Instagram and Facebook.

Select the ticket to have your portfolio reviewed. Only 10 portfolio reviews on each day. Meet 1 on 1 with a professional who will look through your work to give you advice and answer questions you may have.

This event caters to ages 16 and up, but is open to all ages.

INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS & PANELISTS

STEPHEN SILVER
I was born in London, England on August 30, 1972. Aspiring to be a professional artist my whole life and knowing drawing would be my vocation, I got my professional start in 1992 drawing caricatures at SeaWorld in San Diego.

I have designed characters for Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, designing the style of the shows such as “Kim Possible”, “Danny Phantom” Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” the animated series, and many more.

I am the author and artist of 7 self-published books on the art of sketching, character design, caricature and life drawing. In addition to working freelance, and doing lectures, I am the owner of Silver Drawing Academy, an art school, located in Los Angeles, CA. I also teach two character design courses online @ schoolism.com.

CHRIS AYERS
Chris Ayers has been working in the entertainment field as a character designer and concept artist for the past sixteen years. In addition to his freelance work, he is also the author and illustrator of The Daily Zoo, a series of books containing his animal-of-the-day sketches that were done in response to his battle with cancer.

MIKE KUNKEL
Since he was a kid, Mike Kunkel dreamed of being a cartoonist. And he’s followed that dream for nearly 25 years as a Director, Story Artist, Character Designer, Animator, Writer and Illustrator for such studios as Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Sony Entertainment, Universal Pictures, DC Comics, Marvel Comics and Walt Disney Studios.

Mike’s published work has been nominated three times for the prestigious Eisner Awards and four Ignatz awards, and he is the creator of the two-time Eisner Award-winning comic book series “Herobear and the Kid.” His designs in television have also won the Annie Award for Best Character Design in an Animated Television Production.

PETER PAUL
I’ve worked primarily in animation for 20 years at Walt Disney, DreamWorks, Universal, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. I’ve worked in many feature films and television series. I am also teaching Storyboarding at the Society of Illustrators L.A.

KRIS WIMBERLY
Industry professional, Kris Wimberly, reaches out to his animation network to discuss the ins and outs, tips and tricks, broad strokes and nuances of network (TV) animation. For anyone feeling there is a missing ingredient to their art education, The Animation Network is where they come to find it. By obtaining real-world, industry experience, subscribers to The Animation Network get a sense of working knowledge of a multitude of careers in animation simply by listening to the free podcast and signing up for the free newsletter.

SEAN GANTKA
Sean Gantka has worked at Nickelodeon for the past 7 years. He began as an intern in Development and has since worked on “The Legend of Korra” as a Production Assistant, Production Coordinator, Script Coordinator, and finally as the Production Manager. Sean currently works as the Production Manager on “The Loud House.”

He’s also passionate about creating and having co-created a series with Kris Wimberly that they are currently developing at Nickelodeon. Sean is a nerd for medieval literature and all things King Arthur.

LAUREN PATTERSON
Lauren Patterson is currently a background painter at Nickelodeon Animation Studio on the show “The Loud House.” She also freelances as an illustrator for children’s books, and likes tabling at various animation and comic conventions with merchandise she designs such as pins, stickers, and cards. In her free time she likes to scroll through cute dog accounts on instagram for hours on end.

JORDAN KOCH
Jordan Koch is a storyboard artist on “The Loud House” at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. He has also worked extensively as a freelance artist for clients in and around the Los Angeles area, including Animation Magazine.

MORGHAN GILL
Character designer working in the Animation and video game industry.

CHELSEA KENNA
Chelsea Kenna graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2008 with a BFA in Illustration. She spent several years working in social and mobile gaming as a Lead Artist and concept artist, and currently works as a freelance illustrator doing illustration for picture books, greeting cards, apparel, comics, and a variety of other projects. Clients and licensed properties include Disney, Tiltworks, Topps, The Hamilton Collection, Precious Moments, and Stan Lee’s Kids Universe.

STEPH LABERIS
Though my background is in illustration and games, I have been doing character design for TV and feature animation over the course of the last 10 years. I have worked on Word Girl, Paw Patrol, Puppy Dog Tails, several TV pilots and the feature film Blazing Samurai. Currently I split my time between animation development and children’s book illustration; there is a surprising amount of overlap between the two! I have illustrated five Little Golden Books in the last year, (three of which are in the Grumpy Cat series) and am illustrating eight additional picture books over the course of the next year.

MEGAN PHONESAVANH
Megan Phonesavanh is a Character Designer at OddBot Inc. where she’s worked on a wide range of projects, including Disney’s Star Darlings and upcoming content for Disney Jr and Nick Jr. In addition to characters, she has designed props and fx, color scripted, and developed an animated series pitch. Prior to working at OddBot, Megan worked in mobile gaming, and got her first break in animation drawing bizarre special poses for FoxADHD shows Stone Quakers and Lucas Bros. Moving Co.
In her own time, Megan loves nothing more than to sketch and paint, take classes to improve her work, and dedicate time to crafting personal projects. She is developing an adventure webcomic called Isara, and advocates for more female voices in the animation industry.

CHUCK GRIEB
Chuck Grieb is a highly experienced, award winning animation artist and filmmaker having worked for Disney TV Animation, Nickelodeon, and various others and drawn noted characters such as Disney’s Genie, Timon and Pumbaa, Buzz Lightyear, Hercules, Winnie the Pooh, Stitch, Big Idea’s LarryBoy, Nickelodeon’s XJ9, and many more. Chuck has worked professionally as a storyboard artist and animator and is experienced working with traditional media, 2D Digital media, and 3D Digital media; he has also worked as a development artist, director, character designer, and has partnered in running a small studio. Chuck’s animated short films have screened in over 90 film festivals all around the world, including the Columbus Intern. Film + Video Festival, The Newport Intern. Film Festival, The San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, The Filmstock Intern. Film Festival, Temecula Valley Intern. Film Festival, Chicago Intern. Children’s Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Rhode Island Intern. Film Festival, and many others. Illustrations Chuck created have been featured in international publications such as, Spectrum, Infected by Art, Exposé and The Painter Book. Chuck’s ongoing projects continue his exploration of various digital and traditional toolsets in the creation of animated and illustrated art. Chuck is currently the Coordinator of the Animation Concentration and professor of Entertainment Art/Animation at Cal State Fullerton.

CA – Art of Gabriel Rodriguez Exhibition

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The San Diego Comic Art Gallery is proud to host Gabriel Rodriguez, artist and co-creator of IDW Publishing’s Locke & Key, with a brand new exhibit showcasing celebrating nearly 15 years of making comics with IDW. Multiple examples of his work will be on display including Locke & Key and Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland. Gabe himself will be here in the Gallery in a RARE appearance on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM to sign all of your favorite comics!

Joining Gabe will be several IDW creators including Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Sara Richard (My Little Pony), Tony Fleecs (MLP), Agnes Garbowska (MLP), Jay Fotos (Locke & Key), Chris Ryall (Onyx, Zombies vs. Robots), Kahlil Schweitzer (Godzilla), Chris Mowry (Godzilla), Tom Waltz (TMNT) and more!

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San Diego Comic Art Gallery – Barracks 3 First Floor
2765 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92106
(858) 270-1315

SF – An Afternoon with the Venture Bros

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Join Paul Boocock (Jonas Venture, Sr.), Michael Sinterniklass (Dean Venture), Dana Snyder (The Alchemist) and James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture) for an afternoon of all-things Venture on Saturday, January 28th at 2:00 PM! Moderated by Dana Gould (“The Simpsons,” “Stan Against Evil”)

Tickets available at the link!

Presented by SF Sketchfest.

Cobb’s Comedy Club
915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 928-4320

CA – Pan’s Labyrinth Signing

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Actor Doug Jones and artist William Stout appear at Dark Delicacies on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM to sign Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth!

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

SF – Pop My Culture: The Final Episode

Pop My Cpop-my-cultureulture, a popular podcast on the Nerdist network founded in 2010, says goodbye with this very special final episode recorded live at SF Sketchfest on Sunday, January 15th at 4:00 PM. After 200+ episodes, co-hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland are very honored to be joined by final guests Paul F. Tompkins, Samm Levine, and Rhett Miller.

Tickets are available at the link!

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest.

Eureka Theatre
215 Jackson Street San Francisco, CA 94111
415-788-SHOW (7469)

Puffy AmiYumi to Perform at Anime Boston 2017

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first guest of honor today. J-pop/rock duo Puffy AmiYumi will be performing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Puffy AmiYumi are one of the most famous music icons in Japan, where they are a household name synonymous with all things pop and fun. Featuring dual vocalists Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura, the group has reached enormous success with their pop/rock songs, but are also loved for their effortlessly cool and nonchalant fashion styles. Debuted in 1996, the duo are still in high demand after 20 colorful years, glittered with dozens of commercial endorsements, sold-out tours, and a total of 20 million CDs sold to date.

“We are incredibly proud to able to host musical superstars, Puffy AmiYumi. For many of us, Puffy AmiYumi was our introduction to Japanese rock music through their appearances on American television. Now, Anime Boston can show them how much they mean to us!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Over the course of their 20-year career, Puffy AmiYumi have released 11 full-length albums, 37 singles, 3 greatest hits albums, 5 special project albums, and 5 North American albums. Puffy AmiYumi have won numerous prestigious awards in Japan including: “Best Newcomer” at the Japan Record Awards (equivalent of the Grammys) and “Pop Album of the Year” at the Japan Gold Disc Awards. Most recently, Puffy AmiYumi have been scheduled to participate in the 67th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen taking place on New Year’s Eve 2016.

Their fame also extends to the US, where they are well known for performing the theme song to “Teen Titans” and also launching their namesake series, “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi” in 2004 on Cartoon Network, which aired in over 110 countries worldwide.

Still at the forefront of pop culture in Japan, Puffy AmiYumi are now celebrating their 20th anniversary with more surprises up their fashionable sleeves.

For more information about Puffy AmiYumi, visit puffy.jp (Japanese) and puffyamiyumi.com (English)

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

SF – Brain Candy Live

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Kids in the Hall’s Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson and more appear on Saturday, January 14th at 7:00 PM for a ‘Brain Candy’ Live Staged Reading.

Press Release:

It’s hard to believe it’s been just over twenty years since the Kids in the Hall’s beloved cult classic “Brain Candy” came to theaters, acquainting fans with now-famous characters like Marv and Alice, Chris and Don, and Wally Terzinsky with his wonderfully on-the-nose musical number, “I’m Gay.” This year at SF Sketchfest, the Kids in the Hall bring a rare, very special staged reading of the seminal film, accompanied by narration, music and the occasional video clip!

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Presented by SF Sketchfest

Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

KY – An Evening with Kevin Smith

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Kevin Smith appears at the Madison Theater on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM! Tickets available at the link…

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, 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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Madison Theater
730 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011
(859) 491-2444

SF – StarTalk LIVE

000_startalk_bill-nyeBill Nye the Science Guy and Eugene Mirman appear at the Curran on Thursday, January 12th at 7:30 PM for StarTalk LIVE!

Press Release:

Science meets comedy onstage at StarTalk Live!, the StarTalk Radio road show that’s entertaining and educating sold-out audiences around the country!

Just like the award-winning podcast and radio show, StarTalk Live! explores current events from the frontiers of science; and includes scientists, celebrities and comedians as featured guests. StarTalk Live! stage performances are hosted by either Neil deGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye the Science Guy, and are co-hosted by comedian Eugene Mirman. Each live show bridges the intersection between pop culture and science with clarity, humor and passion, covering captivating subjects like space travel, human intelligence, sex, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of our Earth and the environment.

StarTalk Live! gets its DNA from “StarTalk Radio,” the iTunes chart-topping radio show/podcast hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. “StarTalk” is also an Emmy-nominated television show in its second season on the National Geographic Channel.

StarTalk Live! is co-produced by Curved Light Productions and Pretty Good Friends. $30 – $50 (Note: Ticket price as listed on sfcurran.com includes all service and facility fees)

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

The Curran
445 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-2000

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