MA – An Evening with Fred Seibert

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Join the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, March 11th 5:30 PM for a lively evening with Fred Seibert, the award-winning television and film producer who served as the last president of Hanna-Barbera from 1992 to 1996. While there, he reinvigorated the company’s creative reputation with the establishment of the animation incubator, What a Cartoon!, and launched a series of animated hits, including Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, Johnny Bravo, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and The Powerpuff Girls. Mr. Seibert’s leadership at MTV Networks, Next New Networks, and his Frederator Studios, an independent animation producer based in Burbank, CA, will be discussed.

Masters of Animation: A Special Series:
Meet the masters of animation during this exciting series of talks with the field’s most accomplished visionaries. A reception will follow each program. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission.

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Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262
413-298-4100

ID10T Fest Brings Together Music, Comedy & Comics

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Join us at ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival on June 24th & 25th in Silicon Valley for a weekend of music, comics, gaming, comedy, technology and pop culture. Created and hosted by Chris Hardwick.

Mainstage: Weezer, Girl Talk, TV On The Radio, OK Go, Lord Huron, Car Seat Headrest, Animal Collective, Crystal Castles, The Mowgli’s, Ron Gallo,Robert DeLong, Mothers

Mad Decent Dance Tent: Madeon, ZEDS DEAD, Jai Wolf, TroyBoi,GRYFFIN, PARTY FAVOR, Ape Drums, DJ 4B, WAX MOTIF

Comedy Stage: Demetri Martin, Nikki Glaser, Michael Che, Michael Ian Black, Garfunkel & Oates, Brian Posehn, Hampton Yount, Yassir Lester, Matt Braunger hosted by April Richardson

PLUS:
– Daytime panel programming
– Autograph signings
Over 50 of today’s best comic book artists & creators including: Ande Parks, Andrew Robinson, Andy Belanger, Babs Tarr, Becky Cloonan, Cameron Stewart, Chris Burnham, Farel Dalrymple, Garry Brown, Gerry Duggan, Ivan Brandon, Jason Shawn Alexander, Matt Wilson, Matteo Scalera, Mick Gray, Nick Dragotta, Phil Noto, Rick Remender, Shawn Martinbrough, Wes Craig 
– Live podcasts featuring the Nerdist podcast
– Interactive comic conival with rides, games & more
– Massive outdoor exhibitor village
– Artisan marketplace

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Tickets on sale Friday March 10th at 10am at www.id10tfest.com

NJ – Grace Notes Signing

Actress Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy, Futurama, Married with Children) signs at Bookends on Friday March 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Gripping, singular and gorgeously reflective, Grace Notes is a memoir told in essays by beloved actress, Hollywood veteran and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal. Grace Note takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her years in the LA rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 28 to getting her big break as the wise cracking Peggy Bundy.

*Each person attending must purchase a copy of the book*
*Books must be purchased from Bookends Bookstore*

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Bookends
211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-445-0726

Anime Boston 2017 New Guests Announced

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, has announced Hirokatsu Kihara, Masahiko Minami, Cherami Leigh, and Christopher Sabat will appears as guests at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Formerly involved with the production desk at Studio Ghibli, Hirokatsu Kihara worked closely with director Hayao Miyazaki on such hit titles as Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Hirokatsu Kihara is probably best known for his work in the Horror genre.  There, he has been a crucial contributor, working on such titles as Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment and Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan, which are known in Japan as Shin Mimibukuro.  In addition, he has written books such as Tsukumo Kwaidan, Utsushiyo-kaidan, and Kinkiro.  Nowadays, he continues to write ghost stories, MCs at monster conventions, and shares his knowledge and experiences at events worldwide.

“We are so honored to have Hirokatsu Kihara at Anime Boston. Kihara-san is a pioneer in the horror genre, as well as having worked on Studio Ghibli classics such as My Neighbor Totoro  and Kiki’s Delivery Service, under Miyazaki himself,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

Masahiko Minami was born on August 24, 1961 and is from the Mie Prefecture in Japan. After graduating from the Theater Arts Department of Osaka University of the Arts, he joined the anime production company Nihon Sunrise (now SUNRISE INC.) and produced several shows such as: Whirl Wind! Iron Leaguer, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Escaflowne, and Cowboy Bebop.

In 1998, he decided to leave SUNRISE to start BONES INC., with animators Hiroshi Osaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto, where he now doubles as both the President and a Producer. Under BONES, he has produced Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, My Hero Academia, Space Dandy, Mob Psycho 100, and many more!

“We are deeply honored to present Masahiko Minami at Anime Boston. Minami-san has produced some of my personal favorites, such as Cowboy Bebop, RahXephon, and Full Metal Alchemist. As a founder and current president of BONES INC., Minami-san is one of the true giants of anime,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Cherami Leigh has been in the industry for 20 years. She has been in over 75 commercials, and has worked on over 100 anime projects including: Lucy in Fairy Tail; Asuna in Sword Art Online; Road in D. Grayman; Lizzie in Black Butler; Mai in Ghost Hunt; and Patty in Soul Eater. Cherami has worked on over 20 video games, including Borderlands 2- in which she plays the popular DLC- Gaige. She voices Sailor Venus in Sailor Moon; Tome in Mob Psycho 100; Kudelia in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans; Illia in RWBY; and Makoto in the upcoming Persona 5.

Cherami was recently announced to be playing Sarada in Boruto: Naruto The Movie, as well as multiple characters in Fire Emblem: Heroes. She is a series regular on the Sprout hit- Zou; a lead role in the animated feature Ribbit; has guest starred on Doc McStuffins; and plays Peanut Big Top in the La La Loopsy Girls. She starred in Shane Dawson’s Not Cool and the Starz Original Series The Chair. She appeared in the Emmy Award Winning Temple Grandin, as well as Friday Night Lights, The Deep End, Chase, Shameless, Bones, and Longmire to name a few.

“It’s always such a delight to host Cherami at Anime Boston. I look forward to the pleasure of working with her and watching her interacting with her fans!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

Christopher R. Sabat (@Chris24_Sabat on Twitter) has lived on a diet of Senzu Beans for over 15 years. As the Voice Director for Dragonball Z, the voice actor behind Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, and countless others, you could almost say he is the “voice” of Dragonball Z.

Chris has lent his voice to countless other roles including: Alex Luis Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist; Elfman in Fairy Tail; Roronoa Zoro in One Piece; Ayame Sohma in Fruits Basket; Saiga Tatsumi in Speed Grapher; Kurogane in Tsubasa Chronicles; Daisuke Jigen in Lupin III;

Father Tres in Trinity Blood; Braun in Steins;Gate; Giroro in Sgt. Frog; Pokémon: Black and White as TV announcer; Cliff (ep 46) Rundas in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption; Garterbelt in Panty and Stocking; Sakaki in Kenichi;  Masa in My Bride is a Mermaid; Saito in Darker Than Black; Woerman in Attack on Titan; Alex D in Deus Ex: Invisible War; Captain Smiley & Star in Comic Jumper; and many others.

Most recently, he was cast in Psycho-Pass 2 as Sakuya Tougane; Hak in Yoma of the Dawn; and Batou in Ghost In The Shell: Arise.

Added Victor Lee, “Christopher is one of the most prolific talents in the anime industry, having both voiced and directed in some of the most famous titles in the medium. We can’t wait!”

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.

The Darkside invades MegaCon

The dark side of the force will be strong at MegaCon!

Spencer Wilding of Rogue One & Ray Park of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace join the lineup!

www.MegaConOrlando.com

Many More Guests Announced for Star Wars Celebration 2017

Big updated as Peter Mayhew, Daniel Logan & Ray Park just announced for Star Was Celebration in Orlando April 13-16, 2017!

Check the website HERE for all the latest guest announcements!

SPOOKY EMPIRE GOES RETRO AS IT BRINGS EPIC GUESTS TO ITS MID-SEASON CONVENTION

Spooky Empire Retro
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SPOOKY EMPIRE GOES RETRO AS IT BRINGS EPIC GUESTS TO ITS MID-SEASON CONVENTION

Mid-season convention to feature exciting exhibitors, celebrities, meet & greets, tattoo festival, numerous vendors and more!

ORLANDO, FL – Spooky Empire, host of one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation,announces its return to The Wyndham Orlando Resort for their mid-season convention happening April 21 – 23, 2017. The 3-day annual weekend will feature an array of activities including celebrity autographs with meet & greets, Q&A’s led by special guests, and a tattoo festival with more than 25+ artists.

Celebrity guests and highlights include Malcolm McDowell from the classic cult movie A Clockwork Orange as well as Tank Girl and Star Trek: Generations.He will be joining the cast of Rob Zombie’s Halloween withTyler ManeScout Compton and Kristina Klebe. Also in attendance is Dee Snider, rock icon and lead singer for Twisted Sister who will participate in a Q&A hosted by MTV’s Riki Rachtman. Other expected guests include:

  • Joan Cusack from the Netflix series, A Series of Unfortunate EventsShameless and the voice of Jessie from Disney’s Toy Story movies
  • Ernie Hudson of the original 1984 Ghostbusters
  • Shannon Purser from the hit Netflix series Stranger Things and the CW’s new series Riverdale
  • Ryan Lambert and Andre Gower from the classic movie Monster Squad

And many more to be announced leading up to the convention.

The thrilling weekend will kick off Friday afternoon with a special Day of the Dead Processional starting at 12:00 p.m. at Uno Pizzeria & Grill on International Drive. Prior to the procession, walkers will have the opportunity to look like the iconic sugar skull painted on their faces by special effect make-up artists.

Throughout the spooky weekend guests, all dressed in jaw-dropping costumes and cosplay, will enjoy vendors and haunting exhibitors that will offer the ultimate in merchandise including art, movies, toys, props, action figures, comic books, special effects, clothing, and jewelry. The weekend will also include an array of after-hours events for paid attendees on Friday kicking off with a tribute to the late Rockstar, Prince, to commemorate the one year anniversary of his death and Saturday night guests will enjoy a “Rocktail” pool party.

All advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. Prices increase at the door. In advance, three day passes are $60, one day passes on Friday and Sunday are $30, and one day passes on Saturday $35. VIP Packages are $199 and include early entry to all three days, raffles, T-shirts, autograph line fast-pass, exclusive VIP party access on Saturday night with guest celebrities in attendance. Tickets for children under eleven years old are free.

Rooms are available at The Wyndham Orlando Resort for a discounted price of $119 per night. Rooms can be reserved by calling 1-800-421-8001. Mention ‘Spooky Empire’ for special rate. 

For more information regarding the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.spookyempire.com/purchase-tickets.

For more information about Spooky Empire, visit www.spookyempire.com.Follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@SpookyEmpire).

About Spooky Empire

Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire’s Fall Convention has grown to become one of the largest thriller conventions and the dark side of comic con in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for thriller fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country. In May 2011, Spooky Empire introduced their Spring Convention mid-season to provide fans with even more fun in anticipation of their Fall Convention. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

Norman Reedus Visits the Rhode Island Comic Con

The Walking Dead Star is added as a Special Guest

Also at RICC:

Steve Guttenberg
That’s right Mahoney is headed to Rhode Island Comic Con!
Steve is an actor, author,producer, and director. He is best known for his role as Officer Carey Mahoney in the Police Academy Franchise.Cocoon,
David Mazouz
 
Young Bruce Wayne from the hit show Gotham!
Sebastian Roche
Sebastian is best known for his roles on Fringe,Supernatural,The Vampire Diaries,The Originals, and
For more info visit the website HERE!

New Jersey Collectors Con hits March 12th!

The Spring NJCC 2017 features a huge dealer room for Transformers, Marvel, G.I. Joe, DC and 80’s to current pop culture merchandise! NJCCis an action figure toy collector focused event. Boss Fight Studio will be our Toy-Action Figure focused Industry guests. Transformers Artist DAN KHANNA and Joe Del Beato will be at the show selling prints, original art, sketchbooks, and taking commissions.

For more information visit HERE!

Melbourne Toy and Comic Con is March 19th!

Join us on Sunday March 19, 2017 for a day full of toys, comics, collectibles, cosplay, face painting, costume contest and more.

Melbourne Toy and Comic Con will be held at the Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne, Florida.
Admission is $10.00 at the door. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM.

Great guest to meet like Tugg, Blake and Kim Ovard, John Beatty, Roland Mann, Barry and Jenni Gregory, Tim Proctor, Martin Pierro, Tim Proctor, Jon Pinto, Jess Blais and more.
Gaming by Get Your Fun On
Panels and costume contest by Viera Comics
Co-sponsored by Famous Faces and Funnies
See more on the web site at http://www.melbournetoyandcomiccon.com

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