The actor, writer, director, and executive producer of The Office will visit with his endlessly entertaining debut story collection, which Time magazine has named as one book you won’t want to miss 2014. In addition to his TV and Harvard Lampoon fame, Novak is recognized for his standup comedy performances and movie roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds Disney’s new historical dramedy Saving Mr. Banks, and Sony’s upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2. NOTE: Be ready to laugh hard – Booklist has compared his work to Woody Allen’s and Steve Martin’s.
The Music Hall
28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
BJ Novak signs at Powell’s Books on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 pm!
B. J. Novak, perhaps best known for his acting, writing, and producing credits on The Office, turns his prodigious comedic talents to composing fiction. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (Knopf) is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that just might make a person complete.
Powell’s City of Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005
Artists Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid), Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake), Noelle Stevenson (Adventure Time), and Hannah Nance Partlow (Adventure Time: Candy Capers) will be on hand at Golden Apple Comics on Saturday February 22nd from 1-4pm to provide FREE sketches on KaBOOM’s famous Get-a-Sketch covers to those who become new 2014 Hero Initiative Members! Hero Initiative is a non-profit organization that assists comics creators in medical and financial need. Prospective members of Hero Initiative can sign up with a minimum contribution of $29. Every new member will receive a FREE sketch from their artist of choice, but get there early!
**JUST ADDED: Artists Yehudi Mercado and Jacob Wyatt**
People can sign up for membership at the event, or in advance at the link…
If you’ve signed up in advance, BRING YOUR PAYPAL RECEIPT to get your free sketch cover! Don’t miss out!
For more information or directions, visit www.GoldenAppleComics.com
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! Studios acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and other many great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
The creator/writer/producer of Community will be attending the Florida Supercon this July.
About Rain of the Ghosts:
Growing up in the tropical paradise of the Ghost Keys, a (fictional) chain of islands near the Bermuda Triangle, should be paradise, but for twelve-year-old Rain Cacique, it feels more like a life sentence that dooms her to a future of bending over backwards for ungrateful tourists. Her beloved grandfather, ‘Bastian, is the bright spot in her world, so when he passes away, Rain immediately attributes her newfound ability to see dead people (including the spirit of her grandfather as a young fighter pilot) to grief. Eventually, however, ‘Bastian is able to convince her that he is really there, that she needs to help him put other spirits to rest. Together, they discover a hidden world of mystery and adventure.
About the Author:
GREG WEISMAN is an American comic book and animation writer and producer, best known as the creator of Gargoyles and as the Supervising Producer of The Spectacular Spider-Man. Weisman just completed work as writer and producer on the Young Justice animated series. The television series he’s produced have been nominated for a number of Emmy Awards. Currently he is working the new Star Wars cartoon REBELS.
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
B.J. Novak (The Office, Saving Mr. Banks) signs One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories at Harvard Book Store on Monday February 10th.
The signing is open to the public and will take place from 12:30 to 1:30pm on Monday, February 10. Arrive early to ensure your spot in line! The signing will end promptly at 1:30pm and is in addition to our sold out Brattle Theatre event that evening.
Can’t make it to the signing? Order a signed book for in-store pickup or shipment throughout the United States.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a book signing only. Customers who wish to join the signing line must have at least one copy of One More Thing with proof of purchase from Harvard Book Store. Mr. Novak will NOT be signing any materials other than the book. Stay tuned for more details on signing line rules.
Our 6pm Brattle Theatre event with B.J. Novak is SOLD OUT and there will be no standby line.
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Griffin Franks was a joke in Hollywood. A washed up action-hero. Over the hill. Past it. A has-been. A barely-was. But now he IS The Revenger. He’s a star. His movie’s a hit. His latest wife is hot. He finally has everything he wants. Just in time for someone to take it all away. Forever. Starting with his face.
As well as scripting this great new title, Jonathan Ross makes his art debut – he has drawn the cover of the Forbidden Planet Variant of Revenge #1, with inks and colouring by Ian Churchill.
Needing no introduction, JONATHAN ROSS is not only a national celebrity and TV presenter but a lifelong comics enthusiast – who is building a new following of comic fans with his critically acclaimed work on Turf and America’s Got Powers!
IAN CHURCHILL has worked professionally in the comic book industry for 20 years. Debuting on Marvel’s X-Men titles, he went on to illustrate Cable, Deadpool, The Avengers, Superman, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Red Hulk, Richard Starkings’ Elephantmen and his own group of supernatural heroes The Coven. His creator-owned character Marineman, launched in 2010 and received an Eisner Award nomination for Best New Series 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2012 Stan Lee Excelsior Award.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction.
A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We also meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down.
Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might just make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.
About the Author
B.J. Novak is a writer and actor best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his stand up comedy performances and his roles in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. He is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature.
Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes composer Randy Rogel to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday February 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!
The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!
About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”
The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.
Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.
“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.
“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”
Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.
Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.
As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Jenette Goldstein (Pvt. Vasquez) appears at a special midnight screening of ALIENS on Friday February 7, 2014!
Nerds Like Us hosts a screening of James Cameron’s 1986 SciFi blockbuster ALIENS where they will be joined by one of the stars of the film- Jenette Goldstein who portrayed fan favorite Pvt. Vasquez! Tix are $10.50 and we look forward to having an enthusiastic and awesome crowd!
**We love an excuse for enthusiastic super-fans to dress up, so if you wanna wear a costume we love it! We’ll also have prizes to give away for a Sci-Fit costume contest if there’s people dressed up! Any Sci-Fi cosplay/costume is fine not just Aliens**
Nerds Like Us is a monthly Friday midnight movie series made just for you… NERDS! We show the classic nerdy films of your golden days and beyond! See some of your favorite movies in a way you’ve never been able to experience them before, ON THE BIG SCREEN!!!
**Parking is street only. Make sure to read all signs and do not park in valet or paid parking lots, they WILL close at 2am. You may park at the VONS across the street but most park in the row furthest east and go in to be put on the manager’s list for Midnight Movie goers**
*Important request- we understand the nature of midnight films draws a more fun and fanatical crowd! We absolutely embrace this and we love when people sing-along with musical numbers or quote along with famous lines. Please, however, respect other theatre goers who are enjoying these films for the first time in decades on the screen and don’t have loud “living-room” style conversation in the theatre. Thanks, and enjoy the show!
The Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027