CA – Warrior Genius Launch Party

Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creator of the hit animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, appears at Once Upon a Time Bookstore on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM to present and sign his new novel WARRIOR GENIUS, the second installment of his Geniuses series!

The event will consist of a short presentation by Michael with a Q&A followed by a book signing. Michael DiMartino fans are welcome to bring their copies of his books from home. However, you can only get this live and in-person experience from Once Upon A Time and so priority will be given to those who purchase a book from our store. 

About the book: In Warrior Genius, author Michael Dante DiMartino delivers rich settings, memorable characters, and edge-of-your-seat action, just as he did in his hit animated show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Fans will be thrilled with this new adventure!

It has been years since Geniuses–creatures that channel their owners’ creative energy–were banished from Zizzola. But a new generation of artists and their bird-Geniuses has been training in secret. Led by Giacomo, a young orphan with promising talent, they set out to track down the Sacred Tools that could hold the power to overthrow the ruthless emperor, Nerezza.

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Once Upon a Time Bookstore
Montrose Shopping Park
2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020
818-248-9668

Stan Lee Returns to Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018

The man, the myth, the legend. Making his grand return to Silicon Valley Comic Con we are very excited to announce our first guest… STAN LEE!

Stan Lee is an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was formerly executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.

Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Avengers, Black Panther,  the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he challenged the comics’ industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to it updating its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

He has had cameo appearances in many Marvel film and television projects. A few of these appearances are self-aware and sometimes reference Lee’s involvement in the creation of certain characters.

On 16 July 2017, Lee was named a Disney Legend, a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

Other guests for the 2018 convention include: Sean Astin, Jewel Staite, Matthew Lewis, Jim Shooter, Simon Bisley, Coop, Glenn Fabry, Andy Weir

For tickets and information go to SVComicCon.com

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New Dates for Granite Con 2018

Granite State Comicon has announced new dates for their 2018 convention; GraniteCon 2018 will now be held one week earlier, on September 8-9th. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW; Single Day, Weekend, and VIP passes available at the link.

The Granite State Comicon is northern New England’s premiere comic book and pop culture event.  Now in its 16th year the Granite State Comicon features guest artists, celebrities, cosplay, vendors, dedicated kids con, workshops, panels, after hours events and more!  For a full list of guests and events please visit www.granitecon.com.

ON – Dinosaur Comics/The Beguiling Holiday Party 2017

Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Nicholas Gurewitch appear at No One Writes to the Colonel for the Dinosaur Comics/The Beguiling Holiday Party 2017 on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 7:00 – 11:00 PM.

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No One Writes to the Colonel
460 College St., Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A1
416-551-7647

 

SF – Animaniacs 25th Anniversary Celebration

It’s time for Animaniacs! The beloved show turns 25, and SF Sketchfest is proud to celebrate it with an evening of stories, songs and general tomfoolery with three of the massive talents behind the show: Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff), Maurice LaMarche (The Brain), and Randy Rogel, the man responsible for the amazing wordplay and music in the show, appear at the Brava Theater Center on Friday January 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets available now…

Maurice LaMarche:
Maurice LaMarche is an Emmy Award winning Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. He is best known for his voicework in Futurama as Kif Kroker, as Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters, Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Big Bob Pataki in Hey Arnold!, Dizzy Devil in Tiny Toons, The Brain in Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, and his portrayal of Mr. Freeze in Batman: Arkham City. His extensive resumes also includes voice work on The Critic, GI Joe, Freakazoid!, The Tick, Taz-Mania, Talespin, The Littler Mermaid, King of the Hill, Sonic Underground, Disney’s House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Works, and Inspector Gadget. He also dubbed the voice of Orson Welles over Vincent D’Onofrio’s on-camera performance in Ed Wood. Follow him on twitter: @mauricelamarche.

Rob Paulsen
One of the most acclaimed and in-demand voice actors out there, with over 2,000 animated half-hours to his credit and 1000 commercial spots, Rob Paulsen is familiar to many as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, and back to back Annie awards in 1997 and 1998); Yakko and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff from Animaniacs; Arthur from The Tick; Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom; Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; the title role in Mighty Max; Bobble in the Tinkerbell series; and the title role in The Mask. On camera, he’s appeared in the films Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match and Warlocked. TV work includes MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Rob’s new weekly podcast, Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, is available on iTunes. Check out his website at www.robpaulsenlive.com

Randy Rogel
Randy has won three Emmy Awards (nominated for ten), a Peabody Award, two Annie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the Ovation Award. He recently co-wrote the hit song “Poisonous Love” for Kristen Chenoweth with John Powell for the major motion picture “Rio 2.” He was show-runner for the animated series “1001 Nights” and won Leo awards for Writing and Best Animated Series. At Disney, Randy wrote songs and scripts for the animated movies “Peter Pan — Return to Neverland,” “Cinderella II,” “Cinderella III,” “Winnie The Pooh,” “Around the World in Eighty Days,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “101 Dalmations II.” Randy spent nine years on staff at Warner Bros. Animation where he began as an original writer on the “Batman” series and then joined the staff of Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs,” for which wrote most of the songs and many of the scripts. Randy is a West Point graduate with ten years service as an officer in the combat arms. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the academy and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Boston University.

Presented by SF Sketchfest.

Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

CA – Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Art Exhibition

Legendary artist Toshiyuki Itahana appears at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday December 2nd, 2017 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY!

OPENING NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS (Sat, Dec 2)

  • FREE General Admission (12pm – 5pm)
  • Artist Toshiyuki Itahana will be available for 3 signing sessions. RSVP HERE
  • Live Drawing Demo with artist Toshiyuki Itahana (6pm – 7pm) RSVP HERE
  • All attendees will receive a raffle ticket for hourly prizes. Winners will be announced on the Nucleus FB page.
  • Free refreshements served.
  • Come in Cosplay or purchase any item from our FF30th pop up shop and get a free spin to win Free prizes!

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Original art from 30 years of the franchise on display and for auction. (more details below)
  • Tribute art by 5 special guest artists will be on display.
  • See a visualized time line of all Final Fantasy games.
  • Select reproductions of concept art will be available for auction.
  • A special Final Fantasy 30th pop up shop will be available till Jan 7 only! (see some of the exclusives below!)

ART AUCTION FEATURES 

  • Artwork will be on display until January 7. Select pieces from the exhibit will be available for auction online.
  • Online bidding begins December 2 at 12pm pst and ends January 9 at 5pm PST
  • Majority of proceeds will go to the charity Global Living
  • Artwork can be picked up or shipped. Shipped items will require an additional shipping fee.
  • More details to come…

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

CA – The Shape of Water Signing

Actor Doug Jones (Star Trek: Discovery, Hellboy) and sculptor/creature designer Mike Hill appear at Dark Delicacies on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00 PM to sign Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water.

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

3rd Annual Ground Zero Animation Expo on June 9-10th

Press Release:

Ground Zero Animation EXPO is an annual event held in Orange County, CA. This year it will be held at The Art Institute of Orange County, Santa Ana. The EXPO caters to those interested in breaking into the Animation industry or anyone who appreciates animated films, shows & shorts. The event also focuses on all parts of the industry from illustration, publishing, stop motion, fabricating and claymation/puppetry to character design, 3D modeling, prop/background design and much more. Industry professionals are there to share all day at their tables, through panels, demos, lectures, workshop and during unique one on one portfolio reviews. Ground Zero is a grassroots show that has a big impact. Don’t miss the exclusive special events leading up to the next Ground Zero Animation EXPO of 2018.

General Admission is free. Tickets will be sold for panels, workshops and demos only. The EXPO will be held June 9-10, 2018 at The Art Institute of Orange County in Santa Ana. General admission and specialty tickets will go live between Dec 2017 & Jan 2018. We will have small events planned before the big event, so be sure to follow!

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 join the industry, make your own animation, freelance, create storyboards, 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 area will be filled with the panelists/professionals 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 along with our sponsors!

Panels, demos and workshops are exclusive to those who purchase the specialty tickets. Limited space for panels, so make sure you get your tickets and be in line for each panel early.

Make sure you keep an eye on our website/social media to get updates and find out what panels/workshops you want to attend and what professionals and newcomers we have selected.

Since we have extended our event to 2 days & have a new location, we will be offering triple the panels, workshops & demos. These tickets will go on sale as they are added and we will notify via newsletters and on our event page. You can find updates on our social media and website: 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+, but is open to all ages. 

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CO – Jay and Silent Bob Get Old LIVE

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes appear at Pueblo Memorial Hall on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:00 PMTickets available at the link…

The hilarious duo of Jay & Silent Bob are finally back together. Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and accumulated fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks 2. And now you can see them live in your hometown recording their comedy podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.

Ranked #1 on iTunes Comedy podcasts, this is a sometimes touching, and always hilarious look at what happens when two people grow up in Hollywood’s gaze. These limited engagements will be recorded as the stories evolve live in front of the audience, and released for free on www.smodcast.com.

This is what fans everywhere have been waiting for – an opportunity to see their heroes on stage doing what they love, telling stories. Get your tickets now before it’s too late! Jay & Silent Bob are dying, watch it as it happens!

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Pueblo Memorial Hall
1 City Hall Pl, Pueblo, CO 81003
(719) 542-1100

MN – An Evening with Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith appears for four shows at the Acme Comedy Company on Tuesday, November 28th at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM and on Wednesday, November 29th at 8:00 PM and at 10:30 PM.

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Zack and Miri Make A Porno, Cop Out, 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.

An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the man who brought the world these films.

Acme Comedy Company
708 1st St N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 338-6393

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