Hasbro to host its first convention…HASCON!

First ever Hasbro lead HASCON hits September 8-10, 2017

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — May 22, 2017 – Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, officially opened ticket sales for the first-ever HASCON FANmily™ event, which will take place in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017. Hasbro fans and families from around the globe can purchase single day tickets or three-day tickets for the convention, with VIP packages available for super-fans and the most enthusiastic collectors.

Today Hasbro also revealed the first round of talent appearances, panels and brand experiences set to take place during HASCON 2017. Appearances and meet & greets will be available with some of the biggest names from Hasbro, including DUDE PERFECT, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Producer of all the TRANSFORMERS films, as well as G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. JOE: Retaliation); Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Legend); Peter Cullen and Frank Welker (original TRANSFORMERS voice talent); Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck (voice talent of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC and MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE), “Chewbacca Mom”, Candace Payne and more.

This unique event will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life like never before, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY and G.I. JOE, and exceptional partner brands such as BEYBLADE, DREAMWORKS TROLLS and SESAME STREET. Fans will get a peek behind the Hasbro curtain during the three days filled with exciting first-look previews and panels from Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series.

Attendees will be immersed in hands-on, interactive experiences with oversized games such as PIE FACE and TOILET TROUBLE from HASBRO GAMING, photo opportunities with SESAME STREET and TROLLS costumed characters, epic BEYBLADE battles, a PLAY-DOH creation zone and the MY LITTLE PONY magical world of Equestria. FANmilies will be able to take photos with props from Hasbro’s movies and step into a custom-built NERF battle arena, maybe even with the guys from DUDE PERFECT. HASCON will also host MAGIC: THE GATHERING gameplay featuring an exclusive preview of the upcoming Iconic Masters card set. Youth fans, ages 3-15, have the opportunity to audition for Hasbro commercials and voice talent on our animated series. Fans also can purchase exclusive* Hasbro toys and merchandise including new TRANSFORMERS products.

In addition, there will be activities inspired by several iconic Disney properties, including Disney Princess, Frozen, Elena of Avalor, Moana and Descendants 2, as well as Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. From movie props and costumes on display, to hands-on fun through art tutorials and more, these areas will be can’t-miss destinations during the show.

“Hasbro constantly strives for new ways to bring our storytelling to life and offer fans greater access to our brands, and HASCON is designed to bring attendees closer to Hasbro’s biggest properties than ever before,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro. “We are assembling the ultimate fan celebration, with three days of marquee talent, interactive activities, immersive experiences, game events, panel discussions, VIP events and much more. We’re set to deliver an unforgettable experience for fans and families alike.”

HASCON tickets are on-sale now. Single day tickets are available for $30 for youth (ages 3-15) and $60 for adults (ages 16+). Three-Day tickets range from $75 for youth (ages 3-15) to $165 for adults (ages 16+). VIP packages are also available for super-fans and the most enthusiastic collectors starting at $200 for youth (ages 3 – 15) and $600 for adults (ages 16+), plus taxes. To purchase tickets and stay up to date on all the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit http://hascon.hasbro.com

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About Hasbro
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past six years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).
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NYC – I Am Groot #1 Signing

Writer Chris Hastings (Dr. McNinja, Adventure Time, Gwenpool, Vote Loki) appears at Anyone Comics on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:00 PM to sign the first issue of I AM GROOT from Marvel Comics!

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Anyone Comics
1216 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York 11225
(347) 350-8422

OR – Octopus Pie Signing

Cartoonist Meredith Gran appears at Books with Pictures on Friday, May 26th at 7:00 PM.

Meredith Gran is a cartoonist and teacher at the School of Visual Arts. Her long-running webcomic OCTOPUS PIE is known for its intense resonance and amazing levels of craft.

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Books with Pictures
1100 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon 97202
(503) 498-8499

CA – Generation X #1 Signing

Writer Christina Strain (Syfy’s The Magicians, former colorist on Marvel’s Runaways, Thor, X-Men, and many more) appears at Earth-2 Comics on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00 PM to sign the first issue of Marvel’s Generation X!

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Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 386-9590

Cartoon Art Museum Expands Summer Cartoon Camp

Cartoon Art MuseumPress Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum’s yearly Boot Camps have now grown into a brand new half-day summer Cartoon Camp! Tween and teen students are invited to take part in weeklong workshops dedicated to the comic book creation process from start to a finished project.

This year’s Cartoon Camp will be held on site at the American Bookbinders Museum on 355 Clementina Street in San Francisco, CA while the Cartoon Art Museum continues renovations for its new location in Fisherman’s Wharf.

Cartoon Camp also has scholarship funding available sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, a nonprofit organization working every day to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. The link to apply for scholarship funding can be found on the direct registration link on Guestlist: http://guestli.st/454494

Three sessions will be held from June to August 2017:

Week 1: June 19th – 23rd

Week 2: June 26th – 30th

Week 3: July 31st – August 4th

 

Ages: 10-15

Level: Young Intermediate (enjoy drawing and looking to build skills).

Time: 1pm- 5 pm (four hours) M-F (Dates listed by class)

Location: American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street

(near Fifth Street), San Francisco, CA 94103

Cost: $300 (CAM Members can recieve $50 off, sign up and save!)*

Register: cartoonart.org/programs

 

Each week will provide a new twist on learning cartooning basics, from designing and developing a cast of cartoon characters, to developing, writing and drawing a complete comic story to making physical mini-comics. Campers can attend any week alone or build up their skills in new ways over multiple weeks.

All camp sessions will be taught by cartoonist and illustrator Ellis Kim (TimeFiddler.com).

Supplies: Required Materials will be provided. Students are welcome to bring in their personal sketchbooks and materials to add to their learning experience.

These are intermediate courses recommended for students from 10-15 years old. Students under the age of 10 or over the age of 15 will not be admitted into the class. Each session is also limited to 15 students each to allow for more in depth work and dialog with one of our working cartoonist teachers.

If a child has a special need or needs the parent or guardian can inform the Cartoon Art Museum along with their Registration so that we can better serve the child. Also, parents are not generally admitted into these classes without special need. We recommend inquiring about our private classes to attend class with your child.

Each session meets four hours each day for a 5-day week, Monday through Friday at the American Bookbinders Museum in SOMA at 355 Clementina Street.

The attendance fee for each student is $300 for non-members and $250 for members and is collected through the online registration payment*. The attendance fee covers the cost of art supplies and staff.

Up to 5 underserved students per week may attend free of charge thanks to a grant from YBCBD’s Yerba Buena Community Benefit Fund. See below for more information. ***

Each session meets four hours each day for a 5-day week, Monday through Friday at the American Bookbinders Museum in SOMA at 355 Clementina Street.

The attendance fee for each student is $300 for non-members and $250 for members and is collected through the online registration payment.* The attendance fee covers the cost of art supplies and staff.

Up to 5 students from underserved communities may attend free of charge per week thanks to a grant from YBCBD’s Yerba Buena Community Benefit Fund. See below for more information. ***

*See cancellation policy at online registration.

***For the most up to date scheduling information, member discount codes, scholarship information, or general questions, please contact education@cartoonart.org.

About Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum’s key function is to preserve, document, and exhibit this unique and accessible art form. Through traveling exhibitions and other related activities—such as artists-in-residence, lectures, and outreach—the museum has taken cartoon art and used it to communicate cultural diversity in the community, as well as the importance of self-expression.

About American Bookbinders Museum

The American Bookbinders Museum is the only museum of its kind in North America, celebrating and exploring the culture and tools of bookbinding, from its earliest forms to the changes and innovations of the industrial revolution. In addition to the craft and artistry of binding, we focus on the stories of the men, women, and children who worked in binderies.

NC – FCBD: Acme Comics Signing

Acme Comics hosts several comic creators on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

  • Jacob Chabot
  • Mike Henderson
  • Stephen Green
  • Dan Dos Santos
  • Chris Giarrusso
  • Amanda Rachels
  • Gregg Schigiel
  • Brian Smith
  • Randall Trang
  • Warren Wucinich

As always, sketches and signatures are FREE, just like the official FCBD titles, but we encourage you to check out the procedures listed at AcmeComics.com!

Other on-site events will include photo opportunities with costumed heroes, face-painting provided my Munchie & Me, exclusive apparel and much, much more!

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Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
336-574-2263

MD – FCBD: Cards Comics & Collectibles Signing

Press Release:

Free Comic Book Day 2017 is this Saturday at Cards, Comics & Collectibles – Baltimore County’s Premiere Comic Book Store and the Official News Source of the Baltimore Comic-Con! You don’t want to miss our amazing guests, giveaways, events, and FREE COMICS!

The full-day event kicks off with an awesome line-up of creators appearing at the store! Craig Rousseau, Todd Dezago, Steve Conley, and Rich Woodall will be all signing autographs at the store throughout the day. In addition, Cards, Comics & Collectibles is featuring a store-exclusive cover for DC’s FCBD SuperHero Girls issue!

Craig Rousseau has spent his career as an artist working on numerous noteworthy titles and runs. He has spent time on DC Comics’ Batman Beyond, Harley Quinn, and Impulse, Marvel’s Captain America & the Korvac Saga, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season 2, and Iron Man & the Iron Wars, and he can be seen lately working on DC Comics’ Batman ’66, Image Comics’ Perhapanauts: Danger Down Under, and Dynamite Entertainment’s Pathfinder: Goblins!

Comics writer Todd Dezago has been a noteworthy contributor to Image, DC, and Marvel Comics. In addition to working on such titles as Sensational Spider-Man, Super Hero Squad, and Marvel Adventures at Marvel Comics and Impulse, Teen Titans, and Young Justice at DC Comics, Dezago’s creator-owned titles Tellos and Perhapanauts, both published through Image Comics, have garnered much attention and kudos.

Long-time friend of the show, Harvey and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and online. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.

Rich Woodall, also an Artist Alley Comics contributor, is known for his creator-owned titles, Johnny Raygun, the Zombie Bomb! Comic Anthology, and Kyrra Alien Jungle Girl. He has also worked on Image Comics’ Savage Dragon, The Perhapanauts, and more recently worked on a variant cover for IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“Free Comic Book Day is a wonderful event,” said Marc Nathan, owner of Cards, Comics & Collectibles. “We get to see old friends, make new ones, and show people new to the hobby why comics is such a fantastic medium for storytelling.”

Besides giving away free comic books, the store will have free Baltimore Comic-Con t-shirts to give away (while supplies last!), and will offer 50% off modern back issue bins, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and manga*.

Join us on Saturday, May 6, 2017 as events kick off at 10:00am with store signings and, of course, FREE COMICS!

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Cards Comics and Collectibles
100 A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136
410-526-7410

SPOOKY EMPIRE EXPANDS WITH WICKED ADDITION OF SPOOKY DAY IN THE PARKS

SPOOKY EMPIRE EXPANDS WITH WICKED ADDITION OF SPOOKY DAY IN THE PARKS

A New Event by the Creators of Spooky Empire for a Weekend of Villainy Fun 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Spooky Empire is thrilled to announce the addition of a new event:  Spooky Day In The Parks. Coming to Central, FL this Fall on September 22 – 23, 2017, Spooky Day in the Parks is a two-day meet up event for fans that have a “villainous” side. The weekend taking place throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort, will include a mixture of Theme Park gatherings, Special VIP events, a “Bizarre” full of merchandise to fulfill their dark side, art exhibit, fashion show, and much more to be announced.

This is an opportunity for fans to gather and celebrate their favorite Disney villains and haunted attractions. Not to mention a chance to step out in your best ghoulish garb. Attendees are encouraged to express themselves through Disney bounding or wicked attire, but do keep in mind this is not a costume or cosplay event. Be it dark or fun, guests will be able to showcase their personal style and materialize for this spirited event.

“We wanted to combine the Spooky Empire brand with our love for Disney. It was only natural to combine the two and honor the villains and haunted theme park attractions,” said the owners of Spooky Empire “We are so excited to see this inaugural event come to life.”

Meet-ups during the event will happen at multiple locations around Walt Disney World:

  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (central location)
  • Magic Kingdom® Park
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
  • With more to be announced

Ticket packages will be announced soon.

Rooms are available at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for a discounted price of $199 per night. Rooms can be reserved by visiting our website SpookyDayInTheParks.com

Spooky Day in the Parks is not associated with Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, or Magic Kingdom® Park. Spooky Day in the Parks works closely with Disney to insure all park rules and regulations regarding attire are followed.

For more information about Spooky Day in the Parks, visit www.spookydayintheparks.com.Follow them on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and for style-inspiration Pinterest.

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

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About Spooky Empire

Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire has grown to become one of the largest genre conventions in the nation with attendance increasing each year. 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.

First Annual Prism Awards to Recognize LGBTQAI+ Comics and Creators

Press Release:

Prism Comics and the Queer Comics Expo are proud to announce the first annual Prism Awards! These awards will be presented to comic works by queer authors and works that promote the growing body of diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters in fiction or nonfiction comics. The goal of the awards is to recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics.

Winners of the Prism Awards will be announced at the Queer Comics Expo in San Francisco, the weekend of July 8-9, 2017. All submissions will be reviewed by an impartial panels of judges made up of professionals in the field of comics, including authors, scholars, reviewers and librarians.

Submissions for the awards are open at bit.ly/PrismComicsAwards from May 1 – June 1, 2017. Eligible work must have been made/published within the past two years (between April 26 2015- present). No author may submit more than three entries. One award will be given in each of the following categories:

Best Short Form Comic
A self-published or traditionally published comic of 32 pages or less, which was first printed or posted online not more than two years ago. Entries to this category should be a complete story, not an excerpt from a longer work. Please submit the entire comic as a PDF.

Best Webcomic
A comic that is primarily/initially published online. Please submit no more than 32 pages or strips in PDF form that were first posted not more than two years ago. Can be a complete or ongoing story.

Best Comic from a Small to Midsize Press
A comic first published not more than two years ago by a self-owned, small or midsize press. We are leaving it up to the entrant to self-select into this category, but reserve the right to move the work into the Mainstream Publisher category if we feel that is more appropriate. Please submit an excerpt of no more than 32 pages in PDF form.

Best Comic from a Mainstream Publisher
A comic first published not more than two years ago by a mainstream publisher. We are leaving it up to the entrant to self-select into this category, but reserve the right to move the work into the Small to Midsize press category if we feel that is more appropriate. Please submit an excerpt of no more than 32 pages in PDF form.

Best Comic Anthology
A collection of shorter works created by at least three different authors, either self-published or traditionally published not more than two years ago. Submit the entire anthology in PDF form.

Submission Guidelines:
All entrants must fill out the Prism Awards submission form and provide a link to the PDF copy of their submission. No submissions, except Anthologies, may be more than 32 pages. Each work submitted must be in a single PDF file. All submissions should have the title of work and main author’s name clearly visible on at least one page of the work. This year we are only accepting comics in English, as we are unfortunately unable to judge non-English language comics at this time. There is no entry fee, and no cash prize associated with these awards. Winners will instead be celebrated during the weekend of the Queer Comics Expo and promoted online. 

About Prism Comics, the Queer Press Grant and Prism Awards
Founded in 2003, Prism Comics is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ friendly comics, comics professionals and readers.  Prism fosters diversity in comics and popular geek culture and is one of the only comics organizations that provide an annual financial grant to emerging comics creators – The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant.  Learn more at prismcomics.org.

The Prism Awards are being established this year (2017) to recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics. Apply here…

About Queer Comics Expo
QCE is an annual event, presented by the Cartoon Art Museum, to celebrate queer culture and promote diverse queer representation in comics, animation and other great ways to tell stories. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cartoon Art Museum a 501(c)3 non-profit. Find updates using QCExpo on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter!

Exhibit, Program and Volunteer Application…

Discounted Advance Tickets…

About Cartoon Art Museum
The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it.

Ezekial Visits Tampa Bay Comic Con!

The Walking Dead Star will be visiting all weekend!

Khary Payton will be a guest at the July 28-30, Tampa Bay Comic Con!

Khary is best known for his role as Ezekial on The Walking Dead and Cyborg on Teen Titans!

To pre-order tickets for the July 28-30, Tampa Bay Comic Con, please visit: www.tampabaycomiccon.com

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