Captain Spaulding visits Spooky Empire!

WELL, S**T THE BED! SID HAIG has taken over Spooky Empire and he’s bringing all his friends!

The one and only “Captain Spaulding” (House of 1,000 Corpses) will be participating in a very special photo op at Spooky Empire only on Saturday, October 27th! Make up by special FX guest artist J.D. of Post Mortem FX.

SID HAIG will be available for autographs as well, all weekend long, October 26-28 at the Caribe Royale Orlando.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available now, but moving quickly, at The Caribe Royale Orlando is close to selling out and we’ll be adding a overflow location soon.

CA – 100 Demon Dialogues Signing

Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood appears at Bart’s Books on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of her new book, 100 Demon Dialogues!

100 Demon Dialogues is a collection of comics for anyone who wants to talk back to the little voice in their head that says “You’re no good.” In each panel, Lucy is beset by a tiny, petulant demon who embodies workaholism, imposter syndrome, and fear of missing out. From overcoming self-doubt to prioritizing self-care, Bellwood and her demon embody a hilarious and relatable partnership that will resonate with people from all walks of life.

Lucy Bellwood is a professional cartoonist and illustrator based in Portland, OR. As an outspoken advocate for transparency in creative careers, Lucy has presented on subjects like following an independent path, the finances of freelancing, and working with imposter syndrome at events and institutions around the globe. Her latest collection takes a hilarious, humanizing look at what it’s really like to persevere when our Inner Critics are trying to take the wheel. She is a member of Helioscope, the largest collective of freelance comics professionals in North America, where she spearheads the studio’s Mentorship Program.

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Bart’s Books
302 W Matilija St, Ojai, California 93023
(805) 646-3755

Felix Comic Art Hosts Artists at SDCC 2018

Press Release:

San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is almost here! Felix Comic Art returns to our customary spot, booth #4612 on the art side of the hall, and we’re bringing a load of amazing talent. Appearing are:









Please stop by the booth each day for signing times. We’ll have original art, books, and prints available. Also, Nick Dragotta, Daniel Warren Johnson, and Ryan Ottley have confirmed they will be sketching! Other artists may as well, so please check in with Yams early each day to get on any available lists. (Sketches will be for attendees only, no mailaway option for this show.)

CBLDF’s Comic-Con Live Art Auction 2018

Press Release:

Join Nate PowellDavid LloydIDW Publishing, and Splash Page Comic Art to support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Auction, happening Saturday, July 21, at the Hilton Bayfront Sapphire AB. Details at the link…

The event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. with a keynote by Nate Powell, artist of the March trilogy and the new graphic novel Come Again. David Lloyd, acclaimed artist of V For Vendetta will be on hand creating live art that will be auctioned off at the end of the night, courtesy of Aces Weekly!

Bid on original art including work by Frank MillerCharlie AdlardSergio AragonesHoward ChaykinTess FowlerJockSam KiethTerry MooreWendy PiniNate PowellGabriel RodriguezJeff SmithGoran Sudzuka, and many more, plus scripts, prints and memorabilia from creators including Neil GaimanEmil FerrisBarry Windsor-Smith, and more! For the full auction list, bidder registration and more, please visit:

This auction is open to all — NO SDCC BADGE REQUIRED! This is a great opportunity to support those in the comic book industry & bid on some really cool art! NO SDCC badge required!

If you are unavailable for the live auction, but still interested in bidding, please send a list of the pieces you are interested in with the HIGHEST donation you would be willing to bid. If the high bid on the auction floor is below your highest bid, your final bid will be 10% higher than the last highest bid on the floor.

Your bids should be delivered to by 3:00 p.m. PACIFIC TIME July 21 to be eligible. You will be contacted immediately after the auction with any winning bids.please visit:

Monster Mania celebrates Halloween’s 40th Anniversary

Join us at MONSTER-MANIA CON 40 as we continue to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN!

We are VERY happy to announce that NANCY STEPHENS has cleared her schedule and will indeed be making not only her FIRST MONSTER-MANIA CON appearance with us at MONSTER-MANIA CON 40 but also her First Ever East Coast appearance the weekend of AUGUST 17-19th in Cherry Hill, NJ!

NANCY played the role of NURSE MARION CHAMBERS in John Carpenter’s original classic HALLOWEEN and also reprised the role in the sequel, 1981’s HALLOWEEN II. NANCY then played the role once more in 1998’s HALLOWEEN H2O: 20 YEARS LATER.

NANCY has starred in a number of other film and television projects which include John Carpenter’s 1981 film ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, AMERICAN DREAMER, D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS, A TIME FOR DANCING, BATTERED, RUSSKIES and many, many more. NANCY is also married to Rick Rosenthal who directed HALLOWEEN II and also HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION.

Please join us in welcoming NANCY STEPHENS to her first appearance with us at MONSTER-MANIA CON 40 in Cherry Hill, NJ!

For tickets be sure to visit our website at

SF – 100 Demon Dialogues Signing

Join professional Adventure Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood for an evening of humor and heart as she presents her latest book 100 DEMON DIALOGUES on Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 PM! This special tour stop at 826 Valencia in San Francisco features a panel of local guests who will be discussing the interplay of creativity, self-worth, activism, and more. Come hear from staff at Anxy Magazine, designer, activist, and artist Molly McLeod, and producer, designer, and writer Rose Eveleth (additional guests TBA).

100 DEMON DIALOGUES is a collection of comics tracing Bellwood’s changing relationship with her Inner Critic over the course of 100 consecutive days. After connecting with thousands of readers online and running a smash-hit Kickstarter campaign, she’s taking the book on the road to hear your stories of living with imposter syndrome. If you’ve ever felt like you’re a fake or a failure, these comics are guaranteed to make you feel less alone.

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826 Valencia
826 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 642-5905

Elvira celebrates 30 years at Spooky Empire


ORLANDO – Spooky Empire is thrilled to announce another anniversary at this year’s October convention as the Queen of Halloween, Cassandra Peterson celebrates the 30th anniversary of her iconic performance as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Peterson will be in attendance for two days. On Friday, October 26th for a special one-day only appearance, Peterson will be at the convention as Elvira, after having retired the ensemble over a year ago.

 Joining the recently announced The X-Files reunion guests David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, are Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis, best known for their roles as “Walter Skinner and “The Smoking Man” in The X-Files. Marking his first appearance at Spooky Empire, Pileggi has starred as Horace Pinker in Shocker, and appeared in Return of the Living Dead, Three O’ Clock High, Basic Instinct, Stargate: Atlantis, Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy, and many more!  Davis has numerous credits dating back to the 80’s including The Dead Zone, IT (series), 21 Jump Street, Poltergeist (series), The Proposal, Smallville, and more. Currently, he’s working on the film Frankenstein Gothic along with Bill Moseley and Danielle Harris.

Additionally, Carl Weathers will be on the guest line-up. Weathers is known for his role as Apollo Creed in the Rocky series; George Dillon in Predator; Chubbs Peterson in films Happy Gilmore and Little Nicky; and a fictionalized version of himself on the comedy series Arrested Development. Alongside Weathers will be the famed indie horror Soska Twins participating in the con’s Film Festival and legendary drummer Peter Criss, one of the founding members of KISS, as well as the 25th anniversary of Hocus Pocus with Kathy Najimy.

Spooky Empire will take place on October 26 – 28, 2018 at its new host hotel, Caribe Royale Orlando Resort

The convention will once again be opening earlier this year on Friday, October 26 at 1 p.m. to begin the festivities. The weekend will feature an array of activities including a tattoo festival, film festival, celebrity autographs, Kid’s Zone, costume and cosplay contest, huge exhibitor room, live music, performances, Q & A’s with artists, authors and filmmakers, seminars, among many other activities.

All advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. Prices increase after October 7th and 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. Limited VIP Packages are available for $225 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 ten years old are free.

Rooms are available at Caribe Royale Orlando Resort for a discounted price of $135 per night. Rooms can be reserved online or by calling 1-407-238-8000. Mention ‘Spooky Empire’ for special rate.

For more information regarding the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

Stay tuned as more activities, special guests, celebrities and more will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information about Spooky Empire, visit Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@SpookyEmpire).

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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

Spooky Empire Media Contacts:
Juliana Gutierrez, JWI PR | +1 305-991-4259 |
Jessica Wade Pfeffer, JWI PR | +1 305-804-8424 |

Katie Cook to Deliver 2018 Ringo Awards Keynote Address

Press Release:

The Ringo Awards Committee is proud to announce the addition of Katie Cook to the 2018 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards ceremony as the Keynote Address speaker!

The 2018 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards will be presented at the Ringo Awards Banquet and Ceremony in conjunction with the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con on the evening of Saturday, September 29, 2018. The final ballot is now open to comic book creative professionals to submit their votes. limited number of tickets are available to the public to attend the Banquet and Award Ceremony and spend a fun evening, share a drink, and enjoy a meal with the comic book professional community.

Ringo Awards tickets include a full cocktail hour (cash bar), a full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore crab cake), the awards ceremony, and a gift bag, and are now available for $125. Please visit our website to purchase with credit card:

Katie Cook is a comic artist and writer that has been in the industry for a while. She’d list just how long here, but isn’t that a faux pas of admitting that she’s old? I mean you can always Wikipedia her birthday if you want to get stuck on this topic. Why are we still talking about this?

She is the creator of the comic Nothing Special on LINE WEBTOON, an all-ages adventure about a girl, a boy with fairy wings, and a dead Radish. It’s her favorite thing and you should read it. Katie also wrote and drew the webcomic Gronk: A Monster’s Story, which lost several awards but is still delightful.

In mainstream comics, Katie has carved out quite the little gallery of titles she’s worked on… Did you ever watch that documentary about this fascinating woman in NYC that puts on a bizarre mix of costume jewelry and eclectic clothes every day? Iris? That’s Katie’s career… A little over here at IDW, a little over there at LucasFilm Press, who thought Katie was a good idea for a Sex Criminals cover, oh look now she’s drawing Spider-Man? A mixed bag of adorable all over this place.

Katie spent several years as one of the primary writers on IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and has also done projects with Marvel, BOOM! Studios, and more (she apologizes for referring to some of you as “and more”). She’s also illustrated several Star Wars children’s books for Disney LucasFilm Press, and created artwork for the Disney Wonderground Gallery. Artist and writer! Double threat! (She thinks a triple threat in comics would be when someone is also an excellent editor, but any editor that has ever worked with her will attest that she thinks spell-check is something from Harry Potter.)

Her mother thinks she is funny. Sometimes. Maybe.

“Mike Wieringo once said, ‘I just try to keep things fun. I like to do fun comics’ and that’s the attitude that I love in comics,” said Cook. “It’s my own goal as well… Comics are so many things to so many people, but for me, they are fun. I am thrilled that I was asked to be a part of the Ringo Awards this year as the Keynote speaker, and I hope to get a chance to talk about the things I love in this industry that are bright and wonderful to me and make you to sit in a room and listen to me talk about them. I swear, if I see you get up during it to sneak to the bar, I will call you out – just try me Andy Price. Also, polite applause is mandatory.”

“Katie was my first and only choice to be our Keynote speaker this year,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. “She’s witty and entertaining, and I’m sure will give a great speech.”


X-Files cast at Spooky Empire!

WILLIAM B. DAVIS “The Smoking Man” joins us October 26-28!

WILLIAM B. DAVIS has numerous credits all the way back to the 80’s including THE DEAD ZONE, IT (series), 21 JUMP STREET, OMEN IV, UNFORGETTABLE, POLTERGEIST (series), THE PROPOSAL, THE OUTER LIMITS, SMALLVILLE, SNAKEHEAD TERROR, STARGATE SG-1, CAPRICA, RISE OF THE DAMNED, THE PACKAGE, R.L. STINE’S THE HAUNTING HOUR, CONTINUUM, and more recently he’s working on the film FRANKENSTEIN GOTHIC along with Bill Moseley and Danielle Harris.

Meet WILLIAM B. DAVIS, MITCH PILEGGI plus DAVID DUCHOVNY and GILLIAN ANDERSON all together this October, only at Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL!

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available now, but moving quickly, at The Caribe Royale Orlando is close to selling out and we’ll be adding a overflow location soon.

WA – Catana Comics: Little Moments of Love Signing

Cartoonist Catana Chetwynd of Catana Comics visits the University Book Store on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 3:00 PM for a discussion of her comic collection about the simple, precious, silly, everyday moments that make up a relationship.

What began as stray doodles on scraps of paper became an internet sensation when Chetwynd’s boyfriend shared her drawings online. Now, Catana Comics touches millions of readers with its sweet, relatable humor. Little Moments of Love collects just that—the little moments that are the best parts of being with the person you love.

Catana ChetwyndCatana Chetwynd is a self-taught traditional artist and the enthusiastic author of Catana Comics. She grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she spent her time creating art and pursuing an education in psychology until accidentally stumbling into the world of comics. Not only is her boyfriend John the daily inspiration for her drawings, but he was also the one who suggested a comic series about their relationship in the first place. Thanks to his idea and his inspiring daily antics, Catana was able to pursue her childhood dream of being a cartoonist. She currently lives in New York with John, and their tiny, angry dog Murph.

Your purchase of her book “Little Moments of Love” from us is your ticket for the event! If you would like to order a copy of the book, please call us at (206) 634-3400 and ask to speak to a bookseller in the General Books department. Full details at the link…

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University Temple United Methodist Church, Seattle
1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle, Washington 98105
(206) 632-5163

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