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  • Finalists for Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Announced; Ceremony Set for Long Beach Comic Expo 2015

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    Press Release:

    Announcing the Finalists for the First Ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity

    (February 18, Long Beach, CA) The finalists for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award were announced today. The five nominated titles are:

    HEX11 by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics)
    M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder (www.mfkcomic.com)
    MS. MARVEL by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel Entertainment)
    THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books)
    SHAFT by David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely (Dynamite Entertainment)

    The winner will be announced at the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity ceremony event to be held later this month at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 28 at 2 PM PT. The Award is named in honor of Dwayne McDuffie, the legendary writer and producer who co-founded and created Milestone Media. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE.

    “The nominees for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award reflect the best of what a comic book can be,” said Matt Wayne, the Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. “These five titles, as different as they are, reflect Dwayne’s aspirations for the comic book industry. They are diverse, inclusive and forward looking.”

    “I am so proud that my husband’s personal mission to include a more diverse array of voices–both in content and creators–is able to continue now through this Award in his name, by encouraging others who share his vision of comics, characters, and the industry itself better mirroring society,” said Charlotte McDuffie.

    The Dwayne McDuffie Award Selection Committee consists of eight prominent comics and animation professionals who knew McDuffie and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusiveness:

    • Neo Edmund – Novelist, animation and comics writer;
    • Joan Hilty – Nickelodeon Comics Editor; Creator of Bitter Girl;
    • Joseph Illidge – Former Editor, Milestone and DC Comics; Columnist, Comic Book Resources; Writer, First Second Books;
    • Heidi MacDonald – Editor in Chief, The Beat;
    • Glen Murakami – Producer/Supervising Director, DC animated properties and Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien;
    • Eugene Son – Comics writer/Story Editor, Ultimate Spider-Man Animated;
    • William J. Watkins – Writer; Former owner, Chicago’s first Black-owned comics store;
    • Len Wein – Co-creator Swamp Thing, Wolverine, New X-Men; Former Editor-in-Chief- of Marvel Comics and Senior Editor, DC Comics.

    “The Long Beach shows are committed to diversity,” said Martha Donato, Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Expo. “It’s our great pleasure to host the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony and to celebrate the legacy of a wonderful man and writer who inspired so many people with his words, his action and his creations.”

    Reginald Hudlin, an innovator of the modern black film movement (House Party, Boomerang and BeBe’s Kids), will be the Keynote Speaker at the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony later this month.

    Tickets for Long Beach Comic Expo are available now at www.longbeachcomicexpo.com. Follow Long Beach Comic Expo on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information about the McDuffie Award.

    ABOUT THE CREATORS OF HEX11:
    Kelly Sue Milano was introduced to comics the way most five-year-old girls are: by getting taken to the Fullerton AMC Theaters to see Batman with her Dad in the summer of 1989. Though she wasn’t stoked at first, what followed was total and complete love. Not just with superheroes and comics – but with stories. She has been published in the Orange County Register, has written award-winning short stories, monologues, and comedy sketches, and has contributed to the development of several film projects for Periscope Entertainment. She also curates the blog for A.WAKE; a movement dedicated to celebrating female artists. Kelly Sue is a sucker for Nabakov and fancy coffee and currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Louie.

    Lisa K. Weber makes art for comics, kid’s books, and cartoons. She also enjoys satire, white wine, and classic rock hits. She has created artwork for comic adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s Hop-Frog, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, and Saki’s Tobermory, all featured in Graphic Classics. Her illustrations have appeared in publications from Penguin Books, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, Scholastic Inc, and Capstone Press. She has also contributed character designs and storyboards for Nickelodeon, Curious Pictures, and PBS Kids. Lisa currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

    ABOUT THE CREATORS OF M.F.K.:
    Nilah Magruder is a storyboard and concept artist artist in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Maryland, from a young age she developed an eternal love for three things: nature, books, and animation. Naturally, all of her school notebooks were full of doodles of animals and cartoon characters.

    Nilah received a B.A. in communication arts from Hood College and B.F.A. in computer animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. She has illustrated for comics, children’s books, film and commercial television. Interested in exploring diversity in storytelling, she launched the action-adventure webcomic M.F.K. She believes that everyone should have characters with whom they can relate in their chosen entertainment, be it comic book, novel, film, TV, or video game.

    ABOUT THE WRITER & ARTIST OF MS. MARVEL:
    G. Willow Wilson is a novelist and comic book writer based in Seattle. Her works include the novel Alif the Unseen, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. She is the creator, with artist Adrian Alphona, of the bestselling All-New Ms. Marvel series from Marvel Comics. Her series Air (DC/Vertigo) and Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice (Marvel) were both nominated for Eisner Awards. In what spare time she has, Willow enjoys playing MMOs, watching British television, cooking, and maintaining the proud tradition of the Oxford comma. She lives with her husband and their two children.

    Adrian Alphona is the artist of MS. MARVEL. He illustrated an acclaimed run of RUNAWAYS written by Brian K Vaughan for Marvel Entertainment.

    ABOUT THE CREATORS OF THE SHADOW HERO
    Gene Luen Yang’s 2006 book American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award. His 2013 two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints was also nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Gene currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and children.

    Sonny Liew is a comic artist, painter and illustrator whose work includes titles for DC Vertigo, Marvel Comics and First Second Books. He has received Eisner nominations for his art on Wonderland (Disney), as well as for spearheading Liquid City (Image Comics), a multi-volume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia. His Malinky Robot series was a Xeric grant recipient and winner of the Best Science Fiction Comic Album Award at the Utopiales SF Festival in Nantes (2009).

    His latest work is The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which will be published by Pantheon Books in 2016.

    ABOUT THE WRITER & ARTIST OF SHAFT:
    David F. Walker is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and author of the YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan. His publication BadAzz MoFo became internationally known as the indispensable resource guide to black films of the 1970s. His work in comics includes the series Shaft (Dynamite Entertainment), Doc Savage (Dynamite Entertainment), Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics), The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain Comics), and The Supernals Experiment (Canon Comics).

    Bilquis Evely is a 24-year-old Brazilian comic book artist. She started her professional life in 2010 as the penceiller of the Brazilian comic book, Luluzinha Teen e Sua Turma” Her recent work includes The Shadow and Doc Savage for Dynamite. She is currently working on Shaft, which is written by David F. Walker.

    ABOUT DWAYNE MCDUFFIE:
    Dwayne McDuffie is best known as the co-founder and creator of Milestone Media. He was a Story Editor on the KIDS WB’s Emmy Award-winning animated series STATIC SHOCK, which he co-created. He was also a Producer and Story Editor on Cartoon Network’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. He was Editor-In-Chief of Milestone Media’s award-winning line of comic books, managing an editorial operation which boasted the best on-time delivery record in the industry for nearly four years running and has also worked as an editor for Marvel Comics and Harvey Entertainment. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE. He wrote stories for dozens of other comics, including, SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, THE TICK, CAPTAIN MARVEL, AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT, BACK TO THE FUTURE, HELLRAISER, ULTRAMAN, (The Artist Formerly Known As) PRINCE and X-O MANOWAR.

    Dwayne won the 2003 HUMANITAS PRIZE for “Jimmy,” a STATIC SHOCK script about gun violence in schools. He was nominated for two EMMY AWARDS for the TV series STATIC SHOCK, a WRITERS GUILD AWARD for the TV series JUSTICE LEAGUE and three EISNER AWARDS for his work in comic books. His comic book work won eleven PARENTS’ CHOICE AWARDS, six “Best Editor” awards, and a GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for his “use of popular art to promote and enhance human dignity.”

    Dwayne was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended The Roeper School. Before entering comics, he studied in undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Michigan, then attended film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also co-hosted a radio comedy program, while moonlighting pseudonymously as a freelance writer for stand-up comedians and late-night television comedy programs. He wrote scripts for an animated feature, episodes of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE, STATIC SHOCK!, JUSTICE LEAGUE, WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO? and TEEN TITANS.

    ABOUT LONG BEACH EXPO:
    Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.

    First Guests Announced for Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015

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    Press Release:

    Announcing the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015! Over 300 cartoonists from Canada and around the world are on their way to Toronto this May, to celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! A week-long Festival of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition centered at Toronto Reference Library, May 10 and 11, 2015!

    For more than a decade, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has showcased the incredible comics art being made here in Canada, and invited the attention of the international cartooning community. The 2015 programme continues to build on those successes, with an increase in programming, and a renewed focus on Canadian cartoonists from coast to coast!

    TCAF 2015 will welcome a remarkable array of authors! Highlights from the author guests include:

    Charles Burns: Creator of Black Hole, considered to be one of the most important graphic novels in the Western canon, Burns will be at TCAF to celebrate his recently completed new graphic novel series X’ed Out (Pantheon Books). Burns will also illustrated one of the official posters of the 2015 Festival, to be revealed.

    Eleanor Davis: An outstanding cartoonist and editorial illustrator (The New Yorker, New York Times), Davis’ recent graphic novel release How To Be Happy (Fantagraphics) was widely lauded as one of the best graphic novels of 2014, and TCAF is thrilled to welcome this her back to Toronto for the 2015 Festival.

    Gurihiru: This dynamic cartooning duo (working under one pen name) hails from Tokyo, Japan, and is beloved in North America for their original graphic novels set in the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender (Dark Horse). They have also created work for Marvel Comics, Disney, and an array of independent illustration work.

    Lucy Knisley: A long-time supporter of the Festival, Knisley’s memoirs and travelogues are well-loved across the continent. Knisley attends as a Featured Guest in 2015, in support of her new travelogue/graphic novel Displacement (Fantagraphics).

    Scott McCloud: Creator of the essential comics text Understanding Comics, TCAF will welcome McCloud back to Toronto in support of his acclaimed new graphic novel The Sculptor (First Second Books).

    Barbara Stok: Hailing from The Netherlands, Stok has an impressive collection of graphic novels to her credit. TCAF is happy to welcome her as a Featured Guest of the Festival in 2015, in conjunction with her debut English-language graphic novel release Vincent (SelfMadeHero), an important and critically-praised biography of Vincent Van Gogh.

    Jillian Tamaki: With her cousin Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki’s 2014 TCAF Debut This One Summer (Groundwood/First Second) took home a Governor General’s Award, a Caldecott Honor, and a Printz Honor. In 2015, Jillian Tamaki will release SuperMutantMagicAcademy (Drawn & Quarterly), her hilarious new graphic novel.

    Chip Zdarsky: Hometown favourite and emerging international superstar Zdarsky (a.k.a. Steve Murray) is welcomed as a Featured Guest for 2015! Best-known for his ground-breaking comic series Sex Criminals (with writer Matt Fraction), spring 2015 will see the launch of his new series Kaptara (Image Comics) with fellow Toronto illustrator Kagan McLeod, and a relaunch of Marvel Comics’ Howard The Duck.

    And these are just the first nine featured guests among the more than 300 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2015 Festival.

    Featured guests will continue to be announced through February and March, with special guests from France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and the U.S. and Canada still to be revealed!

    TCAF 2015 will also feature several programming spotlights, including a special tribute to esteemed Canadian graphic novel published Drawn & Quarterly, on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary.

    Additional Programs will be announced in February and March, including the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, Comics Vs. Games 4, Gallery Showings, Screenings, and much more. Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates:

    Website: www.torontocomics.com
    Twitter: @Torontocomics
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/TorontoComics
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    UK – The Sculptor Signing

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    Scott McCloud (Making Comics, Zot!) appears at OK Comics to sign copies of THE SCULPTOR and others, on Monday 9th March, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

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    OK Comics
    19 Thorntons Arcade, LS1 6LQ Leeds

    UK – The Sculptor Signing

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    Scott McCloud appears at Nostalgia & Comics store in Birmingham on Tuesday 10th of March from 5:00 to 6:00 pm to sign The Sculptor!

    Nostalgia & Comics
    14-16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, B5 4EN United Kingdom
    +44 121 643 0143

    NC – G-Man Super Journal Signing

    gmanCartoonist Chris Giarrusso appears on Saturday February 28th for a signing at Ultimate Comics at and Oak City Comic Show on Sunday March 1, 2015.

    Chris Giarrusso is the Harvey award-nominated artist and writer best known for creating, writing, and drawing G-MAN, a series of graphic novels loved by all ages. His newest book, THE G-MAN SUPER JOURNAL, is an illustrated prose novel “written” and “illustrated” by G-Man himself! Other work includes the MINI MARVELS for Marvel Comics, various variant covers for Image Comics, and the TALES FROM THE CON webcomic for Emerald City Comicon.

    Chris will be accepting commissions at the store on the 28th that will be available for pick-up the next day at Oak City Comic Show.

    Ultimate Comics
    6120 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
    (919) 806-8282

    IN – Sensation Comics Signing

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    Amy Chu, writer of Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, Girls Night Out, VIP Room, Vertigo Quarterly, and more, signs at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday February 28, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm!

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    Aw Yeah Comics
    111 E. Adams Street, Muncie, IN 47305
    765-282-5297

    UK – The Sculptor Signing

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    Scott McCloud appears at Orbital Comics on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm for a very special signing and drinks reception in celebration of his new magnum opus, The Sculptor. The genius behind Understanding Comics makes his long-awaited return to sequential comics with this weighty tome which explores the nature of creativity and art.

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    Orbital Comics
    8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
    020 7240 0591

    NC – G-Man Super Journal Signings

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    Cartoonist Chris Giarrusso appears at Acme Comics on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM and again on Saturday, February 21st from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm!

    Chris will be in the store signing copies of his new book G-Man’s Super Journal: Awesome Origins, the first in a series of illustrated prose novels, as well as his previous graphic novels (Coming Home, Cape Crisis and Learning to Fly)! Signing and sketching will be FREE!

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

    CA – Darth Vader #1 Launch Party

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    Cartoonist Tom Hodges appears at Phat Collectibles’ Darth Vader #1 Launch Party on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM!

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    Phat Collectibles
    14191 Beach Blvd Westminster, CA 92683

    Corey Feldman joins in at Shock Pop ComicCon

    SPCC_feldmanIt wouldn’t be Friday the 13th without Tommy Jarvis. Shock Pop Comiccon is very pleased to announce Corey Feldman is coming to Shock Pop Comiccon. Corey is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Gremlins with co star Zach Galligan Official. Corey is also known for his roles in Lost Boys, and The Goonies also celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary, Stand By Me, and many more beloved films. In addition to acting, Corey is a musician, and writer. Corey is appearing FRIDAY THE 13TH only, signing autographs and doing photo ops. Pricing will be posted shortly. Tickets are available here http://www.shockpopcomiccon.com/tickets.html

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