NH/MA – Downton Abbey Star Appears

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Press Release:

WandAid is excited to announce that Jim Carter, the actor who plays Carson the butler on Downton Abbey, will be in Portsmouth, NH and the greater Boston area February 17 – 21, hosting entertaining fundraising events for victims of the devastating earthquakes of 2015. With so much work to be done to help these beautiful people rebuild their lives, and with very little media coverage, we are working diligently to ensure that the world does not forget the tragedy.

Jim is passionate about making a difference so linked up with Linda Cruse and together they started WandAid, whose proceeds go to The Linda Cruse Foundation. WandAid uses magic, music and entrepreneurs to bring joy and recovery to the ‘forgotten people’ at home and abroad. It aims to empower challenged communities impacted by natural disaster, political crisis and disadvantage so that children and families can rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

The events will feature live music, magic, and stories from his role in Downton Abbey by Jim Carter. Inspirational humanitarian aid worker Linda Cruse will give an update on her foundation’s work in Nepal. Lesley Smith, renowned ventriloquist, entertainer and singer/songwriter will perform and MC the events. Join us at one of the venues listed below.

Thursday February 18th – 7:30 PM

The Music Hall
28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-2400

VIP Reception: Meet & Greet available at 6:00 PM

Friday February 19th – 8:00 PM

Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
617-625-5700

Sunday February 21st – 7:00 PM

Regent Theatre
7 Medford Street Arlington, MA 02474
781-646-4849

VIP Reception: Meet and greet 5:30PM – 6:30PM; Exclusive Downton Abbey Episode Screening, 9pm

For tickets and further information please visit the WandAid website at the link…

About Jim Carter
Jim Carter is best known for playing the role of Carson the butler, in all 6 series of Downton Abbey. He has been nominated for 4 Emmy awards and has received 2 SAG awards for this role. Jim has appeared in over 40 films, including A Private Function, Brassed Off, Shakespeare in Love and The Golden Compass. He has had more than 100 TV appearances, including The Singing Detective, Red Riding, The Cranford Chronicles and of course, Downton Abbey.

About Linda Cruse and WandAid
Through WandAid, the Linda Cruse Foundation empowers challenged communities impacted by natural disaster, political crisis and disadvantage by providing immediate humanitarian aid. Working together with entrepreneurs to find long-term solutions, she uses magic and music to promote psychological recovery so that children and families can rebuild their lives and livelihoods. It’s founder, Linda Cruse, is a hands-on humanitarian aid worker whose ethos of acting swiftly to respond to need, often using unconventional, creative means, is embodied by the Foundation. Linda’s inspirational idea of using performers to bring joy and psychological recovery to families on the front line, led to the birth of WandAid, a series of fundraising and awareness-raising events to aid The Linda Cruse Foundation. Linda has worked side by side with some of the world’s most influential figures including HH The Dalai Lama, HRH Prince Charles, and Sir Richard Branson. Branson once said “She makes the impossible, possible.” Her 15 years of frontline humanitarian aid work have taken her to every continent in the world, where she has assisted in the aftermath of some of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters, including as the Asian tsunami, the Pakistani earthquake, two Philippine super-typhoons, and currently the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes, conflict zones, high mountain nomadic areas and refugee camps, as well as aiding challenged communities worldwide. See www.lindacruse.com WandAid will debut a televised show under the executive lead of Liz Trubridge (Downton Abbey). During a live event, a never-seen-before grand scale illusion will be performed. The event will showcase footage of the performers on their programs of engagement, with the forgotten families at home and abroad in remote areas of post earthquake Nepal.

About Lesley Smith
Lesley Smith is a New England Foundation for the Arts touring artist, world class ventriloquist, vocalist and entertainer. She has been informing and entertaining over a million children and adult audiences in live events and television commercials throughout the U.S. starring Sammy Snail and her cast of characters. “Her smile and presence is as warm and welcoming as her voice.” (Boston Globe).

CA – Spectrum Signing

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Actor Alan Tudyk (Con Man, Frozen, Firefly, Star Wars: Rogue One) appears with co-creators Shannon Denton and PJ Haarsma to sign SPECTRUM at Illusive Comics and Games on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM! Free tickets are available at the link!

Press Release:

Come meet the creative team behind Spectrum, the comic within the Kickstarted show Con Man at Illusive Comics & Games!

The first issue of Spectrum releases on Free Comic Book Day, May 7th. We have 300 copies of the comic for this signing.

The tickets are free, but we hope you’ll donate to Parents Helping Parents. And, if you live too far to drive, we are offering a limited amount of tickets to have a signed comic mailed to you.

FAQ:
1. How many items can I get signed? One per person.

2. Will there be a fee? No, but we will be collecting donations for Parents Helping Parents.

3. What can I get signed? Just the comic Spectrum.

4. Can I get a photo? Only a very brief one, if your camera is ready, with Alan sitting at the table.

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Illusive Comics and Games
2725 El Camino Real, Suite 105, Santa Clara, CA 95051
408-985-7481

IL – Grumpy Cat Comics Signing

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Elliott Serrano appears at Defiant Comics on Saturday, February 27 at noon to sign the second volume of GRUMPY CAT COMICS!

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Defiant Comics
7234 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-3339

OR – Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood Release Party

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Cartoonist Kaz appears at Floating World Comics on Friday Feb. 12, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM for the Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood release party!

Press Release:

Floating World Comics is excited to host a release party for Kaz’s new Underworld omnibus collection – From Hoboken to Hollywood! Kaz will join us to sign books and celebrate the release of his new book.

In addition to his career as an Emmy-winning writer for animation (Cartoon Network’s Camp Lazlo, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants), Kaz has been unleashing his id and corrupting generations with his Harvey-nominated weekly Underworld comic strip since 1992. Underworld hilariously depicts sordid doings in a surreal city, stuffed with almost-parodies of famous comic strip characters, a healthy dose of cigarette-smoking cats, cute little saccharin-cuddly creatures, media- damaged kids, and much more — all destined for a sardonic smashing in typically acerbic Kaz fashion. Kaz’s strip runs in many American alternative weeklies such as the New York Press and the SF Bay Guardian. The Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood will be the first ever omnibus collection of the very best of the strip’s 23-year run, with annotations, photos, and other surprises from the author (along with a foreword by Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell).

Kaz was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1959. During the 1980s he studied comics under Art Spiegelman and contributed to the early issues of Raw magazine, eventually releasing his first anthology collection, the oversized (and now out of print and highly sought-after) Buzzbomb, with Fantagraphics Books. In 1991 he started the weekly self-syndicated comic strip: Underworld. Fantagraphics began collecting Underworld into book form in April of 1995, with five collections released to date. Sidetrack City and other Tales, a collection of longer comic strips, was published by Fantagraphics in 1996. The Underworld comic strip has been nominated for a Harvey Award four times.

Kaz is married to Linda Marotta, a horror literature critic and expert. They make their home in New York City while Kaz splits his time between there and working in the Los Angeles animation industry.

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

NE – Brian Posehn Performs

00000000-brian-posehn-neComedian Brian Posehn performs at the Bourbon Theatre on Friday, February 19th at 8:00 PM! Tickets available at the link.

Press Release:

Comedian/actor/writer Brian Posehn always has a full plate in front of him. He is constantly touring as a stand-up comedian in the best comedy clubs and rock venues in the country. 2013 marked the release of his first hour long special, The Fartist, through Netflix. Brian is currently co-writing Deadpool for Marvel Comics. He has a popular podcast, Nerd Poker, on the Earwolf Network.

Brian co-starred in Universal’s feature, The Five-Year Engagement, directed by Nick Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow and in the popular Canadian indie comedy, Lloyd the Conqueror. In the last year he has done guest spots on the sitcoms, The Big Bang Theory, Guys With Kids and Anger Management. He also starred for three seasons in Comedy Central’s popular show, The Sarah Silverman Program, and toured as one of the original members of the Comedians of Comedy.

Besides writing and performing on HBO’s acclaimed Mr. Show, he has appeared in sitcoms such as Just Shoot Me, Seinfeld, NewsRadio, Californication, Everybody Loves Raymond and Friends. He also has an extensive resume in voice-acting including Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Adventure Time, Metalocalypse, Bob’s Burgers, Mission Hill, and American Dad.
Brian has also appeared in several movies, including Judd Apatow’s Funny People, Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Sex Drive, and Surf’s Up.

He has written episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program and Metalocalypse (Adult Swim). He’s written for the popular sketch show, Human Giant and various specials and roasts including recent stints on the Oscars and The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr. In 2009 and 2010, Brian directed a video and a Comedy Central pilot for the hilarious hair metal band, Steel Panther.

In 2006 he released his first graphic novel, The Last Christmas, and his debut comedy album: Live in Nerd Rage. In 2009, Brian released his album, Fart and Weiner Jokes.

2013 also marked the release of a book co-written by Brian with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross called Hollywood Said No. He is also currently producing a Comedy Metal album with Scott Ian of Anthrax.

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The Bourbon
1415 O St, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

TX – Snowfall #1 Signing

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Writer Joe Harris (Great Pacific, X-Files) appears at Dragon’s Lair Comics in San Antonio on Sunday February 28th from noon till 4:00 PM to sign first issue of the anticipated new Image series Snowfall!

Dragon’s Lair Comics and Fantasy
7959 Fredericksburg Rd. Suite 129, San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 615-1229

IL – Pretty Happy Signing

0000000-kate-hudsonActress Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Kung Fu Panda 3, Rock the Kasbah) appears at the Wentz Concert Hall on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign her new book PRETTY HAPPY! Tickets are available at the link and include one copy of the book.

Press Release:

Kate Hudson is an instantly recognizable face and personality who can now add author to her impressive list of accomplishments. Anderson’s Bookshops is thrilled to welcome her to Naperville to celebrate the release of her new book “Pretty Happy.”

Kate will speak briefly and take a few questions from the audience, then will move into the signing portion of the evening. She will only sign copies of “Pretty Happy” and will be able to take a quick picture with fans.

You will receive your book when you arrive at the event. They will NOT be available for pick up before that time. Books purchased at other vendors are not permitted in the signing line.

Actual seating is first come, first served, but your assigned seat number corresponds to your place in the signing line.

PLEASE NOTE that this event follows the author’s and publisher’s wishes and may mean limits on photos and the number of signed or personalized books. Anderson’s Bookshop is not responsible for changes made by the author to the guidelines prior to or during the event. Your understanding is appreciated.

In “Pretty Happy,” Kate shows how she honors her relationship with herself through exercise, making the right choices about what she eats, and constantly going back to the drawing board and starting fresh, instead of holding herself to unrealistic standards of perfection and giving up when she falls short.

Kate Hudson was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award for her breakthrough performance in “Almost Famous.” She is known around the world for her prolific acting career and recognized internationally as a fashion icon and global spokesperson and humanitarian.

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Wentz Concert Hall
171 E Chicago Ave, Naperville, Illinois 60540
(630) 637-7469

OR – Flat Earths Exhibition

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Press Release:

Brian Chippendale presents an exciting new exhibition at Place Gallery in Portland, Oregon. “Flat Earths” offers new work by Brian Chippendale created as the resident artist at Kahnaway in early 2016, and consists of a series of collages on wood using painting, drawing, and found imagery. See above for a preview of some of Brian’s awesome work, or stay up to date on it by following Brian on instagram: @chimpendale.

That’s not all: the night the exhibit opens, the good folks at Floating World Comics will be selling copies of Brian Chippendale’s much anticipated D+Q book Puke Force at the event, a few days before it hits stores!

Head to the gallery space at 1905 NW 23rd Pl in Portland, OR, on Thursday, February 11th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for opening night! The show will be running through February 12th and February 13th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and then until the 21st by appointment.

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Place Gallery
1905 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

CA – Dark Knight Returns Signing

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Writer/Artist Frank Miller appears at Barnes & Noble at The Grove to discuss and sign “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 30th Anniversary Edition” on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

This is a wristbanded event. A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 30th Anniversary Edition” at Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning February 20th at 9:00 AM.

· Limit 1 wristband per book
· Seating for discussion will be limited
· Wristbands and books will be limited
· Check back for more details when they become available

Together with inker Klaus Janson and colorist Lynn Varley, writer/artist Frank Miller completely reinvents the legend of Batman in his saga of a near-future Gotham City gone to rot, ten years after the Dark Knight’s retirement. This masterpiece of modern comics storytelling, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, brings to vivid life a dark world and an even darker man.

The Dark Knight returns in a blaze of fury, taking on a whole new generation of criminals and matching their level of violence. He is soon joined by a new Robin—a girl named Carrie Kelley, who proves to be just as invaluable as her predecessors.

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-0270

ME – TMNT Artist Signing

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Steve Lavigne, a former artist on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Mirage Studios, signs at Collectables Forever in the Auburn Mall on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

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Auburn Mall
550 Center St, Auburn, Maine 04210
(207) 786-2977

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