CA – FCBD: Todd The Ugliest Kid on Earth Signing

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Writer Ken Kristensen, creator of Todd The Ugliest Kid on Earth, signs at Hypno Comics on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

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Hypno Comics & Games
1803 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 651-9767

CA – Escape From Alcatraz Signing

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Wren Nowan and Michel Reardon, co-creators of Escape from Alcatraz: The Final Breakout, the fourth in a series of comics printed by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, will be signing at the Escapist Comic Bookstore on Sunday, April 27th at 3:00 pm. The comic features the daring escape attempt of Alcatraz inmates John Paul Scott, and Darl Dee Parker. The other issues in the series will be available for purchase without having to be sent to Alcatraz.

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Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
510-652-6642

DE – Manifest Destiny Signing

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Artist Matthew Roberts signs at The Comic Book Shop on Saturday, May 17th!

Press Release:

MANIFEST DESTINY re-imagines the journey of Lewis and Clark through an American west filled with monsters and mayhem. This seriously addicting book has sold out consistently since issue one, and we are honored to be hosting the amazing penciller of Manifest Destiny, MATTHEW ROBERTS, on May 17th at the shop!

Matthew will have prints for sale, and MANIFEST DESTINY volume one will be available at 25% off!

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The Comic Book Shop
1855 Marsh Road, Wilmington, DE 19810
(302) 477-1119

CA – Comic Creator Meet Up

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Artist Scott Koblish appears at The Comic Bug on Saturday, April 26th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for their monthly comic creator meet up!

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The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

MI – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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Jason Howard, Ryan Claytor, Adam Talley, Sherief AbouElSeoud, Dean Stahl, Daniel Hogan, and Jason Strutz appear at Clem’s Comics on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day! More details at the link!

Clem’s Comics & Games
216 Washington Square S, Lansing Charter Township, MI 48933
(517) 485-2369

CA – FCBD: Scattered Comics Signing

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Press Release:

Scattered Comics is going all out this year for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Several of the Scattered Comics creators were invited to attend the event being held at Sacramento’s River City Comics comic shop on May 3rd, 2014. This was a huge honor to the Scattered creators of whom will be the first time coming to this location.  The owner of the store, Joe, was kind enough to invite a whole group of some of our top talents to be a part of this free comic book celebration. Not only will Scattered creators be on hand but they will have free “Scattered Sampler #3″ and “Nighxa #1″ comics to give out to the fans. (As long as supplies last of course).  Also, Jay Wheeler of the podcast show “COMICS AND COFFEE“ will be attending the event as well. Here is the run down of which Scattered creators will be attending…

Frederick Allison Jr. (Hybrid Earth): Signing copies of “Hybrid Earth” as well as doing live commissions.

Jasmine Ellis & Calvin Ellis Jr. (Sworn): This will be a landmark celebration for this creative sibling team as they premiere the re-launch issue of “SWORN #1″ under the new Scattered Comics banner. Be the first to get this first issue and have signed by both writer and artist of the book!

So if you are ready to get your hands on some free comic books, meet the creators, and just have a great time celebrating this cool holiday, come on down to River City Comics!

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River City Comics + Games
4740 Natomas Blvd, Suite 130 Sacramento, CA 95835
916-285-9808

NYC – Forbidden Planet Mega-Signing

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James Tynion IV, Amy Chu, Alitha Martinez, Tom Chu, Marguerite Bennett, Morgan O. Shay, and Larry Hama appear at Forbidden Planet on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm!

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Forbidden Planet
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
212-473-1576

CA – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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Richard Starkings, Rafael Navarro, Phil Ortiz, and many more sign at The Comic Bug on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

Press Release: 

Here it is, folks! THOUSANDS of FREE COMICS! A dozen FANTASTIC comic creators! Costumed heroes! Food trucks! Deep discounts! And, did we mention, FREE COMICS?!

Get ready for this summer’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY blockbuster with FREE Guardians of the Galaxy and Rocket Raccoon comics! Dive into the future of the DC UNIVERSE with a FREE “Future’s End” comic! Sample some of the best independent comics past and present with OVER 55 FREE COMIC PUBLICATIONS! Of course, supplies are limited, so check out the full line-up HERE and make your “wish list.”

In addition to FREE COMICS, we have some of the finest comic book creators in the industry on-hand to say “hello” and show off their terrific work:

Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN)
Rafael Navarro (SONAMBULO, GUNS A’BLAZIN’)
Jeff Stokely (THE REASON FOR DRAGONS, SIX GUN GORILLA)
Michael O’Hare (MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE)
Phil Ortiz (THE SIMPSONS)
Ray Anthony Height (MIDNIGHT TIGER)
Ralph Miranda (MAN FIGHTING STREET)
Chris Kawagiwa (THE TELL)
Lord Mesa (CHIBI HERO PRINTS)
Axel Ortiz (G.E.E.K.)
…and more to be announced!

Hungry? We’ve got FOOD TRUCKS!
STREET KINGS
A ROCKIN’ ICE

Thirsty? Our friends at JARRITOS have provided HUNDREDS of bottles of FREE, delicious soda!

Lonely? Both WONDER WOMAN and SPIDER-MAN will be here to take PHOTOS with you!

We’ll have big discounts on everything in the store (TBA) and 20% of all purchases on Free Comic Book Day will be going to the Bill Mantlo Support Fund. Mr. Mantlo is the creator of ROCKET RACCOON along with lots of other great characters from the bronze age and has been under care for over 20 years after being struck by a car while riding his bike. You can read more about Bill here.

This is going to be a FREE COMIC BOOK DAY like none other! Sorry for all the links, but they’re portals to all the goodness that we have in store for you, right here on May 3rd!

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The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704

NYC – Translucid #1 Signing

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Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert appear at Midtown Comics Downtown on Wednesday April 23rd for a special signing for TRANSLUCID #1 starting at 6:30 pm!

Purchase of TRANSLUCID #1 is required to attend.
Limit of 2 items signed per customer.

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Written by Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert with art by Daniel Bayliss.
ON SALE NOW!

WHY WE LOVE IT: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert have given us such BOOM! Studios favorites as KILL AUDIO, THE AMORY WARS and KEY OF Z. Their latest book takes the superhero trope of ‘the never-ending battle’ and turns it into something you’ve never seen before.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: TRANSLUCID is the superhero story you want but never thought you’d see. A story of childhood hope and loss as much as it is about the meaning of heroism, and what defines a hero and a villain.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The Horse has been the archenemy of The Navigator for years. But The Horse feels The Navigator’s moral compass has been slipping, and even a villain can’t let that happen. The Horse decides to get a closer look into The Navigator’s past that he’s buried deep in his subconsciousness and find out what drives a person to make the right choice, and what propels someone to make the selfish one. Thus begins an exploration of why a young man would take the mantle of a superhero.

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038

CA – Pixar Animation Studios Tour

Press Release:

incredible1The Cartoon Art Museum, the only museum in the western United States dedicated to all forms of cartoons and comics, is delighted to host its tenth annual benefit at Pixar Animation Studios on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 2 to 8 p.m. Beginning with the 1986 release of its iconic short film Luxo Jr. to last year’s box office hit Monsters University, Pixar has charmed the world with its incredible computer animated creations. This year, we welcome you to experience the magic of Pixar up close and personal at the studio’s Emeryville home.

Guests may tour the studio’s main gallery and view pre-production artwork from Monsters University. In addition, Pixar artists will be on hand conducting drawing demonstrations. You may purchase special Pixar apparel and merchandise at the Studio Store as well as bid on original and signed art by Pixar animators and other auction prizes. The event also features a 10th anniversary celebration of the Academy Award-winning feature The Incredibles with several of the film’s creators in the studio’s state-of-the-art theater hosted by Dr. Michael B. Johnson (Pixarian and CAM board member), who will lead a Q&A session with the filmmakers in the Steve Jobs Theater, including:

Brad Bird, Writer & Director

Mark Andrews, Head of Story

Tony Fucile, Supervising Animator

Andrew Jimenez, Director of Photography

Ted Mathot, Storyboard Artist

• Kevin O’Brien, Storyboard Artist

Please note: Guests are confirmed, however, an unexpected cancellation is always possible.

The event also features light snacks, treats, and will conclude with a wine and dessert reception by the Luxo Cafe staff with a live auction of a variety of original art and signed memorabilia.

Tickets are $500 per person, $450 for members of the Cartoon Art Museum. (Become a museum member and save!)

Purchase one discounted ticket with a Senior/Student Membership, up to two with an Individual Membership, up to four with a Family Membership, up to six with a Friend Membership, and seven or more with a Patron, Sponsor and Benefactor Memberships.) Reserved rows for ten are available for $4,500. Availability for this level is limited.

Register for tickets at the link…

Doors open at 2 p.m. with the presentation starting at 4 p.m. in the Steve Jobs Theater.

Please note: The Cartoon Art Museum strives to create an enjoyable experience all attendees—given the nature of the theater presentation and the gracious donation of time by the presenters, we will maintain a zero-tolerance policy regarding disturbances during this portion of the program. Anyone causing a disruption (i.e. loud or crying children, talking outside of the Q&A portion, texting) will be given one warning. A second incident will result in the individual being asked to leave the studio. For this reason the presentation is not recommended for children under the age of four. Thank you for your understanding.

If you are visiting San Francisco and looking for a hotel, our partner the St. Regis Hotel, is offering a discounted rate for attendees of the event, click on the link for the discount offer.

Pixar Animation Studios is located in Emeryville, California. Free parking is available on site. For more information, call 415-227-8666, ext. 300. To purchase tickets online, visit cartoonart.org. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets are transferable, but nonrefundable.

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