CA – The Escape Artist Signing

Brad Meltzer appears to present and sign his latest novel The Escape Artist on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

For the 20th anniversary of #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer’s first book  after two decades of entertaining America with a dozen thrillers, a hugely successful children’s book series, TV shows, comic books, and even finding the missing 9/11 flag that firefighters raised at Ground Zero, he will be speaking on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Mission Viejo. Brad decided to celebrate by going back to the start. The thing that launched his career: a tightly-woven, fast-paced thriller, packed with little-known American history and unforgettable characters. The Escape Artist is the first book in an entirely new series by one of our most beloved thriller writers, and it reminds us why we became fans of Brad Meltzer in the first place.

What a great opportunity to meet Brad Meltzer up close and personal! This is a free program based on seat availability. Seating is limited.

For guaranteed reserved seating and priority book signing, purchase a $32 ticket. Your ticket includes:

  1. One hardcover copy of The Escape Artist.
  2. Up to 2 admittances for reserved seating
  3. Priority book signing in the order of online purchase.

Books purchased online will be available for pick-up at the Norman Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way beginning at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 14th. The Friends of the Mission Viejo Library will host a wine bar beginning at 6:00 PM. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore will also be selling books on site, which will receive priority book signing after online purchases.

About The Escape Artist:
Nola Brown is supposed to be dead. She was on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she’s dead and the government confirms it. But Jim “Zig” Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And shes on the run. Zig works at Dover Air Force Base, helping put to rest the bodies of those who die on top-secret missions. Nola was a childhood friend of Zig’s daughter and once saved his daughter’s life. So when Zig realizes Nola is still alive, he’s determined to find her. But as Zig digs into her past, he learns that trouble follows Nola everywhere she goes. On her last mission, Nola saw something nobody was supposed to see, earning her an enemy unlike any other, who will do whatever it takes to keep her quiet. Together, Nola and Zig will either reveal a sleight of hand being played at the highest levels of power or die trying to uncover the U.S. Army’s most mysterious secret a centuries-old conspiracy that traces back to the greatest escape artist in history: Harry Houdini.

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children’s books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even graphic books (Justice League of America). He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. He currently lives in Florida. You can find much more about him at BradMeltzer.com. You can also see what he’s doing right now at Facebook.com/BradMeltzer and on Twitter @bradmeltzer.

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Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 470-3062

NM – Alcheringa Signing + Q&A

Press Release:

The Jean Cocteau Cinema presents local authors Stephania Alia and Adam Frank talk about Alcheringa’s Dream World and discuss their creative process and journey from concept to comic. Interview and discussion in our auditorium.

Followed by an audience Q & A and book signing in the lobby. The event begins on Tuesday, February 27th at 5:00 PM.

Alcheringa (in the mythology of some Australian Aboriginals) the ‘golden age’ when the first ancestors were created. It is also called the Dreamtime. The word comes (in the late 19th century) from the Aboriginal language Arrernte, and means ‘in the Dreamtime’. Alcheringa is a multimedia comic about a young woman named Madelyn who is troubled by recurring nightmares. It isn’t until Madelyn enters the Dream World that she soon discovers what her true purpose is, in a realm polluted by nightmares.

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

IL – The XII Signing

Patrick Trahey appears at First Aid Comics on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM to sign his brand new comic series THE XII from Alterna Comics.

First Aid Comics
1617 East 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615
773.752.6642

ON – Riftworld Legends #1 Launch Party

Writer/creator Jonathan Williams, artist Daniel Wong, and the Riftworld team appear at Silver Snail Comics on Monday, February 26th at 7:00 PM for the comic book launch party for new ongoing comic series Riftworld Legends!

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The Silver Snail
329 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1R7
416-593-0889

UK – Dr. Who: The Missy Chronicles Signing

Join Cavan Scott, James Goss, Peter Anghelides, and Richard Dinnick, signing THE MISSY CHRONICLES at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 3rd March from 1 – 2pm.

Know your frenemy.

‘I’ve had adventures too. My whole life doesn’t revolve around you, you know.’

When she’s not busy amassing armies of Cybermen, or manipulating the Doctor and his companions, Missy has plenty of time to kill (literally). In this all new collection of stories about the renegade Time Lord we all love to hate, you’ll discover just some of the mad and malevolent activities Missy gets up to while she isn’t distracted by the Doctor.

So please try to keep up.

Cavan Scott has written for such popular series as Star Wars, Star Trek, Vikings, Warhammer 40,000 and, of course, Doctor Who. He’s the writer of Titan Comic’s ongoing adventures of the Ninth Doctor and was one of the 2016 World Book Day authors.

James Goss has adapted three Doctor Who stories by Douglas Adams for BBC Books (City of Death, The Pirate Planet, and The Krikkitmen). He’s also written several original Doctor Who and Torchwood books and his novel #Haterz is in development as a motion picture.

Peter Anghelides has written novels, audios, and short fiction for BBC Books, Virgin Publishing and Big Finish Productions. Frontier Worlds won Doctor Who Magazine’s Readers’ Poll, and SFX placed The Ancestor Cell in the year’s Top Ten TV tie-ins.

Richard Dinnick is writer of TV, books and comics for the BBC, ITV and Disney writing on Thunderbirds Are Go, Tree Fu Tom and Go Jetters amongst others. He has written books and short stories for Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes and Stargate.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

NYC – Islandborn Launch Party

Press Release:

Greenlight Bookstore is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Public Library on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM to host an all-ages event to launch Islandborn, the debut picture book from New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz!

In Islandborn, Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, and all the kids are excited – except Lola. She can’t remember The Island – she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories – joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening – Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.” Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves. Junot Diaz, who was born in the Dominican Republic, reads the book to kids and families, followed by a book signing.

Doors open at 5:30, with activities for kids provided by the Brooklyn Public Library.

Pricing: $20 for single admission (one book included), or $12.50 for family tickets (one book & admission for 2) – perfect for parents and kids! (*Please note: for two seats/one book, you must purchase two $12.50 “Family” tickets.) English and Spanish editions available. Additional copies of the book available for sale at the event. Get tickets here…

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Brooklyn Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
718.230.2100

 

Anime Boston 2018 Welcomes Brandon McInnis & J. Michael Tatum

Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its sixth round of North American guests of honor today.  Voice Actors J. Michael Tatum and Brandon McInnis will be appearing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

J. Michael Tatum was nurtured on anime classics including Star Blazers, et al.  This reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.

Discovered by Funimation warhorse Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in the Hetalia franchise, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. More Recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Teyna Iida.

Brandon McInnis is a voice, stage, and film actor who has worked as a translator and interpreter in Japan.

Credits include Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings Online, Keita Amano in Gamers!, Samon Gokū in NANBAKA, Horatio Kojas in Knight’s & Magic, Corteo in 91 Days, Sōnosuke Izayoi in Danganronpa 3, Dr. Love in ēlDLIVE, Patrick Phelps in Black Butler, Ryūji in Shōnen Maid, Ken Sudō in Classroom of the Elite, Merlane in Heroic Legend of Arslan, Hideyori Toyotomi in Samurai Warriors, Atsushi Toushirō in Touken Ranbu, Alain Lernier in Joker Game, Erlang Shen in SMITE, Bartholomew in CONfessionals, and more.

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, Michihiko Suwa, Kaoru Wada, Kaiji Tang, Josh Grelle, Amanda C. Miller, Jez Roth, Rachel Robinson, and Christopher Bevins.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

Massive Comic Con Cancels 2018 Show; Will Return in 2019

February 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Convention News, Massachusetts

Massive Comic Con has announced via their Facebook page that they will not be holding a show in 2018, with promises that it will return in 2019:

“Good afternoon MASSive Comic Con fans! As you may have noticed things have been quiet around these parts. Well we’re here to let you know that we are going to be taking a year off in 2018. We currently have a new partnership in the works that is going to mean BIG things for MASSive Comic Con in 2019: Bigger Celebrities, Bigger Comic Creators, More Vendors, More Entertainment! Expect everything you have loved about MASSive Comic Con thus far just on a more MASSIVE scale!”

Emerald City Comic Con 2018 Presents Sketch Fighter

February 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Washington

Press Release:

The quick-draw game that pairs comic book artists with stand-up comedians returns to the Emerald City Comic Con. On March 3rd at 1PM PST, four teams will compete on the floor of ECCC, with only one emerging victorious.

Match 1 will feature CHRIS BURNHAM (Nameless, Batman Inc.) and EMMETT MONTGOMERY taking on SARA RICHARD (My Little Pony, Jem and the Holograms) and RON SWALLOW. Match 2 will see CHRISSIE ZULLO (Fables, Madame Xanadu) and SILAS LINDENSTEIN vs. YEHUDI MERCADO (Rick and Morty, Sci-Fu) and SALLY JORDAN. The teams that do not advance out of the first round will face each other for the bronze medal. The semi-final winners will then square off to determine which team is sketch-fighting-champion!

The event will be hosted by TOM FRANCK and DYLAN COLE. All of the action can be watched by those not attending ECCC as the match will be streamed live on SyFy.com. Viewers – both in-person and watching the stream – can offer clues for the players to draw throughout the game on the Sketch Fighter Twitter Page: @sketch_fighter.

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Dark Horse Announces ECCC 2018 Programming Schedule

Press Release:

Visit Dark Horse Comics at Booth #1708 during Emerald City Comic Con to meet some of your favorite creators and get your hands on some free swag, such as comics, pins, posters, and more! Get colorin’ on our communal coloring wall! The wall will feature pages from the #DHColors Coloring Book line! Canvases will vary throughout the weekend but include pages from The Legend of Korra Coloring Book, Avatar: The Last Airbender Coloring Book, The Witcher Adult Coloring Book, and the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book. Check out our signings and panels, too!

Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from our friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!

We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
FEMINA AND FAUNA: THE ART OF CAMILLA D’ERRICO, RAINBOW CHILDREN, HELMETGIRLS: Camilla d’Errico

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE: Patric Reynolds

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

3:00 – 3:45 PM:
ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

4:00 – 4:45 PM:
ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara, Sebastián Fiumara

5:00 – 5:45 PM:
THE VISITOR: HOW AND WHY HE STAYED, RASPUTIN: THE VOICE OF THE DRAGON, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955: Chris Roberson

6:00 – 6:45 PM:
HALO: RISE OF ATRIOX: Jonathan Wayshak, John Jackson Miller

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

11:00 – 11:45 AM:
TOMB RAIDER: Phillip Sevy

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk
TBA: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN: Adam P. Knave, DJ Kirkbride

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
LOBSTER JOHNSON, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1954: Stephen Green

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Sharlene Kindt

3:00 – 3:45 PM:
STARCRAFT: SCAVENGERS: Jody Houser

4:00 – 4:45 PM:
AMERICAN GODS, KABUKI, FIGHT CLUB 2: David Mack

5:00 – 5:45 PM:
THE LEGEND OF KORRA: TURF WARS: Irene Koh

6:00 – 6:45 PM:
THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS: Hope Nicholson, Patrick Rothfuss, Amy Chu, Vita Ayala

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

11:00 – 11:45 AM:
ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
TREKKER: Ron Randall

3:00 – 3:45 PM:
ANGEL CATBIRD: Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain

4:00 – 4:45 PM:
HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk
TBA: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

5:00 – 5:45 PM:
DOCTOR STAR & THE KINGDOM OF LOST TOMORROWS: Max Fiumara

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

11:00 – 11:45 AM:
SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Jose Pimienta

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, COLDER: Paul Tobin

PANEL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

12:15-  1:15 PM: Seriously, What’s Up With Editors

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

Have you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to be one? Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios, IDW, and Oni Press want to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join Dark Horse’s Katii O’Brien, BOOM! Studios’ Cameron Chittock, IDW’s Sarah Gaydos, and Oni Press’ Desiree Wilson for a rare behind the panels look at the secrets to building successful comic and graphic novel programs.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

12:15 – 1:15 PM: Geeking Out On Secret Loves

(Location: WSCC 604)

The Secret Loves of Geeks is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join speakers Hope Nicholson, Priya Huq, Levi Hastings, Amy Chu, and Harris O’Malley AKA “Dr. Nerdlove” for personal stories of modern love across the gender and sexual identity spectrums.

 

4:45 – 5:45 PM: ElfQuest – 40 Years of Pointy Ears

(Location: TCC L3-R2)

February 2018 wraps up 40 years of Elfquest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indy fantasy comic with Wendy and Richard Pini, co-creators, writers and artist. Learn behind the scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978. The newest – and final – issue of the Final Quest series will hit the stands the day before ECCC opens, so you’ll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you’ve been saving up for years! Moderated by Tia Vasiliou of comiXology.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

10:45 – 11:45 AM: Dark Horse Manga

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

2018 marks Dark Horse’s 30th anniversary of publishing manga! From last year’s Eisner-nominated Wandering Island, to legendary series Lone Wolf and CubBerserkBlade of the ImmortalAstroboy, and Oh My Goddess!, to contemporary titles such as I Am a HeroFate/ZeroDanganronpaDrifters, and Hatsune Miku, we’re proud to release a wide spectrum of works from Japanese creators. Join translator Zack Davisson and Dark Horse editor Carl Horn for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

 

1:15 – 2:15 PM: Artists Who Write

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

Whether it’s the adventures of a teen bandit, a villain with a heart of gold, a rabbit ronin, a superhero girl, or anything in between, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join Colleen Coover (Bandette), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), and Adam Warren (Empowered) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh. Joe Golem: Occult Detective artist Patric Reynolds will moderate this star-studded panel!

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