MA – An Evening with Dante Basco

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Actor and poet Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Hook) appears at Boston University on Friday February 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

The BU Filipino Student Association is proud to present round two of our year-round lecture series. Our key speaker is Dante Basco!

FSA plans on holding a lecture series featuring prominent Filipino-American speakers who have risen to success in their respective fields, such as Dante Basco. Dante Basco is a Filipino-American Actor known for his roles as Rufio in Hook and Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

He will be allotted an hour and fifteen minutes for his lecture with additional time for the audience to ask questions and potentially meet the speaker personally. This lecture series is a great opportunity to educate the BU community about how the speaker’s Filipino upbringing has impacted their decisions and morals in the stories he shares. As a prominent Filipino in the entertainment business, we can attract a broad array of students who are interested in hearing his story as well.

We hope that this event will show attendees a glimpse of what our Filipino heritage means to us–that it is not only one of which to be proud, but one whose ideals of love and unity we strive to share with as many as people as possible.

Tickets are free and available at the link! **SOLD OUT** 

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Boston UniversityCAS Room 313  **NEW LOCATION** CAS Room 522
685 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215

CA – Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra Retrospective Panel

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Creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino appear on a panel at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday March 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM for the closing of the Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra retrospective exhibit to answer questions from fans and talking about their experience working on the shows for the past ten years.

Artists will be available for signing after the panel.

$5 Admission or FREE when you purchase any Korra / Avatar related books or prints from the gallery.

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

NYC – Revenger/The Weight Launch Party

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Chuck Forsman and Melissa Mendes appears at Bergen Street Comics on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm to sign their new graphic novels REVENGER and THE WEIGHT!

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Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 230-5600

CA – Mind of Mirrors Signing

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Dan and Leland, the creators of the graphic novel Mind of Mirrors Book 1, appear at Sky High Comics on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM! Dan and Leland will be on hand to play songs from the rock soundtrack they created for their story, as well sign copies of the comic.

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Sky High Comics
625 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078
(760) 471-0649

Godzilla Actors Akira Takarada & Haruo Nakajima Appear at Anime Boston 2015

Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its fifth group of guests of honor today. Actors Haruo Nakajima and Akira Takarada will attend Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass. on April 3 through April 5, 2015.

The duo’s visit to Anime Boston will only be the second time in which the two remaining actors from the original Godzilla movies appear together in the United States.

HARUO NAKAJIMA

Haruo Nakajima

Legendary monster suit actor Haruo Nakajima is known the world over for having portrayed the screen’s most famous monster, Godzilla — a role which he pioneered throughout the first 12 films of Toho’s long-running science fiction series.

It was following the performance of a dangerous stunt as a fighter pilot in Ishiro Honda’s Eagle of the Pacific (1953) that Nakajima was recommended to play Godzilla in the original 1954 film, since donning the heavy costume beneath sweltering studio lights required an unusual amount of strength and endurance from the suit actor.

Special effects master Eiji Tsuburaya was so impressed by Nakajima’s skill as a stunt performer and choreographer that he featured the actor in nearly every science fiction, horror and fantasy film produced throughout his own illustrious career. In addition to Godzilla, Nakajima would also embody an unprecedented number of notable movie monsters including Rodan (1956), Mogera in The Mysterians (1957), Varan the Unbelievable (1958), Mothra (1960), Matango (1963), Baragon in Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), Gaira in War of the Gargantuas (1966) and even King Kong in King Kong Escapes (1967).

His impressive body of film work also includes appearances in Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) and The Hidden Fortress (1958). In 1966, Tsuburaya once again tapped Nakajima’s talents when the effects director first brought his giant monsters to the small screen in the ground-breaking television series Ultra Q and Ultraman.

Nakajima finally retired as the reigning champion of monster suit actors with 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan.

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Akira Takarada

Akira Takarada is instantly recognizable to generations of moviegoers around the world as the face of Japan’s long-running series of Godzilla films from Toho Studios. With a career greater than the King of Monsters himself, Takarada has been there from the birth of Godzilla, through many key points in the franchise’s history, including the Golden Era of Japanese cinema.

Fresh out of high school, Takarada joined Toho’s “New Face” program in 1953, and just one year later, would be given the starring role of Hideto Ogata in the original Gojira, appearing together with renowned Kurosawa film star Takashi Shimura, and classmate Momoko Kôchi portraying his character’s love interest.

Takarada and Kôchi would reprise similar roles in Toho’s Abominable Snowman (1955), better known in its truncated Americanized form, Half Human (1958). But it was the breakout success of Gojira which led to its being exported worldwide as Godzilla, King of the Monsters in 1956, with Takarada subsequently cast as the romantic lead in many feature films, thus earning him the endearing nickname “Mr. Handsome.”

It wasn’t until nearly 10 years later that Takarada would return to fighting giant monsters at the start of Godzilla’s worldwide rise to superstardom with Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964). Portraying a brash yet heroic news reporter, it was this role that would epitomize that type of character that Takarada would become best known for as Japanese cinema, and giant monster films in particular, peaked in popularity at the outset of the mid-1960s “kaiju boom.” Takarada also became famous closer to home for his comedic flair through roles such as super spy Hoshino Andrew in the 007 spoof, 100 Shot 100 Killed (Ironfinger, 1965), together with Toho starlet and future Bond girl Mie Hama.

The 1970s and the decline of the motion picture industry in Japan due to the increasing popularity of television saw Takarada leaving feature films for the stage, where his stellar work in musicals became widely known–an area where he continues performing to this day. He returned to motion pictures more than a decade later, eventually appearing in Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and 2004’s Godzilla Final Wars, which was the 50th anniversary offering from Toho and the last film in the famous franchise to be produced by the studio.

Takarada’s career came full circle with the 2014 release of Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla as the only star from the original 1954 film to make a cameo appearance in the mega-budget Hollywood reboot of the world’s most famous monster franchise.

Previously announced Guests of Honor include Greg Ayres, Christine Marie Cabanos. Richard Epcar, Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Lauren Landa, Cherami Leigh, LiSA, Cassandra Lee Morris, Yoko Shimomura, Ellyn Stern and Koki Uchiyama.

View all of our Guests of Honor here.

About Anime Boston:
With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 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:
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.

NYC – Chrononauts #1 Signing

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Artist Sean Gordon Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, The Wake) appears at Midtown Comics Downtown on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30 pm for a signing of Chrononauts #1!

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

CA – Invisible Republic Signing

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Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko appear at Beach Ball Comics on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm to sign the INVISIBLE REPUBLIC!

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Beach Ball Comics
3024 W Ball Rd Ste G, Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 826-6127

IN – Shaper Signing

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Christine Boylan (Cthulhu Tales, Legion of Superheroes, Girl Comics, etc.) and Eric Heisserer (Shaper) sign at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday March 21, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm!

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

ON – Hawkeye/Descender Launch Party

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Writer/artist Jeff Lemire and artist Ramon Perez appears on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 pm at The Beguiling to to celebrate the release of both ALL-NEW HAWKEYE #1 and DESCENDER #1!

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The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
416-533-9168

NYC – Thief of Thieves Artist Speaks

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The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce that acclaimed comics and graphic novel artist SHAWN MARTINBROUGH will speak on Thursday, February 26th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM about his career, his influences, and his noir-influenced approach to storytelling as part of SI’s celebration of Black History Month. Martinbrough will be joined in conversation by comics writer and historian Danny Fingeroth, longtime editor of Marvel’s Spider-Man comics line. Learn more…

Admission:
$15 Non-members
$10 Members
$7 Seniors/students (with valid ID)

Get tickets at the link!

ABOUT SHAWN MARTINBROUGH:
For two decades, Martinbrough has worked for the top publishers in the comic book industry. His DC Comics work includes a two year collaboration with novelist Greg Rucka on Batman: Detective Comics. In it, Shawn co-created characters that were featured in the Batman: Gotham Knights” animated DVD and currently appear on the FOX television series, “GOTHAM.” Shawn’s graphic novel projects for Marvel Entertainment include “Luke Cage Noir,” “Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive,” and a “Captain America” graphic novel for the U.S. Army & Air Force Exchange Service that had a million copy print run. It was distributed exclusively on military bases across the country in connection with the release of the feature film, “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

Shawn is currently illustrating “Thief of Thieves,” the bestselling Image Comics graphic novel series written by Robert Kirkman, the creator of the hit AMC television series, “The Walking Dead.” “Thief of Thieves” is in development for a live action television series.

Martinbrough is also the author of “How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling,” published by Random House and reprinted in several languages.

A native of the Bronx, Martinbrough majored in art at New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and obtained his BFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts. His website is: www.shawnmartinbrough.com

ABOUT DANNY FINGEROTH:
A longtime editor and writer for Marvel Comics, best known for his work on Spider-Man, Danny Fingeroth is an historian, writer and teacher of comics and graphic novels. His books include Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society and The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels. Find out more at: www.dannyfingeroth.com.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

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