AZ – Action Comics #1000 Signing

Artist Steve Rude appears at Samurai Comics on Saturday, April 21 from noon till 5:00 PM to sign the 1930s variant cover of Action Comics #1000! Steve will also have his original painting of the cover of Action Comics #1000 on display at the store. Steve will be doing sketches while time permits. Sketches will be $50 per sketch, but Steve will be doing FREE sketches for active Military members as a part of our Salute to Service Day.

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Samurai Comics
6808 N. Dysart Rd. #148, Glendale, AZ 85307
(623) 872-8886

AZ – An Evening with Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith appears at the Mesa Arts Center on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:30 PMTickets available at the link…

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, Tusk, and Yoga Hosers; Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, My Boring-Ass Life and most recently Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat,Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He can be heard daily at smodcast.com, a vast network of podcasts.

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Mesa Arts Center
1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 644-6500

AZ – The Escape Artist Signing

Author Brad Meltzer (Justice League of America, Identity Crisis, Green Arrow) appears at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6:30 PM to present and sign his new thriller, The Escape Artist!

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and several other top selling political thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad has been on the bestseller list for his nonfiction, advice, children’s books, and graphic books. He is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. He earned his law degree from Columbia University, where he was on the Columbia Law Review.

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The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd STE 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-947-2974

AZ – Tempests and Slaughter Signing

Author Tamora Pierce appears at Changing Hands Bookstore to present and sign new novel Tempests and Slaughter on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 PM.

Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting trouble. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram realizes that one day –soon–he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalin came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

TAMORA PIERCE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to introduce readers to a rich world populated by strong, believable heroines. She has been the guest of honor at numerous conventions, and her books have been translated into many languages and are available on audio. She is the winner of the Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, the Skylark Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, and their cats, birds, and occasional rescued wildlife. Visit her at TamoraPierce.com and follow her on Twitter at @TamoraPierce.

Changing Hands Bookstore
300 W Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013
602.274.0067

Arizona Comic Mini Expo 2018 Charity Drink & Draw

January 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Convention News

 

Comic Creators Mike Norton, Tim Seeley, Mitch Gerads, Scott Godlewski, Ryan Cody, Ryan Quackenbush, J. Gonzo, and more appear at the Bonus Round in Phoenix, AZ on Friday, May 5th for the 2018 Arizona Comic Mini Expo’s Drink and Draw launch party from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Professional artists will be doing sketches for fans and collecting money for the Hero Initiative and the Arizona ACLU.

Bonus Round
24 W Camelback Rd, Ste DE, Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 374-6936

AZ – Hellbent Signing

Writer Gregg Hurwitz appears at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM!

Evan Smoak–government assassin gone rogue–returns in Hellbent, an engrossing, unputdownable thriller from Gregg Hurwitz, the latest in his #1 international bestselling Orphan X series.

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate. This time though, the voice on the other end is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him, the only father Evan has ever known. Secret government forces are busy trying to scrub the remaining assets and traces of the Orphan Program and they have finally tracked down Jack. With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protege and recruit for the program, but Evan isn’t the only one after this last Orphan. The new head of the Orphan Program, Van Sciver, is mustering all the assets at his disposal to take out both Evan (Orphan X) and the target he is trying to protect.

Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifteen novels, including The Nowhere Man. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages. He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel and DC. Additionally, he’s written screenplays for many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Gregg resides in Los Angeles.

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The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd STE 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-947-2974

AZ – The Flash Co-Writers Signing

Writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn appear at Fantastic Worlds Comics on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from noon till 5:00 PM for a signing. All back issues and graphic novels written by either author will be 20% off during the signing!

Mark Waid has written for every major comic publisher, including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Archie, Dark Horse, Image and Top Cow. He is best known for his long run as writer on the monthly adventures of The Flash and for his work with artist Alex Ross on the best-selling Kingdom Come. His credits also include JLA, 52, The Brave and the Bold, and Legion of Super-Heroes for DC Comics as well as Black Widow, Daredevil, X-Men, and Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics. He is currently writing for Captain America, The Avengers, and Champions.

Brian Augustyn has spent 33 years in the business. At DC Comics he was an editor of Flash, Justice League, and Wonder Woman. Some of Brian’s notable works include Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (which has been made into an animated film to be released this winter), Batman: Master of the Future, Crimson, and Out There. Brian currently hosts a weekly podcast, Sort of a Big Show.

As co-writers, Brian and Mark scripted The Crusaders for DC/Impact in 1992, Painkiller Jane and Ash: Cinder & Smoke for Event Comics in 1997, X-O Manowar for Valiant Comics in 1997–1998, and JLA: Year One for DC in 1998–1999. In addition, after leaving as editor in 1996, Augustyn teamed with Waid to co-write The Flash for two stretches, from 1996–1997 and then again from 1998–2000. They collaborated on The Life Story of the Flash graphic novel and co-wrote the story in The Flash #142.

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Fantastic Worlds Comics
9393 N 90th St suite 119, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 256-1454

AZ – The Vasic Signing

David Delloso appears at Ash Avenue Comics on Wednesday, November 15th from 3:00 – 9:00 pm to sign his new artbook THE VASIC.

Ash Avenue Comics & Books
806 S Ash Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 858-9447

Shamus Brothers Return With Ace Universe Comic Con Starting in December 2017

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Convention News, Movies, New York

Press Release:

ACE Universe Transforms “Comic Con” Business With Ground-Breaking Approach That Will Shake Up The Industry

World’s Most Experienced Comic Con Producers Launch New Media Company, Unveil Innovative Business Model, Announce Star-Studded Shows

NEW YORKSept. 19, 2017 — Brothers Stephen and Gareb Shamus, the world’s most experienced producers of the wildly popular Comic Con conventions, today announced the launch of their new groundbreaking experiential company – ACE Universe.  With 20 years of experience and 175 Comic Con shows to their name, the Shamus brothers have smashed the old model, which they pioneered, and developed a new immersive approach that will redefine the industry going forward.

ACE Universe is also announcing the dates and locations for its first events: December 8-10, 2017 at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island (New York), and January 13-15 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. VIP tickets for the Long Island event are on sale now, and General Admission tickets for NYCB LIVE will go on sale Friday, September 22, all via www.aceuniverse.com on Ticketmaster.com, nycblive.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office located at the Coliseum.

Tickets for the Glendale, AZ, event will be on sale soon. Stay tuned to the website for more details!

Confirmed guests for the Long Island event include:  Henry Cavill (SupermanJustice League), Gal Gadot (Wonder WomanJustice League), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League), Ray Fisher (Cyborg, Justice League), Ezra Miller(The Flash, Justice League), and Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf, Justice League), with more guests to be announced.

ACE Universe has secured partnerships across key sectors including Technology, Media, Entertainment, Gaming, Publishers, Manufacturers, Licensors, and Retailers to help create a robust experience for fans.  The Comic Cons will be hosted in world-class Arenas, which bring a completely new set of aesthetics and benefits for attendees, including programming shown on the JumboTron, which means the fans will never miss a panel, regardless of where they are.

ACE Universe will be the first to provide free global live streaming to fans with wall-to-wall coverage of the entire Comic Con. Now, all fans can enjoy access to top-tier talent, breaking news and on-site programming as every aspect of the show will be fully streamed, social media friendly and available on mobile devices.

“We revolutionized the Comic Con industry in the 90’s, and we’re thrilled to do it all over again in 2017,” says Gareb Shamus, ACE Universe Chairman & CEO. “We believe this is the optimal time to shake up the industry and recalibrate with a complete and total emphasis on the fan experience. Our new platform is centered on creating an unforgettable experience for fans by featuring meet-and-greets with stars from the latest hit superhero movies, quality vendors, professional creators, superior venues and immersive programming.”

“We can’t wait for seasoned Comic Con fans to experience our events, and we’re excited to introduce all new types of fans into this incredible world, many of whom have never enjoyed a Comic Con before,” says Stephen Shamus, President of ACE Universe. “Families can now enjoy a curated experience with access to top name Film and TV talent, artists, writers and other creative professionals.”

In addition to the upcoming show in Long Island, ACE Universe will be announcing the full 2018 schedule, including dates, cities, tickets and VIP Admissions on www.aceuniverse.com. Stay tuned! Connect with ACE Comic Con at Facebook.com/acecomiccon & @acecomiccon on Instagram and Twitter.

ACE Universe
ACE Universe (www.aceuniverse.com) is a New York-based media and experiential events company founded by Gareb and Stephen Shamus, who are the world’s most experienced producers of Comic Con conventions.  Stephen has personally produced over 175 Comic Con events, booked thousands of celebrity guests, and played host to millions of happy fans.  Gareb is a leading pop-culture expert, founder of the largest Comic Con tour in the world, an original producer of national Comic Cons, and publisher of multiple award-winning magazines published in 75 countries worldwide.  ACE Universe produces premium events in world-class venues that feature the best of Film, TV, Gaming, Virtual Reality, Collectibles, Comics, Original Art, Toys, Action Figures, Graphic Novels, Illustrators, Writers, Creators, and Entertainment Programming.  Fans can live stream all ACE Universe events at www.aceuniverse.com and engage with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

AZ – Animaniacs LIVE

Actor Rob Paulsen (Yakko Warner, Pinky) and composer Randy Rogel bring ANIMANIACS LIVE to the Rialto Theatre on Saturday, November 4th at 7:00 PM.  Get tickets at the link….

Animaniacs LIVE! is a musical revue starring original cast members Rob Paulsen (Yakko, and Pinky from “Pinky and the Brain”), accompanied by Emmy winning composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created many of those memorable songs you STILL can’t remove from your brain pan.

Featuring 20 songs from the run of the show, songs like ‘Yakko’s World’ and ‘I’m Mad’ and set along cued up clips, Animaniacs LIVE! promises to help you relive the show’s 90’s glory.

With over 2,000 half-hours of animation credits, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Donatello (Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Yakko Warner, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series Animaniacs.

Randy Rogel is a three time Emmy winner, who began as an original writer on Batman: The Animated Series, before joining the staff of Animaniacs writing most of the songs and many of the scripts. Animaniacs LIVE! is based on the beloved WB cartoon Animaniacs which delighted television audiences from 1992 to 1998. Cartoon clips will be shown alongside the talent. In addition to the concert, Rob and Randy share behind the scenes secrets about the making of the series. Whether you’re a lover of music, animation, or fun, experience Animaniacs like never before in Animaniacs LIVE!

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The Rialto Theatre
318 E Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 740-1000

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