AZ – Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening


Actor Barry Bostwick, the one-and-only “Brad Majors” himself, hosts a 40th anniversary screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:30 PM! Following the film, Barry will dish on all his best behind-the-scenes stories, working with Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and more. Plus there will be a costume contest. Tickets available at the link…

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

AZ – Good Clean Fun Signing


Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation’s Ron Swanson) appears on Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 PM for an evening of fun, frolic, and woodworking wisdom at the Mesa Arts Center. Details and tickets at the link…

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

Phoenix FearCON Becomes FANGORIA FearCON with 2016 Show

September 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Arizona, Convention News, Horror


Press Release:

Phoenix FearCON Celebrates 10th Anniversary as FANGORIA FearCON

TEMPE, Ariz. – SUN STUDIOS of Arizona presents FANGORIA FearCON, the state’s largest, independent horror event from Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9 at the studio.

“Phoenix FearCON is now FANGORIA FearCON,” said festival director Chris McLennan. She and her husband Jim are preparing for their seventh convention since 2006. “We’ve come a long way by partnering with FANGORIA Magazine and SUN STUDIOS.”

FANGORIA FearCON will screen features and shorts, including the Phoenix debut of MODEL HUNGER which stars horror film icons Lynn Lowry (SHIVERS) and Tiffany Shepis (TALES OF HALLOWEEN). Both actresses will participate in a question and answer session after the screening.

“As usual, we will have celebrity autograph sessions and photo ops,” added McLennan. Among the other terror film favorites scheduled to appear are Eugene Clark (LAND OF THE DEAD), J. LaRose (SAW III), Robert Mukes (HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES) and Monique Parent (BLOODTHIRSTY).

On Friday night, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a private bar and live performances by Romantasy Cabaret, Agents of Lust and The Gaslight Circus. VIP tickets cost $150, include a “horrorific” swag bag filled with goodies, and are good for all three days of FANGORIA FearCON.

Friday-only tickets are $30, good from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and do not include the VIP party. Saturday or Sunday tickets are $40 each and good from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. All tickets are subject to availability, but may be purchased online now at

There is no entry fee to purchase food and drink at the Halloween Festival outside or to access vendors inside the studio.

A portion of the proceeds from FANGORIA FearCON benefits the Phoenix Shanti Group which provides housing, education and support to HIV/AIDS patients and their families.

With two sound stages and a 225-seat theater featuring digital projection and surround sound, SUN STUDIOS of Arizona was the ideal location for FANGORIA FearCON. “I used to stand in line for Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors in L.A.,” said SUN STUDIOS CEO Darrin Ramage, who has produced and distributed horror movies for more than 20 years. “The last one was in 2009, so imagine how excited I am to be hosting FANGORIA FearCON 2016!”

SUN STUDIOS is conveniently located at 1425 W. 14th Street; just minutes away from ASU, Tempe Campus and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Festival parking will be within walking distance.

The first Phoenix FearCON Film Festival was held at the Paper Heart Gallery in 2006. As attendance grew, PFC moved to the Fear Farm Haunted House and is celebrating its 10th anniversary as FANGORIA FearCON at SUN STUDIOS of Arizona in Tempe. For the latest news, visit

About SUN STUDIOS of Arizona
SUN STUDIOS of Arizona in Tempe officially opened on May 1, 2016. The multimillion dollar production facility, event venue/theater and recording studio offers two sound stages, a massive green-screen cyclorama, plus a complete array of professional grade production and recording equipment. See more at

About FANGORIA Entertainment
FANGORIA Magazine first published in 1979 as the brainchild of Ed Naha, Ric Meyers and Robert Martin. In 1985, Martin hosted the first FANGORIA’s Weekend of Horrors convention, followed six years later by the inaugural CHAINSAW AWARDS for horror films. Today, loyal fans flock to

About Phoenix Shanti Group
Founded in 1987, the Phoenix Shanti Group provides housing, education and support to individuals infected with, and families or loved ones affected by, HIV/AIDS. “Shanti” is Sanskrit for “Inner Peace” and reflects PSG’s approach of promoting personal empowerment and maintaining independence and dignity. See more at

AZ – Little Bot & Sparrow Signing

000000000000-jake-parker-lil-bot-sparrowJake Parker appears at Changing Hands Books to sign Little Bot and Sparrow on Sunday September 25th at 11:00 AM

The #1 New York Times bestselling author-illustrator visits with his new picture book, a story of friendship that can inspire anyone, even robots, to dream.

When Little Bot is thrown out with the garbage, he finds himself in a strange new world. Fortunately, Sparrow is there to take him under her wing. Together, they explore the forest, share adventures, and learn what it means to be forever friends.

This sweet and lasting tale by Jake Parker beautifully captures the happiness and love that can come from making your first true friend―and the courage it takes when it’s time to say goodbye.

JAKE PARKER is an illustrator and cartoonist whose picture books include The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair, The Tooth Fairy Wars, The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Little Snowplow. He also created the Missile Mouse graphic novels, published by Scholastic. He lives in Utah with his wife and their five children

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

AZ – Jamie Lee Curtis Signing


Jamie Lee Curtis (Freaky Friday, Scream Queens) appears at Changing Hands Books on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM! The New York Times bestselling author and award-winning actress visits with her new children’s book about identity and immigration.

PLEASE NOTE: There are a limited number of tickets and books available. Order your book online now before they sell out.

Seating is determined by letter group (indicated on tickets) and opens at 10:30am.
→ $16.95 + tax: One (1) copy of This is Me and admission for one (1) adult and up to two (2) children
Signing line forms after the event by letter group printed on tickets.
Event guidelines may be subject to change.

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What would you take? Imagine you were leaving for a new country, and could bring along only what would fit in a small suitcase. Which things would you choose to say to the world, “Hi there, this is me!”

New York Times bestselling author and award-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis, working with her longtime illustrator Laura Cornell, brings her whimsical verse to the subject of immigration and identity. In this picture book, various children—inspired by their remarkable teacher—talk about what they’d bring with them if they could only take one suitcase to their new home: photographs, a favorite book, grandfather’s beret. Which things do they love most? What best expresses who they are? At the end, the question is posed to the reader: “What would you take? Which things would say to the world, this is me!” The book ends with a pop-up suitcase, which the child can then fill with his or her favorite things. It opens with a teacher reading to her class… “My great-grandmother came from a far, distant place. She came on a boat with just this small case.” And ends with an exercise where the child reading would decide what of his or her own items would be packed into the provided suitcase if faced with needing to make that decision. The last spread is a pop up suitcase that can be filled!

JAMIE LEE CURTIS is the author of bestselling children’s books, including Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, It’s Hard to Be Five, I’m Gonna Like Me, and Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day. She is also an actress known for her roles in Freaky Friday, True Lies, Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, and the television series Scream Queens. She and her husband, the actor Christopher Guest, live in Los Angeles with their two children.

Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283

AZ – Black Jack Ketchum Signing


Brian Schirmer, writer and co-creator of Black Jack Ketchum, appears from noon till 2:00 PM on Saturday June 25th at Phoenix Samurai Comics.

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Samurai Comics
1051 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014

AZ – This Damned Band Signing


Tony Parker, co-creator of This Damned Band, will be signing live in store at Comic Outlaws on Saturday, July 2, 2016 from noon till 3:00 PM.

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Comic Outlaws
930 W Southern Ave Ste #1, Mesa, Arizona 85210
(602) 475-5908


AZ – Hot Dog Taste Test Signing


Lisa Hanawalt, James Beard Award-winning cartoonist and producer of the Netflix original series BoJack Horseman, presents her new book at 7:00 PM on Monday, June 20th

Hot Dog Taste Test serves up Lisa Hanawalt’s devastatingly funny comics, saliva-stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture. From the James Beard Award-winning cartoonist and production designer/producer of BoJack Horseman, Hot Dog Taste Test dishes out five-star laughs as Hanawalt keenly muses on pop culture, relationships, and the animal in all of us.

LISA HANAWALT is an artist living in Los Angeles and is the production designer/producer of the Netflix original series BoJack Horseman. Hanawalt has worked on illustrations, book covers, animations, comics, murals, and textile patterns, and exhibits her work in galleries. She writes and draws a James Beard Award–winning quarterly food column for Lucky Peach magazine, and co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with the comedian Emily Heller. Her first collection with Drawn & Quarterly was 2013’s critically acclaimed My Dirty Dumb Eyes.

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

Hero Initiative Hits Phoenix Comicon 2016 with Special Guest Tom Raney

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative hits Phoenix Comicon With Special Guest Tom Raney

Los Angeles, CA (May 25, 2016) Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, will hit the Phoenix Comicon at the Phoenix Convention Center from June 2-5.

Tom RaneyHero’s booth, AA1200, will be the ONLY place you can find artist Tom Raney, best known for his work on titles such as Alpha Flight, Thor,Ultimate X-Men and more. He will be sketching and signing all weekend, with proceeds benefiting Hero Initiative, so do the right thing and come on by!

And top creators Arthur Adams, Kurt Busiek, Joyce Chin, Chad Hardin, Phil Hester, Dan Jurgens, John Layman, Jae Lee, Ron Marz, Mike Mayhew, Brian and Kristy Miller, Whilce Portacio, Brian Pulido, Norm Rapmund, Stan Sakai, and Ben Templesmith will all be collecting donations for Hero as well! Swing by on them and say “hi!”

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comics’ veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.

Valiant’s 2016 Convention Tour Blasts into Space City Comic Con

Press Release:

Valiant’s 2016 Convention Tour Goes Beyond for Space City Comic Con with Exclusive Merchandise, Panels, and More!

This weekend, the Valiant 2016 Convention Tour is blasting into S​​pace City Comic Con 2016 – and we’re bringing along a galaxy’s-worth of merchandise, programming, panels, and the best-reviewed comics in the industry!

From May 27th to May 29th, visit the Valiant booth in Houston’s NRG Center for a first-hand look at why Valiant has conquered the comics landscape with a complete selection of Valiant trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for award-winning titles, including X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY, RAI,HARBINGER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, NINJAK, and many more!

Then, visit the Space Cadets Collection store booth and the Space City Comic Con merchandise booth to pick up the 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) SPACE CITY COMIC CON EXCLUSIVE VARIANT – featuring the artwork of Valiant exclusive all-stars Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and David Baron (DIVINITY II)! New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II), supserstar artist Clayton Crain (RAI, Carnage), and Eisner Award winner David Mack (Daredevil) kick off the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s most ambitious summer event here as Rai leads the heroes of the 41st century into an explosive rebellion against the despotic ruler Father and the forces of New Japan! And head to David Baron’s official booth for an exclusive signature all weekend long!

4001 A.D. #1 (of 4)

The weekend shifts into overdrive on Friday, May 27th at 4:00 p.m. CT in room #201 for VALIANT 101: NEW FANS START HERE! You’ve heard the buzz… You’ve seen the reviews… Now find out where to start with Valiant Comics! From X-O MANOWAR to NINJAK to THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE and ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, jump on board here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters…and find out for yourself why Buzzfeed calls Valiant “a universe full of your new favorite superheroes”!

Then, Valiant is giving Houston a sneak-peek at the 41st century on Saturday, May 28th at 3:00 p.m.CT in room #202 for VALIANT: THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.! This summer…the future of Earth will be decided in the stars when Valiant presents the blockbuster crossover event of the year in 4001 A.D.! Now, get primed for the epic showdown between Rai and the forces of New Japan right here! Plus: Don’t miss an all-new round of news and announcements for ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY, FAITH, NINJAK, X-O MANOWAR, and more!

We’ll see you in the Bayou City! And don’t miss a moment of the action as Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention road show marches on through Denver; Phoenix; Washington, D.C.; and more all summer long!

Valiant 2016 Convention Tour

Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29th
Space City Comic Con
NRG Center
Houston, TX
Thursday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 5th
Phoenix Comicon
Phoenix Convention Center, Hyatt Regency
Phoenix, AZ
Friday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 5th
Awesome Con
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC
Friday, June 17th – Sunday, June 19th
Denver Comic Con
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

Look for more dates to be added to the Valiant 2016 Convention Tour all year long!

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