AZ – As You Wish Signing


This signing has been cancelled details at the link…

Cary Elwes appears at the Dobson High School Auditorium in discussion with Arizona Republic journalist Randy Cordovaon Tuesday December 2nd at 7:00 PM to talk about his new memoir AS YOU WISH! Books will be available courtesy of Changing Hands Bookstore.

Press Release:

The iconic actor, best known for his role as Westley in The Princess Bride, discusses his behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic.

Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top “100 Greatest Love Stories” and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top “100 Screenplays of All Time,” The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come. In As You Wish, Elwes shares never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner. In addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories. With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for fans of The Princess Bride.

TICKET (admits two) is free when you purchase As You Wish from Changing Hands Bookstore.
General admission seating opens at 6:30pm.
Space cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals.
Booksigning line forms by assigned letter group after the presentation.
Event details may be subject to unannounced changes.
CAN’T MAKE IT? If you’d like a signed book from any of our author events, click “add to cart” below or call us at 480.730.0205 or 602.274.0067 to pre-pay and we’ll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you. We also ship anywhere in the US and to most international locations (extra charges apply).

CARY ELWES is a celebrated English actor who starred as Westley in The Princess Bride before moving on to roles in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Glory, Days of Thunder, Twister, and Saw, among many other acclaimed performances. He will always be indebted to The Princess Bride, he says, for changing his life and giving him a career that has spanned decades. He lives in Hollywood, California, with his family. Find out more about Cary Elwes on Twitter @Cary_Elwes.

Dobson High School Auditorium
1501 West Guadalupe Road, Mesa, AZ 85202

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AZ – An Evening w/ Kevin Smith


Kevin Smith appears at the Tempe Improv on December 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM! Get tickets ($40) at the link!

Writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, and Tusk; 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, a vast network of podcasts.

An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the man who brought the world these films.

RSVP on Facebook!

Tempe Improv
930 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ
(480) 921-9877

AZ – Stray Bullets Signing



David Lapham appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Stray Bullets, Volume 1: Innocence of Nihilism on Saturday November 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM!

Barnes & Noble – Desert Ridge Marketplace
21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 42, Phoenix, AZ 85050

AZ – Gene Simmons Signs

az-simmonsLegendary KISS co-founder Gene Simmons visits Changing Hands Bookstore on Monday October 27th at 7:00 PM to sign his manifesto for business success, based on both lucrative outside ventures and his experiences in one of the most successful rock groups of all time.

Long before he first took the stage, Gene Simmons had a clear-cut operating plan for the business of KISS. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold more than 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages 5,000 licensed merchandise items — from comic books and coffins to action figures and video games. Simmons’s lucrative ventures also include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record label. In Me, Inc., Simmons gives aspiring entrepreneurs the critical tools they need to succeed. He discusses how to build a solid business strategy, harness the countless tools available in the digital age, educate yourself, and be the architect for the business entity that is you. Inspired by The Art of War, Me, Inc. is organized around thirteen specific, easy-to-understand principles for success — “The Art of More” — drawn from Simmons’s own triumphs and failures. From finding the confidence necessary to get started, to surrounding yourself with the right people, to knowing when to pull the plug and when to double-down, these principles can help you attain the freedom and wealth of your dreams.

-TICKET is free when you purchase Me, Inc. from Changing Hands.
-ONLINE ORDERS – Click “add to cart” below to order your book and signing line ticket. We’ll send an email confirmation with more details.You can also order by phone during our regular business hours at 480.730.0205 or 602.274.0067.
-7PM ENTRY – Booksigning line forms by assigned letter group (printed on top of ticket) at 7pm.
-All pre-sold copies of Me, Inc. will be distributed to ticket holders at the event.
-Gene Simmons will not sign memorabilia of any kind and may not be able to pose for photographs.
-Line placement cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals. Event details may be subject to unannounced changes.
-CAN’T MAKE IT? If you’d like a signed book from any of our author events, please call us at 480.730.0205 or click “add to cart” below (and let us know you’re not attending the event) to pre-pay and we’ll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you. We also ship anywhere in the US and to most international locations (extra charges apply).

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

Dark Horse Announces Phoenix Comicon 2014 Schedule

Star Wars Phoenix Comicon Dark Horse

Press Release:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | MILWAUKIE, OR – Join Dark Horse Comics for our first visit to Phoenix Comicon! We’ll be at booth #535—handing out giveaways and offering free signings with comics creators! Come check out our comics, books, and products for sale—including an exclusive Phoenix Comicon comic!


Certain restrictions may apply. All events are subject to change.

Thursday, June 5 

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 Phoenix Comicon Exclusive Adam Hughes Cover Variant goes on sale!

Price: $5.00

Total quantity available for sale at the show: 1,000

Limit: 10 copies per person, per day

Note: Most copies will be released for sale on Thursday, but a set quantity will be set aside for sale on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.



Below are featured comics and the writers and/or artists who will be signing them. Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing while supplies last. Comics will also be available for sale, availability pending.


Friday, June 6

11:00 a.m.            ELFQUEST Richard Pini (writer) and Wendy Pini (writer/artist)


12:00 p.m.            CRIMINAL MACABRE Christopher Mitten (artist)


1:00 p.m.            MASS EFFECT: FOUNDATION, X Tony Parker (artist)




2:00 p.m.            BAD BLOOD, WITCHFINDER, B.P.R.D. Tyler Crook (artist)/GRINDHOUSE Alex de Campi (writer)


3:00 p.m.            BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Amber Benson (writer/actress)


4:00 p.m.            THE FIFTH BEATLE Vivek J. Tiwary (writer)




6:00 p.m.            THE STRAIN Mike Huddleston (artist)


Saturday, June 7

11:00 a.m.            ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE Chris Roberson (writer)

*Free print! Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 on sale September 2014.


12:00 p.m.            GRINDHOUSE Alex de Campi (writer)


1:00 p.m.            THE STRAIN Mike Huddleston (artist)


2:00 p.m.            NEXUS Mike Baron (writer)




4:30 p.m.            THE FIFTH BEATLE Vivek J. Tiwary (writer)


6:00 p.m.            BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Christopher Golden (writer) and Amber Benson (writer/actress)


Sunday, June 8 

11:00 a.m.            GRINDHOUSE Alex de Campi (writer)


12:00 p.m.         BAD BLOOD, WITCHFINDER, B.P.R.D. Tyler Crook (artist)


1:00 p.m.            BALTIMORE Christopher Golden (writer)


2:00 p.m.            BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Amber Benson (writer/actress)




Friday, June 6

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.                         Spotlight Panel: Fred Van Lente (North 128b)


Fred Van Lente has done it all. With work ranging from semieducational funnies to superhero reboots, he is widely regarded as one of the most unique voices in modern comics. Did we mention zombies? He’s done that too. Now, join us for a look back at his storied career so far, as well as a glimpse into what’s next for comics’ rising star, with announcements and more!


Saturday, June 7

12:00–1:00 p.m.            ElfQuest: The Final Quest (North 129a)


For the last 35 years, Wendy and Richard Pini have delighted fans with one of alternative comics’ most rich and storied worlds. Now, in partnership with Dark Horse, the Wolfriders embark on the “Final Quest,” to fulfill a destiny over three decades in the making!



3:00–4:00 p.m. Drawing on Your Nightmares: Modern Horror in Comics!

 (North 129b)


One of the cornerstones of the Dark Horse publishing line since the early years has been an original take on the horror genre. Now, join us for a look at what’s to come in this year’s lineup with a cast of writers and artists who are poised to thrill you and chill you. Christopher Golden (Baltimore), Chris Roberson (Aliens), Alex de Campi (Grindhouse), Tyler Crook (Witchfinder), Mike Huddleston (The Strain), and Christopher Mitten (Criminal Macabre) are joined by Dark Horse’s own Aub Driver for a discussion on “bringing scary back.”


3:00–4:00 p.m.            The Fifth Beatle (West 211)


The Fifth Beatle is a graphic novel about the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, written by Vivek Tiwary. Vivek talks about the graphic novel (a 2014 Eisner Award nominee) and the upcoming movie based upon it.


Sunday, June 8

12:00–1:00 p.m.            30 Years and Counting: Comics Classics in the Modern Age (ElfQuest: 1978; Nexus: 1981, Groo: 1982) (North 128b)


In the late 1970s and early ’80s, some of the most inventive and inspired alternative comics found a place on shelves. ElfQuest offered a unique vision of black and white fantasy, while Nexus gave readers a version of the superhero idea more rooted in science fiction than capes and cowls. Meanwhile, Groo the Wanderer took a humorous take on the sword and sorcery genre, popularized by the likes of Conan the Barbarian in the previous decade. Over 30 years later, we pay tribute to some of comics’ longest-running ongoing collaborations for a discussion with the creators themselves! Join Richard and Wendy Pini (ElfQuest), Mike Baron (Nexus), and Mark Evanier (Groo) as they share the secrets to the success of a few of comics’ most revered story lines!

AZ – Free Comic Book Day 2014

WBY fantasy REC

Artists  Zach Howard, Jolyon Yates, Tim Champion, and Eric Schock appear at Fantasy Comics on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

RSVP on Facebook!

Fantasy Comics
2595 N. 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 670-0100

AZ – ’68: Rule of War Signing


Jay Fotos signs at Samurai Comics on Wednesday, April 2nd from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm!

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Press Release:

Run on down (or zombie stumble!) to the Samurai Comics Superstore on Camelback on Wednesday April 2nd at 4pm for a signing session with Jay Fotos for his new book ‘68: RULE OF WAR #1! This book features three covers, including a blank sketch cover!

Jay will be bringing in some super awesome local talent to do sketches on the blank covers, so make sure you stop on by and see some of the freshest and coolest takes on Zombies from some of the very best talent that Arizona has to offer!

In addition to Jay signing, anyone that purchases a copy of ’68: Rule of War #1 during the signing (so from 4pm to 9pm) will be able to get 10% off any one item of Zombie related awesomeness!

Not enough for you? Well how about Samurai Comics having a Zombie Make-Up Artist #LinzyPoo offering zombie makeup ($10 a head) come in and making you all crazy and creepy zombies?! Well that is happening too!

‘68: RULE OF WAR #1 from Image Comics
Writer: Mark Kidwell • Artist: Jeff Zornow, Jay Fotos

In a doom-shadowed Cambodia infested with the living dead, CIA Special Agent Declan Rule and his canine companion Nero stalk a human monster, a neurosurgeon bent on carrying out grisly experiments that turn P.O.W.s into vicious instruments of war. In Vietnam, Private Kuen Yam and his ragtag band of survivors battle their way across a murderous no-man’s-land in a desperate search for a ticket to the skies. The war is over, but the battle for humanity’s survival has just begun. Courage will be tested, sanity will be pushed to the breaking point and the rules of war… will be broken.

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

Hero Initiative Announces 20 Convention Stops in 2014

Herb Trimpe
Press Release:

Hero Initiative Announces 2014 Convention Schedule—20 dates in all!

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 22, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic veterans in medical and financial need, will be attending 20 comic conventions in 2014!

Yes! The Hero crew will be busy bees this year bringing you special guests, parties, and much more from San Diego to Calgary to New York City! We may be attending a convention near you, so make sure you stop by and help us help others who have paved the way for many others and have brought us years of joy! JUST DO IT!

Schedule is as follows:

March 7-9
Wizard World Sacramento

March 14-16
Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO

March 21-23
Orlando MegaCon With special guest Herb Trimpe appearing EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth, #733

March 28-30
Emerald City Seattle

April 4-6
Wizard World St. Louis

April 18-20
Awesome Con Washington DC

April 25-27
Reed Chicago C2E2

April 24-27
Calgary Comic Expo

May 2-4
Wizard World Minneapolis

May 17-18
Big Wow San Jose

May 31-June 1
Long Beach Comic Expo

June 5-8
Phoenix Comic Con

June 20-22
Charlotte HeroesCon

July 23-27
San Diego With Hero Board of Directors member Dennis O’Neil in attendance!

August 21-24
Wizard World Chicago

September 5-7
Baltimore Comic Con

September 27-28
Long Beach Comic Con

October 2-4
Wizard World Austin

October 9-12
Reed New York Comic Con

October 31-November 2
Wizard World Ohio

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 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 $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.

For more information, please visit us at

Boom! Studios Announces Creators and Giveaways for Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2014

ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #1 BOOM! Exclusive Variant by Colleen Coover

Press Release:

BOOM! Studios announces Booth, Talent, and Giveaways for Amazing Arizona Comic Con

January 17, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios announced today it will exhibit at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con, to be held during the weekend of Jan. 24-26 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

BOOM! can be found at booths 501, 503, 600, and 602, and will host creators Paul Jenkins (DEATHMATCH, FAIRY QUEST, REVELATIONS) and Eric M. Esquivel (FREELANCERS, the upcoming LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL), plus sketch artists Wook Jin Clark (ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE) and Missy Pena (BRAVEST WARRIORS). In addition, a special Get-A-Sketch blank variant for ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #1 will be available for purchase.

BOOM! Signature Series Pre-Order

New for 2014 at conventions, BOOM! announces the creation of the BOOM! Signature Series. The publisher understands it’s impossible for even its most die-hard fans to attend every convention the company exhibits at. In an effort to bring the con experience to their front door, BOOM!’s webstore will offer a new line of autographed merchandise for 2014 called the BOOM! Signature Series. The Signature Series section of the store offers product signed by talent attending conventions where BOOM! is exhibiting. Pre-orders are limited to just 30 quantities of each item and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Amazing Arizona Comic Con’s Signature Series items include: REVELATIONS #1 signed by writer Paul Jenkins ($14), BRAVEST WARRIORS #13 BOOM! Exclusive Variant signed by writer Eric M. Esquivel ($20), and ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #1A ($14) and ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #1 BOOM! Exclusive Variant ($20), both signed by series interior artist, Wook Jin Clark. Please allow up to one month after the convention’s end for order fulfillment. Click here to order your copies now!


BOOM! Studios invites you to enter our raffle for a chance to win a pair of IMAX ® tickets* to see MGM’s “RoboCop” in participating IMAX theaters. The raffle is free to enter, one entry per person, and will run all weekend with a drawing held on Sunday, Jan. 26th. Additional entries will be given out to those who purchase select ROBOCOP titles from the booth. “RoboCop” is in theaters February 12th.

BOOM! will also hold three comic raffles throughout the weekend, with a winner being announced every day an hour before the show floor closes. Winners have that final hour to come by the BOOM! booth and claim their prize. PRIZES: HIT #1 signed by writer Bryce Carlson (Friday), DAY MEN #1 (1st print) signed by co-creator Matt Gagnon (Saturday), and an original sketch cover featuring characters from either ADVENTURE TIME, REGULAR SHOW or BRAVEST WARRIORS (Sunday—actual sketch revealed at the show). Requirements for Friday and Saturday’s raffle: every $25 spent on either Studio, Archaia and/or BOOM! Box product earns one raffle entry. Requirements for Sunday’s raffle: every $50 spent on KaBOOM! product earns one raffle entry.

Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment ( Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COWBOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

*Each Hollywood Movie Money Certificate is redeemable for one (1) IMAX movie admission with a maximum value of ($21 total) to see RoboCop (or any IMAX film) at participating theaters. Winners will be directed to the website where they will use the provided reward code to activate and print their Hollywood Movie Money Certificate. The reward code will expire on 12/31/2014. The Hollywood Movie Money Certificate will expire one month from online code activation and winner must comply with all terms and conditions specified by the issuer. Hollywood Movie Money Certificate not used by the date noted on the certificate will be void. Any amount remaining of any certificate after initial use will be forfeited. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $21 USD. Hollywood Movie Money® Certificates valid in the US only.
© 2013, IMAX Corporation. IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation.

AZ – Todd McFarlane Holiday Signing

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Todd McFarlane, Spawn creator and McFarlane Toys Founder, appears for a rare public autograph signing at his signature store in Westgate City Center on Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 from noon till 3:00PM!

The store will have the newest and hottest McFarlane Toys figures including figures from the hit TV show AMC’s The Walking Dead, the incredible Daryl Dixon 10-inch deluxe figure, figures from this year’s hit video game Assassin’s Creed along with the life-size, role-playing accessory, the Hidden Blade and Gauntlet, the signature weapon of the heroic Assassins, HALO 4 figures and the latest McFarlane’s Sports Picks officially league-licensed NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL sports figures.

Spawn comics, trade paperbacks and graphic novels will be heavily stocked as well.

The store also carries the season’s most recent collectible toys, including Star Wars, Marvel select , DC Universe, Funko Pop Vinyl, Nightmare before Christmas, Living Dead Dolls, Mini mates, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Hello Kitty, Monster High, My Little Pony, Lalaloopsy Dolls and huge selections of blind box figures, bobbleheads, travel mugs, reusable totes, lunchboxes, glassware and assorted plush from mainstream to urban.

There will be some super cool prizes to give away. And if you are one of the first 100 people lined up at the door, here’s what you will walk away with:

The first person in line receives a McFarlane Toys Prize Package (valued at more than $200) that includes:

– Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Golden Age Of Piracy 3-Pack
– AMC’s The Walking Dead TV 10-Inch Daryl Dixon Deluxe Figure
– Halo 4 Didact Deluxe Figure
– Cowboys NFL 2-Pack: Jason Witten & Michael Irvin
– The Art of Todd McFarlane Book
– Halo and Assassin’s Creed Limited Edition Lithographs Handed Signed By Todd McFarlane

The first 50 people in line receives McFarlane Toys Halo Limited Edition Poster

The first 100 people in line receives Halo Avatar or NFL Small Pro Blind Bag Figure

The McFarlane toy store is located within the Westgate City Center, next to the AMC Theater and adjacent to the arena. For more information on the signing, or any of the products available, call the McFarlane toy store (623) 670-5601. Autographs are limited to two items person.

McFarlane Toys Store
9410 W. Hanna Drive Suite A-109 Glendale, AZ 85305

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