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  • Hero Initiative Heading to Phoenix Comicon 2013 with 30 Creators for Memorial Day Weekend

    May 21, 2013 by  
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    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative hits the ground with 30 creators at Phoenix Comicon on Memorial Day weekend!

    Hero Initiative Phoenix 2013Los Angeles, CA (May 14, 2013) Hero Initiative, the charity that comic creators in medical and financial need, will hit the Phoenix Comicon (www.PhoenixComicon.com) Memorial Day weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center from Friday May 23 through Sunday, May 26. Hero will have 30 comic creators all over the floor collecting at their own tables to help raise money for fellow comic creators in need, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, who will be doing sketches at booth #2422 and donating the proceeds to Hero. Make sure you check him out!

    Other creators taking donations for Hero include: Mike and Laura Allred, Ryan Cody, Jen Davidson, Mark dos Santos, Ben Glendenning, Brian Haberlin, Kyle Higgins, Dan Jurgens, Scott Kolins, Andy Kuhn, John Layman, Jeff Mariotte, Mike McKone, Brian and Kristy Miller, Mike Norton, Tony Parker, Brandon Peterson, Whilce Portacio, Brian Pulido, Norm Rapmund, Stuart Sayger, J. Michael Straczynski, Arthur Suydam, Ben Templesmith, Jim Valentino, Matt Wagner, Cory Walker and Dan Wickline.

    On Friday, make sure to stop by Majerle’s Sports Grill located at 24 North 2nd St., a mere three-minute walk from the convention center. Show your Phoenix Comicon program, and Majerle’s will donate 15% of your bill back to Hero Initiative. So eat and drink up!

    And on Saturday at 8 p.m., Copper Blues Rock Pub at 50 West Jefferson St. is hosting a drink-and-draw event benefiting Hero. Swing by and see talenttalenttalent!

    Hero Initiative will be at booth #2243 all weekend. Stop by to say hello, or grab something to add to your collection! See you there!

    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 $500,000 to the comics’ veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call626-676-6354.

    AZ – The Shining Girls Signing

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    Author Lauren Beukes signs at The Poisoned Pen on June 5, 2013 from 7:00 till 8:30 pm!

    About The Shining Girls 

    The Time Traveler’s Wife meets The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in this story of a time-traveling serial killer who is impossible to trace–until one of his victims survives.

    In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back.

    Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery.

    THE SHINING GIRLS is a masterful twist on the classic serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing girl in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

    Lauren Beukes is the author of the acclaimed novels Moxyland and Zoo City. She is a recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, finished runner-up to Lev Grossman for the John W Campbell Award, was shortlisted for a plethora of other awards and received rave reviews from around the world including The New York Times and The Guardian. She has also written the comic series Fairest for Vertigo. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband and her daughter. Visit her online at laurenbeukes.com

    The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
    4014 N Goldwater Blvd STE 101, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251

    AZ – FCBD: Batman Beyond Signing

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    Writer Adam Beechen signs All About Books and Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

    All About Books and Comics
    5060 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ 85012
    602-277-0757

     

    AZ – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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    FCBD13Erik Larsen, Eric Canete, Brian Augustyn, Cassandra Poulson, and many more appear at Samurai Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

    Erik Larsen 
    Eric Canete 
    Cory Walker
    Brian Augustyn 
    Cassandra Poulson
    Tony Parker
    Eric M. Esquivel 
    Jay Fotos 
    Hi-Fi Color
    Ben Glendenning 
    Scott Godlewski 
    Ryan Cody
    Val Hochberg 
    Jon Goff
    Jim Hanna
    Armand Villavert
    Daniel Bradford 
    Rob Osborne
    John Derrick West
    Jason Gonzalez 
    Ernie Najera

    Samurai Comics
    1051 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014
    602-265-8886

    Scene on the Web Weekly: January 28 – February 3, 2013

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    Win VIP tickets to Emerald City Comicon, find out why Nancy A. Collins has called for a boycott of Dragon*Con, and check out reports from the Amazing Arizona Comic Con.

    Scene on the Web Weekly: January 28 – February 3, 2013

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    Have an amazing Monday by looking at pics from the Amazina Arizona Comic ConI had a great time meeting artists, enthusiasts, fans and cosplayers at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con.
    Vignettes from the Alley: An artist shares his experiences from Amazing Arizona Comic Con – NerdvanaJosh A. Cutler has the strangest luck meeting comic book artists. Maybe it’s because Josh is the biggest Captain Marvel, Jr. fan you’ll ever meet. At comic cons, he carries a sketchbook under his arm and asks artists to draw him a quick Captain Marvel, Jr. whenever possible.
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    <div>The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) submission deadline is February 4th. Get your entries in! <br> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.comic-con.org%2Fcci%2Ffilm-festival&h=gAQFQqjagAQHsmrRJ5CMW0d3DtXlS6bp90iNdsAQw3RpPPA&s=1" class="">http://www.comic-con.org/cci/film-festival</a></div>Comic-Con International
    SDCC ’13: Pro Badge-o-ween has come…and goneFirst it was hotels, then it was badges …now it’s pro badges. Comic-Con International: San Diego professional badge registration went live at 1 pm Pacific time yesterday and free guest badges for attending professionals-once a little perk that everyone enjoyed-were gone in minutes, apparently.
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    Knee JerkWes Platt is raising funds for Knee Jerk on Kickstarter! Florida swamp noir adventure that turns project backers into characters and historical figures.
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    Comic book characters descend upon convention centerDowntown Phoenicians may have noticed people dressed up this weekend as fictional characters, ranging from Star Wars Jedis to Pokemon trainers and many more. Hundreds of hardcore fans and casual convention-goers attended the Amazing Arizona Comic Convention at the Phoenix Convention Center this weekend.
    <div>Professional badge registration for Comic-Con 2013 is now OPEN! If you are a creative professional and are NOT DUE, check your email for a link to the EPIC Online Professional Badge Registration System and register for your badge today! Creative professional registration will close when capacity is reached. Trade professional badge registration will take place in late February. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.comic-con.org%2Fcci%2Fprofessionals&h=tAQGQ9oACAQHHZ6FglCVJI_m_OeHS3xfvstvF_MSlIXsr7w&s=1" class="">http://www.comic-con.org/cci/professionals</a></div>Comic-Con International
    Amazing Arizona Comic Con Swag And Cosplay – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and RumorsAmazing Arizona Comic Con just ended this past weekend and what a ride it was for this moderate size convention. I had a total blast talking with independent artists and writers, as well as mainstream. As most know, Stan Lee was unable to attend the convention but the convention staff that was there, along with the DC team, helped fill that gaps.
    A little bit more on the con that snubbed the coloristYesterday’s kerfuffle concerned a convention that wouldn’t name a colorist as a guest. Although a smallish type kerfuffle, it did lead to a day of praising hard working colorists on Twitter, so good came of it. Jordie Bellaire and Matt Wilson, the colorists in question, didn’t name the con that committed the deed.
    Nancy A Collins Calls For A Boycott Of Dragon*Con Over Edward Kramer Charges – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and RumorsEdward Kramer is the co-founder of the Atlanta-based comic convention, Dragon*Con. He is no longer working for the show, you won’t find his name on the convention website, but he owns a third of it and receives around $150,000 a year from the show’s profits as a result.
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    AZ – Invincible #100 Signing

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    Artist and Invincible co-creator Cory Walker signs at Samurai Comics on Wednesday January 30, 2013 at noon! Limited to a numbered run of 50 copies!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Samurai Comics
    1051 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014
    602-265-8886

    Stan Lee Cancels Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2013 Appearance Due to Illness

    January 24, 2013 by  
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    Arizona Stan Lee

    Via Amazing Arizona Comic Con:

    *** UPDATE: SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING MR. STAN LEE ***

    We here at Amazing Arizona Comic Con regret to announce that we have been informed by Mr. Stan Lee’s representatives that he is physically unable to travel and appear for this weekend’s events due to illness. Fortunately, we have a full weekend of great programming, over hundred of comic creators coming to the convention, and nearly 300 exhibitors on the main floor. Further headline guest Jim Lee, the Best Selling comic artist of all time, will be on hand at the event to meet with attendees, sign FREE autographs, and share in the spirit of comics and pop culture. Amazing Arizona Comic Con apologizes for the inconvenience and wishes Mr. Stan Lee a speedy recovery.

    For those attendees who purchased Stan Lee Photo Ops or Stan Lee Packages, you may contact INFO@AmazingArizonaComicCon.com to inquire about refund eligibility. Please contact us no later than Friday, January 25, 2013 for more information. Amazing Arizona Comic Con reserves the right to process and issue refunds for eligible and qualified attendees, which will be dispersed from February 18 through 28.

    Amazing Arizona Comic Con, in cooperation with Desert Wind Comics, has the following options available to those who have previously purchased INDIVIDUAL SIGNING TICKETS for the Stan Lee Autograph sessions taking place this Saturday, January 26, 2013. You may choose from one of the following choices:

    1. The purchaser of a Stan Lee signing ticket may submit to Desert Wind Comics one item for each signing ticket to be signed by Stan Lee. Desert Wind Comics will personally take the items to be signed to Stan Lee’s office in Los Angeles, Ca and once signed, will then ship the items to their appropriate owners. (A minimal shipping fee applies)

    2. The purchaser of a Stan Lee signing ticket may choose to submit their comic book to Desert Wind Comics to be signed by Stan Lee as per option 1 and then have the book submitted to CGC for Signature Series grading (additional fees apply) and then have the graded comic shipped back to the owner.

    3. The purchaser of a Stan Lee signing ticket may get a refund of the paid ticket. The refund is in accordance with the policy stated in the Desert Wind Comics web store advertisement for Stan Lee signing tickets.

    See a Desert Wind Comics representative at Booth #620 for details and restrictions.

    Please note that if you have not already purchased a signing ticket you may still purchase a Stan Lee signing ticket and then choose either option 1 or 2. (All fees apply)

    Stan Lee signing tickets may be purchased at the Desert Wind Comics booth located at booth 620.

    We look forward to seeing you this weekend in Phoenix!

    Legendary Comic Creator JI

    Scene on the Web Weekly: January 21-27, 2013

    January 24, 2013 by  
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    Olympus Has Fallen gets a poster and a trailer, preview the Amazing Arizona Comic Con, and more.

    Scene on the Web Weekly: January 21-27, 2013

    Storified by Convention Scene· Thu, Jan 24 2013 06:22:11

    Olympus Has Fallen Movie Poster – Internet Movie Poster Awards GalleryOlympus Has Fallen movie poster image and links to online poster stores
    Emerald City Comic Con – Just around the corner, March 1st – 3rd | CultureMobOnce again it’s time to gear up for the Emerald City Comicon, the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Whether your going to show off your super hero costume, get a comic book autographed, or see one of the many celebrity guests, it’s a fantastic opportunity to mix it up with a large variety of people.
    <div>For all you Power Rangers fans…we are happy to confirm Jason David Frank (aka Tommy Oliver) and Robert Axelrod (aka Lord Zedd) for DC 2013!</div>Dragon*Con
    Amazing Arizona Comic Con Draws Stan Lee, Jessica NigriAmazing Arizona Comic Con is pulling out all the stops at this year’s three-day comic and pop culture convention. The can’t-miss event is a meet-and-greet with comic book legend Stan Lee, who will be signing autographs and posing for photos with fans of his work on Spider-Man, the Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and Thor among others.
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    Denver Comic Con Announces George Takei and George Perez in 2013 – BWWGeeksWorldWith a guest list that reads like the Who’s Who of the comic and sci-fi world, Denver Comic Con will be showcasing appearances with such luminaries as Stan Lee, George Takei, Wil Wheaton, George Pérez, and many more.
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    Amazing Arizona Comic Con Brings Marvel’s Stan Lee and DC Comic’s Jim Lee to Phoenix in January – Phoenix – Arts – Jackalope RanchAmazing Arizona Comic Convention Remember when comic books cost a dime and you would rush the newsstand every Friday after school for some weekend reading? Batman, Superman and Spider-Man were the big ones, but there were also Tales from the Dark Side, G.I. Joe and probably something about zombies.
    Michael Moreci, Co-Creator of Hoax Hunters!! – IAmThink.comThomas Jordan "Cryptids. Aliens. Monsters. All the world’s bizarre secrets-what if they were real? Their existence would be debunked by a reality TV show! HOAX HUNTERS is that show, publicly disproving all variety of lore. But their real goal is the opposite: as the world’s dark corners surface, the HOAX HUNTERS cover them up.
    On The Scene: The Black Comic Book Festival 2013by Dre Grigoropol The first ever Black Comic Book Festival was held on Saturday January 12, 2013 at The Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture, located in the heart of Harlem in New York City. The festival, which was presented by The Schomburg Junior Scholars and Dr. Jonathan Gayles, celebrates artists, writers, and fictional characters of African descent.
    DragonCon co-founder back in Gwinnett County jailThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution The co-founder of the science fiction convention DragonCon is back in the Gwinnett County jail to face child molestation charges dating back to 2000. Edward Eliot Kramer, 51, of Duluth, was booked into jail Saturday after being extradited from Connecticut, where he was arrested last fall for violating his bond conditions.
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    The Fifth Assassin Signing Tour

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    Author Brad Meltzer’s new book, The Fifth Assassin, is out today.  It’s about a serial killer who’s recreating the crimes of all the Presidential assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. You can read more at www.bradmeltzer.com/book/the-fifth-assassin.

    SIGNING TOUR

    New York City
    Tuesday, January 15 – 7:00pm
    Barnes & Noble
    Union Square
    33 East 17th Street

    (And yes, in NY, Brad (with the help of John Hodgman) will be trying to break the Guinness Book World Record for “most decoder rings in one place,” so please bring friends.)

    Washington, DC
    Wednesday, January 16 – 7:00pm
    Politics & Prose
    5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW

    McLean, VA
    Thursday, January 17 – 7:00pm
    Barnes & Noble – Tysons Corner Center
    7851 L Tysons Corner Center

    Coral Gables, FL
    Friday, January 18 – 8:00pm
    Books & Books
    265 Aragon Ave

    Boca Raton, FL
    Saturday, January 19 – 7:30pm
    Barnes & Noble
    1400 Glades Road

    Vero Beach, FL
    Saturday, January 19 – 2:00pm
    Vero Beach Book Center
    2145 Indian River Boulevard

    Scottsdale AZ
    Monday, January 21 – 6:30pm
    The Poisoned Pen
    4014 N Goldwater Blvd

    Boston (Brookline), MA
    Tuesday, January 22 – 7:00pm
    Brookline Booksmith
    279 Harvard Street

    Philadelphia, PA
    Wednesday, January 23 – 7:30pm
    Free Library
    1901 Vine Street

    Highlands Ranch, CO
    Thursday, January 24 –7:30pm
    Tattered Cover
    9315 Dorchester Street

    Los Angeles, CA
    Friday, January 25 – 7:00pm
    Barnes & Noble at The Grove
    189 The Grove Drive

    AZ – Scoundrels Signing

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    Hugo-award winner Timothy Zahn, best known for his New York Times bestselling Star Wars novels, visits Changing Hands Bookstore on Sunday January 13th from noon till 2:00 pm with Scoundrels, his new novel set in the Star Wars universe. Members of the 501st Legion: Dune Sea Garrison also attend in full Stormtrooper uniform!

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory after having just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But there’s a bounty on his head—and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. So Han assembles a gallery of rouges—including his indispensable sidekick Chewbacca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price?

    EVENT DETAILS

    Event ticket (admits two) is free when you purchase Scoundrels from Changing Hands Bookstore.

    Letter groups (printed on top of ticket) will be called at 11am to fill seats and designated standing room.

    If available, seating and standing room opens to those without tickets at 11:45am.

    Space cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals.

    Booksigning line forms by assigned letter group after the presentation. Those without tickets may get their books signed after ticket-holders, if time allows.

    Event details may be subject to unannounced changes.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    TIMOTHY ZAHN is the author of more than forty science fiction novels. He has also written many short stories, as well as Cascade Point, which won the Hugo Award for best novella. His other works include the Dragonback series, of which Dragon and Thief was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars novel, Heir to the Empire. Zahn lives in Oregon.

    THE DUNE SEA GARRISON is the Arizona chapter of the international Star Wars costuming club known as the 501st Legion. With over 3,000 members worldwide, the 501st, while not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., is Lucasfilm’s preferred Imperial costuming group. Members of the Dune Sea Garrison strive to create movie quality, screen accurate costumes of the “bad guys” from the Star Wars Universe. From Stormtroopers to Boba Fett, from Jawas to Darth Vader they strive for quality and accuracy in every costume they create.

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

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