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  • Meet Celebrities at Big Wow! ComicFest 2015

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    Big WOW! Comic Fest is thrilled to be able to offer Signature and Photo Opportunities with three of our incredible guests! Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter films) and Daniel Cudmore (X-Men and Twilight films) are both available for Photo and Signature opportunities on Saturday Only, while Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) is available the entire weekend. Each signature ticket purchased will allow you to get one item signed, and if you purchase a photograph you may bring up to 3 of your friends or family for the photograph – however only one photo will be printed for the ticket holder. Tickets can be purchased here.

    SATURDAY

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    Signing 11:00 – 12:30
    Photo Op 12:30 – 1:30
    Signing 1:30 – 4:00
    Photo Op 4:00 – 4:30
    Signing 4:30 – 5:30

    Daniel Cudmore:
    Signing 11:00 – 12:30
    Photo Op 12:00 – 12:15
    Signing 12:30 – 4:00
    Photo Op 4:30 – 4:45
    Signing 4:45 – 5:30

    Jake Lloyd:
    Signing 11:00 – 12:00
    Photo Op 12:15 – 12:30
    Signing 12:30 – 6:00
    SUNDAY

    Jake Lloyd:
    Signing 11:00 – 11:00
    Photo Op 1:15 – 1:30
    Signing 2:30 – 5:00

    Guests include: Brent Anderson, Sanya Anwar, Stephen Bissette, Mark Bode, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Bradstreet, Dan Brereton, Danny Bulanadi, Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Tom Felton, Stephen E. Gordon, Adi Granov, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Ron Lim, Toshio Maeda, Steve Mannion, Chris Marrinan, Bill Morrison, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Stuart Sayger, Liam Sharp, Scott Shaw, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Herb Trimpe, Rick Veitch, Tim Vigil, Ben Wolstenholme, Thomas Yeates, and more.

    For more information on Big WOW! Comicfest please check the website (www.bigwowcomicfest.com) and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

    Boom! Studios Announces Schedule for WonderCon 2015

    Press Release:

    Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at WonderCon Anaheim 2015, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, during the weekend of April 3-5, 2015.

    BOOM! can be found at booth #611 on the show floor and will host the following creators:

    Boom-StudiosAppearing and signing all weekend will be:

    • Bryce Carlson (Hit)

     

    Sketching at the booth all weekend will be:

    • Kassandra Heller (Adventure Time)

    • Stephanie Gonzaga (Adventure Time)

     

    Appearing for one-hour signings throughout the weekend:

    Friday, April 3

    • 3-4 PMMarc Andreyko (Clive Barker’s Nightbreed)

     

    Saturday, April 4

    • 11AM-12 PMYehudi Mercado (Rocket Salvage)

    • 12-1 PMMatt Gagnon (Day Men)

    • 1-2 PM - Mike Johnson (Sleepy Hollow: Origins)

    • 4-5 PM - Brian Lynch (Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return), Amy Stoch (Missy from the Bill & Ted ), Scott Kroopf (Bill & Ted films producer)

     

    Sunday, April 5

    • 1-2 PMNoelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes)

     

    BOOM! will also present and participate in the following panels at WonderCon:

    BOOM! Studios: From Page to Screen

    Friday, April 3, 5:30-6:30 PM, Room 208

    Comics publisher BOOM! Studios is actively developing several of its original titles for film and television. Have you ever wondered what that process is like? Hear from BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie, President of Development Stephen Christy; screenwriter Arash Amel (Butterfly); and entertainment attorney Matt Sugarman as they talk about the process of shopping a comic book property in Hollywood. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit.

     

    Push Comics Forward: BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 Years and Looks Ahead to the Next 10

    Saturday, April 4, 2:00-3:00 PM, Room 211

    10 years ago, Ross Richie started BOOM! Studios from a spare bedroom in his house. Today, BOOM! is a multiple award-winning top 10 publisher. But rather than look back at what we’ve achieved the past 10 years, join us as we look ahead to the next 10 years and talk about Push Comics Forward, a movement to inspire publishers, creators, press, and fans to join the conversation on what is helping to improve the industry, and what more can be done. Join Ross Richie, President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik, and Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon as they host creators Bryce Carlson (Hit); Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes); Trevor Crafts & Matt Daley (Lantern City), and more to talk about how BOOM! is helping to Push Comics Forward. Plus, each attendee will receive an exclusive Lantern City pin!

     

    Push “Excellence” Forward: New “Bill & Ted” Comics Come to BOOM! Studios

    Saturday, April 4, 5:30-6:30 PM, Room 208

    As part of its ongoing desire to Push Comics Forward, BOOM! Studios carefully selects key licensed properties to help bring new readers to comics. In March, the publisher launches Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return, a new comic series based on the classic films about two, excellent high school buddies who go on to bring about world peace through their music. Join the comic’s writer, Brian Lynch; editors Ian Brill and Alex Galer; star of the films, Amy Stoch, PhD (Missy); and producer of the films Scott Kroopf as they talk about the new series and the everlasting popularity of Bill & Ted. Moderated by BuzzFeed’s Kirk Damato.

     

    Push Fun Forward: The Importance of All-Ages Comics

    Sunday, April 5, 11:30-12:30 PM, Room 213

    All-ages comics are important now more than ever in helping to bring in new and lapsed readers, from practically every demographic. Join us as BOOM! Studios Associate Editor Whitney Leopard leads a discussion of the significance of all-ages comics—from what it has achieved thus far to what lies ahead—with creators Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time), Derek Fridolfs (Batman: Li’l Gotham), Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade), and more.

     

    BOOM! Studios editor Shannon Watters will participate in an hourlong portfolio review on Saturday of WonderCon:

    Saturday, April 4

    BOOM! Studios Portfolio Review

    Saturday, April 4, 12:301:30 PM, Room 206B

    Shannon Watters, the Editor of BOOM! Studios’ all-ages imprint KaBOOM! and experimental imprint BOOM! Box, is conducting portfolio reviews at WonderCon Anaheim. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.

     

    And finally, BOOM! will have the following exclusive variants available for purchase at the booth:

    • Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 – Cover by Braden Lamb (Adventure Time)

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    • Sleepy Hollow: Origins #1 – Cover designed by Michelle Ankley (Photo credit: Brownie Harris and John Lopez)

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    For tickets and more information on WonderCon Anaheim 2015, visit their site at comic-con.org/wca.

    ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS

    Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) 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 comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was 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, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. 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. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

    CA – FCBD: Ethan Van Sciver Signs

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    Ethan Van Sciver, artist of comics including Green Lantern, Superman/Batman, New X-Men, and The Flash: Rebirth, appears at Metropolis Comics on Saturday May 2nd from 11:00 AM till 4:00 PM for Free Comic Book Day!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Metropolis Comics
    16509 Bellflower Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706
    562-263-0277

    CA – Kingsman Signing

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    Award-winning and best-selling artist Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen and Kingsman: The Secret Service, appears at Flying Colors Comics on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM! This event is co-hosted by Madefire.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Flying Colors Comics
    2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
    (925) 825-5410

    CA -Shaft Signing

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    Writer David Walker appears at The Comic Bug on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    The Comic Bug
    4267 Overland Ave. Culver City, CA 90230

    CA – Ducky Signs

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    Actor Jon Cryer, star of Two and Half Men, Hot Shots!, and Pretty In Pink, appears at Barnes & Noble on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Barnes & Noble
    1201 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    310-260-9110

    CA – Hollywood Babble On LIVE

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    Ralph Garman & Kevin Smith appear at the Hollywood Improv on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM for a live recording of their podcast HOLLYWOOD BABBLE ON!

    Get tickets here…

    Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature. It’s like that “scorpion and frog” story. But, deep down, they’re just two nice East Coast boys… who happen to have a heavy dependence on drugs and alcohol, respectively.

    Hollywood Improv
    8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    CA – SuperMutant Magic Academy Signing

    supermutantBest-selling author Jillian Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer) appears at Skylight Books on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm for the launch of her new Drawn and Quarterly graphic novel, SuperMutant Magic Academy! There will be a slideshow presentation and signing to follow.

    SuperMutant Magic Academy paints a teenage world that is moody and ennui-filled but also wry and irreverent: the SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for mutants and witches but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. Wendy, Marsha, Cheddar, Frances, and the other students will be your guides through the D&D games, performance art, unrequited crushes, and spell class tests that are the staples of life at the Academy.

    Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian cartoonist and illustrator. She is the co-creator of the graphic novel Skim (with Mariko Tamaki), which was listed as one of the New York Times’ Best Illustrated Books of 2008 and was nominated for four Eisner Awards. Her second collaborative work with Mariko Tamaki, the graphic novel This One Summer, was a New York Times Bestseller and won the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award. Tamaki has won two Ignatz Awards for her work onSuperMutant Magic Academy. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

    Skylight Books
    1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
    323.660.1175

    CA – Death of Deadpool Signing

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    Writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan and artist Scott Koblish appear at Earth-2 Comics on Saturday April 18, 2015 to sign copies of DEADPOOL!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Earth-2 Comics
    15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    (818) 386-9590

    CA – An Evening with Ralph Bakshi

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    Press Release:

    USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, in conjunction with the American Cinematheque, invite you and a guest to attend An Evening with Ralph Bakshi and Fritz the Cat (1972) at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 26th, 2015

    A screening of the groundbreaking X-rated animated feature Fritz the Cat will be followed by a discussion with Ralph Bakshi about his exceptional career.

    Hosted by SCA Director of Programming Alessandro Ago.

    FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
    Bakshi Productions will sell artwork before and after the event in the George Lucas Building Lobby.

    About Fritz the Cat (1972)

    Sex-obsessed tomcat Fritz drops out of NYU and embraces every new experience that crosses his path, including easy sex and drugs. But Fritz ends up holding the dynamite that will detonate the ultimate 1960s statement when he joins a group of radical hippies. Based on underground comic-book artist Robert Crumb’s revolutionary character, Fritz the Cat became the first X-rated cartoon.

    Written & Directed by Ralph Bakshi. Produced by Steve Krantz.
    Provided courtesy of Park Circus. Rated X. Running time: 78 minutes.

    About Ralph Bakshi

    Blasted into public consciousness – and controversy – by the first X-rated cartoon, FRITZ THE CAT (1972), legendary writer-director-producer Ralph Bakshi’s career in animation spans an astounding 50 years. He channeled the freewheeling spirit of underground comics in such films as HEAVY TRAFFIC (1973) and COONSKIN (1975), battling protests and censors to open the doors to cartoons with adult situations. He tapped further into the zeitgeist with WIZARDS (1977) and THE LORD OF THE RINGS (1978), catching the mid-70s wave of interest in sci-fi and fantasy that broke with STAR WARS. Bakshi’s work was adventurous visually as well as thematically; RINGS and AMERICAN POP (1981) are landmarks of rotoscoping, a type of animation where live-action footage is traced onto cels.

    While these features solidified Bakshi’s stake in animation history, he has never been content to rest on his laurels. He re-invented Saturday morning cartoons with “The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse,” a show that proved to be a precursor for irreverent fare such as “The Ren & Stimpy Show.” And in the latest turn to a brilliant career, Bakshi has taken up the paintbrush; his work can be viewed at www.ralphbakshi.com.

    About the Moderator

    Alessandro Ago is the Director of Programming and Special Projects at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he programs film screenings, festivals, guest speakers and special events. Ago curates Outside the Box [Office], a screening series dedicated to bringing new international, documentary and independent cinema to USC, often followed by conversations with filmmakers, which Ago moderates. Ago has produced festivals celebrating the work of Dino De Laurentiis, John Wayne, Roger Corman, Costa Gavras, Maurice Jarre, Dennis Hopper, Albert Broccoli and the James Bond franchise, as well as world cinema showcases focusing on Japan, Italy, Bollywood, South America and the Middle East. In 2013, he produced a major retrospective of the seminal ABC television series Twin Peaks, featuring panel discussions with 50 members of the cast and crew.

    With a special interest in Italian cinema, Ago has hosted events with Roberto Saviano, Mario Monicelli, Lina Wertmueller, Gabriele Salvatores, Claudia Cardinale, Pupi Avati, Enzo G. Castellari, Marco Bellocchio, Dario Argento and Franco Nero. Ago lectures about Italian cinema at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood, California and has taught undergraduate film courses at USC, including Transnational Nightmares and Filmmaking, Italian Style and, most recently, Italian Genre Cinema and Society. He co-produced the 2006 & 2007 editions of Los Angeles – Italia: The Film, Fashion and Art Fest at Mann’s Chinese 6-plex, as well as the 2006 Capri-Hollywood Film Festival in Capri, Italy.

    Ago is one of the curators responsible for selecting the films that comprise the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase, a documentary film diplomacy initiative, and has traveled with AFS film envoys to Cyprus, Mexico, Egypt, China, Tajikistan, Bolivia, India, South Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Bangladesh, and Turkmenistan. Ago is also the Executive Producer of USC’s annual First Look Festival.
    Check-In & Reservations

    This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

    All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.
    Parking

    The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #4, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

    About USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative

    Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC’s strategic plan; to communicate USC’s core values to students; and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university’s commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC’s core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one’s community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

    For more information, visit www.usc.edu/visionsandvoices

    The Ray Stark Family Theatre: SCA 108
    George Lucas Building
    USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
    900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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