CA – Indiana Jones & The City of the Gods

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Press Release:

Join The Comic Bug on Saturday, December 6th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm for a fun, dramatic evening at the Manhattan Beach location for a table read of Frank Darabont’s unfilmed classic INDIANA JONES and the CITY OF THE GODS!

When the script leaked a year or so after INDIANA JONES and the CRYSTAL SKULL was released, hard-core Indy fans were in an uproar that this, in many ways, superior, script wasn’t the one chosen by the powers that be when it came time to roll cameras on the new Indy film.

Witness as some of comic-dom’s greatest talents sit down to chew up the scenery on what might be the most unique event The Comic Bug has ever offered!

STARRING:

RICHARD STARKINGS as Professor Oxley
RAFAEL NAVARRO as Marion Ravenwood’s husband Peter Belasko
BARBARA KESEL as Marion Ravenwood
JOSHUA DYSART as the narrator/scene director

and introducing F.C. Brandt as INDIANA JONES!

The man in the hat is back!

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The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704

CA – Battlestar Galactica Signing

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Actor Richard Hatch (Capt. Apollo in the original series and Tom Zarek in the remake) appears at The Comic Bug in Culver City, CA on Wednesday, December 3rd from 5:00-8:00 PM to celebrate the release of Dynamite Entertainment’s new Battlestar Galactica comic DEATH OF APOLLO!

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

CA – Nocturnals Signing

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Dan Brereton appears at Treasure Island Comics on Saturday, December 6th from 4:30 – 7:00 pm to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nocturnals with a new volume entitled LEGEND!

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Treasure Island Comics
5018 Mowry Avenue, Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 744-9287

SF – Hip Hop Family Tree Signing

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Ed Piskor appears at City Lights Bookstore on Thursday November 20th at 7 to sign Hip Hop Family Tree!

Press Release:

To celebrate the resounding critical and commercial success of the first two volumes of Ed Piskor’s unprecedented history of Hip Hop, the fabulous folks at Fantagraphics are offering the two books in a mind-blowingly colorful slipcase, drawn and designed by the artist, featuring exclusive all-new cover art on each volume. As if that’s not enough, in addition to the two books and the slipcase itself, Piskor has drawn a 24-page comic book — Hip Hop Family Tree #300 — specifically for this boxed set that elegantly reflects the confluence of hip hop and comics, which was never more apparent in the early 1990s than with the famous Spike Lee-directed Levi Jeans commercial starring Rob Liefeld, who went on to create Youngblood and co-found Image Comics, not to mention ending up on the radar of gangster rapper Eazy E. Piskor tells this story as a perfect parody/pastiche/homage to ’90s Image comics.

about the Hip Hop Family Tree:

The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium — the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture.

Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, Hip Hop Family Tree is now collected in a single volume cleverly presented and packaged in a style mimicking the Marvel comics of the same era. Piskor’s exuberant yet controlled cartooning takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom, capturing the flavor of late-1970s New York City in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail. With a painstaking, vigorous and engaging Ken Burns-meets-Stan Lee approach, the battles and rivalries, the technical innovations, the triumphs and failures are all thoroughly researched and lovingly depicted.

Piskor captures the vivid personalities and magnetic performances of old-school pioneers and early stars like DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the Funky 4 + 1, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, The Sugarhill Gang, and three kids who would later become RUN-DMC, plus the charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons, Sylvia Robinson and then-punker Rick Rubin. Piskor also traces graffiti master Fab 5 Freddy’s rise in the art world, and Debbie Harry, Keith Haring, The Clash, and other luminaries make cameos as the music and culture begin to penetrate downtown Manhattan and the mainstream at large.

Like the acclaimed hip hop documentaries Style Wars and Scratch, Hip Hop Family Tree is an exciting and essential cultural chronicle and a must for hip hop fans, pop-culture addicts, and anyone who wants to know how it went down back in the day.

Ed Piskor is an alternative cartoonist living and drawing out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a former student of The Kubert School and is best known for his artistic collaboration with underground comics pioneers Harvey Pekar, his graphic novel Wizzywig, and his blockbuster series Hip Hop Family Tree. Piskor is revered for his combination of golden age drawing style and smart storytelling. The Washington Post once said that “Piskor is able to render a world that resonates as truth.” Currently, he is knee deep in drawing the next book in the Hip Hop Family Tree five-volume series.

City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue (at Broadway) San Francisco, CA 94133

CA – An Evening with Kevin Smith

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Kevin Smith appears at the Irvine Improv on December 13, 2014 at 9:00 PM! Get tickets ($25) 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 Smodcast.com, 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.

Irvine Improv
31 Fortune Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 854-5455

CA – The Bigger Bang Launch Party

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D.J. Kirkbride appears at The Comic Bug in Culver City, CA on Wednesday, November 19th at 5:00 PM to celebrate the release of THE BIGGER BANG!

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

CA – Batman ’66: The Lost Episode Signing

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Writer Len Wein, co-creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing, appears at Galaxy of Comics on Wednesday November 19th from 3:00 – 6:00 PM to sign Batman ’66: The Lost Episode! This is based on an original storyline Ellison pitched during the run of the Adam West series that would have introduced the character of Two Face. Len handles the script for this one, fellow legend Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez handles the art. This is a book full of legends, and a signing you won’t want to miss!

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Galaxy of Comics
17306 Saticoy Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 578-8559

CA – Nocturnals: Legend Signing

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Dan Brereton appears at Flying Colors Comics on Saturday, December 6th from noon till 3:00 pm to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nocturnals with a new volume entitled LEGEND!

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

CA – Hollywood Babble On Comic Con Theater

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Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith, (the co-hosts of the wildly-popular podcast, HOLLYWOOD BABBLE-ON), present a LIVE performance of their best-selling comic book, BATMAN ’66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET at the Hollywood Improv on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM!

The comic book comes to life as Ralph and Kevin provide the voices, music, and sound effects, while the audience gets to follow along as each page is projected up on the big screen. The result is a funny and entertaining take on the classic 60′s Batman series, as TV’s Batman and Robin cross paths with the TV’s Green Hornet and Kato!

Audience members are often recruited to come up on stage and add their own voice talents to the show, and everyone who attends gets a special collectible edition of the comic book, signed by Ralph and Kevin!

Get tickets for HBO Comic Con Theater here!

Stick around for Hollywood Babble On at 10:00 PM! Tickets here…

Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

CA – Arkham Asylum Signing

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Comic writer extraordinaire Grant Morrison (JLA, Batman and Robin, New X-Men) appears at Meltdown Comics this Wednesday November 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

BIO:

Grant Morrison is highly regarded as one of the most original and inventive writers to work in the comic book industry. He is recognised as being one of the best-selling writers in the medium in the last 20 years.

His revisionist Batman book ARKHAM ASYLUM (with artist Dave McKean) has sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and won numerous awards, making it the most successful original graphic novel to be published in America. In 2009, Eidos released the best-selling video game BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM inspired by the book.

Morrison is renowned for his ability to revive and re-imagine established characters, and has been orchestral behind runs of popular stories for the major companies including DC Comics characters; BATMAN, SUPERMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, DOOM PATROL, ANIMAL MAN and for Marvel Comics the best-selling monthly, NEW X-MEN, MARVEL BOY and FANTASTIC FOUR.

In addition to his work with established brands he has created a number of revolutionary original series including We3, THE INVISIBLES, THE FILTH, FLEX MENTALLO, ZENITH, SEBASTIAN O, MARVEL BOY, and the cult classics KILL YOUR BOYFRIEND, THE MYSTERY PLAY, SEAGUY and JOE THE BARBARIAN.

His Graphic Novels and Comic Book collections have been translated into twenty languages and are sold worldwide to international acclaim.

In the last 5 years, his books have won multiple major industry awards, including The Eisner Award for best series three times for ALL STAR SUPERMAN and best limited series SEVEN SOLDIERS. Morrison has also won several Harvey Awards including Best Writer in 2009, a Scream Award, and attained Lifetime Achievement status at the British Eagle Awards. In 2011, he received five awards from Kapow! Stan Lee to Eagle’s including Best Writer at each, and Best Comic for Batman and Robin.

In 2008, Grant wrote the two top selling DC Comics titles FINAL CRISIS, and BATMAN. The controversial BATMAN R.I.P. storyline which has revolutionised the character was caught in a worldwide press storm with reports of Grant ‘killing Batman’ in every major newspaper and on TV. In 2013, he completed a seven year run on the BATMAN franchise having created the best-selling BATMAN & ROBIN. In 2009, he brought Bruce Wayne back into comic continuity in the series, BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE, and wrapped up the saga in BATMAN INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN.

In September 2011 as part of the new 52 re-launch at DC Comics, Grant began writing Superman again in the best-selling ACTION COMICS franchise, as the cornerstone book of the line.

In 2014, work at DC Comics includes a revisionist take on Wonder Woman for the Earth One Graphic Novel, WONDER WOMAN: THE TRIAL OF DIANA PRINCE. The epic, long-awaited maxi series, MULTIVERSITY, is due for release in June 2014.

There are also a number of new creator works in production, from the psychedelic Hollywood noir of ANNIHILATOR at Legendary, to the ultimate horror of NAMELESS at Image, via the last chapter of the Seaguy trilogy, SEAGUY: ETERNAL at DC/Vertigo.

As part of his remit at DC Comics, Morrison has also acted as a Consultant, developing updated approaches on minor characters and recreating them as springboards for other writers. He has also had award winning and critical success using this revival method for his own maxi-series, SEVEN SOLDIERS in 2006. His take on Superman for ALL-STAR SUPERMAN cements his ability to breathe life into old franchises and his four year story run on Batman has woven a complex and intriguing best-selling tale the likes of which has not been seen in decades.

Never shy of courting controversy, many of Morrison’s titles other than BATMAN, have made headlines. ST.SWITHIN’S DAY – a story about a young man from the North attempting to assassinate Margaret Thatcher – had questions raised in the House of Commons, as did THE INVISIBLES, Morrison’s highly-influential six-year long series about a group of occult terrorists (which has been said to have partly inspired the film THE MATRIX). Seen as cutting-edge and subversive, THE INVISIBLES and other series, such as THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HITLER, BIG DAVE and DOOM PATROL, have been the subjects of both academic discussion and popular media interest.

In 1997, Grant was the first comic book writer to be included as one of Entertainment Weekly’s top 100 creative people in America.

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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