CT – Archmage Signing

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Author R.A. Salvatore appears to sign his new novel ARCHMAGE on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Mark Twain House!

About this author
R.A. Salvatore is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the popular Forgotten Realms series The Legend of Drizzt. He’s an avid gamer, father of three, and loyal citizen of Red Sox Nation.

Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105
860-247-0998

New Haven Comic and Collectible Spectacular (June 2015)

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Convention Name
New Haven Comic & Collectible Spectacular
Convention Website Address
http://www.facebook.com/newhavenspectacular
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date
06/07/2015
About This Convention
EVENT: New Haven Comic & Collectible Spectacular
LOCATION: YMA ANNEX HALL 554 Woodward Ave., New Haven, CT 06512Welcome to The New Haven Comic & Collectible Spectacular! We will feature vendors selling comics new and old, toys, and collectibles. We will also have on hand some local artist talent including an ‘art fight” hosted by Free Lunch Comics talent Matt Ryan, live music by High Adventure and a DJ, hourly prize drawings and on-site concessions.
Currently this show will run at the Annex Y.M.A. Club in New Haven, Connecticut on June 7th, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Right off I-95N at Exit 50, admission will be $3.50 per person and children 10 & under are free. There will be plenty of parking for all with ground floor entrance ways and handicapped parking and ramps are also on premise. Tables are currently available for artists, dealers, and fans which will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact the Facebook for details on vendor table costs, or please call (203)747-6122. Come dressed in your favorite costume and tell all your friends and family, we hope to truly make this once again a ‘spectacular’ event! DON’T FORGET TO TUNE IN AND FOLLOW US ON TWITTER@NHSpectacular OR ‘LIKE’ US ON FACEBOOK at: www.facebook.com/newhavespectacular.
For ATTENDING VENDORS AND ARTISTS – All tables are 8′ and there is also access to limited electrical outlets at no charge for those that need them, please inquire within. Table prices are as follows: $50.00 per table, $90.00 = 2 tables, $125.00 = 3 tables. Additional tables will be sold at an extra $25.00 per table
Venue Name and Address
YMA ANNEX HALL
554 Woodward Ave.
New Haven, CT 06512
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
55
Projected Attendance
500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Kevin Liell, Matt Ryan, TC Ford, Nick Palazzo

New Haven June 2015

CT – Big Nate Lives it Up Signing

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Lincoln Peirce appears at RJ Julia Booksellers on Wednesday March 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm to sign Big Nate Lives it Up! The event is free and open to the public but fans may register at the link…

RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

CT – Dinotopia Exhibition

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James Gurney, creator of Dinotopia, appears at the Stamford Museum on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 3:30-4:30 PM to offer a mini-lecture about the making of Dinotopia, followed by a book signing. Copies of Gurney’s Dinotopia editions and art instruction books Imaginative Realism and Color and Light will be available at the gift shop.

Press Release:

A fascinating exhibition of original oil paintings from The New York Times bestseller Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time (1992), Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995), and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007) by James Gurney. The fantastical art in the Dinotopia series was inspired by Gurney’s childhood fascination with archaeology, dinosaurs, lost civilizations, and art. He went on to work with scientists and historians at National Geographic magazine to create images of ancient worlds; a project that inspired the conceptual framework for Dinotopia.

For fossil fans and dinosaur devotees, a variety of specimens from the Paleontology Collection of the Stamford Museum will be exhibited. The exhibition has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum.

RELATED PROGRAMMING

Fantasy Drawing Workshop with James Gurney Imaginative Realism:
How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist
Sunday, March 1, 1 – 3 pm, Leonhardt Gallery

James Gurney will discuss the practical methods used to translate an imaginative scene into a realistic image for aspiring and intermediate artists and conduct a demonstration drawing and mini-workshop allowing students to try their hand at fantasy drawing with watercolor pencils. He will cover research, thumbnail sketches, models posing, maquettes, photo reference, and plein-air studies. A chronicle of the creative development that led to the fantasy universe of Dinotopia will be presented. Materials will be provided. A selection of Dinotopia books will be available for sale and for signing. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $40 per person | Non-Members: $55 per person.
Limited to 20 participants and recommended for ages 12 and up.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford CT 06903
203.322.1646

CT – Dinner with Dinotopia Artist

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James Gurney, creator of Dinotopia, appears at the Stamford Museum on Saturday February 28, 2015 for fundraiser dinner!

Press Release:

Enjoy a casual, rustic winter supper in the warmth of the Bendel Mansion featuring Tim LaBant, Owner/Chef of the Schoolhouse at Cannondale. Guests will begin with cocktails and artisanal hors d’oeuvres in the Museum Galleries with artist James Gurney who will provide a tour of the Dinotopia galleries, with stories behind the paintings. Click here for tickets…

Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford CT 06903
203.322.1646

Roy Thomas Guest of Honor for Connecticut ComiCONN 2015

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Press Release:

Connecticut ComiCONN is thrilled to announce that our 2015 “Guest of Honor” is the one and only, legendary comic creator – ROY THOMAS
Roy Thomas was the FIRST Editor-in-Chief at Marvel after Stan Lee stepped down from the position. Roy is a longtime comic book writer and editor. Thomas has written comics for Archie, Charlton, DC, Heroic Publishing, Marvel, and Topps over the years. Thomas currently edits the fanzine Alter Ego for Twomorrows Publishing. He was Editor for Marvel comics from 1972-1974. He wrote for several titles at Marvel, such as Avengers, Thor, Invaders, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and notably Conan the Barbarian.
It was also Roy Thomas who recognized the writings of one Dennis “Denny” O’ Neil (who would one day become Editor for DC/creator of Arkham Asylum/ Ra’s al Ghul/John Stewart) from a newspaper article Thomas had read. Roy reached out to O’ Neil and got him to pencil a script-test for The Fantastic Four. Shortly after Thomas showed the script to Stan Lee, who promptly hired O’Neil.
Roy helped create dozens of hugely popular characters including the following:
3-D Man, All Star Squadron, Banshee, Brother VooDoo, Conan, Doc Samson, Ghost Rider, Hyperion, Iron Fist, Living Monolith, Morbius, Ms. Marvel, Nova, Red Sonja, Spitfire, Sunfire, Tiger Shark, Ultron, Union Jack and The Vision are just a small sampling of the popular characters Roy added to both the DC and Marvel universes.
Fans who line up to see the latest Marvel Studios Avengers film, “The Age of Ultron” can thank Roy for creating two of the major characters in this big screen spectacular – the mysterious Vision and the diabolical Ultron!
So please join us as we welcome “Rascally” Roy Thomas as he makes a rare con appearance on Friday and Saturday only at our 6th annual Connecticut ComiCONN at the fabulous Mohegan Sun Convention Center on August 14 –16th, 2015 in Uncasville, CT.
#Connecticut #ComiCONN #Marvel

CT – Star Wars Tribute Art Show

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Artists Rodney Raines and Obie Hughes appear at Hope Gallery Tattoo on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm for the opening reception of their Star Wars tribute art show.

Hope Gallery Tattoo
835 Woodward Ave. New Haven, CT 06512
203-467-1622

CT – Platypus Police Squad Signing

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady series) appears at Barnes & Noble to sign the latest Platypus Police Squad book The Ostrich Conspiracy on Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM!

Barnes & Noble – The Shoppes at Farmington Valley
110 Albany Tpk #305, Canton, CT 06019
860-693-0115

Cartoon Stars Shine at ConnectiCon 2014

This past weekend was ConnectiCon in Hartford, CT. Founded in 2002 primarily as a gaming convention, it has come to encompass multiple genres and attracts attendees from all over the country.  It roots in gaming are still clearly apparent as they host a gaming room equal the size of the main vendor/artist area which hosted hundreds if not thousands of gamers playing Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, WarHammer, and many other table top games. Naturally there is also a large contingent of cosplayers dressed as their favorite characters from TV, moves, comic books and video games. The projected attendenace fo this year was 17,000 people and while there were certainly a lot of people in the Hartford Convention Center, it was laid out and organized so it never felt crowded. The autograph lines for guests moved surprisingly fast and, provided you showed up a little early, panels were easy to get into.

A big draw for this year’s ConnectiCon was the wealth of guests from the voice acting industry. A growing trend at conventions across the country, these talented performers need only a microphone to display their gift for breathing life into characters. Guests included Invader Zim’s Richard Horvitz and Rikki Simons, Pinky and the Brain’s Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen, Batman: The Brave and the Bold’s Dietrich Bader, Mass Effect’s Jennifer Hale, and Legend of Korra’s Janet Varney. Speaking to the press, Horvitz and Simons said they love having meeting fans who grew up watching Zim and are now cosplaying as their characters. The also mentioned people sometime have full sleeve tattoos where they leave room to get autographed. Horvitz said, “We always ask them to please not get murdered because we’re afraid the police will think the killer signed their work.”

As an actor who had success in on-screen roles on The Drew Carey Show, Outsourced, and Office Space, Bader remarked that he is in awe at the talent of his cartoon co-stars and how unpretentious and friendly most are compared to the rest of Hollywood. When asked what his favorite character to play was, Bader immediately and unequivocally said “Batman.” Prior to being cast on Brave and the Bold Bader had not been terribly well-versed in Bat-lore but said that getting into character really moved him especially in the scene where Batman confronts his parents’ killer, during Bader said he had literal tears running down his face.

On panels with LaMarche and Paulsen it was readily evident that their their friendship and work relationship easily rolls into one another. Paulsen remarked several times that his co-stars are people with whom he would choose to be friends had they never met at work. They often finished one another’s jokes and would goad the other into saying a favorite line or catchphrase. They credited a mutual love of Monty Python and Beyond the Fringe as instantly cementing their bond when the first worked together.

LaMarche and Paulsen shared many stories from Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain, one being the famous “Yes, Always” sketch in which LaMarche faithfully recreates a famous outtake of Orson Welles recording a commercial for peas in which the famous director angrily tells off the staff. LaMarche had regaled his co-stars, directors, and engineers with his rendition so it was added to the script as a suprise for LaMarche. They also regaled the audience to a reading of “Green Eggs in Ham” with Paulsen reading Sam I Am (in the voice of Pinky) and LaMarche playing the main character as the Brain. The showstopper, however, was Paulsen singing “Yakko’s World” in which he rattles off every single country in the world to which the entire crowd clapped along.

Finally, Janet Varney who voices the title character of The Legend of Korra spoke about the series to a full panel room of Avatar-fans. She noted that they all had very pointed questions regarding many of Korra’s decisions on the show. Varney said while she often disagrees with Korra’s actions that is part of what makes her a well-rounded character. Twice during the Q&A Varney had to apologize for “rudely” taking a phone call. The first was from Firelord Zuko (actor Dante Basco) who called in to look for his honor and the second was Bolin (voice actor PJ Byrne), both whom were kind enough to say hello to the fans and field a question or two.

Fans were very excited to meet the people who helped bring their animated favorites to life. LaMarche said it best, “Hearing I made your childhood better makes my middle age better.” Here’s looking forward to seeing what voice talents are scheduled for next year’s show!

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Fans Gather at 12th Annual ConnectiCon This Weekend

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Press Release:

Fans of pop culture from across the Northeast and around the world will gather at the Connecticut Convention Center July 10th-13th, for the twelfth annual ConnectiCon in Hartford, CT. Founded in 2002, ConnectiCon is the largest massively multi-genre convention in New England.

This year’s event showcases over 7,000 hours of programming spread out over four days including; informative panels and hands-on workshops, special guest and celebrity appearances, trading card games, board games, and roleplaying games, including dozens of scheduled tournaments, console gaming and arcade machines. ConnectiCon is proud to introduce the Northeast League of Legends Tournament with over $6,000 in prizes!

ConnectiCon features main events such as, “Nerd Prom,” which is held Thursday evening at 8:30pm, tickets are available online. “ConnectiCon’s Singled Out!” Contestants, who pre-register online, will have a chance to win a date sponsored by ConnectiCon at a local participating restaurant. There’s also a ConnectiCon Masquerade Event held on Saturday, and the ConnectiCon “Cosplay Death match!” Plus many other fantastic events!

ConnectiCon will host nearly 90 special guests and celebrities including stars of stage and screen such as Noah Hathaway (The Neverending Story), Walter Jones (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers), Alan Oppenheimer (Masters of the Universe), Janet Varney (Legend of Korra), Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect), Maurice LaMarche (Futurama) and Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Richard Horvitz and Rikki Simons of the cartoon Invader Zim and Internet celebrity, Doug Walker, AKA That Guy With The Glasses. Joining them are voice actors Chris Cason, Danielle McRae, Ellen McLain, and Lauren Landa, comic creator Farel Dalrymple, and dozens of other talented guests.

Annual memberships to ConnectiCon are available online or at the door, and include access to all four days of the convention, as well as quarterly member appreciation days and other events year-round. It’s fun for the entire family! For more information please go to their website www.connecticon.org or Facebook page.

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