DC – Cartoon County Signing

Cullen Murphy appears at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM to sign CARTOON COUNTY.

Cullen Murphy, editor at large at Vanity Fair and the author of books including God’s Jury, grew up in the middle of a thriving community of illustrators and cartoonists in southwestern Connecticut. His father, John Cullen Murphy (1919-2004), who had been a student of Norman Rockwell, drew the popular comic strips Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt. Their neighbors were the artists responsible for classic comics ranging from Beetle Bailey to Hi and Lois to Family Circus. Murphy’s memoir pays tribute to these many creative individuals and warmly evokes the spirit of a bygone era.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

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Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
202-364-1919

DC – Coyotes #1 Signing

Sean Lewis & Caitlin Yarsky appear at Fantom Comics on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM to present and sign COYOTES #1!

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Fantom Comics
2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
202-241-6498

DC – Tom King Signing

Writer Tom King (Batman, Vision, The Sheriff of Babylon, Grayson, Mister Miracle, Omega Men) appears at Fantom Comics on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from noon till 2:00 PM for a signing. Please note: the shop is limiting the number of items to be signed to two (2) per fan, due to time constraints.

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Fantom Comics
2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
202-241-6498

DC – An Evening with Denis Leary

Denis Leary appears at Sixth & I to present his new book Why We Don’t Suck on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Are you a “Right Wing Nutjob” or a “Left Wing Snowflake?” Either way, in this third volume of a series that includes Why We Suck and Suck on This, Year wants to enlist you in his campaign to Make America Laugh Again. Proving that satire can be non-partisan, Leary, creator and star of the FX comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, takes aim at both sides of the aisle, along with their media sounding boards, CNN (the Clinton News Network) and Fox’s Fair and Balanced Republican Report. With equal doses of sarcasm and common sense, he pokes fun at all we hold dear, from Twitter and Instagram to gluten-free diets and our endless thirst for fame. This is social criticism at its sharpest and funniest.

All copies of Why We Don’t Suck will be pre-signed. This event does not include a public signing. Tickets available from Politics & Prose at the link…

Sixth & I
600 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

DC – You Can’t Spell America Without Me Presentation

Alec Baldwin appears in conversation with author Kurt Andersen on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 PM to present You Can’t Spell America Without Me. Presented by GWU and Politics and Prose. Tickets available at the link…

Working the special magic of political satire, this memoir unfolds in a time when the Trump presidency is history. America’s foremost Trump scholar and its foremost Trump impersonator, Kurt Andersen and Alec Baldwin, join forces to channel Trump’s reminisces on how he made America great again. Building on Baldwin’s wildly popular Trump impressions on Saturday Night Live, the novelist and actor together present the future former chief executive’s thoughts on White House protocol, world leaders, his family, the media, and much more.

Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen will sign a limited number of copies of You Can’t Spell America Without Me before the event begins.

When Will Call opens, a limited number of ticket holders will receive the opportunity to enter the signing line. Access to the signing line is first come, first served. We may be able to offer standby access to the signing as well, but entry is not guaranteed.

There will be no signing after the program, and signed books will not be available for pre-order.

All books and tickets will be available at will call at 6 p.m. the evening of the event.

Politics and Prose will not have books or tickets available for pick up prior to the evening of the event.

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GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-6800

DC – Going Into Town Signing

Cartoonist Roz Chast appears at Politics & Prose to sign Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
202-364-1919

DC – An Evening with Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith appears at the Lincoln Theatre on Sunday, November 5th at 6:30 PM! Tickets available at the link…

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, Tusk, and Yoga Hosers; 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.

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Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 888-0050

DC – Miles Morales: Spider-Man Signing

Author Jason Reynolds appears at Fantom Comics on Saturday, August 5th at 5:00 PM in conversation with Jabari Sellars to discuss his new Miles Morales: Spider-Man novel to be released the first week of August.

“Miles Morales might seem like an average Brooklyn teenager, facing the same issues as anyone trying to navigate the pitfalls and perils of school, family responsibilities, and friends, except Miles also has the added pressure of being Spider-Man. But when Miles’s spidey-sense goes on the fritz, and a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, he not only begins to question his abilities, but who is Miles without the mask. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren’t meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad’s advice and focus on saving himself.

As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can’t shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher’s lectures on the historical “benefits”; of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after when Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, neighborhood, family, and himself at risk it’s time to suit up and take a stand.”

About the author:
JASON REYNOLDS is the author of the critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books The Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (co-written with Brendan Kiely); As Brave As You, his middle grade debut; and National Book Award finalist Ghost, the first in a four-book series about kids on an elite track team. Jason recently moved to Washington, DC, but before that spent many years in Miles Morales’s very own Brooklyn, New York.

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Fantom Comics
2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
202-241-6498

DC – Comix Creating Workshop

Artist/writer Matthew Dow Smith, known for his runs on The X-Files, Doctor Who, The October Girl, and Justice League: Gods and Monsters, appears at Fantom Comics on Sunday, July 30th at 2:00 PM for a workshop on creating comic books.

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Fantom Comics
2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
202-241-6498

Awesome Con 2017 Releases Programming Schedule

Press Release:

Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con, is proud to announce three days of programming complete with panels, workshops, celebrity appearances, and more, taking over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from June 16-18. This year, Awesome Con attendees will have access to specialized sections including Future Con, presented in partnership with the Smithsonian, featuring more intellectually stimulating and entertaining content than ever, and robust family-friendly programming called Awesome Con Jr., presented in partnership with Nickelodeon. Attendees can start planning their Awesome Con experience and view the full schedule online at: www.awesomecon.com/programming

“This year we’ve doubled down on our programming efforts,” said Awesome Con founder Ben Penrod. “From Future Con, to Awesome Con Jr, to our LGBT creators showcase Pride Alley, and to our most robust celebrity guest list yet, Awesome Con has grown by leaps and bounds into a fan convention unlike any other.” 

Highlights from Awesome Con 2017 include: 

Celebrity & Comic Guests

Hear from some of the biggest influencers from the world of pop culture and comic books at panels, screenings, Q&As, and more. Events include:

Stan Lee Q&A (10:30AM – June 18 – Main Stage) Stan Lee will discuss his exciting career spanning several decades and answer questions from audience members. Seating begins at 9:30 AM.

Tech of Batman Panel with Greg Capullo, Scott Snyder & Tom King (1:30 PM – June 17 – Room 150) – Capullo and Snyder, the creative duo behind today’s Batman comics, join engineers and experts in technology and intelligence to look at the plausibility of replicating Batman in real life. Panelists will examine Batman’s endurance, tech, and more to determine what’s real and what’s best left to fiction.

David Tennant Explores Time and Space (10:30 AM – June 17 – Main Stage) – Actor David Tennant, who ‘visited’ the furthest futures while playing The Doctor on BBC’s Doctor Who, joins experts Dr. Grant Tremblay and Dr. Matt Shindell on Awesome Con’s Main Stage to discuss the outer reaches of the galaxy. They’ll cover topics including Doctor Who, what’s really going on out there among the stars, and answer questions from the audience. Seating begins at 9:30 AM.

Edgar Wright: Meet the Director of Baby Driver (2:00 PM – June 17 – Main Stage) – Meet Edgar Wright, the director of popular film juggernauts including Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Shaun of the Dead, and get a first look at his new film Baby Driver. Wright will share insight into his career and the creation of Baby Driver, with giveaways and extra surprises planned for fans. Hosted by Felicia Day.

WWE® Superstars Charlotte Flair™ & Shinsuke Nakamura™ Q&A (2:30 PM – June 17 – Room 146) – WWE® Superstars Charlotte Flair™ and Shinsuke Nakamura™ discuss life as WWE stars and answer audience questions.

The Guild Reunion with Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Amy Okuda, Jeff Lewis, and Robin Thorsen (11:30 AM – June 18 – Room 146) – Cast members of The Guild, the award-winning original web series, reunite to talk about working with each other, their careers, and new projects, and answer audience questions.

Experience Japan! (1:00 PM – June 17 – Room 154) – Hosted by the Embassy of Japan, this panel seeks to help participants understand the influence of Japanese culture on American pop culture. Explore traditional Japanese culture, play Japanese games, and meet the embassy’s very own therapeutic robot, PARO.

Representation Matters with Bryan Turner, Jerry Gaylord & Penelope Gaylord (3:30 PM – June 16 – Room 152) – How important is it to see characters and creators that look like you? Join Identity Comics Studio and the “Loading Snacks” crew for a discussion on diversity in media, from the characters leading stories to the creators behind them.

Comics Conversation: Collections and Preservation at the Library of Congress (11:00 AM – June 17 – Room 150) – Join Library of Congress staff members for a panel discussion about the comics collections at the Library. Specialists from the Library’s newspaper, graphic art, and popular art conservation teams share collection highlights, insights on comics conservation, and suggest how attendees can utilize the Library’s comics collection. 

Future Con

StarTalk Live! with Colonel Chris Hadfield & Scott Adsit (8:00 PM – June 16 – Main Stage) – Colonel Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station, and award-winning actor and comedian Scott Adsit (Veep, 30 Rock) co-host a special edition of award-winning talk show StarTalk Live!, bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion.

Brave New Girls: Women in STEM (5:00 PM – June 17 – Room 146) – Some of the greatest scientific advances in history have been made by women, but girls are seldom encouraged to explore the sciences. Future Con presents a panel of scientists jointly discussing the achievements of female scientists, women’s roles in STEM today, and the need for advocacy to create the next generation of female scientists, engineers, and astronauts. With speakers from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and more. Hosted by Nerdist’s Jessica Chobot.

IBM Watson: Superman or Supercomputer? Making Money with Artificial Intelligence (5:30 PM – June 16 – Room 146) – IBM’s Artificial Intelligence creation Watson, which made its debut on Jeopardy! in 2011, amazed American audiences and today is an open platform for millions of users and developers. Dr. Marc Teerlink, IBM’s Chief Business Strategist, takes the stage to discuss what Watson represents for AI progress worldwide.

NASA’s Space Lasers (4:00 PM – June 16 – Room 143) – Explore the latest laser technology and the key science behind missions helping us investigate our home planet and beyond. Engineers and scientists will take you behind the scenes of missions like the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite 2 launching with green lasers in 2018, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter currently orbiting the Moon, and more. 

Awesome Con Jr

GeekDad Celebrates Father’s Day: Raising Geek Generation 2.0 (1:30PM – June 18 – Room 149) – Join some of the writers from GeekDad.com and their kids for a discussion about raising the next generation of geeks. Topics covered will include introducing various fandoms to kids, sharing old and new geeky passions, and determining what’s age-appropriate.

 Padawan Lightsaber Training presented by Saber Guild Corellia (5:45 PM – June 17 – Backlot Stage) – Adults and their ‘Padawans’ can join Saber Guild Corellia to learn how to wield a lightsaber and stave off the Dark Side on the Backlot stage.

Kids Costume Parade presented by The Emoji Movie (1:00 PM – June 18 – Backlot Stage) – Awesome Con encourages budding costume designers to strut their stuff in custom outfits at the Kids Costume Parade presented by The Emoji Movie. Participation is limited to the first 30 kids (and their parents) who register at the Backlog stage 30 minutes before the parade.

Let’s Go LEGO! (1:00PM – June 17 – Awesome Con Jr Stage) – Cartoonist John Gallagher shows you and your kids how to draw LEGO versions of your favorite characters. Come expand your art skills and take home the art as a souvenir. 

Pride Alley

Making LGBT+ Representation Matter in Fiction (5:00 PM – June 16 – Room 144) – Engage in a lively conversation about LGBTQ+ characters in fiction and what creators are doing, or not doing, to foster representation.

A History of LGBTQ+ Representation in Comic Books & Television (June 17 – 12:30 PM – Room 144) – Learn about the history of LGBTQ+ representation in Nerd Culture through discussion of the most iconic LGBTQ+ characters in anime, comic books, video games, and television. The important dialogue will conclude with thoughts on the importance of LGBTQ+ characters in the media and pop culture.

Pokémon, Musicals, & Gay with Voice Actor Jamie McGonnigal (4:30 PM – June 17 – Room 144) – Fans will have the opportunity to discuss Jamie McGonnigal’s impressive resume including his voice work on Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, his global LGBTQ+ activism, and his career as a Broadway producer. From questions about how to get started in voice acting to how to come out to your high school anime club – nothing is off the table! 

Esports

NRG at Awesome Con (11:00AM-2:00PM – June 18 – East Salons G-I, Booth 16) Fans of video games and esports will have a unique chance to meet players from NRG Esports’ Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) team at Awesome Con on Sunday, June 18. Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, will host the NRG CS:GO team’s visit in Awesome Con’s Video Game Room in East Salons G-I from 11:00AM to 12:00PM for a live gaming experience, followed by an autograph session in the show’s Exhibit Hall at booth 16 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.

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