Edgar Wright Presents Baby Driver at Awesome Con 2017

Press Release:

LeftField Media has announced that director Edgar Wright will make a special appearance at this year’s Awesome Con. Wright will screen his new, highly anticipated film Baby Driver to a select DC audience, and will appear as part of the Awesome Con’s featured weekend programs, including a signing with fans. Awesome Con is Washington DC’s Comic Con and attracts over 60,000 fans, guests including David Tennant, Stan Lee, and Scott Snyder, and partners including the Smithsonian and Nickelodeon. Awesome Con will be Wright’s exclusive US Comic Con appearance in the lead up to Baby Driver’s debut. 

Baby Driver – written and directed by Wright – is the story of Baby, a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway, but after being coerced into working for a crime boss, Baby must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love, and freedom. Baby Driver features an ensemble cast including Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx. Tristar Pictures and MRC present Baby Driver opening in US theaters on June 28. Its trailer can be viewed online now

Wright has developed a cult following and widespread acclaim for his clever, quirky, and imaginative films – including Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Shaun of the DeadHot Fuzz, and The World’s End. Fans looking to meet him and get a first look at his Baby Driver can find him at various Awesome Con events: 

  • Baby Driver Preview Screening – Thursday, June 157 PM at Regal Gallery Place

A special pre-Awesome Con event, this limited screening is open to select fans and media, and will feature a showing of the full film together with a Q&A from Wright. Media wishing to attend should contact Gabrielle Flamand at gabrielle@prcollaborative.com

  • Baby Driver Debut Panel and Q&A – Saturday, June 172 PM at Awesome Con’s Main Stage

Edgar Wright and Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible) take to Awesome Con’s Main Stage to speak about Wright’s career, the creation of Baby Driver, his fans, and working with the film’s all-star cast. The panel will feature giveaways, surprises, and special clips from Baby Driver

  • Edgar Wright Signing – Saturday, June 173:15 PM in Awesome Con’s Autograph Area

Meet Edgar Wright and get a Baby Driver poster signed by the film’s writer and director! Wright will conduct a special signing with details on participation coming soon. 

“I can’t tell you how often Edgar Wright’s movies are quoted at Awesome Con or how many times I’ve seen fans cosplay as the characters he’s created,” said Ben Penrod, Awesome Con’s Founder. “It’s an honor to be able to welcome Edgar now to the show, and I know we’ll be flooded with Baby Driver cosplayers next year!”

Awesome Con takes place June 16-18, 2017 in the Walter Washington Convention Center, and tickets are available now at awesomecon.com. Fans wanting to learn the latest news can follow Awesome Con on Facebook and Twitter.

 

DC – Kevin Hart Appearance

Comedian Kevin Hart appears at Politics & Prose on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 PM.

Pre-order a signed copy of his new memoir, I Can’t Make This Up, to get a professionally taken photo with superstar comedian Kevin Hart! Please note that this evening does not include an author talk.

Here’s how it works:

Your purchase of one copy of I Can’t Make This Up equals one ticket for the photo line. Say cheese!

Pre-signed books can be ordered online, over the phone, or in-store. Order online here: http://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/kevin-hart-i-cant-make-life-lessons

Turn up on the night and pick up your ticket to get in line–you’ll get your book following your pic with Kevin.

Your picture with Kevin Hart will be a professional photograph that you’ll recieive after the event. Selfie lovers, please note no personal photographs with cell phones or digital cameras.

Please note, we cannot accept pre-orders for those not coming to the event.

About the book:

Dubbed “the king of comedy” by Forbes, Hart, a stand-up comedian and actor who has starred in Central Intelligence, Think Like a Man, and many others film, started with the odds stacked against him. Born in North Philadelphia, Hart felt unwanted by his abusive mother and drug-addicted father. He could have become a crack dealer, like his brother. Instead, he found another way, in part by finding other ways to look at life and his options. Hart’s memoir is as inspirational as it is funny, and demonstrates how crucial it is to believe in yourself. Following his achievements as a performer, Hart has become the CEO of HartBeat Productions.

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

Awesome Con Welcomes Scott Adsit as StarTalk Live! Co-Host

Press Release:

Awesome Con, Washington D.C.’s premier pop culture convention, and StarTalk are proud to welcome actor and comedian Scott Adsit (Veep, 30 Rock) as a co-host of StarTalk Live! on June 16 during Awesome Con. Ticketholders for Awesome Con, which runs June 16-18 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, will be able to attend StarTalk Live! on a first come, first served basis with the option to purchase VIP tickets at www.awesomecon.com 

StarTalk Live! with hosts Colonel Chris Hadfield & Scott Adsit – Friday, June 16
StarTalk Live!, an award-winning talk show bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion, will headline Smithsonian’s Future Con – an event series and science-focused pavilion within Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con. Colonel Chris Hadfield, who audiences may recognize from his documentation of his time in space via Twitter, and award-winning actor and comedian Scott Adsit (Veep, 30 Rock) will take the stage as co-hosts for this exciting program. StarTalk Live! is open to all Awesome Con ticket holders with first come, first served seating, and attendees have the option to purchase VIP tickets which include guaranteed seating and a book signing with Col. Chris Hadfield, coming soon to www.awesomecon.com. StarTalk Live! will take place at 8 PM on Friday, June 16 in the Walter Washington Convention Center.

About Col. Chris Hadfield
Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Col. Hadfield woke the world up every morning during a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station with greetings and updates shared with over 2 million Twitter followers. Through his 21 years as an astronaut, three spaceflights, and 2,600 orbits of Earth, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness. 

About Scott Adsit
Scott Adsit made his mark on American comedy early on as a member of Second City’s Mainstage and ETC companies, and won Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Best Actor Award for his work there. Adsit travels avidly and teaches around the world, although audiences can catch him improvising and bringing a sharp sense of humor to the stage at Upright Citizens Brigade in Manhattan when he’s in New York City. Currently appearing on HBO’s Veep, Adsit has appeared on favorite television series including 30 Rock, The Office, Inside Amy Schumer, and Alias, as well as influential sketch comedy shows Mr. Show and Tenacious D. He is also the voice of Baymax in Disney’s Big Hero 6.

About Future Con
Future Con is a three-day science, technology, and entertainment celebration featured within LeftField Media’s Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con held annually. Future Con highlights the intersections and developments in science, technology, and science fiction inside D.C.’s largest pop culture event, and has welcomed partners including Smithsonian, Science Channel, NASA, the American Physical Society, the National Science Foundation, Nerd Nite, StarTalk, and more. Visit www.awesomecon.com for more information about Future Con.

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Awesome Con Masterclass w/ Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

Press Release:

Awesome Con, the Mid-Atlantic’s pop culture con held in Washington, DC from June 16-18, is excited to announce tickets are now available for a special comics masterclass with BATMAN writer and illustrator duo Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo on Saturday, June 17th.

Both Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder will be attending all three days of Awesome Con in addition to this special class.

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, two iconic figures behind the BATMAN comics, will take the stage together at Awesome Con for a special masterclass for aspiring writers and artists. On Saturday, June 17 at 7:15pm, 150 attendees will be able to attend a two-hour class and pick Snyder and Capullo’s brains with questions about the comic book industry and their craft, as well as go over behind-the-scenes sketches and samples of comic scripts.

Every guest will receive: 1 limited edition exclusive lithograph by Capullo, the chance to have 5 items signed by Capullo, and the chance to have 5 items signed by Snyder. Tickets are $199.99 and available now on the Awesome Con site; admission to Awesome Con is not included in the masterclass ticket and must be purchased separately at www.awesomecon.com.

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Awesome Con 2017 Offers Stan Lee Exclusive Programming

Awesome Con, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention is coming to Washington, DC from June 16-18, 2017 and eager to share new programming highlights featuring Stan Lee, the creator of beloved franchises including Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and more.

Stan Lee Premium Package

Presented by Stan Lee Collectibles, the Stan Lee Premium Package will be available for $350 and includes: 1 autograph from Stan Lee, a photo op, an autographed lithograph, a comic book from the Stan Lee Collectibles collection, a collectible Stan Lee Awesome Con badge and lanyard, and a $25 gift certificate for the Stan Lee Collectibles booth at Awesome Con. Admission to Awesome Con is not included with the Stan Lee Premium Package and must be purchased separately at www.awesomecon.com; this package will be available for purchase at 10am EST on Saturday, May 6

Bagels & Coffee with Stan – Saturday, June 17

150 guests will have the chance to join Stan Lee for an exclusive breakfast session with the pop culture icon the morning of Saturday, June 17. For $295, guests can participate in a Q&A session with Stan Lee while enjoying a light breakfast buffet. Attendees will also receive a signed photo of Stan Lee and the chance to snap a selfie with him. Admission to Awesome Con is not included in Bagels & Coffee with Stan and must be purchased separately at www.awesomecon.com; this package will be available for purchase at 10am EST on Saturday, May 6. 

Stan Lee Museum Pop-Up

This year, Awesome Con is bringing together highlight items and collectibles from Stan Lee’s expansive career together for the Stan Lee Museum Pop-Up. Check out 18 larger-than-life Marvel statues modeled after Stan Lee’s most well-known characters, including the Hulkbuster, as well as more than 50 pieces of Stan Lee memorabilia spanning seven decades of his career. Awesome Con ticket holders have full access to the Stan Lee Museum Pop-Up during exhibit hall hours. 

Stan Lee Q&A Sunday, June 18

Stan Lee will host a panel on Awesome Con’s main stage on Sunday, June 18, answering questions from attendees about his career and his work over the years. Entry to the Stan Lee Q&A is included with Awesome Con tickets.

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Future Con with Chris Hadfield Announced

Smithsonian and Awesome Con Introduce Future Con New Science Festival Inside Washington, D.C.’s Comic Con Kicks Off with StarTalk Live! Hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Press Release:

Smithsonian magazine and LeftField Media today are announcing a partnership to create an exciting new live event called “Future Con,” a three-day science, technology, and entertainment celebration that will be featured within LeftField Media’s upcoming Awesome Con on June 16-18, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Future Con will highlight the intersection of science, technology, and science fiction inside D.C.’s largest pop culture event. It is sponsored by Science Channel, features partners including NASA, the American Physical Society, the National Science Foundation, and Nerd Nite, and it will be headlined by StarTalk Live! hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who became a social media sensation through his (literally) out-of-this-world videos and performances from the International Space Station.

Driven by experts at Smithsonian magazine, Future Con will mix together interactive experiences, engaging discussions, and special guests centered around creating new awareness and advocacy for all things science, technology, engineering, and math. Previous Smithsonian Future events have featured astronaut Buzz Aldrin, oceanographer Bob Ballard, Star Trek actors William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and George Takei, and the creators of Deadpool, The Martian, and The X-Files, with the Smithsonian now bringing similar visionary names from science and science fiction together in front of a broad, public audience at Awesome Con.

Awesome Con, now entering its fifth year, attracts over 60,000 attendees and participants including Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men), David Tennant (star of Doctor Who and Jessica Jones), John Barrowman (Doctor Who and Arrow), Felicia Day (creator of The Guild and noted author, producer, and blogger), Wil Wheaton (writer, blogger, actor, and voice actor), and Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (acclaimed Batman writer and artist team). Awesome Con is a celebration of comic books, movies, television, toys, and games, and Future Con will add science to the worlds Awesome Con explores.

“The Smithsonian’s mission is to spread knowledge throughout the universe,” says Michael Caruso, editor in chief of Smithsonian magazine and Vice President of Live Events. “And we at Smithsonian are excited to partner with Awesome Con to do just that—transforming D.C.’s largest pop culture convention into a platform to showcase the individuals and organizations building the future today and communicating the important issues and technologies that will define our path tomorrow.”

“Our fans obviously love Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who, and we know they care deeply about real-world scientific advances in the same way they’re fascinated with science fiction,” says Ben Penrod, Awesome Con’s founder. “Working with Smithsonian magazine to create Future Con is one of our proudest achievements, making Awesome Con a space not just to entertain but one to inspire and educate, and we hope we can play a small part in creating the inventors, engineers, educators, and astronauts of tomorrow.”

Future Con’s kickoff event will welcome Colonel Chris Hadfield to host a special edition of StarTalk Live! Col. Hadfield is a veteran of two space shuttle missions and former commander of the International Space Station. He’s also been called the “most social media savvy astronaut” by Forbes for his ongoing documentation of his time in space to over 2 million Twitter followers. Col. Hadfield will appear at Future Con to lead a taping of StarTalk Live!, an award-winning talk show bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion.

Future Con will see further pioneering names in space travel, artificial intelligence, nanomachines, climate science, and medical research share the stage with some of the brightest names in pop culture—with presenters including John Mather (NASA’s Nobel Laureate and head of the James Webb Telescope), Adam Steltzner (NASA’s “Rock and Roll Engineer” and head of the Mars 2020 mission), and Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer at SETI: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Thought-provoking talks at Future Con will include Cassini’s Spectacular Grand Finale at Saturn, Parallel and Multi Universe Theory in Sci-Fi, Mars: Past, Present, & Future, Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding, Space Lasers, and Antarctic Dinosaurs.

Future Con takes place June 16-18 inside this year’s Awesome Con, and no separate ticket is needed to attend—admission to Awesome Con includes access to Future Con’s speakers, exhibits, and events. For tickets to Awesome Con, visit awesomecon.com. For more information on Future Con, please visit smithsonianmag.com/futurecon, follow Awesome Con on Facebook and Twitter, and search for #futurecon.

ABOUT STARTALK LIVE

Science meets comedy onstage at StarTalk Live!, the StarTalk Radio road show that’s entertaining and educating sold-out audiences around the country! Just like the award-winning podcast, radio show, and Emmy nominated TV show, StarTalk Live! explores current events from the frontiers of science and includes scientists, celebrities, and comedians as featured guests. Each live show bridges the intersection between pop culture and science with clarity, humor, and passion, covering captivating subjects like space travel, human intelligence, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of Earth, and the environment. StarTalk Live! gets its DNA from StarTalk Radio, the iTunes chart-topping radio show/podcast hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Emmy nominated TV show on the National Geographic Channel, StarTalk TV. StarTalk Live! is co-produced by Curved Light Productions and Pretty Good Friends.

ABOUT SMITHSONIAN MEDIA

Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (smithsonianmag.com / si.edu)

ABOUT LEFTFIELD MEDIA

LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the ever-evolving needs of businesses and their consumers as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to business. LeftField’s portfolio includes Play Fair (playfairny.com), a family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy Industry Association; Awesome Con (awesomecon.com), Washington DC’s Comic Con; Rose City Comic Con (rosecitycomiccon.com), Portland, Oregon’s Comic Con; Anime NYC (animenyc.com), a Japanese pop culture festival presented by Crunchyroll; the Five Points Festival (fivepointsfest.com), a designer toy and comic art convention curated by Clutter; and the Classic Auto Show (theclassicautoshow.com), a classic and vintage auto show launched in Los Angeles. LeftField Media is headquartered in historic Trumbull, CT. (leftfieldmedia.com)

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DC – Reading Without Walls Discussion

Gene Luen Yang appears at the Library of Congress on Monday April 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM!

Celebrated graphic novelist and National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang discusses Reading Without Walls, a new reading initiative for kids that encourages kids to get out of their comfort zone and explore the world through books.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20540
(202) 707-5000

DC – Reading Without Walls Signing

Press Release:

Big Planet Comics is excited to welcome National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and bestselling comic book creator Gene Luen Yang for a signing on Monday, April 10th at 6:00 PM!

Gene Yang is the creator of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and the writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, New Super-Man, Secret Coders, The Shadow Hero, and many more. Gene Yang was recently appointed the fifth National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Children’s Book Council, and Every Child A Reader.

As the National Ambassador, he has also started the Reading Without Walls challenge for all readers.

More information about Gene Yang’s books, his ambassadorship, and the Reading Without Walls challenge can be found on his website.

Readers are encouraged to bring their copies of Gene’s books to be signed, but copies will also be available for purchase at the event.

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Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW Washington, DC 20009
202-342-1961

DC – Rise Social Movement Premiere w/ Tatiana Maslany

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Join Rise and Emmy-award winning actress Tatiana Maslany (star of Orphan Black) for the premiere of the new Funny or Die video on Wednesday March 22nd at 6:00 PM!

Celebrate the national movement to protect survivors’ rights across the nation with Tatiana, Risers from across the country, Members of Congress, and people just trying to do good. We’ll eat, we’ll drink, we’ll take photos with star-spangled balloons. Free food, drinks and justice. One lucky guest will win one-on-one time with Tatiana (or maybe one of her clones?!)

Tickets are free. There are **limited tickets**. Tickets are required for entrance but admittance will be first come first serve until venue capacity is reached. Register at the link….

Donations to Rise are welcome. Those who donate with ticket purchase are guaranteed entry.

**Top 5 Donors Will Receive Personal Time with Tatiana + Photos** 

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1133 15th Street Northwest, Floor 12, Washington, DC 20005

DC – Big Mushy Happy Lump Signing

Cartoonist Sarah Andersen, creator of the webcomic Sarah’s Scribbles, appears at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM to sign her latest collection Big Mushy Happy Lump!

Sarah Andersen’s hugely popular, world-famous Sarah’s Scribbles comics are for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair, who are always down for all-night reading-in-bed parties and extremely exclusive after-hour one-person music festivals.

In addition to the most recent Sarah’s Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, this volume contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah’s real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges that will remind readers of Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. The same uniquely frank, real, yet humorous and uplifting tone that makes Sarah’s Scribbles so relatable blooms beautifully in this new longer form.

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Barnes & Noble at The Catholic University of America
625 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017

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