July 23, 2013 by Colin Solan
Filed under Comic Books, District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Movies, Other, Pennsylvania, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Signing and Appearance Profiles, Television, Texas, Top Stories
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright are traveling across the country screening THE WORLD’S END and meeting fans of the Cornetto trilogy. Find out when they are coming to a city near you and where you can get tickets for “The Last Call Tour” below.
Dallas, TX| July 25
Time: THE WORLD’S END @ 7pm
Double-feature of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ @ 9pm
(SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ Double-feature will be in the parking lot outdoors and free to public, limited to space availability, bring your own chair!)
Theater: Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, 100 S. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080
Austin, TX| Jul 27th
Time: Triple feature starts @ 3pm
Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N US Highway 183 Bldg F Austin, TX 78717
Boston, MA| July 28th
Time: SHAUN OF THE DEAD @ 3pm, HOT FUZZ at 5:15pm and THE WORLD’S END at 8pm
The Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Get tickets: http://brattlefilm.org/2013/07/28/the-worlds-end/
Washington, DC| July 29th
AMC Georgetown, 3111 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20007
Get tickets: https://www.facebook.com/43KIXDC
Philadelphia, PA| July 30th
Time: HOT FUZZ @ 5:30 PM & THE WORLD’S END @ 7:30 PM
Ritz East, 125 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Chicago, IL| August 1st
Time: 7pm THE WORLD’S END
The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Get tickets: www.filtermagazine.com/theworldsend
Chicago, IL| August 2nd
Time: SHAUN OF THE DEAD @ 7pm
Q&A with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost @ 8:45pm
HOT FUZZ @ 9:30pm
The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave.
Get tickets: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/63367
Voice actor Rob Paulsen appears at the National Press Club on Thursday August 1, 2013 at 6:30pm!
What do Yakko Warner and Dr. Otto Scratch‘n’sniff of Animaniacs; Pinky of Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain; the classic Raphael and current Donatello of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Carl Wheezer of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; Bobble of Tinker Bell; and over 250 other animated characters have in common? They are all voiced by Rob Paulsen, award-winning voice actor extraordinaire.
With over thirty years of experience in the professional voiceover industry, and over 2,000 half-hours of animation and 1,000 commercial spots to his credit, it’s a guarantee that at some point, you’ve heard Paulsen’s voice emanating from your television. Now, hear him (and his characters) in person as he talks about his amazing career and experiences in the voiceover industry, answers audience questions, and signs autographs for his fans.
Paulsen’s versatility as a voice actor shines in his many roles, which include, in addition to those listed above, Porky Pig, Arnold the Pit Bull, Fowlmouth, and Furrball in Tiny Toon Adventures; Mac Gopher in The Looney Tunes Show; Bird Brain in T.U.F.F. Puppy; Steelbeak in Darkwing Duck; The Riddler in Lego Batman: The Movie; Mark Chang in The Fairly OddParents; Toodles in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse; Spike in The Land Before Time; Throttle in Biker Mice from Mars; Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask TV series; Arthur in The Tick; and Gladstone Gander in DuckTales.
For his voice acting work, Paulsen has received three Emmy nominations, winning a Daytime Emmy Award for his role as Pinky. Paulsen has also been nominated for an Annie Award six times, winning twice for his role as Pinky and once for his role as Yakko Warner. Animaniacs, in which Paulsen played a key role, has also received numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award in its debut season.
Along with his successful career in voice acting, in 2011 Paulsen started the popular “Talkin’ Toons” podcast, in which he discusses his experiences in voice acting and chats with other accomplished members of the voiceover and animation industries. The podcast averages 80,000 listeners per month and has featured a plethora of industry guests, including Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), Debi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron), June Foray (Rocky and Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle), Jim Cummings (Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger) and Mark Hamill (the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series).
Admission for this event is free for NPC Members, $10 for general admission. This event is sponsored by The National Press Club’s Young Members Committee.
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045
Nathan Edmondson signs at Big Planet Comics on Saturday June 29th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm!
Nathan Edmondson will be appearing to sign copies of his new series, The Dream Merchant, as well as his comics The Activity, Who is Jake Ellis?, Ultimate Iron Man, Grifter, The Light, Olympus and more!
The Dream Merchant: Haunted by recurring dreams, a boy named Winslow is hunted by mysterious beings and protected by an old traveler. Soon Winslow will realize that what is in his dreams is what the rest of the world has been made to forget–and what strange entities will stop at nothing to erase from his mind.
Big Planet Comics of Washington, DC
1520 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Audrey Niffenegger signs at Politics and Prose on Saturday June 22, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
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Awesome Con DC Is Almost Here
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 9, 2013 – Bringing together comics and pop culture with a fun atmosphere, Awesome Con DC will be the first comic-con in the District of Columbia on Saturday, April 20th, and Sunday, April 21st. Says event coordinator Ben Penrod, “This show has something for everyone; dozens of vendors, artists, and special guests, plus lots of exciting events and activities. As a fan, this is heaven.”
Celebrity guests at Awesome Con DC include Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Nicholas Brendon, Futurama’s Billy West and Phil LaMarr, Ghostbusters’ Ernie Hudson, and Theodus Crane from The Walking Dead. Comic guests include Larry Hama, Herb Trimpe, Justin Jordan, Ben Templesmith, as well as over eighty other artists and comic creators.
If buying comics, getting autographs, and meeting amazing creators isn’t enough, there are over fifty events, panels, presentations, contests, and Q&As. Highlights include Sci-Fi Speed Dating, Super Art Fight, four costume contests, and a concert! Kids can enjoy the KIDS ARE AWESOME room, filled with art supplies. If you love gaming, you’ll have a blast in the Mind Of The Geek Game Room, with over a dozen scheduled events, plus free play.
“We are bringing a big convention feel to Washington, DC. This is the type of event the people of this area deserve,” said Steve Anderson, co-promoter of Awesome Con DC and owner of Third Eye Comics.
Tickets are on sale now, and will be available at the door. To buy tickets or to learn more about Awesome Con D.C., check out www.awesomecondc.com.
Eleanor Davis, Nathan Hale, Andrés Vera Martínez, Mark Siegel, and moderator Michael Cavna appear at Politics & Prose on Thursday April 25th at 7:00 pm!
Moderated by Michael Cavna, author of “Comic Riffs,” a blog of the Washington Post, this event features a panel discussion on the importance of the graphic novel by prominent and award-winning graphic artists, authors, and editors.
Eleanor Davis, cartoonist, author/illustrator. Eleanor is the winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for Stinky, a TOON publication, and is also the author of The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook for middle grade readers.
Nathan Hale, graphic novelist for middle grade readers. Nathan is the illustrator of Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack, and the author/illustrator of the non-fiction series Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, published by Abrams.
Andrés Vera Martínez, graphic novel illustrator for older readers. His most recent book is Little White Duck: A Childhood in China, written with his wife Na Liu.
Mark Siegel, editorial director of First Second, a publisher of graphic novels for all ages. He is the author of To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel with his wife Sienna Siegel. His most recent adult book is the best-selling Sailor Twain.
Connect wih the Panelists
Following the event, join the panelists for an intimate gathering at our limited-seating reception. Authors and illustrators will be available to chat, connect, and celebrate the pleasure of reading graphic novels. Get to know the authors and illustrators and continue the discussions ignited during the panel. Seating is extremely limited. Registration required.
Graphic Artists Fan Reception
9 p.m. at Terasol (across the street from P&P)
Tickets are $30, and include access to the panelists, one drink ticket, and light hors d’oeuvres.
To register, call the Children and Teens Department at (202) 364-1919.
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Neil Gaiman appears at the GW Lisner Auditorium on Friday June 21 2013 at 7:00 pm!
From one of the world’s most beloved storytellers––#1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman––comes his first adult novel in eight years. Wondrous and imaginative, and at times deeply scary, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Wm. Morrow, $25.99) captures the very essence of childhood fear and uncertainty. In a clash of memory and reality, it is a pitched fever dream of a novel, and could very well be Gaiman’s most accomplished work to date.
1 Book and 1 Ticket $40/$32 members
1 Book and 2 Tickets $60/$48 members
Tickets will go on-sale for Politics & Prose Members Monday, April 22. A member discount code will be e-mailed to members the morning of April 22.
If you are not yet a member, it’s a great time to sign upand take advantage of our discount opportunities and early notification on events like this one.
Public sales will begin Thursday, April 25.
- Seating at GW Lisner Auditorium is general admission; first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6 p.m. on June 21.
- Will-call and book pick up will happen at Lisner at 6 p.m. on June 21. Books and tickets will NOT be available for pick up at Politics & Prose.
- Questions about the event can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Neil Gaiman will sign all copies of The Ocean at the End of the Lane purchased from Politics & Prose.
- Due to time constraints, Neil will sign up to TWO additional titles per person, personalized with first names only.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
NEIL GAIMAN has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. His books and stories have also been honored with four Hugos, two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, six Locus Awards, two British SF Awards, a British Fantasy Award, nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, three Geffens, an International Horror Guild Award and two Mythopoeic Awards. He is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics for his work on the Sandman series and listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers. In 2001, he was one of the first writers to establish a blog (journal.neilgaiman.com), which now has over a million regular readers. Gaiman also has over 1.8 million Twitter followers (@neilhimself) and won the Twitter category in the inaugural Author Blog Awards. He wrote the screenplay for the BBC TV series Neverwhere and co-wrote the script to Robert Zemeckis’s Beowulf. His books Stardust and Coraline have been adapted into major theatrical releases. His Newbery Award-winning The Graveyard Book is currently in production.
February 27, 2013 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, California, Comic Books, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Movies, Oregon, Other, Pennsylvania, Signing and Appearance Profiles, Television, Washington, Wisconsin
Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie Tour Kicks off on April 20, 2013
Jay and Silent Bob are back! Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are hitting the road with their new animated film, JAY & SILENT BOB’S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE – which blazes across America in a series of one-night-only shows starting April 20, 2013 in Atlanta at the Center Stage Theater. The legendary best buds from Jersey are back to dispense weed and wisdom in cartoon form and audiences will have the opportunity to watch the new movie and stick around for a rip-roaring Q&A afterwards. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1, 2013.
Produced by Mewes and directed by first-time filmmaker Steve Stark, JAY & SILENT BOB’S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE features the voice talents of Eliza Dushku, Tara Strong, Ralph Garman, Neil Gaiman, Ben Gleib, Jon Lovitz, and the podcast stars of Smith’s SModcast Network! When they can no longer stomach the ever-growing weed of suburban crime, Jay & Silent Bob take on the mantles of costumed avengers Bluntman & Chronic, smashing super-villains they accidentally create! Can the Doobage Duo save their beloved Jersey ‘burbs from their new arch enemies, the League of Shitters? While clearly not the comic book movie the world wants, GROOVY MOVIE is the comic book movie the world needs!
“This is what can happen when you put the plug in the jug, kids!” said screenwriter and SModCo head honcho Kevin Smith of Producer (and friend of Bill W.) Jason Mewes. “I’m crazy proud of Jay for turning the soul-crushing bummer that is sobriety into productivity, making something as funny and fun as GROOVY MOVIE in the process!”
“As an actor, it was awesome to play Jay again,” said producer and voice talent Jason Mewes. “But as a producer, I sweated every nickel because I wanted to keep the budget low… And dirty.”
The budget for GROOVY MOVIE: $69,000!
“That budget figure not only makes us proud, it makes us giggle,” Smith went on to say . “We live in an age of wonder where you can make a whole cartoon movie for well under a hundred grand! And the super hero who made miracles happen for next to nothing in cost was our genius director, Canadian animator Steve Stark!”
“A few years back, Steve was a Jay & Silent Bob fan who Tweeted us a YouTube cartoon he made from an episode of SModcast,” Mewes explains. “Now the guy’s directed an entire Jay & Silent Bob cartoon movie! And since we’re using Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube to sell tour tickets, it’s like the whole cartoon’s made possible by the power of social media! SNOOTCH!”
Forgoing a standard theatrical release, SModcast Pictures (a division of SModCo) will repeat the city-by-city, one-night-only structure of their groundbreaking RED STATE USA Tour and cap each Groovy Movie screening with a performance of their Jay and Silent Bob Get Old podcast – the wildly popular live show which has sold out tours across the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. All 103 live shows recorded to date are available for download at SModcast.com and iTunes. Mewes has also produced home video versions of the show entitled, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: Teabagging in the UK, Jay and Silent Bob Get Irish: The Swearing o’the Green, and Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under.
About Jason Mewes (Jay)
Jason Mewes (@JayMewes) is the Creative Producer at SModCo Internet Radio (SIR), which launched in May 2011, as well as the Creative Producer at SModCo Internet TV (SIT), which launched in May 2012 and lives online as a YouTube channel. SModco produces Mewes’ weekly video blog called, Mewes News, which was also the first SIT video to air. Best known as the vocal half of the on-screen comedic duo, Jay and Silent Bob, Mewes has reprised his role as the celebrated character, “Jay,” in a number of films. With cult-fans following his controversial antics, Mewes has captured audiences with rebellious banter against his unspoken other half and longtime friend, Kevin Smith (Silent Bob). Since the beginning of the duo’s offbeat work together, Mewes and Smith have continued to build on their beloved character driven roles from the Jay and Silent Bob series. Most recently, Mewes wrapped Spoilers, alongside Smith, an original online series for Hulu and in 2011, he co-hosted the TV series, Cinema Enema, which reviews film in an off-kilter way. As an actor, Mewes can be seen in a starring role in the Wunderkind Pictures feature, Noobz, as well as The Last Godfather, Money Shot, K-11, and Rock Jocks. Mewes’ most noted film credits include: Smith’s award-winning Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Clerks II, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This string of cult hits all celebrated and continued Mewes’ infamous role as “Jay,” a bawdy, fast talking, and over sexed but very likable guy. For his successful and brow-raising portrayal, MTV honored him with 2007′s Dirtiest Mouth Award.
About Kevin Smith (Silent Bob)
Kevin Smith (@ThatKevinSmith) is the fat guy who got thrown off the plane. He also made CLERKS once.
JAY & SILENT BOB’S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE TOUR DATES
|April 20||Atlanta, GA||Center Stage Theater|
|April 21||Washington, DC||Warner Theater|
|April 22||Tarrytown, NY||Tarrytown Music Hall|
|April 23||New York, NY||Best Buy Theater|
|April 24||Boston, MA||House of Blues|
|April 25||Philadelphia, PA||Keswick Theater|
|April 29||Santa Barbara, CA||Lobero Theater|
|April 30||Sacramento, CA||Crest Theater|
|May 2||San Francisco, CA||Warfield Theater|
|May 5||Los Angeles, CA||The Wiltern|
|May 9||Portland, OR||Bagdad Theater|
|May 15||Seattle, WA||Moore Theater|
|May 17||Kansas City, MO||Midland Theater|
|May 18||St. Louis, MO||The Pageant|
|May 19||Chicago, IL||The Vic Theater|
|May 20||Indianapolis, IN||Clowes Memorial Hall|
|May 21||Royal Oak, MI||Royal Oak Music Theatre|
|May 22||Milwaukee, WI||Pabst Theater|
Dates for New Jersey, Texas and Canada will be added in late March.
February 22, 2013 by Colin Solan
Filed under Arkansas, California, Comic Books, Convention News, District of Columbia, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Other, Pennsylvania, Top Stories, Vermont, Washington
The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation is proud to announce Will Eisner Week 2013, a ten-day series of events in more than a dozen cities nationwide that celebrates graphic novels, free speech awareness, and the career and legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels.
Will Eisner Week’s theme this year is, “Read a Graphic Novel,” which will be the underlying message of all the events. Cities holding celebrations include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and Minneapolis.
Will Eisner Week 2013 has added significance, as it marks 35 years since the 1978 publication of Eisner’s groundbreaking graphic novel, “A Contract With God.”
“This year, we will be having Will Eisner Week celebrations in more places than ever before,” said Will Eisner Week Organizing Committee Chair Danny Fingeroth. “The people doing the events are planning some amazing happenings that will spread the word about how cool graphic novels are, and that celebrate Will Eisner’s astonishing body of work done over a career that spanned seven decades.”
Will Eisner Week 2013 events include:
March 1-15, SAVANNAH, GA: Savannah College of Art and Design will hold several events run by Professor David Duncan, including a March 2 screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” and various Eisner-themed art sessions.
March 2, 4:00-4:55 PM, SEATTLE, WA: Emerald City Comicon panel: Eisner’s “A Contract With God—Reflections on the 35th Anniversary,” featuring Dennis O’Neil, Batton Lash, Matt Fraction, Jackie Estrada, and Ben Saunders.
March 3-10, PITTSBURGH, PA: Various events at the Toonseum, including a screening of the documentary “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” by Andrew & Jon Cooke on March 6.
March 4-8, ARKADELPHIA, AR: The Comics Arts Club of Henderson State University, under the direction of Professor Randy Duncan, will study Eisner’s work in the context of Immigrant Experience Focus Week.
March 6: 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Art Institute of Portland: Lecture on Eisner by Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz.
March 7, 6:30-9:30 PM, NEW YORK, NY: The Society of Illustrators hosts a Will Eisner Sketch Night.
March 7, 7:00-9:00 PM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum. An Evening With Mario Hernandez, including a discussion of Eisner’s influence.
March 7, 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Jack London Bar. A reading of Eisner’s “Last Day in Vietnam,” with Brian Bendis, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Michael Oeming, and Dylan Meconis.
March 7, 7:00-9:30 PM, BOSTON, MA: Tufts University. Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist,” followed by a panel discussion including A. David Lewis, Chuck Henebry, and Stephen Weiner.
March 10, 1:00-4:00 PM, MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Minneapolis College of Art and Design hosts a Graphic Novel Read-In, featuring a screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist.”
March 11, 7:00-9:00 PM, NEW YORK, NY: Parsons/The New School, Comics & Picture-Story Symposium. Jeremy Dauber and Danny Fingeroth discuss Eisner’s work in the context of Jewish-American literature.
March 12, WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT: Center for Cartoon Studies. Lecture on Eisner by Stephen Bissette. (For CCS students only.)
March 14, 7:30 PM, BURBANK, CA: The Animation Guild will hold a special Comic Art Professional Society meeting devoted to Eisner, hosted by Scott Shaw!.
Celebrations are also being planned for Amherst, MA and Washington, DC. Check www.willeisnerweek.com for updates on all events.