Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie Tour

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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.

Complete ticket and tour information is available at the website and the trailer can be seen here. “Like” Jay and Silent Bob on Facebook.

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.

Will Eisner Week Celebrates Graphic Novels

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Press Release:

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.

Awesome Con D.C. 2013 Welcomes Billy West, Ernie Hudson, and Phil LaMarr

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Press Release:

Awesome Con D.C. Announces Celebrity Guests

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb 14, 2013 – Awesome Conventions LLC welcomes Billy West, Ernie Hudson, and Phil LaMarr to the Washington Convention Center for the first annual Awesome Con D.C. on April 20-21, 2013.

Billy West is best known as Philip J. Fry on the TV show Futurama and the voices of both Ren Höek and Stimpson J. Cat on the classic cartoon series Ren and Stimpy. Fans will immediately recognize Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore from the Ghostbusters movie franchise. Phil LaMarr, an original cast member of MadTV, is currently the voice of Hermes Conrad on Futurama and Baxter Stockman on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series.

Over fifty comic creators will join these celebrity entertainers at Awesome Con D.C., including Larry Hama (GI Joe), Justin Jordan (Strange Talent of Luther Strode), John Ostrander (Star Wars), Steve Conley (Bloop), Greg LaRocque (Flash), SL Gallant (GI Joe), and Jeff Shultz (Archie).

“Fans will have an opportunity to get autographs, photos, and artwork from some of their favorite actors and comic creators,” said Ben Penrod, event coordinator for Awesome Con D.C. “Special guests will be involved in some of our dozens of panels, workshops, and special events during the Con,” he added.

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.

Awesome Con D.C.: A Comic and Pop Culture Festival for the District!

The Fifth Assassin Signing Tour

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Author Brad Meltzer’s new book, The Fifth Assassin, is out today.  It’s about a serial killer who’s recreating the crimes of all the Presidential assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. You can read more at www.bradmeltzer.com/book/the-fifth-assassin.

SIGNING TOUR

New York City
Tuesday, January 15 – 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble
Union Square
33 East 17th Street

(And yes, in NY, Brad (with the help of John Hodgman) will be trying to break the Guinness Book World Record for “most decoder rings in one place,” so please bring friends.)

Washington, DC
Wednesday, January 16 – 7:00pm
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW

McLean, VA
Thursday, January 17 – 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble – Tysons Corner Center
7851 L Tysons Corner Center

Coral Gables, FL
Friday, January 18 – 8:00pm
Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave

Boca Raton, FL
Saturday, January 19 – 7:30pm
Barnes & Noble
1400 Glades Road

Vero Beach, FL
Saturday, January 19 – 2:00pm
Vero Beach Book Center
2145 Indian River Boulevard

Scottsdale AZ
Monday, January 21 – 6:30pm
The Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd

Boston (Brookline), MA
Tuesday, January 22 – 7:00pm
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street

Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, January 23 – 7:30pm
Free Library
1901 Vine Street

Highlands Ranch, CO
Thursday, January 24 –7:30pm
Tattered Cover
9315 Dorchester Street

Los Angeles, CA
Friday, January 25 – 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive

DC – The Fifth Assassin Signing

Author Brad Meltzer signs at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00pm. Meltzer’s latest D.C. thriller features Beecher White, hero of The Inner Circle, as he untangles a plot to kill the president—a plot that goes back to the very first presidential assassination. Researching the four successful attempts on the lives of chief executives, White discovers a long-running conspiracy

RSVP on Facebook!

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

DC – America Again Signing

Stephen Colbert signs at Politics & Prose on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm!

Colbert’s latest critique finds America no less great for having lost its edge in certain sectors, such as economics and manufacturing—and maybe foreign relations and healthcare. Come meet one of TV’s most astute pundits for a signing of his new book.

To enter the signing line you must have a ticket.

A signing line ticket is free with the purchase of AMERICA AGAIN from Politics & Prose. One signing line ticket per adult.

Colbert will not pose for photographs.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

DC – Shattered Signing

Editors Jeff Yang and Keith Chow with illustrator Jamie Noguchi and featured comedian Elahe Izadi appear on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 6:30-8:00 PM.

RSVP on Facebook!

Busboys & Poets
2021 14th St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

DC – District Comics Signing

Press Release:

The gang behind the smash hit anthology Trickster is back with another great anthology all about the history of Washington, D.C.! Many of the writers and artists of District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington D.C. will be appearing at both our Washington DC store on Saturday, October 27 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

The Washington City Paper is running a preview of the book along with two stories in their September 6 issue. Pick one up for free or read the article on their webpage!

(We will update our list of artists as we confirm more of them.)

District Comics creators appearing include:

Jeffrey-Troy Allen
Michael Brace
Andrew Cohen
Michael Cowgill
Matt Dembicki
Dale Rawlings
Kevin Rawlings
Mike Rhode
Jason Rodriguez
Jacob Warrenfeltz

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

DC – Pearls Before Swine Signing

Stephan Pastis signs at Politics & Prose on Saturday October 6, 2012 at 7:00pm.

The latest Pearls Before Swine Treasury from the attorney-turned-cartoonist includes all strips from Larry in Wonderland and Because Sometimes You Just Gotta Draw a Cover with Your Left Hand, along with responses from readers and Pastis’s own remarks about the sources of particular themes and motifs.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

DC – Love & Rockets Signing

Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez sign at Politics & Prose on Friday September 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm!

Press Release:

P&P is excited once again to join the Small Press Expo, North America’s premier independent cartooning and comic arts festival, to present some of the best graphic artists working today. The Hernandez Brothers will discuss the fifth volume of their long-running series; this installment recounts the visit of Frogmouth’s half-sister and the making of a film starring Luba’s granddaughter. For more information about SPX, please visit their website.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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