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  • Scene on the Web Weekly: July 15-21, 2013

    Arrow’s Stephen Amell is headed to Dragon Con while the Florida Comics Experience gets Paul Pelletier. See what else we’ve Scene on the Web.

    Dragon*Con No Longer; Now Simply Dragon Con

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    Press Release:

    How to Spell Dragon Con

    Dragon Con Now Spelled Without Asterisk

    Atlanta, GA, 2014 – As part of the recently announced merger that created Dragon Con, Inc., we have elected to change the style and spelling of our name. Going forward, the proper style and spelling of the convention is Dragon Con (two words, no asterisk) while the company is Dragon Con, Inc.

    We hope that by providing this style note, it will be easier for reporters and editors to write about Dragon Con by eliminating questions about usage. We also believe that a consistent spelling of the name will make searching for stories about Dragon Con on your website or on the Internet more complete.

    It is entirely possible that you will see printed materials at Dragon Con 2013 that still show the company or event name using the asterisk. These materials were printed before the merger. Materials printed in the future will be consistent with the new style.

    Dragon*Con Ownership Reorganizes as Dragon Con, Inc.

    Press Release:

    DRAGON CON, INC. REPLACES DRAGON CON / ACE, INC.

    Dragon Con will Continue the Agreements With Hotels, Guests and Performers.

    Dragon*ConATLANTA – July 8, 2013 – The Board of Directors and Shareholders of Dragon Con / ACE, Inc., producer of Dragon*Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, have agreed to merge the company into Dragon Con, Inc. (Dragon Con) in a cash-out merger.

    Led by Pat Henry, David Cody and Robert Dennis, ownership of Dragon Con includes five of the six founding owners of Dragon Con / ACE (the old Dragon Con). The effective date of the merger is July 8, 2013.

    Edward Kramer, who has not had any role in managing or organizing the convention since 2000, was offered cash for his shares in the old company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    “This decision only affects the ownership of the old Dragon Con,” said Pat Henry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dragon Con. “Our members and others who attend Dragon*Con 2013 will experience the same fantastic convention they have come to expect from us.”

    Dragon Con will continue the agreements with each of the host and overflow hotels associated with the convention as well as all of the guests and performers scheduled to appear at this year’s event, either “as is” or with amendments recognizing Dragon Con as owner.

    About Dragon*Con

    Dragon*Con is the largest pop culture convention featuring comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming. Held each Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Dragon*Con attracted more than 52,000 attendees in 2012. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org.

    Atlanta South Comic Con – McDonough (July 2013)

    Atlanta South Comic Con

    Convention Name
    Atlanta South Comic Con – McDonough
    Convention Website Address
    http://atlantasouthcomiccon.com
    This convention will take place:
    • for one day only.
    Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    07/14/2013
    Venue Name and Address
    Fairfield Inn & Suites
    30Mill St
    McDonough, Ga 30281
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    35
    Projected Attendance
    350
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Book Festival
    Guests
    TBA

    Atlanta Comic Convention (July 2013)

    Atlanta Comic Convention

    Convention Name
    ATLANTA COMIC CONVENTION
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.atlantacomicconvention.com
    About This Convention
    The Best One day Show in the South! Over 1 Million Comic Books(Gold, Silver, Modern) , Toys, Star Wars, Dr Who, Tradepaperbacks, Magazines..MORE!
    Venue Name and Address
    Marriott Hotel -Century Center/Emory
    2000 Century Blvd
    Atlanta, Ga 30345
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    65
    Projected Attendance
    500
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Guests
    Daniel Thomas May (ALLEN) from AMC’s #1 Hit WALKING DEAD

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    GA – Free Comic Book Day 2013

    tmntfcbdEric Burnham, Drew Geraci, Wilfred Torres, and more sign at Galactic Quest on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

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    Eric Burnham: FCBD Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGhostbustersA-Team, and more

    Drew GeraciIron Man 3, many titles from Marvel, DC, Crossgen, Image, and more

    Wilfred TorresThe Shadow Year One

    Terminus Media studio – various artists

    Musical performances by Hott With Harry Leggs & Radio Cult at the Lawrenceville store

    Kyle Puttkammer: Creator of Galaxy Man and the upcoming Hero Cats comic series

    Allen Belk: penciler of Galaxy Man comics

    Marcus Williams: penciler for Hero Cats comics

    Galactic Comics
    4264 Sudderth Road, Buford, GA 30518
    (770) 614-4804

    481 West Pike Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (770) 339-3001

     

    Atlanta Comic Convention (April 2013)

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    Convention Name
    ATLANTA COMIC CONVENTION
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.atlantacomicconvention.com
    This convention will take place:
    • for one day only.
    Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    04/21/2013
    About This Convention
    The BEST One Day Show in the South! Over 1 Million Comic Books , Toys, Posters, Dr WHO, Star Wars, Walking Dead, MORE!
    Check out the website
    www.atlantacomicconvention.com
    for details , guest info, updates and directions!
    Venue Name and Address
    MARRIOTT HOTEL-CENTURY CENTURY
    2000 Century Blvd
    Atlanta, Georgia 30345
    United States
    Map It
    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    65
    Projected Attendance
    600
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    TBA check website for details

    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.

    GA – Mermin Signings

    February 15, 2013 by  
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    Joey Weiser signs in Atlanta, GA at Bizarro Wuxtry (225 College Avenue) on Wednesday February 20th from 2:00 – 6:00 pm and at Criminal Records (1154 Euclid Ave NE) on Thursday February 21st from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. And then a signing at TFAW in Portland, OR on March 6th.

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