IL – So You Wanna Be a Comic Book Artist?

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Artist Gene Ha appears at the Oak Park Library to talk drawing, comics and making a living doing it on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Learn how to draw anything and get answers to your questions about working for DC Comics, self-publishing and more. For kids in 4th grade and up.

Contact:
childrens@oppl.org
708.452.3420

Oak Park Library
834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301
708.383.8200

IL – Star Wars Day 2014 Signing

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Press Release:

May the Fourth Be With You. As if Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 3rd. Join us as we celebrate one of our favorite facets of pop culture. As a very special treat, we are happy to welcome artist/writer/Kung Fu master Jeffrey Brown (Vader & Son, Vader’s Little Princess, and more!) from noon to 4:00 pm. We will have plenty of his work available. Stay tuned for more details. Jeffrey may not actually know Kung Fu.

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Aw Yeah Comics 
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916

Valiant to Erect World’s Largest Freestanding Goat for World Record Title at C2E2 2014

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Press Release:

VALIANT to Erect WORLD’S LARGEST FREESTANDING GOAT for World Record Title at C2E2 2014!

This April, get ready to see Quantum and Woody‘s world famous sidekick, Vincent Van Goat, like you’ve never seen him before – 45 feet tall and straddling the entrance to Chicago’s McCormick Place!

Valiant is proud to announce that it has partnered with ReedPOP to attempt a new world record on site at C2E2 2014 – Chicago’s premier comics and pop culture convention – to claim the title of “world’s largest freestanding goat” just as the convention opens it doors to the public on April 25th, 2014.

“The Goat has been the MVP of Quantum and Woody – and maybe all of Valiant – when it comes to piquing interest and curiosity in new readers,” said James Asmus, writer of Quantum and Woody. “I have no doubt that having to enter the convention by walking beneath the realistic under-side of a giant goat will have lots of new comic fans asking ‘What the [expletive of choice] is this about?‘”

“For whatever reason, the fans just can’t get enough Goat. We finally gave in and gave them the Goat #0 origin issue, but that just made it worse. We’ve got dozens of people showing up to our offices each day. They’re getting tattoos. They’re legally changing their names to ‘Vincent Van Goat,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce.

“We’re mystified, but we figured, hey, bigger is better right? Hence, the world’s largest freestanding goat was born. Or, rather, will be built. At minimal risk to the surrounding populace. We hope,” added Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

“Valiant is doing what?” said Jennifer Martin, Sales Executive for ReedPOP. “Not only do they not have permission to build whatever this thing is, it sounds incredibly reckless. This is ill-advised on multiple levels, not to mention unsafe.”

Under the strict observation of Valiant interns, the volunteer G.O.A.T. squad (the Giant Organizational Assembly Team) will begin work today on the 45 foot tall by 25 foot wide effigy dedicated to the greatness of the world’s worst superhero team and their square-pupiled partner-in-crime. A standard size representation of Quantum and Woody, with accompanying banana, will also be provided for scale.

But Quantum and Woody fans rejoice – Valiant isn’t stopping there! Not only will the sculpture qualify as the largest goat ever erected in the history of human civilization, but it will also double as a fully functioning piñata to be stuffed with comics, candy, fireworks…and even smaller goat piñatas.

To be constructed with materials including discount-quality chicken wire, pipefittings, and kerosene-soaked human hair, Valiant’s project managers expect the project to be completed in just under three weeks with a minimal loss of human life. The record-setting goat will be displayed for all three days of C2E2, culminating with Sunday’s “Valiant First Piñata Party,” during which attending fans will be equipped with official Goat bludgeoning rods. The first fan to successfully penetrate the artificial beast’s incredibly flammable hide and unearth the goodies inside will be offered up in tribute to the gods of retailer ordering practices.

Parking is expected to be difficult. In the event of lightning, maintain a minimum safe distance and shelter in place.

Reading the complete text of this announcement qualifies as a legal waiver for any and all immediate and/or longterm bodily harm and/or property damage that may result from contact with said sculpture. Enjoy the show!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

IL – In the Dark Signing

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Tim Seeley, James Tynion IV, Justin Jordan, Rachel Deering, Steve Seeley, and more to be announced appear at Challengers Comics on Thursday April 24th at 7:00 pm to celebrate both the release of IDW’s IN THE DARK Horror Anthology AND C2E2 2014!

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Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

IL – Lumberjanes #1 Signing

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Noelle Stevenson, the creator of the webcomic NIMONA, appears at Challengers from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 12th to sign copies of the first issue of her new Boom Box! series (created with Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen): LUMBERJANES!

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Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

IL – Wonder Woman Signing

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Brian Azzarello, the incredible scribe of such comics as 100 BULLETS, LOVELESS, BATMAN, SUPERMAN, JOKER, and LUTHOR original graphic novels, as well as the current WONDER WOMAN and upcoming FUTURE’S END titles, appears at Aw Yeah Comics for a signing on Saturday, March 29th from noon till 2:00 pm!

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Aw Yeah Comics 
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916

IL – Outside the Box Signing

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Hillary L. Chute appears at Quimby’s Bookstore on Saturday, April 19th at 7:00 pm!

Press Release:

We are living in a golden age of cartoon art. Never before has graphic storytelling been so prominent or garnered such respect: critics and readers alike agree that contemporary cartoonists are creating some of the most innovative and exciting work in all the arts.

For nearly a decade Hillary L. Chute has been sitting down for extensive interviews with the leading figures in comics, and with Outside the Box: Interviews With Contemporary Cartoonists (University of Chicago | 272 pages | 39 color plates, 31 halftones | 7 x 10) she offers readers a chance to share her ringside seat. Chute’s in-depth discussions with twelve of the most accomplished artists and writers in comics today reveal a creative community that is richly interconnected yet fiercely independent, its members sharing many interests while working with wildly different styles and themes. Chute’s subjects run the gamut of contemporary comics practice, from those of underground pioneers like Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry, to the analytic work of Scott McCloud, the journalism of Joe Sacco, and the extended narratives of Alison Bechdel and Charles Burns. They reflect on their experience and innovations, the influence of peers and mentors, the reception of their art and the growth of critical attention, and the crucial place of print amid the encroachment of the digital age.

“This is a book of great interviews with great cartoonists. The interviews are great because Hillary Chute is great. She knows how cartooning works and she intimately knows the work of the artists she’s interviewing. The interviews are smart, insightful, and very readable. This isn’t dry stuff nor is it fluffy. It’s the real stuff. Anyone interested in the minds of today’s cartooning masters will want to read it.” –Seth, author of Palookaville

Hillary L. Chute is the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago and the author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics.

Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
773-342-0910

IL – Itty Bitty Hellboy Day

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Dark Horse and Mike Mignola have declared Saturday, March 22nd HELLBOY DAY! Art Baltazar will be on hand signing copies of Itty Bitty Hellboy and sketching from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will be running 25% Off all Hellboy and related trades and merchandise. The first ten people to buy HELLBOY VOL. 1 SEED OF DESTRUCTION at normal cover price will receive the first B.P.R.D. trade for FREE! Dark Horse sent us a bunch of awesome giveaway swag for Hellboy Day. No purchase necessary.

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Aw Yeah Comics 
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916

CA, IL, NJ – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Signings

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Press Release:

Meet the cast members from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire film as they sign copies at Walmart at these locations in celebration of Lionsgate’s home entertainment release of the movie on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital HD, VOD and Pay-Pery-View March 6 at 11 pm leading up to the midnight release March 7th! Once the clock hits midnight more than 2,000 Walmart stores will celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release with special giveaways.

Select locations with special attendees are below:

Orange County, California
Who: Willow Shields (“Primrose Everdeen”)
Where: Walmart
2300 N Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92865
When: Thursday, March 6
Media Call time: 10:30 pm
Signing: 11pm – 1 am

Chicago Area, Illinois
Who: Meta Golding (“Enobaria”) and Bruno Gunn (“Brutus”)
Where: Walmart
1100 S. Randall Road.
Elgin, IL 60123
When: Thursday, March 6
Media Call time: 10:30 pm
Signing: 11pm – 1 am

Secaucus, New Jersey
Who: Stephanie Leigh Schlund (“Cashmere”) and Lynn Cohen (“Mags”)
Where: Walmart
400 Park Place
Secaucus, NJ 07094
When: Thursday, March 6
Media Call time: 10:30 pm
Signing: 11pm – 1 am

IL – FCBD: Jellaby/Futures End Signing

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JELLABY creator KEAN SOO appears at Challengers signing copies of Capstone’s “Adventures of Jellaby” or Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 3, 2014!

JUST ADDED! Writer Brian Azzarello (Futures End, 100 Bullets, Wonder Woman) will appear as well!

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Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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