LA – Throne of Fire Signing

Rick Riordan signs on Friday June 24, 2011 at 6:00 PM. In the second installment of ‘The Kane Chronicles,’ Carter and Sadie embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and gods of chaos are determined to stop them.

Special Instructions
Maximum of two signed books per person. Signed books can include any Rick Riordan title. Photography will be allowed, however posed photography with Mr. Riordan is prohibited. A parent or guardian must accompany all minors at the event.

Barnes & Noble – Metairie
3721 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70002
504-455-4929

Gareb Shamus Wants Wizard World Comic Cons “Everywhere”

Gareb Shamus Wizard World Comic Con
Wizard World owner Gareb Shamus has started making the interview rounds and is discussing expansion plans for the future of the Wizard World Comic Con conventions.

First up, he told MTV Geek:

Geek: What is the future of Wizard World conventions, and will you continue to expand in that arena?

GS: Absolutely, when you look at the direction that we’ve headed in, the convention business has been greatly expanding for us. It’s an incredibly exciting business for us, because there’s nothing like seeing your fans right in front of you. And when you talk about people liking us or not liking us or wanting to be involved with us, there’s no greater vehicle and opportunity than people coming out to see you. And therein lies the true essence of what we do. When you look at these shows, people are leaving their homes and paying money to see us and spend time to have fun with their friends – and what’s more compelling than that, than consumers voting with their dollars in regards to our products? And they’re voting in record numbers, and they love what we’re doing. We just had a show in New Orleans that was an incredible success. People showed up, and the community got behind it; we had over a hundred artists and writers in our artist alley, and the show worked out great for them. Our Austin show was very well-received, and Chicago was off the charts; people came out of the woodwork for that one. Philly: lines were stretched around the block.

Speaking with ICv2, he adds:

You’ve talked about targeting specific markets. Is that the primary criteria that you set for deciding what shows to acquire or are you also trying to acquire specific kinds of shows to build on?

We want to be everywhere. When we start with the premise that we want to be everywhere and then we have certain priority cities that we want to target, there’s a lot of different factors that go into it. Not only are they cities that we want to go into but, we want to be able to get the right date, the right place, at the right time of year that fits in with our calendar, that coordinates with the other events that are going out there, so there’s a lot of factors that go into being able to set up an event. It’s not a small undertaking regardless of the size of the show. It does require a lot of the same work in renting facilities, getting guests, getting talent, coordinating dealers and exhibitors, and being able to sell it, and being able to market to consumers. People have to come from one side of the country to the next, so there’s a lot of details involved in putting events together. Even though from somebody just showing up and having a great time, it looks and feels like a very seamless event, when they come to Wizard World events, but the reality is that there’s a lot of work that goes behind that and it’s important to make sure that you’re not just coordinating one event, you’re coordinating a lot of events all throughout the year all the time.

Additionally, The Beat recently uncovered the following in Wizard World’s SEC filing for becoming a public company:

We have thirteen conventions scheduled for the 2011 tour and plan to add at least five more conventions to the 2011 tour.  We project that we will produce twenty five conventions in 2012.  Our Comic Cons provide sales, marketing, promotions, public relations, advertising and sponsorships for entertainment companies, toy companies, gaming companies, publishing companies, marketers, corporate sponsors and retailers.  The demand for our Comic Cons results in our production of multiple conventions in certain cities such as New York City in one year.

Clearly, there is much more to come.

Red State Tour

Director Kevin Smith brings his new horror movie on a special advance screening tour before the official release date on October 19, 2011. Each show will include a Q&A with Smith and special appearances by stars like Michael Parks are scheduled at stops along the way. Who knows what other surprises might be coming to your hometown??

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Exclusive BuffyFest Prints at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con 2011

Press Release:

Artist Steve Scott “Slays” Wizard New Orleans! And You Can Own a Part of It!

New Orleans, LA– The Big Easy is gearing up for the first ever Wizard World New Orleans show, and as part of the celebration, Eva Ink Artist Group is proud to announce that artist Steve Scott has been tapped to produce exclusive “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” prints for the event–as part of “BuffyFest,” in the city that helped make vampires famous, no less!

Featuring major characters from the television show, the prints are offered in 3 verisons: blue tinted pencils, inks, and full color, and will be available for purchase at Steve’s table in Artist Alley. Also note that the actors gracing Steve’s prints will also be at the show in the flesh! So what a perfect opportunity to not only get the artist to sign your print, but get the actors to sign it as well!

Here’s a look at all three prints and quantities offered:

Steve Scott BuffyFest pencils

(Limited to 50 copies for the pencils print)

Steve Scott Buffy inks

(LImited to 150 copies for the inks print)

Steve Scott color Buffy

(Limited to 250 copies for the full color print)

As for Mr. Scott, well this is not his first foray into likenesses! Steve’s work has been featured on “Indiana Jones” at Dark Horse, on production art used onscreen for the “Smallville” telelvision show, not to mention that Steve was also the only artist tapped to do any sequential art for “Dark Knight,” for the Tostino promotional campaign in conjunction with DC Comics.

More of Steve’s recent sequential work includes “X-Men Forever,” an exclusive Green Lantern project with DC Comics and Con Edison, and the highly touted “Batman Confidential.”

Wizard World New Orleans takes place January 29th and 30th at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center. Guests from the world’s of comic, film and television joining the line-up with artist Steve Scott at the show include: Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Adam West, Phil Jiminez, Mike Grell, Bill Sienkiewcz, Arthur Suydam, Cameron Stewart, David Mack, Yanick Paquette, Rob Liefeld, Peter Tork, Tommy Castillo, Kevin Stokes, Billy Dee Williams, Renee Witterstaetter, and many more.

Again, the three versions of Steve’s print are limited and available only at his table in artist alley, so come out and enjoy this perfect print in the most vampire (and Buffy) friendly city we know.

For more information on Wizard New Orleans, go to: www.wizardworld.com

For more information on Steve Scott, his work, commissions and assignments contact Renee at: evaink@aol.com

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Michael Golden VIP Print Available at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

January 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Louisiana

Press Release:

Laisse les bon temps rouler!
Michael Golden Art Part of VIP Pack for Wizard New Orleans!

New Orleans–The Paris of the South, The Big Easy, The Crescent City! Vampire Central! –New Orleans is known by many names… so let’s add host city of Louisiana’s biggest comic-con to ‘em, as Wizard New Orleans makes a riotous debut in just a few weeks!

Michael GoldenTo make the event even more festive, renowned artist Michael Golden has been tapped by the folks at Wizard World to provide a limited VIP print for attendees at the show! Limited to 1,000 copies!

Michael first broke onto the comic scene working on such DC Comics titles as Mister Miracle and Batman Family. In 1978, he made a splash with his work on The Micronauts. He drew a number of Marvel series throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including Doctor Strange, She-Hulk, the Howard the Duck black-and-white comics magazine, and the highly lauded, The ‘Nam, as well as G.I. Joe, ROM, Nomad, and The Saga of Crystar, Vigilante, Wonder Woman and far too much to mention here!

As a artist/writer/creator Michael Golden, is co-creator of the X-men’s Rogue character, Spartan X and Bucky O’Hare” and is known worldwide for his groundbreaking story work, and is counted as one of the best cover designers and storytellers in the business.

“….unless you can actually draw yourself, it is very difficult to understand the exact mind-blowing impossibility of what he does,” said writer/artist Larry Hama, of Golden’s work.

“Michael blithely puts down on paper exactly what he sees in his head. It’s like he’s got a cosmic opaque projector that shoots a laser beam from his brain through the kundalini eye in his forehead straight down onto the drawing surface where all he has to do is trace it,” continues Hama. “The result is hard-edged and fully realized in every way. No fuzzy impressions here. No using the side of the pencil. No squiggly space-filling lines blocked in on automatic pilot. To paraphrase Neal Adams (who was referring to Golden), there is not a single millimeter of line on the page that is not directed by conscious thought.”

Recent books covering the colorful life and amazing art of Michael Golden include a Manga version of the “Bucky O’Hare” series, created with Hama, as well as the top selling art retrospective “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” written by Renee Witterstaetter, which sold out and has gone into a second printing, as well as his recent sketchbook “Heroes and Villains,” and the just released NEW sketchbook, “MORE Heroes and Villains.” In addition, Woodcrest Productions/Eva Ink has also just released a two part candid DVD on Michael and his career, entitled “Creator Chronicles: Michael Golden,” featuring an extensive interview and tutorial with the creator.

Michael has served as an Editor at DC Comics as well as Senior Art Director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on scores of movie production projects, some currently in development. His art has been the focus of gallery shows in places as diverse as Gijon, Barcelona, New York, Antwerp and Brussels, while his class on storytelling has been conducted from Spain to Brussels to France to Canada to the United States… and most recently China.

Be looking for future projects as well, including the upcoming “Spartan X Trade paperback!” And Michael’s work on “Spawn 200.”As well as some secret projects for IDW and DC Comics.

As part of the celebration for Wizard New Orleans, the special 11×17 print by Michael Golden will be available at his table in artist alley both days of the show! Just present your VIP badge. Remember: Limited to only 1,000 copies!! So don’t delay getting those VIP passes, ya’ll.

Wizard World New Orleans takes place January 29th and 30th at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center. Guests from the world’s of comic, film and television joining the line-up with Michael Golden at the show include: Steve Scott, Mark Texeira, Adam West, Phil Jiminez, Mike Grell, Bill Sienkiewcz, Arthur Suydam, Cameron Stewart, David Mack, Yanick Paquette, Rob Liefeld, Peter Tork, Tommy Castillo, Kevin Stokes, Billy Dee Williams, Renee Witterstaetter, and many more.

So, Laisse les bon temps rouler, and see you at the show!

For more information on Wizard New Orleans, go to: www.wizardworld.com

For more information on Michael Golden, his work, commissions and assignments contact Renee at: evaink@aol.com and visit: www.evainkartistgroup.com

Wizard World Now a Company, a Tour, and an Online Magazine

Editor’s Note: While this press release does not directly comment on the print publication Wizard Magazine, it would seemingly confirm today’s Bleeding Cool story that Wizard Magazine is ceasing.

Press Release:

GAREB SHAMUS UNDERTAKES PUBLIC COMPANY WIZARD WORLD, INC. AND LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE PUBLICATION ‘WIZARD WORLD’

New York, NY (January 24, 2011) – Gareb Shamus, recently appointed President and CEO of public company Wizard World, Inc. (“Wizard World”) (OTC: GOEE.PK), today announced that the Comic Con Tour, which consists of pop culture conference events that provide high visibility marketing opportunities to pop culture brands and companies in multiple venues throughout the year, is now being produced by public company Wizard World. The Wizard World Comic Con Tour intends to cover 12 cities in 2011, including major cities such as New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin and New Orleans. The Tour will include sponsors ranging from major movie studios and TV networks to gaming and toy companies to content publishers.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour logoIn addition, Wizard World plans to launch in February 2011 an all-new digital magazine called ‘Wizard World’ that will appeal to pop-culture fans, the same audience to which Mr. Shamus has catered to, for over 20 years. Wizard World digital magazine will provide coverage of the world of comic books, toys and superheroes, and the personalities behind them.

“This is a very exciting day for Wizard World and the industries it serves,” said Shamus. “Having the Tour produced by a public company provides additional opportunities to expand and grow the Tour. The new digital magazine Wizard World will give consumers the content they want in a magazine format with which they are familiar, but distributed in a form that is always available at any time on any device. It is a natural evolution for us in this market.”

Wizard World Comic Con will begin its North American tour at New Orleans Comic Con held from January 29 to 30, 2011. The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

About Wizard World:

Wizard World is a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.

Wizard Announces New Orleans Comic Con 2011 Programming

James Marsters playing guitar

Press Release:

James Marsters Concert, “Buffyfest,” Billy Dee Williams, “Batman” Panels, Lou Gossett Jr. Spotlight, Live Art Show/After Party Highlight New Orleans Comic Con Programming

Julie Benz, Ray Park, “Walking Dead” Q&A’s, Artist Schools Also On Tap This Weekend

NEW ORLEANS, January 19, 2011 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring a James Marsters concert, unique celebrity Q&A’s, artist schools, costume contests and more for the event, set for Saturday and Sunday at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Some of the highlights include:

* A live concert featuring singer-songwriter-actor James Marsters
* “Wizard Spotlight” with legendary actor Louis Gossett Jr.
* Rare Q&A panels with Marsters, Julie Benz and Ray Park, as well as popular Comic Con guests Billy Dee Williams, Walter Koenig, Adam West and Burt Ward
* Two “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” panels, featuring twins Nicholas Brendon and Kelly Donovon, and Clare Kramer and James Charles Leary
* ‘Walking Dead’ Q&A with stars Chandler Riggs, Keisha Tillis and Adrian Kali Turner
* Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading artists like David Mack, Bill Sinkiewicz, Cameron Stewart, Kevin Maguire, Yanick Paquette, Phil Jimenez and others
* Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Live Art Show and After Party with Kody Chamberlain and Rob Guillory at Hey! Cafe (4332 Magazine St.)
* The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

Standard New Orleans Comic Con programming will take place in Room A and Room B at Hall H of the Morial Convention Center. All programming is included with admission to the event, with the exception of the James Marsters Concert, which requires an additional ticket. Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels. The full schedule is below:

Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
WHO WANTS TO BE ON A REALITY SHOW? W/ JARRETT CRIPPEN ‘THE DEFUSER’

Have you ever wanted to be on a reality show? Are you curious as to what the producers are looking for? Come get inside tips about reality shows and what it takes to win from the winner of Stan Lee’s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” Season II. The Defuser (Jarrett Crippen) will talk about and answer questions regarding the audition process, competition, living conditions and other topics related to his show and reality shows in general. (Room B)

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
JAMES MARSTERS Q&A

Best known for his role as Spike, the platinum blonde vampire on hit shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” James Marsters answers questions about everything from his evolution from acting to music and back, and the projects he plans to conquer in the next few years. (Room A)

WIZARD ART SCHOOL W/ DAVID MACK AND BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Legendary artists and long-time friends David Mack (Kabuki) and Bill Sienkiewicz (Batman: The Widening Gyre covers) unite for this insider look at their art processes, and give advice and their personal dos and don’ts of the trade to new creators interested in sequential storytelling. (Room B)

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
BILLY DEE WILLIAMS Q&A

Lando lands at New Orleans Comic Con, as the coolest man in Star Wars history sits down to take fan questions. (Room A)

THE ART OF ‘CHEW’ AND ‘SWEETS’
Indie art sensations Kody Chamberlain (Sweets) and Rob Guillory (Chew) join the Wizard World Comic Con Tour and discuss their breakout Image hits. (Room B)

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
BUFFYFEST Q&A W/ NICHOLAS BRENDON AND KELLY DONOVAN

Buffy’s “Xander Harris” sits down with his sinister twin brother to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)

WIZARD ART SCHOOL W/ CAMERON STEWART, KEVIN MAGUIRE AND YANICK PAQUETTE
Three of comics most renowned storytellers—Cameron Stewart (Batman & Robin), Kevin Maguire (Justice League International) and Yanick Paquette (Batman, Inc.)—discuss art, storytelling and working with collaborators in the digital age. (Room B)

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
BUFFYFEST Q&A W/ CLARE KRAMER AND JAMES CHARLES LEARY

Join “Buffy” stars Clare Kramer (Glory) and James Charles Leary (Clem) as the duo discuss the behind the scenes shenanigans and fun of shooting one of pop culture’s biggest hits. (Room A)

VICTOR GISCHLER Q&A
Famed novelist (Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse) and comic book scribe Victor Gischler (X-Men: Curse of the Mutants) talks about his recent runs on X-Men and Deadpool as well as his novel background and his rise in comics. (Room B)

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
BATMAN AND ROBIN Q&A W/ ADAM WEST AND BURT WARD

The original ’60s “Dynamic Duo” re-teams for this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where Batman and Robin drop their masks and talk about their lady co-stars, the villains they faced and the wild nights after the show! (Room A)

SUPERSTARS OF WRESTLING
W/ KEVIN NASH

Professional grappler Kevin Nash pile drives and body slams your questions into the mat! (Room B)

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
AARON DOUGLAS Q&A

Best known for his role on “Battlestar Galactica” as Chief Galen Tyrol, Aaron Douglas can now be seen on “Hellcats” on The CW, and here he answers all your questions during this exclusive Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con session. (Room A)

THE SOUND OF MUSICAL INTERLUDE W/ ETHAN VAN SCIVER
The halls are alive with the sound of…“music.” Ethan Van Sciver (Flash: Rebirth) invites you to spend the hour trapped in a small room discussing cannibalism, Wolverine, deviancy and all manner of filth and disease through the art of song. Not since Liberace has anyone tickled the ivories with such aplomb. Well, Richard Marx was good. But Ethan is good, too! Come and see! (Room 3)

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
KIDS’ COSTUME CONTEST

Bring any kids 10 and under for this special event with great prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room A)

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
ADULT COSTUME CONTEST

Get your best costume together and come on down to the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con costume contest for huge prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend. (Room A)

9:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
JAMES MARSTERS CONCERT

After enjoying sell-out crowds across the nation, singer/songwriter James Marsters performs a rare and intimate concert up close and personal with Wizard World fans. NOTE: ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED. (Room A)

9:00 p.m.
THE WIZARD WORLD NEW ORLEANS COMIC CON LIVE ART SHOW AND AFTER PARTY W/ KODY CHAMBERLAIN AND ROB GUILLORY

Music by DJ Rüs with Jeff Hebert on drums Join us for this special after-hours event hosted by Kody Chamberlain (Sweets, 30 Days of Night) and Rob Guillory (Chew), and watch some of your favorite comic artists create original work from start to finish right before your eyes. This is a rare opportunity to hang out, network, and get to know some of the top artists in the business. Who knows, you may even get to own an original masterpiece! This is a free event; must be 18 to enter.
LOCATION: Hey! Café, 4332 Magazine St. (Corner of Magazine & Napoleon Ave.)

Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
JULIE BENZ Q&A

The star of hit shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dexter” and “No Ordinary Family,” Julie Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)

TERRY MOORE Q&A
The Strangers in Paradise and Echo creator takes fan questions on his plethora of critically acclaimed and fan-favorite comics as well as talks about his upcoming plans. (Room B)

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN Q&A PANEL W/ ‘LOOK’ PREVIEW

“Babylon 5” beauty Claudia Christian shares the secrets to her multi-faceted success, and previews a sneak peek of her new Showtime series “Look.” (Room A)

WIZARD ART SCHOOL W/ PHIL JIMENEZ AND JASON PEARSON
Superstar artists Phil Jimenez (Adventure Comics) and Jason Pearson (upcoming Astonishing X-Men) assemble to give out their tips on refining your art, pitching to Marvel and DC, and any other sound advice they can think of about working in comics (Room B)

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
RAY PARK Q&A

The “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” star engages fans in this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where he discusses his extensive film biography and his evolution to genre icon. (Room A)

STORYTELLING W/ MICHAEL GOLDEN
No matter if you’re a writer, artist or a reader of comics, come for this sit-down with one of the most renowned storytellers in the business, Michael Golden, as he tells you a few tricks of the trade that will help you no matter what type of story you tell or enjoy, in whatever medium. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of X-Men’s Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as Bucky O’Hare, The ‘Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe, and much more. (Room B)

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WIZARD SPOTLIGHT: LOUIS GOSSETT JR.

Screen legend and Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. (“Officer and a Gentleman,” “The Punisher,” “Iron Eagle,” “Enemy Mine”) joins the Wizard World Comic Con Tour and sits down for this exciting Q&A, telling the behind-the-scenes stories from the set and answering the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. (Room A)

MIKE GRELL AND MARK RYAN
The legendary comics icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes Tales and Warlord, Mike Grell, teams up with Transformers voice actor Mark Ryan (the voice of Bumblebee) to answer fan questions. (Room B)

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
WALTER KOENIG Q&A

The original “Star Trek” series’ Pavel Chekov, Walter Koenig beams into this Q&A, where he’ll answer any and all questions from the elite Trek fans at New Orleans Comic Con. (Room A)

JAMES O’BARR Q&A
The Crow creator talks about his dark creation, new comics and the plans for a new Crow franchise in the movies. (Room B)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
‘WALKING DEAD’ Q&A W/ CHANDLER RIGGS, KEISHA TILLIS AND ADRIAN KALI TURNER

AMC’s ambitious horror series, based on Robert Kirkman’s ultra-hot zombie series from Image, now comes to life from director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”)! Check out amazing behind-the-scenes footage and extended clips along with a Q&A with stars from AMC’s show. (Room A)

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is located at 900 Convention Center Blvd. in New Orleans. New Orleans Comic Con is the first stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at www.wizardworld.com/neworleans.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($30 on site); two-day weekend tickets are $40 ($45 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

The freshly renovated New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is an essential component of what makes the city’s major business events so successful. With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the Convention Center is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation, and it consistently ranks in the country’s top ten of facilities that hold the most conventions and trade shows annually.

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour. Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a New Orleans Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

If You Loved Me Signing Tour

Press Release:

American cartoonist Nick Galifianakis will be touring his book, “If You Loved Me, You’d Think This Was Cute,” signing copies for fans. Galifianakis’ work can be seen alongside ex-wife Carolyn Hax’s nationally recognized advice column – named by Time magazine America’s best advice column. “Carolyn Hax” is syndicated in more than 300 newspapers in the US.

With no formal art training, Galifianakis is not just self-taught, but also influenced by his father who is a sculptor and painter. Galifianakis’ early career saw him as an illustrator for “US News & World Report” and “USA Today.” Almost as famous to locals in Falls Church, Virginia as Nick himself, his beloved dog Zuzu passed away in August 2010. Galifianakis maintains a blog, titled Nick and ZuZu, offering followers updates on his goings on.

Barnes & Noble Signing Information

1/29/2011 2:00 PM – University Village SC, 2675 NE University Village Street, Seattle, WA

1/31/2011 7:00 PM – El Cerrito Plaza, 6050 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito, CA

2/02/2011 7:00 PM – Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Ave. #110, Huntington Beach, CA

2/05/2011 2:00 PM – Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin, TX

2/06/2011 2:00 PM – Metairie, 3721 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie, LA

2/08/2011 7:00 PM – Buckhead, 2900 Peachtree Road NE Suite 310, Atlanta, GA

2/13/2011 2:00 PM – Burlington, 98 Middlesex Pkwy, Burlington, MA

About the book

Everyone knows the only thing more painful than relationships is not having them–or is it the other way around? Whatever, says author and cartoonist Nick Galifianakis. In his first book, If You Loved Me, You’d Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You, he makes the case that either way, the only recourse is to embrace our frailties and laugh.

Taken from Carolyn Hax’s nationally syndicated advice column, this compilation spins the pain of dating, mothers-in-law, “beneficial” friends and more into … the pain of self-recognition. The intricately drawn pen-and-ink panels and pointed captions explore some of life’s most uncomfortable truths, exposing the humanity in our mistakes, the underbelly of our triumphs and the sheer heroism of trying and trying again.

Throughout this character study of men and women (and the dogs who love them), Galifianakis mines our hopes and insecurities for a unifying truth: If we can’t laugh at ourselves, he’ll do it for us.

“Nick snuck me into my first comedy club when I was only a back-acned teenager. The back acne went away but the comedy stuck. I know that last sentence sounds like a lyric from a Joan Baez song, but trust me, it’s original.” –Zach Galifianakis, from the foreword

“Nick’s cartoons are funny, witty, and smart. But what makes them so special are how universal and true they are, making the laughs they bring all the more poignant. Relationships, in all their glory, have never been captured quite so succinctly and with such charm.” –Amy B. Harris, writer/producer for Sex and the City

“Nick Galifianakis understands relationships unbelievably well, for a guy. My guess is he actually menstruates.” –Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Washington Post humor columnist

Source: Amazon’s page for Nick Galifianakis’ “If You Loved Me, You’d Think This Was Cute”

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/

LA – Image Comics Signing

Friday January 21, 2011 Crescent City Comics hosts a signing party with writer NATHAN EDMONDSON (Who is Jake Ellis?), artist/writer KODY CHAMBERLAIN (Sweets) and artist ROB GUILLORY (Chew)–it’ll run from 7-10pm, with FREE beer, sales on select items and more!

RSVP on Facebook.

Crescent City Comics
4916 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
504-891-3796

Jake Ellis Sees Everything Tour

Nathan Edmondson, the writer of this new hit from Image Comics, will be touring across the southern part of the country, starting in Los Angles on January 13, and making a U-turn in Pensacola, FL, to wrap up the JAKE ELLIS SEES EVERYTHING TOUR in Atlanta, GA, on January 26.

Unfortunately, Tonci Zonjic can’t make the trip from Croatia to join Edmondson on the tour, but he has provided original art, one piece of which will be given to the first fan in line at each of Edmondson’s stops!

You can meet Edmondson at the following stops on the JAKE ELLIS SEES EVERYTHING TOUR:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011
Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 386-9590
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011
Comic Oasis
3121 N. Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89108
(702) 212-8885
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011
Atomic Comics
3155 West Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 940-6061
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2011
Astro-Zombies
3100 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 232-7800
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011
Lone Star Comics #1
1215 S. Cooper St, Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 265-0491
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lone Star Comics – Dallas
6780 Abrams Rd. #109
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 553-2555
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011
Austin Books & Comics
5002 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
Bedrock City
Westheimer Store
6517 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-0675
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2011
with ROB GUILLORY (CHEW) and KODY CHAMBERLAIN (SWEETS)
Crescent City Comics
4916 Freret St, New Orleans, LA
(504) 891-3796
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011
TBS Comics
Fort Walton Beach Store
550 Mary Esther Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 244-5441
(Please contact the store for signing time.)

TBS Comics
Pensacola Store
6873 North 9th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32504
(850) 474-1419
(Please contact the store for signing time.)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011
Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 215-9511
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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