MA – Samurai Rising Signing

0000000-samurai-risingGareth Hinds appears at Porter Square Books to sign his graphic novel SAMURAI RISING on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Press Release:

Minamoto Yoshitsune should not have been a samurai. But his story is legend in this real-life Game of Thrones.

This epic tale of warriors and bravery, rebellion and revenge, reads like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history.

When Yoshitsune was just a baby, his father went to war with a rival samurai family and lost. His father was killed, his mother captured, and his brothers sent away. Yoshitsune was raised in his enemy’s household until he was sent away to live in a monastery. He grew up skinny and small. Not the warrior type. But he did inherit his family pride and when the time came for the Minamoto to rise up against their enemy once again, Yoshitsune was there. His daring feats, such as storming a fortress by riding on horseback down the side of a cliff and his glorious victory at sea, secured Yoshitsune’s place in history and his story is still being told centuries later.

Gareth Hinds has retold and illustrated several classics, including Beowulf and the much-acclaimed Odyssey. He lives in New York City with his wife.

Porter Square Books
25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 02140-1413
617-491-2220

NH/MA – Downton Abbey Star Appears

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Press Release:

WandAid is excited to announce that Jim Carter, the actor who plays Carson the butler on Downton Abbey, will be in Portsmouth, NH and the greater Boston area February 17 – 21, hosting entertaining fundraising events for victims of the devastating earthquakes of 2015. With so much work to be done to help these beautiful people rebuild their lives, and with very little media coverage, we are working diligently to ensure that the world does not forget the tragedy.

Jim is passionate about making a difference so linked up with Linda Cruse and together they started WandAid, whose proceeds go to The Linda Cruse Foundation. WandAid uses magic, music and entrepreneurs to bring joy and recovery to the ‘forgotten people’ at home and abroad. It aims to empower challenged communities impacted by natural disaster, political crisis and disadvantage so that children and families can rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

The events will feature live music, magic, and stories from his role in Downton Abbey by Jim Carter. Inspirational humanitarian aid worker Linda Cruse will give an update on her foundation’s work in Nepal. Lesley Smith, renowned ventriloquist, entertainer and singer/songwriter will perform and MC the events. Join us at one of the venues listed below.

Thursday February 18th – 7:30 PM

The Music Hall
28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-2400

VIP Reception: Meet & Greet available at 6:00 PM

Friday February 19th – 8:00 PM

Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
617-625-5700

Sunday February 21st – 7:00 PM

Regent Theatre
7 Medford Street Arlington, MA 02474
781-646-4849

VIP Reception: Meet and greet 5:30PM – 6:30PM; Exclusive Downton Abbey Episode Screening, 9pm

For tickets and further information please visit the WandAid website at the link…

About Jim Carter
Jim Carter is best known for playing the role of Carson the butler, in all 6 series of Downton Abbey. He has been nominated for 4 Emmy awards and has received 2 SAG awards for this role. Jim has appeared in over 40 films, including A Private Function, Brassed Off, Shakespeare in Love and The Golden Compass. He has had more than 100 TV appearances, including The Singing Detective, Red Riding, The Cranford Chronicles and of course, Downton Abbey.

About Linda Cruse and WandAid
Through WandAid, the Linda Cruse Foundation empowers challenged communities impacted by natural disaster, political crisis and disadvantage by providing immediate humanitarian aid. Working together with entrepreneurs to find long-term solutions, she uses magic and music to promote psychological recovery so that children and families can rebuild their lives and livelihoods. It’s founder, Linda Cruse, is a hands-on humanitarian aid worker whose ethos of acting swiftly to respond to need, often using unconventional, creative means, is embodied by the Foundation. Linda’s inspirational idea of using performers to bring joy and psychological recovery to families on the front line, led to the birth of WandAid, a series of fundraising and awareness-raising events to aid The Linda Cruse Foundation. Linda has worked side by side with some of the world’s most influential figures including HH The Dalai Lama, HRH Prince Charles, and Sir Richard Branson. Branson once said “She makes the impossible, possible.” Her 15 years of frontline humanitarian aid work have taken her to every continent in the world, where she has assisted in the aftermath of some of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters, including as the Asian tsunami, the Pakistani earthquake, two Philippine super-typhoons, and currently the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes, conflict zones, high mountain nomadic areas and refugee camps, as well as aiding challenged communities worldwide. See www.lindacruse.com WandAid will debut a televised show under the executive lead of Liz Trubridge (Downton Abbey). During a live event, a never-seen-before grand scale illusion will be performed. The event will showcase footage of the performers on their programs of engagement, with the forgotten families at home and abroad in remote areas of post earthquake Nepal.

About Lesley Smith
Lesley Smith is a New England Foundation for the Arts touring artist, world class ventriloquist, vocalist and entertainer. She has been informing and entertaining over a million children and adult audiences in live events and television commercials throughout the U.S. starring Sammy Snail and her cast of characters. “Her smile and presence is as warm and welcoming as her voice.” (Boston Globe).

MA – Heeby Jeeby Comix Artist Talk

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**UPDATE** This appearance has been cancelled.

Artist Bob Flynn speaks at Montserrat School of Art on Wednesday February 3, 2016 at 11:30 AM. Bob Flynn is the director of art and animation at Fablevision Studios. Flynn additionally writes and creates stories for SpongeBob Comics and Bravest Warriors. His work has appeared in Nickelodeon Magazine which led to the launch of the comic series Heeby Jeeby Comix.

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Montserrat Galleries
248 Cabot Street Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 867-9624

CA – William Shatner Signing

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William Shatner appears at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM to celebrate his new book “Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man.” Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life. Don’t miss this Very Special Event!

This is a wristbanded event. A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase “Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man” at Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning February 18th at 9:00 am.

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-0270

MA – Timmy Failure Signing

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Cartoonist Stephan Pastis appears at An Unlikely Story on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Stephan Pastis is the creator of Pearls Before Swine, an acclaimed comic strip that appears in more than seven hundred newspapers and boasts a devoted following. His first book for young readers, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, was an instant New York Times bestseller with two widely acclaimed follow ups released in 2014. The fourth book in the series, Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection releases in October 2015. He lives in Northern California.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Some surprising news sends Timmy Failure on a hilarious caper as the “New York Times” best-selling series continues. “Behold You are all about to be witnesses to greatness.” In this fourth volume of Timmy Failure’s memoirs, Timmy is forced to hit the road in a cross-country trip that includes Timmy’s mom, Total the polar bear, Doorman Dave, and smells-like-a-tangerine criminal mastermind Molly Moskins. It’s a world gone mad, where good becomes bad, and Timmy Failure is a condemned man. Someone call the authorities…

Further details and registration available at the link.

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An Unlikely Story
111 South St, Plainville, MA 02762
(508) 699-0244

MA – Insect Man 50th Anniversary Signing

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Paul Howley, owner and founder of the pop-culture store, That’s Entertainment in Worcester, MA announces the publication of a 50th anniversary edition of his comic book character “Insect Man.” The comic book features a dramatic cover drawn by famed comic artist Gene Colan and it is inked by Colan’s frequent collaborator Tom Palmer. The interior story and art is by local comic book creators Chris Coleman and Andy Fish.

The release of the issue will be celebrated with a signing event at That’s Entertainment on Saturday, February 13th from Noon till 2:00 PM. A signed, limited edition Insect Man print will be available for free on request, one per attendee while supply lasts. The event is free, appropriate for all ages and it is open to the public.

Howley created the Insect Man character during his youth in Bolton, MA, writing and drawing comic book issues that he would then photocopy for his friends beginning in 1966.

“Insect Man had a ring that allowed him to change instantly into any kind of bug. It was a good power for sneaking up on people, disappearing and for flying around,” Howley explains, “But if he needed to just clobber somebody, he’d stay in human form and do his best.”

“One unique aspect of Insect Man was that his base of operations was Worcester, rather than New York, Gotham or Metropolis,” Howley says. “We billed him as ‘Worcester’s Own Superhero.’ We sold copies in the store, and even mailed out copies to subscribers in other states.”

In 1997, comic artist Gene Colan, whom Howley calls “truly one of the greatest of all-time”, agreed to make a special appearance at That’s Entertainment to sketch and sign for awestruck fans. With decades of dynamic art for characters like Batman, Daredevil, The Avengers, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Dracula on his resume, Colan was Howley’s personal favorite artist.

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That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-4207

MA – Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair

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Many Golden Books were illustrated by artists who had worked at The Walt Disney Studios, such as Mary Blair. Join Golden Books/Random House editorial director Diane Muldrow at the Carle Museum on Saturday February 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM as she discusses the art and artists of the golden era of Golden Books and their ongoing influence. Book signing to follow.

Mary Blair, I Can Fly title cover illustration for Golden Book, 1950, ren. 1979, Courtesy Penguin Random House LLC.

Magic, Color, Flair: the world of Mary Blair is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco, CA.

Support for Magic, Color, Flair: the world of Mary Blair at The Carle is generously provided by Random House Children’s Books.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002

Anime Boston 2016 Announces 1st Guests

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Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first guest of honor today.  Voice actor Greg Ayres, Todd Haberkorn, and Monica Rial will be appearing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass. on March 25 through March 27, 2016.

Greg Ayres has spent the last fourteen years working in an industry he had admired for years as a fan. With over 200 credits to his name, this fan-boy has managed to get to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He’s thrilled to splash his way into 2015 in the role of Nagisa Haruki in Free Eternal Summer, and equally as excited to “kill” as MonoKuma in Danganronpa, and Doug in Gangsta.

Todd Haberkorn has been on stage, on set, and behind a mic for many years. Not only is Todd an actor in LA, he works as a producer, writer, and director as well.

In the world of anime, Todd got his first major start in Suzuka as Yamato Akitski. From there, he went on to voice roles such as Jadeite from Sailor Moon, Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cheren from Pokemon, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, Bataar Jr. from The Legend of Korra, and many others.

Monica Rial has been working in the anime voice over industry for 16 years and is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the USA. She has lent her voice to over 400 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kaede), Baccano! (Chane), Black Butler (Mei Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), FMA (Lyra/Dante, May Chang), Hetalia (Belarus), Michiko & Hatchin (Michiko), One Piece (Tashigi/Carue/Kuina), Ouran Host Club (Renge), Panty and Stocking (Stocking), Soul Eater (Tsubaki), Tokyo Ghoul (Rize), Tsubasa (Sakura), Watamote (Tomoko), Yona of the Dawn (Yona), and many more.

About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2016 is scheduled for Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

MA – Disaster Drawn Signing

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Harvard Book Store and the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard welcome comics scholar and University of Chicago professor HILLARY L. CHUTE for a discussion of her latest book, Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form on Friday February 19, 2016 at 3:00 PM.
About Disaster Drawn

In hard-hitting accounts of Auschwitz, Bosnia, Palestine, and Hiroshima’s Ground Zero, comics display a stunning capacity to bear witness to trauma. Investigating how hand-drawn comics has come of age as a serious medium for engaging history, Disaster Drawn explores the ways graphic narratives by diverse artists, including Jacques Callot, Francisco Goya, Keiji Nakazawa, Art Spiegelman, and Joe Sacco, document the disasters of war.

Hillary L. Chute traces how comics inherited graphic print traditions and innovations from the seventeenth century and later, pointing out that at every turn new forms of visual-verbal representation have arisen in response to the turmoil of war. Modern nonfiction comics emerged from the shattering experience of World War II, developing in the 1970s with Art Spiegelman’s first “Maus” story about his immigrant family’s survival of Nazi death camps and with Hiroshima survivor Keiji Nakazawa’s inaugural work of “atomic bomb manga,” the comic book i>Ore Wa Mita (“I Saw It”)—a title that alludes to Goya’s famous Disasters of War etchings.

Chute explains how the form of comics—its collection of frames—lends itself to historical narrative. By interlacing multiple temporalities over the space of the page or panel, comics can place pressure on conventional notions of causality. Aggregating and accumulating frames of information, comics calls attention to itself as evidence. Disaster Drawn demonstrates why, even in the era of photography and film, people understand hand-drawn images to be among the most powerful forms of historical witness.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515

MA – Comics Squad: Lunch Signing

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Cartoonist Jarrett Krosoczka will be visiting An Unlikely Story to celebrate the release of his collaborative books, Comics Squad: Lunch on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM! Jarrett will do a brief reading, talk about the Comics Squad series, conduct a brief drawing demonstration, answer audience questions and sign copies of his books. Free tickets are available at the link.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Calling all kidz! Do you like comics? Do you like laughing till milk comes out of your nose?! Look no further—do we have the book for you! All your favorite comic characters are right here in one book, including the Peanuts gang, Babymouse, and Lunch Lady. This all-star tribute to classic Sunday comics includes eight sidesplitting, action-packed stories about every kid’s favorite subject—LUNCH!

Lunchtime can be fun, wild, yummy, or complete chaos! And in this second collection of comics, it is definitely hilarious.

ABOUT JARRETT:
Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid. He began his professional career by illustrating educational readers for a national publisher while still an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design. Then, just six months after graduation, Jarrett received his first contract for a trade book that he authored. Knopf Books for Young Readers published Good Night, Monkey Boy on June 12, 2001 and Jarrett hasn’t stopped or slowed down since.

Jarrett is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Award for the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and is the author and/or illustrator of more than twenty-five books for young readers. His work includes several picture books, the Lunch Lady graphic novels and Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novel series. Jarrett has given two TED Talks, both of which have been curated to the main page of TED.com and have collectively acrued more than a million views online. He is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, a weekly segment celebrating books, authors and reading. His work has been featured on the front page of The Boston Globe and on NPR’s All Things Considered. Jarrett’s books have also been recommended by national publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times and USA Today. His Punk Farm picture book and Lunch Lady series are both currently in development as feature films. Jarrett lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters and their pug—Ralph Macchio. For more information, please visit his website at: www.studiojjk.com

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An Unlikely Story
111 South St, Plainville, MA 02762
(508) 699-0244

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