MA – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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Zack Giallongo, Rich Maurizio, Jeff Shultz, and Bob Noberini sign at That’s Entertainment on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

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That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609

Walker Stalker Con Brings Major Celebrities to Boston in June 2014

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Press Release:

WALKER STALKER CON BRINGS MAJOR CELEBRITIES FROM ZOMBIE, HORROR AND SCI‐FI FILMS AND TV SHOWS TO BOSTON THIS JUNE!

BOSTON, MA – Walker Stalker Con, a zombie and horror themed fan‐centric convention, will be held at The Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA on June 13, 14 & 15, 2014. Fan access to celebrity guests will be the primary focus of this event.

In Atlanta, GA on November 1‐3, 2013, Walker Stalker Con made its debut where it assembled more “The Walking Dead” cast members than any other convention ever before, along with other actors from zombie and horror films. The inaugural event had over 10,500 attendees. In Chicago, IL on March 14‐16, 2014, Walker Stalker Con made its second appearance as a convention and the first Walker Stalker Con of 2014. Now, Walker Stalker Con has set its sights on Boston!

With cast members from “The Walking Dead” returning to the upcoming Boston convention, along with stars from other zombie and horror films, Walker Stalker Con continues to position itself to be particularly unique.

Walker Stalker Con is the fruit of The Walker Stalkers Podcast with James & Eric (www.thewalkerstalkers.com). The podcast began with an amazing trip to Senoia, GA where James & Eric were able to view the set of The Walking Dead and meet the incredible actors from the show. As a result of this experience, a podcast began and then the idea of a convention focused around recreating that same experience with the cast and crew of the show, along with talented actors and artists from other zombie shows, movies and art.

In April 2013, James and Eric decided a podcast wasn’t enough, so they launched a Zombie, Horror and Sci‐Fi themed fan‐centric convention called Walker Stalker Con (www.WalkerStalkerCon.com). “We hope to continue this same kind of access and involvement as we did with our successful convention in Atlanta,” say James Frazier and Eric Nordhoff, hosts of the podcast. “We want fans of TV shows, films and comics in this genre to have a chance to have real interaction with their favorite celebrities – not just a 10 second hand shake and photo opp.”

Walker Stalker Con is not just a convention. It is a fan meet‐up and an opportunity for each guest to come away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers! Walker Stalker Con is three days of events, panels, and experiences that zombie fans won’t find anywhere else!

Confirmed guests for the convention include (with more to be announced):

Norman Reedus (Daryl, The Walking Dead, Murphy, The Boondock Saints)

Sean Patrick Flanery (Connor, The Boondock Saints)

David Della Rocco (Rocco, The Boondock Saints)

Steven Yeun (Glenn, The Walking Dead)

Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Bob, The Walking Dead)

Clifton Collins, Jr. (Romeo, The Boondock Saints II)

Alanna Masterson (Tara, The Walking Dead)

Nick Gomez (Tomas, The Walking Dead)

Emma Bell (Amy, The Walking Dead)

Madison Lintz (Sophia, The Walking Dead)

Vincent Ward (Oscar, The Walking Dead)

Travis Love (Shumpert, The Walking Dead)

Addy Miller (Zombie girl, The Walking Dead)

Meyrick Murphy (Meghan, The Walking Dead)

Judith O’Dea (Barbra, Night of the Living Dead)

Russ Streiner (Johnny, Night of the Living Dead)

The full list of guests can be found at http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/boston/guests/
and will be updated daily as guests are announced.

Walker Stalker Con kicks off on Friday, June 13th at noon. The exhibit floor will be open all three days featuring games, toys, comic and other memorabilia for true fans of zombie and horror.

This year, Walker Stalker Con will feature The Boondock Saints 15th Anniversary with a Q&A Panel from the cast and a viewing of the film.

The full event schedule can be found at http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/boston/schedule/.

Tickets for the event start as low as $35 for general admission and can be purchased at http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/boston/tickets/.
For more information, guest announcements and regular updates about Walker Stalker
Con please visit the website http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/boston/.

Follow on Twitter @WalkrStalkrCon, @WSCon_Boston, @Walker_Stalkers
On Facebook at Walker Stalker Convention

MA – Roz Chast Signs

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Cartoonist Roz Chast appears at the Brattle Theatre on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM!

Tickets $5.00 – On Sale April 15, 2014 courtesy of Harvard Book Store

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome New Yorker cartoonist and author ROZ CHAST for a presentation of Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.

While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies—an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades—the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Escapo/The Fox Signing

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Comic creators Paul Pope and Dean Haspiel appear at New England Comics’ Harvard Square store on Wednesday April 30, 2014 from 3:00 till 7:00 pm! A limited number of certificates of authenticity are available to customers who pre-order Pope’s new book ESCAPO. Please contact the store for further details.

PAUL POPE is a prolific comic book artist and writer best known for his work on Batman: Year 100, Battling Boy, One Trick Rip Off, Heavy Liquid, and 100%. In addition he has done cover art and several short stories for both independent and mainstream publishers.

DEAN HASPIEL is a comic book artist and creator best known for his work on The Fox, The Quitter, and Fear My Dear along with numerous other comic mini-series and illustrations for film.

Please note times may be subject to change.

New England Comics - Harvard Square
14A Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone 617-354-5352

MA – The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza Signing

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Cartoonist James Kochalka (American Elf) appears at the Cambridge Public Library to present his new book The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm! Free pizza while it lasts!

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Attack on Titan Storms Anime Boston 2014

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This year’s big feature was the highly anticipated US debut of the English dub of Attack on Titan. A popular manga which was adapted last year into an animated series, Attack on Titan imagines a world where the entire human race hides away in a giant walled city to protect themselves from monstrous Titans that have devoured anyone caught outside. After one hundred years of peace, lead character Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert find themselves pulled into the Survey Corps to battle the new breed of Titans that have breached the walls and avenge their fallen families.

In the weeks leading up to Anime Boston the production company FUNimation gradually announced the English language cast for the dubbed version. Included were 2014 guests Patrick Seitz as Keith, Kyle Hebert at Mitabi, Mike McFarland as Jean (in addition to being the voice over director), Josh Grelle as Armin, Matthew Mercer as Levi, and Trina Nishimura as Mikasa. The only role unannounced leading up to the convention was that of Eren, the main character, which led to a great deal of speculation that it would be given to actor Greg Ayres, who was another guest of the show. However, at the premiere Sr. Manager of Social Strategy and Development for FUNimation Justin Rojas began with a specially recorded video message. Actor Bryce Papenbrook appeared on screen to announce that he would perform the role of Eren and expressed his regrets that he could not appear in person.

The crowd was raucous and excited as they were given the first public screening of the first three episodes of Attack on Titan. The fans sang along to the theme song and cheered loudly for the first appearance of literally every major character. One thing anime fans have in spades is enthusiasm. An encore presentation with two more episodes was screened on Sunday. The full series will release on June 3rd 2014.

Following the screening was a Q&A with cast members Mike McFarland, Josh Grelle, Matthew Mercer, and Trina Nishimura. They all expressed a keen interest in the project, though Mercer seemed intimidated by one fan saying he is now a sex symbol. His signing line earlier that day would certainly reinforce his popularity as hundreds of fans queued up though only one hundred were guaranteed to get their posters and DVDs signed. Grelle said it was exciting to see an anime taking a chance and deviating from the old trope of “harem shows with magic” which have dominated the industry. He also said the music drew him in as well.

McFarland and Mercer were both unacquainted with Attack on Titan prior to being cast but each said they binged on the entire series in one viewing because they were so drawn into the story and characters. McFarland warned that it’s a gritty show but SO dark that some characters won’t make it. When asked about casting, McFarland said that many key roles went to Los Angeles talent, as opposed to FUNimation stalwarts, because of amount of work that went into each session and that he actively wanted to bring in new people as much as possible. The actors were pushed hard to make sure the performances were the very best.

Nishimura had an admiration for her role as Mikasa, a character who is as strong or even stronger those around her. “The stereotype of the anime chick is changing,” she said to applause, “It’s not pantie shots and flying and sparkles.”

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MA – Under the Skin Screening

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Director Jonathan Glazer appears in person for a screening of UNDER THE SKIN with a Q&A immediately following on Wednesday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm. Courtesy of IFF Boston

** Admission is FREE **

NOTE: Passes are required. Download and print your pass

(Adobe Acrobat is required to open and print the pass.)

Please arrive early. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is NOT guaranteed.
Theatre is not responsible for seating over capacity.

IFFBoston members obtaining a pass get priority seating until 6:45pm. After this point, access to the theatre will be released to the public.

From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (SEXY BEAST, BIRTH) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial—or something in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.

Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), UNDER THE SKIN examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.

Coolidge Corner Theatre 
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
617-566-6660

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Being Human’s Sam Witwer Appears at Boston Comic Con 2014

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Boston Comic Con welcomes actor Sam Witwer to our 2014 show! Sam stars as the vampire Aidan Waite on Syfy’s original supernatural series Being Human. A remake of the original BBC show, this version is set right here in Boston and Sam’s character has a long, looong history with the city. Sam’s performance in the role won him a Gemini Award in 2011 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing, Leading Dramatic Role.

Star Wars fans will recognize Sam as the voice of Starkiller from The Force Unleashed video games and Darth Maul on The Clone Wars. Plus he has appeared in recurring roles on several genre shows including Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, Smallville, and a cameo as the zombie in the tank in the very first episode of The Walking Dead. He also played Private Jessup in Frank Darabont’s horror film The Mist. A Chicago native and a Juilliard-trained actor, Sam is also an accomplished musician who performs in the L.A. music scene with his band, The Crashtones.

Previously announced guests include Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, James Marsters, Eve Myles, Simon Bisley, Amanda Conner, Adam Kubert, Jeff Smith, Greg Capullo, Danielle Corsetto, Carlos Pacheco, Jimmy Palmiotti, Eric Powell, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, Scott Snyder, and many more! For the full guest list plus artist alley, exhibitor, and film fest registration please check out the Boston Comic Con website!

Online ticket purchases are available at the link! Tell your friends!

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About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. Next year’s convention will be held Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

JFK Library Displays Superman Original Art

Press Release:

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum unveiled a special new display of rare Superman artwork created by legendary comic book artist Al Plastino featuring President John F. Kennedy. The story, told in ten hand-drawn story boards, was written in collaboration with the Kennedy White House in an effort to promote the President’s initiative encouraging physical fitness. The never-before-displayed original artwork will be shown in the Library’s museum through June 2014 with potential to be extended.

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In 1963, the Kennedy White House launched a highly innovative marketing effort in collaboration with DC Comics (then called National Periodical Publications), the publisher of Superman, to create a story that would promote the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. A hallmark of the Kennedy Administration, the Council established physical fitness curriculum for the country and initiated a national publicity campaign on the topic. In “Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy” JFK calls upon Superman to help inspire the nation to exercise, eat better, and get stronger.

“The alliance between the Kennedy White House and the Superman comic strip designed to promote President Kennedy’s physical fitness initiative demonstrates how innovative the administration was in communicating and advancing key initiatives,” said Tom Putnam, Director of the Presidential Library. “Thanks to the Superman artist, Al Plastino, and the generous donation of DC Comics, we are pleased that this artwork will be available for the public to view for the very first time.”

The Superman piece was in production when President Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, and the project was set aside. Eight months later, with the encouragement of President Lyndon Johnson, the story was published as a special tribute to President Kennedy. The final page of the published version states that the story’s original artwork would be donated to the Kennedy Library, which was then in the planning stages.

Al Plastino, who drew Superman for 20 years, took special pride in his drawings for this story. In late 2013, nearly a half a century later, when the artist learned that his original artwork was slated for auction, his family contacted the Kennedy Library to see if it had any record of the material ever being part of its holdings. A thorough search showed no evidence that the artwork had ever been offered to the Library or was ever a part of its collections.

In December 2013, just a month after Mr. Plastino passed away, DC Comics acquired the original drawings and offered them to the Kennedy Library, where they have become part of the permanent collection.

Upon securing the artwork, DC Comics issued a statement saying, “As a tribute to honor him and preserve his artistic legacy, DC Entertainment is pleased to confirm that we have acquired the art and will be donating it to the JFK Library, fulfilling Plastino’s longtime hope for the story, which he often pointed to as one of his most important artistic contributions.”

For more information, please contact the JFK Library at their website: www.jfklibrary.org

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
(617) 514-1600
Toll free (866) JFK-1960

MA – Meltdown Family Music & Book Festival

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Cartoonists Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman will be part of the Meltdown Family Music and Book Festival on Saturday March 29th! Along with Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady) and other awesome authors and musicians. Admission is FREE! Details at the link!

Here is the full schedule of the book events:

10:40 a.m. – Tanya Lee Stone
11:40 a.m. – Bob Shea
12:40 p.m. – Jarrett Krosoczka Drawing Party
1:40 p.m. – Dave Roman
2:40 p.m. – Raina Telgemeier

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School
80 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060

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