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. This 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

MA – The Glorkian Warrior Signing

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Cartoonist James Kochalka (American Elf) appears at Million Year Picnic to sign his new book The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 5:00 till 7:00 pm!

Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Mega-Awesome Adventures Showcase

Press Release:

Mark your calendars for Sunday April 6th as Wellesley Books presents best-selling young adult authors Eoin Colfer, Ridley Pearson, Jonathan Stroud, and Rick Riordan in this exclusive Mega-Awesome Adventures author showcase! This event will be held at the Dana Hall School in their Waldo Auditorium (45 Dana Road, Wellesley)

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are now on sale. Tickets are $20 and include ONE book, pre-signed by the author of your choice, which must be selected at the time of ticket purchase from the following options: W.A.R.P: Reluctant Assassin (Colfer); Kingdom Keepers I: Disney After Dark (Pearson); Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider (Pearson); Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase (Stroud); The Heroes of Olympus 1: The Lost Hero (Riordan); or The Heroes of Olympus 4: House of Hades (Riordan). The books will be available for pick-up at the event.

Please note: Copies of each book are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Additional pre-signed copies by all of the authors can also be purchased the day of the event (while supplies last). Authors will not be personalizing any books purchased nor items attendees bring from home. Tickets can be purchased online (below), over the phone at (781) 431.1160, or in the store. For any additional questions, please contact Wellesley Books at (781) 431-1160.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer’s Legend of… books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children. Visit eoincolfer.com for more information.

Ridley Pearson is the award-winning author of multiple adventure series for (young-ish) readers, including The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trapp, and with Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatchers. Ridley is also a best-selling crime novelist of more than 25 titles. Pearson was the first U.S. citizen to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. He lives in St. Louis, MO with his wife and two daughters. Visit ridleypearson.com for more information.

Jonathan Stroud is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his family. Visit jonathanstroud.com for more information.

Rick Riordan is the author of the # 1 New York Times best-selling The Heroes of Olympus series; the #1 New York Times best-selling Kane Chronicles series; and the five books in the #1 New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.Visit rickriordan.com for more information.

ABOUT THE BOOKS:
Eoin Colfer’s WARP: Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London, has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, an illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and now uses his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims’ dwellings. On one such escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along and urges him to commit his first killing. Riley is saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI’s Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (WARP) Riley is unwittingly transported via wormhole to modern day London, followed closely by Garrick. In modern London, Riley is helped by Chevron Savano, a nineteen-year-old FBI agent sent to London as punishment after a disastrous undercover, anti-terrorist operation in Los Angeles. Together Riley and Chevie must evade Garrick, who has been fundamentally altered by his trip through the wormhole. Garrick is now not only evil, but he also possesses all of the scientist’s knowledge. He is determined to track Riley down and use the timekey in Chevie’s possession to make his way back to Victorian London where he can literally change the world.

Ridley Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider: The Kingdom Keepers’ senior year in high school is almost over. For more than three years, things have been quiet. Their battles are long behind them, they agree, the threat to the Disney realm silenced—albeit at great cost. But inside the catacombs of the Aztec temple where Finn Whitman faced down his nemesis the monstrous Chernabog, a new threat brews.

Jonathan Stroud’s Screaming Staircase: A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business. In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall’s legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day? Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud’s internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

Rick Riordan’s House of Hades: At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape? The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

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Dana Hall School – Waldo Auditorium
45 Dana Road, Wellesley, MA 02482-5714

MA – The Reluctant Assassin Signing

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Eoin Colfer appears at Barnes & Noble to sign and discuss The Reluctant Assassin on Monday April 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

Author Event
Join us as we welcome celebrated author of the ‘Artemis Fowl’ series, Eoin Colfer, to Burlington! He will be here for a special talk and signing of his book, The Reluctant Assassin, book one in the new ‘W.A.R.P.’ series.

Barnes & Noble
98 Middlesex Pkwy, Burlington, MA 01803
781-273-3871

MA – FCBD: Frank Tieri Signs

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Press Release:

New England Comics is proud to announce that author FRANK TIERI, the most beloved man in comics, will appear at New England Comics Brockton for this year’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY on Saturday May 3, 2014!

Frank Tieri is a highly successful comic book writer whose credits include:

-DEADPOOL
-WOLVERINE
-BATMAN UNDERGROUND

Also he was the writer on the wildly popular MARVEL vs CAPCOM 3 Video game and has written for Marvel’s ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN.

Keep your eyes attuned here for future information on this years Free Comic Book Day this May 3rd.

New England Comics – East Crossing Plaza
716A Crescent Street, Brockton, MA 02302
Phone 508-559-5068

MA – Indie Comics Signing

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Paul Hornschemeier, Charles Forsman, and Jesse Lonergan sign at Hub Comics on Saturday March 29, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm!

Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143

Scott Snyder Returns for Boston Comic Con 2014

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Back by popular demand! BOSTON COMIC CON is thrilled to welcome superstar writer SCOTT SNYDER for the 2014 convention! Scott joins a spectacular guest list which already includes his BATMAN collaborator, artist GREG CAPULLO! Bring your copies of Zero Year, Death of the Family, and Night of the Owls to be signed by both of them. In addition Scott has written several acclaimed series including AMERICAN VAMPIRE, THE WAKE, SWAMP THING, SUPERMAN: UNCHAINED, and more! Join us at the Seaport World Trade Center on August 8-10, 2014 for what is sure to be the biggest comic book convention to ever hit Boston!

Previously announced guests include Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, James Marsters, Eve Myles, Simon Bisley, Amanda Conner, Adam Kubert, Jeff Smith, Danielle Corsetto, Carlos Pacheco, Jimmy Palmiotti, Eric Powell, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, 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!

RSVP on Facebook!

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!

MA – The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Phenomenon

dwkJeff Kinney speaks about drawing in reluctant readers at the Carle Museum on Sunday April 6, 2014 at 1:00pm.

Free with Museum Admission

Jeff Kinney’s work has been widely credited for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. In his first visit to The Carle, he will share the incredible trajectory of his bestselling series, talk about its impact on readers, its wide reach around the globe, and the many unique experiences he has had since the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was first published in April 2007.

Reserve your space for the talk in the auditorium (413) 658-1126. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. Seating for the talk is limited; tickets will be handed out first come/first served and are non-refundable/non-transferable. Book signing to follow presentation, Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop.

Can’t make it to the event? Contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org to reserve signed copies.

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

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