MA – I.T. – The Secret World of Modern Banking #1 Signing

Dimitrios Zaharakis appears at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from noon till 4:00 PM to sign I.T. – The Secret World of Modern Banking #1!

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Friendly Neighborhood Comics
191 Mechanic Street (Route 140), Bellingham, MA 02019
508-966-2275

MA – John Williams Conducts Boston Pops

Legendary film composer JOHN WILLIAMS conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday May 31st and Thursday June 1st, 2017. Tickets available online now!

Press Release:

Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams shares the podium with Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart for this signature concert. The brilliant composer and conductor behind films including Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and the Harry Potter series, brings you a night of some of the most memorable movie music of all time. This is a concert not to be missed!

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115
617-266-1492

MA – 2nd Annual Children’s Illustrators Auction

Press Release:

The Bacon Free Library Board of Trustees is proud to announce the 2017 BFL Spring fundraiser – our 2nd Children’s Illustrators Auction! Fifty (50) of today’s most beloved children’s book illustrators have donated over 60 pieces of art for this special event. Donations came from all over the US as well as England, China and Mexico. We also have a signed book from beloved children’s book author Robert Munsch! We have picture book illustrators, graphic novelists, chapter book illustrators – a recognition of the diversity in the artform.

We had so much art from so many children’s book illustrators for our 2nd Children’s Illustrators Auction that we just had to show it off. Join us in celebrating literacy, diversity and artistry! We’ve invited the illustrators and, so far, we have Bob Flynn, Rob Dunlavey, and Alan Witschonke attending on Sunday, February 26th 3:00 – 5:00 PM! Stay tuned to see if we have some last minute additions and surprises!

Click HERE for Auction and Shipping FAQ’s

Bacon Free Library
58 Eliot Street Natick, MA 01760
508-653-6730

MA – Lake of Fire/Perhapanauts Signing

Matt Smith (Lake of Fire) and Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts) appear at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM!

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Friendly Neighborhood Comics
191 Mechanic Street (Route 140), Bellingham, MA 02019
508-966-2275

Michelle Ruff & Johnny Yong Bosch Added to Anime Boston 2017

Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its second North American guests of honor today.  Voice actors Michelle Ruff and Johnny Yong Bosch will appear at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Michelle Ruff, originally a midwestern girl from The Motor City Madhouse, now hails from Sunny Los Angeles.  She’s a fan fave for numerous video games and anime titles. Michelle’s an MSU Grad with her Improv and Acting training from Chicago’s Second City Theatre, Player’s Workshop and Improv Olympic.

“Michelle makes her Anime Boston debut in March. Michelle has voiced characters ranging from Rukia from Bleach to Luna from Sailor Moon. Finally, her fans in Boston will get a chance to meet her!” exclaimed Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

You can hear Michelle as some of your favorite anime characters including Sinon from Sword Art Online 2, Young Satoru from Erased, Sakuya Tachibana from God Eater, Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach, Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann, Fujiko Mine from Lupin the Third, Yuki Nagato from The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Anri Sonohara from Durarara, Luna from Sailor Moon Classic and Sailor Moon Crystal, Yukari from the Persona 3 & 4 Series, Jill Valentine from Resident Evil Revelations, C-Viper from Street Fighter, Robin from Fire Emblem, Cream the Rabbit From Sonic the Hedgehog and many others.

Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on television, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.

“We are so pleased to welcome Johnny back to Anime Boston. He’s portrayed some of the most iconic characters in anime and super sentai history, from the Black Power Ranger to Vash, Ichigo, Artemis and Jonathan Joestar. I’m sure his fans in Boston, both old and new, are excited to see him!” Victor Lee added.

After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in the world of voice over. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun. He later went on to voice Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Albert in The Count of Monte Cristo, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Itsuki in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara, Yukio in Blue Exorcist, Sasori in Naruto, Guren in Tenkai Knights, Nobita in Doraemon, Artemis in Sailor Moon, Nagate in the Netflix Original “Knights of Sidonia” and many more.

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, and Sandy Fox, and OKAMOTO’S.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 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, Inc.: 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 – An Evening with BD Wong

Actor BD Wong speaks at the Museum of Fine Arts on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium. Tickets available at the link…

Award-winning actor BD Wong is one of America’s most versatile performers. BD has been on screens big and small for the last 20 years, appearing in such hits as Law & Order: SVU, Oz, Mr. Robot, Gotham, Jurassic Park, Mulan, and Jurassic World, and his Tony-winning Broadway debut in M. Butterfly.

In this special evening, hear about his experiences and lessons learned in an industry fraught with rejection, typecasting, and racism that have given him a sharp perspective on the subject of diversity. Lauded for his resonant, inspirational messages, Wong addresses issues like racial self-image, Asian American parental pressure and the “model minority myth,” and the challenges of multiple identities.

The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures are funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300

 

Above: Image courtesy of Royce Carlton, Inc.

Stan Lee at Boston Comic Con in Final East Coast Appearance

Boston comic con Stan LeeStan Lee, creator of the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Iron Man returns to Boston by popular demand!

At 94, the legendary creator has enjoyed an extraordinary career that spans over seven decades. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet the legend himself at #BostonComicCon17 for his final East Coast appearance.

Tickets go on sale March 1st! www.BostonComicCon.com

Anime Boston 2017 Welcomes Okamoto’s

Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its second Japanese guest of honor today.  Japanese rock band OKAMOTO’S will perform at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

OKAMOTO’S is a four-piece rock band from Shinjuku, Tokyo with Okamoto Sho on vocals, Okamoto Kouki on guitar, Hama Okamoto on bass, and Okamoto Reiji on drums. All band members use “Okamoto” as their last names, paying respect to both the avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto and the legendary punk band Ramones. The band made their major debut when they were only 18, and have released nine singles and eight albums to date.

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to experience OKAMOTO’S live at Anime Boston. Their hard rocking style is reminiscent of the Ramones, which I listened to in high school! Fans who know them primarily from their anime theme songs will get to hear more of this incredible band,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Famous for their modern take on nostalgic, retro-rock and pop, their danceable tunes make them darlings of the festival circuit in Japan. At the same time, their songs have also been chosen to be theme songs for major TV anime series, such as “Yokubo wo Sakebe!!!!” for Naruto Shippuden, “HEADHUNT” for Durarara!!, and “Beautiful Days” for Gintama.

In 2010, OKAMOTO’S became the youngest Japanese male act to perform at SXSW, followed by a seven-city tour in America, a tour in Australia, and many shows in Asia, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Vietnam. They have also toured with The Verbs in Japan, and were tapped to be guest acts of Paul Weller’s Japan tour, garnering rave reviews. Transgressing generations and musical genres, the band collaborates with top-notch artists on recording projects and live sessions, expanding their scope of activities on a worldwide basis.

For more information view their website at www.okamotos.net and their Facebook page.

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, and Sandy Fox.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 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, Inc.: 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 – Archie 75th Anniversary Signing

Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Archie Comics, appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from noon till 2:00 PM to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of ARCHIE!

Barnes & Noble
98 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803
(781) 273-3871

MA – Black History Month 2017 Event

Join celebrated authors and illustrators Joel Christian Gill and John Jennings at the Cambridge Public Library on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM for an evening of discussion about their celebrated graphic novels.

Joel Christian Gill is the Chair of Foundations at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and recipient of the 2016 Boston University College of Fine Arts Alumni Award. He wrote the words and drew the pictures in STRANGE FRUIT, VOLUME I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History and BASS REEVES: Tales of the Talented Tenth, No. 1.

John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award–winning collection THE BLACKER THE INK: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and the illustrator for the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic dark fantasy novel KINDRED.

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-4040

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