MA – An Evening with Anna Kendrick

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Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes ANNA KENDRICK, Academy Award–nominated actress and star of Up in the Air, The Accountant, Into the Woods, and Pitch Perfect, for a discussion of her book, Scrappy Little Nobody—her first collection of autobiographical essays at the Back Bay Events Ctr on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at  7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

This event does not include a book signing.

All copies of Scrappy Little Nobody will be pre-signed by the author.

About Scrappy Little Nobody

“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!” —Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick’s autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick’s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

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Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

NorthEast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza (December 2016)

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Convention Name
NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza
Convention Website Address
http://www.NEComicCon.Net
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
12/03/2016
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
12/04/2016
About This Convention
Dean Cain, well known for portraying Clark Kent & Superman on the TV show “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and currently appearing on Supergirl will be headlining the celebrity guest lineup at the Dec. 3 & 4, 2016 winter edition of the Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington MA near Boston.

Dean and other celebrities will be attending Saturday and Sunday to meet fans, sign autographs, offer photo ops and Q&A panels. Tickets and Information is available at www.NEComicCon.Net

Immediately after graduation, Cain signed on as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills, but a knee injury during training camp ended his football career prematurely. In 1993, Cain took on his biggest role to date as Superman in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. At the height of its popularity, it would bring in an average of at least 15 million viewers per episode. In 1998, Cain started the Angry Dragon Entertainment production company, which produced the TBS Superstation television series Ripley’s Believe It or Not!. Cain made a return to the Superman franchise, with a special guest role in a season seven episode of Smallville as the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox, a character based upon the DC Comics villain Vandal Savage; and currently is in a recurring role of Supergirl, as the title character’s foster father, Jeremiah Danvers. Cain also appeared in the mid-season premiere of Comic Book Men, appearing at Kevin Smith‘s Secret Stash where the crew was celebrating 75 years of Superman, citing that Dean Cain helped people care about Superman again.

Billy West will be appearing to sign autographs, do photo ops and have fun with fans all weekend. Billy is best known for his voice actor work, but his career in radio and television that began in the 1980’s when he did comedic impersonations for Charles Laquidara‘s Big Mattress morning show on Boston’s WBCN FM radio network. By the mid-90s, he had moved to doing impersonations on The Howard Stern Show, giving him greater exposure. From there, West became involved with the Nickelodeon shows Doug and Ren & Stimpy. Portraying the title characters on both shows, Billy West saw his voiceover work reach an even larger, yet younger audience. This led to Warner Bros. hiring him for the film Space Jam in 1996. Featuring Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and the cast of Looney Tunes, West voiced Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, two characters whom he has sporadically voiced throughout the next decade. He is also very well known for his portrayal of Philip J. Fry, Zapp Branigan, Professor Fanrsworth, Zoidberg and others on Futurama, which began in 1999 and has continued on through a number of changes through 2012 and currently airs on Comedy Central. In addition he is also the voice of the iconic Red M&M.

Also appearing will be actor Sean Gunn, who starred on “Gilmore Girls,” is the body double for Rocket Racoon in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and also appearing as Ravager Kraglin in Vol.1 and the upcoming Vol 2 GOTG, as Toby in “Super” and starring in the new James Gunn film “The Belko Experiment,” for autographs, photos and a Q&A on his career.

Candy Clark, actress in the classic “American Grafitti” and “The Man Who Fell To Earth” with David Bowie, among many other film and television roles, will also be signing autographs, offering photo ops, and a Q&A about her experiences working with David Bowie, Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas and others.

Special musical guest will be Cherie Currie, lead singer in the ground breaking all female punk rock band The Runaways, who also appeared in films including “Foxes” with Jodie Foster, an accomplished chainsaw carver, will be signing autographs, taking photos with fans, doing a Q&A panel and performing some Runaways songs at the After Party Concert Sat. Dec. 3rd in the Fez Room at the Shriners Auditorium along with The Lights Out, Charlie Farren, Tsunami of Sound and others

Other guests include Robert Bruce, Producer and Talent on “AMC’s Comic Book Men” with Kevin Smith, and well known collector and dealer of Japanese Animation and Vintage Toys, seeking characters to possibly appear on Comic Book Men. Also appearing will be Jeff Kline, Executive Producer of animated television series including “Transformers: Robots In Disguise,” “Jackie Chan Adventures,” “Dragon Tales” and “Godzilla,” currently writer and publisher at Darby Pop Comics, offering portfolio reviews, and both will educate on a panel on Careers in the Creative Arts for the Next Generation.

Some of the other pop culture guests include Gary Sohmers, known as the King of Pop Culture from his 13 seasons appearing as an appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow” and host of the talk radio program “Calling All Collectors,” Kadrolsha Ona, the Queen of the Paranormal, action figure and horror monster sculptor Lawrence Elig and Comic Book folks including Steve Lavigne (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Joe St. Pierre (Spider-Man), Alex Simmons (Archie) and Bill Anderson (X-Men) among others.

There will be a large and diverse range of collectibles, comics, toys, nerd crafts, art, literature, records, video games and accoutrements of popular culture from music, TV and film, covering from the mid 20th century to today’s most popular and hard to get items for the nerds, geeks and fans on your holiday shopping list.

There will be Cosplay Stage Activities all weekend, including Costume Contests with Prizes, Cosplay Games, Pose-OffsTM, Meetup Group Shots and include our Create-A-Hero, Create-A-Villain and Create-A-Character for Original Costuming Contests with a Backstory. Also on the Cosplay stage will be presentations of Special FX make-up and costuming with Tyler Green and Ebony Amber, and presentations of Parade and Special FX Masks with Eric Bornstein of Behind the Mask Studio.

Puppetry workshops and performances by Muppeteers Noel MacNeal, puppeteer and voice of Bear from Disney’s “Bear in the Big Blue House” TV show, and Bill Diamond, with puppets he used working on “The Dark Crystal,” “Fraggle Rock” and “Little Shop of Horrors” including the Audrey 2 man eating plant puppet along with other educational opportunities at the Kids Comic Con section featuring coloring, writing, story-telling and other activities. There is free admission for children 8 and under.

The Game Underground Arena features free play on vintage and modern video game systems, along with tournaments with prizes. The Fez room will feature Morgan White Jr’s Trivia contests with prizes and Zephyr Workshop providing tabletop and card games for free play, while live music is performed on the Geekbeat Radio stage including The World Is Square and numerous chiptune artists.

The Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza at the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Massachusetts will be open Saturday Dec. 3 between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, and Sunday Dec. 4 between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, with an early entry available at 9:30 am each day for an added fee. There are Celebrity VIP opportunities available. Admission available in advance for discount prices online at www.NEComicCon.Net. There is a fee for autographs and photos ops.

Venue Name and Address
Shriners Auditorium
99 Fordham Rd
Wilmington, MA 01887
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
400
Projected Attendance
6,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Collectibles
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
Guests
Dean Cain, Billy West, Sean Gunn, Candy Clark, Cherie Currie, Gerry Casale, Kadrolsha Ona, Jeff Kline, Bill Diamond, Noel MacNeal, Dan Parent, Alex Simmons, Joe St. Pierre

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MA – States of Terror #3 Signing

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Series cover artist Adam Miller appears at Comically Speaking on Sunday October 16, 2016 from 10:00am – 2:00 PM to sign States of Terror #3!

Comically Speaking
575 Main Street, Reading, MA 01867

MA – A Gambler’s Anatomy Signing

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Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes novelist JONATHAN LETHEM, the New York Times bestselling author of Dissident Gardens and Motherless Brooklyn, for a discussion of his latest book, A Gambler’s Anatomy. This event will be held at the Cambridge Public Library on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 PM.

About A Gambler’s Anatomy:

The author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with a devilishly entertaining novel about an international backgammon hustler who thinks he’s psychic. Too bad about the tumor in his face.

Handsome, impeccably tuxedoed Bruno Alexander travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur “whales” who think they can challenge his peerless acumen at backgammon. Fronted by his pasty, vampiric manager, Edgar Falk, Bruno arrives in Berlin after a troubling run of bad luck in Singapore. Perhaps it was the chance encounter with his crass childhood acquaintance Keith Stolarsky and his smoldering girlfriend Tira Harpaz. Or perhaps it was the emergence of a blot that distorts his vision so he has to look at the board sideways.

Things don’t go much better in Berlin. Bruno’s flirtation with Madchen, the striking blonde he meets on the ferry, is inconclusive; the game at the unsettling Herr Kohler’s mansion goes awry as his blot grows worse; he passes out and is sent to the local hospital, where he is given an extremely depressing diagnosis. Having run through Falk’s money, Bruno turns to Stolarsky, who, for reasons of his own, agrees to fly Bruno to Berkeley, and to pay for the experimental surgery that might save his life.

Berkeley, where Bruno discovered his psychic abilities, and to which he vowed never to return. Amidst the patchouli flashbacks and Anarchist gambits of the local scene, between Tira’s come-ons and Keith’s machinations, Bruno confronts two existential questions: Is the gambler being played by life? And what if you’re telepathic but it doesn’t do you any good?

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

MA – Flying Couch Signing

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Cartoonist Amy Kurzweil appears at Brookline Booksmith on Thursday October 27th at 7:00 pm to sign Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir!

In Flying Couch Amy Kurzweil tells the stories of three unforgettable women: her own coming-of-age as a young Jewish artist, her mother, a psychologist, and Bubbe, her grandmother, a World War II survivor who escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto. Captivated by Bubbe’s story, Amy turns to her sketchbooks, teaching herself to draw as a way to cope with what she discovers. Entwining the voices and histories of these three wise, hilarious, and very different women, Amy creates a portrait not only of what it means to be part of a family, but also of how each generation bears the imprint of the past.

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

Massive Comic Con Announces 2017 Dates & First Guests

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Press Release:

The MASSive Comic Con returns to the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on Saturday June 24th & Sunday 25th in 2017 for more comic book and pop culture fun! The first featured guests to be announced are Harley Quinn co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti!

Amanda Conner’s body of work as both an artist and writer includes Power Girl, The Pro, Red Sonja, Starfire, and Painkiller Jane to name just a few!

Jimmy Palmiotti is a writer, penciler, inker, and editor. Pretty much an all around guy! Notable works include Jonah Hex, Harley Quinn, Star Spangled War Stories, Daredevil, and Power Girl.

Attendees can expect a wide assortment of comic book and collectible vendors and artists, special guest artists and celebrities, interactive panels, kids con, after hours events, cosplay groups, movie cars and much more!

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Watch our Facebook Page and www.massivecomiccon.com for updates!

MA – Graphic Nonfiction: Telling the Story with Words and Pictures Panel

bbf12Hillary Chute, Sarah Glidden, and Alexander Danner speak on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM as part of Boston Book Festival.

Press Release:

Drawings have been used to great effect by artists like Francisco Goya to describe history and, especially, the horrors of war. Much later, powerful comics like Art Spiegelman’s Maus transformed our view of what is possible for graphic nonfiction. Hillary Chute, the foremost scholar of the form, delves deeply into the history of graphic narrative as well as modern nonfiction comics and comics journalism in her revelatory Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form. Sarah Glidden’s graphic Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, describes how she and her journalist friends traveled through the Middle East exploring the effects of the Iraq War. Library Journal’s starred review calls this work “quiet but challenging, plain yet beautiful” and praises Glidden’s “skillful, sensitive reportage.” The two authors will give presentations on their work before they field questions from the audience. Moderated by Alexander Danner, author of Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present.

Old South Church
645 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

MA – The Fifth Beatle Signing

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Writer Vivek J. Tiwary signs The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story at Barnes & Noble on Thursday October 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The Fifth Beatle is an award-winning, #1 New York Times best selling graphic novel and forthcoming feature film recounting the untold true story of Brian Epstein– the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool, nurtured, protected, and guided them to international stardom, but died painfully lonely at the age of 32.

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Barnes & Noble – Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street Suite 179, Boston, MA 02199
617-247-6959

MA – Tetris: The Games People Play Signing

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Cartoonist Box Brown appears in conversation with Liz Prince on Wednesday Oct. 12th at 7:00 at Brookline Booksmith to discuss his new book Tetris: The Games People Play.

Alexey Pajitnov had big ideas about games. In 1984, he created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. Once Tetris emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it was an instant hit. A bidding war was sparked, followed by clandestine trips to Moscow, backroom deals, innumerable miscommunications, and outright theft. For the first time and in unparalleled detail, Tetris: The Games People Play tells the true story of the world’s most popular video game. Box Brown will appear in conversation with Liz Prince (Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir).

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

MA – An Evening with John Krasinski

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Actor/Director/Producer John Krasinski appears in conversation with Epicenter Experience CEO Paul Krasinski at the Epicenter Stage on the Seaport Green on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

In an engaging conversation with his older brother Paul, John Krasinski will reflect on a wide range of topics, including growing up in Boston, the creative process, his years on the hit TV show The Office and his subsequent transition into starring and directing in major motion pictures, as well as his desire to be the Patriots’ 5th string quarterback, and more. The free speaker series will also include a special Q&A session. This event is free and open to the public.

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Seaport Green
85 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
(617) 851-6011

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