Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes record their #1 ranked comedy podcast 
Jay & Silent Bob Get Old – live.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the legendary duo sharing stories on stage together!
Tickets go on sale March 9th at 10am EST.

DON’T MISS THIS RARE PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes will be posing for photo ops in an exclusive BOSTON COMIC CON experience. Don’t miss out on this very rare opportunity to strike a pose with the legendary Jay & Silent Bob for only $80!

*NOTE: Photo Ops will go on sale alongside all other guests, 3-4 weeks before the event. Admission to BOSTON COMIC CON is required for all photo ops.

MA – Life, Animated Screening

Author Ron Suskind appears at the Museum of Science on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM to present a screening of Life, Animated.

Press Release:

This inspirational, heartwarming documentary introduces the world to Owen Suskind, a young man with autism who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate — immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. An emotional coming-of-age story, the film follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. Join Ron Suskind, Owen’s father and author of the New York Times bestseller that inspired the film, to discover the many ways in which stories can help us persevere through the dark times and lead us all to the light. Reception and book signing to follow.

The ReelAbilities Film Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expression of people with different disabilities from a variety of communities.

This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute. Additional funding provided by the Richard S. Morse Fund.

Museum of Science, Boston
1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
(617) 723-2500

Super Megafest Spring Show 2017

Press Release:

Super Megafest is New England’s Super-Fun Comic & Celebrity Pop Culture Fanfest celebrating Comics, TV, Movie, Sci-Fi, Wrestling and Rock & Roll!

We feature incredible celebrity autograph signings and photo ops with guests! Scheduled celebrity Q & A Sessions and photo ops will be held throughout the weekend. Guests include Wil Wheaton, Laura Vandervoort, Barbara Eden, C. Thomas Howell, Sam Jones, Kristy McNichol, Loni Anderson, Cerina Vincent, Barry Williams, Chris Kirkpatrick, Sgt. Slaughter, and more!

X-Men and other Marvel and DC writers and artists will give panel discussions and mingle with celebrities and costumed fans. Guests include Chris Claremont, Mike Grell, Bob Hall, Jose Delbo, Bob Wiacek, Jim Lawson, Dennis Calero, and more.

The Super Megafest presents the best exhibitors on the East Coast with one of the largest selections of comics, toys, videos, non-sports cards and memorabilia from TV, Movies, and Rock & Roll that you will ever find!

Other attractions include an amazing Costume Contest (including a children’s category), stunning Movie Cars, mischievous Pirates and much more! After hours, enjoy a multitude of shadowcast movie performances and parties, including the COME TOGETHER MUSIC FEST and CosCLUB Dance Party, ensuring the event has something for all ages.

Fore more information and ticket information please go to the website: www.supermegafest.com

RSVP on Facebook!

Royal Plaza Trade Center
181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752

MA – An Evening with Fred Seibert

Press Release:

Join the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, March 11th 5:30 PM for a lively evening with Fred Seibert, the award-winning television and film producer who served as the last president of Hanna-Barbera from 1992 to 1996. While there, he reinvigorated the company’s creative reputation with the establishment of the animation incubator, What a Cartoon!, and launched a series of animated hits, including Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, Johnny Bravo, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and The Powerpuff Girls. Mr. Seibert’s leadership at MTV Networks, Next New Networks, and his Frederator Studios, an independent animation producer based in Burbank, CA, will be discussed.

Masters of Animation: A Special Series:
Meet the masters of animation during this exciting series of talks with the field’s most accomplished visionaries. A reception will follow each program. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission.

RSVP on Facebook!

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262
413-298-4100

Anime Boston 2017 New Guests Announced

Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, has announced Hirokatsu Kihara, Masahiko Minami, Cherami Leigh, and Christopher Sabat will appears as guests at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Formerly involved with the production desk at Studio Ghibli, Hirokatsu Kihara worked closely with director Hayao Miyazaki on such hit titles as Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Hirokatsu Kihara is probably best known for his work in the Horror genre.  There, he has been a crucial contributor, working on such titles as Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment and Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan, which are known in Japan as Shin Mimibukuro.  In addition, he has written books such as Tsukumo Kwaidan, Utsushiyo-kaidan, and Kinkiro.  Nowadays, he continues to write ghost stories, MCs at monster conventions, and shares his knowledge and experiences at events worldwide.

“We are so honored to have Hirokatsu Kihara at Anime Boston. Kihara-san is a pioneer in the horror genre, as well as having worked on Studio Ghibli classics such as My Neighbor Totoro  and Kiki’s Delivery Service, under Miyazaki himself,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

Masahiko Minami was born on August 24, 1961 and is from the Mie Prefecture in Japan. After graduating from the Theater Arts Department of Osaka University of the Arts, he joined the anime production company Nihon Sunrise (now SUNRISE INC.) and produced several shows such as: Whirl Wind! Iron Leaguer, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Escaflowne, and Cowboy Bebop.

In 1998, he decided to leave SUNRISE to start BONES INC., with animators Hiroshi Osaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto, where he now doubles as both the President and a Producer. Under BONES, he has produced Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, My Hero Academia, Space Dandy, Mob Psycho 100, and many more!

“We are deeply honored to present Masahiko Minami at Anime Boston. Minami-san has produced some of my personal favorites, such as Cowboy Bebop, RahXephon, and Full Metal Alchemist. As a founder and current president of BONES INC., Minami-san is one of the true giants of anime,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Cherami Leigh has been in the industry for 20 years. She has been in over 75 commercials, and has worked on over 100 anime projects including: Lucy in Fairy Tail; Asuna in Sword Art Online; Road in D. Grayman; Lizzie in Black Butler; Mai in Ghost Hunt; and Patty in Soul Eater. Cherami has worked on over 20 video games, including Borderlands 2- in which she plays the popular DLC- Gaige. She voices Sailor Venus in Sailor Moon; Tome in Mob Psycho 100; Kudelia in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans; Illia in RWBY; and Makoto in the upcoming Persona 5.

Cherami was recently announced to be playing Sarada in Boruto: Naruto The Movie, as well as multiple characters in Fire Emblem: Heroes. She is a series regular on the Sprout hit- Zou; a lead role in the animated feature Ribbit; has guest starred on Doc McStuffins; and plays Peanut Big Top in the La La Loopsy Girls. She starred in Shane Dawson’s Not Cool and the Starz Original Series The Chair. She appeared in the Emmy Award Winning Temple Grandin, as well as Friday Night Lights, The Deep End, Chase, Shameless, Bones, and Longmire to name a few.

“It’s always such a delight to host Cherami at Anime Boston. I look forward to the pleasure of working with her and watching her interacting with her fans!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

Christopher R. Sabat (@Chris24_Sabat on Twitter) has lived on a diet of Senzu Beans for over 15 years. As the Voice Director for Dragonball Z, the voice actor behind Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, and countless others, you could almost say he is the “voice” of Dragonball Z.

Chris has lent his voice to countless other roles including: Alex Luis Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist; Elfman in Fairy Tail; Roronoa Zoro in One Piece; Ayame Sohma in Fruits Basket; Saiga Tatsumi in Speed Grapher; Kurogane in Tsubasa Chronicles; Daisuke Jigen in Lupin III;

Father Tres in Trinity Blood; Braun in Steins;Gate; Giroro in Sgt. Frog; Pokémon: Black and White as TV announcer; Cliff (ep 46) Rundas in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption; Garterbelt in Panty and Stocking; Sakaki in Kenichi;  Masa in My Bride is a Mermaid; Saito in Darker Than Black; Woerman in Attack on Titan; Alex D in Deus Ex: Invisible War; Captain Smiley & Star in Comic Jumper; and many others.

Most recently, he was cast in Psycho-Pass 2 as Sakuya Tougane; Hak in Yoma of the Dawn; and Batou in Ghost In The Shell: Arise.

Added Victor Lee, “Christopher is one of the most prolific talents in the anime industry, having both voiced and directed in some of the most famous titles in the medium. We can’t wait!”

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 – Redline #1 Signing

Artist Clayton McCormack appears at Hub Comics on Wednesday, March 8th to sign REDLINE #1 on its first day of release from 6pm to 8pm!

Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
617-718-0987

MA – Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero Signing

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning graphic novelist MICHAEL DEFORGE—author of Ant Colony, Big Kids, and First Year Healthy—for a presentation of his latest book, Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero. The evening will include music by special guest SADIE DUPUIS of Speedy Ortiz.

About Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero
Sticks Angelica is, in her own words, “49 years old. Former: Olympian, poet, scholar, sculptor, minister, activist, Governor General, entrepreneur, line cook, headmistress, Mountie, columnist, libertarian, cellist.” After a high-profile family scandal, Sticks escapes to the woods to live in what would be relative isolation were it not for the many animals that surround and inevitably annoy her. Sticks is an arrogant, self-obsessed force who wills herself on the flora and fauna. There is a rabbit named Oatmeal who harbors an unrequited love for her, a pair of kissing geese, a cross-dressing moose absurdly named Lisa Hanawalt. When a reporter named, ahem, Michael DeForge shows up to interview Sticks for his biography on her, she quickly slugs him and buries him up to his neck, immobilizing him. Instead, Sticks narrates her way through the forest, recalling formative incidents from her storied past in what becomes a strange sort of autobiography.

Deforge’s witty dialogue and deadpan narration create a bizarre, yet eerily familiar world. Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero plays with autobiography, biography, and hagiography to look at how we build our own sense of self and how others carry on the roles we create for them in our own personal dramas.

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

MA – Nancy Silberkleit Signing

Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Archie Comics, appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at noon to give a special presentation with a Q&A in honor of Women’s History month!

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

MICE 2017 Opens Exhibitor Applications on March 1st

Press Release:

Exhibitor Application period for MICE 2017 opens March 1 – 31. We have some guidelines to maintain a fresh, local, and comics-centered show, while working with the limited space of our venue. We are interested in providing our attendees with a healthy mix of local talent, first-timers, exhibitors working in print comics, and exhibitors with new work for 2017. Our goal is maximize the diversity of our exhibitor roster in several senses of the word: diversity of genre, of styles, and of voices. Additionally, as the Boston area’s major independent comics show, we strive as much as possible to give a platform for local and regional creators. Using these criteria, exhibitors will be selected by a combination curation and lottery system. With the addition of the Eisner level last year, MICE has allowed an opportunity for a bit more table space, but we appreciate your understanding that while interest in MICE grows, our available space remains limited.

  • We need to review your comics.
    In the upcoming application we’ll ask for a link to an online portfolio or shared file with samples of your comics – we can’t consider you without them! Please make sure your portfolio contains specific and clear examples of your comics work. We won’t go hunting for examples of your work.
  • Comics should count for at least half of your show material.
    You’re excited about comics and so are we. Let’s have a comics show!
  • Exhibit new comics.
    We encourage all returning applicants to introduce material that wasn’t at last year’s show. We want to see you continue to do great work, and so do our attendees!
  • Consider applying for a Shared Table Space.
    If you only have 1 or 2 comics to sell, be a pal and apply for a 2 foot space at a table shared with other exhibitors. Plus, you’ll have the advantage of a discounted table fee!

Pricing

Shared Table Space (2 feet): $60 – For students, newcomers, or individuals with 1 or 2 comics to sell
Half Table Space (3 feet): $85 – For individual exhibitors
Full Table Space (6 feet): $170 – For Groups of 3 or more exhibitors
10% off any option for high school and college students.

Exhibitor Application period opens March 1 – 31, 2017.

Please contact us at micexpo@gmail.com with any further questions.

MICE 2017 will be held the weekend of October 21−22, 2017, at Lesley’s University Hall in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA. Details at the website: www.micexpo.org

Several New Guests Announced for Anime Boston 2017

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, has announced several new guests to appear at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Kyle Colby Jones has been in the anime industry as a director, writer, producer, and actor since 2007. He began his dubbing career at ADV Films and currently works at Sentai Filmworks.

Some of his more notable recent anime series include Akame ga Kill, Parasyte, My Love Story, Log Horizon, Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun, No Game No Life, Fate/kaleid, Gatchaman Crowds, Outbreak Company, Muv-Luv, Super Sonico, Sunday Without God, and Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon.

Kyle has directed several classic titles as well, including Saint Seiya, Air, Kanon, Madlax, Kino’s Journey, Diamond Daydreams, Phi-Brain, and the stupendously amazing Papuwa.

Bryson Baugus is a voice actor, singer, and stage actor from Texas. He has worked primarily with Sentai Filmworks in Houston, and his credits include Child Gelsadra in Gatchaman Crowds Insight, Young Suna in My Love Story, Akutagawa in When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, and Hikaru in RE: Hamatora. His voice has also been used in the shows Chaika – The Coffin Princess, Dramatical Murder, Log Horizon 2, and Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun.  He was just recently announced as the voice of Bell in Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon and Kou Mukami in Diabolik Lovers II: More Blood.  This is his first convention appearance.

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 into the role of Nagisa Haruki in Free Eternal Summer, and equally as excited to “kill” as MonoKuma in Danganronpa, and Doug in Gangsta.

He was thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrilled to follow that up with the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara.  His most recent roles include Frost in Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse 2, Clear in Dramatical Murder, Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Arikawa in This Boy Can Fight Aliens, Tomoki Sakurai in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken in the Book of Bantorra.

Lisa Ortiz is a New York based veteran voice actor, director, and producer. Her career as a voice over artist began under the shroud of an attempted auto larceny gone awry.  No really, ask her yourself.  She’ll tell you.

She is most well known for her roles as Lina Inverse in Slayers and Amy Rose in Sonic the Hedgehog, but she began her career as the high elf Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War. Since then she has gone on to record dozens of anime, series, audio books, video games, and films both as a voice and as a Producer, Director, and Adapter.

She is currently the director of Pokemon XY and has worked on the show in various capacities over the years since the Indigo League. From Misty’s older sister Daisy, to Sabrina, to Flannery, to Oshawatt, to Fletchling, Litten, and present day gym leader Korrina.

She can currently be heard as Noembelu in Street Fighter V, as well as on the Nickelodeon Show Royal Academy, amongst others. Her favorite roles include: Serenity Wheeler in Yu-gi-oh; Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece; Shiori in Revolutionary Girl Utena; Rina in Time of Eve; The Devil in Gangstar 4; Musa/Icy in Winx Club; Azalyn in The Irresponsible Captain Tylor; and Tsubasa Shibahime in His and Her Circumstances.

Shingo Natsume has directed many anime, including television series Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei and the theatrical film Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos.

He has also directed Hori-san to Miyamura-kun, Space Dandy, and One Punch Man.  His latest directorial work is ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

“Natsume-san is the director of two of the hottest titles in the past few years, Space Dandy and One Punch Man. We’re honored to have the opportunity to present Natsume-san to his fans in Boston, and to give them the opportunity to talk to him!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Robbie Daymond is a Native-American Voice Artist, Actor, and Performer based in Los Angeles. He works in traditional animation, anime, commercials, film, television, audiobooks, and videogames for companies such as: Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, NBC, 20th Century Fox, Marvel, Bang Zoom!, Lucas Films, Activision, Square Enix, Volition Games, Studiopolis, VIZ, Aniplex, SyFy, Random House, and many more.

After booking his first major anime role in 2014 as Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon, he has had the opportunity to play several lead and supporting roles in anime series such as: Mumen Rider in One Punch Man, Mitsuki in Boruto, Joe Kido in Digimon Adventure tri., and Ren Tsuruga in Skip Beat.  He can also be heard in: Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, The Seven Deadly Sins, Naruto Shippuden, Tales of Zestiria the X, Cyborg 009, K, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Sword Art Online 2, Magi; the Adventures of Sinbad, Durarara!!x2, Charlotte, Lupin the Third, Aldnoah Zero, Your Lie in April, Glitter Force, Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals, and he continues to reprise his role of Mamoru in Sailor Moon Crystal. There are also a few others coming up that he can’t mention quite yet…

“I’ve spoken to Robbie several times, all over the country. A talented actor, he’s also one of warmest people I’ve ever met, and his fans are going to love him! It’s exciting to finally have him here, at Anime Boston!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

Patrick Seitz is primarily known for his work as the guy who yells out “Super Electromagnetic Shrapnel Cannon!” in Code Geass. Seitz’s body of other, lesser work stretches back to the year 2000. When he’s not busy playing Love Live: School Idol Festival, Patrick Seitz gets paid to voice guys who A) yell a lot, B) wear an eyepatch, C) have an accent, or D) sport a cool haircut. Have your doubts? His anime credits include: Gamagoori from Kill la Kill; Dio from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure; Franky from One Piece; Laxus from Fairy Tail; Keith from Attack on Titan; Motochika from Sengoku Basara; Senji from Deadman Wonderland; Isshin and Kenpachi from Bleach; Germany from Hetalia; Agni from Black Butler; Simon from Durarara!!; Kunzite from Sailor Moon; Sky High from Tiger & Bunny; Luke Valentine from Hellsing and Hellsing: Ultimate; and JP from Redline. Grimmer from Monster; and Nekozawa from Ouran High School Host Club don’t really fit any of those categories, but they’re cool, so they’re on the list!

On the video game side of the equation, Patrick’s credits include: Helvar in For Honor; Hector and Draug in Fire Emblem: Heroes; Ragna in the BlazBlue series; Garrosh Hellscream and Arthas Menethil in World of Warcraft; Scorpion in the last few Mortal Kombat games; Artanis in StarCraft II; Kog’Maw, Lucian, and Renekton in League of Legends; Kana Rua in Pillars of Eternity; Basilio in Fire Emblem: Awakening; Samson in Skullgirls; Chopin in Eternal Sonata; Riptide, Hot Head and Chomp Chest in the Skylanders series; and create-a-character voices in Dragon Ball Xenoverse; and The Sims 4.

Added Victor Lee, ”We’re happy to have Patrick at Anime Boston again so soon! His involvement with some of the most important titles in anime and in video games, makes him one of the true greats in the industry!”

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.

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