MA – Aftershock Comics Signing

Press Release:

That’s Entertainment hosts AfterShock Comics creators Joe Pruett and Paul Jenkins for an in-store signing on Tuesday, September 12th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Pruett is an Eisner award-winning comic book publisher, editor, and writer; Jenkins is an widely-acclaimed writer and editor. The creative duo will be at 244 Park Ave. in Worcester, MA as part of their AfterShock Comics North American Tour, signing copies of their comic books work past and present, and promoting their upcoming titles at AfterShock. Admission and signatures are free, and all ages are welcome to attend.

“If you’ve read comic books in the last twenty years, it’s a safe bet you’ve read comics by Joe Pruett and Paul Jenkins,” says store manager Ken Carson. “They’ve scripted the adventures of characters like Batman, Hulk, Spider-Man and X-Men, among many others. They rank among the very best of comic writers, and now they’re key members of the AfterShock Comics team.”

Single comic book issues and collected trade paperbacks by Paul Jenkins and Joe Pruett will be available for purchase at That’s Entertainment before and during the event. Please forward any questions regarding the authors to comic book specialist Pete Beaudoin at pete@thatse.com, or call the store at 508-755-4207.

Joe Pruett, in addition to being an Eisner award-winning comic book editor, publisher, and writer, is also the Publisher and CCO of AfterShock Comics. Pruett has been nominated for numerous Eisner, Harvey, and Eagle Awards. He is also known for his writing work at Marvel, where he wrote for X-Men Unlimited, Cable, and Magneto Rex. In addition to his X-Men writing work, Joe has written for virtually every other major comic publisher including Image, Vertigo, and IDW. He is currently writing Black-Eyed Kids from AfterShock Comics.

Paul Jenkins has contributed to the comic book, video game, film, and television industry for over 30 years, playing a large role in the shaping of several Marvel characters. Early in his career, Jenkins edited comic titles for notable creators, such as Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, George Pratt, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

Jenkins worked on Batman, and in 1994, he took over writing for another DC title Hellblazer for five years. He then went on to write for Marvel Comics for the greater part of his career. Some titles Jenkins is best known for having written under the Marvel imprint are Wolverine: Origin, Spectacular Spider-Man, Civil War: Frontline, World War Hulk, The Sentry, and Inhumans, which earned him an Eisner Award. He is currently writing Alters from AfterShock.

Jenkins has worked on several notable video games including the Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2, Prototype, Twisted Metal Black and the God of War series. He also wrote Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, created by Radical Entertainment; The Darkness, created by Starbreeze Studios, and The Darkness 2 by Digital Extremes.

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That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-4207

3rd Annual Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival

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THE MERRIMACK VALLEY HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, from 10am till 4:30pm. Once again, the event will be held at the Haverhill Public Library (Haverhill, MA) and is FREE and open to the public. Sponsored by River City Writers, Andover Bookstore, Haverhill House Publishing, and–of course–Haverhill Public Library.

So…who’s going to be there? We’re expanding a bit this year, adding a number of writers primarily known for their mystery and thriller novels, and our total number of attending authors and artists has passed FIFTY. Among them, we’re thrilled to welcome back Joe Hill. Joe’s new book, Strange Weather, debuts around the country on October 24th…but we’ve made special arrangements with Joe’s publisher and our friends at Andover Bookstore to have Strange Weather make its official debut three days early, at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. Joe will be on hand to sign them, of course.

But I know you want the full list of attendees, so here you go:

  • Joe Hill
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Sarah Smith
  • Gregory Bastianelli
  • Matt Bechtel
  • Stephen Bissette
  • Daniel Braum
  • Lisa Bunker
  • Dana Cameron
  • Glenn Chadbourne
  • Jason Ciaramella
  • Joseph Citro
  • Tom Deady
  • Kristin Dearborn
  • Rachel Autumn Deering
  • Barry Lee Dejasu
  • Amber Fallon
  • Fiona’s Fright Shoppe
  • Dan Foley
  • Craig Shaw Gardner
  • Christopher Golden
  • Scott Goudsward
  • Catherine Grant
  • Kat Howard
  • Christopher Irvin
  • Nicholas Kaufmann
  • Brian Keene
  • Toni L.P. Kelner
  • John Langan
  • Fred Van Lente
  • Bracken MacLeod
  • John M. McIlveen
  • Hillary Monahan
  • James A. Moore
  • Holly Newstein
  • Errick Nunnally
  • Jason Parent
  • Philip Perron
  • Leigh Perry
  • David Price
  • Mary SanGiovanni
  • Cat Scully
  • Rob Smales
  • Thomas Sniegoski
  • Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • Paul Tremblay
  • Tony Tremblay
  • John Urbancik
  • Kenneth Vaughn
  • Trisha Wooldridge
  • Douglas Wynne
  • Rio Youers

Extra fun for Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival.
The brilliant novelist Sarah Smith will be conducting her own version of “Antiques Roadshow” at the event. Bring an antique item or two and for a minimum $1 donation to the library, she’ll evaluate and discuss the items with you. Thanks, Sarah!

And here’s the panel schedule for the day:

  • 10:30 — The Dark Border: Fantasy, Folklore, Fairy Tales and Horror – Why it’s magic when they meet.
    —–Craig Shaw Gardner, Kat Howard, Hillary Monahan, James A. Moore, Cat Scully (M), Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • 11:30 — The New England Mystery Tradition — Spooky autumn helps horror, but how much are New England mystery authors inspired by the region and its atmosphere?
    —–Dana Cameron, Christopher Irvin (M), Leigh Perry, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Sarah Smith, Thomas E. Sniegoski
  • 12:30 – Horror in Comics — What makes the medium so well-suited for the weird and supernatural, and what do our panelists think is required reading from then and now?
    —–Stephen R. Bissette, Jason Ciaramella (M), Rachel Autumn Deering, Brian Keene, Errick Nunnally, Fred Van Lente
  • 1:30 — Joe Hill: A Season of Strange Weather – Interviewed by Christopher Golden
  • 2:30 – Far North Frights: Horror from above the 42nd parallel Why do so many scary writers love northern New England, from Acadia to the Northern Kingdom?
    —–Joseph A. Citro, Tom Deady, Kristin Dearborn, John M. McIlveen, Holly Newstein-Hautala, Douglas Wynne (M)
  • 3:30 – Our Haunted World: Why Do We Need and Read Horror in Scary Times?
    ——-Nicholas Kaufmann, John Langan, Bracken MacLeod, Mary Sangiovanni, Paul Tremblay, Rio Youers (M)

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North Haverhill Public Library Main
99 Main St, Haverhill, MA 01830
(978) 373-8466

MA – Poe: Stories and Poems Signing

Gareth Hinds appears at Porter Square Books on Monday, September 25th at 7:00 PM to sign POE: STORIES AND POEMS.

In a thrilling adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works, acclaimed artist-adapter Gareth Hinds translates Poe’s dark genius into graphic-novel format.

It is true that I am nervous. But why will you say that I am mad?

In “The Cask of Amontillado,” a man exacts revenge on a disloyal friend at carnival, luring him into catacombs below the city. In “The Masque of the Red Death,” a prince shielding himself from plague hosts a doomed party inside his abbey stronghold. A prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, faced with a swinging blade and swarming rats, can’t see his tormentors in “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and in “The Tell-Tale Heart,” a milky eye and a deafening heartbeat reveal the effects of conscience and creeping madness. Alongside these tales are visual interpretations of three poems — “The Raven,” “The Bells,” and Poe’s poignant elegy to lost love, “Annabel Lee.” The seven concise graphic narratives, keyed to thematic icons, amplify and honor the timeless legacy of a master of gothic horror.

Gareth Hinds is the acclaimed creator of the graphic novels MacbethThe OdysseyBeowulfRomeo and JulietThe Merchant of Venice, and King Lear. Gareth Hinds lives near Washington, D.C.

Porter Square Books
25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 02140-1413
617-491-2220

MA – Aftershock Comics Signing

Joe Pruett and Paul Jenkins appear at Paper Asylum on Thursday, September 14th at 5:00 PM for a special event promoting their work with Aftershock Comics! Get comics signed, get a photo, ask a questions and learn from two men who have been at the top of the comic book industry!

About Aftershock Comics: Launched in April 2015, AfterShock Comics is a comic book company that combines the creative edge of an independent comic book publisher with the strengths and experience of a traditional powerhouse.

THE CREATIVE REVOLUTION STARTS HERE!

About Joe Pruett: Joe Pruett is an Eisner Award winning comic book editor, publisher, and writer, having been nominated for numerous Eisner, Harvey, and Eagle awards for his work on Negative Burn at Caliber Comics. He is also known for his writing work at Marvel, where he wrote for X-Men Unlimited, Cable, and Magneto Rex. In addition to his X-Men writing work, Joe has written for virtually every other major comic publisher including Image, Vertigo, and IDW.

About Paul Jenkins: Paul Jenkins has been creating, writing and building franchises for over twenty years in the graphic novel, film and video game industries. Over the last two decades Paul has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of literally hundreds of world-renowned, recognizable entertainment icons.

From his employment with the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the age of 22 to his preeminent status as an IP creator, Paul has provided entertainment to the world through hundreds of print publications, films, video games, film and new media. With six Platinum-selling video games, a Number One MTV Music Video, an Eisner Award, Five Wizard Fan Awards, and multiple Best Selling Graphic Novels, Paul Jenkins is synonymous with success. He has enjoyed recognition on the New York Times bestseller list, has been nominated for two BAFTA Awards, and has been the recipient of a government-sponsored Prism Award for his contributions in storytelling and characterization.

Paul’s extensive list of comic book credits include Batman and Hellblazer for DC Comics; Inhumans, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine: Origin, Civil War: Frontlines, Captain America: Theater of War and The Sentry for Marvel Comics; and Spawn for Image Comics.

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Paper Asylum
166 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
(978) 998-4692

MA – An Evening with Art Spiegelman

Press Release:

The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard presents Art Spiegelman at the Sanders Theatre on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

Art Spiegelman is the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist and author of MAUS and In the Shadow of No Towers. In his lecture, “Comix, Jews ’n Art? Dun’t Esk!!” Spiegelman takes his audi­ence on a chronological tour of the evolution of comics, all the while explaining the value of this medium and why it should not be ignored. He believes that in our post-literate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise, for “comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs.”

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Sanders Theater – Memorial Hall
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Poe: Stories and Poems Signing

Gareth Hinds appears at The Blue Bunny Books on Friday, September 22 at 6:30 PM.

About the Artist:
Gareth Hinds is the creator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels based on literary classics, including Beowulf, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth. Gareth is a recipient of the Boston Public Library’s “Literary Lights for Children” award. His books can be found in bookstores and English classrooms across the country, and his illustrations have appeared in such diverse venues as the Society of Illustrators, the New York Historical Society, and over a dozen published video games.

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The Blue Bunny Books
577 High St, Dedham, MA 02026
(781) 493-6568

MA – Alterna Comics Commercial Filming

Peter Simeti of Alterna Comics will be shooting a commercial at Friendly Neighborhood Comics Saturday, September 9th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Check out the Facebook event page for more details.

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

MA – Aftershock Comics Signing

Joe Pruett (Black-Eyed Kids) and Paul Jenkins (Alters, Replica) appear at New England Comics in Malden on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 12:00 till 3:00 PM.

Joe Pruett, Aftershock Comics‘ Publisher/CCO, is an Eisner award winning comic book editor, publisher, and writer with over 25 years of experience. Joe was nominated for numerous Eisner and Harvey awards as a writer, editor and publisher, including for his work on Negative Burn at Caliber Comics. He is also known for his work at Marvel, where he wrote for X-Men Unlimited, Wolverine, and Cable. Joe founded Desperado Publishing in 2004, which had a publishing partnership with Image Comics and IDW.

Paul Jenkins has been creating, writing and building franchises for over twenty years in the graphic novel, film and videogame industries. Over the last two decades Paul has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of literally hundreds of world-renowned, recognizable entertainment icons.

From his employment with the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the age of 22 to his preeminent status as an IP creator, Paul has provided entertainment to the world through hundreds of print publications, films, video games, film and new media. With six Platinum-selling video games, a Number One MTV Music Video, an Eisner Award, Five Wizard Fan Awards, and multiple Best Selling Graphic Novels, Paul Jenkins is synonymous with success. He has enjoyed recognition on the New York Times bestseller list, has been nominated for two BAFTA Awards, and has been the recipient of a government-sponsored Prism Award for his contributions in storytelling and characterization.

Paul’s extensive list of comic book credits include Batman and Hellblazer for DC Comics; Inhumans, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine: Origin, Civil War: Frontlines, Captain America: Theater of War, and The Sentry for Marvel Comics; and Spawn for Image Comics.

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New England Comics
95 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
781-322-2404

MA – The Pickwicks’ Picnic Signing

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Illustrator Renee Kurilla appears at Book Ends Winchester on Sunday, September 17th at 2:00 PM to sign her newest book, The Pickwicks’ Picnic: A Counting Adventure.

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Book Ends Winchester
559 Main Street, Winchester, MA 01890
(781) 721-5933

MA – Warrior Princess Party

Mimi Chan, the model and martial arts video reference for Disney’s Mulan, appears at Paper Asylum on Monday, September 4th from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM answering questions, taking photos, and signing autographs.

Ice Queen Cosplay Princess Parties will be accompanying Mimi! Come out and meet Rapunzel, our Island Princess, Ice Princess, Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Warrior Princess, and others!

Join us at 11:30 AM for a meet & greet, a traditional Chinese lion dance, arts and crafts for the kids (and those young at heart), a Mulan story time session, face painting, and much more!

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Paper Asylum
166 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
(978) 998-4692

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