Anime Boston 2016 Guest List Announced

000000_anime-boston-2016Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, has announced its guest lineup for their March 25 – 27 show! Coming all the way from Japan are Director Kyohei Ishiguro, Character Designer Yukiko Aikei, Producer Masao Maruyama, and Voice actors Toshio Furukawa and Shino Kakinuma. Their work encompasses many of the most popular anime movies and television shows including Mobile Suit Gundam, Sailor Moon, Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball Z, Death Note, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, and many more. This a rare opportunity for North American fans to meet these artists as they make few US appearances, some are even making the trip for the first time!

Also appearing are several of the voice actors who dub Japanese anime into English including Tony Oliver (Robotech, Lupin the III), Eric Vale (Dragon Ball Z, One Piece), Carrie Keranen (Your lie in April, Kill la Kill), Erica Lindbeck (The Seven Deadly Sins, Your lie in April), Max Mittelman (Transformers: Rescue Bots, The Seven Deadly Sins) Patrick Seitz (Naruto: Shippûden, Sailor Moon Crystal), Monica Rial (Dragon Ball Z Kai, Soul Eater), Todd Haberkorn (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, The Legend of Korra) and Greg Ayres (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Samurai 7). Guests will be available for autographs and photos with fans but in order to maximize everyone’s experience Anime Boston has laid out a set of guidelines on their website.

Anime Boston additionally features an art track where artists sell commissions, manga, zines, and prints with Featured Artists who conduct panels and workshops. This year’s Featured Artists are Eric Proctor, Nightengale Needles, Kel McDonald, Trevor Mueller, and Rich Pellegrino.

As in past years, Anime Boston 2016 will present many popular events including a masquerade, an anime music video contest, video programming rooms, an artists’ alley and art show, karaoke, game shows, video games, manga library, formal and informal dances, and much more. Dealers’ room will be located in the cavernous Halls A and B of the Hynes Convention Center selling manga, anime DVDs, t-shirts, prints, and collectibles.

About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2016 is scheduled for Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27 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:
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 – John Williams Film Night

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Legendary film composer JOHN WILLIAMS conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Thursday May 12th and Friday May 13, 2016. Tickets available at the link… **SOLD OUT**

Press Release:

Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jurassic Park, the Harry Potter series — John Williams has more iconic movie scores to his name than any other composer in history. Now, the Boston Pops laureate conductor joins Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart for a night of some of the all-time great movie music. With 50 Oscar nominations, five wins and 22 Grammys, Williams is a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor and the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award. Now you can experience this legendary conductor and composer live at Boston Symphony Hall. Plus, each ticket includes the Pops’ The Red Sox Album.

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

MA – Arkwright Signing

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Author Allen Steele (Price of Vengeance, Coyote) appears at Pandemonium Books & Games on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM to sign his latest book, ARKWRIGHT.

Here is what Tor has to say about this new book:
Nathan Arkwright is a seminal author of the twentieth century. Convinced that humanity cannot survive on Earth, Nathan’s Arkwright Foundation dedicates itself to creating a colony on an Earth-like planet several light years distant. Fueled by Nathan’s legacy, generations of Arkwrights are drawn together, and pulled apart, by the enormity of the task and weight of their name.

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Pandemonium Books & Games
4 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 547-3721

Greg Capullo Returns to Boston Comic Con 2016

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Megastar Batman artist GREG CAPULLO appears once again at Boston Comic Con on August 12-14th!

Capullo is an American illustrator and the wildly popular artist on the best-selling and highly acclaimed Batman series for DC Comics. His collaboration with writer Scott Snyder has produced legendary story arcs such as The Court of Owls, Death of the Family, and Zero Year. A comic industry veteran, he spent many years at Image Comics penciling Spawn, Angela, Haunt, and his creator-owned book The Creech. Other credits include Marvel’s X-Force, Quasar, and many other titles.

Plus we have a fantastic list of more comic creators including Jae Lee, Erik Larsen, Terry Dodson, Mike Allred, Arthur Adams, Amanda Conner, Jim Cheung, Jimmy Palmiotti, Phil Jimenez and many more! Media guests include William Shatner (Star Trek), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who). Check the website for full details on exciting events!

Tickets are on-sale now at the link!

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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 12th, Saturday August 13th, and Sunday August 14th 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 – Ancillary Justice Signing

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Author Ann Leckie comes to Pandemonium Books & Games for a discussion followed by a signing on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free!

Ann Leckie is a Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and BSFA Award Winner for her debut novel Ancillary Justice, as well as a Locus Award Winner for Ancillary Sword, the second novel in her Imperial Radch Trilogy. The third and final book in the series, Ancillary Mercy, was published in October of 2015.

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Pandemonium Books & Games
4 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 547-3721

MA – Dark Sparkler Signing

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Harvard Book Store and the Cambridge Public Library host an evening of poetry and conversation with poet and award-winning actress AMBER TAMBLYN and poet, critic, and Harvard professor STEPHEN BURT on Tuesday March 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30). The evening will include readings by Tamblyn and Burt, followed by a discussion of Tamblyn’s latest poetry collection, Dark Sparkler. This event includes a book signing and is free to the public; no tickets are required.

About Dark Sparkler:
The lives of more than twenty-five actresses lost before their time—from Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy—explored in a haunting, provocative new work by an acclaimed poet and actress.

Amber Tamblyn is both an award-winning actress and an acclaimed poet. As such she is deeply fascinated—and intimately familiar—with the toll exacted from young women whose lives are offered in sacrifice as starlets. The stories of these actresses, both famous and obscure-tragic stories of suicide, murder, obscurity, and other forms of death—inspired this empathic and emotionally charged collection of new poetic work.

Featuring subjects from Marilyn Monroe and Frances Farmer to Dana Plato and Brittany Murphy—and paired with original artwork commissioned for the book by luminaries including David Lynch, Adrian Tomine, Marilyn Manson, and Marcel Dzama—Dark Sparkler is a surprising and provocative collection from a young artist of wide-ranging talent, culminating in an extended, confessional epilogue of astonishing candor and poetic command.

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

MA – Will Eisner Week Comics Workshops for Kids/Teens

000000_cpl-wewThe Boston Comics Roundtable hosts comic creating workshops for Teens and Children at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 1:00 PM till 3:00 PM in honor of Will Eisner Week!

Below is a listing of the amazing creators involved on this workshop:

Cara Bean is a cartoonist and art teacher from the Boston area. She pursues poetic introspection, and quirky storytelling through comics. Cara is currently creating a comic for children about a late-blooming caterpillar named Munch. Learn more about Cara Bean at www.carabeancomics.com.

LJ-Baptiste is an artist from Dorchester, MA. His current work is a webcomic series entitled COMIXSCAPE, which originated on DigBoston’s Sunday Comics Project back in 2013. It’s about the absurd adventures of a young boy and his pet raccoon in his new town. The comic is currently in it’s 4th chapter and can be read in full on www.comixscape.net

Ben Rutberg is a college freshman and aspiring cartoonist interested in finding the truth in small things. He has made two comic books, “Bildungsrobot!” and “The Big Fish,” and is currently working on two more, which he is not at liberty to talk about. He’s sure you’ll understand. You can find his work, including both of his comic books, at dorkdrawscomics.tumblr.com.

E. J. Barnes is a comics artist and writer who has worked on historical comics, editorial cartooning, and animation. She has taught cartooning at the Amigos Cambridgeport Community School and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She opens her home studio to the public during Cambridge Open Studios. Her online catalog of self-published comics and stories is at www.drownedtownpress.com.

Jonathan Hayes is an illustrator based out of Somerville. His interest in art began with drawing on his bedroom wall to making comic books as an adult. Jon also held strong interests in performing arts and writing. He is a member of the Boston Comics Roundtable, a comic book collective of creators. Jon is working on self publishing several titles ranging from children’s comics to dark fantasy.

John Carvajal is an artist currently living in Norwood, MA. He received his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design and his MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies. His work has been published in multiple anthologies including Maple Key Vol. 2, Strangelet Vol 1.1, and a collaboration with Aaron Humphreys in Compositional Studies Vol. 43.1. Carvajal has also exhibited his work in the UK, Canada, and the US at various comic festivals. He has been teaching drawing, painting, cartooning, and printmaking at various community art centers for the last 4 years. You can view some of his work at: www.jacarvajal.com

Maria Photinakis is an illustrator, cartoonist, painter and giant Star Trek nerd who hopes someday she’ll figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the meantime, she lives in Waltham with her husband and 2 fluffy cats.

Catalina Rufin is a 23 year old Boston-area cartoonist and illustrator. Her comics are about punk fairies, astronaut kids, and her interest in Scottish culture. She has made two comics for the BCR anthologies In A Single Bound #3 and Spellbound, and collaborated with author Tony McMillen on the graphic novel Oblivion Suite, about a 70s rock band. ”

Roho is an artist, writer and designer with a passion for print. He joined Boston Comics Roundtable shortly after moving to Cambridge in 2008. There contributed to the last three issues of Inbound as well as publishing the Outbound and Hellbound anthologies. He is hard at work in a wide range or new comics projects if you see him out there in the world he would love to tell you all about them. Check out his latest project here: roho.tumblr.com

Dan Mazur is an independent cartoonist, editor, publisher and author who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His comics have appeared in numerous anthologies, and his Cold Wind (with Jesse Lonergan), was named a notable in The Best American Comics of 2013. He is the co-writer with Alexander Danner of Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present. He is co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable, and MICE: the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, and founder of Ninth Art Press, as small press devoted to comics and comics anthologies, which has recently published SubCultures: a Comics Anthology.

Nina Tobin is currently in her 15th year of teaching. She received a B.A. in Art History, Theology and Education from Regis College, and a Master’s degree in Special Education through Lesley University. Nina has been a member of the Museum of Fine Arts Educator Advisory Board since 2008, serving as a speaker for the Autism Museum Accessibility Panel in 2014. She is author and presenter of a TED talk titled, “Thinking Socially,” a former educator for the Boston Public Schools, and former Chairperson of the Westwood Chapter of SEPAC. She has worked with MGH’s YouthCare/Aspire Program since 2007, most recently serving as a contributor developing Brain-Based Social Pragmatics curriculum, and as a Site Director for their Summer Camp program. She has also delivered numerous presentations to parents and educators on using the fine arts, universal design, and multiple intelligences in all academic content areas. Outside of school, Mrs. Tobin spends her time with her husband and sons, visiting museums, painting, illustrating, and singing professionally with the Lost Cosmonauts. She enjoys teaching Art, Music, Theater, as well as Social Pragmatics and Applied Sociology at the Tremont School.

Brendan Tobin is an illustrator/animator who worked in the New York animation industry and currently is employed as a marketing designer, as well as hosting a comics class for middle school students. He enjoys making comics and cartoons and regularly posts them on his blog: brendantobin.blogspot.com. Brendan lives in Norwood, Ma with his beautiful wife and amazing stepsons.

Heide Solbrig, scholar, filmmaker, illustrator, and media artist is the sole proprietor of ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat Productions. WFYB focuses upon transmedia documentary production, currently working on sexuality education in collaboration with Partners’ in Sex Education. Other projects include producing an interview archive of residents’ experience at ‘The Water Tower Place’ a low-income housing project in St. Louis, Missouri, and producing a vlog series on economic education. Solbrig’s films, ‘Float’(2003) and ‘Man and the Middle Class’(2013) each tell intimate political economies of an era. Her current media-art project, The Dandelion King is a graphic novel and film series documenting Solbrig’s childhood in the 1970’s. Solbrig’s productions use personal storytelling in multiple mediums and include experimental montage combining historical footage, interview, illustration/animation and personal-essay narration.

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

MA – The Idea of North Exhibition

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Press Release:

Join the MFA for a conversation with Steve Martin, Eric Fischl, Adam Gopnik, and Matthew Teitelbaum about about Lawren Harris, pioneering modernist, on Saturday, March 12. The event takes place as an exhibition of approximately 30 iconic works, “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris,” opens at the MFA. The artist’s visionary paintings of the northern Canadian landscape have become icons of 20th-century Canadian art, and his work exists in dialogue with American modern artists.

General public will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis at the Museum’s Huntington Avenue entrance. Doors open at 6 pm.

Free with Admission – Ticket Required

Ticket Information
NON MEMBER TICKETS
Tickets for the event are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 pm on Saturday, March 12, at the Huntington Avenue Entrance.
Limit of 1 ticket per person; must be in line to receive ticket.
Advance reservations are only available for members.

MEMBER TICKETS
Starting at 10 am on Friday, March 11, a limited number of tickets become available for members to reserve in advance online, in person, or over the phone.
Tickets limits are determined by current membership level.
Tickets must be claimed at the Huntington Avenue Entrance by 6:30 pm on Saturday, March 12, or be forfeited.
Tickets not claimed by 6:30 pm are released to the general public.

Steve Martin, actor, writer, musician, art collector, guest curator of “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris”
Eric Fischl, artist
Adam Gopnik, essayist, staff writer for The New Yorker
Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Pictured: Steve Martin by Danny Clinch; “Pic Island,” about 1924, Lawren Harris, McMichael Canadian Art Collection

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

 

MA – Insect Man Signing

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Meet Chris Coleman, writer of the 50th anniversary issue of Insect Man created by owner and founder of the pop-culture store That’s Entertainment, at the Fitchburg store on Saturday March 5th from noon till 2:00 PM.

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That’s Entertainment
56 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-342-8607

MA – The Last Mortal Bond Signing

000000_last-mortal-bondBrian Staveley appears in conversation with acclaimed fantasy author Max Gladstone (Three Parts Dead) to present his latest novel The Last Mortal Bond at Brookline Booksmith on Thursday March 24th at 7:00 PM.

The trilogy that began with The Emperor’s Blades and continued in The Providence of Fire reaches its epic conclusion. The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital, and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own. But the three imperial siblings at the heart of it all come to understand that even if they survive the holocaust unleashed on their world, there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the future.

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

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