MA – Portrait of an Artist: Edward Sorel

Edward Sorel and Jules Feiffer appear at Boston University at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Press Release:

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University is proud to open “Portrait of an Artist: the Life and Work of Edward Sorel”, a retrospective exhibition devoted to the career of the celebrated cartoonist, satirist, author and illustrator.

In addition to his more than 40 covers for the “The New Yorker”, Sorel’s art has appeared on the covers of “The Atlantic”, “Harper’s”, “Fortune”, “Forbes”, “The Nation”, “Esquire”, “American Heritage”, “The New York Times Magazine” and “Vanity Fair”. He has illustrated numerous children’s books, three of which he also wrote. “Unauthorized Portraits” (Knopf 1997) is the most recent of several collections of his work. His latest book, “Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: the Great American Sex Scandal of 1936”, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. In 2001, the Art Directors Club of New York elected Sorel to their Hall of Fame; he is first cartoonist since John Held, Jr., to be so honored. Sorel’s papers are part of the holdings of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

The opening will feature remarks by Sorel’s colleague, the satirist, cartoonist and author Jules Feiffer, best known for his 42-year career as an editorial cartoonist for The Village Voice. Sorel will sign copies of his books at the event; selected titles, including “Mary Astor’s Purple Diary”, will be available for purchase.

Boston University
771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-3696

LeSean Thomas & Roland Kelts Added to Anime Boston 2017

Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its fourteenth and fifteenth North American guests of honor today.  Producer and Director LeSean Thomas and author Roland Kelts will appear at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

South Bronx NYC native LeSean Thomas is a television animation producer, director and illustrator operating out of Los Angeles, California.

His most recent works are as Creative Producer and Supervising director of Black Dynamite: The Animated Series on The Cartoon Network’s ADULT SWIM programming block; storyboard and animation production artist on The Legend of Korra (Book 1) animated TV series for NICKELODEON Animation; as well as Director/Lead Character Designer for Aaron McGruder’s Peabody Award-winning The Boondocks animated TV series (seasons 1 & 2) for SONY PICTURES TELEVISION. He recently produced, directed and wrote an animated pilot Cannon Busters with Satelight Animation Studio Japan based on the creator-owned comic book of the same name, set to release in 2017.

In October, Thomas partnered with Crunchyroll, a global leader in SVOD platforming focused on East Asian media, for an exclusive deal to co-produce his original anime creation Children of Ether; a release date has yet to be determined.

Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US. As a journalist, essayist and columnist, he writes for several publications, such as: The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek Japan, The Los Angeles Times, The Yomiuri, and The Japan Times, and is considered an authority on contemporary Japanese culture and media. He is a frequent commentator on CNN, NPR, NHK and the BBC. Recently, Kelts delivered lectures for TED Talks in Tokyo and The World Economic Forum in Tianjin. He is currently a 2017 Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where he is working on a new book.

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, Sandy Fox, OKAMOTO’S, Michelle Ruff, Johnny Yong Bosch, Naokatsu Tsuda, Brina Palencia, Toru Furuya, Kyle Colby Jones, Bryson Baugus, Greg Ayres, Lisa Ortiz, Shingo Natsume, Robbie Daymond, Patrick Seitz, Hirokatsu Kihara, Cherami Leigh, Christopher R. Sabat, and Masahiko Minami.

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.

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

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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

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

MA – An Evening with Fred Seibert

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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.

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

Anime Boston 2017 New Guests Announced

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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

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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

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