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  • MA – An Evening with Dante Basco

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    Actor and poet Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Hook) appears at Boston University on Friday February 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

    Press Release:

    The BU Filipino Student Association is proud to present round two of our year-round lecture series. Our key speaker is Dante Basco!

    FSA plans on holding a lecture series featuring prominent Filipino-American speakers who have risen to success in their respective fields, such as Dante Basco. Dante Basco is a Filipino-American Actor known for his roles as Rufio in Hook and Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

    He will be allotted an hour and fifteen minutes for his lecture with additional time for the audience to ask questions and potentially meet the speaker personally. This lecture series is a great opportunity to educate the BU community about how the speaker’s Filipino upbringing has impacted their decisions and morals in the stories he shares. As a prominent Filipino in the entertainment business, we can attract a broad array of students who are interested in hearing his story as well.

    We hope that this event will show attendees a glimpse of what our Filipino heritage means to us–that it is not only one of which to be proud, but one whose ideals of love and unity we strive to share with as many as people as possible.

    Tickets are free and available at the link! **SOLD OUT** 

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Boston UniversityCAS Room 313  **NEW LOCATION** CAS Room 522
    685 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215

    Godzilla Actors Akira Takarada & Haruo Nakajima Appear at Anime Boston 2015

    Press Release:

    Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its fifth group of guests of honor today. Actors Haruo Nakajima and Akira Takarada will attend Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass. on April 3 through April 5, 2015.

    The duo’s visit to Anime Boston will only be the second time in which the two remaining actors from the original Godzilla movies appear together in the United States.

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    Haruo Nakajima

    Legendary monster suit actor Haruo Nakajima is known the world over for having portrayed the screen’s most famous monster, Godzilla — a role which he pioneered throughout the first 12 films of Toho’s long-running science fiction series.

    It was following the performance of a dangerous stunt as a fighter pilot in Ishiro Honda’s Eagle of the Pacific (1953) that Nakajima was recommended to play Godzilla in the original 1954 film, since donning the heavy costume beneath sweltering studio lights required an unusual amount of strength and endurance from the suit actor.

    Special effects master Eiji Tsuburaya was so impressed by Nakajima’s skill as a stunt performer and choreographer that he featured the actor in nearly every science fiction, horror and fantasy film produced throughout his own illustrious career. In addition to Godzilla, Nakajima would also embody an unprecedented number of notable movie monsters including Rodan (1956), Mogera in The Mysterians (1957), Varan the Unbelievable (1958), Mothra (1960), Matango (1963), Baragon in Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), Gaira in War of the Gargantuas (1966) and even King Kong in King Kong Escapes (1967).

    His impressive body of film work also includes appearances in Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) and The Hidden Fortress (1958). In 1966, Tsuburaya once again tapped Nakajima’s talents when the effects director first brought his giant monsters to the small screen in the ground-breaking television series Ultra Q and Ultraman.

    Nakajima finally retired as the reigning champion of monster suit actors with 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan.

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    Akira Takarada

    Akira Takarada is instantly recognizable to generations of moviegoers around the world as the face of Japan’s long-running series of Godzilla films from Toho Studios. With a career greater than the King of Monsters himself, Takarada has been there from the birth of Godzilla, through many key points in the franchise’s history, including the Golden Era of Japanese cinema.

    Fresh out of high school, Takarada joined Toho’s “New Face” program in 1953, and just one year later, would be given the starring role of Hideto Ogata in the original Gojira, appearing together with renowned Kurosawa film star Takashi Shimura, and classmate Momoko Kôchi portraying his character’s love interest.

    Takarada and Kôchi would reprise similar roles in Toho’s Abominable Snowman (1955), better known in its truncated Americanized form, Half Human (1958). But it was the breakout success of Gojira which led to its being exported worldwide as Godzilla, King of the Monsters in 1956, with Takarada subsequently cast as the romantic lead in many feature films, thus earning him the endearing nickname “Mr. Handsome.”

    It wasn’t until nearly 10 years later that Takarada would return to fighting giant monsters at the start of Godzilla’s worldwide rise to superstardom with Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964). Portraying a brash yet heroic news reporter, it was this role that would epitomize that type of character that Takarada would become best known for as Japanese cinema, and giant monster films in particular, peaked in popularity at the outset of the mid-1960s “kaiju boom.” Takarada also became famous closer to home for his comedic flair through roles such as super spy Hoshino Andrew in the 007 spoof, 100 Shot 100 Killed (Ironfinger, 1965), together with Toho starlet and future Bond girl Mie Hama.

    The 1970s and the decline of the motion picture industry in Japan due to the increasing popularity of television saw Takarada leaving feature films for the stage, where his stellar work in musicals became widely known–an area where he continues performing to this day. He returned to motion pictures more than a decade later, eventually appearing in Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and 2004’s Godzilla Final Wars, which was the 50th anniversary offering from Toho and the last film in the famous franchise to be produced by the studio.

    Takarada’s career came full circle with the 2014 release of Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla as the only star from the original 1954 film to make a cameo appearance in the mega-budget Hollywood reboot of the world’s most famous monster franchise.

    Previously announced Guests of Honor include Greg Ayres, Christine Marie Cabanos. Richard Epcar, Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Lauren Landa, Cherami Leigh, LiSA, Cassandra Lee Morris, Yoko Shimomura, Ellyn Stern and Koki Uchiyama.

    View all of our Guests of Honor here.

    About Anime Boston:
    With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 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.

    NorthEast Comic Con will feature Adam West and Jim Steranko in June 2015

    Press Release:

    NorthEast Comic Con Brings The Original Batman to Shriners Auditorium

    Northeast Comic Con brings comic book collectors, cosplay fans and families to Wilmington, Mass. on June 20

    WILMINGTON,Mass. (February 17, 2015) – Back by popular demand, fans will meet up at one oft he largest celebrations of popular culture in New England, the Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza. This Father’s Day weekend event takes place Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21, 2015 at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. (99 Fordham Road). Show hours are 10a-6p on Saturday and 10AM – 5PM until Sunday.Adam West

    This year’s event features a 40,000 sq. ft. entertainment experience for all nerds and the people who love them. Highlights include cosplay for all ages with “Create-A-Hero/Villain/Character” contests and a Cosplay Death Match and Cosplay Dating Game, free-play video game arcade and tournaments, workshops for K!DZ, and celebrity autograph signings and panel sessions. Guests can shop at 150 vendors of vintage and modern toys, comic books, collectibles, art, jewelry, fashion and pop cultural artifacts. In between Father’s Day shopping, guests of all ages will enjoy music, contests and entertainment to marvel at between sessions and booths.

    This summer show’s Guest of Honor is Adam West, best known as TV’s original Batman (1966-1968) on the 50th Bat-niversary of the filming of the first episodes, and he is now on Family Guy.

    The summer show’s Artist Guest of Honor is Jim Steranko, best known for co-creating the 1960s superspy comic book Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel Comics’ Strange Tales, Captain America, Daredevil, The Avengers and others. Steranko is currently consulting on the current TV series, “Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” More celebrities, artists, authors, illustrators and panelists will be announced shortly.

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    Kids are invited to the NECC K!DZ area, with creative events and attractions just for young fans. Learn how to craft stories and sketch with Eplis Comics author and artist Emily Drouin, among other kids’ activities.

    The Shriner’s Auditorium Fez Room restaurant/bar will come alive with delicious and affordable food and beverages, live entertainment, and pop culture trivia contests.

    According to seasoned show producer Gary Sohmers, “Northeast Comic Con offers the best of all worlds to fans of contemporary and retro pop culture. Whether you bring your dad (or son) for Father’s Day, feel like spending the Summer Solstice with friends and other fans, or are pop culture collector, this Comic Con has something for everyone: the new or avid collector, the video game junkie, the cosplayer,budding illustrators and writers, anime and manga followers, or geeks of all ages.”

    Sohmers is CEO of Image Meet and Greet, a Boston area pop culture expert serving the industry with fan events and convention for 30 years. Also known for his role as an appraiser of toys, collectibles and pop culture for 13 seasons on the PBS TV program “Antiques Roadshow,” Sohmers and business partner/techexpert Deric Shea are dedicated to providing the public with an affordable, safe, family-friendly and well-organized two-day convention experience. This event features expedited entry for pre-sale ticket purchases.

    Northeast Comic Con invites all new and veteran cosplayers to enjoy the art of cosplay in a safe, harassment-free environment. Enjoy contests and games or simply enjoy people watching. A complete list of safety guidelines and rules for cosplay and prop weapons may be found at NortheastComicCon.net.

    With free parking, Northeast Comic Con admission ticket prices are among the lowest in the industry. Advanced tickets are now available for purchase online; ticket prices will be higher at the door. Children under 7 are free when accompanied by an adult.

    Note: From Friday Feb. 13th through “Pi Day” (3.14.15 at 9:26pm), Northeast Comic Con will be offering additional ticket discounts. See website for details.

    Vendor and artists spaces are still available for dealers who sell pop-culture items, antique and collectible toys, authentic memorabilia, accoutrements of the nerd or geek lifestyle, anime and animation artwork and toys, comic books and art.

    For schedules, VIP packages and advance tickets, visit NortheastComicCon.net. For show inquiries, email garysohmers@gmail.com. For media and sponsorship inquiries only, contact Julie Dennehy, Dennehy PR, Julie@dennehypr.com.

    Sword Art Online II Premieres at Anime Boston 2015

    sao2Press Release:

    Aniplex of America has announced that they will be hosting a Sword Art Online II English Dub U.S. Premiere Event. Celebrating the debut of Sword Art Online II on Toonami, this event will be held simultaneously at Anime Conventions in both the East (Anime Boston) and West Coasts (Sakura Con) on Saturday, April 4th.  The Event features the English Dub Premiere of select episodes from Sword Art Online II. In addition, there will be special guests in attendance at Anime Boston including Cherami Leigh (English Voice of Asuna), Cassandra Lee Morris (English Voice of Leafa) and LiSA (Singer of the Ending Theme Song “SHIRUSHI”). Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy Sword Art Online II at this very special event.

    View all of Anime Boston’s Guests of Honor here.

    About Anime Boston:
    With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 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.

    NorthEast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza Winter Edition (December 2015)

    NorthEast Comic Con

    Convention Name
    NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza Winter Edition
    Convention Website Address
    http://necomiccon.net/pages/necc-home
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    12/05/2015
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    12/06/2015
    About This Convention
    NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza, a Pop Culture Expo, is a family friendly event featuring all things that appeal to fans of Comics, Movies, Television and Nerd Culture. Celebrities signing Autographs. National and local Artists, Authors, Musicians along with Vendors selling Comics, Toys, Autographs, Memorabilia, Clothing, Artwork and objects of Geek Culture. Cosplay (costumes) contests and Video Game tournaments provide entertainment and activities. NECC K!DZ provides young people with a creative area to learn how to draw, write or create a comic book. Panels and Presentations.. More to be announced
    Venue Name and Address
    Shriners Auditorium
    99 Fordham Rd
    Wilmington, MA 01887
    United States
    Map It
    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    400
    Projected Attendance
    8000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Collectibles
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Book Festival
    • Comic Books
    • Gaming
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    Guests
    To Be Announced

    NorthEast Comic Con

    NorthEast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza (June 2015)

    NorthEast Comic Con

    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)
    06/20/2015
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    06/21/2015
    About This Convention
    NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza, a Pop Culture Expo, is a family friendly event featuring all things that appeal to fans of Comics, Movies, Television and Nerd Culture. Celebrities signing Autographs. Guest of Honor ADAM WEST of “Batman” and “Family Guy.” Artist Guest of Honor Marvel Comics legend JIM STERANKO. National and local Artists, Authors, Musicians along with Vendors selling Comics, Toys, Autographs, Memorabilia, Clothing, Artwork and objects of Geek Culture. Cosplay (costumes) contests and Video Game tournaments provide entertainment and activities. NECC K!DZ with artist Emily Drouin provides young people with a creative area to learn how to draw, write or create a comic book. Panels, Presentations and Famous Cars from TV and Movies including the Batmobile and Batcycle from the 1966 Batman TV show and a De Lorean time machine from Back To The Future. More to be announced at www.NEComicCon.Net
    Venue Name and Address
    Shriners Auditorium
    99 Fordham Rd
    Wilmington, MA 01749
    United States
    Map It
    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    400
    Projected Attendance
    8000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Collectibles
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Book Festival
    • Comic Books
    • Gaming
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    Guests
    Adam West, Jim Steranko, J. David Spurlock, Vivek Tiwary, Jim Campana, Rusty GIlligan, Roger Farrington, Jim Taylor, Gary Sohmers, more to be added

    NorthEast Comic Con

    Ivy Doomkitty Appears at Boston Comic Con 2015

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    Press Release:

    Boston Comic Con welcomes back cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty to host the 2015 Costume Contest! Additionally Ivy will appear on the 2nd Annual Boston Comic Con Cosplay Harbor Dinner Cruise! She will also have a table on the convention floor to meet fans and sign autographs plus lead panels on cosplaying.

    Ivy Doomkitty is an international costumer and cosplayer, host, artist, gamer, and figure model for comic book artist/writer Frank Cho, based in Los Angeles. Ivy has been attending conventions for many years, before deciding to take the plunge by showing her fandom through cosplay. Ivy was recently featured as a guest judge on several episodes of the Syfy original series Heroes of Cosplay.

    She now uses this newfound passion to create her own costumes, and use them to bring to life her favorite characters from gaming and comics as well as creating a positive impact in the cosplay community. She strives to show others in the community that you can do something you love, regardless of gender, skin color, sexual orientation, body shape and size, via her panel on that very subject,”So They Say You Shouldn’t Cosplay.”

    Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.

    If you are coming in from out of town, the official Boston Comic Con hotel is the Seaport Hotel which is attached to the show venue (The Seaport World Trade Center). To book your hotel room, call the Seaport reservations desk at 617-385-5000 and ask for The Boston Comic Con attendee rate. Hotel rooms at the official Boston Comic Con hotel sell out quickly.

    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 July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd 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!

     

    Image courtesy of Designs by Topher

    MA – Talented Tenth Signing

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    Cartoonist Joel Christian Gill appears at the Lesley University Library on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from noon till 1:00 PM!

    Lesley University Library
    89 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138

    MA – Macbeth Signing

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    Gareth Hinds appears at Wellesley Books on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm to read from and discuss his graphic novel adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Come and enjoy a look into how graphic novels are made, and see a preview of Gareth’s upcoming work!

    *To enter the signing line at this event, attendees must have purchased Macbeth from Wellesley Books.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Wellesley Books
    82 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02482-5714
    (781) 431-1160

    MA – Strange Fruit Comics Signing

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    Joel Christian Gill, Author of Strange Fruit Comics, speaks at the Cambridge Public Library on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM as part of Black History Month.

    Meet the author of the graphic novels Strange Fruit Comics and Tales of the Talented Tenth, collections of stories from African American history that exemplify success in the face of great adversity. Gill’s work focuses on uncelebrated heroes whose stories are not often found in history books.

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

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