MA – Gunslinger Girl Signing

Author Lyndsay Ely appears at Friendly Neighborhood Comics Saturday, March 31st from 11 AM – 3 PM to sign GUNSLINGER GIRL!

Lyndsay Ely has created a bold new heroine—a cross between Katniss Everdeen and Annie Oakley: Serendipity Jones, the fastest sharpshooter in tomorrow’s West.

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great….

In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

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

MA – An Evening with Sean Penn

Press Release:

The Harvard Coop and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals are pleased to present: Film Icon, Loudmouth, and Author Sean Penn on Thursday, March 29th at 8:00 PM speaking about his new novel, BOB HONEY WHO JUST DO STUFF. Get tickets here…

Ironically named and brilliantly drawn, Bob Honey, the protagonist of Penn’s first novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, is bitter about his divorce, fed up with Tweets, and tired of being mined for Big Data. He has a day job selling septic tanks to Jehovah’s Witnesses but he hires out as a contract killer for a secret government program that gets rid of the elderly, the infirm, and others who draw down society’s limited resources. When a journalist starts asking questions, Honey isn’t sure if he should feel threatened or take it as an opportunity to come clean. With the constant threat of terrorism in the air and an ever more volatile political landscape, anything could happen. Penn, the Academy Award-winning actor, writer, producer, and director, has created an unforgettably outrageous hero for our outrageous time.

DETAILS: Ticket admits ONE (1) and includes ONE (1) Copy of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff with a signed bookplate. Seating is general admission; first come, first served.

The book bundled with this ticket may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event and cannot be picked up beforehand. Note that this event does not a book signing or photo opportunities. Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable. Those unable to attend the event will be able to pick up their book at The Coop (as of the day after the event). This offer expires after one month. Additional copies of the featured book will be available for sale at the event.  

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Sheraton Commander Hotel
16 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-4800

MA – Breathless #1 Signing

Pat Shand (Destiny NY, Guardians of the Galaxy) appears at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Saturday, March 31 from 10 AM – 4 PM to sign BREATHLESS from Black Mask Studio.

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

MA – Diaspora Boy Signing

Cartoonist Eli Valley appears at Trident Bookstore on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

Eli Valley will lead a multimedia presentation on the influences and inspiration for his satirical fantasies, exploring the notion of pride and self-hatred especially as it relates to our current political catastrophe. The presentation will be followed by q&a and book signing.
Eli Valley’s comic strips are intricate fever dreams employing noir, horror, slapstick and science fiction to expose the outlandish hypocrisies at play in the American/Israeli relationship. Sometimes banned, often controversial and always hilarious, Valley’s work has helped to energize a generation exasperated by American complicity in an Israeli occupation now entering its fiftieth year.
This, the first full-scale anthology of Valley’s art, provides an essential retrospective of America and Israel at a turning point. With meticulously detailed line work and a richly satirical palette peppered with perseverating turtles, xenophobic Jedi knights, sputtering superheroes, mutating golems and zombie billionaires, Valley’s comics unmask the hypocrisy and horror behind the headlines. This collection supplements the satires with historical background and contexts, insights into the creative process, selected reactions to the works, and behind-the-scenes tales of tensions over what was permissible for publication.
Brutally riotous and irreverent, the comics in this volume are a vital contribution to a centuries-old tradition of graphic protest and polemics.

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Trident Booksellers and Cafe
338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-8688

Your Name’s Stephanie Sheh Appears at Anime Boston 2018

Voice Actor Stephanie Sheh will be appearing at Anime Boston, the largest anime con in the northeast, on March 30 through April 1, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

Stephanie Sheh is a voice actress, voice director, ADR writer, and casting director. She was blessed to voice Mitsuha Miyamizu in Makoto Shinkai’s hit anime movie Your Name. Recently she voiced Yuho in Masaaki Yuasa’s Lu Over the Wall, where she got to sing. Stephanie’s probably most well-known in the anime realm for voicing Sailor Moon in the current VIZ Media Release of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal, as well as Hinata in Naruto, Orihime in Bleach, Yui in Sword Art Online, Kuro in Blue Exorcist, and Mineva in Gundam Unicorn. Stephanie is excited to be returning to voice Eureka in Funimation’s release of the upcoming Eureka 7 movies.

In addition to anime, Stephanie has many voice credits in video games, most notably Tharja in the Fire Emblem series, Airy in Bravely Default, Mikan in Danganropa, Kyrie in Devil May Cry, and Rebecca Chambers in a number of Resident Evil games. She’s also done motion capture work for games as well as animation. Most recently she mocapped Maz Kanata in Star Wars Battlefront 2. Stephanie has also voiced characters in original animation shows like Zhuli in Legend of Korra, Katana in WB’s DC Super Hero High, Jinafire and Boolittle in Monster High, Share Bear in Carebears: Welcome to Care-a-lot, Vega in Disney’s Stardarlings, Popo in Miles from Tomorrowland, and various roles in Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears.

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, Michihiko Suwa, Kaoru Wada, Kaiji Tang, Josh Grelle, Amanda C. Miller, Jez Roth, Rachel Robinson, Christopher Bevins, J. Michael Tatum, Brandon McInnis, Caitlynn French, Scott Gibbs, Yūji Mutō, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Steve Blum, Kazuki Yao, Justin Briner, and Clifford Chapin.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 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 – Alexa Bliss Signing

WWE’s Alexa Bliss appears at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM to sign the exclusive FNC covers of the WWE #14 comic book from BOOM! Studios! Please note there are no presales, and this is a first come, first served event.

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

MA – Hulk Returns Celebration

Press Release:

Hulk Out at That’s Entertainment! Marvel Comics mainstay Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk, was “killed” almost two years ago, felled by the Avenger’s archer, Hawkeye in the CIVIL WAR II series. But super-heroes rarely stay dead for long, and Bruce Banner finally returns in AVENGERS #684, on sale Wednesday March 14th!

“Bruce Banner is back,” Marvel announces. “He’s angry. And you’ve never seen a Hulk this angry before. The iconic goliath officially returns in all his green glory… Bruce Banner, unprovoked and unchecked, will take you on a frightening adventure as he battles to save the universe.”

Worcester’s That’s Entertainment, the Eisner-Award-winning pop culture emporium at the corner of Park Avenue and Lois Lane, is gearing up to celebrate the occasion in a big way on March 14th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. They’re calling their event a “Hulk-out.” There’s fun for all ages, and the public is invited.
First, you’ll be able to get a photo of yourself holding one of the most sought-after comic books of all.

“We have a Hulk #1,” reveals store Marketer, Sorana Gatej, “and we’re giving fans a photo-op with it!”

“It’s a nice original copy of Incredible Hulk #1 from 1962,” continues store Manager Ken Carson, “graded at 4.0, or Very Good Plus. Some people may not realize that the Hulk was actually gray, not green, in his first appearance. Comics like this are artifacts of a different era, before super-heroes dominated the mainstream. First issues for the early Marvel heroes have become like museum pieces as time goes by!”

The issue will be put out for sale on the Saturday following the event, but for Wednesday night everyone can commemorate a moment with it for posterity. People who post their Hulk #1 photos to social media, and tag and like That’s Entertainment, will be eligible for a $5.00 store credit slip, which they will be able to retrieve starting Friday, March 16th.

There will also be a cosplay contest. Contestants are encouraged to dress as their favorite comic book superhero or villain to compete for one of three top prizes: $100, $50, or $25 in store credit! Photos will be taken of each participating cosplayer and posted on Facebook. Winners will be determined by That’s Entertainment staff members. Winners will be contacted after the event, and will also be announced on Facebook.

Comic artists Derek Rook and Laith Alabbad will be on hand drawing free sketches of the Hulk and related characters for fans. 

Derek Rook has provided artwork for such notable works as Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell and Zombie, The Dead, Deadworld, and Gore Shriek. Under his comic book company label, Rough House Publishing, Derek plans to release his creator-owned titles, Beautiful Worcester and Angelduster. Although Derek works on numerous horror-related titles, he also passionately draws superheroes. 

Artist Laith Alabbad has worked on various independent projects in storyboards, book illustrations and comics. He’s worked with independent self-published comic creators on a book called The All New Union! He is currently working on a personal project called Karbala.

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

Anime Boston 2018 Welcomes My Hero Academia’s Justin Briner & Clifford Chapin

Press Release:

Voice Actors Justin Briner and Clifford Chapin to appear at Anime Boston, the Northeast’s largest anime convention, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

Justin Briner is a Dallas-based actor and singer known primarily for his work in anime and video games. Recently, he wrapped up the second season of My Hero Academia as Izuku Midoriya. He can also be heard as Mikaela in Seraph of the End, Nova in Space Patrol Luluco, Yoichi in Drifters, Ayanokoji in Classroom of the Elite, Alfonso in GARO: The Animation, Niko in Nanbaka, Ryota Mitarai in Danganronpa 3, Frate in 91 Days, Qwenthur in Heavy Object, Manato in Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, and many more. Additionally, he has provided voices for games such as Dust: An Elysian Tail, SMITE, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, Cibele, and DreadOut.

Clifford Chapin is a voice actor and director best known for his work in anime and video games. Some of his prolific anime roles include Katsuki Bakugo in My Hero Academia, Conny Springer in Attack on Titan, Cabba in Dragon Ball Super, and Charles Grey in Black Butler. As for video games, you can hear Clifford as the voices of Toby the Destroyer from Battleborn, Michael from YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, and Kukulkan in Smite.

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, Michihiko Suwa, Kaoru Wada, Kaiji Tang, Josh Grelle, Amanda C. Miller, Jez Roth, Rachel Robinson, Christopher Bevins, J. Michael Tatum, Brandon McInnis, Caitlynn French, Scott Gibbs, Yūji Mutō, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Steve Blum, and Kazuki Yao.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 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.

Kazuki Yao Appears at Anime Boston 2018

Voice Actor Kazuki Yao makes his first East Coast appearance at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

A veteran voice actor, Kazuki Yao’s impressive career spans more than three decades. Among his lengthy list of credits, he’s probably best known for playing Franky and Bon Clay in One Piece, Judau Ashta in Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, and Koichiro Iketani in Initial D. He’s also had leading roles in such anime as Bastard!!, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc, Gunbuster, Gunslinger Girl, Sgt. Frog, Tenjho Tenge, and Wedding Peach. He’s also well known in the Super Sentai series world for his roles in Kakuranger, Carranger, Magiranger, Kyoryuger, and Ninninger.

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, Michihiko Suwa, Kaoru Wada, Kaiji Tang, Josh Grelle, Amanda C. Miller, Jez Roth, Rachel Robinson, Christopher Bevins, J. Michael Tatum, Brandon McInnis, Caitlynn French, Scott Gibbs, Yūji Mutō, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Steve Blum.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 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.

Star Wars Rebels’ Steve Blum & Mary Elizabeth McGlynn Appear at Anime Boston 2018

Press Release:

Voice Actors Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Steve Blum will be appearing at Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on March 30th through April 1, 2018.

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer, and director. As an actress, she is currently playing Governor Pryce in Star Wars Rebels, Dr. Maheswaran in Steven Universe, Zahra Hydrus in Geek & Sundry’s Critical Role, Valkyrie in Lego Marvel’s Avengers, Talis in StarCraft II, Johanna in Heroes of the Storm, Queen Metalia in Sailor Moon Crystal, and Brooha in Glitter Force.

Mary Elizabeth portrayed Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society, and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. Some of her other popular roles are Cornelia in Code Geass, Kurenai from Naruto, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, Zanpakuto from Bleach, Helba and Bordeau from .hack, Jagura from Wolf’s Rain, Nuriko in Fushigi Yuugi, and Caroline from Vampire Hunter D.

“Mary Elizabeth McGlynn has one of the most recognizable voices in anime. Female heroes have long had a prominent place in anime and Mary’s portrayal of Major Kusanagi in the Ghost in the Shell series stands as the most iconic,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, the villain Amon in Legend of Korra, Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men, Orochimaru, Zabuza, and others from Naruto, Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII, Leeron from Gurren Lagann, Storm Troopers and many others in most of the Star Wars games, dozens of Digimon, and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!)

Currently you can find him as Zeb Orrelios and other characters in the incredible saga that is Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD, as Shoe and Sparky in Laika’s The Boxtrolls, and as astronaut Quentin Thomas on Hip Hop superstar LOGIC’s amazing album The Incredible True Story and his latest release Everybody.

Added Victor Lee, “What more can be said about Steve Blum? If you watched anime, you’ve heard his voice. If you don’t think you’ve heard his voice, you’ve probably heard his voice. It’s been too long since Steve was last in Boston!”

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, Michihiko Suwa, Kaoru Wada, Kaiji Tang, Josh Grelle, Amanda C. Miller, Jez Roth, Rachel Robinson, Christopher Bevins, J. Michael Tatum, Brandon McInnis, Caitlynn French, Scott Gibbs, and Yūji Mutō.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 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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