MA – Peanizles Signing

Cartoonist Don Mathias appears at Paper Asylum on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM to sign the latest collection of Peanizles.

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

MA – Harley Quinn Day 2017

Press Release:

Batman Day returns to That’s Entertainment in Worcester, Massachusetts. This year, one of Batman’s arch-enemies is taking over the show. Celebrating 25 years of Harley Quinn with friends and employees of That’s Entertainment all day on Saturday, Sept. 23rd from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guest artists Bob Noberini and Doug Chapel will be offering free sketches and taking small commissions from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Each artist will be giving away a Batman Day commemorative print which will feature his artwork. Requests for commissions and free sketches are limited to one per person from each artist.

Customers are strongly encouraged to cosplay. Everyone who arrives in full costume will receive an instant $5 in store credit. Cosplayers are then welcome to enter in the store’s costume contest for a chance to win first, second, or third prizes of $10, $25, or $50 in store credit. Cashiers will be handing out free Batman and Harley Quinn comic books and masks to everyone upon request, while supplies last (limit one mask and one comic book per person).

Marketing coordinator Sorana Gatej says, “Last year on Batman Day, dozens of fans came into the store in costume,” she adds. “It’s a wonderful sight, with people of all ages dressed as Batman or his friends and foes milling around and posing for photos.”

Gatej continues, “Harley Quinn is one of my favorite DC villains. She’s a deranged sweetheart with a deadly edge. You never know what you’ll get, but you can be sure it will be both frightening and delightful.”

According to DC Comics, The annual fan-favorite event, now in its fifth year, was first introduced to honor the iconic character’s 75th anniversary. Continuing the BATMAN DAY tradition, DC Entertainment has combined forces with thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries across the country to bring fans exciting festivities in honor of Gotham’s protector.

Comic artists and cartoonists Bob Noberini and Doug Chapel are both locally renowned for their artistic contributions to the Worcester art scene. Some of Doug Chapel’s most recent work, a colorful mural featuring one of his signature robots, can be seen on the side of the WCUW radio building on the corner of Hawthorne and Main St. in Worcester, MA.

That’s Entertainment, located at the corner of Lois Lane and Park Ave. in Worcester, MA, is a pop culture emporium that specializes in everyone’s inner “geek.” They carry a wide variety of comics, vinyl records, vintage and modern video games and systems, anime, collectible card games, board games, sports cards, memorabilia, toys, posters, and other items.

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

MA – The Underburbs Signing

Paper Asylum welcomes Joe Haley and T.J. Dort, creators of The Underburbs, for a signing on Saturday, October 21st from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

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

MA – The Magical Stickers Signing

Darlene Louf appears at Paper Asylum on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM to sign THE MAGICAL STICKERS.

Darlene wrote this story based on her real-life experience. The goal of the book is to make it easier for children to understand and cope with a diagnosis of cancer in the family.

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

MA – The Pickwicks’ Picnic Signing

Illustrator Renee Kurilla appears at the Brookline Booksmith on Sunday, October 15th at 10:30 AM to sign her newest book, The Pickwicks’ Picnic: A Counting Adventure.

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

MA – Strange Weather Launch Party

Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, appears at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Monday October 23rd at 6:00 PM to present Strange Weather; a collection of four chilling novels. A signing will follow at Brookline Booksmith across the street. Tickets available at the link…

Event Guidelines:

  • Tickets may be purchased online or in-store.
  • If you purchase a copy of Strange Weather, you may pick up your book at Brookline Booksmith following the reading or before the end of November 2017.
  • The reading will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre at 6pm.
  • The line at the theatre will form at 5:30pm.
  • Present your printed Eventbrite ticket for entry to the theatre.
  • Joe’s reading at the theatre will last one hour.
  • Recording video during the theatre event is not permitted.
  • Joe will sign books (including his previous titles) at Brookline Booksmith at 7pm, after the reading.
  • Joe will personalize signatures on request.
  • Joe will take photos with customers at the signing.
  • Customers with more than three books will be asked to wait at the end of the signing line.
  • Elderly customers and those with pregnancies, small children, or disabilities will be given priority in the signing line. Please notify a Booksmith staff member for assistance.

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Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
617-566-6660

 

LadiesCon Panel Schedule Announced for this Saturday

The 2nd annual LadiesCon will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16th at the Armory in Somerville, MA from noon till 5:00 PM! The show will present writers, artists, creators and artisans specializing in comics, fantasy, and science fiction, with a particular emphasis on creators who identify as women, LGBTQ, non-binary, and people of color, as well as local artists. Meet creators, buy books and crafts, and see panels on a variety of topics, including cosplay and fanfiction! Admission is FREE!

LadiesCon’s panel discussions are hosted by experts and fans alike. They are scheduled throughout the day in our two panel rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.

The Bechdel Test and Fandom
12:00 – 12:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Janet Gershen-Siege, freelance science fiction author and blogger for Adventures in Career Changing
  • D.R. Perry, writer of Paranormal Humor, Alternate History, and LARP.

There just aren’t a lot of female heroes out there, still. And the ones who are out there often have no one to talk to other than men. What does it mean when films, books, and television programs fail the Bechdel Test in 2017? Is there a more systemic problem? How can it be fixed? What can indies do? How about consumers?

Women in Comics Retail
12:30 – 1:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

Reflections on changes in the industry, predictions for the future, insights into the day-to-day life of a comic shop worker (it’s not exactly sitting around reading books & passing judgement) & DEEP DISH on the books & creators we love & hate!

Accessibility and Creativity in Cosplay: How to Make Cosplay for Everyone
1:00 – 1:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Rhea McCullough – Moderator
  • Carolyn Frantz
  • Jennifer Rzasa
  • Stephanie Mann
  • Melanie Anne Coombs

As cosplay becomes a more and more popular way of expressing fandom, people are making it work for them in various creative ways. Our panel of cosplayers will discuss how to cosplay on a budget, cosplay for people of varying abilities, and other burning questions from newbies and experts alike.

Wonder Woman Conquers the World!
1:30 – 2:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

This summer, Diana of Themyscira conquered the world is an unstoppable blockbuster movie that out shined all her DC predecessors! Join our panelists as the delve into the comics history that inspired the film. We’ll talk favorite stories, characters, creative teams and show our love for all things Wonder Woman.

One True Pairings, Shipping, and the Romance Genre
2:00 – 2:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

Shipping is part of the fabric of fandom communities. We all have an OTP, like Lois and Clark or Diana and Steve. But there’s also an entire fictional genre devoted to shipping, romance, that contains heroes and relationships similar to the pairings that fandom loves. Join us for a walk through romance in comics and how that relates to the feminist genre of romance.

Working in Audiodrama
2:30 – 3:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Lisa McQuilkin: Actor. “A.S.H.le” from Hadron Gospel Hour
  • Tanja Milojevic: Producer/Creator/Actor, The Penumbra Podcast
  • Simone De Boudoir: Actor, Edict Zero, What’s The Frequency, Electric Vicuna productions, Campfire Radio Theater

Audio drama podcasts are on the rise.  No longer relegated to a small number of dedicated listeners, Audio dramas are finding their way to car radios, living rooms, and live stages. We invited several local voice actors and creators to discuss the process, rewards, and unique challenges of audio-only entertainment.

Women in Games: From Designing to Playing and Nurturing the Next Generation
3:00 – 3:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Tracey Michienzi, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day
  • Savannah Camacho, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day
  • Emily Care Boss, Independent Game Designer/ Publisher, Black and Green Games
  • Adri Kliger, Co-Organizer of Women in Games, Boston
  • Meg Stivison, game designer for Small Monsters Games
  • Sarah Zaidan, comics artist and game designer

Have you ever looked around just to notice that you are the only woman in your game group? Ever feel like you don’t belong in the hobby? Trust us, you aren’t alone. The number of women who admit to gaming as a hobby are rising, and we are going to talk about it. Our esteemed panelists will discuss women’s roles in the gaming industry, equality in gaming, and how to create a positive gaming environment to set a good example to women gamers of the future.

The Expanded Universe: The Art of Fan Fiction
3:30 – 4:20PM, UPSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

  • Taylor Hendel – Moderator
  • Charlotte White
  • Linda Endinger
  • Caitlin Walsh

Even our favorite books and movies can leave us wanting more, whether we’re wondering how else things might have played out, wish more time had been spent on certain plot points, crave more queer or minority characters, or just want to see what happens next. Fanfiction is the way some folks explore their favorite fictional universes, putting the characters and/or setting in new contexts. Come learn more about this ever-growing art form from a variety of perspectives.

The Comic Book Spectrum: Modes of Creation
4:00 – 4:50PM, DOWNSTAIRS PANEL ROOM

The Women in Comics Collective International is an organization that highlights the merit and craft work of women working in the comic book industry. Their on going panel series ‘The Comic Book Spectrum’ discusses the various aspects of the industry that help keep the medium current and expansive. This installment will focus on the different ways comic books are produced, distributed and how they continue to thrive in an ever changing, multimedia industry.

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Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
(617) 718-2191

MA – Sink #1 Launch Party

Come meet artist Alex Cormack on Saturday Oct. 21st from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM as he signs the first issue of SINK from ComixTribe! Snag a sketch & chat with this local creator that’s on his way to stardom.

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Larry’s Comics
124 Tyngsboro Road, North Chelmsford, MA 01863
(978) 459-5323

MA – The Fantasy in Everyday Life

Join authors/illustrators Tony DiTerlizzi (The Battle for WondLa) and Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) at the Carle Museum on Sunday, October 1st at 3:00 PM as they discuss the increasingly popular fantasy and sci-fi genre for middle grade readers. Book signing to follow program.

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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 559-6300

MA – The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes

Actor Cary Elwes appears at the Hanover Theatre on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM for a screening of The Princess Bride followed by a Q&A. Tickets available here…

In this highly-anticipated event, fans of The Princess Bride will join the heroic Westley (actor Cary Elwes) in a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of the classic film. After a screening of the iconic film, Elwes will engage in a moderated discussion on classic scenes, revealing never before shared secrets and tales of inconceivable antics! Journey back to the lands of Florin and Guilder; filled with adventure, romance and intrigue (and let’s not forget Rodents of Unusual Size!).

Cary Elwes has been seen in a multitude of films, including Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Lady Jane, The Crush, Twister, Liar, Liar and many more. Cary is hitting the road to give fans the once-in-a-lifetime chance to capture this piece of cinematic history.

Don’t be a Humperdinck, make haste to see The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes for a night you will always tweasure.

Tickets are $29-39 depending on seat location. A limited number of $95 VIP packages are available and include a meet and greet with Cary Elwes. Discounts are available for members and groups of 10+. Please contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.

Evening will last approx. 175 minutes – 98 minutes for film, 75 minutes for talkback and Q&A.

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The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts
2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(877) 571-7469

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