Chris Hardwick is a stand-up comedian, chart-topping podcaster, television personality, contributor for Wired magazine, and creative head of the multi-platform media behemoth known as Nerdist Industries. Chris is the CEO of Nerdist Industries, which has grown to include the Nerdist.com website; a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist) with over 1M subscribers; 2.4M Twitter fans; and a podcast network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast that averages over 6 million monthly downloads.
Nerdist also produces content for television including “All Star Celebrity Bowling” for AMC and “In the Name of Science” for National Geographic Channel. Further, Nerdist hosts live events around the country such as The Nerdist Podcast Live! and Course of the Force, an annual lightsaber relay in partnership with Lucasfilm LTD and Octagon which leads up to San Diego Comic-Con International.
On top of his Nerdist responsibilities, Chris is the face of AMC’s live after show Talking Dead, which discussed the highly-rated The Walking Dead. His top rated late-night show, @Midnight airs four nights a week on Comedy Central. Nerdist Industries is headquartered at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood.
246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
Bryan Cranston (All the Way, Breaking Bad) appears in discussion with WGBH’s Jared Bowen about his new book A Life in Parts on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM. The discussion will last approximately one hour and 30 minutes. The price of admission will include a copy of A Life in Parts. Tickets are available at the link…
A poignant, intimate, funny, inspiring memoir—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—from Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history’s most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father cast him in a United Way commercial. Acting was clearly the boy’s destiny, until one day his father disappeared. Destiny suddenly took a backseat to survival.
Now, in his riveting memoir, Cranston maps his zigzag journey from abandoned son to beloved star by recalling the many odd parts he’s played in real life—paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, lover, husband, father. Discussing his life as few men do, describing his art as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. But ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The Norman Rockwell Museum opens an exhibition of Hanna-Barbera animation art on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 5:30 PM with commentary by Jesse Kowalski, Exhibition Curator, and special guest Tony Benedict, Hanna-Barbera Writer.
Remember Saturday morning cartoons with cereal on a TV tray? From the late 50s through the 80s, animation powerhouse Hanna-Barbera created most of America’s favorites.
Before the rise of basic cable, Saturday mornings for many children in America were spent watching cartoons on one of three available television channels. From 1958 through the 1980s, a majority of those cartoons bore the Hanna-Barbera imprint. Creating hit shows such as The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, Scooby-Doo, Super Friends, and many others, Hanna-Barbera was an animation powerhouse. Join us for the opening of this special exhibition, explores the creation of beloved characters and television programming that spans generations.
Explore the creation of beloved characters and television programming that spans generations. More than two hundred works are featured, including original animation art, sketches, model sheets, archival materials, toys, products, and interactive activities. Read more…
Special Exhibition Preview Talk at 4 p.m. with Jerry Beck, animation historian and author of The Hanna-Barbera Treasury
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Artists Nate Powell (March, Year of the Beasts, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole) and Kerascoët (Beautiful Darkness, Miss Don’t Touch Me, Beauty) appear at the Million Year Picnic on Friday October 28th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM! They will also appear that weekend at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE).
Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist who began self-publishing at age 14. Nate illustrates the March trilogy – the acclaimed graphic novel autobiography of civil rights icon John Lewis – in his distinctive loose yet sophisticated style. He also creates comics of his own, such as You Don’t Say, Any Empire, and Swallow Me Whole, which further showcase his skills as a thoughtful storyteller.
Kerascoët is the shared pen name of illustrators Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset. The duo are best known in the US for their Eisner-nominated graphic novel Beautiful Darkness, where their fanciful cartooning frames a grim tale of mortality. The married couple met while attending the Olivier de Serres art school and now work together in comics and animation.
Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Writer Vivek J. Tiwary signs The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story at Comicazi on Friday October 28, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.
The Fifth Beatle is an award-winning, #1 New York Times best selling graphic novel and forthcoming feature film recounting the untold true story of Brian Epstein– the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool, nurtured, protected, and guided them to international stardom, but died painfully lonely at the age of 32.
407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
Series cover artist Adam Miller appears at Larry’s Comics on Saturday October 29, 2016 from 11:00am – 3:00 PM to sign States of Terror #3!
68 Lakeview Avenue, Lowell, MA 01850
Hub Comics hosts the MICE kick-off party on Friday October 28th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM featuring artists Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City), Wren McDonald (SP4RX), Jeremy Sorese (Curveball), Sara Varon (Sweaterweather), Drew Weing (The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo), Greg Cook (Friends Is Friends), Joel Gill (Bessie Stringfield) and Jason Rodriguez (Colonial Comics)! They will also appear that weekend at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE).
Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Author Marie Brennan appears at Pandemonium Books & Games on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the store’s 27th anniversary!
A Natural History of Dragons, the first book in Brennan’s Lady Trent series, is one of our constant bestsellers at the store, and it continuously makes the rounds on many staff recommendation shelves, as well as a variety of displays within the store. The fourth book in the series, In the Labyrinth of Drakes, came out in April.
Marie Brennan also has a new series of novellas from Tor Publishing, which began with Cold-Forged Flame in September. Book two, Lightning in the Blood, is due in April of 2017.
There will be a reading, followed by a signing. The event is free and open to the public.
Pandemonium Books & Games
4 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Writer MARJORIE LIU (Han Solo, Black Widow, Astonishing X-Men) appears at Harvard COOP on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM!
New York Times-bestselling author Marjorie Liu shares the first installment in her new gripping graphic novel series, Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening. Described as “a delight” by Neil Gaiman, Marjorie and illustrator Sana Takeda have created a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk that will have readers highly anticipating the next book in the series. Monstress tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
1400 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02238
Harvard Book Store welcomes ANNA KENDRICK, Academy Award–nominated actress and star of Up in the Air, The Accountant, Into the Woods, and Pitch Perfect, for a discussion of her book, Scrappy Little Nobody—her first collection of autobiographical essays at the Back Bay Events Ctr on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…
This event does not include a book signing.
All copies of Scrappy Little Nobody will be pre-signed by the author.
About Scrappy Little Nobody
“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!” —Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick’s autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick’s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.
Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116