MI – FCBD: Bodie Troll Signing

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Cartoonist Jay Fosgitt, creator of Bodie Troll, signs at Green Brain Comics on Saturday May 3, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

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Green Brain Comics
13210 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
313-582-9444

MI – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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Artist Gene Ha (JLA, Top 10) signs at Detroit Comics on Saturday May 3rd from noon till 3:00 pm for Free Comic Book Day!

Detroit Comics
23333 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI 48220-1362
(248) 548-2669

MI – What the%@$*! Happened to Comics

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Art Spiegelman, famed comics author renowned for his Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel Maus, will present “What the%@$*! Happened to Comics” next week, hosted by the Ypsilanti District Library. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10th at Eastern Michigan University’s Pease Auditorium.

The author will also be signing books after the presentation. Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

A limited number of VIP tickets, which include a wine and cheese reception with Spiegelman himself, are also available for $50. Tickets will be available for purchase through emutix.com

MI – Jack of Spades #1 Signing

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Writer Trico Lutkins and artist Joshua Werner appear at Green Brain Comics on on Saturday March 22nd to unveil their new release, Jack of Spades #1! They’ll be signing comics and talking about the creative process from 5-7pm.

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Green Brain Comics
13210 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
313-582-9444

James O’Barr to Appear at Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2014

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Press Release:

The Crow Creator James O’Barr To Appear at Grand Rapids Comic-Con on November 21-23, 2014

James O’Barr, the artist who is best known as the creator of the comic book series The Crow and the 1994 film of the same name, will be appearing at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con on November 21-23.

In 1978, O’Barr’s fiancée, Beverly, was killed by a drunk driver, and he joined the Marines in an effort to cope with the loss. He was stationed in Germany and illustrated combat manuals for the military. While living in Berlin in 1981, O’Barr began work on The Crow as a means of dealing with his personal tragedy. O’Barr was further inspired by a Detroit newspaper account of the murder of a young couple over a $20 engagement ring. After his discharge from the Marines, O’Barr continued his painting and illustration as well as doing lots of odd jobs, including working for a Detroit body shop. The Crow sat on a shelf for seven years, but at last someone wanted to publish it: Gary Reed of Caliber Press. In The Crow, the protagonist and his fiancée are murdered by a gang of criminals. He then returns from the dead to hunt their killers.

O’Barr’s own hope that his project would result in a personal catharsis went unfulfilled, he told an interviewer in 1994, saying, “[A]s I drew each page, it made me more self-destructive, if anything….There is pure anger on each page”. The Crow has sold more than 750,000 copies worldwide.

The book was adapted into a successful film in 1994, but it resulted in further tragedy. Brandon Lee, who played the main character, was accidentally shot and killed during filming.

The Crow is currently being rebooted by Hollywood, which will be directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before The Fall) and star Chris Evans (Fast And Furious 6, The Immortals). James has been named as a consultant on the reboot.

“It is great to have James at our little shindig,” said co-event coordinator Mark Hodges. “James has created a truly revolutionary series that has touched many kids and is embraced by certain cultures in society. He has created a work that has touched people in a way that is rare, and we are pleased to bring him to Grand Rapids.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is a popular arts and comic book convention that will be held at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center on November 21-23. For more information check out www.grcomiccon.com.

Team Eastman’s 2014 Turtle Tour

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KEVIN EASTMAN, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and longtime publisher of Heavy Metal, kicks off a year of touring across the United States and abroad this weekend with an appearance at Jared’s Epic Party in Dallas, TX! Visit Kevin’s website for full details of all his original art available for sale and regular updates about his schedule. And stay in touch with Kevin on Facebook and Twitter!

Upcoming 2014 appearances and signings …..

February 22 -  Jareds Epic Party – Dallas, TX

March 2   - Sac Con – Sacramento, CA

March 28 and 29 – DLUX Expo – Detroit, MI

April 5 and 6 – Gem City Comic Con – Dayton, OH

April 25 & 26 - Calgary Comic Con, Canada

May 3 - Free Comic Book Day, Jetpack, Rochester, NH

May 9 & 10 - WAP! Comic Con, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

May 31 & June 1 - Indy Pop Con, Indianapolis, IN

June 6 & 7 - Niagara Falls CC, Niagara Falls, Canada

June 21 - Heroes Con, Charlotte, NC

July 12 & 13 - Capitol City Comic Con – Austin, TX

July 24-27 - San Diego Comicon – San Diego, CA

Sept 12 & 13 - Wizard World – Richmond, VA

Sept 26-27 - Alamo City – San Antonio, TX

October – Australia and New Zealand TBA

Allen Bellman and Robert Pope Returning to Grand Rapids Comic-Con in 2014

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Press Release:

Allen Bellman, Robert Pope Returns To Grand Rapids Comic-Con

 The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is pleased to announce that comic book guests Allen Bellman and Robert Pope have both agreed to return to the annual comic book and popular arts event which will be held at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on November 21-23.

Allen Bellman is a Golden Age comic artist who drew the backgrounds for Syd Shores’ Captain America in 1942, and eventually worked on titles such as The  Patriot, The Destroyer, The Human Torch, All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery, Sub  Mariner Comics, Young Allies and so much more.  Bellman  also contributed to pre-Code horror, crime, war and western tales for  Atlas.

Robert Pope is the DC Comics go-to guy for Cartoon Network characters. Robert is a penciller on  Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes, Batman The Brave and The Bold and many others.  Robert is also freelancing for the Peanuts franchise for Boom Comics as well as the Power Puff Girls for IDW.

“Allen and Robert were popular guests last October,” said owner and co-event coordinator Mark Hodges, “and bringing both of them back is a service to the 3500 people who were not able to get into the show last time. It is a pleasure and a privilege to have both of them back at the comic-con.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on November 21-23, 2014, at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, please visit the website www.grcomiccon.com.

MI – Wolverine #1 Signing

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Comic artist Ryan Stegman (Wolverine, Superior Spider-Man) will be coming back to Comic Explosion on Saturday February 8th! He’s expected to be there from noon to 2:00 PM. Please stop by and help show this rising star how much his artwork is appreciated!

Comic Explosion
214 E. Nepessing, Lapeer, MI 48446
(810) 667-3972

Justin Kohn to Attend Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2014

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Stop-Motion Animator Justin Kohn To Attend Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Justin KohnThe Grand Rapids Comic-Con will have world-known stop-motion animator Justin Kohn as a guest at their 2014 show which will be held at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on November 21-23.

Justin is a world-known expert in the animation art of three-dimensional effects including stop-motion animation. His talents have been sought after by Hollywood for over 25 years and have been in the forefront of many classic animated films.

Justin has been involved with three-dimensional animated effects work since 1979. In the 80s and 90s, he ran a small animation armature manufacturing and effects rigging studio in Los Angeles along with partner Master Machinist Peter J Marinello.

Justin received national attention for his stop-motion animation work in the 1988 sci-fi cult classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space. His most famous work appeared in two classic animation films: the Jack Skellington sleigh scenes in the 1993 holiday classic The Nightmare Before Christmas as well as being the lead animator in the 2009 creep fest Coraline.

Justin’s other 3-D animation film credits include Robocop 2, James And the Giant Peach, Monkeybone, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Antz, and Puppet Master. Justin also has a wide range of television credits as well including “The Bite-Sized Adventures Of Sam Sandwich” for the Disney Channel and “Beforel Orel: Trust” for Adult Swim.

Justin’s newest project are the animation effects in the upcoming fantasy Anomalisa starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and David Thewlis.

In addition to signing autographs, Justin will also be bringing to the Grand Rapids Comic-Con a museum of authentic character props from his work which will be displayed in a museum-style format. He will also give a presentation on 3-D animation effects.

Justin Kohn - Nightmare Before Christmas“This is a very exciting guest announcement for us,” said owner and co-event coordinator Mark Hodges. “Justin is an ultra-rare appearance and we will be the first comic-con in the United States to host him. Bringing in unique guests such as Justin is a commitment to our patrons that we will be bringing in a great guest list.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on November 21-23, 2014, at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, please visit the website www.grcomiccon.com.

MI – Bodie Troll Signing

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Press Release:

Green Brain Comics proudly announces the return of local comic creator Jay Fosgitt on Saturday, February 15th from noon until 3pm to celebrate the release of the Bodie Troll graphic novel.

Jay Fosgitt’s Bodie Troll is a creator-owned, all-ages comic set in the mythic village of Hagadorn and featuring a grumpy little troll named Bodie. While he aspires to be big and scary, he’s actually cute and cuddly, which confounds his attempts every time.

Green Brain Comics will have copies of the Bodie Troll graphic novel available for sale and Jay Fosgitt would be happy to personalize a copy for you or your loved one. Additionally a limited supply of single issues of the Bodie Troll comic will be available. Copies of each will be limited so don’t miss your chance to get your signed copy of this hilarious book before anyone else.

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Green Brain Comics
13210 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
313-582-9444

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