The 2014 MSU Comics Forum will take place on Feb. 21st and 22nd. The keynote address will occur on the first evening, Friday, February 21st, 2014, while the panel discussions and artist alley will happen the following day, Saturday, February 22nd, 2014. The location will be in Snyder/Phillips Hall on the campus of Michigan State University (the same locations as the past few years).
This year the MSU Comics Forum is proud to announce that award-winning comics creator, Stan Sakai, will be our guest of honor and keynote speaker on Friday, Feb 21st, 2014. Sakai is most known for his long-running anthropomorphic animal series, Usagi Yojimbo, which explores the culture and traditions of 17th century feudal Japan and has been published in 12 languages. Recently, Sakai completed an ambitious historical mini-series, 47 Ronin, a comics adaptation of Japan’s best known tale with publisher and writer, Mike Richardson. Sakai’s work has garnered him numerous Eisner Awards and in 2011 the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, CA presented a retrospective of his 30-year career.
Details at the website: www.comicsforum.msu.edu
Artist Nate Powell (March, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole) signs at Hollow Mountain Comics & Games on Friday, February 21, 5:00pm – 6:30pm! Presented as part of MSU Comics Forum.
Hollow Mountain Comics & Games
611 E. Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823
Grand Rapids Comic-Con Announces First Guests
The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is please to announce that comic book guest Livio Ramondelli and e-comics legend Mark Mekkes will be guests at the annual comic book and popular arts event which will be held at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on November 21-23.
Livio Ramondelli is currently drawing various projects for IDW Publishing. His credits include Transformers: Autocracy and Monstrosity (with Blizzard creative director Chris Metzen and Flint Dille), Transformers: Chaos, Robots in Disguise, as well as covers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, 30 Days of Night and others. He has also provided Star Wars covers for Dark Horse Comics, and Battlestar Galactica covers for Dynamite Entertainment.
Mark Mekkes is a cartoonist, illustrator and writer that has turned his efforts to the world of web comics. Mark is the creator of the groundbreaking e-comics “Zortic” and “Saucer Seekers”, as well as the role playing card game Steam Spy.
“We want to create the best comic and popular arts event in the Midwest,” said owner and co-event coordinator Mark Hodges, “and adding Livio and Mark are a good step for us. We desire to bring to Grand Rapids the best guests available in our field, and we feel that Livio and Mark fit the bill well. We are happy that they have decided to attend our event as guests.”
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.
In support of Adam WarRock’s new album, The Middle of Nowhere, he is embarking on a national tour of comic stores with his brother-in-comic-arms, Tribe One. The first leg of the tour will appropriately span the Middle & Midwest US. Come out and see an intimate nerd rap live show at your local comic store!
Green Brain Comics
13210 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
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|Comic Con and Martial Arts Expo. 30th year anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the pinnacle of this years Dlux Expo. Come help us break the World Record for most Ninja Turtles!!
March 28-30, 2013, the D-Lux Entertainment Expo seeks to be a pop culture celebration like no other!
We will play host to comic book creators, TV and Movie actors, musicians, martial artists, professional wrestlers, and sport fighting practitioners.
The space will be filled with celebrities, comic book vendors, comic book professionals, jewelers, cosplay vendors, action figures, and cosplay enthusiasts of all types.
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This event will be for fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Super Heroes, comic books, video games, action films, martial arts, UFC, Strikeforce, cosplay, role playing, pop culture, and more.
The entertainment expo will coincide with a martial arts tournament. Michigantournaments.com will hold a state championship tournament the same weekend and location as the MichiganTournaments.com.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Co-Creator -KEVIN EASTMAN-
Ernie Reyes Jr. – Martial Arts Master, Star of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 and 2. Surf Ninja’s, and Last Dragon – just to name a few.
Master Ken – Star of YouTube sensation “Enter the Dojo”.
Taimak – Bruce Leeroy from Barry Gordy’s The Last Dragon.
Hanshi Frank Dux – World famous martial artist, and inspiration for the movie Bloodsport, starring Jean Claude Van Damme.
Ernest “The Cat” Miller – World Champion martial artist, professional wrestler, and actor, starring as “The Ayatollah” in the Academy Award winning film The Wrestler.
Leif Tilden – American actor and director who played Robbie Sinclair in the sitcom Dinosaurs, and gorillas in various films including George of the Jungle, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, and Buddy. He is probably most famous for playing Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its sequel, being the costume actor for both.
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October 18, 2013 by Brian Pate
Filed under Animation, California, Comic Books, Comic-Con International, Convention News, Florida, Georgia, Horror, Michigan, New York, New York Comic Con, Television, Top Stories
Animate Miami and The Walking Dead get documentaries, SDCC gets a convention expansion, Superman gets a 75th anniversary short, and what do you get? A whole lot more in this week’s Scene on the Web.
Chris Trevas, Joe Corroney, and Brian Rood sign Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion at Barnes & Noble on Saturday October 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM for Star Wars Reads Day!
Don’t miss this opportunity to make your leap into the next lightyear with experts in the field of Star Wars. Appropriate for all ages.
Barnes & Noble
Huron Village, 3235 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Grand Rapids Comic-Con’s Inaugural Event To Be Held On October 12
The Grand Rapids Comic-Con, a comic book and popular arts convention and trade show, will hold its inaugural event on Saturday, October 12.
The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will feature nationally known comic book illustrators as well as a giant vending room, an Artist Alley with over 20 independent artists, an anime room, an electronics gaming room operated by Nintendo, a card and board gaming room, a world-class art show featuring some of the biggest names in comics, a film festival sponsored by the Compass College of Cinematic Arts, panels, seminars, and a lot more.
National comic book guests include Allen Bellman, a Golden Age artist who drew Captain America during World War II; Robert Pope, the current head artist for DC Comics for the Cartoon Network titles as well as Scooby-Doo and Peanuts; and Dan Monroe, children’s book illustrator of Dennis The Wild Bull written by NBA star Dennis Rodman.
“This is our first year doing the Grand Rapids Comic-Con, and we are expecting a lot of growth in the event,” says co-event coordinator Mark Hodges. “When done right, these events have tremendous growth potential and we are hoping that the Grand Rapids Comic-Con will become one of the marquee events on the West Michigan calendar for years to come.”
“I feel blessed to be a part of this event,” said co-event coordinator Jennifer Hodges.
The inaugural Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on Saturday, October 12, from 10 am to 6 pm at the HSB Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave. SW in Wyoming, Michigan. Tickets are $5 and are only available at the door.
Early bird tickets are available at the door at 9 am for $10 with half of the proceeds going to Kitchen Sage, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding inner city Grand Rapids school children and to teach culinary awareness. “We wanted to contribute to the West Michigan area,” said Mark. “We wanted to represent a charitable organization that gave specifically to Grand Rapids and would be a partner in our efforts as well. Kitchen Sage and Chef Tommy FitzGerald fits the bill perfectly.”
“I am so happy that we chose Kitchen Sage and Chef Tommy,” said Jennifer. “He has been wonderful to collaborate with.”
Disney Infinity is Hitting the Road for “Summer of Endless Fun” Tour
Kids and Families Will Have the Opportunity To Play Disney Infinity for the First Time Before It Launches On Aug. 18
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive’s biggest and most ambitious video game to date, is embarking on a multi-city “Summer of Endless Fun” tour to showcase the most anticipated game of the year. The cross country road trip, which is free to the public, kicked off on July 7 in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. Players will get an exclusive sneak peek at the game before it hits store shelves on Aug. 18.
Zigzagging across the country, fans will get the chance to play Disney Infinity – featuring the innovative Toy Box mode that truly brings every kids’ imagination to life. Who hasn’t thought about building a world where Mr. Incredible uses a Monsters University toilet paper launcher while driving around in Cinderella’s carriage with monster truck wheels? Now players can let their imaginations run free and create their own adventures.
The “Summer of Endless Fun” Tour will make stops in Chicago, San Diego, Boston, Detroit and Richmond, culminating with a weekend of launch activities in New York City on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18. Activities at each tour stop include game demos, surprise guests, photo opportunities, giveaways, contests, entertainment provided by Radio Disney and more.
Disney Infinity is an all-new game platform that gives players the freedom to create stories and play experiences featuring characters from The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios. Players can place real-world toy versions of beloved Disney characters onto a device called the Disney Infinity Base and transport them into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, the Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars and The Lone Ranger, as well as into a giant Toy Box.
DISNEY INFINITY “SUMMER OF ENDLESS FUN” SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS
July 13-14: Taste of Chicago in Chicago, Ill.
July 18-20: Gaslamp Quarter during San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, Calif.
July 19-21: Revere Beach National Festival in Boston, Mass.
July 26-28: Coast Guard Festival in Detroit, Mich.
August 10-11: Prince William County Fair in Richmond, Va.
August 17: Nintendo World Store in New York City, N.Y.
August 18: Times Square in New York City, N.Y.
For additional information about Disney Infinity, please visit www.disney.com/infinity and www.youtube.com/disneyinfinity, join the Disney Infinity Facebook community (Facebook.com/disneyinfinity) and Google+ community (https://plus.google.com/+DisneyInfinity), and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/disneyinfinity) and Instagram (instagram.com/disneyinfinity). To access press materials, please visithttp://disneyinteractive.smugmug.com/DisneyInfinity.
Disney Interactive, one of the world’s largest creators of high-quality interactive entertainment across all platforms, is the part of The Walt Disney Company responsible for the global creation and delivery of interactive entertainment, multi-platform video games, and family-focused content across all current and emerging digital media platforms. Disney Interactive produces and distributes a broad portfolio of content from Disney Interactive Games and Disney Interactive Media. Products and content released and operated by Disney Interactive include blockbuster mobile, social and console games, online virtual worlds, #1 kid’s entertainment destination Disney.com and the #1 Family/Parenting portfolio on the Web.
Disney Interactive is the interactive entertainment part of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS).
June 3, 2013 by Brian Pate
Filed under California, Colorado, Everything Else, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
LUCASFILM LTD., DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE AND PUBLISHING PARTNERS ANNOUNCE SECOND ANNUAL STAR WARS READS DAY
Bookstore and library events to be held October 5, 2013
New York, NY – Lucasfilm, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and its publishing partners announced today the second annual Star Wars Reads Day to be held this October 5, 2013. Last year, 30 authors and 1,500 costumed volunteers participated in over 1,200 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America. On October 5 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.
“Star Wars Reads Day is the kind of initiative that we at Lucasfilm love to support” says Carol Roeder, Director of Publishing at Lucasfilm. “Reading and Star Wars have gone hand-in-hand since 1976, when the novelization of the original Star Wars movie was released. Over the years, many fans have discovered the joy in reading through Star Wars books, and we hope to continue encouraging more people to read.”
Official Star Wars Reads Day author events are already confirmed at the following locations:
Ann Arbor, MI – Barnes & Noble
Austin, TX – Barnes & Noble
Carle Place, NY – Barnes & Noble
Cincinnati, OH – Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Denver, CO – Tattered Cover
Madison, WI – Barnes & Noble
New York, NY – The Scholastic Store
Portland, OR – Wordstock Festival
Redondo Beach, CA – Mysterious Galaxy
Richmond, VA – bbgb
Roseville, MN – Barnes & Noble
San Francisco, CA – Books Inc.
Seattle, WA – University Bookstore
Warwick, RI – Barnes & Noble
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An official Star Wars event kit (free of charge), including reproducible activity sheets and trivia, will be available for download at: http://starwars.com/reads/
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