Grand Rapids Comic-Con’s Inaugural Event Happening October 2013

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Press Release:

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.

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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.”

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Robert Pope

“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.”

For more information visit www.grcomiccon.com or www.facebook.com/grandrapidscomiccon.

Disney Infinity Embarking on “Summer of Endless Fun” Tour; Plans San Diego Stop During SDCC 2013

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Press Release:

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.–()–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

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).

Dark Horse an Official Partner for 2nd Annual Star Wars Reads Day

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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

Star Wars Reads DayNew 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

For updates and more information, follow Star Wars Reads on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/StarWarsReads

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/

Lucasfilm, STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

MI – Green Brain: Re-Entry

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Raina Telgemeier, John Green, and Dave Roman appear at Green Brain Comics on Monday, June 24, 2013 from 2:00pm until 5:00pm for the store’s grand re-opening to show off the newly remodeling!

RSVP on Facebook!

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

MI – Primates Signing

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Writer Jim Ottaviani signs at Nicola’s Books on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 7:00 pm!

About the author:
Jim Ottaviani has written nonfiction, science-oriented comics since 1997, notably the number one New York Times bestseller, Feynman and Fallout which was nominated for an Ignatz Award. He has worked as a nuclear engineer, caddy, programmer, and reference librarian. Primates is his first collaboration with artist Maris Wicks. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Nicola’s Books
Westgate Shopping Center, 2513 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

MI – Primates Signing

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Writer Jim Ottaviani signs at Vault of Midnight on Saturday, June 15th, 2013!

About the author:
Jim Ottaviani has written nonfiction, science-oriented comics since 1997, notably the number one New York Times bestseller, Feynman and Fallout which was nominated for an Ignatz Award. He has worked as a nuclear engineer, caddy, programmer, and reference librarian. Primates is his first collaboration with artist Maris Wicks. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Vault of Midnight
219 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734-998-1413

Kids Reads Comics Festival 2013

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The Kids Read Comics celebration in Ann Arbor, Michigan returns on June 22nd-23rd! Guests include Ben Hatke (Zita the Space Girl), Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) John Green (Teen Boat!), John Martin (Vordak), Jim Ottaviani (Primates) and more!

About the Kids Read Comics Celebration
Generations of kids have grown up reading and loving comics. And it’s not hard to see why comics have captured the imagination of kids and teens — with their unique blend of words and pictures, even the most everyday comics stories open up worlds of wonder.

And beyond the sheer joy of comics is the fact that they can help turn kids into more active and engaged readers. They also provide a model for young readers to explore and develop their own creativity.

But comics are no longer the mass medium they once were. Far fewer kids are exposed to them today, and many of the comics they find are intended for older readers. That’s where Kids Read Comics comes in!

Our Kids Read Comics Celebration is a totally free event that unites kids, teens, parents, teachers and librarians with professional artists and writers from the comics and animation fields. Our goal is to introduce kids to worlds of imagination while unlocking their creative impulses, and to serve that goal, the convention features:

hands-on workshops
panels and presentations for kids, families, and educators
a chance for kids to meet and chat with comics and animation professionals
the opportunity for kids to have their own art portfolios reviewed
KRC also works throughout the year to promote comics and creativity for kids and teens. We’re building a recommended reading list; gathering resources for parents, teachers and librarians; and organizing artists and writers who can bring presentations and workshops to libraries around the state of Michigan and beyond.

Kids Read Comics was founded by youth and teen librarian Edith Burney of Chelsea, cartoonist and educator Jerzy Drozd of Ann Arbor, comic shop owner Dan Merritt of Dearborn, and comic book writer Dan Mishkin of East Lansing. You can reach us at kidsreadcomics@gmail.com.

Motor City Comic Con Issues Apology for Overcrowding at 2013 Show

For more on Motor City Comic Con’s overcrowding issue, check out our latest Scene on the Web Weekly.

Via Motor City Comic Con’s Facebook page:

Dear Motor City Comic Con fans,

MCCC 2013Thank you so much for making the 2013 Motor City Comic Con our largest and most successful to date. Over 30,000+ fans came through the doors over the three-day period and we appreciate each and every one of you for attending.

With that said, we would also like to take this opportunity to apologize for the long wait times at our convention, particularly on Saturday. We just never expected 18,000+ people to attend that day, which was the same amount of people we had over the entire three days last year. We were literally hit with a “Humanity Bomb” and were not prepared for the sheer number of people attending, even with a large increase in our staff. The entire MCCC staff worked non-stop to move everyone in as fast as possible, which we realize wasn’t fast enough.

Given that we had every one of our employees and volunteers working diligently to get attendees in quickly, we were unable to respond to the multiple e-mails and social media messages alerting us of the issues you were having. Next year we will plan to have one person dedicated to e-mail and social media communication to better serve attendee’s needs.

We learned some valuable lessons this year and are already working hard to prevent these issues from happening again. We have already been in talks with Showplace management to begin working on solutions for 2014, which will be the 25th anniversary of the Motor City Comic Con. We truly hope you will accept our sincere apologies for any delays or inconveniences you may have experienced and will come back next year, as it will be better than ever. Sincerely,

Michael Goldman,
Founder of the Motor City Comic Con

Scene on the Web Weekly: May 20-26, 2013

The Motor City Comic Con has massive overcrowding with 30,000 fans, the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival calls it quits, “Chew” goes Tarantino for SDCC, ComiXpress shuts down, Yahoo! buys Tumblr, cats living with dogs (okay, we’re kidding about that last part), but it’s all here in the latest Scene on the Web.


Scene on the Web Weekly: May 13-19, 2013

Jonathan Hickman is added for NYCC 2013, folks get excited about Motor City Comic Con and Dallas Comic Con, some looks back at the Long Beach Comic Expo, and more.


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