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  • Wizard World Plans Massive Expansion for 2014; Adds Seven Cities to Their Comic Con Tour

    Press Release:

    Wizard World Comic Con Plans Massive Expansion In 2014, Adding Seven New Cities To The Largest Comic Con Tour Ever

    World’s Largest Pop Culture Convention Series Now Includes 15 Events With Plans To Expand To Sacramento, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; Minneapolis; Atlanta; San Antonio; Richmond, Va.; Tulsa, Okla.

    Wizard World ExpansionWizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD), the world’s largest pop culture convention series is announcing a large-scale expansion to its already largest Comic Con Tour. Fans of movies, TV, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, games, sci-fi, sports entertainment, music and more across the U.S. will now be treated to a whopping 15 events in 2014, potentially with room for additional expansion.

    Wizard World promises to continue bringing top-level celebrities for autographs, photo ops and panel programming as well as top rated TV show and blockbuster film and game releases to engage with the Comic Con audience. Additionally, while industry trends show artists exhibition areas shrinking at many other convention show floors, Wizard World has a strong commitment to including leading and up-and-coming comic book artists and writers from the U.S. and from all over the world. Over a dozen countries’ top talent have been represented at Wizard World 2013 events including Canada, Mexico, Spain, Great Britain, France, Italy, Philippines, Turkey, Singapore, Croatia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and more.

    Fans can expect to see community fueled costume contests, evening panel programming, live video streaming, top industry exhibitors, retailers, fan groups and exclusive attractions (like the Frank Frazetta pop-up museum collection) that are staples of the Wizard World experience, providing memorable and long-lasting experiences for attendees of all ages.

    Eight cities from the 2013 schedule return next year: Portland, Ore. (Jan. 24-26, Oregon Convention Center); New Orleans (Feb. 7-9, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center); St. Louis (April 4-6, America’s Center); Philadelphia (June 19-22, Pennsylvania Convention Center); Chicago (Aug. 21-24, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center); Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 26-28, Music City Center); Austin, Texas (Oct. 11-12, Austin Convention Center); and Columbus, Ohio (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Greater Columbus Convention Center).
    The tour has expanded to include the following new shows: Sacramento, Calif. (March 7-9, Sacramento Convention Center); Louisville, Ky. (March 28-30, Kentucky International Convention Center); Minneapolis (May 2-4, Minneapolis Convention Center); Atlanta (May 30-June 1, Georgia World Congress Center); San Antonio (Aug. 1-3, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center); Richmond, Va. (Sept. 12-14, Greater Richmond Convention Center) and Tulsa, Okla. (Nov., 7-9, Cox Business Center).

    “Our mantra has been, ‘Give the fans a great experience, give the celebrities and creators a great experience, take care of our exhibitors and everyone will want to come back,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO and Chairman. “We have had such an overwhelmingly positive reaction to all our 2013 events, both first-year and existing shows, that it was obvious what the fans were telling us – ‘We want more!’”

    Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Three events in the coming months conclude the 2013 slate: Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 20-22); Nashville, Tenn. (Oct. 18-20); and Austin, Texas (Nov. 22-24).

    About Wizard World:
    Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

    The full event schedule can be found at http://www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html.

    Wizard World 2013 Schedule
    September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
    October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
    November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con

    Wizard World 2014 Schedule
    January 24-26 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
    February 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
    March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
    March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
    April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
    May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
    May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
    June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
    August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
    August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
    September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
    September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
    October 11-12 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
    October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
    November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con

    MN – Star Wars Reads Day 2013

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    Join authors Troy Denning and Daniel Wallace along with the 501st Legion Central Garrison for a celebration of Star Wars and reading. Book discussions, activities and photo opportunities with characters from Star Wars on Saturday October 05, 2013 at 2:00 PM for Star Wars Reads Day!

    Barnes & Noble
    HarMar Mall, 2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
    651-639-9256

    MN – Woman Rebel Signing

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    Peter Bagge signs at Magers and Quinn Booksellers on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7:00pm!

    Press Release:

    Peter Bagge presents Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story
    The alternative-comics master offers an indelible and idiosyncratic take on the proto-feminist.

    “[Woman Rebel] is fine work from an excellent cartoonist and I urge you to jump right in.”-Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter, from his introduction

    Peter Bagge’s Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story is a dazzling and accessible biography of the social and political maverick, jam-packed with fact and fun. In his signature cartoony, rubbery style, Bagge presents the life of the birth-control activist, educator, nurse, mother, and protofeminist from her birth in the late nineteenth century to her death after the invention of the birth control pill. Balancing humor and respect, Bagge makes Sanger whole and human, showing how her flaws fueled her fiery activism just as much as her compassionate nature did. Sanger’s life takes on a whole new vivacity as Bagge creates a fast-paced portrait of a trailblazer whose legacy as the founder of Planned Parenthood is still incredibly relevant, important, and inspiring.

    Peter Bagge is the Harvey Award–winning author of the acclaimed nineties alternative-comic series Hate, starring slacker hero Buddy Bradley, and a regular contributor to Reason magazine. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he got his start in comics in the R. Crumb–edited magazine Weirdo. Bagge lives in Seattle with his wife, Joanne, their daughter, and three cats

    Magers and Quinn Booksellers
    3038 Hennepin Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
    tel: 612.822.4611

    MN – 30 years of Locas (… and Counting) Exhibit

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    Jaime Hernandez appears on Friday, August 16th, 2013 at Minneapolis College of Art and Design as the special guest for an artist’s reception from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, surrounding a talk at 7:00 PM in Auditorium 150.

    About the exhibit:

    This solo exhibition features the work of renowned comic artist Jaime Hernandez who, with his brothers Gilbert and Mario, published the first issue of Love and Rockets in 1982. The black-and-white magazine ushered in a new alternative comics scene, featuring stories of high comedy and drama and spotlighting people who had rarely been seen in comics before.

    Over the years the brothers developed their own storylines and spinoffs. Jaime’s Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories, tells the story of Maggie Chascarrillo, a bisexual, Mexican-American woman attempting to define herself in a community rife with class, race, and gender issues. As the New York Times Book Review described Locas, “These stories have all the visual smarts of film and the narrative smarts of literature….Hernandez specializes in psychological detail; we see both text and subtext immediately ….What better than to open a book that shows there is more going on than we dream of in our workaday philosophies?”

    The retrospective show in MCAD Gallery will include examples of Jaime’s original drawings and publications from the early 1980s to the present.

    Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
    2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

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    MN – Double Barrel Book Signing

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    Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon sign at Mead Hall Games on Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 1:00pm until 3:00pm!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Mead Hall Games
    1425 Lasalle Ave., Suite B2, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    MN – Ocean at the End of the Lane Signing

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    Author Neil Gaiman appears for a reading and signing on Monday July 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Press Release:

    From one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, comes his first adult novel in eight years, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Join us for a reading and signing at Jefferson High School in Bloomington.

    Special Instructions
    Wristbands are required for entry to this event and will be available beginning at 9:00 am on June 18 at Barnes & Noble Galleria (3225 W 69th, Edina, MN 55435) only. Wristbands are free with the purchase of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. A limited number will be available.

    About this Author
    Novelist Neil Gaiman has sent a British businessman tumbling into a fantastic underworld and had a devil and angel comically conspiring to thwart the Apocalypse. He found his biggest success, though, in Death, Dreams and Destruction — and the four other similarly named siblings who controlled the reins of the human race’s emotional impulses in his graphic-novel series The Sandman, a wholesale rejuvenation of graphic fiction that had everyone from Tori Amos to Norman Mailer spinning with, yes, Delirium.

    Jefferson High School Auditorium
    4001 West 102nd Street, Bloomington, MN 55437

    MN – Star Wars: Crucible Signing

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    Meet Troy Denning, one of the most experienced and accomplished Star Wars authors on Tuesday July 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM. His newest book, Crucible, is a Star Wars novel true to the letter and spirit of the series.

    Special Instructions
    We will begin handing out numbered vouchers at 9:00 am on July 9. The vouchers are necessary only for those who would like to have their book signed. Vouchers do not guarantee seating. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

    Barnes & Noble – Roseville II
    HarMar Mall, 2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
    651-639-9256

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

    Press Release:

    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.

    MN – Weird Al Signs

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    Weird Al Yankovic signs his new book My New Teacher & Me on Sunday June 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM!

    Barnes & Noble – Roseville II
    HarMar Mall, 2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
    651-639-9256

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