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!

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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!

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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

MN – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Christopher Jones, Anthony Hary, Peter Allen, and The Great Carlito appear at Source Comics & Games on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

Source Comics & Games
1601 Larpenteur Avenue, Falcon Heights, MN 55113
651-645-0386

MCBA Celebrating 25 Years with May 2013 SpringCon

Press Release:

MCBA SPRINGCON COMIC BOOK CARNIVAL

A CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY

MCBA 25Saint Paul, MN. April 8, 2013 - To celebrate 25 years of unswerving and enthusiastic service to the comic book industry, the Midwest Comic Book Association (MCBA) is pleased to announce that the 25th Anniversary MCBA Comic Carnival will take place May 18 & 19, 2013, 10AM to 5PM both days at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, in the Grandstand, at 1265 Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108.

Expect the unexpected at the 2013 SpringCon Carnival! The clock is ticking and the fuse is burning down to igniting 840 minutes of red hot MCBA comic book action the likes of which this community has never seen!

“SpringCon has evolved into a 840 minute regional nexus of all of the things that make the world of analog and digital comic books so very compelling and relevant!” said Nick Postiglione, Co-Director of the all volunteer MCBA, “Over the years, SpringCon has been built around the concept of developing an interactive community and providing opportunities for all aspects of our growing community to interface in a welcoming, energetic and encouraging environment and now is the time to try expand our efforts and see where our ever expanding journey will take us.”

The 25th Anniversary 2013 MCBA Comic Carnival will feature a festive 100,000 square foot atmosphere that will truly acknowledges and celebrates our long standing heritage of welcoming community, reputation for being a breeder reactor for comic creators of all types (Including superstar creators, working professionals, up and comers, Independent & Alternative creators, webcomicers, self-publishers, mini-comic folks, small press, and all creative and format points in between!), having a dynamic and growing fan base, and a huge collection of all sorts of hucksters, lovable and otherwise!

A super gigantic guest creator list, hucksters from all over sector 2815, an avalanche of free entertainment and programming, costumed characters, activities benefiting charities, and thousands of fans! A place where new and exciting creative alliances will be formed, collector dreams will be recognized or dashed, new friendships will be forged in the fires of common interests, newbies will be welcomed to worlds they never knew existed, local charities will be benefited, role playing costume characters will be masters of all they survey, creative types will be inspired to new heights and all will be as it should. Something for everyone and everyone welcome!

Meta Con 2013 Adds Eric Roberts

Press Release:

Minneapolis Comic Con announces Eric Roberts

Eric RobertsMinneapolis, MN – March 31, 2013 – The most exciting event to hit Minneapolis is excited to announce that actor Eric Roberts will be appearing at the 2013 Minneapolis Comic Con, Meta Con, this August. Eric Roberts is famous for numerous movie and TV roles, including the role of Sal Maroni in The Dark Knight, which was the fourteenth highest-grossing film of all time.

One of Hollywood’s edgier, more intriguing characters, Eric Anthony Roberts started life in Biloxi, Mississippi, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He is known by comics fans in particular for appearing in The Dark Knight as Sal Maroni, Gotham City Mafia boss. His career began with King of the Gypsies (1978), a role for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actor debut. He starred as the protagonist in the 1980 dramatization of Willa Cather’s 1905 short story, Paul’s Case. He earned both a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in Runaway Train (1985). Through the 1990s and 2000s he maintained numerous dramatic film and TV-movie roles while appearing in TV series. His TV work includes three seasons with the sitcom Less than Perfect and a recurring role on the NBC drama Heroes. His sisters Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan, and daughter Emma Roberts, are also actors.

His numerous and extensive credits can be found on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Roberts

Meta Con 2013 brings thousands of fans of comics, science-fiction, video games, anime, and music together for a nerd-culture weekend extravaganza. This Minneapolis comic con includes almost a hundred different events, including formal dances, gaming tournaments, and cosplay costume contests. A big part of this comic and anime con is the giant exhibitor hall, featuring vendors selling all kinds of epic gear from comic books to video games.

Meta Con will be held August 30 through September 1, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Minneapolis. Individuals interested in attending can pre-purchase tickets (pre-register) online at http://metaconvention.com/register Hotel room information is available at http://metaconvention.com/location and rooms are only $99 per night.

Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie Tour

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Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie Tour Kicks off on April 20, 2013

Jay and Silent Bob are back! Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are hitting the road with their new animated film, JAY & SILENT BOB’S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE – which blazes across America in a series of one-night-only shows starting April 20, 2013 in Atlanta at the Center Stage Theater. The legendary best buds from Jersey are back to dispense weed and wisdom in cartoon form and audiences will have the opportunity to watch the new movie and stick around for a rip-roaring Q&A afterwards. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1, 2013.

Produced by Mewes and directed by first-time filmmaker Steve Stark, JAY & SILENT BOB’S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE features the voice talents of Eliza Dushku, Tara Strong, Ralph Garman, Neil Gaiman, Ben Gleib, Jon Lovitz, and the podcast stars of Smith’s SModcast Network! When they can no longer stomach the ever-growing weed of suburban crime, Jay & Silent Bob take on the mantles of costumed avengers Bluntman & Chronic, smashing super-villains they accidentally create! Can the Doobage Duo save their beloved Jersey ‘burbs from their new arch enemies, the League of Shitters? While clearly not the comic book movie the world wants, GROOVY MOVIE is the comic book movie the world needs!

“This is what can happen when you put the plug in the jug, kids!” said screenwriter and SModCo head honcho Kevin Smith of Producer (and friend of Bill W.) Jason Mewes. “I’m crazy proud of Jay for turning the soul-crushing bummer that is sobriety into productivity, making something as funny and fun as GROOVY MOVIE in the process!”

“As an actor, it was awesome to play Jay again,” said producer and voice talent Jason Mewes. “But as a producer, I sweated every nickel because I wanted to keep the budget low… And dirty.”

The budget for GROOVY MOVIE: $69,000!

“That budget figure not only makes us proud, it makes us giggle,” Smith went on to say . “We live in an age of wonder where you can make a whole cartoon movie for well under a hundred grand! And the super hero who made miracles happen for next to nothing in cost was our genius director, Canadian animator Steve Stark!”

“A few years back, Steve was a Jay & Silent Bob fan who Tweeted us a YouTube cartoon he made from an episode of SModcast,” Mewes explains. “Now the guy’s directed an entire Jay & Silent Bob cartoon movie! And since we’re using Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube to sell tour tickets, it’s like the whole cartoon’s made possible by the power of social media! SNOOTCH!”

Forgoing a standard theatrical release, SModcast Pictures (a division of SModCo) will repeat the city-by-city, one-night-only structure of their groundbreaking RED STATE USA Tour and cap each Groovy Movie screening with a performance of their Jay and Silent Bob Get Old podcast – the wildly popular live show which has sold out tours across the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. All 103 live shows recorded to date are available for download at SModcast.com and iTunes. Mewes has also produced home video versions of the show entitled, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: Teabagging in the UK, Jay and Silent Bob Get Irish: The Swearing o’the Green, and Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under.

Complete ticket and tour information is available at the website and the trailer can be seen here. “Like” Jay and Silent Bob on Facebook.

About Jason Mewes (Jay)

Jason Mewes (@JayMewes) is the Creative Producer at SModCo Internet Radio (SIR), which launched in May 2011, as well as the Creative Producer at SModCo Internet TV (SIT), which launched in May 2012 and lives online as a YouTube channel. SModco produces Mewes’ weekly video blog called, Mewes News, which was also the first SIT video to air. Best known as the vocal half of the on-screen comedic duo, Jay and Silent Bob, Mewes has reprised his role as the celebrated character, “Jay,” in a number of films. With cult-fans following his controversial antics, Mewes has captured audiences with rebellious banter against his unspoken other half and longtime friend, Kevin Smith (Silent Bob). Since the beginning of the duo’s offbeat work together, Mewes and Smith have continued to build on their beloved character driven roles from the Jay and Silent Bob series. Most recently, Mewes wrapped Spoilers, alongside Smith, an original online series for Hulu and in 2011, he co-hosted the TV series, Cinema Enema, which reviews film in an off-kilter way. As an actor, Mewes can be seen in a starring role in the Wunderkind Pictures feature, Noobz, as well as The Last Godfather, Money Shot, K-11, and Rock Jocks. Mewes’ most noted film credits include: Smith’s award-winning Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Clerks II, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This string of cult hits all celebrated and continued Mewes’ infamous role as “Jay,” a bawdy, fast talking, and over sexed but very likable guy. For his successful and brow-raising portrayal, MTV honored him with 2007′s Dirtiest Mouth Award.

About Kevin Smith (Silent Bob)

Kevin Smith (@ThatKevinSmith) is the fat guy who got thrown off the plane. He also made CLERKS once.

JAY & SILENT BOB’S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE TOUR DATES

 

April 20 Atlanta, GA Center Stage Theater
April 21 Washington, DC Warner Theater
April 22 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall
April 23 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
April 24 Boston, MA House of Blues
April 25 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theater
April 29 Santa Barbara, CA Lobero Theater
April 30 Sacramento, CA Crest Theater
May 2 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theater
May 5 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
May 9 Portland, OR Bagdad Theater
May 15 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
May 17 Kansas City, MO Midland Theater
May 18 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
May 19 Chicago, IL The Vic Theater
May 20 Indianapolis, IN Clowes Memorial Hall
May 21 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 22 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater

 

Dates for New Jersey, Texas and Canada will be added in late March.

Will Eisner Week Celebrates Graphic Novels

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Press Release:

The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation is proud to announce Will Eisner Week 2013, a ten-day series of events in more than a dozen cities nationwide that celebrates graphic novels, free speech awareness, and the career and legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels.

Will Eisner Week’s theme this year is, “Read a Graphic Novel,” which will be the underlying message of all the events. Cities holding celebrations include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and Minneapolis.

Will Eisner Week 2013 has added significance, as it marks 35 years since the 1978 publication of Eisner’s groundbreaking graphic novel, “A Contract With God.”

“This year, we will be having Will Eisner Week celebrations in more places than ever before,” said Will Eisner Week Organizing Committee Chair Danny Fingeroth. “The people doing the events are planning some amazing happenings that will spread the word about how cool graphic novels are, and that celebrate Will Eisner’s astonishing body of work done over a career that spanned seven decades.”

Will Eisner Week 2013 events include:

March 1-15, SAVANNAH, GA: Savannah College of Art and Design will hold several events run by Professor David Duncan, including a March 2 screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” and various Eisner-themed art sessions.

March 2, 4:00-4:55 PM, SEATTLE, WA: Emerald City Comicon panel: Eisner’s “A Contract With God—Reflections on the 35th Anniversary,” featuring Dennis O’Neil, Batton Lash, Matt Fraction, Jackie Estrada, and Ben Saunders.

March 3-10, PITTSBURGH, PA: Various events at the Toonseum, including a screening of the documentary “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” by Andrew & Jon Cooke on March 6.

March 4-8, ARKADELPHIA, AR: The Comics Arts Club of Henderson State University, under the direction of Professor Randy Duncan, will study Eisner’s work in the context of Immigrant Experience Focus Week.

March 6: 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Art Institute of Portland: Lecture on Eisner by Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz.

March 7, 6:30-9:30 PM, NEW YORK, NY: The Society of Illustrators hosts a Will Eisner Sketch Night.

March 7, 7:00-9:00 PM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum. An Evening With Mario Hernandez, including a discussion of Eisner’s influence.

March 7, 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Jack London Bar. A reading of Eisner’s “Last Day in Vietnam,” with Brian Bendis, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Michael Oeming, and Dylan Meconis.

March 7, 7:00-9:30 PM, BOSTON, MA: Tufts University. Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist,” followed by a panel discussion including A. David Lewis, Chuck Henebry, and Stephen Weiner.

March 10, 1:00-4:00 PM, MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Minneapolis College of Art and Design hosts a Graphic Novel Read-In, featuring a screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist.”

March 11, 7:00-9:00 PM, NEW YORK, NY: Parsons/The New School, Comics & Picture-Story Symposium. Jeremy Dauber and Danny Fingeroth discuss Eisner’s work in the context of Jewish-American literature.

March 12, WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT: Center for Cartoon Studies. Lecture on Eisner by Stephen Bissette. (For CCS students only.)

March 14, 7:30 PM, BURBANK, CA: The Animation Guild will hold a special Comic Art Professional Society meeting devoted to Eisner, hosted by Scott Shaw!.

Celebrations are also being planned for Amherst, MA and Washington, DC. Check www.willeisnerweek.com for updates on all events.

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