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!

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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.

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