MO – Mighty Robot Signing

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Press Release:

The Reading Reptile welcomes Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat to the store for an exclusive meet-and-greet/book signing on THURSDAY, MAY 8th at 3:00 PM! This event is free but TICKETS ARE REQUIRED. Tickets can be reserved over the phone with the purchase of a book, or you can pick up tickets by stopping by the store prior to the event.

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 7 and UP.

Only books purchased at the store will be signed by the authors. If you can’t make it to this event, you may purchase books ahead of time (over the phone) and we will get them signed and dedicated for you!

Reading Reptile
328 W 63 Street, Kansas City, MO 64113
(816) 753-0441

MO – Marvel Writers Trifecta Signing

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Jason Aaron, Cullen Bunn, and Dennis Hopeless sign at Pulp Fiction Comics on Wednesday May 14, 2014!

Press Release:

A Marvel writer trifecta has been generous enough to coordinate their schedules for a signing at Pulp on May 14th! Each author has recently released an All New Marvel NOW series, so be sure to bring your issues to get signed. Also be sure to bring in any back issues or TPBs these guys have worked on previously. We’ve included a list of notable series by these authors below as a reminder:

Jason Aaron: Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Avengers vs. X-Men, Wolverine & the X-Men, Scalped, Thanos Rising, The Other Side, Thor God of Thunder, and Original Sin.

Cullen Bunn: Helheim, The Sixth Gun, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killustrated, Deadpool Kills Deadpool, Night of the Living Deadpool, The Fearless Defenders, Deadpool vs. Carnage, Sinestro, and Magneto.

Dennis Hopeless: Gearhead, Lovestruck, X-Men: Season One, Legion of Monsters, The Answer, Avengers Arena, Cable and X-Force, and Avengers Undercover.

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Pulp Fiction Comics & Games
1100 SE Blue Parkway, Lees Summit, Missouri 64063
(816) 554-7333

MO – FCBD: The Sixth Gun Signing

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Star Clipper will be hosting a special signing with local star comic illustrator Brian Hurtt on Saturday May 3rd from 10:00 am till noon. During the signing, we are offering purchases of the awesome Sixth Gun Hardcover Volume 1 at a 30% discount!

Costumed Heroes: 10:00 am – 12:00pm

Live Music:

Vanilla Beans: 12 – 12:30 pm
The Little Big Bangs: 1 – 1:30 pm
Stonechat (comic release party): 2 – 2:30 pm
Dr. Dan The Pancake Man & The Psychedelic Psychonauts: 3 – 3:30 pm
Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship: 4 – 4:30 pm
Braining (set of Video Game Covers & Originals) 5 – 5:30 pm

Local Lo-Fi electronic act 3 of 5 will be playing a short set of Nintendo3DS music between each musical act.

Local Artists, including a collection of Ink & Drink artists, will be drawing for everyone ALL DAY: 10 a.m. until the sun goes down on the side walk in front of the store!

Free Comic Book Day is a single day (the first Saturday in May each year) when participating comic book shops all across the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to all comers! Star Clipper in the Delmar Loop always participates in this hugely popular event, to be held Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. We will feature comics from Ape Entertainment, Archie, Archaia, Boom!, Dark Horse, DC, Drawn & Quarterly, IDW, Image, Top Shelf, and Marvel, and many more!

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Star Clipper Comics
6392 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 725-9110

MO – Killjoy: The Raygun Chronicles Signing

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Meet comic artist Thomas Shaner for the release of his debut graphic novel Killjoy: The Raygun Chronicles at Star Clipper on Saturday, June 7th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

“Killyjoy” is an adult neo-noir/science-fiction comic about an elite taskforce of psionic internal affairs officers in charge of investigating the rest of thepsionic police forth in order to see if they are abusing their powers. They are part of the MPIS (Ministry of Psionic Integrity and Security). These officers are nicknamed “Killjoys”, because they just seem to rain on everyone’s parade. Spencer Solomon, a fresh faced naive young recruit straight from basic training, has reservations about joining the oddball group of Killjoys. Comprising the rest of the Killjoy team is Fabian Holst, a straight lace bureaucrat on the edge of retirement, and Maire Bluenote, a rebellious free spirited Irish woman whose current hair color changes more often than her boyfriends. They all work together under the Prime Minster of MPIS, Sherman Siofra. A very moody, cynical, and disparaging man with a shrouded past.

Art and original concept by Thomas Shaner
Colors by Ester Salguero
Written by Andrew M. Henderson
Character designs by Shayne Cassidy/ Carlos Cara
Letters by Samuel Grey.

Thomas Shaner is an Artist/Cartoonist from Cape Girardeau, Mo. He has two degrees from Southeast Missouri State University — B.A. in Art, and B.F.A. in Painting. He has been a lifelong fan of Star Trek, and his favorite series is Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Star Clipper Comics
6392 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 725-9110

Hero Initiative Makes Its First Appearance at Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con in 2014

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative makes its first ever appearance at Wizard World St. Louis!

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 24, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit that aids comic creators in medical and financial need, is travelling to Wizard World St. Louis from April 4-6 at the America’s Center for the very first time!

Stop on by Hero’s booth, #1016, to check out all our great merchandise!

In addition, visit our Hero Initiative ambassadors throughout the con floor who will be collecting donations for our worthy cause! Creators include Cullen Bunn (C20), Mike Grell (1022), Jai Nitz (D21), Chris Samnee (D19), and Arthur Suydam (A20).

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

MO – Superman Biographer Signs

ltyeAuthor Larry Tye appears at Star Clipper on Wednesday April 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm to sign his newest book: Superman: The High Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero!

Superman is the first full-fledged biography not just of the Man of Steel, but of the visionary writers and artists, publishers and performers, who kept aloft the red-and-blue-clad icon through seven decades and counting. Larry Tye shows us how Superman — like few other mythical characters before or since — has evolved in a way that offers a Rorschach test of his changing times and our highest aspirations.

The following night on April 3, at 7:30pm, he discusses his new book at The St. Louis Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur (2 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146)

Tickets for the presentation will be available at Star Clipper for a discounted price of $16! That gets you admittance to the presentation AND the book!

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Star Clipper Comics
6392 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 725-9110

MO – Neal Adams Signing

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Star Clipper is proud to announce a very special signing event with comic book legend Neal Adams on Wednesday, April 2nd from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Come meet Neal Adams and get one FREE autograph (Additional autographs are $10 each). Portfolios, art prints, books, and sketches will all be available for purchase. Neal Adams is also taking advance commissions, which will be available at the signing. Email Jason at adams[at]nealadams.com or call 212-869-4170 to set up an advance commission.

Adams is often cited as the comic illustrator who created the definitive modern design for such landmark DC Comic characters as Batman, Green Arrow, and Superman. He has also had legendary runs on X-Men, Deadman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and Avengers. He is famously the co-creator of legendary Batman villain Ra’s Al Ghul with Denny O’Neil.

Avoid the massive lines at the convention and meet legendary comic illustrator, Neal Adams, for a personal signing experience!

As an added treat, Batman will be available for photos with Neal Adams. Get a photo of yourself with Neal and The Dark Knight!

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Star Clipper Comics
6392 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 725-9110

David Mack Provides Wolverine And The X-Men Variant for Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2014

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Press Release:

Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘Wolverine And The X-Men #1′ Exclusive Variant Cover By David Mack For St. Louis Comic Con

VIP Attendees Receive Free Copy, April 4-6; Continues Year-long Series In Which Marvel Will Offer Exclusive Books At All 16 Wizard World Shows

NEW YORK, March 3, 2014 – Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today revealed the latest edition of its 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Wolverine And The X-Men #1, drawn by New York Times Best Selling author and artist David Mack. VIP attendees at Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, April 4-6 at America’s Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.

Mack is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.

The colored version of Wolverine And The X-Men #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages.

Mack’s Wolverine And The X-Men #1 follows the first three entries, Miracleman #1 and Miracleman #2, both drawn by Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams for Wizard World Portland Comic Con (Jan. 24-26) and New Orleans Comic Con (Feb. 7-9), respectively, and Wolverine #1, illustrated by noted cover artist Greg Horn, for Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con (March 7-9). Artwork is also complete for Daredevil #1 by Michael Golden for Wizard World Louisville Comic Con (March 28-30).

“We’re very excited to partner with Wizard to bring  this exclusive David Mack cover to Wolverine and the X-Men #1,” says Marvel SVP, Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “What Jason [Latour] and Mahmud [Asrar] are putting together is a very exciting series that’s sure to be a hit and we’re proud to team up with Wizard to help make the launch of the book extra special.”

Mack is the writer and artist of the Kabuki graphic novels and Daredevil from Marvel Comics and the author and artist of his children’s book The Shy Creatures from MacMillan. His work has garnered nominations for seven Eisner Awards, four International Eagle Awards, and both the Harvey and Kirby Awards in the category of Best New Talent.

“David is a favorite among Wizard World fans, and we’re honored and excited to have his take on the Wolverine vs. X-Men franchise in this collectible.” says John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO.  “This series from Marvel continues to produce high-quality books that our attendees have been anticipating at each event.”

Welcome to the Jean Grey School Of Higher Learning! The All New Marvel Now smash hit series schools with Jason Latour (Winter Soldier) and Mahmud Asrar (X-Men) leading the charge with drama, action and homework(?)!

World-famous X-Men Wolverine, Storm, and a star-studded faculty must educate the next generation all-powerful, but inexperienced mutants! But with their own lives steeped in deadly enemies and personal crises, how can the X-Men guide and educate–let alone defend–the school?

At the Jean Grey School, you never know who will enroll…or who will lead the class! And what mysterious organization waits in the shadows to destroy Wolverine’s mutant sanctuary?

These questions and more are answered in the All-New Marvel Now sure-to-be-smash, Wolverine And The X-Men #1!

For more on the 2014 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, go to http://www.wizardworld.com/home-stlouis.html.

About Wizard World

Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, cosplay, 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.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit marvel.com.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

Wizard World 2014-15 Schedule

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 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con

October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con

November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con

November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con

January 9-11, 2015 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

January 23-15, 2015 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con

Planet Comicon 2014 Report

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Thousands of colorfully dressed fans flocked to Kansas City, MO this past weekend to party and meet their heroes. And there were also comic convention-goers! While the fans of Iowa State and Baylor University were in town to cheer on their teams in the Big 12 tournament, many fans of comics, cosplay, and science fiction were at the convention center for Planet Comicon!

This was my first visit to this convention, even to the Midwest, but I still had an idea of how big the con would be. The promoters had a stellar line-up of comic creators including writers Scott Snyder (Batman), Jason Aaron (Amazing X-Men), Greg Rucka (Lazarus), Cullen Bunn (Wolverine), and Frank Tieri (Deadpool) and artists like Darwyn Cooke (New Frontier), Tim Sale (Captain America: White), Jill Thompson (Beasts of Burden), Dave Johnson (100 Bullets), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), and many more.

One of the highlights of the show was meeting hip hop icon Darryl “DMC” McDaniel (1/3 of the groundbreaking rap group Run-DMC). He was in town promoting his latest venture, Darryl Makes Comics. A self-avowed comic nerd, DMC spoke at length during his signings and his panel about how he connected with comic books growing up, particularly Marvel titles as many were set in New York City. He even told a story about he and his brother selling off their beloved collection of comics at age 14 in order to purchase his first turntable set. His new line of comics will be treasury sized set in a universe in which DMC is only the first superhero to debut. With prominent industry creators such as Damion Scott, Ron Wimberley, Greg Pak, Dexter Vines, and more on-board, DMC assures fans that his comics will be created with integrity and a love of the medium.

Another big draw for Planet Comicon this year was a Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion. While the crowds were too big on Saturday and Sunday to catch all of their panels, I was able to sit in on Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi) and Michael Dorn’s (Lt. Worf) on Friday afternoon. Sirtis told the audience that the rest of the cast gets very nervous whenever she does a convention in the Midwest because she’s very outspoken politically. Then she launched into a tirade against Obamacare detractors while Dorn tried to get her back onto the subject at hand. They fielded Q&A from the crowd and told many stories from behind the scenes of the show, which Sirtis described as being “like kindergarten at recess.” One fan asked about the connection between TNG and the Disney animated series Gargoyles, in which Sirits voiced lead villain Demona and Dorn recurring character Coldstone. Dorn said that the producers were fans of TNG but still made everyone audition. Sirtis described Demona as being much closer to her actual personality than the demure Counselor Troi.

levarGrowing up the only reason I even started watching TNG was because Levar Burton was the host of my favorite kids’ show, Reading Rainbow. Having missed out on his panel, I decided to purchase an autograph. When I introduced and explained how much Reading Rainbow had meant to me, Burton replied by saying, “Colin, would you like a piece of gum?” holding up a pack of Extra. A fan ahead of me had given him a bag of goodies (candy, toys, hand sanitizer, etc.) and at first I demurred stuttering that I already had gum. “Are you sure?” he asked, “It’s the classic bubblegum flavor.” That’s when a woman behind hissed, “What are you, stupid? Take the gum!” I realized that that this was a unique opportunity and thanked Burton for the pack. Naturally he signed the photo, “Colin, Enjoy the gum!”

All in all, this was a really fun convention. The organizers are to be applauded for getting a great list of guests and smoothly running a large con. I honestly have no qualms or criticisms to offer. Thanks to Ben & Jeni Defeo for showing me around the city (and then some) and my travelling partners Randy House and Christian Miller.

 

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MO – Neal Adams Signing

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Comic artist Neal Adams appears at Big City Comix on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm to autograph your favorite comic items! First item is free, $10.00 each additional item. He will also be selling original artwork, contact Gerald at the store to pre-order commissions. Neal will be in town all weekend for Planet Comicon!

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Big City Comix & Games
12317 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145
(816) 326-7759

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