Writer James Robinson Appears at NJCE 2016

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Fan favorite writer James Robinson will be making the trip to join the awesome list of comic creators coming to the 2nd year of the New Jersey Comic Expo – November 19 & 20 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, NJ!

James Robinson was born in Great Britain, but has lived in the U.S. since 1989 where he began working in comics initially for DC and Dark Horse Comics. Among his more known and regarded works are Grendel Tales: Four Devils, One Hell, sundry Legends of the Dark Knight arcs, Superman, Justice League of America and Earth-2. He is perhaps most well known for his award winning runs on both Starman and Leave It To Chance.

After a long working relationship with DC Comics, James made the switch to Marvel Comics where he wrote All-New Invaders and concluded the Fantastic Four for the foreseeable future, with a lengthy run on the book. Currently he is scripting Squadron Supreme and the Scarlet Witch. He also wrote Airboy for Image Comics and has other creator-owned series forthcoming including Heaven for Image Comics and Grand Passion at Dynamite Entertainment.

This year we are offering a low introductory price on tickets if you buy early! A weekend ticket is JUST $45, Saturday is $30 and Sunday is $25, so get your tickets now before prices go up!

Other guests include Peter David (Spider-Man 2099, Young Justice), Bob Layton (Iron Man, Hercules), David Finch (Batman, Wonder Woman), Paul Jenkins (Batman: The Dark Knight), Fabian Nicieza (co-creator of Deadpool), and Colleen Doran (upcoming Troll Bridge)!

Tickets for the 2016 New Jersey Comic Expo are NOW ON SALE! Take advantage of a low introductory price on tickets if you buy early this year! A weekend ticket is JUST $45, Saturday is $30 and Sunday is $25, so get your tickets now before prices go up! Remember! Kids 10 & under are FREE! (Limit 2 kids per paid adult). The convention will take place on November 19-20, 2016. Connect with social media – Facebook, TwitterInstagram for the most up to the minute guest and event updates!

More details are on the website: www.newjerseycomicexpo.com

About New Jersey Comic Expo:
New Jersey Comic Expo is an annual event held at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center every fall. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At New Jersey Comic Expo you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. New Jersey Comic Expo is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC. Visit www.madeventmanagement.com for additional information.

NJ – Darryl “DMC” McDaniels Signing

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Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC appears at Bookends on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign his new book: Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide.

*Books MUST be purchased from Bookends Bookstore

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Bookends
211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-445-0726

New Jersey Comic Expo 2016 Announces Guests

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New Jersey Comic Expo announced their first guest for 2016 is superstar artist David Finch! A long time fan favorite artist with runs on New Avengers, Ultimate X-Men, and Wonder Woman he is currently the artist on DC Comics Batman: Rebirth. Other guests include Paul Jenkins (Batman: The Dark Knight), Fabian Nicieza (co-creator of Deadpool), and Colleen Doran (upcoming Troll Bridge)!

Tickets for the 2016 New Jersey Comic Expo are NOW ON SALE! Take advantage of a low introductory price on tickets if you buy early this year! A weekend ticket is JUST $45, Saturday is $30 and Sunday is $25, so get your tickets now before prices go up! Remember! Kids 10 & under are FREE! (Limit 2 kids per paid adult). The convention will take place on November 19-20, 2016. Connect with social media – Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for the most up to the minute guest and event updates!

More details are on the website: www.newjerseycomicexpo.com

About New Jersey Comic Expo:
New Jersey Comic Expo is an annual event held at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center every fall. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At New Jersey Comic Expo you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. New Jersey Comic Expo is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC. Visit www.madeventmanagement.com for additional information.

NJ – X-Men Sketch Party

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Kubert School students Idan Knafo Kerbis, Bella Rachlin, Emma Kubert, Marki Wolfson, Erik Klaus, and Nick Justus appear at Zapp Comics on Saturday May 28th all day from 10 AM – 7 PM for an X-Men Sketch party!

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Zapp Comics
574 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
973-628-4500

Garden State Comic Fest 2016 to Feature Kevin Eastman, Jim Steranko, and More

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Press Release:

4th GARDEN STATE COMIC FEST TICKETS ON SALE IN LOCAL STORES

Tickets to Jersey’s top rated comic convention, the Garden State Comic Fest, are now available online at GardenStateComicFest.com and in the following local area stores: Zapp! Comics, Dewey’s Comic City, Fat Moose Comics & Games and East Side Mags. The event will be on Saturday & Sunday, July 9th & 10th at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown, NJ.

The event will feature top-flight comic vendors, cosplayers, and creators like Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja co-creator), Legend Jim Steranko (Nick Fury Agents of Shield, Captain America, X-Men), Greg Hildebrandt (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Magic the Gathering), Rags Morales (Superman, Batman, Turok), Diana Leto, (My Little Pony), Alex Saviuk (Spider-Man, Superman), Jan Duursema (Star Wars), and Walt Simonson (Thor, and Fantastic Four) and writers like Larry Hama (GI Joe, Wolverine) and Joe Caramagna (Guardians of the Galaxy).  Morris County’s’ Dave O’Hare and Sal Zurzolo, have teamed up to bring an affordable fun comic con book to North Jersey.

“We are bringing back more of the top comic book dealers in the world, led by Metropolis Collectibles, owners of the $3.2 Million first Superman comic book and Dave’s American Comics,” O’Hare said.

The world famous Kubert School, a comic art school in Dover, NJ, will have its own space featuring the legendary artists of tomorrow. We will also have over 300 tables of the country’s best stores and vendors selling some sensational and affordable comic books, toys, artwork and pop culture collectibles.  Not only that, we will have the Liberty Science Center presenting fun and interactive demonstrations on how Superhero and Sci-Fi gadgets work,” O’Hare said.

“Of course, you can buy comics at GSCF,” Zurzolo said, “but you can sell comics too. Forget the stock market; diversify your portfolio by investing in valuable collectibles.  Youngsters can take a light saber fighting class or a drawing class.  Aspiring artists can get advice from our published professionals. Get lucky and win a door prize or enter and win the Cosplay Contest dressed as your favorite comic book character. You can also enter the art or trivia contest.

We will hold our 4th Garden State Cosplay Showdown, a costume contest for cosplayers (costume player) from all over the country, and we will have a special treat for cosplay fans with world renowned robotics cosplay specialist Thomas DePetrillo as the 9 foot tall HULKBUSTER.  He will be joined by several national cosplay groups and other professional cosplayers who will be on hand to greet and take photos with attendees.”

The family friendly comic fest allows all children 11 and under Free Entry. There will be plenty of free parking for attendees. Tickets are available on-line now and will be available at the door while supplies last. For more information check out:
www.gardenstatecomicfest.com OR https://www.facebook.com/Gardenstatecomicfest OR https://twitter.com/GS_Comic_Fest

Anime Fan Fest 2016 Report (Including an Interview with Aaron Dismuke!)

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I mentioned in my last article that a girl drove all the way down from New Jersey to North Carolina to Ichibancon meet Vic Mignogna, the star of Fullmetal Alchemist (he voices the main character, Edward Elric). This time, Anthony Aycock and I went to New Jersey from North Carolina to meet Aaron Dismuke, where Vic was also present. Aaron voices Edward Elric’s iron giant little brother, Alphonse. Aaron doesn’t do many conventions–mainly due to not being invited, he said–so I thought I would see him while I had the chance.

It was called Anime Fan Fest. With both Vic and Aaron as guests, plus other actors from Fullmetal Alchemist, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh, I expected it to be pretty big. However, it never seemed terribly crowded, even on Saturday afternoon. Then one of the dealers told me that this was the convention’s first year. I was immediately impressed.

The convention was held in one massive room at the Garden State Exhibition Center. Dealers (about 30), artist alley (about 10), cosplay registration, autograph sessions, and panels all took place in that one room. This layout had pros and cons. Everything was easy to find, but not everything was easy to hear. During Aaron’s Q&A, noise from the dealer area kept hitting me like Izumi Curtis’s fists.

I did hear a couple of things, though. One was Aaron talking about how his voice cracked during filming of the movie Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa. He asked to do the scene again, but director Mike McFarland told him, “No, we’ll keep that one. It shows the emotion of the character”–probably while stifling a laugh. I also heard Aaron talk about being recognized in public. Once was by a cashier at Kroger, who took a selfie with Aaron and his groceries. Another was someone who kept calling for Aaron at his parents’ house (he says he now lives off the grid). Still another was the guy in college who waited at a men’s room for Aaron to emerge and shake his hand. “You know my hands are wet,” Aaron said he told the guy. “You watched me wash them.” (Not creepy at all.)

After the Q&A, we had the pleasure of getting an interview with Aaron..

I have heard Vic talk about you falling in the booth a few times during Fullmetal Alchemist. Can you tell the story in your perspective?

Yeah, sure. Okay I was eleven whenever I started and so I was very absent minded and kind of

ADD acting, like I actually had been diagnosed. So I would like move around a lot, I had a stool and so I’d be in the booth, leaning back and picking at the walls because there’s soft soundproofing material. I destroyed those walls honestly. Like who am I kidding? It was bad. I might have even written on them at one point.

“Aaron was here”?

Yeah, I think that’s exactly what I wrote, honestly! Anyway, so yeah I was a little turd. And so I was leaning back and what I got into was this mode where I’d be leaning back and I would hear the beeps. You have three beeps and on the fourth imaginary beep is when you’d start recording your line. I was leaning back, and Mike said [Mike McFarland, director of Fullmetal Alchemist], “Alright let’s do this line.” It would go beep beep beep, and I’d go up real fast and I’d be like “Brother.” ‘Kay. And so this time I was leaning back and beep beep and I tried to lean forward but the stool like gives out. It goes the wrong way. It goes forward instead of backwards and I go backwards and it pushes me against the wall and the stool props up in the front of the booth. And so like I just end up with my legs sandwiched against my chest. And the stool like pinning me there. And the only way for me to get out myself would have been to like twist out and fall straight to the ground. And so I didn’t want to do that but I also didn’t want to admit what had happened and they had heard the sound of the stool and all the crash. That’s recorded somewhere. And so there’s this pause where Mike says “Aaron?” He looks up trying to see me but he can’t because I’m too far down. And I was just like – all I could think of – I finally realized I was going to need help. So I asked for it. A little “Help me.” He had to pull me out.

And they’ve never let you live it down.

Never.

You have mentioned before that you got into voice acting because you were related to someone who was a voice actor. Could you talk a little bit more about that?

Yeah, okay. Justin Cook is currently a director of production at Funimation, but at the time he was acting and directing a bit and he basically got the impression that I was a good reader because I was reading Lord of the Rings. I wasn’t really understanding it all, but I was reading it. And you know, I was like in third grade, I was like nine. So I was a bit above my reading level, and as a result he decided, “Why don’t I try using an actual boy who I know who I have a rapport with so he won’t be nervous for this little part of a little boy instead of using a woman. It’ll sound more authentic.” And so he did, and it ended up turning out pretty good. I felt pretty good about it. And he felt pretty good about it and so he had me do a larger part from the same show and then ultimately I started auditioning for other stuff and Alphonse was the first or second character I landed actually. And I think part of the reason they gave me that part was because there were no flaps [mouth movements for animated characters] so I didn’t have to focus too much on the mouth movements and they were able to do what they needed to to adjust. So I just had to do the acting. And I think that’s a big part of what allowed me to do that at such a young age. It wasn’t as hard as what all the other actors were having to do. So it was nice. It was like having training wheels on for my first part.

What sort of shows do you like that aren’t anime?

I like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones. I read Game of Thrones before the series came out so I was super excited about it. I’m a big fan of Peaky Blinders, it’s a British crime show. It’s on Netflix right now. I also like westerns: Bonanza. I’m also a big fan of M*A*S*H which is so good. It has some of the best comedy ever. I have almost every episode memorized, I’ve watched it so many times. That’s what I grew up on.

Which actors would you actually ‘fangirl’ over?

Alan Alda. He plays Hawkeye [in M*A*S*H]. I forget her name, but I recently started watching Jessica Jones, and that actress is fantastic.

I love Jessica Jones. I’ve actually met David Tennant.

Oh cool, yeah! He plays Kilgrave [in Jessica Jones]. That guy’s awesome.

You said you did some directing for Funimation. What sort of skillset do you need to be a successful director?

I think that the acting and writing are both important because there comes a point where you have to know whether an actor could give you the read for a certain line or whether between the way the line was written and the flaps and their personal cadence, whether they’re capable of doing that line or whether or not it needs to be rewritten. And once you know it needs to be rewritten, it needs to be able to. So you need the writing skill to alter the line if need be. And you also need the acting experience and also the ability to describe how you need a certain read. So I found I was able to mostly harness my acting experience and be able to like use – and also my acting experience with like hearing the different directors and the way that they would direct me. So you can either give someone the read you want and see how they respond to that and you can say “No, say it like this” and then say it. Like I was a good parrot when I was an early actor. As Al I could easily say something back exactly how you had said it to me. That was a good training wheels thing. And then slowly I was able to predict what it was they were going to want and do it in the first round. Other than that, sometimes I use like little analogies. I’d say something like “Could you say that as more of a languid predator? You know, a leopard stalking its prey?” Or “Make it sound more like you dipped your hand in what you thought was a crate of berries, but instead it was acid.” Things like that. Colorful things. That sort of idea that they were pretending that happened and then get a little more of the nuance of what the line is than from just hearing where the character is coming from.

What do you do if the actor just can’t get the line right?

You either settle for what they can do or you say “Okay good, thanks,” and then you get someone else to do it. I have never had to do that. But I’ve also never had the authority to do that even on the show that I was directing. That was always Tyler’s call. He was my producer. He did the casting for me because it was my first show. So he took care of the hard parts.

How did you get started on doing conventions?

My first convention was before – okay so Anizona, which was a first year con, had me and the entire cast of – It was me, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Vic Mignogna, I think Caitlin Glass – everybody was there. It was a tiny con, maybe like eight hundred people. That was my first real con. I don’t know if it’s even going anymore but I did it and I was super nervous and I was like “What am I supposed to say?” Because we were going through opening ceremonies and we were going through and everyone was like  “Hey! I’m really glad to be here! My name is Travis Willingham and I play Roy Mustang.” And I didn’t even know what to say. They were all popping jokes and they were all like “What, you’re nervous?” And I was like “Yeah I’m nervous!” “Just tell them you’re nervous.” So I was like “Hey I’m Aaron, I play Al and I’m really nervous and there was a chorus of “Awwww” and uproarious applause. And I was like “That’s weird.”

Okay, one last question. What was your first experience with fangirls?

I ran from the first girl that tried to glomp [to pounce on and hug aggressively, often with a running start] me. I actually ran. She was a titan. She was really tall and she was wearing a Sailor Moon costume and I wasn’t familiar with Sailor Moon. I was only thirteen probably. Fourteen? Her friends met me first, and Vic said, “Do you know who this is? This guy is going to play Al.” And this was before Anizona. I was going to this con to get adjusted to it. It was a con in Fort Worth, my hometown. So I just went there for kicks to check out the scene and Vic happened to be there as a guest and he happened to recognize me and he told some other fans who I was and they were like, “We have to call our friend.” They called their friend and it was the 6’7 Amazon woman in a Sailor Moon outfit. She was like [bellows like a screaming fangirl]. People are like spilling to either side and it was an anime moment. I ran to the bathroom and then I slowly came back and hugged her calmly.

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#Beaniebuds

After the interview, Anthony and I went around the dealer room one last time when I noticed something very familiar. I am a yaoi fangirl, so I would recognize fan art from a fandom I am deeply involved in–in this case, Durarara!! What I saw was a wall scroll depicting the show’s most popular characters, Shizuo Heiwajima and Izaya Orihara, as they appeared in high school. They were embracing aggressively. The image was a popular piece of fan art. Someone had ripped it off, altered it slightly, and stuck it on a wall scroll that was now for sale.

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I spoke to a very close friend, Kawaiikisshu, who is also an artist. This particular image she had seen on Zerochan.net, and I found it in other places such as tumblr. She said there are a lot of these on eBay and it is sad that work gets robbed and turned into merchandise for money. I heard the same sentiment from Irene Y. Lee, who draws the Li’l Deadpool for Marvel Comics. We saw a picture at her booth of Li’l Deadpool looking through a box of comics, which I totally do not have a T-shirt of. No one obtained Irene’s permission to make the shirt, and she receives no payment from it. I wish now I had told some of the staff what I saw because I knew it was illegal. Artists deserve all the credit and the money their art is worth. I know how I would feel if someone copied and pasted this article into their own web site and pretended that they were me. If they were me, they can buy food for my eight cats. (Disclaimer: I am not a crazy cat lady.)

Aside from copyright infringement and the need for more than one room, Anime Fan Fest was a spectacular experience. It was organized, the guests were terrific, and the staff was superb. When I interviewed Vic at Ichibancon, the staff member who was supposed to handle his schedule told me to ask him myself. Aaron’s handler, however, worked with me to create a seamless interview process.

I guess the worst part about Anime Fan Fest was the drive. In North Carolina, it had already been raining for about a week, and it did not stop until we left New Jersey, which, by the way, is the capital of RUDE. In our 24 hours in the state, we were honked at fourteen times. I haven’t been honked at fourteen times in North Carolina in my nineteen years of living.

Just kidding. I HEART New Jersey.

Artist Alley

Artist Alley

Dealers' Room

Dealers’ Room

Even Shinra Kishitani needs his morning coffee.

Even Shinra Kishitani needs his morning coffee.

The wild Aaron Dismuke in his natural habitat.

The wild Aaron Dismuke in his natural habitat.

Got games?

Got games?

I didn't see any Harley Quinns, but I did see Harlequin (King) from The Seven Deadly Sins.

I didn’t see any Harley Quinns, but I did see Harlequin (King) from The Seven Deadly Sins.

Tokyo is so screwed.

Tokyo is so screwed.

Why so serious?

Why so serious?

This cosplayer knows how to get a-head in life.

This cosplayer knows how to get a-head in life.

Is it Huu (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Man-Thing, or my mom's ex boyfriend? You decide!

Is it Huu (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Man-Thing, or my mom’s ex boyfriend? You decide!

I wonder why the celebrities left?

I wonder why the celebrities left?

I'm furry tired.

I’m furry tired.

 

NJ – Freddie Prinze Jr Signing

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Freddie Prinze Jr. (voice of Kanan Jarrus on Star Wars Rebels, star of She’s All That and Scooby-Doo movies) signs his new cookbook BACK TO THE KITCHEN at Bookends on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM.
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211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-445-0726

NJ – Ashes Signing

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Writer Mario Candelaria and artist Karl Slominski appear at East Side Mags for a signing of ASHES on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 1:00 till 5:00 PM!

About Ashes:
Matt always had an easygoing life. Girls liked him, his friends were more like family, and being a firefighter came naturally. Then the accident happened. Now, after the loss of his leg, Matt struggles to cope with his new handicap as he attempts to rebuild his shattered family and once budding career.

Mario Candelaria (Unlawful Good, Epilogue) is a writer and stand-up comedian who is constantly on the lookout for new and imaginative ways to bring an authentic perspective into his work. Originally hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Mario currently resides in suburban Philadelphia where he spends his days honing his craft and trying to figure out what exactly a “Wawa” is.

Karl Slominski (Golgotha, Run Like Hell) is a fringe comics creator whose work has illuminated everything from the depths of underground illustration to the technicolor sidewalks of your favorite neighborhoods. His relentless punk work ethic & ink-slinging have left experts stunned and theorize that he’s not of this earth. He currently resides in Upstate New York where he continues to lose sleep to his lifelong endeavor of forwarding the medium of comics.

Karl will be sketching for free but if you want to go “all in” for an AMAZING full watercolor commission ON THE SPOT, you’re looking at a bargain of $40!

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East Side Mags
7 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
(862) 333-4961

Jersey Shore Comic Book Show – Flemington Comic Fest (May 2016)

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Convention Name
Jersey Shore Comic Book Show – Flemington Comic Fest
Convention Website Address
http://www.jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/15/2016
About This Convention
It’s all happening on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Flemington Elks Lodge, Route 31 S. in Flemington, New Jersey. Join us from 10am to 4pm for the Best Little Comic Con on the East Coast, sponsored by the folks of the Jersey Shore Comic Book Show.
Our guest line – up includes Tony DiGerolamo screenwriter and writer of the comic book, Bart Simpson. Also on hand will be child star and actress, Sharon Smyth Lentz better known as “Little Sarah” (Barnaby Collins Sister) from the Dark Shadows T.V. soap oprea. Appearing as well will be Christopher Weite from the hit series, “The Walking Dead,” “Gotham,” and oscar nominated film, “Creed,” as well as many horror films. Joining him will be the Zombie Queen herself, Carolyn Seibert star of many horror films such as, “6 Degrees of Hell,” “Forever Yours,” “Zombie Killers Elephants Graveyard, ” and many more.
We will be featuring over 10+ guest Artists, Writers and Creators of your favorite comics and graphic novels. Also on hand will be more than 20+ vendors with everything from golden age comics to present day comics, non-sport cards, toys, collectibles and so much more!! We will also have cosplayers on hand as well.
Admission to the show is $3.00 and kids under 12 are Free. For more information please call: (609) 242-7756 or visit our website: http://www.jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com
Venue Name and Address
Flemington Elks Lodge
165 Route 31 South
Flemington, New Jersey 08824
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
46
Projected Attendance
500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Horror
  • Collectibles

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NJ – Free Comic Book Day 2016

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Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas appear at East Side Mags to celebrate Free Comic Book Day sign copies of Judge Dredd #1 and Amazing Forest #1 from noon till 5:00 pm!

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East Side Mags
7 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
(862) 333-4961

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