NM – Alcheringa Signing + Q&A

Press Release:

The Jean Cocteau Cinema presents local authors Stephania Alia and Adam Frank talk about Alcheringa’s Dream World and discuss their creative process and journey from concept to comic. Interview and discussion in our auditorium.

Followed by an audience Q & A and book signing in the lobby. The event begins on Tuesday, February 27th at 5:00 PM.

Alcheringa (in the mythology of some Australian Aboriginals) the ‘golden age’ when the first ancestors were created. It is also called the Dreamtime. The word comes (in the late 19th century) from the Aboriginal language Arrernte, and means ‘in the Dreamtime’. Alcheringa is a multimedia comic about a young woman named Madelyn who is troubled by recurring nightmares. It isn’t until Madelyn enters the Dream World that she soon discovers what her true purpose is, in a realm polluted by nightmares.

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

NM – Gerry Conway Signing

Writer Gerry Conway, co-creator of the Punisher, appears at Lobo Comics for their grand re-opening this weekend on February 10th & 11th!

Gerry’s legendary run on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (from #111-149) includes THE DEATH OF GWEN STACY, the RETURN OF THE GREEN GOBLIN, and the first appearance of THE PUNISHER! Gerry Conway also wrote for Iron Man, Daredevil, Incredible Hulk, The Inhumans, The Black Widow, and many more, as well as being the first writer for Man-Thing. Make sure you don’t miss out on this AMAZING opportunity!

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Lobo Comics
1016 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Ste D, Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 332-0499

NM – Quillifer Signing

Press Release:

The Jean Cocteau Cinema is pleased to present New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Walter Jon Williams with his latest fantasy book Quillifer on Sunday, January 14, 2018. George R.R. Martin will host an intimate discussion with Walter Jon Williams followed by audience Q&A and book signing in the lobby. The discussion begins at 3:00 pm, book signing starts at 4:00 pm. Tickets available at the link…

About Quillifer: An adventurous epic fantasy about a man who is forced to leave his comfortable life and find his fortune among goddesses, pirates, war, and dragons. Quillifer is a young man, serially in love and studying law, when a family tragedy throws him into the world to seek his fortune. While he struggles to establish himself in the capital, the country finds itself pitched into a civil war, and Quillifer, an unwilling soldier at best, finds himself caught up in the action, and able to tip the scales of fortune.

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

NM – Kung Fu Workshop

Sifu Kisu, martial arts consultant for Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and Kung Fu Panda, appears at the Corrales Parks and Recreation Center on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM for a kung fu workshop.

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Corrales Parks and Recreation Center
500 Jones Road, Corrales, NM 87048

NM – Hail to the Chin Signing

Actor, author and producer Bruce Campbell (Ash vs Evil Dead) appears at Marriott Pyramid North on Saturday, September 23rd at 2:00 PM! Tickets are available from Bookworks here…

Press Release:

Hail to the Chin is the new raucous and sardonic memoir from Bruce Campbell, a follow-up to the New York Times bestselling If Chins Could Kill. It’s been 15 years since his first memoir but Bruce is still living the dream as a “B” movie king in an “A” movie world.

Bruce Campbell makes his triumphant return from where he left off in If Chins Could Kill with further hilarious, gut-wrenchingly honest confessions.

Bruce brings us through his life in the decade since his first memoir and his roles as varied as they are numerous- from his roles in the Spider-Man movies to his self-referential My Name is Bruce to his role on #1 show Burn Notice and his new STARZ hit series Ash vs Evil Dead.

Over the last 15 years, Bruce has become a regular on the convention circuit, has created his @GroovyBruce twitter account with over 400,000 followers and a Facebook page with almost 250,000 likes. His profile and reach is lightyears beyond where it was for Chins.

Hail to the Chin will be bursting with pictures and the signature humor that Bruce brought to If Chins Could Kill and will be devoured by his legions of fans across the country.

Hail to the Chin co-author Craig “Kif” Sanborn has been working with Bruce Campbell for more than twenty years, contributing artwork and humor for all of Campbell’s self-referential works, including If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a “B” Movie Actor, the novel Make Love! the Bruce Campbell Way, the feature film My Name Is Bruce, and Campbell’s own social media persona.

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Marriott Pyramid North
5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 821-3333

Wizard World Cancels Two But Plans More for This Year and 2018

Wizard World Comic Con

Press Release:

Wizard World To Revamp 2017 Schedule With The Addition Of Several New Cities, Loss of Two

Albuquerque Cancelled, Orlando Postponed From ‘17 Slate; New Fall Dates, Cities, Venues Expected To Be Announced In Early July

LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2017 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced changes to its pop culture convention calendar for the remainder of 2017, with the addition of several new shows in September, October and November (dates, cities and venues to be announced). Previously scheduled events in Albuquerque, N.M. (July 14-16) and Orlando, Fla. (August 11-13) will not be held.

The new Wizard World Comic Cons will be in addition to scheduled conventions in Columbus, Ohio (August 4-6), Chicago (August 24-27), Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 8-10), Madison, Wis. (Sept. 22-24), Oklahoma City (Oct. 27-29) and Austin, Texas (Nov. 17-19), bringing the total number of 2017 events to 20 or more. Wizard World expects to finalize plans in each new market and announce the full revised slate in July.

Additionally, Wizard World is preparing its announcement of a schedule for 2018 that will almost double its current roster of shows.

Fans who had purchased tickets and any advance photo ops or autographs for the shows in Albuquerque, which has been canceled, and/or Orlando, which has been postponed until a date TBD in 2018, will receive automatic refunds.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening at each show.

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.
The 2017 Wizard World convention schedule is available at: http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon.

NM – The MacGyver Secret Signing

Author Lee Zlotoff appears at the Cocteau Cinema on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM for a book signing and reading of his new book, The MacGyver Secret: Connect to your inner MacGyver and solve anything.

Lee Zlotoff is an award-winning writer, producer and director of film and television with over a hundred primetime credits to his name. Among his more notable creations is the iconic MacGyver TV series that has continued to run around the world for over 30 years since its debut in 1985. And is now returning in a new MacGyver series on CBS and an upcoming feature film from Lionsgate Studios. Lee is also a recipient of the coveted Audience Award from the Sundance Film Festival for his film ‘The Spitfire Grill’ which has gone on to become a highly successful musical.

Lee is a graduate of St. John’s College, with campuses in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM, where he served on the board of directors for over a decade and is now a member of the President’s Council.

Committed to supporting those who strive to improve global futures and outcomes, Lee is also the founder and director of The MacGyver Foundation, which receives a portion of the proceeds from every MacGyver project.

Tickets available at the link…

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

NM – An Afternoon with Carrie Vaughn

Author Carrie Vaughn appears in conversation with George R.R. Martin at the Cocteau Cinema on Sunday January 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM.

Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. The fourteenth installment, Kitty Saves the World, was released in 2015. Her forthcoming novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, from John Joseph Adams Books. She’s written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 80 short stories. She’s a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop.

Tickets available at the link…

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

NM – Gene Luen Yang Signing

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Bookworks and Albuquerque Academy co-host Gene Luen Yang on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 3:00 PM!

Gene Luen Yang is the Children’s Book Council’s & Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Genius Fellowship. Yang began making comics and graphic novels over fifteen years ago. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese was published by First Second Books. It became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New. In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion. Boxers & Saints was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize.

His other works include the comics continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. Currently, he writes New Super-Man for DC Comics.

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Simms Auditorium
6400 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111

NM – Sixteen Legs Screening

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The Jean Cocteau Cinema will host the premiere of Sixteen Legs, a film by Bookend Trust that features Neil Gaiman, author of Sandman and Neverwhere, on Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM. Neil and the film creators from Bookend Trust will be at the Cocteau to answer questions! There will also be a fantastic exhibition of spider replicas, sculptures of egg sacs, and much more. Tickets are $15.00 and will be available soon!

Giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates try to find love in the dark. As the world rapidly descends into the next period of global mass extinction, a message of hope comes from an unlikely hero: a creature, often reviled, that has survived previous mass extinctions and climatic change in a magical ecosystem hidden beneath one of the world’s last great wildernesses. With spectacular imagery and a dark-fantasy twist, this is a real-world “Charlotte’s Web,” capitalizing on master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s global popularity to take a story of stability and solitude into our world of rapid change.

ABOUT THE FILM:

This is a never-before-told story of a weird underground world dominated by the love-lives of giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates.

These are still-living prehistoric animals that outlasted the dinosaurs, survived the splitting of the continents, and have endured the entirety of human civilization within some of Australia’s largest and deepest caves. These animals were the first web-spinners on the planet and are at the apex of this extraordinary ecosystem, which in turns influences the wilderness above them.

The documentary has exclusive access to deep research with a global scientific pedigree. The 25th anniversary of research on these giant animals reveals that they break the rules compared to their surface cousins: they have a very unusual mating strategy that allows the males to survive in the dark, their young take 9 months to emerge from the egg-sacs (instead of 6-8 weeks), they have structurally and chemically unique egg structures to allow the eggs and young to develop for so long, and the adult spiders live for decades (instead of 2-3 years).

This story is told from one of the world’s last great wildernesses, a visually stunning and unbelievably beautiful landscape that meets the highest number of criteria for World Heritage Listing of anywhere on the planet.

Filming has been undertaken in some of Australia’s deepest and most spectacular caves. These are ‘Restricted Access’, which means they are not open to the public or media due to the high conservation value of the caves themselves, and the fact that only the most experienced cavers can safely access them (only 72 people are allowed access per year). We have been granted exclusive filming access on the basis of our long history of cave research, and our proven capacity to work in highly fragile and dangerous underground environments. No one else will be able to capture this footage.

The footage has been captured over 4 years in 4K and 5K resolution.

This is a real-life tale of deep science told with a dark fairytale twist by master storyteller and best-selling international author Neil Gaiman (Doctor Who, Coraline). The celebrity and pop-culture appeal of the project is increased with atmospheric vocals from chart-topping Australian singer Kate Miller-Heidke and contributions from Stephen Fry, Tara Moss, Mark Gatiss, Adam Hills, and Polly Adams (daughter of Douglas Adams – author of ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and ‘Last Chance to See’).

Alongside our work with UTAS, ground-breaking input has also been added from scientific teams in New Zealand, the USA, the UK, Europe and South America – including experts from Oxford University (UK), Cornell University (US) and the American Museum of Natural History discussing an upheaval (“a paradigm shift”) in the previously understood pattern of global spider evolution. This information has been given exclusively to us for the documentary. At a time when we are bombarded by messages of doom and gloom, this is an antidote to excite and inspire modern audiences with the joy of the natural world.

Tickets available at the link…

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

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