NC – An Evening with Tony Hale

hale-anbtActor Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) makes an exclusive Raleigh engagement on Saturday, November 8th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Co-sponsored by Quail Ridge Books & Music and the NC State University Department of Social Work

Raleigh is excited to welcome Emmy-award winning actor Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) for an exclusive engagement at the Hunt Library on Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University. The event will be held on Saturday, November 8th, from 6:30-8:30pm, with Hale discussing his acting career and his new children’s book, Archibald’s Next Big Thing. Prior to the event there will be a VIP reception, proceeds from which will benefit the NC State Social Work Enhancement fund. Books will be sold at the event.

Released by Boxing Clever Publishing, Archibald’s Next Big Thing is the extraordinary adventure of an extra-ordinary chicken named Archibald Strutter as he takes off on a fantastic journey in hopes of finding his NEXT BIG THING. Through new friends and experiences, the wide-eyed, semi-bald chicken finally discovers that, while looking for the next big thing isn’t a bad thing, we should always remember that big and beautiful things are all around us…right NOW.

Regarding the inspiration for the book, Hale said, “The thoughts of an actor aren’t very different from Archibald’s. I always find myself looking ahead to the next big role, the next big opportunity, obsessed with the question, “What’s next, what’s next, WHAT’S NEXT!?’ But embracing and enjoying the PRESENT is a message I want both my daughter and myself to remember. Every. Single. Day.”

Follow Archibald on his amazing adventures at adventuresofarchibald.com, Twitter: @MrTonyHale, or Instagram: @theadventuresofarchibald.

The mission of the NC State University’s Department of Social Work is to prepare students for practice that is sensitive to the social, economic, cultural, demographic and political contexts that shape our state and beyond. Within a framework emphasizing professional ethics, social justice, diversity, strengths and community engagement, the Department seeks to equip students for leadership roles and effective practice.

In keeping with this mission, we encourage our students to develop skills, knowledge, and values that advance the dignity of all people. We are dedicated to promoting this framework in our teaching, advising, practice, and research.

Quail Ridge Books & Music is an independent shop with a friendly, knowledgeable staff dedicated to providing the best in customer service. Founded in 1984 by Nancy Olson, the store provides a wide variety of carefully selected books, events, discussion groups and town hall meetings. New owner, Lisa Poole, bought the store in 2013 and is dedicated to keeping it local! Please visit us at quailridgebooks.com.

Boxing Clever is a St. Louis, Missouri agency that provides creative, strategic solutions to the advertising, marketing, interactive and promotional needs of clients. Since 2004, Boxing Clever has delivered award-winning design, messaging and campaign platforms to companies, businesses and charitable organizations alike. More information on Boxing Clever Publications at boxingcleverpublishing.com.

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Charlotte Comicon and Toy Show (December 2015)

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Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon and Toy Show
Convention Website Address
http://charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
12/06/2015
About This Convention
Hours 10am – 4pm
$5 Admission
Best One Day Family Friendly Comic and Toy Show in the South,
Huge Comic Room with Comic Exhibitors, Artist and Writers from all over the Southeast,
We have a separate Toy Room with Exhibitors from all over the southeast,
Cos-play Contest for 3 Different age groups, 2 Panels,
Freebies Given away every hour on the hour
Win Shopping Sprees from our Trivia contest
Venue Name and Address
Crown Plaza Charlotte Executive Park Hotel
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
85
Projected Attendance
1500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Al Bigley, Budd Root, Andy Smith, James Robert Smith, and 24 more

Charlotte Comicon and Toy Show (August 2015)

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Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon and Toy Show
Convention Website Address
http://charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
08/09/2015
About This Convention
Hours 10am – 4pm
$5 Admission
Best One Day Family Friendly Comic and Toy Show in the South,
Huge Comic Room with Comic Exhibitors, Artist and Writers from all over the Southeast,
We have a separate Toy Room with Exhibitors from all over the southeast,
Cos-play Contest for 3 Different age groups, 2 Panels,
Freebies Given away every hour on the hour
Win Shopping Sprees from our Trivia contest
Venue Name and Address
Crown Plaza Charlotte Executive Park Hotel
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
85
Projected Attendance
1500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Al Bigley, Budd Root, Andy Smith, James Robert Smith, and 24 more

Charlotte Comicon and Toy Show (March 2015)

Charlotte

Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon and Toy Show
Convention Website Address
http://charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/03/2015
About This Convention
Hours 10am – 4pm
$5 Admission
Best One Day Family Friendly Comic and Toy Show in the South,
Huge Comic Room with Comic Exhibitors, Artist and Writers from all over the Southeast,
We have a separate Toy Room with Exhibitors from all over the southeast,
Cos-play Contest for 3 Different age groups, 2 Panels,
Freebies Given away every hour on the hour
Win Shopping Sprees from our Trivia contest
Venue Name and Address
Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park Hotel
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
85
Projected Attendance
1500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Al Bigley, Budd Root, Andy Smith, James Robert Smith, and 24 more

NC – Southern Bastards Signing

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Writer Jason Aaron and artist Jason Latour appear at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find on Saturday September 20th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm to sign their Image Comics hit SOUTHERN BASTARDS!

About Southern Bastards:

Earl Tubb is an angry old man with a very big stick.

Euless Boss is a high school football coach with no more room in his office for trophies and no more room underneath the bleachers for burying bodies.

And they’re just two of the folks you’ll meet in Craw County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin’ Rebs and more bastards than you’ve ever seen.

A Southern fried crime comic by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour

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Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find
1957 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 375-7463

Con-Gregate Con Report! (And Interview with the Carolina Ghostbusters)

This was the inaugural year for Con-Gregate, a general sci-fi convention held in Winston-Salem, NC on July 11-13. The guest of honor was New York Times bestselling author Larry Correia, known for his Monster Hunter series, though he does have other writing credits, including “The Christmas (Noun)” and “The Christmas (Noun) 2: The Nounening.” (What’s next? “How the Gerund Stole Christmas”?) Other guests included writers A.J. Hartley and Faith Hunter; Magic: The Gathering artist Mark Poole; and movie make-up professional Jennifer McCollom.

The con was led by a team of veterans, including folks from RavenCon, Stellar Con, and DragonCon. Yet, as with any first-time event, there were hiccups. Larry Correia’s first book signing was held on Saturday morning, when a lot of convention goers weren’t yet up and at ‘em. The lighting was poor in the vendor room, and though much was made in the convention program about name badges (even vendor badges bore individuals’ names), I never saw a staffer checking them.

Still, it was a fun weekend, with a costume contest, a book launch party (D.B. Jackson’s A Plunder of Souls), a charity auction (I won a signed photo of Avery Brooks as Capt. Benjamin Sisko), and some fascinating panels. Plus one of my favorite groups, the Carolina Ghostbusters (www.carolinaghostbusters.com), made an appearance. On Friday, I got a chance to talk to three team members–”Doc” Geressy, Chuck Carte, and Mikki Smith.

Me: How did the Carolina Ghostbusters get started?

Doc: About 5 years ago, I got divorced and laid off from work in the same week. I got a great severance package and didn’t have anyone to spend it on, so I was like, I’m gonna build a Ghostbusters car. That was five years ago. It took about 2½ years to get everything together. Once the car was built, we started getting requests for conventions, charity events, car shows, baseball games, birthday parties, weddings . . . we do a lot of weddings, oddly enough. We spend about 70-80 days a year on the road now, with the vehicle, and I never would have imagined, but it has been the most awesome thing ever. We got to meet Dan Aykroyd. He signed the car. We met Ernie Hudson from the film. So it’s been a lot of fun.

Me: How did you meet Dan Aykroyd?

Chuck: He was on his Crystal Head Vodka tour, doing signings of the bottles when the liquor had first come out. And we got treated really well by the Aykroyd camp as soon as they saw us in our car. He ushered us to the front of the line, took photos with us, signed the car, and he was just a real . . . I look at it as my favorite moment of getting to do this, getting to meet him, and just how cool he was to us.

Me: Why Ghostbusters?

Doc: I am a big fan of movie cars, always have been, and when I was originally going to build a movie car, I had thought about doing a classic Batmobile. I had some people looking for a late model Lincoln to use as the base for it, and we ended up finding this hearse first, and one of the guys called me and was like, hey, would you be interested in doing a Ghostbusters car? I was like, sure, love to, and so we ended up doing a Ghostbusters car instead. And it is actually, interestingly enough, the most recognizable movie car with the least amount of screen time. It is only in the film for 5 minutes and 28 seconds. But everyone knows it. We have had people drive 20-30 miles out of their way to take pictures with us.

Me: And you also have the Men in Black car, right?

Doc: That is our new one. We’re about a year into that build, and it was another one where the car kind of found me. We ended up getting it at a really good deal. It had low miles and was in excellent condition. So we started the build on that. We should have it done in the next year. It is actually roadworthy now, but there are a lot of things we want to do to it, and a lot of props we need to build. It’s probably about 80% done.

Me [to Mikki]: Tell me about your involvement with the group.

Mikki: Honestly, I asked. That sounds kind of like a boring way. Basically, I originally hired the Carolina Ghostbusters for a very small, one-off convention that I ran called Jax Con that happened in my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida—

Doc: It was an awesome convention.

Mikki: Thank you so, so much. That’s what people say now. That’s not what people said right after it happened.

Chuck: That’s what I said right afterward.

Mickey: Me booking [the Ghosbusters] was literally the best thing I ever did for that convention. After that, I was still really into cons, and I started going to them more and more, especially local cons. I became really good friends with the team, became pretty good friends with Doc and Chuck and Cher [Cheralyn Lambeth, another group member]. That was kind of how I got involved. I think at XCon 2013 was my first official event, and I worked that one. I was an intern for about 6 months, and now I have been moved up to Acting Ensign of the Deck Department, and I serve under Chuck Carte, who is a fantastic immediate boss.

Chuck: Thank you. I don’t get that often.

Me: I was reading on your web site that you also do paranormal investigations. Tell me a little about that.

Doc: About 30% of what we do is paranormal investigations. We are the only Ghostbusters group in the country that actually does paranormal investigations as well. Sometimes we joke that the Ghostbusters car is our dog and pony show, but we have a lot of fun going out and actually not just dressing up as Ghostbusters but actually being Ghostbusters to an extent.

Me: How do you measure your success as paranormal investigators?

Chuck: Whether or not the check clears.

Doc: Yeah, that’s a good answer! [Laughs] We approach things from a very scientific viewpoint, very much like the Ghostbusters did in the film. We don’t employ or work with any mediums or psychics because we can’t quantify that information. We try to be as empirical as possible, and we have captured some amazing photographs, we’ve got some awesome EVPs [electronic voice phenomenon], and just the experiences of being able to travel around. One of the things that being Ghostbusters has provided us is a lot of access to places that other paranormal groups can’t get into. People see the car or they see us, and they’re like, oh, you guys are like legit! There are so many other paranormal groups out there that are just as legitimate as we are, but just that knowledge of Ghostbusters affords us the ability for people to just wave us in and be like, yeah, come investigate this place.

Me: What are you working on next? What are your goals?

Doc: Oh god. Replenishing my bank account is what I’m working on right now.

Chuck: The speedboat from Thunder in Paradise.

Doc: Yeah, I gotta buy a boat trailer first.

Mikki: You’ve been talking about the Blues Brothers car lately.

Doc: I would love to find a Blues Brothers car. That would be the next thing on the list. I also really like the ambulance from Cannonball Run. That would be another one.

Me: I guess it’s time to wrap up. Can you say a few words about your podcast?

Doc: Our podcast is called Sci-Fried Eggs, and we get to travel to all these conventions and meet all these cool guests, and we bring that to the rest of the people. So if you miss the convention, or even if you’re at the convention and you didn’t get to meet that person you wanted to meet, we may have interviewed them [on the podcast], so you can check them out.

And while you’re at it, check out the photos below.

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Carolina Ghostbusters: they’re ready to believe you.

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No, this isn’t a promo poster for Avengers 2. It’s the winners of the Con-Gregate costume contest.

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Must . . . not . . . make . . . bird-brain joke.

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“Good evening, Clarice.”

Jay and Eddie’s Comic Book Show (October 2014)

Convention Name
Jay and Eddie’s Comic Book Show
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
10/25/2014
About This Convention
Comics, Toys and local artists.
Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn Express
1943 Blowing Rock Road
Boone, North Carolina 28607
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
20
Projected Attendance
200
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books

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NC – Marvel: Year by Year Signing

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Matthew Manning appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Marvel Year by Year on Saturday August 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM!

Asheville Mall
3 South Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805
828-296-7335

NC – Slingshot Across America Signing

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Author and artist of the fantastic GIRLS WITH SLINGSHOTS, comics creator extraordinaire Danielle Corsetto appears at Comic Envy on  Wednesday, August 13th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm! Danielle is also the writing talent behind two of the Adventure Time original graphic novels, and we’re thrilled to have her!

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Comic Envy
144 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805

 

NC – She-Hulk Signing

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Charles Soule, writer of Letter 44, Superman Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Red Lanterns , She Hulk , Inhuman, 27, as well as the upcoming Death of Wolverine mini series will be in the store signing at Ultimate Comics on Saturday August 16th! Mark your calendar now! Don’t miss your chance to meet one of the newest superstars in comics!

Ultimate Comics
6120 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 806-8282

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