NYC – An Evening with George Takei

Actor and social justice activist George Takei, in conversation with Jay Kuo, brings his uncanny eloquence and signature wit to BAM on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM. In this very special evening, he shares the story of his Japanese-American family’s forced internment during World War II, a seemingly forgotten part of American history. He also takes audiences through his rise to celebrity as a sci-fi icon, his remarkable journey as social media mega power, and his passionate fight for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality in America—empowering others to beat the odds and make a difference. Get tickets at the link…

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BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 636-4100

NY – La Borinqueña Lecture

Join Colgate University for a discussion with the creator of the Afro-Puerto Rican superhero La Borinqueña and Colgate alum, Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez (class of ’93) on Thursday April 27th at 6:00 PM. If you missed his visit last fall, you can check out a review of his talk and work in the Colgate Scene. This time he’ll be here to discuss the first issue of his comic with readers and fans.

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is the writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel La Borinqueña which he self-published under his own studio, Somos Arte. Edgardo’s debut as a writer for Marvel has been received with critical acclaim similar to his initial work with Marvel as curator of two exhibitions Santerians: The Art of Joe Quesada and Marvelous Color. Via Somos Arte, he has a client roster that includes Marvel, Atlantic Records, Columbia University, and various Latino non-profits like ASPIRA of New York, El Puente and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. Edgardo was the Artistic Director of Pa’lante Siempre Pa’lante, part of the acclaimed PBS POV Documentary Series which received the Silver Apple Award from the National Media Alliance. He is also co-founder of the graphic novel publishing company Darryl Makes Comics with his business partner, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels.

Co-Sponsored by LGBTQ Studies, Women’s Studies, CORE C&I, Romance Languages, Africana & Latin American Studies, Shaw Wellness, and Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations.

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Colgate University
13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY, 13346
(315) 228-7000

NYC – Speed Racer 50th Anniversary Signing

Press Release:

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic anime series ‘Speed Racer’ with original voice actress Corinne Orr who will be in conversation with longtime anime voice actor, director, scriptwriter and producer Michael Sinterniklaas on Wednesday April 26th at 6:00 PM. Signing of DVD/Blu-Ray sleeve to follow.

Updated and Important information regarding the Speed Racer event on Wednesday:

We are hosting this event before Funimation releases the anniversary DVD of Speed Racer Mach Gogogo.

For the event you will receive an exclusive DVD slip for signing. In order to obtain the slip, you must pre-order the DVD at our location the day of the event. You may do so at the Customer Service desk or in our Music & Movies department. A bookseller will help you pre-order and direct you to the cash registers to pay.

Upon payment you will receive a wristband which is your ticket into the event along with the DVD sleeve. Please call for any additional info!

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Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-5389

NYC – Girling Up Signing

Mayim Bialik signs at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Actress, writer, neuroscientist, and founder of GrokNation.com, Mayim Bialik best known as Amy Farrah Fowler on America’s #1 comedy, The Big Bang Theory, a role for which she has received 4 Emmy nominations and a Critics’ Choice Award. She also starred in the early-1990s sitcom Blossom. GIRLING UP: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular addresses what it means to grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically, and sociologically. Pulling from her own experiences as an actress, scientist, and writer, Mayim discusses navigating everything from first kisses and first periods to rocky friendships, family responsibilities, gender questions, body image issues, and figuring out one’s passion and place in the world.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

NY – Free Comic Book Day 2017 Signing

The Comic Book Depot celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 6, 2017 from 11:00am to 5:00pm!

Limited to 5 FREE FCBD comics per person

Special guests
Billy Tucci 11-1pm
Jim Shooter 11-1pm
JC Vaughn 11-1pm
Joe Kelly 11-12:30pm
Zeea Adams 12noon-3pm
Sean Chen 1-2pm
Creees Hyunsung Lee 1-2pm
Mr. PoppinTwist 11-1pm
Magician Mike Rossetti 11-1pm


Cosplay
Sales
25-cent comics
upto 75% off graphic novels
10% off graded comics
25% off back issues
15% off new comics

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The Comic Book Depot
2847 Jerusalem Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793
516-221-9337

NY – Craig Robinson Signing

Craig Robinson (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine) appears at Book Revue on Monday April 17th at 7:00 PM to speak and sign copies of his new middle grade book, Jake the Fake Keeps It Real.

About Jake the Fake Keeps it Real:
For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate comes a new side-splitting series from comedian and film star Craig Robinson, #1 New York Times bestselling author Adam Mansbach, and NAACP History Maker recipient and cartoonist Keith Knight.

Jake can barely play an instrument, not even a kazoo. And his art? It’s better suited for Pictionary than Picasso. Which is a real problem because Jake just faked his way into the Music and Art Academy for the gifted and talented (and Jake is pretty sure he is neither). More jokester than composer, Jake will have to think of something quick before the last laugh is on him.

Featuring more than 160 illustrations, Jake the Fake is sure to bring the laughs with his hilarious hijinks!

IMPORTANT!
All books signed at Book Revue events must be purchased at Book Revue. If you purchase the book prior to the event please save your Book Revue receipt. If you have purchased the book from somewhere else you can still get your book signed, we just ask that you make a purchase in our store of equal or greater value to that of the book.

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Book Revue
313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-271-1442

NY – FCBD: Die Kitty Die Signing

Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz sign at Main Street Comics on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Main Street Comics
400 Route 211 E, Middletown, Orange County, New York 10940
(845) 342-0458

BoroughCon 2017 Announced for Memorial Day Weekend

Press Release:

Superhero, animation and gaming fans will soon converge on Utopia Parkway for a four-day celebration in a park-like setting.

St. John’s University will host BoroughCon, a new pop culture convention, over Memorial Day Weekend 2017, May 26-May 29. The event, which is expected to draw up to 20,000 attendees, will appeal to enthusiasts of heroic stories in film, television, gaming and graphic formats, as well as to those who enjoy anime and manga –animation and comics, respectively, in the Japanese tradition.

BoroughCon programming will include panels and autograph sessions with celebrities, gaming tournaments, screenings of both classic and as-yet unreleased films and TV shows, a vendors’ room and an artists’ alley. In addition to special programming for youth and children as well as their parents and grandparents, there will also be a cosplay competition.

“Cosplay is the performance art of creating costumes based on your favorite media characters, then embodying those characters for the audience,” BoroughCon CEO Matthew Goodison-Orr explains. “It has become a staple of these conventions, and cosplay is always one of the most popular draws.”

Media guests are currently being announced on BoroughCon.com and Goodison-Orr says, “BoroughCon will be able to deliver at least a couple of household names, as well as several actors well-known to everyone from all walks of life within the nerd community.”

Current guests include:
•    Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies)
•    Khary Payton (The Walking Dead, Young Justice, Teen Titans)
•    Dante Basco (Hook, American Dragon: Jake Long)
•    Steven Blum (animated voice of Wolverine, record holder for most video game credits)
•    Cree Summer (Codename: Kids Next Door, Inspector Gadget)
•    Jess Harnell (Crash Bandicoot, Animaniacs)
•    Grey DeLisle (Scooby-Doo, Avatar: The Last Airbender)
•    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Star Wars: Rebels, Ghost in the Shell)
•    Chester Rushing (Stranger Things)
•    Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys, Family Guy)
•    Grizz Chapman (30 Rock, The Lair)

The nerd community, he said, includes fans of comic books, manga, gaming, and science fiction/fantasy movies and television shows—and a great many self-professed nerds live in underserved neighborhoods of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. Comic creators appearing include Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans), Mike Grell (Green Arrow, Jon Sable), Tony Bedard (Supergirl, Birds of Prey)  Mark McKenna (Combat Jacks, Exiles).

“Surprisingly, New York City and the surrounding area runs short of adequate event space despite the world-class sports and concert venues,” says Goodison-Orr, who, when he served three years as CEO of Orlando’s KnightroKon, catered to up to 40,000 fans a year. “None of the hotels have anywhere enough meeting space for a convention of BoroughCon’s size, and the Javits Center is already home to New York Comic Con, with which we have no desire to invite comparison. So my partners and I chose to focus on the Four Boroughs, and St. John’s became the clear choice.”

The decision to embrace the outer boroughs required very little persuasion.

“Queens has roughly the same population as Houston, and Brooklyn is almost the size of Chicago. Both those middle-American cities host multiple ‘cons’ annually. So why would we want to be the second-biggest-by-a-mile in Manhattan when we can build something new and different here?”

What will set BoroughCon apart, according to Goodison-Orr, is the degree to which fans will enjoy direct access to well-known guests.

“If you come to BoroughCon, you’ll get a chance to meet, shake hands with or get an autograph from someone whose work you admire,” he said. “BoroughCon will be for regular fans – the con for the rest of us.”

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For up-to-date information, visit boroughcon.com.

NYC – Secret Warriors #1 Signing

Writer Matthew Rosenberg appears at Midtown Comics Downtown on Thursday May 11th at 7:00 PM to sign Secret Warriors #1! This is an OPEN signing and we recommend showing up early, just to be safe. Purchase of Secret Warriors #1 is mandatory; you may get up to three items signed in total.

SECRET WARRIORS #1:
Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Art by JAVI GARRON

A SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN! Captain America has been revealed to be an agent of Hydra – and he’s coming after Inhumans! S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. QUAKE, wants no part of Hydra, so she goes underground, teaming up with MS. MARVEL, MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR, KARNAK and INFERNO to set things right – for the Inhumans, but also for the entire country! Penned by rising star Matthew Rosenberg (Kingpin, Rocket Raccoon, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank) and drawn by the immensely talented Javier Garrón (Death of X, Inhumans vs X-Men), SECRET WARRIORS is one part coming-of-age story, one part spy-thriller, all action and all heart. Don’t miss the next (and final?) generation of Inhumans as they take the Marvel Universe by storm!

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

Nickel City Con Presents Flash Gordon Screening with Sam Jones

Press Release:

Nickel City Con and Buffalo’s historic North Park Theatre are proud to announce an exclusive screening of FLASH GORDON, with a Q&A following the film with Flash Gordon himself SAM JONES.  Experience the Sci-Fi Cult Classic and the epic QUEEN soundtrack on the big screen in Buffalo’s finest theater.

You’ll get exclusive insight and background information from the filming of the movie as Sam recalls his days on set and his life in Hollywood after Flash and his recent resurgence in the Ted & Ted 2 movies.

Join us for this great Pre-Con event Thursday May 18th at the North Park Theatre.  Get your tickets now, don’t wait- the first 150 tickets come with a free pass to opening night at Nickel City Con, Friday May 19!

 Tickets on sale here!

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