Anime NYC Brings Celebration of Japanese Culture & Anime to Javits Center on Nov. 17-19

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LeftField Media will present a massive three-day celebration of Japanese animation and culture this fall at the inaugural Anime NYC convention powered by Crunchyroll, coming to New York City’s Javits Center from Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19. Attendees will be able to view exclusive anime screenings and meet major guests courtesy of international animation and manga publishers like Aniplex, Bandai Visual, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Sunrise, Yen Press, and VIZ Media; play the latest in Japanese gaming technology; chow down on Japanese delicacies and fusion cuisine; rock out to musical guests direct from Tokyo; and more. Tickets are currently available at www.animenyc.com with general admission tickets priced from $35-60, and with VIP tickets priced at $275 guaranteeing access to premiere programming and special guests.

LeftField Media looks to fill a void with Anime NYC. While most major cities in America play host to anime-specific conventions, New York City – America’s largest city – has no large, dedicated celebration of Japanese animation and culture. Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll has been in planning for over a year with tremendous support from partners in both America and Japan, and anticipates bringing together almost 20,000 fans at its inaugural convention. Anime has had a presence in American entertainment for decades in the form of beloved series like Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon and films from acclaimed directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon, and has seen broader audiences tuning in recently to watch hits like Attack on Titan, One-Punch Man, and Yuri!!! on Ice on services like Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll puts Japanese culture and animation on a massive international stage in New York City, at a time when the anime industry is burgeoning worldwide. The Anime Industry Report 2016 from the Association of Japanese Animators estimated the overseas anime industry (excluding Japan) generated $288.4 million USD in 2015, an increase of over $125 million from 2014. Anime represents a growing stake in the entertainment industry both worldwide and notably in America, with the Anime Industry Report 2016 reporting more anime licensing contracts filed in 2015 in the United States than in any other country.

Special Guests and Events:

  • Sailor Moon Crystal Cast Panel and Screening with Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon), Kate Higgins (Sailor Mercury), Cristina Vee (Sailor Mars), Amanda Celine Miller (Sailor Jupiter), Cherami Leigh (Sailor Venus), Sandy Fox (Chibi-Usa), Erica Mendez (Sailor Uranus), Lauren Landa (Sailor Neptune), Christine Marie Cabanos (Sailor Saturn), and Robbie Daymond (Tuxedo Mask)
  • US Premiere of the film Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower and concert lead by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi
  • Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri concert featuring Japanese singers Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE
  • NY Ramen Summit featuring a discussion between famed ramen chefs from around NYC
  • Talk from LeSean Thomas, an NYC native who has successfully worked in the anime industry in Japan and whose Children of Ether is now on Crunchyroll and whose Cannon Busters will be debuting next year on Netflix

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Anime NYC is New York City’s anime convention! A showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America, Anime NYC brings anime fans and publishers together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan. Join us for a celebration of Japanese animation, manga, cosplay, movies, food, fashion, travel, technology, toys, and games in the heart of NYC! For more, visit animenyc.com.

NY – Street Angel: Superhero for a Day Signing

Cartoonist Jim Rugg (AfrodisiacThe Plain Janes) appears at Escape Pod Comics on Wednesday, October 18th at 6:00 PM to sign latest Street Angel Graphic Novel ONE WEEK before it’s general release. There will be limited editon Bookplates designed by Rugg with each purchase of ANY Street Angel book, while supplies last.

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Escape Pod Comics
302 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 923-1044

NY – My Pretty Vampire Signing

Cartoonist Katie Skelly appears at Escape Pod Comics for a signing on Sunday, October 15 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Escape Pod Comics
302 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 923-1044

Shamus Brothers Return With Ace Universe Comic Con Starting in December 2017

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ACE Universe Transforms “Comic Con” Business With Ground-Breaking Approach That Will Shake Up The Industry

World’s Most Experienced Comic Con Producers Launch New Media Company, Unveil Innovative Business Model, Announce Star-Studded Shows

NEW YORKSept. 19, 2017 — Brothers Stephen and Gareb Shamus, the world’s most experienced producers of the wildly popular Comic Con conventions, today announced the launch of their new groundbreaking experiential company – ACE Universe.  With 20 years of experience and 175 Comic Con shows to their name, the Shamus brothers have smashed the old model, which they pioneered, and developed a new immersive approach that will redefine the industry going forward.

ACE Universe is also announcing the dates and locations for its first events: December 8-10, 2017 at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island (New York), and January 13-15 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. VIP tickets for the Long Island event are on sale now, and General Admission tickets for NYCB LIVE will go on sale Friday, September 22, all via www.aceuniverse.com on Ticketmaster.com, nycblive.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office located at the Coliseum.

Tickets for the Glendale, AZ, event will be on sale soon. Stay tuned to the website for more details!

Confirmed guests for the Long Island event include:  Henry Cavill (SupermanJustice League), Gal Gadot (Wonder WomanJustice League), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League), Ray Fisher (Cyborg, Justice League), Ezra Miller(The Flash, Justice League), and Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf, Justice League), with more guests to be announced.

ACE Universe has secured partnerships across key sectors including Technology, Media, Entertainment, Gaming, Publishers, Manufacturers, Licensors, and Retailers to help create a robust experience for fans.  The Comic Cons will be hosted in world-class Arenas, which bring a completely new set of aesthetics and benefits for attendees, including programming shown on the JumboTron, which means the fans will never miss a panel, regardless of where they are.

ACE Universe will be the first to provide free global live streaming to fans with wall-to-wall coverage of the entire Comic Con. Now, all fans can enjoy access to top-tier talent, breaking news and on-site programming as every aspect of the show will be fully streamed, social media friendly and available on mobile devices.

“We revolutionized the Comic Con industry in the 90’s, and we’re thrilled to do it all over again in 2017,” says Gareb Shamus, ACE Universe Chairman & CEO. “We believe this is the optimal time to shake up the industry and recalibrate with a complete and total emphasis on the fan experience. Our new platform is centered on creating an unforgettable experience for fans by featuring meet-and-greets with stars from the latest hit superhero movies, quality vendors, professional creators, superior venues and immersive programming.”

“We can’t wait for seasoned Comic Con fans to experience our events, and we’re excited to introduce all new types of fans into this incredible world, many of whom have never enjoyed a Comic Con before,” says Stephen Shamus, President of ACE Universe. “Families can now enjoy a curated experience with access to top name Film and TV talent, artists, writers and other creative professionals.”

In addition to the upcoming show in Long Island, ACE Universe will be announcing the full 2018 schedule, including dates, cities, tickets and VIP Admissions on www.aceuniverse.com. Stay tuned! Connect with ACE Comic Con at Facebook.com/acecomiccon & @acecomiccon on Instagram and Twitter.

ACE Universe
ACE Universe (www.aceuniverse.com) is a New York-based media and experiential events company founded by Gareb and Stephen Shamus, who are the world’s most experienced producers of Comic Con conventions.  Stephen has personally produced over 175 Comic Con events, booked thousands of celebrity guests, and played host to millions of happy fans.  Gareb is a leading pop-culture expert, founder of the largest Comic Con tour in the world, an original producer of national Comic Cons, and publisher of multiple award-winning magazines published in 75 countries worldwide.  ACE Universe produces premium events in world-class venues that feature the best of Film, TV, Gaming, Virtual Reality, Collectibles, Comics, Original Art, Toys, Action Figures, Graphic Novels, Illustrators, Writers, Creators, and Entertainment Programming.  Fans can live stream all ACE Universe events at www.aceuniverse.com and engage with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

NYC – Saint Mick Signing

WWE Hall of Famer & New York Times Bestselling Author, MICK FOLEY, will sign his new book: Saint Mick: My Journey From Hardcore Legend to Santa’s Jolly Elf  at Barnes & Noble in Tribeca on Wednesday, October 18th at 6:00 PM.

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

NYC – Best American Comics 2017 Signing

The Best American Comics series launches its latest collection with this year’s guest editor: Bill Kartalopoulos at Strand Book Store on Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00 PM! He will be joined by Ben Katchor, along with a panel of the artists behind his picks for the year’s best comics:

Bill Kartalopoulos is the publisher/editor of Rebus Books and the programming coordinator for SPX: The Small Press Expo. He was a cofounder and the programming director for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF), a contributing editor for Print magazine, and has worked as an assistant to Art Spiegelman for several years. He currently teaches classes about graphic novels at Parsons, The New School for Design and comics history in the MFA Visual Narrative program at SVA.

Ben Katchor is an American cartoonist and illustrator best known for his critically acclaimed comic strip Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer. He has contributed comics and drawings to The Forward, The New Yorker, Metropolis magazine, and weekly newspapers in the United States, and is a Guggenheim Fellowship and MacArthur Fellowship recipient.

Admission Options: Buy a copy of Best American Comics 2017 or a $15 Strand gift card to attend. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – The Struggles of Game Design

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Join Strand Book Store in the Rare Book Room on Wednesday September 27th at 7:00 PM as Jason Schreier joins game developers Amanda Gardner (Perception) and Bill Gardner (Bioshock) to discuss the ups-and-downs of video game development, moderated by Jake Baldino from the hit YouTube channel Gameranx.

JASON SCHREIER is the news editor at Kotaku, a leading website covering the industry and culture of video games, where he has developed a reputation for fearless reporting on a variety of tough industry subjects. He has also covered the video game world for Wired, and has contributed to a wide range of outlets including The New York Times, EdgePaste, Kill Screen, and The Onion News Network. This is his first book.

AMANDA GARDNER: A lifelong gamer, Amanda has been fully-immersed in the geek lifestyle for as long as she can remember. Amanda writes all the things – books, video games (Perception), parenting and mindfulness blog posts, you name it. When she’s not writing, she’s juggling her four children and teaching yoga. Amanda also serves as the Perception’s producer, a role she was born for, considering all she does is chase after people anyway.

BILL GARDNER spent over twelve years in various design roles at Irrational Games. On games like SWAT 4BioShock and BioShock Infinite, he worked as Level Designer, Lead Designer, Design Director and User Experience Specialist. He’s had his hand in all aspects of Irrational’s award-winning design, and even managed to walk away with a few accolades of his own. Now Creative Director at The Deep End Games, Bill spent the past three years on Perception, a video game about a blind woman exploring a haunted mansion. Now out for PS4/XB1/PC.

JAKE BALDINO is a producer of video game, entertainment, and technology related content and has fun doing it. He is a host, creator, and lead producer of the hit channel Gameranx on YouTube and talks about all things movie and game related on his personal platform BecauseVideoGames.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – Star Wars Made Easy Signing

Join Christian Blauvelt, creator of the ultimate guide Star Wars Made Easy, at Strand Book Store on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00 PM as he hosts a quiz night and gives out prizes to the real Jedi masters (or Sith Lords)!

Light vs Dark, Desire vs Detachment, Fear vs Hope, Good vs Evil. No matter how you view the enduring saga of George Lucas’ golden egg, the Star Wars franchise has captured the hearts of fans worldwide for generations. With it’s distinct flavor of fantasy married with science fiction, it’s no wonder that its iconic ships, heroes and scoundrels have become the stuff of pop culture. But how well do you really know Star Wars?

From what planet do the Wookies hail? How many Dewbacks were in the original 1977 theatrical (i.e. best) cut of the first Star Wars movie? What vehicle does Luke use to bullseye Womp rats in his spare time? What is the “Rule of Two”? Which bounty hunter in ESB is wearing an old costume from a Doctor Who episode? How many total Wilhelm screams are in the main 7 Star Wars films? Who shot first?? With all these questions, there is only one way to determine who is the greatest trivia Jedi of them all: it’s time for a Star Wars trivia night!

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – An Evening with Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith appears at Caroline’s at 7:00 PM on both Monday, November 6th and Tuesday, November 7th as part of the New York Comedy FestivalTickets available at the link…

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, Tusk, and Yoga Hosers; Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, My Boring-Ass Life and most recently Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat,Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He can be heard daily at smodcast.com, a vast network of podcasts.

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Carolines on Broadway
1626 Broadway, New York, New York 10019
(212) 757-4100

NYC – Dare2Draw with Black Creators

Creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 join us for Dare2Draw on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM to speak about their breakout hit book, Black. We’ll get their insights on what they were thinking when they created the book and hear what’s next for them.

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The Art Students League of New York
215 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019

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