NYC – La Borinqueña Mural Exhibition

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Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education presents the unveiling of their newest mural dedicated to La Borinqueña on Wednesday June 7th at 5:30 PM! This mural will be painted by Tats Cru and will feature cover artwork for the 2nd issue of La Borinqueña by legendary artist George Pérez! Also featuring the art of Will Rosado, Emilio Lopez, Juan Fernandez and Sabrina Cintron! Creator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez will be present and signing copies of his first comic book!

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Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
Y(718) 589-2230

NYC – Kevin Hart Appearance

Comedian Kevin Hart appears at Union Square’s Barnes & Noble on Monday, June 5th at 7:00 PM.

Press Release:

Award-winning actor, Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star, Kevin Hart can now add author to his list of accomplishments as he turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

Like Ernest Hemingway, J.K. Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today.

His films, including Central Intelligence, Think Like A Man, Get Hard, Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer, and The Secret Life Of Pets have earned over $3.5 billion at the box office. His stand-up comedy tours, including Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain, and Kevin Hart: What Now?, have sold-out arenas and football stadiums, leading Forbes to name him the “king of comedy.” He is also the first comedian with a Nike sneaker line; a television producer, creating the BET show Real Husbands of Hollywood and the Laugh Out Loud Network; and CEO of Hartbeat Productions.

This is a wrist-banded event.
A wristband will be issued on a first come, first serve basis to customers who purchase a pre-signed copy of I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons from Barnes & Noble at Union Square beginning June 5th at 9am
• Limit 1 wristband per book.
• All books will be pre-signed by Kevin Hart
• Additional personalization will not be available
• Every fan will get a picture with Kevin taken by our photographer
• Pictures can be retrieved for FREE after the event at kevinhartbook.photos
• No personal photography
• No memorabilia
• Check back for more details as they become available

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

NYC – Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 Signing

Writer Chip Zdarsky (Star Lord, Howard the Duck) and artist Adam Kubert (Avengers, X-Men, Wolverine) appear at Forbidden Planet on Wednesday June 21st at 6:00 PM to sign the first issue of PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN from Marvel Comics!

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Forbidden Planet
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
212-473-1576

NYC – Frankenstein: The True Story Screening & Panel

Press Release:

Forbidden Planet & Dread Central in association with Cinéclub/Film Society of Montreal present

A FREE New York City Screening & Discussion of FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY (1973) to celebrate the new issue of Richard Klemensen’s LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #38 featuring Sam Irvin’s definitive study on the making of this beloved, all-star, two-part telefilm.

Tuesday, June 27, 6:00-10:00 PM

Note: A unique 16mm print of FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY will be projected — which includes everything from the original telecast (including the James Mason introduction), plus extra seconds of censored footage only seen in the foreign theatrical release. Running time: 3 hours 13 minutes.

Hosted & Moderated by
TONY TIMPONE (former editor of FANGORIA).

Panelists:

SAM IRVIN: (Special project editor of the issue; director of ELVIRA’S HAUNTED HILLS, OBLIVION, ; co-executive producer of GODS AND MONSTERS).

ALEC SMIGHT: (Son of the late Jack Smight, director of FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY; Alec visited the set daily and has written an essay in the magazine; Alec is now the three-time Emmy-nominated director-producer of CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION and CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS).

PHILLIPPE SPURRELL: (Film archivist and founder of Cinéclub/Film Society of Montreal (CFS); curator of the unique 16mm print that will be projected; Philippe has written an essay about the various cuts of the film for the issue).

JAMES ANTHONY PHILLIPS: (Expert on composer Gil Mellé who wrote a sidebar for the issue on Mellé’s score to FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY).

Forbidden Planet will sell copies of Little Shoppe of Horrors #38 at the screening. Panelists will sign copies of the magazine at the conclusion of the Q&A.
Seating is limited. You MUST RSVP to Dread Central to guarantee a seat. No one will be admitted to the theater who is not on the RSVP list.

RSVP:
Email your RSVP request to Dread Central at: screenings@dreadcentral.com

Quad Cinema
34 W 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-8800

NYC – Brave Signing

Svetlana Chmakova (Awkward, Nightschool) appears at Barnes & Noble to sign BRAVE on Friday June 2nd at 4:00 PM!

ABOUT:
Svetlana Chmakova broke onto the scene with the release of the popular graphic novel series DramaCon, published by Tokyopop. Since then she has created another original series, Nightschool, and adapted James Patterson’s Witch & Wizard series into a manga format, both for Yen Press/Hachette.

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

BOOM! Studios Hits BookExpo America/BookCon

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BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will exhibit at BookExpo America, a leading trade show for the book publishing industry attended by publishers, distributors, authors, bookstore owners, librarians, journalists, and more; and BookCon, a two-day fan event open to the book-loving public. The shows take place back-to-back at the Javits Center in New York City May 31st to June 4th, with BOOM! occupying booth #1530. The publisher shared its plans for the events, including:

—During BookExpo and BookCon, BOOM! will have limited quantities of free single issues available to give away to librarians, reviewers, buyers, and fans while supplies last, including recent releases Misfit City #1 (Vol. 1 collection out in December) and Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1 (collection out in January). Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City) and Victor LaValle will be appearing throughout the week to autograph copies.

The latest release from BOOM!’s BOOM! Box imprint, Misfit City is about a group of girls living in a small coastal town that most people have only heard of because it was the filming location for a beloved kids’ adventure movie from the 1980s. They’re sick of their town and the tourists that come to gawk at them, but they end up discovering a real treasure map, which leads them on an adventure even crazier than the one in the movie. Misfit City is illustrated by Naomi Franquiz.

In Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, when the last descendant of the Frankenstein family loses her only son to a police shooting, she turns to science for her own justice…putting her on a crash course with her family’s original monster and his quest to eliminate humanity. The series is illustrated by Dietrich Smith.

—BOOM! will also have limited advance copies of its KaBOOM! imprint’s upcoming original graphic novel, The Not-So Secret Society (August 1), available for free to qualified individuals. The creators of the book—Matt Daley, Arlene Daley, Ellen Crafts, and Trevor Crafts—will be on hand all week to autograph copies and share brochures, activity sheets, and mini-comics, and will raffle off a giant Gummy candy! (See booth for details.) The Not-So Secret Society is illustrated by Wook Jin Clark.

In addition, the creators of The Not-So Secret Society will appear at the BookCon Family HQ area (booth #1416) on Saturday, June 3, 5:30-6:00 PM for an interactive comics workshop.

The Not-So Secret Society is about a group of 12-year-olds who learn the value of teamwork and friendship when their invention brings a piece of candy to life that threatens to destroy the entire city!

—Free partial advance review galleys of the Archaia imprint’s upcoming all-ages original graphic novel Bolivar (November 21) will also be available for qualified individuals, with writer and artist Sean Rubin on hand to autograph copies.

Bolivar is the story of a dinosaur living unnoticed in New York City (“Everyone in the city was too busy to notice Bolivar was a dinosaur”), except for his young neighbor, Sybil, who desperately tries to convince everyone of his existence.

—Appearing at the BOOM! Studios booth (#1530) throughout the weekend will be:

Wednesday, May 31
2:00-4:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)
4:00-6:00 PM // Victor LaValle (Victor LaValle’s Destroyer)

Thursday, June 1
11:00 AM-1:00 PM // Victor LaValle (Victor LaValle’s Destroyer)
1:00-3:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)
3:00-5:00 PM // Sean Rubin (Bolivar)
5:00-6:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)

Friday, June 
10:00 AM -12:00 PM // Sean Rubin (Bolivar)
1:00-3:00 PM // Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)

Saturday, June 3
12:00-2:00 PM // Jim Campbell (Over the Garden Wall)

For more information on Book Expo America, visit www.bookexpoamerica.com. For more information on BookCon, visit www.thebookcon.com.

NYC – Flying Machines Signing

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Join graphic novelists Alison Wilgus and Molly Brooks at the Astoria Bookshop Saturday June 3rd at 3:00 PM as they chat about and illustrate the famous flying machines designed by the Wright Brothers. Perfect for curious minds ages 8-12, learn about the first airplane models then try your hand at designing your own!

Flying Machines follows the Wright Brothers from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the fields of North Carolina where they were to make their famous flights. In an era of dirigibles and hot air balloons, the Wright Brothers were among the first innovators of heavier than air flight. But in the hotly competitive international race toward flight, Orville and Wilbur were up against a lot more than bad weather. Mechanical failures, lack of information, and even other aviators complicated the Wright Brothers’ journey. Though they weren’t as wealthy as their European counterparts, their impressive achievements demanded attention on the international stage. Thanks to their carefully recorded experiments and a healthy dash of bravery, the Wright Brothers’ flying machines took off.

Called “inspirational reading for budding middle grade inventors and engineers” by the School Library Journal, Flying Machines is an original take on science for kids and makes for an event you do not want to miss!

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The Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st Street (between Broadway and 31st Avenue)
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 278-2665

NYC – The Lost Work of Will Eisner Revisited

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Join Locust Moon co-publisher Josh O’Neill at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday June 1st at 6:30 PM to close the exhibition where Eisner’s work began — with a journey back to his days as an ambitious, talented teenager, hungry to make a name for himself in the fledgling world of comic books.

The importance of Will Eisner in the history of comics and sequential art cannot be overestimated. The restless innovator, pioneer of the graphic novel, and creator of THE SPIRIT spent the bulk of the 20th Century pushing the comics medium relentlessly forward. Here in his centennial year, he is the subject of the largest-ever American exhibition of his work at the Society of Illustrators. But despite vast scholarship and writing on Eisner and his many achievements, little had been known about his earliest work. Until now.

Locust Moon Press has recently published an edition of remarkable and revelatory comics from the dawn of Eisner’s career. These never-before-seen weekly strips were re-discovered, hidden among an enormous lot of printing plates in the possession of a New Jersey antique collector named Joe Getsinger.

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Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

NYC – Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Signing

Author Roxane Gay signs her latest book at Barnes & Noble on Monday June 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Roxane Gay is the author of the novel An Untamed State, which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction; the essay collection Bad Feminist; and Ayiti, a multi-genre collection. She is at work on a memoir, Hunger, and a comic book in Marvel’s Black Panther series. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012the New York Timesthe Guardian, and many others. She is a recipient of the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, among other honors. She splits her time between Indiana and Los Angeles. She can be found online at www.roxanegay.com and on Twitter @rgay.

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

Albany Comic Con Returns on June 4th

The Albany Comic Con is back on Sunday, June 4th with more guests, more comics, more toys and more fun. Save the date; SUNDAY, June 4th. The Radisson Hotel 205 Wolf Rd, in Albany, NY. VIP and General Admission Tickets and info are available now at: www.albanycomicbookshow.com

Guests include: Ron Marz, Steve Orlando, Paul Harding, Joe Sinnott, Tom Raney, Mike Raicht, Rich Clark, Joe Staton, Fred Hembeck, and many more.

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