OH – The Low-Down on Mo

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Press Release:

The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and the Wexner Center for the Arts are thrilled to host award-winning author and illustrator MO WILLEMS in conversation with HILARY PRICE, the creator behind Rhymes With Orange. Mo will be discussing his life, career, and creative process. Parents, educators, and aspiring children’s book authors won’t want to miss this event!

Mo Willems is a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, and has been awarded three Caldecott Honors for his books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. This year, Mo celebrates the 25th and final book in his long-running Elephant and Piggie series, which has twice won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal.

Joining Mo in conversation will be Hilary B. Price, the creator behind the internationally syndicated comic strip Rhymes With Orange. Price has been awarded the “Best Newspaper Panel” four times by the National Cartoonists Society, and her work also appears in Parade Magazine, The Funny Times, People and Glamour.

This free event will be held in Mershon Auditorium. A book signing with Mo and Hilary will take place immediately after the event in the lobby.

Co-presented by Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Parking is available during off-peak hours at the Ohio Union North Garage.

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Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-3535

Ratha Con (May 2017)

Ratha Con 2017

Convention Name
Ratha Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.therathacon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/12/2017
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/13/2017
About This Convention
Two day convention that begins with an art opening of Pop Culture themed artwork, films, and more at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. Athens, Ohio. Then the main convention will be on May 13th at the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St. Athens, Ohio. The main convention will have everything including special guests, a quidditch tournament, costume contests, comic creators, pop culture artists, performances, sellers and vendors, gaming, kids’ craft activities, panels, discussions, workshops and much, much more…
Venue Name and Address
Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St.
Athens, Ohio 45701
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
40
Projected Attendance
800
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Collectibles

OH – The Sorcerer’s Daughter Signing

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Bestselling author Terry Brooks will sign copies of the new Shannara book, THE SORCERER’S DAUGHTER, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM at Barnes & Noble! He will also be reading from a forthcoming unpublished book and answering your questions!

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Barnes & Noble
28801 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, Ohio 44122
(216) 765-7520

Wizard World and Crypt TV Launch Eight-City Horror Series in 2016

Press Release:

Wizard World and Crypt TV Launch Eight-City Horror Series

Hair-Raising Video Series Debuts Exclusively at Wizard World Philadelphia June 2 – 6

Crypt TVLOS ANGELES–Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB:WIZD), producer of the largest comic and pop culture convention events, and Crypt TV, the digital brand behind the most terrifying content on the web, have announced a new eight-city video showcase series that will treat Wizard World Comic Con attendees to some of the scariest video content available today.

Crypt TV, co-founded by famed horror director Eli Roth, will curate the exclusive showcase for select Wizard World Comic Con dates. The series will debut in Philadelphia on June 2nd-6th, followed by showcases at Wizard World events in Sacramento, Columbus, Chicago, Richmond, Austin, Tulsa and Pittsburgh (dates below).

“Our partnership with Crypt TV allows Wizard World to continue its commitment to creating and presenting new streams of content,” said John Maatta, President and CEO of Wizard World. “Philadelphia fans will be on the edge of their seats as they access some of the most unique and frightful programming ever at the convention.”

Crypt TV, which has over one million fans and averages over 15 million video views a month, prides itself on bringing new scary stories from talented filmmakers into the world. Crypt TV is fundamentally changing the way fans consume and celebrate genre content — in short form, on mobile, every day.

“We are so excited to partner with Wizard World and showcase Crypt TV’s content to their loyal fans” said Eli Roth, actor, director and co-founder of Crypt TV. “Wizard World is a perfect avenue to showcase our original characters and horror series, and we’re going to curate something really special for the fans.”

“There’s a lot of crossover between Wizard World fans and Crypt TV fans and I’m excited to bring our short scares to the big screen” said Jack Davis, CEO and co-founder of Crypt TV. “Wizard World has been great in helping make sure we make this a unique experience: our booth is going to have more than just exclusive content, we will have giveaways from HANNIBAL and more, available only at Wizard World.”

Crypt TV Screening Events will be held at the following Wizard World Comic Cons:

Philadelphia, PA June 2 – 6
Sacramento, CA June 17 – 19
Columbus, OH July 29 – 31
Chicago, IL Aug 18 – 21
Richmond, VA Sept 9 – 11
Austin, TX Sept 22 – 25
Tulsa, OK Oct 21 – 23
Pittsburgh, PA Nov 5 – 6

About Crypt TV

Crypt TV (http://CryptTV.com/) is a digital genre brand co-founded by Jack Davis and horror icon Eli Roth. Inspired by its motto #WeirdIsGood, Crypt creates and distributes dark, edgy and scary video content on Facebook and across its family of publisher sites. One year after launch, with 1.2 million direct social followers, and a syndication network of over 4 million unique monthly visitors on the sites in its network, Crypt TV has become the fastest growing leader in digital scares. In addition to working with the best up-and-coming filmmakers across the world, Crypt TV makes engaging original video content directly for the Top Hollywood Studios, including Universal, Fox, and Warner Brothers and has a strategic partnership with Blumhouse Productions. Crypt TV is uniting fans and creating a movement that is redefining what the future of genre content means to millennials.

About Wizard World (OTCBB:WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store (www.shopwizardworld.com), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The Wizard World 2016 schedule is available at: http://wizardworld.com/searchby/city/.

Tekken 7 Tournament 2016 Part of the Wizard World Comic Cons and Gaming Tour

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Press Release:

BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC. OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES THE TEKKEN 7: THE KING OF THE IRON FIST TOURNAMENT 2016 FOR NORTH AMERICA

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (May 19, 2016) – Leading video game developer and publisher, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., today announced the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America , scheduled to hit major North American cities throughout the rest of the year in anticipation of the home console release of TEKKEN 7 .

The TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America aims to bring together the top TEKKEN players from around the country for the largest ever TEKKEN tournament in North America for a knockdown, drag-out competition through 18 different cities across the United States and Canada for bragging rights and cash prizes. The nationwide tournament series is the only place in North America for fans to get their hands on the arcade version of TEKKEN 7.

“The TEKKEN series is a cornerstone of the fighting game community and continues to evolve and advance the genre forward with each installment,” said Katsuhiro Harada, Director of TEKKEN Project at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. “I’m excited to see what the North American TEKKEN community is made of as they compete over the next seven months in the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 in North America.”

“The TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America series of events expands upon our tournament footprint that was set in motion earlier this year through our partnership with Wizard World Comic Cons and Gaming Tour,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “The added reach of the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America events will ensure that TEKKEN fans across the country will have an opportunity to experience the next chapter of the storied TEKKEN videogame franchise and compete for cash and glory.”

The TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America began on February 19, 2016 at Wizard World in Portland, OR and will continue through November 6, 2016 at the Wizard World Comic Con and Gaming Tour in Pittsburg, PA.  Tournaments will be held at Wizard World Comic Con and Gaming Tour sites and key fighting game circuit cities. Each tournament event will feature a prize pool of $3,000 with a final prize pool of $20,000 at the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America finals. For full tournament rules and regulations please visit

https://www.bandainamcoent.com/news/tekken-tour-na .

TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America schedule and locations:

 

Date Location Event
February 19-21 Portland, OR Wizard World
March 18-20 Atlanta, GA Final Round
April 1-3 St. Louis, MO Wizard World
April 29-May 1 Des Moines, WA NorthWest Majors
May 6-8 Minneapolis, MN Wizard World
May 27-29 Chicago, IL Combo Breaker
June 2-5 Philadelphia, PA Wizard World
June 17-19 Sacramento, CA Wizard World
July 29-31 Columbus, OH Wizard World
August 18-21 Chicago, IL Wizard World
August 19-21 Philadelphia, PA Summer Jam X
September 9-11 Richmond, VA Wizard World
September 23-25 Austin, TX Wizard World
October 14-16 Southern California SoCal Regionals
October 28-30 Toronto, Canada Canada Cup
November 4-6 Pittsburgh, PA Wizard World

 

Date Location Event
TBA TBA TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016
North America Final

 

About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., part of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive entertainment for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises including PAC-MAN ®, GALAGA ®,TEKKEN ®, SOULCALIBUR ®, and ACE COMBAT ®. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is the premier publisher in the Western hemisphere for anime based video games including NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, DRAGON BALL Z ®, and ONE PIECE ®. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.bandainamcoent.com orwww.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS .

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. ( www.wizardworld.com ) produces comic cons, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store ( www.shopwizardworld.com ), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™ ( www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

Wizard World 2016 schedule available at: www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html .

All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

Press Release © 2016 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

OH – Turning Japanese/Disquiet Signing

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Cartoonists MariNaomi and Noah Van Sciver sign at Kafe Kerouac on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00 PM!

About the books:
Turning Japanese by MariNaomi, published by 2dcloud, is an illustrated memoir that chronicles MariNaomi’s experiences working in illegal hostess bars in San Jose and Tokyo while attempting to connect with a culture that had eluded her since childhood. The story begins in 1995 (where Mari’s first memoir, Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, left off), when 22-year-old Mari had just gotten out of a long-term relationship. She moved to San Jose, California, where she was exposed to a wider Asian population than she’d ever known in her hometown of Mill Valley. It didn’t take her much time to fall in love with a new person. Soon after, she found employment at a hostess bar for Japanese expats, where she was determined to learn the Japanese language and culture. This all in the hopes of finally connecting with her Japanese relatives without the use of her mother as a translator. Turning Japanese is a story about otherness, culture clashes, generation gaps and youthful impetuosity.

00000000_noah-van-sciver-disquietFeaturing over a dozen literary comic shorts by acclaimed cartoonist Noah Van Sciver. Whether in his fiction (Fante Bukowski) or nonfiction (The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln), Van Sciver has carved a niche as a keen observer of the human condition, exploring the decisions people make that make, break, and define them. Disquiet showcases the best of his short work, including: “The Death Of Elijah Lovejoy,” the story of the midwestern abolitionist in the 1830s who published a radical newspaper that denounced slavery and provoked local mobs to destroy his printing presses; “The Lizard Who Laughed,” a painfully dysfunctional reunion between an absent father and his adult son; and “Punks V. Lizards,” an anarchic and darkly comic piece of absurdity that blends Quadrophenia with Jurassic Park. As writer/musician Robin Edwards (Lisa Prank) notes in her introduction, “The stories in this book run all over the place… What comes through is wholeheartedly Noah: anxious and funny and depressed and weird and brilliant.”

About the authors:
MariNaomi has been making memoir comics since 1997. She’s the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), the upcoming Turning Japanese (2dcloud, 2016) and I Thought You Hated Me (Retrofit Comics, 2016), and her self-published Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009). Her work has appeared in over sixty print publications, and has been featured on numerous websites, such as The Rumpus, The Weeklings, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed, PEN America and more. Mari’s work on the Rumpus won a SPACE Prize and an honorable mention in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2013. MariNaomi’s comics and paintings have been featured in such institutions as the De Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco’s Asian American Museum, and the Japanese American Museums in Los Angeles and San Jose. In 2011, Mari toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. She is the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the Queer Cartoonists Database. Visit MariNaomi’s website at marinaomi.com

Noah Van Sciver first came to comic readers’ attention with his critically acclaimed comic book series Blammo, which has earned him 3 Ignatz award nominations. His work has appeared in Spongebob comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mad magazine, Best American Comics 2011, and The Stranger, as well as countless graphic anthologies. He currently is the fellow at the Center For Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. Van Sciver has four graphic novels: The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, Youth Is Wasted, Saint Cole and Fante Bukowski: Struggling Writer. Visit Noah’s website at: noahvansciver.tumblr.com

About Kafe Kerouac:
What is Kafe Kerouac? It’s many things to many people. For some it’s the place they study for finals, have drinks with friends, see a poetry slam, comedy show, view artwork, buy books and records, meet for a first date, play board games. In truth, Kafe Kerouac is an alternative space to hang out with friends and enjoy great coffee, baked goods, beer, wine, and more… A place that loves art in all its forms.

Kafe Kerouac
2250 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43201
(614) 299-2672

OH – Asian Americans and Comics

geneYang350Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Wexner Center for the Arts for a free lecture on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM!

Press Release:

Asian Americans represent one of the largest demographics working in today’s US comic book world. How did they come to be so involved in this medium, and what does their work as writers, artists, editors, and publishers mean for the industry? At this free lecture, award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang will explore these issues by discussing prominent Asian American cartoonists, the historical portrayals of Asians and Asian Americans in American comics, commonalities between modern comics and traditional Asian art, and how being an Asian American has shaped his own work in comics.

The creator of American Born Chinese (2006), Boxers and Saints (2013), Secret Coders (2015), Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, and DC’s Superman among many other acclaimed comics, Yang was recently appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress. Teens interested in comics are invited to register for a free workshop with Yang; space is limited, so register now at the link. A book signing will follow the event.

Copresented by Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in conjunction with its exhibition Good Grief!: Children and Comics (opening June 10) and the Children’s Literature Association’s national conference (at Ohio State June 9–11; visit childlitassn.org/2016 for details).

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Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-3535

OH – Felicia Day Signing

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Felicia Day (The Guild, Geek & Sundry) appears at Joseph-Beth Booksellers on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign the paperback edition of her memoir YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST)!

ABOUT THE BOOK:
From online entertainment pioneer, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a “relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational”; (Forbes.com), memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world.

When Felicia Day was a girl, all she wanted was to connect with other kids (desperately). Growing up in the Deep South, where she was “home-schooled for hippie reasons,” she looked online to find her tribe. The internet was in its infancy and she became an early adopter at every stage of its growth—finding joy and unlikely friendships in the emerging digital world. Her relative isolation meant that she could pursue passions like gaming, calculus, and 1930’s detective novels without shame. Because she had no idea how “uncool” she really was.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Felicia Day is a professional actress who has appeared in numerous television shows including, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Supernatural and Eureka. However, Felicia is best known for her work in the web video world. She costarred in Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award–winning Internet musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She also created and starred in the hit web series The Guild.

Felicia is the co-founder of the YouTube channel Geek & Sundry. Day continues to act as CCO and develop web content and television projects as a producer, writer, and performer. She is also extremely active on social media, has more than 2.4 million Twitter followers, and is the eighth most followed person on Goodreads, where she is also the founder of Vaginal Fantasy, a romance and fantasy book club with more than 13,000 members.

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Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208

Lake Effect Comic Book Convention (June 2016)

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Convention Name
Lake Effect Comic Book Convention
Convention Website Address
http://comicsandfriends.org/lakeeffectcomiccon/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/05/2016
About This Convention
The Con is on! The 7th annual Lake Effect Comic Book Convention will be held Sunday June 5th 2016 at the Holiday Inn CLEVELAND NORTHEAST – MENTOR.

Show will open at 10:00 AM and will close at 5:00 PM

Admission will be $5 for adults, children under 13 are admitted free. Free parking is provided.
•Costume Contest
•Hourly Door Prizes
•Movie Screenings
•Discussion Panels

Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn CLEVELAND NORTHEAST
MENTOR 7701 Reynolds Road SR 306,
Mentor, OH 44060
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
100
Projected Attendance
2,500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
AubreyKCosplay, Chris Lambert, Craig Boldman, Craig Tucker, David Russell, David Kemp, Frank James Bailey, Gary Dumm, Jason Christner, Jason Liccardi, Jeremy Freeman, LadyDevann, Mike Gustovich, Mike Neno, Nate Dray, Ted Sikora, Teddy Hanes

Lake Effect

OH – Walking Dead #150 Signing

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Tony Moore, artist and co-creator of The Walking Dead, appears at Laughing Ogre Comics on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM to sign the 150th issue of Walking Dead! Moore has also worked on creator-owned titles including Fear Agent, Battle Pope, Brit, and The Exterminators as well as drawing runs on Ghost Rider, Punisher, Deadpool, and Venom for Marvel Comics.

As part of his Midwest Tour, Tony will have a variety of merchandise and art prints, including a signed and numbered limited edition silkscreen tour poster (only 10 available per shop!), Walking Dead #150 cover prints, and a raffle to win a super-rare painted Sketch Variant Walking Dead #1 Artist Proof Edition (only 1 per shop!). Tony will also be sketching, signing books, kissing hands, and shaking babies.

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Laughing Ogre Comics
4258 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 267-6473

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