OH – The Brian Michael Bendis Experience

bendis2Brian Michael Bendis appears at the Cleveland Institute of Art on Thursday April 3, 2014 from 5:00PM – 6:30PM!

Press Release:

Brian Michael Bendis (CIA Class of 1991) is an award-winning comics creator, New York Times bestseller and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. He’ll share his wit and wisdom – and maybe even a little career advice – with aspiring graphic novelists and comics lovers in this visiting artist lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Bendis is most recently the writer of All New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, bringing about a new Renaissance for the X-Men franchise. He also launched a brand-new Guardians Of The Galaxy series as Marvel Comics gears up for the Disney motion picture of the same name. All three books debuted at number one on national sales charts.

Bendis completed nine years at the helm of Marvel’s popular Avengers franchise by writing every issue of the New Avengers, plus debuting the hit books Avengers, Mighty Avengers and Dark Avengers, along with the wildly successful ‘event’ projects Avengers vs X-Men, House of M, Secret War, Secret Invasion, Age of Ultron, and Siege.

Cinematheque presents Checefsky
Make an evening of it: stick around after Bendis’s talk for The Cinematheque’s presentation of The Films of Bruce Checefsky, starting at 6:45pm. Learn about the other side of CIA’s mild-mannered gallery director who, for the past 13 years has moonlighted as a maker of short, independent films that have shown widely around the world. For more information, including ticket prices, click here.

Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7000

Pearls Before Swine Signing Tour

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Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine, goes on a signing tour across the United States!

Monday, 3/24           Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA – 7:00pm

Tuesday, 3/25          Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM – 7:00pm

Thursday, 3/27       Swift Creek Middle School, 3700 Old Hundred Road, Midlothian, VA – 7:00 pm  RSVP on Facebook!

Friday, 3/28              Park Road Books, 4139 Park Rd, Charlotte NC – 6:00pm RSVP on Facebook!

Saturday, 3/29         WORD Bookstore, 123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ – 4:00pm – RSVP on Facebook!

Monday, 3/31           A Room of One’s Own, 315 W Gorham St, Madison, WI –  6:00 pm - RSVP on Facebook!

Tuesday, 4/1             Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, KY – 7:00pm - RSVP on Facebook!

Wednesday, 4/2       West Shore UU Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, OH  - 7:00pm - RSVP on Facebook!

Thursday, 4/3          BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX - 7:00pm - RSVP on Facebook!

Saturday, 4/5            Watermark Books, 4701 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS - 5:00pm - RSVP on Facebook!

OH – Guardians of the Galaxy Signing

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Superstar writer (and native Clevelandite) Brian Michael Bendis appears at Comic Heaven on Saturday April 5th!! Mr. Bendis will sign from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm! He is a prolific writer with credits including Powers, Daredevil, Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers, All-New X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy, soon to be a major motion picture. As one of Marvel Comics’ architects Bendis has worked on company-wide crossovers such as Age of Ultron, Avengers vs X-Men, Siege, Civil War, House of M, and more.

Comic Heaven
4847 Robinhood Drive, Willoughby, OH 44094
(440) 942-6960

Lake Effect Comic Book Convention (May 2014)

Fifth Annual Lake Effect Comic Book Convention

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)
05/25/2014
About This Convention
The 2014 con is on! Comics and Friends is proud to host LE5, the Fifth Annual Lake Effect Comic Book Convention – be there – Sunday May 25th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM coinciding with the release of X-Men Days of Future Past. Check our website http://comicsandfriends.org/lakeeffectcomiccon/ for updates on Guests and Dealers.

Like last year, we’ll be at the Atlas Cinema Great Lakes Stadium 16. 7860 Mentor Avenue Mentor, OH 44060
•Admisson and parking are free.
•Door Prizes
•Movie Screenings
•Costume Contest
•Heroclix Tournament
•Creator Discussion Panels

Venue Name and Address
Atlas Cinema Great Lakes Stadium 16
7860 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, Ohio 44060
United States
Map It
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
60
Projected Attendance
1000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Anime
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
Guests
Dave Nestler, Rachel Latina, Chris Lambert, David Russell, Patti Ross, Mike Sangiacamo, Craig Tucker, Dan Gorman, Jeff Reid, Mike Gustovich, Gary Dumm, Sean Forney, Craig Boldman, Bob Ingersoll, Marc Sumerak, Wake Baskey

Fifth Annual Lake Effect Comic Book Convention

David Prowse to Attend Cincinnati Comic Expo 2014

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Press Release:

Dave Prowse to Attend 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo!

Cincinnati, OH – February 2014 - Science fiction fans and Sith Lords in Cincinnati have cause to rejoice with the announcement that Dave Prowse, the actor behind the mask of Darth Vader, will be coming to The Queen City for the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo being held this September at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Prowse, a veteran actor of film and television, is best known for portraying the tragic villain, Darth Vader, in all three films of the original Star Wars trilogy. A champion bodybuilder, Mr. Prowse embodied the iconic character, whose distinct baritone voice was provided by James Earl Jones. The towering figure of Dave Prowse’s Darth Vader made an immediate impression on cinema audiences including Cincinnati Comic Expo founder, Andrew Satterfield: “I recall the first time seeing Star Wars at the local Dent Drive-In. The scene where Darth Vader walks through the rebel blast doors and interrogates the rebels was terrifying. However, I couldn’t take my eyeballs off the screen.”

While Dave Prowse is a familiar face at comic book and science fiction conventions in Europe, the actor is more discerning when it comes to attending events in the United States. The fifth annual Cincinnati Comic Expo marks the first time that Dave Prowse has come to Cincinnati and is the only opportunity Star Wars fans in the Midwest will have to meet this legend of the silver screen. Satterfield is appreciative that the actor has included Cincinnati as part of his touring schedule: “Each year Mr. Prowse hand selects a few USA signing appearances. We are honored the Sith Lord himself chose the 5th annual Cincinnati Comic Expo.” In addition to signing autographs and taking pictures with guests, the actor will be taking part in panel discussions; telling stories about how Star Wars came to life and answering questions from fans.

Dave Prowse will be joined at this year’s convention by fellow Star Wars alum Peter Mayhew, who played the Millennium Falcon’s heroic and hairy co-pilot Chewbacca. Additional media guests also include former Power Ranger and mixed martial arts fighter Jason David Frank, Jewel Staite from the cult hit television program Firefly, and John Rhys Davies who is best known for his roles in the Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings film series. More guest announcements are expected in advance of the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Book Expo, which will be held from Friday, September 19, through Sunday, September 21.

About Cincinnati Comic Expo

The Cincinnati Comic Expo has been entertaining thousands of fans since 2010 with an annual show celebrating all periods and genres of pop culture with an emphasis on comics. The 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo will be held from Friday, September 19, through Sunday, September 21, at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Tickets vary in price and are available to purchase online. More information on events and exhibitors attending the show can be found at www.cincinnaticomicexpo.com

OH – TEDxCLE Event

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Writer Brian Michael Bendis appears at The Cleveland Museum of Art to as part of  TEDxCLE on Friday, April 4, 2014!

Tickets On-sale: Mon., March 3, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
Gartner Museum: $43
Simulcast Rooms: $33

Purchase Tickets:
Online: www.TEDxCLE.com/tickets SOLD OUT
Phone: 888-CMA-0033

Biography

Brian Michael Bendis is an American comic book writer and former artist. He has won critical acclaim, including five Eisner Awards for both his creator-owned work and his work on various Marvel Comics books.

Starting out with crime and noir comics, Bendis eventually moved to mainstream superhero work. With Bill Jemas and Mark Millar, Bendis was the primary architect of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, launching Ultimate Spider-Man in 2000, on which he continues as writer to the present day. He relaunched the Avengers franchise with New Avengers in 2004, and has also written the Marvel “event” storylines “House of M”, “Secret War”, 2008′s “Secret Invasion” and 2010′s “Siege”.

Though Bendis has cited comic book writers such as Frank Miller and Alan Moore, his own writing influences are less rooted in comics, drawing on the work of David Mamet, Richard Price, and Aaron Sorkin, whose dialogue Bendis feels are “the best in any medium.”

In addition to writing comics, he has also worked in television, video games and film, and taught writing at Portland State University. He will begin teaching at University of Oregon starting in Fall 2013, and his book Words for Pictures will be out in Spring 2014 from Random House.

The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Team Eastman’s 2014 Turtle Tour

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KEVIN EASTMAN, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and longtime publisher of Heavy Metal, kicks off a year of touring across the United States and abroad this weekend with an appearance at Jared’s Epic Party in Dallas, TX! Visit Kevin’s website for full details of all his original art available for sale and regular updates about his schedule. And stay in touch with Kevin on Facebook and Twitter!

Upcoming 2014 appearances and signings …..

February 22 -  Jareds Epic Party – Dallas, TX

March 2   - Sac Con – Sacramento, CA

March 28 and 29 – DLUX Expo – Detroit, MI

April 5 and 6 – Gem City Comic Con – Dayton, OH

April 25 & 26 - Calgary Comic Con, Canada

May 3 - Free Comic Book Day, Jetpack, Rochester, NH

May 9 & 10 - WAP! Comic Con, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

May 31 & June 1 - Indy Pop Con, Indianapolis, IN

June 6 & 7 - Niagara Falls CC, Niagara Falls, Canada

June 21 - Heroes Con, Charlotte, NC

July 12 & 13 - Capitol City Comic Con – Austin, TX

July 24-27 - San Diego Comicon – San Diego, CA

Sept 12 & 13 - Wizard World – Richmond, VA

Sept 26-27 - Alamo City – San Antonio, TX

October – Australia and New Zealand TBA

Hero Initiative Announces 20 Convention Stops in 2014

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Press Release:

Hero Initiative Announces 2014 Convention Schedule—20 dates in all!

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 22, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic veterans in medical and financial need, will be attending 20 comic conventions in 2014!

Yes! The Hero crew will be busy bees this year bringing you special guests, parties, and much more from San Diego to Calgary to New York City! We may be attending a convention near you, so make sure you stop by and help us help others who have paved the way for many others and have brought us years of joy! JUST DO IT!

Schedule is as follows:

March 7-9
Wizard World Sacramento
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-sacramento.html

March 14-16
Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
http://planetcomicon.wordpress.com/

March 21-23
Orlando MegaCon With special guest Herb Trimpe appearing EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth, #733
http://www.MegaConvention.com/

March 28-30
Emerald City Seattle
http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/

April 4-6
Wizard World St. Louis
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-stlouis.html

April 18-20
Awesome Con Washington DC
http://awesomecondc.com/

April 25-27
Reed Chicago C2E2
http://www.c2e2.com/

April 24-27
Calgary Comic Expo
http://calgaryexpo.com/

May 2-4
Wizard World Minneapolis
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-minneapolis.html

May 17-18
Big Wow San Jose
http://www.bigwowcomicfest.com/

May 31-June 1
Long Beach Comic Expo
http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

June 5-8
Phoenix Comic Con
http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/

June 20-22
Charlotte HeroesCon
http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/

July 23-27
San Diego With Hero Board of Directors member Dennis O’Neil in attendance!
http://comic-con.org/cci

August 21-24
Wizard World Chicago
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html

September 5-7
Baltimore Comic Con
http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

September 27-28
Long Beach Comic Con
http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

October 2-4
Wizard World Austin
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-tx.html

October 9-12
Reed New York Comic Con
http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

October 31-November 2
Wizard World Ohio
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ohio.html

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.

OH – Skyward Signing

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Jeremy Dale and Darryl Banks sign at Bill’s Books on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm!

RSVP on Facebook!

Bill’s Books and More
2215 6th Street SW, Canton, OH 44706
(330) 453-3996

OH – Sin Titulo Signing

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Artist Cameron Stewart appears at Laughing Ogre Comics on Monday November 14th on his Sin Titulo Tour! Cameron has worked on Batman & Robin, Catwoman, Seaguy, BPRD, Invisibles, and Assassins Creed to name just a few!

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

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