NC – FCBD: Ultimate Comics Signings 2017

Ultimate Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 6, 2017 with several creator signings!

DURHAM (6120-A Farrington Road):

  • Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Brockton McKinney (AmeriKarate)
  • Richard Case (Doom Patrol)

CARY (1301 Buck Jones Road):

  • Sam Ellis (Archer)
  • Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny)

RALEIGH (6320 Capital Blvd #109):

  • Jeremy Whitley (Unstoppable Wasp, Princeless)
  • Chris Sims (X-Men ’92)

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MD – FCBD: Beyond Comics Signing

Stephane Roux (Birds of Prey, Star Wars, Supergirl), Terry Flippo (Axel and Alex), and Mike Imboden (Fist of Justice) from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Beyond Comics
5632 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, Maryland 2170
(301) 216-0007

CA – Mer Signing

Joelle Sellner, the creator and author of the newest original graphic novel MER from Lion Forge Comics, signs at Golden Apple Comics on Sunday, April 30th from 12:00 – 2:00 PM.

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Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-658-6047

MA – FCBD: New England Comics Signings

New England Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 6, 2017 at every NEC location! Free Comics! Guests! Fun!

NEC QUINCY:
Alex Harris – Sketches – Tick LCSD (til 3:00)
Jennie Wood and Jeff McClelland (2nd half)

NEC BROCKTON:
Ransom Getty artist on Suicide Squad
Rob Latora – Sketches
Tony Sedani – Sketches, Return to Randar

NEC NORWOOD:
Sean Kasper
Bob Polio
Jennie Wood and Jeff McClelland (1st half)

NEC MALDEN:
Ian Nichols (11:00-2:00)
Jimmy Curtis, creator and writer of the comic book SOULBINDER will be appearing in store.
James Biggie, writer of the original graphic novel ROBOT GOD AKAMATSU and variant cover artist for the IDW titles GI JOE, TRANSFORMERS, ARCHANGEL will be here as well.
Local magician MAGIC NICK ALTIERI will also be appearing in store.

NEC NEW BEDFORD:
Artist Mike Lilly (Annihilation, Nightwing, Detective Comics)

NEC COOLIDGE CORNER:
Stacey Lee artist on Marvel’s SILK (12:00-3:00)
Ian Nichols Fat Cat Funnies, The Tick (3:30-6:00)

NEC HARVARD SQUARE:
Will Murray co-creator of Squirrel Girl  (12:00-3:00)

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GA – Spill Zone Signing

Avid Bookshop welcomes Scott Westerfeld in celebration of his latest book SPILL ZONE. The reading will take place at the Prince Avenue bookshop location on Friday, May 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Scott will be in-conversation with Avid Bookshop’s own bookseller and middle grade author Caleb Zane Huett.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone.

The Spill claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone’s twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these bizarre images, but getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death or worse.

When an eccentric collector makes a million-dollar offer, Addison breaks her own hard-learned rules of survival and ventures farther than she has ever dared. Within the Spill Zone, Hell awaits and it seems to be calling Addison’s name.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the worldwide bestselling UGLIES series and the Locus Award-winning LEVIATHAN series, and is co-author of the ZEROES trilogy. His other novels include the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller AFTERWORLDS, THE LAST DAYS, PEEPS, SO YESTERDAY, and the MIDNIGHTERS trilogy.

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Avid Bookshop
493 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601
(706) 352-2060

ME – FCBD: Cyborg Signing

Artist Paul Pelletier (Cyborg, Aquaman, Justice League) signs at Casablanca Comics on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Casablanca Comics
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 780-1676

CA – Spencer & Locke Signing

Writer David Pepose signs Spencer & Locke at Golden Apple Comics on Saturday, April 29th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

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Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-658-6047

NY – FCBD: Fourth World Comics Signings

Fourth World Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 6, 2017 with several creator signings!

  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Scott Snyder, John Romita Jr, Peter David
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM: Charles Soule, Greg Pak, Fred van Lente, Reilly Brown, Cory Smith
  • 3:00 – 6:00 PM: Chandra Lee 
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Sean Chen

Fourth World Comics
33 Route 111, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-366-4440

Future Con with Chris Hadfield Announced

Smithsonian and Awesome Con Introduce Future Con New Science Festival Inside Washington, D.C.’s Comic Con Kicks Off with StarTalk Live! Hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Press Release:

Smithsonian magazine and LeftField Media today are announcing a partnership to create an exciting new live event called “Future Con,” a three-day science, technology, and entertainment celebration that will be featured within LeftField Media’s upcoming Awesome Con on June 16-18, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Future Con will highlight the intersection of science, technology, and science fiction inside D.C.’s largest pop culture event. It is sponsored by Science Channel, features partners including NASA, the American Physical Society, the National Science Foundation, and Nerd Nite, and it will be headlined by StarTalk Live! hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who became a social media sensation through his (literally) out-of-this-world videos and performances from the International Space Station.

Driven by experts at Smithsonian magazine, Future Con will mix together interactive experiences, engaging discussions, and special guests centered around creating new awareness and advocacy for all things science, technology, engineering, and math. Previous Smithsonian Future events have featured astronaut Buzz Aldrin, oceanographer Bob Ballard, Star Trek actors William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and George Takei, and the creators of Deadpool, The Martian, and The X-Files, with the Smithsonian now bringing similar visionary names from science and science fiction together in front of a broad, public audience at Awesome Con.

Awesome Con, now entering its fifth year, attracts over 60,000 attendees and participants including Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men), David Tennant (star of Doctor Who and Jessica Jones), John Barrowman (Doctor Who and Arrow), Felicia Day (creator of The Guild and noted author, producer, and blogger), Wil Wheaton (writer, blogger, actor, and voice actor), and Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (acclaimed Batman writer and artist team). Awesome Con is a celebration of comic books, movies, television, toys, and games, and Future Con will add science to the worlds Awesome Con explores.

“The Smithsonian’s mission is to spread knowledge throughout the universe,” says Michael Caruso, editor in chief of Smithsonian magazine and Vice President of Live Events. “And we at Smithsonian are excited to partner with Awesome Con to do just that—transforming D.C.’s largest pop culture convention into a platform to showcase the individuals and organizations building the future today and communicating the important issues and technologies that will define our path tomorrow.”

“Our fans obviously love Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who, and we know they care deeply about real-world scientific advances in the same way they’re fascinated with science fiction,” says Ben Penrod, Awesome Con’s founder. “Working with Smithsonian magazine to create Future Con is one of our proudest achievements, making Awesome Con a space not just to entertain but one to inspire and educate, and we hope we can play a small part in creating the inventors, engineers, educators, and astronauts of tomorrow.”

Future Con’s kickoff event will welcome Colonel Chris Hadfield to host a special edition of StarTalk Live! Col. Hadfield is a veteran of two space shuttle missions and former commander of the International Space Station. He’s also been called the “most social media savvy astronaut” by Forbes for his ongoing documentation of his time in space to over 2 million Twitter followers. Col. Hadfield will appear at Future Con to lead a taping of StarTalk Live!, an award-winning talk show bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion.

Future Con will see further pioneering names in space travel, artificial intelligence, nanomachines, climate science, and medical research share the stage with some of the brightest names in pop culture—with presenters including John Mather (NASA’s Nobel Laureate and head of the James Webb Telescope), Adam Steltzner (NASA’s “Rock and Roll Engineer” and head of the Mars 2020 mission), and Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer at SETI: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Thought-provoking talks at Future Con will include Cassini’s Spectacular Grand Finale at Saturn, Parallel and Multi Universe Theory in Sci-Fi, Mars: Past, Present, & Future, Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding, Space Lasers, and Antarctic Dinosaurs.

Future Con takes place June 16-18 inside this year’s Awesome Con, and no separate ticket is needed to attend—admission to Awesome Con includes access to Future Con’s speakers, exhibits, and events. For tickets to Awesome Con, visit awesomecon.com. For more information on Future Con, please visit smithsonianmag.com/futurecon, follow Awesome Con on Facebook and Twitter, and search for #futurecon.

ABOUT STARTALK LIVE

Science meets comedy onstage at StarTalk Live!, the StarTalk Radio road show that’s entertaining and educating sold-out audiences around the country! Just like the award-winning podcast, radio show, and Emmy nominated TV show, StarTalk Live! explores current events from the frontiers of science and includes scientists, celebrities, and comedians as featured guests. Each live show bridges the intersection between pop culture and science with clarity, humor, and passion, covering captivating subjects like space travel, human intelligence, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of Earth, and the environment. StarTalk Live! gets its DNA from StarTalk Radio, the iTunes chart-topping radio show/podcast hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Emmy nominated TV show on the National Geographic Channel, StarTalk TV. StarTalk Live! is co-produced by Curved Light Productions and Pretty Good Friends.

ABOUT SMITHSONIAN MEDIA

Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (smithsonianmag.com / si.edu)

ABOUT LEFTFIELD MEDIA

LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the ever-evolving needs of businesses and their consumers as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to business. LeftField’s portfolio includes Play Fair (playfairny.com), a family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy Industry Association; Awesome Con (awesomecon.com), Washington DC’s Comic Con; Rose City Comic Con (rosecitycomiccon.com), Portland, Oregon’s Comic Con; Anime NYC (animenyc.com), a Japanese pop culture festival presented by Crunchyroll; the Five Points Festival (fivepointsfest.com), a designer toy and comic art convention curated by Clutter; and the Classic Auto Show (theclassicautoshow.com), a classic and vintage auto show launched in Los Angeles. LeftField Media is headquartered in historic Trumbull, CT. (leftfieldmedia.com)

CA – Holly’s Day at the Pool Signing

Animator/illustrator Benson Shum appears at Hicklebee’s Books on Saturday, April 29th at 11:00 AM! Holly’s Day at the Pool is Benson’s first picture book and was selected to be part of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Benson Shum enjoys creating and telling stories through animation and illustration. He has worked in the animation industry for seventeen years and is currently at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he was a part of such films as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. His inspiration comes from his love of children’s book illustrations, and observation of the little things in life.

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Hicklebee’s Bookstore
1378 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 292-8880

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