November 23, 2015 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Cosplay, Horror, Movies, Other, Pennsylvania, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games
Steel City Con returns to the Monroeville Convention Center on December 4-6, 2015 with guests including Sean Astin, Tommy Flanagan, Jason Mewes, Ric Flair, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt, Adrian Paul, Corbin Bernsen, William Katt, Walter Koenig, Amy Allen, Nalini Krishan, Naomi Grossman, Larry Thomas, Ken Kelly, Ani-Mia, and many more!
The Steel City Con is the exclusive comic con of the Monroeville Convention Center. It is one of the largest comic cons in the United States with over 100,000 square feet of convention space and filled with 750 vendor tables, artist alley, and celebrity guests. At the Steel City Con you can meet TV and film celebrities along with experience celebrity Q&As, panels, celebrity photo ops, and the Artist Charity Quick Sketch. You can also take part in the Steel City Con’s cosplay, trivia contest and costume contests!
The ToonSeum is proud to present VADER AND FRIENDS: A Presentation and Book signing with best-selling author and award-winning cartoonist Jeffrey Brown on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:30 PM.
This beloved series of books asks the question “What if Darth Vader actively raised his son and daughter?” What if “I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown’s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars™ moments a fresh twist, showing that the trials and joys of parenting are universal, even in a galaxy far, far away.
Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the pitching and creation of one of the best-selling STAR WARS book series.
The cost for this event is $25 per person. This fee includes your admission to Jeffrey’s presentation and a copy of Darth Vader and Friends (a $14.95 value) which can be signed by the author. Tickets available at the link…
Each Single Ticket purchase = 1 admission and 1 copy of Darth Vader and Friends
Each Family Four Pack purchase = 4 admissions and 2 copies of Darth Vader and Friends
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to time constraints the author will only sign books or prints purchased as part of this event.
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Cartoonist Roz Chast appears at the Gershman Y on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM as part of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival for a screening of the film “Very Semi-Serious” followed by Q&A and book signing. Tickets available at the link…
VERY SEMI-SERIOUS provides a humorous and illuminating window into the quirky and endearing world of The New Yorker’s iconic single-panel cartoons. While the documentary’s chief subject is the magazine’s cartoon gatekeeper, Editor Robert Mankoff, a charming and affable character whose engaging story could easily take up an entire film, first-time filmmaker Leah Wolchok takes care to highlight some of The New Yorker’s other freelance cartoonists – an awesomely eccentric mix of crusty vets and newbies, young and old, male and female. Featuring interviews with notables like Roz Chast, Mort Gerberg, Emily Flake, and George Booth, and newcomers the likes of Ed Steed and Liana Finch, Wolchok hones in on what inspires each to run Mankoff’s gauntlet of rejection week after week in hopes of making the cut.
The Gershman Y
401 Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Bill Sienkiewicz, Yuko Shimizu, and David Mack appear at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 6:30 PM!
Join The Philadelphia Museum of Art for a panel discussion and book signing in celebration of “Prometheus Eternal,” the Museum’s first comic book inspired by the Rubens masterpiece “Prometheus Bound.” Artists Bill Sienkiewicz, Yuko Shimizu, and David Mack will be joined by Josh O’Neill, publisher from Locust Moon Comics to discuss the collaboration and how “Prometheus Bound” inspired this contemporary re-telling of the ancient myth. Copies of “Prometheus Eternal” will be available for purchase. This talk is moderated by Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Adrian Tomine (Killing and Dying) and Ben Lerner (10:04: A Novel) appear at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM!
“One of the most gifted graphic novelists of our time” (Wired), Adrian Tomine has a cult following for a variety of his acclaimed work. Perhaps best known for his long-running semiautobiographical comic book series Optic Nerve, he has also done many illustrations for The New Yorker, Esquire, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. His graphic novel Shortcomings was a 2007 New York Times Notable Book. In six interconnected morbidly funny stories, Killing and Dying explores loss, identity, and family dynamics.
Ben Lerner is the author of three poetry collections, including the National Book Award-nominated Angle of Yaw. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, was a 2011 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and his essays and criticism have appeared across a wide spectrum of periodicals. In 10:04, a “near-perfect piece of literature, affirmative of both life and art” (The Los Angeles Review of Books), Lerner wrestles with mortality, fatherhood, and a beset New York on the edge of underwater oblivion.
Free Library of Philadelphia – Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Sarah Vowell (author and voice actor of Violet from The Incredibles) debuts her new book “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” at the Philadelphia Library on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM!
About Lafayette in the Somewhat United States:
Chronicling General Lafayette’s years in Washington’s army, Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War. Riding shotgun with Lafayette, Vowell swerves from the high-minded debates of Independence Hall to the frozen wasteland of Valley Forge, from bloody battlefields to the Palace of Versailles, bumping into John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lord Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette and various kings, Quakers and redcoats along the way.
Drawn to the patriots’ war out of a lust for glory, Enlightenment ideas and the traditional French hatred for the British, young Lafayette crossed the Atlantic expecting to join forces with an undivided people, encountering instead fault lines between the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, rebel and loyalist inhabitants, and a conspiracy to fire George Washington, the one man holding together the rickety, seemingly doomed patriot cause.
While Vowell’s yarn is full of the bickering and infighting that marks the American past—and present—her telling of the Revolution is just as much a story of friendship: between Washington and Lafayette, between the Americans and their French allies and, most of all between Lafayette and the American people. Coinciding with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Vowell lingers over the elderly Lafayette’s sentimental return tour of America in 1824, when three fourths of the population of New York City turned out to welcome him ashore. As a Frenchman and the last surviving general of the Continental Army, Lafayette belonged to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction. He was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what the founders hoped this country could be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing, singular past.
Vowell’s narrative look at our somewhat united states is humorous, irreverent and wholly original.
Sarah Vowell is the bestselling author of Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, and The Partly Cloudy Patriot.
Free Library of Philadelphia – Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal appear at Pittsburgh Comics on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 5:30 PM to sign copies of THE PAYBACKS #1!
113 East McMurray Rd, McMurray, PA 15317
The Locust Moon Comics Festival, Philadelphia’s premiere celebration of comics, illustration, and the graphic arts, returns to the historic Rotunda, just off UPenn’s campus, on Saturday October 31st from 11:00 AM till 6:00 PM. This year’s guests include Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins, Blankets), Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine), Noah Van Sciver (Fante Bukowski, Blammo), David Mack (Fight Club 2, Kabuki), Bill Sienkiewicz (Moon Knight, New Mutants), Dean Haspiel (The Quitter, The Fox), Alexa Kitchen and Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press), and more to be announced throughout September.
ATTENDEES: Pay at the door! No advance purchase required. KIDS 13 AND UNDER ARE INVITED IN FOR FREE!
Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman appear at The Trocadero on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM for Hollywood Babble-On LIVE!
Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature. It’s like that “scorpion and frog” story. But, deep down, they’re just two nice East Coast boys… who happen to have a heavy dependence on drugs and alcohol, respectively.
1003 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107