Cartoonist Box Brown signs his new book Tetris: The Games People Play at Brave New Worlds on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM!
Brave New Worlds
55 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Amalgam is proud to welcome Joshua Toritto & Matthew Dennion the creative team behind the imaginative children’s book, “Frankenstein’s Monster Goes to Oz”. Join us for a reading and signing on Saturday, Sept. 24th starting at noon!
Joshua Toritto is an artist who received his education through the Perkins Center of the Arts. As he finds most modern cartoons and portraits to be somewhat lacking in the simplicity or humor that their predecessors possessed, Joshua’s overall style and feel to each piece, in a sense, serves as a means of remedying this, yet still exhibit a unique, rawer look about them. Joshua hopes that by creating such artwork, he fills all those who look upon it with a simple joy and nostalgia for art of yesteryear.
Matthew Dennion is a kaiju author who writes across multiple venues. He is most well-known for wiring kaiju novels for Severed Press Publishing. His novels include Chimera Scourge of the God, Operation R.O.C., Atomic Rex, and Polar Yeti. He has also launched the Watchtower Universe with his friend and illustrator John Opal with the novella The Kaiju and the Crime Fighter. Matthew has written stories for the Kaiju Tales section for G-fan magazine for the past three years. For the past two years, he has written the Gfantis vs “Guest Monster” series for G-fan in which Gfantis has battled the original kaiju of other author’s novels/comics. Matthew also writes short stories for Black Coat Press featuring characters like Captain Nemo, Arsene Lupin, Allan Quartermain and other public domain characters. You can follow him on Facebook and at his website www.matthewdennion.com
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Jamie Lee Curtis signs This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are & Where We Came From on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Parkway Central Library.
One of film’s most compelling presences since her screen debut almost 40 years ago, Jamie Lee Curtis’ diverse résumé includes roles in Halloween, Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, Freaky Friday, and True Lies, for which she won a best actress Golden Globe. A staunch advocate for children’s hospitals, human rights campaigns, and marriage equality, among other causes, Curtis is also the author of a bunch of bestselling children’s books, including It’s Hard to Be Five, I’m Gonna Like Me, and Today I Feel Silly. Her latest offering for kids is a picture book that raises more-important-than-ever issues of identity, immigration, and inclusive culture.
No posed photos. No memorabilia, DVDs, photos, etc. will be signed.
Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The ToonSeum, in collaboration with Sweetwater Arts Center, is honored to welcome the creators of the award-winning graphic novel March to Pittsburgh! This event takes place at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.
Congressman John Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell will be discussing Congressman Lewis’ role as a leader of the civil rights movement and how they transformed his story into this powerful graphic novel series. A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of the MARCH trilogy will be available for purchase in the lobby of the August Wilson Center before the event and during the signing.
This event is sponsored by Carlow University and The Pittsburgh Foundation. Special thanks to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, August Wilson Center, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and Paul Schifino of Schifino Design.
The event is FREE but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! See link for tickets.
For more information about the exhibit or the event, contact the ToonSeum at (412) 232-0199
August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Writer Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk, Superman/Wonder Woman) appears at Amalgam Comics to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ Kingsway West #1 on Saturday, August 27th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM!
About Kingsway West #1:
“After thirteen years in prison, a Chinese gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to find his wife. But in a fantastical American Old West crackling with magic, monsters, and racist vigilantes, trouble just won’t leave him be. And in this case, trouble is a woman with a magic sword who needs his help.”
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Catherine Schuller-Gruenwald, widow of Captain America writer and long-time Marvel executive editor Mark Gruenwald, appears at New Dimension Comics on Sunday, August 14 at 12 PM – 4 PM to greet fans and do a live Ash-o-graph™ stamping of a commemorative piece created for the recent New York City June 14th Marvel tribute. The Ash-o-graph will be a one-of-a-kind invention of Gruenwald’s containing cremains-and-ink in the stamp of his autograph. Catherine will also be part of the auspicious closing ceremony for the Toonseum‘s Captain America exhibit on August 13th.
New Dimension Comics
Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills
590 Pittsburgh Mill Circle, Tarentum, PA 15084
T.J. MILLER is one of the most sought after comedians in the comedy world, but not in the drama world, or the finance world. He was named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” and EW’s “Next Big Things in Comedy”. Miller’s voice stars in Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated feature, BIG HERO 6. You may recognize his non-animated face and body from his roles in FOX’s big screen comic book adaptation of DEADPOOL, the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, 2014’s surprise indie hit TRANSFORMERS 4, and Mike Judge’s HBO comedy series SILICON VALLEY, now in its third season, for which he received the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy. His podcast “Cashing in with T.J. Miller” on nerdist.com is listened to by 12 and ½ people, and he is a nationally touring standup artist, crisscrossing the country listening to Kris Kross (he’s also done shows in the U.K. and Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico did not go well)). He has been performing his absurdist observational stand-up act for over 10 years, and has never gone to the bathroom in his pants on stage.
His hour-long Comedy Central stand-up special T.J. MILLER: NO REAL REASON and hip-hop/pop/folk music album “The Extended Play E.P.”, an E.P. with 41 tracks, and the ILLEGAL ART REMIXTAPE are all available now. He hosted Comedy Central’s MASH-UP, a mashup of standup, sketches and visualizations, and has appeared on CHELSEA LATELY more than most women his height. He got his start touring with Second City in Chicago and improvising with Annoyance Theater, iO, and managers at electronics stores asking why he was late and smelled like gin.
Miller has been in a number of major studio films including CLOVERFIELD, SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, ROCK OF AGES, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, YOGI BEAR 3D (Ranger Jones, his greatest role to date), UNSTOPPABLE, and GET HIM TO THE GREEK.
Miller also talks like an old drag queen after a hard night of chain smoking, and thus voiced the character Tuffnut in the Oscar-nominated animated film HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. He voices Robbie from GRAVITY FALLS on Disney, Tuffnut in the Netflix HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON TV series, and GORBURGER, a very strange show you just have to google to understand.
Upcoming films include OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, opposite Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, and READY PLAYER ONE, directed by Steven Spielberg. He resides in Hollywood, California, where he struggles to find meaning in an uncertain world. He is a comedian.
The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E Allen St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123
Cartoonist Garry Trudeau, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Doonesbury, appears at Barnes & Noble on Monday July 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump!
Barnes & Noble – Rittenhouse Square
1805 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Horror Master John Carpenter (Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing) appears at the Keswick Theatre on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM for a performance of his music.
John Carpenter has inspired countless musicians since his earliest minimal, synth-based film scores. The themes to his features like Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, and Escape from New York have remained instantly recognizable since he penned them nearly four decades ago. In February 2015, Sacred Bones released his first solo record of non-soundtrack music, Lost Themes, to overwhelming critical success. The Horror Master proved that not only could he perfectly score his own films — he could also score the movies in your mind.
On Halloween 2014, the director and composer John Carpenter introduced the world to the next phase of his career with “Vortex,” the first single from Lost Themes, his first-ever solo record. In the months that followed, Lost Themes rightfully returned Carpenter to the forefront of the discussion of music and film’s crucial intersection. Carpenter’s foundational primacy and lasting influence on genre score work was both rediscovered and reaffirmed. Carpenter’s first recording of non-soundtrack work achieved numerous international milestones, including NPR First Listen; features in dozens of press outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Guardian; three magazine covers; and Top 200 chart success in the U.S. and the U.K. The album was also a milemarker in its label’s catalog being one of the best selling albums in Sacred Bones’ eight-year history. So widespread was the acclaim for Lost Themes, that the composer was moved to embark on something he had never before entertained – playing his music live in front of an audience.
2016 will host the first ever John Carpenter tour and in true Carpenter spirit, a sequel to Lost Themes: Lost Themes II. The follow-up brings quite a few noticeable changes to the process, which result in an even more cohesive record. Lost Themes’ cowriters Cody Carpenter (John’s son) and Daniel Davies (John’s godson) both returned. Cody was recently also heard as a composer for Showtime’s Masters of Horror series (Cigarette Burns and Pro-Life), and NBC’s Zoo. Davies was a composer for NBC’s Zoo, as well as the motion picture Condemned. All three brought in sketches and worked together in the same city, a luxury they weren’t afforded on the first Lost Themes. The result was a more focused effort, one that was completed on a compressed schedule — not unlike Carpenter’s classic, notoriously low-budget early films.
The musical world of Lost Themes II is also a wider one than that of its predecessor. More electric and acoustic guitar help flesh out the songs, still driven by Carpenter’s trademark minimal synth. This manifests itself brilliantly in songs like lead single “Distant Dream,” which hitches a familiar Carpenterian beat to an expressive drum performance and rides it to a thrilling conclusion. The eerie “Angel’s Asylum” lets an ethereal synth line command the first three-quarters of the song, before turning over the melody to an acoustic guitar, and “Virtual Survivor” delivers a blast of the sci-fi menace that characterized his great scores for films like Assault on Precinct 13 and They Live. Lost Themes II delivers eleven compelling new tracks for which fans can continue to score the movies in their minds.
Keep your eyes peeled for John and his co-writers to hit the road next year performing both lost and newly found themes, in addition to retrospective work from Mr. Carpenter’s multi-generational career. Lost Themes II will be released on April 1st, 2016 on Sacred Bones Records. Long live the Horror Master.
291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA 19038
Rafer Roberts, co-writer on the new 4001 AD Shadowman #1 from Valiant Comics, signs at Comics World on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 11am – 1pm. Rafer is known for his self published work Plastic Farm, writer on Valiant’s Archer & Armstrong, and drawing the hilarious Carpool Buddies of Doom with writer Justin Jordan.
624 Chambersburg Mall, Chambersburg, PA 17202