PA – Wonder Woman: Visions Artists Reception

Press Release:

Join the ToonSeum on Friday, December 1st at 7:00 PM as we continue our celebration of Wonder Woman. As part of the exhibit we asked local women cartoonists to contribute art focusing on what Wonder Woman meant to them. Artists featured in this exhibit includes:

  • Asia Bey
  • Caitlin Rose Boyle
  • Jessica Heberle
  • IIlene Winn Lederer
  • Cynthia Lee
  • Rachel Masilamani 
  • Jenn Meridian
  • Maggie Negrete
  • Christina Joy Neumann
  • Jayla Patton
  • Lizzie Solomon

This event serves as the official opening party for the Exhibit and serves as a reception and celebration for these artists. Come out, see the show, and meet some of the incredible talent Pittsburgh has to offer.

The ToonSeum showcases a superhero icon with the opening of WONDER WOMAN: VISIONS, a new exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Amazing Amazon. In regular publication since her debut in All-Star Comics #8 in 1941, Wonder Woman was the first widely-recognizable female comic book superhero. As evidenced by this year’s sensational summer blockbuster film, she remains a popular and culturally symbolic figure of female empowerment, and an inspiration for all.

WONDER WOMAN: VISIONS is co-curated by ToonSeum board president Anthony Letizia and regional visual artist Jessica Heberle. The exhibit contains original art from Wonder Woman comic books published over the last 75 years, and new drawings by regional female artists that pay tribute to the character while likewise reflecting on what Wonder Woman means to each of them personally. VISIONS literally illustrates these messages, and explores what they mean to audiences here in Pittsburgh.

Throughout the exhibition, The ToonSeum will feature programming that sheds more light on the character’s history and evolution, including presentations, workshops, and tours. Demonstrating that The Spirit of Truth still resonates in the 21st Century, VISIONS is not only designed as a way for Pittsburgh to celebrate the character of Wonder Woman, but presents a “vision” of what she represents to Pittsburghers as well.

This exhibition is suitable for ages 8 and above.

Our galleries at 945 Liberty Avenue are designed for wheelchair access, featuring an accessible, gender neutral restroom, and wheelchair seating. Please contact us with questions related to accessibility at our location.

WONDER WOMAN: VISIONS runs at The ToonSeum from November 17, 2017 to February 25, 2018.

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Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 232-0199

PA – John Carpenter LIVE

John Carpenter appears at the Trocadero to perform his film scores on Saturday, November 18th at 8:00 PM.

Press Release:

John Carpenter has announced Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, a collection of 13 of his classic movie themes newly recorded with the collaborators that worked on his Lost Themes studio albums and subsequent tours: his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies. Set for release on October 20 via Sacred Bones, Anthology… is a near-comprehensive survey of John Carpenter’s greatest themes, from his very first movie (the no-budget sci-fi film Dark Star) to 1998’s supernatural Western, Vampires. Those sit alongside the driving, Led Zeppelin-influenced Assault on Precinct 13 theme, Halloween’s iconic 5/4 piano riff, and the eerie synth work of The Fog. Carpenter and his band also cover Ennio Morricone’s bleak, minimalist theme for The Thing. “I asked Morricone to please compose something with a very few notes,” Carpenter says. “And brilliantly, he did.”

To accompany the announcement, Carpenter has shared the theme from 1994’s “In The Mouth of Madness”. Reminiscing on the original composition he states, “I worked on the soundtrack for In the Mouth of Madness with Jim Lang. We never came up with a great main title theme. In a rented house on Woodrow Wilson (my house was being remodeled), I came up with a heavy metal theme inspired by Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” My friend Dave Davies played lead guitar, and now, over 20 years later, his son Daniel is playing the lead. One of my favorite themes.”

John Carpenter is a legend. As the director and composer behind dozens of classic movies, Carpenter has established a reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of modern cinema, as well as one of its most influential musicians. The minimal, synthesizer-driven themes to films like Halloween, Escape From New York, and Assault on Precinct 13 are as indelible as their images, and their timelessness was evident as Carpenter performed them live in a string of internationally sold-out concert dates in 2016.

In the weeks following Anthology’s October 20 release, Carpenter will return to the road, playing both classic movie themes and material from his two Lost Themes albums. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday at 10:00am local time, including special VIP packages that include meet and greets with John Carpenter and exclusive merchandise (for more details check www.theofficialjohncarpenter.com). The performances will once again affirm the power of the Horror Master’s brilliant work as a composer and musician, and undoubtedly send audiences rushing home to their DVD libraries to dive yet again into the most rewarding filmography in genre cinema

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The Trocadero
1003 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-6888

Water Gap Comic Fest (November 2017)

Jersey Shore

Convention Name
Water Gap Comic Fest
Convention Website Address
http://www.jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/19/2017
About This Convention
The Water Gap Comic Fest will be taking place on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Mt. Bethel Fire Company, 2341 N. Delaware Ave (route 611) Mt. Bethel, PA 18343 from 10am to 4pm.
This show will feature guest artists, cosplay groups, vendors, and crafters with some great items to make your Christmas shopping for Comic book fan easier! We’ll have lot’s of comics from the golden age to present, graphic novels, toys, comic themed craft items, collectibles and soooo much More!!
Door prizes, $how Ca$h and loads of family fun…Face Painting, and SANTA (old world) will be there as well!
Tables are still available for Artists, Crafters and Vendors. Tables are 8ft, chairs included. Vendor tables are $65 for one, $55 each two or more. Crafter $45 and Artist $35.
Admission for this show only is $3.00 Kids 12 and under are Free. Receive $1.00 off Admission when you bring water or any non-perishable item for our food drive charity.
Venue Name and Address
Mt. Bethel Fire Company
2341 N. Delaware Ave (route 611)
Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania 18343
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
50
Projected Attendance
500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Collectibles
Guests
Philadelphia Avengers, Angela McKendrick, SANTA… more will be added when confirmed.

Water Gap

PA – Going into Town Presentation

Cartoonist Roz Chast appears at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM for the Carole Phillips Memorial Lecture. Tickets available at the link…

Roz Chast has published more than 800 cartoons in The New Yorker since 1978. Chast has written or illustrated more than a dozen books, including several collected volumes of her published cartoons and the memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a bestselling multi-genre narrative about her aging parents that won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a National Book Award Finalist. Told with nostalgia, wonder, and deft observation, Going into Town is an illustrated paean/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan.

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Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5322

PA – Saint Mick Signing

WWE Hall of Famer & New York Times Bestselling Author, MICK FOLEY, will sign and present his new book: Saint Mick: My Journey From Hardcore Legend to Santa’s Jolly Elf at the Moravian Book Shop on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

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Moravian Book Shop
428 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 866-5481

PA – Tuskegee Heirs #2 Signing

Marcus Williams & Greg Burnham, the creative team behind the hit independent comic series Tuskegee Heirs, sign at Amalgam Comics on Saturday, October 28th as part of their Halloween Comic Fest celebration!

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-3300

Scranton Comic Con (November 2017)

Convention Name
Scranton Comic Con
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/19/2017
About This Convention
Scranton Comic Con returns once again to the historical Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton, PA! This one day show will be held on Sunday November 19, 2017 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Tables are $75 for one 8′ table, $70 for two or more if PAID in full by October 19th. After October 19th, table rates will increase to $85 for one 8′ table and $80 for two or more. Please contact us at amwc75@hotmail.com for table reservations & additional information.

Venue Name and Address
Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel
700 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
United States
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Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Collectibles
Guests
Jody Fallon – Painter & Illustrator * Rob Robbins – Independent Comic Artist * Others To Be Announced

PA – Black Creative Team Signing + Q&A

Kwanza​ ​Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal​ ​Igle, and Khary Randolph appear at Amalgam Comics on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM to present and sign the series BLACK.

Kwanza​ ​Osajyefo: Co-creator and the writer of BLACK – a comic that explores the question: what if only black people had superpowers? Kwanza’s career in sequential-art storytelling spans over a decade, including working as online editor at both Marvel and DC Comics. He began his career as an intern at Marvel Comics and worked his way up to digital editor. After leaving comics for a time, Kwanza returned to launch DC Comics’ first webcomics imprint, Zuda, and created the blueprints for the digital comics initiative. Kwanza prefers to write stories that draw from our human condition, centered around characters with various perspectives and backgrounds.

TIM SMITH 3 (A.K.A TS3): Designer and co-creator on Black. Tim has been working in the comic industry for over 15 years. Doing illustration work for Marvel, DC Comics, Archie, and many others to name a few.

Jamal​ ​Igle: Recipient of the 2011 Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Art, Jamal Igle is the writer/artist/Creator of Molly Danger for Action Lab Entertainment. He’s penciled everything from indie faves to Marvel and DC hits.

Khary Randolph: He attended School of Visual Arts and graduated in 2000 with a BFA in Cartooning and Illustration. Since then, Khary has worked in the animation, advertising, and the comic book industry on properties such as Mosaic, Spider-Man, X-Men, Hellboy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Boondocks, Teen Titans, and Robin War. He is currently working on an unannounced project for Skybound.

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-3300

PA – House of Women Launch Party

Cartoonist Sophie Goldstein (The Oven) appears at the Toonseum on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM for the release of her newest graphic novel House of Women, published by Fantagraphics Books.

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Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 232-0199

PA – Gabrielle Union Signing

Actress Gabrielle Union appears at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM to present her new book We’re Going to Need More Wine.

Best known for leading roles in a variety of comedies, dramas, and action films such as The Brothers, Deliver Us from Eva, Bad Boys II, and 2016’s The Birth of a Nation, Gabrielle Union began her acting career in the 1990s in a string of successful television and film roles. An advocate for Susan G. Komen, Planned Parenthood, and survivors of violence, Union has been nominated for 11 BET Awards and eight NAACP Image Awards and has won one of each. We’re Going to Need More Wine is an intimate, urgent collection of essays about race, bullying, competition between women in Hollywood, and her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault.

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Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5322

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