PA – The Harlem Hellfighters Signing

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Max Brooks (World War Z) appears on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM  to discuss and sign The Harlem Hellfighters.
Cost: FREE No tickets required. For Info: 215-567-4341.

One of history’s least celebrated—and most successful—military units, the 369th Infantry, nicknamed “The Harlem Hellfighters” by their enemies, was the first African American regiment to fight in World War I. Simultaneously surviving prolonged attacks from the enemy—the Hellfighters endured an incredible 191 consecutive days of combat, more than any other unit—while suffering constant barrages of extreme discrimination from their own government, the nearly mythic 369th never lost a trench under its defense. Max Brooks tells their heroic story in his “intensely furious” and “painful, memorable” (Publisher’s Weekly) new graphic novel. A former Saturday Night Live staff writer, Brooks is also the author of the New York Times bestseller World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, a Studs-Terkel-meets-George-Romero verite take on the legions of the undead that was adapted into a film starring Brad Pitt; The Zombie Survival Guide; and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.

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

Greg LaRocque and Bob Petrecca Set for March 2014 Philadelphia Comic-Con

Press Release:

Web of Spider-Man Annual 3It is the return of the Philadelphia Comic-Con on Sunday March 16th.  This comic book convention is held at the Clarion Hotel (formerly the Ramada) located at 76 Industrial Highway (Route 291) in Essington, PA 19029.  The hotel is conveniently located off of exit 9A on I-95.  It is also close to I-76,I-476 and most bridges from New Jersey.  Show hours are 10 AM to 4 PM.  Admission is only $3 per person.  Students of any age (including college) are admitted free with a current id.   Parking is also free on premises.  For those of you that do not drive Septa Bus Route 37 stops directly in front of the hotel.

It is quite a site to behold with 60+ tables at the show in the 4,500 square foot ballroom of the hotel.  Dealers from 5 states setup there selling, buying and even trading with collectors. Thousands and thousands of comic books from the 1940′s to present day will be for sale at the show.  Also available will be collecting supplies, graphic novels, action figures, statues, non-sportcards, dvd’s and original artwork.  The show has become a fan favorite for years with people travelling up to 3 hours one way just to shop at the show.

Special guest artists are Greg Larocque and Bob Petrecca.  Both artists have long and illustrious careers in the field working for both DC and Marvel Comics.

Any questions about the convention can be sent to dwoywood@yahoo.com or we can be reached by phone at 856-217-5737.  Fans can also check us out on the web at www.philadelphiacomic-con.com.  Or on Facebook at facebook.com/comicbookshows.

PA – The Dumbest Idea Ever Release Party

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Press Release:

Award winning author/cartoonist of the hit graphic novel series “Amelia Rules!”, Jimmy Gownley, will be making a special appearance at the ToonSeum on March 8th, 2014.

In his latest book, “THE DUMBEST IDEA EVER!”, published by Scholastic, Gownley reflects about his experiences as a teenage cartoonist. Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, Gownley began publishing his own comics “Shades of Gray” while he was still in high school.

On March 8th, 2014 as part of Will Eisner Week, the ToonSeum invites parents and children for a special presentation with Jimmy Gownley. Gownley will explain the creative process through drawing and personal anecdotes, and how simple events from everyday life can lead to exciting and creative ideas for stories and art.

In addition, students will learn the five simple places they can look to unlock their own creativity and even create their own comic book character out of their shared experiences.

Gownley has been a guest lecturer at The School at Columbia University, Fordham University, The Pennsylvania Library Association Conference, The Novello Conference and many others. He has been Artist in Residence at The Charles M. Shulz Museum and Research Center, the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, and his work is a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art in New York City.

Gownely has also received several major awards including the 2007 Cybil award for best graphic novel, Junior Library Guild selection four times and nominated for 13 Eisner Awards and 6 Harvey Nominations. Copies of “THE DUMBEST IDEA EVER!” will be available for purchase.

The presentation begins on March 8th at 1pm.

The ToonSeum
945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Neal Adams to Attend Steel City Con in April 2014

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Press Release:

NEAL ADAMS TO ATTEND STEEL CITY CON

Pittsburgh — Orangestone Promotions, Inc., promoters of the Pittsburgh based convention called the Steel City Con (http://www.steelcitycon.com) is celebrating 25 years as Pennsylvania’s largest toy, comic book and pop culture show on April 11-13, 2014 at the Monroeville Convention Center with special appearances from classic TV and movie celebrity guests.  The Steel City Con is known for bringing rare celebrity signing appearances and photo opportunities into the Pittsburgh market.

Steel City Con attendees will be excited to know that a major talent in the comic book industry will be attending the upcoming Steel City Con. Neal Adams is a comic book and commercial artist known for helping to create some of the definitive modern imagery of the DC Comics characters Superman, Batman and Green Arrow.  As the co-founder of the graphic design studio Continuity Associates, and as creators-rights advocate who helped secure a pension and recognition for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Jore Shuster. Adams was inducted into the Eisner Award’s, Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Harvey Awards and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. In addition to Neal Adams’ appearance fan will also have a chance to meet celebrity guests like Lee Majors. Mr. Majors will be headlining the upcoming show.   Lee Majors is best known for his roles as “Heath Barkley” in the TV series The Big Valley and as “Colonel Steve Austin” in The Six Million Dollar Man. Majors will be autographing photos and items for fans as well as providing photo opportunities.  Fans will be especially excited to participate in a Celebrity Q & A sessions and have a chance to ask Lee Majors and other celebrities attending the show questions of their careers. Joining Mr. Majors will be Cindy Williams (“Shirley” from Laverne & Shirley); Brent Spiner (“Data” from Star Trek: The Next Generation); Lou Ferrigno (TV and film actor from roles in the TV series King of Queens and especially The Incredible Hulk); Dermot Crowley (“General Madine” from Star Wars); Femi Taylor (“Jabba the Hutt’s slave dancer Oola” from Star Wars); Parker Stevenson (TV and film actor known for his roles in Baywatch and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries); Mackenzie Lintz (“Norrie” from Under The Dome and the “Tribute Girl District 8” from the Hunger Games). Bruno Sammartino and George “The Animal” Steele  (WWE Legendary Hall of fame wrestlers). Many more guests to be added.

Attendees can also expect to participate in many planned activities. An official costume contest, celebrity Q & A sessions, panels, charity auctions and official sanction tournament gaming.  Get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters with special participation from the official Star Wars costuming organization. Fans can also meet and talk comics with many comic book artists, illustrators and writers.

Attendees can expect to see hundreds of vendor tables selling millions of toys, comic books, diecast, Anime, action figures, dolls, statues, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, Star Trek, posters, artwork and much more.  The Steel City Con offers attendees one of the biggest shows in the United States at an affordable price. With vendor space offered at a low cost dealers are able to sell their items to attendees for much less than conventions that charge a huge amount of money for dealer space. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Steel City Con can go to http://www.steelcitycon.com

PA – Breath of Bones Release Party

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Comic artist Dave Wachter releases a new graphic novel Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem at the Toonseum on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm!

Press Release:

As a special Will Eisner Week presentation Dave Wachter will be releasing his latest work “Breath of Bones: a Tale of the Golem” at the ToonSeum on March 8th from 6pm-9pm. With a dark and gritty feel, “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem” touches on both historical elements and horror as a new edition of the Breath of Bones series designed by Wachter and Steve Niles

About the Book:

A British plane crashes in a Jewish village, sparking a Nazi invasion. Using clay and mud from the river, the villagers bring to life a giant monster to battle for their freedom and future.

About Dave:

Dave has been creating comics since childhood, but his career as an adult began in 2004 when he and writer Jim Clark teamed up for their critically acclaimed self-published series Scar Tissue. Following that success, they again collaborated on the epic Western web-comic The Guns of Shadow Valley, which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic and a Harvey Award for Best Online Work. His work for larger comic publishers began in 2010 with Robert Bloch’s That Hellbound Train (penned by Joe and John Lansdale), for IDW Publishing. Dave’s work as a guest artist can also been seen in their Godzilla series, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 2012 he illustrated the horror fable Night of 1,000 Wolves, also for IDW. That same year brought a nomination for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award in comics.2013 saw a collaboration with Steve Niles on Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem for Dark Horse Comics, and a successful Kickstarter campaign to print the hardcover collected edition of The Guns of Shadow Valley, which has also been picked up for publication by Dark Horse in late Summer 2014. After Cincinnati, then Chicago, Pittsburgh is now the third city in which Dave has come to hang his hat.

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The ToonSeum
945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

PA – In Plain Sight Lecture

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Join cartoonist Kevin Huizenga, author of critically-acclaimed works including Gloriana (Drawn & Quarterly) and Amazing Facts and Beyond! (with Dan Zettwoch, Uncivilized Books), for “In Plain Sight: Reading Pictures,” a reading and discussion sponsored by the Mellon Creative Residencies Program on Thursday February 27th from 4-6 p.m. in the Quita Woodward Room in the Thomas Hall at Bryn Mawr College. Huizenga will be reading a selection of his works, and will discuss his work and career with Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies Shiamin Kwa.

Refreshments will be served. This event is free to the public.

The Quita Woodward Room, Thomas Hall at Brywn Mawr College is located at 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.

PA – The White Suits #1 Signing

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Artist Toby Cypress appears at Locust Moon Comics on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm to celebrate the release of THE WHITE SUITS #1!

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Locust Moon Comics and Movies
34 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Greg Horn to Attend Steel City Con 2014

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Press Release:

Super Star Artist Greg Horn to attend Steel City Con

Pittsburgh — Orangestone Promotions, Inc., promoters of the Pittsburgh based convention called the Steel City Con (http://www.steelcitycon.com) is celebrating 25 years as Pennsylvania’s largest toy, comic book and pop culture show on April 11-13, 2014 at the Monroeville Convention Center with special appearances from classic TV and movie celebrity guests. The Steel City Con is known for bringing rare celebrity signing appearances and photo opportunities into the Pittsburgh market.

Steel City Con attendees will be excited to know that a major talent in the comic book industry will be attending the upcoming Steel City Con. Greg Horn, a professional artist, is known for his work in Marvel, DC Comics, Zenescope, Image, Top Cow and many others. In addition to Greg Horn’s appearance fan will also have a chance to meet celebrity guests like Lee Majors. Mr. Majors will be headlining the upcoming show. Lee Majors is best known for his roles as “Heath Barkley” in the TV series The Big Valley and as “Colonel Steve Austin” in The Six Million Dollar Man. Majors will be autographing photos and items for fans as well as providing photo opportunities. Fans will be especially excited to participate in a Celebrity Q & A sessions and have a chance to ask Lee Majors and other celebrities attending the show questions of their careers. Joining Mr. Majors will be Cindy Williams (“Shirley” from Laverne & Shirley); Brent Spiner (“Data” from Star Trek: The Next Generation); Lou Ferrigno (TV and film actor from roles in the TV series King of Queens and especially The Incredible Hulk); Dermot Crowley (“General Madine” from Star Wars); Femi Taylor (“Jabba the Hutt’s slave dancer Oola” from Star Wars); Parker Stevenson (TV and film actor known for his roles in Baywatch and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries); Mackenzie Lintz (“Norrie” from Under The Dome and the “Tribute Girl District 8” from the Hunger Games). Bruno Sammartino and George “The Animal” Steele (WWE Legendary Hall of fame wrestlers). Many more guests to be added.

Attendees can also expect to participate in many planned activities. An official costume contest, celebrity Q & A sessions, panels, charity auctions and official sanction tournament gaming. Get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters with special participation from the official Star Wars costuming organization. Fans can also meet and talk comics with many comic book artists, illustrators and writers.

Attendees can expect to see hundreds of vendor tables selling millions of toys, comic books, diecast, Anime, action figures, dolls, statues, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, Star Trek, posters, artwork and much more. The Steel City Con offers attendees one of the biggest shows in the United States at an affordable price. With vendor space offered at a low cost dealers are able to sell their items to attendees for much less than conventions that charge a huge amount of money for dealer space. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Steel City Con can go to http://www.steelcitycon.com

PA – An Evening With Michael Deforge

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Cartoonist Michael Deforge signs Ant Colony at Locust Moon Comics on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm!

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Locust Moon Comics and Movies
34 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

PA – B + F Signing

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Gregory Benton signs at Locust Moon Comics on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm!

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Locust Moon Comics and Movies
34 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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