PA – FCBD: Amalgam Comics Signing

Joshua Toritto, Auriel Glanville, and William Jones appear at Amalgam Comics on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

PA – The Amory Wars Signing

Press Release:

Amalgam Comics is excited to welcome Coheed and Cambria lead singer & guitarist, not to mention comic book creator, Claudio Sanchez!

Join us on May 10th from 2:00 – 3:00 PM to meet Claudio in person and get your copy of The Amory Wars from BOOM! Studios signed!

Please Note:
-To ensure that everyone is able to meet Claudio and get their books signed, we will not be able to allow photos.
-There is a 2 item signing limit.

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

PA – Street Angel Signing

Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca appear at Phantom of the Attic Comics on Wednesday April 26th from 4:00 until 7:00 PM to sign STREET ANGEL: AFTER SCHOOL KUNG FU SPECIAL from Image Comics.

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Phantom of the Attic Comics
411 S Craig Street Ste 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 621-1210

PA – Batman & Bill Screening

Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce appear at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute to screen BATMAN AND BILL on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM.

In their new documentary, Philadelphia-based filmmakers Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce (The Art of the Steal) show that Batman’s biggest secret is not his identity as they delve into the fight to win credit for the late Bill Finger, a comic book writer now acknowledged to have co-created the mythic character with Bob Kane.

Author Marc Tyler Nobleman, whose book “Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman” provided much of the research for the film, will join filmmakers Argott and Joyce for a Q&A following the screening.

Main Point Books will have copies of Nobleman’s book available for purchase and the author will appear for a signing before and after the screening.

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Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 527-9898

16th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

Press Release:

Gather with friends old and new at the 16th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention! Bring your costume, your artwork, your story ideas, or your passion to the TECH Freire Charter School at 2221 N Broad St., Philadelphia, PA on May 20, 2017, 11 am to 7 pm, to get your yearly fix of positive vibes! Admission is FREE!

The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, originally slated to be called the Pan-African Comic Convention (PAC-Con) or First World Komix Con (1st World Con), is an annual gathering of comic book artists, writers, their fans and retailers who are interested in discussing, buying and selling comic books, sci-fi, action figures and related material by and / or about Black superheroes / super-powered characters / adventures. In addition, the Convention also features panel discussions, a costume contest, self-publishing and graphic arts workshops for aspiring creators, and film screenings of works of veterans and amateurs alike.

Tentative workshops: Writing, Drawing, and the Business of Comics. There will also be multiple panel discussions, a costume contest, and an all-day marketplace to buy and sell comic books and related items.

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For further information please go to the website: www.ecbacc.com

PA – Mother Russia Signing

Writer/artist Jeff McComsey (FUBAR, American Terror) appear at Barnes & Noble on Sunday April 9, 2017 at noon.

About Mother Russia:
Stalingrad, 1943. One baby. One rifle. Two million zombies. In the middle of a zombie apocalypse, a Soviet sniper risks her life to protect something she hasn’t seen in a long time: a perfectly healthy baby boy.

Barnes & Noble – Broadcasting Square Shopping Center
2751 Paper Mill Road Wyomissing, PA 19610
610-236-0100

Don’t Miss Ka-Blam! 2017 on April 22nd

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Convention News, Cosplay, Pennsylvania

Press Release:

Join us for ToonSeum’s annual fundraiser, Ka-Blam! on Saturday, April 22nd at the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville, PA!

Our theme this year is Cosmic Cause-Play and will feature great sci-fi costumes, themed activities and a pop-up showcase highlighting the work of Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Live drawings, coveted auction items, music provided and great fare and refreshments from some of Pittsburgh’s best local establishments, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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VIP starting at 7pm
General Admission starting at 8pm

VIP Tickets: $75
General Admission: $45

Or – buy a table and save!
VIP Table of 10: $675/table
General Admission Table of 10: $405/table

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PA – Messengers of the Hidden Truth Signing

James Honesty and Fernando Lyons, the creators of the Messengers of the Hidden Truth series, appear on Saturday, April 1st from 1:00 – 5:00 PM for a book signing at Amalgam Comics!

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

PA – Reading Without Walls Lecture

The Doylestown Bookshop and Holicong Middle School are excited to welcome Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, to Holicong Middle School on Sunday, April 2 2017 at 6:00 PM. You must register for the event at the link. Admission is free.

The author will be giving a presentation followed by a Q&A. The author’s books will be available for sale at the event. He will be signing books at the event.

About Reading without Walls:

Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Reading Without Walls, a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April.

Reading Without Walls is designed to “celebrate reading and diversity” and encourage children to read books outside of their personal experience, books they might not have considered before. Structured as an educational challenge, the program encourages children to “read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you,” or to read “a book about a topic you don’t know much about,” or “a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun, such as a chapter book, an audio book, a graphic novel, or a book in verse.” Once a challenge is completed children receive certificates and other rewards that mark their literary achievement.

In an interview with PW, Yang, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, who has had two graphic novels nominated for National Book Awards in Young People’s Literature, said that “[Reading Without Walls] started last January as an experimental pilot when I was appointed National Ambassador. Schools and libraries and bookstores put up displays and issued challenges. We want to make it easier for them.” Yang said the pilot program has led to the design of certificates of participation, posters, activity kits, puzzles, and other materials to promote the reading program.

“I announced Reading Without Walls program at the National Book Festival [last fall] with a speech on social media. People really ran with it and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback. Now we’re finalizing the program and supplying a lot of formal materials to teachers, retailers, and librarians that will help them get involved.”

Yang said that feedback from the pilot program has helped to expand the program to “reading in other languages. We’ll also have kits that encourage children to create their own poetry, novels and comics. We’re taking [the program] from reading without walls, to encouraging kids to make their own stories, outside of their walls.”

The program is a partnership with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, the Children’s Book Council, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Holicong Middle School
2900 Holicong Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902
(267) 893-2700

Firefly’s Jewel Staite at Great Philadelphia Comic Con

Jewel Staite (Firefly/Serenity’s Kaylee Frye) is coming to The Great Philadelphia Comic Con on Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9, 2017!

Jewel Staite starred as ‘Raquel’ in the CW series “The L.A. Complex”, which premiered in the Spring of 2012. Prior to that, she was seen starring in the Hallmark Channel telefilm “Call Me Mrs. Miracle” opposite Doris Roberts. This premiere was the highest rated Hallmark Channel telecast of the year. Prior to that, Jewel was seen as ‘Dr. Keller’ in the SyFy Channel hit series “Stargate: Atlantis”. Her stellar work has earned her rave reviews, as well as recognition from The Gemini Awards (Canada’s prestigious equivalent of our Emmy) with a nomination for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role’ in 2008. This was followed up with a nomination from the Leo Awards in 2009 for ‘Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series’.

At the age of six, Jewel began studying at the Vancouver Youth Theatre where she trained several days a week for several years. This hard work paid off when she booked the lead role in the Disney Channel series “Flash Forward” with Ben Foster. Her performance earned her a nomination from The Gemini Awards for ‘Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series’, as well as a nomination for the Canadian Television Film and Showcase Award.

Jewel made her 2005 feature film debut in Universal Pictures “Serenity”, Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the FOX science fiction television series “Firefly,” of which Jewel was a series regular. Jewel played the ship’s mechanic ‘Kaylee’, a sweet, happy and sensual farm girl who loves life and is a genius at fixing anything.

Additionally, Jewel has several TV series under her belt including Fox Family’s “Higher Ground” with Hayden Christensen, a recurring role on the highly praised FOX series “Wonderfalls,” NBC’s “Just Deal” and Nickelodeon’s “Space Cases.” Her MOW credits are just as impressive, with starring roles opposite James Brolin and Natasha Henstridge in Lifetime’s “Widow on the Hill”, Showtime’s “Damaged Care” opposite Laura Dern, as well as SyFy’s “Mothman” and “Doomsday Prophecy.” Some guest appearances include the CW’s “Supernatural”, her memorable role in the Showtime pilot “Huff “ with Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt, Syfy’s “Warehouse 13”, as well as Showtime’s “Dead Like Me” opposite Ellen Muth and Rebecca Gayheart, and FOX’s “The X-Files” opposite David Duchovny.

She joins fellow media stars Alan Tudyk (Rogue One), Angus Macinnes (Judge Dredd), David Ankrum (voice A New Hope), Alan Harris (Empire Strikes Back), Sean Schemmel and Mike McFarland (voice Dragonball Z), Veronica Taylor (Sailor Moon), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), and Karan Ashley and Walter Jones (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).

Comics guests include Neal Adams (Superman), Mike Zeck (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jim Shooter (Secret Wars), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Ty Templeton (Batman ’66), Chriscross (Unity), and Graham Nolan (Detective Comics).

Visit www.philadelphiacomiccon.com for further information and tickets! RSVP on Facebook!

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