PA – Is This Guy For Real? Launch Party

Cartoonist Box Brown appears at the Lost Bar on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 8:00 PM to celebrate his latest graphic novel from First Second Books IS THIS GUY FOR REAL: THE UNBELIEVABLE ANDY KAUFMAN. Presented by Brave New Worlds.

About the book:
Comedian and performer Andy Kaufman’s resume was impressive – a popular role on the beloved sitcom Taxi, a high-profile stand-up career, and a surprisingly successful stint in professional wrestling. Although he was by all accounts a sensitive and thoughtful person, he’s ironically best remembered for his various contemptible personas, which were so committed and so convincing that all but his closest family and friends were completely taken in. Why would someone so gentle-natured and sensitive build an entire career seeking the hatred of his audience? What drives a performer to solicit that reaction? Graphic novelist Box Brown takes on the complex and often hilarious life of Andy Kaufman.

Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. His second graphic novel with publisher First Second is Tetris: The Games People Play. Brown launched the independent comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011.

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Lost Bar
2442 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 739-4929

PA – Holy Diver Release Party

Christine Larsen appears at Brave New Worlds on Saturday December 16th at 3:00 PM to celebrate the release of HOLY DIVER!

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Brave New Worlds
55 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-6525

PA – Cyko Ko Signing

Rob Feldman‏ signs at Johnny Destructo’s Hero Complex in Manayunk on Sunday December 17th from 2-6pm.

Johnny Destructo’s Hero Complex
4456 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 482-7700

PA – X-Men: Grand Design Signing

Cartoonist Ed Piskor, creator of the New York Times best-selling Hip Hop Family Tree, appears at Phantom of the Attic Comics on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM to celebrate the release of X-Men: Grand Design from Marvel Comics.

About the comic:
From Eisner award-winning creator Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree) comes a thrilling new series chronicling all of X-Men history! X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN stitches together the most important moments in mutant history, creating a comprehensive narrative celebrating the X-Men’s past, present, and future. The first in a trilogy, GRAND DESIGN returns to Charles Xavier’s assembly of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel, and Beast! A must for fans looking to brush up on their X-Men lore or as jumping-on point for Marvel’s merry mutants.

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

PA – Leon: Protector of the Playground Signing

Amalgam Comics welcomes Philly-based award-winning African American cartoonist, graphic novelist, and educator Jamar Nicholas on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM. Nicholas’s work discusses topics such as bullying and violence while providing alternative, positive portrayals of black individuals.

This will be the FIRST Philly area signing for his new All-Ages graphic novel “Leon: Protector of the Playground”.

LEON: Protector of the Playground is a super fun graphic novel with the humor of Captain Underpants, and the heart and wit of Spider-Man. Combining a hip kid super-hero, super villains like Broccoli Rob and hamster Villain Mr. Nipsey, bullies plotting from detention, and rogue hall monitors, making daily life in public school setting a smart and super fun, graphic novel read.

Mr. Nicholas’ graphic novel adaptation of “Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun”, a memoir written by African American social activist Geoffrey Canada in 1995 will also be available.

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

ReedPOP Debuts Keystone Comic Con in 2018

December 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Convention News, Pennsylvania

Press Release:

ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, today announced the launch of an all-new comic convention coming to Philadelphia in 2018 – Keystone Comic Con. Bringing together an all-star lineup of comic and pop culture guests, engaging panels and best in class exhibitors, Keystone Comic Con will debut at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, September 14-16, 2018.

Keystone Comic Con will feature all the elements that fans have come to expect from ReedPOP’s family of pop culture conventions, including New York Comic Con, C2E2, and Emerald City Comic Con, but with a local twist that will be unique to the Keystone State. Bringing together legendary comic talent, comic publishers, small press, entertainment guests and anime, ReedPOP is crafting an incredible experience that will represent the best of pop culture in Philadelphia and allow fans to discover new content and celebrate their passions.

Philadelphia has a strong history within the pop culture world, and now fans in Pennsylvania and beyond will have a place where they can come together for three full days of comics and entertainment programming. The show will also feature a robust show floor where fans can find the best comics, toys, collectibles, apparel, and other products.

“Philadelphia continues to be a strong market for pop culture and comic book sales, and we are very excited to bring a ReedPOP experience to this region,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Head of ReedPOP. “We are talking with local fans and retailers to find out what they are most excited about so we can create a show unique to this market that will provide fans with the ultimate destination to come together for a world class celebration of pop culture.”

Tickets for Keystone Comic Con will go on sale in early 2018. For more information and updates on the convention, visit KeystoneComicCon.com.

Central PA Comic Con (February 2018)

Central PA

Convention Name
Central PA Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.centralpacomiccon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
02/17/2018
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
02/18/2018
About This Convention
Enjoy a fun weekend of Comic Books, Super Heroes, Sci-Fi, Anime, Gaming and Pop Culture fun!

Special Guests include

Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake from WWE Fame!
Alison MacInnis/Dana – The Pink Ranger on Power Rangers LightSpeed Force!
Voice Actor Carey S. Means “Frylock” in Teenage Aqua Hunger Force
Get an autograph, at table photo or green screen photo with your favorite guest! (add’l fee applies)

Guest artists (and many others) include: Neil Vokes, Laura Inglis, Pat Shand, Ken Hunt

Over 100 vendors of everything Comic Book & Pop Culture related. Green screen photos with your choice of background (add’l fee applies)

Stay and Play all weekend! Restaurant on Site – Great Hotel Group rate for staying over & programming changing over hourly!

There will be fun crafts for the younger set along with special programming for them.

Programming for teens and adults in the areas of comics, art, books, Quiz Shows, Video Game tournaments and more!

Free Parking! Lots of Cosplay picture ops!

Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey Event Center
604 Station Road
Grantville, PA 17028
United States
Map It
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
100
Projected Attendance
2,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Brutus “The Barber: Beefcake of the WWE, Alison MacInnis-Dana/Pink Power Ranger, Carey S. Means Voice Actor “Frylock”

PA – Invincible Iron Man #1 Variant Signing

Ariell Johnson signs her shop’s exclusive variant cover on Saturday, December 2nd at 2:00 PM.

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

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

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