Richard Dean Anderson 2nd Celebrity Guest Announced for Emerald City Comicon 2014

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Comicon gets itself into a a bit of a bind. Time to call MacGyver!

Pop culture icon Richard Dean Anderson comes to Seattle’s rescue!

Richard Dean AndersonSeattle, WA – Handsome and durable Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver, Stargate SG-1) is the second celebrity guest announced for the upcoming 12th annual Emerald City Comicon taking place on March 28th – 30th, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center. He will be appearing all three days!

Richard Anderson is known worldwide as the title character in the hit 80s series MacGyver. Running for seven seasons on ABC, the action hero was notorious for getting himself out of tricky situations week after week purely by using his intellect and not firearms. The character, even though new episodes haven’t been produced in over two decades, continues to endure in pop culture, spawning not only the spoof film MacGruber, reprising “Angus MacGyver” in 2006 for a series of Mastercard commercials, but having become a verb in daily conversation.

Anderson would go on to achieve equal success as “Jack O’Neill” for eight seasons on Stargate SG-1, a television version of the cult theatrical film that starred Kurt Russell. Anderson also served as executive producer on the series. Leaving the show early to raise his daughter, he continued to appear as “O’Neill” in guest appearances on Stargate SG-1 as well as several of its various spin-offs.

Before becoming known as an action star, he played a doctor on the long-running soap General Hospital, starring as “Dr. Jeff Webber” from 1976 until 1981. Other television credits include the short-lived UPN series Legend, The Love Boat, The Facts of Life and most recently on the FOX comedy Raising Hope.

Born in Minnesota, Anderson originally had aspirations to become a professional hockey player until he broke both of his arms. Before making it as an actor, he worked as a whale handler in a marine mammal show, a musician in medieval dinner theater, and as a street mime and juggler. Anderson also seriously considered a career as a jazz musician.

Anderson is also an avid supporter and activist for various causes including Special Olympics, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Sclerosis Society. He is also on the Board of Trustees for Challengers Boys and Girls Club, as well as on the Board of Advisors of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Anderson joins previously announced celebrity guest Nichelle Nichols (“Lt. Uhura” from Star Trek) as the first of roughly two dozen celebrity guests to be announced for this spectacular weekend, in addition to hundreds of popular comic guests, exhibitors and several exciting new offerings and surprises.

Coming off of a sold out 2013 show, tickets for Emerald City Comicon 2014 will be in high demand when they go on sale September 1st, 2014!

With a record turnout of 64,000 patrons in 2013, Emerald City Comicon consistently ranks as one of the Top 10 most attended conventions of its kind in North America as well as increasingly becoming the favorite show among many fans, comic guests, journalists and celebrities.

Established in 2003, Emerald City Comicon, while renowned worldwide for its growing popularity, continues to remain the Northwest’s premier comic book and pop culture convention founded in the belief that investing in local artists, companies and individuals is a lasting recipe for success and longevity.

Look for regular press releases containing all of the latest news leading up to the show in March 2014. For more information, please visit ECCC’s website at www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

WA – Lazarus Launch Party

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Writer Greg Rucka and artist Michael Lark appear at Gabi’s Olympic Cards & Comics on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 3:00 till 8:00 pm to celebrate the release of their new creator owned series Lazarus published by Image Comics! There will be a signing, a Q and A panel, and free prints to give away.

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Gabi’s Olympic Cards & Comics
4230 Pacific Ave, Lacey, WA 98503
(360) 459-7721

Dark Horse an Official Partner for 2nd Annual Star Wars Reads Day

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LUCASFILM LTD., DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE AND PUBLISHING PARTNERS ANNOUNCE SECOND ANNUAL STAR WARS READS DAY 

Bookstore and library events to be held October 5, 2013

Star Wars Reads DayNew York, NY – Lucasfilm, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and its publishing partners announced today the second annual Star Wars Reads Day to be held this October 5, 2013. Last year, 30 authors and 1,500 costumed volunteers participated in over 1,200 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America. On October 5 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.

“Star Wars Reads Day is the kind of initiative that we at Lucasfilm love to support” says Carol Roeder, Director of Publishing at Lucasfilm. “Reading and Star Wars have gone hand-in-hand since 1976, when the novelization of the original Star Wars movie was released. Over the years, many fans have discovered the joy in reading through Star Wars books, and we hope to continue encouraging more people to read.”

Official Star Wars Reads Day author events are already confirmed at the following locations:

Ann Arbor, MI – Barnes & Noble
Austin, TX – Barnes & Noble
Carle Place, NY – Barnes & Noble
Cincinnati, OH – Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Denver, CO – Tattered Cover
Madison, WI – Barnes & Noble
New York, NY – The Scholastic Store
Portland, OR – Wordstock Festival
Redondo Beach, CA – Mysterious Galaxy
Richmond, VA – bbgb
Roseville, MN – Barnes & Noble
San Francisco, CA – Books Inc.
Seattle, WA – University Bookstore
Warwick, RI – Barnes & Noble

For updates and more information, follow Star Wars Reads on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/StarWarsReads

An official Star Wars event kit (free of charge), including reproducible activity sheets and trivia, will be available for download at: http://starwars.com/reads/

Lucasfilm, STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

WA – Road Trip to Creative Autonomy

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Todd McFarlane speaks at his alma mater Eastern Washington University on June 14-15th!

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Eastern Washington University is proud to welcome back to campus Todd McFarlane, an entertainment and business mogul and an international awarding-winning artist, during its Commencement weekend June 14-15.

Todd McFarlane ’84, who will be the keynote speaker at one of two graduation ceremonies that weekend, became a comic book sensation in the 1980s due to his work on Marvel Comics Spider-Man franchise. In 1992, he launched his own comic title, Spawn, which became one of the 1990s’ most popular heroes and which launched a highly successful and diverse career that includes action figures, film, animation and video games. Spawn became an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a top grossing live-action feature film from New Line Cinema. McFarlane founded and controls the award-winning McFarlane Toys, a leader in the action figure industry, and produces products based on the some of the hottest entertainment and sports properties.

The night before commencement, Friday, June 14, EWU will present Road Trip to Creative Autonomy, an evening with Todd McFarlane from 7-8 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane, WA. An autograph session will follow. Admission to this special speaking engagement is $15, and will include a highly limited edition Spawn comic book with EWU Grad special cover. The event is free for EWU students with Eagle Card ID. Advanced registration is required and IDs will be scanned at the door. Space is limited, so please RSVP at the link.

McFarlane, who once worked as a janitor while studying and playing baseball at Eastern, will be the keynote speaker during the 2 p.m. Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 15, for students in the College of Science, Health and Engineering and the College of Arts, Letters and Education.

MORE ABOUT TODD MCFARLANE
About McFarlane Toys: Grammy-and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, is the force behind McFarlane Toys, one of America’s top action figure manufacturers. McFarlane Toys has become a leader and redefined the standards within the action figure industry. 2013 Marquee lines include The Walking Dead TV and Comics, Assassin Creed and HALO video franchises and officially licensed teams of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. McFarlane has won two Emmys, two MTV Video Music Awards, a Grammy and hundreds of international awards for his work in the arts and action figure industry. Todd McFarlane Entertainment continues to development projects in film, television and video games. For more information on this pop-culture powerhouse, visit www.McFarlane.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA 99004

Emerald City Comicon Announces Nichelle Nichols as Their First Celebrity Guest for 2014

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Hailing frequencies are open in Seattle! Emerald City Comicon announces first celebrity guest of 2014!

Time to plan the “trek” to the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the Northwest!

UhuraSeattle, WA – Legendary actress Nichelle Nichols (“Lt. Uhura” from the classic Star Trek) is the first celebrity guest announced (as well as the fifth and final original cast member to attend over the last five years) for the upcoming 12th annual Emerald City Comicon taking place on March 28th – 30th, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center. She will be appearing all three days!

Nichelle Nichols is truly one of the most trailblazing figures in television, with her regular role in Star Trek being one of only a small handful for black actresses that were featured prominently each week in people’s homes. So much so that civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. himself pleaded with her not to leave the sci-fi series because  she was serving as a crucial role model not only for women but for African-American’s everywhere.

Known quite literally around the galaxy, Nichols’ portrayal of “Lt. Uhura” on Star Trek spanned three seasons during the original series, a subsequent animated series and six feature films. Her professional career began with the 1959 film Porgy and Bess starring Sidney Poitier and Pearl Bailey, followed by appearances on the television series Tarzan and Gene Roddenberry’s The Lieutenant. Post-Star Trek work include roles in Snow Dogs, Are We There Yet? and episodes of Heroes and Futurama.

Nichols is also an accomplished singer, having released two albums of standards. She published her autobiography, ‘Beyond Uhura’, in 1994. Ever since the cancellation of Star Trek, she has been an advocate for NASA and began working directly with them to recruit both women and minorities into the space agency. Since the mid-80s, Nichols has also served on the Board of Governors of the National Space Society.

Nichols is the first of roughly two dozen celebrity guests to be announced for this spectacular weekend, in addition to hundreds of popular comic guests, exhibitors and several exciting new offerings and surprises.

Coming off of a sold out 2013 show, tickets for Emerald City Comicon 2014 will be in high demand when they go on sale September 1st, 2014!

With a record turnout of 64,000 patrons in 2013, Emerald City Comicon consistently ranks as one of the Top 10 most attended conventions of its kind in North America as well as increasingly becoming the favorite show among many fans, comic guests, journalists and celebrities.

Established in 2003, Emerald City Comicon, while renowned worldwide for its growing popularity, continues to remain the Northwest’s premier comic book and pop culture convention founded in the belief that investing in local artists, companies and individuals is a lasting recipe for success and longevity.

Look for regular press releases containing all of the latest news leading up to the show in March 2014. For more information, please visit ECCC’s website at www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

WA – Peter Panzerfaust Signing

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Kurtis J. Wiebe and Ed Brisson sign at Arcane Comics on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm! There will also be having an art raffle for all attendees, and refreshments deliciously donated by Hilliard’s Brewery. This will be a comic book bash not to be missed. Be here or be square.

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Arcane Comics
5809 15th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107

WA – Dream Merchant Signing

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Nathan Edmondson and Matt Southworth sign at Arcane Comics on Friday, May 17, 2013 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

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Arcane Comics
5809 15th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107

WA – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Greg Rucka, Jennifer Van Meter, Brandon Jerwa, and Eric Trautmann sign on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

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Doors open at 10am-Midnight!

SALE: 10%-90% off storewide
$1.00 comics, games, rpg and toys!

Events for the kids all day!
Science Magician
Balloon Guy

Signers:
Brandon Jerwa 1pm-6pm
Greg Rucka 3pm-6pm
Jennifer Van Meter 3pm-6pm
Eric Trautmann- ALL DAY! :)

1st 100 people for each signer will receive a
free limited edition print! :)

For a list of all the comics available that day!

Gabi’s Olympic Cards & Comics
4230 Pacific Ave, Lacey, WA 98503

WA – Relish Signing

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Cartoonist Lucy Knisley signs at Third Place Books on Saturday, April 20th at 6:30 pm!

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
206-366-3333

WA – Captain Underpants Signing

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Dav Pilkey signs on Sunday April 21st at 1:00 PM!

In Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers, the tenth adventure of our brief-bedecked champion of justice, Captain Underpants, our heroes George and Harold have been zombified. Why didn’t the Captain save them? The terrible Tippy Tinkletrousers went back in time to keep the boys from creating him in the first place! Can a changed history be re-changed back? Find out in this new adventure from Dav Pilkey.

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com.

University Bookstore
4326 University Way, N.E., Seattle, WA 98105

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