Voltron Team Roars Into WonderCon 2017

Join Kyle Anderson of Nerdist as he leads a conversation on April 1st at 5:30 PM at WonderCon with DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender Executive Producer Joaquim Dos Santos, Co-Executive Producer Lauren Montgomery, Story Editor Tim Hedrick, cast members Jeremy Shada (Lance), Josh Keaton (Shiro), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Pidge), Tyler Labine (Hunk), and Kimberly Brooks (Allura) who will be highlighting their favorite season 2 moments and will take part in an extended Q&A! Fans in attendance will each receive a limited edition lithograph (pictured).

Details here…

 

Agents of Shield’s Ming-Na Wen visits Boston!

Ming-Na Wen,the star who brought Agent MELINDA MAY and Disney Princess MULAN to life in
MULAN and MULAN II joins BOSTON COMIC CON, August 11-13, 2017!

Visit they website here!

Anthony Daniels & Riz Ahmed Join Star Wars Celebration

Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, and Riz Ahmed, who played Bodhi Rook in Rogue One, will be at Star Wars Celebration!

Anthony Daniels; C-3PO: Star Wars Saga

The only actor to work on all eight Star Wars movies, Anthony is the heart and soul of the golden robot C-3PO. He is also the legs, arms and voice.

Leaving drama college in 1974, Anthony won a BBC Award, which gave him a place in their Radio Drama Company. After hundreds of productions, he left to go into theatre, shortly joining the National Theatre of Great Britain at The Young Vic. It was whilst playing in Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, a story of two humble characters caught up in events beyond their control, that he got the call to meet George Lucas about a new sci-fi movie.

Lucas was interested in Anthony’s acting and mime skills. Anthony on the other hand wasn’t interested at all. Having asked for his money back after walking out of 2001 – A Space Odyssey, he had never been attracted by the worlds of sci-fi. Though he did eventually meet the director, it was a concept painting of the character that actually got his interest. He found the script incomprehensible but liked the golden droid and so was thrilled to be offered the role. The next day he was covered in plaster to make a mould of his body, the first step in creating the now globally recognised character. Six months later the costume was almost ready and filming began on what would become Star Wars: A New Hope. Later Lucas would try to replace Anthony’s on set vocal performance with the voices of various Hollywood actors. Eventually he decided nothing fitted the original like the original and asked Anthony to re-record his own character voice.

This led to him returning to the set of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. His participation in The Phantom Menace was as an off-camera voice but for Attack of the Clones he took over the arduous puppetry of the ‘naked’ C-3PO, subsequently re-shooting his scenes in the rusty suit, once again providing live action and voice. Fully gold and shining in Revenge of the Sith, Anthony is the only actor to feature in all eight Star Wars films.

Anthony has been involved in many of the spin-offs. Amongst other events, as the golden character he performed in the radio dramatisations, tap-danced on The Muppet Show, promoted measles and polio vaccines, wrote and produced anti-smoking commercials, danced with Donny and Marie Osmond, took part in the Oscar Ceremonies, befriended Big Bird on Sesame Street, filmed and voiced the animated figure in Disney’s original Star Tours ride attraction, recently being promoted to be the reluctant pilot in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, became a breakfast cereal, Kellogg’s C-3POs, conducted the London Symphony and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and had his own cartoon series, Droids.

Anthony has been proud to work on and present The Magic of Myth, The Art of Star Wars and Star Wars – Where Science Meets Imagination and The Power Of Costume exhibitions in their various locations around the world. He has presented a variety of symphonic events and was the on-stage narrator for the international arena spectacular, Star Wars in Concert in its three North American, European and Japanese tours. He has also brought C-3PO to life in the animated Clone Wars, Rebels, Lego Star Wars and The Yoda Chronicles series. Most recently he appeared in 2016’s Star Wars: Rogue One.

Although the Star Wars saga has formed a major part of Anthony’s working life, he has interspersed it with a variety of television and stage appearances, ranging from sitcoms to more serious dramas, with forays into the world of horror cult movies. He was the voice of Legolas in the original Lord of the Rings animation. He is also a presenter, producer and creative designer of trade events and conferences and a visiting scholar at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. He lives with his wife, Christine, in England and the south of France.

Riz Ahmed; Bodhi Rook, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Riz Ahmed is a three-time nominated Best Actor by the British Independent Film Awards for his lead roles in Shifty, Four Lions and Ill Manors. He was the lead of HBO’s breakout hit show The Night Of. Riz’ previous credits include Paul Greengrass’ Jason Bourne, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, John Crowley’s Closed Circuit, and Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna. Most recently he starred as a former Imperial pilot turned hero of the Rebellion, Bodhi Rook, in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.starwarscelebration.com

MoCCA ArtFest Announces International Guests

March 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, New York

Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a number of international guest artists visiting this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival in addition to previously announced Guest of Honor Blutch. These include visitors from France, Israel and Poland, several of whom will participate in MoCCA’s schedule of programming events.

Currently hanging in the Society of Illustrators’ third floor Hall of Fame Gallery during MoCCA Arts Festival is Fit to Print, an exhibit featuring work by former students of the Haute école des arts du Rhin (HEAR) art school in Strasbourg, France, who have all contributed illustration work to The New York Times in collaboration with art director Alexandra Zsigmond. Exhibiting artists Baptiste Alchourroun, Alexis Beauclair, Fanny Blanc, Quentin Duckit, Juliette Etrivert, Marion Fayolle, Caroline Gamon, Lucie Larousse, Antoine Maillard, Benedicte Muller, Mayumi Otero, Margaux Othats, Eugene Riousse, Marine Rivoal, Simon Roussin, and Raphael Urwiller will all appear at the Festival. In addition to participating in programming, these artists will have work available at a special Fit to Print table, bringing many rare and unique books and zines unavailable outside of France.

Beauclair, representing the Lagon anthology series, and artists Otero and Urwiller, known together as Icinori, will also be exhibiting at their own adjacent tables. The presence of this group offers an exciting opportunity to discover an entire generation of young French artists making some of the most unique comics and graphic art today.

Israeli artists Rutu Modan and David Polonsky are both known for the excellence of their artwork and for their provocative approach to blending historical and current events into their imaginative works. Modan is known in North America for her graphic novels Exit Wounds and The Property and for her short story collection Jamilti. Polonsky is known in North America as the art director for the animated film Waltz With Bashir, directed by Ari Folman. Both will appear at the Festival and participate in programming. And for the first time, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design spearheaded by Merav Salomon, will be exhibiting at the Festival through the support of the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel and Friends of Bezalel.

Penelope Bagieu is one of France’s most visible young comics authors, redefining and popularizing the online possibilities of “blog comics.” She has already made an impression in North America with her graphic novel Exquisite Corpse, and will appear with First Second Books to debut her new graphic novel, California Dreamin’, about the early life of The Mamas & the Papas vocalist Mama Cass.

Polish comics artist Wojciech Stefaniec has drawn numerous books by other writers including Alveum, Szanowny, and Szelki, and has since then produced several books as an auteur, including Ludzie, którzy nie brudzą sobie rąk and NOIR. His latest book is Come Back to Me Again, a phantasmagoric collaboration with writer Bartosz Sztybor, that will soon be available online in English. He joins us courtesy of Europecomics, and will appear at the Europecomics table.

Others among the many international exhibitors at MoCCA include Keren Katz, visiting from Israel will debut her new book published by Secret Acres, Spanish artist Rosario Villajos, who will appear with Fanfare, and Felipe Muhr, who will represent New Chilean Comics.

Spooky Empire adds two more for Halloween Reunion!

We’ve just added two more cast members to the Rob Zombie Halloween line up!

DAEG FAERCH “Michael Myers” and HANNA HALL “Judith Hall” will be joining us at Spooky Empire April 21-23, 2017 in Orlando, FL.

This is HANNA HALL’S first Spooky Empire appearance. You may also remember her as “Young Jenny” in the film “Forrest Gump”.

This is your chance to meet the cast of HALLOWEEN in person all weekend long at SPOOKY EMPIRE at the Wyndham Orlando Resort April 21-23, 2017.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can.

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

Golden Apple Hosts Ghost Rider Signing at WonderCon 2017

Actor Gabriel Luna (Agents of SHIELD’s Ghost Rider) and writer/artist Felipe Smith (Co-Creator of Robbie Reyes AKA Ghost Rider) sign exclusively at the Golden Apple Comics booth #402 on Sunday April 2nd from 1:00 – 3:00 PM only at WonderCon Anaheim.

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Get a rare 1:25 Ghost Rider issue #4 Marvel TV variant signed by Gabriel & Felipe (free autograph)

$25 purchase includes: a comic, line pass & autographs. Other ghost rider items will be for sale at the booth and they will sign those anything purchased at the booth for free. Any items not purchased at the booth will be signed at their own discretion and may be subject to a fee.

Limit: 1 line pass/comic per person. If you buy more than 1, you must have another person with you at the event.

Failure to show up to the booth between 1pm and 2:45pm will result in the comic being signed and you having to pick it up at golden apple. Comics will not be shipped!

This is a pre-order only for people with badges for Wondercon 2017 in Anaheim. This ticket does not get you into the convention, it is only a line for a booth autograph event for Golden Apple.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 2017 Tour

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returns in 2017 with an updated orchestral adventure! The show will feature an all new movement from Skyward Sword, a much-anticipated Breath of the Wild arrangement, and the return of a classic that might just make some wishes come true!

Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, The Symphony of the Goddesses is now in its fourth season. The two-hour concert comes to life with a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a reimagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games, including A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess, and the remake of Majora’s Mask, while still paying homage to such classics as Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.

The concert’s five-movement symphony regales ears with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music, recalling moments of Link conquering dungeons, running through forests, and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear.

Throughout the evening, a video collage syncs up with the adventurous tunes to spotlight exciting moments from the venerable franchise.

Tour schedule is below. Get your tickets today, available through the symphony’s website.

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina — March 17, Theatre Coliseo
  • Santiago, Chile — March 18, Cariola Theater
  • Birmingham UK – April 16, The NEC
  • Minneapolis, MN – May 20, Orpheum Theater
  • Mexico City, Mexico – June 11, Auditorio Nacional
  • Denver, CO – June 30 and July 1, Boettcher Concert Hall
  • Austin, TX – July 7, Long Center
  • San Diego, CA – July 21, San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Vienna, VA – July 22, Wolf Trap
  • San Francisco, CA – Aug. 4, Davies Symphony Hall
  • Quebec City, Quebec – Sept. 9, Grand Théâtre de Québec
  • Toronto, Ontario – Sept. 15, Sony Centre
  • Seattle, WA – Sept. 22, Paramount Theatre
  • Portland, OR – Sept. 23, Keller Auditorium
  • Los Angeles, CA – Sept. 30, Dolby Theater
  • Kansas City, MO – Oct. 6, Kansas City Music Hall
  • Memphis, TN – Oct. 7, The Orpheum Theatre
  • Des Moines, IA – Oct. 8, Des Moines Civic Center
  • New York, NY – Oct. 20, United Palace Theatre
  • Boston, MA – Oct. 21, Wang Theater
  • San Antonio, TX – Oct. 27, Majestic Theatre
  • Baltimore, MD – Nov. 3, Lyric Theatre
  • Cleveland, OH – Nov. 4, State Theatre
  • Columbus, OH – Nov. 5, Ohio Theater
  • Phoenix, AZ – Nov. 6, Phoenix Symphony Hall
  • Jacksonville, FL – Nov. 9, Times Union Center
  • Durham, NC – Nov. 10, Durham PAC
  • Norfolk, VA – Nov. 11, Chrysler Hall
  • Atlanta, GA – Nov. 16, Cobb Energy PAC
  • Knoxville, TN – Nov. 17, Knoxville Civic Auditorium
  • Chicago, IL – Nov. 18, Chicago Auditorium Theatre
  • London, England – Nov. 21, Eventim Apollo
  • Dusseldorf, Germany – Nov. 24, Mitsubishi Electric Hall
  • Barcelona, Spain – Nov. 25, Auditori Forum
  • Florence, Italy – Nov. 26, Mandela Forum
  • Vancouver, BC – Nov. 30, Queen Elizabeth Theater
  • Edmonton, AB – Dec. 1, Northern Jubilee Auditorium
  • Calgary, AB – Dec. 2, Southern Jubilee Auditorium
  • Milwaukee, WI – Dec. 3, Riverside Theater
  • Montreal, QB – Dec. 8, Place des Arts
  • San Jose, CA – Dec. 9, City National Civic
  • Pittsburgh, PA – Dec. 14, Heinz Hall
  • New Orleans, LA – Dec. 15, Saenger Theater
  • Miami, FL – Dec. 16, The Arsht Center
  • Oklahoma City, OK – Dec. 29, Civic Center Music Hall
  • Salt Lake City, UT – Dec. 30, Abravenal Hall

Doctor Who’s Catherine Tate Joins Planet Comicon 2017

Press Release:

Planet Comicon Kansas City is very excited to announce the SECOND US appearance of Catherine Tate, the fan-favorite Donna Noble on Doctor Who, as well as many other popular roles on shows such as The Office and The Catherine Tate Show. Catherine will be joining Doctor Who alums John Barrowman and Billie Piper and all three will be available for combo photo ops.

SATURDAY and SUNDAY ONLY

Tickets are available for sale now at the link…

Actor and writer, Catherine Tate is well known in the UK and internationally for a diversity of work in television, film and on the stage – in particular, for her own creation, the award winning The Catherine Tate Show.

She made her first appearance in Doctor Who as jilted bride, Donna Noble. She then joined the doctor, played by David Tennant, as his companion for the entire run of Season 4 and for the two-part End of Time specials. More recently, she reprised the role of Donna Noble in three Doctor Who audio dramas alongside David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor.

Catherine has appeared on US television screens as Nellie Bertram in The Office, making her entrance at the end of Season 7 and returning for the second half of Season 8 and all of Season 9.

In between filming for Seasons 7 and 8 of The Office, Catherine returned to the UK to play Beatrice opposite David Tennant’s Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in London’s West End. She has continued to mix theatre, film and television work and most recently took The Catherine Tate Show on a live tour of the UK, playing to 27 cities over 31 nights.

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Previously announced guests include Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Summer Glau (Firefly), Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery), Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, Big Bang Theory), John DiMaggio (Futurama), Jim Beaver (Supernatural), Ric Flair (wrestling legend), and dozens more. Check out the ever-growing media guest roster at www.planetcomicon.com.

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Debuts at Anime Boston 2017

Anime Boston 2017 will host the the English dub premiere of SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE: ORDINAL SCALE before its North American tour. Be one of the first to watch this amazing dub on the big screen before it’s released anywhere! After the screening, AB 2017 guests Cherami Leigh (Asuna), Michelle Ruff (Sinon), and Patrick Seitz (Agil) will take center stage and for a special Q&A session!

About Sword Art Online:
The animated TV series Sword Art Online is based on author Reki Kawahara’s light novel (winner of the 15th Dengeki Novel Award Grand Prize) in which the protagonist Kirito fights to survive in the mysterious next-gen VRMMORPG called “Sword Art Online.” Since the first volume of the novel was published in April 2009, the series has proved extremely popular, with cumulative sales exceeding 12.5 million units in Japan and 19 million worldwide, spawning two TV anime adaptations, video games, comic books, and merchandise.

Story of Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale-:
In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba, called NerveGear. It was the first full-dive system, and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.

In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.

Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games

Image Comics Homecoming Dance Returns to Rose City Comic Con 2017

Press Release:

Back by popular demand, Image Comics is pleased to host a very special formal Fall Homecoming dance for the comics community during the Rose City Comic Con festivities. The dance will be held on Saturday, September 9th from 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM at The Evergreen. This event will be 21+ only. IDs will be checked at the door.

Tickets to the Image Comics Fall Homecoming Dance are on sale now.

Image Comics’ Fall Homecoming will be in the style and spirit of a traditional high school dance and all comics fans and industry members are encouraged to come mix, mingle, and dance the night away.

Image Comics Fall Homecoming ticket tiers:

  • $20: Entry ticket
  • $45: Add-on pack, including an Image t-shirt, variant cover comic, commemorative pint glass, and enamel pin
  • $79: VIP pack—ticket to the party, add-on pack items, and access to special VIP area at the venue (limited quantity, only 100 VIP tickets available)
Check back at imagecomics.com for more details to come about the Image Comics Fall Homecoming Dance, we hope to see you there!

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