Comic book artist Leila del Duca appears at Muse Comics for a release party and signing for issue No. 1 of “Shutter” on Wednesday, April 9, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Also signing comics are artist Tony Gregori of “Unmasked” and Tim Daniel, creator of “Enormous” and “Curse.”
2100 Stephens Ave. Missoula, MT 59801
Awesome Con welcomes DANAI GURIRA (Michonne on The Walking Dead) to their 2014 show! Danai will be appearing both Saturday and Sunday. She joins a lineup including fan favorites like Billie Piper, George Perez, Cary Elwes, Steve Niles, Sean Astin, Marc Hempel, Ron Glass, Jewel Staite, Timothy Zahn, and many more!
About Danai Gurira:
Actress and playwright Danai Gurira stars as one of the most popular characters in AMC’s critically-acclaimed original series “The Walking Dead.” Based on one of the most successful comic books of all time, “The Walking Dead” follows a group of survivors who are searching for a safe home after a zombie apocalypse. In the season two finale, Gurira’s heroine ‘Michonne’ bursts onto the scene as the mysterious sword-wielding zombie slayer. “The Walking Dead” wrapped its third season in style, logging a monster 11 million total viewers for the season, making it the first original cable series ever to end the broadcast television season as the number one show in delivery for adults 18-49.
Prior to joining “The Walking Dead,” Gurira finished production on the independent drama “Mother of George,” the story of an African woman’s struggle after arriving in the U.S. to honor her heritage while attempting to define her new marriage in modern terms. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories. “Mother of George” will premiere in New York on September 13, 2013 and will expand to Los Angeles and an additional 10-20 markets the following week. Zeba Blay, from Indiewire, said “…Gurira, eerily luminescent in every frame, perfectly captures a part of the African experience – the struggle to reconcile tradition and heritage with modern, Western point-of-view.”
Gurira also starred in the multiple-award winning film “The Visitor,” opposite Richard Jenkins, in which she played a Senegalese immigrant in New York trying to survive while her illegal immigrant boyfriend is detained by the U.S. government. Other film credits include “Three Backyards” and “Restless City.” Her television credits include roles on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Lie to Me” as well as a recurring role on the HBO David Simon series “Treme.”
An award-winning playwright, her most recent play “The Convert” (Stavis Award) is an historical drama set in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Part of a trilogy Gurira is writing about her native country’s coming of age, the play ran at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. from February 13 to March 10, 2013.
Gurira was born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe. She earned an MFA in theatre from NYU after moving back to the U.S. Her initial success was as the co-lead of “In the Continuum” (a play she co-created and co-wrote while in the acting program at NYU.) The upbeat powerful story focused on two women: one, an upper class, educated newscaster in Africa; the other, an impoverished teenager in south central L.A., who discover that they are HIV positive, and learn to cope in the face of hatred, discrimination and ignorance. Gurira performed the play off-Broadway, in numerous theaters around the U.S., and in Africa. She received numerous accolades including an Obie, the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award, the Global Tolerance Award (Friends of the United Nations) and the Theater Hall of Fame Honors. Gurira also received the Helen Hayes Award (Woolly Mammoth).
She subsequently received a grant for research in Liberia and Sierra Leone which resulted in her second play “Eclipsed”—the story of women abductees trying to survive during that region’s devastating civil war. Gurira won Best Playwright at the NAACP Theater Awards and Best New Play at Helen Hayes Awards. And, on Broadway, Gurira starred Bartlett Sher’s award winning revival of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” She also earned the Actor’s Equity Callaway Award for her performance as Isabella in the 2011 Shakespeare in the Park production of “Measure for Measure.”
Gurira is also a Hodder Fellow at Princeton and a commissioned playwright with Yale Rep. She is co-founder of Almasi (Al-ma-see), a Zimbabwean American Dramatic Arts Collaborative Organization. Their mission is to instill professional values, skills and practices in the Zimbabwean Dramatic Arts through education and collaboration with professional American dramatic artists and artistic institutions.
Gurira divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.
Awesome Con DC will be on April 18-20, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Show hours are 3pm-8pm Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday. Details at the website: www.awesomecondc.com
NBM Announces MoCCA Arts Festival Debuts and Signing Schedule
This weekend, April 6th & 7th, NBM Publishing once again heads to the MoCCA Arts Festival and we are happy to have attending both Jesse Lonergan, who will be appearing to promote the debut of his new book, the coming of age story All Star, and Ted Rall who will be signing copies of the new edition of his book, SILK ROAD TO RUIN: Why Central Asia Is The Next Middle East.
About All Star
Set at the end of the school year in 1998 when Mark McGwire is racing Sammy Sosa to break the home run record, Bill Clinton is being questioned about a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky, and Semisonic’s ‘Closing Time’ is on top of the charts, Carl Carter is leading the Elizabeth Monarchs of rural Vermont to the state championship in his senior year.
A full scholarship to the University of Maine is waiting for him, and everyone says he has a shot at the pros.
He’s so good he can do whatever he wants.
Until he makes one very arrogant mistake.
About SILK ROAD TO RUIN: Why Central Asia Is The Next Middle East – 2nd Ed.
Part graphic novel travelog, part tongue-in-cheek travel guide, here are the adventures of caustic cartoonist Rall in the wild and wooly central Asian countries, a powder keg sitting on tomorrow’s oil . . .
Combining articles with comic chapters relating his experiences retracing the old legendary Silk Road starting with the sublime history of China and ending in the absurdity of the petty dictatorships of the Stans where Rall had the temerity–or was it the blustery stupidity?–to go back, including once with a group of listeners to his radio show, on a dare. It’s exotic adventure, satire and a fun way to find out more about a part of the world that looms in importance with its immense reserves of oil . . .
Both Jesse and Ted will be appearing at the NBM Booth throughout the weekend.
Saturday, April 6th:
- Jesse Lonergan 11:30-1:00
- Ted Rall 1:00-3:00
- Jesse Lonergan 3:00-5:00
Sunday, April 7th:
- Ted Rall 1:00-3:00
- Jesse Lonergan 3:00-5:00
Be sure to follow @nbmpub on Twitter. So come on by, meet some cool folks and celebrate comics!
Tampa Bay Comic Con Announces Cartoon Convention
April 2nd, 2014 – The Tampa Bay Comic Con has announced a new spin-off event called the Cartoon Convention. The Cartoon Convention will spotlight American animation and live-action children’s programming. The creators and their works from studios such as Nickelodeon, Disney, Pixar, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. and many others will be featured. The event will debut on November 8-9, 2014, at the Tampa Convention Center.
In attendance will be voice actors and animators from various animated features, as well as cast members from live-action children’s programming. Panels, Q&As and workshops will be featured at the event.
Single-day admission is $20 and a weekend pass is $30 for adults. Admission is FREE for children (12 and under).
Tampa Convention Center (west hall)
333 S Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602
DOCTOR WHO’S PAUL MCGANN COMING TO CINCINNATI: TIME LORD ATTENDING 2014 CINCINNATI COMIC EXPO
“Doctor Who” fans of all ages are getting excited with the announcement that veteran English actor Paul McGann will be in attendance for the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo being held this September at the Duke Energy Convention Center. There, the star will be interacting with local fans, taking photos, signing autographs and answering questions as part of a panel discussion.
Paul McGann is best known for playing the eighth incarnation of the beloved time traveling alien adventurer, the Doctor, in the 1996 television film “Doctor Who,”a role he reprised in 72 audio dramas and the recent 2013 mini-episode “The Night of the Doctor”. McGann is still a regular face on British television where he has appeared in major roles on the programs “Luther,” “Jonathan Creek,” and “Waking The Dead.” The actor has also appeared in a variety of films over his lengthy career including parts in “My Kingdom,” “Alien 3,”and “Queen of the Damned.”
First airing in 1963, the BBC series “Doctor Who” is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest-running science fiction television show. Since its relaunch in 2005 the series has brought in an entire new generation of devout young fans and is still recognized as a world-wide cult television phenomenon. The announcement of Paul’s participation has met with an enthusiastic response from not only local fans but also other guests coming to Cincinnati as part of the Expo. This includes artist Patrick Baumgardner who has done promotional work for the Dr Who Fan Club of America. Patrick, who has already met several of the other actors who played the seminal time traveler, explains why he is so eager to meet Paul McGann, “For me he is one of the elite actors who was able to capture the soul of the Doctor and make it his own…..on a fan note, I’m soooooo excited.”
Mr. McGann is just the latest celebrity confirmed to be attending this year’s convention. He is joining a roster of special guests that already includes beloved actor and television personality Lou Ferrigno, Dave Prowse and Peter Mayhew from the “Star Wars” film series, John Rhys Davies who is best known for his roles in the “Indiana Jones” and “Lord of the Rings”franchises, and Jewel Staite from the cult hit television program “Firefly.” Many more guest announcements are expected in advance of the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Book Expo.
About Cincinnati Comic Expo
The Cincinnati Comic Expo has been entertaining thousands of fans since 2010 with an annual show celebrating all periods and genres of pop culture with an emphasis on comics. The 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo will be held from Friday, September 19, through Sunday, September 21, at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Tickets vary in price and are available to purchase online. More information on events and exhibitors attending the show can be found at www.cincinnaticomicexpo.com
Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick appears on Wednesday April 30 at the Portland TFAW from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate Pretty Deadly, her hit from Image Comics series co-created with Emma Ríos, Stop by the Pretty Deadly Volume 1 signing to purchase the first collected graphic novel and enjoy free food and beer (those 21+ with ID).
Kelly Sue DeConnick is one of the most prominent writers in comics today, with acclaimed runs on Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel, and Ghost. Pretty Deadly, DeConnick’s fantasy western with artist Emma Ríos (Doctor Strange, Osborn), debuted in October 2013 to stellar reviews, and immediately sold out on release date.
Pretty Deadly Volume 1 presents the collected opening arc of Kelly Due DeConnick and Emma Ríos’ surprise-hit series, which marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. Death’s daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father. Her origin story is a tale of retribution as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage!
Pretty Deadly Volume 1 will be available for purchase for just $9.99. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet one of the hottest writers in comics April 30 at the Portland TFAW!
Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
Art Spiegelman, famed comics author renowned for his Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel Maus, will present “What the%@$*! Happened to Comics” next week, hosted by the Ypsilanti District Library. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10th at Eastern Michigan University’s Pease Auditorium.
The author will also be signing books after the presentation. Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for students.
A limited number of VIP tickets, which include a wine and cheese reception with Spiegelman himself, are also available for $50. Tickets will be available for purchase through emutix.com
The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce Wacom as a sponsor at this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival. Wacom specializes in pen tablets, interactive pen displays and other types of input devices, and will be exhibiting the Cintiq 22HD, Cintiq Companion, Cintiq Companion Hybrid, Intuos Pro, Intuos and Intuos Creative Stylus in the Wacom Lounge, a dedicated space next to the Exhibitor Hall. The general public is invited to play and experiment with Wacom products along side artists. Tim Hamilton, James Yang, and Guest of Honor Fiona Staples will be giving demos throughout the day on Saturday. Kris Mukai, Nick Illuzada, and CollegeHumor.com and Dorkly.com illustrators Julia Lepetit, Caldwell Tanner, and Nathan Yaffe will be at the Lounge on Sunday.
Tim Hamilton: Sat, April 5 12-1pm
James Yang: Sat, April 5 2-3pm
Fiona Staples: Sat, April 5 4-5pm
Kris Mukai and Nick Illuzada: Sun, April 6 12-1pm
College Humor: Sun, April 6 3-4pm
The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world. Millions of hobbyist and professional customers are using Wacom’s pen technology to explore digital content creation and express their creativity.
Tim Hamilton lives in Brooklyn, NY, and has produced work for The New York Times, Cicada Magazine, King Features, Marvel, IDW, BOOM, DC Comics, Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, Dow Jones, Lifetime, ABC Television, Holiday House, Fast Company Magazine and PublicAffairs. He adapted “Treasure Island” into a graphic novel for Puffin Graphics. In 2010 he adapted Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 into a graphic novel for Hill & Wang with Mr. Bradbury’s blessing. The resulting book was nominated for an Eisner award in the “Best Adaptation of Another Work” category. His first children’s book The Big Fib was just published by Holiday House, and he’s currently working his third picture book for them. Tim was once a clue on the quiz show Jeopardy.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, James Yang graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. Within a few years of entering the illustration marketplace, prestigious trade publications began to show or feature his work: Communication Arts Design & Illustration Annuals, 3×3 Magazine, Graphis, HOW, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Step x Step, and The Art Directors Club of New York Annual. Since 1983, James has won over 200 awards for design and illustration, including best of show in 2010 from 3×3. Mr. Yang most recently taught at Parsons School of Design in New York City. He continues to be in constant demand as a guest lecturer around the world. Yang moved to NYC in 1994 and now lives in Brooklyn where he lives happily married to acclaimed choreographer and dancer Abby Chan.
Fiona Staples is a comic book artist living in Calgary, Canada. She has illustrated numerous comics including Mystery Society, Done to Death, Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor, Jonah Hex, and Northlanders. She has contributed cover art to DV8, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Criminal Macabre, Superman/Batman, Archie, and more. In March of 2012, Image Comics published the first issue of Saga, an ongoing series by Brian K. Vaughan, which received critical acclaim and for which she received two Eisner Awards, a Hugo Award, and several Harvey Awards.
Nick is an illustrator and designer from Brooklyn. He makes zines, pets puppies and watches far too much soccer. His clients include AT&T, EA Games, ESPN, Google, GQ, Microsoft, Nobrow, The NY Times, and Wired. www.nickiluzada.com
Founded in 1999, CollegeHumor.com offers daily comedic content through videos, pictures, articles and jokes, both created and curated by the CollegeHumor staff. CollegeHumor’s popular sketches and series have generated more than 3 billion views, and earned CollegeHumor 11 Webby Awards and an ECNY Award, among others. In addition to online content, hllustrated Dorkly’s most-viewed piece of all time, “Pick Your Starter!: A Choose-Your-Own-Pokemon-Adventure,” which has been viewed more than 5 million times. Julia has voiced characters in many successful Dorkly Originals, Dorkly Bits, and CollegeHumor Originals. A freelance artist and illustrator in her spare time, Julia’s work has been published in magazines and comics. She graduated magna cum laude from FIT with a degree in Illustration.
Founded in 2010, Dorkly.com is the fastest-growing website dedicated to fandom culture. Generating more than 40 million views each month, the site offers daily original content covering all things geek in comics, movies, television, boardgames, videogames, and more, for the fanboy or fangirl in everyone.
Julia Lepetit is a New york-based artist and the Head Illustrator for Dorkly.com, where she has worked since 2010. In this role she illustrates and oversees all illustrated content for the site. She illustrated Dorkly’s most-viewed piece of all time, “Pick Your Starter!: A Choose-Your-Own-Pokemon-Adventure,” which has been viewed more than 5 million times. Julia has voiced characters in many successful Dorkly Originals, Dorkly Bits, and CollegeHumor Originals. A freelance artist and illustrator in her spare time, Julia’s work has been published in magazines and comics. She graduated magna cum laude from FIT with a degree in Illustration.
Caldwell Tanner is a New York-based writer and artist, currently working working as the Head Illustrator for CollegeHumor.com. In addition to overseeing all illustration on CollegeHumor, he has produced several of the site’s most popular articles and helped write, storyboard and voice a number of successful video series including CollegeHumor’s Dinosaur Office and Bear Shark, and Dorkly’s Pokemon Rusty. Caldwell’s work has also been featured in Nintendo Video, The New Yorker, CollegeHumor: The Website: The Book, and The Dumb Book (an upcoming Reader’s Digest publication). His personal website and comic portfolio can be found at Loldwell.com.
Nathan Yaffe is a New York-based Illustrator in the editorial department of CollegeHumor.com, where he has worked since 2012. When he isn’t drawing or photoshopping, Nathan performs improvisational comedy and makes funny videos with his friends. Together with CollegeHumor’s Caldwell Tanner, Nathan hosts the daily drawing show Morning Drawfee, which can be seen on CollegeHumor’s Facebook page and on the new YouTube channel Drawcast.
About the Society of Illustrators
The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan. In 2012 the Society acquired the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. It’s mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art along with the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form. The MoCCA Arts Festival, begun in 2002 and continued by the Society, features a selection of independent comic and cartoon artists and includes programming, gallery space, and an Exhibition Hall. The Society is open to the public Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4pm. To learn more about visiting the Museum, Admission and the Society go to www.societyillustrators.org.
Comic creators Paul Pope and Dean Haspiel appear at New England Comics’ Harvard Square store on Wednesday April 30, 2014 from 3:00 till 7:00 pm! A limited number of certificates of authenticity are available to customers who pre-order Pope’s new book ESCAPO. Please contact the store for further details.
PAUL POPE is a prolific comic book artist and writer best known for his work on Batman: Year 100, Battling Boy, One Trick Rip Off, Heavy Liquid, and 100%. In addition he has done cover art and several short stories for both independent and mainstream publishers.
DEAN HASPIEL is a comic book artist and creator best known for his work on The Fox, The Quitter, and Fear My Dear along with numerous other comic mini-series and illustrations for film.
Please note times may be subject to change.
New England Comics - Harvard Square
14A Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Writer Dan Slott (Silver Surfer, Superior Spider-Man) appears at Midtown Comics Downtown for a special signing to welcome back Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #1! This is will be a large event, so arrive early to ensure a spot in line! Purchase of Amazing Spider-Man #1 is required to attend the event.
Amazing Spider-Man #1
Writer: Dan Slott - Artist: Humberto Ramos
The Greatest Superhero of All Time RETURNS! The world may have changed since Spidey’s been gone, but so has Peter Parker. This is a man with a second chance at life, and he’s not wasting a moment of it. Same Parker Luck, new Parker attitude. Putting the ‘friendly’ back in the neighborhood, the ‘hero’ back into ‘super hero,’ and the ‘amazing’ back into ‘Spider-Man!’ Also returning: The recharged and reenergized ELECTRO!
Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038