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  • CA – Hollywood Babble On LIVE

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    Ralph Garman & Kevin Smith appear at the Hollywood Improv on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM for a live recording of their podcast HOLLYWOOD BABBLE ON!

    Get tickets here…

    Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature. It’s like that “scorpion and frog” story. But, deep down, they’re just two nice East Coast boys… who happen to have a heavy dependence on drugs and alcohol, respectively.

    Hollywood Improv
    8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    CA – SuperMutant Magic Academy Signing

    supermutantBest-selling author Jillian Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer) appears at Skylight Books on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm for the launch of her new Drawn and Quarterly graphic novel, SuperMutant Magic Academy! There will be a slideshow presentation and signing to follow.

    SuperMutant Magic Academy paints a teenage world that is moody and ennui-filled but also wry and irreverent: the SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for mutants and witches but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. Wendy, Marsha, Cheddar, Frances, and the other students will be your guides through the D&D games, performance art, unrequited crushes, and spell class tests that are the staples of life at the Academy.

    Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian cartoonist and illustrator. She is the co-creator of the graphic novel Skim (with Mariko Tamaki), which was listed as one of the New York Times’ Best Illustrated Books of 2008 and was nominated for four Eisner Awards. Her second collaborative work with Mariko Tamaki, the graphic novel This One Summer, was a New York Times Bestseller and won the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award. Tamaki has won two Ignatz Awards for her work onSuperMutant Magic Academy. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

    Skylight Books
    1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
    323.660.1175

    CA – Death of Deadpool Signing

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    Writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan and artist Scott Koblish appear at Earth-2 Comics on Saturday April 18, 2015 to sign copies of DEADPOOL!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Earth-2 Comics
    15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    (818) 386-9590

    CA – An Evening with Ralph Bakshi

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    Press Release:

    USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, in conjunction with the American Cinematheque, invite you and a guest to attend An Evening with Ralph Bakshi and Fritz the Cat (1972) at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 26th, 2015

    A screening of the groundbreaking X-rated animated feature Fritz the Cat will be followed by a discussion with Ralph Bakshi about his exceptional career.

    Hosted by SCA Director of Programming Alessandro Ago.

    FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
    Bakshi Productions will sell artwork before and after the event in the George Lucas Building Lobby.

    About Fritz the Cat (1972)

    Sex-obsessed tomcat Fritz drops out of NYU and embraces every new experience that crosses his path, including easy sex and drugs. But Fritz ends up holding the dynamite that will detonate the ultimate 1960s statement when he joins a group of radical hippies. Based on underground comic-book artist Robert Crumb’s revolutionary character, Fritz the Cat became the first X-rated cartoon.

    Written & Directed by Ralph Bakshi. Produced by Steve Krantz.
    Provided courtesy of Park Circus. Rated X. Running time: 78 minutes.

    About Ralph Bakshi

    Blasted into public consciousness – and controversy – by the first X-rated cartoon, FRITZ THE CAT (1972), legendary writer-director-producer Ralph Bakshi’s career in animation spans an astounding 50 years. He channeled the freewheeling spirit of underground comics in such films as HEAVY TRAFFIC (1973) and COONSKIN (1975), battling protests and censors to open the doors to cartoons with adult situations. He tapped further into the zeitgeist with WIZARDS (1977) and THE LORD OF THE RINGS (1978), catching the mid-70s wave of interest in sci-fi and fantasy that broke with STAR WARS. Bakshi’s work was adventurous visually as well as thematically; RINGS and AMERICAN POP (1981) are landmarks of rotoscoping, a type of animation where live-action footage is traced onto cels.

    While these features solidified Bakshi’s stake in animation history, he has never been content to rest on his laurels. He re-invented Saturday morning cartoons with “The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse,” a show that proved to be a precursor for irreverent fare such as “The Ren & Stimpy Show.” And in the latest turn to a brilliant career, Bakshi has taken up the paintbrush; his work can be viewed at www.ralphbakshi.com.

    About the Moderator

    Alessandro Ago is the Director of Programming and Special Projects at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he programs film screenings, festivals, guest speakers and special events. Ago curates Outside the Box [Office], a screening series dedicated to bringing new international, documentary and independent cinema to USC, often followed by conversations with filmmakers, which Ago moderates. Ago has produced festivals celebrating the work of Dino De Laurentiis, John Wayne, Roger Corman, Costa Gavras, Maurice Jarre, Dennis Hopper, Albert Broccoli and the James Bond franchise, as well as world cinema showcases focusing on Japan, Italy, Bollywood, South America and the Middle East. In 2013, he produced a major retrospective of the seminal ABC television series Twin Peaks, featuring panel discussions with 50 members of the cast and crew.

    With a special interest in Italian cinema, Ago has hosted events with Roberto Saviano, Mario Monicelli, Lina Wertmueller, Gabriele Salvatores, Claudia Cardinale, Pupi Avati, Enzo G. Castellari, Marco Bellocchio, Dario Argento and Franco Nero. Ago lectures about Italian cinema at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood, California and has taught undergraduate film courses at USC, including Transnational Nightmares and Filmmaking, Italian Style and, most recently, Italian Genre Cinema and Society. He co-produced the 2006 & 2007 editions of Los Angeles – Italia: The Film, Fashion and Art Fest at Mann’s Chinese 6-plex, as well as the 2006 Capri-Hollywood Film Festival in Capri, Italy.

    Ago is one of the curators responsible for selecting the films that comprise the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase, a documentary film diplomacy initiative, and has traveled with AFS film envoys to Cyprus, Mexico, Egypt, China, Tajikistan, Bolivia, India, South Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Bangladesh, and Turkmenistan. Ago is also the Executive Producer of USC’s annual First Look Festival.
    Check-In & Reservations

    This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

    All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.
    Parking

    The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #4, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

    About USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative

    Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC’s strategic plan; to communicate USC’s core values to students; and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university’s commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC’s core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one’s community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

    For more information, visit www.usc.edu/visionsandvoices

    The Ray Stark Family Theatre: SCA 108
    George Lucas Building
    USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
    900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

    CA – Jay & Silent Bob Get Old LIVE

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    Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith appear at the Hollywood Improv on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM for a live recording of their podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old! Get tickets ($40) at the link!

    Press Release:

    The hilarious duo of Jay & Silent Bob are finally back together. Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and accumulated fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks 2. And now you can see them live in your hometown recording their comedy podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.

    Ranked #1 on iTunes Comedy podcasts, this is a sometimes touching, and always hilarious look at what happens when two people grow up in Hollywood’s gaze. These limited engagements will be recorded as the stories evolve live in front of the audience, and released for free on www.smodcast.com.

    This is what fans everywhere have been waiting for – an opportunity to see their heroes on stage doing what they love, telling stories. Get your tickets now before it’s too late! Jay & Silent Bob are dying, watch it as it happens!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Hollywood Improv
    8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Big Wow! ComicFest Previews Art Auction

    vampi-sakaiPress Release:

    The annual Big Wow! ComicFest Art Auction will be held on Saturday April 18th, 2015. The blind auction will run throughout the day in the art gallery in the back of the hall, and will wrap up at 5:30 PM Interested parties must sign up for a bidder/paddle number and then can begin placing blind bids on the art they are interested in.

    Art that does not receive three bids will sell for the highest offer at 5:30 PM, and ones that do get at least three bids will be placed in the live auction that begins at 6:30 PM in Panel Room B. There will be a cash bar in the room, and hopefully a number artists that submitted their works to the auction in attendance. Pictured is Stan Sakai’s submission, additional pieces contributed by Neal Adams, Joe Linsner, Brandon Peterson, and many more can be seen at the link…

    Get tickets at the link!

    Guests include: Brent Anderson, Sanya Anwar, Stephen Bissette, Mark Bode, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Bradstreet, Dan Brereton, Danny Bulanadi, Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Tom Felton, Stephen E. Gordon, Adi Granov, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Jake Lloyd, Ron Lim, Toshio Maeda, Steve Mannion, Chris Marrinan, Bill Morrison, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Stuart Sayger, Liam Sharp, Scott Shaw, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Herb Trimpe, Rick Veitch, Tim Vigil, Ben Wolstenholme, Thomas Yeates, and more.

    For more information on Big WOW! Comicfest please check the website (www.bigwowcomicfest.com) and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

    CA – Captain Janeway Signs

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    Kate Mulgrew, star of Star Trek: Voyager and Orange Is the New Black, appears at Book Passage to sign her new memoir Born with Teeth on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm! Tickets and additional information available at the link…

    Book Passage
    51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925
    (415) 927-0960

    SF – The Valiant Signing

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    Eisner-winning penciller/inker team Paolo Rivera and his father Joe Rivera (who have collaborated on titles including Daredevil, Superior Spider-Man Team Up, Action Comics, Batman: Black & White) appear at Isotope on Wednesday March 25, 2015 at 5:30 PM to sign the conclusion of THE VALIANT! Original artwork by the Riveras is available via Splash Page Comic Art.

    Isotope – The Comic Book Lounge
    326 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 621-6543

    SF – Captain Janeway Signs

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    Actress Kate Mulgrew appears in conversation with Michelle Richmond on Sunday April 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM! Tickets ($40) are available at the link… Presented by Books Inc.

    Press Release:

    Spend Sunday Afternoon at The Chapel with Golden Globe and EMMY nominated actress Kate Mulgrew discussing her memoir, Born with Teeth, with Michelle Richmond, New York Times-bestselling author of Golden State.

    We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she’s played–Captain Janeway on Star Trek; the tough-as-nails “Red” on Orange is the New Black. Now, we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, Born with Teeth is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.

    Golden Globe and EMMY nominee, Kate Mulgrew is an acclaimed fan-favorite actress whose performances span across television, film and stage.

    Mulgrew can currently be seen on Netflix’s engrossing hit series, Orange is the New Black. On the comedic drama about a woman imprisoned for transporting drug money Mulgrew stars as “Galina ‘Red’ Reznikov” who runs the prison’s kitchen. The series was renewed for a second season and is based on author Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison about her real life experiences.

    Mulgrew is internationally recognized for her famous portrayal of “Captain Janeway,” in which she made Star Trek franchise history as the first female captain in a leading role. She starred on Star Trek: Voyager for seven seasons and earned three Saturn Awards and one Satellite Award for her role. Mulgrew also went on to voice the character of Janeway in the PS2 and PC game Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force and Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force 2.

    Mulgrew received a Golden Globe nomination when she starred in Mrs. Columbo, the spin-off of the popular detective series. Previously, she had received recognition for her portrayal of “Mary Ryan” on the ABC soap Ryan’s Hope and on the ABC sitcom Heartbeat, which earned the People’s Choice Award for “Best New Drama.” Other notable television performances include Cheers, Murphy Brown, St. Elsewhere, NTSF: SD: SUV for Adult Swim, The Black Donnellys, Mercy, and Warehouse 13. Her film appearances include Star Trek: Nemesis, Throw Momma from the Train, A Stranger is Watching, and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.

    A classically trained theatre actress, Mulgrew toured throughout the United States as “Katharine Hepburn” in her one-woman stage play, Tea at Five, for which she was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award.

    In 2008, Mulgrew was awarded with an Obie for her performance as “Clytemnestra” in Iphigenia 2.0, an exuberant and modern retelling of Iphigenia. Her other theatre credits include Equus, The American Dream, The Sandbox, Our Leading Lady, Black Comedy, Titus Andronicus, The Exonerated, The Royal Family, The Film Society, What the Butler Saw, Hedda Gabler, Measure for Measure, The Real Thing, Another Part of the Forest, Major Barbara, Antony and Cleopatra, and Somewhere Fun.

    About Michelle Richmond: Michelle Richmond is the author of Golden State, the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog, the novels No One You Know and Dream of the Blue Room, the award-winning story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress, and most recently the story collection Hum.

    Michelle has received the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize (2012), the Hillsdale Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers (2009), the Associated Writing Programs Award, and the Mississippi Review Fiction Prize.

    Event Signing Guidelines:

    – Kate Mulgrew will sign copies of her book only no photos or memorabilia.
    – Due to time constraints, Kate Mulgrew will not be taking posed photographs. Candid photos from the signing line will be allowed.
    – No gifts please.

    The Chapel
    777 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

    SF – Jiraiya Signs

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    Press Release:

    Jiraiya appears to sign books at San Francisco’s fantastic Cartoon Art Museum at 2:00pm on March 21st! Come meet one of the world’s greatest gay cartoonists in person.

    Making his first ever public appearance, the artist known as JIRAIYA is coming to America in a series of signings and speaking events in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. The legendary Japanese artist will be signing limited edition giclee prints, Japanese-language editions of his collected comics and illustration work, as well as English translations and apparel for MASSIVE, at a variety of bookstores, galleries and academic institutions.

    Most recently featured on the cover of Fantagraphics’ critically acclaimed gay manga anthology, Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, Jiraiya’s artwork has entertained audiences around the world since 1998, when his musclebound pinups debuted in G-men magazine. Guy Trebay at The New York Times has described Jiraiya’s figures as “jolly, hairy Asian men of refrigerator scale.”

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Cartoon Art Museum
    655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
    (415) 227-8666

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