Traveling Stories & IDW Present the Ultimate San Diego Comic-Con® Sweepstakes

Press Release:

Traveling Stories and IDW Publishing are proud to launch the annual San Diego Comic-Con® sweepstakes, a contest which will last through June 13th at 3:00pm PT.

Those who enter have a chance of winning the following ultimate experience package:

  • 2 four-day passes to SOLD OUT San Diego Comic-Con®
  • Round-trip airfare for 2 within the continental United States
  • Hotel accommodations for 2 at Wyndham San Diego Bayside
  • Personal tour of the San Diego Comic Art Gallery with Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Publishing
  • Airport pickup by Traveling Stories with a quick detour to sample a delicious assortment of San Diego treats

Anyone in the world can enter! $10 gives you 10 chances to win. Each additional $1 is another chance – the math is simple. Every dollar is a donation to Traveling Stories, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that empowers kid to outsmart poverty by helping them fall in love with reading by the 4th grade.

“I’ve always been an avid reader, even when I was little. I’m excited that through this sweepstakes we’re able to raise the funds needed to give kids in underprivileged areas the same literary experience I was lucky enough to have,” said Ted Adams, Founder & CEO of IDW Publishing.

How to snag entries in the sweepstakes is easy, fast, and secure via: bit.ly/comic-con-sweeps. Just follow the steps from there!

“Anyone who does not have tickets to San Diego Comic-Con® would be crazy to not enter this sweepstakes! It’s a full and complete package including a cool tour of the Comic Art Gallery with me,” said Emily Moberly, Founder and CEO of Traveling Stories.

To learn more about Traveling Stories and its programs, please visit travelingstories.org.

CA – Blondy Baruti Signing

Blondy Baruti appears at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, May 1st at 7:00 PM to celebrate his memoir THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF BLONDY BARUTI: My Unlikely Journey from the Congo to Hollywood

This memoir is just that—incredible. The name Blondy Baruti might not ring bells now, but you may have seen him on the big screen in Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy 2, as Huhtar. His journey from Congolese refugee to star of a Division 1 college basketball team, to the cast of a blockbuster movie, is nothing short of extraordinary.  The inspirational and true rags-to-riches story of how one young boy made it from the war-torn Congolese jungles to America and onto the silver screen, all the while facing extraordinary trials and twists of fate with an unwavering faith and unflagging spirit.

This is a wristbanded event. A wristband will be issued on a first come, first serve basis to customers who purchase THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF BLONDY BARUTI from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning May 1st at 9am
• Limit 1 wristband per book
• Personalization will be available
• Photo with Blondy will be taken by our staff with your camera
• Check Back for more Details as they Become Available
Event and Guidelines are subject to change at any time without notice

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-0270

CA – Pashmina Signing

Nidhi Chanani, illustrator, cartoonist, and writer appears at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Saturday, May 12th at 1:00 PM. Her debut graphic novel Pashmina was published in October 2017. She recently illustrated Misty: The Proud Cloud, a children’s book by Hugh Howey. Chanani was born in Calcutta and raised in suburban Southern California. In April of 2012, she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change. Chanani has worked with Disney, ABC, Sony, Microsoft, and a variety of other clients.

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Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 579-4452

SF – Brothers of the Gun Signing

Press Release:

The Bindery hosts Molly Crabapple on Friday, May 18th at 7:30 PM for Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, which she illustrated and co-authored with Marwan Hisham.

A bracingly immediate memoir by a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, Brothers of the Gun is an intimate lens on the century’s bloodiest conflict and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom.

In 2011, Marwan Hisham and his two friends — fellow working-class college students Nael and Tareq — joined the first protests of the Arab Spring in Syria, in response to a recent massacre. Arm-in-arm they marched, poured Coca-Cola into one another’s eyes to blunt the effects of tear gas, ran from the security forces, and cursed the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad. It was ecstasy. A long-bottled revolution was finally erupting, and freedom from a brutal dictator seemed, at last, imminent. Five years later, the three young friends were scattered: one now an Islamist revolutionary, another dead at the hands of government soldiers, and the last, Marwan, now a journalist in Turkish exile, trying to find a way back to a homeland reduced to rubble.

Brothers of the Gun is the story of a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, from its inception to the present. Marwan watched from the rooftops as regime warplanes bombed soldiers; as revolutionary activist groups, for a few dreamy days, spray-painted hope on Raqqa; as his friends died or threw in their lot with Islamist fighters. He became a journalist by courageously tweeting out news from a city under siege by ISIS, the Russians, and the Americans all at once. He watched the country that ran through his veins — the country that held his hopes, dreams, and fears — be destroyed in front of him, and eventually joined the relentless stream of refugees risking their lives to escape.

Illustrated with more than eighty ink drawings by Molly Crabapple that bring to life the beauty and chaos, Brothers of the Gun offers a ground-level reflection on the Syrian revolution—and how it bled into international catastrophe and global war. This is a story of pragmatism and idealism, impossible violence and repression, and, even in the midst of war, profound acts of courage, creativity, and hope.

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. Brothers of the Gun, her illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, will be published by One World/Penguin Random House in May 2018. Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, VICE, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a Yale Poynter Fellowship, a Front Page Award, and a Gold Rush Award, and shortlisted for a Frontline Print Journalism Award. She is often asked to discuss her work chronicling the conflicts of the 21st Century, and has appeared on All In with Chris Hayes, Amanpour, NPR, BBC News, PRI, and more. The New Yorker described her 2017 mural “The Bore of Babylon” as “a terrifying amalgam of Hieronymus Bosch, Honoré Daumier, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Rubin Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society.

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The Bindery
1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

CA – FCBD 2018: Flying Colors Comics Signing

Flying Colors Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5th with special guests Mick Gray, Jeff Bonivert, and John Hageman Jr.

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Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
(925) 825-5410

CA – It’s Your Universe Signing

Ashley Eckstein, actress and creator of the hit brand Her Universe, appears at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Wednesday, May 16th at 6:00 PM to sign her new book.

About IT’S YOUR UNIVERSE:

Ashley Eckstein grew up inspired by all things Disney. She launched Her Universe, an apparel company catering to fan girls, which has become a preferred partner for Disney and their girl power initiative.

In IT’S YOUR UNIVERSE, Ashley shares her own life lessons, as well as lessons from iconic Disney characters, as a way to inspire girls to create big dreams and work to make them a reality.

Ashley tells her story of being a little girl dreaming of being on a Disney stage, voicing the first female Jedi, Ahsoka Tano, and starting Her Universe, a blockbuster clothing line and community for fangirls.

With prompts for journal entries and quotes from iconic Disney characters, Ashley shows how princesses, Jedi, and superheroes were great role models for choosing her own path.

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Mysterious Galaxy Books
5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

CA – FCBD 2018: Shadowman Variant Signing

Artist Megan Hutchison (Rockstars, Will O’The Wisp) appears at Brave New World Comics on Saturday, May 5th to celebrate Free Comic Book Day and sign the shop’s exclusive variant cover to SHADOWMAN #1!

Brave New World Comics
22722 Lyons Avenue #6, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
(661) 259-4745

SF – Love That Bunch Signing

Legendary cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb discusses Love That Bunch with Hillary Chute at Green Apple Books on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

About Love That Bunch:
Aline Kominsky-Crumb redefined the Bay Area’s underground comix scene with unabashedly raw, dirty, unfiltered comics chronicling the thoughts and desires of a woman coming of age in the 1960s. Kominsky-Crumb didn’t worry about self-flattery: her darkest secrets and deepest insecurities were the fodder for groundbreaking stories. Her exaggerated comix alter ego, Bunch, is self-destructive and grotesque but crackles with the self-deprecating humor and honesty of a cartoonist confident in the story she wants to tell.

Collecting comics from the 1970s through today, Love That Bunch is shockingly prescient while still being an authentic story of its era. Kominsky-Crumb was ahead of her time in juxtaposing the contradictory nature of female sexuality with a proud, complicated feminism. Most important, she does so without apology.

One of the most famous and idiosyncratic cartoonists of our time, Kominsky-Crumb traces her steps as a Beatles-loving fangirl, an East Village groupie, an adult grappling with her childhood, and a 1980s housewife and mother. A new thirty-page story, “Dream House,” looks back on her childhood forty years later. Love That Bunch will be Kominsky-Crumb’s only solo-authored book in print. Originally published in 1990, this new expanded edition follows her to the present, including a foreword penned by the noted comics scholar Hillary Chute.

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Green Apple Books
1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 742-5833

CCR Ontario 2018 Welcomes Kevin Conroy & Andrea Romano

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Comic Con Revolution, the Inland Empire’s only comic convention is pleased to announce that legendary voice actor Kevin Conroy, who has provided the iconic Batman voice since 1993 will be appearing at Comic Con Revolution on Saturday May 19.  Joining Conroy for this rare appearance is celebrated casting and voice director Andrea Romano.

Conroy has been the voice of The Dark Knight since the launch of the groundbreaking debut of Batman: The Animated Series in 1992 and has gone on to record the voice of DC Comics most recognizable hero in Warner Bros. animated films, the Batman Beyond series, both Justice League animated series, the critically acclaimed Arkham series of video games and more.  In total, Conroy has appeared as the Batman well over 300 times and has portrayed him longer than anyone else.

I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to play the complex character of Batman for over 27 years and to work with such a talented crew of actors, writers and producers,” said Conroy. “And behind the scenes guiding us all was the passion of Andrea Romano.

Romano has well over 100 casting and voice directing credits dating back over 30 years. She is the driving force behind the voices of the animated DC Comics movies as well as many other Warner Bros. properties.  Her credits include Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Justin League Unlimited, Teen Titans, Superman: The Animated Series, Scooby Doo, Pinky and the Brain and many more.  Romano has also contributed to some of animations most beloved animated series including Avatar: The Last Airbender, DuckTales (1987), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) and Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016).

“Looking forward to meeting the fans at Comic Con Revolution.  Come say hi and get an autographed picture,” said Romano.

“To me, and the vast majority of fans worldwide, Kevin Conroy IS Batman. There are very few people you can undeniably associate with the character they portray,” said owner and co-founder of Comic Con Revolution Mike Scigliano.  “Having him join us in Ontario this May is going to be an unforgettable experience for our attendees.”

“Andrea Romano has an ability to bring animated characters to life through the sound of their voices.  Her contribution to the DC animated universe is truly remarkable,” said owner and co-founder of Comic Con Revolution Drew Seldin.

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For the most up to date information about the show, including our latest guest list additions, head over to www.ComicConRevolution.com

CA – Adjustment Day Signing

Author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke) appears at Vroman’s Bookstore on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from noon till 4:00 PM. Get tickets here…

People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.

Adjustment Day, the author’s first novel in four years, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war in an effort to control the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future.

Into this dyspeptic time a blue-black book is launched carrying such wisdom as:
Imagine there’s no God. There is no Heaven or Hell. There is only your son and his son and his son and the world you leave for them.

The weak want you to forgo your destiny just as they’ve shirked theirs.
A smile is your best bulletproof vest.

When Adjustment Day arrives, it fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche. (WW Norton)

Event guidelines:

  • This is a signing only. Tickets for this event are available on Eventbrite.
  • Tickets include one copy of Adjustment Day to be picked up the day of the event at the time of check in.
  • In addition to Adjustment Day, Chuck will sign two other items only.
  • Additional copies of Adjustment Day and other Chuck Palahniuk titles will be available for purchase, the day of the event.
  • After check in – signing line placement will be first come, first serve.

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

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