CA – FCBD: Valerian Signing

Director Luc Besson and actor Dane DeHaan will be greeting fans and signing the Valerian comic book at Meltdown Comics on Saturday May 6, 2017 from Noon till 2:00 PM to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

Luc Besson a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He directed or produced the films Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988), and Nikita (1990), all using a distinctive style dubbed Cinéma du look by critics. Besson has been nominated for a César Award for Best Director and Best Picture for his films Léon: The Professional and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. He won Best Director and Best French Director for his sci-fi action film The Fifth Element (1997). He wrote and directed the 2014 sci-fi thriller film Lucy.

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.851.7223

CA – Deadpool: Bad Blood Signing

Meet Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld on Wednesday May 17th at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in L.A. for a Q&A and signing to celebrate the debut of Marvel’s first ever Deadpool OGN “Deadpool: Bad Blood” from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Each attendee will receive an exclusive ‘DAY OF RELEASE CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY’ provided by Rob Liefeld and Key Collectibles.

Press Release:

Rob Liefeld’s legendary career began at the age of 18 years old. Fresh out of high school he was hired by both Marvel and DC Comics where he began laying the foundation for a resume that would define a generation. Rob has covered many of the industries top-tier franchises and produced memorable runs on diverse titles such as Cable, Wolverine, Deathstroke, Hawk and Dove, X-Men, X-Force, Fighting American, Spider Man, Hawkman, Teen Titans, and Deadpool.

Marvel Comics and Rob Liefeld now present Deadpool In his first Original Graphic Novel! Deadpool’s been shooting, stabbing and otherwise annoying people for a long time now. He’s made a lot of enemies. One he can’t quite place is the brutal Thumper, who keeps showing up out of the blue to pound him into jelly…..

“Deadpool: Bad Blood” needs to be purchased from Barnes & Noble at The Grove in order to receive a wristband to attend this event. Wristbands will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Wednesday May 17th at 9am to customers who purchase “”Deadpool: Bad Blood” from Barnes & Noble at The Grove.

• Limit 1 wristband per book
• Personalization will be available
• Rob Liefeld will only be signing Deadpool: Bad Blood
• Absolutely No memorabilia please

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

CA – Craig Robinson Signing

Craig Robinson (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine) appears at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday April 25th at 6:00 PM to sign copies of his new middle grade book, Jake the Fake Keeps It Real.

About Jake the Fake Keeps it Real:
For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate comes a new side-splitting series from comedian and film star Craig Robinson, #1 New York Times bestselling author Adam Mansbach, and NAACP History Maker recipient and cartoonist Keith Knight.

Jake can barely play an instrument, not even a kazoo. And his art? It’s better suited for Pictionary than Picasso. Which is a real problem because Jake just faked his way into the Music and Art Academy for the gifted and talented (and Jake is pretty sure he is neither). More jokester than composer, Jake will have to think of something quick before the last laugh is on him.

Featuring more than 160 illustrations, Jake the Fake is sure to bring the laughs with his hilarious hijinks!

Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Ave. #110 Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-897-8781

CA – FCBD: Fresh Off the Boat Signing

Press Release:

To celebrate the release of the FRESH OFF THE BOAT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY special from Boom! Studios, FRESH OFF THE BOAT cast members Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen will be appearing at The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach on Saturday, May 6th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  On Sunday, May 7th, Hudson and Forrest will also be appearing at The Comic Bug in Culver City from noon to 2:00 p.m. The three young actors portray Eddie, Emery and Evan Huang on the hit ABC show and will be signing copies of the comic book tie-in at both store events.

Debuting with 10 million viewers, the critically acclaimed family comedy series Fresh Off the Boat (Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC) comes to the world of comics for Free Comic Book Day 2017! Fresh Off the Boat is the story of a Taiwanese-American family living in Orlando in the 1990s and comically explores themes of immigration, assimilation, and identity. BOOM! Studios teams with producers 20th Century Fox Television and the creative team of Fresh Off the Boat to capture the show’s authentic spirit and humor in comic form.

Introducing the the Legion of Dopeitude! Tying into the episode, “Pie vs. Cake” airing on May 2 at 9:00 p.m., this Free Comic Book Day special reveals the characters created by Eddie and Emery for a comic book contest on the television show! Pick up a copy of this book on Free Comic Book Day and see what they created!

“Fresh Off the Boat” Set in the mid-‘90s, 12-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) and his family are adjusting to their new lives in suburban Orlando. New schools, new friends, new neighbors, new traditions – yet still holding true to their family values and their continual pursuit of the American Dream.  Inspired by a true story, “Fresh Off the Boat” stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery, Ian Chen as Evan, Lucille Soong as Grandma Huang, Chelsey Crisp as Honey and Ray Wise as Marvin.  “Fresh Off the Boat” was written by Nahnatchka Khan, who also serves as executive producer and showrunner. Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar are executive producers. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television for ABC.

Both days will feature thousands of free comics, dozens of creators and cosplayers and lots of fun for the whole family!

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The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704

4267 Overland Ave. Culver City, CA 90230

CA – Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia Signing

Tricia Barr, Adam Bray, and Cole Horton appear at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM to sign Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia.

ABOUT STAR WARS THE VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA
The saga in more than 3000 characters, vehicles, droids and objects.

With a galaxy of information on every page, Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia is the perfect illustrated guide to everything Star Wars.

This beautiful visual tour of the Star Wars universe includes gallery upon gallery of stunning images and fascinating facts. The object-themed spreads focus down onto hundreds of topics, from Star Wars fashion and food, to vehicles and creatures. Explore a range of droids, from medical to spy droid, or discover the different snacks you can eat in the Star Wars universe.

A virtual museum in a book, DK’s Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia is the perfect pictorial companion to that galaxy far, far away….

ABOUT ADAM BRAY
Adam Bray is the author of DK’s Star Wars™ Rebels: The Visual Guide (seasons one and two), and a co-author for Ultimate Star Wars™, Star Wars™: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, and LEGO® Star Wars™: Chronicles of the Force. Adam is a contributor to the official blog at StarWars.com, and a guest commentator on many popular Star Wars fan podcasts.

ABOUT TRICIA BARR
Tricia Barr is a prominent blogger and podcaster who has been sharing her passion for Star Wars since cosplaying Princess Leia in 1977. She regularly contributes feature articles for Star Wars Insider and authored the award-winning space opera novel Wynde.

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

CA – Jake the Fake Signing

Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach appear at the Grove’s Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign their wildly entertaining new book, JAKE THE FAKE KEEPS IT REAL.

For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate comes a new side-splitting series from comedian and film star Craig Robinson, #1 The New York Times bestselling author Adam Mansbach, and NAACP History Maker recipient and cartoonist Keith Knight.

Jake can barely play an instrument, not even a kazoo. And his art? It’s better suited for Pictionary than Picasso. Which is a real problem because Jake just faked his way into the Music and Art Academy for the gifted and talented (and Jake is pretty sure he is neither). More jokester than composer, Jake will have to think of something quick before the last laugh is on him.

This is a wristbanded event.
A wristband will be issued on a first come, first serve basis to customers who purchase Jake the Fake from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning April 26th at 9am
• Limit 1 wristband per book
• No memorabilia please
• Check Back for more Details as they Become Available

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

CA – Spill Zone Signing

Author Scott Westerfeld discusses and signs Spill Zone, his first graphic novel from First Second Books, at Vroman’s Bookstore on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 PM.

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

CA – Free Comic Book Day 2017 Signing

Abe Lopez, Andy Park, Brianna Garcia, Chynna Clugston-Flores, Drew Edward Johnson, Danny Silva, Richard Garcia, Rön Jöseph, Tom Hodges, Mike Vasquez, and more appear at Comics Toons N’ Toys on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Comics Toons N Toys
13542 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 730-2117

CA – Girling Up Signing

Mayim Bialik signs at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Actress, writer, neuroscientist, and founder of GrokNation.com, Mayim Bialik best known as Amy Farrah Fowler on America’s #1 comedy, The Big Bang Theory, a role for which she has received 4 Emmy nominations and a Critics’ Choice Award. She also starred in the early-1990s sitcom Blossom. GIRLING UP: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular addresses what it means to grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically, and sociologically. Pulling from her own experiences as an actress, scientist, and writer, Mayim discusses navigating everything from first kisses and first periods to rocky friendships, family responsibilities, gender questions, body image issues, and figuring out one’s passion and place in the world.

“GIRLING UP” NEEDS TO BE PURCHASED FROM BARNES & NOBLE AT THE GROVE IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS EVENT

This is a wristbanded event.
A wristband will be issued on a first come, first serve basis beginning May 16th at 9am to customers who purchase “GIRLING UP” from Barnes & Noble at The Grove
• Limit 1 wristband per book
• No memorabilia please
• Check Back for more Details as they Become Available

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

Queer Comics Expo Moves to July 8-9th

Press Release:

Expanding its presence at the SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, the fourth annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) will take place on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 11am to 5pm.

This fourth QCE will expand beyond the Bay Gallery and Classroom space used last year at SOMArts to include its Theater space and Board Room, which allows for additional exhibitors and programming. “Thanks to the Queer Cultural Center’s introduction to SOMArts last year, we were able to strengthen that location partnership and enable the Queer Comics Expo to expand and practically double our capacity from last year,” explained Nina Taylor Kester, the event’s Co-Founder and Program Coordinator at the Cartoon Art Museum.

QCE is proud to be part of the Queer Cultural Center’s annual National Queer Arts Festival for the fourth consecutive year. The expo also serves as a fundraiser for the Cartoon Art Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fostering the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal.

The Queer Comics Expo’s Exhibitor, Programming and Volunteer Application is live at the link…

Advance Tickets are available online here…

This Friday, April 14, 2017, additional teaser announcements will be shared during the 9am webcomics panel at the Queers & Comics Conference to which Taylor Kester is an Advisory Board Member. Additional official announcements will follow in the coming weeks.

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Find Queer Comics Expo updates at QCExpo.tumblr.com, facebook.com/QCExpo and now twitter.com/QCExpo!

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