IL – The Protectors Signing

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Chicago Bear Israel Idonije appears at Chicago Comics, along with comic legends Ron Marz and Bart Sears, to promote the release of their new comic “The Protectors” at Chicago Comics on Wednesday April 23rd, from 6:00 till 7:30 PM!!

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Chicago Comics
3244 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 528-1983

Anime Midwest 2014 Announces Akinori Isobe and Masumi Kano

April 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Anime, Convention News, Illinois

Press Release:

ANIME MIDWEST ANNOUNCES AKINORI ISOBE AND MASUMI KANO

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Rosemont, Illinois – April 2, 2014 – President of Baby The Stars Shine Bright Akinori Isobe and designer Masumi Kano will be coming to Chicago in July for Anime Midwest. Anime Midwest is a Chicago anime and Japanese culture convention happening July 4-6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

Established in 1988, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright is a lolita fashion clothing brand founded by Akinori and Fumiyo Isobe in Tokyo, Japan. The sister brand, Alice and the Pirates, was created in 2004. Currently, BABY, the Stars Shine Bright boasts 28 shops across Japan, with flagship stores in both Paris and San Francisco. Akinori Isobe is current President of Baby The Stars Shine Bright.

Masumi Kano graduated from Bunka Women’s University and after graduation she started working for Baby The Stars Shine Bright as a designer.

Anime Midwest and BABY are hosting a Lolita Tea Party, with tickets scheduled to go on sale on April 5th.

The convention will also feature a BABY The Stars Shine Bright fashion show. Model applications, etc, will be available online soon at http://animemidwest.com/baby

More about the anime convention’s guests at http://animemidwest.com/guests

Almost 10,000 anime fans will come to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare from July 4-6, 2014 to take part in cosplay, concerts, gaming tournaments, formal dances, and more. Anime fans can make new friends, meet voice actors, and have a lot of fun. The convention also provides a ConSweet full of free soda and ramen. Pre-registration is encouraged, and can be found at animemidwest.com

IL – Red Team Signing

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Craig Cermak II, artist of Garth Ennis’s RED TEAM, appears at Challengers Comics from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 7th to sign copies of the first RED TEAM collection. Here’s your chance to meet one of Dynamite Entertainment’s best artists!

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Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe Coming to Con+Alt+Delete 2014

April 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Anime, Convention News, Illinois

Press Release:

Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe coming to Con+Alt+Delete

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Rosemont, Illinois - Famed and beloved anime director Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe will be coming to Con+Alt+Delete 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O’hare.

Shinichi Watanabe (aka “Nabeshin”) is known to anime fans as a larger-than-life, iconic figure with an outrageous sense of humor. He directed the comedy anime series Excel Saga, Nerima Daikon Brothers, and Puni Puni Poemy, which feature frenetic pacing and appearances by his animated alter ego, a mysterious, recurring character with an afro and distinctive outfit who is tangential to the story. Nabeshin has also served as series director for The Wallflower and Tenchi Muyo! GXP, and he can be found in these series as well, in cameo or supporting roles.

Nabeshin has been quoted as saying that he places great importance in making viewers laugh. Stating that he values laughter as much as tears, his preference is to motivate viewers to have fun and enjoy a show. He reasons that his success stems from provoking the same, strong emotional investment—in a humorous way—as a traditional, sentimental story does.

Nabeshin has also written lyrics for the opening songs of Excel Saga and Tenchi Muyo! GXP, and has served as storyboarder and episode director for a variety of other anime series. Nabeshin will be doing numerous panels at the convention, including “Friday Night in Tokyo (18+)”, “Q&A with Nabeshin’s Afro,” and more! For more, visit http://conaltdelete.com/guests.

About Con+Alt+Delete

Con+Alt+Delete is an annual anime convention in Chicago, Illinois! C+A+D this year is happening December 19-21, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O’hare. Fans can join hundreds of other anime fans in events filled with cosplay, and fun. Join us if you love Hetalia, Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh, Lolita Fashion, Homestuck, My Little Pony, sci-fi, or video games. We encourage you to attend in your favorite cosplay costume and join us in celebrating everything that nerds and geeks enjoy. For more info, visit http://conaltdelete.com/

IL – Titans of Talent Signing

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Christopher Daniels and Art Baltazar appear at Challengers Comics on Wednesday April 23rd from 5:00 till 7:00 pm to sign their new comic ”Christopher Daniels and Kazarian Wrestling Aw Yeah Comics!”

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Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

IL – So You Wanna Be a Comic Book Artist?

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Artist Gene Ha appears at the Oak Park Library to talk drawing, comics and making a living doing it on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Learn how to draw anything and get answers to your questions about working for DC Comics, self-publishing and more. For kids in 4th grade and up.

Contact:
childrens@oppl.org
708.452.3420

Oak Park Library
834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301
708.383.8200

IL – Star Wars Day 2014 Signing

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Press Release:

May the Fourth Be With You. As if Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 3rd. Join us as we celebrate one of our favorite facets of pop culture. As a very special treat, we are happy to welcome artist/writer/Kung Fu master Jeffrey Brown (Vader & Son, Vader’s Little Princess, and more!) from noon to 4:00 pm. We will have plenty of his work available. Stay tuned for more details. Jeffrey may not actually know Kung Fu.

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Aw Yeah Comics 
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-423-2916

Valiant to Erect World’s Largest Freestanding Goat for World Record Title at C2E2 2014

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Press Release:

VALIANT to Erect WORLD’S LARGEST FREESTANDING GOAT for World Record Title at C2E2 2014!

This April, get ready to see Quantum and Woody‘s world famous sidekick, Vincent Van Goat, like you’ve never seen him before – 45 feet tall and straddling the entrance to Chicago’s McCormick Place!

Valiant is proud to announce that it has partnered with ReedPOP to attempt a new world record on site at C2E2 2014 – Chicago’s premier comics and pop culture convention – to claim the title of “world’s largest freestanding goat” just as the convention opens it doors to the public on April 25th, 2014.

“The Goat has been the MVP of Quantum and Woody – and maybe all of Valiant – when it comes to piquing interest and curiosity in new readers,” said James Asmus, writer of Quantum and Woody. “I have no doubt that having to enter the convention by walking beneath the realistic under-side of a giant goat will have lots of new comic fans asking ‘What the [expletive of choice] is this about?‘”

“For whatever reason, the fans just can’t get enough Goat. We finally gave in and gave them the Goat #0 origin issue, but that just made it worse. We’ve got dozens of people showing up to our offices each day. They’re getting tattoos. They’re legally changing their names to ‘Vincent Van Goat,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce.

“We’re mystified, but we figured, hey, bigger is better right? Hence, the world’s largest freestanding goat was born. Or, rather, will be built. At minimal risk to the surrounding populace. We hope,” added Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

“Valiant is doing what?” said Jennifer Martin, Sales Executive for ReedPOP. “Not only do they not have permission to build whatever this thing is, it sounds incredibly reckless. This is ill-advised on multiple levels, not to mention unsafe.”

Under the strict observation of Valiant interns, the volunteer G.O.A.T. squad (the Giant Organizational Assembly Team) will begin work today on the 45 foot tall by 25 foot wide effigy dedicated to the greatness of the world’s worst superhero team and their square-pupiled partner-in-crime. A standard size representation of Quantum and Woody, with accompanying banana, will also be provided for scale.

But Quantum and Woody fans rejoice – Valiant isn’t stopping there! Not only will the sculpture qualify as the largest goat ever erected in the history of human civilization, but it will also double as a fully functioning piñata to be stuffed with comics, candy, fireworks…and even smaller goat piñatas.

To be constructed with materials including discount-quality chicken wire, pipefittings, and kerosene-soaked human hair, Valiant’s project managers expect the project to be completed in just under three weeks with a minimal loss of human life. The record-setting goat will be displayed for all three days of C2E2, culminating with Sunday’s “Valiant First Piñata Party,” during which attending fans will be equipped with official Goat bludgeoning rods. The first fan to successfully penetrate the artificial beast’s incredibly flammable hide and unearth the goodies inside will be offered up in tribute to the gods of retailer ordering practices.

Parking is expected to be difficult. In the event of lightning, maintain a minimum safe distance and shelter in place.

Reading the complete text of this announcement qualifies as a legal waiver for any and all immediate and/or longterm bodily harm and/or property damage that may result from contact with said sculpture. Enjoy the show!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

IL – In the Dark Signing

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Tim Seeley, James Tynion IV, Justin Jordan, Rachel Deering, Steve Seeley, and more to be announced appear at Challengers Comics on Thursday April 24th at 7:00 pm to celebrate both the release of IDW’s IN THE DARK Horror Anthology AND C2E2 2014!

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Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

IL – Lumberjanes #1 Signing

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Noelle Stevenson, the creator of the webcomic NIMONA, appears at Challengers from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 12th to sign copies of the first issue of her new Boom Box! series (created with Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen): LUMBERJANES!

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Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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