IL – An Evening with George Takei

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Join George Takei at the Chicago Theatre on Saturday, February 4th at 7:30 PM where he will be interviewed on stage and share behind-the-scenes stories from portraying Star Trek’s original “Mr. Sulu” as well as discuss his career in film, television, and theatre. The evening will also include a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and an audience-led Q&A. Tickets available at the link…

With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But George Takei’s story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII, to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality, George Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture. Currently, Takei hosts the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei’s Take, and is the subject of To Be Takei (2014), a documentary on his life and career. On his own YouTube channel, Takei and his husband Brad bring viewers into their personal life in the “heightened reality”webseries, It Takeis Two.

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The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 462-6300

Chicago Pop Culture Con (November 2017)

Chicago Pop Culture Con

Convention Name
Chicago Pop Culture Con
Convention Website Address
https://chicagopopculturecon.com/
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/25/2017
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/26/2017
About This Convention
Chicago Pop Culture Con is a multi-genre convention of Comics, Toys, Gaming, SCI-FI, Legos, Stars, Anime, Horror Films, TV/MOVIE MEMORABILIA, Steampunk, Autographs, Super Heroes, Anime, Action Figures, Cosplay, Fantasy, Horror, Collectibles, Sports Memorabilia, Non Sports Cards, Vintage Music Memorabilia, Publishers & Artist Convention – but open to anything fan-related!
When and Where
November 25 & 26, 2017 – held at the Pheasant Run Mega Center in St. Charles, IL.
Venue Name and Address
Pheasant Run Mega Center
4051 E. Main St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
150
Projected Attendance
5,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Sports
  • Collectibles
Guests
TBD

Chicago Pop Culture Con 2017

IL – Krazy Signing

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Press Release:

Comix Revolution Evanston and Northwestern professor Bill Savage host New Orleans-based writer Michael Tisserand on Friday, February 3rd at 5:30 PM for a presentation of his new book, Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White — the first full-length biography of cartoonist George Herriman, the creator of Krazy Kat.

Michael’s work has appeared in the Oxford American, The Nation, The Progressive, and on WBEZ-FM Chicago.

The creator of the greatest comic strip in history finally gets his due—in an eye-opening biography that lays bare the truth about his art, his heritage, and his life on America’s color line. A native of nineteenth-century New Orleans, George Herriman came of age as an illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist in the boomtown of Los Angeles and the wild metropolis of New York. Appearing in the biggest newspapers of the early twentieth century—including those owned by William Randolph Hearst—Herriman’s Krazy Kat cartoons quickly propelled him to fame. Although fitfully popular with readers of the period, his work has been widely credited with elevating cartoons from daily amusements to anarchic art.

Herriman used his work to explore the human condition, creating a modernist fantasia that was inspired by the landscapes he discovered in his travels—from chaotic urban life to the Beckett-like desert vistas of the Southwest. Yet underlying his own life—and often emerging from the contours of his very public art—was a very private secret: known as “the Greek” for his swarthy complexion and curly hair, Herriman was actually African American, born to a prominent Creole family that hid its racial identity in the dangerous days of Reconstruction.

Drawing on exhaustive original research into Herriman’s family history, interviews with surviving friends and family, and deep analysis of the artist’s work and surviving written records, Michael Tisserand brings this little-understood figure to vivid life, paying homage to a visionary artist who helped shape modern culture.

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Comix Revolution
606 Davis Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201
(847) 866-8659

IL – Mae Signing

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Writer/artist Gene Ha (Top Ten, JLA, Forty-Niners) appears at Challengers Comics on Saturday, February 4th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM to sign his new Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Mae vol. 1!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Nightwing Rebirth Signing

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Writer Tim Seeley (Suicide Squad, Grayson) appears at Chicago Comics on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM for a signing of the NIGHTWING REBIRTH trade.

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

IL – Challengers Authors Signing

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Writers Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn sign at Challengers Comics on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

Sarah Kuhn is the author of HEROINE COMPLEX (“The Devil Wears Prada with superheroes”) –the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. HEROINE COMPLEX chronicles the adventures of Evie Tanaka, a put-upon personal assistant who is forced to pose as her diva superhero boss and must embrace her own hidden talents in order to protect our world from a demonic invasion. Sarah has also written The Ruby Equation (with artist Sally Jane Thompson) for the Eisner-nominated romance comics anthology Fresh Romance and Barbie comics (with artist Alitha Martinez).

Unofficial Challengers mascot Amber Benson co-wrote and directed the animated web-series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. Her solo novels include the 5-volume DEATH’S DAUGHTER series and 2 (so far) volumes of THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also written, produced, and directed three feature films.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Ellie Ultra Signing

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Author Gina Bellisario appears at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM to sign copies of her children’s book series, ELLIE ULTRA.

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

IL – Ladycastle #1 Launch Party

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Ashley A. Woods, artist of the brand new BOOM! Studios comic LADYCASTLE, appears at Challengers Comics on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. Ashley will be signing for 5 or 6 hours (starting at 2pm) and will be doing commissions!

“When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out-that’s a lot less armor polishing for them to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle…well, the women take umbrage with that. Now the blacksmith’s wife Merinor is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knight Sir Riddick is tasked with teaching the ladies of the castle how to fight, defend, build, and do all manner of noisy things the men had been doing while the women assumed they were just drunk. Novelist Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, As Wicked as She Wants, Wake of Vultures) brings her first original series to comics, and is joined by breakthrough illustrator Ashley A. Woods (Niobe: She Is Life) for a rollicking fantasy adventure featuring women reclaiming their lives on their terms.”

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Curse Words #1 Release Signing

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Artist Ryan Browne (Bedlam, Smoke & Mirrors) appears at Challengers Comics all day on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 for the release of Curse Words #1 from Image Comics.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Voracious: Feeding Time Signing

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Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr appear for a signing of the first issues of Voracious: Feeding Time and Doctor Strange/Punisher at AlleyCat Comics on Wednesday, December 14th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM!

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Alleycat Comics
5304 N. Clark Street Rear, Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 907-3404

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