IL – Gotham By Midnight #1 Signing

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Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse) appears at Alleycat Comics on Wednesday, November 26th from 5:00 pm until 8:00pm to sign the first issue of GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT!

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

UK – Sean Phillips Art Show

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Artist Sean Phillips appears at Orbital Comics for a very special signing on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. It will then lead into a private view of his new exhibition in the Orbital Gallery from 7pm, featuring a selection of pages from FATALE, CRIMINAL, HELLBLAZER, SLEEPER, VOID, and more.

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Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

ME – Cafe Racer Signing

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Artist Sean Murphy (The Wake, Punk Rock Jesus, Interstellar) appears with writer Katana Collins and artist Clay McCormack at Casablanca Comics on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm for a special signing of CAFE RACER!

About the book:

As a toddler, Orchid and her father barely escaped Japan during the Doolittle Raid of WWII. Years later, Orchid is still an outcast as she speeds her way into London’s Cafe Racer motorcycle society. Defying both racial and sexist stereotypes, the half-Japanese teenager is unbeatable in a race–much to the disappointment of her father, who forbids her from riding his mysterious motorcycle. After discovering friendship in the most unexpected places, she soon uncovers the truth of the bike, along with its connection to the disappearance of her mother in pre-war Japan.

Cafe Racer is a story told through seven vignettes, also including extra features such as pencils, concept art, and other behind the scenes artwork.

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Casablanca Comics
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 780-1676

IL – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1 Signing

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Writer Michael Moreci and artist Christopher Mitten appear at Defiant Comics on Wednesday, November 26th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm to sign DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES from Boom! Studios!

Bridging the 10-year gap between the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES films, fans will bear witness to the fall of humanity and the rise of Caesar’s civilization. While the apes of the world have yet to advance as a species, Caesar must find a way to unify them to one cause. On the other side of the country, Malcom must venture into the decaying Americas with his family to find a cure for the plague slowly killing his wife, Rita. World powers will shift as civilizations collapse and rise.

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Defiant Comics
7234 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-3339

NYC – Saga Signing

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Writer Brian K. Vaughan (Ex Machina, Y: The Last Man) appears at Midtown Comics Downtown on Thursday, December 18th at 6:30 PM for a signing of Saga Vol 4 TP and Saga Deluxe Vol 1 HC. 

At long last, a deluxe hardcover of the Eisner and Hugo Award-winning SAGA is finally here! Collecting the first 18 issues of the smash-hit series, this massive edition features a striking new cover, as well as special extras, including never-before-seen sketches, script pages, and a roundtable discussion with the creators about how SAGA is really made. Altogether, this hardcover contains over 500 pages for less than fifty bucks!

-In-store purchase of either Saga Vol 4 TP or Saga Deluxe Vol 1 HC required to attend event. You will receive a proof of purchase ticket that will admit one to the signing.

-Note, purchase ticket will not guarantee a signed item, but will work as a claim ticket showing proof of purchase. You will receive a separate ticket once you are in line at the event. 

-Limit of two items signed per person.

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038

CA – Hellboy & the BPRD #1 Signing

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Mike Mignola makes his debut appearance at THE COMIC BUG CULVER CITY on Wednesday, December 10th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm to sign copies of HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. #1!

Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, gorgeously illustrated by Alex Maleev with lush colors by Dave Stewart, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. follows Hellboy’s early adventures with the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense in the 50′s.

A bizarre series of murders and rumors of something worse lead Professor Bruttenholm to send a young Hellboy to a Brazilian village on his first mission. Hellboy and a small group of agents uncover something terrible in the shadows of a sixteenth-century Portuguese fortress . . .

Swing by and meet the creator of all that is HELLBOY and celebrate this exciting new chapter in Hellboy History!

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The Comic Bug
4267 Overland Ave. Culver City, CA 90230

ON – Bitch Planet Launch Party

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Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Valentine De Landro appear at The Silver Snail on Wednesday, December 10th at 7:00 pm to celebrate the launch of BITCH PLANET from Image Comics!

About the comic:

2014 Best Writer Eisner Award nominee KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) and VALENTINE DE LANDRO (X-Factor) team up for the very third time to bring you the premiere issue of BITCH PLANET, their highly-anticipated women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation riff. Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds.

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The Silver Snail
329 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1R7
416-593-0889

ON – Spider-Man Unlimited Signing

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Fred Van Lente appears at The Beguiling on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 PM!

Press Release:

The Beguiling and Gameloft are happy to welcome Fred Van Lente, Marvel Comics, and Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited Game Writer, to the shop for a special event! Van Lente will be on hand to sign copies of his books from 4pm-6pm! As a special bonus, the folks from game studio Gameloft will have demo units of the Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited game available to try, which, not-at-all-coincidentally, Fred Van Lente wrote the script for! It’s gonna be a unique event for us, and we’re looking forward to it!

About the author:
Fred Van Lente is the author the Marvel Comics titles Marvel Zombies 3 (and on), Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Power Man and Iron Fist, and much more. His current series include Archer & Armstrong for Valiant, and Howtoons for Image. He has also created the historical comics series’ Action Philosophers and Comic Book Comics, both self-published.

The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
416-533-9168

CA – TMNToys for Tots

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Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,  to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday December 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv! Joining them will be several TMNT alumni including Townsend Coleman, Renae Jacobs, Barry Gordon, Judith Hoag, and more! PLEASE bring an unwrapped TMNT toy for a Tot and Kevin and the rest of the TMNT-ers will sign autographs and take pictures!

Get tickets at the link!

Press Release:

The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!

About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”

The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.

Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.

“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.

“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”

Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.

Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.

As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.

Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Spooky Empire announces new show in May with Halloween Extreme

Hot off the success of the Ultimate horror Weekend, Spooky Empire announces a new show teaming with Halloween Extreme to run May 15-17.

Spooky Empire and Halloween Extreme

For more info visit Spooky Empire at www.spookyempire.com and Halloween Extreme at www.halloweenextreme.com

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