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Writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher appear at The Beguiling on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 from 6:oo till 8:00 PM for celebrate the first issue of MOTOR CRUSH from Image Comics.

Press Release:

The Beguiling is thrilled to welcome a special in-store signing featuring Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart, 2/3rds of the team for the brand new Image Comics series MOTOR CRUSH! You may remember Brenden, Cameron, and artist Babs Tarr from their work on the acclaimed BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE relaunch for DC 52? Well they’re doing their own thing now and it’s going to be an amazing book, and we’re lucky enough to have Cameron and Brenden in-store on release day to sign the first issue!

The Beguiling will have a BUNCH of copies on hand of Motor Crush #1 for the signing, and Brenden and Cameron might just be bringing a special few items as well! Of course we’ll also have a selection of previous work by the team available for purchase too, like Batgirl, Gotham Academy, Fight Club 2, and more! Cameron and Brenden will be signing on the second floor of the shop.

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

South Shore Comic Con Debuts This Weekend

Press Release:

South Shore Art Center presents the first South Shore Comic Con on Saturday December 3rd from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM with over twenty comic artists who will be at tables, signing and selling their zines, original art, and talking about the craft of comic book storytelling. Panels and workshops will be in the art Studios throughout the day. The event was initiated by the Art Center’s cartoon instructor Tak Toyoshima, who discovered many of his students had never set foot in a comic book store. Tak is the artist behind the syndicated daily cartoon Secret Asian Man, and is a Hanover resident and his day job is the Creative Director for Rustic Marlin.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. The first 20 kids get a free South Shore Comic Con tee shirt thanks to Goodwin Graphics, the perfect item to get autographed by artists at the show.

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  • Barrington Edwards and Cagan Luse
  • Jesse Lonergan
  • Dan Mazur, The Boston Comics Roundtable
  • John Carvajal and Brittney Sargent
  • Tony Sedani
  • Jimmy Curtis and Joe Daxberger
  • Brian Connolly
  • Mike Doherty
  • Kat Klockow
  • Brendan Tobin
  • Patt Kelley
  • Joey Peters
  • Jerel Dye and Jesse Lonergan
  • Jon Dorn
  • E. J. Barnes
  • Kyri Lorenz and Daniel Welch
  • Frankie B Washington
  • Jessica L Metcalf and Joshua Falkenburg, Books By Bella

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Workshops & Panels In the Studios

11am to noon (Workshop)

Drawing from Reality for Fantasy

Barrington Edwards

Studio tips and techniques as well as hands on workshop drawing models, sculptures, and objects and how to use them to shape a more fantastical comics world.

 

noon to 12:30pm (Panel)

The Boston Comics Roundtable

Dan Mazur, E.J. Barnes, John Carvajal, Jesse Lonergan, Jerel Dye

Discussion on the importance of community and collaboration.

 

2pm to 3pm (Workshop)

Intro to Manga Drawing!

Kat Klockaw

Fun hands on drawing lesson on the basics of one of the most popular comic styles in the world: Japanese manga.

 

3pm to 3:30pm (Demo)

How to Make Comics … Not Just Draw Them

Kyri Lorenz and Mike Doherty. Demo on how to expand your comics beyond the traditional stapled together booklet.

 

South Shore Art Center
119 Ripley Rd, Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025
(781) 383-2787

Stan Lee & Joe Sinnott Receive Military Honors at RICC 2016

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Press Release:

United States Military Honors Comic Book Legends Stan Lee And Joe Sinnott At Rhode Island Comic Con

Providence, Rhode Island – On Veterans Day, representatives of the United States Army and Navy, along with chapters of the American Legion, the Marine Corps League, and Texas State Guard, surprised comic book icons Stan Lee and Joe Sinnott with military accolades.

Awards of appreciation and recognition were presented to Mr. Lee, 93, who served as a Sergeant in the US Army Signal Corps during World War II, at his VIP panel Friday night. Army Captain James R. Whitney, Navy Chief Petty Officer Kurt Anderson, their respective staffs and several former US Service members, imparted the honors.

Army Staff Sergeant Joshua Mitchell tendered an American flag to Mr. Lee at the request of Major General Anthony C. Funkhouser. The flag was flown in his honor on the occasion of Veterans Day “for his faithful service to our Nation as a United States Soldier during World War II.” MG Funkhouser is the Commanding General, Center for Initial Military Training, US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, VA.

“Next to my marriage and the birth of my daughter. This is the most sensational moment in my life. I will never forget this…” Stated a very emotional Mr. Lee, “It is such an honor which I’m sure I don’t deserve.”

000_ricc-sinnott-tucciMr. Sinnott’s awards were handed out at a dinner attended by his family, friends and fans later on that evening. His flag was presented on behalf of MG Funkhouser who bestowed the title of “SEABEE For Life” to the sailor, 90.

After his older brother Sgt. Jack Sinnott, was tragically killed in action in France, Mr. Sinnott joined the US Navy Seabees shortly after his 18th birthday. He served in the bloody World War II Battle of Okinawa rising to the rank of Machinist Mate 3rd Class.

As restaurant patrons applauded with a standing ovation, the legendary artist who created thousands of comics for over sixty years, humbly confessed, “I’m speechless, I really am. This is just unbelievable. One of the greatest honors I’ve ever had. Thank You!”

In addition to the flags, certificates, challenge coins, plaques and “swagger sticks” of appreciation were also awarded to both veterans. “They got me mixed up with someone else” Mr. Lee said in disbelief. “But I can’t thank you enough and I will never forget this moment… We have the greatest military in the whole world.”

As uniformed service members past and present presented arms to a saluting Mr. Lee, he exclaimed to the teary-eyed audience, “If someone isn’t filming this, I’ll never talk to you again!”

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HI – Usagi Yojimbo Signing

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Award-winning cartoonist Stan Sakai, creator of the Eisner-winning graphic novel series Usagi Yojimbo, appears at Other Realms Ltd. on Saturday December 10, 2016 from noon till 2:00 PM!

Sakai has received five Eisner awards for Usagi Yojimbo, first published in 1984 and still continuing today. In addition, Sakai has received the 2014 Inkwell Award, 2007 Harvey Award, 2002 National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Division Awards, and the Cultural Ambassador Award from the Japanese American Museum, among many others. Sakai has also worked on projects including Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #7, Star Wars, and Marvel’s Strange Tales. He is also an award-winning letterer for his work on the Spider-Man comic strip and Sergio Aragones’ Groo the Wanderer.

Other Realms Ltd.
1130 N Nimitz Hwy, Ste C-140, Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 596-8236

NV – Jim Lee Signing

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Comics superstar Jim Lee appears at Torpedo Comics’ grand opening on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Please note the guidelines below:

Two free signatures per person. (Strictly limited)
Please Inquire for pricing on additional signatures per person.

$500 Gold VIP (Limited to 25 members) membership includes:

– Exclusive Meet & Greet lunch with Jim Lee.
– 20 Jim Lee signatures, plus one of four additional Torpedo-exclusive prints, also signed by Jim Lee.
– 15% off New Comics, Trade Paperbacks and Modern Age (1980’s-Current) Back Issues.
– 10% off High-Grade Silver & Bronze Age Back Issues.
– 10% off all pre-ordered Statues & Toys.
– 5% off CGC & CBCS-Graded Comics.

$100 VIP membership includes:

– 5 Jim Lee signatures.
– 10% off New Comics, Trade Paperbacks and Modern Age (1980’s-Current) Back Issues.

All Torpedo Comics Gold VIP and VIP annual memberships receive Front-of-the-Line privileges at all in-store signings and special events.

Jim Lee will not be drawing on any blank sketch covers during the event. Signatures on blank sketch covers are okay.

Pre-done 2” remarques may be available, but not guaranteed. Final price, To Be Determined. Gold VIP and then VIP members will be given priority to buy remarques.

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Torpedo Comics
8775 S. Lindell Road #150, Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 444-4432

Steel City Con Provides a Major The Walking Dead Guest Update

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JUST CONFIRMED:
MICHAEL WILL BE ATTENDING ALL 3 DAYS!

3 DAY PASSES SOLD-OUT!
SINGLE DAY DISCOUNT TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!

The Steel City Comic Con is very pleased to announce that Michael Cudlitz will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con. Michael is known for portraying John Cooper on the TNT drama series Southland, Sergeant Denver “Bull” Randleman on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, and Sergeant Abraham Ford on the AMC horror series The Walking Dead.

Ticket availability at www.steelcitycon.com

Michael Cudlitz will be available for signings and professional photo ops. Don’t miss this rare opportunity.

Hasbro Announces HasCon 2017

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Press Release:

HASBRO announced it is creating the first-ever HASCON fan and family convention in September 2017. The massive event, which will be held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017, will treat attendees to three unforgettable days featuring a celebration of Hasbro’s powerful characters and stories, including live interactive experiences, exclusive products, talent appearances, panels and much more.

From bringing the first action figure to life with G.I. JOE, to creating a world where robots are truly ‘more than meets the eye’ with TRANSFORMERS, Hasbro’s brands have always overflowed with rich stories and dynamic, multi-faceted characters, providing an incredible platform to capture the imaginations of fans of all ages. The premiere HASCON event will bring the magic of decades of storytelling under one roof for the ultimate, immersive Hasbro fan and family experience. Hasbro’s top properties, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE and many others will be reimagined through dynamic stage performances and unique opportunities for fans to engage with their favorite characters. In addition to interactive experiences designed to offer attendees a glimpse into Hasbro’s imaginative storytelling in action, visitors will have the chance to see first-look previews of Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series, attend panels and meet-and-greets with celebrities and creative talent associated with Hasbro brands, take part in Hasbro Gaming competitions and purchase special limited-edition Hasbro products.

“Hasbro is home to many of the world’s most recognizable brands, each of them with their own group of passionate and engaged fans,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands. “HASCON will deliver an extraordinary peek behind the curtain of our brands, storytelling, and iconic characters while giving us the opportunity to invite fans and families to our hometown for the most memorable, unified Hasbro experience ever.”

For all of the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit hascon.hasbro.com

ToyConNJ 6 Takes Place This November 2016

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Steel City Con Adds Dana DeLorenzo and Jill Marie Jones from Ash Vs Evil Dead

Via Steel City Con:

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DANA DeLORENZO – JUST ANNOUNCED!

The Steel City Comic Con is very pleased to announce that actress and former radio personality and producer, Dana DeLorenzo will be attending the upcoming show! She currently stars as Kelly Maxwell in Ash vs Evil Dead. Dana will be joining Ray Santiago and Jill Marie Jones for an amazing reunion of 3 main cast members of Ash vs, Evil Dead TV series!

ticket availability at www.steelcitycon.com

Dana DeLorenzo will be available for signings and professional photo ops. Don’t miss this rare opportunity.

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JILL MARIE JONES – JUST ANNOUNCED!

The Steel City Comic Con is pleased to announce that Jill Marie Jones will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con!
Jones is best known for her role as Antoinette “Toni” Childs-Garrett on the UPN comedy series, Girlfriends (2000-2006). Jones later has appeared in a number of films, and had the recurring role as Cynthia Irving on the Fox supernatural series, Sleepy Hollow. From 2015 to 2016, she starred as Amanda Fisher in the Starz horror-comedy series, Ash vs Evil Dead.

ticket availability at www.steelcitycon.com

Jill Marie Jones will be available for signings and professional photo ops. Don’t miss this rare opportunity.

 

DragonCon 2016 Con Report!

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Overheard on an Atlanta street corner:

 

“Look at that person with blue hair.”

“Over there?”

“No, over there.”

“Oh, I see.”

“Cool, isn’t it?”

“Yeah. What other place can you say, ‘No, the other person with blue hair.”

The “place,” of course, was DragonCon. September 2-5. I have been for the last six years, but this year was special: the 30th anniversary. It started in two downtown hotels, Hyatt and Marriott. The Hilton was added later, then the Sheraton and Westin. When five hotels were not enough space, the vendors were moved into the AmericasMart, a four-building, seven-million-square-foot trade show monolith. This year, AmericasMart became the new home of two other DragonCon mainstays, tabletop gaming (formerly in the Hilton) and Comic and Pop Artist Alley (neé the Hyatt)—evidence that DragonCon, despite its venerability, is still figuring things out. Perhaps that is how it became venerable: refusing to be complacent.

And more growth is on the way. Some programming was held on Thursday this year, and according to media director Dan Carroll, we will see Thursday “full-time real soon.” My colleague Michaela McPherson has written about shifts in the Saturday morning parade. This was the inaugural year for the Dragon Awards, a fan-driven awards program to “recognize the creators of science fiction and fantasy in books, comic books, games and filmed entertainment,” according to a press release. (Awards results are located here.) Attendance grew this year as it does every year, with over 77,000 showing up–and, in some cases, suiting up–for the weekend. These attendees walked (Walk to End Lupus Now), gave blood (about 6,000 units), raised money ($98,000 for the Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency through auctions, karaoke, a lip-synch battle, and other events), and enjoyed the 400+ actors, artists, writers, and other guests who formed the convention’s foundation.

I was excited about one guest I had never seen at DragonCon, or any convention: Christopher Paolini, author of the four-volume Inheritance Cycle. Paolini wrote the first volume, Eragon, the story of a farm boy who protects a dragon egg from an evil king, when he was a teenager. His parents self-published the book, and for a year, Paolini promoted it himself at libraries, book shows, and other events. In 2002, the book came to the attention of the publisher Alfred A. Knopf, which re-released the book a year later. This led to three other books, the last one appearing in 2011.

On Friday night, Paolini was one of several panelists for a discussion of self-publishing. The other panelists were freelance writer/editor Jaym Gates, editor Dayna Linton, Baen Books publisher Toni Weisskopf, writer Chris Kennedy, and Todd McCaffrey, son of Anne McCaffrey and custodian of her Pern universe, to which he has contributed several volumes. Some highlights from the panel:

  • McCaffrey: The biggest mistake in self-publishing is to “think you can do everything yourself.”
  • Eragon was a family project. Paolini’s father, who had press experience, designed the book. Paolini drew the cover and the maps. They borrowed money to finance the printing (the first 50 copies were cut wrong). He dressed in medieval costume and made presentations to schools, libraries, and bookstores. Sold maybe 15 books at a time. Two chain bookstores rejected him, saying the novel was “not commercially viable.”
  • Gates: “Readers and writers have different ideas of what works.” This led to a vigorous discussion of the value of editing. It’s the biggest difference between professional publishing and self-publishing (a view echoed by this Slate article). Writers know their own story, but editors are storehouses of stories. They understand the market, and what will appeal to readers. Thus, they can guide the author, helping to bring out his/her voice. As Gates said, “it is the editor’s job to help the writer say what he/she wants to say in the best way.”
  • Paolini was skeptical of the wisdom of a beginning writer paying for editorial services, but the other panelists–I won’t say they shouted him down, but they were unified in saying that it would be money well spent. Paolini did agree on the worth of an editor, saying an editor “can fix bad writing. They can’t fix a bad story.” Bottom line: the author has a job, and the editor has a job. Good books result when each person does their job.
  • McCaffrey talked about “hybrid authors”–authors who write for traditional publishers and do some self-publishing. Here is a good discussion of this type of writer. The panel agreed that the hybrid approach is the best, blending the advantages of self-publishing (speed; flexibility; more profit per sale) with the comfort of traditional publishing (editorial, design, and marketing services; bulk sales; multi-book deals; advances against royalties). More authors are taking this approach, which is new in the history of publishing. According to Weisskopf, the “received wisdom” used to be that, if you self-publish, you’ve “tainted the waters and will never get a traditional contract.” The panel agreed that this is no longer the case.
  • On traditional contracts: beware the predators. Gates brought up two blog posts by John Scalzi (here and here), who has always been an advocate of authorial self-interest, about Hydra, an imprint of Random House with shockingly bad contract terms. The panel’s message: don’t be so desperate to publish that you’ll sign anything.

All the growth in DragonCon has brought some irritation. At 2:30 on Friday afternoon, the vendor room in the AmericasMart reached capacity and was shut down. I have never experienced that at a convention (I read about it happening a couple of years ago at the Rhode Island Comic-Con). The room was open an hour or so later, I think–I didn’t wait around to find out–so it wasn’t a disastrous inconvenience. But I did find myself wondering, is there no building in Atlanta large enough to handle DragonCon?

The lines in the hotels were certainly longer than ever. I waited nearly two hours to buy Saturday-only badges for members of my party. (It is useless to buy these in advance because DragonCon mails you a card that you have to redeem on-site for a badge.) There may be no space to do this, but I would love to see registration expanded. Or split into two buildings. Why do one-day badges have to be claimed on site? Why can’t they be mailed? One thing is for sure: a single ballroom in the basement of the Sheraton is inadequate for the thousands upon thousands of people who opt for one-day badges.

DragonCon is a study in lines. Walking around the sidewalks, you’ll often see a line with no discernible beginning snaking into an unmarked side door. It’s like a speakeasy line. If you ask someone what they’re waiting for, they respond without confusion, but what if they’re wrong? What if the real purpose of the queue has been miscommunicated all the way down, so that someone who thinks they’re waiting for William Shatner’s photo op is actually in line for the blood bank?

It isn’t that hard to form a line, after all. My wife and I did it for Chris Paolini’s Sunday autograph session, which was scheduled for 2:30. Jim Butcher had started signing in the same room at 1:00. His line was capped at 1:30, and we knew that people looking for Paolini would start showing up soon. So we stood a few feet behind the last person for Jim Butcher and declared it the Start of the Line. Within minutes, a hundred people were standing behind us, and when a DragonCon staffer came along and legitimized us, I felt like Saul Alinsky.

If you have never been to DragonCon, you need to go. It is not the largest convention in the U.S., but it is unique, being spread across five Atlanta hotels. I have often wondered why it doesn’t move to the Georgia International Convention Center or the Georgia World Congress Center. It may need to, especially when attendance reaches 100,000, as I believe it will. But I hope DragonCon doesn’t move. I love the atmosphere of hotel-based conventions. There are other hotels in downtown Atlanta, and maybe DragonCon will incorporate those. Whatever happens, I look forward to many more years of attending this convention, which was my first and will always be one of the best.

 

So THIS is the horse of a different color I've heard tell of.

So THIS is the horse of a different color I’ve heard tell of.

The official store is the place to get your swag on.

The official store is the place to get your swag on.

No, Storm Shadow isn't wearing a hat. Some pirate photo bombed us.

No, Storm Shadow isn’t wearing a hat. Some pirate photo bombed us.

Pikachu takes some pictures with fans.

Pikachu takes some pictures with fans.

Recognize the guy in the middle? Here's a hint: it rhymes with Bash Jordan.

Recognize the guy in the middle? Here’s a hint: it rhymes with Bash Jordan.

Christopher Paolini pauses for a pic during his (only!) book signing of the weekend.

Christopher Paolini pauses for a pic during his (only!) book signing of the weekend.

I want a suit like that, but my wife probably wouldn't let me wear it.

I want a suit like that, but my wife probably wouldn’t let me wear it.

The dealer room was closed on Friday afternoon due to overcrowding. I can't imagine why.

The dealer room was closed on Friday afternoon due to overcrowding. I can’t imagine why.

Peter, meet Victor. Victor, Peter.

Peter, meet Victor. Victor, Peter.

This guy had been to 44 Weird Al concerts in 2016, with plans to attend several more. Check him out on Facebook at Mandatory Fun Al.

This guy had been to 44 Weird Al concerts in 2016, with plans to attend several more. Check him out on Facebook at Mandatory Fun Al.

Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia . . . or a George R.R. Martin autograph, whichever.

Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia . . . or a George R.R. Martin autograph, whichever.

This cosplay (yes, a person is inside) was made using 318 ballons!

This cosplay (yes, a person is inside) was made using 318 ballons!

Ran into this couple at the convention. They're crazy for each other.

Ran into this couple at the convention. They’re crazy for each other.

DragonCon is a place to spare no expense.

DragonCon is a place to spare no expense.

Mr. Roper doesn't know how good he has it.

Mr. Roper doesn’t know how good he has it.

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