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

HeroesCon 2015 Announces First Guests

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HeroesCon 2015 takes place June 19-21, 2015! 

HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

2015 Guests include:

KRIS ANKA
KELLY SUE DECONNICK
MATT FRACTION
ERICA HENDERSON
JASON LATOUR
TULA LOTAY
ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
BABS TARR
CHRISTIAN WARD
MARIS WICKS
& MANY MORE!

For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

$40 TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2014 

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER,FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $20: FRI $20: SAT $15: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $15 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY!

NYC – Hellboy & BPRD #1 Signing

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Comic book artist/illustrator Alex Maleev appears at Midtown Comics Downtown for a signing of Hellboy & The BPRD #1 on Friday, December 5th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Hellboy & The BPRD #1 – 12/03/14
Writer: Mike Mignola • Artist: Alex Maleev

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 . . .

-Purchase required to attend event.

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

CA – Art of Big Hero 6 Signing & Panel

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Scott Watanabe, Victoria Ying, Shiyoon Kim, Lorelay Bove, Kevin Nelson, Paul Briggs, and Kendelle Hoyer appear at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday November 15, 2014 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM!

Press Release:

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6 is the story of Hiro Hamada, a brilliant robotics prodigy who must foil a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. This new title in our popular The Art of series, published to coincide with the movie’s U.S. release, features concept art from the film’s creation—including sketches, storyboards, maquette sculpts, colorscripts, and much more—illuminated by quotes and interviews with the film’s creators. Fans will love the behind-the-scenes insights into Disney’s newest action comedy adventure.

Come see rare behind the scenes artwork by artists from the production design, storyboard, and visual development teams.

Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of the new Art of Big Hero 6.

$5 Admission at the door or FREE w/ purchase of the Art of Big Hero 6 book (about 75 seats available, standing room also available).

Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee.

Featured Artists:

Scott Watanabe – Art Director, Environments
Victoria Ying – VisDev, Environments
Shiyoon Kim – Character Designer
Lorelay Bove – VisDev, Characters
Kevin Nelson – VisDev Artist
Paul Briggs – Head of Story
Kendelle Hoyer – Story Artist

Event Schedule:
2:00 – 3:00 pm Panel Presentation
3:00 – 3:30 pm Q&A
4:00 – 5:00 pm Signing

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

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ON – Intersect #1 Launch Party

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Ray Fawkes, Chip Zdarsky, and Jim Zub sign at The Beguiling on Wednesday, November 19th from 6:00 -8:00 PM!

Press Release:

The Beguiling is proud to announce that on Wednesday, November 19th, we will be hosting a signing featuring three great Toronto cartoonists being published by Image Comics, and in celebration of the brand new Intersect #1, written and illustrated by Ray Fawkes! Ray will be on hand for the event, and will be joined by his friends and colleagues Chip Zdarsky, artist of Sex Criminals, and Jim Zub, writer of Wayward and Skullkickers.

This will be an in-store event at The Beguiling, beginning at 6pm and going until roughly 8pm. Treats and giveaways for all those who attend!

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

Wizard World Reports Continued Growth in Third Quarter 2014

Press Release:

Wizard World Reports Continued Growth in Third Quarter 2014

67% Increase from Q3 2013

Wizard World Comic ConEl Segundo, CA, November 5, 2014 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) (the “Company”), a leading provider of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across the world, today announced that the Company has released its third quarter 2014 financial results in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2014 (the “Q3 2014”).

Highlights include:

  • The Company hosted five events in Q3 2014: San Antonio, Chicago, Chicago Socialcon, Richmond, and Nashville, bringing fans together with their favorite celebrities, artists, exhibitors in a pop culture and multimedia experience. In the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Company hosted thirteen events, compared to six events in the comparable period in 2013.

  • Convention revenue for the period ended September 30, 2014 was $6,863,125, an increase of $2,749,944 (or 67%) from $4,113,181 reported in the comparable period in 2013.The significant increase in revenue in 2014 is primarily accredited to better advertised and marketed events including more programming, an exciting list of celebrities and artists, and an increasing fan base, which all translates to higher revenue growth. Convention revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $19,174,263, as compared to $8,808,073 reported in the comparable period in 2013, an increase of $10,339,190 (or 117%) for the nine month period.

  • Operating expenses were $1,712,934 in Q3 2014, as compared to $928,776 for the same period in 2013, which was the result of increases in staffing and employment costs due to the increased number and size of the events. Operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, was $4,936,834, as compared to $2,478,819 reported in the comparable period in 2013.

  • Income from operations was $668,174 in Q3 2014, as compared to $1,096,824 for the comparable period in 2013. The decrease is primarily attributable to the overall increase in operating expenses required to support the increase in conventions and the expansion of operations. Income from operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, was $2,120,218 as compared to $929,250 reported in the comparable period in 2013. The increase is primarily attributable to running more events and more profitable events during the nine months ended September 30, 2014, as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

  • The Company reported a net income of $537,804 or income per share of $0.01 for the three months ended September 30, 2014, as compared to a net loss of $(1,215,115) or loss per share of ($0.03), in the comparable period in 2013. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, was $1,989,548 or income per basic share of $0.04, as compared to a net loss $(3,294,472) or loss per share of $(0.09), reported in the comparable period in 2013. Income in 2014 was primarily generated from convention revenue and stronger profit margin versus the loss in 2013 which was non-cash generated from a loss on the fair value of the Company’s derivative liabilities. By the end of 2013, the Company successfully extinguished all derivative instruments.

As of September 30, 2014, the Company had working capital of $4,464,681 and as of November 4, 2014, there were 51,341,524 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.

We are already exceeding several of our milestones, including financial goals, geographic expansion, and increased fan base and attendances,” commented John Macaluso, CEO of Wizard World, Inc. “We will strive to continue to deliver the ultimate fan experience and drive revenues to build shareholder value.”

The Company will complete its 2014 tour in Tulsa this weekend, November 7-9, 2014, and in Reno on November 21-23, 2014. The Company has 24 cities in its 2015 nationwide tour (subject to change). To find a Wizard World Comic Con in a city near you, please go to: http://www.wizardworld.com/.

The Company encourages shareholders to not rely on this press release and to refer to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for full disclosure relating to the third quarter financial report, filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on November 5, 2014, which can be found at www.sec.gov.

About Wizard World, Inc.

Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) is a leading provider of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across the world that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, celebrities, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

For more information and full event schedule, visit: www.wizardworld.com.

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