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  • IN – Saga Signing

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    Superstar writer Brian K. Vaughan, co-creator of Saga, Ex Machina, Runaways, and Y: The Last Man, appears at Aw Yeah Comics for a signing on Saturday April 11, 2015 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM! In addition to his work in comics Vaughan has written for television programs including Lost and Under the Dome.

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    Aw Yeah Comics
    111 E. Adams Street, Muncie, IN 47305
    765-282-5297

    OH – Bone Signing

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    Cartoonist Jeff Smith, creator of Bone, RASL, and Tuki Saves the Humans, appears at Laughing Ogre Comics on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm! They will celebrate Bone’s 10th anniversary with Graphix! The store will be well stocked on all of Smith’s titles but feel free to bring in any of your own Jeff Smith books to be signed.

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    Laughing Ogre Comics
    4258 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43214
    (614) 267-6473

    Avatar/Korra Exhibit Draws Record-Breaking Crowd

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    Last Saturday night Gallery Nucleus opened a tribute exhibition of art to the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spinoff The Legend of Korra. Hundreds of fans, many of whom cosplaying their favorite characters, waited for hours in eager anticipation with lines ultimately stretching around the building and down the block. Co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino were on hand to sign autographs for a limited number of attendees. The artwork on display included both early development art and original pieces created by Avatar/Korra production artists and fans selected for inclusion.

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    Co-creator Mike DiMartino with the sold out Korrasami print

    Nucleus owner Ben Zhu, a self-avowed fan of Korra, said he got in touch with Nickelodeon around the middle of the third season to start planning the art show. “Little did we know that we would be the main event post show and no other fans events were in the works,” said Zhu in an email, “So in that sense, we got lucky.” Avatar/Korra co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dimartino remarked that they already knew of Nucleus’s reputation when they were approached because of the animation exhibitions it had hosted in the past. “It worked out nicely,” said Konietzko, “Lots of the crew from both shows are here so it’s kind of a family reunion.”

    When asked about the future of 2D animation, Konietzko said the industry is currently in something of a Golden Age in television with more people going to art school specifically to study animation. Pointing to the artists represented in the exhibition, he and DiMartino agreed that they represent the future and will be the ones creating their own shows in the years to come.

    During the opening only the first people in the gallery were given wristbands to get signatures from Konietzko and DiMartino. But the many attending artists from each show, including Joaquim Dos Santos, Angela Song Mueller, Colin Heck, Johane Matte, Giancarlo Volpe, Emily Tetri, Kenji Ono, Elsa Garagarza, Will Ruzicka, and more, mingled with fans and very graciously signed art books and prints. Also voice actors PJ Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami),Dee Bradley Baker (Tarrlok and every single animal) and his daughter Cora (young Korra) also made appearances to meet fans and snap selfies. All told, a reported 1,500 people showed up to indulge in their fandom. Ben Zhu said, “This event broke attendance records for us and is the most attended show in our gallery’s history just above the Final Fantasy X/X2 game release event and the Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition. We knew the event was going to be big but anticipated maybe 2/3 the actual attendance.”

    When asked if the story of Korra will continue in comic form as Avatar: The Last Airbender has, DiMartino remained cryptic but said if anything were to continue it would be there. He spoke well of the creative team behind the Dark Horse title, writer Gene Luen Yang and artist team Gurihiru, saying they are so talented they need very little direction.

    The artwork for the exhibition will remain on display till March 22. The closing event on Saturday March 21st will feature a Q&A panel with Konietzko and DiMartino but is most likely to be restricted to 100-150 people. Fans are encouraged to follow Gallery Nucleus on their Facebook page and Twitter to get the latest news.

    Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

    Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

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    Avatar Aang & Katara cosplayers

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    The very first drawing of Aang and early versions of Naga and Momo by co-creator Bryan Konietzko

     

    "Past Lives": Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar's previous incarnations.

    “Past Lives”: Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar’s previous incarnations.

    Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

    Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

    Promoters of Long Beach Comic Con Add New Jersey Comic Expo to Their Stable of Shows

    MAD Event Management Announces New Comic Book Convention

    NJ Comic ExpoWARWICK, NY (March 10, 2015)…MAD Event Management is proud to announce the third addition to their comic convention line up, the New Jersey Comic Expo which is scheduled for November 21 & 22, 2015 at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Joining its sister conventions, Long Beach Comic Con and Long Beach Comic Expo, New Jersey Comic Expo will be part of a three-show series.

    “The success of films and television shows based on comic book characters originates with the creators,” said Martha Donato, President of MAD. “The comic shows we produce are first and foremost produced for anyone who has an affinity for comics, animation, games – really any type of pop culture that values content and its creators. We strive to create an environment that brings together a group of people who want to celebrate a culture and a lifestyle. And most of our team who produces the shows are based in the NY/NJ area, so this is a great place for us to do a home show.”

    For more information about New Jersey Comic Expo, visit www.newjerseycomicexpo.com.

    About MAD Event Management:

    MAD Event Management is an all-purpose event planning facilitator whose principal owner has over 18 years of experience producing annual large-scale consumer conventions around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas. MAD’s capabilities include: Site Selection, Exhibit Staffing, Marketing Plans, Vendor Selection, Floor Plan Development, On-Site Execution, Sponsor Exhibitor Sales, Travel Management, Contract Development, Setup & Disassembly and Contract Coordination.  Visit www.madeventmanagement.com for additional information.

    About the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center:

    What makes us New Jersey’s #1 Showplace? LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center is situated in Edison, NJ, in the heart of one of the nation’s fastest growing and most affluent geographic regions. The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center is located in the geographic heart of the Northeast, adjacent to the confluence of I-95 (The NJ Turnpike), I-287, The Garden State Parkway, and US Route 1 & 9, and 35. Just 15 minutes south of Newark Liberty Airport, 40 minutes south of Midtown Manhattan and 60 minutes from Northeast Philadelphia. The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center is convenient to all major transportation centers with public transportation available from New York City provided by AMTRAK to both New Brunswick and Islen/Metropark.

    Hassle-free move-in and operations gives a show manager the freedom and convenience they deserve. The largest venue in Northern New Jersey, the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center offers ground level accessibility, fourteen loading docks, and two drive-in doors.

    WA – Rat Queens Social Club

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    Join Kurtis J. Wiebe (Rat Queens, Pisces), Kate Leth (Power Up!), Ed Brisson (Sheltered, Cluster), Leila Del Duca (Shutter), Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Nailbiter), Jim Zub (Wayward, Skullkickers) and Kelly Fitzpatrick (Peter Panzerfaust, Rat Queens) for an evening of drinks and board games at the Ray Gun Lounge on Saturday, March 28th at 8:00 pm!

    Free admission, but a suggested donation of any amount to Gay City, who will be on site, would be much appreciated!

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    Ray Gun Lounge
    501 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

    Star Wars Rebels Premieres Season 2 at Celebration

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    Press Release:

    This April, attendees of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will witness the global  premiere of Star Wars Rebels season two, which continues the epic adventures of the crew of the Ghost and further reveals the early days of the rebellion against the Empire.  Fans will be the first to see the first episode of season two following an encore screening of the series’ two-part season one finale.

    At Celebration, there will also be a special Star Wars Rebels panel featuring members of the cast and crew from the Disney XD animated series. Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Supervising Director), Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Kanan), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb), Taylor Gray (Ezra) and other special guests will discuss the startling season one finale and offer exclusive sneak peeks of what’s to come in season two.

    Scene and Reviewed: Clarence: Mystery Pinata; Steven Universe: Gem Glow

    Dexter’s Laboratory. Johnny Bravo. The Powerpuff Girls. Cow and Chicken. Ben 10. Samurai Jack. Ed, Edd n Eddy. Camp Lazlo. For over twenty years, Cartoon Network has provided original programs that are now considered classics. Young adults look back fondly on the series. Kids cosplay as the characters. Every time I take my daughter into Hot Topic (with a hat pulled over my eyes, not to keep from being recognized, but because, to the target audience, I don’t belong), I see familiar faces adorning shirts, shoes, notebooks, lunch boxes, lip balm, and lots of other stuff. Now the network has released DVDs of two new series, Clarence and Steven Universe. Will they, too, become part of the national zeitgeist?

    Clarence

    Previewed at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con and debuting the following year, Clarence tells the story of Clarence Wendell, a fourth-grade boy with an unusual trait in these postmodern times: he sees the good in everybody. His best friends are Jeff Randell and Ryan “Sumo” Sumozski. Jeff is brainy and aloof (hence, the square-shaped head), while Sumo is the spaz of the trio. Series creator Skyler Page worked on the industry juggernaut Adventure Time, and Clarence sports a similar style and absurd humor. Critics like the show, which will appeal more to younger kids than teens. Adult viewers may be disappointed with this DVD, however, which has only 12 episodes, less than half of the 29 that have aired. The pilot episode is present, but there are few special features–no commentary or deleted scenes, and no creator interview (which makes sense: Page was fired from the show back in July). Still, the episodes are entertaining, if not clever, and at roughly 13 minutes each, you can watch one while cooking Kraft Mac & Cheese. Always a plus.

    Steven Universe

    Steven Universe is a little older, premiering on November 4, 2013. Created by Rebecca Sugar (another Adventure Time alum!), the show has a more action-oriented plot than Clarence. Steven is the youngest member of a group of warriors called the Crystal Gems. Drawing their power from four mystical gemstones–garnet, amethyst, pearl, and rose quartz–the team hangs around the town of Beach City, racking up one cool adventure after another. Occasionally, they do something heroic, such as using a laser to destroy a giant, menacing red eye, but more often, Steven’s troubles are, beneath their sci-fi veneer, pretty typical. In one episode, he forms a magic bubble to protect a would-be girlfriend, Connie, from a falling rock, but then he can’t make the bubble disappear. This is just like childhood: getting in over your head with no real plan how to get out. Perhaps it is this universality of theme that has made Steven Universe a hit with critics and viewers alike. One quibble: the 12 episodes on the DVD are not episodes 1-12 but a random assortment. Because each episode builds on the next, watching them out of order is not the ideal way to experience this highly enjoyable show.

    Clarence episodes

    1. Fun Dungeon Face Off

    2. Pretty Great Day with a Girl

    3. Lost in the Supermarket

    4. Clarence’s Millions

    5. Jeff’s New Toy

    6. Zoo

    7. Rise ‘n’ Shine

    8. Average Jeff

    9. Slumber Party

    10. Dream Boat

    11. Too Gross for Comfort

    12. Neighborhood Grill

    Steven Universe episodes

    1. Laser Light Cannon (originally episode 2)

    2. Gem Glow (originally episode 1)

    3. Cat Fingers (originally episode 6)

    4. Bubble Buddies (originally episode 7)

    5. Tiger Millionaire (originally episode 9)

    6. Steven’s Lion (originally episode 10)

    7. Onion Trade (originally episode 15)

    8. Giant Woman (originally episode 12)

    9. Lars and the Cool Kids (originally episode 14)

    10. Rose’s Room (originally episode 19)

    11. Beach Party (originally episode 18)

    12. Steven and the Steven (originally episode 22)

    About Cartoon Network

    Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is regularly the #1 U.S. television network in prime among boys 6-11 and 9-14. Currently seen in 97 million U.S. homes and 194 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and Move it Movement.

    Turning Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

     

    Boston Comic Con 2015 Welcomes Stan Lee

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    Press Release:

    Boston Comic Con welcomes living legend STAN LEE for a rare New England appearance! Stan will be signing autographs and doing fan photo ops all day Saturday and all day Sunday. Stan’s co-creation—alongside artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko—of superheroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Daredevil, The Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Silver Surfer ushered in the Marvel Age of Comics. As the preeminent spokesman of Marvel Comics, he continues to appear in virtually every film, cartoon, and television show Marvel produces.

    In addition, Stan will be appearing at a special Friday night VIP event that is limited to only 400 people! Don’t miss a once in a lifetime opportunity to hang out with “The Man.” For more information and to purchase tickets click here

    Previously announced guests include: Eduardo Risso, Humberto Ramos, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tony Moore, Jason Latour, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Annie Wu, Franco Aureliani, J. Bone, Frank Brunner, Michael Cho, Jeff Dekal, Evan Dorkin, Sara Dyer, Gerry Duggan, Mike Henderson, Mike Kunkel, John Layman, Laura Martin, Jeff Parker, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Joshua Williamson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Stephane Roux, Frank Cho, Brian Azzarello, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Frank Tieri, Andy Belanger, Stephanie Buscema, CB Cebulski, Joe Prado, Dave Johnson, and more!

    Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.

    If you are coming in from out of town, the official Boston Comic Con hotel is the Seaport Hotel which is attached to the show venue (The Seaport World Trade Center). To book your hotel room, call the Seaport reservations desk at 617-385-5000 and ask for The Boston Comic Con attendee rate. Hotel rooms at the official Boston Comic Con hotel sell out quickly.

    About Boston Comic Con:
    The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

    ON – Howard The *uck Signing

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    Writer/artist Chip Zdarsky signs Sex Criminals v2 and Howard The Duck #1 on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm!

    Press Release:

    The one and only Chip Zdarsky, artist and co-creator of Sex Criminals, writer and co-creator of the forthcoming Kaptara, and star of our dreams, will be teaming with The Beguiling to do an event of sub-epic proportions, in celebration of his epic new HOWARD THE DUCK #1 and the long-awaited SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 2!

    The event takes place Wednesday March 11th, just down the street from The Beguiling at No One Writes To The Colonel (College & Bathurst). Chip Zdarsky will be doing a short presentation, having a drink or two, and signing your copies of HOWARD THE DUCK and SEX CRIMINALS and whatever else you bring! The Beguiling will ALSO be involved in the presentation, having three to six drinks, and will have ALL of the Howard The Duck #1 covers (including variants) on hand for your purchasing pleasure. Plus more-or-less every issue of Sex Criminals, the Sex Criminals trade paperbacks, and maybe some treasured-Zdarsky-rarities too!

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    No One Writes to the Colonel
    460 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1A1

    Win a LEGO Justice League Vs. Bizarro League Combo Pack with Batzarro Minifig!

    Lego fans wait no more! LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League is here along with an awesome Bizarro name-generator app and exclusive Digital Trading Cards.

    One lucky winner will receive LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack + with Batzarro LEGO minifigure!

    Deadline to enter is March 4, 2015.

    Justice League LEGO

    The Story: Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

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