IL – Star Wars Day

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Jimmy “Mac” McInerney and Cris Macht celebrate the release of Dark Horse’s new Star Wars series at Challengers on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

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Press Release:

JIMMY “MAC” McINERNEY: Co-host and producer of The ForceCast, the official podcast of TheForce.net & RebelScum.com

CRIS MACHT: Star Wars documentary filmmaker of “The Force Among Us” and the upcoming “The Force Within Us”

Members of the 501st & Rebel Legion – Get your picture taken!

FOOD! Star Wars themed food & cake

PODCASTING! Jimmy Mac will be interviewing people at Challengers and they may appear on the ForceCast!

PRIZES! Everyone that buys a copy of Star Wars #1 will be entered in a chance to win prizes provided by Lucasfilm.

Come on out for a day of Star Wars fun!

Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

WA – Star Wars Art Show

Ltd. Art Gallery hosts their second annual STAR WARS art show, once again paying homage to the much beloved universe and characters that George Lucas built.

Over 40 artists will be displaying their own unique interpretation of these classic films, drawing upon the characters and themes that have inspired them since childhood.

Featuring Lucasfilm Fine Art from Acme Archives; and collectible statues, toys, and replicas from Gentle Giant Studios, eFX Collectibles, and Sideshow Collectibles.

We will also be debuting a brand new print from acclaimed STAR WARS artist, Steve Thomas.

Additional Art From: Barry Blankenship, Craig Drake, Michael Fleming, Kim Gordon, Blunt Graffix, Eric Kirchmer, Aaron Jasinksi, MIKEATRON!, Augie Pagan, Devi Pellerin, Brian Rood, Wade Schin, Clarke Snyder, Cat Staggs, Suckadelic, Jayson Weidel, Andrew Wilson, and Wednesday Wolf.

Opening Night SPECIAL EVENTS:

- Costumed Characters courtesy of the 501st Legion
- A themed set from DJ Hojo.
- and our own special “Mos Eisley Cantina” with complimentary drinks

WE WILL ALSO BE GIVING AWAY A NINTENDO 3DS to one lucky attendee, donated by Nintendo America.

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Ltd. Art Gallery
307 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

NY – Holiday Charity Signing

      

Scott Snyder, Klaus Janson, Al Milgrom, Peter David, Chris Giarusso, and Jacob Chabot sign on Saturday December 8, 2012 at 6:00pm!

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Press Release:

Join us for our 20th Annual Party & Raffle with all proceeds going to the John Thiessen’s Childrens Foundation. Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion will be on hand for a Toy Drive from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, including a creator signing. Second signing starts at 6:00 pm, buffet at 7:30, and the Charity Raffle at 8:30. Raffle Tickets are $5.00 each and are on sale now! Join our newsletter for daily updates!

Grasshopper’s Comics
76 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, NY 11596

 

Fan Communities Add to the Fun of the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con 2012

Press Release:

‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Doctor Who’ Fan Communities Among Those Set To Add Fun To Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

Cosplayers, Conventions Lead Organizations At New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Friday Through Sunday

Louisiana Ghostbusters

Louisiana Ghostbusters (photo by Sandra Lachica)

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, November 27, 2012 – Fan communities representing the most fervent followers of blockbuster franchises like “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” “Ghostbusters” and “Doctor Who” are among the groups that attendees will see roaming the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con floor, Friday through Sunday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Cosplayers from these groups love to interact with fans, adding another level of fun and in many cases raising money for charity.

Some organizations that fans will enjoy meeting include:

  • Adventure League of GEARS, a family-friendly Steampunk Performance Group based out of New Orleans, and a fan and homage group to the League of S.T.E.A.M which uses its talents and skills to help raise money for charities, and volunteer for charitable events.
  • 501st Legion/Bast Alpha Garrison, the Louisiana chapter of the 501st Legion, featuring the “bad guys” from the Star Wars Universe. The 501st Legion has over 4000 members from all 50 states and 22 countries around the world.
  • Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat, the official fan club for Anne Rice’s “Vampire Lestat,” the Vampire Chronicles and the annual New Orleans Vampire Ball.
  • Barony of Axemoor, the local chapter of the SCA, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-Century Europe.
  • BayouCon, held in the heart of Southwest Louisiana, is Lake Charles’ original fan produced convention. BayouCon V will take place the last weekend of June 2013.
  • Cast Aways Open Theatre Troupe, whose costumed volunteers perform at fairs, festivals, conventions, and charity events. They appear in parades and in films. New Orleans Comic Con attendees are welcomed to come and visit the Royal Court of Cast Aways and participate in the Quest for the King of the Realm.
  • CoastCon, Mississippi’s oldest and largest science fiction, fantasy and gaming convention. It is the main sponsored event of CoastCon, Inc., a non-profit literary organization run by a 10-member volunteer board who give their time during the year to develop events and gatherings to promote reading, education, fellowship, and of course science fiction, fantasy and gaming.
  • CONtraflow, a fan convention held in the Greater New Orleans area.  It focuses on science fiction, fantasy, comics, and related literary genres in any form, including but not limited to writing, visual arts, dramatic arts, and interactive fiction.
  • CyPhaCon, Southwest Louisiana’s premier, family-friendly Anime, Gaming & Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention venue. With nearly 700 attendees in its second year, it includes expanded board and video game tourneys, anime panels, costuming & cosplay displays, Musical guests, fan produced panels and much more.
  • Fans for Christ, for all believers in Christ who are also fans of comics, anime, fantasy, sci-fi, gaming, computers, costuming and cosplay.
  • The Garou Nation, a national organization of networked “Live Action Werewolf: The Apocalypse” role-playing games that share a universe in White Wolf’s original “World of Darkness” game setting. Its goal is to enhance and expand different chronicles across the country as a shared network that shares those experiences with friends and fellow players throughout the country.
  • Geek Girls with Guns, officially Geek Endowment Krewe, a non profit organization that schedules fundraising events for children with special needs.
  • The Greater New Orleans Krewe of the Living Dead, to glorify all things Zombie and call upon fans of the genre to join and rejoice in the persistent and exponential rise in popularity of the Living-Dead in pop culture that has now grown into an international phenomena.
  • HMS Death Claw, part of the Royal Manticoran Navy based on best seller books from David Weber. The Death Claw is the flagship of 6th Sphinx Fleet which comprises of 10 states and Manitoba, Canada.
  • Krewe du Who, over 375 strong and consists of fans of the New Series, Classic Series and All things “Doctor Who!” The open group members are fans of “Torchwood,” the “Sarah Jane Adventures”, “Big Finish Audio Dramas” and all “Whoniverse” related spin off media.
  • Krewe of P.U.E.W.C, a new fantasy, horror and anime themed New Orleans Mardi Gras parade organization for the most happily insane Harry Potter wizards, Lord of the Rings hobbits, Dungeon & Dragon warriors, SCA fighters, Sailor Moons, Astro Boys, were-beasties, faeries, and the like.
  • Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, a parade organization for the most revelrous of Star Wars Freaks, Trekkies, Whovians, Mega-Geeks, Circuit Benders, Cryptozooligists, UFO Conspiracy Theorists, and all the rest of Super Nerdom.
  • Louisiana Ghostbusters, a fan-based “Ghostbusters” franchise. As costumers and fans of “Ghostbusters,” LG represents an open costuming policy with movie-accurate props and wardrobe representing all aspects of the “Ghostbusters” series of movies, cartoons, games, and novels. As a service organization, the group directs money to charities, participates in fundraisers for charities, attends fund-raising events, and performs charitable acts and community service.
  • Louisiana Science Fiction and Costume Festival,  “The Unconventional Convention” April 20-22 at the Hampton Inn Port Allen, La.  It includes fan films, panels, workshops, live entertainment, and a costume ball.
  • Mind’s Eye Society, founded in 1992, an international fan organization dedicated to White Wolf’s “World of Darkness” in all its incarnations. One of the world’s largest gaming fan communities, with thousands of members all over the globe, The Mind’s Eye Society not only offers global “World of Darkness” roleplaying chronicles but also supports charity fundraising, community service activities and social events organized by its members.
  • Mississippi Ghostbusters, a fan based Ghostbuster franchise that promotes acts of charity with our open based costuming that represents all forms of the Ghostbusting community, attending all manner of events to raise money for a various number of charities.
  • Mobicon, Mobile, Alabama’s annual 3 day science fiction, fantasy, gaming, anime, paranormal, horror, and comic convention. Always on the third full weekend in May; MOBICON XVI will be May 17-19, 2013, at the Ashbury Hotel & Suites.
  • New Orleans Public Library, the premier cultural institution that celebrates and preserves the collective memory and living history of New Orleans, Louisiana and the world. NOPL fosters the future aspirations and democratic dreams of all.
  • One World by Night, an organization dedicated to creating links between White Wolf’s Mind’s Eye Theatre LARP games around the world. By combining the various stories of member Chronicles, OWbN hopes to enhance the enjoyment of its members by expanding local plots to the world, truly creating a World of Darkness. OWbN currently stretches to over 100 chronicles in the US, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, and Israel.
  • Red Stick Rebellion Star Wars Collectors Club, a Star Wars collectors group based in Baton Rouge, La.  Every month it has a different focus topic presented by individuals who have a great deal of knowledge in the area – plus they always have our regular general discussion, trading and lots of fun.
  • Star Wars Museum, a nonprofit group of like-minded individuals working for a goal: To Build a Star Wars Themed Children’s Museum. Our Mission “To Inspire and Educate.
  • Steampunk Americans, a group of Steampunk enthusiasts in New Orleans. NOLA is truly Victorian city where the ships still run on steam and the Absinthe flows like water. As one of the last bastions of the civilized world, this city still let citizens smoke tobacco in the taverns and openly drink in the glow of the gas streetlights.
  • USS Corsair, which provides fans a way to meet each other, make friends, have fun, give back to their community, and show that the dream of Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry can endure. In 2007, the club was awarded “Shakedown Mission of the Year” by its parent organization, Starfleet International and in 2010, it received the Regional Chapter of the Year Award.
  • USS New Orleans, a Chapter with Starfleet: The International Star Trek Fan Association, currently located in the city of New Orleans and the outlying areas, founded in May 2010, five years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its predecessor.
  • Visual Art League, which wants to spread knowledge of the arts and encourage creativity throughout the community of the University of New Orleans, other neighboring colleges, and the city of New Orleans. The group also aspires to function as a real world platform for students to further develop their artistic endeavors and gain professional experience.

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con features comics legend Stan Lee, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Eliza Dushku, Reservoir Dogs headliner Michael Madsen and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® at the top of a standout lineup of celebrities.  They will be joined by an All-Star collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the final event on Wizard World’s 2012 calendar.

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, December 2, is “Kids Day,” an array of programming specially designed for children.

Event hours are Friday, Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-neworleans.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, 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.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012-13 DATES *****
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
February 22-24, 2013 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22, 2013 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 22-24, 2013 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con

DeLorean Time Machine and Fan Groups All Part of Wizard World Ohio Comic Con 2012

Press Release:

Star Wars, Star Trek Clubs, DeLorean Time Machine Add Excitement To Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, Sept. 28-30

501st Legion, Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club, USS Asgard, Columbus, Lagrange Among Fan Groups To Appear At Greater Columbus Convention Center

DeLorean Time MachineNEW YORK and COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 5, 2012 – Celebrities, artists and exhibitors aren’t the only attractions at Wizard World Ohio Comic Con.  Fan organizations professing their affinity for “Star Trek,” Star Wars and other pop culture standards will be roaming the floor at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, September 28-30.

Attendees can also check out the DeLorean Time Machine as seen in the film Back to the Future, as the replica vehicle will be on site raising funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Special fan groups currently scheduled to attend the event include:

  • 501st Legion, Ohio Garrison, a regional chapter of the worldwide Star Wars costuming club that wears the costumes of the “bad guys” such as the Stormtroopers, Tie Pilots, and the evil Darth Vader.
  • Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club, the world’s premier custom Mandalorian costume organization, whose goal is to provide a nexus for Mandalorian costumers, giving them a collective identity and representation within the Star Wars costuming community.
  • Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club, a resource through which those who live in Ohio can discuss new items arriving, toy & collectible show dates and generally anything Star Wars related.
  • Pendant Production Co., one of the most prolific and popular podcasting companies today, with more than 800 episodes of audio drama.
  • USS Asgard, a Columbus-based chapter of Starfleet International, the international “Star Trek” fan association, which participates in community events such as Toys for Tots, Operation Feed, etc.
  • USS Columbus, a chapter of Starfleet International, which does an annual school supply drive for a local school, helps in the Firefighters Toy Drive, and collects food for Mid Ohio Food Bank along with other local clubs.
  • USS Lagrange, a chapter of Starfleet International, which has raised hundreds of dollars for the Akron Children’s Hospital and for various food banks in the state.

Comics legend Stan Lee, pop culture icon William ShatnerWWE® Superstar CM Punk® and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Eliza Dushku headline the Wizard World Ohio Comic Con celebrity roster.  They will be joined by many of the world’s greatest comics creators, exhibitors and thousands of fans in a celebration of all things pop culture in an expanded format, which now includes a preview on Friday evening and two full weekend days.

Top creators include Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Alan Davis (“Captain America,” “Thor”), Eisner Award nominee Humberto Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Impulse”), Eisner Award winner Paul Jenkins (“Spider-Man,” “Hulk”) and many others.

Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Show hours are Friday, Sept. 28, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ohio.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, 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.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012-13 DATES *****
September 28-30, 2012 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28, 2012 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

IL – Crimson Empire Signing

Meet Star Wars artist Dave Dorman on Saturday October 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM as he signs books, along with his friends from the legendary 501st Legion: Darth Vader and his stormtroopers. Great photo op!

Barnes & Noble – Spring Hill Mall
1468 Springhill Mall Blvd, West Dundee, IL 60118
847-426-5614

CA – FCBD: Alpha Girl Signing

Press Release:
Illusive Comics & Games is hosting Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5th from 9am to 7pm. There will be special free comics for the public, and a huge storewide sale as part of their annual Free Comic Book Day celebration.
This is a family friendly event and admission is free and open to the public.
Titles include: The Avengers, DC Comics: The New 52, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Transformers, Serenity, Sonic The Hedgehog, Yo Gabba Gabba, Peanuts and many more!
The creative team Alpha Girl, by Image Comics, will be on hand to sign their new hit comic. Co-Creator Jean-Paul Bonjour, co-creator and writer Jeffrey Roenning, penciller Robert Love, and inker Dana Shukartsi will be signing from 10am-2pm.
The philanthropic costuming club The 501st Legion will have seven Star Wars Storm Troopers on-hand to pose for photos and welcome kids of all ages to the world of comic books. Also on hand will be a Balloon Twister and local Illustrator, Gaz Gretsky.
A portion of profits from all activities will benefit Autism Speaks.
Illusive Comics & Games, formerly Brian’s Books, is the largest comic book and gaming store in the Silicon Valley. It is also one of the few women-owned comic book stores in the world.
Illusive Comics & Games
2725 El Camino Real, Suite 105, Santa Clara, CA 95051
408-985-7481

TX – FCBD: Chewbacca Signs

Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca himself, appears to sign autographs and take pictures at Dragon’s Lair in Austin on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day! He will be joined by New York Times Bestselling Author and Star Wars novelist, Aaron Allston as well as members of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion.

Come in your best Star Wars costume and get a free Star Wars poster! (while supplies last). Store opens at 10:00 am and special guests will be in-store until 2:00 pm. Don’t miss your chance to pick up free books, meet Chewbacca, and pose for pictures with a band of Stormtroopers! May the force be with you!

Dragon’s Lair Comics and Fantasy
6111 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

OR – Star Wars Signing

Author Ryder Windham signs at Powell’s on Thursday, April 12th at 7pm!

Press Release:

Ryder Windham will be on hand to present the newly revised and expanded Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide as well as a handful of other new DK Star Wars titles, including Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary; Star Wars: Beware the Sith; and Star Wars: The Secret Life of Droids. This event will also feature the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers, so no Star Wars fan should miss out.

Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Portland, OR
(800) 878-7323

FL – Free Comic Book Day 2012

Gail Simone, Austin Janowsky, and Derrick Fish sign at Heroes Landing on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day!

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Comic book writer – Gail Simone (Batgirl, Fury of Firestorm, Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey) (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Comic artist – Austin Janowsky (Iron Man: The End, Stanley the Snowman) (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Comic artist – Derrick Fish (The Wellkeeper, Dandy & Company) (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Cosplayer and 501st Legion appearances throughout the day. Plus FREE facepainting for the kids!

Heroes Landing 
12348 Roper Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711

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