MA – Halloween Capital of the World

Steve Niles and ZombieBomb! sign on October 23rd in Salem, MA.

Press Release:

Some late-breaking news for New England horror fans and all those visiting the “Halloween Capital of the World,” Salem, Massachusetts this upcoming weekend.

Come out to Harrisons Comics this Saturday, October 23 from noon to 2pm to see Steve Niles, legendary comic scribe of “30 Days of Night,” and “Batman: Gotham After Midnight” signing alongside Adam Miller and Rich Woodall, co-creators of TP’s ZombieBomb! anthology series.

Fans can also pick up copies of the latest ZombieBomb! release, “Highly Contagious.”

Harrisons Comics is located at 252 Essex Street in downtown Salem. Hope to see you at this truly one-of-a-kind signing event!

ZombieBomb Hits the Rock & Shock Convention

Press Release:

Fresh off a killer weekend at NYCC, the Terminal Press “ZombieBomb!” crew drags itself eastward for Rock and Shock 2010! The horror convention and music festival, now in its seventh year, runs from Friday, Oct. 15th to Sunday the 17th at the DCU Convention Center and The Palladium in Worcester, MA.

Setting up shop at the Convention Center, the TP booth will feature the New England debut of the newest book in the “ZombieBomb!” series, Highly Contagious. Fans will also be able to get their hands on original art, prints, and ZB! t-shirts signed by attending creators Adam Miller, Rich Woodall, Jerry & Josh Morrissette, Andrew Houle and Ryan Favazza.

With legendary zombie filmmaker George A. Romero as a featured guest of this year’s convention, and acts like Rob Zombie playing all weekend, Rock and Shock is one of the absolute best places to get your undead fix this Halloween season.

Visit www.rockandshock.com/index.htm for tickets, guest lists and more information about this year’s show!

Terminal Press Haunts the Cultyard at NYCC 2010

Press Release:

Terminal Press returns to its home turf next weekend as New York Comic Con rolls into the Javits Convention Center from Friday to Sunday, Oct. 8th-10th. Holding court with Long Island design studio Elite Gudz, Terminal Press will be throwing down and taking names at Booth #2883 in NYCC’s “Cultyard” pavilion.

Debuting at NYCC is the highly anticipated third volume of TP’s hit anthology series “ZombieBomb!” The new book, “Highly Contagious,” features alternative covers by series creators Adam Miller and Rich Woodall, with work from top talent in comics and the fine art world. Snag an exclusive first-edition copy of the comic Ain’t It Cool News says fans should “devour!”

Also scheduled to appear over the weekend is Exodus frontman Rob Dukes, contributor to “ZombieBomb!” as well as scribe on his own title I AM BECOME GOD and a featured character in the Terminal Press/Nuclear Blast crossover, “Exodus: Death Begets Death. Dukes will headline an enormous roster of TP writers and artists signing for fans throughout the show, including Adam Miller, Jerry & Josh Morrissette, Keith McCleary, Frank Reynoso, Andrew Houle, Brad Edwards, Chris Uminga, Lawrence Basso, Narek Gevorgian, Brian Ferrara, and Rolo Ledesma.

Elite Gudz will also be holding several events during the con, featuring the signature talents of artists Phetus, Mr. Den and many others.

MA – Mystery Society Signing

Steve Niles concludes his Mystery Society tour at Harrison’s on October 30th!

**Update** This signing takes place on October 23rd. Now with Adam Miller & Rich Woodall!

Harrison’s Comics
252 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970

MICE Showcases Boston’s Independent Comics Scene

Press release:

First-ever Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo will be held at Art Institute of Boston on September 25, 2010

The Boston area’s independent and alternative comics scene has grown by leaps and bounds during the past few years, and it takes another step with MICE, the first-ever Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo. Presented by the Boston Comics Roundtable and the Art Institute of Boston (who also teamed up for the 2008 Boston ‘Zine Fair), MICE will be held at AIB’s 700 Beacon Street campus on Saturday, September 25th, from 10 am – 6 pm.

With over 50 comics artists and writers offering their work, as well as comics-themed panels and workshops, MICE will be a treat for local comics readers or anyone interested in the unusual, the creative, the entertaining and the outrageous. While most of the exhibitors will be from the Boston area, comics creators from all over New England and New York will be represented, including a contingent from the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont.

Visitors to MICE will find comics of all subjects and for all ages: serious graphic novels, exquisite hand-made artists’ books and photo-copied mini-comics and ‘zines, as well as traditionally-formatted comic books of all genres from outside the mainstream publishing world.

“The subject matter and art styles of these comics are as varied as the packaging,” says Dan Mazur, a member of the Boston Comics Roundtable and one of the show’s organizers. “The only limit to what indy cartoonists can create is their own imagination.”

Susan LeVan, Illustration Department Chair at the Art Institute of Boston, says that hosting an indy comics show complements the school’s comics-friendly curriculum. “MICE is the perfect event for AIB ,” says LeVan. “Many of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff are involved in the production or study of independent comics, graphic novels, webcomics, ‘zines, artists’ books, and related genres – all of which are part of the AIB curriculum. A number will participate as exhibitors, and the whole AIB community is eager to see what’s new on the Boston scene.”

MICE will also feature the debut of the latest anthology from the Boston Comics Roundtable: “Inbound 5: Comics About Food.” Featuring over 40 stories by Boston and New England cartoonists centered around the wide-ranging theme of “food,” this is the follow-up to 2009′s successful “Inbound #4: A Comic Book History of Boston,” which will also be available at the show.

MICE will also interactive workshops to learn techniques from comics artists, and panel discussions on the world of independent comics.

Besides the new “Inbound 5: Comics About Food,” several notable local comics creators will be presenting new books at MICE:

KARL STEVENS, (whose weekly strip “Whatever” ran for three years in the Boston Phoenix), will debut his autobiographical graphic novel, “The Lodger.”

Dorchester cartoonist PATT KELLEY (whose work graced the Weekly Dig’s cover earlier this year) will unveil the 2nd issue of his comic, “Parasitic Twins,” about the lives of circus freaks and the many hilarious tragedies that befall them, as well as a short-story collection, “All of Them Witches.”

LIZ PRINCE (whose “Will You Still Love Me if I Wet the Bed?” went from locally printed mini-comics to being published by indy heavyweight Top Shelf Productions), will be presenting the 2nd issue of her ongoing series, “I Swallowed the Key to My Heart.”

Brooklyn-based artist/writer PAT BARRETT will unveil issue #3 of his anthology comic, “Oak & Linden,” featuring the on-going story, “Petrified Girlfriend.”

Other Boston-area comics artist exhibiting at MICE will include:

Maris Wicks (“Romantic,” “Project Superior”)
Joe Quinones (“Wednesday Comics,” “Teen Titans Go!”)
Jesse Lonergan (“Joe and Azat,” “Flower & Fade”)
Cathy Leamy (“Geraniums and Bacon,” “Greenblooded”)
Dirk Tiede (“Paradigm Shift”)
Tim Fish (“Cavalcade of Boys,” “Trust/Truth”)
Zack Giallongo (“The Tenth Life of Pishio the Cat”)
Shelli Paroline (“Muppet Snow White,” “Harvest is When I Need You Most”)
Craig Bostick (“Go-Go Girl,” “Boy Trouble”)
Adam Miller (“ZombieBomb!”)

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About the Boston Comics Roundtable
Formed in 2006, the Boston Comics Roundtable brings local cartoonists and writers together to collaborate, workshop and socialize. Among BCR’s publications are “Inbound,” an anthology of Boston-area independent comics, “Outbound,” a science-fiction comics anthology, and the up-coming collection of New England-based horror comics, “Hellbound.” If you’re in the Boston metro area, join us for our next meeting. Visit www.bostoncomicsroundtable.com for more information.

About AIB
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University is a college of visual arts, located in the student-friendly Kenmore/Fenway area of Boston. We offer the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the two-year Advanced Professional Certificate, the low residency Master of Fine Arts degree, as well as continuing and professional education, intensive workshops, and pre-college courses.

MA – ZombieBomb Signing

Adam Miller and Rich Woodall sign on Saturday, August 14th from 12-3 p.m. The second issue of this anthology series debuted at the San Diego Comic-Con and makes its East-Coast debut with a special Hub Comics Variant edition. Get your copies of this book while you can. It’s sold out at every show they’ve attended, and has only been printed in small runs so far. The book will be nationally available from Terminal Press later this year.

Hub Comics
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143-2933

MA – Horror Master Signing

Steve Niles signs an exclusive cover of Mystery Society #1 from IDW Publishing at Larry’s Comics on Friday May 28th from 2pm-6pm. Adam Miller is bringing a bag of ZombieBombs to keep him company. Come show these guys some love.

Larry’s Comics, 68 Lakeview Avenue, Lowell, MA 01850

MA – ZombieBomb Signing

(Co-Art Director of ZombieBomb!) and artist Michael Crockett open an exhibition of artwork and sign some comics on Friday May 7th from 7-9pm at Bloc 11 Cafe in Union Square.

Adam Miller

Bloc 11 Cafe, 11 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143

(617) 623-0000

MA – Earth Needs FCBD

Adam Miller, Charles Wilson III, and Tyler James sign at Larry’s Comics on May 1st for Free Comic Book Day.

Larry’s Comics has plenty of events lined up for FCBD this weekend; special friend and zombie master Adam Miller will be signing the exclusive Larry’s Comics edition of ZombieBomb! (see cover above) from 11am-2pm. Charles Wilson III, artist of one of 2009′s best received indie comics Stuff of Legends, will be on hand, and local artist Tyler James has graciously offered to draw free sketch cards from 11am-2pm. Also CGC will be grading books, Larry will be cooking up his famous hot dogs, and of course there’s free comics!!

Larry’s Comics, 66 Lakeview Ave, Lowell, MA 01850

Boston Comic Con a Phenomenal Success

When you have a guest roster that boasts comic book icons like Jim Lee, Sergio Aragones, and Mike Mignola, one would assume a good turnout. The Boston Comic Con anticipated more attendees by moving to a bigger venue. But no one could have predicted the crush of people who lined up for hours outside the Westin Waterfront on Saturday April 10th. With a record attendance 60% larger than any of the previous shows, the Boston Comic Con was clearly the place to be.

Jim Lee

There was an excitement in the air that was felt by fans, artists, and vendors alike. Many observations were made to this show quickly becoming the northeast equivalent of homegrown, comic book central conventions in the vein of Emerald City Comicon, Baltimore Comic Con, and the venerable HeroesCon. “This is the show that put us on the map,” said co-founder Nick Kanieff

Newly anointed DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee was on hand to sign for hundreds of fans, many of whom walked away with a rare and coveted head sketch. He also spoke on a spotlight panel, as did Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and Eric Powell, creator of The Goon. Eisner Award-nominees JH Williams III, Skottie Young, and Cameron Stewart were all besieged by comic art enthusiasts looking to add sketches and commissions to their collection. And legends like Bill Sienkiewicz, Jim Starlin, and Sergio Aragones met with both fans that have been following their work for decades and those first discovering their work. 

Artist alley was a showcase of the phenomenal talent that New England has to offer. ZombieBomB! co-creator Adam Miller said “The response we received at the Boston Comic Con was amazing! We sold out of our book on the first day of the convention; it was more than we could have hoped for.” Mark Chiarello, Art Director of DC Comics, conducted many portfolio reviews giving advice and encouragement to dozens of artists. He also may have found DC’s next superstar in Jeff Wamester, a local who piqued Chiarello’s interest. 

Sergio Aragones

Overall the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. In response to the detractors, many of whom got stuck outside on Saturday when the Boston Police Department was concerned about the capacity of the venue, Boston Comic Con assures them that next year’s show will utilize a larger space and feature more programming. As a young show there are always growing pains, particularly when it is a fan-run operation without corporate financial backing. However, most attendees recognize and appreciate the intimacy of the show and the access it gives them to creators. 

This past weekend was a turning point for the Boston Comic Con. After four years of quietly building a convention that New England fans can be proud of, they have established themselves as a destination event. With this kind of momentum built up the next show on April 2-3, 2011 is sure to be one that comic fans absolutely cannot miss. Tell your friends!

(all photos courtesy of Alan Wong. see more photos from Boston Comic Con at the link)

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