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  • Beverly Comic Con II: Bigger, Badder, Nerdier

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    Press Release:

    Artists including Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl, Head Lopper), Paul Hornschemeier (Forlorn Funnies, Marvel Comics) Robert Gill (Batgirl, Valiant Comics), Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, Midas Flesh) and more appear at the second Beverly Comic Con will be on Saturday, March 21st for hosted at Porter Mills Studio!

    Free to the public and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

    DJ Noel Snow will be in the house teaming up with our featured live artist Brett Mason.

    Guests of honor include Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl, Head Lopper), Paul Hornschemeier (Forlorn Funnies, Marvel Comics) and Robert Gill (Batgirl, Valiant Comics).

    FULL LIST of artists & vendors include: Amanda Beard, Andy Driscoll, Ben Donahue, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Chris Letarte, Christian Miller, Daniel Kern, David LeBlanc, Eric Boeker, EyeFormation, Omega Level, Jacob Carignan, Jason Casey, Dennis Burke, Joe DellaGatta, Jon Paddol, Joe Haley, Josh Morrissette, Adam Miller, Montserrat Illustration, Robert Van Wagner, Keith Gleason, Matt Mcguirk, Michael Doherty, Patt Kelley, Randy House, Tom Torrey, Harrison’s Comics, Andrew Houle, Jesse Danger, PressBound, Michael Crockett, & John Cardinal.

    Alongside our new friends at Wicked Art Bar, our old friends at Montserrat College of Art and the gang at Tryptic Press, we hope to put on a killer event of comics, art, and pop culture!

    Plenty of parking across the street & super kid friendly.
    Free admission
    Doors open at 10am

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Studios at Porter Mill
    95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915

     

    RI – RISD Animation Lecture

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    Animation artists Bryan Konietzko and Phil Rynda speak at the Rhode Island School of Design on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:30pm!

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    The Illustration Department is very pleased to announce a joint talk by award-winning artists Bryan Konietzko and Phil Rynda. The lecture is free and open to the general public, though seating is limited, so please arrive early!

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    Bryan Konietzko will give a slide lecture at RISD’s Main Auditorium on Wednesday, February 4th, at 7:30pm. He will discuss the artwork and development that went into the five-year production of Legend of Korra, as well as provide advice for getting into and thriving within the animation industry.

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    Phil Rynda will talk about his career in animation as well as his character design process. Specifically Phil will talk about how and why he puts “character” and personality before design. He will show examples from his own work as well as other examples. All to be followed by an open Q+A.

    Rhode Island School of Design
    17 Canal Walk Providence, RI 02903

     

     

    MD – The Craft and Business of Webcomics

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    Danielle Corsetto, creator of the webcomic Girls With Slingshots, appears on Tuesday February 17, 2015 **Monday February 23, 2015** at 4:30 PM.

    A story about twenty-something BFFs Jamie and Hazel, Girls With Slingshots has an expansive cast of their friends, including a talking cactus and a ghost cat (among other oddities). The slice-of-life dramedy revolves around topics of love, booze, sex, relationships, careers, living with your parents, and the worthlessness of an English degree. Corsetto also has written three Adventure Time OGNs published by BOOM! Studios, and created the strip “The New Adventures of Bat Boy” for the Weekly World News. She lives in the charming town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia with two cats and a rotating cast of vagrant friends in a big 18th century house filled with houseplants and containers of loose tea.

    Rose O’Neill Literary House – Washington College
    300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, Maryland 21620

    ON – Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 Signing

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    Writer Ryan North appears at The Silver Snail on Wednesday, January 7th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm to sign the first issue of Marvel’s new series Unbeatable Squirrel Girl!

    The Silver Snail
    329 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1R7
    416-593-0889

    CA – Punk Rock Blitzkrieg Signing

    Punk_Rock_BlitzkriegcoverMARKY RAMONE appears at Skylight Books on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm to discuss his memoir PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG: MY LIFE AS A RAMONE, together with special guest TOM KENNY!

    The inside story behind one of the most revered bands in music history during the early days of punk rock in New York, from legendary drummer Marky Ramone!

    NOTE: As with all Skylight Books events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But because we’re expecting a large crowd at this event, we’ll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized. To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Punk Rock Blitzkrieg here at Skylight Books. Tickets will be available on the day of the book’s release, January 13th, 2015. They will be available in-store, or you can order on our website and leave a note in the “Order Comments” field. We will also hold a ticket for you if you order and pay for a book over the phone. Due to time constraints, Marky Ramone will be unable to pose for photos with individual attendees, though you are welcome to take photos during the event and from the line (please no flash photography), and will be unable to sign any memorabilia. Please also refrain from making an audio or video recording of the event. Thank you for your cooperation!

    Skylight Books
    1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
    323.660.1175

    SF – Futurama: Still Canceled

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    John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lee Supercinski, and Billy West appear on Friday January 30, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:30 PM as part of SF Sketchfest!

    Press Release:

    Good news! “Futurama” is still cancelled! But we’re getting the gang back together to perform classic “Futurama” scenes live on-stage, take your questions in a Q&A, and general tomfoolery. Scheduled to appear are cast members John DiMaggio (Bender), Billy West (Fry, Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan), Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Morbo, Lrrr), and Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad), and producer Lee Supercinski. $25 All Ages

    Get tickets at the link!

    Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
    609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    CA – Edward Scissorhands Signing

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    Writer Kate Leth and artist Drew Rausch appear at Meltdown Comics on Saturday November 29, 2014 from noon till 2:00 PM to sign the new Edward Scissorhands comic from IDW.

    Meltdown Comics
    7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

    MA – Graphic Novel Industry Night

    emersonEmerson College hosts a panel discussion with professional comic-book and graphic-novel creators on Tuesday November 18, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Little Building’s Charles Beard Room.

    In this session, writer Alexander Danner, co-author of Comics: a Global History, 1968 to the Present; Adventure Time and Muppets Show comics artist Shelli Paroline; and independent cartoonist/author/publisher Dan Mazur will explore the differences between today’s comic books and graphic novels, look into the inspiration that drives comics creators and graphic novelists, and talk about the Boston-area comics/graphic novel community.

    The Department of Professional Studies presents Graphic Novel Industry Nights as part of the Graphic Novel Certificate Program.

    Sponsored by Professional Studies. This event is open to the public.

    For more information, please contact: Trent Bagley 617-824-8280.

    Emerson College
    Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Boom! Studios Closes Con Season at Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2014

    boom-comicazePress Release:

    Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will exhibit at Stan Lee’s Comikaze, which will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, during the weekend of October 31stNovember 2nd. BOOM! is thrilled to host a number of special guests during the show including actors Peter Facinelli, David Henrie, and James Hong. The show marks the publisher’s eighteenth and final convention appearance in 2014 spreading the message of “We Are BOOM!” to the fans.

    BOOM! can be found at booth number 906 and will host the following creators for signing opportunities all weekend:

    • Caleb Monroe (Cloaks, Planet of the Apes, Peanuts)

    • Collin Kelly (Hacktivist)

    • Jackson Lanzing (Hacktivist)

    • Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid)

    The following creators will be available for sketches all weekend. For $30, fans can order custom sketches drawn on blank covers of Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, and other comics.

    • Hannah Nance Partlow (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors)

    • Tyson Hesse (The Amazing World of Gumball, Bravest Warriors)

    In addition, BOOM! will host the following signings on Saturday:

    • Actor James Hong, who played Lo Pan in the classic John Carpenter film Big Trouble in Little China, will be available from 10:30-11:00 am.

    • Actor and creator David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly Place, How I Met Your Mother) will be signing for Cloaks along with series writer Caleb Monroe from 12:00-1:00 pm. Note: This signing will be ticketed.

    • Actor and creator Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie, Twilight) will be signing for Protocol: Orphans along with series writer Michael Alan Nelson from 2:00-3:00 pm. Note: This signing will be ticketed.

    • Pete Browngardt, creator of the Cartoon Network show Uncle Grandpa, will be signing with Uncle Grandpa Stan Lee’s Comikaze exclusive variant cover artist Yehudi Mercado from 4:00-5:00 pm.

    BOOM! will host the following signing on Sunday:

    • John Omohundro, voice actor for Danny from Bravest Warriors, will be signing from 1:00-2:00 pm.

    Free tickets for Saturday’s ticketed signings will be available for distribution at the BOOM! booth that morning.

    BOOM! will have a Stan Lee’s Comikaze exclusive variant for Uncle Grandpa #1 by Yehudi Mercado available for purchase through the convention for $10.00, while supplies last.

    For tickets and more information on Stan Lee’s Comikaze, visit comikazeexpo.com.

    CA – Talkin’ Toons w/ Adventure Time

    talking_toonsVoice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes the cast of Adventure Time including Jeremy Shada, Jessica Di Cicco, John DiMaggio, and Tom Kenny to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!

    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

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