PA – Mine! Anthology Signing + Q&A

Press Release:

Join Amalgam Comics on Saturday, February 24th at 1:00 PM where we’ll be hosting Mine! editors Joe Corallo and Molly Jackson along with contributors Dave Kelly (Tales of the Night Watchmen) and Mindy Newell (Wonder Woman, Catwoman) for a panel discussion and Q&A on Mine! followed by a signing.

Planned Parenthood, and the millions of people they help each year, need every bit of help they can get. Mine! is a comics anthology with the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Join Eisner, Harvey, Oscar, and Emmy award winning creators for stories about trailblazing women, civil rights leaders, a person’s first time going to a PP clinic, debunking myths about sex, STI screenings, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, fantastical stories with superheroes, Greek mythology, and a future both with and without Planned Parenthood.

Proceeds from the book will be donated to Planned Parenthood and we will be accepting additional donations for Planned Parenthood as well.

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-3300

PA – DMC Signing

Press Release:

Amalgam Comics is humbled and excited to welcome hip-hop pioneer and Darryl Makes Comics publisher Darryl “DMC” McDaniels for a discussion & signing of his graphic novel series DMC on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM!

DJ Hvn Lee will provide the soundtrack of the day spinning classic Run DMC & Len Webb of Black Tribbles will moderate our discussion with DMC about all things comic & hip-hop.

Don’t miss your chance to meet a living legend!

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, a pioneer, icon, and founding member of the legendary rap group RUN DMC, brought his love for comics full circle with the creation of his very own independent publishing house called Darryl Makes Comics.

Already a hero to his millions of fans around the world, DMC’s accomplishments read like a laundry list of musical and cultural accolades: Grammy nominated musician, Emmy winning life story, multi-platinum recording artist, 2009 Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductee and rap/rock pioneer who influenced music the first time he touched a mic.

But before co-founding Run-DMC, DMC grew up reading comics and developed a passion for them. “When I started with Run-DMC, I was a nervous little nerdy kid,” says DMC. “I didn’t want to get up in front of a crowd and rhyme; but what gave me confidence, out there on stage was pretending that I was the Hulk on the microphone.”

In 2014 DMC’s childhood passion came to fruition when he along with his Editor in Chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Senior Editor Riggs Morales teamed up with some prominent fixtures in the comic book world to craft his first 48 page graphic novel ; 100% authentic, unapologetic, indie, comic book, under the imprint, Darryl Makes Comics.

The comic, set in hip hop’s revolutionary era of the 80’s, features DMC as a superhero fighting for justice in an alternate universe. Wild Style-inspired graffiti covers every surface of this world as the true grit of pre-Giuliani New York is captured among the pages of this graphic novel.

FREE & open to the public. The discussion will begin promptly at 1pm. Books will be available for sale.

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-3300

PA – Bingo Love Signing

Tee Franklin, the creator and writer of Bingo Love, appears at Amalgam Comics on Saturday, February 3rd at 2:00 PM for a discussion, Q&A and pre-release book signing! This is your chance to get the highly anticipated graphic novel BEFORE it’s official release on February 14th, not to mention getting to meet Tee in person!

ABOUT THE BOOK: When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

From TEE FRANKLIN (NAILBITER’s “THE OUTFIT,” Love is Love) and JENN ST-ONGE (Jem & The Misfits), BINGO LOVE is a touching story of love, family, and resiliency that spans over 60 years.

***BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE***

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-3300

PA – Leon: Protector of the Playground Signing

Amalgam Comics welcomes Philly-based award-winning African American cartoonist, graphic novelist, and educator Jamar Nicholas on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM. Nicholas’s work discusses topics such as bullying and violence while providing alternative, positive portrayals of black individuals.

This will be the FIRST Philly area signing for his new All-Ages graphic novel “Leon: Protector of the Playground”.

LEON: Protector of the Playground is a super fun graphic novel with the humor of Captain Underpants, and the heart and wit of Spider-Man. Combining a hip kid super-hero, super villains like Broccoli Rob and hamster Villain Mr. Nipsey, bullies plotting from detention, and rogue hall monitors, making daily life in public school setting a smart and super fun, graphic novel read.

Mr. Nicholas’ graphic novel adaptation of “Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun”, a memoir written by African American social activist Geoffrey Canada in 1995 will also be available.

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-3300

PA – Invincible Iron Man #1 Variant Signing

Ariell Johnson signs her shop’s exclusive variant cover on Saturday, December 2nd at 2:00 PM.

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-3300

PA – Tuskegee Heirs #2 Signing

Marcus Williams & Greg Burnham, the creative team behind the hit independent comic series Tuskegee Heirs, sign at Amalgam Comics on Saturday, October 28th as part of their Halloween Comic Fest celebration!

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-3300

PA – Black Creative Team Signing + Q&A

Kwanza​ ​Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal​ ​Igle, and Khary Randolph appear at Amalgam Comics on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM to present and sign the series BLACK.

Kwanza​ ​Osajyefo: Co-creator and the writer of BLACK – a comic that explores the question: what if only black people had superpowers? Kwanza’s career in sequential-art storytelling spans over a decade, including working as online editor at both Marvel and DC Comics. He began his career as an intern at Marvel Comics and worked his way up to digital editor. After leaving comics for a time, Kwanza returned to launch DC Comics’ first webcomics imprint, Zuda, and created the blueprints for the digital comics initiative. Kwanza prefers to write stories that draw from our human condition, centered around characters with various perspectives and backgrounds.

TIM SMITH 3 (A.K.A TS3): Designer and co-creator on Black. Tim has been working in the comic industry for over 15 years. Doing illustration work for Marvel, DC Comics, Archie, and many others to name a few.

Jamal​ ​Igle: Recipient of the 2011 Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Art, Jamal Igle is the writer/artist/Creator of Molly Danger for Action Lab Entertainment. He’s penciled everything from indie faves to Marvel and DC hits.

Khary Randolph: He attended School of Visual Arts and graduated in 2000 with a BFA in Cartooning and Illustration. Since then, Khary has worked in the animation, advertising, and the comic book industry on properties such as Mosaic, Spider-Man, X-Men, Hellboy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Boondocks, Teen Titans, and Robin War. He is currently working on an unannounced project for Skybound.

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-3300

PA – Steven Universe: Art & Origins Signing

Chris McDonnell appears at Amalgam Comics on Saturday, September 23rd at 1:00 PM to discuss and sign his new book, Steven Universe: Art & Origins!

This is the first book to take fans behind the scenes of the groundbreaking and boundlessly creative Cartoon Network animated series Steven Universe.

Bursting with concept art, production samples, early sketches, storyboards, and exclusive commentary, this lavishly illustrated companion book offers a meticulous written and visual history of the show, as well as an all-access tour of the creative team’s process. Steven Universe: Art & Origins reveals how creator Rebecca Sugar, the writers, the animators, and the voice actors work in tandem to bring this adventure-packed television series to life.

About the Author: Chris McDonnell has designed books on Ralph Bakshi, Bill Plympton, the Joker, Wonder Woman, and many more. He is a contributor to the Cartoon Brew animation blog. He creates animation for television programs that have included Lady Dynamite (Netflix), Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (Adult Swim), Portlandia (IFC), Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC), and Yo Gabba Gabba! (Nickelodeon). McDonnell is also the author and designer of Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo. He lives in Philadelphia.

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

PA – Encyclopedia of Black Comics Signing

Press Release:

Sheena C. Howard will kick-off her book signing tour and debut the Encyclopedia of Black Comics with fans, artists, writers and other comic enthusiasts at Amalgam Comics and Coffee House in Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:00 PM.

Be the first to grab an autographed copy of the Encyclopedia of Black Comics and celebrate the release of this seminal book!

The book features over 100 entries and exclusive artwork and footage in full color from the likes of: Brandon Easton, Aaron McGruder, Brumsic Brandon, Barbara Brandon-Croft, Joel Christian Gill, Dwayne McDuffie, Juliana Smith, Reginald Hudlin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Morrie Turner, Ollie Harrington, George Herriman, Denys Cowan, Eric Battle, Jerry Craft, Jason Richardson AND MORE!

The book features a foreword written by Henry Louis Gates, world renowned literary critic, teacher, historian, filmmaker and public intellectual. It also features an afterword written by Chris Priest, legendary comic book writer, singer, songwriter, and musician.

Be prepared to get signatures of those featured in the book as the event is sure to bring out some of the subjects covered in the book as well.

A free raffle will be held and one lucky winner will receive a free copy of the Encyclopedia of Black Comics and a photo-op with the author.

Join, Sheena Howard, author of the Encyclopedia of Black Comics at Writers Block Rehab for the After Party. Network with other comic heads/writers/artists, meet the author and mingle with the best of the best!

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

PA – Intertwined Signing

Writer Fabrice Sapolsky and artist Will Torres appear at Amalgam Comics on Saturday, July 22nd from noon till 4:00 PM for a signing.

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

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