OR – FCBD: TFAW Signings

Things From Another World celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017 with several creator signings at three of their shops!

PORTLAND (2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232)
David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Cyborg, Occupy Avengers) 5pm-7pm
Brian Michael Bendis (Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men) 5pm-7pm
David Marquez (Invincible Iron Man, Civil War II, Defenders) 5pm-7pm

MILWAUKIE (10977 SE Main St. Milwaukie, OR 97222)
Ben Dewey (Autumnlands) 11am-1pm
Kurt Busiek (Autumnlands, Astro City) 11am-1pm
Jeff Parker (Batman ’66, Future Quest, Kings Watch) 11am-1pm

Keith Tucker (Storyboard artist for Animaniacs, GI Joe, He-Man) 1pm-3pm
Kalie Stanton (Local artist) 1pm-3pm

BEAVERTON (4390 SW Lloyd Ave. Beaverton, OR 97005)
Brian Churilla (Godzilla, Big Trouble in Little China, Hellbreak) 11am-1pm

Joshua Williamson (Flash, Birthright, Justice League vs Suicide Squad) 1pm-3pm
Steve Lieber (The Fix, Whiteout, Underground) 1pm-3pm

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BoroughCon 2017 Announced for Memorial Day Weekend

Press Release:

Superhero, animation and gaming fans will soon converge on Utopia Parkway for a four-day celebration in a park-like setting.

St. John’s University will host BoroughCon, a new pop culture convention, over Memorial Day Weekend 2017, May 26-May 29. The event, which is expected to draw up to 20,000 attendees, will appeal to enthusiasts of heroic stories in film, television, gaming and graphic formats, as well as to those who enjoy anime and manga –animation and comics, respectively, in the Japanese tradition.

BoroughCon programming will include panels and autograph sessions with celebrities, gaming tournaments, screenings of both classic and as-yet unreleased films and TV shows, a vendors’ room and an artists’ alley. In addition to special programming for youth and children as well as their parents and grandparents, there will also be a cosplay competition.

“Cosplay is the performance art of creating costumes based on your favorite media characters, then embodying those characters for the audience,” BoroughCon CEO Matthew Goodison-Orr explains. “It has become a staple of these conventions, and cosplay is always one of the most popular draws.”

Media guests are currently being announced on BoroughCon.com and Goodison-Orr says, “BoroughCon will be able to deliver at least a couple of household names, as well as several actors well-known to everyone from all walks of life within the nerd community.”

Current guests include:
•    Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies)
•    Khary Payton (The Walking Dead, Young Justice, Teen Titans)
•    Dante Basco (Hook, American Dragon: Jake Long)
•    Steven Blum (animated voice of Wolverine, record holder for most video game credits)
•    Cree Summer (Codename: Kids Next Door, Inspector Gadget)
•    Jess Harnell (Crash Bandicoot, Animaniacs)
•    Grey DeLisle (Scooby-Doo, Avatar: The Last Airbender)
•    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Star Wars: Rebels, Ghost in the Shell)
•    Chester Rushing (Stranger Things)
•    Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys, Family Guy)
•    Grizz Chapman (30 Rock, The Lair)

The nerd community, he said, includes fans of comic books, manga, gaming, and science fiction/fantasy movies and television shows—and a great many self-professed nerds live in underserved neighborhoods of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. Comic creators appearing include Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans), Mike Grell (Green Arrow, Jon Sable), Tony Bedard (Supergirl, Birds of Prey)  Mark McKenna (Combat Jacks, Exiles).

“Surprisingly, New York City and the surrounding area runs short of adequate event space despite the world-class sports and concert venues,” says Goodison-Orr, who, when he served three years as CEO of Orlando’s KnightroKon, catered to up to 40,000 fans a year. “None of the hotels have anywhere enough meeting space for a convention of BoroughCon’s size, and the Javits Center is already home to New York Comic Con, with which we have no desire to invite comparison. So my partners and I chose to focus on the Four Boroughs, and St. John’s became the clear choice.”

The decision to embrace the outer boroughs required very little persuasion.

“Queens has roughly the same population as Houston, and Brooklyn is almost the size of Chicago. Both those middle-American cities host multiple ‘cons’ annually. So why would we want to be the second-biggest-by-a-mile in Manhattan when we can build something new and different here?”

What will set BoroughCon apart, according to Goodison-Orr, is the degree to which fans will enjoy direct access to well-known guests.

“If you come to BoroughCon, you’ll get a chance to meet, shake hands with or get an autograph from someone whose work you admire,” he said. “BoroughCon will be for regular fans – the con for the rest of us.”

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For up-to-date information, visit boroughcon.com.

MN – Animaniacs LIVE

Press Release:

ANIMANIACS LIVE! in Concert is coming to the Ordway on Sunday April 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM! Randy Rogel, Emmy-winning composer of the original 1992-1998 show, teams up with Emmy-winner (1998, Pinky and the Brain) Rob Paulsen (Yakko Warner) to sing an evening of songs from the hit show. Clips from the series, and anecdotes from Rogel and Paulsen will run in between songs such as “Yakko’s World” and “Variety Speak.” If you are a fan who has been aching for something new pertaining to Animaniacs, this is your time! And whether you love live music, animation, or the original show, ANIMANIACS LIVE! is an experience you don’t want to miss.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St, Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-4222

CA – Outtake-o-Rama 2017

Futurama stars John DiMaggio, Billy West, and Maurice LaMarche plus Executive Producer David X. Cohen and host Jessica Marshall-Gardiner appear at the Hollywood Improv on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM! Hot off of sold-out shows… don’t miss this chance to experience the most horrifically entertaining treasures ever mistakenly put down on tape by William Shatner, Richard Nixon, and many more.

Get tickets at the link!

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Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-2583

CA – Animaniacs Live 2017

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Voice actors Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, and Jess Harnell and songwriter Randy Rogel appear at La Mirada Theatre on Saturday April 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link… **SOLD OUT**

Animaniacs, a mix of old-fashioned wit, slapstick, pop culture and music, fueled the animation renaissance of the late 1990s, with iconic voices, characters, an original score for every cartoon and an Emmy® Award-winning theme song. Now the hilarious ‘90s animated series starring the wacky Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister, Dot) is back in live form, as voice actors Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, and Jess Harnell reunite with original songwriter Randy Rogel for an unforgettable evening. The group will perform songs from the beloved show, in addition to several numbers that didn’t make the cut the first time around. A delightful show for all ages!

ANIMANIACS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros.

La Mirada Theatre
14900 La Mirada Boulevard La Mirada, CA 90638
(714) 994-6310

SF – Outtake-o-Rama 2016

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Futurama stars Billy West, John DiMaggio, and Maurice LaMarche plus Executive Producer David X. Cohen appear at the Marines Memorial Theatre on Saturday, January 21st at 4:00 PM! Hot off of sold-out shows in Los Angeles… don’t miss this chance to experience the most horrifically entertaining treasures ever mistakenly put down on tape by William Shatner, Richard Nixon, and many more.

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Get tickets at the link!

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

SF – Futurama: Why Are We Still Doing This?

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David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lee Supercinski, and Billy West on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10:00 PM!

Press Release:

A lot can change in a year. But in the case of the still-canceled animated show “Futurama,” well, nothing has. But once again 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), Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad), David Herman (Scruffy, Larry), executive producer and co-creator David X. Cohen and producer Lee Supercinski. Come, because Hypnotoad commands it.

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Get tickets at the link!

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

Chuck Jones Gallery to Host Nancy Cartwright Exhibition at SDCC 2016

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The Chuck Jones Gallery will host an event to show paintings and sculpture from renowned voice over artist Nancy Cartwright on Saturday, July 23rd at 7:30pm during San Diego International Comic Con. The event is her first ever art gallery exhibition and reception, and is open to the public.

The Emmy and Annie Award-winning actress is best known as the voice of spiky-headed underachiever Bart Simpson on Fox’s 27-year-iconic hit, The Simpsons. In her 34-year career at the microphone, Nancy has lent her voice to hundreds of other award-winning animated series, including Rugrats (Chuckie); Kim Possible (Rufus the Naked Mole Rat); Richie Rich (Gloria); Animaniacs (Mindy); and Chuck Jones’ final work, Timberwolf.

Nancy most recently has created a bronze portrait bust of Bart Simpson, which she gifted to FOX and to the University of Southern California (USC), School of Cinematic Arts. The Bartman sculpture is on permanent display in New York and a second Bartman sculpture is permanently installed in USC’s Cinematic Arts Complex, Steven Spielberg building.

The Chuck Jones Gallery, celebrating its 25th anniversary, represents the finest in the art of American Pop culture. It is also the only gallery in San Diego dedicated to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss, and all animation studios.

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Chuck Jones Gallery
232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 294-9880

SF – Voice Acting Workshop

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Voice actor Rob Paulsen leads an acting workshop on Saturday January 23, 2016 from noon till 4:00pm!

Rob Paulsen is one of the most sought-after and experienced voice actors in the business — from his iconic roles as Yakko and Pinky from “Animaniacs,” Carl Wheezer from “Jimmy Neutron,” Donatello and Raphael from two different generations of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and hundreds more, Rob is a pro in every sense of the word. This four hour workshop will give you a chance to listen to Rob talk about his experiences in the voice over world and the rare opportunity to ask him questions to help you learn about what it takes to make it doing voices for a living!

Tickets are available now $100 All Ages

About Rob Paulsen:
One of the most acclaimed and in-demand voice actors out there, with over 2,000 animated half-hours to his credit and 1000 commercial spots, Rob Paulsen is familiar to many as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, and back to back Annie awards in 1997 and 1998); Yakko and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff from Animaniacs; Arthur from The Tick; Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom; Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; the title role in Mighty Max; Bobble in the Tinkerbell series; and the title role in The Mask. On camera, he’s appeared in the films Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match and Warlocked. TV work includes MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Rob’s new weekly podcast, Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, is available on iTunes. Check out his website at www.robpaulsenlive.com

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest.

PianoFight Second Stage
144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

CA – Holidays with Pinky and the Brain

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Voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche (Pinky and the Brain) appear on Tuesday December 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv for a special holiday episode of Talkin’ Toons LIVE! Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and receive a special gift!

Get tickets at the link!

Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-2583

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