UT – Mighty Jack and the Goblin King Signing

Ben Hatke appears in conversation with local author Matthew J. Kirby at the King’s English Bookshop on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 PM to present his newest middle grade book in the Mighty Jack graphic novel series, Mighty Jack and the Goblin King.

Like a bolt from the blue, Jack’s little sister Maddy is gone—carried into another realm by an ogre. When Jack follows Maddy’s captor through the portal, he is ready for anything . . . except what he finds waiting for him in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of his magic plants may not be enough to get him back to earth alive. But when Jack finds himself in a tough spot, help comes from the most unlikely person: the goblin king!

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

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The King’s English
1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 484-9100

UK – FCBD: Torchwood #2.1 Signing

Neil Edwards signs TORCHWOOD 2.1* at Forbidden Planet Liverpool on Saturday 6th May from 1:00 – 2:00 PM to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and the rest of the crew of the Ice Maiden investigate a case the likes of which even they haven’t seen before! Does the ship’s unconventional crew have what it takes?

Neil Edwards has worked on numerous titles for Marvel and DC, including Fantastic Four, Dark Avengers and DC Rebirth, including Green Lantern and Justice League. He’s the artist on Titan Comics’ Assassin’s Creed and Torchwood series as well as providing the artwork for Titan Comics’ much-celebrated Doctor Who: The Four Doctors.

* Please note that the Torchwood comics are not free – only FCBD Branded titles are free.

Forbidden Planet
92 Bold Street Liverpool L1 4HY
0151 707 1491

NYC – The Big Lie #1 Signing

Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare, Assassin’s Creed) appears at JHU Comic Books on Wednesday March 15th at 6:00 PM to sign Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1!

*Purchase of NANCY DREW & THE HARDY BOYS #1 required to participate in signing event.

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JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

NYC – Comic Book Jones 9th Anniversary Signings

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Comic Book Jones celebrates their ninth anniversary with a weekend-long sale of 25% off everything in the store. Plus signings with comic creators:

Evan Dorkin, Dennis Calero, Fred Van Lente, and Joe Harris sign on Saturday December 17th and Reilly Brown, Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Robert Geronimo sign on Sunday December 18th.

Comic Book Jones
2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303-1700
781-448-1234

DragonCon 2016 Con Report (Including a Sort-of Interview with Nolan North)!

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Cinderella, Wonder Woman, and an assassin walked into a bar. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. Actually, it was the first day of DragonCon 2016.

DragonCon is one of the largest conventions in the Southeast. This was my third year, but my first as a journalist. Even as a veteran convention goer, you really never know what to expect, especially for a place such as this. With over 75,000 attendees, it’s hard to find the same cosplayer twice, and it’s easy to lose your companions, like the Doctor loses Rose in every episode.

This is especially true of the Saturday morning parade. Several streets in downtown Atlanta are blocked off, and the sidewalks are covered in Disney Princesses, Deadpools, and Batmans (Batmen?) all converging together. It’s one of the few places you can see the Punisher pull Bullseye out of the street to prevent him from being run over by Doc Brown’s DeLorean. Until recently, people could register to be in the parade up until the day before. It has grown so popular, however, that last year registration for the 3,200 slots closed in August. This year, registration closed on March 1st. Also, for the first time, the parade was broadcasted on the CW Network. One of the best things about this parade is the fact that they have a specific place for just the Deadpools to roam, and it’s certainly one of the most popular cosplays done in any convention I have been to.

And then of course, due to the new movie that came out recently, Suicide Squad, my colleague, Anthony Aycock, and I were curious to see just how many Harley Quinns and Jokers there were, but only from that movie. We counted a total of ninety-one Margot Robbie Harley Quinns and nineteen Jared Leto Jokers. Most of the Harleys were in her usual outfit, complete with the shirt that says “Daddy’s Lil’ Monster,” but we noticed some variations. One Harley was wearing the prison uniform from the beginning of the movie, a few were wearing the “stripper” Harley outfit, and then there were a couple that had dressed as Harleen Quinzel, the pre-Harley Quinn – long white lab coat, no nonsense blond bun, and leading a prisoner Joker with a makeshift leash. I also saw one Charlie Quinn, a male Harley with “Mommy’s Lil’ Monster” scrawled on his pecs. I suppose one reason that there were more Harleys than Jokers is because most people seemed to have had a distaste for Leto’s portrayal of him. It might be because I was a fan of 30 Seconds to Mars far before the movie was even thought of, but I actually quite enjoyed it. One criticism I have though is that we didn’t see much into the abusive relationship, and now most couples who are unfamiliar with the characters are thinking “OMG hashtag relationship goals!”

One of the most popular areas of DragonCon is the Walk of Fame, which is overflowing with beloved actors of the traditional and voice kind. A few of my favorites were Carlos Valdes (Cisco from the CW TV show The Flash), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy, Commander Zhao, and Captain Hook), Nolan North (voice of Deadpool in the Deadpool video game, Nathan Drake from Uncharted, and Desmond Miles from the Assassin’s Creed series), and of course William Shatner (you already know who this is).

We stood in line for Nolan North (who was tardy to the party), and ended up talking to his agent for a while. She told us that voice actors usually make around $900 per four hours of work plus residuals (i.e., they get paid each time the episode they were in is broadcast). Anime voice actors make a lot less, roughly $65 per hour. Most conventions guarantee their celebrities a certain amount of money. For example Lana Parrilla of Once Upon a Time gets $10,000 per convention. If her autograph sales fall short of that, the convention makes up the difference. DragonCon, however, does not make guarantees like that. Not even for ol’ Bill Shatner. I found this fascinating, especially how undervalued anime voice actors are. I expect that to change, however, as anime becomes more mainstream.

Finally, Nolan arrived, and I managed to speak to him as he was signing a Deadpool Pop figure for me (I am not a nerd, I swear). Interviews are not allowed in the Walk of Fame, but I wanted to ask him a couple of questions out of my own curiosity. He was so friendly and engaging that it might as well have been an interview.

My first question was what he thought of Ryan Reynolds stealing the spotlight for Deadpool. He said, “There is no spotlight. Ryan does a terrific job, but I do have an idea for a cameo for the next movie. Deadpool is chasing someone, fires a gun, blows a hole in the wall, and behind the wall, I’m standing there wearing headphones, recording Deadpool’s voice for a video game. And Ryan looks at me and says, ‘You sound nothing like me’ and shoots me.” Nolan went on to say how funny Ryan is on Twitter, and I second that since I stalk him too.

My second question was how Nolan felt about the Assassin’s Creed movie coming out in December. He replied, “I’m a big fan of Michael Fassbender [co-producer and star of the movie]. What I like about it is that it will be an original take on the story. It won’t just be the game translated into the movie. The game is the inspiration for a unique movie.”

I stood there with Nolan so long that his agent started clearing her throat—thank goodness I didn’t have a third question—but it was interesting getting his perspective. As a fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, I was a bit tentative to see the movie, but after hearing Mister Desmond Miles himself praise it, I have a bit more hope for how it will turn out. Oh, and when I got his autograph on Friday, it was only $20, but two days later, he was charging $40. Way to up your game, North.

Are you thinking about going to DragonCon? Here are five morsels of advice:

  1. Bring all the money you have plus what you can bum from your parents and what you can earn by selling a kidney. I’m not saying stuff is overpriced; you’ll just want to buy it all.
  2. Prepare to stand in line for an hour and a half, feet tired, arms dragging the floor, just to be told to come back later after the actor’s friggin’ panel (I’m looking at you, Carlos Valdes).
  3. The hotels in downtown Atlanta fill up fast, but don’t worry: you can stay outside the city and just take the MARTA in. It’s quick and cheap. But don’t let the homeless guys take your money—you need it for the autographs and the plushies and the posters and . . . you get the idea.
  4. Prepare to walk. I know a lot of you like to wear heels everywhere. Don’t. You will not be able to feel anything beyond the blisters that will begin to appear after just the first day.
  5. Have fun, but not so much it’ll land you in Erewhon.

Now have a look at these pix from DragonCon 2016 . . .

Alucard will deal with this photo bomber later.

Alucard will deal with this photo bomber later.

You should see my sonic screwdriver . . .

You should see my sonic screwdriver . . .

He may be deaf, but he can hear the crowd cheering.

He may be deaf, but he can hear the crowd cheering.

When Deadpool meets Deadpool meets Deadpool meets Deadpool . . .

When Deadpool meets Deadpool meets Deadpool meets Deadpool . . .

DragonCon . . . where memes come to life.

DragonCon . . . where memes come to life.

This guy is Dumbledorable!

This guy is Dumbledorable!

Don't PokemonGO. Just go.

Don’t PokemonGO. Just go.

I found out where Nightcrawler has been hiding.

I found out where Nightcrawler has been hiding.

Screw the Joker. It's Ivy time!

Screw the Joker. It’s Ivy time!

To get this picture, I had to chase her down like Kinnosuke Kuzuhara. Except I actually succeeded.

To get this picture, I had to chase her down like Kinnosuke Kuzuhara. Except I actually succeeded.

And here we see . . . the typical Facebook user.

And here we see . . . the typical Facebook user.

Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today . . .

Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today . . .

When in doubt, follow a Sailor Scout.

When in doubt, follow a Sailor Scout.

The game . . . it's following me.

The game . . . it’s following me.

Walk toward the light!

Walk toward the light!

Me too, Deadpool. Me too.

Me too, Deadpool. Me too.

Is anime real?

Is anime real?

So this guy came up to me and just said "Shhhhh if anyone asks, Spiderman did it." And then sprayed silly string on my phone.

So this guy came up to me and just said “Shhhhh if anyone asks, Spiderman did it.” And then sprayed silly string on my phone.

"It's not a phase, Mom!"

“It’s not a phase, Mom!”

NYC – Assassin’s Creed Signing

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Connor McCreery and Anthony Del Col appear at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Friday June 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign Assassin’s Creed: Trial by Fire!

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

NYC – Templars #1 Signing

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Writer Fred Van Lente (Conan, Big Trouble In Little China, Archer & Armstrong) and artist Dennis Calero (Ash & The Army of Darkness, Independence Day, X-Men Noir: Mark of Cain) appear at JHU Comic Books on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from at 6:00 – 8:00 PM to sign the new Assassin’s Creed series TEMPLARS!

**Purchase of Assassin’s Creed: Templars #1 required to participate in signing event

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JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

McFarlane Toys Brings Brick Toys & more to NYCC 2015

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Todd McFarlane and McFarlane Toys are planning their trip to the Big Apple for New York Comic Con 2015! Last year, McFarlane Toys debuted their AMC’s The Walking Dead construction sets and this year, for the first time, McFarlane Toys is showing off their HBO’s Game of Thrones Construction Sets slated to hit stores this November!

Visit the McFarlane Toys booth #1526 for a chance to meet Todd McFarlane and see the latest construction sets, action figures and statues from brands including: AMC’s The Walking Dead, HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead Comic, Halo, Assassin’s Creed and more.

Here’s an overview of McFarlane’s schedule at NYCC:

PANEL: Toddfather Talks Toys, Comics, Spawn and Insight to Being an Independent Creator

  • Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
    Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
    Location: Room 1A06

This is a can’t-miss panel featuring the man, Todd McFarlane! The toy company giant gives a sneak peek at McFarlane Toys’ upcoming AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones construction sets. Todd also talks exciting Spawn and Savior news that will make any comic fan eager for new issues! A Todd McFarlane panel wouldn’t be complete without words of wisdom on persevering and obtaining your dream job.

SIGNING: Todd McFarlane VIP Signing

  • Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
    Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Location: VIP Lounge in the 4th floor Galleria

If you’re a VIP ticket holder, this is for you… Bring your two favorite Todd McFarlane items for a free autograph!

PANEL: Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel

  • Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
    Time: 4 PM – 5 PM
    Location: 1B03

Already a legend for his creation of The Spirit in 1940, Will Eisner – with the 1978 publication of his A Contract With God – would be instrumental in popularizing the graphic novel format, changing the world of comics forever. Join us and find out how and why Eisner did it, with moderator Paul Levitz (author of the upcoming Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel) and Panelists Todd McFarlane (Spawn Creator & Image Comics President), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dennis O’Neil (Batman) and Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book).

NYCC BUILD OFF: In-Booth Construction Set Challenge

McFarlane Toys is challenging New York Comic Con fans to a construction challenge featuring our McFarlane Construction Sets.  Fans can test their construction skills as we pit them against one another in a no-holds barred construction throw-down! The contest is free and open to all NYCC attendee badge holders and will be held in McFarlane Toys booth (1526) Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10th.

Can’t make it to NYCC? Upload a photo of your McFarlane Construction Sets to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #McFarlaneBuilds for a chance to win a McFarlane Construction Set prize package!

CONTESTS, GIVEAWAYS and MORE!

Stop by the McFarlane Toys booth #1526 for several different chances to win some awesome prizes!

  • Win McFarlane Toys for a Year: Sign up for the McFarlane Toys newsletter on an iPad in our booth to be entered in our ‘Win McFarlane Toys for a Year’ sweepstakes. Not going to NYCC? Don’t worry… You can enter the contest by clicking here.
  • Daily Lanyard Pin Giveaways: Each day of NYCC, we’ll be giving away NYCC EXCLUSIVE lanyard pins. Limited quantities available.
  • Daily Blind Bag Giveaways: Be one of the first to our booth (#1526) to grab a blind bag from AMC’s The Walking Dead. Check the front and back of your blind bag for a neon sticker, because you could be an INSTANT winner winning comics, action figures or construction sets. Limited quantities available.

FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS

More Todd McFarlane autograph sessions times to be announced! Check back here and on Todd’s Twitter for more details!

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

Stop by the McFarlane Toys booth for life-size photo opportunities from AMC’s The Walking Dead hit TV series.  Upload a photo of you in our booth to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #McFarlaneBuilds for a chance to win a McFarlane Construction Set prize package!

NYC – Assassin’s Creed #1 Signing

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Writer Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini) appears at JHU Comic Books on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to sign Assassin’s Creed #1!

*Purchase of Assassin’s Creed #1 required to participate in signing event.

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JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

Gotham Academy Launch Tour

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Comic creators Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl hit the road to sign the first issue of their new series GOTHAM ACADEMY #1!

Thursday October 2nd at 7:00 PM

Bar Le Ritz PDB
179 Rue Jean-Talon-Ouest Montréal, QC H2R 2Y9, Canada

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Friday October 3rd from 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Comic Book Shoppe
1400 Clyde Ave Ottawa, ON K2G3J2
Phone +1 613-228-8386

Saturday October 4th from 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2R6
Phone: 416-901-7489

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Monday October 6th at 6:00 PM

Cloud City Comics – Shoppingtown Mall
Syracuse, New York 13214
(315) 449-0003

 

Tuesday October 7th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Escape Pod Comics
302 Main St, Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 923-1044

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