OR – Astro City #42 Signing

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Bridge City Comics is excited to announce our release party for Astro City #42 on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 starting at 6:00 PM, with Portland locals Matthew Clark (artist) and Kurt Busiek (writer)! This event is free to the public.

Bridge City Comics will have copies of Astro City #42 available for purchase at this event, as well as other books from both Kurt and Matthew! Busiek and Clark will be in attendance to sign your copies! Refreshments will be served free of charge.

Kurt Busiek’s Astro City is an American superhero anthology comic book series centered on a fictional American city of that name. Created and written by Kurt Busiek, the series is mostly illustrated by Brent Anderson, with character designs and painted covers by Alex Ross. The first series debuted in August 1995, published by Image Comics, and eventually moved to Homage Comics, part of the Wildstorm Signature Series. Issue #42 is illustrated by friend of the shop and all around great guy, Matthew Clark.

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Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227
(503) 282-5484

VA – Superheroes and Superstars Exhibition

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Superheroes and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross—a new exhibition featuring the work of one of the world’s greatest comic book artists—will be on view in the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) from February 11 through May 14, 2017.

The MSV is the first venue to host this traveling exhibition, which has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The exhibition’s MSV display is sponsored by Shenandoah Country Q102.

According to Superheroes and Superstars curator Jesse Kowalski, Alex Ross has revitalized classic superheroes into works of fine art with his unique, painted photo-realistic style.

“The MSV is thrilled to be the first venue to present Superheroes and Superstars,” notes MSV Executive Director Dana Hand Evans, who adds that the Museum jumped at the chance to bring the exhibition to the region. “Alex Ross is one of the premier illustrators of our time,” says Evans. Along with offering comic book fans a rare opportunity to see Ross’s original artwork of classic superheroes, such as Wonder Woman, Superman, and Spider-Man, Evans says the exhibition illustrates the Museum’s commitment to present contemporary art in the Shenandoah Valley.

Superheroes and Superstars includes more than 100 original works created by Alex Ross, all on public display for the first time. Most of the works in the exhibition are on loan from Ross’s personal collection.

The new exhibition features Alex Ross’s well-known images of superheroes, villains, and his recent paintings of popular culture icons, such as The Beatles and Monty Python. Paintings, sketches, and models from his childhood and college years will also be on view, including “Spidey” booklets that Ross created at the age of four, action figures he made when he was 11 years old, and a self-portrait for a high school art class. Some of Ross’s more recent works in Superheroes and Superstars include A Tale of Two Reeves, a 2016 painting illustrating the two actors audiences most identify with Superman; the 2016 Hulk Marvelmania poster painting; Flash Gordon, a 2015 painting marking the 35th anniversary of the Flash Gordon film; and Ross’s variant cover for Star Wars #1, an homage to the original 1977 issue for Marvel’s relaunch of the classic Star Wars comic book series.

The MSV will host an opening reception for the exhibition from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 11. Those interested in attending should register in advance at www.theMSV.org/AlexRoss or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 240. The fee to attend the reception—which is sponsored by the Bank of Clarke County and includes admission to the exhibition and coffee and pastries—is free to MSV Members and $20 for all others.

From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, the MSV will host Alex Ross for a rare signing event. Prints and Alex Ross merchandise will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. Those interested in attending the signing may bring up to three items per person (no sketches and/or portfolio reviews).  While a fee is not required to attend the signing event, MSV admission will apply to view Superheroes and Superstars.

A regional cultural center, the MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV includes galleries, the Glen Burnie House, and seven acres of gardens. The galleries and exhibitions are open year-round; the house and gardens are open April through December. The site is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. January through March and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through December. Admission is $10 or $8 for seniors and youth ages 13 to 18. General admission is always free to youth ages 12 and under and to MSV Members. Thanks to sponsor Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc., admission is free to all every Wednesday. Additional details about the exhibition and a variety of complementary programs are available at www.theMSV.org or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235.

About Alex Ross:

Alex Ross was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1970 and raised in Lubbock, Texas. At just three years of age, he was drawing television commercials from memory. By the time Alex Ross was 13, he was drawing and scripting comic books. At the age of 17, Ross enrolled in the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

Alex Ross began his professional career as a storyboard artist for an advertising agency. When he was 19, Alex Ross received his first comic book assignment from NOW Comics – to illustrate the comic book series, Terminator: The Burning Earth. Five years later, Ross created the illustrations and cover art for Marvels (1994), a comic book series co-written by Kurt Busiek which featured Marvel’s central characters, such as Spider-Man, the Human Torch, Captain America, and Galactus. His sophomore project, Kingdom Come (1996), was a comic book series in which an alternate DC Universe is filled with aging superheroes, including Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Green Lantern, who come out of retirement to fight a new generation of superhuman beings.

Alex Ross won the Comic Buyer’s Guide Award for Favorite Painter seven times in a row, resulting in the retirement of the category.

In recent years, Ross has applied his artistic skills to outside projects with comic book roots, including a limited-edition promotional poster for the Academy Awards. In 2015, Alex was chosen by Apple Corps LTD to be commissioned as the first artist in more than 30 years to paint the Fab Four. Driven by the legendary music of The Beatles and inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema. Alex has often been referred to as “the Norman Rockwell of comics.”  Even so, his Yellow Submarine artwork reveals the similarly powerful influence of master surrealist Salvador Dali, whom Alex has also recognized as a guiding influence on his style. To learn more, visit www.alexrossart.com.

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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
901 Amherst St, Winchester, Virginia 22601
(888) 556-5799

OR – Autumnlands Signing

Creators Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey appear at Excalibur Books & Comics on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics!

Excalibur Books & Comics
2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-3969
(503) 231-7351

NV – Beatles Poster Signing

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Artist Alex Ross (Marvels, Kingdom Come, Astro City) appears at Mirage Hotel & Casino’s Beatles Shop on Saturday April 30, 2016 at 3:30 PM to sign a brand-new set of posters of Beatles portraits.

Mirage Hotel & Casino
3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
702.792.7729

OR – Image Creators Signing

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Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kurt Busiek, Joe Keatinge, and Leila del Duca appear at Powell’s City of Books on Saturday, November 21st at 4:00 PM!

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Four comic book writers and artists from Image Comics join us for a special afternoon panel discussion: writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, author of Bitch Planet; writer Joe Keatinge, author of Tech Jacket, Shutter, and the upcoming Ringside; Leila del Duca, Shutter artist; and writer Kurt Busiek, author of Autumnlands.

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
503-228-4651

SF – Night of A Thousand Sketches

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Join the Cartoon Art Museum as we celebrate our final days at our current location with a party, lots of artists, libations, giveaways, raffle prizes and other surprises. Live music, specialty cocktails, and original artwork will be on tap–stay tuned for updates.

Artists from all around the Bay (and a few from outside) join the museum to celebrate 14 years at the 655 Mission Street location and help raise funds for our move to a new location! Artists will be sketching all night; caricatures, superheroes, animated favorites, and more in exchange for donations of $10 and up, which will go to the museum’s storage and relocation costs.

Guest artists include a who’s who of great cartoonists:

Brent Anderson (Astro City)
Mark Badger (Batman)
Elizabeth Beier (We Belong, caricatures)
Mark Bode (TMNT, Cobalt-60)
Michael Capozzola (Surveillance Caricatures)
Peter Conrad (Cringe)
Steve Englehart (The Avengers, Detective Comics)
Greg Espinoza (Pug)
Andrew Farago (TMNT)
Shaenon K. Garrity (Skin Horse)
Mike Hales (wobblyart.com)
Gene Hamm (Hell Toupee)
Andy Hartzell (Fox Bunny Funny)
Mark Haven Britt (Monument)
Nathan Heigert (Shade)
Brian Kolm (Atomic Bear Press)
Vincent Kukua (Image Comics)
Karen Luk (Steampunk ABC)
Larry Luna (Lenerd)
Lee Marrs (Pudge, Girl Blimp)
Pete McDonnell (Marvel Comics, caricatures)
Roman Muradov ((In a Sense) Lost and Found)
Frederick Noland (SF Weekly)
Melissa Pagluica (Above the Clouds)
Jeff Plotkin (Happy Freak Show)
Zach Trenholm (LIFE, caricatures)
Chuck Whelon (Pewfell)

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Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

Hero Initiative Heads to Big WOW! ComicFest 2015

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Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need, will be attending San Jose’s Big WOW! ComicFest on April 18-19th at the San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos St. in San Jose.

Hero will be at booth #300 on the convention floor, and Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the con floor will collecting for Hero include: Brent Anderson, Dan Brereton, Dave Gibbons, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Joseph Michael Linsner, John Livesay, Bill Morrison, Marat Mychaels, Paolo Rivera, and Chrissie Zullo. Make sure you stop by and do the right thing!

About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $700,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Big Wow! ComicFest 2015 Tickets Available Now

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Big WOW! Comicfest returns on April 18th & 19th, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center! Admission tickets are now available! Along with the standard Weekend and Single Day passes for Adults and Children, Big WOW! Comicfest also has the following VIP and Lifetime Admission Options available.

VIP Big WOW! Package includes a special VIP Lanyard, Weekend Pass to Big WOW! Comicfest, 1/2 hour early entry into the show both Saturday and Sunday, Big WOW! VIP bag, Big WOW! Comicfest 2015 T-Shirt, front row seating to any panel except the Swamp Thing panel, and more Big WOW! ComicFest exclusive items!

VIP Swamp Thing Package includes a Limited Edition Print signed by John Totleben, Stephen Bissette, Rich Veitch, and Tom Yeates, a special VIP Lanyard, Weekend Pass to Big WOW! Comicfest, 1/2 hour early entry into the show both Saturday and Sunday, Big WOW! VIP bag, Big WOW! Comicfest 2015 T-Shirt, and front row seating to the Swamp Thing panel.

Lifetime Admission to Big WOW! ComicFest, as well as the East Bay Comic Con and the Bakersfield Comic Con! Lifetime Admission comes with a complimentary Big WOW! ComicFest VIP package for the 2015 Con. You’ll be able to upgrade to VIP status for future shows. We are limiting sales to only 100 so you’ll want to scoop these up while you have the chance!

Get tickets at the link!

Guests include: Brent Anderson, Sanya Anwar, Stephen Bissette, Mark Bode, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Bradstreet, Dan Brereton, Danny Bulanadi, Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Stephen E. Gordon, Adi Granov, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Ron Lim, Toshio Maeda, Steve Mannion, Chris Marrinan, Bill Morrison, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Stuart Sayger, Liam Sharp, Scott Shaw, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Herb Trimpe, Rick Veitch, Tim Vigil, Ben Wolstenholme, Thomas Yeates, and more to be announced.

For more information on Big WOW! Comicfest please check their website (www.bigwowcomicfest.com) and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

OR – 40th Anniversary Signing

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Kurt Busiek, Justin Zimmerman, Mike Lawrence, Mike Russell, and Bill Mudron sign at Excalibur Books & Comics on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 from 6:00 till 8:00 pm as part of Excalibur’s 40th anniversary celebration!

Excalibur Books & Comics
2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-3969
(503) 231-7351

MA – Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross

Alex Ross appears at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday November 10, 2012 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Commentary at 7 p.m. Autographs (limit of 2 – 3 items per person) with the artist to follow.

Press Release:

Over the last two decades, caped crusaders have literally been flying off the pages and covers of comic books and graphic novels, due in large part to the work of one very talented illustrator: Alex Ross. Known for his unique, photorealistic renderings of such beloved superheroes as Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man, Ross helped revitalize the comic book industry, capturing a new generation of readers, and bridging the gap between comic and fine art.

This fall, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a comprehensive look at the career of the artist who has been called “the Norman Rockwell of the comics world.” “Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross” will be on view at the Museum from November 10, 2012 through February 24, 2013.

“Heroes & Villains” is the first museum exhibition celebrating the art of Alex Ross. Organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the exhibition features more than 130 works, including paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures from Ross’ personal collection. Spanning the artist’s life and career, the exhibition features rarely-seen works—from his early crayon drawing of Spider-Man, created at the age of four, to his groundbreaking work for such books as “Marvels,” “Justice,” and “Kingdom Come.” “Heroes & Villains” reveals Ross’ personal and artistic goal to redefine comic books for a new generation. The exhibition also pays homage to the artist’s inspirations, including original work by his mother Lynette Ross (who was also a successful illustrator), Frank Bez, Andrew Loomis, and Norman Rockwell. Also featured in the exhibition are works by Andy Warhol, a huge comic book fan, including his “Myths” series, which mirrors many of the subjects depicted in Ross’ work.

“Norman Rockwell Museum is thrilled to be able to present the work of Alex Ross,” says Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt. “Just as millions of readers in the 20th century were introduced to the world of art courtesy of Norman Rockwell, that tradition continues today thanks to Ross’ beautifully painted illustrations, which combine photographic realism and imaginative storytelling.”

“Norman Rockwell has been one of the greatest influences on my art, and it is an enormous honor to be featured in the museum dedicated to his work,” notes Alex Ross. “I have always looked upon Rockwell’s style as the peak of what one could hope to achieve artistically. The artist’s realistic execution and eye for composition are things I aspire to, knowing that he performed a quality of work that isn’t easily achieved. It is a major career achievement for me to have my work in company with his.”

A members opening event for the exhibition will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a rare appearance by Alex Ross, who will also be conducting a book signing during the evening event.
About Alex Ross

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1970 and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Alex Ross grew up in a world of colorful, painted images. Ross’s mother Lynette was a successful illustrator in the 1940s and 1950s, the same time that Norman Rockwell was becoming a household name.

At just three years of age, Ross was drawing TV commercials from memory. The following year, he began drawing images of his favorite superheroes—Superman, Captain Marvel, and Plastic Man. By the time he was 13, he was drawing and scripting comic books. At the age of 17, Ross went on to study painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he was influenced by Salvador Dali’s hyperrealism, as well as by such classic American illustrators as Norman Rockwell and J.C. Leyendecker.

Ross began his professional career as a storybook artist for an advertising agency. At the age of 19 Ross received his first comic assignment from Marvel Comics – a comic titled “Terminator: The Burning Earth.” Five years later, Ross created the illustrations and cover art for “Marvels,” a full feature comic book, co-written by Kurt Busiek. Ross’s photorealistic gouache technique showcases superheroes and villains such as Spider-Man, the Human Torch, Captain America, and Galactus. His sophomore project, “Kingdom Come,” is a comic in which an alternate DC Universe is filled with aging superhero forces including Superman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern, who come out of retirement to fight modern super humans.

Ross won the Comic Buyer’s Guide Award for Favorite Painter seven times in a row, resulting in the retirement of the category.

To learn more, visit the artist’s website: http://www.alexrossart.com

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

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