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  • 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

     

     

    IL – Boxers & Saints Signing

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    Meet Gene Luen Yang, award–winning author and nominee for the National Book Award, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 7:00–8:30 p.m. He will discuss Boxers and Saints and describe the genesis of the two-volume graphic novel project about the Boxer Rebellion. He’ll talk about why historical events intrigue him and what he learned while researching. Lang’s talk will be followed by questions from the audience and a book signing. Open to all ages.

    Arlington Heights Memorial Library
    500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5910
    847-392-0100

    NYC – Carousel for Kids!

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    R. Sikoryak and Neil Numberman host Cartoon Slide Shows and other projected pictures with guests Jon ChadCharise Mericle HarperDave RomanRaina TelgemeierJames SturmAndrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost at Dixon Place on Saturday November 15th at 2:00 PM! Stories, gags, & live drawing! For kids of all ages.

    Tickets: $8 kids, $12 (advance), $15 (at the door), $10 (students/seniors)

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Dixon Place
    161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002

    CA – Avatar: The Last Airbender Signing

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    Gene Luen Yang appears at Fantastic Comics to speak about writing comics and sign the latest Avatar: The Last Airbender comic, The Rift part 3, on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm!

    Gene Yang is the award winning creator of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, The Shadow Hero, Level Up, and writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender series.

    The event will begin with a talk from Gene about creating comics, followed by a signing. Join us this Saturday, November 8th, starting at 3PM. Hope to see you all there!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Fantastic Comics
    2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
    510-848-2988

    CA – Talkin’ Toons w/ Korra

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    Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes JANET VARNEY, star of The Legend of Korra, to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday November 11, 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

    UT – Boxers & Saints Signing

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    Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, author of Boxers & Saints, appears at the Main Library to speak and sign books on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

    ABOUT GENE LUEN YANG Yang began publishing comic books under the name Humble Comics in 1996. In 1997, he published the comic Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks and won the Xeric Grant, a self-publishing grant for comic book creators. Since then, Yang has created and collaborated on a number of works, including American Born Chinese, The Eternal Smile, and the two-volume Boxers & Saints.

    Salt Lake City Public Library
    210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    801-524-8200

    CA – One Book for Teens Panel

    1bookGene Luen Yang, Eric Shanower, and Alonso Nuñez appear at Villainous Lair Comics on October 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Press Release:

    Join KPBS at Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming for a special panel discussion about comics and graphic novels moderated by KPBS Education Reporter, Matt Bowler. Panelists will include:

    Gene Luen Yang, author of “American Born Chinese,” the 2014 One Book for Teens selection
    • Alonso Nuñez, Executive Director of Little Fish Comic Book Studio
    Eric Shanower, Freelance Creator

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    Join us after the event for refreshments. Copies of the book will be available for sale, and the author will be available for signings. Find more information about the One Book, One San Diego program at KPBS.org/onebook.

    One Book is sponsored by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation and Jerome’s Furniture. Additional support comes from Lloyd Pest Control and SDG&E.

    Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming
    3220 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
    619-281-1600

    OH – How To Make Comics Workshop

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    Join author Gene Luen Yang at the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Tuesday October 14th at 6:30 PM for his program How To Make Comics where he will talk about the creative process step-by-step, from idea, to writing, to the art to publication. This program is for an audience 12 years and older.

    Columbus Metropolitan Library – Southeast Branch
    3980 S. Hamilton Road Groveport, OH 43125

    Legend of Korra Con-Bends NYCC 2014

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    Last week saw the premiere of the final season of Nickelodeon’s acclaimed animated series The Legend of Korra. Give Team Avatar a proper send off at the several events that have been scheduled for New York Comic Con!

    Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra: Book 4
    Thu. October 9| 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM | Empire Stage 1-E

    Please join Executive Producer and Creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as they provide a tantalizing glimpse behind the curtain of this ground-breaking animated series. Special Guests include Voice Actors Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako) and P.J. Byrne (Bolin). Includes an exclusive screening of a never-before-seen episode from Korra’s final season. Moderated by Megan Casey, Vice President, Current Series, Nickelodeon Animation.

    Dark Horse Comics Signing | Booth #1636
    Friday, October 10| 11:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m. | Hellboy Stage

    AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
    (WRISTBAND REQUIRED. Wristbands will be distributed by drawing in the Dark Horse booth on Thursday and Friday at show opening.)

    Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy
    Sun. October 12| 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM|  1A06

     

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    Join Avatar Mom (moderator), Monica McClain (Illustrator/Art Instructor), Alison Wilgus (Artist/Writer), Kevin Coppa (Puppetbenders Creator), Sifu Manuel Rodriguez (Martial Arts Choreographer for Toph Beifong) and Jessie Flower (voice of Toph Beifong) for Avatar: The Last Airbender art, history, demonstrations and stories – plus a live comic reading from Dark Horse Comics’ The Rift. Attending Cosplayers may win books and signed original Legend of Korra animation drawings donated by Studio Mir!

    Dark Horse Comics Signing | Booth #1636
    Sunday, October 12| 03:30 p.m.–04:30 p.m. | Hellboy Stage

    AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Jessie Flower (voice actor of Toph Beifong)
    (WRISTBAND REQUIRED. Wristbands will be distributed by drawing in the Dark Horse booth on Saturday and Sunday at show opening.)

     

    Additionally Dark Horse will have on sale a their booth at limited number of Avatar Aang Memorial Statues as seen below.

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    Dark Horse Panel & Signing Schedule for NYCC 2014

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    Press Release:

    Come and check out the Dark Horse booth, #1636, at NYCC 2014! A list of the Dark Horse exclusives at NYCC can be found at the link…

    Signing Schedule


    All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

    Lines may also be closed for other signings due to crowding or time restrictions.
    We have two signing stages, denoted by the art on each stage. The location of each signing is indicated by the following abbreviations:
    HB = Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. Signing Stage FS = Fire and Stone (Prometheus, Predator, Aliens, Alien vs. Predator comic crossover series) Signing Stage
    All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

     

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9
    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HB HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: Alex Maleev
    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. FS ROBOCOP VS. TERMINATOR: Walter Simonson
    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini
    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FS THE WHITE SUITS: Frank Barbiere
    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB GRINDHOUSE: Alex de Campi, Chris Peterson
    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FS FURIOUS: Bryan J. L. Glass
    5:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m. HB THE BLACK BEETLE:  Francesco Francavilla
    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FS BAD BLOOD: Jonathan Maberry
    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. HB MIND MGMT: Matt Kindt
    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FS GHOST FLEET, BUZZKILL: Donny Cates

     

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10
    11:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m. HB AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
    (WRISTBAND REQUIRED. Wristbands will be distributed by drawing in the Dark Horse booth on Thursday and Friday at show opening.
    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. FS CONCRETE PARK: Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander
    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Jim Calafiore, Gail Simone, HB CONAN RED SONJA: Jim Zub, Gail Simone
    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. FS ACTION PHILOSOPHERS: Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey
    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HB THE STRAIN: Mike Huddleston
    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS: Shaun Simon, Becky Cloonan, NEVERBOY: Shaun Simon, Tyler Jenkins
    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FS GRINDHOUSE: Alex de Campi, Chris Peterson
    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB REBELS: Brian Wood, Andrea Mutti, THE MASSIVE: Brian Wood, Garry Brown
    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. HB THE ART OF HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, SUNDOWNERS: Tim Seeley
    5:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m. FS THE BEST OF COMIX BOOK: WHEN MARVEL WENT UNDERGROUND: Denis Kitchen, John Lind
    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. HB    HALO: Frank O’Connor
    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FS NIGHTMARE CARNIVAL: Ellen Datlow, Laird Barron

     

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11
     
    10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB CREEPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY: Dustin Nguyen, Dan Braun
    10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. FS POP: Curt Pires
    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow
    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. FS ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini
    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB REALMS: THE ROLE-PLAYING GAME ART OF TONY DiTERLIZZI: Tony DiTerlizzi
    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. FS GHOST FLEET, BUZZKILL: Donny Cates
    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB RESURRECTIONISTS: Fred Van Lente, Maurizio Rosenzweig, Moreno Dinisio, Juan Doe
    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. FS SABERTOOTH SWORDSMAN: Aaron Conley, AMALA’S BLADE: Michael Dialynas
    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HB AW YEAH COMICS!™, ITTY BITTY MASK, ITTY BITTY HELLBOY:Art Baltazar, Franco
    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. FS BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover COLDER: Paul Tobin
    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB PASTAWAYS: Matt Kindt, Scott Kolins EI8HT: Mike Johnson, Rafael Albuquerque
    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FS CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT: Joshua Williamson
    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB ALABASTER: Caitlín R. Kiernan
    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FS THE ELTINGVILLE CLUB, BEASTS OF BURDEN, MILK AND CHEESE: Evan Dorkin
    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. HB STAR WARS READS DAY! Mike Richardson (Star Wars: Crimson Empire, 47 Ronin, The Atomic Legion, Deep Gravity), Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman (Star Wars: Legacy, Deep Gravity), Randy Stradley (Star Wars: Dark Times)
    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FS PROMETHEUS: FIRE & STONE: Paul Tobin, PREDATOR: FIRE & STONE: Josh Williamson, Chris Mooneyham
    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. HB EVE ONLINE: Börkur Eiriksson, Torfi Frans Olafsson
    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FS THE STRAIN: Mike Huddleston

     

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12
    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB BLACKSAD: Juanjo Guarnido, Tom Orzechowski
    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. FS MONSTERS! & OTHER STORIES: Gustavo Duarte
    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin
    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. FS WITCHFINDER: Maura McHugh
    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB FIGHT CLUB 2: David Mack, Cameron Stewart, Nate Piekos
    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. FS CONCRETE PARK: Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander
    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HB BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH: Christos Gage, Will Conrad, Scott Fischer
    3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. HB AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Jessie Flower (voice actor for Toph Beifong)

     

    PANEL SCHEDULE
    Title: Dark Horse Builds Characters
    Date: Thursday, October 9
    Time: 4:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Location: 1A14
    Original creator-owned work has been a cornerstone of Dark Horse’s success since its earliest days. Join publicist Aub Driver—along with Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis), Brian Wood (Rebels), Rafael Albuquerque (Ei8ht), Fred Van Lente and the team behind his new ongoing series Resurrectionists, Donny Cates (The Ghost Fleet), Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), David Mack (Fight Club 2), and more—to discuss some of the most exciting comics of 2014 and beyond!

     

    Title: Banned Horror Comics Walking Back from the Dead!
    Date: Thursday, October 9
    Time: 4:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Location: 1A05
    A fearful look at the 1950s horror comics criticized by Dr. Fredric Wertham, reviled in Senate investigations, and destroyed in public book burnings! These pre-Code comics, like zombies, are again walking to get you! Craig “Haunted Horror/IDW/Yoe Books” Yoe, Mike “Dark Horse” Richardson, Mike “The ‘Worst’ of Eerie Publications” Howlett, and Carol “Wertham Debunker” Tilley explore EC and other publishers, the censoring Comics Code, the Golden Age of horror reprints, and the TV shows and movies inspired by these scary comics!

     

    Title: Editors on Editing
    Date: Friday, October 10
    Time: 12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.
    Location: 1B03
    Talk to actual working editors from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and more as they discuss the comics business. Learn about submissions, professionalism, and what it takes to make it as an editor. Support by Nicole Scalera. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of Comic Book School.

     

    Title: Dark Horse and Sega Present: 35 Years of Alien
    Date: Friday, October 10
    Time: 6:15 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
    Location: 1A24
    Dark Horse achieved one of its earliest successes with the 1987 publication of Aliens. Now, following the release of the highly anticipated Fire and Stone and Sega’s Alien: Isolation, we take a look back at a wild publishing history based on the frightening thirty-five-year-old franchise! Join Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver, along with Mike Richardson (president and publisher, Dark Horse Comics), Randy Stradley (vice president of publishing, Dark Horse Comics), Paul Tobin (Prometheus), Joshua Williamson and Chris Mooneyham (Predator), and a few surprise guests!
    Title: Celebrating 15 Years of The Goon: Modern Horror, Humor, and More!
    Date: Saturday, October 11
    Time: 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
    Location: 1A05
    What started as a self-published sensation quickly grew into one of the most exciting books in the marketplace, with multiple Eisner wins, critical accolades, and a movie in development! Now, we get together some of the top writers working in horror comics to pay tribute to the one and only Eric Powell! Join Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver, along with Tim Seeley (Sundowners), Paul Tobin (Colder), Evan Dorkin (The Eltingville Club, Milk and Cheese), and Alex de Campi (Smoke/Ashes, Grindhouse) for a look at the past, present, and future of comics’ most lovable brute and more!
    Title: Powered by Creators: Dark Horse Video Game Comics Level Up!
    Date: Saturday, October 11
    Time: 4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
    Location: 1A10
    Dark Horse established itself in its early years as the premier publisher of licensed comics by continuing story lines from the big screen to the page. Now, this tradition is carried on through the most exciting video game tie-ins in the comics medium! Join Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver, along with the cast of top writers working on these titles, including Gail Simone (Tomb Raider), Paul Tobin (The Witcher), and former Star Wars writer Brian Wood, for an exciting announcement!
    Title: Discussing The Essential Kurtzman: Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book
    Date: Saturday, October 11
    Time: 5:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Location: 1A01
    One of the most influential graphic novels of all time (no. 26 on The Comics Journal’s Top 100 of the 20th Century) returns! Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book inspired cartoonists such as R. Crumb, Jay Lynch, Art Spiegelman, and Denis Kitchen. Discussing the upcoming Kitchen Sink Books edition and Kurtzman’s life will be: Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Books), David Hajdu (The Ten-Cent Plague), Jay Lynch (Bijou Funnies), John Holmstrom (Punk Magazine), and Harvey’s daughter Nellie Kurtzman. Moderator: Bill Kartalopoulos.
    Title: Avatar: The Last Airbender—Legend and Legacy
    Date: Sunday, October 12
    Time: 2:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
    Location: 1A06
    Join Avatar Mom (moderator), Monica McClain (illustrator/art instructor), Alison Wilgus (artist/writer), Kevin Coppa (Puppetbenders creator), Sifu Manuel Rodriguez (martial arts choreographer for Toph Beifong), and Jessie Flower (voice of Toph Beifong) for Avatar: The Last Airbender art, history, demonstrations, and stories—plus a live comic reading from Dark Horse Comics’ The Rift. Attending cosplayers may win books and signed original Legend of Korra animation drawings donated by Studio Mir!

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