NY – Prince Zuko Speaks

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Actor, writer, producer DANTE BASCO will be speaking about his experiences as a Filipino-American in Hollywood on Friday May 1st at 8:00 pm. His past credits include RUFIO in Hook, JAKE LONG in American Dragon: Jake Long, and ZUKO in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

This event is organized by the Southeast Asian Students Alliance and sponsored by Mecha, ASA, the Asian Studies Department, and the Film Department.

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Vassar College
124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
845-437-7000

OR – Rick and Morty #1 Signing

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Press Release:

Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our Rick and Morty #1 Release Party on Friday, April 3, 2015 from 6pm – 9pm! This event is free to the public.

Rick and Morty is one of our favorite shows on Adult Swim and to celebrate the release of Rick and Morty #1 Bridge City Comics is pleased to announce our special store exclusive cover for issue #1! This cover is ONLY available at Bridge City Comics and we’ll have cover artist Ryan Hill on hand to sign copies!

We’ll have copies of the comic on sale as well as a selection of other variants covers from the series. But this is the ONLY place to get our special Bridge City Comics variant!

Refreshments will be served free of charge. Sketches will be at the discretion of the artist.

About Rick and Morty:
Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland’s hilarious hit Adult Swim animated show RICK & MORTY now has its own comic book series from Oni Press! Join degenerate superscientist Rick Sanchez as he embarks on all-new insane adventures with his awkward grandson Morty, his teenage granddaughter Summer, his veterinary surgeon daughter Beth, and his hapless son-in-law Jerry. In this issue: Part One of “The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street”!

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

MD – Dave Roman Drawing Party

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Cartoonist Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat) appears at Big Planet Comics on Saturday, March 21st from 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm for a special drawing party!

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Big Planet Comics
7315 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
301-699-0498

Avatar/Korra Exhibit Draws Record-Breaking Crowd

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Last Saturday night Gallery Nucleus opened a tribute exhibition of art to the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spinoff The Legend of Korra. Hundreds of fans, many of whom cosplaying their favorite characters, waited for hours in eager anticipation with lines ultimately stretching around the building and down the block. Co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino were on hand to sign autographs for a limited number of attendees. The artwork on display included both early development art and original pieces created by Avatar/Korra production artists and fans selected for inclusion.

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Co-creator Mike DiMartino with the sold out Korrasami print

Nucleus owner Ben Zhu, a self-avowed fan of Korra, said he got in touch with Nickelodeon around the middle of the third season to start planning the art show. “Little did we know that we would be the main event post show and no other fans events were in the works,” said Zhu in an email, “So in that sense, we got lucky.” Avatar/Korra co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dimartino remarked that they already knew of Nucleus’s reputation when they were approached because of the animation exhibitions it had hosted in the past. “It worked out nicely,” said Konietzko, “Lots of the crew from both shows are here so it’s kind of a family reunion.”

When asked about the future of 2D animation, Konietzko said the industry is currently in something of a Golden Age in television with more people going to art school specifically to study animation. Pointing to the artists represented in the exhibition, he and DiMartino agreed that they represent the future and will be the ones creating their own shows in the years to come.

During the opening only the first people in the gallery were given wristbands to get signatures from Konietzko and DiMartino. But the many attending artists from each show, including Joaquim Dos Santos, Angela Song Mueller, Colin Heck, Johane Matte, Giancarlo Volpe, Emily Tetri, Kenji Ono, Elsa Garagarza, Will Ruzicka, and more, mingled with fans and very graciously signed art books and prints. Also voice actors PJ Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami),Dee Bradley Baker (Tarrlok and every single animal) and his daughter Cora (young Korra) also made appearances to meet fans and snap selfies. All told, a reported 1,500 people showed up to indulge in their fandom. Ben Zhu said, “This event broke attendance records for us and is the most attended show in our gallery’s history just above the Final Fantasy X/X2 game release event and the Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition. We knew the event was going to be big but anticipated maybe 2/3 the actual attendance.”

When asked if the story of Korra will continue in comic form as Avatar: The Last Airbender has, DiMartino remained cryptic but said if anything were to continue it would be there. He spoke well of the creative team behind the Dark Horse title, writer Gene Luen Yang and artist team Gurihiru, saying they are so talented they need very little direction.

The artwork for the exhibition will remain on display till March 22. The closing event on Saturday March 21st will feature a Q&A panel with Konietzko and DiMartino but is most likely to be restricted to 100-150 people. Fans are encouraged to follow Gallery Nucleus on their Facebook page and Twitter to get the latest news.

Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

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Avatar Aang & Katara cosplayers

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The very first drawing of Aang and early versions of Naga and Momo by co-creator Bryan Konietzko

 

"Past Lives": Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar's previous incarnations.

“Past Lives”: Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar’s previous incarnations.

Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

CA – Graphic Novel Greats Signing

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Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, and James Burks at Once Upon A Time Bookstore on Thursday March 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

Graphic novels are a hit with students, astute teachers and savvy librarians, as they know the best of these novels tell engaging stories which captivate kids — and keep them reading! We are very very lucky to have these 3 talented artists come talk shop, draw, doodle, get creative and inspire budding artists! Afterwards, they will sign books. This is a free event & will be very popular. In order to get a priority ticket for the signing line, at least one book must be bought from Once Upon A Time.

Once Upon A Time Bookstore
Montrose Shopping Park
2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020
818-248-9668

MA – An Evening with Dante Basco

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Actor and poet Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Hook) appears at Boston University on Friday February 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

The BU Filipino Student Association is proud to present round two of our year-round lecture series. Our key speaker is Dante Basco!

FSA plans on holding a lecture series featuring prominent Filipino-American speakers who have risen to success in their respective fields, such as Dante Basco. Dante Basco is a Filipino-American Actor known for his roles as Rufio in Hook and Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

He will be allotted an hour and fifteen minutes for his lecture with additional time for the audience to ask questions and potentially meet the speaker personally. This lecture series is a great opportunity to educate the BU community about how the speaker’s Filipino upbringing has impacted their decisions and morals in the stories he shares. As a prominent Filipino in the entertainment business, we can attract a broad array of students who are interested in hearing his story as well.

We hope that this event will show attendees a glimpse of what our Filipino heritage means to us–that it is not only one of which to be proud, but one whose ideals of love and unity we strive to share with as many as people as possible.

Tickets are free and available at the link! **SOLD OUT** 

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Boston UniversityCAS Room 313  **NEW LOCATION** CAS Room 522
685 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215

CA – Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra Retrospective Panel

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Creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino appear on a panel at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday March 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM for the closing of the Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra retrospective exhibit.

Press Release:

Back for the closing reception, creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino will be in the gallery for a short moderated Q and A panel and talking a bit about their creative process. Bryan and Mike will be available for signing after the panel for guests only.

2 – 3 new tribute pieces will be on display in the main gallery. In our atrium gallery, will be original Avatar the Last Airbender development artwork by Bryan Konietzko, not previously exhibited.

Aang statues and new exclusive prints of select works in the exhibition will be released for the first time to attendees of the panel.

Signing / Ticket Details
*1 item person. No outside items.
*Tickets will go on sale on this page starting March 18th. $10 a seat, limit 2 seats per person. Orders of more than 2 will be voided and refunded.
*Print or show us from your smart phone, your order confirmation to the event.
*Limited to 100 seats and standing room for 50 people, 150 attendees total. Seats are first come first serve

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

First Guests Announced for Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015

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Press Release:

Announcing the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015! Over 300 cartoonists from Canada and around the world are on their way to Toronto this May, to celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! A week-long Festival of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition centered at Toronto Reference Library, May 10 and 11, 2015!

For more than a decade, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has showcased the incredible comics art being made here in Canada, and invited the attention of the international cartooning community. The 2015 programme continues to build on those successes, with an increase in programming, and a renewed focus on Canadian cartoonists from coast to coast!

TCAF 2015 will welcome a remarkable array of authors! Highlights from the author guests include:

Charles Burns: Creator of Black Hole, considered to be one of the most important graphic novels in the Western canon, Burns will be at TCAF to celebrate his recently completed new graphic novel series X’ed Out (Pantheon Books). Burns will also illustrated one of the official posters of the 2015 Festival, to be revealed.

Eleanor Davis: An outstanding cartoonist and editorial illustrator (The New Yorker, New York Times), Davis’ recent graphic novel release How To Be Happy (Fantagraphics) was widely lauded as one of the best graphic novels of 2014, and TCAF is thrilled to welcome this her back to Toronto for the 2015 Festival.

Gurihiru: This dynamic cartooning duo (working under one pen name) hails from Tokyo, Japan, and is beloved in North America for their original graphic novels set in the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender (Dark Horse). They have also created work for Marvel Comics, Disney, and an array of independent illustration work.

Lucy Knisley: A long-time supporter of the Festival, Knisley’s memoirs and travelogues are well-loved across the continent. Knisley attends as a Featured Guest in 2015, in support of her new travelogue/graphic novel Displacement (Fantagraphics).

Scott McCloud: Creator of the essential comics text Understanding Comics, TCAF will welcome McCloud back to Toronto in support of his acclaimed new graphic novel The Sculptor (First Second Books).

Barbara Stok: Hailing from The Netherlands, Stok has an impressive collection of graphic novels to her credit. TCAF is happy to welcome her as a Featured Guest of the Festival in 2015, in conjunction with her debut English-language graphic novel release Vincent (SelfMadeHero), an important and critically-praised biography of Vincent Van Gogh.

Jillian Tamaki: With her cousin Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki’s 2014 TCAF Debut This One Summer (Groundwood/First Second) took home a Governor General’s Award, a Caldecott Honor, and a Printz Honor. In 2015, Jillian Tamaki will release SuperMutantMagicAcademy (Drawn & Quarterly), her hilarious new graphic novel.

Chip Zdarsky: Hometown favourite and emerging international superstar Zdarsky (a.k.a. Steve Murray) is welcomed as a Featured Guest for 2015! Best-known for his ground-breaking comic series Sex Criminals (with writer Matt Fraction), spring 2015 will see the launch of his new series Kaptara (Image Comics) with fellow Toronto illustrator Kagan McLeod, and a relaunch of Marvel Comics’ Howard The Duck.

And these are just the first nine featured guests among the more than 300 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2015 Festival.

Featured guests will continue to be announced through February and March, with special guests from France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and the U.S. and Canada still to be revealed!

TCAF 2015 will also feature several programming spotlights, including a special tribute to esteemed Canadian graphic novel published Drawn & Quarterly, on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary.

Additional Programs will be announced in February and March, including the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, Comics Vs. Games 4, Gallery Showings, Screenings, and much more. Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates:

Website: www.torontocomics.com
Twitter: @Torontocomics
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TorontoComics
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CA – Legend of Korra/Avatar: The Last Airbender Art Exhibit

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Gallery Nucleus and Nickelodeon Studios are proud to present an official art exhibition paying tribute to The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

On display will be behind-the-scenes production art and tribute art by select illustrators as well as artists from the TV show. We will also be accepting open submissions from the fans!

Learn more about how to submit your artwork to this exhibition and the OPEN CALL for entries HERE (submission closed on FEB. 20)

OPENING NIGHT
Cosplay is highly encouraged! Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome, No RSVP needed.

ADMISSION
$5 or FREE when you come in costume

OPENING RECEPTION HIGHLIGHTS
Meet the creators of the TV show: Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino as well as other key creatives from the show on opening night on Saturday March 7, 2015 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM.

First 40 people in the door will receive a FREE game download code postcard for the Legend of Korra game!

First 100 people in line to purchase any new exclusive releases will receive a ticket to get their items signed by Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino (limit 1 item per person, wristbands will be given to the first 100 in line) No holding place in line for friends or family. Wristbands will be handed out at random times throughout the day as line forms.

original_AangComplimentary refreshments available

Hourly raffle giveaways at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm (Winners need not be present to win. Winning #s will also be announced on our Facebook and twitter)

Original tribute artwork by artists from the TV show and comics will be on display and for sale

The Art of The Legend of Korra book, Seasons 1, 2, and 3 as well as the comic books will be available in our shop. (See below for event exclusives)

RECEPTION SCHEDULE / ARTISTS SIGNING
(5:00 pm – 6:00 pm) press / vip hour
(6:00 pm) doors open
(6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) Signing for first 100 people w/ creators Bryan Konietzco and Michael DiMartino
(8:00 pm) raffle prizes (you do not need to be present to win)
(9:00 pm) raffle prizes (you do not need to be present to win)
(10:00 pm) final raffle prizes / reception concludes (you do not need to be present to win)

Other exhibiting and tv show artists will be present (look for people with name tags)

EXHIBITING ARTISTS
Alan Wan
Angela Song Mueller
Anthony Wu
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Bryan Konietzko
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Dan Matutina
Dave Filoni
David Au
Dean Kelly
Elsa Garagarza
Emily Tetri
Ethan Spaulding
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Frederic Stewart
helen chen
Jed Henry
Joaquim Dos Santos
joey chou
Johane Matte
Justin Oaksford
Justin Ridge
Kenji Ono
Lauren MacMullan
Leonard Peng
Mayumi Nose
Melissa King
Natasha Wicke
Owen Sullivan
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Ricardo Delgado
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Simona Candini
Will Ruzicka
William Nanqing Niu
Young-Ki Yoon

…more to be announced!

EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION RELEASES

Aang Statue $149.95 limited edition of 750 (Released for the first time on opening night, if arrives as scheduled)

Naga Plush $34.95 (Released for the first time on opening night)

The Art of Legend of Korra Book 3 $39.95

More to be announced…

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

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

 

 

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