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  • MD – No Mercy Launch Signing

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    Writer Alex de Campi and artist Carla Speed McNeil appear at Third Eye Comics for a signing on Saturday April 18, 2015 from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM to sign the first issue of NO MERCY from Image Comics!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Third Eye Comics
    2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
    (410) 897-0322

    TCAF Kids Day 2015 Guests & Schedule Announced

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    Press Release:

    The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce TCAF KIDS DAY 2015, which will see the addition of TCAF Featured Guests Matt Holm & Jenni Holm, and an exclusive promotional poster by Gurihiru!

    Featuring some of the best and brightest kids-comic creators in the industry, TCAF KIDS DAY is a stand-alone event that takes place on Saturday, May 9th, from 10am to 4:30pm. It takes place just down the street from TCAF, about 10 minutes walk, at St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East. TCAF Kids Day is a great place to view large-format presentations by favourite TCAF Guests, and take part in crafts, activities, and storytimes, and purchase books from your favourite authors! Owlkids, Toronto Public Library, and Little Island Comics will be on hand all day to take part in the fun!

    Welcoming Jenni Hom & Matt Holm!
    We’re thrilled to announce that Jenni Holm & Matt Holm, the amazing sister & brother team behind the bestselling Babymouse and Squish book series’ will be returning to TCAF to kick off our day with their popular presentation! Jenni and Matt last visited TCAF in 2012, and they were just so awesome we had to have them back! Our thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for supporting their trip!

    Their presentation will be followed throughout the day by a who’s who of great kid, tween, and teen creators, including Kean Soo (Jellaby), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), George O’Connor (Zeus: King of the Gods), and all the way from Japan, Gurihiru (Avatar: The Last Airbender comics).

    TCAF Kids Day Schedule:
    10am-4:30pm: Event opens! Drop-in crafts, projects, and presentations all day!
    10:30am-11:30am: Jenni Holm & Matt Holm present: Get Graphic with Babymouse & Squish!
    11:45am-12:45pm: Kean Soo presents: Making Comics with Kean!
    1pm-2:15pm: Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman present: Comics Dance Party!
    2:30pm-3:15pm: George O’Connor presents: Getting Mythological!
    3:30pm-4:15pm: Gurihiru will be drawing and chatting, live!

    TCAF Kids Day Poster by Gurihiru!
    We have a special treat for everyone too! The amazing creative team Gurihiru (two awesome ladies from Japan, working under one name) have produced a special poster celebrating TCAF Kids Day programming, and really everything that’s fantastic about comic books! We are seriously blown away by this image, and we thank Gurihiru for doing such an amazing job on it! This image will be printed as a poster and made available for purchase at TCAF and TCAF Kids Day.

    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** 

    RSVP on Facebook!

    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

    korra_avatar_webPress Release:

    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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    original_NAGA_500Bobby Rubio
    Bryan Konietzko
    claire hummel
    Dan Matutina
    Dave Filoni
    David Au
    Dean Kelly
    Elsa Garagarza
    Emily Tetri
    Ethan Spaulding
    felt mistress
    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…

    RSVP on Facebook!

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

    CA – Fairly Odd Parents LIVE

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    Tara Strong, Daran Norris, Butch Hartman, Ray DeLaurentis, and more appear at A-PAEC Theater on Saturday February 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM!

    Press Release:

    Have you ever wondered how cartoons get their voices? Well your wish has been ranted! On February 21, 2015 you are invited to see a LIVE PERFORMANCE of Nickelodeon’s hit, classic cartoon “THE FAIRLY ODD PARENTS”. You’ll get to watch and meet the actors who have given life to COSMO, WANDA and TIMMY TURNER plus many others for the last 17 years! Series creator, Butch Hartman and Producer/Head Writer Ray DeLaurentis will be there to answer any questions and sign autographs. This SPECTACULAR show will take place on Agoura High School’s PAEC’s Main Stage. Ticket prices are $18.00 ages 6 to adult; $15.00 ages 5 and under.

    This event will begin at 11am and end at 1pm with a one hour autograph session from 1 to 2pm with all the characters. This fun, exciting event is for the whole family! You will laugh so much your cheeks will hurt! Pizza and lots of other treats will be available for purchase. This is all to benefit the Theatre Arts Boosters club. We raise funds so we can do exceptional theater here at Agoura High School.

    Tickets available at the link…

    Performing Arts Education Centers – Agoura High School
    28545 West Driver Avenue Agoura Hills CA 91301
    (818) 591-1209 Ext 2

    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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