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  • 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
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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…

    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

     

     

    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 – 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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