NJ – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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Larry Hama, Ron Marz, Bryan J.L. Glass, and more appear at Level Up Entertainment on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

Press Release:

It’s the most wonderful day of the year! Join us on May 3rd for free comics, special guests, vendors, artists, prizes, costume contest, sales, and more!

Some of this year’s special events include:

TRANSFORMERS vs GI JOE #0 LAUNCH PARTY, brought to you by IDW Publishing!

Unveiling of this year’s GI JOE vs TRANSFORMERS EPIC DIORAMA!

Special Q&A and workshop with the talented RON MARZ!

Guests include:
Ron Marz – Writer
Best known for: Green Lantern, Silver Surfer, Marvel vs DC, Star Wars, Batman/Aliens

Larry Hama – Writer
Best known for: G.I. Joe, Bucky O’Hare, Avengers, Wolverine

Bryan J.L. Glass – Writer
Best known for: The Mice Templar, Furious, Thor: First Thunder, Valkyrie

Robert Bruce – Popculturist
Best known for: AMC’s Comic Book Men

Mark Bellomo - Author
Best known for: Totally Tubular 80’s Toys, Transformers: Identification & Price Guide, The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe

Justin Piatt and Zack Dolan – SUPER!

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Level Up Entertainment
4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330
(609) 569-9200

UK – O’Barr & Golden Signing

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Press Release:

Orbital Comics is very pleased to announce James O’Barr (creator of The Crow), legendary Marvel artist Michael Golden (Avengers, G.I. Joe, Micronauts) and writer/editor/colorist Renee Witterstaetter will be signing in-store on Wednesday May 14 from 5pm. This is a rare opportunity to meet these industry legends and pick up some signed books and prints, so don’t miss out on what is sure to be a great night!

Then, once the store closes at 7:30 pm, we’ll have Michael Golden hosting a very special Dynamic Figure Drawing Class for ticketed customers – so if you’d like to take part then secure your place NOW. You can purchase tickets online at the link or pay for them in-store. Places are extremely limited, so act now if you plan on attending this one-off event!

James O’Barr is the award-winning creator of The Crow, and the writer of two hit series from IDW Publishing, entitled Curare and Skinning The Wolves. He likes to lament that he was born in a trailer in Detroit just in time to see Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy die, but claims no responsibility for either. He spent his first seven years in an orphanage and foster care where he spent most of his time drawing. When he was adopted he brought along his crayons and has been using them ever since. While stationed in Berlin, in the late 70′s he created The Crow as an attempt to deal with the death of his fiance at the hands of a drunk driver. It took nearly ten years to finish and no publisher was interested in it (“too gloomy, too confusing”) until, on a whim, Caliber published the first issue in 1989. It is currently the best selling independent graphic novel of all time at over one million copies sold. In 1993 his book was adapted into the cult film of the same name starring Brandon Lee. He would like you to know that nearly all of the money made from the film was donated to children’s charities and he had nothing to do with the subsequent three sequels or TV show, but he will be a consultant on the new Crow movie that goes into production this year. He has worked for every major publisher. In Italy 1995, he won the Academy Award of comics, the Yellow Kid award for best storyteller.
Recently returned from a record breaking signing tour for the Italian Edition of The Crow, his most recent book is a new sketchbook from Eva Ink Publishing James O’Barr: Uncoffined.

Artist/writer/creator Michael Golden, is a legend in the comic book industry, but one that has never stopped adding to his legacy as a storytelling professional. Co-creator of The X-Men‘s Rogue, Spartan X, and Bucky O’Hare, Michael is known worldwide for his groundbreaking work on The ‘Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe Yearbook, and Dr. Strange, among MUCH more, and is counted as one of the best cover designers and illustrators in the business. Golden’s work can be seen on covers from Spawn, Nightwing, Iron Man, Heroes For Hire, Exiles, Demon’s Regret, Spider-man, Vampirella, Captain American, The Punisher to The Hulk, as well as numerous other titles, for about every company out there. It’s no wonder that Golden has been one of the most influential creators around for the last several decades: “… unless you can actually draw yourself, it is very difficult to understand the exact mind-blowing impossibility of what he does,” said writer/artist Larry Hama, of Golden’s work. Michael has served as an Editor at DC Comics as well as Senior Art Director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on scores of movie production projects, some currently in development. He has recently been awarded with Lifetime Achievement Awards from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Lille Arts Festival.

Renee Witterstaetter is the author of Excess: The Art of Michael Golden, Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira, the critically acclaimed Nick Cardy: The Artist at War, Dying for Action: The Life & Films of Jackie Chan, Kerry & the Scary Things, Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash, and much more. Renee began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as Superman at DC Comics and Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian and Conan Saga at Marvel, then spearheading the reintroduction of She-Hulk at Marvel. She then moved over to Topps Comics where she was the editor on The X-Files, Jurassic Park, Xena & Hercules and, co-creating with artist Michael Golden, the successful series, Spartan X. Her newest books include Santa Confidential, by Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne and the sketchbook James O’Barr: Uncoffined. In addition, Renee has also been the colorist on hundreds of comics from The Avengers to Spider-man to Captain America among many, many more. Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies Crime Story, Rush Hour 2, and Red Dragon, among others. She is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and is also currently working in artist management via Eva Ink Artist Group.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

UT – Neal Adams Signing

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Come see comic legend Neal Adams at The Nerd Store in Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City on Wednesday April 14th from 4:00 till 7:00 pm!

Neal is well known for his creating some of the most iconic moments in Batman and Green Lantern as well as his work in Deadman, Superman, Justice League, X-Men, and The Avengers!

This is a FREE event! First autograph is free and only $10 for each additional. There will be tons of great merchandise available to get signed as well. Come in on Wednesday 4/16 from 4-7pm. Located in Valley Fair Mall just off of I-215.

The Nerd Store
3601 South 2700 West, West Valley City, UT 84119
(801) 964-4776

Arrow’s Manu Bennett Added for Hartford Comic Con 2014

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Press Release:

Hartford Comic Con is proud to announce the addition of Manu Bennett from Arrow (Slade Wilson/Deathstroke), Spartacus (Crixus), and The Hobbit (Azog). He joins an already A-list line up of celebrity guests to join our show including cast mate Katrina Law (“Mira” from Spartacus), Chandler Riggs (“Carl Grimes” from The Walking Dead), Giancarlo Esposito (“Gus” from Breaking Bad), and more!

Please join us at the fastest growing comic con in New England! With appearance by over 150 of the industry’s top artists including special guests Ed McGuinness (Amazing X-Men, Nova), Tim Sale (Captain America, Batman), Jim Cheung (Infinity, Young Avengers), Dave Johnson (Deadpool, 100 Bullets), and so many more.

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Hartford Comic Con will take place on May 31 – June 1, 2014 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. For more information, tickets, registration, and the complete list of guests please check out the website: www.hartfordcomiccon.com and follow them on Twitter (@ HartfordCon) and Facebook!

OH – The Brian Michael Bendis Experience

bendis2Brian Michael Bendis appears at the Cleveland Institute of Art on Thursday April 3, 2014 from 5:00PM – 6:30PM!

Press Release:

Brian Michael Bendis (CIA Class of 1991) is an award-winning comics creator, New York Times bestseller and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. He’ll share his wit and wisdom – and maybe even a little career advice – with aspiring graphic novelists and comics lovers in this visiting artist lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Bendis is most recently the writer of All New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, bringing about a new Renaissance for the X-Men franchise. He also launched a brand-new Guardians Of The Galaxy series as Marvel Comics gears up for the Disney motion picture of the same name. All three books debuted at number one on national sales charts.

Bendis completed nine years at the helm of Marvel’s popular Avengers franchise by writing every issue of the New Avengers, plus debuting the hit books Avengers, Mighty Avengers and Dark Avengers, along with the wildly successful ‘event’ projects Avengers vs X-Men, House of M, Secret War, Secret Invasion, Age of Ultron, and Siege.

Cinematheque presents Checefsky
Make an evening of it: stick around after Bendis’s talk for The Cinematheque’s presentation of The Films of Bruce Checefsky, starting at 6:45pm. Learn about the other side of CIA’s mild-mannered gallery director who, for the past 13 years has moonlighted as a maker of short, independent films that have shown widely around the world. For more information, including ticket prices, click here.

Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7000

OH – Guardians of the Galaxy Signing

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Superstar writer (and native Clevelandite) Brian Michael Bendis appears at Comic Heaven on Saturday April 5th!! Mr. Bendis will sign from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm! He is a prolific writer with credits including Powers, Daredevil, Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers, All-New X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy, soon to be a major motion picture. As one of Marvel Comics’ architects Bendis has worked on company-wide crossovers such as Age of Ultron, Avengers vs X-Men, Siege, Civil War, House of M, and more.

Comic Heaven
4847 Robinhood Drive, Willoughby, OH 44094
(440) 942-6960

MO – Neal Adams Signing

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Star Clipper is proud to announce a very special signing event with comic book legend Neal Adams on Wednesday, April 2nd from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Come meet Neal Adams and get one FREE autograph (Additional autographs are $10 each). Portfolios, art prints, books, and sketches will all be available for purchase. Neal Adams is also taking advance commissions, which will be available at the signing. Email Jason at adams[at]nealadams.com or call 212-869-4170 to set up an advance commission.

Adams is often cited as the comic illustrator who created the definitive modern design for such landmark DC Comic characters as Batman, Green Arrow, and Superman. He has also had legendary runs on X-Men, Deadman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and Avengers. He is famously the co-creator of legendary Batman villain Ra’s Al Ghul with Denny O’Neil.

Avoid the massive lines at the convention and meet legendary comic illustrator, Neal Adams, for a personal signing experience!

As an added treat, Batman will be available for photos with Neal Adams. Get a photo of yourself with Neal and The Dark Knight!

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Star Clipper Comics
6392 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 725-9110

FL – Neal Adams Signing

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Comics legend NEAL ADAMS appears at Heroes Landing on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 4:00 until 7:00 pm! First autograph is FREE! (Additional autographs are $10 each). Catch him before the rush at MegaCon!

Portfolios, Art Prints, Books and Sketches will be available for purchase! We are also taking on commissions so now is the time to get a piece of art drawn up by Neal Adams. Email Jason at adams@nealadams.com and Jason will work out characters and prices with you. You can also call Jason Adams at 212-869-4170.

Neal Adams is an American comic book and commercial artist known for helping to create some of the definitive modern imagery of the DC Comics characters Superman, Batman, and Green Arrow; as the co-founder of the graphic design studio Continuity Associates; and as a creators-rights advocate who helped secure a pension and recognition for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

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Heroes Landing 
12348 Roper Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711

MO – Neal Adams Signing

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Comic artist Neal Adams appears at Big City Comix on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm to autograph your favorite comic items! First item is free, $10.00 each additional item. He will also be selling original artwork, contact Gerald at the store to pre-order commissions. Neal will be in town all weekend for Planet Comicon!

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Big City Comix & Games
12317 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145
(816) 326-7759

FL – Neal Adams Signs

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Comics legend NEAL ADAMS appears at Mike’s Comics on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 4:00 until 7:00 pm! First autograph is FREE! (Additional autographs are $10 each). Catch him before the rush at MegaCon!

Portfolios, Art Prints, Books and Sketches will be available for purchase! We are also taking on commissions so now is the time to get a piece of art drawn up by Neal Adams. Email Jason at adams@nealadams.com and Jason will work out characters and prices with you. You can also call Jason Adams at 212-869-4170.

Neal Adams is an American comic book and commercial artist known for helping to create some of the definitive modern imagery of the DC Comics characters Superman, Batman, and Green Arrow; as the co-founder of the graphic design studio Continuity Associates; and as a creators-rights advocate who helped secure a pension and recognition for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

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Mike’s Comics
8110 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida 32809

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