UK – Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd Signing

Artist John Higgins launches his new book – and art exhibition – Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd, at Forbidden Planet’s Liverpool store at 1:00pm on Saturday 11th March. John Higgins has been the artist or colourist on some of the most iconic comic books of recent years. Here, collected together for the first time, is the best of Higgins breathtaking work. Alongside never before seen preliminary drawings of now iconic characters, the book includes insights into the career of the comic book artist.

Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd is not just a comprehensive overview of Higgin’s work – it is also an indispensable instruction manual on drawing and colouring technique.

John Higgins is an acclaimed graphic artist, writer and publisher. A frequent collaborator with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, his work includes Batman: The Killing Joke, Watchmen, Judge Dredd, Before Watchmen, and Razorjack.

This signing is part of the launch of first major retrospective of the work of Liverpool-born artist, who found global success as a comic book artist and writer for 2000AD, DC and Marvel, running at Victoria Gallery & Museum within Liverpool University.

The exhibition will feature his original art displayed alongside examples of the work of the artists and science fiction classics that inspired him.

Beyond Dredd & Watchmen: The Art of John Higgins opens on Friday, 10 March 2017 and runs until October 2017.

Forbidden Planet
92 Bold Street Liverpool L1 4HY
0151 707 1491

The Dynamic Duo take over Boston!

Boston Comic ConTHE DYNAMIC DUO ARE COMING!

Holy jackpot! ADAM WEST & BURT WARD are coming to BOSTON COMIC CON August 11-13, 2017!

Their FINAL Boston appearance!

For more info check out their website HERE!

SF – Cartoon Art Museum Celebrates Eisner & Kirby

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum celebrates Will Eisner Week and Jack Kirby: A Centennial Celebration on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00pm at Mission: Comics and Art. Join us as we discuss the life and artwork of the legendary comic creators Will Eisner (born March 6, 1917) and Jack Kirby (born August 28, 1917). Bay Area comic creators Mark Badger (Batman, Julius Caesar), Al Gordon (Legion of Super-Heroes, Justice League), Justin Hall (No Straight Lines), Mario Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Steve Leialoha (X-Men, Fables), Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix) and Judd Winick (Hilo) will discuss Eisner’s career and the impact that his work had on their own artistic endeavors. A book signing will immediately follow the panel discussion.

About WILL EISNER WEEK:
WILL EISNER WEEK is an annual series of celebrations that takes place in multiple cities, timed around Will Eisner’s March 6th birthday. Started in 2009, Will Eisner Week is dedicated to promoting graphic novel literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner. This year Will Eisner Week is once again a truly international celebration including England, Scotland and Italy. More details about Will Eisner Week can be found at www.WillEisner.com

About WILL EISNER:

WILL EISNER was born William Erwin Eisner on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. By the time of his death on January 3, 2005, Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art, a term he coined.

In a career that spanned nearly eight decades—from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics—he truly was the “Orson Welles of comics” and the “Champion of the Graphic Novel.” He broke new ground in the development of visual narrative and the language of comics and was the creator of The Spirit, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk, Sheena and countless others. One of the comic industry’s most prestigious awards, The Eisner Award, is named after him. Recognized as the “Oscars” of the American comic book business, the Eisners are presented annually before a packed ballroom at Comic-Con International in San Diego, America’s largest comics convention.

About JACK KIRBY:

2017 marks the centenary of the birth of JACK KIRBY, one of Comics’ greatest creators and visionaries and a man whose work, perhaps even more than he was alive, continues to inspire and amaze a worldwide audience, who may not know his name, but who love and are excited by his creations.

Jack Kirby was born as Jacob Kurtzburg on August 28, 1917 in New York City’s Lower East Side, a first-generation son of immigrants, who came of age in the melting pot of tenement life. He began his professional cartooning career simultaneously with the birth of the use of original material in the newest of popular media; the comic book.

Over Kirby’s 50-plus year career, working at all the major and many of the minor comics publishers, he created many of the comic book icons that continue to compel in print and on the screen; Captain America, the Newsboy Legion, the Fantastic Four, the Mighty Thor, The X-Men , The Avengers, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Silver Surfer, Nick Fury and the Agents of SHIELD, The New Gods, Kamandi, Mister Miracle, Captain Victory and legions more.

Jack Kirby, even after his death on February 6, 1994, continues to thrill, entertain and inspire readers, audiences and his fellow professionals and is, if possible, beloved more as an individual, than as the creative force singular in comics history.

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Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1545

MI – Jay & Silent Bob Get Old LIVE

The hilarious duo Jay & Silent Bob are back. Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks 2. Now you can see them live recording their comedy podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link….

Ranked #1 on Itunes Comedy podcasts, this is a sometimes touching, always hilarious, look at what happens when two people grow up in Hollywood’s gaze. These limited engagements will be recorded as the stories evolve live in front of the audience, and released for free on www.smodcast.com.

This is what fans everywhere have been waiting for – an opportunity to see their heroes on stage doing what they love, telling stories.

Presented by Freep Film Festival.

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20 Monroe Live
11 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(844) 678-5483

Emerald City Comicon 2017 Welcomes Favorite Comic Creators

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Washington

Press Release:

The biggest names in comics join ECCC’s Autographing Area. Meet your favorite comic artists and authors including Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Brian Stelfreeze, Scott Snyder, and Gail Simone. Also check out Artist Alley, where you can peruse original art based on your favorite comic book, television and movie characters. Grab a commission or shop prints all four days of Emerald City Comicon!

Kelly Sue DeConnick (writer): BITCH PLANET (Image), PRETTY DEADLY (Image), CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel), OSBORN (Marvel) got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than ten thousand pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for Image, Boom, Oni, Humanoids, Dark Horse, DC, Vertigo and Marvel soon followed. Today, DeConnick is best known for surprise hits like Carol Danvers’ rebranding as Captain Marvel and the Eisner-nominated mythological western, PRETTY DEADLY; the latter was co-created with artist Emma Ríos. DeConnick’s most recent venture, the sci-fi kidney-punch called BITCH PLANET, co-created with Valentine De Landro, launched to rave reviews in December 2014. DeConnick lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Matt Fraction, and their two children.

Matt Fraction (writer): SEX CRIMINALS (Image), ODY-C (Image), CASANOVA (Image), SATELLITE SAM (Image), HAWKEYE (Marvel) writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, his two children, two dogs, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of coyotes and stags. Surely there is a metaphor there. He won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels; he, or comics he’s a part of, have won Eisners, Harveys, and Eagles, which are like the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes of comic books and all seem about as likely. He’s a New York Times best-selling donkus of comics like SEX CRIMINALS (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best New Series, the 2014 Harvey Award for Best New Series, and named TIME Magazine’s Best Comic of 2013), SATELLITE SAM, ODY-C, HAWKEYE (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best Single Issue), and, oh, lordy, so many more.

Brian Stelfreeze is an American comic book artist. Stelfreeze is a painter, penciller, inker and colorist and has worked for nearly every major American comic book publisher. He is one of the original members of Atlanta’s Gaijin Studios. Stelfreeze began his career as the artist of the sci-fi miniseries CyCops in the mid-1980s. While Stelfreeze has been known throughout his career primarily as a cover artist, painting more than fifty cover illustrations for DC Comics’ Shadow of the Bat, he’s also produced a significant amount of sequential work, most notably of late with the miniseries Domino for Marvel Comics and Matador for DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint. Currently, Stelfreeze acts as art director for 12 Gauge Comics and occasionally has provided artwork for their series The Ride, and its prequel, Gun Candy. His latest work can be seen on the Walt Simonson-written Demon/Catwoman feature in DC Comics’ Wednesday Comics. Stelfreeze is the artist on the 2016 revival of Marvel’s Black Panther with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Scott Snyder has written comics for both DC and Marvel, including the bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN and SWAMP THING, and is the author of the story collection Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press). He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

Gail Simone first caught the attention of the comics world on the world wide web, where her popular humor column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” was featured on Comic Book Resources. It wasn’t long before she was tapped to write The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to working in the mainstream for Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool. Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is most known for her much-beloved run on BIRDS OF PREY. She has continued to write for DC and its many imprints on titles that include ROSE AND THORN, ACTION COMICS, TEEN TITANS, THE LEGION, VILLAINS UNITED, JLA CLASSIFIED, THE ALL-NEW ATOM, GEN13 and WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY. Her most recent projects include BATGIRL and THE MOVEMENT.

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Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us March 2-5, 2017. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

IN – An Evening with Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith appears at The Comedy Attic for two shows on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 4:30 and 8:00 PM! Tickets available at the link…

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, Tusk, and Yoga Hosers; Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, My Boring-Ass Life and most recently Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat,Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He can be heard daily at smodcast.com, a vast network of podcasts.

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The Comedy Attic
Corner of 4th and Walnut, Bloomington, Indiana 47404
(812) 336-5233

Becky Cloonan Provides Official Art for 2017 MoCCA Arts Festival

Press Release: 

The Society of Illustrators is honored to have cartoonist and illustrator Becky Cloonan as this year’s artist for the fifteenth annual MoCCA Arts Festival.

This beautiful image will appear on signage and merchandise at the MoCCA Arts Festival, to be held on April 1st and 2nd, 2017 at the spacious and modern Metropolitan West located at 639 West 46th Street in Manhattan.

At only 36, New York’s School of Visual Arts alum Becky Cloonan has already paved the way for women in comics. Her breakout hit Demo (2004), a collaboration with Brian Wood, received numerous accolades and recognitions. Her first solo project, East Coast Rising, released by Tokyopop in 2006, earned her a third Eisner nomination for Best New Series. In 2012 she became the first woman to draw a main Batman title. Following Batman, she did the art for the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and later created cover art and stories for Gotham Academy for DC Comics. Currently she writes The Punisher for Marvel Comics.

About the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration together comprise the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. The mission of SI/MI is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 1 – 2nd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at Metropolitan West located on West 46th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue. Programming featuring panels by top artists and speakers focusing on current issues and trends will take place at Ink48 (653 11th Ave), a boutique hotel located on the corner of 10th Avenue and West 48th Street.

CA – Descender Signing

Artist Dustin Nguyen signs at Pulp Fiction Comics on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics!

Pulp Fiction Books & Comics
1742 Clark Ave, Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 986-4154

NYC – Neal Adams Signs

Neal Adams signs at Mama Says Comics Rock on Saturday February 4, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

Mama Says Comics Rock
306 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 797-3464

NYC – Neal Adams Signing

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Neal Adams signs at Royal Collectibles on Saturday January 28th from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.

Royal Collectibles
96-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375
718-793-0542

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