South Fellini Studios are taking web comics to brick and mortar comic shops in Philadelphia, New York and LA this year. The traveling gallery of original art, tee shirts and comics continues this January at Brave New World. The boutique comic shop situated in Old City will open it’s doors from 5 pm to 10 pm on Friday, January 7th for an evening of wine and comics.
South Fellini Studio is a collection of DiY comic creators dedicated to the digital revolution organized by Tony Trov and Johnny Zito. Beginning in the comic book industry with Black Cherry Bombshells and LaMorte Sisters for DC Comics Online, South Fellini has also developed Moon Girl and Carnivale De Robotique for Apple distributor Comixology.
“This gallery is just one example of the many ways that web and retail can work together to ensure a successful future in the funny book business.” says Johnny Zito. “The community is so much bigger and stronger than it’s ever been. It’s a fantastic time in history to be a geek.” continues Tony Trov.
Brave New World Comics is located at 45 N Second Street Philadelphia, PA 19106. The gallery will be open between 5 pm and 10 pm on Friday, January 7th.
â€˜AWAKENING’ CREATORS TO HOLD NORTHEAST HALLOWEEN SIGNING TOUR
FANS WHO PURCHASE A COPY OF THE ARCHAIA BOOK AT ANY OF THE FOUR SIGNINGS OR BRING ONE TO BE SIGNED WILL RECEIVE A FREE, EXCLUSIVE â€˜AWAKENING’ PRINT AND ACCESS TO THE FIRST CHAPTER OF AWAKENING VOLUME TWO ONLINE!
Los Angeles, CA (September 21, 2009) – To help get comics fans in the proper mood for Halloween, writer Nick Tapalansky and artist Alex Eckman-Lawn will embark on a four-stop tour to sign and promote their Archaia hardcover horror book, Awakening, and will even offer exclusive prints and a link to read a free, online preview of the first chapter in the next volume. Fans who are unable to attend any of the signings but purchase the book, or have purchased it already, will also get the opportunity to read the free preview.
“The amount of support we’ve received over the past few years has been mindblowing,” said writer Tapalansky. “When the volume was solicited back in April, we partnered with DCBS to offer an exclusive print to fans who ordered the book through their website and it was HUGE! Now that the book is available in stores we wanted to do something special for all of our fans, including those who might’ve been waiting to try it, as well as the local comic shops that support us.”
The stops on the tour are as follows:
Oct. 10, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.; Oct-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Artist Alley, Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(Separate admission fee required for entry into Baltimore Comic-Con)
Oct. 17, 1-5 p.m. [Nick Tapalansky only]
Upstate Comics, Freedom Business Center, 1097 Route 55, LaGrangeville, NY 12540
(845) 432- 3320
Oct. 24, 12-4 p.m.
Brave New Worlds Comics, 45 North Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m.
Jim Hanley’s Universe, 4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001
Fans who purchase a copy of Awakening at any of these appearances, or who bring their already purchased copy to be signed, will receive a free Awakening print created exclusively for the tour. Plus, by submitting their e-mail address they will be sent a link to read a free, online preview of the complete first chapter of Awakening Volume Two, due out next summer. The preview will be distributed at 12 a.m. ET on Halloween morning, Oct. 31, 2009.
Fans who aren’t able to attend any of these appearances but would still like to gain access to the preview can send in a picture of themselves with their copy of Awakening standing in front of the local comics shop where it was purchased, along with the shop’s information, to AwakeningComic@gmail.com so that they can receive the link in return, while also getting their shop featured on the blogs of the Awakening creators.
Those readers who do not have access to a local comics shop and are only able to buy their copy online or at their local book store need only to send an e-mail to AwakeningComic@gmail.com containing a confirmation of their order (a receipt, a screencap of their order, a picture of them holding the book, etc.) to gain access to the preview. (International orders count, too!)
Fans who have already purchased their copy of the Awakening hardcover won’t be left out! These readers can also e-mail a picture of themselves with their book to AwakeningComic@gmail.com and receive a link to the exclusive preview.
Awakening takes place in the once-peaceful city of Park Falls, where a series of gruesome murders and missing persons has put the town on edge, and Cynthia Ford, known as the town “crazy,” finds retired police detective Derrick Peters and relates to him her belief about what’s going on. Her explanation: Zombies. Unable to ignore Cynthia’s information, though not sharing her beliefs, Derrick and others in the town explore the mystery as weeks turn to months and the death toll rises. Could Cynthia be right or has she finally gone insane?
“I don’t think we can fall over ourselves enough to say how much our readers mean to us,” said Tapalansky. “Our readers have been amazingly patient waiting for this volume and, now that it’s available, we want to give them something cool to not only show how much we appreciate them, but that Volume Two isn’t so far away either.”
Aint It Cool News said Awakening is “a phenomenal achievement in writing and artistry and proof that, when done well, even when utilizing the most worn-out of genres there still can exist something special.”
Brian LeTendre of the Secret Identity podcast called Awakening “a unique take on the zombie genre that has a distinct noir flavor.”
Follow Awakening on Twitter: http://twitter.com/awakeningcomic
Trailer for Awakening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qJQB68NkP0
Nick Tapalansky’s website: http://www.nicktapalansky.com/
Alex Eckman-Lawn’s website: http://www.alexeckmanlawn.com/
Diamond Order Code: APR09 0649
Founded in 2002, Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. With a slate including such popular Eisner-Award winning titles as Mouse Guard and The Killer, as well as Awakening, Gunnerkrigg Court, Robotika, Killing Pickman, Artesia and the Publisher’s latest additions of Titanium Rain, God Machine, Roddenberry Productions’ Days Missing, The Jim Henson Company library and Mr. Murder Is Dead and Lucid with Zachary Quinto’s production company, Before the Door Pictures, Archaia has become synonymous with quality content. For more information on Archaia or any Archaia titles please visit www.Archaia.com. Archaia can also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/archaiacomics), MySpace (www.myspace.com/archaiacomics) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/archaiacomics).
Mark Waid (Editor in Chief of Boom! Studios, writer of Amazing Spider-Man, Irredeemable) teaches a writing class at Brave New World on Sept 12th.
Brave New World is located at 22722 Lyons Ave., in Newhall, CA, 91321
UPDATE: The signing at Brave New World was changed to 5 to 7 PM.
TOP COW ANNOUNCES DUAL SIGNINGS IN LOS ANGELES AREA
MARK WAID TO APPEAR AT TWO SIGNINGS FOR CYBERFORCE/HUNTER-KILLER #1
LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 28th, 2009 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that Mark Waid, the writer behind Top Cow’s new and exciting crossover event, Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer, will be hosting two signings to mark the release of the first issue in this hotly anticipated series.
On Wednesday, July 29th, Waid will appear at two Los Angeles area retail stores to mark the premiere of Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #1. From 11am to 1pm, Mark Waid will be signing comics at Collector’s Paradise, in Winnetka, CA. And from 5pm to 7pm, he will be signing at Brave New World Comics, in Newhall, CA. Collector’s Paradise is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, CA and can be reached at 818-999-9455 and found on the web at www.comicsandcards.net. Brave New World Comics is located at 22722 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA and can be reached at 661-259-4745 and found on the web at www.bravenewworldcomics.com.
As an added bonus for fans attending the signings, a limited quantity of copies of issue #1 will be available pre-signed by artist Kenneth Rocafort.
Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer is the deadly new mini-series with consequences brought to you by Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man, Irredeemable) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Madame Mirage, Astonishing Tales). This is a series with non-stop action, intrigue, lies, and betrayal. Make sure to pick up the first issue of Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer and bring it to the Mark Waid signings on July 29th.
About Top Cow Productions Inc.
Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.