Ground Zero Animation Expo: Feb. 18-19th

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Ground Zero Animation Expo returns for two full days on February 18th & 19th in Anaheim, CA.  Tickets available at the link…

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Press Release:

Attend this one of a kind animation event. We have professionals to share tips & tricks on breaking into the industry, notes on portfolio composition, 2D animation discussions, and more! Our panelists range from artists in major studios, freelance, stop motion, gaming studios and more.

Looking to get your foot in the door, make your own animation, freelance with character design, dive into storyboarding, layout, production, etc? Interested in meeting professionals to ask your questions and purchase amazing art from them? Then this is the event for you!

The Animation Alley room will be filled with the panelists selling their own work, sharing about future projects and meeting with you one on one. Outdoors you will find the Up & Coming Animation Alley area to see new talent & those about to be discovered!

Panels are exclusive to those who purchase the specialty tickets. Limited space for panels, so make sure you get your tickets and in line for each panel early. Make sure you keep an eye on our website to get updates and find out what panels/workshops you want to attend.

Since we have extended our event to two days, we will be offering a few workshops as well. These tickets will go on sale a bit later in this year and will be an additional ticket you must purchase. We will be posting updates once we know our workshops. You can find updates on our social media and website: @fanalley on Instagram and Facebook.

Select the ticket to have your portfolio reviewed. Only 10 portfolio reviews on each day. Meet 1 on 1 with a professional who will look through your work to give you advice and answer questions you may have.

This event caters to ages 16 and up, but is open to all ages.

INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS & PANELISTS

STEPHEN SILVER
I was born in London, England on August 30, 1972. Aspiring to be a professional artist my whole life and knowing drawing would be my vocation, I got my professional start in 1992 drawing caricatures at SeaWorld in San Diego.

I have designed characters for Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, designing the style of the shows such as “Kim Possible”, “Danny Phantom” Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” the animated series, and many more.

I am the author and artist of 7 self-published books on the art of sketching, character design, caricature and life drawing. In addition to working freelance, and doing lectures, I am the owner of Silver Drawing Academy, an art school, located in Los Angeles, CA. I also teach two character design courses online @ schoolism.com.

CHRIS AYERS
Chris Ayers has been working in the entertainment field as a character designer and concept artist for the past sixteen years. In addition to his freelance work, he is also the author and illustrator of The Daily Zoo, a series of books containing his animal-of-the-day sketches that were done in response to his battle with cancer.

MIKE KUNKEL
Since he was a kid, Mike Kunkel dreamed of being a cartoonist. And he’s followed that dream for nearly 25 years as a Director, Story Artist, Character Designer, Animator, Writer and Illustrator for such studios as Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Sony Entertainment, Universal Pictures, DC Comics, Marvel Comics and Walt Disney Studios.

Mike’s published work has been nominated three times for the prestigious Eisner Awards and four Ignatz awards, and he is the creator of the two-time Eisner Award-winning comic book series “Herobear and the Kid.” His designs in television have also won the Annie Award for Best Character Design in an Animated Television Production.

PETER PAUL
I’ve worked primarily in animation for 20 years at Walt Disney, DreamWorks, Universal, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. I’ve worked in many feature films and television series. I am also teaching Storyboarding at the Society of Illustrators L.A.

KRIS WIMBERLY
Industry professional, Kris Wimberly, reaches out to his animation network to discuss the ins and outs, tips and tricks, broad strokes and nuances of network (TV) animation. For anyone feeling there is a missing ingredient to their art education, The Animation Network is where they come to find it. By obtaining real-world, industry experience, subscribers to The Animation Network get a sense of working knowledge of a multitude of careers in animation simply by listening to the free podcast and signing up for the free newsletter.

SEAN GANTKA
Sean Gantka has worked at Nickelodeon for the past 7 years. He began as an intern in Development and has since worked on “The Legend of Korra” as a Production Assistant, Production Coordinator, Script Coordinator, and finally as the Production Manager. Sean currently works as the Production Manager on “The Loud House.”

He’s also passionate about creating and having co-created a series with Kris Wimberly that they are currently developing at Nickelodeon. Sean is a nerd for medieval literature and all things King Arthur.

LAUREN PATTERSON
Lauren Patterson is currently a background painter at Nickelodeon Animation Studio on the show “The Loud House.” She also freelances as an illustrator for children’s books, and likes tabling at various animation and comic conventions with merchandise she designs such as pins, stickers, and cards. In her free time she likes to scroll through cute dog accounts on instagram for hours on end.

JORDAN KOCH
Jordan Koch is a storyboard artist on “The Loud House” at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. He has also worked extensively as a freelance artist for clients in and around the Los Angeles area, including Animation Magazine.

MORGHAN GILL
Character designer working in the Animation and video game industry.

CHELSEA KENNA
Chelsea Kenna graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2008 with a BFA in Illustration. She spent several years working in social and mobile gaming as a Lead Artist and concept artist, and currently works as a freelance illustrator doing illustration for picture books, greeting cards, apparel, comics, and a variety of other projects. Clients and licensed properties include Disney, Tiltworks, Topps, The Hamilton Collection, Precious Moments, and Stan Lee’s Kids Universe.

STEPH LABERIS
Though my background is in illustration and games, I have been doing character design for TV and feature animation over the course of the last 10 years. I have worked on Word Girl, Paw Patrol, Puppy Dog Tails, several TV pilots and the feature film Blazing Samurai. Currently I split my time between animation development and children’s book illustration; there is a surprising amount of overlap between the two! I have illustrated five Little Golden Books in the last year, (three of which are in the Grumpy Cat series) and am illustrating eight additional picture books over the course of the next year.

MEGAN PHONESAVANH
Megan Phonesavanh is a Character Designer at OddBot Inc. where she’s worked on a wide range of projects, including Disney’s Star Darlings and upcoming content for Disney Jr and Nick Jr. In addition to characters, she has designed props and fx, color scripted, and developed an animated series pitch. Prior to working at OddBot, Megan worked in mobile gaming, and got her first break in animation drawing bizarre special poses for FoxADHD shows Stone Quakers and Lucas Bros. Moving Co.
In her own time, Megan loves nothing more than to sketch and paint, take classes to improve her work, and dedicate time to crafting personal projects. She is developing an adventure webcomic called Isara, and advocates for more female voices in the animation industry.

CHUCK GRIEB
Chuck Grieb is a highly experienced, award winning animation artist and filmmaker having worked for Disney TV Animation, Nickelodeon, and various others and drawn noted characters such as Disney’s Genie, Timon and Pumbaa, Buzz Lightyear, Hercules, Winnie the Pooh, Stitch, Big Idea’s LarryBoy, Nickelodeon’s XJ9, and many more. Chuck has worked professionally as a storyboard artist and animator and is experienced working with traditional media, 2D Digital media, and 3D Digital media; he has also worked as a development artist, director, character designer, and has partnered in running a small studio. Chuck’s animated short films have screened in over 90 film festivals all around the world, including the Columbus Intern. Film + Video Festival, The Newport Intern. Film Festival, The San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, The Filmstock Intern. Film Festival, Temecula Valley Intern. Film Festival, Chicago Intern. Children’s Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Rhode Island Intern. Film Festival, and many others. Illustrations Chuck created have been featured in international publications such as, Spectrum, Infected by Art, Exposé and The Painter Book. Chuck’s ongoing projects continue his exploration of various digital and traditional toolsets in the creation of animated and illustrated art. Chuck is currently the Coordinator of the Animation Concentration and professor of Entertainment Art/Animation at Cal State Fullerton.

KY – An Evening with Kevin Smith

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Kevin Smith appears at the Madison Theater on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 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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Madison Theater
730 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011
(859) 491-2444

UT – An Evening with Kevin Smith

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Kevin Smith appears at Wiseguys Comedy Club on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 9:30 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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Wiseguys Comedy Club
194 S 400 W, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
(801) 532-5233

CA – Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie Signing

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Join authors Brandon Alinger, Wade Lageose, and David Mandel as they discuss and sign Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie at the Grove on Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 PM!

This event is open to all but priority seating and access to the signing line will be granted to customers who purchase Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning Wednesday, November 9th at 9am.

Ralph McQuarrie is the most iconic artist in the history of Star Wars. He worked hand-in-hand with George Lucas to help establish the saga’s visual aesthetic, its inimitable look and feel. Beyond designing Darth Vader, C-3PO, and R2-D2, McQuarrie produced hundreds of pieces of Star Wars artwork, including conceptual paintings, costume designs, storyboards, and matte paintings, as well as posters, book covers, and album covers—even Lucasfilm’s annual holiday cards—all rescanned and rephotographed for this book.

About the Authors:
Brandon Alinger is the chief operations officer of the Los Angeles branch of Prop Store and the author of Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy.

Wade Lageose is a graphic designer/artist who specializes in the entertainment field.

David Mandel is an Emmy– and Writers Guild Award–winning writer for Saturday Night Live (1992–95), Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He currently serves as executive producer and showrunner of HBO’s Veep.

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 525-0270

NJ – Yoga Hosers Premiere

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Writer/Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) premieres his latest movie YOGA HOSERS at the Count Basie Theatre on Tuesday, August 2 at 7:30 PM and celebrates his 47th birthday!

In this pre-release screening of Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers, 15 year old-yoga-nuts Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie love their smartphones and hate their after school job at Manitoban convenience store Eh-2-Zed. But when an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with the legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe to fight for their lives with all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time. Johnny Depp, Depp the younger and Smith the younger are returning in the roles they created for TUSK.
After the movie is your chance to talk to/yell at director Kevin Smith LIVE in person! Following the movie, audience members will have the chance to see Kevin Smith in an hour-long Q&A. The premiere will also be filmed for Kevin’s hit TV show, Comic Book Men, which is in its sixth season on AMC.
Exclusive Kevin Smith meet & greet packages are available, for details please visit www.smodcast.com.

Tickets available at the link…

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Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
(732) 842-9000

WA – An Evening with Kevin Smith

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Parlor Live is pleased to welcome Kevin Smith for two shows on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 PM and at 10:00 PM!

Writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, Tusk, and his latest 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. An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the man who brought the world these films.

Parlor Live is a 21+ Facility. Two item minimum purchase. Tickets available at the link!

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Parlor Live
700 Bellevue Way NE, Ste 300, Bellevue, WA 98004
(206) 602-1441

NC – Yoga Hosers Screening

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Writer/Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) appears at The Carolina Theatre of Durham on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM for a screening of his latest film YOGA HOSERS!

Press Release:

In this pre-release screening of Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers, 15 year old-yoga-nuts Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie love their smartphones and hate their after school job at Manitoban convenience store Eh-2-Zed. But when an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with the legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe to fight for their lives with all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time. Johnny Depp, Depp the younger and Smith the younger are returning in the roles they created for TUSK.

After the movie is your chance to talk to/yell at director Kevin Smith LIVE in person!

Exclusive Kevin Smith meet & greet packages are available, for details please click here…

**Kevin Smith’s ‘Yoga Hosers’ is rated PG-13. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.

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The Carolina Theatre of Durham
309 W Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-3030

CA – Fatman on Batman LIVE

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Kevin Smith (Clerks, Yoga Hosers) and Marc Bernardin (Static Shock, Genius) appear at The American Comedy Co. on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 8:00 PM for a live recording of FATMAN ON BATMAN to talk about all the news in movie make believe, terrific TV and anything that squeaks in Geek!

Tickets available at the link…

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The American Comedy Co. San Diego
818 6th Ave, #B, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 795-3858

NYC – SModcast LIVE!

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Join Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy) as he records SModcast live at 92Y on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm!

Learn about the history of Comic Book Men and get a sneak peak at Kevin Smith’s new late-night talk show Geeking Out on AMC.

About Geeking Out:
Geeking Out, a new late-night talk show hosted by Kevin Smith (Comic Book Men, Clerks) and Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Heroes Reborn Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens), will take a timely look at pop culture through a fanboy lens and feature talk, clips, celebrity interviews and out-of-the-studio segments. The series will premiere with a special episode covering Comic-Con International: San Diego in late July followed with eight more 30-minute episodes to run weekly starting in late summer.

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92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

UK – Yoga Hosers Screening

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Press Release:

Writer/Director KEVIN SMITH will be returning to The Prince Charles Cinema to present the London Premiere of his forthcoming film, YOGA HOSERS on Tuesday, June 28th!

Not only will Kevin be taking to the stage for an hour long intro / Q&A before the film, he’ll also be returning to it after for another hour of fun-filled chit-chat!

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now for what is sure to be another great night with Kevin Smith in the house!

SCHEDULE – 2nd Screening:
23:59 – Kevin Smith intro
00:30 – YOGA HOSERS [London Premiere]
02:00 – Kevin Smith Q&A

Tickets available at the link…

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The Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7 London, United Kingdom
+44 20 7494 3654

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