NY – King Kirby Ale Launch Party

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Ron Marz, Paul Harding, Tom Raney, Fred Van Lente, Crystal Skillman, and more appear at the Shmaltz Brewery on Saturday August 28th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM!

Press Release:

Shmaltz Brewery in Clifton Park, NY will host a fundraiser birthday party on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 to celebrate the late Jack “The King” Kirby’s birthday. Kirby is considered by many to be the co-creator (along with Stan Lee) of the Marvel Comics Universe. Kirby co-created many of the superheroes being adored by fans of Marvel’s recent blockbuster movies, including the Avengers, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, the Fantastic Four and many more.

A group of local comic professionals approached Shmaltz about doing an event, with proceeds to be donated in Jack Kirby’s honor to Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization that helps comic creators in need. Shmaltz stepped up in a big way, creating a limited-edition, Kirby-labeled ale exclusively for the party. King Kirby Ale will make its debut at the event, and a limited number of cases will be available for purchase. With a special edition label designed and drawn by Clifton Park artist Paul Harding, the ale will be available in both Pale and Dark varieties. Shmaltz is donating a percentage of ale sales to Hero Initiative.

“I tried to capture Kirby from an angle that few have seen before, in a way that people can actually look up to him and get a sense of his artistic power,” said Harding, who has sculpted statues and action figures for DC Comics and many other comic-industry clients.

The Aug. 28 event will run from 4 to 8 p.m., and feature an impressive array of comic professionals, including Ron Marz, Paul Harding, Tom Raney, Fred Van Lente, Crystal Skillman and many others, who will be signing and sketching for donations to Hero Initiative. Van Lente and Skillman are the co-authors of the recent play “King Kirby,” about Jack Kirby’s life, which enjoyed a successful, well-reviewed run in New York City. Fans attending the party will be able to get autographs and sketches from the comic pros, and enjoy a beer tasting as well as a piece of special Jack Kirby birthday cake. Live music will be provided by Saratoga-based rock ensemble Sugar Pill, led by virtuoso John Stack on guitar and vocals. Party tickets are $20, with proceeds donated to Hero Initiative. Door prizes have been donated by Comic Depot of Saratoga Springs, and Excellent Adventures Comics of Ballston Spa.

Get tickets at the link…

Shmaltz Brewery
6 Fairchild Square, Clifton Park, NY 12065
(518) 406-5430

VA/DC – Steven Universe Signing

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Coleman Engle and Jeremy Sorese appear at Big Planet Comics on Saturday August 23rd to celebrate their new series, Steven Universe! They will sign at the Vienna, VA store from noon till 2:00 PM and at the Washington, DC from 3:00 PM till 5:00 PM!

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Big Planet Comics
426 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, VA 22180
703-242-9412

Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW Washington, DC 20009
202-342-1961

DC – 3rd Annual Graphic Novel Panel

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Mark Siegel, Jim Rugg, Gareth Hinds, and Farel Dalrymple appear at Politics & Prose on Sunday September 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM for a graphic novel panel!

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
202-364-1919

PA – Ex-Con Signing

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Writer Duane Swierczynski appears at Brave New Worlds on Wednesday September 3rd from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM to sign EX-CON!

Brave New Worlds
433 West Moreland Rd Willow Grove, PA 19090
215.657.8838

OR – Sugar Skull Signing

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Cartoonist Charles Burns appears at Powell’s Books on Wednesday September 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm to sign his new graphic novel SUGAR SKULL!

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114

PA – An Evening with Turbitt & Skelly

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Meghan Turbitt and Katie Skelly appear at Locust Moon Comics on Friday, August 29th at 7:00 PM for a reading and signing.

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Locust Moon Comics and Movies
34 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 403-2856

MA – The Wrenchies Signing

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Farel Dalrymple appears at Million Year Picnic in Harvard Square for a signing of his new graphic novel The Wrenchies on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 from 5:00 till 7:00 pm!

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Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-6763

UK – Faeries Tales Signing

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Brian & Wendy Froud appear to sign copies of Faerie’s Tales at Forbidden Planet London Megastore at 1:00 PM on Saturday 6th September.

Humans have always had special relationships and bonds with faeries, whether loving and helpful or at times destructive. This new book explores the complex relationship and the liminal state between the human and faery world where interaction occurs. In Faeries Tales, readers encounter individual faeries, each with a story to uncover, as told by the faeries themselves. Many of the stories are familiar to humans, but the ‘true’ story is told by the faeries.

Brian Froud has created some of the most respected and highly acknowledged mythic artwork of our time. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Original Artwork. Wendy Froud is a doll artist, sculptor and puppet-maker, best known for her work creating creatures for the Jim Henson films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, as well as her work on the Star Wars series, for which she was the fabricator of Yoda.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179  Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

MD – Wayward #1 Launch Party

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Jim Zub and Chip Zdarsky appear at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, September 13th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM to celebrate the launch of Wayward#1!

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Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

UK – Butcher Baker Signing

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Artist Mike Huddleston appears at Orbital Comics on Saturday, August 30th at 4:00 PM to meet fans and sign copies of his work – including the amazing Image Comics series BUTCHER BAKER and Dark Horse Comics’ THE STRAIN, now a major TV series!

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

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