Comic book writer Paul Levitz, the author of the upcoming book Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel, is coming to Midtown Comics Downtown on Wednesday, November 18th at 8:30 pm! For about an hour, we’ll have a Q&A and signing with the industry veteran. The event will be recorded for the Midtown Comics Podcast, and Dimitrios Fragiskatos, the manager of our Grand Central store, will moderate.
This event is CLOSED to the public, but fear not, because fans do have an opportunity to win a seat! If you want a chance to win one of the few available seats, please e-mail email@example.com with the subject line “Paul Levitz”. Good luck!
Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
Artist JH Williams III appears at Isotope: The Comics Lounge on Saturday November 14, 2015 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM to sign SANDMAN OVERTURE!
Celebrating the greatest living comic artist working today – JH Williams III (SANDMAN OVERTURE, BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA) and the release of the biggest book of the decade, the SANDMAN OVERTURE DELUXE EDITION hardcover!
There are few people on planet Earth we love more than JH Williams III (if you like beautiful memories people share with their friends this will bring tears to your eyes) and together we’ve been quietly planning our event to celebrate the amazing SANDMAN OVERTURE for a long, long time. As Jim doesn’t make very many public appearances we know his visit is going to be *very* popular. The Isotope staff wants you all to have a wonderful experience meeting him and for everyone to get to create amazing memories of JH Williams III’s visit together. So we’re doing a duo of events as only the Isotope can to make sure everyone has a chance to meet one of the nicest and most talented people in all of comics! First up is a casual, daytime signing event for the under 21 crowd, and then an epic celebration later that evening for the folks who like our mix and mingle, bring-your-ID, after-dark events.
SANDMAN OVERTURE SIGNING w/ JH WILLIAMS III
2pm – 6pm, Saturday November 14th
This intimate all-ages autographing session is completely free of charge and open to all. We want to ensure you have a completely unique and personal experience with Jim so we’re specifically tailoring this event to let you have a real moment to sit down with him. Jim will sign your SANDMAN OVERTURE hardcovers, PROMETHEA omnibii, BATWOMAN paperbacks, vintage CHASE comics, BLONDIE and THE SWORD albums, and anything else he’s ever worked on. We don’t even mind if you’ve bought them elsewhere, this isn’t about us, it’s about you and Jim getting to say “hi.” As this is sure to be a popular signing and we definitely want everyone to get time to actually talk with Jim so we kindly ask that you bring no more than 5 items for him to sign. On behalf of every one of us, thanks in advance!
SANDMAN OVERTURE AFTER PARTY w/ JH WILLIAMS III
8pm – Midnight, Saturday November 14th
Full details of this event will be announced on November 1st.
A 21+ event as only the Isotope can do! If you’ve been to an after-hours party at the Isotope before you know the great atmosphere and amazing crowd that will be turning out for this. This event has a casual backstage-after-the-show vibe and gives you all an opportunity to actually hang out and get to know Jim… the way we think an in-store appearance should truly be!
Attendees of this event get a free, Isotope exclusive, ultra-limited edition JH Williams III fine art print on acid-free/pH neutral 100% cotton rag Fabriano Watercolor Paper, lovingly printed using Epson’s archival UltraChrome inks with a lightfastness rating of over 200 years. Created specifically for this event by Williams and the Isotope, and available nowhere else on the planet, this hand-numbered print is suitable for framing… and… something even cooler!
We can’t wait to show you more!
Full details on SANDMAN OVERTURE AFTER PARTY w/ JH WILLIAMS III will be announced on November 1st.
Isotope – The Comic Book Lounge
326 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Director Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee will appear on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. PST in a ceremony to grant Batman co-creator Bob Kane with a posthumous star and commemorate Batman as the Guinness World Record holder for “Most Film Adaptations of a Comic Book Character.” The Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be on display and unique fan giveaways are planned. Fans are encouraged to come dressed as Batman characters. Event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com Details at the link…
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the late Bob Kane will be honored posthumously with the 2,562nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, October 21st, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Museum. “Kane’s creation of American cultural icon Batman is every child’s dream Super Hero. We are excited to honor the man who gave life to this great character,” stated Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez. “Fans from all over the world have been waiting for this monumental day and we hope Kane’s shiny star forever inspires generations of creative minds.”
Helping emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be filmmaker Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-publisher and acclaimed artist Jim Lee. Snyder is at the helm of the upcoming action adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice due in theaters March 25, 2016, and will next direct the long-awaited Justice League feature film. Lee, who had the pleasure of meeting Bob Kane, will speak to the character’s enduring appeal and how Batman has captured the imagination of the entire world.
In 1939 in a New York art studio, Bob Kane created one of the most popular characters of the twentieth century – The Batman. Kane’s creation has become the star of comic books, Saturday afternoon movie serials, newspaper comic strips, a live-action TV series, several animated TV series, and several of the largest-grossing feature films of all time.
“I suppose I must have had printer’s ink in my blood,” Kane said of his childhood, “for as far back as I can recall, I’ve had a pencil in my hand. When I was ten, my dad was a printer for the New York Daily News. He’d bring home all the paper’s comics, and I copied them constantly. It got so eventually I could do them as well as the cartoonists themselves.” This informal training led the young Kane to create his own comics. By 1938, he was selling humorous stories to DC Comics, including the features “Professor Doolittle” and “Ginger Snapp.”
In 1939, one year after Superman’s debut, DC Comics editor Vincent Sullivan decided that he wanted another costumed hero. He asked 22-year-old Bob Kane for his ideas. “I went home that weekend,” Kane recalled, “traced some sketches of Superman, and started penciling different costume ideas. It was then that I got my first brainstorm: I remembered one of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches – a drawing of a flying machine with bat wings. That’s what germinated the idea for Batman. The second influence on me was the hero with the dual identity in The Mark Of Zorro. And then I thought about ‘The Bat Whispers,’ a mystery movie written by Mary Roberts Rinehart.
“I realized I was getting closer. I drew a character with bird wings and called him Bird Man, but that wasn’t quite right. So I changed the wings, made them bat-like, and called him Batman. Almost every famous character ever created had a kind of simplistic, definitive design that was easily recognizable, and that’s what I was striving for with Batman.”
The first published appearance of The Bat-Man, as he was then known, was in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27. Batman’s first adventure was called “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” and was written by Kane’s frequent collaborator, Bill Finger, who over the years would make many significant contributions to the Batman universe. The character was so successful that one year later the first comic book devoted exclusively to the popular caped crusader’s adventures, BATMAN #1, hit the newsstands. In that issue, Batman battled The Joker and Catwoman for the first time.
Bob Kane continued to illustrate Batman’s comic book adventures until his retirement in 1968. His work covered not only countless comic book adventures, but also three years of the “Batman and Robin” newspaper comic strip, which ran from 1943 to 1946.
The success of the Batman television show in 1966 brought Kane and his art back into the public eye. Kane was subsequently featured in various one-man art shows at galleries and museums nationwide. He served as a consultant on the 1989 Batman feature film and its three sequels. Kane’s autobiography, Batman And Me, was published in 1989. Seven years later, Kane was inducted into the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 1996. Bob Kane, the American cartoonist, died on November 3, 1998.
Bob Kane was generous with his time and resources. He often visited children’s hospitals and donated funds to such organizations as Feed the Children, Make a Wish Foundation, the Westside Children’s Center, the Bay Area Youth Center and many other agencies providing services to the hungry, homeless, abused or abandoned children. The creative philanthropist donated a portion of proceeds from his one-man exhibit of original Batman oil paintings at the Carlton House’s Paul Stooshnoff Gallery to the American Cancer Fund. He also wrote and illustrated numerous comic strips, cartoons and comic books in tribute to Batman with all proceeds to benefit the Child Welfare League of America.
Author Scott Snyder and illustrator Greg Capullo discuss “Batman Vol. 7: Endgame,” talk about their creative collaborations, and take questions at the Apple Store on Wednesday October 7, 2015 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM.
103 Prince Street, New York City, NY 10012
Artist Bernard Chang (Batman Beyond, Supergirl, Wonder Woman) appears at Earth-2 Comics on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM to sign comics in honor of BATMAN DAY!
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Writers Brian Buccellato and Kyle Higgins will be signing at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles on September 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM to celebrate Batman Day! Free DC swag while supplies last.
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Daniel Wallace appears at Wild Rumpus Books on Saturday September 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM to celebrate BATMAN DAY! They will have trivia, treats and prizes for anyone who comes in a superhero costume!
Wild Rumpus Books
2720 West 43rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Artist Greg Capullo and actor Ritchie Coster appear at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday September 26, 2015 for BATMAN DAY!
“Batman Day” is back by popular demand, kicking off what has become an annual event honoring one of the most popular and iconic Super Heroes and celebrating all Batman books.
Celebrate International Batman Day at the library with two major events. At 11:30, join veteran actor Ritchie Coster, who played “The Chechen” in The Dark Knight Batman movie (Rated PG-13). Ritchie will introduce a showing of the 2 1/2 hour film, which will begin at noon.
Join internationally renowned DC artist Greg Capullo, principal artist for the Batman franchise, at 3:00 pm for a special Batman Day event with a Q&A on comic illustration followed by a fan signing. Everyone in attendance will also get a free copy of the Batman Day exclusive, BATMAN: ENDGAME Special Edition. Items will be for sale at the event, and fans may bring one personal item to be signed as well. Register for the event online!
Registering for an event automatically enters you into a raffle to win a print or book from the presenting artist. Artist prints and books will be available for purchase at each artist event.
Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Ave, Guilderland, NY 12203
Writer/artist Sean G. Murphy (The Wake, Punk Rock Jesus, Chrononauts) appears at Barnes & Noble in Park Slope on Saturday September 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM to celebrate BATMAN DAY as well as for a special Q&A about comic book illustration and the must-have Batman: Black And White Volume 4. The Q&A will be followed by a signing (only one personal item please). Everyone in attendance will receive a FREE copy of Batman: Endgame Special Edition #1.
Barnes & Noble – Park Slope
267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Dan Jurgens and Patrick Gleason appear at Source Comics & Games on Saturday September 26, 2015 to celebrate BATMAN DAY!
Source Comics & Games
2057 Snelling Ave North, Roseville, MN 55113