Stan Sakai, Sergio Aragonès, Mark Evanier, William Stout, Tone Rodriguez, Bill Morrison, and many more appear at Meltdown Comics on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM to sign THE SAKAI PROJECT!
On Saturday, August 16, twenty-two members of the cartooning community will descend upon Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ recently released book “The Sakai Project” to help raise money for the medical bills of fellow cartoonist Stan Sakai, creator of Dark Horse’s “Usagi Yojimbo” comic book, now in its thirtieth year.
Fundraising efforts were initially spearheaded by the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS), an organization of professional comic book artists and writers of which Stan Sakai is a member. Organized by artist Tone Rodriguez, CAPS began collecting original art last December for an online auction to lend a helping hand to Sakai, whose wife Sharon has been suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. As art poured in from the cartooning community, many pieces were custom drawings of Stan’s samurai rabbit creation Usagi Yojimbo.
Bill Morrison, a member of CAPS and an art director at Bongo Comics (publisher of “The Simpsons”), approached Sakai’s publisher, Dark Horse, about collecting these wonderful images into a book to also benefit the Sakais. Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson was enthusiastic about the idea, and offered to pay for the book’s publication so that all sales could go to the Sakais. Bill Morrison proceeded to volunteer his time to edit the book in tandem with Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley which was designed voluntarily by noted book designer Serban Cristescu. The result is a beautiful 160-paged hardcover art book featuring interpretations of Usagi Yojimbo by some of the top cartoonists in comics today.
Between the online auction and the book, the cartooning community came together in a unique way to help one of their own. Now twenty-one artists local to Los Angeles will gather one more time to help their friend with a fundraising book signing event.
Attending the signing event will be “The Sakai Project” contributors Sergio Aragonès (“Groo the Wanderer”, “MAD Magazine”), Mark Evanier (“Groo” writer), Tom Luth (“Groo” and “Usagi” colorist), William Stout (noted illustrator), Ricardo Delgado (“Age of Reptiles”), Jeff Keane (“Family Circus”), Rubèn Procopio (“Batman 66”), Dean Yeagle (“Playboy”), Bill Morrison (editor of “The Sakai Project”), Tone Rodriguez (“The Simpsons” comics), Steven E. Gordon, Anson Jew, Benton Jew, Aidan Casserly, Chad Frye, Brad Rader, Patrick Scullin, Robert Stanley, Mark Dos Santos and Mike Kazaleh all joining with Stan Sakai (“Usagi Yojimbo”) himself.
Books will be sold for $45 each, or if fans already have the book, they will be charged a nominal $15 to have their books signed by the artists in attendance.
In addition to “The Sakai Project” book, there will be limited edition prints available exclusively at the event of four images from the book by artists attending the signing: Sergio Aragonès, Stan Sakai, William Stout, and Bill Morrison.
The event will take place on August 16 from 4-6pm at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Thanks to Meltdown, all proceeds go to Sharon & Stan Sakai to help with their medical bills.
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
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CAPS TO LAUNCH ART AUCTION FEATURING ORIGINAL WORKS BY MATT GROENING, JACK DAVIS, MIKE MIGNOLA, J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, ADAM HUGHES AND HUNDREDS MORE TO BENEFIT FELLOW CARTOONIST STAN SAKAI AND FAMILY
On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Southern California’s CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, will launch an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art. Its goal is to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Sharon has been battling a debilitating brain tumor for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is currently at home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicine that costs more than the Sakai’s insurance covers. 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses.
The CAPS auctions will be conducted through eBay.com beginning on Thursday, March 6, with a new set of auctions every following Thursday. Each auction, sold under the seller name of “CAPSauction”, will be ten days in length with twenty to forty items in each set of auctions. The donations of original artwork and collectibles (including newly created art unique to this event, vintage comic book pages, comic strips, illustrations, animation art, limited edition statues, and IDW Artist’s editions books) number over three hundred with new items arriving every day.
Contributors include: Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Paul Gulacy, Sanjuliàn, Scott Shaw!, Jim Steranko, Tim Sale, William Stout, Bill Sienkiewicz, Cameron Stewart, Dan Brereton, Daniel Parsons, Dave Gibbons, Dean Yeagle, Doug Sneyd, Dustin Nguyen, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Sergio Aragonés, Fabio Moon, Francisco Francavilla, Gene Ha, Geof Darrow, Gilbert Hernandez, Jack Davis, James O’Barr, Kevin Eastman, Jeff Lemire, Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, Liam Sharp, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, Olivia, Oscar Martin, Paul Chadwick, Richard Corben, Tom Mandrake, Walter Simonson, Charles Vess, Dan Spiegle, J. Scott Campbell and many more.
Many of the pieces featuring Usagi Yojimbo will appear in a new oversized hardcover book from Dark Horse, THE SAKAI PROJECT: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THIRTY YEARS OF USAGI YOJIMBO, which will be released on July 23, 2014. All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai. Much of the custom Usagi Yojimbo art created for this book will also be sold as a part of CAPS’ online auctions.
These fund-raising auctions will be promoted through ComicArtFans.com, and the CAPS – COMIC ART PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY Facebook page where you will be able to see updated information such as when certain pieces will be auctioned.
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CHIC TO BE GEEK IN LAS VEGAS
(Las Vegas) – – The 2nd annual Las Vegas Comic Expo (www.lasvegascomicexpo.com), a family-friendly event, will return to the Riviera Casino & Hotel on the World Famous Las Vegas Strip located at 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas on September 28-29, 2013.
Las Vegas Comic Expo will again unite the comic book and pop-culture community’s huge and diverse audience of fans, creators and retailers together in one of the most renowned and unforgettable cities in the U.S.
Charles Lee, organizer of Las Vegas Comic Expo, has proclaimed that “Las Vegas has widely been known as an ideal destination for conventions, and since last year, Vegas has proven to be a city capable of holding comic book and pop culture themed convention events.”
Las Vegas Comic Expo will again feature artist demonstrations, panel discussions and the always entertaining cosplay costume contest. Likewise, there will be vendors, artists, and writers in the exhibitor halls for fans to obtain autographs, art, toys, comic books, statues, and other rare collectibles. Not limited to comic books, this is a pop culture event similar to the ones held in other major cities such as New York, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, Los Angeles, and San Diego, where the hip to be square celebrate its chic to be geek.
Fan boys and girls of entertainment like Star Wars, Star Trek, Hunger Games, True Blood, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Twilight, Walking Dead, and Dr. Who will converge in Las Vegas for an entertaining event.
Exclusive collector items will be available at Las Vegas Comic Expo. This is just the icing on the cake for a comic-book and pop culture convention that will welcome thousands of attendees to the Riviera Hotel located right on the strip at 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas, just minutes away from the Las Vegas airport.
This affordable and fun convention will feature a wide variety of family-friendly and pop-culture must-see happenings including:
- Comic Artist Alley featuring a multitude of beloved comic book creators from around the World including Mark Brooks, Joe Benitez, Jim Cheung, Whilce Portacio, Gerry Conway, Brian Pulido, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez (the Hernandez brothers), Stephane Roux, Ryan Sook, Dean Yeagle, Carlo Pagulayan, Ale Garza, Agnes Garbowska, Brian Buccellato, Kenneth Rocafort, Philip Tan, Nei Ruffino, Eric Basaldua (EBAS), Joe Benitez, Glen Brunswick, Joel Gomez, Marat Mychaels, Jorge Molina, Stephen Segovia, Jay Anacleto, Brian Haberlin, Cat Staggs, and lots more.
- Media guests: Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Sylvester McCoy (Dr. Who, The Hobbit), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk, Celebrity Apprentice) and more to come….
- Gaming, including HeroClix, Magic, and other popular trading card games.
- Cosplay. Tons of people dressing up as their favorite comic book/sci-fi/fantasy/anime characters, with the climax being a Saturday night costume contest and a Sunday afternoon children’s costume contest.
- Panel discussions, autograph signings and meet & greet opportunities with your favorite guests.
- Sunday Fun Day (Kid’s Day) events.
The show welcomes all audiences including those seeking a family-friendly environment. And for people looking to experience the legendary Las Vegas nightlife, it’s just a short walk away to restaurants, live entertainment and gambling.
“We hope to continue to provide a fun, vibrant atmosphere that brings together the people who love and drive the thriving community of comics – the fans, the retailers and the professional creators – for a unique entertainment experience that will bring them back year after year,” said Charles Lee, organizer for the Las Vegas Comic Expo.
WHAT: Las Vegas Comic Expo (A Comic Book, Entertainment & Pop Culture Convention)
WHERE: Riviera Casino & Hotel
2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (800) 634-3420
WHEN: Saturday – September 28, 2013 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday – September 29, 2013 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
WHO: Open to all ages. A family friendly event
COST: $25 Daily Admission $45 Weekend Pass
Discounts for advance ticket purchase, prepaid ticket holders allowed early entry Children 8 years and under free with paid adult ticket (limit 2 children per paid adult).
Confirmed Celebrity guests include…
Kristin Bauer (True Blood) Sylvester McCoy (Dr. Who, The Hobbit)
Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk, Celebrity Apprentice)
To purchase tickets or access a complete guest list, program guide, and exhibitor information, please go to www.lasvegascomicexpo.com. Check the website often for updates and new guests.
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Las Vegas Comic Expo, previously announced to be held at the Alexis Park All Suite Resort, will be relocating to a new venue, the Riviera Hotel and Casino, directly located on the Las Vegas Strip!!!
Due to the flash floods from the recent rain storms, the original hotel and halls located at the Alexis Park Resort were damaged beyond immediate repair to house Las Vegas Comic Expo. Drywall, carpet and a lack of power proved too much to repair in such a short window, thus making the shift to the Riviera necessary.
We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused any of our guests, vendors and attendees. But oddly enough this unfortunate circumstance actually has led to an expansion for the show with a larger convention hall and plenty of space for attendees to browse and shop. The new location at the Riviera will be able to showcase and accommodate the entire guest list of over 50 of the top names in comics and entertainment all united with the exhibitors and artist alley in one grand exhibit hall. The gaming, panels and programs will be conveniently located adjacent to the main hall as well.
The dates of the convention hours remain the same for Las Vegas Comic Expo: Saturday, September 29 (10AM to 7PM) and Sunday, September 30 (10AM to 5PM).
All tickets previously issued will be honored and redirected to Las Vegas Comic Expo at the Riviera. Tickets are still available for sale in advance as well as at the door on the days of the event.
Located on the Las Vegas Strip, The Riviera Hotel and Casino is just a quick cab or shuttle ride from McCarran International Airport (LAS) and only minutes away from downtown Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience.
The hotel offers guests amenities of many dining options including a buffet, food court and steakhouse as well as the Oasis Pool, a barber shop, beauty salon, tattoo parlor (What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas), gaming casino and other forms of entertainment and conveniences. The hotel has ample free public parking, and is also a short walk to the public monorail system.
The Riviera is located at 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
For more information about Las Vegas Comic Expo, including latest updates, please visit us at:
RIVIERA HOTEL AND CASINO INFORMATION:
We are making arrangements with the Riviera Casino and Hotel to offer our guests of Las Vegas Comic Expo similar room rates as we had offered to our guests at the Alexis Park All Suite Resort.
We will have updated information to reserve hotel rooms within the next day.
Once we have that information, we will send it out to everyone.
FOR THOSE BOOKED THROUGH THE ALEXIS PARK ALL SUITE RESORT:
If you used the “Las Vegas Comic Expo” promotional rate, you have two options.
You can maintain your reservation at the Alexis Park Resort.
The Alexis Park All Suite Resort will run a 14 seat shuttle service, complimentary to and from the Riviera Casino and Hotel, taking our guests door to door. The shuttle service will run on Saturday and Sunday from the Alexis Park every 2 hours at 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm noon, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, and 8:00pm.
They will also continue to have complimentary shuttle service for their guests between the airport and the Alexis Park All Suite Resort.
You can cancel your room at the Alexis Park All Suite Resort and opt to make a reservation at The Riviera Hotel and Casino. The deadline to cancel at The Alexis Park Resorts without penalty is 48 hours prior to the date of your reservation.
For those who made reservations at Alexis Park outside of the Las Vegas Comic Expo promotions, you will need to discuss with Alexis Park about your options.
THE CONFIRMED 100 OFFER:
If you took advantage of the “Confirmed 100 Offer”, your free admission to Las Vegas Comic Expo, as part of our free pass promotion will still of course be honored as long as the following applies:
If you keep your Alexis Park reservation, you will still receive the free admission pass(es).
If you transfer your reservation to the Riviera Hotel and Casino, you will still receive the free admission pass(es).
We will cross check all reservations made with Alexis Park and the Riviera.
With the current situation, the easiest way to claim your free admission is to bring a government issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc…) to the Will Call area during the pre-registration or show times.
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Dean Yeagle signs at Book Soup on Tuesday January 31, 2012 at 7:00pm.
Welcome to the new and improved edition of Dean Yeagle’s Mélange. Dean Yeagle has been involved in almost every facet of cartooning. Most of his career has been spent in Animation, as a producer/director, animator, character designer, layout and storyboard artist. He’s also illustrated children’s books and magazines, worked in advertising design and comic books, and he has gag cartoons published regularly in Playboy Magazine. His animation company, Caged Beagle Productions, produces TV commercials, CD ROMs, and animation and characters for electronic gaming. Longtime New York resident, he currently lives in Southern California with his artist wife Barbara.
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
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Animator and Playboy cartoonist Dean Yeagle signs and sketches in his newly revised and expanded hardcover art book, Melange on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.
Stuart Ng Books
20655 S Western Ave, Suite 104, Torrance, CA 90501
The Amazing STAN LEE! To Launch the Inaugural Los Angeles Rock’n Comic Con
Pasadena Convention Center
May 28-30, Fri. Sat. & Sun.
FAME LA and Animation Ink announce the Los Angeles Rock’n Comic-Con 2010 at the Pasadena Convention Center which supports the Arts, in Animation, Music & the Film Industries and their creative talents.
Animation Ink, in cooperation with Vanguard Productions and Desert Wind Comics, announces featured Guest of Honor, legendary Marvel Comics Creator Stan “The Man” Lee. Stan is the creator and/or co-creator of many of the greatest comic book characters ever including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Avengers, X-Men, Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, and many more.
Stan will launch our new convention with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, VIP Gold Room Meet and Greet, walk through, autograph signings, photos, and much more are scheduled for a total of eight hours on Friday and Saturday. Stan Lee, Jim Steranko and moderator J. David Spurlock, Vanguard Press, will host a special guest panel for the 70th Anniversary of Captain America and Marvel Comics.
An ever-growing list of talents from the worlds of animation, film, comics, and music will be in attendence. Such favorites as J. Scott Campbell, Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated Bill Sienkiewicz, Bernie Wrightson, Dean Yeagle, Jim Smith co-creator of Ren & Stimpy theme song will be performed live.
The world’s leading late night talk show host and UFO expert George Noory from Coast to Coast radio, Rodd Roddenberry and Marc and Elaine Zicree for Sci-Fi panels. Animation panels, Musicians panel, Voice-Over Artists, Writers, FX and many more.
International television personality Sabrina A. Parisi, best selling author, columnist, fashion model will sign autographs, Meet-and-Greet and photo ops.
Fans can listen to DJ Shy, the first and only female mixer at the No. 1 top 40 radio station in America, 102.7 KIIS-FM. will spin albums, sign autographs, Meet-and-Greet.
The Main Exhibit and Artists Exhibit Halls will be filled with comics, art, books, merchandise, collectibles, artists and celebrities for autograph signings, photo ops, event exclusive Variant Comic Book, etc.
In the Conference Center, Industry Professionals will have lectures, panel discussions, demos by Animators, film screenings, portfolio reviews by Disney and others.
Horror Movie Panels, some moderated by Don Glut will include many special guests such as William Stout, “The Alien” Bill Blair, horror band Williow Wisp will make a special appearance and perform. Top Special FX Artists will display their Monsters original FX Props and Reproductions, and Famous Monsters of Filmland will also be exhibitors.
A Special Femme Fatales panel and celeb autograph signings, Cosmic Play Girls in Superheroine costumes and Star Wars re-enactment Saber Guild members will be judges int our Masquerade Costume Contest.
Our Entertainment Pavilion will feature Pirates of the Caribbean Cast Members from the Black Pearl, FX artists and merchandise, swords, amor, costumes, The Hollywood Film & Acting Academy and One-on-One Music Mentoring Sessions with Rock Stars.
Live music all day long from LA local bands in the Plaza Stage Area, while enjoying the Memorial Day BBQ with tri-tip steak and shaved ice.
In the evening, our Entertainment Pavilion will rock with such headliners as A Flock of Seagulls, When In Rome, Dramarama and The Motels, Waddy Wachtel (guitarist for Stevie Nicks), former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, The Hollywood Allstarz with Vinny Appice from Black Sabbath, Mitch Perry (Edgar Winter) host Dave Schulz, (keyboardist for Berlin, Goo Goo Dolls, English Beat) and many more.
A special performance by LA Music Awards nominee Lisa Lewolt features the IDWT Dancers. Fire and Dance Performances led by Red Swan.
Concert and After Hours Party tickets are available online only through our website.
An After Hours Party from 10pm to 1am, gives fans, Attendees and Exhibitors an opportunity to network while relaxing and enjoying a continuation of great entertainment! Live Radio broadcasts from the event by 100.3 The Sound and 93.1 Jack FM.
General Admission, All-Star Concert, VIP Press & Celebrity Reception Package and After Hours Party tickets will be offered exclusively through LA Rock’n Comic Con website.
ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY –
NO on-site registration.
Tickets now on sale!
Visit www.PasadenaComicCon.com or www.rockncomiccon.com for complete details on registering, exhibiting or purchasing your tickets for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Tickets are sure to go fast! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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DEAN YEAGLE BOOK SIGNING THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2-4 PM
Animator and Playboy cartoonist Dean Yeagle will be in our showroom this Saturday, January 23, to meet and talk to his fans. He will be signing and drawing in his ever-popular sketchbooks.
The latest collection of Dean’s work is beautifully designed & produced by the French outfit Comix Buro. Dean is the first American artist to be selected for their popular sketchbook series which has included Europeans Olivier Vatine, Didier Cassegrain, Didier Crisse, Juanjo Guarnido, and others.
Books available for signing & sketches:
Dean Yeagle. YEAGLE SKETCHBOOK. [SN27881X] $30
Paris: Comix Buro, 2009. 1st. 8vo (8-9″), 48pp, color, wraps. VF. An excellent sampling of new work by this animation artist. While there is plenty of the ever-popular Mandy, this full-color collection has more animals, character design, and figure work than his other books.
MANDY GODIVA. [SN26580X] $25
MANDY’S SHORTS. [SN22671X] $25
ONE MANDY MORNING. [SN22157X] $15
SCRIBBLINGS 3. [SN22156X] $15
SCRIBBLINGS 2. [SN22155X] $15
SCRIBBLINGS. [SN22154X] $15
To see the books, go to http://www.stuartngbooks.com
Whether you are placing an order by phone or via our website, please tell us whether you want your book personalized to you (or a friend) and if you have a specific request for your drawing/dedicace.
Stuart Ng Books, 20655 Western Ave., Suite 104, Torrance, CA 90501