AL – Neal Adams Returns

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Neal Adams returns to 99 Issues Comics on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 for a signing from 4:00pm – 7:00pm!

Neal Adams is an American comic book and commercial artist known for helping to create some of the definitive modern imagery of the DC Comics characters Superman, Batman, and Green Arrow; as the co-founder of the graphic design studio Continuity Associates; and as a creators-rights advocate who helped secure a pension and recognition for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Adams was inducted into the Eisner Award’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999.

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99 Issues Comics
4805 Moffett Road, Mobile, AL 36618 ‎
(251) 648-7583

SF – Secret Hero Society Signing

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Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs appear at Comix Experience on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at noon to celebrate the release of Scholastic’s new SECRET HERO SOCIETY: STUDY HALL OF JUSTICE!

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Comix Experience
305 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-9258

Orlando Toy & Comic Con Returns

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Orlando Toy and Comic Con returns on Sunday January 31st, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at a new location, the Holiday Inn in Orlando, FL! Guests include Darwyn Cooke (The Twilight Children, Catwoman), Amanda Conner (Starfire, Harley Quinn), Jimmy Palmiotti (Power Girl, Jonah Hex), Tony S. Daniel (Batman & Robin Eternal, Teen Titans), Billy Tucci (Shi, Sgt. Rock), Tim Townsend (Doctor Strange, Uncanny X-Men), John Layman (Chew, Batman Eternal), and more!

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NYC – Last of the Dragons Signing

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Denny O’Neil and Carl Potts appear at JHU Comic Books on Wednesday December 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to unveil the new collected edition of LAST OF THE DRAGONS from Dover Comics & Graphic Novels!

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JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

ON – Squadron Supreme #1 Signing

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Artist Leonard Kirk (Fantastic Four, X-Factor, Agents of Atlas) appears at Paradise Comics on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM to sign copies of his latest work Squadron Supreme #1!

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Paradise Comics
3278 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M4N 2L6 Canada
416-487-9807

CA – Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 Signing

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Writer Robert Venditti, colorist David Baron, and cover artist Deth Phimmasone appear at Sky High Comics on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM to sign WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #1!

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Sky High Comics
625 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078
(760) 471-0649

NYC – Visualizing the Words: Comics as Collaboration

000-soi-12315Comics pros Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves) and Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man) appear at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday  December 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM show you how a comic book or graphic novel—what Will Eisner called “sequential art”—proceeds from idea to script to finished art. They will then discuss how Martinbrough has approached storytelling challenges from his creative collaborators, top comics writers including Robert Kirkman, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and others. Fingeroth will weigh in on Martinbrough’s storytelling choices, explaining how an editor impacts the content of a comics story. Shawn and Danny will then expand the discussion/demonstration to worlds beyond comics to discuss how Shawn applies his visual storytelling approach to projects beyond the comics industry.

ABOUT SHAWN MARTINBROUGH:
For two decades, Martinbrough has worked for the top publishers in the comic book industry. His DC Comics work includes a two year collaboration with novelist Greg Rucka on Batman: Detective Comics. In it, Shawn co-created characters that were featured in the Batman: Gotham Knights animated DVD and currently appear on the FOX television series, GOTHAM. Shawn’s graphic novel projects for Marvel Entertainment include Luke Cage Noir, Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive, and a Captain America graphic novel for the U.S. Army & Air Force Exchange Service that had a million copy print run. It was distributed exclusively on military bases across the country in connection with the release of the feature film, Captain America: The First Avenger.

Shawn is currently illustrating Thief of Thieves, the bestselling Image Comics graphic novel series written by Robert Kirkman, the creator of the hit AMC television series, The Walking Dead. Thief of Thieves is in development for a live action television series.

Martinbrough is also the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling,published by Random House and reprinted in several languages.

A native of the Bronx, Martinbrough majored in art at New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and obtained his BFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts. His website is: www.shawnmartinbrough.com.

ABOUT DANNY FINGEROTH:
A longtime editor and writer for Marvel Comics, best known for his work on Spider-Man, Danny Fingeroth is an historian, writer and teacher of comics and graphic novels. Danny has spoken on comics at venues including The Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University. His books includeSuperman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society, The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels and (with Mike Manley) How to Create Comics From Script to Print. Among other projects, Danny currently serves as a programming consultant to Wizard World Conventions, organizing and moderating panels with comics creators and pop culture experts at the company’s nationwide shows. Find out more about Danny at www.dannyfingeroth.com.

Tickets available at the link… $15 Non-members | $10 Members | $7 seniors/students (Undergrad with valid ID)

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

1st Annual Great American Comic Con on Dec. 5-6th

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Great American Comic Con is the newest addition to the comic book convention scene and what better place to have its first show but Las Vegas, Nevada. So December 5-6th, 2015 will be the inaugural event taking place at the Sports Center of Las Vegas. Joining us this year are some of the best comic book writers, artists and professionals in the business including Tim Bradstreet, Tommy Castillo, Howard Chaykin, Darwyn Cooke, Tony Harris, Bob McLeod, Tony Moore, Graham Nolan, James Robinson, Joe Rubinstein, Mike Zeck, Frank Tieri, Billy Tucci, Len Wein, and Bernie Wrightson.

What makes GACC different from any other comic book convention in Las Vegas is the guests will have worked on titles ranging from the Silver Age of comics all the way to today’s newest and hottest comic book titles. This show is all about comics and nothing else. You will find major comic book dealers from across the US as well as Las Vegas’ own dealers offering you the widest selection of comic book memorabilia available anywhere. Keep checking back for new guest and exhibitor announcements. We are proud and excited to be able to bring you a great show to enjoy. So make sure to register today and be ready to enjoy a good ole fashion comic book show. It’s about comics!

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For tickets and further information please visit their website: greatamericancomicconvention.com

ON – Dark Knight III Variant Signing

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Francis Manapul (The Flash, Convergence: Justice League) appears at Silver Snail Comics on Saturday November 28, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 PM  and 5:00-7:00 PM to sign his variant cover of Dark Knight III!

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Silver Snail Comics
329 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1R7
416-593-0889

CA – Ceremony to Honor Bob Kane

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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…

Press Release: 

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.

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