NYC – Neil Gaiman Plays Carnegie Hall

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Neil Gaiman appears at Carnegie Hall on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8 PM!

Presenting a synchronized multimedia storytelling event, Neil Gaiman reads his story The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains. Illustrations are provided by renowned artist Eddie Campbell, with a live underscore by the FourPlay String Quartet. Originally commissioned by the Sydney Opera House for its GRAPHIC Festival, the story will be published on June 17, 2014, by William Morrow, a HarperCollins imprint. Neil Gaiman is a bestselling writer, his work spanning from the Sandman comics to award-winning novels and major feature films.

Tickets are available at the link!

Carnegie Hall
881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019
(212) 247-7800

NH – FCBD: Gail Simone Signs

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Special guest Gail Simone joins Marjorie Liu, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Blair Shedd, Sara Richard, Roger Andrews, and many more appear at Double Midnight Comics on Saturday May 3, 2014 for Free Comic Book Day!

Press Release:

How do we top 2013’s Free Comic Book Day? BY DOUBLING IT! Our 2014 Free Comic Book Day will be DOUBLED, with our usual one in Manchester and one at our new location in Concord! We will be featuring special guests, events and of course, exclusive free comics at each, as well as special sales too! Additionally, we will have a number of local artists, fantastic cosplayers, contests and a wide variety of free comics!

Special Artist/Writer Guests include:
Gail Simone (Batgirl, Red Sonja, Birds of Prey)
Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, X-23)
Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time)
Braden Lamb (Adventure Time)
Blair Shedd (Doctor Who)
Sara Richard (My Little Pony)
Alex de Campi (My Little Pony, Grindhouse) – Appearing in Manchester from 5-7!
Roger Andrews (Super Hero Squad)
Ransom Getty (Guardians of the Globe)

Artists include:
Scott Hamilton
Dan Larson
Amanda Dufresne
Nicole Hansche
David Leblanc
Jerry Fleming
Don Higgins
Juli O’Malley
Kendra Lee Saunders
Jason Casey
Matt Bessette
Bexx Fine
Jeremy Mchugh
Janella Mele
Angela Costello
Dennis Burke
Clark Drew
Peter Vinton Jr
Ben Gibson
Michelle Pinard

NOTE: free sketches are at the discretion of the artist and not guaranteed.

Cosplay Guests include:
Nicole Marie Jean (cosplayer extraordinaire)
Bellechere (world renown cosplayer)
501st New England Garrison
Ghostbusters of New Hampshire
New England Brethren of Pirates

Special Guests:
Rhode Island Comic Con
Terror Con
Pop Culture Expo
Spectacular Batcycle (Concord)
Bumblebee 1977 Chevy Camaro from Transformers

BBQ? Of course! Our grill master and BBQ expert Jareb will be back, making some fantastic grub in Manchester!

We also want to have the biggest group of cosplayers we can amass, so we will have extra goodies to everyone that comes in costume, as well as the BIGGEST Free Comic Book Day costume contest in the US!

We will also be having a HUGE after party in Concord when all is said and done, with a few more surprises. What could we possibly have up our sleeves?

RSVP on Facebook!

Double Midnight Comics
245 Maple St, Unit 11, Manchester, NH 03103

SacAnime 2014 Announces Guests

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SacAnime welcomes MARK SHEPPARD (Supernatural, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Leverage) along with voice actors Rodger Bumpass, J. Michael Tatum, Noah Watts, Roger Craig Smith, Johnny Yong Bosch, Sam Riegel, Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, Christine Cabanos, and Cristina Vee and musical groups Eyeshine and The Slants.

SACANIME is being held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday August – 29th – 31st, 2014 at the Sacramento Convention Center and Sheraton Grand Hotel. For more information, check out our website at: www.sacanime.com

MARK SHEPPARD

Mark Sheppard was born in London, England and began his film career in Jim Sheridan’s “In The Name Of The Father” playing Guildford Four member ‘Paddy Armstrong’ alongside Daniel Day-Lewis. An accomplished musician, he has recorded and played drums for The T.V. Personalities, Nikki Sudden, Robyn Hitchcock, The Barracudas, Light A Big Fire, School Of Fish and They Eat Their Own, among others. On stage, he has won several theatre awards, including The 1992 Drama Critic’s Circle Outstanding Achievement Award for his performance in “A Cock & Bull Story”. He may be best known for his television work, as Romo Lampkin in “Battlestar Galactica”, Badger in Joss Whedon’s “Firefly”, Ivan Erwich in Day 5 of “24”, plus roles on “The X-Files”, “CSI”, “Star Trek: Voyager” and a host of other characters in film and television. Sheppard currently plays ‘Jim Sterling’ opposite Timothy Hutton on TNT’s “Leverage”, the Director of The Ring Organization in NBC’s “Chuck”, the Demon ‘Crowley’ in “Supernatural” for the CW, mysterious operative ‘Mr. Valda’ in SyFy’s “Warehouse 13″, and now Canton Everett Delaware III in the sixth season of the BBC’s “Doctor Who”. He has lent his voice to various video games and commercials as well, from “The Conduit” to “Dragon Age: Origins” and Bear Grylls’ “Man vs. Wild”.

RODGER BUMPASS
Rodger Bumpass

Emmy-nominated for the voice of Squidward on SpongeBob Squarepants, Rodger has been in acting for 38 years, and he’s going to keep on ’til he gets it right. In addition to Squidward, he was the voice of Professor Membrane in ‘Invader Zim’, Dr. Light in ‘Teen Titans’, Hanover Fyst in the cult favorite ‘Heavy Metal’. He has also provided various voices in many Disney and Pixar featured animated movies like ‘A Bug’s Life’, ‘Monsters Inc.’, ‘Cars’, ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Treasure Planet’, ‘Emperor’s New Groove’, and more recently, ‘Monsters University’.  He began his career with the National Lampoon Magazine, touring the USA and falling down in the stare a lot (on purpose). He likes kitty cats and long walks on the beach, where falling doesn’t hurt as much. If you pass him in the hallway, just say “Do the voice, please,” and he will gladly comply… for the nominal price of $2.37. Cash only. He does take IOUs if they involve a kiss from a pretty girl.

J MICHAEL TATUM

Discovered by Funimation warhorse and visionary ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in the hit English language dub of Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, Both God Eneru and Dalton in the new dub of One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Sir Hammerlock in the videogame juggernaut Borderlands 2. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature-length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, and Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, among many others.

And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn’t enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate and Dragon Ball Z Kai.

In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at www.thatanimeshow.com

Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the “J” stands for… Well, it stands for whatever you’d like it to.

NOAH WATTS

When Noah Watts was 9 years old, his uncle gave him a Crow name. He said, “I am going to name you, Bulaagawish, Old Bull.” His uncle put his hand on Noah’s shoulder and continued. “That’s the name Chief Plenty Coups gave your grandfather. The name refers to the buffalo bull that leads the herd. That name has good things associated with it.”

A member of the Crow tribe and descendent of the Blackfeet nation, Noah Watts grew up in Bozeman, Montana, but each summer Noah goes home to the Crow reservation to camp at Crow fair with his extended family. Excelling in baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, and skateboarding as a boy, Noah also learned to ride horses, fly fish, and snowboard living in the Rockies. As part of his connection to his Native culture, Noah has been a traditional Crow war dancer since he was 6 years old, occasionally competing in contests but more often dancing for pleasure at pow pows. He is also an accomplished guitarist.

Noah has been acting on stage since fifth grade when he played the Scarecrow in a school production of Oz. In high school Noah began developing and refining his acting skills in a variety of roles that culminated in the part of John Proctor in The Crucible. Noah also worked on his acting craft in the forum of high school speech and debate contests, putting the capstone on his high school acting career by representing Montana at the National Forensic League National Tournament. His performance of the dramatic monologue “Gas” by Jose Rivera in front of 1,500 people earned him fourth place in the national tournament. High school dramatics was a catalyst for Noah’s acting career. As a high school senior, Noah acted in two independent feature films. First, Noah was cast in The Slaughter Rule, playing Waylon Walks Along, a teenage Blackfeet youth. Just a few months later he landed a second role as Herbie Yellow Lodge in the feature film Skins directed by Chris Eyre. Portraying the son of an alcoholic father (Graham Greene), Noah had the third lead part and shared scenes with Native actors Greene and Eric Schweig. It was then Noah began to dream of a career in film. Noah graduated from high school and won a scholarship to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. After one semester at AADA, Noah was offered a part in a new Chris Eyre film entitled Skinwalkers, playing a teenage gang leader and suspected murderer, a role far different from the shy, devoted son he played in Skins. The following summer in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, he performed the lead in the Southwest Repertory Company’s production of The Indolent Boys written by N. Scott Momaday. Other projects included an appearance on Literary Stages on KCRW in Los Angeles, reading a piece by W. P. Kinsella. And in the Spring of 2005 Noah was cast in an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, entitled Kino and Teresa. He played the fierce villain Eladio (Tybalt in the original play).

Beginning with a role in the series, Sons of Anarchy, in 2009, Noah turned to television. Subsequently he acted in episodes of Native Century (2010), The Glades (2010), Big Love (2010), CSI Miami (2011), and Ringer (2012). Most recently Noah was cast as the main protagonist, Connor Kenway, in the Assassin’s Creed Three video game set during the time period of the American Revolution. Noah provides voice and motion capture for half-Mohawk and half-British, Kenway.

When Crows bestow a name, they also bestow a wish, a prayer for the name’s recipient. Noah’s uncle wished for Noah to lead a life of distinction that would be a credit to the Crow people. Noah has a name to live up to and a destiny to follow. Noah is currently living in Los Angeles and working towards fulfilling his dream.

ROGER CRAIG SMITH
Roger Craig Smith

Fan favorite animation & video game voice actor Roger Craig Smith is known as the current voice behind Chris Redfield in the Resident Evil series (Resident Evil 5, 6, Marvel vs Capcom 3), as Ezio Auditore da Firenze in the Assassin’s Creed games, as the current English voice of Sega mascot Sonic The Hedgehog (also in Wreck-It Ralph), as the current voice of Captain America in Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble, as the voice of Thomas from the Regular Show TV series, and The Pulverizer in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV Series).
Roger also supplied the voice of Deidara in “Naruto: Shippuden”, Temujin in “Naruto: The Legend of the Stone of Gelel.” Roger’s Naruto series characters include the creepy Raiga Kurosuke, smooth-talker Idate Morino, Dan, and many others. In the video game “Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2,” Roger voiced both Bando and Towa. In the anime series “Code Geass,” he voices the uptight Gilbert G.P. Guilford. Roger played the role of Prince Phillip, in the Disney DVD “Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams. He voiced Curtis Miller in the animated movie “Resident Evil: Degeneration.” Other gaming credits include Apsel in “Too Human,” Runt in “Chicken Little: Ace in Action,” and Harrison Pike in “Medal of Honor: Vanguard.” He’s voiced characters in “Mad World,” “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots,” “CSI:NY The Game,” Duke in “GI Joe: Rise of Cobra” “Afro Samurai: The Game,” “Fracture,” “Turning Point: Fall of Liberty,” and Digimon World Data Squad.” He narrated Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC and “Yard Crashers” on the DIY Network.
Roger Craig Smith voiced Wings Around the Globe air-racing champion “Ripslinger” in Disney’s “Planes”. October 25 saw the release of one of the most anticipated games of 2013, the follow up to Batman: Arkham City, which features Roger Craig Smith as the voice of the Caped Crusader himself… BATMAN!

JOHNNY YONG BOSCH
Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny got his start as Adam Park, the Black Ranger in the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers-a role that he played for three-and-a-half seasons on TV, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in subsequent seasons.
Johnny is also well-known for voice acting work in numerous anime titles, including Vash the Stampede in Trigun, Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Claus in Last Exile, Sakaki in Witch Hunter Robin, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Itsuki in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara, and Yukio in Blue Exorcist.

Johnny’s voice can also be heard in numerous video games, including Nero in Devil May Cry 4 and voiceover work in titles like .hack//G.U., Persona 4, Disgaea 3, Tales of Symphonia,  Eternal Sonata, Transformers: War for Cybertron, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Johnny will be appearing at SacAnime Summer 2013 for a free concert Friday and Saturday nights with his band Eyeshine! This four piece “edge rock” band, formed in West Hills, California, features Johnny and bandmates Maurice, Polo and Ginny!

SAM RIEGEL
Sam Riegel

SAM RIEGEL is a voice actor, director and writer who has voiced hundreds of popular cartoons, video games and anime series. Notable roles include Donatello in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series, Shiro Emiya in Fate/Stay Night, Viral in Gurren Lagann, Teddie in Persona 4: The Animation, Mephisto in Blue Exorcist, Array in Lagrange, Kiyotsugu in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan and his current role as Riven in Nickelodeon’s Winx Club. Video game characters include Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man, Starscream in Transformers: War for Cybertron & Fall of Cybertron, Steve Burnside in Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, and everyone’s favorite attorney, Phoenix Wright in the upcoming Phoenix Wright 5. Between acting gigs, Sam has written scripts for Naruto, Bleach, Tiger & Bunny, and video games like ModNation Racers. He’s also voice directed major game releases, among them Fallout: New Vegas (in which he also played several voices). Currently, Sam serves as the voice director for Disney’s Sofia The First cartoon series, which recently ranked as the #1 preschool debut in cable television history.These days you can catch Sam co-hosting a drunken podcast with Liam O’Brien called “All Work No Play” and providing many voices to Geek & Sundry’s “Fetch Quest” web series. Follow Sam on twitter at @samriegel.

YURI LOWENTHAL

Born with a D20 in one hand and a six-gun in the other, Yuri Lowenthal is a writer, actor and producer. He has had recurring roles on Gilmore Girls and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as well as lead roles in video games Dragon Age, Prince of Persia, Fallout and many more. Best known for his voice acting work in such roles as Sasuke (Naruto), Superman (Legion of Superheroes), Jinno/Kuma (Afro Samurai), Lagoon Boy (Young Justice) and Ben Tennyson (Ben 10: Alien Force/Utimate Alien/Omniverse) as well as popular VG titles including the Persona series, .//hack series, Saints Row series and lots of anime. He has appeared in one incarnation or another in possibly every CoD title since Big Red One. He also co-authored Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind the Mic with Tara Platt which is available through Bug Bot Press.Yuri is currently in post-production on his production company’s second feature film, the mockumentary Con Artists. And his irreverent award-winning web comedy Shelf Life, about 4 action figures on a young boy’s shelf, is now in its fourth season.

TARA PLATT

Actress, author, producer and business woman, Tara’s traveled the globe as a speaker, attending conventions, and has also performed internationally in film, TV, animation and theatre. Some of her on-screen credits include TV: Revenge, Parenthood, Castle, The Gilmore Girls, and Hawaii Five-0; FILM: The Call; A Girl, A Guy, A Space Helmet (she’s so proud of this indie award-winner); Time & Tide; I’m Through With White Girls. She also co-produced and starred in the award-winning feature film Tumbling After, mockumentary Con Artists and irreverent web-comedy Shelf Life (now in its 4th season) with Yuri Lowenthal and their production company Monkey Kingdom Productions. In the world of voice work she’s worked on numerous video games, animation titles and more, including: (Wonder Woman – DC VS MK), (Dream Girl – Legion of Superheroes), (Temari – Naruto), (Jennifer Nocturne – Ben 10), (Agnes – Tiger & Bunny)(Eastern European Player – Saints Row: The Third), (Marida Cruz – Gundam Unicorn) (Ellie Martinez – Resistance: Burning Skies).

CHRISTINE CABANOS
Christine Cabanos

When it comes to animation and video games, Christine is a fan at heart. Her passion for the culture led her to pursue her voice-acting career. Her breakout role came as Azusa Nakano of “K-On!”. Christine has since earned roles including Haruka in “Oblivion Island”, Filia in “Skullgirls”, Nepgear in the “Hyperdimension Neptunia” series, Keina Sawaya in “Atelier Meruru”, roles in video games such as “Time and Eternity”, “Ragnarok Online 2″, the Princess in “Redline”, the titular character of Squid Girl in “Squid Girl”, Minawa Ando in “Mahoromatic OVA : I’m Home”, Sarah in “Rozen Maiden Overture”, Michi Kondo in “Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne”, Ruka Asato in “Accel World”, Madoka Kaname in “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”, Shiemi Moriyama in “Blue Exorcist”, Silica in “Sword Art Online” and Reina and Mew in “Pokemon Origins”.

CRISTINA VEE

Cristina Vee is a voice actress from Los Angeles, CA. Since getting her first large anime roles in 2007, Cristina has voiced over 100 characters in both animation and video games. Anime fans know her Mio Akiyama in K-ON!, Alisa Bosconovitch in Tekken Blood Vengeance, Homura Akemi in Madoka Magica, Louise in The Familiar of Zero, and Morgiana in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, to name a few.On the video game scene she is popular for her voice work as Noel Vermillion and the Murakumo Units in the Blazblue series, Compa in the Neptunia series, Lian Shi in Dynasty Warriors, Cerebella in Skullgirls, and Riven the Exile in League of Legends. Beyond voice acting she has a large YouTube following for her singing. She provides vocals to songs in Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage!? and Shantae: Half Genie Hero. She currently casts and directs Skullgirls and is recognizable to eSports fans for hosting IGN’s IPL 4 and 5.

EYESHINE
Eyeshine

Formed in 2004 by frontman Johnny Yong Bosch and Maurice Salmin, Eyeshine is an Edge Rock band hailing from Los Angeles, CA. Their third album, “My Paper Kingdom” features their award winning song “Alone,” whose honest and simple lyrics made a connection to a steadily growing fan base in 2009. They continued to Self Produce albums making their latest edgier album “Revolution Airwaves” and acoustic album “Like Yesterday,” 10 albums on their Discography.

Eyeshine won the worldwide Ford sponsored competition “Gimme The Gig II” in May 2012. They recorded and filmed a single with the Legendary Don Was (7 time Grammy Award winning Producer – Rolling Stones, Elton John, John Mayer, etc) and Krish Sharma (Producer/Engineer – Hilary Duff, Jesse McCarney, etc) out of the “Ford Focus Studio.” Which is a recording studio built into a Ford Focus by “Mad” Mike (Pimp My Ride). The one-hour special special aired on west coast television (KTLA, KTVU, and KICU).

Please check out their concert and bring a friend or two-hundred.
If you end up not liking them, feel free to throw Money, Peanut M&Ms, and Haribo Gummy Bears at them.
Or you can shower them with Vitamin Water, Red Bull and sugar-free Red Bull.

  THE SLANTS
The Slants

Portland’s The Slants are the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. They offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is “not to be missed” (The Westword). The Willamette Week says “While the band may well be best experienced live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles.” The music is the perfect combination of 80’s driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie, floor-filling beats which fans affectionately dub as “Chinatown Dance Rock.”

They’ve been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” IFC TV, Huffington Post, MTV, and over 1500 radio stations, tv shows, magazines, and websites worldwide.

17 international tours, including appearances in 46 of 50 U.S states, have led to headlining showcases at major festivals such as SXSW, MusicfestNW, San Diego Comic-Con, Dragon Con. The band has also tour/provided support for The Decemberists, Mindless Self Indulgence, Girl Talk, Apl.De.Ap (of Black Eyed Peas), Blindpilot and Shonen Knife. In 2011, The Slants worked with the Department of Defense for a series of shows at U.S and NATO bases in Eastern Europe, dubbed “Operation Gratitude.”

Two of their recent music videos feature martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung (The Matrix, Ip Man, & Enter the Dragon) and international stars Daniel Wu and Shu Qi.

Whether rocking music halls, anime conventions, maximum-security prisons, colleges, or army bases, it’s clear that The Slants’ infectious brand of “so damn good” music will leave you wanting more (MRU Magazine)

UK – The Secret Service Signing

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DAVE GIBBONS appears to sign THE SECRET SERVICE at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 22nd March from 3:00 – 4:00 pm!

Two masters of the form, Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, have come together to produce this remarkable new graphic novel from Millar and Hollywood director Matthew Vaughn, set in the aftermath of the 2011 riots that fractured London. The film based on the graphic novel, and directed by Vaughn, will be released in UK cinemas in March 2015.

Gary’s life is going nowhere. He lives in public housing with his mother and spends his nights carousing with his friends. But Gary’s Uncle Jack has taken a different path – one of glamour, danger and mystery. When Jack is called upon to get his nephew out of trouble one last time, their lives are going to intersect in a way neither of them could have foreseen. From the creative team of Mark Millar (Kick-Ass), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) and Matthew Vaughn (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Snatch; Layer Cake; Stardust; Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class) comes this highly anticipated and superlative work.

Dave Gibbons is one of Britain’s finest comic artists, whose most famous work is the multi-award- winning Watchmen. Since then he has drawn series including Batman, Doctor Who, and Give Me Liberty, and has written Batman vs. Predator, Green Lantern, and World’s Finest, as well as his own graphic novel The Originals.

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

Full Event Lineup Announced for Planet Comicon 2014

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Press Release:

Planet Comicon 2014 will have more programming than ever before, with five rooms of events stretching over three days. This schedule is presented for your convenience. All events, panelists, and other details are subject to change.

Friday, March 14

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3:00 – 3:50 PM

Margot Kidder
Margot Kidder:
 Superman’s Lois Lane! Margot Kidder is most famous for her acclaimed performance as Lois Lane in four Superman films. ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Webcomics: Inside Out Who needs ink on paper? Join a discussion of what it takes to create comics magic on the web. ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Comics without Capes: Leading comics creators discuss crafting successful series outside the superhero genre.  Explore the worlds of cowboys, comedic teen soap opera, and even biographical comics. Moderated by Jai Nitz. ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

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4:00 – 4:50 PM

Michael Dorn
Michael Dorn & Marina Sirtis:
 ST:TNG’s Klingon and Betazoid stars take the stage to take you behind the scenes of one of the greatest science fiction series in history.ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Craft Your Fandom: Cosplay from Concept to Completion: Join leading cosplay and prop-builder experts in a look at where to start making your favorite prop or costume. Featuring Abby DarkStar, Zen Dragon, and more to be announced. ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Vampires Don’t Sparkle: That’s right…we said it! We want our meat eating, sunlight obliterating, butt-ugly vampires back! Bram Stoker would be doing cartwheels in his grave is he saw what vampires have become.  We are taking it back, today!!! ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Marina Sirtis
Visual Storytelling Success: Artists discuss their approach to creating comics that tells the story and engages the reader. ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Kansas City Comics Creators: Kansas City has one of the most vibrant communities of comics creators. Jason Aaron and Ande Parks lead a panel of the local talent. ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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Saturday, March 15

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11:00 – 11:50 AM

Wil Wheaton
Wil Wheaton:
 
He’s back! One of Planet Comicon’s favorite guests has returned. You know him from ST:TNG, The Big Bang Theory, Stand By Me, and much more. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Bad Karma: Bad Karma is a creative collective, whose members include Alex GrecianJeremy HaunB. Clay Moore, and Seth Peck. Their first joint project was Bad Karma Volume One featuring five original, creator owned concepts in self-contained stories. Meet the creators and listen as they answer questions about the Kickstarter process, the concept behind the book and what’s next for Bad Karma. ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Khemia Creations: The Art of Stage Combat: Come join Khemia Creations as we display a series of stage combat sketches that can be easily adapted into stage or video skits! After each showcase fight, a thorough dissection of the combat choreography will be given so that you can learn how it’s done. ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Fandom – Destination: 221B Baker Street – Sherlock Holmes fandom has never been more popular. Join an interactive Q&A covering the Holmes and Watson in every media, from novels to television, movies to comics. The panel includes Rob Davis (Illustrator of Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective), Tammy Lynn Garrison (Editor of Investigating Sherlock Holmes), and Ellie Ann Soderstrum (Producer of Steampunk Holmes). ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Star Wars Costuming: Meet and Greet – Get to know the local Star Wars Costuming Group Chapters: 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and The Dark Empire. ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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Noon – 12:50 PM

Jewel Staite
Jewel Staite:
 
Everything’s Shiny! Jewel Staite portrayed Kaylee Frye in Firefly and Serenity, and Dr. Jennifer Keller on Stargate: Atlantis. –ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Sexuality in Cosplay: A frank discussion of the role of sexuality in cosplay featuring prominent cosplay personalities. May not be suitable for all audiences. Parental guidance suggested. ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Comic Geeks – A Web Series – A screening of the Comic Geeks pilot, a new series debuting in 2014. The story follows three friends at various stages of comic geekery: Dan, the die-hard weekly shopper, Jeff, the indie-only cartoonist, and Brian, who struggles with reading comics and acting like an adult. Together, the three try to figure out what makes a comic geek, and how to be an adult doing it. ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Crowdfunding – Kickstarter. Indygogo. Rockethub. What’s crowdfunding all about? How can creators like you use it to feed their creativity – any maybe event their families? ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Marvel: Your Universe – What’s happening now and next from Mighty Marvel? Leading Marvel creators take the stage. Featuring a roster of Marvel creators including Jason Aaron. Moderated by Marvel’s V.P. of Creator Development, C.B. Cebulski. ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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1:00 – 1:50 PM

LeVar Burton
Brent Spiner & LeVar Burton:
 
Two of Star Trek’s most memorable performers tag-team on the Planet Comicon stage. Ask your questions of the actors who brought android Data and Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge to life. - ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

The Last Ride of Lee Salem, Editor of Calvin and Hobbes – Enjoy a Q & A with Lee Salem, the man who edited Calvin and Hobbes, For Better or For Worse, Doonesbury, The Far Side, Cathy, FoxTrot, The Boondocks, Cul De Sac, Lio and dozens of other comics. The industry icon is transitioning to the role of President Emeritus of Universal Uclick as of March 2014. He has a wealth of experience and stories that any comics fan and creator will find enlightening. Joining him will be those influenced by his work in the comics industry including Bill Amend, creator of Foxtrot. Plus, a there will be a reading of statements regarding his work provided by Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Jan Eliot (Stone Soup), Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac) and Mark Tatulli (Lio). ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

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Zero Budget Filmmaking
 – The internationally awarded Brass Engine Productions team will give you tips and tricks to make your film or series without spending a lot of cash. Come and get a Q&A with Director Ben Watkins, and watch clips from the production’s web series and other projects done on a shoestring budget. – ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Pencil, Brush, and Stylus: Comics Art Today – A panel of comics most popular artists discuss their projetcs, techniques, and inspirations. – ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

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2:00 – 2:50 PM

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 The Tardis has landed… in Middle Earth? He’s Radagast the Brown fromThe Hobbit movies! He’s also Doctor Who‘s seventh Doctor! He’s one of the biggest fandom mash-ups ever! Moderated by theTraveling the Vortex podcast crew – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Researching Comics with the Grand Comics Database – Dive deep into comics and comics history! Leading members of the Grand Comics Database community will be discussing a bit of the history of the GCD and its roots in the early days of internet comics fandom, along with its current status and abilities in helping people research various comic books and comic book creators. – ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Charlton Arrow – From the 40s thru the 80s, Charlton was the “other” comics publisher of  mystery, romance, and superhero titles. Join Paul Kupperberg and Rick Stasi, two of the creators of Charlton Arrow, for a trip down memory lane and an introduction to their new comics zine that celebrate some of Charlton’s lesser known creations. – ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Deadpool Double Dare -Deadpool creators  display a dynamic dose of Deadpool discussion. – ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Kids’ Costume Contest: It’s a cavalcade of cute! A special costume contest just for the younger set. – ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

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3:00 – 3:50 PM

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Making of Archer – Discover the animation secrets behind FX’s hit series Archer. Featuring storyboard artist Kevin Mellon and the team from Kansas City’s own Trinity Animation. – ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Breaking into Comics - How do you become a professional comic book or comic strip creator? Join a panel of editors who specialize in spotting new talent: C.B. Cebulski (VP of Creator Development at Marvel), Shena Wolf (Acquisitions Editor and Universal Uclick), and Joe Rybandt (Editor at Dynamite Entertaintment). – ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

John Ratzenberger: He may be most famous as Cliff Clavin from Cheers, but John Ratzenberger‘s nerd movie cred is truly amazing. “It’s a little known fact” that his filmography includes Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Superman: The Movie, Superman II, and every single Pixar movie ever made! – ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

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4:00 – 4:50 PM

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Heroic Prose: Genre Fiction – Kings of the Keyboard and Princesses of Prose! A panel of prodigious purveyors of thrilling novels and short fiction reveal the stories behind their stories. – ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Pros and Cons of the Shared Universe – SciFi4Me Radio’s H20 podcast tackles explore the ups, downs, ins, and outs of consuming and creating tales in shared universes. Hosts Jason P. Hunt and Tim Harvey interview Star Trek novelist Kevin Dilmore. – ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Announcement coming soon – ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Zoie Palmer: A lively Q&A with one of the stars of the Syfy series Lost Girl. – ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

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5:00 PM until who knows when!

Adult Costume Contest: Captivated by cosplay creativity? This is your event! – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

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Sunday, March 16th

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11:00 – 11:50 AM

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Femi Taylor:
 The delightful Femi Taylor is best known for playing Jabba the Hutt’s Twi’lek slave dancer Oola in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. She is a Nigerian-born British dancer and actress who spent years training with the London Contemporary Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. In addition to RotJ, she appeared in the original London cast of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical Cats! – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

DC Universe: Best of the Best – A celebration of the best of DC Comics through the years, from the Golden Age to today. Join leading creators for a discussion of the DC Comics that inspired them! Moderated by long-time DC editor and writer Paul Kupperberg. – ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Karate Chopping Robots & Killer Carnies: The Art and Science of Digital Comics and Games – Mobile-based comics and games are transforming the entertainment industry. Indie game and comic developers have more opportunity than ever before to make their mark and create some major waves. Join Kung Fu Robot creator Jason Bays and Burn the Lot co-creator Cameron Calder as they share their experiences in mobile-based interactive comic and game development. From concept to development to launch and beyond, these Kansas City-area veterans will offer their unique perspective to this exciting and ever-changing scene. – ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

 

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Noon – 12:50 PM

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 – The Blue Power Ranger has arrived! David Yost played Billy Cranston, the Blue Ranger, on the international television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo, and the film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: the Movie. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Timey Wimey Puppet Show – Direct from the YouTube web series and packed appearances at DragonCon and Gallifrey One, we’re pleased to present  this family-friend Punch-and-Judy-inspired Doctor Who comedy puppet show.  The show is for all ages! – ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Khemia Creations: Cosplay Photography and Modeling – Whether you’re in front of behind the camera, this is the panel for you! We will be discussing techniques on how to make your cosplay photography go from a snapshot to a work of art! For those with camera in hand, we’ll tell you how to make the most of your environments, angles, and lighting to ensure you can capture the best images at every convention. For those wanting to show off their costume creations, we’ll give beginner modeling tips to offer your best side to camera every time! – ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

So you want to build an R2 Unit - Come join us for the in’s and out’s of building your own R2D2 or other Astromech droid. We will give you an idea of what it skills are needed, and the resources available to help you on your journey. – ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

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cClintock: Eddie McClintock is best-known for his role as Secret Service agent Pete Lattimer on the Syfy series Warehouse 13. But, the actor is also an artist, who was inspired to purse his passion by comic books. He says, “It all started with Herb Trimpe andThe Incredible Hulk.” Now is your chance to meet Pete Lattimer and learn the answers to your Eddie McClintock questions. – ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

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1:00 – 1:50 PM

Lee Majors
Lee Majors:
 The Six Million Dollar Man  – 
An actor of international importance, Lee Majors has  continually proven himself to be a favorite of audiences worldwide. Lee Majors’ performances and personas have made an indelible impact on television programs. From his initial role of Heath Barkley on The Big Valley to the Men From Shilo to Owen Marshall Counselor at Law to The Fall Guy and Raven. It was his starring role as Steve Austin on the overwhelmingly popular The Six Million Dollar Man that Lee became an icon and part of the American culture. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

How To Market Comic Strips Today – In previous decades, comic strips were the delicious and funny center of a reader’s daily dose of communication, placed in the middle of their newspapers and hearts. Today, comic strips and webcomics have enjoyed a strong renaissance in pop culture. How has this happened; how are cartoonists sharing their art and stories today? This panel will share the wide experiences of print, syndicated and web cartoonists alike. From viral marketing, presences at events such as San Diego Comic Con and Planet ComiCon, social media outreach, tours and more, we’ll hear from some of the engaging storytellers that are creating today. – ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Star Wars in American Culture – Explore the influences and impact of the single most important film of the twentieth century. We will take a look at the many ways this pop culture phenomenon connects to our everyday lives. Presented by Dr. Bradley Will, Dr. Stephen Schleicher, and Dr. Scott Robson of Fort Hays State University. – ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Dynamic Cover Design - Top artists reveal the tips and tricks that produce covers with a powerful pop. – ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

For the Love of Comics – What do you love about comics? Today’s top creators, including Jason Aaron, discuss the comics they love the most. Moderated by C.B. Cebulski. – ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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2:00 – 2:50 PM

Concept Design for Comic Books - Comic and concept artist Steven Sanders has designed a number of characters and locations for Marvel Entertainment, among other companies. Using examples from Marvel, he’ll explain how concept design in comics is different than concept design in video games or film, and will show what is needed to make good designs for comics. – ROOM 2502 (Lower Level)

50 Years of GI Joe – the first action figure – A history of GI Joe, the world’s first action figure, from its beginnings 50 years ago in 1964, to the present day. We will discuss the evolution of the brand from a 12 inch everyman solider to a modern team of hundreds of small action figures, as well as several odd and interesting detours and off-shoots along the way. We also will cover the brand’s current fandom, including online resources and fan projects. – ROOM 2503 (Lower Level)

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DMC: Comics and Hip Hop
 – As a founder of Run-D.M.C., Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is a pioneer of hip hop culture. Now he’s turned his creative passion to comics! Already a hero to his millions of fans around the world, DMC’s accomplishments read like a laundry list of musical and cultural accolades: Grammy nominated musician, multi-platinum recording artist, Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductee and rap/rock pioneer who’s influenced music since the first time he’s ever touched a mic. Adding to his long lists of firsts, DMC is teaming up with some prominent fixtures in the comic book and music world to craft the first 100% authentic, unapologetic, indie, hip hop comic book. – ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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4:30 – 6:00 PM

TREKtacular ST:TNG Cast Reunion: This is a separately ticketed event. Seating is extremely limited! See this page to order tickets. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Planet Comicon is Kansas City’s largest comic book and pop culture convention. Now in its thirteenth year! The convention will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center on March 14-16th. Please visit their website for the full guestlist, ticket information, and more!

CA – Star Trek/Doctor Who Signing

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Mega talent J. K. Woodward (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who) is coming to Phat Collectibles’ La Habra Super Store on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00pm!

Meet J.K., purchase exclusive prints, see his painting up close and prepare to be blown away by the talent that is J.K. Woodward! Joining J.K. will be indie sensation Bigfoot Sword of the Earthman writer Joshua Henaman!

RSVP on Facebook!

Phat Collectibles
301 E. Imperial Hwy, La Habra, CA 90631

Planet Comicon 2014 Releases Initial Schedule

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Planet Comicon 2014 has released the initial schedule for panel events. This schedule focuses on event featuring media guests, including performers from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Wars, Firefly, and more.

We will be updating the schedule with additional panels and events as soon as details are confirmed.

Highlights of the schedule include:

FRIDAY, MARCH 14th:

  • Margot Kidder (3:00 PM)
  • Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis (4:00 PM)

SATURDAY, MARCH 15th:

  • Wil Wheaton (11:00 AM)
  • Jewel Staite (Noon)
  • Brent Spiner and LeVar Burton (1:00 PM)
  • Sylvester McCoy (2:00 PM)
  • John Ratzenberger (3:00 PM)
  • Zoie Palmer (4:00 PM)
  • Kids’ Costume Contest (2:00 PM)
  • Adults’ Costume Contest (5:00 PM)

SUNDAY MARCH 16th:

  • Femi Taylor (11:00 AM)
  • David Yost (Noon)
  • Eddie McClintock (Noon)
  • Lee Majors (1:00)
  • TREKtacular Star Trek Cast Reunion (4:30) – NOTE: this is a separately ticketed event. This event is close to being sold out. Find out more about tickets here.

Planet Comicon is Kansas City’s largest comic book and pop culture convention. Now in its thirteenth year! The convention will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center on March 14-16th. Please visit their website for the full guestlist, ticket information, and more!

CA – An Afternoon with Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman appears at the San Jose Repertory Theatre to receive the Maverick Spirit Award on Sunday, March 9th from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM! Part of the Cinequest Film Festival

Get tickets ($15.00) at the link!

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Often Neil Gaiman’s work gets categorized as Dark Fantasy, because we love dividing and subdividing genres. But Neil’s work strains against such limitations, starting from his first major work in the U.S., The Sandman. He can’t even be limited as a writer, playing in as many different forms as he can – comics, short stories, poetry, novels, and screenplays have all sprung forth from his fertile imagination, yet his earliest writing was as a journalist, profiling the likes of Duran Duran and Douglas Adams. In recent years he has become a producer and a director, all while continually evolving as perhaps his most charming aspect: a true raconteur.

If his own story must have a beginning, it was in Hampshire, U.K., though he currently lives in the U.S. For those early days he describes himself as “…a feral child who was raised in libraries.” Becoming a voracious reader himself, it seems destiny guided him to his role as “Prince of Stories” – the title of a critical retrospective of his work.

Though he seeped into our consciousness with an ad in DC Comics declaiming “I will show you terror in a handful of dust,“ it was wonder, not terror, that dawned, as mythologies old and new were turned on their heads and woven into an original epic that he revisits from time to time. Neil awakened readers to things we must have always known, but somehow we needed him to give us the words.

In collaboration with Terry Pratchett, he offered us Good Omens. He wrote of Fragile Things and American Gods with equal weight; after all, he made us realize they are the same.

And he inspires wonder for all ages. While he has taken adults to he reminds young and old to seek magic in Stardust. For the very young, he taught The Dangerous Alphabet and remembered The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish.

Neil’s work gracefully straddles the media. Neverwhere began as a BBC teleplay before becoming a novel and a graphic novel, and this year has been re-imagined as a radio drama. Coraline has become both a stop-motion animated film and a stage musical, while The Wolves in the Walls expanded into an opera. At the request of the Jim Henson Company, Neil co-created the film Mirrormask, directed by his frequent collaborator, artist Dave McKean. (Their Mr. Punch has not yet left the page, but with Neil, it’s only a matter of time.)

Perhaps fulfilling a dream of that feral child in the library, Neil even wrote an episode of Doctor Who in 2011, “The Doctor’s Wife.” There’s more, of course, including a bestselling novel in 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but Neil is also busy in other media. Having turned producer for the film Stardust, he has also directed two short films himself, one starring his wife, musician Amanda Palmer.

San Jose Repertory Theatre
101 Paseo De San Antonio Walk, San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 367-7255

Matt Smith to Attend Wizard World Louisville Comic Con 2014

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Press Release:

Oh, Doctor! Matt Smith To Attend Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, Saturday, March 29

‘Eleventh Doctor’ In ‘Doctor Who’ Series To Appear At Inaugural Pop Culture Festival At Kentucky International Convention Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky., February 6, 2014 –Matt Smith, who recently completed an acclaimed four-year run as the 11th incarnation of the Doctor in the landmark British television series “Doctor Who,” will appear at the inaugural Wizard World Louisville Comic Con on Saturday, March 29. Smith will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive Q&A during the event, held at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Smith began his acting career on stage, appearing in various popular London theatrical performances before landing the coveted role in “Doctor Who” in 2010. He received a BAFTA Award nomination in 2011 and his final episode, on Christmas Day, was BBC America’s largest audience ever, attesting to both the popularity of the series in America and Smith’s success in the role.

“Doctor Who” fandom is on full display at Wizard World shows. Fans of the series, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a highly-rated program that was simulcast by BBC America at Austin Comic Con, cosplay as numerous characters as well as the TARDIS, the space-time vehicle used in the show.

Other top stars scheduled to appear at Wizard World Louisville Comic Con include Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies and Scott Wilson of “The Walking Dead,” Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rudy), Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville,” “Justice League”) and Robert Hays (Airplane!, Paranormal Movie). It is the fourth of 16 events in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Louisville Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 28, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-louisville.html.

About Wizard World:

Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

NJ – An Evening of Creativity

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Writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods, Doctor Who) speaks at Rowan University on Friday March 7th at 7:00 pm! This lecture is open to the public. Please note, there will be no book signings before or after this lecture.

Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028
(856) 256-4000

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