Boston Comic Con Returns This Weekend

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Boston Comic Con kicks off the three-day comic book convention on Friday, August 12 to Sunday August 14!

Boston Comic Con Celebrity Guest list includes William Shatner, the original Captain James T. Kirk, whose appearance, along with Vic Mignogna, marks the celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. Also appearing are leading stars from top current TV shows including John Barrowman, Caity Lotz, Ciara Renee, Danielle Panabaker and Robbie Amell from CW’s Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash, Ben Mckenzie from Gotham, Elizabeth Henstridge from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gillian Anderson from the X-Files and featuring special appearances from Doctor Who companions Jenna Coleman and Karen Gillan.

Frank Miller, the most celebrated creators in comic book history, headlines a stellar line-up of over 90 world class comic book artists and writers, including notable appearances by Sam Kieth and John Cassaday. Kieth is best known for his creator-owned titles The Maxx and Zero Girl and as co-creator of The Sandman. Cassady is a fan favorite artist with acclaimed runs on Planetary, Captain America, Astonishing X-Men and Marvel’s new Star Wars series. They join other famed artists such as Arthur Adams, Mike and Laura Allred, Greg Capullo, Amanda Conner, Terry Dodson, Phil Jimenez, Erik Larsen, Jae Lee, David Lloyd, Jimmy Palmiotti, Scott Snyder, Mark Waid, Marv Wolfman, Bernie Wrightson and many more.

On Friday, August 12, it’s Family Day where kids age 10 and under will receive free admission to the show featuring a variety of family friendly activities.

On Saturday, August 13, Mayor Marty Walsh will greet William Shatner and deliver a proclamation to the Star Trek legend. This will take place at 9:45 AM in the Harborview Ballroom at the Seaport World Trade Center. Also participating are Nick Kanieff and Jim Talbot, co-founders of Boston Comic Con.

On Sunday, August 14, the convention continues and includes one of the most anticipated events of the weekend, the annual Costume Contest on Sunday, August 14 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Plaza Ballroom.

WHERE: Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA

WHEN: Friday, August 12: 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday, August 13: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Sunday, August 14: 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Tickets and information available at the link: www.bostoncomiccon.com

Adam Hughes Returns to Boston Comic Con 2016

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Superstar artist Adam Hughes joins us at Boston Comic Con on August 12-14th! Best known as a cover artist with long runs on titles including Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batgirl, Tomb Raider, Star Wars Legacy, and many more, Adam is a veteran of the comic book industry and widely regarded for his stylized renderings of women. Just recently Archie Comics announced Hughes will be the writer and artist of the re-launched Betty & Veronica ongoing series!

Adam, with wife Allison Sohn – also a Boston Comic Con guest artist – will be appearing on all three days of the event.  He joins a guest artist list of well over 80 of the world’s most talented comic book creators – a portfolio unmatched by any other comic book convention, in New England or elsewhere including Sam Kieth, Jae Lee, John Cassaday, Erik Larsen, Terry Dodson, Mike Allred, Greg Capullo, Adam Hughes, Arthur Adams, Amanda Conner, David Lloyd, Jimmy Palmiotti, Phil Jimenez, Scott Snyder, Mark Waid, Bernie Wrightson, Stan Sakai, and many more!

Media guests include William Shatner (Star Trek), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who), Karl Urban (Star Trek Beyond), John Barrowman (Arrow), Ciara Renee (Legends of Tomorrow), Robbie Amell (The Flash), Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow), and more. Check the website for full details on exciting events!

Boston Comic Con 2016 tickets are on-sale now at the link!

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About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 12th, Saturday August 13th, and Sunday August 14th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

NYC – The New Mutants Signing

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Join Wisconsin English professor Ramzi Fawaz at the Strand Book Store on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM as he discusses his brand-new, paradigm-shifting study of the comic book form, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics. Dissecting the history of the medium through the lens of queer theory, Fawaz delves into the creation and composition of such seminal series as X-Men and Fantastic 4 and finds a history of selves deconstructed and rebuilt on the page.

Joining Fawaz in discussion is Phil Jimenez, acclaimed artist artist and writer known for his work on Infinite Crisis, The Invisibles, Wonder Woman, X-Men, and many other beloved series.

Buy a copy of The New Mutants or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

UK – Red Thorn #1 Signing

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Creators David Baillie and Meghan Hetrick appear at Gosh! Comics on the 21st of November from 2:00 – 3:00 PM where they’ll be signing Issue 1 of RED THORN!

David Baillie is a writer & artist who you might know from the the UK small press scene. His comics work has also appeared in 2000AD, Judge Dredd Megazine and various Vertigo titles. He’s teamed up with Artist Meghan Hetrick to create Vertigo’s latest title Red Thorn, the first issue of which hits shelves in November. Meghan Hetrick broke into comics with work on Fairest, Joker’s Daughter, and DC’s Lois Lane one-shot.

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

CA – Survivors’ Club Signing

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Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen appear at Earth-2 Comics on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM to celebrate the release of SURVIVORS’ CLUB. Plus the store will be having a storewide sale.

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Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 386-9590

CA – Survivors’ Club Launch Party

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Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen appear at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of SURVIVORS’ CLUB.

About the comic:
One was possessed by a poltergeist. Another was trapped in a haunted house. A third had a killer doll. Ever wonder what happened to these children of the 1980s? Find out in SURVIVORS CLUB, a new series co-written by renowned horror novelist Lauren Beukes and award-winning cover designer and illustrator Dale Halverson, with art by Ryan Kelly (NORTHLANDERS). Having found each other over the internet, six grown-up survivors are drawn together by the horrors they experienced in 1987 when a rash of occult events occurred around the world—with fatal results. Now, there are indications that it may be happening all over again. Is it possible that these six aren’t just survivors—but were chosen for their fates?

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.851.7223

The Great Fables Wake

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After 150 issues, Fables, an iconic and beloved Vertigo comic series, has drawn to a close. To properly celebrate and mourn the end of such a beloved story, Austin Books & Comics has teamed up with Bill Willingham to throw a three-day party-vigil. On Friday, August 14th and drawing to a close on Sunday, August 16th, guests including Bill Willingham, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus, Adam Harrington, Jess Nevins, and Fables editor Shelly Bond, will take up residence at Austin Books & Comics to bring you panels, contests and signings.

Looking back on his time spent with Fables, Bill Willingham remarks, “Fables comprised the thirteen most rewarding years of my life – not in a financial sense, although it did that just fine, but in the more vital sense of a professional spinner of tall tales doing the work he knows he should be doing. My gratitude to my fellow creators, those who published, distributed and sold Fables, and finally to those who read Fables for all of those years is undiminished.”

About Austin Books & Comics: Austin Books & Comics is the premiere place in Austin, TX for all of your nerd wants and needs. Spanning four specialty stores, Austin Books & Comics has been covering all corners of the comic and pop culture worlds since 1977. Over the past 25 years, the Austin Chronicle has consistently rated Austin Books & Comics the best comic book store in Austin, naming it “the Library of Alexandria of comics.”

Planned activities include: signings, keg party, costume contest, and more:

THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST (open book) FABLES TRIVIA QUIZ

AN ORIGINAL FABLES “RADIO” PLAY, written by Bill and performed live for you by the Not Ready for Storytime Players. Adam Harrington will of course be voicing Bigby, but other parts will be played by: Bill Willingham, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus, Mark Finn, and so on. It’ll be a hoot, and is being written exclusively for the Great Fables Wake.

THE PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT. This was a hit at Fablescon, so we’re doing it again. And the prize packages will be bigger, better and simply more Fab this time around.

And there will be panels and presentations to boot:
A FABLES POST MORTEM, in which Mark Finn leads a discussion, now that it’s all over, about what storylines never made it into Fables, but should have, and what stuff ended up on the cutting room floor. After all, you can’t have a wake without the autopsy.

THE PAPER WOLF AMONG US, in which Bigby (Adam Harrington) interviews Matt and Dave about the glories and difficulties in adapting the video game back into funnybook form.

CULTURAL APPROPRIATION, in which our panelists get serious, and maybe even a bit contentious, about what is right and what isn’t when adapting and adopting folklore from around the globe.

For further details and any updated information, please visit greatfableswake.tumblr.com.

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

UK – Broken Monsters/Day Four Signing

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LAUREN BEUKES and SARAH LOTZ will be signing BROKEN MONSTERS and DAY FOUR at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 20th May from 6:00 – 7:00 pm!

In BROKEN MONSTERS , a nightmare killer is unravelling reality. Detective Gabi Versado has hunted down many monsters during her eight years in Homicide. She’s seen stupidity, corruption and just plain badness. But she’s never seen anything like this. Clayton Broom is a failed artist and a broken man. Life destroyed his plans so he’s found new dreams – of flesh and bone made disturbingly, beautifully real. Detroit is the decaying corpse of the American Dream. Motor-city, Murder-city. And home to a killer opening doors into the dark heart of humanity.

In DAY FOUR, we’re four days into a five day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, when the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no electricity and no phone signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue teams will come looking for them soon. All they have to do is wait. That is, until the toilets stop working and the food begins to run out. When the body of a woman is discovered in her cabin the passengers start to panic. There’s a murderer on board the Beautiful Dreamer… and maybe something worse.

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

MN – Bill Willingham Signs

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Boom Island Brewing Company is proud to announce a unique fundraising event aimed at comic book and craft beer aficionados on Friday, May 1, 2015. Renowned comic writer/artist Bill Willingham (Fables, Fairest, Jack of Fables) will autograph the personally designed label of Boom Island Brewing Company’s Belgian strong “Gravity No. 9.” A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization created to support comic artists and writers in need of emergency medical aid or financial support.

Willingham, a Rochester, MN resident known for his Fables and Elementals series, the book Down the Mysterly River, along with dozens of other notable titles dating back to the 1980’s, created the Gravity No. 9 label specifically to support the Hero Initiative. Limited supplies of bottles, posters and glassware will be made available at Boom Island on May 1, and at Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis May 1-3.

Gravity No. 9 – 9.2 ABV – Tequila Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong Fermented with Plums.
Appearance – Deep, Dark Brown.
Aroma – Subtle Fruit
Flavor – Light and Dry with Subtle Sweet Notes and Lightly Sour Finish.

Bill Willingham will be in the taproom to autograph bottles and posters on Friday, May 1 from 6pm-8pm.

Boom Island Brewing Company is located on 2014 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis MN 55422 in north Minneapolis. Find the alley entrance to the taproom in the back of the building. As far as beer labels go, the Willingham-designed Gravity No. 9 label is about as cool as it gets. Other comic creators will be in attendance to meet and greet the public as well. Supply is limited to less than 300 bottles and surely will become a collector’s item. Gravity No. 9 will also be available on tap for this event while supplies last.

About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $750,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today.

NYC – DISEÑO Comics Panel & Workshop

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Join El Museo Del Barrio for a conversation with artists and designers about comic books and superheroes as vehicles for the exploration of identity on Wednesday January 21, 2015 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

Panelists include Phil Jimenez (Marvel Comics), Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (Wepa Woman) and Ivan Velez, Jr. (Tales of the Closet). The discussion will be moderated by Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, and author of Latino U.S.A.: A Cartoon History. RSVP at the link…

Marvel Comics artist Phil Jimenez will also appear on Thursday January 22, 2015 for a FREE portfolio review and drawing tutorial. Gain insight into your work and practice your technique with the guidance of an expert. Participants should bring work for review, and any special materials they may wish to use. Paper, pencils, pens and charcoal will all be provided. Click here to RSVP…

DISEÑO is a partnership between Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and El Museo del Barrio.

This program received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

El Museo Del Barrio
1230 5th Ave New York, NY 10029

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