CA – Fuddles Signing

Frans Vischer, author, illustrator, and animator, appears at the Schulz Museum on Saturday, April 14th at 1:00 PM. Vischer worked for the Disney Company on such films as Mary Poppins Returns, Frozen, and The Princess and the Frog. He has also published several children’s books including Fuddles by Frans Vischer, A Very Fuddles Christmas, and Fuddles and Puddles.

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Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 579-4452

WY – Moana/Big Hero 6 Screening + Q&A

Steven T. Seagle and Jared Bush appear as part of the 33rd Annual Casper College Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture, all ages are invited to Family Movie Night at the Natrona County Library on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:30 PM. This month the Library will feature back-to-back movies and a Q&A panel led by Steven T. Seagle and Jared Bush.

The first film, Moana, starts at 4:00 PM. Set in Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

At 5:45PM Steven T. Seagle and Jared Bush will discuss their work with pizza provided by the Friends of the Library at no cost. Following the panel discussion, the second film, Big Hero 6, will be shown at 6:30 PM. Plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. Call 577.READ x2 or email reference@natronacountylibrary.org for more information.

Steven T. Seagle is a co-founder of the bi-coastal collective Man of Action Entertainment, creators of the global franchise Ben 10 on Cartoon Network, with Seagle as an executive producer and story editor, and Big Hero 6, for which he co-created the original team and characters featured in Disney/Marvel’s Academy Award®-winning feature.

Jared Bush is a director and screenwriter at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He served as co-director and co-screenwriter of the Oscar®-winning feature Zootopia as well as screenwriter of the Oscar®-nominated feature Moana. Bush is also a member of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Story Trust team, a group of directors and writers who help develop every studio feature, including Oscar winners Big Hero 6 and Frozen.

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Natrona County Library
307 E 2nd St, Casper, WY 82601
(307) 237-4935

Sonequa Martin-Green, Pom Klementieff & More Added to Planet Comicon 2018

Press Release:

Just when you thought Planet Comicon Kansas City – one of the nation’s largest and oldest comic and pop culture conventions – was winding down on the big announcements, we drop a couple more names into the mix. Sure, you might think we’d “say anything” to get a few of you “rogues” to join us at this point (and we have more about those gents below), but right now we’re talking about Pom Klementieff and Sonequa Martin-Green!

Pom Klementieff is best known for her role as Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and is set to reprise her role in Avengers: Infinity War. She made her Hollywood debut in Spike Lee’s Oldboy (2013), a remake of the South Korean film of the same name.

Meanwhile, Sonequa Martin-Green is the breakout star of the brand new CBS series “Star Trek: Discovery” in her portrayal of science specialist Michael Burnham. Prior to this, she was best known for her television role as Sasha Williams in The Walking Dead and Tamara in Once Upon a Time.

John Cusack, one of the most respected and accomplished actors of his generation, joins the guest roster of Planet Comicon Kansas City 2018. His films include such classics as Say AnythingEight Men Out16 CandlesHigh FidelityBetter Off DeadOne Crazy SummerCon Air, Grosse Pointe Blank… and the list goes on!

Perennial fan favorite Alan Tudyk once again joins the guest roster of Planet Comicon Kansas City 2018. His credits include “Firefly,” Serenity, “Con Man,” MoanaWreck-It RalphFrozen and so much more! In 2016, Tudyk appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as the scene-stealing and super snarky security droid, K-2SO.

Want to stay close to the action? We have secured special pricing at select hotels surrounding the Kansas City Convention Center.

Other guests include Jason Momoa (Justice League), Danny Trejo (Machete), Alice Cooper, Amy Jo Johnson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Zach Callison (Steven Universe), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter series) Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy), and more.

For more information about the 2018 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

CA – The Artist Within Signing

Pop Secret Gallery welcomes Greg Preston and a huge cast of creatives showcased in both volumes of The Artist Within books on Friday, January 26th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM! Meet & greet and get your books signed by everyone in attendance!

Confirmed Guests include: Dave Willardson, Jeff Keane, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bill Morrison, Bobby London, Sharon Sampsel, Michael Dooley, Scott Gandell, Stan Sakai, Scott Shaw, Stephen Silver, Craig Elliott, Claire Keane, Dean Yeagle, Chris Bailey, Chad Frye, Jake Rowell, Chris Sanders, Kyle Lambert.

Also, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles’ Illustration West 56 Show is up for Preview Night – check out all the best of the best work in 10 categories from around the globe – without the opening night crowds!

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Pop Secret Gallery
5119 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
(626) 262-3909

CA – Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase Signing

Join award-winning Walt Disney Studios Animation talent Paul Briggs and Benson Shum at Skylight Books on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM as they read from their picture books Catch My Breath and Holly’s Day at the Pool. Readers will also get treated to drawing activities by the two talents.

Paul Briggs has worked in the animation industry for twenty years and was fortunate to be the head of story on Disney’s Frozen and Big Hero 6, both of which received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. However, he’s most proud of his family: his wife, Christin, and their two sons, Luke and Leo. When he’s not working, Paul and his family can be found wandering the woods of California, looking for forest zombies to defeat, or engaging in epic dance battles– where they have to stop and catch their breaths. In the latest edition of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase series Catch My Breath, acclaimed animation talent Paul Briggs (Big Hero 6, Frozen, Zootopia) delivers a heartwarming and clever story about a boy who’s lost his breath: Losing it, trying to find it, even trying to buy it. But how he comes to get it back is sure to bring a smile to readers of all ages faces.

Benson Shum is an animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios and has worked on films such as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. He was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, where he studied the art of animation at Capilano University and Sheridan College. He now lives in Burbank, CA. Based on his niece’s experience, Benson created a story about how Holly the Hippo overcame her fear of swimming. Holly is full of questions when it comes to swimming! “What if..” she always wonders, every time she almost dips her toe in the water. Read on how she overcomes her fear of stepping into the pool.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

CA – Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase

Animators Paul Briggs, Benson Shum, and Andy Harkness appear at Vroman’s Bookstore on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM to present and sign their latest picture books, Catch My Breath, Bug Zoo, and Holly’s Day at the Pool!

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Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

SF – Futurama: Live from Omicron Persei 8

Press Release:

Prepare yourself for 1000 light years of laughs with the Cast and Producers of Futurama. Executive Producer / Head Writer David X. Cohen will be live on stage with cast members Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), John DiMaggio (Bender), Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Lrrr, Morbo), Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad), and David Herman (Scruffy). The panel will feature a live reading by the cast followed by an audience Q&A, where no questions are off-limits… even the dumb ones! Don’t miss out on this very special reunion of the folks who made your favorite animated science fiction TV series on Saturday, January 13, 2017 at 10:00 PM at the Marines Memorial Theatre. Moderated by Futurama Producer Lee Supercinski.  (**SOLD OUT**)

Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

SF – Animaniacs 25th Anniversary Celebration

It’s time for Animaniacs! The beloved show turns 25, and SF Sketchfest is proud to celebrate it with an evening of stories, songs and general tomfoolery with three of the massive talents behind the show: Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff), Maurice LaMarche (The Brain), and Randy Rogel, the man responsible for the amazing wordplay and music in the show, appear at the Brava Theater Center on Friday January 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets available now…

Maurice LaMarche:
Maurice LaMarche is an Emmy Award winning Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. He is best known for his voicework in Futurama as Kif Kroker, as Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters, Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Big Bob Pataki in Hey Arnold!, Dizzy Devil in Tiny Toons, The Brain in Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, and his portrayal of Mr. Freeze in Batman: Arkham City. His extensive resumes also includes voice work on The Critic, GI Joe, Freakazoid!, The Tick, Taz-Mania, Talespin, The Littler Mermaid, King of the Hill, Sonic Underground, Disney’s House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Works, and Inspector Gadget. He also dubbed the voice of Orson Welles over Vincent D’Onofrio’s on-camera performance in Ed Wood. Follow him on twitter: @mauricelamarche.

Rob Paulsen
One of the most acclaimed and in-demand voice actors out there, with over 2,000 animated half-hours to his credit and 1000 commercial spots, Rob Paulsen is familiar to many as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, and back to back Annie awards in 1997 and 1998); Yakko and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff from Animaniacs; Arthur from The Tick; Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom; Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; the title role in Mighty Max; Bobble in the Tinkerbell series; and the title role in The Mask. On camera, he’s appeared in the films Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match and Warlocked. TV work includes MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Rob’s new weekly podcast, Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, is available on iTunes. Check out his website at www.robpaulsenlive.com

Randy Rogel
Randy has won three Emmy Awards (nominated for ten), a Peabody Award, two Annie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the Ovation Award. He recently co-wrote the hit song “Poisonous Love” for Kristen Chenoweth with John Powell for the major motion picture “Rio 2.” He was show-runner for the animated series “1001 Nights” and won Leo awards for Writing and Best Animated Series. At Disney, Randy wrote songs and scripts for the animated movies “Peter Pan — Return to Neverland,” “Cinderella II,” “Cinderella III,” “Winnie The Pooh,” “Around the World in Eighty Days,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “101 Dalmations II.” Randy spent nine years on staff at Warner Bros. Animation where he began as an original writer on the “Batman” series and then joined the staff of Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs,” for which wrote most of the songs and many of the scripts. Randy is a West Point graduate with ten years service as an officer in the combat arms. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the academy and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Boston University.

Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

SF – Eyvind Earle’s Influence

Join Michael Giaimo, art director of Oscar®-winning Frozen (2013) and Pocahontas (1995), at the Walt Disney Family Museum on Saturday, November 4th at 4:00 PM as he discusses the many ways in which Eyvind Earle’s work inspired his own art and the memorable design on the classic Disney films that he’s worked on.

In 1951, Eyvind Earle began working at The Walt Disney Studios, and his distinctive style quickly caught the attention of Walt Disney. Soon after Earle began working for Walt, he was chosen to create the entire look of Sleeping Beauty (1959). However, his influence on Disney films didn’t stop there.

Michael Giaimo is a production designer at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Giaimo spearheaded the visual components of the 2013 Academy Award®-winning feature film, Frozen, for which he won an Annie Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for production design in an animated feature production. Aspiring to work in animation since age 6, Giaimo first joined Disney in 1978 after studying at CalArts in the character animation program alongside John Lasseter. Giaimo left Disney in 1986 and returned to the Studios in 1992, serving as art director on the Oscar®-winning feature film Pocahontas, which opened in 1995. Giaimo was awarded an Annie Award by ASIFA-Hollywood for Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Film for his work on Pocahontas that year. After pursuing outside projects from 2001 to 2009, Giaimo returned to Disney and soon began work on Frozen. Giaimo has continued his work with the Frozen filmmaking team, as art director on the 2015 short film Frozen Fever and as production designer on the upcoming holiday featurette, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.

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Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
415.345.6800

CA – Meow! Signing

Victoria Ying, Disney Animation Studios’ talented visual development artist, appears at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday, October 7th at 3:00 PM to debut and sign her latest book Meow!

Event Highlights:
– Fun crafts photobooth
– Print release from Meow!
– Art demo/presentation

About the Artist:
Victoria Ying is an Author Illustrator who grew up in Southern California with the sun and surf. She started her career in the arts by falling in love with comic books, this eventually turned into a career working in Animation. She loves Japanese Curry, putting things in her shopping cart online and taking them out again and hanging out with her big buddy dog Buster. Her film credits include Tangled, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Paperman, Big Hero 6, and Moana.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

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