MA – FCBD: New England Comics

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New England Comics, the largest and premiere comic retailer in Massachusetts, will be one of thousands of comic book retailers around the world celebrating the comic book art form on Saturday, May 3rd with Free Comic Book Day!

MAY 3rd 2014 IS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

A FANTASTIC DAY OF FUN FOR ALL!

Millions of comic books will be given away by participating stores, on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 3rd, introducing thousands of fans to the wonders and thrills of comic books! Simply stop into one of the 8 New England Comics locations on Saturday May 3rd and you can choose from for FREE comics featuring GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE SIMPSONS, AVATAR THE LAST AIR BENDER, TRANSFORMERS/GI JOE, TEEN TITANS GO!, ROCKET RACCOON and dozens more!

” The amazing array of stories that are being published right now is just off the charts. You have everything from classic super hero comics to the ever expanding genres of horror, crime, and adventure in the market place now :and a continuing selection of comics based off popular video games and movies too. The quality of the art and writing is the best it’s been since the start of the new millenium.” said Nate Machado, Manager of New England Comics.

Now in its fourteenth year, Free Comic Book Day has proven to he an unquestionably massive success, spreading the word that comics are an incredible form of entertainment. “If you haye never indulged in a comic book, or simply slipped away from reading comics for a while, please come join us at New England Comics, we have something for nearly anyone. I guarantee you will find something to entertain and excite your imagination.”

“New England Comics wants to spread the word that comics can compete with movies, video games, and any other term of media in the year 2014, we were here before all other modern media,and we as an industry, are producing some the BEST entertainment on the planet,” Machado continued. “Comic books and graphic novels are where some the most cutting-edge and ground-breaking work is being done. Just look at the success of Walking Dead: the bestselling graphic novel series torthe last 5 years running!” Comic Books have nearly single–handedlv reaped billions in profits for the large movie studios, and with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY movie opening this August 1st that trend should continue. “The first weekend of May is going to be a HUGE daye in the comic book world.”

Regular updates, information about Free Comic Book Day, and a list of participating publishers and their free comics are all online at www.freecomicbookday.com .
NEW ENGLAND COMICS EVENTS FOR FREE COMIC BOOK DAY:

Quincy NEC:
Ian Nichols (The Tick FCBD 2014 artist) 11-2
Writer Jeff McClelland and artist Duane Redhead, creators of The Tick FCBD 2013 and 2014!
Times to be announced.

Allston NEC:
Brian Connolly creator of local comic book Nothing Mattress who is also featured in the Weekly Dig

Brockton NEC:
Frank Tieri: Comic Author 11:00 AM – 6:00PM
Credits: Wolverine, Deadpool, Batman Underground, Marvel vs Capcom Video Game, Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon show, Deadpool Wedding issue, and upcoming Savage Wolverine #20
Scott Wilde: Caricature Artist; Have yourself done up as a caricature of the hero of your choice by local talented artist Scott Wilde
Cosplay: Have your picture taken with Batgirl and another surprise hero as yet to be named.
Be Captain America: Have your photo taken as Captain America.
Free Heroclix Demo

Norwood NEC:
MTG Journey into Nyx Release Weekend Tournament
Writer Jeff McClelland and artist Duane Redhead, creators of The Tick FCBD 2013 and 2014!
Times to be announced.

Malden NEC:
Writer/publisher George O’Connor and artist Griffin Ess, creators of Homeless Comics’ graphic novel HEALED and the one-shot, stand-alone comic book BABY.
Also appearing in store that day will be writer/artist James Biggie, creator of the online comic (now available in print as a graphic novel) ROBOT GOD AKAMATSU and cover artist on the IDW title GI JOE.
As a special treat the ASTOUNDING ALTIERI will be performing acts of prestidigitation, legerdemain and sleight of hand throughout the day.

New Bedford NEC:
Warhammer 40k Demo

Coolidge NEC:
Matt Dursin: Writer for Robin Hood Outlaw of the 21st Century.
MTG Journey into Nyx Release Weekend Tournament

Harvard Sq. NEC:
Liz Prince, indy publishing goddess, Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?, Alone Forever

To find out further updates on what is happending at all 8 New England Comics locations go to www.newenglandcomics.com

NYC – Aphrodite Signing

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George O’Connor appears at Bergen Street Comics on Sunday, February 23rd at 11:00 am! He will lead a comics drawing workshop for kids!

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Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

DC – Aphrodite: Goddess of Love Signing

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George O’Connor appears at Politics & Prose on Wednesday January 29, 2014 at 10:30 am to sign Aphrodite: Goddess of Love.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

MICE 2013 Returns With 2-Day Show

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Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo hosts its first two-day show on September 28-29, 2013 at in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA! The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable, an independent arts collective, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics and connects local creators with local audience. They will also run a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. MICE is for anyone of any age who wants to discover new comics, learn more about the medium of comics, or is interested in making their own. Sunday is Kids Day, featuring workshops for the young cartoonist.

MICE 2013 is pleased to welcome eight comic creators to our show as our special guests: Chris Duffy, George O’Connor, Josh Neufeld, Lucy Knisley, Maris Wicks, Mike Cavallaro, Nick Abadzis, and R. Sikoryak. They will appear at their tables in the exhibition area, as well as at various panels and workshops over the weekend.

Plus MICE features 150 exhibitors including Alison Wilgus, Bob Flynn, Braden Lamb, Cathy Leamy, Colleen AF Venable, David Marshall, E. J. Barnes, Ellen Crenshaw, Emmy Cicierega, Jennie Wood, Ming Doyle, Nate Bellegarde, Renee Kurilla, Sean Wang, Shelli Paroline, Stephanie Yue, Tim Finn, Zack Giallongo, and many more!

View the exhibitor list and full schedule (TBA) at the website: www.micexpo.org

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NYC – First Second Party

November 14, 2011 by  
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First Second Books is an award-winning publisher of graphic novels; on Tuesday November 15th at 7pm McNally Jackson hosts a celebratory fifth anniversary reception, featuring the following artists and writers:

  • Dave Roman
  • Mike Cavallaro
  • MK Reed
  • Mark Siegel
  • Molly Crabapple
  • Danica Novgorodoff
  • John Leavitt
  • Susan Kim
  • Laurence Klavan
  • Carla Jablonski
  • Matt Madden
  • Joe Infumari
  • George O’Connor

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street (between Lafayette & Mulberry), New York City, NY 10012

NYC – Live Comix Block

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Jennifer Hayden, Leslie Stein, George O’Connor and Dean Haspiel appear at Book Court on Wednesday Nov. 16 at 7pm!

Book Court
163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Cartoonists Make Baltimore Comic-Con Debuts

August 4, 2011 by  
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Press Release:

Be sure to swing by Harvey Award-nominated, Dean Haspiel’s booth at Baltimore Comic-Con for a slew of Brooklyn cartoonist debuts.

Zegas #1 marks the debut of the print-exclusive comic series by Michel Fiffe, the architect behind Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies. Follow the neorealist surrealism of Zegas #1 in its full color, kaleidoscopic glory. With 32 pages of all new material, this limited edition premiere features the cast that originally appeared in IDW’s Act-i-vate Primer and MTV Geek. 
 
Actress/artist, Natalie Kim, will be launching SuperTwins!, a comedic web-series about fraternal superheroes in NYC who find their Superhero Medallion suddenly revoked and they have to recapture the magic that made them famous in the first place. 
 
New York Times best-selling children’s illustrator/author, George O’Connor, will be signing his latest release: Book 3 of Olympians; Hera: The Goddessand Her Glory.

Fashion designer/cartoonist, Kat Roberts, will debut, YOU ARE ALWAYS ON MY MIND #1, a new collection of vignettes led by the personal recollection of a quasi-religious childhood encounter with Jim Morrison.

Actor/Author, Chris Miskiewicz, will be hawking his ACT-I-VATE webcomic, EVERYWHERE.

NYCC Adds to Brooklyn Book Festival Programming

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BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL AND NEW YORK COMIC CON: A DYNAMIC DUO!

Pop Culture Convention Joins NYC’s Hippest Literary Event, Sunday, September 13, 2009
Norwalk, CT / Brooklyn, NY, August 12, 2009: The renowned Brooklyn Book Festival and New York Comic Con (NYCC) announce that the premiere pop culture convention and its stars will have a powerful presence at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival, which the L.A. Times has called “the center of the literary universe.” NYCC will have its own colorful and exciting programming area at the free Festival, which draws nearly 30,000 visitors to experience readings and panels featuring international literary superstars, buzzworthy newcomers and more than 150 booksellers, publishers, independent presses and literary organizations in a bustling literary marketplace.

“The Brooklyn Book Festival is an awesome gathering and I have had tremendous respect for the festival from the moment it started,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President and Show Manager for New York Comic Con. “We are proud to bring an intense graphic lit and pop culture presence to such a great festival. I am sure this will provide our customers with the opportunity to connect directly with lots of new fans. Plus, it’s all for free! This is a win-win in every respect.”

“These days, Brooklyn is a hotbed of pop culture, high-tech culture, literary and blog culture, ethnic culture, indie culture, and has basically become an international hub for in-your-face creativity,” says Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “It’s only fitting that the Brooklyn Book Festival would form a dynamic duo with New York Comic Con!”

NYCC’s programming area at the Brooklyn Book Festival will include a performance tent, guest presentations, guest autographing sessions and a dedicated marketplace area. NYCC’s participation will be a positive way to spread further awareness of comics and graphic literature while providing free interaction and entertainment for thousands of NYCC fans. The next NYCC will take place October 8 – 10, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC, it has grown from a convention that attracted 33,000 visitors when it was launched in 2006 to a show that will occupy the entire Javits Center and will attract well over 75,000 fans in 2010. For comics exhibitors and vendors, the NYCC programming area will provide a unique opportunity for them to not only have a home that attracts like-minded customers and fans, but to have a central location where new fans and readers can check out the latest in comics and pop culture entertainment. Comic book writer and editor Denny O’Neil, creator Phil Jimenez, and writer and editor Tom DeFalco are just a few of the many popular guests who will appear in the NYCC programming area. In addition to guest speakers, NYCC’s diverse Brooklyn Book Festival programming includes Hip Hop Hearts Anime, a live-performance featuring local DJs which focuses on the intermixing of American hip hop culture and Japanese anime. Some of the companies who will be participating include Captain Action, Midtown Comics, Moonstone Publishing, and Disney Publishing. An additional announcement with more guest names and participating companies will be made in the near future.

This year’s Brooklyn Book Festival will again feature a literary marketplace with more than 150 booksellers, publishers and literary organizations in Borough Hall Plaza as well as panel discussions and readings, a children’s authors stage and special programming for teens and exhibitors that will include bookstores, publishers and literary organizations. Readings are held at Brooklyn Borough Hall, in Borough Hall Plaza and Columbus Park, at St. Francis College and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Confirmed authors include Jonathan Ames, Paul Auster, Staceyann Chin, Guy Delisle, Lupe Fiasco, Edwidge Danticat, Rawi Hage, Tao Lin, Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, David Lida, Matt Madden, Thurston Moore, Gary Shteyngart, Melvin Van Peebles, Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Naomi Klein, Danica Novgorodoff, Esmeralda Santiago, George O’Connor, Raina Telgemeier, Jessica Abel, Nick Bruel, Peter and Randall de Seve, Christopher Myers, Tom Tomorrow, Mo Willems, Russell Banks, Kate DiCamillo, Cynthia Ozick, Anne Carson, A.M. Homes, David Cross, Mary Gaitskill, Oliver Sacks, Nelson George, Amy Sohn, Jeffrey Rotter, Keith Gessen, Greg Milner, Francine Prose, and more.

Programming will include fiction, nonfiction and poetry panels on hot topics such as: “The International Graphic Novel,” featuring Guy Delisle (The Burma Chronicles), Peter Kuper (Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico), and Sarah Glidden (How To Understand Israel In 60 Days Or Less), moderated by Matt Madden; “The Great Recession” (featuring Justin Fox, Naomi Klein, Kai Wright and moderator Errol Louis of the New York Daily News); “The Naked City: Urban Realism and the Global City in Fiction & Non-Fiction” (featuring David Lida, Meera Nair, Hirsh Sawhney and moderator Cheryl Harris Sharman; “Literature in a Digital Age” (John Freeman, Dwight Garner, Sarah Schmelling); “Poetry, Pop and Hip-Hop” (Lupe Fiasco, Thurston Moore, Tracie Morris, Matthew Zapruder and moderator Touré); and “PSA Presents” (a reading by the nation’s oldest poetry organization, featuring some of the country’s best bards, including Anne Carson, Sonia Sanchez, Philip Schultz, Arthur Sze and Alice Quinn).


BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL

The 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival is presented by Brooklyn Tourism and the Brooklyn Literary Council, initiatives of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Sponsors include the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; the NYC & Company Foundation; New York Comic Con; Astoria Federal Savings; Citi; Boar’s Head Provisions; the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge; and Time Out New York, media sponsor again this year. Cultural partners are BAM; the Brooklyn Historical Society; Brooklyn Public Library; and the National Book Foundation. Programming partners include Housing Works Bookstore Café; PEN American Center; Poetry Society of America; The New York Review of Books; St. Francis College; and The Nation. For more information about the Brooklyn Book Festival, visit www.visitbrooklyn.org or check out the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Book-Festival-Official-Site/20650359836. On Twitter, follow the Brooklyn Book Festival at bkbf.

NEW YORK COMIC CON

The next New York Comic Con will take place October 8 – 10, 2010, at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. The show was launched in 2006 and was an immediate success. It has grown from a convention attracting 33,000 fans in its first year to one that will occupy the entire Javits Center and will attract well over 75,000 fans in 2010. It has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC. For more information on New York Comic Con, visit www.nycomiccon.com.

REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:

The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF). New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events. In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC. C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently launched UFC Fan Expo in partnership with the UFC – the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization – and it formed a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.