NM – The Prestige Screening

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Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, brother to the director Chris Nolan,appears at the Cocteau for a live discussion with George R. R. Martin. They will get comfy and talk of the many mysteries involved in The Prestige. Come to the 4:00 PM show on Sunday February 23rd and bring your own questions for Jonathan.

Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501

HBO and CINEMAX Taking the Stars and Producers of 4 Series to SDCC 2013

Game of Thrones

Press Release:

HBO AND CINEMAX BRING FOUR SERIES TO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2013

Stars And Producers Of TRUE BLOOD, GAME OF THRONES, BANSHEE And STRIKE BACK To Appear

The HBO series TRUE BLOOD and GAME OF THRONES and the CINEMAX series BANSHEE and STRIKE BACK are confirmed for panels and autograph sessions at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013.

Below is panel information on the four series. Follow @TrueBloodHBO and @GameofThrones for live coverage of the TRUE BLOOD and GAME OF THRONES panels and use #SavetheVamps and #JoinTheRealm to join the conversation. For BANSHEE and STRIKE BACK, fans can follow @Cinemax and use #SDCCBanshee or #SDCCStrikeBack.

Friday, July 19

The GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H at 2:50 p.m. will be moderated by Elvis Mitchell. The panel will include: executive producer David Benioff, executive producer D.B. Weiss, writer and co-executive producer George R.R. Martin and cast members (in alphabetical order) John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and Richard Madden (Robb Stark). Autograph signing is at 4:45 p.m.

BANSHEE, the CINEMAX action series, makes its Comic-Con debut with a panel in Room 6A at 7:15 p.m. moderated by TV, film and comic book writer John Rogers. Panelists include: executive producer Greg Yaitanes, writer and executive producer Jonathan Tropper and cast members Antony Starr (Lucas Hood), Ivana Milicevic (Carrie Hopewell), Hoon Lee (Job) and Lili Simmons (Rebecca Bowman). Autograph signing is at 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, July 20

The TRUE BLOOD panel in Ballroom 20 at 3:30 p.m. will once again be moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Panelists include: executive producer Brian Buckner and cast members (in alphabetical order) Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Rob Kazinsky (Ben Flynn), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby). Autograph signing is at 1:45 p.m.

STRIKE BACK, the CINEMAX drama series that follows a covert counterterrorism military unit, returns to Comic-Con with a panel in Room 6DE at 7:00 p.m. moderated by Mike Schneider of TV Guide. Panelists include: writer, director and co-executive producer Michael J. Bassett and cast members Philip Winchester (Michael Stonebridge), Sullivan Stapleton (Damien Scott), Dougray Scott (James Leatherby) and Milauna Jackson (Kim Martinez). Autograph signing is Friday, July 19 at 12:30 p.m

The autograph signings will take place in the Warner Bros. booth #4545. Warner Bros. follows Comic-Con’s random ticket drawing/wristband distribution procedure for all signings. All ticket drawings and wristband distributions will take place in the morning of the day of the specific signing at the Sails Pavilion floor, between Ballroom 20 and Rooms 6A, 6BCF and 6DE.
PLEASE NOTE: Cast and producers scheduled to attend are subject to change.

Amazon Publishing Launches Jet City Comics

July 9, 2013 by  
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Amazon Publishing Launches Jet City Comics

New imprint to publish original comics from George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey, and the authors of the bestselling Foreworld Saga

Meathouse ManSEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 9, 2013– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Publishing today announced the launch of Jet City Comics, a new imprint focused on comics and graphic novels. Jet City launches with new comics from George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey, and Neal Stephenson, starting with today’s publication of “Symposium #1,” the first original Foreworld comic from the series created by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey and Cooper Moo. Original adaptations of George R.R. Martin’s short story, “Meathouse Man,” and Hugh Howey’s best-selling science fiction novel, Wool, will follow in October. Jet City issues will publish on Kindle as standalone comics, as serialized comics released over multiple episodes, and as bundled graphic novels, with print editions available at amazon.com and other comics retailers.

“It’s a dream to work with superstar authors like George, Hugh and Neal on the launch of a new imprint,” said Alex Carr, Senior Editor of Jet City Comics. “Millions of fans have read and loved their novels, and with Jet City we look forward to opening up these iconic worlds to new audiences. We’re working with an incredible, hand-picked team of comics professionals, writers, artists, and translators, who have done an amazing job developing and expanding these inventive stories. I’m looking forward to the response from comics readers and fans.”

“My fans have been clamoring for the return of Dunk & Egg ever since the graphic novels of ‘The Hedge Knight’ and ‘The Sworn Sword’ went out of print several years ago,” said author George R.R. Martin, “so I am delighted to announce that Jet City Comics is bringing them back—newly formatted for digital readers, and in paper for those who still prefer the traditional formats. And Jet City will be bringing you something new as well: the graphic novel ‘Meathouse Man,’ adapted from one of my strangest, darkest, and most twisted short stories by the amazingly talented Raya Golden. I’m pleased and excited to be a part of Jet City’s takeoff. May they fly high.”

“Comics and graphic novels, especially in digital format, represent a unique area for innovation,” said Jeff Belle, Vice President of Amazon Publishing. “Our focus will be on adapting great books for this medium as a means of expanding the audience for our authors, pushing boundaries with new ideas that combine visual and narrative storytelling, and creating compelling new experiences for readers.”

Jet City will publish the following comics in 2013:

  • An original comic adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s story “Meathouse Man,” illustrated by Raya Golden, and a re-release of “The Hedge Knight” by Ben Avery and Mike S. Miller, a prequel set in the universe of Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire epic fantasy series (the inspiration for the hit HBO program Game of Thrones). “Meathouse Man” will be released as a single issue comic in digital format in October 2013; “The Hedge Knight” will be released as a collected graphic novel in print and digital formats in November 2013; and its sequel, “The Sworn Sword,” will follow in early 2014.
  • An adaptation of Hugh Howey’s bestselling dystopian novel Wool by comics veterans Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and illustrator Jimmy Broxton, where the remnants of humanity live in a massive silo hundreds of stories below the surface of the ruined and toxic landscape of Earth. Wool was a #1 bestseller in the Kindle store and is one of the most-reviewed science fiction novels on Amazon, with almost 6,000 customer reviews. It will be released as a Kindle Serial, as six individual comics issues starting in October 2013, followed by a collected graphic novel in 2014.
  • Six original comics from The Foreworld Saga, the bestselling alternate history series that began with The Mongoliad (a serialized novel collaboratively written Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo,Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey and Cooper Moo). The first Foreworld comic, “Symposium #1” by author Christian Cameron and Illustrator Dmitry Bondarenko, details the origins of the Shield-Brethren in Ancient Greece in the days following Athens crushing defeat to Sparta in 394 BC. It goes on-sale today, with new installments releasing monthly before being collected in a series of graphic novels in 2014.

Jet City Comics joins sister imprints 47North, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, Montlake Romance, Thomas & Mercer, and the recently announced Little A, Day One, Two Lions and Skyscape in the Amazon Publishing family. For more information about all imprints of Amazon Publishing, visit http://www.apub.com/. Jet City Comics is a brand used by Amazon Content Services, LLC.

George R.R. Martin Doing Multiple Signings at SDCC 2013 and a Game of Thrones Panel

George R.R. Martin SDCC

George R.R. Martin discussed his SDCC plans on his Not A Blog:

Coming to San Diego

The next convention on my calendar is the San Diego Comicon.

My dance card is already almost full. Yes, there will be a GAME OF THRONES panel, and I’ll be on it. It is scheduled for Friday, July 19, 2:50 to 3:45, in Hall H To be followed by an autographing at the WB booth. Of course, I’ll be joined on the panel by half a dozen cast members (no, don’t know which ones yet) and David and Dan.

I will also be doing a signing on Saturday, July 20, from 11:00am to noon, in the official autograph area. That one is for Bantam.

Working on two more signings: one for Avatar Comics, which will be launching their new comic of THE SKIN TRADE (based on my novella, scripted by Daniel Abraham) at the con, and one with the marvelous Gary Gianni, the artist for the 2014 ICE & FIRE calendar, which will debut in San Diego. Details on those when I have ‘em.

I am not on any panels besides the one for GAME OF THRONES, nor will I be doing any readings (come to worldcon for that), but there should be plenty of chances for anyone who wants me to deface their books, maps, games, videotapes, or body parts with my illegible scrawl. But PLEASE, if you want my autograph, come to one of these four signings. Don’t stop me in the hotel lobby or on the street or in a restaurant when I am trying to have dinner.

NM – Game of Thrones Lecture

Author George R.R. Martin appears at a fundraiser for ABC Libraries with a lecture and book signing at the historic KiMo Theatre on September 3rd

Press Release:

On September 3rd, legendary sci-fi and fantasy author, George R. R. Martin will draw crowds for a book talk and signing at the historic KiMo Theatre

General admission to the book talk and signing at 7:30 p.m. is $20. VIP admission, beginning at 6:30 p.m., includes a reception, book signing, light refreshments and reserved seating at a cost of $120. Tickets can be purchased at www.KimoTickets.com.

Declared by Time Magazine as “One of the Most Influential People of 2011,” George R. R. Martin is an author and screenwriter of science fiction, fantasy and horror. His bestselling novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has been made into the Emmy® Award-nominated series,  Game of Thrones. Additionally, Martin has won over 30 awards for his works in print and on the screen.

“Mr. Martin has been very generous to the libraries, and most of the price of the ticket will be going to fund new library programs.   So, not only will the audience get to hear a great author, they’ll also be funding more events like this in Albuquerque” says Katherine Yuhas, Board Director of The Friends for the Public Library.

As a fundraiser for The Friends of the Public Library, proceeds from this special event benefit Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries, enabling the continuation of outstanding free library services and programs for the Albuquerque community.

ABC Libraries is part of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. ABC Libraries consists of 17 locations serving a diverse population with a variety of programs, events and services. In 2010, the library welcomed more than 2.8 million patrons and managed the circulation of more than 4.9 million materials.

For more information on all of the library events and services, call 311 or visit www.cabq.gov/library. TTY Users call 711.

HBO Takes Game of Thrones and True Blood Casts to SDCC 2011

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Press Release:

HBO’s “True Blood” and “Game Of Thrones” to Hold Panels at Comic-Con 2011

HBO is excited to announce that TRUE BLOOD will make its fourth consecutive appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego this July. Additionally, Game Of Thrones will make its debut this year at Comic-Con, just days before production on season two begins in Northern Ireland. The Game Of Thrones panel is slated for Thursday, July 21, and the TRUE BLOOD panel is scheduled for Friday, July 22. Confirmed panelists to date are listed below. Additional panelists will be announced as they are confirmed.

Game Of Thrones – Thursday, July 21

Special Guest Moderator – George R.R. Martin

David Benioff

D.B. Weiss

Emilia Clarke

Peter Dinklage

Kit Harington

Jason Momoa

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

 

TRUE BLOOD – Friday, July 22

Moderator – Entertainment Weekly’s Tim Stack

Alan Ball

Anna Paquin

Stephen Moyer

Sam Trammell

Ryan Kwanten

Rutina Wesley

Kevin Alejandro

Kristin Bauer van Straten

Nelsan Ellis

Joe Manganiello

Deborah Ann Woll

 

Dance with Dragons Tour

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has announced his signing tour dates for his new novel A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.

July 12, 7:00 p.m.            BOSTON – Barnes & Noble, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803

July 14, 7:00 p.m.            NEW YORK CITY – Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

July 16, 2:00 p.m.            INDIANAPOLIS – Barnes & Noble, 14709 US Hwy 31 North, Carmel, IN 46032

July 21-24, 2011             San Diego Comicon, San Diego, California, USA

July 24, 2:00 p.m.            SAN DIEGO – Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111

July 26, 7:00 p.m.            LOS ANGELES – Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036

July 27, 7:00 p.m.            REDWOOD CITY – Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063
event hosted by Kepler’s

July 29, 7:30 p.m.           SEATTLE – Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
event hosted by University Bookstore

July 31, 2:00 p.m.           DENVER – Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202

August 2, 7:00 p.m.        LEXINGTON – Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Cir., Lexington, KY 40503

MA – Game of Thrones Author Signing

George R. R. Martin signs his latest novel A Dance with Dragons, the fifth in A Song of Ice and Fire, on Tuesday July 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Barnes & Noble
98 Middlesex Pkwy, Burlington, MA 01803, 781-273-3871

Avatar Press Plans Major Presence at C2E2 2010

Press Release:

AVATAR PRESS TO HAVE MAJOR PRESENCE AT C2E2

Garth Ennis, George R.R. Martin, and Max Brooks are Among Many Guests of Publisher!

“Avatar Friday Night” event to feature special presentations and mingling opportunity

Norwalk, CT, March 10, 2010:  Officials at C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) have announced that Avatar Press will play a huge role at the new pop culture convention where the renowned independent publisher will not only have a significant presence on the show floor but will be bringing many notable writers and creators including Garth Ennis, George R.R. Martin and Max Brooks.   Other leading Avatar guests who will be on hand at the convention will include: Jacen Burrows, William Christensen, Christos Gage, Matt Martin, Gianluca Pagliarani, Brian Pulido, and Mike Wolfer.  All of these personalities will be at the Avatar Press booth, and will be participating in a variety of activities ranging from panel discussions to autographings.

Notably, Avatar Press will play host to the “Avatar Friday Night”, a special event from 8pm – 10pm, Friday April 16 which will feature Max Brooks and George R.R. Martin in their first ever joint appearance.  Brooks, whose Zombie Survival lectures are a world-wide hit, will provide his own unique form of humor and entertainment while George R.R. Martin, one of the most acclaimed wordsmiths of the day, will provide a reading from one of his favorite works.  Other Avatar Press guests and creators will be on hand to meet and greet fans.

“I am blown away by everything that Avatar Press is doing at our show,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for the Reed Pop Culture Group and Show Manager for C2E2.  “The quality of these guests is absolutely incredible and I am hugely grateful and pleased to see that Avatar finds such value in our event.  Our show is going to be massive AND fun and it is in no small measure because of exhibitors like Avatar Press who build excitement and anticipation on our show floor and throughout the convention by making talented personalities and creators available to meet and greet the thousands of fans who will be on hand at C2E2.  I am sure the ‘Avatar Friday Night’ event will be packed and I encourage people to buy their tickets fast!”

Other Avatar Press events that will take place during C2E2 are three panels, including a Max Brooks Q & A, as well as numerous autographings with all the Avatar guests at the Avatar Press booth.  For ticket purchases and more information about the “Avatar Friday Night” event, fans should go to http://www.avatarpress.com/conventions/c2e2.

Organizers for C2E2 also note that tickets for the convention itself are selling fast and so all fans are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.  For more information on guests, tickets, or C2E2 in general, visit www.C2E2.com or check out the show’s official blog, MediumAtLarge at www.mediumatlarge.net, or follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/c2e2.

AVATAR GUESTS:

MAX BROOKS:  New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks has become one of the world’s leading authorities on zombies with his Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z titles.  He has also written the graphic novel Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks which was produced in cooperation with Avatar Press. Brooks was a member of the Saturday Night Live writing team from 2001 to 2003, for which he won an Emmy. He also has a number of acting credits, including appearances on Roseanne and 7th Heaven, and voice work for Batman Beyond and Justice League. Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights for World War Z.

JACEN BURROWS:  A 1996 graduate of  the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1996, Burrows has worked with several comic companies over the years including Caliber Press and London Night Studios, and is currently working under an exclusive contract with Avatar Press. Outside of comics, his work as included contributions to Rockstar Games’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and TSR’s Dungeons & Dragons.

At Avatar, Burrows has worked with the best writers in the industry, praised for his detail and free-flowing story-telling, he has just finished CROSSED with writer Garth Ennis and is currently working on NEONOMICON with Alan Moore.  Previously he has illustrated graphic novels by Warren Ellis (SCARS, BAD WORLD, DARK BLUE), Alan Moore (COURTYARD, YUGGOTH CULTURES) and Garth Ennis (303, CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD).

WILLIAM CHRISTENSEN:  Avatar Press editor-in-chief William Christensen’s 20-year career in the comics has included contributions in publishing, writing, and comic industry journalism.  Christensen was a prolific freelancer for Wizard during the magazine’s formative years in the early 90′s, and went on to work with  90′s indy powerhouse Chaos! Comics in various capacities.  His first comic book writing credit was in the 1995 series Chaos! Quarterly. After founding Avatar in 1996, Christensen became the architect of much of the early company line, including Pandora and The Ravening. As Editor-in-Chief of Avatar, he has become known for establishing Avatar’s famous policy of creative freedom as well as his knack for working with the industry’s best writers, including Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, and Garth Ennis.

GARTH ENNIS:  Comic Book writer Garth Ennis is the creator of Crossed, Preacher, and the Boys. Among his numerous writing credits, he is also known for his work on Marvel’s Punisher and DC’s Hellblazer. Ennis has won Eisner and Eagle awards for his work on Preacher. After getting his start in comics in legendary UK anthology 2000AD in 1988, Ennis took on long-running DC/Vertigo title Hellblazer in 1991 and under his tenure the comic stood alongside Gaiman’s Sandman as DC/Vertigo’s best series. But his 1996 launch Preacher was to prove an even better showcase for Ennis’ unique talent. A compelling cast of characters in an eyes-wide-open drama unafraid to explore any subject quickly made Preacher one of the most important and controversial titles of the 1990′s. Ennis’ work on The Punisher subsequently became a cornerstone of Marvel’s direction in the Quesada era. At Avatar, Ennis has written 303, Dicks, Chronicles of Wormwood, and Crossed.

CHRISTOS GAGE:  Christos Gage has written numerous screeplays and was a writer for the TV show Law & Order: SVU before he added comics to his impressive resume.  He’s done several top -selling series like World War Hulk: X-Men, Thunderbolts, Iron Man, Avengers: The Initiative for Marvel and co-wrote GI Joe: Cobra for IDW.  He created a whole new universe for his acclaimed series Absolution at Avatar and he is current working on the sequel to that series.

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN:  Award-winning author George R.R. Martin is the creator of the epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice and A Game of Thrones.  Martin has written a number of other books and short stories in genres as diverse as horror, science fiction, and military fiction.  As an editor, he was the creator and primary architect of the Wild Cards shared super-hero universe. Martin was active in early comics fandom and credits the attention he received from a letter to the editor in Fantastic Four #20 (1963) and fanzine activities with his interest in writing.  His television writing credits include The New Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast.  His lengthy list of awards includes Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards. Martin’s A Game of Thrones is now in production at HBO. His Fevre Dream is about to begin at Avatar Press and The Skin Trade is also in production at Avatar.

MATT MARTIN:  Writer/Artist Matt Martin is best known for his creator-owned title Snowman, a supernatural tale of revenge in the form of a creature of ice and snow.  Martin has also written and drawn The Coven: Dark Sister for Avatar and drew a story for the Yuggoth Creatures collection of Lovecraft-inspired tales. Martin is a prolific cover artist at Avatar, with work on titles such as Lady Death, Alan Moore’s Glory, Warren Ellis’ Anna Mercury, and much more. He is currently working on an upcoming title written by Garth Ennis.

GIANLUCA PAGLIARANI:  An artist on several Warren Ellis titles, Gianluca Pagliarani’s precise, detailed linework and retro sci-fi/fantasy influences have won him acclaim on Avatar books such as Ignition City, Aetheric Mechanics, and Wolfskin: Hundredth Dream.

BRIAN PULIDO:  Brian Pulido has created and written hundreds of comic books including Lady Death and Evil Ernie, and licensed comic such as A Nightmare on Elm St. and Friday the 13th.  As the founder and president of Chaos! Comics, Pulido was the leading independent comic publisher of the 1990′s

He is on The Hero Initiative’s fundraising board, has received the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Defender of Liberty Award and is the Chief Creative Officer for Mischief Maker Studios.   Pulido also wrote and directed the feature film “The Graves”, starring Tony Todd (Candy Man) and Bill Mosley (The Devil’s Rejects). He is the co-writer, with Mike Wolfer, of the upcoming Lady Death monthly series, slated to debut in fall 2010.

MIKE WOLFER:  With the self-publication of DAIKAZU #1 in 1987, Mike Wolfer began a comic book career which has spanned over 20 years. After creating and publishing 14 issues of WIDOW for his own Ground Zero Comics, Wolfer moved on to work on various series such as Dark Horse Comics’ GODZILLA, Chaos! Comics LADY DEATH, and many others. Wolfer’s largest body of published work has been for Avatar Press, where his unique brand of graphically illustrated horror and violence has been on display in Warren Ellis’ STRANGE KISS/STRANGE KILLINGS, Alan Moore’s YUGGOTH CREATURES and Garth Ennis’ STREETS OF GLORY. In addition, Wolfer has contributed to several licensed comic series, serving as both writer and illustrator on such well-known properties as George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, New Line Cinema’s FRIDAY THE 13TH and John Russo’s ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD. Wolfer is currently serving as co-writer with Warren Ellis on Avatar’s GRAVEL and WOLFSKIN, and with Brian Pulido on the new LADY DEATH series.

ABOUT 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 Star Wars Celebration in partnership with the Lucasfilm Ltd. and UFC Fan Expo.  Additionally, it holds 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.