GA – Free Comic Book Day 2013

tmntfcbdEric Burnham, Drew Geraci, Wilfred Torres, and more sign at Galactic Quest on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

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Eric Burnham: FCBD Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGhostbustersA-Team, and more

Drew GeraciIron Man 3, many titles from Marvel, DC, Crossgen, Image, and more

Wilfred TorresThe Shadow Year One

Terminus Media studio - various artists

Musical performances by Hott With Harry Leggs & Radio Cult at the Lawrenceville store

Kyle Puttkammer: Creator of Galaxy Man and the upcoming Hero Cats comic series

Allen Belk: penciler of Galaxy Man comics

Marcus Williams: penciler for Hero Cats comics

Galactic Comics
4264 Sudderth Road, Buford, GA 30518
(770) 614-4804

481 West Pike Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30045
(770) 339-3001

 

GraniteCon Celebrates 10th Anniversary

graniteconSave the date!  Granitecon 2013 is September 28th and 29th! To celebrate 10 years of Granitecon we’re expanding to 2 days and moving to the larger Expo Center!  Expect all sorts of fun events, signings and more!  Check out the recently relaunched granitecon.com for some of the early details including our first round of guests!!!

So far our guests include:

  • Katie Cook – My Little Pony
  • Chris Giarrusso – Mighty Marvels, G-Man
  • JK Woodward – Star Trek/Doctor Who
  • Ale Garza - Deadpool, Teen Titans
  • Craig Rousseau – Marvel Adventures, Perhapanauts
  • Chrissie Zullo – Fables
  • Amy Mebberson – My Little Pony, Sesame Street
  • Edwin Huang – Skullkickers
  • Mike Raicht – Stuff of Legend Writer
  • Erik Burnham – Ghostbusters, TMNT Writer
  • Blair Shedd – Doctor Who, Dorothy of Oz
With more to be announced soon!

Make sure to follow Granitecon on Twitter @granitecon and Like us on Facebook!

PalmCon is a week away!

PalmCon II is a week away! Website is updated with the full schedule, including the showing of the new film the Awakened in the Indie-Film Lounge.

Complete list of guests that includes Guest of Honor Legendary Artist Jose Delbo!

2nd Annual Costume Contest!

Complete floor plan and so much more.

Check out all the happenings at PalmCon’s website here!

FL – Crystal Head Signing

Dan Aykroyd appears at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in Orlando on Saturday March 10th from 11am to 1pm to greet fans and sign bottles of Crystal Head Vodka.

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
11951 South Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32836

OH – FCBD: Ghostbusters Star Signing

Ernie Hudson and many more sign at Packrat Comics on Saturday May 5, 2012!

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Press Release:

We are pleased to include in our 2012 FCBD Celebration the great Mr. Ernie Hudson. Ernie is best known as one of the stars of our childhood favorite movie series Ghostbusters and teen angst movie The Crow! He’ll be at Packrat from 11am-5pm signing autographs and taking pictures. We will be hosting an exclusive meet and greet with a limited number of fans being able to spend some quality one on on time with Ernie!

Meet & Greet details here…

Our artist alley will be overflowing, oozing with talent from:

Dawn Best – Dawn Best was discovered by comic book artist/writer Ken Penders when he requested she submit artwork for an original script.[1] Her premier issue of Sonic was issue #101 (2001), and her last to date was issue #145 (2004). After leaving Archie, Best remained active in the comic book community by appearing as both guest and attendee of conventions and holding annual charity auctions of original artwork. She has since been credited with contributing to several other graphic novels as both artist and writer, including original web serials Sylvanna and Heißdampfreaktor. In 2010, she began production on her independently published graphic novel series, VARULV, which became the premier comic book released by her own Gloryhound Network in February 2011.

Dirk Manning – Dirk Manning is the writer/creator of NIGHTMARE WORLD and TALES OF MR. RHEE for Image/Shadowline Comics, the author of the “WRITE OR WRONG” column at Newsarama, and the co-creator of FARSEEKER at ACT-I-VATE with Len O’Grady.He loves life but hates ninjas. Cthulhu is his homeboy.

Matthew Swift – Matthew Swift is an illustrator, with a background in graphic design and painting. He works with the top companies in the entertainment and comic book industries. Matthew’s work has been seen by millions worldwide on Forbes TV, G4TV, TechTV, and other networks. His work can also be found in games available for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Sony Playstation 3, and Microsoft Xbox 360 video game systems.

Scott D. Simmons – Scott D Simmons is a comic book and sketch card artist and his work includes Star Wars, Voltron (Moonstone), Hack/Slash (Image), The Dead Cell (Arcana), Wannabez, Halloween Man and Mr. Jigsaw. Scott D. Simmons is the creator of Angelwolf Comics and Knights of P.O.W.E.R. In addition to his comic work, Scott works as a news and convention photo contributor for Comic Related.

Jamie Snell – Jamie Snell studied illustration and graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design. Jamie has been working on and off as a freelance illustrator for over 10 + years. Some of his credits include various sketch card sets from Topps (Star Wars: CW Movie and Seasons 1&2, Galaxy 4&5, ESB Widescreen, Terminator Salvation, Heroes Season 2, Indiana Jones Masterpieces & Crystal Skull, Lord of the Rings Masterpieces 2), 5finity: Voltron sketch cards, IDW Publishing: Beastwars Source book, Image Comics: Popgun Anthology Vol.1 , and various other inking projects. Last year Jamie had the privilege of producing two exclusive Star Wars posters for Lucas Films, Ltd, and Acme Archives: Celebrations V (Official Star Wars Convention) official print and the 30th Anniversary of Empire Strikes Back.

Todd Beistel & Doug Hufford – While still in high school, Todd self published Eye of the Probe, a comic anthology. He then went on to study illustration and graduate from CCAD. While in college, Todd wrote and illustrated Lost Souls, a graphic short story. Lost Souls was published by Hunter Productions.As years passed, Todd’s interests evolved into fine art and graphic design. As a dedicated artist, he has been featured in venues throughout Ohio. On several occasions, he has contributed illustrations to accompany columnists such as Dave Barry and Click and Clack. Doug also studied at CCAD, but strangely evolved into a writer as time passed. He became known for his outlandish movie reviews during the late 90′s. He made his home at Bumscorner.com, and often got picked up nationally by IMdB and Ain’t It Cool News. Currently they are collaborating on the webcomic sensation, Yuri the Gypsy Hunter. Yuri the Gypsy Hunter is a decades spanning epic concerning an orphan, a rock band, and lots of teenage angst.

JD Larabee – JD Larabee is an Ohio native who has been drawing freelance cartoons, comic strips and comic books for over 20 years. J.D. is most know for his gag strips and art in the indie comic book ‘Johnnie Zombie’. JD has provided the artwork for many children’s books, and done animation work on several web series. Most recently his work was part of the hilariously infamous and politically incorrect ‘Uncle Pete’s Play time’, as well as numerous shorts and character designs for Mr. Frights.

Molly Durst – Molly Durst is a professional, award winning graphic and web designer. She is a lifetime learner who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in web development, and has earned a scholarship from the Print Industry of Northern Kentucky and Ohio to pursue this goal. Molly’s love of books began early (both of her parents are teachers). This passion for book arts drives her to self-publish her own stories. Her love of indie media and subculture attracts her to the bizarre world of small press comic books. Molly’s work can be found here.

Mark LeMieux – Mark LeMieux is an artist with the innate ability for creative problem solving and the artistic skills of illustration, sculpture and acting. Mark has an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Design Technology from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he was an Honors Graduate while being employed full time. He is also the owner, director and lead artist of the freelance art company Platypus Productions, that specializes in sculpture, design work, pop culture art, comic illustration, film making, script writing and special effects make-up. Check out more at the website.

Joshua Peters – Joshua Peters returned to CCAD in 2005 and began his studies under the tutelage of many talented instructors including C.F. Payne, Andy Bawidamann and Dave Groff. While he was there, Josh was showcased in the 9th, 10th, and 11th Art of Illustration shows presented by CCAD. His incredibly cool “Over the Line” piece even brought home the C.F. Payne Judge’s Pick award at the 11th. Not only that, but Josh’s “Foo Fighters Poster” was exhibited in New York City at the annual Society of Illustrators Student Exhibition in the spring of 2008. His most recent release is the new child’s book Matilda Turnips Endless Belly Button. See more of Josh’s work at Lunchbox Unlimited.

Seth LyonsSeth Lyons is a professional graphic artist Absolute Impressions Inc., a Lewis Center based print shop. He’s also illustrated comics for a local publishing company, working on Stiletto Heights and Johnnie Zombie. After sitting in front of computers all day, designing for companies like Verizon, WCOL, and others, he decided it was time to return to basics. Painting the characters he loved in his youth and still today; Seth creates and sells highly detailed paintings of beloved comic, movie, and television characters. Also known for his love of insane collage pieces featuring hundreds of characters, Seth enjoys the time spent with his now growing family.

Max Ink – Max Ink is the creator of “Blink”, a comic book series about three friends– Blink, Sam and Hank–living, working and enjoying life in Columbus, Ohio. “Blink” has been published as a graphic novel, in mini comics, in comic book anthologies (including Ken Eppstein’s NIX Comics Quarterly) and from 2008-2010, it ran as a comic strip in the Short North Gazette. In 2009, Blink was nominated for the S.P.A.C.E.Prize See more of Max’s work at his website.

Mike Eshelman – Mike Eshelman has created his own unique art form bringing his love of the past with his creative and relaxing hobby of art. From music to video games, DEVO to Commodore 64, he’s a man of the 80′s. With hundreds of hours and thousands of beads, Mike creates 8-bit fused beads art masterpieces. Samples of his work can be found on his website.

During our annual nerd night party we’ve got the following bands lined up:
The Fritz
Seven Book Trilogy
Tank Destroyer
Nerd Table
Mojomatic

Join Packrat Comics for our annual FCBD bash and Nerd Night celebration! You know you’ll have fun! Invite a guest or two and plan on spending the day! Because you can’t make it through in just a few minutes!

This is going to be one big twinkie!

Packrat Comics
3872 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, OH 43026

Anime Boston 2011 Announces First Round of Guests

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first round of guests: Brothers Greg and Christopher Ayres, voice actress Brina Palencia as well as industry guest Jonathan Klein return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Mass. on April 22-24th.

Brina Palencia is an actress working in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. She has voiced numerous characters for anime and video games. Some of her anime highlights include: Natsuki in Summer Wars, Chibitalia in Hetalia, Ciel Pahntomhive in Black Butler, Holo in Spice and Wolf, Yumi Azusa in Soul Eater, Sora in Oh Edo Rocket, Rei Ayanami in Evangelion 1.0, Juliet in Romeo x Juliet, Miharu in Nabari No Ou,Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece, Tamama in Sgt. Frog, Ennis in Baccano, Mikoto in School Rumble, Georgie in Shin Chan, Eve in Black Cat, Moro and Zashikiwarashi in xxxHolic. In the land of gaming she can be heard as Mad Moxxi in Borderlands, Moogle/Dungeon Hero X in Final Fantasy Fables, the main player in Mushroom Men and The Maw, and various characters in Guitar Hero III and IV, Stunt Driver 2, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Street Fighter 4.

She has also served as ADR Director for Moon Phase (eps 21-26), School Rumble, Black Blood Brothers, and xxxHOLiC (the movie and eps 1-8), Assistant ADR Director for Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, D Gray Man and Dragon Ball Kai, and Music Director for Sasami: Magical Girls Club, Negima!?, My Bride is a Mermaid, and Dragon Ball Kai.

On camera, you can see her as the co-host for GameStop TV alongside fellow voice actor, Chris Burnett.

Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. Currently a voice actor for ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment and Seraphim Digital Studios. Ayres is also an ADR Director for Amusement Park Media. His first project at studio was the hit anime musical comedy The Nerima Daikon Brothers. His other voice acting roles are Kei Kourono in Gantz, Suitengu in Speed Grapher, Von Kampher in Trinity Blood, Hayashimizu in Full Metal Panic? Fummofu, Johnny in One Piece, Sid in Devil May Cry, Yusuf Ali Mesa in Yugo the Negotiator and Koji in Godanner.

Greg Ayres can be heard rockin’ his way through conventions and animated series alike. He can be heard as the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, Koyuki, singing with the band in Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, or just as himself on the DJ circuit. He also voiced Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host club, and Abe in Big Windup. Other recent works include JR. in Xenosaga , Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Nowy, in Glass Fleet, and Yukinojoh Tohyama in The Wallflower.

The once fanboy turned VA started working in anime a little over six years ago. In his first two years in the business, he landed the roles of Son Goku in Saiyuki and Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Other roles include Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Negi Springfield in Negima, Heihachi in Samurai 7, Jr. in Xenosaga: The Animation, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, Tsuyoshi in Kodocha, Leo in Ghost Stories, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, and Gau Ban in Shadow Skill.

Jonathan Klein is the Vice-President of New Generation Pictures, Inc., based in Beverly Hills. His company produces the English language versions of some of the most popular anime and videogames in the United States and Japan. New Generation Pictures has worked on hundreds of different projects, including such popular anime as; Hellsing, Hellsing Ultimate, Gun x Sword, Kamichu, R.O.D the TV, Ikki Tousen, NieA_7, 3×3 Eyes and many other titles. Jonathan has also directed of the English language versions of such anime titles as Ergo-Proxy, Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze, Melody of Oblivion and Paranoia Agent.

Jonathan has also directed many video games including; Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers, Final Fantasy IV, Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, Rune Factory 3, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Infinite Undiscovery, The Last Remnant, Final Fantasy; Chocobo’s Dungeon, Time Crisis 4, Dawn of Mana, Valkyrie Profile 2, and Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume and was also the English language producer on Street Fighter IV & Super Street Fighter IV as well as the highly anticipated Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Beyond working as producer and director, Jonathan’s responsibilities also include scriptwriting, script adaptation and even working behind the microphone as a voice actor. Jonathan has voice acted in such anime & videogames as Final Fantasy IV, Star Ocean IV, Rune Factory 3, Ergo Proxy, Rumiko Takahashi Anthology, Kamichu, Girls Bravo, Gun x Sword, Burst Angel, Galaxy Railways and Beck.

About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Massachusetts. Anime Boston 2011 will be held Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 24th at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Anime Boston 2011 will once again be presenting popular events which include a masquerade, an anime music video contest, video programming rooms, an artists’ alley and art show, karaoke, game shows, video games, manga library, dances and balls, and much more…

NH – Adventures in Cartooning

Alexis Frederick-Frost from the Center For Cartoon Studies hosts a FREE workshop based on the book Adventures in Cartooning!  Alexis will also be signing copies of this book and the Adventures in Cartooning Activity book! This all goes dwn on Saturday November 13th.

Representatives from Anime Boston will be on hand for pre-registration!

The ladies from Human Sushi Cosplay will be hosting a Cosplay 101 session!  Learn tips and tricks on how to make your own killer costumes!

You can also get some costuming tips from The Ghostbusters of New Hampshire. They have made a short film called Spilled Milk! The guys will be on hand as we screen the film along with our film Dark Journey and other short films!

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

FL – Action FCBD!

Heroes Landing is excited to host Fred Van Lente (writer Action Philosophers!, Incredible Hercules, Iron Man Legacy, X-Men Noir, Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Zombies, and Cowboys & Aliens) on May 1st, Free Comic Book Day, starting at 10am. Van Lente is scheduled for the afternoon, but exact times are still being determined.

Also scheduled throughout the day are superhero appearances (Batman is confirmed), as well visits by the Orlando Ghostbusters and 501st Legion.

Heroes Landing, 12348 Roper Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711

352-242- XMEN (9636)

www.heroeslanding.com

Ernie Hudson Headlines December’s Steel City Con

GHOSTBUSTERS STAR ERNIE HUDSON TO HEADLINE STEEL CITY CON!
Pittsburgh, — Orangestone Promotions, Inc., promoters of the Steel City Con (http://www.steelcitycon.com) are celebrating 20 years as Pennsylvania’s Largest Toy and Pop Culture convention this December 4-6, 2009 at the Monroeville Convention Center. The celebrity guest list continues to build as Pittsburgh gets ready to host a national level show. In addition to a massive selection of toys and comic books, attendees will be treated to signing appearances by many pop culture icons. Ghostbusters fans will be able to meet Ernie Hudson who portrayed “Winston” in Ghostbusters 1 & 2. Wrestling fans will be treated to a rare appearance of Kevin Nash who is a Wrestling Legend and TNA Superstar. Wrestling fans will also have an opportunity to meet Traci Brooks and So Cal Val which are both wrestlers for TNA. Star Wars fans will be treated to special signing appearance by Peter Mayhew who portrayed “Chewbacca” in the Star Wars films. Ghost Hunter International fans will be able to meet Robb Demarest who is the lead investigator of the TV series. Sci Fi fans will be able to meet Luciana Carro of Battlestar Galactica. Carro will also have a role in the upcoming TV series Caprica which is the spin off from Battlestar Galactica. Horror fans will be able to meet C.J. Graham who portrayed “Jason” in Friday the 13th. Additionally attendees can expect to see a large number of Comic Book Artists and Illustrators.

Ernie Hudson in Ghostbusters

Ernie Hudson in Ghostbusters

In addition to Celebrity appearances, the Steel City Con is proud to announce that the first 1,000 attendees who purchase a 3 Day Pass will receive a Goodie Bag which is filled with toys and comics valued at more than the price of admission. 3 Day Pass Holders will also receive Early Admission. The Steel City Con is the only convention in the United States that has consistently given away thousands of toys, comic books and collectibles to its attendees for free.

Many Pop Culture fans are tired of paying high admission fees just to walk into a big show. The Steel City Con offers attendees one of the biggest shows in the United States at a low price. With vendor space offered at a low cost dealers are able to sell their items to attendees for much less than conventions that charge a huge amount of money for dealer space. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Steel City Con can go to http://www.steelcitycon.com

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Orangestone Promotions, Inc.
P.O. Box 10132
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Steel City Con
(412) 213-0224
info@steelcitycon.com
www.steelcitycon.com

StylinOnline.com/Mad Engine Debut New T-Shirts at SDCC

T-Shirt Super Heroes Team-Up to Battle Comic-Con 2009

San Diego, CA – Two of the comic book genre’s super heroes of t-shirts have joined forces to battle the ravenous retail shopping scourge that is Comic-Con 2009, the country’s leading comics and popular arts convention. Online mega-retailer StylinOnline.com has partnered with veteran t-shirt designers at Mad Engine to present twelve exclusive t-shirt designs available starting July 22 at Comic-Con booths 630, 215, 5129, 5345 and 5349.

San Diego, CA – July 15, 2009 — Two of the comic book genre’s super heroes of t-shirts have joined forces to battle the ravenous retail shopping scourge that is Comic-Con 2009, the country’s leading comics and popular arts convention.

Marvel Comics Geeks

Marvel Comics Geeks

Online mega-retailer StylinOnline.com has partnered with veteran t-shirt designers at Mad Engine to present twelve exclusive t-shirt designs available starting July 22 at Comic-Con booths 630, 215, 5129, 5345 and 5349.

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

The t-shirts include closely guarded art from the Marvel Comics Iron Man, titled “War Machine”, a Wolverine “Claw” design, Captain America “Re-Born”, and a super-hero grouping titled, “Comic Geeks”. Disney’s classic “Tron” has been included in the collection, as well as Kingdom Hearts “The Kingdom”, Power Rangers and a historical tribute to “A Christmas Carol”. Sony’s represented with the “Stay Puft Marshmallow” from the new Atari Ghostbuster’s video game and the classic video game “Contra” includes “Rapid Fire”. The collection also includes classics from Mighty Mouse and a new design for the Spring 2010 Disney movie, “Prince of Persia”.

Captain America

Captain America

James Stylin, President of StylinOnline.com is very excited for the upcoming encounter. “Comic-Con is a force to be reckoned with from a retailers perspective. There’s a lot of competition for the hearts and dollars of comic fans. This audience demands great art, and with expectations so high we wouldn’t go to battle with anything less than what the artists at Mad Engine give us consistently.”

Alby Amato, Mad Engine Founder and recipient of Marvels Comics first Lifetime Achievement Award agrees that fan expectations are high. “When we design a t-shirt for a fan it comes under great scrutiny for authenticity and uniqueness. We’re very proud of the new collection for Comic-Con, and of our partnership with StylinOnline.com”

War Machine

War Machine

Select shirt designs will be released prior to the show starting Tuesday, July 14 with additional designs released through the web site and social media including MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and TweetPhoto before the show start Wednesday, July 22. All of the t-shirts will be available at retail booths on-site at Comic-Con, as well as online at www.StylinOnline.com.

About StylinOnline.com:
Based in Michigan, StylinOnline.com is one of the largest retailers of licensed comic books, movie, TV, video game, music and pop culture t-shirts, sweatshirts, belt buckles and pop culture apparel for men, women, teens, juniors, and kids.

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