NYC – All the Way Preview

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Press Release:

The 92nd Street Y proudly announces a special Reel Pieces event on Wednesday evening, May 18.

After a preview of All the Way — in which Bryan Cranston reprises his Tony Award winning role as President Lyndon B. Johnson — Moderator Annette Insdorf will interview Cranston, actor Anthony Mackie (who plays Martin Luther King, Jr.), director Jay Roach and writer Robert Schenkkan.

An HBO film, All the Way is a behind-the-scenes look at Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office following the assassination of President Kennedy: as the Vietnam War escalates, he struggles to pass his landmark Civil Rights bill. It boasts a cast including Melissa Leo (Lady Bird Johnson), Bradley Whitford (Hubert Humphrey), Stephen Root (J. Edgar Hoover) and Frank Langella (Sen. Richard Russell).

Brief Bios

Bryan Cranston is the multiple winner of Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for his portrayal of Walter White on “Breaking Bad.” He received an Oscar nomination for playing the hero of Trumbo (2015), directed by Jay Roach.

In addition to Game Change and Recount for HBO, Jay Roach’s directing credits include Meet the Parents and the Austin Powers trilogy.

Anthony Mackie is a two-time Independent Spirt Award nominee, for The Hurt Locker and Brother to Brother. His other films include Our Brand Is Crisis, Triple 9, Black or White, Real Steel, Ant Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the Captain America series. His theatrical credits include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Soldier’s Play and Talk, for which he won an Obie Award.

An writer, actor and producer, Robert Schenkkan won the Pulitzer Prize for his play, The Kentucky Cycle. He adapted his Tony Award winning play All the Way for the screen.

Get tickets at the link!

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

CA – Avengers Standoff Alpha #1 Signing

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Press Release:

World renowned comics artist ARTHUR ADAMS will be visiting Flying Colors on Saturday April 2, 2016 from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM.

Art is the cover artist for Flying Colors exclusive edition of AVENGERS STANDOFF ALPHA #1 which features Pleasant Hill CA’s historic landmark Soldier’s Memorial Monument. This will be your best chance to get a signed copy of this special edition that is available exclusively at Flying Colors Comics in Concord CA.

His work includes X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, SUPERMAN, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, MONKEYMAN & O’BRIEN, ULTIMATE X, UNIVERSAL MONSTERS, the creation of LONGSHOT and so much more.

Arthur’s work has influenced a generation of comics artists. He currently is Marvel’s “go-to guy” for iconic and fan-favorite covers.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the limited time Art has for this signing, he will not be able to do any sketches. We will be giving priority to fans buying Art’s Flying Colors Pleasant Hill exclusive Avengers special edition. We reserve the right to limit the number of signatures on other items. Thanks for your understanding!

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Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
(925) 825-5410

NH – Project Nemesis #1 Signing

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Writer Jeremy Robinson and artist Matt Frank will be signing copies of PROJECT NEMESIS #1 on Wednesday October 7th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Jetpack Comics! Also in attendance will be Josh Belanger, who did the Jetpack Comics exclusive variant cover.

Added bonus: Meet Joe St. Pierre writer/artist of The New Zodiax. Joe will have copies of the latest issue of New Zodiax as well as back issues!

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Jetpack Comics
37 North Main Street, Rochester, NH 03867
(603) 330-9636

TX – Godzilla Signing

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Artist Matt Frank appears at Bedrock City Comic Co. on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from noon till 5:00 PM to sign his final issue of GODZILLA!

Matt will do one free sketch with the purchase of one of his Godzilla Trades or you can pay for a sketch. Note: One character sketch per person.

Bedrock City Comic Co.
4602 Washington Ave, Houston, Texas 77007
(713) 862-0100

TX – All-Ages Awesomeness V Signing

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Rogues Gallery celebrates their fifth annual all-ages event on Saturday June 27, 2015, featuring a whole bunch of creators who will sketch, sign and talk with kids about making comics!

Our guests this year are (signing schedule subject to change):

Signing/sketching from 10 AM – 1 PM / 3 – 6 PM:
Stacey Lee – Artist of Marvel’s new Silk!

Tom Beland – Creator of True Story, Swear to God, Chicacabra, has previously written Fantastic Four and Spider-Man!

Jessi Jordan – Artist on Musings, The Adventures of Marni & Edward, Psycho Girlfriend and more!

Isaiah Broussard – Artist on Translytown

Signing/sketching from 1 PM – 6 PM:
Devin Kraft – Creator of Dragon Slayer, Deluge, Neverender and more!

Evan Bryce – Evan has been at every All-Ages event, and always does awesome prints and sketches!

Jake Ekiss – The Spoils official webcomics and lots more!

Matt Frank – Artist on Godzilla: Rulers of the Earth and more!

Paul Benjamin – Writer of Monsters, Inc., Pantheon High, Hulk, Spider-Man and more!

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Rogues Gallery
1601 S IH-35 #360, Round Rock, TX 78664
512-279-8888

NYC – The King & I Cast Signing

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Cast members Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles, Ashley Park, and Conrad Ricamora appear to perform songs from THE KING & I and sign copies of the 2015 Broadway cast recording on Thursday June 11, 2015 at 4:30 PM!

Barnes & Noble
150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028
212-369-2180

Anime Boston 2015 Con Report

ab2015_gojiraAs geek culture continues to expand the market sees new conventions cropping up regularly. In New England one of the largest, and longest running, is Anime Boston which has been going since 2003 and growing each year. With a dedicated volunteer staff, they fill the Hynes Convention Center year after year with fans of anime, manga, cosplay, and virtually any other stripes of geek. While their guests and programming stick closely to the New England Anime Society’s mandate of concentrating on Japanese pop culture, attendees still represent their individual tastes. Guests such as voice over artists bridge this gap well. This year Anime Boston hosted Cherami Leigh, Mona Marshall, Richard Epcar, Michael Sinterniklaas, and more who have worked dubbing anime television shows and movies into English such as Sword Art Online, Naruto, Robotech, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Suit Gundam but are equally as well known for their American projects like South Park, Venture Brothers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Several guest were direct from Japan including Godzilla actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima (see photo at left) who graciously signed for fans and posed for photos on the convention floor all weekend long. Mr. Takarada also offered hand written calligraphy of Godzilla’s name in kanji as a memento. Furthermore, J-Pop star LiSA played to a sold out audience on Friday night.

The annual charity auction, the proceeds from which benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, saw some records broken when an original watercolor painting of Aang and Appa by Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko sold for $2,500. Ultimately, the auction raised $23,485.84, its highest amount ever.

Next year’s Anime Boston has been scheduled for March 25-27, 2016!

 

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IDW Announces Signings & Panels for Emerald City Comicon 2015

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Attendants of Seattle’s renowned Emerald City Comicon are in for surprise announcements, exceptional signings and a weekend full of fun from IDW! Taking place this weekend from March 27th – March 29th at the Washington State Convention Center, come by the IDW booth (#1802) to stock up on your collection, meet your favorite creators, and score a truly outrageous exclusive. Additionally, Top Shelf can be found at booth #1225, where you can meet the creative team behind the hit satire God Is Disappointed in You, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler!

Available exclusively at the IDW booth, grab yourself a copy of the book that’s got everyone talking, Jem & The Holograms, with a variant cover by Agnes Garbowska! The cover can be purchased for $5, limit 3 per customer.

The IDW booth will be packed all weekend long with talent from across the industry signing their acclaimed work:

Friday March 27th  

  • 11:00 – 12:00 Orphan Black – Jody Houser
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls – Andy Suriano, Derek Charm
  • 1:00 – 2:00 D4VE, The Bigger Bang – Ryan Ferrier, D.J. Kirkbride
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Jem & The Holograms – Agnes Garbowska, Sara Richard *Check out the show exclusive variant!
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Dirk Gently – Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
  • 4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: Cataclysm – Cullen Bunn
  • 5:00 – 6:00 Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery
  • 6:00 – 7:00 Nelvana of the Northern Lights  – Hope Nicholson

Saturday March 28th  

  • 10:00 – 11:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Edward Scissorhands – Kate Leth, Drew Rausch
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Dirk Gently – Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
  • 1: 00 – 2:00 The Fly: OutbreakBrandon Seifert
  • 2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony, Jem & The Holograms – Sara Richard
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Wild Blue Yonder – Zach Howard
  • 4:00 – 5:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & More! – Erik Burnham, Paul Allor
  • 5:00 – 6:00 Judge Dredd – Darick Robertson
  • 6:00 – 7:00 Transformers – Mairghread Scott, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli

Sunday March 29th

  • 10:00 – 11:00 My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Georgia Ball, Ted AndersonAgnes Garbowska
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Powerpuff Girls – Derek Charm
  • 12:00 – 1:00 G.I. Joe Cover Art – Jeffrey Veregge, Drew Johnson
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Amelia Cole, Artful Daggers  – D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. KnaveSean E. Williams
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate – Max Dunbar

 

And don’t miss out on the panels that are sure to be a highlight of your weekend!

IDW: 2015 and Beyond
Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW invites you to join in their first big panel of 2015! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, Editor-in-Chief/Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall, alongside editor Sarah GaydosErik Burnham of Ghostbusters fame, and Jody Houser, writer of the hit Orphan Black comic for a spirited chat filled with announcements, hijinks and Q&A!

God is Disappointed in You (The Sequel), with Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler
3:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
Last year’s standing-room-only hot ticket returns — now with even more Biblical bewilderment! God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek “condensed” version of the Bible you never knew you needed — hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic — packed with cartoons by Eisner-award-winner Shannon Wheeler (The New YorkerToo Much Coffee Man). Join him and author Mark Russell (writer of DC Comics’ upcoming Prez) for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate “ten-minute Bible.” PLUS: a taste of the Audie-nominated audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros), and an exclusive announcement about the upcoming sequel!

Kevin Eastman: A Life With Turtles
Sunday, 3:30 – 4:20 Hall F (TCC 304)
Join the legendary co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and he talks about his long career in both comics and Hollywood, and how he brings his beloved Turtles to the world in a variety of media!

IDW Presents: The New Class of Licensed Comics
Sunday, 4:00 – 5:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
Transformers, Adventure Time, Star Trek, Orphan Black, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic… What do these comics all have in common? They’re all licensed comics, and although some may STILL look down on them, they’re also home to some of the best talent telling the best stories around. Come hear about the good (and the sometimes challenging) aspects of working on books like these, from host Editor Sarah Gaydos (Star Trek, Disney, Edward Scissorhands), with special guests Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Edward Scissorhands), Corinna Bechko (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Once Upon a Time), Jody Houser (Orphan Black), Editor Shannon Waters (of BOOM!), Chris Roberson (Aliens, Star Trek), and Gabriel Hardman (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars).

Big Wow! ComicFest Returns to San Jose

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Big Wow Comic Fest arrives to the San Jose Convention Center on April 18-19, 2015, bringing two days of comic books, art, collectable toys, sci-fi, fantasy, and celebrity FUN! Many of the nation’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for geeks, nerds, fans and true collectors, everywhere!

As the original comic-friendly show, we have fantastic comic book creator guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to welcome as our Featured Guests:

Jim Steranko (Legendary artist of Captain America & Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD)
Neal Adams (Legendary Illustrator of Superman, Batman, Avengers, X-Men, and lots more)
Dave Gibbons (Co-Creator of the classic comic “Watchman” made into a major Motion Picture)

Fan-Favorites: Art Adams (X-Men, Godzilla, and more), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama, Disney Poster Artist), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Herb Trimpe (Co-Creator of Wolverine) and over 75 more confirmed and added to our website!

Meet, get autographs, and learn the secrets of Show Biz from our spectacular CELEBRITY GUESTS:

Tom Felton (Harry Potter’s “Draco Malfoy” and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
Daniel Cudmore (X-Men’s “Colossus”, and Twilight’s “Felix”)
Jake Lloyd (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’s “Anakin Skywalker” and Jingle All The Way)

Also appearing will be Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Gary Graham (Alien Nation, Star Trek: Enterprise), George “The Giant” (Big Fish), John Stanley (Creature Features) and more.

Admission is only:

•  1 Day Adult (15 and older) $25.00 and 2 Day Adult $35.00

• 1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00 and 2 Day Child $15.00 Children under 8 are Free!

Save $5.00 off tickets by purchasing them online at www.bigwowcomicfest.com or at participating comic book retailers.

 

Godzilla Actors Akira Takarada & Haruo Nakajima Appear at Anime Boston 2015

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its fifth group of guests of honor today. Actors Haruo Nakajima and Akira Takarada will attend Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass. on April 3 through April 5, 2015.

The duo’s visit to Anime Boston will only be the second time in which the two remaining actors from the original Godzilla movies appear together in the United States.

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Legendary monster suit actor Haruo Nakajima is known the world over for having portrayed the screen’s most famous monster, Godzilla — a role which he pioneered throughout the first 12 films of Toho’s long-running science fiction series.

It was following the performance of a dangerous stunt as a fighter pilot in Ishiro Honda’s Eagle of the Pacific (1953) that Nakajima was recommended to play Godzilla in the original 1954 film, since donning the heavy costume beneath sweltering studio lights required an unusual amount of strength and endurance from the suit actor.

Special effects master Eiji Tsuburaya was so impressed by Nakajima’s skill as a stunt performer and choreographer that he featured the actor in nearly every science fiction, horror and fantasy film produced throughout his own illustrious career. In addition to Godzilla, Nakajima would also embody an unprecedented number of notable movie monsters including Rodan (1956), Mogera in The Mysterians (1957), Varan the Unbelievable (1958), Mothra (1960), Matango (1963), Baragon in Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), Gaira in War of the Gargantuas (1966) and even King Kong in King Kong Escapes (1967).

His impressive body of film work also includes appearances in Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) and The Hidden Fortress (1958). In 1966, Tsuburaya once again tapped Nakajima’s talents when the effects director first brought his giant monsters to the small screen in the ground-breaking television series Ultra Q and Ultraman.

Nakajima finally retired as the reigning champion of monster suit actors with 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan.

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Akira Takarada is instantly recognizable to generations of moviegoers around the world as the face of Japan’s long-running series of Godzilla films from Toho Studios. With a career greater than the King of Monsters himself, Takarada has been there from the birth of Godzilla, through many key points in the franchise’s history, including the Golden Era of Japanese cinema.

Fresh out of high school, Takarada joined Toho’s “New Face” program in 1953, and just one year later, would be given the starring role of Hideto Ogata in the original Gojira, appearing together with renowned Kurosawa film star Takashi Shimura, and classmate Momoko Kôchi portraying his character’s love interest.

Takarada and Kôchi would reprise similar roles in Toho’s Abominable Snowman (1955), better known in its truncated Americanized form, Half Human (1958). But it was the breakout success of Gojira which led to its being exported worldwide as Godzilla, King of the Monsters in 1956, with Takarada subsequently cast as the romantic lead in many feature films, thus earning him the endearing nickname “Mr. Handsome.”

It wasn’t until nearly 10 years later that Takarada would return to fighting giant monsters at the start of Godzilla’s worldwide rise to superstardom with Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964). Portraying a brash yet heroic news reporter, it was this role that would epitomize that type of character that Takarada would become best known for as Japanese cinema, and giant monster films in particular, peaked in popularity at the outset of the mid-1960s “kaiju boom.” Takarada also became famous closer to home for his comedic flair through roles such as super spy Hoshino Andrew in the 007 spoof, 100 Shot 100 Killed (Ironfinger, 1965), together with Toho starlet and future Bond girl Mie Hama.

The 1970s and the decline of the motion picture industry in Japan due to the increasing popularity of television saw Takarada leaving feature films for the stage, where his stellar work in musicals became widely known–an area where he continues performing to this day. He returned to motion pictures more than a decade later, eventually appearing in Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and 2004’s Godzilla Final Wars, which was the 50th anniversary offering from Toho and the last film in the famous franchise to be produced by the studio.

Takarada’s career came full circle with the 2014 release of Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla as the only star from the original 1954 film to make a cameo appearance in the mega-budget Hollywood reboot of the world’s most famous monster franchise.

Previously announced Guests of Honor include Greg Ayres, Christine Marie Cabanos. Richard Epcar, Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Lauren Landa, Cherami Leigh, LiSA, Cassandra Lee Morris, Yoko Shimomura, Ellyn Stern and Koki Uchiyama.

View all of our Guests of Honor here.

About Anime Boston:
With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

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