MeCAF 2014 Announces Programming Schedule

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF) has released their programming schedule for the 2014 show to be held on Sunday May 18th:

10:00 – 1:00: Book signing with Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce (in the main hall)

10:30 – Unusual comics! Choose your own adventure! with Jon Chad
How does your comic become a book? If you thought that a book is just made up of a cover, back cover, and all the business in-between, think again! Explore a variety of folding and book construction techniques and make your own unfolding, choose-your-own-adventure minicomic!

11:30 – DRAW ON YOUR CREATIVITY:
Comic book artist Jay Piscopo invites students to try their hand at cartoon art and demonstrates how anyone can learn to draw and create comics. Using simple geometric shapes, Jay teaches kids how to build anatomy and perspective to create art that tells a story. Stand by for adventure with this interactive workshop! Watch a short video clip at the link…

12:30 – Ben Hatke: The Three Secrets of Comics:
Discussing images in a narrative, gesture, and drawing from life, Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) talks about three secrets behind making amazing comics.

1:30 – Iron Cartoonist:
This competition will determine the MeCAF Iron Cartoonist Champion! Watch as three talented cartoonists draw against the clock, with suggestions from the audience. Special guest judges will determine the winner.

2:30 – A conversation with Jimmy Gownley and Kazu Kibuishi:
Join us as we discuss comics with Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever, Amelia Rules) and Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet, Flight).

3:30 – Panel discussion about gender and race issues in current comics, with artists Melanie Gillman, Kori Handwerker and others.

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival will be held in Portland, ME on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Featuring over 100 comics writers, artists and publishers, this will be a celebration of the comics art form. This year’s show will be at the Portland Company Complex (58 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101)! There will be everyone from mini comics publishers to seasoned professionals. There will be comic book writers and artists, gag cartoonists, newspaper cartoonists, web comics creators and more. The guests will have their own work available for sale. Some people will be doing sketches and selling original artwork. Others will have t-shirts, buttons and posters. All of them have one thing in common… a love of comics. Featured guests include: Kazu Kibuishi, Sean Murphy, Jimmy Gownley, Ben Hatke, James Sturm, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Joe Quinones, Zack Giallongo, Maris Wicks, and many more!

MA – Black Canary/Zatanna: Bloodspell Signing

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Artist Joe Quinones appears at Hub Comics in Union Square on Saturday May 24th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm to sign his latest project the original graphic novel Black Canary/Zatanna: Bloodspell from DC COMICS!

Joe worked on Teen Titans Go! before being hand-picked to draw the Green Lantern strip in Wednesday Comics. His covers have graced many titles including Captain Marvel, Hack/Slash, Star Wars: Knight Errant, Dark Avengers, and Amazing Spider-Man. His recent work includes Batman: Black & White, FF, Batman ’66, and Ultimate Comics: Survive!

Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-0987

CA – Neal Adams Signing

nealadamsMeet Comics Legend Neal Adams at Illusive Comics & Games on Thursday May 15th from 5:00-8:00pm!

The first autograph is FREE! (Additional autographs are $10 each) Portfolios, Art Prints, Comics, Books and Sketches will be available for purchase!

He is also taking on commissions, so now is the time to get a piece of art drawn up by Neal Adams. Maybe get a Batman: Black & White Variant blank with a Batman head sketch drawn on it. Jason Adams will also work out characters and prices with you. You can also call Jason at 212-869-4170 or email him at adams@nealadams.com for more info.

Who is Neal Adams? He is a towering figure in the world of comic book creation and art. Neal has had legendary ‘runs’ on Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and Deadman. Adams rescued Batman from the campy nostalgia of the television show, and re-fitted him in his present incarnation as an “Avenger of the Night.” When people say ‘modern Batman,’ they mean Neal Adams’ Batman. His run on Batman led directly to the new, more realistic incarnation in “Batman Returns” movie, which featured the character he created, Ra’s Al Ghul. Neal just did an 8 page story in Batman: Black & White #1. Don’t miss out on picking one up at the store and having Neal sign it.

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Illusive Comics and Games
2725 El Camino Real, Suite 105, Santa Clara, CA 95051
408-985-7481

Boston Comic Con 2014 Adds Several More Guests

Press Release:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoston Comic Con has added several new guests to an already huge list of creators! Marvel Editor and talent scout C.B. Cebulski, who has worked on titles including X-Men, Avengers, and Spider-Man, will appear to conduct a limited number of portfolio reviews. This is a rare opportunity to sit down with Marvel’s top talent scout and show off your talents. More information on the portfolio reviews and the schedule will be announced closer to the convention.

neal-adamsAdditionally, Silver Age legend Neal Adams appears at Boston’s biggest comic conventions once again! Neal has been one of the most influential artists in the industry both on the page and behind the scenes. From returning Batman to his dark and gritty roots to campaigning for creators’ rights, Adams and his photo-realistic art have graced the pages of The Brave and the Bold, Deadman, Uncanny X-Men, Avengers, Green Lantern / Green Arrow, and most recently Batman: Odyssey.

Local artist Ming Doyle, whose credits include Guardians of the Galaxy, Jennifer’s Body, Fantastic Four, and Tantalize, is a frequent guest of artist alley. She also co-created the webcomics The Loneliest Astronauts, Boldly Gone, and Mara from Image Comics. She recently drew Quantum & Woody for Valiant!

Artist Alex Saviuk appears once again at Boston Comic Con 2014. Alex began his career in the 1970s on Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkman, and Superman. He became well-known as a Spider-artist with a seven year run on Web of Spider-Man, and has drawn the Spider-Man newspaper strip since 1997. Other recent work includes penciling Stan Lee’s The Mighty Seven for Archie Comics, and another daily comic, The Phantom.

The most beloved man in comics Frank Tieri is a writer whose credits include Wolverine, Deadpool, Iron Man, and Infinity Heist for Marvel Comics; and Savage Hawkman, JSA: Classified, Gotham Underground, and Outsiders for DC Comics. He also worked on the popular Marvel vs. Capcom video game series and the cartoon Ultimate Spider-Man!

Previously announced guests include Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, Sam Witwer, Simon Bisley, Greg Capullo, Amanda Conner, Danielle Corsetto, Ivy Doomkitty, Adam Kubert, Carlos Pacheco, Jimmy Palmiotti, Eric Powell, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, Jeff Smith, Scott Snyder, Skottie Young, and many more! For the full guest list plus artist alley, exhibitor, and film fest registration please check out the Boston Comic Con website!

Online ticket purchases are available at the link!

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About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

NJ – Free Comic Book Day 2014

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Larry Hama, Ron Marz, Bryan J.L. Glass, and more appear at Level Up Entertainment on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

Press Release:

It’s the most wonderful day of the year! Join us on May 3rd for free comics, special guests, vendors, artists, prizes, costume contest, sales, and more!

Some of this year’s special events include:

TRANSFORMERS vs GI JOE #0 LAUNCH PARTY, brought to you by IDW Publishing!

Unveiling of this year’s GI JOE vs TRANSFORMERS EPIC DIORAMA!

Special Q&A and workshop with the talented RON MARZ!

Guests include:
Ron Marz – Writer
Best known for: Green Lantern, Silver Surfer, Marvel vs DC, Star Wars, Batman/Aliens

Larry Hama – Writer
Best known for: G.I. Joe, Bucky O’Hare, Avengers, Wolverine

Bryan J.L. Glass – Writer
Best known for: The Mice Templar, Furious, Thor: First Thunder, Valkyrie

Robert Bruce – Popculturist
Best known for: AMC’s Comic Book Men

Mark Bellomo - Author
Best known for: Totally Tubular 80’s Toys, Transformers: Identification & Price Guide, The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe

Justin Piatt and Zack Dolan – SUPER!

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Level Up Entertainment
4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330
(609) 569-9200

Third Eye Booth Schedule for AwesomeCon 2014

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Press Release:

As many of you know, we like to really bring the Third Eye Comics experience to the floor of any convention we set up at, and with how awesome AwesomeCon is shaping up to be — we really put together something special for you this year!

We’ve got a HUGE space loaded with cool stuff for you to snag, and, we’ve got a roster of all-star comic creators signing at the booth all throughout the day!

Here is the official schedule for the Third Eye Booth at AwesomeCon on Saturday 4/19/14!

11AM-12PM: Chris Pyrate (Bartkira) – Artist of the new Third Eye 2014 Summer T-Shirt! Purchase one of these limited run shirts, and get it signed by the artist!

12PM-1PM Joe Keatinge & Leila del Duca – Get issue #1 of their new series SHUTTER (From IMAGE COMICS) signed at the Third Eye Booth & get a 15% off discount on the SHUTTER TPB this Fall!

1PM-2PM: JUSTIN JORDAN (STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE, GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS, DEAD BODY ROAD)

2PM-2:30PM: JIM ZUB (SKULLKICKERS, SAMURAI JACK, PATHFINDER)

3PM-4PM: FRANK J. BARBIERE (SOLAR MAN OF THE ATOM, FIVE GHOSTS, WHITE SUITS) & FRED VAN LENTE (MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER, INCREDIBLE HERCULES, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG)

4PM-5PM: CARLA SPEED MCNEIL (MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER, FINDER)

We’ll have tons of great books available for sale by these talented folks at the Third Eye booth during their signings!

All signings take place on Saturday, but the Third Eye booth will be at AwesomeCon all 3 days Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Make sure you get your tickets online to avoid long purchase lines!

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UT – Neal Adams Signing

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Come see comic legend Neal Adams at The Nerd Store in Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City on Wednesday April 14th from 4:00 till 7:00 pm!

Neal is well known for his creating some of the most iconic moments in Batman and Green Lantern as well as his work in Deadman, Superman, Justice League, X-Men, and The Avengers!

This is a FREE event! First autograph is free and only $10 for each additional. There will be tons of great merchandise available to get signed as well. Come in on Wednesday 4/16 from 4-7pm. Located in Valley Fair Mall just off of I-215.

The Nerd Store
3601 South 2700 West, West Valley City, UT 84119
(801) 964-4776

NC – Free Comic Book Day 2014

acme-fcbdJoe Quinones, Maris Wicks, Yale Stewart, Jacob Chabot, Erica Henderson, and many more sign at Acme Comics on Saturday May 3, 2014 for Free Comic Book Day!

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Press Release:

The countdown is on as Acme steps into the next age of the Triad’s oldest & largest comic book store, consolidating their creative power back into the Lawndale Shopping Center and strengthening it’s partnership with Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema to bring you the best Free Comic Book Day ever!

2014 IMPROVEMENTS

–57 different comic offerings, up from last year’s 52, PLUS whatever other promo books we find around the shop to add to the mix! The first 50 people in line are guaranteed a copy of each book, an offer so appealing it pushes the physical boundaries of the official Free Comic Book Day bags!

–The air-conditioned and waterproofed Sketch Pavilion in Acme Comics Presents will be streamlined to get you through the line faster than ever before while ensuring all attendees that would like to have the opportunity to get their books signed and get a one of kind commission can do so for FREE!

–Geeksboro’s main floor will also play host to even more artists with which to visit!

–Discover more about one of our favorite publishers as we screen Sequart’s Image Revolution featuring length documentary in the 48 seat theatre downstairs in Geeksboro!

–Get to know renowned local cosplayers like Ed “Static Shock” Newsome, Caitlin “Robin” Rhyne, Ian “War Machine” Raulston, and many, MANY more on the sidewalks of the Lawndale Shopping Center!

–FREE face-painting by Munchie & Me!

–Once again, hang out all night and all day and all night again at Geeksboro as our pals down the sidewalk will be open straight through on Friday for the food, beverages, and facility conveniences for anyone camping out over night, all day Saturday to provide refreshments and entertainment to event-goers, and until 2 AM Saturday night for the after-party to beat all after-parties!

–Pub-style Superhero Trivia on Saturday night complete with cash & comic prizes!

–Have small children and want to avoid some of the crowds? Stop by to pick up a bag of books and visit with creators at the Greensboro Children’s Museum (6 books, 3 artists) and the Windsor Recreation Center (4 books, 4 artists) from 10 AM – 1 PM!

Creators Appearing at Acme Comics & Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema:

Thomas Boatwright – Orc Girl, Cemetery Blues, Halloween Legion, Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo

Jacob Chabot – Mighty Skullboy Army, Hello Kitty, Voltron Force, SpongeBob

Casey Coller – Transformers Robots in Disguise, Transformers More than Meets the Eye

Chris Giarrusso – G-Man, Aw Yeah Comics, Mini Marvels, Bullpen Bits

Erica Henderson – Subatomic Party Girls, Atomic Robo Real Science Adventures

Sandy Jarrell - Batman ’66, Meteor Men, Wasteland

Tracy Lee Quinn – freelance illustrator, Free Comic Book Day poster

Joe Quinones – Ultimate Comics Survive, FF, Batman Black & White, Batman ’66

Amanda Rachels – Flesh of White, Arcana’s the Book, Clown Town

Gregg Schigiel – Pix Teenage American Fairy, SpongeBob Comics, X-Babies

Brian Smith – Stuff of Legend, Intrepid EscapeGoat, Uncle Ant

Yale Stewart – JL8 (Little League), Nova

Randall Trang – Roller Girl & the Flying Sidekick

Michael Watkins – Sonic the Hedgehog, Transformers

Maris Wicks – Primates, Yes, Let’s, Batman Black & White

Kelly Yates – MonstHer, Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, Doctor Who: Fairytale

Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
336-574-2263

IN – Arts Day Comics Event

gh-capGene Ha and Carol Tilley appear at Holy Cross College on Friday, April 11 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM!

Press Release:

Holy Cross College invites you to attend its annual Arts Day: a public lecture and exhibition which celebrates the spirit of the creative arts. The event will be held on Friday, April 11 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM in Driscoll Auditorium, Vincent Gallery, and Vincent Atrium at Holy Cross College.

This year’s event will highlight lectures by Carol Tilley, an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana and Gene Ha, a professional comic artist, illustrator and writer.

Carol Tilley will present “When Comics Almost Died: Readers, Censors, and Innovation.” Tilley teaches courses in media literacy and youth services librarianship. Part of her scholarship focuses on the intersection of young people, comics and libraries, particularly in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. Her research has been published in journals including the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) and Children’s Literature in Education. Tilley’s research on anti-comics advocate Fredric Wertham was featured in the New York Times and other media outlets.

Gene Ha will talk about his artistic career and the comic book industry. He has been a professional artist drawing images for comic books for over twenty years. Ha’s drawings have filled the pages of graphic works published by DC Comics, Malibu Comics, Wildstorm, Vertigo and Marvel Comics. A sampling of Ha’s character renderings encompass work on Batman, Captain America, Superman, Green Lantern, X-Men, and the Justice League of America as well as many others. Ha has won four Eisner Awards for his work on Top Ten with Alan Moore and Zander Cannon and with Brad Meltzer on Justice League of America #11 for DC Comics. Ha grew up in South Bend, Indiana, attended Clay High School, and received a BFA from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.

In addition to these lectures, the Vincent Gallery will feature an exhibition of student art and a reception with light refreshments will be held in the Vincent Atrium, adjacent to the gallery and auditorium. These events are free and open to the public. All are welcome to visit Holy Cross campus and celebrate the arts!

For further information about the events or directions, please contact William Tourtillotte by email at wtourtillotte[at]hcc-nd.edu or by phone at 574-239-8304.

Holy Cross College
54515 State Road 933 North, Notre Dame, IN 46556
574-239-8377

CA – Overwatch Signing

owmgMarc Guggenheim (Arrow) signs his new novel Overwatch at Barnes & Noble on Friday April 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

Overview
A young CIA lawyer uncovers a dangerous worldwide conspiracy, masterminded by forces within the US intelligence community.

Alex Garnett has spent his life in the shadow of his father, a former Chief of Staff and Solicitor General to two presidents who’s been responsible for getting Alex every job he ever had, including his latest: attorney for the CIA. However, a seemingly routine litigation leads to a series of unexpected events, including poison, kidnapping, torture and murder. As casualties pile up, it becomes clear Alex is the final target in someone’s blood-soaked attempts to cover their tracks.

With the help of a neurotic hacker, Alex unravels a conspiracy older than the CIA itself. The trail of clues reveals the presence of unseen forces that are bringing this nation to the brink of war–and Alex’s life is only one of many in danger

Meet the Author
Marc Guggenheim practiced law at one of Boston’s most prestigious firms before leaving to pursue his dream of writing for television. In the past eleven years, he’s worked on such highly regarded shows as The Practice, Law & Order, Jack & Bobby, Brothers & Sisters, and Flash Forward. In addition to television, he also writes comic books (Spider-Man, Wolverine, The Flash), video games (Call of Duty 3) and feature films (Green Lantern). He is currently a writer for the hit CW show Arrow and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

Barnes & Noble – 3rd Street Promenade
1201 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-260-9110

 

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