UK – O’Barr & Golden Signing

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Press Release:

Orbital Comics is very pleased to announce James O’Barr (creator of The Crow), legendary Marvel artist Michael Golden (Avengers, G.I. Joe, Micronauts) and writer/editor/colorist Renee Witterstaetter will be signing in-store on Wednesday May 14 from 5pm. This is a rare opportunity to meet these industry legends and pick up some signed books and prints, so don’t miss out on what is sure to be a great night!

Then, once the store closes at 7:30 pm, we’ll have Michael Golden hosting a very special Dynamic Figure Drawing Class for ticketed customers – so if you’d like to take part then secure your place NOW. You can purchase tickets online at the link or pay for them in-store. Places are extremely limited, so act now if you plan on attending this one-off event!

James O’Barr is the award-winning creator of The Crow, and the writer of two hit series from IDW Publishing, entitled Curare and Skinning The Wolves. He likes to lament that he was born in a trailer in Detroit just in time to see Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy die, but claims no responsibility for either. He spent his first seven years in an orphanage and foster care where he spent most of his time drawing. When he was adopted he brought along his crayons and has been using them ever since. While stationed in Berlin, in the late 70′s he created The Crow as an attempt to deal with the death of his fiance at the hands of a drunk driver. It took nearly ten years to finish and no publisher was interested in it (“too gloomy, too confusing”) until, on a whim, Caliber published the first issue in 1989. It is currently the best selling independent graphic novel of all time at over one million copies sold. In 1993 his book was adapted into the cult film of the same name starring Brandon Lee. He would like you to know that nearly all of the money made from the film was donated to children’s charities and he had nothing to do with the subsequent three sequels or TV show, but he will be a consultant on the new Crow movie that goes into production this year. He has worked for every major publisher. In Italy 1995, he won the Academy Award of comics, the Yellow Kid award for best storyteller.
Recently returned from a record breaking signing tour for the Italian Edition of The Crow, his most recent book is a new sketchbook from Eva Ink Publishing James O’Barr: Uncoffined.

Artist/writer/creator Michael Golden, is a legend in the comic book industry, but one that has never stopped adding to his legacy as a storytelling professional. Co-creator of The X-Men‘s Rogue, Spartan X, and Bucky O’Hare, Michael is known worldwide for his groundbreaking work on The ‘Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe Yearbook, and Dr. Strange, among MUCH more, and is counted as one of the best cover designers and illustrators in the business. Golden’s work can be seen on covers from Spawn, Nightwing, Iron Man, Heroes For Hire, Exiles, Demon’s Regret, Spider-man, Vampirella, Captain American, The Punisher to The Hulk, as well as numerous other titles, for about every company out there. It’s no wonder that Golden has been one of the most influential creators around for the last several decades: “… unless you can actually draw yourself, it is very difficult to understand the exact mind-blowing impossibility of what he does,” said writer/artist Larry Hama, of Golden’s work. Michael has served as an Editor at DC Comics as well as Senior Art Director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on scores of movie production projects, some currently in development. He has recently been awarded with Lifetime Achievement Awards from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Lille Arts Festival.

Renee Witterstaetter is the author of Excess: The Art of Michael Golden, Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira, the critically acclaimed Nick Cardy: The Artist at War, Dying for Action: The Life & Films of Jackie Chan, Kerry & the Scary Things, Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash, and much more. Renee began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as Superman at DC Comics and Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian and Conan Saga at Marvel, then spearheading the reintroduction of She-Hulk at Marvel. She then moved over to Topps Comics where she was the editor on The X-Files, Jurassic Park, Xena & Hercules and, co-creating with artist Michael Golden, the successful series, Spartan X. Her newest books include Santa Confidential, by Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne and the sketchbook James O’Barr: Uncoffined. In addition, Renee has also been the colorist on hundreds of comics from The Avengers to Spider-man to Captain America among many, many more. Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies Crime Story, Rush Hour 2, and Red Dragon, among others. She is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and is also currently working in artist management via Eva Ink Artist Group.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

OR – Book of Secrets Book Club

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Author Chris Roberson joins the Powell’s science fiction book club to discuss his book, Book of Secrets, on Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm!

Powell’s Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005

TX – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Steve Niles, Matthew Sturges, and Yehudi Mercado sign at Austin Books & Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

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Press Release: 

We’re getting ready for our biggest, craziest day of the year – FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! You don’t want to miss it!

Those of you that have joined us in previous years for the comic book world’s own holiday know what to expect, but for the newbies, here’s the day in a nutshell.

You’ll wait in line (not that long, we have a pretty good system) at the giant tent we have set up in front of the store and choose 10 from all the FCBD selections available for yourself. There’s a large selection available this year (over 50!) – but even that isn’t enough for us. Austin Books always adds additional title to choose from!

We recommend you bring some water if it’s a hot day. We have industrial fans blowing, but its important to stay hydrated!

Then stop inside and meet our special guests for the day: writers Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, upcoming Chin Music) and Matthew Sturges (House of Mystery, FCBD new release Damsels.) They’ll be signing their books and comics and answering questions at times to be announced soon!

Our friend Yehudi Mercado (Pantalones, TX, Buffalo Speedway) will also be joining us to sign new FCBD release Mouse Guard/ Rust Flipbook, featuring Pantalones, Tx activity pages he created for the special issue!

For the third year in a row, the CCP Comics will be sketching for free for those waiting in line. They have an exciting tie-in to announce soon, so keep an eye out here for updates!

Be sure to bring your camera, because Sidekick Girl and Wonder Woman will be patrolling the line!

It’s going to be our biggest Free Comic Book Day ever!

If you’re interested in volunteering to be a part of the Austin Books FCBD team this year, email us at info@austinbooks.com with the words “FCBD volunteer” in the subject line! It’s a non-paid gig, but we’ll load you up with FCBD comics!

Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

TX – Fables Signing

Bill Willingham, Matt Sturges, and Daryl Gregory sign on Friday, June 17th from 3 – 7pm!

Famed writer Bill Willingham, creator of the much-lauded FABLES comic series for Vertigo, is visiting town on a writing retreat and Austin Books & Comics is extremely fortunate to have this exclusive opportunity for FABLES fans to meet Bill in person!

FABLES has won 14 Eisner awards to date, and continues to be considered one of the best comic books ever produced. The FABLES video game is currently in development, while ABC TV is developing a pilot.

Willingham has Austin roots as a former resident, plus had early works published by Lone Star Press and Clockwork Storybook, an Austin writer’s collective that he co-founded.

And this just in – Bill’s Clockwork Storybook friends Matt Sturges (House of Mystery, Jack of Fables) and Daryl Gregory (Planet of the Apes, Dracula: Company of Monsters) will also be joining us for the signing!

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751