UK – Spirit of Hope Signing

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Press Release:

Forbidden Planet is delighted to host one of our trademark multi-author signings. At 1:00pm on Saturday July 23rd, Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London will host to: -

Alan Cowsill, Eva Perkins, Grant Perkins, David Leach, G M Jordan, Kev Hopgood, Jessica S Kemp, Si Spencer, Tim Pilcher, Jason Atomic, Jasper Bark, Jon Haward, Martin Eden, Martyn Pick, Peter Hogan, Gary Gilbert, Dan Rachael, Natalie Abadzis and many more.

The British comics community has come together to help raise funds for disaster victims of New Zealand and Japan’s earthquakes and tsunami with a stunning new graphic novel anthology, Spirit of Hope.

Comic Book Alliance Chair Tim Pilcher, said, ‘When the earthquake hit Japan on the afternoon of 11 March 2011 the CBA, like the rest of the world, was stunned. Overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of the disaster we felt impotent to do anything. But standing idly by was simply not an option. So we did what comics people do best, we put a call out to the artistic community and asked for a strip, pin-up or anything that encapsulated that devastating situation for them.’

Over 85 writers, artists, colourists, letterers and editors from across the globe all donated their time and work free of charge, to produce a powerful statement, all within an incredible two and a half weeks after the Japanese tsunami hit. Consequently, the stories have a raw emotiveness and impact that can only come from such immediacy.

Please note that all pre-orders may not be signed by all attendees.

TX – Tsunami Relief Fundraiser

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To help those in need in Japan, Zeus Comics, in conjunction with the Web series The Variants and Billiard Bar will be putting on a LIVE ART SHOW and AUCTION to benefit the American Red Cross. Several comic artists will be on hand making art in front of the crowd while DJ CeePee from Good Records spins LIVE!

There’ll be drinks, pool tables and a hell of a lot of fantastic art being made before your eyes.

The starting artist line-up includes James O’Barr (The Crow), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Kristian Donaldson (DMZ, Supermarket, The Guild), the entire Space Gun Studios crew, Curt Franklin and Chris Haley (letsbefriendsagain.com), and RK Milholland (somethingpositive.net).

All art pieces will be silent auctioned off over the course of the evening! Plus prizes from Zeus Comics, writer Greg Pak and more!

Friday April 22nd at 9pm

Billiard Bar
1920 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX

CA – Japan Tsunami Relief Fundraiser

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Join concerned celebrities in an effort to support the relief efforts in Japan. Together the fans and the stars are making a huge difference. Fans can come by the event and make a donation for an autographed photo of the celebs – or better yet, take a photo WITH them on the Red Carpet on Thursday, April 7 from 7-10 p.m.

Who is going to be there? So glad you asked! Here’s who’s RSVPed so far:

Lance Henriksen (Alien series, The Witches of Oz, Gemini Rising), Debra Christofferson (Carnivale), James Duval (Donnie Darko, Gone in 60 Seconds, Spreading Darkness), Stephen Kramer Glickman (Big Time Rush, The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It), Sean Hood (Conan the Barbarian 2011, Hercules 2011), Daniel Knauf (Spartacus Blood & Sand, Carnivàle), Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Spreading Darkness), John Savage (The Godfather III, Deer Hunter, Spreading Darkness), and Rileah Vanderbilt - schedule permitting (Hatchet 2, Frozen, Sexy Nightmare Slayers).

Additional special celeb guests: Elissa Dowling, Kevin Tenney, Camden Toy, Brett Wagner, Deedee Bigelow, Allison Kyler, Adam Weisman, Erik Preston, and Josh Eisenstadt (more confirmations coming in by the hour – keep checking back daily for new names!).

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Donate to Japan, Get a Free Comic

Writer Greg Pak is giving away free copies of his graphic novel Vision Machine to anyone who donates a minimum of $20 to any charity assisting in the Japan tsunami relief effort.

He writes in his newsletter: The latest reports from Japan estimate 25,000 dead or missing from the earthquakes and tsunami. After thinking over ways to help raise relief money, I’ve come up with what I hope is a simple plan. Here’s how it works:
Donate $20 to any charity doing relief work in Japan.

Then send an email with your US mailing address to japan@pakbuzz.com.

In your email, tell me what charity you donated to and confirm that you are 18 or over. (And sorry for limiting it to US mailing addresses — little to complicated for me to mail large numbers of packages overseas right now.) And I’ll send you a free “Vision Machine” trade paperback!

The charity is your choice. $20 minimum donation. If you tell me you donated, I’ll believe you and send you a trade – honor system, folks!

Finally, please include your Twitter handle in your email if you’d like a shout out online!

So far, we’ve raised $707 for Japan relief. I’d love to hit $1000 by the end of Friday. You can follow along at http://twitter.com/gregpak — I’ll post updates as donations come in.

Many thanks for your consideration and generosity!