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  • Big Wow! ComicFest Returns to San Jose

    bigwow2015Press Release:

    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.

     

    DE – Steranko Signs

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    Comics legend Jim Steranko appears at The Comic Book Shop on Saturday, March 28, 2015 to celebrate the shop’s fifth anniversary!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    The Comic Book Shop
    1855 Marsh Road, Wilmington, DE 19810
    (302) 477-1119

    NorthEast Comic Con will feature Adam West and Jim Steranko in June 2015

    Press Release:

    NorthEast Comic Con Brings The Original Batman to Shriners Auditorium

    Northeast Comic Con brings comic book collectors, cosplay fans and families to Wilmington, Mass. on June 20

    WILMINGTON,Mass. (February 17, 2015) – Back by popular demand, fans will meet up at one oft he largest celebrations of popular culture in New England, the Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza. This Father’s Day weekend event takes place Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21, 2015 at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. (99 Fordham Road). Show hours are 10a-6p on Saturday and 10AM – 5PM until Sunday.Adam West

    This year’s event features a 40,000 sq. ft. entertainment experience for all nerds and the people who love them. Highlights include cosplay for all ages with “Create-A-Hero/Villain/Character” contests and a Cosplay Death Match and Cosplay Dating Game, free-play video game arcade and tournaments, workshops for K!DZ, and celebrity autograph signings and panel sessions. Guests can shop at 150 vendors of vintage and modern toys, comic books, collectibles, art, jewelry, fashion and pop cultural artifacts. In between Father’s Day shopping, guests of all ages will enjoy music, contests and entertainment to marvel at between sessions and booths.

    This summer show’s Guest of Honor is Adam West, best known as TV’s original Batman (1966-1968) on the 50th Bat-niversary of the filming of the first episodes, and he is now on Family Guy.

    The summer show’s Artist Guest of Honor is Jim Steranko, best known for co-creating the 1960s superspy comic book Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel Comics’ Strange Tales, Captain America, Daredevil, The Avengers and others. Steranko is currently consulting on the current TV series, “Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” More celebrities, artists, authors, illustrators and panelists will be announced shortly.

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    Kids are invited to the NECC K!DZ area, with creative events and attractions just for young fans. Learn how to craft stories and sketch with Eplis Comics author and artist Emily Drouin, among other kids’ activities.

    The Shriner’s Auditorium Fez Room restaurant/bar will come alive with delicious and affordable food and beverages, live entertainment, and pop culture trivia contests.

    According to seasoned show producer Gary Sohmers, “Northeast Comic Con offers the best of all worlds to fans of contemporary and retro pop culture. Whether you bring your dad (or son) for Father’s Day, feel like spending the Summer Solstice with friends and other fans, or are pop culture collector, this Comic Con has something for everyone: the new or avid collector, the video game junkie, the cosplayer,budding illustrators and writers, anime and manga followers, or geeks of all ages.”

    Sohmers is CEO of Image Meet and Greet, a Boston area pop culture expert serving the industry with fan events and convention for 30 years. Also known for his role as an appraiser of toys, collectibles and pop culture for 13 seasons on the PBS TV program “Antiques Roadshow,” Sohmers and business partner/techexpert Deric Shea are dedicated to providing the public with an affordable, safe, family-friendly and well-organized two-day convention experience. This event features expedited entry for pre-sale ticket purchases.

    Northeast Comic Con invites all new and veteran cosplayers to enjoy the art of cosplay in a safe, harassment-free environment. Enjoy contests and games or simply enjoy people watching. A complete list of safety guidelines and rules for cosplay and prop weapons may be found at NortheastComicCon.net.

    With free parking, Northeast Comic Con admission ticket prices are among the lowest in the industry. Advanced tickets are now available for purchase online; ticket prices will be higher at the door. Children under 7 are free when accompanied by an adult.

    Note: From Friday Feb. 13th through “Pi Day” (3.14.15 at 9:26pm), Northeast Comic Con will be offering additional ticket discounts. See website for details.

    Vendor and artists spaces are still available for dealers who sell pop-culture items, antique and collectible toys, authentic memorabilia, accoutrements of the nerd or geek lifestyle, anime and animation artwork and toys, comic books and art.

    For schedules, VIP packages and advance tickets, visit NortheastComicCon.net. For show inquiries, email garysohmers@gmail.com. For media and sponsorship inquiries only, contact Julie Dennehy, Dennehy PR, Julie@dennehypr.com.

    NorthEast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza (June 2015)

    NorthEast Comic Con

    Convention Name
    NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.NEComicCon.Net
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    06/20/2015
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    06/21/2015
    About This Convention
    NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza, a Pop Culture Expo, is a family friendly event featuring all things that appeal to fans of Comics, Movies, Television and Nerd Culture. Celebrities signing Autographs. Guest of Honor ADAM WEST of “Batman” and “Family Guy.” Artist Guest of Honor Marvel Comics legend JIM STERANKO. National and local Artists, Authors, Musicians along with Vendors selling Comics, Toys, Autographs, Memorabilia, Clothing, Artwork and objects of Geek Culture. Cosplay (costumes) contests and Video Game tournaments provide entertainment and activities. NECC K!DZ with artist Emily Drouin provides young people with a creative area to learn how to draw, write or create a comic book. Panels, Presentations and Famous Cars from TV and Movies including the Batmobile and Batcycle from the 1966 Batman TV show and a De Lorean time machine from Back To The Future. More to be announced at www.NEComicCon.Net
    Venue Name and Address
    Shriners Auditorium
    99 Fordham Rd
    Wilmington, MA 01749
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    400
    Projected Attendance
    8000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Collectibles
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Book Festival
    • Comic Books
    • Gaming
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    Guests
    Adam West, Jim Steranko, J. David Spurlock, Vivek Tiwary, Jim Campana, Rusty GIlligan, Roger Farrington, Jim Taylor, Gary Sohmers, more to be added

    NorthEast Comic Con

    CAPS Launches Stan & Sharon Sakai Benefit Auction on March 6th

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    **UPDATE** Auctions begin TODAY on eBay starting at 5PM PST/8PM EST at the link!!

    Press Release:

    CAPS TO LAUNCH ART AUCTION FEATURING ORIGINAL WORKS BY MATT GROENING, JACK DAVIS, MIKE MIGNOLA, J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, ADAM HUGHES AND HUNDREDS MORE TO BENEFIT FELLOW CARTOONIST STAN SAKAI AND FAMILY

    On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Southern California’s CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, will launch an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art. Its goal is to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Sharon has been battling a debilitating brain tumor for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is currently at home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicine that costs more than the Sakai’s insurance covers. 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses.

    Known for his exquisite work with female characters, J. Scott Campbell created this wonderful ink drawing to benefit Sharon & Stan Sakai in the CAPS auction.

    Known for his exquisite work with female characters, J. Scott Campbell created this wonderful ink drawing to benefit Sharon & Stan Sakai in the CAPS auction.

    The CAPS auctions will be conducted through eBay.com beginning on Thursday, March 6, with a new set of auctions every following Thursday. Each auction, sold under the seller name of “CAPSauction”, will be ten days in length with twenty to forty items in each set of auctions. The donations of original artwork and collectibles (including newly created art unique to this event, vintage comic book pages, comic strips, illustrations, animation art, limited edition statues, and IDW Artist’s editions books) number over three hundred with new items arriving every day.

    Contributors include: Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Paul Gulacy, Sanjuliàn, Scott Shaw!, Jim Steranko, Tim Sale, William Stout, Bill Sienkiewicz, Cameron Stewart, Dan Brereton, Daniel Parsons, Dave Gibbons, Dean Yeagle, Doug Sneyd, Dustin Nguyen, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Sergio Aragonés, Fabio Moon, Francisco Francavilla, Gene Ha, Geof Darrow, Gilbert Hernandez, Jack Davis, James O’Barr, Kevin Eastman, Jeff Lemire, Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, Liam Sharp, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, Olivia, Oscar Martin, Paul Chadwick, Richard Corben, Tom Mandrake, Walter Simonson, Charles Vess, Dan Spiegle, J. Scott Campbell and many more.

    Many of the pieces featuring Usagi Yojimbo will appear in a new oversized hardcover book from Dark Horse, THE SAKAI PROJECT: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THIRTY YEARS OF USAGI YOJIMBO, which will be released on July 23, 2014. All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai. Much of the custom Usagi Yojimbo art created for this book will also be sold as a part of CAPS’ online auctions.

    These fund-raising auctions will be promoted through ComicArtFans.com, and the CAPS – COMIC ART PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY Facebook page where you will be able to see updated information such as when certain pieces will be auctioned.

    Comic-Con International Announces 3rd Wave of Special Guests for SDCC 2014

    Via Toucan Blog:

    SPECIAL GUESTS WAVE 3 IS HERE!

    20 More Guests Announced for Comic-Con International 2014!

    Comic-Con International introduces 20 more guests for the 2014 event, to be held July 24-27 at the San Diego Convention Center. This brings our 2014 list to 60 amazing guests! This third wave of guests for 2014 includes a pair of bona fide comics legends, creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, and comic strips, plus one of the most popular Young Adult series authors. For complete bios and larger photos of these guests, please click here to visit our CCI 2014 Special Guests page!

    SDCC guests

    Neal Adams, artist, Batman, X-Men, Ms Mystic

    Sergio Aragonés, cartoonist, Groo, MAD, Sergio Aragonés Funnies

    Ray Billingsley, cartoonist, Curtis

    Greg Capullo, artist, Batman, Spawn

    Mark Evanier, writer/producer, Garfield; Kirby: King of Comics

    Athena Finger, granddaughter of Bill Finger, co-creator of Batman

    Kelley Jones, artist, Batman, Deadman

    Michael Lark, artist, Daredevil, Gotham Central, Lazarus

    Jae Lee, artist, Batman/Superman, The Inhumans

    Mike Mignola, creator/writer/artist, Hellboy

    SDCC Guests

    Bryan Lee O’Malley, writer/artist, Scott Pilgrim series, Seconds

    Rina Piccolo, cartoonist, Tina’s Groove, Six Chix

    Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment

    Veronica Roth, author, Divergent series

    Scott Shaw!, artist, Captain Carrot; comics historian, Oddball Comics

    Dan Slott, writer, Superior Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man

    Brian Stelfreeze, artist, Shadow of the Bat, Daymen

    Jim Steranko, writer/artist, S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America

    Brian K. Vaughan, writer, Y, The Last Man, Saga; executive producer, Under the Dome

    G. Willow Wilson, writer, Ms. Marvel, Air, Alif the Unseen

    – See more at: http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/20-more-guests-announced-comic-con-international-2014-0#sthash.N30SGPp9.dpuf

    Hero Initiative Schedule for NYCC 2013

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    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative is traveling to the Big Apple to attend New York Comic Con at the Javits Center, October 10th-13th. Hero has a whole lot going on throughout the city to raise money for comic creators in medical and financial need.

    Anchoring our booth throughout the weekend is artist Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead). Charlie is journeying all the way from the UK to herald the release of The Walking Dead 100 Project. Make sure you get to the Hero Initiative booth, #1759, to get your copy and signature from Charlie!

    In addition, Hero is the ONLY place to find the legendary Golden Age Superman artist Al Plastino. Make sure you come by from 1-7 p.m. on Friday ONLY to meet the man himself!

    Hero Initiative is working after hours both Friday and Saturday nights so YOU can party! On Friday October 11th, Image Comics and Multiversity Comics team up to bring you THE BIG NYCC Party to help raise money for Hero Initiative. A $10 cover gets you in to The Houndstooth Pub located on 8th Ave. between 36th and 37th, just a three-block walk from the Javits Center. Be there starting at 8 p.m. to party with some great Image Comics talent! And everyone through the door is automatically entered into a raffle to win a copy of all of Image’s exclusives for NYCC 2013!

    On Saturday October 12th, get to JHU Comics at 32 East 32nd St. for the launch party for Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger, Book One! Molly is the world’s most powerful 10-year-old girl and protector of the city of Coopersville. Copies of the graphic novel will be on sale for $19.99, with 25% of the proceeds benefitting Hero Initiative. The party, sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama, Strathmore and Artograph, runs from 9 p.m ’til midnight, and writer/artist Jamal Igle will be on hand to sign copies! Another great way to spend your con weekend and help raise money for Hero!

    Back at the convention center, hit the Titan Books booth anytime after noon Saturday to get your “Frogs” print signed and numbered by legendary artist Jim Steranko! Jim will sign and number 100 prints for Hero, available at $20 each, only at the Titan booth, #2142.

    All weekend long, make sure you swing by The Artist’s Choice, booth #N107 at the entrance to Artist’s Alley. A great variety of artists will be signing all weekend for donations to Hero Initiative. Artists include Chris Batista, Colleen Doran, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez,
 Ron Garney,
 Keith Giffen,
 Klaus Janson, 
Adam Kubert, 
Andy Kubert,
 Bob Layton,
 Steve McNiven, 
Jerry Ordway,
 George Pérez,
 John Romita Jr., 
Josef Rubinstein, 
Tom Smith,
 John Stanisci, and 
Dan Green. Please see The Artist’s Choice for specific dates and times.

    And ALSO make sure you hit Splash Page Comic Art, booth #2405. They’ll be hosting signings all weekend with donations going to Hero Initiative. Artists include: Charlie Adlard, Lee Bermejo, Ken Kristensen, Michael Lark, M.K. Perker, Goran Sudzuka, and Joe Quinones. Please swing by the Splash Page Comic Art booth for specific dates and times.

    Hero Initiative’s talent schedule for booth #1759 is:

    THURSDAY, OCT. 10 (3:00-9:00 PM)

    3:30-4:30: Charlie Adlard

    FRIDAY, OCT. 11 (10:00AM-7:00 PM)

    11:00-12:00: Charlie Adlard

    11:00-12:30: Jerry Ordway

    1:00-7:00: Al Plastino

    SATURDAY, OCT. 12 (10:00AM-7:00 PM)

    1:00-2:30: Charlie Adlard

    3:00-4:00: John Arcudi + James Harren

    SUNDAY, OCT. 13 (10:00AM-5:00 PM)

    11:00-12:00: Charlie Adlard

    About The Hero Initiative

    The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

    Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

    Lexington Comic and Toy Convention (March 2014)

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    Convention Name
    Lexington Comic & Toy Convention
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.lexingtoncomiccon.com
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    03/14/2014
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    03/16/2014
    About This Convention
    Geekin’ it up in Lexington again on March 14th – 16th, 2014!

    Nearly 10,000 completely awesome attendees partied with us in 2013 – We hope you will join the crowd in 2014!
    Comics – Toys – Magazines – Gaming – Horror – Anime – Movies – Art – Music – and More!!

    Tickets go on sale October 15th! Booth space is on sale now!!

    Venue Name and Address
    Lexington Convention Center – Heritage Hall
    430 West Vine ST
    Lexington, KY 40507
    United States
    Map It
    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    500
    Projected Attendance
    15000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Lou Ferrigno, Nichelle Nichols, Jim Steranko, Bob McLeod, Allen Bellman, Marina Sirtis, Melissa McBride, Doug Sneyd, Jason David Frank, Lindsay Wagner, David Yost, MANY MORE

    The Dallas Comic Con Returns in May 2013 with Guests from Comics and Film

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    Dallas Comic Con May 2013

    Press Release:

    The Dallas Comic Con adds exciting guests from comics & film for their May 17-19 show!

    This May 17-19, the Dallas Comic Con returns to the Irving Convention Center with an already-impressive lineup of guests from the world of comic books and pop culture film & television. Several announcements have been made on almost a daily basis via the show’s official Facebook page, and (as of this writing) tickets are about to go on sale for online customers through the show’s official website. The 2011 edition of the DCC was the first to be held in the Irving Convention Center, which at the time was just completed. The 12,000 fans that showed up made the event a success, but in May of 2012 that attendance number nearly doubled, making Dallas Comic Con a convention to take note of in the Southwest.

    Event Manager Mark Walters stated, “The growth of our event was incredible, and we’re thinking the 2012 show, which incidentally fell on our 10th Anniversary, was a major stepping stone for us. This year we’re limiting tickets to deal with potential crowd issues, so we’re encouraging fans to buy their passes early and not miss out on the fun. Also new for 2013 is the 3-day aspect, something that should become the norm going forward. We’re giving the fans and extra day to do all the shopping they want and meet their industry heroes. We pride ourselves on being an accessible event for all ages, and this year’s show is already shaping up nicely.”

    The guest list started off with some cool names from both the media and comic book industry. Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, will be appearing on Saturday at the event, and Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti make a welcome return to the Dallas area signing all three days. Other recent comic book guest additions include the legendary Jim Steranko (who designed Indiana Jones), Len Wein (co-creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing), Dave Johnson (cover artist of Punisher and Deadpool), Andrew Robinson (cover artist of Detective Comics and Starman), Eric Canete (artist of Superboy and New Avengers: Luke Cage), Doug Sneyd (legendary Playboy artist), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies), Mark Brooks (Uncanny Avengers), Phil Noto (Batgirl and Buffy), and John Lucas (Exterminators and Uncanny X-Force). Recent media guest additions include Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), Natasha Henstridge (Species), Brent Spiner (Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation), LeVar Burton (Geordi on Star Trek: The Next Generation), Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters and The Crow), John Noble (Fringe), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), and Jason David Frank and Catherine Sutherland (both from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)… but the guest list is by no means done. The event runs three days and features a fun, family atmosphere. There will be multiple floors filled with activities and Q&A panels all weekend.

    You can find more information at the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/DallasComicCon or the official show website http://dallascomiccon.com

    Stan Lee Guest of Honor for Mike Carbo’s March 2012 New York Comic Book Marketplace

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    Press Release:

    Mike Carbo’s New York Comic Book Marketplace

    Saturday, March 31, 2012, 10AM – 7PM

    Early VIP Admission 9AM-10AM

    Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue, 18th Floor, NYC

    www.NYCBM.com

    Just in time to thaw out New York City and welcome Spring, Mike Carbo will be having his Annual One Day Comic Book Show to warm the hearts of all comic loving fans!

    The Legendary Stan Lee will be our Guest of Honor! He is the man that helped define and revolutionize the comic book industry. Stan Lee is known for co-creating Spiderman, Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Thor and many other iconic characters in the comic book world.

    Come and meet some of your favorite artists and comic book legends such as Joe Sinnott, Dick Ayers, Jim Steranko, Irwin Hasen, Mark Royer, Arthur Suydam, Bob McLeod, Rich Buckler and many more. Discover up and coming new artists and independent publishers. All of the artists are happy to meet and greet comic book lovers, sign autographs, and many will even draw sketches of their favorite characters. Ethan Philips who portrayed Neelix on Star Trek Voyager will also be in attendance signing autographs and greeting fans.

    Over 100 dealer tables will be filled with comics old and new, toys, posters, trading cards, videos, and related pop-culture collectibles. This is an opportunity no true fan should miss!  The Penn Plaza Pavilion is located at 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd St., in the historic Hotel Pennsylvania.

    Bring your children and help introduce a whole new generation to the fun filled, awe inspiring world of comics.

    INFORMATION: Contact Mike Carbonaro 201-892-1212mikecarbo@gmail.com

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