ME – Cafe Racer Signing

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Artist Sean Murphy (The Wake, Punk Rock Jesus, Interstellar) appears with writer Katana Collins and artist Clay McCormack at Casablanca Comics on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm for a special signing of CAFE RACER!

About the book:

As a toddler, Orchid and her father barely escaped Japan during the Doolittle Raid of WWII. Years later, Orchid is still an outcast as she speeds her way into London’s Cafe Racer motorcycle society. Defying both racial and sexist stereotypes, the half-Japanese teenager is unbeatable in a race–much to the disappointment of her father, who forbids her from riding his mysterious motorcycle. After discovering friendship in the most unexpected places, she soon uncovers the truth of the bike, along with its connection to the disappearance of her mother in pre-war Japan.

Cafe Racer is a story told through seven vignettes, also including extra features such as pencils, concept art, and other behind the scenes artwork.

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Casablanca Comics
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 780-1676

CA – Arkham Asylum Signing

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Comic writer extraordinaire Grant Morrison (JLA, Batman and Robin, New X-Men) appears at Meltdown Comics this Wednesday November 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM!

BIO:

Grant Morrison is highly regarded as one of the most original and inventive writers to work in the comic book industry. He is recognised as being one of the best-selling writers in the medium in the last 20 years.

His revisionist Batman book ARKHAM ASYLUM (with artist Dave McKean) has sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and won numerous awards, making it the most successful original graphic novel to be published in America. In 2009, Eidos released the best-selling video game BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM inspired by the book.

Morrison is renowned for his ability to revive and re-imagine established characters, and has been orchestral behind runs of popular stories for the major companies including DC Comics characters; BATMAN, SUPERMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, DOOM PATROL, ANIMAL MAN and for Marvel Comics the best-selling monthly, NEW X-MEN, MARVEL BOY and FANTASTIC FOUR.

In addition to his work with established brands he has created a number of revolutionary original series including We3, THE INVISIBLES, THE FILTH, FLEX MENTALLO, ZENITH, SEBASTIAN O, MARVEL BOY, and the cult classics KILL YOUR BOYFRIEND, THE MYSTERY PLAY, SEAGUY and JOE THE BARBARIAN.

His Graphic Novels and Comic Book collections have been translated into twenty languages and are sold worldwide to international acclaim.

In the last 5 years, his books have won multiple major industry awards, including The Eisner Award for best series three times for ALL STAR SUPERMAN and best limited series SEVEN SOLDIERS. Morrison has also won several Harvey Awards including Best Writer in 2009, a Scream Award, and attained Lifetime Achievement status at the British Eagle Awards. In 2011, he received five awards from Kapow! Stan Lee to Eagle’s including Best Writer at each, and Best Comic for Batman and Robin.

In 2008, Grant wrote the two top selling DC Comics titles FINAL CRISIS, and BATMAN. The controversial BATMAN R.I.P. storyline which has revolutionised the character was caught in a worldwide press storm with reports of Grant ‘killing Batman’ in every major newspaper and on TV. In 2013, he completed a seven year run on the BATMAN franchise having created the best-selling BATMAN & ROBIN. In 2009, he brought Bruce Wayne back into comic continuity in the series, BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE, and wrapped up the saga in BATMAN INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN.

In September 2011 as part of the new 52 re-launch at DC Comics, Grant began writing Superman again in the best-selling ACTION COMICS franchise, as the cornerstone book of the line.

In 2014, work at DC Comics includes a revisionist take on Wonder Woman for the Earth One Graphic Novel, WONDER WOMAN: THE TRIAL OF DIANA PRINCE. The epic, long-awaited maxi series, MULTIVERSITY, is due for release in June 2014.

There are also a number of new creator works in production, from the psychedelic Hollywood noir of ANNIHILATOR at Legendary, to the ultimate horror of NAMELESS at Image, via the last chapter of the Seaguy trilogy, SEAGUY: ETERNAL at DC/Vertigo.

As part of his remit at DC Comics, Morrison has also acted as a Consultant, developing updated approaches on minor characters and recreating them as springboards for other writers. He has also had award winning and critical success using this revival method for his own maxi-series, SEVEN SOLDIERS in 2006. His take on Superman for ALL-STAR SUPERMAN cements his ability to breathe life into old franchises and his four year story run on Batman has woven a complex and intriguing best-selling tale the likes of which has not been seen in decades.

Never shy of courting controversy, many of Morrison’s titles other than BATMAN, have made headlines. ST.SWITHIN’S DAY – a story about a young man from the North attempting to assassinate Margaret Thatcher – had questions raised in the House of Commons, as did THE INVISIBLES, Morrison’s highly-influential six-year long series about a group of occult terrorists (which has been said to have partly inspired the film THE MATRIX). Seen as cutting-edge and subversive, THE INVISIBLES and other series, such as THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HITLER, BIG DAVE and DOOM PATROL, have been the subjects of both academic discussion and popular media interest.

In 1997, Grant was the first comic book writer to be included as one of Entertainment Weekly’s top 100 creative people in America.

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

UK – Punk Rock Jesus Signing

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Sean Murphy, artist on Joe The Barbarian, Punk Rock Jesus, and The Wake, appears at Orbital Comics for a London-exclusive event on Friday November 22 at 5pm. Sean will sign comics and will do a quick sketch inside any of his trades bought on the day, so don’t miss out!

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

NYC – The Wake Launch Party

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Writer Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy celebrate the release of the all new Vertigo Comics series The Wake on Friday May 31st at Midtown Comics Downtown! Scott and Sean will be signing copies of The Wake #1 for fans from 7:00 till 9:00 pm. Don’t miss it!

“THERE’S SOMETHING DOWN THERE…”

When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines, but quickly realizes they won’t take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oil rig where they have discovered something miraculous and terrifying…

Writer Scott Snyder (BATMAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE) and artist Sean Murphy (PUNK ROCK JESUS) bring their acclaimed talents to this sci-fi/horror epic that explores the horrors of the deep, probes the origins of human history, and leaps far beyond to a frightening future.

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Midtown Comics
64 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038

NYC – Punk Rock Jesus Book Release Party

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Sean Murphy appears at Bergen Street Comics on Friday, April 12th, at 8:00 pm for a party celebrating the release of his kinetic, dystopian Punk Rock Jesus!  Sean will be signing books, and as ever, bubbly refreshments and great comics will be in full supply.

Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

NYC – Dare2Draw w/ Sean Murphy

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Artist Sean Murphy appears for a Dare2Draw lecture and Q & A at the Society of Illustrators on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm! Sean will share some thoughts in an informal chat about his process and career. Let’s talk “Punk Rock Jesus” and draw Cosplay.

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About Sean Murphy:
Sean Murphy was born in Nashua, NH in the fall of 1980. He got interested in comics in grade school and spent many afternoons of his childhood drawing instead of making friends. His formal education started in Salem, NH as an apprentice to Leslie Swank, local painter, cartoonist and WWII vet. After graduating Pinkerton Academy high school in 1999 he attended Massachusetts College of Art (Boston) and then the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Before graduation, Sean was already working with such publishers as Dark Horse on their Star Wars titles. After getting his BFA, he moved out to Hollywood to pursue concept art for video games and film making while paying the bills with additional titles like Star Trek, Teen Titans, and Batman/Scarecrow: Year One.

His first creator owned book “Off Road” was released by Oni in 2005 and won an American Library Association award. Soon after, Sean signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics and moved to New York. His DC published work is what he’s most known for currently–Hellblazer: City of Angels, Joe the Barbarian, and American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest helped boost his career greatly. His latest book for DC/Vertigo, and creator owned mini series called Punk Rock Jesus, in stores now.

Sean lives in Brooklyn with his wife Colleen, and their two dogs, Red and Bebop.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

MeCAF 2013 Adds More Guests

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Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maine

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Brian Wood, Sean Murphy, and Raina Telgemeier have been added to the roster for Maine Comics Arts Festival 2013.

Press Release:

We are pleased to announce three more guests for MeCAF 2013. Look for even more announcements in the coming weeks.

Brian Wood released his first series, Channel Zero, in 1997 to considerable critical acclaim and has continued to produce comics and graphic novels at a brisk pace ever since. Focusing almost entirely on creator-owned works, he’s become one of the most notable creators of the last decade. He’s earned multiple Eisner Award nominations and editions of his work have been published in close to a dozen foreign languages. He is most known for original series such as DMZ, Northlanders, Demo, and Local.

Starting in 2012, Wood kicked off the second major phase of his career with the original series’ The Massive, Anthem, and Mara, as well as Star Wars and Conan the Barbarian for Dark Horse Comics and X-Men for Marvel.

Sean Murphy’s first creator owned book “Off Road” was released by Oni in 2005 and won an American Library Association award. Soon after, Sean signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics and moved to New York. His DC published work is what he’s most known for currently–Hellblazer: City of Demons, Joe the Barbarian, and American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest helped boost his career greatly. His latest book for DC/Vertigo, and creator owned mini series called “Punk Rock Jesus”, in stores now.

Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, but made her way to New York City when she was 22 to attend the School of Visual Arts as an Illustration and Cartooning student. She received her BFA in 2002, and has worked as a freelance artist ever since. She is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, the co-author of X-Men: Misfits, and the author-illustrator of the bestselling dental memoir graphic novel Smile, which won the Eisner Award for Best Publication for a Teen Audience. Smile was also an ALA Notable Book, a Kirkus Best Book of 2010, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor title. Smile won the Maine Student Book Award in 2011. Her most recent book, Drama, was released in the fall of 2012.

NYC – Free Comic Book Day 2012

Meet local artists Sean Murphy, Steve Walker, and David Gallaher and get their books, sketches, and autographs at Brooklyn Comics on Saturday May 5th, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day. Plus 25% off all kids books, plus free stuff to give away!

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Sean Murphy is the best selling illustrator of Batman/Scarecrow Year One, HellBlazer: City of Demons, Joe The Barbarian (with Grant Morrison) and he wrote & illustrated the original graphic novel called Off Road, which went on to win a American Library Association award for young adults. For Ages 10-Mature.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Steve Walker is a freelance comics artist having published with companies such as Image Comics, Random House Books, most notably the first two volumes in the graphic novel series The Sons of Liberty, and the upcoming The Battle of Blood And Ink, for Tor Books. When not pushing lead at his drawing table, Steve can be found teaching comics and sequential art at the Art Student’s League in Manhattan. For Ages 8-Mature.

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- David Gallaher was named “Breakout Creator of 2008” by Comic Foundry Magazine, received multiple Harvey Award nominations and won The Best Online Comic Award for his work on High Moon, a high-energy, deeply researched fusion horror/western webcomic for Zuda Comics. In addition to his webcomic, David has written Deadlands for Image Comics, Box 13 for comiXology / Red 5 and Darkstar & The Winterguard for Marvel Comics. For Ages 12 – Mature.

Brooklyn Comics
493 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

IL – Joe the Barbarian Art Show



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appears on Friday, September 9th, from 7pm – 10pm, signing copies of the brand new JOE THE BARBARIAN hardcover as well as an exclusive 11″x17″ limited edition print.

Sean will exhibit artwork from Vertigo’s “JOE THE BARBARIAN” and “HELLBLAZER: CITY OF DEMONS” mini-series and work from throughout his amazing and really, just beginning, career.

*All artwork is For Sale and will be displayed for 4 weeks, but buyers will not take possession of the art until the end of the show. All purchased work will be marked as “SOLD” but kept on display for the length of the exhibit (October 2nd).

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

GraniteCon 2011 Report

Double Midnight Comics hosted their annual Granite State Comicon in Manchester, NH this past Sunday. Despite the wet weather, it was a packed house with several cosplayers showing up in character. Guests included local writers of The Cape Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella plus artist Zach Howard, who received many well-wishes on their recent Eisner Award nomination. Artist Sean Gordon Murphy talked about his upcoming storyarc on American Vampire and what it was like working with Grant Morrison on Joe the Barbarian. And several contributors, including co-creators Rich Woodall and Adam Miller, from the ZombieBomb Comic Anthology were on hand to meet fans. It may only be a one-day show but supporting local homegrown conventions like this is the best way to encourage them to grow and for retailers to bring in more comic creators for signings. Thanks, Double Midnight!

The Cape team poses with a signed page (L - R: Jason Ciaramella, Zach Howard, Joe Hill)

Rich Woodall flaunts the latest issue of ZombieBomb!

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