Horror Master John Carpenter (Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing) appears at the Keswick Theatre on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM for a performance of his music.
John Carpenter has inspired countless musicians since his earliest minimal, synth-based film scores. The themes to his features like Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, and Escape from New York have remained instantly recognizable since he penned them nearly four decades ago. In February 2015, Sacred Bones released his first solo record of non-soundtrack music, Lost Themes, to overwhelming critical success. The Horror Master proved that not only could he perfectly score his own films — he could also score the movies in your mind.
On Halloween 2014, the director and composer John Carpenter introduced the world to the next phase of his career with “Vortex,” the first single from Lost Themes, his first-ever solo record. In the months that followed, Lost Themes rightfully returned Carpenter to the forefront of the discussion of music and film’s crucial intersection. Carpenter’s foundational primacy and lasting influence on genre score work was both rediscovered and reaffirmed. Carpenter’s first recording of non-soundtrack work achieved numerous international milestones, including NPR First Listen; features in dozens of press outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Guardian; three magazine covers; and Top 200 chart success in the U.S. and the U.K. The album was also a milemarker in its label’s catalog being one of the best selling albums in Sacred Bones’ eight-year history. So widespread was the acclaim for Lost Themes, that the composer was moved to embark on something he had never before entertained – playing his music live in front of an audience.
2016 will host the first ever John Carpenter tour and in true Carpenter spirit, a sequel to Lost Themes: Lost Themes II. The follow-up brings quite a few noticeable changes to the process, which result in an even more cohesive record. Lost Themes’ cowriters Cody Carpenter (John’s son) and Daniel Davies (John’s godson) both returned. Cody was recently also heard as a composer for Showtime’s Masters of Horror series (Cigarette Burns and Pro-Life), and NBC’s Zoo. Davies was a composer for NBC’s Zoo, as well as the motion picture Condemned. All three brought in sketches and worked together in the same city, a luxury they weren’t afforded on the first Lost Themes. The result was a more focused effort, one that was completed on a compressed schedule — not unlike Carpenter’s classic, notoriously low-budget early films.
The musical world of Lost Themes II is also a wider one than that of its predecessor. More electric and acoustic guitar help flesh out the songs, still driven by Carpenter’s trademark minimal synth. This manifests itself brilliantly in songs like lead single “Distant Dream,” which hitches a familiar Carpenterian beat to an expressive drum performance and rides it to a thrilling conclusion. The eerie “Angel’s Asylum” lets an ethereal synth line command the first three-quarters of the song, before turning over the melody to an acoustic guitar, and “Virtual Survivor” delivers a blast of the sci-fi menace that characterized his great scores for films like Assault on Precinct 13 and They Live. Lost Themes II delivers eleven compelling new tracks for which fans can continue to score the movies in their minds.
Keep your eyes peeled for John and his co-writers to hit the road next year performing both lost and newly found themes, in addition to retrospective work from Mr. Carpenter’s multi-generational career. Lost Themes II will be released on April 1st, 2016 on Sacred Bones Records. Long live the Horror Master.
291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA 19038
Horror master John Carpenter appears alongside Sandy King-Carpenter, Tim Bradstreet, Trent Olson, Steve Niles, and Tone Rodriguez at Golden Apple Comics on Sunday October 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM! They will be signing John Carpenter’s’ Tales of Halloween, a brand new graphic novel anthology of six short stories guaranteed to scare the pants off of you.
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Horror legend John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China) appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday October 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM to sign Tales for a Halloween Night!
In JOHN CARPENTER’S TALE FOR A HALLOWEEN NIGHT, he brings together storytellers from the worlds of movies, novels and comics for a collection of tales featuring graveyards, sunken ships, creepy crawlers and ghosts to haunt your dreams at night!
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Horror legend John Carpenter (Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China) signs with co-creator and writer Sandy King Carpenter at Golden Apple Comics on Sunday October 26th at 1:00 PM. Must purchase a book to get a line pass. They will sign anything bought at the store and one (1) personal item only.
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
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FAIRY TALES AND THE KING OF MONSTERS TOGETHER IN ORLANDO!
ORLANDO, FL – Kick off the summer with one of the greatest fan events to come to Orlando!
Spooky Empire’s May-Hem convention takes place May 30th-June 1st at The DoubleTree at Universal Studios 5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819). A three day weekend with something for everyone!
The first of two Spooky Empire conventions in 2014 brings a fantastic guest list covering not just the horror genre but SciFi, Fantasy, Rock n Roll and more!
Celebrate two film anniversaries starting with actors from the original 1954 “Godzilla” film. Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima (the man behind the Godzilla mask) make a rare convention appearance together to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the original film and of course the most recent hit the “Godzilla 2014” redo.
The second appearance would honor the 30th Anniversary of “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. Meet original cast members Robert Englund “Freddy Krueger”, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss and Ronee Blakley.
“Once Upon a Time” fans get a real treat when cast members make a rare first time appearance together. Meet Lana Parrilla “Regina” (her first convention appearance), Lee Arenberg “Grumpy”, Rebecca Mader “The Wicked Witch”, and Sean Maguire “Robin Hood”. The cast will be available for autographs, photo ops and a Q&A!
To round off this guest list full of headliners is writer and director John Carpenter. John Carpenter’s list of classic films include “Halloween”, “They Live”, “Escape From New York”, “Christine” and countless more.
Spooky Empire always brings a little rock ‘n’ roll to the mix! This year they’ve added “Misfits” members Doyle and Dr. Chud, “The Ramones” own Marky Ramone, and even Ex-“Runaways” members Lita Ford and Cherie Currie.
Wrestling fanactics do not want to miss out on our Friday event “In the Pit with Piper” featuring the one and only “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka! This will be and event to go down in history!
Plus tons more celebrity guests available for meet and greets and autographs all weekend including Disney’s own Pat Carroll (Ursula) from “The Little Mermaid, Jamie Kennedy “Scream” and “Ghost Whisperer”, Laurie Holden “The Walking Dead” and even a gathering of the original “Halloween” cast with Nick Castle, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Will Sandin, Nancy Loomis and Tommy Lee Wallace!
Spooky Empire is not just about the guests, they have some monstrous events lined up as always. Check out the schedule for events such as : Huge vendor room, live performances, panels and Q&As, Tattoo Festival with special guest artists, Charity Poker Tournament, Monster Museums, films, and for the first time a Dia De Los Muertos Opening Party which takes place starting at 12pm on Friday afternoon.
Closing out the weekend is Spooky Empire’s annual costume contest on Sunday. This year’s contest is sponsored by Orlando’s “Legends: A Haunting at Old Town”. $1,000 in cash prizes and more for winners!
Get your discount advance tickets online now! Just $50 for a 3 day pass ($60 at the door). Daily passes available as well!
Visit spookyempire.com for more information or call the Spooky Empire Hotline at 954-258-7852
Spooky Empire, Inc.
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“Rowdy” Roddy Piper has just been added to the already amazing guest list for Spooky Empire’s May-Hem! This will be the first ever convention appearance of Roddy Piper and John Carpenter in one place! Roddy is best known as the long time WWF/WCW wrestler, but also starred in many films and TV shows including John Carpenter’s “They Live”, The Outer Limits, Highlander and It’s Always Sunny in Philadephia.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see Piper and Carpenter together!!
Get your discount advanced tickets today !!
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John Carpenter, Master of Horror, signs copies of his first ever comic book series ASYLUM with co-creator Sandy King at Golden Apple Comics on Sunday October 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm!
Issues #1-3 on sale at the event, PLUS A GOLDEN APPLE WHITE VARIANT of issue #3, which is limited to 100 copies only! (1st come 1st served)
*YOU MUST BUY A COMIC TO GET A LINE PASS! HE WILL SIGN COMICS PLUS ONE PERSONAL ITEM ONLY PER PERSON.*
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
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Director John Carpenter hosts a screening of The Thing at 7:30 pm on Thursday May 2, 2013. Get tickets ($11)
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Fan Expo Canada Announces Star-Studded Line-up for 2012: Stan Lee, Gillian Anderson, Patrick Stewart, Kevin Smith, Etc.
CELEBRITY GUEST LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR 18th ANNUAL FAN EXPO CANADA™ – AUGUST 23-26
Among This Year’s Star-Studded Guests: Stan Lee, Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Carpenter, Patrick Stewart, Kevin Smith, Rose McGowan, John Carpenter
PLUS Cast Members from The Walking Dead and True Blood!
Tickets On Sale Now For This Ultimate Four-Day Fan Experience
TORONTO, ON (June 12, 2012) – Celebrating 18 years as the Comic Con of the North, Fan Expo Canada is gearing up for this year’s event boasting the largest combined gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event in the country and one of the largest in the world! Fan Expo Canada will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre August 23-26, 2012.
Some of this year’s celebrity guests, comprising some of the world’s most legendary names in pop culture, film and television, as well as industry luminaries include:
- STAN LEE (Legendary Creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, as well as countless others)
- GILLIAN ANDERSON (The X Files)
- NELSAN ELLIS AND SAM TRAMELL (True Blood)
- PATRICK STEWART (Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men™ Feature Films)
- KEVIN SMITH AND JASON MEWES (Jay and Silent Bob)
- ROSE McGOWAN (Charmed and Grindhouse)
- JENNIFER CARPENTER (Dexter)
- CHRISTOPHER LLOYD (Back To The Future)
- NORMAN REEDUS and JON BERTHAL (The Walking Dead)
- LUKE PERRY AND JASON PRIESTLEY (Beverly Hills 90210)
- JOHN CARPENTER (Legendary Director)
With over 80,000 fans expected and more than 700 exhibitors and retail vendors covering over 400,000 square feet, Fan Expo Canada™ is going to be the hottest event of the summer.
PREMIUM Fan Expo Pass: SOLD OUT!
DELUXE Fan Expo Pass: $95 – BEST VALUE, LIMITED QUANTITIES
- Includes unlimited access to Fan Expo Canada for all 4 days
- Advance entrance on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 (2:00 p.m.)
SINGLE Fan Expo Pass:
- Includes unlimited access to Fan Expo Canada on specified date
- (Excludes special ticketed events and anything otherwise noted)
Thursday, August 23, 2012: $25.00
Friday, August 24, 2012: $30.00
Saturday, August 25, 2012: $45.00
Sunday, August 26, 2012: $35.00
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Hero Initiative And Eisner Award-winning Darwyn Cooke At Long Beach Comic and Horror Con!
World Premiere Release of Parker: The Martini Edition
And signatures by film writer/director John Carpenter
Los Angeles, CA (October 24, 2011) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in financial and medical need, is proud to announce its attendance at Long Beach Comic and Horror Con, October 29th and 30th at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Hero will be hosting Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Darwyn Cooke, best known for his work on comics such as Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier, The Spirit and Richard Stark’s Parker.
And IDW Publishing’s Parker: The Martini Edition will be making its world premiere at the convention as well! This will be your first chance EVER to pick up a copy, and get it signed by the master himself! In addition, Hero Initiative will have Darwyn Cooke con-exclusive merchandise so make sure you make it to our booth, #213, and be a Hero by supporting our great cause!
And that’s not all! Legendary moviemaker John Carpenter, known for Halloween, Escape from New York, and They Live, will be doing his ONLY signing of the convention for Hero Initiative as well! John has generously agreed to autograph 250 items only. Signature vouchers will be available at the Hero Initiative booth Saturday morning, limit ONE per person, at $5 each. John will then sign at booth #913 at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Don’t miss out!
And if you like free stuff, well…you can get a FREE Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project softcover or Transmetropolitan: All Around the World hardcover if you sign up your Ralphs Rewards card for Hero at our booth, OR drop off your old printer cartridges, cell phones or small electronics for us to redeem with Funding Factory. Please note you MUST bring your Ralphs Rewards card with you—we cannot sign you up with your phone number alone!
To find out more about Hero Initiative, check out our YouTube videos, including our most recent video featuring creators we’ve helped with support from people like you!
Hero Initiative’s booth schedule (booth #213):
SAT., Oct. 29 (con hours 10-7)
1030-1130: Gerry Conway
1030-1230: Jon Bogdanove
1100-100: Darwyn Cooke
130-230: Marv Wolfman
230-330: Mark Waid
SUN., Oct. 30 (con hours 10-5)
1030-1130: Albert Morales
1130-1230: Darwyn Cooke
1230-230: Mike McKone
230-430: Darwyn Cooke
About The Hero Initiative:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict 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, visitwww.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.