IL – Mae Signing

Writer/artist Gene Ha (Top Ten, JLA, Forty-Niners) appears at Comix Revolution on Wednesday, May 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM to sign the first collection of his Dark Horse series MAE!

About MAE:
Once upon a time in Indiana… a 13 year-old girl named Abbie Fortell disappeared. Her younger sister, Mae was left behind to finish school, take care of her ailing father, and build a life without her sister. Eight years later Abbie has returned, claiming she’s found a doorway to a world of adventure and monsters. These tales are hard to believe — at least until the monsters show up too…

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Comix Revolution
606 Davis Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201
(847) 866-8659

IL – FCBD: Gene Ha Signings

Writer/artist Gene Ha (Mae, Justice League of America, Top 10) appears at the La Grange Public Library from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and Chimera’s Comics from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

La Grange Public Library
10 W Cossitt Ave, La Grange, Illinois 60525
(708) 215-3200

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Chimera’s Comics
19 S La Grange Road, La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-1230

VA – Superheroes and Superstars Exhibition

Press Release:

Superheroes and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross—a new exhibition featuring the work of one of the world’s greatest comic book artists—will be on view in the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) from February 11 through May 14, 2017.

The MSV is the first venue to host this traveling exhibition, which has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The exhibition’s MSV display is sponsored by Shenandoah Country Q102.

According to Superheroes and Superstars curator Jesse Kowalski, Alex Ross has revitalized classic superheroes into works of fine art with his unique, painted photo-realistic style.

“The MSV is thrilled to be the first venue to present Superheroes and Superstars,” notes MSV Executive Director Dana Hand Evans, who adds that the Museum jumped at the chance to bring the exhibition to the region. “Alex Ross is one of the premier illustrators of our time,” says Evans. Along with offering comic book fans a rare opportunity to see Ross’s original artwork of classic superheroes, such as Wonder Woman, Superman, and Spider-Man, Evans says the exhibition illustrates the Museum’s commitment to present contemporary art in the Shenandoah Valley.

Superheroes and Superstars includes more than 100 original works created by Alex Ross, all on public display for the first time. Most of the works in the exhibition are on loan from Ross’s personal collection.

The new exhibition features Alex Ross’s well-known images of superheroes, villains, and his recent paintings of popular culture icons, such as The Beatles and Monty Python. Paintings, sketches, and models from his childhood and college years will also be on view, including “Spidey” booklets that Ross created at the age of four, action figures he made when he was 11 years old, and a self-portrait for a high school art class. Some of Ross’s more recent works in Superheroes and Superstars include A Tale of Two Reeves, a 2016 painting illustrating the two actors audiences most identify with Superman; the 2016 Hulk Marvelmania poster painting; Flash Gordon, a 2015 painting marking the 35th anniversary of the Flash Gordon film; and Ross’s variant cover for Star Wars #1, an homage to the original 1977 issue for Marvel’s relaunch of the classic Star Wars comic book series.

The MSV will host an opening reception for the exhibition from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 11. Those interested in attending should register in advance at www.theMSV.org/AlexRoss or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 240. The fee to attend the reception—which is sponsored by the Bank of Clarke County and includes admission to the exhibition and coffee and pastries—is free to MSV Members and $20 for all others.

From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, the MSV will host Alex Ross for a rare signing event. Prints and Alex Ross merchandise will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. Those interested in attending the signing may bring up to three items per person (no sketches and/or portfolio reviews).  While a fee is not required to attend the signing event, MSV admission will apply to view Superheroes and Superstars.

A regional cultural center, the MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV includes galleries, the Glen Burnie House, and seven acres of gardens. The galleries and exhibitions are open year-round; the house and gardens are open April through December. The site is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. January through March and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through December. Admission is $10 or $8 for seniors and youth ages 13 to 18. General admission is always free to youth ages 12 and under and to MSV Members. Thanks to sponsor Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc., admission is free to all every Wednesday. Additional details about the exhibition and a variety of complementary programs are available at www.theMSV.org or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235.

About Alex Ross:

Alex Ross was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1970 and raised in Lubbock, Texas. At just three years of age, he was drawing television commercials from memory. By the time Alex Ross was 13, he was drawing and scripting comic books. At the age of 17, Ross enrolled in the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

Alex Ross began his professional career as a storyboard artist for an advertising agency. When he was 19, Alex Ross received his first comic book assignment from NOW Comics – to illustrate the comic book series, Terminator: The Burning Earth. Five years later, Ross created the illustrations and cover art for Marvels (1994), a comic book series co-written by Kurt Busiek which featured Marvel’s central characters, such as Spider-Man, the Human Torch, Captain America, and Galactus. His sophomore project, Kingdom Come (1996), was a comic book series in which an alternate DC Universe is filled with aging superheroes, including Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Green Lantern, who come out of retirement to fight a new generation of superhuman beings.

Alex Ross won the Comic Buyer’s Guide Award for Favorite Painter seven times in a row, resulting in the retirement of the category.

In recent years, Ross has applied his artistic skills to outside projects with comic book roots, including a limited-edition promotional poster for the Academy Awards. In 2015, Alex was chosen by Apple Corps LTD to be commissioned as the first artist in more than 30 years to paint the Fab Four. Driven by the legendary music of The Beatles and inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema. Alex has often been referred to as “the Norman Rockwell of comics.”  Even so, his Yellow Submarine artwork reveals the similarly powerful influence of master surrealist Salvador Dali, whom Alex has also recognized as a guiding influence on his style. To learn more, visit www.alexrossart.com.

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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
901 Amherst St, Winchester, Virginia 22601
(888) 556-5799

IN – An Evening with Brad Meltzer

Author Brad Meltzer appears at the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM for “A Night of History and Writing.” This event is open to public.

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Lies, and The Fifth Assassin,The President’s Shadow and more.

In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (History Decoded), Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books (I Am Amelia Earhart, I Am Abraham Lincoln, I Am Albert Einstein, and I Am Rosa Parks) and even comic books (Justice League of America, Green Arrow, Identity Crisis), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.

He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.

His other non-fiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, are collections of heroes – from Jim Henson to Sally Ride — that he’s been working on since the day his kids were born. His most recent work of nonfiction is History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time.

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Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne
5200 Old Mill Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46807
(260) 456-0400

WA – Mae Vol. 1 Signing

Writer/artist Gene Ha (Top Ten, JLA, Forty-Niners) appears at Phoenix Comics on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM to sign the first collection of his Dark Horse series MAE!

About MAE:
Once upon a time in Indiana… a 13 year-old girl named Abbie Fortell disappeared. Her younger sister, Mae was left behind to finish school, take care of her ailing father, and build a life without her sister. Eight years later Abbie has returned, claiming she’s found a doorway to a world of adventure and monsters. These tales are hard to believe — at least until the monsters show up too…

Magic Mirror Comics
1402 SE Everett Mall Way, # 210, Everett, WA 98208
(425) 438-9718

WA – Post-Emerald City Comicon Signing

Writer/artist Gene Ha (Top Ten, JLA, Forty-Niners), artist Babs Tarr (Batgirl, Motor Crush), and writer G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel, Air) appear at Phoenix Comics on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 7-9 pm!

About Babs Tarr:
Barbara (aka Babs) grew up in the sunny and beautiful Charleston, SC. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD where she received her BFA in Illustration. She currently is settled west in San Francisco, CA where she is living the dream working as a full time freelance illustrator! Babs has worked on Batgirl and her current project is the crazy good comic Motor Crush!

About G Willow Wilson:
G Willow Wilson is perhaps most well known around these parts for being a great public speaker (seriously if you haven’t seen her Ted talk regarding Ms Marvel, go to her blog and take a look) and writer of the best selling Marvel series Ms Marvel. She’s also written the Eisner award winning series Air and Cairo, and her first book Alif the Unseen was a New York Times notable book and winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

About Gene Ha:
Gene Ha has worked since 1992 on books like Fables, Justice League, Cyclops & Phoenix, and Oktane. He won three Eisner awards for his collaboration with Alan Moore on Top 10 and one Eisner with Brad Meltzer for JLA #11. Recently, Gene has been writing his own book, Mae! The first collection is out in stores now, with the next arc set to start soon!

Phoenix Comics and Games
113 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 328-4554

IL – Mae TP Discussion

Writer/artist Gene Ha (Top Ten, JLA, Forty-Niners) appears at Aw Yeah Comics on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM to discuss and sign the first collection of his Dark Horse series MAE! This will be the first meeting of Aw Yeah Comics Approved, a monthly graphic novel discussion group hosted here at Aw Yeah Comics.

About MAE:
Once upon a time in Indiana… a 13 year-old girl named Abbie Fortell disappeared. Her younger sister, Mae was left behind to finish school, take care of her ailing father, and build a life without her sister. Eight years later Abbie has returned, claiming she’s found a doorway to a world of adventure and monsters. These tales are hard to believe — at least until the monsters show up too…

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Aw Yeah Comics
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
847-423-2916

IL – Mae Signing & Workshop

Writer/artist Gene Ha (Top Ten, JLA, Forty-Niners) appears at Alleycat Comics on Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM to sign the first collection of his Dark Horse series MAE and lead a drawing workshop for kids!

About MAE:
Once upon a time in Indiana… a 13 year-old girl named Abbie Fortell disappeared. Her younger sister, Mae was left behind to finish school, take care of her ailing father, and build a life without her sister. Eight years later Abbie has returned, claiming she’s found a doorway to a world of adventure and monsters. These tales are hard to believe — at least until the monsters show up too…

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Alleycat Comics
5304 N. Clark Street Rear, Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 907-3404

IL – Mae Signing

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Writer/artist Gene Ha (Mae, Top 10, JLA) appears at Chimera’s Comics on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM to sign autographs and draw FREE head sketches for kids!

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Chimera’s Comics
19 S La Grange Road, La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-1230

IL – Gene Ha Workshop & Signing

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Writer/artist Gene Ha (Mae, Top 10, JLA) hosts an artist’s workshop at G-Mart Comics at 4:00 on Wednesday January 25, 2017 with a signing to follow at 7:00 PM.

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G-Mart Comics
2641 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647
(773) 384-0400

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