Kirby Krackle, Seattle’s hottest nerd rock band, plays at the Portland Things From Another World on Monday July 15th with openers H2Awesome as part of their “Sounds Like You” 2013 West Coast Tour! Come to the Portland TFAW at 2916 NE Broadway: the cover is $7, doors open at 7:30, and the show is from 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Kirby Krackle is headed by Kyle Stevens, who has been reading comics and writing and recording music since the age of 13, and Jim Demonakos, founder of Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon as well as The Comic Stop chain of retail stores. Known for high-energy shows and songs referencing pop-culture icons, comic book characters, and video games, Kirby Krackle’s name has become synonymous with melding nerd themes with superior musicianship.
“One of the key advantages of moving the Portland TFAW to our new location is the increased space to do big, one-of-a-kind events,” said TFAW Vice President Andrew McIntire. “We’re excited to have Kirby Krackle and H2Awesome come and blow the doors off!”
This is the first West Coast tour for New York’s H2Awesome, which includes Charlie LaGreca (artist/illustrator for DC Comics, co-founder/director of Denver Comic-Con), Jeff LaGreca (writer/director of Bijou and the ‘Bots, Gargoyle Garden, and Elfland), Jon Price (writer/creator of Magus and 12 Gauge Comics), Matt van Metre, and Gregg Zehentner.
Water/sodas and light snacks provided. CDs for both bands will be available for purchase. Make sure to come to the Portland TFAW 7/15 for an evening of geeky fun!
Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
Hero Initiative at Chicago’s C2E2
Plans to party with Kirby Krackle and The Fuglees, tattoo a lucky fan and release new Witchblade fragrances!
All in the name of charity!
April 13, 2010: C2E2 – short for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – is the latest convention spanning the greatest in the worlds of comics and pop entertainment. Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization raising money for comic creators in hard times, will be joining in the fun April 16-18 at the Lakeside Center McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Action-packed weekend festivities include artists such as Adam Kubert sketching for fans, parties at nearby Reggie’s Rock Club, auctioning off a custom tattoo, and premiering new fragrances. And it all happens in the middle of the best gathering of popular culture in downtown Chicago!
The most generous and talented Adam Kubert will sketch four—only four!—drawings the whole weekend at C2E2, and will do these exclusively for Hero. Raffle tickets to purchase these coveted gems will be available at the booth Friday and Saturday morning for $1 each. Winning tickets will be picked at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Each sketch will be $250. All proceeds will go directly to Hero Initiative.
We’ll try just about anything to raise money, and so will Ink Fusion tattoo artist Brian Stringer! You can also purchase $5 raffle tickets to get a tat from Brian designed by Marvel Comics all-star artist Ron Garney! Tickets will be available all day Friday and until 12:45 on Saturday at both the Hero and Ink Fusion booths. Drawing takes place at the Hero booth Saturday at 1 PM. Ron will be signing at the Hero Initiative booth from 1-3 PM on Saturday, and will draw the winning ticket himself and create the winner’s design. The raffle winner will get his (or her) tattoo from Brian Stringer at 11 AM on Sunday. For full details, see: http://tinyurl.com/y2jp97g
Enjoy the con during the day, but make sure you spend your evenings at Reggie’s Rock Club, 2109 S. State St.! It’s only about four blocks from the convention center, but FREE shuttle buses decked out with demons and skulls will be running between the con and Reggie’s! Events include:
Saturday night, 7:00 PM, KIRBY KRACKLE and THE FUGLEES! Kirby Krackle features comic store owner and convention promoter Jim Demonakos, while the Fuglees are fronted by artist Andy Kuhn! $5 cover at the door for this event. The party continues following the show with live art, music played by various DJs and dancing SHOJO SHOWGIRLS. The parties don’t stop ’til 3 AM!
In addition all day Sunday at Reggie’s, the Custom PopCult Art Show features the work of SHAWNIMALS, JIM MAHFOOD, JOSH BLAYLOCK, STEVE SEELEY, JOEY POTTS, MIKE HUDDLESTON and a host of others, all doing their own custom versions of Drippy, the PopCult mascot. 25% of the money goes to Hero, and the rest to the hard-working artists. In Addition, everyone’s favorite parody news source, THE ONION will be on hand with their Pop Culture trivia, and harvesting photos of volunteers for use in their articles. Yes, YOU could be “Area Nerd” in a future The Onion piece.
Also at Reggie’s on Sunday form Noon to 2:00pm, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will hold a “Meet-’n'-Sniff”! The scent-makers at BPAL will be debuting a NEW Witchblade scent at C2E2, and even if you can’t make the scene at the con, swing by to meet up with other Black Phoenix fans and sniff and trade scents!
Hero Initiative’s booth schedule at the con as follows:
FRI, 16 APR.
1230-230: Gordon Purcell
SAT, 17 APR:
230-430: Adam Kubert, 4 head sketches only, $1 raffle, $250
SUN, 18 APR:
1030-1230: Chris Samnee
130-230: Jimmy Cheung
230-330: Bill Reinhold
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 $400,000 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.
KIRBY KRACKLE TO ROCK PHOENIX COMICON
Seattle Nerd Band to attend in May
Phoenix, Ariz. March 20, 2010—Kirby Krackle, a rock band with
pop-culture and geek flavor is set to appear and perform at Phoenix
Comicon. Their song titles include “Naked Wii,” “The Villain Song,”
and “Zombie Apocalypse.”
“I love music and I love being a geek, and when I can combine the two
I’m never happier,” said Joe Boudrie, programming director. “Plus,
Kirby Krackle is hilarious. They’re going to rock Phoenix Comicon.”
Kirby Krackle consists of Jim Demonakos and Kyle Stevens, who write
their songs about topics ranging from comic books, video games,
zombies, girls and much more.
“We have some great bands lining up to play at the Hyatt Regency, our
host hotel for our evening and nighttime programming,” said Matt
Solberg, Convention Director. “A lot of people don’t know how great
the music scene is going to be at Phoenix Comicon.”
Jim Demonakos is no stranger to the Comicon scene. Organizer of the
largest comic book & pop culture show in the Pacific Northwest,
Emerald City Comic Con, he also co-owns the largest chain of comic
book stores in the state of Washington, the Comic Stop. Stevens, a
professional songwriter and producer, has been writing and recording
since he was 15. His current solo debut, “Songs from the Orange Room”
is now available on iTunes.
Additional bands performing at the Phoenix Comicon include Calabrese,
an international horror rock band; Bad Cactus Brass Band, a New
Orleans Second Live Street band; Kitsune Robot, an anime song cover
band; and Spawn Atomic, a horror band with zombie and werewolf infused
More info can be found at Phoenix Comicon’s website,
Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest,
presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top
segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, tv, and gaming
industries. Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to
draw over 10,000 attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at
the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, downtown Phoenix.