Superman Celebration Returns This Weekend

Superman Celebration returns for its 39th year this weekend! This is a one-of-a-kind event that every Superman enthusiast must attend! Free Admission and Family Friendly, Metropolis is ready to welcome you June 8th – 11th 2017. Guests include Dean Cain (Superman/Clark Kent on Lois & Clark), Margot Kidder (Lois Lane in the Superman films), James Marsters (Brainiac on Smallville), Sarah Douglas (Ursa in the Superman films), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn, Power Girl), Jimmy Palmiotti (Starfire, Jonah Hex), John Ostrander (Suicide Squad, Justice League), Gwenda Bond (Lois Lane YA novels), Todd Aaron Smith (The Adventures of Superman, Batman: The Animated Series), and more.

What started as a 1 day “Homecoming” for the local residents has now evolved into a 4-day celebration that attracts Superman Fans and families from around the world. 47 States and 6 different countries were represented at the 2016 Celebration. 2017 marks the 45th year that Metropolis, IL has been designated as the adopted “Home of Superman.”

The Celebration this year will be dedicated to the memory of Noel Neill, who portrayed Lois Lane in the Adventures of Superman television series. Neill, was a repeat guest to the Superman Celebration for many years and was even given the title “First Lady of Metropolis” when a statue of her portraying Lois Lane was revealed in her honor. Neill passed away in July of 2016.

The Superman Celebration kicks off at 5:00 PM on Thursday June 8th and runs through 2:00 PM on Sunday June 11th. Many special events are planned for this year’s Celebration including musical entertainment, a carnival, Superman Celebrity Autograph and Q & A Sessions, and the Heroes & Villains Costume Contest. Also, planned for this year, is the return of the Hollywood Ball, in memory of Noel Neill.

Download the 2017 Superman Celebration Schedule of Events at the link

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For the latest information on the Superman Celebration please visit: www.supermancelebration.net

Harley Quinn Co-Writers Announced as Guests for Planet Comicon 2017

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Harley Quinn co-writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (who is also the cover artist) are the first guests announced for Planet Comicon on April 28-30, 2017! Tickets are available for sale now at the link…

JIMMY PALMIOTTI:

Jimmy Palmiotti has a wide range of experience and background in advertising, production, editorial, film writing and production, media presentation and video game development. His clients include Nike, Disney, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Fox, and New Line, 2KGames and THQ games.

000_jimmy_palmiotti_planet-comiconJimmy Palmiotti is co-founder of such companies as Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights and the current Paperfilms, where he is partners with Amanda Conner, Justin Gray, Frank Tieri and Paul Mounts.

Has created and co-created numerous series and characters including: The New West, The Monolith, 21 Down, The Resistance, The Pro, Gatecrasher, Beautiful Killer, Ash, Cloudburst, Trigger Girl 6, Thrill Seeker, Queen Crab, Weapon of God, Sex and Violence, Denver, Creator Owned Heroes and Painkiller Jane, which was turned into a SyFy original TV series starring Kristanna Loken and recently optioned for the movie screen.

With PaperFilms co-founder Amanda Conner, they are currently working on the highly received Harley Quinn and Starfire series for DC Comics. Garnering national attention and sales results, the team continues to receive accolades for their work on these titles.

He has co-written, with Justin Gray, the DC comic book series Jonah Hex, All-Star Western, GI Combat, Star Spangled War Stories, Power Girl and the digital release Ame-Comi Girls, available digitally at Comixology.com. The pair have worked on the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us for NeatherRealm Studios and DCU vs. Mortal Kombat. At Marvel, Jimmy teamed with Joe Quesada to create the Marvel Knights imprint and usher in a radical change at Marvel Comics still felt to this day. He and Justin Gray were tapped to adapt the award winning novel Wool for an Amazon exclusive digital graphic novel series.

Currently in film development are a number of projects created by Jimmy, which include Just A Pilgrim, The New West, Random Acts of Violence, Monolith and Tempest; as well as well as Painkiller Jane being adapted for film.

AMANDA CONNER:

000_amanda_conner_planet-comiconAmanda Conner started out in comics working on small projects for Marvel and Archie. She had been working as an illustrator for New York ad agencies Kornhauser and Calene and Kidvertisers. She worked on a number of launches and campaigns such as Arm & Hammer, PlaySchool and Nickelodeon, to name a few.

However, loving comic books and cartooning the most, Amanda found herself working for Marvel on their Barbie line (many of Amanda’s covers were made into designs for the line of Barbie toys), Disney line which included the Gargoyles books. At the same time she was illustrating Soul Searchers & Co. for Claypool Comics and worked on other Marvel projects, such as Excalibur for the X-Men line and Suburban Jersey Ninja She-Devils.

During an assignment for Crusade (Tomoe) she and Jimmy Palmiotti became a real team as penciller/inker.

Amanda then moved on to do what is probably one of her best known works. She did several years as penciller on the hit series Vampirella for Harris Comics drafting 24 issues. While illustrating Vampirella, Amanda worked with the top writers in the field including Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Warren Ellis.

Continuing to expand her horizons, Amanda illustrated the best-selling crossover Painkiller Jane vs. the Darkness, and went on to work on Painkiller Jane #0 (the origin book). She also wrote and illustrated a story for Kid Death and Fluffy.

Since then, Amanda has moved on and has worked on many of the top titles in comics such as Lois Lane, Codename: Knockout, and Birds of Prey for D.C. Comics Vertigo line, X-Men Unlimited for Marvel, co-created Gatecrasher for Blackbull Comics, and The Pro, an Eisner nominated creator owned book for Image Comics with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis.

Amanda, together with artist/inker/writer Jimmy Palmiotti and writer Justin Gray work together via Paperfilms; a multimedia entertainment studio, engaged in screenwriting, art production and multimedia development.

She continuously produces cover work for Marvel Comics, DC Comics and an assortment of independent titles.

Amanda’s work can also be seen outside the comic book community in such places as ABC’S Nightline, the New York Times, Mad Magazine, the syfy series Stan Lee’s So You Want to be a Superhero. For the upcoming Disney Underdog movie doing character designs for film and television. Amanda did character designs for the Los Angeles Avengers stadium football team and is featured in a Biography magazine commercial on A&E. Amanda does spot illustrations in Revolver magazine each month and has had a huge success with the JSA Power Girl miniseries in previous years. Each issue went into 3rd printings.

For more information about the 2017 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

UK – Red Thorn #1 Signing

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Creators David Baillie and Meghan Hetrick appear at Gosh! Comics on the 21st of November from 2:00 – 3:00 PM where they’ll be signing Issue 1 of RED THORN!

David Baillie is a writer & artist who you might know from the the UK small press scene. His comics work has also appeared in 2000AD, Judge Dredd Megazine and various Vertigo titles. He’s teamed up with Artist Meghan Hetrick to create Vertigo’s latest title Red Thorn, the first issue of which hits shelves in November. Meghan Hetrick broke into comics with work on Fairest, Joker’s Daughter, and DC’s Lois Lane one-shot.

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

CA – Big Eyes Screening

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AMY ADAMS, artist/film subject MARGARET KEANE and writers/producers SCOTT ALEXANDER and LARRY KARASZEWSKI host a Q&A following a very special screening of the latest TIM BURTON film BIG EYES on Tuesday, December 9th at 7:30pm.

Limited tickets available at the link… **SOLD OUT**

The Theater at Ace Hotel
929 South Breadway Los Angeles, CA 90015
213-623-3233

MA – Lois Lane Day

loissmallestArtist Paul Ryan appears at That’s Entertainment of Worcester on Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 3-6pm!

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Press Release:

On Sunday, December 30, 2012, That’s Entertainment of Worcester will celebrate the recent installation of the street sign for the newly renamed private road, Lois Lane. Superman artist Paul Ryan will be at the store at 244 Park Avenue from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ryan will draw an original sketch of Lois Lane on a special commemorative print, at no charge for each attendee while time permits and the supply of prints lasts.

The street name Lois Lane instantly evokes the image of the famous fictional character who has been Superman’s love interest— probably the archetypal superhero love interest– in various media for seven decades. She is the plucky journalist who always seems on the verge of proving that Superman is actually Clark Kent.

That’s Entertainment had petitioned the City in March of 2011 to change the name of Marmon Place, a short private road that runs alongside and behind the store, to Lois Lane. In August of this year, the Worcester City Council unanimously approved the request.   “The new name is a perfect match for That’s Entertainment, because we’re in the comic book and pop culture business,” said That’s Entertainment owner Paul Howley, “and just about everyone says it’s a super idea.”

Manager Ken Carson expressed appreciation for the City officials who moved the proposal forward step by step, and for the DPW’s attention to detail in the sign and installation.   “It’s a very eye-catching sign, with the Worcester heart symbol on it, and ‘Lois Lane’ spelled out fully,” Carson said. “I’m sure it will become a popular spot for photos.”

“We’ve been in Worcester for thirty-two years and right at this address for the past twenty,” Carson added. “Now we can say that we’re located at the corner of Park Ave. and Lois Lane.”

Artist Paul Ryan, who currently draws the daily comic strip The Phantom for King Features Syndicate, has worked extensively in the comic industry on major characters such as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Avengers, Batman and Superman. Ryan is the only artist to have contributed to the wedding issues of both Spider-Man (Peter Parker marrying Mary Jane Watson in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, 1987), and Superman (Clark Kent marrying– of course– Lois Lane in Superman: The Wedding Album, 1996).

“We’re excited that Paul Ryan was available for the event because he’s a classic superhero artist, and he has a strong history of drawing Lois,” said Evan Scola, Marketing Manager for the store.

We will also simultaneously hold a “Lois Lane Look-Alike” contest. Because “Superman’s Girlfriend” has been featured in so many different comics, TV shows and movies over the course of 75 years, there is a lot of room for interpretation.

“We’ll be taking photos of anyone who wants to enter. We’re looking for someone who personifies the tough and determined Daily Planet reporter. But Lois is really timeless, so a contestant might dress as a lady reporter from any era between the 1930s and the present,” said Scola. “After the event, we’ll choose the winner of a $50 store gift certificate.”

In addition, the store will also raffle a hand-signed photo of the first Lois Lane actress, Noel Neill, at the event. Neill appeared in 1940s Superman film serials, and later starred alongside George Reeves in the classic 1950s TV show, The Adventures of Superman.

That’s Entertainment is a pop culture emporium established in 1980. In 1997, That’s Entertainment received the “Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award” from Comic-Con International: San Diego. The award, named for comic book creator Will Eisner, recognizes “an individual retailer who has done an outstanding job of supporting the comics art medium both in the community and within the industry at large.” In addition to comic books, the store carries video games, baseball cards, records, toys, DVDs and other collectible and entertainment items.

That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609