NYC – Ruins Signing

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Cartoonist Peter Kuper appears at The Strand on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM and will be joined in conversation by Karen Green, librarian of both Graphic Novels and Ancient and Medieval Art at Columbia University.

With a career spanning the pages of the New York Times to MAD magazine, the front lines of political cartoonery at World War 3 to the classroom at Parsons and SVA, the artist and illustrator Peter Kuper is a bona fide veteran of the graphic novel scene. His latest book, Ruins, tells a story of coincidence and fate as a New York couple sets out on sabbatical in Oaxaca, Mexico, and a monarch butterfly departs Canada for sunnier climes in its annual migration.

Buy a copy of Ruins or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

NYC – Weird Al Goes MAD

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MAD’s first-ever Guest Editor Weird Al Yankovic and John Ficarra sign MAD Magazine #533 on Monday April 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM!

Author Event
Wristbands will be available with purchase of MAD Magazine #533 beginning at 10:00 am, the day of event. Each guest will sign one additional item with purchase of magazine.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

NYC – Politics & Comics Lecture

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Peter Kuper, Liza Donnelly, and Jeff Danziger appear at Columbia University’s Butler Library on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM!

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From Honore Daumier to Thomas Nast, George Cruikshank to Garry Trudeau, political ideology and political commentary have been expressed through the medium of comics.

Please join Peter Kuper (cartoonist and co-founder of the political comics journal World War 3 Illustrated), Jeff Danziger (editorial cartoonist), and Liza Donnelly (New Yorker cartoonist and member of “Cartooning for Peace“) as they discuss the role of politics in their own work.

What better way to spend Election Day eve?

Butler Library, room 523

There will be books available for purchase and signing.

Come early, and visit the “Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future” in Butler Library’ Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 6th floor east.

Butler Library | Columbia University
535 W 114th St, New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-7309

NYC – Comics at Columbia Exhibit

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Al Jaffee, Wendy and Richard Pini, Chris Claremont, Paul Levitz, Alexander Rothman, Sophia Wiedeman, Peter Kuper, Gregory Benton, Forsyth Harmon, Tom Motley, and more appear at the Butler Library at Columbia University  on Tuesday October 7th at 6:00 PM for the grand opening reception of an exhibition, which features materials from Columbia’s comics archives. A brief discussion in 203 Butler will kick off the evening, then all may adjourn for a reception and exhibition viewing in our Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Butler Library | Columbia University 
535 W 114th St, New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-7309

MAD About Dallas Comic Book Show (November 2014)

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Convention Name
MAD About Dallas Comic Book Show November 15th, 2014
Convention Website Address
http://comicbooksdallas.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/15/2014
About This Convention
MAD Magazine artists will be featured at the next North Texas Comic Book Shows event on Saturday November 15th, 2014. This popular one day show is home to thousands and thousands of comic books, toys, and comic collectibles. Featured MAD Magazine artists at the event include Tom Richmond, Kit Lively, Garth Gerhart, and David DeGrand. Image Comics artist Michael Lark and Deathstroke: The Terminator artist Steve Erwin will also be in attendance. This will be a great holiday shopping opportunity for those that are looking for quality pop culture items and comic books for their giving list. A cosplay contest at 2 pm is also on the bill. Check out this Dallas Comic Book Show and it’s offerings.
Venue Name and Address
Doubletree Hotel Dallas Market Center
2015 Market Center Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
78
Projected Attendance
450
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Steve Erwin, Michael Lark, Tom Richmond, Kit Lively, David DeGrand, Garth Gerhart

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CA – The Sakai Project Signing

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 Stan Sakai, Sergio Aragonès, Mark Evanier, William Stout, Tone Rodriguez, Bill Morrison, and many more appear at Meltdown Comics on  Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM to sign THE SAKAI PROJECT!

Press Release:

On Saturday, August 16, twenty-two members of the cartooning community will descend upon Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ recently released book “The Sakai Project” to help raise money for the medical bills of fellow cartoonist Stan Sakai, creator of Dark Horse’s “Usagi Yojimbo” comic book, now in its thirtieth year.

Fundraising efforts were initially spearheaded by the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS), an organization of professional comic book artists and writers of which Stan Sakai is a member. Organized by artist Tone Rodriguez, CAPS began collecting original art last December for an online auction to lend a helping hand to Sakai, whose wife Sharon has been suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. As art poured in from the cartooning community, many pieces were custom drawings of Stan’s samurai rabbit creation Usagi Yojimbo.

Bill Morrison, a member of CAPS and an art director at Bongo Comics (publisher of “The Simpsons”), approached Sakai’s publisher, Dark Horse, about collecting these wonderful images into a book to also benefit the Sakais. Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson was enthusiastic about the idea, and offered to pay for the book’s publication so that all sales could go to the Sakais. Bill Morrison proceeded to volunteer his time to edit the book in tandem with Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley which was designed voluntarily by noted book designer Serban Cristescu. The result is a beautiful 160-paged hardcover art book featuring interpretations of Usagi Yojimbo by some of the top cartoonists in comics today.

Between the online auction and the book, the cartooning community came together in a unique way to help one of their own. Now twenty-one artists local to Los Angeles will gather one more time to help their friend with a fundraising book signing event.

Attending the signing event will be “The Sakai Project” contributors Sergio Aragonès (“Groo the Wanderer”, “MAD Magazine”), Mark Evanier (“Groo” writer), Tom Luth (“Groo” and “Usagi” colorist), William Stout (noted illustrator), Ricardo Delgado (“Age of Reptiles”), Jeff Keane (“Family Circus”), Rubèn Procopio (“Batman 66”), Dean Yeagle (“Playboy”), Bill Morrison (editor of “The Sakai Project”), Tone Rodriguez (“The Simpsons” comics), Steven E. Gordon, Anson Jew, Benton Jew, Aidan Casserly, Chad Frye, Brad Rader, Patrick Scullin, Robert Stanley, Mark Dos Santos and Mike Kazaleh all joining with Stan Sakai (“Usagi Yojimbo”) himself.

Books will be sold for $45 each, or if fans already have the book, they will be charged a nominal $15 to have their books signed by the artists in attendance.

In addition to “The Sakai Project” book, there will be limited edition prints available exclusively at the event of four images from the book by artists attending the signing: Sergio Aragonès, Stan Sakai, William Stout, and Bill Morrison.

The event will take place on August 16 from 4-6pm at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Thanks to Meltdown, all proceeds go to Sharon & Stan Sakai to help with their medical bills.

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 851-7223

BIG WOW! ComicFest Returns this Weekend…May 17-18, 2014

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Big Wow! Comic Fest Returns to San Jose on May 17th & 18th, 2014, bringing two great days of Comic Book, Art, Anime, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Cosplay FUN! Many of the country’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for Geek, Nerds, Fans and True Collectors, everywhere!

Founded in 1979 as “Super-Con”, Big Wow! Comic Fest is not only Northern California’s Longest-Running Comic-Con, but is this year’s Only Major Comics Event in the San Francisco Bay Area!

As the Original Artist-Friendly Show, we have Fantastic Comic Book Creator Guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to welcome as our Featured Guests: Charlie Adlard (Artist for the popular “Walking Dead” series), Legendary Illustrator Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Avengers), Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola, Fan-Favorites… Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Art Adams (X-Men, Godzilla), and more Special Guests including: Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Mike Zeck (Punisher, Spider-Man, Secret Wars), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama, Disney Poster Artist), Alex Nino (Dead Ahead), Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine, Groo the Wanderer), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), and many more confirmed and added to our website! Over 200 Comic Creators!

Meet, get autographs, and learn the secrets of Show Biz from our spectacular CELEBRITY GUESTS:

GODZILLA is in the House…Meet Kenpachiro Satsuma, in 1984’s RETURN OF GODZILLA, he would land the title role of Godzilla and continue as the King of Monsters for the next 11 years. This is first time to America in over 20 years.

Also from Japan, meet Satoshi Furuya he enthralled generations of children with his portrayal of the original Ultraman.

Jane Wiedlin is the sexy and charismatic guitar player for The GoGos! One of the best known Rock/Pop groups to emerge from the 1980’s, Jane is back at work, creating a stage production for her self published comic series “Lady Robotica”.

Also Appearing will be: Kevin Bernard Grevioux (Co-Writer, Producer and actor in “Underworld”, “I, Frankenstein” and comic book writer), Damion Poitier (Avengers (in the last 2 minutes, he was the surprise Villian), Star Trek, Hunter Prey…and the son of Sidney Poitier). Also, C. Andrew Nelson (Darth Vader), Parker Stevenson (Hardy Boys), Richard Kiel (007 “Jaws”), William Katt (Greatest American Hero, House)…and more

COSPLAY Guests Jessica Nigri, Riddle (star of “Heroes of Cosplay”), Ivy Doomkitty, Anthony Misano… and many more will all be on site. Along with hundreds and hundreds of amazing fans all in costume.

Super-Star Cartoonist and Big Wow! Bigwig Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, 50 Girls 50), will teach a 90-minute Figure Drawing Workshop with a live model, demonstrating fundamentals of technique and style. Any aspiring artist is welcome to sit in the audience and work along with Frank, who will provide priceless tips and critiques! And Inker Extraordinaire Mick Gray (Starman, Promethea) will once again provide a weekend-long inking demonstration as he works on his current comic book assignment at his booth! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see professional comic artists at work!

In conjunction with San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, Big Wow! Comic Fest proudly presents “BATMAN!, 75 years a Hero” Featuring Seven Decades of Original Art and Memorabilia from the DC Comics world-famous Super Hero. Also, there will be 2 additional shows, “The Art of MIKE ZECK!” And “The ART of FAMOUS MONSTERS”.

And Speaking of Famous Monsters… We are hosting the 1st Annual “Horror/Fantasy/Sci-Fi Film Festival” with the legendary Famous Monsters Magazine… who are also hosting our Japanese guest, and presenting the “Famous Monsters of Filmland” Pavilion with guests, props, make-up and costume designers and more.

And no Big Wow! ComicFest is complete without our:

Live Art Auction, Costume/Cosplay Contest (Saturday night directly after the show), Gaming, Card & Role-Playing Games, “Creature Features Live” with host: John Stanley, showing the original “Night of the Living Dead.”

Panel Discussions, including: Creating Comics, The Art of Self-Publishing, and how to Design and Create Your Own Costumes! There will be 5 rooms of programming going on, throughout the show.

Tickets are available on the website. And we have tickets available at over 30 participating comic book stores around Northern California.

Admission is only:

1 Day Adult $25.00 (at the door)

2 Day Adult $35.00 (at the door)

1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00 (at the door)

2 Day Child $15.00 (at the door)

CHILDREN UNDER 8 ARE FREE!

*Save $5.00 Off Admission! Buy tickets online, or at many local Comic Book Stores!

FOR MORE INFORMATION we will always have guest and programming updates for the show at: www.bigwowcomicfest.com. Also, most of our Guests will be available before the show for online, phone and in some cases, personal appearance Interviews.

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NYC – Celebrating Al Jaffee

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Columbia University celebrates the life and career of cartoonist AL JAFFEE, creator of the MAD Magazine Fold-in, with a panel discussion in honor his donation of his papers to their Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Former DC Comics president (and sometime Columbia lecturer) Paul Levitz will moderate, and joining him will be cartoonist Peter Kuper, Mad magazine art director Sam Viviano, and–of course!–Al himself at the Butler Library on Tuesday March 4 at 7:00 PM in room 523.

A reception will follow the event.  As always, Comics@Columbia events are free and open to the public.

Butler Library | Columbia University
535 W 114th St, New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-7309

NYC – Celebrating Kurtzman Panel

h_kurtzman_0713Legendary artists Drew Friedman, Robert Grossman, Al Jaffee, and Arnold Roth will discuss the life and works of Harvey Kurtzman with a panel moderated by Peter Kuper on March 19, 2013  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Society of Illustrators.   

Tickets

$15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students/seniors

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS 

Drew Friedman is an award-winning illustrator whose work regularly appears in dozens of major publications.  For years he was renowned for his “stippling” style of caricature, employing thousands of pen-marks to achieve photographic verisimilitude, but in recent years Friedman has switched to painting.  His painstaking attention to detail and parodies of Hollywood icons is widely admired.  Friedman’s work has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Observer, Esquire, RAW, Rolling Stone, and MAD Magazine.  He is a graduate of SVA and studied under such legendary masters as Will Eisner, Ed Sorel, Stan Mack, Arnold Roth, and Harvey Kurtzman.

Robert Grossman is a New York artist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, Rolling Stone and many other publications.  Grossman also works as a sculptor, filmmaker, and author and has published numerous titles including ZooNooz and O-MANLAND, an online compilation of strips focusing on the 2008 presidential race.

Al Jaffee is best known for his satirical work in MAD Magazine, and today remains a regular contributor having only ever missed one issue of MAD in the last 57 years. Jaffee’s trademark feature, the Mad Fold-in, was created in 1964 and a four-volume boxed set of hardcovers,The Mad Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010, was published by Chronicle Books in September 2011.  In 2008 Jaffee was honored by the Reuben Awards as Cartoonist of the Year. He has also received the National Cartoonists Society Advertising and Illustration Award in 1972, its Special Features Award in 1971 and 1975, and its Humor Comic Book Award in 1979.

Arnold Roth has been a humorous illustrator and cartoonist all his life and, for most of that time, has freelanced, snatching a living by hustling one assignment after another in a highly competitive market.  Roth’s big breakthrough came in 1957 when he started working on Trump, Playboy’s satiric magazine, and on Humbug, a more penurious production, both the inventions of Harvey Kurtzman.  His work has appeared regularly in major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Holiday, Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker and countless others.  In 1983, Roth was elected president of the National Cartoonists Society and the next year received the NCS Reuben Award as Cartoonist of the Year.

Peter Kuper’s illustrations and comics appear regularly in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and MAD, where he illustrates SPY vs. SPY every month.  He has written and illustrated many books including Comics Trips, a journal of an eight-month trip through Africa and Southeast Asia.  In 1979 he co-founded the political comix magazine World War 3 Illustrated.

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

SF – The MAD Art of Caricature Signing

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The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes celebrated MAD artist and 2012 Reuben Award Winner Tom Richmond for a special look at his latest book, The MAD Art of Caricature on Friday, August 3, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.  In this behind-the-scenes look at his long awaited how-to-draw-caricatures book, Richmond shares his secrets to drawing great caricatures for live events, published illustrations, and MAD!  Copies of Richmond’s book will be available for purchase the night of the event.

$5 general public, two-for-one admission for Cartoon Art Museum members. Click here for tickets.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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