Will Eisner Week Celebrates Graphic Novels

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Press Release:

The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation is proud to announce Will Eisner Week 2013, a ten-day series of events in more than a dozen cities nationwide that celebrates graphic novels, free speech awareness, and the career and legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels.

Will Eisner Week’s theme this year is, “Read a Graphic Novel,” which will be the underlying message of all the events. Cities holding celebrations include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and Minneapolis.

Will Eisner Week 2013 has added significance, as it marks 35 years since the 1978 publication of Eisner’s groundbreaking graphic novel, “A Contract With God.”

“This year, we will be having Will Eisner Week celebrations in more places than ever before,” said Will Eisner Week Organizing Committee Chair Danny Fingeroth. “The people doing the events are planning some amazing happenings that will spread the word about how cool graphic novels are, and that celebrate Will Eisner’s astonishing body of work done over a career that spanned seven decades.”

Will Eisner Week 2013 events include:

March 1-15, SAVANNAH, GA: Savannah College of Art and Design will hold several events run by Professor David Duncan, including a March 2 screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” and various Eisner-themed art sessions.

March 2, 4:00-4:55 PM, SEATTLE, WA: Emerald City Comicon panel: Eisner’s “A Contract With God—Reflections on the 35th Anniversary,” featuring Dennis O’Neil, Batton Lash, Matt Fraction, Jackie Estrada, and Ben Saunders.

March 3-10, PITTSBURGH, PA: Various events at the Toonseum, including a screening of the documentary “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” by Andrew & Jon Cooke on March 6.

March 4-8, ARKADELPHIA, AR: The Comics Arts Club of Henderson State University, under the direction of Professor Randy Duncan, will study Eisner’s work in the context of Immigrant Experience Focus Week.

March 6: 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Art Institute of Portland: Lecture on Eisner by Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz.

March 7, 6:30-9:30 PM, NEW YORK, NY: The Society of Illustrators hosts a Will Eisner Sketch Night.

March 7, 7:00-9:00 PM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum. An Evening With Mario Hernandez, including a discussion of Eisner’s influence.

March 7, 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Jack London Bar. A reading of Eisner’s “Last Day in Vietnam,” with Brian Bendis, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Michael Oeming, and Dylan Meconis.

March 7, 7:00-9:30 PM, BOSTON, MA: Tufts University. Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist,” followed by a panel discussion including A. David Lewis, Chuck Henebry, and Stephen Weiner.

March 10, 1:00-4:00 PM, MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Minneapolis College of Art and Design hosts a Graphic Novel Read-In, featuring a screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist.”

March 11, 7:00-9:00 PM, NEW YORK, NY: Parsons/The New School, Comics & Picture-Story Symposium. Jeremy Dauber and Danny Fingeroth discuss Eisner’s work in the context of Jewish-American literature.

March 12, WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT: Center for Cartoon Studies. Lecture on Eisner by Stephen Bissette. (For CCS students only.)

March 14, 7:30 PM, BURBANK, CA: The Animation Guild will hold a special Comic Art Professional Society meeting devoted to Eisner, hosted by Scott Shaw!.

Celebrations are also being planned for Amherst, MA and Washington, DC. Check www.willeisnerweek.com for updates on all events.

OR – Last Day in Vietnam Reading

ldvMatt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, Dylan Meconis, and Kelly Sue DeConnick appear at the Jack London Bar on Thursday, March 7th at 8:00 pm!

Press Release:

ON THURSDAY, MARCH 7, Comics Underground is teaming up with Dark Horse Comics for a Very Special Episode of our comics reading series.

In honor of Will Eisner Week, Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz hand-picked a lineup of some of the best comics creators in the country to share stories from Will Eisner’s Last Day in Vietnam.

Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Michael Avon Oeming, Dylan Meconis, and Kelly Sue DeConnick will be reading, and Erik Nebel will be accompanying a wordless story on violin. Basically, it’s a lineup that shouldn’t be allowed to get on an airplane together, because if that plane crashed, so would like 80 percent of the comics industry.

Here’s a bit more info on the participants. LIKE YOU NEED MORE INFO, C’MON.

• MATT FRACTION, architect of the Marvel Universe, writer of The Invincible Iron Man, and creator of the beloved high-concept spy comic Casanova.

• BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, yet another architect of the Marvel Universe, writer of Ultimate Spider-Man and creator of the beloved superhero noir comic Alias.

• MICHAEL AVON OEMING, a creator and artist on numerous projects including the Eisner-winning series Powers.

• DYLAN MECONIS, creator of the brainy historical graphic novel Family Man and the vampire-themed spoof Bite Me.

• KELLY SUE DECONNICK, writer of a number of Marvel Comics titles, including the well-received Osborn miniseries and Avengers Assemble.

• ERIK NEBEL, creator of War and Peace: The Comic, which is just what it says it is.

It all goes down at 8 pm on Thursday, March 7, at the Jack London (529 SW 4th, Portland, Oregon). Admission’s $3-5. Yes, it’s going to be as good as it sounds. See you there.

CA – Hawkeye Signing

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Writer Matt Fraction signs at House of Secrets on Wednesday January 30th, 2013 at 6:00 pm! Fraction has announced that he will donate all the sales incentives he receives from the sales of Hawkeye #7 to the Red Cross, earmarked for Hurricane Sandy relief.

RSVP on Facebook!

House of Secrets
1930 W Olive St, Burbank, CA 91506

OR – Marvel Comics: The Untold Story Signing

Sean Howe and Matt Fraction sign at Powell’s on Monday October 15th at 7:30 pm.

Press Release:

Over the course of a half century, Marvel Comics’ epic universe has become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serves as a modern American mythology for millions of readers. Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story (Harper) reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes of this multibillion-dollar enterprise, including Martin Goodman, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby. Note: Sean Howe will be joined at this event by Marvel writer Matt Fraction, who has written for Uncanny X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, Mighty Thor, Avengers, Spider-Man, and soon, Fantastic Four.

Powell’s Books
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
(800) 878-7323

WA – Marvel Writers Signing

Writers Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue Deconnick appear at Olympic Cards & Comics for a signing on  Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 1:00pm.

During the signing everyone will be entered to win signed variant copies of Kelly Sue Deconnick’s Captain Marvel #1 and Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye #1. Additional raffle tickets will be given for each can of food or non perishable item.

RSVP on Facebook!

Gabi’s Olympic Cards & Comics
4230 Pacific Ave, Lacey, WA 98503

CO – Aurora Rise Benefit Signings

Steve Niles, Matt Fraction, Mike Mignola and more sign at All C’s Collectibles on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26, 2012. Check out the Facebook page for more details.

“The mission of Aurora Rise is simple – we are going to do everything in our power to assist and aid the victims and victim’s families.”

Jason and the Aurora Rise team want to thank everyone who has reached out to support Aurora. Without your generosity, none of this would be possible. Your donations, retweets, shares, conversations, questions, and wilingness to take our mission to heart and do everything in YOUR power to assist and aid the victims and their families is making a difference for a healing community and inspiring others to do the same.

All C’s Collectibles
1250 S Abilene St, Aurora, CO 80012-4629

OR – Casanova: Avarita Signing

Writer Matt Fraction signs at Floating World Comics on Wednesday July 11, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Press Release:

The third volume of Matt Fraction’s psychedelic super-spy series has reached its conclusion and we are proud to celebrate the release of the trade paperback this Wednesday July 11th. What started as Matt’s take on a Diabolik/James Bond homage quickly took on a life of its own and is now regarded as Fraction’s magnum opus in the making.

The world’s sexiest and savviest superspy is back, killing his way from dimension to dimension in a high-stakes, action-packed adventure. The true identity of megasuperdupervillain NEWMAN XENO is now known to Casanova Quinn and E.M.P.I.R.E. – which means our man Casanova is now a pan-dimensional killer with one target hiding in an infinitely complex sprawl of realities.

CASANOVA: AVARITIA answers every question (almost), solves every riddle (kind of), and explains absolutely everything you ever wanted to know about the world of CASANOVA (in a way). Casanova Quinn, hated on all sides by tyrant and hero alike, must flee from time and space, aim one batch of enemies at the other, kill everybody and save everything simultaneously. Don’t be afraid: you are an apocalypse dreaming of butterflies + the first part of reincarnation is dying…

Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209

Hero Initiative Invites ECCC 2012 Attendees to Go Bowling

Hero Initiative Bowling

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Hero Initiative at Emerald City Comic Con

Bowling Party at Garage Billiards With Very Special guests

All to raise money for Hero Initiative!

Los Angeles, CA (March 26, 2012) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need is heading to Emerald City Comic Con March 30 through April 1 in Seattle, Wash. at the Washington State Convention Center. We have many special guests, and we are going BOWLING!

That’s right! We’re bowling to raise money for our cause on Friday March 30 at 8pm! There are 24 spots to bowl with a special guest including Jim Valentino, Francis Manapul, Barry Kitson, Tony Parker and more at Garage Billiards at 1130 Broadway in downtown Seattle! (http://www.garagebilliards.com) For $40 you get 2 games with a special guest, shoe rental, a drink ticket and five raffle tickets to win a bowling pin designed by artists such as Joe Linsner or Matt Wagner!

You never know who will show up! Go to http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290689940957 to secure your spot!

And if you don’t want to bowl, come and have some fun! The custom bowling pins can be won by ANYONE who shows up! Raffle tickets are $5 each, and tickets will be sold all day Friday at booth number #807 and all evening at the event. Winners MUST BE present.

And of course our special guests at the booth will be signing and sketching for us. Check it out!

Friday, March 30 (hours 2-8)

200-300: Keu Cha

300-400: Scott Morse

400-500: Mike Oeming

500-700: Bill Willingham

Saturday, March 31 (hours 10-7)

1230-130: Jim Valentino

130-230: Adi Granov

430-630: Chrissie Zullo

Sunday, April 1 (hours 10-5)

1030-1130: Steve Lieber

1130-1230: Matt Fraction


About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative 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 comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

OR – Captured Ghosts Screening

Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick host an exclusive screening of the new documentary by Patrick Meaney, WARREN ELLIS: CAPTURED GHOSTS at Floating World Comics on Friday Jan. 6th, 2012 from 7-9pm.

The film features the most extensive interview Ellis has ever given, and spans his life, from his first memory watching the moon landing as a child, to his recent cross-media success with the film adaptation of Red. Along the way, Ellis’s acerbic wit and core belief in humanity comes across like never before.

Complimenting Ellis’s own words are interviews with his artistic collaborators, friends and admirers from across all media, including actress Helen Mirren, Director Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), comedian Patton Oswalt, Adult Film Star Stoya, Musician Claudio Sanchez (of Coheed and Cambria), comics writers Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Antony Johnston, and futurist Jamais Cascio. Ellis’s comics collaborators like Marvel Comics CCO Joe Quesada, artists Darick Robertson, Ben Templesmith and Phil Jimenez also provide insight into Ellis’s mind and creative workings. The film features numerous ambient interludes that spotlight Ellis’s prose and writing from both his online columns and his comics.

Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209

WonderCon 2012 Registration Open

WonderCon 2012

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WonderCon Registration To Open December 2

New City, New Convention Facility and Impressive List of Special Guests Mark Event

ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 2, 2011 – WonderCon, part of the Comic-Con International (CCI) family of nonprofit comics conventions, today announced the opening of attendee registration for the increasingly popular comic book and pop culture convention. Attendees can register online at http://www.comic-con.org/wc/wc_reg.shtml.

WonderCon is a three-day event that has continued to grow in size and stature throughout its 25-year history. Because of renovations at its usual venue in San Francisco, WonderCon will be held in Anaheim for the first time, at the beautiful AnaheimConvention Center March 16-18, 2012. Featuring a large exhibit hall and programs and panels on all aspects of comics and popular art, WonderCon in Anaheim promises to be a must-attend event on the comics convention circuit.

The format so closely resembles Comic-Con in San Diego that many are referring to the relocated show as Anaheim Comic-Con. “Moving the convention was not something we wanted to do, and to be honest we were a bit concerned,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for parent company Comic-Con International. “However, exhibitor interest has been so overwhelming, as has interest in programming, that we are convinced WonderCon 2012 will be among the best yet.”

Registration prices are as follows:

                                    3-DAY BADGE (Best Value!):
Adult 3-Day: $40.00 Advance/$50.00 Onsite
Junior/Senior 3-Day: $20.00 Advance/$25.00 Onsite

                                    1-DAY BADGE: 
                                    Friday OR Saturday Only:

Adult 1-Day: $20.00 Advance/$25.00 Onsite
Junior/Senior 1-Day: $10.00 Advance/$13.00 Onsite

                                    Sunday:
Adult: $10.00 Advance/$15.00 Onsite
Junior/Senior: $5.00 Advance/$7.00 Onsite

WonderCon’s special guests include Sergio Aragones (cartoonist, Groo, MAD, Sergio Aragones Funnies), Mark Evanier(writer/comics historian, Kirby: King of Comics), Matt Fraction (writer, Invincible Iron Man, Casanova, Fear Itself, Mighty Thor), Michael Golden (artist, The ‘Nam, Micronauts, Bucky O’Hare), Mike Mignola (writer/artist/creator, Hellboy, B.P.R.D.), Steve Niles (writer/creator, 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Mystery Society), Eric Powell (writer/artist/creator, The Goon), Bob Schreck(editor-in-chief, Legendary Comics), Fiona Staples (artist, Mystery Society, SAGA), and J. Michael Straczynski (writer, Superman: Earth One). Information and biographies for these guests can be found on www.comic-con.org/wc/wc_guests.php. More guests will be announced soon.

WonderCon offers the best in comics programming, Hollywood and television panels, a huge exhibit hall, anime, games, portfolio review, autographs, and a masquerade all in one location. Now in its largest venue, WonderCon promises to be a show to remember for fans of any age.

About WonderCon:
WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to WonderCon, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) each fall. On the web: WonderCon.orgFacebook.com/comicconTwitter.com/wondercon.

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