CA – First Second Signing

000000000000-1stsec-10yrs

Press Release:

Calling all comic book fans! Gallery Nucleus celebrates FIRST SECOND BOOKS’ 10TH ANNIVERSARY! Come join us for a group signing with their talented authors of Tune: Still Life, In Real Life, and newest publication Odd Ducks. Get a one-on-one meet and greet with the artists, as they sign their books and chat with fans. Signing starts from 2:00 pm and ends at 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Featured artists:
Derek Kirk Kim
Award-winning author and filmmaker behind “Same Difference,” “Mythomania,” “Good As Lily”(with Jesse Hamm), and “The Eternal Smile”(with Gene Luen Yang.) He has also contributed stories and artwork to numerous anthologies including “Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall,” “Flight, Volume 1,” and “Bizarro World.”

Jen Wang
A cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the Adventure Time comics and LA Magazine. She recently illustrated Tom Angleberger’s Fake Mustache. Her graphic novel Koko Be Good was published by First Second. In Real Life is her second book.

Cecil Castellucci
Worked on books that include Boy Proof (Candlewick, 2005), The Plain Janes (Minx/DC Comics, 2007), The Year of the Beasts (Roaring Brook, 2012), and Tin Star (a 2015 Sunburst Award Winner). She collaborated with artist Sara Varon on Odd Duck, a graphic novel for young readers. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and a two-time Macdowell Fellow. She lives in Los Angeles.

RSVP on Facebook!

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 Guest Schedules Announced

000000000000-sw2016

Press Release:

The Star Wars Celebration Autograph Hall, presented in cooperation with Entertainment Legends, will be the place for fans to meet their favorite stars from Star Wars.

Scheduled to sign all three days of Celebration, July 15-17:

  • Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)
  • Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)
  • Anthony Daniels (C-3PO; Dannyl Faytonni, Attack of the Clones)
  • Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett, The Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi; Lt. Sheckil, The Empire Strikes Back; Captain Colton, Revenge of the Sith)
  • Ray Park (Darth Maul)
  • Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)
  • Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett, Attack of the Clones)

In addition to these stars of Celebration, every day of the show will have a different line-up of featured autograph guests. Don’t miss this chance to meet them in person for an autograph or photo opportunity.

Sign up and pre-pay for your Celebration photo op with your favorite Star Wars stars.

View information on how the autograph and photograph process will work onsite in the Celebration Autograph Hall.

Scheduled to sign Friday, July 15:

  • Kenny Baker – after 13:00. (R2-D2; Paploo, Return of the Jedi)
  • Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna, Return of the Jedi)
  • Ken Colley (Admiral Piett, The Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi)
  • Sean Crawford (Yak Face, Return of the Jedi)
  • Tim Dry (J’Quille, Return of the Jedi )

Scheduled to sign Saturday, July 16:

  • Al Lampert (Daine Jir, A New Hope)
  • Kenny Baker (R2-D2; Paploo, Return of the Jedi)
  • Rusty Goffe (Jawa, Kabe, A New Hope)
  • Garrick Hagon (Biggs, A New Hope)
  • Robert Watts (Producer, original trilogy; AT-ST Pilot Return of the Jedi)

Scheduled to sign Sunday, July 17

  • Paul Blake (Greedo, A New Hope)
  • Mike Edmonds (Ugnaught, The Empire Strikes Back; Logray, Jabba puppeteer, Return of the Jedi)
  • Alan Harris (Leia’s escort & war room, A New Hope; Bossk, stormtrooper, Bespin Guard, Hoth Rebel, The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Chris Muncke (Captain Khurgee, A New Hope)
  • Simon Williamson (Max Rebo, Gamorrean Guard, Mon Cal officer, Return of the Jedi)

Any guest at Star Wars Celebration may have to reschedule or cancel for personal or professional reasons.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 Stage Sneak Peek

0000000-swce-stage

Press Release:

With Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 set to launch in less than a month, we wanted to share a sneak peek at some of the panels being planned for the Celebration Stage, home of the biggest shows and brightest stars of the weekend! This is where fans will go to spend separate hours with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels, get the latest news and info on Rebels Season 3, and grab some super-secret glimpses of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If that weren’t enough, the stage will also host special screenings of A New Hope and The Force Awakens, as well as many other guests and not-to-be-missed Celebration attractions. A few surprises still to come on this stage, so be sure to stick around for the final day of the show. Make the Celebration Stage your number one stop in London this July!!

Seats at the Celebration Stage will be in high demand. Look for our Star Wars Celebration Navigation Guide, coming next week on www.starwarscelebration.com for helpful tips and tricks to help you see your favorite shows!

Friday, July 15:

11:30-12:30

An Hour With Mark Hamill

Start your Celebration weekend off in the best possible way, by spending time with the Jedi Master himself. Mark Hamill will chat with the audience, answer questions, and tell stories from his years in entertainment and from his point of view portraying the pivotal character of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe.

16:00-17:00

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Secret mission? What plans? What are you talking about? Find out, when Gareth Edwards – director of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – joins Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and some special guests for a revealing can’t-miss Rogue One panel! Also streamed to the Galaxy Stage and BTSS

18:00-19:30

Star Wars Celebration Europe Cosplay Championship

Enjoy the best cosplay in the galaxy live on the Celebration Stage. The Celebration Europe Cosplay Championships, hosted by Warwick Davis and Mark Daniel, will entertain, and possibly inspire you to get started with your own Star Wars cosplay. The Championships will feature celebrity judges who know quite a bit about the art of Star Wars costumes: Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Star Wars Rebels) and Steve Sansweet (Rancho Obi-Wan).

20:30-23:00

Screening: Star Wars: A New Hope

The story that started the theatrical saga of Star Wars, as well as the most recent, epic movie for the big screen, will play for fans at Celebration Europe Friday and Saturday evenings. Tonight, relive the excitement of seeing Star Wars: A New Hope in a theater, surrounded by your fellow fans. Bring your lightsaber and get ready to cheer for your heroes, and boo the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. Or perhaps cheer for Darth if you lean toward the dark side….

Saturday, July 16:

12:00-13:00

The Creatures, Droids & Aliens of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Take a deep dive into the Pinewood Studios-based Star Wars creature shop, where Creative Supervisor Neal Scanlan and team designed and built every alien, beast and droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Step-by-step, the process of crafting amazing creatures and droids like Maz Kanata, BB-8, the luggabeast, Unkar Plutt and Supreme Leader Snoke will be explored; from design and sculpting, to fabrication and animatronics, to painting and puppeteering. The panel will culminate in a live demo of one of the creature shop’s incredible Star Wars characters!

14:00-15:00

Anthony Daniels, Without Protocol

It’s always bright and shiny when our favorite protocol droid takes the stage. Don’t miss Anthony Daniels, the human behind C-3PO. Expect the unexpected as Daniels and host Warwick Davis have a marvelous time, sometimes at the expense of unsuspecting audience members.

16:00-18:00

Star Wars Rebels Season 3

Still recovering from the epic Star Wars Rebels Season 2 finale? Feel like you have more questions than answers about what the future holds for the crew of the Ghost? Fear not! Star Wars Rebels Executive Producer and Supervising Director Dave Filoni will be joined by special guests to share highly-guarded sneak peeks at what’s to come in Star Wars Rebels season 3 including a screening of the first two episodes!

19:00-20:00

Meet the Creators: The Minds Behind EA’s Star Wars Games

Join us for a roundtable discussion about what’s it’s like to create Star Wars games. The creative leaders behind Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Star Wars: The Old Republic and other upcoming Star Wars video games from EA will share behind-the-scenes stories and reveal news about the future of Star Wars games at EA.

21:00-23:30

Screening: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The story that started the theatrical saga of Star Wars, as well as the most recent, epic movie for the big screen, will play for fans at Celebration Europe Friday and Saturday evenings. Tonight, plan to stay after hours to watch your most beloved characters new and old in The Force Awakens, presented in theatrical quality on the Celebration Stage.

Sunday, July 17:

11:00-12:00

Carrie Fisher: The Princess Diaries

Buckle up. Our favorite Princess is coming and she will certainly have something to say. Join Carrie Fisher, the force behind Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, for an hour of insights into the world of one of our favorite characters on and off the screen.

13:00-14:00

Ray Park Unleashed

Ray Park, the actor and champion martial artist behind the iconic character of Darth Maul, will take the stage for an hour of insights and interaction. Always two there are – Park will share the stage with Celebration Host and Sith apprentice Warwick Davis.

MA – Carrie Fisher Receives Cultural Humanism Award

00000000-acfisher

Star Wars actress is the recipient of this year’s Cultural Humanism award to be received on Monday, April 18th at 8:00 PM.

Press Release:

The Humanist Hub, in partnership with Harvard College student group the Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics (HCHAA), will present Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher with their 10th Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism as part of a ceremony held at Harvard’s historic Memorial Church on Monday, April 18.

In addition to portraying Princess Leia in Star Wars and a long list of acting credits, Fisher, a highly accomplished writer and Hollywood “script doctor”, has used her celebrity to uphold values around which The Humanist Hub centers its mission. She is featured in the Emmy Award-winning BBC documentary “The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive,” which destigmatizes mental illness, as do her many popular novels and memoirs, including Postcards From the Edge and Wishful Drinking.

Renowned throughout a literary career spanning decades for her bravely honest and deeply funny style, Ms. Fisher’s work humanizes a popular culture obsessed with celebrity, and helps readers laugh at the absurdity of contemporary society and relationships. Her forthright activism and outspokenness about addiction, mental illness and agnosticism have advanced public discourse on these issues with creativity and empathy.

The Humanist Hub has hosted similar award ceremonies with comedian Eddie Izzard (2013) author Mary Roach (2012) Seth MacFarlane (Fall 2011) Stephen Fry (Spring 2011) Discovery Chanel’s MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman (2010) director Joss Whedon (2009) Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin (2008) and Sir Salman Rushdie (2007).

Ticket Prices: VIP: $110.00 (seating in front of church – limited seating); Full Price: $40.00; Harvard Students: $10.00 (while inventory lasts – 2 tickets per ID, 1 ID per person). Tickets available at the link.

 

Scene and Reviewed: Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray Combo Pack

Star Wars

SPOILERS: I do get into spoiler-territory here, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to skip this part.

I have to say… I have very mixed feelings about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I go way back with Star Wars… all the way back to 1977. Because my cousin wanted to see it, our whole family went to our local theater and saw the original. I was hooked. Naturally, I’ve seen every Star Wars movie since. But… like a lot of fans, I found the prequels a little wanting and felt that they tarnished Star Wars’s reputation. I was eager to see what Director J.J. Abrams and the folks at Disney had cooked up to take the bad taste of the prequels out of our mouths. For months as the trailers rolled out, I crossed my fingers and said, “Let it be good… let it be good… let it be good.” Having seen it, though, I came away disappointed. While I loved the new characters, especially Daisy Ridley’s Rey, I felt like the original characters really got the short end of the stick. All these years later, and either everything is the same or changed for the negative. Han and Leia broken up? Say it ain’t so! Stormtroopers running around…still?! Han back to being a smuggler…. really?! After becoming a military leader? And the movie robs us of the chance to see Han, Leia, and Luke all sharing the screen again.

So as far as the older characters go, I almost wish they had just set it farther into the future and just said the originals died happy deaths. Despite all my misgivings, I am still looking forward to Episode VIII. Hopefully, the next movie will be more about charging forward and less about looking back. I want to see the next chapter of Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren, and I want to see Luke Skywalker kick some butt!

Although I did not love the new movie, I still jumped at the chance to receive a copy of the Blu-ray Combo Pack to review. Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes stuff, it’s packed with goodies!

Arriving early on Digital HD April 1, 2016

Bring it home on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on April 5, 2016

Including new in-depth bonus offering fans the chance to experience more

BURBANK, Calif. (March 3, 2016)Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records upon its debut to become the cinematic event of a generation with over $926 million domestic and $2.05 billion worldwide. As announced this morning by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger at The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the epic movie will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1. It comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5.

Discover the complete story behind the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with in-depth documentary and bonus material that will take fans on an exciting journey behind the scenes.  Secrets will be revealed through extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers. Bonus features include*:

  • Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary.
  • The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script.
  • Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Wars universe.
  • Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life.
  • Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.
  • John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens.
  • ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects.
  • Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others.
  • Plus Deleted Scenes

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw the eagerly anticipated reteaming of original Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, along with Anthony Daniels, the only actor to have been in all seven Star Wars films, and Peter Mayhew. The returning cast was joined by newcomer Daisy Ridley, who beat out fierce competition to take the principal role of Rey; BAFTA Rising Star Award winner John Boyega (Attack the Block, Imperial Dreams) as reluctant stormtrooper Finn; Emmy® nominee Adam Driver (Lincoln, Girls) as the villainous Kylo Ren, and Golden Globe® winner Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Bourne Legacy) as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. Lucasfilm president and eight-time Academy Award® nominee Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams, along with his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, are the film’s producers.

Having established a musical legacy with his iconic scores for the previous six films in the Star Wars Saga, acclaimed composer John Williams returned to score Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ultimately garnering his 50th Oscar® nomination for it. 

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

FEATURE RUN TIME:                            Approximately 136 min.

RATING:                                                 PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF

ASPECT RATIO:                                     Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.40:1

DVD Feature Film = 2.40:1  

AUDIO:                                                   Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1

Dolby Digital Language Tracks

DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio Language Tracks

LANGUAGES:                                        English, French & Spanish

SUBTITLES:                                            English SDH, French & Spanish

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StarWarsMovies

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWars

Website:  http://www.starwars.com/the-force-awakens/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/StarWarsMovies

ABOUT STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS:

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

ABOUT LUCASFILM LTD.

Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company’s activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS andINDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA):

Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it simple to buy your favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies once and watch them anywhere.  With DMA you can explore Disney’s library of over 450 eligible digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, and watch your digital movies from the comfort of the living room or across multiple mobile devices.  Using the free DMA apps and website, you can connect your DMA account with participating providers including iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Microsoft Movies and TV and Google Play and unlock access to your eligible movie collections across platforms and devices –  iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV/Airplay, Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Microsoft Movies and TV service on Windows and Microsoft Xbox devices, Android mobile and tablet devices and Android TV, Chromecast and the Roku®platform.  In addition, you can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

 

 

 

 

OR – Free Comic Book Day 2016

FCBD-logoPress Release:

Join TFAW for the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day! We’re opening our doors early at 9:00 AM on Saturday May 7, 2016 to kick off Portland’s largest Free Comic Book Day celebration!

Choose up to 10 specially marked FCBD comics per person while supplies last and take advantage of storewide savings on nearly everything in the shop!

Portland TFAW FCBD Schedule:

9:00AM – 7:00PM — Day-long Free Comic Book Day Celebration (Free donuts while supplies last just before doors open)
9:00AM – 12:00PM — Free Face Painting for the Kiddos
9:30AM – 11:30AM — Comic Book Creator Signings
Robbi Rodriguez (Spider-Gwen)
Greg Smith (Junior Braves of the Apocalypse)
12:00PM – 2:00PM — Comic Book Creator Signings
Terry Dodson (Star Wars: Princess Leia, Red One)
Dylan Meconis (Bite Me!, Family Man, Outfoxed)
12:00PM – 3:00PM — Niall’s Zombie Control Service Photo Ops (check back for list of characters)
2:00PM – 7:00PM — Box Customer Appreciation Sale & FCBD Care Package Pick-Up

RSVP on Facebook!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-4693

MN – Star Wars: Moving Target Signing

00leia

Cecil Castellucci, author of Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure, appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday March 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM when she is inducted into the 501st Legion by the Central Garrison. Join in the fun by dressing as your favorite character. If you love Star Wars you won’t want to miss this opportunity!

Barnes & Noble – HarMar Mall
2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
651-639-9256

NJ – Star Wars Reads Day 2015

swrd

May the Force be with you as the Maplewood Memorial Library celebrates Star Wars Reads Day at the library on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm! Put on your best Star Wars gear and join us for robot demonstrations from the CHS Robotics Club, a presentation by Star Wars expert Jason Fry, LEGO Creations from the Garden SLUG (Garden State Lego Users Group), Star Wars trivia and prizes, scavenger hunt and Star Wars themed crafts.

Maplewood Memorial Library
51 Baker St, Maplewood, NJ 07040
(973) 762-1622

CA – Star Wars Reads Day 2015

00leia

Cecil Castellucci (The Plain Janes, Tin Star) appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday October 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM to sign Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure for Star Wars Reads Day!

Barnes & Noble
5183 Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair, CA 91763
909-399-1966

NY – Aw Yeah Comics Grand Opening

ayc

Mark Waid (Daredevil, Princess Leia), Art Baltazar (Itty Bitty Hellboy, Tiny Titans), Franco (Itty Bitty Mask, Tiny Titans), Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, Memetic), and Michael Dialynas (The Woods) appear at the grand opening of Aw Yeah Comics’ new store on Saturday, October 3, 2015!

RSVP on Facebook!

Aw Yeah Comics
313 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 732-3600

Next Page »