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!
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.
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Jaimie Alexander and J. August Richards to be Featured at Los Angeles Comic Book and Sci-Fi Show in March 2014
LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION PRESENTS
JAIMIE ALEXANDER (THOR: THE DARK WORLD)
J. AUGUST RICHARDS (MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.)
MARCH 16, 2014
Los Angeles, CA-February 20, 2014-The LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION presents JAIMIE ALEXANDER, the “Lady Sif” in MARVEL’S THOR and THOR: THE DARK WORLD Movies and J. AUGUST RICHARDS who stars as “Mike Peterson/Deathlok” on the ABC-TV Series MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. among the Special Guests appearing at the show being held on SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014.
JAIMIE ALEXANDER stars as Lady Sif in MARVEL’S THOR and THOR: THE DARK WORLD Movies and reprises this role in a special episode of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. airing on ABC-TV during March. JAIMIE ALEXANDER also starred as Jessi in the ABC Science Fiction series Kyle XY and had a memorable arc on Nurse Jackie. She next stars for Ryan Murphy in his HBO drama series, OPEN. JAIMIE recently starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie The Last Stand, and next appears with Amber Heard and Billy Bob Thornton in LONDON FIELDS. JAIMIE ALEXANDER will be signing autographs in this one hour appearance from 12:00 P.M.-1:00 P.M. There’s a charge for each autograph but it includes a photo of JAIMIE ALEXANDER as LADY SIF (any other items are subject to approval).
J. AUGUST RICHARDS is known for starring as Vampire Hunter Charles Gunn in Joss Whedon’s Angel TV Series for four seasons. J. AUGUST RICHARDS went on to guest star in several series such as The Mentalist, Warehouse 13, The 4400, CSI: Miami, Arrow and was a regular on Raising the Bar as Marcus McGrath. J. AUGUST RICHARDS is now a regular on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and it’s recently been revealed that his character is DEATHLOK, which adds a superhero element to this series. J. AUGUST RICHARDS will appear from 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. to sign autographs (there is a charge but it includes choice of photo).
JOHN KRICFALUSI (also known as JOHN K) is the creator of REN AND STIMPY and THE RIPPING FRIENDS animated series, and the founder of Spumco Animation Studio. JOHN K is currently working with Miley Cyrus as artistic director for her Bangerz tour. JOHN K will be doing caricature and character sketches and signing his new Spumco Hardcover book from 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
LISA LORING is known for her role as Wednesday Addams in the Classic 1964-1966 ABC-TV Series THE ADDAMS FAMILY. 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of THE ADDAMS FAMILY so come visit LISA on this special Anniversary where she will be signing autographs from 11:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. There’s a charge for each autograph but it includes a choice of photo. The Convention will be posting some rare behind the scenes photos from THE ADDAMS FAMILY at the Convention facebook page at www.facebook.com/comicbookscifi leading up to the show date.
RUBEN PROCOPIO is one of the Artists for DC Comics BATMAN ’66 which continues the adventures of the Adam West and Burt Ward Batman TV series. BATMAN ’66 #8 (release date late February) is an all interior art by RUBEN PROCOPIO issue as he draws two stories for this issue featuring King Tut and Shane (20 pages each). RUBEN worked for Walt Disney’s Animation Department for 25 years on such features as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. RUBEN founded Masked Avenger Studios to expand his sculpting, design and comic book illustration services to a wider array of clients. RUBEN will take sketch commissions at the Convention from 12:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
ROGER CRAIG SMITH is the Voice Actor behind CAPTAIN AMERICA in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble animated series, BRUCE WAYNE/BATMAN in the Batman: Arkham Origins Video Game, and SONIC THE HEDGEHOG in Sonic Boom TV Series and Video Games such as Sonic Lost World, Sonic Generations, Sonic Free Riders, Sonic Colors and many others. ROGER’S other voice roles include starring as Forge/Hellion/Kamal in Wolverine and the X-Men, Duke/Lift Ticket in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Video Game, Chris Redfield in Resident Evil Video Game, Ezio Auditore da Firenze in Assassin’s Creed Video Game and Thomas on the Cartoon Network’s Regular Show. ROGER has also done many anime related voices such as Keiichi Gotoh in Patlabor: The Movie, Raiga Kurosuki/Idate Morino/Kota in Naruto, Shinji Hirako/Ryusei Kenzaki/Noba in Bleach. ROGER signs autographs from 11:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. There’s a charge for each autograph but it includes a choice of photo.
OLIVIA HACK starred as CINDY BRADY in the 1995 Movie A Very Brady Sequel, as PICARD’S DAUGHTER in Star Trek: Generations, and as TANA SCHRICK in the Gilmore Girls TV Series. OLIVIA has also done Voice Acting portraying KATOONI in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, MAO/IRENE in Blood+, TY LEE in Avatar: The Last Airbender, CHLOE in Bratz: Go To Paris The Movie, and the voice of CINDY BRADY in Family Guy. OLIVIA signs autographs from 11:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. There’s a charge for each autograph but it includes a choice of photo.
The LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION will take place SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, 700 West 32nd Street, in Los Angeles, across the street from USC College. Show Hours are 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Regular Admission is only $10.00, five years and under are free. Early Admission is $12.00. The Dealers Room features over one hundred tables full of Old and New Comic Books, Toys, Action Figures, Trading Cards, Trade Paperbacks, Graphic Novels, DVDs, Movie Memorabilia and many other collectibles! Check www.comicbookscifi.com and www.facebook.com/comicbookscifi for more information!