November 2, 2016 by Colin Solan
Filed under Anime, California, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Gaming, Horror, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Signing and Appearance Profiles, Television, Video Games
Author Neil Gaiman, whose popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time, appears at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8:00 PM! In this live event he will tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight.” It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman. Tickets available at the link…
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Writer/Artist Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Magic Trixie, Dead Boy Detectives, Sandman, and Beasts of Burden) appears on Saturday October 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Third Coast Comics to sign her latest graphic novel WONDER WOMAN THE TRUE AMAZON! Jill will give a talk about her creative process and drawing/painting technique.
Third Coast Comics
6443 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, Illinois 60626
Dave McKean (Sandman, Mirrormask) appears at Gosh Comics to celebrate the release of his latest book Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Friday the 21st October.
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
The Jean Cocteau Cinema will host the premiere of Sixteen Legs, a film by Bookend Trust that features Neil Gaiman, author of Sandman and Neverwhere, on Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM. Neil and the film creators from Bookend Trust will be at the Cocteau to answer questions! There will also be a fantastic exhibition of spider replicas, sculptures of egg sacs, and much more. Tickets are $15.00 and will be available soon!
Giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates try to find love in the dark. As the world rapidly descends into the next period of global mass extinction, a message of hope comes from an unlikely hero: a creature, often reviled, that has survived previous mass extinctions and climatic change in a magical ecosystem hidden beneath one of the world’s last great wildernesses. With spectacular imagery and a dark-fantasy twist, this is a real-world “Charlotte’s Web,” capitalizing on master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s global popularity to take a story of stability and solitude into our world of rapid change.
ABOUT THE FILM:
This is a never-before-told story of a weird underground world dominated by the love-lives of giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates.
These are still-living prehistoric animals that outlasted the dinosaurs, survived the splitting of the continents, and have endured the entirety of human civilization within some of Australia’s largest and deepest caves. These animals were the first web-spinners on the planet and are at the apex of this extraordinary ecosystem, which in turns influences the wilderness above them.
The documentary has exclusive access to deep research with a global scientific pedigree. The 25th anniversary of research on these giant animals reveals that they break the rules compared to their surface cousins: they have a very unusual mating strategy that allows the males to survive in the dark, their young take 9 months to emerge from the egg-sacs (instead of 6-8 weeks), they have structurally and chemically unique egg structures to allow the eggs and young to develop for so long, and the adult spiders live for decades (instead of 2-3 years).
This story is told from one of the world’s last great wildernesses, a visually stunning and unbelievably beautiful landscape that meets the highest number of criteria for World Heritage Listing of anywhere on the planet.
Filming has been undertaken in some of Australia’s deepest and most spectacular caves. These are ‘Restricted Access’, which means they are not open to the public or media due to the high conservation value of the caves themselves, and the fact that only the most experienced cavers can safely access them (only 72 people are allowed access per year). We have been granted exclusive filming access on the basis of our long history of cave research, and our proven capacity to work in highly fragile and dangerous underground environments. No one else will be able to capture this footage.
The footage has been captured over 4 years in 4K and 5K resolution.
This is a real-life tale of deep science told with a dark fairytale twist by master storyteller and best-selling international author Neil Gaiman (Doctor Who, Coraline). The celebrity and pop-culture appeal of the project is increased with atmospheric vocals from chart-topping Australian singer Kate Miller-Heidke and contributions from Stephen Fry, Tara Moss, Mark Gatiss, Adam Hills, and Polly Adams (daughter of Douglas Adams – author of ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and ‘Last Chance to See’).
Alongside our work with UTAS, ground-breaking input has also been added from scientific teams in New Zealand, the USA, the UK, Europe and South America – including experts from Oxford University (UK), Cornell University (US) and the American Museum of Natural History discussing an upheaval (“a paradigm shift”) in the previously understood pattern of global spider evolution. This information has been given exclusively to us for the documentary. At a time when we are bombarded by messages of doom and gloom, this is an antidote to excite and inspire modern audiences with the joy of the natural world.
Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
August 10, 2016 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Massachusetts, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
Boston Comic Con kicks off the three-day comic book convention on Friday, August 12 to Sunday August 14!
Boston Comic Con Celebrity Guest list includes William Shatner, the original Captain James T. Kirk, whose appearance, along with Vic Mignogna, marks the celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. Also appearing are leading stars from top current TV shows including John Barrowman, Caity Lotz, Ciara Renee, Danielle Panabaker and Robbie Amell from CW’s Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash, Ben Mckenzie from Gotham, Elizabeth Henstridge from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gillian Anderson from the X-Files and featuring special appearances from Doctor Who companions Jenna Coleman and Karen Gillan.
Frank Miller, the most celebrated creators in comic book history, headlines a stellar line-up of over 90 world class comic book artists and writers, including notable appearances by Sam Kieth and John Cassaday. Kieth is best known for his creator-owned titles The Maxx and Zero Girl and as co-creator of The Sandman. Cassady is a fan favorite artist with acclaimed runs on Planetary, Captain America, Astonishing X-Men and Marvel’s new Star Wars series. They join other famed artists such as Arthur Adams, Mike and Laura Allred, Greg Capullo, Amanda Conner, Terry Dodson, Phil Jimenez, Erik Larsen, Jae Lee, David Lloyd, Jimmy Palmiotti, Scott Snyder, Mark Waid, Marv Wolfman, Bernie Wrightson and many more.
On Friday, August 12, it’s Family Day where kids age 10 and under will receive free admission to the show featuring a variety of family friendly activities.
On Saturday, August 13, Mayor Marty Walsh will greet William Shatner and deliver a proclamation to the Star Trek legend. This will take place at 9:45 AM in the Harborview Ballroom at the Seaport World Trade Center. Also participating are Nick Kanieff and Jim Talbot, co-founders of Boston Comic Con.
On Sunday, August 14, the convention continues and includes one of the most anticipated events of the weekend, the annual Costume Contest on Sunday, August 14 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Plaza Ballroom.
WHERE: Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Boulevard
WHEN: Friday, August 12: 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday, August 13: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Sunday, August 14: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Tickets and information available at the link: www.bostoncomiccon.com
Meet Richard Case (Sandman, Preacher, Doom Patrol, Dr. Strange, Black Panther) and Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance, video game artist and cartoonist) at Arkham Comix on Saturday July 9th between 2:00 and 6:00 PM!
3010 Sunset Ave, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Artist Matthew Clark, currently working on DC Comics’ Wonder Woman will be signing and sketching all weekend at our booth, #90 on the con floor. Make SURE you stop on by and say “hi” and grab a sketch or signature!
And Hero Initiative Ambassadors at Derby City include Colleen Doran, Bob Layton, Jae Lee, and Ulises Farinas. Each will have donation jars on their own tables to help raise money for our cause. Do the right thing and help out!
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators 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 $950,000 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.
Boston Comic Con is excited to announce two incredibly rare appearances by superstar creators Sam Kieth and John Cassaday! They will both be available to meet fans and sign comics on Friday August 12 and Saturday August 13.
Sam Kieth is best known for his creator-owned titles The Maxx and Zero Girl and holds the distinction of co-creating The Sandman alongside writer Neil Gaiman. The Maxx was also adapted into an animated television series for MTV. Other notable work includes Four Women, Ojo, Batman, Lobo, and Wolverine/Hulk and many more titles. This is Kieth’s first East Coast appearance in over a decade!
John Cassaday is a fan-favorite artist with acclaimed runs on Planetary, Captain America, Astonishing X-Men, and most recently Marvel’s new Star Wars series. He has worked for every major publisher and drawn covers for titles including Batman, Superman, The Lone Ranger, Avengers, Spider-Man and more. Additionally, Cassaday has provided conceptual art for the feature film adaptation of Watchmen and directed an episode of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.
These are two stellar additions to a guest list already filled with exceptional talent including Jae Lee, Erik Larsen, Terry Dodson, Mike Allred, Greg Capullo, Adam Hughes, Arthur Adams, Amanda Conner, David Lloyd, Jimmy Palmiotti, Phil Jimenez, Scott Snyder, Mark Waid, Bernie Wrightson, Stan Sakai, and many more! and many more. No comic fan will want to miss out on this opportunity!
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 12th, Saturday August 13th, and Sunday August 14th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Glyn Dillon (Nao of Brown, Deadline), the Concept Artist for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, appears at Gosh! Comics on Thursday, February 25 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM! Glyn will be giving a talk and answering your questions about his design work on the recent film, giving us a behind the scenes look at the latest installment of the saga! Afterwards, he will be signing copies of the new Art of Star Wars book which features many of his original his original designs. Space will be limited and seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
Superstar writer Neil Gaiman celebrated the legacy of his creation The Sandman in a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz on Monday, November 9, 2015 in Brooklyn. Thanks to DC Entertainment, the entire talk can be watched in the video above (via YouTube) with a special introduction by DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee.