Great Philadelphia Comic Con Announces 2017 Guests

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Press Release:

Come and ‘Get UR Geek On!’ at the largest independently run Pop Culture Convention in PA! With over 150,000 Sq ft of show, there is something for everyone! Dozens of Artists, Vendors, Media and Cosplay Guests and Events, including: Panels Gaming Contests Door Prizes Film + TV Screening Events And Much More! Guests include:

Marina Sirtis
Born to Greek parents who did not want her to become an actress. As soon as Marina completed high school, she applied to the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama secretly. After her graduation, she worked in musical theater, repertory and television. In 1986, she moved to Los Angeles, California. For six months, she auditioned for parts but was unsuccessful. Just before she planned to go back home, she got the part of Counselor Deanna Troi in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.

Bruce Boxleitner
As one of Hollywood’s leading men, Bruce Boxleitner has starred in a major motion picture franchise, numerous feature films, several popular television series, produced a major network film and TV series, performed on Broadway, and authored two science fiction novels.

John Wesley Shipp
John played Barry Allen aka The Flash in the CBS sci-fi adventure series “The Flash” (1990-1991), he then went on to play on the WB’s hit drama “Dawson’s Creek,” as Dawson’s dreamer dad Mitch Leery. Most recently he has returned to sci-fi by playing Henry Allen, the father of Barry Allen on the hit CW show “The Flash”.

Mike Zeck
Mike’s comics series and covers have influenced generations of artists, and one would have to argue which of Mike’s series has been the most influential, or most deeply embossed in our pop culture.

Zeck’s groundbreaking six part story “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” with J.M. Dematteis and Bob McLeod is the definitive Kraven the Hunter story and took the Spider-Man character to a whole new level, and has been touted by readers as the “Greatest Spider-Man story of all time,” in recent polls.

His work with writer Steven Grant on the Punisher Limited Series–collected as “Circle of Blood”—set the standard for the look and feel of the character and propelled the Punisher to flagship character status at Marvel. Along with air-brush artist Phil Zimelman, Mike has created some of the most recognizable painted images of the Punisher.

The 12-issue Series “Secret Wars,” was a monumental success, and Zeck’s design for Spider-Man’s black costume is still recognizable and indelible to this day. Spider-Man wore the costume temporarily, and it still lives on in the form of the super-villain, Venom.

Zeck’s work has also graced the pages and covers of “Captain America,” “Master of Kung Fu,” “Aquaman,” “Batman,” “Legends of the DC Universe,” “Green Lantern,” “G.I. Joe,” “G.I. Joe: Special Missions,” “Lobo,” “Deathstroke The Terminator,” “The Eliminator,” “Damned” and many other titles

Jim Shooter
A United States writer, occasional fill-in artist, editor, and publisher for various comic books. Shooter began selling stories to DC Comics for their Legion of Super-Heroes title when he was only 13. He eventually succeeded Archie Goodwin to become the controversial ninth editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics from 1978 to 1987.

After leaving Marvel, he fronted an effort to purchase the floundering publisher from its corporate ownership, losing out at the last minute to Ronald Perelman’s slightly higher bid. He then founded a new company, Voyager Communications, which published comics under the Valiant Comics banner.

Jim will be appearing Friday and Saturday Only!

Michael Golden
Michael Golden is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his late-1970s work on Marvel Comics’ The Micronauts, as well as his co-creation of the characters Rogue and Bucky O’Hare. His work is known to have influenced the style of artist Arthur Adams.

Ty Templeton
Ty has worked on titles for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Bongo Comics, and Moonstone Books, including Batman Adventures, The Simpsons and many others. He also created his own graphic novel, Bigg Time, published by DC Comics’ mature readers imprint, Vertigo.

He was recently editor of an independent Canadian comic company, Mr. Comics. Recent work includes writing and drawing stories for DC’s Batman 66, based on the 1960s television series. He teaches classes in comic book writing and drawing, known as “Ty Templeton’s Comic Book Boot Camp”.

Graham Nolan
Okay, here’s the truth in a nutshell… he grew up between Long Beach, NY and Indian Harbour Beach, FL. Went 2 years to the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, couldn’t afford to graduate. Started working in advertising waiting for big break in comics.

Break came at DC Comics when one of his teachers, Sal Amendola, who was the talent coordinator there, bought two of his school assignments to run in “New Talent Showcase.”

Started picking up more assignments from DC, Marvel and Eclipse Comics eventually leading to a 6 year run illustrating Batman in “Detective Comics” and co-creating the villain, Bane. In 1998 he wrote, illustrated and self-published, “Monster Island.”

Bob Camp
Bob started his animation career as a designer for animated series such as ThunderCats, Silverhawks, TigerSharks, and several other series produced by Rankin/Bass. He then worked as a designer on The Real Ghostbusters for DiC, and later as a storyboard artist on Tiny Toon Adventures for Warner Bros. Television. He was a co-founder of and director for Spümcø, the animation studio that created The Ren & Stimpy Show.

JK Woodward
J.K. Woodward started his professional comics career in 2003 when he collaborated with A. David Lewis on the indie comic Mortal Coils. When Peter David was re-launching his creator owned series Fallen Angel at IDW, James was a natural choice for Peter’s dark world of magic, violence and redemption. His last sequential art project was the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover, Assimilation 2 and he is currently handling the art for Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever.

Wil Traval
Wil can currently be seen as ‘Will Simpson’ on the Netflix original series Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” and will play DC character ‘Human Target’ in the upcoming season of CW’s “Arrow” Wil is a dynamic actor who has had a successful career both in the US and in his native Australia. He has guest starred in several other series including ABC’s hit “Once Upon A Time” as Sheriff of Nottingham.

Bryce Papenbrook
Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.

Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Eren in Attack on Titan, Kirito in Sword Art Online & Sword Art Online II, Shirou Emiya in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Meliodas in The Seven Deadly Sins, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Chooki & Lydendor in Tenkai Knights, Red in Pokémon Origins, Machina Kunagiri in Final Fantasy Type-0, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!! & Durarara!! X2, just to name a few.

Visit www.philadelphiacomiccon.com for further information and tickets! RSVP on Facebook!

CA – Summerlong Signing

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Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn and More, appears at Kepler’s Books on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM to present his new novel SUMMERLONG! Tickets at the link…

Press Release:

One of science fiction and fantasy’s most celebrated creators returns when Peter S. Beagle comes to Kepler’s with his thrilling new fantasy novel, Summerlong. The award-winning, bestselling author of The Last Unicorn has written dozens of books as well as nonfiction, short stories, poetry and screenplays, including produced screenplays for Ralph Bakshi’s animated 1978 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and the Sarek episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Beagle’s most well-known novel, The Last Unicorn, has sold more than five million copies worldwide and been adapted as a full-length audiobook, a stage production, an animated film and a graphic novel. The author’s first novel in more than a decade is Summerlong, a fascinating story about encroaching magic on Puget Sound that Kirkus Reviews calls, A beautifully detailed fantasy about love, magic, and age.

We hope you’ll join us for this marvelous celebration of one of Americas most gifted fantasy writers.

Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar. He is the author of a considerable number of epic fantasy and science-fiction series, fantastical stories of all kinds, urban fantasy novels, comics, scripts, etc., which have strongly influenced a generation of writers.

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Kepler’s Books and Magazines
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 324-4321

MO – High Stakes Release Party

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Author George R. R. Martin appears on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm to celebrate the release of the new hardcover High Stakes: A Wild Cards Novel with a gathering of Wild Cards Authors. Tickets available at the link!

George R. R. Martin will appear and autograph the new book High Stakes alongside:

Wild Cards assistant editor Melinda Snodgrass/Phillipa Bornikova

High Stakes co-authors Stephen Leigh, John Jos. Miller, Caroline Spector, Ian Tregillis

And other Wild Cards series contributors:

  • Carrie Vaughn 
  • Max Gladstone
  • David D. Levine
  • Parris
  • Pat Cadigan
  • Marko Kloos
  • Gail Gerstner Miller
  • Mary Anne Mohanraj
  • Kevin Andrew Murphy
  • Diana Rowland
  • Walton (Bud) Simons
  • Bob Wayne
  • Walter Jon Williams
  • Michael Cassutt

ABOUT THE EDITORS:

GEORGE R. R. MARTIN is the author of the international bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series, adapted into the hit television show Game of Thrones. Martin has won the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards for his numerous novels and short stories.

MELINDA M. SNODGRASS has worked on staff on numerous shows in Hollywood, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, and she has written pilots and feature films. In addition to being coeditor of Wild Cards, she also writes urban fantasy under the name Phillipa Bornikova.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, High Stakes (Wild Cards #13) delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page-turning novel of superheroics and Lovecraftian horror. After the concluding events of Lowball, Officer Francis Black of Fort Freak, vigilante joker Marcus “The Infamous Black Tongue” Morgan, and ace thief Mollie “Tesseract” Steunenberg get stuck in Talas, Kyrgyzstan. There, the coldblooded Baba Yaga forces jokers into an illegal fighting ring, but her hidden agenda is much darker: her fighters’ deaths serve to placate a vicious monster from another dimension. When the last line of defense against this world weakens, all hell breaks loose, literally. The Committee in New York sends a team of aces to investigate. One by one, each falls victim to evil forces, including the dark impulses within themselves. Only the perseverance of the most unlikely of heroes has a chance of saving the world before utter chaos erupts on Earth

DATE & TIME:  Friday, August 19, 2016, beginning at 5:00 PM, and ending before 8:00 PM.

LOCATION:  Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Count Basie Ballroom, 200 W 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105

EVENT FORMAT:  George R. R. Martin, Melinda Snodgrass and their guests will autograph the new Wild Cards adventure High Stakes. A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $27.99 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover Copy of High Stakes and One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.

Admission Packages are available for purchase through the link below.  You can also Order anytime In-Store at our Sales & Service Counter or Call 913-384-3126 to place a Phone Order.

EVENT GUIDELINES:  The Publication Date for High Stakes is August 30, 2016.

  • All Orders will be processed immediately, all sales are final.
  • Books and Tickets will be available for advance pickup at the Will Call table of this event beginning at 3:00 PM on Friday, August 19, 2016. The Will Call table will be located directly outside the Count Basie Ballroom.
  • Tickets are limited and numbered. Orders are processed in the order they are received. Ticket numbers will determine your group in the booksigning line. No one will be admitted to the ballroom without a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.
  • George R. R. Martin will autograph copies of High Stakespurchased from Rainy Day Books.
  • Melinda Snodgrass and Wild Cards guests will autograph copies of High Stakes and other books in the Wild Cards series, and will also personalize books.
  • Photography is allowed in the signing area, but posed photographs are prohibited.

PLEASE NOTE: This Event is a gathering and celebration of the Wild Cards, Authors will not sign any other Books / Memorabilia / etc.  This Event is hosted by Rainy Day Books.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination or origin. Authors will sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Books are available for purchase at our Author Event

Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Count Basie Ballroom
200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

NM – Wild Cards Signing

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Press Release:

The Jean Cocteau Cinema presents a special multi-author book signing, panel discussion, and Q&A with the authors of Wild Cards (including George R.R. Martin, Melinda Snodgrass, and Daniel Abraham), an epic science fiction anthology about superheroes and powerful villains (edited by George R.R. Martin) on Sunday, July 24th at 2:00 PM. Tickets are FREE with the purchase of a Wild Cards hardcover book ($26.00 TOTAL), $5.00 with purchase of Wild Cards paperback ($20 TOTAL), or $10.00 without a book purchase.

WITH LIVE APPEARANCES BY:

George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, Fevre Dream
Melinda Snodgrass, Edge of Dawn, Star Trek
Walter Jon Williams, Wild Cards
Daniel Abraham, King’s Blood, The Expanse
Laura Mixon, Up Against It
Kevin Murphy, Wild Cards
Marco Kloos, Terms of Enlistment, Angles of Attack
Victor Milan, Dinosaur Lords, Dinosaur Knights
John Jos. Miller, Wild Cards
Gail Miller, Wild Cards
Carrie Vaughn, Dreams of the Golden Age
Caroline Spector, Wild Cards
Chip Wideman, Wild Cards
Sage Walker, Wild Cards
Mary Ann Mohanraj, Bodies in Motion, Kathryn in the City
Chris Rowe, Wild Cards
Diana Rowland, White Trash Zombies Gone Wild, Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues
Edward Bryant, Wild Cards
Leanne Harper, Wild Cards
Gregory Noveck, Wild Cards
Ian Tregellis, The Mechanical, The Liberation

Tickets available at the link…

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

VA Comicon Returns This Weekend

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VA Comicon returns to the Richmond Raceway this weekend on November 21-22!

Featured guests include:

BOB GALE, Creator of Back to the Future!
BROOKE ALLEN, Artist of Lumberjanes!
MARINA SIRTIS, Deanna Troi on Star Trek: TNG!
WALTER JONES, Original Black Power Ranger!
TRINA NISHIMURA: Voice of Mikasa: Attack on Titan!
COLEMAN ENGLE: Artist of Steven Universe!
ALEX SAVIUK: Artist of the Spider-Man Sunday Strip!
CBCS GRADING: Professional Comic Book Grading!

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Get tickets and further information at www.vacomicon.com

NYC – Whoopi Goldberg Signs

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Whoopi Goldberg appears at Barnes & Noble on Friday October 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm to sign her book, “If Someone Says “You Complete Me,” Run!: Whoopi’s Big Book of Relationships.”

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

NJ – Whoopi Goldberg Signs

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Whoopi Goldberg appears at Books and Greetings on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm to sign her book, “If Someone Says “You Complete Me,” Run!: Whoopi’s Big Book of Relationships.

This is a ticketed event. When you purchase your book you will receive a numbered ticket, which is your number in the signing line. Each person attending needs to have their own book/ticket. If you can’t attend the event we can have books signed and shipped for you. All books must be purchased from Books & Greetings to attend the event.

Books & Greetings
271 Livingston Street, Northvale, NJ 07647
201.784.2665

Tidewater Comicon 2016 Announces 1st Guests

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Tidewater Comicon has announced their first guests for the 2016 convention on May 21st-22nd: Chris Claremont (Writer of Uncanny X-Men, Nightcrawler, New Mutants, Excalibur), John Wesley Shipp (star of The Flash, Dawson’s Creek), John De Lancie (Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Discord from My Little Pony, Breaking Bad) and Steve Blum (voice actor on Star Wars Rebels, The Legend of Korra, Wolverine and the X-Men, Cowboy Bebop, Transformers, and many more). For those seeking tables or more information please visit www.tidewatercomicon.com

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Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th St, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 385-2000

CA – Hop-Con 3.0

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Our annual celebration of nth-degree beer geekery is back for a third round. Join us for a release party large enough to match this year’s Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout. Hop-Con isn’t about awkward handshakes, high-fives, selfies and autographs – just general and rampant merriment and geeky celebration full of great food and awesome craft beer. As always, we have surprises planned. This year, we’ve added 45% more space to the festival. Whatever could we do with that? Hmmmm…you’ll have to wait and see.

Get tickets at the link…
YOUR $75 TICKET INCLUDES:

* Ten 4oz beer samples

* A commemorative Hop-Con 3.0 glass

* Gourmet food stations

* Lots of geeky good times!
DONATE $25 TO THE HERO INITIATIVE,
AND IDW PUBLISHING WILL GIVE YOU:

* A litho of the 2015 w00tstout label art cover signed by Dave Johnson
(cover artist for the noir Vertigo series and 100 Bullets)

* A signed litho from Kevin Eastman, creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

* Pride that 100% of your donation is helping comic illustrators of yesteryear
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* YOUR BREWERS & HOSTS *
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GREG KOCH our CEO and fearless leader

WIL WHEATON thespian and renaissance man

DREW CURTIS online news guru

AISHA TYLER actress, comedian and w00tstout alum

KEVIN EASTMAN illustrator and creator of Teenage Mutant Ninjas Turtles

DAVE JOHNSON “the Reverend” and illustrator of this year’s w00tstout label

KRIS KETCHAM Stone Liberty Station Brewing Manager

RICHARD ROSSI Stone Brewer and cask creator for Hop-Con

ALEXIS LIGHT Stone Assistant Brewer and cask creator for Hop-Con
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* THE 35+ BEERS *
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W00TSTOUT AND HOP-CON EXCLUSIVES:

Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout (2013)

Stone w00tstout 2.0 (2014)

Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout (2015)

Kevin Eastman / Kris Ketcham “IT’S PIZZA TIME!” A Pizza-Inspired Saison

Aisha Tyler / Kris Ketcham Stone Cold Fox Chocolate Orange Black IPA

Special cask creation by Richard Rossi

Special cask creation by Alexis Light
THE IPAs:

Stone RuinTen Triple IPA

Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0

Double Dry Hopped Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0

Ecliptic/Wicked Weed/Stone Points Unknown IPA

Stone Delicious IPA

Stone Go To IPA

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

Stone IPA

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Klaatu Barada Nikto

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Wheat Surrender

BARREL-AGED & SPECIAL CREATIONS:

Stone Reason Be Damned Belgian Style Abbey Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels

Stone Passion Project

Stone “The Tiger Cub” Saison aged in White Wine Barrels

Stone Spotlight: Imperial Mutt Brown Ale

Stone Barrel-Aged Brown Ale w/Balaton Sour Cherries

Stone Imperial Irish Stout

Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale aged in Red Wine Barrels

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Gose Gose Gadget

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Murder She Rotte

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Great Bowman’s Beard aged in Bourbon Barrels
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* THE HOP-CADE *
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We’re taking the giant plot behind building 12 (aka the garden bar) and turning it into the HOP-CADE! Our dream of creating an outdoor arcade and beer garden from last year has been realized.

We’ll have:
* Only IPAs on tap
* Our oversized lawn games (Jenga, Connect Four, etc)
* Two pinball machines (The Twilight Zone and Theatre of Magic)
* Donkey Kong
* Ms. Pac-Man
* A Skee-ball machine

Not enough? How about an arcade game with a 25-foot screen driven from a used beer barrel converted into a vintage arcade console? This last feat will be created by our friend Hunter Bond, Troll Slayer and resident Pinball Mechanic at J!NX, with custom metal routing by San Diego’s reproHAUS.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station
2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116, San Diego, CA 92106

CA – FCBD: Blastoff Comicsfest

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Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with music, food, beer and comic-book creators!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY will be bigger than ever this year in North Hollywood, when Blastoff Comics and Knitting Factory Entertainment team up to present the first-ever BLASTOFF COMICSFEST! Taking place on May 2, 2015, at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood from 10 am to 4 pm, BLASTOFF COMICSFEST will be the place to be in Los Angeles for Free Comic Book Day, with comics creators from Marvel, DC, IDW Publishing, Image, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse and more on hand to sign comics, provide free sketches and meet with comic-book fans young and old outdoors in the beautiful Southern California sun! With a beer garden, food stations, a live DJ, costumed hero photo ops, and of course, plenty of free comics! Plenty more details and announcements to come, so mark your calendars now!

SPECIAL GUESTS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR:

Joe Casey (MIAMI VICE: REMIX, SEX, THE BOUNCE)
Frank Gibson (CAPTURE CREATURES, ADVENTURE TIME, BEE AND PUPPYCAT)
Dana Gould (STAR TREK/PLANET OF THE APES, THE DANA GOULD HOUR)
Jim Krueger (JUSTICE, THE HIGH COST OF HAPPILY EVER AFTER)
Steve Niles (THE OCTOBER FACTION, MONSTER AND MADMAN, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT)
Valerie Perez (THE NERDIST, THE ADVENTURES OF PAULA PERIL)
Thomas Perkins (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES, BEN 10)
Kit Quinn (SWEETHEARTS OF THE GALAXY)
Mairghred Scott (TRANSFORMERS, WINDBLADE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY)
Todd Stashwick (12 MONKEYS, THE ORIGINALS, GOTHAM)
J.K. Woodward (CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER, STAR TREK/DOCTOR WHO)

More guests to be announced in the days to come!

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The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 980-2555

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