Beginning in 2016, Kids Read Comics’ annual two-day comics celebration, hosted by the wonderful Ann Arbor District Library, will have a new name: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF for short).
The Festival will still feature dozens of comics artists along with workshops, demonstrations and interactive drawing games. It will still be as kid- and family-friendly as ever. And attending the event will be free as always.
What we hope the new name makes clear is that young children aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a fun-packed Ann Arbor weekend filled with comics and creativity. We welcome teens and adults (always have) and offer a slate of guests and activities to meet a wide range of comics-related interests (ditto).
So join us as Kids Read Comics celebrates eight years of bringing comics excitement to Michigan libraries, when we inaugurate the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival on June 18 & 19, 2016 at the Ann Arbor District Library.
Keynote speakers at A2CAF 2016 will be Cece Bell, whose comics memoir El Deafo was named a Newbery Honor Book, and the children’s author Tom Angleberger, writer and illustrator of the bestselling Origami Yoda series.
Other guests include Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Rafael Rosado (Dragons Beware), Ruth McNally Barshaw (The Ellie McDoodle Diaries), Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales), Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Zack Giallongo (Broxo), J. Torres (Alison Dare), Katie Shanahan (Silly Kingdom), Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes), Kean Soo (March Grand Prix), Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles), and many more!
Please go to the website for full details: a2caf.com
Actor/writer Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Zootopia) and artist Shannon Eric Denton sign the comic Spectrum #0 from the web-series Con Man at Golden Apple Comics on Wednesday May 18th!
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
The DALLAS COMIC SHOW returns to the Richardson Civic Center on August 6-7, 2016. We continue bringing the DFW area an affordable and family-friendly event featuring comic book creators, celebrity guests, anime, cosplayers and more. John Romita Jr. (ALL-STAR BATMAN) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca in the STAR WARS films) kick off the guest list with many more to come. Information will be updated on www.dallascomicshow.com as details are confirmed.
Writer Gail Simone (Secret Six, Clean Room, Leaving Megalopolis) and artist John Tyler Christopher (Marvel’s action figure variant covers) sign at Downtown Comics on Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM!
Downtown Comics North
5767 E 86th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250
Dallas Comic Show is meant to be a nice throwback to the good old days of pop culture conventions, with affordable admission prices, a nice mix of guests from both the comic book and media realm, and carefully curated vendors offering high quality and licensed product. There’s a strict “no fan art” policy for all artist alley tables, bringing back the purity of creator-owned product and original content for customers to check out.
Comic book guests include Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Tony Harris (Star Wars: C-3PO), Brandon Peterson (Uncanny Inhumans), Cully Hamner (Red), Tony Bedard (Supergirl), Mark Verheiden (Netflix’s Daredevil writer/producer), Mark A. Nelson (Aliens), Michael Lark (Lazarus), James O’Barr (The Crow), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories) and more.
Media guests include Sam Jones (Flash Gordon), Jamie Kennedy (Scream 1-3), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints), Billy West (Futurama and Ren & Stimpy), Samantha Newark (Jem), Judith Hoag (TMNT’s April O’Neil), Taimak (The Last Dragon) and Dragon Ball Z voices Chris Rager and Josh Martin.
- World premiere signing of Dark Horse’s ALIENS 30th Anniversary hardcover with writer Mark Verheiden and artist Mark A. Nelson.
- Brian Stelfreeze and Tony Harris make their first signing appearances since the release of Marvel’s super hot Black Panther #1 and Star Wars: C-3PO.
- Special film screenings with guest Q&As on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, TX.
This is a fun family event for all ages, Q&A panels all weekend, and costume contest Saturday night. All the info can be found at www.dallascomicshow.com
Star Wars actress is the recipient of this year’s Cultural Humanism award to be received on Monday, April 18th at 8:00 PM.
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.
Awesome Con, the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, DC, expects to attract its most dynamic crowd yet in 2016. This June 3rd-5th, fans will experience an impressive line-up of celebrity guests from the worlds of television, movies, and comic books and specialized pavilions focused on science and technology, family activities, and larger-than-life props. Panel discussions bring together noted experts from comic creators to scientists at NASA; costume contests, sci-fi speed dating, and gaming tournaments celebrate all things geeky; and the show floor will feature exhibits dedicated to comics, collectibles, toys, cosplay, and original art. Fun for fans of all ages, Awesome Con continues its commitment to creating an inclusive atmosphere for diehard fans, casual fans, and families. And this year is Awesome Con’s first year in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organizer created by the founder of New York Comic Con.
Special guest headliners include: Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, The Musketeers, The Fifth Estate, Torchwood), Adam West (Batman, Family Guy, The Simpsons), Burt Ward (Batman) Kevin Smith (Comic Book Men, Jay and Silent Bob, Clerks), and John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who).
Daily and full weekend passes available now on the website. VIP passes & experiences range from $150 to $465 and offer access to various celebrity appearances and special events. Click here for further details.
Awesome Con is DC’s comic-con! Awesome Con embraces all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more. Special events include discussion panels, costume contests, trivia contests, gaming tournaments, and tons of activities for kids. It is strongly advised to buy tickets in advance! For further details please go to the website: www.awesome-con.com
Best known as a cover artist with long runs on titles including Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batgirl, Tomb Raider, Star Wars Legacy, and many more, Adam Hughes is a thirty year veteran of the comic book industry and widely regarded for his stylized renderings of women; super heroines, damsels in distress, figures in fantasy. Just recently Archie Comics announced Hughes will be the writer and artist of the re-launched Betty & Veronica ongoing series!
Sketch card artist Allison Sohn’s work has been showcased in several trading card sets, including: Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 and 5 and the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection; Women of Marvel; Indiana Jones Heritage; Lord of the Rings Masterpieces, Series 1 and 2; and the Red Sonja 35th Anniversary. In addition, she provided exclusive artwork for both Star Wars Celebration IV and V.
Here are the details of the signing event with Adam Hughes/Allison Sohn on May 13, 2016:
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Mr. Hughes will be doing pre-ordered sketch covers. There will be 20 spots and they will be Sharpie head sketches. These will be $79.99 each if you supply your own cover. If you choose one of the covers we have in stock, it will be plus the cover price of the comic. These items will be available for CBCS grading for an additional $10 NOT including the grading from CBCS.
3:00 – 4:00 PM
CBCS Signing period. ALL books will be going through one representative by request of Mr. Hughes. Mr Hughes will be charging $10 per signature for a maximum of 10 books presented at one time. You are welcome to go to the back of the line to obtain more signatures.
**CBCS witnesses, please note, you MUST go through our representative on site. There is only one witness authorized for this event by request of Mr. Hughes.
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Mr. Hughes will be doing sketch covers for the entire hour. These books will NOT be available for CBCS witnessing. CBCS witnesses that attempt to go around the systems set in place will be reported to CBCS.
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Mr. Hughes will be signing comics during this time. There is a maximum of 5 free signatures per person. Each additional book will be $10 per signature. These books will NOT be available for CBCS witnessing. CBCS witnesses that attempt to go around the systems set in place will be reported to CBCS.
CBCS witnessing provided by Michael Alexandropoulos of www.moregreatart.com. If you are interested in having your books signed and submitted for grading at the event, please contact him at email@example.com.
Other CBCS witnesses must contact Michael Alexandropoulos of www.moregreatart.com at firstname.lastname@example.org for event details.
**Cash only please.
***please note, schedule is subject to change to accommodate breaks for Mr. Hughes and Ms. Sohn.
Merrymac Games and Comics
550 DW Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054
Kemp Remillard, the illustrator of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections book, will be signing books at Mission: Comics & Art on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM to celebrate STAR WARS DAY! May the Fourth be with you!
Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
Note: Alan, PJ, and Shannon will only be signing the Free Comic Book Day Spectrum Issue #0. So please refrain from bringing other items to sign to make sure there is time to sign everyone’s Spectrum Comic! Thanks!
House of Secrets
1930 W Olive St, Burbank, CA 91506