OR – The Art of Colorists Group Exhibit

Press Release:

Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is proud to present a collaborative group show featuring the work of comic book color artists known as colorists. The exhibit consists of original artwork and examples of the colorists’ industry work. The exhibition begins with an artist’s reception from 6pm-10pm on opening night, Thursday, December 7, 2017, and will be available for viewing throughout December.

In the simplest of descriptions, a colorist is responsible for adding color to black-and-white comic book art. Over the years the medium of comics has evolved, and so have the skills of color artists. As the work of colorists has become an increasingly dynamic component, their recognition by the industry and their peers has increased. It’s our hope to further that recognition by working with several colorists for this installation.

Among the color artists participating in the show are Lesley Atlansky (Short Order Crooks, Kid Sherlock), Jeremy Colwell (Batman/TMNT, Wonder Woman Rebirth), Jeromy Cox (DMZ, Promethea), Kelly Fitzpatrick (Archie, Bitch Planet, DC Bombshells), Adam Guzowski (Nailbiter, TMNT), Sloane Leong (From Under Mountains, Change), Steve Oliff (Akira), and Rico Renzi (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Spider-Gwen). The exhibit is organized by Fitzpatrick, Atlansky, and Marissa Louise.

The colorists’ group exhibit will be on display the entire month of December. The gallery is open for viewing Mondays 2pm-6pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit closes on Saturday, December 30th, at the end of business.

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Sequential Art Gallery + Studio
328 NW Broadway, Apt 113, Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 916-9293

SF – Animaniacs 25th Anniversary Celebration

It’s time for Animaniacs! The beloved show turns 25, and SF Sketchfest is proud to celebrate it with an evening of stories, songs and general tomfoolery with three of the massive talents behind the show: Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff), Maurice LaMarche (The Brain), and Randy Rogel, the man responsible for the amazing wordplay and music in the show, appear at the Brava Theater Center on Friday January 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets available now…

Maurice LaMarche:
Maurice LaMarche is an Emmy Award winning Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. He is best known for his voicework in Futurama as Kif Kroker, as Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters, Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Big Bob Pataki in Hey Arnold!, Dizzy Devil in Tiny Toons, The Brain in Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, and his portrayal of Mr. Freeze in Batman: Arkham City. His extensive resumes also includes voice work on The Critic, GI Joe, Freakazoid!, The Tick, Taz-Mania, Talespin, The Littler Mermaid, King of the Hill, Sonic Underground, Disney’s House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Works, and Inspector Gadget. He also dubbed the voice of Orson Welles over Vincent D’Onofrio’s on-camera performance in Ed Wood. Follow him on twitter: @mauricelamarche.

Rob Paulsen
One of the most acclaimed and in-demand voice actors out there, with over 2,000 animated half-hours to his credit and 1000 commercial spots, Rob Paulsen is familiar to many as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, and back to back Annie awards in 1997 and 1998); Yakko and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff from Animaniacs; Arthur from The Tick; Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom; Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; the title role in Mighty Max; Bobble in the Tinkerbell series; and the title role in The Mask. On camera, he’s appeared in the films Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match and Warlocked. TV work includes MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Rob’s new weekly podcast, Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, is available on iTunes. Check out his website at www.robpaulsenlive.com

Randy Rogel
Randy has won three Emmy Awards (nominated for ten), a Peabody Award, two Annie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the Ovation Award. He recently co-wrote the hit song “Poisonous Love” for Kristen Chenoweth with John Powell for the major motion picture “Rio 2.” He was show-runner for the animated series “1001 Nights” and won Leo awards for Writing and Best Animated Series. At Disney, Randy wrote songs and scripts for the animated movies “Peter Pan — Return to Neverland,” “Cinderella II,” “Cinderella III,” “Winnie The Pooh,” “Around the World in Eighty Days,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “101 Dalmations II.” Randy spent nine years on staff at Warner Bros. Animation where he began as an original writer on the “Batman” series and then joined the staff of Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs,” for which wrote most of the songs and many of the scripts. Randy is a West Point graduate with ten years service as an officer in the combat arms. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the academy and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Boston University.

Presented by SF Sketchfest.

Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

OK – Animaniacs LIVE

Actor Rob Paulsen (Yakko Warner, Pinky) and composer Randy Rogel bring ANIMANIACS LIVE to the Rialto Theatre on Friday, December 8th at 8:00 PM.  Get tickets at the link….

Press Release:

It’s time for Animaniacs…LIVE! The most zany, animany and totally insany Animaniacs are back! Fans of the beloved Warner Bros. animated series, are in for a treat as they get up close and personal with their favorite characters as they perform songs from the pop-culture hit cartoon series – live on stage in the all-new Animaniacs LIVE!

The Animaniacs LIVE! Concert is a musical revue, starring Rob Paulsen (Yakko) and Emmy Award-winning composer Randy Rogel, who created many of the memorable songs you STILL can’t remove from your brain pan, they bring the stage to life as the dynamic duo runs through an unforgettable playlist of Animaniacs hits.

In addition to the concert, Rob and Randy will share fun anecdotes and silly secrets from the many years of the making of the series. The concert will feature more than 20 of the most popular songs from Animaniacs, including ‘Yakko’s World’ and ‘I’m Mad’ — and fans will want to hear an updated version of the globe-trotting, world-famous ‘Yakko’s World’ song, featuring newly christened countries as they have come to be.

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Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
(405) 708-6937

FL – Batman/TMNT Signing

Chad Thomas signs at Highlander Novelties Comics and Games on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Chad is best known for his work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, MegaMan, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Chad will be signing for free with purchase from Highlander Novelties. We will have Blank sketch cover comics for titles including Batman/TMNT issue #1 available for commissions. There will also be a exclusive print available.

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Highlander Novelties Comics and Games
364 Story Road, Ocoee, Florida 34761
(407) 347-5436

Early Bird Rates Extended for Planet Comicon Kansas City 2017

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Early bird pricing EXTENDED for Planet Comicon Kansas City! Purchase NOW for the best price of the year!

This year, Planet Comicon Kansas City promises to deliver an incredible list of comic creators, special guests, and an entire universe of cosplay, collectibles, and interactive fun…not to mention a full slate of panels and demos for adoring aficionados, aspiring artists, and curious collectors of all ages. Planet Comicon Kansas City has grown to be one of the top 25 pop culture and comic book events in the country by attendance and you do not want to miss one minute.

ACT NOW to take advantage of early bird pricing for a 20% discount on Friday and Sunday single day, adult and youth admissions.

Deadline for purchase at this special pricing has been EXTENDED to November 20, 2017. You will not see a better deal. And don’t forget that Planet Comicon Kansas City is your best value for the entire family – children 7 years old and under are free!

Special guests! Comic creators! The excitement is building!

We’re thrilled to announce the addition of celebrated comic creators Megan Levens (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, Spell on Wheels), Jai Nitz (Co-Creator Suicide Squad’s El Diablo, Co-Creator Dream Thief), Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy, The Big Guy and Rusty the Robot Boy, Hard Boiled), and Kyle Strahm (Spread, Downfall, Octane Bloodstain). They will be joining an ever-growing list of celebrities, fellow comic creators, and cosplayers coming to Planet Comicon Kansas City in 2018!

Currently scheduled to appear include:

  • Jason Aaron Scalped, Star Wars, Southern Bastards, Thor
  • CW Cooke Solitary, Stillwater
  • Abby Darkstar Cosplayer & Gamer
  • Amy “Lita” Dumas WWE Hall of Fame
  • Chad Hardin Harley Quinn, Temerity
  • Ryan Hurst Sons of Anarchy, Outsiders, Bates Motel
  • Amy Jo Johnson Power Rangers, Felicity
  • Jae Lee Inhumans, Dark Tower, Batman/Superman
  • Charles Martinet Voice of Mario and Luigi
  • B. Clay Moore Hawaiian Dick, the Whistling Skull, Savage, Endless Summer
  • Michael Rooker The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Sean Schemmel Dragon Ball Z
  • Mark Sheppard Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, Firefly
  • Sting WWE Hall of Fame
  • Trish Stratus WWE Hall of Fame
  • Freddie E. Williams II Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He-Man/Thundercats Series

Many more creator and celebrity guests will be attending the show. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or stay tuned to our website each week for more guest announcements.

NH – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Day 2017 Signing

Artist Ben Bishop signs at Double Midnight Comics on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 to celebrate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Day 2017!

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Double Midnight Comics
245 Maple Street, Manchester, NH 03103
603-669-9636

CA – TMNT Day 2017 Signing

Artist Chris Johnson appears at both Earth-2 Comics on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 to celebrate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Day 2017! He will be at the Sherman Oaks location from noon till 2:00 PM and in Northridge from 5:00 till 7:00 PM.

Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 386-9590

Earth-2 Comics
8967 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 993-7804

 

CA – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #75 Variant Signing

David Baron, Ryan Winn, and Deth appear at Brave New World Comics on Wednesday, October 25th at 3:00 PM! Free TMNT comic to all signing attendees. Purchase our store exclusive variant to TMNT #75 for $9.99 and score a free TMNT sketch from David, Ryan or Deth, plus a signed limited edition TMNT print! Our store exclusive is limited to just 500 copies and is only available for purchase at our store and one other retail location! The print is limited to only 250 copies.

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Brave New World Comics
22722 Lyons Avenue #6, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
(661) 259-4745

PA – Black Creative Team Signing + Q&A

Kwanza​ ​Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal​ ​Igle, and Khary Randolph appear at Amalgam Comics on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM to present and sign the series BLACK.

Kwanza​ ​Osajyefo: Co-creator and the writer of BLACK – a comic that explores the question: what if only black people had superpowers? Kwanza’s career in sequential-art storytelling spans over a decade, including working as online editor at both Marvel and DC Comics. He began his career as an intern at Marvel Comics and worked his way up to digital editor. After leaving comics for a time, Kwanza returned to launch DC Comics’ first webcomics imprint, Zuda, and created the blueprints for the digital comics initiative. Kwanza prefers to write stories that draw from our human condition, centered around characters with various perspectives and backgrounds.

TIM SMITH 3 (A.K.A TS3): Designer and co-creator on Black. Tim has been working in the comic industry for over 15 years. Doing illustration work for Marvel, DC Comics, Archie, and many others to name a few.

Jamal​ ​Igle: Recipient of the 2011 Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Art, Jamal Igle is the writer/artist/Creator of Molly Danger for Action Lab Entertainment. He’s penciled everything from indie faves to Marvel and DC hits.

Khary Randolph: He attended School of Visual Arts and graduated in 2000 with a BFA in Cartooning and Illustration. Since then, Khary has worked in the animation, advertising, and the comic book industry on properties such as Mosaic, Spider-Man, X-Men, Hellboy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Boondocks, Teen Titans, and Robin War. He is currently working on an unannounced project for Skybound.

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-3300

NH – TMNT Day 2017 Signing

Artist Steve Lavigne signs at Jetpack Comics on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.

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Jetpack Comics
37 North Main Street, Rochester, NH 03867
(603) 330-9636

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