MA – How i Made the World Signings

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Press Release:

That’s Entertainment presents comic book signing events at their locations in Worcester and in Fitchburg on July 2 and 9, respectively. Creators of a newly-released Xeric Grant winning comic book called “How i Made the World” will be on hand on those two Wednesday evenings to sign copies of their work, and to chat with fans and aspiring comic book creators. The event is free and open to the public.

Artist Randy Michaels is set to be at Thats Entertainment, 244 Park Avenue in Worcester on July 2 (4:00 to 7:00 p.m.); both Michaels and writer Liz Plourde will be at the 56 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg signing on July 9 (4:00 to 6:45 p.m.). Michaels will also be adding free sketches of a character from “How i Made the World” to the covers of the comics purchased by fans.

“How i Made the World” is a semi-autobiographical story about a college student and writer who is assigned a challenging art project; the work begins to consume her thoughts and restless nights until an epiphany brings all the details of the story together. The central character, in the words of Plourde, translates her everyday experiences into epic adventures. Advance reviews from industry websites and publications have praised the synergy between writer and artist, as well as the strong prose, memorable supporting characters and lovely, clean artwork. These are some of the characteristics that propelled this engaging slice-of-life comic to victory in the competition for the coveted Xeric Grant.

Ken Carson, manager of Thats Entertainment, says the comic belongs with other great, non-superhero or alternative comics like Love & Rockets and Optic Nerve. There is a very persistent, devoted market for this type of clever and literary comic. To me, its very character-driven. I really enjoyed spending time in the setting Liz and Randy created.

The Xeric Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation based in Northampton, Massachusetts, which for twenty years awarded self-publishing grants to comic book creators. The Xeric Foundation was established by Peter Laird, co-creator of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. A few years ago, the Foundation announced it would award publishing grants for only a short time longer, changing their focus to charitable work, including fostering environmentalism, literacy, and the arts. Fortunately for Plourde and Michaels, How i Made the World was submitted just in time and awarded one of the final grants. The sole major wholesaler to comic book shops, Diamond Distributors, then accepted the comic for solicitation to retailers, which also gave How i Made the World an important edge over most self-published comics.

Michaels and Plourde, who both currently live in southern New Hampshire, have strong ties to the Central New England area. Michaels works in illustration and TV production, and Plourde currently teaches at Mt. Washington College.

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MA – Justice League Beyond Signing

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Writer Christos Gage signs at That’s Entertainment on New Year’s Day from 2:00 till 6:00 pm! He is currently scripting Superior Spider-Man, as well as Justice League Beyond, Buffy, Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps, and the Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game! Also his new issue of FLASH will be on the rack when he appears.

That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609

MA – Lois Lane Day

loissmallestArtist Paul Ryan appears at That’s Entertainment of Worcester on Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 3-6pm!

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On Sunday, December 30, 2012, That’s Entertainment of Worcester will celebrate the recent installation of the street sign for the newly renamed private road, Lois Lane. Superman artist Paul Ryan will be at the store at 244 Park Avenue from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ryan will draw an original sketch of Lois Lane on a special commemorative print, at no charge for each attendee while time permits and the supply of prints lasts.

The street name Lois Lane instantly evokes the image of the famous fictional character who has been Superman’s love interest— probably the archetypal superhero love interest– in various media for seven decades. She is the plucky journalist who always seems on the verge of proving that Superman is actually Clark Kent.

That’s Entertainment had petitioned the City in March of 2011 to change the name of Marmon Place, a short private road that runs alongside and behind the store, to Lois Lane. In August of this year, the Worcester City Council unanimously approved the request.   “The new name is a perfect match for That’s Entertainment, because we’re in the comic book and pop culture business,” said That’s Entertainment owner Paul Howley, “and just about everyone says it’s a super idea.”

Manager Ken Carson expressed appreciation for the City officials who moved the proposal forward step by step, and for the DPW’s attention to detail in the sign and installation.   “It’s a very eye-catching sign, with the Worcester heart symbol on it, and ‘Lois Lane’ spelled out fully,” Carson said. “I’m sure it will become a popular spot for photos.”

“We’ve been in Worcester for thirty-two years and right at this address for the past twenty,” Carson added. “Now we can say that we’re located at the corner of Park Ave. and Lois Lane.”

Artist Paul Ryan, who currently draws the daily comic strip The Phantom for King Features Syndicate, has worked extensively in the comic industry on major characters such as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Avengers, Batman and Superman. Ryan is the only artist to have contributed to the wedding issues of both Spider-Man (Peter Parker marrying Mary Jane Watson in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, 1987), and Superman (Clark Kent marrying– of course– Lois Lane in Superman: The Wedding Album, 1996).

“We’re excited that Paul Ryan was available for the event because he’s a classic superhero artist, and he has a strong history of drawing Lois,” said Evan Scola, Marketing Manager for the store.

We will also simultaneously hold a “Lois Lane Look-Alike” contest. Because “Superman’s Girlfriend” has been featured in so many different comics, TV shows and movies over the course of 75 years, there is a lot of room for interpretation.

“We’ll be taking photos of anyone who wants to enter. We’re looking for someone who personifies the tough and determined Daily Planet reporter. But Lois is really timeless, so a contestant might dress as a lady reporter from any era between the 1930s and the present,” said Scola. “After the event, we’ll choose the winner of a $50 store gift certificate.”

In addition, the store will also raffle a hand-signed photo of the first Lois Lane actress, Noel Neill, at the event. Neill appeared in 1940s Superman film serials, and later starred alongside George Reeves in the classic 1950s TV show, The Adventures of Superman.

That’s Entertainment is a pop culture emporium established in 1980. In 1997, That’s Entertainment received the “Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award” from Comic-Con International: San Diego. The award, named for comic book creator Will Eisner, recognizes “an individual retailer who has done an outstanding job of supporting the comics art medium both in the community and within the industry at large.” In addition to comic books, the store carries video games, baseball cards, records, toys, DVDs and other collectible and entertainment items.

That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609

MA – NoFriends Nerdcore Tour

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Four nationally (and internationally) recognized nerdcore rap stars from pretty much everywhere are crash landing into the most epic of epic comic book stores that Central Mass has to offer. Come to That’s Entertainment on Park Ave in Worcester MA on Thursday, September 6th at 7:00pm to see:

HALIFAX RAP LEGEND JESSE DANGEROUSLY
COMIC NERDCORE SENSATION ADAM WARROCK
THOUGHTCRIMINALS MASTERMIND MIKAL KHILL
DIRTY SOUTH SWAMP THING TRIBE ONE

Also, local heroes SHANE HALL and DANNY FANTOMwill be manning the controls on the landing pad so that we can all be fully prepared for what is about to happen. WHATS ABOUT TO HAPPEN? I DONT KNOW!The show is a $5-$10 suggested door price. So bring all your wallets with all your money in em so that all these great artists can keep doing what they do!
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That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609

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MA – FCBD: The Hobbit Signing

David Wenzel and Bob Noberini appear at That’s Entertainment in Worcester, MA on Saturday, May 5, 2012, from Noon to 5 p.m. for Free Comic Book Day!

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Acclaimed fantasy artist David T. Wenzel will appear at That’s Entertainment in Worcester on Free Comic Book Day 2012, Saturday May 5th Noon to 5 p.m. Wenzel is best known for his graphic novel adaptation of The Hobbit, which is one of the most successful artistic visualizations of classic literature ever done.

Wenzel will sign a free fantasy art print he has created especially for Free Comic Book Day attendees. This art event ties into mounting anticipation among fantasy fans for the premiere of the new The Hobbit movie, which will be released in December of this year.

“I know David plans to bring a variety of prints and paintings to display and sell,” says Company Manager Ken Carson, “so this will definitely be a colorful visual feast for fans of fantasy art. And it’s a great opportunity for aspiring artists to talk with a world-renowned professional.”

Scola has also lined up artist Bob Noberini for the event. Noberini is well-known for his dynamic superhero style, and he will be offering free sketches to attendees as time permits.

That’s Entertainment is a “pop culture emporium”, dealing mainly in comic books, toys, movies and video games. Located at 244 Park Avenue since 1992, they have operated in Worcester since 1980.

Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores. Free Comic Book Day started in 2002 and is coordinated by the industry’s single large distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors. On Free Comic Book Day, participating retailers give away specially printed copies of comic books. In its first six years, more than 2000 retailers in more than 30 countries have given away more than 12 million Free Comic Book Day special-edition comic books. That’s Entertainment has participated in FCBD every year since its inception, and has regularly featured professional artists as part of the event.

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That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609

MA – FCBD: Avengers Signing

Artist Paul Ryan signs at That’s Entertainment on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day! Paul will be drawing free sketches of Avengers characters!

That’s Entertainment
56 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-342-8607

MA – Rex Trailer Signing

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Rex Trailer, legendary Boston children’s television personality and broadcast pioneer, appears at That’s Entertainment in Fitchburg on Sunday, September 11th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is free, intended for adults and children alike and open to the public. Rex will sign copies of a limited edition print commemorating the appearance. The print will be given out free, one per attendee, while supply lasts.

In addition, Rex will bring his guitar and sing a song or two including one in honor of the heroes of 9/11 called “I Appreciate You”

That’s Entertainment
56 John Fitch Hwy,Fitchburg, MA

MA – Free Comic Book Day 2011

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Bob Noberini, Rich Maurizio, Eric Merced, Brian Nelson, and Bret Herholz sign on Saturday May 7, 2011 starting at noon for Free Comic Book Day!!

That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609

MA – Sherlock Holmes Signing

Bret Herholz signs and sells original art and signed prints from Noon till 5pm on Wednesday January 19th at That’s Entertainment to kick off the official nationwide Diamond release of Sherlock Holmes: The Painful Predicament of Alice Faulkner’s THIRD PRINT RUN.

That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA

MA – Avengers Academy Signing

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Christos Gage signs Avengers Academy #1 on Saturday, June 19, 2010 from noon – 5:00pm!

That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA

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