OR – Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths Signing

Author/illustrator Graham Annable appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 2:00 PM to celebrate the release of Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths.

Peter and Ernesto are sloths and friends, but they are nothing alike. Laika Studios superstar artist, writer, and director Graham Annable brings all his significant powers to bear on this timeless friendship story for the youngest graphic novel readers.

Barnes & Noble – Clackamas Town Ctr Mall
12000 SE 82nd Avenue Portland, OR 97086
503-786-3464

OR – First Second Signing

Graham Annable, Mike Lawrence, Robin Robinson, and Charise Mericle Harper appear at Powell’s Books on Saturday, April 28th at 2:00 PM for a panel discussion moderated by Jonathan Liu, Senior Editor at GeekDad.

Four children’s graphic novelists and illustrators join us to present their new books: Graham Annable with Peter and Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths (First Second), Mike Lawrence with Star Scouts: The League of Lasers (First Second), Robin Robinson with The City on the Other Side (First Second), and Charise Mericle Harper with Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle (First Second).

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
503-228-4651

OR – Peter & Ernesto Launch Party

Author/illustrator Graham Annable appears at Green Bean Books on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM to celebrate the release of Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths.

Peter and Ernesto are sloths and friends, but they are nothing alike. Laika Studios superstar artist, writer, and director Graham Annable brings all his significant powers to bear on this timeless friendship story for the youngest graphic novel readers.

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Green Bean Books
1600 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
(503) 954-2354

Star Wars Rebels’ Steve Blum & Mary Elizabeth McGlynn Appear at Anime Boston 2018

Press Release:

Voice Actors Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Steve Blum will be appearing at Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on March 30th through April 1, 2018.

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer, and director. As an actress, she is currently playing Governor Pryce in Star Wars Rebels, Dr. Maheswaran in Steven Universe, Zahra Hydrus in Geek & Sundry’s Critical Role, Valkyrie in Lego Marvel’s Avengers, Talis in StarCraft II, Johanna in Heroes of the Storm, Queen Metalia in Sailor Moon Crystal, and Brooha in Glitter Force.

Mary Elizabeth portrayed Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society, and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. Some of her other popular roles are Cornelia in Code Geass, Kurenai from Naruto, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, Zanpakuto from Bleach, Helba and Bordeau from .hack, Jagura from Wolf’s Rain, Nuriko in Fushigi Yuugi, and Caroline from Vampire Hunter D.

“Mary Elizabeth McGlynn has one of the most recognizable voices in anime. Female heroes have long had a prominent place in anime and Mary’s portrayal of Major Kusanagi in the Ghost in the Shell series stands as the most iconic,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, the villain Amon in Legend of Korra, Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men, Orochimaru, Zabuza, and others from Naruto, Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII, Leeron from Gurren Lagann, Storm Troopers and many others in most of the Star Wars games, dozens of Digimon, and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!)

Currently you can find him as Zeb Orrelios and other characters in the incredible saga that is Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD, as Shoe and Sparky in Laika’s The Boxtrolls, and as astronaut Quentin Thomas on Hip Hop superstar LOGIC’s amazing album The Incredible True Story and his latest release Everybody.

Added Victor Lee, “What more can be said about Steve Blum? If you watched anime, you’ve heard his voice. If you don’t think you’ve heard his voice, you’ve probably heard his voice. It’s been too long since Steve was last in Boston!”

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, Michihiko Suwa, Kaoru Wada, Kaiji Tang, Josh Grelle, Amanda C. Miller, Jez Roth, Rachel Robinson, Christopher Bevins, J. Michael Tatum, Brandon McInnis, Caitlynn French, Scott Gibbs, and Yūji Mutō.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

OR – Graphic Novel Superstars Signing

Ben Hatke and Vera Brosgol appear at Green Bean Books on Monday, September 25th at 5:00 PM for a reading featuring their new books Mighty Jack and the Goblin King and Leave Me Alone!

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

Vera Brosgol’s first graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost, was published in 2011 by First Second Books and won an Eisner Award. Her first picture book, Leave Me Alone, was published in 2016 by Roaring Brook Press and won a Caldecott Honor. She has storyboarded for Laika on the feature films CoralineParanormanThe Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings, as well as for Cartoon Network, Frederator and various commercial projects

Green Bean Books
1600 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
(503) 954-2354

SF – An Afternoon with the Venture Bros

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Join Paul Boocock (Jonas Venture, Sr.), Michael Sinterniklass (Dean Venture), Dana Snyder (The Alchemist) and James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture) for an afternoon of all-things Venture on Saturday, January 28th at 2:00 PM! Moderated by Dana Gould (“The Simpsons,” “Stan Against Evil”)

Tickets available at the link!

Presented by SF Sketchfest.

Cobb’s Comedy Club
915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 928-4320

CA – LAIKA 10th Anniversary Art Show

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Press Release:

One of the greatest animation studios celebrates its 10 year anniversary! This October, Gallery Nucleus is honored to present brand new and unique tribute artwork inspired by Coraline, Paranorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo & the Two Strings. With production puppets and art also on display, this will be a must see event for all fans of the craft of animation and LAIKA studios.

OPENING RECEPTION FEATURES (October 29th)
Panel / Signing (3:00 – 5:00pm)
Exhibition (6:00 – 10:00pm)

FREE ADMISSION, Open to the public, No RSVP, All ages welcome

  • First 100 attendees get a FREE door prize
  • Purchase any LAIKA related items from our shop and be entered in our hourly raffle giveaways
  • Travis Knight (LAIKA CEO and Director/Producer of Kubo and the Two Strings) plus other LAIKA creatives will be in attendance for signings
  • Signatures will be limited to the first 200 guests who purchase any LAIKA related items
  • Live Shamisen music by Tsugaru Terry inspired by “Kubo and the Two Strings”

FEATURED ARTISTS

Alan Cook
Andrew Kolb
April Liu
Brendan Merien
David Au
Drake Brodahl
Israel Sanchez
Jackie Huang
Joey Chou
Julia Sarda
Mael Gourmelen
Maxime Mary
Pete Oswald
Seb Mesnard
Stan Manoukian
Uli Meyer
Zaruhi Galstian

…and more to be announced!

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

SF – An Evening with The Boxtrolls

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The Cartoon Art Museum goes behind the scenes of The Boxtrolls with co-directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 pm in a special event presented by Focus Features. Annable and Stacchi will share art and stories behind the making of The Boxtrolls, produced by LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and was released nationwide by Focus Features on September 26, 2014. The exhibition features concept art and puppets from the upcoming film, LAIKA’s third stop-motion animated film to be shot in 3D.

About The Boxtrolls:

The Boxtrolls is the all-new family event movie from LAIKA, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman, that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning of Maleficent). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family. Based upon the book Here Be Monsters, by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and is MPAA-rated PG.

About LAIKA:

Fueled by the vision of its owner, Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and its President & CEO Travis Knight, LAIKA is a feature film animation company located in Portland, Oregon. LAIKA’s first two films, Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012) were nominated for Academy Awards® and BAFTA® Awards.

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Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

CA – Hip Check Art Show

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Press Release:

Gallery Nucleus is proud to present Hip Check!: Fantasy Roller Derby by Vera Brosgol & Helen Chen, an exhibition highlighting the exciting, death-defying, and bone-crushing world of Roller Derby! Featuring the talents of Eisner award-winner Vera Brosgol and art director/visual developer Helen Chen, join us opening night Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 PM as each artist unveils their own fantasy roller derby dream team!

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

CA – Hidden People Exhibition

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ga-nucleusGraham Annable (Grickle creator & co-director of The Boxtrolls) showcases new work based on the eerie narratives of “The Hidden People” at Gallery Nucleus with an eexhibitionopening on Saturday, October 18th from 7:00 – 10:00 PM!

Opening Reception Highlights
50+ new works by Graham based on the stories of “The Hidden People”
Exclusive publication/US release of the comic short “Hidden” (signed & limited to 100 copies)
Exclusive new print releases by the artist
Free refreshments
…and more to be announced!

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801