CA – Fantastical: The Art of Matt Gaser Signing

Matt Gaser, a Spectrum award winning Freelance illustrator/visual development artist, appears at the Schulz Museum on Saturday, July 8th at 1:00 PM. Gaser has worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, Green Lantern: the animated series, and recently The Angry Birds Movie, among other projects. He’s also published a new book about his personal work and stories called Fantastical: The Art of Matt Gaser.

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Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 579-4452

Montreal Comiccon 2017 Hosts David Tennant, Nathan Fillion & Many More

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Montreal Comiccon is a pop-culture fan convention that showcases artists and products from entertainment genres like: Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, Gaming in all its forms, and, of course, bande dessinée and comic books. It features a large array of exhibits with several companies demonstrating their wares and a few vehicles or set pieces from film or television are on display, a shopping experience like no other, aimed at fans that are looking for games, T-Shirts, comics, toys, statues, DVDs/Blu-rays, replicas and more collector items.

Fans have the opportunity come to meet their favorite creators from the world of comics and BD, get their autographs, buy a sketch or thank them for their work. Additionally, one of the biggest draws, fans get to meet the personalities behind their favorite TV shows and movies. Celebrities participate in autograph sessions, photo opportunities and Q&As that accommodate between 700 and 3000 fans.

Fans are encouraged (but not obliged) to come dressed as their favorite pop culture characters, be they from movies, TV, video games or comics. It culminates at the Masquerade, the big costuming competition that brings in judges from across the globe, over 60 competitors, and close to 3000 fans to cheer them on when they hit the big stage.

Over the course of three days, fans are treated to over 100 different panel discussions and workshops that help further promote comics, costuming, gaming and pop culture in general. A gaming zone for fans to discover new game demos, participate in tourneys or simply enjoy some free-play. Video games are feature for both indie games and AAA studios with demos and eSports tournaments. Screenings for short and feature films are presented that include fans films, as well as independent and studio productions.

Montreal Comiccon is proud to announce a strong starter line-up focused on fans favourite franchises.

Nathan Fillion is best known to Firefly enthusiast as Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a role he reprised in the 2005 film Serenity – though most recently was the star of the hit series Castle.

David Tennant is loved by legions of fans for his role as the 10th Doctor on the international hit series Doctor Who. Since then, he’s had a successful run starring on several dramas including the BBC series Broadchurch and Netflix’s Jessica Jones.

John Rhys-Davies has had a long and varied career, starring in several TV series like Sliders and the The Shannara Chronicles, though best known for his roles as Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark, and, of course, Gimli, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films. The Harry Potter franchise has risen to the top as one of the most impactful, and we have none other than the actor who portrayed evil wizard Lucius Malfoy, Jason Isaacs, who was just announced as one of the leads on the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery.  Comiccon will also be celebrating 20 years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with the presence of James Marsters, who played the sometimes good, mostly evil vampire, Spike. As ever, Star Wars remains one of the most adored franchise, and we’ll be bringing in the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter, Boba Fett, as played by actor Jeremy Bulloch.

For twenty five years, Kevin Conroy has been considered the definitive voice of Batman, starting with Batman: The Animated Series. Beyond the 85-episode run, he has been the voice of Bruce Wayne in multiple TV series, animated films, and video games, including the acclaimed video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, and will return as the Dark Knight in Injustice 2, slated for release in May 2017.

Video Games continue to dominate the entertainment market and one of the bestselling for 2016 was Ubisoft’s own Watch Dogs 2. For this year’s event, Comiccon will focus on the talented group of motion capture actors, who bring the game’s DedSec team of hackers to life:  Tasya Teles (Sitara), Shawn Baichoo (Wrench), and Jonathan Dubsky (Josh), Christopher Jacot (Dusan), John Tench (T-Bone) and Ruffin Prentiss (Marcus).

From comic books to cartoons, toys, and blockbuster films, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been a mainstay for over 30 years. We are very thrilled to welcome the co-creator of TMNT, Kevin Eastman, whom, to this day, continues to write and draw for the IDW series. Joining him will be the creator of American Flagg, Howard Chaykin, whom also has the distinction of being the very first artist on the Marvel Comics 1977 Star Wars. In addition, fans can look forward to meeting Glenn Fabry, the painter and illustrator known for his covers on Preacher, 2000 A.D., and, most recently American Gods; Marguerite Sauvage, the artist on the breakthrough Valiant comic series Faith, and also created the Montreal Comiccon 2017 poster art; plus Julien Paré-Sorel, the artist on the anxiously-awaited comic series Dans une galaxie près de chez vous, which is written by the original show creators Pierre-Yves Bernard et Claude Legault and expected to release in 2018.

Fans of costume building are in for a special treat with some of the most popular professional cosplayers. These include Italian cosplayer Leon Chiro and one of the hosts of the new TV series Cosplay Melee, LeeAnna Vamp. They’ll be there to meet fans and offer tips and tricks at their costume panels. As ever, the Masquerade costume contest will be taking place on Saturday, July 8, where amateur costume makers take to the Comiccon stage to compete in front of industry judges.

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For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.montrealcomiccon.com

BoroughCon 2017 Announced for Memorial Day Weekend

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Superhero, animation and gaming fans will soon converge on Utopia Parkway for a four-day celebration in a park-like setting.

St. John’s University will host BoroughCon, a new pop culture convention, over Memorial Day Weekend 2017, May 26-May 29. The event, which is expected to draw up to 20,000 attendees, will appeal to enthusiasts of heroic stories in film, television, gaming and graphic formats, as well as to those who enjoy anime and manga –animation and comics, respectively, in the Japanese tradition.

BoroughCon programming will include panels and autograph sessions with celebrities, gaming tournaments, screenings of both classic and as-yet unreleased films and TV shows, a vendors’ room and an artists’ alley. In addition to special programming for youth and children as well as their parents and grandparents, there will also be a cosplay competition.

“Cosplay is the performance art of creating costumes based on your favorite media characters, then embodying those characters for the audience,” BoroughCon CEO Matthew Goodison-Orr explains. “It has become a staple of these conventions, and cosplay is always one of the most popular draws.”

Media guests are currently being announced on BoroughCon.com and Goodison-Orr says, “BoroughCon will be able to deliver at least a couple of household names, as well as several actors well-known to everyone from all walks of life within the nerd community.”

Current guests include:
•    Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies)
•    Khary Payton (The Walking Dead, Young Justice, Teen Titans)
•    Dante Basco (Hook, American Dragon: Jake Long)
•    Steven Blum (animated voice of Wolverine, record holder for most video game credits)
•    Cree Summer (Codename: Kids Next Door, Inspector Gadget)
•    Jess Harnell (Crash Bandicoot, Animaniacs)
•    Grey DeLisle (Scooby-Doo, Avatar: The Last Airbender)
•    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Star Wars: Rebels, Ghost in the Shell)
•    Chester Rushing (Stranger Things)
•    Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys, Family Guy)
•    Grizz Chapman (30 Rock, The Lair)

The nerd community, he said, includes fans of comic books, manga, gaming, and science fiction/fantasy movies and television shows—and a great many self-professed nerds live in underserved neighborhoods of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. Comic creators appearing include Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans), Mike Grell (Green Arrow, Jon Sable), Tony Bedard (Supergirl, Birds of Prey)  Mark McKenna (Combat Jacks, Exiles).

“Surprisingly, New York City and the surrounding area runs short of adequate event space despite the world-class sports and concert venues,” says Goodison-Orr, who, when he served three years as CEO of Orlando’s KnightroKon, catered to up to 40,000 fans a year. “None of the hotels have anywhere enough meeting space for a convention of BoroughCon’s size, and the Javits Center is already home to New York Comic Con, with which we have no desire to invite comparison. So my partners and I chose to focus on the Four Boroughs, and St. John’s became the clear choice.”

The decision to embrace the outer boroughs required very little persuasion.

“Queens has roughly the same population as Houston, and Brooklyn is almost the size of Chicago. Both those middle-American cities host multiple ‘cons’ annually. So why would we want to be the second-biggest-by-a-mile in Manhattan when we can build something new and different here?”

What will set BoroughCon apart, according to Goodison-Orr, is the degree to which fans will enjoy direct access to well-known guests.

“If you come to BoroughCon, you’ll get a chance to meet, shake hands with or get an autograph from someone whose work you admire,” he said. “BoroughCon will be for regular fans – the con for the rest of us.”

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For up-to-date information, visit boroughcon.com.

Anthony Daniels & Riz Ahmed Join Star Wars Celebration

Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, and Riz Ahmed, who played Bodhi Rook in Rogue One, will be at Star Wars Celebration!

Anthony Daniels; C-3PO: Star Wars Saga

The only actor to work on all eight Star Wars movies, Anthony is the heart and soul of the golden robot C-3PO. He is also the legs, arms and voice.

Leaving drama college in 1974, Anthony won a BBC Award, which gave him a place in their Radio Drama Company. After hundreds of productions, he left to go into theatre, shortly joining the National Theatre of Great Britain at The Young Vic. It was whilst playing in Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, a story of two humble characters caught up in events beyond their control, that he got the call to meet George Lucas about a new sci-fi movie.

Lucas was interested in Anthony’s acting and mime skills. Anthony on the other hand wasn’t interested at all. Having asked for his money back after walking out of 2001 – A Space Odyssey, he had never been attracted by the worlds of sci-fi. Though he did eventually meet the director, it was a concept painting of the character that actually got his interest. He found the script incomprehensible but liked the golden droid and so was thrilled to be offered the role. The next day he was covered in plaster to make a mould of his body, the first step in creating the now globally recognised character. Six months later the costume was almost ready and filming began on what would become Star Wars: A New Hope. Later Lucas would try to replace Anthony’s on set vocal performance with the voices of various Hollywood actors. Eventually he decided nothing fitted the original like the original and asked Anthony to re-record his own character voice.

This led to him returning to the set of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. His participation in The Phantom Menace was as an off-camera voice but for Attack of the Clones he took over the arduous puppetry of the ‘naked’ C-3PO, subsequently re-shooting his scenes in the rusty suit, once again providing live action and voice. Fully gold and shining in Revenge of the Sith, Anthony is the only actor to feature in all eight Star Wars films.

Anthony has been involved in many of the spin-offs. Amongst other events, as the golden character he performed in the radio dramatisations, tap-danced on The Muppet Show, promoted measles and polio vaccines, wrote and produced anti-smoking commercials, danced with Donny and Marie Osmond, took part in the Oscar Ceremonies, befriended Big Bird on Sesame Street, filmed and voiced the animated figure in Disney’s original Star Tours ride attraction, recently being promoted to be the reluctant pilot in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, became a breakfast cereal, Kellogg’s C-3POs, conducted the London Symphony and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and had his own cartoon series, Droids.

Anthony has been proud to work on and present The Magic of Myth, The Art of Star Wars and Star Wars – Where Science Meets Imagination and The Power Of Costume exhibitions in their various locations around the world. He has presented a variety of symphonic events and was the on-stage narrator for the international arena spectacular, Star Wars in Concert in its three North American, European and Japanese tours. He has also brought C-3PO to life in the animated Clone Wars, Rebels, Lego Star Wars and The Yoda Chronicles series. Most recently he appeared in 2016’s Star Wars: Rogue One.

Although the Star Wars saga has formed a major part of Anthony’s working life, he has interspersed it with a variety of television and stage appearances, ranging from sitcoms to more serious dramas, with forays into the world of horror cult movies. He was the voice of Legolas in the original Lord of the Rings animation. He is also a presenter, producer and creative designer of trade events and conferences and a visiting scholar at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. He lives with his wife, Christine, in England and the south of France.

Riz Ahmed; Bodhi Rook, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Riz Ahmed is a three-time nominated Best Actor by the British Independent Film Awards for his lead roles in Shifty, Four Lions and Ill Manors. He was the lead of HBO’s breakout hit show The Night Of. Riz’ previous credits include Paul Greengrass’ Jason Bourne, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, John Crowley’s Closed Circuit, and Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna. Most recently he starred as a former Imperial pilot turned hero of the Rebellion, Bodhi Rook, in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.starwarscelebration.com

Dave Filoni Brings the Rebellion to Star Wars Celebration Orlando

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Star Wars Rebels Executive Producer and Supervising Director Dave Filoni is headed to Star Wars Celebration Orlando. On Saturday April 15th Filoni and special guests will bring an epic sneak peek at what’s to come in Star Wars Rebels fourth season!

Filoni’s unique talent as a storyteller and filmmaker has added depth and resonance to the Star Wars universe, and introduced countless fan-favorite characters, via the critically acclaimed TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

From the exclusive reveals, to the always lively audience Q&A, Celebration fans know this panel is not one to miss!

For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.starwarscelebration.com

CA – The Smartest Book in the World Signing

Greg Proops appears at Chevalier’s Books to discuss and sign, The Smartest Book in the World, on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv-comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his popular award-winning podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, which Rolling Stone called some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now. Proops is also a fountain of historical knowledge, a wealth of pop culture trivia, and a generally charming know-it-all.

The Smartest Book in the World is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops’ universe, from history’s juiciest tales and curious backstories to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear. Full of eclectic and humorous knowledge, it is a concentrated collection and comic cultural dictionary of the essential Proops topics including poetry, proper punctuation, and Satchel Paige, all delivered with his signature style, making the full Proops experience complete.

Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 465-1334

CA – The Smartest Book in the World Signing

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DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Greg Proops to the store to discuss, The Smartest Book in the World, on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv-comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his popular award-winning podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, which Rolling Stone called some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now. Proops is also a fountain of historical knowledge, a wealth of pop culture trivia, and a generally charming know-it-all.

The Smartest Book in the World is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops’ universe, from history’s juiciest tales and curious backstories to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear. Full of eclectic and humorous knowledge, it is a concentrated collection and comic cultural dictionary of the essential Proops topics including poetry, proper punctuation, and Satchel Paige, all delivered with his signature style, making the full Proops experience complete.

So if you’re stuck wondering why Alexander was so Great (well, he did conquer the world), which cinema bombshell would be the best shortstop (Hedy Lamarr, of course), what great work of art would be the best to steal (not that you would), or the finest way to prepare vodka-flavored vodka (add vodka), don’t fret, The Smartest Book in the World has what you need right now.

Greg Proops is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?. He has a chart-topping podcast called The Smartest Man in the World, which he has recorded live from around the world including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Oslo, New Zealand, Finland, Montreal, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Melbourne, Dublin, Edinburgh, Hollywood, a ship off St. Marten, and somehow, Cleveland. Proops has been a voice actor in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and played Bob in Bob the Builder. He has been a guest on @Midnight on Comedy Central, Red Eye, The Late, Late Show, and Chelsea Lately. He lives in Hollywood. It’s not that bad, really.

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Diesel Bookstore – Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90402
310-576-9960

Star Wars Rebels Cast Members Appear at Celebration 2016

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Still recovering from the epic Star Wars Rebels Season 2 finale? Feel like you have more questions than answers about what the future holds for the crew of the Ghost? Fear not! Star Wars Rebels Executive Producer and Supervising Director Dave Filoni is headed to Star Wars Celebration Europe this July. Filoni and special guests Tiya Sircar (voice of Sabine Wren) and Sam Witwer (voice of Darth Maul/Emperor Palpatine) will share highly guarded sneak peeks at what’s to come in Star Wars Rebels season 3 including a screening of the first two episodes!

A long-time Star Wars fan himself, Filoni’s direction has added depth and resonance to the universe and characters with the critically acclaimed Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Rebels animated series. Fans at Celebration are in for great programming, and some unforgettable Q&A sessions, whenever Filoni takes the stage.

Don’t miss Star Wars Rebels at Celebration Europe!

SF – Dark Night Signing

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In celebration of the release of DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY, Paul Dini (Co-Creator of Harley Quinn, Producer and writer of the Batman: The Animated Series) will appear in person for a public event at Comix Experience on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

This public event will be followed with an exclusive Q&A for the Graphic Novel Club (for members only!) where Paul will discuss the book, and his work with us. If you would like to participate in the meeting you can join at www.graphicnovelclub.com before 7/1/16.

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Comix Experience
305 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-9258

CA – Dark Night: A True Batman Story Signing

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Writer Paul Dini presents and signs Dark Night: A True Batman Story at Vroman’s Bookstore on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

This is a Batman story like no other the harrowing and eloquent autobiographical tale of writer Paul Dini’s courageous struggle to overcome a desperate situation.

The Caped Crusader has been the all-abiding icon of justice and authority for generations. But in this surprising original graphic novel, we see Batman in a new light as the savior who helps a discouraged man recover from a brutal attack that left him unable to face the world.

In the 1990s, legendary writer Paul Dini had a flourishing career writing the hugely popular “Batman: The Animated Series” and “Tiny Toon Adventures.” Walking home one evening, he was jumped and viciously beaten within an inch of his life. His recovery process was arduous, hampered by the imagined antics of the villains he was writing for television including the Joker, Harley Quinn and the Penguin. But despite how bleak his circumstances were, or perhaps because of it, Dini also always imagined the Batman at his side, chivvying him along during his darkest moments.

A gripping graphic memoir of one writer’s traumatic experience and his deep connection with his creative material, Dark Night: A True Batman Story is an original graphic novel that will resonate profoundly with fans. Art by the incredible and talented Eduardo Risso (100 BULLETS, TRANSMETROPOLITAN). (Vertigo)

Event Guidelines are forthcoming! Please check with store for details.

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line. 

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

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