NYC – An Evening of Graphic Novels

00000court-booksDean Haspiel, Gregory Benton, and Jennifer Hayden appear at BookCourt on Thursday December 3, 2015 at 7:00PM!

Press Release:

Celebrate some of today’s top graphic novelists! Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton, and Jennifer Hayden read from the most recent work with a special reading from the work of the late Seth Kushner.

About Beef with Tomato:

A native New York bruiser is fed up with life in the dregs of a drug-addled Alphabet City where his neighbors are shut-ins and his bicycle is always getting stolen. He escapes from Manhattan to make a fresh start in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, only to face a new strain of street logic—where most everything he encounters is not as it seems.

About Smoke:

After an accident on an industrial farm unhinges two young brothers from reality, they are guided through a weird and wonderful journey by Xolo, the Aztec’s mythological protector of souls. Follow the brothers through a typical day, from their arrival at an industrial tobacco farm bussed in with others early in the morning, throughout their grueling chores and ultimately to the event that drops them into the realm of the Xolo.

About Schmuck:

Schmuck drips with self-loathing, near-sightedness, and sexually frustrated Ashkenazi goodness. In Schmuck, Kushner tells “true” stories based on his own mishaps and mortifying memories, which are energetically illustrated by the cream of the indie comix crop.”—Megan Sass, Heeb Magazine

One man’s awkward coming-of-age-quest to find love in New York City, illustrated by twenty-two artists, whose individual short stories together tell a complete narrative.

When Jennifer Hayden was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43, she realized that her tits told a story. Across a lifetime, they’d held so many meanings: hope and fear, pride and embarrassment, life and death. And then they were gone. Now, their story has become a way of understanding her story. For everyone who’s faced cancer personally, or watched a loved one fight that battle, Hayden’s story is a much-needed breath of fresh air, an irresistible blend of sweetness and skepticism. Rich with both symbolism and humor, The Story of My Tits will leave you laughing, weeping, and feeling grateful for every day.

Author Bio(s):

Emmy award winner Dean Haspiel created Billy Dogma, illustrated for HBO’s Bored To Death, was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, is a Yaddo fellow, a playwright, and the co-founder of Hang Dai Editions. Dino has written, drawn, and collaborated on many superhero and semi-autobiographical comix and graphic novels, including Fear My Dear, The Quitter, The Alcoholic, Cuba: My Revolution, The Fox, and Beef With Tomato.

Gregory Benton has been making comix since 1993. He cut his teeth on the political anthology World War 3, moving on to writing and drawing stories for Nickelodeon, Vertigo, DC Comics, Disney Adventures, Watson-Guptil, Entertainment Weekly, and his books Hummingbird and B+F.

Jennifer Hayden came to comics from fiction-writing and children’s book illustration. Her first collection of comics UNDERWIRE was excerpted in the Best American Comics of 2013. Her new book THE STORY OF MY TITS–a graphic novel about her life and her experience with breast cancer–will be released in September 2015. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and she posts two strips on the web: S’CRAPBOOK at and her diary comic RUSHES at the She lives in New Jersey with her two cats, the dog, her husband, and sometimes their two college-age children.

Book Court
163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: (718) 875-3677

Locust Moon Comics Festival 2015


The Locust Moon Comics Festival, Philadelphia’s premiere celebration of comics, illustration, and the graphic arts, returns to the historic Rotunda, just off UPenn’s campus, on Saturday October 31st from 11:00 AM till 6:00 PM. This year’s guests include Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins, Blankets), Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine), Noah Van Sciver (Fante Bukowski, Blammo), David Mack (Fight Club 2, Kabuki), Bill Sienkiewicz (Moon Knight, New Mutants), Dean Haspiel (The Quitter, The Fox), Alexa Kitchen and Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press), and more to be announced throughout September.

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ATTENDEES: Pay at the door! No advance purchase required. KIDS 13 AND UNDER ARE INVITED IN FOR FREE!

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MD – Free Comic Book Day 2015

sfruit-fcbdPress Release:

Free Comic Book Day 2015 is this Saturday at Cards, Comics & Collectibles – Baltimore County’s Premiere Comic Book Store and the Official News Source of the Baltimore Comic-Con! You don’t want to miss our amazing guests, giveaways, events, and FREE COMICS!

The full-day event kicks off with an awesome line-up of creators appearing at the store! Mark Waid, J.G. Jones, and Steve Conley will be all signing autographs at the store throughout the day.

The multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Mark Waid has been the voice behind numerous issues, mini-series, and title runs that have resonated throughout comics fandom and the creative community alike. His acclaimed runs and series include DC Comics’ The Flash, Kingdom Come, The Kingdom, JLA: Year One, JLA, Legion of Super-Heroes, and Superman: Birthright, Marvel Comics’ Captain America, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, The Indestructible Hulk, Princess Leia, and Daredevil, BOOM! Studios’ Incorruptible and Irredeemable, Archie Comics’ The Fox, and Empire, originally published by Gorilla Comics and later by DC Comics. He also went on to become Editor-in-Chief and then Chief Creative Officer at BOOM! Studios, while continuing to work on freelance assignments for other publishers. Waid is one of the principals behind Thrillbent Comics, a digital comics initiative, where he also publishes titles such as In the Pi of the Beholder, Luther, Cthulhu Calls, If You’re So Smart, and Insufferable. He is also featured in the 2015 FCBD title Dark Circle Comics from Archie.

Accomplished penciller, painter, and writer J.G. Jones has contributed his deft touch to a broad variety of titles and publishers. From Black Widow and Marvel Boy at Marvel Comics to Final Crisis and Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia and all covers for 52 at DC Comics, as well as Wanted at Top Cow, his work stands out among his peers.

Bloop by ConleyAward-winning designer, illustrator, and cartoonist Steve Conley has worked on such notable comics as Star Trek: Year Four (IDW), Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist (Dark Horse Comics), and JLA-Z (DC Comics). Conley, who is also the creator of Astounding Space Thrills and the all-ages series Bloop (, will be signing and sketching all day.

Jones and Waid will be releasing Strange Fruit, a fully painted title, in July of 2015 from BOOM! Studios, and Cards, Comics & Collectibles is amazingly fortunate to be able to offer a limited edition print from BOOM! Studios available only at our store to the first 500 people.

“Free Comic Book Day has grown to become such an important event – not just for retailers, creators, and fans – but for the comics industry as a whole,” said Marc Nathan, owner of Cards, Comics & Collectibles. “We are delighted to have Mark, J.G., and Steve signing here! Add another fantastic slate of free comics, and this year is going to be our biggest yet!

Besides giving away free comic books, the store will have free Baltimore Comic-Con t-shirts to give away as well, and will offer 50% off modern back issues, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers.

Join us on Saturday, May 2, 2015 as events kick off at 11:00am with store signings and, of course, FREE COMICS!

Cards Comics and Collectibles
100 A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136

IL – SHIELD #1 Signing


Writers Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk) and Christina Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Woodward) appear at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday, January 3, 2015 from 3:00 till 5:00 PM! Waid is coming to kick off the first issue chronicling the adventures of the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Blanch is coming to show you THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD.

*UPDATE* Steven Bryant, creator of Athena Voltaire, has been added to the signing!

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Aw Yeah Comics
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077

Archie Comics Schedule & Exclusives for NYCC 2014

Press Release:

Archie Comics will have exclusive variant covers, special creator signings, and three must-see panels at this year’s New York Comic Con, the premiere pop-culture extravaganza in New York City from October 9-12 at the Jacob Javits Center.

New York Comic Con 2014 Exclusive Variant Covers
Archie Comics will have New York Comic Con exclusive variant covers to ARCHIE #660, MEGA MAN #41, SABRINA #1, and SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #265 at the Archie Comics Booth (#1936)!

Variants are $10 each and supplies are limited.


Archie Comics will also be hosting creator signings at the Archie Comics Booth (#1936) all weekend! Take a look at the full signing schedule below:

Archie Originals: Fri 10/10, Sun 10/12, 11 am – 12 pm
Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz, Jack Morelli, Paul Castiglia (Friday only)

Death of Archie: Sat 10/11, 11 am – 12 pm
Jon Goldwater, Fernando Ruiz, Pat Kennedy

Archie Meets Kiss: Sat 10/11, 4 pm – 5 pm
Dan Parent, Alex Segura

Archie Action: Fri 10/10, Sat 10/11, Sun 10/12, 1 pm – 2 pm
Jamal Peppers, Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Ben Hunzeker, John Workman, James Fry

Archie Horror: Fri 10/10, Sat 10/11, Sun 10/12, 2 pm – 3 pm
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla, Robert Hack

Dark Circle Comics: Sun 10/12, 4 pm – 5 pm
Duane Swierczynski, Chuck Wendig, Dean Haspiel

Don’t miss Archie’s three must-see panels at this year’s show featuring the latest news and the creative talent behind all your favorite comic book series!

Archie Action Hour: Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man
Thursday, October 9 from 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. in Room 1A18
Paul Kaminski (Archie Comics Executive Director of Editorial) is joined by Mike Pellerito (Archie Comics President), Vincent Lovallo (Assistant Editor), Ryan Jampole, Ben Hunzeker, Jennifer Hernandez, Jamal Peppers, and Jon Gray to bring you an hour jam-packed with action and adventure as you go behind the scenes and get the latest news on all things SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and MEGA MAN!

Archie Forever: Life, Afterlife and Beyond
Friday, October 10 from 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Room 1A05
Archie is everywhere! This is the one panel you cannot miss! Get some exclusive news on the hit AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE series, details on the just-launched SABRINA series, info on the Dark Circle superhero line and everything you wanted to know about Archie and his friends on this all-star panel featuring the AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE creative team of Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Artist Francesco Francavilla along with Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater, Writer/Artist Dan Parent, artist Michael Uslan, and more!

Dark Circle Comics: Building the Future of Superhero Comics
Sunday, October 12 from 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Room 1A05
Get in on the ground floor of one of the most talked-about launches in comics as Dark Circle Comics Editor Alex Segura, Archie President Mike Pellerito, Editor Paul Kaminski and key talent like THE SHIELD Co-Writer Chuck Wendig, THE BLACK HOOD Writer Duane Swierczynski and THE FOX Writer/Artist Dean Haspiel and a few surprise guests lay the foundation for the cinematic and literary universe of titles coming from Dark Circle Comics, including THE BLACK HOOD, THE FOX and THE SHIELD!

For more information regarding panels and scheduling, visit the New York Comic Con website. For more information regarding creator signings, giveaways, and events at the Archie Comics Booth, be sure to follow @ArchieComics on Twitter and Like us on Facebook!

NYC – Nightworld/Fear My Dear Signing


Press Release:

JHU Comic Books is proud to present a fantastic signing with two great talents, showcasing a great original debut in Nightworld #1 and a fantastic new release of Billy Dogma material in “Fear, My Dear.”

Adam McGovern (Dr. Id, Extinction Seed) starts off his insane new series, Nightworld, with us, which “offers haunted romance, hellish humor, metaphysical fisticuffs and B-movie psychodrama at its best!” This comic is gorgeous, hilarious and absolute madness. You’ll love it, we promise!

Dean Haspiel (The Fox, Fantastic Four, American Splendor) uses his near-mythological talents to bring some new Billy Dogma stories to us in the much-loved “Fear, My Dear.” His “The Fox: Freak Magnet” has also just recently been released by Archie Comics and is a treat to behold!

If you love independent comics, especially weird, crazy and fun ones, you REALLY don’t want to miss it!

*Purchase of Nightworld #1, “Fear, My Dear” or “The Fox: Freak Magnet” required to participate in signing.

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32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

PA – Triple Cartoonist Signing


Cartoonists Paul Pope, Tom Scioli, and Dean Haspiel appear at Locust Moon Comics on Friday, July 18th at 7:00 pm to sign their new comics!

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Locust Moon Comics and Movies
34 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 403-2856

NYC – Forbidden Planet Mega-Signing


PAUL POPE, DEAN HASPIEL, NICK BERTOZZI, CHRIS MISKIEWICZ, and *just added* BOB FINGERMAN all four of whom will be celebrating the release of new comics, graphic novels, and/or editions of their iconic work, appear at Forbidden Planet on Wednesday June 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm!

Purchase of Escapo from Forbidden Planet NYC is mandatory to attend the Paul Pope side of our event. Your receipt, and a voucher we will attach to it at checkout, will be your ticket to Paul’s line. We anticipate a large turnout for him, and are limiting additional autographs ONE ITEM per attendee to keep things moving. Please do not bring more than that.

**If you will be here to see Dean, Nick and/or Chris we also encourage purchase of their books (and will have plenty of ‘em… they’re well worth it), but there will be no limit to additional autographs.

Forbidden Planet
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

NYC – Seth Kushner Benefit Signing


Dean Haspiel, Christa Cassano, Josh Neufeld and Hang Dai Studios appear at JHU Comic Books on  Wednesday, May 28th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm!

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Press Release:

Our great friends over at Hang Dai Studios will be joining us for a fantastic signing event with Dean Haspiel (The Fox, American Splendor), Christa Cassano (The Giant Effect) and Josh Neufeld (The Vagabonds).

Along with celebrating Dean Haspiel’s art in FF #5, which hits the same day, it is also World Blood Cancer Day. Seth Kushner (SCHMUCK, Leaping Tall Buildings), a great comic writer, photographer and artist, and friend of Dean and us at JHU, has been diagnosed with Leukemia. As he awaits a marrow donor, we thought it would be a perfect time to host a bone marrow drive.

Delete Blood Cancer is going to be here, swabbing and informing folks on how being a donor works. (More on that below!) Even if we don’t find a match for Seth at our event, there are millions of others that could use your help and you as their match!

Come out, get some comics, meet some great people and help out in the name of one of our great, talented friends!
We want to make sure that helping a patient get healthy won’t impact your health. Please review the following list of conditions. If you’re not sure about a condition, feel free to call us: 212-209-6700.

You are eligible to register if you are:
between the ages of 18 and 55
in general good health
at least 4’10” and 110 lbs
below the max weight listed for your height on the chart at the link…


You are not eligible if you have:
Hepatitis B or C
Kidney or liver disease
Chronic or severe neck or back problems
Epileptic or other seizure within past year
Diabetes that requires medication
Sleep apnea, breathing problems or severe asthma (daily inhalers are acceptable)
Autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia

Or a history of:
heart disease/surgery
strokes, including TIA
blood clotting or bleeding disorders
cancer, with the exclusion of melanoma, breast, bladder, cervical (stage O, in situ) and cured localized skin cancers such as basal cell or squamous cell

32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

MD – Free Comic Book Day 2014


Paul Pope, Jason Aaron, Dean Haspiel, Frank J. Barbiere, Joe Harris, David Rodriguez, and Mike DeVito appear at Third Eye Comics on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

Press Release:

Third Eye Faithful — come and join us for the 6th incredible year of THIRD EYE COMICS on Saturday May 3rd, 2014. Oh, and did we mention: IT’S ALSO FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!


Featuring Special Guests…

(Signings taking place from 9AM-4PM, unless otherwise noted)

PAUL POPE (Battling Boy, Batman Year 100, Escapo, Heavy Liquid)

JASON AARON (Scalped, Wolverine & the X-Men, Thor God of Thunder, Southern Bastards, Original Sin)

FRANK BARBIERE (Five Ghosts, White Suits, Solar)

DEAN HASPIEL (American Splendor, The Quitter, The Alcoholic, The Fox)

JOE HARRIS (X-Files Season 10, Great Pacific, Ghost Projekt)

David Rodriguez (Finding Gossamyr)

Mike DeVito (Stuff of Legend)


Get your picture taken with Doctor Who & the TARDIS Photo Booth!

Get your picture taken with the Imperial Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion (9AM-1PM)

Bring the Kids & visit our Kids Comics Tent for face-painting, costumed heroes, and staff designated to help guide you towards great all ages reads for your young readers!


20% OFF ALL Graphic Novels (excluding new releases from 4/1-5/4)

20% OFF ALL Statues & Toys (excluding new releases from 4/1-5/4)

20% OFF ALL Games (excluding new releases from 4/1-5/4)

50% OFF SELECT Trade Paperbacks & Hardcovers

50% OFF SELECT Toys & Statues

$1.00 Back Issue Bins or Fill A Short Box for $50.00

Line Up Early & Score Swag!







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Third Eye Comics 
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

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