CA – Pixar Animation Studios Tour

Press Release:

incredible1The Cartoon Art Museum, the only museum in the western United States dedicated to all forms of cartoons and comics, is delighted to host its tenth annual benefit at Pixar Animation Studios on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 2 to 8 p.m. Beginning with the 1986 release of its iconic short film Luxo Jr. to last year’s box office hit Monsters University, Pixar has charmed the world with its incredible computer animated creations. This year, we welcome you to experience the magic of Pixar up close and personal at the studio’s Emeryville home.

Guests may tour the studio’s main gallery and view pre-production artwork from Monsters University. In addition, Pixar artists will be on hand conducting drawing demonstrations. You may purchase special Pixar apparel and merchandise at the Studio Store as well as bid on original and signed art by Pixar animators and other auction prizes. The event also features a 10th anniversary celebration of the Academy Award-winning feature The Incredibles with several of the film’s creators in the studio’s state-of-the-art theater hosted by Dr. Michael B. Johnson (Pixarian and CAM board member), who will lead a Q&A session with the filmmakers in the Steve Jobs Theater, including:

Brad Bird, Writer & Director

Mark Andrews, Head of Story

Tony Fucile, Supervising Animator

Andrew Jimenez, Director of Photography

Ted Mathot, Storyboard Artist

• Kevin O’Brien, Storyboard Artist

Please note: Guests are confirmed, however, an unexpected cancellation is always possible.

The event also features light snacks, treats, and will conclude with a wine and dessert reception by the Luxo Cafe staff with a live auction of a variety of original art and signed memorabilia.

Tickets are $500 per person, $450 for members of the Cartoon Art Museum. (Become a museum member and save!)

Purchase one discounted ticket with a Senior/Student Membership, up to two with an Individual Membership, up to four with a Family Membership, up to six with a Friend Membership, and seven or more with a Patron, Sponsor and Benefactor Memberships.) Reserved rows for ten are available for $4,500. Availability for this level is limited.

Register for tickets at the link…

Doors open at 2 p.m. with the presentation starting at 4 p.m. in the Steve Jobs Theater.

Please note: The Cartoon Art Museum strives to create an enjoyable experience all attendees—given the nature of the theater presentation and the gracious donation of time by the presenters, we will maintain a zero-tolerance policy regarding disturbances during this portion of the program. Anyone causing a disruption (i.e. loud or crying children, talking outside of the Q&A portion, texting) will be given one warning. A second incident will result in the individual being asked to leave the studio. For this reason the presentation is not recommended for children under the age of four. Thank you for your understanding.

If you are visiting San Francisco and looking for a hotel, our partner the St. Regis Hotel, is offering a discounted rate for attendees of the event, click on the link for the discount offer.

Pixar Animation Studios is located in Emeryville, California. Free parking is available on site. For more information, call 415-227-8666, ext. 300. To purchase tickets online, visit cartoonart.org. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets are transferable, but nonrefundable.

Full Event Lineup Announced for Planet Comicon 2014

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Press Release:

Planet Comicon 2014 will have more programming than ever before, with five rooms of events stretching over three days. This schedule is presented for your convenience. All events, panelists, and other details are subject to change.

Friday, March 14

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3:00 – 3:50 PM

Margot Kidder
Margot Kidder:
 Superman’s Lois Lane! Margot Kidder is most famous for her acclaimed performance as Lois Lane in four Superman films. ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Webcomics: Inside Out Who needs ink on paper? Join a discussion of what it takes to create comics magic on the web. ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Comics without Capes: Leading comics creators discuss crafting successful series outside the superhero genre.  Explore the worlds of cowboys, comedic teen soap opera, and even biographical comics. Moderated by Jai Nitz. ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

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4:00 – 4:50 PM

Michael Dorn
Michael Dorn & Marina Sirtis:
 ST:TNG’s Klingon and Betazoid stars take the stage to take you behind the scenes of one of the greatest science fiction series in history.ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Craft Your Fandom: Cosplay from Concept to Completion: Join leading cosplay and prop-builder experts in a look at where to start making your favorite prop or costume. Featuring Abby DarkStar, Zen Dragon, and more to be announced. ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Vampires Don’t Sparkle: That’s right…we said it! We want our meat eating, sunlight obliterating, butt-ugly vampires back! Bram Stoker would be doing cartwheels in his grave is he saw what vampires have become.  We are taking it back, today!!! ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Marina Sirtis
Visual Storytelling Success: Artists discuss their approach to creating comics that tells the story and engages the reader. ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Kansas City Comics Creators: Kansas City has one of the most vibrant communities of comics creators. Jason Aaron and Ande Parks lead a panel of the local talent. ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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Saturday, March 15

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11:00 – 11:50 AM

Wil Wheaton
Wil Wheaton:
 
He’s back! One of Planet Comicon’s favorite guests has returned. You know him from ST:TNG, The Big Bang Theory, Stand By Me, and much more. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Bad Karma: Bad Karma is a creative collective, whose members include Alex GrecianJeremy HaunB. Clay Moore, and Seth Peck. Their first joint project was Bad Karma Volume One featuring five original, creator owned concepts in self-contained stories. Meet the creators and listen as they answer questions about the Kickstarter process, the concept behind the book and what’s next for Bad Karma. ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Khemia Creations: The Art of Stage Combat: Come join Khemia Creations as we display a series of stage combat sketches that can be easily adapted into stage or video skits! After each showcase fight, a thorough dissection of the combat choreography will be given so that you can learn how it’s done. ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Fandom – Destination: 221B Baker Street – Sherlock Holmes fandom has never been more popular. Join an interactive Q&A covering the Holmes and Watson in every media, from novels to television, movies to comics. The panel includes Rob Davis (Illustrator of Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective), Tammy Lynn Garrison (Editor of Investigating Sherlock Holmes), and Ellie Ann Soderstrum (Producer of Steampunk Holmes). ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Star Wars Costuming: Meet and Greet – Get to know the local Star Wars Costuming Group Chapters: 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and The Dark Empire. ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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Noon – 12:50 PM

Jewel Staite
Jewel Staite:
 
Everything’s Shiny! Jewel Staite portrayed Kaylee Frye in Firefly and Serenity, and Dr. Jennifer Keller on Stargate: Atlantis. –ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Sexuality in Cosplay: A frank discussion of the role of sexuality in cosplay featuring prominent cosplay personalities. May not be suitable for all audiences. Parental guidance suggested. ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Comic Geeks – A Web Series – A screening of the Comic Geeks pilot, a new series debuting in 2014. The story follows three friends at various stages of comic geekery: Dan, the die-hard weekly shopper, Jeff, the indie-only cartoonist, and Brian, who struggles with reading comics and acting like an adult. Together, the three try to figure out what makes a comic geek, and how to be an adult doing it. ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Crowdfunding – Kickstarter. Indygogo. Rockethub. What’s crowdfunding all about? How can creators like you use it to feed their creativity – any maybe event their families? ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Marvel: Your Universe – What’s happening now and next from Mighty Marvel? Leading Marvel creators take the stage. Featuring a roster of Marvel creators including Jason Aaron. Moderated by Marvel’s V.P. of Creator Development, C.B. Cebulski. ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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1:00 – 1:50 PM

LeVar Burton
Brent Spiner & LeVar Burton:
 
Two of Star Trek’s most memorable performers tag-team on the Planet Comicon stage. Ask your questions of the actors who brought android Data and Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge to life. - ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

The Last Ride of Lee Salem, Editor of Calvin and Hobbes – Enjoy a Q & A with Lee Salem, the man who edited Calvin and Hobbes, For Better or For Worse, Doonesbury, The Far Side, Cathy, FoxTrot, The Boondocks, Cul De Sac, Lio and dozens of other comics. The industry icon is transitioning to the role of President Emeritus of Universal Uclick as of March 2014. He has a wealth of experience and stories that any comics fan and creator will find enlightening. Joining him will be those influenced by his work in the comics industry including Bill Amend, creator of Foxtrot. Plus, a there will be a reading of statements regarding his work provided by Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Jan Eliot (Stone Soup), Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac) and Mark Tatulli (Lio). ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

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Zero Budget Filmmaking
 – The internationally awarded Brass Engine Productions team will give you tips and tricks to make your film or series without spending a lot of cash. Come and get a Q&A with Director Ben Watkins, and watch clips from the production’s web series and other projects done on a shoestring budget. - ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Pencil, Brush, and Stylus: Comics Art Today – A panel of comics most popular artists discuss their projetcs, techniques, and inspirations. - ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

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2:00 – 2:50 PM

Sylvester McCoy as the seventh Doctor
Sylvester McCoy:
 The Tardis has landed… in Middle Earth? He’s Radagast the Brown fromThe Hobbit movies! He’s also Doctor Who‘s seventh Doctor! He’s one of the biggest fandom mash-ups ever! Moderated by theTraveling the Vortex podcast crew – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Researching Comics with the Grand Comics Database – Dive deep into comics and comics history! Leading members of the Grand Comics Database community will be discussing a bit of the history of the GCD and its roots in the early days of internet comics fandom, along with its current status and abilities in helping people research various comic books and comic book creators. - ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Charlton Arrow – From the 40s thru the 80s, Charlton was the “other” comics publisher of  mystery, romance, and superhero titles. Join Paul Kupperberg and Rick Stasi, two of the creators of Charlton Arrow, for a trip down memory lane and an introduction to their new comics zine that celebrate some of Charlton’s lesser known creations. - ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Deadpool Double Dare -Deadpool creators  display a dynamic dose of Deadpool discussion. - ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Kids’ Costume Contest: It’s a cavalcade of cute! A special costume contest just for the younger set. – ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

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3:00 – 3:50 PM

John Ratzenberger
Making of Archer – Discover the animation secrets behind FX’s hit series Archer. Featuring storyboard artist Kevin Mellon and the team from Kansas City’s own Trinity Animation. - ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Breaking into Comics - How do you become a professional comic book or comic strip creator? Join a panel of editors who specialize in spotting new talent: C.B. Cebulski (VP of Creator Development at Marvel), Shena Wolf (Acquisitions Editor and Universal Uclick), and Joe Rybandt (Editor at Dynamite Entertaintment). - ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

John Ratzenberger: He may be most famous as Cliff Clavin from Cheers, but John Ratzenberger‘s nerd movie cred is truly amazing. “It’s a little known fact” that his filmography includes Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Superman: The Movie, Superman II, and every single Pixar movie ever made! - ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

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4:00 – 4:50 PM

Zoie Palmer
Heroic Prose: Genre Fiction – Kings of the Keyboard and Princesses of Prose! A panel of prodigious purveyors of thrilling novels and short fiction reveal the stories behind their stories. - ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Pros and Cons of the Shared Universe – SciFi4Me Radio’s H20 podcast tackles explore the ups, downs, ins, and outs of consuming and creating tales in shared universes. Hosts Jason P. Hunt and Tim Harvey interview Star Trek novelist Kevin Dilmore. - ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Announcement coming soon - ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Zoie Palmer: A lively Q&A with one of the stars of the Syfy series Lost Girl. – ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

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5:00 PM until who knows when!

Adult Costume Contest: Captivated by cosplay creativity? This is your event! – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

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Sunday, March 16th

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11:00 – 11:50 AM

Femi Taylor in Return of the Jedi
Femi Taylor:
 The delightful Femi Taylor is best known for playing Jabba the Hutt’s Twi’lek slave dancer Oola in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. She is a Nigerian-born British dancer and actress who spent years training with the London Contemporary Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. In addition to RotJ, she appeared in the original London cast of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical Cats! – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

DC Universe: Best of the Best – A celebration of the best of DC Comics through the years, from the Golden Age to today. Join leading creators for a discussion of the DC Comics that inspired them! Moderated by long-time DC editor and writer Paul Kupperberg. - ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Karate Chopping Robots & Killer Carnies: The Art and Science of Digital Comics and Games – Mobile-based comics and games are transforming the entertainment industry. Indie game and comic developers have more opportunity than ever before to make their mark and create some major waves. Join Kung Fu Robot creator Jason Bays and Burn the Lot co-creator Cameron Calder as they share their experiences in mobile-based interactive comic and game development. From concept to development to launch and beyond, these Kansas City-area veterans will offer their unique perspective to this exciting and ever-changing scene. - ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

 

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Noon – 12:50 PM

David Yost as the Blue Power Ranger
David Yost 
 - The Blue Power Ranger has arrived! David Yost played Billy Cranston, the Blue Ranger, on the international television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo, and the film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: the Movie. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Timey Wimey Puppet Show – Direct from the YouTube web series and packed appearances at DragonCon and Gallifrey One, we’re pleased to present  this family-friend Punch-and-Judy-inspired Doctor Who comedy puppet show.  The show is for all ages! - ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Khemia Creations: Cosplay Photography and Modeling – Whether you’re in front of behind the camera, this is the panel for you! We will be discussing techniques on how to make your cosplay photography go from a snapshot to a work of art! For those with camera in hand, we’ll tell you how to make the most of your environments, angles, and lighting to ensure you can capture the best images at every convention. For those wanting to show off their costume creations, we’ll give beginner modeling tips to offer your best side to camera every time! - ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

So you want to build an R2 Unit - Come join us for the in’s and out’s of building your own R2D2 or other Astromech droid. We will give you an idea of what it skills are needed, and the resources available to help you on your journey. - ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

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cClintock: Eddie McClintock is best-known for his role as Secret Service agent Pete Lattimer on the Syfy series Warehouse 13. But, the actor is also an artist, who was inspired to purse his passion by comic books. He says, “It all started with Herb Trimpe andThe Incredible Hulk.” Now is your chance to meet Pete Lattimer and learn the answers to your Eddie McClintock questions. - ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

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1:00 – 1:50 PM

Lee Majors
Lee Majors:
 The Six Million Dollar Man  - 
An actor of international importance, Lee Majors has  continually proven himself to be a favorite of audiences worldwide. Lee Majors’ performances and personas have made an indelible impact on television programs. From his initial role of Heath Barkley on The Big Valley to the Men From Shilo to Owen Marshall Counselor at Law to The Fall Guy and Raven. It was his starring role as Steve Austin on the overwhelmingly popular The Six Million Dollar Man that Lee became an icon and part of the American culture. - ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

How To Market Comic Strips Today – In previous decades, comic strips were the delicious and funny center of a reader’s daily dose of communication, placed in the middle of their newspapers and hearts. Today, comic strips and webcomics have enjoyed a strong renaissance in pop culture. How has this happened; how are cartoonists sharing their art and stories today? This panel will share the wide experiences of print, syndicated and web cartoonists alike. From viral marketing, presences at events such as San Diego Comic Con and Planet ComiCon, social media outreach, tours and more, we’ll hear from some of the engaging storytellers that are creating today. - ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Star Wars in American Culture – Explore the influences and impact of the single most important film of the twentieth century. We will take a look at the many ways this pop culture phenomenon connects to our everyday lives. Presented by Dr. Bradley Will, Dr. Stephen Schleicher, and Dr. Scott Robson of Fort Hays State University. - ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Dynamic Cover Design - Top artists reveal the tips and tricks that produce covers with a powerful pop. - ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

For the Love of Comics - What do you love about comics? Today’s top creators, including Jason Aaron, discuss the comics they love the most. Moderated by C.B. Cebulski. - ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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2:00 – 2:50 PM

Concept Design for Comic Books - Comic and concept artist Steven Sanders has designed a number of characters and locations for Marvel Entertainment, among other companies. Using examples from Marvel, he’ll explain how concept design in comics is different than concept design in video games or film, and will show what is needed to make good designs for comics. – ROOM 2502 (Lower Level)

50 Years of GI Joe – the first action figure – A history of GI Joe, the world’s first action figure, from its beginnings 50 years ago in 1964, to the present day. We will discuss the evolution of the brand from a 12 inch everyman solider to a modern team of hundreds of small action figures, as well as several odd and interesting detours and off-shoots along the way. We also will cover the brand’s current fandom, including online resources and fan projects. – ROOM 2503 (Lower Level)

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DMC: Comics and Hip Hop
 - As a founder of Run-D.M.C., Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is a pioneer of hip hop culture. Now he’s turned his creative passion to comics! Already a hero to his millions of fans around the world, DMC’s accomplishments read like a laundry list of musical and cultural accolades: Grammy nominated musician, multi-platinum recording artist, Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductee and rap/rock pioneer who’s influenced music since the first time he’s ever touched a mic. Adding to his long lists of firsts, DMC is teaming up with some prominent fixtures in the comic book and music world to craft the first 100% authentic, unapologetic, indie, hip hop comic book. - ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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4:30 – 6:00 PM

TREKtacular ST:TNG Cast Reunion: This is a separately ticketed event. Seating is extremely limited! See this page to order tickets. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Planet Comicon is Kansas City’s largest comic book and pop culture convention. Now in its thirteenth year! The convention will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center on March 14-16th. Please visit their website for the full guestlist, ticket information, and more!

10 Years of Rock and Shock

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Rock And Shock returns for their Tenth Anniversary show on October 18-20, 2013 at the DCU Center and Worcester Palladium! Guests include Robert Englund, Robert Patrick, Michael Rooker, John Ratzenberger, and many more! Featuring a Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes screening and performances by Danzig,  Twiztid with The R.O.C., Otep, Butcher Babies, and more!!

RSVP on Facebook!

The convention doors will be open to the public at 5pm on Friday, October 18 and at 11am on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 at the DCU Center located at 50 Foster St, Worcester, MA 01608.

Nightly live performances will take place at the Worcester Palladium, located at 261 Main Street, Worcester, one block over from the DCU Center. Door times for these events are listed below.
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Guests Include:
Robert Englund
Robert Patrick
Michael Rooker
John Ratzenberger
Katharine Isabelle
Jordan Ladd
Twiggy Ramirez
Kane Hodder
Andrew Divoff
Jennifer Jostyn
Lew Temple
IronE Singleton
Jack Ketchum
Joe Knetter
Sarah French
James Balsamo
Gangrel
Maria Kanellis
and more TBA!

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Performances by:
Thursday, 10/17 (pre-party) – Between the Buried & Me with The Faceless, The Contortionist, and The Safety Fire
Friday, 10/18 – Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes – Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie and Q&A
Saturday, 10/19 – Danzig with Doyle, Otep, Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition, Stolen Babies, and A Pale Horse Named Death
Sunday, 10/20 – Twiztid with The R.O.C., Blaze, Madchild, and Aqualeo
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VIP PACKAGE

VIP packages are limited and are available at tickets.com and the Palladium box office.

($175 advance only)
Includes:
*Access to the movie on Friday and the concerts at The Palladium on Saturday & Sunday, as well as ALL 3 DAYS of the Rock & Shock Horror Convention next door @ The DCU Center.
*Access to the 10/17 Rock and Shock Pre-Party Concert w/ Between The Buried And Me
*Special Seating at the Jay & Silent Bob Super Groovy Cartoon Movie on Friday, Oct. 18th (Note: THE MOVIE ON FRIDAY IS RATED R. People under the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian with them for this event.)
*Access to the After Party on Friday, Oct. 18th (takes place at the Palladium after the movie)
*Reserved Seating at the Q&A’s and Panels at the convention
*Special Laminate
*Exclusive R&S T-Shirt
*Swag Bag
*All VIP PACKAGE PURCHASERS WILL BE ENTERED TO WIN TICKETS TO MEET KEVIN SMITH & JASON MEWES
***Customers will be contacted via email about a week before the event with more info.***

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CONVENTION ONLY TICKETS

Convention ONLY tickets are available at Ticketmaster, DCU Center Box Office & Palladium Box Office

3-day convention (ONLY $50 advance, $60 day of)

Friday only convention ($20 advance, $25 day of)

Saturday only convention ($20 advance, $25 day of)

Sunday only convention ($20 advance, $25 day of)

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COMBO TICKETS – DCU CONVENTION CENTER & THE PALLADIUM

Combo tickets are available at tickets.com and the Palladium box office.

WEEKEND PASS – Convention / Movie / Concert ($90 advance / $105 day of)

***General Admission FLOOR Seating for the Movie on Friday, Oct. 18th Only, Saturday & Sunday events are both General Admission***

WEEKEND PASS – Convention / Movie / Concert ($80 advance / $95 day of)

***General Admission BALCONY Seating for the Movie on Friday, Oct. 18th Only, Saturday & Sunday events are both General Admission***

FRIDAY ONLY – Convention / Movie Combo – ($45 advance, $50 day of)

***FRIDAY ONLY GENERAL ADMISSION BALCONY SEATING *** Convention / Movie Combo JAY & SILENT BOB’S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE and the JAY AND SILENT BOB GET OLD PODCAST w/ Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes

FRIDAY ONLY Convention / Movie Combo – ($35 advance, $40 day of)

***FRIDAY ONLY GENERAL ADMISSION FLOOR SEATING *** JAY & SILENT BOB’S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE and the JAY AND SILENT BOB GET OLD PODCAST w/ Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes

SATURDAY ONLY (Convention + General Admission for Danzig – $35 advance, $40 day of)

SUNDAY ONLY (Convention + General Admission for Twiztid – $25 advance, $30 day of)

SF – Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth Signing

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The Cartoon Art Museum proudly welcomes author Emily Haynes and award-winning animator and Pixar storyboard artist Sanjay Patel on Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm as they discuss their new children’s book, Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth. This event is free and open to the public.

The bold, bright colors of India leap right off the page in this fresh and funny picture book adaptation of how Ganesha came to write the epic poem of Hindu literature, the Mahabharata. Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. And he loves sweets, especially the traditional dessert laddoo. But when Ganesha insists on biting into a super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo, his tusk breaks off! With the help of the poet Vyasa, he learns that what’s broken can actually be quite useful. Vibrant, graphic illustrations that recall influences from Mary Blair to Bollywood make this a thoroughly modern vision of a classic tale.

Sanjay Patel is an animator and storyboard artist for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has worked on numerous films, including Monsters, Inc.; A Bug’s Life; Toy Story 2; Ratatouille; The Incredibles; and Toy Story 3. He has also worked on The Simpsons for Fox and with legendary cartoonist John K., creator of Ren and Stimpy. His previous books include Ramayana: Divine Loophole and the The Little Book of Hindu Deities. He lives in Oakland, California.

Emily Haynes is an editor by day and a children’s writer by night. She lives in Oakland, California.

About Chronicle Books

One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit www.chroniclebooks.com.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

CA – Hero Complex Film Festival

Warren Beatty, Richard Donner, Jon Favreau, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Damon Lindelof and more appear at the Hero Complex Film Festival running June 9 – 12, 2011.

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The Los Angeles Times welcomes you to the second annual Hero Complex Film Festival, hosted by Geoff Boucher.

Each event features legendary films in a rare full-length theatrical showing, plus a live discussion with the key creative talent for each film.

Special Sunday June 12 matinee showing of The Incredibles is free via non-guaranteed RSVP. Admission will be first-come, first served. Admission will be guaranteed to this event for Festival Pass holders.

Individual day ticket prices vary, based on number of films shown.  Tickets available at the link.

Festival Pass holders will enjoy admission to all events within the Hero Complex Film Festival (including any additions to the current schedule) plus will receive a free copy of the official Festival poster featuring original artwork by Mike Mignola. 

THURSDAY, JUNE 9 – 7 PM

The Chinese 6 Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

DICK TRACY, FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION WITH DIRECTOR, PRODUCER AND STAR, WARREN BEATTY

$29.75

FRIDAY, JUNE 10 – 6 PM

The Chinese 6 Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

(DOUBLE FEATURE)

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, PLUS DISCUSSION WITH DIRECTOR NICHOLAS MEYER

STAR TREK (2009), PLUS DISCUSSION WITH CREATIVE TEAM OF ALEX KURTZMAN & ROBERTO ORCI AND DAMON LINDELOF

$45.00 

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 – 4 PM

The Chinese 6 Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

(DOUBLE FEATURE) SUPERMAN AND SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT, PLUS INTERMISSION DISCUSSION WITH DIRECTOR RICHARD DONNER, and DC COMICS’ JIM LEE & GEOFF JOHNS

$45.00 

SUNDAY, JUNE 12 – NOON

The Chinese 6 Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

THE INCREDIBLES, INCLUDING PREVIEW OF SELECT FOOTAGE FROM CARS 2,  PLUS DISCUSSION WITH DISNEY-PIXAR SUPERVISING ANIMATOR DAVE MULLINS.  FREE WITH NON-GUARANTEED RSVP (ADMISSION GUARANTEED FOR FESTIVAL PASS HOLDERS) 

SUNDAY, JUNE 12 – 4 PM

The Chinese 6 Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

(DOUBLE FEATURE) IRON MAN AND IRON MAN 2, PLUS INTERMISSION DISCUSSION WITH DIRECTOR JON FAVREAU

$45.00 

FESTIVAL PASSES

$125.00 

(Programming subject to change.  Ticket purchasers to be notified via e-mail in the event of any programming changes).

MA – Incredibles Star Signing

Sarah Vowell signs on Friday March 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome popular historian and public radio personality SARAH VOWELL as she discusses her newest book, Unfamiliar Fishes.

Many think of 1776 as the defining year of American history, when we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self-government. In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as defining, when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded first Cuba, then the Philippines, becoming an international superpower practically overnight. 

Among the developments in these outposts of 1898, Vowell considers the Americanization of Hawaii the most intriguing. From the arrival of New England missionaries in 1820, their goal to Christianize the local heathen, to the coup d’état of the missionaries’ sons in 1893, which overthrew the Hawaiian queen, the events leading up to American annexation feature a cast of beguiling, and often appealing or tragic, characters: whalers who fired cannons at the Bible-thumpers denying them their God-given right to whores, an incestuous princess pulled between her new god and her brother-husband, sugar barons, lepers, con men, Theodore Roosevelt, and the last Hawaiian queen, a songwriter whose sentimental ode “Aloha ‘Oe” serenaded the first Hawaiian president of the United States during his 2009 inaugural parade. 

“Ever-clever NPR contributor Vowell offers a quick, idiosyncratic account of Hawaii from the time Capt. James Cook was dispatched to the then–Sandwich Islands to the end of the 19th century, when the United States annexed the islands…. The author presents the views of the islanders as well as the invaders, as she delves into journals and narratives and takes field trips with local guides. Her characteristic light touch is evident throughout. Lively history and astute sociology make a sprightly chronicle of a gorgeous archipelago and its people.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

CA – Cartoon Art Museum Benefit

Spend the day at Pixar Animation Studios For the Seventh Annual Cartoon Art Museum Benefit!
Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Cartoon Art Museum, the only museum in the western United States dedicated to all forms of cartoons and comics, is delighted to host its seventh annual benefit ? on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Pixar Animation Studios. From Pixar’s inception in 1986 with the premiere of its iconic short film, Luxo Jr., to the studio’s latest full-length feature, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3, Pixar has wowed and charmed the world with its incredible computer animated creations. This year, there are two great ways to experience the magic of Pixar up close and personal at the studio’s Emeryville home:

The Family Fun Tier
(1:00 – 4:00 pm)

The Family Fun Tier is designed for families to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the world of Pixar. Entry includes the chance to get up close and personal to rarely seen Toy Story art, sculptures, and other items from the Pixar archives and experience a gallery exhibition featuring stunning pre-production artwork from all the Toy Story features. Family Fun Tier members will also be able to participate in a Silent Auction to bid on original and signed works by Pixar creators. Pixar artists will be on hand to teach kids how to draw Pixar characters. Finally, a selection of Pixar short films (including One Man Band, Lifted, Presto, Burn-E and several Cars Toons) will be showing in Pixar’s state-of-the-art screening room in a continuous loop.

For this Tier, doors open at 1 pm. Tickets are $49 for an individual or $149 for a Family Four Pack, which includes entry for 2 adults and 2 children under 18 (or 1 adult and 3 children).

The VIP Screening Tier
(11:00 am — 4:00 pm)

The VIP Screening Tier is designed for the biggest fans to help support the Cartoon Art Museum and to experience Pixar’s state-of-the-art digital theater. Entry includes access to everything from the Family Fun Tier plus access to Pixar’s Studio Store where guests can purchase Pixar items at employee prices. The centerpiece of the event is a noon time 3D screening that includes Day & Night, and the feature film Toy Story 3. The screening will be hosted by Dr. Michael B. Johnson (Pixarian and CAM board member), who will lead a Q&A session along with several other Toy Story crew members. The VIP Screening Tier also includes an offering of light lunchtime snacks, treats and conversation with the speakers and other Pixar employees.

For this Tier, doors open two hours early — at 11 am. Cartoon Art Museum members can purchase tickets for the reduced rate of $149, while the non-member rate is $199. Save money and become a member of the Cartoon Art Museum today! Reserved rows for ten are available for $1,500. Treat your friends or employees to an evening of animated fun.

Pixar Animation Studios is located in Emeryville, California. Free parking is available on site. Call 415-227-8666, ext. 300 for more information. Click here to purchase VIP Tier tickets or Family Fun Tier tickets. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

About the Cartoon Art Museum
Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics. The Museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the world. The Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public.

About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up and most recently, Toy Story 3. The Northern California studio has won 26 Academy Awards® and its eleven films have grossed more than $5.5 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney•Pixar is Cars 2 (June 24, 2011).

CA – Meet the Artist

Andrew Jimenez, Pixar Digital Artist speaks on Saturday, October 16th from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Meet Andrew Jimenez who has served as director of photography, digital artist, and animatic artist on such Pixar classics as Toy Story 3, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. Gain an insider’s perspective of the process used to create the remarkable Pixar Artscape, the wide-screen, digital art installation featured in the PIXAR exhibition.

Jimenez received an Academy Award© nomination for Best Short Film, Animated for his work on the Pixar short One Man Band, and a Daytime Emmy© nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Design for The Bonnie Hunt Show.

Open to OMCA Members; no reservations or advance tickets necessary; simply bring your Membership card or photo ID to receive admission.

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607

CA – Pixar Night

Teddy Newton and Adam Burke appear on October 8 from 5-9 p.m.

Learn about the making of The Incredibles with behind-the-scenes stories from Pixar animator Adam Burke and watch a screening of the film; meet Pixar artist Teddy Newton, author of Day & Night, at his book signing in the OMCA Store; and watch the Pixar short Lifted in the History Gallery’s Hollywood screening room. Tap into your inner incredible self and enter our Superhero Costume Contest.

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607

CA – In Conversation

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Brad Bird is the first guest in a series of conversations that S.F. Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll will host this year. Other guests will include authors Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Dave Eggars and Scott Rosenberg.

November 9:  Brad Bird from Pixar

Brad Bird is the director of the Academy® Award-winning films Ratatouille and The Incredibles, from Pixar Animation Studios. Prior to joining Pixar, Bird wrote and directed the critically acclaimed 1999 animated feature, The Iron Giant, which won the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature.

Bird began his first animated film at the age of 11, and finished it nearly three years later. The film brought him to the attention of Walt Disney Studios where, at age 14, he was mentored by Milt Kahl, one of a distinguished group of Disney’s legendary animators known as the “Nine Old Men.” Bird eventually worked as an animator at Disney and other studios.

Bird’s credits include acting as executive consultant on The Simpsons and King of the Hill, the two longest running and most celebrated animated series on television. He also created, wrote, directed and co-produced the Family Dog episode of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, and co-wrote the screenplay for the live-action feature *batteries not included.

Brad is currently preparing his next project, 1906, a live-action film.

Berkeley Rep Theater, 2025 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704

Doors Open 6 PM with No Host Wine & Cheese
Events Begin at 7 PM

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