UK – Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Signing

Kevin Jenkins, Jason Horley, and Tim Rodriguez bring Industrial Light and Magic to Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore to present and sign THE ART OF STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI on Saturday 10th February from 1:00 – 2:00 PM!

Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) and production designed by Rick Heinrichs (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Captain America: The First Avenger), Star Wars: The Last Jedi, like every chapter before it, owes its visual language and fully imagined cinematic landscape to an incomparable art department: the Lucasfilm visualists.

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi explores their vision and illuminates their creative process in stunning detail. Featuring concept art and costume sketches, storyboards, and blueprints, fans will take a deep dive into the development of the fantastic worlds, characters, and creatures both old and new of The Last Jedi.

Featuring unforgettable art and exclusive interviews with the filmmakers, this visual archive highlights moviemaking magic at its finest.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

 

Sixth Annual Awesome Con Returns to Washington DC on Easter Weekend

Press Release:

The sixth annual Awesome Con by LeftField Media, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention, will unite 80,000 fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay, and more at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2018. The convention floor and panel rooms will buzz with hundreds of hours’ worth of programs including: celebrities and experts hosting panels and exclusive reveals; cosplay fashion shows; gaming tournaments; iconic film memorabilia exhibits; and a diverse array of activities for families on Easter weekend.

Family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike, with special promotions in place to engage Awesome Con’s youngest fans throughout the show. Future Con, Awesome Con’s science pavilion, will dive into the latest developments in science and science fiction sure to delight even the most curious minds. Back for the second year is Pride Alley presented in partnership with Geeks OUT, shining a spotlight on LGBTQ creators and fans in an even more robust section of Artist Alley.

With Awesome Con 2018 hosting more energetic programs, more globally recognized special guests, and presenting more exclusive previews and announcements to attendees than ever before, it continues growing into a standout annual destination as an unbridled celebration of pop culture and pure fun.

MEDIA GUESTS:

  • Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax the Destroyer, Blade Runner 2049)
  • Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Yondu, The Walking Dead)
  • Stephen Amell (Arrow, New Girl, Private Practice)
  • John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who)
  • Cress Williams (Black Lightning, Prison Break, Hart of Dixie)
  • Tom Welling (Smallville, Lucifer)
  • Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Mantis)
  • Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Guardians of the Guardians Vol. 2, Impastor)
  • Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Kraglin, Gilmore Girls)
  • Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story)
  • Joe Keery (Stranger Things, Molly’s Game, Slice)
  • Ben Savage (Boy Meets World, Girls Meet World, Chuck, Dear John, Little Monsters, Without a Trace)
  • Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Girls Meets World, Batman Beyond, Kim Possible, Guardians of the Galaxy animated series)
  • Rider Strong (Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World, Cabin Fever)
  • Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
  • Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Samurai Jack, Pulp Fiction, Justice League Unlimited, Mad TV, Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Comic Guests:

  • J. Scott Campbell (Gen¹³, Danger Girl, Spider-Man)
  • Fabian Nicieza (Deadpool co-creator, X-Men, Thunderbolts, Action Comics)
  • Jim Starlin (Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Infinity Gauntlet, Batman; co-creator of Drax, Gamora, and Thanos)
  • Greg Capullo (Batman, Reborn, X-Force, Quasar, The Creech)
  • Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing, Voodoo Heart)
  • Tom King (Batman, The Sheriff of Babylon, The Vision)
  • Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil, Wonder Woman, Amazing Spider-Man)
  • Sean Gordon Murphy (Batman: White Knight, Hellblazer: City of Demons, Punk Rock Jesus, Shaun of the Dead, Teen Titans, The Wake, Tokyo Ghost)
  • James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Batman, The Woods)
  • Sorah Sungh (Iron Man, Princeless)

TICKETS

  • Friday or Sunday Only Admission: $35
  • Saturday Only Admission: $50
  • 3-Day Weekend Pass: $75
  • 3-Day ‘Geekend VIP’ Pass: $150
  • Kids 10 and under: free with coupon code AWESOMEJR
  • VIP passes & experiences range from the VIP Geekend ($150) to the premium, limited quantity Club Awesome Reserve Membership ($999) and offer access to various celebrity appearances and special events.

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About Awesome Con
Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, D.C., having welcomed over 71,000 attendees in 2017. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay and more. Awesome Con is presented in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organization company developed by the founder of New York Comic Con. Learn more at www.awesomecon.com.

UK – The Art of The Last Jedi Signing

Press Release:

Gosh Comics hosts an incredible line-up of costume designers and concept artists from Star Wars: The Last Jedi here for a signing and q&a on Thursday, 15th of February. Kim Frederiksen, Jake Lunt Davies, Jock, Chris Weston, Adam Brockbank, Kevin Jenkins will be here from 7:30 – 9:00 PM!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, like every chapter before it, owes its visual language and fully imagined cinematic landscape to an incomparable art department: The Lucasfilm “visualists.” Lucky for us plenty of those talented folks are based right here in the UK, and we’re lucky enough to be hosting a number of them for a Q&A session and signing! We’ll have Kim Frederiksen, Jake Lunt Davies, Jock, Chris Weston, Adam Brockbank, Kevin Jenkins allhere in-store to talk about their process working on the film, as well as take your questions. There will also be an opportunity to get copies of The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi signed by this incredible roster of talent.

Things kick off on Thursday, 15th of February from 7:30 – 9:00 PM. We’ll be closing the store at 7pm for a brief set-up, reopening at around 7.20pm to let people take their seats.

Due to anticipated demand, the event is ticketed. Tickets are free but do make sure you reserve your place through Eventbrite soon as you can to avoid disappointment. Seating is unreserved, and tickets are limited to 2 per person. Tickets will be available from Friday the 26th of January at noon. 

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

Enter the Del Rey Books Star Wars Contest for Emerald City Comic Con 2018

Press Release:

Penguin Random House and Del Rey Books are coming to Emerald City Comic Con 2018 with an exciting collectible opportunity from a galaxy far, far away. Get the opportunity to purchase the convention exclusive edition of the novel Star WarsThe Last Jedi. This limited special edition has an exclusive cover and is signed by author Jason Fry. As an added bonus, purchasers receive a free Star Wars pin.

In order to streamline the process and fairly determine who will be eligible to purchase this exclusive, we have set up a randomly selected lottery system. By entering the lottery, you are entering to reserve and guarantee your copy of the convention exclusive edition of Star WarsThe Last Jedi by Jason Fry, published by Del Rey Books. Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries into the lottery and will be given the opportunity to purchase one copy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry at ECCC 2018.

Participation in this process is the only way to GUARANTEE your spot to purchase the Star WarsThe Last Jedi book at ECCC. The lottery will open at 12:00 PM PST on Monday, January 22 and close at 11:59 PM PST on Monday, January 29. All winners will be notified by Monday, February 5 of the date that they can purchase their book at the Penguin Random House booth. Winners will receive a ticket via email confirming their reservation. You must bring this ticket – either printed or displayed on your mobile device – with you when you pick up your book.

CLICK THE LINK TO ENTER

MARCH 1 – MARCH 4

All winners of the lottery may visit the Penguin Random House booth between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM to claim their reserved book. At this time, your ticket will be confirmed and transaction completed. If you do not arrive at the booth between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM, you forfeit your claim to the book purchase.

For non-lottery winners, each day a limited number of copies of the book will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the Penguin Random House booth. Sales of these books start when the show floor opens each day.

The price per book is $45.00 plus tax.

The Penguin Random House Booth is located on the show floor, booth #1610.

RULES

This random drawing is for a chance to get a ticket to purchase the Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry.

  • Attendee, Press & Professional badges only. No Exhibitors, Minions, or Staff.
  • One application per person only.
  • You must have a valid ECCC 2018 badge for the day you select to enter. No exceptions. We will be checking your badge confirmation to ensure that if you win the lottery for a specific day, you have a badge for that corresponding day.
  • Tickets are awarded randomly for a specific date and must be redeemed between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM only. No exceptions.
  • Tickets are not transferrable and IDs will be checked.
  • You must bring your ticket to the Penguin Random House booth to be scanned between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM. You will not be allowed to purchase the book without your lottery ticket.
  • You will not be able to line up at the Penguin Random House booth to pick up your guaranteed copy before 12:00 PM.
  • There will be a strict limit of one item per ticket.

ADA attendees must also go through the same process noted above.

CA – Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Signing

Gallery Nucleus is pleased to welcome special guests to talk about their work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Join us Saturday January 13, 2018 as these talented artists share stories behind-the-scenes and sign the official Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi art book. Bring your questions for the Q&A.

Featured Artists:
Phil Szostak – Author
James Clyne – Senior VFX Art Director
Christian Alzmann – Concept Artist

Event Schedule:
2:00 – 3:00 Artist Discussion Panel
3:00 – 3:30 Q & A (moderated by Phil)
4:00 – 5:00 Book Signing

$5 ADMISSION or FREE ADMISSION with an Art of The Last Jedi book purchase. Please note seats are first come first serve. Standing room will also be available.

Due to the high attendance expectations, attendees will NOT be admitted after we have reached capacity, please plan to arrive early.

Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee.

Front Row VIP Reserved Seats available for $20 (does not guarantee availability of book for “seats only” option).

  • Guaranteed seat in the first 4 rows, only 40 seats available.
  • No need to wait in line or get to the event early just to get a good seat.
  • Guaranteed first in line during the artist signing time.

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

SF – Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Signing

Author Phil Szostak, as well as concept artists James Clyne, Aaron McBride, Christian Alzmann, and Brett Northcutt, with more to be announced, appear at Sketchpad Gallery on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 2:00 till 4:00 PM to sign the newly released Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Come out and meet the artists who are designing the Star Wars universe!

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Sketchpad Gallery
505 Natoma St, San Francisco, California 94103
(415) 932-6208

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Fan Art Contest

Submit your original Star Wars: The Last Jedi fan art for the opportunity to have your artwork displayed at the U.S. premiere of the movie.

Requirements:

  • Must be original artwork you created
  • Must only include characters and/or themes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Must be less than 10 MB in file size
  • Must be in jpg/jpeg or png
  • See Official Rules for additional content requirements and restrictions

SUBMISSION WINDOW ENDS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26TH, 11:59PM PST. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Limit five (5) entries per person. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C. ages 18+. Void wherever prohibited or restricted. For full details, limitations, and restrictions, please see the website….

 

Star Wars Celebration Welcomes Mark Hamill to Orlando

The Jedi Master himself, Mark Hamill, is coming to Star Wars Celebration Orlando! Best known as Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, he returned to the role in J.J Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.starwarscelebration.com

Mark Hamill’s career has encompassed all aspects of entertainment including stage, screen, television and new media. Film credits include: Corvette Summer, Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, Slipstream, Walking Across Egypt, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Sushi Girl, Kingsman: The Secret Service and playing Kyle Mooney’s father in the upcoming Brisby Bear along with Jane Adams, Greg Kinnear and Adam Samberg. Hamill directed and starred in the cult mockumentary Comic Book: The Movie.

Broadway credits include The Elephant Man, Amadeus (also First National Tour), Michael Stewart’s Harrigan n’ Hart, The Nerd, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks and the Roundabout Theatre production of Room Service.

A prolific voice-over artist, he has performed in countless television cartoons, feature films and video games. Hamill first played the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. He returned to the role in the Arkham Asylum video game series for which he received a BAFTA award & in last year’s groundbreaking R-rated animated film, The Killing Joke.

This trend continued when he returned as The Trickster on CW’s The Flash, a role he first played in the original CBS series.

Hamill has re-teamed with Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts for Star Citizen: Squadron 42 with Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson & Ben Mendelsohn.

As an avid collector he created Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest which debuted last November on Comic Con HQ.

 

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

Star Wars Celebration Orlando Kicks Off with Epic Tribute to Saga’s 40th Anniversary

Press Release:

A very special tribute to the 40th anniversary of Star Wars will kick start Celebration Orlando in grand fashion.

The panel, hosted by Warwick Davis, will feature Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and discussions with some of the saga’s brightest stars, highlighting the impact of the galaxy far, far, away and the fandom that has propelled it for the last four decades. As is tradition, this marquee Celebration event will undoubtedly include many not-to-be-missed surprises. Fans will definitely want to mark their calendars for Thursday, April 13th and make the Star Wars 40th anniversary panel a priority for their Celebration weekend!

Star Wars Celebration Orlando will take place April 13 – 16 at the Orange County Convention Center. RSVP on Facebook!

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