ME – An Evening with Mimi Pond

Cartoonist Mimi Pond appears on Thursday August 31st at 7:00 PM to present her latest graphic novel The Customer Is Always Wrong.

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. She has created comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen magazine, National Lampoon, and many other publications. She has also written for television: her credits include the first full-length episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, and episodes for the television shows Designing Women and Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

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Osher Hall, Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

CA – Love, Hate & Comics–The Friendship That Would Not Die

Matt Groening and Lynda Barry appear on Saturday, October 7 at 8:00 PM to reminisce about 40 years of friendship and creativity, aided by a homey and hilarious slideshow of photos and comics. An audience Q&A follows their talk. Tickets available at the link…

Matt Groening and Lynda Barry met at The Evergreen State College when he was editing the school paper and she was an aspiring comic artist. A lifetime later, the creator of The Simpsons, the animated sitcom that is now the longest-running scripted show in TV history, is still best buds with his “biggest inspiration,” the respected cartoonist and author of Ernie Pook’s Comeek fame.

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Cal Performances
101 Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-9988

Comic Book Icons Join Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017

Press Release:

Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), Steve Wozniak’s pop culture and technology expo, today revealed its initial list of more than 25 iconic comic book authors and artist who will be in attendance for photo opportunities and special signings during the 2017 show. The second annual SVCC will be hosted at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA the weekend of April 21-23.

Among the comic book talent highlights at this year’s event include:

  •  Art Adams – Legendary Marvel comic book artist behind such comics as Longshot and X-Men
  •  Michael Golden – Former editor for Marvel and one of the most prolific comic book artists of the 1980s and 1990s
  •  Russ Heath – Legendary DC Comics War artist
  •  Bill Morrison – Eisner Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator best known for his work on Simpsons, Futurama and as a Disney illustrator
  •  Tony Parker – Eisner nominated comic book artist and illustrator
  •  Brian Pulido – Creator of cult comics “Lady Death” and “Evil Ernie”
  •  Scott Shaw! – Hanna Barbera cartoonist and Convention Legend
  •  Ryan Sook – Best known for his work on “Seven Soldiers: Zatanna,” “X-Factor” and “The Spectre”
  •  Joe Weems – Illustrator and Harvey Award nominated inker
  •  Mike Zeck – One of the most prolific comic book artists of the 1980s and creator of the famous black Spider-Man costume

Additional confirmed comic book talent include: Eric “Ebas” Basaldua, Ethan Castillo, Joyce Chin, Parnaz Gharah, Scott Koblish, Casey Leonard, Dawn McTeigue, James C. Mulligan, Mike Pascale, JP Roth, Tim Vigil, Bob Wiacek, Ron Wilson, Renee Witterstaetter, Thomas Yeates.

Additionally, Vincent Van Dahl, Tom Wyrsch and John Stanley (the team behind the Bay Area favorite, KTVU Fox Show “Creature Features”) will appear at SVCC.

A full list of SVCC guests can be found at www.svcomiccon.com/guests. To purchase tickets, visit www.svcomiccon.com/tickets and to become an exhibitor or for sponsorship opportunities, visit http://svcomiccon.com/sponsors/want-to-exhibit.

For the latest news and updates on additional celebrity guests, exhibitors, panels and events, follow @SVComicCon on Twitter.

ABOUT SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON

Silicon Valley Comic Con celebrates the Age of the Geek by bringing together America’s two greatest superheroes: pop culture and technology. Featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video game creators, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and our electronic worlds intersect. The inaugural Silicon Valley Comic Con will be hosted at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA the weekend of April 21-23, 2017.

HeroesCon 2017 Adds Terry Dodson & More

HeroesCon‘s latest round of new guest announcements for their 35th anniversary show includes TERRY DODSON (Adventureman!, Red One, Harley Quinn, Star Wars), TOM HEINTJES (Hogan’s Alley Magazine), ANDREW PEPOY (Fables, The Simpsons, The Adventures of Simone & Ajax), CHRIS SPARKS (Team Cul de Sac, The Art of Richard Thompson), and KELLY YATES (Doctor Who, Amber Atoms, MonstHer)! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

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For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

35 New Guests Announced for HeroesCon 2017

HeroesCon has announced 35 new guests for their 35th anniversary show! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

KRIS ANKAStar-Lord, Captain Marvel, X-Men, X-Force
DARRYL BANKSGreen Lantern, Legion of Super Heroes, JLA
RYAN BROWNE | Curse Words, God Hates Astronauts, Manhattan Projects, Bedlam
RICHARD CASE | Spider-Man, Doom Patrol, Hunter: The Age of Magic, Annie Ammo
EVAN DORKIN | The Eltingville Club, Beasts of Burden, Milk & Cheese, Dork!
SARAH DYER | Calla Cthulhu, DC Nation, Beasts of Burden, Action Girl Comics, MAD
STEVE EPTINGVelvet, Captain America, Avengers
KATY FARINASteven Universe, Rick and Morty, Amazing World of Gumball
MICHEL FIFFE Copra, Zegas, Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies
KELLY FITZPATRICK | Bitch Planet, Josie and the Pussycats, Shade the Changing Girl
CHARLES FORSMAN | Slasher, Revenger, TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer
PAUL GULACYMaster of Kung Fu, Sabre, Batman
JONATHAN HICKMAN | Black Monday Murders, East of West, The Manhattan Projects, Avengers
MIKE HUDDLESTONButcher Baker, The Strain, The Beauty
RICK LEONARDICloak and Dagger, X-Men, Spider-Man 2099
ALITHA E MARTINEZBlack Panther: World of Wakanda, Riverdale, Barbie, Batgirl, Iron Man
REBECCA MOCK | Knife’s Edge, Compass South, Spera, vol. III, Hana Doki Kira Anthology
RUDY NEBRES Dr. Strange, Conan, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Eerie, Creepy
JAMAR NICHOLAS Leon: Protector of the Playground, Fist Stick Knife Gun, Detective Boogaloo: Hip-Hop Cop
ED PISKOR | Hip Hop Family Tree, Wizzywig, American Splendor: Our Movie Year
ERIC POWELLThe Goon, Big Man Plans, Hillbilly
CRAIG ROUSSEAU | Avengers, Perhapanauts, Batman Beyond, Impulse
ANDY RUNTON | Owly
CHRIS SCHWEIZER | The Creeps, Crogan’s Loyalty, Crogan’s Vengeance, Crogan’s March
SCOTT SHAW! | Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, Simpsons, Flintstones
BILL SIENKIEWICZ | Elektra: Assassin, Stray Toasters, New Mutants
CHARLES SOULE | Daredevil, Poe Dameron, Letter 44, Curse Words, Wolverine, She-Hulk
BABS TARR | MotorCrush, Batgirl
BEN TEMPLESMITHThe Squidder, Choker, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse
WILFREDO TORRES | Jupiter’s Circle, The Shadow: Year One, Lobster Johnson, Aliens
RAMON VILLALOBOS | Nighthawk, E Is For Extinction
DEXTER VINES | Amazing X-Men, Nova, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hulk
ALEXIS ZIRITT | Space Riders, Tarantula, The Package

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For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

Cartoon Art Museum Co-Presents SF Sketchfest Events

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The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to co-present three events in collaboration with the 2017 SF Sketchfest. Join us on Friday, January 20 for Dragon Ball Z Live VR Panel with Chris Rager, Monica Rial, Christopher Sabat, Sean Shemmel, Sonny Strait, and Eric Vale at the Brava Theater Center!

The Cartoon Art Museum is co-hosting a pair of events on Saturday, January 28, including An Afternoon with The Venture Bros. with Paul Boocock, Michael Sinterniklaas, Dana Snyder, and James Urbaniak, moderated by Dana Gould at Cobb’s Comedy Club and Skull Juice Podcast: Trent Live with Dino Stamatopoulos, Scott Adsit, Brian McCann, and musical guest Britta Phillips at the Brava Theater Center.

Tickets are available through the SF Sketchfest website, Detailed event descriptions and direct ticket links follow:

*Dragon Ball Z Live VR Panel with Chris Rager, Monica Rial, Christopher Sabat, Sean Shemmel, Sonny Strait, and Eric Vale
Friday, January 20, 10 PM to 11:30 PM, $30
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St, SF
Tickets at the link…

The cast of the legendary anime suit up on stage to take your questions and discuss their show like you’ve never seen them before. Cast members include Christopher Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo), Sean Schemmel (Goku), Monica Rial (Bulma), Sonny Strait (Krillin) and Chris Rager (Mr Satan).

*An Afternoon with The Venture Bros. with Paul Boocock, Michael Sinterniklaas, Dana Snyder, and James Urbaniak, moderated by Dana Gould
Saturday, January 28, 2 PM to 3:30 PM, $20
Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus St., SF
Tickets at the link…

They’re baaaaack! Want action? Adventure? Comedy? Then look no further than The Venture Bros.! A staple of Adult Swim’s animated late-night shows, The Venture Bros. follows the unpredictable adventures of twin thrillseekers Hank and Dean Venture. Join Paul Boocock (Jonas Venture, Sr.), Michael Sinterniklass (Dean Venture), Dana Snyder (The Alchemist) and James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture) for an afternoon of all-things Venture! Moderated by Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil).

*Skull Juice Podcast: Trent Live with Dino Stamatopoulos, Scott Adsit, Brian McCann, and musical guest Britta Phillips
Saturday, January 28, 10 PM to 11:30 PM, $25
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St, SF
Tickets at the link…

Years ago Dino Stamatopoulos wrote a musical comedy (or more appropriately a Light Tragedy with Music) about a small family surviving through a cold winter. Think Sam Shepard meets Moral Orel. Although this play was only performed once, in Chicago, it’s being brought back in the form of a musical graphic novel. However, for San Francisco Sketchfest, for the first time since the original staging, Dino and guests will perform scenes and music from TRENT: a light tragedy with music.

ABOUT SF SKETCHFEST

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. A favorite with audiences, critics, and performers alike, the festival has grown substantially to become a highly anticipated artistic showcase that consistently delivers top quality comedic performances, tributes and panel discussions. To learn about past participants, visit the Past Festivals page (coming soon).
Audiences have overwhelmingly responded to SF Sketchfest’s diverse programming which has featured performers from every major North American television comedy smash of the last 25 years including Saturday Night Live, The Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, VEEP, The Upright Citizens Brigade, The State, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Strangers With Candy, Key & Peele, The Simpsons, The Daily Show and more. SF Sketchfest offers its audiences the rare opportunity to see their favorite performers in intimate live performances and discussions.

Great Philadelphia Comic Con Announces 2017 Guests

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Press Release:

Come and ‘Get UR Geek On!’ at the largest independently run Pop Culture Convention in PA! With over 150,000 Sq ft of show, there is something for everyone! Dozens of Artists, Vendors, Media and Cosplay Guests and Events, including: Panels Gaming Contests Door Prizes Film + TV Screening Events And Much More! Guests include:

Marina Sirtis
Born to Greek parents who did not want her to become an actress. As soon as Marina completed high school, she applied to the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama secretly. After her graduation, she worked in musical theater, repertory and television. In 1986, she moved to Los Angeles, California. For six months, she auditioned for parts but was unsuccessful. Just before she planned to go back home, she got the part of Counselor Deanna Troi in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.

Bruce Boxleitner
As one of Hollywood’s leading men, Bruce Boxleitner has starred in a major motion picture franchise, numerous feature films, several popular television series, produced a major network film and TV series, performed on Broadway, and authored two science fiction novels.

John Wesley Shipp
John played Barry Allen aka The Flash in the CBS sci-fi adventure series “The Flash” (1990-1991), he then went on to play on the WB’s hit drama “Dawson’s Creek,” as Dawson’s dreamer dad Mitch Leery. Most recently he has returned to sci-fi by playing Henry Allen, the father of Barry Allen on the hit CW show “The Flash”.

Mike Zeck
Mike’s comics series and covers have influenced generations of artists, and one would have to argue which of Mike’s series has been the most influential, or most deeply embossed in our pop culture.

Zeck’s groundbreaking six part story “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” with J.M. Dematteis and Bob McLeod is the definitive Kraven the Hunter story and took the Spider-Man character to a whole new level, and has been touted by readers as the “Greatest Spider-Man story of all time,” in recent polls.

His work with writer Steven Grant on the Punisher Limited Series–collected as “Circle of Blood”—set the standard for the look and feel of the character and propelled the Punisher to flagship character status at Marvel. Along with air-brush artist Phil Zimelman, Mike has created some of the most recognizable painted images of the Punisher.

The 12-issue Series “Secret Wars,” was a monumental success, and Zeck’s design for Spider-Man’s black costume is still recognizable and indelible to this day. Spider-Man wore the costume temporarily, and it still lives on in the form of the super-villain, Venom.

Zeck’s work has also graced the pages and covers of “Captain America,” “Master of Kung Fu,” “Aquaman,” “Batman,” “Legends of the DC Universe,” “Green Lantern,” “G.I. Joe,” “G.I. Joe: Special Missions,” “Lobo,” “Deathstroke The Terminator,” “The Eliminator,” “Damned” and many other titles

Jim Shooter
A United States writer, occasional fill-in artist, editor, and publisher for various comic books. Shooter began selling stories to DC Comics for their Legion of Super-Heroes title when he was only 13. He eventually succeeded Archie Goodwin to become the controversial ninth editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics from 1978 to 1987.

After leaving Marvel, he fronted an effort to purchase the floundering publisher from its corporate ownership, losing out at the last minute to Ronald Perelman’s slightly higher bid. He then founded a new company, Voyager Communications, which published comics under the Valiant Comics banner.

Jim will be appearing Friday and Saturday Only!

Michael Golden
Michael Golden is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his late-1970s work on Marvel Comics’ The Micronauts, as well as his co-creation of the characters Rogue and Bucky O’Hare. His work is known to have influenced the style of artist Arthur Adams.

Ty Templeton
Ty has worked on titles for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Bongo Comics, and Moonstone Books, including Batman Adventures, The Simpsons and many others. He also created his own graphic novel, Bigg Time, published by DC Comics’ mature readers imprint, Vertigo.

He was recently editor of an independent Canadian comic company, Mr. Comics. Recent work includes writing and drawing stories for DC’s Batman 66, based on the 1960s television series. He teaches classes in comic book writing and drawing, known as “Ty Templeton’s Comic Book Boot Camp”.

Graham Nolan
Okay, here’s the truth in a nutshell… he grew up between Long Beach, NY and Indian Harbour Beach, FL. Went 2 years to the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, couldn’t afford to graduate. Started working in advertising waiting for big break in comics.

Break came at DC Comics when one of his teachers, Sal Amendola, who was the talent coordinator there, bought two of his school assignments to run in “New Talent Showcase.”

Started picking up more assignments from DC, Marvel and Eclipse Comics eventually leading to a 6 year run illustrating Batman in “Detective Comics” and co-creating the villain, Bane. In 1998 he wrote, illustrated and self-published, “Monster Island.”

Bob Camp
Bob started his animation career as a designer for animated series such as ThunderCats, Silverhawks, TigerSharks, and several other series produced by Rankin/Bass. He then worked as a designer on The Real Ghostbusters for DiC, and later as a storyboard artist on Tiny Toon Adventures for Warner Bros. Television. He was a co-founder of and director for Spümcø, the animation studio that created The Ren & Stimpy Show.

JK Woodward
J.K. Woodward started his professional comics career in 2003 when he collaborated with A. David Lewis on the indie comic Mortal Coils. When Peter David was re-launching his creator owned series Fallen Angel at IDW, James was a natural choice for Peter’s dark world of magic, violence and redemption. His last sequential art project was the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover, Assimilation 2 and he is currently handling the art for Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever.

Wil Traval
Wil can currently be seen as ‘Will Simpson’ on the Netflix original series Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” and will play DC character ‘Human Target’ in the upcoming season of CW’s “Arrow” Wil is a dynamic actor who has had a successful career both in the US and in his native Australia. He has guest starred in several other series including ABC’s hit “Once Upon A Time” as Sheriff of Nottingham.

Bryce Papenbrook
Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.

Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Eren in Attack on Titan, Kirito in Sword Art Online & Sword Art Online II, Shirou Emiya in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Meliodas in The Seven Deadly Sins, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Chooki & Lydendor in Tenkai Knights, Red in Pokémon Origins, Machina Kunagiri in Final Fantasy Type-0, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!! & Durarara!! X2, just to name a few.

Visit www.philadelphiacomiccon.com for further information and tickets! RSVP on Facebook!

CA – Animaniacs Live 2017

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Voice actors Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, and Jess Harnell and songwriter Randy Rogel appear at La Mirada Theatre on Saturday April 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link… **SOLD OUT**

Animaniacs, a mix of old-fashioned wit, slapstick, pop culture and music, fueled the animation renaissance of the late 1990s, with iconic voices, characters, an original score for every cartoon and an Emmy® Award-winning theme song. Now the hilarious ‘90s animated series starring the wacky Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister, Dot) is back in live form, as voice actors Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, and Jess Harnell reunite with original songwriter Randy Rogel for an unforgettable evening. The group will perform songs from the beloved show, in addition to several numbers that didn’t make the cut the first time around. A delightful show for all ages!

ANIMANIACS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros.

La Mirada Theatre
14900 La Mirada Boulevard La Mirada, CA 90638
(714) 994-6310

SF – An Afternoon with the Venture Bros

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

Tickets available at the link!

Presented by SF Sketchfest.

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

CA – Storyboarding for Animation Workshop

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Storyboard artist Gavin Freitas (The Simpsons, Fairly Oddparents, and Spongebob 2 the Movie) appears at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Friday, December 30th at 1:00 PM for a presentation and hands-on workshop in creating storyboards for animated movies. Freitas will show how storyboards are created from pencil to paper to digital works, including a look at storyboard from the award-winning special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Following his presentation, attendees are invited to work with Freitas to learn to create your own storyboards. This presentation and workshop are free with Museum admission.

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

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