Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling Returns This Sunday

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This Sunday, April 29th, the Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling returns for its 2nd annual event! Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling is a good old-fashioned comic book show with rows and rows of comic book dealers from around the country selling comics and collectibles from the ancient to the very modern, and some amazing comic guests as well — and admission is free!

We are very happy to announce the addition of Pixar and Disney artist, Marty Baumann to our line-up of guests for Spring Fling 2018!

Marty Baumann is an illustrator, graphic artist, and production designer. He has contributed to some of the most popular, Oscar-winning animated films of all time. Marty has worked as an artist at Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios as an illustrator, graphic artist, and production designer on such films as Toy Story 3, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Cars 2, Planes, Wreck-It Ralph 2, and many others. He also helped develop theme park installations, toy packaging, and Pixar corporate branding. Marty has rendered illustrations and developed characters for toy manufacturers, magazines, and newspapers, and illustrated children’s books, created logos, infographics, broadcast promotions, and presentation art for Hasbro, Universal Studios, National Geographic, Scholastic Books, Nickelodeon, and many others. Recent projects include his role as concept artist for the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the visual development of Sir Paul McCartney’s feature film, High in the Clouds.

Ringo Award winner and Harvey and Eisner award nominee Frank Cho launched his career as a comic strip artist at the University of Maryland-College Park student newspaper, penning University2, which was the predecessor of his creator-owned syndicated strip and comic series, Liberty Meadows. His body of work also includes Marvel Comics’ New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism, as well as Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. His recent work can be seen in BOOM! Studios’ Skybourne, and on covers from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.

Long-time friend of the show, Ringo, Harvey, and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and on-line. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.

John Gallagher is the award-winning artist and writer of graphic novels Buzzboy and Roboy Red (with Rich Faber). John teamed with sons Jack and Will to create a kids book, E.P.I.C. Bros., about two kids whose superhero dad is always out saving the world, and they pass the time using his gizmos for lovable mayhem. Jack and Will follow in the footsteps of big sister Katie, who teamed with her dad to create Zoey and Ketchup. John’s Buzzboy is back from American Mythology Productions in Buzzboy Go Digital Monster Mayhem, where he has also contributed to the recently relaunched Casper the Friendly Ghost and The Inspector. When not creating comics, John is executive director of Kids Love Comics (kidslovecomics.net) and works as art director for Ranger Rick magazine.

Mark Morales has established himself as one of the industry’s go-to inkers for major titles and events for the big publishers. He has inked a vast number of titles at Marvel Comics including, among many others, A+X, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Sentry, Siege, Thor, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men. He has also done work for DC Comics on titles like Action Comics, Batman/Superman, JLA, New Suicide Squad, Prez, and Superman: The Man of Steel. He was also awarded the Harvey Award for Best Inker in 2009 and 2011.

And, as a special Hero Initiative guest, Tom King. The Ringo and Eisner Award winner is currently the writer of Batman at DC Comics, where he has also written Mister Miracle, Grayson, The Omega Men, DC Nation, Swamp Thing Winter Special, and has a story in Action Comics #1000, not to mention his award-winning work at Marvel on The Vision. King’s first book, A Once Crowded Sky, a postmodern super hero novel, was recognized by USA Today as one of the best Graphic Novels of the year. He was named by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the five comic creators to watch in 2015.

Tom will be signing from 1pm-3pm at the Hero Initiative booth, accepting donations for signatures. Tom requests that no graded books be brought for autographs and appreciates his fans’ understanding.

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

Special Events at Niagara Falls Comic Con 2018

Niagara Falls Comic Con offers fans a special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend some social time with comics industry legend Jim SterankoDonald Gibb (Revenge of the Nerds’ Ogre), and Cheers’ John RatzenbergerGeorge Wendt.

Tickets available at the link!

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Beers With Cliff & Norm

Join us for a rare experience to have a frosty cold one with Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) & Norm Peterson (George Wendt) from Cheers on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 5:00 PM in Room 201!

This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes:

  • One beer with collectible mug.
  • One 8×10 photo op with John Ratzenberger and George Wendt printed on site.
  • Limited to 50.
  • Must be 19 years of age or older with valid government ID.
  • You MUST have a ticket to Niagara Falls Comic Con to attend this event.
  • Please note this is a separate ticketed event and does not include admission into Niagara Falls Comic Con.
  • No refunds or exchanges unless Beers With Cliff and Norm is cancelled.

*Please note that John Ratzenberger shall not, under any circumstances, hold any prop (this includes a beer mug filled or not filled with liquid) during the photo ops. Any attendee requesting the guest to hold a prop of any sort will be told this is not allowed. If the ticket holder persists on the guest holding a prop they will be removed from the photo op session and forfeit their photo op with the guest, without a refund.

Please bring your ticket to the NFCC Merchandise Booth located on the show floor prior to the event to pick up your Beers with Cliff and Norm lanyard.

Beers With Cliff & Norm: $115.95 + Taxes and Fees

Beers With Ogre

NERDS! Ever wondered what it would be like to have a beer with Revenge of the Nerds’ Ogre (Donald Gibb)? Now you can find out!

 

Join us on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM in Room 201 for this once in a lifetime experience that includes:

  • One beer with collectible mug.
  • One 8×10 photo op with Don Gibb printed on site.
  • Must be 19 years of age or older with valid government ID.
  • You MUST have a ticket to Niagara Falls Comic Con to attend this event.
  • Please note this is a separate ticketed event and does not include admission into Niagara Falls Comic Con.
  • No refunds or exchanges unless Beers With Ogre is cancelled.

Please bring your ticket to the NFCC Merchandise Booth located on the show floor prior to the event to pick up your Beers with Ogre lanyard.

Beers With Ogre: $74.95 + Taxes and Fees

Dinner with Steranko

Join us for a rare intimate and interactive experience with comics legend Jim Steranko! Jim will be in attendance and take part in an after-dinner conversation about the creator’s life and career with plenty of time for intimate conversational exchange. Presented by Sketchbook Comics.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes:

  • One three course dinner including choice of appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage.
  • Three autographs (bring your own items)

Please note this is a separate ticketed event and does not include admission into Niagara Falls Comic Con.

Dinner location will be disclosed upon attendee on-site registration. Registration takes place at the Niagara Falls Comic Con Merch Booth Friday, June 1st. Registration closes at 7:45pm.

Dinner with Steranko: $124.95 + Taxes and Fees

 

SF – PIG: The Dam Keeper Poems Screening

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Join SFFILM Education and Academy Award nominated animation studio Tonko House on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM for a special Bay Area premiere screening of their newest work PIG: The Dam Keeper Poems, and a book signing of their debut graphic novel The Dam Keeper. Since 2014, SFFILM Education has been proud to support and showcase the beautiful filmmaking and storytelling from this local treasure of the independent animation community, founded by former Pixar art directors Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. This event, perfect for educators, families (with children ages 5 and up), and fans of independent animation will feature a screening of the new work, a Q & A and behind the scenes peek into the making of the series with a live drawing demo, and a meet & greet session where attendees will have an opportunity to get autographs and photos with our guests. Just in time for the holidays and last minute present buying, Tonko House will also have a number of unique items for sale, including their brand new graphic novel, written and illustrated by Robert and Dice. All children in attendance will also be eligible for a free raffle of a few special items, including a signed drawing from Erick Oh.

About the series:

In Tonko House’s first short-form series, written and directed by Erick Oh, we see how Pig remembers becoming the Dam Keeper. Seen through Pig’s youthful perspective, the visuals are abstract and surreal, but the source of his pain and his joy are clear. Produced in both Berkeley and Tokyo by a variety of international and domestic artists, the series showcases Tonko House’s global community through a story featuring universal themes, such as family, grief, responsibility, and growing up. The series is made up of over 31,000 frames, all individually hand drawn and painted.

Space is limited, so click here to reserve your FREE ticket today…

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Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

SF – The Dam Keeper Signing

Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi appear at Kinokuniya in San Francisco on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM to sign the new graphic novel adaptation of THE DAM KEEPER! 

Based on the Oscar-nominated animated short film of the same name, The Dam Keeper is a lush, vibrantly drawn graphics novel series by animation studio Tonko House co-founders Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi.

In early 2012, art directors Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo found themselves searching for ways to expand upon their filmmaking experience in Pixar’s art department. They decided to write and direct an independent animated short film together. The film, The Dam Keeper, was an 18-minute short that garnered an Academy Award Nomination.

About the Author:
Robert Kondo lends his unique design sensibilities and passion for storytelling to The Dam Keeper. Originally from Southern California, Robert graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has worked at Oblique Strategies and Angel Studios. Robert’s film credits include Sets Art Director for RatatouilleToy Story 3, and most recently Monsters University.

Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi, originally from Japan, is a celebrated illustrator, painter and philanthropist. Dice’s paintings have exhibited around the world, and in 2009, his first children’s book ‘I Can Hear’ was published in Japan. A graduate from The School of Visual Arts in New York, Dice has worked as a visual development/color key artist at Blue Sky Studios on Ice AgeRobots and Horton Hears a Who! His credits at Pixar Animation include Lighting Art Director for Toy Story 3 and Monsters University. Dice is passionate about charity work and spearheaded both The Totoro Forest Project and Sketchtravel.

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Kinokuniya Bookstore
1581 Webster St, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 567-7625

CA – Meet the Artist

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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 – Art of Toy Story 3 Signing

Robert Kondo and James Robertson appear on Sunday September 12, 2010 from 5:00PM – 8:00PM.

Cost: $2 per person. REGISTER NOW, online or in-person.

Admission gives you $2 off ‘Art of Toy Story 3’ book!

Keep your receipt for proof of purchase.

Nucleus welcomes two key members of the creative force behind the much-loved summer blockbuster – Toy Story 3! Artists Robert Kondo and James Robertson will offer an insightful presentation of the creative workings behind this Pixar classic.

Gain a unique perspective of the creative process of how the story goes from script to screen. Q&A and book signing for ‘The Art of Toy Story 3’ will follow.

Robert Kondo (Set Art Director) Robert is a leading environment designer in the animation field. Kondo also served as Set Art Director for Pixar’s acclaimed ‘Ratatouille.’

James Robertson (Story Artist) Storyboard artists are integral in helping write the story and visualize the script. Robertson created one of the film’s most climactic action sequences – learn about the scene during the panel!

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

CA – The Art of Toy Story 3 Signing

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Robert Kondo and James Robertson appear on Sunday September 12, 2010 from 5:00PM – 8:00PM.

Cost: $2 per person. REGISTER NOW, online or in-person.

Admission gives you $2 off Art of Toy Story 3 book!

Keep your receipt for proof of purchase.

Nucleus welcomes two key members of the creative force behind the much-loved summer blockbuster – Toy Story 3! Artists Robert Kondo and James Robertson will offer an insightful presentation of the creative workings behind this Pixar classic.

Gain a unique perspective of the creative process of how the story goes from script to screen. Q&A and book signing for ‘The Art of Toy Story 3’ will follow.

Robert Kondo (Set Art Director) Robert is a leading environment designer in the animation field. Kondo also served as Set Art Director for Pixar’s acclaimed ‘Ratatouille.’

James Robertson (Story Artist) Storyboard artists are integral in helping write the story and visualize the script. Robertson created one of the film’s most climactic action sequences – learn about the scene during the panel!

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801