Wait a moment, on second thought, “for immediate release” makes this sound awfully urgent, and it’s not. Yes, it does happen to be time-sensitive material and we’d like it released soon, or at least soonish, but it needn’t be immediate. Save “immediate” for medical emergencies, positioning yourself under a pop-up fly, and disarming bombs. At best, this falls more under the heading of, “as quickly as you can reasonably get to it.” Please, finish your coffee and that last bite of sandwich, visit the facilities (if you need to), relax a bit and settle yourself. Then, please, if you’d be so kind, release this puppy.
Fabletown and Beyond, our convention celebrating the Mythic Fiction movement in comics, is just around the corner.
A personal note from Bill Willingham, inviting you to think about attending:
I’m Bill Willingham, the writer of the long-running comic series Fables. In just over a month I’ll also be hosting a small comic convention in Rochester, Minnesota called Fabletown and Beyond. It’s a convention about Fables and books like it.
If you go to our website you can find out all sorts of good things like who else is coming, what sorts of programming we’re planning to have (although it’s far from a comprehensive list yet). Please visit fablescon.com for the full tour.
Since it was designed from the beginning to be a small convention, with more time and opportunity to interact with the guests of your choice, we’re limited on how many folks can attend, and we’re beginning to close in on our hotel room and attendance limits.
So then, now seems the time to act. If you’re interested in attending, a month and a half away is nearly no time at all. Perhaps it’s time to pounce, to strike boldly, to do some other thing that is metaphorically equivalent to deciding to attend.
Also, you may not know this but it’s going to be the perfect show to which you’ll want bring the special love of your life. We’ve done extensive made-up scientific research on this. Think of Fabletown and Beyond as a romantic couples retreat, but with comics too.
We’re planning on a fine time to be had for all, including (but not limited to) game shows, a phone-photo scavenger hunt, with amazing prizes, and even opportunities for one-on-once conversations with your favorite artist and/or writer.
Pretty cool, huh?
Speaking for vast multitudes, I do hope we’ll see you there.
Also, for those in the greater Minneapolis and Saint Paul area, and its surroundings, you should know that The Crossings art studio in Zumbrota, as a lead in to Fabletown and Beyond, is hosting an all comic art gallery show, throughout the entire month of February.
It’s going on right now and will continue throughout the rest of the month. It features the comic art of myself, Gene Ha, Adam Hughes, Mark Buckingham, and Chrissie Zullo, all of whom will also be attending the convention in March.
Many original pieces have already sold. It’s on track to being the best gallery show the venue has ever had. But we’ve stocked the art in deep. Many more pages and comic art covers are still available and will be throughout the month.
For more information you can visit The Crossings website at: crossingsatcarnegie.com or by calling them at 507 732 7616.
Of course any unsold covers and pages will be available again at Fabletown and Beyond.
Sean Murphy signs at Jim Hanley’s Universe on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm!
Hello to Friends of the Universe one and all! Jim Hanley’s Universe is honored to announce that on Wednesday, November 14th, writer/artist Sean Murphy (Joe the Barbarian/American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest) will be joining us at our Manhattan location to celebrate the release of the latest issue of his hit Vertigo title; “Punk Rock Jesus!” (A purchase of Punk Rock Jesus #5 is required to participate in the event.) Sean will be here at 6pm that Wednesday to sign copies of the book and meet fans! So come on down and get your copy of Punk Rock Jesus #5 signed by superstar creator Sean Murphy, exclusively at Jim Hanley’s Universe, where Fans and Creators meet!
Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001
Artist Amy Reeder and writer Brandon Montclare appear on the Comic Book Club podcast with hosts Pete LePage, Justin Tyler, and Alex Zalben on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:00pm! Admission is free! Plus: free candy and comic books for anyone who comes in a comic book themed costume!
105 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Eisner-nominated artist Amy Reeder and writer Brandon Montclare sign at Manhattan Comics on Halloween, Wednesday October 31, 2012! Come meet the creators of this beautiful new creator-owned book, Halloween Eve! Reeder says on her Facebook page, “This is ALSO the day Vertigo’s GHOST anthology will be coming out, which I have an 8-page story in! I will be dressed up; hope you will be too!”
10 East 23rd Street, Manhattan, NY 10010
Writer Lauren Beukes signs at Reader’s Den Comic Shop on Saturday October 13, 2012 from 11:00 am till 1:00 pm! Beukes says on her blog, “There’ll be cool giveaways, including original artwork by Inaki Miranda and the poster of Adam Hughes’ insanely gorgeous cover.”
Reader’s Den Comic Shop
G10 Stadium on Main, Main road 7708, Cape Town, South Africa
021 671 9551
Bill Willingham signs at The Silver Snail on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 from noon – 7:00pm! Spend Halloween with the creator of Fables!
Bring all your Bill Willingham goodies to the store to have him sign and/or personalize a few of your favourite things. Depending on the size of the line, there will be a few signing restrictions made, so just keep that in mind when picking out what you want to bring to the store.
The Silver Snail
329 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1R7
Rafael Albuquerque, artist of American Vampire and Batman, will sign books and comics at the opening of his month-long art exhibition on Friday, October 19th. Wine and beer will be served, and an exclusive full-color print will be available for purchase.
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Peter Milligan and Mike Carey sign at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 18th October 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
John Constantine, chain-smoking occultist anti-hero, is back in Peter Milligan’s ‘Hellblazer – the Devil’s Trench Coat’. When Gemma Masters punishes her uncle by auctioning off his trench coat, she ignites an horrific chain of events. Bleeding apartment walls, unplanned visits to the middle of the Thames, a farting demon, a suspicious angel, a Hellish aquarium, and an old adversary all await Constantine as he races to track down his coat before it sends him to Hell again!
In the sixth volume of Mike Carey’s ‘Unwritten’, Tom Taylor goes to war against the cabal that has tormented, imprisoned and tried to destroy him. To have a hope of winning, Tom must use every weapon he can get hold of, but even storybook magic carries its own risks. Tom’s crusade plays out against the backdrop of the cabal’s sinister secret history and delves deep into the dark past of some of the series’ major players. When it’s all over, very little will remain ‘Unwritten’.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
Meet local artists Sean Murphy, Steve Walker, and David Gallaher and get their books, sketches, and autographs at Brooklyn Comics on Saturday May 5th, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day. Plus 25% off all kids books, plus free stuff to give away!
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Sean Murphy is the best selling illustrator of Batman/Scarecrow Year One, HellBlazer: City of Demons, Joe The Barbarian (with Grant Morrison) and he wrote & illustrated the original graphic novel called Off Road, which went on to win a American Library Association award for young adults. For Ages 10-Mature.
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Steve Walker is a freelance comics artist having published with companies such as Image Comics, Random House Books, most notably the first two volumes in the graphic novel series The Sons of Liberty, and the upcoming The Battle of Blood And Ink, for Tor Books. When not pushing lead at his drawing table, Steve can be found teaching comics and sequential art at the Art Student’s League in Manhattan. For Ages 8-Mature.
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- David Gallaher was named “Breakout Creator of 2008” by Comic Foundry Magazine, received multiple Harvey Award nominations and won The Best Online Comic Award for his work on High Moon, a high-energy, deeply researched fusion horror/western webcomic for Zuda Comics. In addition to his webcomic, David has written Deadlands for Image Comics, Box 13 for comiXology / Red 5 and Darkstar & The Winterguard for Marvel Comics. For Ages 12 – Mature.
493 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Writer Jason Aaron signs at Star Clipper Comics on Saturday May 5, 2012 from 10:00am till 3:00pm!
Free Comic Book Day is a single day (the first Saturday in May each year) when participating comic book shops all across the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to all comers! Star Clipper in the Delmar Loop always participates in this hugely popular event, to be held Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. We will feature comics from Ape Entertainment, Archie, Archaia, Boom!, Dark Horse, DC, Drawn & Quarterly, IDW, Image, Top Shelf, Disney and Marvel!
This year we will celebrate with comic-themed live entertainment by area bands, superheroes in costume and host our special guest or honor writer Jason Aaron (SCALPED, WOLVERINE, and the current smash hit series WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN)!
The schedule of events is as follows:
Jason Aaron Meet & Greet: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Voltron Live: 10 a.m to 12 p.m
“Supergrunt” (band Bunnygrunt performing a set of superhero covers): 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Losing Controllers (Live video game music): 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The return of Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
MoYo (Missouri State Yoyo Freestylers) with DJ: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. -
Local Lo-Fi electronic act 3 of 5 will be playing a short set of Nintendo3DS music between each musical act.
Star Clipper Comics
6392 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130