CA – Hero Initiative Membership Drive 2014

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Artists Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid), Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake), Noelle Stevenson (Adventure Time), and Hannah Nance Partlow (Adventure Time: Candy Capers) will be on hand at Golden Apple Comics on Saturday February 22nd from 1-4pm to provide FREE sketches on KaBOOM’s famous Get-a-Sketch covers to those who become new 2014 Hero Initiative Members! Hero Initiative is a non-profit organization that assists comics creators in medical and financial need. Prospective members of Hero Initiative can sign up with a minimum contribution of $29. Every new member will receive a FREE sketch from their artist of choice, but get there early!

**JUST ADDED: Artists Yehudi Mercado and Jacob Wyatt**

People can sign up for membership at the event, or in advance at the link…

If you’ve signed up in advance, BRING YOUR PAYPAL RECEIPT to get your free sketch cover! Don’t miss out!

For more information or directions, visit www.GoldenAppleComics.com

About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! Studios acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and other many great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-658-6047

TX – All-Ages Awesomeness III

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Chris Schweizer, Tony Fleecs, Matt Frank, Chad Thomas, Evan Bryce, and Yehudi Mercado appear at Rogues Gallery on Saturday, June 22nd from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm!

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Press Release:

All-Ages Awesomeness 3 is Saturday, June 22nd! It’s our third annual all-ages events, featuring a whole bunch of creators who will sketch, sign and talk with kids about making comics!

Our guests this year are:

Tony Fleecs - Artist on My Little Pony: Rainbow Dash, plus lots more!

Matt Frank - Artist on Godzilla: Rulers of Earth and Transformers Spotlights, designer for Kaiju Combat and lots more!

Chris Schweizer - Creator of the Crogan Adventures series, covers for Adventure Time and lots of other cool projects!

Chad Thomas - Worked on Archie’s Megaman and has done covers for Kaboom!’s Adventure Time, plus lots more!

Evan Bryce – Wide variety of comics work, art teacher and some of the wildest, coolest color prints in the universe!

Yehudi Mercado – Creator of Buffalo Speedway and Pantalones, TX!, with a ton of cool prints featuring Adventure Time and lots more!

The event will run from 10 AM – 6 PM! Tell your friends! Tell your enemies! The coolest all-ages event all year!

Rogues Gallery
1601 S IH-35 #360, Round Rock, TX 78664

Archaia Exhibiting at C2E2 2013

Press Release:

ARCHAIA EXHIBITING AT C2E2 THIS WEEKEND!

New Titles! A panel on 3D comics! And, contests to win great Archaia Books at our booth through Twitter, Instagram, FourSquare, and more!

Strange AttractorsCHICAGO, IL (April 25, 2013) – Award-winning graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment is excited to announce it will exhibit at booth #1019 at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) for a fourth straight year since the event’s inception! C2E2 is one of the Midwest’s biggest celebrations of comics and pop culture, taking place during the weekend of April 26-28, 2013 in the West Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Archaia’s corporate headquarters is based in Chicago.

“We love making C2E2 one of our biggest events of the year. Nearly our entire management team is from Chicago, the Chicago fans are great, and our creators really make it a special show for us,” raved Chicago native, Jack Cummins, President & COO of Archaia. “We have great new titles like Strange AttractorsMumbai Confidential, and HAWKEN: GENESIS, as well as Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the CellJim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 2, and Pantalones, TX: Don’t Chicken Out. We are excited for our fans to see these new books and find out about the new upcoming Mouse Guard books directly from Eisner Award winner David Petersen.”

Creators and contributors scheduled to appear at the Archaia booth include:

Andrew E. C. Gaska (writer: Space: 1999: Aftershock and AweConspiracy of the Planet of the ApesCritical Millennium: The Dark Frontier, the upcoming Classic Space: 1999)
Andrew Rostan (writer; An Elegy for Amelia Johnson)
Brent Schoonover (artist, Mr. Murder Is Dead)
Chandra Free (writer/artist: The God MachineFraggle Rock)
Charles Soule (writer: Strange Attractors)
Cory Godbey (artist: Fraggle Rock, the upcoming Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and Spera Vol. 3)
David Marquez (artist: Syndrome, the upcoming The Joyners in 3D)
David Petersen (writer/artist: Mouse Guard)
Janet Lee (artist: Return of the Dapper Men)
Jeremy Bastian (writer/artist: Cursed Pirate Girl)
Jim McCann (writer: Return of the Dapper Men)
Ramón Pérez (artist: Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand)
R. J. Ryan (writer: Syndrome, the upcoming The Joyners in 3D)
Royden Lepp (writer/artist: The Rust)
Tom Pinchuk (writer: Hybrid Bastards!)
Yehudi Mercado (writer/artist: Pantalones, TX: Don’t Chicken Out)

Check the signing schedule at Archaia.com for your favorite creator’s availability. Here’s what else is going on at the Archaia booth during C2E2 weekend:

• We will present a panel on Sunday! Archaia Entertainment Presents: Comics Storytelling and the Lost Art of 3D, 1:30-2:30pm, Room W471. Join us for an uncensored discussion of the medium’s benefits and drawbacks, as well as a wide-ranging survey of the highs and lows of 60 years of 3D comics, only at C2E2 2013!   We will preview the 2013 release of the ambitious, all-3D graphic novel The Joyners in 3D from Archaia, writer R.J. Ryan (Syndrome), New York Times best-selling illustrator David Marquez (All-New X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Syndrome), and Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy have invited a panel of creatives from across comics to dig deep into both the highs and lows of using 3D as a storytelling tool. The multimedia presentation will include big-screen glimpses of comics’ most famous—and most forgettable—3D projects, as well as a brief, exclusive sneak peek at Ryan & Marquez’s epic 3D melodrama, The Joyners in 3D. Moderated by Word Balloon podcast host John Siuntres, every panel attendee receives a free pair of 3D glasses and a coupon to receive a copy of the 2012 Free Comic Book Day hardcover at the Archaia booth (while supplies last)!

• Mouse Guard creator David Petersen and Rust creator Royden Lepp are among the guests on the Imaginative Sci-Fi Authors of C2E2panel! Saturday, 12:45-1:45pm, Room W475B. They will join other science fiction and fantasy authors like E.B. Hudspeth (The Resurrectionist, published by Quirk), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son, Top Shelf), Brandon Easton (Roboy, Lion Forge), and Rachel Rawlings (The Maurin Kincaide Series) to talk about their imaginative Sci-Fi and Fantasy graphic novels!

• Meteor Entertainment is bringing the experience of their smash hit, online, free-to-play, giant-mech video game HAWKEN to C2E2 with two play-test kiosks set up at the Archaia booth! Copies of the accompanying graphic novel, HAWKEN: GENESIS, will be on hand for purchase, and each copy comes with a scratch-off card with a code that can be redeemed for 10,000 HAWKEN Credits for use in the game!

• Charles Soule, the new writer of DC’s Swamp Thing, will be on hand to autograph advance copies of his new Archaia graphic novel, Strange Attractors, which is the fascinating sci-fi story of how a professor uses mathematics to help keep New York City from destroying itself! Check for his signing schedule at the booth (#1019) or on Archaia.com.

• Fans who purchase copies of Hopeless, Maine will receive a free, handmade postcard created by authors Tom and Nimue Brown. Quantities are limited!

• Using Foursquare, fans have a chance to win an all-ages prize pack containing copies of: Mouse Guard Vol. 1: Fall 1152; Rust Vol. 1; Pantalones, TX; and Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse. To enter, simply check in to “Archaia Entertainment: Booth #1019” (http://4sq.com/12FDU7y) through the Foursquare app on your iOS or Android phone and tweet your check-in using #ArchaiaC2E2. Winners will be contacted to receive their prize. More info: http://on.fb.me/12G8IFk .

• Using Instagram, fans have a chance to win a Henson/Archaia graphic novel prize pack containing copies of: Fraggle Rock Vol. 1, Fraggle Rock Vol. 2: Tails and Tales, The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1, and The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 2. To enter, take creative photos of the Archaia booth at C2E2 (#1019), upload it using the Instagram app on your iOS or Android phone, and use the hashtag #ArchaiaC2E2. Archaia will choose the best photo and contact the winner to receive their prize! Photos will be posted on the Archaia Facebook page! More info: http://on.fb.me/11idRR2.

• Archaia Entertainment will be hosting a Retweet to Win contest through Twitter for fans who can’t make it to C2E2! Retweeting starts Friday, April 26th at 10am CST! This contest will run thru Sunday, April 28th. To enter, you must follow Archaia on Twitter, look for the special “RT to Win” tweet from our account (@Archaia) which will be sent out several times each day throughout C2E2 weekend (April 26-28). Multiple winners will be selected each day. Prizes include copies of: Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse; The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1; Fraggle Rock Vol. 1; Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1; HAWKEN: GENESIS; Mouse Guard Vol. 1: Fall 1152; Pantalones, TX; Return of the Dapper Men; andRust Vol. 1. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/434507266642329/.

See you at C2E2! Visit c2e2.com for information on how to buy tickets!

About Archaia Entertainment, LLC

Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Rust, Cow BoyCursed Pirate Girl, Gunnerkrigg Court, and Artesia. Archaia has also published an entire line of graphic novels in partnership with The Jim Henson Company, including the multiple award-winning Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand and such beloved tales as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. Alongside these celebrated titles, Archaia has released English translations of numerous renowned foreign titles to much fanfare, including The Killer, Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-De, and The Secret History.

This year, Archaia was honored with two Eisner nominations, and in 2012, Archaia was honored with six Harvey Award nominations, two Harvey Awards, six Eisner nominations, and three Eisner Awards (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand won for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Penciller/Inker, and Best Publication Design). Also in 2012, Archaia earned both Gold and Silver awards from ForeWord Reviews. Archaia was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations and two Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology.

In addition to its partnership with The Jim Henson Company, Archaia has forged creative partnerships with storytellers in all facets of the entertainment industry, resulting in print and digital expansions of such noted properties as Bleedout and HAWKEN (video games), Immortalsand Planet of the Apes (film), and Space: 1999 (television).

Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation within the creator community for producing meaningful, transformative content, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels.

TX – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Steve Niles, Matthew Sturges, and Yehudi Mercado sign at Austin Books & Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

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Press Release: 

We’re getting ready for our biggest, craziest day of the year – FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! You don’t want to miss it!

Those of you that have joined us in previous years for the comic book world’s own holiday know what to expect, but for the newbies, here’s the day in a nutshell.

You’ll wait in line (not that long, we have a pretty good system) at the giant tent we have set up in front of the store and choose 10 from all the FCBD selections available for yourself. There’s a large selection available this year (over 50!) – but even that isn’t enough for us. Austin Books always adds additional title to choose from!

We recommend you bring some water if it’s a hot day. We have industrial fans blowing, but its important to stay hydrated!

Then stop inside and meet our special guests for the day: writers Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, upcoming Chin Music) and Matthew Sturges (House of Mystery, FCBD new release Damsels.) They’ll be signing their books and comics and answering questions at times to be announced soon!

Our friend Yehudi Mercado (Pantalones, TX, Buffalo Speedway) will also be joining us to sign new FCBD release Mouse Guard/ Rust Flipbook, featuring Pantalones, Tx activity pages he created for the special issue!

For the third year in a row, the CCP Comics will be sketching for free for those waiting in line. They have an exciting tie-in to announce soon, so keep an eye out here for updates!

Be sure to bring your camera, because Sidekick Girl and Wonder Woman will be patrolling the line!

It’s going to be our biggest Free Comic Book Day ever!

If you’re interested in volunteering to be a part of the Austin Books FCBD team this year, email us at info@austinbooks.com with the words “FCBD volunteer” in the subject line! It’s a non-paid gig, but we’ll load you up with FCBD comics!

Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

Archaia Stars Off 2013 at Emerald City Comicon

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ARCHAIA IS OFF TO EMERALD CITY COMICON!

Archaia launches its 2013 convention season at the largest comics and pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest, highlighted by the debut of HAWKEN: GENESIS, signing sessions, and special giveaways!

Seattle, WA (February 28, 2013) – Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment is excited to announce it will be exhibiting at Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), taking place March 1-3, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington!

Several Archaia creators will be on hand to sign copies of their books or promotional items at the Archaia booth (#808), including: Andrew E. C. Gaska (Critical Millennium: The Dark FrontierConspiracy of the Planet of the ApesSpace: 1999: Aftershock and Awe); Chandra Free (The God MachineFraggle Rock Vol. 2); Charles Soule (the upcoming Strange Attractors); Dave Marquez (SyndromeDays Missing Vol. 2: Kestus, the upcoming The Joyners in 3D); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Royden Lepp (Rust); Yehudi Mercado (Pantalones, TX).

Special advance copies of the HAWKEN: GENESIS anthology graphic novel hardcover, which is based on the hit online, free-to-play mech game from Meteor Entertainment, will debut at ECCC and be available for sale. Writers Khang Le and Jeremy Barlow will be on hand to sign copies at the Archaia booth (#808) and at the Meteor booth in the Gaming Area.

In addition, a promotion through FourSquare will give fans the chance to win a prize pack comprised of autographed copies of Mouse Guard Vol. 1: Fall 1152Rust Vol. 1: Visitor in the Field, and HAWKEN: GENESIS. Just be sure to check in at the Archaia booth through the FourSquare app on your iOS or Android phone once you’re at the show and you’re automatically entered!

For programming, Archaia will put on an exciting, entertaining panel at the show:

Archaia Presents: How I Broke in to Comics (and How You Can, Too!)
Friday, March 1, 4-5pm, Room 3AB
Ever wonder how some of your favorite creators broke in to comics, or were curious how some up-and-comers get to be “up-and-comers”? Join some of Archaia’s creators for a lively discussion of how they got their first break in comics, and to hear their advice on how you can, too! Panelists include Chandra Free (The God Machine, Fraggle Rock), Andrew E.C. Gaska (Space: 1999: Aftershock and AweConspiracy of the Planet of the Apes), Royden Lepp (Rust), David Marquez (Syndrome, The Joyners in 3D), Yehudi Mercado (Pantalones, TX), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), and Charles Soule (Strange Attractors).


About Archaia Entertainment, LLC

Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Rust, Gunnerkrigg Court, Old City Blues, Awakening, The Killer, Syndrome, Artesia; and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels, such as Tale of Sand, The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. In 2012, Archaia was honored with six Harvey Award nominations, two Harvey Awards, six Eisner nominations, and three Eisner Awards (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand won for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Penciller/Inker, and Best Publication Design). Also in 2012, Archaia earned both Gold and Silver awards from ForeWord Reviews. In 2011, Archaia was honored with nine Eisner Awards nominations and two Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year by Ain’t It Cool News, Comic Related, and Graphic Policy, which honored the publisher two years in a row. In addition to print and digital publications, Archaia has successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media. For more information, visit the Archaia website atwww.archaia.com.

TX – Pantalones, TX Signing

February 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Signing and Appearance Profiles, Texas

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Meet creator Yehudi Mercado and eat free BBQ on Saturday, March 9th from noon till 4:00 pm

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You won’t need a SXSW Badge but you will need a Sheriff of Pantalones, TX badge. Come on down to Austin Books & Comics for the launch of Yehudi Mercado’s new all-ages graphic novel Pantalones, TX, about troublemakin’ kids and the Sheriff who cases them.

Free Sketches!
Free Food* (with purchase) provided by Snarky’s Moo Bawk Poink
T-Shirts
Sheriff Badges
and Live Music provided by Austin’s own Ariel Abshire!

And a raffle for the Chico and Baby T amigurumi dolls made by Allison Hoffman of Crafty is Cool. There will only be 3 sets made! Extremely rare!

Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

TX – All-Ages Awesomeness II

On Saturday, June 30th, Rogues Gallery hosts their second annual all-ages events, featuring a whole bunch of creators who will sketch, sign and talk with kids about making comics! And, for the first time this year, kids will participate in making a comic in the store!

Our guests this year are:

Ty TempletonUltimate Spider-Man, Batman Adventures, Superman Adventures, lots more!

Shane & Chris Houghton – Creators of Reed Gunther, Bear-Riding Cowboy, have also worked on Boom! Studios’ Peanuts and Adventure Time books!

Chad Thomas – Worked on Archie’s Young Salem and Megaman, plus lots more!

Evan Bryce – Wide variety of comics work, art teacher and some of the wildest, coolest color prints in the universe!

Mike Bullock – Writer of hit indy all-ages book Lions, Tigers & Bears!

Yehudi Mercado – Creator of Buffalo Speedway, promoting next year’s all-ages Archaia graphic novel Pantalones, TX!

The event will run from 10 AM – 6 PM! Kids will help creators create a comic in store starting at 1 PM! Tell your friends!

Rogues Gallery
1601 S IH-35 #360, Round Rock, TX 78664