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Deadpool and Friends Want You to Believe in Your Self(ie) at their NYC Pop Up Museum

If you didn’t think the “selfie museum” craze could get any more ridiculous, just wait until Deadpool gets his [baby] hands on one of his very own!

Deadpool and Friends’ Believe in Your Selfie Museum, a limited run photo opp pop-up, makes the ultimate superhero landing in New York City’s West Village just in time to help fans celebrate the home entertainment release of the Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut, on Digital August 7 and Blu-ray August 21.

This museum may not have 29 rooms, but it’s not all about size, ok? Nine distinct photo opps give fans the chance to take outrageous selfies recalling some of the Merc with a Mouth’s favorite things—from unicorns and rainbows to his most beloved X-Force members. Dive into Colossus’s big, shiny foam pit and even see what you would look like with a pair of freakishly small toddler legs!

Admission is FREE but extremely limited. Guests (ages 18 and up) must register for an appointment in advance

There will be a standby line on-site, though admission is not guaranteed. Standby guests will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis as space allows.

August 8th – 9thNoon – 8pm
August 10th – 11thNoon – 9pm

Industria Studio 10
356 W. 12th Street
New York, NY 10014

It’s Frakking Passover with Democratic City Council Candidate Ben Kallos

Admitting you’re a geek is no longer a nail in the coffin for potential candidates. This past election, numerous geeks were re-elected or elected for the first time, including our current Commander-in-Geek who has admitted to collecting Spider-Man and Conan comics and had geeky moments in office.

New York City Upper East Side Democratic City Council Candidate Ben Kallos is an admitted nerd who went so far to build a website Battlestar Galactica themed Passover seder. In an interview with DNAinfo, Kallos said:

I’m a policy wonk, and I like science fiction.

The website includes a detailed guide in how to host your own Battlestar Galactica themed Passover. The idea began for him after a discussion with friends and he looks at it as a way to educate people with a twist.

Kallos has a tech background and has built numerous websites including fun ones like this, as well for government and community agencies.

Kallos ended his interview with:

I’m hoping to be part of a future where everyone is accepted.

Kallos is a shoo-in to win in next month’s election which adds another honorable elected official who’s also a proud geek, one that’ll represent us all well.

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(via DNAinfo)

The Art of Betty and Veronica Signing this Thursday in NYC

The Strand bookstore in NYC will host a signing/panel event spotlighting The Art of Betty and Veronica. Co-editors Victor Gorelick and Craig Yoe will be joined by Archie fan-favorite artists Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz for a panel discussion/Q&A at the famed bookstore. A purchase of the art book is your ticket in to the event which is sure to be a lively and informative walk through Archie’s 70-plus year history.

The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

Facebook Event page with details – https://www.facebook.com/events/146870022130055/


Zenescope Entertainment To Appear And Offer Free Books At Book Expo America

Official Press Release


Philadelphia, PA, May 23, 2011– Zenescope Entertainment, one of the nation’s top comic and graphic novel publishers, will be in attendance for Book Expo America 2011, the leading North American Publishing convention.  Zenescope and its all-ages imprint, Silver Dragon Books, will be appearing at booth 3492 in the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center, New York, NY from May 24th to May 26th.  The two companies will have writer Joe Brusha and artist Anthony Spay in attendance to sign free copies of their newest books Discovery’s Top 10 Deadliest Sharks and Discovery’s Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Predators.

Zenescope Entertainment publishes numerous graphic novel and trade paperback titles including Grimm Fairy Tales, Neverland, Return To Wonderland, CBS’ Charmed, Salem’s Daughter and more.  Silver Dragon Books, publishes the critically acclaimed Discovery’s Top 10 Deadliest Sharks, the upcoming Discovery’s Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Predators, Dino StrikeForce and more. Zenescope will be giving away free books, posters and calendars throughout the show and during their signing times.

The signing and free giveaway schedule is below:

Joe Brusha, author of Zenescope’s Neverland series and Discovery’s Top 10 Deadliest Sharks, will be signing BEA Exclusives for Tales From Neverland #1 at booth 3492 on Wednesday, May 25 from 2-3p and 150 copies will be given out free at the beginning of the signing. This BEA Exclusive will be available throughout the show for $25.

Anthony Spay, illustrator for Discovery’s Top 10 Deadliest Sharks and Monster Hunters’ Survival Guide, will be signing copies of Monster Hunters’ Survival Guide Issues #1 and 2 at booth 3492 from 10-11a on Thursday, May 26th. Limited copies of these books will be given out free at the start of the signing.

Joe Brusha and Anthony Spay will be signing together for Discovery’s Top 10 Deadliest Sharks along with copies of the upcoming release of Discovery’s Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Predators at booth 3492 from 2-3p on Thursday, May 26th and free copies will be given out to the first 50 customers in line.

The BEA show exclusive can be seen on Zenescope’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Zenescope and they can be found on the web at www.zenescope.com and Silver Dragon’s website at www.silverdragonbooks.com.

Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005 and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world.  Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Escape From Wonderland, Neverland and The Piper, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest running original independent comic books on shelves today.   Zenescope’s licensed titles include the on-going, critically acclaimed Charmed series, based off of the long-running popular television series, as well as Se7en and Final Destination, based off of New Line Cinema’s successful film franchises.


Chester Brown’s Paying For It: Chi, NYC, Mtl, Van & Seattle

Official Press Release





“Brown’s subject is inherently fascinating—who’s not a little curious about other people’s sex lives?—and his cartooning skills are as sharp as ever.”–ONION AV CLUB

“[Paying for It] registers less as a memoir than as a thoughtful, if contentious, treatise.”–WALRUS

“[Paying for It] somehow manages to be about more than just its author’s journey into john-dom, wrangling with issues such as the nature of love and sexual attraction, all thanks to Brown’s almost-fiendish command of the medium.”–GLOBE & MAIL

“Chester Brown’s graphic novel Paying For It is that rare thing, a john testifying outside of the courtroom.”–NATIONAL POST

“PAYING FOR IT is as personal as you can get. It’s a clear-eyed, not-even-slightly-erotic, compulsively
readable, sometimes painfully honest account of his time, reasons and experiences paying for sex…
PAYING FOR IT is the kind of book that will engage your mind and force you to think about things in ways you may never have done before.”–NEIL GAIMAN

“In PAYING FOR IT, Chester Brown not only makes a compelling case for the decriminalization of sex work but he also seems like an excellent client. Sex workers and sex worker rights advocates couldn’t ask for a better ally. A must read in the canon of sensible and sensitive voices making a case against prurient ideology-based rhetoric about consensual sexual behaviour.” –SASHA (Nationally syndicated sex columnist)

“Chester Brown is perhaps the most transparent, honest and relevant voice remaining in contemporary comics, and this is, to my mind, his most powerful and affecting work to date. PAYING FOR IT explores life in the world’s oldest customer-base, and does so with heart, intelligence, and a complete lack of sentiment or self-justification. Rewarding repeated readings, this book will love you long time.” –ALAN MOORE

“PAYING FOR IT is a great comic book, maybe Chester Brown’s best work to date.” –R. CRUMB

Chester Brown has never shied away from tacking controversial subjects in his work. In his 1992 book, THE PLAYBOY, he explored his personal history with pornography. His bestselling 2003 graphic novel, LOUIS RIEL, was a biographical examination of an extreme political figure. The book won wide acclaim and cemented Brown’s reputation as a true innovator. Featuring an introduction by R. Crumb, PAYING FOR IT is a natural progression for Brown as it combines the personal and the sexual aspects of his autobiographical work with the polemical drive of LOUIS RIEL. Brown calmly lays out the facts for us of how he became, not only a willing participant, but a vocal proponent of one of the world’s most hot button topics —prostitution. While this may appear overtly sensational and just plain implausible to some, Brown’s story stands for itself. PAYING FOR IT offers an entirely contemporary exploration of sex work from the timid john who rides his bike to his escorts, wonders how to tip so as not to offend, and reads Dan Savage for advice, to the modern day transactions complete with online reviews, seemingly willing participants, and clean apartments devoid of cliché depictions of street corners, drugs, or pimps. Complete with a surprise ending, PAYING FOR IT provides endless debate and conversation about sex work and will be the most talked about graphic novel of 2011.

13 Eisner Winners, Nominees Set for Big Apple Comic Con

Official Press Release

Thirteen Eisner Award Winners and Nominees To Attend Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con, May 21-22

Nick Abadzis, Kaare Andrews, Matt Kindt, Percy Carey, Yuko Shimizu Among Top Creators At Big Apple Comic Con

Hulk #34 / Kaare Andrews coverNEW YORK, May 4, 2011 – Thirteen Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards winners or nominees are among the nearly 150 comic creators already scheduled to attend Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con, part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, May 21-22 at Penn Plaza Pavilion.

The 13 winners or nominees include Kaare Andrews (“Astonishing X-Men,’ “Iron Man”), Matt Kindt (“Revolver,” “Pistolwhip; Two Sisters”), Percy Carey (“Sentences: The Life Of MF Grimm,” “You Only Live Twice: The Audio Graphic Novel”), Kevin Colden (“Fishtown,” “I Rule the Night”), Jared K. Fletcher (“Batman,” “Captain America), Michael Kupperman (“Deadpool,” “Tales Designed To Thrizzle”), Jason Little (“Bee,” “Jack’s Luck Runs Out”), Mark Morales (“Secret Warriors,” “Avengers”), Laurie Sandell (“The Imposter’s Daughter”), Yuko Shimizu (“The Unwritten,” “The Sandman: The Dream Hunters”), Ronald Wimberly (“Hellblazer,” “Lucifer”),  Brian Wood (“DMZ; The New York Five,” “Northlanders”) and Nick Abadzis, who won the Eisner for his 2007 graphic novel “Laika.”

The creators will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and sketch.  Many Metro New York-based artists will be in attendance as well.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. Established in 1987, they are named for renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of “The Spirit” and several award-winning graphic novels).

Other superstar artists scheduled to attend include Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Jerry Robinson (“The Joker,” “Robin”), Luke Ross (“Captain America,” “Amazing Spider-Man”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “Hero for Hire”), Christos Gage (“X-Men,” “Spider-Man”), Ryan Otley (“Invincible,” “The Walking Dead”) and Alex Saviuk (Spider-Man Newspaper Strip,” “Phantom Generations”).

Big Apple Comic Con will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Among the celebrities scheduled to attend are Tom Felton, Morena Baccarin, James Marsters and Kristanna Loken.

The Penn Plaza Pavilion is located at 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd St., in the historic Hotel Pennsylvania.  Big Apple Comic Con Spring Edition is the fifth stop on Wizard World’s 12-city 2011 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworld.com/newyorkcity.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are $20; two-day weekend tickets are $35, and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World is a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a Big Apple Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****
May 21-22 – Big Apple Comic Con
June 17-19 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 11-14 – Chicago Comic Con
September 17-18  – New England Comic Con
September 24-25 – Los Angeles Comic Con
October 22-23 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 28-30 – Central Canada Comic Con (C4)
November 11-13 – Austin Comic Con
January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con
March 23-25, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con
April 27-29, 2012 – Anaheim Comic Con
December 8-9, 2012 – Miami Comic Con

Marvel Super Heroes Join Forces With NYC Heroes

Official Press Release


Marvel Entertainment Partners with NYC & Company to Launch Co-Branded Merchandise Program Starring Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk with Celebrated City Agencies NYPD and FDNY, Among Others

Apparel and Accessories Line Now Available at Toys“R”Us Times Square with a Portion of Proceeds to Benefit NYC and its Charitable Foundations

New York City (April 25, 2011)Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a global character-based entertainment licensing company, and NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, today announced a unique collaboration that brings together legendary Super Heroes with New York City’s real-life heroes and iconic agencies. Starting today, Marvel and NYC & Company will launch an exclusive collection of co-branded merchandise featuring Super Hero favorites from the Marvel Universe alongside the NYPD, FDNY, New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission and Department of Sanitation.

“We are happy to partner with a great brand like Marvel” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “Co-branding is an important part of our licensing strategy, and these products will build upon the success we have already had with New York City-themed merchandise at Toys“R”Us Times Square while promoting the people and agencies that admirably represent New York City.”

“We are always looking to expand in unique and creative ways and feel our partnership with NYC & Company enables both of our brands to reach new audiences,” said Paul Gitter, President of Consumer Products for North America, Marvel Entertainment. “New York City serves as home to many of the Super Heroes in the Marvel Universe so it’s only natural to team up these characters known of protecting the city from evil villains with the real men and women that keep this great city operating safely.”

The collection will feature apparel and accessories inspired by the men and women that serve New York City paired with some of Marvel’s most popular Super Heroes such as Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and Hulk. Featuring powerful designs set against some of New York City’s most recognizable landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the collection will be available in array of styles and sizes for kids, juniors, men, and women.

The program will include T-shirts by JEM, hats and bags by Bioworld and accessories by Silver Buffalo with initial product available now at Toys“R”Us Times Square. As with all officially licensed City merchandise a significant portion of the proceeds from the sale of these products will benefit the New York City Police Foundation (www.nycpolicefoundation.org) and the FDNY Foundation (www.fdnyfoundation.org). Marvel hopes to expand the program nationwide.

About NYC & Company:

NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For the official source on all there is to see and do in New York City, go to nycgo.com.

About Marvel Entertainment, LLC:

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit www.marvel.com.

CBLDFNews Frank Quitely in NYC & WonderCon! New BPAL, T-Shirt & More at WonderCon!

Official Press Release

Frank Quitely: Coast to Coast

In early April, Frank Quitely is showing his support for the CBLDF from coast to coast! April 1-3 finds him on the West Coast for WonderCon 2011 in San Francisco, California. Come April 5, fans will have a chance to see him in New York City!

In collaboration with WonderCon, CBLDF is proud to present Frank Quitely: Coast to Coast! Quitely will be joined by esteemed artist and professor José Villarrubia for an intimate conversation about his career, his influences, his collaborations, and his future projects. This unique event happens one night only, on April 5, 2011, at Cinema Village in New York City!

For a $15 donation, you can get a ticket to attend this exclusive event. At this time, tickets are ONLY available in advance and will not be offered at the door. You can get them online through the CBLDF website, here. You can also purchase tickets at Forbidden Planet (840 Broadway, New York, 212-473-1576).

If you would like to join Quitely for drinks before the event, CBLDF is auctioning the opportunity to do so! One lucky fan will get the chance to meet Quitely one-on-one! Bid here.

Don’t miss Frank Quitely in conversation with Jose Villarrubia during Frank Quitely: Coast to Coast, taking place in New York City on April 5, 2011. Get your tickets online now!

CBLDF Offers Frank Quitely Exclusives for WonderCon

CBLDF is delighted to partner with comics wunderkind Frank Quitely for a series of exclusive prints and postcards, debuting at WonderCon, April 1 – 3, 2011, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California!

CBLDF supporters who visit the booth will find not one, but two, sets of CBLDF Signature Series postcards! Each set is a $10 donation, with one set featuring Quitely’s full-color character designs and the other set featuring some of his gorgeous figure sketches.

Quitely will be joining CBLDF for signings during WonderCon. Come by booth 323 for details.

New BPAL Scent Premieres for CBLDF At WonderCon!

CBLDF is proud to premiere the new Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab fragrance Cohen v. California at WonderCon! Based upon the landmark First Amendment case that explicitly acknowledged profanity as protected speech, Cohen v. California celebrates the notion that “one man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric.” This special premiere is accompanied by an all-new signed and numbered print by Beanworld creator Larry Marder!

This premiere edition of Cohen v. California is strictly limited to 50 pieces, and will be available at the CBLDF, booth 323, during WonderCon, April 1-3, 2011, in San Francisco, California!

Catch A Wave With The CBLDF At WonderCon

This weekend finds your battle-hardened CBLDF crew eagerly headed to sunny San Francisco, California, for WonderCon 2011! You’ll find the whole team at the Moscone Center with a booth chock full of signed premiums, as well as the exclusives listed above and an all new t-shirt!  Here’s what else we have in store for you:


Come meet superstar artist Frank Quitely at booth 323! He’ll be signing at CBLDF each day of the convention during the following times:

Friday 3:30 –  5:30 p.m.

Saturday 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.


CBLDF: After the Code
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Room 236/238

Earlier this year, the Comics Code Authority was shut down.  For more than fifty years the Code seal has served as a vivid reminder of the brutal government investigation and self-censorship that decimated the industry in the 1950s. It also stood as a standard that led to the censorship of a wide variety of comics. As the Code fades into history, the CBLDF moderates a discussion about how the Code impacted comics and the threats that remain in its absence. The panel will include Sergio Aragones, Mike Friedrich, Paul Levitz, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Marv Wolfman, and will be moderated by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein.

Also on Friday:
Spotlight on Terry Moore
Room 236

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with one of the comic industry’s favorite indie creators! Charles Brownstein (CBLDF) will talk with Terry Moore about the finale of his latest series, ECHO, as well as exciting new projects slated for the coming year. This panel is always a fan favorite! Don’t miss it!

CBLDF: Live Art Jam
12:30  2:00 p.m.
Room 250/262

Watch great live art made before your eyes, on the big screen and bid to win the pieces to support a great cause!  The CBLDF Live Art Jam features Tom Hodges (Star Wars), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and Terry Moore (Echo), plus special guests.  Get an inside look at the creative act and win great art at the CBLDF Live Art Jam!

All the work the CBLDF does is possible because of supporters like you! Be sure to stop by booth 323 during WonderCon, April 1-3, 2011, to become a member, join us for a signing, pick up exclusive premiums, or just to share a few words of support!

Chester Brown On Tour In May

Official Press Release




It’s tempting to call Chester Brown a recluse, but if you live in Toronto, he’s not. But it is rare for him to hit the road, and he will be on tour in 2011 for PAYING FOR IT, with more dates to be announced. But for now, mark your calendar….
TORONTO | Sunday, May 1st | Goodhandy’s | With Sasha
TORONTO | Sat & Sun May May 7th-8th | TCAF
CHICAGO | Wed May 11th | Quimby’s
NYC | Thursday May 12th | Strand | With Tracy Quan
MONTREAL | Saturday May 14th | Librairie D+Q
VANCOUVER | Wed May 18th | Vancouver Public Library | With Lucky’s
SEATTLE | Thur May 19th | Elliot Bay


Chester Brown has never shied away from tackling controversial subjects in his work. As the cartoonist of the autobiographical The Playboy and the biography Louis Riel, Paying For It is a natural progression for Brown as it combines the personal and sexual aspects of his autobiographical work with the polemical drive of Louis Riel. Brown calmly lays out the facts of how he became not only a willing participant in but also a vocal proponent of one of the world’s most hot-button topics–prostitution. Paying For It offers an entirely contemporary exploration of sex work–from the timid john who rides his bike to meet his escorts, wonders how to tip so as not to offend, and reads Dan Savage for advice, to the modern-day transactions complete with online reviews, seemingly willing participants, and clean apartments devoid of cliches street corners, drugs, or primps.

Paying For It is a book that stands for itself and will be the most talked about graphic novel of 2011. In stores this May.

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.5, Black & White, 272 pages, ISBN: 9781770460485, $24.95 US / $25.95 CDN



“PAYING FOR IT is a very enlightening book, as well as being entertaining…{Chester Brown} is a very skillfull artist in that way.”–R. CRUMB, from his introduction to PAYING FOR IT

“In PAYING FOR IT, Chester Brown not only makes a compelling case for the decriminalization of sex work but he also seems like an excellent client. Sex workers and sex worker rights advocates couldn’t ask for a better ally. A must read in the canon of sensible and sensitive voices making a case against prurient ideology-based rhetoric about consensual sexual behaviour.”–SASHA, Nationally syndicated sex columnist, playwright and sex worker rights activist.

“The self-aware john, a quirky and surprisingly realistic guy, is everywhere, but he’s also been silent and overshadowed by his belligerent deluded brothers. PAYING FOR IT is a fascinating modern (and enjoyable) response to that anonymous Victorian sex classic My Secret Life. The characters encountered here evoke Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Chester Brown’s emotional honesty is riveting. This is what sex ed looks like when we refuse to stop learning.”–TRACY QUAN, author of Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl and Diary of a Jetsetting Call Girl

“Chester Brown is perhaps the most transparent, honest and relevant voice remaining in contemporary comics, and this is, to my mind, his most powerful and affecting work to date. PAYING FOR IT explores life in the world’s oldest customer-base, and does so with heart, intelligence, and a complete lack of sentiment or self-justification. Rewarding repeated readings, this book will love you long time.” –ALAN MOORE

“I’ve loved Chester Brown’s work since the early days of Yummy Fur. He started out as a remarkable cartoonist telling strange stories that slowly became, over time, increasingly personal.

PAYING FOR IT is as personal as you can get. It’s a clear-eyed, not-even-slightly-erotic, compulsively readable, sometimes painfully honest account of his time, reasons and experiences paying for sex. I learned things about Chester from reading this, and I learned things about sex-workers, and about the world, and, oddly, I think I learned things about myself.

The argument about when or whether comics had grown up ended when people started making comics for grown-ups. This is one of them. PAYING FOR IT is the kind of book that will engage your mind and force you to think about things in ways you may never have done before. Chester would probably like that. And if you find yourself arguing with the page, or with the author’s notes, I think Chester would probably like that too.”–NEIL GAIMAN

Mayor Bloomberg And Marvel Enetertainment Unveil “Spider-Man, You’re Hired” – A Special Print And Digital Comic Promoting New York City’s Free Job Placement Resources

Official Press Release

The City of New York

Office of the Mayor

New York, NY 10007

Mayor Bloomberg And Marvel Entertainment unveil “Spider-Man, You’re Hired” – a Special print and Digital comic promoting

New York city’s FREE job PLACEMENT resources

Comic Book Available Free from Marvel Comics’ App on iTunes and in the

New York Daily News as a Public Service at No Cost to the City

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver, Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh, Marvel Entertainment Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, New York Daily News CEO Bill Holiber and Editor-in-Chief Kevin Convey, and Spider-Man today announced the creation of “Spider-Man, You’re Hired,” an all-new comic book highlighting City resources available to New Yorkers who are navigating the job market. The comic, which features an unemployed Peter Parker starting his job search, is the Administration’s latest effort to connect out-of-work to New Yorkers to job training and placement services. It was inspired by the NYC Media original television production, “Job Hunt,” a ten-part series on how the City is helping New Yorkers to get back to work – focusing on Workforce1 Career Centers, libraries and other City services. Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement at Midtown Comics’ new store in Lower Manhattan.

“New York City provides free, first-rate job training and placement assistance, and we want every New Yorker that needs help to know about it, so we asked Spider-Man to help us spread the word,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “One of the reasons we created the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment was to find new ways to connect with New Yorkers. Our partnership with Marvel and the Daily News is a fun and innovative way to let everyone know about the web of resources the City has to offer New Yorkers that need job assistance.”

“Marvel’s proud to team-up with the City of New York to help inform all New Yorkers about the free services designed to assist them in finding employment. We couldn’t ask for two better leading men than Spider-Man and Mayor Bloomberg,” said Marvel Entertainment Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada“Because even New York’s most famous Super Hero needs a day job!”

“We are always looking for new ways to reach people in all forms of media about the job resources offered by the City,” said Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “Working with Marvel, the Daily News and Small Business Services on this special ‘Spider-Man: You’re Hired’ edition is a tremendous example of how the government can work with the private sector to really help people.”

“Thank you to Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Oliver, the New York Daily News and the City’s great new partner, Marvel,” said Small Business Services Commissioner Walsh. “This is an exciting collaboration and a real super hero effort that will ensure that many more New Yorkers know about the City’s excellent free employment services. I’m glad that Peter Parker is helping us to spread the word to jobseekers that visiting a Workforce1 Career Center can help them get a job in this tough market.”

“As New York’s Hometown Newspaper, the Daily News is proud to use our printed pages and the power of NYDailyNews.com to help New Yorkers, like unemployed Spider-Man alter-ego Peter Parker, find work,” said New York Daily News CEO Bill Holiber. “The City of New York and the Daily News have been tremendous partners on this and other projects – such as the “Hire Me” series that partnered with the “Job Hunt” show and caller helpline – by combining our resources to help New Yorkers get to work. In today’s Daily News, not only will New Yorkers find a special edition of the Spider-Man comic created by Marvel Entertainment, but we’ve also provided readers with a guide to the city’s services for job searches, training and research. We hope our efforts not only help one of New York’s most famous super heroes find work, but other ‘real’ New Yorkers, as well.”

The recently created Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is identifying and implementing new ways to let New Yorkers know about City resources available to them. To promote the City’s free workforce training and job placement services, the Office worked with Marvel Custom Solutions, a special division within Marvel Entertainment that develops innovative programs addressing the specific needs of partners and philanthropic interests, to create a special edition Spider-Man comic book featuring Mayor Bloomberg.

The full-color, eight-page comic features an out-of-work Peter Parker, frustrated and at a loss about how to find a new job. A serendipitous meeting with the Mayor helps to put him on the right track. The unique comic is available for free download online via iTunes through the popular Marvel Comics app (www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp). The New York Daily News is also printing a special edition of “Spider-Man: You’re Hired” at no cost to the City, appearing in over 600,000 papers with a list of all the Workforce 1 Centers in the City where the comic will be available.

The Department of Small Business Services oversees a system of nine Workforce1 Career Centers located throughout the five boroughs, which provide New York City jobseekers with a full array of free employment services, including job preparation, training and job placement in a professional setting.  Since 2004, the Department of Small Business Services transformed a system that was placed New Yorkers in about 500 jobs a year into one that placed New Yorkers in more than 25,000 jobs in 2009. To find a Workforce1 Career Center and learn about services, New Yorkers can visit NYC.gov or call 311.

Two additional one-page comics have also been created in conjunction with this launch. In the first comic, Spider-Man can be seen at various well-known New York City attractions describing the great free job services that the City offers. Workforce1 Career Centers are located throughout the five boroughs and provide job seekers with a full array of employment services, including job placement, career counseling, professional development, and access to training opportunities.  In the second comic, Spider-Man takes his friend Mary Jane to learn more about the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program. Developed in partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, this free program helps diverse New Yorkers gain access to entry level positions in the entertainment industry. The program is currently recruiting for applicants.

The one-sheet comics are available for download on NYC.gov and can also be seen on phone kiosks and other signage throughout the city.  A public service announcement featuring the comics can also be seen in City taxi cabs and on NYC life (channel 25) and NYC gov (channel 74), the City’s government station. The public service announcement, which debuted on Wednesday, explains the project and encourages people to download the comic.  The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has worked closely with the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission to ensure that the public service announcement can be seen by as many people as possible. It can also be viewed on the NYC Media Video On Demand Player available on nyc.gov.

“Job Hunt” – produced by NYC Media, the official television, radio and online network of the City of New York and part of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment – offers expert advice about navigating the job market and features New Yorkers who have taken advantage of City resources. In each episode of “Job Hunt,” a panel of experts and recruiters shares tips on resume building, interview skills, and landing a new job. Episodes are available to watch online at NYC.gov on the NYC Media Video on Demand Player.

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