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Church Hands Out Disturbing Comic Books

It looks like there’s another report of a church handing out questionable comic books to children. WIVB of Buffalo, New York has a story they’re working on about some comics handed out in the area. The Evangelical Baptist Chuch in the Lovejoy neighborhood are the culprits.

The story was big enough to be a part of the channel’s Call 4 Action after an upset mother contacted them after she found her 7 year old reading one of the comics. The comic in question featured a dad killing mom while he’s drunk before being saved by the church. Showing where women stand in the eyes of this particular church.

We brought you a story earlier about questionable comics being handed out by a Evangelical Christian on Halloween.

Archie Comics Creators On The Road…

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Archie Comics artist and writer Dan Parent will be at Main Street Comics in Middletown, NY, this, Saturday, June 11 from 2pm – 4pm and Sunday, June 12, he will be at the SCRANTON COMIC-CON from 10am – 4pm, signing copies of KEVIN KELLER #1 and sketching.

Dan ParentMAIN STREET COMICS
157 Dolson Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 342-0458

SCRANTON COMIC-CON
Clarion Hotel
300 Meadow Avenue,
Scranton, PA 18505
Hours: 10am-5pm
(570) 327-1486
www.comicbookconventions.com/scranton.html

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

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ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT TO APPEAR AND OFFER FREE BOOKS AT BOOK EXPO AMERICA

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.

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13 Eisner Winners, Nominees Set for Big Apple Comic Con

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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

Archie Comics will be at the Kids Comic Con April 16th

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Archie Comics will be at the Kids Comic Con April 16th.

The Archie Booth
Stop by the Archie Comics booth and meet Bill Galvan (penciller), Joe Staton (penciller), Alex Simmons (writer), Tito Pena (colorist) and Alex Segura (Executive Director of Publicity and Marketing).

They’ll be on hand signing autographs and giving away FREE comics, and doing FREE sketches!

Kids Comic Con
April 16, 2011
10 am to 6 pm
Bronx Community College
2155 University Blvd
Bronx, NY 10453
(181st Street & University Avenue)
(718) 601-0371
www.KidsComicCon.com

Kids Comic Con

Four Charged With Comic Book Collector’s Murder


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In October, we brought you the news that four men were being investigated for the murder of Homer Marciniak, 77, after breaking into his Medina, New York home last July 5 to steal his comic book collection.  Rico J. Vendetti, 41, a Rochester businessman, was charged last year with hiring people to break into the home and steal the comics, but a federal grand jury has now indicted Vendetti and three other people for murder.  Arlene Combs, 26; Albert Parsons, 42; and Donald Griffin, 23 are being charged along with Vendetti.

All four could face mandatory life in prison if found guilty.  Vendetti and Combs also face previously filed charges of racketeering and witness-tampering, to which they have pleaded not guilty.

Police have said the thieves broke into the home in the early morning after cutting the phone lines.  When Marciniak surprised the thieves he was beaten up.  Marciniak was treated at a hospital and released.  After going home, he suffered a heart attack.

The comic book collection has an estimated value of $40,000.

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

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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:

SIGNINGS

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.

PANELS

CBLDF: After the Code
Friday,
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
1:00-2:00
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
Saturday,
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!

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It’s new comic day and we’re looking to check out what the pull box has in store, what are you picking up this week?  What comic book news did you miss?  Check out what caught our eye in the past 24 hours.

Around the Blogs:

WiredWhy Kickstarter May Save Independent Comic Books – Geekdad Dave Banks checks out why Kickstarter might save independent comics.  I’ve dropped a few hundred dollars in the past year to support a few projects and pledged towards a few more that didn’t reach their goal.

ICv2Craig Thompson’s ‘Habibi’ Due Sept. 20th – The Islamic influence has made this yet to be published graphic novel square in the hater’s crosshairs (and we chose that word on purpose).  It’s already been banned by one library, only to see that decision reversed.

Publishers WeeklyBad News But More Good News for Boom! Studios – It’s been a weird couple of weeks for Boom! Studios.  Check out what’s been up and the decision behind renaming their kids line kaboom!

MediabistroMuseum of Comic and Cartoon Art Celebrates Tenth Anniversary, Opens Will Eisner Exhibition – It’s been ten years for New York’s MoCCA.

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Stephen Cooper Donates Comic Book Collection To RIT

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Stephen Cooper graduated of the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1966 and recently donated the Stephen Neil Cooper Collection, featuring 202 comic books from April 1956, to RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

Those are all of the comic books that aligned shelves of stores in 1956.  The collection includes Archie, Jungle Jim, Uncle $crooge, Nancy and Sluggo, Adventures of Mighty Mouse, MAD, The Lone Ranger, The Legends of Daniel Boone and Little Iodine and is valued at around $20,000.

The RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection will be hosting an exhibition of the collection next spring.

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

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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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