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Comic Con Experience In Brazil Reveals Batman Poster By Raphael Grampá & Ivan Reis

Comic Con Experience reveals the artwork for the official event poster created by internationally renowned Brazilian comic book artists, Ivan Reis and Rafael Grampá, both confirmed guests at CCXP, with colors by Marcelo Costa. The poster was created in an exclusive agreement between CCXP and DC Comics, the publisher owned by Time Warner which owns the rights to classic characters, such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Batman.

 The poster will be seen in promotional items for CCXP, including t-shirts sold exclusively at the event, on the cover of the CCXP program guide, and on promotional posters to be handed out to visitors who have acquired Fan or Full Experience packages.

“Batman is a pop icon and by celebrating its 75th anniversary CCXP is also celebrating pop culture as a whole”, explains Ivan Costa, business partner in CCXP.

The character that first appeared in Detective Comics# 27, in 1939, turns 75 in top form and in every medium: the film Batman v. Superman is one of the most eagerly anticipated in the years to come, the Fox TV series Gotham premiered successfully in the USA last week, and the games Batman: Arkham are a commercial and critical success, while he is a constant presence in comics, and in a multitude of products.

The poster features several innovations: it presents, in a single image, the artwork by two top artists with very different styles. Additionally, the poster refers back to the classic DC covers from the beginning of the Silver Age, in the 1960s, when the editor Julius Schwartz would often have the covers produced before the issue itself, challenging his writers to come up with stories based on the covers. This technique was responsible for a lot of classic covers and for one of the most creative periods – and a certain nonsense that was typical of the time – in the history of DC Comics.

About the artists:

Ivan Reis

With 20 years in comics, Ivan Reis has worked on magazines in various genres and for various publishers, besides giants Marvel and DC Comics. At Marvel, he drew for titles such as Avengers, Iron Man and Hulk, while at DC he drew for Superman, Green Lantern and Aquaman magazines, as well as important events, such as Infinite Crisis, Blackest Night and Brightest Day. He has won several awards in his career and was the official designer of the Justice League, the main title at DC Comics. His most recent work is The Multiversity, written by Grant Morrison.

Rafael Grampá

A former designer, former director of animation, current comic book artist, and future who-knows-what, Rafael has done covers for DC, Marvel, IDW, Valiant, and Dark Horse Comics, he has done comic books with Batman, Wolverine and Hellblazer, and is the author of the graphic novel Mesmo Delivery. He has won the Eisner Award (for the anthology 5) and HQ Mix award (for Mesmo Delivery). He recently took part in a global campaign for Absolut Vodka and is currently involved in creating and directing films.

Marcelo Costa

Marcelo Costa, an illustrator and comic book artist, launched – with his twin brother Magno Costa – the comic books Oeste Vermelho and Matinê, winning the HQ Mix Trophy for new artists. He has taken part in the Gazzara project run by Rafael Coutinho and QQ por Amigos, by Marcelo Campos, among other projects.

The first edition of CCXP – Comic Con Experience is scheduled for December 4-7 taking 39 thousand square meters at Immigrantes Exhibition & Convention Center in São Paulo, Brazil. This is the first event in Brazil in the format of comic cons held in various parts of the world, bringing together fans and professionals from comics, movies, TV shows, games, anime, RPG, memorabilia, cosplay, and collectibles to learn about the latest developments in these areas in a great celebration of geek and pop culture. The first batch of tickets sold out quickly and a second batch is already on sale at: www.ccxp.com.br where you can also get information about upcoming attractions and guest artists at the event.

CCXP – Comic Con Experience

Date: December 4 – 7, 2014

Venue: Immigrantes Exhibition & Convention Center – Immigrantes highway, Km 1.5 – São Paulo / SP

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12/04 (Thursday): 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

12/05 (Friday) and 12/06 (Saturday): 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

12/07 (Sunday): 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour Presents The Batman Exhibit

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 To celebrate the 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman, Warner Bros. invites you to delve into a world of superheroes, Grappling Guns and Batarangs at the studios where the classic movies were made.

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For a limited time, you’ll be able to get up close to the iconic costumes, gadgetry and vehicles used in all seven movies as they open the doors to the Batcave and reveal some closely-guarded filmmaking secrets. Expert tour guides will accompany you as you spot iconic locations from the movies and will lead you to our newly-transformed Studio Tour museum – with the entire ground floor now dedicated to the Caped Crusader.

Six iconic Batsuits will be on display in the Warner Bros. Museum including the original version worn by Michael Keaton in Batman and the final Christian Bale costume from The Dark Knight Rises. You’ll get see a wide range of authentic costumes including those worn by Poison Ivy, The Riddler, Mr Freeze and Catwoman as well as some infamous prop weapons such as the Joker’s cards, Two-Face’s coin, Penguin’s umbrella and Bane’s bomb.

In Warner Bros. Picture Car Vault, which is located on the studio lot, a selection of the Dark Knight’s most iconic vehicles will be showcased – with the Bathammer, Bat-Pod and Tumbler taking center stage. The Bat-Signal, used to call Bruce Wayne’s alter ego at a time of need, will be on display and you’ll get the chance to operate the infamous prop yourself.

A limited number of specially-themed Batman carts will be available throughout the day, ready to escort film fans around the studio lot.

The legend never ends.

Get more information about The Batman Exhibit HERE.

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Hero Complex Gallery Announces “Invasion!” Art Exhibition Opening On September 27, 2014

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Hero Complex Gallery Announces “Invasion!” an art exhibition celebrating Alien invasions opening on September 27, 2014.

Featured artists include Gordon Reid, Kyle Wilkinson, RAID71, Steven Bonner and Tony Hodgkinson. RAID71, Gordon Reid and possibly Steven Bonner will be in attendance opening night.

The show will run from September 27th until October 12th at Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, LA, CA 90034.

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30th Anniversary Screening of The Terminator Reunites Arnold Schwarzenegger & James Cameron

The American Cinematheque, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and SKED TK announced that to celebrate the 30th anniversary of sci-fi thriller The Terminator, they will be hosting a special screening of the film and panel discussion on October 15, 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Star Arnold Schwarzenegger will be present along with writer/director James Cameron and writer/producer Gale Anne Hurd for a Q&A after the film set to be moderated by Geoff Boucher.

“The Terminator was my first baby, and I’m pleased that people still remember it enough to celebrate its birth 30 years ago,” Cameron said. “Of course I’ll be there!”

“The Terminator has tremendous sentimental value to me personally and I take great pride in knowing that fans continue to support the film 30 years later,” said Hurd.

Tickets for next month’s event will cost $25 and can be purchased starting today at Fandango.

Released on October 26, 1984 with a budget of just $6.4 million, The Terminator went on to gross just $38 million at the domestic box office with a worldwide total of $78 million. Its follow-up, Terminator 2: Judgement Day would be released seven years later, taking in over $500 million at the global box office. A reboot of the franchise, titled Terminator Genisys, is currently in post-production with an eye for release on July 1, 2015.

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Stephen King’s Revival Book Tour Information

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On November 11th, Stephen King will embark on a six-city book tour to promote the release of Revival. The tour begins in New York City and continues through Washington DC, Kansas City, Wichita, Austin and South Portland.

November 11
New York City
Barnes & Noble, Union Square

A limited amount of wristbands will be distributed with purchase of one copy of Revival to attend signing on 11/11. The store will open at 9 AM for this event instead of the usual 10 AM opening. The book signing will begin at noon on November 11th.

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November 12
Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by Politics and Prose

Stephen will appear on stage at the GW Lisner Auditorium. The event will be at 7:00 PM. The format will include remarks from the author, a reading, and a brief Q&A. This will not be a book signing. A limited number of first edition, first printing copies of Revival will be pre-signed by Stephen and distributed at random. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 23. Full details about how to purchase a ticket for the event will be coming soon—please visit their site.

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November 13
Kansas City, MO
Sponsored by Rainy Day Books

Stephen will appear in Conversation with Vivien Jennings, founder and president of Rainy Day Books. The event will be at 7:30 PM at Unity Temple on the Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112. This will not be a book signing. A limited number of first edition, first printing copies of Revival will be pre-signed by Stephen and distributed at random.

Tickets will go on sale September 15, 10 AM CST. For full details about how to purchase an Admission Package for the event, please visit their site.

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November 14
Wichita, KS
Sponsored by Watermark Books in partnership with Wichita State University

Stephen King will appear on stage at the Eugene M. Hughes Metroplex, 5015 E. 29th St. N., Wichita KS. The event will be at 6:00 PM. The format will include remarks from the author, a reading, and a brief Q&A. This will not be a book signing. A limited number of first edition, first printing copies of Revival will be pre-signed by Stephen and distributed at random.

Tickets will go on sale September 15 at 10 AM CST. For full details about how to purchase a ticket for the event, please visit their site.

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November 15
Austin, TX
BookPeople
603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

This event is a signing only and will be a ticketed event. There will not be a public talk.Tickets go on sale in-store at BookPeople registers at 9AM on Tuesday, September 16. They are not available over the phone or online. You must be present at BookPeople to purchase a ticket. (In other words, one person cannot purchase multiple tickets for friends who are not there.) Tickets cost $30 (plus tax), the price of one hardcover copy of Revival. Each ticket admits one person to the signing line and will be redeemed for one signed copy of Revival at the event. Only copies of Revival will be signed at this event, no memorabilia and no other books.

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November 17
South Portland, ME
Books-A-Million
430 Gorham Road South Portland, ME

Tickets will be available beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, November 11th. The book signing will be held on November 17 at 4pm. A copy of Revival, must be purchased from the South Portland Books-A-Million store and a proof of receipt is required in order to receive a ticket to the event.  Each customer must be present to receive 1 ticket per book purchased for the event.  Only copies of Revival will be signed at this event, no other memorabilia or books.

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Spoke Art Announces Kubrick – An Art Show Tribute Opening On September 6, 2014

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Spoke Art is proud to present: Kubrick – An art show tribute to the films of Stanley Kubrick. Over 60 artists were invited to re-imagine their favorite characters, scenes and thematic concepts from one of the world’s most prolific directors. Spanning a plethora of mediums from sculpture and painting to limited edition prints, the show seeks to honor one of the 20th century’s most significant directors while also reinterpreting his impact in a contemporary context.

Widely known for his controversial techniques and highly controlled directorial style, Kubrick has fabricated a diverse repertoire of films and imagined worlds for his viewers. One of the great idiosyncratic masterminds in history’s cinema, Kubrick has cultivated a noteworthy genre completely his own. Critical discussions of humanity, morality and social justice all appear in his work regularly.

Contextually disparate but psychologically banded, all of Kubrick’s films challenge the viewer both intellectually and ethically. A true auteur, Kubrick’s work pushes our understanding of human nature to severe place. Extreme violence, salaciousness and deranged psychological behavior are commonplace motifs instrumented to establish Kubrick’s pessimistic undertones. Even through satire, Kubrick manages to take levity to a place of lunatic proportion.

All the artists were allowed to select the film of their choosing, there were no guidelines on subject matter or content. Each artist was given free reign to re-interpret and render their take on Kubrick’s entire cinematic collection. Resulting in a variegated display, KUBRICK is an experiment in modernity, a cross-section between film and art.

Participating Artists include Aaron Jasinski, Adam Maida, Akira Beard, Alex Kirzhener, Anarkitty, Audrey Pongracz, Bartosz Kosowski, Brian Ewing, Brian Methe, Bruce White, Chris Skinner, Christine Aria Hostetler, Crowded Teeth, Cuddly Rigor Mortis , Cuyler Smith, Dave MacDowell, David Moscati, Doug LaRocca, Eiko Ojala, Fernando Reza, Gene Guynn, Geoff Trapp, Glen Brogan, Guillaume Morellec, Irma Rivera, Ivonna Buenrostro, Jayde Fish, Jen Mann, Jesse Riggle, Jessica Deahl, Johannah O’Donnell, John Wentz, Jon Wayshack, Joshua Budich, Justin, VanGenderen, Kate Zambrano, Kate Copeland, Kiersten Essenpreis, Mandy Tsung, Matt Dye, Meghan Stratman , Michael Ramstead, Epyon 5, Nan Lawson , New Flesh, Nicole Gustafsson, Oliver Barrett, Rhys Cooper, Robert Wilson, Sam Gilbey, Sam Ho, Sam Smith, Sandi Calistro, Sarah Joncas, Steve Yamane, Thomas Walker, Tim Maclean, Tim Jordan, Tim Doyle, Tracie Ching, Van Orton Design, Veronica Fish and Vincent Aseo.

Kubrick – An art show tribute to the films of Stanley Kubrick will open on September 6, 2014 and run until September 27th 2014. Spoke Art is located at 816 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA 94109.

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Gallery 1988 Announces Joss Whedon Inspired Art Show Opening On September 5, 2014

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A show almost 2 years in the making, this Friday night at Gallery 1988 (West), artists will debut pieces inspired by the movies and TV shows of writer/director Joss Whedon.

When Whedon explained he hoped Gallery1988 would one day tribute his work with an art show during his Comic Con Q&A one year, the gallery jumped at the possibility. With the blessing of Whedon, it will all come to a head this weekend, when G1998 launches the show with an opening reception from 7-10 PM.

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Joss Whedon will reportedly be in attendance at the show opening on September 5, 2014.

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7308 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Official Poster For New York Comic Con Features Batman By Francis Manapul

Batman is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year and he’ll grace the official poster of this October’s New York Comic Con.

The striking image is by DC Comics is by artist Francis Manapul. It takes the Caped Crusader out of Gotham and sets him over a gritty map of the five boroughs — his original home when he was created in 1939.

The New York Comic Con drew more than 130,000 people to the Javits Center last year. This year the show is Oct. 9-12 and will include a weeklong pop-culture festival held throughout the city.

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Stephen King Announces Revival Tour Dates & Cities

On November 11th, Stephen King will embark on a six-city book tour to promote the release of Revival. The tour begins in New York City and continues through Washington DC, Kansas City, Wichita, Austin and South Portland. Dates and Cities listed here.

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Phone Booth Gallery Announces Kevin Tong & Tom Whalen: Info-Rama Art Show Opening On August 23, 2014

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Phone Booth Gallery is proud to present, “Info-Rama,” an exhibition of intricate screen-printed infographics crafted by artists Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong. The exhibition opens with an all-ages reception on Saturday, August 23rd, from 7-10pm, at Phone Booth Gallery’s exhibition space at 2533 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803. “Info-Rama” remains on view through September 17th at the gallery and online at www.phoneboothgallery.com.

Infographics have a history that stretches back centuries. French engineer Charles Minard is credited with starting the trend in the early 1800s, making drawings detailing Napoleon’s invasions and pie charts tracking cattle-consumption. With “Info•Rama,” intentionally scheduled to coincide with the start of the school year, Kevin and Tom endeavored to design images that simultaneously functioned as art and resources and could potentially find homes on classroom walls. The screen-printing process used to make each one gives these objects a vividness and tactility that distinguishes them from most educational posters.

For the show, Tong, an illustrator whose work often ventures into the realm of fantasy, has designed a multi-part, brightly colored guide to human anatomy. He also created a fiery, futuristic-looking infographic explaining the life and legacy of forward-thinking engineer Nikola Tesla, after whom Tesla Motors is named. His brief illustrated history of the USS Los Angeles, the rigid Zeppelin airship built by the U.S. Navy in 1924, is noir-like, all black, white and gray.

Whalen, an artist who frequently re-interprets vintage design motifs in his work, has imbued his series of infographics with an old-fashioned whimsy. His guide to the first transcontinental railroad uses fonts reminiscent of Wild West signage, and the mountains looming in the background behind the train cars are simple and stylized. His brief explanation of the life and habits of the stegosaurus is similarly stylized, with the dinosaur pictured at center and colored purple and orange. Whalen plays with size and shape in each of his infographics, using a banner-like orientation for his guides to the Octopus and the Samurai but using horizontal orientations and standard rectangles as well.

Any educator who purchases a print from the show will receive a discount, but the information Tong and Whalen artfully present should appeal to anyone curious about how the world works, whether they have students to teach or not.

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