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Get Free Comic Books During Halloween ComicFest On October 27, 2018

On Saturday, October 27, participating comic shops across North America and around the world will hand out more than 1.7 million free comics to anyone who comes into their shop during Halloween ComicFest! During the event, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose a free comic from the 34 titles available this year and participate in the fun Halloween-themed activities hosted by the comic shops.

Thirty-four free comics, including 22 full-size and 12 mini-comics can be picked up. This year’s titles include Marvel Comics’ Ms. Marvel #1, Superior Spider-Man #1, and Thor: Road to War of the Realms #1; DC Comics’ John Constantine: The Hellblazer; and Hellboy, Jughead: The Hunger, and Rise of the TMNT, among other spooktacular titles for comic readers of all ages.

Halloween ComicFest also features “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever!”, running now through November 8th.  Fans can enter one of five categories – Superhero/Comics, Video Games, TV/Movie, Horror, or Original – just by uploading a picture of themselves in costume and submitting it into the appropriate category on the contest site. Everyone who enters will be eligible for the category Vote Winners prizes of a $100 Shopping Spree to their local comic shop. The adult and child entries who earn the most votes in their respective categories will win. Voting takes place from November 1st through November 8th.

Fans who upload a picture of themselves in costume and holding one of the 34 official 2018 Halloween ComicFest Full-Size or Mini-Comics comics are eligible to win more prizes, including a $100 and $500 shopping spree to their local comic shop! Winners for these prizes will be selected at random.

For more information about Halloween ComicFest, the free comics, costume contest, and to find a participating comic shop, go to www.halloweencomicfest.com. So, get in your Halloween costumes and take your family and friends to check out free comics and fun at your local comic shop!

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Beyond Fest 2018 Full Programming Slate Announced

Beyond Fest, the highest-attended genre film festival in the US, is excited to announce its complete slate of 2018 programming featuring 46 features and 24 West Coast premieres of cinematic excess. Co-presented by Hulu and Shudder, Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood’s famed Egyptian Theatre for 14 days of cinematic splendor spanning Wednesday, September 26th – Tuesday, October 9th to generate funds for the nonprofit 501c3 American Cinematheque.

This year’s festival will host Los Angeles screenings of high profile new films “Bad Times at the El Royale,” “Halloween,” “Suspiria” and “Widows”. Also scheduled is a 13-film David Cronenberg retrospective with the director in attendance.

Check out the slate of films HERE.

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Michelle Obama Announces 10-City Tour To Launch Memoir, ‘Becoming’

Michelle Obama is proud and excited about her forthcoming memoir, Becoming — but as the Nov. 13 release date draws nearer, the former first lady admits she’s also “a little frightened” about how “candid and honest and open” she is in the book.

“Over this time that I’ve been out of the White House, I’ve had time to think and reflect for the first time in a long time. I spent some time really thinking about the people, the stories and the experiences that have shaped me and helped me become the person I am today,” Obama, 54, explains.

“I am proud of what I’ve created. I’m proud because it is candid, it’s honest, it is totally and utterly me. So I’m also a little frightened because it is so candid and honest and open,” she adds.

That said, Obama is eager to share her book with the world — and to see how it empowers readers.

“I’m hoping that, because of this book, others feel the power of their own voice and their own story,” Obama says. “Not in the big moments, but in the little things, the small moments, the bumps, the bruises, the highs and the lows — because those are the things that make us uniquely who we are.”

On Wednesday, Obama also announced an upcoming 10-city tour to promote her book:

Tuesday, November 13, Chicago, United Center

Thursday, November 15, Los Angeles, The Forum 

Saturday, November 17, Washington DC, Capital One Arena

Saturday, November 24, Boston, TD Garden

Thursday, November 29, Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center

Saturday, December 1, Brooklyn, Barclays Center

Tuesday, December 11, Detroit, Little Caesars Arena

Thursday, December 13, Denver, Pepsi Center Arena

Friday, December 14, San Jose, SAP Center

Monday, December 17, Dallas, American Airlines Center

Tickets for the event will be sold through Ticketmaster’s “verified fan” system, with 10 percent of the seats in each venue given away free to fans and local community members who might not be able to afford tickets. For the first stop on Nov. 13, in Obama’s hometown of Chicago, this means 1,300 tickets will be given away to community members. Individual ticket prices start as low as $29.50, and signed book bundles and VIP tickets will be available as well.

The events will feature candid conversations between Obama and a selection of to-be-announced moderators — that she says will include some famous friends and family members — about the experiences that have shaped her life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago, to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time as the first African-American first lady in U.S. history.

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Apple To Make New Product Announcements On September 12, 2018

Apple has sent out media invites for its annual fall event, being held this year on September 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park Campus in Cupertino, California. 

The media invites carry a theme and tagline, which this year likely refers to the new Apple Park Campus, with the phrase “Gather Round”. The event will almost certainly feature the unveiling of new iPhone models, with a trio of new iPhones expected this year if recent rumours are to be believed: a 5.8-inch OLED direct successor to last year’s iPhone X, a larger-screened 6.5-inch OLED version filling in the missing “Plus” model gap, and a lower-cost 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display that would in effect be a successor to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, although the entire 2018 lineup is expected to feature Face ID and eliminate the home button entirely.

The event is also expected to feature the Apple Watch Series 4 that rumors suggest will include a larger display. New AirPods and Apple’s long-awaited AirPower charging mat will also likely be revealed at the event.

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Jim Lee & Andy Kubert Signing Scheduled On September 15th In Celebration of Batman Day At Vroman’s Bookstore

Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena has scheduled a signing featuring comic book artists Jim Lee and Andy Kubert. The event is in celebration of Batman Day and will be held on September 15, 2018.

Jim Lee, a world-renowned comic book artist, writer, editor and publisher, is currently Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment (DC) and serves as Publisher of the company alongside Dan DiDio. Known for his incredibly detailed and dynamic artistic style, Lee is one of the most revered and respected artists in American comics. A veritable legend in the industry, he has received numerous accolades and recognition for his work, including a Harvey Award, an Inkpot Award, Diamond Gemstone Awards and Wizard Fan Awards.

Since becoming Publisher in 2010, Lee has overseen many of the company’s highly successful publishing programs including the recent record-breaking Rebirth line of comics, as well as The New 52 initiative that relaunched the entire line of monthly superhero comic books.  As part of the revamp, Lee designed and reimagined the new, more contemporary costumes for some of the DC universe’s most iconic characters, including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

Prior to his current post at DC, Lee served as Editorial Director at DC where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was also the artist for many of DC’s bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder, Batman: Hush and Superman: For Tomorrow.

Andy Kubert began his career at DC comics illustrating the first highly successful Batman Versus Predator and Adam Strange series. Andy went on to Marvel Comics’ popular X-Men title, which was consistently a sales juggernaut and remained their top-selling comic during his six-year run. At Marvel he also illustrated such titles as Ghost Rider, Captain America, Ultimate X-Men and the Marvel 1602 miniseries in which he collaborated with New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman and which earned a 2005 Quill Award for Best Graphic Novel.

For DC Comics, Andy has illustrated the best-selling Batman and Son (with Grant Morrison), Batman #700, Flashpoint (with Geoff Johns) and Batman: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader? (again with author Neil Gaiman). His work has also appeared in other titles including DC Legacies, Action Comics, Before Watchmen: Nite Owl and the Damian: Son of Batman limited series. Dark Knight III: The Master Race is Andy’s first collaboration with the legendary Frank Miller, along with writer Brian Azzarello and original Dark Knight inker Klaus Janson. Andy is currently co-president and an instructor at The Kubert School, an institution located in Dover, NJ, dedicated to educating about the narrative art form.

This event will be a signing only!

Fans must purchase a copy of Dark Days: The Road to Metal or Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition or Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race from Vroman’s Bookstore in order to receive a signing line ticket. With purchase of one of those three titles fans may get a maximum of two (2) other items signed.

The signing line will be limited to 150 fans only due to Jim and Andy’s busy schedule.

Vroman’s Will Call department will be handling all purchases of Dark Days: The Road to Metal or Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition or Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race for the signing starting on Tuesday September 11. 

No online orders will be accepted for this event. Customers must make your purchase at Vroman’s Will Call window or over the phone and let them know it is for the Batman Day/Jim Lee/Andy Kubert event to receive a ticket to be in the signing line on September 15.

Signing line tickets will be available opening on Tuesday September 11. You cannot receive a signing line ticket if you purchase the pre-determined books before this date. The signing will begin promptly at 11am and end at 1pm.

Event date: 

Saturday, September 15, 2018
11:00am to 1:00pm

Event address: 

695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone number:

626-449-5320

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The Magic Show Featuring Justin Willman Is Coming To The Hollywood Roosevelt

Justin Willman is a magician known for multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Conan, and @Midnight. He’s performed live at the White House for the Obama Family, and his online videos have racked up over 50 million views, and his new series Magic for Humans just premiered on Netflix to rave reviews.

The Magic Show at The Roosevelt is an intimate, immersive experience featuring Justin’s most incredible magic – performed live on stage. You’ll have to see it to disbelieve it. Over 90 minutes, you’ll witness amazing, hilarious, remarkable magic – in a breathtaking, historic theater space.

The Magic Show is housed in a hidden, unmarked theater just steps away from the hotel lobby. You may have walked by it without even knowing it’s there. The mystery begins before you even enter the room. Once inside, you’ll experience magic and genuine astonishment unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Created in collaboration with The Hollywood Roosevelt and Theory 11, The Magic Show at The Roosevelt will officially open on October 5th.

Please click HERE for more information or to purchase tickets. I’m going October 6th, so hopefully I’ll see you there!

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Just Announced: D23 Expo 2019 Ticket Prices, Plus Haunted Mansion-Themed Design Contest & the Return of Mousequerade

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, August 23, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place August 23–25, 2019, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including the best of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars across film, television, theme parks, products, online, music, live entertainment, and more. D23 Expo 2019 marks the sixth biennial Expo held in Anaheim.

Everything You Need to Know About Tickets

Tickets for D23 Expo 2019 go on sale on August 23. This year, discounted single-day and multi-day tickets for D23 Expo 2019 will be available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, and Gold Members who purchase their tickets from August 23–November 20, 2018 will enjoy an additional special “Early Bird” discount.

D23 Gold Family Members can save as much as $288 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Gold Member “Early Bird” rate.

General admission tickets are $89 for a one-day adult admission and $69 for children. Three-day money-saving tickets are also available.

If you’re already counting down the days until D23 Expo 2019, start your Disney celebration early with exclusive merchandise available from August 23 until December 31, only when you buy your tickets to D23 Expo!

Discounted hotel and Disneyland Resort park tickets are available to all Expo ticket purchasers. For more information on tickets and the ticket prices for Gold Members and general admission, visit D23expo.com.

A limited number of VIP Sorcerer Packages for D23 Expo 2019 will be available exclusively to both D23 Gold and Gold Family Members at $2,500 per ticket. The full list of Sorcerer benefits can be found here.

Members can purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets. Additional details and a complete list of Sorcerer Package benefits are highlighted at D23expo.com.

D23 Gold and Gold Family Members will also be entitled to special benefits throughout the weekend including exclusive discounts and offers at select Disney retail and partner locations; a commemorative gift; and limited priority queueing for Hall D23 and the Expo Arena. Stay tuned for announcements about these magical opportunities in the coming months—but if you’re looking for more Disney magic right now, visit D23.com/join to join D23 and enjoy these future benefits.

Every year, D23 Expo brings more and more Disney magic to the fans who come from all around the world to celebrate. Here are some of the exciting things you can look forward to, just announced today:

All the Magic of Disney on One Show Floor:

Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with signature entertainment, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences. A massive show floor will feature exhibits, shopping, and photo opportunities from all across Disney and its partners.

The Disney magic extends from the show floor to the stage, as D23 Expo 2019 will showcase all of the latest stars in the Disney universe in a variety of panels and experiences that fans can’t miss. In 2017, celebrity appearances included Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Whoopi Goldberg, Jordan Fisher, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Hamill, Kristen Bell, Chris Hemsworth, Mandy Moore, and the stars of Disney’s Descendants. Additionally, Disney executives and creative talent came together to deliver special presentations, announcements, and experiences to Disney fans throughout the three-day extravaganza.

New Disney Legends, Archives Exhibit, and More

One of the essential traditions of D23 Expo is the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, honoring the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy. Last year, we honored Mark Hamill, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Carrie Fisher, and more of the magic makers who have helped shaped Disney through the years. Who will be announced as Disney Legends next? Stay tuned for future announcements on D23 Expo 2019’s honorees.

Additionally, one of D23 Expo’s can’t-miss experiences is an extraordinary exhibit presented by the Walt Disney Archives. D23 Expo 2017 featured a swashbuckling look at the history of Disney and pirates and our friends at the Walt Disney Archives are hard at work right now putting together an exhibit for D23 Expo 2019 that is sure to be packed full of stunning Disney history and memories.

Also returning to D23 Expo 2019 is Talent Central, where fans can meet their favorite Disney stars, and a daily parade on the show floor, which debuted at D23 Expo 2017 to rousing celebration.

Ashley Eckstein and Yvette Nicole Brown Return to Judge Mousequerade

One of the most stunning parts of every D23 Expo is seeing the talented Disney fans in their amazing costumes, celebrating their favorite characters from Disney’s broad history. For D23 Expo 2019, the Mousequerade costume contest is back with actress Yvette Nicole Brown and fashion designer Ashley Eckstein returning as judges for the popular event, which includes dozens of eye-popping creations from fans around the world.

A Ghoulishly Delightful Design Challenge

The D23 Expo 2019 Design Challenge will be themed to the fan-favorite attraction Haunted Mansion, which first opened at Disneyland in 1969 and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. Fans are encouraged to create ghoulishly delightful designs—from paintings and drawings to sculptures and models—inspired by the beloved attraction and its 999 happy haunts. Twenty-three pieces of finalist artwork will be on display throughout the D23 Expo weekend at a gallery on the show floor. The winning artist will be chosen prior to the start of the D23 Expo and will receive a cash prize of $2,300. Details for Mousequerade and the Design Challenge will be revealed this fall, so make sure to check back and find out more about this frighteningly exciting opportunity.

So much exciting news was announced today, but wait—even more announcements about the ultimate Disney fan event will be coming, so stay tuned! For the latest news and updates about D23 Expo 2019, visit d23expo.com.

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Celebrate The World’s Greatest Detective On Batman Day – September 15, 2018

DC Entertainment has announced new details for Batman Day 2018. Now in its fifth year, the fan-favorite holiday will take place on September 15, 2018 and include Batman-themed events at thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries worldwide. Key Batman Day partners include Barnes & Noble, Indigo, Books-A-Million and more. Fans around the world are invited to join DC in honoring this iconic Super Hero.

As part of the Batman Day festivities, fans who visit participating retailers will receive the first chapter of Batman: White Knight, written and drawn by Sean Murphy, a month ahead of the collected edition release. The book will also feature a preview of another upcoming DC Black Label title Batman: Damned by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo.

Younger fans can pick up a free copy of the first chapter of Batman: A Lot of :i’l Gotham.

In addition to comic books, DC is providing retailers access to an assortment of additional offerings to help in the celebration of Batman Day, including a fun online activity kit.

Digital readers are invited to celebrate The Dark Knight with the Batman Day digital sale from September 11-17. The event will include hundreds of Batman eBooks on sale for $4.99 or $5.99 on ReadDC.com, comiXology.com, Google Play, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and iTunes.

DC is continuing its partnership with publishers such as HarperCollins, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin Random House, DK, Simon & Schuster and Scholastic to bring Batman Day celebrations to thousands of book stores, comic retailers and libraries.

Following Batman Day, DC will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Dark Knight with a year-long celebration in 2019. On March 30, 1939, artist Bob Kane with writer Bill Finger gave life to Batman in Detective Comics #27.

In 2019, DC will celebrate the publishing milestone of the comic book series’ monumental 1000th issue as well as Batman’s 80th Anniversary. More details on the year-long celebration will be released in the coming months.

For the latest Batman Day information visit DCComics.com/batmanday.

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Marvel Pop! PEZ Event At BoxLunch Irvine Spectrum On August 25, 2018

To celebrate the debut of the Marvel Pop! PEZ series, BoxLunch has partnered with Funko to host a fun-filled, fan-focused event at the BoxLunch Irvine Spectrum store, on August 25th from 10am to 4pm. 

The event includes a rare meet-and-greet and signing with Funko CEO Brian Mariotti, guest appearances by Freddy Funko and members of the Funko Funkast team, giveaways including a life-size PEZ statue that will be given away to a lucky fan on-site, live DJ and more!

The Marvel Pop! PEZ series launches first at BoxLunch and Hot Topic this August before making its way to other retailers in the following months.

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Barnes & Noble Announces LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Train Build Event At Select Stores Nationwide Saturday, August 4

Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest retail bookseller, announced that it will be hosting a LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Train build event at select stores nationwide on Saturday, August 4, at 2 PM, where customers will have the opportunity to build a mini Hogwarts train that they can take home with them. 

There are limited quantities available and select stores may require customers to sign up for the event in advance. Customers should contact their local store for details as soon as possible so they do not miss out on this exciting event!

A new line of LEGO Harry Potter products will be available for purchase at the event, while supplies last, including LEGO Fantastic Beasts Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures and LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Minifigures. The full list of new LEGO Harry Potter products that launch at Barnes & Noble on August 1 and will be available for purchase at the event, while supplies last, will include the following:

– Hogwarts Express
– Aragog’s Lair
– Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures
– LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Minifigures
– Hogwarts Great Hall
– Grindelwald’s Escape
– Hogwarts Whomping Willow

The event continues Barnes & Noble’s 20th anniversary celebration of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States, and also will include 20 Years of Magic event kits featuring cool giveaways.

In addition, customers will receive 25% off all Harry Potter paperbacks, including the new books featuring Brian Selznick’s artwork, in-store and online through August 6.

Customers are encouraged to share pictures of the event on their social media channels using the hashtags, #BNHarryPotter20 and #BNLEGOBuild.

For more information, customers should visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator or speak with one of the knowledgeable booksellers at their local store.

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