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Stan Lee Excelsior! Tribute Poster

Legion M has made available the limited edition Stan Lee Tribute Poster from the  “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee” event held on Jan 30, 2019 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. 

The 24” x 36” tribute poster features artwork by renowned poster designer Bryan Morton and award winning illustrator Paul Shipper (Dr. Strange, Star Trek).  All net proceeds from the Stan Lee Tribute event and merchandise will be donated to The Hero Initiative.

Order HERE for $20.

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Paisley Park Announces Performers & Special Guests Joining CELEBRATION 2019

Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, has announced programming details for its annual four-day special event, CELEBRATION, honoring the unique life and legacy of the prodigiously talented cultural icon Prince Rogers Nelson. Taking place between April 25-28 at Prince’s historic home and recording sanctuary outside Minneapolis, the event will welcome fans from around the world into an inspired environment of live music, concert screenings, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker.

Musical guests set to perform at Paisley Park during CELEBRATION 2019 include internationally acclaimed musician, guitarist and original member of The Time, Jesse Johnson; Prince’s iconic group The Revolution, featuring Bobby Z, Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin and Matt Fink; and Funk Soldiers, a fifteen-piece supergroup of New Power Generation and Paisley Park musical alumni.

As an extension of CELEBRATION 2019, Paisley Park will again be presenting an exclusive off-site concert event titled PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen, to be held Friday, April 26, at 8pm at The Armory in Minneapolis. Attendance to this event will be included in the CELEBRATION 2019 ticket. The concert will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on The Armory stage by an all-star ensemble of musicians who performed alongside the icon throughout his storied career. The live concert experience will showcase Prince in his inimitable sound and style, highlighting the incendiary energy he brought to each performance. CELEBRATION 2019 VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive Dance Party at The Armory following the conclusion of the live concert Friday evening, hosted by DJ Kiss, who Prince often invited to DJ his own private parties around the world and special events at Paisley Park.

In addition to featured musical guests, Paisley Park has announced a broad list of special guest speakers who will take part in exclusive panel discussions at CELEBRATION 2019, including keynote conversations with Prince’s longtime manager Bob Cavallo; Prince’s personal photographer and creative collaborator, Jeff Katz, who worked closely with Prince through iconic eras, namely Parade, Lovesexy, Sign O’ The Times and Batman; and award winning singer-songwriter Ingrid Chavez who will join producer Craig Rice, rapper TC Ellis and visual artist Steve Parke, who were all instrumental in the Graffiti Bridge film and accompanying soundtrack. Overall the list of contributors this year includes collaborators and friends spanning five decades in Prince’s life.

CELEBRATION 2019 is poised to connect with even more of the passionate and global Prince fan community. Individual General Admission and VIP tickets to the 4-day CELEBRATION 2019 event are available now via the official Paisley Park website at OfficialPaisleyPark.com. Both GA and VIP tickets include entry to PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen, with prime and premiere seating assigned respectively to each ticket type. Individual tickets to PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen will be available February 8th via the Armory website at armorymn.com.

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Stephen King Coming To Minneapolis For Wordplay Festival In May

Stephen King and other high-profile writers are heading to the Twin Cities this spring for the Wordplay Festival which promises to be the state’s largest celebration of “readers, writers and great books.”

The Loft Literary Center announced the festival which is slated for May 11 and May 12. 

High-profile, award-winning authors attending the festival include Stephen King, Jamaica Kincaid and Amy Tan, as well as locally-based literary titans such as Marlon James and Nora McInerny.

From left to right: Ridley Pearson, Greg Iles, Stephen King, and Dave Barry

The festival will take place in Minneapolis’ Mill City neighborhood, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. On the night of May 11, there’ll also be a “Lit Crawl” around Uptown’s Lyn-Lake area.

Registration for the festival starts on March 15 for the general public. It’ll cost $10 for the initial entry wristband, with additional costs for certain events. Organizers say the festival will include readings and workshops with authors, as well as other “special experiences.”

The street festival will be free for kids 17 and younger.

Die-hard Stephen King fans can also buy tickets to see him perform with his band, the Rock Bottom Remainders, which features several other festival authors, at Minneapolis’ iconic First Avenue. The concert is slated for May 10. Tickets will go for $40.

For more information on the festival, including a full list of attending authors, click HERE.

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An Exhibition and Sale of Al Hirschfeld Original Art

100 original drawings by the 20th century’s most renown caricaturist. Charlie Chaplin, James Stewart, Rosalind Russell, Kirk Douglas, Vivien Leigh, George Segal, Julie Andrews, Ralph Steadman, Paul Conrad, Tim Curry, and other personalities from the worlds of film, theatre, opera, and television will be included, a number of which have never been exhibited before.

These pieces, spanning seven decades (from 1928 to 1998), show the range of techniques used by the artist as well as his evolution and experimentation from decade to decade. Every piece on display will also be for sale, including seven color pieces for the magazines American Mercury and Redbook, six illustrations from the S.J. Perelman books Listen to the Mockingbird and Swiss Family Perelman, and a group portrait of the first seven Dr. Who actors commissioned by PBS in 1990.

Two Special Evenings: 

Thursday, November 30 – 3:00pm to 9:00pm 

Special Guest: Katherine Marshall-Eastman, Archives Manager at the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, will be on hand to answer any questions about Hirschfeld and the Foundation. 

Thursday, December 7 – 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Special Guest: David Leopold, Creative Director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation and author of The Hirschfeld Century (Knopf, 2015) will be on hand to answer any questions and sign copies of his book.

The event will be held at:

The Animation Guild
1105 North Hollywood Way
Burbank CA 91505

Admission is free.

Brought to you by the Al Hirschfeld Foundation and Stuart Ng Books

For further information:

Katherine Marshall-Eastman
Archives Manager, Al Hirschfeld Foundation
484-538-7663
kate@alhirschfeldfoundation.org

Stuart Ng
310-909-1929
info@stuartngbooks.com

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Apple Announces October 30 Special Event In Brooklyn, New York

Apple today sent out media invites for another special event on October 30 in Brooklyn, New York starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. 

It’s widely expected that Apple will announce new iPad Pro models and Mac hardware at this event, as has been the trend in the past toward keeping the company’s September event focused on the iPhone. 

The tagline on the invites for this event is “There’s more in the making,” and Apple’s new event page actually lists a whole collection of different stylized Apple logos, with a new one appearing each time you load the page.

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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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