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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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The Film And Pop Culture Art of Matt Ferguson: A Retrospective Exhibition

Matt Ferguson is a Graphic Designer and artist from the UK who is best known for working with Marvel Studios designing artwork for the Marvel’s Avengers Blu-Ray collection and many promotional posters. He also regularly exhibits at galleries in the US including Bottleneck Gallery and is well known in the industry for his beautifully stylized creations for established Film and TV properties.

As part of the Thought Bubble Festival, on Friday September 21, 2018 The Film And Pop Culture Art of Matt Ferguson: A Retrospective Exhibition will open at the Leeds Gallery in the UK.

The exhibition will feature over 85 posters and pieces of art. There will be rare, sold out posters and a charity auction. An exclusive limited edition Exhibition Catalogue will be on sale at the Grand Opening, of which the first 100 attendees will receive a gift bag version. 

Image Link – io9

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The 49 Boxes, An Immersive, Collaborative Story Driven Event Filled With Old Artifacts, Magic, Puzzles and More!

Yesterday, my wife and I were invited to attend a 49 Boxes event at the Brookledge Theater in Hancock Park as guests of the event creator’s Michael Borys and Alex Lieu.

Alex Lieu & Michael Borys

Borys is a magician member of The Magic Castle who has been working with Lieu for over 20 years on games, marketing campaigns and immersive experiences for the biggest companies in the world. They’ve won Webby, Clio, One show and Canne Lion awards (and others) for their incredible work. 

55 visitors arrived at the Larsen residence (Bill Larsen Sr. was the original proprietor of the famed Magic Castle). Not knowing what would happen next, we entered the intimate theater with excitement and trepidation. The group was immediately transported back in time to an age of victrolas, vintage radios, and leather suitcases with travel stickers. The air was thick with mystery and history.

On their website the premise of The 49 Boxes is described as follows:

The 49 Boxes is a social, story-driven experience where audiences interact with incredible artifacts to solve mysteries that have been kept secret for more than half a century…

But it’s so much more than that.

The audience is told that the magician Floyd G. Thayer left behind a large box, sealed with 19 unusual locks. The guests have about 90 minutes to figure out how to acquire keys to open the locks and are promised an amazing surprise at the end if they complete the task.

Groups of guests sit at various tables with an array of strange boxes that contain instructive letters from Thayer and artifacts that can be used to solve puzzles. The group must work as a team to determine the solution. Our table had to do some code breaking, use an abacus in an usual way, and hook up a detonator to a special box to reveal the contents inside. At one point we had to look through a special ocular apparatus to uncover hidden messages. Some clues were right in front of us. Other times we had to engage with different guests to see if they had the necessary object or approach the stage to request special items.

The shared experience is in the vein of an escape room but instead of trying to escape, the goal is more about teams collaborating in a very unique and fun way to solve a series of puzzles for the ultimate payoff. 

It’s part Vaudeville, Rube Goldberg, Rubiks Cube, and pure magic!

Strangers become friends, unknown talents are tapped into, and cheering ensues when a team successfully unlocks their lock. In Survivor like fashion alpha individuals take over, barking orders while other teams employ friendly delegation techniques. The room is filled with frenzied commands and gasps at “aha” moments. Yes, there will be some stumbling blocks and good natured confusion. Fortunately there are plenty of helpers available to assist to keep the momentum going.

One after another, keys are found, locks are unlocked as the anticipation builds to what could possibly be inside? Like any good magic trick, I’m not going to spoil that answer and you will have to find out for yourself. I will say that it’s worth it!

Bring a date, grab your closest friends, take your parents, set up an ice breaker session for your workmates and buy a ticket to the 49 Boxes quickly as the events sell out in a flash. We can’t wait to return, be dispatched to a bygone era and do it again!

www.49boxes.com

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The Art of Incredibles 2 Panel & Book Signing At Gallery Nucleus On June 23, 2018

The highly anticipated Pixar film is finally here! Incredibles 2 hits theaters June 15 and will be bringing back your favorite super hero family for more adventures as Elastigirl springs into action to save the day, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet — taking care of the problems of his three children!

On Saturday June 23, 2018 (2 PM), make your way to Gallery Nucleus for a special panel presentation & art book signing with artists from Incredibles 2. 

Teddy Newton, Deanna Marsigliese, and Josh Holtsclaw will share stories from behind the scenes of their development work on the movie. Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of the new book The Art of Incredibles 2.

Featured Artists:

Deanna Marsigliese – Character Art Director
Teddy Newton – Creative Consultant & Character Designer on Incredibles
Josh Holtsclaw – Graphic Arts Director

Event Schedule:

2:00 – 3:00 PM Panel Presentation
3:00 – 3:30 PM Q&A
3:30 – 4:00 PM Intermission
4:00 – 5:00 PM Signing

More information and ticket info HERE.

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Top 5 Millennial Wedding Trends of 2018

The wedding ceremony has followed very specific traditions for over a century. As with almost every aspect of society, millennials are changing the way we think about this time-honored tradition, reshaping the foundations of an age-old norm and giving it a much needed breath of fresh air.

Some opt to skip the white dress, while others choose fondue fountains instead of classic cakes. There are dozens of trends emerging in the wedding industry thanks to this generation, and here are the five most popular.

1. Forget the Church

Modern day couples are fed up with the stiff and stuffy church ceremony. Instead, millennials would rather have something low-key in a special location that resonates with their personalities. Parks, county manors, and mountaintop trails have all made for exquisite wedding day locales. Also surprising, this generation enjoys having the ceremony and reception in one place.

The idea is to infuse your own personality into your wedding these days. What does saying your vows in a church have to do with you? If the answer is nothing, then why not say them somewhere more special to the both of you?

2. Crowdsourced Funding

In today’s world, very few of us need another set of dish plates or a home appliance. That’s why this generation is utilizing online crowdfunding sites to take their wedding registry to the next level.

Guests can chip in towards big expenses like airfare, hotel stays, and other aspects of a couple’s honeymoon via different options the soon to be newlyweds set up on the site. It also allows guests to see what money has gone where, allowing them to give where the money is needed most. Alternatively, some couples choose to set up funding pages that help cover aspect of the reception such as booze, photography, and catering.

3. Do It Yourself

DIY is a major buzzword these days, and it happens to be one extending into the realm of the wedding as well. Millennials are staying budget-friendly by choosing to create things like favors, place cards, and even invitations by hand. It’s a simple way to save on cost while still infusing your own personal brand of style into the wedding, but can also let you spend more money on the things you really want for your big day.

4. New Age, New Colors

Many couples are tired of the classic black and white wedding attire found in traditional marriage ceremonies. While the formal attire of suits and dresses isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, it isn’t uncommon to see a splash of color thrown into the wedding these days.

Blues, purples, greens and more are all making their way down their aisle on special days across the globe. Companies are quickly catching on, too. You can find all sorts of gorgeous wedding dresses, bridal gowns, and wedding gowns at Azazie in a variety of splendid colors.

5. Waiting for the Right Time

Multiple organizations are constantly saying that the marriage rate is declining, but this can easily be attributed to the fact that millennials are marrying at an older age. The days of getting hitched after high school are giving way to a generation that would rather wait for the right person, and the right time, to settle down.

Despite social media hype, millennials are highly focused on their careers and creating a stable financial future. Couples are now tying the knot in their mid to late thirties rather than their twenties, allowing them to afford their own ceremonies as well as financially support a child without breaking the bank.

Times are changing alright, and these new wedding trends are a welcomed change to the norms of traditional ceremonies. Not only are they a blast, but they create a truly unique moment for lovers to share their story with friends, family, and social media.

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