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Celebrating Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary with over $440 of digital comics
and an exclusive hardcover book in support of charity

San Francisco, Calif. - June 29, 2016 - In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, Humble Bundle is partnering with IDW Publishing to offer a bundle of 50 volumes of comics. The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek presented by IDW features authors such as John Byrne, Roberto Orci, Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott, Harlan Ellison, Scott Tipton, David Tipton, David Messina, Brannon Braga, J.K. Woodward, and many more. It also features the Star Trek New Visions Special: More of the Serpent Than the Dove, a Humble exclusive, all-new hardcover book by comic book luminary John Byrne (X-Men: Days of Future Past).
 
 Customers can name their price of $1 or more for Star Trek Classics: Vol. 1-3, Star Trek: Next Generation - Ghosts, Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive, Star Trek: Vol. 1-3, Star Trek: Countdown, Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness, Star Trek: Movie Adaptation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Fool’s Gold, and Star Trek: Gold Key Archives: Vol. 1-2.
 
 Those who pay $8 or more also receive Star Trek Classics: Vol. 4: Beginnings, Star Trek Classics: Vol. 5: Who Killed Captain Kirk?, Star Trek: Vol. 4-6, Star Trek Archives: Vol. 1-3, Star Trek: Gold Key Archives: Vol. 3-4, Star Trek: New Visions: Vol. 1, Star Trek: Nero, Star Trek: Khan, and Star Trek: Spock Reflections.
 
 Customers can pay $15 or more to receive Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive, Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War, Star Trek: Vol. 10-11, Star Trek: Legion of Super-Heroes, Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever, Star Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation Vol. 2, Star Trek: New Visions: Vol. 3, Star Trek: Year Four, Star Trek: Year Four - The Enterprise Experiment, and Star Trek: Assignment Earth.
 
 By paying $25 or more, customers will receive all of the above plus an all-new, Humble exclusive print edition shipped to their homes anywhere in the world. The Star Trek New Visions Special: More of the Serpent Than the Dove features a brand new story that picks up where the fan favorite TOS episode “Arena” left off. Master photostory artist/writer John Byrne presents the comic-book return of the Gorn, as the Federation’s first attempts at a Gorn peace treaty take a dire turn. As an extra-special bonus, this issue also contains a re-presentation of Star Trek: Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor #1, written, penciled, and inked by Byrne.
 
On Wednesday, July 6, look for seven additional special titles to join the bundle!
 
 These comic collections would ordinarily cost over $440. At Humble Bundle, though, customers choose their price of $1 or more!
 
 To see the bundle, head to https://www.humblebundle.com/books/star-trek-comics-bundle.
 
 As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publishers and charities. The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek presented by IDW supports both Traveling Stories and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and customers can also choose a favorite charity from our database of over 30,000 charities.

 The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek presented by IDW runs from now until Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

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The fourth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 14-16 October 2016 in Kendal, Cumbria, celebrating great comic art from across the world. It is the only one of its kind in the UK taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend.
Guests revealed so far are Charlie Adlard, Rufus Dayglo, Duncan Fegredo, Ilya, Joe Kelly, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Luke and Steve McGarry, Mick McMahon, Leah Moore, Ken Niimura, Benoit Peeters and John Reppion - with more announcements to come soon.

 Also on the guest list, in partnership with The Finnish Institute in London, are comic creators Hanneriina Moisseinen, Virpi Oinonen, Ville Ranta, Johanna "Roju" Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen, along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta - whose visit is part of an extension to the Lakes Festival's rapidly-expanding Comic Creator Exchange Program with other major comics events around the globe.

The festival features comic artists from around the world, as well as performance, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, master classes, live drawing and independent retailers and publishers. The events programme is bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world – see them draw, talk about their work and bring comics to life.

 A free Family Zone provides drop-in activities for all ages, alongside a series of fantastic workshops for kids and teenagers. The Lakes International Comic Art Festival brings the town together for a weekend to celebrate the amazing world of comic art.

 Exhibitors in the Comics Clock Tower "marketplace" for 2016 include - to name but a few! - the Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain, Italian illustrator and cartoonist Silvia Carrus, Buzzfeed illustrator James Chapman, Disconnected Press, Forbidden Planet, the writer and artist on Rick and Morty Sarah Graley, Page 45, graphic designer and illustrator Simon Russell, Soaring Penguin and independent publisher and writer Tom Ward.

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The 2016 GOG.com Summer Sale Is On


Grab deals up to 90% off and earn free games | System Shock 2 giveaway | Homeworld Remastered Collection arrives on GOG.com


Warsaw, June 8 — It's time for another adventurous Summer Sale on GOG.com: join us for two whole weeks and lie by an ocean of game premieres and 1000+ deals, gather XP to unlock free games, and participate in summer activities! The Summer Sale starts on June 8, 6:00 AM PT / 15:00 CEST.

System Shock 2 is free during the first 48 hours to help improve the GOG Galaxy client with a stress test giveaway: simply download GOG Galaxy, visit the sale through the client, then claim and download your free game.

 This is also the perfect opportunity for Homeworld Remastered Collection to make it's long-awaited DRM-free debut, and with a 50% discount to boot. Passionately loved and endlessly replayed, the epic RTS arrives in response to over 50,000 wishlist votes from the GOG community. It premieres alongside the latest, massive patch filled with anticipated key updates to the remastered classic.

Collect XP to earn free games: check in every day, participate in activities, and grab games during the sale to unlock a free copy of: Spelunky, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers – 20th Anniversary Edition, and Dreamfall Chapters Season Pass.

GOG Plays on Twitch: join us for the twitch plays event and help the GOG community achieve greatness in Stardew Valley and Grim Fandango Remastered – all for a collective XP boost. The first event begins Thursday, June 9, at 4:00 PM UTC.

 New deals will be added every 24 hours as the 2016 Summer Sale marches on, starting with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (-50%), Rebel Galaxy (-50%), and Day of the Tentacle Remastered (-33%) as well as bundles including X-Wing and TIE Fighter, D&D Gold Box classics and more. Check in every day and stay tuned for more awesome deals and GOG.com premieres!


 The 2016 Summer Sale will last until Wednesday, June 22, 12:59 PM UTC / 14:59 CEST / 5:59 AM PDT / 8:59 AM EDT.

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Press Releases / Summer Sale at TwoMorrows 2016
« on: June 02, 2016, 03:46:08 AM »
TwoMorrows Publishing is having a Summer Magazine Sale, where our comics (and LEGO) magazines are 40% OFF at www.twomorrows.com!

This includes most PRINT issues of:

Alter Ego
Back Issue
BrickJournal
Comic Book Artist
Comic Book Creator
Draw
Jack Kirby Collector
Rough Stuff
Write Now & more

It even includes special book-format issues:

Alter Ego: Centennial (a.k.a. Alter Ego #100)
Joe Kubert: Creator & Mentor (a.k.a. Comic Book Creator #2)
Swampmen (a.k.a. Comic Book Creator #6)
Kirby Five-Oh! (a.k.a. Jack Kirby Collector #50)
Lee & Kirby: The Wonder Years (a.k.a. Jack Kirby Collector #58)

The sale runs through Monday, June 6, and is for Print Editions only, ordered from our website. (New and upcoming issues are not included, but are available at our everyday 15% off discount.)

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Kendal, 31st May 2016: Working in partnership with The Finnish Institute in London, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announce the forthcoming appearance of several top comic creators from Finland - a country steeped in storytelling often inspired by its rich mythology and folklore, and a country with one of the biggest comics readerships in the world.

 Joining a growing list of already-announced top international and British comics guests in Kendal in October will be Hanneriina Moisseinen, Virpi Oinonen, Ville Ranta, Johanna "Roju" Rojola and Petteri Tikkanen, along with musicians Niko Kumpuvaara and Aleksi Ranta.

 Their visit is part of an extension to the Lakes Festival's rapidly-expanding Comic Creator Exchange Program with other major comics events around the globe.

 In addition to appearances on panels about comics and workshops, the Finnish creators will also be bringing their unique Comics in Concert project to the Festival, featuring artist Ville Ranta, guitarist Aleksi Ranta and accordionist Niko Kumpuvaara, delivering what they describe as "a fascinating new art form".

Petteri Tikkanen is a rock star in terms of comic art in Finland, performing in all manner of venues, including the Opera House on Töölönlahti Bay in Töölöand. He'll also appear at the Lakes Festival's "Comic Fringe" venue  as "Black Peider", a character that is something of a YouTube phenomenon.

Hanneriina Moisseinen is a multi-faceted, multi-media artist who has exhibited in many countries. Her stunning work will form one of two main exhibitions at the Wildman Gallery - an installation featuring hundreds of pages from her most recent work, sound and more.

An enterprise social consultant, London-based Virpi Oinonen has worked as an online producer and campaigner for nonprofits for almost ten years. She’s also worked as a journalist and a comics artist.

Johanna "Roju" Rojola is Finland's equivalent of Britain's Comics Laureate. Every five years, the Finnish Comics Society awards the title of Comics Commissioner to persons who have significantly furthered the genre of comics. This year, Johanna Rojola was awarded the title for her relentless work as an artist, producer, publisher, teacher and an activist spanning causes such as feminism, gender equality, global justice etc. She has paved the way for many female comics artists in Finland in one way or the other, being an inspiring teacher and mentor since the 1990s.

 "This is the beginning of a new strand in the festival concentrating on Finnish comic art which in many respects is breaking new ground," enthuses Festival Director Julie Tait. "Per capita, I'm told Finland is the third largest comic reading nation.

 "Our partnership begins with the Helsinki Comics Festival, which takes place on first weekend of September, working with The Finnish Institute in London. We're taking a gaggle of comic creators to Helsinki this year as part of this exchange.

 It's a project that is helping make our Festival distinctive and we're doing similar exchanges with several other countries now, including Japan and Canada."

 "At The Finnish Institute in London, we think comics are a powerful means of creating social change. We are also very proud that Finland has many exceptional, prominent and successful female comic creators,” says Pauliina Ståhlberg, Director of the Institute.

 These talented Finns will join other already-announced guests (and many others) for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016 are - artist Jordi Bernet (Torpedo and Jonah Hex); writer Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants, Deadpool), Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds), top US cartoonists Luke and Steve McGarry; 2000AD artist Mick McMahon; artist Ken Niimura, who has designed this year's Festival art; Benoit Peeters, Britain's first Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art, at Lancaster University; and Paco Roca, best known for his award-winning graphic novel Wrinkles.

Many more international and British comic creators will be announced over the coming weeks, joining a host of writers, artists, publishers and retailers for a long weekend in the Lakes crammed with panels, exhibitions, children's events and other activities. The town will be entirely given over to comics, with business owners lining up to support the Festival's famous "Windows Trail", giving over store front space to display comics art created by artists and local groups and school children.

The October weekend is just one of a number of comics projects from the Festival on its way this year, which has included the world premiere performance of Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean that took place at Kendal Town Hall this weekend.

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival: www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

• For more information on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, contact: Julie Tait: [email protected]

• For more about the work of The Finnish Institute in London visit: www.finnish-institute.org.uk

More Finnish Comics Links

• Comics Center Helsinki - www.sarjakuvakeskus.fi           
• Finnish Comics - www.finnishcomics.info
• Helsinki Comics Festival - helsinkicomicsfestival.com
• Nordicomics - www.nordicomics.info
• Comics Blogs - www.sarjakuvablogit.com
• Comics Center Twitter in English
• Comics with Attitude - the latest news and commentaries from World Comics Finland, a registered Finnish NGO, that is actively promoting comics as a development communication medium

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Back for Second Helpings: Lancaster Comics Day Returns on Sunday 5th June
 
The second Lancaster Comics Day, organised by The Friends of Lancaster Library, will take place on Sunday 5th June 2016 in Lancaster’s Main Library.

Drawing largely on local talent, the event will be celebrating a landmark for Doctor Who comics with several creators who have worked on the official Magazine, whose 500th issue is published next week, a panel on British humour comics headed up by veteran comics artist and writer Lew Stringer (whose credits include TOXIC, The Beano and VIZ ), joined by Funny Monsters creator and publisher Joe Matthews.

Former Marvel Comics editor and Sparky comic and Doctor Who? writer Tim Quinn, one of Lancaster Comics Day’s popular guests in 2015, who regaled fans with stories of how he broke into comics after being a circus clown, is also back this year, armed with copies of his hilarious new biography, Argh!, which has just been released MIWK Publishing,

Starting his career as a Ringboy/clown at Blackpool Tower Circus, he then leapt back in time to work on BBC TV’s The Good Old Days music hall series where he started writing scripts for top comedians. It was a small jump into the world of comic books where he spent many happy years as scriptwriter, illustrator and editor on such noted titles as The Beano, The Dandy, Sparky, The Topper, Buster, Whoopee!, Bunty, Jackie,Doctor Who Magazine (working with cartoonist Dicky Howett), and Whizzer & Chips before heading Stateside to work for the mighty Marvel Comics Group on the world famous Spider-Man, X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.

Today he’s a presenter for Bay TV Liverpool, tours the UK discussing the humour and nostalgia of comics, runs a management company for recording artists, conducts workshops on cartooning and media and dreams of the day he will be bitten by a radioactive flea so that he can finally take over the universe.

Local comic creators Andy Diggle (writer for Marvel Comics, including Captain America), artist Sean Phillips and Doctor Who writer and playwright Eddie Robson will be talking adventure and superhero comics, along with writer Alex Paknadel, whose comic Arcadia has proven a huge hit in recent months, and independent comics creator Tom Ward.

With Lancaster awash with SF and Fantasy authors, this year’s Comics Day a panel featuring novelists AS Chambers, whose latest Lancaster-set novel has just been published, JS Collyer, Eddie Robson and Games creator Ken Walton.

Also on the line-up will be Blackpool-based Doctor Who and Judge Dredd Megazine comic artist and book cover illustrator Adrian Salmon, an artist whose monster-inspired cover for an issue of Doctor Who Magazine has just been voted into the magazine’s all-time Top 50 by over 55,000 readers votes.

Preston-based artist Graham Pearce will be back with his popular drawing challenges for young comics fans.

With Comic Cake, a Games Room and face painting for kids (of all ages), there will be plenty to do and comics to discover.

“We didn’t know how Lancaster Comics Day would go down, last year, but it was a huge success,” commented co-organiser and comics writer and editor John Freeman, whose many credits include Doctor Who Magazine and Star Trek Magazine, and who runs the British comics web site downthetubes.net. “We were delighted last year’s event helped raise over £800 for Library funds, and we hope local comic fans will support us again on Sunday 5th June.

“We’ve had great support from library staff, Lancaster’s own comic shop, First Age Comics, and backing from Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, who were instrumental in the appointment of  Tintin scholar Benoit Peeters as the UK’s first Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art at Lancaster University.

"I’m looking forward to second helpings of Lancaster Comics Day and I hope local comic fans are, too!”

• Related Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/downthetubes/albums/72157668233230822

Lancaster Comics Day art created by and © Nick Miller

• Lancaster Comics Day takes place from 11.00am until 6.00pm on Sunday 5th June 2016 at Lancaster Main Library in Market Square, Lancaster. Tickets £5 adults, £2 concessions, which includes admission to all four comics panels, accompanied children under 13 free. Web: www.lancastercomicsday.uk

• FOR DETAILS OF THIS YEAR’S ART COMPETITION VISIT: bit.ly/LCD2016-Comp

• For further information about the Friends of Lancaster Library contact Stuart Reynolds of the Friends of Lancaster Library: [email protected]

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Conventions and events / Lakes Festival Line-Up 2016
« on: May 05, 2016, 12:12:06 PM »
Kendal, 5th May 2016: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announce the appearances by two top Spanish comic creators at this year's Festival (14th-16th October) - Torpedo and Jonah Hex artist Jordi Bernet and Paco Roca, best known for his award-winning graphic novel Wrinkles.

Spain has long held a fine tradition as a home of incredible comic art, offering a huge range of inventive and talented comic creators. Veteran artist Jordi Bernet has seen many changes in the industry down the years since his debut at just 15, working for Spanish, British, European and, most recently, US publishers.

 Paco Roca has taken the modern Spanish industry by storm with his much-praised work, representing the "new wave" of creators from a country famous for its love of comics and comic art.

 "We're incredibly excited by Jordi and Paco's upcoming appearances at this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October," says Festival Director Julie Tait. "We've emphasised the international appeal of comics and comics creation since the Festival began, and these two creators will help us develop that in 2016."

"I've been enthralled by Jordi Bernet's art since first seeing his Torpedo series in the early 1980s," adds Festival Patron and artist Sean Phillips. "His art can be sexy, rugged or funny, but it always looks effortless and that's the hardest thing for an artist to do. That he does it so well makes me want to give or try harder, I'm not sure which."

Jordi and Paco will be joining previously announced guests Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants, Deadpool), Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds), top US cartoonists Luke and Steve McGarry, 2000AD's Mick McMahon, Ken Niimura (who has designed this year's Festival art) and Benoit Peeters - Britain's first Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art, at Lancaster University - for this year's prestigious event.

Many more international and British comic creators will be announced over the coming weeks, joining a host of writers, artists, publishers and retailers for a long weekend in the Lakes crammed with panels, exhibitions, children's events and other activities. The town will be entirely given over to comics, with business owners lining up to support the Festival's famous "Windows Trail", giving over store front space to display comics art created by artists and local groups and school children.

The October weekend is just one of a number of comics projects from the Festival on its way this year, with the world premiere performance of Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean already announced, taking place at Kendal Town Hall on 28th May.

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival: www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

• For more information on the Lakes InternationalComic Art Festival, contact: Julie Tait: [email protected]

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Congratulations to editor Michael Eury and BACK ISSUE magazine, for winning the TwoMorrows Primary Election!

This year we garnered THREE Eisner Award nominations in the same category, so we held our own informal poll to see which one fans felt deserved the honor, and BI came out on top with 57% of the vote.

So we’re putting all in-stock issues of BACK ISSUE on sale at 50% OFF through May 1.

Plus, you can use the Redemption Code “EISNERS” during checkout, and get $3.95 off your next order of $10 or more at www.twomorrows.com. (The code expires May 1.)

Now it’s time to vote for the real thing!

All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote in the Eisner Awards, and the deadline is June 17. Winners will be announced on Friday, July 22 at Comic-Con International. If you qualify, go here to vote:

www.eisnervote.com

The nominees in the category of Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism are:
Alter Ego, edited by Roy Thomas (TwoMorrows)
Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury (TwoMorrows)
Comic Riffs blog by Michael Cavna, washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/
Hogan’s Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes (Hogan’s Alley)
Jack Kirby Collector, edited by John Morrow (TwoMorrows)

Congrats to all the nominees, and may the best candidate win!

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UK, London: Friday 15th April 2016 – Today Altitude Film Entertainment in association with Stigma Films and Red and Black Films is delighted to announce that their British SciFi thriller The Call Up has been chosen to close the SciFi London Film Festival on Friday 6th May ahead of its theatrical release on 20th May and DVD / On Demand release on 23rd May.

Written and Directed by Charles Barker, The Call Up is produced by Matthew James Wilkinson (Gateway 6, SLR, Kaleidoscope) of Stigma Films, John Giwa-Amu (The Machine, The Silent Storm, Little White Lies) of Red & Black Films and executive produced by Alan Martin (The Machine, Stone of Destiny, Darklands). Max Deacon (Into the Storm, Hatfields & McCoys) leads an ensemble cast, joined by exciting up-and-coming talent, including Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship, Madame Bovary, A Poet in New York), Ali Cook (Kajaki, The Anomaly, The Messenger), Parker Sawyers (Zero Dark Thirty, Parkside With You, Monsters: Dark Continent), Tom Benedict Knight (Dracula Untold, Houdini), Boris Ler (Death in Sarajevo, In the Land of Blood and Honey), Christopher Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Counsellor) newcomer Douggie McMeekin and Adriana Randall.

Other executive producers include Richard Holmes (Eden Lake) and Marzipan Productions, Isabelle Georgeaux (Resistance, Jadoo and Keeping Rosy) of Pont Neuf Productions acts as Co-Producer and is part-funded through Creative England’s West Midlands Production Fund.

The Call Up follows a group of elite online gamers when they each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game. It’s a dream come true and impossible to resist.

Arriving at the test site, the group step into hi-tech gear and prepare for a revolutionary, next-level gaming experience that brings modern warfare to life with frightening realism. At first it’s a unique and exhilarating experience.  But what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge technology quickly takes a turn for the sinister.

Writer/Director Charles Barker said: “I've always been fascinated by the potential for technology to create worlds as real and powerful as our own. But as VR becomes ever more developed, more accessible I also have a fear. How dangerous could this be in the wrong hands?”

 For further information please visit:

https://twitter.com/thecallupmovie

https://www.facebook.com/TheCallUpMovie

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Kendal, 11th April 2016: This year is the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter – a literary and artistic icon who is synonymous with the English Lake District. Her books have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 35 languages. Beatrix Potter is without doubt one of the most beloved and influential storytellers and artists of all time.

To mark the anniversary, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is calling on students of the arts to reinterpret and reimagine Beatrix Potter’s tales or characters.

The festival, which runs from 14-16th October 2016 in Kendal, Cumbria is a celebration of great comic art from across the world. It is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend.

This year, the festival is encouraging students of the arts to reimagine the characters, tales or artwork of Beatrix Potter by giving it a modern or unusual twist in a comic art style. The project is for students of the arts, aged 16 and over and is supported by the University of Cumbria.

Many of the entries will be showcased at the festival in what is hoped will become a touring exhibition. Beatrix Potter Reimagined is an educational, artistic project organised on a not-for-profit basis as a tribute to the talents of Beatrix Potter.

Julie Tait, Festival Director said: “Our festival is not only a celebration of the world of comic art, it’s also about encouraging the next generation of artists to explore their creative talents. Beatrix Potter Reimagined is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this amazing Lake District artist and storyteller and reach out to a new generation of artists. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

Several talented comic artists will be selecting the prize winning entries – Bryan Talbot, Sean Phillips, Emma Vieceli and Mary Talbot – alongside LICAF patron Stephen Holland, owner of the award-winning Page 45 comic shop in Nottingham.

The top three prizes have kindly been provided with support from Wacom. Wacom is the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays. Their tools have been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world.

All entries must be submitted by 1st September 2016

• Download the full Beatrix Potter Reimagined Briefing as a Word document | Download the full Beatrix Potter Reimagined Briefing as a PDF

Notes for Entrants:

The copyright will obviously remain with the originator of the artwork but by sending us your work for this project you will be granting us permission to use your artwork for the promotion of this project ‘Beatrix Potter Reimagined’ and for the promotion of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, a not-for-profit enterprise. No payment will be made for any entries submitted.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The fourth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 14-16 October 2016 in Kendal, Cumbria, celebrating great comic art from across the world. It is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend.

The festival features comic artists from around the world, as well as performance, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, master classes, live drawing and independent retailers and publishers. Our events programme is bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world – see them draw, talk about their work and bring comics to life. A free Family Zone provides drop-in activities for all ages, alongside a series of fantastic workshops for kids and teenagers.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival brings the town together for a weekend to celebrate the amazing world of comic art. Don’t miss it.

The October weekend is just one of a number of comics projects from the Festival on its way this year, with the world premiere performance of Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean already announced, taking place at Kendal Town Hall on 28th May.

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival: www.comicartfestival.com | Find the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Facebook | Follow the Festival on Twitter @comicartfest

• For more information on the Lakes InternationalComic Art Festival, contact: Julie Tait: [email protected]


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Gigi Edgley to Appear at Escape Velocity
 
Washington, DC (Apr. 6, 2016) – The Museum of Science Fiction, the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, welcomes actress Gigi Edgley to its
 Escape Velocity convention scheduled for July 1-3, 2016. Edgley has starred in numerous film and TV series and is most widely known for her role as Chiana in the critically acclaimed series, Farscape.

 "We're thrilled that Gigi will be joining us for all three days of Escape Velocity," said
 Linda Zaruches, vice president of special events and planning for the Museum and Escape Velocity. "She was one of the most popular characters on Farscape, and her fans are eager to see her next project, Hashtag, which she will talk about at
 Escape Velocity."  Hashtag is a short film currently in post-production and scheduled to be released this year in which Edgley stars as online celebrity in a future where social media dominates every moment of our lives.
 
 Edgley will also discuss her guest starring role in the award-winning web series Star Trek Continues.   Her episode, “Come Not Between the Dragons” will be screened at Escape Velocity.   
 
 In addition to her acting credits, Edgley is also a recording artist, creator of original comic books, director, and producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queensland University of Technology and currently resides in Los Angeles.
 
 More information about this and other activities are available here: www.museumofsciencefiction.org
escapevelocity.events

About the Museum of Science Fiction
 The nonprofit Museum of Science Fiction will be the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, covering the history of the genre across the arts and providing a narrative on its relationship to the real world. The Museum will show how science fiction continually inspires individuals, influences cultures, and impacts societies. Also serving as an educational catalyst to expand interest in the science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) areas, the Museum uses tools such as mobile applications and wifi-enabled display objects to engage and entertain. For a full press packet on the Museum of Science Fiction’s vision and other information, please visit: www.museumofsciencefiction.org/presspacket
   
About Escape Velocity 2016
 The Museum of Science Fiction and NASA are partnering to bring Escape Velocity 2016 to Washington, DC. The event will be like a micro futuristic world’s fair to promote STEAM educational activities within the context of science fiction using the fun of comic cons and fascination of science and engineering festivals. Escape Velocity 2016 seeks to make a measurable positive impact to boost informal learning on the more conceptually challenging academic areas. Escape Velocity's mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our young people in science, technology, engineering, art, and math by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the United States using science fiction as the primary engine. Escape Velocity will achieve orbit on July 1 - 3, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Metropolitan Washington, DC. For a full press packet on Escape Velocity, please visit: escapevelocity.events/press-media
 
   
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IDW and Top Shelf Return To Emerald City!
Spectacular Signings and Essential Exclusives Can Only Be Found at Booth
#1804
 
San Diego, CA (April 5th, 2016) – This week, IDW and Top Shelf Productions return to Seattle, WA, for the fan-favorite Emerald City Comic Con! Taking place from Thursday, April 7th to Sunday, April 10th, the IDW booth will be stocked all weekend long with talented creators, and exclusives you’ll want to get your hands on. Additionally, the creators of the smash-hit God Is Disappointed in You, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler, will be on hand throughout the weekend for a special debut of the Biblically brilliant sequel, Apocrypha Now!
 
 Don’t miss out on all the signings, panels and fun with IDW and Top Shelf this weekend at booth #1804! See below for a full list of convention variants available only at the IDW booth.
   •Godzilla: Oblivion #1, cover by Brian Churilla, $5, Limit 5 per customer
•Jem and the Holograms #13, cover by M. Victoria Robado, $5, Limit 5 per customer
•Locke & Key, The Master Edition, Vol. 2, Pencil cover by Gabriel Rodriguez, $50 Limit 3 per customer
•Star Trek/ Green Lantern: The Spectrum War HC, cover by Joe Corroney, $40 Limit 3 per customer
•Star Wars Artifact Edition, color cover by Howard Chaykin, $150 Limit 2 per customer
 
Thursday April 7th
 
 2:00 – 3:00 The Bigger Bang – D.J. Kirkbride
 3:00 – 4:00 G.I. Joe Deviations, Tet – Paul Allor
 4:00 – 5:00 Star Trek/ Green Lantern – Joe Corroney
                  (*Check out the show exclusive!)
 5:00 – 6:00 My Little Pony – Sara Richard, Tony Fleecs
 6:00 – 7:00 Transformers: Windblade – Mairghread Scott, Corin Howell
 
Friday April 8th
 
 10:00 – 11:00 D4VE – Ryan Ferrier
 11:00 – 12:00 X-Files Deviations – Amy Chu
 11:00 – 12:00 The Eight Seal – James Tynion IV
 12:00 ­– 1:00 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Disney Comics –Derek Charm
 1:00 – 2:00 Motorcycle Samurai – Chris Sheridan
 2:00 – 3:00 The Infinite Loop – Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet
 3:00 – 4:00 Jem and the Holograms – Jen Bartel, Sara Richard
 4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla in Hell – Buster Moody, Ibrahim Moustafa
 5:00 – 7:00 Apocrypha Now – Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
   
Saturday April 9th
 
 10:00 – 11:00 Amelia Cole – Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride
 11:00 – 1:00 Apocrypha Now – Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
 1:00 – 2:00 G.I. Joe Deviations, Tet – Paul Allor
 2:00 – 3:00 Transformers: Windblade – Mairghread Scott
 2:00 – 3:00 X-Files Deviations – Amy Chu
 3:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deviaitons – Nick Pitarra
                    (*Get a free sketch with purchase!)
 3:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures – Caleb Goellner
 4:00 – 5:00 Motorcycle Samurai – Chris Sheridan
 4:00 – 5:00 Ghostbusters International – Corin Howell
 5:00 – 6:00 Star Trek/ Green Lantern – Joe Corroney
                   (*Check out the show exclusive!)
 
Sunday April 10th
 
 10:00 ­– 11:00 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Disney Comics – Derek Charm
 11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Casey & April – Irene Koh
 12:00 – 1:00 Samurai Jack – Andy Suriano
 1:00 – 2:00 Motorcycle Samurai – Chris Sheridan
 2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony – Sara Richard, Tony Fleecs
 3:00 – 4:00 Drive – Michael Benedetto, Jason Lewis
 4:00 – 5:00 Apocrypha Now – Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
 
 Here’s all the panels full of announcements, special guests, and surprises you won’t want to miss out on!
 
IDW Publishing: The Big Panel, Saturday, April 9th, 4:15p.m. - 5:15p.m.
 Room: T304
 
 IDW President Greg Goldstein, VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, and editor Sarah Gaydos for a lively discussion of your favorite Publisher’s upcoming schedule! Top Secret Reveals! Prizes! Q&A! Announcements…Including one so big it will make your head spin! If you attend one comic panel at this show, this is the one!
 
 
God is Disappointed in You 2: Apocrypha Now, Sunday, April 10th, 2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.
 Room: T301
 
 It's the second coming! Their first book, God Is Disappointed in You, was an irreverent-yet-faithful adaptation of the Bible that got everyone talking. Now, Mark Russell (Prez, The Flintstones) & Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man) are back with a follow-up book, Apocrypha Now, about the stories that DIDN'T make it into the Bible. Some of these stories were forgotten, some suppressed, others were just too freaking weird for the Bible (and that's saying something). In a special advance release for Emerald City, Apocrypha Now is about what the Bible DIDN'T tell you. 
 
IDW: Kids Comics & More! Sunday, April 10th, 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
 Room: T304
 
 Kids! IDW loves comics as much as you do, so come find out what's new for 2016! My Little Pony, Disney, Angry Birds, TMNT, Transformers, Skylanders, Strawberry Shortcake and more! Want to learn how to make your own comics? Come prepared with questions for the panel, including editor Sarah Gaydos and writer/artist Derek Charm, of Powerpuff Girls fame! Free comics for the kids! 

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Have you ever wanted to attend the greatest pop culture event in the world? Well, Dark Horse Comics is now giving you the chance to party in style at San Diego Comic-Con!

To celebrate Dark Horse Comics’ thirtieth anniversary, we are offering a trip to San Diego Comic-Con that includes:

• Two (2) four-day passes (July 21–24)
• VIP access to Dark Horse events and activities
• VIP wristbands for all ticketed Dark Horse booth signings
• Hotel room for four days and three nights
• Round-trip travel for two to San Diego, California
• $300 spending money
• One (1) Dark Horse Comic-Con exclusive of your choice

And what do you have to do to win all this, you ask? Simple: take a five-minute survey about your interests in comics and pop culture! That’s it! There’s nothing to buy!

To the many fans and readers who have been with us over our thirty years in business, we want to give something back to all those who have supported us along the way. And what’s a better way to say thank you than an all expense paid trip to San Diego Comic-Con? So come help Dark Horse Comics ring in thirty years by taking our quick survey and letting us know a little bit more yourself and you may be heading to Comic-Con International this July!

The sweepstakes opens on April 4, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. (PT) and closes on May 30, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Winner will be announced June 3, 2016. All official rules, regulations, and details are available online.

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Conventions and events / The Birmingham Comics Festival! 2016
« on: April 04, 2016, 12:47:09 PM »
The Birmingham Comics Festival!


For a full event location itinerary for The Birmingham Comics Festival 2016 see below…

Saturday 2nd April: WILD About Comics at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park; featuring Beano cartoonist Laura Howell and others, this proved a great hit! (www.facebook.com/wildaboutcomics/?fref=ts).

Monday 4th April: Laydeez Do Comics at The Victoria Theatre Pub, guest speakers including Dr Who cover artist Verity Glass (www.laydeezdocomics.com).

Wednesday 6th April: Nostalgia & Comics Quiz Night Special at The Victoria Theatre Pub, featuring surprise guests (www.facebook.com/NostalgiaComics?fref=ts).

Saturday 9th April: Creating Comics course for kids, plus The Iron Giant film being shown at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Saturday 9th April: M.R.Carey Fellside Signing at Waterstones. Mike Carey reveals there’s another side to him other than writing Lucifer, The X-Men and screenplays (www.waterstones.com/events/meet-m-r-carey/birmingham-high-street).

Sunday 10th April: Creating Comics course for kids, plus The Iron Giant film being shown at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Friday 15th April: Creating Comics adults course begins at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Saturday 16th April: Birmingham Comic, Film & Card Fair at Ladywood Social Club the perfect place to find comics (www.goldenorbit.co.uk).

Saturday 16th April: The Iron Giant film at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Sunday 17th April: The Iron Giant film at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Friday 22nd April: Drink & Draw at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery featuring many talented artists and those just looking to have fun (www.facebook.com/penanddrink/info/)

Friday 22nd April: Creating Comics adults course begins at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Saturday 23rd April: Comic Convention at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium with guest stars including Dan Abnett, Hunt Emerson, David Hine, Leigh Gallagher, Steve Pugh, Dave Taylor, and Leigh Gallagher along with many other attractions (www.thecomicfestival.com).

Friday 29th April: Creating Comics adults course begins at the Mac Birmingham (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

Saturday 30th April: Birmingham Premiere for Future Shock! The 2000AD Story at the Mac Birmingham with guest speakers Ian Edginton, Jimmy Broxton, Ian Richardson and Phil Winslade (www.macbirmingham.co.uk).

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MILWAUKIE, , OR— Dark Horse Comics is headed to the Pacific Northwest’s foremost and near sold out pop culture convention – Emerald City Comicon.

Visit Dark Horse Comics at ECCC booth #802 for free swag such as comics, buttons, posters, and more!  Check out our signings and panels, too!

 All attendees are invited to stop by for a free picture in the HappyMatic Photo Booth. We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.
 
THURSDAY, APRIL 7

3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. SEMIAUTOMAGIC, ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR, GRINDHOUSE, SMOKE/ASHES: Alex de Campi
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. POWER CUBED: Aaron Lopresti
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. DEAR CREATURE, THE NEW DEAL, GREEN RIVER KILLER: Jonathan Case

FRIDAY, APRIL 8
10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.  THIS DAMNED BAND: Tony Parker
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. THE ROOK: Steven Grant
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. EMPOWERED: Adam Warren
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. SPACE-MULLET!, ALABASTER, THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
NEW SERIES TO BE ANNOUNCED: Chris Mooneyham
PREDATOR: LIFE AND DEATH: Brian Thies

3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. JOE GOLEM, ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Patric Reynolds
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald
BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERHERO GIRL, THE LAST OF US: Faith Erin Hicks

5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D., ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Chris Roberson
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. TOMB RAIDER: Phillip Sevy

SATURDAY, APRIL 9
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. LARA CROFT AND THE FROZEN OMEN, DEEP GRAVITY: Corinna Bechko
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH, SIN TITULO: Cameron Stewart
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. WONDERFALL, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER, CONAN RED SONJA: Gail Simone
3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Jeremy Vanhoozer
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. NEW SERIES TO BE ANNOUNCED: Kurtis Wiebe
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. NEW SERIES TO BE ANNOUNCED: David Walker
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. HALO: THE FALL OF REACH: Isaac Hannaford

SUNDAY, APRIL 10
10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.  THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERHERO GIRL, BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS: Faith Erin Hicks
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Cat Farris
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Ron Chan

12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.  APOCALYPTIGIRL: Andrew MacLean
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. RAINBOW CHILDREN: THE ART OF CAMILLA D’ERRICO: Camilla d’Errico
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. THE MASSIVE: Garry Brown

Panel Schedule
Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit http://emeraldcitycomicon.com/ for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7
Artists Who Write: On the Craft and Creation of Comics
 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.  T305 

Whether it’s a crime-fighting costumed heroine or a space adventure, there’s a lot of thought put into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join some of the industry’s best artists—Adam Warren (Empowered), Patric Reynolds (Joe Golem), Daniel Warren Johnson (Alabaster, Space-Mullet!), Faith Erin Hicks (Buffy: The High School Years), and Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon)—as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8
Dark Horse Comics and Twentieth Century Fox: A Relationship Spanning Universes
 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. T305

Dark Horse achieved one of its earliest successes with the 1988 publication of Aliens, followed that with Predator (1989) and Aliens vs. Predator (1990), won over fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with comics starting in 1998, and is now developing comics for the beautiful blue world of James Cameron’s Avatar. Join Joshua Izzo (Director of Licensing, Twentieth Century Fox), Randy Stradley (Vice President of Publishing, Dark Horse Comics), Brian Thies (Predator: Life and Death), Faith Erin Hicks (Buffy: The High School Years), and others involved in creating the worlds of the Xenoverse, the Whedonverse, and the Pandoran biosphere.

Painting in Comics: Behind the Scenes with Top Artists
 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. T305 
Learn how four artists who have created and contributed to some of the most original artwork in the comics industry create their works of art. Camilla d’Errico (Tanpopo, Pop Manga, Helmetgirls), Jim Mahfood, a.k.a. Food One (Grrl Scouts, Stupid Comics, Clerks), Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight, Fell, 30 Days of Night), and Bobby Chiu (Imaginism Studios) have broken new ground by using painting to create original artwork for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and creator-owned comics.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9
Dark Horse Manga
 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. T305

Dark Horse’s history with Japanese creators can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a publishing line that includes classics and contemporary titles alike, such as Lone Wolf & Cub, Unofficial Hatsune Mix, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Fire Emblem, Astro Boy, Oreimo: Kuroneko, Vampire Hunter D, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Danganronpa, Appleseed, Berserk, I Am a Hero, Cardcaptor Sakura, Fate/Zero, Satoshi Kon’s OPUS, and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. Join Carl Horn and Zack Davisson for a look at the past, present, and future of Dark Horse Manga!

CAMILLA D’ERRICO LIVE PAINTING
 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. LIVE Stage, Level 4/Skybridge Lobby

Watch at ECCC on the LIVE Stage, Level 4/Skybridge Lobby
 Watch from home at http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/livestream.

Video Game Comics Level Up!
 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Sheraton Metropolitan Ballroom A, Level 3

Dark Horse established itself in its early years as the premier publisher of licensed comics by continuing story lines from the big screen to the page. Now, this tradition is carried on through the most exciting video game tie-ins in the comics medium. Join Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver for a discussion with editor Ian Tucker on what it takes to bringing these titles from console to printed page.
 
 

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