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Boing Boing certainly knows how to craft a difficult-to-resist pitch for its “three-day extravaganza of hands-on wonder”: Start with a name like “Weekend of Wonder,” add guests like Disney veteran John Edgar Park, puzzle designer Michael Borys and hot-rod artist Coop, and top it off with a musical performance by Adventure Time‘s Hunson Abadeer the Lord of Evil and Marceline the Vampire Queen (or, rather, Martin Olson and Olivia Olson, who play them). See?
Set for Nov. 12-15 — just 77 days away, the countdown clock reminds us — at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, the event features kids races, the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, the Captain America 10K, the Avengers Super Hero 5K and the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge (that’s the half marathon plus the 10K).
The New-York Historical Society will explore the history of superhero comics, and the city’s importance “as a creative force behind a uniquely American mythology,” in an exhibition called “Superheroes in Gotham.”
“Comics are a huge cultural force, but few remember their New York roots,” Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, said in a statement. “’Superheroes in Gotham’ will immerse visitors in the early days of comics and their evolution, so they can learn more about the genesis of their favorite characters, encounter new voices that continue the creative tradition today, and perhaps see aspects of their own neighborhoods imaginatively captured on the page.”
Following in the footsteps of Mark Hamill, Gotham star Robin Lord Taylor throws his weight behind Free Comic Book Day, playing up both the in-store events and the books as inspiration for many popular adaptations.
“So many movies and TV shows are based on comic books,” says the actor, who plays Oswald Cobblepot on the Fox drama, “so you can go and, like, find out where all these amazing characters came from … I would know.”
Even as the first Attack on Titan Real Escape Game winds its way to New York City this weekend, a second one has been announced for this summer in Japan.
Anime News Network reports SCRAP Entertainment’s wonderfully named “Escape From the Amusement Park Surrounded by Titans” will run from July 18 to Sept. 23 at the Tokyo Dome City entertainment complex and July 24 to Sept. 6 at Osaka’s Hirakata Park, the oldest amusement park in Japan.
The promotional push for Free Comic Book Day 2015 kicked off this morning with a video from legendary Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who not only endorses the event but also brick-and-mortar stores.
“Don’t buy them [comics] over the Internet,” he says. “Where’s the fun in that? You gotta get out, experience the community that is the fan world, maybe see some titles you never dreamed that you wanted.”
Last week we learned the April 11 date for the New York City edition of the Attack on Titan Real Escape Game, “Escape From the Walled City,” and now we know the place: Richmond County Bank Ball Park on Staten Island.
Inspired by Hajime Isayama’s bestselling post-apocalyptic manga, and the subsequent hit anime series, “Escape From the Walled City” is an immersive outdoor game that casts players as Survey Regiment trainees, whose graduation day is interrupted by an alarm warning that the enormous, flesh-eating Titans have breached the citadel. Participants must use teamwork to solve puzzles, decode clues and find the escape route.
Although SCRAP Entertainment has yet to announce details for the New York City edition of the Attack on Titan Real Escape stadium game, the trailer for “Escape From the Walled City” now provides a date: Saturday, April 11. However, no location is listed.
That information arrives even as tickets sell out for Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. That’s 3,000 players for that one run-through; tickets are still available for the 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. games, and for the Los Angeles stop on March 21.
California dates have been announced for “Escape From the Walled City,” the Attack on Titan x Real Escape stadium game.
According to the SCRAP Entertainment website, the immersive, interactive game — inspired by Hajime Isayama’s blockbuster manga and anime — will be held Sunday, Feb. 1, at San Francisco’s AT&T Park (10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.), and Saturday, March 21, at East Los Angeles College’s Weingart Stadium (also at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are now on sale.
No specific date has been announced for the New York City stop, which is targeted for April.
The “Attack on Titan x Real Escape Game” is crashing into the United States.
Kodansha and SCRAP Entertainment have announced dates in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City for “Escape From the Walled City,” an immersive, interactive game inspired by Hajime Isayama’s hit manga and anime.
Debuting in 2009, Attack on Titan is a post-apocalyptic fantasy set in a world where remorseless, flesh-eating giants have all but wiped out humanity, whose remnants are forced to live within a country surrounded by three enormous walls.
Diamond Comic Distributors has unveiled the Free Comic Book Day 2015 commemorative T-shirt designed by Amanda Conner and colored by Paul Mounts.
The tee, which will be available in adult and youth sizes from the January issue of Previews, depicts images of a variety of young readers — one of them otherworldly — enjoying comic books, set against a FCBD logo.
“I remembered what many of us comic book readers actually are … frustrated superheroes,” Conner said in a statement. “I thought about making a piece of art that would resemble a superhero insignia. Hopefully when you see it from a distance, that’s what it looks like.”
Diamond Comic Distributors has officially announced the date for Free Comic Book Day: May 2, 2015, the event’s traditional spot on the first Saturday in May, which coincides with the opening weekend of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Last year’s Free Comic Book Day saw a record-breaking turnout, with a reported 4.7 million comic books handed out to more than 1 million customers who showed up at the 2,100 participating locations across North America and around the globe. Diamond anticipates that next year’s celebration — the 14th — will be even bigger.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is opening a boutique store at the Toronto Reference Library, site of the annual event.
The TCAF Pop-Up Shop will kick off Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a book launch for the comedy sex guide Just the Tips, featuring co-author Chip Zdarsky (who wrote the book with Sex Criminals collaborator Matt Fraction). The store will begin regular business hours Thursday at 9 a.m.
Bone cartoonist Jeff Smith and comics journalist Tom Spurgeon are the driving force behind Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, an annual four-day comics festival set to debut in fall 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.
That will be preceded next year by a two-day CXC Launch Event held Oct. 2, 2015, at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Oct. 3 at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center (the second day is characterized as a comics expo with up to 35 exhibitors).
Smith, who lives in Columbus, will serve as the festival’s president and artistic director. Spurgeon, editor of The Comics Reporter, will be festival director; he plans to relocate to Columbus early next year.
“We’re extremely excited to try and bring a first-class comics festival to Columbus, Ohio,” Smith said in a statement. “I’ve attended and enjoyed so many great shows over the years, and hope that CXC can take its place alongside them.”
Smith and Spurgeon are joined on the CXC executive committee by Lucy Caswell, founder of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and Vijaya Iyer, president and co-publisher of Cartoon Books. More details are promised in early 2015.
If you’re a comics fan who happens to be in the Philadelphia area on Saturday, you’ll not want to miss the third annual Locust Moon Comics Festival.
Held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the The Rotunda in West Philadelphia (4014 Walnut St.), the event features an impressive guest list that includes Bill Sienkiewicz, Paul Pope, Denis Kitchen, J.G. Jones, Farel Dalrymple, Dave Bullock, Box Brown, Nathan Fox, Dean Haspiel, Rebecca Mock, Dave Bullock, Tom Scioli, José Villarrubia, Benjamin Marra and Ronald Wimberly.