Marvel Returns to San Francisco for More “Ant-Man and The Wasp” Filming

On the heels of Thor crushing the box office this weekend, Marvel has returned to San Francisco to shoot more scenes for next year’s Ant-Man and The Wasp.

The film crew, operating under the moniker PYM Particles Productions shooting a movie called “Cherry Blue,” spent Monday down at Pier 39. Thanks to additional signage posted around North Beach we know more filming is planned for this coming Wednesday near the Transamerica Building.

 

This is at least the second time this year the company has been to the city to shoot scenes for the second film involving  Marvel’s smallest (and sometimes largest) superhero. In September, PYM Particles Productions spent a week flipping cars near Nob Hill.

Ant-Man and the Wasp will be released in theaters on July 6, 2018. Most of the first film’s cast will return including Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas. Both Michelle Pfieffer and Laurence Fishburne have signed on for the sequel.

Hasbro Cinematic Universe could arrive as early as 2020

In April of 2016 news broke that Hasbro was going to make an effort to leverage several properties into a shared cinematic universe. The properties included G.I. Joe, Visionaries, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, and ROM.

Hasbro Shared Univrse

Art from IDW’s Hasbro Shared Universe which features Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Rom, and others

The toy company brought together a who’s who of storytellers to form a writers room and start figuring out how all of the pieces could interlock. From Variety:

The writers assigned to the room are Lindsey Beer (“Wizard of Oz”), Michael Chabon(“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay”), Cheo Coker (“Ray Donovan”), Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Joe Robert Cole (“Black Panther”), Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”), Nicole Riegel (“Soldier Girls”), Geneva Robertson (“Tomb Raider”) and Brian K Vaughan (“Lost”).

After that initial announcement, there wasn’t much follow-up on the status of any sort of shared universe.

We do know Akiva Goldsman, who oversaw the writers room as well as the last three Transformers films, has left Hasbro to work with Paramount.

Curious about whether or not we’ll ever see this universe I started to do some digging. The best (and limited) information I could find was in a Hollywood Reporter profile of Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner. Buried at the very end of the June 2017 interview Goldner says:

There are vault brands like Micronauts, MASK, ROM and Visionaries. We had a writers room last summer to develop a suite of stories. My expectation is that by 2020, we should see some major entertainment coming from the development that we’ve undertaken.

That’s it. No follow-up for further explanation. Whether or not Hasbro still plans to combine that suite of stories into a shared universe is still a big question mark. The concept has worked well for IDW who holds the comic licenses for all of those toy brands.

The 10-year-old in me would simply be happy with a G.I. Jor reboot that mirrors the original Marvel comic book series.

Essential Guide to Northern California Haunted Houses

Halloween is right around the corner and that means all of the Northern California Haunted Houses are putting dust on the furniture, hanging the cobwebs, and resurrecting monsters. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys having the living daylights scared out of you (or watching your friends scream in terror) we’re here to help. Below you’ll find all of the haunted houses, creepy corn mazes, and petrifying paintball experiences within 150 miles of downtown San Francisco (in Southern California? Cool, check out our essential guide to Los Angeles Haunted Houses). This list is organized by earliest opening date so you can fit in as many scary weekends as possible.

Hat tip to our friends at the Northern California Haunted Attractions Enthusiasts Facebook group who did the bulk of the research that made this list possible.

California’s Great America Halloween Haunt
Event Type: Theme Park/Haunt/Maze
First Date: September 22
Location: California Great America in Santa Clara
Miles from SF: 43

California Great America’s Halloween Haunt is one of the more affordable California theme park’s that dress up like a haunt. This year the park features nine mazes, three scare zones, and five shows. Mazes come with names like “Toy Factory,” “Roadkill Road House,” “Wax Museum Chamber of Horrors,” and “Zombie High.”

All Dates: Sept. 22-24, 29, 30, Oct. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29

Fear Overload Scream Park
Event Type: Haunt/Mazes
First Date: September 29
Location: 15555 E 14th St, San Leandro, Calif.
Miles from SF: 24

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Fear Overload is relentless. Even going to the website is a bit unnerving as the masked horrors keep coming at the viewer in an endless loop. These haunt creators up the scare factor by running the two attractions in total darkness. All you have to light the way is a single flashlight. As a bonus, the horror doesn’t end on Halloween. Fear Overload runs until November 4 followed by a special two-night exclusive event on November 10 & 11 called “Aliens vs. Nerf Guns.”

All dates: September 29 & 30, October 6-8, 13-15, 18-22, 24-31, November 3 & 4.

ScareCo Haunted Attraction
Event Type: Haunt/Mazes
First Date: September 29
Location: 5530 Newpark Mall Road, Newark, Calif.
Miles from SF: 37

ScareCo is tough to pin down. They started at the abandoned West Oakland train station, moved to the U.S.S. Hornet, and have finally landed in Newark. The haunt makers hope the new location will provide lower overhead allowing for a greater investment in scares. Tickets are on sale.
All dates: September 29 – October 29: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays plus October 30 & 31

Winchester Mystery House: Candlelight Tour
Event Type: Tour
First Date: September 29
Location: Winchester Mystery House, 525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, Calif.
Miles from SF: 58

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While not a theatrical haunted house like most of the events on this list, the Winchester Mystery House candlelight tour is a must-see Bay area Halloween event.

All dates: Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 18-22, 25-31

Ultimate Terror Scream Park
Event Type: Haunt/Mazes
First Date: September 29
Location: 4909 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, Calif.
Miles from SF: 98

Ultimate Terror Scream Park is produced by the same folks behind Fear Overload Scream Park. At the Sacramento haunt the themes are Lobotomy, Begrudge, and The Superstition Killer. Similar to the San Leandro location, Ultimate Terror will convert into an Aliens vs. Nerf Guns hunt/haunt for Nov. 10 & 11.

All dates: Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 18-22, 24-31, Nov. 3, 4

DireWorld Scare Park
Event Type: Haunt/Mazes
First Date: September 29
Location: 800 All America City Blvd. Roseville, Calif.
Miles from SF: 107

The Sacramento region is a little hub of horror and DireWorld is one of the best reasons for making the drive. DireWorld has eight haunted attractions creating “a terrorizing world of dark fantasy and zombie western entertainment.”

All dates: September 29-30, October 6-7, 13-14, 20-22, 26-31

Cemetarium Haunted House
Event Type: Haunt/Mazes
First Date: September 29
Location: 7983 Arcadia Dr. Citrus Heights, Calif.
Miles from SF: 110

Cemetarium Haunted House offers three haunts and two scare levels: Cemetarium, Zombie Heights, and Psycho Circus. Sundays through Thursdays, the Cematarium and Psycho Circus will be “low scare” and family friendly from 7 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. the haunts shift into full scare mode.

All dates: Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1 (only Cemetarium open), 6-8, 12-15, 18-31, Nov. 3-4 (Cemetarium only)

Snelling’s Ranch of Horrors
Event Type: Haunt/Paintball/Mazes
First Date: September 29
Location: 15080 N. Snelling Road, Snelling, Calif.
Miles from SF: 130

The Ranch of Horrors adds an extra layer of interactivity. In addition to two haunts, this year they’ll feature two haunted paintball trails. You can be a hunter or be the hunted.

All dates: Sept. 29 (VIP only), 30, Oct. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 19 (Lights Out Tour), 20-22, 26-31

 

Pirates of Emerson
Event Type: Haunt
First Date: September 30
Location: Pleasanton Fairgrounds
Miles from SF: 40

One of the longest-running haunts in the Bay Area. The Pirates of Emerson turns the Pleasanton Fairgrounds into a “Haunted Theme Park” with six attractions. Wander through Farmageddon, survive the Dark Gauntlet, and, of course, escape the Pirates of Emerson.
All dates: Sept. 30, Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 19-22, 26-31

Blind Scream
Event Type: Haunt/Last Ride
First Date: October 6
Location: 1500 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park, Calif.
Miles from SF: 50

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This Rohnert Park haunt offers two haunted houses, CarnEvil and Slaughter Shack, plus the popular haunted house experience The Last Ride. The Last Ride let’s guests experience being buried in a coffin without actually punching your ticket with the Grim Reaper.
All dates: Oct. 6-8, 12-15, 18-22, 25-31

The Warehouse
Event Type: Haunt
First Date: October 6
Location: 400 Guthrie Lane, Brentwood Calif.
Miles from SF: 55

Visit the haunted Warehouse in Brentwood. What’s inside? Probably horror. Not much is known about this haunt but you can wander down to this warehouse by the docks and find out what happened to Mary Lou…
All dates: Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

Corbett’s House of Horror presents Fear Farm
Event Type: Haunt/Corn Maze/Paintball
First Date: October 6
Location: 46500 County Road 32B, Davis, Calif.
Miles from SF: 80

Tired of being scared all the time? Get revenge! Corbett’s Fright Farm puts you in a “Zombie Assault Vehicle” and shoot zombies with paintballs. Take out your frustration with all of these scareactors making you wet your pants. Need more scares? Check out Carn-Evil and the Scarecrow Corntrail.
All dates: Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27-31

Fright Planet
Event Type: Haunted Hayride/Corn Maze
First Date: October 6
Location:5610 Garden Highway, Sacramento, Calif.
Miles from SF: 93

Do you dare climb on a tractor being driven by a mad man? That’s what you’ll experience at this haunted hayride. After, grab a flashlight and wander into the haunted corn maze and find your way out while being terrified.
All dates: Oct. 6, 7, 13-15, 20-22, 27-31
This guide originally appeared on UpOut.com.

How To Live Your Authentic 80s Self This Fall

Scanning through our virtual stack of press releases from the last few weeks we noticed a rad trend: the 80s are back. This Fall the 80s will be all over your streaming services, on your grocery shelves, and in your ears. Here’s a quick guide to how you can live your authentic 80s self this fall.

Eating the 80s

Familiar brands are once again lining grocery shelves in an effort to tap into the 80s nostalgia.

Jolt Cola

Jolt Cola

This is the big one. Arguably the world’s first energy soft drink, Jolt Cola debuted in 1985 and quickly became the fuel for computer programmers staying up late at night mucking about in C++ and kids riding BMX bikes down to corner markets. Jolt has tried to use rebranding to make a comeback several times over the last two decades. Each time Jolt makes it to shelves, possibly creates a little bit of buzz, and fades back into our neon memories. This time, Jolt is going back to basics and giving us the original can 80’s kids might have been throwing back while staying up late playing Legend of Zelda. Jolt Cola will only be available at Dollar Generals. Here’s a store locator. Geek.com has more info on the Jolt release.

Monster Cereals

Did you know General Mills stopped selling Monster Cereals year round back in 2010? It’s true! Now they only dust off Boo Berry, Count Chocula, and Franken Berry during the Halloween season. This year, they’re making an extra push with the monsters by having other cereal mascots dress-up. Everyone from Trix Rabbit to Sonny from Cocoa Puffs will get in on the Halloween action. Even the Pillsbury Doughboy will sport a Franken Berry costume. Unfortunately for fans of the Yummy Mummy, he’s staying in his fruity sarcophagus this Halloween.

Watching the 80s

Stranger Things

Obvs. Can’t really make a post about the 80s resurgence without name dropping thee premier Netflix show for tapping directly into the 80s suburban nostalgia vein. Stranger Things season 2 hits Netflix on October 28, but the show’s impact can be seen everywhere. We’re all living in the Upside Down.

GLOW

GLOW is loosely based on the origin story of the 80s women’s wrestling program The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. The Netflix show was a surprise critical hit on Netflix and if you haven’t watched it yet, perfect, add it to your list of 80s nostalgia. Season 2 is coming at some point next year.

The Americans

There was a time when we were worried about the Russians undermining our Democracy and we lived in constant fear of nuclear annihilation. Thankfully, those times are long behind us so we can sit and watch The Americans on Tuesday nights and enjoy this thriller about a family of Russian spies living in the US suburbs without worries of history repeating. *sobs*

The Americans is literally pitch perfect 80s television. The use of music that would have been popular at the time adds a poignant punch to the narrative. Notably, Yaz’s “Only You” in season 3, episode 4, Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” season 4, episode 2, and Queen’s “Under Pressure” in season 4, episode 5. The show ends in early-2018, so this fall is a good time to binge for the first time or rewatch a second time.

All of the Cartoons

Hollywood is committed to bringing all of the 80s cartoons to the big screen as live-action adaptations or as new cartoons via streaming services like Netflix. On the cartoon front, we’ve already had a successful reboot of Voltron which returns with season 4 in October. However, what many kids of the 80s are waiting on is the full season of Disney’s DuckTales reboot. Disney XD already released the first two episodes of the series which cleared the high bar set by the original How? (Spoiler Alert) The end of the second episode teased we could finally learn the answer to one of the oldest questions in the Magic Kingdom: What the hell happened to the mother (Donald’s sister) of Huey, Dewey, and Louie? DuckTales lands on September 23.

Of course, we’ve already suffered through live-action adaptations of Transformers and G.I. Joe. Hasbro and Paramount have more in the pipeline with more obscure 80s properties like MASK (which happens to have one of the most rockin’ cartoon intros ever), Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light (they fight with holograms, because the 80s), and Micronauts (technically, toys who never made it to animation but had a healthy life in the comics).

Stephen King

The master of horror wrote the books that fueled the films which became the video store rentals for 80s teen slumber parties. Two decades later, King is still relevant to the cultural zeitgeist with many of his stories receiving miniseries and film treatment for the first time while others, like the blockbuster It, scandalizing clowns for an entirely new generation. Poor clowns. The cherry-on-top for King is all of his work, which sort of exists in a shared universe, will be the fodder for the new Hulu series Castle Rock. We’re still learning about the J.J. Abrams-produced show, but what we know so far is it include characters featured throughout King’s literary works including The Shining‘s Danny Torrance, Salem’s Lot‘s Father Callahan, and Misery‘s Annie Wilkes.

All of the Remakes, Unnecessary Sequels, and Fanniversaries

Remakes and sequels have been picking up speed as Hollywood gets hungrier to tap nostalgic Gen Xers with disposable income. The reboots of Robocop, Ghostbusters, and Total Recall were just the start. This year we already saw It successfully hit the screens, but in the coming months, we’ll see a sequel to Blade Runner, a remake of Flatliners, and, of course, the ninth Star Wars feature film. Looking a bit further out we can’t overlook the 80s nostalgia fest that is the film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.

As for fanniveraries, there’ a surprisingly healthy market for beloved and nearly forgotten films of the 80s to end up back in theaters. The theater chain Alamo Drafthouse deserve a significant amount of credit for helping launch this trend. Most recently the Alamo supported a nationwide tour for actors from the classic 80s film Monster Squad (which gave us the classic line “Wolfman’s got nards!”).

Listening to the 80s

Classic acts from the 80s are still filling coliseums. This year saw tours by bands like Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and U2. IHeartRadio has even created an IHeartThe80s tour based around their 80s streaming station. However, unending tours by retro acts aren’t really unique to a single decade. Hell, The Who and Roger Waters can still fill stadiums.

What’s truly interesting is the rise of music that sounds like what kids of the 80s thought music would sound like in the future.  We’re talking about Synthwave. Synthwave began entering our consciousness through indie film gems like Drive and It Follows. The Synthwave trend is also spilling over into nightclubs with Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco all hosting popular Synthwave nights that are increasingly reaching capacity. That popularity in the clubs has created a decent touring path for Synthwave artists to follow with acts like Perturbator and Carpenter Brut selling out venues.

Plus, we’ve seen an increased interest in the horror soundtracks of the 8os that influenced the Synthwave movement. Filmmaker and composer John Carpenter has not only had classic soundtracks like The Thing and Christine (yet another Stephen King property) reissued this year, but he continues to pump out albums that are essentially scores for never filmed movies.

 

 

Essential Guide to Los Angeles Haunted Houses

Halloween Horror Nights kicked off at Universal Studios over the weekend officially marking the start to LA’s Haunted House season. We’ve pulled together this essential guide to finding all of the demons in the City of Angels. These haunts are organized by opening date so you can strategically plan as many Los Angeles haunted houses as possible this Halloween (closer to San Francisco? No problem, check out our essential guide to Northern California Haunted Houses).

Universal Halloween Horror Nights
Attraction Type: Theme Park/Haunts/Mazes
First Date: September 15
Location: Universal Studios

Los Angeles Haunted Houses

Universal has decided to go in a few interesting directions for Halloween Horror Nights 2017. This year the park has tapped IP including The Shining, Ash vs. Evil DeadAmerican Horror Story, and Saw. Bonus: Universal is testing out a “haunt-as-trailer” concept. In the Blumhouse haunt, you won’t only get a combo maze of Sinister and The Purge, but you’ll also visit the world of the forthcoming Happy Death Day. Also, the Insidious maze will feature the horrifying creeps of the franchise so far plus the first full view of the “key demon” from next year’s Insidious: The Final Key 

All dates: Sept. 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, Oct. 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 25-29, 31, Nov. 2-4

Drunken Devil: To Live and Di(n)e in LA
Attraction: Immersive Horror Dining Experience
Single Date:  Sept. 22
Location: Think Tank Gallery

This single night dining experience will bring together 45 guests who will be joined throughout the night by ghosts of LA’s true crime history. According to event producer Drunken Devil: “guests will sit down for dinner with the dead, as they come face-to-face with Elizabeth Short, better known as the Black Dahlia; Harvey Glatman, infamously nicknamed the “Glamour Girl Slayer” for his harrowing methods of killing aspiring young models in the late 1950’s; Susan Atkins, one of the most prominent members of the Manson Family (although Charles will not appear, his ominous presence will be noticeable throughout the event); and Richard Ramirez, also known as the “Night Stalker,” who terrorized suburban Los Angeles for years.” The menu for the event has been created by KTCHNLA Executive Chef Felix Barron and includes thematic dishes and cocktails.

Knott’s Scary Farm
Attraction Type: Theme Park/Haunts/Mazes
First Date: September 21
Location: Knott’s Berry Farm

Los Angeles Haunted Houses

Knott’s will transform the theme park to include “13 uniquely haunted attractions and mazes, sinister shows, a dozen thrill rides in the dark and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park.” Attractions are still being announced as of this writing, but some of what’s been announced include “The Tooth Fairy,” “The Hollow,” “CarnEvil,” and “Fiesta de los Muertos.”

All dates: Sept. 21-23, 28-Oct. 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-31

Queen Mary: Dark Harbor
Attraction Type: Haunts/Mazes/Ship
First Date: September 28
Location: The Queen Mary

Los Angeles Haunted Houses

The Queen Mary adds a new experience on the ship for 2017: Feast. This maze introduces you to the Chef who’s looking for new ingredients to add to the ship’s stew. That makes seven mazes in all. Also returning, but “newly intensified,” will be Intrepid, Circus, Deadrise, and Lullaby.

All dates: Sept.28-30, Oct. 1, Oct. 5-8, Oct. 12-15, Oct. 19-22, Oct. 25-29, Oct. 31 & Nov. 1

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Attraction Type: Hayride/Haunts/Maze
First Date: September 29
Location: Griffith Park’s Old Zoo

This year the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride’s overall theme is “clowns” and will feature four scare zones:
Purgatory: A haunted village with a Bootique shop, a scary-go-round, food and drink at the Grub Shack, and a 20-foot living fire.
Trick or Treat: *ding-dong* WHo will answer the door?
Haunted Hayride: Slither through the haunted woods of Griffith Park’s Old Zoo.
House of Shadows: Touted as LA’s “only true dark maze.” If you dare, explore this demonically possessed house.

All dates: Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 19-22, 26-29, 31

Creep LA: Lore
Attraction: Haunt
First Date: October 5
Location: The REEF/LA Mart, 1986 Hill Street, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Haunted Houses

This year the folks behind Creep LA and The Willows have teamed up with Amazon Prime’s six-episode anthology series Lore. The series hits Amazon on October 13, but the Creep LA experience will start scaring pants off on October 5. According to the press release, victims can expect “real-life historical events that birthed many folk tales which ultimately spawned some of our darkest nightmares to life pulling inspiration and using elements from the show.”

All dates: Oct. 5-7, 12-15, 18-22, 25, 29, Nov. 2-4, 9-12

Urban Death Tour of Terror
Attraction: Haunted Theatre
First Date: October 5
Location: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre

Urban Death is unlike most Halloween haunts because the horrors tap directly into the primal essence of terror. The maze is a haunt meets performance art with lots of blood and occasional nudity. Leave the kids at home for this one.

All dates: Oct. 5-7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 30, 31

The Backwoods Maze
Attraction: Home Haunt
First Date: October 13
Location: 1912 N Pepper Street in Burbank

The Backwoods Maze is one of the longest-running free home haunts in Southern California. Check out the Instagram account for a sneak peek at what to expect in 2017.

All dates: Oct. 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 & 31

Haunted Rose: The Maritime Horror
Attraction Type: Haunt
First Date: October 29
Location: 12116 Groveland Avenue in Whittier

Haunted Rose is LA County’s only H.P. Lovecraft-themed haunted attraction. Guests enter “the abode of Dr. Macabro” who experiments with necromancy and has released “unspeakable evil.”

All dates: Oct. 29, 30, & 31

Delusion
Attraction Type: Immersive Haunt Experience/Theatrical
First Date: N/A

Delusion is one of the most interesting horror experiences in the country. Unfortunately, the experience is an immense undertaking and requires unique real estate that isn’t always available. The organizers were unable to locate an appropriate space for 2017, but have announced they’ll be back in 2018.

A Superpowered Bay Area Guide To Free Comic Book Day 2017

The Bay Area has more comic shops than any other region of the United States. Within a 15-mile radius of San Francisco’s City Hall, there are no less than 14 stores pushing funny books on impressionable youth (and adults). Free Comic Book Day returns on May 6 and due to the close proximity of Bay Area stores, it’s possible to hit five or six in a single day (if you’re so inclined). That equals a lot of free comics.

free comic book day 2017

If you’ve never participated in Free Comic Book Day here’s a quick guide.

1. These comics aren’t free for the stores. They get them at low cost from publishers. If you do participate in FCBD don’t simply grab your free comics and run. Peruse the shelves and buy a couple of items. A good rule of thumb is one free floppy equals one paid floppy or three free floppies equals one trade paperback.

2. Most shops limit the number of comics you can pick up. But you live in the Bay Area so if you plan your day right by going to multiple stores you can pick up nearly every free comic being offered.

3. There’s usually a decent selection of FCBD books just for kids. Smart shops separate the titles into little kid and mature piles. Unless it’s late in the day and the shop is near closing time consider leaving those comics for kids.

4. The list of available free comics can be found on the FCBD website. Some stores go all in and other stores only order a few.

The Tick

Below is a list of Bay Area comic shops. San Francisco is the West Bay Comics Trail while Oakland and Berkeley make up the East Bay Comics Trail. We’ve included handy trail maps of each region in case you want to be a superhero and try to hit every shop. All of these stores are likely participating in FCBD in some capacity, but some haven’t specified on Facebook or websites. When possible we’ve listed any special events planned (signings, sales, special hours, etc.).

WEST BAY COMICS TRAIL

Amazing Fantasy
650 Irving St.
Website: www.amazingfantasy.com

Last year, Amazing Fantasy hosted a signing with Marvel Comics co-founder Stan Lee’s daughter JC Lee. Her father shocked everyone in attendance by making a surprise cameo (as he does).

Comic Experience Outpost
2381 Ocean Ave.
Website: www.comixexperience.com/ocean-ave

No events listed. Typically open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Comix Experience
305 Divisadero St.
Website: www.comixexperience.com

No events listed. Typically open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Isotope – The Comic Book Lounge
326 Fell St.
Website: www.isotopecomics.com

Isotope welcomes Mouse Guard creator David Petersen for a signing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. followed by a slideshow presentation at 4 p.m. As is usual for an Isotope signing event the Hayes Valley shop will host a cocktail hour for adults between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Expect drinks themed around Mouse Guard.

Mission: Comics & Art
2250 Mission Street
Website: www.missioncomicsandart.com

Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Mission Street comic shop makes children’s writing center 826 Valencia the focus of their FCBD fundraising.

Two Cats Comic Book Store
320 West Portal Ave
Website: www.twocatscomicbookstore.com

No events listed. Hours are typically 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Whatever…
548 Castro St.
Website: www.whateverstoreonline.com

Confirmed Free Comic Book Day participant. Hours 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

EAST BAY COMICS TRAIL

Alameda Sports Cards and Comics
1515 Webster Street
Alameda, CA
Facebook: Alameda-Sports-Cards-and-Comics

Free Comic Book Day particpant. Hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cape and Cowl Comics
1601 Clay Street
Oakland, CA
Website: www.capeandcowlcomics.com

Cape and Cowl goes all out to make Free Comic Book Day a community event. They partner with Alameda County Community Food Bank and everyone who brings in a single non-perishable item receives double the number of free comics. Anyone who brings in $40 worth of non-perishable food items (with a receipt) receives a free comic related tattoo from Oakland’s Sacred Tattoo. They even made an instructional video.

Dr. Comics and Mr. Games
4014 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA
Facebook: Dr-Comics-Mr-Games

No event listed but Dr. Comics typically makes FCBD a weekend long event with robust sales and offers. Hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave.
Berkeley, CA
Website: www.escapistcomics.com

Berkeley’s Escapist Comics has a solid day of guests plotted out. Customers can expect to meet Nick Dragotta (East of West), Justin Greenwood (Stumptown, Fuse), and Ramon Villalobos (Nighthawk). In addition to the free comics nearly everything in the store will be on sale.

Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA
Website: www.fantasticcomics.net

Fantastic will feature sketches by local artists, cosplayers, and photo ops with the 501st Stormtrooper division. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TR!CKSTER
2631 Ashby Ave
Berkeley, CA
Website: trickstertrickster

This Eisner award-winning comic shop is notable for having a focus exclusively on indie comics. You won’t find Marvel or DC here, but you will find one of the best-curated selections of trade paperbacks in the Bay Area. While Tr!ckster won’t have free comics in stock they do usually host an FCBD sale. Signing with Baggy Wrinkles creator Lucy Bellwood between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Hours 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

OTHERS

Flying Colors and Other Cool Stuff
2980 Treat Blvd.
Concord, CA
Website: flyingcolorscomics.com

Hours 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Miryam & Jane’s The Comic Shop
14837 Washington Avenue
San Leandro, CA
Website: www.the-comic-shop.com

Stand Up Comics
10020 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA
Website: www.standupcomics.net

Treasure Island Comics
5018 Mowry Ave
Fremont, CA
Website: treasureislandcomics.com

Hours 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Zeppelin Comics
191 E H Street
Benicia, CA
Website: www.zeppelincomics.com

Hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

C2E2 2017: 20 Autographs To Hunt At C2E2

The Midwest’s biggest comics and pop culture conference, C2E2, is coming up this weekend. This year the event features more than 100 panels and nearly the same number of special guests. C2E2 2017 features photo op and signature hunting galore with stars from The Flash, Stranger Things, Harry Potter, and more. If you’re hoping for sketches from your favorite comic book creators they have those, too. We’ve pulled out some of the highlights from both entertainment and comics.

Entertainment

Danielle Panabaker

The Flash‘s Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost

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Evanna Lynch & Jason Isaacs

Harry Potter‘s Luna Lovegood and Lucius Malfoy (respectively). Isaacs recently portrayed Dr. Hunter Aloysiud Percy in Netflix’s The OA and will star as Captain Lorca in Star Trek: Discovery.

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Finn Wolfhard, Gatten Matarazzo, &  Millie Bobby Brown

Netflix’s Stranger Things

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Mean Gene Okerlund

The greatest wrestling announcer of all time.

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Mike Colter

Marvel’s Luke Cage

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Stan Lee

Co-Founder of Marvel Comics and king of cameos. The hardest working 94-year-old in show business.

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Vincent D’Onofrio

Daredevil‘s Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk and a whole lot of movies.

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Wil Wheaton

Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Wesley Crusher and co-star of Tabletop

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Comics

Chip Zdarsky

Eisner award winning comic artist and writer. Co-creator of the on-going Sex Criminals and future writer on the relaunch of Marvel’s Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man.

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Eric Powell

Eisner award winning comic artist and writer. Best known for The Goon and co-writing IDW’s Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. His current project is the self-published comic Hillbilly.

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Erica Henderson

Artist on Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and early issues of Archie’s current Jughead series.

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Greg Rucka

Has worked for both DC and Marvel writing tentpole characters like Batman, Superman, and The Punisher. Recently announced he’s ending his critically acclaimed run on Wonder Woman (with Nicola Scott and Liam Sharpe, the latter will also appear at C2E2). Co-creator of Lazarus and  Black Magick.

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Jason Latour

Writer and artist. Co-creator of Southern Bastards (with Jason Aaron who will also be appearing at C2E2) and most recently launched the critically-acclaimed Black Cloud (with Ivan Brandon who will also be appearing at C2E2).

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Jeff Lemire

Highly decorated comic artist and writer with multiple nominations for Eisners and Harveys. He’s written Marvel characters like Hawkeye, the X-Men, and Moon Knight. However, he’s likely best known for his personal creations like Underwater WelderSweet Tooth, Black Hammer, and Descender.

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Jen Bartel

A spectacular illustrator is best known for her cover work on Jem and the Holograms and Josie and the Pussycats. She also makes some kick-ass pins.

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Jill Thompson

Eisner award-winning writer and artist. Best known for her Scary Godmother series, but has also worked on Wonder Woman, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, and Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles. 

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Matthew Rosenberg

Current writer on Marvel’s Rocket Raccoon and Kingpin solo titles. Co-creator on Black Mask Studio titles 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank and We Can Never Go Home.

We Can Never Go Home

Rob Guillory

Eisner award-winning comic artist best known for the recently completed series Chew.

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Bay Area Comic Events Update April 2017

Hello. How have you been? We haven’t spoken in awhile. That’s on me. I’ve missed you. Where have I been? Glad you asked, thank you. In early February I started a new job. This new job (which I love) is mostly focused on writing and content production. By the time my week comes to an end the part of my brain handling all of my writing is usually burned out. I want to do the weekly Bay Area comic event updates, but I also want to rest. It hasn’t been easy because I do feel like this is an important service.

At some point during the last week I asked myself “Self, does it really need to be weekly? Usually, there aren’t that many surprise creator signings, so what if I make it monthly?”

“Ahhh,” I replied, “your 13 newsletter readers will totally understand, right? In fact, they’d probably appreciate not receiving as many redundant emails.”

That’s where we’re at. I want to continue providing this service to Bay Area comic book fans but I need to moderate my output. At the moment, I’m 100 percent positive I can pull together a monthly calendar. So, without further boring extrapolation on my thinking process, I present The Shared Universe’s Bay Area April Comic Events Update.

April 2017

Michael DeForge signing Sticks Angelica: Folk Hero at Comix Experience
When: April 5, 6 p.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero Street, San Francisco
What: “Celebrate the release of Sticks Angelica: Folk Hero from Drawn & Quarterly by welcoming Michael DeForge with us!
“He will be having a public signing for the book before our Comix Experience Graphic Novel Club meeting. If you would like to join the discussion you can sign up and get more details on the club at graphicnovelclub.com
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/380953648926784/

Donny Cates signing God Country, Paybacks, and Rednecks at Mission: Comics and Art
When: April 7, 7 p.m.
Where: Mission: Comics and Art
2250 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: “He just launched the new hit series GOD COUNTRY and has a new book REDNECK coming in April, but he’s been doing quirky books like BUZZKILL AND THE PAYBACKS for years.  Come ask him about growing up in the King of the Hill town, chat about the Austin scene, or get advice on building you own career in comics.”
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/224709761331722/

Jason Latour, Ivan Brandon, and Greg Hinkle singing Black Cloud at Escapist AND Tr!ckster
When: April 8: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Escapist & 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tr!ckster
Where:
Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley

Tr!ckster
2631 Ashby Street, Berkeley
What: Both of these stores will take a unique spin on this rockstar signing event. Join Escapist for BBQ and follow the trio to Tr!ckster for beverages and conversation.

Escapist: “Writers Jason Latour (Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen), Ivan Brandon (Drifter, Viking), and artist Greg Hinkle (Airboy, Rattler) will be in the store SIGNING for the release of their new Image comic Black Cloud #1. Be a part of the BBQ & a session with the creators recorded for the Escapist Comics Podcast featuring BBQ’d treats.”

Tr!ckster: “Join us April 8th as we welcome Jason Latour, Ivan Brandon, and Greg Hinkle to TR!CKSTER to celebrate the release of Black Cloud issue #1 with an evening art reception. We’ll have original art from this beautiful book, as well as a limited number of prints! Don’t miss this spectacular event! You’ll be able to sip beverages, nibble snacks, and chat with (almost) the entire creative team! And, if you desire it, they’ll happily scribble on your books!”
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/176138269559994/

Adrian Age Scott signing SuperHood at Mission: Comics and Art
When: April 7, 2 p.m.
Where: Mission: Comics and Art
2250 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: “Join us in welcoming back Adrian Age Scott and his new book SuperHood! Zomby Girl, Beef, Story and Shiva return for a whole new adventure in the hood. Chaos erupts when a powerful being runs rampant shooting everything in its path.”
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/258098697951186/

Colossus Con 2017
When: April 8, 2017
Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds
Pleasanton, Calif.
What: “Colossus Con is the ultimate pop culture convention event. Catering to the fans to enjoy the comforts of fandom without the corporate hustle and bustle.”
More info: http://www.colossuscon.com/

Queers and Comics
When: April 14-15, 2017
Where: California College of the Arts
1111 8th Street
San Francisco, CA
What: Queers & Comics features two days of discussion panels, workshops, readings, and comics galore, along with a multitude of off-site events. This year we will spotlight international and emerging LGBTQ cartoonists, the role of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the future of queer comics. Keynote speakers include Mariko Tamaki and Gengoroh Tagame.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/655077967985077/

Silicon Valley Comic Con
When: April 21 – 23, 2017
Where: San Jose Convention Center
More info: http://svcomiccon.com/

June 2017

ID10T Music Fest + Comic Conival
When: June 24 & 25
Where: Shoreline Ampitheatre, Mountain View
What: Chris Hardwick brings together his three passions: music, comedy, and comics. This music festival will not only have a stand-up comics stage with the likes of Michael Ian Black, Garfunkel & Oates, Brian Posehn, and Nikki Glasser, but will feature a comic book section! Some of the confirmed guests include Babs Tarr, Becky Cloonan, Rick Remender, Nick Dragotta, and Cameron Stewart.
More info: http://id10tfest.com/

September 2017

San Francisco Comic Con
When: September 1-3, 2017
Where: Moscone Center West
747 Howard Street in San Francisco
More info: http://sanfrancomiccon.com

 

Bay Area Comic Events Update February 12, 2017

Ken Garing signing Planetoid Praxis at Escapist
When: February 18, 1 p.m.
Where: Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Avenue
Berkeley, CA
What: San Francisco-based writer and artist Ken Garing returns to the Planetoid universe he created in 2012. Garing always intended for the first Planetoid mini-series to be a standalone title, but, as often happens to writers, the rich Universe he created had more stories to tell. Planetoid Praxis is the start of telling those stories.

Greg Rucka and Liam Sharpe signing Wonder Woman at Flying Colors
When: February 22, 5 p.m.
Where: Flying Colors
2980 Treat Avenue
Concord, CA
What: DC’s Wonder Woman was a bit of a confused mess prior to the company-wide Rebirth. Diana’s story had become muddled and uncertain. Greg Rucka, with the help of artists Liam Sharpe and Nicola Scott, was enlisted to untangle the lasso of truth behind her story. Rucka alternated between two Wonder Woman stories. Scott draws the issues exploring Wonder Woman’s first year discovering the “world of men” (Scott will leave the title after issue 14). Sharpe draws the modern Wonder Woman as she seeks to decode the last five years of her life. What was true and what was made up? That latter storyline, called “The Lies,” is collected in a new trade paperback dropping on February 22.  Rucka and Sharpe will join Flying Colors in Concord for a signing around the release. 

March 2017 

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky signing Sex Criminals at Fantastic Comics
When: March 29, 2017, 6 p.m.
Where: Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA
What: Fantastic Comics is hosting a signing and Q&A with Sex Criminals team Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. They’ll be making a rare joint appearance as part of the return of their on-going series about people who stop time when they climax. Stop time and commit crime. More details as the date approaches.

April 2017

Colossus Con 2017
When: April 8, 2017
Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds
Pleasanton, Calif.
What: “Colossus Con is the ultimate pop culture convention event. Catering to the fans to enjoy the comforts of fandom without the corporate hustle and bustle.”
More info: http://www.colossuscon.com/

Queers and Comics
When: April 14-15, 2017
Where: California College of the Arts
1111 8th Street
San Francisco, CA
What: Queers & Comics features two days of discussion panels, workshops, readings, and comics galore, along with a multitude of off-site events. This year we will spotlight international and emerging LGBTQ cartoonists, the role of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the future of queer comics. Keynote speakers include Mariko Tamaki and Gengoroh Tagame.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/655077967985077/

Silicon Valley Comic Con
When: April 21 – 23, 2017
Where: San Jose Convention Center
More info: http://svcomiccon.com/

September 2017

San Francisco Comic Con
When: September 1-3, 2017
Where: Moscone Center West
747 Howard Street in San Francisco
More info: http://sanfrancomiccon.com

Bay Area Comic Events Update January 2, 2017

Welcome to 2017! Here’s your list of known comic book based events coming to the Bay Area. You can receive this weekly update in your email by subscribing to the tinyletter.

January 2017
Mariko Tamaki signing at Mission: Comics and Art (writer Hulk, Supergirl: Being Super, Skim, This One Summer)

When: January 4 at 5 p.m.
Where: Mission: Comics and Art
32250 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Writer Mariko Tamaki kicks off Mission’s new year with a signing. Tamaki is best known for the New York Times bestseller This One Summer (with illustrator Jillian Tamaki). This month she’s stepping in as the regular writer of the new Jennifer Walters-focused Hulk ongoing series at Marvel and the new Supergirl: Being Super mini-series at DC.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/532542666949224/

Isabel Greenberg streaming at Comix Experience (The One Hundred Nights of Hero)
When: January 7 at 11 a.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero, San Francisco
What: Isabel Greenberg will appear via video to discuss her new book The One Hundred Nights of Hero. Description from Hachette Book GroupIn the tradition of The Arabian Nights, a beautifully illustrated tapestry of folk tales and myths about the secret legacy of female storytellers in an imagined medieval world. This event is a private for members of the store’s Graphic Novel Club.
More info: http://www.graphicnovelclub.com/events.html

Jeffrey Brown at Comix Experience (Darth Vader & Son, Unlikely)
When: January 8 at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero, San Francisco
What: Jeffrey Brown, the creator of Darth Vader & Son, will be at Comix Experience celebrating the release of his new book Lucy and Andy Neanderthal. From PenguinLucy and Andy are a sister and brother who get into trouble much like any sister and brother. Only difference? Lucy and Andy live in the Stone Age! Discover their laugh-out-loud adventures as the Paleo pair take on a wandering baby sibling, bossy teens, cave paintings, and a mammoth hunt. But what will happen when they encounter a group of humans?  This event is a private for members of the store’s Graphic Novel Club for Kids.
More info: http://www.graphicnovelclub.com/events.html

Black Comix Art Festival
When: January 15-16, 2017
Where: San Francisco Public Library and City View at Metreon
What: “The Black Comix Arts Festival (BCAF) celebrates African Americans’ creativity in the comic arts and popular visual culture and is dedicated to the notion that all audiences deserve to be subject in the culture in which we participate. The two-day event includes a grand expo, kids activities, film screenings, panels and conversations, cosplay events and much more.”
More info: http://bcaf.norcalmlkfoundation.org/

Richard Kadrey at Fantastic Comics (Sandman Slim, Accelerate, Lucifer)
When: January 18 at 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
What: Richard Kadrey, the author of the Sandman Slim novels, returns to comics as the new writer for Lucifer. Kadrey, along with artist Lee Garbett, will provide a new dark and twisted spin on the character made popular in Neil Gaiman’s timeless Sandman series (no relation to Sandman Slim). He’ll appear at Fantastic for a signing on January 18 for the kick-off of the new story arc.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/245177805895617

February 2017

East Bay Comic Con (tentative)
When: February 12, 2017
Where: Concord Hilton
1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord
More info: http://eastbaycomiccon.com

April 2017

Colossus Con 2017
When: April 8, 2017
Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds
Pleasanton, Calif.
What: “Colossus Con is the ultimate pop culture convention event. Catering to the fans to enjoy the comforts of fandom without the corporate hustle and bustle.”
More info: http://www.colossuscon.com/

Queers and Comics
When: April 14-15, 2017
Where: California College of the Arts
1111 8th Street
San Francisco, CA
What: Queers & Comics features two days of discussion panels, workshops, readings, and comics galore, along with a multitude of off-site events. This year we will spotlight international and emerging LGBTQ cartoonists, the role of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the future of queer comics. Keynote speakers include Mariko Tamaki and Gengoroh Tagame.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/655077967985077/

Silicon Valley Comic Con
When: April 21 – 23, 2017
Where: San Jose Convention Center
More info: http://svcomiccon.com/

September 2017

San Francisco Comic Con
When: September 1-3, 2017
Where: Moscone Center West
747 Howard Street in San Francisco
More info: http://sanfrancomiccon.com

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