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‘Christmapus’ launching with author signing event in Vegas on Dec. 10

Paul Mattingly, F Andrew Taylor

Paul Mattingly, F Andrew Taylor

Writer Paul Mattingly and illustrator F. Andrew Taylor will celebrate the release of the new paperback, color edition of their twisted yuletide tale, Christmapus: The Christmas Octopus, with a special event on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. inside Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 567 N. Stephanie St. in Henderson, Nev., featuring a reading of the book by RJ Owens, who plays Bebe François in Mystère by Cirque du Soleil.

Christmapus, which has been called “a fun gift for the person in your life who enjoys a bit of sideways humor,” tells the story of Chris the octopus, who finds himself transformed into Christmapus when Santa’s lost hat lands on Chris’ head. It’s a rhyming tale that’s as funny as it is touching. The book is now available in print for $7.99 or for your Kindle device for only $2.99.

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Russell Lissau hits Las Vegas Aug. 15 for a day of workshops and appearances

Russell Lissau

Russell Lissau

He’s written the adventures of Batman, the escapades of Strawberry Shortcake, and created his own pulpy universe in the comic Old Wounds. Now Russell Lissau will share his expertise from a decade in the comics field with a day of workshops and appearances in Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The Chicago-based writer, who by day is a reporter for the Daily Herald, will lead back-to-back, free programs at the Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo Road), beginning with “Making Comics” at 11 a.m. and followed by “Ready…Set…Draw!” at 1 p.m.

“The ‘Making Comics’ workshop is for teens and adults—people who are serious about the craft of making comics and who want to learn more about it,” Lissau says. “The ‘Ready…Set…Draw!’ event is for kids and teens, mostly. It’s like Pictionary, but with comics, science-fiction and fantasy as themes for the things to be drawn.”

After the library workshops, Lissau will then head across the street to Alternate Reality Comics (4110 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 8)—recently named “Best Comic Book Institution” by the Las Vegas Weekly—for a meet-and-greet from 3 to 5 p.m. celebrating the conclusion of his acclaimed, creator-owned miniseries Old Wounds.

Drawn by fellow Midwesterner John Bivens, Old Wounds tells the story of a retired superhero and the ghosts from his past who’ve come back to haunt him. All four issues will be available at the comic store appearance for purchase and for Lissau to sign.

Although he calls Chicagoland home, Lissau is no stranger to Las Vegas. He was a guest at the 2014 Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival (where his “Making Comics” workshop was standing-room-only) and makes frequent recreational visits to partake in the city’s myriad diversions. He particularly enjoys the “great restaurants, fantastic hotels and swimming pools.”

“I gamble a bit as well when I’m here, typically craps and blackjack,” says Lissau. “Although my poker skills are improving and I may sit down for a game. Most importantly, however? My publisher is in town!”

Lissau’s next project for Pop! Goes the Icon is the one-shot story “Stranger” with artist Dirk Tiede, which will be released as a digital-first comic later this year. He also has several self-published comics in the works, including Rubicon with Danielle Alexis St. Pierre and Dinner at Dante’s with Mark Stegbauer.

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‘San Hannibal’ creators coming to San Diego Comic-Con

Jesse Snavlin, Dan Schkade

Jesse Snavlin, Dan SchkadeFor the first time in its five-year history, Pop! Goes the Icon will have an official presence at San Diego Comic-Con International, and to do it up right, we’re bringing Portland, Ore.-based comic creators Dan Schkade and Jesse Snavlin with us to the country’s largest comic book and pop culture convention. Schkade and Snavlin, of course, are the writer-artist and colorist-letterer behind our five-part limited series San Hannibal, whose third issue is coming to comic stores everywhere on Aug. 20. The duo, which also collaborates on webcomics such as The Private Files of The Fowl over at The Committee Building, will be hanging out at our table, located at Small Press M-03, during most of the four-day convention, which runs from July 24-27 inside the San Diego Convention Center. If you’re coming to the show—and really, who isn’t?—be sure to stop by, meet Jesse and Dan, and check out our goodies. We’ll have plenty of copies of San Hannibal #1 and 2 available for purchase and signing, as well as many of our other recent releases including Omega Comics Presents and Tales from Lost Vegas.

UPDATED: Here’s a handy map to help find Pop! Goes the Icon at SDCC:

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Scenes from Emerald City Comicon 2014

San Hannibal co-creators look super-happy about their creation.

It was another whirlwind, long-but-quick weekend in beautiful-but-rainy Seattle as the Pop! Goes the Icon crew spent three-plus days inside the Washington Convention Center for the annual Emerald City Comicon. We had a great weekend hanging out with scheduled guests Dan Schkade (San Hannibal) and Ed Hawkins (Tales from Lost Vegas), plus surprise guest JD Smith (San Hannibal). Thanks to all the long-time and new fans who stopped by, and big ups to Jim Demonakos and his ECCC team for putting on another enjoyable con. These things aren’t easy to do, but ECCC makes it a little easier.

See you guys in three weeks at Wondercon Anaheim!

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PGTI creators celebrated holidays in downtown Las Vegas

Jay the Intern

Pop! Goes the Icon celebrated the holiday season and a banner 2013 on Dec. 18 with a public party and shopping event at the Neon Bazaar Pop-Up Shop inside Emergency Arts in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. Many of our talented contributors from the last five years were on hand to celebrate, including Hernan Valencia, Warren Wucinich, Ed Hawkins, Daniel Blodgett, Steve Benton and F. Andrew Taylor, plus our partners from Creation Forge Studios, and of course, fans, family and friends in the community.

The Neon Bazaar Pop-Up Shop featured apparel, music, jewelry, art and gifts from all-local vendors, including a selection of comics from Pop! Goes the Icon. We appreciate Neon Bazaar founder Polly Weinstein for hosting what turned out to be a funtastic event (how could it not be?!). Check out some photos from the celebration:

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Celebrate the holidays, PGTI style

holiday bonanza

Celebrate another awesome year of making rad comics and pop art with our staff and creators as we take over the Neon Bazaar Pop-Up Shop inside Emergency Arts in downtown Las Vegas for one night only, Dec. 18 from 6-9 p.m., for drinks, grub and mingling!

The Neon Bazaar Pop-Up Shop (520 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas) features apparel, music, art, accessories, and of course, comics, from all-local artisans, designers and businesses. It’s a one-stop shopping experience for distinct holiday gifts that you can feel good about buying.

We’ll have all of our most popular comics & books available, including the holiday surprise hit Christmapus, plus limited-edition hand-printed postcards by Hernan Valencia.

We hope you can join us!

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Shop local at the Neon Bazaar in Las Vegas

Neon Bazaar flier

We’re happy to announce that Pop! Goes the Icon will be joining 50 small, local businesses—including nerdy pals The Ninjabot and The 80s Kids—at the 2013 holiday Neon Bazaar at the Jackie Gaughan Plaza across from the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas this Saturday, Nov. 30 from noon to 6 p.m. We’ll be there with new comics, prints, art, grab bags, and the breakout hit of the holiday season, Christmapus!

If you can’t be there but want to support small businesses on Saturday (or, heck, any day!), what business is smaller than Pop! Goes the Icon? I dare you to measure! We’re offering FREE shipping on all website orders over $25. So stock up on independent comics to give as gifts this holiday season!

Neon Bazaar flier

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Sixth annual VVCBF another fun-filled success

Pop! Goes the Icon has had a presence at the annual Vegas Valley Comic Book Fest (VVCBF) since 2009, when we made our quiet debut there with the first print issue of The Utopian and special guests Hernan Valencia and Mark T. Zeilman. Since then, the fest has grown in both size and attendance more than three-fold, and Pop! Goes the Icon has grown from a one-man vanity press to a full-blown boutique publisher and on-demand printer (but it’s still run mostly by just one guy).

At this year’s Comic Book Fest, we had a great location directly in front of the entrance to the Main Hall, where we debuted our brand-new, all-ages comic, Tales from Lost Vegas, to a steady crowd of old and new fans. Artists Jska Priebe, Steve Benton, Ken Lamug and Daniel Blodgett spent most of the day as our guests, signing comics and drawing sketches (writer Ed Hawkins sold the book from his World Famous Comics booth outside). It was another fast-paced, seven-hour blast of geeky fun, and we were proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the event — a fact made possible by your continued support of the Tales From series of comic books benefiting the VVCBF.

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‘Tales from Lost Vegas’ debuts with pair of Las Vegas events

Tales from Lost Vegas cover

Tales from Lost Vegas coverWhat happens when three middle school students get trapped inside a sprawling complex hidden beneath the streets of Las Vegas filled with strange sights and perilous creatures? The world will find out when Tales from Lost Vegas–the all-ages adventure comic book funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign—debuts over the course of the week leading up to the Vegas Valley Comic Book Fest.

Written by Ed Hawkins (Tales from Fremont Street) and drawn by Steve Benton, Daniel Blodgett, Ken Lamug and Jska Priebe, Tales from Lost Vegas is the third in our series of all-locally created comics benefiting the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation’s support of the Vegas Valley Comic Book Fest. Tales Lost Vegas is the first full-color edition, and the first fit for readers of all ages. The cost of its production was funded by more than $6,500 in pledges from over 100 Kickstarter backers, mostly from the Las Vegas community.

The public can get its first glimpse at the comic when “From Alamogordo to Las Vegas: Behind the Scenes of Tales from Lost Vegas” opens inside the “Artist Spotlight” gallery at Alternate Reality Comics (4110 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 8) with an artists’ reception held on Friday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will allow the creative process of making a comic book come to life through original art, sketches, notes, designs and script pages from Tales from Lost Vegas. The exhibit will be up through Nov. 22.

Tales from Lost Vegas then makes its official debut on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Vegas Valley Comic Book Fest, held at the Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo Road) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Among the other offerings at this free event — including film screenings, artist signings, panel discussions, a retail marketplace and much more — the Tales from Lost Vegas crew will be greeting people and signing copies of the comic at the Pop! Goes the Icon Booth inside the library’s main hall.