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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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PGTI creators celebrated holidays in downtown Las Vegas

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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

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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!

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Find PGTI at the inaugural Las Vegas Comic Expo

Las Vegas Comic ExpoThis Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, the inaugural Las Vegas Comic Expo launches at the Riviera Hotel & Casino on the fabulous Las Vegas Strip, and of course, Pop! Goes the Icon will be there to represent at this new, homegrown comic show.

You can find us at table T-87, where PGTI editor/dictator Pj Perez* will be joined by Tales From… contributor F. Andrew Taylor for a weekend of comic-slinging, autograph-signing, sketch-drawing, high-fiving, and baby-kissing.

This affordable show — only $25 per day or $40 for the full weekend — is family friendly, features a lot of big-name creators and actors, and offers plenty of gaming, workshops and more to keep you entertained. We hope to see you there!

*Note: Pj Perez will be unavailable Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

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'Tales from Fremont Street' to benefit Library District Foundation

Earlier this year, we were honored to hand over a check for $1052.30 to the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation in support of the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival. That donation was made possible because of people like you, who purchased (and enjoyed, we hope) copies of Tales from the Boneyard, the all-original anthology comic we published to commemorate the 2010 Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival.

Tales from Fremont StreetSo we’re proud to announce that pre-orders are now open for our next anthology benefiting the Library District Foundation: Tales from Fremont Street. Once again, this 48-page, black-and-white comic features six new stories from all Vegas-based talent, but this year’s edition features an interconnected tale of murder, lust and deceit, all taking place along the less glittery side of Las Vegas’ once-main drag, Fremont Street.

Featuring the talents of Evan Dent, The Fillbach Brothers, Ed Hawkins, Jarret Keene, Victor Moya, Pj Perez, Deryl Skelton, F. Andrew Taylor and Warren Wucinich, with a cover by Jska Priebe, this limited-edition comic will be unveiled at the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival on Nov. 5, but you can have a copy shipped directly to your doorstep by pre-ordering now. And they’re only $5 a pop, with all proceeds benefiting the Foundation’s support of the Comic Book Festival. Get yours today.

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'Utopian' release party kicks off 2011 schedule of creator appearances

pj perez, hernan valencia, russell lissauLast month, the 120-page trade paperback collection of Pj Perez’s The Utopian debuted. And this Saturday, Jan. 22, Perez and cover artist Hernan Valencia celebrate its release at Alternate Reality Comics in Las Vegas. From noon to 3 p.m., you’ll not only be able to pick up and get signed your copy of The Utopian, you’re also encouraged to bring donations for The Shade Tree shelter for women, children and pets. Donors will receive raffle tickets to win fabulous prizes from Alternate Reality and Pop! Goes the Icon.

In addition to the above event, here are some other places you can find the talents behind your favorite indie comics across the country in the coming months:

  • Jan. 21, Sunrise Coffee, Las Vegas – Pj Perez will be selling and signing copies of The Utopian at a benefit for Spread the Word Nevada from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 26, Comix Revolution, Mt. Prospect, Ill.Omega Comics Presents contributor Russell Lissau will join  Trevor Mueller to promote Hope: The Hero Initiative, a benefit for the Hero Initiative charity, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • March 18-20, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Chicago – Russell Lissau and OCP collaborator John Bivens will both be guests at this second annual comic fest.
  • April 16-17, Stumptown Comics Fest, Portland, Ore. – Pj Perez will be exhibiting at the Northwest’s largest creator-focused comic book convention all weekend.
  • May 26-29, Phoenix Comicon, PhoenixTales from the Boneyard contributors F. Andrew Taylor and Pj Perez will be holding court in the small press section of the Southwest’s biggest pop culture convention.

As always, we’ll have more information as these dates (and others) approach, so be sure you’re receiving updates via e-mail or RSS feed.

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Celebrate the release of 'The Utopian' with tacos, beer and prizes

Click me to en-biggen!To top off a Las Vegas weekend that starts with a signing party at Frankie’s Tiki Room on Friday for the Drunk anthology and includes the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival, Pop! Goes the Icon is celebrating the release of The Utopian #1 with an exclusive party at university-area favorite Yayo Taco (S. Maryland Parkway) on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Utopian creator Pj Perez, everyone is invited to share in this bash featuring $5 Corona buckets, the best tacos you’ve ever had, and door prizes including comics, posters, Retro Bakery gift certificates and more surprises. It’s free, open to the public, and you want to be there. What else are you going to do on a Sunday evening?

If you’re our friend on Facebook, then you probably have all the details. If not, what the heck is wrong with you? Only our Facebook pals get behind-the-scenes glimpses at upcoming projects, candid photos and first dibs on just about everything we do. Get with the program, Chet!

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Vegas comic creators get 'Drunk'

drunk panelLest anyone think Pop! Goes the Icon is merely here to promote its own four-color follies, we’d like to shed a little light on a new project from some of our good friends in the Las Vegas comics scene: Drunk is a limited edition, hardcover anthology of sequential art tales surrounding the theme of, well, liquor consumption. Specifically, said activity at Sin City drinking establishments. Subtitled “a comic about bar stories,” the project was conceived by Michael Ogilvie, Sean Russell and Michael Todoran, who gathered dozens of  artists, both locally and nationally, including Laurenn McCubbin, F. Andrew Taylor and Evan Dent. Former keeper of the PGTI blog Jarret Keene wrote the foreword.

The graphic novel will debut during the Vegas Valley Book Festival (Nov. 4 to 8), and an entire panel will be dedicated to Drunk at the concurrent Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival, where not coincidentally, PGTI will have a significant presence. And by significant, we mean possibly drunk behind a table with a stack of crap to sell you. In addition, original art from the comic will be on display at Atomic Todd gallery (1221 S. Main St.) during the month of November.

If you want to support independent artists and get your hands on one of these beauties, just hit up the Drunk website to pre-order your copy now for $25, and you may even get Drunk sooner than you’d think. Check out this nifty video preview, which should get you into the spirit. Or hitting the spirits: