Friday, April 19, 2013


APRIL 19, MILWAUKIE, OR— Dark Horse Comics is headed to Chicago’s fastest growing pop culture event - Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo!

Join us for signings at booth #801! Free comics and/or prints with each signing while supplies last.

Please note that lines may be capped or tickets issued for any signing as needed. Inquire about your favorite signings as early as possible. Some restrictions apply. All events are subject to change.

Comics, books, and collectibles will be available for purchase from Dark Horse or your favorite retailer.



12:00 p.m. AMALA’S BLADE signing with Steve Horton
Free 8” x 10” print featuring art by Michael Dialynas

1:00 p.m. BATTLEPUG and THE ANSWER! signing with Mike Norton
Free copy of The Answer! #1

2:00 p.m. HUSBANDS signing with Jane Espenson and Brad Bell
Free 5.5” x 8.5” print featuring art by Ron Chan

3:00 p.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY signing with Geof Darrow
Free 11” x 17” print featuring art by Geof Darrow

5:00 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SPIKE signing with Jenny Frison
Free copy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike #1


10:00 a.m. AMALA’S BLADE signing with Steve Horton
Free 8” x 10” print featuring art by Michael Dialynas

11:00 a.m. CRIMINAL MACABRE signing with Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten  
Free 5.5” x 8.5” print featuring art by Christopher Mitten

12:00 p.m. BEASTS OF BURDEN and SCARY GODMOTHER signing with Jill Thompson
Free copy of Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch

1:00 p.m. DREAM THIEF signing with Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood
Free 5.5” x 8.5” print featuring art by Alex Ross
Free limited edition Dream Thief paper in action figures

2:00 p.m. THE MASSIVE, STAR WARS, and CONAN signing with Brian Wood
Free 11” x 17” print featuring art from The Massive by J. P. Leon

3:30 p.m. THE GOON signing with Eric Powell
Free copy of The Goon #38

5:00 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE signing with Vivek J. Tiwary
Free 8” x 10” print featuring art by Andrew C. Robinson
Enter to win an exclusive print signed by writer Vivek J. Tiwary and artist Andrew C. Robinson and The Beatles Stereo CD Box Set


10:00 a.m. AMALA’S BLADE signing with Steve Horton
Free 8” x 10” print featuring art by Michael Dialynas

11:00 a.m. DARK HORSE SUPERHERO and BRAIN BOY signing with Freddie Williams II
Free 11” x 17” print featuring art by Freddie Williams II, as depicted on the Dark Horse booth superhero mural

12:00 p.m. EX SANGUINE and THE OCCULTIST signing with Tim Seeley
Free copy of Ex Sanguine #1 and The Occultist #1

1:00 p.m. BATTLEPUG and THE ANSWER! signing with Mike Norton
Free copy of The Answer! #1

2:00 p.m. TO BE ANNOUNCED! Come to the Dark Horse Spring Fever Panel on Saturday, April 27, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in room W471 to meet two special guests and find out about an exciting new project featuring one of your favorite Dark Horse characters.



12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. SPOTLIGHT ON BRIAN WOOD, Room W471

3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m. MUSIC AND POP CULTURE featuring various artists and creators, including Vivek J. Tiwary, writer of the upcoming Dark Horse graphic novel The Fifth Beatle, Room W475b

5:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m. DARK HORSE SPRING FEVER with Scott Allie, Jeremy Atkins, Eric Powell, Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Steve Horton, and surprise guests! Room W471

7:45 p.m.–8:45 p.m. HUSBANDS: TELEVISION AND BEYOND with Brad Bell, Jane Espenson, Sean Hemeon, and moderator Matthew Aaron, Room W471



Second consecutive issue of pulp adventure comic sells out

The second issue of the pulp-inspired Image Comics series FIVE GHOSTS: THE HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY by Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham has sold out the same week as its release and has immediately gone back to press. The second printing (Diamond code MAR13813) will be in stores on May 15, a week before FIVE GHOSTS #3.

The first issue of FIVE GHOSTS also sold out. Its second printing was in stores alongside #2 on April 17. The praise received for the first issue has continued along with the supernatural story of a man possessed by five spirits, each a literary archetype, that imbue him with their skills:

"Five Ghosts is probably the most fun comic you will read this year. Barbiere has crafted a story that thrives on the page, and is nothing but a pleasure to read. An insanely original concept weaved around a globe trotting adventure make for an issue that is impossible to set down. All things combined make for one of the best books out there today.”

"This is a book with a great premise that actually delivers on it and reads great all the way through.”

"...a seamless continuation of the exciting first issue, with even more emphasis on the action and the same consistently brilliant illustration.”

"With an original story created by an inspired and skilled team, there's no question in my mind why Image chose to support this project before someone else did.”

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Free Comic Book Day Extravaganza at Cards, Comics & Collectibles

Adam Kubert, Frank Cho, and Steve Conley 

From the Store that Brings You the Baltimore Comic-Con...

REISTERSTOWN, MD - April 18, 2013 - Free Comic Book Day 2013 is just around the corner and Cards, Comics & Collectibles - Baltimore's Premiere Comic Book Store and the Official News Source of the Baltimore Comic-Con - is pulling out all of the stops for this year's event!  Everyone has been wondering what we were going to do and we're finally ready to announce it!  This is the one you've been waiting for!

The full-day event kicks off with an awesome line-up of creators appearing at the store! Adam Kubert, Frank Cho, and Steve Conley will be all signing and sketching at the store throughout the day.

Superman FCBD by KubertLegendary Marvel and DC Comics artist Adam Kubert, whose most recent work includes Marvel's Avengers vs. X-Men event and the recently launched Avengers series, will be signing and sketching from 12:00pm - 2:30pm, and again from 3:30pm - 6:00pm. He is the featured artist in DC's Free Comic Book Day 2013 issue, Superman: The Last Son of Krypton #1.

The son of comics legend, Joe Kubert, Adam started his illustrious career in comics in 1993 drawing Wolverine for Marvel Comics. He was a mainstay at Marvel, working on such titles as X-Men, Ultimate X-Men, and Ultimate Fantastic Four, until 2005 when he signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics. While there, he served as artist on Action Comics, DC Universe: Last Will and Testament, and Batman and The Outsiders Special. In 2009, he returned to Marvel where he remains today.
Savage Wolverine #1

Frank Cho's body of work at Marvel includes such titles as New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, X-Men: Schism, and Avengers vs. X-Men. He is also well-known for his creator-owned series, Liberty Meadows, and his work on Jungle Girl for Dynamite Entertainment. Cho, who is currently writing and drawing Savage Wolverine, will be signing and sketching from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

Bloop by ConleyAward-winning designer, illustrator, and cartoonist Steve Conley has worked on such notable comics as Star Trek: Year Four (IDW), Michael Chabon's Amazing Adventures of the Escapist (Dark Horse Comics), and JLA-Z (DC Comics). Conley, who is also the creator of Astounding Space Thrills and the all-ages series Bloop (, will be signing and sketching all day.

In addition to the creator line-up, Baltimore's Z104.3 will be setting up and broadcasting live at the store. Fans can sign up to win a pair of tickets to the Z104.3 screening of Iron Man 3 at the Rotunda Movie Theatre which will be drawn every 15 minutes!  Carnival games and an all-ages obstacle course will also be set up for fans to win CDs, movie passes, and items from the movie!

Get your picture taken with Cosplay Girls courtesy of Comic Con Cuties and, as special treat for our fans, Bill Bateman's Bistro will be set up and offering discounts to fans who come to the store!

"Free Comic Book Day has grown to become such an important event - not just for retailers, creators, and fans - but for the comics industry as a whole," said Marc Nathan, owner of Cards, Comics & Collectibles. "We are delighted to have Adam, Frank, and Steve signing here, and are so excited for the events we'll be hosting for the fans! With Z104.3, Bill Bateman's, and the girls of Comic Con Cuties, this year is going to be our biggest yet!"

Join us on Saturday, May 4, 2013 as events kick off at 11:00am with store signings, $1 Modern back issues, photo ops with the Cosplay Girls of Comic Con Cuties, and, of course, FREE COMICS!

Cards, Comics & Collectibles is located at 100A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD. For more information, please visit, our Facebook page, or call 410-526-7410.


FATALE, SAGA, and PROPHET get multiple nominations

Image Comics is thrilled to congratulate the creators of comic books who received 18 nominations in nine categories for the 2012 Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards, which were announced by Comic-Con International on April 16.
Leading the pack of all series nominated is the stylish horror noir FATALE by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, with six nods, including Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, Best Writer for Brubaker, Best Penciller/Inker and Best Cover Art for Phillips, and Best Coloring for Dave Stewart (shared nomination).
SAGA, the space opera phenomenon by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, racked up three nominations, in the Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, and Best Writer categories. The exuberant alternate history THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra received nods for Best Continuing Series and Best Writer. In all, Image Comics titles captured four of the five nominations for Best Continuing series, with the relaunch of Rob Liefeld's Extreme title PROPHET rounding out that number.
PROPHET writer Brandon Graham is the Eisner's Renaissance Man of nominations, receiving a Best Writer nod for his writing on PROPHET and his own miniseries MULTIPLE WARHEADS, a showing in the Best Graphic Novel - Reprint category for KING CITY, a Best Cover Art nomination for KING CITY, MULTIPLE WARHEADS and ELEPHANTMEN #43 covers, and a Best Coloring nomination for MULTIPLE WARHEADS.
The winners of the Eisner Awards are chosen by comic book industry professionals and will be announced at a ceremony at the Comic-Con International convention in San Diego on July 19. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the awards.
A complete list of Image Comics' Eisner Award nominations:

Best Continuing SeriesFATALE, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra
PROPHET, by Brandon Graham and Simon Roy
SAGA, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples 

Best New Series
FATALE, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
SAGA, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Best Graphic Novel - Reprint
KING CITY, by Brandon Graham
Best Writer
Ed Brubaker, FATALE
Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA
Best Penciller/Inker
Sean Phillips, FATALE

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist
Teddy Kristiansen, THE RED DIARY/The RE[A]D Diary (MAN OF ACTION/Image)

Best Cover Art
Sean Phillips, FATALE
Best Colorist
Dave Stewart, Batwoman (DC); FATALE (Image); BPRD, Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy in Hell, Lobster Johnson, The Massive (Dark Horse)
Best Lettering
Paul Grist, MUDMAN

APRIL 18, MILWAUKIE, OR–The next generation of video game comics arrives from Dark Horse and Deep Silver this May! The Gospel According to Artyom, a Metro: Last Light digital graphic novel, is a unique collaboration between Metro 2033 author Dmitry Glukhovsky and Dark Horse Comics.

Metro: Last Light is a first-person-shooter video game and the highly anticipated sequel to the extraordinary Metro 2033. In the year 2034, a nuclear war has turned the world into a postapocalyptic wasteland. In Moscow, the tunnels of the Metro have become a new home for the former inhabitants of the city. Within the catacombs, they fight for their survival, fending off hordes of hideous mutants born from the toxic atmosphere, as well as other factions desperate to take control of what little hospitable land remains. As they fight, they also search for a doomsday device that could be the key to their victory. A civil war is inevitable. During these dark hours, the players will embody Artyom and become the last light for all of mankind.

Telling the story of Artyom between the fateful events of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, the digital graphic novel The Gospel According to Artyom is available exclusively to customers who preorder Metro: Last Light through Steam and other selected retailers worldwide.

"The Gospel According to Artyom' is in fact the last chapter of Metro 2033 and the first chapter of Metro: Last Light, linking both stories together and giving an unexpected insight on what really happened in the beginning of it all. Reading it will change your understanding of my saga," said Dmitry Glukhovsky.

The novel Metro 2033 served as the inspiration for the creation of both video games, and Glukhovsky personally contributed a huge volume of dialogue for Metro: Last Light. Glukhovsky’s novels Metro 2033 and Metro 2034 have sold more than two million copies worldwide. In 2013, his latest book, Metro 2035, will be available outside of Russia.

For more information and a list of participating retailers, visit

Metro: Last Light is set for release on May 14 in North America and May 17 across the rest of the world.

About Dark Horse Comics
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

About Deep Silver
Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires.

Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including own brands like the critically acclaimed zombie action franchise Dead Island, action role-playing games from the Sacred world, successful adventures such as the Secret Files series and the role-playing realms of Risen. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include the next title in the Saints Row franchise, Sacred 3, Dead Island Riptide and Metro Last Light. Deep Silver also owns the development studio Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA. For more information please visit

About Koch Media
Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and films). The company's own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe and the USA. The Koch Media group has more than 18 years of experience in the digital media distribution business, and has risen to become the number one distributor in Europe. It has also formed strategic alliances with numerous games and software publishers: Bethesda, Capcom, Kaspersky Labs, NC Soft, Sega, Square Enix and Tecmo-Koei, etc. in various European countries. With Headquarters in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the USA.

© Deep Silver, a division of Koch Media GmbH, Austria


This Friday, Hordes Of Flesh-Eating Zombies Descend Upon North America’s 24-Hour Console-Based Anime Channel For PS3 And Playstation® Network, And Xbox 360® And Xbox Live®

San Francisco, CA, April 18, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, partners with Sentai Filmworks to unleash a frightening new world of the living dead as it premieres the zombie action of HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD on Neon Alley this Friday, April 19th. Episode 1 (English dubbed) of the high-octane anime action series will debut in High Definition at 10PM EST / 7PM PST, replaying at 2AM EST / 11PM PST, and will air again throughout the week. New episodes will premiere every Friday. Check the Neon Alley program guide or for more information and additional airtimes.

Based on the ultra-violent manga (graphic novel) originally created by Daisuke Sato, directed by Tetsuro Araki (Death Note, Black Lagoon) and produced by the internationally famed studio MADHOUSE (Death Note, Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D-Bloodlust, Wicked City) HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD (rated TV-MA) is distributed in North America by Sentai Filmworks and combines hordes of flesh-eating zombies with state of the art animation to deliver one of the most action packed anime series ever!

A deadly new disease is ravaging the world, turning the populace into mindless zombies and the number of infected victims is skyrocketing by the second. As their fellow classmates and teachers succumb to the infection around them, a small group of students at Fujimi High School must fight for their lives after surviving the initial outbreak. It’s up to Takashi Komuro to unite the group of weary survivors and try to escape the horrors that surround them. In this new world of the living dead...will they escape?

“We’re thrilled to welcome Sentai Filmworks as a content partner for our innovative anime content delivery service, Neon Alley,” says Brian Ige, VIZ Media Vice President, Animation. “HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD is the newest anime series to join Neon Alley’s expansive schedule for Spring 2013, and fans won’t want to miss this action-packed tale of survival when it debuts Friday!”

“HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD is a riveting story that combines plenty of visceral action with compelling, multi-faceted characters and some sexy fan service,” says David Del Rio, VP of Licensing, Sentai Filmworks. “We look forward to the series finding a brand new audience of avid fans on Neon Alley and to viewers joining Takashi Komuro and his cohorts as they face a stark and dangerous world.”

Neon Alley is VIZ Media’s 24-hour, subscription-based anime channel available for the PS3 game console and Playstation® Network, and Xbox 360 and Xbox Live®. The platform features the world’s best titles (dubbed in English and uncut), presented in HD (when available), for a low monthly subscription rate of $6.99, and a limited time only, a one-week free trial is available to all fans that sign up at

Neon Alley’s schedule includes a dynamic mix of action, adventure, sci-fi, supernatural, fantasy, and horror anime, including new debuts this season of weekly exclusive episodes of ACCEL WORLD, FATE/ZERO and ZETMAN. Fans also can catch other favorite blockbuster anime series from the beginning, including BLUE EXORCIST, DEATH NOTE, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, ONE PIECE, TIGER & BUNNY, VAMPIRE KNIGHT and more.

Neon Alley is specially designed to be studio agnostic, featuring titles from other anime producers and content distributors, including Aniplex, FUNimation, NTV, Taiseng, and Anime News Network. Members can also share real-time thoughts and status updates using social media technology from Tout (, some of which will air on the network. 

More information on Neon Alley is available at

Additional information on Sentai Filmworks HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD is available at:

About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks celebrates its 5th Anniversary as one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the FirefliesK-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Ingram Entertainment, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Sam Goody, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores.

Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan's largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at


Hypnotic and Haunting Singer’s Upcoming Performances Are Presented by
David Lynch, Who Produced Bell’s 11-Song Debut This Train
Tickets on Sale Now for the May 9 Show at Bimbos in San Francisco
and the May 12 Show sponsored by 89.9 KCRW at the
Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES  — (April 18, 2013) — Sultry chanteuse Chrysta Bell will perform in San Francisco and Los Angeles at concerts presented by David Lynch this May. She begins on Thursday, May 9 at Bimbos 365 Club (1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco) and then lands Sunday, May 12 in Los Angeles in a show sponsored by 89.9 KCRW at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles). “The first time I saw her perform, I thought she was like an alien. The most beautiful alien ever,” Lynch says.  Tickets for Bimbos ($18 in advance, $20, day of show) are available through their website: and tickets for the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (Admission is $25) are available through their website: (Please note David Lynch will not be in attendance for the San Francisco event but has provided an introduction and selected background visuals for both Chrysta Bell shows.)
Dior premiered Chrysta Bell’s “Real Love” in their recent commercial for the perfume Hypnotic Poison. Watch it here: Chrysta Bell also secured a fashion spread and feature in Italian Vogue’s February 2013 issue shot by renowned high-fashion photographer Emma Summerton as well as a stunning new music video for “Friday Night Fly” directed by Trevor Undi, shot exclusively for V Watch it here: 

A longtime collaborator with Bell, Lynch first began working with the San Francisco-based singer-songwriter in 2000. The legendary filmmaker’s surreal epic Inland Empire, saw the use of the duo’s song “Polish Poem,” a classically Lynchian ballad, spotlighted in the film’s closing moments.  
Building on their powerful chemistry, the pair reunited for Bell’s debut, This Train. Released on La Rose Noire, the 11-song album was produced and written by Lynch. Evocative of Lynch’s film and television productions — as well as his recent solo debut Crazy Clown Time — the album’s dark and airy musical soundscapes conjure a dramatic atmosphere that allows Bell’s breathy inflections and soulful melodies to truly take flight.  Lynch adds: “Chrysta Bell is not only a killer performer, she also has a great intuitive ability to catch a mood and find a melody that’s really spectacular.”
Bell certainly fits Lynch’s vision of the femme fatale archetype, projecting an on-stage persona that references Julie London, Rita Hayworth and Isabella Rossellini. “She was born to sing and be on stage,” Lynch says of Bell. A recent London performance earned Bell comparisons to Portishead and Massive Attack from the Web site,, which added that: “Bell’s on-stage persona propels her to another level entirely.”
Indeed, her fiery, multimedia performances around the world have forged true believers in London, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Montreal and Austin, Texas, which is not far from her hometown San Antonio. Raised there by her mother, a professional vocalist, and her stepfather, who owned a local recording studio, Bell was singing jingles by the time she was 11 and doing musical theater at 13. She first caught Lynch’s attention years later when she was the lead vocalist of RCA Victor’s gypsy swing act 8 ½ Souvenirs.
Monsters of Emotions adapted into a Woosical

Jersey City, NJ (April 18th, 2013) - Andi Green, creator of the award-winning series The WorryWoo Monsters, announced today that rumors of a WorryWoo Musical are true! Green has signed a contract with seasoned theater pros Kristen Tumminello (musical theatre instructor, AL) , Kelley Birney (Actress/ Writer, CA) and Jay Tumminello (NY based Composer/Arranger) to create and produce the first Woosical! "They have written an unbelievable script with a dream come true musical score" says Green. "I have always thought about bringing the WorryWoos to life, and what they put together already goes above and beyond anything I could have imagined!" Green explains that Jay Tumminello, the Woosical composer, has created a score that rivals the likes of her favorite soundtracks, the Muppets and The Last Unicorn. As well, the script written by Kristen Tumminello and Kelley Birney has adapted the WorryWoo characters into a magical experience that brings the "Woo" world to life.

The Tumminellos and Birney started writing the script and music two years ago after Kristen discovered The WorryWoos in a local gift shop in Huntsville, AL. "The first time I read Green's books, I was inspired!" says K. Tumminello. Kristen contacted her writing team, lifetime friends Kelley Birney and brother-in-law Jay Tumminello about the project. "Kristen was so excited about this, I knew it had to be something amazing," says Birney." After I read the books, I was hooked and knew she was absolutely right!" The collaborators met Andi Green in NYC in April of 2011 and the rest is history! This magical project was not without its challenges though. With the writers being in 3 different states, they would email back and forth regularly and meet every few months to brainstorm until the Woosical script was complete.

From Fuddle and Wince's duet about confusion and worry to Squeek's poignant song about leaving his "Bubble", the Woosical brings to life five WorryWoo characters exploring various emotions in the signature WorryWoo way. "One might think it is a challenge to write a song about a monster who lives in a bubble (Squeek)," says J. Tumminello, "but for me the music just came naturally. These characters tap into the psyche of both children and adults. I wanted the music to do the same!" Andi Green adds that both the script and music retain the valuable lessons about each of the emotions The WorryWoos are known for while creating a wonderful musical theatre experience.

So get ready to embrace your emotions - literally!! The Woosical will debut in workshops throughout Summer 2013 and production dates are anticipated to begin mid 2014.

Woosical Synopsis:  
Meet the WorryWoos: Squeek, Rue, Fuddle and Wince. Four friends on an incredible journey to find Nola, a monster they have never met, but she just may hold the key to everything. Along the way the monsters face loneliness, insecurity, confusion, fear and worry. But through sheer determination, unyielding friendship and, of course, the power of song, they find more than what they were looking for. By working through challenges together they find the courage and confidence it takes to succeed.

Based on the award winning children's book series by author Andi Green, playwrights Kristen Tumminello and Kelley Birney, with composer Jay Tumminello, bring the WorryWoos to life in Woosical, a rollicking new musical that will have children of all ages dancing, singing and embracing their Inner Woo!

About The Woosical Team:

Kristen Shivers Tumminello, is a theatrical maven who has spent over twenty years working both on and back stage for numerous operas, plays and musical theater presentations around the country. Kristen obtained her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Montevallo and her Master of Music in Musical Theater Performance from Oklahoma City University. During her graduate studies, Kristen was chosen by the Dean of Music to direct a production of the children's opera Brundibar which paved the way for her becoming a director/musical director for many productions post-graduation.  Currently Kristen works and resides in Hunstville, Al where she directs and teaches musical theater and voice. In addition, Kristen enjoys creating scenic art for area theater companies.  Her most recent work can be seen on the set of Huntsville's Seussical the Musical.  Woosical! marks her fifth collaboration with brother-in-law and musical composer Jay Tumminello.  

Kelley Birney lives in Los Angeles, California with her director husband, Tim Reischauer, where she is an established writer and actress. Birney has performed in numerous theatrical productions across the country, garnishing rave reviews. Some of her television credits include, The Young and The Restless, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Client List. Her current endeavors include writing and producing the award winning, film, Impulsive, which is appearing in various film festivals across the country

Jay Tumminello Since 1989, Jay has been a creative force behind more than 24 original Children's Theatre musicals and plays, composing for multiple companies across the country.  From 1993-1998, Jay was fortunate to retain a coveted Endowed Artist position with Birmingham Children's Theatre, one of the few professional companies in the southeastern United States to have received multiple Awards of Excellence from The Kennedy Center.  Jay presently makes his home in New York City, where he continues to joyfully compose, arrange and orchestrate. Jay is very excited to be a part of the WOOSICAL creative team. 

Andi Green is a bird-loving, cat-cuddling, dog-snuggling monster-maker who started her career as an Art Director in NYC. In 2007 Green left the corporate world and launched her company Monsters In My Head where she began writing, illustration and producing books and plush dolls called the WorryWoo Monsters. Today Green's WorryWoos can be found in gift, boutique and toy shops around the world. Andi's goal is to help children embrace their emotions and find their inner Woo. And with the release of her sixth book, a new WorryWoo app and the Woosical on its way it seems her message is catching on.
About The WorryWoo Monsters:
The WorryWoo Monsters are an award-winning series of books and plush dolls created by artist Andi Green. What started as an art exhibit in NYC is now a full line of books and plush dolls dedicated to helping children and adults embrace their emotions and find their inner "Woo"! The WorryWoos have received several accolades including a featured spot on NBC's "TODAY", a Mom's Best Award and A Creative Child Book of The Year Award. The WorryWoos are available nationwide in boutique, book and toys shops and their first digital App, Wince, Don't Feed The WorryBug, is available at the Apple App Store now. For more information, visit 

The WorryWoo Monster Line:
* Wince, The Monster of Worry and Don't Feed The Worrybug
* Nola, The Monster of Loneliness and The Lonely Little Monster
* Rue, The Monster of Insecurity and The Nose That Didn't Fit
* Fuddle, The Monster of Confusion and The Monster Who Couldn't Decide
* Squeek, The Monster of Innocence and The Monster In the Bubble
* Twitch, The Monster of Frustration and The Very Frustrated Monster

Screening Offers Festival Goers a Sneak Preview of Marvel’s Highly Anticipated Iron Man 3
(NEW YORK, NY) - April 18, 2013 - Entertainment Weekly today announced that a complimentary advance screening of Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” will kick off the EW CapeTown Film Festival (CapeTown) at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 30. The inaugural film festival, co-presented by Entertainment Weekly and American Cinematheque, and sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies, will host a screening of Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” before the film opens in theaters on May 3. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with Kevin Feige, producer of Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” and Marvel Studios’ President.
Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968. 

“Iron by                              Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

EW CapeTown Film Festival Schedule of Events - Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles
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Tuesday, April 30
8:00pm           Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” Complimentary Fan Appreciation Screening
                         Special guest: Kevin Feige
Wednesday, May 1
7:30pm            Shaun of the Dead
                        Special guest: Edgar Wright

Thursday, May 2
7:30pm           The Thing
                       Special guest: John Carpenter

Friday, May 3
7pm                 Escape from New York
                        Special guest: Kurt Russell
                        Bonus! Advance Screening of TNT’s Falling Skies Season 3 Premiere (show premieres June 9th)
                         Special guest: Noah Wyle
Saturday, May 4
“May the 4th Be With You” Celebration
10am              Return of the Jedi – INVITATION ONLY
  2pm              Return of the Jedi
  6pm              Return of the Jedi
10pm              Return of the Jedi

Sunday, May 5
10am               Despicable Me

1pm                 Coraline
                        Special guests: Neil Gaiman and Travis Knight

4pm                 The Goonies
                        Special guest: Richard Donner

8pm                 Twelve Monkeys
Special guest: Terry Gilliam
The evening with Terry Gilliam is co-presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.

Monday, May 6
7:30pm            Star Trek (2009)
                        Special guest: Leonard Nimoy