Dark Horse Comics’s Signing Schedule for New York Comic

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For all you comic book lovers, fans of Hellboy, Star Wars, Mass Effect, TNT’s Falling Skies, etc. Below is the autograph signing schedule from Dark Horse Comics at the upcoming New York Comic Con:

Spin the Dark Horse prize wheel for a chance to win free digital comics, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Crimson Empire bundles!

Thursday, October 13

  • 6:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!

Friday, October 14

  • 10:30 a.m. The Occultist—Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) and Jenny Frison (Criminal Macabre)
  • 11:00 a.m. Bunny in the Moon—Tara McPherson
  • 11:00 a.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 11:30 a.m. Orchid—Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman) and Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic). FREE Orchid poster featuring art by Massimo Carnevale. Ticketed event. Please talk to a Dark Horse staff member at the show.
  • 12:30 p.m. Dethklok—Jon Schnepp, Jeremy Barlow, and Nate Piekos
  • 1:30 p.m. The Immortal—Ian Edginton. FREE poster revealing never-before-seen art from the upcoming comic The Immortal, adapted from an acclaimed Japanese novel and written by Ian Edginton (Scarlet Traces, Star Trek: Early Voyages, Warhammer 40,000)
  • 2:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a The Thing movie T-shirt and free digital comics! Read the FREE digital prequel comic of The Thing now!
  • 2:30 p.m. Star Wars—Andrea Mutti. Find out what Star Wars series Andrea Mutti (Rage) will be working on at Friday’s Dark Horse panel (1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 1A15).
  • 3:30 p.m. The Massive—Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson (DMZ)
  • 4:30 p.m. Star Wars: Jedi—The Dark Side—Scott Allie and Mahmud Asrar
  • 6:30 p.m. Dr. McNinja—Christopher Hastings


Saturday, October 15

  • 10:30 a.m. Mass Effect—Mac Walters
  • 11:00 a.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 11:30 a.m. The Last Dragon—Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay. FREE face painting inspired by The Last Dragon! FREE mini print to the first one hundred people in line for the signing.
  • 12:30 p.m. House of Night—Jenny Frison. Get Marked! FREE House of Night face painting during the signing with cover artist Jenny Frison! FREE House of Night poster. And the first twenty-five people in line for the signing will receive a copy of The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P. C. Cast with Kim Doner from St. Martin’s Press!
  • 1:30 p.m. Beasts of Burden—Evan Dorkin
  • 1:30 p.m. Avatar: The Last Airbender—FREE face-painting event
  • 2:30 p.m. Dragon Age—David Gaider and Mike Laidlaw. FREE print to the first one hundred people in line to meet the lead writer and lead designer of Dragon Age!
  • 3:30 p.m. Angel & Faith—Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
  • 4:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 4:30 p.m. Comic TBA—Brian Wood (DMZ, Demo, Northlanders) and Becky Cloonan (Demo, Pixu). Find out what Dark Horse comic Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan are going to be working on together at Friday’s Dark Horse panel (1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 1A15)!
  • 5:30 p.m. Evelyn, Evelyn—Cynthia von Buhler

Sunday, October 16

  • 10:00 a.m. Beanworld—Larry Marder
  • 10:30 a.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 11:00 a.m. Mignolaverse—Mike Mignola and John Arcudi. Ticketed event. Please talk to a Dark Horse staff member at the show.
  • 12:00 p.m. Creepy—Dan Braun. It’s trick-or-treat time, but not for the kiddos! FREE Creepy comics to the first one hundred people in line, plus an array of crazy Creepy prizes just in time for All Hallow’s Eve!
  • 1:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes of Mass Effect—Mac Walters. Mac Walters discusses the process of writing Mass Effect comics and walks through a digital preview of Mass Effect: Invasion #1.
  • 2:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 2:30 p.m. Kult—Jeremy Barlow
  • 3:00 p.m. Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword—Jeremy Barlow, Paul Tobin, and Joshua Williamson
  • 4:00 p.m. Falling Skies—Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra. Are you missing Falling Skies? Talk to the creators of the preview comic and get a Falling Skies pin from TNT, while supplies last!

Keep your eyes on the Dark Horse blog for further announcements on signings, in-booth events, green-screen photo ops, and so much more!

Stone Rose Lounge Presents Thrashin’ Week

For those of you (I know it’s probably 90% of guys) who are not into fashion week, there is an event for you. Stone Rose Lounge trades runways for ramps with the debut of Thrashin’ Week, a three-day bash that brings New York’s downtown skate scene to one of the city’s most in-demand uptown haunts. The Manhattan hotspot has partnered with Red Bull to invite the biggest names in action sports to grind through Fashion Week on a 30-foot mini ramp that will be unveiled beside the lounge’s sweeping views of Central Park and Columbus Circle. From athletes to models, everyone is invited to enjoy all-star skateboarding sessions, mini ramp contests with some of New York’s top skaters, and live musical performances from today’s’ most anticipated artists.

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Athletes attending include Billy Rohan, Nolan Lee, Quim Cardona, Luis Tolentino, Danny Falla, Taji Ameen, Leo Gutman, Willy Akers, Dave Willis, Curtis Rapp, Ron Deily, Kevin Tierney and more TBA. Musical performances by Motion City Soundtrack, Mick Boogie, Ninjasonik, Penguin Prison, Xaphoon Jones of Chiddy Bang, London Souls, Jeffrey Tonnesen, Terry Urban and more TBA.


WHERE: Stone Rose Lounge
Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10019
(Ground floor entrance)


WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 8, – Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

To RSVP for these events, visit http://www.gerberbars.com/thrashinweek/

Thrashin’ Week is brought to you by Gerber Group, Stone Rose Lounge, Red Bull, Rock the Vote, and SOUL by Ludacris

Win a Trip to Fashion Week from LOFT & US Weekly

Hello all you fashionistas, fashion obsessed and New York Fashion Week fan. Want to attend a Fashion show during the fashion holy week in New York? LOFT and US Weekly have partnered to give on person the chance to win a trip to New York City during Fashion Week. In addition, the winner will receive 2 tickets to US Weekly’s “25 Most Stylish New Yorkers Fashion Week Party” (a party I’d kill to attend), dinner at a downtown Manhattan hopspot as well as full looks from LOFT.

See some of the amazing fashions that’s coming for Spring 2012 before your friends in person, be close enough to touch the fashions and be surrounded by the energy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Visit LOFT’s facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/LOFT and enter every day through August 15th to win.

Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 and Covergirl Collection Party

The legendary Pat McGrath, makeup artist for P & G Beauty (which owns Covergirl), has once again collaborated with LeSportsac to create an 8-piece pro cosmetic bag collection. We were one of the lucky few who got to attend the Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 and Covergirl Collection Party. She is legendary and the most influential editorial and celebrity makeup artist in the known world.

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Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011

The premier collection, which debuted last year, featured two makeup bags inspired by CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara. The 2011 collection is inspired lips, specifically by the CoverGirl LipPerfection lip color collection, and features new exclusive designs and shades from LeSportsac that coordinate perfectly.

The collection ranged from the small Kiss Case to the large Professional Carry All Tote that’s large enough to hold several other pieces from the Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 collection which makes for easy travel. Though we did not get to interview Ms. McGrath at the launch event, she sweetly posed for a photo.

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The Covergirl beauty team was also on hand to offer makeup touchups and beauty tips to all who wanted to experience their great colors in all categories – lips, cheeks, and eyes.

Guests also got to enjoy some yummy treats (a sweet tooth’s heaven), a fantastic view of New York City and deliciously refreshing cocktails. It was the perfect backdrop to celebrate this wonderful, limited edition collection.

The collection will be sold on LeSportsac.com and at LeSportsac boutiques starting this month. Keep an eye out for a coupon for CoverGirl LipPerfection lip color with every bag purchase. What are your thoughts on this collection? Are you excited for the Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 collection?

Prince Announces Welcome 2 America Tour

On a very rainy night, I ran up to Harlem for a Press Conference by Mega Icon, Prince. As I ran up to the Apollo Theater, I had no idea what the Press Conference was about as the invitation only stated: “Superstar Prince to make Exclusive Announcement”. The Press conference was supposed to start at 6pm, so I had limited time to sprint up there (luckily it actually started after 6pm, so I had a few minutes to get settled in). While waiting for it to start, we were treated to music from Prince’s album and I couldn’t hep but notice Prince’s name illuminated on the ceiling on one side and Welcome 2 America on the other. After several minutes of listening to some awesome Prince music, the curtain arose to reveal this poster

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Seconds later, Steven Hill, Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programing at BET Networks arrived on stage to introduce the superstar. He gave a riveting and enthusiastic homage to the icon. See the video below

Now on to some tragedy, I did have the full video of Prince himself announcing his tour and the other performers who are joining him on the tour but of course, my computer decided to crash at the same time I was downloading the video….sigh. So instead you must settle for only a photo of the Purple one on stage

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As for the tour, he coyly proclaimed “We’re here in New York to announce a series of events that will begin on a purple day in December 2010” and listed the following friends that will be included on the tour such as Mint Condition, Janelle Monae, Sheila E., Cassandra Wilson, Maceo Parker, Lalah Hathaway, Esperanza Spalding and Sinbad. My favorite moment of the of the evening was when Prince told the audience – “Bring your friends, bring your children,” he said, “and bring foot spray because it’s going to be funky.”

Another highlight was the announcement that Prince will auction off this gold-plated Fender guitar

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after the run of live shows, with the proceeds benefiting the economic recovery group Harlem Empowerment Zone. After the press conference, we were treated to Prince’s DVD from his London concert series called 21 Nights in London. The DVD included scenes from his concerts and interviews with fans including Naomi Campbell, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Elton John, etc. See below for an excerpt.

COVERGIRL for LeSportsac Launch Party

LeSportsac recently held a celebration for the launch of the limited edition COVERGIRL for LeSportSac cosmetic bags, designed in collaboration with legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath at the LeSportsac Soho Flagship Store

The yellow and black bag collection, inspired by Covergirl’s LashBlast Length Mascara, features two bags, PAT (single zipper) and PAGE (double zipper), which retail for $28 and $62 respectively

As you can see they make a great addiction to the existing LeSportSac collection; both will be available at LeSportSac.com (the PAT is available online now, the PAGE is coming soon).

I’m looking forward to more being added to this collection soon.

ShāToBu™ – The Workout You Wear

You may remember that I first mentioned (and discovered) ShāToBu in my post on the Robert Verdi Suite from this past season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Click HERE for a refresher. Anyway, while attending the CurveNY Show, which is a trade show held at the Jacobs Javits Center for lingerie, shapewear, etc. I decided to begin trying out my pair of ShāToBu™ (you’ve heard me discuss my thighs over and over again, and walking the trade show is a great workout). I was happily surprised to run into their booth at CurveNY.

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But it turns out I surprised them when I was asked by the creator, Dr. Denise Perron, if I was familiar with ShāToBu™, I told them not only did I find out all about it at the Robert Verdi Suite but I was actually wearing a pair right now (yes I showed them) and how much I loved them (I really do). Many people who wear shapewear and the few complaints you hear the most are “they’re not comfortable, can’t breathe, bulging, visible lines through your clothes, too hot, etc” – well, I haven’t experienced any of that. In fact, I tend to forget that I am wearing the Waist to Knee Shape. Directly below is the High Waist to Knee Shaper which gives you a more enhanced hourglass look

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ShāToBu – The Workout You Wear™ – is the revolutionary shaper that helps women shape, tone and burn more calories during everyday activities. It burns up to 12% more daily calories while helping you maintain a sleek, smooth silhouette in today’s fashions.
The benefits go beyond ordinary shapewear – ShaToBu instantly gives a sleeker silhouette, but women can also see and feel a difference in their bodies with regular use over time. By incorporating resistance bands right into the garment, muscles work a little harder and more calories are burned during daily activities.
ShaToBu helps women fit a workout into their normal day while looking and feeling great.

It was a wonderful experience visiting the ShāToBu booth and I enjoyed meeting Dr. Denise Perron

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Find out all the technical details of the magic of ShāToBu in their video below

 

video courtesy of  ShāToBu™

Community Coffee’s Rich Taste of Louisiana

I grew up in a house and family where coffee was king, no matter what the occasion. death – out comes the coffee, Wedding – there must be a few after ceremony cups, Christmas season – coffee was always ready for carolers. Like I said, coffee was boss. And in those days of my youth, the words “instant coffee” was very much frowned upon – coffee was made on way and one way only – fresh roasted coffee beans were grounded and brewed, if you wanted instant, well go to someone else’s house. This was a place for Percolators, preferably stovetop (these have since transformed to coffee machines, espresso machines, etc, but a few are still around today). They generally looked something like this (of course this one is more refined than what I remember from childhood)

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Although I have since been captured by the Starbucks machine but my mother has never been impressed with designer coffee mixtures – she still loves her ground coffee and roasted coffee beans. She even has a vintage percolator, a coffee grinder and several coffee machines (backup in case one breaks I guess)- the woman loves her coffee. I usually can’t help myself and always pick up coffee I think my mom will enjoy. On her most recent weekend visit to NYC, I introduced her to Community Coffee. I should say I showed her the coffee I got from Community Coffee, which was the Rich Taste of Louisiana Coffee Sampler

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I had to pull my hands back very quickly or risk missing a few appendages. After the oohs, a very faint “you shouldn’t have” and he sound of the package being ripped opened I thought to myself – should I tell her that I was just showing her the coffees and it wasn’t a gift for her? My answer was of course no after I saw the intense salivating going on in front of me let me know this coffee was never meant to be mine – so this will be a review of Community Coffee through my mother’s eyes or rather her taste buds (yes, my mom proceeded to give me details on how much she liked or loved each flavor) – sweet, isn’t she?

A little bit about these coffees – First, Community Coffee is Louisiana-based, family-owned company and has been around since 1919. The Rich Taste of Louisiana Coffee Sampler comes with four 12oz bags of coffee beans – Evangeline Blend™, Louisiana Blend™ (Medium Dark), French Quarter Fusion™ and Crescent City Blend®. The four 12oz bags cost only $34.99 and each bag cost a very, very low $7.99. One thing I noticed from the time I got the coffee, even though the package was sealed, the aroma was very present from the coffee, at first I thought one package might be ripped but turns out each bag has a little valve (known as nitrogen-flush containers)which allows the you to enjoy the amazing aromas. “The valve keeps oxygen from entering the bag and causing the coffee to lose freshness. This also keeps the bag from opening prematurely due to excessive pressure.” This little valve was the coolest thing to my mom, she kept on poking the bag so more of the coffee aromas came out (told you she loves her coffee). Anyway, out came the coffee grinder, filters, etc. We went through each bag and here are the findings

Crescent City Blend (Medium-Dark Roast) – mom thought this was a gentle and mild coffee, it smelled and tasted a bit sweet, was smooth and had no after taste. A great start to this little tasting adventure (and some quality mom and daughter time)

Louisiana Blend (Medium-Dark Roast) – this blend had a nutty aroma and taste; it was bold and rich, very srong. It didn’t smell nor taste sweet (even though this is medium-dark roast like Crescent City, they are quite different)

Evangeline Blend (Dark Roast)- heaven…this ultra smooth blend was mom’s favorite. She said it reminder her of coffees from the Caribbean/Latin America. It’s not as bold as the Louisiana Blend but was the perfect combination of sweet and richness.

French Quarter Fusion (Medium Roast) – this blend had a strong and bitter taste, it was my mom’s least favorite (she still finished it though). She doesn’t add milk to her coffee, but she said she would with this blend.

So there you have it, great coffee at a refreshingly low cost and this is coming from a coffee addict. The weekend visit ended with my mother taking “her” coffee back with her – as I said, the coffee was never mine. I think next time I’ll go for tea instead, she doesn’t drink it as much.

Before I end this, I must let you know some of the other cool things Community Coffee offers, such as a Mardi Gras Giftset (complete with mardi gras designed Tumbler and beads)

or maybe you’re in the mood for some of Marguerite’s King Cakes, which comes in Cinnamon (shown below), Cajun Praline or Cheesecake) – yum

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