About

Comic Book Club is a live talk show and podcast held every Tuesday at 7:30 pm in NYC! It’s hosted by Pete LePage, Justin Tyler, and Alex Zalben, but here’s some other folks who help out:

BoothMan: Adam Payne

Our Fabulous Interns: Eamonn Bell, Taimur Dar, Craig Fletcher, David McKay, Ryley Trahan

48 thoughts on “About

  1. Edie Nugent

    First off, you guys are so awesome. In so many ways. You make me so happy to be a fangirl-and should really pat yourselves on the back for being incredibly nerdy yet really accessible to chicks who dig comics. That’s no small feat in a fandom that can often feel as oppressive as Rob Liefeld’s art.

    I’ve been a fan and visitor to your recordings since you were in that huge theatre and we had to pay a cover charge. I wanted to let you know about a really awesome short play reading that is seriously comic nerdy: an imagined conversation between Wonder Woman and Frederic Wertham, author of “Seduction of the Innocent.” I’d love for any of you to attend! It’s 3/28 at 8pm, downstairs at Mr. Dennehy’s on 63 Carmine Street. It’s free! There’s a private bar next to the staging area! Booze, WW and bondage, what more could you want? Hope to see you (or ANY CBCL fans-all 21 and over welcome!) there.

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  2. Anastasia Cavouras

    Dear Comic Book Club Live,

    We recently launched Fandemonium by Rick Schindler. Fandemonium is a satirical literary novel about the world of comics (400 page novel). Rick Schindler is a Senior Editor and Writer for NBC News Digital.

    We were hoping to hear if you would consider interviewing our author and/or consider discussing Fandemonium with your audience.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

    Anastasia

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  3. Kate Corcoran

    Hi there!

    I hope you don’t mind me contacting you. My name is Kate and I’m working to help cast season three of AMC’s runaway hit Comic Book Men, produced by Kevin Smith. I was reaching out in the hopes you could blast, post or otherwise help us spread the word!

    We’re casting for a few more weeks (till the end of August) and would love to find people (specifically females) who are looking for some TV experience and would like to buy or sell any of their fun, valuable or unique items from comic books or pop culture at Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Shop in Red Bank, NJ!

    If you or anyone you know is interested please apply at http://www.comicbookmencasting.com. I would so appreciate you passing this along to any friends or family you feel may be interested in the opportunity.

    Thanks!

    Kate Corcoran
    Casting associate producer
    Comic Book Men

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  5. Leah

    Dear Comic Book Club Live,

    The Walking Dead Escape (www.thewalkingdeadescape.com), the only official obstacle race of AMC’s The Walking Dead, is coming to New York on October 12th at the USS Intrepid. I was wondering if you would be willing to do a give away on your show .

    Please let me know if you are interested.

    Thanks,
    Leah

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  6. Jen

    Hi Comic Book Club Live,

    I’m writing to share an invite to our free tv tapings of FXX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Tomorrow (Tuesday 10/22) we will have cartoonist Keith “Keef” Knight of the K Chronicles as our guest. The invite along with information about the show is below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like to attend, I will gladly put you on my personal list. Would greatly appreciate it if you could share the invite with your members as well. Thanks so much!

    All the best,
    Jen

    SEE A TAPING OF TOTALLY BIASED WITH WITH W. KAMAU BELL –

    Great guests, amazing shows taping 6:15PM – 7:15PM LIVE EVERY MONDAY – THURSDAY
    at NEP Studios at 401 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan

    SEE NEXT WEEK’S SHOWS! We are very excited to announce that on Monday 10/21 we have hip hop blogger Jay Smooth, Tuesday 10/22 is cartoonist and protagonist Keith “Keef” Knight, Harvard scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates will be with us Wednesday 10/23 and then hit comic Josh Gondleman will be performing on Thursday 10/24. We have plenty of tickets to upcoming shows in October and November.

    W. Kamau Bell and Totally Biased just hit the cover of The Village Voice. The Voice said “Totally Biased is Totally Badass” Don’t miss the chance to see Totally Biased at our new convenient post-work taping time.

    FXX is excited to announce that Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will be on air throughout the Fall at 11PM Monday – Thursday. Kamau and the gang are back ready to kick out the jams and keep you laughing. Socio-political comedian, community activist, and latenight TV host W. Kamau Bell is taking the comedy world by storm. The New York Times calling Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” The show was nominated for “Best Talk Series” at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards and Salon.com included Kamau on their “Sexiest Men of 2012” list, calling the show “surreptitiously revolutionary in its effortless diversity and humanism.” Totally Biased is executive produced by Chris Rock. Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell dissects topical issues of race, sex, politics, class, and culture. The series shoots in New York and spotlights commentary and comedic sketches from Kamau, along with features from contributors. Previous guests include Don Cheadle, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, Rachel Maddow, John Oliver, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Wanda Sykes, David Alan Grier, George Takei and musician/activist Tom Morello.

    For complementary tickets and more information go to http://www.totallybiasedtix.com

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  7. Ken Shaw

    Hey Pete!! Its Ken Shaw! We use to work together at CBS and Iyanla Vasant Talk Show. Found you by accident. A friend of mine will be performing at Fontana’s so I went to the website to get info and came across your Comic Book Club night. What’s up, bro!? I see your doing well! Tomorrow (Tuesday) I’ll be in the city but will have a bunch of equipment with otherwise I’d come down to check you out. When you have a chance reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you!

    Here’s what I’m up to
    FOUR SHAW ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
    http://www.youtube.com/FOURSHAWENT

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  8. Chad

    I am trying to find the comic you plugged on the Comic Book Club podcast called Captain Jones. I went to the Squarespace site but I can’t “contact” Pete Lepage there due to “Unable to send form. No storage service is configured. Configure one using the ‘Storage’ tab from the configuration area for this block.” Anyway, Is it currently available or is it soon to be released? Describing it as Hitchhiker meets Lebowski has me instantly wanting to see this. Thanks.
    Chad

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  9. Sergio Gusella

    Hey Guys. I recently just released the first part of my Graphic novel trilogy, Bravelock. I heard about your show and heard a few episodes. I thought you guys do an excellent and very entertaining job at it. I was wondering. I was kinda interested in how easy or hard would be to have some space on your show. How likely would that be? I could send you guys a copy of the book as well. Would very much appreciate to hear back from you guys. Have a great week ahead and HAPPY NEW YEAR !

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    1. Alex Post author

      Sure! We can’t promise anything, but feel free to e-mail us at comicbookclublive at gmail, and we can check out the book and talk more.

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  10. Christina Calisi

    Hello!

    I hope this email finds you well! My name is Christina Calisi and I am a Casting Associate Producer for AMC’s runaway hitComic Book Men, produced by Kevin Smith. I was reaching out in the hopes you could blast, post or otherwise help us spread the word for casting this upcoming season!

    We’re CURRENTLY casting for season 4! We would love to find people who are looking for some TV experience and would like to buy or sell any of their fun, valuable or unique items from comic books to pop culture items!

    Here’s how you get started… Go to http://comicbookmencasting.com/ and apply ASAP!

    I would appreciate you passing this along to any businesses/friends/or family you feel may be interested in this opportunity.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at comicbookmencasting@gmail.com or call me at 646.216.9156.

    Thanks!

    Christina Calisi
    Casting Associate Producer | AMC’s Comic Book Men
    comicbookmencasting@gmail.com | 646.216.9156

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  11. Matilde André

    Hi there!

    I am very much hoping I don’t sound like some salesperson but I tried very hard to find contact details for you but failed a little on that front so I hope you don’t mind me messaging you here.

    I am contacting you from Milk Shadow Books in Melbourne, Australia after seeing your reviews.

    We were hoping you would like to review any of our comics or some of our graphic novels?

    You can find a list of our published works at http://www.milkshadowbooks.com and we are able to send through a PDF copy for yourself to read.
    Let us know how you go and if you have any questions please feel free to drop us a line any time at sales@milkshadowbooks.com
    Talk to you soon!
    Matilde André

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  12. @TheCruZader

    Where can I find you guys on Facebook, Google+, etc? Great show, really pro stuff compared to a lot of the other stuff out there today. Thanks again for the enthusiasm on the CruZader ad!

    @TheCruZader

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  13. Rick Schindler

    Hey, I see my publisher, Anastasia Cavouras, wrote to you about “Fandemonium,” my novel about the comic book business. Fangirl Amy Jean Tomaso, aka The Rookie, recently reviewed it at The Taylor Network of Podcasts and recommends it: http://thetaylornetworkofpodcasts.com/2014/07/31/books-without-picture-fandemonium/

    I’m right here in NYC and would be glad to come and talk to you about the book. And I know my publisher would be glad to get you a copy. Just say the word.

    Thanks,
    Rick Schindler
    rick.schindler@verizon.net

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  14. Caro Posse

    Great website!
    I wanted to share my project which is an animated moving panel book entitled The Francis Ellis Mysteries. This project is a hybrid of disciplines: photography, acting, film-making, voice work, and animation, in the form of a graphic novel. The story is edited in panels, the characters are animated, and accompanied by dialogue and sound effects. The style is dark and cinematic, very film noir, detective story.

    The story is based on a cataclysmic explosion at Port Chicago in 1944 that becomes the obsession of survivor Francis Vincent Ellis when he is lured from seclusion in 1949 and thrust into a sprawling hybrid world of Meta-Humans, Physicists, Con-Men, G-Men, Mobsters, Spies, Clip Joints, Debutantes, Murderers, Blue Bloods, Be-Bop and Thieves, by a cuckold Giant, flaunting unimaginable wealth and evidence of the sinister origin of the Atomic Age.

    The first episode is out and the campaign is up.
    Here is our link for those interested and the sample episode is temporarily on the page as well. Please check it out, I would love to hear your thoughts.

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-francis-ellis-mysteries/x/8565626#home

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  15. Jonathan

    I’ve waited years just to be the first post on this page in 2015! The wait is over …

    That didn’t happen. I just found the show and wait anxiously for it each week. I’ve very much enjoyed the laughs and comic recommendations. As someone who is just getting back into reading comics you guys are great to listen to in order to know where to dive in. Cheers.

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  16. Evan

    Hey guys! Do you do “requests”? I wanted to hit you up and ask if your gonna have Dennis Calero again anytime soon?

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  17. Alanah Rafferty

    Hello to the team at Comic Book Club,

    My name is Alanah, and I’m an actor and executive producer of the new web series, Three Days of Glory. The show follows the lives of cosplayers as they top each other, and themselves, with each new costume and convention. The show will feature cosplayers as some of the most beloved comic book and fantasy heroes- Iron Man, Star Lord, the X Men, and more.

    But most importantly, this is a show about the people behind the masks, the comic lovers, the anime freaks, and the fantasy fanatics.

    Our Indiegogo campaign has recently launched, where you can find the trailer, cast interviews, and more.

    We’d love if we could feature the series on one of your podcasts. We’re in the process of building a fan base, and thought your audience would be perfect to bring in to the Three Days of Glory world. If you have any questions or concern, please feel free to contact me, or I can connect you to George and Pat, our show’s creators and producers. Thank you for your time and consideration, and have a great day.

    Sincerely,
    Alanah Rafferty

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  18. Brian

    Friend of the Podcast, Michael Ragosta, along with artist Jesse Lombardi have begun work in their first comic series: The Cosmonaut’s Kid! There is currently a 5 page preview available on CosmoKidComics.com along with original art and other merch! Thanks for your support everyone!

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  19. Brian

    Michael Ragosta, friend of the podcast, along with artist Jesse Lombardi, have began work on their first comic series: The Cosmonaut’s Kid! There is a five page preview available for download at CosmoKidComics.com along with original art and other merch! Thanks for your support as the two gentlemen try and make their foray into the comic writing universe! (Sorry if this is a repeat post, I was having internet issues earlier)

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  20. Erin Fritts

    Great show and great website, you guys! I’m contacting you on behalf of Stan Lee’s daughter, JC Lee, who has just released her new book, “It’s All About Love”, and she has paired up with a major cause related project with which I am involved. We are trying to get the word out by partnering with anyone who could benefit from the Superhero world as well. Please let me know if you are interested in hearing more about the cause, thanks so much for your time!

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  21. Avenging Hour

    We’ve launched a new podcast chronicling the history of Marvel’s Avengers comics from 1963 to present! Please give us a listen and let us know what you think.

    Listen at avenginghour.com or find us on iTunes.

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  22. Luis Cabral

    This is Luis Cabral from the Recap Podcast. A comic book podcast where I recap the last issue before the next one comes out.
    One of the new segments of my show involves recommending Comic Book Podcasts to listeners. I am recommending your podcast.

    I was wondering if you’d like to send me any audio file (wav, mp3) you use for advertise your show, so I can play it along with my recommendation.

    I will e-mail you with the date and episode number when it airs and I hope you find time to listen.

    Loving your show.

    Luis
    (Fellow Podcaster and loyal listener)

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    1. Alex Post author

      Thanks so much, Luis! We don’t really have an ad we use, but feel free to snag anything online. Much appreciated!

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  23. Dominik L. Marzec

    Hi! I want to share with you my graphic novel called “Our Friend Satan”. The story follows Satan, who is depressed and suffering from a midlife crisis. He would like to be evil, like in the old days, but he cannot reach the expectations of the modern people anymore. When even Satanists turn their backs on him, he decides to deal with the matter once and for all. You can check the first 17 pages of the actual graphic novel here: http://ourfriendsatan.com/comics , its a very quick and enjoyable read. There’s also much more information on our Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1JMkJ2z , and the campaign is going great – we already financed the mail goal, and now we’re trying to gather budget for turning this comic book into a trilogy.

    The graphic novel gets very good reviews, and people love it – check out this Reddit thread, where there’s over 2000 upvotes, and 100 comments praising our work: https://www.reddit.com/r/comics/comments/3gapgi/our_friend_satan_graphic_novel_oc_xpost_from/ .

    At the moment we’re trying to make international audience aware of the project. It would mean A LOT to us, if you could help us by featuring our comic book in your podcast.

    Thanks!

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  24. Michael Valentine

    Hello this is Michael Valentine, Director of COMIX: Beyond The Comic Book Pages, a new fun indie award winning feature length documentary about the world of comic books, and the phenomenon told through the thoughts and images of creators, artists and writers like Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Neal Adams, Mark Waid, Marc Silvestri, and many more. Please check out the trailer:at http://www.comixthemovie.com

    I am doing theater screenings across the country that want to host screenings of the film and thought Comic Book Club Live would be a perfect fit to host a screening. We partnered with Tugg to bring COMIX to the BIG screen in just about any town in the nation. We already have started to partner with comic book stores in Tempe, Orlando, San Antonio. Las Vegas, and we had a successful screening last week in Muncie Indiana where Mark Waid was there and did a Q&A afterwards. as well as some other cities. It is risk free for the host and cost only the price for a ticket. We could do an awesome event together and have giveaways, contests, special guests, Cosplay, and make it a unique event.

    Here’s how Tugg works:

    ​The host picks the theater, date, and time that works best for them.

    After theater approval, you get your own Event Page where you can begin reserving tickets.

    Share the event with your network and confirm your screening by selling enough tickets before the ticket​ deadline. (We also help you spread the word through community outreach and social media).

    It cost the host nothing but the price of a ticket!! ​

    ​Check out! https://www.tugg.com/titles/comix

    This event would be great opportunity to cross promote your store and could be a SUPER fun event!

    Let me know if you are interested in talking about the possibilities.
    Thanks,
    Michael Valentine
    310-916-7524

    http://www.comixthemovie.com

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  25. Leonardo Masetti

    Dear Sirs,
    our original Graphic Novel titled Iktomi will be released this coming May by Source Point Press. We are reaching out to Podcasts around the Country trying to obtain interviews for our creative team to increase the chances of spreading the word to a desired audience about this exiting and unique graphic novel.

    Longline: In this Dark Fantasy/Western Saga, two separated DIMENSIONS vie for absolute domination of the Human Race. In one, the UPPER WORLD, the Lakota Indians and their allies fight for survival against irreducible oppressors during post-Civil War America: Blue Coats, Road-Agents and…dreadful Creatures from Native American Mythology! The other is a dangerous and frightful reign known as XIBALBA, the “place where the Sun refuses to shine”, ruled by an evil High-Priest (HURACAN) and other dark forces. An Indian Trickster Spirit (IKTOMI) is the link between the Two Dimensions. As a memorable clash is about to erupt, the fate of all Humanity now lies in the hands of a white-man-turned-Lakota-Shaman (JACK FREEMAN/TWO MOON), a Lakota Holy Man (MEDICINE EAGLE) and their…”doubles” in Xibalba!

    To find out more about Iktomi please visit:
    http://www.iktomi.us
    http://www.SourcePointPress.com
    http://www.facebook.com/iktomigraphicnovel
    http://www.twitter.com/iktomi3

    We would be most grateful if we could schedule an interview by late March or beginning of April.
    Cheers,
    Leonardo Masetti (creator/writer)
    Pier Paolo Piccoli (co-creator/producer)
    Ryan Gutierrez (Artist/Inker/Toner)
    Joseba Morales (Letterer)

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  26. Joshua Broxson

    I just discovered your podcast this week. Since then I’ve just about given up my podcast listening schedule to just listen to you guys wax poetic (or otherwise) about comics and all the various media they have spread to. That might not sound like much but since I work from home all day, that means I just sit at the computer and listen to past runs of your show.

    The discussion of the new Superman movie has been particularly interesting to me because I have always wanted them to get that property right, but it seems they never will. I was wondering if you guys had any thoughts on the movie and how it stacked with the DC arc, Kingdom Come? Maybe you’ve already done this and I’ve just not gotten to it yet, and you can direct me to the correct episode I’ve always loved that particular run. I feel it takes the issues that we see bundled up in the current movie (i.e. the apparent desire out there for a gritty Superman in an increasingly nasty world; Superman’s desire to just do the right thing in spite of all that; Batman’s paranoia, etc.) and pushes them hard down a path that makes sense and is heartbreaking in it’s conclusions. It shows us that we need Superman to be that paragon of virtue that despite having the powers of a god, the easy way is not necessarily the right way. It smacks us in the face and says, you want to see what the world is like with gritty super heroes? You want to see a jaded Superman? Well here you go. It’s not pretty. But at the same time the story makes sense. It’s not just a hodgepodge of noise and light and cameos. It’s a story. And maybe that’s the biggest problem with the DC franchise approach. Instead of building the elements of this clash into their solo titles like Marvel did, sowing the seeds throughout Iron Man and captain America and the Avengers movies, they did it completely backwards. Anyway.

    I’ve always thought the Kingdom Come story was very powerful and all this talk about the new movie brought it back to my mind and I wondered if you guys had any thoughts. I imagine you’re tired of talking about by now, but I would love to hear what you all had to say.

    Thanks from a new fan,

    Josh

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  27. Michael Valentine

    DO YOU LOVE COMIC BOOKS?

    Want to see a new movie about the world of comic books starring Stan Lee, Frank Miller, and so many more? http://www.comixthemovie.com

    Come see COMIX: Beyond the Comic Book Pages , on the BIG screen at the UA Kaufman Astoria Stadium 14, for 1 night ONLY on May 9th. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance by May 1st.

    FREE Comic Book with ticket purchase! No walk ins.

    RSVP if you are interested in purchasing tickets!at http://www.tugg.com/events/95377 by May 1st!

    You wont even be charged until we meet our threshold for the theater (68 tickets by 5/1) or the event won’t happen

    Come dressed as your favorite comic book character to show the love. It is that kind of event.

    Come out & show your support for the Comic & Fandom & Indie Documentary communities and have a great time!

    ‪#‎comics‬ ‪#‎fandom‬ ‪#‎cosplay‬ ‪#‎NYC‬

    PLEASE HELP US Spread the word to make this screening happen!!

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  28. Patrick Reilly

    Hey guys,
    I was wondering if you would give my indie comic a review. I’ve written 8 issues of The Misadventures of Electrolyte and The Justice Purveyors. I’m currently working on 9&10. Electrolyte, the protagonist, has the ability to cure hangovers. It’s a humorous take on the superhero genre. Here’s a link to my site- thejusticepurveyors.com.
    I can forward you hard copies or digital copies. Thanks for your support and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Patrick Reilly

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  29. Morgan Barba

    Hello!

    Hope this email finds you well. My name is Morgan Barba, I am the Marketing Intern at the New York Musical Festival.

    I wanted to get in touch with details of this years exciting lineup at NYMF, including an exciting show called “ULTIMATE MAN!” We thought this may be of interest to you at Comic Book Club because of it connection to games and comics!

    “Ultimate Man!” is a colorful adventure with comic overtones – The Comic World is in a state of chaos. Joe, the artist who draws the politically savvy ULTIMATE MAN! has lost control of his characters and himself. Ultimate Man, in a desperate attempt to save his beloved Cathy Cookie, confronts the cartoonist in the Real World, and is followed by Rex Ringer, a villain! Buffy, Joe’s publisher, has her own twisted agenda, so Joe is faced with the dilemma of creating edgy art or embracing mass appeal in a corporate world. For Joe, worlds collide in this comic adventure. is a quest to save Paradise one tile at a time.

    We simply wanted to reach out about the Festival and any shows that may be a valuable theater experiences for Comic Book Club. We have great groups rates available too!

    You can read more about “Ultimate Man! ,” as well as listen to tracks, and learn about their cast at http://nymf.org/festival/2016-events/ultimateman/.

    Thanks so much and we hope to see you at the Festival!

    Best,
    Morgan

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  30. Michael Valentine

    I am trying to spread the love for a documentary it took me 13 years to do.
    Just for you! .Here is the first 10 mins of the film COMIX: Beyond the Comic Book Pages to get a sneak peak. If you like it please help me spread the word.

    We are trying to have a screening on the BIG screen on Oct 6th but need to sell so many tickets by Sept.29th or it won’t happen. Comic book fans unite and help make this fun inspiring film come to LA. Here are the details.
    https://new.tugg.com/events/comix-beyond-the-comic-book-pages-2zhx

    Thanks, Michael.
    http://www.comixthemovie.com
    https://www.facebook.com/comixthemovie/?fref=ts

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  31. Victor

    Are you guys going to New York Comic Con? We are big fans and wanted to know if you had any appearances or live shows during or after the con. If not, hopefully we will see you guys walking the floor. We have a small indie comic. Come by our booth and we’ll hook you guys up with a copy (Man vs. Rock – Booth: 1070 in small press) if you let us get a picture of us bowing to you!

    Vic

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    1. Alex Post author

      We’re doing a show that Tuesday, but nothing at the Con… That said, Alex (that’s me!) will definitely be around, so please say hi – and I’ll try to stop by to ay hello!

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  32. Ryan Pomeranz

    Heeey. So I feel like this isn’t the right place to post this but I can’t find any contact info for you guys (which I realize may be intentional). My name is Ryan Pomeranz. I’ve done a little bit of video work with The Pit in the past, mostly for This Live Show. Anyhow, I’m making a comic inspired comedic web series called “Karate Tortoise” which is currently raising funds. I feel like it’s definitely something that fits the scope of your show, and we’d love to come on and talk about it.

    We’re a little over 2/3 funded and we somehow were able to cajole Gilbert Gottfried into coming on board, but we still have a bit of a ways to go. Any help would be appreciated. You guys do great work. Thanks!

    OrIginal Short Film: https://youtu.be/Gg1kaHNFWU4
    Campaign: http://www.seedandspark.com/fund/karate-tortoise-1

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