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Scenes From New York Comic Con 2019: Day Two (Part Three)

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Greetings fellow Geeks, you know the drill and you know where you are right now, well, you should know at this point 🙂 For those just joining the program allow me to welcome you to the PiercingMetal in-depth visual overview of the 2019 New York Comic Con. I’m up to Part Three of the Day Two observations and I am just going to pick up from where I left you in Part Two. The newbies might want to click HERE first so they see all that’s come before this one.

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As per usual, I am picking up from where I left off and here we see the lovely Hendo once more dressed in some sort of Psylocke/Playboy Bunny mashup. I stopped by here once more because as you can see there was a Vero booth. Vero was supposed to take the place of both Facebook and Instagram but it didn’t. I have an account that can be followed but so far I’ve barely used it.

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This is Tom Bilyeu and he is the founder of Impact Theory Comics. I was happy to take an autographed copy of his “Hexagon” comic book.

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IDW Publishing has a few adult coloring books that are the creative work of artist Alan Robert. Metalheads know him as one of the members of the band Life Of Agony as well and they have been very active of late so do check them out when you get the chance.

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For the last few years one of the highlights of the convention exploration was dropping by the folks at Evil Ink Press. They are the publishers of the Science Fiction series “The Amory Wars”. This series is the brainchild of one Claudio Sanchez, singer and guitarist of Hard Rock/Progressive stalwarts Coheed and Cambria.

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Claudio always does signings at the booth and the line is ridiculous. It’s awesome that he does this and I always make it a point to snap a quick photo or two when I know his schedule.

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I slipped back down to Artist Alley for a few shots and couldn’t resist snapping this design by Michael Golden. Looks familiar doesn’t it? Do you know the story about it? It’s a hoot.

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Let me stop here and leave the rest for tomorrow since there still is enough images for one more Day Two posting. Please be sure to click through on the website links down below and to make this all the more special, I’ve added some Amazon.com purchase links for some of the items that were discussed in this chapter. Don’t forget to follow PiercingMetal on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube so you don’t miss a second of the fun. See you next time.

Official Websites:
New York Comic Con: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com
ReedPOP: http://www.reedpop.com
Alan Robert: https://thebeautyofhorror.com/
Brian Ewing: http://www.brianewing.com/
Coheed and Cambria: https://www.coheedandcambria.com/
Evil Ink Press: https://evilink.com/
Hendo Art: https://www.instagram.com/hendoart/
IDW Publishing: https://www.idwpublishing.com/
Impact Theory Comics: https://comics.impacttheory.com/
Scott Hanna: https://twitter.com/inkerscott1

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Life of Agony Announces “The Sound Of Scars” Release Celebration @ Coney Island Brewery

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The Press Release:
Brooklyn Vegan, 89.5 FM WSOU, and The Jerry Farley Presents have teamed up to host LIFE OF AGONY’S “The Sound Of Scars” Record Release Celebration at Coney Island Brewery on Saturday, October 12th. This date is significant to the band’s history, because it marks the 26th anniversary of the release of their debut album “River Runs Red.” Life Of Agony will perform new songs from the forthcoming album “The Sound Of Scars”, as well as fan favorites from their catalog.

This is an exclusive hometown event before the group kicks off their S.O.S. World Tour, and there are only two ways to attend… fans can either win tickets from Brooklyn Vegan and WSOU, or purchase a very limited amount of VIP Packages through Coney Island Brewery.

VIP Packages will include access to the band’s soundcheck as well as early entry to the bar where LOA’s very own Joey Z and Alan Robert will serve as guest bartenders!

Pre-order “The Sound Of Scars” here: https://smarturl.it/TheSoundOfScars

For VIP Packages and Show Details, Visit: http://www.ConeyIslandBeer.com
LIFE OF AGONY “S.O.S. WORLD TOUR” TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: http://lifeofagony.com/

LOA European Dates (with Doyle of The Misfits & Evolution Empire):
10/22: London, UK @ Islington Academy
10/23: Southampton, UK @ Engine Rooms
10/25: Birmingham, UK @ 02 Institute2
10/26: Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
10/27: Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
10/29: Milton Keynes, UK @ Craufurd Arms
10/30: Bristol, UK @ Fleece
11/1: Torhout, BEL @ De Mast
11/2: Dusseldorf, DE @ Zakk
11/3: Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
11/4: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Amager Bio
11/6: Hannover, DE @ Musikzentrum
11/8: Luxembourg @ Kulturfabrik
11/9: Stuttgart, DE @ Juz Hallschlag
11/10: Zurich, CH @ Dynamo
11/12: Graz, AU @ PPC
11/13: Vienna, AU @ Flex
11/15: Leuven, BEL @ Depot
11/16: Hengelo, NL @ Metropool
11/17: Munster, DE @ Sputnikhalle

LOA US/CAN Dates:
12/11: New Bedford, MA @ The Vault @ Greasy Luck
12/13: Quebec City, QC @ La Source de Martinière
12/14: Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
12/15: Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
12/17: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
12/18: London, ON @ Rum Runners
12/19: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
12/21: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Official Websites:
Life Of Agony:
Napalm Records:
For more information on LIFE OF AGONY, visit:
www.lifeofagony.com
www.facebook.com/lifeofagonyfamiglia
www.napalmrecords.com
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“The Beauty of Horror” Gets Monster-Sized with Giant Coloring Prints Set

The Press Release:
Just when you thought it was safe to pack your colors away, creator Alan Robert returns with The Beauty of Horror: Ultimate Nightmare, Deluxe Coloring Set. Get your claws around twelve oversized illustrations that you can color and frame from the bestselling horror series. Each 12″ x 12″ MONSTER-sized print allows for an even more fun coloring experience with its large spaces and one-sided, deluxe coloring format. This GOREgeous print collection includes fan favorites from The Beauty of Horror Volume One, Volume Two: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium, Volume Three: Haunted Playgrounds, and features three, brand-new Alan Robert exclusives!

When asked about the thinking behind the title, the Life of Agony bassist explains, “Beauty of Horror fans can finally decorate their walls with their GOREgeous artwork for the very first time, which also means they’ll be inviting Ghouliana into their homes.” Robert laughs, “So, don’t blame me when her hollowed eyes creep you out from across the room! Yeah, I’d say Ultimate Nightmare is aptly named.”

“The fan reaction to Beauty of Horror has been phenomenal,” says Justin Eisinger, Senior Editor, Books for IDW Publishing. “But we knew there were new dark corners of this breakout hit to explore, and this new, collectible format is something we think fans of BoH and coloring books in general will really enjoy.”

The Beauty of Horror: Ultimate Nightmare, Deluxe Coloring Set by Alan Robert arrives in stores September 2018 from IDW Publishing.

Author Bio: Alan Robert is the creator of several critically-acclaimed graphic novels: Wire Hangers, Crawl to Me (in development to become a motion picture), Killogy, The Shunned One, and The Beauty of Horror, a bestselling series of horror-themed adult coloring books. Robert is also well known as the bassist/songwriter for the hard rock group Life of Agony for over two decades. A Brooklyn native, Alan’s journey as a comic book creator began at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he attended on a scholarship and studied cartooning under legendary Thor comic writer/artist Walt Simonson.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I think this is a cool idea if you are a fan of the adult coloring books that we see making an appearance on the shelves every now and again. I must admit that I haven’t “colored” anything in many, many years but some of my friends do and say that it’s a very relaxing practice. These are your conventional folks and not artists per se. I might have to give this a whirl myself considering I always get some awesome provisions from our friends at Crayola at the yearly Toy Fair when we cover the convention. If you are an art-minded person you should look into them as well since there are some fantastic new pencils, crayons and markers. Good luck IDW and Alan on this new release. I cannot wait to see it in living to be color 

Official Websites:
IDW Publishing: http://www.idwpublishing.com
The Beauty Of Horror: http://www.thebeautyofhorror.com

Life Of Agony Announce “Rise Of The Underground” 2018 Tour

Monday is not everyone’s favorite day and hence Garfield always grumbling how that he hates Mondays. I feel the sure fire way to cure that level of blues is with a tour announcement or two. Let’s start the week off properly with the latest dope from the band known as Life Of Agony. I’ll return at the close with some additional editorial.

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The Press Release:
New York’s LIFE OF AGONY has announced dates for a headlining trek called “Rise of the Underground Tour 2018” spanning the USA and Europe. The shows will begin with two sold-out, hometown warm-up gigs April 18th & 19th at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, and conclude November 2nd as headliners of The Sound of Revolution Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Full list of dates are below.

“With 2018 marking the 25th anniversary of our debut album, we are just so incredibly grateful to our fans for sticking with us all these years and wanted to do something really special for them. We’re breaking out some old fan favorites that we’ve never played before live and hitting cities we haven’t been to in over a decade,” says bassist Alan Robert. “You really can’t beat the crazy energy of a packed, sweaty, tiny club, like we used to play back in the day, so we decided to include some very intimate rooms on this tour, along with the bigger venues, to feel that deep emotional connection again with our die-hard fans. It’s gonna be insane.”

Joining Rise of the Underground Tour 2018 as main support during the September US dates will be Silvertomb, the new band featuring Johnny Kelly and Kenny Hickey from Type O Negative. More support acts to be announced soon.

LIFE OF AGONY emerged from the New York music scene in the early ’90s with one of the most distinctive sounds in its genre. Best known for its 1993 metal/crossover debut River Runs Red, the band instantly built a cult following. For over two decades, the group toured relentlessly all over the world, sharing stages with the biggest names in rock, including Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. After the much-praised Ugly (1995), LIFE OF AGONY opted for a highly energetic alternative rock approach on Soul Searching Sun (1997) and Broken Valley (2005) – the latter produced by Greg Fidelman (Slipknot, Metallica). Last year, the group released their 5th studio album A Place Where There’s No More Pain (2017) to critical acclaim, debuting at #24 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Album Chart. LIFE OF AGONY has sold over one million albums to date.

The USA Tour Dates:
4/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (SOLD OUT)
4/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (SOLD OUT)
4/21: Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, Palladium
5/16: Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go
5/18: Anaheim, CA @ Parish at House of Blues
5/19: Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
5/20: Phoenix, CA @ Club Red
5/22: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
7/13: Mansfield, OH @ INKcarceration Festival
9/14: Baltimore, MD @Soundstage
9/15: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
9/16: Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
9/19: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
9/21: Joliet, IL @ The Forge
9/22: Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
9/23: Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rex
9/25: Buffalo, NY @ Ironworks
9/29: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

The European Tour Dates:
6/15: Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Nova Rock Festival
6/16: Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ With Full Force Festival
6/17: Kiel, Germany @ Kieler Woche Festival
10/12: Papenburg, Germany @ Kesselschmiede
10/13: Dusseldorf, Germany @ Zakk
10/14: Leeuwarden, Netherlands @ Nueshoorn
10/16: Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos-saal
10/18: Mallorca, Spain @ Full Metal Holiday Festival
10/21: Salzburg, Austria @ Rockhouse
10/23: Budapest, Hungary @ A38
10/24: Zagreb, Croatia @ Culture Factory
10/26: Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Kino Siska
10/27: Pinarella Di Cervia, Italy @ Rock Planet
10/28: Munich, Germany @ Technikum
10/30: Sint-Niklaas, Belgium @ De Casino
10/31: Leige, Belgium @ Reflektor
11/02: Eindhoven, Netherlands @ The Sound of Revolution Festival

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Over the years I’ve pretty much been more of the casual fan of the type of sound that LOA brings to the table, but I’ve got to share that a whole lot of my inner circle are over the top ardent supporters of them so that’s awesome. I’m overdue on a new album review but watch for that soon and I’ll admit I am curious about the new Silvertomb band as well. That makes me feel that I will be looking to be a part of the NYC region show. It’s at the Bowery Ballroom which is a place I don’t get too all that much. So what do you readers think about this tour? Are you down with the program and will be on point for one or more of the appearances? Let me know down in the comments section below.

Official Website: http://www.lifeofagony.com
Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/silvertombmusic/

Life of Agony Return Home to Brooklyn for 2 Intimate Nights at Saint Vitus

Fans of the band Life Of Agony and the now very famous Saint Vitus Bar are likely going to lose their s**t at the announcement that the band will be delivering two shows at the club. Check out the poster and the press copy that came along with it. I’ll close out with some additional editorial.

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The Press Release: Brooklyn’s very own Life of Agony will perform two intimate hometown shows Wednesday, April 18th & Thursday, April 19th at Saint Vitus. Tickets on sale now: HERE and HERE

Each night’s set will be unique, with the band diving deep into their catalog to perform tracks never heard before live, along with their staple classics. These performances will also mark the first shows with new drummer Veronica Bellino (Jeff Beck, DMC, Richie Sambora/Orianthi, Carmine Appice/SLAMM).

“I am extremely excited and grateful to play these first two shows in the birthplace of LOA! Being a NY native myself, I can’t wait to share this with friends, family and fans!” -Veronica Bellino

Mina Caputo adds “I’m excited to think that this thing we’re doing is touching so many people in so many cultures. I’m extremely grateful to be sharing that stage again, the most intense stimulating way to hear music, with my brothers Alan and Joey, and of course, our newest member of the band Veronica. Connecting with her is certainly another dream come true for us. I’m so excited to do our thing, with all our soul and all our might.”
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