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MARVEL BOOTH

With San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, Marvel Entertainment returns to San Diego Comic-Con with all-star panels, exclusive announcements, fan favorite talent signings, and unforgettable fan experiences at the Marvel booth all starting Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24. Now, Marvel is thrilled to unveil its official convention-exclusive merchandise, booth schedules, signing schedules, and more!
 
Stop by the Marvel booth (#2329) for can’t-miss segments, including signings from some of the latest and greatest creating Marvel comics and beyond – and be sure to be to witness all the amazing Marvel cosplay events and receive special giveaways! Each signing attendee will receive a free limited edition poster while supplies last.

In collaboration with Marvel, fans will be able to experience one-of-a-kind activations and promotions from partners at the booth including:

·       A limited edition comic book signing and in-app giveaway via a livestream on Whatnot

·       A stunning reveal from East Continental

·       A first look at the Marvel x GUNNAR gaming eyewear collection

·       Exclusive Marvel semipermanent tattoos from Inkbox, drawn live by Inkbox artists at the booth

·       A closer look at a full line of VeVe premium licensed digital collectible NFTs from Marvel

·       And more!

Marvel Merchandise

Fans will also want to stop by Marvel’s merch booth (#2519), located right across from the main Marvel booth, for convention-exclusive merchandise including t-shirts, spirit jerseys, comic book variants, and more! This year’s apparel calls back to fan-favorite moments from Thor, Doctor Strange, Captain America, and more. And for all the True Believers out there, don’t miss out on two convention-exclusive variant comics, drawn in the indelible styles of Peach Momoko and Salvador Larroca!

·       A.X.E. EVE OF JUDGMENT #1 VARIANT BY PEACH MOMOKO

·       WOLVERINE #23 VARIANT BY SALVADOR LARROCA

Marvel Panel Giveaways

In addition to these variant comics at merch booth, be sure to attend the MARVEL COMICS: MARVEL FANFARE panel on Friday, July 22, where attendees will receive a stunning color-focus sketch variant of Daredevil #1 by Marco Checchetto and Matthew Wilson!

On Saturday, July 23, attendees at the MARVEL COMICS: NEXT BIG THING panel will get an exclusive New Mutants #27 variant featuring Marvel’s upcoming event, DARK WEB, with promotional art by Leinil Yu and Sunny Gho.

And on Sunday, July 24, attendees at the WOMEN OF MARVEL panel will walk away with a very special wraparound variant of Women of Marvel #1 by Elena Casagrande and Jordie Bellaire – featuring the Women of Marvel assembled! 

Marvel Unlimited Annual Plus subscribers will also be eligible this year for a free exclusive one-of-a-kind Captain Marvel #39 variant by Gurihiru featuring Carol Danvers and Marvel’s latest breakout star, Jeff the Landshark! In order to redeem the comic, fans must come to the Marvel booth (#2519) at the Marvel Unlimited section and show their Marvel Unlimited membership plan screen within the Marvel Unlimited app or order confirmation for a Marvel Unlimited Annual Plus membership. One comic per member, comics are available while supplies last. And for fans who sign up for a Marvel Unlimited subscription plan at the booth, they will receive an exclusive pin, patch, or action figure as well, while supplies last!

Marvel Digital Media will also be conducting around-the-clock coverage of all the biggest stories and breaking news at Comic-Con on social media. For exclusive livestream coverage, fans can watch on Marvel.comYouTubeTwitterFacebookTwitch, and Whatnot. Coverage is hosted by Langston Belton, Angélique Roché, and Justin Warner. Experience the convention floor with Marvel, stay up to date on the breaking Marvel news, learn about some of your favorite Marvel characters, and don’t miss a beat from the Marvel stage and events within and around SDCC! 

Fans should make sure they’ve signed up for Marvel Insider* to earn tens of thousands of points with special codes at Marvel panels and trivia questions at the Marvel merchandise booth.

An overview of Marvel Entertainment’s booth schedule, signing schedule, merchandise, and updated panels can be found below and attached.

MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT BOOTH SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, JULY 21

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM PT – Welcome to SDCC 2022

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT – Spider-Man: Beyond Amazing Cosplay Photo-Op

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM PT – The Making of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Beyond Amazing – The Exhibition

5:50 PM – 6:00 PM PT – Trivia Time with Marvel Insider

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PT – Marvel Giveaway Hour

FRIDAY, JULY 22

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM PT – Marvel Mystery Reveal

2:00 PM – 2:05 PM PT – Jazwares: Spider-Rex and Venomsaurus Presentation

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM PT – Whatnot Demo & Live Auction

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM PT – Paul Cornell “Wild Cards” signing
5:50 PM – 6:00 PM PT – Trivia Time with Marvel Insider

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PT – Marvel Giveaway Hour

SATURDAY, JULY 23

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM PT – Whatnot Demo & Live Auction

5:20 PM – 5:30 PM PT – Trivia Time with Marvel Insider

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PT – Marvel Becoming – Cosplay Competition

SUNDAY, JULY 24

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM PT – Marvel x Whatnot: 100 Thieves Q&A with Kris London

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM PT – Marvel x Whatnot: Big Marvel Giveaway

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM PT – Marvel Becoming – Kids Costume Event

3:50 PM – 4:00 PM PT – Trivia Time with Marvel Insider

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PT – Marvel Giveaway Hour

MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT SIGNING SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, JULY 21

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM PT – Ram V “Carnage” signing

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM PT – Rob Liefeld “Deadpool: Bad Blood” signing

FRIDAY, JULY 22

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM PT – Pablo Leon “Miles Morales: Shock Waves” signing

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM PT – Marvel Studios Animation signing with Ryan Meinerding

SATURDAY, JULY 23

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM PT – Skottie Young/Humberto Ramos “Strange Academy” signing

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT – Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing “Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty” signing

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM PT – Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness signing with Bruce Campbell

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM PT – Dan Slott “Spider-Man” signing

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM PT – Marvel Studios Visual Development signing with Andy Park

SUNDAY, JULY 24

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM PT – Marvel Studios Visual Development signing with Ryan Meinerding

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT – Adam Kubert “Wolverine” signing

MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT PANELS:


FRIDAY, JULY 22 

60 YEARS OF SPIDER-MAN: A THIS WEEK IN MARVEL SPECIAL EVENT 

3:00PM – 4:00PM | Room: 25ABC 

Nick Lowe (VP & Executive Editor) and C.B. Cebulski (Editor in Chief) are joined by the one-and-only Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four) and artist extraordinaire Adam Kubert for a very special live episode of the This Week in Marvel podcast! Ring in the 60th year of Spider-Man with Amazing Fantasy #1000 and see what dangers lurk at the Edge of the Spider-Verse!
 
MARVEL COMICS: MARVEL FANFARE 

4:00PM – 5:00PM | Room: 25ABC 

C.B. Cebulski (Editor in Chief) is here to answer your burning questions! Come to inquire about everything and anything you ever wanted to know about the Marvel Universe. What is the wackiest version of Spider-Man from across the multiverse? Does the Illuminati have a poker night? Which Marvel editors would survive Judgment Day? You’ll never know for sure unless you attend this panel! Featuring special guest Skottie Young (Strange Academy) – and an exciting giveaway!

SATURDAY, JULY 23 

MARVEL COMICS: JUDGMENT DAY 

1:45PM – 2:45PM | Room: 6A 

Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski prepares to pass judgment on his fellow panelists, including Executive Editor Nick Lowe, Editor Darren Shan, cover artist Mark Brooks (A.X.E.: Judgment Day), and writers David Pepose (Fantastic Four) and Mark Russell (Avengers)!  With the Eve of Judgment already behind us, join this can’t-miss discussion about what trials and tribulations are just around the corner for the Avengers, X-Men, Eternals, and the rest of the Marvel Universe!
 
MARVEL COMICS: NEXT BIG THING 

3:00PM – 4:00PM | Room: 6A 

Marvel’s most famous panel returns! C.B. Cebulski (Editor in Chief), Nick Lowe (VP & Executive Editor), and editors Darren Shan and Lauren Bisom lead a line-up of luminaries including Christopher Cantwell (Iron Man), Jonathan Hickman (X-Men), Ram V (Venom, Carnage), and Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing (Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty). What lies ahead for Shang-Chi, Ms. Marvel, Ghost Rider, and the rest of the Marvel Universe? And what is the mysterious looming danger of the DARK WEB that threatens the future of Spider-Man and the X-Men? This is the only place you can find out! Come for the incredible reveals and stay for a unique giveaway!

SUNDAY, JULY 24 

WOMEN OF MARVEL 

10:30AM – 11:30AM | Room: 6A 

The Women of Marvel are here!  Writer and podcast host Angelique Roche will lead a lively discussion with Marvel stars including Senior Editor Lauren Bisom, author Nic Stone (Shuri: A Black Panther Novel), Marvel Entertainment VP of Marketing Jessica Malloy, and writer Rebecca Roanhorse (Phoenix Song: Echo)! What is it like for women working in the industry today, and what is next for Marvel’s woman-led titles? And don’t miss a special giveaway at the end of the panel!

*Marvel Insider is open to U.S. residents 18+ only.  Additional terms apply. 

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NBA Youngboy Partners with Motown Records

Motown Records, home to some of today ‘s most impactful cultural hitmakers, and YoungBoy Never Broke Again, one of today ‘s most prominent rappers/songwriters in the world, announced a global joint venture with his Never Broken Again, LLC record label.  

The new deal continues Motown ‘s rich legacy of entrepreneurial partnerships by combining the label ‘s global leadership with the artistic and creative vision of YoungBoy and Never Broke Again, LLC. YoungBoy and Kyle “Montana” Clairborne will continue to lead Never Broke Again, LLC, a label committed to signing and developing new artists and providing them with a platform to achieve success. 

In making this announcement, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Chairman and CEO of Motown Records said, “I’m excited to work with Never Broke Again, a homegrown brand that has created an incredibly authentic and credible movement that represents the next generation in Louisiana ‘s legacy of ground-breaking hip-hop labels. I look forward to working with YoungBoy and Montana to continue to grow their vision and reach their fans around the world.”

YoungBoy said, “I felt like I had a responsibility to my artists to make sure to find the right partner for my label. I ‘m looking forward to working with Ethiopia, Kenoe and Motown Records.”

Montana said, “Motown has been an inspiration for generations, a place that helps develop artists, songwriters and business executives and I ‘m thankful to Ethiopia, Kenoe and the team for making Never Broke Again part of the Motown family.”

Kenoe Jordan, Vice President A&R, Motown said, “I’ve known and admired YoungBoy for years. Growing up in the same city we have a great understanding of one another and this partnership was always something that I wanted to bring to Motown. YoungBoy is an incredible visionary whose confidence in his artistry is only outdone by his dedication and work ethic. I ‘m excited to welcome them into Motown and help bring the Never Broke Again label and brand to the next level.”  

The first project from the new venture is set to release in October, with the first single dropping in September. The Never Broke Again Volume 1 compilation of 16 unreleased tracks will feature YoungBoy Never Broke Again, P Yungin, Meechy Baby, Quando Rondo, No Cap, Rjae and Rojay. Solo projects from 16-year old P Yungin and Meechy Baby will follow in early 2022.

About YoungBoy Never Broke Again

YoungBoy Never Broke Again has quickly become one of the promising stars of his generation. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he first began producing music when he was fourteen years old. Since the release of his first mixtape, Life Before Fame, in 2015, YoungBoy has continued to grow his fanbase and garner both commercial and critical success. 

After the release of the video for “41” featuring Meek Mill, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Boosie Badazz and Yo Gotti in July of 2017, NBA YoungBoy released his mixtape, A.I. YoungBoy, which charted at 24 on the Billboard 200. His singles, “Untouchable” and “No Smoke” both charted on  the Billboard 100. 

In January 2018, YoungBoy released “Outside Today,” which charted at 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. His next mixtape, Master the Day of Judgement was released in May 2018 followed by a series of EPs Respect, 4Freedom, 4Loyalty and 4WhatImportant which were later combined into the 16-track compilation. His 12th mixtape Decided, featured a guest appearance from Trippie Redd and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200 and was followed by his mixtape, Realer, with guest appearances from Lil Baby and Plies. 

In 2019, YoungBoy was on YouTube ‘s Top Music Artist list in the U.S. for 101 weeks, making him one of the most-watched musicians across all genres. In October 2019, YoungBoy released the single “Bandit,” with rapper Juice Wrld. In October 2019, YoungBoy released Al YoungBoy 2. Jon Caramanica of the NY Times called album an “excellent work of sing-rap urgency,” as it earned his first #1 on the Billboard 200.  

In February 2020 YoungBoy released his mixtape, Still Flexin, Still Steppin, which became his second-highest charting album after his Al YoungBoy 2, debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200. He released 38 Baby 2 in April of 2020, his mixtape that debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 followed by his album, Top, in September of 2020 which includes “My Window” featuring Lil Wayne. Top debuted at #1 on Billboard Hot 100 giving YoungBoy his third #1 album within a year. 

YoungBoy rounded out 2020 with his fourth solo project, Until I Return, which was released exclusively with YouTube on November 11th. On November 20th, YoungBoy released Nobody Safety, a collaborative project with Rich the Kid.

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Kyle Banks – Bad Bih

Red Bull Records is thrilled to announce the latest artist to join its roster, rising R&B singer Kyle Banks. The West Coast crooner has established himself as a formidable new voice, previously collaborating with fellow LA artists such as Bino Rideaux, Cozz, and Kalan.. 

To commemorate his signing, Banks kicks off this new chapter with the release of his first label single, “Bad Bih.” Produced by GRAMMY Award-nominated duo Meez and LouieJi–known for their work off Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers III–the single is laden with palpable charisma and slick swagger, opening with a smooth guitar riff and an infectious hook. 

“Kyle Banks lives his craft and brings exceptional talent to Red Bull Records. Our A&R team continues to identify groundbreaking talent as our Vice President, Charles “CB” Burks, believed in Kyle’s work and potential,” says Senior Vice President/Head of A&R, Kenny ‘Tick’ Salcido, of the signing. “With Kyle’s incredible production team, a great voice, and skill for writing authentic lyrics, we have a recipe for a career artist.”

“‘Bad Bih’ is about coming up with that one person who experiences you going from your lowest to your highest,” says Kyle Banks about his inspiration behind the track. “It’s a ‘rags to riches’ story, and being loyal makes you a bad B.”

Banks has also released the cinematic music video for “Bad Bih,” which draws from his own experiences of being Black in America. Directed by Blu, the video switches back and forth between intimate, sun-drenched scenes of Kyle and his love interest, juxtaposed in stark contrast against video and camera footage of Kyle as he’s pulled over by a police officer and subjected to harassment and racial profiling. 

About Kyle Banks

Rather than traffic in a pre-existing lane, Kyle Banks paves a path of his own, twisting up R&B with laidback West Coast bounce, unapologetic ambition, and show-stopping vocals. The Los Angeles native cinematically spins true underdog stories with no shortage of detail, allowing you to pull up alongside him. His independent debut single “Time Go” gained traction, and he opened for Phora’s Love Is Hell tour. In 2020, he lit up the game with his EP Green Light, and critical acclaim followed with RESPECT. Magazine dubbing him a “rising R&B star.” After independently amassing hundreds of thousands of streams and views, Banks signed to Red Bull Records in the wake of his success and is set to showcase his inimitable and irresistibly captivating style on a series of singles and a project debut later this year.

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ABRA × Playboi Carti – Unlock It

The dynamic Alt-R&B singer/producer ABRA announces that she has inked a recording deal with Bryan Leach’s Polo Grounds Music and RCA Records. To coincide with the exciting news, ABRA released “Unlock It” featuring Playboi Carti, her first major label debut single. Click HERE to listen.  

Produced by ABRA and Boys Noize, “Unlock It” reunites the longtime friends for an addictive, repeat-worthy song that highlights her distinctive sound and adoration for retro sounding production and whimsical lyrics.

“‘Unlock It’ means so much to me for more reasons than I can count, and as someone very sentimental and nostalgic, it is truly a blessing to be able to unlock the next level of my career with a friend,” states ABRA. “I’ve always been so proud of what Carti’s been able to achieve and having the fortune of reuniting with him for this song specifically feels like a trophy to what the song is about—validation for the long winding journey it took to get here and makes me feel a little more at home in this crazy new world I’m about to step into!”

As an independent artist, ABRA has put in the work to build a solid foundation of praise and achievements, including being tapped by Bad Bunny directly to appear on “Sorry Papi” for his recent Billboard #1 debut album El Ultimo Tour del Mundo (“the collaboration that fits best on the album…” according to Rolling Stone). Her two EPs, Princess and Rose have created a loyal fanbase (with celebrity love from Ty Dolla $ign, Steve Lacy, Frank Ocean, G-Eazy, Solange and more), she has toured the world with acts such as Charlie XCX and performed at several major festivals in Europe and America. In 2019, ABRA’s song “Roses” was featured in a Revlon campaign and throughout 2020 her music has been used in Hulu and YouTube ads. In addition to her notoriety within the fashion industry, ABRA made her acting debut in the 2018 film Assassination Nation.

“Making music as an independent artist has been a lot of fun, but I’m excited to start this new chapter with a team to see how high this vision can really fly,” comments ABRA. “As they say, ‘if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.’ I’m looking forward to finally sharing more music and seeing where this path with Polo Grounds Music and RCA takes me.” 

Stay tuned for more news on ABRA as she prepares for the release of her debut album on Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records.

Basketball illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Top International Undrafted NBA Players

The top 3 international undrafted players playing in the NBA today

Typically, teams in the league would use the Summer League to evaluate drafted or undrafted talent to make roster decisions. With the pandemic, the franchises were not given that opportunity. 

Even with the chances to watch those games, some teams strike out on undrafted prospects and allow other teams to swoop in and make a deal. That’s why you never seed betting sites, like BetMGM Indiana, set odds on undrafted players signing with teams. There have been some pretty solid undrafted international prospects in today’s league that have come to the NBA and made a difference in the league. These are currently the top three. 

Tacko Fall-Boston Celtics (Honorable-Mention)

Fall enjoyed a four-year college career at the University of Central Florida; however, he didn’t move to the United States from Senegal until he was 16 years old. The 7-foot-6 big man is a recent member of the All-Defensive Team for the G-League after being undrafted in 2019. Fall has only played seven games in his NBA career, but he is still learning. 

Joe Ingles – Utah Jazz

When it comes to international awards, the Australian has racked up quite a few. He is a former EuroLeague champion (2014), Israeli League champion (2014), two-time Spanish League champion (2011, 2012), and Catalan League champion (2012). In 2009, he started his trophy case by winning the NBL with the South Dragons. 

Today, Ingles is a key contributor for the Utah Jazz, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Ingles is shooting over 44% from the three-point range and averaging 11.7 points per game. After playing five games with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014, he was shipped to the Jazz, where he has spent his entire career up to now. 

Maxi Kleber-Dallas Mavericks

Kleber entered the 2014 NBA draft after spending three seasons playing professional ball in Germany. He went undrafted and then spent the next three seasons playing for German and Spanish Clubs. In 2015 and 2017, he was a German League All-Star, which led to him joining the Dallas Mavericks in 2017.

Kleber’s breakout season came last year, where he averaged 9.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and shot 37.3% from the three-point range. He has gone back and forth starting for the Mavericks this season. This year, he is spotting an impressive 47.5% clip from the three-point range.

Chris Boucher-Toronto Raptors

Boucher hails from Canada and is having a breakout campaign with the Raptors. Boucher has spent the last three seasons with the Raptors after starting his career with the Golden State Warriors in 2017. Currently, he is averaging 13.2 points per game and 6.8 rebounds. 

He was a member of the Warriors championship team in 2018 and then won a title as a reserve in 2019 with the Raptors. In 2019, he was the G-League MVP. In what has been an early career, he has accomplished more than some veterans have ever achieved. 

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Storm Ford Signs with LVRN and Warner Chappel

Artist, singer, and songwriter, Storm Ford has signed a publishing deal with Atlanta-based label Love Renaissance (LVRN) and Warner Chappel. 

On the special signing, Ford shares “LVRN just makes sense. It feels right. In some ways I feel like they’ve courted me as a writer; they pushed me creatively & taught me important lessons about this industry whether they intended to or not. And they’ve made me feel welcomed into the family they’ve created. Justice (Baiden) is ‘goated’ for doing those IG Live talent shows. That really changed my life.” 

This announcement today stems directly from the connection Storm made with Founder/Head of A&R at LVRN, Justice Baiden, during his Instagram Live songwriter talent search where Storm blew him and the viewing audience away, performing her own acoustic songs in her Grandma’s kitchen. During the beginning of quarantine, as many turned to hosting open mics and competitions on Instagram Live, Storm seized her opportunity and claimed her moment. The rising star dominated Instagram, winning a competition curated by media personality Scottie Beam and performing on the United Masters’ Instagram Live, where she then received an invite to sing on the NBA’s weekly artist competition via the NBA Instagram account. Music mavens T-Pain and Anthony Hamilton, who were selected as judges, praised Ford for her distinct sound and budding success. 

In October 2020, after further developing a relationship with the label, Storm was invited to participate in LVRN’s month-long songwriting camp in Atlanta. She knew it was the opportunity she dreamed of to take the next step in her career. With her guitar and two suitcases full of her most important belongings, Storm made the permanent move to Atlanta. Since making the move she has already left her mark on the city, amassing co-signs from the likes of Diddy, London on da Track, MikeWill Made-It, and more.

Home to an array of breakout artists from the likes of Summer Walker and 6lack to Shelly (fka DRAM) and Westside Boogie, Ford makes history as the first and only songwriter signed to the trailblazing label under LVRN’s new publishing partnership with Warner Chappel. No stranger to making waves in the industry for some time now, Ford is most known as an artist, having released two independent projects and is currently recording for her third. Highest Mountain was unveiled in 2018 as a deeply personal project, detailing the peaks and valleys of various loves. Her most recent body of work In the Moment: A Process, was released in 2019 as a unique, soulful collection of voice notes and demos reflecting on growth and the internal Process. 

More recently, Storm was invited to the HBO’s hit series’ Insecure season five writing camp under Issa Rae’s music conglomerate Readio.  

About Storm Ford

Storm Ford is a 21-year-old R&B/Soul singer-songwriter from Providence, Rhode Island. Her honest and poetic lyricism invites listeners to heal and grow from past relationships, old wounds or just the challenges of life. Her two projects, Highest Mountain, released on Valentine’s day of 2018, and In the Moment: A Process, released in November of 2019, are full of ideas, representing Ford’s journey towards self-love and acceptance of the things we can’t change. Family, love, lust, hurt, and healing are themes that weave their ways through Storm’s music and what has inspired her audience to connect so deeply, not just with her gift, but with Storm as an artist. Storm’s music has saved lives and she hopes to continue that healing work with her next project which she is currently recording for.

Njomza Announces Signing To SinceThe80s/Motown Records

Chicago chameleon, Njomza, has announced her signing to SinceThe80s/Motown Records. The singer/songwriter celebrates the news with a brand new music video for single “Lonely Nights” which comes off her sophomore EP, VACATION, out today via Motown Records. The haunting visuals showcases Njomza’s pension for vibey R&B that compliments her syrupy vocals which coats the track throughout. The video, which first premiered via Billboard, can be seen HERE.

Speaking about the visuals, which was directed by Chad Tennies (Migos, 2 Chainz, Future), Njomza had this to say: “I had a vision for the “Lonely Nights” video and Chad helped amplify that vision. I was playing with the concept of “vacation” and how a vacation can be anywhere or anything. I can take vacation in my mind all from the comfort of my couch. The video really introduces that concept, which is a theme throughout the EP. It’s the beginning of the visual story.”

Njomza gained notoriety after Mac Miller caught one of her uploaded covers, promptly signing her to his Remember Music label. Settling in Los Angeles, she cameoed on “Planet God Damn” from Miller’s acclaimed 2016 offering, The Divine Feminine. Thereafter, 2017 saw Njomza unveil her acclaimed debut EP, Sad For You, which received early praise from the likes of Noisey, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Office Magazine, and more. Now with a new label and a vigor to create new music, Njomza kicks off her continued rise with all new perspective.

Scholastic Events Feat. Raina Telgemeier, Kazu Kibuishi and More During NYCC

New York Comic Con is arriving soon! Scholastic is celebrating the most exciting pop culture event on the East Coast in a big way; with an all-star lineup of authors and artists, special announcements, and panels that can’t be missed!

A full list of events and activities available during the show floor can be found below.

Press seating is limited so get your spots while you can!

They are also happy to provide assets after the show for inclusion in any post-convention coverage.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 5th at 4:00 PM-5:00PM: Share Your Smile: Spotlight on Raina Telgemeier

Location: Shop Studios, Level 4, 528 W 39th St

Raina Telgemeier, the bestselling, Eisner Award-winning author behind Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts, talks about her books, life, and what comes next. Go behind the panels to learn about this beloved author and hear an exclusive announcement.

Ticket Price: $22.00

You do not need a New York Comic Con badge to attend this event. Ticket price includes a signed copy of Smile and a Raina gift bag including a sample of her next book

6:00PM-8:00PM: Books of Wonder Graphic Novel Superstars

Location: 18 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

A moderated Q&A, followed by a group signing

Participants: Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Gale Galligan (The Baby-sitters Club graphics novels), Kristen Gudsnuk (Making Friends), Luke Pearson (Hilda and the Troll), Gustavo Borges (Petals), Sean Rubin (Bolivar)

Sunday, Oct. 7th:

2:00PM-3:00PM: The Drawesome Panel

Location: Shop Studios, 4th level, 528 W 39th St

See the creators of your favorite kids comic draw live! Graphix authors answer audience questions and demonstrate how they make the characters kids love. Attendees will receive an exclusive signed poster!

Panelists: Kazu Kibushi (Amulet), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Molly Ostertag (The Hidden Witch), Gale Galligan (The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels), Kristen Gudnsuk (Making Friends), and Ru Xu (NewsPrints)

Ticket Price: $22.00

Attendees will receive their choice of pre-signed paperback book from the panelists + a Graphic gift bag including an exclusive poster

Panels at the Javits Center (a NYCC badge is required)

Thursday, Oct. 4th:

4:00PM-5:00PM: Women of AFK: Books based on Halo, World of Warcraft, & Five Nights at Freddy’s

Location: Javits Center, Room 1B03

Game developers, authors, and publishers are taking gaming offline and expanding the world of your favorite video game brands through books. Hear from the women behind the books for Five Nights at Freddy’s, Halo, and World of Warcraft, and more.

Panelists: Cassandra Rose Clarke (Halo: Battle Born), Chloe Fraboni (Senior Editor, Scholastic), Carly Anne West (Hello Neighbor: Missing Pieces)

Saturday, Oct. 6th

11:00AM-12:00PM: Archie Comics Forever: Riverdale and Beyond

Location: Javits Center, Room 1A24

Join your pals from Archie comics for exclusive news and announcements about your favorite comics!

Plus, get a look at Riverdale Season 3 and Netflix’s Chilling Adventure of Sabrina series!

Sunday, Oct. 7th

2:45PM-3:45PM: Futurecasting

Location: Javits Center, Room 1A18

Is science fiction innately optimistic, even it the outlook is dire? After all, even if characters are struggling in a non-utopian environment, one can argue that the fact the mere existence of humans in the future is a triumph of the species in itself.

Photo Ops

Oct. 4th through Oct. 7th

All Day: The Hunger Games Street Team

Location: Javits Center

Katniss Everdeen will be at the Javits Center with the Hunger Games street team to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games street team will distribute Hunger Game stickers, and attendees can take a photo with Katniss and tag Scholastic on social media in order to be entered for a chace to win a boxed set signed by Suzanne Collins.

KEN “DURO” IFILL AS SVP, A&R

NEW YORK, NY (June 27, 2018) – Republic Records announces the hire of Ken “DURO” as SVP, A&R. This announcement comes from Rob Stevenson and Wendy Goldstein.

Based at the company’s New York City headquarters, “Duro” will focus on identifying, signing, cultivating, and introducing new talent throughout the worlds of hip-hop, rap, urban, and R&B.

About the hire, Mr. Stevenson comments, “Duro knows records inside and out as he’s mixed many of the groundbreaking records influencing this next wave of artists.  His experience from behind the mixing board and as an executive give him a unique insight into the creative and real-world challenges facing artists in this evolving landscape.”

“I’ve been a fan of and have worked with Duro for many years,” says Ms. Goldstein. “He’s the consummate music visionary whose talent extends from creation to marketing and promotion. It’s an exciting moment for our team to welcome him to the fold.”

“Republic is truly a powerhouse,” says “Duro.” “I have an immense amount of respect for [Co-Founders] Monte and Avery Lipman, Wendy, Rob, and the entire team. I’d love to add that studio perspective to the label’s A&R process. I’m excited to find the next round of Republic superstars and work with them to create a new generation of classic records.

“Duro” remains a multi-faceted music industry magnate. As an in-demand engineer, he has garnered a total of six GRAMMY® Awards for his work on “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu’s Baduizm, Will Smith’s Big Willie Style, Jay-Z’s Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life, Ashanti’s Ashanti, and Usher’s “U Don’t Have To Call.” As an entrepreneur, he has co-founded and run Desert Storm Records since 1997. Its roster includes multiplatinum rap luminary Fabolous and more. For over two decades, he has been intrinsic to the fabric of hip-hop music and culture.