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A Super Hero of a Contest!

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Who’s your hero?
DC Entertainment, home to the iconic DC Comics Super Heroes, and Capstone are teaming up to sponsor a Super Hero inspired writing contest for fans in grades 3-6. The nationwide contest “Be a Super Hero. Read!” encourages children to write about a real hero in their lives. Children enter the contest by describing the human powers, such as courage, generosity, or imagination, which make their selected hero special.

The first-place winner will receive a VIP trip for four to tour Warner Bros. Animation Studios and DC Entertainment Offices, the home of SUPERMAN™ and BATMAN™, and other unique prizes. The hero described in the winning entry will receive $2,500 to donate to the charity of his or her choice.

Five winners will also be selected from the top entries to receive a set of the new SUPERMAN™ book series, the Man of Steel chapter books.

For complete contest rules and to enter, visit www.CapstoneSuperHero.com. The contest runs from March 1 – April 15, 2013. Starting on May 15, kids from across the country will have the opportunity to vote online for the grand prize winner. The winner will be announced at the Book Expo America conference on May 30.

Good luck!

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Get Into The Thick With Super Heroes & Villains

Workman Publishing’s Fandex Family Field Guides (Workman, www.workman.com, $12.95) are the fun-to-take-along, full-color, individually die-cut cards, layered to provide facts at your fingertips. My kids love to take the Fandex Guides along in the car and quiz each other which in turn gets my husband and I involved, too.

9780761158561Flip through the new Deluxe Edition DC Comics Super Heroes and Villains which is just jam-packed with info about 75 icons from the DC Universe including your faves and foes: Superman, Lex Luthor, Green Lantern, The Riddler, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and more!

flashMeet the Elongated Man, The Rogues, The Flash and Harley Quinn and find out things you never knew like real names, abilities and powers, their base, affiliation and where they debuted. Bring on road trips and test your parents’ trivia I.Q., bring to friends’ houses and test their knowledge or simply store away the details because you never know when someone is going to ask you about Power Girl or Gorilla Grodd.

Whether you’re a die-hard super hero fan or dilettante looking for general info, here are all the facts-at-your-fingertips so c’mom, get lost in the layers.

Test Your Knowledge of The DC Universe (Answers below)

1) Where was Wonder Woman born?

joker2) True of False: The real name of The Joker is unknown.

3) Who were the original Teen Titans?

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1) On the remote island of Themyscira (also known as Paradise Island)

2) True

3) Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Wonder Girl and Speedy

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The Legends Behind the Comic Books

marvel_heroesComic-Con may be over, but … Batman! Spider-Man! Captain America! LIVE ON!

The greatest super heroes of all time — and for the first time, the true stories behind the creators of these comics and many more will be revealed as illustration gallery Every Picture Tells A Story Gallery on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica presents an amazing evening of art, books, and movies dedicated to comic books and their artists and writers.

WHEN: On Wednesday, July 29, Every Picture Tells A Story Gallery, in association with the American Cinematheque, presents two exciting debuts, at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Every Picture Tells A Story Gallery introduces, for the first time ever, MARVEL ARTWORKS — an exclusive, brand new, limited edition series of fine art prints from the Marvel Comics archives, including works by classic and contemporary comic illustrators like Jack Kirby, Alex Ross, Jim Lee and many others. Along with the exhibit, the gallery will host a book signing and reception with very special guests including MICHAEL USLAN (Producer, THE DARK KNIGHT, BATMAN BEGINS, BATMAN FOREVER, CON AIR, NATIONAL TREASURE, and more), MARK EVANIER (author of Kirby: King of the Comics), MICHAEL MALLORY (author of X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe) and DC and Marvel artist GLEN ORBIK.

images3WHEN: At 7:30 p.m., the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre presents the West Coast debut of THE LEGENDS BEHIND THE COMICS, a new documentary film, produced by Michael Uslan. The film, a behind-the-scenes look at the origins of the most popular heroes of our time, features comic creators Jerry Robinson, Stan Lee, Joe Kubert and many of the Golden Age innovators.

Following the screening, the Aero will host a panel featuring MICHAEL USLAN, MARK EVANIER, MICHAEL MALLORY, GLEN ORBIK — moderated by Every Picture Tells A Story’s LEE COHEN. After the panel, the acclaimed animated feature, BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM, will be screened.

The events at Every Picture Tells A Story Gallery are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Aero Theatre screenings will be available at their boxoffice.
Every Picture Tells A Story… is located at 1311 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. The American Cinematheque is at 1328 Montana, Santa Monica.

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