244 Park Ave.
Worcester, MA 01609
Past EventsApril 14, 2019: Star Wars Ship Designer Signing
That’s Entertainment of 244 Park Avenue in Worcester, Massachusetts invites everyone to an in-store signing with original STAR WARS ship designer Colin Cantwell on Sunday, April 14th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cantwell will be offering signatures for $25.00 each. Attendees may choose to receive a free print with each signature purchased; or customers may alternatively choose to have an item(s) they bring with them signed at the same cost per signature (free print(s) will not be included when this option is chosen).
Colin Cantwell, was the original concept artist and modeler for all things that flew in the first Star Wars movie, “A New Hope”. His designs include the X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Death Star, Star Destroyer, original Millennium Falcon, Y-Wing and others. Developing the process of “Kitbashing” to build the ships, he revolutionized the modeling industry by tearing apart model kits of cars, boats and planes and re-constructing the pieces into objects such as the Star Wars ship models. In addition to his contribution to Star Wars, Colin has been involved in several other iconic projects. His credits include:
Working closely with Stanley Kubrick to design the space scenes and suggest the memorable music for “2001, A Space Odyssey”;
Being the “Hal 9000 Computer” that conveyed the flight progress of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing to Walter Cronkite while Cronkite was broadcasting live on national TV;
Designing the first OmniMax theater in San Diego which later became Imax;
Developing the first multi-color computer monitor for HP
Working on several other movies including, War Games, Close Encounters of a Third Kind, and more.
You can learn about Colin and his other projects on his website www.colincantwell.com.
Cantwell’s prints feature various prototype space-ship models he designed for STAR WARS: A New Hope. Cantwell became involved with STAR WARS when George Lucas was still trying to sell his concept to film studios. Lucas had admired Cantwell’s work on 2001: A Space Odyssey.
To heighten the celebratory event’s ambience, That’s Entertainment is encouraging all attendees to arrive in STAR WARS-themed costume. Those who wear full costumes of either an Empire or Rebel character will receive $5.00 in store credit.
Marketing Managear Sorana Gatej says, “The enthusiasm for STAR WARS crosses generations. We’re thrilled to present Colin Cantwell, because he was so instrumental in bringing to life the world of the STAR WARS films. He is one of the founders of the legend that means so much to all of us.”
“The Force is strong with this one!” concludes Gatej. The event will be the first salvo in a series of upcoming events celebrating That’s Entertainment’s 40th year in business.Jan. 19, 2019: TMNT Artist Signing
Cowabunga, folks! That’s Entertainment invites everyone to meet and greet with veteran Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Book artist and writer Steve Lavigne on Saturday, January 19th, from noon till 5:00 PM.
Attendees are encouraged to bring in items Steve Lavigne has worked on in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, such as comic books and prints. Lavigne will be offering to sign up to ten items for FREE. He will be signing up to five items at a time, and there will be a $5.00 charge for each signature after the first ten.
Lavigne will also have 8” x 11” and 11” x 17” prints available for purchase at his table for $10 and $20 each. Furthermore, he will be offering to draw a free mini head-sketch with the request of a signature.
Steve Lavigne was the very first artist employee hired by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird (co-creators of TMNT/Mirage Studios) back in 1985. He and Kevin Eastman attended high school together, and it has been revealed in various interviews with Eastman, that Michelangelo’s personality is based on Lavigne himself.
Lavigne’s career with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles team began with lettering for TMNT comics and coloring graphic novels and covers. He later became Licensing Artist and Licensing Art Director.
Lavigne was the artist responsible for creating most of the officially licensed TMNT artwork seen on merchandise, toys, video games, and product packaging back in the late 80’s & early 90’s. He has produced art for Playmates, Burger King, Konami, Redbook Magazine, Yes Entertainment, and more. He also created TMNT characters Sergeant Bananas, Screwloose, Cuddly Cowlick, Code Name Chameleon among others.
Lavigne continues to do covers for IDW TMNT books, tours via comic conventions, and takes commissions regularly. He also owns Shellback Artworks, which is a Facebook page whereby fans can view current art projects and con schedules. Fans can also purchase vintage & new comics, art, memorabilia and/or request commission work through the page. Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook page: Shellback Artworks
Toy purchaser and longtime Ninja Turtles fan Jeff Englund says, “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a huge part of my childhood. I’m excited to meet one of the talented creators behind the franchise.”Oct. 13, 2018: Blackwood Signing
Veronica Fish & Andy Fish (Blackwood) sign at That’s Entertainment on Saturday, October 13, 2018 as part of their WALKING DEAD DAY celebration.Sept. 15, 2018: Batman Day 2018 Signing
Batman Day returns to That’s Entertainment in Worcester, Massachusetts on Saturday, Sept. 15th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guest artists Derek Rook, Bob Noberini, and Alex Barbosa will be offering free sketches and taking small commissions from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Each artist will be giving away a Batman Day commemorative print which will feature his artwork. Requests for commissions and free sketches are limited to one per person from each artist.
Customers are strongly encouraged to cosplay. Everyone who arrives in full costume will receive an instant $5 in store credit. Cosplayers are then welcome to enter in the store’s costume contest for a chance to win first, second, or third prizes of $15, $25, or $50 in store credit. Cashiers will be handing out free Batman comic books and masks to everyone upon request, while supplies last (limit one mask and one comic book per person).
Marketing coordinator Sorana Gatej says, “Last year on Batman Day, dozens of fans came into the store in costume,” she adds. “It’s a wonderful sight, with people of all ages dressed as Batman or his friends and foes milling around and posing for photos.”
According to DC Comics, The annual fan-favorite event, now in its fifth year, was first introduced to honor the iconic character’s 75th anniversary. Continuing the BATMAN DAY tradition, DC Entertainment has combined forces with thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries across the country to bring fans exciting festivities in honor of Gotham’s protector.
Comic artists and cartoonists Derek Rook and Bob Noberini are both locally renowned for their artistic contributions to the Worcester art scene. This will be a first appearance at That’s Entertainment for artist Alex Barbosa.
Rook has provided artwork for such notable works as Lucio Fulci’s “Gates of Hell” and “Zombie”, “The Dead”, “Deadworld”, and “Gore Shriek”. According to Rook, He was “born and raised on comic books, 70’s exploitation films and rock n’ roll.” Under his comic book company label, Rough House Publishing, Rook plans to release his creator-owned titles, “Beautiful Worcester” and “Angelduster”. He continues to distribute vigilante justice in Worcester, Massachusetts.