The Granite State Comicon Heads Back to Hampshire

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The Granite State Comicon is coming back to Manchester New Hampshire on May 31st! The state’s largest comic convention features dealers from all over the region with the latest and greatest comics, games, action figures and more! The Granite State Comicon also has an oversized artist’s alley featuring special guests Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Pop Mhan (Spyboy, Batgirl), Scott Wegener (Atomic Robo, Killer of Demons), Keith Champagne (The Mighty), Norman Lee (Marvel Adventures Spider-man), The Fillbach Brothers (Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures) and many more local favorites!!! The game zone features video gaming tournaments, a Naruto CCG tournament and a massive Yu-Gi-Oh tournament for a Nintendo DSi!!! The day’s other events include raffles and freebies at the door, an open cartooning workshop, the Sweetongeeks.com singles wall and a live podcast of Josh & Ben’s Near Mint Comic Show!

The Star Wars 501st Stormtrooper Legion and Alderaan Base will be returning to the show so you can have your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters!

The Granite State Comicon is being held at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire, 700 Elm Street in the heart of downtown Manchester. Admission is just $5, kids under 10 get in FREE with paid adult admission. There is plenty of free on street parking around the facility!

For all the latest info check out www.granitecon.com

Comic-Con International Special Guests List Grows

Our list of confirmed Special Guests scheduled to appear at Comic-Con International: San Diego in 2009 continues to grow including: Kevin J. Anderson, Gene Colan, Kevin Eastman, Russ Heath, Denis Kitchen, Patrick Oliphant, Jerry Robinson, J. Michael Straczynski, and Ramon Valdiosera Berman.

Source: Comic-Con International

4th Annual Super-Con Set for Downtown San Jose in May

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SUPER-CON IN DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE MAY 16 & 17!
Strong Guest List and Size Place Super-Con Among Top U.S. Comics Conventions

THE EVENT:
On Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, the fourth annual Super-Con will bring the biggest and brightest stars of comics, sci-fi, and pop culture to the San Jose Convention Center’s South Hall.

SUPER GUESTS
(Visit www.super-con.com for a complete, up-to-the-minute list):
Super-Con’s impressive guest list of comics professionals places it among the top fan-friendly conventions in the U.S.:
Anime Guests, voice artists for anime’s popular Full Metal Alchemist and Hellsing.
Travis Charest, cover artist; WildC.A.T.s, Metabarons, Star Wars art.
Frank Cho, Liberty Meadows, Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil.
Bruce Dern, Oscar-nominated actor, star of film and TV, including Silent Running, Great Gatsby, and Big Love. First comic book convention appearance.
Michael Golden, Doctor Strange, Micronauts, Nightwing.
Adam Hughes, cover artist; Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Tomb Raider.
Joe Jusko, painter of Tomb Raider, Tarzan, Vampirella, numerous trading cards series.
Bill Morrison, co-founder of Bongo Comics, publisher of The Simpsons comic books.
Eduardo Risso, 100 Bullets, Batman: Broken City.
John Wesley Shipp, The Flash, Emmy-winning actor.
Marina Sirtis, Star Trek’s Deanna Troi.
Arthur Suydam, Marvel Zombies, Conan, Batman, Death Dealer.
Jane Weidlin, the Go-Go’s, VH1′s The Surreal Life.
And many, many more!

HIGHLIGHTS:

Super-Con 2009 features panels, Q&A discussions with special guests, displays, and presentations by icons and industry leaders. The 4th annual Super-Con Cosplay Contest allows those daring souls to roam the convention hall in costume (providing photo opportunities galore) before the formal costume contest pits hero vs. hero. The Art Auction allows conventioneers to bid on one-of-a-kind pieces of art created especially for the auction by our super guests. In all, Super-Con has over 80,000 square feet of space to play with this year, so expect more excitement than ever, plus a great array of comic book, anime, and specialty toy vendors! Full convention programming info is at www.super-con.com.

WHEN:
Saturday, May 16: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 17: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:

San Jose Convention Center, South Hall, 435 S. Market St., San Jose.
I-880 and I-101 are less than a five-minute drive from the Center, which also has free weekend parking in the rear and nearby underground lots. Special rates at the San Jose Marriott are available to Super-Con guests (a limited block of rooms have been set aside for Super-Con).

ADMISSION:
Tickets for Super-Con are $20 for a one-day pass or $30 for a two-day pass. Tickets may be purchased three ways: 1) at the door on event day; 2) online at www.super-con.com; and 3) in advance at your local comic book retailer. Advance tickets purchased online or from your local comic book retailer will receive a $5 discount. Additionally, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform, and other attendees in costume are eligible for a discount.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit www.super-con.com, or email supercon@super-con.com.

ABOUT US:

The fourth annual Super-Con is brought to Bay Area fans by a group of local comics professionals and fans.

Dark Horse Unveils 2009 Comic-Con Exclusive

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DARK HORSE UNVEILS 2009 COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVE, AS PART OF UPCOMING DOMO BLIND BOX PROGRAMdomo-qee-sdcc-fig-box-domo

APRIL 15, MILWAUKIE, OR – Dark Horse will offer attendees of this year’s Comic-Con International the chance to grab a special exclusive variant of their upcoming series of Domo “Qee” toys, a translucent variant produced in conjunction with Hong Kong based Toy2R. This special version will only be available at this year’s event, held in San Diego, from July 23-26, 2009.

The special 2″ version of the lovable mascot turned iconic viral superstar from Japan’s NHK television network is growing in popularity in the United States. Dark Horse has been an early licensee of Domo, under the auspices of licensing agency Big Tent Entertainment, and has already produced sold-out limited editions of Domo as flocked vinyl figures, stationery, journals and sculpted magnet products.

The Domo Qee program, to be launched nationwide in August, is Dark Horse’s first try at the popular “blind box” or “mystery box” format. Individual figures are packed in small boxes; the only way to know which particular figure is inside a particular box is to purchase and open the box. In the Domo blind box assortment, figures are sold in counter displays of 15, and each display box of 15 figures is further packed into a master carton of four cases.

In addition, the boxes each contain one component of a “Build-A-Domo” clear transparent figure. When the correct six components are accumulated, the buyer can put together the complete bonus Domo. There will not be a “Build-A-Domo” component in the Comic-Con Exclusive figure.

“We presented a Comic-Con exclusive 5.5″ Domo vinyl figure last year,” recalls Dark Horse VP of Product Development, David Scroggy, “and were blown away as all of the limited-edition sold out. This year, with an entirely new toy, we expect an even faster depletion of our Comic-Con stock. Since last year’s was a yellow variant, we chose the same color for the Qee toy.”

Starting from a very unusual place as an advertising icon, Domo’s unique look and personality has catapulted the character from 400 television spots in Japan into one of the Internet’s biggest sensations, sparking worldwide recognition. As the poster child for personalized, user-generated content, Domo has been able to transition from popularity within Japan to a worldwide following, spawning countless fan-made images, websites and videos, along with a first-ever licensed product line including plush, toys, fashion and collectibles selling at major trend retailers nationwide. Most recently, Domo has taken America by storm, being featured prominently at major retailers all over the U.S. and even starring in his first worldwide manga.

About Qee

Qee (pronounced “key”) is a collection of designer toys created by Hong Kong-based company Toy2R, which was founded by Raymond Choy in 1995. Qees are produced in limited numbers and are highly collectible. Many contemporary artists and designers from Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America have designed figures. Domo is the mascot of NHK television in Japan, and is breaking out worldwide as animation, toys, publishing and apparel.

About Big Tent Entertainment LLC

Big Tent Entertainment, LLC (www.bigtent.tv) is an entertainment company specializing in the integrated development and management of media brands. Formed in 2002, the company manages a portfolio across both traditional and new media while focusing on brand strategy, community building, viral marketing, licensing and retail merchandising. Big Tent currently serves as the worldwide (ex Asia) marketing and licensing company for viral sensation Domo and the North American agency of record for a number of children’s properties including: Discovery Kids, the leader in real world, educational content for children; The Wiggles, the world’s most popular pre-school entertainers; and Miffy & Friends, one of the largest brands for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with an all-new tween/teen program. Additionally, Big Tent serves as the U.S. licensing agent for the masters of freestyle motocross, the Crusty Demons, and the world’s most popular series about girls and horses, The Saddle Club. The Company is also the worldwide management company for renowned art licensing agency Alaska Momma.

About Dark Horse

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, and comics legend Will Eisner, their highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Aliens, Conan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun, and The Incredibles. Today Dark Horse Comics is the third largest comic-book publisher in the U.S. and is recognized as the world’s leading publisher of licensed comics material.Dark Horse Deluxe is an imprint of Dark Horse Comics, Inc.

Alex Ross Named Guest of Honor for C2E2

April 18, 2009 by  
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ALEX ROSS TO APPEAR AT CHICACO COMIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)
First Guest of Honor is Revealed at Launch Party in Chicago

Web site now live!

Norwalk, CT, April 16, 2009: Reed Exhibitions, the company which organizes New York Comic Con (NYCC) and which recently announced (Feb. 2, ’09) the launch of Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), has today revealed that Chicago area resident and celebrated comic book painter and illustrator Alex Ross will be the first Guest of Honor at the new show which will take place April 16 – 18, 2010 at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. The announcement was made public at a Launch Party for C2E2 which is taking place this evening at John Barleycorn in Wrigleyville, a popular destination point which sits in the shadow of Wrigley Field in the historic Lakeview section of Chicago. The announcement of Mr. Ross’s role as Guest of Honor comes exactly one year to the day before C2E2 is set to open its doors in Chicago.

“We are pleased to be in Chicago and we are very pleased to be able to announce Alex as our first Guest of Honor a full year in advance,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President and Show Manager for C2E2. “Alex has had a stellar career and his artistry speaks for itself. He is at the absolute top of his profession AND he lives in Chicago. We couldn’t have a more perfect Guest of Honor and we are very grateful for this early commitment to appear at our show.”

The Launch Party at Wrigleyville is an invitation only event to Chicago area professionals, press, retailers, and creators. It is an opportunity for all local “tastemakers” to meet and greet the C2E2 team in an informal setting. In addition to announcing Mr. Ross’s role, there will be ample discussion about the show and a chance for all party participants to contribute ideas. Officials note that the announcement of Alex Ross’s participation in C2E2 underscores a direction which they intend to build on; namely, to attract Midwestern talent to the annual convention. “Of course, we will be hosting people from all over the country at C2E2 but our primary focus is on Chicago and the Midwest,” Fensterman continues. “This is a show that will definitely reflect the community and sensibility of the local area and we are going to work very hard to ensure that everyone feels at home. This is certainly one reason we are here at Wrigleyville to have this party!”

Officials note that concurrent with the activities of today’s Launch Party, the C2E2 web site has officially gone “live” and information about the show will be posted as it becomes available throughout the next year. Everyone interested in C2E2 is invited to check out the web site at

www.C2E2.com. Further information about the show is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.MediumAtLarge.net.

ABOUT ALEX ROSS:

Alex Ross’s photorealistic paintings have garnered attention throughout the comics world and beyond. He has made a name for himself as both an artist and a storyteller. He studied illustration at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, then honed his craft as a storyboard artist before entering the comics field. His 1993 miniseries Marvels (Marvel Comics) opened a wider acceptance for painted comics. He followed that with the series Kingdom Come for DC Comics, which remains one of the most successful graphic novels in comics history. He painted a series of tabloids for DC Comics celebrating Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel, and Wonder Woman, which were then collected as The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes. Ross co-created the Earth X projects for Marvel and Justice for DC. He is currently working on Superpowers for Dynamite Entertainment and Avengers/Invaders for Marvel. He was the subject of the 2003 book Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross (Pantheon). His non-comics work includes creating the poster for the 2002 Academy Awards®, the opening credits for Spider-Man 2, and multiple covers for TV Guide and Village Voice. For more information, please visit www.alexrossart.com.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS:

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer. In 2007 Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 39 fully staffed offices.

Reed organizes a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. Its portfolio of over 500 events serves 47 industry sectors, including:

Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, building & construction, electronics, energy, engineering, entertainment, environment, food & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, IT, jewellery, life sciences & pharmaceuticals, property, manufacturing, medical education, packaging & converting, printing & visual communication, security, sports & recreation, travel.

Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2006, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of £1,052 million on turnover of £5,398 million.

Tampa Comic Book and Toy Convention (July 2009)

April 17, 2009 by  
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Convention Website: http://www.tampacomicconvention.com/

Date(s): 7/12/2009

Location: Minnreg Convention Hall, 6340 126th Ave N., Largo, FL 33773

Description: 85 Tables of Comics, Videos, Toys, Action Figures, Anime, Star Wars, Artwork, Trading Cards & Fun!

Guests:
Chris Claremont
Joe Rubinstein
Paul Pelletier
Sergio Cariello
Dick Giordano
Chuck Dixon
Fran Matera
Don Hillsman II
Austin Janowsky
Bill Black
Chuck Majewski
Greg Andrews
Jesse Starr
Joel D. Wynkoop
Jessica Nova
Amanda Stevens
Glenda Finkelstein
Page Turner
Fierce Comics
Heroes Alliance

Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables: 85

Projected Attendance: 500

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Welcome, FX Fans!

April 16, 2009 by  
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Hi, FX fans!

If you are visiting the site after seeing our ad in the FX Convention Program, I’m afraid you’ve caught us in the act. While we are very close to having the site ready to go, we’re still working out a few things and so are a week or two away from the official launch. So bookmark us and come back soon. Thanks!

New York Anime Festival Mascot Contest

April 16, 2009 by  
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NEW YORK ANIME FESTIVAL 2009 OFFICIAL MASCOT CONTEST ONLINE
Mascot Contest Sponsored By TheOtaku.com And Del Rey Manga

Norwalk, CT, April 15, 2009: The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced its 2009 mascot contest has gone live on partner website theOtaku.com. The 2009 New York Anime Festival, an anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention from the creators of New York Comic Con, will take place September 25-27, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan, and it is now accepting original character designs from fans and attendees, with the winning art to be featured as NYAF 2009′s official mascot throughout the show. Contest prizes include tickets to the New York Anime Festival and 50 manga from sponsor Del Rey Manga.

Between now and April 29th, theOtaku.com, Del Rey Manga, and the New York Anime Festival welcome artists and anime fans from around America to think about what “Anime” and “New York City” mean to them and draw these thoughts into an original character. Once all the entries have been received, theOtaku.com, Del Rey Manga, and the New York Anime Festival will select ten finalists to be put on display at the New York Anime Festival booth at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri (May 2nd and 3rd). Sakura Matsuri attendees will then vote for their favorite, with the character receiving the most votes crowned the New York Anime Festival’s 2009 mascot.

The 2009 New York Anime Festival mascot will grace the convention’s program guide and appear on signs throughout the event. Additionally the winner will be profiled in the New York Anime Festival’s program guide beside their mascot, receive a copy of all of the New York Anime Festival’s 2009 merchandise, and take home 10 weekend passes. Further, sponsor Del Rey Manga will be providing the winner an instant collection — 50 volumes of manga.

The contest’s nine finalists will each receive one weekend pass to the New York Anime Festival and series starter packs from Del Rey containing the first volumes of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Orange Planet, and Yokai Doctor.

To enter the contest and for official rules, please visit theOtaku.com.

“The anime world is a thriving, talented community,” New York Anime Festival Show Manager Lance Fensterman said. “We relish every opportunity to involve this community and make them a part of the show. The fans who come to NYAF aren’t just passive attendees. Instead, through participation in contests, special events, and our online networks, they become active contributors making NYAF happen.”

“One of theOtaku.com’s primary missions is to empower its community of otaku artists and give them new opportunities to grow and gain recognition” said Adam Ghahramani, publisher of theOtaku.com. “We are thrilled to be working with NYAF and Del Rey, two industry giants, to create a contest that will push our artists’ creativity to the limit, as well as bestow upon one talented member an amazing portfolio piece… and a truckload of manga.”

Tickets to NYAF are available now, and the con will be announcing guests, VIP packages, additional contests, and programming throughout the spring and summer. For more information about the 2009 New York Anime Festival, please visit the show’s official website (www.newyorkanimfestival.com) and blog (www.mediumatlarge.net).

ABOUT THEOTAKU.COM:
TheOtaku.com is an industry-friendly social media website for artists and writers who are fans of anime, manga, and video games. The site reaches nearly half a million unique visitors a month and hosts the portfolios of tens of thousands of creative otaku.

ABOUT DEL REY MANGA:
Del Rey Books (delreybooks.com) was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. Ballantine Books is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, which is a publishing group of Random House, Inc, the US publishing company of Random House, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s leading international media companies. In 2004, it expanded by launching Del Rey Manga (delreymanga.com), which has grown to be a major force in the US graphic novel field. Bestselling titles include Tsubasa, Negima, xxxHolic, and The Wallflower.

ABOUT THE NEW YORK ANIME FESTIVAL:
The New York Anime Festival takes place September 25-27, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan and is organized by Reed Exhibitions, the creators of New York Comic Con. The New York Anime Festival showcases the best of anime pop culture, including the latest anime, manga, Japanese cinema, music, and games, and anime-influenced comics, animation, and films from around the world. The festival features exclusive and extensive screenings, a gala cosplay masquerade, sessions with the some of the biggest names in anime from Japan, Asia, and America, and explores the Japanese cultural experience with displays of both traditional and cutting-edge Japanese life. Further information can be found at newyorkanimefestival.com.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS:
The New York Anime Festival is operated by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events organizer. In 2007, Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and organized by 39 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2006, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of £1,052 million on turnover of £5,398 million.

HeroesCon Adds Mark Waid, Dustin Nguyen, and More

April 16, 2009 by  
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BOOM! MARK WAID AND ROGER LANGRIDGE JOIN HEROESCON 09
Creators Join All-Star Guest List Of Fan-Favorite Convention

In the month of April alone, fan-favorite comics convention HeroesCon has added over 60 names to its 2009 Guest List. Today it has announced the addition of independent publisher BOOM! Studios, as well as three of its highest profile creators: Editor-In-Chief Mark Waid, cartoonist Roger Langridge, and writer Michael Alan Nelson.

BOOM! Studios was founded in 2005 and quickly became one of the fastest growing small publishers in comics. In 2007 the company announced that Mark Waid had been named their Editor-In-Chief. Waid is an incredibly popular and prolific writer, with past work including Kingdom Come, breakout runs on Flash and Fantastic Four, and recent work on Amazing Spider-Man and Supergirl. His new BOOM! title Irredeemable was an instant sell-out, with a second print already on the way.

The other big critical success so far this year for BOOM! has been The Muppet Show; cartoonist Roger Langridge’s new series has garnered incredibly positive reviews, and near instant sellouts across the country. Langridge is also the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award nominee for his creator owned Fred The Clown book; he’s returning to HeroesCon after his first appearance last year. Waid and Langridge are joined by writer Michael Alan Nelson (Hexed, Fall of Cthulhu, 28 Days Later) and BOOM! co-founder Ross Richie.

Also just added to the HeroesCon 09 Guest List is the penciller/inker team of Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs, who are currently working on Detective Comics and the upcoming Batman: Streets of Gotham, and in the past have worked together on The Authority and Superman Batman, and separately on Wildcats 3.0 (Nguyen) and Immortal Iron Fist (Fridolfs), among others.

A Charlotte tradition since 1982, HeroesCon has quietly become one of the most popular comic book conventions in the nation, annually drawing over 10,000 fans to uptown Charlotte. With a guest list including the industry’s best artists, writers, and publishers, this year’s HeroesCon, going on Father’s Day Weekend (June 19-21), seems poised to exceed all the organizers’ expectations. Says owner Shelton Drum, “It’s humbling, the amount of support we receive from the comics community. It proves that there’s still a place for a fun comics convention that you can bring your whole family to.”

FL – Olivier Coipel @ A Comic Shop

April 15, 2009 by  
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Olivier Coipel (House of M) signs Thor at A Comic Shop on April 15th, 2009.
Courtesy of “FX Show”

A Comic Shop
114 S Semoran Blvd
Winter Park, FL 32792
(407) 332-9636
www.acomicshop.com

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