Join the Herd at Long Beach Comic Con

September 30, 2009 by  
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JOIN THE HERD AT THE FIRST ANNUAL COMIC BOOK CONVENTION IN LONG BEACH

TOP COW AT LONG BEACH COMIC CON
LOS ANGELES, Calif., September 29th, 2009 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that they will be exhibiting at the first annual Long Beach Comic Con. The event will open to the public on Friday afternoon, October 2nd, 2009, and run through Sunday, October 4th, at the Long Beach Convention Center located at 300 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90802. Fans are encouraged to stop by the Top Cow booth (#365) to meet their favorite creators and shop for limited edition convention exclusives as well as their favorite Top Cow comics.

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer Variant

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer Variant

Among the artists appearing at the Top Cow booth (#365) will be pencillers Michael Broussard (The Darkness, Unholy Union), Eric Basaldua (Witchblade Annual, Hunter-Killer), Sheldon Mitchell (Trinity: Blood on the Sands, Witchblade Annual), and Nelson Blake II (Pilot Season: Murderer, The Darkness) from the world renowned Top Cow ‘Pit.’ Top Cow inkers Ryan Winn (The Darkness) and Rick Basaldua (Witchblade Annual) will also appear for signings. The publisher also teased at a few surprise appearances by Top Cow creators and alumni. The artists will be available to draw sketches for fans and autograph copies of their comics. Sketch tickets will be given out at the beginning of each day at the Top Cow booth (#365) on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to one per fan, per day. Fans are encouraged to check the Top Cow booth (#365) for signing times.

Special guests Randy and Sarah Queen will be in attendance at the Long Beach Comic Con to promote the upcoming Darkness/Darkchylde/Witchblade: Kingdom of Pain one-shot, which will mark the return of Queen’s character, Darkchylde, to comics. Additionally, the Queens will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process during a special panel on Sunday, October 4th in Room B from 12:00pm-12:45pm hosted by Top Cow Publisher, Filip Sablik.

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer VIP Variant

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer VIP Variant

The publisher will be offering an exclusive Long Beach Comic Con wraparound variant cover to Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #2 for the event by Eric Basaldua, Rick Basaldua, and Blond. An additional, super-rare V.I.P. Exclusive to Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #2 featuring the pencils merging into the inked lineart will also be available. The V.I.P. Exclusive is limited to 250 copies and can only be purchased at the Long Beach Comic Con. Fans will also be able to pick up numerous free promotional items, posters, and free comics at the Top Cow booth (#365). Publisher Filip Sablik and Managing Editor Phil Smith will be available throughout the show for portfolio reviews for aspiring artists.

The inaugural Long Beach Comic Con kicks off at 3 P.M. on Friday, October 2nd and runs to 7 P.M. The convention will be open Saturday, October 3rd from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Sunday, October 4th from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
About Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

CA – Process Recess 3 Signing

September 29, 2009 by  
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James Jean signs copies of his latest two books, Process Recess 3 and Kindling.

Oct 17, 6:00PM – 10:00PM

free refreshments provided

Kindling: A poster book featuring 12 brand new, never-before-published paintings by award-winning artist James Jean. Each of the 305mmx 406mm inch pull-out posters is bound into a paperback portfolio and features a full-color painting on one side and intricate sketches on the opposite side.

Process Recess 3: The Hallowed Seam collects the sketches of renowned artist James Jean, who has documented his life in drawings and paintings. From beautiful figure drawings to experimental paintings, Jean demonstrates a keen eye for humanity and a virtuosic handling of any medium.

Gallery Nucleus, 210 East Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

MA – JLU Animator Signing

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Juli Mayer (Justice League Unlimited) signs and sketches at New England Comics on Sept. 30th.

NEW ENGLAND COMICS, 2184 ACUSHNET AVE, NEW BEDFORD, MA 02745

Phone 508-995-2693

http://www.newenglandcomics.com

The New England Fan Experience (November 2009)

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The New England Fan Experience

Convention The New England Fan Experience
Convention Website http://www.nefanx.com/
Start Date 11/13/2009
End Date 11/15/2009
Venue Name Courtyard Boston Downtown/Tremont
Venue Address 275 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 48
Projected Attendance 2000
What category best describes your convention? Science Fiction and Fantasy
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Anime
- Collectibles
- Gaming
- Other

CGC and More at November 2009 VA COMICON

September 29, 2009 by  
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Press Release:

Greetings, fellow comic fans!

We are proud to make a few of several upcoming announcements regarding Virginia’s first 2-day show in over 25 years!

First off, we have a slew of swell artists and writers lined up for the show including:

Larry Hama
Chuck Dixon
Chris Claremont
Mike McKone
Billy Tucci
Randy Green
Robert Atkins

and DOZENS more! Additionally, we have some top exhibitors signed up to display including:

CGC (their final scheduled event of 2009!)
The Hero Initiative
the Mike Wieringo Scholarship
Regal Cinemas
Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find
Cards Comics and Collectibles
Brett’s Comic Pile

and DOZENS more!

We will have many comic panels scheduled all day long, including:

A discussion on Edgar Church by Chuck Rozanski
a GI Joe panel with Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon and Robert Atkins!

Witchblade Cover by Randy Green

Witchblade Cover by Randy Green

We will have an exclusive Top Cow comic book: Witchblade #132 with a VERY special sketch holiday cover by guest Randy Green!

Also, we are looking for folks wishing to moderate discussion panels, as well as volunteers and CGC witnesses. E-mail me at info@vacomicon.com if you are interested.

Finally, and this is very special, Adam Lucas, the current #1 competitor in DC Comics’ ZUDA COMPETITION with his entry “Goldilock” has agreed to come to the show if we help him to win! The voting ends in less than 24 hours. He is in a dead heat for #1, and if you could kindly visit http://www.zudacomics.com/node/1261 and login and vote him in as your favorite, he will come to our show! What a cool deal! YOU can help us get an additional hot young artist to come to the show. Interactive convention-going!

Well…That is about it…oh yeah…there is a FREE sci-fi themed bowling party on Saturday night…and two-day passes start at $9.95, with children, folks with student IDs or Military IDs getting in FREE both days!

You have nothing to lose…visit http://www.VAcomicon.com for more information!

Go ahead and vote for Adam so he will come to the show! Visit our site, and help to make a difference in the first 2-day show in Virginia in over 25 years! Awesome!

Regards,

Brett Carreras
owner Brett’s Comic Pile in Richmond, VA
Sponsor of the 2008 and 2009 Harvey Awards
Promoter of the VA Comicon on November 21-22

NYC – Scarlet Takes Manhattan Signing

September 29, 2009 by  
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Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt reading and signing Scarlett Takes Manhattan.

Featuring a screening of Randy Gentile’s mini- documentary, “Behind the Curtain ‘The Making of Scarlett Takes Manhattan’”

It’s a free event taking place Monday, October 5th at 7pm:
Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
www.bluestockings.com

IL – Halloween Spooktacular

September 26, 2009 by  
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Jill Thompson signs on Oct 24th

Jill Thompson signs on Oct 24th

Oct. 24 12:00 pm

Jill Thompson has been a very busy girl this year!  Not only has she released 3 volumes of Magic Trixie, but she’s also paining the new Dark Horse comic Beasts of Burden.  And, of course, both are spooky, all-ages fun!

To celebrate her love for Halloween and our love for her, we’re throwing a Halloween Party at Challengers!  We’ll have a special edition ChallengeJuniors hosted by Ms. Thompson, featuring Magic Trixie vol.1, and then Jill will be doing full-color sketches to benefit PAWS Chicago. There will also be treats, candy and other Halloween goodness!  Bring the whole family.  And we’ll be in costumes, so you can be, too!

Challengers Comics, 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R, Chicago, IL 60647

http://www.challengerscomics.com

QC – Horus Signings

September 25, 2009 by  
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Johane Matte (Flight, Water Tribe) signs the new French edition of Horus with colorist Saymone Phanekam at two locations in Montreal.
Friday, October 2, 2009
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Librairie Fichtre, 436, de Bienville, Montreal, QC, Canada
Saturday, October 3, 2009
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Librairie Planete BD, 3883 St-Denis, Montreal, QC, Canada

CA – Mouse Guard Signing

September 25, 2009 by  
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David Petersen signs on Oct 1st

David Petersen signs on Oct 1st

A book signing with MOUSE GUARD creator David Petersen

Thursday Oct 1st

David Petersen was born in 1977. His artistic career soon followed. A steady diet of cartoons, comics and tree climbing fed his imagination and is what still inspires his work today. David was the 2007 Russ Manning Award recipient for Most Promising Newcomer, and in 2008, won Eisner Awards for Best Publication for Kids (Mouse Guard Fall 1152) and Best Graphic Album – Reprint (Mouse Guard Fall 1152 hardcover). He received his BFA in Printmaking from Eastern Michigan University where he met his wife, Julia. They continue to reside in Michigan with their dog, Autumn.

Please join David Petersen for a discussion on the current trends in mouse fashion and a drink or two

Thursday October 1st from 7 – 9pm

Secret Headquarters, 3817 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026

www.thesecretheadquarters.com

Animation Supercon Announces Final Guests and Events

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ANIMATION SUPERCON 2009 announced for Oct. 2-4, 2009
Featuring cast reunions from Futurama & Pinky & The Brain
Plus, stars of Ren and Stimpy, Looney Tunes, Gears of War, Final Fantasy, Transformers, Family Guy, G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons and more!

FINAL GUEST LIST & EVENTS ANNOUNCED
Miami, FL – Animation Supercon replaces Anime Supercon as it returns for a 4th year to an all new, bigger & better location; the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center. Animation Supercon will replace Anime Supercon as the shows focus shifts to encompass the entire animation world, and not just Japanese anime. Set for October 2-4, Animation Supercon is a three day festival and convention dedicated to Animation, Cartoons, Anime, Comic Books and Video Games.

Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain

Animation Supercon will feature celebrity guests, artists, animators, writers, vendors, Q&A’s, parties, costume contests, anime programming, cosplay, panels, photo shoots, live music, video games and more as it takes over 100,000+ square feet of the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center. The event kicks off at 3:30PM, Friday, October 2 and the fun continues almost around the clock until 6:00PM, Sunday, October 4.
Over the weekend-long event, attendees will have a chance to meet and converse with celebrity guests and artists from all corners of the industry. Our guest list includes two very special cast reunions from Futurama and Pinky & The Brain. The line up for this years event includes:

Billy West: Star of Futurama (Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan, Dr. Zoidberg), Ren and Stimpy (Ren and Stimpy), Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd), Doug (Doug) and TheWoody Woodpecker Show (Woody Woodpecker).

David X. Cohen: Co-Creator, Head Writer and Executive Producer of Futurama. Writer, Editor and Producer of the Simpsons and Writer for Beevis and Butthead.

John DiMaggio: Star of Futurama (Bender, Flexo, Elzar), Gears of War (Marcus Fenix), Chowder (Shnitzel), Final Fantasy XII (Gilgamesh, Migelo), Samurai Jack (The Scotsman) and Princess Mononoke (Gonza).

Phil LaMarr: Star of Futurama (Hermes Conrad, Rev. Lionel Preacherbot), Samurai Jack (Samurai Jack), Family Guy (Ollie Williams, The Judge), Transformers: Animated (Jazz, Omega Supreme, Jetstorm), Mad TV, Justice League (Green Lantern), Static Shock (Static) and Final Fantasy XII (Reddas).

Maurice LaMarche: Star of Futurama (Kif, Morbo, Calculon, Lrr, Donbot, Hedonist Bot), Pinky and The Brain (The Brain), Tripping the Rift (Gus), Xiaolin Showdown (Master Fung), Inspector Gadget(Inspector Gadget), Tiny Toon Adventures (Dizzy Devil), Transformers (Six Gun) and The Critic (Jeremy Hawke).

Rob Paulsen: Star of Pinky and The Brain (Pinky), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Raphael), The Tick (Arthur), Animaniacs (Yakko), Transformers (Air Raid, Slingshot), GI Joe (Snowjob, Tripwire) andFraggle Rock (Boober, Sprocket).

Bill Morrison: Concept Artist of Futurama and Co-Founder / Creative Director for Bongo Comics. Bill’s artist credits, as artist/writer/editor for Bongo Comics include Futurama Comics, Bartman Comics, Bongo Comics, Radioactive Man, Itchy and Scratchy, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson and Treehouse of Horror. In addition, Bill was the writer/artist for Captain Carrot and The Final Ark (DC Comics) and poster artist for Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Mike Kazaleh: Animator and Comic Book Artist. Animation credits include: The Simpsons, Cool World, Mighty Mouse, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Tiny Toon Adv., Filmmation and Bashki Animation. Comic Book credits include: Futurama Comics, The Simpsons, Ren and Stimpy, Usagi Yojimbo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Mouse and Superfriends.

Allen Bellman: Golden Age Comic Book artist for Timely / Marvel and Lev Gleason. Mr. Bellman’s credits include Captain America, The Patriot, Let’s Play Detective, The Human Torch, The Sub-Mariner, All Select Comics, Marvel Mystery Comics and All Winners Comics.

Richard Green: Richard is and artist and animator, who has extensive animation credits with Disney Studios. His work can be seen in Beauty and the Beast (asst. animator for Lumiere), Rescuers Down Under, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Goofy and Mickey Mouse.

Pat Broderick: Animator and Comic Book Artist. Artist for Green Lantern, Batman, Captain Marvel, Firestorm, Spider-Man and Superman. Animation designer and concept artist on Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

Select Start: Musical guests, Select Start is the fusion of six musicians who combine their mutual love for video games, music and their instruments (two violins, a cello, guitar, piano and flute) to create a musical experience and sound unique to the video game music world.

Terry Cronin and Pat Martin: Representing 3Boys Productions, Terry and Pat are the creators of independent comic book Students of The Unusual.
Goatslacker: Musical guest Goatslacker is a chip music composer armed with dual 1989 Nintendo Game Boys and and his custom keyboard.

Austin Janowsky: Austin is a veteran artist and inker, whose credits include Iron Man: The End, Stanley The Snowman, Judo Girl, Cracked Magazine, X-Men Unlimited, Witch Girl Tales, Tomb Raiderand Bubba The Redneck Werewolf.

Nakia Mann: Comic Book Artist of Zoom Suit and Codename: Power.

Additional guests can be found at on the Animation Supercon website at www.animationsupercon.com

Some of the featured events at Animation Supercon include:

The Futurama Cast Reunion Q&A: Meet the cast of Futurama, together on one stage. All our celebrity guests will have individual 1 hour Q&A sessions over the course of the weekend, but the main event is on Sunday, when Billy West, John DiMaggio, Phil LaMarr, David X. Cohen and Maurice LaMarche take the stage to speak with fans about all things Futurama. (Sunday 2pm-3:15pm)

The Pinky and the Brain Cast Reunion Q&A: Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche are Pinky and the Brain… and on Saturday afternoon, they’ll be together again on stage to speak with fans about one of the most popular cartoons of all time. (Saturday 12pm-1pm)

Supercon Mania Revenge!: Supercon Championship Wrestling returns! It’s been 4 months since Supercon Mania 1 and Carl still retains the SCW World Heavyweight Championship…. but how long can he hang on to it? Supercon Mania is back for 2 nights at ASC as Carl, Cobra Commander, The Joker, Luigi, Wolverine, The Baroness, The Monopoly Man, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Elektra, Jason Vorhees, Afro Samurai, The Geico Caveman, Harley Quinn, The Ghostbusters and more descend on Miami in search of glory and gold. It’s day two of Supercon Mania: Revenge! What happened on Friday night? Did Carl hold on to the title or lose to the #1 contender? Will he be back to defend??? And will Cobra Commander ever get his REVENGE? (Friday 10pm-11:30pm and Saturday 9:45pm-11:15pm)

Animation Supercon Costume Competition: Cosplayers from around the state will compete in South Florida’s premiere costume competition, where they will battle it out for over $3,000 in cash and prizes. (Saturday 8:30pm – 9:45pm)

Select Start in Concert: One of the most unique bands around, Select Start will perform many video game favorites via classical music instruments. (Saturday 5:15pm-6:15pm and Sunday 12pm-1pm)

Animation Supercon Cosplay Contest: Supercon’s famous Cosplay Contest is back, where cosplayers of all ages get a chance to compete and show off their acting skills as they perform skits as their favorite animation or anime character. (Sunday 12pm-1pm)

The Bongo Comics Q&A: The creators and editors of Futurama and Simpsons comics will be on hand to meet with fans and discuss the world of comics and how they relate to Futurama and The Simpsons. Bill Morrison (Creative Director, Writer, Artist and Editor) and Mike Kazaleh (Artist) will be hosting the panel. (Saturday 5:45pm-6:45pm)

Video Gaming: Animation Supercon will have around the clock video gaming events, tournaments and free play hosted by Infinite Bits Gaming, Noobie Games and VG Party Games.

Exhibition Room: Animation Supercon will have a 50,000 square feet exhibition room with over 150 vendor, guest and artist booths and tables. (Friday 3:30pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm)

Complete information on these and dozens of more events taking place all weekend can be found at www.animationsupercon.com

The convention hours of operation are:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2: 3:30PM – 2:00AM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3: 11:00AM – 2:00AM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4: 11:00AM – 6:00PM

Tickets are currently available online and at select vendors.

General Admission (3) Day Weekend Pass:

$35 if reserved in advance online
General Admission at the door is $40 for a weekend pass. Single day passes will be $20 for Friday or Sunday and $25 for Saturday. Children under 10 receive free admission. Parents, Police officers, Fire Fighters and Military receive a $10 discount.

Special V.I.P. tickets are available as well.

The Double Tree Miami Airport Hotel & convention center is located at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126. The Double Tree has over 100,000 square feet of total convention space to accommodate the growing attendance of Animation Supercon. Discounted room rates for convention are available. See our website www.animationsupercon.com for details.

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