LA Rock’n Comic Con 2010 Starts Today

Press Release:

The Amazing STAN LEE! To Launch the Inaugural Los Angeles Rock’n Comic Con

Pasadena Convention Center
May 28-30, Fri. Sat. & Sun.

FAME LA and Animation Ink announce the Los Angeles Rock’n Comic-Con 2010 at the Pasadena Convention Center which supports the Arts, in Animation, Music & the Film Industries and their creative talents.

Animation Ink, in cooperation with Vanguard Productions and Desert Wind Comics, announces featured Guest of Honor, legendary Marvel Comics Creator Stan “The Man” Lee. Stan is the creator and/or co-creator of many of the greatest comic book characters ever including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Avengers, X-Men, Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, and many more.

Stan will launch our new convention with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, VIP Gold Room Meet and Greet, walk through, autograph signings, photos, and much more are scheduled for a total of eight hours on Friday and Saturday. Stan Lee, Jim Steranko and moderator J. David Spurlock, Vanguard Press, will host a special guest panel for the 70th Anniversary of Captain America and Marvel Comics.

An ever-growing list of talents from the worlds of animation, film, comics, and music will be in attendence. Such favorites as J. Scott Campbell, Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated Bill Sienkiewicz, Bernie Wrightson, Dean Yeagle, Jim Smith co-creator of Ren & Stimpy theme song will be performed live.

The world’s leading late night talk show host and UFO expert George Noory from Coast to Coast radio, Rodd Roddenberry and Marc and Elaine Zicree for Sci-Fi panels. Animation panels, Musicians panel, Voice-Over Artists, Writers, FX and many more.

International television personality Sabrina A. Parisi, best selling author, columnist, fashion model will sign autographs, Meet-and-Greet and photo ops.

Fans can listen to DJ Shy, the first and only female mixer at the No. 1 top 40 radio station in America, 102.7 KIIS-FM. will spin albums, sign autographs, Meet-and-Greet.

The Main Exhibit and Artists Exhibit Halls will be filled with comics, art, books, merchandise, collectibles, artists and celebrities for autograph signings, photo ops, event exclusive Variant Comic Book, etc.

In the Conference Center, Industry Professionals will have lectures, panel discussions, demos by Animators, film screenings, portfolio reviews by Disney and others.

Horror Movie Panels, some moderated by Don Glut will include many special guests such as William Stout, “The Alien” Bill Blair, horror band Williow Wisp will make a special appearance and perform. Top Special FX Artists will display their Monsters original FX Props and Reproductions, and Famous Monsters of Filmland will also be exhibitors.

A Special Femme Fatales panel and celeb autograph signings, Cosmic Play Girls in Superheroine costumes and Star Wars re-enactment Saber Guild members will be judges int our Masquerade Costume Contest.
Our Entertainment Pavilion will feature Pirates of the Caribbean Cast Members from the Black Pearl, FX artists and merchandise, swords, amor, costumes, The Hollywood Film & Acting Academy and One-on-One Music Mentoring Sessions with Rock Stars.

Live music all day long from LA local bands in the Plaza Stage Area, while enjoying the Memorial Day BBQ with tri-tip steak and shaved ice.

In the evening, our Entertainment Pavilion will rock with such headliners as A Flock of Seagulls, When In Rome, Dramarama and The Motels, Waddy Wachtel (guitarist for Stevie Nicks), former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, The Hollywood Allstarz with Vinny Appice from Black Sabbath, Mitch Perry (Edgar Winter) host Dave Schulz, (keyboardist for Berlin, Goo Goo Dolls, English Beat) and many more.

A special performance by LA Music Awards nominee Lisa Lewolt features the IDWT Dancers. Fire and Dance Performances led by Red Swan.

Concert and After Hours Party tickets are available online only through our website.

An After Hours Party from 10pm to 1am, gives fans, Attendees and Exhibitors an opportunity to network while relaxing and enjoying a continuation of great entertainment! Live Radio broadcasts from the event by 100.3 The Sound and 93.1 Jack FM.

General Admission, All-Star Concert, VIP Press & Celebrity Reception Package and After Hours Party tickets will be offered exclusively through LA Rock’n Comic Con website.
ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY -
NO on-site registration.
Tickets now on sale!

Visit www.PasadenaComicCon.com or www.rockncomiccon.com for complete details on registering, exhibiting or purchasing your tickets for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Tickets are sure to go fast! Contact: cyn@animation-ink.com

UK – Cross the Pond

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Becky Cloonan (DMZ, Demo, PIXU, American Virgin), Kieron Gillen (Phonogram, Thor) and Jamie McKelvie (Phonogram, Suburban Glamour) will be in the Gosh! basement signing books just for you. And as if that wasn’t enough the first 100 people through the door will get a special jam print by Cloonan and McKelvie! It’s a doozy.

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Start Time: 2:00PM    End Time: 4:00PM

Gosh! Comics, 39 Great Russell St, London UK

CA – Hercules Signing

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Legendary Iron Man artist BOB LAYTON appears at Metropolis on JUNE 3 (that’s next THURSDAY!), which is also new releases day for next week due to the Memorial Day holiday! This is a rare in-store appearance for Bob who will be there in support of his new Marvel Mini-Series, Hercules: Twilight of a God.

He’ll sign your books for you, but due to many issues (the worst of which is ebay), Bob does charge for sketches, so if you want one, be sure to bring some scratch with you ($50 for a head shot, $100 full body – for a nice, commissioned piece of original art this is a BARGAIN!).

Bob Layton appears from 6pm until 8pm, so don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to meet the man that Wizard (and many others) has dubbed “the definitive Iron Man artist.”

Metropolis Comics
16509 Bellflower Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

NYC – Hawkeye/Mockingbird Signing

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Jim McCann signs at Midtown Comics: Grand Central on June 3rd from 6:30-7:30pm.

Midtown Comics: Grand Central, 459 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017

NC – Mystery Society Signing

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Steve Niles signs on June 2nd at Ssalefish Comics.

Ssalefish Comics, 3242 Silas Creek Parkway STE 20, Winston Salem, NC 27103

NYC – Hero Initiative Benefit

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Steve Dillon visits New York City’s Forbidden Planet on behalf of Hero Initiative
 
British artist Steve Dillon, well- known for his work on Preacher, Punisher, and Wolverine: Origins, visits Forbidden Planet in New York City on June 8th to benefit Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization helping comic creators in need.
 
The event takes place:
Tuesday, June 8, 5 p.m.
Forbidden Planet New York
840 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
212-473-1576
 
Dillon will sign, sketch and have original art for sale, all to benefit Hero Initiative. Admission to the event is $20, payable at Forbidden Planet. Attendees can bring five of their own items to be signed. Dillon will also draw five-minute sketches at $25, one per customer, so get in line early! In addition, the artist will bring 10 pieces of original Punisher and Wolverine art that will be raffled off. Only 10 tickets will be sold at $100 each, so each of 10 winners is guaranteed to walk away with an original Steve Dillon masterpiece. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to meet Steve himself and own an amazing piece of art, all the while supporting Hero Initiative, an amazing cause in the comic industry!
 
“I’m always happy to do signing events for Hero Initiative as I really believe in the cause. It should be a great time for everyone, so please come out.” said Dillon.
 
“Forbidden Planet is very proud to be hosting Steve—one of our favorite artists—in service of The Hero Initiative,” said Forbidden Planet. “The Initiative is one of the most noble and worthy causes we can think of, and this should be a really fun night. Refreshments will be served and Steve’s fantastic. We can’t wait!” 
 
About The Hero Initiative:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
 
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit their website or call 626-676-6354.

MA – Her-oes Signing

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Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts) signs at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Saturday June 26th from 10am-2pm.

Friendly Neighborhood Comics, 191 Mechanic Street, Route 140, Bellingham, MA 02019

508-966-2275

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NYC – Jim Hanley’s Universe Turns 25

Molly Crabapple, Fred Van Lente, ChrisCross and more help  Jim Hanley’s Universe celebrate their 25th anniversary with a signing featuring some of their favorite creators on Wednesday May 26th from 4-9pm.

Guests include:
Molly Crabapple (Scarlet Takes Manhattan)
Neil Kleid (Fraggle Rock)
Dave Ryan (War of the Independents)
Bob Fingerman (From The Ashes)
Ben Caldwell (Wednesday Comics)
Fred Van Lente (Heroic Age: Prince of Power)
Jim McCann (Dazzler)
Rick Lacy (Labor Days)
ChrisCross (Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance)

Jim Hanley’s Universe, 4 West 33rd St, New York, NY
(opposite The Empire State Building)
(212) 268-7088

Win an Adam Hughes Original Sketch at Heroes Con!

Posted by Allison Sohn: Up for auction is the opportunity to get an original, one of a kind convention sketch from comic artist Adam Hughes. See the link below to bid.

Win an Adam Hughes Original Sketch at HeroesCon!

Expires on: May 31, 201019:07:35 PDT

As many collectors  and fans know, Adam is renowned for his cover art on such books as Catwoman and Wonder Woman, as well as limited run covers for such titles as Power Girl, the Legion of Super Heroes, Joss Whedon’s Serenity, and assorted Star Wars projects, to name but a few. His designs for Sideshow Collectibles Marvel Comiquette Statues as well as DC Direct’s Women of the DCU busts and Covergirls statue series are much sought after and enjoyed. This auction is YOUR chance to have one of Adam’s pieces added to your collection, and not just any piece. The artwork you win will be a fully rendered sketch of the character of your choice. The images attached to this auction are an example of the quality of work that the winner can expect to receive.

To participate in this auction, you must meet the following criteria: the artwork must be collected from Adam in person by the winner at the upcoming Heroes Con  in Charlotte, North Carolina. The dates of the convention are June 4th to the 6th. You must be an attendee at the show, and be able to provide photo ID proving you are the same individual that won this auction. No one else will be allowed to pick up this artwork; so please if you do not plan on being at the Heroes Con, do not bid. We cannot make exceptions. You must be able to pay in full via paypal at the close of this auction or make arrangements to pay in cash at the opening of the show. Failure to do so will result in a second chance offer being sent out to the next highest bidder.

The following restrictions will also apply to this auction: Your request may be of a single character of your choosing. Adam reserves the right to add any complimentary characters that he may feel completes the piece of artwork. The artwork will be completed in gray-scale marker as all of Adam’s convention sketches are, with painted highlights added as Adam deems it necessary. The examples included with this auction may look like color was used; Adam achieved this effect using a combination or warm and cool gray tones markers. The artwork will be 11 by 14 inches, and all materials used are archival in quality.  No lewd requests will be accepted, nor any content deemed to be offensive. If you ask for something that is either of these, we will politely ask you for a second choice for the subject of your sketch.

Your artwork will be completed at Heroes Con, on the first day of the show (if Adam is able- Friday is a half day and seems to end very quickly!), unless other arrangements are made. For example; if you only plan on attending on Sunday, and would like to watch your sketch being worked on, we can move your piece to the first sketch of Sunday.  Something to keep in mind about Heroes Con: they have an art auction of their own. Adam will likely spend most of Saturday trying to complete a piece of art for the Heroes Con auction, which may cut back significantly on the number of sketches he will be able to complete during the show. So this auction may be one of only a few drawings he will be able to get done that weekend. Adam or myself will be in touch with you prior to the convention to talk about your sketch request. You can pick up your artwork from our table at any time during the weekend. However, if you neglect to collect your sketch, you will forfeit it. We cannot be responsible for shipping unclaimed artwork at the end of the show, and as stated earlier, the art MUST be picked up by the auction winner; no substitutions will be allowed.

Thank you for your participation in this auction. I know many people would like us to do this sort of thing for other shows, and even simply to provide Adam’s fans with a source for sketches outside of conventions. This is something we will consider in the coming months. But for now, we are looking forward to the trip to Charlotte, and Heroes Con, and wish everyone the best of luck in the auction!

SF – Prime Baby Signing

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Gene Luen Yang signs copies of Prime Baby at Giant Robot SF on Thursday June 10th from 6pm to 8pm.

Giant Robot, 618 Shrader St, San Francisco CA 94117

415-876-4773

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