Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego

Press Release:

Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego
Organization considered other California cities to accommodate growing demand

San Diego – Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comics convention of its kind in the world, today announced it will be staying in San Diego for the foreseeable future.

Comic-Con reached a self-imposed attendance limit at the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) in 2007 and has had to cap attendance at approximately 125,000 people each year since. In looking at ways to better accommodate the growing demand from attendees and exhibitors, the nonprofit organization considered proposals for a move to larger facilities in Los Angeles or Anaheim after the expiration of its SDCC lease in 2012. This decision keeps Comic-Con in San Diego through 2015.

“We are grateful for the tireless efforts all three cities put into to their proposals,” said David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations. “In the end, we feel this decision is the best for all those who attend Comic-Con and for the organization itself. We are happy that the community has worked with us to ensure that we remain here.”

Comic-Con was first held in 1970 at the U.S. Grant Hotel, where it attracted 300 people. As the event grew, subsequent homes included the downtown El Cortez Hotel in the 1970s and the San Diego Convention and Performing Arts Center in the 1980s. Comic-Con moved to the then newly built SDCC in 1991. Comic-Con celebrated its 41st year in 2010.

The San Diego Convention Center Corporation has scheduled a press conference for Friday, October 1 at 11:45 a.m. at Lobby E of the convention center.

About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest convention of its kind in the world, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, Comic-Con organizes the San Francisco–based WonderCon each spring and Alternative Press Expo each fall. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

Capicons Comic and Pop Culture Con (October 2010)

Convention Capicons Comic & Pop Culture Con
Convention Website http://capicons.com
Start Date 10/03/2010
About This Convention: Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con
Sun, Oct. 3, 2010
10 am – 3 pm

Admission $3 – Kids FREE!
FREE Admission for those in Costume (Costume Contest at 1 PM)

Open to the public from 10 am – 3 pm. Buy, sell & trade: Gold, Silver, Bronze Age comics; Indie & Modern comics, Publishers & Creators, TV & Movie Collectibles. Non-sport cards; Videos & DVDs; Horror/Sci-Fi; figures, toys; Star Wars & Star Trek memorabilia; original artwork, posters and other comic-related collectibles.

Directions to DLVFRD: ?Take I-495 (DC/Capital Beltway) to Exit 47A (Rt. 7 West). Go 1/2 Mile, Left on Gallows Rd. 1 mile to 2148 Gallows Rd

Convention Guests Carolyn Belefski, Curls Studio?? Artist/Publisher and 2010 Lulu Award Nominee,

Matt Dembicki, Artist/Publisher, Editor of Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection

D.C. Conspiracy–a collective of DC comic creators, writers, publishers & artists

Venue Name Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Hall
Venue Address 2148 Gallows Rd,
Dunn Loring, Virginia
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 50
Projected Attendance 300
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles
- Gaming
- Horror
- Science Fiction and Fantasy

Comic Book and Non-Sports Cards Show (MD) (January 2011)

Convention Comic Book and non-sports cards show
Convention Website http://www.clandestinecomics.com
Start Date 01/02/2011
About This Convention: Look to start off the new year with a great show! Dealers from around the area will be selling-buying-trading Golden Age to the present as well as non-sports cards, action figures, CCG and much more.
This show is located near the Maryland State Fair Grounds and has claimed to be the best one day show in Maryland!
Venue Name Crown Plaza
Venue Address 2004 Greenspring Dr
Timonium, Maryland 21030
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 30
Projected Attendance 150
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles
- Gaming
- Horror
- Science Fiction and Fantasy

Atomicon XXII Comics Expo Halloween Spectacular (October 2010)

Dear Comics Fans: The Atomicon XXII Comics Expo Halloween Spooktacular will be held on Sunday, Oct.31, 2010 at the Holiday Inn in Manahawkin, N.J. (junction of Rt. 72 and Rt.9) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Halloween Costume Contest!: Come dressed as your favorite Super-Hero or Comics Character and compete for PRIZES!

* THOUSANDS of Comics (Golden Age to Present), DVDs, Toys, Action Figures, and Other Comics Collectibles available for sale!

* DOOR PRIZES for Paying Attendees: Super-Hero MOVIE Tickets! Classic 60s MONSTER MAG GiveAway! The ever-lovin’ (House of) Mystery Box ‘O’ Stuff (over $100 value inside)! BAT-BUX $howca$h (The Joker’s favorite! Winner can use this “play money” like REAL $$ anywhere in the dealers’ room)!

* FREE, FREE, FREE!: FREE Admission for Kids 12-and-Under! FREE Comics for the First 100 Patrons at the Show! FREE Parking for Con attendees!

* LOW Admission Price: Just $3 for Adults and Teens ($1 OFF with Special Flyer)!

* GUEST ARTISTS in attendance! Check our listings on SCOOP and ConventionScene.com..or e-mail us direct at beezee622@netzero.net for Guest Updates!
GUEST LIST for upcoming Halloween Atomicon:
* STEVE PYTAK (Mazz Press, Carrion Crow)
* BOB PETRECCA (DC Comics, Batman Confidential, others)
* TOM PALMER…a RARE APPEARANCE by this Marvel-mainstay Artist, famous for X-Men, Tomb of Dracula, Kick-Ass (new series) and Chaos War (his latest)…

* ATOMICON (held on a Fifth Sunday of a month) means Always Affordable Family Entertainment…and a MegaTON of Comic FUN! Join us for the Last Big Blast of the Year at the Jersey Shore! This will be one Comics HALLOWEEN Party you WON’T want to miss! As Maynard G. Krebs was wont to say: “Like, BE THERE, man…or…BE SQUARE!” – The Promoters at Surf Pirate Productions

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse @ Paley Center!

September 30, 2010 by  
Filed under California, L.A. Sequential

The cast and crew at the Paley Center for Superman/Batman: Apocalypse!

Last Tuesday, September 21st, was the world premiere of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the latest direct to DVD animation motion picture from WB Animation. The movie brings back the vocal talents of fan favorites Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tim Daly (Superman), and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman). Ed Asner reprises his role as Granny Goodness, and also introduces Andre Braugher as Darkseid and Summer Glau as Supergirl.
The movie is based off of Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner’s Supergirl storyline. Reintroducing Supergirl to the DC Universe, the movie succeeds in paying homage to the art style of the late Turner, as well as capturing Kara Zor-El’s integration into the DCU.
The Paley Center hosted the world premiere, followed by a Q and A with some of the cast and crew that attended.

Among the highlights:
Tim Daly joking around about Superman’s sleeker look in the movie:
“One thing that I noticed about Superman in this, first of all he’s eating less carbs. And second of all, did anybody notice, what’s going on with his hair? It’s 2 curls!”

Tim Daly arrives at the red carpet.

When asked, Lois Lane or Wonder Woman by the audience, Daly responds:
“Oh, Wonder Woman. (smiling at Susan Eisenberg) If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.”

Lauren Montgomery, director of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, was asked why the movie wasn’t titled Supergirl, responds:
“The title of the comic originally was Superman Batman: Supergirl, which… really would assume that the movie would be titled that, but since our wonderful Wonder Woman movie didn’t sell so well, they decided that girl movies don’t sell so we gotta trick everybody into buying it.”

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse director, Lauren Montgomery!

When asked what personal projects they’d love to work on if given the chance:
Bruce Timm, Executive Producer: “I would probably do the Black Hawks.”
Montgomery: “I would probably do Batgirl Year One, or anything with Aquaman.”

Executive producer Bruce Timm on the red carpet.

When asked what in the movie came out better than expected:

Daly: “I think that I am temperamentally as a person more suited to Batman, because I tend to have sort a darker skewing view of the world, so I was pleasantly surprised by the Superman scenes that were a little more sincere and tender, because I thought they played pretty well. I didn’t squirm and think like ah geez, Superman is being a real sap. I felt like he cared about Supergirl, I like that.”

Daly playing with the Superman doll during the Q and A session.

Rachel Quintance (Artemis/Lyla): “For me, I’m just so happy to be a part of it, my first foray into the DC comic world so watching all of it was just fantastic to me. It’s like, I mean, you all know this so well, and to me it’s like, wow, oh my gosh, this exists. So I thought the whole thing was incredible.”

Tab Murphy (Writer): “I think I responded to the relationship between Superman and Kara Zor El a lot because of the idea of suddenly finding somebody you’re related to and becoming overprotective and then having to let go. I have a 13 year old daughter and going through that same thing so I can totally identify..”
Bruce Timm: What’s her name?
Murphy: Kara! It’s true, it’s true… whoa.

Montgomery: “I’m a pretty big sucker for feel good movies these days so I guess just seeing how it all wrapped up in the ending and Supergirl finally getting her costume and she gets the nod of approvement, she gets the nod from Batman, and you just leave the theater happy. That’s the part I like the most.”

Timm: “I’m actually just really relieved that the opening of the movie worked because the movie, it came up short when we timed the animatic, the storyboard. And so we kinda had to pad it, and part of the stuff we padded was that opening in Gotham City where we’re just kind of panning through Gotham City, oh there’s a cat in the alley… oh look, there’s blimps overhead! So when we got the film back, it was like oh my god, there’s nothing happening, there’s no dialogue, we’re just panning through the city for like 2 minutes! So we added a bunch of radio dialogue, and sound effects and music, and you watch it now, and it’s like, ok, yeah, it kinda works… so WHEW!”

Andrea Romano and Susan Eisenberg at the Q and A panel.

Eisenberg and Andrea Romano (Voice Director) were both fans of the quieter moments, as well as how the fight scenes came about together, particularly when it seemed that most of the recording time was spent doing battle scenes.

The Paley Center did a wonderful job organizing this event, and I’m also looking forward to the next 3 announced feature length animated films: All Star Superman, Green Lantern Emerald Knights, and Batman: Year One!

The Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD is out in stores now! Pick it up and let me know what you thought of the movie!

NYC – Doonesbury Retrospective

Gary Trudeau in conversation with Jim Mustich to celebrate the release of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark comic strip. The legendary cartoonist discusses his career in an on-stage conversation with the editor of the Barnes & Noble Review.

Thursday October 28, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

MA – Hellbound Launch Party

Press Release:

If you like spooky New England-themed stories, fantastic comics, crazy costumes and creative fun and games, you won’t want to miss “Hellbound: the Party,” a fundraiser/Halloween ball at Tommy Doyles in Harvard Sq. on Thursday, October 28th to celebrate the upcoming indy comic book, “Hellbound.”

“Hellbound” is a unique project, even in the unpredictable world of independent comics: a limited edition, giant-sized (13″by 19″), silk-screened collection of one-page horror stories, all based on actual New England legends, printed in black and white and RED… and drawn by some of the area’s best comics artists. The gruesome narratives include works by Dan Mazur, Eric Boeker, E.J. Barnes, Nathan Boucher, Jesse Lonergan, Nathan Kitler, Lindsay Moore, Matt Stumpf, Charles Schneeflock Snow, Mark Slater, Line O, Jim Roldan, Joel Christian Gill, C. Che Salazar, Andrew Abbot, Aaron Drew and Nil Gulacsik. Following this initial printing, a normal-sized offset edition will be available at local comics stores and shows.

To help launch this collection of illustrated madness, Hellbound’s editors Roho and Joel Christian Gill of the Boston Comics Roundtable, are inviting the public to an evening of enjoyably horrific revelry. Events will include sketch fighting (two artist compete on a battle of skills for glory and cake), zombie/monster caricatures and a costume contest in which the party guests will compete to win their favorite comics and more! And to cap the festivities off, the last 10 copies of the over-sized silk-screened edition of “Hellbound” will be auctioned off. All proceeds will go toward funding all the Boston Comics Roundtable publishing endeavors.

Like a scary comic book come to life, “Hellbound” will be a Halloween party you’ll never forget.

RSVP on Facebook!

What: HELLBOUND Boston Comics Halloween Party!
Where: Tommy Doyles Harvard Sq. 96 Winthrop Street Cambridge, MA
When: October 28th from 6PM to 10PM
How Much: $5
Ages: 21 up

CA – Rose Sees Red Signing

Cecil Castellucci discusses and signs Rose Sees Red on October 9, 2010 at 2:00pm.

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069

C.H.U.D. Comic Book Show (November 2010)

Convention C.H.U.D. comic book show
Convention Website http://www.clandestinecomics.com
Start Date 11/14/2010
About This Convention: Comic Hundreds Under a Dollar (C.H.U.D.) This is a once a year show where dealers pull out there overstock and bring it to the show and sell everything for a Dollar or Less. Every comic will be sold for a Dollar or Less so do not expect to find an Action #1 at this show.
Venue Name Holiday Inn
Venue Address 15101 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, Maryland
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 21
Projected Attendance 150
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Horror
- Science Fiction and Fantasy

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East Hanover NJ Comic Book Expo (December 2010)

Convention East Hanover NJ Comic Book Expo
Convention Website http://www.njcomicbookshows.com
Start Date 12/19/2010
About This Convention: Show hours are 10-4. Admission is only $2(kids under 12 free)! Easy free parking as well. Over 200,000 comic books for sale., from bargain readers to investment grade keys, along with other comic-related items as well. We have the Northeast’s friendliest dealers and have run over 400 monthly comicons since 1991! Many of our shows feature guest artists, writers, or publishers (if you are one and would like a “comp” table at a show, please contact us). Our legendary no minimum bid auctions at each show are held around noon and typically offer thousands of dollars worth of stuff that sells for a fraction of it’s value. If you are a hardcore collector or a casual reader-you will love our shows!
Convention Guests TBA
Venue Name Ramada Inn Conference Center Hotel
Venue Address 130 Rt 10 West
East Hanover, NJ 07930
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 40
Projected Attendance 150
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles

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