For the second time this month, pre-registration for Comic-Con International: San Diego has been shut down to the convention’s registration systems not being able to withstand the onslaught of all the fans trying to buy tickets at once.
The first attempt occurred on November 1st and quickly ended with a promise to announce a new registration date on November 8th. That announcement revealed that today, November 22nd, would be when ticket sales would resume. But once again, Comic-Con’s systems were not up to the task resulting in the following message being posted to their website:
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!
Once more, unfortunately, there have been issues with Comic-Con registration. So we have again decided to close it down.
We are well aware that many people have taken time from work, school or other activities and others woke up very early. There really is no way to convey our level of regret for this turn of events.
We are currently researching our registration options.
CHICAGO COMIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO ANNOUNCES FIRST GUESTS FOR SHOW ON MARCH 18 – 20, 2011
Brian Michael Bendis is Guest of Honor!
Norwalk, CT, November 19, 2010: Officials at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have today announced the first guests who will be participating at the next show which will take place March 18 – 20, 2011 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, whose work includes Avengers, Secret Invasion, and Siege, will serve as a Guest of Honor and will be joined by Featured Guests including Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, Katie Cook, Geof Darrow, and Tim Seeley. C2E2 organizers note that this is the first of a long list of artists, creators and special guests whose participation in C2E2 will be announced over the next several months. C2E2 was launched last year and over 400 artists and guests were on hand to meet the thousands of fans who came to the inaugural event in Chicago. This year, the convention will move to the new West Building of McCormick Place where even more guests and a bigger audience may enjoy the pop culture extravaganza.
“We are incredibly grateful to these talented individuals, many of whom are the very best at what they do, for making a commitment to appear at our show,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “Brian Michael Bendis is one of the biggest and most impressive names in comics today and we’re honored to have him and the other Featured Guests at C2E2. We’re going to deliver another spectacular show, a quality, professional event that brings top artists and creators from across the country together with their many fans – and this is just our first announcement! We will have plenty more guests to announce in the coming weeks and months.”
FRANCO AURELIANI: Franco was born in 1492 aboard the cruise ship Santa Maria. He currently resides in Nueva York with his wife and son in a warm ranch style house with white picket fence. He spends most of his time in his Batcave like studio and emerges occasionally to yell at people and stuff. He is the creator, artist and writer of Weirdsville and the co-creator and writer of Patrick the Wolf Boy. Recently he has worked on titles for DC Comics including but not limited to BILLY BATSON and the MAGIC of SHAZAM, YOUNG JUSTICE and the New York Times bestseller, Eisner award winning series TINY TITANS…Aw Yeah!
ART BALTAZAR: Art started his funky secret art studio in 1994 with the his self-published comic book …”The Cray-Baby Adventures”. Since then, he created other comics such as “Gyro-Man”, “Captain Camel & the Space Chicken”, “Jimmy Dydo”, “Lunar Lizard”, “Meteor Mite” and the famous, “Patrick the Wolf Boy”. Currently, Artie is the creative force behind The New York Times Best Selling, Eisner Award Winning DC Comics’ TINY TITANS, Co-Writer for Billy Batson and the Magic of SHAZAM, and Artist/Co-Writer for the awesome TINY TITANS/Little ARCHIE crossover! From small press to mainstream in a heartbeat!
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS: Bendis is an award-winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last ten years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts. Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel’s Avengers franchise by writing both Avengers and New Avengers along with the wildly successful event projects House of M, Secret Invasion, Siege, and the highly anticipated DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN. Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel’s Ultimate line of comics, a line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader, and he has written every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man since its best-selling launch in 1999. Brian’s other projects include Scarlet and the Eisner-Award-winning Powers, both from Marvel’s creator-owned imprint Icon. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Alisa, his gorgeous daughters, Olivia and Sabrina, and his dogs, Shroeder, Lucky, and Buster.
KATIE COOK: Katie Cook is a comic book artist and illustrator living in Ann Arbor, MI. She is best known for her work in the the Star Wars universe and for her work on the Fraggle Rock comic, but has worked on licenses like DC Comics, Marvel Comics, The Lord of the Rings and more. You can see more about Katie, her art, and her cats at www.katiecandraw.com.
GEOF DARROW: Geof was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has never voted republican or watched the film Sound of Music. He has worked in animation for Hanna-Barbera studios as a character designer on such varied shows as Smurfs and Super Friends, before moving to France and working Moebius on various projects. He then published his first comics works for Metal Hurlant and Moebius own publishing house during the 80s Aedena. Through Moebius he met Frank Miller with whom he co-created the works Hard Boiled and The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot. He became implicated in Hollywood production design with the Matrix Trilogy of films and has worked on and off again as a concept artist for various Hollywood projects, some filmed some stuck in development and currently serving as overhead protection for studio profits. He is currently trying to do new comic book works aimed at reducing methane gas emissions in greater metropolitan areas everywhere with varied degrees of success complicated by diet. He has won some awards but, as mentioned before, he has never voted for a republican and considers this his proudest and most lucid achievement.
TIM SEELEY: Tim Seeley is a comic book artist and writer living in Chicago. He has drawn for Marvel, DC, and Devil’s Due. He is the creator of the comics HACK/SLASH, LOADED BIBLE and COLT NOBLE. He is the current artist of Wildstorm’s WILDCATS and writer/artist of Marvel’s ANT-MAN & WASP.
Customers interested in signing up for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini at email@example.com. Tickets for C2E2 may be purchased at www.c2e2.com. Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which also organizes New York Comic Con (NYCC) is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.
ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
|Convention||Capicons Comic & Pop Culture Con|
|About This Convention:||Admission: $3 – Kids FREE!
Open to the public from 10 am – 3 pm
50+ Dealer Tables–Door Prize Drawings
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.
|Convention Guests||John Gallagher – Sky-Dog Comics (Buzzboy, Roboy Red)
Steve Conley (Astonishing Space Thrills, Bloop, Kid Knight)
Andre Campbell and Tyran Eades of Heritage Comics HSQ
|Venue Name||Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept.|
|Venue Address||2148 Gallows Rd
Dunn Loring, VA
|Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables||60|
|What category best describes your convention?||Comic Books|
|What other categories might be appropriate for your convention?||- Collectibles
– Science Fiction and Fantasy
Via MTV Splash Page, watch a 6-minute preview of the new Young Justice cartoon, premiering on November 26 at 7 PM Eastern on Cartoon Network.
After an earlier aborted attempt, Comic-Con International will resume 2011 registration in the wee hours this coming Monday:
Memberships for Comic-Con 2011 will be available for online sales only at 6:00AM Pacific Time on Monday, November 22nd, 2010. Thank you very much for your patience. Pricing for Memberships is now available on our registration page. 4-Day Memberships including Preview Night were sold out onsite at our 2010 show. The only 4-Day Memberships available for purchase will NOT include Preview Night. Single Day Memberships will also be available for purchase when we go live. Remember, supplies are limited, and we will not be selling any memberships onsite. Get more information on our site.
TOP COW’S CONVENTION TOUR ENDS IN VIRGINIA
LOS ANGELES, Calif., November 18, 2010 – Top Cow’s 2010 convention tours wraps this weekend in Richmond, Virigina, with the two-day VA Comicon from November 20-21.
Fans who stop by the Top Cow booth will be able to pick up convention exclusives, preview books and free goodies, and celebrate the success of this year’s action-packed event series Artifacts. Among the creators appearing at the booth will be Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik (Asset, Last Mortal), John Mahoney (Last Mortal) and Bill Tucci (Shi). Sablik will also be available throughout the show for portfolio reviews for aspiring artists.
The publisher will be offering three exclusive VA Comicon variants for the event: two blank sketch Artifacts #3 variants and a wraparound Artifacts #3 variant, by Tucci. The exclusives are limited and will be initially made at VA Comicon.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.vacomicon.com. For more information from Top Cow, please visit www.topcow.com or follow them on Twitter (@TopCow).
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. 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.
|Tri-Valley Toy, Comic Book & Collectible Show|
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|This convention will take place:|
|About This Convention|
|Tons of toys, plenty of comic books and other collectibles that can complete or start your collection|
|Venue Name and Address|
|Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave Gate 8 Exhibition Building
Pleasanton, California 94566
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|Please select the Category that best describes the convention|
William Stout, Drew Struzan, David J. Schow, and Bob Burns on Sat, Nov 20th at 2pm.
Artist William Stout will be signing the second book in his art series, Inspirations. “Inspirations focuses on Stout’s loving portraits of the women of the fantastic realms. Be they winged and magical fairy folk, half-fish and sweetly salted mermaids, or even exotic denizens of that distant world called Barsoom, they are here. They and dozens more await the intrepid reader in these pages, each of them as fair, fierce and fascinating-and as terribly dangerous and impossible to hold-as her companions.”
Bob Burns signing Filmfax #125. “Cover story on the super fan/collector and his Halloween Show”
Artist Drew Struzan and David J. Schow signing The Art of Drew Struzan. “The first ever book to cover Struzan’s iconic poster artwork in depth, with the final artwork for each piece accompanied by background and anecdotes from an exclusive interview with the artist. With an introduction to Struzan’s philosophies and techniques, this stunning hardcover will include photos, sketches and reference material, plus closeups and a brief history of each poster featured, from Star Wars to The Goonies.”
3512 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
EW.COM EXCLUSIVE: Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman fantasy: Angelina Jolie
(NEW YORK) – There are no shortages of actresses who want to play Wonder Woman. Even Beyoncé Knowles has expressed interest. But when Hollywood finally does get around to making a film about the 69-year-old female superhero in the star-spangled short-shorts — sometime this millennium, one hopes — there’s really only one actress Joss Whedon sees in the role. When the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator was writing his never-produced WW script for Warner Bros. five years ago, he modeled the character on the closest thing he could find to a real Amazon goddess. “For me, Wonder Woman was basically Angelina Jolie,” he says. “She spends a lot of time flying around. She works in a lot of different countries. She’s very global. And she’s appalled by the way people treat each other.”
For more on why Wonder Woman still doesn’t have a film of her own — and what Whedon and other filmmakers have tried to do with the character — check out this week’s issue, on stands Thursday.
For the full story on EW.com: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2010/11/17/joss-whedon-wonder-woman-angelina-jolie/
The Super Mega Fest takes place this weekend and is shaping up to be New England’s Premier Multimedia Extravaganza. Some of the show’s fantastic highlights include a very rare appearance by Christopher Lloyd in celebration of Back To the Future’s 25th anniversary.
Other top guests who will appear this weekend include Linda Blair, the stars of the The Boondock Saints, Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek), Peter Tork, Rick Derringer, and comic artists Daxiong & John Hebert.
The Super Mega Fest continues to grow and features a Boondock Saints party Saturday night, all-star concert, and thousands of fans who always come out in force to have a good time party or wear a fantastic costume. Dont miss the excitement this weekend.
For more info http://www.supermegafest.com/