Danger Girl Creator Comes to Boston Comic Con 2011

Press Release:

J. Scott Campbell, one of the most popular artists in comics, has graciously accepted an invitation to Boston Comic Con 2011! One of the most requested guests for any convention, we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to bring him to meet his New England fans. Campbell first exploded on the scene in the 90s with his first book, Gen 13. His dynamic storytelling and reputation for illustrating some of the most attractive women in the industry continued with his follow-up project, Danger Girl. His covers currently grace titles including Spider-Man, Wolverine, GI Joe, and many more! Be sure to catch his panel with fellow cover artists JG Jones, Adam Hughes, and Dave Johnson!

Joining Campbell at Boston Comic Con are local writers Christos Gage, Christopher Golden, and Tom Sniegoski, The Walking Dead’s Cliff Rathburn, pencillers Sanford Greene, Keu Cha, Leo Leibelman, Mike Lilly, and a legion of inkers including Dexter Vines, Jack Purcell, and Mark Morales. Finally we are happy to welcome back stalwart supporters Craig Rousseau, Scott Wegener, Norman Lee, and Sara Richard. Check the website for full bios!

Previously announced guests include Neal Adams, Frank Quitely, Joe Kubert, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, Dave Johnson,  J.G. Jones, Mark Chiarello, Matt Wagner, Ryan Ottley, Sean Galloway, Stan Sakai, Stephane Roux, Terry Moore, Tony Harris, Khoi Pham, Howard Chaykin, David Mack, Greg Capullo, Gahan Wilson, Stephanie Buscema, Daixong Guo, Mark McKenna, and many more! Be sure to tell your friends! This is the largest and most talented collection of comic creators in New England ever!

Tickets are currently available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with paid adult admission!

The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently-run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. The convention will be held from 10am to 7pm on Saturday April 30th and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

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Dallas Comic Con Adds John Romita Jr. for May 2011

February 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Texas, Top Stories

John Romita Jr.

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How do you make an already exciting lineup, like the one we’ve got at the Dallas Comic Con this May 21-22, even more exciting? The guest list already includes Stan Lee (the creator of SPIDER-MAN), Leonard Nimoy (of classic STAR TREK fame), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia herself), Laurie Holden (star of THE WALKING DEAD television series), Ethan Van Sciver (smoking hot GREEN LANTERN artist), Steve Niles (creator of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT), Bernie Wrightson (co-creator of SWAMP THING), Jimmy Palmiotti (co-creator of PAINKILLER JANE), Amanda Conner (smoking hot POWER GIRL artist), and so many more. I mean seriously, how do you top that killer list??? You add John Romita Jr. to it. The prolific artist is already a legend in the industry, and within the last year has experienced a new level of fame thanks to the big screen adaptation of his comic book KICK-ASS. John rarely makes appearances, but will be signing at the show both days, making this convention a “can’t miss” event. The looks to be the most incredible show Dallas has ever seen. More info on the Dallas Comic Con HERE: http://www.scifiexpo.com/DCC/dcc.html

We’re so very pleased to announce the addition of legendary Marvel artist John Romita Jr. to the Dallas Comic Con. The son of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN artist John Romita, his first American comic book work was (fittingly) in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #11 in 1977. John became a star with his art on IRON MAN in the late 1970?s, working side by side with David Michelinie and Bob Layton. In the early 80?s, he followed in the footsteps of his father as a regular artist on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, where he co-created Hobgoblin. Following his Spidey work, Jr. moved over to UNCANNY X-MEN, where he turned in three years of incredible issues working with X-writer extraordinaire Chris Claremont. Moving into the 90?s, Romita began a healthy run on DAREDEVIL, where he helped co-create Typhoid Mary, and was masterfully inked by Al Williamson. His other notable work includes DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR (written by Frank Miller), PUNISHER: WAR ZONE, the original CABLE mini-series, THE MIGHTY THOR, a return to IRON MAN, WOLVERINE, BLACK PANTHER, THE SENTRY, WORLD WAR HULK and THE ETERNALS (where he collaborated with Neil Gaiman). He’s also turned in creator-owned projects like GRAY AREA and the wildly popular KICK-ASS (which he co-created with Mark Millar). His current project is THE AVENGERS, just in time for the gigantic Marvel film. Known by many in the industry as JRJR, we are honored to host a rare appearance of the popular creator, an effort that has been in the works for years… some things are worth the wait.

NYC – Red State Signing

Kevin Smith signs at Midtown Comics’ Grand Central location on Thursday, March 3rd, Friday March 4th from 7-8PM! Attendance will be EXTREMELY LIMITED!! Tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a limit of two signatures per fan.

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Then on Saturday March 5th see Kevin Smith at Radio City Music Hall for his RED STATE U.S.A. TOUR!!!

KEVIN SMITH’S RED STATE U.S.A TOUR- EXCLUSIVE SCREENING OF KEVIN SMITH’S N…EW FILM RED STATE FOLLOWED BY SMITH’S ONE MAN SHOW, “AN EVENING WITH KEVIN SMITH”

Visit http://coopersdell.com/ for more info & tickets!

The 10th film from writer/director Kevin Smith (“Clerks”, “Chasing Amy”, “Dogma”, “Clerks 2″, “Zack & Miri Make a Porno”), RED STATE unfolds in a small town dominated by a fundamentalist preacher, Abin Cooper. It tells the story of three high school boys who, on their way to an internet arranged meeting with a woman, end up crossing paths with Cooper. The encounter sets into motion a series of events that causes all hell to break loose.

A horror thriller that could only come from the imagination of Smith, RED STATE stars Tarantino and Rodriguez favorite Michael Parks (“From Dusk Till Dawn”, “Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2″), Oscar Nominee for Best Actress Melissa Leo (“The Fighter,” “Frozen River”) and John Goodman, Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner and Nicholas Braun.

RED STATE premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in theaters in 2011.

RED STATE TOUR SCHEDULE

March 5, RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, NYC
March 6, WILBUR THEATER, BOSTON, MA
March 8, HARRIS THEATER, CHICAGO, IL
March 9, STATE THEATER, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
March 10, MICHIGAN THEATER, ANN ARBOR, MI
March 11, CLOWES MEMORIAL HALL, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
March 12, MIDLAND THEATER, KANSAS CITY, MO
March 14, CLARK STATE PAC, SPRINGFIELD, OH
March 15, WARNER THEATER, WASHINGTON, DC
March 22, PARAMOUNT THEATER, DENVER, CO
March 26, MCALISTER AUDITORIUM, NEW ORLEANS, LA
March 28, PARAMOUNT THEATER, AUSTIN, TX
March 29, COBB ENERGY CENTER, ATLANTA, GA
April 4, MARION OLIVER MCCAW HALL, SEATTLE, WA
April 9, WILTERN THEATER, LOS ANGELES, CA

Midtown Comics, Grand Central
459 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

CA – Parks & Recreation Panel

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Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, Aubrey Plaza, and the rest of the cast of Parks & Recreation speak on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills as part of PaleyFest 2011.

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In PersonAmy Poehler, “Leslie Knope”
Rashida Jones, “Anne Perkins”
Aziz Ansari, “Tom Haverford”
Nick Offerman, “Ron Swanson”
Aubrey Plaza, “April Ludgate”
Chris Pratt, “Andy Dwyer”
Rob Lowe, “Chris Traeger”
Adam Scott, “Ben Wyatt”
Jim O’Heir, “Jerry Gergich”
Retta, “Donna Meagle”
Greg Daniels, Executive Producer
Michael Schur, Executive Producer

MI – MOCAD Comic Jam

On March 4th, Jim Rugg talks about his experience in comics at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit as part of their annual Comic Jam (presented by MOCAD and Green Brain Comics)!

The Comic Jam begins at 4:00, and my talk begins at 7:00. Both the talk and jam are FREE and ALL AGES. 

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

CA – Eastbound & Down Panel

Danny McBride, Katy Mixon, Steve Little, and the rest of the cast of Eastbound & Down speak on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills as part of PaleyFest 2011.

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Appearing In PersonDanny McBride, “Kenny Powers”/Writer/Executive Producer
Steve Little, “Stevie Janowski”
Jody Hill, Writer/Director/Executive Producer
Adam McKay, Executive Producer
Ana de la Reguera, “Vida”
Katy Mixon, “April Buchanon”
Plus additional members of the cast and creative team

Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, to Appear at C2E2 2011

Chris Hemsworth is Thor

Chris Hemsworth, star of Marvel’s upcoming Thor and Avengers movies, will be making an appearance at C2E2, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, on March 19th.

From the C2E2 site:

Chris Hemsworth portrays the Norse God of Thunder in the Marvel Studios upcoming blockbuster Thor, releasing May 6th in theaters. Hemsworth will reprise his role as Thor in Marvel’s 2012 film, The Avengers. He can additionally be seen in Star Trek, Ca$h and the upcoming Cabin In The Woods, and Red Dawn.

Celebrity Authentics is pleased to present Chris Hemsworth at C2E2 on Saturday, March 19. Mr. Hemworth’s appearance will be very limited and will include a personal Meet & Greet and a Question & Answer session with fans. The Q&A will be first come, first served for all attendees in the IGN Theater. The Meet & Greet will be a separate, ticketed event. Ticket details to come soon.

NYC – Comic History Panel

Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey speak on Wednesday, March 2 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

Press Release:

Midtown Comics in New York City present Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey, the creators of Comic Book Comics giving a panel discussion on comics history and signing copies of their new issue Comic Book Comics #5 at our new Downtown location.

Celebrate the release of Comic Book Comics #5 with its creators Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey as they discuss their new book!

Comic Book Comics #5 continues the incredible, insane true story of the American comic book industry with the ALL-LAWSUIT ISSUE! DC vs. Fawcett! Disney vs. the Air Pirates! Jack Kirby vs. Marvel! And that pales next to the all-out war over the rights to Miracleman!

Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey will host a panel discussion along with their legal advisor and Newsarama blogger Jeff Trexler on comics history and their book, Comic Book Comics. Van Lente and Dunlavey will be signing the book after the presentation.

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Midtown Comics
64 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038

East Hanover NJ Comic Book Expo Welcomes Lee Weeks for February 2011 Show

February 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, New Jersey

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Lee Weeks Spider-ManThe special guest at the Sunday, February 27th East Hanover NJ Comic Book Expo will be Lee Weeks!

Lee Weeks has been creating comics or over two decades for all the major companies; on such Marvel titles as Daredevil, Captain America, Gambit, The Incredible Hulk, and Spider-Man: Death and Destiny (written by Lee, as well), while his art for DC’s Batman Chronicles: The Gauntlet is among the most finely crafted in the character’s history. He recently illustrated the Juggernaut storyline in Amazing Spider-man and is currently writing and drawing a Daredevil project. Lee was the subject of Tomorrows Publishing’s “Modern Masters: volume 17: Lee Weeks” (available at Amazon.com), which explores his life, career, and faith. Lee resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.

Rumor has it he also knows a few good card tricks. Stop by and ask him.

Dwayne McDuffie Has Died

February 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Everything Else

I was shocked and saddened to hear that writer Dwayne McDuffie has died, according to a report at Comic Book Resources. Our condolences to his friends and family.

I never had the opportunity to meet Dwayne in person but was a Milestone Comics fan from the start with Static and Icon my absolute favorite titles being published at the time.

The biography on his website reads:

Dwayne McDuffieDwayne McDuffie is best known as the co-founder and creator of Milestone Media. He is a Story Editor on the KIDS WB’s Emmy Award-winning animated series STATIC SHOCK, which he co-created. He is also a Producer and Story Editor on Cartoon Network’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. He is Editor-In-Chief of Milestone Media’s award-winning line of comic books, managing an editorial operation which boasted the best on-time delivery record in the industry for nearly four years running and has also worked as an editor for Marvel Comics and Harvey Entertainment. As a writer, Dwayne has created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE. He has written stories for dozens of other comics, including, SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, THE TICK, CAPTAIN MARVEL, AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT, BACK TO THE FUTURE, HELLRAISER, ULTRAMAN, (The Artist Formerly Known As) PRINCE and X-O MANOWAR.

Dwayne won the 2003 HUMANITAS PRIZE for “Jimmy,” a STATIC SHOCK script about gun violence in schools. He has been nominated for two EMMY AWARDS for the TV series STATIC SHOCK, a WRITERS GUILD AWARD for the TV series JUSTICE LEAGUE and three EISNER AWARDS for his work in comic books. His comic book work has won eleven PARENTS’ CHOICE AWARDS, six “Best Editor” awards, and a GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for his “use of popular art to promote and enhance human dignity.”

Dwayne was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended The Roeper School. Before entering comics, he studied in undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Michigan, then attended film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also co-hosted a radio comedy program, while moonlighting pseudonymously as a freelance writer for stand-up comedians and late-night television comedy programs. He has written scripts for an animated feature, episodes of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE, STATIC SHOCK!, JUSTICE LEAGUE, WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO? and TEEN TITANS.

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