CA – The Art of Rob Schrab Launch Party

Rob Schrab signs on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 8pm.

Come to the release party of “But I Can’t Do Anything Else: The Art of Rob Schrab.”

This new book is a collection of concept art from Schrab’s many sci-fi, horror and animation projects that never saw the light of day. Join the creator of Scud the Disposable Assassin, Monster House, and The Sarah Silverman Program for a night of comedy, art and short films, featuring some of the coolest comedians on the planet.

Hosted by STEVE AGEE and featuring the comedy stylings of KUMAIL NANJIANI, DAN HARMON, ERIC ACOSTA, HARRIS WITTELS, and more!

Buy your ticket now for just $10, or buy the book from Meltdown Comics and get in for free!

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

FL – Free Comic Book Day

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Victor Gischler is a novelist and comic book writer who has worked on The Punisher, Wolverine, Deadpool and more. He will be on hand to sign for fans on May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day.

Heroes Landing
12348 Roper Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711
352-242-XMEN (9636)

Hero Initiative Announces MegaCon 2011 Schedule

March 24, 2011 by  
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Hero Initiative MegaCon 2011

Press Release:

Hero Initiative travels to MegaCon!
Special Iron Man screening
And several famous friends hanging at the booth!

March 21, 2011: Hero Initiative will be traveling to MegaCon, the southeast’s largest comic book, science fiction/fantasy, anime, toys and gaming convention. The event will take place March 25 thru 27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. You can purchase tickets directly by logging onto: You can purchase your tickets to Megacon using Hero Initiative’s special link online at:

Use this link, and MegaCon will donate a portion of each ticket purchase to Hero at NO extra cost to you—a true win/win!

In the evening after your MegaCon day is through on Friday, March 25, we heartily encourage you to truck on over to the Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium Cinema Regal Point Orlando Stadium Cinema, 9101 International Drive, and check out a comics classic—Iron Man! You can get in to a special MegaCon-sponsored 9 PM showing for a mere $5, and your ticket stub will even get you 20% off at Hooter’s, and free cover at the Ice Bar. The Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium Cinema is RIGHT down the street from the convention center. You don’t even have to turn off International Drive! Hope to see you there to support Hero’s great cause!

MegaCon Iron Man

Make sure you stop by our booth, #624, and pick up our newest release, Archie: 50 Times an American Icon, and get it signed by Joe Jusko, Dan Parent, Mike Perkins, George Perez and Jim Valentino! Saturday only, Rachael Carr, the hostess of

Talent line up as follows!

Friday, March 25 (hours 12-7)
1200-200: George Pérez
1230-130: Khoi Pham
130-230: Tim Sale
130-230: Mark Waid
230-330: Roy Thomas
300-400: Jim Valentino
400-600: George Pérez

Saturday, March 26 (hours 10-6)
1030-1230: George Pérez
1100-1200: Rachael Carr
1230-200: Denny O’Neil
230-330: Dan Panosian, Dave Johnson
230-330: Mark Waid
330-430: Rachael Carr
330-530: George Pérez

Sunday, March 27 (hours 10-5)
1030-1130: George Pérez
1145-1230: Jim Valentino
100-300: George Pérez


About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict 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 or call 626-676-6354.

CA – Jawbreaker DVD Signing

Writer/Director Darren Stein, Judy Greer, and Julie Benz (tentative) sign Jawbreaker on Tuesday, April 5th at 7 pm.

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA  91505

Win an Art Adams Sketch at WonderCon 2011

March 24, 2011 by  
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The Hero Initiative is auctioning the chance to get a convention sketch from master artist Arthur Adams at San Francisco’s WonderCon, April 1-3! The winning bidder will get a single-character drawing of their choosing done in ink. Any background elements will be at the artist’s discretion. The drawing will be full-body, with a maximum size of 11-by-17 inches. The winning bidder MUST be paid in full by April 1st and bring their PayPal receipt with photo ID to the Hero Initiative booth, #702.

Click here to bid!!

(note: artwork attached is for example purposes only)

UK – Sucker Punch Signing

ZACK SNYDER signs on Tuesday 29th March from 6 – 7pm to promote the film Sucker Punch. He will be at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR.

B-52s, Bombs, Brothels & Babes! Welcome To The World of Sucker Punch!

Enter Zack Snyder’s fantastical world of warfare with this wonderful art book and have it signed by Mr. Snyder himself. There’s everything from samurai to serpents included and it’s a unique opportunity to grab yourself a very special copy of this official book. Snyder guides you through the many amazing worlds and characters of the film, with eye-popping production art and stunning photographs by Clay Enos (Watchmen: Portraits).

Due to the anticipated high turnout, limits may be placed on the number of items signed. Thank you.

Donate to Japan, Get a Free Comic

Writer Greg Pak is giving away free copies of his graphic novel Vision Machine to anyone who donates a minimum of $20 to any charity assisting in the Japan tsunami relief effort.

He writes in his newsletter: The latest reports from Japan estimate 25,000 dead or missing from the earthquakes and tsunami. After thinking over ways to help raise relief money, I’ve come up with what I hope is a simple plan. Here’s how it works:
Donate $20 to any charity doing relief work in Japan.

Then send an email with your US mailing address to

In your email, tell me what charity you donated to and confirm that you are 18 or over. (And sorry for limiting it to US mailing addresses — little to complicated for me to mail large numbers of packages overseas right now.) And I’ll send you a free “Vision Machine” trade paperback!

The charity is your choice. $20 minimum donation. If you tell me you donated, I’ll believe you and send you a trade – honor system, folks!

Finally, please include your Twitter handle in your email if you’d like a shout out online!

So far, we’ve raised $707 for Japan relief. I’d love to hit $1000 by the end of Friday. You can follow along at — I’ll post updates as donations come in.

Many thanks for your consideration and generosity!

CA – Halcyon Signing

Marc Guggenheim, Tara Butters,  and Erich Hoeber sign on Wednesday March 30th from 6-8pm.

Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Wizard World Appoints Chairman of the Board

March 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News

Press Release:

Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD) Appoints Michael Mathews As Chairman Of The Board

Mathews Brings to Wizard World A Track Record of Multiple Private to Public Successes in the Digital Marketing Space

New York, NY (March 23, 2011) – Wizard World, Inc. (symbol: WIZD) today announced that Michael Mathews, former CEO of interclick, inc. (ICLK) and a successful entrepreneur in guiding hyper-growth for companies in the digital marketing space, has joined Wizard World as Chairman of the Board. Mathews will help facilitate the planned growth and strategic direction of Wizard World, with the goal of developing digital properties that become the leading destinations for Pop Culture enthusiasts. Mr. Mathews will begin his new position effective immediately.

Wizard World Comic Con logo“Michael is one of the most innovative, creative and accomplished executives in guiding young, private-to-public digital marketing businesses to the hundred million plus revenue mark,” Wizard World CEO Gareb Shamus said. “Given Michael’s success with digital marketing firms CKS Group and and most recently at interclick the past 3 years, I’m excited that he will now bring his strategic and critical thinking skills and his institutional investor relationships to Wizard World. I’m looking forward to him guiding us through our planned hyper-growth over the coming few years.”

“Gareb Shamus and his team at Wizard World have built tremendous momentum as a leader in the pop culture space with fans, celebrities, media and entertainment firms, both in their ever-growing event business and in their new digital properties. I am excited to help accelerate this momentum and increase its velocity on the digital side,” Mathews said. I believe that the Company is poised to fuel that passion with its compelling and inclusive digital platforms and that the potential for growth is profound.”

Mathews joins the board of Wizard World after serving as Chief Executive Officer at interclick, inc., one of the leading technology companies in providing data-driven advertising solutions for major digital marketers. He served as CEO from August, 2007 through January, 2011, and remains as a Director on their board. Mathews also serves as a Director at 5to1, Inc. (FTOH.OB). He helped grow digital businesses while holding senior management positions at (President), World Avenue, CKS Group, and BBDO Worldwide. Mathews began his career in the 1980’s in Sales & Marketing at Intel Corporation, and is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Marketing. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Golden Gate University.
About Wizard World, Inc.

In addition to the new online publication Wizard World, the company Wizard World, Inc. (the “Company”) is a producer of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America. These events feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists, writers and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, exhibitors, retailers, panels, and costume contests. The Company began its 2011 Comic Con Tour in New Orleans in January 2011, and has scheduled 10 additional Comic Cons in 2011 in large cities such as Anaheim, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Austin, and Boston.

SF – Burlesque Art Show

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Jim Mahfood, Greg Peltz, Camilla d’Errico, and many more appear on April 2nd from 7-10pm.

Brand-new pop art venue Artifact Gallery opens its doors to host premier comic book and illustration artists in a debut exhibition worthy of note. Burlesque is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the seduction, tease, and wit of the classic song-and-dance. From ink and gauche to paint and digital, the multi-media, multi-style exhibition showcases art in a vein of parody and sexuality unlike ever seen before. This is a WonderCon afterparty for the books.

Featuring Jim Mahfood, and additional contributions by Camilla D’Errico, Anthony Ausgang, N8 Van Dyke, Adam Isaac Jackson, Greg Peltz (Pixar), Sol Sallee, and Isaac Bidwell.

Artifact Gallery
1645 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103

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