Scene on Video: Toronto Comic Arts Festival – Pencil it In

April 29, 2011 by  
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Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2011 video

A Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2011 preview video featuring graphic novelists Chester Brown, Michael Comeau, Steve Charles Manale, Vicki Nerino, Michael Cho, Michael DeForge, Seth, Fiona Smyth, and  Britt Wilson.

Wizard World Replaces Big Apple Fall Edition with New Los Angeles Comic Con

Press Release:

Wizard World Inc. Announces Los Angeles Comic Con

Famed Brazilian Artist Mike Deodato Jr. To Be Premier Guest of Honor

NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, April 29, 2011 – Gareb Shamus, President and CEO of Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD)(“Wizard World”), today announced the addition of a Los Angeles Comic Con to Wizard World’s 2011 lineup. The show will take place on Sept. 24-25, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Wizard World Los Angeles Comic Con logoSuperstar Mike Deodato Jr. is the first guest of honor at the event. The Brazilian artist, well known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, The Mighty Thor, Wolverine, X-Men, The Avengers, and Batman, will be making a rare U.S. appearance.

“We are ecstatic to come to the rejuvenated downtown area of Los Angeles to celebrate the best of pop culture – graphic novels, TV, movies, toys, games, genre properties and of course, comic books,” said Shamus. “You can always trust Wizard World to bring the most diverse and robust collection of artists, writers, creators and celebrities anywhere.”

Clare Kramer, of Buffy: The Vampire fame, will also be in attendance. A popular guest at several of the Wizard World Tour stops, Kramer will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take photos. “When I found out that Wizard World was coming to Los Angeles, I was so excited. They are one of the most professionally run organizations out there, and I just love every minute of it,” said Clare Kramer. “The fans, Wizard World, guests and vendors always have a blast at these shows, which is why I keep coming back for more!”

This event brings more of what the fans love about the Wizard World Tour. “There is a real need for a Fall event that encompasses all the best that pop culture has to offer,” said Mike Mathews, Chairman of Wizard World Inc. “We’re listening to our customers and giving them the show they’re asking for located in the entertainment mecca..”

The Big Apple Comic Con, which had been previously scheduled on those dates, will be permanently moved to the Spring. The 2011 Big Apple Comic Con Spring Edition remains set for May 21-22 at Penn Plaza Pavilion. As part of the realignment, Wizard World is also rescheduling the planned 2011 Atlanta Comic Con, with dates to be announced. The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World, Inc. produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers and events such as premiers, gaming tournaments, exhibitors, retailers, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World, Inc. also produces Wizard World Digital an influential online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

Jeff Smith Returns for Baltimore Comic-Con 2011

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The Bone 20th Anniversary Full Color One Volume Collector's Box Set

Press Release:

Jeff Smith Returns to the Baltimore Comic-Con!

Bone 20th Anniversary Collection Makes Its East Coast Debut in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – April 26, 2011 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of renowned cartoonist Jeff Smith to the growing line-up of creators for this year’s show, taking place August 20-21, 2011. As a pioneer of self-publishing, the Harvey and Eisner Awards-winning Smith is best know for his classic all-ages fantasy epic, Bone, an award-winning adventure about three cartoon cousins lost in a world of myth and ancient mysteries, as well as his current science-fiction series, RASL.

Debuting in July 1991, Bone is now a New York Times bestselling series published by Scholastic Books. July 2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of Bone #1 and to celebrate this momentous achievement, Smith’s own Cartoon Books is releasing a limited edition slipcase collection. The Bone: 20th Anniversary Full Color One Volume Collector’s Box Set will make it’s East Coast debut right here in Baltimore.

In 2009, Smith was the subject of the Emmy Award-winning documentary, The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and the Changing Face of Comics, and he is currently working on his creator-owned series, RASL, a sci-fi noir tale about an inter-dimensional art thief.

In addition, the Baltimore Comic-Con also welcomes Steve Hamaker, the artist responsible for supplying Smith’s 1344-page masterpiece with vibrant color. Hamaker joined Smith at Cartoon Books in 2000 and was tasked with the mission of bringing Bone from black and white to full-color for Scholastic Books. His work on the series has been nominated for the Harvey and Eisner Awards for Best Coloring.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Jeff Smith and Steve Hamaker here in Baltimore,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Jeff paved the way for self-publishing and practically conceived the modern American graphic novel. His work was made that much better by Steve’s amazing coloring.”

Other confirmed guests for the show including: Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl, Hulk); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); and Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0).

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace
pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21th.

Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
press@baltimorecomiccon.com – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com – for inquiries about submitted registrations
harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com – for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
general@baltimorecomiccon.com – for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

NYC – Change-bots Art Show

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Jeffrey Brown opens a gallery show on May 13, 2011 from 6-9pm.

Scott Eder Gallery
18 Bridge St, Suite 2-i, Brooklyn, NY 11201

MA – Gutter Rainbows Signing

April 26, 2011 by  
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Talib Kweli appears at the Newbury Comics in Faneuil Hall on Tuesday April 26th at 6pm to meet fans and sign copies of his new album Gutter Rainbows.

Kill Shakespeare Creators Appear at Boston Comic Con 2011

April 26, 2011 by  
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Press Release:

Fresh from celebrating the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and death with the first-ever theatrical presentation of their story, the creators of the IDW Publishing Kill Shakespeare comic book series appear at the 2011 Boston Comic Con this weekend to introduce details of their upcoming issues, recently-secured film development financing, and an exclusive digital promotion.

Co-creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery worked with Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre to present the first-ever live reading of Kill Shakespeare this past Saturday, April 23rd.  Soulpepper, one of the top classic theatre companies in North America, elected to present the work on the 23rd as that day serves as the anniversary of both Shakespeare’s birth and death.  “It was incredible to see Kill Shakespeare come alive through the performance of Soulpepper’s exceptional actors,” says co-creator Anthony Del Col.  “We have had numerous theatres in the U.S. express interest in doing a stage production of our epic tale and we were glad that it could happen on the Bard’s birth/death day.”

In addition, co-creators Del Col and McCreery also received notice late last week that they have received script development funding from The Harold Greenberg Fund.  The Fund, which assists Canadian writers in the development of screenplays, is a very prestigious organization that has provided support to filmmakers such as David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence), Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and Vincenzo Natali (Splice) in past rounds.  The project has received a great deal of interest from American and international film companies since the debut of its first issue last April.

The first ten issues of the series, described by the New York Times as “gripping, violent and dark fun”, have been released to much acclaim and attention.  The first trade paperback, released last November, is now in its second printing and Issue #10 was released April 20th.  Co-created and co-written by McCreery and Del Col, the artwork is overseen by Andy Belanger.

“It’s an exciting time for our series and I’m excited to appear at the Boston Comic Con this weekend,” says Del Col.  “With the theatrical and film initiatives, our story is expanding into new mediums and more people are getting excited about our take on Shakespeare.”  Del Col will be at the Comic Con all weekend along with series artist Andy Belanger.
About the series:

Kill Shakespeare is an adventure story that pits all of Shakespeare’s greatest heroes (including Hamlet, Juliet, Falstaff, Othello, Puck) against the Bard’s most menacing villains (including Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in a quest to track down and kill – or save – a reclusive wizard by the name of William Shakespeare. Called by Aint it Cool News as, “A great read”, the series has been profiled by The New York Times, NPR, BBC, Wired.com, The Globe and Mail and The Washington Post.  It also created controversy last year when Shakespearean scholar (and girlfriend of comics legend Frank Miller) Kimberly Cox railed against the title on popular U.K. comic blog BleedingCool.com, while others – such as Des McAnuff (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Jersey Boys) are fans of it.

Both Del Col and Belanger will be available for interviews during Boston Comic Con.

More information about the series can be found at www.killshakespeare.com.

NY – Free Comic Book Day 2011

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Phil Jimenez signs at Alterniverse-2 on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 7, 2011, from 12:00pm – 6:00pm!

Phil, known for his work as writer/artist on Wonder Woman, as one of the pencilers of the DC miniseries Infinite Crisis, and his collaborations with writer Grant Morrison on New X-Men and The Invisibles. Phil’s most recent works include his run on Amazing Spider-Man, Astonishing X-Men with writer Warren Ellis, and Adventure Comics with writer Paul Levitz.
 
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Alterniverse-2
1097 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY

MA – Free Comic Book Day 2011

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Juli Mayers, Enrique Savory, and Scott Wilde sign on Saturday May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day!

Juli Mayers - Freelance artist/writer/character designer and generally a minion for DC Entertainment. Credits include artist/designer for the animated Justice League Unlimited and Young Justice.  Will be accepting requests for sketches/artwork.

Enrique Savory - Local independent artist.

Scott Wilde - Free lance artist who will be doing caricature sketches throughout the day upon request.

New England Comics
East Crossing Plaza
716A Crescent St, Brockton MA, 02302

TX – Elric Signing

April 25, 2011 by  
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Writer Chris Roberson signs copies of the first issue of his new Elric: The Balance Lost series from Boom! Studios.  It debuts on Free Comic Book Day, and you can get your copy free & signed!
 
There will be a door prize drawing for a $100 Austin Books Gift Certificate for one lucky winner! 

Update: David Mack will also appear on Saturday!  The Kabuki creator and Marvel Comics artist will sign his books this Free Comic Book Day.

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX

MS – Free Comic Book Day 2011

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Mark Texeira, Steven Butler and more sign on Saturday May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day!

Mark Texeira - Artist on Moon Knight, Punisher, Ghost Rider, Conan, Birds Of Prey, Darkness, Vampirella, Wolverine, Hercules, Hulk, Thor, Tomb Raider, X-Men and more. Mark will be on hand from to sign autographs for fans.

Steven Butler - Artist on Sonic The Hedgehog (and the penciller on the FCBD Sonic The Hedgehog book), Spider-Man, Silver Sable, Superman, Punisher, X-Men, and Betty and Veronica. Steven will be on hand from to sign autographs for fans.

Mitch Byrd - Artist on Starman, Generation X, Predator, Green Lantern, Shi, and Guy Gardner. Mitch will be on hand from to sign autographs for fans.

Bryan King - Creator of The Kingly Cookbook. Bryan will be on hand from to sign autographs for fans.

T.D. Roebuck - Artist. T.D. will be on hand from to sign autographs for fans.

Andy Childress - Creator of Bubbaworld Comics. Andy will be on hand from to sign autographs for fans.

Jesse Labbe - Creator of Berona’s Hundred Year War. Jesse will be on hand from to sign autographs for fans.

3 Alarm Comics
15210 Lemoyne Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39532
228-392-9833

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