PA – New Dimension Comics Opens New Store

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New Dimension Comics Opens 5th Store inside Pittsburgh Mills Mall.

Grand Opening Offers $10,000 Worth of Comics FREE.

On April 30th, the 5th location of New Dimension Comics will host it’s grand opening at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills in Tarentum, PA where they will hold a raffle each hour for a free box full of comic books with a retail value of nearly $1000 each.

This will be New Dimension Comics’ largest store at 5500 square feet. Other events planned to celebrate the opening include many extra raffle prizes including statues, signed comics, rare variant comics, posters, shirts, and more.  Pittsburgh Steel Man will make a special appearance from 1-3.  The Steel City Ghostbusters will also be on hand for photos.

“I wanted to do something crazy for the grand opening of our 5th store”, says owner Todd McDevitt.  “I thought every fan would be thrilled to get a full, stuffed box full of comic books.  When you add them all up, it comes to about $1000 worth.  The crazy part is that we will start having that raffle EVERY HOUR beginning at 11:00. With 11 drawings during the day, that means over $10,000 in comics will be given away!”  The store will be open from 10-9 and winners must be 18 years of age or older or a parent can claim the prize.  Winners must be present to win.

For more information, please contact the Pittsburgh Mills store at 724-758-1560, mills@ndcomics.com or Todd McDevitt directly at 412-965-1487, todd@ndcomics.com.

About New Dimension Comics: Started in 1986 by Todd McDevitt, New Dimension Comics is the largest comic book chain in the northeast region with 5 locations including Butler, Cranberry Township, Ellwood City, Tarentum Pittsburgh Mills, and West Mifflin Century III Mall.  2011 marks it’s 25th anniversary.  McDevitt also serves as senior advisor to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide and flagship member of ComicsPRO, the Comics Professional Retail Organization.  More information can be seen at www.ndcomics.com

NY – Free Comic Book Day 2011


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Three comic shops on New York’s Long Island, Best Comics in New Hyde Park, The Comic Book Depot in Wantagh, and Fourth World Comics in Smithtown will host Dark Horse Comics writers Jim Shooter (Magnus, Robot Fighter, Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom and Turok, Son of Stone) and J.C. Vaughn (Mighty Samson) for a whirlwind three store signing event on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 7, 2011.

 

Shooter, the former Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics and acclaimed writer of The Avengers and the perpetually best selling Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars, actually broke into comics at age 13 with DC Comics writing the Legion of Super Heroes (on which he’s had three stints over the years). Since then, he has founded VALIANT, DEFIANT and Broadway Comics, and is now writing multiple titles for Dark Horse.

Our own J.C. Vaughn is best known as the Associate Publisher of Gemstone Publishing, where he works on The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Comic Book Marketplace and Scoop. He also authored our Free Comic Book Day entry, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics. In addition to co-writing Mighty Samson with Shooter, his comic book work includes 24 (based on the Fox TV series), Shi (with Billy Tucci), and his creator-owned Vampire, PA, Zombie-Proof, and Bedtime Stories for Impressionable Children.

Shooter and Vaughn will be appearing at Best Comics from noon to 1 PM, at The Comic Book Depot from 2 PM to 3 PM, and at Fourth World Comics from 4 PM to 5 PM.

 

Win an Adam Hughes Sketch at Boston Comic Con 2011

Up for auction is the opportunity to get an original, one of a kind convention sketch from comic artist Adam Hughes at Boston Comic Con!

Click here to bid!! (Auction ends on Apr 26, 2011 15:17:02 PDT)

Please read the auction details carefully. Much of the information gets recycled from each show, but there are some new rules and requests listed below.

As many collectors  and fans know, Adam is renowned for his cover art on such books as Catwoman and Wonder Woman, as well as limited run covers for such titles as Power Girl, the Legion of Super Heroes, Joss Whedon’s Serenity and assorted Star Wars projects, to name but a few. His designs for Sideshow Collectibles Marvel Comiquette Statues as well as DC Direct’s Women of the DCU busts and Covergirls statue series are much sought after and enjoyed. This auction is YOUR chance to have one of Adam’s pieces added to your collection, and not just any piece. The artwork you win will be a fully rendered sketch of the character of your choice. The images attached to this auction are an example of the quality of work that the winner can expect to receive; each of those pieces was drawn for winners of past auctions for guaranteed convention sketches!

To participate in this auction, you must meet the following criteria: the artwork must be collected from Adam in person by the winner at the upcoming Boston Comic Con. The dates of the convention are April 30th and May 1st.. You must be an attendee at the show, and be able to provide photo ID proving you are the same individual that won this auction. No one else will be allowed to pick up this artwork for you; so please if you do not plan on being at the Boston Comic Con, do not bid. We cannot make exceptions. You must be able to pay in full via paypal at the close of this auction or make arrangements to pay in cash at the opening of the show. Failure to do so will result in a second chance offer being sent out to the next highest bidder.

The following restrictions will also apply to this auction: Your request may be of a single character of your choosing. Adam reserves the right to add any complimentary characters that he may feel completes the piece of artwork. We humbly ask that you limit your input to the character request, and which of the costumes associated with the character you would like. Please fell free to request a “feeling” for your piece if you would like to; for example, do you want it humorous, or sexy; or featuring a style Adam is known for drawing, like art nouveau or classic pin-up styles. Requests involving specific poses, or editorializing the content of the sketch tend to limit Adam’s creativity, so we kindly ask that you refrain from such specifications.Your artwork will be completed in gray-scale marker as all of Adam’s convention sketches are, with painted highlights added as Adam deems it necessary. The examples included with this auction may look like color was used; Adam achieved this effect using a combination or warm and cool gray tones markers. The artwork will be 11 by 14 inches, and all materials used are archival in quality.  No lewd requests will be accepted, nor any content deemed to be offensive. If you ask for something that is either of these, we will politely ask you for a second choice for the subject of your sketch.

Your artwork will be completed either prior to, or at Boston Comic Con, unless other arrangements are made. For example; if you only plan on attending on Saturday, we will try and make sure that your piece is completed and ready for you to pick up on that day.  Something to keep in mind about this event: Adam’s time is extremely restricted. He has panels and signings to attend outside of his booth, which eat up a good amount of what would otherwise be considered his sketching time. Should these time consuming events prevent Adam from completing your sketch by the end of the convention, your sketch will be completed from his studio at home, and mailed to you at our expense. Adam or myself will be in touch with you prior to the convention to talk about your sketch request.  However, if you neglect to check in with us at the show and collect your sketch, you will forfeit it. We will not be responsible for shipping unclaimed artwork at the end of the show, and as stated earlier, the art MUST be picked up by the auction winner; no substitutions will be allowed.

Eighteen Eisner Award Winners, Nominees To Attend Anaheim Comic Con 2011

Formerly Known as the Justice League #1

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Eighteen Eisner Award Winners, Nominees To Attend Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, April 29-May 1

Jim Krueger, Kevin Maguire, Bill Sienkiewicz, William Stout Among Top Creators At Anaheim Comic Con

NEW YORK and ANAHEIM, Calif., April 18, 2011 – Eighteen Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards winners or nominees are among the more than 200 comic creators already scheduled to attend Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, April 29-May 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Seven superstar artists and writers who have won the prestigious Eisner Award who will be on site include Jim Krueger (“Earth X,” “Project Superpowers”), Steve Lieber (“Detective Comics,” “Hawkman”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential,” Bill Sienkiewicz (“Elektra”), and William Stout (paleontological reconstruction artist), Derek Kirk Kim (“Same Difference and Other Stories,” “Lowbright”) and D.J. Kirkbride (“PopGun,” “Do You Believe in Ninjas?”).

Eisner nominees scheduled to appear include James Andrew Clark (“The Guns of Shadow Valley: Scar Tissue”), Chyna Clugston Flores (“Blue Monday,” “Brave & The Bold”), Nat Gertler (“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a GN”, “The Factor”), Eliza Frye (“The Lady’s Murder,” “Lucky House”), Paul Gulacy (“Valkyrie,” “Batman”), James Hudnall (“Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography,” “Harsh Realm”), Barbara Kesel (“Star Wars,” “Action Comics”), Kazu Kibuishi (“Flight,” “Copper”), Ethan Nicolle (“Chumble Spuzz,” “Axe Cop”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Superman/Batman”) and Judd Winick (“Batman and Robin,” “Power Girl”).

The creators will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and sketch. Many California-based artists will be in attendance as well.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. Established in 1987, they are named for renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of “The Spirit” and several award-winning graphic novels).

Anaheim Comic Con will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Among the celebrities scheduled to attend are Tricia Helfer, Alaina Huffman, Harry Hamlin, Michael McMillian, John Schneider, Adam West, Burt Ward and Chase Masterson.

Anaheim Comic Con is the fourth stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Friday, April 29, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance online at www.wizardworld.com/anaheim.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($35 on site); three-day weekend tickets are $45 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World is a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become an Anaheim Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Stan Lee-Signed Prints to Benefit Josh Medors During Free Comic Book Day

Josh Medors Spider-Man print

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STAN LEE TEAMS UP WITH HERO INITIATIVE ON FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Free Comic Book Day, May 7, is just around the corner and as many are rushing to the stores to get the latest freebies, some are just excited to celebrate another day. Comic artist Josh Medors has been struggling with a rare form of spinal cancer for many years now, and what was once in remission has recently returned. As tragic as this news is, one thing is certain in the comic industry—there is no shortage of superheroes, on paper and in real life.

Josh MedorsStan Lee has become an international icon for creating the beloved comic hero Spider-Man, and now he’s the one who’s a superhero. Stan Lee is doing his own Marvel-Team Up courtesy of the Hero Initiative. Hero and Marvel Comics are issuing a print of an original Josh Medors Spider-Man piece. Only 250 of these prints will be made available, and only 50 of these will be signed by Stan Lee himself. Copies of this exclusive print will be made available first at Packrat Comics in Columbus, Ohio during their free comic book day celebration and will be available online at www.packratcomics.blogspot.com.

“We are thrilled to make the Hero Initiative our 2011 charity for Free Comic Book Day as this year, helping a local artist brings it too close to home” said Jamie Colegrove, owner of Packrat Comics. Colegrove continued “Over the past year we have helped raise over $2500 to help Josh with his medical bills and with Stan Lee’s help we hope to raise even more, allowing Josh to heal and focus on his family instead of worrying about the costly medications and therapies associated with his cancer.”

In addition to hosting Josh Medors and the Hero Initiative, a rare appearance by voice actor Billy West of Futurama fame, Nick Jones real life US Marine turned superhero Marine Green Lantern Corps member John Stewart in the upcoming live action Green Lantern movie, and Nicholas Brendon, Xander Harris of Buffy the Vampire fame will on be on hand for autographs and photos.

The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit over 40 creators and their families with over $400,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by contributions! It’s a chance for everyone to become the hero and give back something to the people who have given so much enjoyment.

In addition to the many celebrity guests, Packrat will host an array of comic creators, including Steve Scott, Chris Sprouse and Jamie Snell, a carnival of activities for kids with a bounce house and face painting, a free concert with several local bands and stand up comedians and a live wrestling event.

So on Saturday, May 7th, stop by your local comic shop, get a free comic, have some fun and be the superhero to someone else by giving a bit back.
For additional information contact Jamie Colegrove at (614) 527-8450 or via email at packratcomics@sbcglobal.net.

Established in 1993, Packrat Comics is a premier full service comic book store family owned and operated by Jamie & Teresa Colegrove serving all of central Ohio.

Albany Comic Con (October 2011)

Albany Comic Con logo

Convention Name
Albany Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com
This convention will take place:
 

  • for one day only.

 

Date
10/30/2011
About This Convention
The Albany Comic Con is the premier comic book, and collectibles show in the Capital District of upstate New York. Now in it’s 5th year, and growing every year. The show features comic books for collectors of all ages. 

The area’s best dealers, and professionals all come together to make the show a full blown convention, but with the intimacy you can’t find at the larger national conventions. We promote two shows a year, one in the Spring, close to FCBD. the other in the fall, close to Halloween.

Its the shows mission to continue to grow the comics medium. Expand audience awareness of comic books, and the fun and excitement they provide.

Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn Wolf Rd.
205 Wolf Rd.
Albany, New York 12205
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
40
Projected Attendance
700
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
 

  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

Guests
Herb Trimpe, Ron Marz, Joe Staton, Todd Dezago, Joe Sinnott, Fred Hembeck, Matthew Dow Smith, Mike Borkowski, Paul Abrams, with many more to follow

 

Capital District Toy and Collectible Show (June 2011)

Albany Comic Con

Convention Name
Capital District Toy and collectible show
Convention Website Address
http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com
This convention will take place:
 

  • for one day only.

 

Date
06/26/2011
About This Convention
The Capital District Toy and Collectible show is an annual summer event in the Capital district of upstate New york. It features Collectible Toys, Action Figures, Star Wars, and GI Joe collectibles. Movie memorabilia, Horror, Model kits, Non sports cards, Comic books, Collectible books, Science Fiction, and much, much more. Collectibles of all types for collectors, and toy lovers of all ages.
Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn Wolf Rd.
205 Wolf Rd
Albany, New York 12205
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
25
Projected Attendance
300
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Collectibles
Additional Categories
 

  • Comic Books
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

Guests
Paul Harding, Christian St. Pierre, with more to follow

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NV – I, Zombie Signing

Artist Mike Allred and his wife and colorist Laura Allred (Madman, I Zombie) sign at the Henderson store on May 14! Joining them are writer Chris Roberson (I Zombie, Superman), writer Wiliam Harms (Impaler, Wolverine), artist Scott Clark (Brightest Day) and inker David Beatty (Brightest Day).

Maximum Comics
520 S Marks St Suite 130, Henderson, NV 89014

Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Top Talent for 2011

Baltimore Comic-Con 2011 Guests

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Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Top Talent to Growing Guest List

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – April 15, 2011 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of four new red-hot guests to this year’s list of creators. Nick Spencer, Jamal Igle, J.G. Jones, and Cliff Chiang have confirmed that they will be attending the 12th annual show, taking place the weekend of August 20-21, 2011.

Nick Spencer, who recently signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Comics, has been one of the rising-star writers in comics over the last year. With the announcement of the upcoming Cloak & Dagger series from Marvel, his current work on Iron Man 2.0 and Secret Avengers for the publisher, wrapping up his arc on DC’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and his creator-owned properties, Morning Glories and Infinite Vacation from Image, Spencer is really making his mark on the industry!

After wrapping his 22-issue run on Supergirl with writer Sterling Gates, artist Jamal Igle recently took over the art duties for Zatanna, DC’s Mistress of Magic, with March’s issue #9. Returning for another year, Igle is a fan-favorite in Baltimore!

“Baltimore Comic-Con has quickly become one of my favorite shows to attend,” said Igle. “The fans are fantastic and the show crew really goes out of their way to create a friendly, family-oriented, fun and accessible convention.”

J.G. Jones, best known for the artwork that has graced the covers of such books as Wanted, 52, and Final Crisis, began taking over writing duties this month for DC Comics’ Doc Savage. In addition to the writing, Jones continues to provide stunning cover art for the pulp hero’s monthly adventures, as well as art of the backup features in DC Universe Legacies.

Artist Cliff Chiang also joins us for this year’s show! Recently, Cliff has worked with musician Neil Young on the original graphic novel Greendale for DC’s Vertigo imprint, and his previous work includes runs on Batman, Green Arrow & Black Canary and Wonder Woman.

“We’re very excited to be announcing new guests for this year’s show,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “These creators are among the hottest talent working in comics today and each one of them adds a diversity of style to our growing guest list.”

Spencer, Igle, Jones, and Chiang join the list of confirmed guests including: Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl, Hulk); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo).

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.

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.

JMV Toy Collectors Show – Round Rock,Texas (May 2011)

Convention Name
JMV Toy Collectors Show – Round Rock,Texas
Convention Website Address
http://www.jmventertainment.com
This convention will take place:
 

  • for one day only.

 

Date
05/15/2011
About This Convention
One day show for collectors and dealers of vintage to modern toy collectibles such action figures,barbies,die cast,GI Joe,Hot Wheels,McFarlane figures,Star Wars,Transformers and more.
Venue Name and Address
Hilton Garden Inn – Round Rock
2310 N. IH – 35
Round Rock,Texas, Texas 78681
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
20
Projected Attendance
200
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Collectibles

 

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