SF – Supergods Signing

 

Grant Morrison signs on Saturday, August 6th, 2011 from 2:00PM – 5:00PM!

Press Release:

In celebration of Grant’s upcoming SUPERGODS: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human non-fiction hardcover from Spiegel & Grau, the man himself and we here at the Isotope will rocking San Francisco’s collective worlds with an event of truly mythological proportions!

SUPERGODS explores the history of fictionalized super-powered beings from their inception at the dawn of the 20th century to today, examining the quite profound affect these icons have had on worldwide cultural movements, the political climates that drove their emergence and evolution, what these spiritual touchstones mean for the modern age, and where (with their help) humanity goes from here. From the four ages of superheroic zeitgest and beyond, Grant anatomizes superhero history all the while synthesizing a memoir of his own personal journey, one of a writer’s dedication to this epic, near-century-long narrative and of a dimensional pioneer who found a way to penetrate the superworld… and to come back with its stories.

So come, join us in welcoming Grant Morrison back to San Francisco in the highest of high style! We are truly honored to get to host him here at the Isotope once again.

As always, we want as many of you to get to know Grant as well as we do, so we’re hosting a daytime signing event for the under 21 crowd, and also an epic celebration that night for the folks who like our bring-your-ID after dark events. And yes, for that over 21 crowd, we will be rocking your worlds with another completely new ultra-limited edition commemorative glass (check out the Grant Morrison Pint Glass we made with the help of Cameron Stewart from our event in 2006)… take a peek and revel in the glory of the Grant Morrison SUPERGODS Commemorative Lowball with best-of-both-worlds artwork by Sonia Harris and Cameron Stewart! As per Grant’s publisher’s request, these events are for folks who purchase a copy of SUPERGODS, which posed a unique challenge for us to accommodate both our styles of events… and also the crowds that will no doubt be wanting to join us! With that in mind, we’re thrilled with the solution we’ve devised, simply bundling a copy of SUPERGODS with every pass and keeping that price at exactly the cost of the awesome items you get to take home with you. Nice!

ALL AGES SUPERGODS SIGNING w/ GRANT MORRISON
2pm – 5pm, Saturday August 6th
A daytime all-ages autographing session with Grant Morrison that is open to all! To attend this event, please select the Daytime Signing option. Your ticket will include a copy of the SUPERGODS hardcover ($28 cover price). As per his publisher’s request, you may also have Mr. Morrison sign up to 2 additional items.

SUPERGODS CELEBRATION w/ GRANT MORRISON
8pm – 12am, Saturday August 6th
Celebrating the release of Mr. Morrison’s latest and his return to SF with a 21+ event as only the Isotope can do! To attend this event, please select the SUPERGODS CELEBRATION option. Your ticket will include a copy of the SUPERGODS hardcover ($28 cover price) and also an exclusive Grant Morrison SUPERGODS Commemorative Lowball cocktail glass (priceless!).

Isotope Lounge
326 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

TX – Ready Player One Signing

Ernie Cline signs on Wednesday, August 24 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm!

Press Release:

Austin-based author Ernie Cline has expressed his love of pop culture as a spoken-word artist and screenwriter for the 2009 film Fanboys.  Now we’re thrilled to have him join us for the release of READY PLAYER ONE, his first novel!

Genre-busting, ambitious, and irresistibly charming, READY PLAYER ONE is a jaw-droppingly cinematic debut that features a breathtaking, meticulously imagined world that’s simultaneously futuristic and charmingly retro – a universe where light-speed-traveling DeLoreans battle it out with X-Wing fighters and entire planets are inspired by classic video arcades – combined with a plot that incorporates pop-culture esoterica such as Cap’n Crunch commercials, John Hughes movies, and giant Japanese robots.

Brandon says: “Ready Player One features a cameo from almost everything I’ve ever loved about pop culture, cleverly plugged into a story about the ultimate treasure hunt.  It’s my new favorite novel!”

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

CA – Not Bad for a Human Signing

Lance Henriksen, star of Aliens and Millenium, signs on Saturday August 6, 2011 at 6:15 PM.

Egyptian Theater
6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

Timothy Truman Brings the Weird West to 2011 Baltimore Comic-Con

July 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release:

Legendary comics artist and writer Timothy Truman will give East Coast fans an exclusive first look at artwork, covers, and designs for Hawken, his highly-anticipated western horror series, at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, August 20-21, 2011, at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
 
Co-created with his 28-year-old son, writer Benjamin Truman, the new project tells the tale of ghost-haunted pistolero Kitchell Hawken and his blood-drenched vendetta against the men who scalped and tortured him then left him for dead. The first issue ships in November from IDW Publishing.
 
Renowned for his work on such titles as hard-hitting action titles as Grimjack, Scout, Wilderness, Hawkworld, Turok, Jonah Hex, and Dark Horse Comics’ Conan, Timothy is hardly a stranger to the BCC. “Baltimore is by far my favorite convention every year,” Truman says. “I attended my first show several years ago, after I decided to take the day off and check it out as a ‘civilian.’ I was immediately impressed. Baltimore Comic-Con made me feel like a ‘fan’ again. I haven’t missed a show since.” To mark the Baltimore preview, Tim and Ben are preparing limited edition Hawken BCC t-shirts and prints especially for the appearance.
 
In his featured blog for the pop-culture site The Morton Report, journalist Bill Baker  gave readers a taste of what to expect from the new tale:
 
“Over the course of his long and storied career, writer-artist Timothy Truman has had brushes with all manner of killers and antiheroes. But his latest encounter with the darker side of humanity, in the supernaturally-charged Western miniseries features Hawken, a character that he freely admits is perhaps the worst of the lot.
 
“According to Truman, the titular character, Kitchell Hawken ‘has been many things in his day: Scout, tracker, trader, scalp-hunter, raider, hired gun…. But mostly, he’s been a nasty son-of-a-bitch.’
 
“Each issue of the six-part tale follows the aged Hawken as he wreaks bloody vengeance upon the very men he used to work for, a cartel of corrupt politicians and arms merchants called the Tucson Ring. Along the way readers learn more about Hawken’s reason for turning on his former employers and the many horrors that the haunted gunman has committed over the course of a blood-soaked life.
 
“And just to be clear, ‘haunted’ literally describes Hawken’s situation, as the remorseless killer’s accompanied throughout his vendetta by the ghost of every person he’s killed, all unwilling companions forced by a curse to assist the gunslinger with his vengeance.
 
“Truman, who’s become known for his ability to portray unlikable loners in convincing manner, freely admits, ‘Folks would be hard-pressed to find a character as ruthless as Kit Hawken. He has good reasons for his rampage, and believe me, a rampage it is. For once, the bad guys have truly messed with the wrong man.’
 
“And while anyone might be hard-pressed to describe the proceedings as family fare, it is, in fact, a family affair. That’s because Tim Truman’s creative partner on this project is none other than Ben Truman, his son.
 
“Ben, who’s scripting the series, works as a teacher in Tucson, AZ. As he describes it, the character and his sordid tale arose almost by chance during one of his parents’ visits to the area last year. The younger Truman recalled that ‘while driving through Crater Park I asked Dad if he’s ever seen any accounts where a man had survived a scalping. Somehow, that kicked it off.
 
“‘Hawken grew out of the landscapes of each new place we visited: His name in Flagstaff, his past in Bisbee, the curse in Tempe, his vendetta in Tombstone. By the time we left San Xavier Mission, the first issue was plotted.’
 
“The elder Truman gained widespread notoriety with his first two major efforts, Scout and Grimjack. These comics were some of the most critically lauded independent comics of the ’80s, fan-favorites that catapulted Truman and his various creative partners into the upper echelons of the mainstream comics industry.”
 
Each of the six issues of Hawken will cost $3.99 and contain 32 pages printed in antiqued duo-tone. The book joins such popular IDW titles as 30 Days of Night, Hasbro’s Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek, Toho’s Godzilla, HBO’s True Blood, and the BBC’s Dr. Who.
 
For more information, visit Tim’s website or visit IDWPublishing.com.

SDCC 2011 Report

This year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego was packed to the rafters with fans reveling in all things pop culture! From Preview Night on Wednesday straight through to closing on Sunday, the aisles were swarmed with fans of every stripe, from sketch-hounds looking for comic art to cosplayers showing of their stuff. Hall H hosted many panels for movie and televisions stars whose fans lined for hours or even days in the hopes of getting a seat. In one of the week’s more spectacular moments, a cosplayer interrupted the panel for The Amazing Spider-Man movie only to whip off his mask and reveal himself to be star Andrew Garfield!

To deal with the immense crowds raffled ticketing as become par for the course for many of the bigger signings, meaning fans have to stand in one line to wait and for a chance to win a ticket to stand in another line for the actual signing. Many autograph seekers were frustrated by this system but it does seem to be the most democratic method for exhibitors to manage crowd control.

My main reason for attending this year was Nickelodeon’s new animated show, The Legend of Korra. A sequel to the hugely popular series Avatar: The Last Airbender, Korra takes place 80 years later with the titular character having succeeded Aang as the new Avatar. Creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, along with co-executive producer Joaquin dos Santos, supervising producer Ki-Hyun Ryu, and composing team Ben Wynn and Jeremy Zuckerman, treated fans to an preview of the new series along with production art and announced that animation veteran Lauren Montgomery and comic artist Joshua Middleton have been added to the team. Middleton also provided the art for the limited print Nickelodeon had for sale at their booth (pictured at left). Several Airbender fans held their own tribute panel as well with guests writer John O’Bryan, storyboard artist Ian Graham and fan artists Kevin Coppa, Kim Miranda, and Booter-Freak. Voice over actors Jennifer Hale and Dee Bradley Baker made a surprise appearance and Baker announced that his daughter booked her first voice over job playing a younger Korra in the new series! He also performed a demonstration of how he voices Appa and Momo.

Across the street from the San Diego Convention Center several artists held an event called Tr!ckster. Founded as an alternative to the big budget of SDCC, Tr!ckster focuses on creator owned work and hosted many panels, signings, concerts, and cocktail parties for artists and fans alike. One of the coolest events was a small, intimate performance by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello (aka The Nightwatchman) who announced he is writing a comic book called Orchid which will be published by Dark Horse. He spoke with Tr!ckster founder Scott Morse about the comic and established his nerd cred with stories about playing Dungeons & Dragons and reading comics in his youth. Then Morello played several folksy, acoustic songs to an excited crowd who demanded no less than three encores.

Other highlights of the convention included meeting legendary British artist Alan Davis who sketched for charity at the Hero Initiative booth, Bande desinee creator Pierre Alary making a rare US appearance courtesy of Stuart Ng Books and Flesk Publications, and finding a woman cosplaying as Cindel from the Ewok Adventure/Battle for Endor TV movies! San Diego is a great time but oh-so tiring and time-consuming. I vow that I will never, ever go back… till next year.

You stay classy, San Diego!

Alan Davis at the Hero Initiative booth

 

Avatar Korra meets her creators Mike DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko

 

 

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Scene on Video: William Shatner and EPIX Lead SDCC 2011 Fans in “The Long Khan”

The Long Khan

William Shatner’s cry of “Khan!” in Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan is well remembered by fans, and EPIX, producers of the new The Captains documentary, gave fans at Comic-Con International in San Diego the chance to be give their own renditions as well.

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Brent Anderson Art Stolen

Artist Brent Anderson’s car was broken into while at the San Diego Zoo and many pages of original art were stolen including the following:

–50 pages from Astro City Vols. 1 & 2 & Local Heroes
–Astro City: Dark Age Books 1 (#s 1-4), 2 (#s 1-4) & 3 (#s 1-4) (50 pages)
–Green Lantern: Legacy approx. 45 pages between pages 1-45 (except page 5)
–Green Lantern Silver Age Special (approx. 4 pages)
–Green Lantern/Plastic Man team-up special (approx. 8 pages)
–Rising Stars #15-24 (approx. 48 pages)

Please spread the word to all your contacts, particularly to comic art dealers and collectors. If you see any of these pages surface, email Anderson at kneedeep@sonic.net. Thank you.

Here is an update on the Green Lantern pages stolen on Monday July 25, 2011:

Green Lantern Stolen Art List
Green Lantern: Legacy pp. 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 24, 30-36, 38-40, 42-46, 48, 51-57, 60 & 67-69
All other pages between 1 and 70 sold prior to Monday July 25, 2011 are “safe” pages. If any person’s safe page is on the stolen list, email Brent Anderson at kneedeep@sonic.net with the page number and the location and date the page was purchased, and it will be recorded with the San Diego Police Department as safe and added to the Safe List.

Silver Age: Green Lantern #1 pp. 3, 5, 7, & 8
All other pages sold prior to Monday July 25, 2011 are “safe” pages. If any person’s safe page is on the stolen list, email Brent Anderson at kneedeep@sonic.net with the page number and the location and date the page was purchased, and it will be recorded with the San Diego Police Department as safe and added to the Safe List.

Green Lantern/Plastic Man 1-Shot (1 of 2) pp. 3, 4, 19, 21, 22; (2 of 2) pp. 1, 2, 7, 10, 14, 16
All other pages sold prior to Monday July 25, 2011 are “safe” pages. If any person’s safe page is on the stolen list, email Brent Anderson at kneedeep@sonic.net with the page number and the location and date the page was purchased, and it will be recorded with the San Diego Police Department as safe and added to the Safe List.

Editor’s note: The image supplied (Astro City – Dark Age #1 p24) may or may not be one of the pages that was stolen but has been added as an example. Thank you.

Scene on Video: Cosplayers at SDCC 2011 Were “Born This Way”

Born This Way cosplay

Cosplayers at Comic-Con International in San Diego lipsync to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

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Scene and Heard: John Barrowman from Torchwood at SDCC 2011

John Barrowman

John Barrowman from Torchwood: Miracle Day spoke to the press at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.

Don Stark from That 70′s Show Appearing at July 2011 Steel City Con

Don Stark

Press Release:

DON STARK -  The Steel City Con is VERY pleased to announce that DON STARK  will be attending the JULY Steel City Con!  Stark’s acting career spans almost four decades although he is most recognized for his role on the hot TV series THAT 70′s SHOW as “BOB PINCIOTTI“ which was on TV for 8 seasons and can still be seen in syndication almoste every day!

Don has had both TV and film roles including Law & Order, CSI, Stargate-SG1, Icarly, Deep Space 9 and many others!   THIS IS A TRULY RARE CELEBRITY APPEARANCE!

BUY YOUR 3 DAY PASS TODAY!

Go To http://www.steelcitycon.com for all the details!

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