DC The New 52: What the Convention Scene Staff is Buying

August 31, 2011 by  
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DC New 52

With all the hoopla about DC’s New 52 launching today with the release of Justice League #1, I thought it might be interesting to see what the staff of Convention Scene plan to pick up. Well, the answers range from all to none.

Richard says, “I’m intrigued of the major changes enough that I’ll probably read each of the first issues and whittle it down from there.”

Joe, in his ever blunt way, says, “Not at all; looks like crap.”

Colin says, “I wasn’t reading DC before (aside from Vertigo) and these changes don’t encourage me to jump on.”

As for myself, I’m a long-time DC reader, having started reading comics in the 1970s after watching the Super Friends cartoon. For me this is exciting and depressing at the same time. Change is always exciting, but at the same time, I’m not sure if I will left out. When Superman was changed for Man of Steel, I stopped reading Superman. When they changed Jason Todd’s origin in Batman (along with other changes), I stopped reading Batman. Will I still feel a connection to the new DC Universe? We’ll see. While I toyed with buying all 52 new issues, I knew some of them I wouldn’t buy after the first issue so I decided to pare it down to what I might actually buy, with the jury still out on a few of these. Here goes:

Action Comics
Birds of Prey
Green Lantern
Green Lantern Corps
Green Lantern: New Guardians
Justice League
Justice League International
Wonder Woman
The Flash
The Fury of Firestorm
Mister Terrific
Justice League Dark
Demon Knights
Suicide Squad
Teen Titans
Static Shock
Blue Beetle
Legion of Super-Heroes
Legion Lost

So that’s it for us. What do you plan on picking up?

Great Allentown Comic Con! Announces Initial Lineup for November 2011 Mega Show

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Great Allentown Comic Con!

Press Release:


NY Times bestseller Michael Jan Friedman, Bob Greenberger, Publisher Steven H. Wilson, and Artists – Neil Vokes, Chris Moreno, and Tom Smith – Join The Great Allentown Comic Con’s November 19th – 20th Inaugural Mega Show Lineup.

Allentown PA, August 31s t – NY Times Bestselling authors and award winning artists have announced plans to attend the Inaugural 2011 Mega Show edition of the Lehigh Valley’s largest pop culture extravaganza – The Great Allentown Comic Con! to be held November 19th and 20th at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown PA.

“With the success of our 1-day shows, we are thrilled to offer our fans a chance to see even more guests over the course of a weekend long event.” – Christopher D. Wertz, Show Founder and Promoter. “We are also pleased to be able to provide our fans a chance to meet such amazingly talented creators such as NY Times Best Seller Michael Jan Friedman and his business partner and fellow author Bob Greenberger (they recently founded Crazy 8 Press along with friend and colleague Peter David).”

The November show will have a strong Sci-fi theme, the guests announced today provide a Star Trek presence with additional Sci-fi and Comic Book related guests also being planned (To be announced in coming weeks). For more information visit us online at www.allentowncomiccon.com and remember to come to the show in November and “Get Ur Geek On!”

For a Full list of Guests attending the November 19-20th 2011 Mega Show, please visit: http://www.allentowncomiccon.com/artists-and-guests.html

Those interested in Dealers and items of interested can visit: http://www.allentowncomiccon.com/dealers.html

The following is a partial list of initial guest announcement details:

Michael Jan Friedman is the author of nearly 70 books of fiction and non-fiction, about half of them set somewhere in the wilds of the Star Trek universe.
Friedman has also written for the Aliens, Predator, Wolf Man, Lois and Clark, DC Super Hero, Marvel Super Hero, and Wishbone licensed book universes. Eleven of his book titles, including the autobiography Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Ghost Hunting (written with SciFi’s Ghost Hunters), have appeared on the prestigious New York Times primary bestseller list, and his novel adaptation of the Batman & Robin movie was for a time the #1 bestselling book in Poland (really).

Bob Greenberger began his professional career began at Starlog Press where he created Comics Scene then joined DC Comics as assistant editor, working on the seminal before switching to the administrative side of the company, rising to the role of Manager-Editorial Operations.
In 2000, Bob left DC for a job as Producer at Gist Communications and then returned to comics in 2001, as Marvel Comics’ Director-Publishing Operations. In 2002, he went back to DC Comics as a Senior Editor in its collected editions department. Bob joined Weekly World News as Managing Editor until its demise in 2007. Since then he has been a fulltime freelance writer and editor including numerous Star Trek novels and short fiction in addition to short works of science fiction and fantasy. His adult nonfiction includes the Scribe award-winning novelization of Hellboy II: The Golden Army. He is a founding member of the writers’ cooperative, Crazy 8 Press, which launched this past summer.

Crazy 8 Press Founded by Michael Jan Friedman, the website (www.crazy8press.com) allows Peter David, Bob Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg and Howard Weinstein to make their old and new original fiction available directly to the fans. The offerings are formatted for use by all eReaders or Print on Demand with new titles released every 6-8 weeks.

Steven H. Wilson has interviewed Jonathan Frakes and William Campbell for Starlog, written for DC Comics Star Trek classic and Warlord series, and, most recently, served as principal writer and director for Prometheus Radio Theatre and publisher of Firebringer Press. His original science fiction series, The Arbiter Chronicles, currently boasting nineteen full-cast audio dramas and the novel Taken Liberty, has won the Mark Time Silver Award and the Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama (long form). A new series of episodes is currently in development. His third novel, Unfriendly Persuasion, is due out in 2012. As a podcaster, besides hosting the Prometheus Radio Theatre podcast, Steve has recorded Lester Del Rey’s Badge of Infamy for podiobooks.com, multiple roles in J. Daniel Sawyer’s production of Antithesis, and Nobilis’s upcoming presentation of Scouts.

Neil Vokes has been Illustrating stories in comic books professionally for over 28 years working on titles and projects involving Superman, Iron Man, Tarzan, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many more, currently working on FLESH & BLOOD with Bob Tinnell, the first issue of which is due out in October in time for Halloween.

Chris Moreno is the creator of Zombie Dickheads, now appearing in Zombie Bomb: Dark Daze from Terminal Press. His work has appeared in Disney’s Toy Story for BOOM! Studios, The Minions of Ka from Arcana, and Paul Jenkins’ Sidekick from Image Comics. His creator-owned character, Sanz Pantz: Ninja Platypus appears in the Popgun anthologies from Image. His other comics credits include Alien Inventor, World War Hulk: Frontline, Dracula vs. King Arthur, Monkey in a Wagon vs. Lemur on a Big Wheel, The Last Sin of Mark Grimm, the webcomic Super Frat (http://www.superfrat.com), and Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales.
Chris’s work has appeared on sketch cards for Inkworks for The Spirit, Shrek the Third, Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Robots and Family Guy. His art has also been seen in role-playing games for companies like Kenzer & Co. , on their Hackmaster game and Knights of the Dinner Table Magazine, and Tony DiGerolamo’s Complete Mafia for d20 from Living Room Games.

Tom Smith has been one of the top comic book color artists for the last 25 years and has colored some of Comic’s best-selling titles and has done work for all the top comic companies. Including Marvel ,DC, Image ,Top Cow, IDW, Chaos , First, Malibu, Platinum, Gorilla, Topps, IDW and many others on the Comics like Avengers ,X-Men 2099, Hulk “Future Imperfect,” Avengers /JLA, Spiderman, The Brave and the Bold, Dr Who, Astro-boy, The Ghoul, Jurassic Park, and also has been the Sunday color artist of The Phantom newspaper strip for the last 2 years. He owns and operates his own color and pre-press house “Scorpion Studios” in the great state of New Jersey.

About The Great Allentown Comic Con! – The Largest Pop-Culture Comic Convention in the Lehigh Valley. Founded in 2010, by Riverside Comics; The Great Allentown Comic Con (GACC) is already one of the fastest growing Fan-focused events in the comics industry. Currently located in the 10,000 sq ft Showroom of the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown PA, the GACC is dedicated to producing celebrations of comics and popular culture by providing unique access to talented artists and a family-friendly experience for fans. The show motto “Get UR Geek On!” represents in part the recognition of the diverse and unique nature of our fans, and events where they can come express themselves.

CA – Raiders of the Lost Ark Screening

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Steven Spielberg appears on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

The Los Angeles Times presents a special 30th Anniversary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in a newly restored and digitally projected format, including a live post-movie Q & A with Director Steven Spielberg moderated by Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex.  

RSVP does not guarantee admission to the event.  Seats will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Check-in will open at 4 P.M. on the day of the event.   PHOTO I.D. MUST BE PRESENTED AT TIME OF CHECK-IN.  

Guests are encouraged to park in the West Garage at L.A. Live.  Validation will be available inside the Regal Cinemas lobby.  Link to Regal Cinemas parking info here – http://lalive.com/visitors/regal-cinemas-parking   

Limit 2 tickets per RSVP and 1 RSVP per person.   Any person having been found to RSVP more than once will have any additional tickets voided.  PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP WITH EXACTLY THE NAME ON YOUR PHOTO I.D.
Cell phones and personal cameras will be allowed inside the event.   All cameras must have a lens of less than 3 inches.  No video cameras, other than those present inside cell phones, will be allowed inside the event.

No purchase necessary. The RSVP e-mail will open on 8/30/11 and will close when the screening is full. Limit  one (admit-two) pass per person. Theatre is overbooked to ensure capacity and admission is not guaranteed.  Arrive early, seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Check-in begins at 4 PM.  

Click here to RSVP


NJ – Glee Star Signing

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Jane Lynch signs her new memoir at Bookends on Wednesday, Sept. 21st at 5:00pm!

211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

CA – Habibi Signing

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Craig Thompson signs at Lee’s Comics on September 29 at 12:00pm!

RSVP on Facebook!

Lee’s Comics
1020 North Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043-1760

NYC – Hark! A Vagrant Signing

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Kate Beaton signs at the Housing Works on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00pm

Press Release:  

The official release of Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant, an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and web sensation Kate Beaton. Presented by Housing Works, Desert Island, and Drawn & Quarterly.

Hark! A Vagrant is an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and web sensation Kate Beaton (harkavagrant.com).

Housing Works
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012

MA – Nerdist Podcast Live

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Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira perform the Nerdist Podcast Live at the Iron Horse Music Hall on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 PM!    

Date moved to Tuesday 11/8 because of a tv scheduling conflict. All tickets will be honored for the new date.

Date moved once again to November 30, 2011. All tickets will be honored for the new date.

Purchase tickets here

Iron Horse Music Hall
20 Center St, Northampton, MA 01060

NYC – Daredevil Signing

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Superstar artist Paolo Rivera signs at Jim Hanley’s Universe in New York City on Thursday, September 15th from 6-8pm! Meet one of the artists behind the summer’s hottest new book Daredevil!

Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001

MA – ReaMdE Signing

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Sci-fi author Neal Stephenson appears on Tuesday, September 27 at 6pm.

The Hugo Award-winning, NYT best-selling author of The Baroque Cycle, Cryptonomicon, Anathem, and Snow Crash swings by the Coolidge for his newest sci-fi thriller in which a battle for a virtual computer game world becomes a struggle for real world power.

Presented by Brookline Booksmith; Order tickets ($5) by calling the store at 617-566-6660.

Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446-2908

NYC – Optic Nerve Signing

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Adrian Tomine signs at Desert Island on Thursday, September 22nd from 7-9pm.

Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 388-5087

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