MA – Comic Art Coffee House Night

Artist Norman Lee, currently inking Wolverine & The X-Men, appears at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Monday, April 16, 2012 from 6:30pm until 9:00pm.

Come see original comic book artwork in a relaxed setting. Original art dealers and collectors will be on hand to display, buy, sell & trade art.

If you miss him here, Norm will be at Boston Comic Con the following weekend!

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Friendly Neighborhood Comics 
191 Mechanic Street (Route 140), Bellingham, MA 02019

TX – Heroes For My Daughter Signing

Brad Meltzer signs and discusses his new book at Murder By The Book on Wednesday April 18, 2012 at 5:30pm.

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Fate and The Book of Lies. He is also one of the co-creators of the TV show, Jack & Bobby—and is the Eisner Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Justice League of America. His first non-fiction book, Heroes For My Son, is a collection of heroes – from Jim Henson to Rosa Parks — that he’s been working on since the day his son was born and is on sale now.  He is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel.  And his newest thriller, The Inner Circle, is in bookstores now.  

(In order to get anything signed at the event, a copy of Heroes for My Daughter must be purchased from MBTB).   

Murder By The Book
2342 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77098

AB – FCBD: Peter Panzerfaust Signing

Artist Tyler Jenkins appears at Alpha Comics between 11am and 4pm on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day! He will be signing, sketching, and selling original art. 

RSVP on Facebook!

Alpha Comics
Lynnwood Shopping Centre #9, 7005 – 18th St. S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 1Y1, Canada

UK – Roger Langridge Art Show

 

Roger Langridge opens an art exhibition at Orbital Comics on April 28, 2012 at 4pm!

Press Release: 

Few writer/artists are as prolific as Roger Langridge these days. Aside from writing the adaptation of John Carter: A Princess Of Mars for Marvel Comics, he’s also written and drawn the critically-acclaimed Snarked and The Muppets for Boom Studios, as well as gearing up for the relaunch of Popeye from IDW Publishing next month … In short, he’s a very busy guy.

Nevertheless he’s found time to host an exhibition here at Orbital Comics which will run from April 28 through to May 25, featuring some of his best and most recognisable work. In addition, Roger will be appearing in-store on the 28th from 4pm to sign, sketch and meet with fans. Whether you love his work on The Muppets, Fred The Clown, Snarked or Knuckles The Malevolent Nun, there really is something for everyone!

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

DC Entertainment Creators at ECCC 2012

Capullo Flash

Via DC Comics:

Emerald City Comicon officially kicks off tomorrow in Seattle, Washington, and there will be several DC Entertainment panels, with plenty of DC Entertainment editors and creators in attendance. Friday’s DC COMICS ALL ACCESS and Sunday’s DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 panels will be moderated by editors Mike Marts, Ben Abernathy, Brian Cunningham and Rachel Gluckstern – with special guests from the DC Comics creative teams. And Saturday’s VERTIGO: NEW BLOOD panel will be moderated by editor Shelly Bond, who will also be joined by notable Vertigo creators.

But that’s not all. Stop by the DC Entertainment booth to say hello to some of your favorite writers and artists from both Vertigo and DC Comics, including Mike Allred (IZOMBIE), Brian Buccellato (THE FLASH), Chris Burnham (BATMAN INCORPORATED), Greg Capullo (BATMAN), Aaron Lopresti (JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL), Francis Manapul (THE FLASH), Dustin Nguyen (JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND UNLIMITED), Chris Roberson (IZOMBIE), Gail Simone (BATGIRL), Marcus To (BATWING), Joshua Williamson (VOODOO) and Bill Willingham (FABLES).

Visit the Emerald City Comicon website for the full panel and signing schedule. See ya there!

Mike Carbonaro Retiring From Convention Promoting with Final 2012 NYCBM Show

Press Release:

NYCBMMIKE CARBO’S LAST COMIC BOOK CONVENTION.

CONVENTION IMPRESARIO, MICHAEL CARBONARO, “THE PRINCE OF POP CULTURE’, AFTER 40 YEARS OF CONVENTION MAYHEM AND MAGIC IS DOING ONE FINAL COMICBOOK CONVENTION BEFORE LEAVING TO CONCENTRATE ON THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD OF COLLECTIBLES: BUYING AND SELLING GREAT STUFF.

New York, N.Y. – March 2012 – MIKE CARBO, founder of the Big Apple Comic Convention, and internationally renowned authority on American comic books will produce one last dynamite convention with none other than Stan the Man himself: Stan Lee. Mike, also known as “The Prince of Pop Culture,” states emphatically: “I am only retiring from running comic book conventions, but I will never retire from making deals buying and selling comic books. That’s why I have created my newest venture MIKE CARBO’s COMIC BOX to do just that!”

After successfully running many of the earliest and best comic book conventions in New York City for decades, Mike Carbo will host his very last comic convention Saturday, March 31st at Manhattan’s Penn Plaza Hotel, 31st street and Seventh Avenue across from Madison Square Garden. The convention, showcasing hundreds of dealers from around the nation, will also feature many of the world’s top comic book artists, and popular entertainment celebrities. The doors open at 10AM and the show will rock till 7PM. General admission is $12 at the door.

To kick off his latest comic books & collectibles buying company – Mike Carbo’s Comic Box – Mike will host a unique, and very private, two-hour party the evening before the convention, on Friday March 30th, at a still secret location in Manhattan. Mike’s Special Guest of Honor to help him kick off his new venture is none other than STAN LEE, 89-year-old Marvel Comics “father,” founder and ex-chairman of the board. A very limited number of guest invitations are on offer for $200 per person. Attendees will get to meet, greet, and chat up close and personal with Stan, including a photo with “The Man,” along with the opportunity to share in the conversation, and fine foods at our gourmet food bar.

An enterprising and successful entrepreneur since he began buying and selling comics at age ten, Mike remembers setting up comic sales from a milk crate, on the carpet “outside” the doors of Phil Seuling’s comic convention in New York City. Mike didn’t think he was doing anything wrong till Phil, the “godfather” and worldwide originator of comic book conventions, saw what Mike was up to. Phil kicked the box, saying “Hey, you didn’t pay for a table,” Mike started to cry. Phil then invited him inside to sell along with all the other dealers, if he paid the table fee. Mike was only 13 years-old at the time, and he and Phil became fast friends.

Immediately successful, Carbo put himself through private school with his earnings. Throughout the 1970s Mike was not only selling at other conventions, but he began his own comic book convention business. “The very first convention I ran myself was in 1974, at the “Italian Charities” center on Queens Boulevard, when I was 13. In 1977, we produced the Rolling Rock Show, a gigantic rock n roll amusement park in the old Americana Hotel.” A few years later, he ran the very first Baseball Card Convention ever at the New York Mets, Shea Stadium. Mike recalls, “it was bedlam in the outfield behind the bullpen, the place was swarmed with people.”

From 1981 to 1997, ‘Carbo’ ran his own very successful comic book store, Continental Comics, in Queens, New York. In 1996, Mike and Vincent Zurzuolo (presently of Metropolis Comics) created the very first Big Apple Convention Convention at St. Paul the Apostle church on 58th St. and Columbus in Manhattan. For 12 years the Big Apple Convention was the most successful privately owned comic convention in New York City, over a quarter of million tickets sold, thousands of dealers and artists presenting. In 2009, Wizard World took over the Big Apple Convention while Mike remains a consultant to this day.

After the March 31st Convention with Stan Lee, Mike will concentrate all his efforts on buying and selling comics and collectibles as he builds MIKE CARBO’s COMIC BOX COLLECTIBLES, his greatest entrepreneurial adventure yet!

To purchase tickets to either the Friday party or Saturday convention,

CONTACT US AT mikecarbo@gmail.com

Dan DiDio and Jim Lee to Discuss Before Watchmen at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2012

Press Release:

DC Entertainment Co-Publishers, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, to Discuss the Upcoming Release of BEFORE WATCHMEN

 Followed by a Director’s Cut Screening of the WATCHMEN Film Adaptation 

BURBANK, Calif. (March 29, 2012) – Revealing new details of the highly-anticipated summer release of the BEFORE WATCHMEN prequel mini-series comics, DC Entertainment will host a panel alongside a film screening of WATCHMEN at the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, April 21, at 1:00pm.  The BEFORE WATCHMEN discussion will include DC Entertainment Co-Publishers and industry legends Jim Lee and Dan DiDio and will be moderated by comic expert Geoff Boucher, editor of the Los Angeles Times’ popular “Hero Complex” site.

The BEFORE WATCHMEN prequel titles will continue to build on the complex mythology of the best-selling WATCHMEN graphic novel and will be told through the words and images of some of the comic book industry’s most celebrated writers and artists. This Los Angeles Times Festival of Books panel – DC Entertainment Presents: Watchmen – It’s Not the End, It’s the Beginning – will provide insight into the upcoming releases of the seven BEFORE WATCHMEN titles.

“The frenzy surrounding BEFORE WATCHMEN mirrors what we saw preceding our recent DC Comics – The New 52 launch, and the level of interest in the talent line-up for the prequel titles has been spectacular” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is a great opportunity for us to take a closer look at the WATCHMEN phenomenon, both in print and film, and talk about what fans can expect from the prequels.”

2012 marks the 17thLos Angeles Times Festival of Books, the largest and most prestigious public literary event in the country. Located at the University of Southern California campus, the two-day event celebrates the written word in all its forms and is expected to draw more than 150,000 attendees.

The DC Entertainment programs will take place at the USC School for Cinematic Arts on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 1:00pm. The event schedule includes:

  • 1:00pm – DC Entertainment publishing panel, DC Entertainment Presents: Watchmen – It’s Not the End, It’s the Beginning, with Jim Lee and Dan DiDio
  • 2:00pm – WATCHMEN Director’s Cut film screening

Space is limited; to purchase tickets to attend the DC Entertainment panels and screening, please visit: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/general-information/ticket-info/

For more information about media credential applications, please visit:http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/press/

ComiXology Giving Away 2,500 Digital Copies of The Walking Dead Volume 1 at ECCC 2012

ComiXology Walking Dead

Press Release:

Get The Walking Dead Vol. 1 Free at the ComiXology Booth @ Emerald City Comicon’12

ComiXology @ Emerald City Comicon ’12
March 30th- April 1st
Booth #308

ComiXology and Skybound partner up to give out 2,500 free digital copies of The Walking Dead Vol. 1  first come, first serve

ComiXology @ ECCC ’12: Giveaways, Panels, and more!

March 28th – New York NY, – Following the unprecedented demand for the free Walking Dead Vol.1 giveaway at WonderCon ’12 earlier this month, comiXology – the world’s largest digital comics platform available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web- will be at Emerald City Comicon’12 doing it again! So make sure you visit comiXology (booth #308) during Emerald City Comicon at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington from March 30th-April 1st to get one of 2,500 free digital comic giveaway codes for The Walking Dead Vol.1.

Teaming up once again with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound, comiXology is out make ECCC’12 unforgettable for comic fans with a free “taste” of the first graphic novel — regularly $8.99 for 140 pages —that the hit The Walking Dead TV show is based on. The first 2,500 Emerald City Comicon’12 attendees to come by comiXology’s booth (#308) will receive a limited edition promotional postcard imprinted with a unique download code redeemable for The Walking Dead Vol. 1 exclusively on comiXology.com in exchange for an email sign up.

In addition to the must-have The Walking Dead Vol. 1 giveaway, comiXology will be providing a hands on demonstrations of it’s Comics by comiXology digital comics platform at their booth all weekend long. Comic fans should not miss their chance to get a look at the all new 3.1 iOS upgrade that includes the CMX-HD digital comics format for the new iPad and features new sharing capabilities.

All ECCC ’12 attendees are invited to attend the special “ComiXology Open Discussion Panel” where comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger will answer questions from the audience on “Everything Digital” with no topic off limits. The “ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital Panel” will be on Saturday, March 31st from 2:00pm- 3:00pm in Room 3.

Most recently, comiXology was in the news for their Comics by comiXology 3.1 iOS update. This update featured not only new sharing capabilities but also the debut of CMX-HD digital comics format to meet the challenge of the new iPad screen. ComiXology debuted 3.1 with a little over 100 titles in this new format. And, only five days later, comiXology was able to offer over 1,000 titles in CMX-HD format. CMX-HD upgraded files are a free upgrade to those who have previously purchased and at no additional cost for new purchases.

Shortly before the 3.1 announcement, comiXology announced they had surpassed 50 million comic books and graphic novel downloads since the inception of their Comics by comiXology digital comics platform – with 5 million of those downloads happening in this past December alone. In addition, this past October saw Comics by comiXology start to consistently chart as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store on new comics release day — a trend that has continued throughout 2012. Then in November, Comics by comiXology was selected as a pre-loaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire alongside Facebook and Twitter. By the end of 2011, comiXology had powered three of the top 20 grossing iPad apps — with Comics by comiXology coming in at number 11 for the entire year.

What: Emerald City Comicon 2012

When: March 30th – April 1st, 2012

Where: The Washington State Convention Center, Seattle WA
Booth #: 308

Giveaway: Limited edition promotional postcard imprinted with a unique download code redeemable for The Walking Dead Vol. 1 exclusively on comiXology.com in exchange for an email sign up.

Panels: Saturday, March 31st from 2:00pm – 3:00pm – ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital Panel with comiXology’s David Steinberger – Room 203.

About comiXology

Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web— comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.

About The Walking Dead: “The Walking Dead” is a monthly black-and-white comic book series created by Robert Kirkman that follows a group of survivors through a world overrun by The Walking Dead as they struggle to survive an even deadlier threat: Living humans so terrified about their own survival that they are willing to sacrifice everything else. Winner of the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series, the Skybound comic has been translated into more than 30 languages, and is available in over 50 countries worldwide. IGN called it “one of the best monthly comics available” and Complex hails it as “one of the best comic series of all time.” It’s also become the highest-rated drama on basic cable of all time. The AMC television series, with Kirkman serving as a writer and executive producer, had 11 million viewers for the season two premiere and was instantly renewed for a third season. As the first TV drama to be launched around the world simultaneously, it’s in 120 countries, translated into 33 languages and is in 250 million households. The Walking Dead also dominated theNew York Times’ bestseller lists for graphic novels and was the top seller for 2011.www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman,The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.

Stan Lee presents Dallas Comic Con (the 10th Anniversary show) in 2012

Stan Lee DCC

Press Release:

Stan Lee presents Dallas Comic Con (the 10th Anniversary show) brings major guests to Big D

On May 19-20, the Dallas Comic Con returns to the Irving Convention Center, and this promises to be the most incredible convention the Southwest has ever seen. The full title of the event is actually “Stan Lee presents Dallas Comic Con”, and marks Stan “The Man” Lee’s second appearance at the show (he last appeared in 2011, and had such a great time he wanted to return in 2012). This also happens to be the 10th Anniversary of the Dallas Comic Con, which started in 2002 with Guest of Honor Dave Stevens. This year’s installment pulls out all the stops, featuring media superstars Patrick Stewart (Saturday only), Val Kilmer, and Adam West and Burt Ward. Comic book legends Neal Adams (BATMAN: ODYSSEY), George Perez (DC New 52 SUPERMAN) and Zombie King Arthur Suydam headline the creator portion of the guest list, which also includes popular names like Len Wein (co-creator of WOLVERINE and SWAMP THING, writer of BEFORE WATCHMEN), Cully Hamner (co-creator of RED), Brian Stelfreeze (BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT cover artist), Norm Breyfogle (quintessential BATMAN artist), Greg Horn (cover artist of ELEKTRA and EMMA FROST), Marvel artist and colorist husband and wife team Mitch and Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Alex Saviuk (SPIDER-MAN and Stan Lee’s MIGHTY 7 artist). The show will host a special appearance by BATMAN animated voice master Kevin Conroy (signing for FREE), and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION’s “Q” John De Lancie. STAR WARS fans will enjoy meeting Darth Vader himself Dave Prowse and Boba Fett man behind the mask Jeremy Bulloch.

With the amazing guest list and high anticipation of the show’s return (last year drew nearly 12,000 attendees), both VIP and Priority badges have already sold out with nearly two months left before the convention. General Admission tickets are still available. DCC Event Manager Mark Walters says “This is the biggest event we’ve ever attempted to date, and the excitement surrounding it is amazing. We sold out of exhibit space and artist alley tables in record time, and the ticket sales are through the roof. Anyone attending is going to get their money’s worth, as we have an incredible list of talent coming, lots of exciting Q&As planned, and plenty to do and see. One thing we’ve always prided ourselves on is this being a great family experience, and we see more and more new families attending with each event we do – it’s a terrific feeling to know we’re bringing happiness to fans of all ages, and the ten years of hard work is really paying off for everyone.”

The Dallas Comic Con runs May 19-20, 2012 – at the Irving Convention Center, just 5 minutes or so from DFW airport. Discounted General Admission tickets are available in advance on the site. All the latest info can be found at http://dallascomiccon.com

Scene and Heard: J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner from Fringe at WonderCon 2012

Jeff Pinkner J.H. Wyman FRINGE

J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner, Executive Producers from Fringe, spoke to the press at WonderCon in Anaheim, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.

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