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MARVEL COMICS REVEALS POSTER ART FOR NEW YORK COMIC CON
The Avengers Come to Manhattan!
Steve McNiven Creates Original Art for 2012 Pop Culture Event
Norwalk, CT, August 31, 2012: Officials at New York Comic Con (NYCC) have announced that Marvel Comics will provide the original poster art for the 2012 edition of the annual pop culture extravaganza. Marvel, the renowned comic books and media entertainment company, has revealed the art which will feature The Avengers in an iconic New York setting. The specially created poster will figure prominently in NYCC’s advertising and promotion and will be featured at the convention as well as in comic book shops around the tri-state area and on MTA and LIRR railroads. Steve McNiven, the well-known and accomplished Marvel Comics artist, is credited for drawing the poster art which showcases Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America in the newly-designed costumes they will be sporting as part of the exciting new Marvel NOW! initiative launching in stores in October. McNiven will also be a Spotlight Guest at NYCC this year.
New York Comic Con, which will take place October 11 – 14, 2012 at NYC’s Javits Center, is one of New York’s largest annual events, last year attracting over 100,000 attendees. The pop culture convention draws a wide cross section of fans eager to meet and greet the creators, actors, writers, musicians and artists. As noted, the original poster art will be widely used to promote the show as well as to create a distinct identity for the 2012 edition of New York Comic Con.
Once again, Marvel Entertainment will have a 3000 square foot booth on the show floor at NYCC where attendees will have ample room and opportunity to mingle with creators and staff including Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment and Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief. Other Marvel Spotlight Guests who will be on hand to greet fans will be Kieron Gillen, Jonathan Hickman, Rick Remender, Esad Ribic, Dan Slott and Steve McNiven.
Tickets for New York Comic Con in 2012 are currently available for purchase at www.NewYorkComicCon.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at New York Comic Con should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com . Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which organizes a range of pop culture events, is available at facebook.com/NewYorkComicCon and twitter.com/NY_Comic_Con. Organizers note that many more guests will be announced over the next few weeks and fans should keep their eyes on NYCC’s website and blog for additional comics, entertainment and anime announcements.
ABOUT MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT: Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com
ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, Fantasy Football Fest and the UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
Stan Lee’s Comikaze Unleashes A Zombie Apocalypse and Batman Cast Reunion
Los Angeles (August 30th 2012) – Stan Lee’s Comikaze, LA’s largest pop-culture convention, owned by comic legend Stan Lee and horror icon Elvira, have just announced a 75k sq ft Zombie Apocalypse obstacle course in addition to their 250k sq ft convention floor, planned for Sept 15-16 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC).
According to the Stan Lee’s Comikaze website, a previous convention in the LACC left all attendees infected with the zombie virus. Making light of a bad situation, Comikaze dares their attendees to run, slide, climb, and crawl through one of the best-planned, zig-zagging obstacle courses – All while being chased by flesh-eating zombies! The Zombie Apocalypse is conveniently located in Hall K and takes about 35 minutes to complete.
The Comikaze Zombie Apocalypse costs an additional $30.00. The course is not recommended for children 12 and under.
Tickets are limited – So get yours today!
If surviving the Zombie Apocalypse is not something you’re interested in, fans can pay between $75.00 – $150.00 to be transformed into a flesh and brain eating zombie by SFX artists. Zombies are expected to terrorize, chase, and infect the survivors to their heart’s content.
Stan Lee’s Comikaze embraces all zombie culture. There will also be appearances from Norman Reedus (Daryl from Walking Dead), and Tony Moore, the original Walking Dead comic artist.
“I am really proud of this course, no other zombie course has been like it. This will set the standard!” says Comikaze CEO, Regina Carpinelli.
Are zombies not your thing? Never fear!
Stan Lee’s Comikaze presented by POW! Entertainment has over 400 vendors and artists, as well as celebrity signings and cast reunions. Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, will be signing for FREE! My Little Pony voice actress Tara Strong, as well as the cast of Boondock Saints, and the original cast of the BATMAN TV SHOW (ADAM WEST and JULIE NEWMAR). Comikaze also has a large interactive stage with a jumbotron to engage fans with fun surprises from celebrities, surprise screenings from major network tv shows, AND promos for fall blockbusters!
If gaming is your thing, Star City Games is hosting a Magic: The Gathering tournament with over 20k$ in prizes. There will also be World Of WarCraft and Warhammer 40k tournaments, as well as a live Quidditch match that Comikaze proudly states is the largest outside of a Harry Potter book.
Don’t miss out on this epic event — Get your tickets today!
1-day passes are $20, and weekend passes are $30. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Those who dare can try their survival skills on our Zombie Apocalypse for an additional $30. Learn more here: http://comikazeexpo.com/zombieapocalypse/ – For more information on Stan Lee’s Comikaze, go to www.comikazeexpo.com and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/StanLeeComikaze) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ComikazeExpo).
This is but the tip of the Comikaze iceberg! Expect the unexpected! This show is for you, LA!
STARWARP CONCEPTS ATTENDS 2012 BALTIMORE COMIC-CON
Independent publishing house StarWarp Concepts—home for edgy dark-urban-fantasy books and graphic novels—hits the road to make its first appearance at the popular Baltimore Comic-Con, being held September 8–9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Artists Alley table #A189 is where you’ll find bestselling author Steven A. Roman (X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy) promoting The Saga of Pandora Zwieback, his young adult novel series about a teenaged Goth who teams up with an immortal shape-shifter named Annie to hunt monsters. Joining Roman will be author Richard C. White (Gauntlet: Dark Legacy, Star Trek: Echoes of Coventry), who will be promoting The Chronicles of the Sea Dragon, his pirate-fantasy comic book that’s perfect for fans of classic adventure and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
On sale will be:
• Blood Feud: The Saga of Pandora Zwieback, Book 1: The critically acclaimed first novel in the series finds Pan and Annie contending with warring vampire clans who attempt to unleash hell on earth.
• Lorelei: Sects and the City: Written by Roman and featuring art by Eliseu Gouveia (The Phantom), Steve Geiger (Web of Spider-Man), and Neil Vokes (The Black Forest), this Mature Readers graphic novel is about a succubus battling the members of a fanatical cult that’s trying to resurrect the Elder Gods they worship.
• The Bob Larkin Sketchbook: From Doc Savage and Batman to Star Wars and the X-Men, there’s little that this legendary painter hasn’t drawn, and this first-time collection of some of his detailed pencil work features pulp adventurers, wrestlers, femme fatales, and superheroes, and includes three new pieces done especially for this volume.
• The Official Pandora Zwieback T-shirt!
• The Chronicles of the Sea Dragon comic book, as well as related T-shirts and roleplaying game figurines.
Attendees are encouraged to visit the Pandora Zwieback Web site (www.pandorazwieback.com) to download a free digital copy of The Saga of Pandora Zwieback #0—a full-color, 16-page comic book written by Roman, with art by Eliseu Gouveia. In it, Pan introduces readers to her book series and presents a two-chapter sample from the first novel, Blood Feud.
Baltimore Comic-Con’s hours are:
Saturday, September 8: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, September 9: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Baltimore Convention Center is located at 1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland. For more information on the show, visit http://baltimorecomiccon.com.
For more information on StarWarp Concepts and its projects, please visit www.StarwarpConcepts.com.
ICv2 Announces Conference on Comics & Digital II At New York Comic Con
August 30, 2012: ICv2 has announced that it will host the ICv2 Conference on Comics & Digital II at New York Comic Con, a special half day event where executives and thought leaders from the comics and digital realms will discuss the accelerating changes that are impacting the customers, the medium, and the business of comics and graphic novels.
“Digital comics is one of the destabilizing forces that are transforming comics and graphic novels, but it’s certainly not the only one,” ICv2 President Milton Griepp said. “Whether it’s the rapid changes in retail and libraries, in who the customer is, in how the business works, or in the art form of comics, it’s tough to find an aspect of the comics and graphic novel world that isn’t evolving rapidly. We thought it was important to offer an event that helps the industry adapt to those destabilizing forces at this critical juncture.”
The Conference, which will be held at the Javits Center on Wednesday, October 10th on the eve of New York Comic Con, will kick off with the ICv2 White Paper, which will focus on the industry’s changes in the last 18 months as these new forces have taken hold.
In “Kids—The Future of Everything,” panelists from the publishing, retail and library worlds will look at the fastest growing segment of graphic novel publishing, and how you can take advantage of this huge change in the audience for comics.
“Comics—The New Medium” brings together creators and entrepreneurs to discuss the forces changing the comics art form, and how the essence of sequential storytelling using words and pictures will change in the process.
And the panelists in “Comics—The Transforming Business Model” will talk about their visions of the future for the business of comics in a world in which digital is exploding, crowdfunding is producing a new source of financing, the retail and library channels are changing rapidly, and media exploitation of comics is now an important part of the business.
Speakers announced to date include Toon Books Publisher Françoise Mouly, Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons, comiXology CEO David Steinberger, Thrillbent’s Mark Waid, and Scholastic Book Fairs’ Ed Masessa, among others.
Moderators include Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), and Scott Robins (A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids Comics).
The initial sponsor roster includes New York Comic Con, Publishers Weekly and Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat.
For more information: http://www.icv2.com/articles/
Registration for the event is available here: http://www.bit.ly/SJr1pd
For press registration, sponsorship, or speaking opportunities, contact MGriepp@ICv2.com.
ICv2 is the #1 industry source on the business of geek culture, including comics and graphic novels, manga and anime, movie/TV products, and hobby games daily on its Website, ICv2.com, and in its magazine, Internal Correspondence. For the people on the front lines of the geek culture business, staying ahead of the trends isn’t something that can be left to chance-it’s a basic necessity for being successful. That’s why ICv2 is the #1 source of news and information for the buyers, gatekeepers, and tastemakers on the front lines. ICv2 is where trend-watching has become a science.
Conference Sponsor: Publisher’s Weekly
Publishers Weekly is the leading publication serving all segments involved in the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in book, audio, video and electronic formats. It is the prime source of comprehensive news and provides unique industry data including an annotated bestseller list, hot deals and retail news. PW is recognized as the leading publication for international and U.S. book publishing industry. PW’s Website, PublishersWeekly.com is packed with great information from the hottest industry news to book reviews to the popular e-newsletters, which includes PW ComicsWorld.
Conference Sponsor: Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat
The Beat, now in its eighth year, is dedicated to providing the timeliest and most pertinent news and information about comics, the people who make them, the readers who love them and the world that shapes them. Heidi MacDonald is an Eisner Award-nominated writer and editor and a veteran entertainment industry journalist. As an editor she has worked for Disney, Warner Bros., and Fox, among many others.
Conference Sponsor: New York Comic Con
New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America with over 105,000 attendees in 2011, and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world–Gotham City.
Ibrahim Moustafa signs at TFAW on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 7:00pm until 10:00pm.
Things From Another World is the place to be this September: come to their signing for IDW Publishing’s The Pound: Ghouls Night Out and meet series artist Ibrahim Moustafa, September 19 at the Portland TFAW from 7 to 10 p.m. Pick up your copy of The Pound: Ghouls Night Out #1, enjoy free food and beer (21+ with valid ID), and get this inside scoop on this new series!
What do two unemployed animal control specialists do when their city is infested with monsters? They open “The Pound,” dedicated to the capture and rehabilitation of unregistered monsters. Now Scottie and Howie have their hands full! A creature is harassing park-goers. The government is investigating them. Ghouls are rebelling, and, if things couldn’t get worse, Scottie’s mother-in-law has decided to visit! Guest starring Proof’s Agent John “Proof” Prufrock!
Ibrahim Moustafa is a self-taught sequential artist from Portland, Oregon. His contributions to such charities as Wonder Woman Day, Full of Pryde, and The Marla Bea Benefit gained him recognition in the original comic art collectors scene, and in 2009 his first published work launched the inaugural titles Citizens and Faction for Carpet Bomb Comics.
Come pick up your copy of The Pound: Ghouls Night Out #1 on release date, get it signed by the artist, and enjoy complimentary food and beer September 19 at the Portland TFAW.
Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
Noelle Triaureau, Marcelo Vignali, Rebecca Sugar, and Andy Erekson appear at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday September 29, 2012 from 12:00PM – 3:00PM.
Join us on Sept 29th and meet the talented group of artists who worked on the new Sony Pictures Animation feature film, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA. Learn about their experiences on making the film and participate in the Artists’ Panel Q&A!
*Share this event on Facebook or Twitter before September 20 and get 15% off the art of book when you purchase in-store
Admission is FREE
12 pm – 1 pm (Panel)
1 pm – 1:30 pm (Q and A)
1:30 pm – 3 pm (book signing)
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
Lookin’ For Heroes
93 Ontario St S, Kitchener, ON N2G 4X6, Canada
MICE, the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, returns for a third year on Saturday September 29th, 2012 from 10 AM–7 PM with special guest R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics)! The Second Floor Atrium of University Hall, at Lesley University’s Porter Square campus in Cambridge, will once again be the site of the Boston area’s only show dedicated to independent and alternative comics, small publishers, webcomics, and ’zines.
The event also includes an exhibit of original comic art and a day-long series of panel discussions which will focus on the growing interaction of comics and graphic novels with other spheres of modern culture. Admission to the show and all related events will be free.
About the Boston Comics Roundtable
Formed in 2006, the Boston Comics Roundtable brings local cartoonists and writers together to collaborate, workshop and socialize. Among BCR’s publications are Inbound, an anthology of Boston-area independent comics, Outbound, a science-fiction comics anthology, and the upcoming 2nd issue of the horror anthology, Hellbound. If you’re in the Boston metro area, join us for our next meeting. Visit bostoncomicsroundtable.com for more information.
About the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University is a college of visual arts, located in the student- friendly Kenmore/Fenway area of Boston. AIB offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the two-year Advanced Professional Certificate, the low residency Master of Fine Arts degree, as well as continuing and professional education, intensive workshops, and pre-college courses.
Geoff Johns appears at the Arab American National Museum on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
When the identity of the latest person to wear the Green Lantern ring is officially unveiled Sept. 5, comic book fans will meet Baz, their first major Arab American comic book superhero.
On Sept. 7-8, fans may meet Baz’s creator, Geoff Johns (left) – a Lebanese American who grew up in metro Detroit, studied at Michigan State University, and is now chief creative officer of DC Entertainment – at a pair of public events in Dearborn. The events are presented by the Arab American National Museum (AANM) in partnership with its East Downtown Dearborn neighbor, Green Brain Comics.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, Johns will meet with area youth to discuss the creation of superhero characters during an invitation-only workshop being held at the AANM, 13624 Michigan Ave. Then, from 4-6 p.m. Johns delivers a presentation on his career and characters in the Lower Level Auditorium at the AANM.
The presentation is free; seating is first come, first served. There will be no opportunity for autographs at this event.
From 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, Johns will appear at Green Brain Comics, 13210 Michigan Ave., for a special signing to commemorate the release of Green Lantern #0 featuring Baz, who is expected to be a key figure in the upcoming Green Lantern crossover Rise of the Third Army.
Purchase of Green Lantern #0 from Green Brain Comics is required for attendance at the Green Brain event. There is a limit of two items signed per person.
Geoff Johns is one of the most prolific and popular contemporary comic book writers. He has written highly acclaimed stories starring Superman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Teen Titans, and Justice Society of America. He is the author of The New York Times best-selling graphic novels Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War, Justice Society of America: Thy Kingdom Come, Superman: Brainiac, and Blackest Night.
Johns was born in Detroit, raised in Grosse Pointe and studied media arts, screenwriting, film production and film theory at Michigan State University. After moving to Los Angeles, he worked as an intern and later an assistant for film director Richard Donner, whose credits include Superman: The Movie, Lethal Weapon 4, and Conspiracy Theory.
Johns began his comics career writing Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. and creating Stargirl for DC Comics. He received the Wizard Fan Award for Breakout Talent of 2002 and Writer of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the CBG Writer of the Year 2003 through 2005 and 2007 and 2008, and CBG Best Comic Book Series for JSA 2001 through 2005.
After acclaimed runs on The Flash, Teen Titans, and the best-selling Infinite Crisis miniseries, Johns co-wrote a run on Action Comics with his mentor Donner. In 2006, he co-wrote 52, an ambitious weekly comic book series set in real time, with Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid. Johns has also written for various other media, including the acclaimed “Legion” episode of Smallville and the fourth season of Robot Chicken. He is writing the story of the DC Universe Online massive multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment LLC and joined DC Entertainment as its Chief Creative Officer in 2010.
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126