SDCC 2013 Adds 13 More Including Wendy and Richard Pini, J.H. Williams, Etc.

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13 More Guests Added to the Comic-Con Line-up!

Comic-Con 2013 is less than three short months away, and 13 more great special guests have been added to the already-stellar line-up! Part of this group highlights some of our anniversary celebrations, including the 35th anniversary of Elfquest, the 25th anniversary of Sandman, and the 20th anniversary of Milestone Media.

You can’t celebrate any anniversary of Elfquest without, or course,Wendy and Richard Pini. One of the first self-publishers, the Pinis began their epic tale in 1978, it and quickly grew in popularity, spawning numerous collections, prose novels, and an ongoing and vibrant fan community. Wendy is also known for her work on a series of Beauty and the Beast graphic novels (based on the original TV series starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton). More recently, Wendy completed a reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s Masque of the Red Death.

Neil Gaiman’s Sandman celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a new series and an appearance by Gaiman at Comic-Con. Award-winning artist J.H. Williams III is the artist on that new series. Famous for his recent run onBatwoman (and nominated once again, as Best Cover Artist in this year’s Eisner Awards), Williams is also known forPromethea and Chase. And speaking of covers, artist/filmmaker Dave McKean comes to Comic-Con to help celebrate Dream’s 25th. McKean’s evocative covers were an important part of Sandman’s success and his art graced each issue of the original series. Artist Sam Kieth, who illustrated the first five issues of Sandman when it debuted in 1988, is also known for his work on his own creations, The Maxx and Zero Girl, plus a run of memorable Batman tales at DC. (Sam Kieth’s appearance is co-sponsored by IDW Publishing.)

The 20th anniversary of Milestone Media is another of our celebrations this year, and co-founders Denys Cowan (The Question, Batman, Hardware), Derek T. Dingle, and Michael Davis join previously announced guest Charlotte Fullerton (the widow of Milestone co-founder Dwayne McDuffie) as special guests. Milestone focused on minorities in comics—as both creators and characters—forging a fan-favorite universe. One of their titles, Static Shock, went on to become an animated hit on television.

Other added special guests include:

Ellen Forney, the Eisner Award-nominated (for Best Reality-Based Work) writer/artist of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me. Forney’s other work includes I Love Led Zeppelin and Monkey Food.

Russ Heath, the legendary artist best known for his work on war titles for DC Comics, such as The Haunted Tank. Heath also did the memorable 1960s series Sea Devils. He is a member of the Will Eisner Hall of Fame.

Georges Jeanty, the artist behind the popular Dark Horse series Joss Whedon’s Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. Jeanty has drawn both Season 8 and Season 9 of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling series.

Rep. John Lewis from Georgia’s 5th District, who comes to Comic-Con with his new graphic novel, MARCH, co-written by Andrew Advin and drawn by Nate Powell. The book chronicles his years in the Civil Rights movement. (Rep. Lewis’s appearance is courtesy Top Shelf Productions.)

Fred Perry, the writer/artist behind the popular Gold Digger series published by Antarctic Press. Perry has produced over 5,000 pages in 22 years since the series began, with a consecutive run of over 200 issues of his American manga series.

For a complete list of special guests appearing at Comic-Con International 2013, please click here.

Dark Horse Announces Powers Collectibles, Will Debut Prototypes at SDCC 2013

Press Release:

DARK HORSE DELUXE PROUDLY ANNOUNCES A NEW LINE OF COLLECTIBLES BASED ON BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS AND MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S POWERS!

PowersAPRIL 27, CHICAGO, IL–Dark Horse Deluxe, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics, has licensed rights to create figures based on Powers, a long-running creator-owned series of comics and graphic novels by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming.

Projects include a limited-edition statue of Retro Girl, a central figure in the first Powers story arc, and a boxed set of vinyl figures of the series’ ongoing principal characters.

Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir, and police procedural, Powers follows the lives and cases of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, assigned to investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, who are referred to as “powers.”

“We have been very particular about merchandising Powers over the years, because I wanted to make sure it was the highest-quality merchandise we could offer,” said Brian Michael Bendis. “I am a giant fan of Dark Horse and the care they give their merchandising. I am very excited about this partnership.”

“We feel that Powers is one of the best graphic-story treatments of the modern era,” Dark Horse Product Development Vice President David Scroggy remarked. “We are delighted to bring these characters forward. Brian Bendis is a master of story construction and dialogue, making him one of today’s most widely read comics writers, and Michael Oeming’s unique art style is one of the most individual in the field. Capturing their creative vision is a challenge we appreciate, and we couldn’t be more excited to work directly with these two talents in making that happen.”

The Retro Girl statue will be sculpted by Tony Cipriano, who has created many popular superhero-themed collectible statues for a variety of companies. Michael Avon Oeming, working in concert with Bendis and Dark Horse, created special art for the statue, which will be used as control art during sculpting. The statue will capture the stylized nature of the graphic art, while anchoring the figure in realism.

“To see your work translated into sculpture is always scary, but I’m very excited to be working with the amazing Tony,” Oeming stated.

Dark Horse also plans a boxed set of four-to-five-inch vinyl figures, which will include protagonists Walker and Pilgrim as centerpieces of the ensemble.

Both projects are slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2013. The prototypes will be shown to the trade and the public for the first time as part of the product display in the Dark Horse booth at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Retail prices and edition sizes are to be determined.

For more information, check out design sketches and an exclusive interview with Brian Michael Bendis & Mike Oeming on Nerdist News!

Powers is © Jinxworld, Inc. Dark Horse Deluxe, a division of Dark Horse Comics, produces high-quality collectible merchandise.

CO – NOS4A2 Signing

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Author Joe Hill signs at Tattered Cover on Thursday May 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm!

Joe Hill, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, will read from and sign his new novel NOS4A2. Disturbing, mesmerizing, and full of twisting thrills, Hill’s phantasmagoric, devilishly playful masterpiece is a terrifying high-octane ride.

Free numbered tickets for a place in the signing line will be handed out at 6:00 pm. Seating for the presentation prior to the signing is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis to ticketed customers only.

Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206

PA – FCBD: Action Comics Signing

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Artist Rags Morales signs at Encounter Comics from 1:00 am till 2:00 pm on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

Encounter Comics
811 Union Blvd Allentown, PA 18109
(610) 774-9565

WA – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Greg Rucka, Jennifer Van Meter, Brandon Jerwa, and Eric Trautmann sign on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

RSVP on Facebook!

Press Release:

Doors open at 10am-Midnight!

SALE: 10%-90% off storewide
$1.00 comics, games, rpg and toys!

Events for the kids all day!
Science Magician
Balloon Guy

Signers:
Brandon Jerwa 1pm-6pm
Greg Rucka 3pm-6pm
Jennifer Van Meter 3pm-6pm
Eric Trautmann- ALL DAY! :)

1st 100 people for each signer will receive a
free limited edition print! :)

For a list of all the comics available that day!

Gabi’s Olympic Cards & Comics
4230 Pacific Ave, Lacey, WA 98503

CA – 12 Monkeys Screening

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Director Terry Gilliam hosts a screening of Twelve Monkeys at 8:00 pm on Sunday May 5, 2013.  Get tickets ($11)

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 466-3456

OR – Daytripper Signing

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Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon sign at Things From Another World on Wednesday May 22 from 7:00 till 10:00 p.m.

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Press Release:

Superstar Brazilian artists–and twin brothers–Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon are signing at the Portland Things From Another World May 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. Meet the multiple Eisner Award-winning talents behind B.P.R.D. Vampire, Casanova, Daytripper, The Umbrella Academy, and more! Attendees will enjoy free food and beer (those 21+ with valid I.D.) and receive raffle tickets to win an original sketch by Fábio Moon (pictured in the event poster, above).

SIGNING POLICY: Get anything purchased at TFAW (with receipt) signed! Outside items (not purchased at TFAW) limited to three per customer.

Gabriel Bá rose to prominence as artist for The Umbrella Academy in 2007. Written by Gerard Way, it won the Eisner Award in 2008 for Best Limited Series. Fábio Moon delighted fans worldwide with Sugarshock, a one-shot written by Joss Whedon that won an Eisner Award for Best Web Comic. The brothers often work alongside one another, including on such acclaimed series as Casanova, with writer Matt Fraction, B.P.R.D. 1947, with Mike Mignola and Josh Dysart, and B.P.R.D. Vampire, with Mike Mignola. Their creator-owned series, Daytripper, won the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series.

In addition to their signing at the Portland TFAW, the brothers are also guests of The International Comic Arts Forum May 23-25, where they will have two tables on Friday, May 24th.

The Portland TFAW will have a wide variety of books by Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon available for purchase. Mark your calenders for this signing May 22 for your chance to meet these talents in person and enter to win an original sketch!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

CA -The Thing Screening

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Director John Carpenter hosts a screening of The Thing at 7:30 pm on Thursday May 2, 2013.  Get tickets ($11)

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 466-3456

TX – Sabretooth Signs

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Press Release:

Tyler Mane is in town for his newest film, Compound Fracture. It’s one night only – Thursday, May 2nd at the Texas Theater!

Tyler will be stopping by Zeus on Wednesday, May 1st (times to be announced). Bring your online ticket receipt and Tyler will sign a photo or item of your choice for free!

Get tickets in advance here.

Compound Fracture is an atmospheric supernatural thriller starring Tyler Mane (Halloween, X-Men, Troy), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Predators), and Muse Watson (NCIS, I Know What You Did Last Summer). Michael Wolfsen (Mane) returns to his estranged family home to find his father slipping into a paranoia filled dementia. However, as strange things begin to occur around the house, Michael soon realizes his father’s paranoia my be justified.

Zeus Comics
1334 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75247

CA – Goonies Screening

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Director Richard Donner hosts a screening of The Goonies at 4:00 pm on Sunday May 5, 2013.  Get tickets ($11)

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 466-3456

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