UPCOMING GARDEN STATE COMIC FEST DOUBLES IN SIZE TO FEATURE COMIC NOTABLES
Featuring many top flight comic creators, vendors and cosplayers like Greg Hildebrandt (Star Wars, Magic the Gathering), Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men), Amy Chu (Wonder Woman) Alex Saviuk (Spider-Man, Superman), Ethan Van Sciver (The Flash, New X-Men), and Joe Staton (Green Lantern, Justice Society of America) and writers like Larry Hama (GI Joe, Wolverine) and Erica Schultz (Revenge, M3). The Garden State Comic Fest will be holding what promises to be New Jersey’s best Summer comic book convention from Saturday, July 25th to Sunday, July 26th at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown, New Jersey.
“We also have some of the top comic book dealers in the world like Metropolis Collectibles, owners of the $3.2 Million first appearance of Superman comic book, and Dave’s American Comics, as well as Jersey stores like Zapp! Comics, Fat Moose and East Side Mags,” said promoter and founder Dave O’Hare.
“At its heart the GS Comic Fest is going to be a good old fashioned comic book convention that’s fun, fan friendly and affordable. We will have new and rare comics, art, toys and other collectibles,” O’Hare said.
“We decided to move locations to the Mennen Sports Arena, increasing our size to almost 25,000 square feet and over 200 tables and booths,” said Sal Zurzolo, O’Hare’s co-owner/promoter. “That along with the switch from one to two days allows us to bring in more A-plus exhibitors.”
“At The Garden State Comic Fest you can diversify your portfolio by investing in valuable collectibles,” O’Hare noted. “Wannabe artists can get advice from our published professionals. Individuals can sell their comics, get lucky and win a door prize or enter and win over a thousand dollars in prizes in the costume contest, art contest, and trivia contests.”
Also featured will be nationally renowned cosplayers (costume players), coming from around the country like BelleChere and Mikomi Chan, plus local favorites like Ruby Rinekso and Brea Biaa.
With free parking for attendees the two-day Garden State Comic Fest will take place from Saturday, July 25th to Sunday, July 26th at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown, New Jersey. Single admission tickets range from $13-$65. Tickets are available on-line and will be available at the door. For more information, log onto: www.gardenstatecomicfest.com or https://www.facebook.com/Gardenstatecomicfest.
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Warner Bros. Television Series Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and Warner Bros. Animation’s Teen Titans Go! To be Featured on Nearly 40,000 Limited-Edition Collectible Hotel Keycards
BURBANK, Calif. (June 24, 2015) — Not only does Comic-Con enable attendees to meet and dress like their favorite Super Hero, but with the help of Warner Bros. Television and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, a DC Comics Super Hero can help them access their hotel room!
During Comic-Con 2015, hit series Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Teen Titans Go! and the highly anticipated new series Supergirl will be individually featured on limited-edition collectible keycards at top hotels throughout the San Diego area.
Nearly 40,000 branded room keys will be available to fans at nearly 30 participating hotels, courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing.
Teen Titans Go! will be featured across five separate keycards that include a special Comic-Con only QR code that will enable guests to access and watch a free episode of the hit series from Warner Bros. Animation.
- This marks the seventh year that Warner Bros. has been the official Comic-Con hotel keycard sponsor.
- All series featured on keycards will be out in force at Comic-Con, as previously announced.
- Teen Titans Go! (Thursdays 6/5c Cartoon Network) returns to Comic-Con to screen a brand-new episode and Q&A with voice cast and producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and The Bold) and Aaron Horvath (MAD) on Friday, July 10.
- Warner Bros. Television Presents A Night of DC Entertainment: Get ready for another Super Hero Saturday Night! WBTV and DC Entertainment again welcome fans into the worlds of some of DC Comics’ greatest characters during a three-hour super-experience in Hall H on Saturday, July 11. The exclusive evening will feature a pilot screening of the highly anticipated new action series Supergirl, followed by a Q&A with stars and producers; plus, individual video presentations and Q&As with stars and producers from Arrow, The Flash and Gotham. Also, don’t miss a special Q&A with cast and producers of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and a peek at the new digital series Vixen.
- Catch up on Arrow, The Flash and Gotham now on Amazon Instant Video, plus:
- Own the complete 1st season of Gotham on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on September 8.
- Own the complete 3rd season of Arrow on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on September 22.
- Own the complete 1st season of The Flash on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on September 22.
- For additional info on the Studio’s plans for Comic-Con and for real-time updates during the convention, please follow us on Twitter at @warnerbrostv — official hashtag #WBSDCC — and visit http://comiccon.thewb.com.
- To connect with WBTVG in the social space — including official Facebook pages and Twitter feeds for WBTVG series, talent and producers — check out the social media contacts page here: http://comiccon.thewb.com/wbtv-social-media-contacts/
DC Entertainment Takes Center Stage at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015
Something for Everyone: Top Industry Talent Showcases DC Comics’ Newly-Expanded Line
Vertigo and MAD Magazine to Make Big News at the Con
Special edition, exclusive variant comic books available only to fans at SDCC!
DC Entertainment (DCE), one of the world’s largest English language comic book publishers, will roll out the red carpet for its fans at Comic-Con International: San Diego. An impressive 19 panels will put the spotlight squarely on DC Comics’ broad range of titles and tonalities, Vertigo’s creator-driven, genre storytelling, and MAD’s comedic take on all things pop culture. Additionally, fans attending the show can purchase DCE’s highly-collectible, exclusive variant comic books.
Fans will get to hear directly from the best comic talent in the industry at a slate of panels over the four-day pop culture celebration. DCE panels include:
- From iconic characters to emerging heroes, the expansive DC Universe allows for a wide range of tonalities and a rich universe of stories, enabling readers of all ages and interests to find their favorite series. Meet the top talent behind some of the most celebrated series including SUPERMAN’s new, award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang, BATGIRL artist Babs Tarr and writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher, and BIZARRO writer Heath Corson, among others. Plus, get an advanced look at the highly-anticipated series CYBORG with writer David Walker ahead of its debut in July. Get ready for the New DC Universe with these panels: “Mysteries in Space” on Thursday, “Superman,” “Justice for All,” and “The Bad Guys” all on Friday, and on Saturday “The Lighter Side,” “Batman” featuring all-star creative team Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, and “The Upstarts” featuring the most cutting-edge writers and artists in the industry.
- Following the release of bestselling and Eisner-nominated mini-series THE MULTIVERSITY, writer Grant Morrison will explain how he redefined the DC Universe, giving fans a look back (and forward) to where the far-reaching effects of The Multiversity will be felt most. Don’t miss “DC Entertainment – Grant Morrison: The Multiversity.” DC Entertainment – Grant Morrison: The Multiversity and Beyond – Saturday
- Join superstar JUSTICE LEAGUE writer Geoff Johns for an all-access and in-depth discussion. From Earth One to Darkseid War to all things in between, be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight into one of the genre’s most influential contributors. DC Entertainment – One-on-One with Geoff Johns – Friday
- Dive into DC Entertainment – Page to Screen, a can’t miss panel celebrating DCE’s film, TV, game, and animation slates. Join talent behind the inner-workings, including moderator and TV GUIDE reporter Damian Holbrook, DCE Chief Creative Office Geoff Johns, Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, The Flash) Heath Corson (Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis), and more! DC Entertainment – Page to Screen – Friday
- Find out where some of your favorite Vertigo titles are heading, and also be the first to hear about the new series on deck for the fall from comics’ most innovative imprint. Vertigo: What’s the Story – Thursday
- See what “The Usual Gang Of Idiots” at MAD Magazine are up to at the side-splitting, must-attend annual panel helmed by SVP and Executive Editor John Ficarra and a hilarious cast of characters. Mad about MAD – Thursday
- Check out the latest action figures, statues, props and more from the creative minds of DC Collectibles and get an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming releases. DC Collectibles –Thursday
Make sure to stop by DCE’s 4,500 square foot booth (#1915) – the hub for DCE talent signings, hands-on video gameplay, and artist demos, where attendees will have a chance to mingle with some of the best writers and artists in the business. Fans will also get a chance to take photos with their favorite characters with the DCE green screen.
Also checkout highly collectible, exclusive variant comic books available for SDCC attendees only through the Graphitti Designs booth #2314. Certain variants will only be available on specific days while others will be available throughout the convention. Variants include BLACK CANARY #1 (available Thursday, 7/9), BATMAN BEYOND #1 (available Friday, 7/10), MIDNIGHTER #1 (available Saturday, 7/11), BIZARRO #1 (available Sunday, 7/12), and variants available on all days include ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN #1, HARLEY QUINN #17, SUPERMAN #41, BATMAN #41, and JUSTICE LEAGUE #41. A special, rare, oversized gate-fold cover variant of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 will only be available Saturday, 7/11.
Visit DCComics.com for a complete list of panels, and behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DCE’s popular web series, DC ALL ACCESS. Download the DC Entertainment Events App on Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store to stay up to speed on all DC Entertainment signings, panels and stage events at San Diego Comic-Con.
NEW YORK, NY – June 22, 2015 – Recently picked up for a third season, SHOWTIME will bring the world of PENNY DREADFUL to San Diego Comic-Con, starting with an autograph signing with star Reeve Carney, on Saturday, July 11 at 3 p.m. at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343. Additionally, makeup artist and YouTube sensation Alexys Fleming will transform five lucky PENNY DREADFUL fans into characters from the show, including the Creature, the werewolf and a witch, through her masterfulmakeup applications. The transformations will take place at the Entertainment Earth booth on Friday, July 10. Fleming also created five custom videos on her YouTube channel, MadeYewLook, teaching fans how to recreate their favorite PENNY DREADFUL characters themselves throughout the season: http://s.sho.com/MYLWolfPD. In addition, the over 160,000 lanyards worn by all Comic-Con attendees will be branded by SHOWTIME and PENNY DREADFUL.
SHOWTIME, in partnership with Bif Bang Pow! has once again teamed up to bring seven all-new, six-inch action figures inspired by PENNY DREADFUL characters, exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con, including Vanessa Ives, Ethan Chandler, Dorian Gray, Dr. Frankenstein, Sir Malcolm, the Creature and the werewolf. The figures will be available for the first time on July 8th at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343. There will also be a journal inspired by Dr. Frankenstein’s actual sketchbook used on the show, with 160 parchment colored pages and some of the actual doctor’s sketches watermarked throughout. The first six fans to purchase all seven action figures will receive an autographed PENNY DREADFUL book.
On sale at the USAopoly Booth #1017 will be the new PENNY DREADFUL-inspired board game, CLUE®: PENNY DREADFUL edition, featuring the characters from the series. Fans will compete to figure out WHO killed Mina Murray, WHERE they killed her and with WHAT weapon. The game will be available for purchase for $39.95, and can be won in the four Daily Raffles. Winners will be selected Thursday, July 9th – Saturday July 11th at 5 p.m. and on Sunday, July 12th at 2 p.m. at the USAopoly Booth. Additionally, fans can pose in Doctor Frankenstein’s lab with portraits of the suspects from CLUE: PENNY DREADFUL edition holding their weapon of choice: pistol, syringe, tarot cards, arsenic, handkerchief and sword cane. Fans will be able to share photos using the hashtag #PennyDreadfulClue. Also available for purchase at the Titan Booth #5537, will be The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful for a special Comic-Con price of $20.
PENNY DREADFUL’s second season found Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), united to banish the evil forces that threatened to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and the Creature (Rory Kinnear) all waged battles of their own. Helen McCrory returned as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who posed a unique threat to our protagonists, along with Simon Russell Beale, back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. PENNY DREADFUL is created, written and executive produced by Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions. A co-production with Sky Atlantic, PENNY DREADFUL is shot on location in Dublin, Ireland. For more information and video clips, please visit www.penny-dreadful.com.
‘Avengers’ Star Jeremy Renner To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Chicago August 23
Two-time Academy Award® Nominee, Star of ‘The Hurt Locker,’ ‘The Bourne Legacy’ to Appear at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
ROSEMONT, Ill., June 18, 2015 – Two-time Academy Award® nominee Jeremy Renner will make his Wizard World Comic Con debut in Chicago on Sunday, August 23. The star of blockbustersThe Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Hurt Locker, The Bourne Legacyand others, Renner will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive fan Q&A panel in Wizard World’s largest and longest-running show.
In July, Renner will reprise his role as “William Brandt” in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. He is currently filmingCaptain America: Civil War, after playing Clint Barton/Hawkeye in last month’s release of second installment of The Avengers: Age of Ultron .
His Academy Award® nominations have come as Best Actor for The Hurt Locker in 2008 and Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Town two years later.
Renner joins an all-star celebrity lineup at Wizard World’s largest and longest-running show, August 20-23, which also includes Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints), Nathan Fillion (Serenity, “Castle”), Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), Billie Piper (“Doctor Who”), Burt Reynolds (Deliverance, Boogie Nights), David Morrissey (“The Walking Dead,” “The Reaping”), Ben McKenzie, (“Gotham,” “The O.C.”), Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) and WWE® Superstar Undertaker®, Randy Orton®, Sting™, Daniel Bryan® and Diva Paige™and dozens of others.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 15th of 26 events currently scheduled on the 2015 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 20, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, August 21, 12-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, the Midwest’s largest pop culture convention, is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday night.
For more on the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, visit www.wizardworld.com/home-
About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. (http://www.wizardworld.com ) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™, a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.
The 2015 Wizard World Comic Con schedule is available at: www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.
While doing an interview with Collider, Jesse Eisenberg, who is set to play Lex Luthor in next year’s highly anticpated Batman v Superman, confirmed he will be making an appearance at SDCC this year.
CBS TELEVISION STUDIOS PRESENTS BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK BLOCKBUSTER PANELS AT COMIC-CON 2015 ON THURSDAY, JULY 9
LINEUP INCLUDES “EXTANT,” “UNDER THE DOME,” “ZOO,” “SCORPION” AND THE NEW DRAMA “LIMITLESS”
PLUS, THE EXCLUSIVE UNVEILING OF THE “SCORPION” COMIC BOOK AND SURPRISES YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS
WILLIAM SHATNER WILL MAKE A SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE AND READ EXCERPTS FROM “THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JAMES T. KIRK”
LOS ANGELES – June 18, 2015 – CBS Television Studios invites you to envision a life without limits, to imagine a world taken over by violent animals, to trust the future of mankind in the hands of one woman (Halle Berry!), to join Team Scorpion and to catch up with life under the dome at Comic-Con 2015 on Thursday, July 9 (10:45 AM-3:30 PM) in Ballroom 20. The events of the day will include an exclusive premiere screening of the highly anticipated new CBS series LIMITLESS, a special sneak peek at the newest summer event series, ZOO, and a look at what’s ahead for the hit returning series SCORPION, EXTANT and UNDER THE DOME. The day will kick off with a special reading of The Autobiography of James T. Kirk by Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, presented by CBS Consumer Products.
Thursday, July 9:
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JAMES T. KIRK (Ballroom 20) #KirkReturns #SDCC
William Shatner (“Star Trek: The Original Series”) will make a special guest appearance and read excerpts from The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, as James T. Kirk himself. This in-world memoir chronicles the greatest Starfleet captain’s life, from his boyhood on an Iowa farm and his youth spent on Tarsus IV, to his time in Starfleet Academy, his meteoric rise through the ranks of Starfleet and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise. David Goodman (author, former “Family Guy” executive producer) will moderate and advance copies of the book are available at the Titan Booth.
For the latest updates on “Star Trek,” go to:
@StarTrek and @WilliamShatner
EXTANT (Ballroom 20) #Extant #SDCC
Exclusive Sneak Peek & Panel – Academy Award winner Halle Berry (“X-Men”) returns to Comic-Con with her new co-star, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”), for a panel discussion and an exclusive tease of the mystery summer thriller series, back for its second season with higher stakes and new faces. When Molly Woods discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, she and a mysterious stranger may be the only hope for survival. A glimpse at what’s to come in Season 2, followed by a panel discussion with cast members, executive producer Craig Shapiro and executive producer/creator Mickey Fisher. The panel discussion will be moderated by Chris Hardwick, comedian and host of @midnight.
For the latest updates on EXTANT, go to:
@Extant_CBS and @MickeyFisher73
UNDER THE DOME (Ballroom 20) #UndertheDome #SDCC
Exclusive Sneak Peek & Panel – It has been weeks since the dome descended upon Chester’s Mill with Barbie and the residents of Chester’s Mill being urged to follow Melanie “home.” Season 3 will pick up where Season 2 left off, and the community will rise to new heights of ingenuity, courage and often darkness in their quest for freedom. There will be new faces, new alliances and betrayal of trust as residents learn what you “see” may not always be the truth, and that the real enemy is within. Join series stars (subject to availability) Mike Vogel (“Bates Motel”), Rachelle Lefevre, special guest star Marg Helgenberger (CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION) and executive producers Neal Baerand Tim Schlattmann for an exclusive look at the new season, followed by a panel discussion. The panel discussion will be moderated by Michael Yo, correspondent on THE INSIDER.
For the latest updates on UNDER THE DOME, go to:
@UnderTheDomeCBS, @DeanJNorris, @RachelleLefevre, @Mike_Vogel, @colinfordactor, @EddiePCahill, @mackenzielintz, @AishaHinds, @MargHelgen and @NealBaer
ZOO (Ballroom 20) #Zoo #SDCC
Exclusive Sneak Peek & Panel – The wild shall inherit the Earth in ZOO, CBS’s newest summer event series, based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson. ZOO is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans that are sweeping the planet. The series spans eight countries and features real lions, tigers, bears and more. Join series stars James Wolk (“Mad Men”), Kristen Connolly (“Cabin in the Woods”), Billy Burke (“Revolution”),Nora Arnezeder (“Safe House”) and executive producers Jeff Pinkner (“Fringe”) and Josh Appelbaum (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) for an exclusive sneak peek of the first season, followed by a panel discussion. The panel discussion will be moderated by Kevin Frazier, co-host of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT.
For the latest updates on ZOO, go to:
@ZooCBS, @JamesWolk, @billy_burke and @JPFringe
LIMITLESS (Ballroom 20) #Limitless #SDCC
Exclusive Premiere Screening & Panel – Picking up where the hit feature film left off, LIMITLESS follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) as he discovers the power of the brain-boosting drug NZT. From executive producer Bradley Cooper, the fast-paced drama will explore what happens when there are no limits to man’s potential, as Finch is coerced by the FBI to use his newfound extraordinary abilities for good. The exclusive screening of the pilot episode will be followed by a panel discussion with series stars Jake McDorman (“American Sniper”) and Hill Harper (“CSI: NY”), with director Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man” series) and executive producers Craig Sweeny, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. Moderator TBD.
For the latest updates on LIMITLESS, go to:
@LimitlessCBS, @JakeMcDorman and @hillharper
SCORPION (Ballroom 20) #Scorpion #SDCC
Exclusive Sneak Peek & Panel – CBS’s high-octane breakout hit about a team of brilliant misfits who use their smarts to solve the nation’s crises while helping each other fit in returns to Comic-Con. Team Scorpion will unveil an exclusive sizzle reel highlighting all of the best action scenes and fan-favorite moments from the first season. Fans will have the chance to hear firsthand about what’s ahead in season 2 and discuss the series with stars (subject to availability) Elyes Gabel (“World War Z”), Robert Patrick (“Terminator 2”), Katharine McPhee (“Smash”), Eddie Kaye Thomas (“American Pie”), Jadyn Wong (“Broken Trail”), Ari Stidham (“Huge”) and executive producer Nicholas Wootton. The panel discussion will be moderated by Ben Blacker, writer with Nerdist.com.
For the latest updates on SCORPION, go to:
@Scorpion_CBS, @ElyesGabel, @robertpatrickT2, @katharinemcphee and @NicholasWootton
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Overstreet and Hero Get the Spirit
Dave Johnson Tackles Will Eisner’s Classic Character for the Guide!
[Los Angeles, California and Timonium, Maryland] – Perhaps no other creator championed the different forms that comic books and comic book artwork can take better than Will Eisner. From the pages of The Spirit sections in local newspapers in the 1940s and ‘50s to pioneering graphic novels to the U.S. Army’s P.S. Magazine, Eisner relentlessly showcased what could be done with the art form.
Now, Gemstone Publishing and the Hero Initiative, the first 501 (c)(3) charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, and artist Dave Johnson have teamed-up to put Eisner’s famous character on the cover of a limited edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45. All funds raised from the sales of this volume go to Hero.
As with past collaborations between Gemstone and Hero, this version of the Guide will be available only in the special hardcover edition limited to 500 copies. It will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the Hero Initiative booth, #5003. There will be no soft cover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.
“In addition to loving comics and pushing them for all they were worth, my friend Will Eisner was equally committed to the cause of his fellow creators. So in the 75th anniversary year of his beloved creation, we’re very happy to have The Spirit on the cover of The Hero Initiative edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45. Purchasing a copy is a great way for fans to celebrate Will’s legacy while raising funds for a tremendous cause,” said Steve Geppi, President and CEO of Gemstone Publishing and Diamond Comic Distributors.
Known for his incredible illustration and inventive design skills, Dave Johnson made a name for himself with striking, evocative covers on such series Vertigo’s 100 Bullets, Marvel’s Deadpool, DC’s Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, among many others. For this cover, in the tradition of Will Eisner, he illustrated the Guide’s logo as part of the overall image.
The Hero Initiative edition will be available exclusively from Hero. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s website and through a select group of participating retailers.
“Our thanks to Steve Geppi, Bob Overstreet, and their team at Gemstone Publishing, who once again have delivered a great, must-have item for serious collectors and Hero supporters,” said Hero President Jim McLauchlin. “Dave Johnson’s timely 75th anniversary tribute to The Spirit and Will Eisner and the Guide’s 45th anniversary make an excellent team.”
Johnson joins a roster of celebrated artists who have contributed covers for the special Hero Initiative limited editions including John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean White (#40), John Romita, Sr., Tom Palmer and Dean White (#41), Matt Wagner and Ryan Brown (#42), Terry Moore and Brian Miller (#43) and Herb Trimpe, Tom Palmer and Laura Martin (#45).
The standard editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45 feature Captain Action by Paul Gulacy, Bloodshot and X-O Manowar by Cary Nord, Captain America and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Greg Land, and Superman by Joe Shuster.
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity. The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Hardcover version of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45 is scheduled to go on sale at The Hero Initiative booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 8, 2015 and afterward through a limited number of Hero affiliates. This version will be available in hardcover only and is limited to 500 copies. The retail price is $35. Information on special signings during the show will be released soon.
About Gemstone Publishing
Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing was formed by Diamond Comic Distributors President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen A. Geppi as a conduit for his efforts in preserving and promoting the history of the comics medium. Gemstone’s product line includes publications such as The Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide, The Big Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Hake’s Price Guide To Character Toys, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics, and Comic Book Marketplace. Gemstone also publishes Scoop, a free weekly e-newsletter which looks inside the world of pop culture with a focus on auctions, toys, comics, posters, art and anything and everything pop culture.
DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2015 EXCLUSIVES
USA NETWORK PREMIERES NEW ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES “COLONY” FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CARLTON CUSE, LEGENDARY TELEVISION AND UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS AT SAN DIEGO’S COMIC-CON
Comic-Con Panel and Screening Features Josh Holloway (“Lost”), Sarah Wayne Callies (“Walking Dead”), Executive Producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”)
WHAT: USA Network unveils COLONY, its newest drama series, at San Diego’s Comic-Con with an autograph signing and panel discussion on Friday, July 10, followed by an exclusive premiere screening with the cast and executive producers on Saturday, July 11. All events will feature stars Josh Holloway (“Lost”), Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”), Amanda Righetti (“The Mentalist”), Peter Jacobson (“House”) and executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “The Strain”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”). Set in the very near future, COLONY centers on one family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles. SAG winner Josh Holloway (“Lost”) stars as former FBI agent Will Bowman and Satellite Award winner Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) stars as his wife, Katie, in the series which takes place in a dangerous world of divided ideologies. While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences. After being separated from their middle son during the invasion, Will and Katie are willing to do whatever is necessary to be reunited with him. So when the powerful Proxy Synder (Peter Jacobson, “House”) offers Will a chance to get his son back if he will collaborate with the occupational government, Will and Katie find themselves faced with the toughest decision of their lives. They will have to go beyond whatever they thought possible, risking their lives and their relationship to protect their family. COLONY is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.
WHO: Carlton Cuse, Ryan Condal, Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amanda Righetti, Peter Jacobson
WHEN & WHERE:
Friday, July 10
COLONY Autograph Signing Begins: 2:30- 3:15 p.m. Convention Center Floor at the Legendary Booth 3920
Comic-Con Panel Featuring Sneak Preview of COLONY Begins: 4:30 p.m. San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego Room: 6BCF
Saturday, July 11
COLONY Premiere Screening of Entire Pilot Episode Begins: 12:00 p.m. Press Must RSVP to attend Horton Grand Theatre, 444 4th Ave., San Diego