BOOM! Studios Panels for WonderCon 2018 Announced

Press Release:

BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will exhibit at WonderCon Anaheim 2018, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center, CA, during March 23-25. BOOM! Studios will once again occupy one the most prominent booths on the floor, #1301, and feature a diverse array of signings and exclusive merchandise.

Additionally, BOOM! Studios is proud to announce a powerful line up of panel programming including:

Friday, March 23rd

2:00-3:00 BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours—The world of BOOM! Studios has grown bigger than ever before, meaning there’s a comic book for every kind of fan, and this is the panel to Discover Yours! Join Josh Trujillo (Dodge City), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), David F. Walker (Planet of The ApesBen Blacker & Ben Acker (The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl), Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios) & more as they reveal big news from the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box, and KaBOOM!, along with some special surprises for every fan in attendance. Moderated by Filip Sablik (President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios). Room 211

Saturday, March 24th

2:30-3:30 Power Rangers: Shattered Grid—Lord Drakkon has returned, and after the events of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25, No Ranger Is Safe! Join writers Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), actor David Yost (“Billy Cranston,” Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV Series), Dafna Pleban (Editor, BOOM! Studios), Melissa Flores (Director, Power Rangers Content, Saban Brands) and more to discuss the first-ever Saban’s Power Rangers comic book event and what it means for the original teenagers with attitude. This panel will make Power Rangers history with a moment no Power Rangers fan can afford to miss, along with exclusive news and first looks! Moderated by journalist Joshua Yehl ( Room 200B

Sunday, March 25th

11:00-12:00 Pop Culture is LGBTQ— BOOM! Studios and GLAAD present an honest discussion of LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter, more inclusive future, with special guests including Wilson Cruz (Actor, Star Trek: Discovery), Elliot Fletcher (Actor, The Fosters), CB Lee (Writer, Not Your Sidekick), Rian Sygh (Artist, The Backstagers), Josh Trujillo (Writer, Dodge City) and Megan Townsend (Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, GLAAD). Moderated by journalist Tracy Brown (LA Times).  Room 211


IDW Brings Big Exclusives & Debuts To WonderCon 2018

Press Release:

IDW Publishing is returning to one of Southern California’s favorite comic convention– the one and only WonderCon! Held at the Anaheim Convention Center from March 23rd to March 25th, attendees can stop by and see the IDW crew at booth #1109 all weekend. Kick off your convention season with a show full of creator signings, announcements, panels, giveaways, and so much more!

Join IDW in welcoming the long anticipated arrival of the blue blur, Sonic The Hedgehog, at the show! Be one of the first to pick up a world premiere convention exclusive copy of Sonic #1 and get it signed by writer Ian Flynn who will have signing times all weekend long! Also available at the booth is a free limited edition preview of the highly anticipated fourth volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest. Get your first look inside the exciting final volume by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill.

In addition to Sonic, IDW will be unveiling brand new convention variant covers to some of the most anticipated titles of the spring.

  • Sonic #1 – Cover by Tracy Yardley – $10
  • Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #1 – Photo cover – $10
  • G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #250 – Cover by Netho Diaz – $10
  • Star Wars Forces of Destiny Virgin Cover Set – Covers by Elsa Charretier – $25
  • Clue TPB – Variant cover by Gabriel Rodriguez – $20
  • Star Trek: Mirror Broken TPB – Variant cover by J.K. Woodward – $25
  • Two New My Little Pony Pin Packs – $30 each – *Free print included with purchase of both

Also this year, for the first time ever, IDW will be revealing an on-site order system to fulfill all of your comic needs! Can’t find what you’re looking for at the booth? IDW is implementing a new process where you will have the option to order anything from the IDW warehouse then and there, with free domestic shipping straight to your door included. Ask an IDW staff member for more details.

If that wasn’t enough, IDW will be debuting Mystery Packs containing rare variants, signed and sketched merchandise, and more unique items! These packs will be available as a FREE BONUS to all customers who spend over $100 at the IDW booth. These special packs will be given away on a first come first serve basis while supplies last.

Friday March 23rd

  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM G.I. Joe: A Real American HeroLarry Hama (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM The X-Files, V-WarsJonathan Maberry (*A New York Times Bestselling Author!)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM My Little PonyTony Fleecs
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM GoosebumpsJeremy Lambert
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM The Wind In The WillowsDavid Petersen
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM TransformersJohn Barber, Mairghread Scott
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM Sonic The HedgehogIan Flynn (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)

Saturday March 24th

  • 10:00 – 11:00 PM Star Wars Adventures – Shannon Eric Denton
  • 10:00 – 11:00 PM My Little Pony – Christina Rice
  • 11:00 – 12:00 PM Sonic The Hedgehog – Ian Flynn (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Star Trek: Mirror Broken – David Tipton, Scott Tipton, J.K. Woodward (*Check out the show exclusive variant trade paperback!)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM The X-Files, V-Wars – Jonathan Maberry (*A New York Times Bestselling Author!)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM M.A.S.K. – Brandon Easton
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM Transformers – John Barber, Mairghread Scott, Livio Ramondelli
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM Sonic The Hedgehog – Ian Flynn (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM Love is Love – Marc Andreyko, Nyambi Nymabi, Amanda Deibert
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM Star Trek: Discovery – Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson (*Writers for the hit T.V. show!)
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM Jem and the Holograms – Sina Grace, Nicole Goux

Sunday March 25th

  • 11:00 – 12:00 Star Wars Adventures – Shannon Eric Denton
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Powerpuff Girls – Jake Goldman, Haley Mancini (*Writers and voice actors for the cartoon show!)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Goosebumps – Jeremy Lambert
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Stretch Armstrong – Kevin Burke, Chris “Doc” Wyatt” (*Executive producers and writers for the new show!)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Frankenstein Alive, Alive! – Steve Niles, Kelley Jones, Liz Wrightson
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Surfside Girls – Kim Dwinell
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Sonic The Hedgehog – Ian Flynn, Tyson Hesse (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Love is Love – Marc Andreyko, Nyambi Nymabi, Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs

Throughout the weekend, don’t forget to join IDW creators and editors alike in a series of enlightening and entertaining panels! Plus, don’t miss your chance to have your work looked at by an IDW editor!


Jack Kirby’s Centennial Artwork ExtravaganzaFriday, 3/23/18, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Room: 209

The Jack Kirby Centennial celebration continues with this incredible presentation of the King’s original comic artwork.  The standing-room-only panel had to turn away fans at both San Diego and New York — and is now in Anaheim for one final encore! Hosted by IDW President and Publisher Greg Goldstein, this special tribute will feature a multi-media display of more than 1,300 pages of Kirby’s original artwork—the largest showing ever—selected from the eight Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition books IDW has published, as well as additional not-yet-published pages that will be new to fans of the books. Everyone who attends will walk away with a special gift!

IDW Portfolio ReviewFriday, 3/23/18, 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Room: 206B

An IDW editor will review your artwork and offer advice on your portfolio.

Black Crown: The Ruling ClassFriday, 3/23/18, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Room: 213

Last October, IDW kicked off a new comics revolution with BLACK CROWN, editor Shelly Bond’s audacious creator-owned imprint. Join Bond and her coterie of star talent including Philip Bond (CUD: RICH AND STRANGE) and a special guest as they spill secrets and share amazing art at a panel that can only be called BLACK CROWN: THE RULING CLASS!


IDW Publishing and Star Trek Comics: Keep on Trekkin’Saturday, 3/24/18, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 211

A panel focusing on all the great Star Trek comics coming out from IDW in 2018 and beyond! Special guests including Group Editor Sarah Gaydos, plus writers Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (also a staff writer on the Star Trek Discovery show!), Scott Tipton, David Tipton, and Trek fan-favorite artist J.K. Woodward!

IDW: Transforming and Rolling OutSaturday, 3/24/18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room: 208

It’s a year for big changes and even better comics at IDW Publishing! Come hear all about it from Senior Editor Sarah Gaydos, Editor Joe Hughes and a cavalcade of creators to be named later. Expect the usual scintillating chat, major announcements and even some fun giveaways, too.

IDW BookBuzz Live: A Spotlight on New and Upcoming TitlesSaturday, 3/24/18, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Room: 213AB

Editors Justin Eisinger and Alonzo Simon bring their online BookBuzz show to WonderCon with a comprehensive look at standout titles from the IDW 2018 schedule.

IDW’s World Famous Artist’s Edition and Artist’s Select Panel – New and Improved, Saturday, 3/24/18, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Room: 208

Join Director of Special Projects Scott Dunbier as he takes you upon a Magical Mystery Tour of all things related to great original art and classic comics. Come with questions, and he’ll have some great images to show you… and one or two nifty surprises to announce… and a very special guest star appearance!


IDW’s Hey, Kids! (of All Ages) Comics PanelSunday, 3/25/18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room: 213AB

Join your friends at IDW Publishing for the IDW KID’S PANEL 2018! Join editors and talent to discuss all your favorite family-friendly comics, from Star Wars Adventures to My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and beyond. Plus: KIDS! Learn from the experts on how you can become the next generation of comic book creators!

IDW Portfolio ReviewSunday, 3/25/18, 1:00p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Room: 206B

An IDW editor will review your artwork and offer advice on your portfolio.

The Official Sonic the Hedgehog/IDW Town Hall!Sunday, 3/25/18, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Room 300B

A townhall style panel focusing on the four Sonic The Hedgehog books IDW is publishing in April 2018. Special guests include Editor Joe Hughes, Associate Editor David Mariotte, writer Ian Flynn, and artist Tyson Hesse!

Valiant Brings Harbinger Wars 2, Shadowman & More To WonderCon 2018

ValiantPress Release:

It’s almost time for WonderCon 2018, and Valiant is ready to bring its A-game to Anaheim, California, for a weekend packed with panels, special guests, and stunning surprises!

From March 23rd to March 25th, join Valiant Entertainment inside the Anaheim Convention Center for an incredible roster of action-packed panels and programming, offering an inside scoop at the latest news from the most acclaimed independent superhero publisher in comics today – including can’t-miss details on series like HARBINGER WARS 2, SHADOWMAN, X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT SALVATION, and much, much more!

First, on Friday, March 23rd, at 4:00 pm PT in Room 211, join us for Valiant Presents: Harbinger Wars 2 and Beyond! This summer, HARBINGER WARS 2 – Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time – is about to erupt in full force as X-O Manowar, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, Secret Weapons, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines! Valiant’s next major leap forward starts here… And don’t miss special looks ahead at SHADOWMAN, BLOODSHOT SALVATION, NINJA-K, QUANTUM AND WOODY! and much, much more!

Next: New to the Valiant Universe? Look no further than the Valiant 101: Jump On Board Here! panel presentation on Saturday, March 24th at 12:00 pm PT in Room 211 – a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes, from BLOODSHOT and DIVINITY to FAITH and HARBINGER to NINJAK and X-O MANOWAR! From Buzzfeed and Entertainment Weekly to The Guardian and dozens more, Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

We’ll see you in the Sunshine State!

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PA – X-Men: Grand Design Signing

Cartoonist Ed Piskor, creator of the New York Times best-selling Hip Hop Family Tree, appears at Phantom of the Attic Comics on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 4:00 PM to sign X-Men: Grand Design from Marvel Comics.

About the comic:
From Eisner award-winning creator Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree) comes a thrilling new series chronicling all of X-Men history! X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN stitches together the most important moments in mutant history, creating a comprehensive narrative celebrating the X-Men’s past, present, and future. The first in a trilogy, GRAND DESIGN returns to Charles Xavier’s assembly of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel, and Beast! A must for fans looking to brush up on their X-Men lore or as jumping-on point for Marvel’s merry mutants.

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Phantom of the Attic Comics (Oakland)
411 S Craig Street Ste 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 621-1210

OR – Spider-Gwen/The 27 Run Signing

Excalibur Comics welcomes Robbi Rodriguez and Justin Zimmerman on Wednesday, March 21st at 5:00 PM for three major March releases. Robbi’s SPIDER-GWEN #30 and Justin’s THE 27 RUN oversized hardcover & the anniversary printing of THE KILLING JAR will be on hand! And don’t forget to bring Rodriguez / Zimmerman collabs LOVE IS LOVE and BROKEN FRONTIER to get signed to boot!

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Excalibur Comics
2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-3969
(503) 231-7351

MA – Unofficial Guide to Vintage Transformers Signing

Rik Alvarez signs at Comicazi on Sunday, March 25th at 2:00 PM. Rik is the former Creative Manager of the Transformers and G.I. Joe brands. While at Hasbro, he impacted many different facets of the brands including film, television, toys and intellectual property development. Rik has authored a new book The Unofficial Guide to Vintage Transformers 1980s through 1990s.

407 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

VA – The Best We Could Do Signing

Press Release:

Telegraph Art & Comics is proud to welcome artist Thi Bui on Friday, March 23rd from noon till 1:30 PM as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book!

Thi Bui will be reading from her latest, the graphic novel memoir The Best We Could Do, followed by a discussion of her work. We will have copies of her books available for purchase, or you may bring books you already own to have signed.

To learn more about Thi Bui’s work, please visit


This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.

In what Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls “a book to break your heart and heal it,” The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui’s journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.

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Telegraph Art & Comics
110 4th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 244-3210

UK – Sea of Thieves Signing

Splice the mainbrace and join us at our London Megastore on Saturday 24th March at 1:00pm to meet the design team behind the hotly anticipated Sea Of Thieves game.

Meet the team from Rare and learn more about the creation and development of Sea of Thieves. Design Director Mike Chapman and Senior Designers Shelley Preston and Andrew Preston will be on hand to talk to fans and to sign copies of the new book, Tales From The Sea Of Thieves.

Tales From The Sea Of Thieves is narrated by three unique pirate captains the book will take a look at the world through their eyes. From laughable pirate suspicions to the towns and islands these hardened seafarers call home, they’ll introduce and explore the fantastical Sea of Thieves, home to krakens, mermaids and buried treasure.

Including sea shanties, illustrations and sketches by the pirates and their crew, and much more, the book will immerse you in the world of Sea of Thieves. As an artifact fished straight from within the game universe, it features all the wear and tear expected from a grog-swilling pirate’s life.

Also available at the event will be the first issue of Sea Of Thieves from Titan Comics!

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

NYC – Back Issue #103 Signing

Press Release:

Forbidden Planet is excited to host Catherine Schuller-Gruenwald, wife of the late Mark Gruenwald, Senior Executive Editor of Marvel Comics (1978-1996), on Saturday, March 24th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM as she signs “The Editor’s Issue” of Back Issue Magazine.

Catherine is the keeper of the flame and put together an intense article that demonstrates the Gru’s contribution to the comic industry and how there will never be another editor quite like him again. Passionate, thorough and driven, Mark was the editor’s editor and truly cared about contributing significantly to the profession he loved so much. His untimely passing only makes us appreciate his legendary status and miss his truly remarkable accomplishments even more.

There are a limited number of Back Issues available that day, so reserve yours and come meet Catherine and she’ll sign it!

Can’t make it to the event? No problem! Forbidden Planet has you covered, jus pre-order your copy today and we’ll get it signed for you and mail it out that following Monday!

Also available are 20 tribute posters ($20 complete with seal and limited edition number and Catherine’s signature) that were created by Marvel to commemorate the 20th year anniversary of his leap into the other realm. “That whole “till death do us part” promise in the standard wedding vows doesn’t really hold true when it comes to Mark,” quips Catherine. Not only did she have to execute his final wishes when his will stated that he be cremated and his ashes stirred into a comic book, but the spirit of the man lives on. Another treat will be the unveiling of the commissioned work that Catherine had created by painter David Banegas for the auction to raise money for the Mark Gruenwald Scholarship for the Arts at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.

Forbidden Planet
832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

MA – Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues

The Wilbur Presents Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues at ONCE Lounge with Scott Thompson at Once Somerville – Lounge on April 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2018.

6:15 PM doors/7:15 PM showtime

Lounge lizard Buddy Cole from Kids in the Hall makes a return to the limelight in an evening of humorous monologues from the period the show went off the air in 1995 to the present day.

Well known to fans as a member of the sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, Scott Thompson is anything but your average comedic talent. After Lorne Michaels discovered them in the late eighties, The Kids in the Hall created a groundbreaking television series which ran from 1989 to 1995 on CBC in Canada and on HBO and CBS in the United States. After the Kids left television in 1995, Scott and the boys went on to write and star in their own feature film, the cult favorite Brain Candy. Thompson appeared as a regular for three years on Garry Shandling’s revolutionary comedy series The Larry Sanders Show as Brian, the assistant to Hank Kingsley. In this period and afterwards, he made numerous guest appearances on various talk shows such as Politically Incorrect, The Late Show with David Letterman, and was a regular fixture on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Thompson along with Paul Bellini, is the author of Buddy Babylon: The Autobiography of Buddy Cole, a hilarious memoir of one of Thompson’s most famous characters, bon vivant Buddy Cole. He has appeared in such feature films as Ron Ronnie Run, The Pacifier, and Mickey Blue Eyes and such television series as Hannibal, Reno 911!, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Carpoolers, The Odd Squad, Man Seeking Woman, Touched by an Angel, and Degrassi High. He has also worked on various animation projects, as the titular character in the popular children’s television series Roboroach, and in Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Simpsons, and American Dad.

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ONCE Somerville
156 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 285-0167

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